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Happy New Year

Winter Is Magical

mmm Recipe

Grilled Salmon 
with Chimichurri Sauce by Jennifer Danter
This recipe is all about the sauce. Chimichurri is a piquant Argentinean sauce made with dried oregano and fresh herbs mixed with oil and vinegar. This makes a big batch—enough to splash over salmon plus extra for another meal. Great as a marinade or sauce for beef or chicken too, or drizzle it over eggs or fresh vegetables. 1/3 cup (80 mL) dried oregano leaves
1 Tbsp (15 mL) crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups (500 mL) chopped parsley or cilantro
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 anchovies, minced (optional)
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 mL) red wine vinegar
4 - 5 oz (140 g) salmon fillets At home For sauce, in bowl mix oregano and pepper flakes with 1 cup (250 mL) warm water. Let stand until softened, 10 to 15 minutes. Add parsley or cilantro, garlic, anchovies (if using), and salt. Using hand blender, blitz to mix, then slowly mix in oil. Sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead or freeze …

Foods that Fight Pain

Food as medicine...not a bad concept is it.

Try eating :
cherries and tumeric to help with achy joints
Nuts for cramps
Peppermint and coconut for digestive pain
Beans for heartburn
Ginger for sore muscles and upset stomach
Coffee and pumpkin seeds for headaches

Ever thought about Bird Watching?

Bird watching could be fun for the whole family whether it be in parks, cities, forest, or your own yard, taking a minute to observe birds in their natural habitat. You don't have to take it as serious as some do, or you could. Just being outside is beneficial! Getting some sunlight is too! Just remember your sunblock. By watching for birds, you create a sort of adventure. You have to find the birds whatever the terrain. You could pretty much walk, canoe, hike, bike and bird watch all at the same time.

Helpful Foods For Asthma

If you or your child suffers from Asthma here are some guidelines of foods to eat: garlic, onion, wild fish, vegetables & fruits
and avoid: nuts dairy & egg shellfish food colouring & additives 

Fall has Flown in Fast

Well it's officially fall, and the nights are chillier, the days are shorter, and the air is crisp.
Take these little steps for a great fall ahead...

To help your children with a good start to the school year, try fish oils, Omega 3 enriched, brain food. Our bodies can't produce this fat on it's own, and the brain is nearly 60% fat much these omega 3 DHAs.

Pack real foods for lunch, and don't leave home without a healthy breakfast too - AVOID ANY PROCESSED FOODS

Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time daily

Take a probiotic daily and build your immune system, great for children too!
Usually any probiotic available is good but lactobactillus are predominant in the upper intestine and Bifidobacteria more prominent in the lower intestine. Maintain your gut flora!

Remember children are at higher risk to toxins like second hand smoke because their immune systems are still developing. Ie children of smokers tend to have a higher chance of getting an…

Autumn is on it's Way

As the whirlwind of summer starts to slow down and routines kick back into place, the cool autumn breeze is already here. With chilly nights and clear skies, our shorts go into hiding and all our hoodies come back out. The autumn to do list comes out with bulbs to be planted, plants to be pruned and general winter preparation begins. It's a great time to start canning and hit up all the small town fall fairs.

Treating Cystic Acne Naturally

If you want to avoid things like Cortisone, Accutane and Differin Cream, and use an all Natural approach to treating acne, read on.
Firstly, acne needs to be treated inside out. Nourishing the body with the proper amount fibre allows the body to rid itself of harmful toxins. You need to make sure your digestive system is working at it's best and enzymes also found in fibre, are a huge part of that.  Try using cereal grasses like wheat grass and green supplements - and be consistent. 

Why Wheatgrass? *taken from Wheatgrass juice is nature’s finest medicine. It is our signature elixir here at Hippocrates. It is a powerful concentrated liquid nutrient. Two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of the best raw organic vegetables. For example, wheatgrass as twice the amount of Vitatin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges! It contains the full spectrum of B vitamins, as well as ca…


Trust you're all having a wonderful Canadian summer xoxo

Beautiful Barns

Mike Cardwell

Let's Acknowledge Our Friends

We all have those that we say hello to in passing on the street, but what about those that are our true friends, our support networks, and at times our strength and inspiration? 

In our lives with full agendas and personal goals, let's not forget our true friends. 
The ones that are there through the highs and the lows, that have seen the best and worst of you, and still love you for who you are. 

2 Herbs to Turn to this Spring for Detox & Health!

Classic Peppermint aka Mentha piperita has been used for centuries as a digestive aid and for upset stomach and even nausea. It has awakening and clearing properties, right down to the potential morning mucous! It is an analgesic and potential blood cleanser. Excellent for aiding rid of: indigestion, gas, ulcers &  heartburn. Tea is most common although available in capsules

Milk Thistle akaSilybum marianumis an excellent liver cleanser with detoxifying properties for use with hepatitis and cirrhosis as a result of an over consumption of alcohol , usually taken in tincture form but is also available as a tea and in capsules

Care for your Hair!

Best Hair Practices- from Alive Magazine Natural secrets to manage your mane by Leah Payne
Many of us feel that our hair is a key part of our identity—or at the very least, a key part of our appearance. Unfortunately, when it comes to how to best take care of our hair, a lot of myths and misconceptions abound. Here, we provide the lowdown on best taking care of your hair —naturally. What is hair? Each strand of hair is essentially a fibre made of a substance called keratin. The keratin is packed very tightly together and has an outer layer protecting it, called a cuticle. In order for our hair to stay healthy, the cuticle must stay intact. If the hair fibres are exposed (due to damage from any number of sources), frizzy or dull-looking hair results. Scalp and hair types Understanding your scalp and hair types will help you customize a routine to best care for your hair. Scalp types ·Oily-looking hair is caused by an oily scalp. Excessive male sex hormones may be at play. Generally, it helps to…

Supplements for Rheumatoid Arthrtis

There are many natural supplements that have been studied for their effectiveness in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. These are some of them:

Green Tea- has polyphenolic compounds that suppress inflammatory chemicals that are associated with rheumatoid arthritis
Borage Seed Oil- produced GLA shown to reduce joint pain, swelling and tenderness
Ginger- has a history to reduce joint inflammation and pain , possibly by blocking COX-2, a chemical in the body that causes pain
Omega-3 Fatty Acids- great anti inflammatory
Boswellia- good for its anti inflammatory properties
SAM-e - anti inflammatory and analgesic (reduces pain) properties 

A Few Healthy Ideas that will Save You Money!

Sew, crochet, or knit your own clothesBuild with salvaged materialsShop at Thrift StoresHang your clothes to dryMake your own breadPurchase Fruit & Veg that is in SeasonTurn outside into your personal gym and forget paying for a membership!Use household herbs as medicine ie mint is excellent for upset stomach!Live Simply

Whole Wheat Flour vs White Flour

Check out this Link to see why WHOLE WHEAT  kicks White Flour's ahem...

Summer's on it's Way!

In the meantime, here are a few suggestions to beat the winter blues! Various degrees of depression are common year round but especially during winter months. 
Vitamin D Omega 3's St John's Wort
Talk to your local health food store!

Quick Tips for Heart Health

Aged Garlic is known to reduce heart attack risk factors
Vitamin D - lower levels are often associated with heart attack and heart disease
Antioxidants like Vitamin E, Pycnogenol and COQ10- studies show that those that take antioxidants are less likely to suffer from heart failure
Magnesium - low magnesium levels are linked to ischemic heart disease 
Fish Oils - may help protect against chronic heart failure because they exhibit anti inflammatory properties 
Fibre - has been shown to reduce heart disease as it keeps the arteries clear from debris and aids in digestion

Pancake Tuesday

Pancake Tuesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which precedes Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent. Many nations celebrate by eating pancakes!
The word Shrove comes from 'shrive' which is to confess and many denominations of Christians celebrate by self evaluating one's self and seeing where they could improve and what areas need help in their lives.

Chronic Ear Pain?

There are natural ways to help relieve chronic ear pain!

Earaches or chronic otalgia is common among adults and can have many causes stemming from tooth infections, another infection, a hole in the eardrum or other ear stress, and temporomandibular joint syndrome known as TMJ.
If the eardrum hasn't ruptured over the counter ear drops can be useful t o aid in pain and discomfort relief. Upper respiratory tact infections can be treated with garlic juice. Just juice a few cloves and strain and add distilled water in a 1.5x ratio, tilt the head and drop in about 7 drops and let them sit for a few minutes, then tilt your head to allow the juice to run out. Just rinse out in shower.
Echinacea is great to help fight infections as well as the homeopathic remedy Belladonna for earache. Don't forget your vitamin C and zinc!

Recipe: Tiramisu

This is like my favorite dessert ever! Try these steps to make it! 


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Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why. Producer Kristin Canty’s film, Farmageddon, documents as her quest to find healthy food for her four children turns into an educational journey to discover why she is denied the freedom to select the foods of her choice from the producer of her choice. The movie tells the story of small, family farmers providing safe, healthy foods to their communities who were forced to stop, often through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies.  The movie succinctly poses and addresses the question “why is this happening in 21st century America?” Evoking both sympathy and anger for those farmers violentl…

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