Carbs and Candy… While running

Eat snacks and run! I am not a runner. I love to be active, and I work out in the gym and spend a hefty chunk of my free time hiking up mountains (either on my feet or on skis). But running is not my forte-- it’s just never been my thing. Until now. You …

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Will turning up the heat this summer make you thin?

The skinny on capsaicin and increased metabolismGuess what? You can get SKINNY using only HOT SAUCE!! Yep, it’s proven: if you douse every meal in an ultra-super-spicy sauce, you can lose weight faster than ever before. The secret? Because your food will be too spicy to eat, you’ll reduce your daily caloric intake by 100 …

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Can oil of oregano cure a common cold?

One morning in my university dorm I woke up to the faint smell of pizza wafting from the kitchen, only to come out of my room and find my roommate downing a shot of oil of oregano with her breakfast. She swore the bitter herb would fend off the illness she felt she was coming …

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Intermittent fasting, intermittent blogging

I started this blog because I love reading scientific literature and I like to write about it. So, I thought, making a blog will be a piece of cake. Read evidence-based papers, get stoked on science, come up with analogy and BAM I’ve got myself a post! But, I learned very quickly that there is …

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The Ketogenic Diet: Fad or Friend?

Fats for life? Imagine the smell of a fresh loaf of still-warm sourdough bread wafting from your oven. You cut yourself a thick slice and dollop a generous piece of gooey, fresh brie cheese for the top, letting it melt down onto your fingers as you bring this culinary masterpiece to your mouth. For an …

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Probiotic Foods: Hot or Not

Fermentation up close and personal Last week, I wrote about  feeding your microbiome well. The verdict was that eating hearty fibres, called prebiotics, and foods that contain good living bacterial cultures, called probiotics, can contribute to good gut health! While scientists still don’t know much about which specific species bacteria are the most important, it …

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Feeding Your Gut Right

The Beginner's Guide to the Microbiome These days you can’t escape fermented health foods. Kombucha is on tap at your local café, artisanal sauerkraut is sold in mason jars at the farmers’ market, there are kimchi how-to videos on your Instagram, and kefir muffins at the Thanksgiving potluck. What's the deal with this new trend? …

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The Not So Big Deal Behind Bone Broth

Nothing brings me back to my childhood like a warm bowl of soup on a Pacific Northwest autumn day. Back then, my favourite food was “chicken-noodle-soup-with-no-chicken.” I would slurp that delicious warm, salty broth from my special turquoise plastic bowl with the built-in straw almost every day after school. It heated me up from the …

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