Going Bananas for Bananas

December 1st, 2015 For most of my adult life, I’ve held the belief that bananas are to be avoided; that they are high in sugar and fat and, if consumed on a regular basis, will make you gain weight. This entire belief system was challenged recently during a sleepless night when my wandering mind landed on the topic of bananas (don’t ask, I have no idea why) and I began to ponder the whole “stay away from bananas” belief and asked myself “how many bananas could a person eat in one day?” Needless to say, the next morning I did a bunch of research and, to my surprise, everything I read indicated that most people can consume up to three bananas a day. Whoa. What? When did that happen? Well the good news is that if you like bananas you can enjoy them...

Know Your Eggs?

Do YOU know where your eggs come from and the difference between organic. free-range, free-run, and caged hens? This short video explains things really well. Which will you choose?   In case you’re wondering which I choose, until I get some hens, I only eat organic free-range eggs. I don’t like the idea of hens living in little cages (or packed into a barn). Free hens are happy hens

Creative Journaling

I have been traditional (written) journaling for as long as I can remember. It started with a diary when I was in grade school, which later progressed to what I term a “proper” journal and that has continued on/off for the last 30+ years. Recently, though, I discovered a different approach to journaling: Creative (Art) Journaling. And what an experience it’s been so far! It has taken my journaling experience to a whole new level of expression and expansion, plus it’s tapped me into a level of creativity that I didn’t even know existed in me! Some time soon, I will be offering workshops and one-on-one sessions in the “how to’s” of Creative Journaling. For now, I’m sharing some of my experiences (along with some...

Juicing Your Way to Better Health

JUICING  is an excellent way to get a concentration of nutrients into your body, whether it be for general health to nourish and help the organs gently cleanse and detoxify, boost overall energy, or to support the body during times of illness. The health benefits of juicing are seemingly endless, and juicing works as well as it does (when done properly) because the nutrients in the foods are released (and suspended in liquid) during juicing thereby making them (the nutrients) easier for the body to break down, digest and assimilate. This is incredibly important during times of stress or illness, when the digestive system isn’t able to work at optimum levels; the nutrient-rich juice needs very little “processing” by the digestive system, and...

GMO Foods – the Worst of the Worst

DEFINITION of GMO (genetically modified organism): “An organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering.” (1) “Genetically engineered foods have had foreign genes (genes from other plants or animals) inserted into their genetic codes. Genetic engineering allows scientists to … (move) … desired genes from one plant into another — or even from an animal to a plant or vice versa.” (2)   This blog started out as a rant and rave about GMO (genetically modified organism) containing foods and how disgusting it is that companies like Monsanto mess with Ma Nature and our food chain – all in the name of control and...

Herb of the Month – Fireweed

 July 13, 2014   CHAMERION/EPILOBIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM (fireweed) Fireweed is a common weed found throughout North America and Europe. Other names for this herb include: great willow-herb, spiked willow-herb, rosebay willow-herb, wild asparagus, and purple rocket. The name “wild asparagus” is used because the young shoots of Fireweed can be safely eaten much like asparagus. The “willow” in different variations of the name refer to the slender, willow-like shape of the leaves. And of course, the name “purple rocket” refers to the bright pink-purple flowers that grow in spikes – very similar to that of a rocket. Fireweed is truly a lovely plant with many benefits, to both humans and wild critters. It is a favoured by honey bees for its nectar, and...