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Making Sense of Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and Intolerances

Posted On Mar 26, 2012

In this post, I address the meanings, misuse and differences between allergies, sensitivities and intolerances. In the next post, I talk about what you can do to identify food allergies and sensitivities. The final post in this series is on eliminating allergies, sensitivities and intolerances.   There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation regarding…

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Recipes – Vegan Black Bean Brownies and Bison with Lentils

Posted On Mar 23, 2012

Here are two more allergen- and health-conscious recipes to try out this weekend. An employee brought the brown bean brownies to a company dinner and they were outstanding – a great alternative to traditional brownies. The bison with lentils recipe comes from our very own Scott Brynaert. Enjoy! Black Bean Brownies Notes: Rolled oats run…

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Yummy Allergen-Free Recipes – Gluten & Dairy Free Muffins

Posted On Mar 22, 2012

Here are two gluten- and dairy-free muffin recipes that don’t sacrifice on taste. And with no added fats, these muffins can be enjoyed without that nagging guilt. Enjoy! Gluten- and Dairy-Free Blueberry Muffins (prep time 40 minutes, including baking time) Ingredients: 2 cups oat flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 2 eggs 1…

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Stress and Digestion Part 3-Rescuing Your Digestive System

Posted On Mar 16, 2012

Rescuing Your Digestive System Although it is not possible to avoid all stress, it is beneficial to keep stress at a manageable level and allow your parasympathetic nervous system to have a chance to repair your body. Here are some things you can do to help: • Exercise can help decrease stress hormones in the…

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Stress and Digestion Part 2-When Stress Takes Over

Posted On Mar 14, 2012

Stress and Your Digestive System Any stress you experience, be it physical or emotional, activates the sympathetic nervous system and triggers production of adrenal hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, that prepare your body to deal with the stress. This is often called the “fight or flight” response because, metabolically, the body becomes primed for…

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Stress and Digestion Part 1-Digestion and the Nervous System

Posted On Mar 12, 2012

Healthy Digestive Function A healthy digestive system has a number of functions: 1. To break down food into small nutritional components that provide the vitamins, minerals, proteins, water and energy needed to maintain health. 2. To collect toxins, dead cells and other debris, and eliminate them from the body. 3. To act as a site…

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Stress and Nutrition: Avoiding 3 Common Dietary Pitfalls-Part 3

Posted On Mar 09, 2012

When you’re under stress, do you fall prey to one of three common dietary pitfalls: skipping meals because you feel like you don’t have time to eat; succumbing to cravings for sugar or fat; or relying on caffeine to try and rev your system? If so, you’re not alone. It’s easy to give in to…

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Stress and Nutrition: Avoiding 3 Common Dietary Pitfalls-Part 2

Posted On Mar 08, 2012

When you’re under stress, do you fall prey to one of three common dietary pitfalls: skipping meals because you feel like you don’t have time to eat; succumbing to cravings for sugar or fat; or relying on caffeine to try and rev your system? If so, you’re not alone. It’s easy to give in to…

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Stress and Nutrition: Avoiding 3 Common Dietary Pitfalls – Part 1

Posted On Mar 07, 2012

When you’re under stress, do you fall prey to one of three common dietary pitfalls: skipping meals because you feel like you don’t have time to eat; succumbing to cravings for sugar or fat; or relying on caffeine to try and rev your system? If so, you’re not alone. It’s easy to give in to…

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Can Stress Lead to Autoimmune Conditions? The Stress and Autoimmunity Link

Posted On Feb 28, 2012

Where are all these immune problems coming from? Where are all these immune problems coming from? Apart from a whole bunch of other minor reasons, I would put an increasingly poor immunity down to two basic things: 1) Stress (we do, expect and stress far too much) and 2) Toxins in our everyday lives. There…

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