Healing Mood by Healing Digestion

The body is made up of a variety of systems that are inter-connected, so it’s no surprise that when one system is off balance it can trigger a domino effect, potentially creating a surge of severe health complications.  A perfect example of this is the relationship between digestion and the mind.  The digestive system houses immunity, fights off harmful invaders, maintains overall health and is home to the largest concentration of mood-altering neurotransmitters.  None of which would be possible without good bacteria in the gut.

One strain of good bacteria is probiotics.  Probiotics provide live strains of Continue reading

Recipe: Maple and Coffee Roasted Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken is one of the easiest and quickest ways to prepare dinner on a busy weeknight.  Rub it down with your favorite mixture, pop it in the oven and basically walk away for an hour.  If you’re a large family, dinner is complete; if you’re 1 or 2, you have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.  It doesn’t get much better than that.  I like to have whatever I am “rubbing” the chicken with coincide with the season.  Fresh herbs and citrus in the summer and as shown here, coffee and maple syrup in the winter.  Continue reading

Food Labeling Misconception #1: All-Natural

I have many, but I will not bore or inundate you all at once with a long list of them.   Today we will only look at one: The “Natural” label.

When you look at any packaged food, the words “All Natural” or “Made with Natural Ingredients” splayed across the label are meant to lure you into thinking this product is healthier than the non all-natural package next to it.  I basically consider this totally false and deceptive marketing.  This natural label is implying that a food is more wholesome by virtue of the fact it contains Continue reading