The Inspired You: Episode 7 “Organic Dirty Dozen”

Today I would like to talk about organic foods as it is definitely a controversial issue that seems to be a hot topic lately. I over hear discussions about organic vs non-organic foods randomly when I am out and about, whether it be when I am walking through the grocery store or in the dog park with my pooch.

I do believe that purchasing organic foods is important. When I say this I am speaking from my own personal opinion after the research that I have done. I have chosen to use organic products as much as possible, even though it is more expensive, but I must say, the prices are lowering since it is now a lot easier to find. Most of the major grocery stores such as Safeway, Superstore and Walmart are carrying organic products which has allowed these products to be offered at a cheaper rate. Specialty health food stores can still be harder on the pocket but if you are keen to choose organic foods, purchasing from local farmers is always your best bet. I truly feel that organic does make a difference as these products are sprayed with less chemicals and less pesticides. I recommend my clients consume only organic produce but if I have to choose and narrow it down to a few items I advise that you purchase “The Dirty  Dozen.”  These foods are the twelve foods that absolutely must be purchased organic! The “Clean Fifteen” is the other side of the equation and these are fifteen items that could potentially be bought non-organic. The last piece of information when discussing organic choices is when it come to meat protein. Always make sure you are buying organic meat that is locally sourced and farmed. It is important to know your farmer! Beef, chicken must be organic, as well as, free of antibiotics and hormones.

In conclusion, do your research, find local famers and go with what feels right for you! Until next time my healthy friends 🙂 

The Inspired You: Episode 6 “Gut Instinct”

All right folks. It is that time of year again here in Calgary, Alberta…….it’s Calgary Stampede time and today I want to talk about the importance of  digestive health. I can guarantee that gut health is not on the radar for most of us during the Calgary Stampede festivities which is why I feel it is important to discuss today.

Gut health is absolutely the most important thing we need to do focus on when dealing with overall health and well being. I truly believe it is not discussed enough and is a major miss when dealing with all of the health concerns in the world today. The gut is actually our brain! The gut is number one and it is the master communicator throughout our body. In fact, the gut is where 80% of our immunity comes from so its function and health is of utmost importance and if it is inflamed and irritated, it does not transmit the correct signals to our actual brain. Without gut health, our bodies do not function as a whole and this causes illness whether it be physical or mental/emotional. We are noticing more and more symptoms of dis-ease within our society and more chronic health issues than ever before. Simply put, we are not as healthy as we once were.

Through my research, I have found three of the top supplement companies in the country that manufacture pure and natural products that are easily absorbed by the body. Supplements are necessary to help provide our bodies with the essential nutrients it needs since we are missing many of these vital nutrients in our food. Unfortunately, in the world today, the soil our food is grow in, is contaminated, and does not carry the nutrients it once did so food can in fact heal the body but not like it used it to. In short, using organic, real, whole foods, to help heal and support the body is optimal but supplementation is required to achieve optimal nutrient absorption and achieve gut health.

The phrase “follow your gut instinct” is true! We should all be listening to how our gut actually feels everyday whether it be in life or after eating. We need to pay attention and become aware of our bodies because our bodies are designed to tell us what it needs from a place of instinct not thinking. When using holistic nutrition and functional medicine practices, the goal as a practitioner is to encourage our clients to allow the body to make decisions without our minds taking over.  

If we heal the gut, we can heal the mind, body and soul. Each one of us is different and unique and requires an individualized plan in order to heal, which is why it is important to find a practitioner that you can work together with and trust. Heal the gut. Heal the body. Heal your life so that you can live the best, most inspired and vibrant life possible.  

The Inspired You: Episode 5 “The Cleansing Cilantro Oregano Pesto”

Today is recipe day!! I am going to share with all of you my absolute most favorite recipe of all time which is the cleansing cilantro oregano pesto.  It is green, it is tasty and trust me when I say it is absolutely delicious. I seriously crave it almost every day and want it in my mouth lol.

I recommend that all of my candida cleansers consume one to two tablespoons of this pesto every single day. Why? You may ask. Well for starters, cilantro is a powerful herb, that should actually be considered a superfood in my opinion, and it is amazing at cleansing the body and removing heavy metals and toxins. It also purifies our blood, is antifungal and anti-inflammatory so for all of those reasons, it is an absolute must when doing a candida cleanse.  Even if you are not doing a candida cleanse, this recipe is beneficial because we are constantly surrounded by numerous external factors that cause toxicity within our bodies. By eating cilantro, we are helping the body purge itself of impurities in our system.

The second ingredient is oregano, which in fact is the most powerful dietary anti-fungal source found in nature. It also helps aid in any kind of GI disorder or dysfunction and it is really important when we are repairing the gut.

This delicious recipe may be used on almost anything.  I use it as a dip for crackers or veggies, a sauce on top of cooked fish or chicken and even as a salad dressing. The beauty of this masterpiece is that the options are endless for what you can use it on!

Follow the recipe below and your taste buds will thank you. Oh and please make sure that you are buying organic ingredients.

  • 2 bunches fresh cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 4 cloves of  garlic
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • optional to add 1/3 cup of pine nuts
  • sea salt to taste  

Blend all ingredients together (a Vitamix or Blendtec works best). Store in an air tight, glass container in the fridge for five to seven days.

And voila…….it’s that easy! Try it out today and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


The Inspired You: Episode 4 “Supplements”

Because I am loving the topic of candida right now, I really wanted to discuss the importance of supplementation when dealing with candida. As previously discussed, sticking to a strict diet is key when it come to candida but supplements are also a big part of any candida cleanse and how you go about the process of supplementation is really important.  

There are many different trains of thoughts in regards to how to get rid of this fungal yeast infection, as well as, there are different lengths of time that these cleanses can last for. I believe the longer, the better, because the number one thing we need to be aware of is the various life cycles that candida has. We need to make sure that we are not just targeting one cycle but all cycles to ensure we alleviate this pathogen for good!

I have constructed a killer six week cleanse (it could take up to eight weeks depending on individual reassessment) where we target every single life cycle. The first part of the cleanse focuses on eliminating candida from the body, while the second part uses the appropriate supplements to support and heal the body back to ultimate health.

The success of my program is undeniable and I am so grateful to have had amazing feedback and results from my clients. I have laid out an easy to follow anti-fungal supplement protocol using therapeutic grade, all natural products that are backed by clinical evidence. These companies are the best in the industry and have proven that when quality supplements are used, from the top companies in the country, we are able to eliminate candida for good the first time around.

If you are interested in hearing more about candida cleansing or if you have any questions, I encourage you to do your own research and go with what feels right for you. I am always here, so message me, contact me, let me know how I can help. Have a beautiful day and thanks so much for stopping by

The Inspired You: Episode 3 “Diet”

We are back again for more Candida talk.

I am super excited to share some important information on diet as diet is of utmost  importance when we are dealing with Candida. Candida is tricky and is very difficult irradicate due to the fact that it has a protective biofilm encapsulating it which allows the fungus to thrive and survive the most extreme conditions in our bodies. The more we support it with certain “yeast feeding” food choices, the stronger it grows and thrives so we need to stop feeding it and start starving it! How? Well the major culprit is sugar!  When doing a Candida cleanse avoiding sugar is a must and truly is key to fighting candida. These cells need sugar to grow, multiply and morph into their more virulent, fungal form. The only acceptable sugar to consume is green apples, green bananas and berries ensuring to consume a maximum of one cup per day. Also make sure to avoid vinegar (with the exception of apple cider vinegar), gluten, dairy, alcohol and coffee. From my experience with clients, the two most difficult things to avoid are alcohol and coffee as these are common habits that have become apart of most peoples daily routine. There are a few really great options to try when replacing alcohol and coffee, such as, soda water with lime when out with friends and in the morning having a warm soothing drink like chai tea or even my personal favorite, matcha green tea. With matcha tea in particular, you will still get the caffeine boost that most of us like, without having the acidic effects that coffee causes within our digestive tract.

Now that we have reviewed the foods that we need to avoid, there are also foods that I are important to consume. I recommend three cups of raw, red beets per week, three to five cups of daikon radish per week and lastly it is important to have one cup of bone broth daily. Bone broth is so powerful and healing and aids in the repair of our gut which is why it is so important to consume when doing a candida killing protocol.

I hope to have been able to provide you with enough information to make sure you are successful in living a candida-free life. Just remember to stay strict when it comes to diet on my six to eight week candida cleanse. When we feed the candida the food it needs to survive, its like taking one step forward then five steps back. With discipline and perseverance, you can rid the body of fungus and lead a much more healthier and vibrant life because how you feel changes how you act and how you think.

Take care and eat right!

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