food as medicine

Happiness

Cells Respond To Different Kinds Of Happiness

by Leisa on October 8, 2013

I was reading one of my favourite magazines on the weekend, Nexus Magazine, and came across this article on happiness. I love anything to do with the emotional aspects of healing and the mind-body connection in medicine – we know from the work of many amazing people such as Dr Candace Pert, Dr Bruce Lipton, and
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Do What You Will Do!

by Leisa on September 2, 2013

These short and sweet words of wisdom come from raw food speaker and author David Wolfe – “do what you will do”. It sounds quite obvious, but for some reason it isn’t always as straightforward as it sounds. Many of us hold ourselves to very high ideals and lofty visions about what we want to do each
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Food Is The Foundation Of Health

by Leisa on August 8, 2013

For many people, supplements are viewed as a “cure all” for their ailments.  The take glucosamine for their arthritis, calcium supplements for their osteoporosis, and fish oil for their cardiovascular system. But I feel that somewhere along the way they have been misinformed as to what supplements are for, and when they are the most effective.
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Is Naturopathy Unscientific?

by Leisa on July 10, 2013

We often hear loud protests from the medical community that natural medicine is “unscientific” because many nutrients, herbs, foods and therapies have not undergone the Gold Standard for the scientific industry – the double blind placebo controlled trial. Natural medicine, because of it’s holistic quality, can never conform to industry standards because you cannot measure
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Unbearable Lightness – Book Review

by Leisa on January 3, 2011

Over the Christmas holidays, I read several books, and Unbearable Lightness by Portia de Rossi was one of them.  The book was an intimate journey through Portia’s battle with anorexia, and provided a chilling insight into the thought patterns that shape and inform this tragic disorder. Having always been interested in food and health, which
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New Year Detox Retreat!

by Leisa on December 19, 2010

It’s coming up to that time again! A fresh new year starting, the opportunity to set new goals, dream new dreams, and create a vision of your life for the year ahead. I love this time of year. Reviewing the past year and learning and growing from what happened – both good and bad –
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Supplements -vs- Dietary Changes

by Leisa on August 3, 2009

For many people, supplements are viewed as a “cure all” for their ailments.  The take glucosamine for their arthritis, calcium supplements for their osteoporosis, and fish oil for their cardiovascular system. But I feel that somewhere along the way they have been misinformed as to what supplements are for, and when they are the most effective.
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Green Smoothie Challenge!

by Leisa on May 15, 2008

I am a huge fan of green smoothies and have one pretty much every day. It is also one of the essentials in my naturopathic practice where healing with food is my passion. The Green Smoothie Challenge is a fantastic project created by Raw Power’s health and nutrition educator Anand Wells.  The 14 day challenge starts
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Apples

The Amazing Apple

by Leisa on April 15, 2008

In exploring food as medicine, one food that you just can’t overlook is the humble apple. There is a lot of truth in the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” One of my first introductions into the healing benefits of the apple, was after reading a book called “The Biogenic Diet”
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