September 9, 2020

I love natural products. They are awesome and amazing. More often than not, they are better for our bodies and the environment than their synthetic, mass-produced counterparts. And yet, just because something is natural doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the right choice for all people.

A number of years ago, I developed an underarm rash. It was red, angry, and really itchy. I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. I wasn’t using any chemical products, my diet was the same, and I couldn’t think of anything that had changed in my routine since the onset of the rash.

Thinking that it might have been a viral or bacterial infection—or even just a simple case of irritated dry skin—I started applying virgin coconut oil to the area. It didn’t seem to improve. If anything, it got worse.

About a month later, I started to develop a rash on one of my legs. That was the wake up call I needed to go get checked out by a doctor.

Any guesses what my visit revealed?

Despite my concern about the rash spre...

July 10, 2020

When my husband and I first started dating, he possessed a deep and abiding love for Starbucks white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. While I don't see anything wrong with the occasional treat here or there, I felt inspired to create a quality upgrade that would permit him to enjoy cookies that were actually good for him. So that's what I did. 

This is the recipe that I landed on.


Adapted from The Wannabe Chef

1 1/2 cups almond flour

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1/4 cup unrefined granular sugar*

1 egg

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 tsp aluminum-free baking soda

1/4 cup organic white chocolate, chopped (I use Green & Black's)

1/4 cup macadamia nuts, pieces**

*Unrefined granular sugar includes evaporated cane syrup, muscavodo, sucanat, coconut sugar, and maple sugar. 

**Chopped almonds can be used in place of macadamia nuts. My husband likes both equally.


Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. (I often...

April 15, 2020

My colleagues at Glebe Health House and I thought that it might be fun to check in and share how we have all been handling these strange and unusual quaran-times. It's our hope that this series of Q & A posts will help all of us to feel like, while we need to maintain social distance, we are all still united as community. 

I'll lead us off.

Q1: What is your role at Glebe Health House?

A1: I’m a Registered Nutritionist & Registered Acupuncturist. I maintain a general practice, but the bulk of my clinic days are spent supporting clients on their fertility journey, helping clients to feel calm and confident within their bodies, and working with clients to reduce their pain. I also do a lot of facial rejuvenation acupuncture (a.k.a. cosmetic acupuncture or “acupuncture face lift").

Q2: What is your Covid good news today?

A2: My husband and I have been in self-isolation for over a month and I still think that he is the most phenomenal man.

Q3: What is something that has surprised you ab...

February 4, 2020

The Guardian recently released an article that really got me thinking: ‘Almonds are out. Dairy is a disaster. So what milk should we drink?’

In North America and around much of the globe, we are blessed with many dairy milk and milk alternative options. And yet, which is the healthiest and most environmentally sustainable? Here are some of my thoughts.

COW'S MILK: Dairy has faced it’s fair share of criticism over the years. Among the most prominent arguments for not consuming cow’s milk are the prevalence of whey and/or casein allergies, lactose intolerance, the over milking of cows (which can lead to gross things like blood and pus being present in the resultant milk 🤢), and increased greenhouse emissions. Some people seem to do well with cow's milk, but there are good reasons to question whether we really want to include mass produced, commercial varieties in our daily diet.

Commercial Recommendation: Eby Manor. Milk from Guernsey cows is naturally higher in beta-carotene, om...

August 27, 2019

Anyone who has spent more than five minutes in my company likely knows that I am an avid chocoholic. Long heralded as "The Food of the Gods," chocolate has held a special--perhaps even a sacred--place in many of our hearts for time immemorial. Yet, unlike so many other foods that elevate our spirits and tantalize our taste buds, chocolate has been dubbed a superfood (i.e. a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being) by nutrition experts around the globe.

Here is what I love about dark chocolate:

ANTIOXIDANTS--Dark chocolate (especially raw chocolate high in cacao solids) is virtually bursting at the seams with antioxidants, substances believed to protect cells from damage (which many believe bestow anti-aging benefits ;-)) and help prevent numerous diseases.

MAGNESIUM--Dark chocolate is very rich in magnesium, a nutrient required for over 300 chemical reactions in the body, ranging from helping to lower high blood pressure to easing menstrual cram...

January 19, 2019

I think that most of us have things that we feel embarrassed about. We might even have things that we feel ashamed of. Are there things about yourself that you would rather other people not know? Things that you would far prefer not come up in conversation?

One thing that has made me very uncomfortable for a great many years is my discomfort driving. Yes, that’s right. Driving freaks me out.

As some of you might know, I suffered with agoraphobia and panic attacks as a teenager. As such, it likely comes as no surprise that I didn’t rush out to the MTO on my sweet sixteen as many independence-seeking teenagers do. Instead, I waited. And waited. And then waited some more.

There always seemed to be a reason why it wasn’t a good time to start driving. In my early 20s, I had a strong emotional reaction to having my vision corrected to 20/20. How, I reasoned, could I safely drive with less than perfect vision—even though an 18/20 correction would have been deemed legally appropriate. Following t...

November 18, 2018

The other day, I found myself craving peanut butter cookies. The only problem with this is that I don't eat peanuts. In fact, I haven't eaten peanuts or peanut-containing products in over 15 years. So what's a girl to do? I put on my culinary thinking cap and decided to get creative!

Over the years, I have discovered that roasted sunflower butter has a flavour profile reminiscent of peanut butter. So, naturally, that's the food that first came to mind for my cookie-making experiment. And I wasn't to be disappointed! The result was a cookie that satisfied both my taste buds and my nutritional quality standards. Since these cookies are nut-free, they also have the bonus of being school safe.


Adapted from Kraft Canada's Super-Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup sunflower butter, smooth, unsweetened 

1/2 cup unrefined cane sugar*

1 egg, lightly beaten (organic, free range preferred)

A pinch of Himalayan sea salt (optional)

*Unrefined cane sugar is sometimes labelled as sucanat, muscavado,...

September 15, 2018

A few months ago, a friend of mine gifted my husband and I with an AirGO. I have had lots of fun in the kitchen playing with it ever since.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with AirGO, it was developed as an easy-to-use kitchen tool that combines 5 different cooking functions into one simple appliance for optimal culinary convenience. It can be used as an Air Fryer, Grill, Crepe/Naan Maker, Mini Oven, Robotic Stir Fryer, and Broil (top or bottom heating). While I have yet to unlock all of its secrets, I have been very impressed with it so far. Some of my favourite creations include Organic BBQ Chicken Wings, Caramelized Onions & Wilted Greens, and Stir Fried Zucchini.

But what has been my favourite thing about the AirGO? Hands down, it has been the magical Robotic Stir Fry function. And just why would I call this magical? Because I can throw in my veggies, set the timer, and let it do its thing. I don’t have to stir or monitor anything. I do my prep, turn to other tasks, et voila...

August 24, 2018

I’m a real sucker for symbolism. That’s why I couldn’t resist this gorgeous puzzle piece necklace. Every time I look at it, it reminds me how the fabric of our lives fit together like puzzle pieces. We might not always realize how our life experiences will fit together but, eventually, we will collect all the required pieces and see the beautiful picture that we’ve created.

I love my life, but it took me time to get here. Like many other people, some of the “puzzle pieces” that make up the story of my life were hard won. 

As some of you may know, just under 20 years ago, I had a horrible reaction to Tetracycline, a standard antibiotic. It played around with my brain chemistry (a rare side effect) and triggered a severe anxiety/panic disorder that left me virtually housebound. For years. More or less overnight, I went from being a very social, high-achieving student to someone who had no idea how they were going to come out on the other side of an unforeseen disaster unscathed.

I was...

July 12, 2018

I have discovered an excellent new snack bar: Wild Zora.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for convenient, high quality snack options. While it might be ideal to take the time to sit down for full, balanced meals—breakfast, lunch, and dinner—life happens and even the most prepared person will have occasions where they are scrambling to find something nutritious to eat between meetings, appointments, and other life events. Enter the snack bar option.

When my husband and I went to Greece a few months ago, I didn’t prepare as well as I usually do with greens powders, snack bars, and the like. Instead, I packed a few organic dark chocolate bars (a Kristin staple) and adopted an “It will be fine” attitude. All I have to say is, “Oops.” Lesson learned.

Greece was a beautiful country, but it wasn’t nearly as easy to find healthy gluten free meal options as I might have liked. While I found some eventually (and benefited greatly from the Greek gluten free meal card I printed off of t...

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