Celiac Disease, Colon Health, Food Allergies, Food Intolerances, Grain-Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Nutritious Foods, Paleo, Paleo Recipes, Recipes, Refined Sugar Free, Uncategorized

The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution

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The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solutionpublished by Robert Rose Inc. was released this month in support of Diabetes Awareness Month. I coauthored this three-in-one guide, cookbook and meal plan with functional nutrition specialist and best-selling cookbook author Jill Hillhouse, and we are very excited about it! Continue reading “The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution”

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Benefits of Plant Based Foods, Celiac Disease, Colon Health, Events, Food Allergies, Food Intolerances, Gluten-Free Events, Grain-Free, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Nutrition 101, Nutritious Foods, Paleo, Paleo Recipes, Recipes, Refined Sugar Free

Paleo Scrumptious Snacking Cooking Class!

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I will be teaching a Paleo cooking class with wellness expert Erin Toole Budd at Ambrosia Natural Foods in Vaughan, Ontario (just north of Toronto) on June 15, 2016. I have been shopping at and loving Ambrosia since its first flagship store opened many years ago! Back then, it was very hard to find foods that were suitable for celiac disease and they were among the first stores to carry such foods. I’d walk in and feel as though I’d hit the jackpot! Continue reading “Paleo Scrumptious Snacking Cooking Class!”

Children, Paleo

How to help your Paleo child

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For those who are unfamiliar with the Paleo diet, it is a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans (often referred to as the Caveman or Primal diet), consisting mostly of protein (meat, fish, nuts and seeds), complex carbohydrates (vegetables, and fruit) and healthy fats. It excludes foods known to cause inflammation in the bowel (among other problems), such as legumes, simple carbohydrates (refined sugar, dairy and grain products) and processed food. The diet was recommended to me by my gastroenterologist to treat my diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and to “better” treat celiac disease.

Does your child follow a Paleo diet? If so, here are some tips to help you advocate for your Paleo child at school, camp, parties and other social gatherings. These tips are also applicable to children following other special diets. Check with your child’s doctor or health professional to find out whether the following tips are appropriate, as each child’s individual needs differ.
Continue reading “How to help your Paleo child”

Events, Gluten-Free Events

Gluten Free Utopia

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If you’re in the Ottawa area this Sunday, May 31st, be sure to check out Gluten Free Utopia, an annual gluten-free event that brings together the gluten-free community and 40+ regional vendors specializing in all things gluten-free! The event is held each year in May to celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Continue reading “Gluten Free Utopia”

Celebrity Interviews

My Interview with Celebrity Chef Mark McEwan

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I met celebrity chef Mark McEwan (judge on The Food Network’s Top Chef Canada and restaurateur) last summer at the Taste of Toronto Food Festival. He is such a nice, friendly and down-to-earth guy. 

I recently interviewed Mark for my column in Tonic Magazine. Although he’s known as an “evil genius,” I love his simple, yet effective tips for eating and drinking healthy and clean. Continue reading “My Interview with Celebrity Chef Mark McEwan”

Celiac Disease, Colon Health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Specific Carbohydrate Diet

How My Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms Vanished

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There are medical doctors who are forward-thinking and believe in the power of food.

I recently had an endoscopy and colonoscopy (I hadn’t had these tests since I was under the age of 5) due to a diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It is estimated that one in six Americans have IBS—that number is crazy! I had painful, persistent and chronic symptoms for about 4 months which quickly led to an IBS diagnosis after other health issues were ruled out. This was the first time I had ever been diagnosed with IBS. Continue reading “How My Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms Vanished”