Food Allergies & Sensitivities

Sky, Sea, Road and Rail

For many of us, winter brings the pleasure of travel. For some, it’s an escape from cold and rain, or the best season to visit exotic locations; for others, it’s an opportunity to reconnect with distant family members. Work-related trips recently took me toCaliforniaand then toBarcelona, and this column was inspired by my “Strict Vegetarian” …

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Facing the World Without Egg on Our Face

People eliminate egg from their diets for numerous reasons. These range from its prominence as one of the top eight allergens, to health concerns (fat and cholesterol), to animal rights reasons. (1) (2) Egg contains several proteins to which many people react; most are in the white. Even when white and yolk are separated, there …

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Spring Cleaning

When in doubt, throw out! It’s time for the honoured rituals of spring-cleaning (of home and body). Unless you’re of the “Why Clean? It Will Only Get Dirty Again” school of thought, read on. Over time, our body has accumulated toxins, often stored in fat cells. These may have come through diet, use of prescription …

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Your Happy Healthy Heart

Fifteen years ago, Dr. Dean Ornish revolutionized our approach to heart disease when he demonstrated that individuals with serious heart disease could reverse their condition with lifestyle changes (that did not include the use of medication). His 4-point program for reversing heart disease included: 1.      a very low fat vegetarian diet (less than10% calories from …

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Share Your Love: Gifts for People and the Environment

Would you like to put a positive spin on gift giving this holiday season? Do you shy away from Christmas commercialism, yet wonder what to offer those you love? Consider these gifts that keep on giving and that have far-reaching benefits: Items that help people enjoy the great outdoors: cross country or downhill skis, tennis …

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Savoring Winter Squash

As we move into the season of winter celebrations, we welcome warming meals shared with family and friends. Winter squash has many appealing qualities: these hearty vegetables form attractive, edible centerpieces at festive dinners; their dense texture is richly satisfying; they are rich in fibre, B vitamins such as folic acid and thiamin, and the …

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