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Food Allergy Survival Guide

Savory Chickpea Gravy

Recipe: Savory Chickpea Gravy Summary: Makes about 3 cups Ingredients 3 tbsp olive oil 1 cup chickpea flour 1 tsp dried sage 5 ml 1/2 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crumbled 1/4 tsp pepper 31/2 cups hot water 1–2 tbsp umeboshi plum vinegar 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar Salt to taste Instructions In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Stir in the chickpea flour, sage, thyme,… Read More »Savory Chickpea Gravy

Stuffed Squash (Quinoa and Rice Stuffing)

Recipe: Stuffing Summary: Makes 5 hearty servings  Ingredients 2 cups water 1 large onion, chopped 1/2 cup white basmati rice, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed well and drained 1 cup corn kernels (fresh, canned, or thawed frozen) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) 1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 1 Tbsp olive oil (optional) 1 tsp dried basil 1/2 tsp dried… Read More »Stuffed Squash (Quinoa and Rice Stuffing)

Arthritis, Allergies, & Raw Food Diets

Can changing your diet help with symptoms of arthritis or fibromyalgia? Research shows that a change in diet can definitely help some people with these conditions. I am pleased to see the Arthritis Society’s online material now mentions Scandinavian studies that show links between diet and an improvement in health. At this point, the research is limited and the groups studied are small (typically fewer than two dozen people). Below… Read More »Arthritis, Allergies, & Raw Food Diets

Treat Yourself

Throughout my childhood, our family had a February tradition. During this grey, rainy month, my sisters and I were allowed to stay home from school for one day and do whatever we liked (within reason). This personal holiday was created by my mom, simply because February tends to be such a dreary month. Mahara Brenna, an outstanding mediator and master rebirther in Vancouver, recently commented to me that, in this… Read More »Treat Yourself

Fine Dining With Health in Mind

Sparkling white soup bowls are placed before us, each with a cluster of exotic salad greens at its centre.  Our charming server pours a creamy green soup into our bowls from an elegant pitcher, and the greens become a leafy island. Thus dinner begins: a Spring Pea Veloute garnished with Lemon Scented Baby Herb Salad. The taste is an exquisite blend of sweet peas, spinach and shallots, the texture smooth.… Read More »Fine Dining With Health in Mind

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” meal on KLM Airline on my return flight viaAmsterdam. My dinner tray consisted of roasted… Read More »Sky, Sea, Road and Rail

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 can be cross-contamination between white and yolk. Eggs from various species contain similar proteins, so… Read More »Facing the World Without Egg on Our Face

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 fat), 2.      stress management and group support (with techniques such as yoga and improved communications),… Read More »Your Happy Healthy Heart

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 rackets, bikes, snowshoes, a compass and whistle for hikers. Sets of sports equipment for a… Read More »Share Your Love: Gifts for People and the Environment

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 protective phytochemicals known as carotenoids (Beta-carotene and others). For those with food sensitivities, squash is… Read More »Savoring Winter Squash