HEY! PEOPLE!!!

March 27, 2020

Me again.

I am grateful to all who are helping us maintain a clean environment.  I am grateful to all who send uplifting poems and views of the situation that are focusing on the positive changes happening in our environment and our world.
I am sad and disappointed in the lack of information on the responsibility we need to be taking for our own immune systems; and the lack of support and encouragement for people to take charge of their own health, and build their immunity.    Of course, this has been my crusade for many years now. and I feel drawn to remind you how there are simple steps to take to do this.
I’ve been explaining to those who ask that our bodies are our ‘terrain’, and that we have a tremendous amount of control over it.  Picture a beloved car you own; washing it regularly, and  using the best polish, but ignoring the need for oil, for example, and letting it become compromised no matter how much you care for the exterior.  It IS important to lovingly care for the exterior, but it is even MORE important to protect ourselves by giving our cells what they need to become whole and healthy, capable of warding off disease.
Now is the time, while we are all left in a situation where we have the time, to put in place some strategies to build your health; to spend some time learning how to purchase and make some delicious foods to nurture your entire body, whether you live with a partner, by yourself, or with your children.  Cooking and preparing meals and snacks can be fun; a new activity to set in place in your lifestyle.
NOW is also the time to add antioxidant supplements to your diet, and minerals that build immunity.  Briefly, those are Vitamin A, C, E, zinc, selenium, and magnesium.  (see my last blog entry for more information, and the link to Dr. Rona`s list).  As well, pages 263 and 265 in Eat Away Illness list supplements to boost, and to build immunity.  To this end, I called several health food stores in Saskatoon yesterday, and all are supplying service and sales to help with this.
Yesterday I received three emails that described families spending time baking treats and enjoying them with their family and friends.  All of these treats contained white flour and sugar!!
PEOPLE!!  Your body needs whole foods to rebuild!  It needs the macro nutrients, unprocessed, to sustain and to pump up your immunity!  (FYI macro nutrients are proteins, carbs and fats).
NOW is the time to pick a few nutrient dense recipes that appeal to you and add them to your lifestyle.
Most of you reading this  have my healing manual Eat Away Illness, where I describe in detail about each macro nutrient: what it is, what to buy, and how to prepare.  Also, the recipes are all nutrient dense; no white flour, processed foods,  or sugar!  If you wish to purchase a hard copy, let me know, and I will mail one to you.  It is also available as a download from my website, www.healingwithnutrition.ca for $19.95, and you could have it at your fingertips immediately.
This blog is also a resource for many recipes, some of which are not in my books, so take a look, choose a few, and start building up your terrain!  Check out the following: Nettle Leaf Tea August 2011; “Wow” Cereal, May 2012; Homemade Chocolate Chips, April 2013; Special Popcorn, May 2013; Raw Salsa, August 2011; Lemon Curd, December 2014; Sweet Potato Brownies, September 2015; Pumpkin Pancakes, December 2017; Cilantro Pesto, July, 2018.

Here is the recipe for the Eatmore Bars, a vegetarian protein bar, from Cook Your Way to Health.

Eatmore Protein Bar:

1/2 cup organic peanut butter, crunchy or creamy

1/8 – 1/4 cup unpasteurized honey (if using 1/8 fill cup to 1/4 with pure water)

1 cup chocolate chips (darkest chocolate you can find; or make your own with no sugar see post April 2013)

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 cups oat flakes (not oatmeal)

1 cup chopped plain roasted peanuts

1.  In a large saucepan over low heat, combine peanut butter and honey.

2.  Add chips and vanilla and stir until combined.

3.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined.

4.   Spread onto an oiled or parchment covered cookie sheet and cool in the refrigerator until set.

Cut into bars and serve.   Freezes well.

Enjoy these for breakfast!

In good health,

Paulette.

 

 


Coronavirus Protection

March 13, 2020

Prevent and Treat yourself with natural remedies and building up your immune system!!!  I’m sorry to say I am often irritated by the fear generated by the media, and the lack of interest of many to DO something about their immune system!!   After all, our ‘terrain’ is what is responsible for our health, and for whether or not we contract any illness…..   Let’s do something positive to combat this fear, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Most of you reading this blog have my second edition of Eat Away Illness, so please get it out and pick something to start with, and act by changing your lifestyle instead of focusing on the panic.  All of our Cookin’ in the Country workshops have focused on topics that improve our immune system, be it quality food, topical cosmetics and cleansers, and/or supplements, to name a few.

Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, one of my mentors, has written a wonderful article in the Vitality Magazine March 4, 2020.  He states “The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in January has caused worldwide fear, panic, and confusion.   Fueled by non-stop media accounts of infection and death rates, quarantines of entire cities, and misleading propaganda to “get your’ flu shots” as a way of fighting the outbreak, the hysteria is building with each passing day.

People are walking around wearing useless surgical face masks as if this offers some degree of protection.  It does not (but could be of some value in preventing cameras from discovering your identity).  Viruses are too small to be prevented from spreading by the surgical face masks that many folks are using.

Medical authorities are urging us to wash our hands repeatedly to reduce the spread of viruses.   Similar to the SARS epidemic of more than a decade ago, antibacterial soaps can be found in hospitals, doctor’s offices, banks, tennis clubs, gyms, grocery stores, and elsewhere.   But they are toxic.   I recommend that you avoid using these.   Such products are quite toxic to the skin and put an added strain on the immune system.  Antibacterial soaps contain triclosan and triclocarban, two ingredients recently exposed by the U.S.FDA as being neither safe or effective infection preventers.”

Take some time to learn how to make as many as possible of your own lotions, cleansers, etc., in particular ‘hand sanitizer’ (recipe to follow)

 

Experiment with fermenting your own veggies for the beneficial effect of populating your intestinal tract with beneficial bacteria.

Enhance your diet with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, good quality protein spread over the day,  whole grains and legumes, and raw nuts. Reduce and/or eliminate anything processed, take probiotics, lots of antioxidants, and immune boosters such as oregano oil.  That’s the short list. Briefly, Dr. Rona’s top ten natural remedies are:  vitamin A, C, D, iodine, probiotics, colostrum, oil of oregano, black seed oil, curcumin, silver hydrosol. I encourage you to read the whole article, and also, if you need any help building your immune system, please feel free to book an appointment with me. Here is the link to Dr. Rona’s article:   https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/coronavirus-protection-and-treatment-top-10-natural-remedies/

Hand Sanitizer:

1/4 cup aloe vera gel

1/2 tsp. glycerin

1/2 tsp. colloidal silver

10 drops tea tree oil

10 drops wintergreen

Mix all together in a small glass container, and add pure water if needed to make desired consistency. I like it the way it is.

Place in small glass containers to carry with you, and keep in your car. I like small glass bottles with eye droppers.

 

Good Health is Not An Accident!

Blessings,

Paulette.

 

 


INFLAMMATION: THE ROOT OF ILLNESS

February 20, 2020

 

Enjoy a relaxing day in the country with our “COOKIN’ IN THE COUNTRY” workshop. Learn anti-inflammatory nutrition secrets, and how to eat to beat disease.  Increase your energy and your performance.  Create nourishing easy to make foods. In this five hour workshop you will learn how to heal your body from the inside out using whole food ingredients.

 What do you receive?

  • Information and resources to reduce inflammation.
  • Demonstration and samples of all recipes
  • Opportunity to ask questions in a caring cozy atmosphere
  • Best selling healing manual Eat Away Illness ($50 value) or two small books of your choice.
  • energy creating lunch.

 

Saturday March 21, 2020

                    10am – 3pm

Investment: $115

Old Borden Mennonite Church

                             North of Borden on Larson Road

Register: (306)244-8890

etransfer or cheque due upon registration

 

 

I look forward to seeing you again, and a special thanks to those of you who allow me to share my healing information.  And we get to eat alot!

In Health,

Paulette.

 

 

 


The Thyroid Connection Workshop – Big Thank You!

October 8, 2019

 

A big thank you to all of you who attended the workshop Saturday September 28th here in the country!

We had a lot of fun, a lot to eat, and a day of learning.  We ate Eatmore Protein Bars, Black Bean Soup, Wild Salmon Burgers, Almond Butter Greens, Cabbage Tomato Skillet, Protein Smoothie, Oriental Black Bean Salad, Stress Busting Dip with Sweet Potato Crackers, and Royal Halva. My favorite comment of the day was “I just want a whole bowl of the Almond Sauce”!

We all had a good laugh when the Savoy cabbage and the chopped cabbage all went into the salad by mistake.  My quick thinking assistant Sonja zipped up another bowl of sliced cabbage for the skillet and all was well!

Thanks to Sonja for her help, Eleanor and Kim for their help with preparation; it is quite an undertaking to organize a presentation, the venue, and the cooking demos to feed 14 people.

I trust everyone will make some changes in their diet and/or lifestyle, and achieve  better health.

Blessings,

Paulette.

 


Making Veggie Powder and Depression Presentation Reminder

September 12, 2019

Now is the time to dehydrate that extra garden produce and make this amazing veggie powder to sprinkle on salads, veggies, or to use in soup.  Easy peasy – just dehydrate onion, tomatoes, and red peppers separately, grind in your Nutri Bullet or blender and combine to form this great condiment.

Black Fox Farm and Distillery is on Valley Road, and this weekend they are having a Pumpkin Fest!  I will be presenting a one hour talk on Managing and/or Healing Depression Naturally, sponsored by Nvigorate and Seabuckthorn Days.  11:30 – 12:30 Saturday September 14.

Signing up for this presentation online gets you in the gate free!

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-depression-naturally-tickets-68056632219

What CAN we do without using drugs to relieve symptoms of depression?  Learn how to enhance your quality of life with nutrition and lifestyle changes:

  • how macronutrients can have a tremendous impact on your mood and energy level.
  • how your gut health affects your brain function.
  • how balancing hormones, and supporting thyroid function can relieve symptoms of depression.
  • which foods, which combinations of foods, and what quantity of these foods are ideal.
  • which foods to avoid, and why.
  • how to use supplements and which ones are useful for various symptoms.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Paulette.


The Thyroid Connection and Healing Depression Naturally

September 6, 2019

Join me at these two events to improve your health, increase your energy, and generally help you enjoy your life.  Good Health is Not an Accident!

 

HEALING DEPRESSION NATURALLY at Black Fox Farm and Distillery Pumpkin Fest.

Canadian Mental Health Fundraiser sponsored by SeaBuckThorn Days!

11:30-12:30 Saturday, September 14

To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/healing-depression-naturally-tickets-68056632219

(purchasing this ticket gets you in the gate as well .  $25)

What CAN we do without using drugs to relieve symptoms of depression? Learn how to enhance your quality of life with nutrition and lifestyle changes:
…how macronutrients can have a tremendous impact on your mood and energy level.
…how your gut health affects your brain function.
…how balancing hormones, and supporting thyroid function can relieve symptoms of depression.
…which foods, which combinations of foods, and what quantity of these foods are ideal.
…which foods to avoid, and why.
…how to use supplements and which ones are useful for various symptoms

COOKIN’ IN THE COUNTRY:    THE THYROID CONNECTION

September 28, 2019  from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. at Heartwood Healing Centre 21 km. north of Borden.

Are you depressed?  Sluggish? Overweight?   Now is the time to learn the THYROID CONNECTION!

Come and spend the day with me and learn how hormone imbalance, elimination issues, sensitivity to cold, and more are connected to thyroid health, and why it isn’t diagnosed.

  • address the cause of the thyroid gland malfunction and how to eliminate symptoms.
  • understand why blood tests for thyroid often don’t find the inefficient working of the gland.
  • learn which nutrients support thyroid health and what foods to add to your dietary program to boost function.  You will also learn which foods to avoid and why.
  • find which lifestyle changes you can integrate to boost thyroid function.
  • get guidance on which supplements rebuild thyroid glandular function and how to restore production of all five thyroxin hormones.

This workshop includes lunch, cooking demos and healing manual Eat Away Illness ($50 value).

Investment:  $115   by etransfer or cheque

306-244-8890 to register or for more info.

Call soon as space is limited and we are filling up fast!  Carpooling available.

Cilantro Pesto with Dulse

 

Homemade Almond Milk with Coconut Water

Smoothie with Beet Powder

Cilantro in garden box.

I look forward to seeing all of you regulars, and a great welcome to you newbies!!

Blessings,

Paulette.

 


Easy Zucchini Pasta!!

September 2, 2019

I know some of you are drowning in zucchini, so I have some ideas for you.  My spiralizer makes the greatest curly noodles that are thicker than shredded zucchini. It also works great with the Globe Zucchini!

Zucchini Pasta

1 zucchini per person (I like to pick them before they have a large seed cavity)

coconut oil for saute

1 jar organic pasta sauce (Simply Organic, plain is good)

Parmesan cheese

  1.   Saute zucchini in coconut oil on medium very briefly, just until desired firmness is achieved.   Do not overcook.
  2.   Place in bowls and add heated tomato sauce, and sprinkle with parmesan to serve.

How easy is that??? Try this easy to make delicious vegetable dish today!

Of course if you are a raw food fan, you may serve the zucchini raw with the toppings.

Zucchini, as you know, makes wonderful muffins and loaves, but have you tried Zucchini Pancakes?  Zucchini Medley? Dehydrated Zucchini? Cream of Zucchini Soup?  While I had my spiralizer on the counter, I froze 8 bags of the noodles to use in the winter.   Squeeze the frozen zucchini before using.

Watch your inbox for two upcoming workshops:  Healing Depression Naturally, and The Thyroid Connection.

Enjoy all of those fresh summer veggies!

Paulette.

 


Vegetable Squares

May 10, 2019

This recipe was originally published in Cook Your Way to Health as Vegetable Appetizers, using 1 cup of gluten-free whole grain flour.  As part of a cleanse I was doing this past month, I experimented with using my homemade almond flour, and I’m happy to report that I loved them!  Here is my new version:

Vegetable Appetizers

A nutrient dense breakfast – no grain flour or sugar, great protein, and lots of veggies!

1 medium onion, finely chopped

3 cups finely chopped carrots, broccoli, celery, zucchini and/or mushrooms (you choose)

1 cup almond flour (grind whole raw almonds in Nutri Bullet or blender, or use dehydrated left over almond pulp from making almond milk)

1/2 cup grated old cheddar, or cheese of your choice.   I used 1 cup Goat Cheddar.

2 tbsp. parsley

1 tbsp. dill

1/2 tsp. oregano

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil

4 eggs, slightly beaten

unhulled sesame seeds

  1.   Heat oven to 350 F and oil a 9″ square baking pan.
  2.   Mix all ingredients together and spread into pan.   Top with sesame seeds.
  3.   Bake until golden brown, about 40 minutes, cool on a rack.
  4.   Cut into squares and serve.

Great with soup for lunch, and cold in the lunchbox.

Replace toast and jam with this healthy alternative!


Yahoo!! Lifetime Achievement Award!

May 10, 2019

What an honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Holistic Nutrition Conference this month in Calgary.  Focus of the conference was Inflammation, the Root Cause of Illness.   All of the speakers were captivating, with the latest research into healing with nutrition.

Having worked in the industry for 25 years plus, this award has recognized my contributions: my books, my presentations, my published articles, my consultations, and my latest venture, my healing retreat in the country.

This is an opportunity for me to thank all of you who have attended my workshops and presentations, my clients, and those of you who have purchased my books.  And, of course, thank you to all who are allowing me to help with improving your health through my retreat center.

Natural and holistic nutrition is timeless.  The basic macronutrients and whole and natural foods continue to be important, regardless of the many new ‘diets’ out there, and the new products.  It has affirmed for me that my five books are indeed anti-inflammatory, as there are no white flours, sugar, or processed foods.  I’m also pleased that as well as the hard copies there are the pdf versions of all five available on my website http://www.healingwithnutrition.ca

I encourage all of you to continue to try new recipes using whole foods, up your vegetable intake, and cut out anything processed.   Your body will love you for it.

Blessings

Paulette.


Healthy Skin for Kids!

April 19, 2019

Dry and/or scaly skin is the sign of essential fatty acid deficiency.  The skin’s outermost layer is composed of cell membranes and protein, and the cell membranes are dependent on good fats.

A healthy child has lustrous skin and hair.  Hair is really an appendage of the skin, made of protein derived from cell membranes.  Many children today have dull hair and dry skin; actually, varying degrees of dryness are the rule, from  a flat dullness to visible scaling and roughness.

Healthy food fats are the best way to ensure that your child gets the balanced essential fatty acids that they need, and these are walnuts, raw nuts and seeds, fresh fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines), avocado,  and navy and kidney beans.

Clearly it is a problem for parents to ensure their children receive an adequate intake, particularly a fussy eater, therefore food oils are the most practical way to supply EFAs to their children.

These are fish oil extracts,  black currant oil and borage oil (unique in containing gamma linoleic acid or GLA, helpful during metabolism of linoleic acid), cod liver oil (never use defatted cod liver oil, but may purchase the flavored oil). Children with eczema may have difficulty converting linoleic acid, the major omega-6 EFA, to GLA, and borage and  black currant oils get around this problem.

While we are looking at skin health here, parents will discover that learning disabilities may improve, and behavior problems may lessen when their child is no longer deficient in essential fats. Some sources say that 80% of hyperactive children benefit from EFAs.  If your child suffers from  autoimmune disorders, asthma,  and many other illnesses, you may see lessening of symptoms over time.

It is useful to open a capsule and add it to smoothies or other foods for children that are unable to swallow capsules, and rubbing the oil from the capsule on the skin is most helpful as well. (do not give capsules to children under the age of 4).  In addition to the borage oil for GLA content, use pure oils rather than lotions that contain many undesirable additives, such as pure jojoba oil, pure avocado oil,  pure walnut oil and pure hemp oil , even olive oil, as good sources for rubbing on a baby’s, or children’s skin.

Seeing healthy skin and hair on a child means the essential fats are being assimilated, and this is helping the child to build resistance to disease.

Because Vitamin A is a co-factor nutrient, helping the enzymes in your child’s body metabolize EFAs, it is crucial to healthy skin.  The best sources of vitamin A are orange, red, yellow, and deep green vegetables, for example carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, tomato,  spinach, watermelon, mango, and apricots.  Good animal sources are the egg yolks from pasture raised chickens, and cod liver oil.

As the cell membranes are composed of protein as well, it is important to ensure your child has small amounts of good quality protein, spread over the day.  Avoid processed proteins, as well as all processed foods; many are full of undesirable additives and sugars.

Many children love pasta; purchase pastas such as chickpea rotini, quinoa swirls, lentil pasta, black bean spaghetti, and other whole food pastas rather than the usual pasta made from white wheat flour.  Salads made by combining the bean pasta with the grain pasta give the child a good source of protein.

Another way to increase the nutrient value of pasta sauces is to add some vegetable powders such as dehydrated beets, tomatoes, and onions, as well as a good quality (high level of amino acids) collagen powder.

Spend time with your children planning menus, recipes, and shopping together for the ingredients.  Allow them to help in the preparation of the foods,  encouraging interest and desire to eat what they have made.

Try dehydrated beet powder in smoothies, Date Filled Cookies made with Almond Flour, Pumpkin Custard, Pumpkin Pie, Chickpea Pasta Protein Salad, and Cashew Cheese Loaf.  (Date Filled Cookies, Pumpkin Custard, Chickpea Pasta Salad and Cashew Cheese Loaf recipes available here on the blog)