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)