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The human body contains enormous quantities of potential energy. The average adult has 9000kcal of energy stored in each kg of fat. That’s enough energy to hike half-way across the continent burning 100kcal/hour.

You might be wondering, if I have so much potential energy why do I feel so tired? Most of us think we need to produce more energy by eating more food when we are tired. But what if we are tired because we are holding back our energy instead of releasing it?

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Recently a global news agency reported that in a study of 13 modern countries, Canada ranked 3rd for the most sleep deprived. It also stated that 1 in 3 Canadian men are getting only 4 to 6 hours of sleep per night. Canada’s ParticipAction Report card scored poorly with 1 in 3 children testing lethargic from not getting enough sleep. Clearly lack of sleep is epidemic in our society.

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There are many reasons one might feel sad and gloomy these days. Before you reach for the anti-depressant drugs, you could try these five dietary ideas plus one phenomenally effective energetic technique to help pull you out of the blues in a subtle but steady way.

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Cathy’s Comfort Drink – a Secret Recipe, shhhh…

Are you or your loved ones feeling sluggish and unmotivated in the winter months, especially after the holiday excesses?  Could your body be trying to recover from too much sugar, flour, dairy, and alcohol and other toxins? Did you put on a few more pounds this year?  Have you been getting every cold that comes around?  Do you have achy joints, dry skin, bloating and gas?

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Whole Foods as Anti-Depressants?

What is depression anyway? Depression in itself is not a true emotion. It is an amalgamation of many different emotions, including sadness, grief, loneliness, anxiousness, discouragement, and perhaps even suppressed anger. Saying you’re depressed takes away your responsibility for finding the underlying cause. It negates the emotion you are feeling and your empowerment to change it.

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5 Steps to a Slim and Healthy New Year

With Christmas over and New Year’s approaching what’s the easiest and most effective thing you can do to recover from the excesses of overeating, and the blame, shame and self criticism that goes with it? Here are some simple actions you can take to change your habit and jump start your way toward a healthier, slimmer, happier 2017.

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“Got Milk?” – the Untold Story…

Most people believe they need to consume large, daily quantities of milk to achieve good health. Unfortunately, except in times of famine, we have no need at all for cow’s milk and with today’s milk processing methods; it is actually quite harmful to our health.

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Keep Warm and Healthy this Winter Without Eating Inflammatory Foods

As winter approaches and the air feels brisk and chilly, it seems natural to think about curling up on the couch with a bowl of warm and spicy soup. Winter is a time for comfort foods which help to warm the body and support immunity and digestion. The abundance of squash and pumpkins in our gardens and grocery are chock full of nutrients our bodies need to keep our systems healthy and strong throughout the cold months. Spices help with digestion of cooked foods, but they can also provide excellent nutritive value in themselves.

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What about the Latest Magic Molecule?

Almost daily I am asked by someone what I think of the latest magic potion for what ails them.  (Today someone asked about Vitamin C and lysine for their heart because there was an article in the paper expounding on the benefits of these combined items). My answer to the question of the latest miracle discovery is this:  the work of nutrition has already been done.  There is nothing new and secret that we haven’t learned that you absolutely need that isn’t already provided by Nature.  It’s all there.  Everything we need, nicely packaged, whole and balanced just for us. Did you know that scientists have been able to take apart a whole apple to identify and isolate more than 424 different compounds (including lysine, vitamin C, co-enzyme Q and many of the other latest nutrient “discoveries” of our times?) We like to take things apart to find out how they work.  But taking apart whole foods and mimicking, replacing, reducing or isolating the various pieces is not a good idea. Once I took a bicycle apart. The pieces lying about the floor certainly did not resemble a bicycle nor were they functioning as a bicycle in that separated state. And even when I put those exact original pieces back together again to resemble my bicycle, I was left with 3 or 4 bolts and washers in my hand!  Oops.  Sure enough, some miles ride down the road that bike broke down. That is what scientists do when they create nutraceuticals.  They take a piece or pieces of a “natural source” ( such as carbon atoms from coal tar)... read more