I always struggle with what to write at the beginning these posts; this one is no different. I’m going to go off topic a little here and share with you a quick story. In early December last year, I went on a last minute vacation to Europe. Literally, I booked my flight and within less than two weeks I was landing in Lisbon, Portugal. I had booked the trip right in the middle of one of my school’s biggest classes and I had a final exam and assignment due the day after I returned from my trip. I promised myself I would complete the assignment and make all my study notes before my departure, which I did, and that I would study while travelling, which I did not. YOLO. Read More »
Last night I hopped on a video call with a new friend from across the pond in the U.K. Some of you might already know him, Sid from Team Bike Beyond. We have known each other as our Instagram pseudonyms for the last two years and every now and then would message each other with words of encouragement and comment on each others shared love for coffee and bikes. Earlier this week I reached out to Sid asking him about a ketogenic diet. Sid was ecstatic to speak with me about the subject, so much so, that we were on a call for over 2 hours!Read More »
Fall is a time for soups, stews and hearty warm dishes. Although it is technically Fall, it has been feeling like Summer with a serious heat wave taking over Toronto the past week. But of course, I didn’t let this stop me from making some of my favourite Fall dishes, just like this hot hot heat didn’t stop the over-hyped annual season drop of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Note: this recipe is nothing like pumpkin spice, but its got a lot of spicy heat 😉 Read More »
I originally put together this post thinking I would feature this recipe as a chilli, which it is, but then when I pulled a container of this “chilli” out of the freezer I came up with a different way of incorporating it into my meals. This recipe makes a ton and it is great for freezing to eat at a later date. The trouble with these type of bulk recipes is that they get boring to eat after awhile. Read More »
It’s only been about a month and a half since I started studying Holistic Nutrition at CSNN and already I have learned so much. The other week I signed up for an extra course on managing stress with nutrition and learned about the importance of the food we eat and how it can affect our mood and energy levels. The body is amazing in that if we treat it well and consistently fuel it with nutrient-rich foods, this itself can have a huge impact on our health, including our moods and our ability to manage stress.
The B vitamins are essential to our health playing a vital role in brain function and our mental well-being. It is important for us to include “brain food”, B complex vitamins, in our diet as they are needed for everything from the healthy maintenance of brain cells to the metabolism of carbohydrates, the brain’s source of fuel. B vitamins are also necessary for the production of neurotransmitters, chemicals in our brain that balance our mood, keep us happy and help improve our mental health.
The B Vitamins
B1 (Thiamin): Enables the brain’s ability to metabolize glucose making energy available for mental activities.
B2 (Riboflavin): Needed for the metabolism of the amino acid tryptophan. The body uses tryptophan to help make niacin and serotonin, a “feel good” hormone.
B3 (Niacin): Plays an important role in maintaining mental agility.
B5 (Pantothenic Acid): Known as the “anti-stress vitamin”. It plays a role in the production of adrenal hormones and neurotransmitters.
B9 (Folic Acid): Helps maintain normal levels of serotonin.
B6 (Pyridoxine) and B12 (Cobalamin): Help in the production of a neurotransmitter that assists memory and learning.
The B complex salad includes a variety of nutrient-rich ingredients and B vitamins that will keep you full and happy!
B Complex Salad Ingredients:
- 1 tbsp Sunflower seeds, raw, unsalted (vitamin B1, B3, B6)
- 1 tbsp Almonds, raw, unsalted (vitamin B2)
- 1/2 Avocado (vitamin B3, B5, B6)
- 2 cups Spinach (vitamin B6)
- 4 oz Salmon, baked (vitamin B3, B5, B6)
- 1 tbsp Sesame seeds, raw, unsalted (vitamin B1)
Carbohydrates and I have always had a love-hate relationship. When I was younger I became afraid of them because I thought they would make me gain weight. Then, when I started taking care of my diabetes I completely avoided carbs out of fear of my blood sugars being too high and not being able to control them. This was extremely dangerous as my blood sugars would be running too low at times and my energy and mood levels also declined as a result of this. I have learned that balance is key in all aspects of life, including eating carbohydrates and the right kind. Read More »
One of my favourite pastimes is being in the kitchen cooking, baking, mixing, blending – I think you get the idea, I love food and I love making it! This past weekend I spent Sunday morning in the kitchen cooking up my favourite soup, Vegan Cabbage Soup!Read More »