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I believe nature has the power to heal through food and herbs, or by pulling us to enjoy the outdoors.

Food is more than just energy; many foods also contain nutrients that nourish and heal our bodies and brain of illness and disease. Nature and its remedies come in many different forms.

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Worried about the wildfire smoke? Here’s what you can do at home

There are 400+ wildfires burning in Canada and currently a third of them are in the eastern province of Quebec. If you live in North America (especially on the eastern side) you have experienced the smoke and haze too. It was so bad this week that school kids were instructed to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities around the country. (This article was written as a follow-up to the Maple + Marigold newsletter, June 10, 2023 edition. Sign up for your copy.) Here are some personal health tips and advice to navigate this wildfire 'season’ and how we can maintain...
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Top 10 Foods to Stay Cool This Summer

food can either have a heating effect on our bodies or the reverse, a cooling effect. Here is my Ayurveda-Inspired list of Top 10 cooling foods this summer. There is nothing more comforting than a big bowl of stew on a cold winter's night. It never fails to make me feel warm and cozy as the temperature drops. But with rising temps, the sun beating down and sweat trickling between the shoulder blades, a bowl of hot soup is probably the last thing on your mind. That's when you need something crisp and refreshing to cool the palate and the body....
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15 Top Foods that Kids Will Actually Eat

Every year, around this time new food trends take over the headlines, and people share what we should be eating and looking for in grocery stores. But let's be real for a hot minute. "Will kids - yours and mine - eat ANY of the food that's on the trendy lists?" "Crickets?" No! "Motherless" Meat? No, thank you? Earlier this year I wrote about the Top 5 Big Food Trends of 2019. It was after that post when I received tons of questions that I started writing this tome. 2500 words of what started out as a simple list of top...
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11 Tips For Eating out with Allergies: India edition

We live in Toronto and travel often especially to visit family and friends in India. This annual trip has been challenging to say the least since being diagnosed with food allergies and intolerances. Over time I have figured out ways to navigate the culinary wonders of Indian cuisine and keep my daughter's eczema at bay at the same time. Here are my tips for eating out with allergies in India.  30-40 % of the world suffers from allergies of varying degrees and types. In India, the awareness of allergies is still low but in recent years the number of diagnosed people...
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7 food additives that may be harming our kids

It's confession time - candy is popular in my house. We seem to always have enough to power a small town of starved kids at any given moment. And none of this stash of candy is actually *bought* by us. It just seems to appear on the counter every weekend.  Every so often and after every festive celebration like Easter, Halloween and Holi I look over the kids' candy haul and check for food additives. What are Food Additives Food companies add chemicals to our food to retain freshness, to make it look attractive and to enhance flavour or texture....
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4 Travel Essentials That Make for A Comfortable Flight

Travelling with kids is a terrible experience. An easy-peasy 5-hour journey can transform into an all-day nightmare when you add in pee breaks and whining about, "I can't feel my legs. I think they are dying." And that's when you're on the road with the ability to stop and take a breather. What about long-haul flights? Travelling with kids can be a mess but flying in a tin can, breathing in recycled air and sharing an armrest with a total stranger is enough to make even well-adjusted adults go crazy? Kids are another matter altogether. Over the years of travel and...
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5 Benefits of Cilantro

Spices and herbs have tremendous healing power, and our bodies already know this. It's the reason I spoon turmeric powder into my stew at that first sign of frost on the roof. And it's also the reason I often reach for cilantro. Certain spices and herbs not only add flavour to our meals but also positively influence our health. Real food, big flavour, and easy - that's why you're reading this, aren't you? What is Cilantro (Coriander)? A sweet-smelling herb, Cilantro often grows close to the ground. That's why it needs to be washed really well before use. The seeds and...
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Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities in Kids Can Cause Itchy Skin

My daughter has itchy skin. As it turns out, food allergies and food sensitivities can trigger this. Over the years we have found that the food we eat has a big effect on her, her skin in particular. We manage this through identifying and eliminating certain foods that don’t suit her system.  It’s a lot of trial and error but we have found a food elimination diet for kids can work. My daughter has itchy skin. Did I say that already? We have been to dermatologists, allergists, doctors, and pediatricians. She’s been on umpteen medicines and hydrocortisone creams. She’s beenwrapped...
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Kids with Allergies: Why your child may be cranky

My youngest has had itchy skin for a long time. It took us a while before we realized what we were dealing with. As it turns out it's often difficult to diagnose kids with food allergies. Fall by the Bow River, Calgary The itchy skin cropped up around the same time as our relocation from Calgary to Toronto so we kept blaming the move. Next came the change in weather - Toronto is by a lake with higher humidity, and Calgary, where my little one was born, is dry. Close to the foothills of the Rocky...
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Back to School Health Tips; Prep A First Aid Kit

A back to school first aid kit - yes, there is such a thing. Back to school is a difficult time of the year. For all my tough talk and the time my hubby and I take to travel and do things that we did long before we had kids, I confess - our lives revolve around our kids. Our routine is devoted to our children. And ever since I started to work from home (as opposed to having a successful corporate career with relatively stylish and definitely cleaner clothes) I confess - our life revolves around our kids. So...
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