Natural Health

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.

Good Food, Healthy Planet book

New cookbook to help people choose low-waste, good-for-us food.

Good Food, Healthy Planet

Your Kitchen Companion to Simple, Practical, Sustainable Cooking  

A Mom’s Journey To Get Her Family Active for Life

As a child, growing up in India, I was reasonably active. My brother and I walked to school, friends' homes, climbed trees and biked to the neighbourhood park. Over the years I developed some good habits - like yoga in the morning. And then there were some not so great habits - like skipping that morning yoga for a few extra minutes of sleep. Moving to Canada with my husband 12 years ago was a brand new chapter in our lives. It took us a while to get comfortable in this new country that we now call home. And I found being active actually...
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Warming Winter Spices: Traditional Kahwa Recipe

Are you suffering from the after-effects of a crazy snowstorm? Or wondering if you should make the effort to light up the fireplace? Instead of all that work, I have an easier solution for those cold evenings. A traditional Indian spiced tea. This Kashmiri kahwa recipe is made using saffron, cardamom and cinnamon - all ingredients that warm you up from the inside. As a child in India, I loved how my mom used herbs and spices in our food to help us stay healthy through the winter. The aroma of certain spices still takes me back to my childhood....
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Orange Peel Tea as a Natural Decongestant — Perfect for Colds and Flu

I love winter. Before you think I'm crazy hear me out! There's Christmas at the start and then comes the joy of snow. Sledding with the kids and rolling down a hill covered with the fluffy white stuff is fun indeed. I promise! Unfortunately, winter also brings in snot and sneezing and coughing and congestion. That part's no fun at all. I am always looking for natural ways to boost my family's immunity. This Orange Peel tea is a natural decongestant and is the best tea to beat that cold. Benefits of Orange Peel Oranges have long been considered one...
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5 Small Steps To A Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

The holidays are a happy time. But with all the entertaining, travel and late nights with close family, this time also ends up being quite stressful. I often make a trip and go back to India to visit grandparents and the extended family. It's a long flight from Toronto for sure but the kids have been making this trip since they were 5 weeks old. At 11 and 6 today, they have more air miles under their belt than many adults in their 30s. But just because my kids are experienced travellers it doesn't mean that I can let my guard...
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How To Get Rid Of Lice – Step 1 PANIC!

Last week I was combing my younger daughter's hair and I found lice. And even though every article I have read since then on how to get rid of lice tells me NOT to panic! I did! I freaked out! Sadly I've had experience with this before - 5 years ago with my older one. There was a Christmas concert in that story, along with kids who couldn't decide if they wanted to be Santa or an Elf! And the naive teachers who left the choice of hats up to the kids. "Here, you can be Santa today! I had...
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The Best Way to take Turmeric (Easy Golden Milk Recipe)

Winter is here and so is the cold and flu season. Schools, daycare, offices — we're not safe anywhere. And if you take public transportation then that means immersing yourself in a germ pool from the second you leave the house. Yuck! Scroll down for my easy turmeric milk recipe to combat those germ-y ills. It's not possible to live in a bubble. Life is messy and sticky, but also full of joyful moments; even though they may come covered in germs. That's where natural health remedies come in. Traditional Indian wisdom recommends the use of certain spices to rid...
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7 Reasons Why Kids Need Baking Soda

I like shortcuts - a speedy path to healthy, delicious and enjoyable works for me. And baking soda is one of those solutions that always blows my mind. The advantages of using it as a natural cleaning agent around the house are truly amazing - even for tough jobs like cleaning silver. We would have a stinkier house for sure if it wasn't for this miracle cleaner. But along with being a part of my regular house keeping routine, baking soda is also an important part of my kids' lives. With their growing bodies I find there is a need to...
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5 Health Tips For Kids Going Back To School

Usually by the end of the summer break my kids are done. My oldest looks forward to the routine of school, and honestly, I look forward to having my days back to myself. As a work-at-home mom my biggest challenge is carving out time for work during summer, and striking the right balance between fun, friends, activities, and camp. What I don't look forward to is getting sick as soon as we get back to our September routine. Hence the need for health tips for kids going back to school, especially the younger ones who share germs along with everything...
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Juice Vs. Fruit: An Open Letter To @HealthCanada

My children think they they know everything. Advice from me usually goes unheeded unless it's followed by a countdown. "3-2-1. Time out!" On rare occasions they are right...as  they were in this case, and resoundingly so! Dear Health Canada, My kids and I have had a lot of free time on our hands recently. Summer holidays will do that to you when it's slow mornings and even slower days, and that's when we like to read and eat at the same time. It was one of those days when my younger one disappeared from the breakfast table searching for her favourite book,...
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Get Your Hands Dirty This Summer

It's summer and we're looking forward to long days, late nights, backyard camping and BBQ dinners. In Canada the outdoor season is brief, and that means we have but a few months to fully enjoy our fun in the sun. That's what the back yard is all about for me - gardening with kids and having a barbecue or a picnic.  And if some of the strawberries and mint were grown in our own backyard - even better. My kids are 13 and 8 and they love spending time outdoors. They seem to argue less outdoors and I'm not called...
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