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

From Food Writer and Climate Advocate comes this Simple-to-follow Cookbook.

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Good Food, Healthy Planet

Your Kitchen Companion to Simple, Practical, Sustainable Cooking  

Create An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt For All Ages

Creating an outdoor scavenger hunt is a fun way to keep the kids occupied and enjoy the outdoors at the same time . Here's how you can do it. Growing up I remember my mom often said two things "Eat homemade food as much as possible." And, "Get outside and play. You won't be bored." It took me some 30 odd years to realize it, but my mom was right, about both things. Today we know that "interaction with nature is an essential part of healthy childhood development." Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods calls it...
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7 Essential Indian Spices For Your Pantry

Cumin, coriander seeds and a dried red chilli 7 Essential Indian Spices To Start Off Your Spicebox There's no denying Indian cuisine is aromatic and delicious. But what many people don't know is the tremendous regional diversity that forms the base of Indian food. A result of 5000 years of history and cultural influences, this diversity means there is no one dish that truly represents Indian cuisine. Not even the ubiquitous butter chicken. While you do see proof of this dish's popularity with its inclusion in "international menus" everywhere, it is still not a true representation of Indian food. Not even...
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8 Health Benefits Of Cinnamon

My sense of smell is my super power. A whiff helps me travel through time and space. The sweet and spicy aroma of cinnamon is especially powerful. When I learned about the amazing health benefits of cinnamon, I had to move this spice to the top of my "must-use" list. The smell of cinnamon takes me back across seven seas to early morning teatime with my parents. My mom and dad had the same routine when they retired - morning tea and exercise, and then about an hour later a cup of infused hot water, holy basil (tulsi) in the...
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15 Activities To Help Kids Manage Stress

Vacation time is all about relaxing on the grass and dreaming up at the stars. And then bam! Back-to-school is like a slap in the face. It's time for packing your bags, calendars, lists, and getting out of the door on time. Even more so for your child. Stress for kids is all-consuming. A slight in the classroom, a tussle in the yard, an insult in the hallway. Don't even get me started on expectations - those that we have of them and even more so, those they have for themselves. It all adds up to some seriously stressed-out kids....
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3 Reasons Why Ginger Is Good For You

Ginger is one of my favourite flavours. Spicy, aromatic and very Asian, its gnarly appearance belies the powerhouse inside. Growing up in India I heard a lot about the health benefits of ginger but it didn't really sink in till recently. With the unpredictable weather it feels like I've had a constant cold the past few months. So when my Mom heard the hoarseness my voice on the phone a few days ago, she told me to try her ginger, pepper + honey concoction. And to my surprise - it worked! Yes - I listened to my mother and immediately started to feel better....said...
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Why You Should Give Up That Food You Love

Last month I gave up wheat for the first time. Now that may not sound like a lot to you but for a person who starts the day with a fried egg on toast, has a sandwich-on-the go for lunch and for whom dinner time usually means pasta (homemade, but no points for that), wheat forms a fair share of the dinner plate. So as you can probably guess it's been a tough couple of weeks. It all started when I read about the significance of that first food that one reaches out for. That first food that your taste...
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Raising Happy Kids: 3 Essential Life Skills We Need To Be Happy

There are so many things that drive me crazy. Mixing coloureds and whites, dirty dishes left on the counter, Lego on the stairs. And click-baity headlines. "Potty train your child in 3 days." "Teach your kid to sleep in her own bed this weekend."  Nope, that's not a real one. I wish it was, sure to be a bestseller. Then last week I read one that stopped me in my tracks - How to teach our children the art of happiness. It started me thinking - why aren't children happy? Why aren't we raising happy kids? Their lives are simple, carefree, little responsibilities. They...
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