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Dandelion Greens Salad

Dandelion Salad


A medium size bunch of young dandelion greens trimmed, washed, and finely chopped

1/2 cup tomatoes chopped medium-fine (halved cherry tomatoes also works well)

1 Tb finely shopped onion, preferably a red one

1 ½ Tbsp balsamic vinegar (or you can use lemon for a milder version)

3 Tbsp olive oil

Himalayan pink salt

Use freshly ground black pepper or a mixed blend of peppercorns

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Mindfulness Meditation Literally Rebuilds Your Brain



A first of its kind Harvard University study reveals that meditation literary rebuilds your brain.  This study used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the effects of meditation on the brain.


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Chocolate Avocado Pudding 

Bowl of chocolate cream

This chocolate avocado pudding is a super easy and a super healthy dessert. It is vegan and gluten free.  It literally takes a few minutes to make and is delicious.  The pudding is thick, creamy and light.  It has a rich chocolate flavour and can be modified to your liking.  This chocolate avocado pudding can be served with fruits, nuts or berries of your choice. 

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Preventing Heart Disease: An Easy Fix

 Close up portrait of cute girl brushing teeth.


One of the easiest ways to reduce the risk of heart disease is to spend a couple minutes per day taking care of your teeth.   However, most of us hate doing this,   even though it takes less time and effort than diet and exercise. Yet, so few of us follow this recommendation. Perhaps the few shortcuts listed below will help you boost your oral hygiene and as a result your heart health.  

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Healing and Warm Chicken Congee Recipe

Chicken congee


 This healing, soothing, warm and tasty dish was introduced to me by my friend Sarah from Toronto. It was a wet, rainy, slushy and damp day in Montreal. While on the phone with Sarah, l was watching a heavy rain and a blanket snow falling down and covering the city. Sarah shared her chicken congee recipe with me which immediately caught my attention. That was our supper on that cold, damp and snowy day.  It was a big hit!

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Never Have a Cold Again

Sick girl with fever

Can this even possible to never have a cold?   If you are like me and have young children, trying to never have a cold in the house could be a challenge:)


Let Me Tell You a Story


I met Dr. Bali, about 10 years ego. He was tall, tanned and strong like a bull. Dr. Bali was my husband’s yoga teacher and he was admired by many of his students.   At that time Dr. Bali was  about 80 years old, full of life and stronger than most of his students who were decades younger than him. What fascinated me about Dr. Bali was his claim that in the last 25 years he has never had a cold.

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Standing on One Foot or ‘Flamingo’ Exercise Helps Prevent Injuries

girl accepted a pose for meditation on green meadow


Beginning in our twenties, we gradually  start loosing our sense of balance. 1

As we age, we also loose our muscle strength, flexibly and vision which added to the decline in balance increases the risk of injuries.

We may not know or see this decline until we get injured.

The good news is that a decline in balance can easy be restored by performing this simple exercise which takes 1 – 3 minutes per day.


Benefits of Standing on One Foot

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Super Healthy and Super Tasty Arugula Salad

Super Healthy and Super Tasty Arugula Salad


My recent trip to New York city sent me on a chase for the perfect arugula salad.


Finally we found this small cosy, classy Italian restaurant with a wood burning oven that radiated soft glowing heat, while the subtle smell of wood smoke lingered in the background.  I can’t even recall the name of this restaurant, but the experience was amazing. We were served Panini sandwiches with an incredibly aromatic and tasty arugula salad. This was a perfect gift on that rainy and chilly day.


After hours of search and experimenting, here is a reproduction of that very healthy and incredibly tasty arugula salad, perfectly balanced with warm pecans, roasted sweet potatoes chips and creamy avocado:

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Unusual Benefits of Sunlight


Research about sun exposure has been controversial, to say the least.


Some say it is dangerous, others say it’s vital to your health.


Some say morning sun is the best, others say noon time is the best.


Are you feeling just as confused as me? Or I am all alone here?


A Recently published study funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health says:


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When Potato Chips Are Good For You


Terra Blue Potato Chips

We hear all kinds of bad stuff about potato chips:

They make you fat,

They are extremely unhealthy,

They block your arteries,

They are full of salt,

They contain carcinogenic ingredients, etc.


Can there possibly be any benefits to this junk food?

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The Juice Fast – a Simple and Effective Detox and a Way to Loose 5 – 30 lbs.

Tania Belkin


No food for 5 – 7 days, I mean no food, except juice and tea.

Those of you who have never done this, might think of it as torture, but it’s actually fun.

You see food in a new way, your sense of smell becomes keener, you discover new energy – somehow things become better and brighter and you are in a good mood.

You catch yourself smiling more often.  And needless to say, you can drop 5, 10, 20 or even 30 lbs painlessly and easily.

I do this twice per year as a detox, and I can see a big difference between the before and after.

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Quick & Easy Tonkinese Soup or Pho Soup Recipe

When it is cold, damp or chilly outside like it is in Montreal right now, you just feel like eating a huge bowl of savory heart warming soup. Pho Soup Recipe


You probably know about the health benefits of beef broth, chicken broth, potassium broth, etc.1  But broth, as healing as it is, can be extremely boring.  Why not spice it up with the fabulous flavors of the orient?:)


I started making Pho soup fairly recently and it has become a favorite soup with my friends and family.  It is really easy to make.  Needless to say, I make it on a regular basis now and I use organic ingredients as much as possible.

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Are your Organic / Eco Friendly Dry Cleaners Poisoning You and Your Family?

Nettoyeur Écologique RoyalIs your green dry cleaner really green?

The shocking truth about your Organic / Eco Friendly dry cleaners.


First The Facts

90% of dry cleaners use highly toxic chemicals.

These chemicals remain in your clothes.

These chemicals contaminate the air and water.

Some of these chemicals are known carcinogens and can cause many other health problems (see below)

Green, Organic, Natural, Eco-friendly labels can be and often are exploited by clever marketers.  On many occasions, these labels mean absolutely nothing. For example, Hydrocarbons are chemicals are found in petroleum-based solvents, they are “organic” solvents, but are nonetheless human carcinogens. 3

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3 Must Have Vitamins to Boost Immune System

Boost Your Immune System

Do you feel that you can use an extra boost for your immune system?

If you eat well and exercise regularly you are already ahead.

However, you might need an extra boost for your immune system this winter, before the flu season comes around.

I’m not big on vitamins and supplements but here are the three top vitamins that my family uses for the fall/winter season:

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Do You Want to Eat Well? Consider Sweet Potatoes!

Sweet potatoes are tasty and nutritious.Baked Sweet Potato

They are relatively fast and easy to cook.

They are a wonderful substitute for commonly used white potatoes.


Why Sweet Potatoes?

Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals.  They have vitamin A  (beta carotene), vitamin B, vitamin E, Vitamin C,  potassium, manganese and others. Which means, they are a great antioxidant and are great for you heart and cardiovascular system. They are also good for the brain, nervous system and eyes. Sweet potatoes are excellent for your skin and hair, they are considered as one of the ‘Beauty Foods’.

Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, thus they are good for weight management.

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Are You Still Consuming Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils?

We were told for years that they are trans fat

Here is some news:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food.“1

It seems that the FDA is getting set to classify PHO’s as a food additive and therefore they would become a regulated ingredient. This could mean that food producers would have to reduce or eliminate them from processed foods.

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7 Supper-Foods For Fall

Kid boy eating green apple, isolated on whiteFall vegetables and fruits are packed with needed vitamins to boost your immune system for the upcoming winter season.  Buying seasonal foods are also the least expensive way to eat.  In addition, most of the fall-harvested foods are long lasting and are great for long-term storage.


Many people believe that the best diet is a seasonal diet i.e., eat what is in season.

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The Best Alternatives to Organic

What would be a second best option, when organic food is not accessible?photo


When we don’t have access to organic food – food labelled as ‘Natural’ quickly comes to mind.  But as you may know, ‘Natural’ is a vague term that has been exploited by clever marketing.  Additionally, by reading the ingredients, you will often discover that there is nothing natural about products that are labelled ‘Natural’.


That is why, the second best alternative to ‘organic’ are ‘GMO free’ products.


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When a Product is Marketed as Natural Beware!

Have you ever fallen into the trap of believing labels that claim ‘Natural’?artificial juices


A clean, nice, ‘Green Package’ that looks attractive – must be good? After all it’s ‘Natural’, right?


Blinded by the packaging you buy this ‘Natural’ product, only to be disappointed later.


As it often turns out – ‘Natural’ is not really natural after all.
There are many examples of labeling that are misleading.
Here is a great one and an expensive one as well.


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Rip Current

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Sun, surf and fun, this is what we associate with summer vacations.


However, only a few of us know enough about the greatest danger of the beach – rip currents.


Just about every beach has rip currents.


I remember being a little child when I saw a rip current near by, while playing in the beautiful water of the Black Sea. I didn’t know what it was called, but I got a very creepy feeling about it.  I didn’t know how to swim, back then, nor did I know what I now know about rip currents.

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