Healthy Zucchini Fritters (Gluten Free, Grain Free)
By Nancy Este, RNCP
2 large zucchini, grated
2 TBSP coconut flour
¼ cup purple onion, finely diced
¼ TSP pink himalayan sea salt
1/8 TSP fresh black pepper
3 TBSP Coconut oil for cooking
This kid-friendly jam is absolutely delicious and so simple to make.
Thick, gooey and sweet raw honey provides an abundance of health benefits. Raw honey is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way. While commercial honey has been heated and pasteurized and has fewer benefits.
In its natural state, raw unpasteurized honey retains all its natural vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients. It can be purchased in a liquid form or creamed.
Raw honey is not suitable for children under the age of 1 due to risk of botulism (Clostrium botulinum). Once a child reaches 1 year of age, their digestive is able to kill off any botulism germs.
Honey Lemon Cough Syrup
In a small saucepan over medium low heat, warm all ingredients until coconut oil is melted. Allow to cool slightly and take warm syrup by the teaspoon as needed. I like to add this to my chamomile tea and drink before bed.
Once the mixture has cooled, it will harden due to the coconut oil. Simply reheat on low to melt and take by spoonful or add straight into hot water or hot herbal tea.
No matter what age, ear infections can be painful. Whenever our 2 year old has a cold with a stuffy or runny nose an ear infection will likely follow. A trip to our paediatrician or ER is in order to check her ear drums for fluid and ensure they are intact. We generally leave with a prescription for yet another round of antibiotics. But, are they really necessary?
Children between 6 months and 2 years of age are at the greatest risk of developing an ear infection due to underdeveloped immune systems and the shape and size of their Eustachian tubes. Daycare and group settings also increase their risk as does bottle fed babies who drink lying down vs those who are breast fed. Most ear infections can resolve without antibiotics as many are caused by a virus. Determining what is best for you or your child depends on many factors including age and symptoms.
For us, as difficult as it was to see our child suffering with an ear infection we weren’t comfortable repeating a 3rd round of antibiotics in as little as 2 months (yes, we actually did that). While I feel there is a place for them, I just knew I had to explore natural remedies and avoid overuse of antibiotics.
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Besides looking super cute, we found this helped resolve our daughters cough, chest congestion and ear pain in less than 1 day. You may need to repeat or leave on for a full 24 hours or until symptoms have completely resolved. If your child is not keen on wearing this, trying playing a game of pirates and have everyone wear a bandana or hat.
If symptoms persist, be sure to seek medical attention immediately. I am not a doctor and cannot provide medical advice and you should always consult with your primary healthcare practitioner or MD.
It is important to talk to your primary health care practitioner about the benefits and risks of antibiotics and determine what is best for you and your family.
It’s normal for some hair to be shed daily. Adults lose approximately 50-100 strands a day because hair only lives 2 to 6 years. New hair will be replaced growing approximately ½ inch per month. Alopecia describes hair loss, which may occur in men, women or children. This may eventually lead to excessive hair loss or baldness.
Abnormal hair loss and balding can occur for a number of different reasons. Nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances may also contribute to hair loss. No matter what the cause, it can be scary and somewhat embarrassing.
Select insurance companies cover Holistic Nutrition Consultations by Registered Nutritional Consulting Practioners (RNCPs) or Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioners (ROHPs). The following insurance companies recognize the service of those who are in good standing with the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (I.O.N.C.).
Nancy is a member in good standing with the I.O.N.C.
2 bunches of greens (kale, swiss chard or collards)
1 TBSP EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 TBSP Hemp hearts (I use Manitoba Harvest)
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 TBSP Braggs Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
½ TSP sea salt (I use pink Himalayan)
Optional: a pinch or two red pepper flakes
If you have played sports or are just klutzy (like me) you're painfully aware of the inflammation associated with a sprained ankle or sore shoulder. This form of inflammation results from the immune system sending out a team of white blood cells, like an army or the OPP. This "team" works to repair the damaged tissue often resulting in redness or swelling - a temporary or acute condition.
But did you know there is also a "silent" inflammation lurking within us. This can be a more subtle inflammation and not felt like a sprained ankle. Chronic inflammation is at the root of most disease - but can be tamed. By including these anti inflammatory foods we can combat the flame within, alleviate many symptoms and reduce risk of chronic degenerative disease such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
What You Ought to Know About Menopause and Weight Gain
Many menopausal women will discover that low estrogen and low progesterone amongst others hormones, are negatively impacting their sleep, mood, energy, and health - not to mention their waistlines. Over the next decade, one in six women in Canada will hit menopause, according to projections by the Canadian government.
Menopause can start as early as age 40, with many women experiencing symptoms related to peri-menopause as early as age 33. Contrary to popular belief this is not only due to a decline in estrogen. Other hormones such as progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and thyroid hormone also dry up along with hair, skin, brain function, memory and libido.
So many women come into my office frustrated with the changes in their body and mind during this phase of their life, especially the growing waistline. They will often report hot flashes, night sweats, sleep interruptions, heart palpitations, poor memory, irritability, vaginal dryness, and urine incontinence or urgency. Changes in the appearance of their skin and hair also occur.
As a mother, daughter and sister, I understand how these changes can bring on feelings of depression and being unhappy in our own skin. One of the best tips and recommendations I provide include dietary changes, herbal support and a regular yoga practice. Not only have I personally experienced many health benefits but so have my students and clients. It all starts by taking one step at a time.
Here are 3 few tips to get you started:
To learn more, join me and a small group at my upcoming workshop - Yoga for Menopause.
Nancy Este is a Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Nutritional Practitioner. She is here to share with you over 17 years of experience in the Alternative Health field. It is her hope to help save you time, money and stress when it comes to regaining your balance in life.