Ho, Ho, Oh, No. The Holidays Are Here!
Many of us trying to make healthier lifestyle choices dread this time of year because it’s different. We shop more, sleep less, eat more, exercise less, and stress, stress, stress!
Rather than dread…look ahead! Try some of these tips to help you enjoy this holiday season.
What Is A Keto Vegan/Plant-Based Diet?
What Is Ketosis? Definition: “Ketogenesis” means “generating ketones,” which your body does naturally to generate energy from fat when carbohydrate sources are sufficiently low (e.g., after intense exercise, long periods of fasting, etc.). “Ketogenic diets” are thus a way of switching your body over into a fat-burning state. The Ketogenic or KETO diet is gaining popularity. Many people wonder if it is possible to adopt a Keto Vegan Plant-Based Diet. I’m here to tell you YES! It is!
Do Whole Foods Make A Difference?
Our lives are so busy, and with that comes the need to “save time”. This has led to a trend of drive-thrus, fast meals, and ready-made packages. It is so easy to make this choice, so we can get our kids from event to event, fit meals between work and play, or the newest trend of skipping the dishes. My question is what is this convenience costing us? Have you noticed how many cravings you have? Or how easy it is to overeat? The problem with all this convenience is that the time you save now can cost your health in the long run.
Easy Upgrades – How to Make Gluten-Free Bread (Video)
In this edition of Easy Upgrades with Malcolm Saunders of the Light Cellar, Malcolm uses a base of nuts and seeds to create a gluten free bread that can be modified for flavor or dietary needs. Sweet or savory, this bread can be adjusted to be Paleo or GAPS friendly. The basic recipe is below:
Is Coconut Oil Related to Heart Disease?
Have you heard? The American Heart Association just released news that coconut oil is bad for you…
The author of the study said that coconut oil increases the risk of heart disease. Funny enough, if you read the article all the way through, you will see that it also mentions that it is subjective to each person, and that cutting saturated fat may not actually reduce the risk of heart attack. This sensational headline is designed to get people reading the article but seems to contradict itself by the end. It also mentions that sugar and junk food are the main culprits for heart disease. The article uses MCT oil as its main way of bashing coconut oil. MCT oil is a more expensive, highly processed, fractionated form of coconut oil used by athletes and body builders to increase metabolism. MCT oil is not coconut oil.
Recreate Your Relationship With Food: Video Interview with Dr. Terry Willard
Join Malcolm Saunders as he interviews Clinical Herbalist Dr. Terry Willard in his series called Recreate Your Relationship With Food. For over forty years, Terry Willard, Cl.H., Ph.D., has studied the medicinal properties of plants. He is recognized as one of North America’s leading Clinical Herbalists. He appears regularly in the print and electronic media as a proponent of responsible herbal use. He is the past-president of the Canadian Association of Herbal Practitioners, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, and in the Canadian Health Food Association’s Hall of Fame.
Quit Dieting and Find Your Perfect Weight!
How many times have we heard that dieting is not the solution? Yet every new year, hundreds of thousands of us jump on the bandwagon once again saying this time it’s going to work!
Easy Upgrades – Upgrade Your Coffee (Video)
In this episode you will learn from owners of the Light Cellar, Malcolm Saunders & Laura Milinusic, how easy it is to take your coffee to the next superfood level. Concepts covered include brewing coffee with a batch of herbal or medicinal mushroom tea instead of just water and/or adding a herbal or medicinal mushroom extract to your finished cup of coffee whether it is a cup you made or one you got while out on the go. Enjoy!
Easy Upgrades – How To Add Nutrition To Grains (Video)
Upgrading your grains is easy! Follow along with Malcolm Saunders in another edition of Easy Upgrades, and start adding more nutrition to your grains! Concepts covered here include soaking your grain before cooking; adding a sea vegetable to the cook water; using a broth instead of or in addition to water while cooking; and finally when the grain is cooked, you can added superfood powders mesquite or maca as additional nutrients and flavour.
Flower Power Superfood Smoothie
As with all of my superfood smoothie and elixir recipes, don’t be discouraged from trying it if you don’t have all the ingredients in the list. Start where you are. Use what you have on hand. Get creative! These recipes are designed as launch pads into the world of smoothie making. The exact flavours may not be the same, but as long as the main base ingredients are present, it will turn out just fine! The superfoods and herbs are add ons that increase the nutrient density of your smoothie.
Recreate Your Relationship With Food: Video Interview with Yarrow Willard
Join Malcolm Saunders as he interviews Yarrow Willard in his video series "Recreate Your Relationship With Food." Yarrow Willard is a Clinical/Master Herbalist. He is the co-visionary / formulator of the Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary and director of the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing.
How to Choose the Best Blender
As a professional raw food chef and teacher for 20 years, I have used many types of blenders over the years. I have had some blenders that I have really liked using and some that I would not recommend purchasing. In a nutshell, you get what you pay for. Here is what I have found through extensive hands-on research:
7 Ways to Say YES to Raw Food This Month
With all of the colds, flu, viruses, stress-induced sleep disorders, hormone imbalance and low energy that people experience this time of year, our nutrition really matters! If you want to stay healthy, you need to be eating organic, plant-based, enzyme rich, alkalizing foods now more than ever!
Is Raw Food Still Relevant?
Pure Joy Planet was created from a passion for sharing the amazing healing benefits of raw, unprocessed foods. Raw foods have been our heart and soul for almost 20 years, and recently my team and I have begun to ask , “Is raw food still relevant? Are people still interested in raw food in 2016?” Buzz words like ”Plant-Based” seem to be the new “Raw” and are popping up everywhere.
Monday Basics: Stock Up
The nights are cooler. Some of us have to cover our gardens for fear of the goods perishing under the waning moon. We start to turn inwards, as the daylight gets shorter and the furnace turns on. It's time to get a slow simmer going on the stove. It's time to Stock Up.
10 Steps to Eliminate Sugar
Sugar is a hidden ingredient in many foods you may never have known even contained sugar. Did you know sugar is in many seasonings and condiments you use daily? From ketchup to pickles, even savory foods are not exempt. Now more than ever, we are being bombarded by sugar in almost everything we consume. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is even worse than sugar and is being used in cereals and many products on the grocery shelves.