A Spoonful of Sugar...

“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine go down-wown, the medicine go down…” The truth behind this iconic song is that sugar has an uncanny ability to improve the taste of any food, even bitter medicine. Sugar is magical, but we often over do it, by using sugar as a coping mechanism for stress. Plus, we have the food industry adding refined sugar to our favourite food products as a preservative, leaving the consumer consciously and unconsciously eating a lot of it!

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Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween can be a great example of moderation and balance when following the 80/20 approach to healthy eating. This infamous approach to eating states that by consuming healthy, whole foods 80% of the time, we can indulge in less healthy foods 20% of the time. Sounds like a good deal to me! So, to all the parents and sweet-toothed adults out there, don’t dread Halloween but instead embrace it as an opportunity to practice moderation and balance as a family. Still need some extra support? I’ve got you covered!

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Plant-based over the Holidays

‘Twas the night before Thanksgiving, and all through the supermarket, all the hosts were fretting which foods to target.

Gluten-free, wheat-free, lactose-free, Paleo, Keto, pescetarian, vegetarian or vegan...We could spend hours deciphering how to successfully accommodate each kind of guest for dinner, but because we live on the West Coast and 40% of us identifying with following a vegetarian or vegan diet we will zero-in on how to accommodate a plant-based eater this holiday weekend.


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Avoiding Allergens

According to Food Allergy Canada, over 2.6 million Canadians self-report having at least one food allergy! It is important to note that people can be allergic to any food, but some allergies are more common than others. Eggs, milk, mustard, peanuts, seafood, sesame, soy, sulphites, tree nuts, wheat and gluten are all listed as priority allergens by Health Canada, and actually have specific labeling requirements attached to them.

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Gone Fishing

Here on the West Coast, nothing says summer more than fresh, local salmon on the BBQ with some corn and new potatoes! But unfortunately, our oceans are facing a number of threats including overfishing, so how can we, as fish lovers, guarantee the seafood we are consuming is sustainable? The secret, is knowing where our food comes from, so with that being said, I would like to introduce you to my fish supplier and brother-in-law, Mike. Mike is the fisherman in the family and is obviously patient enough to answer all my weird fish questions about where his fish come from. Enjoy our interview!

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Jessica Pirnak
The Grass IS Greener at XY Ranch

On a chance encounter, I was e-introduced to Julie Covey, one of the owners of Double G Cattle Company, the company behind XY Ranch in 150 Mile House/Caribou region in British Columbia. This Ranch is doing everything right! I was so inspired and touched by their story and mission that I needed to share it with you. Take this for their mission statement: to naturally and humanely raise a true grass fed to grass finished cow using ZERO grains, antibiotics, or growth hormones. As consumers we need to step it up and support local farmers to send our message that animal husbandry standards and sustainability matter. Let your wallet do the talking - every purchase counts! Now sit back and relax and enjoy my interview with one of the G’s in Double G Cattle Company - Graham Covey.

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