food & nutrition

It feels like such a treat when this happens in Victoria.....I found a new restaurant to enjoy!  I had the most delicious lunch today at the Tibetan Kitchen,  a lovely restaurant on Broughton St between Fort and Broad.  I spoke with the owner's daughter and I don't know how I've missed this delightful spot, but they have been open for just over 2 years.  I enjoyed my meal so much that I wanted to help spread the word about this little gem.

Once a month, I teach a mindfulness for fertility class called "Touching the Earth".  Along with sharing guided relaxation techniques and exercises for stress reduction, we also discuss Chinese medicine self care tips that are supportive of the season.

Steph recently cooked up this great Chunky Vegetable Soup from It's so good, we just had to share it again! This soup has lots of health benefits. Make enough of it and you can freeze it for next week too. Just remember, if you do decide to freeze and reheat, try if you can to slightly undercook the veg so that reheating doesn't overcook them, making them soggy.

Although this recipe calls for juicing veggies to make a broth, Steph bought her broth ready made from the Root Cellar.

I just tried this recipe for the first time this morning and these tasty treats are just too good not to share.  I love finding yummy new recipes that satisfy my sweet tooth AND are healthy at the same time.

I also love quinoa!  It is an ancient grain packed full of nutrients, originating in the Andean region of Peru some 4000 years ago.  The Incas, who held the crop to be sacred, referred to quinoa as chisaya mama or the 'mother of all grains'.

Food just gets me excited these days.  Over the past year, I've really become more and more interested in seeking out local food sources and choosing to eat at restaurants that make this a focus on their menus as well.  It supports local business, reduces our carbon footprint (why eat berries from California when they are in season right here, right now?) and it just tastes better!


Day 9

Breakfast: chicken broth with green vegetables (yes, I actually had soup for breakfast. It is an unusual way for North Americans to start the day but it is a great way to start with something easily digestable, low on the glycemic index, and replenishes electrolytes.)

Lunch: Green “sandwich” with chicken, mustard, cucumber slices

Dinner: was a coconut-curry salad with dandelion greens from Bliss (which was a superb sensory experience, I recommend it highly!)


Breakfast: Strawberry, spinach, and macadamia butter with some grated ginger

Lunch: romaine salad with tomato, cucumber, sunflower sprouts, chickpeas, grilled prawns w/minted herb vinaigrette

Dinner: Baked salmon w/ steamed zucchini and broccoli

Day 4:
Upon rising: hot water with two slices of ginger

Breakfast: smoothie with strawberries, spinach, macadamia butter and a dash of cinnamon

Lunch: another amazing mixed green salad with chopped walnuts, avocado, and a strawberry dressing...

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I should probably be honest about something. I don’t eat gluten, dairy, or sugar most of the time. So it almost begs the question, why on Earth would I do a “detox”??? Well, as I mentioned in my last post, sometimes it is not enough to just remove things from your diet, although it can certainly help. Sometimes you have to improve the digestability of certain foods and find ways to increase uptake of nutrients...

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Welcome to the kick off! So why would I want to do a detox, but not really? That’s a very good question that I would love to answer. Keep in mind though, that these are my thoughts and opinions based on my education and personal experience, but in no way do I consider myself to be the last word on diets and detoxes. I believe different things work for different people, and you can be an authority on your body if you listen to its subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) signs and symptoms.

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