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11 Sneaky sources of Gluten and what to do instead

(Or, how to host someone with gluten sensitivity) If your friend tells you they’re gluten-free you might wonder – what’s gluten? What do I cook for them? What’s OK for them to eat? I hope this article is helpful to you. You may also want to ask them directly. If you’re gluten-free, I hope this list of sneaky sources of gluten can help speed your learning curve. In order for something to be labeled as gluten-free in Canada it must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Also, in Canada, food products will typically be labelled with “gluten-free”, “contains wheat” or …

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How to go gluten-free without breaking the bank 

Note: Most of these strategies can apply to eating healthier for cheaper in general. However, just because something’s gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Going gluten-free can be an opportunity to re-evaluate your idea of food. 1) Imagine a world without bread The standard North-American diet can be very bread-centred. (eg. wraps, sandwiches, bread and butter). And, many gluten-free products like breads and pastas are expensive, and are just as processed as products containing gluten. What would you enjoy eating if you couldn’t eat bread? Soups, stews, smoothies, bacon and eggs, stirfrys with rice, homemade seasonings or sauces, using leaf lettuce as a “bun” for …

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gluten-free diet

You’re Gluten-Free – Now what?

If you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity You may find yourself wondering – what can I eat? Or thinking – that sounds complicated. . . You may also wonder if you’ll turn in to one of those “health nuts”, or if your dietary restriction will leave you lacking or deficient in something. You might think – shopping is going to take forever, and what if I forget my glasses? Am I going to spend all my time reading ingredient lists or wondering if I can safely eat something? Am I going to be stuck breaking the bank for bricks …

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Celiac disease 

Health Canada recognizes Celiac disease as one of the most common chronic diseases world-wide Celiac disease is much more common that we previously thought. It affects 1 in 133 Canadians. But, up to 90% of those with Celiac disease don’t know they have it. That’s a problem because there are long term health consequences when someone who’s celiac continues to eat gluten. Celiac disease can affect people at any age – not just kids. It’s more common in relatives of those with Celiac disease, and, it occurs twice as frequently in women than men. Unlike an anaphylactic food allergy, the immune reaction Celiacs experience when they eat …

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What’s Gluten and How Can it Affect Me?

Gluten is a protein in wheat and other grains that your immune system can react to.  It can affect people in three ways: celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy. Many people are not affected by gluten at all. Celiac disease is much more common that we thought. It’s estimated that 1 in 133 Canadians have celiac disease. Symptoms of celiac disease vary by age and don’t always involve the digestive system. Gluten sensitivity affects five to six per cent of Canadians. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity can include bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea. They can also include joint pain, headaches, fatigue, brain fog, or other symptoms. …

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are chronic health conditions that can drastically affect one’s level of functioning. They each affect about 1.5% of Canadians. More women than men are affected. Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia invovles widespread pain and an altered pain response. It may follow abuse, injury, illness or prolonged stress. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome involves persistent and unexplained fatigue that impairs daily function, and can also include dysfunction of the nervous system, immune system and hormonal imbalance. It has been linked with infections, immune problems, prior stressful events and exposure to toxins, chemicals or pesticides. Both Both syndromes involve …

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Self-Care is Important

What is Self-care? Self-care is anything you do on purpose to care for yourself – physically, mentally, emotionally, socially or spiritually. It means respecting yourself enough to ensure your basic needs are met. For example basic self-care includes eating regularly, hydration, regular bathroom breaks, stress management, ensuring adequate time for rest and relaxation, making time for regular exercise – even if it’s just a short walk,  healthcare, spending time with people who help you feel good about yourself, making time for an activity you enjoy etc. But isn’t that selfish? It doesn’t have to be. The fact is, if your needs are met, …

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Mushrooms as Herbal Medicines

Mushrooms have been used as food and traditional medicines all over the world for thousands of years. Mushrooms are generally an excellent source of soluble fiber, and can be used to help balance blood sugar and to lower cholesterol as part of a healthy diet. Many mushrooms are also used to support the immune system, and many have other unique actions. Many of the therapeutic effects of mushrooms have yet to be thoroughly researched. However, in pre-clinical studies many mushrooms have been shown to have antiviral, immune-boosting and even anti-cancer effects. In Traditional Chinese Medicine mushrooms are seen as a …

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Mild Depression

Given that drug treatments for depression are typically most effective in severe depression, and that January and February can be challenging months in terms of mental health, we thought it fitting to review a number of non-drug therapies for mild to moderate depression. Before making any changes, consult a health care provider for direct and individualized advice. Also note that in seniors and the elderly the symptoms of depression can be a bit different. Click the link for more information. Social Interaction, Phone Call, Social Support Social support is vital to us as human beings. We are social creatures, and …

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Seniors’ Health

Want to achieve your health goals, improve your quality of life, and achieve a better level of health? It’s never too late to make positive changes in your everyday life that can have a big impact on your health and quality of life for years to come. Katrina enjoys working with seniors, as she finds they have the time, patience, and life skills to implement simple changes that can make a big difference. Click here to learn more about our Healthy Seniors program. Feel free to call or e-mail us with any questions! Here are 4 specific Seniors’ Health issues we can help with 1) Preparing …

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