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The Gritty on the Grains and Why you Should go Against Them September 25, 2013

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       Despite what the ill informed Canadian Food Guide believes there is actually no good reason to eat grains.  Nope, not even for fibre so don’t even ask, “But what about Fibre?”  Sure we all have been disillusioned to believe we need fibre from grains to keep things moving along but that is not exactly true.  Scientists found that high-fibre food bumps against cells lining the gastrointestinal tract which can rupture their outer covering and cause holes in your intestine. Umm holes? I personally don’t want anything my body is digesting leaking out!

So where can you get fibre if not from grains? Fruits and Veggies of course and lots of them!295293-24620-44

Oh but now you are thinking, “But what about all the important vitamins and minerals?” True we need vitamins and minerals, no argument there. But we don’t need to source them from grains which now are genetically modified, and usually found in processed foods full of synthetics, sugar, and carbs to mention a few illness causing culprits. Let’s be honest here, there is no amount of grains that can give you a vitamin and mineral punch like a giant salad full of different leafy greens, and veggies.

This is the biggest reason of all why grains are not what everyone has been fooled into thinking; they are nutrient robbers! They are considered by those in the know, Anti-Nutrient. So all that fibre, those vitamins and minerals they apparently contain are being taken with them as opposed to being absorbed by your body. So then what’s the point of eating them if what we thought was the reason for eating them is, well, a big fat lie! So what makes grains anti-nutrients? Well they contain these pesky little things called lectins, gluten and phytates. Most of you are probably familiar with the word gluten but may have never heard of the other two. So let’s look into all three.

Lectins: The scientific wording is that these lectins bind to insulin receptors causing leptin resistance. Leptin is the hormone that makes you feel full and without it will lead to over eating and ultimately weight gain, obesity and for a lot of individuals also diabetes. You know what happens on the inside when you eat Lectins? Your body actually views them as dangerous invaders, which puts your immune system in overdrive trying to get rid of them. So our bodies are saying NO! Perhaps we should listen. Living things generally do not want to be eaten by other living things. Grains are no exception. Grains actually produce a life preserving mechanism of being indigestible so when birds, for example eat them, they will not be digested and can pass through spreading the seed and discouraging other pests from eating them because it messes with their digestion. Unfortunately most of us have yet to take the hint.

holdtheglutenGluten:  We hear this word a lot now due to more and more people having an allergy to gluten. This is a sticky water soluble protein that breaks down your small intestine allowing food to enter your blood stream. Again with the holes in my intestine, no thank you! This is what causes “leaky gut syndrome”, allergies, digestive upset and autoimmune problems. This is your body’s way of telling you it is not happy with the food you are feeding it. Gluten is worse than lectins! You may be thinking, “Well I don’t have a gluten allergy.” Or have never been diagnosed as celiac but this does not mean your digestive system is not incredibly angry with you. No one is immune to gluten damage! When you eat gluten your body suspects a threat and attempts to flush it out. Again, we are not absorbing any nutrients from the grains and our body views their components such as gluten as major toxic threats.

Phytates: These make minerals bio-unavailable meaning they are unable to be absorbed by our bodies preventing the absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc by binding to them and taking them out! A diet high in grains can lead to bone loss and serious mineral deficiencies along with irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut and many other long term effects. Once again, the vitamins and minerals contained in the grains are NOT actually available to our bodies and therefore our bodies reject them. So just remember when you are reading about how healthy and nutrient rich grains are, while that is true, our bodies cannot absorb the nutrients in the first place.

Remember this version of the Canadian Food Guide?food_guide_big

Grains are highlighted as being a major food group. WHAT?! Seriously?! Any research will show you a major increase in weight gain, diabetes, chronic illness and cancer since the early 90’s as the food guide recommended 5-10 servings per day of grains. Coincidence?

The most recent food guide has changed since then, (guess somebody put two and two together) and now fruits and vegetables are the first category but there are still some major changes needed. The hype about grains is just that, hype. Did you know cereal has the highest price mark up margin of any product in the supermarket? Major profits are being made by cereal companies, promoting their “healthy” whole grain cereal.  If the Canadian food guide radically changed there would be a lot of upset companies out there and who’s to say they don’t have a strong influence over the food guide in the first place?

food_label1Here’s the skinny folks, grains are making us fat and making us sick. Grains, generally found in processed foods like bread, chips, cereal, granola bars, cookies, crackers etc are also accompanied by empty carbohydrates, sugar, synthetic vitamins, chemicals, genetically modified ingredients and MSG. When carbs enter the body they are broken down into glucose (sugar) and the extra glucose we do not need for energy is stored as fat. If carbs are excessively consumed, (which they are by most people eating processed foods) our bodies use cortisol and adrenalin to handle this heavy load. This crazy dance of hormones causes inflammation in the body which more and more Dr’s are accepting as the leading cause of heart disease, cancer, infertility and many other common illnesses.











Non grain diets have been shown to:

Lower cholesterol and blood pressurehealth-quote

Reduce inflammation

Increase weight loss

Alleviate skin problems

End digestive disturbances

Improve energy

Improve heart health

Increase fertility

Reverse diabetes


You are probably wondering why your doctor or nutritionist never told you any of this about grains. Well most have no idea and zero knowledge on the subject of anti-nutrients or how they impair body function and promote many diseases. As you can see from the Canadian food guide, even agencies that determine and influence nutritional policy have not bothered to investigate these types of toxic recommendations. Do some of your own research and you will find the undeniable truth that eating grains increases your risk of digestive problems, heart disease, arthritis, infertility, obesity, diabetes, cancer etc. What a lovely cocktail of ways to serious shorten your life span. I assume that is not your goal. We all want to live long happy, healthy lives and die peacefully of old age. Right? So what are you doing? Stay away from the bread and processed foods and deny this lure into the whole grain hype.

Take the grain free challenge and you will see for yourself that there is an answer to better health. I dare you to go against the grain.

By: Nova Health Naturopathic Centre










The Paleo Answer by Loren Cordain


No Flour Delicious Zucchini Brownies September 17, 2013

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IMGblog_3401Paleo lovers rejoice!! A delicious brownie recipe that is chocolatey and moist and better yet contains absolutely no flour of any kind. Adjusting to the paleo diet can be difficult when it comes to baking as coconut flour can be gritty and almond flour can be dry and flaky.

This version eliminates flour altogether which means there are less carbs and more of everything tasty!


  • 1 cup of almond butter. Preferably raw and unsweetened
  • 1 1/2 cup of grated Zucchini
  • 1/3 cup of natural sweetener (unpasteurized honey, pure maple syrup, stevia)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of dark chocolate chips

Alternatives: Add some nuts for crunch or raisins for the chew.

Sprinkle unsweetened flaked coconut on top.

Want straight up Brownies? Skip the cinnamon and nutmeg

Melt 85% dark chocolate and spread on top of brownies once cooled.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Pour into a greased baking pan or into lined muffin tins (use coconut oil for greaser…delicious)
  4. Bake for 35-45 mins till fork comes out clean

Enjoy and remember to share!

Thank you to one of our patients for directing us to the Delighted Momma for the inspiration behind this recipe. Some changes have been made but we like to give credit where credit is due! 


Nova Health does Acupuncture. Consider it for better health! September 10, 2013

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acupuncture-9Originating in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture is one of the oldest medical treatments and forms of healing in existence. Its philosophy is rooted in the traditional teachings of Taoism, and finding balance between yin and yang.
Acupuncture involves placing hair-thin needles in various pressure points throughout the body. Stimulating these points is believed to promote the body’s natural healing capabilities.

According to Chinese philosophy, the body contains two opposing forces: yin and yang. When these forces are in balance, the body is healthy. Energy, called “qi” (“chee”), flows throughout the body along pathways, or meridians . between the surface of the body and its internal organs. This flow of energy keeps the yin and yang balanced. However, it is when the flow of energy becomes blocked that people become ill.

There are as many as 2,000 different acupuncture points along the body’s meridians. The idea behind acupuncture is that stimulating these points with acupuncture needles relieves obstructions in the flow of energy, enabling the body to heal.

Acupuncture can either be used on its own, combined with traditional medical treatments or with alternative remedies and treatments. acupuncture-399-pixel

Acupuncture, like any type of treatment, begins with a consultation. The acupuncturist/ND/MD will ask about your medical history and any conditions you’re currently experiencing.
When the acupuncturist is ready to begin your treatment, he or she will swab the chosen points on your body with alcohol or another disinfectant to cleanse the area, and will then insert the amount of needles required.

Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are hair-thin, made of solid stainless steel and they are not designed to cut the skin. They are also inserted to much more shallow levels than hypodermic needles, generally no more than a half-inch to an inch depending on the type of treatment being delivered.
While each person experiences acupuncture differently, most people feel only a minimal amount of pain as the needles are inserted. Some people reportedly feel a sensation of excitement, while others feel relaxed.


In the late 1970s, the World Health Organization recognized the ability of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to treat nearly four dozen common ailments, including neuromusculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, and neck/shoulder pain); emotional and psychological disorders (such as depression and anxiety); circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia); addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; respiratory disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies and bronchitis); and gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis).

Eat an Avocado a day!

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You should be eating Avocados!

Avocados contain the good fats that we don’t eat enough of and are high in protein.

These pictures will explain more health benefits and how to eat them for you amateurs out there!So how do you add avocados to your diet? Here are some ideas:

On their own with a little lemon/lime juice and seasoning

Toppings for burgers, wraps, sandwiches etc

As a dip or spread like guacamole –

In salad

On the side of your plate to add to any meal- great paired with meat!


Avocado chocolate pudding –

Do you have any other delicious and creative ways of adding this super fruit to your diet?Image


Did you know this about MSG?

Filed under: Food,research — novahealthnaturopathic @ 2:24 pm


We have all heard of MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and usually relate it to Chinese food but did you know it exits in many other common packed foods? (One more reason to say no to processed foods!) It’s main use is to enhance flavour and trick the brain into thinking you are still hungry when you are full as well as creating an addiction for the food. Possibly why we crave chips, cookies and Kraft dinner when they actually don’t taste that great or satisfy us. Contributing factor to obesity and heart disease amongst other things? Highly likely!

msg-ratIf you still buy packaged foods then be aware that MSG can be hidden in foods under the following names so label check EVERYTHING!
Sodium caseinate
Yeast extract
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Textured whey protein
Textured vegetable protein
Tydrolyzed yeast extract
Textured soy protein
Autolyzed yeast extract,
Autolyzed vegetable protein
Calcium caseinate.

The toxin can also be labeled as “natural flavor” or “spice. eat-real-food

MSG may exhibit an allergic-type reaction or hypersensitivity. For those people, the effects of consuming food containing MSG may include: a burning sensation, facial pressure, headache, nausea and chest pains appearing about 20 minutes after consumption and disappearing about two hours later.



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