Marketplace Massage Therapy’s complimentary brownies

If you were in our massage therapy clinic in Barrhaven on the weekend, you probably were offered a delicious gluten-free dark chocolate brownie. I am happy to share the recipe with you here, so that you can spread the word about how tasty and healthy non-wheat foods can be.

Just a quick note about why we should cut back on eating wheat. As Dr. William Davis explains in his best-selling book and cookbook Wheat Belly, today’s wheat “has been genetically altered to provide processed-food manufacturers the greatest yield at the lowest cost; consequently, this once-benign grain has been transformed into a nutritionally bankrupt yet ubiquitous ingredient that causes blood sugar to spike more rapidly than eating pure table sugar and has addictive properties that send us on a roller coaster of hunger, over-eating and fatigue.”

A wheat-free diet is easier than you might think and any initial inconveniences finding wheat-free replacements are minimal compared to the significant healthy life benefits such as reduced weight, reduced intestinal and joint inflammation, alleviation of diabetes, and a healthier heart. Personally, I have noticed a big improvement in overall energy. When I eat wheat I feel bloated and tired, but not with these brownies!

Gluten/wheat free brownies:
3/4 cup butter melted (or coconut butter)
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups almond flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthum/guar gum
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped dark chocolate
1 cup frozen raspberries (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Melt butter then add sugar, vanilla, eggs and stir until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the dry ingredients one at a time. Bake in a 9″ square pan or similar for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.

I’d love if you could leave me any comments. Enjoy!!

How Long do You Want to Live?

According to the National Post:  “Nearly everywhere around the world, people are living longer and fewer children are dying. But increasingly, people are grappling with the diseases and disabilities of modern life, according to the most expansive global look so far at life expectancy and the biggest health threats.”

So, how long do I want to live?  Well, that all depends, with what quality of life we are talking about?  If we are talking about living longer with more chronic disease, no thank you.  If we are talking about a long life filled with health and vitality, then sign me up. 

Maybe people say they would rather enjoy their life now and live a shorter life but what if that lifestyle of excess doesn’t end your life early just destroys the quality of your life. 

“If I knew I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
Mickey Mantle

Thanks to modern medicine, the lifesytle of excess doesn’t necessarily kill you sooner.  We can now keep you alive longer through chemical intervention, i.e. drugs, but you will live with years, if not, decades of chronic degenerative disease.

 “The biggest contributor to the global health burden isn’t premature [deaths], but chronic diseases, injuries, mental health conditions and all the bone and joint diseases.”

“Malnutrition was once the main health threat for children. Now, everywhere except Africa, they are much more likely to overeat than to starve.”

Overeating is actually worse for your long term health than slight undereating. 

What we must always remember is that if we do what everyone else does we get what everyone else gets.  Right now what everyone else gets is high blood pressure, heart diease, and cancer. 

If you want different, you must choose different.

Oh, It’s Not Going to Kill Them

I know you’ve heard it… maybe you’ve even said it.  This statement drives me insane.  Do you want to know why?  Because it’s always (almost always?) said to justify feeding complete garbage to kids.  More specifically, my kids.

I don’t know about you, but I’m aiming slightly higher than just keeping my children alive.

“And please don’t tell me that it’s just my “preference” to make the food choices that I do.  It’s a heck of a lot more than that.  It’s about doing my best to protect the current and future health of myself and my family.  It’s about taking my responsibility to care for the planet seriously.  It’s about supporting local farmers rather than factory farms.  It’s about taking a stand against the exploitation and abuse of people in other countries by unethical and wickedly powerful corporations.  It’s about doing what’s right to the best of my knowledge and ability.  It’s about using my resources wisely.

So c’mon, give me a little help here.  Let’s think about what we feed kids (and ourselves) a bit more thoughtfully.  Let’s aim for something better than just not killing them, shall we?”

Barrhaven Chiropractor, Dr. Nancy’s Comments

Beautiful!  My kids thankfully have never eaten at a crappy fast food restaurant and don’t know what the golden arches means.  Its so much more important than most people realize.  Why do kids get the worst possible quality food when they are the ones growing so rapidly?  You are right, its not a treat, it poison.  Dark chocolate is a treat not a candy bar (notice its not actually called a chocolate bar because its mostly sugar and therefore a candy and not a chocolate).  We treat our kids with homemade cookies made with honey or real maple syrup, whole grain flour and fruit purees.  We are not depriving them (as my mom would say).  Actually I am depriving them, I’m depriving them of cancer, heart disease, irritable bowel, the list goes on.  Love this article.

Is Enriched Cereal with Iron Good for You?

I came across this video on YouTube called ‘Shocking Truth About Cereal Exposed 2012‘ and I have to say, it was definitely shocking!  The video shows that the iron used in an enriched box of cereal are actual metallic iron filings!

Watch the video here.

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Iron is an essential nutrient, necessary for us to build hemoglobin.  Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells and is necessary to carry oxygen throughout the body, allowing our cells to function.  Without iron, you can develop anemia and might suffer from symptoms

Can antioxidants prevent the flu?

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The researchers actually studied gene expression in the study participants and found that people that show no symptoms at all, are actually having a behind the scenes response to the virus and just don’t show the physical symptoms near and dear to our hearts of coughing, sneezing, and fatigue.

The most interesting find in the study was that the individuals who didn’t get sick had “differences in their biological metabolism and gene expression. These differences had to do with antioxidants.”

Although the study did not prove that antioxidants are a key factor, it does suggest the possibility and future research may help us learn more.  For now eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables is a great way to start.  If you want in an in depth discussion about antioxidants check out Dr Mercola’s website.

Read more here.



7 Steps to Treat Depression without Drugs

1. Try an anti-inflammatory elimination diet that gets rid of common food allergens. As I mentioned above, food allergies and the resultant inflammation have been connected with depression and other mood disorders.

2. Check for hypothyroidism. This unrecognized epidemic is a leading cause of depression. Make sure to have thorough thyroid exam if you are depressed.

3. Take vitamin D. Deficiency in this essential vitamin can lead to depression. Continue reading

Keeping Our Kids Healthy as they Head Back to School

So it’s that time of year again, and you want to get your kids off on the right foot, and keep them healthy as they head back into the classroom.  A couple of friend’s of mine just commented on facebook proving just how challenging this can be.  Continue reading

Beat ‘Bad’ Cholesterol with Better Food

A Canadian study has found that certain foods are better at decreasing bad cholesterol than cholesterol lowering statin drugs, and diets high in saturated fats.

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This article puts it nicely, “what you eat may be more important than what you don’t eat”.

It found levels of LDL, the bad cholesterol, could be dropped by as much as Continue reading

What’s in Your Meat?

Processed Meats Declared Too Dangerous for Human Consumption

By Mike Adams 12/07/2007

The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives.

Processed meats include Continue reading