Oh Avocado, how I love thee!


I started loving avocados only about 5 years ago. Before then I tried eating one but didn’t like the texture and found it tasteless. But as I learned more about the fantastic health benefits of the avocado I really wanted to like this thing and so tried again and the real delicious awesomeness of the avocado was found when I sprinkled one with salt. HOLY TOLEDO my life hence forth has never been the same….a tad dramatic? Sprinkled with salt for the first time, I stood there in my kitchen alone eating an entire avocado and so my love affair began. It was just me and the avocado. Sadly I had only the one avocado at the time so it was only 5 minutes of taste bud bliss. Continue reading “Oh Avocado, how I love thee!”

Planting Trees….


Planting TreesFor Earth Day, on April 22, 2017, I spent the morning with my brother Mike, his wife Morgan, and other volunteers planting trees at Cawthra Park in Mississauga. It was a wonderful event organized by One Million Trees Mississauga.

Planting Trees

One Million Trees Mississauga was launched in 2013 with a mission to plant one million trees by 2032. So far through this program, 241,398 trees have been planted in Mississauga. I am not sure how many trees the entire volunteer group planted but between my brother, Morgan and myself, I estimate we planted about 22 trees….and it felt good.

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My Hair Products Are Poisoning Me

Warming for Toxic Chemicals in Hair Products

For an assignment, I was tasked with evaluating the ingredients in some of the products I use regularly. The winning category of products I chose is haircare. My hair is not an easy thing to manage; think giant ball of frizz. It takes a lot of different products to tame the roaring ball of frizz that is my hair.  Now I always look for hair products that are sulfate free, paraben free and phosphate free because I know these substances damage hair and can have harmful effects on health, but in doing the assignment I quickly learned that isn’t enough.  In short, my hair products might be poisoning me.  Continue reading “My Hair Products Are Poisoning Me”

8 Ways to Get Rid of Those Awful Sugar Cravings

Why do we crave sugar?  Is it the influence of all the advertising of sugary goodies?  Could it be a bad reward mechanism, perhaps one that started in childhood?  Do food manufacturers deliberately design their products to be addictive or do their products really just taste so good (without the alternative motive of addiction) that you simply cannot live if you don’t have more?  Or, are sugar cravings just a natural thing?  All is not lost, we have the ability to curb those sugar cravings.  I am going to tell you why you have those cravings and exactly what you can do to kick’em to the curb.

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To Eat or Not to Eat Gluten. My Experience with Gluten Sensitivity.

Gluten Free
Gluten Free?

Before getting into my experience with gluten sensitivity let’s talk very briefly about what gluten is, its sources, possible symptoms and how it causes problems.

What is gluten? 

Gluten is a sticky protein and its subset gliadin is what is harmful to some people.


It’s mainly found in wheat, barley and rye.  It is also found in oats but the gluten Continue reading “To Eat or Not to Eat Gluten. My Experience with Gluten Sensitivity.”