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Dishing It Up for April 2019

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Dishing It UpDishing It Up serves up a selection of stories, studies & so on from the world of wellness & nutrition each month.

In this month’s issue of Dishing It Up…

Why Science Can’t Seem to Tell Us How to Eat Right
Obesity might soon replace tobacco as top cause of cancer…
Are meal delivery kits healthy?
Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer
The Breathing App / Resonance Breathing

Here’s a taste of each from the sampler platter…

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Liver Lovin’ Menu

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Liver Lovin Menu

You could say this Liver Lovin’ Menu delivers the ABCs of detoxification:
A for Alliums (garlic & onions)
B for Brassicas (kale, arugula, radish, broccolini, aka Crucifers)
C for Cardoons (artichokes) & Chenopodiaceae (beetroots)

I briefly discuss artichokes and beetroots below in this month’s featured foods.  And I don’t even attempt to pronounce the Latin name of the family to which beetroots belong.  😉

Too often detoxification is mistaken for deprivation.  With this Liver Lovin’ Menu, I show that you can eat deliciously while providing your liver with the nutrients needed to support its role as “detoxifier-in-chief”.

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Liver Lovin’ Menu

Breakfast: Mexican Egg Scramble (a spicy scramble of liver lovin’ eggs, onion, garlic, kale, turmeric and cilantro…con salsa)
Lunch:  Citrusy Beet Salad (a tangle of crunchy, colourful and liver-revitalizing beets, citrus, radish and arugula atop a bed of quinoa and chickpeas) 
Dinner: One Pan Mediterranean Trout (artichokes star in this dish) & Lemony Broccolini (for a deliciously detoxifying side)

Most importantly, don’t forget to stay hydrated throughout the day.  Water makes up 73% of your liver, so you need enough water for the liver to keep working its magic.

Join The Nutritional Reset community here to receive this month’s menu today (as well as each month to come)!  And read on for some nutritional tidbits about a few featured foods from the recipes…

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Tips for Satisfying Slumber

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Satisfying SlumberIn last week’s post, Don’t Snooze, You Lose. Sleep to Your Health!, I discussed the health implications of insufficient sleep.  This week, I cover how you know if you are getting enough sleep and provide some tips for satisfying slumber to improve the quantity and quality of your sleep.

Before we dive in, I’d like to offer one last tidbit of food for thought on how important sleep must be for us as a species.  Did you know that when you are in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep all the voluntary muscles in your body are completely paralyzed?  Think for a moment about how vulnerable this makes us during sleep.  We require 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night.  So for 20% to 25% of that time (approximately 1.5 to 2 hours) we are completely vulnerable to attack by predators.  This would make no sense from an evolutionary perspective unless sleep conveyed some very important advantages.  Something to sleep on!

So how do you know if you are having truly satisfying slumber?

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