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Dishing It Up for January 2020

 Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Dishing It Up

In this month’s issue of Dishing It Up…

Dry Feb
Nonalcoholic Cocktails’ Most Unexpected Fans: Kids
Study finds dopamine, biological clock link to snacking, overeating and obesity
Winter Vegetables: Discovering New Roots
FDA Sunscreen Report Raises Concern Over Chemicals
Warrior Reset Spring Tune-Up

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

Sampler Platter

Dry Feb
If my menu of Dry January Dinners wasn’t enough to inspire you to try a dry January, it’s not too late to support Dry Feb – a fundraiser that challenges you to go alcohol-free in February, and raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.   I’m sorry to report that 2020 is a leap year so, yes, 29 days in February.  😉
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Nonalcoholic Cocktails’ Most Unexpected Fans: Kids
“There’s nothing stranger than having to cut off a child before they rack up a huge tab.”  The accompanying video is hilarious – I just love watching the kids’ faces as they taste these mocktails – especially the boy who just shook his head and said “never”.   The video shows many creative cocktails and the text has three recipes to inspire your own booze-free bar at home.
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Study finds dopamine, biological clock link to snacking, overeating and obesity
“This lights-on-all-the-time, eat-at-any-time lifestyle recasts eating patterns and affects how the body utilizes energy….It alters metabolism … and leads to obesity, which causes disease. We’re learning that when we eat is just as important as how much we eat. A calorie is not just a calorie. Calories consumed between meals or at odd hours become stored as fat, and that is the recipe for poor health.”
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Winter Vegetables: Discovering New Roots
While generally there is little risk of anyone overeating root vegetables (except for potatoes, especially in chip form), Fresh City Farms has provided some truly delicious recipes using unusual root veggies in season here in Ontario right now.  Burdock anyone? 
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FDA Sunscreen Report Raises Concern Over Chemicals
Lucky folks headed south to sunnier climes this winter might be interested in this new study, published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, testing sunscreens.  The study “shows that the six active ingredients tested were absorbed into the body. Some continued to be elevated beyond the FDA’s threshold of concern for 3 weeks after the people in the study stopped putting them on their skin.”  To protect yourself, “Avoid sun if you can between 11 and 4, when UV radiation is at its peak….and use mineral-based sunscreens or use clothing that has built-in sun protection.”
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Warrior Reset Spring Tune-Up
Not going down south but looking for a healthy getaway?  I’ve teamed up with Yoga Warrior Retreats to dish the deets on detoxification and design healthy and delicious menus for three of their mini-retreats.  The first two in January sold out before I had a chance to tell you about them, but there is still room for the Warrior Reset Spring Tune-Up in Muskoka April 24-26.  I invite you to take a look and hope you will join us.  If you do, please tell Robin I sent you.

 

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