Plant-Based Diets

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It’s coming. The recommendation from Health Canada and our new Food Guide is going to recommend you eat more plant-based foods. What does that mean exactly?

For some, it means eating more fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, grains, nuts and seeds. For others, it means only eating those foods and leaving behind the meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. Either way, including more plants in your diet is only going to increase fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and – according to many studies – improve every single aspect of your health. If you’ve got high blood pressure or cholesterol, yes, plant-based will help. If you’ve got digestive issues, depression, sore knees or headaches, a plant-based diet could help you too. Anyone on medication for just about any situation can be helped by eating more plant-based meals and snacks and lessening processed foods and animal-based foods.

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Mommy Brain… It’s Back!

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In my world, ‘mommy brain’ (forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and even feeling depressed) is a real phenomenon. I read an article in Time Magazine quoting a book written about ‘Mommy Brain’ which said that in neurological tests, women actually got smarter as a result of pregnancy and becoming a new parent and that mommy brain wasn’t a real issue. I can see where they are coming from in a way, the neuroscientists found in the brains of pregnant rats, new neuron arms (dendrites and dendritic spines) which would indicate increased mental capacity. (I wonder though how they measured the rat’s ability to multi-task at a whole new level as a new mom does!) However, I believe that this is one of those times when anecdotal evidence outweighs science.

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Plant-milk versus dairy milk

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A story written by Leslie Beck in the Globe and Mail newspaper this week caught my attention. It’s about kids drinking plant-based milk over dairy milk. A big topic for many parents.

First of all, I’ll say that in my experience, goat’s milk is better tolerated than cow’s milk because of the protein structure. Cow’s milk comes from large animals with large protein structure.

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What’s a safe and clean formula milk for your baby?

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This is not a headline that any new parent wants to read:

“80% of infant formula contains arsenic, study finds”.

With byline of:

One third of baby food products tested also contained lead”.

It’s enough to read if your baby is drinking formula milk that it likely contains arsenic, but then all the other baby products too. And lead? Sheesh. There have been concerns of arsenic in baby formula in the past, and all baby products containing rice, but not lead. Products that you’d think safe and trustworthy seem to have fallen to the low end of the safe list according to this article. That makes shopping for healthy products for your baby that much more difficult. If there’s something positive to come out of this, it might be that you go back to the kitchen to make your own food.

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