Passionate about Passionflower

If there’s only one remedy you can take for your anxiety and panic attacks, this beautiful flower should be it!28443_905939009290_973063_n.jpg

  • Also known as Passiflora Incarnata
  • First discovered in Peru in the 17th century
  • Is a mild sedative
  • Really effective as a preventative for panic attacks, but can help very quickly if you are having one
  • Helps anxiety because it can increase GABA in the brain. GABA stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid. It is a neurotransmitter that slows down the firing of neurons
  • Be careful with passionflower if you are depressed, as it may worsen symptoms for a small portion of the population

I take the capsules for convenience and I find them very effective. You can also use a tincture, which will likely work faster than the capsules because it is absorbed more quickly, but it is certainly an acquired taste!

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Reversing Iron Deficiency Naturally

Woman walking at sunrise on Mermaid Beach. Copyright 2014 Ti-An DeMartines

Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world, and is especially a problem for menstruating women, as some iron is lost each month through menstrual flow. Iron deficiency, even without anemia, can cause a range of symptoms including fatigue, exercise intolerance, and irritability. Iron is also difficult to absorb, and absorption is reduced even further if you have any gastrointestinal disorders such as celiac disease (inability to digest gluten) and H. Pylori (bacteria in the stomach that reduces acid needed to digest and can cause ulcers).

If you are like me, taking prescription iron supplements came with very undesirable side effects, including nausea, cramping, and constipation.

The good news is there are other steps you can take to improve your iron absorption that don’t require any prescriptions – only a trip to your grocer (or garden!) and health food store!

1. Reduce your intake of dairy, especially with iron-rich foods.

Dairy products have been proven to reduce absorption of iron as calcium inhibits iron absorption. If you consume dairy, don’t take your iron supplements or consume any iron-rich foods or herbs (which we’ll talk about below!) within 1-2 hours of having dairy products. This will help ensure your digestive system is absorbing as much iron as possible.

2. Don’t take calcium, magnesium, or zinc supplements with your iron-rich foods or iron supplements.

Same principle applies as with the dairy products. Calcium, magnesium, and zinc compete with iron for absorption. Again, don’t take them within 1-2 hours of each other to ensure maximum absorption of iron.

3. Take vitamin C supplements and vitamin C-rich foods with iron.

Vitamin C has been shown to actually increase the absorption of iron. Kiwis, tomatoes, peppers, oranges are high in vitamin C and should be consumed at the same time you eat iron-rich foods or take iron supplements.

4. Try gentle, iron-boosting, blood-building herbs.

It’s time we start changing our perception about “weeds”. These naturally occurring, persistent plants should not be treated as a pest, but as the life-giving, health promoting powerhouses that they are! Chances are you have some of these iron-boosting herbs in your own backyard!

Dandelion flowers

Dandelion flowers

Dandelion and Yellow dock are incredible herbs that have been shown to raise iron levels in the blood without all the nasty gastrointestinal side effects that can come along with taking prescription supplements. In fact, both these herbs actually improve digestion and cleanse the blood and the digestive system, meaning you get a nice healthy bonus in addition to raising your iron levels when you take these herbs. You can boil the roots and make a tea, or, for convenience, you can purchase the powdered root in capsule or tincture form from your local health food store, so that you can take them just like you would a regular iron supplement.

5. Include iron-rich foods in your diet daily.

This goes without saying – you need to make sure you are getting enough iron-rich foods in your diet to prevent and reverse iron deficiency! However, contrary to popular opinion, you don’t necessarily need to eat red meat to achieve higher iron levels. Beets, spirulina, kelp, pumpkin seeds, and blackstrap molasses are just a few examples of plant-based foods that have the best source of iron. Beets are great juiced, spirulina powder is wonderful added to smoothies, as are pumpkin seeds and blackstrap molasses. Kelp can be purchased dried and then cooked and added to soups or sauteed with other foods.

Beetroot

Beetroot

If you are experiencing iron deficiency, or simply want to prevent it, employing these five tips are crucial to boosting and maintaining your blood iron levels. However, if you are iron deficient, it is important to work with your health care provider to determine what the cause is. You may have one of the disorders I listed above, which are just a few pathological causes of iron deficiency that would need to be addressed if you want to get those numbers up and start feeling more energized and alive!

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning!

3 Day Spring Cleaning Detox – Friday May 2- Sunday May 4, 2014

$135 including HST

Provide your body with a clean slate this spring! This 3-Day Detox is simple, gentle, and designed for the detox newbie! A perfect way to cleanse the body of extra waste build-up from holiday over-indulgence! Spring is a natural period of cleansing and renewal – so why not guide your body in the right direction?

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Why Detox?

Our bodies are naturally designed to constantly detoxify through our elimination pathways. Unfortunately, we are now exposed to many more toxins from our food, environment, and emotional distress that our bodies can handle. Engaging in periodic cleanses helps to open up our elimination pathways, which leads to clearer, brighter skin, better memory and concentration, improved digestion, and more energy!

What’s Included?

– 30 min pre-detox nutrition consultation in office or via Skype.

– 1 h 15 min detoxifying restorative yoga session on Friday May 2, 2014.

– 3 day detox plan and recipes package e-mailed directly to you.

– Unlimited e-mail support during the program and for 7 days after.

 

SPACES ARE LIMITED! For more information or to book your spot, call (647) 361-8106 or e-mail info@youreapeach.ca

 

Jump-Start 2014 with our 3-Day New Year Detox Program!

3 Day New Year Detox – Friday January 31- Sunday Feb 2, 2014

$135 including HST

Provide your body with a clean slate this New Year! This 3-Day Detox is simple, gentle, and designed for the detox newbie! A perfect way to cleanse the body of extra waste build-up from holiday over-indulgence!

Why Detox?

Our bodies are naturally designed to constantly detoxify through our elimination pathways. Unfortunately, we are now exposed to many more toxins from our food, environment, and emotional distress that our bodies can handle. Engaging in periodic cleanses helps to open up our elimination pathways, which leads to clearer, brighter skin, better memory and concentration, improved digestion, and more energy!

What’s Included?

– 30 min pre-detox nutrition consultation.

– 1 h 15 min detoxifying restorative yoga session on Friday, January 31, 2014.

– 3 day detox plan and recipes package e-mailed directly to you.

– Unlimited e-mail support during the program and for 7 days after.

New Year Detox Program

New Year, New You!

 Spaces are limited! For more information and to register, call (647) 361-8106 or e-mail at info@youreapeach.ca

Two Simple Steps to Getting Through the Holiday Season Without Gaining a Pound!

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1. Get online and start sourcing recipes for more nutritious versions of your favourite holiday treats. I promise you- they do exist! My clients are so happy and surprised when I give them healthy recipes for their guiltiest pleasures. They are even more happy and and surprised when they try them and they are delicious!

2. Plan ahead when there is a #holiday party. When you are visiting another home or going to a restaurant, you may not have much control of what #food is available to you, so prepare your body to indulge a bit! The week before a party and a week after, eat plenty of fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, especially greens. Go for at least 10-12 servings per day. Juicing and making smoothies are great things to do during this time. This will help ensure you get in as many nutrients and phytonutrients as possible to help counteract the effects of excess sugar, refined carbs, and fats. Maintaining this a week after indulging will help your digestive system detoxify.

ENJOY!

Consider Tomorrow, but Live for Now.

I’ve had many people say to me something along the lines of “You are lucky you eat the way you do because you’ll never get cancer.”

Yes, while eating clean, nutrient dense foods has absolutely been shown to help prevent imbalances in the body such as cancer, it is NOT the golden solution to that disease, or any disease for that matter.

What I thought was great while I was studying holistic nutrition in college, is that they recognized this and taught us about exercise, energy imbalances, chakras, and how emotions effect the body and can lead to disease.

So, I eat a healthful diet now, but it wasn’t always that way. It wasn’t until my early twenties when I discovered my intolerance to gluten and other foods and the dangers of refined carbs and sugars. Even foods like whole grain bread, corn, and some fruits and vegetables that I thought were healthy for me, and can be for other people, were actually wreaking havoc on my health since I was a child because I was intolerant to them. Damage was done during those crucial growing years that I have been able to repair, but only to a certain point.

If you think childhood is the time to let your child eat whatever they want like so many do, your thinking is completely backwards. Childhood and adolescence is the most critical time in a human being’s development, and if we don’t provide our children the proper nutrition for their bodies while it is still growing, we are setting them up for all sorts of health problems as adults. Let’s ensure our kids eat the cleanest (non GMO and organic) and most nutrient dense foods possible while they are growing, so that when they are adults, their bodies have the tools to handle the occasional unhealthy indulgence. 

Do you suspect your child is intolerant of certain foods? Are they having learning problems, frequent infections, or digestive issues? Get to the bottom of it NOW so that you can eliminate those foods from the diet and prevent further damage!

So I’ve fixed up my diet, but what about other aspects? As someone who is empathic, I often take on other’s emotions and energies. I am currently in the process of learning how to separate myself from the energies of others, but I have spent my whole life on an exhausting emotional roller coaster that has especially taken its toll on my digestive and circulatory system. I have seen first hand how dominant negative emotions can destroy your health. Did you know that chronic stress can weaken your immune system? Without a strong immune system, how can your body keep your cancer cell levels in check?

I’ve had the odds stacked against me. I’ve spent the majority of my life dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, and digestive problems. I have a family history of cancer, which has weighed heavily on me. My aunt and best friend passed away when she was only 40 from a cancer caused by undiagnosed celiac disease (a severe type of gluten intolerance). My grandfather was diagnosed with bladder cancer around the same time as his daughter (my aunt).

So in what seems like an uphill battle, why do I even bother? Why do I go to yoga class, eat gluten free and nutritious food, and do energy work?

Meditating on mountain

It’s because I feel better NOW.

I don’t know what the future holds. None of us do. I can very well develop cancer or heart disease, even with the healthy changes I have made.

But my quality of life has improved immensely. I no longer have chronic stomach pain or headaches. I am no longer overweight. I no longer have to stay in bed all day because I am so afraid of having a panic attack.

So I buy that yoga membership, pay more for organic food, and spend money on holistic psychotherapist visits and energy healing workshops, not to make my future better, but to make my NOW the best it can be. A happy, healthy future would simply be a welcome side-effect.

Happy, Healthy Camping!

It’s that time of year again – the sun is shining, the temperature is warm, the trees and flowers are blooming and we are all itching to get to the campsite with our family and friends for a weekend of fun in the wilderness!

Camping

Our lovely campsite at Bruce Peninsula National Park near Tobermory.

As much fun as ditching the luxuries of life such as electricity and refrigeration, in favour of a rustic, earthly experience can be, this can pose big challenges when it comes to healthy food and meal preparation. Camping can be especially anxiety provoking for those who are on special, strict diets, such as those who are gluten or dairy intolerant, or have diabetes.

If you’ve ever read the labels on some of those “camp food” meals they sell at the outdoor store, you’ll see that many of those ingredients are less than desirable, such as autolyzed yeast extract (which can cause reactions in those sensitive to MSG), corn syrup solids (which is another form of refined sugar), and hydrogenated oils which are dangerous fats that can cause inflammation and compromise the immune system(1).

The most obvious solution to avoiding these harmful substances is to eat fresh food made from scratch. While this is easier to accomplish in the comfort of your own kitchen with all the food preparation tools you need at your disposal, most of us do not have these luxuries when camping. As you know, fresh fruits, vegetables and animal products are impossible to keep without adequate refrigeration.

The good news is there are more and more healthier pre-packaged options available to us everyday that are especially useful for camping.

Live, Raw Food

So fresh fruits and vegetables are out of the question (except for maybe your first day of camping when you are bringing these foods from home!), but fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables are so important for providing us an abundant amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes which are essential to the proper functioning of every body system. 

A great alternative for getting these nutrients is to head to your health food store’s “Raw foods” section where you can find raw crackers, cookies, dried fruits and vegetables that do not require refrigeration.

 “Raw foods” are prepared or heated at a temperature less than 46 degrees Celcius, if they are heated at all (2). This maintains all those wonderful nutrients that are otherwise lost in the normal cooking process.

Tutta Raw is a new small company that makes delicious raw meals and snacks. Their crackers are ideal for camping, and come in a variety of flavours. They’re made with such ingredients as flax and chia seeds, which are loaded with Essential Fatty Acids. They’re also gluten, preservative free and vegan. I highly recommend the “Mediterraneao Flax C-raw-kers” which have a nice pizza flavour.

If you have a sweet tooth, they also make cookies called “Tutta Bites Bucky Nuts” which are gluten free and oh-so-yummy!

Nud Fud (pronounced ‘nude food’) is also a small company started by a fellow holistic nutritionist selling delicious raw, gluten, preservative free and vegan crackers that come in re-sealable bags, which make them especially convenient for the great outdoors. My favourite flavour is the “Vanilla Chai Energy”. The banana gives it a great sweet taste. There is no sugar, gluten, dairy, nuts, or preservatives and is perfect for those with intolerances or blood sugar problems like diabetes.

Have you ever tried kale chips? If the thought of eating dried up greens turns you off, you are missing out on something wonderful. Not only are kale chips delicious, they are very nutrient dense. Leafy kale is turned into a crispy, crunchy snack through dehydration. There are many different types of kale chips on the market out there, and my favourite would have to be Rhythm Superfoods’ line. The Nacho and Texas BBQ have a lot of flavor, are free of preservatives, and are dairy, vegan, and gluten free.

There is nothing like fresh fruit on a warm summer’s day, but, as we already know, access to fresh food is nearly impossible on a camping trip. The next best thing is good ol’ dried fruit. You want to look for a brand that dehydrates their fruit under 46 Celcius to ensure that it is still raw and that you are getting all those beneficial enzymes and nutrients. I love the line of dried organic fruits from Made in Nature. They have apricots, plums, grapes, mangoes, cranberries and my favourite – pineapple, amongst others. These are a great substitute for candy and since they have no added sugars, colours, or preservatives, they are a lot better for you, too.

Just Add Water

For those chilly summer nights, there is nothing like a hot meal cooking on an open fire. Pastas, rice, quinoa, and other grains are excellent camping foods. Check out the organic section of your grocery store for delicious, nutritious bottled sauces that you can add to your pastas and grains for a quick and easy meal. Organicville makes a great line of organic pasta sauces that are gluten and preservative free, the “Tomato Basil” being exceptionally tasty.

GoGo Quinoa makes some fabulous products that are perfect for camping. For a warm breakfast, try their “Amaranth & Kaniwa Cream” hot cereal. Just boil a cup of milk of your choice, such as rice or almond (which don’t have to be refrigerated before opening) and add the dried cereal. It is gluten free, vegan, and has no added sugar.

For a healthy instant soup, try their “Quinoa & Vegetable” that, unlike most pre-packaged dehydrated soups contains no added preservatives or artificial flavourings and colours. Quinoa is a fantastic grain because it contains all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein. This soup has no added sugar and is also gluten free and vegan.

Can I or Can’t I?

Canned foods are a staple of campfire cooking. Unfortunately, we now all know about an undesirable chemical that is found in the lining of most canned foods called bisphenol-A (BPA). BPA has been found to act as a hormone disruptor in the body. Animal studies have shown this chemical may be linked to obesity, infertility, and insulin resistance in rodents (3).

The good news is that many companies have started to take action to use safer alternatives in their packaging. In fact, one particular company was ahead of the game and has been using BPA-free cans for more than a decade now. Eden Organic has an excellent line of nutritious canned foods that are campfire favourites, such as their delicious “Baked Beans with Sorghum and Mustard”, or their “Mexican Rice & Beans” made with whole-grain brown rice. Both products don’t contain artificial flavours or preservatives and are gluten free.

On the Trail

Camping and hiking go hand in hand, and if you are the adventurous type, your hikes may be strenuous and last a good part of the day. If that’s the case, it’s really important to have a portable, healthy snack with you so that you can refuel as you go along.

A favourite amongst the athletic types are bars for their portability and convenience. Not all bars are made equal, of course, so it’s important you always read the ingredients carefully to make sure you are getting a nutritious snack rather than another junky candy bar.

I am really loving Earthling Organics line of yummy, nutritious bars that come in a variety of flavours, are gluten free, organic, refined sugar free, and as an added bonus, are all raw! That means that all those wonderful fats contained in the nuts and seeds (like Omega 3’s, which are crucial for healthy skin, brain, and circulatory system, and may increase energy levels) are kept in tact and are not damaged by roasting. They contain high-energy coconut, and are low glycemic, ensuring that your blood sugar is stable throughout your outdoor adventure. All their flavours are great- “Matcha” (green tea), “Heirloom Cacao”, “Yogi” (complete with anti-inflammatory turmeric- great for preventing achy joints on your hike!), “Vanilla Bean”, and “Goji”.

Read, read, read!

Whether you are trying to stick to a special diet, or you just want to maintain your healthy lifestyle no matter where you go, there are now so many food options available for us to do so! This list of products is nowhere near exhaustive, and there are so many clean and nutritious camping-appropriate foods to choose from at your local health food and grocery store. Always remember- read those ingredients on every single packaged food product you buy. Just because a product is in the organic section of the grocery store, does not necessarily mean it is healthful or right for you. This is especially important if you have a food allergy or intolerance.

While it is ideal for us to eat fresh, home-prepared foods as much as possible, certain situations, like camping, make it very difficult or impossible for us to do so. With an increasing amount of more nutritious pre-made food that doesn’t contain artificial preservatives or colours, and that are even free from common food allergens, everyone can enjoy the great outdoors without the worry of not having enough health-promoting food to eat! That means more time and energy to spend with family and friends in the beauty of nature. Happy camping! 

 

Tutta Raw

http://tuttaraw.com/

 

Nud Fud

http://www.nudfud.com/

 

Rhythm Superfoods

http://rhythmsuperfoods.com/

 

Made in Nature

https://www.madeinnature.com/

 

Organicville

http://organicvillefoods.com/

 

GoGo Quinoa

http://www.gogoquinoa.com/

 

Eden Organic 

http://www.edenfoods.com/

 

Earthling Organic

http://earthlingorganics.com/

 

(1) Rowland, David W. The Nutritional Bypass – Reverse Atherosclerosis Without Surgery. Rowland Publications, 2006. Pg. 14

  1. (2)Hacket, Jolinda. What Are Raw Foods? What is the Raw Foods Diet? About Raw and Living Foods. About.com Guide,http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianlifestyle/f/rawfoods.htm

  2. (3) Bisphenol A. CBC News- Health, http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2009/01/28/f-health-bisphenol.html

NEW Business Nutrition Consulting @ You’re A Peach Holistic Nutrition & Wellness

I am very excited to announce that You’re A Peach Holistic Nutrition & Wellness is now offering Nutrition Consulting for Businesses in the GTA! 

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Ensure that you are offering your clients the most healthful and nutritious options possible! Learn how to provide tasty, convenient, and cost-effective meals that are nutritious as well. Schools, child care facilities, restaurants and cafeterias greatly benefit from this service.

Schedule a FREE Meet & Greet to find out more about holistic nutrition and how this service can benefit you and your organization. Click HERE to book your appointment online.

For more information, call (647) 361-8106 or email info@youreapeach.ca

2nd Annual Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day on May 17, 2013.

For the past six months, we at Real Food 4 Life Education Foundation, a non-profit organizaton have been working around the clock to bring you Vaughan’s 2nd Annual Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day event on Friday, May 17 from 10 AM-3 PM at Petits Chefs Academy.

The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day is a global event that aims to bring awareness to the importance of eating real food for good health. Food Revolution ambassadors from around the world will be hosting a variety of events on May 17th, and we will be hosting one of the biggest and best right here in Vaughan!

This year’s theme will be ‘The Circle of Life’ where a variety of professionals representing the different stages of food will be speaking and providing fun activities for children and adults alike! From soil health to cooking to nutrition, you will have the opportunity to learn about all facets of food, from farm to fork!

Take a break from work and come on down to listen to our amazing line-up of guest speakers (see flyer below) and enter to win so many awesome prizes, including a an olive oil gift basket from Sarafino, a gift certificate and recipe book from Grazie Ristorante, and a signed Jamie Oliver cookbook!

Admission for this event is only $5 and the proceeds go to covering the cost of the event and to Real Food 4 Life Education Foundation’s future community initiatives.

Are you a teacher? We have schools coming down to the event for an awesome field trip before the long weekend, and we’d love to see you there as well! Please contact us immediately at info@realfood4life1.com for more information.

Would you like to volunteer? We are looking for volunteers to help coordinate activities on the day of the event. If you are interested, Please contact us immediately at info@realfood4life1.com for more information.

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Food Revolution Day

No need to road ‘trip’ up on your diet!

Florida state line

I just came back from a fairly sunny and fairly warm week in Florida (the weather wasn’t always superb, but it was certainly better than here!). Instead of flying down and staying at a hotel, we drove down and rented a house on a resort.

Now, if you are trying to maintain clean and nutritious eating while you are away, renting a house is a no-brainer. Far cheaper than a hotel, we had all the amenities of a resort, with the convenience of a home. Having our own fully-loaded kitchen (it was huge too!) meant that we only ate at a restaurant ONCE the whole time. We made quick, simple meals out of fresh ingredients, and the cost savings, as well as the guarantee that we wouldn’t be getting a bad stomach after a meal were totally worth it. Now, I know many people don’t equate ‘vacation’ with ‘cooking’, but it really hardly takes any time to make a simple salad and balsamic organic chicken tenders!

So the challenging part of maintaining healthy eating wasn’t when we got to Florida, it was while we were driving to and from it. If you want to keep up your healthy diet while you are on vacation, (and this especially applies to those with allergies or sensitivities) planning ahead and bringing your own food is a MUST!

Before I go on road trips, I head over to the health food stores to stock up on snacks that are travel friendly. Bars, raw nuts, seeds, and crackers are easy to pack and don’t need to stay cold. Stores like Whole Foods and Nature’s Emporium have so many healthier options for snack foods. I highly recommend you do your shopping for packaged foods at grocers like these, as you will find a large selection of items that don’t contain preservatives, artificial flavours and colours, or refined flours and sugars.

If you have a cooler, you can also bring some chopped up vegetables and hummus as well to snack on. Vegetables are fine to bring across the border, however, fruits are NOT! Once you cross the border, you can stop off at a grocery store (or maybe even a farmer’s market!) and pick up whatever fruits you desire.

Cooler with food

As for meals while on the road, this is definitely more of a challenge to prepare for, especially if you don’t have a cooler to bring with you. If you are on a multi-day road trip like we were, packing meals for both days can be an issue. We were lucky and got a motel room for our overnight stop with a refrigerator in the room, so I was able to save my left over quinoa and zucchini pilaf, as well as my roasted organic chicken for the drive the next day. Unfortunately, you can’t really know ahead of time what your are going to get from these motels, so be prepared to have to eat at a restaurant after the first day.

If you have a cooler, you can pretty much pack just about any meal you desire. Some examples are:

– Sprouted bread sandwiches made with grilled vegetables, tempeh, or organic, nitrate-free turkey or chicken

– A whole grain pilaf made with quinoa, rice, millet, buckwheat, or teff

– Grilled vegetables like zucchini, peppers, and eggplant

– A mixed-greens salad with any veggies you desire for topping. Add 2 tablespoons of shelled hempseed to boost the protein and healthy fat content. Pack a simple dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, and dijon mustard in a small, separate container so the delicate greens don’t get soggy

– A pasta salad made with whole grain or sprouted grain pasta, veggies, olives, and an avocado, lemon, and olive oil dressing

– Fresh smoothies or juices made right before you head out on your road trip. These are perfect for breakfast on the go, or a mid-morning snack

If you have a thermos, soups stews, and chilli are perfect for having for lunch on the road, as they will still be warm if you pack them up in the morning.

As for drinks, I really don’t recommend anything other than water on the road. You aren’t going to be very active on that long car ride, so we don’t want to overdo-it with the calories. Everyone in the car should have their own re-usable bottle that they can fill up at pit-stops with larger jugs of water that you can buy at the grocery store. Buying larger bottles that passengers can fill up their own with dramatically cuts down on waste.

A special note to those with special diets like gluten intolerance: You better prepare to bring a lot of your favourites with you, because you may not find them in the U.S.A. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful selection of healthful, gluten-free products like breads and crackers here in the Greater Toronto Area. I have found that even at Whole Foods down there in Florida, I could not find many of the products that I purchase here (thought you may find some new and interesting ones!)

Now, if you are on a multi-day road trip and you don’t have the luxury of refrigeration at your motel stop-over, there are still options. The best option is to find the nearest grocer or farmer’s market to pick up some fresh veggies and fruits. Grocery stores often have pre-made salads. Be careful about salad dressings, especially in the States. High fructose corn syrup is a common ingredient in most packaged foods there and it can spike blood sugar and leave you feeling hungrier. Buy, or bring some oil and vinegar from home.

If you want a hot meal, most grocery stores have those as well, and that food will generally be of much better quality than at a restaurant. If you are lucky enough to find a Whole Foods along your journey, you are really in for a treat. They have delicious, nutritious prepared foods all day long, and ALL ingredients are labelled so you know exactly what you are getting!

Road trips should be fun! Seeing new places along your journey can be the most exciting part of your entire vacation. With some thought and preparation, food doesn’t have to become a source of stress on what is supposed to be a relaxing time! Don’t let a road trip ‘trip’ up your diet!