fast food: pesto sauce

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March 21, 2012
I realize that this may not look very appetizing – don’t let looks deceive you!
I purchased basil about a week ago, and realized that I needed to do something with – and soon!
Pesto ended up being my go to recipe, because it adds a nice fresh flavour to dishes (my thoughts at least). I think I’m going to add to to a pasta dish or use it as a chicken marinade. It really depends on how much time I have to spare tomorrow morning. 
– 2 handfuls of fresh basil leaves
– 2 cloves of garlic (you can add less, I happen to love garlic)
– Walnuts (the amount really depends on you, I think I added a bit too much this time around)
Toss everything into a food processor and blend! 
I stored mine in the fridge for tomorrow – just so that the flavours can mingle better, and I’m thinking that there should be enough for at least 2 dishes. 

fast food: strawberry & shrimp spinach salad

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March 19, 2012
I was in such a rush this morning- between finishing 2 assignments (referencing is the bane of my existence), showering, making lunch, and commuting to school – I had no time to come up with anything special (or so I thought). 
I knew I needed to start eating the spinach I bought (there’s so much), so I built up from there. I’ve never had fruit in a salad (really), and my mom bought some strawberries so I thought  I’d experiment so I some in, and I wanted protein – so I added (my current obsession) coconut shrimp. 
I wasn’t too sure how the flavour combination would turn out – but it was quite delicious! I think I have a winner here!
What you need:
– spinach
– strawberries (sliced)
– coconut shrimp (follow package directions, once cooked cut into pieces)
– goat cheese
– sunflower seeds
– EVOO and balsamic vinegar
I’m more a go-with-the-flow person, so I added in how ever much I wanted. 
How often do you come up with recipes on the fly?

Why you should try alternating hot and cold showers

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March 16, 2012

Let’s be honest, who would willingly take a cold shower? It’s an incredibly tough sell! In my first year Naturopathic Philosophy class we learned about the benefits of cold water, and who water in general can heal us (are you surprised? The majority of our bodies is made up of water!) Cold water boosts our circulation and immune system, and also helps to detoxify the body!

HOT WATER | Has a stimulating effect on the body. It causes blood vessels to open, allowing better blood flow. It also increases oxygen absorption and carbon dioxide excretion – important for detoxification. Hot water also has an intrinsic effect – the heat from the water is directly transferred to your body.

COLD WATER | Also has a stimulating effect on the body. Because the body is protecting itself from the cold, blood vessels constrict and all the heat is brought inside to protect the organs. However, after some time the vessels with open (similar to the effects from the hot water). The cold water further increases oxygen absorption and carbon dioxide excretion, and it helps stimulate the body’s metabolism and red and white blood cell production.


  1. Begin the alternating shower protocol towards the end of your shower.
  2. Start with a 3 minute soak in hot water.
  3. Turn the dial to as cold as you can tolerate, for 30 seconds.
  4. Repeat 3-4 times, and end with cold.

In order to get the benefit of the alternating shower, you need to be conscious of the time! If you go over the times, and your short hot shower turns into a long hot shower – you’re depressing your circulation. Meaning that you won’t get a detoxifying effect. Same with a short cold shower turning into a long cold shower.

To determine if an alternating shower is right for you, talk to your healthcare professional like a Naturopathic Doctor!