Saturday, February 6, 2016

7 Salty Myths... BUSTED!

Did you know that heart disease and stroke take one life every 7 minutes? Hypertension is a leading risk factor - over six million adult Canadians have high blood pressure, which is not only the leading risk for death in the world, but the number one risk factor for stroke. "Pre-hypertension"(where blood pressure is above normal but not high enough to be classified as "high") affects another 20% of Canadian adults.

High intakes of sodium in the diet (usually from processed foods) are a leading cause of high blood pressure - and since only 11% of our high intake (3,400 mg vs. the recommended 2,300 mg daily) is added during cooking or at the table watching your intake can be trickier than avoiding the shaker of white stuff. Check out the "salty myths" below to see what I mean!


http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/About-Sodium-Salt_UCM_463416_Article.jsp#.VraYhlnUUVQ

Heart Month is the Heart and Stroke Foundation's key opportunity to reach millions of Canadians in February and alert them to the risks of heart disease and stroke.

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!

Today, my love for teaching is branching out even further - I'm in Montessori training to solidify my love for the system and working with children and families!