Fabulous Fats: Omega 3s

Care of Nimisha Raja and Karen Soper This month, we’ve got a basic reminder on the importance of Omega Fatty Acids. These are referred to as the Omega 3 and 6 fats that are healthy and good for you. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are not manufactured by the body – hence they must be acquired… Read more »

Ten Tips for Staying Healthy in the New Year

Care of Evolving Appetites Instead of focusing on one healthy food this month, we thought we’d start the new year off by providing you with Nimisha Raja’s top ten tips for a healthier you in the new year. 1. Get the junk out! Eliminate refined flours, sugars and oils. This is the single most important… Read more »

Vegetarian Nutrition

Vegetarians can rest assured. Plant-based foods are loaded with nutrients including ample protein, iron, calcium, vitamin D, iodine, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc. Vegans require a reliable source of vitamin B12. Whether you eat a vegetarian or non-vegetarian diet, the key to health is simple. Include a wide variety of different foods in your diet – no one food source… Read more »

TVA offers Mayor recipe for healthy weight-loss

The Toronto Vegetarian Association delivers plant-based care package to Mayor Ford and Councillor Doug Ford TORONTO:  In response to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s public resolution to lose weight in 2012, the Toronto Vegetarian Association has delivered a care package for achieving healthy weight-loss and invited the mayor to participate in Meatless Mondays. “Eating less meat… Read more »

Eggs raise risk of death | Meat and cancer | Bird flu

Bird flu virus has mutated into form that’s deadly to humans The avian flu has undergone a critical mutation making it easier for the virus to infect humans, according to a study at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “We are rolling the dice with modern poultry farming practices,” warns consumer health advocate Mike Adams,… Read more »

Fish oil & omega-3s

A 2008 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal casts doubt on the health benefits of fish oil. Dr. David Jenkins, a professor of medicine and nutritional science at the University of Toronto, and his co-authors analyzed three major studies that looked at heart patients and fish-oil supplements. One found benefits to fish oil, another found… Read more »

Five healthy habits from around the world

Adapted from a 2007 article at CookingLight.com about five healthy eating habits learned from the traditional diets of cultures around the world. 1. Eat plenty of produce and whole grains Traditionally in China, the diet consists primarily of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. And in Greece, vegetables and legumes are main meals, not just side… Read more »

Canada Food Guide increases veg compatibility

A few weeks ago, Health Canada launched a new version of Canada’s Food Guide. It’s been 15 years since the guide was last updated. There are several changes of interest to vegetarians. The guide still uses a rainbow design, but fruits and vegetables now take the place of grains on the outer band. The veggie… Read more »

How plant foods boost your immune system

Unfortunately, our air, water, soil and much of our food is full of chemicals that can cause health problems ranging from asthma to cancer. The good news, however, is that a natural chemical removal system is built into our basic biochemistry. It is powerful enough to eliminate thousands of different chemicals. It just needs to… Read more »

Vegetarian energy foods for kids & athletes

Vegetarian energy foods for growing kids, active teens, and those with fast-paced metabolisms Book store shelves are stocked with “Eat more, weigh less” nutrition books, but little is written on healthy ways to increase your caloric intake. Enter vegetarian energy foods; vegetarian diets, particularly vegan diets, tend to have low calorie intakes because of their… Read more »