nutrition

Food and Wine Pairing Affair

An intimate food and wine pairing experience for health conscious foodies and wine lovers. Join Lusine and Ted as they guide you through a delicious journey of various flavours, textures, and colours. They will prepare three pairings of healthy canapés and organic, biodynamic wines. Learn the importance of mindful eating… Read More

Desserts with Benefits

An engaging dessert tasting workshop about guiltless pleasures that boost your mood and keep your sweet tooth happy! Includes a chocolate making demo and 3 course dessert tasting. • Do you love desserts? • Do you sometimes feel guilty indulging mindlessly in chocolates and cookies? • Do you… Read More

Cook & Sip Your Way Into Comfort

Join Nutritionist, Shauna Mann and Wine Expert, Samantha Krumholz for a special holiday cooking class and wine pairing experience! Please note this event is not fully vegan as it does contain honey and bee products. Includes: 2-hour hands-on cooking class featuring a 4-course vegetarian dinner Interactive, educational wine tasting… Read More

The Veggie Edge for Athletes

By Marco Pagliarulo, Weird Veg Science columnist for Lifelines Vegan athletes assert that a plant-based diet gives them a leg up. Let’s explore the science behind this claim. Endurance exercise induces muscle damage and inflammation throughout the body [1].  Since this can impede tissue repair and the body’s recovery [2], minimizing inflammation is advantageous to the athlete. But what does this have to do with diet? Several human studies have investigated the relationships between dietary patterns and inflammation. Here’s what the body of  knowledge indicates: Meat-based diets and Western dietary patterns (characterized by high intakes of meat, sweets, and refined grains) are associated with chronic inflammation [3, 4]. Conversely, fruit- and vegetable -based diets are associated with decreased levels of  inflammation [3, 4]. High intakes of carotenoids and vitamin C (found mostly in plant-based foods) seem  to decrease inflammation [3]. The consumption of whole grains is also associated with decreased levels of  inflammation [3, 5]. One of the review papers even goes on to suggest that a diet high in vegetables, fruit, and whole grains may even protect the body against inflammation [3]. Aside from inducing inflammation, exercise may also induce oxidative stress [6] – an imbalance in the… Read More


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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 from the diet. Some of the functions of healthy fats in our bodies include: •    Transporting essential fat-soluable vitamins D,E,A, and K, •    Enhancing and maintaining normal brain development and functioning, •    Contributing to cell membrane flexibility and selective permeability (keeping healthy products in and cellular debris and toxins out), •    Improving the body’s health by increasing metabolic rate, energy production and oxygen intake. •    Contributing to the production of hormone like substances called prostaglandins (which regulate hormonal levels). A common misconception is that people need to consume fish oil to get their omega 3.  However instead of consuming the fish itself, the direct source of EPA is actually the algae that fish eat, so we can actually supplement with spirulina and microalgae products (even wakame seaweed is very high in EPA). Omega 3 is also found in flax, walnut… Read More


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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 is nutritionally complete by itself. Vegetarians choose foods from grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and fruits. Whole unrefined foods are best. Eggs and dairy are optional. On a plant-based diet, you will have the distinct advantage of obtaining nutrients from sources high in fibre, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. For a print version open //VegNutriton.pdf// (250 Kb) Protein It was once thought that foods had to be combined within a single meal to provide complete protein. The latest research indicates that an assortment of plant foods eaten over the course of a day can provide all of the essential amino acids you need. This is the postion of the Dietitians of Canada and the American Dietetic Association. Most people can easily meet their protein needs by eating a variety of whole grains, legumes, and vegetables on a… Read More


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