Mexican food is my jam, and thankfully, my family feels the same way about this fantastic, incredibly fresh and flavourful cuisine. So, when my mom, dad and I stumbled across Mesa Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Hamilton, Ont., you can be sure we hurried in for a bite to eat. Located at 255 James St. N … More Restaurant review: Mesa Authentic Mexican Cuisine
This is nuts, ladies and gentlemen. Findings from a recent epidemiological study suggest that “consuming walnuts may be associated with a lower prevalence and frequency of depression symptoms among American adults,” said a Eurekalert release, originally from Edelman Seattle. Researchers involved with this study assessed participants for depression. They discovered that “depression scores were 26 … More Can walnuts help with depression?
I am a seafood lover. There are very few species that come from the ocean that I won’t eat, and referencing what I assume to be relatively common knowledge, consuming seafood offers the human bodies many benefits. What sorts of benefits do eating fish and seafood lead to, you may ask? Well, fish is a … More Why aren’t we eating more fish?
Making an effort to abide by a healthier diet can be a rather challenging feat to overcome, especially if you haven’t made any major changes to your diet as of late. Chances are that as good as your intentions are, after a strong start, you find yourself reverting back to old habits, and soon, pizza … More Healthy eating hacks
Who knew that what you consume on a daily basis could affect your memory? Well, Ajuriel Willette, an assistant professor at Iowa State University in the department of food science and human nutrition, along with his team of researchers, proved just that. Willette and his team unveiled a satiety hormone through research that could lower the … More Food for thought: does what you eat influence your memory?
My Opa recently celebrated his 93rd birthday, and to commemorate such a significant occasion, my family and I, along with some extended family, went to the Mandarin in Hamilton. I hadn’t been to the Mandarin for probably five or six years, prior to dining there for my Opa’s birthday. I remembered it had a great … More Is the Mandarin worth the price?
A CBC article snagged my attention recently, but for all of the wrong reasons. Roughly 35.5 million tonnes of all food produced in Canada is wasted or lost, says a recent report, and approximately one-third of said waste could be sent to communities in need across the county. That’s 58 per cent of all of the … More Canada wastes over half of all food produced
Three in five wild coffee species are on the brink of extinction, thanks to climate change, disease and infestation, and deforestation, a Wednesday Physorg article said. A tremendous amount of coffee is consumed daily – over two billion cups, to be exact. However, the coffee industry is entirely reliant on the wild varieties grown in … More Could coffee become extinct?
I don’t drink alcohol very often. It’s never been something of significant interest to me, therefore I tend to stay away from it most of the time. That being said, the odd time I have experienced a hangover in my life is enough reasoning for me to write this blog post, because they can be … More International hangover cures
Scrolling through my Twitter newsfeed the other day, I stumbled across a post from PETA that thoroughly pissed me off (no, I do not follow PETA on Twitter, don’t worry). The post was linked to an article titled “‘Game of Thrones’ Star Jerome Flynn: Reject Cruelty, Go Vegan,” and since I am a huge Game … More Recognizing misleading animal activism (cough, PETA, cough)
Whether you’re willingly gluten-free or it’s due to dietary reasons, for example, sensitivities or allergies, going out for dinner can be a bit of a struggle. You do a quick scan of the menu, struggling to recognize something, anything, you can consume without triggering an onslaught of diarrhea and pain, but your options are limited. … More Hacks for eating gluten-free in restaurants
I’m not a huge fan of insects. I recognize their purpose and appreciate their contributions to our ecosystems and animal kingdoms, however, I do my best to stay out of their way and simply let them do their thang. They show me the same courtesy, for the most part. The act of consuming a bug … More Should you be eating bugs?
McDonald’s has announced its plan for a “phased reduction” of antibiotic use in their beef products. The announcement came on Tuesday, a Phys.org article said. The chain detailed its three-stage process in which it will conduct a study “of its top 10 beef sourcing markets of current antibiotic use in livestock and by 2020 establish … More McDonald’s to reduce antibiotic use in beef
Hang on to your hats, folks; an article via MedicalXpress discusses a topic some of us often dream of – a gene that could protect from obesity while consuming as much food as desired. When RCAN1, a single gene, was removed in mice, and the same mice were given a diet high in fat, they … More Could this gene prevent weight-gain while eating as much as you like?
When the holiday season rolls around, it’s nice to be able to enjoy some festive treats now and again. This can be tricky, though, if you had food intolerances. Good news, though; Newton’s no gluten sugar cookie mix has your back for all allergen-free baking this Christmas season. For all seasons, really. Not just Christmas. … More Product review: Newton’s no gluten sugar cookie mix
An article from EMBO, re-sourced by Eurekalert, offers some potentially promising news for those of us who are intolerant to gluten, or, more seriously, celiac. Celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can seriously damage the intestinal system, can appear in genetically pre-disposed people, however, it is triggered via environmental factors, the article explains. “When people … More A solution for gluten?
An article published via Eurekalert discusses a study conducted by Jama Pediatrics in an attempt to understand how common eating disorders are amongst children. Upon initial thought, most of us likely assume that eating disorders and children and two things that are not intended to be affiliated with each other. The Jama Pediatrics study, however, … More How prevalent are eating disorders amongst youth?
While I identify first and foremost as an avid coffee drinker, I do enjoy tea as well. I’ve actually been trying to swap out coffee and drink more tea as of late, and let me tell you, this switch up is anything but hard if you’re sipping on a steamy mug of DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts. … More You really need to try DAVIDsTEA’s Forever Nuts
An article from the University of Copenhagen proposes a question I’m certain many of us have once pondered; is going gluten-free really better? More and more folks are choosing to cut wheat out of their diets, yet many aren’t allergic or intolerant to gluten. Perhaps some do so in hopes of bettering their overall health … More Is no-gluten really better?
Let me begin by stating that this post stems from an article from Medicalxpress and doesn’t encapsulate my own personal views of vegans. From my own perceptions, however, a lot of people have it out for vegans. the article explains how many vegans encounter criticism via social media for their dietary preferences, with some vegans … More Why do we hate vegans?
On Sunday morning my family and I went to The Lighthouse Fish and Chips in Brantford for breakfast. Located on Colborne St., this cute little place is tucked in a plaza and is therefore easy to miss, so if you’re at that end of town, keep an eye out for it. My dad had been … More Restaurant review: The Lighthouse Fish and Chips
If you were to read the title of this post and immediately close the tab, I wouldn’t blame you. It’s a bit odd for sure, but rest assured, this information is entirely scientific and comes from a reputable source; a Phys.org article. The article reports that researchers from the University of Oxford in the zoology … More Studying ancient poop
A study from a new Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics has explored how the expansion of the gluten-free food industry in terms of available options has impacted persons diagnosed with celiac disease. The study surveyed 17 celiac adults in Canada and found that participants referred to the booming gluten-free industry as a “double-edged sword.” Why? Despite … More Have ‘gluten-free’ options made things worse for celiacs?
There has been a 360 per cent rise in veganism in Britain over the past decade, meaning roughly 542,000 folks have adopted a vegan diet. 44% of homeowners own a pet in Britain, and there approximately 8.5 million dogs residing in the UK. Take a wild guess where this is going; pet owners in Britain … More Should dogs go vegan?
An article from the Medical Press reports that quitting junk food can result in similar withdrawal symptoms that occur when one quits an addiction, specifically in the first week of quitting. The University of Michigan recently did a study that is likely the first to examine withdrawal symptoms of people when they refrain from consuming … More Research shows quitting junk food is as hard as quitting an addiction
I was on my own for dinner the other evening, and the concotion I came up was rather tasty, so I figured I would share it with you. You will need: 1 1/4 cups of pasta, whatever type your heart desires (I used BArilla’s gluten-free fusilli) One steak, cooked and chopped (I cheated and used … More Easy one-pot pasta dinner
Often times when I mention my food intolerances to someone in conversation, I am asked what exactly I eat in a day. I imagine this is because my food intolerances sound rather dramatic when said aloud (I can’t eat gluten, dairy or egg), and while my diet can get a little lack-lustre, it really isn’t … More Everyday Eating With Food Intolerances
In yesterday’s post I mentioned that my mom and I visited a bakery when we were in Port Dover on the weekend, and because the desserts I got from said bakery are so darn delicious, I wanted to share it with you. Trish’s Bakery Cafe, located in the heart of downtown Dover, opened in 2009 … More Trish’s Bakery Cafe
Before we get started on this riveting topic, I want to emphasize that I am intolerant to gluten, not allergic or celiac. Because I am only intolerant and not full-blown allergic, some of my favorite ‘gluten-free’ cereals are not necessarily celiac certified, because they are made in a location where gluten is present and may … More The Best Gluten-Free Cereals
It’s summertime here in Ontario, and summer in the farming community signifies far more than an increase in temperatures. With warmer weather comes an abundance of locally available produce, items that farmers and growers tirelessly produce for public consumption. From my own understanding, a lot of people do, in fact, eat, buy, and support locally. … More Eat, Buy, and Support Local