A Few Tips and Tricks from The Wild Carrot.

A Few Tips and Tricks from The Wild Carrot.

So you’ve decided to ‘crowd’ out some of the foods that aren’t healthy by adding in healthier versions, that’s great! But where do you start? It’s pretty simple really. Here are a few tips to get you started. Always choose organic over non-organic whenever possible. There have been a few recent studies floating around the internet over the debate as to if organic really is worth the extra cost. In my opinion even if the nutrition level of both was exactly the same I would still chose organic. Here is why – when you eat organic you ingest fewer toxins. We are surrounded by toxins in everything we do so why not try to eliminate as many as you can when you have the ability. Any reduction in the toxic load we consume is a good thing. Meat If you chose to eat meat you want to go for organic, grass-fed meats. You want to cut down on your exposure to antibiotics, hormones, and of course toxic pesticides. Grass-fed beef has 500 times the amount of CLA than CAFO cows do. (CAFO = confined animal feeding operations). What most people don’t realize is that as important as it is to eat organic produce it is even more important to eat meat that is organic. Animal products tend to among the most contaminated as they are fed pesticide contaminated, genetically engineered food. Then you add in the anti biopics and hormones you have a concoction that your body just doesn’t know what to do with. This can lead to all sorts of health issues down the road. Milk Again IF...
Elimination Diet

Elimination Diet

Inflammatory foods can lead to serious gut issues such as infections. The same goes for irritants such as alcohol, caffeine (I know this one is a sore spot for some), certain prescription drugs, gluten, soy, corn, eggs and sugar. Utilizing an elimination diet is the best way to find our what your triggers are and avoid them or limit your exposure. Once you have removed the above mentioned food for 2 weeks you may gradually reintroduce them one at a time. The ones you react to are the ones you may want to consider eliminating on a more permanent basis while others may more tolerable occasionally. Remeber you need to remove all these foods at once and only after 2 weeks do you gradually, one by one reintroduce them back into your diet. Some of you may find that you are sensitive to more than one of these items. So what if it is an infection not just a sensitivity causing this reaction? where did it come from? It could have been from a number of sources. Parasites, bacteria or yeast. Keep in mind yeast can also be systemic and not show symptoms in women that you would traditionally think such as yeast infections. Check out my article on gut health. A stool analysis is always a good way to figure out what’s up and then treat accordingly. You will want to see your ND or other certified medical practitioner to have this done. If you want to know more more on elimination diets and how they work contact me: holly@thewildcarrot.ca or...
You’re not sick you’re just gutless…

You’re not sick you’re just gutless…

Got your attention didn’t I. OK so you aren’t gutless but your gut is likely unhealthy. Do you want to know how I know? Take a look at these common indicators and see which ones apply to you. How’s your mood? Do you find you are depressed? perhaps snappy or irritable for no reason? What about gas or bloating? Diarrhea. Autoimmune disease, this one has people suffering for no reason when the fix can be fairly easily and not with a prescription that could be causing more harm than good. Skin problems like rashes, eczema, rosacea Poor memory, brain fog, issues with concentrating, ADD or ADHD Infections, this one is especially big with women. Anxiety. Food allergies or sensitivities Asthma (yes even asthma!) In holistic and functional medicine we believe that every system in the body is connected.  At the centre of our bodies is our gut, so a functioning digestive system is key to good health. Did you know that 70%-80% of your immune system is in your gut? Thats a pretty big number. Gut imbalances have been linked to a whole bunch of health issues- want me to name a few? Autoimmune disease (this is a big one), hormonal issues, chronic fatigue, fibro, anxiety, depression (another biggy), skin disorders like eczema… this is just scratching the surface of the list. So now do you see how the list above comes into play? First off you should be cutting out sugar, it’s just bad. You can add it back in small doses here and there once you have healed you gut but for now lets just keep it simple. Remove anything...
Sundried Tomato Spread

Sundried Tomato Spread

OK I have to admit this isn’t one of my originals, it actually comes from a wicked site called Thug Kitchen, I have to warn you that the language is pretty outrageous but the recipes are well worth it.  Check out their FB page as well for more fun and ‘edgy’ recipes.   Name(required) Email(required) Website...
This ones for the ladies…

This ones for the ladies…

Got ovarian cysts or PCOS? Well this is one video you will want to watch. It’s hilarious (cause those are the only kind I like to post – gotta have a little humor with our pain right?) It’s informative – she wasn’t lying when she said it tastes like apple pie oh and it’s functional!  You have got too check out her youtube channel and of course her website if you get a chance.  ...