By Lauren Mangion, Conscious Home
When Canmore-based company Tasty Life came up for sale, Lindsey Williams saw it as her opportunity to model a healthy relationship with food for her 1 year old daughter by reforming what we often consider healthy grab-and-go snack foods.
Lindsey bought the company, renamed it Tasty Living, and framed the brand with the motto, “Eat Well and Be Awesome.” Her snacks, handmade with high-quality organic ingredients, many of them considered to be superfoods, are made to support adults and kids with active, busy lifestyles looking for delicious and truly healthy snacks.
Lindsey’s vision was to turn the company into a living brand known for delicious nourishing snacks and treats that you can feel good feeding to your family. As a Canmore resident that runs triathlons, and the mother of a toddler, Lindsey embodies the busy active lifestyle her snacks are made for. Before she took over the company, she found she was often looking for nourishing foods she could grab on the run, and disappointed in what was out there. Finding many foods that are branded to be healthy are high in sugar and low in nutrient value, she feels that much of the healthy snack world cannot even be called food. Tasty Living is based in the idea that the food we eat should be a foundation to help fuel us to do awesome things.
Beyond the nourishing aspect of Tasty Living snacks, is the fact that people can feel good about eating them. Like many women, Lindsey has struggled with body image and a love-hate relationship with food. With Tasty Living, Lindsey wants to help people embrace food, and be able to eat something that tastes delicious without feeling guilty about it. In Lindsey’s own life, it is a chance to do something that cultivates a positive relationship to food for her young daughter- to be a mom with a healthy body image, and a true love for awesome food.
Tasty Living is tasty snacks you can feel good about feeding yourself and your family. They are quick foods that can fuel you for your day whether you are out mountain biking or as snacks for kids after school- a go-to snack that gives pure nourishment that feels awesome to give or receive.
Tasty Living has choices for every palette- whether it’s So Yam Good chia flax crackers or Rawkin Cacao Cookies, or Hemp Hemp Hooray corn chips- they are tasty, healthy, handmade snack foods that will support you in your desire to Eat Well and Be Awesome. A new brand to the CNF shelves, look for them soon in the grocery section of your nearest Community Natural Foods.
Rustic Sourdough Bakery’s owner, Jos Rehli knows a good sourdough. Jos grew up in his parents’ bakery in Switzerland and has not strayed far from the industry over his career to date. The Swiss Master Baker and Master Pastry Chef took over the family bakery in Switzerland, worked in marketing and product development for big companies like Nestle, taught baking in a polytechnic school, and came full circle back to owning a bakery when he took over the Rustic Sourdough Bakery 9 years ago.
Part of Rustic Sourdough’s Bakery mission is to provide education and experience about how an authentic sourdough should taste. Many people have the misconception that a sourdough actually has a sour taste, because some bakeries will use vinegar or lactic acid to mimic a sourdough. Jos stresses that a true sourdough will not taste sour, and has many benefits for digestibility through the fermentation process of the grain. Those that know sourdough would be interested in the age of Rustic’s culture, which is about 16 years old. Both the rye sourdough and the wheat sourdough cultures are refreshed daily, rain or sun, long weekend or weekday; the culture is not unlike a pet in that regard, and Jos feeds his well!
Jos has been pleased to see a shift in his customer base over the last few years, from primarily European clientele to more health conscious young families looking for tasty bread with quality ingredients. Product quality is exactly what Rustic Sourdough Bakery’s focuses on. Grains and seeds are mostly certified organic, and sourced locally from farms on the Canadian prairies. All breads and baked goods are made from scratch, with whole ingredients. Rustic never uses fillers, bread proofers, and Jos is adamant that there will never be any shortenings or butter substitutes in his bakery. The bread is made with the same traditional European methods that Jos learned from his parents, and what that results in, is real bread with real ingredients.
Another thing that sets Rustic Sourdough Bakery apart is that the majority of European breads feature rye in varying proportions. Rye contains two times more iron, zinc, vitamin E and A than wheat, and is a fantastic source of dietary fiber and manganese. Jos has found many customers that cannot usually tolerate wheat bread do much better with rye.
Rustic Sourdough Bakery’s most popular breads are Rustic Whole Grain, Russian Rye, San Francisco Sourdough, and Bavarian Crust. You can try a world of breads at your nearest Community Natural Foods.
By Lauren Mangion, Conscious Home
Bles-wold Dairy’s origin can be traced to a mother’s love for her daughter. Owner and recipe creator, Tinie Eilers, and her family had recently emigrated from Holland to Canada and her diabetic teenage daughter was having a hard time adjusting. Tinie found her daughter’s diet was suffering, and sought to find foods she would enjoy and eat. Tinie’s brother, who had a small commercial yogurt business on his farm in Holland, sent her a pasteurizer and a recipe for a mild yogurt with no sweetener. Soon, she was making a large quantity every day for her daughter, as well as friends and neighbors. When Tinie’s husband Hennie suggested she turn it into a business it wasn’t long before Tinie was at the Lacombe and Ponoka Farmers’ Markets sharing her yogurt with the public. They named their product, Bles-wold, a combination of Tinie and Hennie’s hometowns, Blesdijke, and Steenwijkerwold, Holland.
Bles-wold’s products have always been developed based on feedback from their family and customers. At the farmers’ markets, Tinie found that Canadians like their yogurt slightly sweeter and thicker than Europeans. Their yogurt is now known by their customers for its mild flavor, and low sugar and fat content, which is achieved by using a lower temperature and a longer incubation period. Currently, Bles-wold’s chief taste testers are the 10 kids on the farm, who are happily helping to determine the recipes for the company’s latest product line, ice cream.
Hennie and his son-in-law run the dairy, which is located on the farm with the processing facility. Once the cows are milked, the milk is piped directly into the yogurt-making facility and is pasteurized and cultured in the same day. The yogurt is on store shelves 3 days after milking, or “from cow to shelf in 3 days”, as Tinie puts it, and just one of the many ways that sets Bles-wold apart from many of the dairy products out there. In addition, they do not use any artificial flavorings or fillers. The cows are not given any antibiotics because, quite simply, there would be no product if they did. The culture is dependent on the growth of probiotics (good bacteria), and antibiotics would kill the necessary bacteria.
In Tinie’s words, “We love the business and are proud of what we make. It’s very rewarding to have people like your product. The yogurt started with me making the best for my daughter, and we’ve always kept up that standard.” You can find a range of Bles-wold’s yogurts in the dairy cooler at your nearest Community Natural Foods.
By Lauren Mangion
After nearly 20 years in business as the founder and CEO of Newco Industries, Marty Newcomen still considers it all a “wild and exciting ride.” A fascination with the healing properties of tea tree oil is what started Marty down the path of developing a natural health and body product line. He has now developed close to 200 body care products and feels that each individual product has its own journey. Most of all, he is passionately excited about the products that he feels contribute to his customers health and well-being, and hearing about it through their testimonials.
Some of Newco’s most popular products with CNF customers include toothpaste (both for kids and adults), Rub Ease pain relief cream, Australian tea tree oil, and the Sulforaphane Series, including the BroccoFusion ointment and lotion. The Rub Ease pain relief cream, which targets pain and inflammation, was one of Newco’s first products and remains ever popular. The Sulforaphane Series is one of the latest and hottest products Newco has to offer, and Marty admits he’s not sure how to top it with whatever they work on next. Newco customers have been having great success with the BroccoFusion ointment and lotion to aid with skin problems, ranging from acne and age spots to repairing skin after excessive sun exposure.
Newco is very stringent about the raw ingredients they source for their products. Many people are not aware that a lot of the raw ingredients used in personal care products may be “natural” but can be preserved in chemicals, genetically modified, or extracted using a chemical extraction process. According to Marty, “ Of 100 raw ingredient sources we may consider to use in our products, we will usually reject 60 of them because they don’t meet our standards. We really go the distance, and spend the time on the initial ingredient sourcing in order to work to be as natural as we can for people and the planet. We are working for a chemical-free world.” Marty sees synthetic chemicals as a detriment to natural healing products, and highly encourages people to read labels carefully. He enjoys communicating with customers and helping them make better choices with their daily and ongoing health and body care needs.
Check out www.organicteatreeoil.com for more information about Newco’s products for all your family needs, testimonials and more. You can find Newco’s products in the Health and Body Care section at your nearest Community Natural Foods.
With the laze and haze of summer behind us, lounging lakeside is a distant memory. With September in full-swing, the “R” word looms before us – yes, gulp… ROUTINE. Defined, ‘routine’ means: a regular or habitual performance of an established procedure. It’s this ‘habitual’ connotation that often leads us to associate routine with tedious daily boredom.
But routines can be like a breath of fresh air: allowing us to take comfort in what is known and familiar and safely return to patterns that have worked well in the past. A tried and true routine can serve as the basis for great choices that form the foundation and motivation for healthier living.
The best daily routine is our first morning meal: “breaking of the fast” or breakfast! Breakfast allows us to nourish our bodies after a long night of repair and recovery with little no food for long period. You’ve heard it before – it’s THE most important meal of the day and shouldn’t be missed. New research proves this old wise-wives’ tale to be true as this daily morning ritual can help to: allow for healthier lunch choices, reduce mid-morning snacking, body mass index and supress sugar and bad fat cravings. In children, long term research has shown that breakfast can result in better school attendance, behavior and academic performance.
So eating breakfast is truly a no-brainer when it comes to a daily routine. But the question then becomes, what foods are best to routinely eat?
Well simply put, it’s superfoods to the rescue! Superfoods are another excellent choice for a healthy daily regimen. By including superfoods at the start of your day, you will ensure that your body gets the nutrients it needs: whole protein, healthy fats and excellent fiber. In addition, the high levels of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals found in superfoods gets the easiest and biggest bang for your breakfast buck! Simply add a tablespoon of each to morning smoothies, oatmeal, cereal or yogurt to give a super start to your day.
Our top SUPERFOOD gluten free, nut free and vegan choices are:
Best source of plant-based whole protein, hemp is also high in Vitamin E antioxidant, excellent source of omega’s (like the hard to cellular boosting: gamma linoleic acid) is mineral rich and high soluble fibre.
Excellent for digestive health (insoluble fibre), and reducing blood sugar levels, this bland tasting seed is high in omega 3’s, high minerals including calcium and magnesium, and is easy to sneak in everywhere!
Goji’s are a great source of anti-oxidants, protein, minerals (iron, potassium), beta-carotene with powerful polysaccharides that help to: stimulate human growth hormone; reduce blood pressure, blood sugar and bad cholesterol; and enhance immunity, cell activity and food conversion.
Heart healthy cacao helps to reduce: blood pressure, plaque in the arteries and bad cholesterol. It’s also a rich source of anti-oxidants, full of vitamins and minerals and a natural stimulant for feeling great!
All things coconut are wonderful, including the flour! As the highest fibre flour, with ½ a tablespoon you can help keep the insides squeaky clean; reduce bad cholesterol and blood sugar while boosting the immune system.
Getting into a routine may seem daunting, but by simply adding superfoods to your daily breakfast regimen, you can quickly get back on a healthy track. So go ahead, embrace the R-word for all of its super REWARDS!
Ann Barnes (Hons B.A, LLB), is the founder of Mum’s Original superfoods and the author of the health and wellness book “Better Being” and most recently: an allergen and gluten free superfood guide and cookbook entitled “Eat Super, Be Super!”. Ann enjoys educating people about the benefits of eating whole food superfoods while creating delicious allergen and gluten free, plant-based recipes that the whole family can enjoy (even the really picky ones).
Find this month’s featured coffee at any of our market locations, including the Community Cafe at the 10th Avenue Market!
3 Key Themes in Women’s Health
Dr. Marita Schauch, BSc, ND
Hormones are powerful chemical messengers that control our mood, energy & stress levels, metabolism, sleep, reproductive function and many other vital bodily functions. In good health, all of our hormones work together in a delicate balance. Unfortunately, hormonal imbalances commonly leave many of us feeling stressed, tired and unwell. There are many causes and aspects of hormonal imbalance, but 3 key themes that I experience regularly with my patients are outlined below.
1. Estrogen Dominance – Support the Liver
It is now well known that one of the most prominent causes of PMS related symptoms, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, fibrocystic breast disease and breast, uterine and ovarian cancer is excessive estrogen exposure. This is often referred to as Estrogen Dominance. One of the main sources of too much estrogen in the body comes from xenoestrogens, which are environmental toxins found in plastics, pesticides, beauty products, cleaning products, detergents, the birth control pill and hormone replacement therapy. Xenoestrogens are structurally similar to estrogen and have the ability to mimic estrogen in the body and cause an excess estrogen state. These “foreign” hormones can also create damaging by-products and metabolites putting a lot of stress on the liver and disrupting normal hormone pathways.
Calcium-d-glucarate, indole-3-carbinol, DIM and sulforaphane are important substances that support healthy hormone metabolism by promoting liver detoxification and excretion of harmful xenoestrogens. Milk Thistle is a well-researched botanical extract that contains potent antioxidants that protect liver cells from free radical damage and support detoxification pathways. Tumeric, Lycopene, Rosemary and Green tea are powerful antioxidants and have anti-carcinogenic properties thus protecting the body from environmental insult as well as reducing one’s risk of cancer. All these can be found in one formula called EstroSense® which I recommend to support the liver and balance hormones.
2. Not to be Forgotten – The Thyroid
In general, hypothyroidism or low thyroid hormone is a common condition in North America and affects between 20 and 25 per cent of the female population and about 10 percent of males. In addition, approximately 30 per cent of people over the age of 35 may have sub-clinical or mild hypothyroidism where the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) from the pituitary gland is within the normal range but they have many symptoms of low thyroid. If you are tired, gaining weight, have cold hands and feet, hair loss, dry hair or skin, cracking in the heels and insomnia, consider low thyroid. Clinically low thyroid, as confirmed by your doctor, requires prescription medication. However, if your tests come back normal and you are still experiencing symptoms you can support your thyroid with a natural formulation containing L-tyrosine, ashwagandha, guggul, pantothenic acid, copper, manganese and iodine as found in ThyroSense®.
3. A Transitional Time – Menopause
When a woman’s childbearing years come to an end, she will begin to experience the first signs of menopause. During this time the body is adjusting to fluctuating hormone levels. Various signs of menopause include: irregular or absent menstrual periods, hot flashes/flushes or night sweats (80% of women experience this), mood swings, insomnia, depression, urinary problems and loss of libido. A woman’s risk of heart disease and osteoporosis are also increased during menopause.
I recommend MenoSense® with black cohosh, chasteberry, gamma orzanol, hesperidin and dong quai to help balance fluctuating hormone levels and ease the transition through menopause.
Hormonal imbalance is a major contributing factor to a variety of women’s health concerns. I recommend WomenSense® products to reduce symptoms and help restore healthy hormone balance.
Remember, whenever you buy WomenSense products you are supporting The Canadian Women’s Foundation and helping women and girls across Canada move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence.
Dr. Marita Schauch BSc ND is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Canada’s premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. Dr. Schauch’s health articles educate the public about health and wellness and have been featured in numerous print media. She currently resides and has her clinical practice in Victoria B.C.
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RULES: No purchase necessary. Contest is open only to legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older. Contest runs from 12:00 am (MST) Monday, April 22nd, 2013 to 11:59pm (MST) Monday May 6th 2013 and the prizes must be claimed by 11:59 pm (MST) on May 31, 2013.
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By Lauren Mangion, Conscious Home
CNF staff have witnessed many adults thrown into fits of giggles and blushing cheeks at the very suggestion of consuming hemp. However, it is a health food that continues to grow in popularity due to its superior health and nutrition benefits.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods has played a major role in growing and popularizing the hemp foods industry in Canada. Before the company could even get off the ground in 1998, its co-founders had to work with farmers and academics to secure trials of industrialized hemp and eventually legalize industrial hemp in the country.
Since then, Manitoba Harvest has seen a great surge in consumer awareness and demand for hemp food products, largely through the promotion of hemp foods by mainstream media personalities, like Dr. Oz. The television personality references hemp for its nutritional and health benefits so often, Manitoba Harvest has a dedicated page on its website for his videos and recipes that profile hemp.
Hemp contains all 10 amino acids, B vitamins, and has other valuable nutrients like chlorophyll and magnesium. According to the World Health Organization the ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is 4:1. Hemp’s ratio is 3.75:1, making it a great source for balanced Omega intake. It also has a very high digestibility score.
Manitoba Harvest is the only vertically integrated hemp food company in the world. The company takes great pride in taking part in every step of the production process, from seed to shelf, which they feel gives their customers a sense of confidence in the quality of the product. In 2012, 60% of all hemp grown in Canada was grown for Manitoba Harvest. They work closely with farmers to help with government regulation compliance, and sourcing high-quality organic, non-GMO seed.
Sustainability is woven into the fabric of the company’s operations, down to the hemp plant itself. Hemp plants grow close together and have broad leaves, which naturally suppresses weeds and eliminates the possibility of herbicides. In fact, there is no registered herbicide for use with hemp. It also has a long taproot which is great for storing nutrients, minerals and water, making it a great plant for restoring soil health. Hemp is commonly referred to as “the green buffalo” because every part of the plant has a use whether its for food, fabric, rope or building material. Canada is a leader in uncovering the versatility of the plant and finding new markets for its uses.
And, what about the elephant in the room? Most people are vaguely aware of hemp’s association with a certain plant in the cannabis family that is not legal in Canada. Manitoba Harvest’s response? They say it’s like comparing a Great Dane and a Chihuahua- they are both dogs, but yet completely different.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods produces hemp hearts (shelled seeds), protein powders, hemp oil and hemp milk, all of which can be enjoyed via your nearest Community Natural Foods.