Aaaah, smell that sweet air! It’s finally fall! One of the best parts of autumn is that there are so many fruits and vegetables that are harvested at this time of year, which means there is an abundance of fresh, delicious foods just waiting to be eaten.
Changing dietary habits can be a daunting task! It's also the number one way to feel more comfortable in your body, gain energy, say goodbye to chronic pain, resolve chronic disease, improve sleep, eliminate toxins, and so much more! Have you ever heard that "food is medicine"? It is! It can also be the most harmful poison we put in our bodies, depending on our choices. If you're tired of feeling lousy and ready to take some steps into a dramatic change, but don't know where to start, or need some extra motivation, I invite you to join me and the team at Momentum Health as we complete the Whole 30 challenge from September 8 - October 8. The Whole 30 challenge is a 30-day food plan consisting of:
It sounds simple and yet sticking with these changes can be difficult for people. The team at Momentum Health in Kelowna, BC, and I will be sharing recipes, tips, challenges, and moral support for anyone who would like to join us for this 30 day dietary "reset"! We've planned for the challenge to start right at the beginning of the school year and end before Thanksgiving! Wouldn't it be nice to head into fall feeling focused, mentally clear, and more energized? I think so too!
We will be conducting FREE pre- and post-challenge measurements including weight, blood pressure and general health assessment for anyone who would like to join us. You do not need to be an existing patient to join! For more information about the Whole 30, check out their website. I also HIGHLY recommend the Whole 30 book, as it offers excellent guidance on recipe ideas, shopping lists, how to plan and prepare for the diet, what to expect when you start, and much more!
For those who would like to join us in this challenge, come into Momentum Health at 1664 Richter Street on September 8 for your free health assessment. Be sure to follow me and Momentum Health on Instagram @dr.ericavolk and @momentumhealthkelowna for tips, recipe ideas, and moral support! You can also follow me on Facebook. For more information, please contact me at 778-760-3400.
Maybe you’ve seen these weird things around. They look like carrots but they’re purple or yellow or magenta, sometimes even almost black. To some, they can be a little off-putting—unknown vegetables make a lot of people uncomfortable, even grown-ups. Well, consider this your introduction to heirloom carrots.
Aaah! The season of delicious and fresh Okanagan fruits and veggies is in full swing! I love all the fresh produce the summer in the Okanagan delivers! With all the extra fruits and veggies at arm's reach, it is important to remember our non-friend: pesticides, which are a major health concern! Eating organic can help! It can also be pricey!
Here are the foods with the highest and lowest pesticide load, as published by the Environmental Working Group. For foods on the Dirty Dozen list, choose organic if possible. This is a great place to start! Foods on the Clean Fifteen list do not need to be organic.
You can download your own printable version of the guide at their website: www.ewg.org
Eating clean feels good! Enjoy!