Category Archives: Healthy Eating

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook

Check out our new Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Dairy and Egg Free Cookbook! Ideal for individuals with celiac disease or who are following a wheat free / dairy free diet. Over 200 tasty recipes including wheat free cinnamon buns, avocado fig fudgesicles, mediterranean quinoa salad, coconut lime chicken and wheat free chocolate chip cookies. 417 pages of useful tips for those with wheat and gluten allergies!

The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook written by Alissa Sergersten and Tom Malterre – also contains food allergy substitution charts, a hidden gluten foods list, deserts and a 7 day sample menu plan.  Available for purchase at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group!

Purchase your Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook here!!

Healthy Holidays! Beating the Sugar Blues during the Festive Season

Do you have the sugar blues? Most of us know that sugar is unhealthy….and many of us also know how challenging it can be to reduce or eliminate refined sugar from our diets. During Christmas and New Years, when we are completely surrounded by sugary treats, do we even stand a chance? Oh yes you do! During this 2 hour workshop, you will learn simple techniques for kicking sugar cravings naturally, examine some better options and alternative sweeteners, and most importantly, we’ll discuss how to maintain balance when you find yourself at a social gathering with sugar, sugar, and more sugar. You’ll have the opportunity to taste some healthy and delicious holiday treats, and be sent home with an information package full of recipes to try out on your friends and family! **pre registration is required

Date: November 26, 2011

Instructor: Melissa Furneaux, RHN, BSc., HHC

Time: 12:30-2:30 pm

Cost: $25

Where: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group # 320-1026 Davie. St Vancouver BC

Contact: Melissa Furneaux, B.Sc., HHC, RHN Registered Holistic Nutritionist directly at 604-760-9892

**Please register in advance to reserve your seat, as spaces are limited mfurneaux@gmail.com or info@alchemyelixir.com to reserve your seat.

Food and Mood Workshop

taught by Melissa Furneaux, B.Sc., HHC, RHN Registered Holistic Nutritionist

What would your life be like if you were happier, had more energy, and felt a sense of balance each day? What would your life be like if you were happier, had more energy, and felt a sense of balance each day? Would you like to learn to…

  • mprove your mood and lessen feelings of depression?
  • Find balance in your relationship with food?
  • Decrease feelings of stress and anxiety?

There is a great deal of wisdom in the old saying “you are what you eat.” Food is a powerful tool that is often overlooked in its effects on mood and mental health. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of how our nutritional choices interact with our state of mind, and how we can use food to our advantage to promote a sense of balance and well-being.

When: Saturday October 22, 2011

Where: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group # 320-1026 Davie St, Vancouver BC. V6E 1M3

Time: 12:30 to 2:30 Cost: $25 at door

Contact: Melissa Furneaux, B.Sc., HHC, RHN Registered Holistic Nutritionist directly at 604-760-9892

**Please register in advance to reserve your seat, as spaces are limited mfurneaux@gmail.com or info@alchemyelixir.com to reserve your seat.

Getting Grounded with Root Veggies: Using our local harvest to help minimize stress!

Do you ever feel ungrounded? Stressed? Unable to focus? Do you know anyone who doesn’t feel this way on occasion? What if you could learn to use food and nutrition to your advantage to feel more clear, present, and down to earth in your day to day life? In this 2 hour workshop, we will use the humble family of root vegetables to introduce the ideas of food energetics and eating with the seasons, and ultimately how this relates to your day to day life. We will examine fun and creative ways of cooking with foods like yams, carrots, ginger, and parsnips, and you will even have the opportunity to taste a variety of delicious, local, root veggie treats Of course, you’ll also walk away with an information package and some wonderful recipes to try at home! **registration is required

Date: October 1, 2011

Where: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group # 320-1026 Davie St, Vancouver BC. V6E 1M3

Time: 12:30 to 2:30 Cost: $ 25 at door

Contact: Melissa Furneaux, B.Sc., HHC, RHN Registered Holistic Nutritionist directly at 604-760-9892

**Please register in advance to reserve your seat, as spaces are limited mfurneaux@gmail.com or info@alchemyelixir.com to reserve your seat.

The Calcium Controversy: Does milk really do a body good?

By Melissa Furneaux, B.Sc., HHC, RHN

Most of us have grown up with the firm belief that milk is an important part of a balanced diet, and absolutely necessary for strong bones and teeth. This idea is so ingrained in our culture that most of us do not so much as question it; it is common thought that if we want to avoid osteoporosis in our later years, we need to drink hefty amounts of dairy now. But is this really the case? Like so many nutritional controversies, it turns out that this situation is rather complicated. So let’s begin with the basics…what exactly is calcium, and what does it do in the body?

Calcium is a macro-mineral, and it is also the most abundant mineral in our bodies, accounting for about 1.5-2% of our body weight. Almost all of it, around 98%, is in our bones; another 1% is in our teeth, and the final percent is in and around our cells. While calcium is certainly best known for its role in bone health, it is actually involved in many functions throughout the body, including muscle contraction and heart regulation, nerve conduction, cell communication, blood clotting, and enzyme regulation, just to name a few. There’s no denying that we need adequate amounts of calcium to stay healthy. However, is the commonly recommended 2-4 servings of dairy each day an appropriate guideline?

Without going into detail, let’s just say that the influence of the dairy industry is far-reaching, its pockets vast, and their advertisements psychologically brilliant. The “Got Milk“ campaign, for example, is one of the most successful, long-running advertising campaigns of all time. If we step back from the politics, however, and take a look at the science, we can see that it is quite well-documented that greater dietary calcium intake does not correlate with stronger bones. On the contrary, if we look at global dietary consumption of dairy, we will find an inverse relationship between osteoporosis and dairy consumption. Yes, you read that correctly…as a general rule, the nations that drink the most milk also have the highest rates of osteoporosis. In addition, researchers have consistently found a direct correlation between animal protein intake and loss of bone mass. While we must be cautious to not make any conclusions based on this correlation alone, it does suggest that perhaps there is more to bone health than meets the eye.

As with all nutrients, it is not simply a matter of how much calcium you have in the body, but rather what your body is able to do with it. We know that our society isn’t lacking in calcium. So how can these counter-intuitive facts be explained? It seems that what we have is not a problem of calcium deficiency, but one of calcium absorption. The human body is complicated and dynamic, with systems and substances working synergistically…nothing occurs in isolation. Our bodies are constantly trying to maintain stable levels of calcium in the blood. If our bodies become too acidic, due to excess animal protein, stress, a high intake of carbonated soft drinks, or any variety of other reasons, calcium will be leached from our bones to help buffer acidity in the rest of the body. In effect our bones act as somewhat of a “mineral bank.”

There are many diet and lifestyle factors that either promote or inhibit calcium absorption, and unfortunately when it comes to the so-called “Standard American Diet, the scales are definitely tipped against us. A few common substances that interfere with absorption include: caffeine, soft drinks, diuretics, excessive meat/protein consumption, refined sugar and concentrated sweeteners, alcohol, cigarettes, other intoxicants, and excess salt. Many of these substances are high in phosphoric acid, or other acidic substances that create imbalance in the body. In addition to these substances that hinder absorption, there are other factors that must be present for absorption to take place at all. Most notably, these include vitamin D, magnesium, healthy parathyroid hormone functioning, and another hormone called calcitonin. The situation is even further complicated by the fact that vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient, meaning that the calcium in fat-free products is more difficult to absorb.

I am commonly asked “If I give up milk, where will I get my calcium from? As it turns out, there is a huge variety of non-dairy sources available, primarily our “beans and greens.” Many leafy greens are excellent sources, particularly kale, mustard greens, and bok choy. There are a few greens, such spinach and collards, that while being excellent sources of calcium, should be cooked to increase calcium bioavailability (due to the presence of oxalic acid). Many legumes are also excellent sources, including soy beans, tofu, adzuki beans, peas, and pinto beans. Sea vegetables, such as hijiki, nori, kombu, wakame, and kelp are also excellent sources. Other foods that contain calcium include brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, bones (either eaten directly or used to make soup broths), and some dried fruits such as apricots. Many people choose to supplement their diet with calcium, although in my opinion this is somewhat missing the mark, again focusing on quantity over quality.

In the end, it is safe to say that this issue is complicated, and that the debate over milks purported health benefits and consequences will likely not be ending anytime soon. While milk is an excellent source of calcium, it is becoming increasing clear that their are a number of potential problems associated with milk and dairy intake as well…we have not even touched on the fact that approximately 70% of the world is lactose intolerant, that it is one of the most common dietary allergens in North America, and that it is not appropriate for many people due to ethical or religious reasons. Ultimately, however, it comes down to personal choice. If you choose to include milk in your diet, try to buy local and organic, if possible, as the quality of the product will be much better, and you will also be supporting more sustainable farming methods in your community.

Melissa Furneaux , Registered Holistic Nutritionist is available for workshops and private consultations at Alchemy & Elixir Health Group in Vancouver BC.

Spring Cleansing Nutrition Workshop

Hosted by: Melissa Furneaux, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Cleansing has become increasingly popular as a way to rebalance the body and mind. If done incorrectly, however, cleanses may actually cause more harm than good. In this workshop you will learn: – What detoxification is, and what purpose it serves in the body – How often you should be cleansing – The pros and cons of popular detox diets – What type of cleanse is right for your body and your lifestyle

When: May 14, 2011 from 1pm – 2pm

Where: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group 320-1026 Davie St, Vancouver BC

Cost: $10 **Please note that spaces are limited. Please register in advance to reserve your seat.

For registration or information, please contact: Melissa Furneaux, B.Sc., RHN email: mfurneaux@gmail.com or ph: 604-760-9892 www.alchemyelixir.com

Raw Foods for the Rest of Us: A Demo and Workshop

Hosted by: Melissa Furneaux, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Have you heard about the benefits of raw foods, but feel that raw foods are too complicated for your busy life? Feel intimidated by terms like dehydrating, juicing, and sprouting? At this workshop, we will cover: – the benefits of raw foods, and whom they are appropriate for – Convenient, realistic ways to incorporate more living foods into your life, without having to make drastic changes or invest in expensive equipment – You will get to see a demonstration of how to prepare a number of quick, healthy, delicious, raw recipes – AND you will get to try all of these recipes, along with being sent home with an information package and some tasty treats!

When: April 30, 2011 from 12 pm to 2 pm

Where: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group # 320-1026 Davie St, Vancouver BC

Registration: $40 **Please note that spaces are limited. Pre-payment is required to reserve your seat

For registration or information, please contact: Melissa Furneaux, B.Sc., RHN email: mfurneaux@gmail.com or phone 604-760-9892

For more information visit: www.alchemyelixir.com

 

Food and Mood Workshop

taught by Melissa Furneaux, B.Sc., HHC, RHN Registered Holistic Nutritionist

What would your life be like if you were happier, had more energy, and felt a sense of balance each day?

What would your life be like if you were happier, had more energy, and felt a sense of balance each day? Would you like to learn to…

  • Improve your mood and lessen feelings of depression?
  • Find balance in your relationship with food?
  • Decrease feelings of stress and anxiety? There is a great deal of wisdom in the old saying “you are what you eat.”

Food is a powerful tool that is often overlooked in its effects on mood and mental health. In this workshop, we will cover the basics of how our nutritional choices interact with our state of mind, and how we can use food to our advantage to promote a sense of balance and well-being.

When: Wednesday February 23, 2011

Where: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group # 320-1026 Davie St, Vancouver BC. V6E 1M3

Time: 6:30pm-8pm  and Cost: $10 at door

Contact: Melissa Furneaux, B.Sc., HHC, RHN Registered Holistic Nutritionist directly at 604-760-9892

**Please register in advance to reserve your seat, as spaces are limited mfurneaux@gmail.com or info@alchemyelixir.com to reserve your seat.

“Quin-what?” De-mystifying Ancient Grains with Sharon Green, RHN

Taught by Sharon Green, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN)

Time: 6:00-7:30, Wednesday, January 20, 2010

DETAILS: Quinoa, Kamut, Buckwheat, Millet, Barley, Wheat Berries, Kasha…. we have all heard these names before, however what are they and what do I do with them?

Learn what these ancient grains are, instructions on how to cook them and how to use them.

One of the integral ingredients to a wholesome diet is including complex carbohydrates into our dietary practices. Whole grains possess a significant nutritional impact and are a considerable source of insoluble fibre, which balances blood sugar levels and aid in digestion.

Sharon Green is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) practicing from Alchemy & Elixir Health Group in the West End of Vancouver. As a RHN, She assists clients in determining, altering and executing healthful choices in their lives. The focus is on whole foods, their importance for optimum health cannot be understated and with a consorted effort to ultimately eliminate refined, processed foods.Mindful, well managed food practices may also aid in the prevention of diseases.

LOCATION: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group, 320-1026 Davie Street, Vancouver

PRE-REGISTERATION REQUIRED as space is limited. Please call (604)-729-3844 ~ Being Well Nutritional Consulting or (604)-683-2298 for Alchemy & Elixir Health Group, please leave message if reach voice mail.

PRICE: 10$ will be collected at the door, cash or cheque only.

Sharon can be contacted either through the website www.alchemyelixir.com or e-mail beingwell@shaw.ca

Introduction to Raw Food Cooking ~Raw Food To Live For!

LEARN A FRESH FOUNDATION, RAW FOOD HEALTH SECRETS & tips to help increase energy, mental focus, sleep well, release weight, save money, the environment and look & feel fantastic!

TASTE delicious, easy recipes the whole family (&your body) will love!

EXPERIENCE healthy, organic, gourmet, nutrient-dense meals

RAW FOOD TO LIVE FOR – INTRO TO LIVE FOODS

You will leave this class, inspired, motivated & with the knowledge of how to begin eating raw & make delicious meals for yourself others.

Experience: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks & desserts. Bring your appetite!

9 gourmet dishes provided!

WHEN: Sunday, February 7th, 2010 from- 2-6 pm

WHERE: Alchemy & Elixir Health Group, # 320- 1026 Davie St , Vancouver, BC, V6E 1M3

INVESTMENT: reg.$150/person *EARLY BIRDS Just $100/person + GST

REGISTER BEFORE DEC 31, 2009 & SAVE $50/person! (all prices exclusive of GST)

REGISTER TODAY: http://www.rawfoundation.ca/Classes_Events_BDXT.html

OR CALL Janice at 778.839.8424

Nationally recognized Live-Foods Health Chef & owner of RAW Foundation Culinary Arts Institute, Janice Skoreyko inspires & motivates, people to build a solid foundation of sound nutrition principles & the healthiest eating habits with fast, easy, delicious recipes from the vibrant world of living foods. Come, learn to prepare gourmet recipes quickly, simply, & bursting with flavor! Space is limited. Preregistration and prepayment required. Register today!