Healthy Minimalist

How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?

Health, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition and Recipes, Weight LossAnnie CannonComment

You've probably heard every health and wellness expert talk about blood sugar at some point, right?

Well, this means it's probably important for your overall health.

While your body has mechanisms in place to maintain stable blood sugar, there are many nutrition and lifestyle strategies that you can implement to help it out.  Maintaining stable blood sugar will improve your overall physical and mental health.

Of course, I have some nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, and a blood-sugar stabilizing DESSERT recipe just for you.

Haven't Changed Anything in Your Diet But Gaining Weight?

Health, Nutrition and Recipes, Weight LossAnnie CannonComment

Do you feel like you're getting fatter but you're still eating the same way?

I want you to know that you are NOT alone!

There are so many variables when it comes to weight gain and (of course) these go way above and beyond the concept of “calories in, calories out”.

I discuss the four top reasons in my newest post.  And none of them are related to food or exercise.

Five Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love

Health, Nutrition and Recipes, Weight LossAnnie CannonComment

If you've been avoiding snacks because you're worried they may cause weight gain, I have a bunch of great "weight-loss friendly" snack ideas for you.

Ideas that can easily become "grab-and-go" options and are not only healthy but delicious.

And, as usual, I’ve included a bunch of tips to help you get more of them, and a recipe for a great dip (in case you’re the “dipping” kind).

Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Sensitivity?

Health, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

Do you have symptoms that just don’t seem to go away?

 I'm not only talking about just digestive symptoms but any random aches, pains, discomforts, etc.?

One of the trickiest things to figure out is whether a random symptom could be due to a food sensitivity. That's because symptoms can be delayed, or ongoing, and not even resemble a gastrointestinal symptom at all.

In this post, I go over a few of the common symptoms, and two (very) common foods that you may be reacting to, but don't even know it.

Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

Health, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

Sometimes it seems that everyone has an opinion on weight loss. It’s full of bad oversimplified advice, and magical “non-diet” diet products. And this information is all over the internet.

I am so pleased to bust these bad boys. Want to know why? It's because I care about you. If you're looking to lose weight, then I want you to be successful. I want you to stop wasting one more second on garbage like the four common weight loss myths I’m debunking today.

Please join me in finally putting these to rest once and for all. And then, try my myth-free delicious and filling salad recipe.

How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition and Recipes, Naturopathic MedicineAnnie CannonComment

Stress is everywhere these days. We feel it when we wake up, when things happen during the day, and we even take it to bed with us.

It’s chronic. And it’s not awesome for your health.

When we’re stressed our body reacts in a couple of ways, one is by releasing the stress hormone cortisol.

And you can imagine that there are natural ways you can lower it.

So check out my list of recommendations to reduce cortisol. Then indulge in my de-stressing dessert recipe.

Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein, and Whey)

Health, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie Cannon2 Comments

Dairy - There are few foods as controversial as dairy. I mean, it is an entire food group, right? And there are definitely some people who say you need it.

But, there are others who say to avoid it. And no one disputes that some people react to it. And by “react,” I mean both intolerances and allergies. What about you?

But whether you love it, hate it, react to it, or avoid it, I have an amazing dairy-free recipe for you. (It’s one of my favs).

Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

Health, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

It can be too easy to think (or worry) about your weight.

But you know what?  There is something else that may be more important when it comes to real health.  That is your waist circumference.

Ahh, just a minute!  It's not just about the “pinchable” fat under the skin (you know, that “muffin top”), it's about the internal fat around your abdominal organs that can be the real issue.

That internal fat (AKA “visceral fat”) is known to release a bunch of hormones and inflammatory compounds that can mess with your blood sugar, blood fats (i.e triglycerides), and blood pressure.

In today's post I'll describe how to measure your waist circumference and then give you a bunch of actionable tips to help you reduce it.  And (of course) there's a super-nutritious recipe at the end.

Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Health, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

Are you a breakfast eater?  Or dare I ask are you a “healthy” breakfast eater? 

Maybe you need some inspiration for a few great breakfast foods.  Maybe you don't have time and you need some healthy ideas for “grab and go” mornings - who doesn't ever run short on time in the mornings?

Maybe you're ready to ditch the “desserts” that are marketed as being “part of a complete breakfast”.

Don't worry, I have you covered with three must eat breakfast foods and a yummy recipe too!

How to Read The New Nutrition Facts Tables

Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

Do you ever look at the Nutrition Facts tables? Do they help you decide which foods to buy or not? Do the numbers even make sense?

To be honest, I don't think it's that the most user-friendly or helpful tool. But it's good to understand it since it's here to stay.

Let me give you a super-quick crash course on reading the Nutrition Facts tables, and give you a few hints on the new changes coming soon.

Then, try my delicious and super-easy snack recipe that’ll blow your pre-packaged granola bars out of the water.

How to Improve Gut Health

Health, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

Do you believe your overall health is based on your gut health? What about allergies, pain, and moods - are they related to gut health?

You probably guessed the answer is a resounding "yes!" The health of your gut affects everything else in your body.

Your gut health is based on the integrity of its parts; and, also on the health of the friendly gut microbes that live there.

And, there are a lot of different ways to improve your gut health naturally. Let me give you some of my best tips for your overall gut health.

And, I’ll throw in a delicious recipe too (of course!).

Coffee - Who can drink it and who should avoid it?

Health, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

Coffee is healthy. Coffee is not healthy. Drink it. Avoid it.

Why all the confusion?

If you want to know whether you should drink coffee or avoid it, today’s post is for you. Coffee affects different people differently. It has some health benefits, but there are people who should avoid it.

Is this you? What should you consider before your next cuppa joe?

Not to mention, what’s my recommended recipe (and does it contain coffee, decaf, or tea?). Oh, the suspense!

Five Cholesterol Myths and What to Eat Instead

Health, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

Are you just about done with everyone's “obsession” with cholesterol?  Do you already know that cholesterol is not all bad, in fact there is “good” cholesterol?

Well, here it is.  Let me bust some common cholesterol myths right now starting with the myth that “cholesterol is cholesterol” because it's not.  Depending on which of its buddies cholesterol is floating through your blood with makes a massive difference.  Not to mention the fact that cholesterol is essential to good health.  (Yes, you read that right!).

After I bust those myths I'll give you the goods on what healthy lifestyle choices you can make to increase that “good” cholesterol (because medicines don't seem to be able to do that but I will tell you what can!).

And I'll leave you with a delicious recipe that you can use to get more veggies into your day!

Why is My Metabolism Slow?

Health, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie CannonComment

If you've gained weight and/or feel cold and tired it may just be that you have a slow metabolism.

The next question of course is “why is my metabolism slow”?

Well, that's a great question!  Since your metabolism is how your body takes food and oxygen and uses it to fuel all of its biochemical reactions there are a lot of things that can slow it down.

In this post we'll talk about five common reasons your metabolism could be slow including: thyroid hormones, history of dieting, size and body composition, activity level, and lack of sleep.  I've also included a tip that you can try for each one of these possible “metabolism busters”.

Plus I'll share one of my delicious thyroid-loving mineral-containing recipes that you can make for breakfast or dessert.  

Sleep Through the Night

Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition and RecipesAnnie Cannon2 Comments

Oh, that elusive sleep.  That time to relax and regenerate.  To heal and repair. 

If you need that coffee or two (or three) every morning you may get some very useful tips in this post.

Sleep isn't just important for your mind and body to have energy and be alert.  Lack of sleep can contribute to serious health issues which you don't want.

So let me have your attention for this “tip-filled” post on the importance of sleep and how you can get your fair share.  I'll even throw in an amazing caffeine-free latte recipe for your afternoon “pick me up”.

Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Nutrition and Recipes, HealthAnnie CannonComment

We all do it.  Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavour gets the best of us.  Especially if we're a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side.

I'm talking about overeating at meals. 

This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and well being.  Of course our body needs food to fuel it and we often (usually) eat amazingly healthy foods.

But we may still overeat.  In this post I'm going to give you three solid tips for preventing that from happening.  Seriously!  If you can make these three things a regular habit and part of your daily routine you've got one up on the overeating cravings.