prevent holiday bloating

7 Strategies to Prevent Holiday Bloating & Better Digest your Meal

Dr. Kimberley O'Brien Blog, Food, Health Leave a Comment

Although one of the best parts of the holidays is enjoying delicious food, no one wants to feel bloated and unwell after finishing their meal! As a Naturopathic Doctor, I’m often asked how to improve digestive function and prevent holiday bloating, so I’ve compiled a list of my top 7 suggestions in hopes they will help you too! By incorporating ...
Coffee & How to Find the Balance

Coffee — The Good, the Bad and How to Find the Balance

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Coffee… is it good or bad for you? You might intuitively think that as a naturopathic doctor I would be anti-coffee, however, the answer isn’t cut and dry! Today I’m sharing which signs and symptoms you may be experiencing that indicate coffee may be negatively affecting your health, as well as 6 guidelines that can help you to make your ...
How to do a safe and effective spring detox

How to do a Safe and Effective Spring Detox

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Spring is here! My puppy, Hendryx, and I just returned home from an early morning walk with the birds chirping and beautiful colours lighting up the sky. What a great way to start a new week and a new season! Spring is a time for cleansing and renewal.  The longer days and the flowers in bloom makes spring one of my ...
Naturopathic Doctor Professional Speaker

Food Fuels or Fools – How I Approach your Health as a Naturopathic Doctor

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When I tell people that I'm a Naturopathic Doctor I tend to get a variety of interesting reactions.  Overall, people are often quite excited! If they've previously seen a Naturopathic Doctor it's not unusual for them to share with me how they have experienced a positive transformation in their health.  However, those who are unfamiliar with naturopathic medicine will often respond with ...
Gluten & Dairy-Free Chicken Fajitas with Tropical Mango Salsa

Chicken Fajitas with Tropical Mango Salsa

Dr. Kimberley O'Brien Entrées & Sides, Food 12 Comments

I love Mexican food and can’t pass up on an opportunity to enjoy delicious chicken fajitas! Unfortunately most classic Mexican dishes contain several ingredients that are common food sensitivities (ex: cheese, sour cream and wheat or corn tortillas). This chicken fajita recipe contains all of the flavour and satisfaction of those classic recipes, but you get to skip the belly …

Buddha Bowl

Healthy Buddha Bowl with Savoury Miso Sauce

Dr. Kimberley O'Brien Entrées & Sides, Food, Salads 15 Comments

Buddha bowls make for a nourishing and satisfying dinner or an incredibly healthy and delicious packed lunch! What exactly is a Buddha Bowl? A Buddha Bowl, which may also be referred to as a Glory Bowl or Dragon Bowl, is filled with healthy whole food ingredients that often include fresh veggies, greens, nuts or seeds, and rice or quinoa. Drizzle …

Guide to packing healthy road trip snacks and meals

Your Healthy Guide to Road Trip Snacks and Meals

Dr. Kimberley O'Brien Blog, Food, Health, Lifestyle 8 Comments

Vacations are meant for fun and relaxation!  They allow us to let loose, break free from our daily routine and go with the flow.  There’s an opportunity to meet new people, see new sights and to discover new and delicious food!  For all of these reasons and more, I absolutely love to travel whether it’s for a quick road trip ...
How to make a chia or flax egg substitute

How to Make a Chia or Flax Egg Substitute

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I love eggs, but they are a common food sensitivity and therefore I often use chia or flax “eggs” in my baking instead of regular eggs. While these egg substitutes can’t be used to replace eggs where they’re the primary superstar in the recipe (ex: an omelette or scrambled eggs), they can be used to replace the function of eggs ...
lactose intolerance or dairy sensitivity

Do you have lactose intolerance or is it something more?

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Lactose is a sugar that’s found in dairy products like milk, cream, yogurt and ice cream. In order for lactose to be absorbed from our digestive tract, the small intestine must first break it down by releasing an enzyme called "lactase". Unfortunately an astounding 65% of the population has a reduced ability to break down lactose after two years of ...
Does milk really do the body good?

Does milk really do your body good?

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A large cohort study from Sweden was published this week that investigated the relationship of dairy in regards to bone health, cancer, cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. Over 100,000 people were surveyed in depth regarding their diet and lifestyle choices from 1987 through 1997 and their health outcomes were monitored for an average timeframe of 20 years. The number of ...