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Gluten Sensitivities Discussed

Image courtesy of Vlado at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image courtesy of Vlado at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Gluten sensitivities have dramatically increased among people in the last decade. It is a commonly disputed question as to how, and why, this is so. The original belief was the rise of genetically modified food. It has been said that the GMO’s can deteriorate the stomach, then cause the stomach to reject gluten. The problem is, if this were so, people would likely become sensitive to many more things than just gluten!

It gets tricky when it comes to statistics though. Some people are born with an allergy to gluten (celiac), which is much more serious than a sensitivity. This often causes allergic reactions and damages the small intestine. Then there are many people who eat gluten-free as part of a diet, or just diagnose themselves with a sensitivity. When it comes to white breads, these foods are full of simple carbohydrates, which react like sugar in your body. So when people cut gluten out of their diets, they often full better/more energized, therefore they diagnose themselves gluten sensitive. When really, it’s more likely that they are feeling better because of the lack of sugar and often consequently, desserts and other such gluten-rich foods. Lastly, there are people who have received testing with results (placebo controlled) stating that their body is sensitive to gluten.

So it’s a tough call as to why this sensitivity has risen, and if it really has, or if it is a widespread trend.

The conclusion I seemed to have stumbled upon in my extensive, unscientific research is that modern wheat production and consumption is changing and massively different from what it was years ago. Not only has our grain consumption spiked, but also the production process has changed. We use modern grains and fast production. Historically, ancient, more whole, grains were popular with a long fermentation process. It seems likely that the consumption of this essentially new grain is foreign to our bodies and can often take a toll on our stomachs, causing the rejection.

So although it may be trendy, there seems to be some evidence behind the sensitivity rise. And either way, people are increasingly not eating gluten and so comes a rise in gluten-free options! I know almost everywhere I go there is a grain free selection. And at Generation Green, you bet we have options for you!

Some are our staff and customer favorites are:

Gluten Free Foods
Gluten Free Foods at Generation Green

Piccola Cucina’s Almond Macaroons & their Pancake Mix, Tolerant Organic Pastas, Splendor Gardens Organic Spices & Herbs, Canadian Climate Advantage’s Chili Lime Snax, Bessie’s Best Tapenades, Gourmet Inspirations Strawberry Balsamic with Basil Finishing Sauce  & many more! If you know of a great tasting gluten-free alternative that you think would be a great fit for our store, just let us know!

Written by Savannah Costen

 

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Medicinal Mushrooms

I’ve recently been reading about medicinal mushrooms, and while I have been a consumer and can speak of the benefits of Chaga Mushrooms, I’m going to have to start spreading the mushroom love around, because there are many different types, all unique in their abilities to better our health.

Medicinal mushrooms have been around forever, and offer so many health benefits from immunity boosting, improving memory, balancing blood sugar levels to aiding with digestion!

It’s funny how foods that have been around forever, are being rediscovered as we continue to explore options to better our health.

Mushrooms can help to build resistance to disease, because they containin powerful polysaccharides called beta-glucans which keep our immunity strong.

Beta glucans are crucial in the fight to stay healthy, however the body doesn’t produce them naturally so we have to look to outside sources, namely, baker’s yeast, mushrooms, and cereal grains, like barley, oats, rye, and wheat.

Every type of medicinal mushroom has their own unique combination of polysaccharides, let’s take a look at what each can offer.

Chaga Mushroom: Chaga is full of antioxidant enzymes, including what is thought to be the most potent antioxidant  of all “superoxide dismutase”.  Antioxidants prevent oxidations from happening in your body which will help protect DNA and keep your body feeling young!  Studies have shown that chaga use is an effective way to fight against unwanted bacteria, viruses, and inflammation. Chaga has also been shown to have very strong anti-tumor properties.

Reishi Mushrooms: Reishi is nature’s ultimate anti-stress antidote. As an intelligent mushroom, reishi may balance an overdriven hormone system and improve sleep quality. Reishi is thought to create balance in our systems.

Lions Mane: Great for improving memory and concentration. Lion’s Mane has also shown great results in prevention of various brain and nervous system related diseases as well as some psychiatric disorders.

 

 

 

 

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Green Carrot Juice Co. Detox!

Detox me please!

I had been feeling tired and a little sluggish no matter how much I slept, and basically not really myself, so I decided a juice cleanse sounded like a good idea! Not to mention, I have been taking an online nutrition course, and was having a real good understanding of what our body does for us, therefore thought I should show it some love!

I had attempted a juice cleanse only one other time, but found it very time-consuming as I was using my home juicer, and because I’m on the go (boys play hockey, need I say more!), not very convenient.

I had been wanting to visit the Green Carrot Juice Company, to try out their fresh pressed juices, then I saw the twitter feed that they were now offering juice cleanses, (you can do either a 1 day or a 3 day), it was kinda of like the universe telling me that is what I needed!  Since I’m an “all in” kind of person, I opted for the 3 day!

Green Carrot suggests you prepare yourself before the cleanse by eating lighter each day, eliminate starchy foods and adding in lots of veggies!

Morning Greens
Morning Greens

Received my juices (they deliver!), cracked open the “Morning Greens”, which is a combination of Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Ginger & Lemon.  Was expecting it to taste “greenie” so prepared myself, but was pleasantly surprised by how delicious, not to mention fresh it tasted! Slurped that down no problem, while I read through the little booklet of instructions and tips.

There are 6 juices for each day, so you want to spread them out, with the last one being 2 hours before bed.  Drink lots of water throughout the day, and be prepared for a headache!

Next up is the one they call “Amp”, Apple, Mint and Pineapple! A refreshing blend that had me envisioning warm tropics, sitting in a law chair with an umbrella drink! Love it!skd187377sdc

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Beet It! Beautiful Color!

Mid afternoon is another “Morning Greens”, followed by a “Beet It” which is made up of  Beet, Carrot, Orange & Ginger.  The “Beet It” was probably my least favorite but not in bad way, it was just a strong beet taste, that overpowered the other ingredients.

Dinner, early eve I was able to enjoy “Hardcore Greens”  loaded with Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Parsley, Spinach, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Ginger, Lemon, Lime,  Flax oil and Aloe Vera! Were talking loaded here!  Taste was okay, you know this one just has to be good for you!

Finally, finishing off with “Bliss”, which is basically your little treat for making it through the whole day!  Bliss contains a delightful combination of, Almond milk, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Organic Cane Sugar & Medjool Dates! YUM is all I can say!

I also started taking a probiotic to help repopulate the good flora and keep the ol’ bod in balance!

A couple other recommendations from Green Carrot are to Dry Brush (we have wonderful Merben dry body brushes available at Generation Green), as well they suggest sweating either with sauna or steam room, or even light exercise will help flush the toxins out, just remember to rinse off otherwise it’s being reabsorbed into your body.  Also, massage! Speaking my language here! Apparently if you let your massage therapist know you’re doing a cleanse, they can massage the liver and that could increase the effects of the cleanse.

The little booklet that you get with your cleanse, also gives you great tips for post cleanse, and easing back into eating.self_care_tips_women_entrepreneurs

So how did I do?  Well, I did start getting a headache mid afternoon on day 1, but since I was expecting it I managed through, even while working a 12 hour shift! I wasn’t hungry at all actually, which was very surprising!  Just needed lots of bathroom breaks 😉

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Our bodies our machines!

Day 2 I woke with a bad headache, that just kept getting worse, but I still really thought I could manage with it. Especially after a visit to my store from Obby (owner of Green Carrot).  Unfortunately, by late afternoon I was in pretty rough shape and needed to eat 🙁  I did continue drinking the juices for the day as well as the next, as they really are quite delicious, but added in some light meals as well.

I had originally thought that doing the cleanse while at work would be a great distraction, but maybe with my next attempt I will opt for the cozy confines of home, really making the whole process a nurturing, self-care event.

I really do support the idea of giving your body a break once in awhile by doing a cleanse like this one, but I also think it’s important that everyday we think about what we are putting into our bodies, as most disease and health issues start within your gut. Although each of our organs has a specific function, they also function as part of a group, very much like a machine that we need to maintain, service and keep well fueled!

 

 

 

 

 

pH, Your Body & Why it’s so Important

pH…What does it mean?ph_scale

pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. the “p”  is short for the German word for power, potenz and H is the element symbol for hydrogen.

The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the body is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the body is.

pH ranges from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic.

An optimum healthy body is slightly alkaline measuring approximately 7.4

If you have a health problem, most likely you are acidic. Research shows that unless the body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal itself. So, no matter what you choose to use to take care of your health problem, it won’t be as effective until the pH level is up. If your body’s pH is not balanced, you cannot effectively absorb vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Basically our body pH affects everything!

acidic-alkaline-phchartSo what can you do to get your body to an alkaline state?

It is basically going  to be all about your diet.  A good rule is to strive to eat 80% Alkaline foods & 20% Acidic foods.

Knowing which foods are acid-promoting and which are alkaline-promoting is the first step to balancing your diet.

Here are some tips I found while researching the subject:

Start your day with a large glass of water with fresh lemon. While lemons may seem acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body.

Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, sprouts Those are the most alkalizing, so load up on the salads!

Drink a smoothie with added green powder like spirulina, chlorella, or other greens. Choose almond milk over cow’s milk, since cow’s mild can be acid-forming.Acidifying_vs._Alkalizing

Try cooking with alkaline spices & herbs, for example paprika, chili powder, parsley, ginger & curry!

Get rid of the added sugar in your diet! Sugar is one of the most acidic foods we consume. Did you know you need over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralize the acidity of ONE can of soda, thats crazy! This includes sweetened teas, processed fruit juices and sports drinks. Also remove deep fried foods and processed foods and limit meats, corn, eggs, dairy products, and fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bring the Garden inside with Sprouts and Microgreens

MumsWe’ve noticed an increasing interest in sprouts and microgreens.  It could possibly be that more people are becoming aware of the health benefits they receive, as both are high in nutrients. Not to mention, there is the added bonus of being able to have access to them all year-long.

So easy to do, inexpensive, lots of varieties to try out, and can easily be added into your diet.  Try microgreens or sprouts in anything from salads to soups to sandwiches!

Though their growing methods as well as flavors are different, both the sprouts and micro greens have been beneficial for their similar high nutrition and fiber content. While sprouts are the germinating seeds that can be eaten raw in salads, sandwiches etc. or cooked in certain delicious recipes, micro greens are micro vegetables i.e. tiny form of vegetables produced from the seeds of various plants or herbs. They are larger in size than sprouts being about 1 to 3 inches long including a single stem and leaves. Microgreens are a popular ingredient in restaurants due to their distinct flavors and textures.jars

The basic difference between sprouts and micro greens lies in their growing methods. While sprouts are seeds soaked in water, micro greens are planted and harvested like other plants. Read on for more details.

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Sprouts

For sprouting, a dense supply of seeds are soaked in water for about 8 hours and then, placed in a wet cloth bag or even a mason jar, to provide the warm, humid environment ideal for the development of sprouts. The cloth is repeatedly rinsed to keep the seeds moist and after 1-2 days depending on the type of seeds and weather conditions, the seeds begin to germinate and are ready for consumption.

On the other hand, few seeds for micro greens are planted in the soil with abundant supply of sunlight and air circulation but low humidity. As a less number of seeds are planted, each plant gets ample space for its growth and development. The average growing time for micro greens is 7 to 14 days. Once the leaves are fully grown, the micro greens are harvested by cutting the stem with the help of scissors just above the soil surface leaving the roots behind. 

Microgreens
Microgreens

 

As micro greens are harvested with the stem and leaves, they offer a variety of strong intense flavors, textures as well as colors making them a suitable ingredient for flavoring dishes, garnishing etc. Sprouts, however, have a milder taste, but variations could include crunchy textures as well.

The health benefits of both are quite similar i.e. rich in nutrients and antioxidants but the growing method of micro greens which involves photosynthesis makes them more nutritious as compared to sprouts. Also, as micro greens grow in soil, they tend to absorb the minerals from the soil too which further, enhances their nutritional content.

Whether sprouts or micro greens, they are both packed with nutrients and adding them to your diets will only increase diet benefits while keeping the calorie count down, so start adding these little greens into your diet!

 

 

 

New Arrival – Rawnata!

Rawnata Snackers
Rawnata Snackers

So excited to stock the shelves today with another Manitoba made product…Rawnata.

Rawnata currently has two products available (but there are more to come!) Chocolate Hemp Snackers, and Goji Hemp Snackers.  Both use organic ingredients, offer a great source of protein, fibre and are truly a delicious, guilt-free snack.  rawnata1

 

Eating raw foods allows you to receive great nutritional value and flavor.  You won’t be getting any empty calories with these snackers, just great energy!

Developer Natalie Dueck of New Brothwell, Manitoba, will be offering samples on Saturday, May 10th at Generation Green. See our calendar of events for time frame.

Just Arrived – Jamore!

From the maker of Thrive Vegan Bars, a local food developer, we now proudly introduce…

Jamore!

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Jamore is a Natural Fruit Spread,  It has NO refined sugar, and NO artificial sweeteners. It only contains 4 ingredients… Blueberries, Water, Prunes to naturally sweeten and Chia Seeds.  

Jamore can be used as a spread on toast, as an add in to plain yogurt (instead of the high sugar or artificially sweetened kind) as a fruit dip, and on oatmeal! 

It is good for you, is low in calories, sugars and carbohydrates… it even contains fiber!jamore

Find Jamore on the shelf at Generation Green now.

Food sampling will be held on Sunday, May 25th 11:30-2:30

Support local please!

Piccola Cucina

pc_logo_headerAnother of our favourite Manitoba food developers, Piccola Cucina just recently dropped off some almond goodness!

Delicious almond macaroon cookies that are all natural, preservative free, as well as free from gluten, grain, dairy, soy, corn & yeast.  Available in 4 flavours; Amaretti, Chocoretti, Pistachioretti & Limonetti!piccola Cucina

We also stock their pie crusts, again made from almonds, and available in 8″ or 4″ tart sizes, as well as sweetened or unsweetened.  Piccola Cucina is now making the unsweetened crusts vegan, having eliminated the egg yolk and instead using flax, which also adds to the nutritional benefits.

Speaking of nutrition, almonds have some amazing benefits that you can read more about here, on Piccola Cucina’s website, and while you are there be sure to check out their recipe page!