Date Archives October 2013

How To Brew Kombucha

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Want to create a batch of effervescent, tasty, low calorie tea full of health benefits for under five dollars? Introducing Kombucha, a fermented tea drink that is becoming widely popular in North America for it’s taste and health benefits. Kombucha has been claimed to aid in cancer prevention, joint care, degenerative diseases, detoxification and immune systems. Lucky for you, it is really simple to make, all you need to do is jump on your local craigslist page and search for a Kombucha Scoby (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast). These “Scoby’s”, also known as “Kombucha baby’s” are easy to come by and often free, because every batch produces a new one.  Once you have acquired your “Scoby” follow the easy Kombucha recipe below:
1. Boil 3 quarts of water

2. Add four black, white or green tea bags and four fruit tea bags, then let steep for 20 minutes.

3. Remove tea bags and mix in two cups of sugar until dissolved.

4. Cool to room temperature and pour into a 1-gallon glass jar.

5. Add Kombucha ‘Baby/Scoby’ and fluid to jar.

6. Cover with a clean tea towel and seal with a rubber band.

7. Place in a dark, warm environment (ideally 72 to 80 degrees) for 7 to 14 days.

8. After 7-14 days taste the Kombucha. If it is too sweet brew it for a couple more days.

9. When it has reached your desired taste, poor Kombucha to the brim of your glass bottles

10. Store the bottles for five days and then enjoy!

 

* For those of you who live in the Vancouver area send me an email as I have a new SCOBY every month*

The Lions Trail, Vancouver

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Boy does it feel good to get down from a long hike and look back up to where you were standing and say, ‘I just walked to the top of that thing’.

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A great one for that reason alone is The Lions Trail in Vancouver. The lions are two dark peaks that you can see from downtown Vancouver nestled in between Grouse and Seymour.  The view from the Lions is truly spectacular, offering a panoramic view of Howe Sound and the Capilano Watershed down to the city of Vancouver. The hike is about eight hours round trip and if you are brave enough to climb to the summit, make sure to bring your climbing shoes. The last part of the hike requires some serious ‘don’t look down’ climbing, although it is totally worth it and safer then you think…

How to get there:  I don’t have a car so I am always using CL ride-share, hitching, bumming rides etc.. This hike is great as you can get there using public transit. Take the bus to Lions Bay and head north east till you get to the back left of the neighbourhood on a street called ‘ Sunset Drive’. You will see a yellow gate, this is your starting gate. Hike up the road for a good 30 minutes till you find an opening and a skinner path uphill, head that way. The hike is relatively mellow for the first 2 1/2 hours, don’t get too comfortable. The last part of the hike is quiet the uphill (great for the buns).  Be sure to fill up your water bottle at the bridge over the waterfall, this is your last chance for the next 5 hours.  Enjoy.

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The Paleo Diet In A Nutshell

Photo By: Foster Huntington

 

For the month of October I have set a personal challenge to attend my yoga studio ( YYoga ) for every day of October. As the month will be filled with all sorts of getting in shape and forming good habits, I decided to try out The Paleo Diet for the next 30 days as well. I have created a little ‘Paleo Diet For Dummies” as I wanted to know more information about it and figured most people do too.

 

 

THE PALEO DIET IN A NUTSHELL:

” If a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither should you.” The Paleo Diet is an effort to eat like humans used to thousands of years ago as cavemen.

WHAT YOU CAN EAT:

Things humans could hunt or find – meats, fish, regional veggies, fruits, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, etc..

WHAT YOU CAN’T EAT:

Things humans can’t hunt of find – grains, sugar, breads, cereal, pasta, processed foods, etc…

WHY THE PALEO DIET: 

North America’s current eating habits are making people fat; 66% of Americans are overweight.

WHY ARE PEOPLE FAT?

Back in the day the average human was: Tall, muscular, agile, athletic and incredibly versatile.  When humans discovered farming, the agricultural revolution took off and humans advanced from hunter-gatherers to farmers.The problem is, the human body never adjusted properly to eating all the grains that we were now farming resulting in the human race gaining tremendous amounts of weight.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Paleo Diet eliminates: sugars, grains and processed foods because they cause raised blood sugar which is toxic for your body.  When your body has high blood sugar it releases insulin to reduce blood sugar and to convert it into energy. Your body can only burn so much, so your body stores the rest as fat. For energy our bodies need sugars from fruits and vegetables not pastries.

THE PALEO DIET is an effort to go back to eating how we were biologically designed to eat, allowing us to tap into our genetic potential and start living healthier immediately.

 

BEGINNER SHOPPING LIST

SPICES, FLAVOURS & OILS: 

  • Coconut flour
  • Almond meal/ flour
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Raw agave sweetener
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut aminos
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Chicken stock
  • Raw honey
  • Vanilla
  • Ground black pepper
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Coconut oil
  • Almond oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sesame seed oil
  • Onion powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder / Chili flakes
  • Cilantro
  • Tomato paste
  • Sea salt
  • Crushed garlic

PRODUCE ( FRUITS & VEGGIES ) 

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Sweet potato
  •  Mushrooms
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Squash
  • Bananas
  • Oranges 

MEATS & OTHERS- ( MEATS SHOULD ALWAYS BE GRASS-FED & NITRATE FREE. FISH SHOULD BE WILD )

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Fish
  • Pork
  • Buffalo             
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut water     
  • Almond milk
  • Eggs
  • Jerky
  • Nuts