How to Make Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies with 3 Ingredients

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When you were little, was your favorite time of the year Christmas? (We’re sure it still is!) There is something simply magical about the winter holiday season. From wrapping gifts and singing Christmas carols to ice skating and drinking hot cocoa, there is one tradition that lives on in many homes across North America. Baking…

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Truths and Lies About Fasting That Everyone Should Know

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss

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Fasting is becoming increasingly popular as a way to boost health. But it can be confusing to figure out how much of the hype is backed by evidence. This article discusses the different types of fasting, including intermittent fasting, along with some of their main benefits. What Is Fasting? Fasting is a period of time when…

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Truths and Lies About Fasting That Everyone Should Know

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss

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Fasting is becoming increasingly popular as a way to boost health. But it can be confusing to figure out how much of the hype is backed by evidence. This article discusses the different types of fasting, including intermittent fasting, along with some of their main benefits. What Is Fasting? Fasting is a period of time when…

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Cookies for breakfast!? You can on National Cookie Day

Pierre Van Zylcacao, chocolate, cookies, eat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, national cookie day, Recipes, refined sugar free, treat yourself

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Full disclosure: I am extremely partial to the humble cookie. To me, there is nothing better than one fresh out of the oven with the chocolate all melted – and nothing worse than being tricked into thinking that a cookie has choc chips but actually has dried fruit. It’s only natural then, that National Cookie…

Cookies for breakfast!? You can on National Cookie Day

Pierre Van Zylcacao, chocolate, cookies, eat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, national cookie day, Recipes, refined sugar free, treat yourself

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Full disclosure: I am extremely partial to the humble cookie. To me, there is nothing better than one fresh out of the oven with the chocolate all melted – and nothing worse than being tricked into thinking that a cookie has choc chips but actually has dried fruit. It’s only natural then, that National Cookie…

How to create an Insta-worthy Brekkie Bowl

Pierre Van ZylBlogging + Social Media, Breakfast, chocolate, eat, healthy eating, instagram, photography, photography tips, Photography Tips + Tricks, social media, superfood, top tips

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Did you know nearly half of all Aussies say they choose what goes into their morning brekkie bowl depending on what looks good for social media?! What’s even more amusing to me, is that more than half a million people (including me) post a photo of their breakfast on social media every single day -…

5 Ways with Greek Yoghurt

Pierre Van Zylbaking, Breakfast, eat, Health + Nutrition, health tips, healthy, meal prep, protein, Recipes, refined sugar free, Snacks, top tips, yoghurt

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Greek yoghurt is high in protein, all-natural, and makes for a fabulous substitution for a lot of other less-healthy ingredients in baking and cooking. I was never really a big fan of yoghurt until I tried the Greek versions – it’s strained to produce a thicker, creamier texture. Not dissimilar to loosely whipped cream, the stiffness…

Study: Eating Chocolate and Drinking Red Wine Could Help Prevent Aging

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Since the beginning, The Hearty Soul has shared the many health benefits of consuming dark chocolate and red wine. Chances are you know that these benefits come from a natural chemical compound called resveratrol. However, today we’re going to talk about something slightly different that may be able to slow down or reverse the aging process!…

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10 Genius Ways to Outsmart Grocery Stores, Eat Healthy, and Save Money

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Remember when you were a little kid and you’d walk into a theme park and everything seemed so big? There were so many rides, so many games and so much to explore that you didn’t even know where to start. If you were to go back to that same theme park today, it may seem…

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Nutritional Psychiatry: Eat These Foods to Reduce Depression

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Have you ever had that busy week when you couldn’t even include a proper meal time in your extra-tight schedule? Those days when the best you could do was to grab a quick hamburger and fries with a large soda? Your hunger pangs were satisfied and your stomach was filled, but your mind became foggy….

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7 Science-Backed Herbs That Accelerate Weight Loss

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Learn, Weight Loss

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Losing weight can be an exciting journey to become healthier and happier, but it can also be depressing and challenging at times. When I gained 50 pounds from an anti-inflammatory medication I was taking for an autoimmune disease I supposedly had, I never felt more fat or more depressed. I remember standing in my walk-in…

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How to beat the 3pm snaccident

Pierre Van Zyleat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, love, mindful eating, relax, snacking, Snacks, tips, top tips, wind down

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If losing weight is your goal, hear this: you will not do it through starvation, obsessively counting calories or just wishing that magically a few kilos might fall off. You know the drill: move more, eat well, sleep 8 hours and repeat. While it can be frustrating to look at it as a sustainable lifestyle change…

4 Health Benefits of Drinking Okra Water and How to Make Your Own at Home

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Drinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, News + Discoveries

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Do you like ladyfingers? No, not the delicious and light ones used in make mouth-watering Tiramisu. We’re talking about okra, the nightshade vegetable with the weird texture and finger-like appearance – but don’t judge a book by its cover! Not only is okra an excellent addition to your diet, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for…

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Our fave plantbased recipes for World Vegan Day

Pierre Van Zylcacao, chocolate, Detox, eat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, plant based, Raw, Recipes, refined sugar free, superfood, Superfoods, sustainable, Vegan, world vegan day

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Whether you are vegan or not, it’s hard to argue against adding a little more veg into your diet. We’ve all seen how #meatlessmonday has taken social media by storm and there is plenty of info out there on how having more plantbased meals can help not only your health but the environment too. So…

8 of my Favourite Healthy Food Swaps

Pierre Van Zyleat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, top tips

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As someone who has spent a lot of time healthifying recipes I have definitely come across a few good swaps to help up the nutrition of some of my less healthy faves. If you’re reading this, it’s because you have an interest in nutrition, fitness or both. I’m not going to insult you by explaining that…

Is Shrimp Healthy? Everything You Need to Know About Shrimp Nutrition

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me. As true as that may be for the water-dwellers, Americans prefer seafood on their plates. Over the last couple of decades, shrimp has become the most widely consumed seafood in the United States (along with canned tuna and…

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Health and Wellness Charge: What You Need to Know About This New Surcharge

Pierre Van Zyleat, Learn, News + Discoveries

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There are two types of people in this world – people who never ask for or keep their receipts and those who always do. Whatever side of the fence you are on, the next time someone asks if you’d like the receipt after eating out, you should say yes and look it over. Why? Because…

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Did You Know the Color of the Carbs You Eat Matters? This Doctor Explains Why

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Weight Loss

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Should We Avoid ‘Beige’ Carbs? Carbohydrates have previously gotten a bad reputation for spiking blood sugar, causing weight gain, and even contributing to diseases such as cancer [1]. As such, low-carb diets have been around for a while, including the ketogenic diet, which dates back to the 1920s, and the Atkins diet, which dates back…

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Complete List of the Best Foods and Essential Oils for Helping Prevent Alzheimer’s

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that can rob people of the ability to think clearly, perform everyday tasks and ultimately, remember who they even are. Because the disease is so devastating, and since previous treatments failed to come up with a cure, I’m always on the lookout for Alzheimer’s natural treatment options and Alzheimer’s news, scouring…

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How to Make Keto Chocolate Cookie Dough Fat Bombs with Coconut Oil

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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Staying in ketosis is a breeze with these chocolatey keto cookie dough fat bombs! If you love chocolate chip cookie dough, you’ll go nuts over this recipe for keto-friendly fat bombs. With just 10 minutes of prep time, you’ll have a batch of naturally sweetened treats that won’t kick you out of ketosis. These fat bombs are…

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Homemade Hamburger Vegetable Soup Recipe (Vegetarian and Vegan Options)

Pierre Van Zyleat, Learn, Lunch + Dinner, Make

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We love this time of year for two reasons: 1) wearing cozy knitted sweaters and 2) eating soothing, heartwarming soups! The soups are especially a favorite because they’re so fun and easy to make… Most of the time, all you have to do is throw everything in the pot and get creative with the ingredients…

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Butter Nutrition 101: Is Butter Bad for You or Is Butter Good for You?

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Everything is better with butter! How many times have you heard that before? People’s perceptions of butter haven’t always been positive, though. Falling under the “saturated fatsâ€� umbrella, butter has gotten a lot of flak for apparently skyrocketing cholesterol levels, clogging arteries, and increasing risk for heart disease. Between government recommendations and cardiologists’ advice and…

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Instant Pot / Slow Cooker French Onion Soup Recipe

Pierre Van Zyleat, Lunch + Dinner

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Until you’ve tried the ‘set it and forget it’ style of cooking with an instant pot or a slow cooker, preparing dinner can seem like an incredibly daunting task. But this simple French onion soup recipe takes all of the stress out of cooking. The dish does, admittedly, take a significant amount of time to cook,…

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Ground Cherries: The Weird Fruit That Could Become as Common as Strawberries

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Hey, there’s a new fruit on the block. It looks like a cherry tomato, has a texture somewhere between a tomato and a grape, and people are saying it boasts a tropical flavor profile of pineapple and mango. Because of its thin papery husk, this fruit is part of the same family as tomatoes. So,…

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These 5 Teas Can Help Prevent Cancer and Heart Disease

Pierre Van ZylDrinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Tea is a beverage that can be enjoyed year round, either iced or hot. While tea can be refreshing, it can also offer a host of health benefits depending upon the variety you choose. Variety is almost an understatement, there are so many options available in the marketplace, online and in herb shops that it…

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Beaumont Costales Files Class Action Lawsuit Against LaCroix Water

Pierre Van ZylDrinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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If you’ve been around here for a while, you know how much we love water and always emphasize the importance of staying hydrated. That said, we know that it can get tiring drinking the same old flavorless liquid all the time… which is why millions of people are turning to sparkling water. Even without flavoring…

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Celebrate World Porridge Day with these delicious recipes

Pierre Van Zylblogging, Breakfast, chocolate, eat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, love, oatmeal, porridge, Recipes, refined sugar free, Superfoods, top tips

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So it’s safe to say that oats have come a long way from its humble beginnings as a sloppy breakfast with some honey on top for good measure. Now we have a multitude of creations with turmeric, choc chips and of course toppings galore gracing our Insta feeds every day. It’s only fair that porridge…

6 Cast Iron Skillet Bread Recipes That Are Actually Good for You

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, eat, Lunch + Dinner, Snacks + Sides

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As the fall season approaches us we start to shift to comfort foods and I know in our home that includes freshly baked bread. One of my favourite ways to bake bread is in a cast-iron skillet and if you have ever had freshly baked cast iron skillet bread you will know just how yummy…

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Homemade Cauliflower Soup Recipe (Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free Options)

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Learn, Lunch + Dinner, Make

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Little compares to the feeling of swimming in a cozy oversized sweater with a warm, soothing bowl of cauliflower soup. It’s creamy, comforting, delicious, and not only does it scream Autumn but it’s healthy, too! Health Benefits of Cauliflower Cauliflower is so full of vitamins and minerals that it should probably be a staple in…

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Forcing Your Kids to Eat Vegetables

Pierre Van Zyleat, Learn, News + Discoveries, parenting

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When you were younger, can you remember how many battles were fought over a green thing on your dinner plate? Whether it was a tiny pea, a smelly brussels sprout or boiled broccoli, you would rather go to bed kicking and screaming without dessert than put those veggies in your mouth. Looking back, was it…

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Ingredients in McDonald’s Fries Linked to Obesity, Heart Disease and Cancer

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Lunch + Dinner

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Nobody can deny how spectacular McDonald’s is at marketing their products. Every time you see those golden arches, your mind immediately runs to their crispy, salty french fries. Of course, neither is nobody fooled into thinking that the fast-food chain is actually a place where smart, healthy eating choices are made. For starters, ingredients in…

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My Day on a Plate

Pierre Van Zylactive wear, beauty, day on a plate, eat, Food, health, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, Recipes, refined sugar free, water, Yoga

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I feel like these blog posts have been done over and over again, but still, I find myself clicking on other people’s regularly. What is up with that? There’s something so intriguing about what other people put into their mouths every day. Let’s be honest, we know they don’t eat the same damn thing everyday,…

7-Day Low-Carb Sugar Detox Meal Plan to Fight Weight Gain, Type 2 Diabetes

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Weight Loss

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Low carb diets come in many colors, flavors, and popular names! The Atkins, Ketogenic, and other low-carb-high-fat diets are all example of low carb diets. This type of diet, as stated in its name, limits the amount of carbohydrates you eat, usually to ~50g of carbohydrates per day.[1] They’re often replaced with foods that are…

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4 Bedtime Drinks to Improve Sleep and Aid Weight Loss (Recipes)

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Drinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, Mental Health, Weight Loss

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Do you ever have those days where you leave home only to be hit by a reality you haven’t noticed in a while? Everyone’s walking around with raccoon eyes and blank stares on their faces, looking unkempt and sluggish, seeming like they’ve kind of given up… It’s not just you who has been noticing. Just…

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70 Types of Seafood Labels Are Falsely Labelled in North America

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Are you being catfished by seafood labels? In June of 2018, researchers at the University of British Columbia collected 281 samples of fish and other seafood from restaurants and grocery stores. They tested the DNA of these samples to determine the accuracy of seafood labels. What was the result? Out of the 281 samples collected…

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McDonald’s Salads Tainted with Cyclospora Have Sickened 286 People in 14 States

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One of the latest dangerous food outbreaks is that much more proof that sometimes, convenience comes at a cost! So, if you’ve eaten a supposedly health salad from a fast food restaurant in the past couple of months, please keep reading… Around mid-May, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public…

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How to Rebuild Worn Down Cartilage and Feel Like Your Joints Are New Again

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness

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Osteoarthritis is a painful joint disorder and is actually the most common joint disorder in the United States. Those 60 years old or older the 10% of men and 13% women have knee osteoarthritis[1] and that is just one joint, there are many more that have osteoarthritis in the hips, shoulders, and other joints. Osteoarthritis…

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8 Foods Linked to Ongoing Outbreaks That Might Make You Sick

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pain Management

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We’re not exactly sure why, but there have been in alarming number of dangerous food outbreaks over the last year or so. Cases of food contamination are becoming more commonplace and stealing headlines, which is why everyone needs to know how to keep themselves and their families safe. Remember the nationwide listeria outbreak in October…

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How to Make Key Lime Pound Cake with Dairy-Free Cream Cheese

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Nothing is more refreshing than a zesty fresh hit of citrus in the summertime! (Or, if you’re like us, any season.) Some people just love the idea of a slightly acidic dessert that isn’t overly sweet while for others, the flavor of key lime triggers waves of childhood memories. Whatever the case, everyone can enjoy…

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