Grow Your Own Pineberries: The White Strawberries with an Amazing Pineapple Flavor

Pierre Van Zyleat

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If you’re a fan of strawberries and pineapples, then you’re going to love this fragrant fruit that’s a bit of both and a lot of each. The pineberry, Fragaria x ananassa, is a non-GMO/GE female strawberry cultivar with a dominant white color (and sometimes, a faint yellowish or pinkish tinge), red polka dots embedded in…

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50+ of the Most Nutrient-Dense Everyday Foods on the Planet

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Superfoods, nutrient-dense or nourishing foods are often thought to be foods that are foreign to us, foods that we don’t necessarily find easily and that sometimes have funny or hard to pronounce names. From camu camu to lucuma, maqui and açaí, these superfoods seem to leave us just as fast as they stormed their way…

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Spring – Into Good Health! (TCM Spring Detox)

Pierre Van Zyleat, Lunch + Dinner, Snacks + Sides

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The ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses the unique elements of each season (winter spring summer and fall) to guide us on how to live in alignment with nature for optimal health. Modifying our diet and lifestyle according to the seasons is quite intuitive if you think about it: Cooked food in winter,…

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6 Most Nutritious Gluten-Free Flours, Plus A Delicious Almond Bread Recipe

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You or someone you know has probably tried the gluten-free diet in the past few years. The popularity of this diet has led to the creation of an array of gluten-free products and entire grocery store aisles dedicated to it. Gluten-free options are now widely available on restaurant menus, in flights, and even in pizza…

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Is The Sushi You’re Served Made With Fake Crab & Should You Eat It?

Pierre Van Zyleat, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Sushi, often recommended as one of the healthier options when eating out, has been under the spotlight in recent years. From mislabeled fish and fake sushi to highly processed ingredients such as imitation crab. And, if you’re a sushi lover, you have likely come across and eaten imitation or fake crab meat quite often as…

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You Are Not Gluten Intolerant- You’re Glyphosate Intolerant?

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, eat, Heal

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It wasn’t that long ago that someone with Celiac disease would have a hard time ordering meals at restaurants or finding safe gluten alternatives for themselves at the grocery store. Now, gluten-free options seem to be the norm almost everywhere you go in North America. What happened? Is celiac disease on the rise? Did we…

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Healthy Banana Cream Cheesecake

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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There are plenty of delicious reasons why  Banana Cream Cheesecake would circulate its way around the web and social media. After coming across this recipe on Taste of Home, we wondered – can he ‘healthify’ that? While we’re entitled to treats to fill our soul, sometimes it’s nice to attempt a whole-food recreation of a…

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Healthy Banana Cream Cheesecake

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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There are plenty of delicious reasons why  Banana Cream Cheesecake would circulate its way around the web and social media. After coming across this recipe on Taste of Home, we wondered – can he ‘healthify’ that? While we’re entitled to treats to fill our soul, sometimes it’s nice to attempt a whole-food recreation of a…

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Everything You Need to Know About Black Seed Oil

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal

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Hearing word of a new functional superfood with an impressive skill-set and mix of benefits is exciting for any wellness fan. Although I must say, often times I’m equal parts skeptical as I am intrigued, especially when this new supplement is claimed to ease aches and pain, decrease sugar cravings, promote better digestion and provide…

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Sweet Potato has Properties Which May Inhibit Colon & Lung Cancer

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

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Plants contain a plethora of beneficial properties and sweet potatoes, specifically, the purple varieties, which are high in the phytonutrients anthocyanins, have been found to contain anticancer properties [1]. Cancer Prevention    Rich anthocyanin content has been shown to suppress the growth of colon cancer stem cells. A 2009 review in the Cancer Letters Journal…

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Creamy Cauliflower Dip Recipe

Pierre Van Zyleat, Snacks + Sides

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Every now and then I get a hankering for a creamy cauliflower dip to serve with crunchy sliced veggies. The flavor of this cauliflower dip is so mild that you’re able to completely dictate the taste of the dip with the spices that you add. Have fun and make a spicy version by adding cayenne, or up the…

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Are Organ Meats Good for You?

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

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Organ meats are often perceived with disgust by some people, but they may be more nutritious than you think. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, this isn’t meant to change your mind, but if you’re not, organ meats may be worth a try. And for those who’ve been enjoying liver and kidney recipes for years, keep…

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Are Organ Meats Good for You?

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

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Organ meats are often perceived with disgust by some people, but they may be more nutritious than you think. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, this isn’t meant to change your mind, but if you’re not, organ meats may be worth a try. And for those who’ve been enjoying liver and kidney recipes for years, keep…

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20 Anti-Inflammatory Snacks Your Gut Will Thank You For

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Desserts, Digestion, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, Lunch + Dinner, Men’s Health, Snacks + Sides, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Learning how your body responds to inflammatory foods (like carbs and gluten) can play an important role in our health. Although some inflammation can help our bodies ward off infections from bacteria and viruses, excess (or chronic inflammation) can lead to autoimmune diseases like arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and more. Thankfully, one way to help decrease inflammation…

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New Research: Eating Just Two Of These Nuts Could Prevent Cancer, Anxiety, Depression, Heart Attack, and More

Pierre Van ZylCancer, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Snacks + Sides

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Brazil nuts come from the Bertholletia excelsa tree, which is in the Lecythidaceae family and found in the Amazon. In Brazil, they are known as semilla de Brazil, which means Brazilian seed. Brazil nuts are often eaten raw or blanched, and although they are called nuts they are actually seeds. In the tropics, monkeys and birds…

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The First and Most Important Step in a Sustainable Diet

Pierre Van Zyleat, Kitchen Hacks, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Are you an inspired grocery shopper? Here’s the quickest way to find out: When you walk down the aisles and fill your cart, do you get energized by all the fresh goodness that’s around you? Do you find new creative meal ideas and end up leaving with more than you thought you needed? Every trip…

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Sulfur: A Forgotten Mineral and Novel Supplement

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness

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Sulfur is the third topmost mineral in your body (15). It is found in your brain, bones, hair, muscles, and skin and plays a vital role in hundreds of physiological processes. Sulfur doesn’t get the attention of other minerals and vitamins like magnesium which can help relieve muscle cramps and improve your sleep, calcium which…

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Is chocolate really better than cough medicine?!

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

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All singers know to avoid chocolate before a performance.  When you eat chocolate it can create extra mucus, which is not desirable for singing. However, when you have a cough, it actually helps to coat your throat and soothe irritation that would normally cause you to cough. In fact, according to some research, it may…

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Crustless Spinach Quiche Recipe

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, eat, Lunch + Dinner

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Quiche is a classic dish that originated in Europe during the Middle Ages. Although it is considered French, it actually was first made in Germany. The word ‘quiche’ actually comes from the German word ‘kuchen’, which means cake. History of Quiche Europeans began cooking it regularly after WW2, and it rose to popularity in the…

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Crustless Spinach Quiche Recipe

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, eat, Lunch + Dinner

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Quiche is a classic dish that originated in Europe during the Middle Ages. Although it is considered French, it actually was first made in Germany. The word ‘quiche’ actually comes from the German word ‘kuchen’, which means cake. History of Quiche Europeans began cooking it regularly after WW2, and it rose to popularity in the…

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The Health Benefits of Adding Fiber To Your Diet

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, eat, Heal, Learn, News + Discoveries

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    Americans on average only eat about half the daily recommended amount of fiber.  It’s an essential component of the food we eat, and it may help you live longer. In studies, it has been shown to help prevent and fight type 2 diabetes. It has also been shown to help prevent heart attacks and stroke. What The Studies Show A recently…

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People Are Going Crazy for Kerrygold Butter

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, eat, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Kerrygold butter has been around for over five decades, and recently, more people in the U.S. are starting to choose it over other brands. The buzz over Kerrygold is quite frantic. The butter is made in Ireland, and that’s where all the major ingredients are purchased from. It spreads like a cloud over bread and…

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Sunflower Seeds Help Improve Heart Health, Fight Cancer, Reduce Anxiety, Heal Eyesight, and More

Pierre Van Zyleat, Health Awareness, Learn, Snacks + Sides

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Packed with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, and omega 3’s, sunflower seeds fulfill many nutritional needs. Delicious and easy to find, adding sunflower seeds to your diet adds crucial essential fats and micronutrients. Eating sunflower seeds daily can help improve digestion, lowers blood pressure, and calms anxiety. Sunflower seeds come from the Helianthus annuus, or common sunflower,…

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Is It Safe to Leave Butter on the Counter?

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It’s normal for everyone to assume that when manufactured fatty foods aren’t refrigerated, they’ll sooner or later go bad. That’s the reason why a lot of people take to storing butter in the fridge, but the butter doesn’t always come out the same. So what’s the way around this issue? Can you leave butter out…

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Life-changing: Here’s How To Perfectly Freeze Your Avocados

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, eat, Health Awareness, Kitchen Hacks

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Avocados are one of those fruits you generally don’t just put in the freezer. They tend to lose their texture very quickly and go miserably soft, just like bananas. And like apples, you can’t cut avocados open and leave them lying around for a few minutes, or put them smack in the freezer like that….

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My 6 Healthy Carry-on Travel Essentials

Pierre Van Zyleat, Escape, flying, health, healthy eating, meal prep, Move, refined sugar free, relax, Snacks, superfood, tips, top tips, Travel, water, wellbeing

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There’s just something about travel that seems to stop all health plans – it usually involves a lot of sitting around, breathing in other people’s germs, eating bad food and generally feeling like crap. I’d love to know how celebrities look so polished when they land after a 15 hour flight from LA…what is that…

Is Raw or Cooked Food Better, According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

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

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With so much conflicting information out there about various diets and ways of eating, it can become overwhelming. Some people swear by raw foods claiming it’s the only way to go to get the maximum amount of nutrients from your food. Others completely disagree. Perhaps you’re one of those people who’s tried to eat more…

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Why Your Doctor May Not Be the Best Source of Nutrition Advice

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

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I remember when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. The waiting room was packed. The Endocrinologist spent barely ten minutes with me which included a diagnosis of Hypothyroidism, mentioning Hashimoto’s in passing, and resulted in me walking out with a prescription for Synthroid. By the time I got home, I had to call the office…

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How to Use Frozen Lemons: An Easier Way to Harness the Health Benefits

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Digestion, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Kitchen Hacks, Learn, Make, News + Discoveries, Weight Loss

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Most people say ‘When life gives you lemons – make lemonade’. In this post we’ll tell you why we prefer to say ‘When life gives you lemons – freeze them’! Lemons are probably the most versatile and popular type of citrus fruit. There is an incredible amount of hype around this fruit, while a lot…

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Homemade Turmeric & Ginger Iced Tea for Your Heart, Brain, and Cells

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Drinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, Make, Pain Management

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Love iced tea and want to do something great for your health? You can support your heart, brain and each cell in your body with this delicious and refreshing beverage. This is a fantastic way to ensure that your body is getting enough liquids and helps to battle dehydration. If you allow yourself to become dehydrated, which…

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This 6-Ingredient Elixir Can Kill Infections in the Body and Destroy Viruses

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Drinks, eat, Heal, Learn, Make, Pain Management

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As the temperature drops, the rate of colds and flu skyrockets. You will most likely be a victim of an attack by these pesky germs this cold season. Rather than instantly reaching for store bought cough syrup (make your own instead!), over-the-counter cold pills, or prescription antibiotics, how about downing something a little closer to…

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This 6-Ingredient Elixir Can Kill Infections in the Body and Destroy Viruses

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Drinks, eat, Heal, Learn, Make, Pain Management

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As the temperature drops, the rate of colds and flu skyrockets. You will most likely be a victim of an attack by these pesky germs this cold season. Rather than instantly reaching for store bought cough syrup (make your own instead!), over-the-counter cold pills, or prescription antibiotics, how about downing something a little closer to…

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Cancer Cells’ Use of Sugar Holds the Key to Their Destruction

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

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Scientists have suggested a way to improve treatments that use viruses to attack cancer. It exploits the fact that cancer cells need a lot of glucose and must metabolize it rapidly to survive. Oncolytic viruses specifically target and enter cancer cells and use the cells’ machinery for their own multiplication and spread. They destroy tumors from the…

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The 14 Best Foods to Increase Blood Flow and Circulation

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Men’s Health, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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Poor circulation is a common problem caused by a number of conditions. Peripheral artery disease (PAD), diabetes, obesity, smoking and Raynaud’s disease are some of the many causes of poor circulation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Reduced blood flow can cause unpleasant symptoms, such as pain, muscle cramps, numbness, digestive issues and coldness in the hands or feet. In…

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Disabling One Gene Allows You To Eat As Much As You Want Without Gaining Weight

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Scientists have discovered that tweaking a single gene in mice allows them to eat as much food as they desire without gaining weight. With the holiday season upon us, it sounds too good to be true, but the researchers claim their discovery could be used as a basis for a human treatment in the near…

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Drinking Coffee Could Cut Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

Pierre Van ZylDrinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries

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Sure, drinking too much coffee might fill you with existential dread and give you a stomach ache, but an overwhelming number of solid studies are showing how a few cups of hot steaming bean juice hold a range of incredible health benefits. To add to this ever-growing list, new research suggests how drinking coffee could play a role…

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How to Make Balsamic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower (GF, Vegan Recipe)

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What you imagine your favorite mouth-watering side dishes, which recipes come to mind? For us, anything that includes potatoes comes to mind. But every once in a while, we find ourselves craving something lighter and fresher. Fortunately, there is a way to avoid the heaviness that can come with potatoes. Not to mention the fact…

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8 Anti-Cancer Foods You Need to Add to Your Diet

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

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You know how important food is for maintaining your daily health. The vitamins and minerals found in food are crucial for the proper functioning of your body and every system it contains. It has been proven time and again that what food you consume has a direct impact on your total body health. Adding the…

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Delicious Christmas Recipes That Won’t Leave You in a Food Coma

Pierre Van Zylchocolate, christmas, cookies, dinner, eat, Health + Nutrition, healthy eating, Holidays, lunch, Recipes, refined sugar free, savoury, Sweets, xmas

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Whether you are a grinch or a Christmas die hard, its hard to argue against some good Christmas recipes. Because ’tis the season for food. Whilst I am all for indulging in your not-so healthy Christmas faves (because Christmas only comes around once a year), the post too much turkey and Christmas cake bloat isn’t…

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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