January 23, 2020 By Sarah White No Comments

January is thyroid awareness month, which means it's time to introduce you to my favourite daily snack: Brazil nuts. I frequently prescribe brazil nuts to my patients with thyroid disease since they're an incredible source of dietary selenium [3 - 4 nuts = around 250mcg]. Studies show that 200 - 250mcg of selenium can reduce TPO levels by up to a 60%. This is good news for patients suffering with hypothyroidism since TPO is an antibody that causes your immune system to attack your own thyroid tissue leading to autoimmune thyroid disease. Higher selenium dosing of 500mcg (6 - 8 brazil nuts…


January 5, 2020 By Sarah White No Comments

This vegan sun-dried tomato walnut pesto is my go-to prescription for grey winter nights. Nothing cures my grumpy better than a big bowl of pasta (served with a glass of organic red wine, of course!). This dairy-free sun-dried tomato pesto is delicious, easy & loaded with healthy fats from walnuts for a little serotonin boost on cranky days. I like to serve this pesto on a pasta made from lentils, chickpeas, black beans or quinoa for a dose of fibre-rich happiness in a bowl. Eating these complex carbohydrates in combination with healthy fats from olive oil causes increased tryptophan levels; the precursor…


November 28, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

These Strawberry Coconut Luteal Balls are an easy, no-bake treat that tastes a little like strawberry shortcake. They’re gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and perfect for mixing up your seed cycling protocol (I know sunflower seeds on every salad can get a little boring). Food is this doctor's favourite hormone-balancing medicine. The foods you eat can act as powerful messengers, telling your hormones how to behave. When you choose the right foods you can actually promote healing and vitality, while the wrong foods can be detrimental to your health goals. I love prescribing seed cycling as an adjunct to individualized supplement and lifestyle…


September 3, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

Quick and super easy to make, these healthy delicious fish fritters are a great way to start using up some of those bright summer herbs growing in your garden.  In addition to heaps of juicy tomatoes and crisp zucchini our backyard garden is overflowing with fresh summer herbs. Lucky for us, everything tastes better finished with a handful of chopped herbs; we're throwing them on salads, whisking them into omelettes (with backyard-fresh eggs of course) and incorporating them into all of our al fresco dinners. I created this recipe last week while contemplating the fate of our abundant dill plants.…


August 2, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

I wasn't planning on posting this recipe on the blog. Banana muffins are not seasonally appropriate you guys, and only a crazy fool would turn on the oven in this heat. Sometimes, though, you happen upon genius when you're least expecting it. These are the Albert Einsteins of banana muffins and they are totally worth the bump in your hydro bill in the middle of summer. I created this recipe as a pre-workout treat for my husband Kyle but they'd also make a great breakfast replacement or mid afternoon snack. These muffins are full of fibre + healthy fats and…


May 19, 2019 By Sarah White 3 Comments

Iron deficiency is the most prevalent nutritional deficiency, affecting more than 30% of the world's population. It is also a common cause of fatigue, brain fog, hair loss and insomnia - which is why it's so important to run frequent lab tests if you experience these symptoms. I've been tracking for almost 5 years now and have alarmingly found that over 85% of my female patients have iron levels that are sub-optimal. While your doctor may have told you that your iron levels are "just fine" I highly highly recommend that you get your hands on that ferritin number to…


April 16, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

Periods shouldn't be miserable, they shouldn't be painful or make you want to lose it on everyone you come into contact with. Your cycle shouldn't cause breakouts, or extreme bloating and your period shouldn't require 40+ tampons & an iron transfusion each month. Even though these symptoms may be common, they're not normal! It is possible to have an easy & dare I even say enjoyable cycle when your hormones are balanced and supported with the right foods, exercise and supplements. Seed cycling is my favourite hormone-balancing food therapy. It's cheap, delicious and so incredibly easy to do. You simply…


March 23, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

I just turned 32 last Thursday. Significant because I'm now old, but also because I celebrated without a phone call or visit from my Grandpa, who passed away recently and shared my birthday - March 21st. Even though we didn't get to see each other all that much I'd hear from him without fail yearly on our birthday. He'd always describe the beautiful weather in his new hometown of Ajijic, Mexico and tell me that I was the best birthday present he ever received. I had the opportunity to visit my grandpa a few times in Mexico before he got sick…


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February 18, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

This lovely little Valentines day recipe is the ultimate combination of my favourite things: pink, Paris & coconut whipped cream. I'm slightly fixated on all things Parisian, and I'll soon be channeling my inner Parisian it-girl in bed with a big plate of these healthy crepes & a cafe-au-lait (almond milk, always) while flipping through the latest issue of the Paris Review and listening to Serge Gainsbourg albums with my hunny. Valentines day fell on a weekday this year so we decided to postpone our celebrations to this weekend. My husband and I are currently relaxing in Prince Edward County,…


January 7, 2019 By Sarah White No Comments

You may have noticed Alison Roman's "the stew" recipe on instagram this week. Her delicious chickpea-based recipe has taken the internet by storm and is a wonderful addition to your weeknight dinner recipe lineup. This recipe is cheap and easy, and comes together in less than an hour from the following simple ingredients: 2 cans of coconut milk, 2 cans of chickpeas, garlic, onion, greens, stock and turmeric spice. While delicious (it has TWO cans of coconut milk - how can you go wrong here), I tweaked the recipe a few times until I came up with a variation that…