get on that D train

We woke up to snow this morning, so in my mind it’s winter. Although I love ice skating, sledding and even a good old fashioned snowball fight, I don’t love the sniffles, sneezes and restless nights with stuffy noses. Vitamin C can help, sure, but we eat a pretty balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg so I do not spend my money on this supplement. I only use one supplement in the winter: Vitamin D.

The bright sun on a winter’s day is beautiful and uplifting, but it’s not going to help you in the Vitamin D department. As I recently found out at a symposium, if the UV index is less than 3, and your shadow is taller than you, you’re not going to make Vitamin D from that sun. So in Canada, that means autumn and winter is time for supplementation. Chances are you aren’t getting enough vitamin D from your diet, unless you are guzzling cod liver oil and gorging on wild salmon every day. So, you need to supplement, but why? The bottom line is the closer you are to optimal Vitamin D levels in your body, the less risk of multiple diseases (we’re talking schizophrenia, cancer, big stuff), and things just work much better. Vitamin D unlocks the DNA library for cells to make the equipment they need to fix things. It’s important.

To read more about Vitamin D and the amazing statistics you can visit Grass Roots Health and The Sunlight Institute.

no more mayo

avocadoFor a long time, I thought about using avocado in tuna salad (for the every once in a while that we have tuna), then happened to see a friend’s post on facebook doing this very thing. So I thought, ok, enough is enough, just do it. You see, having a 5 year old child who is a good eater is a blessing, which also took hard work on my part, but sometimes you’re just not sure how far you can push them. But I made it, and he ate it. Just like the egg salad I made with avocado. So now I can finally say, I refuse to buy another jar of mayonnaise just to use 1/4 of the jar, feel bad about it, then end up disposing of the almost full jar after it sits unused in the fridge for a year. I’ll just use nature’s fat instead, thank you.

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Wow it’s hard to believe that when I wrote my last post on here my son was 8.5 months old, now he is nearing 3! So much has happened – we are happily back in Toronto and I managed to start up and leave behind a cupcake business in the UK. When we left Toronto, naturally coloured smarties were only to be found in the UK but lo and behold upon our return Nestle Canada wised up! I am hoping to start blogging again regularly so watch this space…