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April 12, 2015

Canada’s Hipster Nonsense Creates Model for Stopping Food Waste

Hipster Nonsense is the brainchild of Austin Luciow and Erika German, two Calgary-area chefs who have resolved to reduce food waste with an innovative business model. The two transform farmers’ market produce that’s aesthetically unsellable – bruised, weather damaged, etc. – into shelf-stable food like jams, lacto-fermented food, baby food, condiments and more in Alberta, Canada.

After realizing how much food was either sold at drastically reduced prices or simply thrown away, the pair spent last summer utilizing various methods to preserve these foods and give them a second life. The result was over 300 jars of delicious preserved foods, and the birth of a [...]

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April 6, 2015

Expert Contributor: Healthy Swaps for Your 10 Favorite Condiments + Recipe

Did you know that in the United States between 2010 and 2013, specialty condiments, dressings and marinades accounted for $1.5 billion of retail sales? That’s a lot of money we are spending on flavor enhancers!

Here’s the deal: When we try to lose weight, one aspect of our daily diet that often gets overlooked is our consumption of these condiments. We can take a healthy meal and turn it into a caloric nightmare by adding a little dash of this and that. Most condiments are loaded with sugar, MSG, GMO soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup and other chemicals that aren’t good for our bodies. We don’t realize that while these condiments are enhancing the flavor of our food they [...]

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February 7, 2015

You Are What You Eat and You Eat What Your Friends Eat

When Functional Nutrition Coach Alexandra Jamieson co-created the Super Size Me documentary with Morgan Spurlock, she was featured as his real-life vegan girlfriend.

“People around the world, both vegan and meat-eaters alike, began following me for recipes, health advice and inspiration to get healthy,” says Jamieson. “I was welcomed into the vegan community, wrote three vegan cookbooks and spoke to audiences around the country on my experience of healing my body from candida and hormone trouble with a vegan diet. Half of my friends were vegan, even while I helped everyone use food to get healthy, no matter what diet worked for them.”

But things changed in Jamieson’s [...]

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November 8, 2013

Lifestyle Changes That Can Turn Back The Clock

Let’s face it, we don’t really think about aging when we’re young. When we are in our prime, we put our bodies through a lot and usually without considering the consequences. Remember those college days filled with all-nighters and greasy cafeteria food? Now that we’re older and wiser, we wish we treated our bodies better. Until someone brilliant invents a time machine to take us back to our golden days, there are three not-so-secret lifestyle changes that can turn back the biological clock.

Step 1: Eat Well

This step sounds simple, but many people actually struggle with this. Our team member Lorenzo can definitely attest to the difficulty of [...]

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