Holistic health

My Whole Food Plant-Based Guide. A Nutrition Education Tool.

I’m thrilled to be promoting my newly released Whole Food Plant-Based Guide this month, created in collaboration with Montreal-based illustrator Laucolo. Designed to encourage healthy cooking at home, to inspire people to explore a wide variety of colorful foods, and to serve as an alternative to the conventional food guide. Frame it or tack it on your fridge – a visually engaging education tool for everyone to enjoy!

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Healthy Skin Care from the Inside Out. Featuring Province Apothecary.

Skin health is a major concern among many people I work with, from acne, to eczema, and rosacea – these conditions that are typically connected to diet and lifestyle factors, including hydration, nutrition, stress levels and hormone balance. As the largest organ of the body, the skin can be sensitive to both internal and external factors, and often reflects a person’s state […]

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Cooking with Kids. The Importance of Culinary & Nutrition Education.

I had the pleasure of cooking with two amazing children, Asher and Georgia, the kids of my friends Aaron and Nadine. We made my ‘Roasted Delicata Squash Salad’ recipe with arugula, caramelized red onion, toasted pumpkin seeds, and fresh parsley. Asher and Georgia were eager to help out, chopping the squash, toasting the seeds, and washing the herbs. They tasted all of the individual ingredients, even the unfamiliar ones! Once the dish was complete, we all sat down and enjoyed the dish together. Cooking is an important skill to teach our children, allowing them to live an optimally healthy life, while helping prevent disease in the future. Preparing simple, and nutritious meals, can be a fun and interactive way for kids to learn about proper nutrition, seasonality, and sustainability.

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Rocky Montana. Tribute to a Montreal Food Institution. 1991-2016.

For 25 years, Rocky Montana has been a fixture on Sherbrooke Street West, in Montreal’s N.D.G, but sadly, they are closing their doors this month. Owned and run by Ramesh Velauthapillai aka Ramesh, and his wife, Rocky Montana was a special food shop that supported the local community. Committed to offering the lowest prices possible, Ramesh provided healthy fresh food, including plenty of organic items, to people from all socioeconomic backgrounds in the city. News of Rocky’s shutting hit close to home, as I had frequented the grocery store for many years, having grown up just a few blocks away. I have fond memories of shopping there with my mother, listening to the colourful Sri Lankan music they played, and enjoying the Buddhist art on the walls. After learning that they were closing, I went to visit Ramesh at the store, for the last time, to get the backstory from him directly.

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Plant-Based Nutrition Presentation. May Market. Montreal.

Grateful for the opportunity to be participating at the Marché de mai // May Market! I’ll be discussing a whole-food, plant-based diet and its benefits on human health and the environment. There will be a Q&A period after the presentation, so I welcome you to join the conversation! Taking place on Saturday May 14th between 1:00 pm and 2:15pm, at Esplanade: 6750, avenue de l’Espanade, #102, in Montreal’s Mile-Ex.

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My trip to Bali. A Plant-Based Paradise & Healthy Travel Destination.

Bali had been at the top of my travel bucket list for many years, so it was exciting to finally make the trip in February. While people had told me that Bali was a Mecca for plant-based food, I was not prepared for the incredible quality and variety of healthy vegan restaurants to be found. Even after exploring a number of these eateries during my stay, I only scratched the surface of all that was available! Overall, the meals I enjoyed were consistently fresh, delicious, nutritious, and inspiringly creative. I appreciated the attention to detail that was given to everything from the beautiful restaurant interiors, to the carefully plated dishes. For many, food plays a major role in the travel experience, and as a food-curious person, I am especially interested in the different cuisines of the places I visit. Travelling can be challenging as a plant-based eater, as many parts of the world are not so veggie-friendly. That said, my Bali experience was all the more special, seeing how easy it was to access incredible plant-based food!

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Prioritizing vs. Compromising our basic needs for optimal health.

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, I encourage clients to PRIORITIZE rather than COMPROMISE their basic needs – in the areas of diet, exercise, sleep & stress. Once an individual identifies what their specific physical and emotional needs are, we work on making these needs a priority, to help them live a healthier, and more balanced life. When we compromise our basic needs for the needs of others, we cannot be our best selves, and as a result, cannot GIVE to others in our fullest capacity.

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A Plant-Based Diet: Healthy & Environmentally Sustainable.

One of the most powerful & positive things we can do to improve our environment, is to adopt a whole food, plant-based diet. This does not necessarily mean vegan/vegetarian, it means eating mostly plants and less animal products. This dietary approach not only benefits human health, but is also much less exhaustive of precious natural […]

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