Friday, March 25, 2011

Moksha Yoga Hamilton Tomorrow!

From 2-3:30 pm I'll be chatting with MYH's 30 day challengers about all the things to keep in mind when keeping a regular yoga practice.

We'll be chatting about proper hydration, thermoregulation, nutrition and supplementation, and of course detox!

Not only am I chatting about the things I love in the environment I love but in the city I love - Hamilton! Can't wait to drive by McMaster and Cootes Paradise and all my favourite spots!!

If you haven't had a chance to say hello to me on twitter check out my tweets: @Carol_Morley

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Superfoods on Global TV

A few weeks back Global TV's Family Health segment came to Zawada Health. This time is was to do a piece on "superfoods". What are they and are they worth the price tag?
It aired last night.... Here's the link! It's the video piece on the side of the screen.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Testicular Cancer

When someone hears those words they usually think of Lance Armstrong. Well this week I saw a patient with testicular cancer and I thought that I would blog about some of the basics behind this disease.

Exact cause is unknown but there are certain risk factors like abnormal testicle development, undescended testicle, family history, and possibly exposure to certain chemicals and HIV infection.

It is most common in male 15 - 35 years of age, and is one of the most treatable cancers. There are two types: seminomas (slow growing and sensitive to radiation) and nonseminomas (fast growing). Symptoms may include but are not limited to: discomfort or pain in the testicle, or a feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, pain in the back or lower abdomen, enlargement of a testicle or a change in the way it feels, excess development of breast tissue (gynecomastia), and lump or swelling in either testicle. Lab tests to confirm may include alpha fetoprotein (AFP), beta HCG and LDH. A CT scan is also done to confirm.

The male is being treated by a great group of oncologists in Toronto at Princess Margaret and as a partner in his health care team, I've been asked to help support nutritionally to keep him strong and healthy.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Blueberry Buckwheat Pancake Recipe

Happy Pancake Tuesday! Here's the recipe from Delicious Detox that I tweeted about earlier. Love this with some coconut butter on top...
¾ cups light or dark buckwheat flour
½ teaspoon (5 mL) cinnamon
¼ teaspoon (1 mL) sea salt
1 cup (250 mL) fresh or frozen blueberries
3 tablespoons (45 mL) unsweetened rice or almond milk
3 tablespoons (45 mL) water
2 tablespoons (30 mL) sunflower oil
½ teaspoon (2 mL) vanilla extract
1 flax egg replacer*

*To make the flax egg replacer, combine 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons (45 mL) of water and let it sit for 2 minutes.

1. Stir the flour, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the blueberries.
2. Combine the milk, water, 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of the sunflower oil, and the vanilla in a small bowl.
3. Stir the flax egg replacer into the milk mixture.
4. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture, mixing until just combined, using a whisk if necessary. If the batter is too stiff, add a little more milk.
5. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of sunflower oil on a griddle or in a sauté pan over medium-low heat, and then pour 2 tablespoons (30 mL) of the batter onto the griddle or sauté pan, making 4 pancakes. Buckwheat flour browns quickly, so make sure the griddle is not too hot.
6. Once the edges are slightly browned and a few bubbles have formed on top, flip the pancakes over to cook the other side.