Amoree Briggs

Freelance Writer Amoree Briggs lives in the Yukon countryside with her family and has just completed her diploma in holistic nutrition.

Cool schooling for homeschooling

Ever have dreams about homeschooling your kids, but never got the opportunity to? Now that you have no choice because of school closures, are you constantly fighting with your kids to get their work done?

Kefir

Kefir is a thick, tart, fermented drink, often made from milk, which I started drinking when we had our own dairy cow. I liked it, but my husband was crazy about it. He said it instantly energized him. I liked that after I made an original batch, I could just keep adding raw milk without …

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Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas

I realize I have only included a hand full of recipes in my What’s Up articles so far. With that in mind, here are some suggestions for you that are quick, nutritious and wholesome. Meals you can plan ahead of time Prepare shish-kabobs ahead of time and throw them on the barbeque at your convenience. …

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Margarine vs. Butter

When I was asked to do an article on the health differences between margarine and butter I was a little apprehensive. The thought of margarine makes me cringe and I eat butter like its going out of style. Personal biases aside, here are facts on butter and margarine. You can decide for yourself. Saturated and …

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Long-Term Dietary Goals

People often ask me if I live what I preach. Do I sneak chocolate once in a while or visit the junk food isle if I am shopping alone? What about my kids? Do I forbid them sugar and processed foods? I strongly believe that over-controlling one’s diet is a serious no-no. Denying oneself (or …

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Hooray for Castor Oil

Yes, I am a nutritionalist and no, you shouldn’t eat Castor oil. But it is one product that’s worth having around. Castor oil seeds (which are removed in the process of making caster oil) are extremely toxic, but the remaining oil is applied in many cultures for a myriad of applications. After frequently recommending castor …

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Cancer Prevention

In the February 21 edition of What’s Up Yukon, I explained some important dietary factors in cancer prevention. However, current research suggests lifestyle and emotional factors are also important. Emotional Factors In recent years many books have been published that discuss how various diseases, including cancer, may be caused or aggravated by various emotional states. …

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Cancer Prevention

Some popular nutritional suggestions for preventing cancer include avoiding obesity, cutting down on fat intake, eating high-fibre foods, frequently eating cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage), juicing fresh fruits and vegetables and minimizing salt-cured or smoked foods in the diet. I have recently done some more extensive research into nutrition and cancer. Here is what …

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Detoxification and Cleansing

When I was in my late twenties I got strep throat 3 times in a row, so I decided to try something other than conventional medicine, which wasn’t working. I began a cleanse, also called a detoxification, which was to become the first of many, and finally got rid of my infliction. Our bodies can …

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Here’s to a Svelte 2013

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, but only about 10% of people on a diet succeed in attaining their goals (from The Weight Battlefield by Lisa Tsakos). Skipping meals to lose weight is a big dieting error. When you do this, your body is signalled to store fat (not …

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Holiday Feasting Tips

When I was growing up, a Christmas feast at our house included turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, ambrosia salad, cranberry sauce, homemade sausages, buns, pickles and sparkling juice, all followed by some elaborate dessert (or two). We are now trying to eat as local as possible, keeping our meals as wholesome and …

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A Kitchen Cupboard Full of Ways to Fight the Flu

There are many different options out there for relief during the cold season. Here are some dietary and lifestyle options that have worked in our household. High quality foods allow your system to focus on regaining health. Foods such as steamed vegetables, fresh fruit, organic meats and eggs, fresh juice, bone broth soup, lots of …

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Pass the Sugar

The large consumption of refined sugar is a problem for our fast-paced society. You may not realize how much sugar you are consuming. Items such as crackers, salad dressings, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, reduced-fat foods, cereals, bread products, etc., can all be loaded with hidden sugar, with names including fructose, corn sweeteners,sorbitol, malt, saccharin and rice …

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Brain Active

Did you know you can build new brain cells at any age? It’s true! Whether you are in your 30s and constantly lose your car keys, or coming into your golden years and find it increasingly hard to recall events, there is hope. To improve brain functioning, the most important things to look at are …

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Eating the Fresh Fantastic

What do the rich and fertile man-made terraces of Hunza in Pakistan, the breathtaking mountains of Vilcabamba, Ecuador and the Caucasus mountains of southern Russia all have in common? According to John Robbins, author of Healthy at 100, they are home to some of the longest-living cultures in the world. The longevity of these cultures …

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Produce Shopping Tips

You walk into the produce aisle at the local grocery store in the middle of winter. Broccoli is no longer green, lettuce is wilted and soft, fruit is bruised and battered, and there’s a general lack of selection. The produce is tired and lacking warmth . . . Wait a minute, that’s how I feel …

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Stress—Deal with It!

Stress is everywhere these days—between trying to make money, look good, drive fancy cars and paydebts, it really is a fast-paced, hectic society! Stress isn’t something we can avoid, but how we deal with it determines how it affects our health. When dealt with in an improper way, it can be damaging. Let’s say your …

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Solid Facts on Solid Foods

I have heard so many different opinions as to what solid foods are best for babies. Because my second child is almost five months old, I have done some extensive research regarding feeding babies for personal reasons. I’ve found that some recommendations are just not based on science. For example, cereal, which is such a …

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Best ways to use heat

Gardening maintenance is probably on a lot of minds lately. When should I get the carrots out? Will my greens last another frost? What on earth can I do with all this spinach? After asking myself these questions, I began my search for the best ways of preserving my valuable produce. Canning and other heating …

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Heatless Techniques

I’m a beginner gardener. The more diverse my garden gets, the more I realize what a big job it is; soil tilling, shovelling manure, planting, weeding, weeding and more weeding. But the value of the fresh, nutrient rich food that I can grow for my family makes it all worthwhile. Fresh produce is sacred to …

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Healthy Kids, Happy Parents

Others complain of being ill or sore often, have bags under their eyes or skin blemishes, can be moody, and have difficulties learning or focusing. These symptoms, good and bad, are most often related to food. I can recall one child who would always come to class with candy, chips, pop, or some type of …

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Juice, Juice, Wonderful Juice!

The day after I gave birth to my second child at home, my father-in-law brought over his juicer and a box full of delicious produce—beets, carrots, greens, apples and I am not exactly sure what else. He worked quite a while in the kitchen and then handed me a glass of thick, dark red juice. …

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Let’s Talk About Health and Yeast!

Candida Albicans is a type of yeast present in everyone’s body and doesn’t cause harm in small amounts. When there is an overgrowth though problems can occur because our healthy intestinal bacteria are compromised. Our intestinal friends have a multitude of functions. They produce vitamins B and K, stimulate our immune system, aid digestion and …

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Gluten–What’s the Big Deal?

‘Gluten-free’ – these words are becoming more and more popular these days, from bread and desserts to snacks and sauces. What is gluten anyway and what’s the big deal? How can gluten affect our health? Gliadin and glutenins are proteins found in wheat, oats, rye, and barley. Gliaden can also be found as an additive …

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