Natural, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO & Organic Food, Beverages & Snacks
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Organic rice, organic spices and other organic grains - all available online in Canada with free shipping over $35 - please click on images
My exploration of food alternatives began at the age of 17 when I discovered that I was lactose intolerant. Unfortunately my digestive problems got worse rather than better over the next couple of decades; however, the good news is that alternatives have become much more widely available. Naturopathic testing eventually revealed that I was sensitive to a long list of things in addition to lactose, including white flour; all kinds of sugar; corn; soy, and numerous other common food additives. I therefore share with you some of the dietary alternatives I have found based on many years of personal experience and experimentation. My suspicion is that GMO's have something to do with it and I try to stick to organic products; my personal values dictate that I prefer to choose fair trade and cruelty-free options whenever possible. To purchase vitamins and other natural health products please see our Health & Beauty page.
I started to get excited when reading the WWF's scorecard on palm oil the other day, until I decided to be a skeptic - hadn't I heard news stories that didn't exactly match up to some of the ratings? Sadly the added investigation seems to be necessary; big business is as tricky as ever; promises are made and broken; supply chains difficult to keep track of. In the face of it all, it would seem more crucial than ever that we do our best as informed consumers to do as little harm as possible. I am committed to doing more research. In the meantime, choosing certified organic products is a start, and even big business does listen to consumer demands eventually.
Upaya Naturals: Natural & Organic Raw Vegan Food & Health Products from Canada - free shipping over $100
A lot of these products can be hard to find, especially during the years I lived in a small town. I am pretty thankful for the variety found online!
Rawmesan - a raw, vegan alternative for parmesan; organic nori sheets
May we suggest...
Dandy Blend - herbal beverage with dandelion. A tasty, caffeine-free coffee substitute with the added benefits of dandelion. Package comes with different recipe recommendations for use hot or cold. I have purchased this product and feel like it would be a realistic way to cut back on coffee if I decide to do so - it actually does taste a lot like coffee. Note: this product also contains barley and rye, so if you are avoiding gluten you may prefer to stick with a tea instead. From Upaya Naturals in Canada!
Read more about the health benefits of dandelion here:
11 Health Benefits of Dandelion - SunWarrior.com
Health Benefits of Dandelion - OrganicFacts.net
The Health Benefits of Dandelion Coffee Substitute - LiveStrong.com
Well.ca: Healthy Treats, Organic & Specialty Diets
Free shipping over $35
I highly recommend Well.ca for their selection of organic and fair trade teas, including brands such as Zhena's Gypsy Tea; Stash, Choice and Mate Factor. Their Green & Natural food section also offers a wide variety of natural & organic juice. organic beans and lentils; organic & vegan soups; organic & gluten-free pasta; organic quinoa and other grains; organic rice; organic & fair trade chocolate, and much, much more!
All with convenient free shipping on orders over $35 :)
And yes, they are Canadian!
Below: a delicious assortment of fair trade certified organic, chocolate!!!
Why organic matters: it is important to choose items such as organic rice and organic tea and coffee for better health, especially if you suffer from chronic ailments. It makes sense when you think about it: these crops are not washed prior to packaging - so if you are using products grown with pesticides these toxins are making their way directly to your plate (or cup). At least rice can be given a good rinse before you prepare it, but the same can't be said for your hot beverages. The more frequently you eat or drink them, the more essential it is that you are using a healthy, natural product. This is in addition to respecting the health of the planet and the workers who produce the foods we eat. Well.ca makes it easy to find organic rice and other grains - all conveniently available online in Canada (just remember to choose the organic search filter).
More in vegan food choices from Well.ca
Natural & Organic Honey
I've noticed that a lot of people are searching for natural & organic honey these days... this is no surprise given the increasing interest in the health benefits of raw honey in the treatment of coughs, allergies and more. Honey Bunny is an organic brand that also offers organic ketchup and barbecue sauce. Otherwise, the number of organic honey producers in Canada is fairly limited, probably due to the complexity involved in organic certification requiring the bees' entire foraging area to be free of toxins. For this reason it can be simpler to buy raw honey (which, while not always certified organic, has numerous advantages over commercial honey which has been pasteurized and processed, destroying most of the nutrients). We have found numerous natural syrups (the majority of these are organic, but filter your results to make 100% sure) including an intriguing Vanilla Brown Butter-flavoured Ghee! Get your organic cinnamon and other spices here as well. Several varieties of organic honey are shown below:
Body Ecology Diet
I have been a fan of Body Ecology for several years now, and having recently returned to following the diet (and having lent out my copy of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity), I purchased the kindle version of The Body Ecology Living Cookbook. I don't have a Kindle, but found out it is possible to download a reader for use on my PC and iphone and I've been off and cooking!
Since first trying the diet I have continued to wonder where in Canada it was possible to buy culture starter - and here it is! Several products are available on amazon.ca (see links left and right) :)
Read more on my new Specialty Diets page.
New! We have just signed on with FeelGoodNatural.com, another Canadian store offering gluten-free pasta and cereals; Just Like Sugar (100% natural sugar substitute; Herbamare (salt-free seasoning recommended by the Body Ecology Diet) and more! Take a look!
Let's support companies that have stayed committed to organic, eco-friendly, non-GMO practices (rather than selling out to big corporations). Below are a few examples available on Amazon.ca :) Natural and organic spices, snacks, breakfast cereals and more.
New, left: Healthy snack subscription services, including a gluten-free option! Ships internationally from the USA
Need more help eating healthy?
28 Days of Paleo: a 4-week plan complete with recipes and shopping lists to get you started on the Paleo diet!
Above: alternatives to cooking with aluminium and teflon: ceramic, ceramic-coated and stainless steel cookware. See what Health Canada has to say about the safe use of cookware.
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