Episode 28 – Can Hormones Be Balanced Through Food?

Episode 28 – Can Hormones Be Balanced Through Food?

Listen to “Can Hormones Be Balanced Through Food?” on Spreaker.


Have you ever said to yourself “If only chocolate were healthy for me…”? Here’s some news – eating dark chocolate (60%+) could benefit your health! In the latest “Plant Based Diet” episode featuring food and women’s health blogger Talida Voinea of Hazel & Cacao, you’ll learn: 1. The benefits of a plant based diet for hormone health 2. How chocolate and soy can benefit women’s hormones 3. Talida’s journey to hormone balance and the creation of her successful blog and Instagram account.

In this episode you’ll hear:

3:00 – The health benefits of chocolate

6:30 – Talida’s health journey and the beginning of Hazel & Cacao

11:45 – Why Talida chose plant based eating

15:05 – Benefits of a plant based diet in reproductive years

17:55 – About soy

19:30 – Plant based diet during peri-menopause and menopause

21:50 – Pillars of health – considerations beyond diet

23:30 – Talida’s cookbook

26:40 – Giveaway

28:00 – Tracking your cycle

29:00 – Difference between cocoa and cacao

Sound Recording and Editing: Will Crann

Episode 27 – Omega-3: The Essential Fat for Every Cell in Your Body

Episode 27 – Omega-3: The Essential Fat for Every Cell in Your Body

Listen to “Omega-3: The Essential Fat for Every Cell in Your Body” on Spreaker.


Do you want to achieve optimal health? Corinna Bellizzi is sharing information about omega-3’s from algae to achieve optimal health. In this episode you will learn the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, the challenges of getting enough omega-3’s from plant based food sources, and the potential of algae to provide a more efficient way of getting these nutrients.

In this episode you’ll hear:

2:50 – Corinna’s background and knowledge of omega-3’s

5:55 – What are omega 3 fatty acids and what are omega-3 health benefits?

7:15 – Do people generally have a sufficient supply of omega-3’s?

8:30 – Algae as a source of omega 3’s

9:15 – Can people feel a difference if they start taking an omega 3 supplement?

12:20 – Are there sufficient plant based food sources of omega-3’s?

16:00 – Types of algae

Sound Recording and Editing: Will Crann


Episode 26 – Tips for Migraine & Headache Relief

Episode 26 – Nutrition Tips for Migraine & Headache Relief

Listen to “Nutrition Tips for Migraine & Headache Relief” on Spreaker.


If you’re interested in finding natural ways to control headaches and migraines, then you need to tune into this episode. We’ll be going over essential nutrients and foods for chronic headaches and migraines, so that you can finally get some relief. Guest Susannah Juteau, who is a registered dietician specializing in headache and migraine nutrition, discovered a medication-free solution after suffering for five years from debilitating headaches and migraine attacks.

In this episode you’ll hear:

3:00 – Susannah’s path to becoming the “headache nutritionist”

6:00 – Can nutrition and diet actually get rid of headaches?

7:20 – How does an anti-inflammatory diet help with headaches?

8:50 – Susannah’s process to create personalized food plans

12:20 – Foods to eat for hormone-related headaches

13:55 – Seed cycling

15:55 – The importance of a diverse diet

18:00 – 5 nutrients for migraine headaches

21:55 – Health benefits of lentils

Sound Recording and Editing: Will Crann

GUEST LINK: https://www.headachenutritionist.com/

Episode 25 – Difference Between Plant Based and Vegan: Our Guests Respond

Episode 25 – Difference Between Plant Based and Vegan: Our Guests Respond

Listen to “Difference Between Plant Based and Vegan: Our Guests Respond” on Spreaker.


Unsure what the difference is between plant based and vegan? In this short episode, find out what some of our podcast guests have to say.

Sound Recording and Editing: Will Crann

As referenced in this episode:

Other episodes with Kathy Davis:
What Does Whole Food Plant Based Mean? (Episode 13)
Plant Based Recipes for the BBQ (Episode 21)

Other episodes with Colleen Montgomery:
Heart Health Benefits of a Plant Based Diet (Episode 18)
Save Money on Plant Based Groceries (Episode 22)

Another episode with Easter Ho:
Can Eating Plant Foods Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer? (Episode 24)

Another episode with Kory Zelickson:
Top Plant Based Food Trends (Episode 23)

The Health Effects of Cannabis

If you’re interested in a primer about the health benefits and risks of cannabis, this is a podcast not to be missed. Host Tanya Allen interviews Dr. Danial Schecter, MD, a practicing family physician and co-founder of the Canabo Medical Clinic, and Stephanie Karasick, Founder & Chief Creative Officer at Strainprint Technologies. To help you navigate this informative podcast, here’s a breakdown: -What’s the evidence? (0:03:30) -Stephanie’s personal journey (0:5:40) -Cannabis for the over 50 demographic (0:12:30) -What physicians can learn (0:14:15) -Alternatives to smoking cannabis (vaporizers, edibles, oils) & what is decarboxylation? (0:19:47) -Risks of edibles (0:26:12) -How to find the optimal dose and avoid unwanted side effects – “Start low, go slow” (28:00) -Different reasons people use cannabis (0:35:05) -About the cannabis plant, our endocannabinoid system and homeostasis (0:35:28) -The difference between THC and CBD (0:38:20) -Treatment resistant epilepsy in children and CBD oil (0:42:00) -The stigma (0:42:35) -Studies looking at cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain, anxiety, cancer symptoms, PTSD, multiple sclerosis (0:45:00) -Cannabis as an opioid replacement (0:49:00) -The high risk youth population (0:51:55) -Cannabis education (0:54:45) -More on the edibles market (1:00:00)

Top 10 Foods to Increase Sex Drive

Let’s cut to the chase – how’s your sex drive?

Have you been wondering, “How do I improve my sex life?” Science shows it’s very common for libido to decrease as one ages. Food has often been used to increase performance and sexual desire in both men and women and in this podcast, Dr. Audrey talks about ten aphrodisiac foods and why they are natural libido boosters.

Veggie Burger

Back by popular demand, JP has sent AFN another one of his recipe videos. If you’ve ever tried to make your own vegetarian burger, you might have found that they either fall apart when grilling or they end up too dry.

Here’s a high protein veggie burger recipe that stands up to the test whether you grill, fry or bake them.


  • 2 (16 ounces each) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked per package instructions
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce or bbq sauce or ketchup

Rinse and drain black beans. Mash beans with a masher or fork, leaving some beans whole. Add cooked quinoa, peppers, onion, spices and sauce and stir. Add eggs and bread crumbs and combine mixture by hand.

Take a ball size of mixture and form to make a patty. Place on grill for 3-5 minutes on each side. You can also cook the burgers in a large skillet in hot oil for 3 minutes per side, or bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, turning over after 8 minutes.

Top as desired.

Depending on size of burgers, this recipe makes 10-12 burgers.

Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Status Update

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As of October 17, 2018, Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational cannabis.

Currently, Canada is in the midst of the transition period before the Cannabis Act comes into full force, with provinces and cities across Canada preparing for this day. But what about edibles and infused beverages? Not so fast. Sale of these goods will be permitted within 12 months following the Cannabis Act coming into force which is sometime in 2019. The Government of Canada is taking more time to develop and implement regulations for these goods. Child safety, food safety and dosing standards are just some of the complex issues that need to be considered.  Not to mention public education. There is a lot of misinformation and lack of knowledge about cannabis.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) v. Cannabidiol (CBD)

The cannabis plant contains numerous chemical substances, over 100 of which are cannabinoids. The two most well-known cannabinoids are Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD). THC is known for its psychoactive properties and producing a “high”. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive and does not produce a “high”.


Nutritious School & Camp Lunches

Are you struggling making lunches for your kids? What should kids have for lunch and snacks to have a well-balanced diet?

How do you get your picky eater to eat? How bad are sugar sweetened drinks for kids? What are alternatives to white sugar for baking? Tune in to find out some great information and tips from Alternative Food Network’s guest Dr. Audrey Sasson, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, to assist you with preparing school and camp lunches.