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New article for HealthCastle.com: Herbal Supplements and Prescription Drugs – Interactions to Watch Out For

(HealthCastle.com) You probably know that before filling a prescription, you should make sure your doctor and pharmacist know about all the other medications you’re taking to avoid potential interactions that can change how your medications work. But did you know that it’s equally important to consider the potential interactions between your medications and herbal supplements?…

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Ageless Living Magazine September issue

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September marks my first issue as editor of Ageless Living Magazine, and I have to say it’s a heck of an issue!

It’s available now in select pharmacies, gyms, and other locations in Vancouver, Victoria, Penticton, Winfield, and Regina. You can read many of this issue’s great stories at AgelessLivingMagazine.ca, including my profile of Kevin Campbell, the first person ever to complete the Tough Mudder while on dialysis.

New article for HealthCastle.com: How to Harvest and Store Winter Squash

squash(HealthCastle.com) It may seem way too early to start thinking about anything to do with winter, but when it comes to your garden, the end of summer marks the beginning of winter activities, from planning for your winter garden to harvesting your winter squash. Like their summertime cousin, zucchini, winter squash plants can be prolific. To make the most of your winter squash harvest, you’ll need to store the squash properly…

Read the rest at HealthCastle.com.

New article for HealthCastle.com: A Healthy Trip Through the Paris Markets

Paris market olives(HealthCastle.com) Ah, Paris. The City of Lights – and croissants. And macarons. And cheese. Paris is well known as a foodie destination, but with so many wonderful foods to try, it can be tempting to overindulge. One great way to sample a number of French treats without going overboard (or blowing your budget) is to eat your way through the city’s many markets. Some markets have food stalls where you can enjoy your meal at a table. At others, you can gather supplies for a picnic-style lunch. If you’ve rented an apartment  in Paris, you can shop the markets for a meal you’ll cook there. No matter what you choose to eat, you’ll be experiencing a little slice of local Paris life while eating some fantastic French food that’s easy on your wallet…

Read the rest at HealthCastle.com.

New article for HealthCastle.com: How to Make Great Edible Gifts From Your Garden’s Bounty

(HealthCastle.com) As summer reaches its peak, home gardens go into overdrive. If your garden produces more than you can use, there are many ways of preserving your harvest for later in the year. But your garden’s bounty can also be transformed into lovely edible gifts to share with friends and family. Homemade gifts may take a little more time and effort than just picking something up at the store – but they are an excellent way of showing your loved ones that you really care, and can save you quite a lot of money, too…

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New article for HealthCastle.com: Top Local, Natural Foodie Tours in New York City

(HealthCastle.com) New York City. It’s a foodie paradise, and both top-notch restaurants and foodie tours abound. In the heart of a massive city, surrounded by concrete and steel, is it possible to connect with the land and find opportunities to explore local, natural foods? We found the answer is yes!

Odds are, you’ll eat more than a few memorable meals on any visit to NYC…

Read the rest at HealthCastle.com.

New article for Examiner.com: Catch 122 – A hip nouveau-French bistro/bar in Vancouver’s trendy Gastown

Who’d have guessed that Catch 122 Cafe and Bistro has been open in one of Vancouver‘s trendiest neighborhoods for over a year? They’ve been building a steady clientele of lunch regulars who work in the neighborhood, but have remained decidedly under the radar in a town that’s always keen to hear about the next big thing.

Last night they smashed that under-the-radar persona with a “1.22 anniversary party” (they’ve been open about 1.22 years) that brought the house down with rave reviews for everything from the heritage-style room to the house-cured meats to the custom cocktails. For the meat-lovers in the mix, it was clear that Catch 122 has taken simple-sounding sandwiches and other meat-first dishes to the next level by curing and smoking their own meat…

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New article for the Edmonton Journal: It was eggs galore on Cuban trip

Living or travelling as a vegetarian is easy on the west coast of North America — which is where I’m used to doing it. But venture out of this well-defined comfort zone, and it gets a trifle less easy to manage.

The most challenging situation as a vegetarian is trying to explain — without the benefit of fluency in the local language — the very concept of vegetarianism in a society where it doesn’t make cultural sense…

Read the rest in The Edmonton Journal.

New article for iloho.com: Hotel Yoga: Yea or Nay?

Hotel yoga is, to put it kindly, a mixed bag. The idea is so tempting – stretching out the last of your stress and getting into full vacation mode, all without leaving your hotel.

Sometimes, that blissful vibe is exactly what you get. But sometimes, hotel yoga can be far from the idyllic picture you have in mind. It’s tricky for hotels to cater to guests’ wide range of yoga abilities and knowledge. I’ve found the tendency can be to veer into advanced territory so that guests feel they really “got” something out of that class – even if what they get is pretty far from zen…

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