Q: What do you eat for breakfast? A: I go through phases, where I’m obsessed with just one type of breakfast for months. Then I get bored and move onto a new obsession. Currently, it’s making a parfait with coconut yogurt, fresh fruit, hemp seeds, trail mix and a hard boiled egg on the side … Continued
Ask Alina: Why Does Added Fibre Make Me Bloated And Gassy?
Question: Hi Alina! I have a two part question about added fiber. Chicory root extract/inulin has been creeping into more and more “healthy” snacks, but I have found it causes me some pretty severe GI distress. It is even in yogurt these days! I keep a close eye out for it and avoid it whenever … Continued
Q: Can you please explain if fluoride is necessary or should it be avoided? – Naghma S. A: Hi Naghma, you’ve picked a pretty controversial topic! Do a quick Google search and you’ll find anti-fluoridation campaigners calling it a method of mind control and a toxic poison, while on the flip side you’ll also find … Continued
Q: I have tried many diets before, low-fat, low carb, Keto, intermittent fasting (16-8). All diets work at the beginning but, at some point they just stop working. I also have a thyroid issue. I have started a new intermittent fasting diet known as the OMAD diet. I eat only 1 hour a day, with … Continued
Q: What snacks do you eat that are actually healthy and don’t leave you starving? A: The first step to take when you have the urge to snack is to ask yourself: am I hungry or just bored, stressed or otherwise eating my feelings? Or perhaps, even just thirsty? I’ve realized that half the time I have the … Continued
Ask Alina: What Is The One Kitchen Appliance I Should Invest In?
Q: I want to start making healthier meals, but it seems to require a lot of expensive equipment like dehydrators and fancy blenders. Do I actually need to buy all these tools to eat healthy? – Nicole, Toronto A: Hey Nicole! There’s only two things I would recommend investing in: 1) a good blender; and 2) a good … Continued
Ask Alina: Which Cooking Oil Should I Use? - Alina Islam
Q: Alina, can you please discuss the best oil to cook with? Thanks, I’m so confused! – Naghma S. A: Naghma, I’m so glad you asked this question because it’s one of my favourite topics! It’s also such a quick and easy swap in the kitchen, which can have a big impact on your health right away. As … Continued
Q: What are your thoughts on lactose-free milk? I’ve been trying to cut down on dairy to clear up my skin, but love adding milk to my coffee! Is lactose free a healthier choice? – Gemma P. A: First of all, good on you for recognizing the connection between dairy and skin problems! Dairy contains … Continued
Ask Alina: Does Honey and Hot Water Help with Weight Loss?
Q: Does having honey in hot water help you lose weight? – Mehreen A: This is a myth that has been around – especially in South Asian culture – for a very, very long time! The short answer is that no, honey in hot water does not cut or burn fat, and is not a … Continued
Ask Alina: What Nut Is The Healthiest? - Alina Islam
Q: Which nuts are the most nutritious? – Mary Lou Harrison A: First things first, all nuts and seeds are very nutritious so I wouldn’t worry too much about this! The goal is to eat them in the first place, just a handful, and also ensure they’re raw and unsalted. Roasting can ease digestion for some … Continued
Ask Alina: How Do I Eat Healthy On A South Asian Diet? - Alina Islam
Q: Is it possible to eat healthy if you’re living in a South Asian household? I mean, is it really realistic? – Amna A: Yes, it is completely possible to eat healthy regardless of which culture you’re from – South Asian, Asian, European, Latino…it’s all doable! The reality is that most traditional food is actually pretty healthy, what … Continued
Ask Alina: What Is The Best Way To Detox My Liver? - Alina Islam
Q: I would like to do a liver detox, what are the best foods that you recommend for this? – Anna A: Hi Anna, let’s first clear up a common misconception about the word “detox”! We can’t actually ‘do a detox’ since our bodies already have a detoxification system in place. What we can do is help improve … Continued
Ask Alina: How Can Osteoarthritis Be Treated Naturally? - Alina Islam
Q: I was wondering what are your thoughts on osteoarthritis and how to treat it naturally? My mother has just been diagnosed with it all over in her spine, neck, shoulder and fingers and they want to put her on Celebrex right away, and I looked up the side affects and they are awful and … Continued