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What is Intermittent Fasting and Is It Right For You?

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What is Intermittent Fasting and Is It Right For You?

What is Intermittent Fasting? The idea of not eating for a restricted period of time for health purposes may sound contradictory. However, intermittent fasting—a practice that has been adopted for centuries—has made a prominent comeback over the last few years. The idea is this: you have an eating window and a non-eating window during the day. For some, this might mean eating during an 8-hour window and fasting for the other 16 hours of the day. For others, fasting might be longer—up to 24 or even 36 hours (which we don’t recommend unless you’re being supervised by a medical practitioner)....

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How to lead a Gluten-free & Dairy-free Lifestyle

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How to lead a Gluten-free & Dairy-free Lifestyle

What is Gluten? Gluten is a group of proteins that naturally occurs in most grains such as wheat, oats, rye, and barley. The term Gluten-free diet is used to describe nutrition that completely excludes grains containing gluten. Problems with gluten Gluten helps food maintain their moisture, elasticity, and shape. It is the primary reason why bread rises when baked and maintains that shape afterward. It also gives foods that chewy texture. However, gluten is also the only protein found in food that is indigestible. For most people, gluten is quite safe when consumed, but for people with certain underlying conditions,...

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Natural Spring Water & A Balanced Lifestyle

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Natural Spring Water & A Balanced Lifestyle

What is Natural Spring Water? Natural spring water is exactly what it sounds like. Water which is formed entirely naturally and found in a complete state of its own natural purity. You have to admit, when you think about it, something as simple as natural spring water, which we (the lucky ones) take for granted, is a bit of a rare phenomenon in this modern age. As an example of a sustainable life-cycle, free from chemicals and unnatural/unnecessary human interference, natural spring water produces and restores itself from the very essence of its originality. Cool right?! In being a crucial...

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How to Get Enough Protein for CrossFit on a Vegan Diet

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How to Get Enough Protein for CrossFit on a Vegan Diet

What is Protein?  Protein is an essential macronutrient that should be a big part of everyone’s diet. It’s a “macro” nutrient because we need to consume a lot of it. Why? Well, it’s pretty important, because it helps keep you alive. In fact, the word “protein” originates from the Greek word “proteos”, meaning “of the first rank”, or in other words, “the most important”. Humans can break down and make their own protein, but require amino acids to do so. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and some of them can only be acquired from our diets; these...

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Do Vegans Need Omega-3 Supplements?

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Do Vegans Need Omega-3 Supplements?

What is Omega-3? “Fat” is such a demonized word, but despite its negative connotations, it’s not always a bad thing. Omega-3 is a fatty acid, which is a type of polyunsaturated fat. There are many different types, but there are 3 that are incredibly important: ALA = alpha-linolenic acid (short-chain) EPA = eicosapentaenoic acid (long-chain) DHA = docosahexaenoic acid (long-chain) What is an Essential Fatty Acid? ALA is otherwise known as the parent fatty acid, because it can be used to create both EPA and DHA. It’s required by the body but humans are unable to synthesize it, so ALA...

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