Author Archives for Sheryl Kirby

Some Final Thoughts


As much as we are more likely to crack open the champagne and celebrate a new year on January 1st, for most of us, September is really the start of “the new year”. The kids go back to school, activities such as volunteering, evening classes and theatre seasons start again, and up here in Canuckistan, […]

Fat Politics - A Review


Fat Politics - The Real Story Behind America’s Obesity Epidemic by Eric Oliver
I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O’Hanlon
Virginia O’Hanlon’s father instilled in […]

Eat Cake and Lose Weight – The Truth about “Moderation”


All things are fine… in moderation.
How often have we heard that phrase in regards to health and dieting? But what does it really mean? Experts tout a “balanced diet”, which, in theory, offers a bit of wiggle room for an occasional piece of cake, but what they really mean by “balanced” is choosing a variety […]

“I’m Not Fat, I’m Festively Plump!”


Denial – not just a river in Egypt.
A recent study of obese adults indicated that 75% of them claim to have healthy eating habits, while 40% claim to exercise vigorously 3 or more times a week. Doctors are not sure whether the study participants are in denial, or if they simply don’t know what constitutes […]

Fresh Wednesdays


If you watch a lot of movies, then you’re probably familiar with Toronto’s City Hall building and the adjoining park, Nathan Phillips Square. Starring in 2004’s Resident Evil and 2006’s The Sentinel, our futuristic city hall gets a decidedly more rural look each Wednesday morning as the farmers roll in and set up their wares.
As […]

Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce


Ah, red sauce and pasta. The weeknight fallback of those with no time to cook. It’s an easy option that usually makes everyone in the family a happy camper. But your average jarred sauce atop white pasta is often compared nutritionally to ketchup on white bread. When a sauce is as easy to make as […]

Exotic Fruit - Dragonfruit


You’d think that a fruit that looked like this would be a taste explosion in your mouth, wouldn’t you? Alas, dear readers, the Dragonfruit was a bit of a disappointment. For all of its harsh spiky exterior, the inside, although pretty in its own right with the small black seeds through a milky white flesh, […]

Vegan or Carnivore - Which is best for Diabetics?


It’s difficult enough for the average person to figure out what foods are healthy and nutritious. When you have a food-related illness, the not-so-simple task of grocery shopping becomes a complete nightmare. And sometimes, there is no consensus by doctors and nutritionists as to which foods will best serve an individual’s needs.
Such is the case […]

Triple Chocolate Chili Soy Ice Cream


Ice cream is one of those things the lactose-intolerant or casein-allergic really miss, and when I was first diagnosed as being allergic to milk, the plethora of soy or rice-based ice creams available now just didn’t exist. The only way I got to have ice cream was to make my own, so an ice cream […]

Exotic Fruit - Fresh Dates


Just about everyone has eaten dates at some point. From the much-loved date square, to those little styrofoam trays of beautifully arranged dried dates available during Ramadan or Christmas, dates are a well-known treat.
But have you ever eaten a fresh one?
Fresh dates are available in late summer and early fall and can most easily be […]