• My Story

    Looking forward – finding ways to follow my passion…

    There’s nothing like the sharp left turn of a cancer diagnosis to make one examine everything that matters in life. After doing my deep dive into the research around cancer metabolism and my successful intervention of fasting and keto diet for chemotherapy, I developed a passion to share this information with others travelling the cancer and chemotherapy journey. Who knew that we could be so powerfully in control of our own treatment response? And after 35 years (!!!) of being a Registered Dietitian, that I could find a new gig that totally consumes me and gets me excited every minute of the day? I listen to nutrition podcasts and books…

  • Ketogenic Diet

    Minimalism Keto

    If you were to google “Keto Diet” today, you would be overwhelmed with the search results. Literally millions of hits, covering everything from books to videos to blogs to products to supplements to courses to coaching to recipes and on and on. It’s one of the most popular Google searches in the last few years. And there are so many apparent variations. People have given names to these variations like lazy keto, dirty keto, clean keto, strict keto. And each of these seems to have it’s own set of rules and restrictions. There’s also all kinds of supplements that are discussed and recommended, both nutrients such as vitamins and minerals,…

  • Attitude,  Ketogenic Diet

    To Snack or Not to Snack…

    With apologies to Shakespeare… Happy New Year! I’m glad to say goodbye to 2019 and look ahead to 2020. This year is my 60th – a milestone made more memorable by my recent cancer journey and by the fact that my mother never lived to celebrate her 60th. She died three days before her 55th birthday of end-stage metastatic breast cancer that she had carried for 10 years. I’m determined to make 2020 a kickass year – a year long project called Martha 6.0. This involves several major goals, one of which is to get my book published. That means that I have to buckle down and write it… January’s…

  • Recipes/Food Prep

    Keto Crackers – the best!

    So, as I’ve said before, I love crunch… I’ve been a cracker and hard cookie girl all my life. I don’t care much for soft or filled cookies, and certainly not cakes with icing. I like a hard, not-too-sweet cookie, or preferably a savoury and crunchy cracker. Think digestives, arrowroots, shortbreads, gingersnaps. Or Stone Wheat Thins or Triscuits… That crunch generally comes from baked grains. So it’s a bit of a rare commodity on a grain-free diet. And I miss it. Crunchy raw veggies just don’t fit the same flavour and mouthfeel profile. Either do nuts, especially the healthier raw or soaked ones… So when this recipe idea passed through…

  • Ketogenic Diet

    The Great Canadian Keto Conference 2019

    I attended my first ever Keto event in August. One thing that I discovered by attending my first ever Keto Conference was that keto baking is a big thing, and big business. Over half of the booths on the trade show floor were full of keto baking. Almond flour, erythritol and eggs in every possible sweet combination known to man. Cookies, squares, cakes, even “sugar” coated cinnamon donuts! Holy crap, Batman!! To me, that’s not real keto. Not real food. Not a healthy approach to what should be a health-promoting way of eating. I realize that whole foods such as vegetables and non-processed meats do not make flashy content for…

  • Attitude

    What a year!

    It was one year ago this week that I received the phone call that would rock my world off of it’s axis and send me down a path that I never saw coming. I was sitting in my living room, moving around gingerly as I recovered from the laparoscopic removal of a huge ovarian cyst, both ovaries, both fallopian tubes and about 1.5 litres of fluid. Despite the tiny incisions, my insides had been majorly messed with. But I was rocking recovery, healing up like a boss. Friends had brought over food, I had lots of time for knitting – this surgery thing had some perks! That day, I had…

  • Recipes/Food Prep

    A tale of two muffins…

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” (Sorry Charles Dickens 😂) Somebody’s garden had produced a bumper crop of torpedo-sized zucchinis and they had ended up on the staff table at work. So I brought one home. And researched keto zucchini muffins. What I ended up with was two recipes. One was a sweet zucchini muffin with cinnamon, cloves and ginger, plus pecans for texture. The other was a savoury muffin with oregano and cheese. Both use coconut flour, which reduces the overall caloric content in comparison to an almond flour muffin. I have tasted them both when warm and fresh. I like the cheesy…

  • Attitude,  My Story

    Rediscovering a love of physical strength…

    Last summer, my just barely reborn running career came to a screeching halt when I was told that I had a 15-16 cm ovarian cyst. All bouncing activities were to be avoided, in case the cyst ruptured and spilled its contents throughout my lower abdomen. Given that the cyst turned out to be cancerous, it’s a good thing that I grudgingly conceded defeat and quit running early last August. In hindsight, a ruptured cyst would have been a really bad thing… After surgery in late September, finding out I had cancer, another surgery in early December, 5 weeks of post-op bladder spasming, then 5 months of chemo, I was pretty…

  • Research

    Humans are high level carnivores – the evidence

    I have just recently discovered podcasts. Holy cow! What a resource! I have also discovered, almost too late, that you want to download podcasts onto your phone when you are sitting at home on your WIFI, not stream them using your precious phone data. Ask me how I know… I have been listening to a podcast called Peak Human and just finished Part 45- a discussion with Dr. Miki Ben-Dor PhD from Israel, about “Humans Eating Fatty Meat for All of History”. It was a fascinating look at the evidence for our ancestral eating pattern being that of a high level carnivore. This is real biological science, not conjecture or…

  • My Story

    Happy Anniversary to me!

    It was one year ago today that I received the fateful text from my girlfriend that had me lay down on my belly on the floor to do a plank and found the hard bulge in my lower abdomen. The start of a journey of the last year that has taken me from smugly healthy and strong, to humbled and uncertain, to overwhelmingly grateful and highly motivated to share what I have learned in the past year with others. I am grateful for the wonderful healthcare system that Canada has for its citizens. Other than a couple of small prescription expenses, I have not had to spend a dime of my…