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Welcome to Fruitful Elements Nutrition Blog!

 

Here you’ll find helpful, healthful nutritional tips and recipes to help you achieve optimal health and well-being.  As someone who has lived with a spinal cord injury for 25 years, I fully understand the unique challenges you face in trying to stay healthy while living a full and active life.  One of the keys to this delicate balance is proper nutrition. After sustaining spinal damage your metabolism is significantly altered and this can contribute to the development of a host of other secondary health complications, which can negatively impact your independence.  Incorporating whole foods into your diet is an important way to help maintain your health, improve daily functioning, reduce the secondary complications that come with living with a spinal cord injury, minimize illness, and maximize your potential. 

Latest Blog Posts:

November 13, 2017

Every winter our hands take a beating. It only takes a of couple weeks of exposure to chilly temperatures and wheeling through salty, sandy slush for our hands and nails to become dry, cracked and brittle. Sometimes even the warmest, water-proof gloves/mittens and deep...

October 4, 2017

Many people may be surprised to learn that nuts are the hard shelled fruit of plants. There are 53 different types of nuts in the world and every kind has a multitude of health benefits. I won’t describe and go into the details of each one in this article, but I want t...

June 12, 2017

The immune system is a complex collection of cells, organs and systems found throughout the body. This dynamic system is responsible for protecting your body against infection and disease. It is well documented that people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) have compromis...

May 15, 2017

A highly nutritious food we rarely hear about anymore is the green pea, but this wasn’t always the case. Once upon a time, about 10 000 years ago, green peas (often mistaken as a vegetable; they are in fact a legume) helped develop agricultural societies as they were o...

March 28, 2017

Most of the clients I work with are looking for healthy, fast, and easy to prepare foods that address the secondary complications associated with their SCI. I guarantee that this black bean spread not only does all that but you’ll love it!

Simple to prepare in under 5 m...

March 15, 2017

Shortly after my last article Testicles & Toast was published, a partner (whose identity shall remain anonymous) contacted me proposing that I balance the genital scales of justice by doing a similar article on a female friendly fruit. Well no objections counsellor, wi...

February 16, 2017

Did you know that ‘avocado’ comes from the Aztec word meaning testicle? Different theories exist on whether this refers to the fruits gonad-like shape (and that they grow in pairs) or their alleged aphrodisiac qualities.  Regardless of which reference is accurate, I hi...

October 12, 2016

Hemorrhoids, swollen veins around the anus and in the rectum, are more prevalent among the SCI population than the general population. It is believed that this higher incidence is due to several factors such as chronic constipation (which intensifies pressure and may w...

September 1, 2016

The majority of people with SCI (60%) are overweight and often struggling with ways to rid themselves of their added pounds. However, there are many individuals with SCI that are underweight and struggle with trying to pack the pounds on. While this might not seem like...

August 9, 2016

People rarely give their gallbladder much thought until they have a problem with it, however, those of us with SCI should be giving this little pear-shaped organ a lot of thought and care long before that. People with SCI have an increased prevalence of cholelithiasis,...

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