Friday, September 07, 2012

Sept 7 - Photo a Day - Natural

Kardish at Merivale and Meadowlands in Ottawa, ON

Today's word is Natural, you say? Too easy! (...I type, as I munch down the most fabulous bulk bag of BEET chips--yep, you heard it here... slice you some beets, spray them with oil, sprinkle on a little salt and throw them in your dehydrator or in your oven at the lowest possible temperature and leave them alone for a few hours [or just buy them at Kardish!].) Ohhh man... these taste a little like slightly sweet, oily potato chips, but actually have the redeeming quality of being healthy! They are just as addictive, though.)

After attending my very favourite yoga class today (Tara's Friday YinYang at Rama Lotus), I had the great pleasure of introducing my friend, Dana, to the best healthy food store in Ottawa: Kardish. I'm a regular at my neighbourhood branch -- 20 minutes west -- and it was a treat to learn that this one was a mere four minute walk from Dana's house! She's hooked! :)

Every single time I walk into a place like this, I flash back to my San Francisco years when I first worked in Goodson's Health Food Store just a few blocks from UC campus, and then grew, produced and delivered wheat grass juice to a dozen stores in Berkeley and Oakland. 'Twas a great way to put myself through massage school. That time also instilled in me a huge respect for alternative medicine, as well as the simple wisdom of keeping life as healthy and close to nature as possible. I am so grateful that stores like this, farmers' markets, and organic foods are becoming part of more people's everyday lives.

Need a snack? If you haven't yet, give this a try: skip the Doritos and Diet Coke, and pop into your local health food store. Grab a bag of organic sesame sticks and a bottle of Alo Awaken and call me when you've touched back down. I'm excited to hear what you think!


Anonymous said...

I love Kardish. I go to the one in Bell's Corner during my lunch break. I grab the taster item of the day to munch on while I browse and money permitting buy whatever I am out of or read in a natural magazine and it seems to calm me. Just being there helps me get through the rest of the day!

Anonymous said...

Do I have to order blue green algae caps online? Or does Kardish carry them? Is there a specific brand I should be on the lookout for?

P.G.E. said...

Hey Vickie, I order online at (Talk w/me about how to become a preferred customer and pay less than retail.)

Simplexity is the only company I trust for constant quality control. Toxic algae blooms DO happen, and this company has documented third party testing.

Kardish probably has Spirulina, which is a type of blue-green algae, and which I took for awhile in my early 20's; however, this strain (AFA) works SO much better for me.

Mosassy is said...

Don't forget about Henry Rodine, who introduced us to the health and antibiotic properties of honey; joint health-promoting properties of beets; and therapeutic properties of reflexology!