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Eat More Plants

Eat More Plants

Over 100 Anti-Inflammatory, Plant-Based Recipes for Vibrant Living
edition:Paperback
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Fuel Your Day!

Fuel Your Day!

100+ Seriously Addictive Energy Cookies, Bites, Bars and More
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Everyone’s Welcome

Everyone’s Welcome

The Art of Living and Eating Allergen Free
edition:Hardcover
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Peace, Love and Fibre

Peace, Love and Fibre

Over 100 Fibre-Rich Recipes for the Whole Family
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From “Fibre 101, or How to Get an A+ on Your Colonoscopy”
Years ago, one of my comedy buddies in my touring company at Second City was diagnosed with colon cancer. After he was finished treatment, a wild and crazy party was organized to celebrate. He spoke that night about the power of the colonoscopy and early detection and urged us to take part in a large study on colon cancer being held in Toronto. I wanted to be a part of the bigger picture and help science, so I immediately signed up.

Weeks later I was interviewed to become a volunteer in the study. I was so nervous—I mean, what if I didn’t pass? How pathetic would that be? What if the self-proclaimed Queen of Fibre got rejected for a study on poop, bowel function, and GI health? That would be an insult to my belief in the power of fibre.

Fortunately, or so I thought, I passed that test and was given a poop bucket to take home with me. The subway was really crowded that day; I had to stand holding the bar and a yellow poop bucket labelled “Hazardous Waste.” I knew people were staring, but I proudly clutched that bucket all the way home. I was helping science! I felt incredibly virtuous. The deal was, you pooped into the bucket and called a hotline, and a poop collector would come to your house within a specific time to ensure the poop was fresh, then rush it back to the lab.

Weeks later, after my colonoscopy prep (one of the most explosive preps known to man—enough said!), I showed up at the hospital only to be told that I had arrived one week early. Despite my begging, cajoling, crying, guilt-tripping (“I’m participating in a colon cancer study for the betterment of mankind!”), and, in one of the lowest-of-the-low moments of my life, throwing down the “I’m on TV” card, the receptionist was a rock and wouldn’t budge.

I was instructed to come back in several months so I could go through the whole shebang again. I quietly left the building, hat in hand, and did not submit myself to another colonoscopy prep until I was 50. Fortunately, this time I got the date right, had the colonoscopy, and received an A+. The doctor told me I had the most beautiful colon he’d ever seen, and apparently, he’d seen a million of them—he seemed close to 100 years old. I’ve considered having this carved on my tombstone:

Here lies Mairlyn Smith:
She had the most beautiful colon ever seen.
Signed, The Unknown Centenarian Colon Doctor
You too can get an A+ on your colonoscopy by eating healthy, back-to-basic foods that include fibre-rich vegetables and fruits, berries, whole grains, nuts, seeds, pulses, and fermented foods, as well as going for a walk every day and drinking enough liquids to keep your GI tract happy and moving. It’s never too late to start adding fibre-rich foods to your diet. This is the main reason I decided to write this cookbook. Although eating a lifetime of high-fibre foods is great, adding them to your eating style as of today is the best news your body will have heard in ages. Think of it as an investment in your retirement health savings plan. The sooner you start adding to it, the better. Your body is going to be on the winning end, pun intended.

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Everyone's Welcome

Everyone's Welcome

The Art of Living and Eating Allergen Free
edition:eBook
tagged : allergy
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The Domestic Geek's Meals Made Easy

The Domestic Geek's Meals Made Easy

A Fresh, Fuss-Free Approach to Healthy Cooking
edition:Hardcover
tagged : quick & easy
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