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Sabrina Santer

Sabrina Santer uses her academic and holistic nutrition background to share insight and inform readers on travel wellness tips and healthy eating around the world. A witty sense of humour sprinkles her work as proof that healthy need not be boring.

A boundless curiosity and love for all things food led her to complete her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University. An interest in alternative health practices inspired her post-graduate diploma at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she obtained her Registered Holistic Nutrition designation and is now an instructor.

Growing up with both parents in the airline industry she had the opportunity to travel often and gain first-hand experience on how to incorporate her wellness background into her travels in ways that she now shares with others.

 

RECENT ARTICLES

RED MEAT. YAY OR NAY?
Recent study says yes
08 OCT 2019: I hardly ever watch the 6 o’clock news, but now that I’m getting older, I feel that it’s the responsible thing to do. So, last week, I was half paying attention to an evening news story about whether we are prepared for extraterrestrial life on Mars, and then I heard it - MORE

AIRPLANE FOOD
It sucks, here is why
24 SEP 2019: I always joke that Indian food is the best thing about my relationship. Not because it’s dysfunctional (in fact quite the opposite), but because the Indian food is just that good. So you can imagine my anticipation when the “Vegetarian Asian/Hindu” special meal selection on an overseas flight turned out to be a vegetarian thali! MORE

GOT A HANGOVER
Read this
10 SEP 2019: Rumour has it that humans are allergic to alcohol and that’s why we get drunk. That’s actually not true. Sure, the odd person may actually have a true allergy to alcohol but that’s totally different from the headache and room-spinning nausea that we’re talking about here. MORE

LE VENT DEBOUT
Might as well be French for the best food I’ve ever had
27 AUG 2019:What’s the best meal you’ve ever had in your life? I’m indecisive on the best of days, but when you ask me such an important question about one of my favourite things of all time (food), it’s analysis paralysis. There are so many factors to consider and so many special moments that remind me that food is much more than just calories and nutrients. MORE

ONE CARRY ON ESSENTIAL
Never travel without it
13 AUG 2019: I’m pretty low maintenance as far as gals are concerned, so you can imagine my preparation for an upcoming trip overseas is pretty low key. In fact, a light carryon shared between my partner and I should do the trick. It’s less for me to carry, plus, there’s the peace of mind that comes along with not worrying about my luggage taking off on its own misadventure. This vacation is long overdue and I am not in the mood for a real-life episode of the Emperor’s New Clothes. MORE

TO JUICE OR NOT
30 JUL 2019: I was at a dinner party recently (my birthday dinner party, if you must know) and we got on to talking about juice. It made me realize that juice has come a long way from the days of Sunny D, a “juice” who’s ingredient list includes: “water, high fructose corn syrup and less than 2% concentrated juices”. MORE

BOTA BOTA
Floating on a float
16 JUL 2019: If you’re floating on an object that itself is floating, are you really floating at all? These were the kinds of irrational questions I pondered while floating in silence (and desperate rejuvenation) at a water spa called Bota Bota in Montreal. I shared this experience with a bachelorette party of twelve, as a celebratory send off into marital bliss for one of my really good friends. MORE

ADDICTED TO TRAVEL
We had it all wrong
02 JUL 2019: I don’t know whether to be thrilled or embarrassed that one of my proudest moments as a Canadian is centred around a sports team victory…millennials, right?! Watching the Raptors win the NBA championship the other week was such an incredible experience, and fresh off of the Canada day long weekend, I really don’t think I’ve ever felt so patriotic. MORE

BEFORE YOU GET HIGH
18 JUN 2019: I have a confession. When I get sick, it goes full-blown man cold. The world has officially stopped turning and the earth is crumbling from beneath my feet. I wave the white flag. But you know what’s even worse? Being sick on vacation. The itinerary is set, outfits meticulously planned, heights to be climbed and new sights to be seen. Besides, I’ve paid a lot of money and my expectations have run too high to be levelled by altitude sickness. MORE

SKIN IS IN
04 JUN 2019: Quick! What is the largest organ of the body? Most people guess the brain, but that’s actually incorrect. The largest organ of your body is your skin. This complex organ is our first line of defence against the outside world, and with many responsibilities, it’s so much more than just an envelope for our insides. However, it’s often overlooked in our health care regimes. MORE

SUNNY D
21 MAY 2019: After what felt like 3 and a half years of nothing but cold, snow and ice storms, the May long weekend was a welcome reminder that summer really is on its way. The first sight of a sunny day brings out an eagerness in me to finally wear all of those nearly forgotten summer clothes and frolic in the sunny meadows with my bare arms and legs to soak up all the sun I’ve been missing. MORE

AIRPLANE MODE
Its good for your health
07 MAY 2019: “Ladies and gentleman welcome to Toronto! The local time is 7:15am.” The end of your journey at 35,000 feet is signified by that familiar landing announcement, and of course, the symphony of chimes, dings and tweets as fellow passengers disable airplane mode and reconnect back to the ‘real’ world. Everyone associates airplane mode with its usefulness in flight, but have you ever considered its superpowers on land? MORE

THE KETO KRAZE
23 APR 2019: I love talking about food almost as much as I love eating it. But talking to other people about their food choices is a totally different topic. One that is multifaceted and complex, and also highly personal. Yes, food choices play a pivotal role in supporting and regaining health, but to suggest that a person’s wellbeing is completely dependant on the food on their plate is an oversimplification. Yet this diet culture has permeated our society so deeply that we still find ourselves gravitating towards diets and restrictions over and over again. MORE

SPRING CLEANING
09 APR 2019: One of the hotly debated topics in health is the concept of doing a “detox”. Waste of money, or an invaluable tool to optimize your health? The main argument against detoxes is that our bodies have natural detox systems in place, and that boxed cleanses that litter the shelves of health food stores are a money grab and a waste of time. MORE

GOT CREATIVITY
It’s always the last place you look
26 MAR 2019: Creativity is such an invaluable yet elusive skill. What does it mean to be creative? I had an interesting conversation about the death of creativity as a result of our technologically driven, convenience-centred lifestyle. We are constantly bombarded with endless streams of information, readily available at our fingertips. Always a ping, ding or ring away, we feel anxious about turning our phones off overnight, preferring to compromise on sleep to avoid disconnecting or being unreachable. MORE

THE PROOF IS IN THE POOP
12 MAR 2019: Back in middle school, I had a history teacher who was well known for tough love and never missing an opportunity to make an example out of you. There were many different lines he would use to put disruptive kids in their places, but the stool jokes always stood out to me. Likely because they were lost on my innocence and I spent more time than I’d like to admit trying to understand what was so funny about likening a student to a stool. If you had asked me back then about it, I would’ve likely sent you to IKEA. But today, having since clued in, I would send you to London, England. MORE

SOPHROLOGY
Relaxed alertness for the western lifestyle
26 FEB 2019: You’re seated, but instead of your desk chair, you notice you’re sitting cross-legged. As your awareness spreads, you notice you’re not at your desk at all, but on a patch of grass, slightly dewy from the cooler temperatures of the night before.  MORE

BALD’S EYE SALVE ANCIENT REMEDY
and the future of antibiotics.
12 FEB 2019: Show me a person who doesn’t like garlic and I’ll show you a person who is probably not living life to the fullest. I can say this because my pops is one of those people. If you ever needed a little bit of inspiration to appreciate garlic in all of its magical and healing glory, this is for you. Will you someday use it in a salve to apply directly onto the eye? Probably not, but if you had a tricky infection that was resistant to antibiotics, perhaps you’d be glad that I shared this with you. This garlic salve comes courtesy of an Old English medical bible from the 9th century, also known as Bald’s Leechbook. MORE

WINTER BLUES
15 JAN 2019: This is it, folks. We're halfway through January, the weather is cold, grey and depressing. Our holiday debts are rolling in and thoughts of summer sun feel like a dream. This is not a drill, and you are not alone. In fact, this feeling is so widespread that health experts have coined the term “Blue Monday”. But, what if I told you there was a way to take back control of your energy, health, and motivation - even now in the most depressing time of the year. MORE

MAY I HAVE A WORD
New Years Evolution
02 JAN 2019: “We’ll start at the front, and go around the room”. My heart rate quickens as I realize I am the keener at the front of the room, and therefore the one on the hook to start the exercise. I had no idea where to begin. MORE

GETTING DIRTY
18 DEC 2018: It’s been a long year to say the least. But, as the big man himself is chimney bound in a week’s time, it is finally coming to a close. While children everywhere are frantically cleaning their rooms in hopes of making up for lost time, I, on the other hand, am in search of a nice spot of mud. MORE

ROMAINE CALM
04 DEC 2018: If you haven’t heard about the romaine recall, or noticed that romaine has disappeared off the shelves of your local supermarket, then shame on you for not prioritizing your veggies! But if you’re on the other end of the spectrum and are suffering from romaine withdrawals, I have some good news.  MORE

POSTURE PERFECT
20 NOV 2018: You know the story about the princess with the world at her feet, yet all she wants is a good night’s sleep. And no matter how many mattresses or soft surfaces were piled one on top of the other, restful sleep eluded her. Her mood and lifestyle were all completely out of whack, all because of one pesky little pea underneath. While it also sounds like the real life tale of my partner’s sleeping preferences, the point of this fairy tale is that one small and seemingly insignificant thing can completely disrupt your flow and quality of life.  MORE

GOT WORMS
06 NOV 2018: I’ve always had a healthy respect for creepy crawlies and their personal space. Although, I do remember playing with snails in the backyard as a kid, and having worm races down by the lake. Yes, you read that right, and yes they were as lacklustre as they sound. In my adult life, my experiences with worms have less to do with the races and more to do with the variety that we are ashamed to talk openly about; the intestinal variety, also known as parasites.   MORE

FULL OF HOT AIR
23 OCT 2018: There is one in every crowd. That one person who is always talking at you. Always going on and on about nothing just to hear the sound of their own voice. Nobody likes a friend who is full of hot air. Even worse, is being stuck beside that person on a flight with nowhere to escape. Sometimes the friendly conversation can be a great way to pass the time, but often times the incessant babbling and blowing of hot air can make a short haul feel like the ultra marathon from London all the way Down Under. MORE
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