"Pure Prairie Eating Plan"

Fresh food, practical menus and a healthy lifestyle

About the Book

The Pure Prairie Eating Plan includes four weeks of complete daily menus, including three meals and three snacks. The plan also includes recipes, weekly grocery lists and cooking tips.  The cookbook is a great resource for people wanting a diabetic meal plan or anyone wanting a healthy menu plan.

Buy Your Copy

The Pure Prairie Eating Plan is now available online and at selected retail outlets.

Click here for the list of locations.

Author Book Signing: -

Sunday, October 19 from noon to 5:00 pm at Chapters on Whyte.

PPEP supports healthy eating

Translating the recommendations about what we should eat from Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide into practice is sometimes difficult. Taking this into account, we developed the Pure Prairie Eating Plan (PPEP).  
PPEP can help you enjoy a well-balanced diet while still giving you access to a variety of delicious foods.

What weight loss diet is “the best”: low carb or low fat?

What weight loss diet is “the best”: low carb or low fat?

It turns out….either….provided you stick to it.  Research conducted by Dr. Geoff Ball from the University of Alberta and other researchers from across Canada led to this conclusion.  The researchers did a study called a “systematic review and meta-analysis”, which, like it sounds, identifies all the research on the topic that meets a predetermined criteria, then uses special statistical methods to combine and compare results of all the studies.  In this case, the 48 studies included several “fad” diets from recent decades, like South Beach, Atkins and Ornish, as well as “branded” diets like...

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Future Fare 2014

Future Fare 2014

Earlier this year, Cathy spoke at the Alberta Livestock and Meats Future Fare Conference in Edmonton.  She described the Pure Prairie Eating Plan, it’s roots as a tool to help people with Type 2 diabetes, and it’s evolution to the current book designed to help everyone and anyone to eat well.  She also shows the results achieved when people with Type 2 diabetes used the guide over a 3 month period.  Click here to watch the video.

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Back to school nutrition basics.

Back to school nutrition basics.

Fall is a busy time at the university and no doubt it’s a busy time at many households across the prairies as kids start back to school.  One of the best things you can do to help your kids enjoy the school experience is to make sure they have a healthy breakfast and lunch.  I still remember my mom making porridge (believe it or not I liked it :)! sprinkled with nuts and raisins and topped with yummy yogurt.  I also remember some pretty amazing sandwiches and crispy crabapples fresh from the tree in our yard.  It’s been (more than) a few years since that happened – what...

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Pure Prairie Eating Plan Newsletter Issue 3 is now available

Pure Prairie Eating Plan Newsletter Issue 3 is now available

If you haven’t already received it and would like a copy, just sign up on the right hand side below.  It’s full of healthy eating tips, recipes and updates on research.

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Oats in Many Variations – A Kitchen Staple

Oats in Many Variations – A Kitchen Staple

Oatmeal comes in many shapes and sizes, from handy packets that make a single serving of porridge to large flakes.  Steel cut oats, which are not rolled, are considered to be less processed than rolled oats.  From a nutritional standpoint, they are quite similar but be aware that instant oat products have added sodium (650 mg per 100 g compared with 10 mg per 100 g for quick oats).  Some instant oats also have added sugars and flavourings.   Steel cut oats take longer to cook but do have a slightly low glycemic index, although all oat products are in the 40 to 50 range.  (For more...

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Community Gardens

Community Gardens

Community gardens are sprouting up all over.  If you’re interested in growing some vegetables but don’t have much room in your yard a community garden may be the answer.  Even though this year’s season is long-started, now is a good time to enquire because many gardens have waiting lists for plots.  Most charge a fee (around $40-$50) for the use of a plot (10 x 10 feet is typical) and access to water.  Most have rules about not using chemical herbicides or insecticides.  The great thing is the community atmosphere and, if you’re just learning, access to years of your...

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The Tomorrow Project

What causes cancer?  How does our lifestyle contribute?  The Tomorrow Project wants to find out about factors that increase or help prevent cancer, specifically in Albertans (although there are partner studies across Canada).   Participating in the Tomorrow Project is open to adult Albertans (aged 35 to 69) who have never had cancer.  It involves filling out a questionnaire about your health and habits, and the health of your nearest blood relatives.  The questionnaire takes about 1 hour to complete.  Researchers will be able to link data in the questionnaire to health records so that...

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