Entries by Dr. B.J. Hardick

What to Eat Before and After a Workout

A Primer for Newbies and Seasoned Athletes Bland skinless, fat-free chicken breast, egg whites, and protein powders: For what seems like forever, those have been go-to staples for bodybuilders and other athletes. Sure, they might throw in something like sweet potato or brown rice, but the primary emphasis here is protein, protein, and more protein. […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Is Organic Food Better?

I get asked the question all the time: “Should I spend twice the amount for organic broccoli compared with conventional varieties?” Then I hear, “Honestly, the organic variety didn’t look so hot, and for that amount I could practically buy wild-caught salmon.” Strolling grocery store aisles present more decisions than ever, and chief among them […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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The Healthiest Nuts

Name one healthy food equally loved by low-carb devotees, ketogenic followers, vegans, and vegetarians. Give up? Nuts and seeds earn a solid health-halo reputation because they come loaded with protein, healthy fats, and nutrients including hard-to-get minerals including magnesium and zinc. Can Nuts & Seeds Fit into A Healthy Diet? (Yes, with Several Caveats) Among […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Paleo Superfood Tabouli

In the mood for Middle Eastern cuisine? Try this Paleo Superfood Tabouli (also known as Tabbouli or Tabbouleh). This vegan dish is gluten-free as it includes Hemp Seeds, a Superfood, instead of bulgur (cracked wheat). Remember that all the ingredients must be finely chopped for the right texture of Tabouli, especially the parsley. You could also […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Should You Be Taking Digestive Enzyme Supplements?

Let’s clear the air: Running to the bathroom after your meal is not normal. Feeling stuffed or bloated should not constitute a miserable, curl up in a fetal position and watch Game of Thrones feeling. (Unless you’ve eaten an obscene amount of food, that is; but that’s a different topic.) Post-meal constipation and other bathroom […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Do Vegetarians & Vegans Live Longer than Meat Eaters?

Ask your coworker or maybe a family member whether they believe vegetarians or vegans live longer. Common wisdom (in other words, what you’ll probably hear) dictates that when you eliminate “artery-clogging meat full of saturated fat and cholesterol,” you reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and pretty much every other disease on the […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Zucchini Paleo Brownies

How do you get vegetables and fruit in a brownie? Try this Zucchini Paleo Brownies recipe! The zucchini, applesauce and bananas makes them moist, stevia keeps them sugar-free, and the cocoa will satisfy your chocolate craving. You won’t even be able to tell they have zucchini in them, or need eggs or butter to make them […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Did the Whole Foods CEO say fat is worse than sugar? Making sense of Dietary Fat.

A few months ago Liz Moody, the Senior Food Editor at Mind Body Green, interviewed John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods. A little background. Much of Whole Foods’ healthy aura stems from brilliant branding (with prices to match), and they’ve cultivated that branding with clever but applaudable tactics like banning artificial sweeteners among their products. […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Coconut Oil, Heart Disease & Everything the AHA Got Wrong in that Recent Report

Maybe the whole brouhaha wouldn’t have spiraled out of control had they just stuck with the broad, somewhat vague saturated fat category. But no: In a recent review published in Circulation, the American Heart Association (AHA) specifically called out coconut oil as a culprit for heart disease, and the internet went crazy. For years, experts […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Flourless Chicken Fingers

This Flourless Chicken Fingers recipe is a great gluten-free option when you need to make a quick, kid-friendly meal as it only needs four ingredients. 100% approved on the Advanced Nutrition Plan and for Paleo fanatics. Add a side of Sweet & Savory Salad, Cucumber Salad, Endive Boats with a salad of your choice, Kale chips, Zucchini Pizza Bites or […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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7 Superfoods That Are Not Always Super

Is it time to wipe off that health halo? Every year, media outlets and so-called experts find a new “super food” (or “super drink”) they enthusiastically endorse as the greatest thing ever. Like, you’ve got to rush out right this minute and buy it in bulk because all kinds of amazing things will happen. “12 […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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How to Maximize Your Burger Feast

Grilling season is upon us, so it’s time to prep the patio furniture, fire up the barbecue, mix up iced drinks, and create extra special burgers without grains, sugars, and other unhealthy additives. Here’s my simple guide for a Maximized Burger Feast that your family and friends will enjoy while you maintain your Advanced Plan goals. Start with a healthy replacement for hamburger buns, cook up […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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The Best Way to Juice (It’s Definitely Not a Cleanse!)

“January got a lot of action; almost every day in fact,” my friend said during Easter brunch. “It was a New Year’s resolution I held on to, especially after spending several hundred dollars for the right one. But by early February, I got so sick of it. My breaking point happened when I found myself […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Zucchini “Noodles” and Tomato Meat Sauce

Do you want a low-calorie yet hearty “spaghetti” dish that’s not packed with carbohydrates or grains? Try this super easy-to-make Zucchini Noodles and Tomato Meat Sauce recipe for a paleo, gluten-free and healthy meal that won’t make your stomach feel heavy after eating it. Zucchini Noodles or “Zoodles” are a great substitute for pasta as […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Does Soy Deserve an Apology?

Full disclosure: I’ve been a little tough on soy. I used to really, really hammer soy brutally, throwing in to the “avoid” category along with gluten, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats. Truthfully, I — and many others in the natural health community — have probably been a little too tough on soy, oversimplifying a potentially […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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The Deadly Connection between Sugar, Acidity and Inflammation

A study late last year, which appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine, presented a damning declaration hardly surprisingly to anyone remotely tuned in to the sugar debate recently. Researchers here noted way back in the 1960s, the sugar industry paid three Harvard scientists to publish a study in the New England Journal of Medicine arguing fat […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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5 Ingredient Clean Energy Bites

These 5 Ingredient Clean Energy Bites are vegetarian, vegan, sugar-free, and made with enough healthy fats and protein to keep you, or your kids, satisfied for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or dessert time. The ingredient list is short and sweet, yet super healthy with antioxidant rich cocoa, heart-healthy walnuts, and naturally sweet dates. Dates also offer […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Here’s What One Sleepless Night Will Do To Your Body

Nobody chooses to become sleep deprived, but it happens to the best of us for numerous reasons. Regardless, statistics don’t care why you got less-than-optimal sleep. The reality is, most of us do. One study surveyed 444,306 American adults and found more than one-third got less than seven hours of sleep nightly.(1) Overall, Americans get […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Apple Flax Seed Muffins

Muffins may seem like cupcakes in disguise, except they are much healthier when maximized like this Apple Flax Seed Muffins recipe. You can enjoy the flavour and texture of ground flax seed (flaxseed), a Superfood, as well as the health benefits from omega-3 essential fatty acids for heart-healthy effects, magnesium for cellular health, and soluble and insoluble fiber […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Nutritional Supplements: What to Take and What to Skip

Have you ever found your cupboards to be overflowing with vitamins and nutritional supplements?  A nutritionist friend of mine recently told me about her typical client’s first visit: “They walk in with these giant bags – sometimes three or four bags – and ask me to go through them all, one by one,” the client […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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The Ultimate List of Paleo Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day [UPDATED]

St. Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a day for celebrating Irish culture throughout the world on March 17th. (1) To help you get into the spirit of the day, I’ve summarized some of the best paleo options on the net for healthy Irish dishes such as corned beef, cabbage, soda bread, colcannon, […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Is Xylitol a Friend or Foe?

Our addiction to sweet tastes has opened a Pandora’s box of commercial sweeteners, with the food industry advertising many as “natural.” One category is sugar alcohols, including the increasingly common xylitol. But are these sweeteners really natural, and are they safe? Or are they just another of industry’s attempts to snooker us into buying the […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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Is There a Dark Side of Ketosis?

“That will totally knock me out of ketosis,” I heard someone say recently at a dinner party. I can’t remember what appetizer she pointed to, but the woman sitting to the left of me said this so casually, and several folks at the table knew exactly what she meant, confirming what I’d long suspected: Ketogenic diets […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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12 Decadent Sugar-Free Treats for Your Valentine [UPDATED]

On Valentine’s Day, besides love there’s only one ‘sugar’ you really need…your Valentine, and maybe chocolate too. Leave the refined sweeteners, sugar, carbs, grains, preservatives, additives, colorings, and other toxic ingredients out of your loved ones’ treats. If you absolutely want sweets for this special day, then try creating your own maximized, sugar-free Valentine treats. […]

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About Dr. B.J. Hardick

Raised in a holistic family, Dr. B.J. Hardick is an organic food fanatic, green living aficionado, and has spent the majority of his life working in natural health care. In 2009, he wrote his first book, Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, which has now been used professionally in over 500 health clinics. Dr. Hardick regularly blogs healthy recipes and holistic health articles on his own website, DrHardick.com, and speaks to numerous professional and public audiences every year. In his spare time, he invests his keen interest in sustainable living into urban development in his hometown of London, Ontario.

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