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Dealing with Loss, Naturally

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 in Attitude & Emotion, Balanced Life | 0 comments

Dealing with Loss, Naturally

Everywhere you look today, there are people dealing with loss. Whether it be work-related, having possessions stolen, a financial set-back, diminished health or even the passing of a loved one, grief and sadness are a part of life. As my family continues dealing with loss of our dad/grandfather/great-grandfather/partner . . . I have been reminded of a few steps that while they will not eliminate grief (sometimes you just have to sit and be present with that emotion), can help to keep a loss from feeling overwhelming. Get Enough Sleep Our body...

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Healthy Travel Tips

Posted by on Jun 26, 2018 in Balanced Life, Holiday | 0 comments

Healthy Travel Tips

It’s officially SUMMER! That means lots of good things but one of them is the increase in weekend road trips and vacation traveling AND the desire for healthy travel tips. While there are huge restorative benefits to holidays, here are a few simple travel tips to ensure your vacation produces rest and recuperation rather than irritable bowel dynamics and immune-system suppression! (i.e. less-than-fun diarrhea and a nasty cold). Print out and tuck into your suitcase pocket (now, not when your busy with last minute packing!) the In...

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Inflammation: Simple Steps to Reduce It!

Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Activity, Attitude & Emotion, Food & Drink | 0 comments

Inflammation: Simple Steps to Reduce It!

If I had a buck for every time a client’s presenting issues included inflammation I would be a “millionaire nutritionist” (generally a term thought of as an oxymoron!).   Arthritis IBS Tennis elbow Allergies Coeliac disease Asthma Plantar fasciitis Autoimmune diseases Gout The list goes on and on. Fortunately, though the conditions that have an inflammatory component are many, a few simple lifestyle, dietary and supplement changes can have profound positive impact. Inflammation and Lifestyle: 1)      Mild to moderate exercise can be very...

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Happy Chocolate . . . I mean Easter!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Food & Drink, Holiday, Real Food, Recipe, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy Chocolate . . . I mean Easter!

If you have hung around with me for more than 10 nanoseconds you likely know a few things about me. First, I love chocolate! Secondly, I love nurturing, growing and expanding my understanding of the spiritual component of who we are. Thus I love the reflection, restfulness, rejoicing and family/friend times that are often a part of Easter celebrations! And thirdly, did I mention, I LOVE chocolate! Because being a strong advocate for real food and real health is in no way incompatible with the occasional celebratory chocolate intake . . . read...

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Aging Well: Keeping Your Telomeres Happy

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Balanced Life | 0 comments

Aging Well: Keeping Your Telomeres Happy

A couple of weeks ago, a friend/long term client suggested I consider the topic of “aging well” for some of my blog posts. So, decided to start with a little blurb on how to maintain the health of what would be considered the very foundational determinants of aging – telomeres. According to the simplest dictionary definition, telomeres are a compound structure at the end of a chromosome. Underlying that simply statement, however, is that fact that these compounds play an essential role in the aging of our cells and, therefore, in the...

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Calming your Brain for a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in A Good Night's Sleep, Balanced Life | 0 comments

Calming your Brain for a Good Night’s Sleep

Many people lament that they do not sleep well. Perhaps you too suffer from this dilemma Ensuring your bedroom is dark, removing disruptive pets, and using a low-level “white noise” to help tune out traffic and barking dogs are three solutions towards providing a good sleeping environment. But what about the interior disruptions, the noise in our mind that Dr. Mercola refers to as “cognitive popcorn” or unstoppable thoughts running through our mind at night?  The good news is there is hope; begin by trying these three tips to help slow down...

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Five Steps to a Healthier, Happier Gut

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, In Balance Team, Real Food | 0 comments

Five Steps to a Healthier, Happier Gut

Karen is a prairie girl now residing on the East Coast of Canada. She’s an active outdoorswoman, community builder and supporter of local food goodness… and a fabulous raw-food chef! Join In Balance consultant Karen Toews to find out how five simple steps can create a healthier, happier and more BALANCEd gut! For some people (other than holistic nutritionists!), talking about “the gut” can be off-putting. But it’s very important; and really, who of us hasn’t at one time or other groaned, “oh, my gut feels terrible!!” The gut is the stomach...

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Using Essential Oils for BALANCEd Health

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in A Good Night's Sleep, Balanced Life, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Using Essential Oils for BALANCEd Health

Karen is a prairie girl now residing on the East Coast of Canada. She’s an active outdoorswoman, community builder and supporter of local food goodness… and a fabulous raw-food chef! Find out more about Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Karen, below. Join In Balance consultant Karen Toews to find out how you can use essential oils to get back to a more BALANCEd you! As a holistic nutritional consultant, healthy food solutions for wellness are pretty much right at the top of the list  (along with foundational In Balance lifestyle...

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How Not to Get “Tricked” this Halloween: 3 Bits of Sugary Advice

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Food & Drink, Holiday | 0 comments

How Not to Get “Tricked” this Halloween: 3 Bits of Sugary Advice

With Halloween just around the corner, in many households it’s time for discussions on: Whether or not to participate in the occasion? If celebrating, what costume to wear? If not celebrating, what other activity to substitute? Regardless of the reason the family is gathering . . . how much sugar to consume? I’ll leave topic 1) for another day but suffice it to say that we flip-flopped back and forth over the years of raising our five. For topics 2) and 3), I suggest grabbing a child under 18 and starting an “anything goes” brainstorming...

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The “Short and Sweet” on Smoothies

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, In Balance Team, Real Food, Recipe, Weight Loss | 0 comments

The “Short and Sweet” on Smoothies

Smoothies are great! They can be big on benefits for a minimal investment of time and effort. Here are three healthy options to add to your collection. Superfoodie Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup blueberries, frozen 1 Tbsp. raw cacao or cocoa powder 1 Tbsp. ground or whole chia seeds 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds 2 cups unsweetened (2% fat) coconut milk or almond milk 2 Tbsp. unsweetened peanut butter or almond butter 1 Tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup ¼ tsp. cinnamon Directions Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Note: Ground chia seeds...

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