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Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Balanced Life, In Balance Team | 0 comments

It’s September! For you and your family, it may mean back to school, back to work, or back to somewhere or something else. Regardless what you’re getting back to, September is a really good time to review your food and lifestyle choices (that have perhaps slipped southward through the summer months), and get back to a health-focused you! Join In Balance consultant Karen Toews to get back to a more BALANCEd...

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Healthy Holiday Activities: Non-Couch Potato Style!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Activity, Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Healthy Holiday Activities: Non-Couch Potato Style!

  I hadn’t realized how deeply ingrained was the idea of keeping In Balance’s second “A” letter, Activity, a part of our family holiday festivities, until I recently came across a clipping of an article I wrote for Canadian Living magazine over 2 decades ago. Called Great Party, the article focused on three secrets of how to keep guests entertained, engaged, enjoying the holiday season AND active. The tips are still valid so here they are, dusted off for the 21st century! Break a Leg Almost everyone considers themselves a bit of a closet...

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Healthy Gut Flora for a Happy Holiday

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, In Balance Team, Recipe | 0 comments

Healthy Gut Flora for a Happy Holiday

And then there were veggies…. As we all woke up on Christmas day, chocolate covered the living room. Not only that, there were always Christmas cookies leftover from the night before, for breakfast! Good memories and a fun time. But are we forgetting about our friends? The little ones that live with us day and night and the ones that love to be fed? The ones that are vital to a healthy gut? Are these your pets? You might be asking what I am talking about! Simply said, between the wine from the night before and the rest of the fun we had, we...

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Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Activity, Attitude & Emotion, Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, In Balance Team, Real Food, Recipe | 0 comments

Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

At a time of the year where “joy” is supposed to be an integral part of the season, it is a commodity found in surprisingly small amounts some days. In fact joy – in In Balance terms, Laughter and Play – is an essential component to the wellness journey. The health benefits of incorporating laughter and play in our lives are numerous, and include increased endorphin production as well as helping us uncover certain innate passions – music, dance or writing for example–we perhaps did not even know existed deep inside of...

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Essential Oils Support for Holiday “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in A Good Night's Sleep, Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Essential Oils Support for Holiday “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”

A restful sleep, vital for health on so many levels: energy renewal, detoxification, weight maintenance, body repair and more. Whether consulting one-on-one with clients, working with groups through an In Balance 8-week program, socializing with friends, joining in conversations with “strangers” online or in the grocery store, lack of sleep is a topic of concern for many people. And in my experience, especially with women. As we count down the 12 days to Christmas (tracked with a lengthy to-do list!) instead of needing to count sheep when...

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Creating Margins for Holiday Rest & Play

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Creating Margins for Holiday Rest & Play

How many of you have spent most of this month checking off to-dos and marking yet another commitment on your holiday calendar? For so many folks, the holiday season is crammed-full with parties, shopping lists, tasks to get the house ready for the holidays, school Christmas concerts… the list goes on. So where do we find room to remember what the holiday season is about and connect with a sense of rest and play among everything else? As a recovering holiday-addict (one who says yes to every party, Christmas baking day, concert, market visit,...

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Healthy Food Choices for a Healthy Holiday

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, In Balance Team, Recipe | 0 comments

Healthy Food Choices for a Healthy Holiday

Chocolates and Cookies… When I think about the holidays, I always think about chocolate and cookies. I grew up in a family where we baked cookies every Christmas. My grandmother’s recipes came from Hungary and they were first translated to Spanish, since I grew up in Mexico, and then translated now to English. One of the spices that we use is cardamom. That smell for sure brings good memories. What about Veggies? As I have moved now into a healthier lifestyle, I still bake cookies. However, not as many as I used to, as they are more of a...

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Water with a Holiday Sparkle

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Water with a Holiday Sparkle

Virtually everyone knows how important water is to the body. During the busy holiday season, however, when grabbing a refreshing glass of water can be at the bottom of a very long “to do” list and where there are a plethora of other beverage options at every party and celebration, it can be challenging to get an adequate intake of approximately 8 glasses each day. Here are suggestions to ensure water’s essential light shines bright all season long: 1| Start your day with a large glass of water – preferably room temperature and ideally...

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Holiday Food Buffets: 3 Steps to Avoiding Morning After Regrets!

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday | 0 comments

Holiday Food Buffets: 3 Steps to Avoiding Morning After Regrets!

Let’s face it . . . holiday buffets are one of the absolute joys of the Christmas season. And if you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanza, tables groaning with a variety of tasty holiday food figure fairly prominently and delightfully in those traditions as well. The question is how to celebrate the food flavours of the season while still maintaining energy, mental clarity, balanced moods and a healthy-for-you weight range! The 3-step answer? Read on! 1) Set a Real Food Stage Every body type, Protein, Carbohydrate and Mixed, does best when they eat...

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Activity for “Fit, Not Fat” this Holiday Season

Posted by on Dec 6, 2015 in Activity, Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Activity for “Fit, Not Fat” this Holiday Season

For most of us the holiday-Christmas season is full of busy days we anticipate and embrace. However, our desire and decision to be all-in with heart and soul can position ourselves for eating more (especially the sometimes* foods); not sleeping as well in a strange bed and a different environment; and managing schedules more than a little off kilter –  all of which can mess up our digestive system, affect our mood and alter our attitude and overall health. Enter activity – the second A in our BALANCE acronym. At In Balance we...

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