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Three Cheers for Holiday Fun!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Activity, Holiday | 0 comments

Three Cheers for Holiday Fun!

The holiday season: busy days bursting with joy and bliss, stress-less and anxiety-free because everyone’s in the spirit of happiness, kindness and health. Who am I trying to fool?! However, planning for plenty of laughter and play  – the L in our BALANCE acronym – does help make it possible to experience positive attitude and energy in the 12 BALANCEd days of Christmas. Read on for ways to create holiday fun this season! Schedules and routines are often off-track from the norm, allowing more time and creativity with the holiday...

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Healthy Holiday Gift Giving: The Want, Need, Wear, Read Guide [PLUS One Addition]

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Attitude & Emotion, Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Healthy Holiday Gift Giving: The Want, Need, Wear, Read Guide [PLUS One Addition]

“That’s it, Samuel, use the puffy coat . . . pull the cap down low and put on these sunglasses. Joel, you be lookout and make sure no one sees either of you,” I heard my oldest son, Matt, instruct his brothers. As a mother of five children, 6-18 years old at the time, I could imagine at least 15 things a conversation like this could lead to, many of which I’d rather not know about. Over a decade ago, I started an article I’d written for Family Fun magazine with this cloak and dagger paragraph. Always fans of the Want, Need, Wear and Read...

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The Practice of Mindful Eating Through the Holidays

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

The Practice of Mindful Eating Through the Holidays

Can you guys believe it’s already December?! Where in the heck did 2015 go… At In Balance, we’re pretty big fans of the holidays and all things Christmas/chocolate/hot mugs of tea/celebrations/family time… the list goes on! To celebrate the season BIG TIME on the blog, we’ve got all hands on board at In Balance headquarters to bring you the 12 BALANCEd Days of Christmas. So what can you expect? In the 24 days leading up to Christmas, we’ll be bringing you 12 B-A-L-A-N-C-E inspired blog posts to make this holiday season healthy and bright for...

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Why Sleep is Vital to Maintaining a Healthy Weight [and How to Get It!]

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in A Good Night's Sleep, Balanced Life, Weight Loss | 0 comments

Why Sleep is Vital to Maintaining a Healthy Weight [and How to Get It!]

Provided your experience with sleeping babies did not include things like colic, asthma or eczema, the photo above probably evokes a strong heartfelt desire to have an infant’s quality of sleep be your norm. Handling three simple factors properly can have you well on your way: Environment: We can set the tone for our quality of sleep with key factors being degree of room darkness (the production of melatonin, a hormone that among other things controls our sleep/wake cycle is negatively impacted by light therefore you want your bedroom...

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Have a Healthy Halloween!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Activity, Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, Real Food, Recipe | 0 comments

Have a Healthy Halloween!

In Balance RHN, Karen, loved Halloween as a kid – especially trick or treating! Her generous stash of sweet treats from relatively few houses was made to last until Christmas. Like many homes 50-plus years ago, candy was a treat, and not on the daily diet plan. Her childhood habits and “need for sweet” extended to her adult years: until five years ago. Learning, applying, and now teaching In Balance principles she loves to share healthy and delicious options for building healthy and happy homes, even at Halloween! Times have changed...

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From the In Balance Kitchen: Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Posted by on Oct 16, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Real Food, Recipe | 0 comments

From the In Balance Kitchen: Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Chocolate is easily a favourite ingredient in the In Balance kitchen. Now add in some VEGGIES (can you say beets, please?) and we’ve got a winner dessert for your family table. Enjoy!   Chocolate “Didn’t-Even-Know-It-Was-Beets” Cake! ____________________________________ From: Karen Toews  Makes: 9×9 pan ____________________________________ Filling 3/4 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup organic maple syrup 3/4 cup raw cacao 1 medium raw beetroot, peeled and finely chopped in food processor (~3/4 cup) 2 cups almond meal 3...

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From the In Balance Kitchen: Raw Apple Pie

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Real Food, Recipe, Weight Loss | 0 comments

From the In Balance Kitchen: Raw Apple Pie

This dessert makes a healthy alternative to a Thanksgiving feast (one that doesn’t beg to have a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream like traditional apple pie!). Because this recipe is so satisfying and nutrient dense it isn’t limited to dessert – with a scoop of plain yogurt on the side it’s great for breakfast! Like they say – “start with dessert”!   “Just Like Mom’s” Raw Apple Pie ____________________________________ From: Karen Toews  Makes: 12 servings ____________________________________ Filling 5...

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Meet the In Balance Team: Brenda Wollenberg, Founder

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Balanced Life, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Meet the In Balance Team: Brenda Wollenberg, Founder

For the last (but most certainly not least!) in our “Meet the In Balance Team” series, we have founder Brenda Wollenberg! What can we even say about this lady? Not only is she a trusty leader & mentor, dear friend, and expert cookie baker, Brenda is the passionate and inspiring driving force behind In Balance who keeps this machine well-oiled and steadily moving forward in the pursuit of crushing obesity and growing wellness all over the world. Find out a bit more about this fantastic woman below! Brenda Wollenberg, RHN IB:...

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Meet the In Balance Team: Karen Toews

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Balanced Life, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Meet the In Balance Team: Karen Toews

Meet In Balance team member, Karen! 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. Karen Toews, RHN IB: Where are you from? Where do you live? K: I am from Wetaskiwin, Alberta: more accurately, from a farm near Gwynne. I’m thankful for growing up in a home rich in love and sound fundamentals for living. After living in...

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Veggies with Kid Appeal

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in Food & Drink, Real Food | 0 comments

Veggies with Kid Appeal

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you and should be consumed in high volume, and on a regular basis. Convincing the small ones in your family of this important fact, however, can sometimes be a battle. If you were on the losing end of the last turnip skirmish in your household, read on. With a little change in attitude–both the big and little one’s–“veggie peace” is a real possibility. Start early. Home-prepared fresh vegetables are some of the simplest and most nutritious foods on which to start baby....

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