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October 10, 2017


Part of Holistic Health is finding fulfillment.  According to Tony Robbins; “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy:  true fulfillment.” 

Contribution can take many forms. Giving your time, giving your money, sharing your knowledge are great examples. But the key is to do it with the best intention, and expecting nothing in return…not even praise or acknowledgement. 

If you are looking for ways to give back, perhaps you can start with the basics:

  • Volunteering; at a seniors home, homeless shelter, community clean-up project, pet shelter, crisis center etc.  You can volunteer your knowledge, your skills and/or your time.
     

  • Donating; used clothing, furniture or housewares to a non-profit second-hand store.  Unwanted gifts, unused gift cards, or new toiletries to shelters or safe houses.  Non-perishable food items to the Food Bank, or financial contributions to any worthy charitable organization or wor...

September 22, 2017

Years ago in public school, many of us were taught in public school about our sense of taste.  We were told that we had 4 tastes that our tongue experiences.  Sweet (which was by way of the tip of our tongue), Salty (on either side of the tip), Sour (directly above the salty sensors) & Bitter (at the very back of our tongue).

However newer research has shown that our taste buds aren’t just clustered in those areas, but also spread out across our entire tongue.  While those tastes respond mostly in those areas, there is quite a bit of overlap.  Also to mention, thanks to the research of German scientist David P. Hnig, a fifth basic taste has now been accepted.  This taste is called Umami, and it senses MSG, and interestingly enough, it can be sensed through all of our taste buds.

Given that MSG is an overused food additive that enhances flavor, it begs the questions; has our taste buds evolved to be able to handle the severity of the tastes we are experiencing?  And could t...

August 7, 2017

We’ve all experienced hearing a song that immediately transports us back in time to a past memory.  And it’s safe to say that most of us agree that music can change our mood to some degree in record time.  It’s been long since proven that music can be useful in lowering depression, halting anxiety and increasing mood…but what about music’s ability to affect our productivity?

The idea that comes to mind about music and productivity, is that given a quick tempo, one might find themselves energized, thereby speeding up their entire work process.  Ergo, more productive.  However when studied in depth, it appears that there’s more to it;

  • Music pumped through a factory made work less boring to the workers, which in turn kept workers on the line more alert, and therefore more precise in their labor, allowing for fewer errors. 

  • Music used in operating rooms helped surgeons to perform better, keeping them engaged specifically for monotonous tasks. 

  • In noisy work places, he...

June 1, 2017

As a Holistic Nutritionist, I get asked all the time; "what does Holistic mean anyways? " Apparently inquiring minds want to know!  Well by Google.ca definition as of today:
 

ho·lis·tic

hōˈlistik/

adjective

Philosophy

adjective: holistic

  1. characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
     

          Medicine
 

               characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account                            mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease.
 

And that is a great definition!  As a Holistic Nutritionist, I recognize that the body works synergistically, and wholly.  I understand that everything is connected – intimately, and it is nearly impossible to affect one part of the body without having a ripple effect on the othe...

April 6, 2017

For many of us, spring is a time of housecleaning and de-cluttering. We make time to give the house a good old fashioned top to bottom cleaning. And, it seems like once this is on our mind we remember our health and our bodies, and we get it in our head to give our body a good spring cleaning too.
 

All the time I get asked about cleansing and detoxing, especially at this time of year. And I am always amazed by the grand gestures people are willing to make (or start) in attempt to remove toxins from their body – without even taking into consideration what is going in on a regular basis!
 

Look at your environment. What is around you? Do you have air fresheners plugged in every room of your house? Are you cleaning your house with toxic products proclaiming promises of busting grime? Are you washing the dishes you eat from with petroleum filled dish detergent? Are you still throwing those smelly static sheets into your dryer?
 

Look at what you put on your body. Are you using hairsprays, sh...

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