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Clean Eating Recipe

“Crisper” Chopped Salad with Tahini Dressing: 1/4 cup lemon juice. 2 tbsp olive oil. 2 tbsp tahini paste. 2 cloves garlic, minced. 1/2 tsp each ground cumin and sea salt. 4 cups any combination chopped ‘crisper’ vegetables, such as celery, cucumbers, carrots, fennel, cabbage, radishes, broccoli and/or cauliflower. 1 cup halved grape tomatoes. 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed. Directions: Whisk together lemon juice, oil, tahini paste, garlic, cumin, and salt. Toss with chopped “crisper” vegetables, tomatoes and chickpeas. Tip: Substitute chickpeas with lentils, and for a little spice, add a pinch of cayenne to dressing. Sprinkle salad with za’atar seasoning.

Renewing Our Energy

“Surrender to what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be” are the many themes we are facing amid a third wave pandemic. Many of us have hit our walls of exhaustion, boredom, frustration, and isolation and desire a summer of freedom and play. Tired of being told what to do and how to do it, yet here we are banning together to keep ourselves healthy and safe. Surrender is not about giving up; it’s about letting go and grieving what you cannot control then finding and discovering the small joys in what you can do to renew your energy and set yourself free.

Helping with the Effects of Covid-19

The pandemic has changed lives and relationships dramatically over the last year. We have felt, seen, or heard about the negative impacts on Canadians’ mental health and wellbeing due to increased stress and anxiety. We have felt fear and uncertainty about health, employment, finances, and social isolation. A Coach can make 2021 different for you! A Coach is supportive, without judgement, so you can share and create more effective ways to cope. A Coach can help you with self-care, routine, or work strategies that will benefit you today and throughout the year. Contact #Balance where Thriving People = Thriving Business!

Get Fit – Even During a Pandemic

With the vast changes in restrictions and what seems to be a never-ending pandemic, many are unable to meet the daily physical recommendations. However, there are many alternatives to staying active without attending a fitness facility. Apps like Fitbit, Strava and even your iPhone Fitness app can monitor your steps, routes, heart rate, and hourly activity to ensure you meet daily recommendations. Getting up and moving is more than enough to stay healthy and by tracking your progress, you can see the changes. The upcoming summer season should be more than enough of a reason to get outside and move!

Cherish the Memories When Downsizing

Downsizing is often a stressful process — both emotionally and physically. When the time comes, give yourself plenty of time for the process to make it seem less overwhelming. As you go through and sort things, recognize and acknowledge the sentimental value of a once-prized stuffed bear and decades-worth of Mother’s Day cards. Grandma’s bone china will remind you of all the happy family times. It is ok to get lost in nostalgia. Remind yourself that the memories will always be there, but the future holds an infinite number of new memories and possibilities. Trust the process and enjoy every moment.

Stress Handling With Biofeedback

Lately life has been a bit of a roller coaster, to say the least. Anxiety, stress, and worry feel like constant companions. Unmanaged, this can lead to health issues such as trouble sleeping, headaches, depression, and exhaustion. Alternative approaches such as Biofeedback testing and treatment are very effective in handling stress. It detects imbalances, or weaknesses, in the stress handling areas of the body, and in turn, stimulates the affected areas to help the mind and body process and handle stress better. When it comes time to get back to normal activities, make sure that your body and mind are ready to enjoy everything that we’ve been missing.

Alzheimer Support Programs

Even at the best of times, those living with dementia can be isolated, and right now, the challenges families face are heightened. You are not alone. The Alzheimer Society is here to help. We have locations across the province to provide you with information, education and support. We’ve pivoted to virtual programming so you can join our education sessions, Minds in Motion® program and support groups from the comfort of your own home. Contact us today to reach a reassuring ear by phone or get a quick response by email. Visit our website to find an office near you.

Ask a Pharmacist, Your Local Medication Expert!

Medication mix-ups can and do happen. It’s easy for people to lose track of what they are taking and how often they are taking it. Asking a pharmacist questions is a powerful action that can improve medication safety, they are an expert in medications. Patients are also a very important partner in medication safety. Ask questions every time a new medication is prescribed, given or purchased. A full understanding of all aspects of medication is so important to help patients manage their health. Questions save lives, it’s safe to ask.

Natural Product Spotlight

The Raspberry Moisturizing Cream for dry and mature skin by Herbs & Butters Skincare is all-natural, vegan, biodegradable, and contains no parabens, sulfates or formaldehydes. Intelligently formulated with love by a local chemist, this lightweight moisturizing cream offers deep hydration and effectively improves the skin’s overall texture and elasticity. Raspberry seed oil helps to promote the regeneration of new skin cells, fights age spots and protects against premature aging. Other key ingredients like macadamia nut oil, sea buckthorn oil, oat protein, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, and olive oil help to effectively protect, soothe, moisturize, and nourish the skin.

Young Living – For Men

After a workout, massage the Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream into your skin for relief of aches and pains. Your muscles will thank you for ditching the synthetic ingredients and you can continue crushing the weights, tearing up the fairway or hiking to your highest heights. When you’re done, treat your face to Shutran™ Shave Cream and stand out from the pack. It is full of hydrating ingredients and pure essential oils that’ll give you a close shave with a great fragrance. Lastly, for a great super-charge, grab some NingXia Zyng™ for a delicious splash of hydration.

The Importance of Having Hope

Hope gives people the ability to overcome what previously was identified as hopeless. In a 2011 publication of Psychology Today, the writer says that hope structures our life in anticipation of the future and influences how we feel in the present. It creates a positive mood, influences our state of mind and alters our behaviour in the present. Hope does not fit the criteria of an emotion, since an emotion is automatic and reflexive and leads to particular thoughts and actions. It is however recognized as an emotional state that is a resource against despair. Having hope is to imagine a positive outcome.