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Make School Lunches Fun

Making a school lunch desirable to eat and keep it uber-healthy is quite a challenge. Here are a few easy tips to help make your morning easier. At first, leave out whites. As in, white processed breads, sugar and dairy. Instead, keep your food colorful. Like a rainbow. Engage your child in conversation about their likes and needs, tell them that you would like to make the food more beautiful, fun and healthy. Bring your creativity into the lunchbox. Nowadays you can find different fun containers, bottles, and bags to keep your child’s lunchbox more fun when it’s open. Put your heart into it. Your kids will love it! Visit my website you will find more ideas plus a list with 7 foods which will upgrade your kid’s lunch this year.

Martina Vantuchova

Caregiver Pharmacy Support

It can be difficult to be a caregiver and manage multiple or complex medications for a loved one. It is important to ensure medications are taken appropriately to help maintain good health. A visiting pharmacist provides personal support with regular medication delivery and home consultations. The pharmacist reviews a client’s prescription drugs and over the counter medications to advise if there are any drug interactions and makes adjustments as necessary. This level of support can reduce emergency room visits and hospital stays and results in strong, trusting relationships between clients, caregivers and pharmacists. The visiting pharmacist also provides seamless care for hospital discharge patients and works closely with other health professionals to deliver a high level of care to the client. Care is tailored to specific individual needs such as assisting with blood pressure readings, adding medications as needed to adherence packaging and making changes in an efficient manner.

Teresa Giesbrecht, Care at Home Pharmacy

Book Club: Gut

The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ. By Giulia Enders. The gut’s nervous system, food intolerances, allergies, gut bacteria and the science of bad breath are detailed, suggesting the body’s “most underrated organ” plays a greater role in our overall wellbeing than we might have otherwise thought. Throughout the book, Enders points out, it is the gut that most frequently presents us with some of life’s most pressing questions. Pick up a copy at your local book store.

Clean Eating: Easy Healthy Borscht


4 cups of organic beef broth
1 cup diced carrot
½ cup garden peas
1 cup chopped green beans
1 cup chopped potatoes
2 cups beets with stems and leaves diced
1 onion chopped
4 fresh sprigs of dill
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients into a crockpot and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Alternately, cook on top of the stove until the vegetables are soft enough to eat. Serve topped with sour cream.


Burn Fat, Don’t Abuse Carbs

Many leading scientists, medical professionals, and nutrition experts agree the ketosis lifestyle is the pinnacle of health and wellbeing. Ketosis is a natural metabolic state where the body burns fat for most of its energy rather than carbohydrates. Fat offers the body 225% more energy than carbohydrates. Today, most people have sugar-burning bodies, not fat-burning bodies. Fat-burning bodies typically experience better energy and fewer cravings due to balanced blood sugar levels. Typically, without several days of fasting or sticking to unrealistic diet plans, our bodies cannot reach ketosis and take advantage of this energy. So unless you have serious discipline and nowhere to go, nutritional ketosis has been believed to be out of reach… until now.

David Warfield, ForeverGreen Ketopia

The Procrastinator’s Challenge

How many projects are on your back burner?

If you’re like most people, that back burner is chock-full of tasks that have been in the planning phase for far too long. Getting stalled projects off the ground can be difficult. A plan of action is what’s called for:

1) Set a specific date & time aside for your project, allowing time for prep and cleanup.

2) A week previous, anticipate and gather all required supplies.

3) Enlist help! There are times in our life when we all could use a hand – that extra push is often what we need to see a project through to a successful conclusion.

4) Put on some great tunes, have your beverage-of-choice on hand and Get to Work.

5) You’ve done it – enjoy your results!

Done & Done Family Concierge Service

Say Goodbye to Guilt

Letting go of guilt is a huge step in becoming the STRONG being you are! We hold a lot of responsibility to our children, significant other or our parents to make sure they are happy and taken care of. We often feel guilty for saying NO or for spending any time on ourselves. This is especially true for women. We spend time in negative self-talk even though we know this is not the way we should be. Feeling guilty is a bad habit that we could kick out of our lives. When you feel the heaviness in your heart, you just have to talk yourself through it. Spend some time and dig deep to see why you’re feeling this way. This isn’t always easy to work through on your own. Engaging a Holistic Health Coach can help you figure out the cause of the guilt and release it.

Martina Vantuchova

Food Matters

You know good food is key to a healthy life. So imagine knowing that everyone in Manitoba has nutritious food to eat. That’s what Food Matters Manitoba is working towards. It starts in the garden, at the local grocery store, and in the kitchen. Food Matters Manitoba is a registered charity teaches good food skills for life to North End kids. We all know the troubling reality of childhood diabetes and obesity. Weekly cooking classes give kids a chance to learn how to read a recipe, food safety tips, and what goes into planning a healthy and well-balanced meal. And the best part? Kids are getting excited about healthy eating and sharing new recipes with their friends and family. Interested in helping turn our vision of good food for all Manitobans into a reality? You can help even more kids become young cooks by donating to Food Matters Manitoba today.

Communicating With Your Animal

Do you ever wonder what your animal is thinking or trying to tell you? Do you ever wish your animal could understand what you are saying? Do you wish your animals would get along better? Animal communication sessions can help! Animal Communicators are able to liaise between you and your animal(s) to resolve any issues that may have gotten in the way of household harmony. Communicators understand how cats and dogs think and feel and can respond in kind. We are gifted with the ability to intuit any ill health in cats and dogs; physically, emotionally and spiritually. Animal Communicators are often well versed in many holistic therapies including Reiki, herbal supplementation, acupressure, food therapy, crystal reflexology and crystal healing among several others. In a session, the communicator “speaks” with the animal to discern the best course of action for treatment.

Jill Saifer, Soulstice Spirit Healing

Clean Eating: Cherry Rose Pudding

1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Cream of Rice
1 cup organic coconut milk
1/2 cup rosewater
1/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup pitted cherries
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tsp cardamom powder
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp vanilla extract

For Garnish:
1 handful of fresh or dried organic rose petals.

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Oil baking dish and set aside. In a mixing bowl add the cream of rice, milk and rosewater. Chop the dates and cherries into bite size pieces and add to mixture. Stir in maple syrup and spice powders and pour into baking dish. Bake for 15mins until the pudding is barely set and the top is golden brown. Spoon out the pudding cake while still warm and garnish with rose petals. Serves 4.

Kalee Mund,

Book Club: Self-Compassion

The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself, by Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating yourself up and leave insecurity behind.” Self-Compassion: She offers expert advice on how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life.Offers exercises and action plans for dealing with every emotionally debilitating struggle, be it parenting, weight loss, or any of the numerous trials of everyday living.