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Book Club: Disease-Proof

by David L. Katz, MD, MPH.

The skills you need to slash your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more—by 80 percent. Though we may not realize it, our behaviour has tremendous effects on our health, well-being, and even gene expression.

In Disease-Proof, renowned preventive medicine specialist Dr. David Katz reveals that we can reduce our risk of any chronic disease:

  1. Choose wisely from different classes of macronutrients (complex carbohydrate, lean protein, and healthy fats).
  2. Create a healthy plate with the proper ratio of foods – half veggies, one-quarter whole grains or a starchy vegetable, one-quarter lean protein.
  3. Exercise portion control so you don’t accidentally overeat.
  4. Figure out how to satisfy your emotional needs without food by doing something else that soothes or excites you.
  5. Get in the right frame of mind before you eat and expect to be satisfied by a reasonable amount of food.
Kalee’s Golden Milk Recipe

Creamy, faintly sweet, fragrant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, deeply nourishing, warming and perfect for cold winter days.


½ tsp Turmeric powder or fresh turmeric root
¼ tsp Ginger powder or fresh ginger root
½ tsp Cinnamon powder
¼ tsp Cardamom powder
1 or 2 Dates, chopped
2 tsps. Ghee (clarified butter)
1 cup of Milk of your choice (make sure its good quality, organic milk or nut milk, best thing to do is make your own nut milk to insure no unwanted additives)


Pour the milk (whichever you choose) into a saucepan and add the spices, dates and ghee. Turn the heat to med-high and warm the ingredients together until little bubbles begin to creep up the sides of the pot. Turn off the heat and cover the saucepan for about 3mins allowing it to steep. Pour into a cup and serve warm.

Note: there should be no need to add any other sweetener as the dates will have sweetened the milk while warming. But if you do need to add some honey.

Giving Back – Turning Leaf

At Turning Leaf, we’re seeing people differently. We see that man on the street, disheveled, dirty, talking to himself, asking for money. Many see just a homeless, mentally ill panhandler.

We see Albert. A brother, and a son. We’re committed to people like Albert and to his family.

Turning Leaf (Inc.) is dedicated to providing crisis intervention and treatment services to youth and adults experiencing intellectual challenge and mental illness. Turning Leaf is compassionate, trained people helping those vulnerable and marginalized while they struggle with the seemingly insurmountable obstacles of homelessness, poverty, victimization, isolation, and loneliness. With services throughout Manitoba, Turning Leaf offers those that are hurting with housing, addictions treatment, women’s shelters, and counselling. These services all work tirelessly to make lasting relationships, support healthy change, and, above all, share hope.

Visit or call 204-221-5594 to hear more about how we see people differently … and how you can too.


MELT…the easy, fun, fast workout for your Connective Tissue (CT) and fascia is truly for everyone! Even if you are pregnant, injured, post-surgery, overweight and sedentary, out of shape or have limited mobility, chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, knee or hip replacements, or bone disorders, you can still MELT!  MELT is for any body at any age and it’s the best starting point for any wellness program. You can do it at home in 10 minute.

MELTing is easy, affordable and fast. It is collaborative with all other medical treatments and actually makes them work faster and better.  Pilates Manitoba is MELT certified so call today to take MELT classes, private instruction, purchase the kits or rollers at our Transcona or River Heights location.


Book Club: The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project. In this lively and compelling account of that year, Rubin carves out her place alongside the authors of bestselling memoirs such as Julie and Julia and Eat, Pray, Love.

With humour and insight, she chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Written with charm and wit, The Happiness Project is illuminating yet entertaining, thought-provoking yet compulsively readable.

Gretchen Rubin’s passion for her subject jumps off the page, and reading just a few chapters of this book will inspire you to start your own happiness project.

Clean Eating: Winter Warmer Red Lentil Soup


1 tbsp Olive oil

1 tsp garlic, minced

pinch of Hing (if you have it)

2 tsp fresh ginger, minced

½ cup celery, finely chopped

½ cup carrots, finely chopped

1 cup spinach or any leafy greens

2/3 cup red lentils

6 cups water or vegetable broth (if using water add 2tsp vegetable Bouillon powder)

2 cloves

3 whole peppercorns

1 cinnamon stick

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (for garnish)

Squeeze of Lemon or lime


In a large pot on medium-high, heat oil. Add garlic, and ginger and sauté for 1 minute. Add celery and carrots and cook for 3-4 minutes. Add lentils, water, and all other ingredients except salt, pepper and cilantro and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover with lid, and cook for 20-25 minutes, until lentils are soft. In the last 5 mins add the leafy greens. Removed cinnamon stick and peppercorns. Add salt and pepper to taste, garnish with cilantro and lemon if you wish, and serve.

Makes 4-6 servings.

Submitted By: Kalee Mund, Ayurvedic Practitioner

Getting Well Today and Staying Well in the 21st Century

Ask a dozen people or more what “wellness” means to them and you will get as many different answers related to alternative therapies, natural medicines, fitness, nutrition, and even spirituality. For Rick Thiessen, ‘wellness’ means all of these in addition to no small amount of pride in being behind one of the most successful health and wellness expos in Canada for the last twenty years. This annual consumer show features approximately 100 companies with thousands of products and services that are designed to promote a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle as well as enhance or improve a person’s quality of life.

The Wellness Expo is all about choice: treatments, products and more. People should have a choice but they don’t even know what’s out there. Unfortunately when consumers are looking for answers, it’s usually under duress. As a visitor to this event, the Wellness Expo offers people to try products and services in a safe and less costly environment.

The 21 annual Winnipeg Wellness Expo comes to the RBC Convention Centre, February 20 – 22, 2015. Admission is $10 for an all-day pass that includes access to the trade show, displays and demonstrations as well as all of our seminars.

For full program details, see

Smile…It’s Toothday!

Actually, it is Tooth month here at the Animal Hospital of Manitoba and we are having a pet dental special. If your cat or dog has bad breath, it could be time for a professional dental cleaning. Bad breath can be a sign of anything from gum disease to organ damage.

The same bacteria that can destroy your pet’s teeth can also enter the blood stream and damage internal organs. Bleeding gums and broken or rotten teeth can affect your pet’s appetite and behaviour. Keep your furry friend happy and healthy have a dental check done today!

Ask Patzer Center

Q: “Why would I come for reflexology rather than having my husband rub my feet?”
Suzy G. – Transcona

A: “Having someone rub your feet can feel really good. Having someone who knows WHERE and HOW to touch your feet … is even better. Let me be specific. A Reflexology Therapist will work on ‘reflex points’ on your feet which correspond to organs, glands and various other parts of your body. In doing this, the therapist helps to balance the energies flowing to these areas, awakening sluggish organs, as well as finding and relieving painful issues; such as lower back pain, headache or even constipation, just to name a few. By the way, your therapist will likely finish off the session by ‘rubbing’ your feet with a refreshing lotion. Be sure to ask if your therapist is a Registered Certified Reflexology Therapist (RCRT) and member of the Reflexology Association of Canada.”

New Year Without Pain or Injury!

Been complaining about how much pain you have been in over the past year?
Tried everything to help relieve some of that pain?

But…Have you tried Pilates and MELT?

Pilates works with you to move ahead to being pain free and to make you stronger than you before you were injured. This will help improve posture, muscle tone and flexibility, core strength and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension. With specialized, talented and inspirational instructors to help you meet your needs, reach your goals and receive new teachings to transform and empower your life.

Pilates Manitoba offers all levels of Equipment and Mat STOTT® Pilates, Plus Size Fitness, the MELT® Method, Rehab Pilates, Fitness Pilates, Myofascia Release and Fascia Fitness, and Gyrotonic®. By holding classes of only 8 people you maximize your time, better enjoy the experience and derive full value out of every class! Pilates Manitoba is a place where you can “be yourself” – relax and let them help you have a pain-free 2015!

Located at 390 Academy Rd and 2089 Plessis Rd.