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Keep Your Pets Warm

Keep your pets inside as much as possible during winter months!

Cats will curl up against almost anything to stay warm, including car engines. Cats caught in moving engine parts can be seriously hurt or killed. If you light a fire or plug in a space heater, remember that the warmth may be just as inviting to your pets. Keep an eye out to make sure that no tails or paws come in contact with flames, heating coils, or hot surfaces. Pets can either burn themselves or knock a heat source over and put the entire household in danger. Pets that go outside can pick up snow, ice, and ice melting chemicals in their footpads. To keep your pet’s pads from getting chapped and raw, wipe their feet with a washcloth when they come inside.

Remember … if you are cold outside, they probably are too!

Book Club: A Candle at Both Ends

Thoughts of Inspiration for the Beginning and End of the Day, by Tiffany Prochera

A Candle at Both Ends by Winnipeg author, Tiffany Prochera, is an inspiring, thought-provoking and humorous collection of prose and poetry to help you wake up in the morning with enthusiasm and focus, and go to sleep at night resolved and peaceful.

With morning cheers, tips on how you can get the most out of life and be the person you truly to want to be and musings on special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. A Candle at Both Ends allow you to take a moment to breathe, dream and create your life.

Energizing Date and Almond Shake

A little something to keep you warm and cozy this winter!

This is a creamy, delicious, soothing for the digestive system, helps build iron and perfect for a cold day.

Prep Time: 10 min (plus overnight soaking)
Serves: 2 – 3


medium dates, pitted and soaked.
1 tsp soaked fennel seeds.
25 soaked whole raw almonds or you can use cashews too!
2-3c warm water for the “milk” plus a cup boiling hot for blanching.
2 pinches cardamom.
1 pinch nutmeg.
2 pinches saffron (optional)


Soak the pitted dates with fennel seeds and the almonds in separate bowls overnight. In the morning, drain and peel almonds. Pour some boiling hot water over almonds to blanch and then peel them easily (slip skins while the water is still hot or they stick again). *almond skins are hard to digest that is why they are skinned. Try it and see the difference! Blend with 3 cups fresh warm water and all other ingredients for 2 minutes or until smooth.

Comments and Tips: The added cardamom and nutmeg is delicious and really helps us handle the almond digestion and prevent water retention. Please be creative and add any spices you like to this.

Flatter Belly this Holiday Season?

As we age, we often feel the middle expanding.
Have you noticed we become shorter and wider? 

Fortunately, this is reversible! Block Therapy addresses the reasons tissue ages and safely and effectively teaches you how to take your body back to a more youthful place. Although it treats the whole body, it largely focuses on the foundational component, the rib cage and the core. This allows you to access proper diaphragmatic breathing, which creates the most optimal environment for the body to function. The results are improved digestion and elimination, and a waistline you will love.

It doesn’t matter your age, sex or physical condition, Block Therapy will teach you how to use your body the way it was designed, resulting in the healthiest version of yourself.

Men think it can’t happen to them

Osteoporosis, also called the “silent thief”, impacts men too!

During their lifetime, at least one in five Canadian men will suffer a broken bone from osteoporosis, a disease that can result in disfigurement, lowered self-esteem, reduction or loss of mobility and decreased independence – it may even lead to death. Lawrence McCaffrey is one of 113,000 Manitobans living with osteoporosis. McCaffrey suffered his first wrist and hip fractures at age 32, but due to the lack of information about men and osteoporosis, it was not until six years later that his doctor diagnosed McCaffrey with the disease. Osteoporosis can strike anyone at any age, so know your risks.

Contact the Manitoba Chapter of Osteoporosis Canada at 204-772-3498 or to register to attend our free Public Forum on Wednesday, November 5th at the Eastern Star Chalet in Charleswood.

Flowers Improve Emotional Health

Nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health – flowers. The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. People studies feel less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction. “Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said Dr. Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being.”

Stop Viruses Before They Stop You!

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MELT, Mat and Myofascia Program Results Are In!

What difference did you see and feel?

#1 response: I was and felt more relaxed!
2. Better posture and less chronic pain.
3. It is a program that I actually stayed with and did not give up on!
4. it is actually stuff I used i.e. keep doing the stretches that I remember, breathing when I am walking and pulling in my abs.
5. Felt less tightness.
6. Feel better and move more stable when standing.
7. Both MELT & Pilates feel good at stretching the body safely.
8. I set out to fix my bad back and scoliosis and sciatic pain and this is working!
9. I lowered my Blood Pressure and Blood sugar!
10. Feel more positive and happy!
11. MELT was a way for me to release tension on my own and fairly quickly; Pilates involves longer term regular practice and this program integrates the two nicely.
12. I actually use this for relaxation, posture and engaging my pelvic floor when my back starts to ache.
13. Definitely more energy, less headaches and less pain especially muscle tension-I met my goal I wanted to decrease muscle tension in my body and it happened!!!

Therapeutic Massage Helps

Everybody knows that Massage Therapy is relaxing and feels good, but did you know that regular Massage Therapy has many medical benefits as well? When some people think of Massage they visualize going to a spa, a way to treat yourself, maybe once a year. But many do not realize that Therapeutic Massage performed in a clinic by a Registered Massage Therapist can improve your overall health and well-being as well. Therapeutic Massage has been shown to help with a variety of conditions including arthritis, muscle and joint pain, headaches and fibromyalgia. As well, Massage Therapy can be used to treat insomnia, anxiety and depression, and stress and stress related conditions. Massage has also been shown to increase circulation, lower blood pressure and strengthen the immune system.

Clean Eating: Curry Sweet Potato Soup with Roasted Chic Peas


1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large sweet potato, cubed
2 tbsp yellow curry powder
1/4 tsp cayenne
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups coconut milk

Sauté onions and garlic in oil, add in potato and spices, add coconut milk cook to boiling and simmer another 25 minutes.

Chick Peas: 
1 can chickpeas (2 cups)
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
pinch paprika

Toast in 400º oven for 5 minutes tossing often, add to soup.

Clean Eating: Apple Crumble Smoothie


3 tbsp of gluten-free oatmeal
10 whole raw almonds
1 handful of raw spinach
1 apple, chopped
¼ tsp of nutmeg
1 ½ tsp of cinnamon
½ cup of ice
½ cup of organic 0% Greek Yogurt
1 scoop of Nature Pro Vanilla
1 cup almond or coconut milk

Blend together and enjoy!

Jackie Friesen – The Smoothie Bar