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Smartphones and Health

Smartphones are incredibly powerful devices. Increasingly we rely on them to run our life. One of the latest trends is toward mobile health or mhealth. Many applications have been designed to help you live healthier and manage your chronic illnesses. Here are some our favorites: Misfit wearables is a great low price entry to fitness trackers starting at $25. will get your health questions answered in a jiffy, and has an amazing platform for people dealing with diabetes. One of the biggest issues faced by patients today surrounds management of medications. 55% of Canadians above 45-65 are on at least one prescription medication. Using a smartphone to manage and track your meds has been proven to improve adherence, keeping patients healthy. If you are on multiple medications this may be the best and quickest thing you can do for your health today.

Book Club: Healing and Transformation

Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation (TM) by Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal. Learn the basics about this ancient technique, and for seasoned meditators, broaden your knowledge and deepen your understanding. Rosenthal’s central point emphasis on TM changes the brain, and can help a vast array of different people to live longer and better lives, and achieve lifelong success.

Clean Eating: Thai Carrot Coconut Soup


1 ½ cups water
1 ½ cups carrots cut into 1” pieces
1 green onion
5 tbsp. shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 date
2 tbsp. fresh lemongrass (finely chop the heart of 2 stalks)
1 tbsp. freshly chopped ginger
1 avocado –half to blend and half cut into ½” – ¾” pieces for topping
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro (to mince for topping)


Blend all ingredients, except avocado and cilantro, until smooth.
Add half avocado and blend.
Pour into bowls.
Sprinkle top with avocado pieces and minced cilantro.

From Uncooking with RawRose by Rose Vasile

Compassionate Beauty Care

There are many thoughts that go through a person’s mind once a cancer diagnosis is received. What does the future look like and how will my life be changed. What common activities that I do now, will be affected by treatment and subsequent side-effects?

One thing that does not need to change is pampering yourself.  You may think that a trip to the spa is not something you want to experience while being in treatment. Not only is there the possibility of increased infection because your immune system is low, there is the discussion that you will need to have with the esthetician, that may make you uncomfortable.

Perhaps, going to a place that provides safe and hygienic manicures and pedicures is something you would consider. Where the treatments are non-invasive, no cutting of cuticles, no razors used on feet, just simply therapeutic services that are focused on the individual going through any cancer. Having a facial with no extractions, just comforting and customized for your skin. Using all natural products that contain no carcinogens or any toxins. Products with ingredients listings you can pronounce and recognize. The best part – not having to explain what you are going through because we know.

The Unexpected Gift 

Love What You Eat

Tomatoes, corn, carrots, zucchini, melons, peaches, and plums–the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables this time of year creates a flavour feast for your taste buds. Eating is never as pleasurable as when you can choose from such a wide array of fresh foods, making this the perfect time to practice the art of mindful eating and enjoy the flavours of all those ripe fruits and veggies to the fullest.

What does it mean to eat mindfully? In two words–pay attention.  Focus on your food–the look, the aroma, the texture, the taste. Take time to explore all of those sensual aspects of the sweet, juicy peach or the ripe, savory tomato. The slower pace and attention to detail not only enhance the deliciousness of your food, they make you aware of when you feel full and help prevent you from overeating.

The Art of Mindful Eating

Though mindful eating seems simple enough, many of us are more accustomed to gobbling down a meal so we can hurry on to the next thing we need to do in our busy schedule. Take a minute to review these steps so that next time you eat, the experience will be special and satisfying.

  1. Create a ritual that honors the food and what went into bringing it to you. Plan to eat your meals at the kitchen or dining room table. Clear the space of distractions—no TV, computer, newspaper, magazine, book, tablet, or smart phone. Use real plates, glasses, and flatware, not paper or plastic, which signal a disposable experience.
  1. Rate your hunger. Eating mindfully begins with listening to your body. Don’t sit down to lunch just because the clock strikes noon or buy a bucket of popcorn simply because you’re at the movie theater. Ask yourself, are you hungry? “Rate your hunger from 1 (not hungry) to 5 (you want to eat a house),” says Lisa Talamini, RD, senior expert, Science and Behavioral Interventions for Curves Jenny Craig. “Ideally, you want to be at a 3 when you eat.”
  1. Engage all your senses. Talamini offers these steps to a sensational dining experience.
  • Take a breath to help you be fully present to the experience.
  • Sip water to clear your palate.
  • Look at and appreciate the beauty of the food in front of you.
  • Take a single bite.
  • Chew slowly and notice the different flavors, textures, and sounds.
  • Swallow slowly before you take your next bite.
  1. Check in with your hunger. “Pause mid-meal to check your hunger,” advises Talamini. “Listen to your satisfaction signals. You should begin to feel pleasantly satisfied, not still hungry or over-stuffed. On a scale where 1 is still hungry and 5 is uncomfortably full, you want to be at a 3.” And when you’re there, simply stop eating, even if there is food still on your plate.

Eating mindfully is easy this time of year. With so many fresh fruits and veggies to enjoy raw or in your recipes, you can reinvent your meals every day. Practice mindful eating every time you take a bite, and it will become a habit. Then, every season will be delicious!


Anita Wilson, Curves Southdale

New Oxygen Bar

An oxygen bar is a free-standing bar which you either sit or stand at while breathing in 96% pure oxygen and therapeutic aromas from a disposable nasal cannula (nose hose). The oxygen is not under pressure nor administered from a tank. Doing that would be considered medicinal oxygen. Our oxygen is produced by an oxygen concentrator which uses the ambient air that we breathe and separates the nitrogen with a molecular filter. Most of the nitrogen is expelled during this cycle and the oxygen is concentrated and pushed out of the machine through a tube which is attached to the Aromarizer, located on top of the bar. It is there that the technician controls the flow of oxygen to the individual bottles that hold water and all-natural, essential, therapeutic-grade aromas. If you are looking for therapeutic and cleansing experience, come visit Soul Medicine Oxygen Bar today!

Gloria Stokes, Soul Medicine Oxygen Bar

Optima Organics

Custom Beauty Bar and Holistic Wellness Day Spa
487 Provencher Avenue

Optima Organics is a complete wellness spa featuring products and services for you that are natural and promote health – emotionally, spiritually and physically.

We offer anti-aging treatments as well as massage therapy, body sugaring, and customized fruit facials.  We also specialize in natural face lifting treatments and 100% handmade beauty products for skin and hair.

Optima Organics is a Made in Manitoba Company that was started by Cheryl Fedeluk and Lori Cohen. Cheryl is a skin care specialist who specializes in Facial Toning and natural muscular face lifting. Lori is an Alchemist and product creator who specializes in natural skin remedies and anti-ageing formulas, as well she is a Certified Life Coach and was a spiritually ordained minister for years. Together they have produced a remarkable skin care line and a unique custom beauty bar that offers the client a chance to consult on which products work for them and what components can be added to enhance the effects – like a “Booster” for your skin! Both ladies believe in being totally transparent about ingredients and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with you. You must visit Optima Organics or call for an appointment.


  • Facial Toning and Cupping Facials
  • Pure Fruit Facials
  • Relaxation and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Body Sugaring
  • Holistic Life Coaching – includes skincare, nutrition, exercise and spiritual practice
  • BodyTalk and Energy Work
  • Workshops


  • Optima Organics Pure Skincare Line
  • Immortelle Pure Skincare Line 
  • All Natural Base Creams for specific skin types with Optima`s
    Top Ten Essential Oils to `boost`.
  • Arcanum for Men
  • Body Lotions, Sunscreen, Deodorant, Perfumes
  • Therapy for Psoriasis, Joint Pain, Pet care


Cheryl Fedeluk, Optima Organics

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