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Mindfulness Retreat

The power of mindfulness meditation is well recognized. Indeed, it is the foundation to my personal wellness. But, first I needed to understand the science behind it. Once I did, I knew it was the tool I had been seeking.
Join me at Chalet Point Retreat Centre, where I lead classes in a variety of topics: understanding the concept of self, exploring the mind-body connection, the power of focused attention, and the psychology of motivation. Overlooking beautiful Lake Winnipeg, Chalet Point is just a one-hour drive from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Perfect for small groups, with half-day, full-day, and overnight options.

Vata, Pitta, Kapha

Ayurveda, an ancient medicine system from India, uses the terms Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to describe imbalances that result in symptoms. For Vata symptoms, such as cold extremities, bloating, or gas, try soothing with warm, one-pot meals made of bone broth, basmati rice, root vegetables, spices, sesame oil, and apple cider vinegar. If your symptoms are Pitta in nature, such as rashes, inflammation, or loose stools, try meals with cooked green vegetables, barley or quinoa, cilantro, and fennel. Kapha symptoms such as excess mucous, congested sinuses, or sluggish digestion may be soothed with warm, light meals with sautéed vegetables, cooked millet, and spices like ginger and black pepper.

Exercise for S.A.D.

S.A.D. stands for Seasonal Affected Disorder, which is mainly attributed to the reduction in sunlight hours in winter and is your body’s reaction to the changes in season. With S.A.D. you might feel sluggish or moody, have a loss of appetite, and even lose interest in activities you normally love. One way to combat these feelings and the wintertime blues is to get your body moving! Exercise, even light exercise, has been shown to improve mood and energy through increased blood flow and the release of certain endorphins, as well as improve sleep and alertness, and reduce anxiety and stress.

Single For The Holidays?

Finding love is possible any time of the year, but the holidays are a wonderful time to look for romance. There’s no shortage of festive music, delicious food, whimsical decorations, and most importantly, holiday cheer. Everyone seems to be slightly more upbeat in the lead-up to Christmas, which can make dating during the holidays surprisingly ideal. All the warm and fuzzy feelings floating around make the holidays a great time to meet a potential romantic partner. If you’ve tried to find love season and season again to no avail, maybe it’s time to trust in your local matchmaker. Everyone deserves love, and love sure makes special times so much better.

Disability Tax Credit Eligibility

When people have restrictions, physically or mentally, they may be entitled to apply for a tax credit. There are different ways in which a person can be eligible for the disability tax credit (DTC). In all cases, the impairment must be prolonged. Also, the person must meet one of the following criteria: 1. Is markedly restricted in at least one of the basic activities of daily living. 2. Is significantly restricted in two or more or the basic activities of daily living (can include a vision impairment). 3. Needs life-sustaining therapy. Expert help is available in applying for this substantial tax credit.

Exercise Your Brain

Just as physical exercise can make and keep your body stronger, mental exercise can make your brain work better and lower your risk of mental decline as you age. Play games you are not already familiar with that involve strategy, like chess or bridge, and word games like Scrabble. Try crossword and other word puzzles, or number puzzles such as Sudoku. Read newspapers and books that challenge you. Get in the habit of learning new things like recipes, driving routes, or a musical instrument. Take a course in an unfamiliar subject. The more interested and engaged your brain, the more likely you’ll be to continue learning and the greater the benefits you’ll experience.

Trust Your Gut

Your immune system works hard to protect you from injury, illness, and disease. This process usually involves inflammation, a natural response to stress, tissue damage, and harmful stimuli like viruses, bacteria, and toxins. Inflammation functions similarly to an engine warning light, alerting you to the presence of a problem through symptoms such as heat, pain, redness, swelling, and/or loss of function. 85% of the immune system is located in our gut. An anti-inflammatory diet rich in vitamins A, C, and E and the mineral selenium provides your gut with the ingredients it needs to bolster immunity and achieve optimal mental and physical health.

Get a Better Complexion with Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is an effective and painless exfoliating treatment using a special blade to gently and efficiently scrape off any dead skin cells on your skin. The buildup of dead skin and vellus hairs can make your complexion appear dull and flaky. Dermaplaning not only improves skin texture and tone, but it allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup. You can expect to see an instant improvement in your skin, while the long-term effects are increased cell turnover, fewer wrinkles and dark spots, and reduction of acne scarring. The results can last up to four weeks, so you will be glowing all month long!

Detox with Distilled Water

Did you know that even some of the purest water on the planet is teeming with impurities? Fresh mountain spring water, for instance, is sometimes chock-full of microorganisms and heavy metals. Your tap water – which you probably expect to be safe – is also often full of chemicals. Trying to detoxify your body using water that contains these types of impurities seems a little counterproductive, doesn’t it? Distilled water revitalizes your body by flushing out toxins and enabling your body to function as it should. Try it – you may be surprised at how much more “alive” you’ll feel after increasing your daily level of distilled water!

Clean Eating: Simple Vegan Eggnog

Ingredients: 1 15-ounce can coconut milk (400 ml), 1/2 cup raw cashews, 1/4 cup water, 3 tbsp maple syrup, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon. Directions: Soak the cashews overnight or for at least 1 hour. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve the eggnog chilled, so keep it in the fridge for at least 1 or 2 hours. Enjoy the Holiday Season!

Community Event

January 11: 7pm – 9pm. Understanding the Messages from Your Body – Insights to your imbalances. Did you know that when there is pain or tension in one’s body – there is likely tension or pain going on in one’s life. Your mind and body work together and when one is in harmony it usually reflected in another. When one is out of harmony in their life – that will be reflected in their body. For example, if one is not acknowledging the fear of something, their knees could be weak and cannot heal normally. If one is worried about finances, then one’s lower back could be tight or sore. As we create harmony in our lives, this creates harmony in our body. MainStay Inn & Suites, 670 King Edward St. $35. Register 204-573-5275