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The Beauty of the Season 

Spring is a season that is filled with excitement and anticipation.  Nevertheless, spring can also bring with it added stress.  The thought of warmer weather can cause us to worry about the extra pounds we gained over winter becoming visible.  Or, we might stress at the thought of added hours of yard work to our already-busy schedule.  If you notice yourself beginning to worry about this transition from winter dormancy, give yourself a gentle nudge back into the present moment. On the drive to work in the morning, look for signs of new life on the trees and reflect on the vitality of nature.  Whatever your personal situation, purposefully take a second to reflect on the present moment and challenge your consciousness to reflect on one thing that is wonderful or amazing.  You will find that you can powerfully change your state of mind in an instance and free yourself to capture the beauty of the season.

Terri Czegledi, MA, MFT
www.comoxvalleycounselling.ca

Book Club: The Whole30

The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. Melissa and Dallas Hartwig’s critically-acclaimed Whole30 program has helped thousands of people transform how they think about their food, bodies, and lives. Their approach leads to effortless weight loss and better health—along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem. The Whole30 offers a step-by-step plan to break unhealthy habits, reduce cravings, improve digestion, and strengthen your immune system.

www.whole30.com

Clean Eating: Naked Energy Bites

These chocolatey treats contain no refined sugars, and are loaded with protein and fibre for a quick snack that really packs a punch!

INGREDIENTS:

2/3 cup date puree
1/3 cup water
1 3/4 cup Rolled Naked Oats
1/3 cup peanut butter
3 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup hemp hearts
2 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp each oats, coconut, and hemp hearts

DIRECTIONS:

Combine in mixing bowl.
Roll dough into balls, and roll in extra coconut, hemp and/or oats to cover the outside and make them look oh-so-pretty.
Keep in fridge for 20 minutes to harden…or just eat them on the spot.

www.adagioacres.com

Spirit Gardens

When energy from the heart intertwines with the energy field of a plant, communication can take place. Luther Burbank, Masanobu Fukuoka, Goethe, Stephen Harrod Buhner, and many others have spent their lifetimes researching the unique qualities of Nature. By developing their heart perception, they can trace the true form of a plant right back to the beginning of their existence. By holding the image of the true form of a plant, by talking to it, one can trigger a plant to produce seeds from their historical origin.

As a result Masanobu Fukuoka found the true shape of fruit trees and learned to grow them from seed without the need to prune. He also used this understanding to grow plants that did not need fertilizer, weeding or tilling the soil.

Imagine a world where it was common place for people to communicate with plants to receive their healing, their information to assist one’s soul journey and their growing qualities without the need for chemicals that are hazardous to our environment. People have been connecting with plants since the beginning of time, and now the world is awakening to the importance of this. It is time.

 

Gord Weber, Spirit Gardens
spiritgardenscv@gmail.com
250-218 9462

Citrus Soother 

This month we’d like to tell you a little bit about a family remedy for the Cold & Flu.  This product “ Citrus Soother “ was inspired by Holistic Pharmacist RoseMarie Pierce, BSc.Pharm.  This recipe was based on one used by her mother when she was a child in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  It has been updated and fortified and  It’s natural healing properties now include Vitamins C & D, along with immune-boosting zinc, elderberry, lemon balm, and Echinacea.  Nothing has a more soothing and protective effect than a hot lemon, honey and ginger drink.  When you are feeling under the weather and need to fight off a viral bug try “ Citrus Soother “ – a delicious instant cold * flu remedy that really helps you feel better faster.

Lindy Berkowitz, Vitamins Dept. Manager, Thrifty Foods
www.thriftyfoods.com

Clean Eating: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower is a great low-carb substitute for crusts, breads, and more! Here’s the cauliflower pizza crust recipe everyone is buzzing about!

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower

½ cup shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup grated parmesan

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp garlic powder

2 eggs lightly beaten

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Break cauliflower into florets and pulse in food processor until fine. Steam cauliflower and drain well. In a bowl, combine with all ingredients. Transfer to baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Add your favorite pizza toppings and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Ask the Expert

Q.We were skiing up on Mt. Washington on the weekend and when we came back I noticed the white part of my eye was filled with blood! What happened?

A.You didn’t mention any discomfort or problem with your vision so I assume you suffered a small bleed from a broken blood vessel near the surface of the eye. These sometimes happen from increased pressure around the eye because of an involuntary “Valsalva” maneuver (forcing exhalation against a closed mouth and nose). Lifting the skis, bracing for a tricky run, straining to come off the ski lift, or trying to pop one’s ears while adjusting to different altitudes could have done it. The bleeds are often unsightly but usually go away within a few days. If it’s getting bigger, getting uncomfortable, happening frequently, or affecting the vision, get it checked out.

Alex Kennedy, www.mosaicvisioncare.com

Alternative Healing – Aromatherapy

There are many decorative essential oil “burners” available. We have all seen them! They are generally a ceramic or glass unit with a saucer for the oil and a rim for holding a little tea candle beneath. This is a cheap, quick and dirty way to scent a room…for the uninitiated. They are typically sold with “Aromatherapy” in the product name. When aromatic use is the desired application, those who know better will chose a proper essential oil vaporizer  regardless of the initial expense. The reason is that heating essential oils in the stone age way changes their composition and diminishes their intended therapeutic value. Essential oil vaporizer technology has come a long way in the last decade and there are certainly many styles and price points to chose from. It is easy to obtain one that suits your purpose and taste.

Nelson Meggitt, www.optimumwellnessfactor.ca

It’s Tax Return Time! 

Make sure to have your tax return filed on or before April 30th. This will ensure that you will not be penalized for being late or have to pay interest on outstanding amounts. Plus, if you have a refund coming, the sooner you file, the sooner you get your refund back. When returns have not been filed with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on time, eventually you can expect to hear from them with a request to file your returns.  Ignoring these requests long enough will usually result in an arbitrary assessment of CRA’s estimates of your income and tax payable.  These assessments are often quite “generous” in their estimates of the income you earn and the resulting estimated tax payable will usually get your attention quickly. If you have fallen behind in your tax filings, talk to your accountant.  They can help you assess your situation, prepare accurate tax filings and help determine your best possible course of action.

Derek L. Chase, CPA, CA, CIRP, www.chasesekulich.com

Dental Care for Your Pet 

Does your pet need a dental procedure? Cleaning? Extractions?  Your pets’ yearly wellness exams usually include an examination of their teeth, mouths and gums. But it’s not surprising that many of us don’t think too much about periodontal disease in our pets…at least not until something starts to look…or smell…bad! Often, there are no obvious signs, but just as with humans, our pets’ overall well-being is very dependent on the state of their teeth and gums. Infections, gingivitis, broken teeth and other mouth disease all can have very adverse effects on their systemic health, as well as being just as painful to them as it is for us. Your Veterinary family can help with tutorials on dental home care and prevention; treatment may include diet, oral rinses, special treats and brushing. In necessary cases, X-rays and dental procedures should be performed in clinic, under anesthesia.

Marina, www.puntledgevet.ca

The Spirit of Plants

Spring is upon us, a time for rejuvenation, and a time to reconnect with Nature. It is imperative that we do. For centuries indigenous peoples have been in harmony with the universal spirit in plants, animals, rocks, and water. This energy is all around us and now there is a worldwide awakening for the knowledge and understanding of plant intelligence. Each of us have the opportunity to connect with plants on a spiritual level, to work in harmony with Nature and to receive their direction and healing. If you have a longing to share this energy with plants on a deeper level, “Plant Spirit Healing” by Pam Montgomery is a must read.

Gord Weber