Trick or Treat?

Trick or Treat?

Halloween, a very exciting time for kids! Don’t fret about the large amounts of candy that they are going to bring home. This doesn’t have to be a scary event. There are many options that still involve your child having a great time, but not gorging themselves on candy. Moderation, moderation, moderation…

Whatever works for your family, but my biggest suggestion is it is all about moderation. I have found when parents make candy something that is forbidden it can sometimes work against them. It may lead to kids hiding it or gorging on it when they have do have access to it. So here are some tips:

There are lots of great options out there to reduce the amount of candy in your home there are candy buy back events where kids can get money for their candy. Some parents have used the candy fairy option where they substitute candy for a toy.

Educate kids on the effect that sugar has on our body it can feed bad bugs in our tummy’s, it can cause bad behavior and too much can really make us sick. If your ok with your kids having some candy just talk to them about having small amounts at a time, so that those negative effects don’t happen.

It is also very important to ensure people/children don’t get bored of their diet and don’t feel restricted. Trying healthier alternatives, can help satisfy while having positive benefits. There are great alternatives that don’t involve lots of refined sugar using alternatives to white sugar including honey, maple syrup, stevia, banana or other fruits as a sweetener. Also if you focus on the less sweet options then the palate naturally will adapt and the sweet options become too sweet, and cravings for sweet decrease.

Happy Halloween!

Mental Health Week – The Fog

Mental Health Week – The Fog

By Amanda Delamer, MSc, CPCC, PCC

Have you experienced “the fog”. That feeling when you’re in the kitchen cutting veggies for dinner, kids around you sharing ideas for the next best lego elephant spaceship or how they just learned how to do a cross over at ringette, but you are so not in the moment because you are preoccupied with something that happened earlier in the day? That feeling when you’re in bed, wide awake, because all you can think about is a conversation you had with a colleague earlier in the day? I have and me too.

In these moments I am in the fog. My mind full of thoughts, trying to process, and not letting any part of me be present in the moment. It’s foggy, and nothing seems clear.

I have become pretty good at getting myself out of the fog quickly these days, and identifying what got me there in the first place, but it wasn’t always the case. What makes it easier for me to feel less foggy is being very connected in with my values.

Three things come to mind, and I notice help me remain present and out of the fog:

  1. Be clear on what you value
  2. Say “yes” with intention
  3. Say something

When we are clear on what we value, and we make choices consistently and on a daily basis that align with our values, this is when we experience the most joy and fulfillment. This is when we feel less foggy. What do you value? What does that word mean to you? Make a value string, put a few words behind the value so you are really clear on what it represents for you.

Say “yes” to those things that align with what is most important for you. This will also require you to say “no” sometimes. I know that for some of you reading this, the thought of saying “no” is making your palms sweat, but you can do this! And you might find that at times, saying “no, but here’s what I can do” is also helpful and keeps you aligned with your values. If you are asked to take on an additional task at work, or there are still emails to respond to at 4:55pm, say “yes” to leaving those things until the morning. Nobody will die, and if family, for example, is something at the top of your values list, this is you choosing to say “yes” with intention and honour what is most important for you. When we make choices on-purpose it is empowering, and feels clear. We go home ready and excited to learn how to make an elephant spaceship out of lego without an ounce of fog or guilt.

Say something. If a friend or family member, or colleague or supervisor makes a comment that you agree with or are not on board with, say something. Have a voice and honour who you are. In the boardroom, at the office, on the playground, at the rink – honour what you value and have a voice. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you may be replaying that moment in your head at midnight wondering why you didn’t saying something. When you agree or disagree, honour yourself and share what’s coming up for you.

One of the first exercises I go through with clients is mining for values, and supporting them to get clear on what it is they value. It is part of their big picture, and it connects in with every session we have. Get in touch with me, and let’s create time and space for you to process and connect deeply with what you value.

Amanda Delamer is a self-awareness and fulfillment coach. Amanda coaches and supports people in living healthy, balanced and joyful lives. She coaches and honours the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Her clients experience fulfillment in all parts of their lives – health, family, relationships, career, and beyond. They value and appreciate that all parts of their lives are connected, and that we all have responsibility in and for the world around us. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and three children.

My Favorite Back to Fall Teas

My Favorite Back to Fall Teas

Dr. Alisha Rawji ND

Cinnamon almond milk matcha tea: great for when you’re feeling like you need a pick me up!

  • Start with 1 cup of almond milk, steamed in a saucepan or with a milk steamer. Note that you can also use cashew or rice milk (although it will likely not be as creamy as the almond milk).
  • Mix in 1 tsp of matcha powder (organically sourced if possible).
  • Add ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.
  • Sweeten if you would like with ½ tsp of honey/manuka honey.
  • Mix and enjoy!

 

Honey Ginger and Lemon tea: change of season cold/flu season/sore throat/feeling stuffy!

  • Grate or finely shop up around 1 tablespoon of pure/organic ginger (peeled or unpeeled).
  • Add ½ to 1 tablespoon of lemon.
  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water over ginger and lemon mix and let is steep for 3-5 minutes.
  • Optional: mix in half a handful of goji berries, to add some antioxidant support
  • Use strainer to pour the liquid portion into a mug.
  • Add ½ – 1 teaspoon of honey/manuka honey to taste, and sip slowly – enjoy!

 

Dairy Free “Golden Milk” Pumpkin Spice Turmeric Tea: overall health wellness and energy!

  • 1cup of almond milk steamed in a saucepan or with a milk steamer.
  • ¼ cup of pumpkin puree (organically sourced if possible).
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon of organic turmeric powder.
  • ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder
  • ¼ nutmeg powder
  • Add 2-3 drops of vanilla, caramel or unflavoured stevia.
  • Add 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil or ghee until full melted.
  • Mix all contents, pour into your favorite mug, and enjoy!

 

 

 

Docere Presents Anti-inflammatory Chicken Stew

Docere Presents Anti-inflammatory Chicken Stew

Turmeric is a wonderful herb, that can reduce inflammation and promote circulation. This chicken stew recipe is very warming and nutritive. Great to cook in large batches or even freeze. With busy back to school schedules, this recipe could easily be done in a crockpot to save time and make life EASY!

Anti-inflammatory Chicken Stew

1/4 cup Coconut Oil

10 oz Chicken Breast (skinless, boneless, diced into chunks)

2 Yellow Onion (medium, diced)

1 tsp Turmeric

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Cardamom

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

3 Tomato (large, diced)

1/2 cup Parsley (finely chopped and divided)

2 tbsp Raw Honey

1/3 cup Organic Raisins

Heat coconut oil over medium heat in a large pot or saucepan. Add chicken, onion, turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 15 minutes.

Add tomatoes, half the parsley, honey, and raisins. Cover and cook for another 15 minutes.

Uncover and serve immediately. Garnish with remaining parsley. Enjoy!

Liver IV Therapy and Hangovers

Liver IV Therapy and Hangovers

by Dr. Alisha Rawji ND

IV therapy stands for Intravenous Therapy. Vitamins and minerals are administered directly into the venous system which allows for 100% absorption into the body via the blood stream, and into the cells via diffusion. The Liver IV, is wonderful for speeding up the cleansing and detoxification processes of the liver, especially if one has been exposed to toxins such as environmental pollutants, or excessive alcohol consumption for example. Especially after  wild stampede party or company bbq…

 

When alcohol breaks down, it forms compounds called aldehydes. Aldehyde build-up in high amounts in the bloodstream can be toxic to the liver, and when it builds up too much, can cause many of the typical hangover symptoms such as: nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, fatigue, weakness, irritability, headaches, muscle and body aches, loss of memory, and loss of consciousness.

 

Glutathione, is the most abundant antioxidant found in the body. It is very poorly absorbed orally, and therefore it is very commonly added as a liver detoxification agent in an IV therapy protocol. Taurine and Magnesium also have added benefits for not only liver detoxification, but also for brain function and overall health.

 

When aldehydes build up, glutathione gets depleted. Glutathione is also known as the ‘mother of all antioxidants’ – and it truly is. It is vital in detoxifying (turning over toxic agents into non-toxic forms) in the body, and works within liver cells to do this. Glutathione is absolutely vital, therefore, in liver detoxification by clearing toxic aldehyde buildup in the liver, and is, very important in the prevention of hangovers symptoms. Glutathione is also very well researched in the management of liver disorders and is known to have anti-aging and antioxidant effects. As well, it is very poorly absorbed orally (by mouth); therefore IV therapy (or injections) are the most effective ways to administer glutathione into the body.

 

Finally, alcohol works as a diuretic, which means one will excrete fluid at a high rate through urination. This causes a large amount of dehydration, due to loss of both water and electrolytes, as well as water-soluble vitamins such as B-vitamins, vitamin c, magnesium, and other trace minerals. This rapid elimination can further exacerbate vitamin and minerals deficiencies; which is why, replenishment via IV therapy can greatly help liver health due to excessive drinking, and can also be helpful for elimination of toxins from the body, in general.

 

For more information, or to find out how to book in an IV therapy treatment, contact Docere Wellness Centre at info@docerewellness.com or call 403-452-6262.