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SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2016

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Welcome to

A more organic way of Being SPROUT SPACE™: a sustainable

learning environment opens its doors.

EDITOR’S FAVOURITE THINGS FOR KIDS: a curated collection of sustainably-sourced, great things for your littles.

Same-sex parenting Ayurveda: seeds, spices and herbs for little ones Feng shui for kids bedrooms Parent, feed thyself Family, fitness, and fun Montreal-based, delicious organic snacks

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The kids and parenting issue is one of my favourites of the year. Maybe it’s all the cool sustainable-crafted toys, clothes and baby bum creams that I get to scope out. Maybe it's the exploration that I love, of different perspectives on parenting and parenthood. And I’m always inspired by the entrepreneurial parents that I get to interview. I still often wonder how do they do it all, and still look so good? This year, what has struck me personally and most particularly has been exploring early education. With my little one entering pre-school, I’ve become fascinated with the methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. On my bedside table you’ll find her book, The Absorbent Mind. Beyond being a woman so far ahead of her time, in the early 1900’s, she touched on principles that are more relevant in today’s world than ever before. I love the principles of a holistic education. It’s the idea of offering our kids an environment where they can grow and be nourished physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. If we can focus on creating more peaceful children, it could change the world. Especially when we grown ups tend to focus so much on achievement and less on the joy of the moment. So, instead of getting all worked up about #stressfulSeptember this year (myself, included), take

A more organic way of Being time to consider the beauty and magic of the season. I hope that this issue can inspire you to take more time for fitness as a family (see page 53), introduce your little ones to the world of spices (page 60), and above all, put on your own oxygen mask first (read Desiree Nielsen’s article, Parent, feed thyself on page 45). As the colours change and the air cools down, allow yourself and your family a fresh start. Breathe deeply, feel the crunch of the golden leaves below your feet, take a big bite of a freshly-picked (organic) apple, and enjoy the space that you inhabit.

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Quiz: which snack to grab?

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Wholefood snacks, depending on your little one’s activity.

Whole Foods: The ancient medicinal black cumin seed.

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The Organic Entrepreneur: We chat with the co-founder of Prana. Changing the world, one nut at a time.

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The Kids are All Right What recent studies say about how the kids of same-sex parents are thriving.

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Parent, feed thyself Desiree Nielsen R.D. expounds on the importance of parental nutrition.

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Family, fitness, and fun

With fitness guru, Dai Manuel.

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A Day in the Life Actress, model, and entrepreneur Jessica Alba.

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Contents

Welcome to

No. 108

S E P T E M BE R / O C T O BE R 2016

A more organic way of Being

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Sprout Space

Introducing a 21st century learning environment.

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Q&A with Jessica Alba A chat with co-founder of The Honest Company.

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Organic Week: Canada celebrates organics 2016.

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Feng shui for little ones Advice on how to feng shui your kids rooms.

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Reviews: kids stuff Sustainably-sourced and mostlyCanadian things for kids.

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Made with love

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Recipes with Love Child Organics’ Leah Garrad-Cole.

Ayurveda for little ones Ayurvedic expert, Glynnis Osher-Anderson, on how to introduce kids to spices.

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Take a Breath

“Play is the work of the child.” MA RIA M O N T E S S O RI , P HY S I C IA N , E DUCAT O R , A N D A U T H O R

Their human right to play Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. In fact, play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as the right of every child. Research from The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has shown that early parent-child relationships have powerful effects on children’s emotional wellbeing, and play offers an ideal opportunity for parents to fully engage with their children. Despite the benefits of spontaneous play, it has been noticeably reduced in favour of organized, achievement-oriented activities. But according to the Association for Childhood Education International, this is a mistake. When play is allowed to be child-driven, they are able to practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own interests, and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue. f PHOT O: CH I LDR EN AT P LAY IN G UADAR R AM A M O UN TAIN S , M ADR ID, S PA I N . © IVAN ALVAR EZ DE LOR ENZAN A

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Which snack to grab?

Your little one comes home from school and is ravenous. If you want to give them something satisfying without spoiling their dinner, look no further:

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Does your child need some energy?

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Study sustenance / Play date / Soccer practice / A flu’s going around / Grapes Chickpeas Trail mix Portobello mushrooms A British study showed that Chock full of protein, fibre, A handful of nuts and seeds Low levels of vitamin D students given resveratrol—an folic acid and manganese, will help your child sustain have not only been linked to active component of purple garbanzo beans—or chickenergy for all their upcoming decreased cognitive function, or red grapes—increased peas—are powerhouses loaded movements. Make your own but lowered immunity as blood flow to their brains by with the nutrients kids need trail mix by combining your well. One study showed that 200 percent. These slowly for healthy development. favourite nuts, seeds and supplementing school-aged absorbed carbs produce They are also a super easy dried fruits. Almonds and walchildren with vitamin D3 longer lasting mental energy nuts are also excellent dietary sharing snack for when you helped prevent them from while the high fibre content sources of DHA, which has developing the seasonal flu. have a packed house. Drizzle has been shown to combat with olive oil and spices for been shown to improve Make mushrooms—a great stress. Fresh or frozen, red or reading ability, memory, and a crunchy, roasted treat, or source of vitamin D—kid purple, a handful of grapes blend with tahini, garlic, focus in class, so your child friendly with Portobello are the perfect light snack to will be on their A-game on the pizzas (bake at 400º for seven and lemon for the perfect minutes with tomato sauce). help combat study stress. veggie dip hummus. f court and in the classroom. PHOTOS LEFT T O R I GHT © ALEXAN DER M AZUR K EV IC H W W, EXOPIXEL , AR J U N A K O D I S I N G HE , E D WA R D W E S T M A C O T T, J I R I HE R A

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Children’s sugar consumption around the globe The World Health Organization recommends a daily intake of roughly 50 grams of sugar for someone of normal weight. For children between the ages of 4 and 6 years old, that number drops to no more than 19 grams of sugar daily. Pennsylvania State University researchers found that the more added sugar children had in their diets—like a single can of soda that contains a whopping 39 grams of sugar—the less likely they were to eat the foods that contain healthy sugars such as grains, vegetables and fruits. Essentially putting them into a state of malnutrition, with kids eating to many calories, but not enough nutrients.

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Countries with the lowest sugar consumption by children:

India ........ 5.1 g Israel ...................... 14.5 g Indonesia ............... 15.2 g China ...................... 15.7 g Ukraine .................. 17.1 g Morocco ................. 18.7 g Egypt ...................... 19.5 g Russia .................... 20 g Taiwan ................... 22.3 g Philippines ............. 22.3 g

Countries with the highest sugar consumption by children: USA ......................... 126.4 g Germany ................ 102.9 g Netherlands ........... 15.7 g Ireland ................... 96.7 g Australia ................ 95.6 g Belgium .................. 95 g UK .......................... 93.2 g Mexico ................... 92.5 g Finland .................. 91.5 g Canada ................... 89.1 g SOURCE : W HO.I NT

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The top good-for-you whole foods

Whole Foods

Black cumin seed

Pharaoh Tutankhamun had a bottle of black seed oil entombed with him upon his death in 1325 B.C.

Said to cure every disease but death itself, Nigella sativa—more commonly known as black cumin seed—is one of the most revered medicinal seeds in history. It is no surprise then that black cumin seed, and black cumin seed oil have been used by practitioners of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 5000 years to treat an extensive list of mild to extreme health conditions. But in recent years, it has truly been put to the test with several

scientific studies confirming its long list of reported health benefits. Studies have found that black cumin seed has anti-asthmatic effects, and in some cases is more effective than conventional treatment. These same anti-inflammatory effects are helpful in relieving allergies and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Black cumin seeds are carminative, which means they aid in digestion and can help decrease gas, bloating, and stomach pain. It has been used as a remedy for intestinal parasites, and according to researchers from the University of Mississippi Medical Center it may even be an alternative to chemotherapy as it has also been shown to

inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells with no negative side effects. A study from the University of Ohio and two separate Malaysian studies came to the same conclusion: black cumin could kill cancer cells. It suggests that Thymoquinone, a key compound found in black cumin seed, helps to induce cell death in leukemia cells, breast cancer cells, brain tumour cells, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, and even oral cancer cells as well as cavity forming bacteria. Look for organic, pure pressed black cumin seed oil that is free of additives. All you need is one teaspoon a day to experience the therapeutic effects of this ancient powerhouse. f PH O T O © DI A NA TA L I U N

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The Sprout Space

Holistic Learning

A state-of-the-art sustainable learning environment opens its doors

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Sitting on four acres of pristine land in Langley, B.C., is the Peregrine House School, Canada’s first ever Sprout Space™, designed by acclaimed Canadian architects Perkins+Will. The first school of its kind in Canada, cutting edge green building strategies create an enhanced learning environment for children aged 3–6. No detail has been overlooked, from the local, sustainably-sourced furniture to the planned Sound Garden, a sensorial nature playground in progress. In the classroom, children are encouraged to make their own discoveries about language, mathematics, geography, geometry, art, and music. This experimental learning style V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 0 8

is based on Dr. Maria Montessori’s child-centred educational approach, which has had over 100 years of success in various cultures throughout the world. Peregrine House School is one of only two schools in British Columbia to become members of the Montessori Quality Assurance program in Canada. We chatted with Nadin Elkhalil, Head Directress and founder of the Peregrine House School. How did you learn about the Montessori Method? NE: I grew up with a passion for performing arts; from a young age I was prancing around the house pretending to be Fräulein Maria from The Sound of Music. So needless to say my early education was a result of theatre and the arts. But it wasn’t until 2004—in my third year of Theatre—that a family friend introduced me to

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“Holistic education is a way of life. Our society is collaborative; it’s all about being a part of a community.” Montessori. It changed my entire life. Before I knew it, I was completing the Association Montessori International assistant course in Vancouver, and then moving to Toronto to complete the Primary Teacher AMI course. Tell us about your thoughts on holistic education? NE: Holistic education is a way of life. Our society is collaborative; it’s all about being a part of a community. Neuroscience has proven that we are “hard wired” to connect with others;


2 I ended up teaching myself AutoCAD over a few years and designed a floor plan that followed Dr. Montessori’s findings. I researched environmentally safe materials for children. I promised myself in one year I was going to find the right property and build a Sprout Space for my program. I applied and was successful in obtaining a grant from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to make this vision of mine happen. I was also able to obtain another grant that allowed me to create Peregrine’s Infant House, opening Winter 2017.

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materials. The activity in the classroom had to be purposeful with a point of interest for the child. Every detail in her discoveries focused on the success for the child as a whole and how we as adults need to prepare ourselves and environments to best meet the needs of the child in their formative years.

How did Dr. Montessori’s discoveries influence the design of your space? NE: Montessori always spoke of the “prepared environment” being the vital piece to the child’s whole development. This prepared environment had to be beautiful, with natural daylight and direct contact to the outdoors. Children were to be surrounded by real objects, nature and mathematically correct

How did you turn this idea of a “prepared environment” into reality? NE: In 2012, I had come across the Sprout Space Modular that was designed by Perkins+Will in Washington DC. I was so happy to see what architect Allen Post had created. He has worked with educators from around the world, creating healthy environments for children.

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What’s your vision for the future? NE: As a mother of two, I understand the importance of providing a safe and nurturing learning environment—rich with opportunity. My vision is to build a school community serving everyone from one-year-olds to high school aged students, with a reputation as a place where students thrive in their intellectual, emotional and social pursuits. My ultimate goal of creating a healthy sustainable and flexible environment has just begun and I am excited to finally bring this dream to reality. At the end of the day, my inspiration—the child—has brought me to where I am today. The children deserve only the best, and I hope this motivates others to build healthy environments for our children, and our future. f

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Born out of the belief that food fuels our appetitive for life, Prana is innovating the best food possible through simplicity, ingenuity and integrity.

The Organic Entrepreneur

This Quebec based company offers an organic range of superfoods free of gluten, GMOs, preservatives, sulfites and, above all: compromise.

A brand built of pure goodness Q&A with the co-founder of Prana B Y K ATH AR I N E H E R R I N G E R AN D R E I L LY W H I TTAK E R

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When Marie-Josée Richer and Alon Farber set out to create Prana in 2005 they wanted two things: for their nuts, seeds, dried fruits, trail mixes, and superfoods to taste delicious, and to be certified organic. And in the last eleven years they have refused to compromise on their beliefs to create an amazing product while making positive and meaningful changes to the planet. Prana’s mantra is “If you are what you eat, then we must be awesome!”—We couldn’t agree more.

Have you always been interested in food? MR: I was always very interested in the body and mind, simple health and doing what the body wants. Even at eight years old, I was making vegetarian meals for the whole family. So did you know you were eventually going to be involved in the food industry? MR: No, I was raised with a very conditioned way of thinking that I would go to university, get married, get a house, have a couple of kids and that’s it. I was studying biochemistry and physiotherapy. But then I started doing yoga and I felt so complete. I thought, “I want to do this all day.” So I picked up and moved to Asia, and was doing yoga and meditating; and I started meeting all these amazing people who were totally off the grid, living in this different and inspiring way. I really followed my heart, and ended up opening a vegan restaurant just north of Goa. The restaurant was a lot of fun and then I met a man—now my husband—at a Tai Chi class there. We were both travellers that had this vision about having an impact on food culture and on the planet. Together we moved back to

Canada and we began the early stages of what would become Prana. Was that an easy transition? MR: Definitely not! When we came back to Canada in 2005 our master plan was to spend a couple of months, make a bunch of money, and then go back to Goa and open a health centre. When we came back to Canada though we were like, “oh god, we’re so poor!” We moved in with my mom and started Prana with not even ten thousand dollars in the bank. For the first three or four years we really experimented. Learning where the gaps were and where we could have more of an impact. We were a business that was about more than making a profit, it was very mission driven, about making organics more accessible and bringing it to the masses.

We have found amazing people who can really carry the mission. Especially with children, we have to have outstanding people around us. It’s give and take though. When you do good you receive good. I feel very fortunate.

How has Prana grown and changed since then? MR: We started out as two employees—my husband and I. And now we have 65 employees. We’re definitely growing, but we’re growing organically, always thinking about our social and environmental impact. We’re changing the world one nut at a time, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Speaking of children, you did all of this while raising three boys! MR: Initially I was working seven days a week, and then I became pregnant and was like “I need at least a Sunday to relax!” I was a bit of a workaholic. I remember interviewing people from home while breastfeeding, I thought “if they can’t handle this, they aren’t for us!” But having children really brought

“We’re changing the world one nut at a time, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

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me to a more balanced life. I realized what my priorities were and that life isn’t all about work. To be a mom and an entrepreneur is an everyday challenge. But I feel this energy that comes from it. You gain a lot when you put your heart on the table and take risks. Shit happens, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. What’s your best advice for budding entrepreneurs? MR: Have no fear. When I was travelling alone I had this mindset of “what’s the worst that can happen?” You have to be okay with being vulnerable. Just do it. Worst case you’re going to learn from it. Or maybe that’s the best case, you learn and grow.

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“To be a mom and an entrepreneur is an everyday challenge. But I feel this energy that comes from it. You gain a lot when you put your heart on the table and take risks. Shit happens, but I wouldn’t do it any other way. ”

What kind of culture do you have at the Prana offices? MR: No micromanaging, lots of liberty and ownership. I don’t want people to feel like to make a decision they have to put it upwards. We’re also very focused on transparency. All of our books are open. We value authenticity, caring, integrity, and a holistic mindset. We want employees to be able to take a sabbatical. There’s no clock in, clock out kind of thing, I trust our people to obtain the goals they set for themselves. And fun! We spend 40 hours a week here; it’s got to be fun! You’ve created a really loyal following. What about Prana resonates with consumers?

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MR: I really believe its authenticity. Walking the talk. Integrity. People can feel when a corporation is just looking for quick revenues. I’m not here for a quick exit, or to make a lot of money, I’m here to make a better planet for my kids. What’s next for Prana? MR: We’re always working hard on environmental programs, and becoming more involved with our farmers. Crossing the border into the US is huge for us. It’s a crazy ride, but when you accept it, when you go with it, the ride is fun. I like the ride! And the fast paced craziness of it all. f

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How does she do it? Q&A with Jessica Alba, co-founder of the natural products brand, The Honest Company.

Q&A

Jessica Alba is a Golden Globe nominated actress with a career spanning over two decades in television and film. But Alba, 35, mother of two, is perhaps best known for co-founding The Honest Company, which produces non-toxic, eco-friendly products for parents and their children.

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The idea for Honest came to Alba when she was pregnant with her first daughter, Honor. Alba was washing her unborn baby’s onesies with a detergent her mother had recommended when she broke out in hives. And thus was the beginning of her mission to create affordable, safe and effective consumer products, that are easy to get, and to top it off, beautiful. Along with her business partner Christopher Gavigan, Alba sought to create an amazing product without harming people or the planet, making products that were as environmentally friendly, nontoxic, and healthy as possible. Launched in 2012 with only 17 products—primarily diapers and wipes—which were delivered to subscribers’ homes on a monthly basis, the company now boasts more than 135 products from toothpaste to vitamins to nipple balm, and sells both online and in more than 4000 retail locations. Last year, the company launched in Korea—with plans to move into more international markets. In addition, Honest Beauty was launched, adding makeup and skin care to the company’s eco-friendly portfolio. These moves raised the valuation of the company up to $1.7

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billion, and made Jessica Alba one of American’s richest self-made women, all while raising two young daughters. Is there anything she can’t do? Tell us about being an entrepreneur. JA: Being an entrepreneur is a 24/7 job. It requires endless creative and strategic thinking to do something that hasn't been done before! And, you always have to be thinking in a way that keeps you ahead of your biggest competitor: yourself.

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How do you balance your life and what does a typical day look like? JA: No two days are alike. I’m often in back-to-back meetings with different departments. When you're building a CPG company [consumer packaged goods] that’s as diverse as ours, there are lots of different touch points and a ton of moving parts. Never a dull moment, that's for sure! What’s the most challenging part of motherhood for you? JA: Time management. Quality time with my kids is paramount, so I'm always working to get that balance just right. How did you become interested in natural health and natural products? JA: When I was a teenager, I filmed a TV show in Australia. There are so many natural remedies that have come out of Australia, one example is tea tree oil. This was my first exposure to homeopathy and homeopathic

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For the last seven years, Organic Week—which takes place from September 17th to September 25th—has aimed to get as many Canadians as possible involved in the benefits of organic farming, and its positive impact on the environment, while supporting a growing organic sector and a transparent and sustainable food source. With hundreds of events taking place from coast to coast—from pickling and sprouting workshops, to BBQs at your local health food store, and tours of organic farms—there is no better time to learn about the importance of organic food, farming, and products, and to celebrate all that Canadian organics have to offer. Ready to get involved? Here’s how:

#SpotCanadaOrganic When grocery shopping, we are inundated with labels: organic, free range, natural, non-GMO, etc. But the Canada Organic Logo is the only label

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Two steps to effortless weight loss There are many factors contributing to our expanding waistline and that is why dieting generally does not work. Most dieters gain all the weight they have lost and more, within 60 days of halting a calorie reduced diet. Weight loss can be effortless when we adopt a new way of eating and add clinically researched nutritional supplements that get to the root of the weight problem.

Foods that fight fat Eat protein at every meal and eat only protein for breakfast—for example an egg, a chicken breast or a protein shake. The protein should be the size of your palm. Reduce eating white foods; white bread, pasta, sugar, flour, rice. Reducing wheat and gluten-containing grains from the diet can often result in rapid weight loss. Grains are starches that convert into sugars causing belly fat. Avoid fruit juices. You would never eat eight apples at a time; but one V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 0 8

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glass of apple juice contains the sugar of eight apples without the fiber. Eat dark green vegetables at lunch and dinner with a palm-sized piece of protein. Your snack in between meals should be protein (like a piece of cheese). Fill a large mason jar every morning with sugar snap peas, broccoli, celery sticks, carrots and more. Eat vegetables throughout the day—your blood sugar will be balanced and you won’t feel hungry. Drink water flavoured with ginger or fresh lemon and herbal teas throughout the day. Fortunately Canada has a licensing system for natural products. Companies have to submit clinical research in order to get a Natural Health Products license. If you see a weight loss claim you can be sure that there is clinical research. Add

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While Annette Bening was nominated for multiple awards, including an Oscar, for her portrayal of a lesbian mother to two teens in the indie hit The Kids Are All Right, a recent study proves that the kids of same-sex parents are doing more than just all right—they’re thriving.

parents, the University of Melbourne found that while the emotional and mental health of children raised by heterosexual couples was essentially the same as those raised by gay parents, children of same-sex couples tended to be more open-minded and empathetic. They have more self awareness, and are better at communicating their feelings; and because they are typically not subjected to rigid gender roles, they are freer to pursue a wider range of interests.

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leading them to split up their workload based on skills rather than gender. The traditional nurturing role is shared and so is the traditional breadwinning role. It’s not one parent over the other. Dr. Simon Crouch, the lead researcher of the University of Melbourne study noted that everyone contributing in an equal way led to a more harmonious household and happier children. Crouch also examined the difference between heterosexual parents where the mother was the primary caregiver, versus homosexual couples where both parents shared the role of primary caregiver. Of the heterosexual couples, moms tended to have much higher amygdala activity—responsible


“…children of same-sex couples tended to be more open-minded and empathetic. They have more self awareness, and are better at communicating their feelings; and because they are typically not subjected to rigid gender roles, they are freer to pursue a wider range of interests.” for memories, and emotions like worrying—while the heterosexual fathers had activity in their superior temporal sulcus, the part of the brain used to read faces and piece together speech. Interestingly, the homosexual parents who both served as primary caregivers had both sides of the brain light up. Crouch described these findings as “liberating,” with children reaping the benefits of parents breaking instead of conforming to stereotypes. These findings back up research performed by Dr. Peggy Drexler—a psychologist who has spent her life studying sex and gender. She observed that the adult children of gay moms and dads—who were raised in loving, nurturing homes—were emotionally literate, socially evolved, and thanks to growing up without ingrained and preordained ideas of gender roles, felt that nothing was beyond their reach—including exploring life with generosity and creativity.

Raising smart and empathetic children According to a seventeen year study in Pediatrics, the official journal of

the American Academy of Pediatrics, children raised by same-sex parents may also have an advantage in the classroom. The study concluded that children raised by same-sex parents do better academically, are more confident than their peers and have fewer behavioural problems. And the differences don’t end there. While there is little difference in achievement, mental health, and social functioning between children raised by heterosexual and homosexual parents, the latter may have the advantage when it comes to open-mindedness and acceptance. Drexler’s research also confirmed that children of same-sex parents were more self-aware, more adept at communicating their feelings, and exhibited more empathy for people different from themselves. Through the support of their families, children of gay parents developed stronger skills at thinking independently and standing up for what they believed in, distinguishing them from many children with straight parents.

“The study concluded that children raised by same-sex parents do better academically, are more confident than their peers and have fewer behavioural problems.” Choosing to become parents In general, same-sex parents tend to be more motivated, more committed, and more thoughtful parents than heterosexual couples, because they usually have to work very hard, and plan accordingly to become parents. It rarely

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“Good parenting is not influenced by sexual orientation, it is influenced by a parent’s ability to create a loving, nurturing, and supportive home for their children…” happens by accident, unlike the nearly 50 percent accidental pregnancy rate among heterosexuals in North America. The choice to become a parent “translates to greater commitment on average and more involvement in parenting” says Abbie Goldberg, a psychologist at Clark University in Massachusetts. If a same-sex couple wants to start a family, they need to find the non-traditional means to do so. This process is often laborious and time consuming. So when a child does come into their lives, that child is very much wanted, and the family is prepared for them—both emotionally and financially. Because samesex parents often have to work very hard to become parents, their children will know that they were very wanted, which is critical in a child’s development. The keys to a healthy childhood are stability and love. Two good parents are better than one good parent, but one good parent is better than two bad parents, and anyone who says that children need both a mother and a father in the home is “misrepresenting the research” says Judith Stacey, professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Sociology at New York University. Good parenting is not influenced by sexual orientation; it is influenced by a parent’s ability to create a loving, nurturing, and supportive home for their children, and in that regard it doesn’t matter whether they’re being raised by two mothers, two fathers, or one of each.f V I S TA M A G A Z I N E . C A


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complement their busy lives or treat “cheat days” too kindly. As a result, they aren’t getting the necessary nutrients. Health Canada reports that many Canadian adults don’t consume enough minerals like magnesium, calcium or potassium, and fail to get enough vitamin D and fibre from their diets. Find out if you have any of these deficiencies. You may want to consider supplementing your diet with natural health products to achieve the nutritional balance your body needs.

Strengthen your immune system No one likes getting sick. Sickness activates an entire pathway inside our bodies that can lead to something called “sickness behaviour.” This can include confusion, lethargy, social withdrawal, anxiety and depression, the result of our immune cells releasing tiny chemicals, called cytokines, which impact the way our brain sends signals, and can slow us down and depress our mood. Keeping the immune system in good working order can help to reduce the severity and duration of illness. Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, take a multi-vitamin to fill in the nutritional gaps,

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Keep stress at bay Stress increases our need for nutrients. Heightened stress increases the breakdown of carbohydrates and protein, which rely on vitamin C and B to be broken down, meaning you use up your store of these nutrients more quickly. Finding time to eat a healthy, balanced diet when you’re stressed can often be difficult. Adding a multi-vitamin to your routine can help to safely bridge any gaps caused by stress. When dealing with stress, it’s important to ensure your body’s mineral needs are met. High stress levels deplete the magnesium in the body, which can result in a “downward spiral” in one’s ability to cope with stress. Mineral supplementation, including magnesium and zinc, may improve psychological measures of anxiety or stress. Celebrate NHP Week at a participating local health food store from November 7 to 13 and discover the natural health support you can give your body to optimize your health and maximize your happiness. f LEARN MORE AT NHPWEEK.CA CHFA DEVELOPED NHP WEEK TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE BENEFITS CANADIANS GET FROM SAFE, EFFECTIVE AND HIGH-QUALITY NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS.

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Looking to ancient foods as the key to preventative medicine

ginger, and cinnamon) were also popular ingredients and valued commodities back then, not just for their flavouring aid in food preparations, but also for their many health benefits. Vitamin C, although it was not discovered until the 1900s, played a critical role in the everyday diets of the past. Water soluble vitamins found in fruits and vegetables were You may remember your grandparents talking about the not yet understood by our ancestors, however they were known to consume many ways people of their time used to heal themselves for large quantities of fruits (depending common health issues and illnesses. on their geographical location) like guavas, kiwi, papaya, oranges and The use of traditional remedies, preventative purposes. Its unique lemons, which are all sources of vitamin usually homemade preparations, herbal chemical composition, low humidity C and would have been protective to infusions and decoctions, was common and high acidic levels create a low their immune systems. In the Amazon practice. Natural healing remedies pH environment (3.9 on average), an of Peru, natives have historically and preparations existed but were not unfavourable atmosphere for bacteria consumed Camu Camu, a superfood as widely accessible as today. The lack and other micro-organisms to grow – berry that we know today is packed with of medicines and over-the-counter raw honey is a true natural antibiotic. the highest concentration of natural palliatives, in a way, forced them to Regular use of honey may prevent vitamin C in the world. Coincidence? focus more on prevention as a priority. common lifestyle diseases like colds, flu Eating well means to ingest diverse Hippocrates’ famous quote “Let and infections; boost and protect your food each day to get the nutrients food be your medicine and medicine immune system and clean the body from your body needs to support and be you food”, dating back to 400 free radicals and toxins. Wouldn’t you maintain good health. It’s all about B.C., reflects this ideal of focusing on take a teaspoon of honey every day? balance, moderation and variety. Even prevention. The concept of using food Vinegars, salts and spices have without technology, our ancestors for prevention is even found as far back also been important cornerstones in understood this and there’s still as 2000 B.C., with the Egyptians using the diets of our ancestors. Vinegars much to learn from them. f honey, garlic, radishes and turnips as flavoured with fruits and honey were well as figs, nuts, salts and spices in popular among ancient civilizations. JOR G E UR ENA I S T HE FO U N D E R , P R E S I D ENT & CE O O F U HT CO CO R P O R AT I O N , A CA N A D I AN their daily diets to fortify the body. They were used as a preventatives for CO M PA N Y D E D I CAT E D T O C R E AT E , M A N U FAC TURE Honey, for example, is one of many diseases and as an aid in healing A N D D I S T R I BU T E T HE M O S T U N I Q U E HI G H Q UALI TY P R O D U CT S FR O M P E R U . the oldest recorded foods, used for practices. Salts and spices (turmeric, V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 0 8

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Creating family harmony with Feng Shui Raising a child is one of the most humbling experiences that anyone can have. The parent/child bond is like no other and although challenges are a normal part of the process, struggle doesn’t have to be. Feng shui—the ancient art and science of living in harmony with your environment—helps you whatthefengshui.ca produce positive, tangible results naturally. It facebook, instagram aims to arrange your physical surroundings in a and twitter: way that supports and enhances your emotional @whatthefengshui and mental well-being. If you adopt even a handful of tips and techniques, you will notice an overall shift towards inner peace and calm. Walaa Zeidan The Dalai Lama speaks considerably about the endeavours to live in benefits of a calm mind, “when we are calm and a world filled with relaxed, we can make proper use of our mind’s abilhard copy books, ity to think clearly, so whatever we do… we will be hand written notes able to do it better.” Parenting is not an easy task and fast cars. Born and it definitely challenges your inner calm. Feng in Beirut, Lebanon, shui can help shift the energy around you so that she came to Canada you are able to feel more empowered and confident as a refugee. Walaa in the decisions you are making. is now CEO and Feng Before we get into some of my favourite tips for Shui Master of What creating a harmonious family life, I want to discuss the Feng Shui Corp. — something that is repeatedly overlooked—clutter. a company designed It is the nemesis of all things great. It is very to create well-being, important to note that clutter creates over 50% harmony and abundance of all environmental disharmony—physically and between the physical, energetically. Being in a cluttered room can create emotional, financial subconscious chaos within you. Most of us are and spiritual aspects of unaware that the unpleasant physical reactions one’s life. As a Feng Shui within us are coming from around us. Yes, stuffed Master, she’s received animals and piles of shoes under your child’s bed distinction status can cause sleepless nights! by one of the most Before implementing any tips, ensure that renowned Feng Shui your home is clean and tidy. You may even want Grand Masters in Asia. to purge. Just doing that will instantly make you feel better. Remember, you are not always aware of how the external world may be affecting you. Here are some of my favourite tips for creating family harmony. Walaa Zeidan

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Focus It is important to be focused. Set goals for the family, display your family values and create vision boards for all occupants in the home. Vision boards are my go-to. They literally change the direction of your life. You are essentially performing mini visualization exercises throughout the day. We know visualization works. Olympic athletes have been using this technique for decades. Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just the things you desire. Make sure you place your vision board in the East or South sector of your home. V I S TA M A G A Z I N E . C A


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Enhance the Northwest sector

The West sector brings descendant’s luck. Enhancing this sector will strengthen the parent/child relationship as well as communication. As the West is considered a Metal Sector, you can energize with metal or earth objects. You can also energize with color such as yellow, grey, white and earth tones to accent this part of the house or room. Hang family photos in this section to improve family harmony.

white and grey. Keeping this part of the home supported will be beneficial for all family members.

Enhance the Southwest sector

The Northwest sector represents the father or patriarch and is one of the most important sectors of the home. It also brings about luck from helpful people. Energizing this sector brings support, not only from friends but from superiors and mentors. It helps you connect with people that can influence your life for the better. To energize this sector, display pictures of influential leaders (past or present). You can also enhance this sector by placing metal objects or using colors classified as metal such as

The Southwest sector represents the mother. It also impacts love, relationships and marriage. Display crystals and bright lights in this sector of the house or room. If your focus is family harmony or relationships in general, be sure to display large pieces of natural crystal, such as, rose quartz or amethyst. Himalayan salt lamps are also great energizers. They help keep the air clean and enhance the sector at the same time.

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Play/exercise/laugh It is important to play, exercise and laugh… lots. Find activities that the family can do together. Just as corporate retreats foster good communication and relationships, spending quality time with the family doing meaningful things has proven benefits. A family that plays together, stays together.   As life unfolds, remember to embrace its challenges and encounter each day gracefully. Work hard at trying to achieve an inner state of calm so that your children will learn to do the same. Always be aware of how your external environment is affecting your emotional state. Khalil Gibran wrote, “you are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.” Steady the bow and allow your children to soar. f


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Better digestion for better nutrition Our quest for optimal nutrition can sometimes be a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. Making the most of nutrition is not just about what we eat but how we digest what we eat as well. TAWNYA R I T C O, R HN, SP EC IAL IZES IN TH E RE LATIONSHI P B ET WEEN NUT R I TION , L IF ES TYL E A N D VITALI T Y.

Good nutrition relies heavily on how well we absorb and assimilate our foods so we can maximize their nutritive value. Consider the following ways to enhance your net nutritional value by improving digestion and supporting your digestive system:

Preparing to eat Preparing the body for digestion is one of those simple things that can carry a big payoff when it comes to making the most of our nutrition. Start in the morning with a glass of pure or filtered water at room temperature, ideally with a squeeze of fresh lemon. The lemon becomes V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 0 8

alkaline in the body once ingested and works as a gentle liver cleanse.

Chewing Digestion actually starts in the mouth. Given that we learned how to chew food as soon as we were weaned off of our mother’s milk, this seems pretty basic. Amylase is an enzyme secreted from our salivary glands and it works to break down starches and sugars. Ideally, chew until the food in your mouth liquefies and your natural reflexes make you automatically swallow.

Environment Before sitting down before each meal, create an environment that promotes a calm and relaxed state. It will make a difference as to how you digest your food.

Hydration Proper hydration is essential to making the most of your nutrition. Water is a key factor in regulating body temperature. It allows nutrients to travel to your organs and tissues as well as helps remove waste. The

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amount of additional glasses of pure water you need also depends on the water content of the foods you eat.

Healthy gut Fermented foods such as Sauerkraut or Kimchi can help with digestion, providing beneficial bacteria in your digestive system and improving bowel health.

Fibre Excellent options for fibre are organic fruits and vegetables, especially due to their water content. Other convenient options in the way of whole food supplements include those featuring the soluble fibre from chickory root or those made from the prickly pear cactus that is indigenous to Mexico.

Healthy fats Omega-3 and Omega-6 are Essential Fatty Acids. The correct balance of these fats plays an important role in cell health. These fats are essential for proper body and brain functions and they serve as an energy source. Fat helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Some ideal choices of healthy fats are plant sources such as: avocado, olives, chia, nuts and seeds. The real take away here is to optimize your vitality by eating a range of nutritious whole, fresh foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. And to maximize their value by improving your digestion. f SPONSORED EDITORIAL


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Omega-3s link to childhood learning A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids—particularly EPA and DHA—are important structural and functional brain components that influence children’s learning and memory from conception through adolescence. KA RLA S C HM I DT, C N, NOR D IC N ATUR AL S E D U CATOR AND CERT I FI ED NUTR ITIO N IS T. DUR IN G HE R OVE R 25 YEAR S I N T H E FI E L D, S H E H AS W O R K ED A S A RE SEAR CHER , WR I T ER , DI ETARY S UPPL EM EN T SPE CIALIS T, AND P R I VAT E NUT R ITIO N AL C O N S ULTAN T.

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acids in the blood significantly prefact that omega-3 fatty acids are essential, dicted a child’s behavior and ability to meaning our bodies cannot produce learn. Higher levels were associated them, so we must get them through food with better reading and memory.” or supplementation. It is no surprise • “Access to omega-3 fatty acids (EPA that omega-3 deficiency is a leading & DHA) early in life is important nutritional deficiency amongst children. for intellectual development There are many consequences to this during the first years, and it deficit, however none is more relevant can also have an impact on IQ, for long-term health than omega-3s’ school abilities and academic effects on brain structure and function. performance up to the age of 18.” Omega-3s: brain Given the significance of academic sucdevelopment & function cess to a child’s well-being, self-esteem, Childhood is a period of rapid brain and motivation to learn, improving growth. From birth to age two is contheir omega-3 status is a worthwhile sidered the primary growth phase; the pursuit. The biggest challenge for most brain doubles in size. Spurts of developparents is simply how to get their child ment also occur at age two, ages seven to consume omega-3s on a daily basis? to nine, and during mid-adolescence. Knowing the importance of omega-3 fats Tips for Omega-3 success like DHA, researchers have had a strong 1. Include a serving of cold-water, oily fish like salmon, cod, mackerel, interest in studying how these fats affect halibut, sardines, or anchovies a child’s performance of school-based at least two times per week. skills such as concentration, reading, and 2. Choose an effective fish oil spelling. Here are a few excerpts from supplement from a reputable the more noteworthy scientific findings. manufacturer. Avoiding a negative Omega-3s’ connection fish oil experience is paramount to to learning a child’s willingness to continue. • “Children who obtain omega-3s from 3. Some children won’t swallow soft diet and supplementation are more gels, but many enjoy biting into likely to experience positive behavior, them, especially if they’re naturally high levels of concentration, and flavored to tastes that children successful learning patterns.” enjoy (e.g. strawberry, lemon, • An Oxford University study: “From a etc.). Liquid omega-3s are great sample of nearly 500 schoolchildren, alternatives and can be mixed into we found that levels of omega-3 fatty yogurt, juice, or a smoothie. f

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Scene: Slightly after sunrise. After roughly five and a half hours of sleep (total), you are feeding your wee one a homemade breakfast of organic porridge and fruit… and the only thing you manage to get down is half a lukewarm coffee. Does this sound familiar? It’s time for a nutritional intervention. Parents work so hard to keep their children healthy and happy but sometimes, we lose our own self-care regimes in the process. As a dietitian—and the mother of a six-year-old and one-year-old—I know this all too well. Leisurely yoga classes and jaunts to the farmers market to pick up food for a dinner party get replaced by harried last minute updates to your grocery delivery service and convincing yourself that a soy milk latte is practically a vegetable. As challenging as it can be to remember to feed yourself well, it is more critical than ever: lack of sleep and increased stress exacts a heavy toll on your body. Think of it this way: even though you may not be training for a marathon, parents need high performance nutrition… and a realistic strategy for getting it sorted. From one parent to another, consider this your nutritional game plan for, oh, the next couple of decades.

This is not the time to spend hours chopping… or you won’t get all your veggies in. Go for zero prep fruits and veggies as often as you can. Think frozen berries and chopped greens, pre-washed salads and cherry tomatoes. These little helpers will mean the difference between one daily serving of veggies and ten. STEP TWO:

Take the night shift.

Sleep-deprived and time-crunched mornings are crazy enough without scrambling to get

S T E P O N E : Streamline meal prep (even if you hate meal planning)

Take the European approach and eat what your kids eat (and vice versa). No more double prep: nix ‘kid friendly’ white food. Strike a balance that encourages your kids to broaden their palettes while not expecting a three-year-old to devour raw hijiki salad with spot prawns. If your kids like smoothies for breakfast, make one you can all enjoy (perhaps add some extra greens after you pour their glasses).

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breakfast and lunch prepped in an hour. Stop the morning madness and prep the night before. As you prep dinner, you prep lunches for the whole family. Yes, pack yourself a lunch. Ditching take out will save you money—and save you from poor choices. S TEP THREE:

Sit and eat.

No matter how busy you are, don’t skip a meal. Set an alert in your smart phone if you have to. If you are running on fumes, you are going to burn out. Now that you have your meals prepped, you can sit down and enjoy them. Even if all you can spare is five minutes, those will be five minutes well spent.

Plan ahead (and a plug for meal planning)

S TEP FO U R :

Want to end ‘what’s for dinner?’ stress once and for all? Get old school and start a recipe file (modern twist: keep it on the Evernote app). When you find a recipe that is tasty and quick to make, file it. Make sure 1. EDAMAME

that it uses staple ingredients and takes 30 minutes or less. Aim for an arsenal of roughly two weeks of recipes and when you grocery shop, buy enough for your week of meals. If that isn’t going to work for you, just look at your recipe file at lunch time to select what you are going to make for dinner that night.

Fortify your defenses.

S T E P F IVE :

Boosted nutrition is critical for stressed out, sleep deprived parents. I cannot tell you how many times I have been saved by guzzling a sachet of vitamin C + B powder before coffee at 6AM. Stress depletes the body of these critical water soluble nutrients. So you need to replenish daily when the going gets tough. Zinc is another parental saviour, important for both gut and immune health. The body doesn’t store zinc; making your daily dose is all the more critical. Your new go-to snack? Raw pumpkin seeds. Pour yourself ¼ cup in the morning and pop a few whenever you need them

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for a large dose of zinc, in addition to anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats. You also need to be on the defensive with respect to maintaining a healthy weight and keeping your risk of chronic disease at bay. When stressed out, many people reach for starchy carbs like pastries and breads. However, when stressed out, cortisol can impact insulin resistance, meaning your body may not be well equipped to deal with the blood sugar spikes. Chronic stress and chronic inflammation go hand in hand, thanks in part to an out of whack intestinal flora… which, when amplified by a high sugar and starch diet, can result in a spare tire. Probiotics are always a good idea. And, if you aren’t very active right now, keep blood sugars on an even keel with lean protein and tons of (prep free!) fruits and veggies. Roasted chickpeas, hardboiled eggs and edamame are easy protein options. Parenting is an insanely rewarding gig… but it demands a lot of you mentally and physically. Commit to feeding yourself well – do it for your kids. Healthy parents make for a stronger family. f


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If weight loss were as simple as reducing calories and exercising we would all be slim. Many factors contribute to our expanding

waist line and that is why diets generally don’t work. Most dieters gain all the weight they have lost and more within 60 days of halting a caloriereduced diet. But the good news….weight loss can be effortless when we adopt a healthy diet and add a couple of research-backed nutritional supplements to boost success. Food that Fights Fat

Eat protein at every meal and eat only protein for breakfast—an egg, a chicken breast, a protein shake, protein powder in yogurt for example. Stop eating all white foods—white bread, white pasta, white sugar, white flour, white potatoes. Get a large Ziplock freezer bag and fill it every morning with vegetables: broccoli, celery sticks, carrots and more. Eat vegetables throughout the day— your blood sugar will be balanced and you will never feel hungry. There are only a few nutritional supplements licensed by Health Canada for weight loss

and balanced blood sugar. Clinical research is the only way to be sure that supplements work and my favorite weight loss supplements are as follows:

PROTEINsmart with CLA Melts Fat

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid supplement that literally melts fat. In a 90-day, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study published in 2000 in the Journal of Nutrition, CLA users experienced fat loss with an average weight reduction of seven pounds with a 20 percent decrease in body fat. CLA also stops fat from coming back once dieting stops. Incredibly, CLA has also been found to help with weight loss even if people don’t change their diet. In June 2009, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported on 45 post menopausal women (the group that has the biggest challenge losing weight). For 16 weeks they took 5,000mg of CLA per day. The women were told not to diet or exercise any differently. CLA significantly reduced the women’s body fat and they lost weight. Just think if they would have eaten for fat loss too! To speed up weight loss, eat a delicious

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Drink Your Way to Weight Loss

For fast weight loss you must drink water but water is, as we know, boring. SHAPEsmart containing SVETOL is a clinically researched, water enhancer that has 9 clinical studies proving its ability to enhance weight loss, reduce sugar absorption, mobilize fat to drain out of fat cells, and improve cardiovascular health. It is one of the few supplements that is licensed by Health Canada for weight management and that is because SHAPEsmart works quickly. Studies have shown an average 10 pound weight loss in 12 weeks. A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study over 12 weeks, with 40 volunteers, found SHAPEsmart reduced the absorption of sugar in the gut.

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Participants lost over 10 pounds vs the placebo group that lost 2.4 pounds. SHAPEsmart contains no caffeine or sugar and comes in individual packets that can be added to cold or hot water.

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Now for belly fat, the most stubborn problem. No end of sit-ups and crunches make it disappear. You have probably figured out there is a connection between belly fat and your hormones—and that hormone is insulin. Elevated insulin promotes weight gain, diabetes and excess belly fat. Thankfully, busting belly fat and balancing blood sugar and insulin just got easier. The nutrient Chirositol found in GLUCOsmart has been researched in over 30 studies at the Virginia Medical School where it was shown to manage blood sugar. GLUCOsmart also enhances our happy hormone serotonin which halts sugar cravings and controls appetite. But where GLUCOsmart really shines is in busting belly fat in both men and women.

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Reviews

Editor’s favourite things for kids

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Minimoc – Moccasins

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Made with love in Canada, these easy to slip on, durable, quality leather moccasins are so adorable we wish they came in adult sizes! >> minimoc.ca

Trae Designs – True North Play Set & Star Wand with Ribbons

This beautiful play set has been crafted from Walnut hardwood, sanded smooth, and finished with an all-natural oil. If the beautiful Squamish based designs weren’t so fun to play with, we’d want to have them all up on display! >> traedesigns.com

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Taslie Baby – Turtle Head to Toe Wash

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Thanks to Aloe Vera, this wash is super soothing. We love it for the little (and bigger) ones. The blend of organic rose hip, burdock root, ginseng and calendula is great for both boys and girls. And the cute turtle pump bottle is a bonus! >> taslie.com

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Little & Lively – Raglan Pullover & Pom Pom Beanie Ridiculously cute and very hip, handmade clothing for your littles, created and designed in Abbotsford, BC by Carmen West. >> littleandlively.com

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The Honest Company – Organic Healing Balm

Formulator Jessica Alba doesn’t leave home without it. For baby bums, rashes, dry hands and feet, or even as a lip balm. The scent is very soft and a little goes a long way. >> honest.com

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Hyland’s – Calms Forté 4 Kids

This formula is safe and effective for children 2-12 years old. The fast dissolving, side effect free, all natural tablets will help your little one fall asleep and stay asleep—so you can too. >> hylands.com

Made Good Chocolate Banana Granola Minis

It’s hard to believe this delicious bar contains all the nutrients of one full serving of vegetables. These school safe, organic, nut and gluten-free bars are the perfect addition to your kid’s lunch bag. And perfect for little hands! >> madegoodfoods.com

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Natur – Peanut and Cocoa Spread

This 100% natural spread is so decadent it feels like you’re eating desert (hint: it’s actually good for you). Skip sending it to school in case of peanut allergies. Save it instead for PB & banana sandwiches as an after school snack. Yum! >> avogel.ca

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Redfish Clothing – Pauline Too Skirt Flying Teal Horses & Dolce Dress Fables

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Committed to quality materials—like organic cotton and bamboo—local craftsmanship and zero in-house waste, there is truly nothing we don’t love about Redfish Kids Clothing. The timeless designs are versatile and durable, allowing freedom of movement for fun and play. Simply stunning pieces, every one. >> redfishkids.com

Weleda – Children's Tooth Gel Fluoride-free and made with organic calendula flower to help comfort sensitive gums, this natural baby toothpaste was formulated to give the gentlest treatment to your little one’s pearly white baby teeth. >> weleda.com

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Fighting cold and flu with Japanese red reishi Cold and flu season is upon us. It’s that time of year that prompts many of us to scurry off to the nearest drug store in search of the latest quick-fix remedies, over-the counter drugs, or prescribed medications. Ultimately, these only mask the symptoms, never really addressing the source of the illness. That famous quote by Benjamin Franklin—“an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”—is as true today as it ever was. In order to fight off nasty seasonal viruses, prevention really is your first and best line of defense. If you want to truly stay ahead of the flu and colds this year, here are a number of effective natural prevention tips that will keep your immune system topnotch—without the need of a flu shot!

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that getting less than seven hours of sleep a night can compromise proper immune functioning by reducing white blood cell counts, making individuals three times more likely to catch a cold than those who get eight hours or more of sleep.

Keep your digits clean and tidy Germs can spread quickly when coming in contact with infected surfaces. The best way to keep germs at bay is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day, using soap and water. It is advised, however, to avoid using anti-bacterial soaps that contain a chemical called triclosan—an active ingredient used in

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the majority of many sanitizers that is believed to cause bacterial resistance.

Nourish your body Eating healthy is vital for maintaining a strong immune system. Increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, as they are rich in immune supportive vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A and C, beta carotene, zinc, and selenium. Cut back on processed foods and sugary foods and drinks, as they weaken the immune system, leaving the body more susceptible to viruses and bacteria.

Use Japanese red reishi mushrooms Known as “The Great Protector”, the Japanese red reishi mushroom has been used for thousands of years for its many health benefits, including immune support. One of the most researched herbal substances worldwide, red reishi has been shown to contain potent adaptogenic and immune-boosting properties that regulate antibody production, delivering powerful protection against cold and flu viruses. With just one capsule a day, Japanese red reishi delivers the potency of active ingredients that will help you during cold and flu season, and year-round. f FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT MIKEI.CA

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Family, fitness, and fun It’s not just alliteration; it’s a way of life. But just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Dai Manuel DaiManuel.com @daimanuel Dai Manuel is a coach, lifestyle mentor and bestselling author of the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, an

indispensable guide for a healthier mind,

Life is busy, and as my 11 and 13 year old daughters remind me everyday, kids just make it busier. As a dad, I know that my own health is key to providing for my family’s wellbeing—both short and long term. But taking the time to exercise often felt like I was taking time away from my kids. The harder I tried to create more time, the more frustrated I became. So, I gave up trying to create time and started leveraging the time I did have to provide opportunities for my family to play together. A number of years ago, I surveyed just over 1000 of my blog readers and asked them “what prevents you from exercising on a consistent basis?” The top 5 responses included: being exhausted after a long day; lack of time due to

basis. Kids in essence, became the excuse to be unfit. This doesn’t work for me—and quite frankly, shouldn’t work for you either. My kids are my reason to be healthy and fit; they should never be the reason why I can’t be so. To achieve health benefits, kids—and adults—need 60 minutes of exercise every day, but according to the ParticipACTION Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, only 7% of kids aged 5 to 11 meet recommended guidelines for physical activity and only 4% of those between 12 to 17 years old. So how do we fit in 60 minutes of activity for our kids as well as 60 minutes of activities for ourselves? Seek out ways to do both at the same time.

body and spirit. As a digital thought leader and lifestyle mentor, Dai empowers people to lead a ‘FUN’ctionally fit life through education, encouragement and community. Dai models his work on the basis of 5 pillars: Fitness, Family, Finances, Faith with an overarching roof of ‘FUN’ built on

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work or social obligations; stressful job demands; commuting time, and time being taken up by kids. That last answer really got my attention. Respondents saw their parental obligations as a reason for being unable to exercise on a daily 1. FLYING

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“I love letting my daughters choose the activity of the day. It always starts with me asking them what they feel like doing to ‘play’ today, and they always provide great answers!”

Of course, I hear from parents all the time that they feel they have to force their kids to move nowadays. So rather than volun-telling them what to do, I know you can recruit them with these 4 simple tips to make family fitness fun:

1. Make it fun While parents might watch their kids run around on the playground and think “what a great workout they’re getting,” at no time does a kid think of this time as exercise or working out—to them it’s just play time! And we can all learn from their outlook. If you make your activities fun, like throwing a Frisbee, flying a kite, hiking, or playing tag, your kids will love it. When was the last time you heard your kids say they didn’t want to play and have fun? If they’re like my kids the answer would be never! All our kids want is time with us, so get out there and play.

2. Move with Purpose

great. But remember 60 minutes of movement is the daily minimum we should all be striving for. Set out to do a few activities with the intention of getting some physical benefit. Ideally you are getting a little bit of a ‘huff and a puff’ in your movement, feeling your core temperature rise and maybe a little glow on the brow. This means you’re working! And if you’re working so are your kids. Don’t be afraid to split the play into two 30 minute session. Make it work for your schedule.

3. Let your kids pick I love letting my daughters choose the activity of the day. It always starts with me asking them what they feel like doing to ‘play’ today, and they always provide great answers! When they are given the opportunity to choose what we do as a family that day, the buy-in is high and the push-back is nonexistent.

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4. Make a schedule, but allow room for spontaneity Setting a time each day to move with purpose, have fun and connect with the family is important. If I block the time in my calendar, then I can’t book anything else in its place. It’s our time. But of course, you can’t plan for everything. Leave room for complete and utter spontaneity. While on a road-trip across Northern Ontario we were passing through a torrential downpour. After 20 minutes of sheet-rain, we found ourselves in Old Women Bay right as the sun broke through. It seemed like a perfect place to pull over and take 30 minutes to swim. It was amazing and something my family and I will remember forever. Bottom line, you can’t always plan for everything, and that’s what makes life so freaking cool. Your family will love the time together and instead of being the excuse why you can’t fit in exercise, your kids can be the reason why you choose to stay healthy today, tomorrow and for life. f


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We collaborated with Leah Garrad-Cole, founder of Love Child Organics and mom to two young children. Her philosophy when cooking for her family is the same as her philosophy when creating innovative products for Love Child. Include only nutrient-rich real food, leave out unnecessary ingredients and make sure it tastes delicious. Be sure to watch for Leah’s upcoming Love Child Organics cookbook, It All Begins With Food, to be released in April 2017. In the meantime, enjoy these yummy and super-simple to make snacks for your little (and big) ones alike.

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Harvest fruit and vegetable snack strips Essentially fruit leather, these strips are easy to make and the ingredients are much cleaner than most store-bought varieties. This version includes vegetables, which don’t really affect the taste but add an extra punch of nutrition. MAKES: 6 PREPARATION TIME: 25 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 5–6 HOURS INGREDIENTS:

• 4 medium sized apples, peeled and roughly chopped (I like using Galas for their sweetness) • 1 small beet, peeled and sliced • 1 cup frozen blueberries

• 1 cup chopped kale leaves • 2 tbsps honey PREPARATION:

Preheat the oven to 200°F and line a 12" x18" rimmed baking tray with a Silpat (silicone) baking sheet or parchment paper. 2. Put the apples, blueberries, beet, and 2 tablespoons water in a medium size lidded pot and cook over medium heat for about 10–15 minutes, until the apples and beet have softened. Stir occasionally to make sure the fruit doesn’t start to burn on the bottom of the pan. 1.

Place the cooked fruit and veg in a blender with the kale and honey and blend until smooth. 4. Pour mixture onto your prepared tray and spread evenly. Giving the whole tray a gentle jiggle can help. (It will look quite thick at this stage but thickness will decrease once it’s dried.) 5. Bake in the oven for 5–6 hours, until dry to the touch. 6. Allow to cool on the tray, then cut into 2 inch wide strips. Roll up the strips and keep in a sealed container at room temperature. They will keep for at least 1 month. 3.

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LCO sugar-free pumpkin yogurt muffins Naturally sweetened with dates and no added sugar, these hearty spiced muffins are perfect for fall. Kids will love them for breakfast, in their lunches, or as an after school snack. MAKES: 12 PREPARATION TIME: 15 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 30 MINUTES

Pumpkin Raisin Cinnamon Yogurt pouches. (Note: you may substitute ½ cup applesauce, ½ cup pumpkin puree, ½ cup whole milk yogurt, and 2 tbsps raisins if you like.) • 1 cup pitted dried dates • 2 tbsps pumpkin seeds

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Grease a 12 muffin tin and preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Mix the chia with ¼ cup of water and let sit at least for 5 minutes until it turns into a gel. 3. Combine all dry ingredients except dates and pumpkin seeds in a bowl. 4. Blend wet ingredients (chia gel, coconut oil and Love Child purees)

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plus the dates in a high powered blender until smooth. 5. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix to combine. 6. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds if using and bake in oven for 30 minutes.


Quinoa chocolate chip power bites (nut free!) Kids love it when you pack a healthy 4. Add the chocolate chips and treat in their lunchboxes. These simple give the food processor a no-bake power bites are delicious and quick pulse to mix them in. nut free—just perfect for school lunches. 5. Using your hands, form the dough into 12 balls. Chill for an hour MAKES: 12 then enjoy. These will keep in a PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES + 1 HOUR TO CHILL sealed container in the fridge for COOKING TIME: NONE! at least a couple of weeks (but INGREDIENTS: they’ll never last that long!) • ½ cup dried pitted dates • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds • 2 tbsps hemp hearts Raw chocolate • ½ cup quinoa flakes almond milk • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips This version uses a small amount of raw PREPARATION: honey, and almonds—a welcome after1. Put the dates in a small heat safe noon treat after a packed day at school. bowl and cover with hot water. Allow MAKES: 4 CUPS to soak for 10 minutes, then drain. PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINUTES, 12 HOURS TO 2. In a food processor fitted with a SOAK THE ALMONDS COOKING TIME: NONE! steal blade puree the drained dates until they form a rough paste. 3. Add the pumpkin seeds, hemp INGREDIENTS: • 1 ¼ cups raw almonds hearts and quinoa flakes and • 4 cups cold water blend for two more minutes.

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2 tbsps local honey 2 ½ tbsps raw cacao 1 tsp pure vanilla extract Pinch sea salt

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Place almonds in a jar or bowl with a pinch of sea salt, then cover them with water. Allow to soak overnight. 7. Drain the almonds and rinse well. 8. Place cold water in a blender. Add the soaked almonds, honey, cacao, vanilla and sea salt and blend until smooth. 9. Place a nut milk or fruit straining bag over a large measuring cup or bowl. 10. In two batches, pour almond mixture into the bag, then use your hands to squeeze almond milk through the bag, into the measuring cup. Discard pulp or save for another use. 11. Pour almond milk into a reuseable bottle and keep in the fridge for up to four days. f 6.

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Sacred seeds for your growing little sprouts. Glynnis Osher

thespicelife.com themysticmasala.com Glynnis Osher is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP), passionate teacher and author with over 16 years experience in Ayurveda. She is on faculty at The Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage, teaching aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and Ayurvedic Self-Care. Glynnis is founder and CEO of The Mystic Masala Ayurvedic Aromatherapy and Thousand Petal Lotus Indian Head Massage. The AromaDosha Blueprint online learning experience launches Sept. 2016. It’s a transformative guide to Ayurvedic aromatherapy and aromanutrition for a blissful life.

Many years ago, a relative was visiting with her two young children and they pleaded to go for a burger. The youngest, a curious six year old, asked where a burger really came from. He was horrified when I told him it came from a cow. His mother had kept that from him hoping to avoid his distress as a sensitive animal lover. Needless to say the gig was up as he made a rightful fuss about not being told this profoundly basic knowledge. Children want to know what and where their food comes from. They are wise, curious and tuned in. Adults may believe that they are protecting their children by hiding facts, or neglecting to educate them about what’s real in the food universe. But connecting them in an intelligent way gives them respect for what they are being fed, as well as what they will later on choose to put into their own bodies. It will instill in them a reverence for the sacredness of nature. Our society is becoming more conscious around food and therefore children are more connected to nature’s bounty. In the world of plant food, there are many wonders waiting to be explored:

Spices Aromatic spices are filled with intriguing qualities that encourage children to eat adventurously and appreciate diversity in their diet. They also stimulate their curiosity. The question of giving spiced foods to babies and young children has always been controversial. But pediatric dietitians, pediatricians, and pediatric gastroenterologists confer that spices are actually beneficial to young children and even babies, as these fragrant seeds increase nutrition diversity and decrease ‘food fussiness’ when they’re introduced at a younger age.

Seeds Seeds are filled with magic and mystery. These aromatic gems have emerged throughout history through stories and mythologies. Seeds build creative, strong, beautiful structures in the developing tissues and cells of children’s bodies. Teaching young children about the lifecycle from seed to flower to fruit is an education that will inspire and illuminate their minds. The colors, shapes, scents and textures will excite their creativity. 1. CI N N A MON .

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Herbs While I agree with the no-salt, no-sugar practice for babies and toddlers, I don’t think that means baby food has to be bland. As the preference of some young children for ‘white foods’ aka pasta, bread, and more pasta (sans anything nutritious added) may be the result of a lack of herbs and spices in their young diet. Certain cultures introduce herbs very early on, which influences the child’s palate for a more diverse diet and reduces picky eating in most cases. Introducing spices and herbs from around 6 months may prepare taste buds for broader flavours and tastes. From an Ayurvedic perspective, there are three characteristic stages of life. Birth to sixteen years is the Kapha (earth and water) stage. During this stage children are attracted to and crave the anabolic Kapha foods that support the incredible growth of their young bodies. These are the sweet and grounding foods such as grains, legumes, milk, fruits, and sweet earthy veggies. During this time, they are unfortunately very often exposed to sweet

processed foods that are not wholesome but have similar characteristics and can cause early imbalances. This Kapha phase is when our immunity is built and the quality and diversity of food is especially important. Children suffer from the Kapha excesses of their sweet diet through common Kapha-type imbalances that include recurrent colds, congestion, and runny noses. Aromatic spices and herbs act as medicine, balancing the heavy Kapha nature of these foods while enhancing their benefits. The best spices to add to food for kids are the aromatic variety, which are not too hot and stimulating. Cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, fennel, cumin, turmeric, saffron, and fresh ginger are all good choices. Start with moderation and allow at least four days before adding anything new, ensuring there are no allergies or adverse reactions. Including spices or as I like to call it, aromanutrition, is beneficial to the whole family and your kids will connect through all five senses. f

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