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SUMMER FAVOURITE THINGS: Our editor’s finds for protection, indulgence, and staying cool.

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The sweetness of summer has arrived. Are you slowing down to savour it? Remember, moments are fleeting. Summer stress? Yes, it's real. Kids out of school, no routines, a lot of family—maybe for you entrepreneurs, work doesn't seem to slow down enough for you to enjoy summer. My personal strategy to soothe summer stress? Chill out (lots of recommendations in this issue for cooling foods), replace my triple daily espresso habit with matcha, cook more plant-based dinners (thank you, Sarah Britton—see page 54) and remember to “find my centre”—even just for 5 minutes every single day. To avoid impending doom, I’ve made a pact to make time to smell the roses and quite literally get my hands in dirt every morning. Watering our little urban garden and veggie boxes, tending to the greens and herbs, watching how magnificently the delicate sweet pea tendrils climb up the bamboo, it allows me a window of time to focus, breathe and disconnect. I also plan to take

more time walking barefoot. Ever heard of Earthing? It’s a thing, and it’s so important. Check out Earthing 101 on page 20. And I was particularly inspired by my interview with Danish farmer and entrepreneur, Erik Nielsen, see page 24. Now, what about play? Well, admittedly, it’s not my forté, but the other day we were at the beach and I flew a kite. It was actually meant for my daughter who fell asleep, so I decided to open it up and give it a go. What a joy watching the dragon kite sail across the blue sky. Let’s try and make more time for fun. Our fitness expert, Dai Manuel and our Ayurvedic expert, Glynnis Osher-Anderson both have a lot to say on this topic; so take a peek. Enjoy the season. We have some changes and inspiration coming up for you in our next issue!

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Contents

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Whole Foods: The unexpected benefits of watermelon.

Earthing 101 The healing frequency of Earth.

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The way of flowers The art of Japanese flower arranging.

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S P EC I A L S EC TI O N !

Holistic Pet Care: Interview with veterinarian Dr. Sheryl Bourque and homeopath Andrea Ring.

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Summer Play Dai Manuel tells us to get outside, and play!

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Sugar Myths Registered dietician Desiree Nielsen on how to indulge your sweet.

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Whole Food Kitchen

Interview and recipes from the wonderful Sarah Britton, author of Naturally Nourished.

A No-stress Ayurvedic Summer With certified Ayurvedic practitioner, Glynnis Osher.

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A Day in the Life

Fitness expert and author, Dai Manuel. IRRES ISTI BL E WATER M EL O N . PHOTO Š KAT H AR I NE HER R I NG ER

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Take a Breath

“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.” RO BE RT BR A U LT, A U T H O R

“I eat the vegetables because I have grown them with my own hands.” These are the sentiments expressed by children involved in a gardening pilot program in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The findings published earlier this year in Children & Society, explored how gardening with children contributes to positive attitudes around vegetable consumption and an increase in eating healthier snacks after participating in the program.

Another paper published last year in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behaviour concluded that of the 1,326 third-grade Texas students who participated in the study, those who enjoyed gardening had the highest levels of vegetable exposure, preference and consumption. Researchers exploring this topic agree that garden-based interventions have an

important and positive effect on the amount of vegetables children eat. July is the perfect time to plant your fall harvest: arugula, beans, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, kale, peas, radishes, turnips, and Swiss chard. If you’re sitting on the fence about gardening with your family, now’s a good time to hop down and get your hands dirty. d

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Cooling foods Whole Foods

Feeling the heat? According to Ayurvedic medicine, excess heat often manifests as anger, frustration, leading to exhaustion. The key is decreasing internal heat, or Pitta. Using herbs and whole foods to beat the heat, you’re likely to feel a lot more balanced this season.

Watermelon juice It fundamentally cools the body and restores balance to overheated blood. The cooling, anti-inflammatory effects of beta-carotene, combined with its diuretic properties help watermelon flush inflammation. Add fresh mint for extra cooling and olfactory benefits.

I NEED A HEALTHY TREAT I'D LOVE A FRESH JUICE

I'M HOT + TIRED!

How are you feeling the heat? I'M HOT + IRRITATED!

Strawberries The cooling juice refreshes and hydrates your palette, as the slight roughness of the seeds brush against your tongue. Their flavour and texture are universally adored and were even regarded by the ancient Chinese as the queen of fruits. Combine with coconut milk or coconut water as a smoothie, but never with dairy products.

A REFRESHING DRINK… A COOLING LUNCH… SOMETHING SWEET TO ADD…

Coconut water One of the richest sources of potassium (more than 4 bananas!), this delicious water, tapped from young, green coconuts, is an ideal summer beverage. Contains essential electrolytes, antioxidants and vitamin C.

SOMETHING TO MUNCH…

Rose water Known for its sweet, cooling properties, rose water has been used by ancient civilizations in Babylonia, Rome and in India for royal cuisines and as part of skin care. Rose water has been used to beat stress and depression. Soothing and refreshing your body from within, it cools inflammation, tones tissues including digestive tract. Try rosewater lemonade!

Sweet fruits Opt for fully-ripe sweet juicy fruits like melons, cherries, grapes, pears and mangoes to soothe and cool. Not in large quantities, and ideally 30 minutes before or 1 hour after other foods.

Greens Green salads, vegetables like zucchini, kale, celery and herbs like basil and cilantro are cooling and pacifying. They are somewhat sweet, bitter and astringent. Pair with a small amount of grounding grains like quinoa or coconut rice. You’ll feel satisfied, calmed and nourished. d

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A world of pet cats and dogs

GET YOUR SMOOTHIE ON!

Enhance your microbiome one sip at a time

The world’s pet population is growing rapidly, an indicator of economic growth. As incomes rise, so do pet ownership and spending per household. India, for example, saw its dog population increase by 58% between 2007 and 2012. Brazil holds the largest per capita population of small dogs at 20 million, while Romania has the most balanced pet population, with 45% of households owning dogs and 45% owning cats.

Top pet dog populations, in millions:

Top pet cat populations, in millions:

USA—69.9

USA—74

BRAZIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35.8

53.1 RUSSIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.8 BRAZIL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.5 FRANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.5 {CANADA} . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7.9

millions

CHINA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27.4

RUSSIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12.5 JAPAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

{CANADA} . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5.9

millions

CHINA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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The top good-for-you whole foods Whole Foods

Watermelon

Watermelon contains cucurbitacin E, a compound which blocks the activity of pain and inflammationcausing enzyme, cyclooxygenase, the same enzyme blocked by COX-2 inhibitor drugs like aspirin, Advil, Motrin and Aleve.

July is National Watermelon Month so let’s celebrate this amazing whole food. In addition to having more lycopene than raw tomatoes, watermelon also contains high amounts of citrulline. V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 1 3

The body converts this nutrient into the amino acid, arginine, which comes with a whole host of health benefits. L-arginine helps to lower blood pressure, by opening and relaxing blood vessels. In this way, it may also help with erectile dysfunction. Other benefits associated with the nutrients in watermelon include lowered risk of stroke, reduced risk of ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women, and cancer overall.

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Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable so don’t forget the skin and seeds. Contrary to customary eating practices, both the seeds and rind are completely edible. The seeds contain iron, zinc, protein and fibre while the rind is as nutrient dense as the flesh. And in case you’re wondering, seedless watermelons aren’t genetically modified—they are simply the result of hybridization. d P HO T O © N G U Y E NQ UO C THANG


Whole Body

Earthing 101

Ever noticed that feeling of calm and balance that comes over you when you bury your toes in the soft, cool grass? Or the pleasant sensation of relaxation when walking barefoot along the water’s edge?

You’ve probably practiced Earthing and not even realized it.

distress, migraine headaches, and chaotic hormone production.

The healing frequency of Earth Once the participants were reintroduced to 7.8Hz, also known as Schumann Resonance, or the frequency of the Earth, these symptoms disappeared and systems regulated again. In addition, with We are electrical beings continued exposure to this frequency, The human body consists largely of positive effects like improved sleep, water and minerals. This makes it decreased pain and inflammation, a good conductor of electricity, in reduced stress and improved gastrothe form of electrons. Our bodies intestinal symptoms were reported. use these electrical charges to send Earthing also helps to neumessages from the nerves to the brain, tralize free radicals and mediate to regulate heartbeat, to keep circadian the associated cellular damage; rhythms in order and much more. damage caused from exposure to In essence, we are electrical beings pollution, cigarettes, insecticides, and just as the sun gives us energy in the pesticides, trans fats, radiation form of vitamin D, the Earth has its own and other physical, mental and energetic healing properties. In order emotional stresses. These factors to examine the impact of this energy deplete the body’s electron reserves. on human health, a series of studies All it takes is fifteen minutes of “skinwere conducted at the world-famous to-skin” contact with the Earth’s Max Planck Institute in Germany in surface daily to replenish these stores. the nineteen sixties and seventies. Behaviour Psychology Professor, Skin-to-skin contact R.Wever, built an underground bunker Modern shoes, high-rise buildings, with experimental rooms which inaccessibility to green spaces and shielded against natural magnetic and extreme winters all work against us electric fields. Student volunteers lived in our quest to ground ourselves. in these rooms for four weeks and the Plastic and rubber are very good effects were recorded. Throughout their insulators and work well to insulate time in the bunker, study participants electrical wires; they also work to disreported suffering from diverging connect us from the Earth’s electrical circadian rhythms including disturbed waves. Comparatively, leather-soled sleep patterns, general disruption shoes are a good alternative as of basic body regulation, emotional they allow you to stay grounded. Earthing, a movement that’s been gaining ground for several years now, is based upon the belief that connecting directly with the Earth’s energy is foundational for optimum physical and mental wellbeing.

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Other ways to practice Earthing include walking barefoot on a sandy beach, walking in the grass or soil (preferably moist as water is a good conductor), submerging some of your bare skin in a lake, sea or ocean (salt water is a better conductor) or using an Earthing aid. Products to aid in Earthing It’s not always possible to have direct and unobstructed contact with the Earth; that’s where earthing aids come in. Several companies produce an assortment of products to help you reap the benefits of Earthing if you’re short on time to get outside, or if the cold Canadian winters pose a problem. Options like Earthing mats, Earthing shoes, sheets, bands, yoga mats and patches are made with highly conductive silver fibres. These products are connected to the grounding port of your outlet with a grounding cord or directly into the Earth with a grounding rod. In this way, depending on the product’s directions for use, you will be able to reap the benefits of grounding while sleeping, working out, sitting at the computer or any of your other favourite activities, regardless of temperature, weather or outdoor access. Just as exercising, eating right, practicing mindfulness and getting enough good quality sleep are important lifestyle practices, so is Earthing another excellent addition to your wellbeing routine. Next time you’re feeling a little unbalanced, scattered, or in need of a little down time, kick off your shoes and let Mother Nature do the rest. d P HO T O © KI RA666


“Since humans came from nature, the rebalancing of the body and the self-healing process must also come from nature.” Dr. Lucian Delcea, PhD., founder of Provita Nutrition

Provita Nutrition: A story of love and healing PROVITA SERRA-PLUS FORTE

is a powerful and fast acting anti-inflammatory combining seven natural ingredients including: maximum potency Serrapeptase, Curcumin, Bromelain, Papain, Ginger, Boswellia serrata and Piper nigrum. For more than seven years, this product has been in high demand in Europe, both from consumers and naturopathic clinics due to its excellent track record of efficacy in helping to treat inflammation and pain.

PROVITA NERVINE

is a non-addictive, mild anxiolytic, anti-stress, and mild sedative sleep aid. It combines the nervine herb, California Poppy together with Hawthorn. A study in France concluded that there is a complementary effect in the association of Eschscholzia californica with Crataegus laevigata (Hawthorn). It was found that anxiety modifies cardiac rhythm which can be controlled by Hawthorn.

PROVITA FORMULA KARDIO FLOW is a

PROVITA MAGNESIUM PRO combines four forms

multivitamin and minerals complex with amino acids and plant extracts, designed for the maintenance of good cardiovascular health.

of Magnesium with Coral Calcium and Vitamin B6 for maximum body absorption. According to various studies, Magnesium helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fats; it maintain proper muscle function, and bones and tissue formation.

This formula combines synergistic nutrients that help the body clean the arterial system and improve blood flow.

PROVITA SYNERGISTIC GABA PRO helps in the

PROVITA ARTHRO-FLX FORTE is a synergistic

treatment of anxiety, depression and insomnia, by helping maintain brain neurotransmitter function. GABA is a major neurotransmitter distributed throughout the central nervous system. L-Glutamic Acid is a neurotransmitter essential for brain cognitive function, while Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P5P) restores the activity of the brain glutamate decarboxylase (GAD), which is the enzyme necessary for the conversion of glutamate into GABA.

formula known to help in the maintenance and repair of joint cartilage, and in reducing the pain associated with osteoarthritis and joint deterioration. Glucosamine helps stop cartilage deterioration. Chondroitin and Hyaluronic acid support joint lubrication. Devil’s claw associated with Boswellia extract and White willow bark reduce inflammation and the pain associated with arthritis. Collagen helps the cartilage to regain resilience.

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For Dr. Lucian Delcea, PhD., Provita Nutrition is all about family. When his wife was diagnosed with terminal liver cirrhosis Dr. Lucian Delcea, PhD. caused by hepatitis C, he knew that it was up to him to save her. Inspired by his life’s work as a scientist and innovator in the field of plasma physics and materials science, Dr. Delcea began to study the human body as a complex machine governed by the laws of mechanics, physics and chemistry. Incorporating traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic healing methods, he learned how natural ingredients can become powerful and effective therapeutic solutions. “Since humans came from nature, the rebalancing of the body and the self-healing process must also come from nature,” says Dr. Delcea. Following his triumph in treating his wife’s cirrhosis, Dr. Delcea was able to restore the health of his father and brother, who had also been suffering from serious illnesses. Passionate and motivated by his success, Dr. Delcea decided to help others by manufacturing synergistic, natural formulas, and in 2005 Provita Nutrition and Health was born. Widely used in Europe for over a decade, Provita theraThree generations of the Delcea family. peutic formulas are now growing in popularity in Canada, the US, and Asia.


The way of flowers Whole Home

Ikebana students arrange flowers as a way to bring “heaven to earth”, meaning simply, to bring the outside in, and to strengthen a connection with the natural world.

Ikebana, the traditional Japanese practice of arranging flowers, is known also as kado, the “way of flowers”, one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement. Ikebana is a contemplative practice that allows the student to meditate on materials and their composition and the temporary aspects of nature. Each arrangement only lasts so long—but affords the student space, in these moments, for reflection. While there are over 1,000 schools of ikebana in Japan, we spoke with Francesca, a student of the Sogetsu school in Vancouver. Started in 1927 by Sofu Teshigahara, Sogetsu is one of the largest and most modern in technique and outlook. “Sogetsu looks at ikebana materials with fresh eyes (and encourages its students to explore their creativity) under the discipline of guided arrangements,” she says. “This beauty, through the manipulation of the materials by the student, which does not exist in a natural state, is ikebana.” While the beginner works with standard arrangements (you must complete an arrangement successfully in order to move on), advanced

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students have the opportunity to freestyle, working with any number of materials, and not limited to flowers alone. Francesca herself works often with driftwood, other advanced students work with bamboo, fabrics, or grasses in addition to blossoms.

“…taking the time to practice arrangements, especially in quiet, allows the mind to focus.” The benefits of ikebana are many. There is plenty of space for self-expression and creativity; students are encouraged to listen to their instincts and honour the mind’s natural need to create. Similarly, taking the time to practice arrangements, especially in quiet, allows the mind to focus. Students routinely report increases in mental clarity, calmness, and tranquility. A study of the practice by the University of British Columbia identified three outcomes for students sampled: that ikebana is an avenue to a richer life, it leads to a transformation of the self through practice, and ikebana supports harmony in life.

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The study concludes: “The concepts of ‘engagement’ and ‘meaning’ are key aspects of occupation that can influence health and well-being.” Look for your local ikebana chapter online, or visit Ikebana International at ikebanahq.org for more information. d


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What started as an agricultural product for nourishing the soil, was developed into a formula for humans, and 80% of the people who tried Biosa improved.

The Organic Entrepreneur

“These microbes live in nature, they live on the grass, they live in apple flowers.�

The soil whisperer Q&A with the biodynamic farmer and founder of Biosa BY KAT H A R I NE H E R R I NG E R

Truly in a league of his own, Erik Nielsen, businessman turned biodynamic farmer and entrepreneur, has his finger on the pulse of what we need, from the soil to understanding the microbiome of our gut. If our soil could speak, he could hear its whisper. Or maybe it does, and maybe he can.

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When you were a child, growing up in Denmark, what were your early experiences with the natural world? I was about twelve years old and I lived in a village. Our nearest neighbour had a small farm. He had about ten dairy cows, pigs in pens and ten hectares of land and I spent most of my free time there. I loved being on the farm and taking care of the cows. I ploughed the fields with the horses—it was in the 50s; at that time we didn’t have a tractor. I worked there for about four years, while I went to school. I spent my free time and weekends on the farm. My family also had a garden and I helped there, too, growing vegetables and things like that. However, I really loved being on the fields, connecting to the soil, the earth and the horses. When I was 14, we got a tractor and I did all the work with a tractor. This was my first experience with agriculture. You spent many years working in finance, based in Copenhagen. Did you feel a disconnection between city life and the country life that you so loved? My goal that time was to be a good businessman. But, at the age of about 32, I decided to move away from the city. I bought a house in the countryside and two years later, I bought my farm. This was a change. I really liked my life in the city, being together with friends, the different businesses I experienced and the city life. But I decided to never work for money again. Even though I knew that I could earn a lot of money—I had a well-paid manager position in a very good company. However, I realized this was not the right life for me; this is almost 35 years ago. I said, ‘no more; that’s enough!’ I have seen enough of this business life. Many of these business people had no morals and I couldn’t cope with that. This was the very reason I then realized my dream to buy a farm. I

had this dream already when I was very young. I had earned enough money to buy a farm. It was a wonderful feeling for me. I worked as a farmer for about 15 years, farming every day. I had dairy cows and other things, too. This was my life but it was not enough. It was wonderful, I mean; I really wanted to get out on the field in the morning, taking the cows home to the stable and then milking them, but it was not enough to just produce milk. I really wanted to do something for the world. The farm was too little to make a living. When I was a kid and you had thirty cows and thirty hectares you could make a living but 30 years later not anymore. Farms in Denmark and many other places around the world are getting bigger and bigger. You have to have a hundred cows or more. This is not my way of life. When you entered the world of agriculture, what led you to the evolution into biodynamic farming? I met a group of biodynamic farmers when I was about 30 years old. I helped this group of farmers who needed financial assistance. I helped them to establish a small bank, the Merkur Bank. This bank was more flexible and devoted to investing in sustainable small businesses. This group of farmers happened to be biodynamic farmers and in turn educated me on the work of Rudolf Steiner and biodynamic farming. I then spent a lot of time in Switzerland taking courses and studying the movement. As a side note, is there a reinvigoration towards encouraging young people to become farmers in Denmark? It’s a different movement I would say. More and more younger people really want to live in the countryside. They’re starting up communities, really

small villages where they want to live. There is also a very big movement for organic farming, probably the biggest in the world is in Denmark. How did you go from farming into the world of microorganisms, fermentation and then to the development of your probiotic, Biosa? I worked for the Danish government in Asia. In Bangkok I unexpectedly met a Japanese professor from Okinawa, Dr. Higa. He worked with organic farming but also on a very progressive idea with microorganisms. I ended up visiting Japan and studying their technologies; I was very impressed. They offered to send one of their best students to work with me in Denmark for a year. This student spent a whole year teaching me how to develop these effective microorganisms and fermentation processes. We began to develop our own fermented product, called Biosa, based on microorganisms and combined with organic herbs. I started with a product for the agricultural sector to nourish the soil; then we began the production of a product for pets and for humans. I could see the need for helping people suffering from a weak digestive system

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or bad stomach disorders. 80% of people who tried Biosa improved; they were able to get the right probiotics in their systems, increased their energy and improved their immune system. So, this product is made with lactic acid bacteria, but it is vegan and has nothing to do with lactose? It is vegan, absolutely. These microbes live in nature, they live on the grass, they live in apple flowers; they live everywhere. For example, if you take grass cuttings, tie them in a plastic bag without oxygen, they begin to ferment. That’s why it’s so healthy for cows and horses to eat green grass, because they are getting the lactic acid bacteria. What else is in the product? First of all we have very healthy, activated, living water. When I say the word living, I really mean it; most water today from the tap is totally dead. This water has been activated, as if it came from a moving stream. This is the very reason why it’s possible that these microbes live in this form over a longer time—they like the water. The water must be excellent. Then we add organic sugar and organic molasses to the water. We heat the water up to about 40°C. Next we mix in the molasses and the sugar and then we add the microbes to that substance. So the molasses and the sugar are the food for the microbes? Yes, this is the food for the microbes; there’s zero sugar in the finished product. After 24 hours, we begin adding the 19 different herbs to it. We leave them in the in the substance for about 14 days; then we take the herbs out again; these herbs are a part of the fermentation process as well. When we start up the process, we have a pH of about 5.5 and after fourteen days the pH will go down below 3.5. It’s pretty sour; it is an acid, a lactic acid that is mostly creating this low pH. V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 1 3

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doing that; just connecting to nature winter and summer, every single day. Then I exercise. I don’t know if you are familiar with the Five Tibetans; it is a kind of yoga. In spring and summer I work at least one hour with my vegetables. I still plant a lot of vegetables. It is wonderful for me to see the small seeds coming to life and growing into big plants. Then I go to my office which is on the farm. We have about 12 employees. My wonderful son Ely takes care of the management and I can take care of the product development and connect with different countries. I have meetings with many people from other countries coming to visit our farm. Currently we have visitors from Switzerland; last year we had a wonderful woman from India, who is our friend and comes twice a year. What happens when it’s so dark in the winter for you? For me it is a wonderful time as well. We heat the house with our own woods; I make my own firewood. We spend a lot of these evenings in front of the fire looking at the flames. We’re doing things such as spiritual studies and meditation. I love to be in this climate and hemisphere and the four seasons. All these things I believe are important for people. d


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Turmeric and black pepper butter for dogs The health benefits of turmeric for humans have been studied and widely documented and, as it turns out, many of these apply to dogs as well — anti-inflammatory, promoting heart, liver and digestion health, and offering allergy relief are among them. This recipe is an easy way for your dog to get the benefits, without the overpowering flavour of turmeric.

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 hat was your inspiration in W moving from conventional veterinary care to a more holistic model? D R. BOU R Q U E: I started to practice in 1996 as a conventional vet in large animal practice; horses, cows, sheep. I quickly became disheartened as it seemed to me that the type of medicine that was available was quite brutal, harsh and damaging to the animal’s body. After a year, I changed my focus and went to small animal practice. I worked as an associate in a couple of different practices for about three years. I kept seeing the same kind of dissatisfaction I felt in large animal V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 1 3

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practice. Patients would be coming back time and again after, say, a vaccination or after a round of antibiotic or being put on a prescription kibble diet they couldn’t tolerate. I started looking into holistic practice. As soon as I read about it, it made perfect sense to me to align myself with that type of practicing. It was natural; it wasn’t harsh or brutal on the body. In the year 2000, I switched over. It was slow and I had to retake many courses. I worked with various wellrespected holistic practitioners and learned a lot on the job. From there I’ve done my own research, and here

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A N DR E A R I N G M A K E UP T H E H E A RT O F HA R MO NY V E T E R I N A RY H O M E C A R E , A SM A L L H O L I ST I C C L I NI C I N C L O V E R DA L E B . C . , W H E R E T H E Y E M B R A CE H O L I S TI C A N D I N T E GR AT I V E M E DI C I N E W H I C H J OI NS TH E PR O V E N W I SDO M O F N AT UR A L T H E R A PIES WI TH E STA B L I SH E D V E T E R I N A RY SC I E N C E.

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longer to live. He was sixteen, he had renal failure, liver failure, he had severe dementia and he had stopped eating. He would just fall over and I didn’t know what to do. As a last ditch effort, I went into a store and they had some raw food. It was the only raw food at that time. The owner of the store said, “Why don’t you try feeding him some raw food?” I did and he started eating. This raw food then led me to a homeopath and holistic veterinarian. We treated my dog with homeopathic remedies and supplements. He went on a raw food diet and my 16-yearold lived another 2 years. I was absolutely astounded. I had never heard of raw food before, I had vaccinated him almost every year and I would say unequivocally that his last round of vaccines were the nails in his coffin. He never recovered from those vaccines. It was an eye-opener for me at the time because I researched a lot. I did a whole radio documentary series on raw food, on over-vaccination and on homeopathic treatments. Two years later, I left my career completely, enrolling in a homeopathic college. I first became a human homeopath and then took a three year course for animal homeopathy. I was working with homeopath Julianne Li at the time, who was my mentor. I have been doing this full-time exclusively as a practitioner for the last five years but was immersed in it for almost twenty years. I think, if I had to do it again I would become a vet again, but I just didn’t follow that path initially.

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:C  an you both explain how you see conventional veterinary care today in 2017, versus holistic care? Has much evolved in conventional practice over the years? DR. BOURQUE: I find that conventional veterinary medicine is very narrow in scope and not at all focused on prevention, but almost “fear-based” in nature. There is pervasive over-vaccination, even though there are recommendations by various associations not to vaccinate yearly or every three years. The prescription diet kibbles are essentially no different than kibble purchased in the grocery stores. There’s the over-use of flea and tick products that are very toxic. Not a lot has changed. It has gotten to the point where it seems worse; worse meaning it’s more damaging to the animal. We, as holistic practitioners are seeing very sick animals at a younger age. The common theme is vaccination every year, especially rabies vaccination, multivalent vaccines being given as well as feeding inappropriate kibble food. A holistic practice is the opposite of all that.

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symptom or get rid of diarrhea in the moment. We always look deeper and try to heal the animal on every level including anything that’s wrong in their body but also the mental and emotional state. In human medicine mentally issues and physical issues are not linked. You see a medical doctor and you see someone else for psychological issues. Alternatively, you’ll go see a naturopath or homeopath or a traditional Chinese medicine doctor. We’re offering alternatives to conventional medicine; we’re offering holistic medicine to treat the body as a whole. There are some real key points in that. The first thing we usually treat is vaccinosis, which is over-vaccination—an adverse allergic reaction, or immune system failure. Probably the biggest thing we see is skin issues. The animals are so overvaccinated, over-medicated, so highly suppressed that they are itchy. A new drug called Apoquel is supposed to get rid of the itch, but it doesn’t do anything to heal the body. We find that over time, these animals gradually get worse and worse to the point that sometimes you can’t turn them around anymore. :D  o the two of you see a lot of pets, where you’re their owner’s last ditch effort, having exhausted the conventional system? DR. BOURQUE: Yes, they have exhausted everything that’s available to them in conventional practice. They’ve been to specialists and they come to us as the last try, last kick at the can. Often, after we have discussed the case with them, they say, “why didn’t I come to you first?” As Andrea mentioned, there are many cases that can’t be turned around.

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they’re vaccinated; it cements that condition even more. That being said, approximately 80% of cases, we end up with positive outcomes.

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: On a positive note, do you find now as you go on and progress, are you seeing younger patients now? Is a desire for holistic care for animals emerging? DR. BOURQUE: Yes absolutely. That’s what is so thrilling to see. There is a younger generation, and they have either done their research or have been speaking with somebody who is knowledgeable on holistic practice. They want to start off on the right foot. They come in to do the right thing, or they’ve had a very terrible situation in the past in conventional practice with a previous pet that has died at an early age. They have done some research and said, “Next time it’s going to be different”.

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:W  hat are the first recommendations that you give to all pet owners? DR. BOURQUE: A solid foundation, as a pillar of growth and development and everything is centered around a species appropriate fresh raw diet. Probably the most important would be the omega three fatty acid family; EPA and DHA are very anti-inflammatory, naturally. We have bounced around from oil to oil to oil; my preference is the marine phytoplankton. The other thing I recommend most of the times is a good probiotic digestive enzyme. We know, a good 70% or more of the immune system lies within the gut. If we’re not protecting that gut and building the immunity within the gut then we could end up with problems down the road; so, an omega three fatty acid and good probiotic. One other thing to add is lifestyle. This is important, too. A lot of animals that come in are not getting proper exercise. Exercise, simulation and fresh air is essential for health. d ANDREA:


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to oregano oil which prevents the development of mutant strains. Oregano oil acts quickly to increase immunity and to restore health and vitality. In a small study conducted on sheep and goats on four small farms in Maine, oregano oil was found effective in eliminating worms and parasites that commonly affect these animals. Our four legged friends suffer from many of the same disorders as we and respond well to topical and internal treatment. A horse owner, who used 12 drops of oregano oil in an apple daily to treat a benign squamous cell carcinoma on the nose of her horse, reported quick and compelling results. Another horse owner applied it to the horse topically with great success for hoof fungus and skin problems. Dogs are constantly a target for parasites as well as ticks and fleas. Keep your hound healthy by adding a few drops of oregano oil to the food, diluted further in more olive or coconut oil. It can help with digestion, bad breath, keeping the teeth clean, infections,

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allergies, arthritis, listlessness and topically for skin problems. Birds, especially parrots seem to like the taste and will indulge. If your bird is listless, give it a try by diluting a drop and putting it in the seed tray. You may be surprised with the results. Cats can experience hepatoxicity when exposed to essential oils. Oregano oil is an essential oil, so caution should be exercised. That being said, some cats will volunteer and should not be discouraged from ingesting a very small amount. I have heard from quite a few cat owners who used it on sick cats, which recovered and did not suffer any side effects. Proceed with caution to be safe and only if your cat agrees! There is a huge difference in the benefits of taking true wild Mediterranean oregano oil as opposed to farmed oregano oil. Oregano essential oil should be mixed with certified organic carrier oils such as extra virgin olive oil for reasons of safety and efficacy. In order to be safe, find oil with 1 part oregano essential oil to 4 parts olive oil. This can be safely used, straight from the bottle. Stronger oils can cause stomach upset and topical discomfort. You and your best friend will find that using wild Mediterranean oil of oregano will save you both from downtime and increase your quality of life. d LEARN MORE AT WILDOILOFOREGANO.COM

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Favourite things for furry friends

Supplement aisles in pet stores are growing. Natural remedies have been proven, with great success, to be of help to our furry friends, too. Here are a few of our favourites, that you might want to try.

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According to Dr. Karen Becker, coconut oil is good for balancing good to bad bacteria issues. Coconut oil is also an excellent moisturizer for animals with skin allergies, dry and flaky skins, cuts, sores, pets with thin coats, dry cut noses and other pet’s skin problems. >> omeganutrition.com

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Ashwagandha (Sensoril®) (Withania somnifera) I M P ROV ES EN ERGY & BAL AN CES T HE BO DY.

Often referred to as “Indian ginseng,” it is a rejuvenating herb that improves energy and reduces stress. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that modulates the response to stress and changes in the environment, while reducing mental stress and anxiety.

reduce anxiety. These effects are likely the result of the mushroom’s ability to stimulate the synthesis of nerve growth factor (NGF), a small protein crucial to the growth, maintenance and survival of nerve cells within the brain. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) IMMU N IT Y AN D AN T IOXIDAN T S U PPORT.

In traditional Chinese medicine Red Reishi is known as the mushroom of immortality; it was found to increase longevity in mice, and it is also known to support the immune system.

This tree mushroom, which resembles dark wood, gained fame in the ‘80s as the curative mushroom in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s semi-autobiographical novel, Cancer Ward. The fungal growth, or conk, is a rich source of antioxidants and beta-glucans which both protect the body’s tissues, and stimulate the immune system.

Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

Cordyceps (Ophiocordyceps sinensis)

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Often referred to as turkey tail mushroom, Coriolus is widely recognized for its powerful and consistent ability to affect the immune response. Two substances, polysaccharide peptide (PSP) and polysaccharide krestin (PSK) have been shown to profoundly affect immunity. Over 600 studies have been carried out on PSP, and close to 25 clinical trials.

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Oh, Canada, summer is here! Let’s play! Blinded by the light, Canadians rub the sleep from their eyes as they emerge from their wintery troves… Feeling a bit stir crazy, there’s a definite excitement in the air.

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, 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 a solid foundation of health.

And can you blame us? It seemed that winter just wouldn’t leave us alone. Just when we thought spring was breaking—BAM!—another snowfilled flurry slapped us across our frost-bitten cheeks. In parts of Canada, spring didn’t even show up. Yes, winter dragged on and on, beat us down a little, but we’ve emerged from our cocoons stronger than ever, and ready to spread our wings to take flight in the warm sensual rays of summertime awesomeness! But now what? We’ve been so caught up in the winter-thatwas; we’ve forgotten how amazing summer can be. Longer days, shorter nights, gentle breezes and warm rains, all remind our inner child of those days from long ago when we would wake up, roll out of bed, and be out the door until dinnertime. In summer we played, and played and played some more. And it was fun! It’s time to be a kid again this summer. Here are a few ways to get started.

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Join a rec team and play a sport

Learn a new physical skill

As kids, we’d often find ourselves at the local park with the neighbourhood kids, playing whatever the flavor of the day was. Baseball, basketball, soccer, or a good old game of tag—it didn’t matter. We played; we laughed; we were kids. As adults there’s no reason not to continue having fun and growing ourselves with sport. Not only will you get healthier and happier as a byproduct of play, you will further your teamwork and leadership skills, develop and refine different abilities, as well as deepen your sense of belonging, friendship and camaraderie. Makes sense why mom and dad would kick us of the house to go play with the other kids, right?

We’ve all heard the cliché, ‘if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it’; yet it isn’t until we start to experience it personally as we age, when we realize the wisdom. Cognitive function, sharpness of wit, balance, core stability, muscle tone, mobility and cardiovascular health, can all benefit from teaching the body something new. If team sports aren’t for you, there are a million and one activities you can take up this summer. A few of the favourites include stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, long boarding, Frisbee, golf, pitch-and-putt, tennis, a martial art like Tai-Chi or yoga. Learning something new can be fun and rewarding; it not only exercises our mind

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and body, but also helps push our self-confidence to new levels both emotionally and psychologically. And a little note: Rather than get frustrated from the learning curve, remember we all start somewhere. Laugh it off while sharing your biggest kid-like grin you can. This simple trick will help you connect FUN with learning something new, and you’ll pick-up new things all the more quicker being in a relaxed state of mind. Remember how happy you were the day you learned to ride a bike by yourself? Exactly! Create that feeling for yourself again this summer.

Climb a mountain Yup, you read that right. Literally, climb a mountain. We live in Canada where there are 39 National Parks and 8 National Park Reserves. We have so many incredible areas to adventure in nature. Hiking not only provides the body with an incredible workout. Walking in nature has immune boosting effects, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, while improving mood and our ability to focus. As a result this leads to increased energy, greater sleep

“Take advantage of the summer to reacquaint yourself with your inner child; push yourself to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable and reignite the smile from the inside!” quality and an overall improvement with general well-being. When we were kids, I remember my brother and me going to the forest with my dad. We’d hike the trails, climb over and under logs, and run amok thinking we were on a great adventure. You couldn’t wipe the smiles from our faces for days. Some of my fondest memories as a kid involved the wooded areas of Canada. Get back to being a kid and set off on your own green adventure this summer! Now of course, I alluded to climbing a literal mountain, but I want to challenge you to seek out and climb a metaphorical mountain this summer, too. In our lives, we have so

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many incredible opportunities to learn, grow and expand our lifestyles. The summer is a perfect season to do so. Venturing out of our winter slumber, shaking off the cobwebs of inactivity, and pushing ourselves to do something that makes us feel a bit uncomfortable is a must. It’s scary—I get that! Often new experiences can be that way. But ask yourself two questions about putting yourself out there: 1. What’s the worst that can happen if you do? 2. What’s the worst that can happen if you don’t? As kids we spend our days putting ourselves in situations that make us feel uncomfortable. But we adapted. We grew. We developed into the people we are today. This ritual of growth should never stop, and winter can’t be an excuse. Take advantage of the summer to reacquaint yourself with your inner child; push yourself to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable and reignite the smile from the inside and let it shine as brightly as the sensual summertime rays that fill your days. Now, go forth and claim your awesomeness! d I S S U U . C O M / V I S TA M A G A Z I N E C A N A D A


Favourite things for summer

Editor’s Favourites

What better time of year to indulge your senses and treat yourself. Here are a few favourites that will protect, invigorate and keep you cool this summer.

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Forget Beauty skin care

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This sparkling duo are a part of a new collection from skin care guru, Amanda Beisel. The Awakened Hydrating serum and Illuminated Vitamin C Powder are “make have” summertime essentials. Together this duo not only protects and promotes collagen but deeply nourishes the deeper layer of skin, preventing dehydration and dull looking skin. You can expect ultra-bright, hydrated and healthy skin. >> forgetbeauty.com

Eminence Organics Tropical Vanilla Body Sunscreen, SPF 32

This beauty is a sunscreen that feels like a moisturizer, and smells like a holiday in French Polynesia. This indulgenttreat variety of sunscreens is not necessarily a product that you’ll want to slather on your whole family. Be selfish, darling. Your skin will thank you! Effectively protects from UVA/UVB/UVC rays, skin feels revitalized and silky smooth. Can be used on the face, but you may prefer the companion facial moisturizer, also SPF 32. >> eminenceorganics.com

3) Thirsty Buddha sparkling coconut water with watermelon

My new favorite summer beverage, like happiness in a can. Sparkling coconut water with watermelon, no added sugar, just packed with electrolytes. Perfect post-summer spin class or by the lake. Having a bad day? Sip and be transported. >> buddhabrandscompany.com

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Betterwith ice cream

I love this new ice cream with quite the backstory. Apparently, the first-to-market premium ice cream made with traceable milk in Canada. Never mind that, the cows are beneficiaries of a state-of-the-art Lely Astronaut voluntary milking system, contributing to their low-stress levels. Happy cows = better milk = better ice cream. Makes sense to me, and it’s seriously delicious. >> betterwith.com

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David’s Tea glass iced tea bottle

This borosilicate glass iced tea bottle is so thoughtfully designed; it’s my new favorite “driving bottle”. Good design and a pleasant mouth feel does encourage me to stay hydrated. Besides that, it has a leak-proof stopper that comes off with the most satisfying pop. Plus, a brilliant stainless steel bottom that unscrews so you can add ice. >> davidstea.com

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Mitsuwa Okinawa 28 Greens

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This beautiful green product honours the island of Okinawa (Japan), known for its blue waters, vibrant coral reefs, healthy cuisine and home of the largest population of centenarians. The Okinawans credit their longevity to their daily diet of indigenous fruits and vegetables such as goya (bitter melon) and green papaya, rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Made from a delicious and unique blend of 28 traditional Okinawan vegetables, young Japanese barley grass and naturally-sweetened with Okinawan black sugar. I love to explore the summer with new green drinks; and this is an excellent way to nourish your body after days spent in the sun. >> mitsuwahealth.com

Lily of the Desert, Aloe H20

Aloe is so cooling and soothing, and excellent for gut and intestinal health. Each bottle of this aloe-infused H20 contains 200 active nutrients, from organically-grown aloe. Coconut-lime and cucumber are my faves. Heartburn, indigestion or acidity? Meet some relief! Or pack them for a road trip or hike; your body will feel nourished. d >> lilyofthedesert.com

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Getting clear about sugar and your health

Desiree Nielsen R.D.

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It’s the season of sun-ripened fruit and cool treats… but it’s possible you may find yourself questioning whether they’re still a good idea. These days, sugar gets zero love. Whereas we once feared fat, our wellness lens has refocused on the sweet stuff.

@desireerd Desiree Nielsen, R.D.

To understand the role of sugar in the human diet, you have to start at the whose particular beginning with the energy currency of the interests include body: glucose. Glucose can be obtained digestive health, anti- from food directly, breaking down starchy inflammatory nutrition carbohydrates into their glucose building and vegan diets. She’s blocks, or creating it from protein or fatty a frequent guest on acids. CBC News Now, CTV, Glucose is a single sugar molecule Global, and Breakfast that our cells disassemble to harness Television. Desiree’s the energy of its chemical bonds. It first book, Un-junk is our brain’s preferred fuel source, your diet, is available and our bodies have complex feedback at Chapters Indigo mechanisms designed to keep the levels across Canada. Desiree of blood glucose in metabolic range. So is also the host of having glucose in your blood isn’t a bad The Urban Vegetarian, thing. It is, in fact, essential to life. a new cooking show Of course, no one doubts that dietary on Gusto TV. sugars play too large of a role in the North American diet. Roughly one in five calories we consume comes from sugar… and our excess consumption is linked to rates of obesity, type two diabetes and even heart disease. However, we’ve also been eating sugar for a really long time without these massive chronic disease rates. In order to place sugar in its correct context within our diet, you have to start pulling apart the myths we tell ourselves about what sugar is and its effect on our body. Desiree Nielsen is a

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“In order to place sugar in its correct context within our diet, you have to start pulling apart the myths we tell ourselves about what sugar is and its effect on our body.” Myth 1: All sugars, and everything that ‘turns into sugar’, must be avoided to keep blood sugars stable. If you want to largely cut out added or concentrated sugars, you won’t get any complaint from me. As long as you don’t deprive yourself of a treat every now and then, it’s probably a good idea to get into the habit of an unsweetened life. However, a cup of sweetened soda and a big, juicy peach are not the same thing. In the context of a whole food, your body has to work to liberate the sugar molecules from plant cell walls… this takes time and moderates the rise of blood glucose. In addition, those whole food carbs are packed with nutrients that optimize cell function and fight inflammation and oxidative damage. Added sugars, particularly in pure form in sweetened beverages or candies, have nothing slowing them down. They spike blood sugars,


have zero nutrition and over time may promote inflammatory damage to cells. Ditto for other carbohydrate containing foods in their whole form. While no one needs a daily chocolate chip muffin, apples and sprouted grain breads as well as sweet potatoes are truly health foods.

Myth 2: Follow the glycemic index and you’ll be fine When someone starts unravelling the connection between digestibility and differing glycemic impacts of foods, the next step is typically to start selecting foods based on their glycemic index. The glycemic index of a food is tested by giving a certain amount of the carbohydrate-containing food to study subjects and charting the resultant rise in blood glucose. Many plant foods like broccoli and barley have a low GI…but GI isn’t the only story. We rarely eat foods in isolation; how we cook, and what we eat with, carbohydrate containing foods alters their glycemic impact. For example, the presence of acid, fat and protein slow down stomach emptying and help moderate the rise in blood sugars after a meal. Which is why Nutella can have a low GI—but you would never classify it as a health food. The take home message here? That whole is better than refined. And a meal crafted with plenty of colourful veggies and protein should always be on the menu.

Myth 3: Ketogenic diets are the ultimate bio-hack For some people, it can be difficult to achieve their healthy weight or blood sugar targets eating a typically healthy amount of carbohydrates. Why? When the body stops listening to insulin, blood sugars remain higher than it is

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healthy, even after a normal meal. And the body responds by pumping out more insulin, which is a storage hormone. If you are constantly riding a blood sugar roller coaster, with insulin in the front car, it is difficult to start releasing stored energy. When this is the case, it makes sense to start experimenting with the amount and type of carbohydrate-containing foods you eat to reach a better blood sugar balance. Some people may do well eating small amounts of grains and larger amounts of vegetables and protein. And for some, a ketogenic diet may be a solution to help snap blood sugar balance back to attention. But it isn’t to be undertaken lightly—or without the help of a health professional.

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But you wouldn’t know it looking on the internet. Fitness and biohack gurus tout ketogenic diets as the ultimate tool to improve brain function, improve inflammation and reduce body fat. High fat ketogenic plans show therapeutic promise; however, for many, simply moving to a more whole foods plan will do the trick.

Keep it simple…and whole Sugar may be the current dietary enemy number one… but it doesn’t have to be. When you focus on cooking a whole food, plant-centred diet, your sugar intake will naturally come into a healthy balance. So you can have your birthday cake, and eat it, too. d I S S U U . C O M / V I S TA M A G A Z I N E C A N A D A


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From a modern mom’s kitchen As a parent in our modern world, I can’t help but feel it’s my responsibility to make sure my children eat a balanced and nutritious diet, so they feel good now and grow up to lead a long and healthy life.

LEAH GARRAD-COLE IS THE FOUNDER OF THE MUCH LOVED BABY AND CHILDREN’S FOOD COMPANY, LOVE CHILD ORGANICS. SHE IS ALSO THE AUTHOR OF THE NEW COOKBOOK, IT ALL BEGINS WITH FOOD—FROM BABY’S FIRST FOODS TO WHOLESOME FAMILY MEALS: OVER 120 DELICIOUS RECIPES FOR CLEAN EATING AND HEALTHY LIVING. LEAH RESIDES IN WHISTLER, BC WITH HER HUSBAND AND TWO CHILDREN.

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While it’s impossible to control everything they eat, particularly now that they are at school age, there’s plenty we parents can do to ensure our kids eat well, and it really begins in our kitchen and at our family table.

Start by choosing clean food If you keep your refrigerator and pantry stocked with a variety of whole foods and nutrient-dense ingredients and avoid buying foods that don’t fit this description, you are more than halfway

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there. Purchasing individual whole food ingredients over foods that have been processed makes it much easier to ensure your family is eating what is often referred to as “clean” food. This is food that is either just one ingredient—in other words, the food itself—or a prepared food that contains only a simple, short list of ingredients (and by simple, I mean no preservatives, artificial flavours or colours, and low in sugars and sodium.) Ideally, the foods we buy will also be organic, certified GMO or locally grown, and in a perfect world, in season. However if all this feels too unrealistic, simply reading the labels carefully, and choosing fresh whole and minimally-processed foods, can have huge value for your family’s health, and are the key steps to focus on. SPONSORED EDITORIAL


“The best way to ensure your family is eating healthy meals is to cook at home whenever time allows.” Make healthy choices easy Now that you’ve brought all this clean food into your home, how can you make sure your family actually eats it? Firstly, take some time after a big shop to chop up fruits and veggies, prepare and portion out proteins, and organize your fridge so that the food is easily accessible and looks appealing. Let kids know what areas of the fridge they can choose from for a snack, and be sure to use the ingredients you’ve pre-prepared as a base for their packed lunches and for your own grab-and-go meals and snacks as well. As for the pantry, create a shelf or two of well-organized, minimally-processed snack offerings. For example, in my pantry I have dried fruits, whole grain crackers, nuts, seaweed, and (of course!) Love SPONSORED EDITORIAL

Child Organics pouches and snacks, organized in containers right at my children’s level. Taking the time to do this rather than just sticking unopened boxes and bags of snacks in the cupboard, goes a long way towards making the kids feel like they have options, and helps ensure, that what you buy doesn’t go to waste, keeping your food costs down. In case you’ve had some guilt about this, don’t feel bad about offering some pre-prepared snacks. Homemade mini-muffins are wonderful; but there isn’t always time to make them. Having some store-bought snacks can be a lifesaver, just be sure to choose wisely, reading the labels.

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it hard to commit to cooking family meals on a regular basis. However, the best way to ensure your family is eating healthy meals is to cook at home whenever time allows. The good news is that clean, whole food recipes are often extremely simple and quick to prepare. Find some healthy options your family will enjoy and build them into your weekly routine. And, as the kids get older, get them involved with the meal planning and preparation. If they have a say in what’s on the menu and help with the cooking, they’ll be far more likely to dig in without complaint. d LEARN MORE AT LOVECHILDORGANICS.COM

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Delicious simplicity with Sarah Britton

Eating with the Seasons

How important is simplicity in the kitchen? One of the myths around eating healthy is that it’s really complicated and expensive. I hope with this book I can prove that this is not true. My first recommendation to readers is to take things slowly and keep things simple. You don’t need a ton of super foods to be healthy and make delicious food.

Sarah Britton (BFA, CNP) is the acclaimed holistic nutritionist, writer, and photographer behind the cookbook My New Roots and the popular health food blog of the same name, which won Saveur’s “Best Food Blog” award in 2014. She has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and Whole Living, and has spoken at TED Talks and multiple nutrition seminars and workshops throughout North America and Europe. She has been involved in numerous culinary projects, including Noma’s Test Kitchen. Sarah lives in Copenhagen with her husband and their son. Her latest cookbook, Naturally Nourished, was published in February.

What does simplicity mean to you? Ingredients are where my inspiration comes from. Being able to have everything on hand at all times is pretty important for what I am doing.

What was your particular inspiration behind your book? I got a lot of great feedback on my first cookbook My New Roots. I am trying to inspire people to eat healthier on a day to day basis. My diet is pretty simple. I really believe anyone can eat healthy on a pretty basic budget.

If someone wants to make-over their pantry what are your suggestions they should start with? Start phasing out some of the typical things you find in a pantry. Bring things like bags of dried lentils, beans, rice and quinoa in. You want to have a few types of grains and legumes and slowly buildup from there. Keep it simple.

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You are a Canadian living in Denmark. What’s your kitchen like in the summer? My fridge is stocked with so many delights; for example Danish strawberries and lots of greens. I like to go out into the woods sometimes and pick things there. And I make lots of kombucha. FIND NATURALLY NOURISHED I drink a lot of kombucha ON SARAH'S WEBSITE, MYNEWROOTS.ORG/COOKBOOK/ during the summer time.

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Simple mint pea dip This recipe appeared on my blog some years back, but it’s still the preferred snack in my house because it is fast and easy to make. Peas and mint are a classic combo, and the lemon adds gorgeous brightness. Tahini, a slightly unusual addition, grounds everything in its satisfying nuttiness and makes the dip deliciously creamy. You can use fresh, raw peas for this recipe, but blanching them for just a couple of minutes brings out their delicate sweetness and enhances the overall flavour.

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16 ounces fresh or frozen green peas 1 /3 packed cup fresh mint leaves 1 large garlic clove 2 tbsps tahini ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 tbsps cold-pressed olive oil ½ tsp fine sea salt

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not to overcook. Drain and rinse the peas under very cold water to halt the cooking process. Set aside. 2. Roughly chop the mint leaves. Set aside. 3. In a food processor, pulse the garlic until minced. Add the peas, mint, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and purée until smooth. 4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, but try to consume this dip as quickly as possible.

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Vibrant pink pesto pasta Deep pigments signal powerful nutrients, and there is something so alluring about the rich magenta of this pasta dish. The pesto uses roasted beets to attain its bright-pink pigment and cleverly dyes the pasta that it touches, creating a totally unexpected visual. SERVES 4–6 INGREDIENTS: PESTO

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• Fine sea salt • 11/3 pounds dried whole-grain pasta of your choice • Cold-pressed olive oil • 7 ounces soft goat cheese • Fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish

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Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add salt and the pasta and cook until al dente, according to the package directions. Drain, place the pasta back in the pot, and drizzle with olive oil. Stir in the pesto. 5. To serve, divide the cooked pasta among individual plates, crumble the cheese on top, sprinkle with parsley and season with salt. Garnish with extra olive oil, if desired. 4.

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Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C. Wrap the beets in foil and roast until tender, 40 to 60 minutes. Remove the beets from the oven, unwrap the foil, and let them cool slightly before slipping off the skins. 2. While the beets are roasting, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pumpkin seeds and lightly toast, stirring occasionally until fragrant (3 to 5 minutes). Remove from heat and set aside. 3. In a food processor, pulse the garlic until minced. Roughly chop the beets and add them to the processor along with the pumpkin seeds, lemon juice, olive oil and salt, and process until relatively smooth. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice as needed. 1.

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IF YOU DON’T HAVE PARSLEY ON HAND, BASIL OR MINT WOULD ALSO BE DELICIOUS! EXPERIMENT WITH DIFFERENT FRESH HERBS TO CHANGE THIS RECIPE UP.


THESE CANNELLONI ARE EXCELLENT HOT—BUT ALSO WORK VERY WELL FOR A NEXT-DAY LUNCH!

Eggplant cannelloni This recipe for cannelloni skips the pasta and uses roasted eggplant slices instead, making my version lighter and also grain-free. SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS:

• 2 large eggplants • 1 tsp coconut oil • ½ tsp fine sea salt TOASTED GARLIC TOMATO SAUCE

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¼ cup cold-pressed olive oil 3 garlic cloves, minced ½ to 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes ½ tsp fine sea salt 1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes

FILLING

• ½ cup kalamata olives • Generous handful fresh basil leaves • 1 cup alternative feta or ricotta cheese (or even the real thing!) • Fine sea salt

PREPARATION:

Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C. 2. Slice the eggplants lengthwise into long, thin strips (about ¼ inch thick; you should end up with at least 12 slices). Rub the eggplant slices with the coconut oil and sprinkle with the sea salt. Lay them on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 3. Roast the eggplant slices for 10 minutes, flip them, then roast until soft and browned, 5 to 10 minutes more. Remove from the oven and let slightly cool. 4. Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a medium saucepan, warm the olive oil over low heat. Add the garlic and let lightly simmer until golden, about 1 minute, being careful not to let the oil smoke or the garlic burn. Add the pepper flakes, salt, and 1.

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tomatoes; stir well. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary. Remove from the heat and set aside covered until ready to serve. 5. Make filling: Remove the pits from the olives and roughly chop. Tear the basil leaves. Mix together feta, olives and basil. Season with salt. 6. Place about 2 tbsps of the filling at one end of an eggplant slice. Roll it up and place it back on the baking sheet, seam-side down. Repeat with the remaining filling and slices. Return the eggplant to the oven to warm if desired. 7. To serve, ladle about one quarter of the sauce onto each plate. Top with at least 3 eggplant rolls, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with extra pepper flakes if desired.

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Brilliant banana almond softserve Frozen bananas miraculously whip up to make the creamiest, most delicious soft-serve ice cream on their own, but roasted almond butter, vanilla,and a little sea salt make this dessert really special. SERVES 1–2

PREPARATION:

Peel the bananas and break into small chunks. Place in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer for at least 8 hours. 2. Remove the bananas from the freezer and let thaw just slightly (5–10 minutes). In a food processor, combine bananas, almond butter, vanilla and salt. Purée until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. d 1.

INGREDIENTS:

• 2 ripe bananas • 1 to 2 tbsps almond butter (or your preferred nut/seed butter) • ¼ tsp pure vanilla extract • Pinch of fine sea salt

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THE PERFECT, GUILT-FREE AND TASTY END TO A SUMMER AL-FRESCO MEAL WITH FRIENDS!


A no-stress Ayurvedic summer When I teach my Indian Head Massage Training intensive there is a technique that seems particularly challenging for the students.

Glynnis Osher

thespicelife.com Glynnis Osher is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (CAP), passionate teacher and published author in the fields of Ayurveda and aromatherapy. Glynnis is on faculty at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage (VSBM) teaching Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, and Ayurvedc Self-Care. Glynnis is co-founder of The Spice Life, a company offering online education and products in Ayurvedic aromatherapy and aromanutrition. Glynnis has coauthored the book Your Irresistible Life: 4 Seasons of Self-Care through Ayurveda and Yoga Practices that Work.

I encourage them to relax their shoulders, breathe, and just get out of their heads. I playfully suggest they visualize fluffing a puppy. Everyone laughs, relaxes, and suddenly the challenging move becomes fun, easy and effective. Both the giver and the receiver can feel the shift. It works every time. There’s something about puppies and the spontaneous way they play that brings out the freewheeling fun in our minds and gives us permission to let go. With less effort and more play we can shift our energy and invite more ease and health into our daily living. Studies suggest that playfulness facilitates healing, improves morale, increases motivation and has shown there is a significant relationship between playfulness and creativity in both adults and children. Because a playful attitude can help to ease stress and adjust our thinking to a more healthy problem-solving mode, it can be surmised that playfulness relates to other signs of well-being, including quality of life, mental, emotional and physical well-being. An Ayurvedic precept is to work to half our capacity. Some of us (fiery, perfectionist Pitta types), are usually horrified at the notion and cannot even grasp this principle. We strive, sweat, over-commit, and make impossible-to-reach goals and then we fall short. This cycle accelerates stress and gives us zero time for play as we attempt to catch up with the never ending to-do list. Ironically one of the attributes of Pitta dosha when in balance is the ability to be playful and playfully inspire others. Play, fun, and spontaneous giggles are the antidotes to stress, overwork, excessive striving, and burn out. Summer is the Pitta season and as such is hot, sharp, and intense.

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In order to cool the heat down and restore balance we need to go out and play. As well as making time for play, infusing playfulness into our work, our chores and our to-do list is another strategy to achieving improved quality of life and healthy longevity. If you are out of the habit of play, here are some stress-free Ayurvedic activities for an uplifting, cool summer. The key is to keep it simple and make it easy.


“No matter what, there is always time to play when we infuse this attitude of fun, silliness, humour, and joy into every aspect of our lives, even in the more serious and mundane times.”

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September / October 2017 In the kitchen Tangy mint lime coconut ice cubes When it’s hot hot hot, add 1 cup water, 1/2 cup coconut water, 5 mint leaves and 2 tbsp lime juice to a blender. Blend until completely smooth. Add to ice tray and freeze. Consider using whimsical shaped ice trays, just for the fun of it. Keep these tangy ice cubes handy in the freezer and add to your summer drinks and cocktails for a refreshing twist. Talking of twists, try the game twister with friends in your garden or in a park. Or grab a frisbee and twist that! Watermelon aloe popsicles Blend 2 cups seedless watermelon with 1/2 cup aloe juice and 2 tsp lime juice and a pinch of salt. Pour into ice cube trays with popsicle sticks inserted into the middle or pour into ice pop molds. Place in freezer and grab one when you need a refresher. This hydrates the body, detoxes the liver, and reduces excess heat in the body while making you feel as carefree as a kid again.

In-the-home spa: Summer scrubby Make your own aromatherapy shower playtime. In a mason jar add 2 drops lavender, 2 drops ylang ylang, 2 drops clary sage, and 2 drops peppermint essential oil to 2 cups epsom salt. Add

1/2 cup liquid coconut oil (melted or fractionated) and mix well. Keep the sealed mason jar next to the shower in easy reach. Hop into the shower and wet body, turn off shower. Grab handfuls of the refreshing, aromatic salt scrubby and massage your whole body with these delightful salts. Rinse off.

Laughter yoga (hasya yoga) Laughter has been shown in studies to release tension and uplift the mood benefiting the circulatory, respiratory, cardiovascular and immune systems of the body. Laughter Yoga was developed by Indian physician, Dr. Madan Kataria, and is designed to help people connect with their inner child and experience the joyful experience of being playful. You can find a local laughter yoga class in your area or join a Laughter Club. For a listing of worldwide Laughter Clubs, visit laughteryoga.org. And in the meantime just start laughing until it turns into real laughter and notice how you feel. Writing this article reminds me that no matter what, there is always time to play when we infuse this attitude of fun, silliness, humour, and joy into every aspect of our lives, even in the more serious and mundane times. As I tell my students, all you have to do to shift the energy from uptight to carefree is to just think about fluffing a puppy. d

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A Day in the Life

Dai Manuel

Author, nutrition coach, lifestyle mentor, personal trainer, Super Dad, and master of REALLY FUN fitness.

1. HOW DO YOU BEGIN EACH DAY? I spend 30 minutes of focused energy every morning working on my body, mind, and spirit. This ritual, which I share in my book the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, involves 15 minutes of exercise, 5 minutes of mindful meditation, finishing up with 10 minutes of concentrated personal development.

grass-fed jerky on hand. I take every opportunity to walk around and get movement when traveling; along with some daily mobility, it has made a tremendous shift for me over the years.

5) WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND? My go-to’s are Compound Effect, Five Love Languages, Four Agreements, Essentialism and The Alchemist. I love to journal each night, making note of 3 big wins. This simple act of reflection helps me end my day on a positive high, and reminds me of the little things that make life so amazing.

2. DO YOU HAVE A ’GO-TO’ NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCT? A few of my go-to’s include Bulletproof Brain Octane and Ener-C. Brain Octane is a high-quality MCT oil which helps with ketone production. It keeps my brain sharp and focused, my body burning fat for fuel, and my metabolism revving. Ener-C is an effervescent vitamin-C and multi-vitamin drink that my family and I love.

6) WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Stories of triumph. Whether an underdog sports team coming back to win after a massive defeat, or a child learns to ride a bike for the first time, these special moments remind me that life is never predetermined. Nothing is set in stone and at any moment there’s an opportunity to turn things around. d

3. VEGAN? VEGETARIAN? PALEO? OMNIVORE? FLEXITARIAN? I am proud to say, after many years, I finally have a great relationship with food. I don’t follow a specific plan or ‘diet’ per se, but instead, focus on how food makes me ‘feel’. 4. WHAT’S YOUR SECRET TO STAYING HEALTHY WHILE ON-THE-GO? Prepping ahead of time to ensure I have unsalted nuts, a few bars, and V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 1 3

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