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More Inspired Than Ever

Can you think of anyone who has not been intimately affected by cancer? We can’t.

But, the good news is we can think of a number of people who are surviving cancer and thriving due to the advancement of treatments, early dectection, better nutrition, as well as incredible care and support. More and more cancer treatment centres are including a holistic approach of treating the patient as a whole person instead of just treating the disease.

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11 Ways to Save Money on Your Food Bill

Many of you may have seen the news report this morning about an RBC study which found that “… 91% of respondents to the survey said they have taken notice of rising food prices and are being more budget oriented as a result”.  The complete article is available at http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2013/05/16/business-rbc-food.html

The report also said that “Currently, the average Canadian family spends $411 a month on groceries. Ontario holds the lowest average spending at $379 per month, while Quebec spends the highest amount in Canada, an average of $448 per month.”

I am in a household of 6 and I can tell you, our food bill is far more than $448 per month.  Granted the average family is fewer than 6 people, but here are some of the strategies we use that really do make a big difference to our food bill:

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HOW GOOD DO YOU FEEL?

MOST PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA HOW GOOD THEIR BODY IS DESIGNED TO FEEL 

Kevin Mark Trudeau

I read this quote the other day and I thought how true!  At holihealth we hear this all the time from people, especially from our clients who have changed to a healthier way of eating.  Many people start to think feeling unwell is just part of aging and they might as well learn to accept it.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.

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Flying.. Just Plane Fun

I once had a t-shirt that said “flying is just plane fun”.  Truly, I did.  I used to do a lot of flying in small single engine planes and I loved it! Fast forward twenty something years and I think flying is anything but fun.  More importantly, I think air travel can be stressful and hard on your health.

The other day I was speaking with a friend of mine and she was telling me about her experience flying from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Toronto.  Her story started when she was notified at the airport that her flight would be a bit late.  Well as can often happen, a ‘bit late’ turned out to be a few hours late.  When she did finally board the plane she had a horrible headache and needed to take a sinus tablet before take-off. At the first opportunity she asked the flight attendant for a glass of water.  Now, I know flight attendants are frazzled by this point because they’re dealing with passengers who are upset, tired, hungry and thirsty.  Not to mention, ‘the happiest ones’, who just missed their connection.  I’m also willing to guess their blood sugar has dipped and these once happy passengers are now cranky.  So ultimately my friend didn’t get her water until after takeoff. She learned that you can’t count on being served anything before takeoff.

Why tell this story?  Well, in my former career, before I was a holistic nutritionist, I worked for a large company and had to fly for business most weeks of the year.  I learned the hard way about the ins and outs of surviving air travel.

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Take Control of Your Health

Take Control of Your Health

Lifestyle diseases such as Type II diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and some cancers are on the rise at staggering rates.

At the same time a growing number of people are without family doctors and our health care system is seriously overburdened. What does this mean to you?  It means you have to look after your own health.  This is not meant to scare you, it is meant to empower you.

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How to Make a New Year’s Resolution Stick

Over 50% of Canadians will make a New Years Resolution in the next few weeks and most will have to do with health, wellness, life balance and financial responsibility. However by February the majority will have been given up on, forgotten or attempted merely on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays.

At holihealth we turn New Years Resolutions into the “new normal” and create a lifestyle with just a few small steps. We do this by adding to our lives.

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Surviving Air Travel

The other day I was speaking with a friend of mine and she was telling me about her experience flying from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Toronto.  Her story started when she was notified at the airport that her flight would be a bit late.  Well as can often happen, a ‘bit late’ turned out to be about 4 hours.  When she did finally board the plane she had a horrible headache and needed to take a sinus tablet before the plane took off.   At the first opportunity she asked the flight attendant for a glass of water. By this point flight attendants are frazzled, they are dealing with passengers who are upset and tired, they may have missed connections, they’re hungry, they’re thirsty and I’m willing to guess their blood sugar has dipped and these once happy travelers are now cranky.  My friend didn’t get her water until after the plane took off.

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Nordic Pole Walking? Exercise?

I’m going to be completely honest here and let you know that I am not, nor have I ever been, someone who exercises.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t truly know and believe in the benefits and it’s not that I haven’t tried.  I have kick boxing videos, walking videos, WI Fit……you name it, I’ve bought it.  When I moved from Ontario I was actually planning to have a ‘fitness focused garage sale’.  I had a Nordic Track ski machine, a Gazelle, weights, a weight bench, previously mentioned videos, as well as, assorted yoga mats, balls, tubes and other exercise paraphernalia (all barely used). 

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