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Gratitude

Just after the Canadian Thanksgiving celebration, I am feeling very grateful for all the positive things that I have in my life. I have my family, my health and I have a vocation that I truly love. I have been practising as a shiatsu and massage therapist now for more than 21 years. Above all, I have a loyal clientele that have supported me in my journey so that I could make a livelihood. I offer you all a very big thank you. I will try to keep you in good health and will share with you any new learnings that may be relevant.

Healthy lunches for kids

Now that summer is over and the return to a more structured routine, the following blog may help you plan your childrens’ lunch time meals so that they receive the nutrition that they need for growing minds and bodies. Gwen was for many years the nutritionist at my old location of Healing on the Danforth.

Reblogged by kind permission by Gwen Calleya-Cortis, MA, RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist)

Confessions of an addict

In a couple of weeks it will be two months since my return from walking the Camino and, so far I have managed to keep off the 15 pounds that I lost on this 800 kilometer journey through Spain. It can easily be explained by the exercise of walking. So often, people lose weight by following a specific diet or exercise routine but then gain it back very soon after stopping. Well, mine was a diet of exercise: walking between 25 and 35 kilometers a day for 5 weeks. Along the way, I still enjoyed the bread and copious amounts of good wines from the Rioja district and elsewhere.

Continuing saga of my high blood pressure

In a previous blog entry several years ago, I reported several years ago that I had come back from Mexico to find that my blood pressure was elevated to 155/95, or thereabouts. (120/80 is normal) In consultation with my GP, I wanted to treat it naturally without resorting to conventional medication. By increasing my cardiovascular workout and taking supplements that included additional Vitamin C, Hawthorn berries in a tea, Magnesium, Coenzyme Q10, I effectively brought it under control - more or less, but enough to satisfy my doctor.

Spring into Spring

I’ve mentioned many times in previous blogs that Spring is the time when we do our planting. If you didn’t follow through on New Year resolutions to attend to your wellness program this winter - especially this last intensely cold one, then you can be forgiven. Winter is a time for hibernation. Now that the snow is rapidly disappearing, it’s time to correct that imbalance and gain strength and flexibility so that you can enjoy the coming spring, summer and its accompanying outdoor activities.

Getting rid of that pesky cold

Sometimes despite taking all  preventable measures to get sick  (Vitamin C, Echinacea, Oil of Oregano, immune boosting tonics, frequent hand-washing, exercise, getting lots of rest, keeping at peak emotional high,)  we still get sick. Unless we chose to live our lives in isolation from the rest of the population in hermetically sealed caves, it is still hard to avoid. Here’s what I do to get better sooner.

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