Wellness Category

I recently received a question from my sister-in-law. Her good friend suffers from low thyroid and she wondered what she could do naturally to increase the function of the thyroid. An underactive thyroid system is a common health problem, causing symptoms such as low energy, weight gain, hair loss and depression. The good news is that there is plenty you can do to address it naturally. One in ten women over the age of 50 suffers from this condition, so you may want to forward this blog post to anyRead More
This is my favourite breakfast when the snow starts to get so high that you can’t see the recycling containers out on the street when you’re looking out your window. Funny way to reference snow, I know, but don’t you ever rely on your neighbor to tell you if you’re on a garbage or recycling day? I suggest you get familiar with this amazing grain called Quinoa. To quote my friend and fellow nutritionist Jae Steele, “Quinoa (say KEEN-wah) has the highest protein and calcium content of any grain –Read More
After a busy and festive holiday season, here are some tips on how to stay gorgeous despite late nights and fast times. 1. Oil up! You know I love oils, and I’m going to recommend them again. After a night of drinking, our skin is prey to massive dehydration. Slather your face in oil before going to bed and it will prevent flakes, dehydration lines and breakouts. Yep, many of us break out from dehydration, so this quick step will help you bypass blemishes through skin nourishment. I know someRead More
Eczema is actually one of the most common skin ailments I deal with, and it is so mistreated. I think this stems from the fact that dermatologically we don’t really know what it is and have come to no real conclusions as to its cause. Usually, a dermatologist will just send you home with a prescription for cortisone – which unfortunately is a steroid that suppresses your immune response and thins your skin over time. It’s also a confusing condition because it is expressed in so many different ways. SomeRead More
Whether you practice bendy poses, engage in selfless service or sit in meditation, yoga cultivates a balanced state of being in each moment. We learn to soften and rest in a rooted, vital and expansive state, as part of a much bigger whole. Our sense of separation dissolves and we find a oneness with an immensity beyond our limited sense of self. The Hatha Yoga Pradipika, an ancient Hindu text, encourages yogis to cultivate “sukha” and “stira”, a balanced state of being that is neither too relaxed nor too alert,Read More
It is easy to turn to meditation wanting to escape the pain of our lives. Thinking of meditation as a happiness pill, we come to our cushion ready to feel better. At first, we meet our busy minds. We spend our meditation practice thinking about dinner, or tasks at our desk, or someone who pushed our buttons. With practice, our busy mind settles and we feel relaxed. Feeling hopeful, we come back for more feel-good meditation. Eventually, our mind settles enough so that deeper layers of our psyche come toRead More
As holistic health and yoga moved into the Western mainstream, Yoga Therapy became a valuable healing modality. Yoga Therapy can help patients tune in to discover what their body is communicating, so they may uncover that which is held over from the past, or aid in clarifying current life situations. Michael Lee, an Australian, created Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in 1985 after years of looking at humanistic psychology, focusing on how people change and transform. He continued his exploration by moving to the United States and became faculty at theRead More
I recently travelled to Maui for Awesomeness Fest, a conference where speakers like Lisa Nichols, Vishen Lakhiani and the like gathered to share their insights and stories to create a tribe that thrives in awesomeness! It was a life changing event. As I flew into Dallas airport to catch a connecting flight, the sun was shining brightly over the clouds. The sky so closely resembled balls of cotton, then morphed into what looked like a snow-covered landscape with mountains in the distance. As bright and spectacular as the view was,Read More
[Editor’s note: We feel this article is appropriate for the holiday season in which many of us may be tempted to consume more cakes, chocolate and other foods than we usually would.] Are you eating to heal your body, or eating for comfort? You may need to address a tendency to eat extra food for comfort or out of boredom. Some foods can have quasi-addictive qualities. For example, when you eat tempting foods like chocolate, your body releases trace amounts of mood- and satisfaction-elevating hormones. This may reinforce a preferenceRead More
It’s that time of the year again, with the holiday season approaching. For many that means spare time is filled with shopping, events, parties and gatherings with friends and family. A hectic schedule can increase stress and really wreck havoc on our physical appearance. Here are some tips to get through the holiday season without a hitch. 1. Don’t let stress be the only thing to make you sweat… Steam: A week before an event, it is excellent to steam your skin. I would do this a minimum of three times. NotRead More