Temperance

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The term temperance is defined as moderation or voluntary self-restraint.  It is typically described in terms of what a person voluntarily refrains from doing.  This includes restraint from revenge by practicing mercy and forgiveness, restraint from arrogance by practicing humility and modesty, restraint from excesses such as extravagant luxury or splurging, restraint from overindulgence in […]

Exercise

Exercise: is good for both the body and mind.  There are so many physical benefits such as reducing risk of high blood pressure, heart function, diabetes control, building healthy strong bones improve circulation, muscle and joints, digesting foods, reduces stress and increases those happy hormones. Want to increase your energy levels, exercise can help with […]

Sunshine

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The benefits of sunshine are endless so here are just a few thoughts. Sunshine is where we obtain vitamin D.  This is critical because it helps the body absorb calcium.  It also helps the body keep the right amount of of calcium and phosphorous in the blood. Without calcium your bones would become thin, brittle […]

Water

Water: Every single cell is made up of water including 75% of the water in our bodies.  Water is critical for the life and function of the cells, tissue and organs in the body.  This includes, thought process, movement, nerve function, blood circulation, temperature, dissolves minerals and nutrients, making them more accessible to the body, […]

Air

The air we breathe plays an essential role in our health.  Long term exposure to polluted air can compromise the health and functioning of the cells and organs of our body, this can lead to increased susceptibility to infections and various forms of disease. In the last blog we discussed air and clean air day […]

Trust in the Universe

There is always going to be uncertainty in life.  The one certain thing is that there will be uncertainty, I guarantee it but, we have to trust in the universe and what it sends us. Some of us are more tolerant of uncertainty in life, we all have at least one person we know that […]

What Is In My Control

What is in my control is a good question to ask yourself.  Often, we labour over things we have no control over. We lose sleep and stress ourselves out with things that are not in our control.  I will often work with this in session and is a great conversation to have with yourself and […]

How Does Fear Affect My Body?

I have talked extensively on fear in past blogs. This blog is about the body’s response to fear and how it changes our bodies chemical makeup. There are over 200 chemicals (hormones) that react when we experience a stressful event, perceived as a threat.  In an acute stressful event, there is a cascade of changes […]

May is Mental Health Month:

May is mental health month! What does that mean? May is designated as Mental Health Awareness month in Canada, a time for fostering understanding, promoting resilience, and raising awareness about the importance of mental well-being for all Canadians.  this social movement is meant to increase awareness and improve understanding of mental illness, reduce the stigma […]

Embracing Fear

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In Blog #67 we went through how fear comes from the response of the amygdala  and for the benefit of our survival.  Fear is instinctual.  In this Blog I want to touch on the topic of how we could embrace fear.  In Blog 67 we touched on that fight, flight, freeze is instinctual.   Generally speaking […]

Surrendering to Fear

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The feelings of fear come from the reptilian part of the brain called the amygdala.  It is a behaviour the is instinctual.  It was instinct and instinct alone that made us search for food, shelter, and a suitable mate. Day by day year by year season by season the behaviours repeat because the instinct worked […]

Fat and Depression Link

Depression can be described as a mood, a state of being, or energy level that includes a lack of motivation, a sense of hopelessness, and a lack of physical energy.  Depression can be associated with a variety of nutritional deficiencies; there are common symptom and they occur in both young or old.  It is not […]