Welcoming 2021 with intention

Stephanie was invited to write the following guest post for the Olive Fertility Centre: As the holiday season winds down and we prepare to begin a new year, one more holiday tradition still remains: pondering those pesky New Year's resolutions. It's interesting (and perhaps unfortunate!) that this tradition continues when research indicates only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions! One of the problems with resolutions is that they put us firmly in [...]

By |December 28th, 2020|Mindfulness|

The goodness of Goji

Super charge your chicken soup, add some mineral oomph to your trail mix, or give your cookies an antioxidant boost with this dried berry packed full of vitamins, minerals, and potent antioxidants. Referred to as Gou qi zi in Chinese Medicine, it is also commonly known as: Fructus Lycii, Wolfberry, goji berry Goji berries have been a part of traditional Chinese cooking and medicinal pharmacopeia for hundreds if not thousands of years.  They are often [...]

By |December 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Planting seeds beyond Movember

“From powerful seeds arise great crops” A sentiment that could certainly be applied to the famous Chinese medicine formula for male reproductive health and virility, Wuzi Yanzong Pian (which could be translated as Five Seeds for passing on the generations, or five seed abundant ancestors pill). This combination of five seeds has been used for at least 1200 years and is consistently being researched to determine its efficacy and benefits. Gou qi zi - Fructus [...]

By |November 30th, 2020|Men's Health|

Welcome to Movember!

Welcome once again to Movember, the month of the year when men get their lip sweaters out to draw our attention to men’s health. What started as a grass roots movement to increase awareness about prostate cancer, has now grown to a global movement for the funding of research and educational outreach programs to address both prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention. I have participated in this movement for [...]

By |November 1st, 2020|Men's Health|

Pumpkin Cupcakes

There are so many ways to enjoy pumpkins this time of year and these cupcakes are a favourite in our house!  They are grain-free, nut-free and sweetened with dates so fit most people's dietary needs and best of all, they are delicious! I discovered this recipe a few years ago in a cookbook called Nourishing Meals and I cannot say enough good things about the whole book. Every single meal or soup or baked good [...]

By |October 14th, 2020|Food & Nutrition|

12min to better back health

Many people are currently working from home in sub-optimal ergonomic situations. I hear about it daily in my practice.  Not everyone is comfortable being back at the gym and the motivation to exercise and mobilize may be lacking in some. Backs and necks are protesting, butts are getting weaker from sitting so much, and things could be better. SO much better. This is an excellent 12 minute video demonstrating a few different dynamic standing postures [...]

By |October 14th, 2020|Exercise and mobility, Massage, Pain, Stretching and Strengthening|

Fall harvesting for minestrone soup

The bounty from our garden today was squash!  My neighbour gave me a tiny wee seedling back in the spring and as anyone who has grown squash before knows, we now have LOTS of squash!  I've never cooked or tasted crookneck squash before and I was delighted to discover after doing a google search that you can eat the whole and seeds included!  It's very much like zucchini and I'm going to try baking [...]

By |September 15th, 2020|Food & Nutrition|

Summer Reading

Ahhh, lounging with a book in the warmth of these beautiful summer days is just glorious, isn't it?! Here are some titles of fiction and non-fiction books that we are enjoying this summer: Stefanie: I have been re-reading the Dune series by Frank Herbert and am currently on God Emperor of Dune. I've also just started reading Entangled life: How fungi make our worlds, change our minds & shape our futures by Merlin Sheldrake and it's been a [...]

By |August 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Strawberry Almond Milk with Rose Water

I made this recipe today for the first time and it was SO delicious.  Partly because the strawberries are the last of the harvest from our garden (I love eating the food we grow so much!) and also because I adore rose water.  Any time I can infuse something with the smell or taste of roses, it makes me happy. This recipe is simple to make and nutritious. It is low in natural sugar, alkaline [...]

By |August 7th, 2020|Food & Nutrition|

Mmmmmm muffins!

I just made these beauties for the first time this morning...YUM!  Love discovering new go-to recipes and this is definitely one of them.  Simple ingredients, quick and easy to make, and everyone in our family gave them a big thumbs up.  Next time I'll double the recipe! 1 cup oat flour 1 cup almond flour * you can make both flours from whole oats + almonds in a vitamix ¾ tsp baking soda MIX dry [...]

By |April 16th, 2020|Food & Nutrition|
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