Posts by Nicole

Bring Home the Bacon… but less of it please.

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Bring Home the Bacon… but less of it please.

Bring Home the Bacon… but less of it please.

At the end of October, the World Health Organization (WHO) unwittingly upset the carnivore world by releasing scientific evidence that bacon causes cancer[1], or more specifically processed meats and possibly red meat in general. But how is this possible? Processed meat simply means that it has been modified to either extend its shelf-life or change the taste, through smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. Researchers believe that the Chinese started salting pork in 1,500 BC as a means of extending its shelf-life through the harsh winters. In the middle ages in Britain, bacon consumption was restricted to peasants only because it’s made primarily from the cheap fatty parts of the pig, but only once or twice a week. And then along came Oscar Mayer in the 20s revolutionizing the meat industry by pre-packaging all kinds of different processed meats, including hot dogs, sausages, corned beef and bacon, making it easier to consume even more. Which we did! In the last 4 years, North Americans have consumed more bacon than ever – in 2013, it made over $4 billion in sales. This is why scientists have decided to take a closer look at just how good these strips of greasy deliciousness are for us. Which brings us to the newest reports: the chemicals involved in making processed meats – including the sodium nitrite found in the brine – along with high temperature cooking, such as on a barbeque which creates carcinogenic chemicals, could be increasing the risk of cancer. And this last point is why bacon has been placed in Group 1 of carcinogens, the same category as smoking, causing much ire among the salted-smoky meat-loving community. So is bacon really as bad as smoking? Smoking increases your risk of lung cancer by 2,500%; eating 2 slices of bacon a day increases your risk of colorectal cancer by 18 percent[2]. So even if you ate more than 10 pieces of bacon a day, you still wouldn’t be at the same risk level as a smoker. The key here is MODERATION – lots of things are bad for you if done in excess, including exercise, but a few pieces of salted goodness once or twice a week are not going to land you on the slab at the morgue any sooner. Just make sure to balance them out with some great colon cleansers like dark leafy greens!   [1] http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2015/pdfs/pr240_E.pdf [2] http://www.wired.com/2015/10/who-does-bacon-cause-cancer-sort-of-but-not-really/  ...

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Reconnecting with Help from Lana

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Featured, Health, Short Entries | Comments Off on Reconnecting with Help from Lana

Reconnecting with Help from Lana

While reading this article, I was once again reminded how incredibly lucky we are here in North America, but at the same time, how globally women are still considered the ‘other’, and how we are often left to feel disconnected within ourselves. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by great healers at Source Centre, including Lana Kevic who offers Reiki, Womb Healings, and The Art of Feminine Presence to help me reconnect with my true self. I recently asked Lana about the work she does, and here’s what she had to say…   Lana Kevic, Art of Feminine Presence, Womb Blessing What led you to focus on energy work like that involved in Womb Blessing and Reiki? I enjoy working with women who are interested in exploring and connecting to their femininity, and this is unique work. Often a disconnect manifests itself as an issue affecting a woman’s reproductive organs or it could just be a sense of missing something, a longing to discover who they really are, what they are passionate about and what they want in their lives. Then to be able to articulate and receive it! I also enjoy doing energy work with men. Men also benefit from connecting to their power source, their centre and finding the paths to deep relaxation and healing. What are you proud of in your practice? In my practice, I love facilitating people’s connection to themselves and their intuition. Over time, this also becomes expressed as a deep love and appreciation for themselves which grows self-esteem and confidence. It is very moving to me to witness. Why should patients see you? ​I really love what I do and I believe in it. I have witnessed many a transformation. The growing awareness and embrace of energy work is allowing access to many to heal deep issues, because often what there is to heal is underneath our conscious awareness. We don’t actually have to try or strive. We just keep an open heart and mind and say yes to the journey. ​ Interested in reconnecting with your essence? Please call Lana directly at 416-820-2754 to book an appointment.  ...

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The Icy Challenge!

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on The Icy Challenge!

The Icy Challenge!

Feeling sleepy all the time? Lacking energy? In a never-ending low mood? Winter can be really depressing… but maybe only if you want it to be. Coming from a tropical country in December 2011, I landed in Canada for the first time. I got off the airplane and first thought: “Did someone forget to turn off the AC or am I actually outside?” Having never experienced such cold weather before, my first months in this country were really tough both physically and mentally. I became lazy, depressed, and a homebody that was trying to escape the cold as much as she could. I did not want to do anything but stay warm at home. For a while, there were only two things that could get me out: school and work, nothing else! That summer, I spent time in the great outdoors with friends and family. It was so great that it made me realize how much quality time I had wasted sleeping and lazing around. Inspired, I committed to challenge myself and enjoy activities outside for my second winter in Canada. There is still one winter activity I have yet to try: ice-skating! And I am so happy to have my first experience in a few days with Source Centre’s first skating party on Wednesday February 19th at 5:00 pm at Nathan Phillips Square. You are invited; join us for an evening of total fun! Life is too short to be wasted, so let’s get up and make the most of winter! – Astou – Source Centre...

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