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How to beat those bad habits and keep those New Years resolutions!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on How to beat those bad habits and keep those New Years resolutions!

How to beat those bad habits and keep those New Years resolutions!

Its that dreaded time of the year where your January fitness enthusiasm is slowly dwindling in a February cloud of smoke. If your resolution was to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. Here are six easy solutions to get you back on track. Be realistic– The best way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. Instead of resolving to never eat your favorite food again, strive to avoid it rather than banish it. Make a “pros” and “cons” list- It helps to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong.People who put their goals on paper are significantly more likely to achieve them than are those who merely make mental vows. Reward yourself– Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that dosn’t contradict your resolution. Dont beat yourself up– Dont obsess over the casual slip, that wont help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take it one day at a time. Stick to it– Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. Don’t give up– If you run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-february , dont get discouraged. Start over again. Recommit yourself for 24 hours, you can do anything for 24 hours, the 24 hour increments will build on each other and before you know it you will be back on track. – by Elaura Storey, Source Centre Intern...

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cuddling

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cuddling

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Cuddling

Did you feel like cuddling with your sweetheart after getting red roses, cinnamon hearts and chocolate this past Valentine’s day? Not only does snuggling feel good, it’s good for your health too. Here are nine reasons why you should have a good snuggle every day of the year. 1. Cuddling releases oxytocin. When you are cuddling your brain releases oxytocin, a “feel-good” hormone secreted by the pituitary gland, increasing your overall happiness. 2. Cuddling lowers blood pressure. As oxytocin levels rise the hormones that keep you ready for action are affected, allowing our blood pressure to drop. This means that while you are cuddling, your blood pressure and breathing will slow down, putting less pressure on your heart. 3. Cuddling lowers cortisol levels reducing stress. Although the release of cortisol is useful for helping your body with stress, too much cortisol can negatively influence your mood, weight and your heart. Poor stress management can keep cortisol levels high even when we don’t need it, and cuddling is a great way to keep cortisol levels low, decreasing stress! 4. Cuddling reduces social anxiety. With the release of the feel-good hormone oxytocin, we are more likely to have an optimistic outlook on connecting with others, and an easier time trusting those around us. On top of that, the reassurance of someone else’s touch, even something as simple as a pat on the back, is one of the easiest ways to boost your self-esteem! 5. Cuddling boosts your memory. Did you know your memory does not function well when you are stressed?  By taking the time to cuddle with someone you love you allow your body to de-stress, reducing cortisol levels, making it easier for your brain to take-in new information. 6. Cuddling helps relieve pain and raises your pain threshold. When you stub your toe or jam your finger, what is the first thing you do? You grab your foot or rub your finger with your other hand right? This self-stimulation also triggers a release of oxytocin and helps us deal with the pain. So next time someone hurts themselves, the simple gesture of holding their hand or offering them a hug may do more to reduce their pain than you think! 7. Cuddling protects against inflammation and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract their harmful effects. This can lead to many health problems including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, different types of cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as atherosclerosis, heart failure and heart attacks. Cuddling is a great way to maintain a balance between your body’s free radical production and it’s ability to neutralize them using antioxidants. 8. Cuddling boosts your immune system. By stimulating the release of oxytocin, cuddling and touch increase your optimism, boosting your immune system because you feel too good and too healthy to get sick. Looks like the power of positive thinking actually works! 9. Cuddling reduces the risk of heart disease. Because the release of oxytocin reduces blood pressure, cortisol levels, and stress, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard, therefore reducing your risk of heart disease. Remember that cuddling doesn’t have to be between you and a romantic partner, or even with another person. Rubbing your own shoulders, giving someone a hug, going for a massage, playing with a pet, or taking a bath are also great ways to feel warm and connected. For more information or to view the sources used in this blog please visit the following articles. 8 Health Benefits of Cuddling 5 Ways...

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VIP Event: You’re Invited!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on VIP Event: You’re Invited!

VIP Event: You’re Invited!

Wed, Feb 12th from 6:00pm–8:30pm What’s Happening? Meet the Health Team Complimentary Health Checks, Massages and Acupuncture Special Offers and Prizes Healthy Snacks and Refreshments Health Talks & Demonstrations

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Winter Potluck!

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in Events, Featured, Recipes, Short Entries | Comments Off on Winter Potluck!

Winter Potluck!

On Tuesday January 21st, Source Centre hosted their first ever Winter Potluck! Although we have had potlucks in the past, this potluck was to celebrate all of the delicious recipes entered in our Winter Recipe Contest throughout the month of January. Everyone who came brought something to try and Source Centre interns helped make each of the recipes posted on our Winter Recipe blogs. Although absolutely everything was delicious, there could only be one winner. Congratulations to intern Osayanmo for her winning Winter Roots Soup inspired by intern Helane’s recipe. Kayla was the runner up, with her Beet and Arugula Salad recipe. Thank you to everyone who attended this event and who helped to make all of the food. We hope to host another one some time in the near future! Sad you missed out? Feel free to visit the Winter Soup Recipe Blog, the Salads and Sides Recipe Blog and the Breakfast and Brunch Recipe Blog for all of the recipes showcased last...

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Just 7 Minutes a Day

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Short Entries | Comments Off on Just 7 Minutes a Day

Just 7 Minutes a Day

Is getting out of the house in the freezing weather as hard for you as it is for me? Even living in a warm and cozy home, I still experience ever-freezing hands and feet. This winter, one thing did the trick for me: exercise! While most of us are health-conscious, it can be tough to squeeze time (and be motivated) for a workout. The solution may be quicker than we think. In reports like “High-Intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment”,  high intensity circuit training can deliver many health benefits in quickly and with no special equipment. It takes only 7 minutes (feel free to do more cycles!), a chair and a bit of space with an empty wall. You can conveniently find free apps on iOS, Google Play, Windows, or even your Pebble Watch to time your routine. There is also a website for non-smartphone users! This 7-minute workout did magic for me this winter, how about you? How are you staying warm and fit this winter? Share your thoughts below! -Helane Tweet...

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