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Easy Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Health

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Easy Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Health

Easy Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Health

If you could do something fast and easy twice a month and experience long-term health and wellness benefits as a result,  would you do it? It’s what a recent study from SPINE (click for link) concluded about what seeing a chiropractor can do for lower back pain sufferers1. Twice a month is not much time or effort compared to other healthy habits, right? Brushing your teeth is a twice daily affair. Most experts agree we should eat 3 healthy meals and take in 2 litres of fluids each day. And exercise 30 minutes 4-5 times a week. So what exactly can a chiropractor do for you? Some of the health benefits to seeing a chiropractor regularly: Prevent Injuries and Disability4 Less chance of re-injury4 Less need for drugs for pain relief 2 Better overall health3 Freedom to have a more active lifestyle2 Fewer allergies and infections2 There’s never been stronger evidence that seeing a chiropractor can make a difference for your health. The research literature supports chiropractic. My patients tell many stories of how their health improved from Network Spinal Analysis Chiropractic (click here for link). Are you the next person to see a chiropractor and get amazing results? Click here to learn more about Network Spinal Analysis. Not sure if a chiropractor can help you? Please email me at drleoquan@sourcecentre.ca or call us at 416-923-4325 to learn more.   References 1 Does maintained spinal manipulation therapy for chronic nonspecific low back pain result in better long-term outcome? Spine 2011 Aug 15; 36(18): 1427-37. 2 Chiropractic Patients in a Comprehensive Home-Based Geriatric Assessment, Follow-up and Health Promotion Program. Topics In Clinical Chiropractic 1996 (Jun): 3 (2): 46–55. 3 A Comparative Study of the Health Status of Children Raised Under the Health Care Models of Chiropractic and Allopathic Medicine. Journal of Chiropractic Research 1989; 5 (Summer): 101–103. 4 Health Maintenance Care in Work-Related Low Back Pain and Its Association With Disability Recurrence. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011 (Apr); 53 (4): 396–404. Tweet...

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feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

feminine energies, winter and finding inner voice

(Image: ‘Yin Yang Moon’ by Exsodus/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) For me, I feel the winter is a great time to dive into my feminine energies. Why? Winter is a Yin time of year which corresponds with the feminine. My teacher, Racheal Jayne Groover who developed the Art of Feminine Presence™ practice, has put it this way: “A woman who embodies her feminine essence (Yin) is intimate with her internal experience. She often looks inward to her physical, emotional, and energetic body to guide her. She waits for the “right time” to make a choice or a change. Attuned to her intuition, she does not feel the need to rush ahead or struggle to achieve her goals.” This is winter for me. A time to snuggle up at home, within myself and connect with how I’m truly feeling and what it is I truly want for myself. A time to process, and integrate what’s led me to this point and to listen to the deep inner voice and the stirrings of what wants to be born next. I struggled for years to make contact to this ‘inner voice’. I knew it existed but my connection to it was unreliable and tenuous at best. I doubted so much. It wasn’t until I attended my first Art of Feminine Presence™ (AFP) class where within the evening’s practice, miraculously and undeniably I ‘heard’ it (I actually saw it but that’s for another post). I was blown away by the guidance I received and I was understandably hooked on the AFP practice. For me the AFP practices are a lot about embodiment and opening up new and ever more potent experiences of Presence. As a result, it’s difficult to describe or talk about. It means significantly less than the actual experience. So, you may have heard that now I am a certified teacher! As it is a practice, I continue to go deeper and so my experience keeps expanding. The best I can offer is some of what I feel in this moment: more  grounded and centred than I have ever felt in my life a greater feeling of safety, of joy, of the ‘rightness’ of things an enhanced sense of my place in the world and with the people with whom it is shared deeply connected to my intuition and inner guidance enhanced intimacy in personal relationships We have been hosting introductory evenings called “Getting in Touch with Your Feminine Essence” at Source for over a year, and now there is more feminine energy flowing than ever before… I chose to ‘teach’ this work so that I could go deeper into my own practice. In doing so, I am continually struck by how powerful it is. I am awestruck and humbled and so very grateful to experience and share space with bold, generous women exploring and reclaiming themselves. This is spiritual work of the sort that I’ve been searching for my entire life. I lead a weekly closed group that runs for 5 week and then starts up again. This February 1st, we’ll also be doing a one day intensive for anyone wanting to jump right in and not having the time for an ongoing series.  Please call me at 416-923-4325 or email me if you’d like more information or to join us. And stay tuned for more posts. The adventure has just begun. In Love & Wholeness,...

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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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Winter Recipes- Breakfast and Brunch

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Featured, Health, Recipes | Comments Off on Winter Recipes- Breakfast and Brunch

Winter Recipes- Breakfast and Brunch

This winter, stay healthy and vibrant with wholesome, hearty recipes! Source Centre is posting recipes throughout the month of January to give you something to look forward to on those cold winter days. Also, we are inviting our clients to participate by emailing in their favourite winter recipes. The best recipes are awarded amazing prizes, so email us today at health@sourcecentre.ca.   Vegan Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffin  Ingredients  1 cup brown rice flour  1/2 cup almond flour  1 tsp baking soda  1/2 tsp cinnamon  1/4 tsp sea salt  1/3 cup applesauce + 1tbsp ground chia seed  1/2 cup rice milk  1/4 cup maple syrup  1/4 cup coconut oil  1 tbsp whole chia seeds  1 honey crisp apple, chopped into cubes Directions Preheat oven to 350F. Mix brown rice flour, almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, sea salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl. combine applesauce + chia, rice milk, maple syrup, coconut oil, chia seeds and chopped apple and stir together. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients until well combined. Spoon the mixture into a muffin tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350F. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Nutty Bread   Picture from http://www.elanaspantry.com/nutty-bread/ 1 ½ cups blanched almond flour ¾ cup arrowroot powder ¼ cup golden flaxmeal ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 4 eggs 1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar ¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped ¼ cup hazelnuts, coarsely chopped ½ cup pistachios, coarsely chopped ¼ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup sunflower seeds ¼ cup sesame seeds In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, arrowroot, flax meal, salt and baking soda In a larger bowl, blend eggs 3-5 minutes until frothy Stir agave and vinegar into eggs Mix dry ingredients into wet, then add nuts and seeds Transfer batter into a well greased 7.5 x 3.5 magic line loaf pan Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean Cool and serve – really good toasted with almond butter on top. Apple Butter Ingredients  4 medium sized apples 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp of ground cumin 2 cloves of garlic 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/3 cup of water Procedures 1) Add diced apples and water into a high-speed blender (alternative: peel, de-core and dice apples) 2) Pour the mix into a pot and heat under medium-high setting until it boils (alternative: add apple dices into a pot and cover with water to heat under medium-high setting until it boils. Add more water when necessary) 3) Mince garlic and add spices, maple syrup as well as minced garlic into the boiled mix. 4) Stir well and heat mix under low setting without lid until it reaches a thick consistency. Yields about one cup. Mung Bean Omelette A Korean-inspired creation that will serve all your omelette craving needs. Ingredients 1 cup dried mung beans, soaked overnight and drained 1/2 cup kimchi, fish sauce free 1 stalk green onion, chopped into 1 inch segments Preparation Blend mung beans with 1/2 cup water. Add enough additional water for gravy-like texture. Rinse kimchi for milder flavour if desired. Loosely chop. Mix with mung beans. Mix green onions into mixture. Heat frying pan on medium, add oil. Pour mixture onto frying pan. Spread thinly. Fry on both sides until golden browned. Serve with kimchi or condiment of your choice. Enjoy! Serves 4. Tweet...

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Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

My name is Alwynn Jessica Taylor and I’ll be teaching a Pilates Foundations class every Thursday morning at 8 am at The Source Centre starting on January 9th 2014. I am a certified mat Pilates instructor and my philosophy is that students conquer personal challenges when they are gently guided towards success in a positive and nurturing environment. I do this by providing a warm, caring, comfortable and enthusiastic class setting that fosters learning and enhances success. Students feel welcomed, appreciated and accepted within their physical abilities. I spent the first part of my professional career working in several ad agencies, PR firms and working as an event planner in Toronto. I’ve had the opportunity to live in The Dominican Republic, The Kingdom of Bahrain and Mexico City. I’ve also spent a lot of time in France and Spain. Once I returned to Toronto I decided to take a new path in my career and walk away from my corporate life altogether to embrace a career in health and wellness. It was the scariest decision I made, but the most rewarding on many levels. As Anais Nin once famously said “life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” I took my teacher training certification in Pilates at the nationally recognized Body Harmonics studio. I now wake up, put on yoga pants and help my students learn to connect with their bodies through movement, breath, concentration, control and precision. These are just a few of the principles of Pilates. As an instructor, a strong focus is placed on a supportive teaching style with vivid imagery and encouraging feedback to inspire students to make the mind-body connection to become their best through their Pilates practice. Looking forward to seeing you on the mat     Alwynn Jessica Taylor Q & A with Alwynn   Describe yourself in four words? “Generous, resilient, charismatic & passionate   When you’re not teaching, you enjoy…? “Playing tennis, baking, painting and drinking caffeine”. Not necessarily in that order.   Random quote? “The mind is everything. What you think, you become”. – Buddha   Give us a random fact? “I’m left handed, but play golf right handed.   Desired travel destination? “Too many to choose, today is Mauritius, tomorrow…who knows”.   Why do you love Pilates? “I love Pilates because I can see what it can do for the body, the mind and the spirit. Really, it’s...

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Winter Recipes – Soups

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Featured, Recipes | Comments Off on Winter Recipes – Soups

Winter Recipes – Soups

This winter, stay healthy and vibrant with wholesome, hearty recipes! Source Centre is posting recipes throughout the month of January to give you something to look forward to on those cold winter days. Also, we are inviting our clients to participate by emailing in their favourite winter recipes. The best recipes are awarded amazing prizes, so email us today at health@sourcecentre.ca. From Lana: I love hearty (but healthy!) soups and stews in the wintertime. When I came across this book by Nava Atlas, I was thrilled. Soups for all seasons, yes! Sometimes, the combination of flavours seems strange to me but somehow it seems to work. A little note on the wonders of Millet: it’s alkalinizing and warming. It is also one of the most cleansing grains. It dissolves in a really nice way when it’s cooked. Enjoy it in soups, stews, or as a grain addition to any meal! Winter Roots Soup Ingredients Onion 2 tbs of coconut oil Root vegetables (radish, carrots, turnips, celery root, jerusalem artichokes, etc. ) Salt Turmeric Sage leaves Thyme Curry powder (optional) Procedure 1) Heat coconut oil while slicing onions. Fry onion slices with oil in a pot until onion turn translucent. 2) Add diced (and peeled) vegetables into the pot and add water until most content is covered. Heat under medium-high setting until all vegetables are tender (20~30 minutes). 3) Puree half to 3/4 of the heated stew with a high-speed blender, then add the blended mix back into the pot. (THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL) 4) Add the remaining (spices and salt) into the pot. Spices amount varies depend on volume of stew. Heat the stew at a low setting for another 15 minutes (or until vegetables are soft and mushy enough if stew was not partly pureed as step 3 mentioned) Curried Millet-Spinach Soup (adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas) Ingredients 2 tbsp of olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 tsp ginger, grated 2 tsp curry powder 1/4 tsp cinnamon 3/4 cup millet 2 medium potatoes, diced 1 large carrot, diced 2-3 tomatoes, chopped 6 cups of water or stock 1 bunch of spinach, coarsely chopped 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped Juice of 1/2 or whole lemon Salt and pepper to taste Preparation: – Rinse the millet and leave to soak. – Heat oil in soup pot. Add onion and fry until golden – Add garlic and ginger and fry for 1 minute, stirring so that it doesn’t stick or burn – Add the curry and cinnamon and fry for a minute, again being careful not to burn. Enjoy the fragrance! – Put in millet (without soaking water), potatoes, carrot, tomatoes and stock. Stir it up and bring to a rapid boil. Then lower heat and simmer about 45 minutes or until veggies are tender. Check in and stir it a few times. – When veggies are tender, add spinach, parsley, lemon and salt and pepper. Cook another 10 minutes or so. Add more water if too thick. Enjoy!!!...

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