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Healthy Travels

Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Healthy Travels

Healthy Travels

Want to enjoy the sightseeing, the company with fellow travelers, and the local cuisine while staying healthy along the way? I found myself in this very scenario while travelling to Beijing in October 2012 (and wrote about it on my previous blog post here). Beijing is an amazing place full of countless opportunities for touring, shopping and enjoying the local food and culture. There’s the Great Wall of China, numerous palaces and tombs of emperors and empresses past, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and more. For the destinations that were nearby, the commute was swift and effortless. The destinations that were further off, however, were much more of a challenge and needed a little more attention.  Add the 12 hour flights to and from Beijing, and you can really imagine what impact such a vacation could have on well-being! Staying healthy in Beijing was easy, simple and rewarding. The key was to continue practicing my daily healthy habits and modify them to fit the circumstances. Here’s are 3 ways I stayed healthy during my week-long trip through Beijing:   Regular Network Spinal Care before and after the trip Drs. Allison, Anita, and I all benefit from getting regular Network Spinal Care. Kiva Bottero, Natural News (link), calls Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) “an innovative approach to chiropractic that focuses on communicating with the nervous system in order to release the underlying tension that keeps the spine misaligned.”  NSA is a powerful way for us to have a well-functioning nervous system and a body that is resilient, flexible and free to heal itself naturally (read more from our website here). During my week of travels, I still benefited from all the NSA Care that I have received. My body-mind has strategies to stay calm and connected, and to practice healthy travel habits needed by my body.   Yoga during the trip During the trip, I practiced 15-20 minutes of yoga each morning before breakfast. I performed a short routine that includes standing postures and floor poses for strength, endurance and flexibility. Yoga is great for awakening our bodies and for preparing us for our first meal of the day. I find it always helps me clear out my lungs and airways of anything accumulated the day before. It’s also easier for me to be still physically and mentally on long bus trips after moving my joints, breathing deeply and stretching my tissues in yoga. With a bit of practice it can be very easy to do your own yoga practice! Stay tuned for a future article on building a personal yoga practice. In the meantime, our Monday night yoga class (click here for schedule) with Rupel Pandya is a great step to having more yoga in your life.   Make healthier food choices Beijing is brimming with food choices that span the entire spectrum of healthy nutrition. I looked for plant-based whole foods wherever possible – vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains and leaned towards dishes that were lightly seasoned and oiled (or even better unseasoned and un-oiled). That meant I was enjoying dishes such as millet congee, freshly made unsweetened hot soy milk, stir-fried vegetables and tofu, and plain white rice. On some days, I’d eat a meal of simply watermelon, Chinese Hami Gold melons, Chinese fresh dates, and mandarins / clementines. Eating whole foods helped me maintain steady energy levels and regular elimination. It also helped me ensure I was getting all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are so abundant in plant-based foods.   Staying active, eating well and getting regular Network Spinal Care are 3 of the ways I got the most out...

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Unleash Your Creative Potential!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on Unleash Your Creative Potential!

Unleash Your Creative Potential!

Remember back in grade school when there was such a mix of activity and exposure to many forms of art?  What a fun time of play and creativity! Slowly as we progress through the stages of school or work, we become more static and routine with what we do.  It’s time to allow that inner artist to break free (and if you have already done so~~BRAVO!). For even just a short amount of time, make an effort every single day to dance to some fun music, letting your body move and shimmy to a favourite playlist/CD or some tunes on the radio. Take a weekend afternoon to recreate art class~~paint, draw, sculpt, CREATE! Get your hands dirty and enjoy the essence of your imagination.  Don’t worry if there is no exact result in mind or perfect outcome, just let your artistic self express freely! An art form that I take great indulgence in is writing.  I love how the words play on paper.  The feeling of script caressing the pages of a beautiful notebook and my thoughts running wild to eventually land safely on a page, this for me is truly therapeutic. Expressing yourself through art is one of the most truly liberating feelings.  It’s like allowing your heart to play on the swings, exhilarating yet secure.  I encourage you to incorporate some form of expressive art everyday or at least once a week take some time out for yourself.   Have fun again! Let the kid in you emerge and experience the wonderful realm of art as a method of healing and a meditative experience. Some suggestions to help you express and unleash your creative potential: Painting Sculpting/Playing with Clay Drawing Writing Dancing Singing Acting Sewing Quilting Scrapbooking Photography Enjoy! [Image...

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Clear Day Magic

Posted by on Nov 7, 2012 in Events, Featured, Health, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Clear Day Magic

Clear Day Magic

On Saturday October 27th Source Centre co-hosted a Clear Day event with Integrate Chiropractic (Dr. Derek Cain).  All week we have been receiving exceptional feedback from our attendees!  Clear Days are a full day community healing event that Network Spinal Analysis (NSA) chiropractors around the world create to provide a focused and intensified environment for people who have been under NSA care.  At Clear Days we provide 3 powerful entrainments to the participants over the course of the day.  We generally have 4 or 5 NSA chiropractors working side by side during these sessions and with many people receiving entrainments at once a powerful synergy is created.  The 3 entrainments take our participants on a journey through the “Seasons of Wellbeing”: Discover, Transform, and Awaken.  We also provide workshops to deepen the healing process.  This time around we had a Somato Respiratory Integration Workshop with Angie Dairou that left people with a deep knowing that they are “ENOUGH”… just as they are… even though they may have been told otherwise for much of their lives.  We also had Virma take our participants through a Kundalini Yoga workshop which got people moving anger in their bodies and connecting with love in their heart.  Myself and my husband, Dr. Robert Coddington, shared a workshop on understanding masculine and feminine energies within each of us and we experienced how to cultivate more masculine or feminine presence in our bodies.  Included in the day was a truly delicious lunch provided by “Portobello Burger”. I used to be surprised by the magic that would unfold with these healing events.  Nowadays I come to expect it.  This Clear Day did not disappoint.  It is incredible to witness our Practice Members touching deep places within and then being opened up to the magic within their hearts.  I am grateful to the work of Dr. Donald Epstein who has helped us provide such powerful and transformational work to so many people.  I am also grateful to our communities and participants who love this work and keep coming back for more and more depth, healing, and growth.  Here is what one of our participants, who has been to numerous Clear Days, wanted to share with anyone who is interested in participating: “Enter with a heart that is open to yourself, others, and discovery.  Suspend the desire to judge or leave with answers.  Be open.  Then hold the events, feeling, energy of the day in your heart for as long as possible afterwards and you will learn and/or grow from the richness of everyone’s experience.”   Stay tuned for the next Clear Day – set to happen in the spring of...

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Runner’s High

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on Runner’s High

Runner’s High

I’ve been training with a friend for the upcoming Toronto Waterfront half marathon in October and I’m super pumped!  I wasn’t always a runner…In fact, in the past I could barely even run for a minute without losing my breath.  I would shy away from running as a kid and it was just not really ‘my thing.’  I was a dancer, and that had always been my forte.  But since I began running in chiropractic school, I realized the great ‘runner’s high’ that people experience and how graceful and agile our bodies really are.  I started running on a treadmill, alternating walking for ten minutes and then running for one minute.  Slowly, bit by bit I built up my running capability and registered for my first outdoor 5K race~ the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for Breast cancer in Chicago.  I was so ecstatic when I crossed the finish line of my first race!  Wow, what a feeling! Since completing school and moving back to Canada, I have been participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure in Toronto every year. This summer I decided to train with the Running Room to actually complete a half marathon, and it has been an intense but rewarding experience.  I have seen the progress week after week as distances increase.  The feeling that comes from a run is just simply awesome!  It is an incredible state of euphoria to fly through the air with just our limbs and mental stamina.  We are free to run without abandon.  Nothing can hold us back and anything seems possible as we soar through the sky. So from being someone who never really liked the warm-up run before tennis lessons, I’ve become a regular runner.  Go figure, but my body craves the natural endorphin rush!  Running through the streets of downtown Toronto is challenging but so worth it once I hit harbourfront and the lovely lakeshore trails.  It is inspiring to see so many dedicated runners along the path with the balmy summertime breeze grazing my skin.  Running is definitely one of my favourite workouts that creates so many zen moments and sets me free to believe I can do anything.  There are new possibilities every moment everyday.  I challenge you to take a stroll and turn it into a liberating run, sending your mind and body into exhilarating peace and calm.   Hope to see you running alongside me on October 14, ’12 or cheering loudly with encouraging smiles. Dr. Anita...

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July Challenge: Fruits & Veggies

Posted by on Jul 3, 2012 in Events, Health, Uncategorized | Comments Off on July Challenge: Fruits & Veggies

July Challenge: Fruits & Veggies

(Image: vegetables by Suat Eman / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) It isn’t exactly breaking news that fruits and veggies are good for our health. Or is it? We were recently inspired after a TEDx talk given by Dr. Terry Wahls who overcame Multiple Sclerosis with a diet that included 9 cups of fruits and vegetables per day. Amazing! She had brought an array of produce with her to the talk; the camera shot panning the beautiful colours of berries, peppers, squash and leafy greens set our mouths watering. So of course we thought, let’s all do it! And thus the July challenge was born! Thank you to all who participated. (Don’t you feel amazing?) We hope you continue to eat lots of fruits and veggies. It may sound difficult, but fear not! You don’t need to cut out anything just add! Add all sorts of fruits and veggies with every meal. Some caveats though – keep it fresh, rather than frozen or canned. And no potatoes or corn! That’s it – no deprivation, just great delicious food. Now that we’re in the hottest months of the year, what better time to really start enjoying nature’s perfect food! We’ll be announcing the winners of the July challenge soon, please stay posted. 1st prize: a complimentary initial naturopathic visit with Dr. Tara Andresen (a value of $165) 2nd prize: a complimentary nutritional assessment with Dr. Leo Quan (a value of $80) Like us on Facebook and stay posted on recipes, tips and special Fruit days!… Dr. Terry Wahls’ video that inspired us all is below:...

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SummerTime to disconnect to reconnect!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on SummerTime to disconnect to reconnect!

SummerTime to disconnect to reconnect!

The sun is here to stay and we are enveloped in the heart of summer.  As we welcome this glorious season full of activity, I just wanted to share how connected we can be to nature; if we let ourselves be free of electronic gadgets for a few moments in time. Working in holistic health and wellness, it is always amazing for me to see how tech savvy and innovative the world can be.  However, we all know how much stress and anxiety technology can introduce into our daily lives.  It leads us to being so wired up and though we may feel like we are making social connections, really where is the natural human connection in a virtual transaction? On top of it, what is all this technological ‘advancement’ doing to our bodies? Toronto writer Sheena Lyonnais tells us that health concerns such as text neck, touchscreen finger, tablet slouch, insomnia and stress are just a handful that have been popping up!  More than ever we are disconnected to what is going on within ourselves.  We are constantly being bombarded by external stimuli such as email inboxes, websites, text messages, facebook updates, phone calls, twitter posts, and the list goes on… All of these stressors strain our bodies little by little, eventually leading to one condition or another. It’s hard to unplug (or be free from WiFi), but just try it!  Instead of the beat of your Ipod, let your ears hear the sounds of nature like back when you were a kid.  Time out and lay on the beach or in the grass, listening to the gentle breeze and watching the sun radiate through a perfectly blue summer sky. Click here for 8 ideas for enjoying the outdoors in the city. If you would like some assistance getting back to nurturing your body, come check-in to Source Centre and then go ahead and check out of the daily tech grind.  Allow your body to re-center and reconnect.  It’s time to be your authentic self with or without your tech toys. Happy Summer!   [Image from...

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