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Tips for Optimal Recovery

Posted by on Feb 16, 2012 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Testimonials, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Optimal Recovery

Tips for Optimal Recovery

(Image: sscreations / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Recently, I had a couple of wisdom teeth extracted. Admittedly, it was an uncomplicated procedure as far as these things go but I was amazed and delighted with the speed of my recovery. After a couple of days, I felt fully healed and experienced barely any pain throughout. As I contemplated and expressed gratitude for this good fortune, I realized there were definitely some things that helped speed along and ensure a fantastic recovery. I would like to share them here with you in the hopes that you might find them useful too. In no particular order: Daily meditation and prayer: we may hear a lot these days about the value of this practice and there is good reason for it! Given our busy lives lived within chaotic and noisy cities, it is absolutely vital to create a quiet, centering space within. The more I practice this, the quicker and easier am I able to access the calm within even the most stressful times, thereby easing any tension and anxiety.  Prayer is a relatively new addition for me and I like to end my meditations with a short wish that I may meet all that is coming my way with dignity and grace; that I am able to surrender to the things I cannot change.  That I accept and trust. In the weeks before my appointment, I also added some affirmations specifically directed towards my procedure. In the meditative state is where I employed them and they ran along the lines of: I am a terrific healer. I heal quickly and well. (Visualizations, too,  work wonders if you are a visual type.) Support: I found it invaluable to know and understand the type of support I would need in the lead up to the procedure, the duration, and the recovery period. Then I ensured that I asked for it.  For me, this meant having a knowledgeable and gentle dentist (a huge, huge thanks to Dr. Kevin Kliman and staff) whom I trusted and knew respected my anxiety issues around dental care. It also meant having a loved one come with me to my appointment, wait for me,  greet me with loving arms when it was over, and help me home (then make me mashed potatoes for dinner because it was pretty much all I could eat). It also made me feel better to talk about my impending procedure because I felt nervous about it and talking helps me. It allowed me to commiserate and receive words of support and counsel from those who had already been through such a thing. It helped me feel less alone. For all of us, support means something different but ultimately the important thing is to articulate to yourself what it is exactly that you need. Then, ask for it! If we carry unspoken expectations, we’re bound to be disappointed. Better to connect and discover what you need and then find the help. Most of us are delighted to help, but we just need to know how. Plan ahead for rest: we push ourselves very hard and often get caught in a mindset that we have to do everything ourselves. The world won’t fall apart if we plan for an extra day or two of rest, even if we think we’re feeling okay to continue on as before. I found it very helpful to know I had an extra couple of days blocked off to heal; it eased any anxiety I may have nursed about having to go back to work when I wasn’t quite ready. We can’t heal fully...

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Persimmon Pleasures

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in How-To's, Recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Persimmon Pleasures

Persimmon Pleasures

One of the things I love about working at Source Centre ~ sharing fruit with friends. Since attending Dr. Leo’s Discover Raw Food workshop, I’ve been reading more on the raw food way of eating and incorporating a lot more of it in my diet, especially fruit. November and December is a great time for persimmons which, up until a few weeks ago, I had never tried. Now, I can’t get enough… Because it can be intimidating trying new things, I thought I would share some of my experiences with persimmons. There tend to be 2 different persimmons commonly found in the markets. One is the Hachiya variety which is long and rather heart-shaped (right in the picture). The other is the squat, tomato-resembling Fuyu variety(left). I first purchased a couple of Hachiyas and waited a few days until one was rather soft, thinking it was ready to go. I peeled and ate it. Rookie mistake! If you unknowingly do the same thing I did, you may end up thinking this furry tongued experience is all there is to a persimmon. Not true – this variety is particularly astringent and takes a good deal of time to ripen. In fact, I’m told I may be able to enjoy this remaining beauty come the New Year. (It’s going to be a happy 2012!) Our squat friend, the Fuyu variety, is not nearly as astringent and can be enjoyed even while quite firm. Fortunately, I didn’t give up on persimmons and have been enjoying this variety tremendously. I find them to be a bit of a cross between a peach and a mango, with a beautiful orange flesh speckled with brown dots – as though there is cinnamon or some other wonderful fragrant spice laced throughout. I highly encourage you to try persimmons this year on their own or in the smoothie below as recommended by Dr. Sue. Persimmon Smoothie 3 persimmons 1 young thai coconut Take the seeds out of the persimmons and combine with the flesh and the milk of the young coconut- blend on high for 3 minutes. This is a great staple full of healthy natural fats, sugars and...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Oct 10, 2011 in Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

~ image by cbicenhour ~ Being Grateful is Important for our Well-being. It’s Thanksgiving and a time for me to be grateful for all that the universe has offered. I’ve been sharing with friends and family, and now I share with you, that I’m thankful for amazing friendships and family. I’ve been quietly contemplating the wonders of fresh food, air and water and how they enable everything on this planet to thrive. What are you thankful for? I’ve also been thinking about how counting our blessings is key to our overall well-being. This idea may be conventional wisdom to some and new-age myth to others. How does gratitude fit into your life? At least one scientific review finds evidence that gratitude is strongly related to well-being, levels of stress, and sleep. Wood et al. (2010) found that people who practiced gratitude had fewer symptoms and lower stress levels. They also sleep for longer durations, and felt more refreshed upon waking. Researchers speculate that gratitude directly leads to increased well-being. How can we practice gratitude? The possibilities are endless, but they generally fit within a few distinct categories. Of course, if you think of an entirely new category and an example, please suggest! Gratitude lists. Diaries and journals make great tools for developing our sense of gratitude and to explore ideas in a safe and private environment. Grateful contemplation. Similar to gratitude lists, grateful contemplation is easy to do anytime, anywhere. Behavioural expressions of gratitude. If gratitude is towards someone or something, why not share it with that very thing or person? Invite someone for a tea or coffee, write a letter, or make a phone call. Face-to-face interactions are especially powerful because  we can acknowledge the gratitude instantly and give the other person to share their gratitude. Adapted from Wood et al. (2010) Gratitude is a powerful and affirming practice. If it can affect our health so strongly, wouldn’t it be worthwhile to make it an everyday practice? Thanksgiving is only once a year, but we can give thanks anytime. Happy Thanksgiving,Dr. Leo   What are other people saying about gratitude?          ...

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How to vote October 6?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in Health, How-To's | Comments Off on How to vote October 6?

How to vote October 6?

~ Image by federico stevanin ~  What to have for dinner? Which car to buy? What shirt to wear? Faced with questions like these, we’re constantly in need of making choices. Sometimes, we struggle with decisions that have the smallest of consequences like what movie should I watch tonight? Other times, the next several years of provincial governance, administration, and policy is at stake. Come October 6, we Ontarians are face with a vote that will shape our lives for the next four years and beyond. So much party platform information is available, so much editorial flows through the media, and so many personal opinions get exchanged, but how do we ultimately choose? Or under the weight of all this information, do we choose at all? Just as important as any outside consideration is our inner instinct. A very simple and powerful tool for tapping into that inner instinct is with a Somato Respiratory Integration (SRI) exercise. Using your own breath, focused attention, gentle touch, and movement, you can turn your focus inwards and find answers for this election – and for any other decision you face. This SRI mini-exercise consists of the following steps: In a quiet comfortable setting, lie on your back with knees bent. With flat hands, fingers and thumbs together like they are inside mittens, overlap the centre of each palm. Keep hands comfortably parallel with each other. Begin gently breathing in the nose and out the mouth. Use breathing that resembles your normal everyday breath. Centre your palms overtop of a comfortable position over the front of your torso. Try the navel (position #3), stomach (#2), and upper chest (#1) and see if any of those positions are comfortable. With you hands over the most comfortable position, begin to think about 1 provincial party and what you know so far. Observe your breathing. Notice how focused your thoughts are. Observe how much effort you are making. Repeat steps 5 & 6 for each party and compare. The party in which you breathe with the most comfort, the least effort and with the most clarity is the party that resonates most with you at your core. This is one simply and effective way to make your choice – one that taps into the power of SRI. There are countless other ways and we at Source Centre would love to hear your opinion on the following: How do you make your decisions in life? What is the most unusual thing you’ve done to help you make a choice? What’s the most interesting sign you’ve received to guide you? Stay tune for future workshop and posts about SRI.   Dr. Leo   What are people saying about the...

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