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Feb 15 2017

Getting started as a runner or walker

Posted in: Tips,

  Keen to become a runner or walker?  Here's some tips to help you get started! By Ellen McDonell, ND and Julie Ennis, PhD.  Whether you’ve already signed-up for the Scotia Bank Charity Challenge (Ottawa Race Weekend) or you’re on the fence, we hope this blog will inspire you to get your training off on the right foot! Before we get started, we want to highlight that these are general tips to get your running or walking training pr...

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Jan 27 2017

How to Stop Worrying With Mindfulness

Posted in: Tips, Mind-body-medicine,

How to Stop Worrying With Mindfulness. By Moira Hutchison, Certified Mindfulness Coach. Many studies have been reaching the same conclusion… When it comes to using meditation to manage anxiety, Mindfulness can help you to stop worrying. A great many people experience some form of anxiety or even depression, and many more have occasional bouts of being worried due to pressures at work or home. While you can’t remove the stress from daily life,...

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Jan 16 2017

What’s On Your Playlist?

Posted in: Tips, Mind-body-medicine,

  What’s On Your Playlist? By Sarah Rose Black, MMT, MTA, RP, CKN Music & Creative Therapies Editor Whether I am discussing music with friends, family, patients or colleagues, a consistent trend seems to emerge. What we prefer is closely linked to our associations. When we associate a song with a particular time in our lives, that same song tends to hold ongoing significance. Perhaps a song that was played during a first dance at a wedding continues to bri...

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Jan 16 2017

Gourmet Crockpot Comfort Food: Pumpkin, Pine Nut & Sage Risotto

Posted in: Recipes, Nutrition,

  Gourmet Crockpot Comfort Food: Pumpkin, Pine Nut and Sage Risotto. Recipe by Kylie Delfino, RHN. Cold weather and shorter days bring out our desire for comfort foods. Here is a healthy slow cooker option, that will be steaming hot when you come in from an afternoon in the snow! Pumpkin is an excellent source of fibre; one-half cup serving contains 5 grams of fibre. It helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels, to protect the body against heart disease, to control ...

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Jan 13 2017

Mindfulness: 5 Techniques to Stay in the Present Moment

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  5 Techniques to Stay in the Present Moment. By Moira Hutchison, Certified Mindfulness Coach. I’m sure you have heard about the power of  staying in the present moment, however there are many who do not understand what this means. Being present is simply being focused on your environment and what it is you are doing. It means that your mind isn’t thinking about anything else other than what is right in front of you. There are many wonderfu...

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Jan 12 2017

A Closer Look at Ingredients in Personal Care and Household Products

Posted in: New in Research,

  A Closer Look at Ingredients in Personal Care and Household Products: Harnessing the Power of Computer Technology (1). By Julie Ennis PhD, OICC Research Fellow. Take a moment and think about your morning routine and the number of household and personal care products that you use. From shampoo and toothpaste to air fresheners and dishwashing detergent, the list of products can easily become surprisingly long. The ingredients in these products are designed to keep y...

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