Commuting along the seawall is my favourite part of summer. My even more favourite part of summer is running into people that I know, with their sunshiny smiling faces. I find when the Vancouver...
Blue Monday has come and gone, yet somehow still exerts its influence; grey sky, short days, unpredictable weather, and the post holiday blahs can be a real drag. If you’re feeling bummed-out with this whole new-years push to self-perfection, here are a few ways to improve your sense of well-being in these short dark days.
2 exercises you should avoid if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant (and yes, your beloved Hot Yoga is one of them)Jan 25, 2017
Exercise is a vital part of staying healthy during pregnancy and when preparing for pregnancy. However, there are two forms of exercise that I suggest staying clear of during these times. (I can only imagine the heaps of hate mail I am about to receive)
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Thank you again to everyone who donated to the Acubalance Pad drive. We were able to provide the WISH Dop-in Centre with a hefty supply of pads and tampons. The donation couldn’t have come at a better time, as the centre suffered a sewage back up over the holidays and lost a lot of their donations.
Decisions don't always have to be difficult and most of the decisions we make are easy. From what time we need to wake up in the morning, what we make ourselves for breakfast and the clothes we wear are generally a simple and quick decision. Other choices we are faced with are not so easily overcome. Financial and health decisions can be extremely difficult and feel like a horrible gamble when choosing a road to go down.
One of my favorite things to do as an acupuncturist is to help patients who are very nervous about needles (i.e. pain) overcome their fears and experience that acupuncture can actually be a very comfortable, enjoyable, relaxing experience.
If you’re anything like me, even the word “cleanse” can make you run for the hills. The idea of going through the minutiae of my diet with a fine-toothed comb instantly makes me want cake. The new year inspires a certain extremism; sign up for tough-mudder; join a masters swim team; juice fasting; cross-fit; running group... the list goes on, driving a massive economy of physiotherapy as, one by one, all your friends injure themselves in the first week of January. So when I tell my patients “I think you should consider doing a cleanse”, I’m aware of the slow, rising anxiety and sugar cravings that instantly appear. However, when I say “cleanse”, I don’t mean fasting; I don’t mean swim the Burrard Inlet and stop eating; I mean a gentle, slow, gradual transition to whole foods.
I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a whoozy of a year for me. Of course, there were many beautiful things that happened too, but it stands out that we had a couple of very sad and unexpected losses in the family, and I think like many, I found myself startled by world events.
This soup is thanksgiving in a bowl. It brings me so much joy that I should probably revisit my relationship with food.