For many of us, summer continues to be a busy time of “things to do” and although this to-do list may involve activities in the sun, they can build up stress and deplete our energy reserves just the same.
What about a holiday?
Where to go? How do we get there? How much time do we have? What’s our budget? What will I wear?! Will we have time to relax? If you’re like me, just planning a holiday can be stressful. Even if we go on holiday, we often return drained. So how do we reduce stress and build up our energy reserves? While we’re at home and on vacation?
Meditation and acupuncture are good options for switching the body to that relaxed (parasympathetic) state where our repair-and-recover systems kick-in. But enjoying coffee or dark chocolate are also great options for, what I like to call, soul-nourishing moments.
Steps for a Soul-Nourishing Moment with Coffee:
1. Pour hot coffee into your favourite mug and sit in a peaceful spot in your home – by the bay window, on the patio, etc.
2. Hold your warm mug with both hands and take a deep breath into your belly taking in the roasted aroma.
3. After some slow sips of coffee, lower the mug, let out a sigh or ‘aaah’ and notice the warmth of the coffee as it moves down your throat and to your belly. You may close your eyes or allow them to soften their focus.
In 10 seconds (and only two sips of coffee), stress hormone production decreases. This, in turn, improves stress tolerance, mood, energy, sleep, sex hormone balance, blood glucose levels and blood pressure.
Of course, this doesn’t have to be done with coffee. Bringing your focus to observing your body in the present moment makes a daily habit into a soul-nourishing moment. For your adrenal glands (stress tolerance organs) and nervous system, a soul-nourishing moment is like a rejuvenating trip to the spa.
If you’ve been ‘running on fumes’ or experiencing major stress recently, you’re adrenal glands and nervous system have been working on overdrive. Replenishing essential nutrients with adrenal support or B vitamin injections also help to improve stress tolerance and energy.
If you are traveling this summer, include soul-nourishing moments into your daily plans. I think you’ll find those moments will be the best memories of your vacation.
Whether you’re vacationing in Bora Bora or at home this summer, take advantage of daily soul-nourishing moments to reduce stress, optimize health and enjoy summer.
Dr.Carin Matsushita, ND, RAc.
After a long hard winter, Summer has absolutely arrived in Vancouver. It always amazes me how simply one day of Sun in Vancouver can vanish every trace memories of cold and rain from the season prior.
- require bending resulting in lower back strain
- they may result in dominant use of one side of the body more so than the other, creating an imbalance in the upper and lower back, and also the hamstrings
- can result in shoulder pain
- twisting and hip pain
- golfers elbow or repetitive strain on the wrists/forearms from twisting and pulling in the garden
- headaches and disrupted sleep
Live jazz music, speaking presentations including our very own Dr.Matsushita, and display booths on Health & Wellness with a focus on senior living!
Everyone is welcome!
Dr.Carin Matsushita will be talking from 3:30-4:00 pm on "Natural Solutions to Chronic Pain".
Come join us at Fraserview Care Lodge at 9580 Williams Road, Richmond BC on Thursday, June 26th, 2014 from 3-6pm. Ribbon cutting at 6-7pm!
Click HERE to read more about the event.
Dr Lee: Hello Mr. Steves, tell us a bit about your farming background:
I studied genetics at UBC and I am a practicing geneticist. Our family established the first seed company in BC in 1888. We are still growing, saving, improving, and selling seed from over 50 vegetable varieties adapted to the BC climate.
Dr. Lee: Tell me more about this picture of Victory Garden
That’s a picture of myself on the far left as a youngster. During WWII people still knew how to grow their own food. We dug up back yards, lanes and roadsides. We grew 42% of our food in Victory gardens. Everything was recycled. Manures and compost were returned to the land. Crops were rotated. Cow pasture was plowed under to grow vegetables, then oats cover crop, then legume hay to add nitrogen, then pastures again.
Dr. Lee: How has the city of Richmond responded to pesticides and GMO?
• Richmond banned cosmetic pesticides in 2009 and GMO’s on May 28, 2012
• After over 50 years of monoculture soils are depleted. It’s scientifically impossible to produce more food with minerals and microbes that no longer exist in the soil. Yet that is the GMO claim
• GMO’s do not produce more food to feed the world. GMO’s are designed to kill weeds with round-up or 2-4-D. That is all.
• To feed the world we need to maintain our genetic diversity, and replenish our soils.
Dr. Lee: What is an anaerobic digester and the compost trial?
Through the green can program, residential yard and food waste are taken to a facility on Westminster highway and put into these large tall structures called anaerobic digesters. These anaerobic digesters help turn the food waste into organic matter called compost.
Our compost has been tested and showed to be so clean that it can be used to put back into our organic farm soil and gardens to help nourish the soil. This is a very exciting project.
Dr. Lee: Are there other exciting projects that are happening in Richmond?
Yes, there are! You will soon hear some exciting news about the Garden City Lands and the proposed land use. Also, near the Brio clinic, the new development called The Gardens will also have community gardens and dedicated farm land that Kwantlen University students will be using to do research and learn more on organic farming practices.
Here comes the season when you can just leave your jackets in the closet while heading outdoors to enjoy the longer, warmer days ahead. With summer on the horizon, many of us are already engaged in physical activities made better by the fresh air, whether it be going for a run, playing a game of tennis, soccer, golf or beach volleyball. Some of us can get a little rusty over the winter and think a good long stretch before pounding the pavement is the thing to do, but be mindful of the type of stretching you do!
Recent studies have come to the conclusion that it is best to do a warm-up that complements the type of movements you'll be doing in your workout or game, but with a slightly greater amplitude of range of motion.
Dynamic stretching is considered to be far more beneficial than the standard old static stretching our high school gym teacher used to tell us to do. Dynamic stretching consists of controlled movements of your limbs and trunk taken in ease to the limits of your range. It improves body awareness, neuromuscular control and functional flexibility. Furthermore, it increases body temperature far more effectively than static stretching. some examples of these are knee ups, butt kicks, side lunges arm swings etc. etc. There are many examples available on You Tube but use your common sense and if in doubt, talk to your fitness or health care provider.
As for static stretching, which can be defined as stretching a muscle until there is resistance and holding that stretch for a specific amount of time ( usually 20-40 seconds) , studies show that it tends to have a negative impact on athletic performance, by hindering the capacity of the muscle to produce force* for even up to an hour! Holding a stretch position doesn't help prepare for exercise as much as it does for increasing your potential range of motion. Static stretching is best done after the workout, as part of the cool-down, or as just an activity by itself.
Sometimes muscles feel restricted to the point where any amount of stretching just doesn't provide relief. Areas of adhesion in the tissues can restrict normal physiological movement and be resistant to lengthening. This is when you need to bring out the foam roller to provide a little massaging compression. Fascial release products like "The Stick" and "Acuball" and many such others are readily available in stores now and are great for self- care at home.
And of course, your Massage Therapist can help too! Try scheduling a massage treatment near or on the day of your most intensive workouts. A massage afterwards can help reduce post- exercise inflammation ans speed recovery**
Cheers to health!
Linda McLaren RMT
1. No independent research for safety
2. Increased use in herbicides and pesticides
3. Genetic contamination
4. Corporate control of seeds and food supply
5. Patenting of seeds
6. Our right to know has been denied
7. Economic impacts
8. Unsustainable farming methods
9. Bees and butterflies are disappearing from the use of glyphosate in RoundUp
• avoid processed foods with corn, soy, canola, cottonseed and sugar
• buy organic and/or non-GMO Verified products
• buy organic or grass-fed meat, eggs and dairy
• avoid sweet corn, Hawaiian papaya and some US zucchini and yellow crookneck squash (unless organic)
What can we do to stop GM foods?
• support our local farmers who oppose GM crops
• buy local, at farmer’s markets, supports CSAs
• grow your own food
• start a conversation on GMOs
• ask restaurants to provide non-GMO food
• write emails and letters to store managers and head offices asking them not to sell GMOs
Brio will be hosting a movie night for BC Naturopathic medicine week. The event will take place Wednesday, May 14th from 6:00-9:00 pm
at Minoru Cultural Center, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC.We will be featuring GMO OMG and tickets are $12. Following the movie there will be a panel of experts answering your questions.To sign up and guarantee yourself a seat you can purchase tickets by Clicking Here. Please hurry because tickets will sell out fast !!We look forward to seeing you all there!Welcome our Third Expert on the Panel for the evening, Teresa Lynne!
GE Free BC is a grassroots movement and a network of community organizations working for sustainable agriculture and supporting municipal GE Free resolutions across BC. We currently have 14 GE Free communities (Powell River, Salt Spring Island, Denman Island, Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver, Rossland, Richmond, Saanich, Metchosin, Cherryville, Telkwa, City of North Van. and Roberts Creek); GE Free resolutions in ten Regional Districts and AVICC (the governing body representing 51 municipalities on Vancouver Island).
Teresa Lynne is a mother and grandmother with a passion to ensure a healthy, sustainable food system for generations to come. She is a marketing and communications professional with 25+ year’s experience and a Certified Life Coach and Wellness Counselor. Her focus is on healthy food, our food security and related issues – specifically genetically engineered crops, as well as herbicides, pesticides, additives, etc.
Brio will be hosting a movie night for BC Naturopathic medicine week. The event will take place Wednesday, May 14th from 6:00-9:00 pm at Minoru Cultural Centter, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC. We will be featuring GMO OMG and tickets are $12. Following the movie there will be a panel of experts answering your questions.
To sign up and guarantee yourself a seat you can purchase tickets by Clicking Here. Please hurry because tickets will sell out fast !!
Welcome, Colin Dring another expert on our panel for that evening.
Colin Dring is the Executive Director for the Richmond Food Security Society, a local not-for-profit organization that works to ensure that all people in the community have access to healthy and sustainable food that is culturally appropriate. He has his Bachelor’s of Agricultural Science from UBC’s Land and Food Systems and his Master’s in Science in Planning and Development from the University of Guelph School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. Colin has worked in addressing environmental issues from agriculture and the broader food system and has been actively involved in building sustainable solutions in communities across Canada.
About Us - The Richmond Food Security Society works to ensure that all people in the community have access to safe, nutritious, culturally and personally appropriate foods that are produced in sustainable and socially just ways. We have been working in Richmond since 2002 providing training to youth at risk, seniors, and persons with disabilities. We manage all eight of the City's community gardens and deliver Good Food Boxes to those who are in need. We believe that developing people to their fullest potential will result in a food system that is fair and meets the present needs without compromising the needs of the future.
Wednesday May 14th, Brio will be hosting our third annual BCNA Naturopathic Medicine Week Movie-GMO OMG. We are so excited to announce one of our experts on our panel, who will be discussing GMO's after the movie showing. We have Harold Steves, a former school teach and active rancher by profession. Harold is an active member of the Seed Savers Exchange, growing over 50 varieties of locally adapted heirloom vegetables to maintain genetic diversity. He is very active in community life in the Steveston area, and is particularly interested in the preservation of farmland, heritage preservation, and environmental issues.
He entered politics as an MLA and was active in the establishment of the "Agricultural Land Reserve" under the Dave Barrett NDP Government and for the following decades, one of its strongest defenders. He is presently active in the Farmland Defense League and is a Richmond City Councillor.
Harold is the Vice Chair of Planning and Agriculture for Metro Vancouver and is promoting preservation, urban and food security for the region.
If you are interested in coming to watch the documentary GMO OMG, and learning more from our experts, click here.