Amy is known in her circle of friends as an adventurous cook and baker who isn’t afraid to experiment in the kitchen. I was intrigued by the stories I had heard, especially regarding her Bacon Jam! While Amy didn’t invent the recipe, she apparently perfected it.
In the new year, we welcome all things new; new lifestyles, new gym memberships, new habits, and of course, new babies. As I touched on in my previous article, there are many things that come up during pregnancy and the postpartum period that can often be easily treated naturally, with little intervention. This is particularly true for babies, who are so sensitive they may have a severe over-reaction to any stronger treatment.
Okay, okay, it’s not quite as good, but you may be surprised just how good a little change feels! With a new year always comes a great excuse to freshen things up so here are some ideas on how you can create a healthier you this year.
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Pat Robertson was introduced to good food early in life. With a French Canadian mother, he grew up with traditional Quebecoise food and it was at home that he began his lifelong appreciation of food. As a boy while out camping with friends and in university, living with roommates he was always the designated cook, which pushed Pat to try new things in the kitchen. “Cooking is something you have to do every day why not make the most of it.”
In the midwifery side of my practice, I see a lot of patients who struggle with common pregnancy, postpartum, and newborn ailments that I am generally able to effectively treat using naturopathic remedies.
The much anticipated ski season is fast approaching. Here are eight exercises to help you get ready for the season!
1. Squat: Knees over toes, chest up.
2. Bent Over Triceps Kick Backs: straighten arms behind you, parallel to ground.
3. Body Twist: engage your abs and gluts (bum).
4. Left to Right Hop: start slowly and increase to ski speed.
5. Lunge and Twist: alternate legs, slowly twisting in both directions before standing.
6. Push Up: make sure to drop to your knees if you feel any discomfort.
7. Back Extensions: squeeze/engage your gluts prior to each lift.
Fall is a time that's synonymous with “Back to School”. It's a time of change, of possibility, of all things new.
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With the heat of the summer behind us and those snowy adventures ahead of us, fall is a great time to push your limits in the outdoors. In case you didn’t already know, Fernie offers a number of options to stay fit this time of the year. Here are a few to squeeze in this month:
Travelling to Fernie this winter? Whether you’re here for a weekend, for two weeks, or for the season, here are some health tips to consider that will see you through to spring safely and healthily.
1) Pack Wisely – Fernie’s weather is constantly changing so bring enough clothes and gear to keep you warm regardless of what the weather brings. From clear balmy days, to wet, snowy days, to bitterly cold days, Fernie has it all. So prepared and keep yourself warm and dry.
The fruit pie reigns supreme of all desserts in my opinion and I have a difficult time deciding which pie is my favourite. Big fat plump blueberries coated in lemon and sugar baked to perfection in an all butter crust, just can’t be beat. But then peaches come into season and a peach pie is like no other. Fat chunks of the delicious fruit cut into wedges, also coated in sugar and a touch of cinnamon and lemon make for a most enjoyable finish to any summertime meal.
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Okay kids, this one is for you. In this fabulously fit town, you have little excuse to not be a part of the very healthy norm. Here are a few ideas for a variety of ways to improve your fitness, which ultimately will make you feel better about yourself. And at the end of the year, if you feel good about yourself, then I would say it was a pretty awesome year. Why not start the year with the goal of having an awesome one?
Early in my career I had an elderly gentleman approach me at the gym and say, “You know running is bad for you, it is like smoking!” I laughed to myself, thinking he was procrastinating doing his exercises by making conversation. Over the following13 years working as a trainer, I understood what he was saying and now know that he was definitely onto something (although I still contest that smoking is worse).
Trends in healthcare, particularly alternative healthcare, seem to come and go like wildfire. And like trends in general, some may be more valuable or appropriate than others and it’s up to you to research them before making a decision that may affect your health. I’ll talk about a few of the trends that I’ve noticed in recent months and discuss their validity, which will hopefully give you information that you can apply to other trends as they appear.