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5 Ways Turmeric Benefits Your Health

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 TurmericTurmeric is a commonly used spice that originates from the Curcuma plant. We most likely know it for its spiciness and use in dishes such as curry.

However, Turmeric has been extensively used within Chinese and Indian cultures, including as an anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is best consumed in its pure sense with some black pepper, rather than as a component of curry powder. Research has found that consuming black pepper (piperine) with curcumin increases its bioavailability.

As a child, Turmeric was added to milk and even made into a balm for sprained ankles!

However, the Western world has been slow to notice the health benefits of turmeric, some of which are outlined below.


Turmeric has long been used for its anti-inflammatory properties in Eastern cultures; this helps the body to fight infection and repair itself. It is the oil that the turmeric provides that has the scientifically proven anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Curcumin, the oil derived from turmeric, has been studied in numerous experiments, and has been shown to be equally as effective as typical anti-inflammatory drugs. The key difference is there are no side effects associated with curcumin oil. This is good news for those who suffer from joint conditions, such as arthritis, where inflammation plays a key role in exacerbating chronic pain.

Indigestion and Heartburn Relief

Turmeric has also been shown to help with the common conditions of indigestion and heartburn. These are frequently experienced by individuals and can be incredibly frustrating and uncomfortable.

Turmeric stimulates the gallbladder and increases bile production; in Germany, turmeric is prescribed for such problems.

Heart Disease

Studies have shown that there is a protective effect of turmeric on the heart. Initial research shows that turmeric can help to reduce the build-up of plaque in the heart, a key contributor to heart attacks. Turmeric may help to prevent oxidized cholesterol, which is what damages blood vessels. Damaged blood vessels are a critical factor in many heart diseases, such as health attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.

Cancer Prevention

Turmeric has been shown to have important antioxidant properties, which may help to protect cells against cancer. Turmeric can help to protect vulnerable cells against free radicals, which can be harmful to the body.

However, research is still working out how turmeric can help with cancer prevention.




Lowers Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a common disorder and has been linked to many different, some serious, disorders. One study conducted in rabbits fed a high-fat diet showed that turmeric appeared to lower LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides, as well as preventing LDL from being oxidized. Oxidized LDL has been shown to contribute to the formation of atherosclerosis. The cholesterol-lowering effects of turmeric have remained consistent in these studies. Source.

Uses In Cooking

  • Turmeric in dried spice form can add loads of flavor to curries, stews, stir-fries and roasted meat and chicken.
  • Fresh turmeric is a root that looks much like fresh ginger. It can be juiced along with other fruits and vegetables. It can be added to smoothies.
  • It makes a great addition to a chicken marinade adding a bright orange color to the mix; it is a key ingredient in Middle Eastern chicken kabobs.
  • Use it to substitute saffron or mustard as it provides an equal yellow hue.


Everyone should seek medical advice before adding extra turmeric to their diet and sometimes it may actually have negative effects for some people, for example, its ability to slow blood clotting could be dangerous for anyone taking anticoagulant medication or going for surgery. If in doubt, speak to your medical professional.


5 Natural Remedies for Headaches

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Headaches can be extremely painful. Often times they can leave you down for the count. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from headaches on a regular basis, this article is for you. Before you decide to reach for the medicine cabinet, try these all natural remedies the next time you have a headache. Here are the best non-drug remedies for the three most common types of headaches.


1. Tension Headaches

Of the three main types of headaches, tension headaches are the most common. With this type of headache the muscles contract and it feels like something is literally squeezing your head. The pain can run from one ear to the other and back around. Tension headaches are usually caused by a lack of sleep and/or stress.

Natural Remedies For Tension Headaches:

Ginger Tea

Fresh ginger can easily be found at your local grocery store. Crush up no more than an inch of ginger and put it in a pot of boiling water. This homemade remedy will help reduce inflammation and ease your headache.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is a herb and the oil is known to be calming and numbing. It is believed that these properties make it helpful for reducing tension. Take the oil and apply it to your hairline. The cooling sensation created by the oil will help relax the muscles in your head and neck.


2. Cluster Headaches

Those who suffer from cluster headaches often describe it as an ice pack in their head. This is because the pain is very concentrated and it feels like someone is stabbing them in the head. Cluster headaches usually occur in a cluster of days, hence the name cluster headaches. They are most common in the winter.

Natural Remedies For Cluster Headaches:

Capsaicin Cream

Cayenne pepper is the main ingredient in Capsaicin cream. Put a dab on your finger and apply it to the inside of your nostril. Be sure to place it on the side where you are experiencing the pain. Once applied the cream will go to work. It works by blocking pain signals.

Chlorophyll Supplements

Chlorophyll is used by plants for photosynthesis in the process of turning carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen. Chlorophyll supplements promote the flow of oxygen to cells, while also protecting the cells from oxidation damage and can naturally help with cluster headaches. Placing ten drops of liquid chlorophyll concentrate on the tongue several times throughout the day and then drinking some water will help with these types of headaches and can also provide natural energy to get you through the day.

We have this supplement at Shanti Wellness Centre.

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3. Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are very debilitating and can have you in bed, unable to move for extended periods of time. Migraines cause a throbbing pain to occur on one side of your head. As a result of this pain, individuals are usually sensitive to light and sound. It some cases it can even cause nausea.

Migraines can be genetic or hormonal and women are three time more likely to have them than their male counterparts. Many experts believe migraines are a result of nerve signals being misinterpreted by the brain. Instead of interpreting them for what they really are, they interpret them as pain.

Natural Remedies For Migraine Headaches:

Acupressure Massage

Acupressure massage has been around for hundreds of years. It is an ancient Chinese healing method that centers around applying pressure to certain points on the body. The pressure is applied to help relieve pain. Doing this type of massage on yourself is very easy. Click here for instructions on how to do this.



Feverfew is an herbal supplement that comes from the sunflower family. It has been tested in clinical trials with great results. During these trials, Feverfew was shown to be a very effective treatment for migraines. It works by decreasing the amount of inflammation in the area where there is pain. When inflammation is reduced, it eliminates pressure on the nerves. As a result, the migraine starts to subside.

Changing Your Diet

As you can see, there are many different natural remedies for the various types of headaches. However, one remedy can be applied to all headaches no matter what type. That remedy is to simply change your diet because certain foods can trigger a headache.

Start paying close attention to the foods you consume on a daily basis. Keeping a journal and jotting down everything you eat for at least 7 days is helpful so you can track any specific foods that cause you to have an adverse reaction. Once you identify a pattern, you will know which foods should be removed from your diet.

Some foods that have been known to trigger headaches include:

  • Wine
  • Caffeine or the lack of it once one drinks it regularly
  • Cheese
  • Cold Cuts

Headaches can also be a result of skipping meals. Anytime you skip meals your blood sugar levels drop. The best way to prevent this is to make it a point to always eat your meals on time and never let hunger lead to a headache.


Easy Ways to Eat More Health Every Day

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Yes, it seems everywhere you turn health and wellness experts are telling you to eat more fruits and vegetables.

You totally get it.

Yes, they’re full, and I mean FULL, of nutrition (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, etc.).

Yes, people who eat more fruits and vegetables live longer, healthier lives. Not to mention protecting their bodies and minds from just about every chronic disease out there.

Yes, eating more vegetables can help you maintain a healthy body weight, and even lose some fat (as long as you don’t bread and fry them, or cover them with cream sauce).

Your question is not “Should I eat more fruits and vegetables,” but “How can I actually do it?”

Believe me, as a health coach I’m chock full of amazing, creative and delicious ways to help you eat more fruits and veggies.

And before we dive in, always start from where you are. If you’re not used to any fruits or veggies, try for just two per day. Build up from there. Don’t get overwhelmed thinking you need to overhaul your entire diet I one day. Wherever you’re at now, I challenge you to increase it by two per day.

Now, let’s dive into my helpful ideas on exactly HOW to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet!

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OK, this one may be, shall we say, “sneaky,” but I’m all about your health, so hear me out.

Some dishes are super-easy to enhance with a bit of strategically placed produce. What do you think of these ideas?

  • Add ½ apple, a small handful of spinach, or extra berries into your smoothie.
  • Dice or shred up an extra bit of carrot, broccoli, zucchini or pepper into your soup.
  • Love sandwiches? Why not add an extra slice of tomato, lettuce or cucumber to it?
  • How about chicken, tuna, or salmon salad? Dice up a stalk of celery and throw it in.
  • Love to bake? How about substituting ¼ cup of the sugar for ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce?
  • Used to having a small salad? Why not try a larger one?
  • Making tomato sauce? Add in some extra mushrooms or peppers.



  • Steam some frozen corn and add a touch of olive oil and your favorite herb or spice.
  • Use veggies as your sandwich “bread” by making a lettuce wrap.
  • Don’t be afraid to spice them up! Try sauteing them for 10 minutes with a drizzle of oil and flavor them with pepper, garlic, ginger or cumin.


  • Why not throw a banana, apple or a couple of clementines into your lunch bag?
  • Ditch the chips and dip - Instead try some carrot, celery, broccoli, cucumber or cauliflower with a dip like hummus, guacamole, or even your favorite salad dressing?
  • Love sweetened yogurt? Buy plain, and immerse it with fresh or frozen berries.



Take two of these suggestions and try them tomorrow. Just add two more fruits and veggies to the number you’re at today. Two more.

And if you’re not an instant fan, well, try again. Research shows that sometimes it takes our taste buds several tries before actually beginning to like a new flavor. Try it; you might just find some new faves.

You can do it.




How Much Exercise Do You Really Need to Get in Shape?

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How Much Exercise Do You Really Need to Get in Shape?

How much exercise do you *actually* need to get in shape?

Twenty minutes three times per week? Half-hour per day?

And how much is too much?

Do you need to sweat it out for an hour or more every day?

Let’s go over the (sometimes) mysterious amount of exercise that is ideal. Ideal for your health and wellness. Ideal for getting into shape.

Starting with the minimum.


Of course, you’re going to have to start from where you are right now. If you’re not already exercising regularly, there is no need to go overboard. In fact, trying too much too soon may derail your motivation, and become a reason you just throw in the towel.

So, let’s say you’re not that active (yet). What if I were to recommend “ten to twenty minutes every other day at a level you think you can do?” How does that sound as a starting point?

Pretty do-able, I’d say!

If you’re not training for a competition, you can absolutely get into great shape starting with this plan.

It’s going to get longer, I’m not gonna lie. But that time is going to pass anyway, so when the next season comes around wouldn’t you want to be proud of your improved strength and fitness?

Yes, I thought so!



Now, there isn’t one answer for everyone. The main rule is to begin with where you are. Take note of your fitness level and your goals and increase and improve slowly. There really is no quick fix (at least no quick fix that will give you lasting long-term results).

Always consider what is reasonably sustainable for you, based on:

  • What is your long-term fitness goal?
  • What else is going on in your life (i.e. how much time do you really have)?
  • What is your current state of fitness?

But don’t stop there!

As you create a sustainable exercise habit, it will start getting easier. So, don’t forget to make it a bit more challenging as you go. Every week do something to push yourself a bit farther than you were before. If you’re strength training, do another repetition or grab the next heavier weight. If you’re doing cardio, go a bit longer, farther, and/or faster.

A great motivational tool is to log your workouts. A simple notepad or workbook (or app) will do! Just enter your reps, sets, and/or times each time you workout. This will not only help you to keep motivated to continue, but it will also help you see where you can squeeze in that extra challenge as you progress.

After several weeks you can stop and evaluate. Keep going the way you are, ramp it up, or change it completely. Eventually, you will find yourself getting stronger, and more fit!


While exercise is very, very good for your health, wellness and longevity, it’s not the only thing to consider. What you eat is going to have as big, or bigger, impact on your shape.

Some of my favorite super-simple tips that give you the biggest “bang for your buck” are:

  • Eat more veggies
  • Swap the soda for soda water with fruit
  • Cut your treats and sweets in half (and hide half) before indulging
  • Reduce the serving size of your main meals (try using a smaller plate)
  • Eat slower and savor it more by chewing each bite of food more thoroughly
  • arry around healthy (unsweetened fiber-rich) snacks like nuts, fruit and berries



You don’t need to exercise like crazy to get into shape. I promise! But you do need to do the following:

  • Start from where you are, and don’t go overboard.
  • If you’re a beginner, that means 10 - 20 minutes every other day at an easy level.
  • Log your workout progress to track improvements and keep motivated.
  • Slowly increase the difficulty every week as you get stronger and fitter.
  • Don’t forget to eat your veggies, reduce your serving sizes (especially treats) and carry around healthy snacks.
  • Talk with your doctor before beginning any new exercise or nutrition program.
  • Join our kettlebell and walkfit classes starting this coming week.




Skin Care Routine 101

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At Shanti Wellness Centre, we believe in providing high quality, natural, skin care product. With most of our shelves filled with the Eminence Organic Skin Care products, many customers may not be aware what they need for their skin type or what steps are required for healthy skin.

For basic essential skin care, you only require the following 4 steps:

Eminence Organics Calm Skin Chamomile Cleanser 0 2Cleanse: Choose a cleanser suited for your skin type. Place a pea size amount on your hand, add water to activate and apply to face in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Remove with a damp cloth then rinse thoroughly. This action will remove dirt, pollution and impurities from the skin’s surface and prepare it for toning and moisturizing.

Tone: Toners are important to balance the natural pH of your skin and to infuse your skin with natural vitamins and minerals. Apply 1 to 2 sprays covering your entire face and leave on. Your skin will feel rejuvenated with each spray with the added aromatherapy benefit.

Eminence Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream 2Moisturize: Choose a moisturizer suited to your skin type. Hydrate and soften the skin with a moisturizer suited to your skin type. Even oily skins need a light moisturizer to keep skin soft and supple. Apply a layer of moisturizer over the entire face and neck area and leave on. Using a small amount, spread over entire face and neck. For a lighter treatment add water.

Night Care: If you want to diminish the signs of aging, hydrate your with moisture-rich products that deeply nourish and support your skin’s natural renewal process while you sleep. By using active natural ingredients, you’ll wake up with a bright, radiant and more youthful looking complexion.

This routine takes less time than brushing your teeth. You can easily cleanse your face while showering, then add toner and moisturizer in 30 seconds!

If you’d like enhanced skin care then you require more products, and some do not have to be applied daily.

Enhanced Skin Care

Eminence Organics Firm Skin Exfoliating Peel 2Exfoliate: It is important to exfoliate your skin at least once or twice per week to help remove dead skin cells and dirt that can dull your complexion. To exfoliate, first cleanse the skin, then apply the exfoliant suited to your skin type and allow to stay on for 5 minutes. Use a face cloth moistened with lukewarm water to gently scrub off the remaining exfoliant.

Mask & Treat: Find a mask suited to your skin type or to the condition that you are treating. Emulsify a small amount of the mask in your hand with a few drops of water and apply evenly over the entire face and neck areas as well as the décolleté. Allow the mask to dry for 5–10 minutes. Use a face cloth moistened with lukewarm water to gently scrub off the mask using a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with clear water, and pat skin dry. This step can be done once or twice a week and a mask helps to draw out impurities from your pores.

Eminence Organics 2542 Calendula Oil 2Prevent & Correct: Remedy specific skin care concerns, such as lack of firmness, acne or rosacea, with an active serum, booster-serum, concentrate or oil. Once you experience the benefits of this step you’ll want to continue to include this essential step in your daily routine. Apply your treatment after toner in a thin layer and leave on.

Eye Care: Using a gentle tapping motion, apply a small amount of eye cream to the contour area around the eyes, taking care not to tug the delicate skin around the eye area. This step could also be become part of your daily routine.


Book an express organic facial consult for $25 only and we’ll get you on board. When you purchase skin care products after the consult, we will reimburse the $25 towards the product.




Shatavari Root Powder

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Shatavari Root Powder

What is Shatavari Powder and How Does It Help Hot Flashes?

Are you a woman who's going though menopause? Are hot flashes keeping you up at night?

We want to share with you some of the comments we’ve had from our clients about a herbal powder, Shatavari, which comes from asparagus. We’ve had few women add it in their smoothie and they claim within five to seven days, their hot flashes are reduced, if not completely eliminated and they can sleep better at night.



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   • A healthy female reproductive system
   • Healthy levels of breast milk production
   • Could naturally balance female hormones
   • Supportive of male reproductive system 
   • Soothing effect on the digestive tract
   • Healthy peristalsis of bowels
   • Promotes healthy energy levels and strength
   • Supports the immune system
   • Natural antioxidant properties


Who is it for?
   • Menopausal women
   • Women who are breastfeeding
   • Anyone wanting to boost their reproductive system

   • Should not be used by anyone allergic to asparagus as it could have a diuretic effect.


Disclaimer If you have other health concerns, and you’re not sure if you should be taking a herbal supplement, please talk to your doctor first and let them know what this is about before you consume it.

Soure: Banyan Botanicals


Get it at Shanti Wellness Centre!


Choosing the Right Yoga Mat

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I've teamed up with new friends at to share some helpful information about choosing the best yoga mat for you and your practice. Keep reading below for their top tips on choosing the right yoga mat. Then head over to to find out their top picks for 2017. They pulled together a team of over 100 yoga professionals to test 30 yoga mats, and they've posted their favourites HERE. 

Choosing the Right Yoga Mat for You

Choosing a yoga mat simply comes down to your preferences, your needs, and your practice. As it should be, not all yoga mats are created equal, and there are variables you will want to consider before purchasing your own yoga mat. First things first, let’s start with the basics.

Do I even need a yoga mat?
Sounds kind of ridiculous given the nature of the article, but with mat rentals available at just about every yoga studio, many may question the need in owning one.

The truth is, no, you don’t need a yoga mat to practice yoga. In fact, the whole phenomenon of practicing on a mat is relatively new. In today’s day and age, and when practicing in traditional studios, it’s advised to practice on a yoga mat, and one of your own for that matter. Yoga mats not only provide traction against sweaty palms, but also represent personal space. And yoga teachers agree, while mats are not mandatory, you should absolutely use one in class for safety reasons.


Yoga Mat Materials to Consider

The material the mat is made from dictates its stickiness, durability, comfort, texture, and whether or not it’s friendly for the environment. Yoga mat material is a matter of personal preference, beliefs, and how it reacts to your body.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC):This is the stuff that keeps slippage to a minimum, is durable, and provides the most “give.” A concern with PVC, without going into too much detail, is that it contains phthalates — substances that have been linked to health issues and negative impacts on the environment.

Eco-Friendly Materials

Cotton: A cotton mat helps to absorb sweat and can increase grip when wet, but doesn’t provide a lot of give. Recycled, natural rubber: It may not be as sticky as a PVC mat, but will still provide great grip. Those with a latex allergy, however, will want to avoid this type of mat.

Jute: Made from fiber of a jute plant, this stuff keeps you in place due to Polymer Environmental Resin (PER), a nontoxic material. Jute has the added bonus of having antimicrobial properties for those extra-sweaty practices.

Bamboo, cork, and hemp: These are some other natural fiber mats to consider.


Other Factors to Think About Before Buying a Yoga Mat

Aside from materials, there are a slew of other factors that go into choosing the best yoga mat for your practice.

Open- versus closed-cell structure
There are two other factors to consider when it comes to mat material: closed-cell and open-cell structure. Open-cell mats absorb sweat and oils, which keeps grip even under wet conditions. This, however, also makes your mat harder to clean. Closed- cell mats don’t absorb moisture, which makes these great for cleanliness, but also makes slipping easier.

Density, thickness, & weight
The density of a mat will determine your comfort level, the support of joints, and stability in balancing poses. If a mat is too thin, kneeling poses may not be comfortable. But if a mat has too much cushion and not enough density, the connection to the earth may be lost; balance poses may feel unstable; and wrists, knees, and hip joints may be distressed. Generally, the thickness of a mat ranges from 1/16 to 1/4 of an inch thick. The thickness and density of the mat determines its weight, and weight of a yoga mat can be under two pounds (making it easy to trek and travel with) and upward of 10 pounds.

The durability of a mat will dictate whether it will withstand thousands of surya namaskars (sun salutations) for years to come with minimal wear and tear. Some mats, like the Manduka Pro and Manduka PROlite, offer a lifetime guarantee. Natural rubber and some eco-friendly mats will hold up well. However, lack of proper care (like failing to clean them or leaving them in a hot car), and using them in the outdoors or heated environments can cause the material to break down rather quickly.

Like many other things, you’re going to get what you pay for, and this certainly applies to yoga mats. The price of yoga mats range from $10 to over $100, which is a considerably wide margin. The lower price range can typically be found in big-name department stores, but it means you probably won’t be investing in a reliable, quality mat. The price tag increases with brand name and materials used. Just know that a quality mat is well worth the investment.

Yoga style & location
Take into consideration the type of yoga and where you’ll most frequently be practicing before making the purchase, since the best type of mat can vary based on the style of class. For example, comfort and cushion may be a higher priority when practicing a more restorative yoga. For styles such as Bikram and other hot yoga classes, you won’t necessarily need a sticky mat, but you may look for a mat (or invest in a towel) that absorbs sweat and is easy to clean. For more vigorous styles of yoga, like power yoga and ashtanga, you’ll want to look for a mat with a no-slip grip to provide traction once you begin to drench yourself in sweat.

Length & size
This one is pretty simple: You’ll want to make sure a yoga mat covers your whole body when lying down. If you’re buying a mat online, make sure to look at the measurements. If you’re in a store, ask if you can lie down on the mat to test it out.


What makes a good yoga mat?

The question isn’t necessarily what makes a good yoga mat, but what qualities in a yoga mat make you feel good in a practice designed to make you feel good. A good yoga mat is relative to the individual. If you want to invest in a high-quality yoga mat, I’ve outlined the most important features below.

The 8 Most Important Features

  1. Durability and longevity —A yoga mat’s ability to withstand even the toughest of practices over time.

  2. Comfort and support —Just enough cushioning for your joints can reduce squirming in kneeling postures and provide padding for impact, but not so much that it compromises support.

  3. Stability —A firm, dense mat can help you feel stable throughout standing and balancing poses.

  4. Portability —Consider how much travel you will be doing with your mat. A mat’s weight and size will dictate whether or not it is toteable. Since most people walk, bike, and travel to class, an easy-to-carry mat is an important feature.

  5. Traction and stickiness —It’s important for a mat to provide traction both to keep you from slipping and in staying connected to the ground. The last thing you want is for your mat to function as a Slip N’ Slide.

  6. Texture —Mats have different surfaces, but most yogis agree that it’s best to have a mat that feels most natural.

  7. Environmental consideration —Buying an eco-friendly yoga mat is important to many practitioners. If this holds true to you, consider purchasing a mat made from all-natural materials.

  8. Size —Your yoga mat should cover the length and width of your entire body. Not every yoga mat comes in various widths and sizes, so make sure to check measurements before purchasing.


Now it's time to head over to to find out their top picks for 2017. Namaste.


How Hormones Affect Your Weight and 6 Tips to Combat That

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Are willpower and self-control the real solution to low energy and high weight?

Maybe not.

It might actually be your (powerful) hormones.

And we’re not just talking about sex hormones here; we’re talking about the hormones that directly affect your blood sugar, metabolism, and appetite. Things that actually control your energy and weight.

Let’s go over a few of the critical links between your hormones, and how they affect your energy and weight. The links may be stronger than you think.


Having healthy, happy hormones is all around the “health waves” these days.

And for good reason! Your hormones are part of the master control system of your entire body.

Hormones are compounds made by one part of the body that are used to communicate with another part. For example, insulin is made in the pancreas. When your blood sugar gets too high, insulin is released into the bloodstream. Then, it goes to your muscles and other cells to tell them to absorb that sugar out of the blood (and if there is still too much blood sugar, it signals to store it as fat).

Your hormones control not only your blood sugar, but also your metabolism and appetite (plus a host of other things). And you probably know that having healthy blood sugar, metabolism and appetite is a foundation for your optimal energy and weight.

So, how can your hormones get out of whack to zap your energy and pile up the pounds?


In optimal health, your hormones would work great, and you’d have ample energy and be a good healthy weight.

But often there are problems with this whole setup. One common issue is that there may be too much or too little hormone released to have the desired effect. This is known as hypo- or hyper- “hormone” (i.e. hypo- or hyperthyroidism).

Another common issue is that, even if the right amount of hormone is released, the cells they communicate with can start ignoring them. This is known as hormone “resistance” (i.e. insulin resistance).

As you can imagine, if your hormones have such critical jobs, including controlling blood sugar, metabolism and appetite, they can definitely cause issues with your energy and weight.


Your metabolism is key for controlling your energy. Metabolism itself is basically how much energy (calories) you burn. One of the main players of this guessed it! Your thyroid hormones.

Your thyroid releases hormones that affect the metabolism of all the cells in your body. If it’s too low and your metabolism goes down (hypothyroid), you may feel cold, hungry and tired. If it’s too high and your metabolism is too fast (hyperthyroid), you may feel hot, jittery and lose weight.

What you actually want is an ideal metabolism, ideal energy use, ideal temperature, and an ideal weight. Your thyroid hormones are the master controller here.


Your weight may be controlled by hormones more than you think! Insulin controls your blood sugar, and whether that sugar is going to be stored as fat or not. And when your blood sugar is too low, you may start craving sugar and carbs.

You also have hormones that control your appetite! How hungry and how full you feel are controlled by the hormones ghrelin & leptin. When those get out of whack, you may find yourself wanting to eat because your body thinks you’re hungry and not satisfied...even if that’s not true.

And craving food (especially sugary ones) and not feeling full are going to be huge drives for you to eat more. Even if your body doesn’t truly need it, the hormonal signals tell you that you do.

Also, remember that stress hormone - cortisol? When it’s too high for too long, it tells your body to store fat. And not just any fat - belly fat!


Your body is very complex and uses hormones to control a huge number of functions. They control your blood sugar, metabolism, and appetite, amongst others. And these directly affect how much energy you feel, how much you weigh, and even where your body fat is stored.

Here are a few “hormone stabilizing” tips that might help you with your energy and weight:

  1. Get regular exercise to use up excess blood sugar before your insulin has your body store it as fat
  2. Try stress-relieving activities like deep breathing, meditation or even coloring to reduce your (belly-fat inducing) cortisol
  3. Support your thyroid with iodine-containing sea vegetables, fish, legumes, or even an egg
  4. Balance your blood sugar with extra fiber
  5. Reduce blood sugar spikes by replacing your juice or soda with fruit-infused water
  6. If you need some support with your weight, contact us for a free strategy session to see how we can help you




Cumin Cauliflower Rice

Categories // Healthy Recipes

Indulge in this healthy treat!

If you're on a low carb or ketogenic or even Paleo lifestyle then you'll love this quick recipe and substitute for rice. I grew up eating rice so I do miss it sometimes, but having the flavour of Indian spices in cauliflower, makes up for it!


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How Essential Oils Helped Me During Chemotherapy and Radiation

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When I found out I had breast cancer I felt like a fraud or imposter. I owned a wellness centre and taught others how to be well and heal, but here I was battling cancer. So many of my clients were supportive and thought I was insane to think this way, but this is how we bash ourselves up don’t we?

I decided to discard this imposter mindset and adopt a resilient mindset, and continued using natural health products, like essential oils, during my treatments because I know how powerful they can be when used aromatically and topically.

What Are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils Basics

Essential oils are in the plant and are extracted by distillation (steam, steam/water and water) or expression (also known as cold pressing). However, essential oils are constantly changing their chemical composition in the plant and helping the plant to adapt to the ever-changing internal and external environment. They are also known as the life force of the plant. Research has shown that plants produce essential oils for a variety of purposes:

  • Attract pollinators and dispersal agents.
  • To serve as defense compounds against insects and other animals.
  • To protect the plant by their antifungal and antibacterial nature.

Watch this interview with Dr. Alishia Alibhai where she explains very simply what essential oils are and how they help:

History of Essential Oils

“The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day,” advised Hippocrates around 400 BC. He was referring to the value of aromatic plants in health and wellbeing.

The use of aromatic plants is the oldest form of medicine, but they were also used for overall health, beauty, and for spiritual practice. These products became the basis for ointments and healing balms in herbal medicinal traditions, as well as fragrant perfumes and incense.

I remember when I’d get a cold or cough, my mother would give me cloves or clove water. When I’d have an ear ache she’d add garlic oil inside my ear. When I got married, I had to sit in a room where I was pampered as if I was royalty in a Turkish bath infused with fragrant oils.

What I Used and When?

If you or someone you know is going through surgery or cancer, consult with your doctor because I’m neither a doctor nor a certified aromatherapist. I consulted with a certified aromatherapist who gave me instructions on what to use. I was so impressed with the healing properties that my husband and I decided to create our line of aromatherapy products called SHANTI. This includes essential oils, natural skin care for problem skin, and natural hair care.

After Surgery

I decided to have a lumpectomy (partial mastectomy), but I ended up going under the blade twice because they didn’t get the whole tumor out the first time. At my follow-up appointment with my surgeon, she was so impressed with the healing and asked what I had been doing!

I used Lavender essential oil on my wound every day after I showered.

LAVENDER is calming, pain relieving and anti-spasmodic. It is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antifungal, and antibacterial. It’s widely known for use on sunburns, scrapes, cuts and insect bites.

HELICHRYSUM oil has a powerful, rich, floral, tea-like scent that comforts, lessens the effect of shock, phobias and improves the flow of energy through the body. It helps promote 

cell growth, heal scars and skin tissue.

Either of these work for healing wounds.

Before Chemotherapy

Anxiety Release

It’s normal to get anxious or nervous before chemotherapy. I used positive self-talk, law of attraction principles, talked to my supporters, but I also used an anxiety release blend to calm me down. I rolled the blend on my temples, my neck - fron and back, top of my forehead and wrists.

As I rolled the oil in these areas, I’d say the following affirmations:

  • I’m going to be fine during chemotherapy and will feel nothing as the medication enters through an IV.
  • I’ll have very minimal side effects, if any, and I’ll be able to deal with it.

After ChemotherapyI had four chemotherapy treatments every three weeks, and my symptoms were worst after the first one. I explain what symptoms I went through and what I did about them in this video:

The most common symptoms for anyone going through chemotherapy is nausea, fatigue and lack of appetite. I quickly learned after my first chemotherapy that I had to plan ahead to ensure the symptoms don’t get worse. I was grateful that after my second, third and fourth chemotherapy treatment, I only suffered lack of appetite, fatigue and loose bowels for 3-5 days.

I used the following essential oils in a diffuser to help build my immune system.

FRANKINCENSE is considered a “holy” oil, this ritual oil is often used during religious ceremonies and very effective at clearing up mucous and regulating its secretion. It’s known to be a great oil for use during labour and in cases of post-natal depression.

MEDIEVAL THYMES is legendary blend and considered to be antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic because it has a combination of oils:


  • Clove Bud - A strong, spicy and penetrating aroma. It has a positive and stimulating effect on the mind, alleviating depression. It also helps with sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis.
  • Lemon - A familiar fresh, clean fragrance used for calming the emotions. Stimulates mental activity, increasing concentration and memory. Excellent antibacterial/disinfectant properties that can be used to soothe throat infections.
  • Cinnamon - This familiar warm aroma is a great mind and body revitaliser, helping to alleviate exhaustion, depression and weakness. Assists in digestive issues.
  • Eucalyptus - A strong medicinal fragrance that aids concentration. Used in a number of respiratory remedies. Its antiviral properties help fight colds, flu and ease breathing, headaches, muscular aches and pains. Do not use if you have high blood pressure or are taking homeopathic medication.
  • Rosemary - This fragrance provides mental awareness and clarity. It strengthens the nervous system, stabilizes emotions and minimizes mood swings.
  • Thyme - The supportive and fortifying nature of Thyme is gently empowering, helping you overcome physical, emotional and mental exhaustion by improving clarity and memory. It clears the respiratory system of catarrh and helps digestion.
  • Myrrh - An ancient spiritual oil used in purification processes that was said to deepen one’s connection to the universe. Provides a sense of strength, stability and courage. This oil has a “grounding” effect on the psyche, easing fear.

I love the smell of Medieval Thymes and how it made me feel. You can get it here.

During Radiation

My radiation oncologist suggested I use Glaxo Base after every radiation treatment, but I asked her if I could use organic creams and essential oils instead. At first, she was hesitant but after showing her my breast two weeks into treatment she was happy with the results.

I had a treatment daily for sixteen days, not including weekends. After each treatment, I’d use Eminence Organic Skin Care Rosehip & Lemongrass Soothing Hydrator.


My skin was fine until the last five treatments where it turned red. It didn’t hurt or feel burned, but it was tender. During this time, we had ordered a new product for our wellness centre, from our aromatherapy supplier, called Holy Grail. This blend includes Frankincense, Myrrh and Turmeric in Hemp Seed oil. The therapeutic oils in this ancient recipe have been used to help support health and wellness in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for more than 4000 years.

I decided to use the body oil on my breast daily and noticed a huge difference just within two weeks. I’m so impressed with this product that we’ve decided to bring it on-line soon!


Life will throw us curveballs, but it is our job to find the resources to cope so we can stay resilient. When my surgeon told me that breast cancer is 80 to 90% curable, I hung on to those words like a person being thrown a line when they feel like they’re drowning. I’m not sure why, but I reminded myself of those words every time someone told me how sorry they were that I had breast cancer. I reminded them that its 90% curable and I wasn’t going anywhere.

Being resilient is not only about coping, but its about building your inner strength so you can keep functioning when the tide is high and the current is sweeping you in another direction. I found the use of essential oils an important resource during my journey and it helped me cope tremendously.


Aromatherapy A Guide for The Use of Therapeutic Essential Oils by Colour Energy and Ashbury’s Aromatherapy
The Beginner’s book of Essential Oils by Christine J Dalziel


Baked Turnip Chips

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Healthy Tuna Salad

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Carrot Pulp Protein Bars

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Red Lentil and Cauliflower Curry

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Curried Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

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During these cold winter months in Alberta, soups keep us warm. However, I find that adding starchy and sweet vegetables like butternut squash and sweet potatoes gives me that extra energy and satisfaction that I can't seem to find with broth soups.

I've added curry spices so it gives that aromatic flavour and little kick in the taste buds.

I usually bake the butternut and sweet potato the day before so its already cooled down in the refrigerator and easy to blend and whip up the next day.

Remember, you can always freeze the soup in batches and enjoy it for those quick lunches!

~ Zaheen

Curried Butternut Squash And Sweet Potato Soup 

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Healthy Cabbage Soup

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I find that usually after my chemotherapy treatment, nothing tastes or smells good. I lack appetite and the smell of meat makes me gag.

I came across this recipe from and decided to add a little spin of my own so I could get some food into my belly.

Wow! This cabbage soup is a lifesaver and it's the only thing I can eat after my chemotherapy treatments to feel satisfied and nourished.

If you know of anyone going through chemotherapy or surgery after-effects, share this recipe with them or better yet - prepare it for them!

~ Zaheen

Healthy Cabbage Soup 

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Malaysian Lamb Stew

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Stew is a great dish for these cold months creeping on us, but I wanted to make it taste exotic rather than just the normal stew.

Adding coconut milk and some East Indian spices gave it a warm flavour, but yet added some sweetness.

You can substitute lamb for beef or chicken.

Malaysian Lamb Stew 

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Roasted Turnips

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If you are doing your best to stay away from starchy veggies such as potatoes, then turnips are your best bet.

I'll be honest, we never ate turnips until recently because we never grew up eating them! We were surprised how these turned out - you'll not miss potatoes.

You can use any seasoning you want - we used Greek. You could also add a can of chick peas and roast it together with the turnips - yummy!

Enjoy these roasted turnips!

Roasted Turnips 

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What is an Adaptogen?

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An Adaptogen is a natural substance that helps to reduce anxiety, stress, and combat depression.

One is Rhodiola Rosea and the other one is Ashwagandha Root Powder which comes from the Science of Ayurveda.

Dr. Oz has said that Rhodiola is the fountain of youth because it helps increase your happy hormones, and those are dopamine and serotonin.

The second one, is Ashwagandha Root Powder, also known as the strength of a stallion, because it helps you increase your immunity and it also balances your thyroid hormones.


Who is this good for? If you feel that you are going through a lot of stress, and it’s causing you adrenal fatigue. If you are going through depression, then any one of these would really help, but if your depression has been diagnosed then consult your physician If you find that you are going to chemotherapy and you want to keep your immunity up, then this for sure would help. But again, check in with your doctor.

*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.


What is Guduchi Stem Powder?

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In Ayurveda its also called the Nectar of the Gods. It’s the herb of choice to use for rheumatoid conditions and gout. But it also used by individuals to bring their blood sugar levels down.

It is good for someone who is suffering from arthritis specifically rheumatoid arthritis, if you are suffering from gout, and if you are suffering from diabetes. However, I’ve heard that it brings the blood sugar levels down quite quickly, so you want to make sure that you measure your blood sugar levels every day.

Do not consume Guduchi if you are suffering from autoimmune disease or if you are going for surgery. Ask your physician if you can consume Guduchi.


*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.


What is Manjista Root Powder?

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In Ayurveda, It's called the lymph mover, because it helps to regulate your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is responsible for draining all the toxins and the waste from your body so it helps to regulate your immune system.

Exercise is the only way the lymphatic system will be able to take out the toxins from your body. So if you don’t exercise regularly, then you want to incorporate Manjista into your diet.

Who is this good for? It's good if you suffer from any skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, or eczema. If you have low immunity. If you suffer from swollen fingers or swollen feet.


*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.


Why is Psyllium Husk Powder Good For you?

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Psyllium Husk Powder - Your little bathroom buddy. It comes from the plant, plantago ovata, which is all natural.

If you’re someone who suffers from constipation, or going to the bathroom regularly, then, you want to implement this into your diet. It’s a fiber and when you start taking Psyllium you will notice that it’s not like a laxative - it help with bulk forming stools.

It doesn’t only help your gut, it also helps your heart. Research has shown, when you eat fiber, it overall helps with the cholesterol levels. It starts to bring them down, which helps your heart as well.


*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.


Essential Oil Aromatherapy

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If you want to use essential oils, but have no idea how to combine them and for what. Then, this line here from Soulful Sisters Aromatherapy is the way to go because it takes out the guess work. Headache Relief - Sweet Almond, Grapeseed oil, Peppermint oil, Lavender oil, Rosemary oil. Apply Back of neck and temples.

Happy Tummy - Grapeseed oil, Sweet Almond oil, Vitamin E oil, Peppermint oil, Sweet Fennel oil, Clove Bud. Apply clockwise around belly button.

Immune Power - Grapeseed oil, Sweet Almond oil, Vitamin E oil, Eucalyptus oil, Lemon oil, Fir Balsam oil, Tea tree Oil, Thyme oil, Frankincense oil, Roman Chamomile. Apply chest, throat, back of neck, bottom of feet.

Balance Yourself - Grapeseed oil, Sweet almond oil, Lavender oil, Geranium oil, Clary Sage oil, Fir Balsam oil, Roman Chamomile. Apply back of neck, clockwise around belly button, bottom of feet.

Bitchy Babe - Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Geranium oil, Grapefruit oil, Bergamot oil. Mist over body, pulse points.

Anti Stress- Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint, Sweet Fennel. Mist over body, pulse points.

*These statements have not been evaluated by Health Canada. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.


Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Badur and I (Zaheen) were meeting our insurance broker for breakfast in Edmonton at the Capilano Mall, and we noticed a small Farmer’s Market being set up. Kuhlmann’s Greenhouse was there with lots of veggies and they had these huge cauliflower heads. I didn’t buy one, I bought two!

This recipe is adapted from another one and I like that I don’t have to squeeze the water out of the cauliflower. Even our daughter, Arissa, loved it!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza 

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Fajita in a Squash

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Fall harvest brings with summer squashes- just like this one, generously donated by one of our clients. We wanted to make an easy squash recipe and noticed that we already had cooked ground beef ready! I’m sure you’ll enjoy this quick dinner recipe. Embrace the season!

Fajita In A Squash 

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