Kick Sugar Cravings!

Addicted to the sweet stuff? Kick sugar cravings aside with our top 10 tips! 🍬

1. Practice healthy habits such as hot lemon water in the morning to cleanse the liver and remove waste from the intestines. 🍋

2. Don’t make up for over eating at night by not eating in the morning, it will only encourage a late afternoon sweets binge. Keep healthy snacks on you at all times. 🍓

3. Exercise! Our dopamine receptors love sugar, therefore working out encourages dopamine production in the body. This typically leads our body to crave healthier foods after a sweat sesh. 🏋🏼‍♀️

4. Getting enough sleep will keep the hunger hormone (ghrelin) at bay! Sleep in a dark, cool room to boost the sleep hormone, melatonin, for a more restful night. 💤

5. Avoid artificial sweeteners; they create a surge in insulin which leads to stronger sugar cravings. Opt for replacing artificial sweeteners with Stevia, cinnamon, or honey. 🍯

6. Turn to the dark side. Dark chocolate will curb sugar cravings and increase serotonin, as well as give the body a boost of antioxidants and caffeine. 🍫

7. Stick to whole, unprocessed foods and limit simple carbohydrates, which are sugar in disguise. 🍲

8. Try eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kefir. These foods contribute to good gut bacteria, reducing the chance your sugar cravings are from an imbalance of yeast in the body. 

9. Incorporate acidic foods such as tomato sauce, which reduce blood sugar spikes. 🍅

10. Feel satisfied after meals by combining protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. This balanced combination helps release the PPY hormone, which signals that you are full and halts any cravings. 🥑

Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

Gluten-Free Banana Bread🍌
This yummy banana bread is delicious on its own, or topped with peanut butter and honey!

Ingredients:
-2 large, ripe bananas
-2 large eggs
-1 tsp vanilla
-3 tbsp honey
-3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
-1/3 cup coconut sugar (can use regular if desired)
-1 cup gluten-free flour
-1 cup oat flour
-1/2 cup peanut flour
-3 tsp baking power
-Tiny pinch of salt
-1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 and line a loaf pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mash bananas together until they’re mush. Then mix in the wet ingredients. Fold in the dry ingredients, and mix again until smooth. Add in chocolate chips if desired. Pour batter into pan and bake for about an hour. Check at 50 minutes with a toothpick to make sure you don’t overcook. Enjoy! 😋

Mental Health Services For Northern BC

Remote Northern BC Communities are now providing mental health services via a retrofitted ambulance🚑

This mobile unit will travel to remote communities near Terrace and provide direct access, education, and support to those who may face barriers to get the help they need. The unit will also supply naloxone kits, basic wound care, and assistance with social support resources for housing, finances, employment, health cards, and dental/eye care.

 

Herbal Dispensary

We offer a professional herbal and nutritional dispensary for all of our patient needs. 🌿👩🏻‍⚕️ To support the treatments prescribed by our naturopathic doctors, we have a comprehensive selection of herbal extracts and botanical formulations, which are used for a wide range of health conditions.

Our herbal products are customized for each patient to cater to their specific health needs. We carry professional line products including probiotics, high-quality vitamins and minerals, nutraceuticals (therapeutic supplement formulations), and dietary supplements. Complementary therapies such as homeopathic medicines, detoxification products, and individualized remedies are also utilized to optimize patient care.

Eminence Organics Sunscreen

Did you know we sell Eminence Organic Skin Care at the clinic? Our new favourite product for summer is the Lilikoi Mineral Defence Sport Sunscreen☀️🏊🏻‍♂️ This sunscreen is water-resistant, reef-safe🐠, provides SPF 30 protection, bares no white cast, and is suitable for all skin types. Not to mention it smells amazing!

What’s Trending – Mindfulness Apps

As mindfulness continues to grow with popularity, we’re sharing our favourite free apps for your smartphone! 🤓💭
The health benefits from mindfulness include reducing stress, managing anxiety, improving sleep quality, and sharpening concentration.

1. Headspace
2. Calm
3. Buddhify
4. Smiling Mind
5. Insight Timer
6. Aura

FREE Event – Uncovering Anxiety: Natural Approaches To Stress And Worry In Children

We are excited to announce two exciting events coming up at our clinic in May!

2) Uncovering Anxiety: Natural Approaches To Stress And Worry In Children

When: Saturday, May 18 from 2:30-4pm

Where: A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic

Who: Dr. James R. Conway

What: For parents and children who would like to learn about how they can address stress and worry, and delve deeper into some of the underlying factors such as certain health conditions, nutrient deficiencies, digestive concerns, environmental influences, and social impacts. Learn about some practical approaches to help with mood balance and improve feelings of worry, overwhelm, and low motivation. There will be some short activities and time for discussion at the end.

Dr. James R. Conway, ND is one of the naturopathic doctors at A New Leaf and has a family practice that focuses on children’s, men’s, and cardiovascular health. He addresses all health concerns with a thorough approach that blends current medical research with traditional natural medicines. Dr. Conway has a keen interest in helping individuals—including children—who have mood and behavioral concerns, and utilizes a range of assessments and treatments to improve health and well-being. Dr. Conway and his wife live locally in Langley and have two young children.

FREE Event – Keys To Obtaining A Healthy Weight

We are excited to announce two exciting events coming up at our clinic in May!

1) Keys To Obtaining A Healthy Weight

When: Tuesday, May 14 from 6-8pm

Where: A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic

Who: Dr. James R. Conway

What: An educational event that highlights some of the main factors that contribute to challenges with weight and how a healthy weight can be improved through various food and lifestyle changes. Dr. Conway will examine some of the current health trends and diets—discussing some of the pros and cons of fad diets. A general approach to weight balance will be offered with a focus on nutrition, lifestyle, and physical activity. There will be a sneak peek of A New Leaf’s new TARGET Weight Management Program with 10-minute free mini-consults after the event. Free mini consultations can also be booked on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 by calling A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic reception.

Dr. James R. Conway, ND is one of the naturopathic doctors at A New Leaf and has a family practice that focuses on children’s, men’s, and cardiovascular health. He addresses all health concerns with a thorough approach that blends current medical research with traditional natural medicines. Dr. Conway is interested in helping patients develop a healthy attitude towards food, emotions, and physical activity so that they can obtain a healthier weight. Dr. Conway and his wife live locally in Langley and have two young children.

Scientists Tracking Our Health Trends

What’s Happening – Tracking Health Trends👩🏼‍💻

A new machine learning tool, developed by University of Alberta Computing Scientists, sifts through millions of #Twitter posts to understand health and wellness trends across #Canada. “We use machine learning to determine the location tweets refer to, the dimension of health they are related to, and the emotions expressed in each tweet,” explains U of A Computing Scientist, Osmar Zaiane. By tracking health trends, scientists can get a better understanding of what it’s actually like to live in a particular place, in terms of health and wellness.

Looking For Anxiety Relief?

Lavender SAP🌱 is used for stress and anxiety relief as well as sleep support. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has been traditionally used in herbal medicine for centuries for its anti-anxiety and calming properties. The lavender is obtained from steam distillation of the flowering tops of L. angustifolia.