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Busy Moms and Dads

Busy Moms and Dads have a lot to juggle! Ensuring you’re energized and feeling your best will help keep things running smoothly. We’ve all heard it before, but you really do have to care for yourself to be able to care for those you love. 👩🏼🧔🏻🌿

Thyroid Hormones

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove, ND from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic talking about the importance of Thyroid Hormone Testing.

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PMS Got You Down?

Irregular cycles, PMS, acne, or painful cramps… while these are incredibly common they are not normal. In fact, they are signs of hormonal imbalances. Often, midol or birth control seem like the only solution, but we can do better than that. Let’s get your hormones in check and kiss PMS goodbye! 💋

Gluten-Free Chicken Strips

Easy, baked, gluten-free chicken strips. This recipe is crispy and delicious on its own, or dipped in a homemade sauce.
Kids (and adults) will absolutely love these healthy chicken strips!
INGREDIENTS:
  • 12 chicken breast tenders
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free rice flour
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • Splash non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups gluten-free rice cereal
  • 1 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Take out 3 shallow, flat-bottomed containers. (Rectangular glass Tupperware works great.)
  3. In the first bowl, add the rice flour.
  4. The eggs and non-dairy milk go in the second bowl. Whisk to combine well.
  5. In the bowl of a food processor, add the cereal and spices. Pulse multiple times until it resembles bread crumbs. Add this mixture to the third bowl.
  6. Take a chicken tender and dip into the rice flour, making sure it’s completely coated. Add the tender to the egg mixture and let any excess drip off into the container. Lastly, dip the tender into the cereal-herb mixture, making sure that is completely coated well with no bare spots at all.
  7. Transfer the covered chicken tender to the baking sheet, and repeat this process with the remaining chicken.
  8. If you have some sort of cooking spray, be sure to spray the top of the tenders. If you do not, don’t worry about it; it will just help them brown a bit more.
  9. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes on the top rack. Turn the oven to a high broil for 3 minutes. Flip them over and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Sourced from: https://themovementmenu.com/recipes/crispy-gluten-free-chicken-strips/

What’s Trending – NutMeg Mylk

Located in Vancouver, BC, this handcrafted Nut Mylk is made from raw, organic, and nutrient-rich ingredients. This dairy-free substitute shares a delicious taste and additional health benefits. NutMeg Mylk carefully sources their high quality ingredients and chooses local whenever possible. This wholesome and healthy option replaces store-bought preservatives and chemicals.

Their menu includes Vanilla Brazil Almond Mylk, Lavender Honey Mylk, Walnut Mylk, Maca Cacao Pumpkin Seed and Cashew Mylk, Original Almond Mylk, Turmeric Golden Almond Mylk, and Blue Majik Mylk. NutMeg Mylk is the perfect treat option while still remaining dairy-free!

https://www.nutmegmylk.com/

Growing Family

Do you have a growing family on the brain? Interested in preparing your body for pregnancy? Or have you been trying to become pregnant without success? We are here to support you in this process. 👶🏼

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What’s Trending – Worry Stones

Our team at A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic will be featuring a “What’s Trending” section, covering the latest and greatest trends within the naturopathic and holistic healing community. This week we will touch on Worry Stones.

Worry Stones, also known as Stress Pebbles, are smooth gem stones that are the shape of an oval with a thumb-sized indentation.

These stones are used to soothe stress and anxiety, while being a versatile aid for self-calming and meditation. Worry Stones are used by holding the stone between the index finger and thumb, and gently moving one’s thumb back and forth across the stone. Rub the stone when you feel worried or stressed.

Worry stones have the power to help soothe frazzled nerves. They are discreet, inexpensive, and all-natural. People who use worry stones report that they help ease creeping anxiety and other negative feelings. Research has shown that physical activity, even slight touch or movement, interrupts the brain from playing negative thoughts. While it may not solve your problems, it can diminish the intensity of the worry and help you move towards positive solutions.

Sourced from: Grove and Grotto

Christmas Fun Facts!

With Christmas right around the corner (8 days – eek!) we thought we’d share our favorite holiday fun facts from Factinate!

  1. Did you know… The first artificial tree Christmas Tree wasn’t a tree at all. It was created out of goose feathers that were dyed green!
  2. One of the reasons we leave milk and cookies for Santa is because Dutch children would leave food and drink out for St. Nicholas on his feast day.
  3. Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer was almost named Rollo or Reginald.
  4. Santa’s iconic red suit wasn’t always red. Prior to the 1930’s it was often pictured as white, green, and blue. Thomas Nast depicted Santa with a red coat in the late 19th century, and this inspired illustrator Haddon Sundblom in 1931 when he was tasked with creating advertisements for Coca-Cola. He depicted Santa as the red-suited, white haired, and rosy-cheeked man that we all know and love today.
  5. “Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978.
  6. The highest grossing Christmas movie of all time is “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, the Jim Carrey version.
  7. One of the most popular times of the year for break-ups according to Facebook stats is the last two weeks leading up to Christmas! Maybe it’s the stress of the season. Interestingly, Christmas Day is the least common day to end a relationship (whewf!)
  8. Spiders are common Christmas tree decorations in Poland because, according to a legend, a spider wove the blanket for baby Jesus.
  9. Due to an incredibly successful marketing campaign, KFC became the best-selling restaurant for Christmas dinner throughout Japan. In Japan today, you must order your meal two months in advance if you want finger-lickin-good chicken on December 25!
  10. The Christmas tree became popular in 1846, after Prince Albert brought it to England when he married Queen Victoria. The two were sketched in front of a Christmas tree and the tradition became popular.

Mindfulness Tips

Make mindfulness a part of your everyday life with these simple tips & tricks!

  1. Increase your awareness. Engaging your senses can help you become more aware, which will also help you on your path to mindfulness. You can do this by giving yourself a hug, playing with a pet, smelling a flower, or taking a relaxing bath. If your mind and body feel really out of line, then choose to do something bigger such as swimming, going for a nature walk, or even touching something extremely cold to give yourself a jolt back into your body and out of your head.
  2. Make gratitude a part of your daily routine. Turn your Instagram feed into a visual gratitude diary, create a gratitude jar, or make a list of 10 things you are grateful for each morning (or night.) Practicing gratitude keeps you aware of what is making you happy and/or what you’re grateful for in that moment, which supports the idea of being present.
  3. Take 10 minutes to do nothing. Andy Puddicombe, meditation and mindfulness expert, explains the present moment as, “Not being lost in thought, not being distracted, not being overwhelmed by difficult emotions but instead learning how to be in the here and now; how to be mindful, how to be present. I think the present moment is so underrated. It sounds so ordinary and yet we spend so little time in the present moment that it’s anything but ordinary.” Give your brain a 10 minute timeout so you can refresh your mind and keep it working at its best.
  4. Check out the Headspace app, created by Andy Puddicombe. The app allows you to work mindfulness into your everyday life. Watch this short video for more information on Headspace. https://youtu.be/kEpOF7vUymc
  5. Watch the world go by. There’s something pleasant about people-watching; sitting in a cafe, watching people go by, imagining who they are, their hobbies, or what they do for a living. Taking time out of your day to people-watch is an activity rooted in mindfulness. You are taking a step outside of yourself to observe other people in that exact moment in time.
  6. Take control of your thoughts. Mindfulness means appreciating each second and giving yourself entirely to the exact moment you’re currently in. Experience each moment and enjoy it.

Information sourced from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/113549-7-tips-to-practice-mindfulness-reasons-why-you-should

Ways To Relax (5 minutes or less!)

Ways To Relax (in 5 minutes or less!)

  1. Sip green tea – Herbal green tea contains a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger.
  2. Meditate – All it takes is five minutes of peace to reap the benefits of meditation. Find a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrate on your breath, and feel your anxiety disappear.
  3. Remember your breathing – Slow, deep breaths can lower blood pressure and heart rate.
  4. Rub your feet over a golf ball – Get an impromptu foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball.
  5. Nosh on chocolate – A square of dark chocolate can help calm nerves, regulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and stabilize the metabolism. (And it’s delicious.)
  6. Drip cold water on your wrists – When stress hits, head for the sink and drop cold water on your wrists & behind your earlobes. There are major arteries right underneath the skin, so cooling these areas can help calm the entire body.
  7. Find the sun – If it’s a sunny day, head outside for an easy way to lift your spirits.
  8. Stretch – Take a few minutes to stand up for a quick stretch, which will help relieve muscle tension and relax your body during a busy work day.
  9. Write it down – Putting our emotions on paper can make them seem less intimidating. Try journalling to get your thoughts out.
  10. Try aromatherapy – Drip some lavender, tea tree, or spearmint oil into your palm and inhale. The soothing scents help quiet anxiety and stress by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions.

 

Courtesy of: https://greatist.com/happiness/40-ways-relax-5-minutes-or-less