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New Leaf Members Website

Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove sharing the EXCITING NEWS about our exclusive New Leaf Members website! This patient-friendly website features educational webinars, tips and tricks regarding treatment plans, nutritional recipes, promotions, and upcoming events.

Visit the website at: www.newleafmembers.com

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.

 

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.

The Plant-Based Food Craze Continues!

White Spot is set to join the plant-based food craze with their new “Beyond Burger” patty! 🍔

On Monday, April 15, the restaurant debuted the Beyond Burger patty, offering vegetarian and vegan customers a fully plant-based vehicle for its Triple O sauce, which is, of course, the real star of any burger on the White Spot menu. It tastes like the mayonnaise they serve in heaven. It should be noted that mayo disqualifies the Beyond Burger as vegan. But we digress.

Available at all full-service White Spot restaurants in B.C. and Alberta, the four-ounce, chargrilled veggie patty, made with pea protein, can be added to any burger in place of a beef patty! 🌱 But if you’re the sort that hates to request menu substitutions, the Beyond Burger patty will be featured in the new Avocado Beyond Burger, which also comes topped with fresh avocado, pickled onions, roasted corn, crisp lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, jalapeño ranch and edamame hummus. Yum! 😋

Visit the article below for full details on this delicious, plant-based burger.
https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/white-spot-set-to-join-plant-based-food-craze-with-beyond-burger-patty

Are You Stressed?

Dealing with stress? 🐶
#Stress is an inevitable part of life and affects everyone differently. Be aware of what triggers stress for you. Once you are able to recognize these triggers, you may be able to avoid some of them, or be better prepared to handle them when they arise. Also be aware of how you manage your stress. There are unhealthy and healthy stress management habits. Find a healthy way that works for you, or reach out to people who can help you create healthier habits. Talking to a Naturopathic Doctor is a great place to start.

What’s Trending – Fresh Herbs

What’s Trending – Fresh Herbs🌱

What are the benefits of cooking with fresh herbs?
1. Antioxidants – Fresh herbs protect your food from becoming more inflammatory (oxidative damage), especially when cooking with fats.
2. Food Safety – Choosing fresh herbs ensures you’re getting what you’ve paid for. Some dried herb products use additives and fillers. 
3. Other Benefits – Different herbs offer different benefits, such as using mint for digestive disorders. Rosemary is a great addition to water for bloating.

Ways to use fresh herbs🌱
1. Make condiments such as pesto or salad dressing
2. Rub them on meat
3. Put them in eggs🍳
4. Make tea with them
5. Add them to your salad

The Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

THE PRINCIPLES OF NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE 🌱🌞🌙🌼🍃🌻

1. The Healing Power Of Nature – Naturopathic physicians facilitate the healing process by removing obstacles to cure and identify treatments to enhance healing.

2. Identify And Treat The Cause – Treat the underlying causes of illness rather than just the symptoms of disease.

3. First Do No Harm – A naturopathic treatment plan uses therapies that are gentle, non-invasive, and effective.

4. Doctor As Teacher – The Latino root of doctor is docere, which means “to teach.” The primary role of a naturopathic doctor is educating, empowering, and motivating patients to assume responsibility for their health and adopting a healthy attitude, lifestyle, and diet.

5. Treat The Whole Person – It is the patient that is in need of treatment, not just the disease state or symptom.

6. Prevention – It’s far easier and cost effective to prevent a disease than to treat a disease. Naturopathic doctors uncover potential susceptibilities of future disease states in their patients and work on preventing them.

What’s Trending – Smart Watches

We’re loving the growing trend of smart watches (ie: Fit Bits, Apple Watches) in the health and wellness community. Not only do they track workouts, they also keep us accountable and aware. Here are some benefits of owning a Smart Watch🤓⏰

1. They keep track (and motivate you) to reach your daily steps goal
2. They remind you when to get to sleep
3. You can wear it in the shower, so you never really have to take it off
4. Smart watches track your workouts and how many calories you’ve burned
5. They encourage you to take little active breaks throughout the day, which is great for our metabolism (and mental stamina)
6. They can monitor certain health conditions including blood pressure, heart rate, and fall detection
7. You can reply to text messages faster and receive calls instantly
8. A smart watch will also log your social media notifications
9. Most watches provide an emergency SOS feature in case of emergency
10. They also offer a great GPS feature in real-time to track location (some parents utilize this feature on their children’s watches)

Herbal Tinctures

What Are The Benefits Of Herbal Tinctures? 

🌱Fast way to deliver medicine throughout the body
🌱Very concentrated, so requires less amount of medicine to consume
🌱Quick and convenient
🌱One of the only ways to get fresh, herbal medicines
🌱Very potent when dealing with acute manifestation conditions such as pain or anxiety
🌱Easier to digest and breakdown compared to capsules or tablets
🌱Tinctures are long lasting and have a much longer shelf life than fresh or dried herbs