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Bell Let’s Talk

#BellLetsTalk 💛
As Ellen put it, “What the world needs more of is kindness. And better mental health.” Let’s come together to speak about, talk openly, and break the stigma surrounding mental health. Over $93.4 million has been donated to mental health initiatives across Canada since Bell Let’s Talk began in 2010.

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! 💋

Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes

These delicious and simple (dairy and gluten-free!) pancakes are best enjoyed right after cooking. With no added sugar, these pancakes are a guilt-free breakfast option. Serve them with maple syrup, yogurt, or ricotta cheese to add in some protein.

Ingredients:

-2 large eggs

-1 medium banana

Instructions:

Puree eggs and banana in a blender until smooth. Lightly oil a large non-stick skillet and heat over medium. Using 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake, drop 4 mounds of batter into the skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface and the edges look dry, (2 to 4 minutes.) Using a thin spatula, gently flip the pancakes and cook until browned on the bottom, another 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer pancakes to a plate. Lightly oil the skillet again and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with your choice of toppings; we recommend vanilla Greek yogurt and raspberries!

Sourced from: http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/268783/two-ingredient-banana-pancakes/

What’s Trending – Jade Rolling

Jade Rolling has hit the spotlight as a popular skin-care tool by depuffing your face within seconds. The beauty world has found a new love for this Chinese skincare routine that’s been around since the 7th century. Jade rolling is believed to have healing and protective properties. The handheld roller is usually dual-ended with two jade (or rose quartz) stone heads that help boost blood circulation, reduce swelling, and help your skin-care products penetrate deeper into your skin. They’re a quick fix for daily skin struggles such as dark under-eye circles and puffiness from fatigue. We love the Rose Quartz Rollers from local brand, K’Pure Naturals. (There are also some awesome options on Amazon!)

Rose Quartz Roller – https://kpurenaturals.com/products/jade-facial-roller

Sourced from: https://www.instyle.com/beauty/skin/jade-roller-facial-massage-benefits

No Sugar January – Sneaky Sugar Filled Foods

We are nine days in to our No Sugar January Challenge!

Our team has compiled a list of foods you may not realize can be high in sneaky sugars. 🚫🍰

-Fruit flavored yogurt
-Sauces and condiments
-Instant food
-Salad dressing
-Fruit juices
-Digestive biscuits
-“Fat-free” foods
-Granola bars
-Sports drinks
-Frozen yogurt
-Tomato sauce

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

Reduce Stress and Provide Inner Calm

We all face stress in our day to day lives, from small annoyances like traffic jams, to major concerns like health problems. Regardless of the cause, stress can flood your body with hormones. This can increase heart rate, breathing, and tense muscles. The “Stress Response” is a normal bodily reaction to uncomfortable and threatening situations, honed in our history to help us survive threats like animal attacks or floods. In present day, we rarely face these threats, but challenging situations in daily life can still set off the stress response. We’ve provided some healthy ways to respond to stress, based on the “Relaxation Response.”

The Relaxation Response technique was first developed in the 1970’s at Harvard Medical School by Cardiologist, Dr. Herbert Benson. This response is the opposite of the stress response. It’s a state of profound rest that can be elicited in a number of different ways. With regular practice, you create a well of calm to dip into as the need arises.

  1. Breath Focus – In this simple yet powerful technique, you take long, slow, deep breaths (also known as abdominal or belly breathing). As you breathe, you gently disengage your mind from distracting thoughts and sensations.

    2. Body Scan – This technique blends breath focus with progressive muscle relaxation. After a few minutes of deep breathing, you focus on one part of the body or group of muscles at a time and mentally releasing any physical tension you feel there. A body scan can help boost your awareness of the mind-body connection.

    3. Guided Imagery – For this technique, you conjure up soothing scenes, places, or experiences in your mind to help you relax and focus. You can find free apps and online recordings of calming scenes – just make sure to choose imagery you find soothing and that has personal significance.

    4. Mindfulness Meditation – This practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing, and bringing your minds attention to the present moment without drifting into concerns about the past or the future. This form of meditation has enjoyed increasing popularity in recent years. Research suggests it may be helpful for people with anxiety, depression, and pain.

    5. Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qigong – These three ancient arts combine rhythmic breathing with a series of postures or flowing movements. The physical aspects of these practices offer a mental focus that can help distract you from racing thoughts. They can also enhance your flexibility and balance.

    6. Repetitive Mantras – For this technique, you silently repeat a short mantra or phrase while practicing breath focus. Some examples of repetitive mantras include, “I am enough”, “All is well”, or “Be still.”

Rather than choosing just one technique, experts recommend sampling several to see which one works best for you. Try to practice for at least 20 minutes a day, although even just a few minutes can help. The longer and the more often you practice these relaxation techniques, the greater the benefits and the more you can reduce stress.


Information sourced from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/six-relaxation-techniques-to-reduce-stress