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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

What’s Trending – Acupuncture for Menopause

What’s Trending – Acupuncture for Menopause👱🏻‍♀️💉

Recent studies conclude a relatively short course of acupuncture could significantly reduce some of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, emotional symptoms, and skin/hair problems. One study revealed at the 6-week mark, 80% of women receiving acupuncture believed the sessions decreased menopause symptoms. Acupuncture can also reduce anxiety, pain, and restore overall hormone balance.

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

Ways To Avoid Burnout

#WatchWednesday 👩‍⚕️🌱

Q: What are some tips for stress management and ways to avoid burnout, especially during this time of year?

A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic discussing ways to avoid burnout by taking Vitamin D, getting enough sleep, listening to our bodies, and not eating too much sugar.

Tips For University Students

Health & Wellness Tips For University Students🤓📚

1. Learn proper portion sizes.
2. Eat breakfast!
3. Don’t fight stress with eating.
4. Drink lots of water.
5. Ride your bike or walk to class.
6. Stretch before you exercise!
7. Get a full night’s sleep whenever possible.
8. Try sticking to a schedule.
9. Avoid all-nighters.
10. Create a bedtime routine.
11. Always use protection and get regular exams done.
12. Wash your hands in between classes.
13. Avoid sharing your beverages.
14. Wear flip flops in shared showers.
15. Remember to take breaks.
16. Take advantage of campus meditation or yoga programs.
17. Learn time management skills.
18. Don’t be afraid to ask for help (with whatever it may be – homework, stress, mental health, relationships).
19. Expect things to change.
20. Build new friendships.
21. Volunteer!
22. Keep backpacks from being too heavy.
23. Don’t drink and drive. Ever.
24. Wear sunscreen.
25. Make sure you have emergency contacts.

Do You Take Biotin?

Health Canada🇨🇦 recently shared that if you have a higher risk for cardiovascular events (such as a heart attack) to be cautious of taking Biotin. Biotin can majorly effect lab results surrounding cardiovascular and thyroid health. The recommended dosage is 300mcg.

Visit the article below from CBC News📝
https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/biotin-can-interfere-with-lab-tests-study-says-1.5051992

Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night?

Q: What to do (or take) when waking up in the middle of the night worrying and not being able to fall back asleep for 1-2 hours?

A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic discussing what causes middle of the night worries and ways to focus the brain on sleeping.

Support For Children’s Stomach Pain (From Anxiety)

Q: What are some ways to support a child with tummy pain due to emotions, stress, and anxiety?

A: Dr. Alison Vandekerkhove from A New Leaf Naturopathic Clinic sharing how the nervous system works and what happens when they’re out of balance in relation to our digestive system.

What’s Trending – Paddle Boarding

What’s Trending – #PaddleBoarding🏄🏼‍♀️

With spring and summer on the way, we’re sharing some of the awesome benefits of Stand Up Paddle Boarding (#SUP) as it’s growing with popularity. Not only is it fun, it can also enhance your health and well-being in numerous ways!

1. Increases Core Strength💪🏼 – Stand Up Paddle Boarding engages your core muscles and builds abdominal strength and lean muscle tone, while simultaneously strength of the arms, legs, back, and shoulders.

2. Builds Stamina💦 – Paddle Boarding is so enjoyable that you end up working out for hours before you realize you’ve been exerting yourself. Best of all, its low impact and provides a great alternative to injury-prone runners.

3. Vitamin D☀️ – Paddle Boarding gets you outside in the sunshine, letting your body produce Vitamin D which is crucial for calcium production and strong bones.

4. Enhances Joint Stability🏃🏼‍♀️ – Balancing on a SUP board activates the small muscles in the foot and lower leg in a way that mimics physical therapy used to treat certain foot ailments. It utilizes muscles critical for balance and joint support.

5. Reduces Stress😄 – The powerful combination of being out on the water, enjoying nature, and socializing with other paddlers is an amazing stress reducer!