Saturday, November 24, 2012

Balance our needs and wants

My husband's cousin posted this on FB. Thought it would be good to pass along.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What's the deal about rhubarb anyway?

Rhubarb appears to look like red celery but has large leaves and is actually considered to be a member of the fruit family. The stem of the rhubarb plant is usually cooked and used in desserts, such as pie, but it can be eaten raw as well. Rhubarb is also available in frozen form, but choose one that does not contain added sugar because it will have more nutritional value. Rhubarb offers many health benefits, and finding a way to add it to your diet can help you take advantage of them.
Your diet should include plenty of calcium because it is a nutrient essential for the health and strength of your bones and teeth. Having adequate stores of calcium will help prevent softening of the bones as well as bone and tooth loss. One cup of rhubarb supplies 105 mg of calcium, which is about 10 percent of the 1,000 mg of calcium average adults need in their daily diet.
Rhubarb is also a good source of lutein, a compound that has many health benefits. Including plenty of lutein in your diet is a healthy way to take care of your skin and eyes. The Lutein Information Bureau reports that your skin and eyes are the only organs in your body that are exposed to the environment and need additional nutrients to keep them healthy and prevent disease. Lutein helps neutralize free radicals, which are dangerous compounds that can lead to cancer. A 1-cup serving of rhubarb contains 207 mcg of lutein.
Another notable vitamin in rhubarb is vitamin K. Your diet should include sufficient amounts of vitamin K because this nutrient helps form blood clots when you are injured. If you have a vitamin K deficiency, you may have a more difficult time clotting your blood, which can lead to an unhealthy amount of blood loss in the event of an injury. reports that a balanced diet will help you obtain plenty of this important vitamin. One cup of rhubarb supplies 35.7 mcg of vitamin K.
The compounds that give rhubarb a vibrant red color are powerful antioxidants that can promote good health and help prevent disease. Roberta Larson Duyff and the American Dietetic Association report in their book, "American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide," that red fruits and vegetables contain several beneficial antioxidants, such as lycopene and anthocyanins. These compounds help promote the health of your heart, eyes and immune system, as well as help prevent cancer. Cooked rhubarb supplies a good dose of lycopene, but raw rhubarb supplies none.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Saskatoons are a delicious fruit that depending on where you are from, will spark a rivalry. Blueberries, huckleberries and Saskatoons all seem to have a special preference in the hearts of folks where they're grown. But I'll be honest, all of these berries are packed with rich antioxidants that quite frankly I don't care what I have, they all will help me maintain my health and keep that liver functioning at optimum! is a great site on the subject. Check it out!


I love kale. It's pretty, hearty and add a little olive oil, garlic, sea salt and pepper, dehydrate for 4 hrs and you have a tasty snack!!

Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale
By Alison Lewis
Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Here are ten great benefits of adding more kale to your diet:

1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below.

2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more.

3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers.

5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.

6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels.

7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vision, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.

8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration.

9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility

10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.
Published April 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

About Alison Lewis
Alison Lewis is a nationally known Cookbook Author, Magazine and Internet Food, Travel and Health Journalist, Speaker, Travel and Food Photographer and Owner of Ingredients, Inc., a Media Consulting company in Birmingham, Alabama.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Prenatal shiatsu in swift current

Stay tuned! New prenatal pkgs available as gifts for expectant mothers. Details to follow

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shiatsu Training in Saskatchewan

Our first group of students are near completion of this pilot course run. The learning pace and retention is very impressive. If you are considering taking this course please contact us and we can answer any questions you may have.
Our work over the last decade has been rewarding to see a community somewhat oblivious to alternative healing, to becoming comfortable and in control of their health.
With the growing demand for trained shiatsu therapists in north America, the pressure to have quality learning programs is present. With this program we are confident we can facilitate this need.
We are hopeful to expand registered shiatsu therapists to the following areas in SK:
North Battleford
Prince Albert
Moose jaw
Maple creek
If you are from these areas and are looking for a career change please inquire.
We're looking for individuals that are willing to learn about using pressure to release and balance out congestions within the body. They can expect to learn how to remedy health conditions, encourage positive life style habits, create a place of zen and obtain a solid understanding of the Meridian system and magnetic field our bodies function with.
Look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hugo Naturals
This company has the perfect blend: not too oily, not too strong. Just a good quality product without the ingredients that make our skin sick!! Try it! You'll never go back.
Now available at vital balance Bodyworks

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What has happened?

Last night at book club we were discussing this very topic. Seen this, this morning and decided to share. Models used to be size 4, now they are size 0....!
Be you. Don't support this starvation. Keep your young women grounded. Be grounded, we aren't supposed to look like that!