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Stephanie Joanne is a well-established professional in Toronto’s fitness industry, keeping at the top of corporate fitness while maintaining her position as a trusted fitness Guru. She has helped whip some of Toronto’s biggest names into shape, including CityLine’s Tracy Moore. Check out her get-fit tips on how to get your arms ready for tank top season on page 96.



As an experienced beauty, fashion and health writer, Kate Daley has contributed to titles such as Maclean’s, Chatelaine, the National Post, and the Irish Independent. After completing her master’s in journalism, she decided to try her hand in the wondrous world of beauty and soon realized there was far more to this realm than just lipstick. She writes about the link between hair care and vitamins on page 28.

Michelle Latinsky loves all things food and as the Manager of Nutrition Education at Jamieson Laboratories and a Registered Dietitian, she’s the expert. Latinsky is a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario and Dietitians of Canada and has taught nutrition at George Brown College. She shares her tips for top digestive health on page 48.


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Leslie Witol Position at Viva Finance Administrator On Balanced Living Keeping active has always been a part of my life. I’ve never enjoyed working out on my own, so I try to schedule two days a week for organized sports. Team activities allow me to exercise and socialize at the same time. To keep fit, I walk whenever I can and always take the stairs. Recently, my commute to work changed from a drive to public transit. And while I don’t always manage to get a seat or pull out my book, the time in transit gives me those moments to think, reflect and plan, even on a crowded streetcar. Maintaining life balance is also dependent on staying positive and keeping my focus. As the saying goes, anything worthwhile is worth waiting (and working) for.

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The E.C.O. (Environmentally Conscious Optics) Experience sunglasses by Dragon came from an initiative inspired by Rob Machado to actively investigate the method of making and manufacturing environmentally friendly sunglasses. The result is the first-ever sunglass with material made from 100 per cent renewable origin. (Dragon, $132)


111 Bottles
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Inspired by the classic Emeco Navy Chair, designed in 1944 for the U.S. Navy, the Emeco 111 Navy Chair is designed to encourage recycling. It is made from approximately 111 recycled plastic bottles and is the result of a joint venture agreement between The Coca-Cola Company and Emeco.

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This To & Fro ToteZ bag from MagZ-BagZ covers both fashion and function. Made with durable water-resistant nylon and laminated 100 per cent cotton fabric, this bag is great for hauling your must-haves to the beach. (MagZ-BagZ, $56)

Shop the stores on a warm Saturday afternoon, go for a hike, or hit the beach in these army green Flame Shorts, Relaxed Utility. These shorts are made of tencel twill, which is made from eucalyptus wood pulp. (Fidelity Denim, $130)


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You’ve Mail
schemes and strong graphic appeal of stations on the Toronto subway system, the first phase of which was designed and constructed in the 1950s. Transit employs a modest use of materials for ease of manufacture, an eco-certified finish and is made in Canada. (Modern Karibou, $180)


The Transit Mailbox by Canadian design firm, Centrifuge, was inspired by the colour

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Eco Cases are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic. By using recycled materials to form new long-lasting goods, it supports the reduction for new materials. e Eco Case has unique piggyback straps, enabling you to also carry the luggage like a backpack. (Be Green Canada, $440)

e ornback & Peel handsome deckchairs are made in the United Kingdom of a hardwood called Merpauh, which is harvested from a sustainably managed forest in Malaysia. ey are covered with a 100 per cent cotton canvas and hand printed with whimsical motifs. ey come in strawberry, goldfish, pigeon/ jelly, rabbit/cabbage or ship in a bottle. (Galerie CO, $235)

The simple Fruit Trough by MuNiMulA turns your oranges into sculpture. It is made of recycled aluminum, including post-industrial scrap and post-consumer materials, which saves 95 per cent of the energy needed to produce aluminum from bauxite ore. (Modern Karibou, $47)



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Hit the beach in style with this fun polka bikini by Katharine Hamnett. It features a balconette bra with low-waisted briefs with back

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The beautiful Jane Hamley Wells Air Stackable Beach Chairs are made from weaved synthetic rattan, resting on a stainless steel structure. Each piece is available in a range of scrumptious colours - pink grapefruit, key lime pie, coconut and grey. The complete collection is 100 per cent recyclable! (Modern Karibou, $799)


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Foutu tissu prints and designs its own fabrics, uses environmentally friendly products and supports local producers. e ottomans’ legs and structure are made from used furniture, the foam contains no carcinogenic fumes and the glue and finishing products are water based, making the ottomans earthfriendly products from A to Z. (foutu tissu, $265)



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Step out in style this summer with the Foxy Folio Necklace, with lovely leaves flanking this triplestrand chain. Foxy is committed to making their products in a responsible way. e founders, Jen and Suzie, adopt green practices wherever possible and believe in contributing to the community. (Foxy Originals, $36)


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HERO 365 designed the RC-1 Rain Collector to look great in your garden while helping you save resources. It holds 170 litres (45 gallons) of water, so you can tend your garden, wash your car and even your dog without tapping into the city’s water supply. It’s also made in Canada. (Modern Karibou, $450)

ese unique birdhouses by bomdesign are simple, modern and functional. ey are made of recycled billboards, introducing elements of our urban world into nature. (Galerie CO, $58.50)


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is simple yet chic Mina dress is created with 100 per cent organic cotton, keeping you cool this summer. It’s made in Canada and features an empire waist, hand pockets and seaming details, and the rolled sleeves with epaulettes give it a relaxed look. (Las Valentias, $180)



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Silverman headlined a one-night only live comedy event, “Hollywood Bites Back! Comedy Fights Malaria,” to raise funds and awareness for Malaria No More, an organization with a goal to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Allstar Weekend performed at the 3rd annual City of Hope concert. e charity gives hope to millions of people with cancer and has raised almost $1 million a year for life-saving cancer research and treatment programs at City of Hope hospital center.



Fighting for Schools
Kristin Davis, Amy Adams, Gerard Butler, Helen Mirren, Channing Tatum, Cuba Gooding Jr. and others showed up for the Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood 2011 – Chrysler Celebrates The Fighter, benefiting Communities in Schools. The organization focuses on working within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources.



Hollywood stars are showing support for Japan after the tragic earthquake and tsunamis. Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Ben Stiller, Kim Kardashian and Tom Cruise are among a slew of stars to help support Japan through the tragedy. ey are also urging fans via Twitter, Facebook and public service announcements to do the same via the Japan Tsunami Relief Fund or local charity organizations, as well as sending messages of goodwill and hope.



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Grab this UV Detector Keychain from Not Just Pretty to become aware of UV ray exposure. e beads change from white to bright colours when they are exposed to sunlight or UV rays and the colours deepen in more intense UV light. It can also make a great zipper pull. 10 per cent of sales will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. (Not Just Pretty, $12)


Giorgio Armani recently launched the Acqua for Life Challenge, promoting access to drinking water alongside Green Cross International. Its aim is to provide 40 million litres of drinking water to populations without any access to it. When Armani decided to become involved, he wanted to “tackle the problem at the root.” Armani offered to make two of his most famous fragrances, Acqua di Gio and Acqua di Gioia, the vehicles for the “Acqua For Life” campaign. Every bottle sold will generate a donation of 100 litres of drinking water per year to children and their communities. ( e Bay, Sears, Sephora, Holt Renfrew and Ogilvy, $96 for Acqua di Gioia 100 ml)

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Spoonk’s acupressure mats are based on the principles of the Indian bed of nails and Japanese shiatsu massage. ey stimulate specific reflex points throughout the body to release blocked energy, ease tense muscles and create deep mental and physical relaxation. Spoonk believes in making the world a better place, so they give one per cent of their annual profits to 1% For the Planet. e mats are made from 100 per cent organic hemp and ecofriendly foam and are sold throughout Canada and the U.S. (Spoonk Space, $79)



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Nearly Nude

In the hot days of summer, go easy on the heavy products and choose light, shimmery finishes that highlight your own beautiful skin. Try moisturizers rich in antioxidants with an SPF of at least 15 to protect the delicate skin on your face, then finish with a pale pout to make an ultra-chic style statement.

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The Natural Guide to Beautiful Hair
It’s time to shine! Get great hair naturally with the best vitamins, oils and treatments for you and the environment
by kate daley

1. Looking for a good excuse to indulge in some dark chocolate? Too little fat and not enough nutrients can leave your hair lackluster, so load up on Omega-3 fatty acids to treat a dry, fl aky scalp and to promote lustrous locks. Try a conditioning treatment that combines hemp seed oil with Omega-3s to repair dry hair. 2. An iron deficiency can lead to hair loss, so check your levels and include plenty of red meats, chickpeas, tofu and fortified products in your diet or try an iron supplement. Look for hair care products with amino acids to prevent hair loss. 3. Henna-based hair dyes are a great way to amp up your colour

styling products are plant based. Look for hair sprays with organic quinoa protein to hold style naturally.
5. Try and wash your hair every other day to keep the natural oils in

your hair and control oil production. If you want to wait in between washes, look for products with natural cornstarch to absorb oil before you brush it out.
6. Treat wet hair with care. Strands are most vulnerable when wet so

use a wide-tooth comb and apply a nourishing oil. Massage rosemary, olive or argan oil into strands or an all-natural, leave-in conditioner and let your hair air dry at least halfway before blow drying.
7. We all know we should take our vitamins and eat our veggies to stay healthy, yet did you know certain vitamins can help give you healthy hair? Vitamins A, C, E and biotin all help your hair create healthy oils and even increase scalp circulation. Load up on whole eggs, liver, rice, milk or try a supplement for good sources of biotin. 8. Get back to basics – choose shampoos and conditioners free of

without toxic chemicals. Try kits that mix henna with other ingredients such as cocoa butter to help it cling to the hair. ere are also dyes that are free of formaldehydes and have low peroxide levels to reduce your chemical exposure while still fi xing your roots.
4. Your hair needs a detox just as much as your body. If you’re

constantly spritzing on hairspray, slathering on gel, or swimming in chlorine, your strands will gather buildup, making hair look dull. Try a deep cleanser with tea tree oil or vinegar and make sure your

parabens, phosphates, sulphates, artificial colour or fragrance – your hair (and the environment) will thank you for it!



beauty tips
Vitamin A: An antioxidant that aids in the making of healthy


sebum in the scalp. Food sources rich in Vitamin A are fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches Vitamin C: Works toward maintaining hair health. Sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes and dark green vegetables Vitamin E: Helps in improving scalp circulation. Food sources rich in vitamin E are vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables Biotin: Works as an anti-aging agent by preventing graying of hair and hair loss. Sources of biotin are whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk Inositol: Helps in keeping hair follicles healthy. Rich food sources include whole grains, liver and citrus fruits Niacin (Vitamin B3): Aids in promoting scalp circulation. Rich food sources include wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5): Helps in preventing graying and hair loss. Rich food sources include whole grain cereals, organ meats and egg yolks Vitamin B6: Prevents hair loss. Food sources include brewer's yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk Vitamin B12: Prevents hair loss. Rich food sources include chicken, fish, eggs and milk

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Kalaya Naturals Fortifying Shampoo with Amino Vitamization (400 ml, $19.99)


Giovanni Silicone Finishing Mist (100 ml, $11.99)

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Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil (50 ml, $18)

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ese Academy Award winners and nominees are no strangers to style. Swap their favourite beauty products for our natural alternatives and steal their looks for summer • by bonnie siegler & jessica uniac

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e former Oscar winner and alabaster-skinned Australian native keeps herself hydrated with lots of water and Chanel’s Sublimage Concentrate to prep and hydrate her complexion.

is year’s Oscar-winning actress and new mom likes to keep her makeup routine very simple, yet she is a fan of the dark, dramatic nail polish. Her preference is Dior Vernis nail colour in Gris Montaigne.

e star nominated for Best Supporting Actress likes a smoky yet natural look for her eyes. To make them pop, she lengthens her dark lashes with a few coats of Lancôme Hypnose Drama mascara in black.

Pick up a moisturizer with pycnogenol,* a natural antioxidant and antiinflammatory. is super antioxidant protects your face from harmful free radicals while hydrating, smoothing and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and lines.

is year’s Best Actress nominee likes to soften her hair with Dove Nourishing Oil Care conditioner. “Her hair can get dried out from changing the colour so much for fi lms,” says her stylist, Mark Townsend. “ e deep treatment repairs damage.”

Try a nail polish with carmine,* a raw, unprocessed pigment for bright colours. For removal, look for a remover with horsetail extract* which contains a large amount of silica used to strengthen hair and nails.

Lengthen your lashes with natural mascara featuring rose geranium.* It is both moisturizing, regenerative and anti-bacterial. is essential oil also has a pleasant rose-like scent.

For oily locks, try a conditioner with petitgrain.* is essential oil is extracted from the green twigs of the bitter orange plant. It helps clear up greasy skin and hair and helps with acne.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Conditioner (200 ml, $9.99)

Honeybee Gardens Nail Polish Remover (120 ml, $8.99) Honeybee Gardens Watercolors in abyss (12.5 ml, $9.99)

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Zuii Mascara in black (7 g, $22.99)

Derma e Pycnogenol Moisturizing Crème (56 g, $28.54)



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What you slip on your feet could age your body. How to walk tall without the pain
by christine cho

High Heel


t’s no secret that we love our high heels. We’re faithful stiletto lovers and we can’t resist the draw of leg-lengthening, outfit-completing pain machines. High heels undoubtedly make many of us feel confident and look stylish; however, the hazards to our health aren’t so pretty. According to Glenn Paul Uy II, Doctor of Chiropractic and founder of Dancefeet custom orthotics, three of the most common foot problems associated with poorly fitted high-heeled shoes are: Q Neuromas (areas of burning sensation in the toes) Q Bunions (swelling, pain on the base of the big toe) Q Hammer toes (bunching of the toes) Additionally, when we wear high heels, we increase the risk of developing a forward pelvic tilt or a compensatory hump or hunch at the top of our backs. Over time, feet that aren’t cared for tend to look worn

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and aged; however, there are things we can do to prevent and treat both the health and beauty damage wearing high heels can cause: Q Ensure your shoes fit properly: they should not squeeze your feet or cause discomfort or pain, so make sure to choose the correct shoe size Q Reduce the amount of time you wear heels and keep an extra pair of flats or low-heeled shoes handy to switch at some point in your day to give your feet and body a break Q Reduce the height of your heels Q Perform regular calf and foot stretches Q Ensure your foot has proper alignment and support, so look for custom orthotics made specifically for high heels Remember – neglecting feet at any age can cause serious health concerns and can prematurely age the skin in look and feel. Young feet are smooth, soft, and healthy. We can all take at least a few small steps (albeit in our pretty heels) toward happy, healthy feet!


Aging by the decAde
Your feet will not be young forever, so don’t take them for granted! Show them love with regular moisturizer day and night. Learn to love other shoe styles, such as cute ballerina flats, low kitten heels, flat slouchy boots and low wedge over-the-knee boots – high heels are sexy for a night out, yet be creative with your fashion! Get regular pedicures to remove dead skin and promote circulation. Continue the spa treatment at home in the shower with a weekly pumice/foot file and scrub ritual. Massage your feet and legs regularly to stimulate blood flow, especially after a long day on your feet. Make sure to use a rich foot cream, particularly at night before bed (for extra moisture-locking, put on socks right after you apply cream).

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Donna Pace, RHn, ceRtIfIeD estHetIcIan

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Q | Over the last year I have developed sudden, deep wrinkles around my eyes, not to mention chronic dark circles. Is there anything you can recommend that would help?
-Johanna, Moncton

Q | I’m worried about damage to my skin after spending the day outside. What are some natural treatments I can use to repair my skin from sunburn and sun exposure?
- Allyn, Calgary

A | Dear Johanna,
The appearance of wrinkles is a sign of aging that we all experience. Wrinkles usually appear gradually, depending on genetics and lifestyle. If you have noticed a sudden increase in deep wrinkles and dark circles you may want to seek medical advice as there may be an underlying cause. Hormone imbalances can have a dramatic effect on aging and can result in deeper wrinkles as estrogen levels decrease. You may want to consult with a Holistic Allergist as food intolerances such as gluten can be a cause of dark circles. Check with your physician for vitamin deficiencies and anemia as these are also attributed to dark circles. Lifestyle also plays a large part – smoking, consuming caffeinebased drinks and a lack of sleep can all contribute to the look of advanced aging. Ensure that you are eating a healthy diet rich in fresh fruits and green vegetables. Try using an eye gel with Vitamin K, which helps blood coagulation and circulation.

A | Dear Allyn,
If you have a burn I would suggest that you apply a generous amount of Aloe Vera gel until the sunburn is gone. Try applying a mask made from oatmeal as it has properties to shorten the duration of the burn as well as prevent peeling or blistering. If you have blisters, be careful not to pop them as you risk the chance of getting an infection. Vitamin A can be used internally and externally as it reduces the amount of free radical damage to cells which causes damage and may lead to skin cancer. You may want to see an esthetician for a hydrating facial to gently remove dead cells as well as soothe and hydrate the skin. For permanent damage and to address pigmentation issues I would suggest a series of photo-rejuvenation treatments, which are effective at reducing fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. I highly recommend the use of a natural sunscreen and mineral powder as protection when spending time outside and using moisturizer to keep skin hydrated to avoid further sun damage.

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Pycnogenol Pycnogenol is the patented trade name for a water extract of the bark of the French maritime pine, which is grown in coastal southwest France. Pycnogenol represents a natural combination of procyanidins, biofl avonoids and organic acids. e extract has four main properties: a powerful antioxidant, a natural antiinfl ammatory, it selectively binds to collagen and elastin and it aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide, which helps to dilate blood vessels. Carmine Carmine is a pigment of a bright red colour obtained from the carminic acid produced by some scale insects, such as the cochineal and the Polish cochineal. It is used as a general term for a particularly deep red colour of the same name and is used in nail polish. Horsetail Extract Horsetail extract is used medicinally to reduce body water and as an astringent in nail polish remover. It contains the highest known content of silicon of any herb, making it useful in anti-aging beauty aids. It has a firming and tightening action on the skin. Horsetail extract will also help you to heal quickly from conditions including sprains and torn ligaments, arthritis, tuberculosis and ulcers and aids in maintaining healthy hair. Rose Geranium Pelargonium graveolens is a well-loved fragrance used for cosmetics. It physically helps with hormonal balance and liver and kidney functions. Emotionally it eases nervous tension and stress, lifts the spirits, and fosters peace and wellbeing. It is an anti-bacterial, antidepressant and anti-infl ammatory and can be found in mascara. Petitgrain Oil Petitgrain oil can help with nervous exhaustion and stress-related conditions; it calms and soothes the mind. It can also relax the body, ease breathing, muscle spasms and stomach pains. It helps clear up greasy skin, helps with acne and excessive perspiration and tones the skin. Seaweed Extract Seaweed extract is known to increase cell replication, metabolism and growth, and therefore is found as an ingredient in products promoting skin health and rejuvenation. Seaweed also has antiinfl ammatory properties and studies have shown that the extract inhibits aging-related enzymes and its moisturizing properties for a protective gel on the skin’s surface.


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Preventing Arthritis
by joyce johnson, nd

The natural way to protect your joints


any of us feel a little pain and stiffness, especially in the morning or after exercise, yet when combined with joint swelling, joint deformity or a reduced range of motion, know the risks. It could be arthritis, which can seriously impact quality of life – the pain can be so severe that some may not be able to get dressed, open a door, or even hold a fork. The disease has multiple causes that are influenced by diet, lifestyle and heredity, yet there are many preventative measures to try. Be proactive! Try topical creams and lotions with active ingredients such as camphor or menthol for pain relief. Since there are different forms of arthritis, there is not a single prescription that will help all sufferers and there is no single treatment that is right for everyone. Talk to your healthcare practitioner about what’s best for you.

Arthritis FActs
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About one in six Canadian adults aged 15 years and over has arthritis Nearly three of every five people with the disease are under 65 Osteoarthritis (OA) involves damage to the cartilage in a joint. This is tissue that cushions the membrane-lined space filled with synovial fluid and protects it from the ends of the bones


With rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it is the body’s own immune system that triggers abnormal tissue growth which covers the cartilage, causing inflammation and deformity

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NATURAL HEALTH PRODUCTS FOR ARTHRITIS NAME Boswellia NOTES Boswellia inhibits inflammatory mediators, prevents decreased cartilage synthesis and improves the blood supply to joint tissues Bromelain aids digestion and works as an anti-inflammatory, reducing pain and swelling in the joint Chondroitin stimulates cartilage repair mechanisms Curcumin is turmeric’s active ingredient and it helps to decrease inflammation Devil’s claw’s effects on osteoarthritis may be the result of the prevention of bacterial endotoxin absorption Ginger inhibits the formation of inflammatory mediators, is a powerful antioxidant, and breaks down fibrin One of the primary building blocks of cartilage and an important component of the synovial fluid that lubricates the joint Prevents the breakdown of natural cushioning barriers in joint MSM is used for pain relief and anti-inflammatory benefits and it helps reduce pain and muscle spasms Fish oil helps reduce symptoms of joint pain and morning stiffness Studies have shown that using SAMe may reverse the underlying process of OA by stimulating new cartilage growth Niacinamide helps limit inflammatory processes Vitamin E helps inhibit the breakdown of cartilage and stimulates the formation of new cartilage components Vitamin C protects cartilage and promotes cartilage formation Vitamins and Minerals Human clinical trials of Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) produced relief from osteoarthritis symptoms within 7–14 days Vitamins A and B6, as well as zinc, copper, and boron along with the other nutrients described above, are required for the manufacture and maintenance of cartilage. DOSE 400 mg three times daily 250-750 mg between meals three times daily 1200 mg daily 400 mg three times daily Dry solid extract (3:1): 400 mg three times daily 8–10 g of fresh ginger daily or


Bromelain Chondroitin Sulfate Curcumin (Turmeric) Devil’s Claw


use ginger standardized extracts 100–200 mg three times daily 1500 mg daily 300 mg daily 500-4000 mg daily 2000-6000 mg daily 400 mg three times daily 500 mg three times daily with meals 400-800 IU (mixed tocopherols) per day 1000-3000 mg per day 12.5 mg per day Vitamin A: 5,000 IU, Vitamin B6: 50 mg, zinc: 30–45 mg, copper: 1–2 mg, boron: 6mg (per day)

Glucosamine Sulfate Hyaluronic Acid Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) Omega-3 Fatty Acids S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe)

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Your natur al guide to pre vention

by brian davies, bsc, nd

alzheimer’s Facts
• Affecting almost half a million people, the disease occurs mostly in women over 60 • Aluminum, mercury and certain pesticides have been connected to the neurological damage found in Alzheimer's • High blood sugar and high insulin levels appear to be potential risk factors • A decrease in acetylcholine has been found to play a significant role in Alzheimer's • Long-term use of acetylcholine blocking agents are associated with a four times higher incidence of early cognitive decline


veryone has a brief lapse in memory from time to time – it’s part of human nature! Most of the time, being forgetful is just a regular part of life; however, protecting your memory and the memory of those you care about is certainly something to think about as Alzheimer's disease is thought to be on the rise in Canada. As there are plenty of preventative measures that can help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, awareness and early screening are very important for both you and those you love. If the bouts of forgetfulness are worrying you, a new self evaluation called “test your memory” may be something to consider. The test is a powerful screening tool for the detection of Alzheimer’s disease and it can be taken at home. Although self evaluation can be helpful, it is also important to discuss your risk and your family’s risk of memory impairment with your healthcare provider. You or someone you know might not be feeling as sharp as usual or may be feeling more forgetful than normal. Although there is likely nothing

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TreaTmenT Zinc Vitamin E (Tocotrienols and tecopherols)

Dose 10 to 50 mg/day

noTes Found in red meats, whole grains, nuts and seeds Found in fish, vegetable oils, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and dark leafy greens. Avoid high dose supplementation with liver disease Found in read meat, fish oils, eggs, colourful and dark leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds. Not in pregnancy at supplemental doses greater than 10000 IU as it can cause birth defects Found mostly in fruits and vegetables Found in meats, eggs and dairy Found in meats, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables Found in meats, eggs, grains, nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables. May cause skin irritation at high doses Found mainly in red meat Sourced mostly from soya Found in meats Found in soy Widely available Caution with side effects. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dizziness, agitation, and wheezing Prepared 1:1 in 45% alcohol Coconut oil is an ideal source May cause indigestion Caution with side effects

800 to 2000 IU per day

Vitamin A (all-trans Retinoic acid)

10000 to 20000 IU per day

Vitamin C (ideally with bioflavinoids) Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin is ideal) Niacin (Vitamin B3)

1000 to 2000 mg/day 1 to 5 mg/day 50 mgs per day (1000 to 2000 mg may be used) 5 to 300 mg/day 300-400 mg/day (divided) 1000 mg/day 1500 to 4000 mg/day (divided) 200 to 300 mg/day (divided) 30 mg/day 1000 mg/day 60 drops per day of a standardized lemon balm extract 20-40 gram/day 3000 to 5000 mg/day with food Biestrogen (80:20) 1.25 mg per 0.2 ml cream

Thiamine (Vitamin B1) Idebenone or CoEnzyme Q10 Citicoline Acetyl-L-carnitine Phosphatidylserine Saffron extract Sage Lemon balm Medium Chain Triglycerides Fish oil Estrogen replacement (Bio-identical)

to worry about, these are signs that are worth having a proactive discussion with your healthcare provider about. Early detection of memory impairment is essential in starting preventative treatments as soon as possible. As for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, it is no surprise that individuals who consume a diet rich in nuts, fish, poultry, cruciferous vegetables, fruits, dark leafy green vegetables, and olive

oil have a significantly reduced risk. In an effort to decrease brain inflammation, reducing refined sugar, alcohol, fried foods, as well as pesticides, additives and preserving agents commonly found in processed and non-organically grown foods would also be important considerations. By adding a healthy level noTe of exercise to the mix, you have a recipe for the Don’t forg et to consult yo ur healthprevention of most disease conditions, including care prac tit ioner for any heal Alzheimer's. th

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health news


A new study with nuts was presented at the Experimental

Biology conference in Washington, D.C.

In a fi rst-of-its-kind study, randomized controlledfeeding research found that fat in pistachios may not be completely absorbed by the body. that e fi ndings indicate may actually

Loyal to Oil

Researchers at Ohio State University found that a daily dose of safflower oil for 16 weeks improved good cholesterol, blood sugar, insulin sensitivity and inflammation in obese postmenopausal women with Type 2 diabetes. “The women in the study didn’t replace what was in their diet with safflower oil. They added it to what they were already doing. And that says to me that certain people need a little more of this type of good fat,” says lead author Martha Belury.


contain fewer calories per serving than originally thought, further validating pistachios as one of the lowest calorie nuts with 160 calories per 30-gram serving (approximately 1 ounce). e new data demonstrating the potential calorie savings of pistachios builds on previous research showing that pistachios are a weight-wise snack.

Strong Hips Help Weak Knees

For a

Sex Life…


“ ree to four million Canadians suffer knee-related injuries because of running each year,” says Dr. Reed Ferber at the University of Calgary. His study measured whether runners with knee pain benefit from an intensive hip-strengthening program. “We gave injured runners a series of exercises to strengthen their hip muscles and within three weeks we found those runners had less pain, less stride-to-stride variability in their movement and more strength to help them run safely,” he says. “ is study is great news for runners who suffer with chronic knee pain – we’ve shown that strengthening those critical hip muscles helps runners restore a more consistent, predictable pattern of movement, reduce knee pain and stay on the roster for that next race.”

According to a new scientific study of natural aphrodisiacs by researchers at the University of Guelph, both ginseng and saffron are proven performance boosters. “Aphrodisiacs have been used for thousands of years all around the world, but the science behind the claims has never been well understood or clearly reported,” says Massimo Marcone, a professor in Guelph’s Department of Food Science. The researchers examined hundreds of studies on consumable aphrodisiacs to investigate claims of sexual enhancement. They discovered that panax ginseng, saffron and yohimbine, a natural chemical from yohimbe trees in West Africa, improved human sexual function. While their findings support the use of foods and plants for sexual enhancement, the authors urge caution, saying that more clinical studies are needed to better understand the effects.



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Low libido
How to cope with female sexual arousal disorder
rebecca rosenblat, bsc, lc, adr, eft


ot tonight,” Anna S. mutters to her husband nearly every night before rolling over to fall asleep. Except she doesn’t always fall asleep; instead, Anna lies awake and feels guilty that she doesn’t want to have sex. She wonders if there could be something wrong with her. Lately she has been making excuses – she’s tired, she has a headache, she has to get up early – or she sneaks off to bed early so that she is already asleep when her husband comes to bed. Although she can’t TREATinG LOw LibiDO nATURALLY

remember the last time they had sex, she knows it’s been at least a month – maybe two. When sexual desire isn’t as forthcoming as it once was, some of us are perfectly fine with it (and possibly relieved), while others, like Anna S., mourn paradise lost. Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD) can be the result of any number of causes. The good news? Most of the time, with a little bit of effort, our libido can be restored.

RESULT Produces mild euphoria, which relaxes the body, reduces anxiety and balances female hormone levels Balances both hormone levels as well as cycles and promotes healthy blood circulation. Promotes healthy blood flow, lift spirits and boost energy and sex drive. Boosts libido in older women when their natural hormone levels decline Promotes easy blood flow through the arteries Yohimbe seems to improve the efficacy of other supplements Moisturizes tissue of sexual organs – and some believe that it also helps improve testosterone levels Combination supplements containing L-arginine, ginseng, ginkgo, damiana, multivitamins and minerals have shown the most promising results of all natural products in enhancing libido Doing Kegels increases circulation, tones the “love muscles,” improves vaginal health and often awakens the nether zones, so they send the right messages to the brain

Damiana Extract Dong Quai Ginkgo Biloba and Ginseng DHEA (Dehydroepiandosterone) Supplements L-Arginine Yohimbe Shatavri Extract

2-4 g of dried leaf, three times a day 3-15 g a day 120 mg of Ginkgo Biloba with 200 mg of Ginseng per day 25 mg a day 2-3 g several times a day, with a max of 9 g in a 24-hour period 5-10 drops three times a day 500 mg capsules, once or twice a day

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PHYSICAL CAUSES • Anemia (common in women with heavy periods and after childbirth) • Medications (especially the Pill, certain antidepressants, and some over-the-counter products) • Illicit drugs, alcohol and smoking • Poor health (or diet) and medical conditions (such as diabetes) • Post-baby coolness (common after childbirth, due to dramatic hormonal changes) • Low testosterone levels (often associated with an agerelated decline in the hormone DHEA) • Low nitric oxide levels (cause poor circulation, affecting the nether zones) PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES • Stress • Anxiety • Depression • Relationship issues • Unresolved sexual trauma OTHER CAUSES • Fatigue • Low energy • Response cycle flip-flop (desire and arousal switch places)

While quite distressing, FSAD is a fairly common condition that often resolves itself, or at the very least can be addressed in most cases. e best place to begin is by looking through the list of causes and working on eliminating whatever you can on your own, such as smoking, drinking or poor diet – and speaking with your healthcare practitioner about the rest. Allow yourself to be aroused, focusing on how you'd like to feel versus how you are feeling – if you have experienced the fl ip-flop, desire should kick in, along with hormonal help for the future. is is why the more a woman engages in sexual activity, the more she craves it; the less she indulges, the less she wants it, entrapping her in a vicious cycle. Beyond that, there are various natural remedies that many women swear by, even though research is preliminary. When using an herbal remedy, make sure to inform your healthcare practitioner. Some herbal agents cannot be taken during pregnancy and NOTE some may decrease the effectiveness of the birth Don’ fo control pill. Others may have serious side effects, consult tyo rget to ur healthcare prac tit particularly when mixed with medications. Find ioner for any heal th what works best for you. concerns.



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from the Inside
Maintaining a healthy digestive system can do more than just save you from stomach trouble by michelle latinsky, rd


e all suffer from digestive “issues” from time to time - bloating, gas, and constipation. Yet a healthy digestive system is responsible for more than preventing tummy trouble - it may also improve your energy, get your skin glowing and keep your immune system strong. Get your digestive health back on track.


To help break food down and move it more efficiently through your digestive tract, be sure to drink water both during and after meals. One of the most common digestive complaints is constipation, which you can remedy by increasing your fluid intake. is is especially important as you start to consume more fibre-rich foods, because additional fluids are needed to move the bulk through your system. Aim for eight to 10 cups of pure, fi ltered water every day.

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that inhabit your digestive tract where they stimulate the immune system, improve digestion and aid toxin removal. However, antibiotic use, stress and an unbalanced diet can disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in the body, reducing their protective effects. To get more probiotics, try probiotic-rich foods such as miso or kefir. Better yet, choose a high-quality supplement to obtain a daily therapeutic level of probiotics.

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If you inhale your food or eat on the run, you’re more likely to suffer from indigestion, bloating and other digestive problems. Try and chew your food a little longer to help break it down into smaller parts. is allows your mouth to produce more saliva, which contains a digestive enzyme called salivary amylase that kick starts the digestive process. Your stomach can also process food more efficiently when it receives it as smaller particles.

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If you’re prone to bloating, fl atulence or heartburn after eating, that’s a sign you may be having some difficulty digesting food. e problem may have a lot to do with poor dietary choices. Digestive enzymes found naturally in raw foods are destroyed when food is refined, processed and cooked, leaving our bodies robbed of energy needed for growth, maintenance and tissue repair. To reduce uncomfortable digestive symptoms, try taking one to two broadspectrum digestive enzymes (those that digest carbohydrates, fats and proteins) with meals to help your body break down these nutrients more effectively.

For better digestive health, try adding some fibre to your diet. Health experts recommend that healthy adults consume 25 to 38 grams of fibre each day, yet most Canadians eat less than half of this amount on a regular basis. Aim for seven to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, especially apples, citrus fruit, carrots and broccoli. Choose whole grain NOTE Don’t forg breads, cereals and pastas rather than refi ned et to consult yo ur health“white” products and add a few tablespoons of care prac tit ioner for any heal bran or ground fl axseed on top of your regular th concerns. bowl of cereal or yogurt.

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Secrets to staying healthy and looking younger
by bonnie siegler

or centuries, humans have been searching for secrets to turn back the clock. Yet fitness guru, best-selling author and Oprah’s own personal trainer, Bob Greene, has discovered that looking younger, feeling younger and being younger is no mystery. In his new book, 20 Years Younger, Greene offers those searching for a more youthful appearance, better health and more energy a science-based plan for aging. For over 30 years, Greene has amassed a vast knowledge of diet and exercise; yet it was after he became Oprah Winfrey’s personal trainer that he became a celebrity, recognized for his expertise on everything from weight loss to diabetes prevention and care. “If you had to pick one supplement we are deficient in and we know helps retard the aging process, it is the Omega-3 supplement,” says Greene. “We were meant to get about equal the ratio between Omega3s and Omega-6s – it’s supposed to be 1:1. What has happened through the years for many different reasons is that very few places feed naturally when it comes to cattle, poultry, or animals that used to eat seeds and grass. at used to foster a high amount of Omega3s but now it’s just really fish … fl axseed and a little bit in walnuts. If you look at cultures such as the Mediterranean region, which we studied for the book, they have incredible amounts of centurions who have the Omega ratio about 1:3. You look at the United States and Canada and we’re 1:16; that ratio is very conducive to aging and certain disease processes and most of them age us.” Not only is Greene concerned about diet in the anti-aging process, he has broken down the process into what he calls the four pillars: exercise, diet, skin care and sleep. Along with offering advice on eating foods high in antioxidants, high Vitamin C content and phytonutrients, he underscores the importance of daily exercise. With a degree in exercise physiology and as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, Greene stresses the benefits of incorporating some sort of movement into your everyday life. “When you think about aging, one of the defi ning things is the loss of tissue, whether it’s nerve, muscle, bone,” he says. “Nothing quite compares to being active and exercising … we need a lot of it, but it has gone away in our society.” He cites examples. “Just 20 or 30 years ago, we were way more active. We walked to the store, we chopped wood – that’s all gone away. So exercise is the number one thing for overall longevity and a sub-category of that is you need a variety, you need to do it where it’s challenging and you need both aerobic and strength training.”




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“I’m more motivated right now because of my children, my wife and family than in my 20s and in some ways stronger. I want to stay around longer for my family.”
At 53 years of age, Greene says he feels better now than ever before in his life. His days begin at 6:30 a.m. with a breakfast of oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts, half a grapefruit and a cup of green tea. He supplements with a multivitamin, Omega-3 fish oil and Vitamin D. is all takes place around 7 a.m. His workout is around 8 a.m. of 20 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes walking on a steep grade treadmill and five minutes of balance exercises followed by 10 minutes of abdominal work and stretching. Usually by 9:30 a.m., he’s out the door and off to work. “I’m more motivated right now because of my children, my wife and family than in my 20s and in some ways stronger. I want to stay around longer for my family.” With a genetic predisposition for diabetes – his father, who recently passed away, mother and sister all have the disease – Greene is well aware that good eating habits, regular and varied exercise and adequate amounts of sleep are critical for his own health. “I’m the only one in my entire family without diabetes so it’s looking like the activity and watching what I eat, maintaining my weight has a lot to do with the disease from my small case study. But each person is different … Another area of wellbeing is keeping a positive outlook on life – the happiness factor and all that goes with that. I’ve been researching this 20 Years Younger book for 10 years and my life has changed within that time frame. My daughter, Kylee, is four and a half and I have a two-year-old son, Kaden, now, too. Hands down, having children has changed everything and taken it to another level. So I’m very motivated right now to stay balanced and healthy and that has to do with keeping my body younger.”

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Q | I have fibrous breast tissue in my upper

left breast and have had it for over almost two years now. Are there certain foods I should avoid or anything else I could do?
- Tina

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A | Dear Julie,
Scabies is a highly contagious skin disease spread by direct contact with mite-infected individuals. Areas around the wrists or hands are most commonly affected; however, the infection can occur on any part of the skin. The degree of reaction to the mite infection is very individualized as the symptoms of scabies mostly come from an allergic response to the mite itself. The itching from a scabies infection may be alleviated using topical creams such as calamine, chamomile or aloe and cool, damp compresses. If a scabies infection is brought into the household, all clothing and bedding must be isolated and properly cleaned to reduce further spreading of the scabies mite. Despite being moderately effective, most pharmaceutical agents to treat scabies infection are quite toxic. Tea tree, lemon grass, neem, lavender and essential oils containing terpinene compounds have been shown to be effective in the topical treatment of scabies. The essential oils are used over the entire surface of the skin as an oil or in a cream for 7-10 days. Topically, essential oils are usually well tolerated; however, they can cause local irritation and contact dermatitis in some people.
Don’t forg et to consult yo ur healthcare prac tit ioner for any heal th concerns.

Thank you for your question. Fibrocystic breast tissue, although considered to be completely benign, still indicates a degree of biochemical imbalance. First, it would be important to steer clear of certain chemicals such as parabens, plastics, fire retardants and certain pesticides used in agriculture and for cosmetic gardening. These environmental chemicals, known as xenoestrogens, can adversely affect the metabolism of hormones both at the tissue level and through regular detoxification roots in certain people. Further, eating more cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower) would be very helpful in supporting the healthy elimination of estrogens and some of the xenoestrogens discussed above. The major supplemental treatment for fibrocystic breasts is oral or topical iodine therapy. In my practice, iodine is only used at higher than recommended doses after patients undergo an iodine load test. If performed by a knowledgeable practitioner, this test is able to support the requirement for higher doses of iodine.


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Leslie Bibb is sipping freshly made green juice in her New York City apartment on a brisk, yet sunny, morning. Bibb, her German Shepherd, Sadie, and boyfriend Sam Rockwell have all just returned from a leisurely walk in the park. Yet the 5’9” beauty still manages to look the epitome of Hollywood glamour. “I think the quickest way for me to unplug and unwind is to be in nature – go for a hike when I’m in Los Angeles, a walk in New York,” says Bibb, who was raised in Virginia. “Nature can be a city to me because it’s just a different form of it. I’ve been soaking up a lot of creative energy here by going to the theatre often. I find a lot of inspiration and solace in watching great people.”

“Shine bright ... We should all be our best selves and do that unapologetically”
e 36 year-old actress has good reason for her need to unplug and unwind. She has just returned from shooting a TV pilot in Dallas with Annie Potts, she had recently been in Boston, putting the finishing touches on her upcoming fi lm, e Zookeeper, followed by a five-day Cabo San Lucas vacation with Rockwell where “we slept, drank margaritas and just relaxed – just what the doctor prescribed.” Now, Bibb will star in ABC’s new fall comedy, Good Christian Belles. Her life has been a whirlwind since winning a modelling contest at the age of 16 on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Bibb acknowledges she is the woman she is today because of all that went before her. “My dad died when I was very young from an accident at work, so my mom was a single parent and I was the youngest of four girls. I think living in New York and being on my own at a young age forced me to grow up faster than others.” She came to the attention of TV viewers in the WB show, Popular, playing the beautiful, straight-A student and cheerleader, Brooke McQueen. “I took so much for granted then,” she remembers. “I don’t know if I was fi lled with as much gratitude as I have now. I have a real



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by that,” she says. “Scales are a nightmare because if you’re working out and you have really great muscles, you’re going to weigh more. I’ve been skinny fat where everything is flabby – I don’t love that look at all. I like being strong and feeling fit.” Another step toward that goal was omitting gluten and wheat from her diet two years ago, after suffering decades with a distended belly and bouts of nausea after eating gluten products. Staples in her kitchen today run the gamut from Kombucha tea to fresh, green veggies for her juicing – kale, spinach, cucumbers, green apple, ginger - to eggs and avocados. “I like to cook simple, whole foods,” she says. Her favorite Saturday morning pastime also helps keep her fit. “Sam and I like to watch old Soul Train shows and sometimes we’ll get up and dance around. I love dancing anyway. You know what? Dancing makes me feel feminine. Just put music on in the house and I’ll dance around.” I mention her conversation is peppered with the mention of Rockwell – “He makes me laugh all the time,” she says. “I always find him – and a sense of humour – sexy.” ere’s a certain youthful exuberance that balances Bibb’s maturity and poise with goofiness and self-described “klutzy-ness.” e mention of being a red carpet veteran brings out a self-deprecating, “I don’t think I have very good style,” yet she looks magnificently elegant at every event. “You know, I don’t even carry makeup around with me,” she says. Instead, she carries something much more important. “I know this might sound corny but I have an excerpt of Nelson Mandala’s 1994 inaugural speech in my wallet all the time,” she says. “It’s about letting your light shine and I read it when I feel my lights dimming. It reminds me to shine bright and to be unapologetic about shining brightly. We should all be our best selves and do that unapologetically.” Her unfettered optimism and enthusiasm intact, Bibb gives a once-over in self reflection. “I feel really good right now; it’s a really good time in my life. I’m grateful, comfortable in my skin and happy.”

appreciation for life and I think the woman I have evolved into has been due to weathering certain storms.” Bibb is certainly familiar with life – and loss. Besides the early death of her father, the actress married in 2003, only to divorce a year later. Now happily ensconced in her relationship with Rockwell, currently on stage in A Streetcar Named Desire, Leslie says he helps her be her better self. “I sometimes feel people look at me and say, ‘Oh, she’s got an easy life.’ But it’s not! I work my ass off to look the way I do; I work my ass off to make the living I make, and I work my ass off trying to be the best person I can be. You have to ask questions throughout life, she says. “I think curiosity is the key to life. It’s the key to being young; it’s the key to being a great person. As we get older, we lose that and fear somehow takes over. I fight fear daily. Everyday I tell myself to do something that scares me.” Fears don’t always have to take the form of grandiose anxieties or trepidations, as Leslie explains. “Picking up the phone and calling my accountant is a fear,” she laughs. “Bungy jumping in New Zealand was a fear but once I jumped, it was amazing. Okay, I don’t know that I’ll ever overcome my fear of snakes, but once you put a little light on a fear and just do it, it all becomes less scary. Like eating. I love to eat a lot of food. So it’s literally the survival of the fittest because I have to run out the calories I intake. But I’m not afraid to eat, because I know I’ll work it off.” It’s a testament to Bibb’s discipline and ability to understand the necessities of her life. A former Pilates devotee, Bibb now works out regularly with a trainer on a dance-based routine. “She’s a great trainer and kicks my butt but she has really helped change my body for the better.” Jump rope, hoola hoop, push-ups, sit-ups all take place in a dance studio setting. “I don’t like heavy weights because I like long, lean muscles, but again, I do like to eat.” Not surprisingly, Bibb does not set foot on scales. “If my jeans are too tight then I go



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Making the most of your charitable donations


iving to charity is certainly a good deed that not only helps others, it makes you feel good, too. Canadians have much to be thankful for – peace, democracy and freedom of speech – and we know it. To show our thanks, we like to give back and support the communities and causes that support the ways of life we value so much. In fact, Canada has one of the most active and expansive non-profit sectors in the world. In 2007, Canadians donated a total of $10 billion and volunteered 2.1 billion hours – no small feat for a country of (only) 33 million. Yet with more than 85,000 charitable organizations nationwide and volunteers who work hard to sustain

medical research, improve local communities and troubled regions abroad, how do you decide which charities to support? Think carefully about your own values and ethics and what is most important to you – whether it’s the environment, animal welfare or international development, your contribution will mean the most to you when it’s supporting a cause close to your own heart. Reflect on your own life – what opportunities did you have because of the generosity of others? Maybe it’s something you missed out on in your childhood that you would like to ensure another child gets to experience. Choosing where to donate can be a daunting task. Experts advise donors go beyond simply picking a cause before writing a cheque. Ensure that the money you give will actually make it to its target, and when it does, it will be used wisely. Cathy Barr, the vicepresident of Imagine Canada, a national organization that supports charities and non-profits, recommends that you investigate the kind of impact an organization is making, and if that impact is in tune with your personal ethic. Call the organization to find out more about how much money is spent on programming or research, and how much is spent on overhead such as advertising

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and administration. Although the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) no longer enforces rules around what percentage a charity can spend on overhead, it can be worthwhile to spend some time researching an organization’s finances. However, a charity shouldn’t be judged completely on that ratio — some associations face more difficult challenges than others and are forced to spend more to raise those dollars. “It’s easier to raise money for baby bears than snakes,” says Barr. “ is all affects how much it costs to raise money.” Barr says donors should double check that a charity is, in fact, registered with the CRA. Only registered charities can issue tax receipts and are required to report their financial statements. Yet just because a charity is registered with the CRA does not necessarily mean that it is operated efficiently and effectively — nor does it mean that non-profits that are not registered are not worthwhile causes. “ e CRA defines a charity pretty narrowly,” Barr says. “Sports organizations, like the Ontario Soccer Association, are the most common ones that are not going to get charitable status.” Steven Salterio, a professor at Queen’s University’s School of Business, agrees that it’s a good idea to research an organization before donating to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck. In a study he co-authored, Salterio found that the most common type of fraud is committed by people who do not actually


represent the charity they say. Some create marketing materials for a “soundalike” association that leads a donor to believe they’re giving to a reputable organization, claiming they are with the National Institute for an organization that doesn’t exist rather than the Canadian Institute for an organization that does. Or they will fabricate a non-profit organization completely and go so far as to create a brand that appears legitimate. “One organization, based in Vancouver, claimed it was funding housing for disadvantaged youth,” Salterio says of one scam he uncovered in his research. “ ey had a website with pictures of the youth, pictures of the houses, a very impressive-sounding board of directors who I suspect didn’t know they were on the board. It looked completely legitimate.” Salterio recommends that if you are solicited on the street or at your door by canvassers, ask them for literature that can help you make a decision about whether or not to give. If you are certain the organization is a legitimate one yet you’re not sure if the solicitor is a verifiable representative of the non-profit, write a cheque to the organization rather than the individual.

RED FLAGS Just because someone has a name tag and a clipboard does not mean they are representing themselves honestly. Here are a few red flags to watch out for when considering donating to a non-profit.  If a canvasser will only accept cash, this is highly suspect. Only write cheques to an organization, not an individual — even better, accept literature, do your research, and make an informed decision.  You have called a charity to ask some questions, yet they are reluctant to offer information. Move on! All non-profits and charities should be forthcoming and transparent.  If the charity will issue a tax receipt for more than you are donating, this is fraud — not just on their part, but also on yours. Do not accept receipts for more than you have donated.  Still feel lost? Short on time? Consider donating to an umbrella organization that pre-screens non-profits and can assess who needs what.



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e baseball legend talks balanced living, green homes and his big hit
by katherine low

Joe Carter

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oe Carter looks like Gulliver on a Lilliputian’s chair. He is sitting at the kids’ table in the players’ wives and children’s room at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, on a break from shooting a webber naturals commercial on the Blue Jays’ diamond, where he made his famous hit to cinch the Jays’ second consecutive World Series Championship in 1993. When I join him at the miniature table, I have to concede that it is, in fact, impossible to gracefully sit down on a chair only a foot high in a skirt and patent leather pumps. Yet Carter just laughs and fl ashes his trademark grin. “I’m just a big kid at a little table,” he says. Which is an apt description, really, of Carter’s legacy in Canadian baseball history. On October 23, 1993, he made the biggest hit of his life, hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays. It was a defi ning moment and one most Canadians can recall with exceptional clarity – for example, like every other fi fth-grader in North America, I was glued to the TV, clutching a blue J-shaped piece of foam and sporting an oh-so-fabulous early ’90s Blue Jays visor when Carter made the winning hit. “In all of Canada, it’s huge,” says Carter. “Look at Paul Henderson’s goal, my homerun, Sidney Crosby’s goal in the Olympics. But Canada had already won a championship (an Olympic gold medal) for hockey, so for that to happen in baseball here in Canada – that’s huge.” Yet Carter says his game-winning play doesn’t get the respect it deserves south of the border. “Had I played for the Yankees or the Dodgers and hit that type of homerun, then it surely would have been number one in the States. But because I played in Canada, it doesn’t get the due diligence that it should. at really upsets me, not from a personal standpoint but from a country standpoint. It shouldn’t be dictated by where you play.” Nevertheless, he’s Canada’s biggest baseball hero and we’re happy to call him our own. “Canada is a second home to me,” he says. “ e seven years I played here were seven of the best years I’ve ever had, without a doubt.” He was named to five all-star teams, hit 396 home runs over his career and was the first player to record 100 RBI for three different teams in three consecutive seasons. Yet when I ask him about how he keeps it all balanced, he only wants to tell me about his backyard. “We’re talking about our peonies, all the roses, the azaleas starting to come out,” he says, his eyes lighting up. He even replaced three huge river birches in his backyard in order to plant more flowers and perennials. “It took me a whole summer to do that and I was just exhausted every single day, but the next year to see all that come to fruition and grow up – I sit on my porch and just look at the

flowers, all different types of colours and everything. It’s beautiful out there – I love doing that. Sounds like an interesting baseball player, huh?” he laughs. Along with a new green thumb, Carter says retirement also gave him a new perspective on fitness. “When I retired it was like, I can just sit back and relax. I don’t have to go work out,” he says. However, he soon realized that working out was a key element in his life. So he now stays in shape by golfing and with a fitness regime that includes 30 to 45 minutes on the elliptical, speed bike work, stretching and a go at the step machine (that he hates). “I’ve had it since 1995 and it probably only has about 10 miles on it,” Carter laughs. “I hate it … that thing is tough.” Carter has found balance in his post-retirement career as well. He and his wife, an interior designer, live in Leawood, Kansas, where they run a development company. “ at’s what she enjoys doing, so it wasn’t always about my life, because I basically had mine when I was playing baseball,” he says. “So now it’s time for her to do things that she likes to do, so whatever she wants, she can do.” Together, they built one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified homes in Kansas City, Missouri. Carter says he was prompted to seek LEED certification because of the “concerns here on Earth,” he says. “ e things that are happening, the resources that are dwindling, we are trying to find more avenues to save the planet. So if you use things that are natural, that are going to help the environment, it will also help with the utility bills.” Carter certainly understands that value, having come from a family of 11 children. e Oklahoma native was born after five sisters and perhaps has them to thank for his kindness and humility, best exemplified when meeting fans. Even though Carter was in the big leagues himself, he understands the magnitude of meeting sports heroes – he is currently featured in a contest with webber naturals in which a lucky fan will watch a Blue Jays game in a luxury box with him. He was star struck himself when his hitting coach took him to meet a mystery guest at midnight in the '80s. “He opens the door, the guy’s in his pyjamas – it’s Willie Mays,” he says. “So we stayed until 5 o’clock in the morning talking about baseball and I’m sitting there going, ‘that’s Willie Mays!’” Twenty-five years and a dream sports career later, Carter makes time for fans because he recalls exactly how he felt talking with Mays. “I had been in the big leagues for a couple of years but a chance at midnight to go to Willie Mays’ room? I was just like, ‘oh, wow – this is awesome!’” he says. “I was in awe the whole time.” With an attitude like that, it’s no wonder why Carter, a baseball giant, feels right at home at the kids’ table.




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Travis Milne’s “Rookie’s” Guide to Balanced Living
e plays a small-town regular guy thrown into the world of urban policing on the popular drama Rookie Blue, with Season Two premiering in June. But Canadian native Travis Milne is no beginner when it comes to leading a balanced and grounded lifestyle. Born and raised in Alberta, it was upon graduation from Red Deer College Performing Arts that he landed a gig hosting an environmentally conscious series, My Green House, which led to a handful of TV roles. Then cult favourite movie, Manson, My Name Is Evil premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival which brought him to the attention of Rookie Blue producers. He now divides his time between Los Angeles and Toronto. Currently, the 24-year-old Milne plays a lot of pick-up basketball for exercise interspersed with runs. “You’ll never find me sitting in front of the TV for more than an hour. I have too much energy.” Working in an uncertain field, Milne says the daily exercise and sports offer him a more balanced lifestyle. “It helps with my sanity actually. When I’m running, it’s not just for exercise but it’s a spiritual thing, so I want to be able to do that for my entire life.” Taking advantage of the Los Angeles climate for outdoor activities doesn’t necessarily translate when he’s living in Toronto winters. “Then I’ll go box for about 30 minutes or play indoor basketball,” says Milne, who takes advantage of his workout know-how and shuns a personal trainer. “Those are my addictions of choice for balanced living.” While boxing, basketball and running are his must-haves for activity, lessening his carbon footprint and leading an environmentally conscious lifestyle are his passions. “Living as carbon free as possible is very important to me,” he says. “For

instance, cars should be driven until they can’t be anymore instead of buying a new one every year just for the cool factor. So in L.A., I drive an old Corolla, not because I have to but because I want to, and in Toronto, I have a Honda Civic.” Milne is now shopping around for a siegler car. A former carpenter, the actor is keenly by bonnie hybrid photograph by traver aware of using sustainablerains recycled building materials along and with eco-friendly paints. Highly unlikely, but if his acting career doesn’t prove successful, Milne is looking toward an environmental engineering career. Portraying Officer Chris Diaz on TV, Milne takes advantage of his athleticism in making his character real. “In Season One, I had to give a character the old one-two punch and I’m always having to chase someone down. This upcoming season, the writers are really making me work it out,” he laughs.

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Blazer worn as top, Salvation Army, $6.99; Skirt, Salvation Army, $4.99; Rings, novesa, $75 each; Bracelet, Marni vintage; Belt, Zara, $35; Skirt, Salvation Army $4.99.

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Pair a good find from a thrift shop with this season’s must-have shoes or ‘it’ bag, and the look works.
Necklace, stylist’s own; Tank top, Salvation Army, $5.99; Rings, Novesa, $75 each; Bracelet, stylist’s own; Skirt, Salvation Army, $4.99; Shoes, Rene Caovilla, Davids Shoes Toronto, $998.

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to make any piece look modern, just cut the sleeves or skirt shorter. instant update!
Necklace, H&M, $14.95; Top, Salvation Army, $4.99; Belt, Zara, $15; Watch, “Appear” phosphor, on tap resources, $285; Skirt, Salvation Army, $4.99 .


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it may take some time to rummage through the rails for a bargain when trying to find that special piece, but when you find it, you’ll find great value, too.
Top, Salvation Army, $4.99; Rings, novesa, $75 each; Bracelet, Marni vintage; Belt, Zara, $35; Skirt, Salvation Army $4.99; Bag, Victoria Vison, Davids Shoes Toronto, $398.

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Check behind the tills for special, higher-end pieces, and don’t be afraid to ask if any designer items have come in recently. You might be surprised by what you find! enjoy the thrill of the chase.
Neckpiece, stylist’s own; Top, Salvation Army, $2.99; Skirt, Salvation Army, $4.99; Shoes, Sergio Rossi, Davids Shoes Toronto, $795 .

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Cheers to your
1 tbsp / 15 ml LAND ART ENERGIK 1 oz / 30 ml pomegranate juice 1 oz / 30 ml mango juice I/2 cup ice 1/3 banana 1/2 tsp / 2.5 ml lime juice Fizzy water


Who says supplements have to be boring? Land Art’s liquid botanical formulas do double-duty as tasty summer cocktails and easy vitality boosts

Energik Mango Tango

Blend the Land Art Energik, ice, pomegranate, lime and mango juice with the banana until smooth. Add a splash of fizzy water and garnish with a spiral of lime and mint leaves.

Mint Chlorophyll Mojito
Put the lime, mint, and sugar in a glass and muddle with a pestle or end of a wooden spoon. Fill cup with ice about 3/4 full. Top off with soda water and Land Art Mint Chlorophyll. Stir and garnish with mint leaves! How refreshing! 2 tsp / 10 ml LAND ART MINT CHLOROPHYLL 1/2 of one lime 1 – 2 tsp / 5 – 10 ml Zylitol 6 large mint leaves Ice Soda water

Herbacalm Passion Fruit Calmer
1 tbsp / 15 ml LAND ART HERBACALM 2 oz / 60 ml pineapple juice 2 oz / 60 ml mango juice 1 oz / 30 ml orange juice 1 oz / 30 ml passion fruit juice 1/3 mashed organic banana Blend together with 1/2 a glass of crushed ice. Garnish with a spiral of orange and a slice of banana. Sit back and relax in the garden!

Pure Digest Ginger Lemonade
Slice peeled fresh ginger into 1/4 inch pieces. Place in a sauce pan with xylitol and water; stir until xylitol dissolves. Bring to a boil, cover, remove from heat, and let syrup steep for 30 minutes. Refrigerate to chill. When cooled, mix syrup with Land Art Pure Digest and lemonade. Serve cold with ice and garnished with lemon slices! Serves four 2 tsp / 10 ml LAND ART PURE DIGEST 12 oz peeled fresh ginger 1/2 cup / 125 ml xylitol 1 cup / 250 ml water 4 cups / 1 L lemonade Ice Sliced lemons




Photography by Paula Wilson, Styling by Chantal Payette

Mango Tango
Did you know that mangoes are eaten more than any other fruit in the world? It’s no wonder – this fleshy yellowish-red tropical fruit has just over 100 calories, plus it’s high in fibre, virtually fat free and contains numerous vitamins. Mangoes can be eaten ripe or used green for pickles and chutneys – delicious!

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Mango Caprese Salad
All recipes on page 84





Lamb Burger with Mango Relish





Fish Taco with Mango Salsa





Mango & Orange Popsicles





Mango Caprese Salad
Serves two 1 mango 2 large balls of boconcini cheese 45 ml (3 tbsp) olive oil Fresh mint chopped to taste Salt and pepper

1 2 3

Slice mango. Slice bocconcini cheese. Chop mint and add to olive oil. Season with desired amount of salt and pepper. On a plate, stack slices of mango and bocconcini cheese, alternating between each. Drizzle dressing on top, garnish with mint sprig and serve.

Lamb Burgers with Mango Relish
Relish: Chop mango, mint and white onion.

Add all ingredients to a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer until everything is very soft. Approximately 30 minutes. Once soft, mash with fork or masher until becomes the fruit is broken

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Makes four large burgers Relish 30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil 1 Mango ½ white onion, chopped Splash chili flakes 2 cloves garlic 15 ml (1 tbsp) agave nectar 60 ml (¼ C) water Lamb burgers 420 g (1/3 C) bread crumbs 1 red onion, finely chopped Salt and pepper 2 cloves garlic 680 g (1.5 lbs) ground lamb

30 ml (2 tbsp) chopped mint 60 ml (¼ C) fresh mint chopped

to small pieces. A few larger pieces of fruit are OK. Lamb burgers: Mix all ingredients together and form patties

3 4

(makes 4 large patties). Grill to desired doneness and serve with relish.

Fish Taco with Mango Salsa
Serves two Fish 230 g (½ lb) cod or other firm white fish or Raincoast Wild Natural Tuna* Salt and pepper 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped Lime juice Mango salsa 1 mango 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh lime juice 15 ml (1 tbsp) chopped fresh cilantro 1 scallion 1 jalapeño 1 red pepper 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil Salt and pepper

1 2

Mango salsa: Chop each ingredient and mix together in a bowl. If you do not like the salsa spicy, simply omit the jalapeño, or remove the seeds. For a spicier salsa, leave all the seeds in the mix. Fish: Season fish or tuna with salt and pepper, sprinkle with finely chopped garlic and squeeze juice of one lemon on top. Grill on medium high heat until firm. Place in soft tacos and dress with salsa.

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Mango & Orange Popsicles
Blend together until smooth. Makes six popsicles 4 large mangos, peeled and chopped 350 ml (1.5 C) orange juice

Pour into popsicle moulds, freeze and serve. Freezing time approximately 3 hours.

photography by paula wilson styling & food creation by chantal payette

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summer Breakfasts
Give your kids a head start to the day
by peggy kotsopoulos, rhn


ummer vacation is the perfect time to experiment with new breakfast ideas – just be sure to start some good habits that will be easy to stick to in September. Choosing a healthy breakfast gives your kids energy to sustain them throughout the day and kick starts their metabolism first thing in the morning. A sugary start to the day could have the same negative cognitive impact as skipping breakfast entirely. With over 26 per cent of Canadian children overweight or obese and more children facing an early onset of adult-type illnesses and cognitive issues such as ADHD, poor concentration and decreased learning ability, breakfast is more important than ever.

Incorporate Whole Foods:

Opt for whole grains, fresh fruit and proteins, such as nuts and seeds, for longlasting energy and mental alertness. • Sprouted wholegrain bread with natural peanut butter or almond butter provides sustainable energy and protein • Try quinoa as a warm cereal. It’s a complete protein source that contains all essential amino acids and is an excellent source of energy and essential fatty acids. Mash in a banana and stir in coconut flakes for natural sweetness • Make an omelet with Omega-rich free-run eggs and loads of your child’s favourite veggies • Make a smoothie with almond milk, fresh picked, summer fruit and ground chia seeds, or blend leafy greens and

sprouts with fresh fruit, such as bananas and mango – tastes great!
add healthy Fats

Omega-3s are an essential fatty acid critical for proper brain development and functioning. Studies show that children with the highest levels of DHA (an Omega-3 derivative) have the least risk for depression, bipolar issues and ADHD. Sources of Omega-3 include sacha inchi seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and supplements. • Sprinkle ground flax or chia seeds onto morning cereal or use flax seed oil blended into smoothies • Make your own granola using rolled oats, coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, ground chia and apple butter

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French ToasT wiTh omega-rich BlueBerry Jam This breakfast indulgence is rich in protein, energy-boosting carbs, fibre and Omega-3s. French ToasT Ingredients: 4 slices sprouted-grain bread (Ezekiel, stonemill, squirly) 1 large, whole, free-run egg 60 ml (¼ cup) hemp or almond milk 0.5 g (½ tsp) cinnamon, ground 2.5 ml (½ tsp) vanilla 15 ml (1 tbsp) coconut oil Directions: Heat coconut oil in large pan or skillet over medium heat. In a shallow bowl, whisk egg, milk, cinnamon and vanilla. Dunk each slice of bread into mixture, covering each side. Place in pan and cook both sides until golden brown. Spread with blueberry jam (see below) and serve right away. guilT-Free BlueBerry Jam: Make this the day before – keeps in the fridge for 4-5 days

• Toss sacha inchi seeds into greek yogurt with fresh fruit • Add hemp seed milk to cereals or smoothies for a healthy dose of Omega fatty acids
limiT reFined sugars, simple carBohydraTes & processed Foods

These can all cause blood sugar fluctuations, which affect mood, concentration and performance. Kids should stick to under 40 grams of sugar per day. However, many consume close to 100 grams per day! Here’s how to cut down on sugar without compromising taste: • Breakfast cereals: If it’s multi-coloured, frosted, or tastes like dessert, it might be a treat, not an everyday breakfast. Opt for cereals with less than six grams of sugar

per serving and more than five grams of fibre. Try adding fresh berries or a sprinkle of coconut sugar to make a low-sugar, highfibre cereal a hit • Fruit-flavoured yogurt: Switch it up with plain or Greek yogurt for a richer protein boost and sweeten up with apple butter or fresh or frozen fruit • Fruit juice: One cup of fruit juice has about 25 grams of sugar, nearly half the maximum daily intake. Dilute two parts fruit juice with three parts water to cut the sugar intake • Muffins: Choose wisely! A wholegrain raspberry muffin at your favourite coffee shop packs in more than 26 grams of sugar and 17 grams of fat. Try brands that incorporate whole grains, oats, nuts, seeds and fresh fruit or try making your own!

Ingredients: 175 g (1¼ cup) fresh wild blueberries (or other berries/fruits such as strawberries, peaches, etc) 10 g (1 heaping tablespoon) Chia Seeds (can be ground or whole seed) 2.5 ml (½ tsp) vanilla 6 g (1 tsp) coconut sugar (optional) Directions: Puree 105 g (¾ cup) of berries in food processor with vanilla (and optional coconut sugar). Pour into bowl and stir in remaining whole berries and Chia until well combined. Cover and refrigerate overnight and the Chia will gelatinize.

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Take it all in

Summer is finally here! You waited all year, so don’t let it pass you by. ere is nothing better than relaxing in the shade with a warm breeze and a cold drink – it’s all about balance! So settle into an old Muskoka chair or a cozy hammock at the cottage, campground or even your backyard, breathe deeply and enjoy the moment.



by brian davies, bsc, nd

Viva readers share their secrets to attaining optimal health, naturally.


Ev er yo ne ha s di ff er en t experiences with symptom s and treatmen ts. Always co nsult your health-c ar e pr ac titio ner when you are considering an y ne w lif es ty le an d he al th changes.


health issue: kidney infections/general health concerns
Symptoms Up until the age of 20, I had never taken the time to listen to my body. I
was not in tune with its needs and was not aware that my diet and lifestyle choices were preventing me from feeling my best. It was only when I finally became ill with recurrent kidney infections that I decided it was time to take my health into my own hands. With a strong desire to better myself holistically, I decided to seek support from a naturopathic doctor and a clinical counsellor. Health Recommendations In order to enhance my health, I underwent testing for food sensitivities, heavy metals and hormone imbalances. The results of these investigations helped fuel profound changes in my dietary and lifestyle choices. In order to maintain my health, I ensure to exercise, eat a healthy balance of mostly organic foods and take Vitamin D, B complex, liver support and fish oil. The Results In addition to benefiting from nicer hair, nails and skin, I now have more energy and resilience. I have a decreased sense of anxiety and feel much happier about my life and the role I play in its success. Working on my physical and emotional health has allowed me to honour myself and has given me the confidence to pursue my goals. name: Emily Reskovich age: 27 occupation: Graduate student

health issue: sports-related shoulder injury
Symptoms I had been experiencing pain in my shoulder from a prior sports
injury. After having an ultrasound it was determined that the tear in my rotator cuff had not healed completely. I was experiencing sharp pains and constant aching in my shoulder and neck area. In addition, I had recurring migraines, sometimes every week. As a result, I was missing work and my exercise was greatly modified. Health Recommendations After a year of visiting a physiotherapist, my shoulder strength improved; however, the discomfort during everyday activities and frequent headaches had only marginally subsided. After consulting a naturopathic doctor, I was treated using a cold laser therapy device to encourage healing. The Results After five treatments over a two-week period, the results have been great. Full mobility has returned to my shoulder. I no longer have the shooting pain sensations and the migraines have been significantly reduced. I am glad to have the ability to increase my exercise levels and feel ready to participate in community sports again.

name: Amber Larsen age: 30 occupation: Receptionist

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health issue: insomnia
Symptoms Over the last few years it had become increasingly difficult for me to


get a good night’s sleep which was negatively affecting my life, both personally and professionally. No matter what sleeping pill, tea or relaxation technique I tried, I would either wake up in the middle of the night for hours on end or not get to sleep at all. My diet and, therefore, my digestion suffered as I tried to achieve the energy I needed during the day through unhealthy food and beverage choices. My body and mind had become exhausted and it became evident that something needed to change. Natural Health Recommendations After seeing my naturopathic doctor and having a food sensitivity test done, it was recommended that I follow a detoxification program that excluded wheat, dairy and alcohol for several weeks. The doctor also suggested a few natural supplements and homeopathic remedies to support my sleep patterns, immune system and digestive system. The Results Almost immediately after going on the suggested elimination diet I noticed a significant improvement in my digestion and overall energy (without coffee!). More importantly, for the first time in months I was sleeping through the night and waking up well rested. Making just a few basic changes in my diet and lifestyle was well worth it. name: Craig Fullalove age: 29 occupation: Chartered Accountant

health issue: weight and hormonal imbalance
Symptoms Unstable moods, inability to lose weight, bloating, fatigue, urinary
tract infections, digestive issues.

Health Recommendations I was frustrated because although I would work out at
the gym for hours a week, I wasn’t able to lose weight. I also suffered from frequent urinary tract infections. My naturopathic doctor advised me to eliminate foods to which I was sensitive, including wheat, yeast, gluten, soy and certain fruits and vegetables. I was also educated on how to combine different foods that I eat in order to optimize weight loss. I was desperate to uncover the cause of my health issues. The Results Two weeks after following this strict new diet, I had already started to see and feel the results. With the support of a thyroid supplement and probiotics, my body was starting to function properly, resulting in more energy and weight loss with no urinary complications. I can confidently say I no longer have stomach pains or acid reflux. I have lost around 23 kilograms (50 pounds) and counting and feel incredible. I have noticed a huge difference in my weight, moods and menstrual cycle. name: Nicole Briand age: 24 occupation: Dental Receptionist

Viva WANTS TO HE AR FROM YOU! Please send your inspired living story with subject line "Inspired Living" and contact information to:

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Sticky fingers, dirty diapers and sleepless nights. e realities of life with children can be enough to scare some into staying child-free for life
by katherine low

rie Frazer wants it all – the perfect husband, a rewarding career, a loving family dog and the white picket fence – and a pristine, white living room untouched by messy children. “People sometimes react very negatively when I say I don’t want kids,” says Frazer, 28. “It makes me feel like I’m being selfish or that I’m cold. But really it would be selfish to have children when I don’t want to be a parent.” Frazer, a lawyer, plans to get married and live close to family, yet says she doesn’t need children to complete her life. She’s not alone. Statistics Canada reports there are more couples without children than couples with children in Canada. In the 2006 census, child-free couples accounted for 29 per cent of the population, while couples with children accounted for 28.5 per cent. is is the first time figures for couples without children have been higher. “Not as many people are having children anymore because it’s okay not to,” says Heather, who leads a chapter of No Kidding - a social networking group for those who choose to be child-free. Heather, who did not want her last name used, says she believes the number of child-free couples will continue to increase. “Women are now more comfortable remaining single




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“A lot of women are now either not having kids or delaying having kids.”
or marrying later. ey are happy with their lifestyle as it is,” she says. No Kidding, which has more than 50 chapters internationally, provides its members with social networking as well as a support network for those who face adversity for their child-free choices. “Some believe we’re children-haters, that we’ll be lonely or unhappy in our old age. Some believe it is wrong or have religious problems with our choice not to have children,” she says. “Or they say you will change your mind. at’s like saying to someone who’s gay, ‘you just need to find the right girl and you’ll be straight.’ But I was not put on this earth to have a whole lot of babies to make my neighbour happy.” For Frazer, knowing that groups such as No Kidding exist means she feels a greater acceptance about her child-free choices. “ is isn’t a decision I made lightly,” she says. “I really have given this a lot of thought - maybe just as much, if not more, than people who have decided to have children.” Heather says that No Kidding members choose not to have children for various reasons - they work with children but don’t want any of their own, they don’t like children, or they are concerned about global overpopulation. Others point to work and stress. Professor Chris Higgins at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario specializes in worklife balance and co-authored Health Canada’s report, Reducing Work-life Conflict: What Works? What Doesn’t? One quarter of those surveyed in the report said they are having fewer or no children because of work stress and work-life balance problems. “More women have gone into the workplace and more are getting careeroriented and want life outside the family,” says Higgins. “A lot of women are now either not having kids or delaying having kids.” Higgins says it is encouraging that talented women are moving ahead with their careers and not succumbing to pressure to stay home and have children. “It’s not a bad choice to decide not to have kids - it’s your choice. ere are days I wish I had made that choice,” he says, laughing. He’s not concerned about the future for Canada’s statistics. “China’s got a policy of one kid per family whereas India has no such policy. China is becoming a world power and India is getting more overcrowded,” he says. Higgins believes that the number of couples with children will increase again in the future because many progressive companies now have policies where men can take time off to care for a child. Yet men may not find this option very popular until our beliefs change, he says. “It’s not the policies, it’s the social stigma attached to a man taking time off to go home and take care of the kids. at’s got to change. at will take longer to change than the policies,” he says. “But when it does change, so will the numbers.” London, Ontario teacher Kate Campbell, 33, hopes the number of couples having children will increase. “Choosing to have a child or choosing to be child-free is an extremely important decision that affects society as a whole, not just you or your partner,” she says. She thinks people sometimes only see the negative aspects of having children. “Too many people see awful kids in the mall and think, ‘God, why would I want that?’” Yet Campbell says that although she respects Frazer’s decision not to have children, she gets to see another side of kids through her interactions with them at school. “ ey’re young and fun and don’t take things too seriously,” she says. “Life would be boring if we were all that serious.”




CAT COW EXTENSIONS WITH TRICEP KICKBACKS 1 Starting on all fours, lift left leg parallel to the floor and lift right arm. 2 Keeping your leg up, hold weight in right hand and kick back, bending at elbow 3 Repeat 15 times and switch sides

is fusion of core work and arm toning will get you ready for tank top weather
by stephanie joanne

ummer days are here and it’s time to think about what our arms look like after a long season of being covered up. With a little work and some dedication, these moves will have you toned just in time for the season’s first sleeveless debut. ese Power Poses don’t just tone your arms, they will tighten your core and leg muscles as you focus on balance and strength. All you need are some light dumbbells, however cans from your cupboards will do the trick in a pinch. Although this workout focuses on your arms, don’t be surprised if you feel like you are doing a total body workout from the positions and balancing. is maximizes your time and you’ll get amazing results. Work your way through each Power Pose with 15 repetitions each and complete three times. Do this workout twice a week and you are well on your way to rocking your favourite tank with your newly toned arms.


V-SIT WITH BICEP CURLS 1 Sit on floor and lean back so that your core is holding you in a V position 2 If able, bring legs up; otherwise, leave on floor and try alternating one leg up at a time until you can bring both legs up 3 Perform 15 bicep curls in this position

BALANCED MOON WITH BICEP CURLS 1 Stand on right leg and lean forward so that your body and left leg is parallel to floor 2 Arms are perpendicular to the floor. Holding weights, perform 15 bicep curls 3 Switch legs

PLANK WITH TRICEP PUSHUPS 1 Start in modified pushup position (advanced in high plank with body parallel to floor) place your hands directly under your shoulders 2 Bending at the elbow, bring your body down, keeping your arms close to your sides until you are an inch away from the floor 3 Use your triceps to push yourself back up to starting position



CHAIR POSE WITH OVERHEAD EXTENSIONS 1 Keeping feet close together, bend down as if you are sitting in a chair 2 While holding that position, bring both


dumbbells over your head and extend to ceiling 3 Perform 15 extensions while keeping elbows close to ears

Viva’s Jessica Uniac worked with Stephanie Joanne to perfect these moves – check out her video here!

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(June 22-July 22)

You’re stuck between wanting change and wanting things the same. Be flexible and go with the flow rather than initiating change. You feel empowered when the sun enters your sign on June 21 and later a powerful new moon solar eclipse on July 1. You’re beginning a challenging but important new cycle of improvement. by chrissie blaze LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)



June begins on a high note with fortunate Jupiter bringing opportunities for advancement in your career. e pace calms around June 21, bringing an ideal period for retreat or vacation. is peaceful theme continues with the new moon eclipse on July 1, urging you to reconnect with your spiritual self.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Change is in the air and constant distractions could cause stress. Refresh yourself with regular gym visits. Stress levels reduce around July 4 and you’ll enjoy inspiring conversations and pleasant times with friends. On July 28 your ruler, Mercury, enters Virgo, bringing an urge to give service and complete detailed tasks.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23)

Matters of the heart are most important as the month begins and it’s good to express how you feel. If you do so with sincerity and honesty it will be helpful for all your relationships. July packs a punch, bringing added pressure to your daily routines. Breathe deeply and meditate.
PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)

After a flurry of activity, you have time to dream around June 8 when Jupiter and Neptune combine. Listen to your intuition and set your sights high yet keep your plans realistic. You’re in the limelight in July; be compassionate as well as smart and you’ll impress those in authority.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 – Nov. 21)

In June you yearn for solitude but a nice aspect with the sun and Jupiter on June 25 lifts your spirits and brings renewed optimism. It’s time to work on long-term plans for your future. You feel cheerful in July and can enjoy fun-fi lled times with children or in creative pursuits.
ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)

is is an action-packed month bringing change and transformation. Life becomes a little complex, Scorpio style, around June 14 and you may plan some new investments or a major purchase. Be cautious and wait a few weeks. Around July 7, a reward or long-overdue acknowledgement could come your way,
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

is month is all about open communication and listening to improve relationships. On June 12, Saturn in Libra moves after a retrograde period. You’ll find that previous disagreements end and harmony prevails. In July, an opposition to Pluto brings the perfect time to de-clutter your life on all levels.
TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20)

You could be feeling emotional or upset around the full moon eclipse in Sagittarius on June 15 when others don’t live up to your high ideals; remain true to yourself and things will change for the better. Around July 9 and 20, romance is in the air.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

As a fi xed sign, you dislike change. However, it is unavoidable now with three eclipses shaking your world – two in June and one on July 1. Go with the flow of change, loosen up and let go of difficult relationships. Jupiter is bringing you opportunities for growth and personal happiness.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)

June is a fast-paced, busy month yet your achievements are impressive. Mid-month, the planets urge you to loosen up, so dance! Yet don’t forget the warm-up or an old back injury could fl are. Relationship intrigue is on its way in July.

A new moon solar eclipse in your sign on June 1 brings information and important decisions to make. Use your intuition as well as your intellect to solve problems wisely. Finances are most important in June; in July, planetary activity indicates you can improve your finances radically but be cautious.



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