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We are so excited to launch our "new" clinic!  Same location and same fabulous practitioners and staff...just with a whole new look!  This heartful post by a former patient about the artwork you will see throughout the clinic warms our hearts enormously...

Here is a press release and blog post on an upcoming workshop with Stephanie Curran at St.Margaret's School...

Curran is a local acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner, and a long time meditation and yoga practitioner herself. Trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction, parenting, and child-birth practices, she champions mindfulness in the community through conferences, her meditation group, Mindful Mamas, and school-based events for both parents and educators.

*This is a repost from last year but as I start baking some of my favourite treats listed below, I thought I would share again...enjoy!

So many of the goodies that we're bombarded with this time of year are loaded with sugar. And don't you find that they are everywhere, calling out for you to eat them?!  

Here are a few tips to help you keep your sugar consumption down as you enter the holiday season:

The Year of the Sheep - the first day of the Chinese New Year - begins later this week on February 19th.  In China, the celebrations are known as the Spring Festival, a 15-day-long observance that includes feasts, family reunions, the conspicuous use of the colour red and culminates on the final day with a lantern festival.

The Chinese new year is rich with traditions, one of which is to associate each new year with a specific animal. There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and trends for the coming year are predicted to align with the traits of that year's animal.

I'm always on the hunt for good snack recipes.  Most of the bars you find in the store are crazy expensive and they are loaded with sugar.  I much prefer creating quick but nurtitious "fast food" options that I can easily make at home.

There is a lot of talk and "buzz" about mindfulness these days.  The word seems to have slipped into common everday language...but what does it really mean?

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, defines mindfulness as "the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally".

For many women struggling with infertility, Mother's Day is one of the hardest days of the year.  The Hallmark holiday is filled with weeks of advertsing and sappy commercials, and for many, it is a deeply painful reminder of not yet being a mother yourself.

I have always enjoyed smoothies.  They taste great and are a wonderful way to pack in a whole bunch of nutrition and goodness.  I find them especially handy to take on the go when rushing out the door in the morning (without missing breakfast!) and as an afternoon snack when there is a tendancy to have an energy slump.

As always this time of year, there is a momentum and expectation of making resolutions for the New Year.  And just as common is the jumping off of the band wagon.

Why is it that we can be so clear on setting goals but yet be so poor at honouring our commitments to ourselves?

Pomegranates are one of those items in the grocery store that catch my eye but typically don't make it into my shopping cart.  Just too much fuss for a bunch of little seeds! 

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