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May 2017 Health Newsletter

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» The Pleasured Life
» Quinoa Veggie Bake
» Leaning While Texting May Result in Health Problems
» Painkillers Should Not Be Kept Within Reach of Small Children
» Dangers of Energy Drinks

The Pleasured Life


With Allison McKee

During the month of February the Power Health team had the opportunity to attend a workshop lead by Allison McKee, the owner of The Pleasured Life.  Allison is a personal trainer, nutrition consultant and group fitness instructor. Allison lead a yoga workshop with us and challenged us to think about our goals, but not in the traditional sense. Thinking of the feeling desired after you have achieved a goal, not necessarily just completing the task. These are some of the take-aways from the workshop.

Hello! Julia here! During The Pleasured Life workshop I was really challenged in several areas in my life, and how I can change my lifestyle in order to feel peace in areas that cause me stress. A big thing that stood out to me was something that Allison really accented on, and that was setting goals based on how you want to FEEL once you’ve reached them. As a University student, I really realized that although it is hard to see past the goals I have set for myself, it is more important to feel at peace and joy during this journey that I am on right now. So, I have set out personal goals to focus more on feeling a certain way in every day life instead of just stressing about completing a goal before a deadline, and I can already feel success in all areas of my life due to it!

Hey it’s Jen! While at the workshop I was quick to realize that when I am setting my goals I shouldn’t just consider completing the task. So by thinking about the feeling I am wanting to accomplish makes a large change to the way I am goal setting. By going through a series of what different words mean, I was able to find out that the feeling I want to accomplish is Fearless. I want to be capable of doing what I want and not worry about what others might think, or what the future holds. I can‘t fear the future, so I will keep charging!

Hi FRIENDS! It’s Laura. Allison introduced me to this wonderful book called the Desire Map. The desire map is almost like holistic life-planning, the inner you connect the outer you. Your energy drives your goals.The purpose of the Desire Map is to show you your core desires and feelings. Ultimately, to help you remember your light, your true nature, your source. And finally to help you look at the positive aspects of life while honouring and not invalidating, the negative parts we seek to change.This book makes you feel GREAT! You start making a lot of awesome things happen in every area of your life!!!



Author: Power Health
Source: March 2017 Newsletter
Copyright: Power Health 2017

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Quinoa Veggie Bake


Full of healthy vegetables.  Serve as a complete meal or with your choice of salad.


1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 tbsp. butter

1 cup diced onion

3 cups broccoli florets

1/4 tsp. sea salt

2 cups sliced white button mushrooms

1 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 tsp. basil pesto

2 large eggs

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 cheddar cheese (optional)


Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray with cooking oil or grease a 9x13” casserole dish.

Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.  Turn heat off and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for an additional 6 minutes.  Remove the lid and fluff with a fork.  Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.  Add onion and cook until softened and opaque, about 5 minutes.  Stir in the broccoli, salt and 1-2 tbsp. of water to help cooking if necessary.  Sauté for 2 minutes, then add mushrooms, red pepper and pesto.  Cook until mushrooms are softened, 4-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in quinoa.

Beat eggs in a medium bowl and stir in cheddar cheese, ricotta and sour cream.  Mix well.  Season with pepper and fold into quinoa-veggie mixture.  Spread into the prepared casserole dish and top with shredded cheddar (if desired).  Bake on the centre oven rack for 30-35 minutes or until the centre is hot.  Refrigerate leftovers up to 3 days.

©  Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming, Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood




Author: Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming
Source: Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood
Copyright: Patricia Green & Carolyn Hemming 2010

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Leaning While Texting May Result in Health Problems

Recent increases in the number of patients suffering from upper-back and neck pain may be related to poor posture during prolonged smartphone use. Many young people are reporting herniated disks and alignment problems. As these health issues more so typically affect middle-aged and elderly people, the new surge of problems in youth may have to do with the way the neck bends when a person is texting. The normal curvature of the neck is reversed when people look down, such as when using and viewing a phone. Overtime, continuation of this unnatural position leads to stresses and imbalances in the supporting tissues of the neck and upper back. Pain, soreness, fatigue and even reversal of the normal curvature of the neck and upper back can occur. Given that some young people text for hours a day, it’s no wonder experts are seeing an increase in neck and back issues.  Studies show the problem is present mainly when people use mobile devices, as using laptops doesn’t require any abnormal or unnatural posture. The 45-degree angle many people hold their neck at while texting on mobile devices can lead to issues which may become even worse if the person is sitting. This impact on the back worsens at higher flexed postures. With a 15-degree flex, the head (which weighs roughly 10-12 pounds) can feel over twice as heavy. The stress increase on the spine can lead to a 60-degree flex feeling like an additional 60 pounds of pressure. There is a serious concern among professionals about the effects this will have on young people.   Fortunately, doctors of chiropractic are specifically trained to evaluate and treat neck and back issues. If you or a loved one is suffering from neck and/or back issues including those that may be related to the use of a phone, book a no obligation consultation today!

Source: The Spine Journal, online March 20, 2017.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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Painkillers Should Not Be Kept Within Reach of Small Children

Most homes carry some type of pain relievers. More specifically, opioids like hydrocodone and codeine are common across the country. Unfortunately, these medicines aren’t always kept out of the reach of small children.  Roughly a third of adults store prescription opioid mediation in cabinets with locks. Less than 10 percent of adults with kids and teenagers recall storing these substances properly.  Researchers have noted a near doubling of hospitalization rates for issues related to medicine over the past few decades. While some parents may feel that they know their children well enough to pass on locking up these substances, the prevalence of these medicines in the home warrants safe and secure storage.  A survey conducted with adults who consume these medicines relievers within the past year and who had kids in the home revealed that a third of those with children under 7 said they secured their medicine. That number was slashed by roughly two-thirds when it comes to households with teens, and less than one-third of families with both kids and teens used lockable storage for their medicine. Adults with young kids were usually more concerned about the medicine being accessed, while those with teens were less likely to view this as a concern.  The use of this medication has skyrocketed in the US in recent years, with most opioid medication being used for post-surgery pain.

Source: Pediatrics, online February 23, 2017.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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Dangers of Energy Drinks

According to a new study, consuming enough energy drink can lead to certain concerning characteristics in heart function and blood pressure outside of those seen solely from caffeine.  Energy drinks are extremely popular with hundreds of versions currently available for sale. Unfortunately, these beverages have become associated with emergency-room visits and even death. While the makers of energy drinks claim that the products pose no more dangers than those related to caffeine, the evidence does not necessarily reflect this assertion. Caffeine in certain doses is considered normal by the FDA. For example, approximately 400 mg of caffeine can be found in about five cups of coffee. While the dangers of energy drinks are usually related to their caffeine content, it is the other ingredients which may pose the risk. The physical changes in a group of subjects (both male and female) were observed after the subjects had consumed an energy drink and a caffeinated beverage that lacked the other types of ingredients energy drinks are known for. These additional ingredients include 4 ounces of sugar, taurine, B vitamins, and other contents found in brand-name energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy, and Monster. The results showed certain concerning cardiovascular changes including an increase in blood pressure after the consumption of energy drinks. Be smart and play it safe. If you choose to consume energy drinks, do so in moderation and ensure you do not suffer from any sort of cardiovascular conditions or issues or other health ailments that could result in a visit to the emergency room or worse.

Source: Journal of the American Heart Association, online April 26, 2017.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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