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September 2017 Health Newsletter

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» The Pleasured Life
» Quinoa Veggie Bake
» Springtime Allergy Relief
» Benefits of Bone Broth
» Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Could Help Your Low Back Pain
» Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight

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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Springtime Allergy Relief


It’s that time of year that many allergies start to rear their heads.  Instead of reaching for typical decongestants, steroids, and antihistamines which have very drying effects on the mucosal membranes, consider why your body might be reacting.  Well nourished bodies that are not inflamed or burdened by toxins are less likely to be hyper-responsive.  Paying attention to your diet, and care are great strategies to becoming less reactive instead of focusing on acute care:

  • Eye wash cups and neti pots can remove reactive particles from sensitive mucus membranes of your eyes, nose, and sinuses.
  • Some individuals may find dairy, wheat, corn and soy inflammatory  and allergy provoking.
  • Eat a diet of whole foods, clean protein, and lots of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.
  • Take supplements that reduce inflammation like chlorella and fish oil.
  • Maintain optimal vitamin D levels, this has shown to be very helpful especially for infants.
  • Local honey may be helpful and contains local pollens processed by bees.
  • Bromelain, plentiful in pineapple can reduce sinus swelling and inflammation.


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

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Benefits of Bone Broth


Bone broth is a mineral rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices.  It differs from stock you may have made for soup before in the length of time used to thoroughly extract nutrient from the bones, leaving a broth chalk full of easily digestible nutrition.

- Immunity boosting—many of the benefits from bone broth come from the plentiful amino acids such as arginine, glutamine and cysteine.

- Alleviate symptoms from common cold and bronchitis—a study in Chest (2000) found chicken bone broth cleared mucus and opened respiratory pathways.  The amino acid cysteine even chemically resembles a bronchitis prescription.

- Anti-inflammatory—The amino acid L-glutamine specifically, is very good at reducing gut inflammation.  Inflammation through the body is very taxing degenerative condition.

- Strengthen bones and teeth—supports osteogenesis by supplying necessary minerals and vitamins.

- Cultivate healthy gut flora—essential amino acids and reduced inflammation create environment conducive to beneficial gut bacteria.

- Hydration—the addition of electrolytes and important carbohydrates to water provide an excellent fluid for rehydration and restoration of exercise capacity.

- Tissue health—amino acids are the basis for muscle growth, repair, and maintenance.  Amino acids proline and glycine are especially vital for healthy connective tissue.

- Good mood—healthy microbiome in the guy influences the neurotransmitters released by brain to regulate mood.

- Digestive health—amino acid glycine aids digestion by regulating synthesis of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid. 

- The gelatin in bone broth contributes to strong, healthy nails, cellular health, joint health, and blood sugar regulation.

If you haven’t tried bone broth before, it may be just the thing to help your body heal and thrive.  It is very simple to make, and a delicious warming way to nourish yourself. 

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

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Could Help Your Low Back Pain

If you struggle with back pain, you may be surprised to learn that there’s a very popular, nonintrusive practice that could help you realize real relief. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs have grown in popularity lately, but they’ve been in use all over the world for decades. As a mind-based approach to the problem, MBSR can also be used as a complement to other physical methodologies for improving back pain.

What Is MBSR?

MBSR is a mental practice whereby people discipline themselves to only focus on the present moment, not the past or future. It’s an offshoot of mindfulness meditation that shares certain tenets with cognitive behavioral therapy. Practitioners use meditation to practice “staying present” and then incorporate this ability into their everyday lives. This form of treatment usually involves some version of yoga, as well.

Does MBSR Work?

Dennis Anheyer of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany and a team of researchers looked at seven previously published studies on MBSR. In total, these studies involved 864 patients. They concluded that participants enjoyed small improvements after MBSR treatments for short periods of time. Some studies even resulted in patients experiencing meaningful improvements to their mobility, though they didn’t necessarily last for the long term. When MBSR was paired with yoga, the results for those with disabilities and other physical limitations were even better than when MBSR was used on its own. Dr. Judith A. Turner from the University of Washington in Seattle has also studied MBSR’s benefits. She points out that, compared to other low back pain treatments (e.g. opioid medication and surgery), MBSR involves minimal risks. It can also teach patients new ways to approach their chronic pain that can help lower its perceived severity. While more research into MBSR may be necessary, there’s certainly no reason not to try it. Countless other people have over the past several decades and, as Dr. Anheyer mentioned, it’s certainly safe. He did add, though, that if you meditate or exercise, you should do so regularly.

Spinal Manipulation Helps Relieve Back Pain

Another way you can definitely experience pain relief in your low back – or any area surrounding your spinal column – is to visit your local chiropractor. Spinal manipulation is proven to work, so, after just a single adjustment from a chiropractor, many experience reduced pain and improved mobility, in many cases even after struggling with chronic pain for years.

Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, online April 25, 2017.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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Slow and Steady Is the Best Way to Lose Weight

We all know about the story of the tortoise and the hare and how steady and consistent pacing wins the race.  Well it turns out that applies to long-term weight loss as well. Individuals who lose small amounts of weight over a consistent period of time show more sustained overall weight loss than those who crash diet.

Successful Dieters Lose Consistent Amounts of Weight Weekly

Researchers out of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA examined data on 183 overweight and obese adults who were participating in a weight loss program. The program offered meal replacement and structure for calorie monitoring and exercise. Over the course of the two-year program, the most successful dieters were those who showed a steady, consistent weight loss in the first three months, as opposed to those participants who had more variable weight loss on a week-to-week basis.

According to psychology researchers at Drexel, some participants go into the program trying to lose as much weight as possible right way. However, despite showing big losses one week, they are typically hungry and anxious and unable to sustain the diet program for more than a week or so. Frustrated, they regain some of the weight, get upset and try to lose as much as they can again, creating a cycles of losing and gaining.

Those dieters who set more modest goals typically were able to sustain their calorie and exercise goals over a prolonged period of time, leading to greater weight loss and improved health.

Consistent Behavior May Be the Key to Success

The study further showed that participants who were emotional eaters, binge eaters, or preoccupied with food at the beginning of the program tended to have greater weight loss variability and generally lost less weight overall. This suggests that effectively losing weight may have more to do with steady consistent behavior than changing one’s relationship with food.

While sometimes the best you can do is get back on track, it may be better in the long run to set modest, attainable goals rather than try to completely change beliefs and ideologies in the pursuit of improved health.

Source: Obesity. September 2017. Volume 25, Issue 9, Pages 1461–1640.
Copyright: LLC 2017

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