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Calming your Brain for a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in A Good Night's Sleep, Balanced Life | 0 comments

Calming your Brain for a Good Night’s Sleep

Many people lament that they do not sleep well. Perhaps you too suffer from this dilemma Ensuring your bedroom is dark, removing disruptive pets, and using a low-level “white noise” to help tune out traffic and barking dogs are three solutions towards providing a good sleeping environment. But what about the interior disruptions, the noise in our mind that Dr. Mercola refers to as “cognitive popcorn” or unstoppable thoughts running through our mind at night?  The good news is there is hope; begin by trying these three tips to help slow down...

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Five Steps to a Healthier, Happier Gut

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, In Balance Team, Real Food | 0 comments

Five Steps to a Healthier, Happier Gut

Karen is a prairie girl now residing on the East Coast of Canada. She’s an active outdoorswoman, community builder and supporter of local food goodness… and a fabulous raw-food chef! Join In Balance consultant Karen Toews to find out how five simple steps can create a healthier, happier and more BALANCEd gut! For some people (other than holistic nutritionists!), talking about “the gut” can be off-putting. But it’s very important; and really, who of us hasn’t at one time or other groaned, “oh, my gut feels terrible!!” The gut is the stomach...

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Using Essential Oils for BALANCEd Health

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in A Good Night's Sleep, Balanced Life, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Using Essential Oils for BALANCEd Health

Karen is a prairie girl now residing on the East Coast of Canada. She’s an active outdoorswoman, community builder and supporter of local food goodness… and a fabulous raw-food chef! Find out more about Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Karen, below. Join In Balance consultant Karen Toews to find out how you can use essential oils to get back to a more BALANCEd you! As a holistic nutritional consultant, healthy food solutions for wellness are pretty much right at the top of the list  (along with foundational In Balance lifestyle...

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How Not to Get “Tricked” this Halloween: 3 Bits of Sugary Advice

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Food & Drink, Holiday | 0 comments

How Not to Get “Tricked” this Halloween: 3 Bits of Sugary Advice

With Halloween just around the corner, in many households it’s time for discussions on: Whether or not to participate in the occasion? If celebrating, what costume to wear? If not celebrating, what other activity to substitute? Regardless of the reason the family is gathering . . . how much sugar to consume? I’ll leave topic 1) for another day but suffice it to say that we flip-flopped back and forth over the years of raising our five. For topics 2) and 3), I suggest grabbing a child under 18 and starting an “anything goes” brainstorming...

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The “Short and Sweet” on Smoothies

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, In Balance Team, Real Food, Recipe, Weight Loss | 0 comments

The “Short and Sweet” on Smoothies

Smoothies are great! They can be big on benefits for a minimal investment of time and effort. Here are three healthy options to add to your collection. Superfoodie Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup blueberries, frozen 1 Tbsp. raw cacao or cocoa powder 1 Tbsp. ground or whole chia seeds 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds 2 cups unsweetened (2% fat) coconut milk or almond milk 2 Tbsp. unsweetened peanut butter or almond butter 1 Tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup ¼ tsp. cinnamon Directions Place all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Note: Ground chia seeds...

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Back to BALANCEd Health

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Balanced Life, In Balance Team | 0 comments

It’s September! For you and your family, it may mean back to school, back to work, or back to somewhere or something else. Regardless what you’re getting back to, September is a really good time to review your food and lifestyle choices (that have perhaps slipped southward through the summer months), and get back to a health-focused you! Join In Balance consultant Karen Toews to get back to a more BALANCEd...

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Healthy Holiday Activities: Non-Couch Potato Style!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Activity, Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Healthy Holiday Activities: Non-Couch Potato Style!

  I hadn’t realized how deeply ingrained was the idea of keeping In Balance’s second “A” letter, Activity, a part of our family holiday festivities, until I recently came across a clipping of an article I wrote for Canadian Living magazine over 2 decades ago. Called Great Party, the article focused on three secrets of how to keep guests entertained, engaged, enjoying the holiday season AND active. The tips are still valid so here they are, dusted off for the 21st century! Break a Leg Almost everyone considers themselves a bit of a closet...

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Healthy Gut Flora for a Happy Holiday

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, In Balance Team, Recipe | 0 comments

Healthy Gut Flora for a Happy Holiday

And then there were veggies…. As we all woke up on Christmas day, chocolate covered the living room. Not only that, there were always Christmas cookies leftover from the night before, for breakfast! Good memories and a fun time. But are we forgetting about our friends? The little ones that live with us day and night and the ones that love to be fed? The ones that are vital to a healthy gut? Are these your pets? You might be asking what I am talking about! Simply said, between the wine from the night before and the rest of the fun we had, we...

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Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Activity, Attitude & Emotion, Balanced Life, Food & Drink, Holiday, In Balance Team, Real Food, Recipe | 0 comments

Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

At a time of the year where “joy” is supposed to be an integral part of the season, it is a commodity found in surprisingly small amounts some days. In fact joy – in In Balance terms, Laughter and Play – is an essential component to the wellness journey. The health benefits of incorporating laughter and play in our lives are numerous, and include increased endorphin production as well as helping us uncover certain innate passions – music, dance or writing for example–we perhaps did not even know existed deep inside of...

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Essential Oils Support for Holiday “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in A Good Night's Sleep, Balanced Life, Holiday, In Balance Team | 0 comments

Essential Oils Support for Holiday “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”

A restful sleep, vital for health on so many levels: energy renewal, detoxification, weight maintenance, body repair and more. Whether consulting one-on-one with clients, working with groups through an In Balance 8-week program, socializing with friends, joining in conversations with “strangers” online or in the grocery store, lack of sleep is a topic of concern for many people. And in my experience, especially with women. As we count down the 12 days to Christmas (tracked with a lengthy to-do list!) instead of needing to count sheep when...

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