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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Healthy Food Choices for a Healthy Holiday

Chocolates and Cookies… When I think about the holidays, I always think about chocolate and cookies. I grew up in a family where we baked cookies every Christmas. My grandmother’s recipes came from Hungary and they were first translated to Spanish, since I grew up in Mexico, and then translated now to English. One of the spices that we use is cardamom. That smell for sure brings good memories....
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