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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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...
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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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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...
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Creating Margins for Holiday Rest & Play

How many of you have spent most of this month checking off to-dos and marking yet another commitment on your holiday calendar? For so many folks, the holiday season is crammed-full with parties, shopping lists, tasks to get the house ready for the holidays, school Christmas concerts… the list goes on. So where do we find room to remember what the holiday season is about and connect with a sense...
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