Why you don’t need to shampoo

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I have a love/hate relationship with my hair (I think most curly-haired people do). Over the last several months though, my hair has never been happier, which definitely helps in the self-confidence department.

It wasn’t always so easy to manage. As a child, my hair was pretty straight, with just enough wave that it would turn into a rats nest if it didn’t get brushed…and as the 4th kid born over a 6-year span, it never, ever did. I hated bathing and my siblings still make fun of me for it.
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How to go chemical-free and still smell nice

Want to spend less, save time, protect the environment AND have great skin and hair?

Of course you do.

Have you ever counted how many different chemicals you slather on your face and body in the run of a day? It’s absurd and so strangely normal that we never even think twice about it. I’d like to shed light on why you might care and make some simple suggestions that could make an enormous impact on your quality of life and that of those around you.

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The best decision I’ve ever made

In early 2013, I saw 3 pictures of a husky/collie/mutt named Monte and I fell head over heels in love.

He was 8 hours away and I wasn’t planning to get a dog. The only descriptive info I had was his age – 6 years (though later we discovered he’s probably closer to 8, 9, 10…), so I dusted off the Puppy Plan I wrote up years ago (when I used to frequent petfinder.ca as distraction from studying) and gave the SPCA a call. Continue reading

I’ll never buy a gym membership

Over the last week, I’ve taken a different approach to keeping fit: coughing violently and blowing my nose as hard as humanly possible to clear the mucus from my upper respiratory tract. My usual routine of ultimate frisbee, floor hockey and daily walking was disrupted with the onset of a nasty viral infection…yet my core has never felt stronger.

Your body is designed to move. It is not designed to sit, hunched over at a desk for 7+ hours/day. With the advances in technology over the last couple decades, it shouldn’t be surprising that we are seeing increasing rates of disease that is highly preventable with slight changes in lifestyle (namely, exercise). Continue reading

Your Natural Travel Emergency Kit

Nothing kills the mood faster on a romantic getaway or a vacation with friends than a bout of explosive diarrhea and projectile vomiting. Jam-packed travel schedules, awkward sleeping arrangements, experimentation with local cuisine and nasty foreign microbes all increase your likelihood of contracting an uncomfortable illness that will surely put a damper on your time away from home.

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Happy Secret to Better Work

It has come to my attention that a surprising amount of my talented friends, family and patients are unhappy with their chosen career (yes, at some point or another, you chose it).

What’s even more shocking is that they’re okay with that. They accept it as their reality: “I have to work this job because it provides the money I need to live the life I want to live…”

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How to Feed Yourself

Eating well is vitally important to your overall health – remember, food is your medicine. What you put into your bodies is what fuels your thoughts, feelings and the physical energy to go about your daily lives. Awareness is everything; but it’s hard to be aware when you don’t have trustworthy resources or are bombarded with too many conflicting “facts.” Continue reading

How to Beat the Rainy Day Blues

There’s nothing worse than waking up to a dark, wet, energy-draining weather forecast. In Vancouver, aka RainCity, usually between the months of November and February, this happens a lot. Today seemed especially worse. By the time I left the house for work,  I had a good friend inquire about natural mood lifters for this time of year and another phone call from a girlfriend who mentioned how supremely low she was feeling because of the weather. Continue reading