• IV Therapy,  Nutrients

    What is IV Therapy

    IV Therapy Q & A   What is IV therapy? IV, or intravenous therapy is putting a solution directly into your blood, in this case vitamins and minerals. Who should take vitamins and minerals IV? The answer is simple: anyone. IV vitamins and minerals give your cells a boost to start working better instantly. People with chronic disease and long-term symptoms have the most to gain, as their cells need the most help to move towards healing. How does it work? For our bodies to be healthy, our cells need to be healthy too. Your cells normally absorb vitamins and minerals from your food in your intestines. However, when your…

  • Eat Well,  Nutrition,  Recipes

    Thai Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Curry

      Sweet potatoes are very versatile! You can add them to soups or casseroles. They can be spiralized and used instead of pasta, baked whole and stuffed with various fillings, sliced lengthwise and toasted, or steamed and then added to smoothies. For inspiration, here is a nutrient-rich recipe for you to try. This delicious grain- and dairy-free dinner recipe can be prepared in less than 45 minutes. Thai Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Curry (4 servings) 1/2 Yellow Onion (Chopped) 3 Garlic cloves, minced 1 tbsp Ginger (fresh, grated or minced) 1/4 cup Water 2 tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste 1 1/2 cups Vegetable Broth 1 cup Canned Coconut Milk 1/2…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Nutrition

    March is Nutrition Month

      Finally, the month when we welcome spring, at least in the calendar, is here! With it we start planning to do spring cleaning in the house and perhaps a cleanse for our body too. March is also nutrition month, reminding us to reassess our food choices and eating habits. Healthy eating should not be restricted to the short period of time of a cleanse, instead it should become a lifestyle where eating nutritious foods becomes a daily habit. One of the most efficient ways to make our diet more nutritious is by including superfoods in our daily meal plans. While there is no official definition for a “superfood”, we…

  • talktherapy,  Therapy

    Showing Ourselves Love By Identifying and Meeting Our Needs

    Showing Ourselves Love By Identifying and Meeting Our Needs Jessica del Rosso, MSW, RSW www.alongsidetrauma.ca Many of us, especially if we come from a difficult childhood, do not learn or know how to communicate our needs effectively. We react to our feelings, but not to the underlying and core need leading to the emotion in the first place. This leads to feeling not only disconnected from ourselves, but also those we have relationships with, whether it be our romantic partner/s, friends or family (chosen or otherwise). We may wish that those we are in a relationship with could, “read in between the lines” and meet our needs. However, if we do not inherently know what the…

  • Eat Well,  Heart Health,  Nutrition,  Recipes

    Moroccan Chicken Stew

    Food for your HEART! Moroccan Chicken Stew Our heart healthy chicken stew recipe includes four superfood ingredients: coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon and unpasteurized local honey (available at health food stores or local farmers’ markets). We serve it on a bed of cooked grains (basmati rice, quinoa or millet) and garnish it with shredded or large-flaked coconut. Here is the detailed recipe: INGREDIENTS FOR 4 SERVINGS 1/4 cup Coconut Oil 10 ozs Chicken Breast (skinless, boneless, diced into chunks) 2 Yellow Onion (medium, diced) 1 tsp Turmeric 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 tsp Cardamom 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1 1/2 tsps Sea Salt 3 Tomato (large, diced) 1/2 cup Parsley (finely chopped…

  • Eat Well,  Health Articles,  Heart Health,  Nutrition,  Recipes

    Berry Good for your HEART

      Berries are superstars among fruits not only because of their sweet, delicious taste, versatile use, but also because of their health benefits. Berries contain nutrients that are powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that can reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. The polyphenols, fibre and Vitamin C content in berries are just some of the many factors of berries that improve your heart health. Strawberries for example, harbour the anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic ellagic acid, a nice amount of vitamin C (about 85 mg per cup) as well as important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.  All this comes with only 50 calories per cup! 1 cup…

  • Health Articles,  Heart Health

    Heart Health – A Naturopathic Doctor’s Approach

        How is your heart beating these days? Do you get winded easily? If you could rate your heart health on a scale of 1-10, what would yours be? Second to cancer, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Canada (Stats Canada, 2019) and the leading cause of death in America (CDC, 2019). Heart disease involves plaque build-up and hardening of your coronary arteries (the arteries that supply blood to your heart muscle). There are 3 main risk factors for developing heart disease: hypertension, dyslipidemia/hyperlipidemia (elevated lipids- triglycerides and cholesterol) and diabetes. All 3 of these factors are influenced by lifestyle factors and genetics. The tool I…

  • Stress,  talktherapy,  Therapy

    Coping With a Second Covid-19 Lockdown in the Midst of Winter

    by Jessica del Rosso, Trauma Therapist, MSW, RSW Alongsidetrauma.ca Despite many of us knowing that a second lockdown was coming to Ontario, the emotional toll of walking down empty streets, watching local businesses close and missing those closest to us, is significant. It would be unrealistic and invalidating to believe that the physical and communal risks of Covid-19, do not also impact our mental health and wellbeing. Many of us are struggling with feeling any sense of purpose and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I know that this blog is only scratching the surface of what many are struggling with during this second lockdown. However, I hope it may offer some tools to…

  • Eat Well,  Fertility,  Fertility,  Hormones,  Live Well,  menopause,  Nutrition,  PCOS,  perimenopause,  PMS,  Stress,  Thyroid,  Women Wellness

    Hormones Over the Ages

      by Dr. Deanna Walker, ND No matter what age you are, your hormones are affecting your quality of life. Why you might ask? Well your hormone balance influences how you look, how you feel and how you think. It is important to determine if your hormones are affecting you. The best way to start is to be informed on what symptoms are normal and abnormal depending on what phase of life you are in. The Reproductive Years In this phase, the most common concerns relate to PMS (Pre-menstrual Syndrome) and the menstrual flow itself. The most common PMS symptoms experienced include mood changes (depression, anxiety, irritability, emotional fluctuations), swelling,…

  • Stress,  talktherapy,  trauma

    Shaking but Safe

          By Jessica del Rosso, MSW, RSW Have you ever felt that moment where your mind is telling you one thing, and your body is telling you another? A situation where your mind may be telling you that you are completely safe, but your body is reacting as if it is in survival mode? This feeling is all too common for those who are survivors and thrivers of trauma. There are these moments where you may speak about something from your past, or something reminds you of your past, crosses your path and your body will begin shaking or you will stutter or you will become short of…