The Free and Easy Way to Health: The StoneTree Clinic Walking Club

Update: We’re no longer running the StoneTree walking club. If you’d like a referral to a great coach or personal trainer, though, please contact the office anytime at 705-444-5331.

 

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One of the greatest challenges to becoming more active is that for many people, fitness can be a lonesome, unappealing idea.  To help make it easier, we’re excited to announce that we’ve started our free StoneTree Walking Club. It’s fun, friendly way to add more activity to your life.

We meet weekdays, rain or shine, for a 45-minute walk on the trails and streets of Collingwood, led by one of the StoneTree team. The walks are free, and open to everyone  You don’t need to be a patient – bring a friend if you like!

We meet at the clinic in downtown Collingwood. No special skills or equipment required – just dress for the weather.

This is an easy way to get outside and get moving, and having someone to walk with always makes things more enjoyable.  I hope to see you there!

-Tara

 

The 3 Plants You Need to Clean Your Home’s Air

It may seem like life in the Collingwood area is full of fresh air. Ski hills in Thornbury, fresh winds in Wasaga Beach – they all make us think our air is clean, but that’s not always the case, especially in the winter, and particularly indoors.

It’s been so nice lately to have a day here and there to open the windows and get some fresh air into the house, and it’s got me thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have this great indoor air quality all year ’round?”

This video from the TED talks just might be the answer.

Researcher and activist Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

Meattle’s done some amazing things in his New Delhi office, and you can replicate the results at home, which include increasing oxygen, scrubbing CO2, and removing toxins. The video is only 4 minutes long, so it’s a quick and easy watch. We’re going to test these out in our house and see how they do!

If you can’t see the video above, you can also watch it on the TED site, with some interesting links and commentary from viewers:
http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/kamal_meattle_on_how_to_grow_your_own_fresh_air.html

Recipe: Juliette’s Awesome Harvest Salad

This amazing salad was created by the equally amazing Thai Massage practitioner, Juliette Reynolds, of Creemore, ON.  Who knew kale and beets could taste so good!

Kale is remarkably good for you – it’s a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese, among others. You can learn more about it at World’s Healthiest Foods. According to the entry:

Like broccoli, cauliflower and collards, kale is a descendant of the wild cabbage, a plant thought to have originated in Asia Minor and to have been brought to Europe around 600 B.C. by groups of Celtic wanderers.

Celtic wanderers? Who knew? You might not be wandering that much, but this salad is just as good sitting down. It’s also an excuse to use those great pan-roasted seeds we talked about last month. Enjoy! – Tara

Ingredients

  • A bowl full of mixed organic salad greens
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 bunch of beets
  • 1/2 cup goat milk feta
  • 1/2 cup seasoned, pan-roasted seeds

Directions

  • Cut the kale thin and sautee in sesame oil, crushed garlic, and salt to taste.  Let cool.
  • Cook beets in boiling water, cool and dice
  • Build salad in layers as above in a large, swallow bowl
  • Dizzle with any organic sesame and ginger dressing – Amy’s Goddess Dressing is very tasty.

Makes enough for a meal for one, or side salads for 2-4.

PS – Thai massage is very different from traditional massage. It’s often called “lazy person’s yoga”, and is done fully clothed, which some people prefer. You can reach Juliette in Creemore at (705) 466-5793. – T.

Before You Diet: What We’ve Learned About Weight Loss

It’s the time of year for change. With the new year comes a drive for renewal that seems to touch almost everyone in the form of resolutions, new commitments and a dedication to just get better.

That drive, of course, is often focused on our health, and in particular, our weight. Before you jump on the latest diet fad, though, here are a few tips and ideas we’ve discovered in our years of helping patients find their best bodies.

It’s About Gaining Health, Not Losing Weight

Despite all the focus on losing weight, the truth is that healthy weight loss is a side effect. It’s the result of gaining health – of pursuing a healthy mind and body, and making changes that are sustainable in the long run. To find your best body, you first have to find your best health. The right weight will follow.

The Scale Isn’t The Story

It’s easy to become obsessed with the number on the scale, but it’s only part of the picture. Your weight is just one measure of health, and it’s not an entirely reliable one. The number on your scale can fluctuate based on any number of different factors, and the scale never tells you the difference between fat and muscle, how much water you’re retaining, or whether your changing weight is helping you or hurting you.

You Can’t Do It Without Moving Your Body

Research on people who’ve successfully lost weight has shown that almost no one can successfully sustain weight loss without doing some exercise. Dieting without exercise is a sure ticket to a yo-yo roller coaster of loss and gain that will leave you less healthy and more heavy than ever. You may need to do other things to find your best body, but you can bet that exercise is a prerequisite.

Sometimes, There Are Hidden Roadblocks

Your body is a complicated piece of machinery. Really complicated. And there are times when a simple “eat less, exercise more” prescription just doesn’t do the job. Things like food intolerances and toxicity can affect your metabolism, your energy and your ability to burn fat. Sometimes, it pays to dig deeper into your own biochemistry to make sure you’re not missing a piece of the puzzle.

Too Much Change at Once is A Tough Job

No matter how you choose to find your best health and your best body, it’s going to require change, and change is often a dish best served slowly. Biting off more than you can chew – like trying to have a pristine diet and perfect lifestyle – can be an overwhelming and unsustainable prospect. Try to make small changes you can sustain, and gradually add more over time.

If you need help with your health goals, you can learn more about the StoneTree Sustainable Body Change program here, or call 705-444-5331 to book a complimentary appointment to discover our unique approach to weight loss.

The Silver Bullet for Diabetes Prevention

November 14th was World Diabetes Day, celebrated in over 160 countries around the world. It’s most certainly a global problem, but diabetes has plenty of local presence, too: over 900 000 people have been diagnosed in Ontario alone.

Diabetes affects our ability to get sugar from the blood into the cells where it’s needed to run our bodies. In Type I diabetes, there simply is no insulin to do the sugar transfer job. The pancreas is supposed to produce it, but it doesn’t.  In Type II diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the cells just don’t respond to it – they’ve become “insulin resistant”.

Here’s the thing, though: Type II diabetes accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases, and it’s largely preventable.

You’ve heard that diabetes is genetic, but that’s not the entire story.  Your family may have given you susceptibility, but that’s it. The real trouble starts when you put that susceptibility in a high calorie, high fructose corn syrup, overweight environment.

But here’s the good news: if you’re heading down the genetic pathway to diabetes, you can change direction.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, clearly outlined the power of lifestyle change.  In this study, 523 people with pre-diabetes (their blood sugar was off, but not at diabetic levels yet), were given the following goals:

•    Reduce body weight by 5%
•    Reduce total dietary fat to <30%
•    Reduce dietary saturated fat to <10%
•    Increase dietary fiber to 30g/day
•    Walk 30 minutes/day

If the person did not achieve any of these goals, their chance of developing diabetes was approximately 30%.  Of the people who achieved 4-5 of these goals, however, not a single person went on to develop diabetes.  Not one.

The study points to one empowering result: we really do have the power to change our genetic destiny!

-Tara

Recipe: Black Bean and Mango Salad

This recipe comes from the unlikely source of the label on a can of Unico black beans. Like Jackie’s Bean Salad, this one is surprisingly delicious considering how good it is for you. 🙂

It’s also fast – you can make enough for a week’s lunches in about 5 minutes!

-Tara

Ingredients

  • 1 can (540mL/19 fl oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 1 sweet red pepper, diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  • Combine the beans, mango, red peppers and green onions in a bowl
  • Whisk together lime juice, vegetable oil, soy sauce and red pepper flakes
  • Add the cilantro and toss lightly

Serves 4-6, or lunch for a week for just you!

Recipe: Pan Roasted Seeds

These seeds are simple, delicious and great source of protein, vitamin E, zinc, copper, magnesium and lots of other good stuff. Perfect for having on hand to add to any salad, a stir fry or rice and rice dishes.

Because they’re peanut-free, they also make an excellent snack for school lunches for kids.

Total time: about 12 minutes, half of which is watching them cool off so you can eat them… 🙂

Enjoy! – Tara

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup hulled sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Put everything in a pan (if you’ve got a cast iron one, all the better – they’re a good source of iron!)
  • Heat gently over low heat, stirring occasionally until the seeds are heated through (about 5 minutes or so)
  • Remove from heat, and leave to sit for another 5 minutes or so (stir a couple of more times if you’re using cast iron)
  • Let cool, and use as needed. I often make a batch and store it in a jar in the cupboard.

Bonus trivia:

Sunflower seeds were one of the first plants ever cultivated in the U.S. They are thought to have originated in Mexico and Peru. (From The World’s Healthiest Foods by George Mateljan.)


Detoxification: Why it Works and How to Do It

Hi all,

This is an article we wrote for the Fall 2008 issue of Body Magazine – I thought you might find it interesting!

-Tara

Feeling Better Through Detoxification

Inside this complex organism we call “you”, a remarkable set of organs and processes works vigilantly to deal with unwanted and unneeded substances that find their way from the outside of your body to the inside.

The system works quite well. At least, it used to work well. Your natural detoxification organs – things like your bowels, kidneys, liver and skin – weren’t designed to deal with the excesses of modern life. Some unnecessary food, nutrients, and bacteria? Sure. Food additives, environmental toxins and modern stresses? That’s another matter altogether.

This toxic load builds over time, and can lead to an array of chronic problems like skin conditions, digestive and bowel complaints, allergies, fatigue, and headaches, to name just a few. In order to level the playing ground for your struggling system, additional forms of detoxification can be used to help your body “take out the trash” more regularly and effectively.

There are many ways to detoxify:

  • Diet regimes reduce the intake of toxicity from your food, and increase fiber and water intake to help flush your system.
  • Colon hydrotherapy gently cleanses the colon to improve bowel function and detoxify the liver.
  • Supplements can stimulate the detoxification systems of the body, and provide them with the vitamins and minerals they need to operate effectively.
  • Saunas induce sweating to help remove toxins via the skin, liver and kidneys.
  • IV Chelation uses substances intravenously (vitamin C, for example) to bind to toxins and flush them from the body.

Each detoxification strategy has its unique characteristics, and may be used in combination or alone depending on the ailment and your health history. To learn more about how detoxification can help you, contact us anytime at 444-5331.

Recipe: Dr. Steve’s Breakfast Smoothie

Breakfast shakes are an easy (and tasty) way to get a full complement of fruits and vegetables into your diet. Because the sweet flavour of the fruits is so strong, you can add vegetables and still get a great, rich taste. It makes smoothies a particularly good option for people who aren’t enthusiastic vegetable eaters.

This recipe comes from our friend Dr. Steve Rallis, DC, president of Healthscore. Dr. Steve’s recipe gives you an unbelievable 10 full servings of fruits and veggies!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fruit juice (apple, orange, pineapple) -not from concentrate. Fresh squeezed is better.
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup strawberries (frozen and organic are suggested)
  • ½ cup blueberries (frozen and organic are suggested)
  • 5 cups of baby spinach

Instructions:

  • Put the fruit and juice in the blender.
  • Start blender and then slowly add the baby spinach.
  • Blend until smooth, adding water if necessary to change consistency from thicker to thinner.

Adding 1 tbsp of olive oil or flax seed oil is also a great way to add your essential fats to the smoothie. Protein can be added, too, and if you don’t have the juice, just use fruit and add water or soy milk!

Enjoy!

Please Join Us For Our Grand Opening!

Mark Your Calendars! We’d be honoured if you could join us for the official Grand Opening of our new clinic this Friday.

Date: Friday, June 20th

Time: Drop in anytime from 3-7PM

Location: StoneTree Clinic
115 Hurontario Street
Suite 200
Collingwood, ON
(705)444-5331

Stop by anytime between 3-7PM for:

  • office tours, including our new colon hydrotherapy and IV suites
  • some great food and refreshments
  • a chance to meet the entire StoneTree team, and ask any questions you may have
  • an opportunity to join us in celebrating the start of summer!

We’d love to see you there!

Yours in good health,
Tara Gignac, ND

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