What We’re Having For Lunch

10231931_sThe latest from the StoneTree lunchroom. Given our 28-Day Challenge, you know these options are at least sugar-free! Enjoy…:) – Tara

Shelby (Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free)

  • Tofu curry over top fresh arugula (You can find the recipe, and many others, on Shelby’s website)

Kendra (Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free)

  • Vegetarian Curry: Patak’s Tikka Marsala with mixed beans, broccoli, red pepper, peas and onions

Tara  (Vegetarian)

  • Falafel Salad:  Casbah falafel mix cooked in canola oil.  Served over mixed greens with cucumber, tomato, feta and roasted seeds.


Day 5 Challenge Update

18349551_sHere we are into day five of our 28 Day Challenge! In our efforts to exercise, drink enough water and eliminate refined sugar every day, we’ve already had some successes…and mistakes. 🙂

Strategies for getting it right:

For those of you joining us, here are a few things we’ve done to stay on track.

  • Dr. Kendra is using a 2 L jar that she fills with water every morning, and makes sure it is done by the end of the day.
  • Dr. Tara is using 9 pebbles on her desk to keep track of her 9 cups.
  • The weather this weekend did not make for easy outdoor exercise. Dr. Shelby and Dr. Kendra both did indoor yoga.
  • Cravings for something sweet? A great weekend for a nice warm herbal tea with HONEY. Warm, yummy sweetness AND a source of water intake.

Where it went wrong: 

  • Forgetting about the sugar in sauces and dressings. Dr. Tara was at a party with ranch dressing dip…yep, there is sugar in it.

Join us in the challenge! You can start anytime – the rules are simple!

28 Days of Health Challenge

18349551_sThe StoneTree Docs were sitting around discussing what three habits, if done every day, would have the most profound impact on health?

Here’s what we came up with: daily exercise, drink enough water and avoid refined sugar.

After we agreed on the three things, which took all of three minutes, we asked each other if we actually did them daily.

Ah, cruel reality.

Now, we’re pretty good at walking the talk here, but when push came to shove, we couldn’t truthfully say that we did all of these things daily.

Enter the 28-Day Challenge.

Starting Friday, Oct 25, 2013, for the next 28 days, Dr. Tara, Dr. Shelby and Dr. Kendra are committed to: 

  1. Exercising daily for a minimum of 30 minutes. This can be any type of exercise–walking, running, yoga, working out, classes, biking–so long as it is sustained. And no, you may not do 60 minutes one day and have it count for the next day. Each day is a minimum of 30 minutes.
  2. Drinking the appropriate amount of water daily. What is the appropriate amount of water? We’ll be using the benchmark of half of your body weight in pounds, in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll need to drink 75 ounces. With 8ozs to a cup, that works out to 9.4 cups. For every cup of diuretic (aka caffeinated beverage) you need to add an extra cup.
  3. Avoiding processed sugar, which means refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Fruit is good. Honey is good.  Maple syrup, agave, stevia–all good. Just none of the nasty white stuff. Muffins? Not good. Pop? Nope. The little Halloween candies? Definitely not. If it has “sugar” in the ingredients list, it’s out. Period.

Want to join us? We encourage you to do so! Tell your friends, your mom, your hubby–take them all along for the ride and let us know how you do. Look for regular blog posts on our progress. We’ll be posting where we’re having trouble and tips for success along the way.

Just 28 days might be all it takes to create your new habit!

Conscious Eating for Thanksgiving

359273_sLast weekend I had to deliver an intense course to a large group of my peers. I had prepared for the event for several months, and I wanted it to be just right.

Part of that preparation was caring for myself properly during the week before. For those seven days I ate no sugar and drank no alcohol. I had regular, healthy meals, went to bed early, exercised every day and took my vitamins. As a result, when the day arrived I was full of energy, my brain worked great and I didn’t get the cold that every second patient was bringing into the office.

When the event was over, I drank a very delicious glass of pinot and ate a gorgeous dessert and, most important, I fully enjoyed every last bite. Did I get sick from it? No, I stayed well and have been all week.

Although many of us may disagree, food is not an enemy. Food can be a tool, a resource or a source of pleasure–all of which are valid. It’s being conscious of which choice you make, and how often, that matters.

In the week before my event, I used my diet as a tool to support optimum health and function of my body. Avoiding the sugar and booze allowed my immune system to function at its best, fighting off all of the bugs that came its way before my busy weekend.

In the day leading up to the event, I used food as a resource, fueling my brain and body for eight hours of speaking and being on my feet.

The night after my event, I used food as a pure, unadulterated source of pleasure and celebration. Experiencing food in this way resulted in a boost to my serotonin levels and a charge to my immune system.

As we head into a Thanksgiving weekend full of food, booze and fun, I encourage you to eat consciously and with intent.

My intent will be to ENJOY!

Learn Why IV Therapy is Going Mainstream

15888120_sIV therapy, or the administration of vitamins and minerals intravenously, is becoming a popular treatment of the stars and touted as an anti-aging remedy and a cure for low energy.

It’s great to see the one of our favourite treatment tools getting more mainstream attention–from B-vitamins for energy, to IV vitamin C for cancer, to chelation for heart disease, this treatment tool gets a lot of use by our naturopathic doctors here in Collingwood.

As with everything, though, it also has its misconceptions. Join Dr. Tara, on Oct 9, 2013, at 7PM at StoneTree Clinic and discover the health benefits and amazing range of intravenous vitamin therapy for a variety of chronic and acute health complaints.

Call 705-444-5331 or email feelbetter@stonetreeclinic.com to RSVP.

Event Details

Is IV Therapy for Me?

October 9, 2013 7:00 pm
StoneTree Naturopathic Clinic
200-115 Hurontario Street,
Collingwood, ON, L9Y 2L9