Category Archives: Healthy Lifestyle

Lavender Festival 2018

Spent the day in Niagara-on-the-Lake at the Neob Lavender Festival learning all about the many uses of lavender from essential oils, to perfumes, to soaps, insect repellents and even in cooking.

In aromatherapy, lavender oil has long been used for it’s relaxing and calming effect on the nervous system. It helps to relieve stress and anxiety and promote sleep.

Can’t wait to try out all the lavender infused goodies I bought at the festival! 💜

Turns out the “stress” from labour is beneficial for the baby because it helps with lung maturation, improved sense of smell (important for breastfeeding), decreased obesity and higher cognitive function. Contractions are good for the baby!

Stress Deprivation in the Perinatal Period


Boost Your Immunity With This TCM-Inspired Bone Broth

Boost Your Immunity With This TCM-Inspired Bone Broth:


Eliminate Food Waste

Doing my part to #eliminatefoodwaste Over the past few weeks, I saved and froze food scraps and used them to make a delicious vegetable soup broth. I saved all the peels, skins, and unedible parts of Brussels sprouts, carrots, zucchini, potatoes, squash, beets, onions, mushrooms, peppers, lemons – all the food that I would have put in the organic waste bin. Instead of letting them go to waste I simmered them over the stove for a few hours and the end result was a hearty, flavourful vegetable soup. Perfect for these cold winter days.
Thank you to @alivehealth for the wonderful idea.
95% of the food we throw away ends up in landfills. By managing food sustainably and reducing waste, we can help businesses and consumers save money, provide a bridge in our communities for those who do not have enough to eat, and conserve resources for future generations.

Try it out! It’s super easy. Post pics of your soups, so I can see them 🍜Good Luck!



Chocolate-Tahini and Ginger Sandwich Cookies

This wholesome ode to the packaged cream pie cookie combines a very grown-up flavour combination of warming spices, molasses, chocolate, and sesame. Vegan, unprocessed, and free of added refined sugars, it’s a nostalgic tribute that still feels like a treat. Molasses keeps the cookies chewy for a few days.


Use white chocolate instead of dark for a sweet, caramelized flavour that marries beautifully with ginger and tahini. And, if it’s handy, a grating of orange zest in the filling is tasty in both dark and white chocolate versions.

Each serving contains: 249 calories; 4 g protein; 13 g total fat (9 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 32 g total carbohydrates (11 g sugars, 4 g fibre); 239 mg sodium

Source: A New Kind of Healthy

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Fall is all about the PUMPKIN!

Check out these 7 healthy pumpkin recipes. We just can’t get enough!

Sugar-Free, Healthy Banana Bread Recipe!

Enjoy a healthy on-the-go snack with this sugar-free banana bread recipe

Enjoy a healthy on-the-go snack with this sugar-free banana bread recipe

As a non-baker, I was intimidated at the thought of making banana bread. Once I started doing some research I realized that it is a relatively easy recipe and that I already had most of the ingredients in my kitchen. Aside from being easy to make the only other requirement was that it needed to be sugar-free. I found this wonderful recipe online and used honey instead of sugar, almond milk instead of cow’s milk and whole wheat flour instead of white flour. The recipe also allows for other variations such as maple syrup and water (to make it dairy-free). I would think you could also add spelt flour, quinoa flour or even kamut. Check out this link and let me know what you think!

Healthy Banana Bread!


Top 3 Ways to Prevent Colds and The Flu This Winter

The “Flu” is NOT a season… Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall are seasons…Flu

This time of year we hear constant advertisements on the radio and T.V about how to prepare for “Flu Season” by getting a flu shot. Unfortunately, if you read the news you will learn the flu vaccine “offers most people virtually no protection against the strain that’s causing the lion’s share of the illness this year, H3N2” (Read HERE for complete article). The good news is that there are many other things you can do to stay healthy this Winter and prevent any cold or flus!

The Top 3 Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu:

1. Frequent Hand Washing – you must wash your hands a minimum of 5 times per day in order to prevent spreading viruses to yourself and others.
2. Adequate sleep – you need a minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep per night to keep your body’s defense systems strong enough to combat anything you come in contact with. A tired, depleted body is vulnerable to catching colds and will require a longer recovery time.
3. Moderate Exercise30 minutes per day of moderate exercise will boost your immune system. Examples of moderate exercise you can do in the Winter include: joining a mall walking club, aquafit at a community pool, joining a gym or attending a fitness class.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a fantastic way to naturally boost your immune system. Plus, you get the added bonus of increased energy, elevated moods, better quality sleep, better digestion, reduced stress and increased mental clarity. Call to book an appointment: 647.299.4631 or book online


Natural Health Preservation – How to Stay Healthy In The Modern World

With a few quick Google searches online anyone can access a multitude of health resources from all around the world. On one hand, this can be seen as a good thing – patients can do their own research, become informed about their own bodies and use this information to guide their health own practices. On the other hand, the sheer volume of information available can be overwhelming and confusing, especially when you come across contradictory viewpoints. So, what are you supposed to do? Who do you listen to? Yourself of course! You are an expert on your own body and it’s talking to you. All you have to do is LISTEN!
Your body is constantly giving you feedback on a daily basis. Listening to your body requires simple self-observation. For example, start by taking note of how you feel when you wake up in the morning. Do you feel refreshed and ready to start your day? Or tired and unrested despite sleeping a full 8 hours? Ask yourself if there was a new food that your ate during the day, if you had an argument with a spouse, if you are overthinking about a deadline at work or even if you woke up during the night to urinate. Did you notice any other issues occurring at the same time such as a headache, abdominal bloating or pain? Identifying patterns is the first step in getting to know your body. Anytime something is “off” (physically, mentally or emotionally) there is usually a connection to another aspect of your overall health that is affected as well.
When it comes to your health, the small things you do on a daily basis have the biggest impact on your overall health. Much like treating yourself to a piece of birthday cake at a party will not make you ill, eating an occasional salad for lunch will not make you healthy. Health is a lifestyle and being healthy is a conscious choice. Even someone diagnosed with a chronic disease can live a healthy lifestyle. Health is not an exclusive, unattainable “members only” club. You deserve to be healthy and in order to achieve optimal health you must be willing to make positive, permanent changes in all facets of your life. Once you start feeling great you’ll wonder how you ever made it through the day before.
Healthy lifestyle behaviors are common sense, but not common practice. Proper diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep and stress management are all factors that are 100% within our control. Why do we have such a hard time applying these behavior modifications to our everyday lives?
Being “busy” is one of the most common reasons people are resistant to making healthy changes in their lives. Preparing a nutrient-dense, healthy, fresh meal may take an hour, while the drive-through only takes a few minutes. Going for a walk in the evening would be a great way to get your cardiovascular system pumping, but that would take time away from binge-watching your favourite TV show on Netflix. In an era of instant messaging, fast-food and high-speed internet it’s no wonder we expect immediate results after beginning a new health regime. For this reason, making small, attainable weekly goals will help you develop healthy habits that you will be able to maintain long-term. For example, if you drink coffee or tea try not adding sugar for one week. Once you’ve accomplished that move onto another goal such as switching to whole grain bread, taking a 20 minute walk on your lunch break or meditating 5 minutes every day. These small changes may seem insignificant on their own, but combined together have a very powerful effect. And believe it or not, the healthier you are the more productive and efficient you will be which will make you less busy. It’s a win-win!
The power to achieve ideal optimal health starts with you. So it begs the question – what do you choose?
Amanda Barone is an Acupuncturist and Kinesiologist and has been helping the Vaughan community achieve greater levels of health since 2010. Amanda educates her patients on the importance of making their health a priority and believes a strong practitioner-patient relationship is the key to getting outstanding, long-lasting treatment results. She believes in the body’s self-healing capacity and uses acupuncture and exercise therapy in order to facilitate the process. For more information visit her website: