Friday, November 16, 2012

Health & Wellness Fair Maple Ridge 2012

The greenery-layden City of Maple Ridge  is nestled against the Coast mountains and a 45 minute drive east of downtown Vancouver. Maple Ridge has recently become known for hosting an array of festivals and community events including a blend of authentic rural activities.

This upcoming event is all about Health and Wellness! Mark your calendars and put it into your Smartphone. Come join us and  meet some of the local businesses.

Admission is cash or food donation to the Friends in Need Food bank. Let's be joyful givers - make a difference in our community and ensure that we meet the rapidly growing need for food assistance this holiday season. 

December is  generally the busiest time of the year and often the most difficult for many needy families. When we extend a hand of compassion, we join them in their suffering. You may want to extend your hand of contribution and financial aid because "No one has ever become poor by giving" (Anne Frank, Diary of Anne Frank).  Someone once said, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle"

Let's impact the City of Maple Ridge and our beautiful community by actively demonstrating kindness, meeting needs and impacting lives with love. 

I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions that you may you.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Vancouver Health Show

The 22nd Annual Vancouver Health Show was in full swing today. The health show provides healthy living, healthy body and great family ideas. My first stop was booth #216 Carrotlines!  "Make Healthier Choices Faster" The First Canadian iPhone App to help shoppers make healthy choices. 

Do you detest shopping because it takes forever to read and interpret the nutritional content on the label? Would you like to cut your shopping time so you can accomplish more during the day? Carrotlines has put the JOY back into shopping with this amazing innovative app. It has an average of 10 ratings!  Scan and go with Carrotlines today!

A warm thank you to everyone at Carrotlines. I was honored to be your special guest. For More Information

Enter the Carrotlines Giveaway and win some prizes! Shop early for the holidays, pick-up a copy of Gloria Tsang's book tomorrow and give the gift of health this Christmas. Gloria is an accomplished nutrition expert, committed to helping people lead a healthier lifestyle. Don't leave without sampling my favorite Gluten-Free Gourmet Crisps by Martin's Marvelous. You'll be so glad you did.  

Gloria Tsang, RD

Some of today's presentations and keynote speakers included:

Inflammation Management: A Natural Food Based Approach

Presenter: Lisa Kilgour - Genuine Health
Lisa Kilgour, RHN voted BC's favourite Nutritionist specializes in digestion and inflammation. She is also on the Nutrition Team at InspireHealth, Canada's only government-funded integrative Cancer Care Centre. Her outspoken, sometimes controversial views has made her a prominent and authoritative speaker in Canada.

Gluten Intolerance? Now What?

Presenter: RoseMarie guides you on a path to optimal, gluten-free nutrition. She creates a "natural prescription" to support the digestive and nutritional needs of people with gluten intolerance. From digestive enzymes to protein smoothies. RoseMarie's gluten-free healthy living program gives you the nutritional tools you need to be and feel well every day. 

The Impressive line-up of Speakers for Sunday, November 11, 2012 include: Click Here Some of the topics: Making Sense Of Women's Health & Get Fit, Stay Fit: 4 Week To A New You! Get there early, you don't want to miss a thing.

Some Other Exhibitors Included:  The Exhibits highlight food preparation ideas, fitness, mind and body wellness, beauty products, lifestyle, supplements, alternative therapies and more. Enjoy free samples, testers and seminars featured throughout the day. 

So if you missed The Vancouver Health Show today, swing-on by tomorrow!  Call up some friends or take your loved one. More great pictures from today's HealthShow

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Feeling Healthy, Being Alive!

Clive Langton, Director of RawBC

The increasing interest in health information, prevention and knowledge continues to grow in the Maple Ridge community. Individuals are looking for more ways to achieve the best possible level of health and well-being and last night's attendance was evidence of that. The interest in healthy living and the raw food lifestyle is on the rise and it is exciting. We can all feel healthier and  more alive by introducing great tasting raw foods to our diet.

A heartfelt thank you to Clive Langton, Director of RawBC for the educational, and entertaining evening. Clive inspired us as he shared his own personal journey. His presentation exuded passion, enthusiasm and a nice dose of humor which I always appreciate and enjoy. 

A shout out to Maple Ridge Naturopathic Clinic for organizing and hosting the event. Dr. Jason Hughes a Naturopathic doctor, clinical supervisor and teacher at the Boucher Institute Of Naturopathic Medicine launched the evening with a brief informative presentation on "cell" function. His teaching abilities are quite evident.

Dr. J. Hughes, Gina Huges

Gina K Hughes a Raw Food Chef and real food mentor made delicious treats for everyone to sample. People's facial expressions painted a thousand words as they bit into the raw treats. I glanced over my shoulder and noticed a woman who had just bitten gingerly into the raw vegan dessert ball. Her eyebrows rounded, a grin began to form and then she lifted her head in amazement "It doesn't taste vegan, raw or healthy! she replied. 

Gina K. Hughes will also be hosting the Golden Ears Raw Food meetup once a month in Maple Ridge. Gina's passion is to support you through your raw food journey and to cheer you on into great health. More details will follow with location and time.

Special thanks to Roots Natural Organic Foods for donating the lovely door prizes. Roots continues to be an active participant in promoting health in the community of Maple Ridge. They are exceptional!

Louella & Me
Overall, it was a wonderful educational community event. I foresee many more in 2013.  Staying healthy together!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Immune Boosting Foods & Nutrients

As autumn progresses and winter approaches staying positive and optimistic can be a challenge. Do waves of disappointment sweep over you? 

Maintaining health this time of year doesn't have to be a losing battle. Keeping your body healthy and in "harmony" during the seasonal transition is possible.

The much dreaded flu and cold season is upon us. So, how can you bolster your defenses against these lurking invaders?  

A strong immune response is crucial to protect the body against disease and illness. Here are some immune boosting foods & nutrients to fight off those "pesky" bugs.

Onion & Garlic: When combined these flavorful healers contain numerous antiseptic and immune boosting properties. Garlic, this potent onion relative contains the active ingredient allicin, which fights infection and bacteria. 

Yogurt: The "live active cultures" found in yogurt, are healthy bacteria that keep the gut and intestinal tract free of disease-causing germs. Studies show that eating a cup of low-fat yogurt each day can reduce your susceptibility to colds by 25 percent. 

Honey: Honey has numerous medicinal properties and is a natural way to soothe sore throats. It also has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria and fungi.

Fish: Salmon, mackerel, and herring are rich in omega-3 fats,which reduce inflammation, increasing airflow and protecting lungs from colds and respiratory infections.

Bone Broth: My Mama and Nonna/Grandma know best and they were right. Home made soup is one of the greatest remedies to strengthen your immune and  most importantly the digestive system.  Use pasture raised beef or chicken and to Increase soup's immune-boosting power add some onions and garlic.

Mushrooms: Studies show that mushrooms increase the production and activity of white blood cells, making them more aggressive. Shiitake, maitake, and reishi mushrooms appear to pack the biggest immunity punch

Green Tea: Polyphenols, potent plant antioxidants, is what gives green tea its immune-boosting effects. So drink up!  

Vitamin D: Laboratory studies indicate that the nutrient may help immune cells identify and destroy bacteria and viruses that make us sick. An immune-booster must!

Vitamin C: Is a powerful antioxidant that protects against infection and enhances immunity. Vitamin C works by increasing the production of white blood cells. 

Probiotic: While yogurt is a good source of probiotics, I highly recommend an additional high potency multi-strain probiotic supplement. Probiotics support the immune system,balance the intestinal environment and inhibit the growth of pathogenic organisms. 

"Stay committed to your goal of maintaining a healthy lifestyle this Fall. Until one is committed, there is hesitancy"

Don't fall back into bad habits, fall into health! Stay Active, Eat Well & Take To Relax!