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Pumpkin nut butter recipe

Did you know that pumpkin is for more than just pumpkin pie, and is also healthy for you? Rich in fibre, it can support a healthy digestive system, help balance your blood sugars, and even contribute to healthy weight maintenance. It is rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene to help fight cancer cells, treat and prevent eye disease, and support healthy, youthful skin. The vitamin C and vitamin A can also boost your immune power. It even has more potassium than a banana.

Pumpkin Nut Butter
I chose cashews and sunflower seeds here, but you can choose other nuts and seeds, if you like.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can of pureed pumpkin (make sure you choose a BPA-free can brand)
  2. 1 cup cashews
  3. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  4. 1-2 Tbsp honey (to your taste)
  5. 1 /2 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. I use a Vitamix, but you could use another high powered blender or food processor. Blend nuts into a powder. Then add other ingredients and mix until smooth.
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC http://www.activetcm.com/
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Throwback Thursday for Health Tips

24 Hours logoOf course I know that Throwback Thursday is supposed to happen on a Thursday, not a Friday, but I’m not throwing back that far…just to last month. I was away in September, so didn’t post my September 24 Hours articles that I had written in advance of my holidays. Here they are now.

Need help with your memory, concentration, and focus? Here are some tips. Boost memory with acupuncture, ginseng.

Support your immune system with sleep, exercise, food, and TCM. Learn more here: Sleep to fight off colds.

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Important October Day–24 Hours article

24 Hours logoDid you know that October 24th is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day? I had fun writing the details about how a reporter’s acute appendicitis in 1971 helped bring awareness of the benefits of acupuncture to North America, not long before China re-opened its doors to the Western world. To read more about this, check out my article in 24 Hours Vancouver titled, “Needles hit the spot for pain.” 

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October is Healthy Workplace Month

24 Hours logoHealthy lunch ‘n learn lectures, sleeping at the workplace, healthy food, walking meetings, and acupuncture at your work are all ways that we suggest you keep you and your colleagues healthy, not just during Healthy Workplace Month, but year-round. Check it out here in my 24 Hours Vancouver article: Workplace Health Needs Team Effort.

If you want acupuncture or healthy workplace lectures at your place of work, check out my mobile acupuncture business Active Life Mobile Acupuncture.

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Beat the Heat–24 Hours Vancouver

Though summer is winding down, the weather report in Vancouver still calls for a rise in temperature again next week, so here are some reminder tips about how to stay cool and also how to manage insect stings. Beat the heat — don’t let it beat you _ Vancouver 24 hrs

Rock Doc tentI wrote this article when I volunteered with RockDoc for the Pemberton Music Festival. As the day approached, I realized that my usual event treatments were always sporting ones. What would I do at a concert festival? Conventional medicine is strong for emergency care. What could I offer with my acupuncture needles?

My role was to do triage as patients entered our tent. We saw lots of foot blisters, hangover headaches, and drug reactions, but also a few strains and sprains. What was great was that the team there (all conventional care providers–nurses, MDs, medical students, emergency responders) were happy to see me pull out my bag of needles boxes. 

Even though many of them had worked 4 long days with very little sleep, RockDoc’s team of volunteers were a well-oiled machine, remembering that they were there to offer their knowledge and skills, but not forgetting that their caring words, touch, and manner were just as important.

ankle sprain acupuncture

 

Pemberton Music Festival

 

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Mango recipes: Mango Lassi and Mango Millet Salad

Yum! Mangoes. 

Mangoes have been called one of the most consumed fruits of the world. And no wonder. They are delicious–that’s why I’ve needed to include not my usual one, but two, recipes this month. They also have many health benefits. Rich in beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, they help treat and prevent eye disease, asthma, and cancer, while their fibre supports digestive and heart health. But don’t eat too many, as they create Heat in the body and can aggravate mouth ulcers.

Mango Millet Salad
Serves 4
This recipe was originally called Easy Mango Millet Salad, and it is indeed easy to make. Millet has not enjoyed the same popularity as its grain relatives wheat or rice, but it is a gluten-free grain that you should keep on hand. It's easy to cook, has a beautiful soft texture (my husband recently had dental work done and was grateful for that characteristic!), and takes on the flavour of whatever you add to it.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup millet
  2. 1 large mango, sliced into ½ inch pieces lengthwise (or just generally chopped into chunks, as I did)
  3. 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  4. 1 cup of your choice of vegetable (I used broccoli and cauliflower, but the original recipe used onions and peppers)
  5. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  6. 2 tsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  7. 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  8. pinch ground cardamom
  9. pinch fresh orange zest
  10. sea salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook millet on the stove top according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cooked millet, mango and veggies.
  3. In a small bowl, combine oil, orange juice, vinegar, cardamom, orange zest, sea salt and pepper. Drizzle over millet mixture and serve immediately.
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC http://www.activetcm.com/
Mango Lassi
Serves 4
Some would have an ice cold beer to cool down. Though I may have used a beer glass, I prefer this mango lassi as a great way to cool down spicy foods. I don't eat much hot spicy stuff--some would say I don't eat spicy at all, as my version of hot is very, very mild to most-- and I rarely have dairy, but I do enjoy this drink from time to time.
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Ingredients
  1. 454 mL container plain organic yogurt (oops! I originally had typo'd "yoga")
  2. 1/2 cup plain almond, coconut or rice milk
  3. 3 fresh ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped
  4. 1 ice cube
  5. 1 Tbsp honey
  6. 1 tsp peeled and grated ginger root, pulp only
  7. 1/4 tsp cardamom
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.
Adapted from Modified from Irene McGuinness at Alive Magazine
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC http://www.activetcm.com/

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Iyengar, Yoga, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

24 Hours logoI am a relatively new student of yoga, under four years, and I had known only very fundamental knowledge about BKS Iyengar. I knew that he was one of yoga’s most important and well-known teachers, having brought yoga to the West, and I knew that he recommended the use of props to assist safe practice. 

This man was a great teacher and a passionate and dedicated yogi who could still do inversions into his 90s. He died at age 95, but his legacy lives on, and as I researched about his life and his teachings, I came to realize that there are many similarities to TCM. For that article, click here: Yoga slows chatter of the mind _ Vancouver 24 hrs

SUP Yoga BKS Iyengar quote

SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga, me in front, my teacher in back.

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More to concussion relief than dark rooms

24 Hours logoConcussions are more than simple bumps on the head, and can result in much more than just a few headaches. Rest is the first prescription, but there are many more things that can be done. After seeing a report on the news recently about one of our CFL players and his lawsuit prompted by his concussions, I wrote this article for 24 Hours Vancouver. Read more by clicking here.

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Blueberry Lavender Mousse

Blueberry Lavender Pudding
A healthy dessert that will help you chill down, use up some of the fresh local berries now available, and bring you a calm energy.
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups fresh blueberries
  2. 1 spring fresh lavender
  3. 3 Tbsp honey (or agave nectar)
Instructions
  1. Blend all together into a liquid.
  2. Pour into a serving bowl and chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Simple as that.
  4. Yum!
Notes
  1. Studies have shown that blueberries can improve cognitive function, slow cognitive decline, and help protect the brain!
  2. Feeling smart and want more info on the brain health benefits of blueberries? Check out this link: http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/feb2008_Maintaining-Youthful-Cognitive-Function-With-Blueberries_01.htm
Acupuncture, TCM, natural health, Vancouver, BC http://www.activetcm.com/
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Coffee is only a crutch

24 Hours logoSummer is a great time for lots of activities — with every weekend seemingly filled with promises of road trips, hikes, outdoor gatherings and more. It seems like a good idea in the planning stage, but sometimes we don’t feel we will have enough energy to make it all happen. Boost up your reserves so that you don’t need to suffer through or bail out on the good times.

For more, click here for a PDF of my article in 24 Hours Vancouver .

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