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Mental Fitness Quartet

When I was a personal trainer, back when the mountains were cooling, I stressed four core areas of fitness: physical (obviously), social, emotional, and spiritual. Mental fitness is no different. Whether we live with a mood disorder/mental illness or not, there are steps we can take to better our days and lives. Medicine, in whatever… Keep Reading


Calling All Gardeners

Please submit your best gardening advice, images, and suggestions for our readers. It has been an unusual winter here on the Coast. My garden is full of blooms and hope. If you want to be a regular contributor, then use the “contribute” item in the menu. It is pretty self explanatory. We look forward to… Keep Reading


Food And Mood

It is a timeworn cliché that “you are what you eat.” But like most clichés, there is a kernel of truth, and recent studies are showing that diet can alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Further, this same research is beginning to show that healthy eating habits can actually prevent mental illness. Before… Keep Reading


Social Investment In B.C.

Canadians have been talking about health care spending for what seems like an eternity, and as such, it is an eye-glazing topic for most folks. Perhaps this is because a sense of fatalism has set in; no one can see a way in which we can make the system better with so many other spending… Keep Reading


Youth And Depression

A young friend asked me recently about the initial signs of depression. What are they? More importantly, he asked me about talking openly about the increasingly sad moods that are a part of his life. He is 19, in university, and is deathly afraid of the stigma that attends mental illness. Keep Reading


No farms, no beer

The clock is ticking for Persephone Brewing Co. after a panel of the Agricultural Land Commission gave the Sunshine Coast’s farm-based brewery two years to comply with provincial regulations, or halt operations. Persephone had hoped to get around a requirement that it grow at least 50 per cent of the raw material for its beer… Keep Reading


Ghee – The Secret Ingredient

Ghee has long been considered the healthiest source of fat in the Ayurvedic diet. It may offer many benefits, including promoting longevity and protection from various diseases. Ghee has been used for thousands of years as an Ayurvedic therapy. It has been used to: improve memory strengthen the nervous system lubricate connective tissues strengthen digestion… Keep Reading


Blues In The Key Of Winter

  As goes the Sun, so goes the mood. For some people, short dark winter days are a time of low energy and sad spirits. Virginia Woolf, who knew a bit about gloom, wrote: “Melancholy were the sounds on a winter’s night.” This seasonal dreariness can lead to productive introspection and creativity – or it… Keep Reading


Pet sounds

Humans are too good at thinking. We decide on emotional choices based on what seems rational; what makes sense; what is statistically likely. Sometimes we think ourselves into loops, or to places our hearts tell us are not quite right. This causes us to mistrust what our feelings tell us – to ignore good advice… Keep Reading


Clove and Coconut

It is a proven fact that well-blended purely sourced ingredients can help with our personal wellbeing. Watch this space to find out more.   Keep Reading

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