Mental fuel for your day through physical workout


How do you get fired up for the start of your day? Now that spring has finally arrived (spring are you listening?), there are plenty of opportunities to engage in indoor and outdoor physical activities whether on your own, with friends or your family. Even with a tight schedule getting kids off to school, and…

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Back to writing


It seems like ages ago since I last wrote in this blog…because it really has been! In this time, I have become a full time self-employed Chinese medicine practitioner with a growing family of three children, two senior dogs, and a husband who is also self-employed. There’s never a dull moment and life is certainly…

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Happy Year of the Goat 2015!


The Lunar New Year of the Yin Wood Goat has arrived, and along with it, some confusion as to whether it should be referred to as the Year of the Goat/ Sheep/ Ram. The Chinese characters for goat, sheep, ram, and antelope all include the  羊 yang character: e.g. sheep (绵羊), goat (山羊), ram/buck (公羊…

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Vegan Shepherd’s Pie


This Shepherd’s Pie will not only delight the senses but warm your insides, and is the perfect comfort food to share with friends and family. It can also easily be adapted for children’s tastes as well. If you’re willing to spend just a bit of time the night before prepping the ingredients (e.g. chop veggies;…

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Celebrating Thanskgiving: Being thankful for the family we create


Whether you have one or many people in your life, the people we choose to make our ‘family’, create a special bond that give meaning to our lives. So on this day of giving thanks, let us make time to honour those we care about and show them our appreciation and love.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum: The silent suffering of a few special mamas-to-be


Hyperemesis gravidarum: ever heard of it? It wasn’t until Kate Middleton’s first pregnancy was announced that I felt that the general public became more aware of this very serious illness. I too suffered this debilitating condition that left me unable to work, care for my kids, or do even menial jobs for the first five…

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Solving the Mystery of Your Health Concerns with Chinese Medicine


  Are you SICK, yet don’t know WHY? Are you currently suffering from a physical or mental ailment that you are having difficulty resolving? Is the cause unexplainable according to western medicine? Are you interested in understanding how Chinese medicine can help you? As a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (R.TCMP) and acupuncturist (R.Ac), my…

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The Legend of the Sesame Seed and Immortality


  Black Sesame Seed / Hei Zhi Ma,  Image credit The Legend of the Sesame Seed and Immortality There is an ancient Chinese legend from the Qing dynasty that pays tribute to the importance of sesame seeds in one’s diet. It is said that during this time, a governor was sent to Yin Tai, a…

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The “Be Inspired Weekly” Writing Challenge #24


Originally posted on aka The Versatile:
Greetings! The Be Inspired Weekly is back again! I would like to apologize to all the participants for my late reply as I am too down with work, but don’t worry guys, I have already read your poems and feel so nice after reading each of those, as each…

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