By Dr. Alexia Georgousis ND I used to believe resiliency was related to my ability to recover quickly, to be less sensitive and to push through suffering. However, over the years I have come to realize my interpretation couldn’t be further from the truth. Resiliency is an expansive softening – more fluid vs elastic. I believe the experience of stress does change us, it needs to change us and hopefully for the better. We are not rubber bands returning to the same level of elasticity after being stretched. Rather, we are multidimensional beings with a nervous system highly linked to how we live and experience the world. Trying to be like a rubber band is a pathway to collapse because with repeated stretching, the elastic weakens and eventually breaks. There is no flow or value to the experience of being stretched when we act as rubber bands. And this is what happens when we expect ourselves to snap back to our original “shape” after stressful experiences. […]
Dear clients, customers, and Annex community . With the New Year comes a new chapter for Innate. We have closed our Annex location and will be focusing on clinical operations in High Park. We are sad to say goodbye to our beautiful space in the Annex but feel certain that this change in focus will help serve our clients best! . We want to extend a heart-felt thanks to all of our Annex community, clients, and customers for your support over the last five years and welcome you to visit us in High Park. . . See you soon! Kathleen & Angelina
By: Dr. Keara Taylor, Naturopathic Doctor Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is a treatment used to correct hormonal imbalances that can occur through the different phases of life; from menstruation to perimenopause to menopause. Symptoms of a hormone imbalance include: […]
By Dr. Kathleen Regan, Naturopathic Doctor We are coming up to that time of year, the dreaded cold & flu season! Staying healthy can be simpler than you think with a few small lifestyle changes. […]
By: Geraldine Del Monaco, Energy Healer & Intuitive Practitioner Anxious feelings are normal and expected during times of transition or change. This is especially true for children and teens going back to school, or for first-timers starting kindergarten. This transition can be stressful and disruptive for the entire family! Prior to the first day of school, your anxious child may cling, cry, have temper tantrums, complain of headaches or stomach pains, withdraw, and become sullen or irritable. Worries are common. Anxious children and teens worry about many different school-related issues, such as teachers, friends, fitting in, and/or being away from their parents. Also as parents, we often have high expectation and when they are not met, we can unconsciously transmit our frustration to our kids. The following are a list of physical and emotional signs of anxiety that parents can watch for: […]
Q&A with Dr. Keara Taylor Dr. Keara is joining the Innate Wellness Team in High Park. She is a High Park local and a new mom with a general family practice. She will be taking over Dr. Regan’s maternity leave and staying on to build her practice at Innate. Learn more about her style of practice! […]
By Dr. Jonathan Cartile, DC There are many confusing ideas around physical fitness & health. These are the 4 most common misconceptions that come up in my chiropractic practice. Myth #1 – Sit ups and crunches are needed for strong abdominal muscles. Research from the U.S military has shown an increase in lumbar disc injury from regular abdominal crunches and sit ups. They have changed their basic training regime to cut out the more traditional abdominal exercises for plank and core exercises. The Canadian military and U.S navy are also following suit to reduce injury. […]
By Lindsey Danisch, Registered Social Worker With fall upon us and the busy holiday season right around the corner, it’s easy to put your self-care routines aside to focus on everyone else’s needs. Between holiday parties, hosting friends and family, birthday parties, play dates, and school/work functions, your schedule is maxed out! So, I write to remind you to give yourself the gift of continued self-care this fall. The same way you schedule meetings, appointments, dates, and car maintenance, you need to schedule in time for your physical and mental health. I know it might feel like it’s “just one more thing” in your schedule, but believe me, it’s worth it (and your body and mind will thank you). It’s also an important time of year to both delegate and practice the art of saying “no” to requests. Perhaps your partner can do the Halloween costume shopping or buy ready-made treats, decline a social function, or do not offer to host something if you don’t want to. Self-care brainstorm: weekly bath, book club, dinner with a friend, massage, yoga, continue to go to the gym, walk your dog, indoor swimming, knit, stretch, meditate, bake something yummy, lift weights, acupuncture or make a therapy appointment. Go head and pull out your calendar- and plug in some self-care for the month! I promise, you won't regret it.
By Brittany Darrah, CNP In the heat of summer I often want to plunge into the freezer and dig out a treat to help me cool down. For that reason, I created these cooling cacao mint protein balls--they are extremely easy to make and melt in your mouth! Being stored in the freezer, these can be enjoyed in small portions throughout the summer whenever an ice cream or chocolate craving hits; they satisfy and deliver a healthy combination of nutrients, fat, protein, and fibre. Please note that different protein powders will affect this recipe, for that reason I recommend using Vanilla Raw Vegan Protein by Garden of Life for the best results. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cup of oats 1/2 cup of vanilla raw vegan protein powder by Garden of Life 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter 1/3 cup pure maple syrup 3 tbsp. coconut milk 1/3 cup raw cacao 1/2 - 1 tsp. mint extract METHOD In a food processor, blend oats until you get a fine powder. Add protein powder, salt, sunflower seed butter, pure maple syrup, coconut milk, cacao, and 1/2-1 tsp mint extract to taste (this amount will slightly vary). Put mixture in fridge for approx. 30 mins to let harden. Take mixture out of fridge, scoop with a teaspoon, roll into balls and place on a baking sheet. Allow balls to set in freezer for approx. 1 hour, remove, and store in a ziplock bag in the freezer. These balls soften quickly and don't completely freeze.