FREE SEMINAR: The Transformative Power of Mushrooms – From Our Earth to Your Health

Join us for a lecture on the complex relationship between mushroom mycelium and our multifaceted world. Myco-remediation of toxic earth, Myco-filtration of contaminated water, and Myco-agricultural practices that invigorate soils are all methods of utilizing these often overlooked mushroom root structures to positively impact our environment. We will also present how new studies show that mycelium can support honeybees in their fight against the devastation of colony collapse disorder.

Finally, we will discuss the astounding health benefits of different mushroom species to support balanced immunity, breathing, cardiovascular health, digestion, and brain and nerve function. Learn which mycological allies can best support your unique needs!

About Jerry Angelini, MS, LRC, LMT:

Jerry is an integrative practitioner and Education Director for Host Defense Organic Mushrooms. Jerry draws from over 30 years of experience and training in various modalities including Western Psychotherapy, Planetary Herbalism, Clinical Aromatherapy, NeuroMuscular Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, Qi Gong and Tui Na. Jerry has taught classes and given scholastic and informational lectures for over 20 years.

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Stress-less Holiday Shopping Guides

We want to make your Holiday Shopping as simple as we possibly can!

We have put together a few gift guides featuring amazing products with even better deals to help you enjoy the holidays stress-free this year :).

Got some stockings to fill this year? Check out our Stocking Suffer Ideas!

Got a Secret Santa coming up?! Here are some really amazing Gifts under $25 to help you find that perfect gift for the perfect price!

Got someone in your life that’s doing a Ketogenic Diet this Christmas season? WELL, look no further!

Life Hacks For a Healthier You with Dr. Frank Silva, N.D.

Anxiety, emotional shifts, moodiness, stress, depression… it’s not all in your head.

Join Dr. Frank Silva to learn about the connection between sleep, digestion, and strong immunity and how to bring about and maintain this delicate balance.

Find out about key ingredients that contribute to optimal nutrient absorption, reduced inflammation, and improved digestive and emotional well-being, to help keep your body happy and spirits up all year round.

 

About our speaker:

Dr. Frank Silva is a Naturopathic Doctor, author, and speaker. He regularly appears on television and radio as a healthy expert and is an incredible wealth of knowledge when it comes to digestive health and complex chronic diseases. We thoroughly enjoy learning from Dr. Silva whenever we get the chance and we know you will too!! 🙂

 

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The 4 R’s to a Flat Stomach and Optimal Gut Health

Join us with Mandy King, registered Holistic Nutritionist and Founder of HEAL for this FREE seminar!

At the seminar, you will learn…

– The #1 reason you have problems digesting certain foods, plus a simple fix to help!
– The important fact you’re missing about heartburn
– The method nutritionists use for identifying food sensitivities and how you can do it at home
– The most important foods, nutrients and supplements for a healthy microbiome

Mandy will be at Health Essentials on Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00pm. Space is limited so save your spot now by clicking here or following the Eventbrite link below.

Mushroom Mysteries with Yarrow Willard

Unlocking the power of health found in the fungal kingdom!

Join Herbalist Yarrow Willard as he unravels the science, folklore and practical uses of mushrooms as food and medicine. This informative full day intensive will take you deep into the mycelial layer of the world, where you will learn where these fungi grow and how to identify and process over a dozen edible and medicinal mushrooms. There will be both an in class and in the forest portion to this workshop, where Yarrow will share his experience and insight from a lifetime of studying, harvesting, and working commercially and clinically with these fungal allies.

This class will be packed with content so bring a notebook, suitable outdoor clothes, a lunch and a willingness to learn all about the amazing world of Mushrooms. 🙂

The price of this event is $50 if you pay before the end of October 6th, 2018 and $60 thereafter.

Please buy tickets through EventBrite here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mushroom-mysteries-medicine-workshop-w-yarrow-willard-clh-tickets-49974961455

Lynn’s Perfect Soft Chocolate Chip Keto Cookies

Lynn's Perfect Keto Cookies Recipe

Soft and Chewy Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies:

These keto cookies are a piece of cake to make.  I take the easy route and mix all ingredients together (minus the chocolate chips) and blend.  Once everything is mixed stir in your choclate chips, spoon into balls and bake.

Include the collagen if you’re looking for a higher protein option and elimitimate the sour cream if you prefer a dairy-free cookie.  The sour cream makes these super soft.  If you’re going for the dairy, the cookies don’t brown and may not seem ready but they are!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup collagen protein powder (optional- a nice option to increase protein)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup melted butter, coconut oil or ghee for a richer flavour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (eliminate with no substitute for a dairy-free option) 
  • 1/4 cup low carb sweetener – monk fruit (SugarLike and Lakanto are both great)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt 
  • 1/2 cup Lily’s sugar-free chocolate chip cookies 
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºC.
2. Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in one bowl using an electric mixer.
3. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Spoon onto a cookie sheet and roll into balls, gently press down into the baking sheet to flatten.
5. Bake for 15 minutes to 20 minutes depending on cookie size.
6. Let cool and enjoy!

perfect chocolate keto cookies

For more information on the keto diet, check out this article that explains what ketogenic, ketosis, and ketone’s are.

Becoming a Carnivore, by Kelly Hamilton, C.H.N.

Becoming a Carnivore

by Kelly Hamilton, C.H.N.

This is my personal account of how a zero-carb, meat-based, full-on-carnivore diet has changed my life. In less than a month.

I’d like to start off by saying that I am by no means a doctor, therefore I am incapable of diagnosing anyone with anything, nor recommending any sort of diet protocol to help fix anyone that’s dealing with… anything. I am merely a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, who knows a thing or two about quality food, and has done years of experimenting with nutrition. 

WHY I STARTED.

To really get things going, I will list the myriad of symptoms that I have been dealing with over the last five or six years or so.  Some intermittent, and some persisting the entire time, or even my entire life.

  • Bloating – like legit “6-month pregnant” style after every meal
  • Intestinal bleeding (that showed up in my stool on and off for a few years)
  • Itchy skin
  • Chronically dry and very itchy, scabby scalp that resembled psoriasis
  • Fatigue/low energy
  • Seasonal allergies (came on around 5 years ago or so, bad enough to make me HATE the spring)
  • Hormonal issues that included: amenorrhea (no menstrual cycle for two years) and then severe dysmenorrhea (extremely painful, VERY long, and awful menstrual periods – safe to say I made up for the lost time)
  • Cystic back acne
  • Weight fluctuations and a particularly hard time losing weight despite efforts
  • Mood imbalance
  • Mild depression/anxiety

Basically, I felt as though I was a train wreck. I tried a host of different approaches to solve many of the problems. I followed a strict ketogenic (high fat low carb) diet, a cyclic ketogenic diet, a simply high fat diet, water fasting, bone broth fasting, taking ALL of the supplements, playing around with different shampoos, cutting out random food groups, a strict elimination diet free of all allergens – each trial with very little success to be perfectly honest. (Although, the high saturated fat, which remained a staple throughout the last 4 years brought my period back initially, so I will give credit here where credit is due.)

And then a coworker told me about a podcast they had listened to with a girl who had cured some far more serious chronic health problems by going full carnivore. It sounded crazy enough, thus, I decided to give it a go.

THE MIRACLE CARNIVORE DIET.

I concluded that my carnivore diet would now consist of: quality, locally sourced meat, cooked in only butter, and Himalayan pink salt. Oh, also herbal tea, and organic coffee.

The following is a chronology of what took place next. It’s not all nice, but it’s all real. 😐

I had been doing a ketogenic diet prior to this for about two months, with less than 30g of carbs, so I suspected the adjustment would be seamless. Let me tell you, it was not.

Day 1-2:

The first two days, I felt pretty ok other than my still prevalent seasonal allergies.  My bowel movements were weird and less “together” than usual but I was feeling alright.

Day 3:

By the third day, I was dragging my butt. My bowel movements were now (*disclaimer* TMI) straight water and bile, needed the bathroom ASAP, and there were multiple per day. #fun On top of this, my entire body felt as though I had the flu – deeply achy muscles, and my lower back/sacral area hurt so bad I could barely walk. My head was foggy and I felt like concentrating on anything was impossible. I was sweating so bad at night that I had to get up and change a couple times. I started napping a lot, which is very unlike me.

Day 4-6:

These symptoms persisted for a few more days, which sounds like enough to make a person up and quit. However, what also happened by day 4 is that my severe seasonal allergy symptoms mostly cleared up. My back that had been riddled with zits, was clear for the first time in, like, years, my joints felt much more mobile, like they’d been so inflamed for so long I hadn’t known the difference. My mood felt more stable, and I had less anxious thoughts. I also dropped almost 5lbs by day six (likely water retention and inflammation, but still, it felt good). The itchy scalp “psoriasis” had vanished, which might very well be the best part since I’d had that for my whole life.

Day 7-13:

Once the chronic diarrhea cleared up 😐 , which took another couple of days, I had ZERO bloating. I also now had the flattest stomach I can remember having.

Day 14+:

The energy took an additional week or so to come back, but by day 14, I was feeling like a new person entirely.

It has been just shy of thirty days on the carnivore diet, and I am still feeling so much sharper in my thought processes, I have zero bloating, and all of the symptoms that had subsided have stayed away! There have been a total of 3 sporadic days where I fell slightly or completely off the wagon, and I have paid in symptoms the next days, including: itchy scalp, depressed mood, seasonal allergies, and some slight acne.

My hormonal system will probably take some more time to level out, it’s really too soon to know, but I feel hopeful that this might be the key to that, too.

THE PLAN.

I plan to continue with this “miracle” carnivore diet without cheating for at least two more weeks solid, at which point I will slowly grow my repertoire of foods one item at a time. #startingwithchocolate #justkidding #butimissit

I by no means feel (or know) that this diet could or should be used as a full time, forever protocol. To me it feels like a healing protocol. I will heal whatever gut related issues that I am dealing with by sticking to a meat-based, allergen and all plant-food-free carnivore diet, with the hopes that I’ll repair the potentially leaky gut I have, or whatever else is going on, and eventually be able to eat a “healthy” and balanced again.

WHAT A TYPICAL DAILY MEAL PLAN LOOKS LIKE FOR ME ON THE CARNIVORE DIET:

For now, I am honestly loving the foods I get to eat, and I feel like I rejoice in the lack of decision fatigue on where and what to eat. I have saved a ton of money on food already, despite what you might think since it’s all meat, and I have basically retired my bad snacking habit.

I really try to vary the types of meat that I consume, but so far my preference is for red meat. Also, I regularly consume cod liver (weirdly enough, I love it now), salmon, sardines, and pork/boar sausages. Among some others here and there.

BREAKFAST:
Coffee blended with 2 tbsp of salted grass-fed butter

LUNCH:
– Herbal tea blended with 2 tbsp of salted grass-fed butter
– 2 boar sausages
– 1/2 lb of beef meatballs, doused in butter and salt

DINNER:
– 1 medium sized steak
– 1/2 can of cod liver, 1/2 can of salted salmon mixed together

“DESSERT”:
– another herbal tea or bone broth with 1-2 tbsp of butter

And voila, only about 100-150g of fat, 60-70g of protein, and <1g carbs later.

CARNIVORE DIET RESOURCES.

Again, I am not a doctor, I am simply a short term success story of this awesome diet protocol. If you’d like to read some more amazing testimonies check out meatheals.com.  Or, read the story that convinced me, by Mikhaila Peterson, here.

For some legit doctor advice, check out the work of Dr. Shawn Baker, MD. He’s been following the protocol himself for an extended period of time, and he’s acquired some really promising insights. He was on “The Joe Rogan Experience”, which you can check out either on the Podcast app, or online here.

Best Steak Recipe, Ever. 

I named this as spontaneous, because that’s how it usually happens for me. I LOVE steak, but I typically stock up on all my meat once a week and freeze it, planning to save the sirloin steaks for days where I’m really treating myself to help keep myself on a budget. This usually results in me wanting a delicious, juicy steak like, right now – spontaneously. So, I have developed this steak cooking protocol, and now I rarely pre-plan because it’s so much better than any other steak cooking recipe I have ever tried.

“Reawaken for Summer”: How to get a sound sleep to make the most out of your summer

Join us with Lisa Kilgour to learn how to “Reawaken for Summer” and how to get a sound sleep so that you can make the most out of your summer days!

A good nights sleep begins the moment that you wake up. Starting the day with the right nutrition and whole food supplements will carry you throughout the day. Join Lisa to learn how to choose healthy seasonal foods for summer and how to avoid common mistakes that deplete energy and cause insomnia later on.

This FREE seminar is taking place on Thursday, July 19th at 7:00pm. Space is limited so please RSVP to save your spot by following the Eventbrite Website link here  or below!

Canada Day Celebration / Open House

 

 

 

 

 

Canada is having another birthday, and we are hosting an open house party to celebrate! Join us for delicious demos, tons of giveaways or a free skin or make up consultation!
We’re having a store-wide sale on all your favourite things. You won’t want to miss this one….it won’t be back until next year.

After you visit us be sure to cruise the Annual Canada Day Picnic along the beautiful waterway.  The whole 10km of the Gorge waterway is closed for an all day celebration.  Enjoy the live music, classic car show, art show or cruise the vendors or collection of food trucks!

Bring the whole family down for some all day fun 🙂

Find their itinerary here:
http://www.gorgecanadaday.ca