Another year

Illustrated Vegetables World Health Day Instagram PostIt’s my birthday! I am marking another year today – a year of growing, changing and learning. Whereas a number of my peers are looking forward to retirement, I am ramping up my Vital Energy Balance business – and loving it! How grateful I am to be acquiring new skills and tools to help people reclaim their health.  I am meeting new people and understanding in a new way,  the intricacies of the body, mind and spirit and how they are so interconnected. There is a biblical reference that refers to humans being “fearfully and wonderfully made” – and I understand that with more certainty. The human body is AWESOME and has been beautifully designed to heal! Life is so worth living and a joy when we are healthy. I am so privileged to be able to help others along their journey to discover that for themselves.

Breathe deeply. Think clearly. Live joyfully. Pray gratefully.
These will be my focus for the coming year.

Welcome a New Year


A New Year has begun and with it all the promise of new beginnings. I pulled out my brand new journal, still fragrant with that inky smell, and with a new pen began to jot down upcoming events, client appointments and some of my hopes for the coming months. I could feel anxiety bubbling up as I thought about the challenge of juggling responsibilities. Face it – Life can be complicated.

But do you ever have something that drops into your lap and the timing for it has been just perfect? This morning I read an excerpt from a blog-post: a challenge to pick one word that could be my “Word for the Year.”  This is a word that could be an anchor when you feel tossed; a word that could provide focus and intent when you’re trying to make decisions.  You know, something that can give you that concretness when you’re feeling fuzzy.

Within a few minutes my mindset changed as I realized what would be my word for the year. Simplify.
S I M P L I F Y.

And with that, I will intentionally make this word my word. My word that will help me hone my intent and focus for 2017.

Do you have a word that you resonate with? OR a word that you’d LIKE to resonate with? Let’s talk. OR 905-746-7278

Fire Cider Flu Shot

There are many ways to support your health during the Fall and Winter months when you are typically more susceptible to viral infection. Since I was introduced to this spicy, nutritious blend several years ago, I have made a fresh jar every Fall Season. It is absolutely delicious to use as the basis for a salad dressing or to drizzle on rice or pasta. If you feel a sore throat coming on, take it straight up by the spoonful or stir into a hot cup of soup or make a savoury tea. This elixer will keep your immune system in tip-top shape and will nix any virus or bacteria that dares to thwart you!



  • 1 – 2 Large Onions (chopped)
  • 3 – 4 Medium BULBS of Garlic (chop up all those little cloves!)
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup of Freshly Ground Ginger Root
  • 2 Heaping Tablespoons of Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Heaping Tablespoons of Freshly Ground Horseradish
  • 2 Teaspoons of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3  cups of Apple Cider Vinegar (Organic is best)

This recipe is fairly forgiving with ingredient amounts. The key is the “Big 3” –  Onions, Ginger and Garlic which work together synergistically to make a mighty boost for the immune system. Make sure the spice ingredients are well covered by the vinegar. Put a tight lid on the jar and shake well. Leave in a dark spot for 2 weeks, shaking the jar several times/day to mix ingredients.  After 14 days, strain through a fine colander or cheese cloth, saving the pulp to use in stir-frys, soups and stews. This will keep very well in your cupboard for several months because the vinegar acts as a preservative.


CAUTION: The flavour is strong and hot!  DO NOT TAKE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.
TAKE AFTER OR DURING A MEAL: 1 Tablespoon – gargle and swallow. Begin with just a teaspoon if it is too strong. Experiment with what is best for you. Children take a smaller dose.

This elixer makes a wonderful salad dressing when added to olive oil
-2 parts oil, 1 part mixture and salt to taste
Be bold! Be strong! Take this as a natural support for your health during “Flu-Season”.

Spring is a comin’ and so is change


I wish the snow wasn’t still here.  But it is and despite the cold, new life is making itself known in my garden. I’m grateful for the reminder that things are happening beneath the surface: Even though I cannot always see, there are hidden realities to life that are mysterious and wonderful.
I am encouraged to know that new things are possible.  I want change and new growth to be a part of me, too, especially when I find cobwebs and dust in the corners of my thinking.  I’m glad that I can take small steps and that I’m not alone in the journey.

Think about the ways you want to change. If you want to explore what’s possible using a natural approach, give me a call. You don’t have to be alone in your health journey.

Sweet Black Bean Chili


Here’s a recipe which is a super easy crock pot dish. Serves 2 – 3.
2 medium yams, peeled and chopped
1 tin of black beans
1 jar of salsa OR
2-3 cups of canned tomatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2-1 tsp cumin and 2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup water or vegetable stock
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Cook on low for 5 hours or high for 3-4 hours

Spring has not quite taken hold yet and so a warming  bowl of chill hits the spot. Combine it with a side of cornbread chopped parsley or cilantro  and  sliced avocado and you have yourself a nutritious meal.  Yummy additions are a dollop of sour cream /plain yogurt and grated cheese.
And here’s what you can do with your leftovers….CHILI-STUFFED BAKED POTATOES…………



Lentil Soup. Is there anything better?

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Saute in a soup-pot or pressure cooker:

  • Ghee, Butter or Coconut Oil, 2 Tablespoons
  • Garlic,  4-7 cloves
  • Onion,  1 large
  • Ginger,   1″ knob, grated
  • Turmeric,  1 Tablespoon
  • Cumin,  1-2 tsp
  • Cinnamon,  1/2 tsp.


  • Broth or Water : 8-12 cups
  • Lentils, Red, Brown, French, whatever, 1-2 cups
  • Potato, 1 large, chopped
  • Carrots or Yam, 2 cups chopped
  • Tomatoes, canned or fresh, 3-4 cups
  • Celery, 2 stocks, chopped
  • Mushrooms (optional), 1 cup sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper, 1 tsp
  • Himalayan salt to taste

Simmer for 40-60 minutes ’til done. Or bring to pressure in cooker and cook for 10 minutes, take off heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Gently mash vegetables with a potato masher or whisk to thicken the soup.

Add fresh squeeze of lemon, lime or a dollop of plain yogurt, and garnish with cilantro or parsley.


Warming Ginger Lemon Tea





  • 2 or 3 inches fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 – 2 tsp turmeric (OR 2 inches fresh)
  • 1/4 tsp cloves (or 10 whole)
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 3 cups fresh water
  • juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Stick the ginger and spices in fresh water, bring to a boil, and simmer for quite a long time. It’ll make almost a concentrate. You may take this concentrate, place it in your fridge and add to hot water, fresh lemon juice and honey when you need it. But I like it BIG AND STRONG. So once it’s simmered about 15 to 20 minutes, I add the lemon juice and heat gently. Then I add the raw honey and drink right away. This drink with the added turmeric, cloves and cinnamon is so delicious and has tremendous immune-boosting properties.  Drink up!

Warming Fall Recipe


Place into a large stock or crock pot:

  • Bones from Free Range Chicken (necks and backs)/Beef (shanks are yummy)/Lamb bones
  • Medium Carrot, scrubbed
  • Medium-Large Onion with skin on, cleaned
  • Handful of Parsley and/or several Bay Leaves
  • Handful of Celery  leaves with stalks
  • Several Garlic Cloves and/or Fresh Ginger Slices
  • Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Filtered Water to cover (8-15cups)
  • 1-2 tsp Sea or Himalayan Salt

Let simmer on low for 4-6 hours (or overnight in crock-pot).
Strain bones and veggies. Take meat off bones and save.  Let stock cool several hours.
Strain off fat (but leave some for flavour and goodness) and then add fresh veggies (onions, garlic, celery, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, parsley..), lentils, beans, barley. Bring to a slow simmer with lid on for 30-40  mins until barley/lentils are done and then add vegetables and simmer for another 15 mins … Add meat at the end.
*Note: For extra freshness and to preserve vitamins, cut veggies thinly and add into hot broth several minutes before serving. Broccoli and parsley are especially delicious  added at the end and will maintain their beautiful colour.

For an Asian touch, leave out the lentils and barley. Cook up rice noodles, put in bowl and ladle broth/soup on top. Pass the Tamari/Soy and Hot Sauce!


How I think, so I am

Having recently returned from an international conference in Banff, Alberta, where I heard various speakers share their insights on how we can regain and maintain health  I am struck with 3 common themes:

  • The power of thought and intent plays a tremendous role in determining health outcomes.
  • The subtle interconnectedness between all the body’s systems is the reason emotions effect the body and vice-versa.
  • There are an increasing number of scientific studies being done to corroborate the reality and intricacies  of the body’s energetic system.

I especially appreciate a Natural Bioenergetics™ approach for these reasons:
In the list of “Stresses” we address, we include  thoughts;  We recognize that all disease has an underlying energetic reality which must be dealt with; The protocol for approaching each client’s challenges is unique to their situation yet follows a thorough procedure of determining the body’s priority.


If you were with me in my session room we could more easily demonstrate this through simple muscle-monitoring.  When there is any stress, the nerves which assist in muscle communication experience “interference” and the muscle unlocks and feels weak. On the other hand, when the nerves of the muscle are not experiencing any interference the muscle remains locked or “strong”.

Lest I influence you to predetermine what your own body’s response will be when you subject yourself to resonating with certain thoughts, let me encourage you to simply try this experiment.  Stand with your feet about hip-distance apart and close your eyes. Allow yourself to recall a time when you were embarrassed. Notice how you feel.  Notice whether there is any subtle movement or shifting of your body. Next, bring to mind an event which brought you joy and a feeling of confidence.  Is there a change in how your body responds?  This can be a revealing exercise as you intentionally observe how emotions register in your body.

It’s a wonderful thing to be able to  help the body/mind be strong and robust – despite the destabilising daily-stuff that happens.  I am so grateful the body has been designed to heal and that there are natural, life-giving ways to support it.