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24/03/2011 10:53

Raw foodie Donald Currie will be teaching you how to incorporate more raw foods into your diet. This workshop will cover 3 simple to make recipes that are truly amazing.

Raw Thai Spring Rolls with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce

Raw Vegan Burritos with Red Pepper Corn Salsa, Rosemary Guacamole and Cashew Sour Cream

Raw Blueberry Cheesecake with raw chocolate and vegan blueberry ice cream

This event will be held at Karma Food Co-Op. Cost for the event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Non members will have an opportunity to join the co-op for only $5 more.

This price is reasonable considering you will get to eat all of the delectable creations!

If you are interested please RSVP at community@karmacoop.org
 

26/02/2011 08:23

Many people turn to hypnosis to help them lose weight. I have had the priviledge of working with many people in my 9 years of practice to help them reach their ideal weight. By setting clear weight loss goals, working with the simple habits and behaviours around the relationship with food, uncovering subconscious patterns and causes for emotional eating and aligning the mind with positive patterns and behaviours weight loss can be easy.

Here are what some of my past clients have said about their experience with the process.

"I just wanted to thank you for all of your help. I have lost a total of 40 lbs since our sessions. I continue to use your "think yourself thin" cd. I look forward to excercising and find it easy to make proper food choices. I just feel better all around." DM Toronto

"Hi Donald, I just wanted to let you know that hypnosis has worked well for me. Not only have I lost all the weight that I wanted but I am also in a new relationship and it is going well. Certainly unexpected. I feel that the work we did together not only impacted my weight but also other aspects of my life as well. Please feel free to share this with future clients as a testimonial. I would be more than happy to suggest your services to anyone. Thanks again." RT Toronto

"I am half way there. I have lost a total of 25 of the 50 lbs we had set the goal for. All this after only 4 sessions? I don't even think of chocolate anymore...how did that happen! I am on track still and will reach my goal by the end of March at this pace." PY Toronto

 

09/02/2011 00:02

Many people wonder what being in a state of hypnosis feels like. The truth is that you have already experienced hypnosis in your daily life, you just don't realize it.

If you drive, perhaps you can recall a time when you were driving down the highway and your mind started to drift and wander. Or those tv shows that seem to draw you in and you are able to suspend disbelief and allow yourself to be taken in by the story only to feel strong emotions related to the content of the program. Perhaps you can think back to a relaxing holiday at the beach. Your eyes closed, the sun pulsing down on your skin, the waves gently crashing against the shore as a gentle breeze caresses your body as you hear the sounds of seagulls in the distance.

All of the above events elicit a hypnotic response within the mind. Our conscious minds seem to quiet and we live in a moment of just "being". There is a sense of openess and quietness within. A gentle lull.

This is very much what hypnosis feels like. Being in a place where time and space seem to dissolve. It is within this place that transformation and healing can occur. When the correct hypnosis techniques are applied within this state, old patterns stored in the subconscious mind can be re-aligned with new ones, old emotions can be released and new ideas and thoughts can be more readily accepted.

Hypnosis can feel like a power nap or a quiet vacation on a beach. It can feel like pure elation and exaltation!

 

06/02/2011 12:29

If you drive, chances are when you pull up to the gas tank you make a choice as to what kind of gas you put into your car. The higher the octane in the fuel, the cleaner it will burn, the better the fuel economy and the longer the engine will live.

Food is fuel for our bodies. Much like when we pull up to the gas tank, when we open the fridge we have the opportunity to choose the quality of fuel that we use. Foods that have high nutritional profiles such as fruits, vegetables, greens, sprouts, nuts and seeds are wonderful for giving the body the proper nutrients that it needs and will give you more energy to live. These foods fill you up faster and provide sustainable energy throughout the day.

When you start seeing food as fuel for your body it begins to change your relationship with food. You only eat when you are truly hungry, you stop eating when you are full and no longer have the need to "stuff" yourself. As a result of this, not only can you lose weight, but you will also most likely feel better physically, emotionally and mentally.

Here are some tips to help you make better food choices when shopping

-Stick to the outside isles. Purchase fresh produce and stay away from anything that comes pre-packaged.

-Eat more colour. Choose a variety of colours in your fruits and vegetables as colour indicates the unique essential vitamins and nutrients in each. The more colours you are eating the better off you will be.

-Do some research. Learn about what you are putting in your mouth. Read about nutrition on line and learn the benefits that food can provide.

 

 

31/01/2011 11:02

I have been certified by the Alliance Professional of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists as a Naturotherapist. This means that the majority of health insurance companies will now cover my services under Naturopathic.

Receipts will be given at the time of payment.

22/01/2011 09:42

If you have made a New Year Resolution, and managed to stick with it, you are reaching a very important time. If you started your New Year Resolution on January 1st yesterday would have marked your 21st day or 3rd week with the new habit. This is an important milestone! It takes 3 weeks or 21 days to make any habit subconscious. It's the turn around time when a habit no longer requires so much conscious effort to keep and becomes much more automatic. Your brain has rewired itself with new positive behaviours and you should feel proud!

There is however, something to watch for. It's the number one reason that people fall out of their new desired behaviour and go back to their old pattern of undesired behaviour.

People tell themselves "Jee I am doing so well at the gym! I have been eating right and working out! I am going to give myself a few days to eat whatever I want and not go to the gym."

Or the ex-smoker tells themselves "It's been 3 weeks since I stopped smoking, I have done so well! When I go out drinking tonight it wouldn't hurt to have just one cigarette as a reward!"

This is one of the ways that the mind can work against us in our quest for betterment of self. The mind never forgets anything it has experienced and as soon as the ex-smoker lights up or the comfort eater starts bindging, those patterns can return rapidly. This can lead to feelings of guilt and remorse which can lead to giving up their resolutions.

To combat this from happening, it is important to focus on the success that you have achieved. Remember the reasons for wanting to make the change in the first place. Remember how you felt before and after you made the change.

Think about what that chocolate cake or cigarette really represent! Are they a reward? Comfort? A way to relax? Think of an alternative way to get the benefit that your mind is seeking! There is a world of ways to reward, comfort and relax yourself that are far more exciting without going back to your old vices. Take a yoga class, go to a movie, visit a good friend or take up a hobby that appeals to you!

Make this the last time you ever have to make the change again....

 

07/01/2011 10:58

What makes you happy? Maybe the new cell phone that you just got makes your life a little bit easier....Maybe the new car that you bought looks and drives really good....or maybe those new jeans make you look great...but do they make you happy? I think we have all caught ourselves out shopping looking for that item that we believe will bring more happiness into our life.

Happiness is something that can not be bought or sold in any store. And you can have all the money in the world and still be miserable.

Many people also believe that we will find happiness when we met the "one", the love of our life. The truth is that you can be in a relationship with someone and still not be happy.

If you base your happiness on external circumstances you will continuously fail to find happiness. While success, financial abundance and health relationships can feel good, true happiness is something that needs to be found within.

Instead of directing the search for happiness outwardly, it should be focused inwardly. This can break the viscious cycle of trying to "find" happiness outside of ourselves time and time again.

Here are a few easy tips that can help you become more happy.

1-Start living in the present. Not yesterday or tomorrow. When we focus on the past or the future it takes us out of our "now" experience and can prevent us from experiencing any happiness that we could be experience in the present time.

2-Be Grateful. By expressing gratitude for what we have in our lives, it creates positive thinking. By being grateful it reminds us of the happiness that is already in our lives. Things to be grateful for are your health, good family, a good job, wonderful children....

3-Helping others. Nothing feels quite as good to help another person. When we help someone else, it makes us feel good. It boosts our self esteem and builds a healthy ego!

4-Do things for you. Take time to do things you enjoy. Take time doing activities that make you better. Taking a class, meditating, excercising or doing a favorite hobby are all wonderful.

5-Clear your past baggage. Learning to let go of the past can allow you to live a happier life. By letting go of memories or emotions that no longer serve you, you clear layers that might be preventing you from living a happier life.

 

15/12/2010 10:38

Neuroscience is now proving that your brain has the capablity and functionality to change it's wiring. Just 10 years ago, it was believed that once your brain was developed, that was it. Understanding is now changing rapidly, thanks in part to the work of a Toronto M.D, Norman Doidge.

In his book, The Brain That Changes Itself, he talks about how the brain is a plastic, living organ that can actually change its structure and function.  His book has case studies that shows IQ can be raised, aging brains rejuvenated and even a woman who was born with half a brain that rewired itself to work as a whole.

Hypnosis is a tool that can affect and change the way that the brain and mind process information. This in turn can affect change within the individual.

Contemplate this! That you can make whatever changes that you desire...all it takes is a little work to get you there!

14/12/2010 09:49

The office will be closed starting Dec 23 2010 and will reopen on Jan 2nd 2011. If you would like to book an appointment for January 2011 please visit the home page of my site and click "book now" on the right hand side of the screen. You will be able to access my calander and choose a time that works best for you.

I wish you a happy holiday 2010 and much joy, abundance and prosperity for 2011.

 

07/12/2010 08:23

Looking for an interesting gift for someone that has everything? Perhaps you have a friend that is experiencing difficulty and needs some guidance. Maybe you just want to surprise your secret santa with something so unique that they have never received anything quite like it before.

My Holiday Gift Certificates are now available. You can choose between 1 hour sessions or a package of 3 sessions. Each certificate is redeemable for treatement with either Hypnotherapy, NLP or Reiki.

If you would like to order gift certificates please call the office at 416-464-7780. There is no expiry date on my gift certificates!

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