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Understanding Deep Vein Thrombosis: Risk Factors, Signs, and Management

Recently I heard that a family member in her early 50s was being seen by a doctor for DVT and that she was hoping that there was a more natural way of dealing with it than the medications her doctor was prescribing. When I had digested this scrap of family ''information,'' I thought about my own lax position (denial, really) and how it would make sense for me to make some changes in my life while I still have some shreds of health and potential fitness. And, of course, I have inherited my mother's compulsive pop reading habit (in my case, the Internet mostly). So, I decided to research and write an article that would incorporate some preventative and alternative health principles into my life that might make DVT somewhat less likely to catch up with me than is likely the case now. I would also like to see our family member above and others benefit from these principles if they decide that they want to. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a critical health concern that af

Recipe for Strawberry Crispies

  Here's another recipe prepared the "raw vegan" way using the recipe for  Buckwheat Crispies  .  This is particularly soothing for kids who miss having their traditional gluten-laden breakfast cereals... Buckwheat crispies are a good source of fibre, manganese, tryptophan, and magnesium. Ingredients: 2 Cups of  Buckwheat Crispies 3 C. Sliced  Strawberries 1 1/2 C. your favourite gluten-free  Mylk  (I used  So Delicious  Coconut Milk-- yum!) 1 Sliced Ripe  Banana Put 2 C. of strawberries in the food processor or blender, and add the Milk.   Blend until pink and creamy (and soooooo fragrant, like summer!) Divide the buckwheat crispies into 4 bowls (1/2 C. each) Pour the Strawberry Mylk over each bowl Top with sliced strawberries and bananas  (and anything else wanted: dried fruit, hemp nuts, other fresh fruit) Enjoy!

Butternut Squash- Quinoa Salad

  We enjoyed this glorious salad on Christmas Eve.   It started out as a "bowl" in that the roasted butternut squash and quinoa were still hot when we added them in.  The next day we ate it as a more traditional salad cold from the fridge. Either way, the textures and flavours come together very nicely-- it is flavourful, yummy and filling while low-fat with no added refined sugar.  It is also vegan and gluten-free. Another winner from Candace Feldman's * Lean Into Plants *.

Chocolate-Cherry Cobbler

This yummy easy-on-me plant-based chocolate-cherry cobbler is a recipe of the fabulous *Forks Over Knives* team.  Link below. Chocolate-Cherry Cobbler, an incredible Christmas Confection!  So delicious, and low sugar, vegan, no added oils  and gluten-free if you opt to use GF quick oats. Also, quick to put together with most ingredients already in most of our cupboards.  Two kinds of cherries are suggested for this decadent dessert: frozen unsweetened dark sweet cherries (4 cups) and frozen unsweetened tart cherries (1 cup).  It might be tough to find either one or the other in your local market. You could consider other berries in a pinch  sweetening as needed. You could also use just one of the two berry types.   Find the full recipe HERE . If you have extra cherries, you might want to try the following great fudgy chocolate smoothie (approved by's Dr. Michael Greger) Fudgy Chocolate- Cherry Smoothie                                                   (Click on

Day 10 of 10 Days of Christmas Crafts and GF Cookies

We have come to the end of our 10-day junket through the joys of combined crafting and cooking-baking until next Christmas!  We have one more craft and one more batch of cookies to bake... are you ready? We are going to look at some fairly simple but artfully placed center pieces as our last craft. If you have stashed away your Christmas  pine cones of all sizes  and greenery from years past-- maybe even inherited some along the way-- you will be well on your way to being able to design and put together a centerpiece that you can take pride in. Relax with a cup of tea and your favourite seasonal background music.  Now, with no judgements on how hard this is, or how skilled you are, etc. etc. etc., watch the video and catch the vision!  If you want to send me a photo of your creation, I would be very happy to post it here!  Just let me know in the comments and we will arrange something. 7 Christmas Ornaments with Pine Cones DIY  The video: And now to cap our Cookie Recipes for the seri

Day 9 of 10 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies and Crafts

We are Celebrating Day 9 of 10 Days of a Gluten-Free Christmas with a recipe for GF plant-based Snickerdoodle cookies and a beautiful tissue paper paper craft that may grace your window, or perhaps become a gift in someone else's window! One of my all-time favourite Christmas crafts involves tissue paper.  If you are someone who 'saves' your wrapping paper from year to year, you likely have a number of tissue paper caches.  Get them out and make beautiful window "stained glass" using clear contact paper and pieces of tissue.  Below is a design for you to copy from, or you can find many other "coloring pages" to download and use as templates for what you want to display. Make a frame from black poster board, or just black construction paper.  After you have put the design on the one sheet of contact paper, cover with a second sheet of contact paper.  Be sure to provide a small hanger as is shown here.  Tape it to a window.  The idea is to relax and creat

Day 8 of 10 Days of Christmas Crafts and Gluten-free Christmas Cookies

A traditional Christmas craft that is the epitome of recycling is making decorative gifts and crafty items using last year's Christmas cards. YoyoMax shows how to do some beautiful bookmarks. I am definitely going to take some of my glut of old cards and fold some of these.   (Video is below the following image) These are particularly handy if you are giving books away as gifts-- putting a beautiful bookmark into the book makes the gift just that extra little bit special.  You can even use these lovely bookmarks as fancy gift tags!  YoyoMax also has other Christmas card crafts that she tells about at the end of the video. Everybody's fave: Gluten-Free Crispy Rice Treats!  To be a truly gluten-free treat at this time it is necessary to purchase 'brown rice treats' because, for some reason, the white crispy rice products must all contain malt, which is made from gluten-containing barley!  Perhaps this will change at some point (check the labels) but not in 2019, And... if

Day 7 of 10 Days of Christmas Crafts and GF Cookies

Hope you are warm and cozy and enjoying the Christmas season! Today's craft is something I am quite sure we have all done before: paper snowflakes! Now, before you feel indignant about the simplicity (I can almost hear some of what some of you are thinking !!!!!!) I would like to point out that I have selected 3 videos that give exquisite tutorials in how to make a notch-up on the snowflakes we cut out in second grade! Take a look.  There is no voice in these particular videos which might be a good thing, since sometimes differences in pronunciation can distract and throw off auditory learners.  In these videos it is highly possible that the women do NOT speak English.  They very ably show how the snowflake is done using only their hands and visual cues. So, get your paper and scissors and give it a try! (Don't forget to come back for the cookie recipe!) There you go! Kind of a nice meditati

Lean Into Plants

Lean Into Plants  (Find at )   by Candace Feldman Lean Into Plants is for those seeking an anti-inflammatory, primarily plant-based, nutrient-dense lifestyle with over 100+ recipes that heal and restore you to a healthy weight and vibrant health. The author's Smoothie Bowls taste and look like bowls of ice cream with all the toppings, except they are made with protein, healthy fats and carbs. -- Victoria Feldman Crisis Therapist & Author International Coach Federation Certified Life Coach Coaches Training Institute (CTI)  AFF(IL) Harvard Medical School.  #01055289  Phone: 831-236-8698 Facebook: Life Coaching LinkedIn New Bounty Program: Holiday Gift List

Day 6 of 10 Days of Christmas Crafts and GF Cookies

Hi there! Welcome to Day 6 of 10 Days of Christmas Crafting and a GF Christmas treat recipe! Today's 4 crafts are on a video and I thought it would be both a handy way to see the instructions without having to click to another site.  I also thought that the four crafts would give you a couple of good ideas for the weekend, so that you can use the crafts on the video to have fun all weekend (or go back to the days you might have missed and do them on the weekend). As someone with an interest in our environment, I truly was attempting to look for crafts to RE-use stuff we have cluttering our houses, and not just a project that requires running out to the local dollar store to bring in more junk. I am also not keen on the use of glitter and the toxic chemicals in certain crafting supplies.  Microplastic glitter often ends up in our water ways and is ingested by the animals.  Because of the findings of  a study by University of British Columbia, the Art Centre in Richmond, BC, has bann

Day 5 of 10 Days of Christmas Crafts and GF Cookies

Here we go with Day 5 of the Christmas Craft and GF Christmas Cookie season! On Vancouver Island, this December 5th, 2019, it is cloudy, threatening more rain, chilly but well above zero.  I can see my neighbours' outdoor huge ornamental candles planted into their green lawn.  This is not Christmas Card Country-- or not yet this year!  But the spirit of Christmas is nigh. Our craft today is a little goofy, but that's okay. Have you checked out some of the really interesting Christmas trees decorated in malls for charity auctions and stood gawking at one that would never have occurred to you: say, covered with bright red and green dinky toy vehicles like the one your Uncle has on the shelves in his 'man cave'.  But doesn't it show just how creative people can be when push comes to shove?  Christmas trees range from the most majestic and elegantly decorated to the blah red bows that you might see in an apartment lobby. In between majestic and blah, you might find a tr

Day 4 of 10 Days of Christmas Crafts and GF Cookies

Joyeuse Noel!  Soon you will be able to say this-- in a variety of languages-- and really know that you are into the Christmas season. I said "Merry Christmas" to a woman upstairs at Step Above coffee shop today, and she said the same back, so maybe it's begun? If you have missed the previous 3 days of crafts / gifts made from various household items, you can check them out here:   Day 1      Day 2       Day 3      You will notice that we have built in some Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes as well!   ⁹ Ugly Christmas Sweaters At some point in the 80s or 90s there was a run on really cute Christmas sweaters.  People knit them as gifts and some people spent a lot of money to buy them in fancy stores.   Then the tide turned, and the sweaters were proclaimed "ugly" and ever after people wore these sweaters as some sort of indicator of how trendy they were.  Or something? Now I am happy to say that today's craft makes use of any ugly sweaters-- or perfectly n

10 Days of GF Christmas -Day#3

I hope you are having a pretty mellow day today. The more mellow you are (that includes smiling, (even if you don't particularly feel like it), the more healthy it is for your brain. Not kidding-- read all about it in " How God Changes Your Brain " by neuroscientist, Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Robert Waldman.   Today we are going to do a Christmas craft / gift that relies on your having baking soda on hand as its main ingredient. You definitely will need some other supplies for this craft / gift, but the result will be pretty minimally costly, I promise. And you will feel great!   I am referring to, of course, CHRISTMAS BATH SALTS as today's crafty item.   This is one that you may let your child help you with, unless, of course, Santa opts to give them the Grinch Bath Salts in their stocking... in which case, you might want to do this activity by yourself again. (sorry) Get the recipe for the Grinch Bath Soak  HERE                                      I like t