Good Mood Food

by Jessi McLennan, NNCP The food that we eat plays a huge role in not only our physical health but also our mental health. On a day to day basis, the types of food that we choose can either help to stabilize our mood by balancing blood sugar levels, or it can cause unbalanced fluctuations in blood sugar levels which can result in lethargy, poor concentration, agitation or moodiness. Food also plays a crucial role in supplying the brain with the raw ingredients– in the form of vitamins, minerals, amino…

Simplify your Space for Spring

by Nirmala Raniga “There exists within each of us a natural state of simple and open awareness in which we feel happy, light, and at peace… We can begin to let go of the complications that cause us to suffer by cultivating a simple state of awareness. In this process, tiny steps yield big results, in part because simplicity is nature’s default position.” – Dr. Deepak Chopra Spring is a time when birds begin building nests, blossoms appear, and we often feel called to renew ourselves in mind, body, and…

Healthy Answers for Stress Relief

by Nirmala Raniga Chronic stress is a widespread health concern that has reached epidemic proportions. Stress can have emotional and physical repercussions, including anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and migraines, and can lead to more serious illnesses like heart disease and cancer. In looking for ways to escape stress, people commonly adopt unhealthy behaviors such as overeating or unhealthy eating, excessive media consumption, drinking alcohol, smoking, or other habits. These behaviors and substances may provide temporary relief from stress, but have long-term negative health effects on the body, and do…

Continuing Care in Recovery

Relapse, or the fear of relapse, is one of the most challenging aspects addicts face in maintaining recovery. Whether the individual has stopped drug or alcohol abuse, smoking, disordered eating or any number of harmful behaviors, the anxiety around starting up again is daunting. Following any type of recovery treatment or after one or more periods of abstinence, the stress around wanting to stay clean can sometimes drive the person back to their old habits. In some cases shame and guilt may even result in suicide attempts. It is important…

Finding True Love: Self-Love as a Path to Fulfilling Relationships

By Nirmala Raniga “Remember, in our inmost being, we are all completely lovable because spirit is love. Beyond what anyone can make you think or feel about yourself, your unconditioned spirit stands, shining with a love nothing can tarnish.” – Deepak Chopra Our most innate need is to love and be loved. We are born into this world with a pure expectation of unconditional love but regrettably this is not the experience for most of us. It is only through experiences where love is withheld from us that we begin…

Keeping Active During the Winter Months

by Mischell Poitras Committing to a routine that keeps us active and moving during the winter months can be challenging. With shorter days and colder, wetter weather, we tend to stay indoors and find comfort in relaxation and food. While this is fine once in a while, it is important to keep moving to stay fit, happy, and healthy. If you feel stuck in a movement rut, here are some tips to help get you moving: Schedule your time. You have probably heard how important it is to pencil yourself…

Finding Balance in Winter

by Baljit Binning According to Ayurveda, or the science of life, an over 5,000-year-old system originating in India that integrates mind, body, and spirit, all living things are composed of five elements: space, earth, air, fire, and water. In humans, there is usually a predominance of one or two elements, and this combination constitutes one’s dosha, or biological tendencies. Doshas fall into three main categories: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. At times, we can experience an accumulation of one dosha over another, which can be referred to as a dosha imbalance,…

Freedom from the Stigma of Addiction

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder & Director “So many people are living in fear in how we perceive their addiction and mental health challenges. Our gift of compassion, care, love and support can open their door to heal their suffering” – Nirmala Raniga Many people struggling with mental health issues and addiction do not seek treatment because of the stigma that often surrounds their conditions. For instance, an individual who discloses details of his or her situation in the workplace fears rejection among colleagues, job loss, and feelings of humiliation and…

Supporting Healthy Goals for the New Year

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder and Director The New Year provides the perfect opportunity to create healthy changes in our lives, as it marks a time of closure to the experiences of the past year and offers the optimism of fresh, new beginnings. No matter what our specific goals or New Year’s resolutions may be, we are all ultimately seeking greater fulfillment and happiness. An ideal way to improve our health and happiness is to take a holistic perspective by setting small, achievable goals to improve each area of life. Our…

How to Address a Family Member’s Addiction

by Nirmala Raniga, Founder & Director Family relationships can be challenging at the best of times—sibling rivalries, power struggles, and unresolved jealousies are common issues that can arise. At this chaotic time of year, fragile relationships can become even more strained. Details like who is hosting the holiday dinner, which relatives are going where, and how to afford gifts can all create stress. If substance abuse is layered into the mix, family dynamics can reach the breaking point causing long-term animosities that sometimes cannot be repaired. Is your younger sister…