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Fascial Stretch Therapy – It’s the Way I Roll…

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Fascial Stretch Therapy - It's the way I roll...This is the story of how Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) saved me.  Certainly Fascial Stretch Therapy saved my ability to run.  I love running outdoors!  I love the freedom of it and the exhilaration of all that oxygen flooding my body.  But it seemed for a time that running didn’t love me back.

I’d just get into the zone and then, wham, I’d get nagging pain in my psoas area and groin.  My lower back would get sore and twinge-y.  And I’d have to stop for a while.  I always put it down to over-doing it or some problem with my gait.  And each time I’d rest for a month or more and spend untold capital on physiotherapists and chiropractors trying to fix the problem.

Fascial Stretch Therapy Saved Me

I’d also see my massage therapist, Audrey Kelly.  Audrey worked with me using Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST).  And she encouraged me to stretch on my own daily.  She showed me various stretches and suggested using a foam roller and trigger point balls.  So I dutifully bought them and then did nothing with them.

When I ended up injuring myself a second time she asked me, “have you been stretching like I suggested?”.  Sheepishly I had to admit I hadn’t.  So I started.  And I added “Foam roll for five minutes” as a “habit” to my Aaptiv Coach.  Once I needed to do it to earn my gold star for the day, it amazed me at how consistent I became (I’m rather Type A).  And a miracle happened; the pain went away!  Fascial Stretch Therapy saved me.  Now it’s the way I roll…

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Dishing It Up for October 2019 (the UK edition)

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Dishing It UpDishing It Up serves up a selection of stories, studies & so on from the world of wellness & nutrition each month.
I am focusing on UK news in this edition as that’s where I’ve been half the month.  

In this month’s issue of Dishing It Up (the UK edition) …

The Body:  A Guide For Occupants
Channel 4 launches dedicated menopause policy
Autumn recipes from Nigel Slater’s new cookbook
Chasing the Sun by Linda Geddes review – why we don’t get enough natural light
Top tips to deal with Brexit anxiety

Here’s a taste of each from the sampler platter…

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Give Thanks for Good Health Menu

Toronto Holistic Nutritionist Laurie McPhail Give Thanks for Good Health MenuWow, October already!  Thanksgiving is just around the corner, with Halloween creeping closely behind (I’ve already seen stores selling decorations – spooky indeed)!  Fall also heralds the cold and flu season and holiday gatherings mean more opportunities for these scary viruses to spread.

Parties can tempt us to jump off the (harvest) wagon and bury our healthy way of eating.  They can also layer on stress, which makes our immune systems work even harder.  So the recipes here are easy and provide nutritional support along with festive fall flavours!  After all, if there is one thing I have learned to give thanks for, it is good health!

Rather than a day’s menu, this is a collection of dishes designed to round out your turkey at Thanksgiving or, for Halloween, perhaps you are serving blood sausage or liver, as nothing says “boo” like blood and guts.  Featured here is pumpkin, which works well for both Thanksgiving and Halloween themes, and Brussels sprouts.  These are traditional at Thanksgiving and, as I will be giving thanks in Belgium on the day, it seemed even more appropriate.  Both are nutritional powerhouses, as you will see below!

Sign up here to receive the recipes and Happy Thanksgiving to you all!  Sharing good food spreads love so I hope you enjoy this month’s recipes and share them with your family and friends!  And, if it’s not “witchful” thinking, try to keep a lid on the sugar at Halloween.  😉

Give Thanks for Good Health Menu

Hor(ror)s d’œuvre: Olive Tapenade with Crackers (any olives will do for Thanksgiving but the darkest, blackest olives you can find will make for nefarious noshing at Halloween)

Soup:  Spider Web Pumpkin Soup (omit the spider web if serving on Thanksgiving;  scroll down to find out more about pumpkin’s immune boosting power)

Side: Maple Mustard Brussels Sprouts (this is so delicious, I guarantee non-lovers of Brussels sprouts will be converted)

Dessert: Black Bean Brownies (don’t be spooked by the black beans in these rich, dark chocolate brownies – they are a great alternative at Thanksgiving for those not into pie and everyone will “dig” them as a Halloween treat)

Join The Nutritional Reset community here to receive this month’s menu today (as well as each month to come)!  And read on for some nutritional tidbits about a few foods featured in the recipes…

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