Fostering Wellness In February

Welcome, February Newsletter

In this issue:


During my travels in Asia a few months ago, we visited Malaysia and Singapore both countries near the equator. It’s the same weather everyday – hot and sunny, rain and humidity. The temperature is always the same, the sunrise and sunsets are at the same time day in and day out with very slight variations.

I’m bringing this up because we did a jungle walk with a forest conservator in Malaysia and was shown a cross-section of a tree trunk. Surprising to us, the interior of the tree truck had no rings or textural variations in the hardwood.

A cross section of a tree in northern climates, you would see striations of rings and textures that tell a story about a tree’s history, age, weather and diseases.  

Two different climates that exhibit different environmental factors defined by their weather, soil conditions and growth patterns.

Our health is similar! The variants of the environment we live in, the climate conditions, health of the soil, seasonal changes and adapting mechanisms (how we adapt to function in life) define our health.

Looking at the patterns of tree growth compared to human health can offer a fascinating perspective to your wellness history:

  1. How does your family history, growth patterns, external influences effect your environmental conditions?
  2. What are the triggers that occur season to season that provoke symptoms or emotional attitudes that tip the scale into a state of illness?
  3. What were the factors that enhanced your emotional or physical symptoms which contribute to your illness? How did you mediate the results towards your well being?
  4. What was a lifestyle shift or over-all behaviours that brought recovery and improved health? Were they characteristics from your health mediators that played a role in maintaining your well-being?

What if you could follow your health history as a pattern to wellness?

Information of this type can reduce anxiety (even when the diagnosis itself is frightening), increase feelings of personal control, and improve the ability to cope with pain.

  • Studies have shown that patients change their behaviour more readily when they receive all the information about mportant issues they need to make,
  • Offers support for setting goals,
  • Providing resources for measuring progress.

Another name for this is patient-centred care!


In March 2024, I will be introducing a three-week program called What Is Your Story?

Sometimes, you may have a different idea about your health than your doctors. I say this with respect for doctors. that when ill or facing a challenging situation with yourself or a loved one, it is beneficial to cultivate a reciprocal therapeutic alliance so that you receive effective patient-centred care. This should be initiated from the doctor yet, as a patient you could educate them too.

Putting those pieces together, can lead you to a stronger patient-centred care relationship to feel calmer and experience less symptoms to heal within.

This is also excellent exercise to know more about yourself by bringing awareness to your health challenges. It will change the why you feel when you get sick rather than panicky or anxious  You could see it as part of a chain of reactions happening and get to the root cause to the problem. This will lesson your stress and you may find that you may not get as sick as often as past situations.

This is a three-week mini-course will be offered in March, one day a week for 90 minutes. I am looking for 10 people to pilot it and the cost is $67. I provide a practical framework of putting your pieces of the puzzle together in a creative process to explore your history.

if this project speaks to you, please contact me at


I enjoy leafing through cookbooks and examining recipes and pictures. I also download recipes online, I prefer touching a book and writing notes and sometimes I will add other ingredients.

We all have our own style of recipes that we enjoy. It could be the way the author writes directions or the layout of images and text on the page, for me, I’m attracted to a certain aesthetic – a mix of colour, texture and design.

Here are three of my current  favourites cookbooks that I’d like to share with you.

Green Kitchen Stories by  David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl who have been blogging about vegetarian healthy food for a long time. I’ve been following them for over 10 years as they travelled the world creating vegetarian dishes sharing their stories around each meal. They live in Stockholm, Sweden and now have three kids. Luise is the cook and David is the photographer and designer. I love reading  about their way of cooking, discovering new ingredients and their travels. I often refer to their website and recently bought their cookbook which I highly recommend.

Yotam Ottolenghi is a super famous chef, restaurateur, and author. The word Ottolenghi has inspired a new genre of cooking hat has changed kitchens around the world. I know people who have waited in line for hours to expereince the food at his restaurants. Ottolenghi creates a fusion of Israeli Arab middle eastern dishes with a variety of spices and delectable dishes that anyone can make.

I have three of his cookbooks and the one I enjoy the most is Simple. My friend Marilyn brought over a few dishes she made for dinner and I was hooked. I think I’ve made every dish in that book now. His recipes include meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

Sarah Britton is a nutritionist and photographer from Toronto who lived in Copenhagen for many years and now is back in Ontario. I like her cookbook  called Naturally Nourished. All her recipes are vegetarian, and they can be side dishes or mains. Her first cookbook My New Roots was based on her blog site Organized by the seasons, also a very good cookbook. I think she matured with the second book. I really love the soups and mains in the Nourished cookbook.

February has positive attributes with daylight extending a few minutes daily, fostering your wellness with active energy and looking forward to spring following next month!



Connecting to your breath is the easiest way to find calm and relaxation. It tones down the nervous system and informs the body to When following the movement of your breath combined with deep breathing it softens the mind’s active thinking.  

PRACTICE TOGETHER  in gentle movement and mediation.

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  • Tuesdays at 6 pm
  • Wednesdays at 9am am 
  • Thursdays at 10am

NEXT EATING MINDFULLY TOGETHER is Monday, February 26th, 2024 at 7:30 pm.

Topic: Getting Acquainted With Your Emotional Eating Cycle!

In this session we’ll be reviewing how to take charge of a mindful eating from a lifetime of emotional eating.

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I love hearing from you! If you’d like a  consultation about your approach to healing, food and reducing stress, contact me at 

My best in health,