Ginger Treats Cooking Class and Discover Adaptogens!

First, its holiday time!

Join me on Thursday (tomorrow) December 21st at noon for a GINGER TREATS COOKING CLASS.

You can sign up on ZOOM and Facebook Live. I’ll be making three types of ginger treats to enjoy over the holidays. I love ginger… I love it in cakes, cookies and chocolate! Looking forward to seeing you there. You’ll get the recipes!

It’s a busy time of year with the holidays bringing us closer together with other people from different places and for some, it can trigger emotional stress.

With this combination, you might feel a cough coming on or a sore throat. You’ll want to protect your immune system from overexposure to these different environments.

Add ADAPTOGENS into your diet and lifestyle.

Adaptogens are herbs that boost the immune system and reduce stress. They also support relaxing sleep, increased energy, focus and athletic performance.

You may have heard of Echinacea, Astragulas, Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Siberian Ginseng, Reishi mushroom and other cordyceps, or Schisandra.

These adaptogens help “normalize” many of the body’s processes and keep the body in homeostasis or balance.

Adaptogens reach the cells to access the ATP centres in the mitochondria that give you energy. They also interact with the HPA axis(hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis) which controls the release of many hormones, one being cortisol the ”stress hormone”  that contributes to monitoring fight or flight response (when stress is too triggered on a regular basis, one can experience a state of chronic stress or anxiety), or symptoms associated with aging. Adaptogens can revitalize cortisol to regulate your system.

These adaptogens are also high in B vitamins known for calming the body and mind. If you are finding that a cough or cold persists, it’s usually meaning the immune system is struggling to heal itself.

I recommend adding adaptogens into your diet and daily lifestyle:

  • Use a tincture (herbal liquid concentrate soaked in alcohol) such as Deep Immune by St. Francis or Immune Heath Tincture by Orange (Can Prev). You can get it in health food stores.
  • Taking the Deep Immune tincture works better than pills because its more absorbent and works faster.
    • Take 2 ml in a ¼ cup of water, three times a day on an empty stomach.
    • Wait 20 minutes before eating
    • You’ll feel more energized in five to seven days.
    • Keep taking it for three months to be effective, then stop. You don’t take adaptogens all the time. You can take it up again a few months ater when you need it.
  • Some adaptogens are stimulating and better suited for earlier in the day with breakfast or a workout. They are ginseng, cordyceps and rhodiola, which can give you energy for your day. Take in smoothies, coffee or beverages or eat it as part of your vegetable intake.
  • Adaptogens like ashwagandha and holy basil may be better applied for nighttime, to help with sleep. Try them in tincture form, Ashwagandha is available dried or in powder and can be added to food, teas or smoothies.
  • Try using turmeric as a herbal tea or latte. You can also add turmeric in eggs soups, stews and sauces and to bread chicken or sprinkle onto ground meat.
  • Licorice root can also be taken in powder form, mixed into a liquid of your choice or used to make a digestive aid tea. I use licorice often for soothing the tummy.
  • Two adaptogens that are great for cooking with are astragalus and schisandra. These can be used in sauces, soups and stir-fries to provide a complex, earthy taste.

TRY IT! You got nothing to lose. You know I’m a nutritionist, right, I wouldn’t steer you wrong!


Let’s Practice Together in gentle movement and mediation on Tuesdays at 6 pm,  Wake-Up Wednesdays at 10:30 am and Thursdays at 9am.   On Thursdays, we practice Somatic Movement for Healing.

We meet virtually on zoom so you can join us from wherever you are! Register through this link .


Heal to Health: A mindfulness approach to cope with stress.

Transform your stress into strength!  Start your own mindfulness practice and embody calm and movement with ease in your life. Based on the Jon-Kabat Zinn, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program that has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and improve cognitive function.


  • Seven different meditation practices
  • The philosophy of mindfulness and Buddhist practices
  • How stress reactivity and response tap into your nervous system creating dis-ease
  • How to find relaxation and calm within yourself in a daily practice.

Find out more about the HEAL TO HEALTH eight-week program.

The next session begins January 16th to March 5th, 2024

  • Registration requires four people minimum to run as a group.
  • Register here
  • Sliding Scale Fee  $127 – $267 

Feed the Brain: A mindful eating approach to nourish the body, mind and heart explores your relationship to eating and changing the dialogue between the body and mind. 

In this course you will learn how to:

  • Discover a deeper mind-body relationship.
  • Learn tools of integrating a mindful eating program into your lifestyle
  • Gain a language independent of a diet culture.
  • Feel a positive body image with self esteem to advance your personal goals.

 Thursdays, January 18 to March 7th, 2024 From 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

  • Registration requires four people minimum to run as a group.
  • Sliding Scale Fee:  $127 – $267 

Find out more here

Practice Together continues… Tuesdays at 6 pm,  Wake-Up Wednesdays at 10:30 am and Thursdays at 9am.  

My best wishes for you and your family this holiday season!

Happy Holidays!