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Healthy Foods for Fall

traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

3 Ways to Maximize Your Work Week

As natural health practitioners, whatever your modality, it can be difficult to see yourself as an entrepreneur. Even harder to discern where your work life and personal life meet.

We spend our days giving away so much of our own energy and not enough time replenishing it.

Chances are, you work a full day at your clinic, only to have to put in hours performing administrative duties, managing any employees you have, and of course, maintaining your home life.

Whether you primarily work from home, a clinic or a combination of the two, here are some tips to maximize your work week, so that you can get back to what you truly do best – helping people.

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How to Maximize Your Work Week

Create a lifestyle-based schedule

This isn’t your basic To Do list. Think about your ideal morning, afternoon, evening, and plan accordingly. For instance, do you love checking emails and updating your social media feeds over a cup of coffee? Well, plan your day to get those tasks out of the way in the morning, book your appointments or meetings during the afternoon, and leave your evenings free.

Guard your time, hold yourself accountable, and don’t feel guilty if you have to say ‘no’ to something that doesn’t fit.

Get up, dress up, show up

This is sometimes the biggest hurdle for practitioners who work from home. You would be surprised how effective it can be to have a morning routine (pretend you have to get up and go to work everyday) where you eat breakfast, shower and get ready for your work day within a certain time frame no matter what time your first client arrives.

Reflect on what you’ve done

Even though you may feel like you should never quit working because ‘there’s just too much to do’. Call it quits anyway. Set a goal every day for when you’d like to be done working and then be done.

Take some time at the end of your ‘work day’ to organize your space, create a To Do list for the next day, and reflect on what you’ve accomplished.

Frequently, when we are running around in our business putting out fires and our To Do list looks untouched, we start to beat ourselves up. Avoid this by creating a ‘Done List’ at the end of each day. List all of the tasks you completed, whether they were on your list or not.

Just remember, if we all scheduled a full hour each day to work on our business versus in our business, we would be that much closer to reaching our goals and feeling more organized on a daily basis.

Need help making your schedule work for you, rather than against you? Kimberly can help. Click here to book your free business consultation. 

 

 

 

Vitamin D’s Role in Fertility

Did you know that experiencing a lack of Vitamin D absorption during the long winter months can actually contribute to infertility?

Ensuring that your body takes in enough Vitamin D plays an essential role in fertility, and most of us don’t realize that it is virtually impossible to get enough from sunlight alone, especially when it comes to winters in Edmonton.

Benefits of Vitamin D

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Vitamin D helps with fertility in a couple of different ways:

  • Improves semen quality and motility
  • Raises testosterone levels in men
  • Decreases the chance of sperm abnormalities
  • Helps women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or endometriosis
  • Improves chances of assisted reproduction
  • Aids in prevention of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and preterm birth

Along with playing a huge role in fertility, Vitamin D has been shown to improve PMS symptoms, sleep disorders, depression, and SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

Whether you are looking to conceive or need a mood booster for days when the sun is hiding, consult your doctor or natural health practitioner about incorporating a Vitamin D supplement into your daily routine.

Vitamin D is also found in a host of healthy foods like egg yolks, fatty fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel), mushrooms, and oatmeal.

Just remember that nothing can replace the power of the sun, so now that it is getting warmer, spend at least 30 minutes outdoors in the sunlight each day.

For more tips on fertility and the benefits of Vitamin D, don’t hesitate to comment below or book your first session with Dr. Kimberly Kluthe today.

 

10 Commandments for Practitioners in 2015

It’s nearing the end of January and most of us are already feeling disappointed about not meeting our goals yet. What would happen though if you decided that you already have everything you need and the life you want?

Something that might happen is that you could be happy right now. Everything else, every goal you meet, would just be an added bonus to your already great life. If you could throw out all of your resolutions and just remember this, your life would change.

That’s part of why we created this list. Our goal is to nurture and nourish practitioners so that they can be happy in their businesses. Give these a try and watch your business change for the better.

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10 Commandments for Practitioners

1. You must think of your practice as a business, and yourself as an entrepreneur

Most practitioners didn’t set out to start a business. Most started out wanting to help people – make them healthier, relieve their pain, and help them achieve wellness. However, the moment you start giving more than you can afford (either financially or physically), you start selling yourself and your services short. This year, focus on developing respect for that fact that you are running a business, no matter how big or small your practice is right now.

2. Give up on perfection

Stop waiting for everything to be perfect before you start. This mindset is especially crippling because perfection does not truly exist. It is only an illusion that keeps you from moving forward. If you can do something, do it now, rather than waiting for a ‘better time’. There is always room to tweak and improve along the way.

3. Follow YOUR path

Many practitioners are very heart-centered and self aware already, but sometimes we get bogged down in our day-to-day responsibilities and lose sight of our original intention. If you are repeating negative patterns or feel unhappy with some aspect of your business, don’t be afraid to make changes. Your practice will never be the same as another, even if you have the same discipline or modality. Don’t worry about what everybody else is doing. The most successful folks choose their own paths.

4. Know that you already have what it takes to be successful

It can be so easy to start listening to the little voice in your head and start thinking that you’re not good enough, that you’re failing. The fact is this, if you don’t fail at something, then you’re not trying hard enough. Success doesn’t just fall into your lap; it comes to those who deserve it and once you realize that you already have what it takes, you can stop doubting yourself and just do the work.

5. Financial freedom takes time

We talk a lot about creating your ideal lifestyle, getting paid what you deserve, and eventually, achieving financial freedom. As possible as all of that is, it also doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye. Don’t let the fact that you aren’t swimming in dollar bills get you down. You’ll get there, but it takes hard work and a passion for growth.

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