Volume 24 Issue 4 November/December 2018
by Stacey Tress
Cacao (Theobroma cacao), “The drink of the gods,” and its main by-product, chocolate, are derived from the seeds of a fleshy pod, the fruit of the cacao tree. This tree is a tropical plant, American and probably Amazonian in origin. If you’re a history buff, you may be inclined to read up on the history of cacao. I came across a great book in our personal library called The Cambridge World History of Food and it boasts a very wordy and in-depth look into the origins and history of cacao. I’ll include a few tidbits from this book as well as some additional research to inspire and educate. So yes, this article is on chocolate but there seems to be a general misunderstanding when it comes to the difference between the words cacao and cocoa. While cacao and cocoa start from the same place, the way they end up (and what they go through along the way) has different effects on their nutritional benefits.
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by Allison Bachmeier
One of the biggest issues in our society is the inability to let go. The stress factors build up and even when we’ve got a situation with no stress, we have difficulty in just sitting and letting go to unwind. Often you can only find a way to unwind with beer, wine, food, and something to entertain you. You may even find it difficult when you’re a bit nervous or tense about something to just calm yourself down. The fact is, that causes several functions in the brain to not work as well. The amygdala is one of the key factors in emotions, aggressions, control of fear responses, arousal, and the formation of emotional memories. When the amygdala doesn’t work as well, you overreact to stress and handle it badly.
Life After DNA Activation
by Afua Tiah
One of the most exciting ventures on my spiritual journey has been deeply connecting with my Higher Self. This happened through the process of DNA Activation. In the years preceding learning about DNA Activation, I had been attacked physically multiple times, been psychically/spiritually targeted, and was under threat of being deported from the foreign country I was living in. Needless to say, I was in a constant paranoid state, and was dealing with other effects of trauma.
Dancing Helps You Keep Positive and Active
by Colleen Bond
My husband Bob and I recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. One of the many interests we share is our love of pattern dancing. When our children were old enough to stay by themselves, we started dancing and we've had a great adventure ever since. Some of our friends had asked us earlier to go but we didn't like getting a babysitter on school nights.
Paleo and Keto Lifestyles: What’s the Difference?
by Carol Thompson
Are you confused about paleo and keto lifestyles? If so, you are not alone. Both lifestyles seem to be all the rage. While similar in many ways they are also quite unique. The paleo way of eating is built around a philosophy based in the belief that we are healthiest when we eat the way our ancestors did and as we are genetically designed for as hunter-gatherers. The logic is supported by the idea that it takes approximately 1,000 years for natural selection to change human DNA. Hunter-gatherers eat lots of animal meat/fish, fruits, berries, and vegetables – some roots but more above ground ones plus nuts and seeds. These foods are basically allowed without restrictions. Processed foods including sugar and flours/grains of any kind are not on the menu since farming is not part of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Such a diet was high in protein fibre, low in starchy carbs, and fats came from animal source or in whole form like avocados, nuts, and seeds.
What Is Pain Trying To Say?
by Calynda Triffo
Pain is the consequence of an imbalance within the body. There are three causes for imbalances… stress, stress, and stress. Physical stress. The body was designed to move, correctly. Having proper posture and keeping active helps. If there is excessive strain, especially if it is repetitive, it can cause discomfort, pain, or injury. Many people hold stress in their neck and shoulders. Waking up tense, spending the day tense then going to bed tense does not allow the body time to rejuvenate. That is a problem. The body heals and restores itself in parasympathetic mode, “rest & repair.”
Ancient Healing Technique Passed Down Through Family Generations
by Dawn Devonshire
The Wax Pouring Ceremony is an ancient healing technique that Ukrainian immigrants brought to Canada many years ago. In Ukrainian, it is called Strakh Vylyvaty. In English, this phrase means, “Pour out the fear.” During the wax pouring ceremony, the client sits in a chair. While they wait, pure bee’s wax is melted three separate times and is poured into an enamel bowl of cold water. For each of the three pourings, the practitioner holds the bowl of water over a different area of the client’s body and then pours the melted wax into the cold water. Each time the wax solidifies in the cold water, it is removed and the shapes are deciphered. At the end of the session, the wax pourer gently washes the client’s face, hands, and feet with the water from the bowl. This is done so the fear does not return to the person.
Joseph Poirier: Part of His Life As a Local Healer
by Michelle Weston
Joseph Luc Edgar Poirier, of Métis descent, grew up in Maniwaki, Quebec; a predominantly French-speaking community, roughly 640 kilometers northwest of Montreal. By the time Joseph was 18 years old, he was self-employed and owned several horse teams with numerous employees. During the next 25 to 30 years, Joseph was skilled in many types of jobs and businesses (logger, carpenter, butcher, mechanic, truck driver, etc.). When Joseph turned 50, working as a truck driver, he headed out across Canada. As he passed through Brandon, Manitoba and into Saskatchewan, he had a very amazing emotional, physical, and spiritual experience. He knew instantly that he was “home” and that he wanted to make his life in Saskatchewan.
We’Moon 2019 Datebook: Fanning the Flame
—Published by Mother Tongue Ink
"We’Moon: Gaia Rhythms for Womyn, the iconic astrological datebook, is a best-selling moon calendar, earth-spirited handbook in natural rhythms, and visionary collection of women’s creative work, now in its 38th year of publication. We'Moon 2019: Fanning the Flame honours Mother Sun as the source of all life, and sparks our passion for revolutionary change in the world. Urgency blazes here about protecting Earth, liberating creativity, ensuring peace and justice. Sunfire inspires us toward clarity, truth-speaking, abundance, joy—and challenges us to gather Her power for healing a damaged planet. We are excited to share this next edition of We'Moon with you! Celebrate the Light!”—We’Moon 2019
by Melva Armstrong
It has been a wild and crazy two months, unlike any other autumn I’ve ever experienced. I was so looking forward to my favourite month of September with its gorgeous coloured leaves, mild temperatures, no bugs, plenty of sunshine, and almost no moisture. It is usually perfect walking weather for me. What a drastic difference to this year’s September. I think we were all kind of shocked and then depressed with the amount of snow, rain, and freezing temperatures that suddenly were thrown upon this province. October has been a little better, but still not up to the normal temperatures. Weather conditions definitely effect our moods.
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