Is winter getting you down? Have you or anyone in your family had the nasty cold or flu that is going around this year? If so – this newsletter is filled with a little bit of sunshine, chocolate and immune boosting remedies designed to give you a natural pick me up. Along with some delicious and decadent Valentine's presents and recipes (that would put a smile on anyone's face) – this edition of the Dr. Joey newsletter also offers some information on how to lose weight if you are over 40, a beautiful journal to dive deeper into self exploration and details on the top heart healthy foods.
And just for fun – starting Valentine's Day, my team and I have decided to challenge ourselves by picking one thing we want to work on (just a little game to get us through the winter!). If you would like to take part in the challenge – email us and let us know what you are focusing on for 30 days. Is it weight loss and burning belly fat? Improving your strength and endurance? Giving up sugar? Whatever you choose – we want to hear about it! Simply email us at email@example.com so you can inspire others!
Wishing you a joyful Valentine's Day filled with a little bit of healthy decadence,
Dr. Joey Shulman DC, RNCP
Did you miss our first weigh in of our Cityline weight loss challengers? You will not want to miss these results.
Shulman Weight Loss Success Stories
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Valentine's Day Products We Love
Add a touch of chocolate into your tea routine with this delicious hot chocolate tea by David's Tea. A rich and fudgy blend of pu'erh, black tea, cocoa nibs and chocolate gives you a dark, sweet and very satisfying winter treat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of tea leaves and steep for 4-7 minutes for the perfect flavour.
Made with all certified organic ingredients, including organic dark chocolate, organic coconut butter, and real organic strawberries - these cups are the perfect balance of tart strawberry taste and dark chocolate decadence. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and made using fair trade ingredients. A fun indulgence this Valentine's Day that you can certainly feel good about eating.
Other flavours available at www.naturamarket.ca.
Having trouble falling asleep? Oftentimes, our minds are tricky to shut off at night, making falling asleep a difficult task. This deep sleep pillow spray by thisworks is infused with natural essential oils such as lavender, vetivert and wild chamomile to soothe the body and mind, helping you achieve a deep sleep. Just spray on your pillow before bed and wake up feeling refreshed.
This super moisturizing and gently exfoliating coco rose sugar scrub by Herbivore is the ultimate way to pamper your skin this winter! Made with a perfect blend of virgin coconut oil and floral Moroccan Rose that leaves your skin feeling soft, hydrated and nourished. Massage a handful of body polish into skin and allow to sit for a couple minutes for complete hydration. Rinse off and voila!
Treat yourself this Valentine's Day with these delicious dark chocolate hazelnuts by Organic Traditions. Each organic hazelnut is covered with 70% dark chocolate and dusted in cocoa powder to create a delicious combination of healthy fats and delicious flavours. These decadent delights are dairy free, gluten free, non-irradiated, non-pasteurized, sustainably grown and harvested and are fair trade certified. Add to a healthy homemade trail mix for the perfect chocolate kick or enjoy on their own as a chocolaty afternoon treat.
S’well has done it again…but this time they have created a beautiful tumbler in a marble gold! This is the perfect way to enjoy a hot cup of tea on the go. The triple walled design creates a condensation-free exterior that will keep your drinks hot. It's also made with high-grade stainless steel material and is 100% BPA-free. Lid for tumbler is sold separately.
Makes a great Valentine’s Day present! Check it out at www.well.ca
Healthy Valentine's Day Inspired Recipes
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons ground flax meal
- ¼ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- In a small mixing bowl combine eggs and flax to form a batter. Add strawberries and cinnamon.
- Drop into a pre-warmed pan with coconut oil.
- Cook on medium heat till edges look to be setting and then flip and cook through
- Optional step: top with a dollop of coconut yogurt or 2% Greek yogurt.
Serves 1 (makes 1-2 pancakes, depending on size)
Nutritional analysis: calories 360, fat 27g, carbohydrates 14g, fiber 7g, protein 17g
Strawberry cream smoothie
- ½ cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- ½ cup of plain coconut yogurt or 2% Greek yogurt
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or nut milk of choice)
- ½ tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 pitted dates
- 5 ice cubes
- Blend all together and enjoy
Nutritional analysis: calories 320, fat 17g, carbohydrates 31g, fiber 9g, protein 18g
Chocolate coconut truffles
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed slightly to soften
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ¼ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
In a high-speed blender, blend the warmed coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt. Add 1 cup of shredded coconut, 1/2 cup at a time, and blend until smooth.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in cocoa powder until thoroughly combined. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or more to set slightly.
Place the remaining ¼ cup coconut flakes onto a small plate. Roll these in the coconut flakes. Store the finished truffles in the refrigerator.
Makes 35 truffles
Nutritional analysis: calories 95, fat 7g, carbohydrates 10g, fiber 3g, protein 2g
Peanut butter cups
- 1 cup 70% dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 4 teaspoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
- Pinch of sea salt
Line 12 muffin tins with liners.
Melt the chocolate chips/chunks over low heat until melted. (You don't want to go any higher than low, or your chocolate will burn). Evenly distribute half the melted chocolate into lined muffin cups. Set in freezer for 15 minutes.
While in freezer, melt the coconut oil in microwave or over stove top. Once melted, combine with peanut (or almond) butter.
Remove cups from freezer and evenly distribute the peanut butter filling into each cup. Put back into freezer for another 5 minutes.
Finally, remove from freezer and add the remaining half of chocolate chips onto each cup. Sprinkle with sea salt and place back into freezer for 1-2 hours.
Nutritional analysis: calories 93, fat 7g, carbohydrates 8g, protein 2g
February is heart month so here are the top 5 things to get your heart in tip-top shape!
- Up your green veggies – Whether it's adding a handful of spinach and kale into your morning smoothies, or roasting up some dark green leafy vegetables for dinner, get those greens in as much as possible!
- Get active – Design a workout routine that works into your schedule and commit to it. Always aim for 10,000 steps each day.
- Manage your stress – Establish a daily mindfulness practice (i.e., 10 minute meditation in morning or before bed, or hot yoga class after work) to help lower stress and cortisol levels to protect your heart.
- Get to know what’s in your food – Read food labels before you buy foods and make sure to avoid foods that contain trans fats or high levels of sodium.
- Include healthy fats – Incorporate foods that are a good sources of healthy fats, including fish, nuts and seeds, and flax seeds.
Start Where You Are - A Journal for Self-Exploration
by Meera Lee Patel
Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple rem