Volume 24 Issue 3 September/October 2018
Fall Veggies Done Ukrainian Style
by Stacey Tress
I fell in love with Brussels sprouts this past winter. My husband took notice, so in the spring he started some Brussels sprout seeds along with some other garden seeds. He had good success growing the seeds as they all came up and next thing you knew, we had 40 Brussels sprout transplants to go into the garden. We have some experience growing greens and brassicas or cruciferous vegetables like kale, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, turnips, collard greens, and cabbage (to name a few), but have never tried to grow Brussels sprouts before. We tried growing cabbage a few times and really loved growing kale and Swiss chard. But, oh boy, did those little white moths (cabbage moths) sure love our brassicas and were very destructive as their little worms left our veggies full of holes.
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Digestion: Why It’s Important, What Can Go Wrong, and Simple Steps to Optimize It
by Nina Lane
Digestion is an essential function of the body that reduces food to basic molecules so that nutrients can be absorbed and used by the body. Our health depends on our digestive system’s ability to break down what we ingest and absorb the nutrients, so our cells can function. Good digestion is vital for good health. If there is dysfunction in the digestive system, we will begin to see dysfunction in other areas of our body.
Healthy Aging for Life
by Virginia Dakiniewich
Aging has a wonderful beauty and we should have respect for that. —Eartha Kitt
Each of us is aging; growing older is an inevitable process that happens to everyone. Canadians are aging faster than ever before with the proportion of seniors in the Canadian population expected to double by 2025. (Health Canada, 2014) Canadians are also living longer and experience fewer disabilities than previous generations. Older adults are incredibly diverse with respect to age, income, levels of independence, family circumstances, and ethno cultural backgrounds. Despite negative portrayals in the media and popular culture, aging can be a wonderful time of self-discovery, independence, and freedom. By maintaining physical, mental, and social health, growing older can be a positive life experience.
Freeing the Heart From the Burden of Proof
There is an old Chinese proverb that states: “May you live in uninteresting times,” meaning times of peace and plenty with little social or political turmoil. Well, I guess that can’t be said about the times that we live in at present! Like many of us, I’ve been trying to make sense of the upheavals being played out on the world stage. I have been particularly struck by how the ego driven minds of our times have neither the desire nor the responsibility to be accountable for their actions, beliefs, or words. In fact, most of the responsibility or “burden of proof” is placed on those who want a better-balanced and fairer world; those who have a more heartfelt approach.
Is There a Cure for Allergies?
by Joanne (Yanke) Fisher
Allergies and intolerances are issues I frequently work with in my BodyTalk practice. From the BodyTalk perspective, allergies are overreactions. Our body has created a story that this “thing” is harmful to us and it goes into stress mode out of fear of the “allergen.” During a stressful event, our subconscious says, “Something is dangerous here, I need to protect myself.” It overreacts to something in our current environment or even to the body itself, in the case of autoimmune issues. In most cases the stressor was not the food or another allergen you now react to – it was a case of mistaken identity.
Is Awakening Optional?
by Remi Valois
On February 7, 2016, while we were away on an unplanned, unexpected holiday in Maui, Hawaii, we received a phone call at 5:00 am from the Saskatoon police informing us that our home (including my in-home business) had been destroyed by fire. It was determined by the authories to be a “total loss.” All our material possessions, all our memories, everything was gone in a flash! We came back with only the clothes on our backs. Thankfully, no one was home at that time.
The Saskatchewan Roots of the Man of the Trees
by Paul Hanley
Although born in England, Richard St. Barbe Baker (1889-1982), the world-renowned forester who became renowned as the Man of the Trees in the 1920s, had a long association with Saskatchewan. Baker is the subject of a new biography by Paul Hanley, titled Man of the Trees: Richard St. Barbe Baker, the First Global Conservationist. It will be published in October 2018 by University of Regina Press. In her introduction to the book, Jane Goodall comments that Baker “was, without doubt, one of the greatest advocates for the protection and restoration of forests ever. I am amazed by his life and accomplishments. He is one of my heroes.”
by Melva Armstrong
It is a beautiful summer day as I write this editorial. The sun is shining and a light breeze is blowing gently through the living room window. The peace and quiet are calmly soothing my soul. I have been enjoying the beans, peas, kale, and Swiss chard from our sweet little garden and apples from our two trees. There is nothing better than eating fresh picked vegetables straight from the garden, smothered with loads of butter and afterwards some hot apple crumble and yogurt. Yummy!
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