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A Simple Way to Improve Spinal Rotation

This is a simple way to improve spinal rotation through the thoracic and lumbar spine. When rotating to each side, be sure to allow the feet to move and pivot naturally so as to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the knees, ankles, and hips. Read more

 

How to Liberate Your Shoulders by Stretching Your Lats and Posterior Shoulder Region

Here are some variations on how to lengthen your lats and posterior shoulder region, thereby optimizing your shoulder mobility. Read more

 

How To Make Korean Jello

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Korean jello isn't sweet like most western dessert varieties. But yowsers, does it ever make for a silky smooth and healthy side dish to steaming bowls of rice and soup. To fully appreciate Korean jello, you have to drizzle on a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and green onions. Add a pinch of chilli powder to the mix and you may just have a new favourite dish for family and friends.

Called doh toh ree mook in Korean, these lovely jello squares can be made with a few different primary ingredients, the healthiest of which are acorn powder and green bean powder - both are readily available in Korean grocery stores. No need to add gelatin - if you follow the instructions below, it will come out just like jello without sugar. Read more

 

Shelby's Nut Butter Banana Cream Pie

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Ingredients:

Crust:

1 cup of raw cashews
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup of pitted dates, tightly packed
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

Banana Filling: Read more

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy - A Safe Way to Accelerate Healing?

Originally posted in June of 2015

If you have a chronic musculoskeletal injury that isn't responding to appropriate rest, stretching, and other rehab measures, you might consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

PRP therapy involves extracting a small amount of blood from your arm, using a centrifuge to collect the platelets in your blood, and then injecting concentrated platelets into injured tissue(s).

The idea is that natural growth factors that are secreted by your platelets can promote healing that would otherwise be difficult because of inadequate blood flow and healing capacity. Read more

 

Shelby's Oil-Free Roasted Veggies with Tahini

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Ingredients:

Bite-size pieces of any vegetables that you enjoy.

Vegetables used in the the photo above:

Sweet potatoes
Mushrooms
Brussels sprouts
Broccoli

Sea salt and pepper Read more

 

Times of Conflict Make or Break Relationships

It’s how we behave during times of conflict that ultimately determines the quality of our relationships.

To like, love, and even to adore are effortless when all is good.

But how well do we listen with deep intent to understand when there is disagreement?

How capable are we of considering our shortcomings and how we might have contributed to any conflict at hand?

If we can’t offer heartfelt empathy, and we refuse to take responsibility for our contributions to hurt feelings, the fracture only grows wider. Read more

 

How to Make California-Style Avocado Rolls

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Updated on June 23, 2019

If you enjoy California rolls but haven't ventured to make them at home, may this pictorial serve as a helpful guide. We enjoy our California rolls with avocado and cucumber - combine these fresh fruits with lightly seasoned rice, and you have the perfect mix of creamy, cool, and tangy. Absolutely mouthwatering, especially when dipped in my mom's secret dipping sauce. Read more

 

Deep Active Stretch To Improve Shoulder Mobility

This is highly effective for lengthening the posterior deltoid region, including rotator cuff muscles and back muscles that govern scapular movement. Read more

 

Rotator Cuff Stretch to Prevent Impingement, Bursitis, Frozen Shoulder, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

This is arguably one of the most helpful stretches you can do to keep your shoulders healthy for overhead activity. Read more

 

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