July 2011 Newsletter

July Newsletter

Volume 2, Number 7

Announcements

Jodie Lindley, RMT

Advanced Chiropractic + Wellness Centre is proud to welcome Jodie Lindley to our team.  Jodie combines traditional deep tissue and Swedish massage techniques, with Craniosacral therapy and Reiki.  She has over ten years of experience as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), and her passion and speciality is the body-mind connection.

 

Jodie’s services will be available on Mondays from 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. starting July 4th 2011.

Office Survey

We would like to thank everyone who filled out our survey, either in office or online.  The information you provided has been very helpful and insightful.  We are continuously striving to provide a better health care experience for you and your family.

We would like to congratulate Song-Hi ~ the winner of our Night Out Movie Ticket draw!

Eating Organic

By: Correne Omland

 

Food choices have never been more complicated and overwhelming than they are now.  Should you only eat local foods or is it okay to buy strawberries from California?  Should you eat organic and if so what are the benefits?  The increase in the cost of food further complicates these decisions.  When you have a family to feed, eating local and organic may seem impossible.

Why Organic?

Organic has become a popular buzz word in the food industry.  With every company under the sun jumping on this bandwagon, it is important to know your facts.  That being said, why should you bother with organic?

  • It’s better for the environment
    • No pesticides means healthier soil, water, and surrounding wildlife
    • It supports local farmers
      • Organic farmers earn a fairer price than commercial factory farmers
      • It’s great for biodiversity
        • Organic farmers grow a wider variety of fruits and vegetables
        • It’s healthier for you
          • Most non-organic fruits and vegetables have residual traces of pesticides on them even after washing.  Long-term ingestion of these chemicals is not good for your health.

Top 12 Fruits and Vegetables that You Should Buy Organic

In a perfect world we would only buy organic food.  Unfortunately buying organic is more expensive and sometimes completely unavailable.  A town like Stouffville is a perfect example.  It can be difficult and often impossible to find organic food in our local grocery stores.  If you are working within a budget but still want to support organic farmers here are the 12 fruits and vegetables that have the highest levels of pesticide contamination.

  • Nectarines
  • Celery
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Spinach & other leafy greens (including lettuces and kale)
  • Potatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Raspberries

Here is a list of the top 15 fruits and vegetables that have the least amount of pesticides.  Note that many of these have thick, inedible skins which protect them.

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Corn (However, almost all corn is genetically modified)
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Peas
  • Cabbage
  • Eggplant

Eating Local

By: Correne Omland

Another popular food trend is eating local (also called the 100 Mile Diet).  The climate in Ontario makes eating local (especially in the winter) a little challenging, but if you can eat mostly local it can have a great impact on your community and the planet.

Why Eat Local?

  • Taste the difference
    • Local food doesn’t have to travel hundreds of kilometres to get to your plate (while ripening in a truck on the way).  Fruits and vegetables at local markets are often picked less than 24 hours before you buy them!
    • Know what you’re eating
      • When you buy local, especially at a farmers’ market, you have the opportunity to get to know the farmer and how they grow their food.
      • Meet your community
        • Studies have shown that people who shop at farmers’ markets have ten times as many conversations than their grocery store shopping counterparts.
        • Get in touch with the seasons
          • Eating locally means eating what’s in season.  When you taste a local cherry you’ll never want one of those flavourless ones from half-way across the world again!
          • Saving our planet
            • A regional diet uses far less natural resources than a diet that is worldly sourced.  A study out of Iowa states that a local diet consumes 17 times less oil and gas.
            • Supporting small and local farms (and therefore the local economy!)
              • One of the best reasons to buy local is to support local farmers.  One day when food prices are so high, we will be glad to have food available from local sources.

Focus On: Downtown Stouffville Farmers’ Markets

For local and organic shopping options, try visiting the Downtown Stouffville Farmers’ Market.

Location: Park Drive (south of Main Street, Stouffville)

Date: Thursdays

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For additional information please visit their website: http://www.townofws.com/farmersmarket.asp

Recipe:  Strawberry and Spinach Salad

  • 2 cups (500 ml) spinach, rinsed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sliced Ontario strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) paprika
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) poppy seeds

In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and strawberries. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, paprika and poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries and toss to coat. http://ontariofarmfresh.com

Did You Know?

Did you know that there are over 57,000 farms in Ontario?

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