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Publisher's Message ~ January 2014 Issue

Happy New Year to all our Members
I fondly recall the exciting and incredible passion we had 10 years ago as we started the first eMagazine with the mission of supporting our on-line wellness community. This was before a thing called Facebook. Since then, this same passion and support is evident in our members to-day. It is with the same excitement that leads us to continue to be of service as we come together to share your vision of what we all have to offer.  It continues to be a hub for networking and the go to place to find local workshops as well as educational and informative information to share.

In 2014, OK In Health Community Network is celebrating our 10th Anniversary of serving the mind, body & spirit community.
We have now posted over 10,000 events and workshops, 1,000 of wellness practitioners, published 10,000 high quality articles and best of all we have just reached the 100,000 mark for the numbers of people who have visited our website and eMagazine. Wow! We thank you all for your amazing support during the last 10 years.
Over the year we are planning some special celebration events. We are excited to announce some of them such as:

'The OK-anagan Gathering'
Hosted by the OK In Health community network.
A 10th Anniversary Special Event ~ Please come out and join us!
January 15th - 7pm, Penticton. Join us once a month to gather together in a loving free light community event. Where we can connect, support each other and raise our vibrations in love, light and peace. Everyone is welcome, from those who are just starting their own journey, to those who have been working in the community for years. This is an opportunity to gather as One, and really get to know the people in our community and what they are passionate about to-day.
Each month we will have lots of time to network and to share. We will have some topic discussions and some guest speakers. The evening will start with a short mediation and we plan to end with laughter, love and light and hopefully make some new friends. We are so blessed to live in one of the most sacred places in North America.
We invite you to join us for a gathering of like-minded people and to be in the vibration of this loving energy. To register and for more information contact Maria Carr email 250 493 0106.  Entrance Fee: By donation (suggestion $5). [Kelowna date to follow - Please email us if Interested in more details]
This month's Topic is: MOVE OVER SEDONA!


Three Group Tours with OK In Health 
We are hosting two tours this year to Ireland. Last year we had a marvellous time. This year we have two dates and two different types of tours to choose from for Ireland and one tour to Hawaii.

March
- Celtic Angel Sacred Tour to Ireland with Maria O'Farrell Carr & Cindy Smith. Includes the 4 day Angel Empowerment Practitioner Course, sacred sites & is lots of fun. This tour is 15 nights with lots of tours around of Ireland. Optional: mini tours to London and Paris

September - Celtic 'Holiday & Irish Music' Tour to Ireland - with Maria O'Farrell Carr.  Nancy Rebecca will be joining us during this tour. Nancy is a registered nurse,  clairvoyant,  and is the founder of the Intuitive Mind courses. There are no workshops on this course but there is be some group and private sessions during the tour with Nancy. This a fun-filled & relaxing tour of Ireland and everyone is welcome - See Ireland thru your host Maria O’Farrell Carr's Irish eyes. Irish landscapes, ancient sites and fairy places, live traditional Irish music at night, castles, lots of fun tours, laughter & great CRAIC!... Optional: mini tours to London and Paris

November - Sacred Angel Tour in Hawaii with Maria O'Farrell Carr and Cindy Smith. Cindy wil be teaching the Advance Angel Empowerment Practitioner™ Course. Family are welcome to come join you at a non-course rate.

All tours are booked through our Registered group K. Banks travel agent.


International Guest Speaker Events

Lee Carroll - February 9, 2014
Seminar and Live Channeling with Lee Carroll & a Kryon Okanagan Event

Allison Scott from South Africia. May 31st/June 1st, 2014
We are arranging to fly in another international speaker to the Okanagan. We are very excited to announce that Allison Scott will be joining us in May 2014. She will be hosting an event where we will learn step-by-step technique to connect to the Angelic and Celestial realms, and bring through messages of Love and Wisdom from your Higher Self, Ascended Masters, Spirit Guides and Angels, while staying fully present in your body.
Learn to channel and you will also learn to work in the vibration of the 12th Dimension.
I highly recommend this workshop for beginners to advance students. Please book early.

Dr. William Davis - Jan 20 to 23rd
Wheat Belly Live in the Okanagan
OK In Health eMagazine is an affiliate member and media sponsor of the Wheat Belly Live in the OKanagan. Dr. William Davis will be in the Okanagan in January 20 - 23rd in Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon - For tickets -  click here for more details


Expos and Wellness Show
As always we will be bringing the OK In Health eMagazine and our list of events and practitioners details to many places in 2014. Some events that we will be attending are:

  • Vernon Body and Soul Wellness Fair - March 1-2
  • Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living Fair in Penticton - March 8
  • Vancouver Body & Soul Expo – April 4-6
  • Calgary Body & Soul Expo – April 11-13
  • Calgary Spring Fling with the Angels Conference – May 10
  • Kelowna Wellness Fair – October 4 -5

Keep an eye on our website, social media pages and our monthly eMagazines for more updates of our special Celebration events. You will also find a wide range of events posted by our members. See our event directory for more information.

Please take a moment to read this month's eMagazine below and see what inspires YOU!

Happy New Year
From Maria Carr and the OK In Health Team
 

Recipes
Shannon BlissRecipe Host Manager - Shannon Bliss, manages the recipe Section. CNP, ROHP is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner, Certified Live Cell Microscopist, Weight Loss and Healthy Eating Specialist. Do you have a recipe you would like to share with our members?
Click on the add a recipe link on our recipe page.


Broccoli and Spinach Chilli Sauce Salad

Description:
This is one of the fastest and easiest main dishes to make. It's full of flavor and quick - it also has the cancer-fighting protection of broccoli. Broccoli nutrition facts are astounding. Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables that includes cauliflower, cabbage, turnips, rutabaga, kale, bok choy, Brussels sprouts and mustard greens.The nutritional value of broccoli combined with its low calories make this vegetable a must have on any healthy eating plan. There is a high level of vitamin C in broccoli. Broccoli is also packed with vitamin A, beta carotene, B vitamins especially B3 and B5, folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, iron, chromium, which is an easily absorbed form of calcium, zinc and lots of fiber. It's also loaded with carotenoids - antioxidants that are thought to help with weight loss. Broccoli helps fight cancer, especially breast, colon and lung. It boosts the immune system. Broccoli also contains antioxidants and a substance called sulforaphane, which research is showing to be a powerful cancer fighter and preventer. There is strong evidence that broccoli may reduce the risk of heart disease. It is an antioxidant and helps with stress. Broccoli also lowers the incidence of cataracts and is considered energy boosting. Its high calcium content builds bones.


Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza

Description:
A tasty, vegan and gluten-free pizza crust recipe can be tricky to find. Chef Morgan has shared another of her delicious recipes with the Vega News subscribers—her top-secret pizza dough! It makes the perfect foundation for all your favorite plant-based toppings (we used sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, fresh basil, and a balsamic reduction).


Jody's Honey Curry Salad

Description:
This recipe is packed with flavour...a great way to get your family addicted to salads! The kids will love the blueberries plus they have such great health benefits for all the family. Blueberries are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene as well as rich in the minerals potassium, manganese, magnesium. They are very high in fiber and low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. But this is just the tip of the nutritional iceberg, for recent studies tell us that of all fresh fruits and vegetables, blueberries provide the most health-protecting antioxidants, those valuable elements which prevent cancer-causing cell damage and may limit the changes wrought by age related diseases. The properties of blueberries cross the blood brain barrier to effect these benefits. Antioxidants help to stop the production of free radicals. Free radicals are groups of atoms that impair the cells and the immune system which leads to disease. Anti-oxidants bind the the free electrons in free radicals.

Wellness Directory
Feng Shui & Design ~ Teresa Hwang - 250-549-1356
A Mindful Connection Counselling Services with Carole Fawcett - 250-550-0316
Acupuncture & Laser Therapy with Marcel Mallette - (250) 260-3892
Acupuncture, Western Herbal Medicine & Laser Therapy - 250-328-3811
Alara ~ Uplifted Wholebody and Facial Rejuvenation - (250) 309-0411
Allie Arnst ~ Meridian Sound Therapy - 250-499-9895 or 499 2075
Arlana Tanner ~ Permission2bu - 250 300 9933
Awaken Enchantment - 2508649013
Bahiti Belly Dance - 250-809-4530
Being Wellness and Healing ~ Dylan Smeaton - 250-460-1693
Bellwether Coaching/Evergreen - 250-215-7757
Body-Wize with Ross Short CHP - 250 717 3553
Carla Van Voorst ~ Holographic Healing and BodyTalk - 250-763-7264
Carly Penfold ~ Om Shiatsu - 250-870-8183
Celtic Readings & Healings with Maria O'Farrell Carr, AEP - 250 493 0106
Certified Cancer Coach ~ Kane Consulting - 250-469-4623
Challenge in 8 with YJ Reshape ~ Youth Juice - 778-471-3912
Chi Solutions, feng shui foundations - 250 307 2555
Cloud 9 Coaching with Wendy Binggeli - 250-490-6055
CranioSacral Therapy & Rhythmic Reflexology with Judy Lamb-Richardson - 250-359-7052
Crystals Spirit Adventures - 250-681-1354
Dare To Dream Store & Wellness Centre - 250-712-9295
Daydream Esthetics Studio - 250-490-1233
Dr Ursula ~ Okanagan Thermography+ Cancer Support - 250-864-5260
Dr. Alex Mazurin ~ Penticton Naturopathic Clinic - (250) 492-3181
Dr. Jese Wiens ~ Naturopathic Doctor in Penticton & Summerland - 778-476-6016 or 250-494-3321
Dr. Natalie Mazurin ~ Penticton Naturopathic Clinic - (250) 492-3181
Dr. Tamara Browne - The Natural Family Health Clinic and Chelation Centre - 250-497-6681
Endless Possibilities - 250-497-8696
Feldenkrais Practitioner - Lynn Andersen - Self Sense - 250-498-4855
Gillian Padgett ~ Okanagan Stress Management Inc. - 250-542-7602
Happily Holistic Natural Health and Wellness - 250-491-7559
Health is Bliss - 250-801-2798
Indigo Dreamer ~ Kerry Palframan - 250-494-8955
Kveta's Natural Healing Centre - 250-866-5677
Life Access with Daria Hanson - 250-575-3951
Locals Supporting Locals - Calendar - 250-770-9789
McHugh and Associates LLC ~ "Remote" Regression Therapy and Hypnotherapy - 303 995 4276
Milagro Studios - Okanagan - 778-478-0128
MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes - 250-868-8060
Norma Cowie Enterprises ~ Psychic Readings - 250 490 0654
Okanagan Herbalife - 7784841939
Penticton's Whole Foods Market - Health Store & Cafe - 250-493-2855
Psychic and Spirit Medium - 250 547 2262
Sandra Lee Custom Stone & Gemstone Jewellery - 250 306 4472
Sheila Stephenson – Penticton Health Practitioner - 250-493-3768
Survivorship Dragon Boat Team - 250-490-4045
Wind In The Willow - 250-276-5308
Your ProActive Health Now - 250.488.1656
Questions & Answers
Cindy AtkinsonYou Ask – We Answer! . . . your road map to health & wellness.
HAVE A QUESTION? LET US HELP! - We are here to help you with any of your health-related questions – nothing’s too big or too small! Our professional expert panel will do our best to provide you with information, suggestions, and resources.
The Q and A column is managed by Cindy Atkinson, BA Science in Genetics & Cell Biology.
Click here to ask a question on our Q & A page.


QUESTION:

We would like to start a low salt diet. What is the difference from Low sodium, No sodium and less sodium labels?

ANSWER:

Planning what you eat and balancing your meals are important ways to manage your health. Eating healthy often means making changes in your current eating habits. A registered dietitian can provide in-depth personalized nutrition education, tailor these general guidelines to meet your needs, and help you begin a personal action plan. Some evidence suggests a daily sodium restriction to 1500 milligrams (1.5 grams) may benefit patients with cardiovascular risks including heart failure, hypertension, kidney disease, African-American ethnicity, and all middle aged and older adults.

The best way to start is to read your labels. The sodium content is listed on the food label per serving size. Ignore the % daily value and focus on the amount of mg sodium per serving. Decrease the total amount of sodium you consume to 2,000 milligrams (mg) or 2 grams (g) per day or less.

Foods labeled Low sodium are 140 mg or less per serving.
No sodium have less than 5 mg per serving.
Less Sodium can still be very high. It just means they lowered the salt in the product from what the regular product has.

A good idea is to keep a record of the amount of sodium you consume every day. Write down the amount in mg after each meal or snack.

Supreme Events
Catalyst For Change
January 4 - 1, 2014
A New-Year's Plant Based Cleanse
January 7, 2014
Angelic Healing Practitioner Training
January 10, 2014
Maximize your Fitness with Kasie
January 12, 2014
'The OK-anagan Gathering'
January 15, 2014
Awakening to Miracles
January 16, 2014
Sound Healing Practitioner Training
January 17, 2014
Touch for Health Level 1
January 18 - 19, 2014
Wheat Belly LIVE with Author Dr William Davis ~ Penticton Jan 20th
January 20, 2014
Wheat Belly LIVE with Author Dr William Davis ~ Kelowna January 21st
January 21, 2014
Wheat Belly LIVE with Author Dr William Davis ~ Vernon 23rd
January 22, 2014
Wheat Belly LIVE with Author Dr William Davis ~ Kamloops Jan 22nd
January 22, 2014
Stress Indicator Point System (SIPS) Level 1
January 24, 2014
Seminar and Live Channeling with Lee Carroll & a Kryon Okanagan Event
February 9, 2014
Touch for Health Level 2
February 15 - 16, 2014
Winter Retreat at Serenate Guesthouse
February 21, 2014
Write Goals as Ideal Scenes with Wendy Binggeli
February 22, 2014
Nurture Yourself to Embrace Mid-Life Change - Luxury Hawaii Retreat
February 24, 2014
Vernon Body and Soul Wellness Fair - 10th Annual
March 1 - 2, 2014
2nd Celtic Angel Sacred Tour to Ireland with Maria Carr & Cindy Smith ~ 2014
March 8, 2014
Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living Fair
March 8, 2014
Shiatsu Practitioner Training Program
March 12, 2014
Angel Empowerment Practitioner™ International Course in Ireland
March 13, 2014
Touch for Health Level 3
March 15 - 16, 2014
Stress Indicator Point System Level Two
March 28 - 30, 2014
Tantra Yoga and The Deep Psyche
April 18, 2014
The Yoga and Psyche Conference
April 18, 2014
Touch for Health Level 4
April 19 - 20, 2014
Spring Festival of Awareness
April 25, 2014
Weekend Yoga Workshop with Desiree Rumbaugh
April 25, 2014
I Can Do It! Conference 2014 Vancouver
May 17 - 18, 2014
RAC Teacher Trainer course - 2014
May 24, 2014
GEMS - Goal, Element, Mode, Stack - Level One
May 24 - 25, 2014
Registered Reflexology Therapist Certificate Course - 2014 ( Registration Open)
May 29, 2014
Conscious Channelling Workshop with Allison Scott from South Africa ~ Okanagan
May 31 - 1, 2014
TFH 5-Element Metaphors
June 14 - 14, 2014
Celtic 'Holiday & Irish Music' Tour to Ireland - with Maria 0'Farrell Carr (September)
September 8, 2014
Wise Women's Festival 2014
September 19, 2014
Kelowna Wellness Fair
October 4 - 5, 2014
Sacred Tour in Hawaii & Advance Angel Empowerment Practitioner™ Course
November 6, 2014
Basic and Diploma Counselling Hypnotherapy Program
Ongoing
A Girls Weekend Out… Kamloops
Ongoing
Children's After School - Art and Yoga Classes
Ongoing
Adult & Children Pottery Classes
Ongoing
Caroline Sutherland's - Free Monday Night Teleconference
Ongoing
Free Audio Affirmations with Debbie Ford
Ongoing
Goddess Wisdom Intensive- Awaken your Inner Goddess, 7 Week Program
Ongoing
Hypnotherapy Correspondence Course
Ongoing
Certified Holistic Health & SHIATSU Practitioner Diploma Program
Ongoing
Herbology I ~ by Dr. Terry Willard
Ongoing
Mayan Prophecies For Changing Times ~ with Dr Terry Willard
Ongoing
Distance Learning through Windsong School of Healing
Ongoing
~ MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes
Ongoing
*POP* The Power of Pleasure ~ How weight loss can be fun & sexy!
Ongoing
NIA ~ 5 STAGES with Patti Tennessy
Ongoing
Indian Head Massage Course
Ongoing
Rejuvenating Face Massage Course
Ongoing
Okanagan Wellness Workshops with Dr. Troy
Ongoing
Guitar Circle ~ South Okanagan ~ Come Join us!
Ongoing
Penticton's Leggotts School of Rock and Roll - Join a Rock band!
Ongoing
.- Noontime Tai Chi with Claudia -.
Ongoing
Kelowna Prostate Cancer Support & Awareness Group
Ongoing
Yoga Classes for People with MS
Ongoing
Book Club
Lyndsay BlaisThe OK In Health's Book Club is managed by Lyndsay Blais, a passionate speaker, author and success coach.
Join in Lyndsay's weekly discussion on the book of the month. As an avid reader, Lyndsay looks forward to facilitating interesting conversations with you through the OK in Health Book Club! Would you like to join our New OK In Health's Book Club? Open to all OK In Health members.

Click here to join the book club.


Book Review: Wheat Belly

Dr. William Davis is a medical doctor who treats patients for heart disease and other ailments using a wheat-free diet. Though this isn’t particularly revolutionary I was immediately intrigued by the first chapter of Wheat Belly, which gives a detailed explanation of how modern wheat is different both physically and genetically from the wheat “our grandparents grew up eating.”

I think there are some valuable messages in Wheat Belly worth considering. Gluten (and maybe just modern wheat, who knows) is known to be one of the most inflammatory substances consumed by humans and many people would likely benefit from cutting it out. Davis recommends eliminating wheat for 4-8 weeks to see if there is an improvement in symptoms.

If you regularly struggle with any of the following issues, a temporary gluten-free experiment may be worth it for you:

•fatigue
•depression
•arthritis
•irritable bowel syndrome
•autoimmune problems
•attention deficit disorder
•hair loss
•bone loss
•anemia

And there are probably many more. The nice thing is that while eliminating gluten for 4-8 weeks does take some effort, it is still a relatively simple, non-invasive way to troubleshoot health problems and potentially improve your life dramatically. If nothing improves, you can always go back to your bagels and Cheerios. It is important to keep in mind though, that many symptoms require an extended period without gluten before improvement is seen.

I do think Davis does a good job of illustrating how many ways patients could benefit from a temporary wheat elimination. The prescription is easy and harmless, and definitely worth trying if you have health problems you and your doctor can’t seem to solve.

Event Review
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EARTHSTAR WHEEL SACRED VORTEX CEREMONY on Sunday 17th November, 2013

I have been working with Archangel Michael, Archangel Metatron and the Lemurians who guided me to gather a group to do some work on the Okanagan lake vortex energy point. In North America we have the ‘North American Earth Star wheel’. It is a circle of vortex energy points that are connected by a major Leyline. They also energize smaller Ley Lines that branch out from there. The ceremony was similar to the one AA Michael facilitated in Ireland but this time the energy moved very fast. As all the celestial beings arrived it was like a world conference or gathering on the shores of the lakes spreading out along the beach surrounding our circle, along the beach, on the lake and on the hills. I won’t go into all the details of the ceremony but just to say it was an amazing event for us all. We all felted blessed to have been apart of it. JOin us on January 15th if your owuld like to hear more.
I had such lovely feedback from the people who were distantly sitting with us. Even though we were later in starting the ceremony part they all said they felt it start around noon and was done by 12:30. One lady sent me a photo of a huge wave that came crashing over the rocks just after 12.30, were they were on the Queen Charlotte Island. It felt like the energy was arriving to them as a giant wave of energy.
My friend in Ireland said that she felt herself fly over us and saw us on the beach, again she said on the hour to the half hour. She asked did we start later :O)
There was a duck that was in the center of our wheel circle. After the event, as I left to head home the duck walked all the way up from the shore, and stood in front of me. I thanked him for joining in the ceremony too and then off he went.
Thanks to all 19 who were able to join us for this special day
Grá agus Solus,
from Maria Carr


"We began our morning with a blanket of white snow and sunshine. A quick reminder of the gathering of the people with the Angelic Realm at the Okanagan Lake for the activation of the beautiful Earth Star #18. The brightness of the full moon and her energy the night before made the ceremony absolutely magical. I was facing the North on point 19 during the ceremony as I felt the energy of White Buffalo and the Archangels coming through. The caption for the perfect moment was the Raven which flew overhead of us with a walnut in his mouth." Aho, Raven Soul Star!
RK Penticton



Thank you for inviting me to the ceremony, I enjoyed the learning experience very much and it was good to gather with so many like-minded souls. I felt the vortex in the middle of the circle quite strongly. I was feeling chilly from the weather but suddenly I became very pleasantly toasty all over. At the same time I saw with eyes closed a huge bright object, multi-faceted with large roundish facets, kind of like a giant celestial crystal, with chards of light firing off each facet in all directions, extremely bright and white, almost blinding, intensely beautiful. It seemed to be about a foot in front of me. Then it all faded very quickly and was gone. The whole thing felt like it took no more than three seconds. Anyway, that was my experience. Again, thank you for inviting me. With best wishes,
Deb

Wow, what a full day of ceremony and celebration of our divine alignment... a very auspicious day indeed .. made exceptionally auspicous by the Earth Star Wheel Ceremony ... thank you for the honour of participating in the grounding of these sacred energies. Life, love and light,
Ajeet ji

I am really glad to have been there and participate. i loved being out there doing that...Keep doing the work you do. I am really happy about any good that becomes of any of this we do and rejoice in our collective efforts regarding. Thank you for inviting me
Claudia

I was honoured to be on "The Wheel of Life" and to be in company of so many medicine people...all walking our own truths and sharing them with other's...just by the simple presence and being in like vibrations our Unity Consciousness affects the world and we connected on many levels! I reached a deep level of grounding...that which I have never experience...I like to fly with spirit and grounding is something I have to really concentrate on...I almost flew a couple of times but kept my eyes open so I could focus on the duck who seemed to like to come around my drum...I was a bit afraid of it lol...that is part of my "contrary" medicine...I fear animals but embrace the medicine and power of them! That duck was indeed VERY connected to the ceremony.
How very special was that gathering and the connection to the water!
I felt the energy of White Buffalo medicine and thought it was absolutely perfect that I was standing on point 5 which was the James River, North Dakota meridian. The White Buffalo teachings are from there and the Lakota/Dakota people...very close to where I was born and raised...Winnipeg, MB
Exactly where you need to be when you need to be there...that is being in the flow... AHO ALL MY RELATIONS ... RED WIND DANCING of Turtle Clan -
Brenda "White Dove" Hebert


We are soooooo lucky to be available to do this work and aware of the gifts we get as an individual and the collective. I feel so blessed to have a marvellous connection with the Shuswap and the Okanagan rivers of light...
Thanks so much for facilitating today and your willingness to step up to the "plate".
SP, Vernon


Maria, wow! Thanks so much for inviting me to help in the Earth Star Wheel Ceremony!
When you asked me to help, I knew almost instantly that my gift was to help ground the energies and that is exactly what I experienced. Helping you to ground, I could feel you way up there, doing the work. From the waist down I was solid and imbedded deeply into the Earth. I was in awe at what was being accomplished. The experience was exquisite! It was such a gift to be on the beach in the presence of such open hearted people feeling our Oneness and, being in the Divine Love of the Archangels and Heavenly Hosts.
With Gratitude, Love and Blessings
Bernice Granger


Articles
10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases by Mariana Caplan
It is a jungle out there, and it is no less true about spiritual life than any other aspect of life. Do we really think that just because someone has been meditating for five years, or doing 10 years of yoga practice, that they will be any less neurotic than the next person? At best, perhaps they will be a little bit more aware of it. A little bit....
7 Tips to Keep Your Energy Up! by Caroline Sutherland
I am always asked how I keep my energy up, how I maintain great energy and how I stay optimistic even though circumstances would appear otherwise. Here are my suggestions:....
A New Day, A New Year, A New Raw Beginning by Sandra Butler
Going back to school has not changed my mind about the importance of including raw live food in our diets on a daily basis. If you have been an avid reader of OK in Health eMagazine for some time and if you have tuned into my raw food column in the past, you might notice that I have recently added some initials after my name. I am now able to sign my name as Sandra Butler, RHN. Yes, I did it!
A Wheat Belly LIVE Event with Author Dr William Davis by OK In Health's Articles
OK In Health eMagazine is proud to announce - The Wheat Belly LIVE with Author Dr William Davis - Tickets now available. Limited seating – Book Early. Experience Wheatlessness! Featuring Dr. William Davis, bestselling author of Wheat Belly and the Wheat Belly Cookbook with special guests. OK In Health members ticket now available
Coconut Oil: The Real Truth by Klaus Ferlow
In our society coconut oil has been given a bad name and many are under the impression that this oil contains unhealthy saturated fats and therefore creates clogged arteries and heart problems. This misperception is likely due to a negative campaign against saturated fats and tropical oils that encouraged manufacturers to favour cash crops like soy as opposed to coconut oil.
Embracing an Attitude of Gratitude by Lyndsay Blais
If you have been struggling to embrace some changes in your life lately, try cultivating an “Attitude of Gratitude”. You may have heard this little tip before, adopting an attitude of gratitude is one of the most efficient and expedient ways to shift to a better feeling state, and it’s effects are immediate!
General Feng Shui Tips for Love & Relationship by Teresa Hwang
Qi – energy in our environment – is specific to every space, relative to the time when the building was constructed, and to the people who are living or working within that space. Feng Shui is also about change, what we do in our environment will affect the outcome of different aspects of our lives.
Healing with Food, Reiki and Galactic Guides Advice by Agnes Toews Andrews
Potatoes are more than just watery tubers but a healing food; and Reiki, hands on healing energy medicine ties in nicely to healing.
Homeopathic Remedies for Seasonal Allergies by Katharina Riedener
It happens to millions of people every year. The stuffy head, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing that signals seasonal allergies. The good news is that there are numerous mind, body, spirit remedies that can help you feel better.
Hope and Hopelessness by Kerry Palframan, RN
By listening to my hopelessness; not running from it and sitting down and dialoguing with it, it showed me the way. This unpleasant feeling of hopelessness was in fact my ally and the friend I needed to show me what direction to move in...
Let’s celebrate the gifts of winter by David Suzuki
We Canadians have a special relationship with snow and ice. We ski in it, skate on it, play in it, shovel it, drive through it, sometimes even bicycle through it and suffer through it for many months of the year – some of us more than others, depending on what part of the country we call home. But how much do we know about it? Do Inuit really have dozens of words for snow and ice? Are snowflakes always six-sided? Can two ever be alike? Why is snow white?...
Love Your Inner Child - Releasing Hurts of the Past. by Louise Hay
It doesn’t matter how old you are, there is a little child within who needs love and acceptance. If you’re a woman, no matter how self-reliant you are, you have a little girl who’s very tender and needs help. If you’re a man, no matter how macho you are, you still have a little boy inside who craves warmth and affection..
New Study Shows that Naturopathic Medicine Helps Prevent Heart Disease by Dr. Tamara Browne
Statistically we know that every 7 minutes a Canadian dies from heart attack or stroke. And now we know that Naturopathic Medicine is an important addition to a healthy, preventive, holistic care approach to the treatment of CVD...
Overweight Pets by Linda Buhler
Giving pets treats is a nice thing to do, or so most people tend to think. However, moderation is the key, because if it's over done, we may be doing more harm than good in the long run.
Transformational Times by Pamela Shelly
I have really been noticing things ramping up. Anything that is out of alignment in all areas of our life is coming to a head. Many old souls are experiencing a lot of pain and suffering rather than the joyful bliss that is available to each of us when we are willing to connect to our Higher Self, Guides and Angels and follow our soul’s path.
Traveling and Dining Out Gluten Free by Cathy Lauer
Helpful information and up to date resources to help you find safe place to eat in your own town and across Canada.
Free Admission Events
A New-Year's Plant Based Cleanse
January 7, 2014

What better way to start the new year than with with a gentle cleanse using easy to obtain plant-based materials.
Caroline Sutherland's - Free Monday Night Teleconference
Every Monday - 5:30pm PT/8:30pm ET - Everywhere

FREE Teleconference - Ask a Question - Each week, Internationally Recognized Medical Intuitive, Caroline discuss a topical health issue that affect us all. Then she opens up the phone lines, does some spot readings.
Free Audio Affirmations with Debbie Ford
On-going - Internet

Are you feeding yourself with the thoughts, ideas, and words that will add to your self-love? Listen now to one of the self-esteem boosting affirmations below.
Buddhist Discourse and Meditation
Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 - Kelowna

Buddhist Meditation and Discourse Thursday evenings at Heartwood Buddhist Meditation Centre. 7-8:30pm #3 2979 S. Pandosy St. By Donation
Concerned about your Diabetes? - Terrace
Tuesday Afternoons 1:30 - 2:45 - Terrace

FREE Diabetes information event - Different subject every week. Limited seating. Please RSVP and mention OK In Health as your referral.
Course in Miracles ~ Monday Meetings
Every Monday at 7:00 pm - Kelowna

Study the Course in Miracles with old and new students. Weekly reading from the Text, break, and discussions on individual practice experience. No fee
Do You Suffer from Anxiety?
Every Wednesday 11am to 12 - Penticton

Join us for a relaxation workshop at the Penticton Wellness Centre.
Free Course - Families and friends of individuals diagnosed with any mental illness
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm - - Kelowna

A FREE Course For families and friends of individuals diagnosed with any mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Bi-polar, Depression, Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsion.
Goddess Circle
ongoing: Second Tuesday of each month 7 pm - Lake Country

Women's sharing circle. Connect with other heart centered women on thier spiritual journey. All are welcome. No charge, no experience needed. 7 pm on the Second Tuesday of each month.
Guided Hiking - Free
10am - Kelowna

Mt. Baldy (Dilworth) Rifle Rd. Join our walking instructors as they guide you on the path to physical health and well being. Meet new friends, and get fit at the same time! Please arrive on time
Kelowna Conscious Cocktails
Every 2nd Thursday of the Month. 6 - 9 pm - Kelowna

Connect. Converse. Conspire. Create. Come out and create community with others of "light" mind. No agenda other than to be true Self and share in a safe space. You are never alone! $2 Toonie donation at the door.
Kelowna Gifts to Grandmothers
Every Thursday morning 9:30 a.m. - Kelowna

Dedicated volunteers assist vulnerable women & children in Africa along with grandmothers who are raising orphaned grandchildren due to the HIV/Aids pandemic
Meditation Support Group
Each Wednesday 7-8:30 pm - Kelowna

We meet to support each other in tranquility meditation and sit for 45 minutes. Both beginners and experienced welcome.
Penticton Green Drinks
1st Thursday of the month at 5pm at the Barley Mill - Penticton

People who take sustainability seriously in the South Okanagan now have an opportunity to meet up on the first Thursday of every month at an informal session known internationally as Green Drinks.
Personal Insights
On going - Lake Country

Spiritual Growth Support Group- Come out on the third Thursday of each month. Sharing and discussion of various spiritual topics, books etc. Ongoing.
Retreats & Weekend Away
Winter Retreat at Serenate Guesthouse
February 21, 2014

We at FLOW presents Nutrition ? Yoga ? Meditation Winter Retreat with Blair Edwards and Mehrnaz Massoudi in the Okanagan
Nurture Yourself to Embrace Mid-Life Change - Luxury Hawaii Retreat
February 24, 2014

A Holistic Wellness Retreat for Women on the Big Island of HAWAII! Experiencing the weight of emotional baggage, changes, demands and responsibilities? Put the YOU back into FUN! Now is Your Time!
A Girls Weekend Out… Kamloops
You pick the weekend! - Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

Get all the girls together and spend an unforgettable, fun and relaxing weekend at the South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre.
Drumming for Kids ~ Summer programs
July and August - Kelowna

Looking for an exciting summer program with activity for kids. Experience various percussion instruments of the world. (Bongo, Conga,Timbales, Doumbek, Djembe, Surdo, etc.)
Sober but Stuck?
On-going - Kelowna

Have you been clean & sober for quite a while yet find yourself: Unhappy, discontented, or having difficulties? Treat yourself to an individualized renewal retreat! One, two or three weeks.
 
Festivals & Fairs
Vernon Body and Soul Wellness Fair - 10th Annual
March 1, 2014

This event, which welcomes over 2000 guests over the weekend, takes place at the Vernon Recreation Centre Auditorium and holds over 60 exhibitors from all areas of health and wellness.
Vernon's Mosaic Market
Every Saturday 9am to 12pm - Vernon

We have a variety of vendors with locally grown/made products at Westshore Estates Community Park
Fitness Classes
Maximize your Fitness with Kasie
January 12, 2014

Learning the tricks & tools of a Personal Trainer!! This workshop for all fitness levels will leave you with the knowledge and confidence to maximise your workouts and see results faster.
*POP* The Power of Pleasure ~ How weight loss can be fun & sexy!
On - Going - Kelowna

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO: look forward to your exercise class?, feel energized, pumped, sweaty AND happy from your workout? and release weight and have fun doing it? Join our 6 week program to-day!
.- Noontime Tai Chi with Claudia -.
.Monday to Thursday 12:10-12:50 - Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

Tai Chi in action generates energy flow and releases blockages there by doing Tai Chi results in overall balance. I guide a 21 movement sequence that suits novice, seniors, children, patients recovering from mobility and pain - everyone welcome.
~ MotionWorks Fitness Studio ~ Nia & Yoga-Fit classes
On-Going - Kelowna, BC

MotionWorks Fitness is a health and wellness lifestyle studio dedicated to safe and meaningful exercise methods. Join Patti Tennessy Nia Technique Black Belt, Yoga-Fit, Pilates, and more classes.
NIA ~ 5 STAGES with Patti Tennessy
On Going - Kelowna, B.C., Canada

NIA 5 STAGES: Learning Nia 5 Stages Technique gives you a movement elixir for increasing body awareness and ageing with grace. Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking
Yoga Classes for People with MS
Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. - Vernon, BC

The Okanagan Vernon Chapter of the MS Society holds weekly yoga classes for people with MS. For more information, please call Sherry
Nia Classes - Penticton
Tuesday 10:30am, Thursday 9:00am , Monday's 7:00pm , Wednesday 6:00pm, - Penticton

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.Please phone to check times.
Aqua Prenatal
Friday afternoons - 2 pm - Vernon

Gentle postnatal exercises gradually help the new mother to regain physical strength, tone their muscles, enjoy deep relaxation and develop close bonds with their baby.
February Freeze up Run/Walk
11.30 for regisration - Peachland

5 km Run and Walk - Fairly flat route along Beach Avenue and the foreshore of Okanagan Lake. A very scenic route. $20
Feldenkrais Works...... - Nelson
Thurs.'s 5:15-6:15 p.m., Fri.'s 12-1 p.m. - Nelson

Better balance, posture, flexibility, less pain.....
Friday's Dance Nights
On-Going ~ Every other Friday - Kelowna

Join us for a great night of dancing. Big band, Latin, swing, country, Ballroom and yes disco. We will dance to them all. Everyone is invited beginners - pro, we are goig to have fun.
Good Morning with Dru Yoga!
Saturdays from 9 - 10:00 am - Penticton

Activations, body preps, energy block release sequences, yogic postures and breath work with a final restorative relaxation to start your day!
Kelowna Nature Hikes
Wednesdays and Weekends - Kelowna

Bring a lunch. For general information call Rick Gee 250-763-0124
Nia Classes - Vancouver
Tuesday 6:00pm or Sunday 11:00am - Vancouver

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.
Nia Classes - Kamloops
Mondays 6:30pm - Kamloops

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Classes run in sessions. Newcomers are welcome anytime. Flex passes and unlimited passes available.
Nia Classes - Spokane
Mon. or Wed. 5:30pm or Tuesday or Thursday at 9am - Spokane

Nia empowers people of all shapes and sizes. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music.
Noon Hour Yoga Classes
Wednesday at 12 - Kelowna

A one hour class open to all levels of students. All levels of students are welcome. Modifications will be given when necessary.
Salsa Thursdays
8pm to 10:00pm - Kelowna

Singles, Couples, All levels and ages-30 minute lesson with dance to follow - Great exercise for body and mind, meet new people, ongoing event since 2007.
Scottish Country Dancing
Wednesday or Thursdays nights at 7.30pm - Kelowna

No experience necessary and no partners needed! Come and enjoy the camaraderie and get fun exercise too!
Sound Bath ~ Tibetan & Crystal Bowls in the Water
3rd Thursday of the month - Vernon

Conic healing session while floating in the warm salt waters with quartz crystal singing bowls live, Tibetan bowls etc. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation.
SOYA Yoga Teacher Training
On-Going - Penticton

Offers RYT 200, 300 & 500 Hour Extended Programs. Become a certified & registered Yoga Teacher at International standards! Find out for yourself why people love our SOYA Yoga Teacher Training program!
UBC Run/Walk group meeting
Every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the Kalamalka Residences Wellness Centre. - Kelowna

Students, staff, public, and faculty are welcome. Great opportunity to get or stay fit while exploring the hiking trails around campus and meet new people. All levels welcome. Free
Watsu & Tibetan Bowl
On-going - Vernon

Join with Audrey Meuse and cCome experience the perfect mix, a Watsu and the sound vibrations of the Tibetan Bowls. Restorative Calm.
Woga ~ Gentle Water Yoga
Tuesday, Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm - Vernon

Gentle Yoga is great for people new to yoga and for those hoping to strengthen and stretch muscles and ease joint pain. End with a floating heart meditation.
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Michael O'ConnorTake time in your busy week to reflect on your inner rhythms of yourself and your life. OK In Health's Soular Rhythms column managed by Michael O'Connor.
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January 3, 2014

Tip of the Month:

As is customary for this first issue of the year, each horoscope entry will provide an overview of themes and trends that can be expected in 2014. The year begins with a dynamic exchange of energy between Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto. All 4 of these planets are in Cardinal Signs which are symbolic of deliberate initiative. The particular ‘aspects’ or energy exchanges between them indicate powerful assertions of change affecting us individually and socially. This particular series of interactions already began in mid-December. As usual many of these will stem from official places and certainly not all of them will prove popular. We can expect more of the same over the first six weeks or so anyway of 2014. On February 18, 2014 the Moon’s Nodes will leave Scorpio and Taurus and enter Libra and Aries. This 18 month cycle will coincide with aggressive social elements seeking a new quality of diplomatic exchange towards fairer solutions. The o...
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