Winter is coming, are you blue? Let’s talk about SAD

A photo by Andrew Branch.

Being Chinese, I was raised in a family where any form of emotions were considered “wrong”. If I felt sad, I was told to “Buck up! Go eat something and everything will be fine.

In some cultures and families, showing of emotions is considered a weakness. If you show any emotions, you set yourself up to be ridiculed, sometimes even by your closest family members.

So imagine my surprise when I found myself depressed my first winter in Canada. I was at university, living on my own and for the first time in my life, I was sad, anxious and lonely. Since I denied my feelings for 20 plus years, I was not in touch with my emotions.

Those feelings were new to me, I did not know what to do. I was lonely and had no family around. I dealt with my emotions by going to the gym, running, watching TV and my diet mainly consisted of carbohydrates, sugar and lots of coffee. I had low energy and I was grumpy.


5 ways to stay healthy this Fall


Fall is the season when the leaves start to change, there is a slight chill in the air, we start to put away our shorts and bring out our warmer clothes like jackets and scarves for the cooler weather.

Fall in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Theory

In TCM theory, Fall is associated with metal and the lungs. In this season, we move from summer where life is expansive and external, to the fall season where life is more internal and constrictive. In the fall, we tend to shift to doing more activities indoor and finishing projects started in the summer.

Entrepreneur – 5 Lessons learned this 1st Year


Me: (crying) Being an entrepreneur is so hard, there’s so much to do and not enough time.

Coach: What do you need help with? How can we make this easier?

Me: I don’t know. There’s just SO much! (Bah!)

When Kimen (hubby) and I decided to open our own wellness clinic last year and became entrepreneurs, things came together quickly. Mentors, friends and family stepped in to help. Doors opened, we found our space within 2 weeks and whenever we needed help, the right people would show up.

However, what no one tells you when you open a business is that there are a lot of behind the scenes work like website design, writing your bio, designing your business cards, picking out office furniture, paint color and should you have plants? If so, what kind?

As we celebrate our 1 year anniversary this week, a lot of friends and patients have asked if being an entrepreneur is worth it and if we would do anything differently? Short answer? Yes, it is worth it and no, the process although at times stressful, the lessons learned were insightful and meaningful.


Transition to Warming Food for Fall

Fall foods

By Sharon Pendlington. Sharon is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor, Birth Doula and founder of Personal Nutrition. 

It is not yet officially autumn, and yet my body is preparing to let go of the cooling food of summer to embrace the nutrient-dense, warming food of fall. Perhaps this resonates with you as well? Have you had your fill of luscious, juicy fruits and berries or crisp salad greens and raw vegetables?

Eat Food According to the Seasons

The shift in energy that accompanies the change in climate and household routines (as children return to school for instance) reminds me that my diet ought to be shifting as well. This change in diet is guided by seasonal, locally grown and harvested food.

In order to keep our bodies in balance and ensure we are consuming a variety of food, we want to harmonize the food we eat with the seasons. When we purchase and eat seasonally, our food is more nutrient-dense, we support local farmland and businesses – helping to protect sustainable food systems, and we ensure that the food producers receive a greater percentage of our food dollar.