Tuesday, 31 March 2015, 4:00 am

Heal yourself through meditation

By ANDREA CROSBY
Staff Writer
Meditation is an important part in healing from the inside out, allowing one to calm their mind and let go of things that serve them no purpose.                                 PHOTO BY ANDREA CROSBYLearning to combat emotional and mental issues and trauma can be difficult. The process itself can present conflicts. 
There is a war in the mind; the battle for clarity and focus, the struggle to avoid dealing with and letting go of an issue, and hope that one day the issue disappears. Sometimes, alternative measures need to be considered. 
Meditation is a great way to not only deal with disturbances that one might face in every day life, but also learn how to experience those disturbances fully in order to let them go. 
Tony Murdock, or Vishnu Das (his given spiritual name), well-known meditation teacher, says, “In a way, all meditation is healing: it helps us to heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.” 
“All our energy systems are tied together, and when we start to quiet down and harmonize all the fluctuations and disturbances with our meditations, we will connect to the...

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Baking guilt-free treats at Kelly’s

By ANDREA CROSBY
Staff Writer
Erin Wheatherbie, co-owner and co-founder of the bake shoppe she and her mother, Kelly Childs, run together, proudly holds a tray of fresh cupcakes.  PHOTOS BY ANDREA CROSBYWho doesn’t love to indulge in a tasty treat? Let’s face it, not all treats are guilt free, most leave us feeling, well, guilty. But both Kelly Childs, and Erinn Weatherbie, the dynamic mother-daughter duo at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, are going to change the way you look at, and indulge in, desserts.
It started when she was young, baking mud-pies in her EasyBake oven in a makeshift kitchen her dad built her, Kelly Child’s dream started to develop.
“I knew if I played a lot, I could figure it out. It’s chemistry really,” said Childs, owner and founder.
Winning Best Bakery for Toronto and the Best Dessert in the Toronto Vegan bake-off, and being featured on City-TV, Breakfast Television, CHCH TV, and in various magazines and newspapers like Bakers Journal, The Burlington Post, The Hamilton Spectator, Oakville News, and Toronto Star, their success has certainly been nothing less than...

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The importance of reading labels

By KAITLYN ANDREWS and ANDREA CROSBY
Staff Writers
Despite marketing claims, whether false or not, it is ultimately the responsibility of the consumer to read the labels and ensure what they are putting in their body is healthy and nutritious. PHOTO BY ANDREA CROSBYYou that read wrong. What else are you missing when you don’t read labels?
Reading labels is an “… absolute necessity,” said Julie Beaver, manager of Healthwise in Welland. “People always underestimate how much sugar and carbs they eat. They always overestimate how much fiber and protein they eat.”
“You become more consciously aware of what you’re eating and you become more aware of what’s in your food.”
There are several claims a majority of companies might use to “fool” consumers into thinking a product is nutritious: natural, no sugar added, low or zero fat, and made with real fruit.
Foods that are 100 per cent natural are rarely seen on the shelves. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there has been no objection “to use the term if the food does not contain added colour, artificial flavours, or synthetic substances.” However, these so-called...

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Work the pole, work your body

By KAITLYN ANDREWS
Staff Writer
Shanyn Pollard, instructor and owner of Shanyn’s Artistic Strength Studio, helps Michelle Goergeoff with her form. PHOTOs BY KAITLYN ANDREWSPole dancing is a full body workout everyone can benefit from.
Whether you’re young, old, big or small pole dancing uses the entire body in ways of strength training, flexibility and promotes a positive persona in those who use this method of exercise.
“Everybody can benefit from pole dancing,” said Shanyn Pollard, owner and instructor at Shanyn’s Artistic Strength Studio (SASS), in Stoney Creek. “I say that because I’ve had every walk of life come in here: men, women, kids, all ages, youngest was seven, oldest was 67 and they’ve all benefited from it in one way or another.”
Pole dancing is a type of exercise that combines aerobics, gymnastics, dance and strength training. Due to all the moves, climbing the pole, spins, inversions, and limb grips, it makes this a very versatile form of exercise.
It’s estimated you can burn between 320 to 485 calories per hour; however, results vary...

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Healthy options always available

By JUHYUNG PARK
Staff Writer
Donna Graham presented healthy alternatives to high-fat foods for students. PHOTO BY JUHYUNG PARKIt is possible to have better health by changing a few ingredients when you cook.
The Thorold Public Library held  an information session on Lower Fat Cooking on Jan. 24.
This presented what is the lower fat options cooks have and shared the information about how to make healthful food.
Attendees registered through the library’s website. A sparse but attentive group welcomed Donna Graham, event presenter and a volunteer community food adviser at the Niagara Region.
She introduced various lower fat foods, recipes, and which food can be good for different ages.
“Everything we do, as a community food adviser, we do according to Canada’s Food Guide,” said Graham, handing out the few recipes and small poster entitled Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
In the poster it showed Canada’s Food Guide and there were a few things listed on how to eat well.
Among the advisories are getting the recommended number of servings...

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The benefits of jogging for your health

By CAMILLE PASCO
Staff Writer 
A runner enjoys a jog in the spring weather. SUBMITTED PHOTONow that the weather is taking a turn for the better, it will benefit your health to be outside more often, so why not make it a workout?
Jogging is one of the oldest and most popular forms of aerobic exercise. Workout trends come and go, but jogging has withstood some of the trendiest exercise fads throughout the years.
Jogging outdoors keeps you in touch with outside action and can help you determine which time of the day you prefer so you can plan your schedule and make time for exercise.
“As a busy student, I try to make time as often as I can for exercise,” said April Booth, a sociology student at Brock University. “Even if it is a quick run around the block with my dog a few times a week, at least I know I’ve done something.”
Jogging for at least one hour per week can add...

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Giving anxiety a run for its money

By KAITLYN ANDREWS
Staff Writer
Students may deal with many issues that can affect their studies. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY KAITLYN ANDREWSEating healthy and exercising daily play big roles in keeping those heart palpitating, nerve wracking, palm sweating anxious monsters at bay in your ocean of emotion.
Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. There are many forms of anxiety disorders, one being generalized anxiety disorder. This involves excessive, unrealistic worry and tension, panic disorder, which is unprovoked anxiety attacks causing heart palpitations, chest pain, sweating and phobia anxiety, specific to an intense fear of an object or situation.
Another is social anxiety disorder, an overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations.
Whether you suffer from one or more, the following methods can improve your well being, if used correctly and properly balanced into your daily life.
“There are a wide range of natural remedies for anxiety, but it’s best to assess each individual as to which one might...

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