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If you’ve ever been on an airplane, you’ve probably seen that safety video. You know, the one that tells you to place your own oxygen mask on before helping small children or others who may need assistance?

It’s funny, it wasn’t until recently that I realized how this is a metaphor for real life. Being the kind of person I am, I often want to get involved in many projects and help lots of people. Over the years however, I have noticed that when I get too involved and forget to take care of myself, the extent of my impact dwindles on all of my initiatives. On the flip side, when I take the time to relax, recharge and recover, I make a much bigger difference.

It makes sense that in the healthcare field, this principle has a lot more power. For example, it’s hard to persuade someone about the benefits of improving their sleep when you look sleep deprived. As humans, we naturally model the behaviour of people who we believe are doing well in the areas we would like to improve. Thus, being a...

I love chocolate because of it’s sweet, rich taste and it pairs well with so many other flavours. Plus it gives you a nice little energy boost, and cocoa powder is a great source of magnesium, which is great for helping relax stiff and tense muscles. I have a chocolate protein smoothie most days, serving up loads of protein and healthy fats.

The issue with smoothies this time of year is that  they are very cool in nature. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, as the weather cools down it's important to have more warm and cooked foods in order to support your digestion and energy. Mexican Chocolate to the rescue!  

There are multiple variations on Mexican Chocolate, but the key is using warm spices like cinnamon, allspice and hot peppers. So without further ado, here is my take on a Mexican Chocolate Protein Smoothie.


  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1 cup milk or unsweetened non-dairy milk of your choice (almond milk is my go-to)

  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I prefer w...

At this time of year, many people love to see vibrant leaves falling from trees. It’s a beautiful transient phenomenon of the natural world. But it is more than just a pretty scene; it is a strong metaphor for how we function as humans in a relational world. It is a metaphor that can teach us patience, mindfulness, and self-love when we feel pained by comparing ourselves to others.

When we conjure an image of a windy autumn day, we see eddies of gold and red leaves swirling  around us. We think of the archetypal idea of ‘leaves falling’ and see a snapshot of hundreds of flecks of colour in the air, dancing gracefully downward from their tree limbs. In any one moment, they all seem to be a part of a synchronized dance, where each leaf knows the steps and is performing perfectly.

This snapshot idea can also represent how we compare ourselves to others. If we look at a snapshot of the lives of other people, it is easy to feel like they are also part of a highly synchronized dance. In any on...

November 7, 2016

The CCNM Business Association launched their first event of the year on Wednesday, November 2nd - a post-midterm social gathering and celebration.

We invited the newly licensed ND, Dr. Rupa Salwan as our guest speaker who advised students on key steps they can take now to facilitate transition into their ND careers. Dr. Salwan also ran an elevator pitch activity to acknowledge our profession fully. The social event started off quite chic, with wine and cheese for students to enjoy while networking. Discussions were enthusiastic and touched on important topics including why business skills are a crucial aspect of a successful naturopathic medical practice. Introductions were made, contacts were shared, friendships formed, and students of all years shared their business aspirations.

The Business Association would like to thank Dr. Salwan for taking the time to share her experience and interact with individuals one-on-one who were eager to learn more about the full CCNM process beyond gradu...

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