Sugar sweet to yummy savoury has been a worthwhile journey

Sugar! I don’t even miss it. But there was once a time when I craved anything with sugar. I remember when I was young. My mom baked a lot. She always told me, “Brown sugar is just better.” And she was right. Anything she made with brown sugar just seemed to taste better. Of course,…

We are called to honour our parents … even when it hurts

  We are called to honour our parents (Eph 6:1-3) … even when it hurts. I remember what it felt like to watch my dad’s memory fade away … as he forgot my name, then forgot his relationship to me. It wasn’t just his memory that faded … it seemed that all of who he was…

Being “in the moment” brings me full circle

by Linda Doran Viscardis I love it when I am able to be in the moment, rather than worrying about where I’ve been and where I’m going. Invariably, when in the moment for longer than just a few seconds, I am blessed. Something amazing happens, and I find myself shaking my head in wonder. This…

Communicating positive assumptions often a challenge

Omgeezers! Even now as I’m into my seventh decade, I still have so much to learn! Despite having a university diploma in both French and English literature … despite having studied languages … despite the study of English grammar being my absolute favourite suject in elementary school … despite having worked for a news company as…

Do all fats make me fat?

Well, I’ve lived almost my entire life believing something that is completely false, and I am determined to put this lie behind me forever. I was told, by health care professionals, books, nutritionists and dietitians, and even family members that fat … any fat … was bad for me, and that eating fat was one of…

Another reason to avoid dairy?

About four years ago, I stopped drinking cow’s milk and eating cheese and yogurt made with cow’s milk, and I noticed an almost immediate improvement in my health. I did not know then about the pus that is in milk, nor about the chemicals that must surely be present when a cow is milked all…

When is a fish not really a fish?

When I go grocery shopping, and fish is on my list of things to buy, I look for fish clearly marked “wild.” I will not knowingly put farmed fish, or genetically modified fish, into my refrigerator or into my body. I get discouraged when I hear that genetically engineered (GE) fish may soon be showing…

Natural treatment for macular degeneration?

Last week, I felt privileged to have attended the funeral mass of my Aunt Marg. She was in her 93rd year, and had been living independently, in her own home, until she became ill with pneumonia, which ultimately claimed her life. Afterward, I took some time to think about her life, and about what made…

Annual mammogram no more!

About 10 years ago now, or maybe even more, I decided not to have annual mammograms. There is no history of breast cancer in my family, and the thought of bombarding my body with radiation each year was offensive to me. Then, I was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, and since then I have done…

Some “foods” trigger “behaviour” issues

I have some pretty interesting memories from years ago, B.C. (Before Change), when I could rarely say that life was joy-filled. I remember the naturopath saying, “Linda, if you want to see dramatic change in your life, you will have to cut certain things out of your diet, and out of the diet of your…

Oxygen Cover Model Turns to Isagenix For Her Best Figure

Reprinted from Isagenix International, IsaFYI.com Late fall last year, Angelike N.’s world shifted in almost every sense. She had a baby. Her father passed away from a sudden bout of cancer. She accepted a promotion and relocated with her husband to another state. So, when Oxygen magazine came knocking to see if she could get…