Honey Dressing, with Jaime Oliver

In this video, we see Jamie Oliver keep it simple and let the ingredients shine. We spend a lot of time thinking about food and flavour but make no mistake, we truly appreciate learning from the experts.

This recipe features honey and as natural or raw honey is more readily available in-store and on-line, the flavour comes together easily.

I love Peace River honey from Canada. It’s a flavour I remember from childhood, and would be perfect in this recipe.

At this time of year, you can sub in maple syrup from your favorite Sugar Shack! Adjust the amount to your own tastebuds.

Enjoy Jamie Oliver’s simple and delicious recipe and why not share it with a friend? Click here to watch the video. 

Did You Know? Eating Blueberries Protects Your Heart

In a study conducted in the United Kingdom, researchers looked into the benefits of eating a daily serving of blueberries among adults at high risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the findings, the 138 participants ranged in age from 50 to 75 years, and they were all classed as overweight or obese. They were given a cup or a half cup of blueberries every day for six months, while the other individuals were assigned a purple-colored placebo pill.

Results showed that eating a daily cup of blueberries cut the risk of heart disease by 12 to 15 percent via sustained improvements in vascular function and reduced arterial stiffness. However, the amount seems to matter – the researchers found no significant benefit from eating a half cup of blueberries daily. Instead, they credited the anthocyanin – flavonoids responsible for the red and blue color in fruits – with the health benefits seen.  

Every day, try including a variety of berries, including blueberries, into your diet. While the benefits of eating in lesser quantities were not immediately apparent in this study population, a half cup of blueberries offers the same antioxidant potential as five servings of any following vegetables: peas, carrots, apples, squash, or broccoli.

Blueberries are also a good source of fiber, with a half-cup serving containing approximately three grams of fiber per cup of fruit. According to recent data, anyone suffering from metabolic syndrome may be relieved to learn that consuming a daily portion of blueberries can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in individuals who have the illness.

Furthermore, berries have a vital role in preventing and treating cancer, diabetes, and neurological ailments, among other diseases.

Despite their small size, blueberries are mighty when consumed regularly.

Step Your Way To A Healthier Life!

Do you know that achieving 10,000 steps a day for health is highly promoted but often not achieved by most people? Well, there is no need to worry for those who find this a daunting task. A new study posted in September 2021 in JAMA Network Open suggests that logging even 7,000 steps a day may go a long way toward better health. The key is to get up and move. As we complete our daily activities, we gain steps, but we can do more. A simple way is to introduce little exercise snack bites into our daily routines. These snack bites encourage you to move more.

Weekly, the Fitness Powers team will be posting on Facebook and Instagram fun activities you can do to step things up in your life for “the health of it.” Join the following video to obtain your little exercise snack of the day. Click here to watch the video. 

Should You Help Your Child Buy a Home?

I’ve been noticing that in the last several years, more parents and retirees are inquiring about, and making the decision to, assist their children in purchasing their first home. Perhaps you are contemplating this decision right now, and this trend resonates with you. It isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly, and it will require some research into how it will affect the health of your retirement portfolio or further, how it will affect the length of time you will need to continue working if the funds are withdrawn.

If there are questions you may have about the benefits and risks of such a decision, I am happy to discuss options with you.

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Introducing Marci Perreault, Certified Financial Planner

This month, we introduce Marci Perreault to our Wellings blog.

We recently talked to Marci about the role she plays in helping her clients and seniors navigate the financial maze.

For over 25 years Marci has guided her clients to make informed decisions when it comes to protecting themselves.

“Knowledge is a powerful thing, and with so much false information out there, it’s important you are working with someone you can trust. Someone that understands your goals and the assets available that will get you closer to them. 

Clarity is important when making some very important choices about your wealth, your life and even your legacy.

People don’t wait days or weeks to hear from me. I am constantly upgrading my skills and knowledge to stay on top of changes to investment and insurance tax laws, government rulings, and new financial products, I will review your financial picture to take full advantage of changes while complying with changes within the financial services industry.

My experience in the financial services field has only deepened my belief that each individual needs a unique plan, one that is tailored to their personal situation. Everybody is different. Each client wants different things for retirement. There is no cookie cutter plan that fits every person.”

It would be my pleasure to take your call, answer your email, and review your goals against your current portfolio.

Specialties: Wealth Management Services, Living benefits, Income Replacement Strategies, Estate Planning, Risk Management, Group Benefits.

This months blog:

Think trusts are only for the rich and famous? You’ll see a variety of uses that show why trusts can meet the estate planning needs of just about anyone. It’s worth a second thought, and a conversation with your financial planner.

http://advisor.assante.com/JohnDoeIIROC/blog/112730-

Marci Perreault, FLMI, CHS, CFP
Certified Financial Planner
KenMar Financial Services
Assante Financial Management Ltd.
Suite 300, 68 Chamberlain Ave
Ottawa ON K1S 1V9
Phone 613-231-7700 EXT 223

Tai Chi At Home

Tai chi is quickly becoming one of our most loved forms of activity and it can be done easily at home. You just need space to stretch out.

We hope you will enjoy these and make them a regular part of your day.

Thank you Daily Caring for bringing our attention to the benefits of Tai chi, in this article. 

Tai chi for seniors improves safety and health

It is a gentle exercise that helps seniors improve balance and prevent falls. It’s a series of slow, graceful movements while breathing deeply.

It is easily adapted to various levels of mobility and the benefits will happen over time.

Some have reported improved flexibility, better sleep and heightened ability to concentrate after doing the exercises for some time.

These are the two videos to use that are free beginner videos for seniors. Click here to watch the videos.

This first video is easy to follow, and one of the highest recommended as it shows the different options for different levels of mobility.

In this next video, you will see both standing and seated options in a gentle routine.

Sharing the Holiday Sparkle

You must not be afraid to sparkle bright! Watch Kat and Nat as they share so many great ideas and inspiration around the magic of the holidays. From bringing your best self to getting rest plus some fun laughter and secret family recipes. Don’t forget to have a magical holiday and reply to this email with any ideas you might have for future topics that interest you or your community. Click here to watch the video.

Merry Christmas!

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