March is Pharmacist Awareness Month across the nation. Many people are not sure what pharmacists do to help deliver quality health care beyond interpreting doctors’ handwriting and counting pills into a bottle.
At LalliCare Pharmacy, our helpful Pharmacy Assistants Cindy, Natalie, Harpreet and Neelam take care of bottling your prescriptions and making sure that the right label is attached to the right order, under the guidance of a pharmacist.
Our pharmacists – Sukhi, Sonia and Angie – focus on you.
We are the most accessible member of your health care team. You’ll never need an appointment to discuss your aches and pains, how you are responding to your medication or whatever else is on your mind.
We’ll sit and talk with you about managing long-term conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma. We can conduct a formal review of your medications, have access to smoking cessation programs and can administer a flu or shingles prevention vaccination.
Stop by our 1139 Yates Street of 890 Esquimalt Road location anytime.
If you’re new to LalliCare, we’re not shy about letting people know that patients are at the centre of the LalliCare universe.
When you come into a LalliCare Pharmacy you won’t see anyone wearing a white coat and the first person you’ll meet is a pharmacist seated across from you at a desk.
I’m sure it’s not intentional but there’s something about wearing white coats and standing in the back of a pharmacy on a pedestal that can intimidate people. (Did you know that patients sometimes record a higher blood pressure reading when the doctor wraps the Velcro blood pressure cuff around their upper arm and starts to squeeze the pump – it’s called “white coat syndrome.”)
Once you’re comfortably seated, we’ll talk – not just about the prescription you’ve brought in – but also about you, your lifestyle and any other health issues you may have. We’re interested in the whole person, not just the prescription.
We expanded our Yates Street pharmacy several years ago to include a wellness clinic with specialists who offer acupuncture, massage, Feldenkrais, craniosacral therapy, neurofeedback training, nutritional and psychological counselling. Last summer we added a day spa for people seeking relaxation and escape from everyday stresses. (Our Esquimalt pharmacy offers massage on Tuesdays and Thursdays for people who find this location more convenient.)
This wellness clinic allows us to discuss and explore alternative therapies (if you’re interested in this path) in conjunction with your traditional medications and refer you to a team who believes in integrated mind and body treatment.
Perhaps most important of all, we believe in encouraging patient self-care. Through conversation and community support, we give patients tools that empower them to see choices and take steps to improve physical and mental well being.
This blog and our new website are part of our patient self-care tool kit. We hope you’ll join in the conversation here as we build an on-line self-care health community.
Sukhi Lalli and the LalliCare (Pharmacy) Team
Absolutely Nutrition, Nutritionists in Victoria, B.C.
Children are continually and rapidly growing from the time they are born until they reach late adolescence. That is why what we give our children to keep them fueled is so important. Children need a variety of nutrients to promote healthy growth and development, but one of the most difficult tasks for parents continues to be how to get their children to eat their vegetables; willingly. The following are some recommendations for parents faced with this important task:
1) The key to getting your children to eat their vegetables is to introduce them at an early age (no earlier than 6 months old). The plainer and blander- the better (avoid added salt and sugar). Simply just boil until tender and puree.
2) Make vegetables an exciting part of every meal. Slice them into exciting shapes and forms. Accompany them with delicious and nutritious dips and sauces.
3) Educate your child age appropriately as soon as they can talk. Speak to them playfully about how broccoli makes your cells healthy and how spinach makes you grow strong like Popeye. As they mature, include them in making healthy choices and discuss why it is important to fuel our bodies for energy.
4) Keep track of your child’s growth with a growth chart. Encourage them to eat vegetables so that you can monitor the change and they can be involved in viewing the results
5) Add some greens into their favorite fruit smoothie. Toss in 2-3 spinach leaves or 1 lettuce leaf to give them added fiber, vitamins and minerals. As long as you have a great smoothie recipe, the slight change in flavor should be subtle.
6) Start your own garden and have them decide which plants you will grow. Encourage your children to be involved in the planting, watering and harvesting.
7) And finally, make vegetables a positive experience. Children learn through example, so try to encourage vegetables at all meals. Never force your child to eat a vegetable, instead give them a variety of choices.
Absolutely Nutrition, Nutritionists in Victoria B.C.
My daughter loves to bake and stumbled upon this recipe that we then revised. The result is a super sweet, cakey texture muffin filled with goodness and fiber. Give it a try and adapt it to your own taste!
Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin with a small amount of canola or olive oil- or use a natural canola spray.
Combine 1 cup and 1/4 cup spelt flour, 1/4 cup ground flax seed, 3/4 cup organic cane sugar, and 2 tsp baking powder.
Add 1/3 cup oil ( I use olive but you can use canola) to a 1 cup size measuring cup. Add an egg and enough milk so that the cup is filled to the rim- you can use skim mild or almond milk. You can use an organic or free-range egg. Mix the wet mixture with the dry- do not over mix. Then fold in 1 cup of blueberries- I like using wild as they are much smaller and do not weigh the muffin down.
Spoon mixture into the muffin tin and sprinkle with a dust of cinnamon and a tiny sprinkle of cane sugar- this crystallizes the tops. Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly golden.
There is no easy way to lose fat. It takes hard work, discipline and effort. The most effective way to fat loss is to first focus on your diet. Yes, exercise is an important and crucial part of the fat loss equation, but long lasting dietary changes are most effective.
Fat is a necessary component to a healthy body. The body needs fat for energy, absorption of nutrients and protection of the body’s organs. Importantly though, when the intake of dietary fat exceeds the energy that the body expends, the excess fat is then stored and extra weight is put on. Through discipline and focusing primarily on diet excess weight can be lost.
Diet is the most effective way to jump start fat loss. By eliminating or reducing dietary fats such as butter, cheese, ice cream, and red meat and increasing our intake of fruits, vegetables, grains, fiber and water we directly impact how much fat we store. And, when we change what we eat and when, we are able to adjust our metabolism. Metabolism is a term that is used to describe how many calories are burned in a day. Metabolism is affected by many factors such as:
- The amount of calories consumed; our bodies thrive on the energy that comes from food. It is not recommended to eat any less than 1000-1200 calories a day or the metabolism will slow down completely to conserve energy.
- The frequency of eating; studies have shown it is best for the metabolism to eat smaller amounts every few hours- as your body works at digesting and absorbing food, the metabolism speeds up in response.
- Eat breakfast; by eating a healthy breakfast we jump start the metabolism and decrease the risk of eating poorly throughout the day.
Fat is easy to put on and twice as hard to take off. Making significant long-term dietary changes is the most effective way to jump start fat loss permanently.
They are out there. Actually in the food world they are everywhere. Those that think their food way is the only way.Your specialized nutritionists at Absolutely Nutrition in Victoria, B.C. are not food snobs. Actually we are not snobs about anything. So what is a food snob? A food snob is either a carnivore, vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or raw foodie who either nonchalantly or blatantly shuns those who are not in their food circle. Seems ludicrous but it is true. You sometimes hear them in restaurants or behind your back quietly whispering, ” she’s not eating organic, that is probably why she has so many health problems.” Or ” I was into chia seeds first, before anyone else.” The truth is what works for one, does not work for all. Perhaps some athletes thrive best while eating more lean meats and less starchy vegetables. Or another who is recovering from breast cancer feels cleanest while eating mostly raw foods.” Lets us share our recipes and health tips. Encourage one another to grow but not by force or shame. Let’s begin to show one another unconditional support and respect to our health choices, even if it is one that is not best for “us”.
We nutritionists at Absolutely Nutrition, in Victoria B.C. are full supporters of eating mindfully. Eating mindfully is not something you will learn at Jenny Craig or Weight Watcher’s. Eating Mindfully is based on a concept that was written by the author Susan Albers. It is about creating a principled and healthy relationship to food. A mutual respect. A mutual adoration. It is about being present, engaged and of course mindful. Mindless eating, she describes, is often a result of other mind issues such as low self-esteem, sluggish metabolism, body-image issues, loss of control over eating habits and other emotional problems. The four foundations of Mindfulness are of the mind, body, thoughts and feelings. It teaches and reminds us how to harness and embrace control. It gives us support when it can not be found. Look for it. Find it. Embrace it.
As your select nutritionists in Victoria B.C., we at Absolutely Nutrition put you first. We create programs everyday to suit the specific nutrition and health goals of our clients. We specialize in weight loss programs, nutritional therapy for recovery of cancer and surgery, preventative nutrition and much more. We will not sell you anything but the direct program you are interested in. We believe that vitamins supplements can be helpful but are not always necessary. We offer food sensitivity testing, hormone and adrenal testing and hair analysis. We look at what you need and where you are at in your health. We firmly believe the body can heal itself. It can reverse certain damage. The body wants to be balanced and will do whatever it takes to do so. Our bodies are true miracles. With millions of cells growing and reproducing, fueling and nourishing. They expand and shrink according to what they are fed. We, at Absolutely Nutrition, teach you had to nourish and feed your body well. We teach you how to pump yourself full of fuel with whole foods, real foods. We give you quick and healthy easy meals to prepare according to the needs of your program. Come in today for your complimentary assessment and consultation to get you back to health!
The human brain needs fat. To build new brain cells you need a certain amount of fatty acids in your diet. Not only is a lack of fatty acids found in cases of depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s but also attention deficit disorder, personality disorder, arthritis and much more! A starved brain actually shrinks. So where and how do we get these foods into our daily diet? Well, we need both EPA and DHA daily. These important nutrients nourish the cells within the brain. A combination of these nutrients are found in avocados, flax oil, seeds, nuts, salmon, tuna, seaweed, chia, hemp, and olive oil.
Sleep well and choose well. Sleep poorly and choose poorly. Our sleep has a direct effect on our nutrition choices. It is so easy to loose and so hard to get. Ideally, we thrive best on 8 hours of solid sleep. Realistically, most of us are lucky to get between 6 and 7 hours. When we are rested, our minds are sound and balanced and we make rational and healthy choices with food and nutrition because we are well aware of how it makes us feel. But when sleep deprived, we go for sweet and savory, temporarily satisfying, inauthentic energizing choices, most often carbohydrate type foods. When what we need is an increase of amino acid and mineral rich foods to help calm the mind and nourish the brain. So next time, aim for 8 hours. And if you do end up sleep deprived, then remember that what you really need is to double up and increase your nutrient-rich, protein and mineral dense foods such as nuts and seeds, grains, wild salmon, lean meats, low fat dairy and avocados.