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What would be your theme for 2013?

I really liked the Queen’s message on Dec. 25.

She spoke of giving of our hearts with love and service. A simple example is I recently put up a small bird feeder which, in the past, the birds have never found! So my heart was warmed when I saw a flock of chickadees enjoying their Christmas present the very next day.

I would like to present 12 new things, one for each month of the year, for your consideration in making 2013 an even healthier year than 2012. If the year ahead were to have a personal theme in one word, what would it be for you?

January: Gratitude: begin a daily journal, writing down five things for which you are grateful each day.

I use Inner Reflections daily journal and find that it is a great way to keep a diary as well. I include things like hearing a beautiful piece of music on the radio, feeding rotten apples to a deer in my back yard, hearing from or running into a friend and getting a hug whilst doing errands and finding my favourite foods on special.

Make it a family affair at the dinner table.

February: Moving more with fun. In December I found a wonderful yoga program on TV called Namaste TV. There are videos available to make this 20 minute program very enjoyable to do at home. I was also very inspired to watch Dance Extreme Christmas show at the Tidemark on  Dec 14 so I want to check out dancing as a form of exercise. What fun can you have in order to keep fit?

March: Eat more colour. Come up with new recipes so that you eat more orange, blue, purple and green vegetables. These vegetables are great for helping the body detoxify as well as energize you with antioxidants.  Soon to arrive on my website is a recipe for butternut squash soup creamed with coconut milk. Pickled purple cabbage makes a lovely side dish as does steamed cabbage.

Adding pesto sauce to steamed broccoli and home made pizza using Udi’s pizza crust is another great way to get vegetables into the kids. Or would you rather just start taking a Greens First drink 4-5 days per week?

April: Body Detox: We now know that we all contain chemicals of some kind so it does a body good to help the cleansing organs drain some of them. Pick one or two cleansing programs that you like and do them spring and fall of each year, or about the same time you take your car in for a tune up!

May: Concierge Medical Health Profile: Do you want a comprehensive health profile of medical testing to see where you are at?

Urinary organic acids, comprehensive stool analysis, genetic detoxification testing, cardiac and inflammatory profiles are available to help you keep a detailed pulse on your health.

June: Do you have a Foundation of Health? There are basic nutrients that help keep the body out of hospitals and away from prescription drugs and surgery.

Develop a plan to stick with this five days per week to experience optimal health.

July: Be Adventurous: The funny thing about Bucket Lists for me is that as soon as I complete something I add something new!

Have you ever wanted to hike in the mountains but need a guide? Strathcona Park Lodge offers this service close to home or hiking into Hairtrigger Lake at Mt Washington is well travelled. Taking the kids fresh water fishing to Lake Helen McKenzie is an easy 45 minute hike from the parking lot at the Nordic Lodge, Mt.Washington.

August: Plan for a retreat weekend: See my article: “Filling up the Personal Drip Fund” on how to create a healing, restful solo retreat to recharge your batteries.

September: Spa Day: Have you had a favourite spa experience that you would like to repeat?

Kingfisher Day Spa in Courtenay comes the closest to my favourite Scandinav Spa, now at Whistler and for something more rustic Strathcona Park Lodge does have a wood fired steam sauna on the beach with the lake for a quick cool off! In the European way, “spa” for me needs to include hot and cold water baths or saunas or it is not a spa!

October: Get excited about cooking! Take a cooking class with Amy from Amy’s Kitchen, to learn Asian cooking or with Takao at Takao’s Kitchen to learn how to cook Sushi.

November: Read The Wheat Belly by Dr. Davis.

If there is one health book to read this year, this is it. I have been recommending wheat free diets for 27 years and now Dr. Davis details the science behind it.

You will feel better even if you just reduce your wheat and grain intake.

December:  Get Inspired! Seek out the best culture in Campbell River and be inspired. Twice per year Dance Xtreme puts on a dance recital show that will transport you to Las Vegas! There are many gems that take place at the Tidemark Theatre including the yearly Banff Film Festival in November.

I adore the HD opera and ballet productions that take place at the Showcase Five theatre at Merecroft Village.

Last month the HD production of the Royal Ballet in London performing the Nutcracker was stunningly beautiful!

I hope these ideas will help instil in you the optimism and resilience to make 2013 be all that you plan it to be for your optimal personal and professional wellbeing.


Dr. Ingrid Pincott, Naturopathic Physician has been practicing since 1985 and can be reached at 250-286-3655 or



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