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Facebook Contest – Who Gets Your Heart Pumping?

February is all about the heart. It is officially Heart Health month and St. Valentines Day and we want to know who gets your heart pumping. Go to our Facebook page to enter. Find the “Who Gets Your Heart Pumping” Post and tag a friend in the comments. Your friend may be anyone – your confidant, partner, neighbour, relative or other. All entrants will be entered into a draw to win a Heart Healthy Gift including at 17oz Insulated S’well water bottle and a basket of quality supplements to support heart health. ( Magnesium, Vitamin D, Omega 3’s and more). If you are the winner, your tagged friend will also win a $20 Granary Gift Certificate.

Contest is open to all age of majority residents in Ontario. Entires must be received by 12:00 noon on February 10, 2018. Winner will be announced on Facebook February 11, 2018. Prize must be picked up in-store at 107 Bridge St. Carleton Place Ontario.

Prenatal Health

Prenatal Health Package

“Just got home from my midwife appointment and wanted to let you know the prenatal package I’ve been using from your store from your recommendation is Ahhhhmaysing! Midwife says my levels could not be any more perfect, irons the best she’s ever seen!!!! Thank you, I’ve never felt better” 

–  Zabrina Scharfe, 32 weeks pregnant with her 3rd child.  Jan. 2018

About a year ago I sat down with one of the nutritionists here at the Granary to discuss the various nutritional needs of different sections of the population. We were on a quest to develop a plan to help people meet their unique nutritional goals in an effective and convenient way. We started by brainstorming who had unique nutritional needs.  At the time I had just had my third baby and was still exclusively breastfeeding, so naturally pregnant and nursing women were near the top of my list. I had successfully navigated my third pregnancy and birth without any major complications, but like many, I struggled with iron levels and I worried about giving my child optimal nutritional conditions in which to thrive. I found this concern multiplies with subsequent children because as mothers we tend to take care of ourselves after taking care of everyone else.

In order to help new and experienced mothers meet their unique nutritional needs required during pregnancy and nursing we developed a Prenatal Support Package. The Prenatal Package supports both mother and baby by providing the required nutrients often recommend by midwives and doctors. We have taken much consideration to put together a package that is both highly effective and cost considerate. One package will give moms optimal nutritional support for 45 days for a cost of $115.00 That is more than a 10% savings.

Prenatal Multi-Vitamin with Folic Acid – 1 capsule with each breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for a number of nutrients nearly doubles during pregnancy and a list of unwanted complications can arise if mom falls short of satisfying these needs. A well balanced Multi Vitamin designed to support these needs, such as the Progressive Prenatal Formula can support a women’s needs during all stages of pregnancy. The addition of Folic Acid is extremely important to reduce the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. Our bodies are not designed to process a whole days worth of vitamins & minerals at one time. In order to achieve optimal absorption of nutrients, divided does of multivitamins are always recommended. We recommend 1 capsules be taken with a meal, ideally three times a day. A minimum of 2 times a day will also provide nutritional advantages. 

High DHA Fish Oil – 2 soft gels daily with food 

Fish oil is one of the most studied supplements on the market. Many of these studies have linked one of the active compounds (DHA) found in fish oil with brain development both in utero and beyond. Our Prenatal Package recommends Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA to support brain, eye and nervous system function in developing babies as well as supporting immunity and mood for moms. It is recommend that 2 soft gels be taken daily with food. They can be taken with other supplements. 

Multi Strain Probiotic – 1 capsule daily at bedtime

Probiotics provide the body with beneficial bacteria which are essential for healthy gut flora.   Beneficial bacteria colonize the digestive tract, lining of the mouth, urinary tract, vagina, stomach and the surface of the skin.  They provide balance against “bad” bacteria or yeasts which can help prevent UTIs or yeast infections which can be common during pregnancy and nursing.   Probiotics can also help with heartburn, gas and constipation. Probiotic supplementation during pregnancy may reduce the risk of eczema and allergies in children. This package includes the Natural Factors Women’s Formula Probiotic with 12 billion active bacteria and the addition of cranberry for more antioxidants and added UTI prevention. One capsule should be taken daily, with or without food. Unless indicated otherwise on the label, the best time to take a probiotic is at bedtime which allows the bacteria uninterrupted opportunity to colonize the gut.  Probiotics can be taken with other supplements but should be taken at least 2 and up to 4 hours ways from any antibiotic medication. 

Iron – Iron deficiency or anemia is one of the most common, preventable pregnancy complications. Iron is hard to absorb for many people and the iron needs during pregnancy increase dramatically as the mother’s blood volume increases to transport oxygen to the fetus. Iron deficiency can result in extreme fatigue as well as complications at birth. Your healthcare provider will likely monitor your iron levels throughout your pregnancy. Many women are advised to take an iron supplement at some point during or after pregnancy.  Some iron supplements can be very hard to take  causing constipation and other stomach issues. Easy to digest, liquid iron can be cost prohibitive for many. All of this taken into consideration, our Prenatal package includes an easy to absorb, non constipating Carbonyl Iron capsule from Ottawa based company Pure Lab. It is recommend that 1 or 2 capsules be taken daily, ideally on an empty stomach.  

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Tips for a health pregnancy

  • Stay hydrated: drink lots of water. 
  • Eat a balanced diet with regular, healthy snacks. 
  • Include lots of calcium rich foods such as: almonds, broccoli, dairy products, oranges, sardines 
  • Decrease consumption of caffeine, fried or processed foods, sugar and white flour
  • Make time for gentle exercise like an evening walk around the neighbourhood or calming yoga
  • Get plenty of rest and nap when you need to!

As with all natural health products, be sure to talk to your health practitioner to ensure the products are right for you. Brands and products can not be substituted for the quoted price, however, we are always happy to help you find the products that are right for you. Check out our other Health Packages

Relieve Dry Air

5 Ways to Fight Dry Winter Air

Dry air, like that experienced in many winter climates can present a number of challenges. Chapped lips, cracked hands and feet, dry coughs, nosebleeds, and static shocks – just to name a few. So far this winter is proving to be extra dry with record breaking low temperatures outside and overworked furnaces, fireplaces and space heaters inside.

While you can’t change the weather, there are some simple tricks that you can use to help fight the effects of dry winter air. Try adding these five hydrating hacks to your winter care routine:

  1. Humidify Your Bedroom – Low humidity air in your bedroom can affect your lungs and hydration while you sleep. This is especially aggravating when you’re dealing with a cough or sinus problem. While there are a number of humidifiers on the market, a simple bowl of water placed near your bed can help add moisture to the air. For additional health benefits invest in a humidifying oil diffuser and enjoy added moisture with aromatherapy.
  2.  Take Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) – Moisturize the body from the inside out with unsaturated EFAs, as found in cold water fish, flax, walnuts, and other foods. Foods and supplements high in Omega 3 EFAs help moisturize the skin, hair and eyes while providing a long list of other health benefits.
  3. Apply Body Oils – Applying a body oil such as grapeseed, almond or coconut oil after a shower or bath can help seal in your skin’s natural moisture. For best results apply the oil while still damp.   If you’re prone to winter nosebleeds, a dab of liquid  oil to the nasal septum a couple times per day may also help by adding moisture.
  4. Wear Nighttime Socks and Gloves – For extremely dry feet and hands apply a generous amount of your favourite moisturizer and cover up with cotton socks and gloves. The cotton will lock in the moisture and you will awaken with soft, soothed digits!
  5. Utilize Available Moisture – Take advantage of all available moisture already in your life – Leave the bath water in the tub over night (keep small children away), open the dishwasher before the drying cycle, hang laundry to dry. While good for the humidity levels, these actions can also save $$ and reduce your ecological footprint.
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5th Annual Chocolate Party

ChocolateParty_poster2017bAn exciting collaboration has been happening with The Granary, Apple Cheeks, Black Tartan, Chesswood, The Good Food Company and The Grand Hotel. This event is also supported by Downtown Carleton Place and the Town of Carleton Place.

Exciting things planned for that day:

  • Santa at the Grand Hotel from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Special Chocolate Feature Menus at Participating Restaurants.
  • Free Hot Chocolate and 5th Anniversary Celebration at Apple Cheeks.
  • Carleton Place Civitan Club will be hosting a Santa’s Workshop upstairs at the Arena from 10 am to 2 pm. Fun crafts and toy building for the kids.
  • Free Public Skating at Arena from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
  • Enjoy the Chocolate Alley Bistro at The Granary Featuring, Fair Trade Chocolate.
    Gift Bags to the First 50 Customers.
  • Stop by The Green Counter Boutique to make a paper Christmas Tree.
  • Celebrate The Blossom Shop Grand Re-Opening and check out their newly renovated space.

 

THE GOLDEN TICKET DRAW: Sunday, November 12 –Sunday, December 3rd

goldenticketbannerAs part of the Chocolate Party, The Granary has organized a Golden Ticket Draw and invite you to participate to win great prizes.

This is how it works:

When you make a purchase at a participating business you receive a ballot or “golden ticket” signed by that business. You then take the ticket to a second participating business where it can be entered into the draw. A purchase is not required at the second business.  The ballots must be initialed by 2 businesses to qualify. The draw will end on Sunday, Dec 3 ( the day after the Chocolate Party). Prizes include 2 x $200 in BIA Bucks and three gift baskets. 

The following is a complete list of participating businesses:

  • The Granary
  • Burns
  • Grahams
  • Nancy’s Impressions
  • Soak Bath and Body
  • The Blossom Shop
  • Little Loves
  • Green Counter Boutique
  • Kaleidoscope Design
  • Carousal
  • Bonanza Kids
  • Wisteria
  • The CP Chamber Office
  • Apple Cheeks
  • Chesswoods
  • Black Tartan
  • Good Food
  • Ginger Cafe
  • Floral Boutique
  • The Dress Shop
  • The Wool Shop
  • Owl Cafe
  • Darlington Acupuncture & Massage

 

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Relax, with L-Theanine

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Tea is known to be a rich source of flavonoid antioxidants. However, tea also contains a unique amino acid, L-theanine. Found primarily in black and green tea leaves, L-Theanine is an amino acid (building-block of protein) that can have a calming effect on the mind. First discovered in 1949, L-Theanine has been studied for its nootropic properties. Nootropics are supplements, drugs, or functional foods that enhance cognitive functions.

L-Theanine is widely used for its ability to reduce nervousness, improve concentration, promote relaxation and have an overall calming effect on the mind. It also has the remarkable ability to cross the blood-brain barrier which means that L-theanine is able to reach the brain directly. L-theanine also has positive effects on stress levels and shown to increase dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, which are some of the brain’s feel-good chemicals. This is why teas containing L-theanine, such as green tea and oolong tea, are effective at helping people relax.

For those suffering from anxiety, Chronic stress or mild depression, L-Theanine in supplement form can be very effective. L-Theanine can have a direct influence on our brains, regulating and calming neurotransmitters, dopamine, serotonin and GABA – and simultaneously inhibiting the effects of the “stress hormone” norepinephrine.

All this allows L-Theanine to help improve mood, sleep, and learning capacity while reducing the feeling of being stressed.

Stop by the store and ask us for a free sample of L-Theanine to see if this product is right for you. We sell a variety of brands in both chewable and capsule form including Pure Lab Vitamins, AOR and Natural Factors.

Save on Anne Marie Borlind during October

Treat your skin this fall with Anne Marie Borlind skin care.  Save 10% on this all natural quality skin care line starting Oct 13.

AB_Dekoration_LL_Export_280610_finalI want to introduce you to a new line of skin care products now available at The Granary. After looking into numerous options, I am happy to say we have decided to become your local retailer of Anne Marie Borlind products. When shopping for skin care I wanted a company with extremely high standards, not just for results but for social responsibility as well.  Thats why the Anne Marie Borlind’s Promise of “innovation, social commitment and sustainability” resonated with me. This 60 year old company prides itself on state of the art research and innovation with ingredients whose ethical origins can be traced, often back to socio-ecological projects happening all over the world.

These beautiful skin care products are made with certified organic or wild harvested raw materials that are free of all raw ingredients sourced from animals. They also reject the use of ingredients that are not biodegradable or may be unsafe such as PEG, paraffins, petroleum derivative, silicon oils and polycyclic musk compounds. Basically we found a complete line of high quality proudest that have been developed against a backdrop of maximum ecological and social responsibility – but do they work?

With a wide range of products Anne Marie Borlind has something to offer everyone.  Come into the store today and get  a pocketful of samples. We know you will be back for more!! This month, spend $100 on Anne Marie Products after discount and get a free hand lotion.

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Coffee Seminar & Tasting

October 22, 2017,  10:00 – 11:30 am
Calling all Coffee Lovers!

Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee will be at The Granary talking coffee. Come learn about the entire coffee process from bean to cup while enjoying some of the best locally roasted coffee available.

The perfect cup starts with ethically sourcing beans, solar roasting in-house, grading and superior packaging. Fluid Coffee will take us through this process. Learn about the difference between large and small-scale production and why coffee prices can vary drastically between different brands.

Find out how you store, grind and brew your beans can alter the coffee experience. Finally, learn how the best coffee is brewed at home by you.

This will be a fun-filled morning of learning and discussion so grab a friend and join us.

Call today to save your spot as seating is limited. A $5.00 deposit will be required at registration and a 5$ in-store credit will be issued that day.

Call or visit the store to register.

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Raw Carrot Cake Balls

Quick, easy and delicious. These No-Bake Carrot Cake Balls pack a nutritional punch but satisfy the sweet tooth. Enjoy as a snack or as dessert. Make them nut free and freeze for a quick lunch box treat your kids will love.

1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 cup unsweet coconut for rolling

6 -7 dates (Medjool are the tastiest!)

3/4 cups walnuts (Substitute sesame or pumpkin seeds to make it nut free)

1/2 cup grated carrots

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1/4 honey (maple syrup can work too)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

Reserve the 1/4 coconut in a shallow pan for rolling finished balls. Place the remainder of the ingredients in a food processor and process until fully combined. The mixture should be firm enough to form 1 inch balls. Roll balls in reserved coconut and reiterate for a few hours. Store in airtight containers in the fridge up to 7 days. Can also be frozen for up to 60 days.

Vitamin-D

Everything you wanted to know about Vitamin D, but were afraid to ask

Vitamin D is important for strong, healthy bones and teeth but did you know it also plays a significant role in keeping your brain, heart, lungs, muscles and immune system functioning in tip-top shape?   According to researchers at the University of Calgary, 97% of Canadians are deficient in Vitamin D!   The estimated economic impact of Vitamin D deficiency is $14 billion in healthcare costs and 37,000 premature deaths annually in Canada according to Dr. William Grant Ph.D., Director of the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Centre.  

 

So what is vitamin D anyway and how do I get it?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in many functions throughout the body.  The body can make Vitamin D from adequate sunlight.   You can also get the “Sunshine Vitamin” in supplement form and in small quantities from a few foods such as fatty fish of fortified milk.

Whether it is synthesized from sunlight or absorbed from food or supplements, the body has to change Vitamin D into a hormone before it can be used.  So Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin at all!  This hormone is called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol”.

 

What does Vitamin D do for me?
Once it’s converted and ready to go, the body uses Vitamin D to absorb and utilize calcium and phosphorus and to help cells throughout the body communicate.  

Vitamin D is also required for the development and growth of bones and teeth, for proper thyroid functioning; it protects against muscle weakness, is involved in the regulation of the heartbeat, supports the immune system and is important in the prevention of breast and colon cancers, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.  

 

I’m Canadian and not a snowbird…what do I need to know?

Our bodies make Vitamin D from a cholesterol compound in the skin when it

is exposed to UVB rays from the sun.  In Canada, the sunshine is not strong enough to provide adequate Vitamin D during the winter months.   People with darker skin have a harder time absorbing Vitamin D and those with older skin have a harder time yet.   Adding to this challenge is our attentive use of sunscreen; 93% of UVB rays are blocked by SPF 15!  Little wonder 97% of us are deficient in Vitamin D at some point during the year.

 

How do I avoid or combat Vitamin D deficiency?

The easy way to avoid or combat Vitamin D deficiency is to supplement year-round, particularly from October – May.   Doctors, scientists, and researchers are still discovering what the optimal dosage should be.  Factors to consider are:

  • The season;
  • How far north you are;
  • How many hours you spend outdoors during peak UV times;
  • Whether or not you apply sunscreen;
  • How pale or dark your skin is;
  • Your age;
  • Your weight;

Health Canada Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamin D

Age group Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) per day Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) per day
Infants 0-6 months 400 IU  (10 mcg) 1000 IU (25 mcg)
Infants 7-12 months 400 IU  (10 mcg) 1500 IU (38 mcg)
Children 1-3 years 600 IU (15 mcg) 2500 IU (63 mcg)
Children 4-8 years 600 IU (15 mcg) 3000 IU (75 mcg)
Children and Adults

9-70 years

600 IU (15 mcg) 4000 IU (100 mcg)
Adults > 70 years 800 IU (20 mcg) 4000 IU (100 mcg)
Pregnancy & Lactation 600 IU (15 mcg) 4000 IU (100 mcg)

The no observable adverse effect level (NOAEL) is 10,000 IU per day (Institute of Medicine Report 2010).

According to the Vitamin D Society, the best way for Canadians to determine their own personal dosage requirements is to maintain optimal Vitamin D blood levels (between 100-150nmol/L).  They encourage all Canadians to get their Vitamin D levels tested!

 

Types of Vitamin D

D2 (ergocalciferol) is plant-sourced and contains no cholesterol.  Until recently this was the only supplemental form for vegans but it is now understood to be inferior.

D3 (cholecalciferol) is considered the natural form and is the most active and is as much as three times more potent than D2.    D3 is synthesized in the skin and is also available in supplemental form.   D3 is sourced from lanolin (oil from sheep’s wool) and the vegan form of D3 is sourced from lichen.  Lichen is a unique combination of fungus and algae that grows on rocks and trees.

 

What to look for in a good Vitamin D supplement

Always, always, always look for Vitamin D3; if the label just calls the product “Vitamin D”, check the medicinal ingredients for the form.  Because Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, look for supplements that are in oil rather than tabs.  The format can be liquid or softgels, although liquids are always a little easier for the body.   Take Vitamin D with a meal containing fat to increased absorption.  

To optimize absorption, look for an Emulsified Vitamin D3.  Emulsification makes D3 easier to digest and absorb which is a benefit to anyone but is particularly import for those with malabsorption issues (Crohn’s, Celiac, Gastric Bypass, Diverticulitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome).   Also, anyone with gallbladder issues or who have had the gallbladder removed or who has difficulty digesting fats should choose an Emulsified Vitamin D3 or take a bile salt supplement with their Vitamin D3.

 

What’s new with Vitamin D3 research?

Scientists are still discovering how Vitamin D works and how many body processes its effects in the body.  There is new research coming out that demonstrates just how important and how varied Vitamin D’s influence is.  Growing evidence supports that Vitamin D may play a role in preventing or reducing the severity of many conditions such as childhood asthma, some cancers, diabetes, autism and autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis.   For the latest research go to the Vitamin D Society’s News Page.

 

freevitaminDday_webHere at the Granary we’re giving away bottles of

FREE VITAMIN D

Thursday, September 28th.  

Pop in to see us and grab your free bottle!

 

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3 Great Vegan Recipes containing Nutritional Yeast

Adding Nutritional Yeast to your diet is easier than you might think. It can simply be sprinkled to the foods you already enjoy, but if you’re looking for some new ways – try these great vegan recipes. Packed with protein, B vitamins and more. Adding Nutritional Yeast increases the protein and B vitamins in your food. It’s a great addition for kids with a taste they like – cheese!

Vegan Pasta Alfredo

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4.2 ounces uncooked spaghetti (120 grams) (regular or gluten free)
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Cook the minced garlic with olive oil until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the almond milk and bring it to boil. Add the salt, pepper, chopped cauliflower and cook until it’s soft about 7 minutes.
  • Transfer to a blender (or use an immersion blender) and add the nutritional yeast and lemon juice. Blend until smooth.
  • Cook the pasta al dente according to package directions.
  • Drain the pasta and pour it into the pan with the sauce. Stir and serve.

Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic & Chives

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 large cauliflower, chopped into florets
  • 2 big cloves of roasted garlic (or 1 clove raw garlic)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine
  • 1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • salt & pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Chop the head of cauliflower into small florets.
  • Place cauliflower in a large pot and fill with just enough water to cover the florets.
  • Bring the water to boil and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Steam until tender, about 6 minutes.
  • Drain the cauliflower well.
  • Place the cauliflower in a large bowl, and puree with a potato masher or immersion (stick) blender.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients, seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.

Crispy Hash Browns

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 yellow potatoes (the small type)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon Himalayan/sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • Generous sprinkles of Italian herbs
  • Spray Oil
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Fill enough water in a small saucepan to cover the potatoes and bring it to a boil – which may take up to 10 minutes.
  • Once the water is bubbling, turn the heat to medium (4) and simmer for about 50 minutes or so until the potatoes are very soft.
  • Drain all the water and rinse the potatoes in cold water to cool it down a bit, then put them in a bowl and remove any excess water. Mash the potato with a fork, masher or something else. You can leave little bits and pieces unmashed for better texture. Also, leave the peel in there.
  • Once the potato has been mashed pretty well, add the nutritional yeast, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and Italian herbs. Give it a good mix until everything is even.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
  • Grease an oven tray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Use your hands to form the dough into oval, hash brown sizes. The thickness should be about the same thickness as your pinky. Place them on the oven tray without overlapping.
  • Add a generous spray of cooking oil on top of the hash brown pieces and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, flip them over (very important, or you’ll end up with one burnt side), then bake for another 16 minutes until the top has browned.