Life in Balance

Through this online art blog/gallery we can encourage, inspire and share hope with one another…We invite who you to share your “NAPS” (News, Art ,Poetry, Songs) or inspirations. Email if you would like to share inspirations. Please note we can not post advice with regards to nutrition and exercise.

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Second City Comedy Night: Tuesday, July 24 at 8pm

Eating Disorders of York Region is having our very first benefit comedy night at Second City Toronto. Come watch the Fall ’12 Mainstage Revue on Tuesday, July 24 and experience non-stop laughter throughout the night.

Address: 51 Mercer Street, Toronto, Ontario

Cost: Tickets are $20+hst. Ten dollars from every ticket will benefit EDOYR when purchased with the promo code, “Life in Balance.”

Where to get tickets: The Second City box office.

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Tomorrow: EDOYR’s Richmond Hill Honda Benefit Car Wash

We were on CP24 Breakfast this morning promoting our Richmond Hill Honda Benefit Car Wash, taking place tomorrow at the Yonge St. and 16th Ave. dealership.

Each car wash is five dollars. Three dollars from every wash will benefit EDOYR.

Can’t come out tomorrow? Purchase our non-expiry car wash tickets for the same price. Call 9058866632 or e-mail for more info.

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Tune in to CP24 Breakfast tomorrow morning to see your EDOYR staff on TV!

Tune in to CP24 Breakfast tomorrow morning between 7 and 7:30am to see Leviana (Events and Communications Coordinator) and Michelle (placement student) on the air promoting our benefit car wash!

Our Richmond Hill Honda Car Wash is only two days away! Be sure to come to the 16th Ave. and Yonge St. dealership’s service department between 10am and 1pm to get your car washed for only $5.

Is Saturday looking busy for you? No problem. We have car wash tickets that you can use any time at Richmond Hill Honda for the same price. Contact us for more details.

Don’t forget to purchase your Second City Comedy Night tickets for Tuesday’s 8:00pm show. When you use the promo code, “LIFE IN BALANCE,” $10 from every ticket will benefit EDOYR. Get those tickets before it’s too late!

Together, we can change the world.

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Two friend-raisers within the next SIX days!

On Saturday, EDOYR will be at Richmond Hill Honda for our very first benefit car wash. Come and get your car washed for five dollars. Three dollars from every wash will benefit EDOYR.

Busy on Saturday? Not to worry! You can still get your car washed and benefit EDOYR by buying some car wash tickets that don’t expire! We have about 166 tickets left (they’re going pretty fast). Get yours today for five dollars each. Three dollars from each will benefit EDOYR.


On Tuesday, July 24,  join us at Second City Toronto for our first comedy night friend-raiser, ever! The Fall ’12 Mainstage Revue will begin at 8pm, doors open at 7:15pm.
Tickets are $20 + hst each. When you get your ticket from the Second City box office, use the promo code, “Life in Balance,” so $10 from every ticket will benefit EDOYR! 

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Have you got YOUR tickets yet?

EDOYR has two awesome friend-raisers quickly approaching: Our Richmond Hill Honda Benefit Car Wash and our Second City Toronto Comedy Night.

Have you got your tickets yet?

EDOYR is everywhere. This morning, we made it onto CP24 Breakfast  with our Richmond Hill Honda Car Wash with host Mika Midolo on the segment, “For Goodness Sake.”

Check that out, here.

Michelle De Faria, placement student, and Leviana Coccia, Events and Communications Coordinator, will be at CP24 bright and early on Friday to film another segment promoting the event. Details on timing to come.

Until then, here are some details about our amazing up and coming events:

In four days, EDOYR will be at Richmond Hill Honda for our very first benefit car wash. Come and get your car washed for five dollars. Three dollars from every wash will benefit EDOYR.

Can’t come out on Saturday, July 21st from 10am – 1pm? No problem! We have 176 car wash tickets for Richmond Hill Honda that do not expire.

If you want to get your car washed in two weeks time, you can! If you prefer to get all clean after this summer’s adventures, you can do that, too. Just call us at 905 886 6632 or e-mail Car washes make great gifts!

In one week (that’s Tuesday, July 24, everyone), join us at Second City Toronto for our first comedy night friend-raiser, ever! 
The Fall ’12 Mainstage Revue will begin at 8pm, doors open at 7:15pm.
Tickets are $20 + hst each. When you get your ticket from the Second City box office, be sure to use the promo code, “Life in Balance,” so $10 from every ticket will benefit EDOYR! 

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A Part of Holistic Health: Holistic Nutrition

Jacqueline Marie, Holistic Nutrition student

“Before we begin to discuss how nutrition, chemicals, deficiencies or imbalances relate to depression, mood and anxiety disorders, it is important to know that every person is biochemically unique,” says Jacqueline Marie (right), Holistic Nutrition student, soon to be a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, at the very start of our conversation, making it clear that not only are we all different on the outside, but on the inside, too.

There is more than one natural remedy, Jacqueline continues, adding that seeing a Holistic Nutritionist or an Orthomolecular Practitioner for a thorough analysis before starting any new health routine or program is recommended.
Seeing a Holistic Nutritionist or an Orthomolecular Practitioner could help an individual determine what kind of natural remedy would best benefit their body, since every body is different.
Allison Jorgens, author.

Allison Jorgens (left), author of Read it With a Grain of Salt, says at the age of 17, when she was a competitive figure skater, her parents found out she was struggling with Bulimia Nervosa. “They were concerned most with nutrition in terms of my physical health, so they sent me to a dietitian.”
“The dietitian went through what I was eating, how my eating disorder affected me, [considering] when I was binging, purging and what I was taking in,” Jorgens says. “[The dietitian] gave me a meal plan that was suited for someone dealing with a condition like Bulimia [Nervosa].”
Now with a BSc in Nutritional Sciences, Jorgens is studying at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition towards the designation of Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
Jorgens says she wrote her first book, Read it With a Grain of Salt, not to provide advice or suggestions, but to educate her readers on holistic facts.
The young author enrolled in the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to learn about optimal eating.
“My entire book is about processed foods, but I wanted to take the course to educate on alternative natural foods as well as for personal interest,” Jorgens says.
Jorgens advises that anyone looking for nutrition information can look to both dietitians and holistic nutritionists, as they are both credible and can help, but in different ways. “It is really important for each individual to research which professional is right for them.”
A Holistic Nutritionist will be able to first determine deficiencies or toxicity in the body and then suggest modifications or a supplement accordingly, Jacqueline says.
A Holistic Nutritionist or an Orthomolecular Practitioner could determine what may be the best possible natural remedy to ensure an individual’s body is no longer deficient. For example, if I was experiencing fatigue and a lack of energy, I could meet with a professional to understand why I had been feeling so tired.
If the Holistic Nutritionist or Orthomolecular Practitioner determined that my body was low in iron, they would suggest the best possible natural remedy and also discern how my body was absorbing the nutrients, to determine whether the issue was the actual vitamin or mineral or if it had more to do with what my body was doing with the nutrients.
“We would also be able to correct and help the person better absorb nutrients from food or supplement,” Jacqueline says. “A full assessment is needed for this.”
The Gut Brain Connection
 “The digestive system contains 100-million neurons and produces equal amount of neurotransmitters as the brain,” Jacqueline says.
A neurotransmitter is a messenger. It is a chemical released from a nerve cell, which transmits an impulse from one nerve to cell to another nerve, muscle, organ or other tissue.
The gut, however, produces about 66 per cent of the happy hormone, Serotonin, for the body, Jacqueline adds. “That’s why the right foods can make you happy or the wrong foods can leave you feeling anxious or depressed.”
Every body is different when it comes to processing nutrients. “Every one has a different speed of digestion and the quality and quantity of enzymes, which directly impacts absorbality,” Jacqueline says.
Alternative Medicine and Mental Illness
“The alternative medicine approach encompasses the mind, body and spirit of the individual,” Jaqueline says. “They are all interrelated and affect one’s overall well-being.”
Jorgens says she has dealt with unexplained infertility, which may have been related to stress. “I dealt with it holistically,” Jorgens says. “I went for massage therapy, to see a nutritionist…I did the whole thing and it was so helpful for me.”

Some options of holistic treatments for mental illness include acupuncture, chiropractic care, nutritional assessments, massage and reflexology, yoga and many more.
“More people are using natural remedies because they may not want to be dependent on synthetic drugs,” Jacqueline says. “They can be addictive and can alter one’s biochemical traits, which can directly affect one’s brain.”
Natural remedies are less addictive. “They may become addictive if the person over uses them,” Jacqueline says, “but [there] is less of a chance due to [their] potency.”
What are Amino Acids?
Jacqueline describes Amino Acids as “building blocks of proteins needed for growth, development and hormone signaling in our bodies, as well as cell repair…”
The human body naturally produces 10 of the 20 Amino Acids. Those remaining 10 that the body doesn’t naturally produce are known as Essential Amino Acids, those we must ingest from food.
“When we do not consume these Essential Amino Acids, the body breaks down proteins found in muscle, skin and hair in search of them,” Jacqueline says.
Deficiencies in the body can lead to anxiety and panic attacks, addiction, obsessive thoughts, phobias (like a fear of snakes, heights, foods, etc.), depression, negativity, low self-esteem, difficulty making decisions, violence, suicidal thoughts, etc., Jacqueline says.
She advises not to supplement without discussing health with a holistic health care practitioner.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact Jacqueline at
To speak to Jorgens about her experiences and studies, e-mail her at
Disclaimer: Thank you Jacqueline Marie and Allison Jorgens for taking the time to speak with Eating Disorders of York Region about Holistic Nutrition. This blog post expresses some perspectives that our readers may find insightful. The opinions expressed are those of Jacqueline and Jorgens.

— Leviana Coccia

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Know Drugs, Multilingual Ed.

Michelle De Faria started her placement with Eating Disorders of York Region earlier this summer. Her passion is to encourage men and women to take control of their mental health.

“Know Drugs” is the byproduct of De Faria’s inspiration to create a campaign to promote pharmaceutical alternatives, since medicine may not always be the only way to be healthy and happy. 

The original, all-English, video was produced on June 28, 2012. See it here.

 This multilingual edition promotes pharmaceutical alternatives and encourages people from all over the world to take control and have a voice when it comes to their mental health.