#195 Battling Energy Drains, How Medication and Food Can Affect Sleep, Finding the Right Volunteer Opportunity and our “Hot Vax Summer” of Relationships

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on July 31 and August 1, 2021 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss how to battle energy drains with Joel Thuna, how medication and food can affect sleep with Adarsh Shah, how to find the right volunteer opportunity with Brigitte Foisy and our “Hot Vax” Summer for relationships with Carlyle Jansen

We specifically discuss:

Battling Energy Drains

  • Do we have enough energy?
  • Stimulants: sugar and caffeine
  • Protein – instead of sugar
  • Spices – instead of caffeine
  • Laughter is the best medicine
  • Adaptogens
  • Exercise…reasonably
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Vitamin B12 – sublingual, active
  • Sleep

 Food and Medication Affecting Sleep

  • Evaluation sleep quality (SLIM): Start, Length, Intensity and Maintenance
  • Tracking deep sleep
  • Medication impacting sleep
  • Food affecting sleep
  • Medications that include stimulants
  • Beta blockers
  • Corticosteroids
  • What do you do if medications are affecting your sleep?
  • Sleep aids
  • Foods that help with sleep: tart cherries and kiwis

Finding the Right Volunteer Opportunity

  • Identifying your goals and interests
  • Make a list of issues that you care about
  • Where do you look for opportunities?
  • Volunteer.ca
  • Charity Village
  • Go Volunteer
  • Local opportunities
  • How much time should you devote to volunteering?
  • How can you make an impact in our own community?

The “Hot Vax Summer” of Relationships

  • How has Covid-19 affected relationships?
  • Vaccines impacting relationships
  • Are people interacting more now?
  • Is everyone ready for things to open up?
  • Are people out of practice with their social skills?
  • Consent in a sexual context: FRIES
  • How are people’s anxieties manifesting?
  • Are people looking for new types of connections?
  • Safe sex is still paramount

For more information about show sponsor Pure-Le Natural go here.

To read articles by Joel Thuna in Tonic Magazine go here.

To learn more about Adarsh Shah and Ultramatic go here.

To learn more about Brigitte Foisy go here.

To read articles written by Carlyle Jansen in Tonic Magazine go here.

#151 Make Your Bedroom A Sanctuary of Peace, Grey Divorce, Foods That Support Sleep, and Healthy Relationships

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on September 26 and 27, 2020 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss how to make your bedroom a sanctuary of peace with Adarsh Shah, the phenomenon of grey divorce with Lorne Fine, foods that support sleep with Megan Horsley and the importance of healthy relationships with Montrella Cowan

We specifically discuss:

How To Turn Your Bedroom Into A Sanctuary of Peace

  • Pillows: “the mattress for your head”
  • How long should you use a pillow for?
  • How do you find the right pillow?
  • New pillow technology
  • duvet/comforters/blankets
  • Sheets

Grey Divorce

  • What is a grey divorce?
  • When do people get divorced?
  • Why is grey divorce happening?
  • Factors militating staying together
  • Assets: matrimonial homes, pensions etc.
  • Division of property
  • Hiring a financial consultant
  • Spousal support
  • Advice for those considering getting a divorce

Foods That Support Sleep

  • The interconnection between nutrition and sleep
  • How sleep affects nutrition
  • Inflammation
  • The gut-brain axis
  • Melatonin
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Foods high in tryptophan
  • Foods with Gaba
  • Herbal teas
  • Caffeine, sugar, alcohol, processed foods

The Importance of Healthy Relationships

  • Why is having healthy relationships so important?
  • Communication
  • What can we do to improve our relationship skills?
  • Let people know that what they’re feeling is okay
  • Give people space
  • How do you learn how to pick up on non-verbal cues?

For more information about show sponsor Ultramatic and Adarsh Shah go here.

To learn more about Lorne Fine go here

To read Megan Horsley’s articles in Tonic Magazine go here

To learn more about Montrella Cowan, go here