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Pamper your mother the natural way

(NC) They carried us in their womb for nine months; they put up with our temper tantrums, our crying, and whining; they cared for us, listened to us, and they still love us more than anything in the world.

Mother's Day is an opportunity to show this wonderful woman how truly thankful we are for everything she has done. Sometimes though, simple flowers or chocolates just don't cut it when you want to say a real thank you. This Mother's Day instead, show her you care by pampering her with one of these more original ideas, all of which will make her feel amazing while also keeping her happy and healthy:

You are what you eat - Nothing says I love you like I want you to be healthy. This year, treat your mom to a consultation with a holistic nutritionist. She will be amazed at the incredible impact nutrition and lifestyle changes will have. From digestive problems, to high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, anxiety or depression, a carefully constructed, individualized program by a holistic nutritionist will give your mom the inspiration, motivation, and guidance she needs to make long lasting healthy changes.

Like a breath of fresh air - Skip a fatty Sunday brunch and escape the hustle and bustle of the city by taking a short drive to the country. Visit a farm that offers guided tours or fruit picking and enjoy the day together. Some organic farms also have onsite restaurants that offer delicious, gourmet, organic meals. A daytrip to the country with mom will make her feel energized and she will be happy that you chose to spend the day with her.

Give her the gift of natural health - Studies suggest that, despite maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, older women are particularly prone to nutritional deficiencies. To make up for these shortfalls in their diet, some doctors recommend that older women take supplements such as calcium, vitamin D, probiotics and omega 3s. Visit a local natural health retailer and purchase a gift card for your mother to stock up on some of these essential vitamins and minerals. Helpful and knowledgeable staff can help guide her and answer her questions. To locate the nearest natural health retailer and for more tips, visit the Canadian Health Food Association's (CHFA) website at chfa.ca.

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