5 Day Diet Challenge

Fall is an ideal time to assist our bodies in cleanup and recovery from a summer of processed snacks and treats such as ice cream, hotdogs, soft drinks and alcohol.  This year especially, we have the added burden of inhaled pollutants from forest fire smoke to be concerned about.  Many people still have coughs and congestion, itchy eyes and other allergy type symptoms, unusual tiredness, brain fog, crankiness, stiff joints and an overall feeling of unwellness.  These are all classic symptoms of toxicity. Your body is an excellent waste treatment plant and will indeed repair, replace parts, and replenish with great efficiency if given the raw materials it needs to heal rapidly and completely.  How can we best support this process? First, Get Outside.  Get plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and lots of fun activity to make up for the deficiency of all three this past summer. Next, cleanup your diet to rest your organs of digestion and elimination and provide them with the tools they need to revitalize. Try this simple 5 Day Detox Challenge. Eat whole, single ingredient foods only. Foods from our local fall harvest such as beets, carrots, cucumbers, squash, kale, spinach, chard and other greens, all support the liver in filtering the toxins and promote healing. Unprocessed meat, fowl and fish are ok. Absolutely no sugar, refined salt, snack foods, energy bars, soft drinks, alcohol, caffeine, dairy, breads, pastas, cookies, candies, cakes or ice cream, processed foods, preservatives or additives of any kind except sea salt and water. Drink filtered water, coconut water, herbal non-caffeinated teas. Some additional tips: Eat organic, non-GMO, whenever possible...

It All Starts in the Mouth

When scientists first discovered microbes as a factor in disease, the initial reaction was fear.  For the next 100 years or so, the prevailing notion was that the only good bacteria are dead bacteria.  We tried to kill all bacteria, using antibiotics in medicine, dentistry, and in our food supply (meat, fish, eggs, and dairy) and even in our cleansers, cosmetics, and toothpastes. What we didn’t know initially was that bacteria have a powerful intelligence for survival and will mutate to survive.  This resulted in the creation of more virulent species and the very dangerous phenomenon of antibiotic resistance.   It seemed we were losing the war against microbes. No surprise since we have about 10 times as many microbial cells as human cells.   We are outnumbered. The human microbiome is defined as the collective genomes of the microbes (composed of bacteria, bacteriophage, fungi, protozoa and viruses) that live inside and on the human body. In very recent years, science has begun to see that a) microbes are a necessity for all life forms, and b) microbial balance is of prime importance to our survival. Microbes are our best partners in health.  They greatly impact the vitality of the entire gastro intestinal tract and play powerful roles in our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. In fact, we just can’t survive without them. An imbalance in our microbes can contribute to weight gain, chronic illness, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, anxiety/depression, joint inflammation, ulcers, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, food cravings,  leaky gut, and pre-menstrual syndrome. How do we return to the balance that nature intended? The first step is to stop killing and focus on balancing. Your microbiome is as...

Your AMAZING Body and You

Do you identify yourself as and by your body? Close your eyes for a moment and sense the outside edges of your body.  Now close your eyes again and sense the outside edges of YOU, the Being, not the body.  Are you inside your body or is your body inside of you? The truth is, you are an infinite being, and you have a body. A truly miraculous body. Your body is a sensate, sensorial organism that is constantly giving you information.  It has an innate intelligence designed to perceive energy like radar. Your body wants to give you the awareness of this energy that is happening all around you.  Have you shut down your ability to be in this awareness? Take a moment again and sense contraction.  Much of the pain people experience can be an awareness that has been contracted rather than expanded as the fullness of space. Now sense expansion.  Can you feel a difference?  When you are contracted, your reality is finite and limited.  When you are in the sense of expansion you are living in the state of infinite possibilities. Did you notice that you got there simply by choice?  It is that easy.  You could choose to live in the awareness of the expanded you, or you could choose to live in the state of contraction. Your body is willing and ready to do what you choose. This ability is a gift from your body to you.  It has no judgement of the choices you make. On the other hand, the beliefs and judgements you have about your body are sensed and responded...

BOOST YOUR ENERGY IN 3 STEPS

The human body contains enormous quantities of potential energy. The average adult has 9000kcal of energy stored in each kg of fat.  That’s enough energy to hike half-way across the continent burning 100kcal/hour. You might be wondering, if I have so much potential energy why do I feel so tired?  Most of us think we need to produce more energy by eating more food when we are tired. But what if we are tired because we are holding back our energy instead of releasing it? Since energy is everything, here are three tips to help you boost your everything now that spring has sprung. Catch some rays. When light (infrared sun, laser, or LED) strikes the water around your cell membranes, it polarizes and restructures it. As the water in the cells becomes more alkaline, the cell membrane serves as a generator.  That’s why sunlight energizes you.  This is also part of the basis for light therapies.  Move.  Your muscles release energy when they work.  Much research is being done on innovative ways to harvest human power to run fitness gyms and dance clubs and even to run our own electronic gadgets.  People who exercise are releasing constrained power and this makes them feel more energized. Eat lighter and less.  Now that spring is here nature provides us with lighter, more nutrient dense foods. Spring is a good time to fast a little too.  Just as you spring clean your house and car, your body could use a little cleansing.  Unless you are diabetic, it doesn’t hurt to skip a meal or eat only fruits and vegetables for a...

10 WAYS TO PROMOTE BETTER SLEEP

Recently a global news agency reported that in a study of 13 modern countries, Canada ranked 3rd for the most sleep deprived.  It also stated that 1 in 3 Canadian men are getting only 4 to 6 hours of sleep per night.   Canada’s ParticipAction Report card scored poorly with 1 in 3 children testing lethargic from not getting enough sleep.  Clearly lack of sleep is epidemic in our society. So, if you find yourself having difficulty falling asleep, waking in the night with not getting back to sleep, and feeling groggy and unrefreshed in the morning, the good news is you’re not alone.   The bad news is that lack of sleep is the quickest way to age and become ill.  Without adequate sleep, your body’s immune system becomes overloaded with the chores it cannot get done on the nightshift, which are to repair, replenish and replace parts so that you remain vital, youthful and healthy. To top it off, most people who do not sleep well at night lead stressful lives during the day.  This is often accompanied with not eating well which means they do not give their bodies the help it needs to get to sleep. Here are 10 ways to help you sleep better at night: Eat Nuts and seeds – these are high in Magnesium (relaxing mineral) and help keep your nervous system in balance. Eat Leafy Greens like spinach, chard and lettuce – also high in Magnesium as well as fiber which not only calms you but helps your colon remove toxins which the body.  Toxic buildup is interpreted as a threat to your...

March into Spring with Good Health!

When the First Nations people speak of March as the month of “changeable moons”, they are talking about the weather and the change of seasons.  Whenever we deal with change it makes sense to be extra supportive of our bodies. Did you know that our gut microbiomes, and therefore our digestion, naturally fluctuate and change with the seasons?  Everyone has noticed preferences for comfort foods in winter and lighter foods in summer.  This is your gut microbiome speaking to you.  We produce different enzymes for the different seasons so it makes sense to eat seasonal foods in their time. Some foods that can boost the quality of your digestion and provide helpful nutrients as we transition from winter to spring are:  artichokes, cabbage, beets, brussels sprouts, carrots, garlic, grapefruit, greens (like kale and chard), maple syrup, onions, shallots, potatoes, squash, yams, and turnips. Roasting these vegetables in a pan sprinkled with a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and rosemary herb is a quick, easy, delicious and colourful way to boost your nutrition and overall mood.  Not enough time to roast? Throw them in a crockpot in the morning with a little curry spice and organic broth and head off to work.  You will come home to something that will “warm the cockles of your heart” as my mother used to say. In this age of instant information, global news and tumultuous times, we are experiencing more changes faster than what just the weather can throw at us. What should we do about that?   If what you see on the news is more than you can “stomach”, then...