How to Stay Healthy Throughout the Holidays!

The best way to stay healthy throughout the holidays:

 Learn how to best take care of yourself! 

Especially, before getting together with family and friends.

Holiday time can be very chaotic.

With all the party invites to send and receive; seasonal foods to prepare and ingest; gifts to be decided on, buy & wrap; along with family members to contend with….

We all know that families are a highly complex web of unique individual’s.

Each bringing their own life experiences, pain and trauma’s with them wherever they go.

Some individual’s feel compelled to hang on to those trauma’s and inflict their pain on anyone close to them, especially around the holidays!

Just remember that we all have free will and the ability to choose how we act and react to life and the choices of the people in it.

If you struggle with the holidays, no matter what the cause, there are a few things you can do, that will help you to;

Survive the holidays with your sanity and health intact!

In other words – 

How to have a Healthy Holiday:

(taken from my Holiday Survival Kit!)

~ Eat as cleanly and Ketogenically as you can. Reduce the amount of processed carbohydrates you eat. Try to eat moderate amounts of protein and increase your consumption of healthy fats, which feed the brain stable energy!

We all know how much sugar spikes our energy and mood up and down. This chaos in digestion will only glorify any chaos going on at a mental and emotional level.

I get that we are all going to imbibe in sugary things over the holidays. So my suggestion is to simply to do so in moderation and with self awareness. 

~ Reduce and eliminate toxins. Drink at least one glass of purified water with the juice of half a real lemon, every day. The best time, is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. 

You can also get my Hangover kit; which has specific remedies to help you cleanse and detox any toxins. 

~ Take a quality supplement to help balance your energy and mood. Choose one that is in as much whole food form as possible, to ensure you absorb it all and create no extra toxins or imbalances.

Make sure that it contains lots of minerals and B vitamins, as these support your adrenals. When we are stressed, it is the adrenals that trigger our “fight or flight” symptoms, leading to fatigue and foggy thinking.

My two favourite, whole food supplements are SolarStrips and Prodigy 5.

~ Get qualitative sleep and rest. Late nights and early mornings are a huge part of the Holidays. However, getting enough sleep is vital to coping with the emotional and mental issues that arise when dealing with complex families!

If you struggle with your sleep, you can try these support tools:

Frequensea and Solarstrips have done wonders to help many of my clients resolve old sleep issues.

You can also try L-Glutamine and/or L-Tyrosine, 1000mg divided into 2 doses, can be taken daily near bedtime to help you sleep easier and more fully.

Another trick I use is ear plugs! They are a godsend when I am away from home and not used to the strange noises. I sleep like a log when I can’t hear any noise.

Body work – I highly suggest you take some time just prior to, or over the holidays to go and get some physical body work done. this is a great way to prepare and pamper yourself. Massage in any form is pure bliss! Acupuncture can help open up your life force which will allow you to flow and be more energized. Even a facial, mani or pedi is worth the time and money if it brings you a peaceful state of mind.

Purposefully taking time for yourself is a positive step in Self Love!

Mental and Emotional Support

Sometimes when you are away from home, or even at home for that matter during the holidays, you feel trapped by circumstances. Always remember that you have a choice at any time to walk away, literally! 

If you are somewhere and feeling unsettled or upset, simply go outside for a walk. Focus your mind on something that brings joy to your heart. It can be anything, provided it settles your thoughts and emotions on to a single event or time where you felt complete peace and joy. Sometime just breathing in the life energy of the universe goes a long way. Stay focused on this cherished moment as long as you can, until you feel relaxed physically, calm and at peace, mentally and emotionally.

Another difficult area that comes up, when extended families get together is personal beliefs. Everyone has beliefs, we are born into them, and we develop them as we go through life. Beliefs are neither right nor wrong, they are simply where you are as an individual right now. Problems arise, when individuals feel the need to impinge their belief on to you. As long as your belief’s about yourself and your life is creating positive growth then there is no need to change it.

A healthy belief is one you can let go of when the time is right to move on. When someone you know and love, or like, becomes intent on forcing their opinion on you, there are a few things you can do to minimize this stress.

~ Recognize your own beliefs. The moment you feel the tension building within yourself, know that you are being confronted with someone else’s belief, that is not necessarily resonating with you. Take a deep breath stay calm and politely listen or quietly excuse yourself and walk away. Unhealthy people doggedly hang on to their beliefs with passion and force. They ‘believe’ that they are always right and that they must “Save everyone else from their mistakes!” To get in to an argument with someone over individual beliefs, creates what we call Emotional Plague Reactions. We all know what this is, it’s when beliefs or rigid ideas get thrown around, emotions get high and very heated. However, nothing good ever comes of these debates! The best way to avoid this conflict is to have compassion for the individual. Look objectively at them as they are getting all “wound” up and realize how mired they are in their own conflict!

~ The second thing you can do, is, not get in to a battle of wills. It would be fruitless and generally leads to conflicts. It is your false ego or weak sense of self that wants to “prove them wrong” or “show them the right way”. Your True sense of self knows that it doesn’t really matter what someone else thinks or believes, provided you know and honour your own Self! So if you have chosen to listen instead of walk away, do so with quiet Self dignity. Do not try to correct them, simply acknowledge what they are saying without having to accept or out right deny. It is impossible to get in an argument with someone who doesn’t argue!

~ Honour your own emotions. If you find that during any discussion that you do get emotionally caught up in it, know that those emotions are yours! Honour them, by acknowledging them quietly within yourself. Admit that you have some deep belief surrounding this as well; that can be worked on by yourself at a later date. If you can at the time, make a mental note of the emotions and thoughts which are are triggered in you by the other person. Know that these are your old beliefs and emotional trauma’s that you are still hanging on to somewhere deep inside. They are best worked on however, when you can objectively process them by yourself or with a qualified practitioner. Not during what should be a joyful celebration of family and friends!

~ Choose a positive outlook. Sounds simple enough, but I know how hard it can be to stay positive during family get togethers. Other people’s struggles and views can become overwhelming. If you make a personal commitment to yourself today, to stay as positive as possible, and are able to remind yourself often; it will help to lessen the pull of other’s negativity.

~ Learn to say NO with grace! One of the main reason’s we often get overwhelmed during the holidays, is an inability to put up our own boundaries. It can be hard to say no to loved ones. However, the best way to save your own health and sanity during hectic times is to decide what you truly can and want to do and what you can’t and don’t want to do. Be a little narcissistic this holiday season, but in a healthy way!

~ Take time for yourself. With all the rush and travel of the holiday’s, be sure to take some time; either daily, or every few days to find some time to slow down and honour yourself. You can do this with some simple “me” time like a nice soak in the tub, purposeful relaxation techniques or even booking some pampering time, such as, a hot stone massage, deep tissue work, mani or pedi, or what ever helps you to slow down and unwind. 

~ Use Dynamic Medicine to release unwanted emotions and beliefs. My absolute favourite way to release anything, is with Dynamic Medicine.

Did you know that NO TWO SIMILAR DIS-EASE STATES CAN RESIDE WITHIN THE LIFE FORCE AT ONE TIME! An actual true fact of the human organism.  Thus, when you take Dynamic Medicine that is designed for a specific state or issue, such as the Wholistic Overload rx in my Holiday Survival kit, that any feelings and mental connections to what overloads you will be released. It works quickly, is safe and highly effective.

Why not give it a try, what have you got to lose besides unwanted emotional and mental baggage!!

I hope that these tips and suggestions; which are all taken from my Holiday Survival Kit, help you to indeed have a Very Merry, Healthy Christmas!!

Wishing you all a Very Merry and Healthy Holiday season.

As always, let me know your thoughts, your struggles and ways that I can help support you.

My Self Inspiring question of the week is;

What do you struggle with the most over the holidays?

In true resonant health, have a Self Inspiring week,

xo

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How Effective and Safe Are Your Supplements?

We’re all trying to take better care of ourselves.

Most of us are well aware that a proper diet, that is based on your unique body type is the best way to take care of your physical, chemical body. (unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last 10 years!)

However, for most people, eating ideally 100% of the time is difficult. Life and work demands, tends to keep us from taking care of ourselves.

So, one of the ways that many of us support our poor diet, to ensure we try to stay healthy, is with supplements.

But, is this really the most effective and safest way to improve your health?

“The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention say, that more than half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements — including multivitamins, minerals and herbs.

That rise, from 42% in 1988 to 53% in 2006, has fueled the growth of the supplement industry to a $27 billion behemoth, according to Consumer Reports.

Dietary supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the same way as drugs. The makers do not, have to prove safety or effectiveness.

“There’s a false perception that supplements fall under the same regulatory umbrella as prescription drugs,” said Dr. Orly Avitzur, medical adviser for Consumer Reports. “That’s not the case.”” According to CNN Health

Do you really know how effective and safe your supplements are?

Here are the three main factors that control how effective and safe, your supplements are;

1. How they are produced/manufactured,

2. How healthy your digestive system is and

3. How bioavailable or absorbable they are.

First, let’s look at how they are manufactured.

Many of the supplements on the market today, are actually more harmful than good.

Most supplements that are mass produced, are full of toxic preservatives and fillers.

Along with, a predetermined mix of chemically derived, synthetic vitamins and minerals. Which, are more apt to cause an imbalance, than support you.

When buying supplements I highly suggest you read the labels very carefully and avoid ones that are produced with these toxins and fillers

1. Flow agents such as; magnesium Stearate, and stearic acid are added to supplements to keep them from getting stuck in the machinery, making processing faster. These are created from hydrogenated cottonseed oil, which is sprayed heavily with pesticides, as well as being genetically modified (GMO).

They have also been linked to many health issues. Research has shown that stearic acid suppresses T cells—your natural killer cells, which weakens your immune system.

2. Genetically Modified Ingredients. Many ingredients in common supplements are genetically modified; Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid (also called vitamin C, but it’s not real vitamin C and is driven from GM corn), Sodium Ascorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavourings (“natural” and “artificial”), Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum. To name a few.

3. Fillers and binding agents such as; silicon dioxide, methylcellulose, titanium dioxide, carrageenan, 

4. “Natural flavours,” a term often used for MSG, a toxic additive, used to make the toxic, poorly made supplement taste more palatable! 

5. Preservatives such as; Sodium benzoate and BHT, which are preservatives added to supplements, to keep them fresh and prevent harmful bacteria from growing. Both Sodium benzoate and BHT can damage human DNA and cause gastric and bladder cancer as well as many liver problems.

This list is certainly not exhausted, however, it gives you a great look at the ugly side of the supplemental “industry”. 

Whether you are looking to improve your health or simply maintain the level of health you have. It is important to become a more conscious and well informed consumer.

Here are my recommendations to help you make better choices when purchasing your supplements;

1. Buy only supplements that are created from whole food sources. Do not buy prefabricated multi-vitamins that are synthetic. If they are hard packed tablets, they have toxins!

2. Look for products that clearly state they are “Non GMO”. 

3. Look for products that support GMP or Good Manufacturing Processes. Also companies that are conscientious of the environment, are organic or wildcrafted.

4. The most utilizable form, are either liquid, powder or sublingual (see chart below), which is loose or contained in vegetable capsules.

5. Finally my own rule of thumb is, if I can’t read the label or pronounce the ingredient, I don’t ingest it!

There are more and more reputable companies coming into the market, who actually care about your health, and the way in which they create their supplements. 

Choose wisely.maxresdefault

Here is my absolute favourite supplement right now, because it meets all the necessary requirements of being; super clean, whole food and bio-available with a 100% immediate absorption rate!

 

 

Now let’s discuss absorption; which, encompasses the health of your digestive system and some possible reasons you may not be absorbing your nutrients.

Here is a chart, showing the simple absorption rate of different supplemental forms.

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Not only, is the bio-availability of the supplement an issue, so too is the ability of your body to assimilate the nutrients in that supplement. 

If you are over the age of 30 and have never done a detox or cleanse; if you are following the “Standard North American” diet; then the odds are, you are not digesting and assimilating fully, any of the nutrients you are putting in your body.

All of which is a leading factor in your declining health as you age!

When you take a pre-fabricated, chemically created supplement, like “One a Day“, Not only, are you not absorbing most of the “so-called” vitamins. You are also taking in the toxic incipients stated above. As well as, possibly creating an imbalance by taking a predetermined amount of certain vitamins and minerals that may not be ideal for your body. It is a lose lose situation. 

Yet, 90% of supplement users are taking hard packed, prefabricated toxic supplements. Or, as my daughter stated this week, many of her friends eat the chewy ‘Flintstones’ that are full of toxins and glucose – the number one ingredient and the nutrient responsible for diabetes!

ingredients list of Flintstone gummies!

Fabulous article on how toxic children vitamins are.

In order to make sure you are getting the most benefit out of your supplement, be sure to look for these key factors – cleanliness, whole food form and bioavailability.

In this day and age, it is vital that we get quality nutrients. Not only to survive, but to maintain and/or regain our optimum health. To do so means, that we all must take some sort of supplement, since our food sources are not as qualitative as they used to be.

We are also more toxic and stressed, which depletes our own reserves daily. 

If you begin to use a more effective and healthy supplement, you will begin to notice significant changes in your wellbeing!

One final note on supplements; no amount of supplemental support is going to cure you of a true disease. That is instead, in the realm of natural medicine. 

Knowing when you are out of balance and in need of a supplement to rebalance you is vital. As well as, not trying to solve a deeper problem with countless supplements.

My number one suggested supplement that will give you all the vital nutrients you need to survive and repair, right now are these Solarstrips!

If you have been taking a truly qualitative supplement to heal your symptoms or ill health and are not seeing significant results. It may not be the lack of a particular supplement; but the fact that you are suffering from a true disease state that requires natural, law abiding medicine; aka Dynamic Medicine!

True health care requires a complete understanding of what constitutes an imbalance, as opposed to what is a true disease state and not a mere condition. 

In other words, we need to stop trying to patch up a serious problem with “duct tape”. We all love duct tape; it may work for a time, but eventually it gives way and the problem returns, often in a worse way!

Knowing when, how and what to use to restore whole health is what Dynamic Medicine can do for you.

If you are unsure and would like some help determining, whether you need supplementation or the use of dynamic medicine, click on the link below and let’s chat.

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In true resonant health, 

Have a Self Inspiring week!

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How Effective and Safe Are Your Supplements?

We’re all trying to take better care of ourselves.

Most of us are well aware that a proper diet, that is based on your unique body type is the best way to take care of your physical, chemical body. (unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last 10 years!)

However, for most people, eating ideally 100% of the time is difficult. Life and work demands, tends to keep us from taking care of ourselves.

So, one of the ways that many of us support our poor diet, to ensure we try to stay healthy, is with supplements.

But, is this really the most effective and safest way to improve your health?

“The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention say, that more than half of U.S. adults use dietary supplements — including multivitamins, minerals and herbs.

That rise, from 42% in 1988 to 53% in 2006, has fueled the growth of the supplement industry to a $27 billion behemoth, according to Consumer Reports.

Dietary supplements are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the same way as drugs. The makers do not, have to prove safety or effectiveness.

“There’s a false perception that supplements fall under the same regulatory umbrella as prescription drugs,” said Dr. Orly Avitzur, medical adviser for Consumer Reports. “That’s not the case.”” According to CNN Health

Do you really know how effective and healthy your supplements are?

The three main factors that control how effective your supplements are is; how they are produced/manufactured, how healthy your digestive system is and how absorbable they are.

First, let’s look at how they are manufactured.

Many of the supplements on the market today, are actually more harmful than good.

Most supplements that are mass produced, are full of toxic preservatives and fillers.

Along with, a predetermined mix of chemically derived, synthetic vitamins and minerals. Which, are more apt to cause an imbalance, than support you.

When buying supplements I highly suggest you read the labels very carefully and avoid ones that are produced with these toxins and fillers

1. Flow agents such as; magnesium Stearate, and stearic acid are added to supplements to keep them from getting stuck in the machinery, making processing faster. These are created from hydrogenated cottonseed oil, which is sprayed heavily with pesticides, as well as being genetically modified (GMO).

They have also been linked to many health issues. Research has shown that stearic acid suppresses T cells—your natural killer cells, which weakens your immune system.

2. Genetically Modified Ingredients. Many ingredients in common supplements are genetically modified; Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid (also called vitamin C, but it’s not real vitamin C and is driven from GM corn), Sodium Ascorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavourings (“natural” and “artificial”), Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum. To name a few.

3. Fillers and binding agents such as; silicon dioxide, methylcellulose, titanium dioxide, carrageenan, 

4. “Natural flavours,” a term often used for MSG, a toxic additive, used to make the toxic, poorly made supplement taste more palatable! 

5. Preservatives such as; Sodium benzoate and BHT, which are preservatives added to supplements, to keep them fresh and prevent harmful bacteria from growing. Both Sodium benzoate and BHT can damage human DNA and cause gastric and bladder cancer as well as many liver problems.

This list is certainly not exhausted, however, it gives you a great look at the ugly side of the supplemental “industry”. 

Whether you are looking to improve your health or simply maintain the level of health you have. It is important to become a more conscious and well informed consumer.

Here are my recommendations to help you make better choices when purchasing your supplements;

1. Buy only supplements that are created from whole food sources. Do not buy prefabricated multi-vitamins that are synthetic. If they are hard packed tablets, they have toxins!

2. Look for products that clearly state they are “Non GMO”. 

3. Look for products that support GMP or Good Manufacturing Processes. Also companies that are conscientious of the environment, are organic or wild crafted.

4. The most utilizable form, are either liquid, powder or sublingual (see chart below), which is loose or contained in vegetable capsules.

5. Finally my own rule of thumb is, if I can’t read the label or pronounce the ingredient, I don’t ingest it!

There are more and more reputable companies coming into the market, who actually care about your health, and the way in which they create their supplements. 

Choose wisely.maxresdefault

Here is my absolute favourite supplement right now, because it meets all the necessary requirements of being; super clean, whole food and bio-available with a 100% immediate absorption rate!

Now let’s discuss absorption; which, encompasses your digestive system and the reason’s that may be blocking your ability to absorb.

Here is a chart showing the simple absorption rate of different supplement forms.

Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 7.17.49 AM

Not only, is the bio-availability of the supplement an issue, so too is the ability of your body to assimilate the nutrients in that supplement. 

If you are over the age of 30 and have never done a detox or cleanse; if you are following the “Standard North American” diet; then the odds are, you are not digesting and assimilating fully, any of the nutrients you are putting in your body.

All of which is a leading factor in your declining health as you age!

When you take a pre-fabricated, chemically created supplement, like “One a Day“, Not only, are you not absorbing most of the “so-called” vitamins. You are also taking in the toxic incipients stated above. As well as, possibly creating an imbalance by taking a predetermined amount of certain vitamins and minerals that may not be ideal for your body. It is a lose lose situation. 

Yet, 90% of supplement users are taking hard packed, prefabricated toxic supplements. Or, as my daughter stated this week, many of her friends eat the chewy ‘Flintstones’ that are full of toxins and glucose – the number one ingredient and the nutrient responsible for diabetes!

ingredients list of Flintstone gummies!

Fabulous article on how toxic children vitamins are.

In order to make sure you are getting the most benefit out of your supplement, be sure to look for these key factors – cleanliness, whole food form and bio-availability.

In this day and age, it is vital that we get quality nutrients to not only survive, but to maintain and/or regain our optimum health. To do so means, that we all must take some sort of supplement, since our food sources are not as qualitative as they used to be.

We are also more toxic and stressed, which depletes our own reserves daily. 

If you begin to use a more effective and healthy supplement, you will begin to notice significant changes in your wellbeing!

One final note on supplements; no amount of supplemental support is going to cure you of a true disease. That is instead, in the realm of natural medicine. 

Knowing when you are out of balance and in need of a supplement to rebalance you is vital. As well as, not trying to solve a deeper problem with countless supplements.

My number one suggested supplement right now is Solarstrips!

If you have been taking a quality supplement to heal your symptoms or ill health and are not seeing significant results. It may not be the lack of a particular supplement; but the fact that you are suffering from a true disease state that requires natural, law abiding medicine; aka Dynamic Medicine!

True health care requires a complete understanding of what constitutes an imbalance, as opposed to what is a true disease state and not a mere condition. 

In other words, we need to stop trying to patch up a serious problem with “duct tape”. We all love duct tape; it may work for a time, but eventually it gives way and the problem returns, often in a worse way!

Knowing when, how and what to use to restore whole health is what Dynamic Medicine can do for you.

If you are unsure and would like some help determining, whether you need supplementation or the use of dynamic medicine, click on the link below and let’s chat.

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 8.52.20 AM

 

In true resonant health, 

Have a Self Inspiring week!

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