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Is Your Holiday Eating More Peace Love and Joy … or War, Stress and Self Loathing?

Is Your Holiday Eating More Peace Love and Joy … or War, Stress and Self Loathing?

This season, many of the people you dine with may be agonizing over their food choices – maybe even you.
Planning ahead and creating a strategy to help accommodate biochemical individuality can go a long way to relieving food stress and creating a respectful and supportive space for celebration.

Defining Success

Defining Success

Today’s post inspiration comes from a colleague in my network who posed a question in an entrepreneur Facebook group. It was a great question! And after thinking about it, I realized my definition has a BIG impact on my practice and my clients. The question: 

Unmasking Fear – Part I

Unmasking Fear – Part I

Used mask on the ground

Over the past weeks, I, like many others, have been a silent witness to a growing collective rage that I feel deserves some light. I offer my observations and opinion with love, respect, compassion and free from desire to hijack your mind, or to threaten your values. It is not at all ignorant of the losses and grief many have suffered (loss of families, friends, and ways of life), to whom I send condolences. It is an opinion to hopefully explore and decide if it resonates with you. That is all.

Masks have become the debate in all sorts of media. What started as a strategy to explore, has become a blast of opinion and discourse with heaping vitriol. Anger builds and fear is amplified. Fear of getting sick, fear of being controlled, fear, fear, fear…

There are many poorly constructed arguments on both side of the mask debate. I am often disappointed in what I see people passing off as proof… things that look just convincing enough. People using agar plates in various scenarios on social media video, attempting to show what is caught by a mask vs without. Did those people have Covid 19?! What is on the cultured plate? Large bacteria or tiny viruses? On the other side, conspiracy theories demonstrate different fears. This sort of persuasive, lazy research and reporting enforces bias, is not truth seeking and does not honour your brothers and sisters.

The debate about masks is a metaphorical and literal representation of the pandemic itself – or as I refer to it – the Great Unmasking.

This tiny virus has ripped off the masks of the ‘mighty human’, that we put on for the world, when we looked in the mirror, and in the stories we weaved about ourselves.  It has exposed us. It revealed our vulnerabilities, our beliefs about life, resources, security, ownership, attachment, and made plain the true nature of existence. It has exposed our fear of loss and death – our complete lack of peace and understanding about the only other certainty in our existence, after birth.

For some, this has been enlightening; a new definition of abundance, and realignment of values. A realization that we do not lose what we do not own – that we in fact, own very little, that security is an illusion. For others, it has amplified fear (of death, of loss, of scarcity, of lack of control), and driven entrenchment in the world of science without spirit, perceived power and control. The mask is back on, and they have warriored up: “We will fight this virus”, “kill it”, “eradicate it”, “stamp it out” and other statements of war, demonstrate a lack of understanding about the delicate, beautiful and intricate relationships in nature.

Fear of death is like the grave robber – stealing precious gems from our current moment. Self preservation is not wrong of course, it is good. But terror serves no one. When I tell people that I received training in the death rites of the Andean tradition, or that I am fascinated by cultural perspectives on death, people are challenged:  like it’s weird, or creepy, or taboo. Why? Physical birth and death are our only two guarantees in this life. Why live our whole life in fear of the inevitable?

And while stewing fearfully, plotting for control, and pouring scornful rhetoric into mass media, we repel the connection, synergy, creativity, and peace we need for finding balance in the great web of life. It’s not about the masks, it’s about THE mask!While so much attention is focused on masks, we forget issues of humanity – like how our seniors are warehoused in appalling conditions, which came to light all too briefly and then disappeared from discussion. A quick Google search for Masks Covid-19, brought 2,250,000,000 results (0.62 seconds), while seniors’ homes Covid-19 brought a mere 113,000,000 results (0.60 seconds).

No wonder we fear ageing almost as much as dying….

What should be apparent by now is that the mask debate is distracting us from our greatest opportunities to find balance, peace and abundance in right relationship with nature. We are still fixated on the illusion of dominance over nature and each other, and it is a barrier to our health – mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Begin to focus on what you can control – unconditional love for all of life, and your expression of it. Stop being distracted by fear. Blow it out of you into the wind to be transformed. The fear of loss ignites the stress response in your physical body and drains and prevents you from manufacturing the conditions for health. Fear makes it biochemically impossible to be balanced and healthy.

Life is not about what is flowing or happening to us. It is about what is flowing or happening through us. Create the conditions for life to thrive with radical nourishment on every level: love, connection, water, sun, air, soil, and the organisms that grow from it should be consumed and shared with gratitude and peace. It is the price and privilege of being in this web.

Only then we can then research, collaborate, and create the conditions the world really needs, and will we solve the great debate.

Next week I will talk about the hormones of fear, and how they impact the energy in you, right down to the DNA.

Gas and Brakes

Gas and Brakes

One of the things I have been hearing a lot about during our Covid times, is how different each person’s experience is. In my own circle, there are some for whom it is much needed chance to pause. Yet for others, it’s working overtime, stressful 

Surviving the Holidays with Food Restrictions

Surviving the Holidays with Food Restrictions

As we head into the holidays, food takes center stage in many a celebration.  While it is wonderful to break bread with friends and relations, it can be a tremendous source of stress when your body is unhappy with some of our most common ingredients 

Time for a Change?

Time for a Change?

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One of my favourite things to hear is when my clients declare their happiness with their successful nutrition and lifestyle changes. It’s music to my ears! But what an outsider might not see, is how long and hard a client may have worked, or the build up to taking action.

In this video, I talk about some of the signs of readiness for change – things that the most successful change makers have in common when they first come to see me.

Enjoy!

Resolutions…

Resolutions…

Every new year, my practice starts to fill with people who, having the best of intentions, are wanting to launch a new health program for themselves. Great! Well… sort of…. While most of us can benefit from a reboot after a season of celebration, what 

Tahini Dressing

This dressing was concocted when trying to find alternatives for my clients with a number of restrictions including garlic, dairy and lemon. The result was this very satisfying and creamy dressing, with warm flavours. It pairs well with roasted Brussels sprouts, and mixed greens salad 

Salad Anyone?

Find yourself hankering for a delicious salad and unable to have one because of the e.coli /romaine scare? Not to worry – there are nutritious and delicious alternatives.

I won’t pretend… I have a thing for sprouts and micro greens! Many of you have heard me extolling the virtues of “growing your own” and “countertop harvests” over the years. These tasty, nutrient packed little plants virtually eliminate time-to-table, are always in season, and an economical way to produce nutrient dense foods for yourself. Kids also love to do it, so they are a great way to get them into healthy foods.

There’s nothing wrong with clean romaine mind you… but whether romaine is in or out, you will love these tasty additions to your greens list.

What’s so great about sprouts and micro greens? What’s the difference between the two? Which is better?

To begin with, micro greens are tiny plants grown in soil, or some product to act as soil, and

Young micro green

harvested above the soil line when the plant has grown two distinct leaves – also known as the cotyledon stage.

They are packed with nutrition and when you eat them, you will not be ingesting any seed-casings/ husks. They are a favourite in restaurants who use them in smashing salads and beautiful garnishes in soups and so on.

Sprouts are grown without soil, sprouted after a period of soaking, with regular rinsing and draining cycles. They too are packed with nutrition – some estimates say as high as 20 times the nutrition of a full-grown plant! Although seed casings are floated off at harvest, usually many remain and are part of the crunch.

When sprouting, it is important to use clean materials and buy sprouting specific seeds that will not be exposed to fertilizers which carry a risk of e.coli, salmonella or listeria. Sprouts must be grown and handled properly to discourage the growth of mold and bacteria. Some agencies recommend cooking them to further protect yourself. People with compromised immunity should not consume raw sprouts.

Government guidelines are clear that they should be fully cooked. View their website here: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-safety-fruits-vegetables/sprouts.html?wbdisable=true

While both sprouts and micro greens are incredibly nutrient dense foods, sprouting does tend to be easier, requires minimal space and the sprouting time is usually just a few days. Depending on the plant type, most sprouts are ready in 4 days or so. In most cases, rinsing is less than a 10 minute per day investment! The plant does the rest on its own. And, you don’t need a sunny window.

Micro greens are also very easy, but do require planting trays and soil, and usually are ready in a couple weeks, again depending on the plant type. They are considered the safer option when it comes to molds and bacteria and are certainly cleaner to harvest. Trays and growth medium are not expensive and stacking models make it easy to grow them in a relatively small space.

So, not into growing your own? Looking for even more options?

Consider a seaweed salad, cabbage or kale salad or tossing roasted vegetables with a favourite dressing and some toasted nuts.

Roasted Brussels sprouts and pomegranate aerials will look fabulous and be a tasty hit with my Tahini Dressing Continue reading Salad Anyone?

Seasonal Market Produce

Last week, I went to the Lansdowne Christmas Market for some Christmas vibes and to do my local, in-season vegetable shopping. Although it does not seem like there would be much produce in a Canadian winter, there is actually a bounty of fresh food. So,