Busting Busy and Creating all the Time in the World

I am often told, “You are so busy!!!’ I’m not sure if people who say that to me are stressed that they can’t connect with me or if they are reflecting on the busyness (or lack of meaning) in their own life. Maybe most people relate ‘busy’ to mean ‘There’s no time to do all the things I want to do’. Here’s my secret to getting and doing so much: 1. Know what you want. Write out your future vision (or draw it) and list your values, purpose, and mission. 2. Align all the things that are key to bring you closer to fulfilling this vision. (Skills that you need,[…]

Pain! Is Your Body Speaking To You?

How to listen to its advice and find a new world that is waiting for you. Why do so many people suffer with pain that, no matter how many medications or medical tests, can’t seem to find relief? As a therapist, I hear this complaint time and time again. “I’ve done everything and nothing works”, my clients will say.     Gabrielle Roth said, “When our inner world (soul’s journey, gifts, potential) is out of alignment with our outer world (what we are living and showing the world), the body becomes the battlefield” Many great therapists and mystics believe that the pain is coming from a deeper place within and manifesting[…]

What others say about you?

What others say about you? Reveals more about them, than you. Remember as children we would call out names to each other only to be responded with “I know you are, but what am I?”  It seemed like a great way to deflect the insults and judgements that were being hurled at us. As an adult, it’s not appropriate to respond this way yet profoundly the childhood saying is actually quite accurate.  We can’t see something in someone else without it already being inside us, in fact, sometimes the only way to see ourselves is to project it on to someone else. Let’s explore this concept: If someone says: “You[…]

What are you Weighting For?

We spend our days, months and even an entire lifetime waiting for permission to do what we love in our lives.  It seems we invent a million excuses to prevent us from having a life filled with joy and meaning.  Our hearts become weighted down with fears, worry and doubts and our bodies become heavy and exhausted with an increasing load of depression. Many of us wait for school or work to be over so we can play.  We wait for summer or vacations to begin so we can rejuvenate.  We wait for our children to grow up and our self-esteem to improve before we do what we want.  We[…]

Weather…or not, Be Happy!

Weather…or not, Be Happy! “Happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” – Dalai Lama Everyday you are faced with choices and decisions that affect you and those you love.  We all strive for happiness in our lives.  How do you trust yourself to make a good choice if you are measuring that choice solely on the approval and opinion of others? When you measure your self-worth and life satisfaction by the weather, bank accounts, status in your careers, relationships or the shape of your body, you will constantly be controlled by outside factors that you can not change, leaving you powerless and dissatisfied with[…]

Fitness from the Inside-Out

Have you ever wondered why we start out the New Year with our best intentions to lose weight, workout and feel better, only to find by February we are sitting in front of the TV, watching the fitness video that we got for Christmas eating bon-bons? What happens to our best intentions that we eventually revert back into old habits? How can we change this behaviour to support our goals? The Answer is:…it happens from the inside out! The Inside look of Fitness Many of us have a love-hate relationship with our bodies. We indulge them, deprive them, stuff them or starve them, overwork and under work them, spoil them,[…]

Ginger Poached Pears – Soothing, nourishing, to bring quiet balance

Ginger Poached Pears Soothing, nourishing, to bring quiet balance Chinese medicine says that pears reduce inflammation, a good thing if you are going through either chemo or radiation. Poached fruit is also much easier to digest than raw, and safer to eat during treatment. *You will need a heavy bottomed sauté or poaching pan with a tight-fitting lid. Ingredients 4 medium Bosc pears of medium ripeness 3 tablespoons brown sugar, or to taste depending on the ripeness of the pears ½-inch piece of ginger root, peeled and thinly sliced ¼ cup water, or dry white wine Crystallized ginger, for decoration Simple steps Peel the pears and cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop[…]

Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie, to Cleanse while Nourishing

Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie to Cleanse while Nourishing Ingredients 2 large cucumbers, peeled and rinsed *available locally 1 cup coconut milk 1 cup fresh wild blueberries, washed *available locally 1 tbsp lemon juice Simple steps Add everything to a blender Blend Blueberries reduce inflammation, resolve dampness, tonify kidneys, and nourish blood. They also taste fantastic while supporting local farmers.

Thai lettuce wraps – Healthy all around

Thai Lettuce Wraps Healthy all around Ingredients 1 tbsp coconut oil 3 stalks celery, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 4 peeled and grated parsnips 1tsp Chinese five-spice powder 1tsp coriander 2 tsp fresh ginger 1 to 2 tsp red pepper flakes (to taste) 1 lb pasture-raised ground pork 1 cup diced fresh wood ear or shiitake mushrooms 5 leaves diced swiss chard 1 large handful diced cilantro 2tbsp wheat-free tamari or coconut aminos (a sugar and wheat-free alternative to soy sauce) 1 head iceberg lettuce Simple steps In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add celery, garlic, grated parsnips, and spices. Cook for 5 to 10[…]