Eat Alive and Thrive

Eat Alive and Thrive

~Uncovering your bliss through nutrition, movement and positive intentions.~ HC HN

💫My wish is for everyone to be able to give themselves an adult Time Out. Take a nap. Read a book. Enjoy a cup of tea. Light some candles and take a bath. Turn off the phone. Have a social media cleanse. Give yourself a facial. Write in your journal.

We seem to want to over complicate our meals for some reason.
Simple meals not only are easier to make but also easier to digest.
Our digestive system can only handle so many different foods at one given time and more so if under stress or existing gut issues.
This also goes for those who put many different foods into their smoothies(which is a whole other thing as Im not much for cold smoothies)
Our digestive system is where our immune system is, where we absorb nutrients.
Keep your meals simple. More isn’t better!
Pay attention to how you feel after a meal....do you feel bloated, heavy, or tired? Or do you feel light, with no bloat or energized?
Pictured meal is: coriander rice, steamed butternut squash with turmeric and fennel. Topped with cilantro🌱
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Afternoon Delight!
Pow Balls I call them.
Made with: unsweetened shredded coconut, coconut oil, unsweetened apricot jam, sunflower seed butter, matcha powder, blue algae powder, and coconut flour. Didn’t measure just threw all into food processor and viola!

HoneyColony

For those suffering with acne please please think about taking Accutane and even antibiotics for your acne.
They can do some big time damage to your body!!!
Seek someone like me who can help you heal your skin naturally with a nutrition, lifestyle, supplement and herbal protocol.

A classical story of how a seemingly innocent prescription drug destroyed one man's life, and what he had to learn to save himself.
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Boosting Breast Health!
Our breasts need life-affirming bodycare that encourages the lymph, and boosts immune and liver health.
So please Ladies let’s start taking care of them.
From wearing no more underwire bras(heck better yet no bra), not wearing anti-perspirants, eating healthy, exercising and lastly what we seem to neglect, massaging our breasts.
Here is a DIY recipe for an amazing breast oil that encourages lymphatic flow.
Ingredients:
40ml jojoba oil
10ml castor oil
5 drops neroli essential oil
10 drops laurel leaf essential oil
10 drops frankincense oil
Divine Essence
This is for a 50ml sized bottled.
Massage inward and upward to stimulate lymphatic drainage.
*Also stayed tuned for an epic Giveaway of Divine Essence products, the only aromatherapy line I have been using for over 20 years.
So honoured to be part of this company!!

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BEYOND MEAT IS BEYOND UNHEALTHY - The Science Of Eating

So I know Beyond Meat is a big hype right now.
Wanted to shed some light on how truly unhealthy it is. It offers no nutrition what so ever.
Please think twice before you think about buying it or eating it at fast food franchises.
There are way healthier vegan options out there. I personally love Hilary's Eat Well veggy patties when I don’t have time to make my own. Hilary’s uses real vegetables and is all natural.
Eat real food people 🙂

thescienceofeating.com So, you think by buying a Beyond Meat Burger, you’re doing yourself and the environment a favor? Think twice. I took a look at...

Emotional Wellness Checklist!
Yes to them all✨
Emotional/Mental health and Self care is a must for health and healing.
xo

Snack attack healthy yogurt cups 🥄
Made with no sugar plain icelandic skyr yogurt, topped with melted frozen dark cherries and wild blueberries, drizzle of maple syrup, oat and quinoa lemon cookie crumble and mint leaf.
Made these for my hubby’s lunch and he loved them!!!
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🌹Rose Petals:
Help gladden the heart when it is buried with stress, grief, overwork and unpleasant emotions.
Also tones the heart, is nerve calming, helps anxiety, is anti diabetic and mood boosting.
Helps tighten and tone the gut helping leaky gut, stressful tummy issues and diarrhea.
As well as helps reproductive organs and the skin.
Roses don’t just smell beautiful they are also so wonderful and healing.
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#plantsheal #herbalhealing #herbalmedicine #rosepetals #skinhealth #leakygut #digestivehealth #herbal #teas #naturalhealing #holistichealing #holistichealth #nanaimobc #yyj #beautyfromwithin #nurtureyourself #womenshealth #nature #slowliving #teatime

Plant Oils are Divine!

As you know I am all over herbs and plants for healing from the inside and even the outside of our bodies.
Plants are here to help us.... Plants are our food, oxygen, and life force.
Plant oils or also known as Beauty oils offer so much externally from being natural and not full of harsh chemicals, but can also heal and repair.
Don’t forget what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body, so the less toxic chemicals the better!

Tamanu oil- offers topical pain relief.

Apricot Seed oil-hydrates, rejuvenates as well as promote hair growth.

Carrot Seed oil- is rich in Vitamin A and Beta carotene which is amazing on the skin for sun repair.

Calendula oil- helps heal wounds.

Rosehip oil- great for hyperpigmentation and rosacea.

Sweet Almond oil- relieves eczema, psoriasis and dry skin and also amazing for conditioning the hair.

Power to the plants🌱☀️
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Divine Essence

#plantpower #naturalbeauty #organic #chemicalfree #beautyfromwithin #beautyoils #plantoils #healingskin #skinhealth #naturalskincare #skinissues #holistichealing #holistichealth #herbalhealing #healthcoach #womenshealth #yyj #nanaimobc #wellnesscoach #naturalhealth

Hair health is a reflection of your inner health!
Things that can cause hair loss, hair thinning and damage:
1. Stress
2. Hot styling tools
3. Over dying and bleaching
4. Hormonal imbalance
5. Low iron
6. Not enough protein
7. Vitamin deficiencies especial B vitamins and Biotin
8. Chemical hair products
Too name a few....
There is natural ways to help hair growth and health. I will do another post soon on natural ways to boost hair health.
But in the meantime always start with nutrition, food is medicine!! What is your hair saying about your health?
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Sulforaphane🥦
What is it you may ask?
Sulforaphane is a simple organic compound that is found in the largest concentrations in the cruciferous or mustard family of plants, including broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
How can it help skin health?
It helps protect the skin and provides protection against UVA and UVB inflammation, sunburn, and skin damage. Increases enzyme activity which promotes age-defying and anti-inflammatory properties, detoxifies and protects skin and increases cellular integrity.
From helping with sun damaged skin to acne and even rosacea. Its a big win in my eyes. As you know I am all over skin health and healing!!
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Some other benefits are: •Helps protect against various types of cancer (including colon, prostate, breast, skin, lung, stomach, and more)
• Helps reduce risk of neurodegenerative disease, ocular disease, respiratory problems, and heart disease.
• Helps support the brain and digestive system.
•Helps improved liver function by reducing oxidative stress.
•Helps balance hormones.
•Supports the gut microbe.

Newco Natural Technology BroccoGen helps deliver 15mg of Sulforaphane.
Here is to the power of plants 🥦
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Apple Honey Cake!
Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup of honey(more if you like it sweeter)
2 eggs
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup shredded apples
1/2 raisins
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp true cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 sea salt
Directions:
Line a square baking pan with parchment paper.
In a mixer bowl, combine honey, oil and eggs. Beat until well blended.
Add apples, flour and rest of the ingredients. Beat until smooth.
Pour into pan and bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 30 mins, reduce heat to 325 and bake for another 10 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.
This recipe is a Traditional Chinese medicine 💮recipe.
Apples🍏 in TCM are cool and reinforces the spleen and stomach, promotes hydration of body tissues and reduces fever.
Honey 🍯in TCM enhances blood and qi circulation, aids digestion, and invigorates the stomach.
Enjoy!
xo

HOW I ROLL....
I'm not about giving you the name of a miracle supplement that claims to cure your acne in two weeks, because that's just not sustainable! Plus, from experience I know that these miracle cures very rarely work. Nor will I recommend a ton of expensive skin care products that wont address the root cause of your acne!
My approach to clear skin is completely holistic, completely natural and most importantly, completely effective! It may involve lifestyle, diet and maybe a few skin care changes, but these changes will not only leave you glowing, they will also have you feeling more vibrant than you ever thought possible. Treating all the underlying issues surrounding your acne, including stress, hormonal imbalances and digestive issues, is the only way you will clear your skin for good.
Xo

WHAT CAUSES DAMP HEAT AND ACNE?

Damp heat and acne in Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), damp heat and acne are two issues that are often closely linked. This post looks at how damp heat can cause digestive problems within our body that can lead to acne and also how you can reduce internal heat and dampness by just making a few small changes to your daily routine!

How is internal ‘damp’ created?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, internal ‘dampness’ is thought to be caused by sluggish elimination pathways. If your body is unable to flush waste and toxins from the body due to poor liver function, digestion and lymphatic drainage, then the back log of waste and congestion can create a humid and moist environment which can lead to excess dampness within the body. Other factors that can contribute to excess dampness include too many raw foods and insufficient sweating.

How is internal ‘heat’ created?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is said that internal heat occurs when we’re dealing with too much toxicity, inflammation and stress. The stress can be due to emotional stress, but can also happen when our bodies are under physical strain and our hormones and digestion are out of whack too. Unfortunately, when it comes to stress and your hormones, there’s a whole vicious cycle thing going on that’s very hard to break. If you’re stressed out, your body isn’t able to do all the things it’s meant to do, to the best of its ability – this means your digestion, hormonal activity and everything else that’s going on in your body won’t be thriving at 100%. This creates even MORE stress, which will cause further hormonal and digestive problems and so on…

When I talk about ‘toxicity, inflammation and stress’, I mean pretty much anything that has a negative effect on our bodies. This includes (but not limited to):
* The contraceptive pill
* Antibiotics
* Sugar
* Processed foods
* PUFA’s (vegetable oils and transfats)
* Pesticides
* Fluoride/Bromide
* Medication
* Excess alcohol
* Emotional stress
* Self-destructive behaviour
* Pollution

How does damp heat cause acne?
Stress management and healthy elimination are two of the key steps you need to undertake when healing your skin naturally so it makes perfect sense that damp heat caused by excess stress and poor elimination can have a major impact of the health of your skin!
While there are many steps you can take yourself to reduce the amount of damp heat in your body, sometimes a little extra help is needed.
TCM treatments such as acupuncture can really help to encourage the smooth flow of energy and fluid around the body – which can help eliminate excess damp and heat to kick start your body into healing itself.

Other symptoms of damp heat
Other than acne, too much damp heat within the body can also cause many other problems such as:
* Digestive problems
* Sinus congestion
* Food allergies/intolerances
* Eczema,
* Psoriasis
* Lethargy/fatigue
* Yeast infections
* Ovarian cysts (PCOS)
* Fibroids
* Thick tongue coating
* Respiratory problems
* Weight gain/Water retention
* Arthritic conditions

Foods which can cause damp heat and acne:
One of the easiest ways to reduce damp heat within the body is to reduce the amount of damp forming foods in your diet. Many of the foods that are recommended to cut out/reduce are all the foods that can have a really negative effect on your skin anyway, such as sugar, refined grains and dairy. However, there are some cooling fruits and healthy foods that could also be aggravating your system. I’m not saying you need to cut out all these healthy foods, but if you’re eating/drinking the same damp promoting foods every single day, then perhaps it’s worth cutting back and monitoring your digestion and skin.
* Cow dairy
* Refined grains
* Processed foods
* Deep fried foods
* Sugars/sweeteners
* Concentrate fruit juice
* Beer/Alcohol
* Tofu
* Coffee
* Oil in large quantities
* Nuts
* Peanuts/peanut butter
* Bananas
* Avocados

Wait…avocados and bananas?!
I know! I never considered whole foods such as bananas and avocados could be fuelling my skin problems either, I mean, avocados are widely thought of as one of the healthiest foods on the planet and I was eating them every day in my breakfast smoothie! However, it turns out that these two foods can dampen our digestive fire meaning that our bodies have to work harder and longer to warm up the food before it can start breaking it down and digesting it efficiently.

I’m not saying cut out avocado all together, but if you are eating one every single day in a smoothie or salad then it may be worth switching to coconut, hemp, flax or extra virgin olive oil as your main source of healthy fats for a while to see if it improves your symptoms

What else is harmful to our digestive fire?
It’s not just types of foods that can dampen our digestive fire, it’s also how you prepare your food and how you eat it!

Raw foods: Excessive consumption of raw vegetables (i.e salads) can promote dampness within the body, especially during the colder winter months. Lightly steaming or grilling your vegetables prior to eating will have a really positive impact on your digestive juices.

Cold/chilled foods: Too much chilled food and drink including salads, ice cream and drinks straight from the fridge can all weaken and cool the digestive fire. Make sure your food and drinks are at least room temperature, if not slightly warm.

Foods which can improve damp heat and acne:
* Cooked vegetables (sweet potato, carrot, pumpkin, turnip, asparagus, celery)
* Wholegrains (brown rice, amaranth, oats, quinoa)
* Soaked legumes (pinto beans, adzuki beans, red lentils)
* Fruit (figs, peach, plums, papaya, lemon, blueberries)
* Meat (poultry, lamb, beef, venison)
* Fish (trout, salmon, tuna, shellfish)
* Chicken/Beef broth
* Tea (dandelion tea, raspberry leaf tea, nettle tea, ginger tea)
* Spices (clove, ginger, garlic, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, mustard, turmeric, fennel, nutmeg, cayenne, tamarind)
* Herbs (thyme, basil, parsley, onions, nettle, horseradish)

How else can I improve my digestive fire?

Enjoy your food: I know too well how hard it can be to have a healthy relationship with food when you’re struggling with acne. It’s easy to fall into the habit of developing the fear that every food could break you out in spots. You may not believe it, but this negative mindset and stress will be making your skin worse. Enjoy each mouthful of food and don’t feel guilty if you have the odd “bad food”. The stress and worry of going ‘off-diet’ will be far worse for your skin than the odd ice cream!

Get your bowels going. Constipation is extremely problematic for the skin. When faecal matter sits in your digestive system for too long and causes constipation, putrid and toxic matter gets reabsorbed into the blood stream where it causes inflammation. Constipation also prevents your body from absorbing essential minerals and vitamins properly – making you deficient in healing nutrients. Ideally, you want to be having 1-3 solid, smooth, medium brown bowel movements everyday. If you are unable to do this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. you must consider Magnesium, probiotics or digestive enzymes, hydration and exercise to help you achieve regular bowel movements.

Digest the best: I’ve just mentioned the importance of probiotics and digestive enzymes but it’s not just those with constipation that need to give their gut a bit of attention. Stress, environmental pollutants (pesticides, bromide, chlorine, fluroide etc), antibiotics, the contraceptive pill and low fat and low protein vegan/vegetarian diets can all cause low stomach acid and poor bile quality. Over time, this prevents us from digesting our food properly and leads to excess dampness, poor digestion, sluggish liver/lymphatic system and further nutrient deficiencies. Many people focus on probiotics alone which it comes to healing the gut and digestive enzymes are often overlooked. However, if you imagine that probiotics work to heal the second half of your digestive system (intestines, colon) and digestive enzymes heal the FIRST part of your digestive system (stomach, gall bladder, liver) it makes it easier to see the important of enzymes. Without fixing the first half of the digestive system, you will really struggle to maintain healthy intestines and colon.

Eat mindfully and chew: Switch the TV off, put down your phone and think about the food you’re eating! When you eat a meal without really focussing on it you tend to chew less which will result in digestive discomfort further down the line. Chewing helps to warm chilled food and kick start the digestion process so it’s less taxing on your system. Aim to chew each mouthful at least 20 times. Yes! 20 times!

Don’t flood your system: Having a drink before and during your meal is something I think we’re all programmed to do, yet it’s so bad for our digestive fire! Drinking too much fluid around your meal dampens your fire and weakens digestion. If you feel like you need a drink with your food, try switching your cold glass of water for a warm mug of ginger tea to accompany your meals and just sip it slowly rather that gulping it down!

Eat early: To prevent stagnation, it’s best to eat your last meal as early as possible. As your body prepares itself for bed, it naturally begins to slow down – meaning any food you eat will sit heavy in your system for longer.

Stop before you pop: Overeating can lead to stagnation as you create a backlog of food waiting to be digested. Eat smaller, more regular meals and stop before you get too full to prevent a queue of food waiting to be digested!

xo

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