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MAY 2016| ISSUE no 6
Sugar Free for Spring
Essential Oils, Pregnancy & Babies
Soul detox yoga
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Spend a few minutes in complete silence, and just absorb your surroundings.
“When we are MINDFUL, deeply in touch with the present moment, our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with ACCEPTANCE, JOY, PEACE and LOVE.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
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To create uplifting energy
Candle Staring Exercise
By Kristy Pisani, Mindful Movement Yoga Instructor
Stare at a candle flame for ten minutes straight while studying everything you can about it. When your mind wanders, become aware of where it’s going, then bring it back to the candle flame.
Grasp your hands really tight and hold for a 5 to 10 seconds, then release and pay attention to how your hands feel. Keep your attention focused on the feeling for as long as you can.
Mindful Hand Awareness Exercise
As I hit the snooze button for the 3rd time, a rush of anxiety blankets over my entire body. I glance at the time on my phone and spring out of bed in a panic to be ready and out the door in 10 minutes! I RUSH to get to the bathroom; I RUSH to get some sort of breakfast; I RUSH out the door and in my car only to RUSH to get to the studio for 9:00 a.m. I have to open and teach a yoga class. By the time I get there I am unaware of the last 20 minutes that took place and I am filled with tension and stress. Wait a minute, I have to teach a room full of yogis how to relax and unwind when I come in spinning like a tornado? How?
As a dedicated and devoted yoga practitioner for over a decade and as a teacher for just about half that time, I didn’t understand why I was always stressed, panicked and rushed. I was always worrying about what already happened or what was to uncontrollably take place. To be in the present moment seemed impossible. How could I teach people to be present if I was struggling with it myself? Where’s the authenticity in that?
For many years I was under the assumption that in meditation I wasn’t allowed to think, move, look around and that I had to be in a perfect seated position; firm as a statue. Imagine having an itch on your scalp and not being able to scratch it. Or once you did you automatically “failed” at meditating. So I just gave up!
About two years ago a student of mine approached me and asked me if I had ever heard of Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction. Of course my first thought was, “oh sure meditation, the unreachable part of yoga I’m not good at.” My student offered to lend me his book entitled, “Wherever You Go There You are; Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. By Jon Kabat-Zinn.” I appreciated the gesture and took it but I’ll be honest it sat for a while collecting dust on my nightstand. Out of boredom one day I decided
3 awareness exercises to help you empty the mind and invoke uplifting energy.
to pick it up. Everything I had known, thought and felt about meditation was about to completely change my way of being forever.
Let me provide you with a brief background. Mindfulness originated in Buddhist tradition and was intended as a means of cultivating greater awareness and wisdom, helping people to live each moment of their lives as fully as possible. Professor, Jon Kabat-Zinn, took philosophies and principles of the Buddhist religion and westernized them, creating Mindfulness for Stress Reduction and started the Stress Reduction Clinic and Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts about twenty years ago. Mindfulness is defined as “the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus on one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.” We start to pay attention to things that we normally don’t pay attention to. Being mindful also means to be to be greater aware, helping us to live each moment of our lives as fully as possible! Awareness is defined as, “the ability to perceive, feel or to be conscious of thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns without necessarily understanding, liking and/ or disliking in the present moment.” In Mindful Meditation we do not ignore distracting thoughts, sensations or physical discomfort, rather we bring focus and attention to them.
A very important part of Mindful Meditation is to look at, accept and actually welcome the tensions, stress and pain as well as emotions that surface such as fear, anger, disappointment, feelings of insecurity and unworthiness. The purpose is to acknowledge present moment reality as it is. Even if it is unpleasant.
Mindfulness Tips to create uplifting energy
The key to incorporating Mindfulness is to have no expectations and know that it is a practice, process and never ending journey. Somedays are better and easier than other days. I still stress, rush and tense up but I am no longer a victim to it. I recognize when it is happening and I work to move forward. Be easy on yourself and stick to techniques that resonate with you. I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes, “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way. On purpose. In the present moment. Non-judgmentally.” –John Kabat-Zinn.
By: Angie , Green Beauty Blogger, creator of Whipped Green Girl
Papaya is one of the best fruits for your face. It helps even-out skin tone, detoxes, and exfoliates naturally. This fruit is truly a little skin miracle in all our fridges!
While clay will help deep clean your pores and the aloe will feel soothing.
Geranium essential oil , an oil that is great for all skin types, can help fight acne, wrinkles, and fade scars.
Your skin will feel fresh and glowing.
Gluten free, vegan, nut free
sunburns, sensitive skin
4 tbsp mashed fresh papaya
1 tbsp aloe vera gel
1 tbsp green clay
2 drops geranium essential oil
Mix all ingredients together in a glass bowl (avoid aluminum bowls)
Apply to your face and leave on skin for approximately 20min.
Rinse off, tone your skin (I love rose water for this) and moisturize as usual.
Written By: Judy Schneider , RN and Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Juicing is a great way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake. It’s quick, easy and delicious! Aim to include one fresh green juice daily and you’ll see and feel the benefits in no time!
A couple of years ago, I had a young client that I was trying to get off diet coke. She did not drink coffee but she turned to diet coke several times a day for energy. Getting her off it was difficult. Then I introduced her to juicing and she happened to have a juicer she never used. With much persuading, she decided to give it a try. Several weeks later she said to me that juicing gave her more energy than diet coke! That was what enabled her to be successful in cutting the coke and increasing her energy from the nutrients her body so desperately needed.
Some Benefits of Juicing
More easily meet your daily fruit & vegetable requirements in a way that is easy for your body to assimilate and absorb the nutrients;
Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants which help to counteract the free radical cells in your body (and which could eventually lead to cancer);
Cleanse your body and help get rid of built-up toxins;
Increase your energy levels due to all the added nutrients you are getting;
Increase your chlorophyll intake which enhances the delivery of oxygen to your cells
Vegetables are very alkaline-forming and help to balance the more acidic foods in your diet, e.g. meat, dairy, grains, etc. helping to reduce inflammation and pain in the body.
Sweet Greens cont'd
How to enjoy your juices
Fresh is best because as soon as the juice hits the air, the nutrients begin to oxidize and you lose nutrient value. Try and drink your juice immediately after juicing. If that’s not doable then you can store it in the fridge but use it up that
Organic because the nutrients are so easily assimilated in the body and you don’t want to be absorbing toxic chemicals too (e.g. herbicides, pesticides, etc.)
Fancy a Juicing Cleanse?
Many people experience real health benefits when they eliminate solid food from their diet and only drink fresh juices for between 1 and 7 days, once or twice a year (shorter fasts can even be done monthly). Before beginning any juice cleanse, however, here are some things to consider:
Season: It is best to undertake a longer detox/cleansing regime during seasonal changes (especially during Spring and Fall). Juice cleansing in the winter can be difficult on both mind and body and is not usually recommended.
Your current level of health: Juicing cleanses are not recommended for those with chronic fatigue, low immunity, heart problems, low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia's, cancer, peptic ulcers, and diabetes / hypoglycemia.
Medication: Please speak to your doctor before beginning any juice cleanse to make sure it is appropriate for you, especially if you are currently taking medication for any acute or chronic illness.
Bowel health: During juice cleanses you are likely to eliminate many toxins from your body. In order to ensure that you don’t cause more harm than good, it is essential that you have regular bowel movements (at least one daily, ideally two or three) before beginning a cleanse. You might also consider enemas or colon hydrotherapy to help move things along a bit faster and ensure that toxins are eliminated quickly and efficiently.
Spring Green Juice
2 stalks celery
2 leaves Romaine lettuce
2 tbsp parsley
1 Granny Smith apple
1 tsp ground flax
½-inch piece of fresh ginger
Adapted from the Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates
Process all ingredients through your juicer.
Juice hard fruit or vegetable after the greens to help push them through and extract as much juice as possible.
Properties of Grapefruit :
balancer of central nervous system
stimulates secretion of bile water retention and cellulite
Do not use during pregnancy.
Always dilute with proper carrier oils before use.
Not for internal use. Use sparingly.
Always check with your certified Aromatherapist to ensure this oil is good for you.
Spotlight on Grapefruit Essential Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Grapefruit Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil
Dead Sea Salt Fine Grind
In a bowl pour 1/2 cup of salt
Add 1/4 cup of your coconut oil
Add 10 drops of each essential oil
Thoroughly mix ingredients
Hop into shower stall and scrub, scrub, scrub!
Rinse off with warm water.
Citrus Body Scrub
Brightening mask for dull skin needing a little holiday revitalization
Spring Showers: Cleansing Rituals
There are many traditional cleansing rituals using many different elements such as fire from candles or air from sage smudging to cleanse rooms or homes. Cleansing rituals can be used for anything from personal low energies to more spiritual aspects such as removing a negative energy.
The Wiccan culture has been known to use 4 elements of air, earth, fire, and water in their cleansing rituals and use it when feeling, low, tired or affected by negative aspects. While I may not be a Wiccan, I am definitely a green juice, earth loving, boho yogi kinda girl that isn't blind to see the similarities in what we do to nurture ourselves and why we all experience positive effects from these acts.
Like many cultures with cleansing rituals this new age self care crew of yoga lovers and spa go=ers are using the same elements to revitalize, restore and nourish ourselves when experiencing stress or low energy. Spas use water hydro-therapies in their treatment methods such as detox foot soaks, hot tubs and even full body vichy showers as a relaxing and added benefit to a body wrap service. They use the fire element of hot stones and candles. The earth element with sea salt wading pools and dead sea salt body scrubs. While the air element is integrated by diffusing incense or aromatherapy throughout the premises or uniquely chosen for you specifically in your treatment room. And they all leave us feeling better than when we came. Right? So why not take part of this bliss with you into your everyday? After-all the one thing we all have in common is access to air, water, earth and fire and the right to self care.
Spring Shower Cleansing Ritual:
Light a beeswax candle, this fire element is not only for the warm, soothing ambience but the burning beeswax has added effect of producing negative ions in the air , therefore considered a natural air cleaner.
Prepare a salt body scrub filled with your favorite pure essential oils , with the scents that lift you up and make you feel your best. This earth element of salt will not only contribute to cleaning the body but will also leave the skin silky smooth and free of dead skin cells. While the air element of essential oils diffusing into the air as you use the scrub invigorate the senses and also bring the therapeutic properties of the particular oil you chose into the body. Alternatively you could hang a fresh spring from your shower head for yummy infused air such as a lavender or rosemary.
Hot and Cold hydrotherapy shower. While in the shower it has been said that fluctuating from extreme temperatures can be healthy for the body. Starting with immersing your entire body in hot water and then switching to as cold as you can tolerate, back and forth 7 times. The cold water is known to cause the flow of circulation inwards toward organs and the hot water to cause the circulation to flow outwards to the skin. This action is claimed to help detoxify, increase proper flow in the body and movement of nutrients. However one note to be aware of before doing this is checking your water quality. This action would not be beneficial if you are just encouraging toxic chemicals from your water further into the body.
Underwear made to
Interview with the creator of White Rabbit NY
Mariana was born and raised in a small city in the north of Mexico. She came to the US to study and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with both a Bachelors and Masters in Bio-engineering. After graduating, she moved to New York where she worked as a management consultant for about 4.5 years.
What exactly is White Rabbit and what can we expect?
White Rabbit is the most comfortable underwear to empower women for everyday life. We design for comfort, use the best fabrics and sell directly to consumers to make it all possible.
Realizing that it's hard to buy underwear without being able to feel it first, we created the Comfort Trial Program, so that women can try our products in the comfort of their own home, and risk-free.
"White Rabbit means changing the conversation from underwear being something we use to please men, and rather be something we use to please ourselves. "
Interview with White Rabbit Cont'd
Why did you decide to start White Rabbit? What does it mean to you?
As I searched for my go-to everyday underwear, I realized there was either commodity type brands (e.g. Hanes, Jockeys), high-end brands (e.g. Hanky Panky, Cosabella), or Victoria's Secret. There wasn't a brand that I could identify with and where I could find high-quality, affordable, every-day intimates. In my opinion, underwear should first and foremost be made to make us women feel comfortable and to empower us for whatever our day brings. White Rabbit means changing the conversation from underwear being something we use to please men, and rather be something we use to please ourselves.
What is your biggest skin love struggle?
Loving my body as a whole was my biggest self love struggle, it took a while. Today though, I wouldn't change anything about it.
This struggle to love my body (which I am sure many women share!) inspired one of our Empowerbbits > How to Adopt a Positive Body Image
What is your self care ritual? The things you do that make you feel the best?
I love doing Yoga and running, it's
"I always had a passion for helping people, and together with my husband who is very entrepreneurial, we decided to start a company where we could help women. "
a great way for me to take a step back from work, relax and recharge, particularly when I am stressed. I often find comfort and perspective in the teachings of yoga and leave class realizing that my problems / stress / concerns where not as large as I initially thought.
Self love can be a tough topic to conquer- we want to know 5 things you love about yourself! And if you always loved those things or did it take time?
Gosh, this is a hard question! I don't love talking about myself :)
I love my positive attitude towards life and my ability to see the good in people, even though has caused me problems in the past. I love my eyes -people say I laugh with my eyes, and my smile, which is just like my mom's. I also love my hair because it seems to understand that I am completely incapable of styling it, so it fixes itself on its own :)
At Andrea Ashley we want to inspire healthy skin care, self care and self love- what are your holistically healthy goals for 2016?
Growing up, I traveled extensively with my family through the south of Mexico and was able to see a number of different rural communities. I was struck by the role that women played in these communities and how hard they worked for
their families. I realized that I was very
privileged to have an education and choices,
and the thought that not all women do stuck
with me. This is why women empowerment and
having women help other women is so
important for us at White Rabbit.
Any words of wisdom you would like to share
with our readers?
Follow your passion! :)
Uplifting & De-stressing
The Therapeutic properties of Citrus Essential Oils
Contraindications: Expressed lime oil is a potent photosensitizer and not suitable for skin contact. Most citrus oils contain chemical constituents that cause phototoxicity. Always dilute your essential oils properly before using topically and avoid sun exposure after use of certain citrus essential oils. Never use essential oils internally.
Photo Credit: Vanessa Paxton
Restorative and refreshing
Calming of tension, stress
Induces positive state
Great for nervous related conditions
Uplifting Citrus Blend: Add 3 drops orange, 2 drops lemon, 1 drop lime to your diffuser. Each device is different so follow instructions according to your unit.
Known to help soothe anxiety, stress, tension
Aids in mental clarity and concentration
Green Tea also referred to as Camellia sinensis has amazing health and wellness benefits. The studies and information on all its greatness have been prominently passed around and shared by health lovers all over. While we know what green tea can do when ingested, it isn't as often discussed what it can do when applied topically.
The green beauty industry has been snatching up green tea and adding it to their cleansers, face oils, serums, face masks and moisturizers because of its ultra anti-oxidant power. Helping to rejuvenate and maintain healthy skin. Consequently many other skin care brands out there are using the green tea name in a way of green-washing their product to appeal to consumers as natural and healthy. The thing is, that "green tea scent" that smells so "fresh and natural" is not in fact fresh, or natural...or even green tea. Instead it is a fragrance telling you what green tea should smell like. Think about when you smell your cup of green tea or green tea leaves, does it smell like what your skin care product is portraying as green tea? By savvy, my greenbeauty shoppers, because when you get the good, real stuff it is well worth the hunt.
Skin Care Benefits of green tea extract:
Rejuvenating for the skin
Aids rosacea and sun damaged skin
Can reduce swelling and discomfort of inflamed skin anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory
Accelerates wound healing
Benefits of Green Tea Extract
If I could have a quarter for every time someone has asked me if hypnosis will make them bark like a dog or quack like a duck, I could buy something really expensive, like a Starbucks Cafe Mocha!
People’s apprehension about hypnosis seems to be focused on the antics within comedy shows.
The key point here is comedy show. These shows are designed to work with an audience and be hilarious and let’s face it, a group of people on stage barking like dogs is hilarious. One person on stage having emotional work cleared is not funny and very personal.
The hypnotic trance, however, is not a mystery at all. We all experience hypnotic trances every day. The most common one for adults is the driving trance. Have you ever taken a journey and forgotten many of the miles along the road, arriving in your driveway with little memory of the trip? We all drive unconsciously using our conscious mind to notice only the things we need to see along the way. If we had to be conscious of our feet on the pedals, hands on the wheel, or which direction to move the turn signal lever for the whole journey, we would have little attention for the stuff happening outside the vehicle.
If you have ever watched a TV championship sports game with other fans, you will understand the sports hypnotic trance. People yell at the TV screen as though the athletes and referees can actually hear them!
The hypnotic trance is a natural state we move in and out of throughout our day as it is merely a change of our focus.
When we evoke a hypnotic trance for therapeutic purposes, we are tapping into one of the most powerful vehicles of change; your own mind.
You are not only your own best therapist, you are your only therapist and the hypnotist is the guide to help you access our greatest learning state, the trance.
Our unconscious mind has one major role and that is to keep us safe. Our conscious mind may be aware of where are, who we are with, or what we are doing while our unconscious mind runs every system within our body and can make us jump out of the way of a bus without us even knowing we had the thought.
It is also our unconscious mind that keeps track of all of our abilities and memories. It is within our memories that we can often unlock the secrets to our greatest and worst issues and feelings. The beauty of hypnosis is that we can access those memories and, if need be, banish the demons.
Conversely, if you have ever had an extraordinary ability once, you can learn to access it over and over again.
Where hypnosis really shines, is the ability to heal the mind without even discussing the issue at hand; in other words, content free healing.
During a hypnosis session, I am certainly happy to discuss the problem but my main question is always “What do you want?” When we heal the mind, we transform our body. When we heal our body, we transform our mind.
What would happen in your life if you healed your mind and your body?
Lisa Carnwith, B. Psych, B. Eng, Master Hypnotist
Hypnosis: Comedy act or Real Deal?
Essential oils: Pregnancy & babies
This is for informational purposes only. this is not meant to treat, diagnose or cure. Always consult your health professional if you are feeling ill. And always use under the direction of a certified aromatherapist. Essential oils must ALWAYS be properly diluted and never taken internally. Do not use if pregnant.
Essential oils and aromatherapy has taken off into a very trendy sector of all its own within the holistic world.
With so many ways to access oils, information and recipes now days- you may wonder what is safe, what isn't and is this recipe more specifically, is this appropriate for me while pregnant or around small children.
One thing important to remember when it comes to pregnancy is that essential oils can cross the placental barrier and they are also present in the mother’s milk. So the same as if you were inhaling a cigarette- you know that this could be affecting your child, aromatherapy inhalation has a similar ability. Not saying that essential oils are harmful or even comparable to smoking! Just painting a picture as some people are not aware that essential oils they are using for themselves can also be affecting their baby.
There are many mixed theories by some of the best and greatest in the industry about using essential oils while pregnant. Many say it is best to avoid aromatherapy altogether while pregnant, and others find many wonderful benefits. As anything else in holistic health it comes down to you, your needs and what feels best for you and your child. If it is something you want use to assist your health and wellness during pregnancy, labour or for your baby then just speak with your aromatherapist to ensure you are safe in your choices.
Some oils are best avoided completely while pregnant and others at certain points during your pregnancy.
For example geranium essential oil is best not used in first 4 months of pregnancy. Clary Sage essential oil has been noted and advised against using with the first 6 months of pregnany. While lavender, one that most would deem as the most safe essential oil has been stated not to use in early pregnancy if risk of miscarriage exists.
Peppermint, fennel, caraway, and angelica are some oils that have been unsafe while breastfeeding or to be used on children at all. Penny Price a well-known aromatherapist has said to avoid any oils from apiaceae family when it comes to children, which would also include such oils as carrot and anise seed.
Just as there are smaller dosages and frequency of taking medications for children- the same applies with essential oils. Children need much less than adults to have the same effect. For example a drop of eucalyptus on the clothes of a child is sufficient. There is no need to diffuse or do a direct inhalation. And keep in mind there are several types of the same name essential oil. Eucalyptus for example can be found in Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Eucalyptus Citriadora and more. Be aware of which variety you are using and make yourself familiar with its individual properties.
Some experts in the industry have provided a general rule of thumb when it comes to dosage, suggesting to use a 1/4 of the amount of essential oils as used in a typical adult recipe when it comes to children. For example, if a recipe called for 12 drops essential oil in 25ml carrier oil, you would dilute to only 4 drops lavender in the same amount of carrier oil.
For informational purposes only. Always consult your health professional before using
Oils dosage for children
Oils to avoid while breast feeding
Essential oils: Pregnancy & babies cont'd
Oils to avoid while pregnant
Spring time has such an amazing energy to it, it’s like a breath of fresh air, full of excitement and renewal. This is the perfect time of year to do some spring cleaning,so I have designed this yoga practice to use this refreshing energy of spring; to release anything that is weighing us down & let go of what we need to in our bodies.
This practice will allow us to do some internal cleansing, organ detoxification & restoration to prepare for the new energy of spring. Additionally we will work on ensuring blood flow to the digestive organs, the nervous system, and lymphatic system. Due to this increase blood circulation, our bodies will be able to more effectively eliminate toxins.
We will focus on self care, and clearing the body of the things it has accumulated over the long winter months that are no longer serving us.
Before we begin: Find a calm and quiet place for your practice. We will be practicing a slow and restorative practice so dim the lights, get on some cozy clothes and light a candle. Roll out your mat & let’s get started.
1. Seated forward fold
How to do it: Sit on your mat with your legs straightened out in front of you and you feet flexed to protect your knees.
With a nice long spine hinge from the hip joints (not your lower back) and reach toward your shins or feet. Continue to deeply inhale and exhale while letting gravity pull you deeper into this amazing pose. Don’t push or pull yourself, just inhale, and exhale. Stay in this pose for 5 minutes.
Why you should: This pose helps to increase digestive juices. Sounds gross but it’s really important in detoxifying your soul for spring. It will also stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system and signal your body to repair.
By: Alyssa Coleman , Yoga Teacher and Wellness Coach
Seated forward fold
Soul Detox Yoga:
30 minute Spring cleansing yoga sequence
Soul Detox: 30 minute spring cleansing yoga sequence
2. Lying twist
How to do it: Lie on your back, bring your left knee into your chest and give it a hug. Release your knee and gently let it fall over the the right side. Relax here for 3 minutes on each side. Think about your left shoulder being glued to the mat.
Why you should: Twisting in our practice restores equilibrium to the nervous system and can help detoxify anything that we have stirred up during this cleansing practice.
3. Legs up the wall
How to do it: This one is pretty self-explanatory… find yourself a wall and throw your legs up it!
If your hamstrings are tight you try to move your bum further away from the wall slightly and allow your knees to bend. Stay here for 5-15 minutes. Its totally normal for your feet to get tingly, just make sure you’re feet are back to normal before you try to stand. You can extend your arms out into a T shape, or put your hands on your belly to feel the rise and fall of your deep inhales and exhales.
Why you should: This is one of those poses that ancient yogis believe can heal anything! They believe that if you practice this pose for 6 months grey hairs and wrinkles will disappear. While I haven’t seen that happen, I do know that this is an absolute essential pose in my spring cleaning toolkit. Also, having your legs above your heart will let gravity help with circulating blood and lymphatic fluid through your body which is amazing for detoxification.
To finish: Slowly come out of the pose and rest on your side for 5 breaths.
Bring yourself up to a comfortable seated position with your eyes closed.
Take 5 breaths here to reflect on what internal spring cleansing you just completed and what you still need to release.
Legs up the wall
Photo Credit: Pinterest
Spring Fresh Bath Soak
This bath soak is made to refresh, cleanse and uplift your senses! The Himalayan sea salt contains over 84 trace minerals that help re-mineralize the body, while the blend of essential oils are calming, refreshing and restorative. The Juniper berry essential oil is uplifting as well as is beneficial for congested skin conditions such as acne and cellulite due to it's detoxifying and cleansing properties. Neroli and Petitgrain also has uplifting properties along with the ability to bring about positive states and relieve stress.
Perfect for spring time.
Himalayan Sea Salt
Carrier oil of choice
Petitgrain Essential Oil
Neroli Essential Oil
Pour 1 cup of salt into bowl
Add in 10ml of your carrier oil
Add in 10 drops neroli, 5 drops of juniper and petitgrain and mix thoroughly
Fill bath tub with warm water- not hot & disperse salts until dissolved.
Soak for 20 minutes and enjoy!
Sugar Free for Spring
Written By: Jodi Cureatz, CNP, CNE, Holistic Nutritionist & Culinary Nutrition Expert
Sugar… the sweet white crystals that we have all grown up to love. You know the sweet stuff that we usually associated with love, comfort, and reward for doing something good. It seems that sugar has been with us through the good times, the stressful times, the family celebrations and holidays. Recently sugar has been getting a bad rep and rightfully so, it’s unfortunate that Cap N’ Crunch, Tony the Tiger and Tucan Sam didn’t get together and take a few courses in Nutrition. Let the truth be known, as we review the unsweet truth of sugar.
When we think of sugar our minds usually drift to the refined white crystals that come from sugar cane or beet roots (mostly GMO) 1 After the plant is stripped of all its vitamins, minerals and fiber we are left with a refined white product that is void of any nutritional value and is nothing but empty calories.
Sugar is a carbohydrate, one of the macronutrients along with protein and fat that our bodies needs to function properly. Carbohydrates are clean burning and the best provider of glucose (the fuel our muscles & brain need). You may have heard of simple and complex sugar, but what’s the difference? Isn’t all sugar created equal? Simple sugars provide instant energy but it doesn’t last long. Table sugar (dextrose/sucrose), honey, molasses, fructose and lactose are examples of simple carbohydrates.
Complex carbohydrates on the other hand are made of long chains of simple sugars.
During digestion our body needs to break apart these chains providing us slower longer lasting energy. You find complex carbohydrates in the form of whole grains, legumes and vegetables. This if the form of carbohydrates that we need to be consuming more of.
Suicide by Sugar
There seems to be no escaping sugar these days as the big food giants like to hide it in everything. Sugar especially in the form of corn, like high fructose corn syrup is very cheap and not only keeps us buying more to feed our sugar addictions, since sugar is eight times more addictive than cocaine, but also acts as a fat replacement in those low/fat free foods. We can find the sweet stuff in medications, cereals, sodas, dairy products, jams, condiments (ketchup, salad dressing, BBQ sauce) peanut butter, and fruit juices just to name a few sources. As, you start to read through the food labels during your grocery shopping adventures you will notice that it is hard to escape sugar.
Why do we need to avoid sugar anyways? Sugar is the first source for weight gain and may also contribute to increased blood pressure, diabetes, and insulin resistances. Since sugar is an acidic substance it rots our teeth and pulls vitamins and minerals from our bones in order to maintain a balanced pH level. It decreases our immune system
and fatigues our adrenals which causes us to reach for stimulates to keep us energized like coffee where we add more sugar into our system.
The fake ones
As you can see sugar is a big deal, so you might be saying to yourself okay I am going to cut sugar from my life and rely on those zero calorie sweeteners. You know what I am talking about Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), Saccharin (SugarTwin, Sweet’NLow), or Sucralose (Splenda) all of which should be completely avoided. These sweeteners are man-made chemicals and completely artificial, the opposite of what we want to be eating. Any food-like substance or chemical that we put into our body that is not from nature increases our toxic load. These toxic sweeteners can be found in gum, flavoured and low fat yogurts, jams, protein powders, energy bars, medications, soda, and toothpaste.
Let’s quickly take a look at Aspartame, the most used sweetener that is responsible for 75% adverse reactions to food additives recorded to the FDA.2 The most common reaction reported is a headache/migraine, but other reactions have included seizures and death.
The manmade chemical is made from 40% Aspartic acid, 50% phenylalanine, and 10% methanol (that’s right wood glue). Even through phenylalanine is an amino acid that our bodies need, too much phenylalanine is a neurotoxin which excites the neurons in the brain to the point of cellular death. Methanol ingested in large quantities is metabolized first to formaldehyde, anyone for a live embalming? To top it all off chronic exposure to
Aspartame can bring about or worsen asthma, leukemia, brain tumors & brain cancer,
IBS, Parkinson’s, MS, Epilepsy, and/ or cancer.
Natural Sugar Alternatives
According to Ayurveda medicine sweet along with sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and
astringent make up the six tastes towards proper nutrition. Therefore sweet belongs in a proper diet. When fruit just doesn’t cut it, nature has given us natural sugar alternatives that we can enjoy in moderation. Here are a few sweet suggestions:
Xylitol *Note: If consumed by pets, can cause death.
Tips to Kick Sugar to the Curb
We have all experienced a sugar craving! Instead of giving in try one of my no fail suggestions to curb those cravings.
Reach for some fruit – berries, apple, mangoes, grapes or sweet bell peppers are great choices.
Put down the soda and grab an herbal tea – there are many delicious teas that fit everyone’s taste buds, fruity, mint, chai, or even chocolate. Tea is great iced as well.
Brush your teeth – not only will you be creating better oral health, but the freshness will derail you from the sweet stuff.
Drink Water – it is common to crave something sweet when we are dehydrated.
Deep Breathing – deep breathing is very relaxing practice and great way to de-stress. Managing our stresses may alleviate or need for something sweet. Sometimes what we really need is a hug and not ice cream.
So why would a pregnant women go to a chiropractor anyways?
Many women seek chiropractic care while pregnant because they’ve heard it can decrease labour time! I mean who needs anymore reason than that?! Aside from prepping your body for labour and delivery, so many women suffer from low back/pelvic pain and pesky things that come along with growing a baby like sciatica.
So how does this all work? I get asked this daily in the office, and it all comes down to Anatomy! So many people aren’t aware that the tailbone is actually connected directly to the uterus… crazy right?
There are two ligaments (kind of like Spiderman webs/strings) called the Uterosacral ligaments that basically span from the sacrum (tailbone) to the uterus. As that baby grows, the uterus tugs on the strings and pulls the tailbone into a forward tilted position. The result… sore achy pelvic joints (the “SI joints that live on either side of the tailbone). These joints are designed to be super mobile. They give us the ability to have a “sexy walk”. When they are stuck you start to waddle. The joints get angry and inflamed and the result is one unhappy mama to be. But it doesn’t stop there! The glute muscles that wrap around the back and sides of the hips… well they get pulled along for the ride. The result here… strained muscles, pain, achy hips and at its worst… nerve pain (aka sciatica!) Not fun. It’s probably important tomention here that when all these structures are pulled forward it actually closes in space where baby has to exit = potential longer, more difficult labours.
So why does any of this matter? Well the gentle chiropractic technique we use to adjust pregnant women works on correcting the forward tilted position of the pelvis which allows the pelvic joints to move better, take tension off of the glutes and pressure off of those nasty nerves! The outcome for mama is a pelvis that feels and moves much better while she’s pregnant and fantastic alignment of the bony structures heading into labour.
Often patients will ask “well how often will I need to come”? The answer typically is simple. About the same frequency as when she sees her doctor or midwife. Just once per month until 28 weeks, then every few weeks until 36 weeks and then weekly until the baby comes. This allows us the opportunity to keep pain/symptoms at bay and prep the body for labour.
It’s super easy to find a doctor who is trained especially to work with pregnant women. Go to www.icpa4kids.org and search – find a doctor (by country/city).
Dr. Gillian Sawyer, Mama and me Chiropractic
Benefits of Chiropractic care for Pregnant women
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