80-percent-of-us-packaged-foods-may-contain-dangerous-chemicalsProceeded, chemical foods are everywhere! They are the most common foods you will find and they are no friend to your body.

Most of us are aware of the major offenders like fast foods from chains like KFC and McDonalds and all the junk at the grocery stores, cookies, cakes, frozen dinners and pizzas..etc.

I grew up on lots of fast foods, junk foods, processed foods, candy, pop…etc. So I know how hard it can be so make changes when that is what you are used to!

First of all I know I used to love the taste and they were my comfort foods. Secondly, they were what I knew how to make. Thirdly, they were what my family and most of my friends ate. And last but not lease, they were my FAVOURITE foods.

Well, here is the good news for all of you out there who can relate to what I just said but want to feel better by eating better, your tastes adapt and change over time. Your habits can change too, and you can meet awesome new people by trying new things. On top of all that, eating better really does make a HUGE difference in how you feel. It affects everything, your mood, your energy levels, your feeling of self-esteem and self-worth, your desires, your ambitions,…

I can tell you after a decade of working on my diet and building up my vitality, when I have any kind of crisis in my life one of the first places I go is to the kitchen!! I know now that whatever I am facing in life, my journey will be easier and clearer if I am well fed and well supported by my nutrition!

So with all of that said, I want to talk about how to begin to make diet changes if you are starting off with addictions, poor quality nutrition and you have the intention to want to change but just don’t know how!

I will tell you first. I did it the wrong ways a lot. Perhaps, from a higher perspective, there are no ‘wrong’ ways really, I did learn a lot from my mistakes, but I sure went through a lot more pain and discomfort than I think I needed to!

I tried to change my whole diet overnight. I started reading tons of books and doing strict diets, I was afraid as I learned about what I had been putting in my body, and I was determined to whip myself into shape. I did some intense cleanses, freaked out my friends and family and I really didn’t get very far with it despite all the effort and struggle.

If I could go back and talk to myself at the beginning of my journey getting off of processed foods I would probably tell myself the following things. I hope these suggestions are helpful to you reader, as well, and that you have a more pleasant and shorter road to your goals.

PS. Even though my journey was rough, it was still worth it!! And yours will be too. The benefits of reclaiming your vitality can’t be beat

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How to switch your diet!

1. Find healthy whole foods you like and just eat them.

This is just so simple, it must sound almost silly! But it’s easy to get caught up in eating what we think we ‘should’ eat and miss this simple approach. If you like apples, buy some, and eat them. If you like carrots, buy some and eat them. You only eat so much food in one day, and you only have so much money for groceries, so simply start by buying and eating healthy whole foods that you like. STAY AWAY from the packaged foods as much as possible and that can help you stick to true whole and healthy foods. Packages foods often are made to trick you into thinking they are healthy. They will say they are made with this, or that, free of this or that…but a lot of times changes have been made or junk has been added. It really easiest just to buy fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes,… in their most natural state possible. If you need to throw a bit of cheese on top of something go ahead. If you need to sweeten something a bit, do it with a natural sweetener like honey, stevia or maple syrup. Make sure you enjoy what you eat, or you will just go back to your junk food.

 

hyrdogenated-oils2. Avoid toxic fats and processed sugar as a starting point.

Anything with Hydrogenated fats, modified fats, canola oil, cottonseed oil, or any oils that have been heated to high temperatures are not your friends. These oils are very toxic to your body and they are one of the things you should become aware of.

Yes, this means french fries, and all those fast fried foods, a lot of nuts and seeds, are coated in these oils as well. Check for them before you buy. However, don’t avoid fat! You need fat, You will feel better if you get enough of it. It can help prevent cravings for junk too. One of the most important fuel sources for your brain is fat, if you don’t get enough of the right kinds you will always be trying to fill that gap! Organic/Free range Eggs with runny yolks, raw nuts, and seeds , becuase beans and avocados are all good sources. Keep nuts and seeds in the fridge so the oils don’t go rancid.

As for sugar, it can make you feel so gross and terrible it’s just not worth it. Find other ways to appease your sweet tooth. Artificial sweeteners are even worse than sugar so don’t substitute with those! Stevia is best because it will not spike your blood sugar and if it is unrefined and proceeded it’s sooo good for you. It may take you a bit to get used to the taste but it’s worth it. Small amounts of maple syrup and raw honey are fine too. And you can use apple sauce, and dates in recipes to sweeten things up. There are so many health raw chocolate recipes out there and whole food desserts. If you have a sweet tooth, I would get to work learning some of these recipes. Find some that you like and make a few each week to have on hand so that you don’t get into the rut of sugar addiction. A bit more about sugar, it feeds cancer cells, suppresses the immune system, feeds unhealthy bacterias and you will always feel like you need more, more, more. It’s no way to live!!

photo-on-2014-10-19-at-19-353. Give yourself one goal each week or month to move your vitality forward.

This could be a recipe, a topic you want to research, a trip to a healthy restaurant, a hike with a friend… make time for your vitality. Trust me, you won’t make changes if you don’t decide to make time for the work required. Set aside some vitality time each week. Once you take the first step in any direction it gets easier. The first time you make a recipe it can be challenging. The first time you go to a new class or group, same thing. But after you have done anything once or twice, you will know if you like and if you want to do it again it’s SOOOO much easier. So make a date for your vitality goals and get cracking! A fuller life, more happiness and more fulfillment are just around the corner.

Those are my tips to you if you are just starting out! Keep in mind, consistent small efforts are soooo powerful. Your body will slowly adapt to the changes and efforts you make. Your body changes every minute, every hour every day. You start taking baby steps and consistently make small changes and over the course of a few months they add up! They make a big difference. So if you start to feel overwhelmed, just ask yourself, what’s my next best step?? Keep it simple, keep it joyful and get your friends involved! It’s more fun when you can share the journey.

Blessings and happy new year everyone!

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These are the essential bits of information I wish someone had shared with me a long time ago! On this page, you will get overviews of a variety of topics and links to more detailed information.

 

1) Depression, anxiety and addictions are all linked to blood sugar imbalances

Click the link below to read about the signs your body gives when your blood sugar is out of wack. You are going to want to know this stuff, it can and will change your life.

How you feel is data

2) Start slow with diet and lifestyle changes and have fun

Change that is positively motivated is sustainable. Push yourself too hard and you will end up backtracking later. Trust me. Been there, done it, bought the t-shirt!

3) Green Smoothies Rock and they don’t taste as bad as they look.

This can be your whole food multivitamin. It’s easy, it’s yummy and it’s a great way to start eating more whole natural foods. click here for instructions.

4) Concentrated Nutrition is a gift from Heaven

I can’t say enough about herbal concentrates. The speed up the healing process and help the body regenerate, They are easy to grab and run out the door with, they taste good and they actually deliver what they promise- pure living nutrition. That is surprisingly hard to get these days unless you grow food for yourself. Find out more here. 

5) When fats get modified they become toxic, they damage your cells and they damage you. Eat good fats. It matters.

Check out this fun little video it will entertain you and educate you about fats. Check food labels for hydrogenated oils or modified oils/fats. Steer clear of those, and stay away from most fried foods. Eat nuts, seeds, avocados and healthy oils like olive oil and coconut oil.

6) Equip yourself

A decent blender, a crock pot and a water filtration system will help you, a lot. Try craigslist or Kijiji for appliances. Try Santevia water filters or buy spring water and a ceramic crock. You might even be able to find a spring near you for fresh water.

7) Plan meals cook ahead of time

It’s hard to figure out what you want when you are hungry? Right? And it’s no fun cooking when you are starving and tired. Cook ahead of time. Buddy up, cook with others. Freeze meals. You will thank yourself for it. You will save money and time during the week. Check our recipe page and links page for ideas. Get the Flipp app on your smartphone to find sales!

8) Get to know spices and natural flavours

As you start to clean up your diet you will want to avoid using most bottled sauces, salad dressings, and seasonings. Most of them have junk you won’t want like sugar, modified oils/fats, or chemicals of some kind. It’s better to make your own. Herbamare is a sea salt-based herbal seasoning that you can use on just about anything when you want a savoury flavour.  Lemons and limes can be used on salads, to add zing to soups and grains.Just slice and squeeze. Olive oil and coconut oils are two of the best oils for your pantry. They both have great flavours. And as far as spices go, get to know them one at a time. Try them out on fried potatoes or in oatmeal. It’s amazing how a little bit of spice can make something simple like potatoes or oatmeal into a much more delicious recipe. 🙂

9) Soil Depletion has led to a lack of nutrients even in healthy, natural foods

Modern farming methods have led to soil depletion reduced levels of vitamins and minerals in our food supply. This is important to understand and is one of the reasons why I recommend herbal concentrates. We have to eat a lot more healthy foods to get the same kind of nutrition our grandparent’s generation did.

10) Foods with pesticides are dangerous and should be avoided

Hopefully, by now you have heard of the dirty dozen if not read up on it. Exposure to pesticide residue on a regular basis is bad news for your health and can disrupt your hormones and immune systems. They are poisons!

11) You are not what you eat, you are what you absorb

A healthy gut and digestion are the ticket to good health and vitality. Two of the most ancient forms of healing base their treatments on this principal- Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. Taking care of your digestion means avoiding things that are hard on the stomach and eating foods that are enzyme rich and promote healthy gut flora.

 

 

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12) Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Are you hungry or are you thirsty? You need water and hydration far more than food. You can go weeks without dying by hunger but only a few days without water. So consider that as you go about your day. Most people need to be drinking a lot more water or hydrating beverages than they are. Pops, coffees, caffeinated teas, bottled juices, dairy, dessert drinks and energy drinks do not hydrate the body! Vitamin water and Gatorade are full of chemicals and isolated which are not properly absorbed by the body. If you want hydration stick with pure water or hydrating herbal beverages like those in our Hydration Pack. You will feel so much more energized, alert and happy when you start hydrating yourself properly with water and herbal drink. Get off the caffeine and sugar crashes caused by so many other popular beverages, you’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

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Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.-Samuel Smiles

Wellness and healing begin with a positive and willing mindset. It’s a daunting task to start to change life habits, and if we are just beginning we might not know where to start. That is ok. Life is all about change. Being willing to take a step in a new direction is all that is needed to set out on the road to success.

Being curious and being excited about the endless possibilities that the future is able to bring are also assets to anyone taking first steps in a new direction. If you are able to look at your life as an adventure and see each day as an opportunity to learn and create new things you will be stepping into a landscape of rich opportunities for positive change.

If you are at a point where you know you would like to make changes to your diet and add more health and wellness into your life, congratulations! You’ve got your mind focused on a positive goal and that is half the battle won already!

I have four tips for anyone who is just beginning to set out on a wellness journey:

1) Love yourself where you are. Change is most positive when it is motivated by love. It can be self-defeating to get down on yourself in any way just because you are not experiencing your ‘peak’ health or wellness goals. Love and appreciate who you are and what you have in your life as a starting point to any kind of goal setting or wellness plans you make. Remember that no matter what you do you will never be perfect, but you can make changes that will help you feel more complete and fulfilled in your life. Embrace who you are and when you set goals, let them be motivated by joy and your inspiration to be the best you can be.

2) Be Gentle and Be Flexible- Our bodies are constantly changing, moment to moment and day to day. Don’t try to force strict diets on yourself or starve yourself. Go with the flow and learn what works for you. The best thing you can do if you want to experience true wellness is get to know your body and start to read it’s signals. Your body will tell you what it needs, especially as you get healthier. You will start to notice what feels good and what doesn’t. Pay attention to your body and don’t get caught up in what other people say you should do if you instincts tell you otherwise.

3) Be Curious- Our bodies are really amazing and the way that whole foods support us to be healthy is a really neat topic. The more you learn about the nutritional values of different foods and your own body, the more you can start to read your bodies signals and its ways of asking you for what it needs to stay healthy and balanced. Check out our links page for a few educational videos to get you started.

4) Enjoy and Celebrate- There’s a reason that we salivate when we anticipate eating something we enjoy, our saliva contains enzymes which help to break down our foods. It’s a good thing to drool over your food. Eating is designed to be enjoyed, we digest our food better when we find it tasty and appealing. So enjoy what you eat! When you are starting to eat healthier you may have to start to use new condiments and ingredients, but that doesn’t mean your food should be any less tasty. In fact, fresh foods can be wonderfully satisfying if you learn how to combine flavours and spices. There is no reason to think that healthy eating should mean no longer enjoying food. Quite the opposite. Healthy eating can give you the opportunity to learn more about food and flavours and enjoy eating in new ways while you become more nutritionally balanced! 😉

And finally celebration is an important part of any kind of change you make in your life. Notice and celebrate any small changes you make. If you chose to eat an apple and a salad one day instead of a half a pizza, be excited! That is awesome. If you join a walking group or a class at your community centre tell a friend. Be excited about each choice you make to add more wellness into your life and celebrate the results even if you don’t notice them yet. Know that every time you make a healthy change it is affecting you in positive ways. A lot of little positive changes over the course of a long period of time is what brings lasting results and stability to your health.

Be proud! Be Inspired! And walk on! Success is just around the corner. 🙂