Breaking Free From Emotional Eating Program!

I’m so excited about my new project/program I’m creating. Emotional Eating is close to my heart, no pun intended! It is an issue that I have personally dealt with and that I’ve come to realize is where I’m meant to be helping others. 

75 percent

The statistics say: “A new survey of American women between the ages of 25 and 45 suggest sixty five percent have behavioral issues regarding food intake (emphasis mine) and an additional 10 percent report symptoms consistent with eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.” (source- Psychcentral article). Now, I am Canadian, but I have no reason to believe that those stats wouldn’t be the same or similar here. I am also focusing on a slightly shifted demographic – women over 30.

I’ll be helping women who are experiencing emotional pain, shame and guilt around food by helping them embrace new food habits, develop healthy coping skills and create permanent mental change.

How will I be doing this, you may ask?

I will be using a 3 -pronged approach in order to reach as many women as possible and make it easy for them to access that help.

The first will be online accessible information that includes pdf’s, Skype video consults and webinars, with long term access. There will be levels that make it easy for women to follow along and move forward at their own pace.

The second will be a 6 week program of Walk ‘n’ Talks along the seawall in Vancouver, including one grocery storeOlder women walking together outdoors excursion. We’ll meet once a week and I’ll be keeping it to small groups of women in order to keep it supportive and focused. This program will be launched in late winter/early spring 2016 when the weather will be more cooperative.

 

The third will be a 6 week program of one on one hypnosis and nutrition consulting Hypnosis sessionsessions in my office centrally located on West Broadway in Vancouver. This program will also be accessible as a 6 week online Skype (video) call program.

 

Email support will also be available to those who sign up for the programs.

I’ve already begun some of the program with the launch of my closed Facebook group called Breaking Free From Emotional Eating. This is a group for women over 30 looking to take action, be supported and inspired! Connect with me through the group and start breaking free today!

I’ll be launching the first step of the program very soon, so keep an eye out for updates.

Take care of you

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Exciting growth!

It’s been a wonderful sunny, perfect fall day here in Vancouver. Spent 2 1/2 hours hiking with my girlfriend in North Van. It was a great afternoon and I was so excited to share some updates with her on where I’m headed.

Now I want to share at least some of it with you my followers. To begin, I’ve been attending some events recently put on by Dream Talks Vancouver and Dream Talks Global. The Vancouver group has just changed it’s name to Karma Talks Vancouver. Here’s a link to their Facebook page: Karma Talks Vancouver. The talks are “a transformational speaking, networking, and social event for conscious entrepreneurs.” These talks and networking events have been so inspirational and I’m meeting so many great people that are out in the world doing heart led work. They’re definitely people I want to hang out with, learn from and hopefully collaborate with some of them!

The next wonderful thing I’d like to share is that at one of those talks I attended I won a “Soul Essence Branding Package” from this lovely woman: Phoenix Rising, whom I feel blessed to have met in person this past Friday. Phoenix and I have had a fairly extensive conversation about who I am and how I (want to) present myself to the world. I’ve also filled out a very thought provoking questionnaire and now I’m just waiting for her to get back to me with logo and other branding ideas. So look out for coming changes and a new, more accurate idea of who I am and what I’m doing in this world.

The third exciting news is at a recent networking event at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (I attended there to achieve my R.H.N. designation/training), I met this tech savvy and wonderful woman: Michelle Abraham and then decided to invest in my future by purchasing and then attending a “Kickstart Your Nutrition Business Now” workshop put on by Michelle yesterday. I have learned so much business marketing information from this. I’m so excited to get started on a 90 day plan that was part of the workshop. I’ve got a lot more clarity about what I want to specialize in (more on that soon), how to market myself and my business and how to most effectively use technology (the background stuff), social media and more. Most importantly I got concrete steps and the assurance that I can contact Michelle when I need help with what I’m doing. That means more changes coming, a new specialized program, probably a whole new look to my blog and website, more workshops and seminars from me, but don’t forget this one on Nov 5th! Sign up for it asap as it’s filling up fast and space is limited! Email me at nourishment3@gmail.com to reserve your seat.

That’s it for sharing for now, but I’ll keep you all updated as I have more info ready to release. It’s so much fun to be excited and scared, feeling positive and thrilled about the life and work I’m creating. The people I’m meeting and the inspirational events I’m attending!

“In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” (Abraham Hicks)

Step forward my friends and followers, step forward! 

9 quotes about nutrition and why I love them!

I, like a lot (dare I say the vast majority) of people grew up believing that Doctors knew all the answers, and that they would never give you a medication that was harmful. That the Government or other organizations would never approve anything that would hurt us. On some level though, deep inside, I never truly trusted. I was always reluctant to take any medications, and I’m even more so that way now with all I know about nutrition and natural healing.

For me, when I’m sick or just not feeling well, sleep has always been my best medicine. I will also do other natural self care techniques, like supplements (short term high quality therapeutic use only), heat/steam, massage, epsom salt baths or poultices, and more. My point being that for me, it is my belief that excellent nutrition, natural healing methods, supporting the body so it can heal itself, regular exercise, alternative modalities like massage, reiki, and more are the best way to stay healthy and heal illness.

These quotes I’ve found are some of my faves about nutrition and healing:

1) “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. ”
-Hippocrates

Bearing in mind the quality of that food. No one is going to claim that eating fast food every day is medicine or even remotely healthy.

2) “It is clear that nutrition can powerfully influence cognition, emotion, and behavior. It is also clear that the effects of classical nutritional deficiency diseases upon mental function constitute only a small part of a rapidly expanding list of interfaces between nutrition and the mind.”
-Dr Melvyn Werbach, writing on Orthomolecuar Medicine.

There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind regarding the connection between mind and body and our overall health. What we feed our bodies also feeds our minds. One cannot be effected alone.

3) “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”
-Thomas Edison

I continue to believe, hope and work towards this being truth and everyday reality. Please note that I am not saying all medications are 100% harmful.

4) “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral [a nutrient] deficiency,”
-Dr. Linus Pauling

Food for thought, pun intended. 🙂

5) “For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.”
-Pfeiffer’s Law, Dr. Carl C. Pfeiffer, M.D., PhD.

Double blind, controlled, peer viewed studies are showing this to be true more and more.

6) “The introduction of homeopathy forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. You may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of allopaths (the orthodox physicians) to destroy it.”
-Mark Twain

It (homeopathy) has been in the news lately as once again the arguments rage as to the effectiveness of Homeopathics. If allopathic medicine can claim that giving a patient a sugar pill but telling them otherwise and thus creating a positive change/cure in that patient’s condition (known as the placebo effect) is successful medicine then if that is the least that can be claimed by homeopathic medicine, how is the former right and the latter wrong?

7) “My opinion, however, is that they (herbs) are superior 95% of the time to any pharmaceutical drug!”
-Dr. Robert E. Willner, M.D.

For myself, the fact that the side effects of so many man-made prescription medicines are/can be more harmful or worse than the original health condition, is enough to consider a natural herb first. Even though (just like with prescription meds) it may take a while to find the right natural herb, or multiple adjustments in dosage to get the desired benefit. I also take into account the toxicity of the prescription medications themselves.

8) “It is time for the general acceptance of the concept that even in some terminal cases, our bodies can be given essential building blocks [oxygen, electrolytes, minerals, enzymes, amino acids] to repair and reconstitute every living cell within a span of 11 months.”
-Everett L. Storey

I can recite cases of this being true. A friend of mine who had breast cancer comes to mind. I’m not going to tell her whole story here today, perhaps in another blog. Suffice it to say she followed her own path of natural healing against doctors wishes/orders and a year later she no longer had breast cancer.

9) “It [the pharmaceutical industry] is the most profitable industry in the world, and partially funds the US government. It surpasses oil in terms of profits and my country recently went to war due to oil pricing. What does that say they will do to keep this other industry in tact? It is up to patients and their families to question what they are being given, and to consumers to demand better, more natural alternatives.”
-Margot Kidder

You have every right, dare I say responsibility to be your own advocate when it comes to your health. Do your research, ask questions, if they refuse to answer your questions – go elsewhere. Learn, try, learn some more, be open minded, use a combination of methods and be patient with the time needed to find the right mix of methods for you. Everyone is different, no one way or one combination of ways works for everyone.

I am not anti anything, I am pro education, pro learning, pro open-mindedness, pro research, pro questioning, pro listening to your body, pro trusting your instincts, pro self-responsibility.

I am definitely pro getting out into and connecting with nature! I love this weather and where I live. Have a great Sunday. 🙂

Research & Protocol Development for Professionals

Are you a busy ND or other professional? Are you looking for well researched, professionally created protocols, handouts, or other research papers for yourself or your patients but find you’re just too busy to get them done? 

I love to do research and create informative, easy to understand protocols and papers to share information and help patients and clients understand their health issues and conditions, how to take better care of themselves, where & how to shop when needing to eliminate foods from their diet, alternatives to common allergenic foods, how to manage a new or current issue, and more!

I’ve worked with my own ND to create handouts on at least 10 different topics that he can give to his patients so that they have concrete and easy to understand information in front of them when they go to the store or feel overwhelmed with something new with their health. 

I am also experienced in creating spreadsheets and gathering the pertinent information for a variety of topics. So far I have created spreadsheets on advertising in various online and daily newspapers, and magazines, various clinics & practitioner fees, other practitioners in a given city/area, and more.

Research and Protocol Development fees:

2 page Nutrition related Protocols are $60. Over 2 pages price will be discussed. It depends on the depth/detail of information wanted. If graphics and special fonts (standard font used is Verdana at size 11) are requested then price will be set accordingly (i.e. a two page protocol will be $75).

Papers requested to be more than 2 pages, on topics other than nutrition, or which require more than 2 hours to research and complete are $60/hour.

Spread sheets will be $100 for up to 2 hours of research and compilation time combined. Cost over and above the base charge will be more depending on topic, quantity and detail of info requested. This would mean an extra cost of $60/hour for additional research and compilation time.

Please contact me, Valerie, at 778-985-8807 or nourishment3@gmail.com for inquiries or questions about my services. 

Where does the fat go??

It’s been a while again since I’ve posted a blog. I’ve been happily focused on hypnosis and working with clients in that regard. I also have been working with clients with nutrition AND with the two combined. With the help of my mentor/teacher (Brian Wallace – I’ve mentioned him often and posted his bio here), I’ve created a Weight Control/Healthy Metabolism Hypnosis protocol. This program addresses the metabolic process and the underlying emotional connections we have to food which lead us to make poor choices. With these methods we can create effective permanent change at the subconscious level that creates a physiological response in the body. After all, What the mind believes the body accepts! 

The reason why I’ve titled this “Where does the fat go?” is because of the article I’m posting below in it’s entirety from Dr Mercola (www.mercola.com). I very much respect him and the information/knowledge/views he puts out on his site. And some of the information in this article I use in my Weight Control/Healthy Metabolism Program (in a scaled down format). This whole article has great information!

By Dr. Mercola

The vast majority of doctors, dietitians, and personal trainers believe that when you burn fat during exercise, that fat is being used up as fuel for energy or heat. Some believe it’s excreted through urine or feces, while others think the fat is turned into muscle.

All of these ideas are to some degree incorrect, according to Ruben Meerman, a physicist, and Andrew Brown, a biochemist specializing in lipids, who say there’s “surprising ignorance and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss.”

When You Lose Weight, Where Does the Fat Go?

Their calculations, showing where the fat really goes when you lose weight, was recently published in the journal BMJ.1,2 As explained by Medical News Today:3

“Excess dietary carbohydrates and protein are converted to a type of fat called triglyceride. When people attempt to lose weight, they are attempting to metabolize these triglycerides while keeping their fat-free mass intact…

Triglycerides are comprised of three types of atoms: carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Triglyceride molecules can be broken down only by unlocking these atoms, through a process known as oxidation.

The researchers chose to follow the path of these atoms when leaving the body. They found that when 10 kg of fat were oxidized, 8.4 kg were converted and excreted as carbon dioxide (CO2) via the lungs, and 1.6 kg became water (H20).

In order for 10 kg of human fat to be oxidized, the researchers calculated that 29 kg of oxygen must be inhaled. Oxidation then produces a total of 28 kg of CO2 and 11 kg of H20.”

The researchers note that this is not new to science—rather the process has simply been misunderstood. The equation does involve release of energy; it’s just that the process isn’t as direct as one might think. According to the law of conservation of mass, it’s actually quite difficult to convert matter into energy.

As noted by The Atlantic:4 “If you were able to convert your fat stores [directly] into energy, you would explode in a glorious, catastrophic spectacle…” According to their calculations, you basically exhale 84 percent of your lost fat. The remaining 16 percent is metabolized into water, which is excreted through sweat and urine. (words bolded by me, as this is the part I use in my program with a bit more explanation connecting it to metabolism)

The authors estimate that by substituting one hour of sedentary lounging with one hour of moderate exercise—to increase your respiratory rate—your metabolic rate is increased sevenfold. However, they note that you can easily hamper any potential weight loss by eating too much food—and I would stress, by eating the wrong kinds of foods.

Your Food Choices Make a Huge Difference

It’s important to recognize that most people who struggle with excess weight have some degree of insulin and leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that helps you regulate your appetite. When your leptin levels rise, it signals your body that you’re full, so you’ll stop eating.

As you become resistant to the effects of leptin, you end up overeating, as your body gradually loses its ability to “hear” the signals leptin sends out. Dr. Richard Johnson’s research clearly shows that refined sugar (in particular processed fructose) is exceptionally effective at causing leptin resistance. Fructose also effectively blocks the burning of fat.

Basically, if you are insulin or leptin resistant, as long as you keep eating fructose and grains, you’re programming your body to create and store fat. This is one of the key reasons why, if you are overweight, you’d be wise to restrict your fructose consumption to about 15 to 25 grams of fructose per day from all sources.

This means switching out most processed foods for whole, unprocessed foods, and avoiding any and all sweetened beverages. Clean pure water is really the only type of fluid your body needs. For further dietary guidance, please see my comprehensive nutrition plan.

If you’re insulin/leptin resistant and/or are overweight, you can also greatly boost your body’s fat-burning potential by incorporating intermittent fasting, as it helps reset your body to use fat instead of sugar as its primary fuel. It is by far the most effective way I know of to shed unwanted fat and eliminate your sugar cravings.

Exercising in a fasted state (such as first thing in the morning) will bring it up yet another notch. A simple way to get started with intermittent fasting is to simply omit breakfast, making lunch the first meal of your day.

Maintain this daily eating schedule until your insulin/leptin resistance improves (weight, blood pressure, cholesterol ratios, or diabetes normalizes). After that, just do it as often as you need to maintain your healthy state.

White versus Brown Fat

While we’re on the topic of fat, it’s worth noting that there are different kinds of fat cells in your body, and from a metabolic standpoint, they respond differently. They even appear to have different biological functions. None of this was discussed in the featured research, but it likely also plays a role in the big scheme of things. For a number of years, scientists have been studying so-called “brown fat”—a type of fat that generates heat that burns energy instead of storing it. So-called “white fat” is the kind that is primarily stored, and because it’s also difficult to burn off, it tends to cause obesity. Research has shown that certain groups of people tend to have more brown fat than others, and there appears to be direct correlations between the activation of brown fat and metabolic measures of good health. For example:

Slender people have more brown fat than obese people do
Younger people have more brown fat than elderly people
People with normal blood sugar levels have more brown fat than those with high blood sugar
How to Transform White Fat into Healthier Brown Fat

Newborns have a supply of brown fat to keep warm, but most of these stores are lost by the time adulthood is reached. However, although you have far less of it as an adult, scientists have found that you can activate the brown fat still present in your body by exposing yourself to cold temperatures. This has the effect of causing your body to burn more calories to keep warm, and there’s evidence suggesting ice therapy can be helpful for boosting weight loss. Animal research has also shown that animals convert white fat into brown fat simply by exercising.

The study,5 published in the journal Disease Models and Mechanism, found that during exercise the animals’ muscles released an enzyme called irisin, which triggered the conversion of white fat cells to brown. Preliminary studies presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association revealed that this holds true in humans as well. Among men, the benefits were found after 12 weeks of training on an exercise bike. One of the researchers, a postdoctoral fellow at Joslin Diabetes Center, said:6

“Our results showed that exercise doesn’t just have beneficial effects on muscle, it also affects fat… It’s clear that when fat gets trained, it becomes browner and more metabolically active. We think there are factors being released into the bloodstream from the healthier fat that are working on other tissues.”

As you can see, the human metabolism is extremely complex. On the one hand, exercise helps convert unhealthy white fat into healthier, heat-producing and more metabolically active brown fat. Exercise also increases the oxidation of fat, which then leaves your body via your lungs, in the form of carbon dioxide, and your bodily fluids, in the form of water. What’s not so complex however, is how to optimize your metabolism—even if you don’t understand the exact mechanisms involved. Following simple basics described below will catalyze your body’s ability to achieve your ideal weight and leanness.

Your Weight Reflects Your Lifestyle Choices

Simply eating fewer calories and exercising more usually doesn’t work very well, and the reason for that is because not all calories are the same. As mentioned, processed fructose in particular causes leptin resistance far more effectively than other sugars, with refined sugar coming in close second. Glucose is not nearly as harmful in comparison. Fructose also blocks the burning of fat. So, instead of focusing on calories, you need to address the quality of the foods you eat, and avoid chemical exposures. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as BPA and phthalates, for example, can cause or exacerbate weight gain. Following is a short list of proactive, easy-to-remember guidelines that can go a long way toward improving your health, nutrition, and body weight.

Exercise regularly, and stay active all day long: Engage in high-intensity Peak Fitness exercise to burn fat and increase muscle mass (a natural fat burner). Also, strive to sit less (much less—ideally no more than three hours a day) and walk 7,000 to 10,000 steps a day in addition to your regular exercise program.
Consider intermittent fasting: If you’re insulin/leptin resistant and/or are overweight, boost your body’s fat-burning potential by incorporating intermittent fasting. This is one of the most powerful approaches to reverse insulin resistance. It is only necessary to do until your insulin resistance resolves.
Buy real food, preferably whole organic and locally grown, and cook from scratch. Ditching processed foods will automatically reduce your sugar consumption, which is the root cause of insulin resistance and weight gain. If you buy organic produce, you’ll also cut your exposure to pesticides and genetically engineered ingredients, and in ditching processed foods, you’ll automatically avoid artificial sweeteners and harmful processed fats like trans fats and vegetable oils (such as peanut, corn, and soy oil), the latter of which actually degrades into oxidation products when heated that may be more harmful than trans fat.
That said, most people do need upwards of 50-85 percent healthy fats in their diet for optimal health. Sources of healthy fats to add to your diet include avocados, butter made from raw grass-fed organic milk, raw organic dairy, coconuts and coconut oil, unheated organic nut oils, raw nuts and seeds, organic pastured egg yolks, and grass-fed meats. For more detailed dietary advice, please see my free Optimized Nutrition Plan.

Opt for organic grass-fed meats to avoid genetically engineered ingredients, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and other growth promoting drugs.
Opt for glass packaging and storage containers to avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals.

*link to the original article- http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2015/01/09/fat-burning.aspx *

Time to catch up!

Hello everyone! Is it just me or is 2014 just flying by? Maybe because this has been such a year of growth and change for me it seems to be that way, but others have said the same thing. 🙂

So, let’s start to catch up. My last blog was over a month ago, cripes! I’m sorry about that. In that blog I announced that I am now a Board Certified Hypnotist and since then I have begun working with clients and it has been fantastic! I have several clients that I’m now working with and I can’t wait to help them achieve the goals they want. Some clients I will be doing combined nutrition and hypnosis work. It’s pretty exciting to be combining my two passions together!  You can reach me on my cell at 778-985-8807. That’s the best way to get me directly. One of my next blogs is going to be about hypnosis – what it is and isn’t, what it can and cannot do, some of the fears and misconceptions people have. Like being controlled, being asleep, not remembering, being made to cluck like a chicken! 😀 None of those are true by the way.

I also took my two week trip to Scotland with my bestie Jenn. She has been dreaming of going to Scotland since she was 5, so this was amazing for her. I was actually away from home for 19 days inclusive, and as wonderful and awe inspiring as the trip was, I was also very glad to get home, and back to work. 🙂 I borrowed a friends camera (and I’m so grateful that I did) and I took over 1800 photos, so it’s going to take me a while to go through and edit them. Once I do or as I’m doing it, I’ll post a blog or two with some of my faves. The history and feeling and energy of the places we visited was very emotional. My personal beliefs include reincarnation and past lives, so for me the feeling of having been there, lived there was huge!

Jenn has several food allergies, mainly gluten, corn and soy. Here in North America gluten free foods are often made with corn, corn flour or soy (and it’s all genetically modified!), which means she can’t eat them. We quickly discovered that in Scotland they don’t do that, and the corn they do use is maize. Research I did on the difference between maize and corn seems to still be under debate as to whether there is a difference. Whatever the difference, items with maize or maize flour in them were not an issue for Jenn. Corn, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup is considerably less used in food products in Scotland, if at all. Eating out in restaurants was great. There were no issues really in finding foods on the menus that were safe for Jenn to eat, and the various restaurants were very helpful and patient with our questions.

I could talk/type for pages about my trip but that’s not truly what I want to do. I do look forward to sharing some of my pics and the story around them with you all though.

In the meantime, enjoy your Sunday (or whichever day it may be where you are) and take care of you!

I’m Official!! :D

Hello my lovely followers! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. It’s a long weekend here in Canada (and other parts of the world), as we take today (Monday) to acknowledge Labour Day. Traditionally, Labour Day was an occasion to campaign for and celebrate workers’ rights during parades and picnics organized by trade unions. These still play a role in Labour Day for some Canadians, but many people see the first Monday in September as an opportunity to take a late summer trip, perhaps to their country cottage, or enjoy the company of family or friends at picnics, fairs, festivals and fireworks displays. For teenagers and other students, the Labour Day weekend is the last chance to celebrate with a party or to go on a trip before school re-opens for the new academic year.  How are you spending your day?

 

My exciting news is that I am now officially a Board Certified Hypnotist! 2014-08-29 12.09.41  I am so excited and can’t wait to combine hypnosis with nutritional consulting to help people truly find their path to whole health and wellness – body, mind and spirit!

I have great plans for one on one sessions, either combined or separate of hypnosis and nutrition, as well as workshops, and developing protocols with other professionals such as Naturopathic Doctors (something that is already ongoing). I’m also going to be creating a practicum/workshop to be included in the program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (they don’t know it yet, lol) where I took my course to become an R.H.N. Eventually I will take it to other schools in Vancouver too. 🙂

In about a week or so I’ll be able to share more great news that I hinted about in my last blog as to where I’ll be located and how you can reach me for sessions. Not that you can’t reach me now – nourishment3@gmail.com or 778-985-8807. I just need to hold that new info back for a little bit longer as we bring everything together. 

In the meantime, it is a lovely sunny day here in Vancouver, perhaps one of the last few we’ll have, so I intend to get out and enjoy it with a friend. I hope you all have a wonderful happy day too! 

The Right Decision

Once again it seems I owe you, my valued readers, an apology. I have been so busy with more of that personal work I’ve been talking about in my last few blogs as well as having doors of opportunity open, that once again I have neglected you by falling behind on my blog. I sincerely do apologize.

Not to be blowing my own horn (ok, maybe a little) but I have created those opportunities! 😀 I have recently been creating specific nutritional information and protocol handouts for my Naturopath to give to his patients. So far he has asked for 9 specific ones and we have kept the door open to me creating more for him. 

The second project I have been working on is gathering information and creating spreadsheets from the data for my Hypnotherapist, who is also my friend. We are collaborating on a few things.

I have some more good news, huge (to me) exciting news! This is the 3rd opportunity. It pertains to the work I will be doing with him (and his biz partners) in the near future. I’m not going to share what that is just yet as I would like to make sure he is comfortable with me sharing it here. Suffice it to say for now that I suggested a win-win solution to a challenge we were both facing and he (and his partners) have eagerly and graciously accepted the idea. I am very happy! 🙂 Very soon you will hear about it and for those of you living in the Vancouver area, you will be able to come and see me in lovely professional office/clinic space. I will also be adding another skill set to my range of knowledge that will allow me to really dig deep with my clients – by the end of this month I will be a Certified Hypnotist!!

 

Now on to the other topic that I absolutely have to address with all of you. I have been talking in my last few blogs about sharing more of my personal story with all of you. I felt very strongly when I first talked about sharing it, that it was the right decision. Yet since I made that decision I have been hesitant to do so. I have needed to take the time to figure out why.

Part of it was that I was in the middle of some more very intense in-depth work/changes. Once again they were all encompassing. I was taking my Vision classes that helped me discover my vision and purpose in being here and how I’m going to bring that into the world. That work along with the work I was doing with my Hypnotherapist was bringing forth a lot of intense emotion and huge shifts in perspective, thought processes and putting aside ways of dealing with things that were no longer serving me. I also had to learn new ways for those old thoughts/patterns because one thing I have learned from all my work is that you cannot erase the past, you can only change your perspective on it and on how you let it or use it to serve you. I have learned to see the broader picture or the same picture from a new perspective while still feeling and valuing my emotions. It has been incredible! I am living so much more in the moment than I ever have, and I honestly thought that I lived very well in the moment. 

My point being with all of the above (besides the fact that I did want to share with you where I am at), is that after a lot of thought and some discussion with a close friend I have realized that the reason I haven’t been able to tell my story is because I don’t want to look back to where I was last year or even further because I am not there anymore! I am not afraid of losing all the progress and change I have made – it has been done on the subconscious level and I won’t fall back, I simply don’t want to re-read (from my journals) all that I have gone through. It was all very intensely emotional and stressful. I cannot emphasize enough though that it was worth every moment of it, but I don’t want to go over it again. At least not at this point in time. This is the right decision for me.

I do however intend to be open with my personal story more often from here on out. I won’t make a promise I can’t keep as to how often that will be, but I can promise that I will share more often. Since my work is now leading me to helping others with making deep lasting change you will see more variety in my blogs. They won’t be as focused on nutritional subjects but will be more varied and well rounded towards the mental and spiritual sides of wellness! After all Holistic Nutrition is about the body mind and spirit connection. 

we are unlimited

You are never too late to find your power, share your gifts or use your talents to benefit the world. That is why we are all here!!

*If you would like contact info for my Naturopathic Doctor, my Vision teacher (mentor), or my Hypnotherapist, please email me at nourishment3@gmail.com. I will be glad to share and they would be glad to hear from you.*

 

Spirituality, Journeys, Purposes and Visions

Hello all my lovely blog readers, once again I apologize for being so long between blog postings. As I mentioned in a previous blog I’ve been undergoing a lot of personal growth and change on many levels. I think I also mentioned that this work can become all encompassing for me when it’s happening.

I did a lot of work in this similar way last year at this time and it took up a good (and I mean good in all ways here) 4-6 months of my life. I gave myself- my mind, body and spirit- the time to adjust and incorporate all of that before being ready for more work this Feb. Now I’ve been having a spiritual journey that has been creating big changes deep inside me on the subconscious level. I’ve been working with my Hypnotherapist, my Naturopath and taking some courses with a Teacher/Mentor of mine.

The work is mentally and emotionally hard, which of course affects my body. They are all connected. My stress levels (cortisol and adrenalin) are higher. Sleep, diet and exercise habits have also been impacted. Add in “normal” life, having braces put on my teeth in mid March, and the exciting planning of a trip to Scotland with my bestie- we’re going in October, oh and I can’t forget hormones! I am 50 after all; so you can imagine how it’s been!

Let’s see if I can summarize and share some of what I’ve been doing. Working with my Hypnotherapist, we’ve been working on connecting with my inner selves at the various ages and stages of my life that they represent. Bringing them all together for the greater good. So I can move forward in my growth and be who I am. Also on connecting with my soul and what represents my soul. There’s more at work here, that I’ve been doing here, but it seems to be the hardest to articulate.

Working with my Teacher/Mentor, we’ve been discovering what my purpose is in being here and what my vision is for me and the world. It’s been a totally amazing discovery. Surprising and yet not as it has tied in with the work I’m doing with my Hypnotherapist. There has been a lot of emotion brought forth from all of it. Overwhelming at times, powerful  and empowering! I’ve started the second level of my Teacher/Mentor’s Vision courses last week, and in this level we’re working on developing our mission statements. So simple sounding but so profound in the impact it has on a personal level. It’s awesome that all but one of us from the first level class have returned for the second level. It’s nice to have that connection as we’ve each gone through and continue with our personal journeys.

My Naturopath is awesome! He helps look after ALL of me- the physical, emotional/mental and spiritual. He is supportive in his suggestions, his use of/recommendations for supplements and tinctures. He uses acupuncture to help support my body and mind through all of it. My body and mind respond very well to acupuncture. When he uses the needles on those spots for stress, I am so relaxed and mellow afterwards- all spacey and you’d think I was high ;). We are working with my Hypnotherapist to make the effects last longer as I can’t always see my Naturopath as often as I’d like to. He also reminds me to be gentle with myself and to “Trust that you are on the right path! Try not to focus on the “what’s next” now that you have discovered your vision/purpose. Instead focus on staying connected and in tune with that purpose, and I think you’ll find that the “what’s next” will happen organically.”  A wise man, yes? 🙂

All of the above work has also resulted in working on some other specific things like managing expectations, ‘what are expectations?’, managing the feelings around wants and hopes, changing how I react to situations, knowing on a deeper level that that is the only thing I truly have any control over, and more.

I’ve even experienced a panic attack and a huge epiphany within a week of each other with all this work! *Whew*, it’s scary and difficult and amazing and worth it and wow…

Don’t ever think that change and growth are not worth it. Don’t ever let the fear stop you. A quote from my Naturopath that resonates with me as I’m doing all of this work:

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” ~Jack Canfield~

 

Pinterest!

So a friend mentioned how much they enjoy Pinterest the other day, and I had a homework assignment for a class I’m taking. The homework assignment is creating a vision board and Pinterest was one of the ways we could create our board. Thus I am now slightly addicted to Pinterest. 🙂 It’s not like I didn’t know about Pinterest before, I have other friends that use it and love it too. I just wasn’t sure if it was something I wanted to get into or not. I’m in it now! lol

I want to share with all of you my boards (yes, so far I have created 4) that I have created for Nourishment3:

Body: http://www.pinterest.com/nourishment3/body/

Mind: http://www.pinterest.com/nourishment3/mind/

Spirit: http://www.pinterest.com/nourishment3/spirit/

and Nutrition and Food Info (a bit of a mixture/miscellaneous category): http://www.pinterest.com/nourishment3/nutrition-and-food-info/

I hope that you will like them and follow along. Please feel free to pin things from them to your board.

Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂