It’s that time of year again where we work at getting back on track after the holidays, set our intentions and make that resolve to evolve. It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to the fitness journey or you are a veteran, we all need these fundamentals implemented in our lives. Healthy living is a mind, body and spirit unity. All three need to be in sync to have optimal health and wellness.
The seasons changing is always a great time to reflect on what you have accomplished so far throughout the year. I have been so busy doing my new life that I’ve actually fallen behind on blogging and sharing as I used to. Well, I guess if you are following me on Youtube you will know that I’m still sharing, just in a different way and about what I believe is the most important part of our health and wellness journey.
Anyway, I have to say that my life has rapidly changed in the last few years and even more so in the last year. My vision and priorities have changed and although health and wellness is still my main focus and concern for my people, I have realized that the order and priorities have been a little misleading to say the least. In my correction of this, I feel a little novice and perhaps more of a student than a teacher at this point when it comes to self sustainable living, gardening and harvesting of organic, pesticide free herbs and vegetables. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not entirely new in terms of diet or the need for whole foods, it’s just it has been a long time since I was fully immersed in the garden life and all the details to it. It’s not as easy as you might think and it’s quite consuming when you really start getting into it. Anyway… here’s to a start and the joy of the opportunity, as I realize that not everyone has this kind of opportunity. Thought I’d take a second to share a little and help inspire you to move towards community living and local harvesting of sorts.
As much as I would have loved to buy a property and just go to town on my own garden, I realize the work load can be quite large and prayed for someone to help on the journey. God provided something even better… as per usual. Having a dream is just the beginning of possibilities when it comes to God’s plans and sometimes the dream doesn’t outline the challenges at first but as you pursue you are bound to find out both the challenge and the blessings in the journey ahead.
To make a long story short, I met a couple at my local church I joined and we connected right away. It just so happened they had the same dream as I did and had already started their journey of growing their own crops. Also from Alberta and living quite similarly as myself in terms of walking in faith and just trusting God to show the way. They allowed me to tag along after church on Sundays where we made a weekly ritual of morning church, afternoon gardening and river dipping( mostly because it was so hot we had to and of course it’s so fun! ) but it was the perfect intro to learning all about the ins and outs of harvesting my own crops and if the work was worth the effort or if perhaps community gardening was viable. It truly was a win/win as there were always plenty of weeds to pick and lots of fun visiting to be had. It really was a great exchange and time well spent. Plus with all that “grounding” I’ve been feeling incredible in terms of healing. They gave me plenty of organic veggies for food in return for my labour and that was a generous payment considering the cost of groceries these days. The truth is I had such a great time, I would have done it for free
As for the herbs, there is a lot to learn and share and perhaps I don’t feel confident yet in that department, but I’ll tell you that I did come down with a pretty heavy duty cold in June and was fed herbs and pine needle tea for a few days and found that I was able to recover quite nicely. I don’t know if it was just running its course or the herbs helped but it was nice not to go to the doctor or spend money on over the counter meds. I do believe the earth was showered with remedies for all our issues and God can lead us to the right thing at the right time. Plus, herbs are just beautiful and smell amazing. God’s creation is so cool.
Well, that’s it for now and I look forward to the fall harvest and all that will bring in terms of canning and community baking and sorry I’ve been so busy but it’s just part of transitioning. Hope all is well and chat soon.
One very common food additive that has caused many of my clients gut issues seems to be controversial. I have also experienced the pain of having carrageenan in my diet and have had very uncomfortable bloating and digestive issues. I recently found the cream I used to buy now has added it and I’ve had to search out new cream options. I wonder why there is so many people talking about it and yet it is still put in foods with no added benefit? Either way, I thought I’d bring some light and enlighten you if you have been experiencing gut issues and can’t seem to figure it out. This is only one of the many options that could be causing you health problems. My suggestion is to take it out of your diet for a week or so and see if that helps.
This program touches on the aspects of the fit life that include sharing your journey with family, friends and those around you in a loving and exciting way.
There is an ongoing self-reflection when it comes to those who strive for excellence. Finding balance in all things is the key to long term success.
Many fitness programs focus on exercise and diet alone but this program focuses on how to stay motivated while making your life about others. When you realize how needed you are and how inspiring others is the ultimate motivation, you will never see taking care of yourself the same way. Being surrounded with love is about creating a loving and healthy environment. Taking care of yourself is the first step in loving others.
Having a Fit Soul is all about how to create and maintain a healthy life for yourself and those you care about. Do it for them and reap the benefits of a long happy and healthy life.
The BIG 4-0! Yep, 40 and feeling fab……
What’s the best way to detox, reduce bloating and get regular?
I get asked all the time, what’s the best way to detox after the holidays? Depending on how long you’ve been in holiday mode will determine how easy it is to detox. Some people live a lifestyle of holiday mode, for those folks, it’s going to take a little more of a lifestyle change to see real results but for those of you that just need to kickstart your fitness routine after the holidays you will find some great recipes and some of my favourite detox ingredients that I keep around to make tasty water and detox drinks.
Are you one of the people who has been storing food waiting for the food shortages to begin? Perhaps you are already dealing with a food shortage or you have noticed that some of your favourite foods are rising in price like you’ve never seen. Well either way I think it’s a good time to start talking about healthy food for the whole family on a budget. I know it’s been a tough time for many people this last couple of years so I wanted to touch on some food options that are easier on the pocket and remind you that there are tons of options for healthy eating so never limit yourself to ichiban noodles and KD if you are trying to save money. Eat smart and highly nutritious food. The ideas in this article are here to give ideas to eat healthy and to what to have in your food storage for the just in case or long term storing.
Being that we are under a renovation at the ark, there really wasn’t anywhere to host a Christmas for the folks out there. I had an idea that not only would be a great place to gather for Christmas dinner but also to enjoy for many gatherings throughout the year. I really wanted to have a sanctuary in general on the property. I just love tipis and needed a good excuse to get one. Being that Christmas is my favourite time of year, I thought it would be perfect. I just love the tipi for its gathering ability, its warmth, its comfort and its fashion in general. Plus, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a winter adventure in a tipi?