Archives for the month of: March, 2013

Seven Months Down, Five to Go!

I had four goals for March.

The first was to finish Eat to Live‘s Six-Week Plan.  Finish it I did, to the tune of seventeen pounds lost.  I have had one restaurant meal out since finishing and am now continuing to eat high-nutrient foods, specifically vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds.  I have no immediate plans to resume my former eating habits.

The second was to receive as many energetic and physical modalities as possible.  I had reflexology, a massage, a colonic, energy work, a facial, and a manicure.  They were all fabulous.

The third was to take one “Day of Indulgence” which I did on March 20.  Snow welcomed the first day of spring in northern British Columbia.  I was displeased (a very mild description of my reaction) so I stayed indoors, watched “Bones”, took a nap, and relaxed.

The fourth and final goal was to try to establish a daily practice of either Self Chakra Connection, Self Spiral Meditation, or some sort of guided meditation.  I started out full steam with Oprah and Deepak and their 21-Day Meditation Challenge.  While I enjoyed the days I joined in, I did not finish the challenge.

March flew by.  I’m looking forward to the longer and brighter days of April

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103This is how I looked on the outside and felt on the inside during my facial today.  I enjoyed every massage stroke and I even got a fabulous foot massage while my clay mask dried.  I need to treat myself to a facial more often.

janet“In order to heal others, we have to start with ourselves”.
~Janet Mentgen, Keynote Address at the Australian Holistic Nursing Conference in October 1995

In her Keynote Address, Janet spoke of the “steps of the path of healing”, or the “rules of right rhythmic living”,  that she followed in her life.  She credited Alice Bailey and Esoteric Healing as the source of these steps and stated that they were the principles she committed to living by on a daily basis.  She suggested that we make a commitment to ourselves and to our way of life.

Seven Principles of Self-Care for Healers

  1. Physical Clearing (Take care of our physical body, our physical existence.)
  2. Emotional Clearing (Express our hurts, our pains.)
  3. Mental Clearing (Change our cognitive thought processes.)
  4. Sacred Space (Create our sacred space when we are at home, our sacred space when we are away.)
  5. Silence (Move into the silence of meditation or Holy silence.)
  6. Holy Leisure (Learn to let go and bring balance into our life.)
  7. Holy Relationships (Be committed to our relationships.)

relaxed dogI’ve been on holidays for thirteen days now but I haven’t taken a break from Healing Touch.  I’ve taught two Level 1’s: one in Prince George, BC, with three students and two helpers, and the other in Dawson Creek, BC, with seventeen students and three helpers.  Each two-day workshop was fun and rewarding.  I’ve also offered Healing Touch sessions, sometimes combined with reflexology or hot stone massage, to either friends or new clients.  One gentleman found me when he Googled hands on healing in Prince George.  He came across my Level 1 registration form which listed my home phone number and got his wife to call to set up an appointment at InJoy Studio and Boutique.

Tomorrow, I will get an energy balancing of my own.  A friend and I will get together and do trades, creating the perfect ending to my spring break from school.

Why the relaxed dog picture?  I’m toying with taking the first level of Healing Touch for Animals this fall in Calgary, Alberta.

“Colon hydrotherapy…is a safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine without the use of drugs.  By introducing filtered and temperature-regulated water into the colon, the waste is softened and loosened, resulting in evacuation through natural peristalsis.  Today’s technology promotes both the safety and sanitation of this popular cleansing practice”.
~www.stronghealth.ca
 
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Today’s self care involved a colonic with my friend, colon hydrotherapist, Cherie Strong.  I’ve had sessions with her before but it’s been 14 months since my last one.  After finishing Eat to Live’s Six-Week Plan, I thought a colon cleanse would be the perfect companion to my dietary changes.  Most people (my husband and sister immediately come to mind) wrinkle their noses when I tell them my plans.  Silly ducks.  I go to the dentist to clean my teeth.  I go to the esthetician to revitalize my skin.  It just makes sense to visit a colon hydrotherapist to help clean my large intestine.
“Every tissue is fed by the blood, which is supplied by the intestinal system.  When the intestines are dirty, the blood is dirty, and so are the organs and tissues.  It is the intestinal system that has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place.”
          ~Dr. Bernard Jensen, Ph. D

HE_produce-on-scale-thinkstock_s4x3_lgI am officially finished Eat to Live’s Six-Week Plan.

Weight lost:  17 pounds
Inches lost:  3.5
Dr. Fuhrman recipes used:  31
Motivation to continue eating the nutritarian way:  strong

Those six weeks flew by.  I’ve spent more time in the kitchen than I ever thought I’d be able to, let alone want to.  When I started following Dr. Fuhrman’s advice, I was hopeful that it would have amazing results.  Certainly I’m happy with the weight loss, but I’d hoped for a more exciting success story, like some of the ones shared on his website.

I’ll try another six weeks, although this time I’ll allow some leeway, like I did tonight.  My husband and I went out for dinner, my first restaurant visit in six weeks.  My samosa, roti, rice, paneer, and eggplant were fabulous.  The one Himalayan Pink Salt caramel from Purdy’s was divine.  I sit here at the computer now, full in a way that I haven’t felt in six weeks, and it’s not entirely a pleasant sensation.  My stomach feels heavy, for lack of a better word.

Never fear, though; I am ready for tomorrow.  After returning from the restaurant, I made Roasted Cauliflower Soup (recipe #31), and that will be dinner for tomorrow.

013013DetoxQuestions-638x425Dr. Fuhrman recommends eating at least four fruits, one pound of raw vegetables, and one pound of cooked vegetables a day.  That’s what I’ve been doing since I started his Six-Week Plan on February 12.  Dr. Oz, who interestingly went to med school with Dr. Fuhrman, also recommends we increase our intake of fruits and vegetables.  The more colorful our plates the better!  Taken directly from Dr. Oz’s blog (blog.doctoroz.com/total-body-reboot/color-your-plate), here are some colors to add to your food plan.  Bon appétit!

  • Red: The deep color of watermelon and tomatoes indicates they are a good source of lycopene which has been known to reduce some cancers, including prostate cancer, and support good bone health. Tomatoes are available year round – whether fresh or canned – and are a tasty addition to salads, omelets and sandwiches. Tomatoes are also a good foundation for sauces. I always recommend canned tomatoes as a pantry staple because they enhance the flavor of my foods. Watermelon adds freshness to salads or sandwiches. I love a watermelon and feta cheese salad.
  • Orange: I think we have all heard that carrots are good for the eyes. This is so true. They are loaded with beta-carotene, which converts into vitamin A. Carotenoids are also important for skin and lung health and have anti-inflammatory benefits. Pumpkin, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes and orange peppers are other recommended orange foods. In addition to canned tomatoes, canned pumpkin is another pantry staple I find myself recommending to my clients and professional athletes. Great all year long for pumpkin soup, pumpkin enchiladas or mixed into low-fat yogurt topped with cinnamon.
  • Green: Broccoli, kale and cabbage are recommended green foods. They are packed with carotenoids, which mean they are cancer-fighting foods. Dark green vegetables and fruits also support bone health and eye health. Whether steamed or raw, these groovy green veggies contain fiber and folic acid and are high in calcium. They make a great addition to stir frys and salads and work as an ingredient added to rice or quinoa.
  • Purple or Blue: Darker colors usually indicate a higher antioxidant level. Recommended purple or blue foods include dried plums, blueberries and eggplant. Antioxidants fight against free radicals which contribute to the aging process, heart disease and cancer. Blueberries and dried plums pair well with yogurt or as a topper on low-fat vanilla ice cream. Chopped eggplant is a nice addition to a ratatouille or other stews.
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When I reveal that I’m trying veganism for six weeks, the question I always hear is “Where do you get your protein?”
Green vegetables, beans, seeds, and whole grains is my standard answer.
Dr. Fuhrman has a wonderful chart which compares the protein content of vegetables with that of meat.  http://www.drfuhrman.com/faq/question.aspx?sid=16&qindex=9

IMG_2809Voilà Eggplant Roll-ups, the name Dr. Fuhrman gives this delectable dish on page 358 of Eat to Live.

I previously blogged about this dish on Day 190 when my husband and I made it for the first time.  On our second attempt, we layered the eggplant like lasagna and sprinkled some nondairy mozzarella-type cheese on top.  As you can see, the Daiya mozzarella style shreds didn’t melt and even though the lasagna still tasted great, we’ll mix the Daiya with the other ingredients next time for maximum melted and gooey goodness.

I like this lasagna so much that I know I’ll never make a meat version again.

roadtrip_Viewbox_ENPrior to starting Eat to Live’s Six-Week Plan, road trips were all about the junk food, specifically chocolate bars, chips, and stops for fast food.  I have fond memories of road trips with my sister with numerous ‘treats’ and Gloria Gaynor blasting “I Will Survive.”

Today’s road trip will be radically different.  My sister is joining me on a 400-km drive to Dawson Creek, BC, where I’ll spend the weekend teaching Healing Touch Level 1.

Replacing the chocolate, chips, and fast food will be cabbage salad, eggplant lasagna, bean enchiladas, 3-bean vegetable chili, fresh fruits, apple crunch dessert, banana-oat bars, whole-wheat tortillas, and veggie scramble.

It would be so much easier if I didn’t have to organize and prepare my meals and snacks.  I’m the teeniest bit melancholy for the other road trips.  Luckily, I’m mostly happy that I’ll be able to enjoy tasty and nourishing foods.