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Detox, Days 5,6 and Especially 7!!!!

So its been quite an amazing few days!  

With Halloween behind me, and the majority of the candy already gone(not by me!) the vibrating crack addict that I felt like has subsided.  The cravings have started to disappear, my focus is clear.  My SLEEP has never been better!!  (huge one!)  My stomach has been so quiet.  
Quiet?  What the hell?  

When I would eat, just about anything the rumbles would start, sometimes more than others and all I needed was to be by myself for the next few hours.

Detox Day 3 & 4

Whew!  What a couple of days!!

This is the first time I've been able to sit down to type out my thoughts in the last couple of days.  On days like these I'm usually running for the fast food, pre-prepared food, and not really thinking of what I'm putting in my mouth so long as the hunger subsides.  
Within this whole craziness of events and obligations Halloween is sprung up in the middle.  I have to be honest, I planned the detox to fall during Halloween due to the fact that I LOVE the little chocolate bars, the kisses, the tootsie rolls!

Day 2

The end of day two.  

And what a busy day it was!  My energy felt fantastic until it was getting close to dinner, thats when I could feel a shift in my energy.  
I can feel my body going into detox.  Some of the signs are headache, brain fog, or not being able to complete a thought or finding conversation a bit difficult to follow.  

My diet has been excellent today.  I juiced this morning,  had some of my left over Dahl for lunch, and made really yummy brown rice and kimchi sushi for dinner.

21 Day Diet Detox, Day One

Day One

Its the end of the day and I am happy to say that it was a breeze!  There are many factors to why it was easy first being good planning.  

Last week I did a sort of soft start to juicing, smoothies and getting rid of the gunk in my diet.  By gunk I mean alcohol, gluten, dairy, processed foods, and sugar.  Monday to Friday I was very good.  I stopped drinking coffee and noticed a difference instantly in my sleep and anxiety level.  

What I found very interesting was on Friday I decided to have a glass of red wine and a few pieces of home made fudge and the results of having that little bit was a terrible nights sleep, trouble falling asleep, and my energy was totally zapped!

Tis the Season!

Tis the season all right!  

The season of candy, treats, heavy meals, gas, bloating, headaches, and all the side effects of a poor diet has to offer.  
More than just becoming over weight, tired and irritable new research has uncovered that in fact our digestive tract contains more than 100 million neurons, more than our spinal cord or our peripheral nervous system. (see link below) 

So, not only does our guts work at digesting our food, but the quality of that food sends direct messages to our brain altering our thought patterns and moods.

Summer Fun!!

What a summer so far!

I hope everyone has had a chance to get outside and enjoy the long days of  this wonderful season!  I feel like this is the time my fuel tank fills and carries me through out the rest of the year, taking every opportunity to get outside and soak up all that Mother Nature has to offer.

I just returned from two weeks in the Shuswap lakes of BC, a favorite place of mine to evolve my yoga practice while watching the water, noticing an Osprey over head, and just taking the time to see what is going on around me.

Youth and Yoga

Recently I was invited to teach yoga at a local high school.  It was a last minute request and everything lined up so I jumped at the opportunity!  

Memories of my own high school years came to my mind and the struggles teens face.  Their worlds are small in comparison to living through experiences, such jobs, bills, banks, car payments, you name it!  Then there is becoming a parent and raising our own to become responsible adults.  It broadens our world to see that there is more out there than just our social circles.


I don't know if there is a truer word to explain how I feel at the moment.  I type this from my room in Nelson BC on the eve of my last night of yoga teacher training.  

Raw, vulnerable, shaken, exhausted!  Yet in all of this intense work my mind is clear, my stress level is at an all time low, my heart is just bursting with love!  This to me is the true essence of what yoga really is.  

I started doing yoga many years ago not thinking it would one day open my eyes but because it was a great physical work out, yet something within this 'work out' was different than going to the gym, running, cycling, you name it.


Haven’t written for a while and I don’t want to go into the excuses of why, which are warranted, because we all have them so we all know.  My brain has been churning with lots of thoughts, but since I haven’t put them down to pen and paper (or keyboard to screen) I find I’m a bit scattered with both speech and thoughts.  So time to put things in order again!

I’ve turned 40 since my last post.  (something I am very proud of) not only the fact that I am actually 40, but that I’m 40 and incredibly happy about it!

Off The Mat

Another catch phrase of yoga as of lately is to take your yoga off your mat, meaning to carry the feelings of calmness and clarity from your yoga pracitice and use it through out your day, week, months, etc.  

I have practiced yoga for years but not as regularly as I do now.  I would do it once a week, maybe twice, still feeling the effects but not nearly as much as I do now.  

This week tested the theory of practice off the mat for me.  

We all plug through life getting comfortable in our schedules, paying our bills, work, kids events, but its when there is a kink thrown into our day to day life that the  sliver of calmness can soon turn into a hurricane!
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