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Simple, Yet Powerful Tips for Self-Love!

Hello Lovely,

Summer is with us and I always so enjoy the lightness that this season brings! With the sun shining and the weather warmer, I always feel like Summer offers the best opportunity for self-work because the environment is friendlier and honestly, who doesn’t feel better when the sun is shining?

With that in mind, I wanted to share with you 10 very practical things that I do every day to contribute to my best self! These 10 things have become part of my daily life and I find that I feel lighter, more relaxed and that also, when negative things do creep up, I feel like I’m capable and strong enough to work through them elegantly.

Here goes…

Deep Breathing – You know I’ve shared this one before and also, when you subscribed to this list you received a document on the Benefits of Deep Breathing! That is because deep breathing is at the heart of every relaxation technique and its health benefits are incredible! I find that taking 10 minutes a day to deep breathe helps me to feel peace and sustain that peaceful feeling. You can easily begin with just 2 minutes of deep breathing a day, or whatever suits you; it is vital that it remains practical for you, but the benefits you can experience are numerous.

Outside of the physical benefits like relaxing your whole system, feeding more oxygen into your body, gaining energy, and even keeping cancer at bay, you will also have mental benefits. These include clarity, mental peace, and even inspiring thoughts. So, it is important to make sure you recalibrate when you can to give yourself a mental and physical breather.

Consume Anti-Inflammatory Foods – I love food for some many reasons! It’s tasty, colourful and is what helps to fuel our bodies! Every day I ensure that I eat many foods that hold anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation is at the core of almost every physical ailment, so I really do feel that it is important that we give our bodies some lovin’ and some support through the food we consume. Foods like Organic Berries, Organic Greens, Green Tea, Garlic, Onion, Ginger, Spices and Herbs; all of these are incredibly simple to add to your diet.

Drink Plenty of Water – You’ve heard this before but water cleanses our bodies, improves digestion and contributes greatly to our bodies being and feeling less dense. Drinking water also improves mental clarity and having a glass before bed lessens your chance of stroke, heart attack and also calms down cramping and restless legs. Drink it up!

Forgiveness – I take the time to forgive while I’m walking my dog as it is practical and as is important with forgiveness, I’m doing it when I feel good! Allotting 10 minutes a day to forgive the negative things which are repeating in your mind is important as you are freeing your mind of the stress of things you cannot control. This is true freedom and doesn’t need to take a lot of time. You can simply become aware of what nagging thoughts you are having and where your ego is judging, then forgive these mistakes in your thinking and let them go in peace. You can’t control everything and you don’t have to either, but you can forgive.

Stretch/Walk – This is a two-in-one! It is important to keep the body moving in healthful, relaxed ways, and stretching and walking both accomplish this. Also, when we do both of these, we are releasing negative energy that has been stored in our bodies. And, whenever we work out our brain releases Serotonin, the feel-good chemical, so you are very simply improving your mood by moving your body gently. Easy!

The Mirror Exercise – Say “I love you” to yourself while looking in the mirror. This is a Louise Hay exercise and it does incredible things for your self-esteem. How often do we truly take the opportunity to acknowledge how we feel about ourselves in a positive manner? It is important to do so because you can’t give what you don’t have, so you need to acknowledge the love that you are so you can offer it to those you care about. This is a selfless act and is necessary for good mental health and for dissolving that sense of guilt we all carry. Although it may be uncomfortable at first, you are doing yourself and everyone else in your life a great service! Comfortably be the love which you are.

Laugh – It is important for us to acknowledge that ALL of the negativity in our lives has come from us taking the negativity seriously. Whether it is thoughts or the actions of others, there is a part of us that decided that this negativity was real and worthy of our investment and reaction. This is ego identification and we all know what this feels like! But now that we are on the path to self-improvement, we can all simply recognize that we do not need to invest in negativity if we don’t want to. And this is where laughter comes in! Laughing helps us to shift our energy from seriousness and fear, to light-heartedness and love. We are allowed to feel good but we are the ones who have to make such a decision. Laughter is also known as the best medicine, so you are improving your physical health as well! Remembering also that the mind is the cause, the body is an effect, so when we our minds are happy our bodies will reflect that.

Ask for Guidance – I never make a decision by myself. There is a part of our minds that is in full communication with Divinity and so when faced with anything I like to ask that part of my Mind for guidance and support. Whatever this may look like for you, whether you refer to it as your calmer mind, your happy mind or if you call it God Itself, there is a part of us that is connected to Wisdom and Knowledge. We all know what this feels like; those sparks of inspiration, clarity or purpose, there is no one who has not had thoughts which reflect these qualities. So, why not access It more often? A Course in Miracles teaches that if we knew who walked beside us on the path that we have chosen, fear would be impossible. So, like I shared, whatever this connection looks like for you is perfect for you. We will all do this in our own way and that’s good.

Connect – Following the asking for Guidance is Connection. Like taking the 10 minutes a day to forgive, you can also allot time to just relax and connect with the calmer part of your Self. Some do this through Gratitude exercises and some do it through Meditation, but again, it is personal and must feel good and practical for you. Connecting with Love (or whatever term you prefer) is important for your mental health because, like the “I love you” exercise, it helps to dissolve that nagging feeling of guilt the ego identifies with. So, in an effort to bring your best self forward, you have to connect with that best Self on a regular basis; think habit systems. Like I have shared before, just as we can invest in fear, we can invest in love, and Connection with Love is a way we can commit to a healthier investment.

White Light Exercise – And finally, an exercise which is to be done in the evening is the White Light exercise. Many spiritual thought systems teach about the power of visualization and certainly it is a powerful device. Studies show that visualization contributes greatly to success and has even been tested on basketball players and has proven to be an asset to their success. For more on the topic of visualization I recommend reading “The Champion’s Mind” by Jim Afremow. So, we can use the art of visualization to our advantage… when you are in bed, before you go to sleep, envision white light (or any colour you prefer) moving through your body and surrounding it. You can even go as far as to envision the light moving through your cells, nerves and organs. This exercise will calm your mind and help you sleep and also leaves your mind in a healing state while you sleep, awesome!!

So, there you have it! 10 practical yet powerful things I do every day to contribute to my mental and therefore bodily health. I hope you resonate with some or all of them and give them a try. The benefits are yours for the taking!

Love and True Well-Being,
Fiona

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Slim Down by Feeling Good!

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Whenever I teach a class, I always get a question which pertains to diet. “Is there a way of eating spiritually?” “What should I not eat?” “As a spiritual teacher, do you drink alcohol?” And so on and so forth, and it all seems to be the same question asked many different ways.

These days the message seems to be that in order to be spiritual you have to be vegan, completely sugar-free or anything else that embraces strictness. Essentially what students and clients are inquiring about is, “should I feel guilty for eating meat, wheat, sugar or for drinking caffeine or alcohol?”

The answer is a resounding “No!”

As you continue down the path of mental health and spirituality you may notice that you have cravings for certain health foods, or you may feel the need to eliminate certain foods altogether. This has certainly been the case for me. I have definitely felt guided to eat more avocado and honey, drink more water and there is always a point in the day where I would step over my own mother just to get a cup of green tea! Just kidding Mom 😉

But as I have continued down my own path of spirituality, I have made changes to my diet all by following my inner guidance system. Eating is about slowing down, listening to yourself and enjoying the bites of goodness that you take.

The key thing to remember is that practicality is a must! As I always say, in regard to mental health practices or eating practices, if it isn’t practical, you’re going to find it hard to stay on track. So be chill about it and let your mind wrap around the new habits you’re creating.

But above all, don’t feel guilty! If you feel guilty for what you are eating then you are polluting your food with that energy and you are also inviting your body to reject what you’re taking in.

Remember what I wrote about in the blog sent the week before Christmas in regard to sacrifice… Sacrifice is an ego issue, a device designed to make you feel guilty and like a victim, so if you feel like you’re sacrificing then you’re identifying with your ego and again, you’re not going to stay on track for very long. So lose the sacrifice for it just reinforces your unconscious guilt!

Food is very important, it is a major part of what fuels us as beings and
contributes to how we behave in the world. We have a personal responsibility to feel good about it!

Eating, like anything else, begins as a mental process. Preparing our food, putting it on a fork and chewing and swallowing are the actions, but everything else around eating like, what to make? What should I eat? How do I feel about what I eat? These are the questions which fuel our mentality around eating.

If we don’t eat then we are crabby and reactionary. If we eat a lot of sugar, we end up being hyperactive and strengthen the body’s addiction to sugar. If we eat too much we feel full, sluggish and guilty. If we have too much dessert, we again feel guilty.

What are your thoughts like around food? Is it a healthy relationship?

A Loving Perspective of Self

The most important tip for maintaining a healthy attitude towards food is to maintain a healthy attitude about yourself. Caring about yourself and heightening your self-esteem are going to be your greatest allies in regard to eating healthfully!

Personally, I’m not a calorie counter. I couldn’t tell you the amount of calories in a slice of bread for I am so ignorant on the topic. I also can only give you a rough guess as to how much I weigh. To me the numbers aren’t important, it’s how I feel about myself which counts. I like to use the mirror as my gauge for how I’m doing with my eating and workouts. But the ultimate thing I use the mirror for is to look at myself right in the eyes and tell myself, “I love you.” Every day, after my shower I hold my hand over my heart and remind myself that my body is to be used as a communicator of love in this world and that I am grateful for what I am.

What this mirror exercise (popularized by Louise Hay) does is reinforce in my mind what my body’s true purpose is, an exercise which helps to eliminate ego judgments.

We all come in different shapes and sizes, none of which matter. A heart is a heart, a mind is a mind and that is how I choose to see myself and others. This is a very mentally healthy perspective because it keeps us all equal (which we absolutely are!!) and the body will follow the loving perspective of the mind.

So, when it comes to eating and drinking, I know that I’m fueling my body to do helpful things in this world and to enjoy the activities of my daily life. As a spiritual person I do drink coffee, red wine, Guinness and sometimes have meat (which I’m picky about but I do eat it from time to time) and also, there is no way in hell I’m ever going to give up on pasta! But I feel good about everything I eat because, like my thoughts, if I don’t feel good about it, I don’t want it.

Be comfortably you. Be gentle with yourself and let your mind get used to any healthy habits you want to create. These things aren’t done overnight, like our habit of relating with the ego, it takes time to switch our habits back to thinking with Love consistently.

So, with a healthy perspective in mind I wanted to offer up some healthy food choices which help slim down the tummy area (as this is the area of the body I hear the most complaints about, from both men and women).

Tummy Slim-Down Foods

Blueberries; these little gems are amazing for slimming down the stomach area. Splurge on Organic for if you don’t then you are missing out on the antioxidants which fight free radicals.

Oats; real oats! Not processed quick oats flavoured with palm sugar. Oats are excellent for slimming down stomach fat! I like to top my oatmeal with cinnamon, organic plain yogurt, honey and organic blueberries. Note: I have also stopped buying Quaker Oats and have switched to a local brand because Quaker is part of the problem of wiping out the forests in Indonesia for production of palm sugar and because I don’t feel good about that, I don’t eat their products (Watching my mentality!)

Green Tea; the ultimate tummy slimmer! Green Tea is loaded with antioxidants called catechins, L-Theanine, and ECGC’s (Epigallocatechin Gallate) which all boost metabolism. Green Tea also boosts your fat burning capabilities while you work out!

Water; Drink more water as it helps to flush out toxins and also helps your body to hydrate and actually eliminates water being held stagnantly in your system. Ideally you should be urinating once every hour.

Watch your sugar intake! The easiest way to slim down your stomach area is to be aware of hidden sugars. Cooking with fresh food and making your own sauces, salad dressings and soups can really help you eliminate added sugars put in food products by the food industry.

As a perk, here is my Blueberry Bran Muffin Recipe which I created when I was working as a Baker a few years ago!

Fiona’s Blueberry Bran Muffin Recipe

Ingredients
½ cp. Unsalted Butter, softened
½ cp. Maple Syrup
2 Eggs
1 Egg White
1 cp. Wheat Bran
1 cp. Oats
½ cp. Plain Yogurt
½ cp. Unsweetened Apple Sauce
1 tsp. Vanilla
¾ cp. Whole Wheat Flour
2 tbsp. Ground Almonds
¼ tsp. Salt
½ tsp. Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Nutmeg
2 tsp. Baking Powder
½ tsp. Baking Soda
1 cp. Blueberries

Topping

Ground Walnuts and Cinnamon

Directions
– In mixing bowl, cream together unsalted butter and maple syrup
– Add eggs and egg whites one at a time until smooth
– Add vanilla, plain yogurt then apple sauce
– Add wheat bran and oatmeal
– In a separate bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, ground almonds, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and baking soda
– Add dry ingredients into the mixing bowl mixture until just combined
– Fold in blueberries
– Scoop out generously (as these do not rise very much)
– Sprinkle with ground walnuts and cinnamon
– Bake at 325 F, for 18-20 min.

Enjoy!

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A Healthy Christmas

With the Christmas season fully upon us, I wanted to offer a bit of a “care” package to help you enjoy each moment.

As Christmas is a time where we are committed to love and happiness the ego is going to try and get in our faces, and when it does we can end up feeling guilty, sensitive and reactionary. So let’s start this time of year off on the right foot and counter the ego with some sanity.

First off, let’s define Merry Christmas…

Merry = Happy, Joyful, or according to Collins English Dictionary “slightly drunk”

Christ = Anointed One; a term spiritually reserved for all of us, meaning, we are all One.

Mas = Celebration

So, there you have it! Merry Christmas means have a happy, joyful time celebrating the fact that we are all One and you may get slightly drunk while doing so 😉 Teasing, just be happy no matter what you decide to do!

One thing that does always pop up at Christmas is the temptation for overindulgence. This is a time to really up your self-awareness game! Be honest with yourself about what you’re willing to indulge in and what you’re not willing to indulge in. Ask your partner, your best friend or someone you’re close with to hold you accountable to this.

To help you avoid overindulgence you can drink more water. In between beverages or bites of snacks, drink some water, this will help you to stay hydrated and feel full. Also, remember that when you are hungover and tired is when the ego can really have its fun with you, so if you’re feeling tempted to overindulge, remind yourself of the kind of day you want to have the next day, this will help to keep you in check! Keep up with this and your mind and your body will really thank you!

Next is that guilty feeling that always seems to creep up when we’re trying to
have a good time. Remember do not feel guilty for going out and celebrating! Guilt is the ego’s game and is a one-way ticket to fear town, so let the guilt go and remember that you are your best self when you’re genuinely happy!

One way I like to ensure that I have a great time is by mentally releasing any concerns or anxieties. I take a moment before the party, take a deep breath and say, “May tonight be a fun, safe and enjoyable evening for everyone. I release all fear in peace and step into the perfect love which I am. Thank you for the opportunity to be with my family and friends.”

I also like to forgive myself for thinking that I am not allowed to have a good time. It is clearly an error in thinking to think that you can’t be happy or enjoy yourself. We are love and love shows itself through genuine happiness, so have a good and responsible time.

Another item to keep in check is that you may see people you’re not crazy about or have a grudge against. Note those times when you are uncomfortable with seeing someone and take the opportunity for healing. A loving, non-judgmental smile, and a genuine “Hi Guys!” is better than avoidance or ruminating in negativity.

Remember the true meaning of Christmas, we are all One and are acknowledging and celebrating that fact. It is okay not to jive with all of the 7 billion people in the world, but you don’t want to make anyone an enemy. It is the investment in separation which really hurts our minds and makes for a bad time.

To remind you of the loving truth about this time of year, here is a beautiful quote from, A Course in Miracles.

“The sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness. See it not outside yourself but shining from the heaven within and accept it as the sign the time of Christ has come.”

Love and Oneness,
Fiona

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From Hormones to Healing

We all experience hormone fluctuations, (yes, even men), and these rapid shifts can be a real pain in the arse. You find yourself cursing at an inanimate object or crying because of something cute on a West Jet commercial (yes, I’ve done that… twice last month to be exact), and once you’ve realized that perhaps you could be being just a tad bit ridiculous, you clue in… hormone surge!

As we all know, experiencing hormone fluctuations can be difficult. A hormone surge can induce anxiety, fatigue, a melancholy attitude, and even straight up rage! We never really feel like ourselves during that time, do we?
But it’s not all sadness, tears and swaddling your pet, like with anything, hormones can help you to heal.

How so?

Well, I find that when I’m experiencing PMS, my conscious mind is on hyper drive running through a series of negative events from my past or some made up fearful event about the future. Of course I recognize that this negativity is ego, but instead of giving into the negativity of what my ego is pissed off about, I get proactive for healing.

All of the negativity and fear that I’m still holding onto is being given a front and center seat in my mind’s eye. Is this an opportunity, or what?! “Thank you hormones for showing me what I gotta heal!” So, really, during PMS I step up my forgiveness game because all of that negativity, I don’t want to hold onto it anymore. I want to let it go.

Now, when you’re experiencing hormone changes and the ego is a little more active than usual, it is up to you to take some gentle control to help yourself out. You are in a body, and this is something you are going to experience, so you may as well handle it positively.

One way I take some gentle control is by letting my fiancé know that I’m PMSing (in case he didn’t notice by my craving for buffalo chicken wings all day and my crying at random songs and commercials). My declaration is a way of me communicating, being honest and taking responsibility for my heightened level of sensitivity. I know that he appreciates my honesty and he helps me to laugh and relax more.

Your loved ones will appreciate your honesty and may even help you cheer up. Everyone wins!

Another way I take some gentle control of the hormonal situation is that I have made a promise to myself to never have a serious conversation or make a serious decision while I’m PMSing. Of course, with life’s hiccups this can’t always be the case, but it is something that I work hard to honour. Essentially what I’m doing here is preventing myself from reacting from my ego, I’m ensuring that I am self-aware and keeping my emotions in check. And sometimes I really do just say, “You know what, I’m PMSing right now, so that’s not a topic I’m willing to invest in right now. Would it be okay if we saved it for another time or when I feel a little more relaxed?” Be practical, be loving.

So, recap!

Being hormonal doesn’t mean being a victim, it’s just another opportunity for self-care.

-Recognize that the situations which anger you while you’re hormonal are what you need to forgive. Take the opportunity for some mind healing!

-Declare to your partner (or whomever you feel) that you are hormonal and may be a bit more sensitive. Ask them to keep conversations light if possible.

-Be self-aware! You may feel sad or angry, but you do not need to react from this state of mind. All the more reason to save certain conversations or decisions for a time where you feel more relaxed and like yourself. Be responsible.

Ways to lessen the impact of Hormone Fluctuations

Drink Green Tea – Green Tea contains L-Theanine, an amino acid which raises the level of dopamine (the loving, feel-good neurotransmitter) in our brains. Green Tea is also great for balancing the entire bodily system by combatting free radicals (the s#*% disturbers) and calming the neurotransmitters in the brain.

Eat Less Meat – Consuming meat frequently increases the levels of hormones in your body. So, if you want to lessen the severity of your hormone levels going up and down like a yo-yo, cut back on meat and include more veggies in your diet. Your hormones will thank you!

Eat Less Sugar – Consuming sugar always causes spikes in your bodily system, which means that there isn’t a lot of balance going on. In order to maintain a more stable hormone level, chill on the sugar and use honey or maple syrup if you need some sweetness. Be sure to avoid chemical sweeteners, they are what they are, chemicals and screw with your whole system. It is never a good idea to use them as they are so harmful.

Lessen Your Alcohol Intake – We all know the guideline, less alcohol, the better. A glass of wine or beer a day is fine and is actually good for you. Binge drinking is just very hard on your system and can really add to the severity of your hormone fluctuations.

Up Your Relax Time – What a chore, right?! 😉 Take more time for deep breathing, meditation, yoga, exercise, and laughing!! These practices are always good for you and will help you to maintain a peaceful mind at all times, but the benefits of these practices can really be there for you when your hormones decide to go for a ride.

Most importantly, do not feel guilty for being hormonal! You’re in a body, just like everybody else, so we really are all in this together. Be gentle with yourself and think Balance, Balance, Balance.

And also remember to laugh more often! The ego is going to try and have some fun with you, and you’re really going to notice this dynamic when your hormones are fluctuating. And when you think one negative thought and take it seriously, it’s so much easier to think more negative thoughts and send yourself into a cycle of fear. So, it’s up to you to make a conscious decision to lighten up and laughing is the easiest way to do so! Remember that the ego can only get you when you take it seriously.

A Course in Miracles teaches that we should learn to gently laugh at the ego’s dictates, not in a condescending way but in a “nope, that’s not going to work on me” kind of way. We are literally showing the ego that through our laughter and commitment to love, it cannot get us.

Love and Gentle Laughter,
Fiona

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Vitamin D and Mental Health

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“Go out in the sun for 20 minutes a day when it’s sunny, and take vitamin D3. Those two things combined will help prevent a lot of problems, including depression”
Love Has Forgotten No One, page 88

Vitamin D is known for its amazing bodily support! The benefits of taking it are numerous as it helps to regulate normal cell function, ensures proper communication between cells and also helps to regulate immune functioning. Here are a few benefits to get you excited about taking your vitamin D (or maybe I’m the only one who gets excited about taking vitamins??)!

– Prevents cancer, cancer polyps, colds, the flu, bone breakage, multiple sclerosis, heart attacks, winter fatigue, amoung many other things
– Lessens the severity of arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, eczema, diabetes, amoung many other things
– Normalizes insulin levels and blood pressure levels

Beyond all of these AMAZING and innumerable bodily benefits, Vitamin D also helps us mentally, which is again, very exciting!!

“…although we know it’s really thought that causes these things (depression, anxiety). But these suggestions (taking Vitamin D and going out in the sun) will help you feel good, and if you feel good, you’re more likely to remember to apply the right thoughts. The better you think, the better you’ll feel. And the better you feel, the better you’ll think, especially if you have a discipline like the Course (A Course in Miracles) to guide you.”

Love Has Forgotten No One, page 88

Vitamin D has been talked about as being a helpful aid in combatting depression and also anxiety! So to help prevent the winter doldrums, get proactive! Either start taking your Vitamin D or up your current dosage to what’s best for you, including taking into account which area of the world you live in, your age and your skin colour.

For those who live in Calgary, Alberta, like I do, we can be tricked by our title as one of the sunniest cities in North America! We may assume that we are receiving enough Vitamin D by taking in the sun’s rays during the winter, but this is a falsehood. Although Calgary is very sunny we are also at a point on the earth where the sun hits us at an extreme angle during winter months, meaning the Vitamin D loving sun rays are not actually reaching us.

But because nature loves to take care of us, during the winter months we are not left wanting, we just need to supplement for what we’re missing. We can learn from the Eskimos of Canada and Native Americans who get their Vitamin D through diet, and so we can eat more salmon (wild, not farmed!! Farmed salmon is horrible, hormone-filled, red food colouring tinted crap… just don’t get me started…) so, WILD salmon, sardines, egg yolks (ORGANIC!!), tuna, yogurt and cheese are good sources. And then of course there are the vitamins themselves.

Essentially Vitamin D improves your overall mood and physical functioning. It is a natural, easy and impressive vitamin to add to your daily, feel-good regimen! And like the quote earlier on mentioned, you want to help yourself to think feel-good thoughts so don’t forget to take the time to laugh more during the winter to help lift your mood. Rent funny movies, watch more comedic shows, or go see stand-up comedians. Remember that the ego wants you to be serious and upset, so get some loving thoughts grooving to combat the ego and to help yourself feel good!

Love and a Healthy, Happy Winter,
Fiona

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An Introduction to the Lesser Known Super Berry…

Noni Goodness

“Drink Noni Juice… It has many healing properties.”
Love Has Forgotten No One by Gary Renard

As we progress down our paths of healing, we are blessed with many foods that can help support us in our overall well-being. The Noni berry in particular is an AMAZINGLY beneficial fruit which is not very well known. The purpose of this week’s blog is to put a spotlight on this beauty of a berry!

There are a plethora of benefits from drinking Noni juice, benefits which affect us both internally and externally.

The Noni berry thrives in areas where there is volcanism. It soaks up all the mineral loving from the nutrient-dense soil in areas where volcanoes are prevalent. Paradise havens like Tahiti and Hawaii are known for their abundance of Noni berries.

And so, let’s get to the goodness of Noni!

Noni has proven to be effective in providing protectiveness against oxidation. Those who smoke or who have smoked in the past take note of this and help yourself out by consuming Noni juice!

In regard to cancer, Noni prevents DNA from binding to any carcinogen, WOW! And the goodness in Noni also lessens the density of tumors and slows their growth. The consumption of Noni is an excellent (and EASY) step in preventing cancer.

Noni is helpful for maintaining overall cardiovascular health where it relaxes the muscle lining of the artery walls, improving arterial blood flow. And it also reduces bad cholesterol while enabling healthy cholesterol.

Noni also encourages the liver to behave at its best! If you have a fatty liver or liver cancer running through your family, incorporate Noni into your diet.

Noni is particularly helpful for the brain, where it has been proven to have anti-psychotic effects and also combat cerebral stress! A useful note for those of you who stress out easily or over-analyze. Essentially, if you get brain fatigue, have a shot of Noni juice!

Noni also gives your immune system a HUGE boost! So, if you’re ever feeling run down or cold season is coming along, you now know you have a berry by your side.

Noni’s healthful benefits are numerous and there is no downside to consuming the Queen of Superfoods! The taste may not be that great, I liken it to a sour blackberry, but considering that you are only meant to consume around a tablespoon of it every day, you can walk off the not so pleasant flavour in favour of your physical health.

>“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Love Has Forgotten No One by Gary Renard

So, among the benefits shared above, here is a list of other ailments in which
Noni can help with:

– Arthritis
– Diabetes
– Memory Impairment
– Wounds
– Skin ailments; acne, wrinkles, hives, rashes, burns

Like all things in our dualistic world, there are things to be cautious of in regard to drinking Noni juice. Before consuming Noni, do a swatch test on your skin to ensure you are not allergic to Noni. Also, Noni juice has a high potassium content, so if this is something your doctor has asked you to be cognizant of, then do not drink Noni. And lastly, if you have kidney issues, steer clear of Noni as it is too strong for those with a kidney ailment.

Other than those cautionary measures, I strongly encourage the daily consumption of Noni juice. You can find it at the Superstore in the Organics section where a litre is sold for $40, a cheap investment for incredible health benefits!!

Noni is also very useful for skin health and there is a line of skin-care products created by Miranda Kerr (Victoria’s Secret Model and ex-wife of Orlando Bloom), called Kora Organics which has Noni included in all of its products. Check it out here at, www.koraorganics.com

For a cheaper alternative, I rub Noni juice on my freshly washed face both in the morning and evenings. I also rub it onto areas which have had too much sun exposure for my liking.

I trust you will take a chance on this truly helpful super berry and feel the benefits for yourself!

Nutrient-dense love,

Fiona

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“Pass the honey, Honey”

Pass the honey, Honey

“Honey is one of the most overlooked wonders on the level of form.”
Love Has Forgotten No One by Gary Renard

When you begin to think in a healthier way, your physical actions soon follow your thinking and you may find yourself changing how you eat and what you eat for the better! You might crave more water, or feel guided to include more avocado into your diet, or have more of a focus on eating organic items. Or you may even feel the need to lessen or eliminate certain foods altogether. Your inner guidance system will support you on your quest for mental and physical health.

In our world though, there’s a bit of a war going on between the bacon obsessed, preservative injected food industry and the awakening populace with their desire for organics. It can be tricky to shift from what we are used to, over to what we know is healthy as we are undoing a lot of our long-held beliefs about food and food products. (Remember that real food is whole food and food products are what you find in a box located in the inner aisles of your grocery store.)

To help make the shift to whole and healthy foods easier, you just have to look for natural alternatives to what you’re used to and I can help you with that!
The topic of this week’s blog is honey. Now, before you go ahead and say that you hate the taste of honey, there is a lot more to honey then just eating it (although eating it regularly is incredibly helpful for your whole system).

Now, I always say that before every chemical remedy that man came up with, nature already had the organic answer. And honey is the answer to many an ailment. It is a superfood and the Queen Bee (pun fully intended) of the organic world!

“Honey is as close as you’ll come to finding something on the level of form that is both organic and virtually indestructible.”
Love Has Forgotten No One by Gary Renard

In fact, honey has been found in Egyptian excavations from thousands of years ago, and it is still fresh! How naturally pure is that?!

So, let’s get into the benefits of this golden treasure…

– Filled with antioxidants which combat free radicals
– Regulates your blood sugar levels as its glucose and fructose is in perfect harmony
– A natural sleep aid. Try replacing your sleeping pill with honey (2 tablespoons before bed!) for a week and see for yourself if this works for you!
– Prevents and gets rid of heartburn. (Take honey a half an hour before you eat and then again before you go to bed. Give it a few days to kick in!)
– Use on mosquito or any bug bites. Honey takes the bite out of the bite! My go-to remedy!
– Also works for small cuts or burns! (Honey is my replacement for Polysporin)

As a note, don’t give honey to children under three years old as their bodies aren’t developed enough for it as of yet.

If you don’t like the taste of honey but still want the benefits, add it to hot water with some lemon, the citric acid will chill out the strong honey flavour.

Now, if you purchase dried berries like cranberries to add to your salads or granola, I have a recipe for you! As you may or may not know, dried berries are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, BOOOOO!!! (And so are all Special K products, by the way) So, here is my honey loving alternative to getting those delicious dried berries without sending your body into a sugar high.

Dried Berry Recipe

Preheat oven to 300F Degrees.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper, NOT Aluminium! (Aluminum’s detriment to your health will be a topic that I will cover in another blog).

Frozen Berries (Organic if you can), 4 cups – Spread onto parchment paper.

Honey, ½-1 cup (Use as much as you want for however much sweetness you like) –
Pour over the frozen berries and don’t worry about the honey sticking perfectly to the berries at this point because it won’t, just pour over the berries as evenly as you can.

Place in the oven on the lower rack and let bake.

After 10 minutes the berries will have warmed up and the honey will begin to soften, this is a good time to stir the berries around to let the honey coat them evenly.

Bake for another 30 minutes uninterrupted, then check and the berries should have shrunk in size. Check the consistency and if you would like them further shrunken and dried, bake for longer and check every 10 minutes until complete.

Once done, let them cool and use as you like! Enjoy!

Always remember that you want to be practical with your lifestyle choices. The world of spirituality and mental health is not about sacrifice! So relax and follow your intuition. Let your Spirit be your guide.

Love and Healthy Sugar Intake!

Fiona

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