HEALTH TRIGGERS: Managing What Sets You Off On A Daily Basis

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My last post was on how to avoid dangerous substances.

HOW TO AVOID DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES: For ‘a healthier you’!

If you suffer from food allergies, TILT, EI, MCS, depression, migraines or other skewed body response physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually; my last post is a must read.

On a daily basis many people are triggered regularly by numerous triggers.  Believe it or not the triggers can be anything.  Your equivalent ‘little black box’ records real and perceived threats and history about many factors that have harmed you in the past.  In present day your body may mount a ‘skewed’ or abnormal response to similar triggers, real or perceived – leading to unwanted symptoms on any level.  Some triggers present physical symptoms while others may affect thinking, memory or brain chemistry. Some triggers send people into ballistic emotional responses.

You may know people who are affected by changes in barometric pressure, experiencing migraines or joint pain or others who are affected by the full moon. Why is every person not affected by changes in barometric pressure?

Using neuromuscularbiofeedback I have been able to assess my triggers on an ongoing basis and those of my clients, and work to stop or reprogram any ‘skewed’ or abnormal responses.  How do I do it?  There are several methods.  The best time to stop these triggered responses is to manage them during an episode or exposure.  Tapping sequences and changing the valuation that my and my clients’ body and brain have given the triggers, neutralizes them by changing the valuation over time.  Using these steps in combination with other holistic strategies I have been able to recover from EI, TILT, MCS, depression, food allergies and more.  It is also how I help clients to recover from unwanted trigger responses. You can achieve the same results by following my protocol.  Read more about my ‘trigger busing’ protocol in my blog post:

YOUR BODY CAN HEAL ITSELF: Follow My Road Map to Get There

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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HOW TO AVOID DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES: For ‘a healthier you’!

dangerousOver the years, my many client neuromuscularbiofeedback sessions have provided information that has helped clients to implement ‘stop, start and change’ strategies; ultimately resulting in improved health.  After clients sessions I provide followup emails to clients with research based information links that back up many of their ‘weak list‘ challenges. Weak challenges are often the result of the body’s inability to effectively detoxify certain substances, even natural substances. Weak challenges can also indicate allergies, harmful or toxic substances. Sometimes the items on the weak list indicate a challenge resulting from combining a food item with a medication (e.g. grapefruit).

If you have any type of health challenges, including allergies and gastrointestinal distress, proceed with caution before following the latest health trends.  Investigate before you proceed. Adding suspect items may add challenges that could interfer with the body’s natural and necessary communication, function, immunosurveillance and immunoresponse. Adding multiple items on a daily basis increases these health challenges.

Examples of substances clients are commonly weak to:

Rice, coconut water and milk, almonds and pork are items on many client weak lists:

Weakness to rice products: Arsenic in rice products http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2F1MDzyW55pg97Tdpp7gqLN/should-i-be-concerned-about-arsenic-in-my-rice

Weakness to coconut products:  https://www.faithful-to-nature.co.za/blog/coconut-water-exposed-watch/https://wellnessmama.com/147959/almond-flour-alternatives/

Weakness to almond products:   https://geneticliteracyproject.org/2014/11/11/organic-alert-whole-foods-almonds-contain-potentially-fatal-natural-chemical/https://wellnessmama.com/147959/almond-flour-alternatives/

Weakness to pork and other animal products:  https://nutritionfacts.org/video/eating-outside-our-kingdom/https://nutritionfacts.org/video/mrsa-superbugs-in-meat/https://nutritionfacts.org/video/meat-consumption-and-the-development-of-type-1-diabetes/https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-not-to-die/

Weakness to green tea:  Green tea is often on my client’s weak lists despite the fact that is found to have many health benefits.  My thoughts are that in the case of my clients, who usually come to me with major health challenges, is that it possibly challenges their liver’s already challenged detoxification pathways.

“Hepatotoxicity, is when too many herbs or supplements—everything from Tylenol to green tea—chemically induce liver damage. This particular type, herbal hepatotoxicity, can happen when we take too much of an herbal supplement or even down too many cups of herbal a day.” https://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/too-much-green-tea-or-matcha-could-lead-liver-damage

Weakness to the air pollution: Harmful substances inhaled at home, in the work place and outdoors require efficient detoxification.  Even then they can add to your daily list of health challenges. Health Canada information on off gassing and indoor air quality – https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/home-garden-safety/pollutants-furniture-building-materials.html

Weakness to feminine hygiene products: https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/dirty-secrets-feminine-hygiene-products/

Weakness to personal care: products: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/site/about.php#.WtyTKYjwZPY

Weakness to drinking water: http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=830

Weakness to hair dye: http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=28

Weakness to EMF: –

How do you know what to avoid?  

A weak list assessment is a valuable tool to provide you with a ‘weak list’ of foods and other items that your body is unable to tolerate (possibly detoxify).

Muscle response testing for health protection will help you to avoid foods and other substances that your body is unable to tolerate.

How to avoid toxic foods: http://www.chronicle.co.zw/health-matters-how-to-avoid-toxic-foods/

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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PLANT SLANT FARE: For ‘a healthier you’!

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A PLANT SLANT DIET – For ‘a healthier you’

I made the decision to adapt a ‘plant slant’ diet for a number of reasons. There are many health benefits to be gained by making the transition, as well as other benefits for the planet.

Making the transition to a ‘plant slant’ diet can be daunting. Many people worry about getting enough protein if they go ‘plant slant’.  This is not true.  Watch Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein by Dr. Michael Gregor’s – https://nutritionfacts.org/video/do-vegetarians-get-enough-protein/.

If you are shopping and cooking for one, like I am for most meals; efficiency and cost savings are key while maintaining a healthy diet in the midst of a busy lifestyle. Where possible I use fresh and organic ingredients.  Next best category is pesticide free. I using muscle response testing to ensure that products are safe. On a recent shopping trip to a well known health food store, of three different organic sweet potatoes, only one was actually safe for me. I teach my clients how to use muscle response testing for health protection.

WHAT’S IN MY SHOPPING CART? How Do I Use It?

Breakfast options:

Apples (lots of apples) or other fruit that is in season or frozen (I buy frozen berries and thaw the bag and refrigerate it) with ground flax seed, ground chia seeds, hemp seeds and walnuts. Black tea.

Berries Flax Chia Hemp Walnuts

Two organic eggs lightly fried in avocado oil on authentic sourdough rye toast (no butter) with fruit on the side (sliced apple or small bowl of berries/fruit).

Avocado oil Sourdough

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch options:

Vegetable ‘stoup’ (homemade). According to the Urban Dictionary, stoup is a simmered or slow cooked dish that is neither stew nor soup in consistency but somewhere in between. I make very large batches of these stoups and freeze them in wide mouth 250 ml glass jars.  One makes a healthy lunch for me as I pour it into a soup mug over a handful of shredded greens, add a spoonful of horseradish and pinch of organic Herbamare (sea salt, celery, leek, cress, onion, chives, parsley, lovage, garlic, basil, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, kelp). Many older people who live alone do not eat as healthy as they could. Having these jars of nutritious stoup in the freezer helps meet their nutrition needs.  I often share my jars with people who are in need of a nutritious boost. Making big batches of stoup can be a labour of love or therapeutic.  I call it ‘soup therapy’ as it helps during times of feeling anxious or helpless about situations.

Stoup  Horseradish Herbamere

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Tomato vegetable black bean stoup that has onions, organic celery, organic garlic, parsnips, organic sweet potato, organic carrots, organic kale, organic fire roasted tomatoes, organic vegetable bouillon cubes, organic black beans. This also doubles as a chili base that you can add some heat (spices) to.
  • Red lentil vegetable stoup using the same vegetables (except tomatoes) as above and one whole package of organic red lentils.

Salad with vegetables (fresh, pickled beets), beans, pumpkin seeds, feta cheese with dressing (organic olive oil, apple cider vinegar with maple syrup or black currant spread or with grainy mustard and honey)

Grilled sourdough rye vegetable sandwich with picked fire roasted red pepper, red onion, spinach/super greens and cheese.

Pizza made with multigrain flatbread (no preservatives or additives) with sundried tomato pesto or basil pesto, red onion, shredded greens (arugula, spinach, super greens), feta and mozzarella.

Pesto Arugula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quinoa, black bean (or chick pea), sweet potato salad with green onions, red peppers, shredded super greens with homemade dressing (organic olive oil mix).

Sourdough rye sandwich with leftover baked wild caught sole or haddock topped with basil pesto (see below) and greens.

Dinner options:

Wild caught sole or haddock topped with basil pesto and baked with sweet potato.

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Omelet with onion, sundried tomato and spinach.

Pizza made with multigrain flatbread (no preservatives or additives) with sundried tomato pesto or basil pesto, red onion, shredded greens (arugula, spinach, super greens), feta and mozzarella.

Salad with vegetables (fresh, pickled beets), pumpkin seeds, feta cheese with dressing (olive oil mix)

Red lentil curry with coconut milk and lime served on organic quinoa (cooked with organic vegetable boullion).

Red lentils quinoa

Pasta (100% red lentil, chick pea – no wheat) with homemade tomato sauce or pesto and shredded greens.

Red lentil noodles

Sprouted quinoa chia, chickpea sweet potato or spicy black bean burger with super greens, red onion, cheese on a multi grain thin bun (no preservatives or additives) or a side of salad/vegetables.

Sol burgers  Multigrain Thins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other vegetarian stews, casseroles. I am always experimenting.  You can find some  interesting recipes on the Blue Zones website.

Stoup over shredded greens with horseradish.

Green drink:

Celery, spinach or arugula or super greens, pineapple (or pure juice) and organic pumpkin seed butter plus filtered natural spring water.

Snacks:

Apple slices with organic peanut butter, hazelnut butter or pumpkin seed butter.

Celery (other veggies) with hummus.

Necessary

If you adapt a plant slant diet you may need to add B12 supplements. Vitamin B12 is Necessary for Arterial Health – https://nutritionfacts.org/video/vitamin-b12-necessary-for-arterial-health/. Spirulina and blue green algae – interfere with B12.  Eat sea vegetables on days you do not take B12 supplements. Check to make sure your ‘greens’ or protein mixes do not contain sea vegetables if you are taking B12 supplements on the same day.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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HEALTH PROTECTION: Using Your Body Responses to Identify Health Challenges

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There is communication happening within our bodies constantly, relaying information that is potentially harmful to our intuition (our gut sense).  This natural protection is supposed to be available daily; working to keep us safe.  There are many factors that can potentially interfere with our body’s internal communications and warnings.  The good news is that you can learn to pick up on these internal communications to protect your health. You may already be aware of factors that ‘mess with your balance’. Learning muscle response testing techniques were a major factor in my health recovery and I still use them ongoing.

In my workshops I teach participants muscle response testing for health protection.  Participants learn to use various body responses, including the sway, to identify changes, while touching or holding different foods, drinking water and personal care products. At the end of the workshop each person has a list of items, their weak list,  that cause changes in their body’s default ‘normal’ balanced status. The changes in normal status can mean a variety of things.  Changes can be indicators of Interference, disruption, malfunction of normal, healthy internal processes which could be responsible for symptoms or conditions.  Interference or disruption of internal communications, immunosurveillance and immunoresponse on a daily basis can prevent the body’s natural regulating and healing responses. Changes can also indicate allergies and intolerances. You can read more about the significance of the weak list in my post The Weak List:  A Necessary Well-being Tool.

I use a similar body response, neuromuscularbiofeedback technique when I perform BodyFeedback Interview and Therapy assessments on clients.

Interested in learning more about how to use your body’s responses to improve your health?

  1.  Get started by downloading Muscle Response Testing for health protection.

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2.  Host a workshop.

3.  Book a BodyFeedback Interview and Therapy session.

4. Learn more in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation

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COMING SOON!

Once you have adequately learned to use your body’s responses for health protection, you can apply the changes in body’s responses with a questioning protocol for further health protection and recovery. Using the body response method that works best for you daily will ensure confidence.  Like anything you learn, practice is important. The more you use your method you will find that your intuition becomes more focused and sometimes speaks to you even before you test your item.  I am working on the ebook and workshop format that combines using your body’s responses with a questioning protocol.  It will be available soon.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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STOP, START and CHANGE: Strategies for a healthier you this year!

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Every new year usually comes with thoughts of ‘what do I need to stop, start or change’ for a healthier me? The possibilities are vast. Where do you begin? Social media offers a non-stop stream of ‘must do’ suggestions to get you healthy. There are many opinions on what is best for you on social media, magazines, the news and books. Keep in mind that you are unique and as such may need a more customized approach.

My recommendations to get you started on a healthier you this year:

Learn strategies from the places in the world where people live the longest and healthiest.  By the way; they do not go to the gym and work out or take mega supplements.  Eating a plant based diet comes with many health benefits and research has shown that it can reverse disease like heart disease, diabetes and cancer. How Not To Die of Cancer.

 

  • Whatever your health challenges, reading the right books can be a great well-being resource. I read so many books on my well-being journey, desperately searching for ‘the cure’ to my health challenges. I read, tried and tested many recommendations and have compiled the ‘short list’ for you. Learn how to overcome your well-being challenges by reading and implementing the holistic strategies that I used to overcome my multiple health challenges in my books.http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/books.htm. You can find an extensive list of recommended books to help restore and maintain your health in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation.

“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counsellor, a multitude of counsellors.”

Charles Baudelaire, Poet

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“Search for the cure within the cause, the body itself is the best healer”            Plato C427 -C347 BC

  • My book contains a list of visualization to help guide the body to fight.
  • Learn how to use The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

to reverse your health challenges and have a more fulfilling life.

Wishing you a healthier, happier year!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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Co-Living for Seniors: An Opportunity for Health Promoting, Affordable, Supportive Housing

According to the Business Insider article titled  – Millennials are paying thousands of dollars a month for maid service and instant friends in modern ‘hacker houses’, by Melia Robinson; some critics see co-living as a fringe “dorms for grown-ups” trend.

In Rockwood, Ontario a shared ‘dorm like’ home is taking shape with the construction of Oak Hill Co-Living. The Oak Hill shared home experience will be for seniors. Janette Ledwith, the present sole owner of 125 Richardson, has customized her ‘shared home’ model to fit her vision.  The home will provide six equal co-ownership shares, in essence providing shared ownership in a ‘privately owned’ retirement home.  Follow updates for Oak Hill Co-Living at their website or Facebook page

Co-Living for Seniors: What is it all about?

Co-Living provides an opportunity to design your desired retirement lifestyle, ‘having it your way’ as you age. Co-living focuses on a genuine sense of community and creates a more convenient, supportive and fulfilling lifestyle opportunity. Co-living provides opportunities for supportive ‘co-care’, neighbourly mutual support, a social equity asset which can help to reduce social isolation and promote positive, active aging.

Oak Hill Co-Living was designed with the goal of an ecologically reduced footprint. Living smaller in shared spaces, sharing resources is an environmentally responsible approach to ‘aging in place’ that comes with economic benefits. The six co-owners of Oak Hill will each own a 1/6 share of the property and house, much like being a part owner in a ‘private retirement home’. Other than the individual private bed sitting rooms they will have access to all other parts of the property and house. Each share will be sale-able should the co-owner decides to leave, or it will become a part of their estate should they pass while living there.

The term co-living is often interchanged with shared home, shared living, homeshare or co-housing, Every co-living arrangement will be unique as the result of type of housing (rental, ownership), location, residents and shared philosophies, goals and commitments.

Benefits of Co-Living: Varied

The benefits of each co-living home situation will be varied depending on the of co-living type, location or arrangement. The following are some possible benefits.
  • Economic advantages of sharing resources (taxes, utilities, maintenance)
  • Reduced environmental footprint
  • Maintained independence
  • Privacy and companionship
  • Joint decision making in all household matters
  • Co-ownership allowing for equity retention
  • Co-ownership shares which are individually saleable or become a part of your estate
  • Social equity (benefits of living in community) promotes healthy longevity
  • ‘Lock & leave’ lifestyle allows you to actively live your life and travel knowing your home is secure
  • Healthier diet due to cooking and sharing of meals
  • Walkable communities provide daily movement an important ‘health ingredient’
  • Opportunities for joint initiatives – neighbourhood associations

Co-Living for Seniors: How is it affordable?

Sharing monthly expenses provides the most significant cost savings of shared living to the individual residents. Instead of living alone and paying 100% of the monthly costs of living, each member of a co-living arrangement pays an equal percentage of the costs. Residents could share the costs of a cleaning service, cook, bookkeeper, gardener or personal support worker.

Many seniors live alone in older uninsulated homes with high energy bills and ongoing maintenance costs. Sharing the monthly expenses and ongoing maintenance costs jointly in a shared home can leave enough money for travel or pay for other desirables.

Older Women are especially in need of alternative affordable housing options. Statistics show that women tend to outlive men.  In Canada 38.3% of women 65+ live alone, compared to 16.8% of men. Many women were traditionally ‘stay at home’ mothers, arriving at retirement without CPP income; and find themselves financially unable to afford the transition to retirement home living. Affordable housing options for this segment of the population will be in increasingly diminishing supply because a large group of ‘boomer women’ are now in their sixties and entering their retirement years. Many older women living alone in older homes are challenged to pay for household expenses, including maintenance and to have enough money left to pay for quality food to maintain good health.

Shared living and shared expenses provide individual cost savings as well as cost savings to the government.

An Affordable Alternative ‘Age in Place’ Housing Option

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Six people living alone:

  • 100% of household expenses paid by each person in each home
  • Inefficient use of resources to operate and maintain each home for one person
  • Inefficient use of ‘age in place’ care supports for one person in each home
  • Large gas emissions and environmental footprint to support one person living alone in each home
  • Many household deficiencies in older homes require cash investment or increased expenses to become sound, suitable, safe and sustainable for one resident
  • Isolation and loneliness come with increased risk of decline and health care costs

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Six people living together in a shared home:

  • Each of the residents pay an equal percentage of the total home expenses (16.6% for six people), allowing for economical monthly cost of living per resident
  • Efficient use of resources to operate and maintain a home for several people, improving housing affordability over the long term
  • Efficient use of ‘age in place’ care supports for several people in one home location, a savings to the home care system and individually
  • Reduced risk of health decline due to living alone – a definite cost savings to the health care system due to a reduced need for movement into a LTC facility
  • Retained equity as co-owners = available funds for future private or shared personal support care if needed = a cost savings to health care system and reduced need for movement to a long term care (LTC) facility
  • Reduced cash investment requirement into one shared home to become sound, suitable, safe and sustainable for several residents to ‘age in place’ as opposed to the cash investment for those people to live in separate homes alone safely
  • Improved living conditions for seniors living together through financial assistance to repair deficiencies, retrofit, and renovate one existing home to accommodate them together to ‘age in place’
  • Realized savings of sharing one home, resources and expenses
  • Realized healthcare savings and reduced need for movement into a LTC facility as the result of co-living under one roof.  Co-care, a social capital asset, provides companionship reducing social isolation and promotes positive, active aging
  • Reduced demand for services and institutional living by increasing and extending independent living for seniors
  • Extended useful life and long term physical sustainability of shared homes through shared maintenance
  • Shared cost of incorporating accessibility features into the building or renovating design of shared homes in preparation for ‘aging in place’ needs
  • Increased housing inventory with the movement of residents from single occupied households to one shared home. This leaves additional homes to transition into affordable shared housing or single traditional family homes
  • Movement of single household seniors into one shared supportive home frees up waiting list numbers for individual apartment rentals (where they may have been headed), retirement home suites (where those that could afford may have been headed) and eventually long term care facility rooms.

Co-Living for Seniors: How is it health promoting and a health care cost saving?

Co-living homes provide an opportunity for governments to support a unique housing model that can provide groups of elders a way to focus on living full and vibrant lives in small, intentional communities. From the words of Dr. William Thomas, geriatrician and founder of The Green House Project in the United States, “We can use the historic strengths and values of elderhood as the basis for creating real homes and communities that can protect, sustain and nurture the most vulnerable among us. The driving force behind the Green House Project is the idea that our current nursing home system tends to create sterile, lifeless environments for our elders, which in turn fosters loneliness and boredom. Fundamental changes to the way we build and operate senior housing can make our loved ones’ lives healthier, livelier and more meaningful. “

Co-living provides additional health care savings. Co-living provides an opportunity for co-care, a social capital asset, through neighbourly companionship and care under one roof – lessening the health costs associated with seniors living in isolation. Co-living requires daily ‘crossing of paths’ to access exits and meals, leading to interaction – a health promoting benefit missing for many seniors living alone in homes, condos, apartments and even family granny suites. According to The Government of Canada Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors, “Socially isolated seniors are more at risk of negative health behaviours including drinking, smoking, being sedentary and not eating well; have a higher likelihood of falls; and, have a four-to-five times greater risk of hospitalization. Research also indicates that social isolation is a predictor of mortality from coronary heart disease/stroke”. The report goes on further on the impact of social isolation: “Social isolation also affects the psychological and cognitive health of seniors. It is associated with higher levels of depression and suicide”. Statistics Canada, Trends in Social Capital in Canada reports “the individual benefits of social capital, which are often considered public policy goals, are many, including positive health effects”. The UK, Campaign to End Loneliness Network states, “co-living provides opportunities to develop the social capital that creates and maintains a sense of community”.

Co-Living provides residents with an opportunity to benefit from the Blue Zones strategies, taken from the longevity hot spots of the world where people live the longest and healthiest.

#1 Move naturally – possible in a ‘walkable’ community
#9 Right tribe – living with a supportive ‘family’ of like minded people

More of the National Geographic Blue Zones Project strategies could be incorporated into the co-living homes to maximize healthy longevity. As co-owners, residents have a say in implementing health promoting strategies like healthier meal planning.

Co-Living for Seniors: How can governments help?

Seniors living together in shared homes can help the government to meet the objectives of Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors “We will harness the potential and maximize the contributions of our seniors by promoting the development of age-friendly communities that weave together services and policies to enhance seniors’ well-being and participation”.

In keeping with the principle requirements of Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy and the Social Infrastructure Funding Program (SIF) key objectives:

  • Co-living homes are people centred housing solutions based on a ‘people first’ approach that focuses on positive results for the individuals and the newly formed family living in the homes. Co-living in a shared home provides a combination of companionship and privacy; a necessary mental health support for aging seniors.
  • Co-living homes provide an opportunity for partnerships to build healthy, sustainable and inclusive neighbourhoods. Partnerships between seniors who desire to remain active and independent, supporting each other daily through friendship and neighbourly care under one roof. Partnerships between housing authorities and groups of seniors to create shared, supportive housing solutions in familiar ‘age friendly’ neighbourhoods and communities.
  • The co-living opportunity in Rockwood is locally driven and provides an optimal supportive environment where services like doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, optometrist and amenities like pharmacy, churches, library, grocery store, hardware store, restaurants, bakery and go transit stops are within walking distance.
  • Co-living provides opportunities for those in need of housing to move into permanent, supportive, long term affordable homes where they have the option to ‘age in place’, and cost effectively share the costs of living and support services.
  • The option of co-living provides a housing option that is free from all discrimination especially that due to financial circumstances. The opportunity can be made available for those with or without equity, as co-owners or renters.  Although the focus of the Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group has been to highlight the need for and possibility of co-living and co-housing as an alternative housing option for seniors, it can be made available to all people of all ages.
  • Co-living provides an opportunity for governments to be fiscally responsible, using their spending and lending power to maximize real outcomes like long term housing affordability and supportive environments; particularly for the rapidly aging senior population. Providing financial supports to allow for the creations of co-housing homes for groups of seniors makes financial sense, not only short term but also long term. Supporting groups of seniors, many of whom may be living alone in individual houses in the same community and who have some equity; to transition into cost effective shared housing options like the proposed Oak Hill home, provides long term affordability and savings. Co-living in a shared home provides an opportunity for groups of seniors to be fiscally responsible, reducing their environmental footprint by sharing the cost of resources and household expenses including care supports as needed. These savings translate into savings for the government long term.
  • Co-living provides an opportunity for seniors to maintain better health as they age, a definite cost savings to the health care system. Isolation and loneliness are a common mental health challenge facing seniors living alone in communities. Lonely seniors are more likely to decline requiring more in home and health care supports. Statistics show that seniors who live in community, like that provided in a shared home, live longer and are healthier than seniors who live alone.
  • Older Women are especially in need of alternative affordable housing options. Statistics show that women tend to outlive men. In Canada 3% of women 65+ live alone, compared to 16.8% of men. Many women were traditionally ‘stay at home’ mothers, arriving at retirement without CPP income; and find themselves financially unable to afford the transition to retirement home living. Affordable housing options for this segment of the population will be in increasingly diminishing supply because a large group of ‘boomer women’ are now in their sixties and entering their retirement years. Many older women living alone in older homes are challenged to pay for household expenses, including maintenance and to have enough money left to pay for quality food to maintain good health. Providing financial supports for groups of six women living alone in six possibly uninsulated, energy inefficient, inaccessible homes to one shared insulated, energy efficient, accessible home where they can share household expenses and supports; can translate into cost savings to government coffers long term. Savings realized by not having to pay out for ongoing supports for six women living and ‘aging in place’ separately, alone in six separate homes would be significant.
  • Co-living meets SIF objectives:
    • Reduced number of households in need by improving access to affordable housing that is sound, suitable, and sustainable for priority households.
    • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions as a result of increased energy efficiency.
    • To improve the living conditions of households in need through financial assistance to repair deficiencies in affordable ownership.
    • To foster independent living of seniors and persons with disabilities by providing financial assistance to support modifications and renovations to increase accessibility of affordable rental and ownership properties.
    • To increase the supply of affordable rental housing by providing assistance to create secondary suites in existing single family homes.
    • To respect the environment and to realize savings that will improve housing affordability over the long term through the use of energy-savings products or systems.

According to the SIF key objectives, “municipalities can offer funding for an array of housing options that address affordable housing needs for identified priority groups across the housing system and increased resources are available to address housing needs of households by encouraging contributions by others including the private and not-for-profit sectors.” Through the Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) for Ontario Program, “municipalities have the flexibility to invest in a range of housing programs and initiatives”.

A co-living, shared home project is a ‘novel’ alternative affordable housing concept for seniors. It may not yet fit into the traditional definition of ‘affordable housing’ in terms of a parallel ‘apples to apples’ comparison. People who are able to become co-owners of a co-living home will be a fortunate group in that they will have real estate equity. There are many seniors who do not have real estate assets to be able to ‘buy in’ that would benefit from this type of supportive, independent shared living. Co-living, shared home projects are considered ‘purpose built’ and not viewed as an ideal investment opportunity by most financial institutions.

The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group’s goal is to promote the creation of co-living shared homes for seniors and to have the government see co-living as an alternative supportive ‘age in place’ housing solution that qualifies for financial support.

Thinking long term! Thinking BIG!

The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group likes to think ‘possibilities’ and big! What could the future hold for co-living, shared home living for seniors? What would we like to see?

  • Establishment of a Seniors Co-Living/Co-Housing Buyer Grant similar to the First Time Home Buyers Grant to allows seniors to recover some of the costs associated with their ‘age friendly’ co-ownership purchase; such as legal fees, land transfer taxes, accessibility and ‘age friendly community’ real estate location premiums.
  • Establishment of an Age Friendly Community Planning Micro Grant for Co-living homes forming small ‘age friendly communities’ for seniors to age in place, providing funding similar to grants that are provided to municipalities to create ‘age friendly communities’.
  • Establishment of an Age Friendly Walkability Micro Grant for co-living ‘age friendly’ homes planned and created in ‘walkable’ communities.

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Seniors are competent individuals, a knowledgeable resource. The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group helped bring Oak Hill Co-Living from an identified senior housing need in 2014 to a reality in 2017. Seniors are very capable of helping themselves, with supports; which enables them to help each other. A win, win for all.

“Older people are a wonderful resource for their families, communities and in the formal or informal workforce. They are a repository of knowledge. They can help us avoid making the same mistakes again … The societies that adapt to this changing demographic can reap a sizeable ‘longevity dividend’, and will have a competitive advantage over those that don’t.”

— World Health Organization – “About Aging and Life-Course”

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, www.mybodycanhealitself,ca, https://www.facebook.com/HealthbyDesignForAHealthierYou/

Member of the Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group that has supported Janette Ledwith, the owner of 125 Richardson Street in Rockwood, with the launch of Oak Hill Co-Living.

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Holistic Women’s Wellness Retreat: Embracing Change for a Healthier You

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The butterfly effect is the concept that small changes can have large effects.

Implementing small changes daily in your way of thinking, accepting, believing and doing can have a profound ripple effect on your body, mind and life balance; improving well-being. This wellness retreat experience will help get you started on holistic self-care strategies for a healthier you. Your body and mind can heal itself – with a little help. Your body is already created with many amazing abilities to heal. I share my holistic ‘stop, start and change’ protocol that has helped many of my clients as well as me to recover from multiple health challenges. Learn how to follow my road map for improved health! I will help you navigate your well-being journey!

Body + Mind + Life Balance = Resilience = Ability to ‘rock and role’ = Overall Whole Person Well-being

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Women’s Holistic Retreat:

Spend a holistic well-being weekend retreat with your women friends and learn how to  identify and manage your body, mind and life balance disruptors; and how to improve your health using natural, holistic strategies. Your retreat can be customized to suit your needs and desires and those of your group. 

Retreat details can be found here.

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BACK TO ‘BALANCE’: Body, Mind & Life Balancing Self-Care Strategies

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“Everybody’s a work in progress, I’m a work in progress.

We are all on a well-being journey”.

That’s the message I tell my clients. If I had waited until I was 100% ‘fixed’ before sharing my holistic protocol, there would be a lot of people who would have missed out on the well-being gains they have seen. You can read some of my clients’ testimonies on my website at http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/what_people_are_saying.htm.

My journey through multiple health and life challenges has taught me that ‘change in believing, thinking and doing’ (paradigm shifts) are necessary components to surviving and conquering what life brings you.

In my practice as a holistic wellness practitioner I share the strategies that I have found to be most effective on my well-being journey and through counselling my clients; refined through many years of trial and error. My well-being journey continues! Requiring daily reviewing of what to hold onto and what to let go of.

“Life is a balance of holding on and letting go!” – Rumi

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Busy lives come with many life challenges, potentially ‘rocking your boat’ and leaving you feeling unbalanced. Einstein’s definition for insanity was: “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Long understood by Olympic athletes; the first step toward achieving greater levels of success is understanding that you need to change your behavior and approaches to attain more. If you are not moving forwards in terms of your well-being, then it’s time to reassess your ‘game plan’.

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”

George Bernard Shaw

Just as a car runs more smoothly when the wheels are perfectly inflated and aligned, you perform and feel better when your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual self are in balance. When one tire goes flat in a vehicle the vibration throughout is profound and can result in further structural distress. Imbalances in your body (blood sugar, ph, brain chemistry) and life (stressors) have the potential to impact your whole body and person via a ripple effect.

The Whole Person Well-being Body, Mind and Life Balance work sheets and Self-Care Balance work board prompt you to take ‘a helicopter view’ of your life to review what areas need your attention to bring you back into balance. The information provided directs you to select supportive strategies to reach your goals. Regular use of the work sheets and work board (chalkboard so you can change up your strategies) will help you to restore and maintain balance in your body, mind and life. Whole person well-being (optimum health on all levels) is a reflection of your inner and outer balance.

“I like the concept of a workbook because I know from my experience to make changes you have to show up for practice.  If you can learn to care for and about yourself the tools available here will enhance your life and body’s potential for healing”

Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of A Book of Miracles and Faith, Hope & Healing’s comment about my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.

A balance work board in combination with THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION workbook is an effective tool that can ‘enhance your life and body’s potential for healing’ and promote healthy longevity. My holistic ‘stop, start and change’ protocol is your instruction guide for ‘a healthier you’.

The Back to Balance Workshop experience equips  participants with knowledge about practical techniques and strategies to help them restore and maintain balance in their bodies and lives: balance between work, family, and everything in between – inner and outer balance – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance. Ultimately translating into greater resilience and ability to rock and roll with life’s challenges.

Participants will start the workshop with a partially completed work board (everything you see in the first picture is done for you in permanent chalk marker). You will customize your board (see my second board image above) with self-help strategies you select from the provided material at the workshop. I added my sample strategies with regular chalk. You will be able to use an erasable fine point chalk marker on the board giving you lots of room to add strategies. There is additional space on the board to add your motivational words or quotes. Keep your completed board beside your favourite relaxation spot at home to help remind you often that you may need to regularly re-evaluate and implement alternate strategies to achieve your goals and maintain balance.

The first Back to Balance, Balance Board workshop is scheduled for October 1, 2016 at Abbey Gardens in Haliburton.

This event is our Back to Balance Workshop launch. Our special introductory rate for this workshop is $100 per person.

Back to Balance Workshop, Saturday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Abbey Gardens, Haliburton, ON.

Pre-registration is required. Class size is limited so book early.

We are looking forward to sharing our body, mind and life balancing strategies with you.

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Experience a ‘Back to Balance’ workshop experience at a holistic wellness retreat with your women friends.

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Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, www.mybodycanhealitself.ca

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CANCER: A Result of Your Body’s Polluted Chemical Equation?

YOUR BODY’S POTENTIALLY HARMFUL CHEMICAL EQUATION

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THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION in 2012.

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Although there are cases of cancer that are attributed to a specific gene mutation or predisposition, many cases of cancer are now thought to be the result of environmental toxins. Healthy genes can be turned into oncogenes, found in cancer, when triggered by environmental factors. New research at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia is revealing that the combination of specific toxins are risk factors for breast and other types of cancer.  The Canadian-led “Halifax Project,” including 174 scientists from 26 countries, is rocking scientific approaches to causes of cancer with its series published in the peer-reviewed journal, Carcinogenesis.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Read my recommendations for assessing and addressing your body’s potentially harmful chemical equation in my blog post PROTECTING BREAST HEALTH – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=2104.

#cancer #cancerprevention #cancerprotection #stopcancer #cancercure

The Path to Healthy Longevity and a Healthy Environment

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Healthy longevity is on every person’s wish list.

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Greening your healthcare and gifting is good for you, your family and friends and the environment. A healthy environment is crucial to healthy longevity. Contact me to order your Health by Design Gift Certificate at elisabethlhines@gmail.com.

The strategies reflected in the poster above are not only good for you and your family, they protect the environment. Learn how to adapt strategies from the BLUE ZONES of the world, where people live the longest with good health.

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Consider changing to more ‘longevity promoting’ and ‘environmentally friendly’ choices! Visit the blue zones website to learn how. https://bluezones.com/2016/11/power-9/

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For natural strategies to help you get there:

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THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Look Within – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=54

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As a holistic wellness practitioner I use neuromuscular biofeedback to assess organ weakness to various factors including food, personal care products, supplements and drugs.  People are always surprised at what items have the biggest impact, creating distress to their liver. My recommendation is always to green their diets, personal care, laundry, cleaning and medicine cabinets.  Reassessment after clients have made these changes always reveals improved liver strength.

MAINTAINING HEALTHY LONGEVITY: Keep Your Liver Happy in the Midst of Toxins, Distress and Happy Hour – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1603

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BACK TO ‘A Healthier You’ SCHOOL – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=2094

Symptoms Iceberg Analogy

SYMPTOM RELIEF: How To Get To 100% Symptom Free Naturally – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1155

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SYMPTOM FREE LIVING: Restore Your Body’s Default Settings – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1199

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Essential oils are a great ‘green gifting’ idea, safe for your loved ones and the environment. Order your therapeutic grade essential oils at www.mydoterra.com/elisabethlines.

ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY FOR SYMPTOM RELIEF: Skip Harmful Drug Side Effects For Healthy Longevity – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1380.

GREEN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET for a Healthier Liver, a Healthier You and a Healthier Environment: See my recommendations for stocking your ‘green medicine cabinet’ at http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?page_id=2914

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