HOW TO IMPLEMENT A PLACEBO CURE: Start With A Well Stocked Toolbox

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When I drafted The Whole Person Well-being Equation years ago, I wrote about the significance of belief and the other ingredients of the well-being recipe mix (Pg 85).

The Well-being Recipe Mix

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Since that time research has provided so much more insight into the importance and power of belief to ‘change your health outcome’. The scientific evidence is fuel for your ‘belief and hope’; about what is possible in terms of recovery and a cure. The new research on ‘the placebo’ effect’ as a mind body healing strategy completes the understanding necessary for your body and mind to implement a placebo cure.

“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work.

The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force

in getting well.”

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, Greek Physician (460BC-377BC)

 

Where do you start?

  • Understand what the placebo effect is.
    • According to the dictionary the placebo effect is a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.
  • Become informed about the placebo effect research.
    • Dr. Lissa Rankin has done an incredible job in her video segment, The Placebo Effect:  How to Use Your Mind-Body Connection to Heal. This is a must view to understand the research so that your brain can be updated about what is ‘scientifically’ possible.
    • Understand the science behind the power of believing.
      • Dr. Bruce Lipton, Biology of Belief
    • Understand the power of belief when used in visualization.
    • Understand the external environmental influences that interfere with the epigenetic health cycle. These can be found in The Genie in Your Genes, Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention by Dawson Church.
    • Understand the research behind spontaneous remissions.
  • Practice self-help:
    • According to the Harvard Men’s Health Watch article The Power of the Placebo Effect, Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School; you can ‘Give yourself a placebo’.
      • “Practicing self-help methods is one way. Engaging in the ritual of healthy living — eating right, exercising, yoga, quality social time, meditating — probably provides some of the key ingredients of a placebo effect,” says Kaptchuk.
    • Relaxation is a key required ingredient in the placebo cure cycle. This gives your body the required rest time to promote balance and repair.
    • From The Genie in Your Genes, Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention by Dawson Church; belief, nurturing, energy medicine, visualization, energy psychology, heart coherence, spirituality, meditation, attitude, prayer and altruism are a part of the epigenetic health cycle. The addition of these to your daily life will promote high DHEA levels which are adaptive, contributing to gene repair. Chronic stress produces chronic cortisol which is maladaptive and prevents gene repair.

You can find a diverse selection of self-help therapies and tools (Chapter 7), including customized visualizations (Chapter 7, page 147) in The Whole Person Well-being Equation.  The holistic strategies make up my ‘coach in a book’ and provide you with instructions on how to use the placebo toolkit ‘tools’ to promote understanding, belief and relaxation; prompting your body to ‘give yourself a placebo effect’. The book also contains ‘doubt busting’ supports and resources (page 92).

Get started today on implementing your placebo cure.  As Hippocrates indicated, you have the power within you, you just need some help!

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P. Holistic Wellness Practitioner, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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CONNECT WITH YOUR INNER CHILD: For a healthier you!

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Regardless of whether your childhood was traumatic or not, connecting with your inner child as an adult can provide you with some insights and opportunities or ‘a healthier you’ in the present.

That’s a picture of me on the right above as we are boarding the airplane in Amsterdam to immigrate to Canada in 1953. With the recent passing of my mother in the spring of this year I felt like an orphan and it took me time to process my feelings, including grief. I grew up with loving parents who raised me with loving, faith filled care. My inner child was a very sensitive and bashful child and I still display those personality traits as an adult at times – ‘not a mental illness’. Some researchers suggest that emotional sensitivity is an intrinsic part of people with high abilities and driven by perfectionism.  Regardless, this is the way God created me. Fast forward to today and I am connecting with my inner child and celebrating my uniqueness daily.

As a holistic wellness practitioner I spend much of my time researching physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health challenges; and what strategies might help people to manage or overcome them. Emotional aromatherapy has been a valuable strategy for me and my clients, helping them to connect with their inner child and sometimes suppressed or misunderstood emotions and personality traits.

I have been increasingly drawn to particular essential oils during this time of inner reflection.  Interestingly the oil that has had the greatest draw for me has been Ylang Ylang, the oil of the inner child. Ylang ylang is recommended to reconnect an individual with the child self and the pure, simple ways of the heart. For those with past emotional trauma, it is a powerful remedy for release. It also helps to release bottled up emotions.

To learn more about the use of essential oils to heal your inner child or other emotions, I would recommend the Emotions & Essential Oils, A Modern Resource for Healing, Emotional Reference Guide.  It comes with a companion Emotions & Essential Oils Wheel which makes it easy to select the right oil for what you are feeling.

Get started on ‘emotional aromatherapy’ today!

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

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HOMEOSTASIS CHECK UP: How’s Your Internal Balancing Act Working for You?

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The Great Balancing Act power point – https://www.slideshare.net/coachpointer/homeostasis-4-themes-ppt

ho·me·o·sta·sis
/ˌhōmēəˈstāsəs/
noun
the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.

 

From the previous definition and the image above it is clear that homeostasis is the maintenance of a balanced internal environment. Homeostasis requires an orchestrated approach on a daily basis of feedback loops, structure and function, division of labour and interdependence of organ systems.

A properly working internal environment provides (homeostasis):

  • maintains a constant body temperature through sweating, shivering, dilation/constriction of blood vessels at skin surface, insulation by adipose tissue, breakdown of adipose tissue to produce heat
  • maintains the proper level of glucose in the body by the release of insulin and glucagon into the blood in response to rising and falling blood glucose levels,
  • maintains the proper level of salt, water and sugar in the blood
  • maintains the proper pH levels in various body parts body
  • maintains the proper hormone levels in the body
  • maintains a constant correct level of essential elements (e.g. copper/zinc) and nutrients, eliminating excesses
  • maintains proper oxygen/carbon dioxide levels by an increase in breathing rate in response to increased carbon dioxide levels in the blood, and release of carbon dioxide into exhaled air from lungs
  • maintains proper detection of viruses, bacteria, parasites and abnormal cells and mounts an appropriate immunoresponse
  • maintains proper blood pressure by sending messages to the brain to increase or decrease
  • maintains proper body weight, fat storage
  • maintains proper body and brain chemistry

Toxins, the damage they do and other factors including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stressors can interfere with the communication and feedback loops required for proper ongoing homeostasis. Some genetic factors can also be responsible for challenged homeostasis within the body.

What can you do to improve and maintain ongoing homeostasis in your body?

  • eat a well balanced diet, taking lessons from the places in the world where people live the longest and the healthiest; without diseases common to North Americans – See the Blue Zones.  See my post on Plant Slant Fare: For ‘a healthier you’
  • live a balanced life. Life Balance: The Well-being Root.
  • maintain ongoing adequate detoxification to ensure proper body communication, feed back loops and functions
    • Two step detoxification:  stop adding toxins and remove existing body pollution.  Find out how in Chapter 6 of The Whole Person Well-being Equation which includes the Botanical Spa Therapy whole body detoxification recipe.
    • Add natural symptom relief strategies. Use of ‘anti’ type of medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, antibiotics, antispasmodics, or antihypertensives) have been associated with memory loss issues.
  • restore your body’s original correct settings, defaults and setpoints

Wishing you a balanced body, mind, spirit and life!

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GRIEF: Here We Go Again!

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When my mother passed away early this year, after a long and painful decline in health, I was initially relieved because I knew that her years of suffering were over. The vigilance and need for support that accompanied my mother’s many years of suffering was suddenly gone. That sense of vigilance and support prevented me from fully grieving my father when he passed away several years earlier. The sense of relief that my mother was no longer suffering carried me through until Mother’s Day when I entered another phase of grief; and no I am not talking about the five stages you have all probably been told are ‘normal’. I felt lost, flat (lethargy and apathy), empty, sad and like an orphan. Hard to believe that at 66 one could feel like an orphan. Every day that passes presents me with a mixed bag of emotions, some days more challenging than others.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ cycle of grief. You will be told that grieving is a process. It is a very personal process and no two people will go through the process in the same way. The time frame for grieving is different for everyone and the emotions may change daily. Despite my daily goal to be positive and upbeat; world events, bad news and stressors impacted my grief. Past grief can add to present grief (compounded grief) to magnify the impact and body’s responses.  Old wounds can be triggered by the loss. The body and mind have a reduced ability to cope with stressors (physical, mental, emotional or spiritual) when we are grieving. Previous vulnerabilities and health challenges can revisit. Other factors can add to feelings of grief.   From a grief counselling perspective – whatever you are feeling is normal. Feelings matter, as does expressing feelings appropriately, and having people tell you ‘you need to get over that’, does not help.

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When my husband passed away in 2010 after suffering through a horrific melanoma skin cancer battle, my grief was different. Despite my initial sense of relief that his suffering was over, the bag of varied emotions that presented over the years was vast and at times still is.

Counselling provides strategies to help deal with grief, and doctors provide prescriptions for medications to numb or dull the impact, and others to help you sleep. After my ongoing recovery from toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) for chemicals, I chose not to take medications after my husband’s death. Grief can make you more vulnerable to past stressors.  I rode the wave of emotions that followed; sometimes feeling like I was making progress and sometimes feeling like I was going down for the count. Luckily I had my amazing children (their spouses) and grandchildren to support me.

This time around the ‘grief cycle’ I have more options for dealing with the day to day emotions that surface. I have immense gratitude to my daughter Amanda who introduced me to essential oils several years ago. I also have immense gratitude to God for the bounty of plant essences that provide us with comfort and healing. Essential oils are my daily ‘go to’ to ride the grief wave of emotions and help my body and mind process what I am feeling.  The emotions wheel recommendations and the specific emotional aromatherapy essential oils provide a full range of relief options.  I love to diffuse oils in the morning. I use a variety of essential oils to help me ride the wave of emotions that present daily while I am grieving or stressed.

 

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The Emotions & Essential Oils Wheel above comes with a companion reference guide which is really helpful in guiding your daily emotional aromatherapy selection.

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If you have not already concluded that ‘grief will change you’, it will; maybe short term, maybe long term. Those who love you will witness changes in your responses and behavior – this too is a normal component of grieving.

Consider a ‘creative weekend’ retreat to help you process your grief. Customize your retreat to fit your needs and desires.

MY HEALTH RECOVERY: The butterfly effect is the belief that small changes over time can create huge life changes – http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=3068

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Contact me at elisabethlhines@gmail.com if you would like to attend a ‘creative weekend’ retreat or get started using emotional aromatherapy to help you through your grieving journey. Order your aromatherapy essential oils contact me.

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

 

 

Health Intention: Designing What You See to Get What You Want

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You may be familiar with the saying ‘what you see is what you get’.  This phrase took on a whole new meaning for me when I did the research for my book.  I seriously have to say that I was blown away by the research that is available to document the power of a person’s intention to change their biology, DNA, health.  Visualizations can be customized using information from test results, your research and answers to the questions you ask your healthcare provider. The specific information associated with a diagnosis and a prognosis provides useful data to develop visualizations. You are a unique human being like no other person, and your DNA test results which reflect your uniqueness can be used to develop customized visualizations.

My client’s visualizations were customized using their personal health information.  The results have been amazing.

The information about your symptoms or condition and your research provides you with a basic understanding of your relevant body parts and systems and how they should normally function (e.g., anatomy, physiology, biochemistry). The following is an example from my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation, of a customized visualization, developed using information from test results and information provided by a doctor or research.

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You have the power to change your health. Learn how to customize (design) your visualizations to get the health results that you want. You are the architect of your health outcome. Order your copy of The Whole Person Well-being today to get started.

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

Changing Your DNA Through Intention – https://www.heartmath.org/articles-of-the-heart/personal-development/you-can-change-your-dna/

Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton

The Genie in Your Genes – Dawson Church, PHD

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Joseph Murphy, PHD, DD

Dr Masaru Emoto, Messages in Water – http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/water-crystal.html

Seniors Co-Living: From Concept to Reality in Rockwood, Ontario in 2018

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In 2014 my family moved my parents from a retirement home into a nursing home at my father’s request. I started to think forward about what type of housing situation I might want when I reached their age.  Up until that day I never considered the cost of retirement or nursing home living.  That changed radically when our family ‘did the math’ about our parents’ choices.  On the day we moved our parents into the nursing home we estimated that our parents had enough money to cover the cost of staying in the two nursing home rooms for three years.  My mother and father wanted to have two private rooms at the nursing home like they did in the retirement home, one as a sitting room and one as their bedroom.

I came away from that day knowing that I would be challenged to be able to afford most retirement home living options with my present income; and that I did not want to spend my last days sharing a ward room in a nursing home should I needed long term care. I shared my frustration with Anne and she too started to be concerned about being able to afford her future ‘retirement housing options’.

‘There had to be another solution’. My search began at my computer searching for alternative affordable retirement housing options.  That is how I found co-housing for seniors.  I researched the history of senior’s co-housing and places where it was available. Anne and I liked the shared home alternative option and we started the Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group to share the information with other people to try to generate interest for a local home. There are any different versions of co-housing, co-living and shared housing to be found around the world. The differences between them can be quite distinct determined by factors like location, financing, interests and group dynamics. I designed Oak Hill from a combination of other shared housing designs, including the layout of the private retirement home that I was director of in the past as well as committee input. Janette, the owner of the original home and property now known as Oak Hill, has customized her shared home ‘co-living’ lifestyle experience to fit her vision.

Since I plan to continue working and I see clients in my present home, I will not be making a move into shared housing at this time. Seniors co-living will be my preferred downsizing housing solution in the future as an affordable, supportive alternative to nursing home living.

For now I am actively involved in bringing Oak Hill Co-Living to completion at 125 Richardson Street in Rockwood. The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group’s role in launching Oak Hill Co-Living is almost complete. Oak Hill is now ready for move in.  Janette is now meeting with prospective co-owners and will be hosting ‘come and see’ ongoing open house hours. Visit the Oak Hill website at www.oakhillcoliving.com for more information and contacts.

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The Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group will be available to Oak Hill upon request as a co-living/co-housing resource if needed. If you would like to meet with the Rockwood Co-Living Interest Group about a property in Rockwood that you would like to adapt as a co-living home, please contact me, Elisabeth Hines at elisabethlhines@gmail.com.  

Read my other posts on co-living:

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

Co-Living Longevity Benefits:  Lessons From the Blue Zones

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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.

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 for health protection while shopping to ensure that products are safe for me. 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 while shopping for food.  To ensure that I always have nutritious meal options available I make large batches of soups, stews and stoups and other meals as ‘planned overs’, and freeze them in 250 ml canning jars.  These are easy to thaw quickly and very nutritious poured hot over shredded greens or served with brown basmati rice .  I top my soup/stoups with a spoonful of organic radish for a punch of flavour..  Adding some pureed kimchi also adds a zip and more health benefit.

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

I shop the fresh produce first and then top up with the other products listed below.  I believe in eating a plant based diet, eating fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds as close to their natural picked state as possible.

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Breakfast options:

My shopping cart is mostly plant based, as close to nature as possible Apples (lots of apples) or other fruit that is in season or frozen (off season I buy frozen berries and thaw the bag and refrigerate it) with ground flax seed, ground chia seeds, hemp seeds (see cautions at the end of the post regarding auto-immune conditions) and walnuts. Black tea.

Berries Flax Walnuts

Organic eggs lightly fried in coconut or grape seed oil on authentic sourdough rye toast (no butter/butter) with fruit on the side (sliced apple or small bowl of berries/fruit). Sometimes I poach the eggs. Olive oil should be used for salads and to drizzle on veggies after cooking, not for high heat cooking, roasting or frying due to the trans fats produced.  Extra-virgin olive oil is cold pressed from olives using minimal heat and no chemicals. After olive oil reaches it’s smoke point, and burns, its flavour and nutrient content decreases.

Organic eggs and left oven roasted veggies and black beans (see below).  Olive oil should be used for salads and to drizzle on veggies after cooking, not for high heat cooking, roasting or frying due to the trans fats produced.  Extra-virgin olive oil is cold pressed from olives using minimal heat and no chemicals. After olive oil reaches it’s smoke point, and burns, its flavour and nutrient content decreases.

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Just found a great sourdough rye bread at Polestar Hearth in Guelph (picture above).  Check it out at http://www.polestarhearth.com/. Why is sourdough good for you?  Find out at https://www.sourdough.co.uk/why-is-it-that-i-can-digest-sourdough-bread-and-not-commercial-bread/.  Interestingly, many of my clients who cannot tolerate wheat breads, are able to tolerate sourdough rye with some wheat in it.

Lunch options (also see dinner 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.

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Salads of all kinds with mixed greens, topped with organic broccoli slaw/veggies with added beans, pumpkin seed, feta, leftovers and homemade dressing with olive oil.

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

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

Kimchi brings all the benefits of naturally fermented foods to your diet.  I like Green Table Kimchi produced in Guelph.  Although most people eat it as is, I also like to add small amounts that have been run through a processor to my salad dressings to use on greens and pastas. A small amount also adds zip to a green drink. I love the zip it gives to my white bean dip which is a great alternative vegan veggie and corn chip dip.

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Dinner options (also see lunch options):

Although my diet is mostly plant based, occasionally I eat 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) or mixed greens with pear almonds, pear and asian dressing.

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

Sauteed onions, celery, carrots and garlic – add brown basmati rice, organic vegetarian boullion cubes, black beans and simmer. Add organic fermented soya sauce to taste.

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Roasted parsnips, carrots, onions, potatoes (cut in bit size chunks) with spices and black beans added the last 15 minutes. Change up the veggies and add your favourites.  I like red peppers, brussel sprouts and asparagus. This makes an excellent left over mix to have with breakfast eggs.

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Pasta (100% red lentil, chick pea – no wheat) with homemade tomato sauce or pesto and shredded greens. I love the lazy lasagna recipe that I make with these noodles, spinach, ricotta, mozzarella and tomato sauce.

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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.

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

Celery (other veggies) with hummus or white bean dip.

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.

Ideally we should get our protein from the whole plant products not a protein powder. Check to make sure your ‘greens’ or protein mixes do not contain sea vegetables if you are taking B12 supplements on the same day. If you have autoimmune conditions be cautious of protein powders and hemp proteins – https://draxe.com/hemp-protein-powder/. Also be cautious of stevia added to products.

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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