SOUP AS THERAPY: Coping With Isolation & Helplessness

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I started making large batches of ‘soup as therapy’ many years ago during times where I felt helpless in terms of being able to connect with family members living far away, as they were going through challenging times. Family living in other provinces and winter travel added additional hurdles. Spending the hours chopping, brewing and stirring my large soup batches was very therapeutic, a great distraction. I realize it is faster in an instant pot.  I regularly shared small 250 ml jars of my soup with an older friend who adheres to a gluten free diet. As a nutritional consultant who has made the shift to a more plant based diet to promote healthy longevity, my soups all have a ‘plant slant’, with the protein sources coming from a variety of legumes.  The soups I make are packed full of health and immune supporting ingredients. I attach an ingredient list to each bag so recipients can check for allergens. I also indicate that it is gluten free (GF) and vegan.

Now, in the midst of feeling isolated while staying home to do my part to ‘lessen the curve’ and protect others, I am again making ‘soup as therapy’.  A good distraction from the challenging virus news statistics and realities. The focus of my soups has always been maximum nutritional value, now an even more necessary focus. The immune system has many protective and signalling functions which require an adequate availability of micronutrients to maintain a healthy immune response.  Diet deficiencies of many of these necessary micronutrients are often found in the elderly and immune compromised. B vitamins are quickly depleted during times of stress so maintaining a diet high in B vitamins is crucial. Homemade soups with a large variety of quality ingredients are an excellent way to get a diverse array of necessary immune supporting micronutrients.

I like to pour my hot soup over a handful of chopped super greens to provide me with extra nutrition, a creative ‘soup and salad’ combo! This latest batch of sun dried tomato, vegetable, white bean soup brought me comfort during the making process and the end result, sprinkled with some nutritional yeast and dried stinging nettle leaves was delicious.  Nutritional yeast is full of B vitamins, folic acid, protein and fiber, while stinging nettle contains vitamins A, B, C and K, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosporus, potassium, healthy fats, essential amino acids, polyphenols and pigments.

Micronutrients and the Immune System – “To fulfill its many and various protective and signaling functions, the immune system relies on the adequate availability of micronutrients.”

Hope you find making ‘soup as therapy’ helps you during these trying times.  It is a great activity to do with other family members, or if you are alone like I am, it is equally as enjoyable. Homemade soups of immune supporting micronutrients help the body  fight viruses and other pathogens.  I will be delivering several jars to my friend’s apartment building door, who I will ask to distribute some jars to the doors of other seniors in the apartment building. She will then collect the empty jars for me when empty so they can be reused.

After years of soup making, I no longer use a recipe, I just create, each batch is different. If you need some recipe guidance to get started making nutritious, immune supporting soups, click the image below?

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

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EMERGENCY & TRAVEL PREPAREDNESS: Naturally Ready for the Unexpected

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T’is the season for mingling and the many unwelcome tag along guests that come along for the ride.  Being prepared for health emergencies is always important.  We are all ‘a work in progress’ on our own unique well-being path. A strong immune system and ‘stress free’ state of readiness would be ideal, but is not always possible in our busy lives.  Good nutrition, adequate rest, life balance and quality self care are essential for health emergency preparedness and maintaining good health on a daily basis.  Whenever I am travelling I initiate virus preparedness protocols to be ready for any viruses I encounter at airports and on flights. Scroll down the page to learn how I prepare.

To stay up to date on virus concerns for travelers visit your local public health department and the World Health Organization websites.

Long wait times for appointments and treatments, and drug shortages and unavailability may require some self-help strategies for pain and inflammation management, virus and bacteria solutions, stress management and yet undiagnosed symptoms and conditions.

Besides the usual recommended emergency preparedness items you can add:

  • Self-help strategies and tools found in The Whole Person Well-being Equation
      • Clear and concise information on how to investigate and promote the elimination of your symptoms

      • Detailed strategies for eliminating body pollution, body detoxification aids for specific types of environmental toxins, detoxifying foods and recipes, herbal detoxification bath recipe for full body detoxification using the body’s largest organ – the skin

      • Self-help therapies and tools to improve your health

      • How to use your brain’s operating system for improved health

      • How to redefine your definition of ‘possible’ for improved well-being

      • How to identify and eliminate limiting thinking and beliefs for improved well-being

      • How the mind/body connection and research prove the power of visualization

      • How to use visualization to improve your health

      • 40 general body scan visualizations that can improve your health

      • 18 customized body scan visualizations to fight diseases and cancer

      • How to customize visualizations to fight disease and cancer using a diagnosis, prognosis and information from questions you ask your doctor

      • How to customize visualization equations to eliminate unwanted habits and associations

      • How to customize affirmations for improved well-being

      • How to use specific foods to repair DNA damage

      • How to rejuvenate your body using foods

      • How to rejuvenate your body and stack your well-being odds regardless of your environments

      • How to tap into your body’s natural ‘fountain of youth’

      • Renewed hope that you can become symptom free and regain your health

      • Muscle response testing for health protection instructions – learn the basics to protect you from offending foods and harmful substances (a variety of discreet methods you can use while shopping before you buy). If you are inhaling, absorbing or consuming multiple substances daily that weaken you or cause irritation, inflammation or interference; your immune and other systems can be compromised, interfering with your body’s ability to fight illness and disease.

      • How to focus your body’s natural identification, awareness, understanding, knowledge, belief, responding, healing and protection mechanisms using self-help therapies. These abilities can be compromised in persons with conditions (e.g. MCS), diseases and cancers.

      • Get your copy of The Whole Person Well-being Equation today, a packed DIY self-help guide to wellness and health protection.

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  • Green healthcare supports to help you naturally manage unwelcome and unexpected viruses and bacteria and ride life, holiday and travel roller coaster challenges.

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Have you noticed that there are times when you feel sudden weakness or nausea, your balance is altered or one side of your body is weaker than the other side?  Are there times when all of a sudden you feel faint or your brain chemistry has been ‘knocked off’ of its normal balance? Muscle response testing is a form of neuromuscularbiofeedback, an applied kinesiology biofeedback testing method.  It uses feedback from the body and brain (your virtual black box) as information.  Other forms of biofeedback include taking a pulse, taking a blood pressure and listening to the heart with a stethoscope.” In the 1950s, Dr. Arthur Coca identified that his wife’s heart rate would increase if she ate a food that provoked an inappropriate or allergic response. This was, as Dr. Coca put it, ‘accidentally acquired knowledge’ which he then applied to patients as well as his wife. The results were very effective and consistent.”  Similarly muscle response testing provides information about foods and substances ingested, inhaled and applied to the body as well as environmental factors including stressors. Anything can cause disruption to the natural communication and function within your body.  Learning how to read your body’s responses after exposure to suspected causes can provide you with health protection. A daily dose of accumulated ‘balance disruptors’ can seriously interfere with the body’s normal healthy required communication and function, compromising physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  Learn how to protect your health by paying attention to your body’s responses.

MY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PACKING: 

My travel ready backpack will include a variety of easy to pack essential oils for emergency readiness, a diffuser, personal inhalers, carrier oil and empty capsules.  I have a ready to spray, non toxic hand sanitizer with a mix of protective oils with me wherever I go:

  • pain and inflammation – frankincense, turmeric, marjoram, lavender (I put a combination of frankincense, turmeric and marjoram in a capsule to manage inflammation and pain. I also apply essential oils to my spine using the SOC neurologic and inflammatory protocols when needed)
  • virus and bacteria readiness – oregano, thyme, cinnamon, eucalyptus, clove, rosemary, tea tree ( I put a combination of protective oils in a capsule before social gatherings and boarding a plane.  I add several drops to the wick in a personal inhaler and a hand sanitizer spray bottle for easy use while travelling.  I also apply essential oils to my spine using the SOC infectious protocol when needed.) Face masks can provide a layer of protection from all viruses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not currently recommend that people in the U.S. wear face masks in public to prevent infection. Proper and regular hand washing and covered coughing are important protection strategies. The CDC has issued guidelines on two different kinds of face masks — surgical masks and N95 respirators — which are commonly worn by health care professionals and those who are already sick.
  • stress management – lavender, marjoram, Siberian fir, wild orange (I use these oils in my diffuser and the lavender and marjoram on my reflexology points, pulse points on the neck, wherever I feel tension and on my inner wrists and ankles. I also apply essential oils to my spine using the SOC emotional protocol when needed)
  • digestive upsets – digestive blend of Anise Seed, Peppermint Plant, Ginger Rhizome/Root, Caraway Seed, Coriander Seed, Tarragon Plant, and Fennel Seed essential oils. ( I use this blend with a carrier oil and massage in clockwise circles on my abdomen for digestive system upsets.  The SOC digestive protocol, applied to the spine provides further relief when needed)

Get started on packing these emergency preparedness essential oils!

A ‘ready for the unexpected’ backpack with a copy of The Whole Person Well-being Equation book and a selection of the oils listed would make a great ‘green gift’ for a loved one!

Adding in more mind body and natural strategies to your emergency and holiday preparedness can help fight climate change, by reducing your environmental footprint!

If you would like help getting started on your natural emergency preparedness contact me at elisabethlhines@gmail.com.

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‘THRIVE’ in Spite of Your Backstory: Don’t just survive!

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Life comes with so many challenges, an expected reality. For many people, like my parents who endured the ravages of WW11 in Holland and Germany, basic survival was a daily goal; surviving starvation, oppression, confinement and the threat of death.

Fast forward to the present, many people are still facing some or all of these and other daily challenges. The opportunity to ‘thrive’ instead of just surviving your backstory is a luxury and a choice. If you have that choice, make the decision that you can do more than just survive your backstory, regardless of whether it’s a physical, mental, emotional or spiritual script. Yes, it will be a bumpy ride, but well worth it. I honour all those that have not only survived their backstory but went on to thrive in their lives, like my parents did!

When I started researching for my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation, I went back to the basics, Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, to get a visual confirmation of the possibility of ‘thriving in spite of just surviving’ my backstory of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges.

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The steps that I took to ‘thrive my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual’ backstory are the bones of my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation and are the holistic protocol (how to guide) that I use to help my clients thrive, not just survive their backstories. You can find additional resources to accompany the book throughout my blog posts.

Wishing you ‘thriving over just surviving your backstory’!

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

TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL LIFE: Reclaim Your Health!

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“Today is the first day of the rest of your beautiful life”! Today is an opportunity to restart or start over in your quest for ‘a healthier you’. You may already tried many conventional and non conventional strategies in your quest for health recovery. Regardless of how many times you have started again, today can be a new opportunity for greater health allowing you to get on with living your beautiful life and the pursuit of meaningful goals.

But where do you start? A holistic approach to well-being requires you to implement a ‘stop, start and change’ agenda. Adding in another strategy may not result in the desired outcome. Whatever strategies you add will take time to see results.

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”

― Albert Einstein

How do you know what you need to stop, start or change? The butterfly effect is the belief that small changes over time can create huge life changes.

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You may be required to change what you believe is possible to reach your well-being goals:

According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies away anyway. Because bees don’t care what humans think is possible” 1

You can find the ‘stop, start and change’ strategies that helped me in my recovery from toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), chronic fatigue, depression, multiple food allergies and more in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation. I have shared my holistic strategies with clients with various health challenges over the years and they have also been able to recover. You can read their comments here.

You can find additional ‘must do’ stop, start and change strategies at:

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

My Green Medicine and Makeup Cabinet.

Plant Slant Fare:  For ‘a healthier you’!

My Books

Regardless of how many times you have started over, do not lose hope. Today is a new opportunity for greater health and a healthy life. Review what you are and are not doing that may require change using the information in the previous links. Make a list of things that you can stop, start or change today that have helped others recover and may help you as well.  Let your intuition (your little voice) guide you.

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Wishing you health and happiness!  It is within your reach!

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

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Sometimes I forget how ill I really was. The forgetting is a blessing for sure!

I am revisiting my multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), environmental illness (EI), chronic fatigue (CF), multiple food allergies, irritable bowel, depression, seasonal affected disorder (SAD), stress sensitization and spasmodic dysphonia ‘past diagnoses’ today.  I am often reminded about how severely ill and affected I was by these conditions when I get inquires from all over the world asking for help from those still suffering.

All of the preceding diagnoses (plus more) were given to me in the past. I suffered severely for many years and I now have good health and feel good. I can eat all foods and be safe in previously toxic environments, obviously avoiding those that everyone should where possible. Like all humans, I share their vulnerability to the challenges of microbes, ‘wear and tear’ to body parts and life’s stressors.

On my journey to good health I tried many strategies, always looking for ‘the cure’.  Like many people I read every article about the latest supplement and cures and spent a lot of money on trying them.  From today’s view point it is clear to see that one cannot regain their health by merely supplementing/adding on something; one must start at the very beginning. The holistic health approach to regaining health is a series of natural strategies that help your body and mind to ‘peel back the layers’ of past physical, mental and emotional health challenges to allow healing.

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One of the most impactful strategies in my health recovery was a series of herbal baths which I used to detox my body pollution, a major health challenge which most of us have even newborns.

Body Burden:  The Pollution in Newborns 

“Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to  health.  The diseases we are beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of (the 1900’s) and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.” 

Dr. Dick Irwin, Toxicologist, Texas A&M University www.lesstoxicguide.ca/index.asp

During my recovery I had tried many detox remedies with minimal results. Through my studies of herbs I learned about the potential detoxification and healing abilities of herbs. I used that information to create a ‘botanical spa therapy’ herbal bath recipe.  My clients have had incredible health improvements, like I have, as a result of taking a series of these baths. I now recommend this as a first step to anyone who asks me for advice.  Whole body detoxification requires a two step detoxification process, stop adding to your body pollution and remove your existing body pollution. You can find the recipe and instructions for botanical spa therapy herbal baths in my book below. Make you botanical spa therapy baths well deserved ‘spa events’, add spa music, an natural scented beeswax candle, and a new book.

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“Search for the cure within the cause,

            the body itself is the best healer”            

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Regaining health requires implementation of a series of  ‘stop, start and change’ strategies. The biggest challenge, in ‘hind sight’ and from the successes of my clients has been knowing ‘what do you stop, start and change‘. That’s where my road map can help you.

As a holistic wellness practitioner I share my variety of holistic strategies with my clients, on my website, in my blog posts and through more detailed guidance in my booke-books and consultations.  The Whole Person Well-being Equation is a holistic ‘how to’ book of easy to follow steps that will guide you to improved health through education, natural strategies, intuition, belief, faith and prayer by promoting body, mind and spirit balance. The easy to read book provides coaching to help you know what you need to stop, start and change to restore your health. Learn how to get to the root cause of your symptoms and eliminate them, so that you can get on with your life and the pursuit of meaningful goals. Join satisfied clients who have used the steps to become symptom free. From one of my readers: “The workbook makes tangible what can be construed as spiritual healing into something that can be followed with your eyes and pencil. This helps in understanding and actually seeing what your body is doing; without only using intangible (potentially spiritual) reflections.” Aamir A., Gatineau, Quebec. More is possible in terms of your health and following the steps in this book will make it possible for you. Get started today on a healthier version of you, you deserve it.

whole person well-being = holistic health 

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The cure for what ails you starts with your personalized ‘stop, start and change’ protocol. Contact me to get you started on your ‘healthier you’. I over a variety of event opportunities and holistic B&B retreats at my location for people who travel from afar seeking health recovery. Regardless of your condition, the first step to recovery is a personalized ‘stop, start and change’ protocol.

The human body comes equipped by the Creator with amazing abilities to heal. Many factors can potentially interfere with these amazing abilities. This is why it is important to determine your ‘stop, start and change’ list. Your body can heal itself with some help and proper navigation – let me help you navigate your well-being journey.

“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)

Health by Design, the name of my web and blog pages reflects how I designed my health using a variety of strategies. These are now all a part of my holistic protocol (how to guide) which you can find in my books and blog posts. Good health is an achievable goal. Your body and mind can heal!

Get started on a healthier you today!

Remember – small changes can have a big impact!

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While you implement a ‘stop, start and change’ holistic protocol consider adding natural symptom relief strategies to help you ride your wave of symptoms. Visit My Green Medicine and Makeup Cabinet for my natural strategy favourites.

My goals are now focused on achieving healthy longevity and sharing these strategies with clients, so stay tuned. Neuromuscular biofeedback (applied kinesiology) assessments throughout the years on multiple clients has provided a bounty of useful information to promote healthy longevity. Ongoing research provides additional insights. Please check with your regular healthcare practitioner before implementing any changes.  Do not stop taking your medications or stop your treatments without consulting your regular health practitioner.

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How do you stay prepared for emergencies? Emergency Preparedness: Naturally Ready for the Unexpected

How do you manage symptoms like pain, inflammation and reactivity naturally? My Green Medicine Cabinet and Makeup Cabinet

How do you determine daily what is challenging you?  HEALTH PROTECTION: Using Your Body Responses to Identify Health Challenges

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

bodymindspiritwpwbStaying balanced despite what our genetics, the environment and our body is challenged by on a daily basis can be daunting.  When we are ‘hyper’ focused on our symptoms or present life stressor or challenge, it can be difficult to zoom out and recognize and address the ‘bigger picture’ contributing factors. Could your hormone imbalance issues, including insulin, be the result of environmental endocrine disruptors absorbed through your skin from your personal care products? Learn how to recognize and address your body, mind and spirit challenges and implement self-help therapies to restore and maintain balance in your body and mind.

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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 experienced to date. Thanks to my son Andrew for believing in me and encouraging me to share my holistic protocol with a larger audience by publishing it – ultimately helping more people to improve their health. 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. While a vision board may provide you with an opportunity to create your life ‘wish list’, a ‘body, mind and spirit’ balance board prompts you to make changes, a requirement for improved health.

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

George Bernard Shaw

“Without change there would be no butterflies”

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. After years of working with clients with multiple and varied health challenges, there is a common thread that cannot be ignored.

Life imbalance has a ripple effect on health!

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The impact is dependent on degree, intensity, length of time and re-balancing strategy attempts. When clients come to me with their unresolved symptoms and conditions they are often surprised and some irritated that I expect them to look at their ‘life imbalance’ issues as an underlying cause that needs to be addressed in order for their health to improve. Read my post  Life Balance:  The Well-being Root to help you assess your life balance.

Life imbalance is one of the underlying factors that I list on my ‘base of the iceberg analogy’ – see Digging Deeper: For a Healthier You! If you want to permanently relieve your symptoms and conditions you need to dig deeper, while also applying symptom relief solutions.

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, hormones) 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 spirit’ balance workshop discussions, 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 lessons learned, 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. My ‘body, mind, spirit’ balance work board is and extension and companion to of my Whole Person Well-being Equation workbook.

“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.

While a vision board provides you with an opportunity to visualize what you want in life, a ‘body, mind and spirit’ life balance vision board workshop will help you to identify your personal body, mind, spirit and life balance disruptors. The ‘body, mind and spirit’ life balance board (and accompanying instruction booklet) is an assessment tool and working planning chart prompting you to make required changes to achieve and maintain body, mind, spirit and life balance. This body, mind, spirit mindfullness workshop is available in full weekend or mini format as an add on. Please ask for details.

A ‘body, mind, spirit life balance vision 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’.

Through the life balance mindfullness vision board material discussed and provided, the ‘body, mind, spirit life balance vision board workshop experience equips participants with knowledge about practical techniques and strategies to help assess their balance disruptors and 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. Make the choice today to direct your ‘life balance ripple’ to good health!

Participants can start the workshop with a partially completed vision board (everything you see in the first picture in this blog post is done for you in permanent chalk marker – additional fee applies) or start from scratch using the class instructions. You will customize your board (see my second board image below) with self-help strategies you select from the provided material, images and clip art that you bring to the workshop. I added my sample strategies to my board with regular chalk and with images and clipart.  You will be able to use an erasable fine point chalk marker (or regular chalk) on the board giving you lots of room to add and change strategies. There is additional space on the board to add your motivational words or quotes or doodles and designs. Keep your completed board beside your favourite relaxation spot at home or your office wall to help remind you often that you may need to regularly re-evaluate and implement alternate strategies to achieve your goals and maintain balance. Edit your board as needed to keep you on track.

The boards below are two of my personal ‘body, mind, spirit’ life balance vision boards. If you are motivated to make changes in your life for ‘a healthier you’,  can print, write, cut and paste pictures; this workshop if for you.

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Experience a life balance vision board workshop experience at a holistic wellness retreat with your women friends. Make it a one day or weekend event by combining it with other workshop options. I will help you design your workshop format.  Accommodation is available at my location for 8 participants. Upcoming workshop on Saturday, March 14, 2020 (This workshop has been postponed due to coronavirus travel concerns. Check back for a new workshop date in the future)

Interested in creating your personal DIY MDF or vinyl (peel and stick) chalkboard at home? The complete ‘body, mind, spirit’ chalkboard creation e-book includes a full size printable transferable pattern, materials list and instructions for how to complete your personal board.

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The e-book also includes the workshop material and resources to help you identify your ‘body, mind and spirit’ challenging factors and ‘body, mind and spirit’ supporting strategies to help you restore and maintain healthy ongoing balance. The ‘body, mind, spirit’ balance chalkboard is a companion to my Whole Person Well-being Equation workbook.  The e-book and paper copy are for personal use only. The material is copyright protected. If you would like to use the material for a group, please contact me for a group rate.

To purchase the ebook with full size printable pattern click on the Buy Now button below the image.  All sales are final on all ebooks.  By proceeding with this purchase you are agreeing to these terms. There will be no refunds.Email me at elisabethlhines@gmail.com if you have any problems with the transaction.  Do not contact Paypal. If you would prefer a Printed Copy mailed via Canada Post.  Cost is $39.98  which includes shipping.  Click on the second button below for a printed copy and make sure to include your shipping address when checking out.

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Get started using essential oil therapy to help you manage stress and anxiety; allowing for a more ‘balanced’ life.

Now available:  Ready to create adhesive vinyl body, mind, spirit balance chalkboard.  Permanent design as seen on the ebook cover, ready for your creative inspiration.  You can also order it with just the balance wheel design so that you can customize the finished product.  Add this partially completed adhesive vinyl chalkboard to your ebook purchase for an extra $45 plus shipping.  Just need a blank adhesive vinyl to complete your DIY vision chalkboard? Get it for an additional $25 plus shipping. Contact me elisabethlhines@gmail.com to determine shipping to your location.

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THE WEAK LIST: A Necessary Well-being & Protection Tool

Updated March 22, 2020

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Have you noticed that there are times when you feel sudden weakness or nausea, your balance is altered or one side of your body is weaker than the other side? Muscle response testing is a form of neuromuscularbiofeedback, an applied kinesiology biofeedback testing method.  It uses feedback from the body and brain (your virtual black box) as information.  Other forms of biofeedback include taking a pulse, taking a blood pressure and listening to the heart with a stethoscope.” In the 1950s, Dr. Arthur Coca identified that his wife’s heart rate would increase if she ate a food that provoked an inappropriate or allergic response. This was, as Dr. Coca put it, ‘accidentally acquired knowledge’ which he then applied to patients as well as his wife. The results were very effective and consistent.”  Similarly muscle response testing provides information about foods and substances ingested, inhaled and applied to the body as well as environmental factors, including stressors. Anything can cause disruption to the natural balance, communication and function within your body.  Learning how to read your body’s responses after exposure to suspected causes can provide you with health protection.

When my immune and nervous systems crashed many years ago, I suffered from multiple unexplained symptoms and was extremely weak. There were times that all I could do was crawl. Although I had my symptoms investigated by my doctor and other doctors; there was no cause determined.  I was prescribed medication which did nothing to relieve my symptoms.

I did a lot of research in my quest for answers and recovery. Everything I ate caused me extreme gastrointestinal distress. I lost a great deal of weight in a short period of time.  I would doubled over in pain after eating everything. I realized that some foods caused me more distress than others so I decided to have a blood test done to determine if food allergies could be the cause. The blood test revealed that I was reacting (I call it a skewed response) to 80+ foods. That list of offending foods became my first ‘weak list’, WEAK LIST #1. It was a Godsend! I immediately stopped eating everything on the list. Within 3 days my gastrointestinal symptoms started to subside and some of my energy started to come back.

As time went on I learned a lot about allergies; what causes them and how to deal with them. I was concerned that if I ate out (including family events) I would not be able to determine if the foods I was eating were safe; so I learned muscle response testing to discreetly test the foods before I ate them. Learning how to use this tool has basically saved my life. It allowed my body to focus it’s energies on healing and repair instead of vigilance and reacting. When my body was full of antibodies, antihistamines, cortisol and other blood responders I felt ill all of the time.  Muscle response testing for heatlh protection protects me so that I felt better.

Once I mastered the muscle response testing I used it to test the products I was using; the water I drank and bathed in and the air I breathed in my different environments. The results of testing these using muscle response testing provided me with my second weak list, WEAK LIST #2.

Making changes in my diet, home, environments and life so that I could avoid WEAK LIST #1 AND #2; were major assets in my recovery.  By only using items on my SAFE LIST my body stopped the vigilance and reacting and concentrated its energies on healing, repair and energy production. Dealing with my body pollution and challenged liver was a major part of my recover.

What items are found on a weak list?

Muscle response testing provides information about foods and substances ingested, inhaled and applied to the body as well as environmental factors, including stressors. Anything can cause disruption to the natural balance, communication and function within your body.  Some people react to stressors like others do to ragweed, both dangerous responses to your body if they persist chronically. Learning how to read your body’s responses after exposure to suspected causes can provide you with health protection. Interestingly, the water samples that clients bring for testing are often a ‘weak list’ item.  Considering that our bodies are mostly water, this can cause significant health challenges.

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Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/diy-food-intolerance-allergy-test.html#ixzz3yRwRNKr1

Some questions to ask yourself:

Will a blood allergy test identify food additives that may be harmful to you?

Muscle response testing for health protection can identify any foods that contain added substances that may be harmful to you. When purchasing and eating the same food samples you may still have a reaction based on how the food item was grown and processed (eg. GMO, additives, organic, pesticide, herbicide, irradiation, contamination, preservatives)

Will a skin allergy test identify all substances from all sources (not just the sample) that may harm you?

Muscle response testing for health protection can identify the specific substances in your specific food/product list that may be harmful to you. When purchasing and eating the same food samples you may still have a reaction based on how the food item was grown and processed (eg. GMO, additives, organic, pesticide, herbicide, irradiation, contamination, preservatives)

Will food allergy blood tests and skin allergy tests identify substances that cause a reaction/response when combined? Or after the fact?

Muscle response testing for health protection can identify combinations which may cause you harm; think about the drug warning – ‘some drug interactions direct you to avoid grapefruit’. Thinking back to a meal that you ate three or more days ago while simultaneously testing your balance thinking of the individual food items/ingredients, can help you identify what the disrupting  food item was.

I have a client who regularly eats organic raspberries with no reaction.  When she eats them at breakfast when she takes her medication, her ‘sway’ muscle response testing method (found in my book below) causes her to completely lose her balance with risk of falling. She now knows that she needs to separate the timing of eating her organic raspberries and taking her medication.

I have a client that is reactive and weak to certain items only when there is a full moon.  This may sound silly, but think about how the moon affects cycles. Some people are affected.

Some of my clients are reactive to specific foods only during specific times of their menstrual cycle (hormone changes).  Muscle response testing for health protection provides a ‘heads up’ alert to avoid the foods during that period of time.

Some of my clients are reactive to specific foods, products and environmental factors when they are under stress. Muscle response testing provides a ‘heads up’ alert to avoid the foods during those periods of time.

How do you  determine what factors are distracting my healthy immune system responses, an important consideration for those who are immune compromised and the aged, as their immune systems generally decline? Multiple factors have the potential to disrupt normal, healthy and necessary immunesurveillance, immunoassessment and immunoresponse. Determing your weak list can help you to keep your immune system healthy and focused.

As a holistic wellness practitioner I provide my clients with their WEAK LISTS using neuromuscular biofeedback – a ‘health forensics’ investigation. The list provides a combination of ‘stop, start and change’ recommendations based on the biofeedback information. Once they avoid or change the items on their weak lists; their symptoms usually start to subside, allowing their health to return. Their remaining SAFE LIST of acceptable foods and products gives them confidence and with some tweaking can provide ongoing symptom free living. . I counsel them on detoxifying their body pollution and supporting healthy liver function – a must for healthy longevity and achieving symptom free status, including reacting to foods and products. My original ’cause’ for my symptoms was due to toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT) cause by my body’s inability to deal with the off gassing of a new home. 

Sounds simple, I know; but it works. It is not immediate, it does take time. Weak list items can be physical, mental, emotional or spiritual factors, or combinations of these. Sometimes these items are factors that interfere with normal healthy body communication and function

For anyone suffering from chronic or life threatening conditions and disease (especially cancer); determining a WEAK LIST and remaining SAFE LIST is mandatory to recovery. Determining and addressing your ‘weak list’ can allow you to maintain a strong immune system and body, and become and stay ‘symptom free’. Avoiding the items on the weak lists, by substituting ‘non weak’ items, can allow energy and health to return. Many items found on a weak list interfere with immunosurveillance (critical for those fighting diseases, including cancer) and normal healthy communication and response, including immune system response.  Curious about what items are on your ‘weak list’ and causing your symptoms/condition or affecting your well-being?

What does a weak list mean?

Sometimes it means you are allergic to the items. The resulting biofeedback ‘weak response’ can be indicative of an association your body has made about a product, substance or situation in the past at a time of extreme trauma or duress. A ‘weak response’ can also mean that something is going on in the body at this time, which added to the use of the product or substance or recall of a past similar association (from your body’s ‘black box’); is a temporary bad combination (e.g. during detoxification, rapid growth, healing, recovery, hormone change, distress, treatment, medications, your body’s present chemical equation). Generally speaking it means that the item or factor is causing confusion, interference (body communication), imbalance, disruption (of brain and body chemistry), malfunction or damage. Sometimes it is to the immune system, sometimes to the nervous, endocrine or other systems, and sometimes to the liver or heart; all necessary to stay strong and healthy. If this happens on a daily/weakly basis the results can be catastrophic. Daily consumption, inhalation or absorption of neurotoxins can cause daily weakness to the body and dire consequences.  Studies have shown that neurotoxins can shorten the life span of nerve cells. These toxins have been linked to brain disorders and neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Chorea and Parkinson’s. For information on some neurotoxins responsible for causing weakness, interference and malfunction in your body, resulting in unwanted symptoms, visit http://energyfanatics.com/2010/05/02/ten-neurotoxins-you-should-avoid/.

If for some reason your body has collected information from your past and has saved it in ‘history’ (your body’s virtual black box) and has given it ‘added value’ (e.g. bee sting, peanut, scent) – your body may present with a weak response in present time when your brain/body makes an association based on the history and stored information.

How do you get your weak list? The best way to get an unbiased weak list is to have a qualified practitioner provide you with the information. The ideal person is someone who has nothing to gain or lose by the results (e.g. sale of products). All you are looking for is a list of items or factors that cause weakness. You will use that information to avoid; so your body can rebound. The next step is to learn muscle response testing so that you have the tools to assess potential ‘weakening’ items or factors ongoing, on a daily basis. Muscle response testing is a valuable tool that can contribute to  Healthy longevity.

There are unusual ways that you may find out what you are weak to.  I was shopping in a grocery store with my son one day and as I came around a different aisle from the one he was in he said ‘mom, catch’.  He tossed a package of something into the air and I automatically reached out to catch it.  As I caught it I had an immediate wave of nausea and extreme weakness.  The label read – monosodium glutamate!  Obviously something my body would rather not every meet.

Where do you start?

  1. Book a BodyFeedback™ Interview & Therapy session or other neuromuscular biofeedback assessment today. You take your vehicle in for regular inspection and maintenance, doesn’t your body deserve the same attention and care?
  2. Learn how to determine your ‘weak list’ by doing muscle response testing. You can start with the Muscle Response Testing for Health Protection e-book or book a private or group workshop by contacting me at elisabethlhines@gmail.com or join us at a workshop or event. In Muscle Response Testing for health protection you will learn various methods of testing including the ‘sway’ and ‘friction’ biofeedback methods.
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Using Your Weak List to Restore Your Health:

People who are diagnosed with food allergies and sensitivities are told to ‘avoid‘ the suspect foods and items for a period of time, and then gradually add an item back in to determine if the body has stopped reacting, a ‘desensitization‘, avoid and challenge process. While you are in the ‘avoid’ period, your body will focus its attention on healing and repair with the support of self-care and possibly added therapies, instead of vigilance and protection. If you go through periods of great stress in your life you may find that your allergies, sensitivities and reactions return; requiring you to restart the ‘avoidance’ and ‘desensitization’ process. This same process can be used for all of the items on your weak list, including environmental factors and stressors, dealing with one at a time, allowing your body the time and supports it needs to return to a ‘non-reactive’ state. 

I am now able to eat all foods in any restaurant or be in any environment (including perfume counters) without fear of reactions. I avoid toxic environments and known triggers because I know the health risks based on my unique responding history, not because of fear.  Let me help you transition to 100% symptom free and healthy longevity. 

Find out how to transition from FOOD ALLERGIES to 100% FOOD ALLERGY FREE:

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PEANUT AND NUT ALLERGIES: Becoming 100% Allergy Free http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=588

Learn how to become multiple chemical sensitivity free in my book MCS: Gone and feel safe in all environments!

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Consult your regular healthcare provider before using of the information therapeutically. There many be contraindications due to health status, medications or other factors. Do not stop taken prescribed medication.

ENJOY better health today

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

P.S. If a weakening item turns out to be something you absolutely can not avoid (e.g. medications with harmful side effects for diseases, HIV or Aids), there is a way.  I have developed a protection technique that I teach clients so that the offending item or factor does not cause weakness (an override). Understandably you would not be able to do this for every item on your list. The protection/override sequence details can be found in my book THE WHOLE PERSON WELL-BEING EQUATION.

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