Earlier today, I was listening to one of Lindsey Elmore’s video where she was saying how she was often criticized for her diet: too vegan, not enough vegan, too many supplements, not enough supplements, same with oils, etc. I loved when she described herself as a flexitarian, which I realized was not really an invented word, but one that seemed widespread on the web:

flex·i·tar·i·an
/ˌfleksəˈterēən/
noun: a person who has a primarily vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish

I am exactly that, a flexitarian! A flexitarian when it comes to my meal choices but also when it comes to my life choices. I believe one has to be a flexitarian to be in the present moment and to truly enjoy what life can offer each of us. For example, I am currently on a ‘ReBoot’ lifestyle diet but I choose where and when to deviate from it. And, by being flexible in my choices and with myself, I am on a true winning path. Not only have I lost 15 lbs of extra fat, my body and mind feel leaner and free: free of extra fat cells but also free of negative emotions.

Every day I encounter roadblocks that show themselves in all kinds of ways. These days, it is mostly with The Rolling Barber and with my YL business. The Rolling Barber (the non-profit organization that I founded in early 2018 to offer free haircuts for those in need) is running on empty and I can’t seem to find a way to find the necessary funds.

On the other hand, as much as I believe in YL products, I find it extremely difficult to share with others and incite them to join my tribe. My network is relatively small and it seems most of my close friends and family have joined YL, love the products themselves but have no wish to share with others. My pay went from $765 to $528 to only $145 last month as my members are not expanding and I cannot for the life of me find additional members. And, since I was hoping to use part of the YL commissions for The Rolling Barber, I’m stuck in a conundrum.

To be flexible is, in my opinion, to be true to yourself and others with your views and values. In this perspective, I need to be honest and say that YL products are expensive. I won’t say you are not using them correctly if you find them expensive then explain how very little goes a long way (like many representatives of other products do… Arg!). Actually, as I side note, I loathe when people break down the cost of an expensive product and end up saying, ‘so it only costs you pennies a day’. Well no, it doesn’t really. You need to make the initial investment which you may choose to put on credit and most of the time, you need to repeat this several months before it actually ‘pays out’.

Yes, YL products last a very long time because every single one of them may be diluted and spending a little more for a natural, non-toxic product makes total sense to me. Also, replacing regular products you were using with YL ones doesn’t require additional funds, it only diverts them to YL, but you are paying a shipping fee + taxes which you wouldn’t otherwise.

I do wonder, I must say, why people seem to so easily accept rhetoric from someone saying their product costs ‘pennies a day’ or ‘the cost of one coffee a day’. But, at the end of the day, I need to be true to myself and I prefer saying that it is an investment. Same goes for The Rolling Barber where I need to accept that not everyone is willing to help out his or her community.

Recently, The Ottawa Mission requested to feature us in their next impact report. They asked me what have we learned in my time with the Mission and what does it mean to us to provide these services to vulnerable members of our community. I responded that our clients from the Mission have taught us humility and the power of appreciating every moment of the present. I also wrote that, for us, a community is the sum of all its constituents. When one of its members struggles, another should be there to help. We hope our bus brings some hope to those in need.

Maybe this will help us raise funds, but in the end, I have decided to accept come what may. I will be flexible in the outcome of The Rolling Barber and in my YL business. Yes, I would love people to join my tribe* and yes, I would love people to freely donate to The Rolling Barber so we may be able to complete our second year of operations, but I have to accept that this may not be in the books and I have to be flexible enough to be ok with it and not to berate myself for it.

I love how my cousin who went through many difficult moments last year puts it. She posted this: Be_The_Person

I would say ‘Be Flexible with Yourself and Others’ and not only will you accept what comes your way, but you will also be more understanding of how you see others.

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*my YL business has been put under my company name of The Writing Hummingbird. TWH is my primary business for my editing contracts. NaturOil Woman is the sub-business name which I would have liked to feature on my YL profile, but unfortunately, this couldn’t happen since my primary account in under The Writing Hummingbird. Flexibility in point haha

As I mentioned in my One Oil, One Use videos of Day 90 & 91, here is the YL Letting Go protocol summarized. Don’t hesitate to reach out personally to me for the full description.

It is important to be in a quiet place and setting – find your meditation spot!

Step 1. Valor Apply 3-6 drops on each foot and top of shoulders, then cup hands and breath in the beautiful strength-giving aroma.

Step 2. Harmony Apply a drop on each of the chakra points.

Step 3. Sacred Frankincense Place this oil on temples, back of neck, top of head, and over the heart.

Step 4. 3 Wise men Place 2-3 drops on the crown of the head.

Step 5. Release Rub 1-2 drops over the front and back of liver area in a circular motion.

Step 6. Idaho Balsam Fir Rub a drop on the brain stem and under the nose.

Step 7. Inner Child (essential step to achieving emotional balance) Apply 1 drop under the nose and 1 drop around the navel.

Step 8. Forgiveness Apply 1-2 drops around the navel and massage in a clockwise motion.

Step 9. Grounding Apply 1-2 drops to the back of the neck and on the sternum.

Step 10. Hope Massage 1 drop on the outer edge of each ear.

Step 11. Joy Apply 1-2 drops over the heart area and massage in a clockwise motion.

Step 12. Present Time Apply 1-2 drops on the thymus (top of the sternum) in a circular motion.

Step 13. SARA Apply 1 drop over the energy centers (chakras), navel, and chest.

Step 14. White Angelica Apply 1-2 drops on the crown and on the shoulders.

Step 15. Take time while still in the quiet, meditative space and select an oil or oil blend of your choice to enhance this process. I am personally choosing Abundance for its energy around prosperity and plenitude.

A few days after writing part 1, I decided to contact a nutritionist to help put me on the right path in terms of my overall health, but also in terms of my allergies and my wacky hormones. So, almost two weeks ago, I started a three-week rebalancing lifestyle of no dairy, no alcohol, no grain, and no sugar. With the amazing meal plan given to me by my nutritionist, I feel much healthier with no cravings and, most importantly, no regrets!

It’s not always 100 % easy as my family will still have the odd piece of cheese or bread, but overall, I must admit, we are all the better for this new lifestyle meal plan. I have also modified my supplements slightly by taking 1 YL chewable Super C and 2 YL Sulfurzyme with my breakfast every morning, then enzyme supplements at lunch (presently Candaclear, but will be moving over to YL Essentialzymes-4 after my rebalancing period) and finally 1 YL Life-9 probiotic at night.

I start my day with a Fat Coffee. Yes, I am finally on the fat coffee wagon haha! Since I like my coffee black, I was quite reticent to start this trend, but it has given me the fat content and energy I needed (not counting the all-important collagen that I add to it). There are many pros and cons of doing this, but rest assured that I don’t replace my breakfast with my fat coffee. I simply start my day with a fat coffee, help everyone get out the door, then make myself a sustainable breakfast.

Here is my recipe for Fat Coffee:

1 cup organic coffee
1 1/2 tbsp collagen powder
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp full fat coconut milk

It truly is a delicious way to get a boost of beneficial fats as well as improve my skin, joint health, and gastrointestinal health with the collagen I add.

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Now on to the Soap conundrum to which I alluded in part 1 of this blog post. Soap is definitely something we use way too often in my opinion. But don’t only take my word for it, read Beyond Soap by Dr. Sandy Skotnicki or the hundreds of research papers on the subject. Many ‘soaps’ will kill the correct proportion of bacteria on your skin that lets it regulate itself and that acts as a necessary barrier to environmental toxins. Even with ‘non-stripping’ soaps, it is not necessary to wash twice a day and certainly not washing twice in a row to ‘remove’ the impurities.

Again, your face, like the rest of your body regulates itself and the oil that is secreted by your pores ‘wash’ your face completely naturally. I am not saying to never wash yourself (although some people are certainly doing this and only using water – read about the ‘no poo’ movement where people are no longer using any type of shampoo!!), but what I am saying, is to do so with the knowledge that we have been indoctrinated for years by soap commercials and ads.

I cannot tell you how frustrated I become when someone is trying to sell me on a double wash, be it for my hair or face. My face and hair look healthy (actually the healthiest they have been in a long time) and still, someone who is looking right at me, will try to sell me on the idea that I should double wash every evening and again in the morning! Why is that, if not for an extra buck in their pocket? I really do hope it has to do with the fact that they truly believe this is the best way to go about and nothing else. But please take the time to read the research. Yes, research changes, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t listen to it. We are all learning new and better ways to manage our bodies everyday and science simply proves this.

Next up will be the amazing ‘Letting Go’ essential oil protocol I have been reading about.

Stay well and healthy and have yourselves a wonderful weekend!

I don’t think anyone would say “Healthy lifestyle? Nope, not for me!” 🙂 I believe everyone wants (and needs!) a healthy lifestyle, but most don’t think they have the time nor the energy to invest in making it happen.

I totally understand this as I, myself, have days of running around like a chicken with its head cut off (such a terrible analogy… especially for a vegetarian haha) and can’t imagine adding an extra task to my day, even if it is to simply fill my diffuser.

So, believe me, I fully understand just how busy everyone’s life is. And, as I was saying in my Day 82 video, this is not always a bad thing. I love to be busy all the time. I love to accomplish long lists of to-dos and always have something on the back-burner, but accomplishing a healthy lifestyle does not mean adding to your list of to-dos, it simply means to do things differently.

Let’s take a normal weekday morning. Most of us will wake up, wash, go down to eat breakfast, clean the dishes and table, brush their teeth and be off to work. What would a healthy lifestyle mean for these people? Well, it would be to use a natural face wash and soap (if using soap at all*), then possibly adding a drop of cinnamon in your morning coffee or adding a drop of lemon to your glass of water, using a natural spray for the table or counter, brushing your teeth with a natural toothpaste and possibly infusing it with orange oil for a whitening effect.

Same goes for supplements. I used to take evening primrose oil for my hot flashes, vitamin D because there just isn’t enough sun year-round in Ottawa and glucosamine for my joints. Now I chomp down on a vitamin D & C as I wake up and swallow Sulfurzyme & Omegagize as I eat breakfast. My routine is essentially the same, but I feel a thousand times better.

I wish I would have more time right this instant so I could go on as to what it means in terms of new products to add to your routine as replacement of others, but that will to go in a separate post since off I am again to cross out another to-do item on my list. 🙂

I wish you all a gorgeous sunny day like it is currently in Ottawa and hope you will take the first step in changing your lifestyle to a more healthy you. Cheers!

*stay tuned for part 2 where I will talk about soap in all its definitions

Whether Albert Einstein said this or not, I think it is safe to assume that Energy in its physical sense exists, and is relational to everything around us.

Until very recently, when ‘Energy’ was used in any way apart from its purely physical sense, it was mostly ridiculed. Even today, when we talk of ‘healing energy’, most tend to dismiss it.

I come from a scientific and philosophical background where science definitely takes the central stage but where I believe we, as a society, still have lots to discover. To me, energy lives in harmony with its environment. Why don’t we open our minds to what could be?

I think we can all agree that the mind is a truly powerful entity. Whether used for good or bad, it regulates our emotions and rationale which leads to a healthy state… or not.

Now I won’t go into scientific details for lack of time as well as knowledge, but I will copy a few extracts from other sources.

More on the scientific side:

The scientists discovered that the observed vibrations are connected with the cardiovascular system, which has its own proper movements occurring simultaneously with the work of the heart. Three types of infrasonic vibrations were registered. Waves of the first type are connected with the heartbeat; the second with the human respiratory rhythm; the third, called Traube-Hering waves, with states of emotional tension. Thus, it could be possible to judge the human emotional state via the amplitude frequency response of these waves. Phys.org

And more on the metaphysical side:

Energy is a theme that permeates many areas of complementary health care, including Reiki. For historic and emotional reasons, two key words have not been mentionable in polite academic research society: “energy” and “touch.” Hence it is not surprising that Reiki therapy has been neglected by mainstream biomedical science.

This picture is changing rapidly because of exciting research from around the world. The tale of how concepts of “healing energy” have swung from suspicion and ridicule to respectability is one of the most fascinating and clinically significant stories that can be told. reiki.org 

If you allow yourself to see some truth in this, here is a list of oils, with their frequencies. You decide whether you believe interacting frequencies can harmonize our body, but one way or the other, I hope I have opened up your mind to this possibility.

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There is SO much information out there and if you are like me, you have been on and off supplements basically all your life. I did learn a few things recently like it is best to take your probiotic at night. Now, a probiotic is made up of live microorganisms which need warmth and food to thrive. So, taking a probiotic first thing in the morning is not optimal, even if some experts still say it is. Others will say to take it last thing before going to bed, but I choose to take it after my last meal of the day, maybe within 30 minutes or so believing that the microorganisms will survive in greater number especially as the stomach’s pH is much less acidic at that time.

But apart from this, I am still a bit torn on multivitamins and how much/when to take vitamins. What about fat soluble vs water soluble one? I have always been told that if I stick with a vegetarian diet, I must take vitamin B supplements. I have been a vegetarian for over 18 months now (did have fish a few times when out in a restaurant) but as of my last blood test, I am not vitamin B deficient. I did choose, however, to purchase the super B supplement from Young Living as I know it is a water-soluble vitamin and I will simply pee out what my body does not absorb. Vitamin C is another water-soluble vitamin that I will start taking shortly (well, as soon as my order arrives hahaha). And why, say you, am I upping my vitamin supplements lately? I have been reading and listening to doctors say just how vitamin deficient many of us are, so I would rather waste a bit of money peeing out some vitamins rather than living with a deficiency.

Apart from my probiotic that I take in the evening, and my current vitamin B that I take early in the day, I also add two Sulfurzymes and two evening primrose oil supplement every day. The evening primrose oil I took to control my perimenopause symptoms, but I have very recently decided to stop taking them as my symptoms have drastically diminished since adding Progessence Plus to my routine (have a look at Dan Purser MD talk on YouTube regarding Progesterone – it’s about 50 minutes long but it is very informative).

Is there another supplement that I should take? Apart from the antioxidant drink Ningxia Red that I take every day? Well, I have just watched Lindsey Elmore’s talk on supplements and there seem to be four supplements that she just wouldn’t go without 1) Sulfurzyme, 2) Ningxia Red, 3) Master Formula, 4) Essentialzyme.

I will certainly read more on digestive enzymes, but as I am looking for a sustainable optimal protocol for my body, I am on the hunt for information of all kinds. Please share your supplement protocols as well as your tried-and-true methods if any.

 

FromOttawa.com is a website, it is also a blog, it is the story of my family’s voyage around the world, and it is now in the process of becoming a book. FromOttawa.com is my friend, but it can also be my nagging unconscious. It has beautiful stories which want to be told, but it is also personal and raw sometimes.

FromOttawa.com starts when the seed of traveling as a family was planting and it still lives vicariously through us. It has, like us, gone through some tough times, but it always seems to spring back to life when necessary. It is now being guided by some amazing essential oils to build its confidence (Valor), its resiliency (Longevity), its synergy (abundance) with a side of unloading (Stress Away).

It has all it needs to thrive and… be written. 🙂 It will become my next book, my ‘seal’ to my ‘seed’. I still have months of work to edit and complete it, but I Believe in it and in myself.

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