Wednesday’s Thank You / Merci!

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Challenge, Inspiration, Life Coaching, Positive Thinking

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Yesterday I got to use my new space for the first group meditation of the year! My heart was full as we sang a heartfelt OM together. I was grateful for life, for sharing with those beautiful Souls, for having participants in my class AND for having pursued the backbreaking, tough and demanding work of getting the new space up and ready!
When we are laying down the building blocks towards a goal, some of the tasks at hand can be so demanding, overwhelming even, that many choose to give up. If you are on that path presently, I encourage you to stay focussed on the end result. See it, hear it, feel it and know you will achieve it!

J’ai eu l’occasion d’utiliser pour la première fois cette année, ma nouvelle espace de méditation. Mon cœur s’est rempli lorsque nous chantions notre OM! J’étais si reconnaissante pour la vie, de partager avec ces merveilleuses personnes, d’avoirs autant de participants dans mon cours ET d’avoir persévéré au travers des heures de travail difficiles et exige de bâtir cet espace!
Lorsque nous travaillons sur la réalisation d’un but, parfois les étapes sont difficiles, exigeantes mêmes, et certains choisissent d’abandonner. Je vous encourage à tenir bon et de garder en tête votre résultat final. Voyez-le, entendez-le, ressentez-le et sachez que vous l’obtiendrez!

Day 7: 8 Day Fast/Cleanse Diary

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Challenge, Cleansing, Detox

Can you believe it?

Day 7: Well, I have I have made up my mind and I will end my fast tomorrow. I have made my decision regarding the liver flush. If I have come this far, I might as well go for it! Tonight I am getting ready for my liver cleanse and tomorrow, I will start reintroducing food. I am so very happy about my results thus far and I am looking forward to my liver cleanse. I really use to hate this part of the cleanse, but since I have brought a few changes to it, I find the oil goes down a lot better, probably because the taste is so much better! It is still a demanding process for the entire being (physically, mentally and spiritually) and should not be done without the supervision of a health professional.

Today was a great day! I had a great bowel movement this morning, my energy was high and I was clear and focused. I took full advantage of the day and spent it with my SELF. I did my meditation this morning, my readings and although I was not planning on exercising, running up and down the stairs 8 times gave me my physical fix. I had planned to do all my Christmas shopping also today because when done early with no rush, I LOOVVVEEE it! So that is exactly what I did. I prepped all my stuff for the day and was off. Aside the occasional pit stop for some lemonade and a potty stop, I felt wonderful the entire day. I arrived back home with excitement. Not only had the day given me a bubble moment, but I got a chance to listen to some inspirational CDs in the car and I got VERY clear on my goals.
I had been tossing a few around, but the fast helped me in more ways than one. Keeping direction is always important. This is what helps me know what to do and when so I feel I am moving forward towards my goals. I may not have reviewed my main goals daily, but with this new clear sense of focus, I am grateful to know where I am going and what steps I must take to get there.

Now onward, towards that liver cleanse!

To view Day 6, go HERE
To view Day 8, go HERE

Day 6: 8 Day Fast/Cleanse Diary

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Challenge, Cleansing, Detox, Inspiration, Life Coaching, Positive Thinking

Day 6: I am feeling great!!!

I can hardly believe that I have not had any food in 6 days, just my plants, herbs and the fasting lemonade. I have not done a long term fast in many years. I guess I had never taken the time, or I simply put too many other things as priorities. This is one lesson that I keep learning over again; the importance of SELF and listening to our true desires. I am loving this time with myself, I am proud of myself and I am excited. I am following all the way through and enjoying the process without needing to hurry it up. I have noticed that my only struggle though is the gnawing question: Is it enough? I hate that! I had never really noticed it before now. I hate it when I do something great and I am proud of it and then I hear myself thinking is it enough? In all honesty, I AM proud of myself and I feel I have done so much already. Do I want to be done soon, or do I go for the 10 day cleanse? There are other things to consider as well, important things that would need to be cleared off my schedule. What is the real reason for wanting to go a bit further? What is the real reason for wanting to stop?

I guess when we set goals that we truly wish to achieve, setting a goal is not the only thing to consider. The why behind it is as equally important. Wanting to reach goals that are our own is such an important aspect as well as wanting those goals for the right reasons. So I guess it comes down to honesty. Being real and honest with oneself and answering the question, WHY.

To view Day 7, go HERE
To view Day 5, go HERE

Day 5: 8 Day FAST/CLEANSE DIARY

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Challenge, Cleansing, Detox, Healthy Living

Day 5: I am finishing off day 5 and I am very pleased with all the changes and harmony created from the cleanse. I am actually quite surprised how easy it really is. When it gets tough, I simply remind myself that like everything else, it is a question of time and this too shall pass (the time till I get to eat again). I am surprised at how little I am actually feeling hungry. When I feel real hunger, it is either time for my psyllium intake or I have a great big sip of my special cleanse lemonade. Right away my stomach feels full and I am good. I also found that smelling food that I usually enjoy eating, gives me the feeling that I just had a meal. This also is helpful. We eat for some many reasons other than the real need to feed ourselves. We eat for distraction, for emotional reasons, for entertainment, for comfort and even as a reward. Doing a fast/cleanse has made me aware of this. If I feel I need a break, I take a real break and not a small bite (thinking I am hungry as to give myself permission to slow down for a bit is not the answer). Mind you, I don’t usually do this purposely, it just happens and now, because I am fasting, it has allowed me to really notice it. Finally, the main reason I am not having any issues with food, feeling quite relaxed and enjoying the process is because of my decision. I purposefully decided to fast. I set a very well defined goal and the reasons behind that goal. It is these pushing factors that are behind the feelings of ease and happiness during this time.

I do have to add, that late last night, I did get a food craving. To cope with it, I went to bed! I also want to add, my weak spot are evenings. When all is done and quiet in the house and I am alone with myself, I sometimes use to reward myself for a great and productive day with some kind of treat, like wine or a hot piece of toast. Well, these extra calories are not necessary, or healthy or even rewarding. I will need to find a healthy replacement for that reward!

I love having extra time on my hands. It is amazing how much time goes into the entire process of food. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat and I love the entire ceremony around food. But when fasting/cleansing, it is imperative to find positives EVERYWHERE! Aside the extra time, the cleansing of the entire body, the extra energy, the weight loss, there is this great clarity that I never seem to get even when I eat super healthy and raw (which for me is as healthy as I can get). While fasting/cleansing I feel closer to my authentic Self. I hear better… maybe it is because I listen better or I am predisposed during this time to hear better, I’m not sure. All I know, is I love what Self has given me so far as direction. It was another goal for this cleanse; to clean and get clear.

Tonight will be an early evening because although I was in bed by 9h20, I was up at 4h20 am. I did stay in bed past that time, but just couldn’t get back to sleep. I know it is the extra energy from the cleanse/fast. Like everything else in life, we get to choose what but not always when…

To view Day 6, go HERE
To view Day 4, go HERE

Day 4: 8 Day Fast/Cleanse Diary

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Challenge, Cleansing, Detox

Day 4: I have to say that I am pretty proud of myself. I am staying on course and I am looking forward to this weekend because I have made plans to get down and serious with my goals and my objectives. I have a great feeling that this cleanse runs much deeper than just physical.

Speaking of which, after drinking two cups of the herbal laxative blend, constipation was no more! Unfortunately the issue cleared up during my very much needed night-time sleep. However, I do feel so much better and plan on staying on track with proper bowel movements. As for the clay itself, I have started to add a bit back to my regime. I was using 5 ml, which was clearly too much. I brought it down to 2.5 ml 3 times a day and still it seemed to be too much. I am now going for an even smaller amount. I will also let the 5 ml settle. I love the extra energy the clay is bringing, but proper bowel movements are a must especially during a cleanse.

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The other great observation I have made is regarding stress. It is absent from my life. I feel I have as much energy as I usually do, however I have taken on less and I am not following an exercise program. Also, I am getting to bed around 9 pm and getting up at 6h30 am. These things are very different from my regular lifestyle. I usually exercise every day, am also on the go and get to bed around 11 pm. I want to make sure I can go for the long haul with this cleanse, so I am putting all my chances on my side and staying quiet. As far as stress level goes, I feel calmer than I have in a very long time. Even this spring, during my fast/detox, I was not this calm. I love the feeling of stillness, faith and living in the moment. It may be because I truly wanted to take this cleanse on, along with everything that comes with a cleanse.

So I can honestly say that today is a good day. I was able to work all day long in the clinic offering different health therapies and even coaching. I was calm, focused and so very happy!

To view Day 5, go HERE
To view Day 3, go HERE

DARE! DECIDE! DO IT!

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