My 8 Day Fast/Cleanse Diary

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Challenge, Cleansing, Detox, Healthy Living, Life Coaching, Natural Healing, Naturopathy

Welcome to my 8 Day Fast/Cleanse Challenge. Get a day-to-day scoop of what I lived through, the reasons behind my decision and an actual account of each day and see if this challenge could be for you. For more information and/or set up an appointment, contact me directly at isabelle@centrenaturalhealing.com.

Day 1: We are in early November and I have decided just a few days ago to embark on a fall cleanse. I usually keep my cleanses for spring when we start to see hotter days, when the sun shines longer and when all seems to come to life. I usually choose to do a small detox at this time of the year, but I have decided to change things up. The reason behind this decision is simple, I just couldn’t put my body through winter without taking care of some physical and mental issues. Cleanses are a great way to get clear on direction and goals and they certainly help in letting go of the old, unnecessary baggage.

At the end of the summer I found a huge bump in my breast. I was devastated, scared and so hurt! I knew it was my fault for not having let go of the extra unhealthy mind, heart and soul baggage I was carrying around. So I put ALL of it, all my know-how to work. I put my money where my mouth was.

Well to make a long painful story short, I am healthy and so incredibly grateful for it too!

I know firsthand how easy it is to let oneself fall into desperation. I remembered, ‘we are what we think and focus on’ and I LIVED by those words. I was lucky, I had already done so much personal growth work and I knew how to physical help my body.

You would think after getting the great news, I would feel extreme joy? Well I did, for a moment, but I also felt angry. I was angry that this had happened. I was angry that I now knew just how fragile life really was. I was angry there had been so many rough moments.

Well, like everything else, this too subsided. I started to feel grateful again, truly happy this time. I found a new perceptive on life, I knew I had been given an opportunity. This opportunity was there all along. We all have it, it’s just sometimes it is so far hidden, we cannot even tell that there is an opportunity and that it is ours.

I have decided to start a cleanse because I can! I want to rid my body and mind of the old, let it know how truly grateful I am for health, and I want to turn the page and start a brand new chapter in my life. Besides, I love to fast, and to do cleanses and detox. It always reminds me that I am in charge of my own decisions. Life takes care of life and we get to take care of our decisions.

See you tomorrow for Day 2!

To view Day 2, go HERE


September 2014 Natural Healing Journal

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Health Journal, Health News, Healthy Living, Inspiration, Life Coaching, Natural Healing

Can you believe we are already in September? Time flies when we are living a great life, n’est-ce pas?

I do hope you have had a wonderful and beautiful summer. On our end, we very much enjoyed the hot days, when they where around, the full gardens which are still continuing to offer us perfect veggies and medicinal plants and a slower pace. I would even go as far as to say that the summer has changed me. I am a new person, who has recently recognized that fear that was hiding behind a need to be very busy, overly busy!

It is said that over-indulging in anything masks some kind of lack that we may be feeling. In all honesty, I agree! I was over compensating to numb my insecurities of making it on my own, of not being enough. Once I took notice that my need to be so busy was rooted in my need for self-worth, the healing began. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to be busy, have lots of fun projects going on at the same time and enjoy my life fully, but the motivation behind it all has changed. I don’t feel a need to please or a need to prove. I have changed that for a fulfilling sense of contentment.

How about you, do you over work, over exercise, over party? Do you ‘over-do’ things? Have you ever taken the time to see if it could possibly be masking a deeper feeling? Or do you feel balanced, in-sync with your life?

I guess in the end, it is all about knowing who you truly are and what you truly wish to live on a daily basis in your life. September is a great month to focus on your goals and to make sure they are pointing in the right direction. If setting new goals or bringing new urgency to your already existing ones is a priority and you wish to get some assistance with that, it will be my pleasure to serve you. You can contact me at (514) 893-1920 or via email at isabelle@centrenaturalhealing.com

Week 32: Watch a TV show in another language. It is a great way to broaden your knowledge of other cultures. Of course you want to do this when you feel calm and open. It is a wonderful and simple way to enjoy the brain-building it will foster.
Personally, I love to watch foreign movies and even better if they have sub-titles, but that could just be me!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I am so proud and excited to announce that we have several new classes being offered this year. We have a total of 4 different classes on meditation and wellness as well as many conferences/workshops on Raw Eating. More classes and workshops will be added regularly so make sure you stop by often to check out what we are up to. You can always access this information by pressing the SERVICE button on our site HERE. You can also find all the details to these in the Natural Healing Journal, so if you are not signed up for it yet, make sure you do that.  You can subscribe by entering your name address on the right hand side of any page of the website.

Registration is now on for our Courses and Conferences. We would love to have you join us. You can register for all the classes in one series or opt for the drop-in option. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings at different times. For extra information or to book an appointment for a Health Service, you can reach me at (514) 893-1920 or isabelle@centrenaturalhealing.com

With love & light,

Isabelle xoxox

Breath In

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Cleansing, Healthy Living, Life Coaching, Natural Healing, Positive Thinking

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Have you ever noticed how much your breathing changes according to the situation you are presently living? If an external situation can influence your breath, you most certainly can influence how you are feeling by modifying your breath.

When meditating, why do you think people use long deep breaths? Have you ever wondered why some people smoke? What about when you’re laughing or crying? Today, take time to mindfully use your breath to influence how you feel. Use your breath to help create yourself a wonderful day!

For a private consultation or a group class on mindful breathing/meditation, please contact me at isabelle@centrenaturalhealing.com

Week 20 – 23 / Semaine 20 – 23

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in 52 Weeks / Semaines, Blog, Challenge, Exercise, Healthy Living, Inspiration, Natural Healing, Positive Thinking

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Week 20 – 23: “Live in prime time rather than watching in prime time,” says Waitley. How you chose to spend your time reflects on how you chose to live your life. Living a life can be so much more rewarding then watching others live theirs on TV. Wasting time and procrastination practically define the comfort zone as we often hear, life begins just outside your comfort zone. Television provides a fantasy and escape, but don’t let it replace your life.

Semaine 20 à 23: Vivez en temps réel plutôt qu’observer du temps réel, nous dit Waitley. La façon dont vous choisissez de passer votre temps se reflète sur la façon que vous vivez votre vie. Vivre sa propre vie peut être tellement plus gratifiant qu’observer les autres vivent les leurs à la TV. Perdre son temps et la procrastination définissent pratiquement la zone de confort, et comme nous l’entendons si souvent, la vie commence au bout de notre zone de confort. La télévision fournit une fantaisie et une évasion, mais ne la laisser pas remplacer votre vie.

Ref: Success Magazine, Sally Denee

Day 1 and 2 of Fasting

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Cleansing, Health News, Healthy Living, Life Coaching, Natural Healing

Do you do cleanses or fasts? If you are into a healthy lifestyle then knowing about detox can be a plus.

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Yesterday I did Day 1 of my fast. I have been doing these for about 20 years now, so fasting and cleanses are nothing new. What is new is the the experience I live each and every time. I find detox to be very much like everyday life; each one similar but with some small extraordinary differences. Each fast has been unique in its own. Some have been very physical, where I was so tired and could feel every organ of my body detoxing. Others where more emotional and spiritual. I felt it more in my Soul and in my emotions then in my body. Don’t get me wrong, each one has a physical impact and the goal each and every time is to purify the body, rid it of it’s toxins and feel rejuvenated. Plus the perks are pretty nice too (weight loss and extra energy).

Fasting is serious business and so is cleansing. I would only recommend them with the supervision of a health care professional. Besides, it’s really nice to make the best of this time; get as much cleaned and cleared out and have that extra support. This, you can only get with supervised care.

When I fast, I always supplement with herbal remedies, a cleansing lemonade (which I like to call it) and some extra health services like colonics. I usually also add in a liver cleanse and blood cleanse. If I am going to fast, I am going to get the whole deal!

So yesterday, I started it with a bang! When I went down to the clinic to get my cayenne tincture (I also make these products), the top of the jar was not fasten properly and my entire 1 liter of cayenne extract came crashing to the floor, not to mention everywhere on me and on the clinic furniture. I can assure you that this kind of tincture burns, so in a flash, the wet close come off and the cleaning began. All my products are made in 8% apple cider vinaiger so the smell of the tincture was strong! Both my son and I had little red eyes! Fortunately I was able to save about half a cup of the tincture, just enough for my special ‘lemonade’.

The rest of the day was pretty eventless. I was able to workout as planned (doing week 5 of T25) and participate in all my normal activities. I even set some time aside to cook my son a special meal and to have playtime together. No need for both of us not to enjoy great food. Mind you, I have not always been able to do this because being around food when you are fasting is tough.

Now today Day 2, I am still feeling really great. No fight with any tincture and more R & R time with my son made all of it great. I was able to workout and do my usual routine plus I have no desire for food, which is great. I have found that eating, especially over eating is a very emotional thing. When someone chooses to fast, they do it for health reasons and this will help in reducing the need for food. Luckily, my stomach is pretty much always full. It has the herbal remedies as well as the ‘lemonade’.
A bonus, I have taken off 4 pounds and I am feeling wonderful.

Tonight I am trying a new liver cleanse. I am a bit nervous because I know these cleanses can be tough. My usual one is tough, and now I am tripling the concentration of olive oil and adding a few more ingredients and medicinal plants. I know that it will all be good, but I am still anxious for it. One of my great friends said to me, ‘If it scares you, you need to do it’. So this is following your on her advise!

I will keep you posted on the outcome!

For a live or web consultation, please contact Isabelle at isabelle@centrenaturalhealing.com

To read the second part of this article Day 3 – 4 of FASTING/CLEANSING, press HERE.

DARE! DECIDE! DO IT!

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