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April 2015 Natural Healing Journal

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Detox, Health Journal, Healthy Living, Raw

It’s official, we are now into spring and not a moment too soon! I hope you’re enjoying it just as much as we are? Even though the days are taking their sweet time feeling warm, the earth is still warming up.  We can tell with all the changes happening around and within us. It is actually a perfect time to do some cleanup, a detox and even a fast. Each year, I take advantage of this time to do both, and this year was no different.  

Aside the fact that my entire system clears up and I feel completely ready for a great summer, I usually learn something at a deeper level during this cleansing period.  This time, it was regarding lists.  With the busy lives that we all lead, to-do lists are becoming more and more popular.  I for one have a to-do list for just about everything in my life. I would even go as far as to say that I have found myself spending more energy in the “DOING”, then in the “BEING”.  We get so busy and caught up in doing stuff, that we may forget how important it is just to BE. This has now become my new goal, to BE.  While I will continue to have to-do lists so I may make progress towards all of my goals, I will now create the time to BE. It is not an easy task to BE, as it requires us to slow down and not be in a perpetual state of doing, but rather to take time to feel and live.  

Along with this new goal, Centre Natural Healing will be offering more meditation classes this session.  We will take advantage of the warmer weather to practice meditation inside as well as outside and in both sitting and mobile postures.  Each class will offer a different THEME, and our goal will be to explore two meditation practices during our workshop hour.  Registration is now open, so take advantage of this time to secure your spot!  

Last month we had our first raw food workshop and what a yummy success it was!  This month we are offering you the English version of the workshop: Basics, Tools & Techniques.  If you weren’t able to join us last month for this class, or if you wanted to join in but preferred the English version, now’s your chance! We will also be offering the workshop: Smoothies & More, (bilingual or French).  Come and join us for these healthy-habit workshops, learn new recipes and taste why raw eating is becoming so popular! Register now because places are limited!  

Centre Natural Healing will be offering different courses and workshops (Natural Creams & Cosmetics, Natural Spa, etc.) during the summer months, so please remember to subscribe to our blog to stay current and informed!  Registration comes along with a FREE gift to you – 30 DAYS OF INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES sent directly to your inbox. Not only will you be registered and aware of all what’s new, you will also receive our new blog posts, recipes, health tips, positive quotes, etc.

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 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

Day 2: My 8 Day Fast/Cleanse Diary

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

Day 2: I am now on day two of my cleanse. I am feeling very well, although I can tell the difference in participating in a cleanse during the warmer months as oppose to now (Nov.). I can more easily feel the cold and have a greater sense of cocooning. I have been doing cleanses since my first year of college when I was only 17. So we can safely say I have quite a bit of experience behind my belt, but it is important to know that all cleanses are felt and lived differently even if one is repeating the same protocol.

So why did I choose to do a cleanse now even if it is very late in the year? This is because I didn’t feel comfortable in my body and I have been through some major milestones and felt it was time to start a new chapter. Cleanses for me, have always been a way to get rid of the old and accept the new. And I can truly tell that my entire being is grateful for this ‘down’ time to recuperate, clean and repair. As I mentioned beforehand, I usually prefer to do cleanses in the spring. After all, it is when everything comes alive again, when our favorite detox plants (dandelions) come to life and when we as humans feel our energy level rise up. Don’t get me wrong, one can experience all these things pretty much at any time of the year, but for many different reasons, spring is THE best time.

So what am I doing to keep busy and my mind off food? The same as usual I guess. It is actually easier to focus on the fasting part of the cleanse then one might think. I have my special lemonade to keep me going, I have my psyllium and montmorillonite to help in the cleansing and detox portion. I also use my Detox herbal tea blend that you can find HERE. To that, I add my regular vitamins, minerals and health practice. Well, in all honesty because my goal is to have a longer cleanse, I am limiting my exercising. Last spring during my cleanse, I was able to do full out exercise sessions, but I was also focusing on doing a 4 day cleanse with a liver detox. This time, I am not sure I am going to go for a liver detox. It is demanding on the body and I am truly not certain to want to undertake that during these colder days.

For the moment, I am taking it one day at a time and we will see how it plays out. Staying open and allowing oneself to live a positive experience is what makes the entire difference in accomplishing a great cleanse.

See you tomorrow for more power of Fasting!

To view Day 3, go HERE
To view Day 1, go HERE

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