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Day 3 – 4 of Fasting

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog

It is done, I feel wonderful and it went so well!!

Day 3 went surprisingly well even after my huge liver cleanse of the night before. I have been fasting and cleansing for the past 20 years so all what it entails is usually no surprise to me.
Anyone that knows me, also knows how I love to try new things. Although I was a bit fearful to take on this new liver cleanse, I did it without hesitation. Can you imagine tossing down 250 ml of olive oil and grape fruit juice? Yeah, it was challenging, but luckily for me I knew how important it was to hold my nose when doing it so I didn’t really have to taste it. The thickness of the oil was plenty!!

Of course it didn’t end just there. There is an entire protocol to follow but in all honesty, I think a few days of cleansing to rid the liver and gallbladder of all it’s toxins and stones is well worth it!


This is a great picture which actually gives you an idea of how the stones circulate in the liver and gallbladder. It can be quite painful if there are some big stones but when following protocol and with the support of a natural health practitioner, you will be fine.

During the fast, it is always a great idea to receive some cleansing therapies. Massages, lymphatic drainage and colonics are at the top of that list. Usually I get at lease two colonics. This time, because my fast was shorter and following the detailed steps in the cleanse, I really did not need a colonic in the middle of my fast. I did however get a colonic before reintroducing food into my diet and another colonic one week after the fast/cleanse was done.

Day 4 was my last day and when I reintroduced food into my daily diet. I can honestly say I was in no big hurry to start eating again. I was still probably full from all that oil from the two previous nights. Upon waking, I was able to rid myself of more stones and prepare for my day. I decided not to work out the morning because I was feeling a bit more tired. I prepared more ” special lemonade”, had my colonic and started eating some red grapes around 2 pm. From there my digestive system started working wonderfully well once again and I felt rested, calm and grateful that it was done!!


Even after 20 years of fasting/cleanses, this is what you read one of the things you read your body. I think fasting/cleansing is a wonderful way to keep your entire body healthy and your mind clear. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is not severely sick, pregnant or breast-feeding. Do make sure that you have the support of a natural health care provider to assist you in this. Although the protocol is easy enough to do on your own, you want to maximize this time to get as much as you can out of it and a coach will help you do that. As for this new liver cleanse, I think I will keep it but I will tweak it!

For support on a fast/cleanse or for any other health and wellness issues, please contact Isabelle at

To read Part I of the FAST/CLEANSE article, please press HERE.

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.


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!

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

A Bit More On Detox

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


This month is all about cleanses, detox and getting in shape. Here is a little extra information on great food that will help with this process.
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Out With The Old, In With The New

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Cleansing, Health News, Healthy Living, Naturopathy

In connection with this months Health Journal (click HERE to read) on cleanses, fasting and reaching health goals, here is some information on effectively eliminating.


Since squatting in this position is not feasible for everyone, there are alternatives. Here at the clinic, Centre Natural Healing, we offer a special rounded stool that allows this kind of position, but in a more comfortable and safe manner.


Please contact me directly for more information on this product or to book an appointment for a Health Assessment (click HERE for details).
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March 2014 Natural Healing Journal

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Cleansing, Health Journal, Health News, Healthy Living, Promotions

Can you feel it? The days are longer, the sun is warmer; it can only mean one thing, spring!!! Most people when they think of spring, think of gardening (which is actually awesome, but more on that another time), putting the boots and winter cloths away, going biking, etc. Personally, when it starts to warm up, I think of cleansing and making sure I am in shape. What do you think? Are you up for the challenge? How about joining me in a cleanse and getting a workout diet on the way?


The Cleanse: There are a few different types of cleanses. One consists of juicing with fresh fruit and vegetables. The other is the complete cessation of food and only sustaining a certain amount of calories with a special lemonade. This is called fasting, it is absolutely wonderful for the body, spirit and mind AND also needs to be done with the supervision of a health professional. Either way, these are great ideas to take on during spring. It is when your body and cleansing organs are most receptive. If you are considering a fast, make sure you have someone that can support you and guide you through the entire process. I would be happy to serve you either in person at the clinic or via the web with Skype or Face Time. Please follow the LINK for more details. Personally, I will be fasting.


The Exercise-Diet: Everyone knows the benefits of exercising, and most people have similar reasons for doing it. Some of us do it to maintain health, others to get healthy, and others do it for other related health reasons such as maintaining a healthy weight size. All of these reasons are great and we all need goals to help motivate us. We also know how busy life can be and getting out and being active is not always as simple as it should be. Here are a few of my suggestions: 

1- Don’t under estimate the benefits of a walk (cardio). You can actually burn up to 240 calories per hour by taking a simple pleasure walk. If you wish to increase the calories burnt, simply pick up your pace, add on some extra weight or do a few running sprints during your walk. You will be amazed at what doing this a few times a week can create for you.

2- Learn some yoga. There are many types of yoga out there and you will surely find one that suits your needs and personality. Some can be very soothing and relaxing while others are very demanding and will build your strength. Not only is yoga wonderful for the body but it also calms the mind. It’s like getting a two-for-one. Personally, I love yoga for muscle toning, core stability improvement, strength building and stress reduction. Hatha yoga can burn up to 175 calories per hour, Ashtanga yoga, 300 calories per hour, Vinyasa yoga, 445 calories per hour and Bikram or hot yoga can burn up to 630 calories per hour. I highly recommend this for all the benefits that it brings.

When talking about getting in shape, we often talk about calories. So what are calories exactly? Calories are a way to measure energy just like a pound is a way to measure your weight. The amount of energy you burn in doing an activity is measured by the calories burn rate. How do you burn calories? To burn calories you need to be moving. The more you move and are active, the harder the activity, the greater the calories burnt. Generally, to maintain your weight, the amount of calories you take in should equal p.m. not you burn. If you wish to take off some weight to reach your health goal, you need to burn more calories actually take in. This is why it is important to combine a healthy diet, a balanced lifestyle and some kind of vigorous activity to get in shape and stay healthy.

3- The benefits of weight training. This is another great exercise to tone and strengthen muscles and get fit. Surprisingly enough, you can burn between 400 and 500 calories by weightlifting if you do a vigorous training with little rest tween each set.

Whatever form of exercise you undertake, it is important to choose something that you enjoy. If you take pleasure in doing the exercise, you increase your chances of sticking to the program and reaching your house/weight goals.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: This month, it is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I encourage you to come in and take advantage of NO TAXES on Health Assessments, Life Coaching sessions and all Health Services.

We are on the way with our Meditation & Wellness Classes. We would love to have you join us for one or as many classes as you wish. Classes are held Wednesday evenings from 7:15 PM to 8:15 PM. Please follow the LINK for extra information. You can also call or email to register for a class or set up an appointment; 514-893-1920 or

With love & light,  Isabelle xoxo


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