Koolaid To Kale

3-months

Quite simply put……….are you tired of starting over……AGAIN! “THIS will be my year” you said about 330 days ago.  Yet, as the last month of the year looms, your mind drifts to the short comings of your health goals that … Continue reading

Next Detox……….The News

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We are all made of energy not matter.  I love the very thought that the cells of my body are alive.  A recent “happening” raised my awareness as to my sensitivity, connection to energy. I have started a Monday evening … Continue reading

Sober in October

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It’s all over the news: two drinks a day is a ok.  That’s if it’s alcohol cause if you’re consuming 2 fizzy drinks a day, well then, that’s a whole different story.

Then there’s the news about the value of resveratrol in wine.  Well, that along with my Italian heritage was all permission I needed to justify enjoying a glass of wine (or two) an evening.

Last October I decided to go coffee free for the month.  This was born out of the awareness that we have become a society where needing the jolt in the morning has become acceptable.  At the same time I found I was needing more of the kick yet enjoying it less.  I was the sort that a part of my night routine was to prepare my morning coffee maker.  My favorite was ground freshly and the timer set to go off precisely 10 minutes before my alarm.  I would lay in bed contemplate hitting a snooze button, then my senses would pick up the aroma of my fresh jolt waiting for me.

Drag myself down the stairs, barely awake, the brown liquid poured into my favorite mug.  Although it seemed like in an instant when I am certain it was more a gradual process that I was unaware of, I had an epiphany that I was needing this more than enjoying it.

May of this year I did a 5 day detox.  That in itself had a joke……”heck if I can’t have wine I may as well go to bed!”  Interesting how during those 5 days I would have THE BEST SLEEP.  I have done this program before and am well aware of the power of it.  This time around my results were very disappointing.  I was baffled and yes a tad frustrated.  My one daughter made a comment about it “being my age”!!!!  My age!  My age!  My whole life all needed to do is talk to my metabolism and it fires up!  I haven’t experienced a “weight problem” for 3o years.  Ah yes, I thought a bit more calmer……… my age.  This is very similar to when another daughter was a preteen; I reminded her that right now as a 11 year old, she can eat ice cream every day, BUT there will come a time when that will not serve you.  Between being in the process of, or right at the doorstep of menopause, there’s a lot of “stuff” going on.  My liver is working pretty darn hard right now.  Something needs to change!!!!

no wineThe same awareness that carried me to the doorstep of coffee free, is carrying me to Sober In October.  “Sober?  But mom you’re not a drunk” – 16 year old daughter.  Interesting, that society says it’s acceptable to have the couple of glasses a day.  WedMD says that one of the signs of alcohol abuse and/or dependency is that “You feel like you must drink just to get by”.  Being honest with ourselves is a huge first step:  I don’t need the glass of wine to get by BUT I do recognize that I need the glass of wine to relax.

In addition to supporting my liver with herbs and supplements, I am looking forward to input:

A recovering alcoholic to talk about dependencies.

A naturopath to share on what happens in the body (the liver) with daily exposure to alcohol

Strategies on how to relax at the end of busy days

In sharing my intention today with my naturopath, the last thing she said to me was that she was glad I was doing this.

So am I………………………………….

Nightmares and Lifemares

Have you heard the one about the lady who died while sleeping in her car?

What about the woman who forgot her child was in the car while she went into work?  Actually after a quick google search, you will find several stories of this nature.

I still remember my very first email address, I would proudly call myself “bzymom”.

About six weeks ago I awoke one morning from a frightful dream.  The kind of dream that bolts you out of a sleep, sitting upright, panting with anxiety.  In this dream I was rushing, just rushing.  In this dream I forgot “something”.  I have no idea what it was that slipped my mind, all I remember was the panic mood that I started that day with. They say that if your dreams don’t scare you, their not big enough.  This dream scared me and was a wake up call to the reality of my pace.  Enough!  Something had to change!  You see, I knew that this just wasn’t a nightmare, it was my life!  nightmare

I had already been feeling the physical symptoms of “enough”.  In hearing many other stories of fibromyalgia and the symptoms, I was certain this explained the full body aches and pains that would not only cause me restlessness sleep but also had me grimacing as my feet would hit the floor.  Living in this body of mine for 50 + years, I know when somethings wrong.  It felt, almost as if, I was rusting from the inside out just like Tin Man from the classic Wizard Of Oz. tin man I knew two speeds, fast forward and stop!  Although over 5 million people in North America suffer from this invisible dis-ease this post is more about you woman, or a woman you know, and doing too much!

My heart goes out to these women and their families and I will be the last person to place judgement on them.  My family and I can look back and find a little humor when on one occasion I forgot my 3 year old.  Fortunately, so very fortunately, it was in our church.  It wasn’t until the other two were getting buckled safely in their seats did we realize. Talk about wake up calls.

WHEN exactly did rushing become glorified?  It’s sad with so many people working 3 or 4 jobs, catching naps when and where ever they can, just to fuel the next round of their day.  It’s so sad that minds are always thinking 3 or 4 steps ahead to miss “the present” and “the now”.

A couple of resources that I want to share with you. Now, I know your busy ;), but just one of these resources can either shift your thinking in how you lead your life right now, today.  Or it can be the last straw to what your already suspecting, what your already feeling day to day, to say enough.

Firstly, Dr. Libby Weaver coined Rushing Woman.  Not only does she have a book, she also has a beautiful TED Talk about the crises facing women’s health.  WATCH IT!  I cried in belief the first time I watched it.

The other MUST WATCH is the Go Red campaign “Just A Little Heart Attack“.  I’m sure you’ll nod at the familiarity of her morning routine.

Lastly, clarity can give you a starting point as to what your lifestyle is REALLY like.  You too can discover a personalized path to a happier and healthier life.

Live, love and for God sakes slow down  ❤

Natural Cough Remedy

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In my excitement and sense of achievement, I share with one of my off spring “I JUST made homemade cough syrup!” “Hmmm, what’s in it?” she asked in typical teenager fashion.  Hmph, no zucchini I thought, as I recall when … Continue reading