I love a fresh start and that includes New Years Resolutions. I don’t care if they’re cheesy or cliche or if the media says they never work, I always make a couple each January. I’m not talking about fad diets or dropping big bucks on a gym membership I’ll never use, but getting clear on what I want from the next 12 months and setting some intentions on how to make it all happen.
The holidays can be a tricky time.
On one hand, they only come around once a year so what’s a little indulgence? But on the other, it can be a slippery slope and before you know it you’re not just indulging at the Christmas or Hanukah dinner table, but when a box of green and red sprinkled Tim Hortens doughnuts shows up in the office kitchen.
When it came to holistic, natural living hormonal birth control was my final frontier. I had long favoured unprocessed foods, clean beauty products and chemical-free cleaners before I ever considered giving up my trusty Nuvaring. Natural birth control was something I had read about it but I certainly didn’t understand it. And besides, my hesitation really had little to do with pregnancy – I was terrified to find out what my periods might be like after more than a dozen years on hormonal birth control.
Do you consider your period an inconvenience?
You don’t need me to tell you that too much sun exposure is bad for you. The effects of excess sun exposure are well known, and that’s why we all use sunscreen, right?
My path to natural health and holistic wellness didn’t start in the kitchen, but rather in the bathroom after I developed a terrible rash from using antiperspirant. Switching to a natural deodorant cleared it up almost immediately, but a new rash soon surfaced – this time on my eyelids. Itchy, watery, puffy eyes and skin were enough for me to trash all my make-up, lotions, potions, shampoos, creams and gels. That was seven years ago and I’ve never looked back.
A few simple meals I’ve put together while on vacation
My guy and I have been travelling together for almost nine years now. We’ve figured out that our best trips are always the ones where we’ve stayed in homes or apartments instead of hotels. It’s a fun way to experience a new place and having a place that really feels like home at the end of a long day exploring makes me feel more relaxed. And then there’s having access to a kitchen – I love to cook whether it’s at home or when we’re away.
Over the years I’ve made a lot of mistakes when it came to self-catering in rented apartments. Now I’ve got it down to a fine art and I wanted to share my secrets with you to encourage you to try out cooking a few meals on your next vacation.
Self-care is a hot topic in the wellness world right now and for good reason. We all need to take time for ourselves, doing whatever it is that makes us feel good. But like anything that’s good for you it can easily fall off the list of priorities and onto that guilt-inducing pile of shoulds.
One of the hallmarks of holistic nutrition is that it is individualized, taking each person’s history, lifestyle and health goals into account to create a unique plan just for them. No two people are alike which means no two diets or approaches to health and wellness should be alike!
However, there are a few things that I find myself repeating to just about every client that I have worked with. Beyond drinking lots of water and eating fresh, natural foods here are the four healthy habits that I recommend to all my clients!