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July 26, 2014

Eat Clean :: Get Lean Summer 2014

We just wrapped the Summer Session of Eat Clean :: Get Lean. 
4 weeks of clean eats, fresh workouts, food strategies, webinars, sprouting, meal planning, prizes, detoxing + vision boarding magic.
All online.
Incredible bonds formed.

And lots of inspiring pictures shared over the 30 days. I am sooo proud of what this group accomplished!
Are you ready to join us?
Next session starts Oct 12th. Details Here

P R O G R A M  R E V I E W S
I hesitantly signed up for this course two days before it began. I messaged Ange saying "I eat crap. I don't exercise. I'm so far gone. I'm depressed and miserable. Would this program be too much for me?". She told me it would be perfect and that everyone comes to this program with their own struggles. She was absolutely right. At the risk of sounding dramatic, I will go ahead and say this program saved my life. I have learned so much in this program that my brain could explode. I knew all about eating healthy and exercising before, or so I thought, but implementation was my problem. This program was all about implementing and doing. Not just "talking" about being healthy, but doing it. Getting out to the grocery store and buying those "weird" foods you've never had before. Trying new recipes, workouts, ingredients, ways of looking at things.... It was all about seeing health in a new way and then DOING IT! Ange's gentle and compassionate ways, and the loving support I received from the ladies in the ECGL program, reminded me to cut myself some slack. I learned to want to feed myself nourishing foods from a place of love rather than a place of shame or hatred. I learned that "not planning, is planning to fail" and that "done is better than perfect". Ange clearly understands the cognitive and emotional challenges and struggles involved in setting goals for health, eating healthy, exercising, and balancing that with our day-to-day responsibilities of being mothers, wives, employees, etc.

What I feel is most special about ECGL and Ange's approach is that she is all about EMPOWERING women to live their best lives. Ange will not take the credit or glory for anything we have done. Instead she reminds us that we're the reason these changes happen and that we deserve to give credit to ourselves and not to her. She is too humble. It has forced me to realize that I succeeded in this program, not just because the program was incredible and Ange and the ladies supported me, but also because I did the hard work. I made a commitment to myself to take care of and love myself and to see this program through. And I did it! It's the first time in a long time that I believed I could do something that was difficult and I did not give up. It's an amazing feeling. And I have myself, Ange, and all my ECGL ladies to thank. 

"I can't quite figure out what's so magical about Ange's programs. She gives all kinds of good information with background research and common-sense goals. She has said herself that she's put a lot of great information out there for free, and her podcast is an awesome source of information and inspiration, but her programs are special. It's partly because she curates a great community of support. It's partly because the strategies she presents toe the line between deceptive simplicity and impossible difficulty. But I think it's mostly because she has traveled this road to health and truly feels passionate about helping others find the path and stay on it. She's not dogmatic or judgmental, and she's quick to personalize a program. Anyone could lead a bunch of ladies in a brand-name diet for 30 days, but Ange really created a program that is a well-thought-out journey, with a roadmap, and a group of wild ladies with whom to enjoy the ride. This is the first time I have seen my body change over a short month, and I was never asked to starve or exhaust myself. This program is about strength and empowerment. And best of all, the community stays even after the program is done."

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April 7, 2014

{Hol:Fit Hacks} Remove Labels Easily + DIY Green Cleaners

Who's ready for a little awesome DIY project to kick off a new week?
I love this discovery because it's not only easy but it upcylces something that most of us are not able to recycle in our areas....

I am a bit of a glass hoarder....I have 2 cupboards full of empty masons and my pantry shelves are lined with glass containers full of pretty things to cook + bake with. {you can watch my pantry tour video from 2 years ago should you feel like it}
I purchase the large case of smaller perrier bottles from Costco and enjoy them daily by cutting my home brewed kombucha 50/50 with perrier {extra fizz!}. So I always have lots of empties...

But not a big fan of labels + sticky residue hanging around on my pretty glasses. So in today's hack I'm going to show you how to easily remove the gunk and then turn those bottles into something very useful as a health trooper.

Fill a sink with hot water and 1tbsp of baking soda for every jar/bottle you plan to soak. For extra quick dissolving - add 1 drop of doTERRA lemon essential oil for every jar/bottle. The lemon oil just on its own will remove adhesive from anything {nature's goo gone}
Let the glasses soak for at least 10 min and do a peel check. Some bottles like Pelligrino + Perrier will peel off super easy
Steel wool will help to get that last little bit of adhesive off the stubborn ones.

Store your masons for later use. The sparkling glass water bottles are what you'll need today because they fit perfectly with standard spray heads!!! This is great incentive to dump the harmful chemicals in your cupboards {ahem windex} and use the spray head for your new creations:

I'm making up a bunch of bottles to have at the London stop of Hol:Fit Healthy Bliss this weekend!

Click on the Essential Oils Tab at the top of the website for more info on how to infuse your life with oils!
Peace, love + healthy-hacking,

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April 4, 2014

When Your Child is Sick...

There's not much else that matters when your child is sick. It's been a rough week at our house - starting with Chloe last weekend coming down with some type of flu...me waiting to see if/when Emme would catch it to. Sure enough just as Chloe was feeling better yesterday, Emme was up all night with nausea and is now passed out on the couch next to me as I type this. There's a lot I should be doing right now but I feel compelled to sit and scribble this out to you.
I struggle when sickness comes into our home because I immediately feel at fault {as all mamas experience}. Was the food not nourishing enough? Too much technology while I 'bought' myself time to get some work done? Have I forgot to make sure they washed their hands before they ate? On a good day as a parent - you are never alone in your thoughts. Quoting Sofia Loren "A mother always has to think twice. Once for herself and once for her child."

As I look back on this week, I remind myself that kids do need to be sick once in a while - otherwise how will their immune system be carefully challenged as they grow? The lifestyle we lead as a family  has brought us through this awful winter with pretty solid immune systems...but when sickness hits, I have a game plan I'll share with you.

*the advice below is not meant to replace that of your doctor.*

The most important thing to know is that, by design, your body has within itself unbelievable capability to heal.When sickness takes over - the priority is to support the body as it works it's magic. Take a fever for example - this is one of the body's most useful approaches in healing. By raising the body's temperature it is killing off certain bacteria and viruses sensitive to these changes.

Here is what I do for my kids to support their little bods as they heal:

DIET: Lots of water, clear soups with garlic/onion and smoothies {coconut water, tbsp ea hemp + chia seeds, banana and pineapple is great}. Coconut water to replenish if they've been throwing up.

If they are feeling NAUSEOUS I make a massage oil of 1 drop doTERRA Digest Zen blend + 3 drops carrier oil and rub that into their belly + low back. They also like to inhale the peppermint oil. Fluids are the most important thing - limit foods. Again - work with this in making them comfortable but this is all part of their body's way of healing.

To relieve the discomfort of FEVER, I dilute 1 drop of doTERRA pure peppermint oil in 3 drops of carrier oil and massage this into their feet, the backs of their neck, their ear lobes and down the spine. I do this 3x a day and monitor their temperature to make sure it doesn't go past 102 degrees.

To support their body's goal in fighting a VIRUS, I apply doTERRA OnGuard essential oil blend directly to the bottoms of their feet 3-4x per day. OnGuard is 90% effective in stopping an infected virus cell from duplicating. It is better to apply this in small amounts throughout the day. I also diffuse it throughout the house and oil pull it with 1 tbsp olive oil in my own mouth every day.

If they are CONGESTED, I make a massage oil with 2 drops doTERRA Breathe essential oil blend + 4 drop carrier oil and massage that into their chest. I also put it in a small diffuser in their rooms. If they are having trouble settling - I will apply it directly to my own chest and snuggle them into me while they sleep propped up.

I clear my schedule as best I can. I think it's important to just be there as much as you can - for extra snuggle time. I like to put a calming channel on youtube such as this one and lie with my girls on the couch. It relaxes them when I pretend to put makeup on their face with my fingers as they close their eyes. Lots of REST + CUDDLING is important - I try to limit stimulation.

I really hope this provides you + your kids some relief when you face the next sick day. As you can see - I now incorporate doTERRA certified pure grade essential oils into so much of my + my family's routine. What a difference they have made! If you're looking to get started with the oil - the Family Physician Kit comes with everything I mentioned here and a few other gems.

You can check out the Essential Oils Page I created below the Hol:Fit banner above to learn more.

ps...If you live in London, ON - I'm hosting an essential oils, green smoothie + optimal health habits event on April 12th from 6-8pm...you should come!
Love + healing,

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