Show up as

Many years ago now I was at a business seminar and heard the idea of “showing up”.  Sometimes we are challenged by the goals we set, challenged by life and the concept is that is you “show up” as you would like to be that will be enough to start you moving down the path of your desires. 

It made a lot of sense to me.  The idea to “show up” takes a lot of pressure off.  Going to the gym, or training (exercising) for example.  Many people tell me they don’t like to train.  Now what if they just “showed up” for their regular training session?  What if they just had the mind set that they would put on their training clothes, shoes, get their water and towel and just “show up”.  Maybe the first couple of times just “showing up” they might not do anything else.  But a few days into “showing up” they decided to move.  Maybe it is just to walk or do a few push ups and squats. 

That would be awesome in its self.  Yet imagine the possibilities if a few months down the road of successfully “showing up” each day what results would happen. 

Where else can we “show up” as in our lives?  What about our health?  Imagine “showing up” as a healthier person?  What would that look like?  Maybe eating less junk food?  Maybe eating fresh fruits and veggies each day. 

What would “showing up” look like for you? 

Yours In Health, Wendy

Are We Free? And Why Is This An Important Question To Consider?

Are We Free? And Why Is This An Important Question To Consider?

are we freeAre We FREE? An interesting question right? Well, I have been following the NHPPA.org     (Natural Health Products Protection Association) and TheCharterofHealthFreedom.com  regarding the availability of health products in Canada. There are some fantastic videos available to watch.

I watched the videos with Shawn Buckley (constitutional lawyer and advocate for the protection of natural health products).  Very powerful and it was the first time that I heard the question “Are You Free?”  My first reaction was to say Yes.  I live in Canada and we are supposed to be a free country.  As I watched and listen to the info that Shawn presented I began to think about Freedom in a different way.

Are We Free To Make Our Own Health Decision?

Personally, I have been taking vitamins, herbs, minerals, protein powders, for many, many years never really thinking about the fact one day I might not be able to buy them from the health store.  Then back in 1993, I got into a network marketing business that was promoting health products.  Not only did the products that I came across with this business and others that I have been involved with for the past 17 years keep me off prescription drugs, they have allowed me to help others with their health and to grow into other wellness businesses.

As health products are being eliminated from our country,  like the almost 50000  products that have been taken off the shelf so far.  What are we going to do?

So am I free?  No, I am not.  I am no longer allowed to decide what products I can take because the products I want are now no longer available in Canada.

Now some that might read this will think so what?  I don’t take vitamins so what do I care it is not impacting me.  And if it were that simple I would agree.  However, this is more about my freedom of choice than anything else.  Why does the government get to decide how I want to take care of my health?

I am not a burden on the health care system. I don’t take prescription drugs, don’t go to the doctor.  We buy my own vitamins,  herbs, minerals, protein powders, juices, buy organic food, grass-fed beef from small local farmers.  I don’t smoke, exercise daily.

Health products, organic food, exercise, meditation have kept me off prescription drugs.  Isn’t that a good thing?  The Health Care oh sorry I mean the Sickness System that is in place in Canada is already over burdened and can not handle much more.  I guess the pharmaceutical companies are not making enough profit and once again we are being manipulated.

To take the question of Freedom further I have to ask am I Free to decide how I make a living?  I am passionate about nutrition, wellness and as I stated earlier I have been providing supplements and health products for many years.  Now it is becoming difficult and will probably be more difficult in the future?

So are we Free?

Here is an example of what the future holds:

Marigold Compounding and Natural Pharmacy in Courtenay, BC is the first of its kind. It is one of the most progressive pharmacies in North America as far as the scope and the mode of its operation. It is the true integration of pharmacy, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and other modalities at a professional level.

It has been recently caught in the controversy that is affecting the delivery of natural health care and natural products in Canada.
On June 14, four inspectors from Health Canada, accompanied by two RCMP officers, and inspectors from the College of Pharmacists of BC raided the pharmacy and seized products without NPN’s (Natural Product Number) and ordered the closure of the store.
The total value of the products taken away by Health Canada was $146,290.85 (valued at cost)
Here are some of the products that were removed from the shelves:
  • All Natural Sunscreens containing zinc oxide in various concentrations
  • Buttspackle containing calendula, Peru balsam, and zinc oxide
  • Arthrotopik Cream for inflammation, containing devil’s claw, calendula, and arnica
  • Jocamu Ointment containing arnica and Rhus tox
  • Wild Oregano Oil, pure oil
  • Arnica Ointment 10%
  • Shatavari Ayurvedic Powder
  • Oil of Lavender pure essential oil
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract, pure
  • Colloidal Silver
  • Goldenseal Powder in Manuka 16+ Medicinal Honey

http://marigoldnatural.blogspot.com/2010/06/ire-and-fire-progressive-pharmacy-draws.html to read the full story on the Marigold Natural Pharmacy blog.

One of the things we can do right now is go to the TheCharterofHealthFreedom.com website and get a petition printed out and have you, your friends, family colleagues sign it and send it off.  Then send an email, snail mail or phone call to your local politicians and let them know you are not happy with what is going on and have them take a stand for our FREEDOM now.

So, how free are we really?

 Are We Free?

Sleep the forgotten pillar of wellness

Last night I didn’t sleep very well.  Went to bed at a good time however it was well past 1:30 am before I was asleep and it was before 6 am when I was awake.  I can not function on that little sleep and today I am reminded how so important it is to get a good nights sleep most if not all nights of the week. 

Getting a good nights sleep is often forgotten when we think about wellness, health, energy for the next day and physical recovery. 

Here are some ideas for a good nights sleep:  Optimizing your sleep

•  Drink plenty of water, dehydration causes the body to feel stressed and the stress hormones are awakening hormones.  

Water is an essential and the major component of all living matter, and the largest single component of our bodies. Water is the one substance (other than oxygen) that we must absolutely have if we are to survive.  

 •It is strongly suggested to get to sleep by 10:30 pm.  The idea is to wind down prior to 10:30pm.      Physical Repair is between 10:00 pm and 2am so going to bed at 10:00 and falling asleep at 11:00 doesn’t count.    After 2am the immune/repair energies are more focused on mental repair, and that  lasts until we wake up.  Adults are going to sleep later, getting up earlier.   Do the math: we are sleeping fewer hours per night. The average adult sleeps 6 hours and 58 minutes per night during the workweek, according to the National Sleep Foundation poll. Sleep experts recommend 8 hours of sleep per night

•Do you best to minimize the bright lights (fluorescent lights)  at least 2 hours before going to bed. 

•Sleep in a totally dark room. 

 •Avoid the consumption of stimulants (caffeine, sugar and nicotine) after lunch. 

•Become aware of how  desserts at dinner containing alcohol, sugar and or caffeine affect you because again these might stimulate and cause trouble sleeping.   

•Eat balanced meals, particularly at dinner. 

 •Exercise.  This will help you sleep better at night.  However  be aware of the time of day you exercise/train, as intense training after supper can increase cortisol levels and make it hard to get to sleep. 

 •Consider moving electrical appliances in your bedroom to the other side of the room from the bed.  

What do you do to get an excellent nights sleep? 

Just a thought.  Wendy Bottrell, Holistic Wellness Coach, http://www.visionquestwellness.com

Our brains are approximately 80% water. Keep in mind that when we are born our bodies are 90% water and 10% matter. As an aging adult, our bodies begin losing water, dehydration sets in, and hydration falls to about 70% water and 30% matter. Upon death, the body is only 50% water!

The first pillar of wellness

As a Holistic Lifestyle Coaching we learn that Thinking is the #1 Pillar of Wellness. Our thoughts effect every cell in the body. Each thought travels to each cell in the body and can have a profound effect on ones health and well being. Thoughts manifest words and creates a physical outcome.

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

A man who does not think for himself does not think at all.”
Oscar Wilde

Buddha quotes: “What we think, we become.”

John Maxwell quotes: “As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behaviour. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behaviour. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works.”

Wo/men often think that health is something only perfect wo/men have. Actually it is something that perfects wo/men.
~ Darina Stoyanova ~

Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought. Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662)

There are hundreds of quotes on thinking and wellness. Most of the time we don`t even know or are aware of the kind of thoughts we are having in any given second. For me it can be quite surprising when I do live in the moment of being aware of individual thoughts.

In my own Personal Wellness Revolution I have committed to being aware of my thoughts.  This is the first step to changing the thoughts that are no longer serving me.   When I do have a thought that I see no value in and keep having that thought I have begun to ask “Is this thought still true for me?”  This allows me to begin the process of change.

What kind of thoughts are you having and how are they affecting your Personal Wellness Revolution?  How will you begin to change those thoughts that are no longer serving you? 

Just a thought, Wendy

Happiness

I was out the other day on my bike and feeling very happy with life. Being out on my bike going for long rides makes me feel happy and free just like when I was a little kid. Looking at all the beauty around me, the wind on my face and not a worry in the world. Out in nature challenging myself to see how far I can go, how fit I am, all makes me feel happy.

It got me thinking how does happiness affect our life? If we are deeply happy do we have better health? Is being content being happy? How do we measure happiness and is it important to measure happiness in our life? Do others make us happy? Is happiness being grateful for what we have?

I feel that if we are happy we have better health.

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

And according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined the link between happiness and a number of health factors in 200 Caucasian adults, age 45-59 years, all of whom worked for the government in London, England. The study assessed each participant on a work day and weekend day, measuring them at work and play for a number of criteria including blood pressure, heart rate and stress hormone (cortisol) levels. Participants were measured under normal conditions and after a mental stress test. Under each condition participants ranked their happiness on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). There were no differences in happiness between people who were married or single, male or female or of varying socioeconomic status; however the happiest participants had the best results across the board for the health markers. I.e. happier people had lower heart rates, and an average of 32% lower levels of cortisol which can have a direct effect on other elements such as blood sugar.

Another study exposed subjects to the cold virus and found that happy people were less likely to get sick, and if they did contract the virus, displayed fewer symptoms. (Source: Carnegie Mellon University). Happy people are less likely to have surges of cortisol, which decreases immunity and makes you more likely to get sick.

“And yet there is mounting evidence that happiness might be at least as powerful a predictor, if not a more powerful predictor than some of the other lifestyle factors that we talk about in terms of cigarette smoking, diet, physical activity and those kind of things.”
(Dr. D. Cox)

So it does seem that happiness is very important to our positive health.

Just a thought, Wendy

Invisible

Many years ago now I was overweight by 75 pounds. I struggles for years with my weight. Poor eating habits, lack of exercise, stress and illness were the reason I was overweight.

One day I just decided that enough was enough and began the journey to reduce my weight. When I first started I was struggling with Fibromalgia, Myofacial Pain Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue. For my the first thing I decided to do was to start moving more. I began an exercise program and it was a challenge. I did one of those boxing videos in my living room. At first I did a few minutes of a 20 minute program and then began to increase the time each day until I could do the whole 20 minute.

I share this to let anyone know who is considering a weight reductio program that it really doesn’t matter where you are starting from on your journey just know it is possible.

My reason to want to reduce my weight were many, to feel better in general and have better health but really it was to be visible in the world again. From my experience being overweight one really becomes invisible. Most people don’t see us or they judge us but they don’t see us. They don’t see us as individuals who have a life story. There are a number of reasons why we gain weight and each story is different.

To begin the journey to reduce weight is becoming visible again. First to yourself. Then to the world.

The Wellness Weight Loss Program has been developed by a person who has had the journey.

We are launching soon online and now I invited you to sign up for the launch.

Now is the time to see yourself as visible and healthy in this world Join me on the journey. Wendy

Eating Organic Considered Just Food 50 Years Ago

I eat organic, I have mentioned that in prior posts. Yet it seems to me that when I was much, much younger food was just food. Good food. It was grown in the garden, there were no chemicals poured all over the fields. Seed went into the ground and with sun, water and weeding good crops came out. We ate them. Food was our medicine.
So what has happened? Why do we now have a new food catagory called Organic?
How did the growing of our food become such a manipulated business? Big Agribusiness owning the food seed and controling what we eat and the only way to get around this is maybe we can grow our own?
I just might be time for each of us to begin our own Personal Wellness Revolution and start paying attention to what we eat, drink, think about our food and what it is doing to our health. Just a thought?

Organic Personal Care, do we need it?

I watched CNN last evening and Dr. Gupta had a show that was informative about the Toxins in the Womb of unborn babies.  Here is a shocking piece of the info:   “We’ve measured hundreds and hundreds of toxic chemicals in the blood of babies that are still in the womb,” said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. “Flame retardants, the chemicals in consumer products like personal care products, makeup, shampoos. It’s a very long list.”

The EWG study found an average of 232 chemicals in the cord blood of 10 babies born late last year.

This is shocking to me because when I tell people that they must be using Organic Personal Care products they look at me as though I have horns.  Our skin is our biggest organ and we know that medications placed on our skin will penetrate the skin to be effective in the body so why wouldn’t we think that skin care, hair care, men and women’s cosmetics would penetrate the skin and provide our body with toxins? 

Five Benefits of Choosing Certified Organic:

1. Good for people! ~ Organic based ingredients have been shown in a number of studies to contain more vitamins, nutrients, and cancer-fighting antioxidants than non-organic ingredients.

2. Good for the soil! ~ Organic systems rely on a modern and scientific understanding of ecology and soil science, while also depending on traditional methods of crop rotations to ensure fertility and weed and pest control.

3. Good for the environment! ~ Organic systems aim at reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. Organic production aims at all times towards sustainability whilst having the best management of the environment and wildlife as a priority.

4. No synthetic chemicals! ~ Organic systems prohibit the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers.

5. No GMO’s! ~ Certified Organic products are produced without GMOs, which are prohibited in the standards for organic food and farming.

Another way to begin a Personal Wellness Revolution today.  http://www.dreambig.mionegroup.com

Just a thought.  Wendy

Eat Local!

I got to thinking last night after watching a video that Hellman’s did on eating local.  It was posted on Facebook and a few friends after watching it make comments on how now they are going to buy local.  The video went on to explain how much of the veggies and fruits that hit our tables here in Canada are grown else where in the world.  This is a problem because it must be picked too early, shipped many thousands of miles, sprayed and more.  Did you know we are losing farmers,and  local crops because it very hard for small local Farmer’s to make a living.  A couple of years ago I was looking into supplying organic food that is fairly local, within 2 hours of the city and one of the organic farmers was telling me that many farmers would be willing to hire out and work other people’s land so they would have a job rather that farm their own land.

I digress.   The video explained the huge reduction in local food and the consequence of this.  Less than nutritious food is coming to our tables when we buy from the grocery store.  So the friends on Facebook made very positive comments like “let’s start buying local” , “gotta find a farmers market”.  This a great idea however did you know a lot of suppliers at farmers markets go to the local food terminal and buy fruits and veggies for the farmers markets, charge you more and this is the same food you can get in the local grocery store?

Our food supply has become controled by a few very large global corporations.  Somewhere I heard the comment “Control the food, Control the World” 

We need to wake up and start taking a look at what is happening to our food.  When we go into the grocery store it is very difficult to buy food that comes from a local source.  We then have to make decisions on what is acceptable for us to eat and what is not.  Eating is not easy anymore and yet it is a basic need for energy, wellness and vitality. 

What we do is then look at finding organic food even though sometimes it might not be beneficial from an enviromental point of view.  Now is the time to begin a personal Wellness Revolution.  Now is the time to at least start thinking about your food and how it is impacting you and the world. 

What will you do today for your Personal Wellness Revolution?  Will you find a local source of your daily veggies?  Will you buy organic?  Will you stop eating junk food just for today?  Will you go for a walk, a bike ride, lift some weights, or just move in some enjoyable way for your? 

Now is the time, are you ready to begin your Personal Wellness Revolution?  Let me know what you will do today. 

Just a thought!  Wendy

Organic?

In the last couple of years I have been eating mainly organic food.  I do my very best to get the freshest organic food and when organic is not possible local food.  There has been enough published to indicate that organic is much better for our health, more nutrition dense.  Well lately this has been a point that I have been pondering.  Now I do believe we must eat food that is not grown with chemicals.  I believe that as society we must begin to value our health, our bodies and our future generations and at a most basic level this comes from the  food we eat each and every day. 

In Paul Chek’s book ‘You are what you Eat” he indicates: Dr. Virginia Worthington reviewed 1230 published comparisons between organically grown and conventionally grown crops.  The results of her survey indicated that organic crops had higher nutrient levels and lower levels of toxicity in 56% of the comparisons.  So this is a good thing right?  This is the reason to eat organic, right?  Better quality food.  So organic food it will be. 

Yes, but this is what I have been pondering.  If organic food has higher nutrient levels and lower levels of toxicity in 56% of the comparisons and we are meant to eat organc what are we still missing from the food in the sense of important nutrition?  What nutrients even with organic are our bodies still needing for our good health.  Is this the reason that adding a good supplemental Multi Vitamin important? 

And over the past few months I have been in touch with many, many wellness practitioners inviting them to take a look at the Symmetry products for their clients, their families, themselves and their business and most tell me the don’t believe in, support or advise their clients to take supplements and there have been a number of practitioners who actually have stated it is unethical to advise their clients on supplementation.  They state that food is what they advise their clients on as this is all that is necessary for proper health.  I have had hands on practitioners inform me that the modality they use allows the body to heal itself?  No need to anything else.

So if we want our bodies to heal and be well, healthy, vibrant and only 56 % of the 1230 published comparisons that Dr. Worthington reviewed had higher levels of nutrition and lower levels of toxicity how is this a basis for good health without adding extra nutrition to our daily eating  programs? 

I have heard for years that Doctors get no nutrition training.  Then we go to the wellness practitioners, dietitians, hands on therapists and none of them can agree on what is the best for our good health.  So how do you or I know what is best for us?  Who do we get our advice from?  How do we decide what is the best course of action for good health for the long term of our life?  How do we change the Sickness System we are presently living in to a Wellness System where we feel good, and live long healthy lives and our future generations out live us with good health?   Maybe we already know what we need to do for a better healthier life? 

We must begin a personal Wellness Revolution.  We must begin as individuals to learn what is in our best interest not that of big business, who are marketing to us in very deceptive ways.  Start asking what is more beneficial for your health and not just believing what is in the media or what your friends and associates are doing.  Maybe start to be a contrarian when it comes to your health, your wellness and your life.  Look at what the sick people are doing and do the opposite. 

For me I will continue to eat organic.  I will continue to take my supplements, exercise, drink water, get good sleep, work on a positive thought process daily, connect with friends to enjoy community and also look at other ways I can continue to improve how I feel daily.  How about you?

Will you begin a personal Wellness Revolution today?  Why not begin the dialogue here.  What have you done today for your personal Wellness Revolution?  Love to hear. 

Just a thought, Wendy

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