i have been contemplating while reading blogs regarding women's health and sense of self, image & beauty, what it is that constitutes a vibrant sense of self. i was fortunate to have grown up with a mother who was a dietitian in her day, and who raised us with principles that i continue to follow today, naturally. i am grateful to her for these teachings. Here are five ways that i remember, my mother taught me to foster health and vibrancy.
1. Diversity- is something i practice skillfully. I eat from a wide variety of whole fresh foods, with little wheat, less dairy, and much less animal fish & poultry, with whole grains, more legumes, & vegetables, some fruit, and super foods, that provide energy & sustenance to my daily regime. The Dharani Herbal Teas and herbal infusions also greatly contribute to this. i explore diversity in all aspects of life.
2. Moderation- is key to good health and well- being in whatever area of our lives we struggle, whether it be with food, or work, or drink... Drama and overly emotional cycles are included in this.
3. Movement - My mother always encouraged our family to move our bodies. She certainly did. I spent my summers in the Rockies of Alberta where I had plenty of time to explore nature. We biked and hiked and swam and picked berries throughout the summer, which make up some of my most fond memories. As an adult, i continue to move my body with a regular yoga practice, with Chi gong and intervals, and often spend time in the great outdoors. Studies show there is no better place to relax than out in nature.
4. Routine- In a recent seminar i attended with a Dr. Thom ND, said routine is shown to be the most effective tool to include in one's day to reduce adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances, including anxiety and depression. Routine is the key ingredient to establishing greater harmony in our daily rhythms- with meals, sleep, in work, or play. My maman taught me to take this seriously. It works.
5. Ruminate less- My mom taught me to never get too stuck on whatever it is i am feeling, seeing, judging, eating, drinking or creating- drama. She taught me to refocus on whatever healthy endeavor served me to shift. And to do so, until I felt better. I struggled with this as an adolescent, as i felt she did not feel as i thought she should. i may not have appreciated this quality back then yet, today i notice, i have learned how to let things be. Krishnamurti, (1895-1986) a great spiritual teacher once said to his students. "Do you want to know my secret?" he said " I don't mind what happens." This is key.
Mom was an especially active woman in her day, physically, mentally and spiritually, vibrant. Other than my father who drank too much, she loved to laugh and sought out reasons to smile whenever possible. She played bridge, she prayed, and she read a great deal. I remember she also volunteered, and gave back to the community with Meals on Wheels and with her friends who took sick. She made many batches of cookies. i benefit with this.
She lived to be 96 years old, and died within a heart beat, without anything particularly wrong with her other than lost memory and the energy to move the way she did. God bless her. Thank you to my mother, for all that did. OM.
Virtually every tradition in the world recommends fasting at least once or twice a year for therapeutic and spiritual awakenings. Fasting has been shown to slow down the aging process. One may fast by not eating, eating a single food only, or by eliminating one or more foods from the diet. The fast can last a day, a week or several days.
Complete fasting for a short period of time, or following a Whole Foods Regime for an extended period of time, encourages our mind and body to shift out of our unhealthy patterns, in the way we think about, act upon, and eat food. While many of us eat consciously it is more often, an unconscious response, as in, I am hungry, or, it is time, and we eat out of habit, and too fast, with repetitive menus with food that no longer nourish us. We feel tired and empty most of the time.
According to a recent study in 2016, babies are born with more than 200 chemicals in their blood stream. These chemicals are found in our environment in the form of heavy metals, in our food chain with pesticides, and on our bodies, with the chemical detergents we use to wash clothes, and with the chemically based body products we use to make ourselves smell nice. These chemicals are bombarding our system and are creating weak links in our DNA, which may invariably account for the growing number of harmful micro-organisms found in our bloodstream-with bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses, running rampant. These pathogens along with too much stress in our lives, are contributing to the break down of mankind's physiological and mental health and are contributing to the increase of many chronic conditions and diseases.
Following a whole foods regime over a period of weeks yields numerous benefits. Not only do we derive the pleasure of eating whole foods, we begin to notice how much more nourished we feel, and how much better we digest, poop and the sleep. Psychologically we calm down, and physiologically we deeply benefit, our endocrine glands, the hormones and neuro-transmitters such as serotonin, respond positively which makes us feel happier, our adrenal glands (the fight or flight mechanism) moves to a para-sympathetic state of relaxation, which allows our nervous system to unravel. We eliminate harmful toxins. We purify. We give our entire system a dearly needed rest. This is the secret to longevity.
A common misconception is that fasting without ANY food is better. Although fasting on liquids can be beneficial over a shorter period, fasting on liquids for more than a few days is not advised. Without calories, our body begins to breaks down fat, where the toxins hide out. When we are not able to accommodate this sudden shift in metabolism and eliminate properly, the toxins end up in our tissues and in our bloodstream where they become harmful. This is potentially dangerous and why many people experience unpleasant side symptoms when following a more rigorous heroic regime.
Eating whole foods while fasting encourages a deeper and gentler elimination; the method is nourishing overall. The Dharani Healing Arts Whole Food Regime is based on The Wise Traditions to nourish, verses to cleanse, and to heal gently and deeply, verses too quickly and too fast. We address our constitutions based on Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment and a herbal remedy is selected for your constitution.
We initially begin the regime to reduce damp and cold conditions that affect digestion, with spleen deficiency and tiredness. In week One, we eat from an array of warming root and vegetable dishes with sweet grains and soups, and pungent spices that encourage our systems to warm up and dry out. Our digestive chi improves, our energy increases and our joints relax. Gradually, after a few days to a week when you begin to feel warmer and more vibrant, one focuses on the liver, with Week two foods; with foods and herbs that cool and invigorate good liver Chi and ease the mind. Nervous tension subsides. We eat from a variety of fresh, blanched and whole raw foods and vegetables. The condiments are cooler and encourage relaxation. After at least two weeks, one has the option in Week three to blend whole food soups and smoothies, with organic juices and super foods and salads galore for a few days up to a week! This is the ultimate way to restore one’s vibrancy. There are plenty of recipes.
The Twenty-One Days to Vibrant Health offers you a chance to reinvent the way you feel, think, act upon and eat food. We reconnect with the bounty within ourselves, with the mother earth, and of our respect for all living things. The regime has been developed through years of eating whole foods mindfully, of living a life of moderation and contemplation, centered on the Buddhist three pillars of health; to nurture a peace of mind, to cultivate a contented heart and to practice and eat with gratitude daily. The Whole Foods Regime is structured to mentor and to empower you, and for you to live and sustain yourselves entirely on a whole foods regime, and as a way of life over time. I can promise you, you will feel much, much better after completing the Twenty-One Days to Vibrant Health, Whole Foods Regime.
Join us. Live a vibrant life!
Ten Reasons to Follow a Whole Foods Regime
1. Our Entire system has a chance to rest; we digest, assimilate and eliminate better.
2. Our body Rediscovers its Natural Affinity to heal and be well.
3. Our Energy increases.
4. We Become more Resilient.
5. Inflammation, Allergies, and other Chronic conditions subside.
6. We Experience a heightened sense of Mental and Emotional Well being, while concentration, focus & memory improve.
7. We Reduce body fat, we feel Lighter and Slimmer.
8. Our Skin, hair and our Eyes glow.
9. We feel Happier and more Confident, and more Vibrant.
10. We Sleep better**** which is critical to good health. So many activities occur throughout the night to replenish our mind, body and being. A good night’s sleep is essential.
Twenty-One Days to Vibrant Health
May 1st -21st
Workshop to Prepare
Cécile Wehrell of the
Friday, April 21st, 2017
The 2017 Regime includes the Workshop with Cécile, (yeah!) the Manual-with amazing recipes and rich info, as well as E-news Support, a Facebook group page, and mentor ship with Andrée. We will gather for an optional weekly meditation, and Chi-gong movement series. The Spring Tonic and an Herbal remedy is also selected to support you, on your path to whole health and holiness. All Dharani services, while following the regime are offered to you for 20% off.
This regime is vegan friendly!
Super Foods & Super Herbs & Spice Blends will be available for purchase.
Sweet Hawthorn has mend more souls since the days of Adam. The bush grows a mere five feet tall and is found in abandoned fields and healing places. Hawthorn has a use for every season; as food, medicine or wildlife habitat, it keeps us warm in the winter months as its hard, dense wood burns hot without being too smoky.
The Latin name, Crataegus, comes from the Greek word for strong. Whilst this is thought to reflect the qualities of the wood, it may actually refer to the nature of the tree itself; resilient, hardy and above all abundant and unfailingly generous.
The hawthorn bush, both leaf and berry provide a deeply healing medicine for the heart. The leaf drunk as a tea soothes the most sorrowful of hearts, from loss or grief, the hawthorn who finds her way into your heart will bring you ease.
Lucinda of Whispering Earth speaks of Hawthorn as a fascinating medicinal because it’s one of the few recognized Western herbal adaptagens, loosely meaning it helps to bring the body into balance, irrespective of whether it is over or under functioning. Widely used as a heart tonic it can help stabilize both high and low blood pressure and will benefit almost any problem that affects the heart or circulatory system, from high cholesterol to chilblains. It helps to dilate coronary arteries, improving circulation and bringing relief from angina. It also increases the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively by improving the contractility of the muscle. High levels of antioxidants protect the capillaries.
The hawthorn berries are also a Super food. They are “rich” in digest enzymes and overtime will improve and strengthen weak digestive chi.