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Beauty Product Bandits

There are certain guidelines that must be followed in order for the beauty products we purchase to be deemed safe for use. Most of us trust when we pick up a product at the store it has been vigorously tested and will help us look our most radiant.  But the more I looked into the ingredients on the labels of my beloved beauty products, the more I began to wonder if ‘safe for use’ and health promoting were even in the same realm. How far could I trust the intended product use when looking at the ingredients told a very different story?  Did I only need my moisturizer because I was stripping my natural oils away with harsh cleaning agents? Would my skin naturally heal itself and become soft, glowing and beautiful if I simply got out of its way and let it achieve its natural balanced state? Was I drowning myself in hormone disrupting chemicals from the lotions and potions I assumed were helping? When it came to my beauty regime, was the reason I needed

The Honour and The Privilege

It is my honour and privilege to share an unpublished poem by the incomparable author Chancellor Payne. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. The Honour and The Privilege    I've never climbed the highest mountain, nor swam the deepest sea. I've never explored unchartered wilderness or discovered mystic lands yet to be.                                                    I've never been the wartime hero who rushed into battle with valiant heart. I've never been the martyr for some great cause or a noble saint whose faith would never part. I've never been some great leader who lead a nation to its best. I've never been some grand figure who inspired history's pages and stood out from all the rest. I've never made the winning touchdown or scored the goal to win it all. I've never won the gruelling race or been awarded Olympic medals to fill my wall. I've never slain the fearsome dragon or save

3 no-fail ways to re-enter Alignment when you can’t get back in (+ a bonus last resort!)

The flow you experience when you are in Alignment is addicting. You’re feeling fantastic, everything seems to be going your way, life’s difficulties feel temporary and you’re motivated to fix them without complaint.   But life requires contrast and as a consequence, once you’ve experienced the magic of being in Alignment, it becomes very frustrating when you’re out and can’t seem to get back in. Your usual get happy tricks aren’t working. Netflix is boring, you’re sick of the music on your playlist, it’s too cold to go for a walk and even a piece of your favourite chocolate just ain’t cutting it today. Here are my top three tricks to get you back into Alignment. Accept it (without judgement) This is number one for a reason. It’s one of the most powerful tools you can use when you’re feeling those negative emotions that are keeping you down. It can also be one of the most difficult steps to take. The good news is that once you start practicing acceptance on a r

21 Day Reset Part 5 - Stressing about Sleep

Sleep Chances are, you’re not getting enough sleep . In a society where coffee mugs say ‘hustle’ and time is equal to money (and money is considered the ultimate prize), it’s no surprise people think it’s ok to forgo a full nights sleep. However, the price we are paying by staying up a little too late can have big consequences over a lifetime. I’m talking about cognitive performance decline, an increase in safety related accidents, reduced immune function, appetite regulation issues, decreased metabolism and hormone disruptions just to start.    The ideal amount of sleep varies by person and changes as we age, most experts clock it as between 7 and 9 hours for adults.  It’s a good idea to monitor your sleeping patterns to see what works best for you. Personally, my sweet spot is about 7.5 hours. At 7 hours or less I get up rested but get tired mid afternoon. More than 8 and getting out of bed feels like an awful idea. It’s not just the amount of sleep that matters, your g

21 Day Reset Part 4- When to move: Pain no gain

I love to exercise. Yes, you can hate me but hear me out. I don’t exercise to lose or maintain weight. Ever. If you want to change your weight, changing when and what you eat is the answer, not exercise. Sure, exercise will burn calories, and burning calories will burn fat but not enough to make any substantial difference in your body set weight. At the end of the day, your body wants to hang onto its fat stores if your stressing it out for hours at the gym. It thinks “oh man, things must be tough right now so I better hold on to whatever I can.” Your body thinks you’re in danger when you exercise too hard or too long. It panics and tries to maintain homeostasis but protecting your fat stores.   Another big problem with over exercising is injury. If your focus is using the gym to burn calories, you are going to be on that treadmill for hours every week. And all that wear and tear is going to add up to plantar fasciitis, hip pain, knee pain or a myriad of other over use injur

21 Day Reset Part 3 - When to Eat: Slow Down, You’re Going To* Fast.

*excuse the pun ;) Many have now discovered when they eat is just as (maybe more so...) important as what they eat. Fasting is no longer a terrible f word met with tsk tsk noises and warnings about slowing metabolisms. In fact, I was just at a market this weekend  and when offered samples I would let them know I couldn’t partake because I was fasting, I was astonished at the amount of people who also fasted or had a story about someone else’s fasting success.  Fasting is the quickest way to reduce insulin levels and your body weight set point. Bye bye buddha belly. Studies also point to fasting potentially for longevity enhancement . In fact, longevity improvements are seen with intermittent fasting even without caloric  reduction. Fasting can also cause a reduction in   inflammation.  Inflammation is bad for the joints, the heart, your waist line and can even play a role in cancer and depression.  So how can we see all these great benefits from fasting and yet no