I wonder if any of you feel anxiety during the holidays? I find myself still straddling the world between busy and unbusy. I am often re-learning the lessons I thought I had learned by heart.
This holiday, I feel such a strong tug to consume, contrasted by a desire to enjoy minimalism. Each time I head to the store, it is like my brain has been whiped and I end up spending more than I had planned. I return feeling stressed to imagine where all these new items will find a home in our house.
I am fuelled by my desire to nourish my children's enthusiasm to read and play, my desire to have my kids look good and to have a balanced amount of gifts under the tree. I join the mass consciousness of others parading down the isles of Walmart searching for that something special to make the giving requirements complete. Of course I have the essence of wanting to be generous and extend love to the people in my life, but I find myself confused as to how we got to this place of so many gifts.
We started out great with a conscious family decision to do a "Secret Santa" whereby each of us would pick one person to give a gift. My husband took this literally and adhered to the plan. I of course, thought the kids will do this and I will sprinkle more "Santa" gifts their way. Well, this has insighted a landslide of other gifts, to bulk up the unwrapping process, out of fear of not having enough.
I now use the excuse that I am working, I don't have as much time and have forgotten to seek out the places with less packaging, and less of an environmental footprint. Just because I am conscious of this, does not mean the unconscious behaviour has stopped. Relatively speaking, I think we have done ok, but it disturbs me how much mental conflict this creates in my mind.
One would argue to just observe and accept this barrage of thought and release it. They are just thoughts after all. Eckart Tolle would have me return to stillness to quench the essence, that in my absence, is tricking me to believe we need more.
One good step, if I am to give myself credit, is I have chosen a lot more consumeable gifts this year. Those that will be eaten, drunk, or bathed in. As I shed these old beliefs, it amazes me how slow the process can be sometimes. I am hopeful, that this slow shedding old beliefs will fuel lasting change. I did find the same when we changed our eating habits. It certainly was not an overnight thing. It took a series of small changes, awareness and time.
So if I am to send out a Christmas wish to all of you, it is to be gentle with yourself as you transform. Take time to find some silence and reconnect. But most of all, find joy in the moment. Merry Christmas.
i just got back on the program. As life got busier with my new position at work, we quickly declined to become one of “those” families. Stretched to meet all the demands of work and family life, we were eating out and starting to eat much more poorly than I like. Enter the return of the autoimmune symptoms. Creaky legs, sore joints, headaches etc. Oh and apparently my brain was whiped too. For the love of me, I couldn’t remember the magic combination to make all the pain go away.
As love would have it, my beautiful son brought me back to awareness, when he wanted to take over the micro green garden this year. I hadn’t pulled it out as I really felt I didn’t have time for it. It was so pure of an action, I wept silently as I watched the “seeds” I had planted in him begin to sprout. He probably knew intuitively this was what I needed, as the day before I had made it all the way into the zoo, but could hardly make it out.
Either way way, this small pure flap of his beautiful butterfly wings reignighted my fire and I started juicing again, making kombucha, kefir and dehydrating. Like a dormant seed I could not access - as my good habits slipped away - I was again in bloom. I have been feeling amazing results in just a week. I am seriously hoping not to jinx myself with this post.
I also was inspired by the book The Autoimmune Fix. It highly recommends going gluten, dairy and sugar free. No easy task, but one I am inspired to reintegrate back into my now working life.
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Just started my third Juicing feast ever. I am on day six and am sorry I didn't start logging my experience sooner. Day 1-3 were interesting and not as bad as I was worried about. I think I got all the headaches out of the way in my lead up to the feast. What was noticeable was that my stomach was hungry, but I was full of energy. I wasn't experiencing the familiar blood sugar crash that normally comes with hunger.
I was impressed with my ability to march on through these hunger pangs with a cup of tea, coconut water or just plain water. I found myself getting busy and wanting to move a lot. So wonders upon wonders I started working out. I was at the gym everyday!! That is amazing for me, as I wasn't going at all before, other than with my kids to swim.
The cool thing is my husband, who is a real salty dog, also decided to come on the journey. He is a card carrying carnivore, but has watched me change over the years and wanted to get in on the benefits too. One day out of the blue, he announced he wanted to do a juice cleanse with me. Holy!!!
He had already started drinking juice little by little in the weeks prior. We started out with shots and now he is drinking a full mason jar. He thought he could do the no food all juice thing, but we are not there yet. The mason jar is a huge accomplishment. He is noticing he feels less achy and stiff and his sinuses are clearing. I am noticing the same thing.
Leading up to this feast, I was feeling extreme arthritic symptoms. Pain in my joints, difficulty walking long distances, nasal congestion, weight gain, cramping and rusty muscles. I had alleviated these symptoms two years ago when I first started on this journey, but as time has gone on, too many slips in the acidic food pool have led to a return of symptoms. It is clear, that being more alkaline is the solution for me.
I have to admit, I feel scared that I now have to live in an extreme way. Be that girl who only eats raw. I know the problem is in my thinking. Byron Katie and I need to sit down and do the work on that. Figure out what is true and what I am believing about this direction I am heading on. It needs another act of surrender to take me through this limited view of the future. Letting go of many of the foods I love just seems cruel. It is a crossroads of wanting to feel health in my body or food love. I know that is not the truth, but the wicked ways of my ego trying to keep me stuck.
Last time I went this deep into plant based eating, I found I was not lacking at all. In fact I was treating myself to the best food ever. Everything tasted so alive and made me feel so good. I have to remember the joy that surrounded me as I discovered what food I had been missing out on all my life.
Today, I feel great. It is day 6 and I am excited I am passed the point where the hunger response has been so active. Now I am feeling very satiated and full. It still amazes me the power of juice. That only liquids can sustain me. I am feeling the weight coming off of me, and noticing my face starting to change. I always seem to lose there first. It is easy to look in the mirror and think, ok the job is done. Then I look at my waistline and think, we have a ways to go. My aches are almost all gone and my nasal congestion eliminated. I am sleeping well and full of energy.
I am excited to embark on week two of this journey. I am barrelling through the veggies. Juicing for two is an investment. Of course we picked the most expensive time of year for greens. Yikes. However, that seems a small price to pay to wake up with my feet not hurting when they touch the ground in the morning and gingerly walking down the stairs to start another day. I am super pumped to get to the gym too. I am really liking it and have bumped into some of my good buddies there too. Bonus.
So if you are thinking about doing a juice feast here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. Check out the movie Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, by Joe the Juicer. It is a great documentary of one man's journey to change his life with juicing. He lost 87 pounds in 90 days and reversed his autoimmune disease.
2. Get Joe's Book, Reboot with Joe, to get a detailed understanding of the process, what to do and not to do.
3. Equipt yourself with a good juicer. I recommend the Breville or the Hurom. If you don't have a lot of time the Breville juicer makes fast juice, but a lot of pulp. The Hurom is much slower, but more thorough.
4. Start making the space in your life to change. If you have a family, start cooking freezer meals so you are not on the hook to cook while juicing. Say "no" to extra commitments and inform your family and friends that you will be making a change and ask that they be gentle with you as you get your footing.
5. Make a mission statement. Create a mantra for yourself to guide you through this process. I am -----to experience------- and --------- and ----------. Mine is, I am supercharging my energy field to experiece abundant health, increased longevity, unbridled joy and peace on all levels of my being. The mission statement becomes a reminder when your will power falters. A way to remember, why the heck you are putting yourself through this. It is a way to look ahead and tell your subconscious to get on board and manifest the reality you want to create.
Having a cup of hot water with lemon is a great way to start your day. Not only is it a great alternative to more acidic hot beverages like coffee and tea, but it helps to stimulate your digestive system.
This easy age old drink primes your digestive system for the day. This simple drink helps all the good bacteria in your guts. Scientists are now making significant correlations between gut health, disease and mental health. Setting up your system with lemons can be one way to start your day right.
Even though lemons are acidic, once they reach your insides they help to provide an alkaline base for the day.This is important as alkaline foods are known to support a healthy state. Alkaline foods however lead the body away from this balance.
Finding balance in the morning can set the stage for enhanced mind, body, spirit connection. Sit with your warm drink and tune into your center. Pay attention to your thoughts and create space in your consciousness as the witness.
Enjoy your day,
Free food is everywhere. It is one of those things you just have to look for. I start looking in earnest each fall when I swear my great grandmother's spirit takes over me. You see she raised six children in the depression and food was scarce.
Every fall, I feel myself feeling the need to harvest food. What this has lead me to over the years, is the awareness of all the food that grows around my urban neighborhood, that is free for the taking.
Here in the prairies of Canada, apples are in season. Backyards are bursting with fruit, the City boulevards loaded with crab apples and pears. Most people never take a second look. I however, love to scout out these sources of natural goodness. You can often find me on my bike cruising the streets on the hunt for the best fruit. People are so generous and happy to have me and my kids come pick their fruit. It is by no means an act of charity or desperation, but an exchange of mutual value. Either way we are loaded up to make batches ad pure applesauce, amazingly tart and sour crabapple fruit leather, fresh pressed juices and more.
It is a wonderful experience to connect with our food in this way. My kids love the bounty as much as I do. Each year we create and store the fruit for a reminder of summer and all its freshness for the winter months ahead.
I encourage you to go on a scouting mission to find and share in the bounty of the season.
Looking for an easy dinner fix? Give this plant based dinner a try. Homemade hummus, farm fresh veggies, olives and more. Get creative and serve a medley of yummy food on a cutting board. Somehow this makes it seem pleasantly gourmet and fun. We usually sit on our floor or out in the yard for something different and a lovely way to be together. Enjoy Kim
What's better than summer sorbet? When your kids start cooking for you. My son (aged 7) decided to be in charge of dessert tonite. His inspiration was a can of Clementina San Peligrino. Next was the box of summer nectarines from the market that we just couldn't resist. Too many to eat all on their own so a natural fit for this yummy dessert. Sprinkle in some frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries and sugar to taste. If he can do it, so can you. Discover the brilliance of plant based eating this year. Enjoy. Kim
This week I have been challenged to let go of my resistance to the ways of the world. I became aware that much of my thinking of late has been wishing things were different. Mainly I have been lamenting how little sunlight we get in the winter. Wishing for longer days and time to travel. To have time for more culture in my life, more adventure and the aspects of my life that have dwindled as the lives of my children have bloomed. I am mindful that I have a beautiful life and very little to be critical of, but my thinking had taken me away from the moment and to a world where I was resistant and annoyed by the reality of daily life.
I was reminded once again to surrender to the moment and become mindful of my thinking, and that it was merely my thinking that was causing me distress and nothing else. My wishing for something different had me leave the moment and resent what it had to offer. I was faced again with the belief of "not enough" and there is something "more" out there. This state often leads me on an endless quest to find out what that "more" is. "More" usually ends up costing "more" and taking up "more" time and perpetuating a tail chasing pattern of searching but never finding. Leaving me feeling "more" drained and "more" tired than ever before.
As I swirled in this unforgiving state of wanting to change what was, I became aware of how much of my energy had been consumed by the alternate reality I was creating in my mind. How all the players of my life could change just a little bit to make me happier, how some players could leave all together, how life in a different climate would suite me better and so on as the mind goes. It occurred to me all of a sudden, that I could accept all of it. What if I tried anyway? All the parts I was hating and fighting against, just let them be. In a gracious sigh I let out all the resistance I had been harbouring and chose for that moment to accept it all. Perhaps this was all life was to offer me in that moment. To sit and allow. To release the mental construct of how things could be different.
As I breathed in the moment, an interesting phenomena happened. I was challenged by some peculiar thoughts. It was like the Ego knew I was up to something and wanted to throw me a curve ball. "So you want to accept now do you?" it taunted. "How about some dark ugly thoughts you have stored away about old friends who have moved on from your life. Let's see how you allow these?" Flustered a bit by this unexpected turn of events, I chose to allow the painful thoughts to emerge and allow myself for that moment to feel the hatred that I had buried under the justifications I had leant to my old friend's behaviour. I have a belief that I am a "nice" person and feelings of hatred don't normally fit into that box. Normally, I would have pushed away such a thought and found reason for the people I had loved to leave my life. This moment was different, as I trusted that these feelings would emerge and have free passage thru. As I committed to allow what was, this thought visited and graciously left in due course. I was not trapped in a state of hatred, but released from it. Perhaps releasing some of the feelings that I had of "not been enough" at that time.
What resulted in the end was a gracious return to the moment and the peace that I can find there. The striving, challenging and annoyance was replaced with a simple joy of being where I was, doing what needed to be done. My mind no longer consumed with the endless chatter of what needs to be fixed, how my life would be better if my walls in the basement were drywalled, if only the sun would shine more. etc, etc, etc. I felt contained and all the parts of me housed with in my body. Invisible aspects of me came home from their quests to occupy my mind and "fix" the world around me. The tail was no longer wagging the dog and I was free to simply chop vegetables without a care in the world.
I invite you to take some time to visit your thoughts and identify the areas of resistance in your life. Become clear on the aspects of your life that you want to change. Remember this is not an exercise in giving up, but one of surrender. To embrace what is in your life, to allow and trust its natural unfolding, rather than push, fix or escape. To take time to stop looking for more, breathe and open the space to what is. To perhaps consider taking a moment to look within and listen to the thoughts and feelings that are driving you out of the moment and making your life unbearable.
1. Identifying what is bothering you.
2. Look at what is bothering you deeply and feel how its presence in your life makes you feel.
3. Ask yourself how you feel when you think these thoughts? What actions does this thought make you want to take?
4. Is this a state you enjoy, and how long have you been feeling this way?
5. Could today be the day you change how you feel, by changing your thoughts?
6. Allow what is bothering you to be. Imagine if this is the way things are going to be, am I going to choose to be at peace with it or keep fighting it?
7. Moment, by moment let it be and allow it to unfold naturally.
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Kim McCrimmon B.A., M.E.des teaches wellness and self care practices, and is a Healing Touch practitioner. Is it time for you to get Unbusy On Purpose?
Are you finishing your year making a decision to live healthier and resolve to find ways to feel better?
Don't give in to the belief that you are getting old and maybe this is what getting old feels like.
I am here to tell you that getting old doesn't have to feel so bad. A year and a half ago, I was begging for surgery, or at least a shot of cortisone in my hip. I was shopping for a cane and certain that the pain that lived inside me needed to be cut out. I suffered for years with osteo arthritis in my hip. Secretly each day was filled with pain.
Now a year and a half later, I just cross country skied with my family across Lake Windermere in British Columbia. I am so grateful for the mobility that has been restored in my body, as a result of the changes I was guided to. I can't take all the credit for changing my way of eating and being in the world. It was truly a God moment that lead me to Joe Cross' video Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and got me on the path to juicing. As I turned to health, each new step was laid out for me.
I invite you to take a look at my updated store and find some great resources to help you find your way to health, whatever path that may take. I hope that I can be an inspiration to you on New Years Eve and touch you in a moment when you are ready to make a lasting change. as well.
Happy New Year
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