In a previous blog, I shared with you how anxiety is believed to turn on the furnace in our cells, increasing inflammatory markers and putting us at risk of a wide range of disease from cardiovascular and digestive issues all he way to autoimmune and cancer…
To turn down this internal furnace, we need to stop fuelling the fire… one way of doing this, as I suggested in my earlier blog, is meditation… Meditation helps tune down the stream of thoughts that trigger our fight and flight and push us on over drive.
Another essential measure to stop fuelling the internal blaze is quitting sugar… Ya… you heard me right… you need to quit sugar! Sugar is highly addictive and inflammatory fuel that keeps the furnace burning. and, when your cells are on fire, your brain is on fire.
When I say sugar I do not just mean this white refined powder, sugars include all baked goods and refined grain flours. They all end up fuelling the same path…
It is hard, I know. Most of us, anxious folks, are already addicted!
This is why I invite you to join me on a 10 days sugar-free challenge… Just 10 days… You can do it! And trust me, you are going to feel a heck of difference… Just try it with me… 10 days starting tomorrow… I will leave 1 day to prepare and go vegetable shopping and clean your fridge pantry from all temptations.
The rules are simple:
Other than that, you’re good to go.
Here are some tips:
Let’s meet in our Facebook group Body Whispers and share our experiences and may be some recipes and ideas.
Salad Jars are one of my best tip to get a healthy lunch every day at work in minimum time. If you use mason jars with their tightly fit lid, your salad could be prepared up to 5 days ahead of time taken freshly to work, college or school everyday.
Layering here is very crucial for the salad to remain fresh.
At time of serving you can just put the jar upside down for 2 minutes for the dressing to infuse the whole salad. Then eat straight from the jar. Or, you can empty the whole thing in a big bowl. Mix and serve.
Pamela is a client of mine. She was miserable in her marriage. Her relationship with her husband was slowly but steadily disintegrating taking a painful toll on her life. Honoring her life mission and spiritual teachings, she decided to remain in this unhappy relationship for the sake of her children. She knew that living with both their parents was important for their healthy development. This was her choice, a logical, mindful decision that both her instinct and heart agreed upon. She chose a higher spiritual priority that was both wise and sane. But what about her other energetic needs?
Your second energy system, the second chakra, is about life joys and pleasure, about intimate relationships. It is about living with passion, excitement, creativity and meaning.
And, your third center is about strength, about setting your boundaries, not allowing anyone to step on our toes… It is about reclaiming responsibility for our own life and ditching the helplessness mentality.
For Pamela, both energy centers were out of balance… She was suffering!
Pamela denied her need for warmth and compassion, for the love and intimacy expected in a healthy marriage. She also fell into a victimhood mentality and a self-pity mode that weakened her self-esteem and damaged her sense of self-worth.
Gradually, her body ‘whispers’ started. They first appeared as a passion for new hobbies and entertainment. She always wanted to paint and draw, so she started taking drawing and painting classes. Still, she wasn’t fulfilled. She surfed the Internet for hours in an aimless search for pleasure and gratifications. Soon enough, her addiction started… A book addiction. Strange, isn’t it? When we hear the word addiction, our mind immediately shifts towards drugs or alcohol, but addiction has many ugly faces … any desire or passion, any ‘want’ that you fail to voluntarily control could easily turn into an addiction.
Pamela started ordering books online. She waited for the book delivery like a paramour waiting for his lover. As soon as the books arrived, before even reading the first page, she swiftly scanned the bibliography section, returned to the internet and ordered more books… and more… and more… In her mind, she needed something to live for; a reason for her to wake up in the morning and this was her reason- waiting for her books to arrive. Since this is not exactly a solution for her energetic needs, she was drowning in a vicious cycle.
Be it an addiction to drugs, cigarettes or alcohol, or be it to money, power, looks, shopping, food, or even books, these are all equally powerful and harmful. Money, wealth, position, power, food, looks, sex, emotions, even entertainment and leisure can all turn into addictions if attachment to them is strong enough that they become your reason to wake up in the morning and pursue your life.
When she came to see me, Pamela hormonal system was a mess.
She suffered from painful PMS, chronic vaginal candidiasis, and recurrent ovarian cysts… her OB/GYN suggested surgery but she was highly reluctant.
It was time for Pamela to do some changes in her life… It was time to set boundaries and demand some respect and appreciation… By changing her attitude and assuming responsibility for her life, by ditching the victimhood mentality and finding real meaning and passion, Pamela regained her sense of self and with it she regained her health.
Of course, along with emotional and spiritual support, Pamela’s body needed attention. She added cruciferous vegetables, green leaves and mushrooms to everyday diet to balance her hormones and help her liver detoxify excess estrogen. She also followed a low glycemic load diet to balance her blood sugar and control her addiction.
Whether your Whispers come in form of hormonal imbalance like Pamela’s or they surface as random aches and pain, digestive issues, thyroid nodules, autoimmunity or heart disease… they all carry a valuable message… They are here to tell you that something needs to change in your life…
In my work I teach women how to listen to their Body Whispers and decode their meanings, how to rekindle passion and joy in their life and how to turn their kitchen into a healing dispensary…
If what you’ve been doing hasn’t been working.
If your body is still complaining with random aches and pains that no one has answer for.
If you have the urge to do something different.
If you know that you’re meant for so much more and are just feeling a little lost on what that change should be or how to get there... contact me… Let’s schedule your healing journey!
With health & healing,
After a minor surgical operation, Nada’s symptoms started. extreme fatigue, and body wasting. Her health deteriorated fast. She lost 20 lbs. in 2 months. Her brain fog was interfering with her everyday function. She experienced profuse night sweat, continuous constipation, excruciating pain in all her muscles, difficulty in swallowing that made her only capable of consuming fluids, and her extreme exhaustion kept her bed ridden all day long.
Doctors did not have any answers. All lab tests, microbiology analysis, X-rays and MRI came back normal… So, as expected, she was sent home with an analgesic and an antidepressant. This is when Nada came to see me.
What is your body trying to tell you?
I believe that our body has a tremendous ability to heal and regenerate, we just have to give it what it needs. When physical symptoms are so severe, we have to start with the body... What does it need? Is there any missing nutrients? Are there any toxins/ allergens...?
Chronic fatigue, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and fibromyalgia have no known cause in conventional medicine and the offered treatment is usually pain relief medication and anti-depressants. Yet, science shows us that these conditions develop when the cells cannot generate enough energy to meet their need. Our body knows how to restore its health and energy… We just have to listen and give it what it needs in order to heal.
Nada's tiny organelles, the mitochondria, weren’t functioning properly. The mitochondria are responsible for generating energy in every cell in our body. In some sensitive people, anesthetics can cause toxicity that their bodies cannot get rid of. Toxins shut down mitochondrial function, the energy power plant of the cell.
What caused the mitochondria to malfunction? What caused the body to shout and scream? This differ from one person to another... It could be low level of B vitamin, low level of ribose -a special sugar that is essential to produce cell energy-; it could be malfunction in some biochemical pathway, it could be a hidden infection, inflammation or poor liver detoxification, it could be over exhaustion and adrenal fatigue… It could be combination of all of the above… It is the role of your natural health practitioner to help you dig for the cause then fix it. Finding the cause and fixing it are essential to heal your body & restore your health…
To function properly, Nada’s liver needed a boost to get rid of the toxins and her mitochondria needed extra nutrients from nutrient dense diet and supplements. I put Nada on a highly nutritious diet and supplement protocol that gave her body what it needed, and within 2 days her brain fog lifted. 2 weeks later she was out of bed, and within 6 months, she restored her normal everyday functions.
What is your heart trying to tell you?
The healthy diet and supplements weren’t all what Nada’s needed… My years of experience with natural healing showed me that all chronic disease and malfunctions have their roots in some emotional or spiritual need.
When all body systems start to fall down and crumble, this is a sign that you are pushing yourself beyond your physical limits; you are drained and exhausted in the literal and figurative sense of the words… It is like you have been running on empty for a long time and your body is refusing to cope with further demands and extra responsibilities.
Chronic fatigue, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), and fibromyalgia stem from malfunctions in the first (root) chakra, the third (solar plexus), the fourth (heart) and/or the sixth (eyebrow) chakras.
The root or basic chakra is thrown out of balance when you feel ungrounded, un-protected, and unsupported. When life seems overwhelming and unfair. When you feel oppressed and forced into direction that you dread. Or, when you are constantly running on over-drive, in a fight and flight mode.
The Third Chakra is related to your sense of self worth, of accomplishments, of feeling that you are ‘good enough’, you are talented and gifted enough. The Third Chakra starts to whisper when you feel victimized, helpless or hopeless.
The Heart Chakra starts to whisper when you lack self-love, self-care and self-nurture; when you feel some form of self-rejection or you beat yourself up in guilt and shame over not being ‘good enough’.
The Sixth Chakra whispers when you fail to see a higher meaning and purpose in your life trials, challenges and sufferings; when you are paralyzed by fear or dreading your current reality; when you lose your direction and meaning in life.
Nada led a highly stressful life... relationship problems, work overload, and two needy toddlers. Listening and digging for what her heart and soul needed were essential and crucial steps in healing. I helped her listen and together we crafted a plan to feed her heart and nurture her soul.
In many cases, we cannot change or physical reality, our circumstances and our environment, but we surely can change our mindset, our perception and our approach... Remember, you always have the choice!
Do you know that you can protect your brain with simple diet and lifestyle changes?
January is Alzheimer Awareness month...
In 1997, 678 nuns participated in a study for mental power and function at old age. One nun’s story stood out, Sister Mary.
Sister Mary taught thousands of students during a career that spanned over nearly 70 years. When she retired from the classroom at age 84, she continued her mission as an educator until her death 17 years later. “In her "retirement" she continued to be active in her community and concerned about world events. She was an avid reader and was often seen poring over newspapers and books with her magnifying glass.” During her last functional assessment at the age of 101, sister Mary was mentally alert, aware and her memory, reasoning and knowledge were perfectly intact.
But, this is not the most important finding of the study. The most fascinating thing was sister Mary's brain scan. When scientists scanned her brain after she passed away, the scan showed the presence of lots of Alzheimer's lesions. Sister Mary’s brain actually had all manifestation of an Alzheimer’s patient brain, yet she showed no degenerative symptoms at all. She lived to a very ripe age with perfectly intact brain function, good memory, excellent orientation to her surroundings and awareness of current events.
Sister Mary was different from the rest of the nuns. She had a mission, a life meaning, and a passion. She remained passionate learner. She continued to be active in her community till her last days in life. She was known for her joyful spirit and laugh that boomed out of her room at all hours of the day and night.
Were these the characteristics that saved her brain? Scientists truly believe so.
You Diet Is Also Important
When we talk chronic degenerative diseases, prevention is always better that treatment. Alzheimer is now known as type III diabetes. It is a case of brain starvation where brain cells are unable to use glucose efficiently to generate the energy they need. This results in gradual brain degeneration.
Scientists believe that Alzheimer can be avoided years before it starts by balancing blood sugar levels, avoiding refined sugars and integrating healthy anti-inflammatory, brain boosting herbs and spices into our diet. Five herbs stand out here:
Coconut oil is another amazing addition to your diet. Try integrating it into your daily recipes. It is great in cooking, baking, sandwich spread instead of butter, salad dressing mixed with olive oil and your favorite herbs… Studies show that the medium chain fatty acid content of coconut oil provides brain cells with the needed energy when they lost their ability to use glucose efficiently.
Did you ever find yourself asking, why don't I get better?
I get this question a lot in my practice... "I am doing everything 'right'... why am I not getting better?"Chronic diseases, depression, anxiety, fatigue and depletions are on the rise and most treatments are just masking symptoms with drugs, they are not providing real healing.
In this 20 minutes video I share with you how your everyday life and food choices can compromise your health. And, why your genes are not to blame. I also discuss how emotions and thinking patterns are ‘data’ stored in every cell of your body and how to choose which data to store. This is my revolutionary approach to healing chronic ailment and restoring health and vitality... Enjoy!
A couple of weeks ago, I attended “Discover the World Within’ conference by the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation.
It was fascinating to delve deep into the new amazing scientific discoveries about the trillions of tiny bacteria that live within us. The main focus of the conference was shedding the light on how our health and wellbeing are tightly dependent on the health and wellbeing of those tiny fellow travellers that we carry along with us.
Why do we need them?
As we are still in November, Crohn’s and colitis awareness month, talking about our friendly gut flora is very important. A healthy gut flora is essential to lower inflammation, not only in the gut but also all over the body. It helps regulate the response of the immune system and heal the lining of the intestine.
Our friendly gut flora help us produce vitamins like vitamin K and folate (B9), they regulate body fat storage, gut mobility, epithelial (gut lining) repair, absorption of essential minerals like magnesium and calcium, production of short chain fatty acids, controlling blood sugar levels and boosting immunity.
They play major role in preventing and/or lowering the risk of obesity, metabolic disease, depression, high cholesterol, asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, IBS, and colon cancer.
In short, we need them to not only survive, but to also thrive.
How to support your gut flora?
Everyday choice you make in food and lifestyle could boost or compromise the health of those friendly organism and thus boost or compromise your health.
Your tiny friends need food… your choice of fresh vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats help them grow over their harmful competitors who feed on sugars and refined carbs.
Synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, herbicides and GMO kill not only the bad guys but also the good ones.
To make sure you keep a healthy gut flora you need:
Top 5 Probiotic foods:
Top 10 Prebiotic-containing foods:
One question I get a lot from clients: Do I have to be gluten-free to be healthy? Well a simple answer to this complicated question is of course not. Not everybody has to be on a gluten free diet. But, since I moved here to Canada, I started seeing client after client (myself included) with symptoms improving or even totally disappearing just by giving up gluten. So, what was going on here?
November is Crohn’s & Colitis awareness month. According to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, 1 in 150 Canadians are living with these life-challenging autoimmune diseases. This ratio is scary! I am seeing more and more suffering clients and students in my consultation and nutritional teaching practice every day.
To develop an autoimmune disease, three factors need to be present:
1. Genetic susceptibility
2. A trigger
3. Increased intestinal permeability, or what is known as leaky gut.
Science has proven that having a gene that pre-disposes you to certain disease does not mean you will get it. The environment you live in, the food you eat and the lifestyle you lead play major roles in disease development. So, let’s look at the other 2 factors, then.
Aside from Celiac disease that is triggered by gluten in the diet, science know very little -if any- about the trigger in other autoimmune diseases. And, although not all autoimmune diseases are triggered by gluten, it is well worth the try. So, if you suffer from any autoimmune disease like Crohn, Ulcerative Colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Hashimoto or multiple sclerosis try to get completely off gluten for at least 2 months and see if your symptoms improve. This may be the key to your healing or at least one step forward.
Other common triggers I see in my practice are corn, soy and dairy and needless to say all synthetic chemicals, preservative, additives, GMO crops, pesticides and herbicides that are present in our food. These can turn on the autoimmune switch in susceptible individuals.
The best way to get to the bottom of it is to go on a well-balanced elimination diet that completely remove those triggers from your diet for 2 months then gradually re-introduce them while monitoring your symptoms. The diet should be very well balanced and designed by your nutritionist or your health care provider to avoid any deficiencies.
The third factor involved in autoimmune disease is leaky gut or increased intestinal permeability. This means that the tight junctions in the lining of your intestine get compromised so they let little molecules leak into the blood stream triggering your immune system. The exact causes behind why they mal-function is not well-known but some of the reasons could be:
So, my advice to any of you who suffer from autoimmune disease work with a qualified health professional to start an elimination diet and ask him/her to help you dig for the root causes that triggered the gut inflammation and permeability.
And, above all, please know that your body has an amazing power to heal… Don’t fall under any ‘label’ they gave you and never ever give up hope… I have seen miracle recoveries over and over again in my 10 years of practice… Take back responsibility of your health and start your healing journey today.
About the Author
Hi, Welcome to my blog. I am Amira. I'm first of all a wife and mother. I have been married for 20 years. I have 2 wonderful teenagers ages 18 and 16. My family is my greatest joy in life. For 20 years, I have been in health education career. I started as teaching assistant in the faculty of pharmacy. Then, I turned towards the natural health sector. I help women and teenagers in their search for health, success, and happiness. My practice focuses on balancing Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul.