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What I’m Doing for Two Weeks of the Smoothie Challenge

27
May

I’m super looking forward to June, for a lot of reasons. Maybe because summer becomes official. Or one of my best friends is getting married. Or because of the dozens of smoothie recipes I’m excited to try…

…Or maybe it’s because I’m beginning to feel like myself again. I’m finding joy in creation, getting stronger, and learning more about the things I’m interested in. For the first time in almost four months, I did an Continue reading »

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Announcing the 2015 Colourful Smoothie Challenge

25
May

Colourful Smoothie Challenge

It’s almost June…and that means…the Colourful Smoothie Challenge is happening in just a few days! I’m beyond excited!

I think it’s safe to say I have an obvious smoothie obsession…and over three years ago I decided to turn that into an annual contest. Watch my video and get inspired to join in Continue reading »

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It’s Almost Here!

21
May

I am so excited! I have been prepping for this year’s Colourful Smoothie Challenge for a couple months now…and it’s almost here! I’ve had people wondering if I was doing it this year…and this answer is a resounding YES!

In case you didn’t remember from last year, or you’re a new reader, here’s what’s happening!

For the whole month of June we’re Continue reading »

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Top 3 Reasons to Consider Drybrushing

27
Apr

Top Three Reasons you Should Drybrush

The amount of drugs I have consumed since the accident is ridiculous. To say I’m not grateful for their effects would be completely untrue, but now, as I’m recovering…the holistic hippie in me shudders at the amount of drug toxins in me.

Besides the amount of assorted drugs I was prescribed for two weeks in hospital, I had to take narcotics galore afterwards. Not only that, but I took up to 8 extra-strength Tylenol daily to cope with the pain. I weaned myself off of them as soon as I felt able

However, part of my healing journey involves being as holistic as possible with recovery. I’ve been doing lots of things (you can read about them here) including changes in my diet and some “detoxing” practices.

I recently just started doing some research about drybrushing. I’ve had one for a while and I was mostly using it as way to exfoliate and keep my skin smooth, but the more I’ve been reading…the more impressed I am to use it for health reasons.

Why You Should Drybrush (Large)

Here are some things I’ve learned about drybrushing:

1. It detoxes and cleans the lymphatic system – Lymph is an enormous part of the immune system (we have more lymph than blood!). Lymph is full of lymphocytes (i.e. white blood cells) and interstitial fluid. These are the two elements that carry out waste and bring nutrition to the body. This is where the detoxification process FIRST takes place. When we drybrush we’re actually helping the lymph move and speeding up the process.

2. It allows your skin to breathe – the act of drybrushing literally opens your pores by the act of unblocking them. Honestly, it’s the most amazing thing – the more you do it, the more silky smooth and tight your skin gets! Nothing works better than shedding those dead skin cells! A lot of people say that it greatly reduces cellulite! As you get rid of dead skin cells, the new layer of skin underneath begins to surface. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, with that in mind a few minutes of a day can be spared.

3. It increases your circulation – this, in turn, encourages your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes and any other un-removed waste excreted (like when we sweat). Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed, which you can literally feel when you brush. For a lot of people, it’s an energizing morning ritual.

I used to be very dedicated with drybrushing, but I completely forgot about it (gasp)! So now, I’ve started again…

My Favourite Drybrush (Large)

This is the brush I use and highly recommend. It can be just a hand-held brush or you can slide the handle back in and use it for the hard to reach places like your back.

There is a bit of a science in the direction and order you brush, so check out How to Drybrush at MindBodyGreen.

Here’s to a healthy lymph and smooth skin!

Have you tried drybrushing? Any tips to share?

2 comments » | Healthy Living, Natural Body Care

10 Top Reasons to Drink Lemon Water

16
Apr

I last talked about how I got rid of my un-classy caffeine addiction by replacing my morning coffee with hot lemon water. At first I started with hot lemon and honey, then I subbed out the honey for stevia, and now I’ve nixed the Continue reading »

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How I Got Rid of My Caffeine Addiction

13
Apr

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A few days before I was discharged from the hospital (after my accident), I had a mind blowing revelation. I had not drank coffee (except for a couple sips) for 2 weeks! I didn’t even have withdrawal symptoms! Ok, granted, I had massive headaches which I’ve Continue reading »

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April Instagram Challenge

9
Apr

Instagram Challenge for April

Oh Spring. How I love you.

I love not getting up when it’s still dark – hot lemon in the morning – reading more – going on walks (my current main form of exercise) – drinking tea ALL day long – wearing cardigans and Continue reading »

2 comments » | Giveaway, Healthy Living

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