Photographs: Sunbeams

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Sunbeams, a set on Flickr.

I was heading into the house July 19th when I looked up and saw this. I ran into the house to grab my camera while thinking they would probably be gone by the time I got back and I wouldn’t be able to capture this. I was amazed at what I saw when I reviewed the photos on my computer.

Serenity

Contentment.

The feeling that overcame me when I attended my first set of SIPS courses in Vancouver early this year.

Serenity.

Is the feeling I have had over the past week of doing my last round of SIPS courses.  I am thankful to finally feel at ease with becoming a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner.  I am thankful for the healing work and clearing that occurred over the Summer because of the peace it has brought me overall and especially around the hangups I have had with seeing clients.

Bliss.

I knew that the Blenz in White Rock opens stupid late (8:30 during the week!?) and was online last night trying to find a less commercial coffee shop in which I could blog this morning.  What a treat it was to find the Small Ritual Coffee Society which is a not-for-profit community coffee shop!

While I would prefer to be drinking my white mocha this morning with almond milk, I am in love with this little piece of heaven I have found at the corner of Johnson and Prospect street.

Remapping my Goals:

I was supposed to head over to Parksville not realizing my courses finished Saturday and not Friday.  Instead, I decided to try and take a day to decompress, blog, reflect back on the past week and touch base with my goal setting.  While I am disheartened with the fact that I completely lost my momentum with blogging and photography, sometimes you just have to deal with life and priorities get shuffled.  As we nestle into my favourite season of the year, I am working on getting back in touch with my goal setting, blogging and photography.

Holistic Healthcare Practitioner

As it sits right now, I am quite happy with where I am at course wise.  I am ready to see clients and confident that I will be able to find my way through any issues during a session that may come up.  I am very thankful for my instructors, mentors and classmates who have all contributed to increasing my knowledge and confidence in becoming a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner using Specializing Kinesiology.  I am also very thankful for those who have allowed me to practice on them, their patience and their feedback.  I know my knowledge, confidence and skill-set will only increase with experience.

I will take SIPS (Stress Indicator Point System) courses whenever I can, either auditing or taking the higher level SIPS courses when Ian Stubbings travels from Australia to teach in Canada.  I have sort of etched out upcoming courses I would like to take and know more might be added as they come up.

As of October 5th, I will be seeing clients on Saturdays and eagerly awaiting seeing my first client booked in the calendar at work!

Personal Health and Wellness

One of my goals has been to get out of bed by 6.  This past week I have not slept past about that time so I am wanting to maintain this when I get home.  I have always found the most success in incorporating exercise into my day by getting it out of the way first thing in the morning before I have time to think about it.  I have never been a breakfast person and I would like to change that, even if its just a shake or smoothie (which may or may not replace my morning coffee).

The past few months have seen less meat in our diet being replaced by high protein meat alternatives such as kale, quinoa and chick peas.  I have been on the hunt for and printing out scads of RAW food recipes that look amazing.  I have a homeopathic cleanse awaiting me at home which I will start when I get back and hoping it will be the start of me getting even further into eating a more wholesome diet.

Both of the above will contribute to my ongoing weight loss.  I cannot remember if I have blogged about the fact that there is more to my being able to lose weight then diet and exercise which both seem to be fine.

Hobbies

As I have been settling back into Fall, I have also been settling back into blogging.  Publishing this will be blog post number five for the month which is pushing me closer to my goal of eight.  Before I settled back into it a few weeks ago, I had a bit of a blogging identity crisis.  I have been very careful about what I write on here wanting to remain positive whenever possible and have at times, really had to scrub some of the content before posting it.  My goal with this blog was to inspire others to lead a happier, healthier and more holistic lifestyle and I am an avid believer in leading by example.

I see myself blogging more about food as I incorporate more RAW into my diet and play around with recipes to see what does and does not work.  As I gravitate further away from white flour, white sugar, dairy and meat, the sicker I feel whenever I eat them.  Even just looking at photographs of or being in the presence of these (and other processed) foods, I feel sick and can feel my body revolt.  My body has the opposite effect when I see healthier foods.  My mouth was watering at the sight of acorn squash down in Keremeos two weeks ago and I wish I had bought more.

That leaves my camera which has gotten a little dusty and I have to admit, I have had no motivation to get out with it since last Fall.  I love the Fall colors and know it will start inspiring me to get out with my camera over the next few months.  I would also like to start learning more about how my camera works and need to pull out the couple of photography books I have and start reading them.

Concluded.

As I look outside trying to conclude how to conclude this conclusion, I see how dark and gloomy it is outside.  The rain is coming down and the wind is blowing.  Most people who live here would look outside and complain about the weather.  I look outside and it warms my heart on a cool, gloomy Sunday morning.  The movement of the leaves reminds me that without movement, there is not change.  The rain reminds me that without the water, life cannot grow and we cannot cleanse.  And as I walk to my car and get cold and damp, I know it will remind me that I am alive today, have a roof over my head, food in my belly, a loving family to go home to and for all of that, I am very thankful.

You Are What You Eat

My diet has changed a few times over the years and always towards more healthy and wholesome foods and away from processed foods.  I was in college the first time I made major dietary changes and stopped putting butter, gravy and other such sauces on my foods and switching from 2% to 1% milk.  I was absolutely amazed at how wonderful vegetables tasted without sauces and butter on them!  That’s not to say the sauces my parents made were not delicious because they were and usually made from scratch – I just did not need the extra calories at a time I was gaining a lot of weight.

This past year we have been working on cutting down on the amount of meat and processed foods we eat and replacing it with more veggies, quinoa, chick peas and other higher protein foods.  I have also been trying to eat a lot less white sugar, white flour and cow dairy.

The more I cut these foods out of my diet, the more my body revolts when I do eat them.  My skin breaks out, my belly and sometimes my head aches.  I also notice it on the scale.  When I eat my version of “healthy”, the scale shows weight coming off.  When I start eating foods that are processed, contain white flour and/or sugar and cow dairy, not only does my body revolt, the scale either stops going down or more often then not, goes up.  When I eat crap, I feel like crap.  Garbage in, garbage out.

The interesting thing that has also been happening over the past few months is that when I look at or even think about those types of foods, I instantly feel sick.  The flip-side is that when I see photos of fresh vegetables or wholesome foods (such as the ones I have re-pinned on my Pinterest account), I feel good and my mouth waters.  We made a trip to Keremeos last weekend on the search for fruit to can when I saw acorn squashes and my mouth instantly started watering.

You are what you eat.

I leave this afternoon for Vancouver to take my SIPS Levels 3 & 0 and have feared how I am going to feel with having less control over my diet and trying my best to plan around that.  All I have been thinking about is quinoa salads and roasted chicken. I will be stopping to pick up fresh produce and making quinoa salads when I get home to take with me.

When I was searching for quinoa salad recipes last night, I came across yet another blog about someone who had symptoms doctors could not figure out but after dietary changes, had more energy and felt better but was still not 100%.  She ended up going to a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner who said it was parasites she had picked up on a trip to another country.

As hard as it will be to get away from consuming certain types of foods, I have to listen to my body.  The past few months it has been telling me to get onto a RAW, clean and vegetarian diet.  I am thankful to be where I am with my diet because it is pretty close to where I want to be already.  When it comes to certain foods, I have to quit putting my hand back onto the hot stove knowing full well my body will revolt afterwards.  I should know better and need more discipline when I am out of the house.

When I get back from Vancouver, I have a homeopathic cleanse I will be starting and using it to kick off my commitment to eating healthier.  Part of the reason I blog, is to help inspire people to make positive changes in their lives.  That whole “If I can do it, anyone can do it”.  I have always found inspiration from peoples stories; how they have changed, what instigated those changes and how that has made their lives better.

Besides making me feel better, it will also give me something to blog about and take photos of!