Your Holistic Guide to Dining Out

This weekend my friend (and fellow holistic nutritionist) and I packed our bags and took a road trip to the States to give a speech at a yoga retreat. It was a day packed with several sessions of yoga, kombucha, my first sweaty Zoomba class out in the rain and mindfulness meditations. We spoke about cardiovascular health and prevention to an enthusiastic crowd of women and of course, indulged in the smorgasbord of raw cleansing food from handrolled wraps (of which I now consider myself a pro-wrap roller) to humus to kale chips and everything in between.

on the road

Just when we thought we couldn’t possibly eat more, we hit the road home and suddenly felt the post yoga hunger kick in. So after an entire day of cleansing and seeing as we were driving through an unfamiliar  place, where were we to go? Cue the only place we knew existed there; the Olive Garden!
Rarely do I eat out and if I do it’s someplace like a raw food restaurant where we have meals such as this flavourful zucchini noodle Bolognese below.
pasta
Going to a restaurant like the Olive Garden was a complete change and a great one because here’s what came of it;
Your holistic guide to dinning out: 
1. Go green
  • I scoured that menu and could not find a single green item on it and resorted to asking the waitress for help. She pointed to a section at the bottom, buried amongst pastas and pizzas that consisted of two salads, bingo!
2. Stay clear of the meat
  • I’m not vegan, my coworkers joke that I’m a vegan who eats meat, but I go vegan when I eat out. At home, we visit the local farms where we get our meat and see the living conditions for ourselves. When eating out, you don’t know where the meat came from and I bet you wouldn’t eat it if you did.  To top it off, these animals are also full of antibiotics and hormones, not an appetising entrée is it? Needless to say, the chicken ceaser salad was out! Which left me with one option…
3. Get zesty with the dressing!
  • Dressings are hidden holistic disasters. Usually packed with sugar, dairy, soy, preservatives etc. This one in particular was an Italian dressing so I opted out of that and went for something a little more my style: I’ll typically ask for some olive oil and a zesty slice of lemon to squirt on it. Yesterday they brought over olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
And there you have it! The great thing is, I’m not always the best at making decisions when it comes to food (how am I expected to pick just one?!) but in this case, the decision was practically made for me 😀  The salad hit the spot and we were back on the road, driving straight into this hypnotic storm and scarlet  sunset on our way home.
sunset
With the long weekend it feels as though school does not exist, but it’s wrapping up. In a couple of weeks we will be done, which means plenty of blog posts are on their way to you!
Suzanne Eden

Ancient Ayurvedic Secret of the Lymphatic System

There’s an ancient Ayurvedic principle to strive for every day:
~ move your body well
~ move your blood well

beach

The greatest part is that this can be accomplished with one piece of advice: GET MOVING! By doing so, you will be activating a powerful system in your body to detoxify and rejuvenate.

It’s this little thing called the lymphatic system:

  • What it does for you:
  • The lymphatic system removes waste and toxins from every cell in your body – you have more lymphatic fluid than you have blood!
  • It supports all other systems in your body for the optimal health of your  immunity, digestion, detoxification and your nervous system
  • Think of a facet as being your lymphatic system. When turned on, the water flows and any junk is flushed down the drain. Your lymph is like the drainage system of your body. But when the facet is turned off, or the lymph is stagnant, nothing can be flushed out and it can become clogged.

What happens then?

Once stagnant and clogged all sorts of things can go awry:

How your body may first speak to you:

  • Cellulite
  • Acne
  • Appetite loss
  • Swelling of hands and feet (ever felt your rings suddenly tighten on your hands? This could be a factor)
  • Muscle cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Mental fog
  • Worsened allergies and sensitivities
  • Joint pain

and the list, of course, goes on.

When you don’t listen:

  • An unhealthy lymphatic system can lead to serious infections and cancer.

It’s truly the underestimated key to youth and health of the body.

Eight keys to a happy, healthy lymph:

The trick here is to get the lymph flowing so it can do what it’s designed to do – clear out the junk!

  1. Get Moving! You should be moving in some way at least every 40 minutes. So if you’ve been stagnant watching t.v., do jumping jacks at the commercial break or run the stairs, something to get your blood pumping and your lymph flowing.  A rebounder is a great option. It’s a mini trampoline to absorb the shock to your knees and I run on it every day about 10 minutes at a time.
  2. Use a dry brush – 3-4X/week. The circular action will increase blood flow to stimulate the lymph
  3. Drink up – what good is a facet without water flowing through it?!  6-8 glasses of water/day
  4. Eat clean – Reduce the consumption of refined products, sugars and caffeine. Focus your diet on fresh fruits and vegetables and whole foods.
  5. Clean your beauty regime – limit your exposure to toxic substances. The one I see most often is the use of aluminum-based antiperspirants clogging the lymph nodes below the armpit. Antiperspirants block the sweat which is how the body detoxifies. It’s as though you are purposely clogging the drain. Switch to natural deodorants and beauty care products as much as possible.
  6. Breath awareness meditations – this includes the practise of yoga or simply sitting and focusing on your breath. This will not only stimulate the breath to move the lymph but will double as relaxation to reduce your overall stress.
  7. Keep your clothes flowing to keep the lymph flowing – Clothes that are too tight will restrict the lymphatic flow. Particularly for women: never, and I mean never, wear a bra to bed at night!
  8. Examine the mental, spiritual link – lymphatic stagnation may occur when we feel stuck in a particular pattern or situation or unable to fully express ourselves. Examine the areas of your life or emotional thought patterns that feel stagnant. Remember that what happens in the mind will manifest in the body.

The above video shows one of my best friends and I headed out for an early morning bike yesterday, but there’s never an unadventurous moment with us! We went through THREE bikes and an exceptionally sweet neighbor who took pity on our rusty tire pump, to get out for our early morning bike ride, down to the beach for yoga and lunch and errand running (which we oddly LOVE to do together) and back home again.

My typical workout regime:

  •   A headstand as soon as I get out of bed (some days my head hits the floor before my feet do) 😛
  • Yoga for about 20-60mins depending on the day
  • Running on the rebounder
  • Yoga sporadically throughout the day

It’s always different. I love to hike and bike and dance but between school and work, this is what works for me. When I don’t adhere to this, I feel it! And while I’m at school, I run the stairs to the washrooms several floors down on our breaks to wake myself up and get the oxygen to my information overloaded brain 🙂

So my advice as a holistic nutritionist to you: get that miracle lymph system moving every beautiful day!

Suzanne Eden

|| p u r p o s e ||

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If you’re unsure of your purpose in life: know this;

Your purpose is to L O V E your life,

To get wild and daring with your dreams,

To be playful and foolish, to get crazy, to laugh and cry, to embrace, to smile, to kiss,

To find your best friend and your soul mate, to scream from mountain tops, swim naked in the oceans depths, paint masterpieces with your footsteps,

To let passion and love radiate, and as the world watches your ignited soul, you will spark the flame in them.✨

Drop all you think you “should” or “shouldn’t” do. What ignites your flame and sets your spirit free is exactly what you are here to do! Drop your fears, take a leap, and let the world catch you. Let your feelings be your compass. The universe is always guiding you, you need only listen

Love & light,

Suzanne Eden