Lifestyle

Meditation Challenge Day 1

FullSizeRender-1Today was the start of the tujawellness 30 Day Meditation Challenge that I hesitantly signed up for. I had tried meditation a few times in the past with a group of people from my yoga studio, and I hate to admit it, but I did not like it at all! All I could think about the entire time was that I wanted to lean on something, or scratch that itch on my back, or wiggle my shoulders around, or why I couldn’t stop talking to myself in my head… I may have even peeked once or twice to see what everyone else was doing… (woops).

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Using Soap to Brush Your Teeth

Soap Toothpaste

When I tell people I switched to using soap to brush my teeth, they cringe – and I did too when I first tried it.  I thought about how adults in movies would wash a kid’s mouth out with soap if they’d done something wrong. Not pleasant, except now I was washing my own mouth/teeth with soap to keep up with my oral hygiene.

The real reason I started brushing my teeth with soap was by total fluke. I had just moved, couldn’t figure out where the toothpaste was and remembered reading an article where Dr. Bronner’s Soap was used instead of traditional toothpaste. I tested out the method with my Kiss My Face bar soap and haven’t looked back.

Things to know…

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Do you let your face fly fancy-free?

From the tumblr “saved by the bell hooks”

I was at a party on the weekend and had some interesting conversations with some cool people that I had just met. One of those cool people told me about this awesome new tmblr called saved by the bell hooks that mashes up images from Saved by the Bell and quotes from Bell Hooks:

http://savedbythe-bellhooks.tumblr.com/

It is such a clever name and idea! Bell Hooks is a very quotable author who writes about feminism/gender, race and capitalism, while Saved by the Bell is an old, cringe worthy show that had my 12-year-old feminist self squirming in my seat when I watched it. Saved by the Bell really does get saved by Bell Hooks when her quotes are paired with images from the show, helping me replace some of the gag-worthy memories of the show with happy ones.

As I started looking through the tumblr when I got home, I quickly came across the image above. It was so fitting because it reminded me of another conversation I had with a different cool person that I met that night. This cool person shocked me when she said that she never leaves her house without a full face of makeup, and that her parents were the only people who have seen her fresh faced (aka without makeup). This was something that she wanted to change, but didn’t feel ready to yet.

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Salt Cave Halotherapy

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Today I had the opportunity to curl up under a blanket and relax for an hour in a “cave” covered in Himalayan pink crystal salt. This experience of breathing in salt filled air is a form of Halotherapy.

Halotherapy is said to help treat the following:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Coughs and colds
  • Ear/throat issues
  • Acne
  • Dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Stress
  • Headaches

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About Us

Food Hugging

Foodhugger

This was me just 4 months ago. As you can see, I am very passionate about food. I have always believed that I could eat whatever I wanted, and was proud of how my digestive system could “handle anything!” However, I am realizing that this might not be true. Unfortunately, my body no longer seems very happy with some aspects of my lifestyle, and it is showing it’s dislike in the form of chronic sinus issues and a weak immune system.

I have had sinus issues for years now that have been continuously getting worse. I originally went the “normal” route of speaking with my family doctor, and then going to different specialists. I had many different tests, and tried many different antibiotics and nasal sprays. After getting nowhere, I decided to look into my problems with a more holistic approach. I am currently working with a naturopath, holistic nutritionist and an osteopath to see if I can turn my health around naturally. I have been learning so much from them, and have started to do a lot of my own reading and research. I have become really interested in whole food plant-based eating, as well as making my own body care products such as body butter, face scrubs/masks and shampoo! Through all of this learning, what I am most happy about is that I can continue my love affair with food, while making healthy choices that will make my body feel good. I am very excited and curious to see if this holistic living will have a positive impact on my health!

Basically, I am having so much fun learning about and transitioning into a more holistic lifestyle, that I would like to share my experiences with you!

– Erin

Tree Hugging

Tree Hugging

That’s me! Growing up, I didn’t really think of myself as being holistically minded, I just had a strong connection with my sweet Grandma and the way she did things. She played a big role in my life, and was raised on a farm before coming to Canada, so always encouraged us to play outside, had an amazing flower and vegetable garden and thought aloe vera could cure everything.

Now that I’ve gotten older, I’ve taken steps to keep connected with the things she taught me, while also learning more about how I can live my life more holistically. I cut meat out of my diet in 2009 after watching a series of documentaries. I like to think of this moment in my life as the time “things got real” and it showed me that I should be paying closer attention to how I grow, select and buy my food… as well as how it’s treated before it reaches me.

Since switching to a plant-based diet, I’ve also started to educate myself and cut out a lot of toxins from the cleaning and beauty products I use. I love learning about holistic living and how I can attempt to do things in a more natural, self-sufficient way. It’s something that Erin and I have definitely bonded over during our years of friendship, and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you too!

-Sasha