Redefining Healthy

I have been a part of the Canadian healthy lifestyle all of my life.  As a young person, my family served meals that were rich in vegetables and nutrients.  I would say that we were predominately vegetarian, but we did incorporate chicken and fish at times.  When I went to University, I became a fan of beer or a glass of wine with dinner.  I would never say that I was a heavy drinker, but a glass or two of wine per week was not uncommon.  The caffeine and coffee question was a different matter.  During my heyday as a personal trainer at Mayfair West Clubs, I would be drinking multiple espressos throughout the day and weekends.  Coffee culture in Toronto is an acceptable borderline addiction.  When people ask each other out, mainly the question is “Do you want to go for coffee?”

Last year, I remember when I went cold turkey from coffee.  It felt like I was detoxing from a narcotic due to the mind constantly obsessing over the idea of just having a small sip.  My mind and personality flat lined for about a week from the withdrawal, but I knew that I had to break the cycle.  I missed the bitter in the morning, so I started drinking a product called CafLib which is a chicory and barley based coffee alternative.  After a few weeks, my energy returned back to normal.  Eventually I conceded to myself that I will drink one glass of decaffeinated coffee a day.  I enjoy the taste of coffee, but the exhaustion and gut rot are experiences I no longer have to endure.  I still start my day with CafLib though which for me is a happy balance.

I was noticing back in April that I had put on a tremendous amount of swelling in my face and mid section despite the three to four workouts in the gym each week.  I’ve know for years that I have had a sensitive liver, so I decided to make the biggest change in my life … to give up booze.  I’ve heard the AA stories about what it was like for addicts to give up alcohol and I’m aware that there is a certain chemical imbalance in addicts that cause them to require the drunken state.  As many European families, alcohol was readily available my whole life.  I would never say I got drunk very often (except when clubbing in my twenties), but at a nice meal, there was usually a chardonnay or a single malt scotch offered.  Looking back, I don’t remember going more than a couple of weeks without a glass or two of some type of alcoholic beverage.  When I chose last month to not drink anymore, it was not the same as quitting coffee.  I’ve never needed to have a glass of wine, but coffee was always warm and wonderful way to start my morning like a hug and a kiss.

So, I quit booze and started taking a dandelion supplement to help my liver function more effectively.  In two weeks, all of my swelling had subsided (10lbs and 2 inches in my waist).  I looked physically ten years younger!  Certainly, my gym workouts became more effective because I could see changes from workout to workout.  I have truly become a morning person, and have a full day’s worth of energy.  My mood is generally lighter and I find I am verbally quitter when talking with people.  Last week, I noticed my sense of sound and smell has increased and I am able to hear a larger range and smell fainter odors.  Maybe the function of the liver has a much larger impact on my brain than I realize.

For some people, caffeine and alcohol have almost no effect on their mood or body health.  For me, I have truly found that these chemicals are intolerable for my sensitive system.  The social question about alcohol is an issue.  Generally sharing a drink together is part of how we connect with others.  When I go to a restaurant, I order a drink with three equal parts of orange juice, cranberry, and soda water with two limes.  The sweet an bitter combination are delicious.   At home, I use a couple of ounces of lime cordial with soda water and limes in a wine glass.  For people who want to take their body to the next level of health, I recommend quitting or substituting both of these chemicals (caffeine and alcohol) with healthier choices.

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Resonance Frequency And Improving Health

When we want to improve our resonance or health, we often start by eating higher frequency foods such as raw or organic produce.  Exercise is another useful way to improve our lean muscle conditioning, and raising our metabolism.  Yet we know people to eat average food, exercise very rarely and still maintain a very healthy body.

The idea I will explore is frequency.  Metabolism can certainly be improved through diet and exercise, but it also has it’s limitations.  Our self concept, or self talk, is JUST as important as doing physical effort in order to get the desired response. For years, I would meet people in the gym who would have such a terrible sense of worth.  They would love themselves or find value in themselves ONLY when the scale hit an acceptable number, or a specific dress size.  This negative emotional feeling would in one way be a motivating factor, but on the other side it would also be a disaster.  When we try to achieve something positive while maintaining a negative belief system, the result is usually negative.  When we don’t fully accept ourselves we are dropping our frequency to incredible lows.  Our body translates that negativity as an instruction to drop our metabolism thereby counteracting the effects of the diet and exercise.  If we are to make any lasting positive changes, it has to come from fully loving and accepting ourselves first.  If you have ever seen Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie Pumping Iron, he used his positive belief in himself to empower his development.

The outer world reflects our inner reality.  Love and accept every part of yourself.  Then and only then can you make positive changes.

Outside of diet, exercise, and positive belief, we can improve our resonance in many ways.  One way is to release old feelings that do not resonate as being true today.  This is part of the process of my therapy called Spiritual Mentorship.  I help people examine ideas and experiences that don’t contain any positive meaning.  In some cases I can help people find positive meaning in negative experiences.  Read my blog Beauty Of The Broken Heart to see an example of this.  The other suggestion I have is Reiki.  As a Reiki practitioner, I can bring the body directly into a state of flow and balance.  Certain stresses can be addressed through talk while others are best released in a more direct way.  I have found both to be useful in reducing stress.

To raise our frequency is to become more disciplined with our thoughts or feelings.  We might run for hours and accomplish something fantastic, but then wallow in the idea of worthlessness due to self talk we have subconsciously learned from others.  Within the core of our being is the spark of the divine.  That spark is our connection to the source.  To focus on that power and enhance our relationship with the divine through love and gratitude is to raise our frequency dramatically.  One of my favorite ways to connect to that divine connection is to get in-touch with our inner child.  The Inner Child is full of wonder and excitement.  It is as if the child in us shines with a divine light.

So in conclusion, let go of old ideas you carry about yourself.  Challenge your old belief systems that sabotage your happiness.  And, if you can find your Inner Child, shine your Light.  This is how you increase your resonance.