Living a life less toxic…

by Faith Canter


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Raw Food & Is Our Life Mapped Out?

Hi there,

I realise I forgot to mention in my last blog how my Mini Raw Food Workshop went.  Well it went really rather well!  A lovely group of people attended, we made some beautiful, healthy, nutritious and very yummy food and talked about the many benefits of raw food, how to prepare, soak, sprout and store raw foods and how to get the enzymes our body requires for good health.

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This event was only a 3 hour introduction into raw food but we covered quite a lot and everyone got to eat plenty of raw dishes before taking a little doggie bag of them home with them along with a handout of recipes and instructions.  So all round it was a very enjoyable evening.

A few days after my Mini Raw Food Workshop I attended a local talk by one of my favourite authors, David Hamilton.  In this talk (which was based on his newest book) he discussed if our life is mapped out or if we have freewill.

I found this a really interesting topic and, as always, David put a scientific spin on something I’ve always thought to be a rather spiritual topic.  He explained his theories about being on a certain path in our life, but how there isn’t just one path and that by making certain choices in our lives we can change our path, thus changing not only our future but also our past!  Obviously there’s a lot more to this than I’ve mentioned so if this topic interests you I suggest you have a look at his newest book, ‘Is Your Life Mapped Out?’

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I wanted to tell you all about my 28 Day Challenge I’m  putting together.

Over the course of 28 days we’ll address lots of things that will help you towards a much healthier and happier body and mind. This will start Monday  4th November and I will be setting up an additional page on my blog where I’ll be posting each day of the 28 days with new advice, links and encouragement.  The first post will be a week before the challenge is due to start, which will inform you of anything you need to do, prepare or use up prior to the challenge.

You will be able to share your own experiences, questions and views on the blog page also.  Please sign-up to my blog (either my putting your email address in on this section of the blog or by clicking the “follow” button if you’re already a member of WordPress) to be part of this event.  It’s totally free and you’ll get lots of useful information about health and well-being over this period and hopefully come out the other end feeling so much better.  If you know anyone else that is interested in this challenge then please tell them to follow the blog page  also.

Lastly I wanted to share with you my homemade, all natural car air-fresher.  I hate the horrible chemically smelling car air-freshers you get these days.  Not only are these offensive to my nostrils but they’re also another item that we generally all use that’s bad for the environment (and of course they don’t last very long for the cost of them either).   So I’ve been thinking of ways to make my car smell less like dogs but without using the chemical air fresheners.  Then I remembered the little pillow pouches I’ve made before!  So I got a small piece of old fabric, some uncooked rice, a selection of essentials oils, a ribbon and a paper-clip and came up with the below.

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Every time air comes through the vents it gives the car a fresh blast of the essential oils in the pouch and when it starts to be less scented you can simply crush the pouch up a bit to stimulate the oils again.

Once the essential oil smell has gone altogether  just open the pouch up and add some more.

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I love this simple little item.  You can use it in your car or home, under your pillow or in your drawers and wardrobe and it costs next to nothing to produce and is a whole lot better for the environment than standard car air-fresheners.

I’m going to try to regularly give away little freebies like the above to my followers on here, so watch this space for some more!

Next time round I’ll be able to tell you all about the Hayhouse ‘I Can Do It’ weekend I’m attending this weekend in Glasgow and also a couple of Let’s Make This World a Better Place events happening over the next week or so.

Have a great week people =0)


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Organic Farms and Writers Workshops

Well life is just flying by these days!

I love the fact I now have the energy (and brain power) to do and enjoy a whole host of things.  Every day that passes proves to me how much I’ve grown and evolved since having ME/CFS and also since recovering from it.

Not long after my last post me and a group of ladies from the Let’s Make This Word A Better Place Meetup group (http://www.meetup.com/Lets-Make-This-World-A-Better-Place/) visited the beautiful Pillars of Hercules Organic Garden and Veggie Cafe.  We couldn’t have picked a better day for it, the sun was shining and the place was buzzing (actually a little too literally for some of the group, who have a fear of wasps and bees).

We had a wonderful meal there, did a tour of the grounds and mooched around the shop.  It was incredibly busy, showing a lot more people are opening up to the benefits of eating organic.  It makes me very pleased to see this and I encourage anyone local to visit this place.  They sell their veggies etc in the shop there, and most items, even though everything is organic are cheaper than buying non-organic from the supermarkets.

I know I’ll certainly be taking regular trips up there for my organic goodies now!

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Then this last weekend I attended this years Hayhouse Writers Workshop.

This was an incredible weekend, I came away buzzing with ideas, completely inspired and having made friends with some lovely like-minded people.

Reid Tracey (Hayhouse CEO) was super at explaining the good and bad of writing/publishing, Lynee McTaggart (author) gave us a lot of facts and information to digest and Robert Holden (author) was truly inspiring and very funny to listen to.  All round I would strongly recommend anyone considering writing a book (especially if it may be an alternative type of book to attend one of these workshops).

Below is a photo of me with Robert Holden-

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One of the things they taught us was to brand ourselves rather than having business names.  After all the business name isn’t likely to work when selling books.  I’ve taken this on board and created a new facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FaithMCanter) which will be my main page very soon.  So if you want to follow what’s going on with me, the business and get healthy hints and tips then take a look at it.  The new website will follow and even this blog will be getting a facelift. I’m going to be trying a new look and name for it – so watch this space!

 

So that’s me for this blog, I’ll be doing a little write up in my next blog about a talk I attended last night by David Hamilton (another Hayhouse author) and what his views are on if our life is mapped out or if we have freewill.

Bye for now.