Living a life less toxic…

by Faith Canter


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Check out my new Website and Blog combined…

Hi there lovely people,
I just wanted you all to know that my blog has now been merged with my brand new website. You can now find all my old posts from this site and some new one’s also at http://faithcanter.com/blog/.
There are also some free ebooks you can download http://faithcanter.com/freebies/
And if you are not already following me on Facebook then it would be great to see you there https://www.facebook.com/FaithMCanter
What would you like to see me blog about next?
Hope to see you over at faithcanter.com
Healthy Regards
Faith


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Good Vibrations

Here’s an excellent and thought provoking article by Bruce Lipton!
His book The Biology of Belief helped me with my own recovery from ME/CFS.

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Good Vibrations

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau

The brain generates electric signals, and if I put EEG wires on your head, you can see the brain activity printing out. There is another device called a Magneto Encephalograph, where the probe doesn’t touch the head. That device reads your brain activity with a probe outside of your head. You might say, “Wait! Then my thoughts are not contained in my head?” and I’d say, “That’s right!” The concept is, your brain is acting as a tuning fork and the broadcast from your brain is not located in your head, so you’re like a radio station. In effect, you’re broadcasting. Everything vibrates—energy vibrates and matter vibrates. This is where the concept of constructive interference comes in, where two vibrations can tangle with each other…

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The Destruction of Sugar. What Next?

Great blog about that naughty sugar stuff!

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My Story

april 004Sugar really is addicting!  Some compare it to heroin (I wouldn’t know).  What I do know is that it really did destroy my health for most of my life.  A lot of you know some of this story. I have always struggled with having a high metabolism (which is slowing down now) and low blood sugar.  The combination caused me to occasionally pass out in public…not fun.  I had other health issues that I didn’t know about, so basically I felt horrible all the time.

What do we do when we feel horrible all the time?  We find something that we think makes us feel better. I turned to what was easily accessible…sugar!  I was a health nut..literally obsessed..so I didn’t drink pop or anything like that, but started off on grape juice…constantly.  Over the years, that led to pepsi and sweet tea.  I would get my…

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3 Lotion Bar Recipes

Love this simple recipe!

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I love my homemade lotion!  That’s for sure.  I’m just about out of my shea butter lotion which I use the most, but I always have some lotion bars as back up while I make more.

These lotion bars are great for kids as well.  You can make them the right size for their little hands to hold and rub on their bodies after a shower.

MOLDS: Cupcake liners work great!  You can also line a glass dish with waxed paper and pour the lotion into it to cool.  Simply slice when cool.  The waxed paper will help you pull it out of the dish when it’s hard. Another way is to pour the lotion mixture into empty deodorant containers.  These make it easy to rub all over.

ESSENTIAL OILS: Use what you love!  Lavender is very relaxing.  Rosemary is great for the skin.  Tea Tree is a…

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Tips for Detoxifying Body, Mind & Home

Well I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and New Year?

I thought I’d write a blog on detoxing as no doubt a lot of people will be thinking about this after all the festivities. I wanted to give you some do’s and don’ts of detoxing so you can make your own minds up about what to do for optimum health and well-being after all the fun of the festivities.

So here they are:

1.  Make sure whatever diet or detox you pick you are getting a good balance of healthy fibre, carbohydrates (brown rice, oats, sweet potatoes and quinoa), proteins, fats and vitamins and minerals with every meal.  Failure to do this could result in you snacking, feeling unwell, not sticking to the diet or detox at all, or more importantly, having a knock on effect with your overall health and well-being.  I know a lot of people are doing juice diets these days but remember you need fibre (to move the toxins through the digestive system and maintain good bowel movements which is key to detoxification) carbs, protein and fat for things like energy, brain function and to stop your body depleting you of your reserves of these and making you unwell.

2.  Make sure you don’t skip meals, this effects your blood sugar levels, your hormones, metabolism and overall health and well-being.  Any weight lost achieved like this rarely stays off.

3.  Avoid weight loss products (food and drinks) that claim to be sugar-free, fat-free, low-fat and low calorie, as these are stuffed full of sweeteners, chemicals, trans-fats and salts.  If you want to eat butter you’re better off just having a smaller serving of butter rather than a low fat margarine.

4.  Drink plenty of water, at least 2 litres a day.  This will help flush through all those Christmas toxins more than almost anything else you could do.

5.  Cut out or cut down the caffeine, this is pretty toxic to the body unless in small doses (preferably green tea) and effects the metabolism and blood sugar levels and is also giving the body one more toxin to try eliminate.

6.  Try and have at least one smoothie and/or juice a day (with plenty of fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds and maybe a little bit of raw protein powder added in as well).

7.  Stay clear of any diet or detox that claims you will lose more than 3lbs a week.  Losing more than this in a week isn’t a healthy way to lose weight and it almost never stays off when if comes off so quickly.  Losing weight slow and steadily may be boring but it really is the best and healthiest way to lose weight and keep it off.

8.  Cut out or cut down gluten and wheat products.  It is believed as many as 1 in 3 of us have an intolerance to gluten. Eating gluten when intolerant to it will make you feel bloated, gassy and will take a lot of energy for your body to try and process it.

9. Substitute bad carbohydrates (like white flours, whites rices, white potatoes and white pasta) for good carbs (sweet potatoes, oats, brown rice, brown pasta, quinoa, buckwheat and gram/rice/spelt flours.

10.  Take regular Epsom salt baths (or Himalaya salt baths).  The magnesium in these will help draw out toxins (as well as general aches and pains) from the body.

 

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11.  If you are doing a detox then remember you will need to support your body with the elimination of  the toxins you drudge up from your body otherwise all you’ll do is absorb a  lot of them back into your system again.  You can do this by taking milk thistle or charcoal supplements, burdock, nettle or dandelion tea, drinking plenty of water, eating plenty of fibre and veggies.

12. Eat as many raw and fermented foods as possible and consider adding a raw protein drink to your daily regime. These are packed full of essential enzymes, which we mostly lose once food it cooked. This will help with digestion, absorption of vitamins and minerals and overall health and well-being.

13. Try to eat plenty of seeds, nuts, fish and legumes.  These are packed full of good proteins, fats and omegas. Remember to either soak or grind down seeds to release the oils inside them and soak nuts for a minimum of 2-3 hours (some a lot more) to release the enzyme inhibitors in them so you can not only digest them better but you absorb more of their goodness.

14.  Trade in processed sugars for honey.  Honey is good for regulating blood sugar levels as well as many other health benefits and does not effect your body in the same way processed sugars and sweeteners do as it’s completely natural, so the body doesn’t react to it like it’s a toxin.

15.  Eat plenty of naturally detoxifying foods, these include lentils, broccoli, turnips, grapefruit, oats, cucumbers, sunflower seeds and hemp seeds (as well as most veggies).

16.  Try starting your day with a warm ginger and/or lemon water or tea as this will help to simulate the metabolism and detoxification and is very alkalising.  When we have over indulged our body can become very acidic, so eating and drinking alkalising foods and drinks will help your body become healthier, stronger and detoxify more effectively.  Lemons, grapefruits, limes, vinegar, fermented foods, ginger, cucumber are all very alkalising within the body.

17. Exercise helps stimulate the metabolism and eliminate toxins, this also makes you feel more energised, focused and, of course, burns calories.  Try exercising for 20 mins a day, 5 days a week.  Consider taking up Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Pilates or Yoga as these not only help detox the body but the mind as well.

18.  Treat yourself to regular reflexology and massage treatments to help shift toxins and use saunas, steam rooms and hot steamy baths to help sweat out toxins.

19.  Take a really good probiotic daily (one with at least one billion friendly and multiple strains of lactobacillus bacteria in).  This will help with digestion, enzymes levels, absorption, intolerances and yeast overgrowths caused by overindulging and stress.

20.  Try using natural cosmetics and hair and skin care products.  Did you know that we absorb up to 60% of what we put onto our body?  Using more natural, safe and less toxic items helps reduce the toxic load of our body.  When your body cannot eliminate toxins it often uses fat cells to store the excess (especially around our middle, which also effects our hormones).

21.  Substitute kitchen and bathroom cleaning products for a vinegar solution (2 parts water, 1 part vinegar, 20-30 drops of citrus, clove, tea-tree or pine essential oils  and half the juice of a lemon – shake well before each use).  This reduces the need for nasty chemicals in the home, as we absorb a lot of what touches our skin and we also breathe these chemicals in.

22.  If you think you may have a yeast overgrowth then consider following a yeast/candida die off diet rather than any old detox diet.  Yeast overgrowths cause a whole host of health issues as well as effecting your hormones, hindering weight loss, weight gain around the middle and the yeast itself produces even more toxins as it grows.  With the way we live our lives these days is is believed as many as 70% of us suffer from a yeast overgrowth.

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23.  Consider detoxing your mind as well as your body.  Take up daily guided meditation, this will not only help with stress and anxiety, but with sleep and body image and all of this will have a knock on effect on the metabolism and detoxification.

24.  Think positively about yourself, so rather than focusing on things that you see as negative about yourself focus on positive things instead.  Positive self talk really does have a huge impacte on your overall self image and thought processes, thus creating a less toxic mind.

25. Practice gratitude. When we look for the positive in our daily lives rather than the negative we start the ball rolling for a positive mind set.  List 25 things you are grateful for every day and you’ll see in no time at all how much better you feel about your life, the people in it and the world around you as you create and reinforce positive pathways in the brain.

26.  De-clutter and detox your home, this will make you feel better to be in your home, free up space (in your house and in your mind for new things and people) and give you some exercise.  Look at de-cluttering one cupboard or space each day, this way you slowly chip away at it without it being overwhelming for you, you’ll be surprised how quickly and easily it gets completed and how much better it makes you feel to be in your environment and your head.

Hope you all enjoy a healthy, happy and energising 2014!


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Healthy Christmas Tips

So Christmas is nearly upon us and I know it’s likely that most of us are going to go a little crazy, eating and drinking too much, burning the candle at both ends and enjoying all that Christmas holds, so I thought it might be useful to give you a few Christmas tips.

My reasons for this are: 1) It will reduce your chances of becoming poorly, 2) It will increase your energy both mentally and physically for the party season and 3) You are less likely to feel rubbish come January 1st and in desperate need of a detox.

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So here are the tips:

1. Drink plenty of water.  This is really important, dehydration over Christmas is so easy and causes so many health issues – not just making your hangover worse!  Try to drink at least 2 litres of water or herbal teas a day (and more if you’re drinking alcohol).  Fizzy and caffeinated drinks don’t really count, neither does the tonic in your gin and tonic! =0)

2. Try to start the day with a good, healthy and nutritious breakfast (especially if it’s likely you’ll be bad later on – this will give your body what it wants and you’ll be less inclined to feel bad about being naughty later on, ha).  This could be a smoothie, organic porridge oats, sweet potato hash browns & poached eggs (my favourite weekend breakfast), brown rice or quinoa salad, omelette, rice cakes with avocado & salad on, gluten free and sugar free muesli or rye bread with poached eggs.

3. Try to eat as many highly nutritious foods as possible (instead of lots of white carbohydrates and sugars).  Some of these are – quinoa, sweet potatoes, brown rice, coconut oil, green leafy vegetables, veggies and herbs of all sorts, dark chocolate over branded chocolate bars and plenty of nuts and seeds (preferably soaked for optimum nutrition).

4. Try to keep up with exercise classes, or at least walking and cycling as much as possible.

5. Try opting for alcoholic drinks like Hot Toddy’s (with lemon and honey) or Grog’s (with cinnamon and fruit) as at least these have some lovely healthy ingredients in them.

6.  Meditate when and where possible to help with stress levels and to give yourself some ‘me-time’.

7.  Try and opt for gluten free options for puddings etc (all the major supermarkets do free-from Christmas cakes, pudding, mince-pies and custard etc now).  With such a high proportion of us being gluten intolerant and the fact a lot of the free-from desserts don’t taste any different to the non free-from ones these days it will help you digestive system be less sluggish, help prevent tummy upsets and will stop you feeling bloated and exhausted after eating.

8.  Consider taking a daily supplement of milk thistle to help support the liver, aid detoxification and help with that dreaded hangover!  Also if you have completely over indulged the night before a dose of charcoal supplement will do the same thing.

9.  I know this is a boring one, but try to eat as many veggies as possible before the naughty stuff, this way you’ll be getting your vitamins and minerals before getting filled up on the goodies! =0)

10.  Get plenty of sleep!  If you can take a nap during the day, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this (especially at Christmas, ha).  Listen to you body – if it wants to rest then let it rest, you’ll feel better for it in the long run.

11. Lastly consider making a raw pudding or snacks for lovely, yummy, but healthy alternatives to sugary, naughty desserts and snacks. I promise you won’t feel like you’re missing out if you choose the right one.  Here’s my favourite one this year:

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Raw Cranberry Bliss Cake 

Cake base:
1 cup oats
1 cup buckwheat groats
1.5 cup dates
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup agave nectar
1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)

Cream cheese icing:
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (more or less)
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1/3 cup agave nectar (or 1/2 cup dates)

Orange drizzle & cranberries:
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or cacao butter)
3 tablespoons orange juice

1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon orange zest

1. Pulse the oats and groats in your food processor until they become a rough flour. Add the dates, agave and vanilla and process. Press into the bottom of a lined baking pan.

2. To make the icing: blend all ingredients until smooth. It’s more flavourful if you let it sit a day or two but using it right away is fine too. It’s gonna be delicious either way. Spread this over your cake.

3. To make the drizzle: blend the melted coconut oil and orange juice together. Sprinkle the dried cranberries and orange zest onto your cake then drizzle on the drizzle. Let it set for a few hours in the fridge

And most importantly have a very merry Christmas and a super New Year! =0)

If you would like to share any of your own tips, please feel free below.


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Just Another Visit to the Dentist?

Today’s blog is inspired by my normal 6 monthly checkup with the dentist (oh exciting I hear you say)!

When I got there today, there was a new dentist, a new fluoride pushing dentist!  I say this as I happened to mention to her I only use natural toothpaste and mouthwash……..this may have been my first mistake!

She proceeded to tell me why fluoride is good for dental health, so I countered her argument with one of my own about why fluoride is bad for your teeth and more importantly for overall health.  I was already starting to think at this stage that this could all go horribly wrong, as both of us had poplar opposite opinions on this subject and she, of course, held all the cards, as in she had the sharp metal instruments hovering over my mouth and face!

I decided at this point (don’t ask me why I had to rub salt into the wound but I couldn’t help myself) to ask her her opinion on why since using natural tooth paste and mouth wash my teeth were noticeably whiter, are no longer sensitive (even when eating very hot foods), my gums no longer bleed and I never have to have any work completed on my teeth.  She of course couldn’t answer, but was good enough not to try to wire my jaw together to shut me up, so I feel we both won a little bit of this round and we continued the rest of my checkup in begrudging silence.

One of the reasons I felt inspired to write a blog about this was because this episode made me realise I hadn’t had any plans to add dental care to the book I’m writing about living a less toxic life (yet it most definitely should be in there).  I have found in the last few weeks a few things like this have come up and on each occasion I’ve realised I would have missed an important element of my book if this hadn’t happened to me to remind me to add it in.  So I’m very grateful for these slightly uncomfortable showdowns, but I’m also wondering if that’s the end of it or am I going to upset everyone I come across until the book is finished?

The other reason I wanted to write a blog about this was to just share the basics of why fluoride is potentially damaging to our health, as most people don’t realise this and it’s really important people begin to realise the potential harmful effects of what’s in normal everyday items we use in our homes and on our bodies, as we can easily make small changes to address these.

So I’ve put together a little list of the possible side effects of using fluoride based products and drinking fluoridated water:

* Increase risk of thyroid disease (and worsening of symptoms if you already have this)

* Decrease in bone strength

* Acute body toxicity

* Affects sleep

* Can affect children’s brain development and even intelligence

* Arthritis

* Hormonal Issues

* Kidney Disease

* Hypersensitivity (rashes, lesions, headaches, joint pain, fatigue, intolerances and vision problems)

* Can hinder teeth development in children (yep, you read this right)

* Digestive Issues

* Infertility

* Cancer

* Cardiovascular Issues

* Hinders the absorption of antioxidants

* Incresed risk of Alzheimer’s

* Muscle pain

* Hair loss

* Weight gain

And lastly, if you cook with fluoridated water in aluminum pans then this makes the pan leach more of the aluminum into your food!

If all this wasn’t bad enough there have been a number of studies recently, that suggests fluoride isn’t even as good for our teeth’s health and development as first thought all those years ago when they started adding it into dental products and our water, but for some reason we’re still adding it and being told it’s good for us??

So you all now see why I got on my soap box today and why I was pretty lucky my dentist didn’t wire my mouth shut.  I’m pretty sure I won’t change my dentists views on the subject (although I’m tempted to send her a copy of my book when it’s published, ha) but perhaps I’ve opened your eyes to it instead.

For those of you that want to know, I use the following toothpaste as it’s the closest one I’ve found to normal toothpaste, as in it doesn’t feel like your brushing your teeth with clay like a lot of the natural toothpastes do and I know this is one of the things that put people off going natural.  You can get this brand in most health stores, online and obviously in Holland & Barrett (where it’s often on special offer), oh and a little goes a long way, so don’t be put off by the price.

http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=1675&prodid=1759#.Un05AHDwle8

Thanks for reading my dentist-inspired rant/educational blog today, ha =0)