Reclaim your SPRING! We’re so thrilled to welcome back our guest blogger and new neighbour Ingrid Zimmer, nd who talks about attaining your health and wellness goals as SPRING’s splendour surrounds us.
Ever feel that you’ve lost that extra SPRING in your step? Spending a few months in our Canadian winter makes sticking to our health and fitness goals beyond challenging. We crave comfort food, spend way too much time indoors in hibernation mode and ultimately pack on a few extra pounds.
SPRING is all about renewal and rebirth. Who can help but be totally intoxicated by the smell of flowers blooming, the feel of the sun on your skin and the sight of all the beautiful colors that nature has to offer. We, as humans, are but a microcosm of what takes place in the universe.
As plant cells regenerate and grow anew, so do the cells in our body. Our cells and by extension, our bodies, crave the opportunity to be healthy. How do we get there? How do we help our bodies do what they are meant to do during these inspiring SPRING months?
I know what you are thinking – cleanse and detox! Absolutely! Doing a balanced, supervised cleanse or detox for a pre-determined period of time rids your body of accumulated toxins that lead to inflammation causing any one of the following symptoms: weight gain, brain fog, allergies, fatigue, poor digestion and headaches to name but a few.
A cleanse or detox is a great way to reset and to jumpstart any long term changes we are looking to make. The truth is, health and wellness should be incorporated into your day to day. It’s a LIFESTYLE. It’s all about balance and, in reality, finding what works for your own body and mind. Let nature’s renewal motivate you to implement the long term changes you have been waiting to make.
No one can accuse me of not walking the walk of my own SPRING renewal. I just recently moved into a new office at the Westmount Wellness Center. I am thrilled to be a part of this progressive functional medicine based team. While I’m continuing to offer my tried and true methods that have helped many, I’ve been very busy developing a new four week program that will balance your metabolism, mind and hormones. Think weight loss, improved mental clarity and mood state, increased energy, uninterrupted sleep and much, much more! This program is designed to reset our overworked, exhausted stress response system and addresses thyroid function as well. It leads to long term lifestyle changes enabling you to be the best version of you.
SPRING has sprung. With that comes opportunity. Opportunity for you to reset. Opportunity for you to reboot. Opportunity for you to make any short and long term changes that you need to live the life you were meant to live. You’ve got this!
Yours in Vitality,
Ingrid Zimmer is a licenced naturopath who practices in the Montreal Area with a special interest in women’s health and wellness. Naturopathy is a system of care that focuses on the root cause of illness – in other words “why” a specific condition may have developed. Symptoms of illness are regarded and treated as the body’s reactions to poor living habits. Ingrid’s approach is to look at and treat the cause of such symptoms ultimately eliminating them, restoring vitality and improving quality of life. For more information or to book an appointment, she can be reached at her office in the Westmount Wellness Center at (514)448-9777 or at Ingrid@ingridzimmernd.com.
How to speak of love in 2017, inundated as we are with the images we receive from the media, the daily news of war and people fleeing their homes, and on a smaller scale the “hook up” culture brought to us by online dating and the rise of loneliness in a social network world. What then does it mean to love amidst all this suffering and hardship? And the bigger question, how can the love we all have inside of us, the love we all want, be a source of healing?
Intuitively, we know love when we feel it, in language we express it through metaphor - love is 2 hearts beating as one, love is a journey, a fire, love is stars aligning, love is the spice of life, an essential nutrient, the song in my heart!
When we feel love, when we touch the skin of our beloved, when we create social bonds, oxytocin is released in our brain. Researchers sum up the reproductive importance of this so called love hormone by saying it "serves the continued propagation of a species," adding that through evolution its "repertoire has expanded to maintain a central role in more complicated aspects of reproductive behavior. For these reasons, we call oxytocin the great facilitator of life.”
That certainly simplifies things!
Without love - we are nothing
With love - we feel that we can conquer the world.
Many thinkers have weighed in on love. Deepak Chopra wrote being whole, love knows no opposite. Holding a slightly different view, the great writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel wrote that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.
Economics says when you give something away you have less for yourself. Love says when you give something away, you have more. That is its magic. Love is expansive.
The writer James Baldwin, speaking at the height of the civil rights movement, defines love as the lifting of the veil, of no longer living in ignorance, in indifference:
“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word "love" here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.”
Maybe love is as simple as a wish expressed in a song, “what the world needs now, is love sweet love, it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of.”
We wish everyone love, love that is whole, that knows no opposite, that is fueled with such daring that we no longer remain indifferent to the suffering of the people, and animals we share this beautiful planet with.
That is our valentine wish!
And if “93% of the mass in our body is stardust. Just think, long ago someone may have wished upon a star that you are made of.”
With love, Rejuice xo
by guest blogger Ingrid Zimmer, nd
Welcome Back! The first week back from holidays is a reality check on so many different levels. It’s about back to work for the adults, back to school for the kids, tight schedules, deadlines and for many, it’s about adopting new health resolutions or picking up on old routines. Holidays are about fun, connecting with friends and family, enjoying and often indulging. Life is all about balance. You had your fun, it’s now time to get serious about that bloat and sluggishness you may be feeling and getting back on track for the New Year! While this can be overwhelming (depending on how much fun you had), it doesn’t have to be! Simply follow these easy tips and guidelines to help you reclaim your groove.
1) Drink 6-8 glasses of purified water a day. This will help your body eliminate the toxic load you have accumulated over the last few weeks. Our bodies are brilliantly designed with four channels of elimination – the kidneys, bowels, skin and lungs. Maintaining a high level of hydration helps the lymphatic system move these toxins out of the body. Add some fresh lemon to your water for an added boost!
2) Consume as much raw fruit and as many raw vegetables as possible. Nature has done a wonderful job of providing powerful nutrients that help the body break down and eliminate harmful substances found in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the chemicals we may put on our skin. A few suggestions to make this happen:
- Make sure that AT LEAST half your lunch and dinner plates consist of salad with as large a variety of veggies as possible.
- Have 16 ounces of fresh cold pressed vegetable juice as a snack.
- Start your day with a delicious fruit smoothie for breakfast.
Fruit and veggies are powerhouses that help our own enzymes and elimination organs move out the waste that has no benefit to our bodies.
3) Move every day. If you can’t make it to the gym, pool or studio, there are a few simple things you can incorporate into your day to increase your heart rate and boost your rates of metabolism and elimination.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Intentionally park a block or two away from your destination.
- Grab a friend and go for a walk.
- Do some floor exercises while watching TV.
Your mind and body will thank you! Physical activity increases mental clarity, improves energy and releases feel good endorphins.
4) Eliminate sugar, dairy and gluten from your diet. When these foods are digested they become very sticky and gluey in your body. This slows down and prevents your body’s ability to absorb any good stuff you may be eating and hinders proper elimination. Remember that your intestines are very hot and humid. Waste that stays there for too long starts to ferment and putrefy. Think gas, bloat and weight gain…Temporarily removing these reactive foods will get you on your way!
5) Say goodbye to processed foods. Processed foods are packed with chemicals and preservatives that interfere with our bodies’ natural processes. As a species, we were not designed to break down these substances in an efficient manner. Taking a break from these man made additives will free up the energy used to digest them allowing this energy to be used for cleansing and eliminating.
6) No Caffeine, No Alcohol! Seriously, you say?? Remember this is temporary. If you can’t do without your morning coffee, then limit your caffeine intake to just that one. Same with alcohol. It is best to abstain completely. If you must, no more than 1-2 glasses per week on separate days. Your liver will be working really hard filtering the toxins your body has been accumulating. We don’t want to layer any additional significant burden on its already demanding job!
7) Manage negative thoughts and stress. High levels of stress predispose us to weight gain and affect our overall health. This is due to hormones produced by our adrenal glands. When we are stressed, the flight or fight response occurs and the body goes into survival mode by storing any calories that are not absolutely necessary. Taking this a step further, long-term stress and negative thinking result in an endless cycle of storing extra blood sugar as unwanted fat. So don’t be hard on yourself, if you’ve had a temporary setback, so what! We are all human after all. In addition to being forgiving, try practicing some mindfulness techniques. As a start, try beginning your day by identifying something in your life you are grateful for. You would be surprised at how this simple exercise can set you up for a day of positive thinking!
So there you have it! It’s all up to you. The ability to reclaim your groove is at your fingertips. Committing to some or all of these changes will have you feeling better in no time. You’ve got this!
Yours in Vitality,
Ingrid Zimmer is a registered naturopath who practices in the Montreal area. Naturopathy is based on the healing power of nature and by extension, the human body. Ingrid focuses on helping her clients understand why they may be experiencing various health issues and symptoms and works with them in restoring wellness and vitality. Ingrid has a keen interest in digestive issues and women’s health. For more information, she can be reached at Ingrid@bluevitalityhealth.com.
The beginning of a new year is always a great time to reflect on your life, where you are at, and where you still want to go. It is also a time to evaluate your priorities.
If you follow us on social media, you’d know that we have a motto in the form of a hashtag that we end each post with: #behappybehealthy. In other words, you need to be happy first, then the rest will follow.
- Keep your focus in your heart. The mind will always race and if we focus on those thoughts we lose touch with our bodies. Just try it now - shift your attention from your head to your heart. You should feel an instant relaxation effect. Energy signals are transmitted from the heart to the brain and depending on how we feel, can affect us in either a positive or negative way. For example, if you feel bliss, then your brain sends a signal that releases those happy go lucky neurotransmitters and this change is reflected in the rest of your body. So live from your heart, let it fill up with happiness.
- Before going to bed write a memory or event that made your heart swell with joy. This can be as simple as describing something beautiful in nature, that moment of peace you felt in your car, dancing to a favourite song, hugging your pet - whatever it is - take a few minutes and describe it . You will sleep better for it! There was a study where participants who were asked to do this for 21 days reported feeling more optimistic, less anxious, and even slept better — immediately after and three and six months after the study. Another study showed that participants who kept a gratitude journal for 10 weeks reported having fewer health problems and spent more time exercising. (http://www.stybelpeabody.com/newsite/pdf/gratitude.pdf)
- Wake up and think of 3 things you are grateful for, you can even say them out loud to really engage the senses. Do this before getting out of bed. And then SMILE! “Each time you smile you throw a little feel-good party in your brain. The act of smiling activates neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. ... The feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when a smile flashes across your face as well” (from Psychology Today).
We wish you a “#behappybehealthy” year filled with love.
As we come to the end of 2016, we reflect back on our challenges and triumphs and look forward to what lies ahead. Rejuice is, in the truest sense, a labour of love. While 2016 saw some significant challenges, we also experienced wonderful expansion. We added new items to our salad menu, acquired better equipment, and added the (oh so popular) avocado toast to the juice bar menu! As well, we worked to formulate new healing and energizing cleanses to try and meet the needs of our expanding clientele and introduced some great new cold pressed juices.
There can be no growth without growing pains and while we could have gone the way of many cold-pressed juice companies and began pasteurizing (HPP) our juices, which would extend shelf life and profits, we chose to stay true to our mandate – provide raw, living nutrition. No compromises. Rejuice is not about the bottom line, but about your health. And although we know we are not perfect, we are a work in progress and constantly guided and inspired by the customers who stay loyal and to the new people who discover us. Even when it is 3 a.m. and we are worried about the overhead, we know we are on the right path. It is your happy faces and your gratitude that makes us thrive. That is why we wanted to take this moment and just say thank you.
Our holiday wish for all of you is that you follow your hearts, that you don’t give up, that you commit to loving yourself and your beautiful body, and you experience the most joy, peace, perfect health and happiness in the New Year and always.
Be Happy, be Healthy xoxo
and the Rejuice Family
- Start your day with a tall glass of lemon water and stay hydrated.
While lemons are acidic in their natural form, lemon water is alkaline-forming in the body. Drench your cells in alkalinity each morning with two cups of lukewarm, filtered water with ¼ fresh-squeezed lemon. Yes, there are fancy (and expensive) water ionizers out there, but you can also alkalize your water by simply adding lemon.
- Eat more raw foods and drink green juices and smoothies.
Leafy greens, wheatgrass, veggies, sprouts, certain fruits, nuts and seeds, certain grains and seaweeds flood our bodies with vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and phytonutrients—and alkalinity. Unhealthy cells (like cancer cells) or viruses, bacteria and other nasty microorganisms hate oxygen. They prefer an acidic diet high in animal products, processed and refined foods, and synthetic chemicals.
The sweetener sold as Agave nectar is NOT truly “nectar” – it is a refined, processed sweetener made from Agave nectar.
All three contain immune supportive properties. Lemon, cayenne and ginger all contain antioxidants, which boost the immune system and protect from free radicals -- a cause of aging that can even lead to cancer over time. The high vitamin C content in lemons and their antiviral properties boost immunity to colds and the flu, or help you get over them faster.
Finally, this shot will wake you up in the morning or give you an energy boost whenever you drink it, thanks to the stimulating aroma of lemon combined with the thermogenic effects of capsaicin and ginger that increase blood circulation.
Some specifics: While we can write pages on these ingredients and their benefits, listed below are a few highlights:
Lemons are a great source of Vitamin C and Potassium. Lemon aids in liver detox and alkalizes the body. Lemon juice is also a mild diuretic, so adding it to your water is going to help flush out toxins.
Cayenne Pepper is also known for raising the body's temperature and regulating blood sugar along with stimulating the circulatory system and aiding digestion.
Ginger detoxifies and disinfects the body. Ginger is a powerful immune booster, warming the body and ridding the lungs and sinuses of toxins. Ginger has anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. Research has shown that these compounds can also protect against diseases, such as ovarian, prostate and colon cancer.