How to Bookend Your Day?

Hello fellow health seekers!

Do you bookend your day?

Just as there is the best procedure for optimizing the life of your car by how you start the heat in your car on a cold day, the steps in changing the oil or running your dishwasher, there are recommended steps in optimizing your day for optimum productivity and a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment. How?

You bookend it!

Start a daily routine.

Upon rising:
• Drink a glass of water
• Do your exercises
• Do your meditation
• What is your goal for today?
• What act of kindness do you want to give to one person?
• What skill or strength do you want to develop?

Depending on whether you work from home or away will determine your next steps.
Don’t view your emails or social media until at least noon. They are time wasters!

In the morning:
• Make a list of 3 priorities
• Make a list of 3 people you need to call
• Make a list of 3 emails you need to respond to or more
• Take a break from the computer every 60 minutes by setting a timer on your cell phone. (keep your cell phone at least 10 steps away, so you have to get up to answer it and to minimize some of the EMF’s) Get up and stretch, do arm exercise, take 5 deep breathes.

Throughout the day:
• Practise Heart Math or mindfulness breathing to minimize stress.

At the end of the day before you walk in the front door at home:
• Imagine a tree just within reach
• Hang your troubles, stresses from the day on the tree and forget them.

Prior to Sleep:
• Review your day’s activities
• Write down 3 things you are grateful for and why
• Do a mindfulness or gratitude meditation
• Turn out the lights (preferably by 10 PM)
Make sure you do not have any electronics in the room, including cell phone and that your bedroom is completely dark

Make a schedule that fits your lifestyle and challenge yourself to keep it for at least 30 days until it becomes second nature. Your day will be more productive, you will feel less stressed and more fulfilled!

Winter is the time for hearty meals that feed your tummy and your soul.
I hope you can join me for an upcoming evening Food Class:

Hearty One-Dish Meal Food Class
Thursday, January 25th, 6-9 PM, Burlington (another class in Toronto will be announced shortly)

Menu(organic)

Assorted Non-Dairy Cheeses and Crackers
Lentil Soup with Eastern Flavours
Vegetarian Taco Salad over Romaine
Green Vegetable Rice Bowl with Avocado
Triple Berry Mousse

To register: please send $70 e-transfer to alexibracey@gmail.com
This is a private home, the address will be provided upon payment.

There are a number of online free Summits starting this week, the BrokenBrain.com airs tomorrow (a must watch), Winter of Wellness.com and worldstemsummit.com

Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!

It’s Not a Disease, it’s a Symptom!

Hello fellow Health Seekers!

If you have been diagnosed with a so-called “disease” as diabetes, cancer, arthritis, heart issues, fibromyalgia, obesity or an auto-immune condition etc.… it is NOT a disease, but a symptom of an underlying cause. The most common way allopathic doctors treat any such “dis-order” is with pharmaceuticals, surgery, chemo, radiation or exploratory procedures. I am not negating that medicine and surgery has its place, but more often than not, doctors blindly prescribe meds without getting to the root cause of your symptom as they are not trained to do such (unless a Functional Medicine practitioner/physician)

Underlying causes may be any number of issues from:
• Inflammatory imbalances: diet, lack of exercise, mold,
• Structural imbalances: congenital, a result of an accident, lack of exercises
• Immune imbalances: diet, antibiotics, vaccines
• Digestive imbalances: diet, antibiotics, vaccines
• Hormonal imbalances: plastics, Wi-Fi, city water
• Detoxification Imbalances: overtaxed liver, dirty colon, poor hydration
• Mitochondrial dysfunction: diet, antibiotics, vaccines
• Toxic Chemical exposure: diet, plastics, silver amalgams, city water
• Toxic Emotions: anger, bitterness, fear, resentment, unforgiveness

Though well-intentioned holistic health care providers provide non-invasive remedies that show positive results, (I am not negating the use of essential oils, acupressure, biofeedback procedures or homeopathic remedies. They all have many positive benefits, but the root cause still needs to be addressed and not a temporary fix).

Where does one start?
• I help my clients determine the Metabolic Chaos that is affecting body systems with a lengthy questionnaire
and providing a program to minimize or reverse the chaos. (lifestyle changes and some specific
supplementation) Additional specific blood tests may be required.
• Home inspection to determine what toxins may be adding to the chaos.
• Emotional work to heal and easy steps to reduce stress.

Please take to heart if your health is not where you want it to be because of unexplained symptoms be it pain, sleeplessness, digestive disorders, weight gain or any other discomfort. The remedy may be very easy. Don’t be fooled by the old wive’s tale that it is because you are getting older, it is to be expected. We are meant to live active healthy lives well into our 90’s and beyond. The choice is up to you. Be proactive. Only you can take charge of your health.

I hope you can join me on this Sunday’s workshop on “5 Ways To Avoid Burnout and Increase Your Health Savings Account”
To register, please go to:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-ways-to-avoid-burnout-and-improve-your-health-savings-account-tickets-41298081674?aff=es2

Good health Is a choice, so choose wisely!

Too Many Trends For 2018

Hello fellow Health Seekers:

Since 2018 is no longer the age in information but the age of Knowledge, it seems that every new year we are overrun with much misleading information of the latest Food Trends, they may be trends, but not always healthy or healing ones, and I would like to address some of these “trends.” From the health gurus online to food magazines…please beware! Just to share some I have recently read:
1. Prebiotics are big! Kumbucha, Kimchi, Kefir, Kraut, Kvass! I totally agree we need prebiotics to lay the groundwork for probiotics to thrive in our gut. But, commercially prepared Kombucha is generally high in sugar content, please read label ingredients and quantities. FYI, most probiotics are DOA (dead on arrival) due to poor shipping and storage at health food stores. Please buy either a probiotic that does not need refrigeration or a fermented one (Vitabiosa) you can purchase on my web site.
2. Canned fish is hot! UGH!Fish is the most toxic flesh protein on the planet, not only heavy metals content but the latest research shows high levels of plastics. Stay away from anything canned in metal, more heavy metal toxicity. Research shows that canned sardines are okay, I have my doubts!
3. Mushrooms!!! NO! Unless they are medicinal as Chaga, Reishi, Shiitake or Lions Mane. All other mushrooms are a non-nutritional fungus.
4. Intermittent fasting. A BIG YES! It gives your body a break, many benefits I will address in a further article. You can fast one day a week, 3 days or longer! From 6 PM tonight until 6 PM tomorrow night would be a great idea!
5: Root to plant cooking! Using the leaves, the stalk, the peelings, nothing is wasted. Leaves in your smoothie, the stalk for a stir-fry, the peelings in your vegetable stock.
6. Weekly vegetarian/vegan meals. A great idea, not just for your health, but for the environment.

I am trying to marry this web site with my new one. If you care to visit www.wholehealthacademy.ca I am tech challenged so working on the “how to’s”

As I am part of a group of Visionaries and Thought Leaders, we are co-authoring a book due to come out in March 2018. In the meantime, you may listen to y interview on this podcast link.
Podcast! https://www.atfacevaluemedia.com/afvm-podcast

If you or a family member are interested in “Improving Your Health Savings Account”, please sign-up to attend my one-day seminar on January 14th in North York.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5-ways-to-avoid-burnout-and-improve-your-health-savings-account-tickets-41298081674

Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!

Benefits of Functional Medicine

Hello fellow Health Seekers:

Allopathic medicine does have its benefits in cases of emergencies: resetting a bone fracture, treating trauma after an accident or severe burn, complications in childbirth and other circumstances.
But, most times it falls short in safe and effective treatment (Hippocrates oath says:”Do no harm”.)
In 1917, The Fetzer Report was passed and funded by the Rothschild’s stated that all Medical School curriculum was to be heavily Pharmaceutically based, with very little training in nutrition. Hence, the stronghold of Big Pharma in our everyday treatment of dis-ease, otherwise known as a bandaid.
Where Functional Medicine differs, is in its treatment, by getting to the root cause with non mainstream, non invasive and safe testing with blood, saliva, or urine, chiropractic adjustments and many other modalities.

I urge you to consider a Functional Medicine Practioner if you have symptoms, discomfort or have been recently diagnosed with a dis-ease (cancer, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, asthma on and on) to get to the root cause, so you may reverse, prevent or at the very least minimize your malady.

I recently had a bone density scan and my results showed a low bone density score. My new allopathic doctor whom I had gone to see for baseline blood work only of course wanted to prescribe meds which was a “NO” no brainer for me. Had she read scientific medical journals, she would have been versed that osteo meds do not prevent or minimize osteoporosis. More than 10 studies have been done world wide over the last 8 years proving that meds do not help/minimize, prevent osteoporosis and the side effects are horrific. Your health is your responsibility!Don’t pass the buck to your MD.

http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/FunctionalMedicineArticle-May2013.pdf

Research shows that up to 90% of all illnesses today are related to nutrition and environment. We change our diets when diagnosed with a dis-ease, but we do not change our living situation. City water, plastics, radon, mold, Wi-Fi etc all add to ones toxic load and need to be addressed before you will eliminate or prevent dis-ease.I offer Healthy Home Environment inspections. If you are interested, please go to www.healthyhomeconsulting.ca for more information.

There is still availability for the Ultimate Health Recipe Retreat April 30-May 5
www.stovelesscuisine.com/retreat

Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!

Alexi Bracey

Most Probiotics Are DOA!

Hello fellow Health Seekers:

Individuals who shop at Health Food Stores spend a lot of money on supplements, many of which are worthless because of their synthetic ingredients, decreased efficacy because of shipping or other factors.
For example, supplements that require refrigeration are not always shipped in refrigerated trucks…please view this short 2 minute video for the rest of the story…

There are many cleanse and detox programs on the market today and online programs, please view this very informative video (90 minutes) to see how you may change many health challenges thru a juice program. If you do not have a juicer, no worries. As long as you have a high powered blender as Vitamix or Blentec and a Nut Mylk bag (I sell them or you can p/u at a health Food store, make sure it is not synthetic material) you can make your own juices daily.
A simple Alkalizing Detox Drink to start your day :
Green Lemonade
3-4 stalks celery, cut into chunks
1-2 lemons with outer peel cut off
2 Granny Smith Apples
2-3 stalks kale with centre stalks removed
Add 1/2 cup water to blender, then, add all the ingredients except the kale and blend 10-15 seconds, now add the kale and continue until blended. Put thru nut mylk bag and enjoy!

If you would like to restore your energy, vitality, improve sleep, digestion and reduce bloating, please consider investing in yourself and be part of the Ultimate Health Recipe Retreat. More detailed information is available at this page under Retreat.

Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!

Alexi Bracey

Ultimate Health Recipe Retreat

Hello fellow Health seekers:

I am so excited about my upcoming 5 day retreat. I have been working earnestly to get the latest and the best information together so it can really impact your health, mental state and home environment to say nothing of the health professionals I have lined up.You can read more information at www.stovelesscuisine.com/retreat or view this short video.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG4ckgqDByY&feature=em-upload_owner
Please share with friends. If you get 5 of your friends to attend, I can offer a great deal!

Say goodbye to your hot breakfast! It has been mainstream that wheat is sprayed with glyphosates, and now this latest update: http://glyphosate.com/2016-03-18-oats-wheat-and-flax-are-all-quietly-being-sprayed-with-cancer-causing-glyphosate-before-harvest-the-dirty-little-secret-of-the-food-industry-now-being-exposed.html

The latest research is suggesting that upwards of 80% of all dis-ease is caused by nutrition and environment.(poor dietary habits and a home ridden with environmental toxins)
“The right diet can save your life. The diseases that we are suffering from are actually not genetically induced; they are food borne illnesses. You eat your way in and you can eat your way out… we looked at the death rates from heart disease and cancer in the same 60 countries and matched them up. And so, if you look here, you will see that in Uganda, the percentage of calories from animal foods is really low, it’s 6.4%, and you end up with a cancer death rate of a little over 49 per 100,000 people. In carnivorous Hungarians where they are eating 30.7 % of calories from animal food, they have a 328.5 per 100,000 person cancer mortality rate versus 49.4 per 100,000.”
Watch this informative video to learn more: http://www. newstarget.com/watch/342/pamela-a-popper-phd-nd-lifestyle-or-genes-which-is-causing-disease

Over the years when working with clients and helping improve their diet, I realized that health is a three legged stool, most people address diet when diagnosed with a dis-ease, but ignore the home toxins that could very well have contributed to their dis-ease (cancer, heart disease, arthritis etc). When I was diagnosed with cancer 17 years ago, besides diet, I eliminated all toiletries and home cleaning products and opted for safe, toxin free ones. Please read the next article
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/cancer-risks-70-90-lifestyle-and-environment-choices-study-says.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+greenliving%2Fhealth-wellness+%28Care2+Healthy+Living+%C2%BB+Health%29

Nutrition and home toxins are two of the key areas that I will be addressing and offer healthy solutions in my 5 Day Retreat. May I suggest you consider making your health a priority for 5 days and attend the Ultimate Health Recipe Retreat.
If you cannot make it, share with a friend or someone who has just been diagnosed with dis-ease, or just maybe could use a tune-up.

Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!

Alexi Bracey

Mindfulness Goes Mainstream

Hello Fellow health Seekers:

Webster’s defines mindfulness as the practice of maintaining an non-judgemental state, an awareness of one’s thoughts or emotions on a moment to moment basis.It’s roots are in Buddhists teachings of awareness, acceptance, compassion and tolerance. It was first introduced to the US 30 years ago where research began initially in hospitals and then moved on to prisons and work with veterans. It has gained popularity in the last few years and is now taught in schools and in boardrooms.

Our society focuses either on the past or on the future. Mindfulness teaches you to be present now. (It has been shown to change the structure of the brain). The practice teaches you to incorporate mindfulness into the everyday things you do daily from driving to making meals to shopping. It is a way of being!It improves your concentration, levels of compassion, life satisfaction and decision-making.If the concept of mindfulness is new to you, I urge you to do some research online and enrol in a MSBR program.(Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction).www.soundstrue.com offers some great programs.

Using the old slogan from Casinos, the meaning holds true in Mindfulness…

YOU HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN!

Thyroid problems especially in women is reaching epidemic proportions and may soon take over as the leading cause of death surpassing heart disease. Dr. Isabella Wentz who suffered from thyroid issues for almost a decade is releasing an documentary series online staring March 1st. I urge you to watch or purchase the series.

To register, please go to: http://thethyroidsecret.com/trailer/hlv2.php?utm_expid=137623102-9.pucl2SW7RneQOO_eHNRGWQ.1&t=102cbeff4a001a52a4ee6e7cbe2f71&a=3252&o=2&source=&aff_sub=&aff_sub2=&aff_sub3=&aff_sub4=&aff_sub5=&opt_in=4

I am hosting a 5-Day “Recipe For Health” retreat April 30-May5 in Caledon, On. Each day, a new recipe will be covered, which is not all food related. Recipe for Nutrition, Recipe for a Healthy Home, Recipe for Emotional Management, Recipe for Healing Modalities, Recipe for a personal assessment with a Health Care Professional and so forth. I will be posting a weekly, short video on my FB site under Stovelesscuisine that will further explain. If you wish, you can view more inf at www.stovelesscuisine.com/retreat. There is an early bird special. Get a group of your friends together for a great week to improve sleep and digestion, eliminate bloating, lose some weight, learn what body systems need a touch up, have more energy and leave feeling FANTASTIC! And a plethora of recipes to take home!

Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!

Alexi Bracey

Is Your Red Engine Light On?

Hello Fellow Health Seekers:

Your driving on the road and your engine light comes on! Panic! What do you do?  Drive ASAP to your favourite mechanic, call your partner? make an appointment at the dealership? Or, do you just ignore and hope the light will go off?

Often, we treat our body in the same manner, repeated symptoms of gas and indigestion, bloating, chronic pain, or sleeplessness day in and day out. Your body is tapping you on the shoulder and telling you that something internally is amiss. Do we ignore, live with it or take proactive action?

I am offering a tune up so to speak with my “Ultimate Recipe For Health” 5-Day Retreat where you will learn how to identify these triggers and take appropriate steps to eliminate the problem so you can:

  • improve digestion
  • sleep better
  • eliminate bloating
  • increase energy
  • and LOOK AND FEEL FANTASTIC

These 5 days include:

  • Personal Health Assessment by a Wellness Professional
  • Food Prep Classes with easy recipes to take home
  • Detox  and Foot Baths
  • Reflexology session
  • Rain Drop technique Massage
  • How to assess toxins in your food and toiletries using Quantum Reflex Analysis and see if they are suitable for your environment
  • Heathy Water Systems for the home
  • How to identify home toxins
  • How to mange your emotions, forgiveness and mindfulness practices
  • And more

For early bird pricing, please visit www.stovelesscuisine.com

Research now shows  lifestyle habits, nutrition, environment and emotional managment are the culprits in most if not all dis-eases.

My new site related to this topic is www.HealthyHomeConsutling.ca

Please join me Tuesday evening for a free webinar as I address”Environmental Toxins in Your Home and Their Impact on Your Health”

To register, please go to:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/f9e25077408075d1d746f627e8486654

Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!

Alexi Bracey

Is Your Home Sick?

Hello fellow Health Seekers:

Did you know that our homes today are more air tight than ever before thus making the indoor air quality more toxic than the out doors. We are bombarded by off gasses from new furniture, new flooring, new paint, Wifi, plastics, PCOC’s, flouride in our water, dry cleaning, scented candles, air fresheners and home cleaning products as Lysol, Javex or Mr.Clean. What is one to do? Become an educated consumer, learn to read labels and ID the good guys from the bad, minimize and eliminate the toxins that you can and use safe alternatives or you can attend my free webinar “Is Your House Sick?” Tuesday, February 21 at 8 PM

To register, please go to:https://zoom.us/webinar/register/f9e25077408075d1d746f627e8486654

JJVirgin has released a movie about The Power of Hope and a Miracle Mindset in the tragic story of her sons hit and run accident. I urge you to watch this beautiful, inspiring free viewing until Feb 17.http://miraclemindset.com/world-premiere/?Id=190247&Email=alexibracey@gmail.com&inf_contact_key=e83e1adfb18e5998bdd1faa7fac00cfa4da8036c93d32b378f3defe9214224d0

I will be hosting:

Recipe for Health Retreat  April 30-May 5, 2017

What if in 5 days you could:
  • sleep better
  •  improve digestion
  •  eliminate bloating
  • loose some weight
  • learn what body systems need improving
  • have more energy
  • AND FEEL FANTASTIC!
Includes personal assessment with a Health Professional, cooking classes and recipes that promote healthy eating habits, detoxifying baths and other detox related modalities, instructions on stress management, suggestions to eliminate home toxins.Lots of sharing, learning and  laughter.
This is 5 days on-sight intimate retreat in a lovely  country setting near Caledon, Ontario limited to 8 attendees. More information to follow shortly.
Good health is a choice, so choose wisely!
Alexi Bracey

 

Gluten Free May Not Be That Healthy, But We Need Gluten

Hello Fellow Health Seekers!

Gluten-free seems to be the latest rage! But by demoralizing gluten, we have added more “franken” foods to our list of highly sugary processed foods. Gluten free cookies and cupcakes, are still cookies and cupcakes. Often these processed gluten free snacks have more sugar added or the gluten free flours added spike the sugar even more. Many gluten free breads have lots of added corn starch (a filler and GMO product)
Processed oils are added as canola and soy (both GMO),safflower or sunflower that increase inflammation. We see examples of food marketing at its finest: Gluten free Jello or Gluten Free Cheesies

And now, turning the page to gluten!

The latest research suggests that we do need whole grains that contain gluten and yes many believe gluten is to blame (especially the glyphosate sprayed wheat), but our global inability to digest hard-to-digest foods, which is a result of a diet of processed foods, pesticides and environmental pollutants is the real culprit.

There’s good science that shows that these processed foods, not whole grains, have literally broken down our digestive system, particularly the microbes and the enzymes that help us break down wheat.

So how do you restore your digestive function? Avoid pesticides such as Roundup, which has become a staple food contaminant over the past two decades.(Eat organic) Glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — causes leaky gut syndrome. Genetically engineered (GE) foods are notorious for having higher amounts of glyphosate contamination, due to the crops being glyphosate resistant.

Studies have shown that when your body cannot break down the wheat, it goes undigested from your stomach into the small intestine. As a result of being undigested — due to weak stomach acid (as we get older, our Hcl stores decrease) and lack of bile to buffer those acids — the proteins enter into the collecting ducts of your lymphatic system, which lines your entire intestinal tract, and the lymphatics is the main detoxification system in your body.When the lymph around the intestinal tract gets congested, your intestinal tract will swell, making you feel bloated.

So, detox and eat foods that support a healthy liver, gall bladder and digestive tract. Once your gut is healed, you can introduce gluten whole foods into your diet. (Organic of course).

To learn how to improve liver, gall bladder and digestive tract health, please attend my webinar “Lifestyle Habits That Heal” on Wednesday, February 1st at 8 PM EST. To register, please go to:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/bac77071c01999c47510d14dfea9e911

Good health s a choice, so choose wisely!

Alexi Bracey

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