Ten helpful tweaks to cope with hair loss and rock the hair you have

Ten helpful tweaks to cope with hair loss and rock the hair you have

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This is a tough one to write but I’m giving you some realness today.  Of all the PCOS and hashimotos symptoms I have dealt with, the hair thinning has been the hardest for me by far.  It was the canary in the coal mine showing up in my early 20s as the very first indicator that something was out of balance in my body. 

I grew up hiding behind a long, thick, wavy mane of shiny auburn locks.  My hair became such an integral part of my identity that losing it felt like losing a dear friend.  I grieved my hair.  I denied it.  I wore strange hairstyles and ugly bandanas.  And no matter how good the rest of me felt, it was there in the background softly hissing in my ear that I was ugly, worthless and damaged. 

I had naively thought that doctors would be able to quickly identify the cause and send me on my way with a simple solution. But my blind faith in doctors turned to despair after years of hopping from doc to doc that led to no conclusion and very little hair on my head.

It may sound so shallow to someone with good hair, but those with hair problems understand, hair loss can put you on a psychological roller coaster and make you rethink your entire life.  Hair loss sparked my interest in nutrition, and it eventually led to both my pcos and hashimotos diagnoses, albeit a decade later.

Perhaps the most frustrating part has been my unique situation as a hairstylist.  Seeing and touching beautiful, normal manes every day and knowing I’m still so far from that has sent me reeling into episodes of deep depression and crushing anxiety on multiple occasions.  But being a hairstylist has also given me a unique advantage, as I’ve learned a handful of tips and tricks for rocking thinning hair that I use on myself and my clients daily.  Most of my clients don’t believe me when I tell them I have experienced excessive hair loss “your hair looks super full?” they always say with a puzzled look.  And it’s true, I’ve found a combination of dietary adjustments and styling tricks to help me rock the hair I do have, stop shedding excessively and even wake up sleeping follicles for some fresh fuzzy regrowth. 

So please, don’t lose hope. Thanks to my new healthy lifestyle and a few hair tweaks I can actually say I am in a much better place hair wise and am ready to dish my tips in order to help anyone else who needs a boost in the follicular department.

As I write this I am sitting at a pool with my hair down.  Not slicked back into a teeny weeny ponytail thinner than a sharpie. Nope.  My hair is down and looking cute. No one is giving me the side eye or staring awkwardly at my scalp during conversation. And while I’m not going to be cast in a Pantene commercial anytime soon, I can honestly say this is one of the few times in over a decade that my hair is not an all consuming issue in my life.  I also have lots of fine frizzy regrowth, that most people would find irritating but is a very welcome addition to my particular head.   

As a student of holistic nutrition one of my favorite quotes is ‘what we eat can either be the safest most powerful medicine, or the slowest poison.’  This speaks volumes about the state of modern health and how important a healthy diet is to stave off disease and reverse existing health issues.  Heathy eating should be a combination of adding the right things into our diets while simultaneously removing the wrong things.  Finding a diet that works for you and your own health objectives can be a long process and I highly recommend working with a health professional such as a holistic nutritionist, health coach, or naturopath on your journey.  Foods that are harming your body may be perfectly healthy for other individuals.

I have spent years of trial and error trying to fix my hair probs and know how confusing all the conflicting information out there can be so I’ve complied my very best advice anyone can apply to get combat their hair issues asap.

Take it slow, celebrate even the small victories and remember, we are all so much more than our hair. 

  1. Limit your intake of foods that cause inflammation.  If you are dealing with unexplained hair loss, gluten and dairy should be the first things to go.   This is so hard for so many people, it’ like asking them to quit TV or break up with their boyfriend.  People get offended, but it must be done.  Inflammation is the enemy of your hair and some foods cause inflammation. Period. Sometimes even healthy foods can cause inflammation in people with intolerances, so it is wise to be tested for allergies. You can do your own testing by completing an elimination diet, and carefully observing your reaction to foods during the reintroduction phase.  I completed a whole 30 diet to identify some of my intolerances. I have ditched all gluten, most dairy, and greatly reduced my grain consumption. I know giving up these three ingredients may seem super limiting, but trust me, it’s not.  That’s why I’m here writing this blog.  Cooking without these things has opened a whole new realm of food possibilities and my food horizons are expanding everyday.
  2. Heal your gut. So much modern disease starts in the gut and healing your gut lining is a super important step when it comes to healing chronic inflammation. A healthy gut is better able to absorb nutrients form your food.  You can eat all the salad in the world but if your gut is compromised you are probably only absorbing a fraction of the nutrients.  Heal and seal that gut lining!  Make BONE BROTH, PROBIOTICS, and FERMENTED FOODS a part of your daily diet.  I almost always have a slow cooker simmering away with some grass fed bones and fragrant veggies.  I straight up ladle it into my mug and sip it throughout the day like tea. I also consume kraut and kombucha on a regular basis. Take a good quality probiotic, I love this one from renew life, yes it’s pricey, but you will feel a difference within a few weeks.   
  3. Improve your bodies acid alkaline balance. Your blood maintains it’s own PH of between 7.35 and 7.45 but this doesn’t mean eating all the acid forming foods will have no effect on your body. An overly acidic body can leach vitamins and minerals from organs and bones as well as lead to all kinds of issues including unhealthy hair.  One of the easiest ways to obtain PH balance is to squeeze lemon into hot water and drink it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and throughout the day.  This also increases stomach acid which will help you better absorb the nutrients in foods.  Be sure to sip it through a straw so you don’t destroy your tooth enamel. 
  4. Get lots of protein. Our hair is made of protein so if we aren’t consuming enough in our diet, our hair will suffer.  To better assimilate protein, avoid eating foods that require different digestive juices at the same time.  Focus on eating simply and look into food combining.  One easy way to get readily usable aminos into your body is by drinking collagen peptides daily.  I rotate between marine collagen and grass fed bovine collagen.  I mix it into my coffee or tea every morning and stir it into my bone broth or tea throughout the day.  It tastes a bit weird but not terrible and I notice a difference in not just my hair but also nails and skin when I am consistent with it.  It is super important to eat only organic, pastured proteins when consuming animal products.
  5. Take the proper supplements. It is important to get most of our nutrition from the foods we eat, but people experiencing unexplained hair loss likely need a bit of help.  Modern agriculture has depleted the nutrients in our foods while genetic modification, pesticides and herbicide use has wreaked havoc on our guts so we struggle to absorb the limited nutrients we are ingesting.  Being overweight and simultaneously malnourished is becoming more and more common in developed nations and this can lead to a wide range of ailments, including hair loss.  Some of the most important vitamins and minerals for women experiencing hair loss are; Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B vitamins (especially biotin) Iodine, Silica, Selenium and Zinc.  It is wise to get tested for deficiencies prior to supplementation but when in doubt, adding a high quality, organic multivitamin is a great place to start. In my case I have been chronically deficient in Iron for years.  With over a year of consistent daily supplement my shedding has slowed tremendously but my functional doctor recommends I aim for a ferratin of at least 70 for optimal regrowth (I still have a way to go).  I have found it helpful to remove my copper IUD to lessen my monthly menstrual flow as Iron is lost with blood.  Addressing deficiencies can take time so the sooner you identify them the better.  Supplements are not regulated, and you could be doing yourself no favors or even harm by choosing the lowest priced option.  Make sure your supplements are of a high quality, choose organic whenever possible and pay attention any fillers and additives. My personal supplement routine includes a natural multivitamin, a hair vitamin, a thyroid support vitamin, liquid iron floradix and biosil.
  6. Work up a sweat.  Not all exercise will be beneficial for all people, (kind of like diet) But that is not a free pass to forgo consistent exercise.  Try a few different things and listen to your body’s cues.  If you feel like absolute garbage after a HIIT class maybe give yoga a try. A good exercise routine should make you feel energized rather than depleted.  It should also be something that you genuinely enjoy so that you keep up with it.  I love soccer, hot yoga biking and weight lifting so that’s what I stick with. 
  7. Get your mind right.  Spend some time every day in meditation and visualize the hair you want.  When you see a beautiful head of hair, do not feel jealousy or resentment (been there) instead give them a mental, or verbal compliment and be grateful for the hair you do have.  The things we focus on are the things we attract to us. As Mother Theresa said, people should be pro peace rather than anti- war.  I know it’s hard but try to stop fixating on how thin your hair is.  Learn to rock the hair you do have, have fun with it, try out extensions, wigs, and color. Allow yourself to learn from the hair loss and embrace the chance you’ve been given to transform yourself both internally and externally. 
  8. Get the right shampoo and styling products. No, those drugstore shampoos are not just as good as the salon quality ones. Trust me, I look up close at peoples scalps all day. You want something free of harmful sulfates and chemicals but also effective and nourishing. Both Neuma and Kevin murphy are high quality salon grade products that wont tax your body with added toxins. I personally use the Kevin Murphy plumping line and LOVE it!
  9. Try hair fibers.  Truly this is a game changer. I have had some hair fiber disasters in my day, and have settled comfortably into dermatch and toppik.  Dermatch is applied wet and blow dried into hair. I find it looks really natural and is also water resistant so I can surf or swim without having my scalp on display.  Toppik fills things in as needed for day two touch ups. Make sure you apply fibres so you still have a parting, otherwise it just looks like you’re using hair in a can. Yes, it’s a bit embarrassing buying product intended for middle aged men, but they work and have given me back my confidence in a major way. So worth it. 
  10. Wear some hair.  Just do it.  I was so afraid to wear hair for so long and honestly wasted so much time feeling insecure and ashamed that I could have spent rocking killer hair.  I thought everyone would notice but it turns out most people are too caught up in their own problems to really pay much attention to us at all.  I love tape in extensions to add volume and a bit of length.  They are virtually undetectable and don’t cause traction by pulling on my delicate bio hair.  Fusion is also an excellent light weight option for fine thin hair. Toppers and wigs can be fun to play around with and are the easiest way to change up your style and color with zero commitment or damage. Silk tops give you an a completely natural looking scalp and are perfect if you will be wearing bangs with your unit.  Lace fronts are a must if you are not opting for bangs. If you are going for a topper be sure to get a large base, it will lay much flatter and look more natural even if you don’t need all that coverage.  Wearing hair is a fun adventure. You can have wavy blonde balayage one day and be a brunette with curtain bangs the next.  I recommend checking out uniwigs for some great entry level units that won’t break the bank and I plan to post some hair review videos here in the near future…so stay tuned.    

It has been over a year since I have implemented all of the above in my own life and I have seen obvious improvements.  That being said, my hair is still not what it used to be in my teens (my hair started falling out at 20!)   Hair grows in cycles and it can take a long time to see tangible changes, so I am treating it as a journey rather than a destination and am enjoying all the many health benefits along the way.

If you have been using anything not listed for your hair loss and seeing results, please share in the comments and feel free to reach out to me if you have any direct questions about your own hair struggles.

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8 life changing health tips to improve thinning hair and overall health

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This is a tough one to write but I’m giving you some realness today. Of all the PCOS and hashimotos symptoms I have dealt with, the hair thinning has been the hardest for me.  It was also the canary in the coal mine, showing up in my early 20s as my very first indicator that something in my body was imbalanced.

I grew up hiding behind a thick wavy mane of shiny auburn locks. My hair became such an integral part of my identity that losing it felt like losing a dear friend. I grieved my hair. I denied it. I wore strange hairstyles and ugly bandanas. And no matter how good the rest of me felt, it was there in the background softly hissing in my ear that I was ugly, worthless and damaged.

I had naively thought that doctors would be able to quickly identify the cause and send me on my way with a simple solution. But my blind faith in doctors turned to despair after years of hopping from doc to doc that led to no conclusion and very little hair on my head.

It may sound so shallow to someone with good hair, but those with hair problems understand, hair loss can put you on a psychological roller coaster and make you rethink your entire life. Hair loss sparked my interest in nutrition, and it eventually led to both my PCOS and hashimotos diagnoses, albeit a decade later.

Perhaps the most frustrating part has been my unique situation as a working hairstylist. Seeing and touching beautiful, normal manes every day and knowing I’m still so far from that has sent me reeling into episodes of deep depression and crushing anxiety on multiple occasions. But being a hairstylist has also given me a unique advantage, as I’ve learned a handful of tips and tricks for rocking thinning hair that I use on myself and my clients daily. Most of my clients don’t believe me when I tell them I have experienced super excessive hair loss “your hair looks super full?” they always say with a puzzled look on their faces. And it’s true, I’ve found a combination of lifestyle adjustments and styling tricks to help me rock the hair I do have, stop shedding excessively and even wake up a few sleeping follicles.

So please, don’t lose hope. Thanks to a healthier lifestyle and a few hair tweaks I can actually say I am in a much better place hair wise and am ready to dish my tips in order to help anyone else who needs a boost in the follicular department.

As I write this, I am sitting at a pool with my hair down. Not slicked back into a teeny weeny ponytail that has come to be my default for years. Nope. My hair is down, and no one is giving me the side eye or staring awkwardly at my scalp during conversation. And while I’m not going to be cast in a Pantene commercial anytime soon, I can honestly say this is one of the few times in over a decade that my hair looks normal. I also have lots of fine frizzy regrowth, that most people would find irritating but is a very welcome addition to my particular head.

This is a two part blog post, but today I’ll be talking more about the diet/lifestyle side of things, because there is no sense trying to cover hair loss while still thinning excessively. It’s like shovelling your walks in a snowstorm and ain’t nobody got time for that.
As a student of holistic nutrition one of my favorite quotes is ‘what we eat can either be the safest most powerful medicine, or the slowest poison.’ This speaks volumes about the state of modern health and how important a healthy diet is to staving off disease and even reversing existing health issues.

Heathy eating should be a combination of adding the right things into our diets while simultaneously removing the wrong things. Finding a diet that works for you and your own health objectives can be a long process and I highly recommend working with a health professional such a holistic nutritionist, health coach, or naturopath on your journey. Foods that are harming your particular body may be perfectly healthy for other individuals so don’t just go crazy eliminating everything in the world, but also don’t assume that you can continue eating the way you always have because you don’t have any major symptoms.  Spoiler alert, hair loss is a symptom, especially when it manifests at a young age in a person with no genetic predisposition.

I have spent years of trial and error trying to fix my own hair probs and know how confusing all the conflicting information out there can be so I’ve complied my very best advice to start restoring your hair and your health today.

Take it slow, celebrate even the small victories and remember, we are all so much more than our hair.

1. Limit your intake of foods that cause inflammation

If you are dealing with unexplained hair loss, gluten dairy and grains should be the first things you think about removing from your diet. Sometimes even healthy foods can cause inflammation in people with intolerances so it is wise to be tested for allergies. You can do your own testing for free by completing an elimination diet, and carefully observing your reaction to foods during the reintroduction phase. I completed a whole 30 diet to identify some of my intolerances, I also ditched ALL GLUTEN and almost all DAIRY and GRAINS with the exception of grass fed butter and some occasional rice. I know giving up these three ingredients may seem super limiting, but trust me, it’s not. That’s why I’m here writing this blog. Cooking without these things has opened a whole new realm of food possibilities and my food horizons are expanding everyday.

2. Heal your gut

So much modern disease starts in the gut and healing your gut lining is a super important step when it comes to healing chronic inflammation. A healthy gut is better able to absorb nutrients form your food. You can eat all the kale and broccoli in the world but if your gut is compromised you are probably only absorbing a fraction of the nutrients. Heal and seal that gut lining! Make BONE BROTH, PROBIOTICS, and FERMENTED FOODS a part of your DAILY diet. I almost always have a slow cooker simmering away with some grass fed bones and fragrant veggies. I will literally ladle it into my mug and sip it throughout the day like tea. I also make my own kraut, kimchi, and kombucha. Take a good quality probiotic, no, it won’t be cheap but you should feel a difference within a few weeks.

3. Improve your bodies acid alkaline balance

Your blood maintains it’s own PH of between 7.35 and 7.45 but this doesn’t mean eating all the acid forming foods will have no effect on your body. An overly acidic body can leach vitamins and minerals from organs and bones as well as lead to all kinds of issues including unhealthy hair. One of the easiest ways to obtain PH balance is to squeeze lemon into hot water and drink it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. It sounds strange because lemons are acidic, but they actually help increase your bodies PH. You also want to aim for about 50% of your diet to be alkaline (mineral rich fresh veggies and fruit) Invest in a water filter that puts important minerals back into your water and aim to drink at least 8 glasses daily but push yourself to get a full 3 litres.

4. Get all of your aminos acids

Aminos are the building blocks of protein and thus the building blocks of our hair, our hair is literally made of protein after all. To better assimilate protein, avoid eating foods that require different digestive juices at the same time. Focus on eating simply. This way your body can optimally digest each ingredient you are taking in. This may seem strange and go completely against the way you grew up eating but try to avoid eating protein and excess carbs at the same meal, try to eat only one animal protein at a time and don’t consume protein with excess fat. One easy way to get readily usable aminos into your body is by drinking COLLAGEN PEPTIDES daily. I rotate between marine collagen and organic grass fed bovine collagen. I mix it into my coffee or tea every morning and stir it into my bone broth throughout the day. It tastes a bit weird, but not terrible, and I definitely notice a difference in not just my hair but also nails and skin when I am consistent with it. It is super important to eat only organic, pastured proteins when consuming animal products including collagen peptides.

5. Take the proper supplements

In a perfect world we would obtain the majority of our nutrition from the foods we eat but people experiencing unexplained hair loss likely need a bit of help. Modern agriculture has depleted the nutrients in our foods while genetic modification, pesticides and herbicide use has wreaked havoc on our guts. Being overweight and simultaneously malnourished is becoming more and more common in developed nations and this can lead to a wide range of ailments, including hair loss. Some of the most important vitamins and minerals for women experiencing hair loss are Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B vitamins (in particular biotin) Iodine, Selenium and Zinc. It is wise to get tested for deficiencies prior to supplementation, but when in doubt adding a high quality, organic multivitamin is a great place to start.

In my particular case, I have been chronically deficient in Iron for years.  Apparently this is fairly common in young women with diffuse hairloss! With over a year of consistent daily supplement my shedding has slowed tremendously but my functional doctor recommends I aim for a ferratin of at least 70 for optimal regrowth ( I still have a ways to go). I also found it helpful to remove my copper IUD to lessen my monthly menstrual flow as Iron is lost with blood. Addressing deficiencies can take time so the sooner you identify them the better. Supplements are not regulated and you could be doing yourself no favors or even harm by choosing the lowest priced option. Make sure your supplements are of a high quality, choose organic whenever possible and pay attention any fillers and additives.

6. Give your digestive system a little boost

Bottom line, you can do all of the above but if your body is not able to properly break down and utilize the nutrition you give it, you will feel like you’re getting nowhere. Taking digestive enzymes, probiotics, sipping on water with apple cider vinegar, and drinking ginger tea are all useful ways to increase your stomach acid and better utilize your foods nutrition. This kind of ties back in to healing your gut lining but I feel it also deserves to be highlighted.  Something I never used to do and now am very conscious of, is slowing down to eat.  I used to be a gross eater, inhaling the next bite before even swallowing the last. Now I chew my food well, and always try to say a quick prayer of gratitude and blessing before each meal. Gobbling down food at lightning speed stresses our digestive system and slows down its ability to absorb vitamins and minerals. Don’t go too long between meals, practice gratitude and mindful eating.

7. Work up a sweat 

Not all exercise will be beneficial for all people. (It’s kind of like diet) But that is not a free pass to forgo consistent exercise. Try a few different things and listen to your bodies cues. If you feel like absolute rubbish after a HIIT class maybe give yoga a go. A good exercise routine should make you feel energised rather than depleted. It should also be something that you truly enjoy so that you keep up with it. I love soccer, Pilates and solo gym workouts so that’s what I stick with. And don’t forget to sweat. The process of sweating itself can be profoundly therapeutic and help your body shed toxins as it sheds fat. I love infrared saunas and also go in the steam room at my gym at least twice a week. Preface your sweat sessions with dry brushing and you are way ahead of the game.

8. Get your mind right 

Spend some time every day in meditation and visualise the hair you want. When you see a beautiful head of hair, don’t feel jealousy or resentment (been there) instead give them a mental, or verbal compliment and be grateful for the hair you do have. The things we focus on are the things we attract to us, as Mother Theresa said, people should be pro peace rather than anti- war. I know it’s hard but try to stop fixating on how thin your hair is. Learn to rock the hair you do have, have fun with it, try out extensions, wigs, and color. Allow yourself to learn from the hair loss and embrace the chance you’ve been given to transform yourself both internally and externally.

It has been over a year since I have implemented all of the above in my own life and I have seen obvious improvements. That being said, my hair is still not what it used to be in my teens (my hair started falling out at 20!) Hair grows in cycles and it can take a long time to see tangible changes so I am treating it as a journey rather than a destination and am enjoying all the many health benefits along the way. I’ll be back soon with some killer styling tips and more hair healthy grain free recipes.

How to calculate the numerology of your address and what it means for you

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Just a quick disclaimer, things are going to get a bit woo today so if that’s not your thing, I’ll be back more frequently with delicious gluten and grain free recipes and my favorite holistic health tips and life hacks.

I have been gone from the blog from almost two months and I know… that’s too long. I’m sorry.

The end of summer this year was filled with major change and it has taken me some time to feel settled.  I’m the kind of person who needs to feel grounded to be creative and productive.

We sold our house in July, almost bought a new one, had our house sale fall apart, lost the house we offered on, had everything that could possibly break in our old house break, sold our house again, bought a new house, sat on pins and needles for two weeks waiting for everything to close and now….here I sit on the other side of it all looking out at my new garden, albeit a snow covered one.

From this side I can say everything was worth it, but it has taken me until now to actually feel like writing for the blog or working in my etsy shop.

Over the summer I wrote a blog post about how everything works out for a reason. Initially I thought things would ‘work out’ that we would sell our house to the very first viewer for full asking price and laugh all the way to the bank. Truthfully, the selling process was incredibly drawn out, stressful and at times demoralizing. We also did not end up anywhere near full asking price and probably showed the home to at least a hundred viewers, many of whom didn’t even bother to walk through the front doors because they didn’t like the location.

We also lost the first house we offered on. The one I had mentally redecorated and casually driven past multiple times ‘on the way’ to various places. (It was on a cul d sac and truly not on the way to anything.) But now we are in a different house, and everyday I wake up grateful that we somehow arrived here.

On paper, this house would not be my first choice, a four-level split with everything original, but the feeling inside this space is something special. It came fresh from original owners who lived here 44 years and took meticulous care of the property, they didn’t die or divorce but instead are happily retiring, so they left it filled with positive vibes and love. It comes with a huge light filled sunroom, an amazing garden, and is a perfect blank canvas for us to put our stamp on. We will be doing a full kitchen reno so that I can get busy making some healthy recipes in a beautiful, clean, functional space.

From a practical standpoint, this house is only five blocks from our old one, so our kids can still walk to school and hang with their neighbourhood friends (the other house would have moved us across a major highway). It also made our DIY move slightly easier, because my husband decided we didn’t need movers with two adults and a pick up truck. Let me just say, I’m still recovering.

Finally, for the woo people, this house has a great house number, and I have found it so relevant that our last house, a 13/4, came with so many issues. Now we have a 6, and it feels so much lighter, happier and filled with potential.

As a bit of a woo girl myself, I know my enneagram, my sun, moon and rising signs, and how to do a proper smudge.  I also believe homes often choose the person and that every house comes with a unique energy, a combination of its previous ownership, physical location, layout and design, and of course, house number. Learning about it all, I’ve observed patterns in friends who live at certain house addresses. For example, all my friends with 8’s are rolling in the dough, while I know two couples who have separated while in a 14 house.

I do somewhat take the woo with a grain of salt, but when you’re on a healing journey you quickly get an open mind about how as energetic beings, we are affected by all the energies around us, and yes, numbers too carry distinct energy.

So, if you are wondering what kind of energy comes with your abode, read on.

The way to calculate your house number numerology is to add all digits until they reduce down to a single number. It is also important to note that your house number is more important than your street number so only include the actual number posted on your home in your calculations.

Example: House 68 19th ave would simply be calculated as 6+8 = 14 and then you would add the digits of 14 together to produce a single digit ( 1+4 = 5.)

There are also Karmic debt numbers to consider, these are 13, 14, 16, and 19. These numbers often come with heavy karma attached and can have tough oppressive energy to live with (I would know).

And finally there are master numbers, these are 11, 22, and 33. They carry a stronger vibration of their sum and contain greater potential for growth as well as greater challenges and upheavals.

Some people from Asian cultures don’t like homes with the number 4, this is not real numerology but a preference born of the fact that the number 4 in Cantonese sounds very similar to the word death.

In true numerology, 4’s are grounding numbers with slow heavy vibrations. They do not cause instant death and can be good or bad depending on what you are hoping to achieve in your life. Avoiding any 4’s in an address is unnecessary, especially if the sum of that address is a positive numerology number for you.

If your head is not already spinning with numbers here is a list of numbers and their unique meanings.

1 | The solopreneur house
This is a great space for those seeking independence and freedom. It’s a wonderful house number for people who are self employed and work alone. Self starters thrive here. People in this home operate on their own agenda, as a result, it is not the most ideal environment for couples without a strong foundation, or single people who want noting more than to couple up.
It has very self focused energy and at its worst, occupants can become isolated and lonely. At its best, this is a home perfect for new beginnings in business and offers infinite possibility.

2 | The lovers house
This is a place that brings occupants closer together, and helps single people living here to attract a partner. This is a wonderful home to start a family, get hitched and settle down. People in this home find themselves focused on partnerships. It is a home that has all the warm fuzzies but can trigger deep emotions leading to emotionally charged arguments. It can also create feelings of neediness and codependence.
At it’s worst, this is a tough place to launch a business and really take off in the material world. The weight of relationships can become overwhelming here. At it’s best this is an ideal home for families, new couples and love, it can be a place of balance and harmony.

3 | The inventors house
This is super high energy home bursting with creativity and ideas. A perfect place for artists and innovators and it has an upbeat, positive energy. This home will be filled with laughter and fun and is a great home for entertaining, which is super common in a three. Unfortunately, the surplus of ideas can sometimes lead to a lack of follow through, it can also create big highs and lows. People can feel a bit scattered here. Money can come and go quickly in a 3 home.
At it’s worst it can be disorganised, and the ups and downs can be tough on children. At its best it’s an awesome place to get your creative juices flowing, create a start up and have fun doing it.

4 | The turtle house
Slow and steady wins the race. This home carries a strong steady vibration and can lend itself to high achievement, however that achievement does not come fast here. This home is a perfect place to set and achieve goals, but be prepared to put in lots of hours to reach that achievement. This is a home where you will sew your seeds and watch them take root, but don’t expect a tree to grow overnight.
At it’s best this home has a strong grounding vibration and can help people get on track and move towards focused goals. A four can be a great space for someone with ADD who needs more focus. At it’s worst this home can feel boring, stagnant and even oppressive.
If you live in a 13/4 you live in a karmic debt house and will likely feel even more overloaded with work than a typical 4 occupant. It is also a house where everything seems to break and repairs are endless.

5 | The swingers house
Do you like to party? Five is the house for you. This is a house full of surprise and freedom. Expect the unexpected here. It’s a fun house for adventure seekers and those who love to travel. It’s occupants often keep themselves super busy outside of the home and it may not be a permanent residence. A five would be a great cabin or a second rental home, regardless, people tend to come and go quickly in a 5.
At it’s best it’s a great place to party and have fun. At it’s worst it can carry an unsettled energy and be an especially tough environment for those prone to sexual temptation, excess and addiction.
If you live in a 14/5 house your karmic debt house can be an especially tough place to get along with others and not a great environment for children. The energy here may feel particularly unsettled and it can trigger new fears and anxiety.

6 | The family home
Like a two, this home can be an excellent place for families, but comes with less codependency and charged emotions. It is a peaceful place. Animals children and plants thrive in a six. It may come with a beautiful garden and the energy in a six home is extremely healing and nurturing. It can be a wonderful home for growth, related to money and business, especially in service based professions, but family will always come first here.
At it’s worst, a six can come with lots of family responsibility and occupants can become overwhelmed by it all and find themselves on the backburner taking care of everyone else. They can also get so comfy in their home they never want to leave and end up isolating themselves. At it’s best, a six is the perfect number to raise a family, grow a garden, and heal.

7 | The illuminated home
This is the home of privacy and secrets. It is a great place for spiritual seekers who are not at all focused on growth in the material realm. This can be a wonderful place for artists, psychics and those pursuing higher education as there will be plenty of time here to be alone to study and expand ones mind. Water features can help the energy here feel less stagnant.
At it’s worst this home can be isolating and is not at all the ideal place for a money focused business start up (though a home based psychic or reiki master may love it here). At it’s best this can be a great place to meditate, spend time in solitude and have a spiritual awakening.
If you live in a karmic 16/7 you may find yourself ultra isolated and even be prone to deep depression and sadness in this number.

8 | The money home
If financial abundance is your main focus, an eight is your place. Living here can provide a hearty boost of ambition and motivation leading to great success in the material realm. The opposite of a 4 house, 8 homes are specifically desired by many Asian cultures and it is not unusual for 8’s to sell at a premium in areas with a large Asian population. An eight home can be tough for addicts as it leads to always wanting more and can trigger addictive behaviours.
At it’s worst, an eight house can feel a bit soulless and superficial. Owners may neglect their spiritual sides in favor of only seeking more and more in the material realm. It can worsen addictions including shopaholics, workaholics, alcoholics, drug addicts, sex addicts and those prone to O.C.D. and perfectionism. At it’s best, an 8 is the perfect place to start a business and rapidly grow it into something huge. If material success is your ultimate goal in life there is no better number than an eight.

9 | The humanitarian home
A nine is a number of completion. It is often a number people settle into for the long haul, great for older couples and young families. It is a welcoming space filled with love and compassion and humanitarians thrive here. As a result, it may be the kind of place where you are always the one hosting and where your social circle feels so welcome, guests just randomly pop in. This can make it tough for those seeking solitude. It can also be a hard place to truly forge ahead as nine is a number that more commonly marks the end of a journey than the beginning.  If you have already made your fortune and want to live out the remainder of your life in service a nine would be a beautiful place to do so.
At it’s worst a nine can bring losses and endings. It is more of a place to share the wealth than to accumulate it. At it’s best a nine is a home filled with warmth, love and a nurturing energy.
If you live in a karmic 18/9 home losses can be especially common and more challenging to overcome.

I think I got especially wrapped up in learning about the energy of house numbers after a girlfriend pointed out to me that my disastrous karmic 13 house could have been the source of endless home repairs and a burdensome workload. While searching for our new home (the six) I definitely had a few numbers in mind that I favored. And while I would never be silly enough to pass up a truly great home just based on house numbers, I did find myself less enthusiastic about viewing those homes with karmic debt.

I also learned that if you hate your house number and want to change it, most jurisdictions will allow a number change for a fee of around $1000, as long as the number makes sense in sequence with the surrounding addresses.

For those of us who don’t put enough weight on numerology to justify a $1000 spend, I learned another trick that I implemented in my old house. I simply put another house number on the inside of the wall in an effort to shift entire numerological vibration of the home. It seemingly worked, because the string of disasters stopped and we were able to close on the place shortly after doing so.

If are not crazy about your home address, try it out. For example, if you live in a 4 but want a 6 just go to the local hardware store and find a 2 in a similar size and color to the address displayed outside your home. Hang it on the inside of your house somewhere near or directly behind where the outer address is displayed and, voila! Enjoy your homes new energy.

What do you think?  Is the description of your home address numerology accurate? If you could chose your house address based on numerology alone which number would you chose?

If you or anyone close to you is in the process of looking for a new home, go ahead and share this with them. Maybe you can save them from the mistake I made of buying a 13 and having to make every single possible repair a homeowner could imagine in the five years I lived there!

6 major symptoms of Candida overgrowth and 6 effective steps to treat it

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(disclaimer: I am not a doctor, only a former sufferer of Candida who has researched this topic to death. I am happy to provide links to medically backed documentation if needed and while I am not authorized to give medical advice, I am happy to provide suggestions that have worked for me and others in the treatment of Candida overgrowth.)

Candida is an evil, tricky beast. It lives in everyone’s gut and is designed to work symbiotically with our microbiome, but it can quickly become a monster if given the oppurtunity. Some things that trigger candida overgrowth are; excessive carb, sugar and alcohol consumption, antibiotic and hormonal contraceptive use as well as a high stress lifestyle.

Being an opportunistic fungus, it can be notoriously hard to eradicate once it takes over. The best measure of defense against candida is to avoid an overgrowth in the first place. This can be done by opting for natural forms of birth control and avoiding antibiotics when not medically necessary. It is also important to eat a low sugar, grain free diet rich in pre, and probiotics and to manage stress with whatever means necessary.

Unfortunately, thanks to modern high carb, high stress lifestyles candida overgrowth is becoming a chronic problem for many people. Contrary to popular belief, it is not just a female problem, men are also susceptible, however, studies have shown that high estrogen levels can be a contributing factor.

It is common for candida sufferers to be labeled as hypochondriacs due to the long list of vague, seemingly unrelated symptoms, however, it is not to be taken lightly. In severe cases of long term, untreated candida, the fungus can spread into the blood stream leading to effects on the brain, heart, and lymphatic system. It overburdens the liver as your body struggles to filter out endotoxins. It increases intestinal permeability, leading to leaky gut and other associated disorders. It is shown to trigger autoimmune disorders and has even in some studies been linked to higher instances of cancer.

Scary stuff right? In my quest to heal my own autoimmune disorders I kept stumbling back upon the word ‘Candida’ and decided to learn all I could about it. Eventually, I reached the conclusion that treating this yucky fungus would be a necessary first step in my healing journey.

So how do you identify Candida overgrowth in your body and what do you do if you think you’ve got it?

There are some obvious symptoms of candida that shouldn’t be ignored, these include;
1. Fungal infections (yeast infections, jock itch, ringworm, toenail fungus, perioral dermatitis etc.)
2. Fatigue, brain fog and worse than normal forgetfulness
3. Autoimmune disorders and associated symptoms
4. Digestive issues (bloating, gas, gurgling stomach, stomach pain and nutrient deficiencies)
5. Mood swings and irritability
6. Intense carb and sugar cravings

If you recognise two or more of these symptoms in yourself, it is time to get serious about crushing this evil fungal monster, so  you can take back control of your overall health.

One thing I have learned from my own experience, is that Candida is not quick or easy to treat. It may be tempting to just toss back fistfuls of antifungals and go on living, but the process is not so simple. Massive Candida die offs will cause symptoms far worse than the actual Candida itself and is not advised (take it from someone who has learned this one the hard way!)

In order to let your body do a good job of detoxing, it is important that your method of attack is slow and strategic while special care is simultaneously taken to support your liver throughout the process.

There are many candida cleanse kits available online as well as in stores and they are not all created equal!  If you choose to go this route do your research and read reviews. There are also a few super effective antifungals available otc. Because I’m such a granola cruncher, I always opt to go the natural route first, however in in extreme cases of Candida it is recommended that you seek medical advice.

My six most important natural tools for fighting candida are;
1. A parasite cleanse. Parasites may seem unrelated to Candida but they can operate symbiotically. Parasites often reside in your liver and it is vital that the liver be strengthened first so it can do its very important job of removing all the endotoxins produced in the Candida die off. Many anti-parasitic ingredients are also antifungals so starting with a parasite cleanse is a great way to come out swinging and weaken that candida right out of the gate.

2. A well planed diet. When battling candida, a well planned diet is life. A grain free, reduced carb diet is what worked for me but in severe cases a full blown anti candida diet or keto may be necessary. Candida lives off carbs and sugar, it needs to be essentially starved for a long period of time to actually die down to healthy, long term levels. In addition to avoiding high glycemic foods adding fermented foods such as sour kraut and kimchi to your diet, can be helpful to replenish good gut bacteria.

3. Antifungals. One of the trickiest things about Candida is that it can build up a resistance to various antifungals, which leads to the argument that antifungals should be rotated. Still, other scientists would argue that this can lead to quicker strain mutations and make candida stronger in the long run.  I don’t know about you, but I find conflicting advice super confusing.   At the end of the day what worked for me was selecting one high quality herbal antifungal and simultaneously supplementing my diet with natural antifungal food sources such as raw garlic, kefir and pau d’arco tea. Start with the recommended dose and taper it up or down according to your die off reaction.

4. Liver support. Warm water with lemon, dandelion root tea, bitters, these should all become a part of any Candida fighting diet. Your liver will be working overtime for you throughout the duration and is going to need a little extra love to get the job done right.

5. Sauna and dry rubbing. This is a detox tool I personally used with positive results. I am sure people can do a fine candida cleanse without it, but I found it useful to speed up my toxin elimination and it seemed to reduce die off symptoms as well. Rub a bore bristle brush over your body starting at your extremities and moving towards your heart, step into a hot sauna (infrared is best) and get your sweat on. That’s it. Not only is a good form of detox, it has improved my cellulite and made my skin glow.

6. Probiotics. Good ones. They can and should be taken throughout the duration of the candida diet but especially when your course of antifungals is over. Because antifungals will inevitably kill off some good bacteria, it is extremely vital that the good stuff be replenished. I now try to maintain a steady stream of probiotic supplementation for maintenance. I know good probiotics can be pricey, but they are so worth it. I have had scary moments where I’ve noticed symptoms creeping back up when I don’t take them for prolonged periods.

So that’s it, I would say my candida symptoms have improved about 85% since the completion of my cleanse and have stayed steady at this level. I ended up staying on a fairly strict candida diet and antifungals for three full months and continue to supplement with pre and probiotics regularly. Whenever I notice symptoms creeping up I find relief in cutting back carbs and amping up my probiotics.  I plan to undertake another three-month candida cleanse some time in the next year and hope to knock this beast out completely. I’m also quite confident that eating a largely grain free, moderate carb diet has helped me to maintain the progress I have achieved.

On another note… I seriously can not wait to sell my house so I can start messing up my kitchen again! I have so many great grain free recipes just waiting to be dropped. Stay tuned. xx

My celery juice experiment, results and recipe.

My celery juice experiment, results and recipe.
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Celery juice is all the hype these days. Perhaps you too have observed the recent trend of hot girls on Instagram touting it’s health benefits?

If anything can convince me to try out a bizarre health trend with absolutely no medical evidence to back it up, it is the dewy skinned, flowing haired selfies of (often surgically enhanced and photoshopped) babes telling me I too can have a #healthylife if I just power back 16 ounces of salty green sludge every morning.

I have a love hate relationship with juicing. I love drinking fresh pressed juice and can literally feel the plants enzymes flowing into my body and giving my cells life but I hate assembling/ cleaning out my juicer. The bags full of wasted pulp bother me a bit, and I still have not figured out a use for it other than to feed my compost (I’ll keep you posted on that one). I did manage a decent carrot muffin with carrot/ pineapple pulp at one point, but celery pulp, blech!

I don’t even really like celery at all to be honest.

Sure, it finds it’s way into many of my soup recipes and can cool off a plate of hot wings but that’s about it for me. The stringy texture and bitter salty flavor has just never appealed.

As per the medical medium, you are supposed to wake in the morning and down a 16 ounce glass of celery juice on an empty stomach waiting 30 minutes before consuming anything else.

Well, being lazy and adverse to cleaning out my juicer, I decided I would be smart about it and just blend that celery in my trusty vitamix. I thought I would save myself some time, and with a house on the market, the less cleaning I need to do the better.

Between the time I spent powering that green bad boy down (literally gagging over the sink) and then dramatically running to the bathroom for the rest of the day, no time was saved.

Guys, don’t just blend a full bunch of celery into a smoothie without fruity additives. Trust me on this one. Thick, frothy, celery smoothie is not the business.

After my false start I almost dropped the plan entirely. A hot almond latte just seemed so much more enticing in the morning, but for the blog, and those luscious IG models I persevered.  To save time (but for real) I pre-washed my celery the night before and had my juicer set up and ready to go on the counter the next day.

I have to say, drinking fresh pressed celery juice is not what I would consider a treat, but after my traumatic introduction to drinking celery, it was definitely do-able. I knocked that green boy back like a champ and noticed a burst of energy more powerful and longer lasting than any almond latte has ever provided.

The following morning, I dutifully continued with my celery experiment, but decided to add a half cucumber, one lemon and a granny smith apple to the juicer.
(Adding to the celery juice is not prohibited by the medical medium, but is discouraged. Regardless, I didn’t feel like torturing myself every morning for the next month and the extras improved the juice taste so dramatically my kids even knocked back shots of it.)

Even with my controversial add ins, the results of my experiment were pretty amaze.

Celery juice is said to improve skin tone and digestion. It is also great for increasing stomach acid which helps us better absorb nutrients from the foods and supplements we consume. It acts as a diuretic and is helpful in allowing the body to flush out fat and toxins.

Sometimes its easy to miss subtle changes that happen slowly over time so I took before and afters for my own reflection. Once I get over how much I hate how I look in photos, I will post the pics, but for now you will just have to take my word for it.

The whites of my eyes began to appear brighter at just a few days in and the redness in my skin decreased exponentially at around the half way point. I usually put on some bb cream or foundation in the mornings so people don’t ask me if I’m tired or sick, and by the end I honestly didn’t even really need it.

The dark circles under my eyes seemed to lighten, but that could also be due to getting more sleep or having my allergies ease up a bit towards the end. (Snow mold kills me every spring and I have finally found a natural solution that works for me that I can’t wait to talk about in a future post.)

Additionally, I have also noticed less hair shedding in the shower which is a huge win for me. Maybe I can attribute that to the improvement in circulation (celery juice increases it) and the extra iron I was getting. (There’s iron in celery juice, who knew?!)

Finally, I lost a half inch from my waist! Since switching to more of a paleo diet, I’ve actually noticed my body composition shift from very pear shaped to more of an hourglass, my breasts have grown nearly a cup size in the past 6 months without any increase in weight, and I’ve learned this is actually a common occurrence on the paleo diet. I’m not sure if I can attribute the 1/2 inch loss to the celery juice or just my improved diet in general, but I’ll take it.

All in all, I would have to say celery juice is a worthwhile health hack to add to your daily routine. If one month of c-juicing has produced these benefits I can’t wait to see what I will look like in a year (fingers crossed I will transform completely into an ethereal IG goddess… ha!) but in all seriousness, I’m gonna keep juicing those green things and hope to soon replace my coffee with juice entirely in the near future.  A girl can dream right?

Here is my every day version of ‘celery juice’ much improved with my healthy ad ins. (On a side note, has anyone else noticed the price of celery shoot right up since the start of this whole celery juice craze?  Price is yet one more reason to dilute your juice with some tasty, healthy add ins.)

Celery Juice (+ other goodness)

1 large organic bunch of celery – celery is a member of the dirty dozen and not something you can really peel so it should be purchased organic.

1 organic cucumber – These are another dirty dozen member, however sometimes the organic version is so pricey that I will opt for conventional and just be sure to wash it well and peel it before juicing.

1 organic granny smith apple – these have the lowest sugar content of all the apple varieties and add such a crisp, green sweetness to the juice. If you cant find organic, just be sure to peel it.

1 lemon peeled – Lemons are an absolute superfood for your liver. One of my best friends is a nutritionist and she always says one of the easiest things we can do to improve our help is to drink lemon juice on a daily basis.

Optional add ins – ginger, turmeric, cilantro, or parsley. Sometimes I’ll also add one of two of the optional add ins for a little boost of anti-inflammatory detoxing power.

If you can’t do normal celery juice, or want to stretch your juicing budget a little farther, try my version and let me know what improvements you notice in your health!

Happy juicing.