Glow Always

As you all know, I am registered in September through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, to study holistic nutrition (Registered Holisitic Nutritionist) After working nearly 3 years full time as a psychiatric nurse, I never thought in a million years I would go back to school! I was doing what I loved, and making a decent living doing it. What else did I need?
Throughout the years my passion for nutrition has skyrocketed. Instead of reading fiction novels, I’m reading anything I can get my hands on regarding nutrition, specifically on the Paleo Diet, or books geared toward eating whole foods. Okay, I MIGHT read the odd teen fiction… Sometimes you need a little high school drama in your life even when you’re 26 years old, am I right? Anyways, I’ve also become more interested in Holistic health in general. Don’t get me wrong, pharmaceuticals are definitely needed for many illnesses, both mental and physical. On the other hand, there are many conditions that probably don’t need medications, and in fact, medications may contribute to more harm than good! For example: anxiety disorders, and borderline personality disorder. Using benzodiazepines, a medication used to help decrease anxiety, can be a very dependent medication, often making the person become even MORE anxious as the medication wears off. In fact, my favourite part about working as a psych nurse is being able to teach patients different coping mechanisms and help them identify which strategies work best for them in times of stress or acute anxiety. These may include deep breathing exercises, journaling, meditation, working out, or even nutritional therapy, (which I will soon learn more about!)
I’m not going to say I don’t experience anxiety from time to time. Heck, anxiety can even be a positive thing, as it can actually increase productivity and motivation to complete a task or reach a goal.With school starting in a few weeks, I still hope to work full time hours (12 hour shifts at the hospital help) to be able to maintain my monthly bills, as well as keep up on my workout regime, and make sure I’m up to date on my assignments and readings. There’s no doubt it’s going to be a busy year, but I can’t wait! I also started working part-time at Glow Juicery, a company I know from Edmonton that popped up in Kelowna this past May. Glow Juicery has fresh, local, organic cold-pressed juices, as well as a variety of raw foods from salads, soups, wraps, and desserts! If you’re in the Kelowna area make sure to stop in to Glow or order your juice cleanse online! As I start my journey into the land of Holistic Health, I am so excited to be a part of a company that’s passionate about local, organic produce. Midway through juicing the other day Farmer Jeff delivered the most beautiful organic carrots I’ve ever seen!

Dinner last night was lettuce wraps with chicken and a peanut satay. I would have taken a better picture last night, but apparently slicing my thumb on a mandolin, and completely losing my appetite took precedent over food photography. Here’s my left over lunch today! And my thumb is intact 🙂 We barbecued both drumsticks and bone-in chicken breasts, removed the skin and used the chicken. Used a head of lettuce for lettuce cups (but I just spinach for lunch to use as a salad) sliced up cucumber in the mandolin, and added the peanut satay! There was supposed to be red pepper but that’s when the accident happened.. so we opted out. The peanut satay is made out of natural peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, rice vinegar, honey, and a red chili pepper! Of course I normally don’t eat legumes or soy, but this is one of my favourite dressings. One day I will show my boyfriend the coconut aminos/almond butter version out of the 21 Day Sugar Detox cookbook! But for now if he’s cooking… 🙂

With summer coming to an end in a few weeks, it’s time to get back into routine DNS make some goals! We are off to Mexico in 10 weeks so I’m taking this opportunity to establish a workout routine (weights/yoga/run) as well as continue to eat intuitively while reaching my fitness goals. Oh and go to work and school full time! What are some of your goals?!💜💜

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