Today’s Conversation Over Coffee – Taking Yourself Out To Eat

There’s something just a little bit opulent about taking yourself out to eat. And I don’t mean to your usual fast food joint serving soulless food….I mean going to a proper restaurant with the best food, made by a chef that uses the best ingredients and creates dishes that are a work of art. The effort and love put into creating a beautiful plate of food is transferred to you. It makes the food extra tasty and extra nourishing. Recovery is about nourishment of mind, body and spirit. It’s about feeling deserving and grateful and satisfied with the present moment. Sitting there alone allowing yourself to feel utterly extravagant and without the distraction of conversation to dull your experience of eating this exquisite food, you taste every sumptuous bite. Each delicate flavour expertly chosen all for you! Order whatever you want! Appreciate smell, taste and texture. Pure joy. Go on….take… Continue reading

National Nutrition Month; Time to Detox – By Kathleen Russell

March Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition and Kidney Awareness month. These themes are created for support and incentive to eat healthier and take better care of ourselves. So, I’m going to talk about the need to cleanse internal toxicity from our bodies. The very function of our kidneys is to filter and clean toxins from the bloodstream before entering into the bladder where urine is made and prepares for its departure. Keeping the toxins flowing out of the body is necessary to keep them healthy and prevent toxic overloads. For people in recovery we have used and abused our kidneys with drugs and alcohol and it is truly amazing what role our kidneys have played in a constant battle to operate under this distress. Most of us take for granted the work they do, and forget the important part we play in keeping their functionality strong and effective. Nutrition is our best… Continue reading

Healing Our Amazing Hearts – By Kathleen Russell

February; the month when the theme of “heart” is at the forefront of our minds. Yesterday, February 14th we celebrated Saint Valentine’s day. This day encourages us to show the people we love our appreciation with flowers, candy and gifts. It’s a special way to fill our hearts with love in creative and fun ways. It is also Heart Health month. It’s time to think about the way we take care of the health of our hearts. Wouldn’t that be an interesting gift to ourselves? Deciding to pay attention to what and how we feed our heart and finding new healthy ideas for longevity? Many people in recovery from various addictions, chose a design for living through the 12 step plan. February being the second month of the 12, the second step in 12 step recovery , tells us that we could be restored to sanity. Really, I am NOT insane.… Continue reading

Listening To Our Bodies Wisdom – By Kathleen Russell

The process of Recovery is all about learning to listen to our truth.  When we tap into this place within, we practice listening to our voice more and become aware that we’ve had it all along. Getting down to causes and conditions allows us to tap into being quiet and as we continue to do so, it’s a transformation to enlightenment. Listening with new insight, from the heart center instead of the brain center, we find an amazing companion.  Learning ways to be still teaches us to become more open and we have a new best friend. Learn to hear the wisdom of your body through the heart’s intuition, tapping into your own awareness of, “HALT”, { Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired.}  With mindful intention to these feelings, often a glass of water, a good meal and a conversation with a trusted friend, puts everything into perspective. Feeding the health of… Continue reading

A Thorough Look At Your Eating Plan – Kathleen Russell, CNC, HC

Being thorough with our nutrition intake has so many benefits for our wellbeing but it’s one of the hardest changes to make in our lives. We tend to make excuses as to why we can’t do it. Indeed it can be overwhelming to think about especially when our supermarkets are full of foods that tend not to be good for us. So were do we begin? Simple ways to be thorough First we must really become aware of the condition of our bodies. How are we functioning? What health difficulties do we deal with daily? How do I feel physically? Asking these questions can help us find the motivation to make changes. Once we decide to take some action in a direction of self-care we have a new connection with ourselves that is very real and very exciting. Like anything in our lives it is amazing how comforting it is… Continue reading