Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My transformational experience with Purium

I'm going to tell you the story of my Purium cleanse in a series of text messages between me and my friend Tania (who introduced me to it and supported me through the 10 days). I've also included a before & after pic as well as some from the modelling shoot (more on that later)...

But first, the ingredients! This was my first question and I was very pleased with the answer. It's real food!! Organic, non-GMO, real food. Hooray!

The second question I had was will the weight stay off. And I'm pleased to report that yes, indeed it has!

I did my first cleanse with Purium about five months ago in November of 2015. I have done plenty of cleanses in the past, starting with the Master cleanse at the age of 14 (!) and I still remember that cayenne pepper burn! Then, during my time in Germany I helped a woman translate her book about a Brown Rice cleanse into english and decided to try it out. Three months I was completely off all processed foods. And what a battle I had with my cravings! Wow. After I moved back to Canada in my late twenties I started doing the Wild Rose cleanse semi regularly. However I still struggled with overcoming the cravings and how yucky I felt during the 'detox" phase. This was something I was very pleasantly surprised about when I was on the Purium cleanse. It seemed almost effortless after the first day or two to focus on eating healthy and my cravings seemed to just disappear! I felt happy and motivated and full of energy.

Here's my 10 day journey... in texts.


                                                               After: down 7 lbs & 8.5 inches

A few days after completing the cleanse (with AMAZING results!!), I found out that I had been chosen to compete in a fashion show through a local lingerie store. The four winners would be flown to Las Vegas for a series of photo shoots which were to be as part of their "Authentic Beauty" campaign. Well, guess what? I think the confidence, energy and "glow" I gained by doing the Purium Transformation *may* have given me a winning edge! I ended up as one of the winners.

So.Much.Fun. And feeling so sexy, empowered and healthy!

Here's a couple more just for fun ;)

I'm feeling inspired to repeat the cleanse for even greater results and continue the healthy lifestyle that I experienced. I'm also excited to try the kids line and to see how my husband does with his turn! 

One of the things I loved and valued most about the experience was the support I received from Tania as well as the various people in the Facebook groups that I joined. There's also loads of tips and recipes to be found in this online community of healthy humans! 

Please ask me about $50 off Purium if you are interested in trying it out. 

p.s. If you are reading this in time and are in the YYC area, please feel free to join us on April 27th between 10 am - 1 pm for more information about Purium (as well as Cutco knives). 

To see the Facebook event link, click here. Thanks!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Saying Goodbye to Massage

As some of you may know, there have been some major shifts lately in the massage industry in our Province.

I am really sad to share the news with you that I won't be renewing my massage license as of next month.

Learning Swedish Relaxation Massage during the summer of 2010 was one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life and I am so glad to have had that experience, not to mention proud of myself for achieving that goal. 

However, with the current situation in Alberta concerning the upcoming regulation as well as insurance companies who have decided to make their own decisions with regards to coverage, it has become too complicated, too costly and quite frankly too political for me to try and keep up with.

So I am unfortunately having to hang up my massage mitts.

However, I am very pleased to still be offering Holistic Reflexology as well as Flower Essences as modalities.

Please contact me if you are interested in booking an appointment. I offer mobile service in and around Calgary and I also see clients in my home studio.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Great Pantry Challenge

I'm super excited to have guest blogger Lissette Tougas, who has accepted my 

The Great Pantry Challenge!

I asked Lissette to go through my kitchen and come up with some meal ideas with the ingredients that I already had on hand. 

And boy, did she deliver!

Here's what I started with, cleaning out the pantry this a.m.:

Here are the results:

1.Butternut Squash with tomato sauce over Gnocci

2.Caramalized pork/beef over rice

3. Chicken and Asparagus barley risotto

4. Chicken Satay with carrot slaw, cucumber and bean sprouts over Vermecelli

5. Rice paper rolls (vietnamese style) using above satay sauce

6. Lemon and Dill Salmon with risotto and baked broccolini

7. Mexican Bean Salad

8. Pinto Beans and caramalized Ham bake (Slow Cooker)

9. Healthy Coconut milk butter chicken (Slow cooker)

10. Falafel and Quinoa Salad

11. Shrimp Skewers (Thai seasoning, lime and Chili sauce) over Brown Rice Noodles with snap peas.

12. Kamut and Quinoa salad with tomatoes, bell pepper, red onion and broccoli

13. Chorizo tacos

Cost of what Sandra already had going to waste in her pantry approx: $38-$40

Boxed: Risotto, Kamut and Quinoa, Falafel, Quinoa, Rice paper, Brown Rice Noodles, Vermecceli

Bagged: Gnocci, Barley, Brown Rice, Pinto Beans

Canned: Chick peas, Tomato Sauce, Coconut milk, Tomato Paste

Cost of fridge/freezer items: $44 approx.

4 Chicken Breasts, 2 Organic Steaks, Box of Shrimp Skewers, bag of Broccolini, Bag of butternut Squash, Salsa, Fish sauce, tamari sauce, Soy Sauce, peanut butter, chill sauce, assorted spices.

Grocery list for Sandra (Fresh foods): $25 (Dirty Dozen organic prices)

2 Bell peppers, 3 tomatoes, 1 cucumber, 1 bunch of asparagus, 2 red onions, 8 mushrooms, 1 bag of carrot slaw, 1 bottle of fish sauce, bunch of cilantro, 1 bag of sprouts, avocado oil

Total :$109

Cost of feeling awesome sauce and like a BOSS: Priceless!

Thanks so much for spending the morning with your lil guy, Lissette!

Now to check out all the bookmarks you set for me with recipes... YUM :)

So much inspiration to make my family healthy and tasty food.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Essential Oil use in Pregnancy

There are few things more relaxing to me, in pregnancy or otherwise, than the smell of some essential oils. 

However, there are a few specific oils which are more beneficial than others, and also a few that you may want to avoid.

Here are a couple of lists and resources that I have compiled on the subject:

Essential oils that safe for pregnancy are:
  • Lavender
  • Mandarin
  • Ginger
  • Neroli
  • Tea tree
  • Ylang Ylang

Here are some oils that can be used during labour, to be administered by a professional:

Geranium Rose-enhances circulation and is good for labor management techniques which focus on breathing 

Jasmine - dulls uterine pain, strengthens contractions, promotes birth and increases milk supply. Excellent when mixed with lavender and a carrier oil of Evening Primrose and Vit. E for perinial and cervical massage 

Lavender - dulls and eases uterine pain but also increases the strength of contractions while calming the mother. Great for reducing stretch marks! 

Clary Sage - relieves tension, brings on labor, helps with expelling afterbirth 

Myrrh- speeds labor, opens cervix 

Neroli - reduces fear, tension, insomnia, apprehension, anxiety (great as a room spray)

Rose - cleansing effect on the uterus, antidepressant, softens ligaments (easier to open pelvis to push for larger babies and smaller Mamas)

Read more here.

Which essential oils should you avoid during pregnancy? Here is the list:
Toxic essential oils which dangerous and should be avoided all the times, For details check Toxic Essential Oils.
Essential oils which require caution for anyone using them include : 
  • star anise
  • some types of basil 
  • bay 
  • clove
  • hyssop
  • some types of cedar wood
  • juniper
  • nutmeg
  • parsley
  • tarragon
  • thyme

Commonly used oils which are normally safe but may have adverse effects when pregnant include:
  • cedarwood 
  • citronella 
  • marjoram
  • myrrh
  • rosemary
  • rose
  • clary sage 
  • peppermint

A wonderful page to refer to for (Young Living) essential oils is Leah at Akasha Essence.


Here is a peek at my collection... 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Notes from my prenatal journal, Part one

Wow. Time flies.

Here we are, coming up to my second baby's first birthday. He is almost walking, for goodness sake!



Please can we?

I just found a journal (while I was looking for another journal where I had written notes for another blog post I was going to write, but I digress...) from last year, taken during the last trimester of my pregnancy.

In it, I had written some notes about preparing for birth.

I'd like to share it here, because I found it really helped me.

I love lists. You may not be a list type of Mama, but I am.

Here goes:

1. Plan

2. Flood yourself with positive birth stories, images and videos

3. Knowledge is power

4. Write out a "Desire" List for your Labour & Birth (see below for mine)
5. Be honest with yourself & your partner about fears
(I HIGHLY recommend Gemma Stone with Birthing From Love)

6. Whatever it takes to feel healthy, strong & beautiful

7. Connect with sensuality
(A great book for this is Orgasmic Birth)

8. Practice listening to intuition every day

9. Breathe deeply, all of the time

10. Gather Support!

My Desire wish for labour / birth:

- remember to ask for help from Spirit & angels
- calm, peaceful
- beautiful
- going completely within
- surrender, acceptance
- supported: nurse/doula/my husband
- staying in the present moment
- transformational
- spiritual, uplifting
- sensual, awakening
- ECSTATIC senses
- smooth entrance for baby
- healthy baby
- easy breast feeding
- good rest
- fast healing
- nourishing environment

And so it was. All of those things, and so much more.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Birth Story 2

We got to a week over baby’s “guess date” and had spent a full day at the Ultrasound place and then the Doctor’s office (with a stop at the mall & playground in between, to satisfy Mommy’s veggie burrito craving and help Trinity’s restlessness in waiting rooms) to have them tell us all was good. Due to a pre-existing blood pressure condition, I was sadly unable to go with midwifery care.

Since our daughter’s birth (three and a half years prior) was two weeks “late”, we weren’t overly concerned and even more determined this time not to be bullied into any kind of intervention by the medical system.

I wanted this baby to come as naturally as possible, and on his/her own time. I agreed to a hospital birth, to have the extra security of “just in case”. We had had a great team of nurses last time and a wonderful doula and were anticipating a similar experience this time (minus the castor oil- a last resort move which actually ended up working beautifully).

I spent the weeks leading up to the end of the pregnancy taking really good care of myself, going from acupuncture to chiro, massage, trying out Bowen and Craniosacral healing modalities and attending weekly prenatal yoga classes. Chasing after our 3 1/2 year old had me staying pretty active but other than the occasional walk I wasn’t doing much in terms of “regular” exercise.

I read tons of positive birth stories and watched some youtube videos on water and hypno births and started listening to my hypnobirthing meditations. I spent some much needed time (thanks to Grandparents) in solitude and in nature when I could, enjoying just “being” and breathing. Staying grounded, centered and at peace and in a continual state of gratitude was my priority. My nesting energy had come and gone over the past few weeks and although I still had some actual cleaning left on the list, I was enormously satisfied to have completed my “office project”.

So I felt pretty well prepared when the contractions (or “rushes” as I preferred to call them) began in earnest around 3:30 am that very night. We had spent some time out in the backyard in the gorgeous sunny early evening light and I enjoyed laying in the grass, watching the gently drifting clouds and listening to my daughter’s delighted shrieks as she ran through the sprinkler. My braxton hicks had begun turning more cramp-like and I felt a growing excitement that this might be it... we were finally going to meet the newest member of our family, and soon!

After experiencing two rushes in the time it took to get my daughter settled back in to bed (she and I are very connected on an emotional level and I’m sure she was sensing the changes that the beginning of my labour was bringing on) I tried to get back into bed to rest as much as possible for what my body would be accomplishing this beautiful day. But after about an hour I gave up as the rushes were getting quite intense and I was feeling the need to move around. I was so glad that I had gotten my hubby to download the “full term” app onto his phone and I began timing them.

They were coming extremely regularly- 3-5 minutes apart and lasting 30 seconds each.  As soon as one began, I would stop whatever I was doing, breathe and circle my hips. This made the pain disappear, usually by halfway through the “squeeze”. For the next hour, I flitted around, filling water bottles, preparing my daughter’s overnight bag for her grandparents house and thinking about how wonderful it was going to be to finally hold our new baby in my arms.

By 5:30 I made a call to my mom and sent a text to my doula to let them know it was time. By 6:30, mom was there and I had woken both Trinity and my husband and things were in motion.

We soon left for the hospital, happily avoiding any morning traffic. I was really pleased with how things were progressing and was hoping to breeze through triage and get set up in a labour room to create my “cocoon” continue with  my labouring/opening up. However the hospital staff had other ideas and I was made to wait 2 1/2 hours in a tiny, curtained off area, with my doula waiting outside. At least I had a window and sunshine! I knew they would need to have me on the monitor for a while to check baby’s heart beat and the intensity of my rushes.

When I was checked internally it was determined that I was 3 cm dilated. There was a malfunction on the monitoring machine (it wasn’t picking up the rushes) so I had to wait a little longer until they had the reading that they wanted. Then they discovered that the baby’s heart rate was dropping at each contraction, so they told me that I was going to have to keep the monitor on. Luckily, I was still able to move around and they even brought me a birthing ball, which I put up on the bed and leaned on for support during the rushes, which were getting more and more intense. I had started a low moaning (still circling my hips as much as possible) during the rushes, then relaxed back onto my knees on a pillow (moving the ball to the floor) in between. My husband was sent down to admit me and when he returned I found myself releasing some tears, so relieved that he was back.

I think the tears prompted the nurses get the Doctor to check on my progress, and much to everyone’s surprise in just two hours I was already at 8 cm!! I’ll never forget the Doctor’s reaction as she said with a look of shock “this can’t be for real- we need to get her in a room, NOW!”

The next hour was spent settling into the room, finally united with my doula and meeting our sweet nurse. I had my comfort measures set up- my special blend of aromatherapy massage oil, music and bag of crystals. Relief was huge when I stepped into the shower and knelt with the hot water pouring down my back. The counter pressure on my sacrum also felt really good. Then I was told that I was pretty much fully dilated and that it was time to move to the bed. They were having a tough time keeping the monitoring going on baby’s heart rate in the shower.

The heart rate being A-typical was a concern and the head of OB was called in for a consult. I noticed the room getting fuller and fuller of personnel and was having a harder time concentrating on and coping with the rushes. It was at this point that I remembered and started using the laughing gas to help me get through them. The nurse and my doula were great, explaining to me everything that was going on as it happened. They then needed to first break my water and attach a monitor directly to baby’s head.

The amount of meconium in the water (which released in a big gush, causing a feeling of relief but also huge pressure) stepped the panic mode into even higher gear and all of the sudden there were even more people in and out of the room and talk of possibly moving me to surgery. Then, an imposing figure appeared at the end of the bed. “Who are you?” I blurted out, but was ignored. Apparently the chief head of OB doesn’t answer such questions.

The original Doctor kept commenting on how stubborn my cervix was being- apparently there was still a lip that kept showing up. She tried holding it back and having me push but it just wasn’t working. There was a sense of urgency to get the baby out, now. The second doctor also tried holding the remaining cervix out of the way, which unfortunately wasn’t working either. This is when the talk of using the vacuum was brought up and I understood that it was necessary- especially if I wanted to avoid being sent for a Caesarian. I think at this point the anesthesiologist appeared and someone began trying to get an IV started. I was given some fentanyl (which I made sure wouldn’t pass into my breast milk before agreeing to it) and then it was time.

The vacuum was used once during a pushing phase and we were able to get the baby’s head to descend past the cervix and come out. It was then that they noticed that the cord was wrapped around the baby's neck very tightly three times and they immediately clamped and cut it. THAT was the problem- not my “incompetent” cervix!! Every time the baby’s head was trying to descend, the cord was getting in the way, tilting the head to the side and blocking the passage. Once the cord was released and cut, the next push had the body delivered. What a release and relief and incredible sensation to feel the slippery body slither through!

Tears of relief were shared along with the news that we had a BOY!! I apologized to the room in advance but felt the undeniable need to shout out “It’s a f*&%^ing BOY!!”

He was immediately surrounded by the staff who suctioned and assessed him while the Doctor assisted me in delivering the placenta. The baby needed to be transferred to the NICU for further assessment and then the Doctor noticed a large amount of blood coming from me. After some freezing, more pain meds and some stitching to a tear above my urethra (ouch), he went in to try and see if the bleeding was coming from a cervical tear. There was talk of possibly having to send me for surgery but then it was decided that we would wait and let it heal on its own.

Meanwhile my husband was back and forth to the NICU, giving me updates and showing me photos of our baby boy. It was an extremely intense time of very high emotions and I am so thankful for the support and calm coming from my doula and the nurse. They kept me in the delivery room and the baby in the NICU for the next 4 hours, and then came the best news of all- baby had been released and was on his way to me!

He had recovered quickly, regaining his pink colour all over and his breathing was much better. They didn’t have to use any oxygen or start antibiotics or a feeding tube either. We were finally reunited and what a sweet relief to get to hold and nurse him. We then transferred over to the recovery ward, saying goodbye and thanks to the fantastic team of professionals who had helped me to get my baby out, safely and soundly.

So although I didn’t get the delivery of my dreams, I still felt that the wishes on my birth plan were respected as much as possible and the outcome was the best it could have been: a happy and healthy mom and baby.

The end.... and the beginning!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Welcome Baby Granola Bars

I love to bake. And add my own ingredients based on what I find in the baking cupboard...

The following is adapted from a recipe on the Rogers Porridge Oats (with Oat Bran, wheat bran and flaxseed) package for "Porridge Oats Breakfast Cookies" but instead of two dozen cookies I have made bars in a 9 x 13 inch pan. And added a few things...

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 salt
1/2 tsp allspice
2 tsp each cinnamon & ginger
( for spices I used "Lebkuchengewuertz" - German gingerbread spices as well as Epicure's Apple Pie Spice & Tropical Fruit Dip Mix)
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups unsweetened apple sauce
1 tbsp. grated orange rind (I added the juice from half the orange too, and a splash of Cointreau)
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups Porridge Oats (I used 2 cups and substituted 1 cup of shredded coconut)
3/4 cup chopped almonds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup driend cranberries
(I substituted 2 cups of trail mix: sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raisins & goji berries)

and I also added 1/2 cup cocoa powder & 1/2 cup chocolate chips because I am a chocoholic.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine flour, baking soda, salt, spices, stir well and set aside.

Place eggs, vegetable oil, applesauce and brown sugar in a large bowl and beat together well. Add orange rind, vanilla, nuts, berries (and chocolate chips, if using) and stir until well combined. Add flour mixture and stir well.

Either use 1/4 cup batter per cookie (and flatten to 9 cm diameter with a folk) or spread into greased cake pan. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

Happy Baking!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

We are 3 1/3!!

Thank you for celebrating with us!!

It's been 3 1/3 fun and crazy years and this WAS the BEST place to party!!



The morning will included a mini trade show with 15 Goddess-run businesses on display and many wonderful door prizes were up for grabs (with proceeds going to the "Made by Momma" organization ~ check out their Facebook page here :)

Here is a list of the businesses that were involved:

- xerion Homeopathie ~ Erin Lindley

 - Full Circle Parenting ~ Lisa Kathleen

- Elan Family Wellness ~ Dr. Josephene Juell, Chiropractor
- Leela Ecospa ~ Lesley Emmerson

 - Amethyst Circle ~ Christina Johnstone Workman

- Norwex & Xango ~ Christina Marlett

- Pure Birth ~ Susan Stewart LaForest

- Cari Fydirchuk & Collette Kuzuchar, Financial Wellness

 - Green Mother (OnlyGreen) ~ Kristie Magnusson

 - My Family Keepsakes ~ Heidi Jackson
  - Happiness Bootcamp ~ Elena Harder
- Tiny Hands North ~ Natalie Rasmussen Fisher

 - Baby/Prenatal Mobile Massage ~ Dawn Beaulieu

- Houselife ~ Meagan Kelln
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- Keep Your Stuff ~ Jen Barton
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Thanks to everyone who came & participated. Looking forward to next year's party!!


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