Category Archives: Holistic Living

Offerings: Ecstatic Dance & Cacao Ceremony

What is Ecstatic Dance?

Ecstatic Dance is a moving meditation and an energetic journey through the chakras. The dance is slightly guided, but with a focus on natural and intuitive movements that are inspired from within. The eyes are closed, or in a soft gaze, and the awareness goes inward. It is a beautiful and freeing opportunity to go beyond the thinking mind and to merge in oneness with the dance. As dancers, our job is not to judge the music or even listen to the music with the physical ears, but instead to feel into how the music moves us. The safe and conscious environment allows you to be completely free, to let go of any masks and release any stagnant energy in your body.

About the Practice

The practice begins with grounding and centering breath work accompanied by a constant drum beat. This encourages you to bring your full awareness and presence to the moment and to let go of any mental distractions.

We then begin to awaken the body, either standing or on the floor, with gentle stretching movements. These slow songs are a conscious way to warm up the entire body in a way that suits the needs of your body in that very movement. This includes rolling the neck and shoulders, moving the hips and rib cage in all directions, stretching the arms, and even doing some yoga postures. We continue to focus on our breath and bringing fresh prana or life force energy into our body, mind and spirit.

Once the body is awakened and energy is flowing, we break out into ecstatic dance with a journey through the chakras. Specific music is selected which resonates with the energy of each chakra from tribal music, songs that make you want to move your hips and open your heart and finally songs that remind us of our connection and unity with Source. As we dance, we focus our energy on the element, colour, and qualities of each chakra.

The entire practice, including the warm up, building up of inner fire, and the cool down with Savasana and Integration is 75 minutes.

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.  Dance when you’re perfectly free.” Rumi

Ecstatic Dance is also offered with a beautiful authentic cacao ceremony with sageing, drumming and rattling. The superfood cacao is a perfect match for the dance as it allows us to relax into the body, open the heart, release inhibition to to connect with the beautiful energy that surrounds us and that which is within.

TESTIMONIALS

Tracey, Oregon, USA
“I was free to be who I am. I haven’t been that One with myself in a very long time…it was so freeing and liberating. This is something I will remember forever and choose to practice for the rest of my life”

Angela & Evan, British Colombia, Canada
“It was such a good way to open up my heart and be comfortable with who I am and the people around me…such a beautiful experience…I need to do this every week!”

Regina, Ottawa, Canada

“I am a very shy and timid person, and I was nervous about this, but I decided to give it a try…It was a beautiful experience and I am glad I took the courage to do it. At one point, she invited us to dance with your Beloved and I could envision myself dancing with my Beloved, Jesus Christ.”

Jessica, Maine, USA

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“The ecstatic dance [and cacao] ceremony was incredibly healing for me. It was a chance for me to let go completely and tap into my true self. The experience was an eruption of emotion and energy. It is a memory I will cherish forever. Lacey is an incredibly gifted in many ways, especially in leading this moving meditation.”


Lacey is currently offering this practice in Southern Costa Rica.
Please contact her if you are interested in having her share this practice  at your retreat, workshop or gathering. Cacao Ceremony with Ecstatic Dance is also available.

Offerings: Cooking Classes


Join Lacey for a group cooking class or gather a group of friends or couples for your very own personal “cooking class” party!

Lacey specializes in plant-based meals prepared with local, seasonal and organic ingredients.  “The food itself becomes the ‘star of the show’ as it is already so tasty on its own! The food is grown and harvested close to home, so it is naturally more nutritious and delicious!”

Learn the basics to prepare nourishing meals at home which are wholesome, quick and easy!

Choose from a variety of classes…

Vegan and Vegetarian Cuisine (Thai, Indian, Greek, Chinese, comfort foods, Italian, etc )

Gluten & Grain Free Goodness

Simple & Gourmet Raw Food

Decadent Desserts (gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, all natural)

Cleansing with juices, smoothies and superfoods

Cooking Classes for Kids

For more information, upcoming cooking classes or to hire Lacey, please contact her via the website contact form

Offerings: Body, Mind & Spirit Consultation

A Holistic Mind, Body and Spirit consultation is unlike most traditional health care “appointments.”  Lacey combines professional knowledge (Registered Holistic Nutritionist, self-taught chef, yoga and meditation instructor, inspirational guest speaker, spiritual life coach) and personal experience to create an approach and lifestyle that works for you. She  invites you to take a look at your life from a perspective that you may have not considered.

This style of consultation may benefit anyone who has tried conventional medicine, but is not feeling satisfied with the options, treatments or service, and would like to get to the root cause of the imbalance, instead of merely covering the symptoms of the physical body.

Consultations are available via phone, skype or in person.

Holistic Mind, Body and Spirit Initial Consultation (60 minutes)

During the consultation, you will feel in a safe and positive environment to discuss any topics, goals (physical, personal, spiritual)  and/or concerns that are hindering you from living your best life…the way you imagine it.

You will begin by looking at and discussing any imbalances that have manifested in the physical body (disease, inflammation, weight gain, back pain,  poor digestion, insomnia, depression, etc), which may have resulted from an imbalance in the emotional, energetic or spiritual body.  For a holistic approach, the consultations includes a discussion of overall health, medical and family health history, lifestyle, diet habits, exercise, stress level, emotions, environment and anything that may be going on in your life.

One of the intentions of the consultation is to shine light on any reoccurring patterns, habits, choices, etc that continue to hold you back in various areas of your life (health,  career, relationships, true purpose, etc). This increase in awareness can result in an improvement of your lifestyle, overall feeling of well-being and quality of life.

With holistic nutrition, you can get to the root of the imbalance and learn how to make changes that last.

After the initial consultation, you may continue to work with Lacey to develop an individualized wellness program which works for you based on your goals and intentions after the initial conversation.  That may be balancing the physical, mental, emotional and /or spiritual body. With an understanding of the interrelationship of the mind, body and spirit, Lacey offers a variety of follow up packages that can focus on  menu planning and diet/lifestyle changes, cleansing and detoxification, personal life coaching, intention setting, yoga, meditation, stress management, digestive healing, allergies and food sensitivities, hormone balancing, holistic pregnancy, weight loss, anti-inflammatoryy lifestyle, improved sleep, longevity, spiritual health, etc.

Rates:

Initial 75 minute consultation: $90

60 minute follow up: $80

30 minute follow up: $45

During a follow up, Lacey provides you with your individualized plan, guidance, support and answers any other questions you may have.

Healing Cancer Naturally

I am writing from a beautiful winter wonderland in Northern Ontario in Canada, where I am currently spending time at my parent’s home where we are all on a family healing journey.

In October 2018, we found out that my father was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer, and so I felt called to be of service in the deepest way. Some travels plans were cancelled, and i left my job! I was on a mission to Educate and Inspire (the vision behind Holistic Lacey) a natural, non traditional, healing pathway without chemo or radiation (and to save my father’s life!). Long story short, fast forward 3 weeks, my dad said YES! 

You can read more below about all the many ways we are healing cancer naturally and holistically with the help of a naturopathic doctor as well as all the steps we take at home. I share this with you as some of you may either have/ will have/had cancer, or know a friend or loved one who will walk this path. It is my deepest prayer that all Beings have the education and knowledge to make informed treatment choices and know that natural options are available and effective.

If you feel inspired to make a contribution to our GO Fund me campaign to cover the $20 000+ cost, we welcome this fully.

LINK TO DONATE.

Treatments from the Naturopathic Doctor

High dose Vitamin C through IV; Ozone therapy; Colonics; Mistletoe therapy, and a superfood powder with milk thistle, green tea & turmeric.

Healing at Home:

* Daily shots of fresh turmeric root, ginger root and lemon juice

Turmeric – Ginger- Lemon Shots!

* High fruit (raw) diet to flush the lymphatic system with whole fruit, juices and smoothies

All Fruit Smoothie Bowl

* Fresh Green Juices, Vegetable Juices & Green Superfood Drinks

Apple, Carrot, Beet, Ginger Juice

 * Raw and cooked vegan meals

Roasted Potatoes are a special treat!!! Our favourite Salad with my Creamy Vegan Cashew Kale Caesar Salad (GET THE RECIPE)

 * Homemade tea made of burdock root, marshmallow root,  pau d’arco, juniper berries, comfrey, plantain leaves 

Heal Thyself!

Green Tea (capsules and as tea) + Chaga Tea

Locally harvested chaga prepared with love from a dear family friend and medicine woman ❤

plus… Liquid Vitamin D; Vitamin B 12, black cumin seed oil

Lifestyle
* Infrared Saunas & Detox Baths * * Daily Oil Pulling with coconut oil and clove essential oil
* Prayer and affirmations

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

 

 

 

 

Time to Set that Life Intention

It’s our personal human nature to set goals and intentions, to want to be somebody, to get somewhere in this life we have been given.

Recently, I learned that the word intention (a word I use quite often) comes from the latin root, intendere. Tender/tensum means “to stretch toward” something, and it got me thinking, “why do we always want to be stretching toward something ?

When it comes to goal/intention setting in various areas of our life, we like to “move toward” a somewhat immediate result, perhaps in the time frame of a few months to a year. We talk about that advancement or raise at work; or a health goal like training for a 5km race, losing weight, meditating daily or quitting smoking.

As for the inside job, maybe we are trying to be more patient with loved ones, to speak more confidently during a business meeting, or to become a better listener with our partner.

Long term goals are definitely not alien to us either—think 5 or 10 year plans for buying a house, starting a family, paying off school debt, etc. Whether we reach the goal or not, we typically have a type of reward or finish line in mind.

When we set a goal that we want to meet, we put our full focus, will power and determination into it—at least in the beginning  We may even become over obsessive or addicted to our goal and witness it as it becomes all we think or talk about (but not necessarily in the most mindful way).

Society has definitely conditioned us to be goal oriented “human doings,” but what about a non goal goal, like an intention for life?

I don’t mean accomplishing x,y,z by the time we are 90 years old, but rather taking time to contemplate how it is we want to “be” in our life, vs what we “do.”

For example, a personal “life” intention of mine is to live with grace and to serve the greatest Good; to live a holistic and harmonious life with this body, mind, spirit, nature and all Beings. I want to live for the joy of Being, not because that is a goal, but it’s who I am, it’s my natural state.

As I started to keep more focus on the Highest, most Supreme, Grand intentions, my life started to have more purpose. Of course there a mini intentions set within this, yet the main focus does not lie there.

By taking some time to journal and sit in stillness, we can allow ideas for this “life intention” to arise. From here, we can start to ask ourselves questions like “does my lifestyle support my highest goal?”, “Do the people I surround myself with align with my dharma (a term used in Buddhism to mean life purpose)?”, “Am I acting in every moment from this place of intention with every word I speak and action I take?”

Living a more purposeful life does have not to mean traveling the world, become famous or driving our dream car… but it definitely can also mean that!

The doing, the collecting of things and successful accomplishments will simply unfold with time (that is this life!). Me, there person, will be acting out my life plan, as mySelf bears witness.

What’s going to keep us grounded in truth, focussed on love and thriving with grace is the embodiment (walking our talk!) of this life intention in each and every moment.

It’s when we recognise our Highest Self and live from a place of pure naturalness and spontaneity, as the yogis call Sahaja, that we will feel fully free.

Holistic Lacey’s Pantry

Holistic Lacey’s Pantry

When transitioning to a plant based diet, focus on adding as many organic, seasonal, local and fresh fruits and vegetable to your diet. I recommend adding salads or raw food to every meal (according to constitution), as well enjoying snacks such as fruit, veggies, superfoods & green smoothies. Some of my favourite nutrient powerhouses include sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, avocados, almonds, brazil nuts, berries, lemons, broccoli.

Whole grains/ flours

Quinoa

Millet

Brown Rice

Spelt flour

Light bucwkwheat

Sprouted grain bread/ rye bread

Soba noodles

Rolled oats

Barley

Nuts & seeds

Flax seeds

Chia seeds

Hemp seeds

Pumpkin seeds

Sunflower seeds

Walnuts

Pecans

Almonds (almond butter)

Brazil nuts

Sesame seeds (+tahini)

Beans, legumes, & more veggie protein

Chickpeas

Black beans

Kidney beans

Edamame

Mung beans (sprouting)

Red lentils

Green lentils

Organic Tofu

Organic Tempeh

Organic Free-Range Eggs

Sweeteners

Maple syrup

Honey (raw/local)

Molasses

Dried fruits

Medjool dates

Organic un-sulphured apricots

Cranberries

Raisins

Oils & vinegars

Olive oil

Coconut oil

MCT oil

Sesame oil

Grapeseed oil

Apple cider vinegar

Balsamic vinegar

Spices & fresh herbs

All spices &herbs especially cinnamon, sea salt,  turmeric, fresh ginger root, garlic, parsley, cilantro

Condiments & more

Grainy mustard

Dijon Mustard

Tamari (gluten free)

Kalamata olives

Superfoods

Goji berries

Sea veggies

Cacao (raw)

Maca

Ashwagandha

Bee Pollen

Chaga/ Reishi Mushroom tea

Shortcuts

unsweetened Apple sauce

Vegetable broth

Almond milk (Earth’s own)

Hummus

Salsa

Sea veggies

Kombu

Nori

Dulse

Spirulina

Chlorella

Dairy (refrigerate)

Organic Butter

Organic plain yogurt

Organic Kefir

Goat cheese

Sheep feta

Other:

Fermented food (refrigerate) Kombucha

Saurkraut

Kimchi

Loose Leaf Tea

Supplements:

Probiotics

Plant based enzymes by Organika

Aloe Verga Juice by Lily of the Dessert

Greens Powder 

To love is to feel…

Before we know it, we will return 

to the great void from whence we came

A moment in time, a pause in the eternal wheel of life,

and a new cycle begins

A lifetime is simply one moment in eternity

To love is to feel

To love is to accept all there is as it is

To love is to feel complete

To love is know that nothing is missing

For everything is a part of you –

There is no separation

Yet in spite, there is sadness in the heart of love

Because love forever yearns,

It forever ebbs and flows between pleasure and pain

Love it both empty and full

In love you get both laughter and tears

Love is the builder and destroyer of our illusions

And beyond this . . . 

Love is all there is

A heart yearns, a soul ebbs and flows

A dream becomes a reality

Only to discover that reality is a dream

By Toni Carmine Salerno: Gaia: Body and Soul In honour of Mother Nature and the Feminine Spirit

Cleaning out your pantry for Sugar-Free September…& becoming a more conscious cook!

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There are some simple and easy steps that you can take to bring more awareness to what you are putting into your pantry..and therefore into your body (and that of your family).

I have selected some popular “food products” that unfortunately may still be found in the common pantry. Below, I share with you WHAT to replace it with, WHY you would want to replace it and HOW to become more educated on reading ingredient lists and food nutrition labels.

Bringing Mindfulness to Reading the Ingredient List 

“Ingredients” that you want to be on the look out for when trying to purify your body, mind and spirit include sugar, high fructose corn syrup, partially/hydrogenated oils – especially soy, corn & canola (most likely GMO),  maltodextrin, BHAT & BHT, the many names for MSG, and food colourings. For more types of added sugars of which to be mindful, see Sugar Explained by the Canadian Cancer Society. Although the packaged and processed foods you are eating at home may not be extremely high in sugar (i.e.: crackers, soups, frozen meals), they are filled with many other non-nutrient dense “foods”… or let’s say additives, fillers or preservatives.

Making the Lifestyle Change … Beyond Sugar-Free 

You may want to start by first focussing on reducing sugar intake, or maybe you are ready to clean up shop a little bit more. Remember to make it work for you and your lifestyle and that small changes are more likely to last long term.

Pantry Makeover … Making Healthier Choices!

  1. Peanut Butter (Kraft, Jif, Skippy) ….TRY 100% natural peanut butter or any nut/seed butter without any added ingredients.

“Oh great! Only 1 gram of sugar in my favourite Kraft Peanut Butter”…. Not such great news, unfortunately. Although it may seem like a low amount of sugar, this product is not filled with only roasted peanuts… it contains all the the additives from the list above and is sweetened with refined and processed sugars.

I invite you to make the transition to all natural peanut butter or nut butters than can now be found at most local grocery stores. Look for brands that contain only nuts.. no added oils or sugar necessary. Want to take it to the next step?  It’s so easy (and cost efficient) to make your own nut butter at home with a food processor. Add your own natural sweeteners like maple syrup and a pinch of Himalayan sea salt to preserve it and feel good knowing that you are conscious of what you are eating or feeding your family.

2. White Refined Sugar (baking, morning coffee)…TRY a natural sweetener such as Canadian pure maple syrup, honey or Medjool dates.

Numerous amounts of research shows that white, refined sugar is a very addictive substance and even more addictive than drugs like cocaine!!! Utilise this 30 day challenge and fundraiser as an opportunity to break free from any addictive relationships with sugar and start to feel the Health Benefits of going sugar free. Stay tuned for my series Sugar Free Essentials which includes a delicious and satisfying way to enjoy your morning cafe latte free of refined sugar! As for baking, replace sugar with dried fruit like dates or even mashed bananas. Get the recipe for a sugar free Zucchini Cranberry Loaf sweetened with ripe bananas.

3. Sugary Breakfast Cereals… TRY homemade granola or chia pudding.

Today, I am using the example of Frosted Mini Wheats, a store bough cereal promoted as  a “nutritious and delicious bite size snack, whole grain, and a high source of  dietary fiber.” This product contains 11 grams of refined sugar per serving, as do many cereals. The ingredients consist of: Whole grain wheat, icing sugar, glycerin, gelatin, bht. Vitamins and Minerals: iron, thiamine hydrochloride, d-calcium pantothenate, zinc oxide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid. 

I strongly believe that there are alternate breakfast options to offer our body a daily source of fiber, vitamins and minerals without the icing sugar, gelatin (sorry vegetarians!) and BHT.

It’s definitely worth it to take time, once a week (or less), to prepare a breakfast cereal that includes ingredients that you can pronounce! Try my Baked Maple Pecan Granola as featured on the Traditional Cooking School’s The Great Granola Round Up . Other breakfast options include my Easy Overnight Chai Oats or you can google the infinite world of chia pudding.
Trusting that these examples inspire you to become a more conscious cook!

Stay Tuned for more sugar free recipes including homemade Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Nuts… a delicious alternative to buying candied nuts or pre packaged trail mix.

Lacey’s Tips for Daily Detox

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Lacey’s 10 tips for daily detox

1. Start each day with a glass of warm water and the juice of half a lemon to stimulate the gallbladder, liver and the digestive system..hello regularity! Add  a pinch of cayenne if you wanna live on the edge!

2. Drink a minimum of 2 litres of purified water daily to promote detox and hydration. To make the water more alkalzing (and delicious), add fresh herbs like basil and mint as well as fruit like orange slices, lemon or berries.

3. Re-create your morning routine to include cleansing exercises (kriyas) such as oil pulling, tongue scraping, netti pot and eye cleansing.

“Eyes are the most used organs of our body. We perceive our world with our eyes, and they also are the most over-used from being locked into our laptops to our cell phone to TV screens. The eyes then, lack energy and release heat, crying for relief, and cooling. Eye cleansing process cleanses the eyes by removing external dust particle, body heat and secretions of the eyes that come in the way of normal movement of the eye lid helps that irritate the eyes. This process helps in having clear vision, reduces itching, eye strain and burning eyes. It cools the eyes and keeps fresh. Most essentially, it cools the body very powerful, energizing the eyes and improve the vision. It even reduces under eye bags.

source: http://bfoodfree.org/practice/pancha-kriya-5-yogic-cleansing-practices/

4. Practice dry brushing before you take a shower to stimulate the lymphatic system and cleanse the skin (the body’s largest detoxification organ). Once you’re in the shower, alternate between hot and cold water to improve circulation. Always end with cool water.

5. Exercise, sweat and spend time in nature! This will not only help the body detox but also improves overall mood and well being.

6. Incorporate proper digestion techniques like food combining, drinking liquids in between meals, eating when calm, and chewing slowly!

7. Eat local and seasonally to maximize nutrients and choose organic to reduce intake of toxins and chemicals.

8. Eat more raw foods, green foods and juices! These foods are nutrient dense, alkalizing (PH balancing) and contain all the enzymes needed for digestion. Enjoy 1 raw meal per day or work toward 50% raw at each meal.

9. Re-balance your gut health for overall immunity. Take digestive enzymes which include amylase, protease, cellulase and lipase to improve digestion and absorption as well as a probiotic supplement (10 billion minimum). Include fermented foods like kimchi, saurkraut, kefir and kombucha.

10. Meditate! Sit down every single day even if it’s for 5 minutes. Sit tall and comfortable with eyes gently closed; bring your awareness to your breath. Count the breath to help with concentration. As thoughts arise, simply recognize them without labeling or judging and come back to your breath. Cleansing the mental body is key in promoting longevity and reducing stress.

Start slowly and create a new routine. Even if you add one of these each day, it is a step forward toward cleansing your mind and body.