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.
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
* High fruit (raw) diet to flush the lymphatic system with whole fruit, juices and smoothies
* Fresh Green Juices, Vegetable Juices & Green Superfood Drinks
* Raw and cooked vegan meals
* Homemade tea made of burdock root, marshmallow root, pau d’arco, juniper berries, comfrey, plantain leaves
Green Tea (capsules and as tea) + Chaga Tea
plus… Liquid Vitamin D; Vitamin B 12, black cumin seed oil
* 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!
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
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
Sprouted grain bread/ rye bread
|Nuts & seeds
Almonds (almond butter)
Sesame seeds (+tahini)
|Beans, legumes, & more veggie protein
Mung beans (sprouting)
Organic Free-Range Eggs
Organic un-sulphured apricots
|Oils & vinegars
Apple cider vinegar
|Spices & fresh herbs
All spices &herbs especially cinnamon, sea salt, turmeric, fresh ginger root, garlic, parsley, cilantro
|Condiments & more
Tamari (gluten free)
Chaga/ Reishi Mushroom tea
unsweetened Apple sauce
Almond milk (Earth’s own)
Organic plain yogurt
Fermented food (refrigerate) Kombucha
Loose Leaf Tea
Plant based enzymes by Organika
Aloe Verga Juice by Lily of the Dessert
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
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!
- 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.
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.
We ladies know how to do it! 10 inspiring women started off 2015 by setting intention, reflecting, finding quiet time and nourishing our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. From morning meditation, to afternoon veggie juice and evening detox bowl, all the ladies were glowing before heading back home where they could begin to integrate the tools and techniques. I feel so blessed that I was able to offer a New Year’s Detox Retreat in Espanola… it was the perfect way to start the year!
Saturday afternoon I presented a 90 minute holistic workshop on Daily Detox and Digestion. Here is a summary of what we talked about…everything from dandelion tea and eye cleansing, to tongue scraping and food combining…and no topic was off limits!
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.
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.
Start off 2015 with a cleanse! Always wanted to do a cleanse but never had the recipes, motivation or inspiration? Join me… i’m inspired:) and the best part is it’s in Espanola!
Why Detox? Increase energy levels, detox the body after the holidays; strengthen immune system; improve skin health, kick start a new lifestyle; lose weight; nourish your entire Being with organic whole foods, fresh juices and smoothies; nourish your mind and spirit with restorative yoga, yoga for detoxification, meditation, and free time to relax. Learn tips for daily detox and how to include a whole food diet during workshops.
Treat yourself or purchase as the perfect gift for a loved one! Perfect for friends, couples or solo!
Suitable for all yoga levels and perfect for anyone who has never done a detox before or who is looking to get back on track!
All Meals are gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar free, grain-free, legume free and soy free. Local and organic produce will be used as often as possible.
For questions or to register, please visit the contact page.
*2 holistic nutrition workshops
*2 yoga classes
*2 guided meditations
*Saturday morning lemon-ginger elixir
*Green smoothie (my favorite recipe!)
*Healthy Brunch (chia pudding, fruit salad and more)
*Fresh Fruit and Veggie juice
*Whole food Detox Dinner
*Delicious “infused” water
*Suggested meal plan for Friday (optional)
*Meal plans and recipes
*Opportunity to learn yoga and meditation techniques to integrate into your everyday life.
*Connect with like minded individuals
*Time to relax, restore and prepare for the new year ahead.
SPECIAL RATE: (SOLD OUT!!!!)
FIRST 3 PEOPLE TO REGISTER $ 125 / person
Early Bird Rate $135 / person
(register and pay before November 15th, 2014)
After November 15th, $155 / person
Registration closes December 30th, 2014.
Friday January 2, 2015
6:30 pm Arrival. Meet & greet…+ light snack & dandelion tea!
7:15 pm Workshop: Why detox? and what to expect…
8:15 pm Meditation & Guided Relaxation (yoga nidra)
9:00 pm Home Sweet Home
Saturday January 3, 2015
7:00 am Elixir Drink (at home upon rising, optional)
8:00 am Arrival and Green Smoothie
8:30 am Meditation
9:00 am- Yoga for Detoxification (~90 minutes)
11:30 am Delicious Superfood Brunch
12:30 – 3:30 Free time to spend time in nature, book a massage, read a book, take a nap or a bath, snowshoe, etc.
3:30 Fresh Fruit and Veggie Juice
4 pm Nutrition Workshop: Tips for daily detox, proper digestion, importance of hydration, food combining, how to include more superfoods, etc.
5pm Energy Practice (60 minutes)
6:30 pm Delicious Detox Dinner – a combination of cooked and raw plant based foods followed by digestive ginger tea.
8:00 Restorative Yoga and Closing Meditation
9:00 Home Sweet Home
When you think of the word body, you probably first think of the physical body. And when we talk about taking caring for our body, again, we usually refer the physical body; the bones, muscles and flesh of which we are made.
The physical body is our vessel or temple for this lifetime, and many of use take steps to nourish it. We may do this through regular exercise or by choosing a natural and wholesome diet.
The mind, body, heart and spirit are all connected, so it’s important to approach our health routine in a balanced and holistic way.
When illness arises in the physical body, it is usually a sign of an imbalance in our other 3 bodies. When something shows up in our physical body, we usually take action, ask questions and do something about it, whether that be going to the doctor, or choosing a natural alternative. But how often do we take time to “work out” our other bodies? By creating balance and building a strong foundation in the other 3 bodies, we will naturally feel strong and supported in our physical body.
The other 3 bodies include the mental, emotional and spiritual body.
There is more to us than just our physical body. If we can learn from it, the physical body is an amazing teacher and an obvious teaching that nothing is permanent and that everything is ever changing. When the physical body changes (ie: our body size or weight changes, we break a leg, get sick, etc), there is a part of us that doesn’t change, which always remains the same. It is not always easy to recognize this truth, but the more we increase our awareness and strengthen each of our 4 bodies, the more we are able to live our life holistically, with less of a focus on solely the physical body.
When is the last time you did a work out for your emotional, mental or spiritual body?
I have included a few tips below on how to to build or maintain a strong physical body. When it comes to holistic nutrition, our intention is to build a strong foundation in all 4 bodies, with the spiritual body being at the root or core. By acknowledging our spiritual body, we acknowledge and connect with our true essence and all universal energy.
Tips for strengthening the physical body
Follow a wholesome, natural food diet. Choose whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and quality protein. Eat locally and seasonally, get to know who grows your food and ask a lot of questions.
Eat more leafy greens and raw foods, focus on an alkalizing diet.
Stay hydrated. Drink at least 2 litres of purified water each day.
Move! Get outdoors! At least once a day, do some sort of movement, whether that be an exercise program, taking a walk or swim, dancing around your house or yoga.
Yoga asanas (poses) specific to strengthening the physical body include Goddess pose, warrior series, core strengtheners like boat and plank, and tree pose.
A holistic approach to boosting energy naturally
Keep a positive attitude and perspective. The mind can only focus on one thought at a time.
Practice affirmations (fake it until you make it!) & Prayer
o I am fully energized and enjoying life
o I feel rested and fully awake
o My body and mind are rejuvenated
o Source, God, Spirit, Mother Earth, etc…. Give me the strength to get through today.
Savasana (10-20 minutes without moving)
Child’s pose (5 minutes of deep breathing)
Shoulder stand and inversions (headstand, legs up the wall, plough)
o Resets the nervous systems
o Creates a deep sense of relaxation
o One of the most restorative postures
o Calms the mind
o Heart higher than the mind
o Expansive breathing increases lung capacity and opens heart
o Focus on the heart center and feelings of compassion, kindness an unconditional love
o Promotes longevity
o Improves circulation
o Increases blood flow and oxygen to upper extremities
o Stimulates thyroid gland
Deep yogic breathing
o Increases oxygen to the brain which increases energy levels
o Expands lung capacity calms mind; brings focus and clarity
Alternate nostril breathing
o Balances the body and nervous system
o Calms the mind, lowers stress
Get moving! Exercise and expressive movement guided from within
Dance and sing more…be guided from within
Get 30 minutes of exercise each day, mix of cardio and strength training
Exercise outside for fresh air and sunshine vitamin D
Exercise (and dark chocolate!) release endorphins – a feel good mood transmitter
Choose a whole food diet (whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nut, seeds, healthy fats, quality protein)
Include more raw food into your diet.
Limit refined sugars, flours, processed foods,
Limit stimulants like coffee and alcohol
Include feel good foods & Stay hydrated
o Drink 2 litres of water per day (1 litre upon rising/ in between meals)
o Increase fluids depending on activity level and climate
o Serotonin (calmness/relaxation) whole grain carbs, kiwis bananas, pineapple
o Dopamine/norepinephrine (energy/alertness): organic meat, wild fish, nuts, eggs, organic dairy
Superfoods, supplements & herbs
Spirulina, kelp, chlorella, and all types of sea veggies (complete protein!)
Reishi mushrooms and chaga
Rest when you feel tired
Sleep 7-9 hours per night
Create a relaxing bed time routine and keep the lights dim to promote serotonin
Spend the first 30 minutes of your day outside to promote energy
o morning tea on the balcony, meditation, gentle walk, in the garden