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In health and happiness 😊

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And they have arrived

My first set of text books arrived. Not going to lie, this is a little intimidating to say the least but I’m looking forward to hitting the books and kick starting my brain again.

Lots to be learned 😊

In health and happiness 🙂

Kristen Douglas 

  

Back to the books


I finally registered myself in the Applied Nutrition Diploma Program at Alive Academy. Took me a bit longer then planned but sometimes life gets in the way and plans don’t always come together as fast as you would have hoped.

I am looking forward to hitting the books and learning all I can about living a holistic life.

I will be sure to keep posting updates along my journey. Here’s to new beginnings.

Wish me luck 👍🏻

In health and happiness 🙂

Kristen Douglas

Why getting outdoors is so great for your overall health

I keep saying how great I think getting outdoors is for your mind and body.

But why?

Getting outdoors is beneficial to your health for so many reasons, it increases Vitamin D levels, helps relieve stress, helps with sleep deprivation and much, much more. Here is a quick “snapshot” of some of the benefits of being outdoors.

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To take a further look into the benefits of getting outdoors I encourage you to take a look at this great article outlining the many reasons getting outdoors and being one with nature is so important to ones overall well being.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1680

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Discover greater peace, happiness & purpose

Are you looking to make some positive changes in your life for 2016? This is a great way to start.

A friend of mine is offering a 6 week, on-line program called “Happy You”. If you sign up now you will receive a discount!

For more information be sure to check out her website.

http://www.shawnathibodeau.com/

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To new beginnings

So this is what my evenings will begin to look like now as a student.

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Spent some time last night participating in a great webinar put on by Dr. Leigha Saunders, ND. You can learn more about her and what she does by visiting her site http://www.uxbridgenaturopath.ca/.

She had some great advise on how to “Eat for Energy” and “Make it Happen” in 2016. I am looking forward to participating in more of these webinars to gain valuable information that I will pass on to you of course :).

In health and happiness 🙂

Kristen Douglas

This journey called life

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So I am currently in my mid 30’s, I work as an Administrative Assistant for a great organization and every day I go to work and am reminded that something is missing in my life and career. I dream of a different life filled with a career that I love and can actually see myself doing for the next 30 something years or more.

Actually, I have been dreaming and thinking about this for quite some time now, doing constant research, looking at what others are doing and being envious of what I see. I have been trying to find my “passion”, something I have learned is not an easy thing to do. When I say I have been thinking about this for a long time now I truly mean it, it has been three or mores years now of sitting and hoping and dreaming while bouncing from contract to contract.

Well, I have finally decided that I am done with dreaming and researching and being envious, I am going to take the first step towards a life I want.

I have always been someone who loves “natural” remedies and learning about the human body and how food and lifestyle can affect ones whole life and health.

See, this all began when I became ill a few years ago and was eventually diagnosed with Epstein Bar Virus (EBV). After I thought I had made it through the worst of it I started suffering from various other ailments, IBS, ovarian cyst, vision loss, tension headaches and chronic back pain. My life seemed to be on a downward spiral and every doctor or specialist I saw just wanted to put me on another medication to try and alleviate my symptoms, never actually fixing the problem. None of them seemed to connect the dots and realize that there may have been an underlying cause that connected these.

Feeling frustrated and at my wits end, I decided to seek help from a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) and quickly came to realize that I indeed did have an underlying “syndrome” that was definitely a contributing factor to all of my symptoms and other ailments. My ND ran a bunch of tests and took my full health history and realized that I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I was a bit shocked as I did not fit the typical CFS patient profile. See, I was active, ate well (for the most part) and was not over weight or out of shape and did not suffer from depression. But as I learned, one of the contributors to getting CFS was having a history of EBV (which I had battled a couple years back). After a bit of research on my own, my symptoms also fit the mold for chronic EBV (which is very similar to CFS).

I finally felt a sense of relief because I now knew I was not just imagining my symptoms and that me and my Naturopath could now start to work on a plan to fix my problems and make me finally feel normal. I have been working on getting better for a while now, and although I am still not 100%, I am definitely on track and feel that  my recovery has been positive. There is always going to be work to do, CFS is just that, chronic, but I am willing and able to put in the time and effort if it means living a normal life and feeling like me again.

Along the way I have realized that I have a keen interest in nutrition and how food and supplements can really change someone’s life for the better (they have for me that’s for sure). As I began my research in finding my passion and trying to figure out what I wanted in my life and what career path I wanted to follow, I kept going back to nutrition and natural healing. I finally had a “whammy” moment, why not study nutrition and see where it can take me. So, I finally got up the courage to say “forget what others might say, I’m going to do it” and I registered at the Alive Academy in the Applied Nutrition Diploma program. Once I complete this section of my education I plan on working with clients to build a business. I will also be working towards becoming a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor as I strongly believe fitness and nutrition go hand in had.

I can’t say I’m not scared, because I am. Who knows if this will be the right path for me or what my future might hold. All I do know is that if I want to live the life I want and be happy I need to start somewhere and I need to stop worrying about what others might say and just DO IT!!! So here goes nothing, fingers and toes crossed that this journey will be a positive one.

Well that’s all for now…I will continue to update my blog as I manoeuvre through my journey and who knows, as I proceed in my path to learn all I can about nutrition I may even begin to post a thing or two about that as well 😉 (maybe even a recipe or two).

In health and happiness 🙂

Kristen Douglas