Are You Lonely?

I am taking the bold step and admitting to feeling quite lonely at this time in my life.  As a result, I’ve been pondering loneliness, how to deal with it and why I am feeling it more.

What’s new?  Well, I moved to a totally different city with my husband.  I’ve quit my job to do this move.  I spend most of my days alone, writing (a solitary activity).   My husband, a definite workaholic, is spending very long hours at work and this shows no sign of improvement, which isn’t helping my feelings of loneliness.

Other people I know have admitted to feeling more of great pain of loneliness lately and it seems to becoming more and more common in our society.  It certainly is getting more attention.

What is loneliness?  Loneliness is a feeling that you have no one to connect with, on a personal level, who understands you and really SEES you.  You feel isolated and disconnected.

Why are we so lonely? Read More

The Healthy Pharmacy

What do I mean by the Healthy Pharmacy?

Simply this, we should use pharmaceuticals more safely, and with wisdom.  It is necessary to educate yourself and ask questions.  Don’t believe everything you read on the internet about medications, either good or bad.  Ask your pharmacist, get second opinions and above all, listen to your body.

Being a Registered Pharmacist, with APA (Additional Prescribing Authority),I can answer medication questions you may have.  And will post blog articles from time to time about medication safety and information.

I believe we can use natural substances, vitamins and minerals and other phytonutrients to optimise our health, but that also needs to be with caution and safety. Just because something is touted as “natural” doesn’t make it safe or effective.

Supplements

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I Love Yoga!

Yoga

I love yoga!

Yoga is a wonderful way to link mind, body and spirit.  Yoga means “to yoke”, join together.

Yoga is a deeply moving and effective traditional healing model that can profoundly improve our health and well-being.  Patanjali’s eight-limbed path, classical yoga, embraces the rich traditions and healing practices of ancient India and is a healing practice worth pursuing.  The mind, body and spirit aspects affect a strong healing response.  Our mental health will improve.  So will our physical health.  Most, importantly, we can expand our spirit and bring our consciousness into communion with the universal consciousness.  Truly this is liberation or enlightenment!  

  This might all sound overwhelming.  Just start practising. As I have become more interested and active in my yoga practice, I have seen my strength and balance increase. And not just physical balance, but emotional and mental too.

  And remember. It’s a yoga practice, not a yoga perfect. Just do it and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Comparison is the thief of joy. This quote from Theodore Roosevelt is so true. In all aspects of your life, comparison can lower any sense of pride and enjoyment.  Do your yoga practice at your level, breathing and turning your thoughts toward your breath. It can be a deep moving meditation that gets you out of your stressful thoughts and relieves your physical aches and pains.

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Fulfillment

What is Fulfillment?

A feeling of satisfaction or happiness as a result of fully developing one’s abilities or character.
And/Or the achievement of something desired, promised or predicted.

Having a fulfilling life means putting yourself out there. Getting to your goals, making those goals really worthwhile and being the best you can be.

Our goals may change, our vision of our lives may change, but if we are always pursuing excellence and developing ourselves, this is the path to a fulfilled life.  Achieving our goals is possible; refining them as we move through life is necessary.

The Healthy Living Tribe believes that all humans can find fulfillment, no matter what their life circumstances are.  It’s not how much money you have, how much “stuff” you have, or education, it’s your character and your self-belief,  your growth every day that will leave you living a life with no regrets.

It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfilment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.

Denis Waitley

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Winter Hiking!

 

I recently moved closer to the Rocky Mountains in Canada and I have enjoyed seeing the majestic peaks every day.   A week ago I finally got out there in the snow for a few hikes and it was truly a peak experience, pun intended.  Getting outside, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery, getting some exercise without feeling like I was, communing with nature, bonding with my friends and family… wow, so many benefits!

The first hike I went on was in Kananaskis called the Fullerton Loop.  This is a fairly easy and beautiful walk near the Rockies, only a few minutes from Bragg Creek, AB.

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Fullerton Loop
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View on Fullerton Loop

The weather was gorgeous and the hike was quiet and lovely. I went with a friend who is a great guide and knows all the good spots in the area.  This walk/hike was a terrific way to get my exercise for the day and really see some beautiful nature!  I used trekking poles on the descent to help protect my knees, but they certainly weren’t necessary.  I also just had on my hiking boots, with no ice cleats, and it was perfect.  We did see some people on the trail with snowshoes and while they certainly weren’t necessary, they would provide extra calorie burnage!  (Snowshoes add a level of difficulty and effort.)

The next hike I went on, with a huge group of my family, was near Banff called Johnston Canyon.  I have been told that this is a busy hike all year round.  Luckily for us, it wasn’t crowded on this weekend in January!  It’s an easy, gorgeous hike.  The canyon is beautiful.

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Hiking Johnston Canyon, Banff

The views at the Upper Falls, and along the entire hike,  were gorgeous.  The trees laden with thick snow, the trail packed hard with snow and ice (Wear your ice cleats!) and the canyon iced over, with views of the blue, cold running water.  I loved the way the trail followed the canyon and wound up and down through the mountain.  The air is crisp and clean.  You could even feel winded if you weren’t used to the higher elevation!

 

Once we got to the Upper Falls, taking about an hour since we, naturally, had to stop for pictures, we just stood back and marvelled at the falls and the bold ice climbers!

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Upper Falls at Johnston Canyon

These two winter hikes in the beautiful Rockies were a great reminder to me to stop using winter as an excuse not to go outside.  The ice and snow just magnified the beauty of the area.

I really encourage you to get out there and hike in the winter!  It is not just a summer activity.  If you are able to get to the Rockies and enjoy the many fabulous hikes, the snow is calming, the air crisp and the Rockies are magnificent!

If you don’t live near the mountains, see what options are available in your area.  Even if you think you live somewhere “boring” (you probably don’t btw), there are usually beautiful areas to walk and hike.  Edmonton, for example, has a beautiful river valley with many trails to explore.  And it is also close to Elk Island Park, rich in trails and the beauties of nature.

I have never been one to enjoy being cold, but as long as the weather is fairly cooperative and not too cold, anyone can get outside and hike!  You will need some basic gear and preparation to make your hike fun and safe.

What you will need:

Layers – Several layers of clothing. It is best to have layers that wick moisture and dry quickly, that you can remove and add as your temperature fluctuates.  I was surprised how quickly things can heat up.  You will want to avoid overheating and thus sweating too much as this can make you not only feel uncomfortable but can lead to chilling when you cool down and now have to hike in damp, cool clothing.

Good hiking boots – Always a good investment.  My boots work well in summer or winter, or you can have separate pairs for the seasons.  If you are on a budget, look for sporting goods store or trading posts that deal in slightly worn apparel.  It is possible to get a good deal on used hikers! Here are the boots I have.

Good mitts –  Nothing is worse than cold hands!

Good socks – Could also be said that nothing is worse than cold feet!  Get socks that don’t cause sweating, provide warmth and wicking.

Ice cleats – These clip on to the bottom of your boots, giving you added traction in icy conditions.  Very helpful on an icy trail.  I used mine on the Johnston Canyon hike and would recommend them there as the trail can get quite worn and very slippery.  I didn’t need them on the Fullerton loop as the trail was just packed snow.  You can order them online or pick them up at a sporting goods store.

Alpine poles – Not a necessity but they can help with steep descents, with balance and stability and also can increase the number of calories you burn.  They can sometimes feel in the way though, so maybe they are for you and maybe not.  I have personally seen how they can speed your descent and make it safer for joints and knees.

Snowshoes – Not needed unless on very deep snow with an unpacked trail.  Always check websites and local weather to see the conditions.  These two hikes I talk about here did not need snowshoes, the trails were packed and my hiking boots were great.

Personally, getting outside and moving and exploring in the winter felt like something I need to do, could do, on a regular basis for my health, physical and mental, and enjoying the solitude if I can’t find anyone to drag along with me.  Maybe we can all get out and explore!

Adventure – This we seek!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain.

Adventure.  We all need to get out there and try new things!  Whether it is a new place, new food, a new activity or hanging out with new people, humans have a deep-felt need for novelty and for experiences.

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Part of our mandate here as part of the Healthy Living Tribe is to learn how to live our lives fully and completely.  To the best of our abilities we are learning how to live with courage and to cultivate our desire and capacity for growth.

What adventures are you seeking?  Where do you long to go?  What do you want to try?

What is stopping you?

“A ship is safe in harbour, but that’s not what ships are built for.” — John A. Shedd

Go for it!

New Years Resolutions?

As the new year begins, often so do our thoughts on self-improvement and life changes.  Goals, New Year’s Resolutions, whatever you call them, the pressure is on now to get some set.  The most popular ones in January that we have all heard and perhaps set ourselves are, “lose weight, start exercising, and stop smoking and/or drinking”.  The gyms in my small town are brimming full of people aiming to lose 10 pounds or ‘get in shape’.  Of course, those same gyms will be much more quiet starting probably around early to mid-February!

While not all of us believe in setting New Years Resolutions, all humans strive for happiness and fulfilment. Sometimes we write these hopes and dreams down, making them goals.  Sometimes, we just wish for them, but don’t take concrete actions towards these desires.

Whether it is a wish and a hope or actually a goal we are determined to meet can make a difference in whether we see the results manifest in our lives.

How do we set a goal and not just wish things were different?  Goals are “SMART”, usually written down, have concrete actions to go with them and are very clear.   Just setting the typical goals of weight loss, for example, might not be clear enough.  Maybe you need to set the goal of Read More

Sleep – Vital for Health

Get enough sleep! 

Close up of Indian woman sleeping in bedSleep is a crucial period where our brains and body rest, renew and regenerate.   Healthy and fulfilling sleep is necessary for long-term health (just ask anybody who suffers from insomnia!).   Having a deep, restful sleep is important for all of us. 

Not getting enough sleep can have severe consequences.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, “short sleep duration is linked with:

  • Increased risk of motor vehicle accidents
  • Increase in body mass index – a greater likelihood of obesity due to an increased appetite caused by sleep deprivation
  • Increased risk of diabetes and heart problems
  • Increased risk for psychiatric conditions including depression and substance abuse
  • Decreased ability to pay attention, react to signals or remember new information”.

According to researchers Michael H. Bonnet and Donna L. Arand, “There is strong tiredevidence Read More