Wellness Community Member: Michelle Garland, Holistic Nutritionist, Registered Sign Language Interpreter and Wellness Enthusiast

Let me introduce myself: 
Hi! My name is Michelle Garland. I am a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, a Registered Sign Language Interpreter and Wellness Enthusiast!
This is what wellness means to me:
I think of wellness as a philosophy. It’s happiness. It’s balance. It’s being surrounded by positive energy and experiencing life in a way that nourishes my mind, body and soul. It’s giving myself permission for self-care and protecting my boundaries by saying no to things that don’t align.
I contribute to the wellness community by:
I am the founder of Plentyfullme Nutrition and Lifestyle Consulting where I bring individuals’ health back into balance by working with them one-on-one to implement simple and realistic modifications to their dietary choices, lifestyle habits and emotional well-being. I also give talks in the community and teach cooking classes in both spoken English and in American Sign Language.
One item I cannot live without:
My biomat. It’s a far infrared mat covered with amethyst crystals made to promote circulation and increase cellular communication, relaxation and detoxification.
My favourite self care practice is:
An infrared yin yoga class – it just melts away the stress! Laying on my biomat. A hot bath with essential oils and Epsom salts. Curling up on the couch sipping on a warm adaptogenic elixir while reading a good book. And going for walks in the forest – this is my kind of meditation.
How I keep my wellness simplified:
I take one day at a time and always celebrate the small victories.
This is what motivates me:
My clients, they’re my why – I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Also, my expanders – seeing fellow entrepreneurs in the wellness field rock their businesses, I find it super inspiring.
Learn more about me at:
Follow me on Instagram @plentyfullme
Follow me on Pinterest @plentyfullme
Like my page on Facebook @plentyfullme
(https://www.facebook.com/plentyfullme/)
Check out and subscribe to my blog for recipes, health tips and more at www.plentyfullme.com
Michelle
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Wellness Community Member: Sophia Ruiz, Wife, Mama + Wellness Enthusiast

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Let me introduce myself: Hey! I’m Sophia Ruiz, wife, mama to Isabel Grace, and wellness enthusiast.
This is what wellness means to me: For me, wellness is about feeling your best. I believe that when you feel better, you do better!
I contribute to the wellness community by: I have been apart of the wellness community for about four years now. Everyone I encounter has to sit through some wellness spiel while I talk to them about organic food and celery juice. I also run a wellness Instagram called Curve Wellness where I post simple science-based health tips.
One item I can’t live without:  I can’t live without my juicer! It makes my celery juice every morning.
My favorite self care practice: An essential oil epsom salt detox bath, yummy-smelling soy candles, face mask, and sea minerals salt scrub is my favorite way to take care of myself.
How I keep my wellness simplified: I like to look at wellness as a combination of sleep, nature, food, and fitness. If all these are good, you’re probably good!
This is what motivates me: Seeing other successful women in the wellness realm is a huge motivator for me. I love to see some girl bosses!
Learn more about me at:
My instagram @curvewellness is an insight into my daily wellness practices, food, with a few occasional pictures of my beautiful baby Isabel Grace!

10 Natural Ways to Boost Immunity This Winter Season

I wish I had taken better care of myself before I got sick! Sound familiar? Now is the time to boost immunity, while the colds and flus are lingering around, waiting to attack your immune system and take you down with the others.

As an alternative to medications, I always begin with natural remedies, and this includes food.  Food is medicine, after all. Plants contain powerful antioxidants that kill bacteria, fight off free radicals that break down cells, and boost our immune system. Start with these 10 tips and easy-to-find foods that you can incorporate into meals daily to get a jump start on your health and be armed for this coming cold and flu season.

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  1. Cut the chemicals.  I’m talking about smoking, alcohol and drugs.  These deplete your antioxidants -aka natural defenses- and make you more at risk for getting sick.
  2. Up the vitamin C.  You probably already know this one.  What you might not know is that vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and you have to take it daily because you lose it through perspiration and urination. You can find it in citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, leafy greens, papaya and tomatoes.
  3. Oil of Oregano. The oil comes from oregano (obviously) but the plant is actually a member of the mint family. The phenols, or chemical compounds found in oregano oil, can kill Candida albicans, E. coli,  and Giardia, while another of it’s components actually boosts the immune system and helps to protect against further damage. (Purely Healthful Oregano Oil, J. Tellier Johnson, ND)
  4. Exercise. This helps move lymph, allowing it to circulate through your body, get processed by your liver, and then excess toxins are excreted.  Perspiration also allows the release of toxins and endorphins!
  5. Garlic. A superstar that boosts the natural killer cells in your body to help fight off illness.  Garlic works best when you crush a raw clove and let it sit for a minute to release it’s allicin enzyme (through a few other reactions), and this is where all the magic happens.
  6. Say no to sugar. Sugar supresses your immune system by shutting down the cells that fight bacteria.  Have some healthy snack alternatives always on hand and read the nutrition facts label to see the source of the sugar in your food.
  7. Protein. A deficiency in protein can lead to decreased immune function, ending in infection.  Protein is also important when recovering from illness, to build back up and repair the body. This means plant-based or animal protein.  Just be sure that you are combining your plant-based proteins to make complete proteins.  Contact me if you would like to learn more about building a balanced meal plan.
  8. Get your Zzzz’s. You know how it goes… you’re up too late, you’re working too much, you ca’t catch up on sleep and – boom – you get sick.  And you say to yourself, “Of course I’m sick.  I’ve been going like crazy and I am rundown”.  Sleep is an important time to let the body and brain rest, recover and reset.  High cortisol levels lead to no sleep, and lack of sleep can be taxing on your nervous system and suppress your immune system. Create a sleep routine where screens are off at a decent hour, the room is dark, and get at least 7 hours sleep each night.
  9. Phytonutrients.  Nutrients found in plants that have antioxidant properties, help to fight off sickness and disease.  These are easily obtained through colourful vegetables, fruits (eat the rainbow), dark leafy greens, beans, green tea, even dark chocolate!
  10. Fibre.  Fibre binds to toxins and excess hormones to help excrete them, and reduces inflammation in the body.  Aim for about 25g fibre each day through veggies, fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds.

So, you have the self care tools to defend yourself against this season’s bugs. Set your mind to sickness is not an option, eat more plants, rely on nature.  She has your back.