10-Day Detox Program for Healthy Mood & Motivation

Join me February 22 – March 3, 2024 for a 10-day Detox Program to promote a healthy mood and motivation in the dark days of winter.
Cost is $150 pp and includes all supplements, detox program, recipes, reusable castor oil pack, and personal support during the 10 days.

Are you wondering if a detox is the right thing for you?

Consider the following questions:

  1. Do you often feel sluggish, fatigued, or experience low energy?
  2. Do you find it difficult to lose weight despite regular exercise and a healthy diet?
  3. Do experience digestive or skin issues?
  4. Do you find it hard to concentrate on tasks for long periods of time? Brain fog?

If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, contact me for more information.

Why do we need to detox?

Many of the toxins abundant in the environment today can enter our bodies through the air, water, or food. These toxins may include certain pesticides, herbicides, medications, and industrial chemicals. Environmental and dietary toxins, hormones, and byproducts of normal metabolism can accumulate in body tissues, fat cells, and organs. These compounds need to be properly processed and eliminated; if not, they can enter the bloodstream causing poor health and impaired function. While the body has an innate ability to process toxins, today’s polluted environment may overburden our natural detoxification processes, negatively impacting health, reducing vitality, and eventually may contribute to weight gain.

To ease potential toxic burden, consider adopting a structured program with targeted nutrients and herbs that support healthy detoxification.

What does a Healthy Fern Detox Program look like?

For this detox program, we will be using medical food supplements that include the specific nutrients needed to support and balance phase I and II metabolic pathways, high levels of antioxidants for safe detoxification and a comprehensive array of herbal hepatics and cholagogues to promote healthy liver function and elimination.

Included in your detox package is a reusable castor oil pack, castor oil, and a dry brush. During the program, I will be guiding you on how to use these traditional detoxification aids.

Additionally we will be removing food that do not support the body and replacing them with healthy, brain-boosting foods that will nourish our bodies and minds during the dark days of winter. You will be given a detailed summary of what foods to include and to eliminate, along with meal ideas and recipes.

This is a group detox and a private Facebook page will be created for participants to share thoughts, ask questions, and support each other. I will be available throughout the detox to answer any questions and provide modifications as needed.

And So It Begins…

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a singe step”

Lao Tzu

As we wrap up 2023 and look ahead to the new year, I can’t help, but feel the loss. Time seems to slip by so incredibly fast and intentions fall to the wayside in the wake of other demands on one’s time and energy. As a rule, I do not set resolutions. I don’t like the implication that something needs to be resolved or fixed. Instead I choose to set intentions and to focus my energy on manifesting what I desire for my year ahead.

This past year has not been my favourite, and sadly I did not manifest what I had intended. I am not defeated in any way by this though. If anything, my reflection on where I was last year and where I fell short this year serves only to fuel my desire to focus harder on making 2024 the year I want it to be.

Today is the first day of the year and it is time to take the first step of the journey.

To all the beautiful beings out there, I wish you a Happy New Year and may 2024 be the space in which you create your best year yet!

Out with the old and in with the new…

The Christmas season is the season of magic, the season of celebration, and the season of indulgence. Every year I find myself eating cookies and chocolate and all sorts of delicious holiday delights with not much worry about the consequences. January inevitably rolls around, and I scale back on my indulgences (though there is a “weaning period” the first week or so of January) until I am back into my regular eating style. I don’t tend to stay “off the rails” for very long nor do I seem to suffer too many consequences of my indulgences. Some would say this is luck, but I say this is method. I know many people who binge the month of December and then flip and have a clean and dry January. In some cases, this serves as a “reset” but I often see how this dramatic feast and then famine approach sends people into a downward spiral for the remainder of the winter. While I do set goals every new year, I don’t do anything extreme. For me, I like to take the mindset of indulgence and switch it from sugar and alcohol to the indulgence of antioxidants and nutrients. The idea is to continue the feast, but make it one that replenishes the body of nutrients while eliminating some of the unhealthy by-products of too many anti-nutrients.

Follow me on Instagram @healthyfern for healthy tips, recipes, and drinks.

Stay well my friends!

Start growing

Spring is by far the most invigorating and refreshing season for me. My senses go into overdrive with the the smell of the earth warming up and the lakes melting away, the sounds of the birds coming home with a song to sing, the way the pale light of spring colours everything in yellows and greens, and of course the bitter taste of the first spring greens.

The change in seasons brings about changes in the body too. It is my favourite time of the year to detox as it coincides with new growth and new beginnings. There is something about the air and the light of the season that makes me want to tap into that growing energy and make changes within myself.

Much disease comes from congestion and stagnation in the body, specifically the organs, tissues, circulation, lymph, and cells. The change in seasons signals the body to detox naturally. By completing a liver detox protocol in the spring you are maximizing your body’s ability to clear congestion and stagnation from the body after a winter season of being indoors in recycled air, reduced movement, and heavier meals.

Follow the natural rhythms of spring and check out my detox program.

February made me shiver…

The days are getting cold here in Ontario and this year, instead of getting outside and in the snow, I am feeling like hiding out in my cozy clothes with massive mugs of hot tea and coffee. January’s New Beginnings Program was a great way to start the year and I am ready to face 2021 feeling fresh, light, and healthy….but I’m still cold. Sometimes this is our body’s way of telling us to focus on warming foods. With all the red and orange colours of Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day, February could be seen as a spiritually warming month even if the temperatures outside are sub zero. I’m going to be spending the next few weeks enjoying some of my favourite warming meals, getting quality sleep, and spending more time looking inward. Focussing on my inner self gives me a sense of wellbeing. It ignites my thoughts and passion and radiates warmth during the dark days of February.

Happy New Year 2021!!

I think everyone agrees 2020 was a special year. The overall impression I have from other people is they are happy to be over 2020 and onto 2021. I feel like this every year, but not because the year past has been terrible, simply that I love a new beginning. For me 2020 was wonderful because my second son was born in 2020 and I am forever grateful to have been blessed with children.

As you have probably seen, I am offering my 30-day New Beginnings Program for the month of January. You can sign-up and start any day this month. The program includes dietary changes based on your unique nutritional requirements, menu and recipe ideas, supplementation recommendation (if required), and a variety of change challenges to get you motivated and inspired to move through new beginnings to growing into your best self.

What does this New Beginnings Program look like for me? I have Celiac Disease and Psoriasis, along with food intolerances, so my digestive tract is almost always top priority. I normally control these autoimmune disorders successfully with a clean diet, exercise, and mindful practices; however, this year has been especially trying on my system. After giving birth and then being home alone with a newborn and a 5 year old during COVID left me with very little time for food prep, elevated stress levels, and sleep depravation… you can just imagine.

When our bodies are mentally or physically stressed, our digestive system takes a hit. Cortisol – the body’s main stress hormone – helps the body respond to stress when we are in danger, so we can fight or flight our predators. While cortisol is signalling the body to release stored sugars into our bloodstream for extra energy, it is also signalling our body to slow down or stop digestion because we need all the energy we can get to fight or run for our lives – digestion can wait while we fight to survive.

Everyone’s body responds a little bit differently to stress. For me, I crave sugar and dry, starchy food like nacho chips, toast, and cereal. I also cycle through feeling wired and tired. The ups and downs of blood sugar create cravings, which in turn make me crash and reach for a cup of coffee or more sugar and starch. It is a bit of a roller coaster and can be tough to get off the ride, especially because when my cortisol is pumping and I am on a sugar high, I get an amazing amount of work done and I feel GREAT. For those of you who know me personally, you know I like to make “to do” lists and cross things off. When I am wired, I am even more of a doer and get a ton of things accomplished, so I like the feeling of being wired and become tempted to have another sugar or caffeine hit to continue the momentum. The problem of course is that this type of lifestyle is super damaging to the body and longterm it can create a whole host of issues…probably why I have Celiac Disease!

So while I have been indulging more in holiday treats, I haven’t gone overboard and have no regrets. I do know I need to hit the reset button though, so for my personal version of the New Beginnings Program, I am cutting out refined sugar products that I do indulge in, and dairy has always given me a bit of trouble, so I am going to completely abstain from all dairy (except butter as this doesn’t bother me) to give my immune system a break. That is what I am cutting out, but there are so many things I am adding into my diet and to my daily routine to nourish my body, but also my mind and spirit.

Stay tuned for more updates about my 30-Day New Beginnings Program.