Today I’m sharing with you my new exercise routine introduced to me recently by my sister Elizabeth, called Rebounding. And I also want to share with you the health journey Terreeia and I are on now that she has come back from a three week health retreat, which also includes my green juice cleanse!
Okay so first, I recently restyled my kitchen and added some black and rattan wishbone chairs, which filled the banquette area a little better than before.
New Kitchen Styling
What I like about the new vignette (shown below) on my kitchen table (that we don’t really use right now because we’re eating in my outdoor patio sanctuary) is that it hides all the paperwork that accumulates because it’s my office in the house (when I’m not in my backyard studio).
The benefits of rebounding exercise
Okay and next, here I am (below) actually using the rebounder that has sat unused in our living room for two years. I have heard about the benefits of rebounding but wasn’t doing anything because it’s kinda boring to just get on there and jump without any kind of program.
Then, my sister Elizabeth started following Lauren Roxburgh.
Lauren says that NASA has done studies that rebounding for 10 minutes is actually the equivalent of a 30-40 minute run. And rebounding is so much easier on your joints, in addition to being a way easier cardio than running.
She even has an app with all her workouts! You can register free for 7 days, or if you buy her book, you can get 30 days for free so you can test it out. Just look for LoRox.
You can also find her 10 minute rebounding sequence on YouTube here.
It’s really fun to follow along with Lauren’s workouts. She does them in beautiful settings and the whole time she teaches what each move is doing so it’s very inspiring.
And I love the affirmation she teaches. She said every time you have a negative thought about your body, say this out loud immediately, “I live in the body of my dreams.” So good.
This exercise is also so easy for an older person to do, as rebounding massages ALL the cells in your body and releases the toxins as you jump. Even just barely bouncing is so good for your body. But you can also build up to this: Goldie Hawn, on her rebounder (she’s 74). If you’re interested, start searching the benefits of rebounding online and you’ll find all kinds of great information!
Anyway, here I am jumping on mine! And yes my workout top does match my artwork 🙂
Photos by Macy Yap Photography
Since so many of us (myself included) put on weight during COVID. I did a 7 day, Jason Vale juice cleanse (he has an app as well), I usually do them twice a year as a reset. I generally lose 7 pounds in 7 days, and if you want to learn how I hack it, go to the lemon on my highlights page on Instagram here. It’s a series of videos I did and it’s always on my page, so you can go there anytime.
I love to do the juice cleanse because it’s like an instant reset. First, I lose the weight I’ve put on immediately and then it puts me right back into ‘eating healthy’ mode.
I don’t know about you, but if I’ve put on weight and then I want to eat something I shouldn’t, my brain starts justifying it quickly: “Oh well, why stop now?” or ‘”I’ll start a plan soon so I can eat this now” and on and on it goes until you find yourself heavier than you ever want to be!
Here I’m making a juice with my Mom (below) who is kinda like the Naturopath in our family. If anyone comes down with the slightest ache or pain, she always knows what to do.
My sisters and I were raised vegetarian and my Mom who is 74 years old has no inflammation, sickness or aches and pains . She is a huge inspiration to us all.
I really like the large drink cups from Starbucks, they are the size a juice should be. You also want a slow juicer so that allows the nutrients to stay in the drink longer – especially if you make them ahead for your busy day and take them with you! Here are a few links for the rebounder too:
But this post is not over yet.
After I did the cleanse, Terreeia left town for three weeks to Campbell River, BC, where she attended a health retreat.
Terreeia’s adrenals crashed 20 years ago (when we first met, actually) and she has gone from one doctor to the next for years and years, looking for the pill that would help her lose the weight she gained because she has low thyroid. Terreeia also has a lot of inflammation, arthritis in her fingers and toes, autoimmune disease and Hashimoto’s. She also needs a new knee (she’s on the list but who knows when that operation will happen) so in the meantime in order to reduce the pain, she needs to take off some weight. Did you know each pound on your body adds 10 pounds of pressure to your knees!! Ouch.
What Doctors say about thyroid
Anyway, when she was first diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, the doctors told her flat out, “You have an autoimmune disease, which means your body perceives your thyroid as an enemy so it’s attacking and trying to kill it. This means your thyroid is not producing the hormone so you need to take the synthetic medication in a pill form for the rest of your life.”
She put on 50 pounds in 3 months, Terreeia’s resting heart rate is 49 (for most people it’s 60). She was working out with a personal trainer for 6 days a week and they told her that she could never get to fat-burning mode, so she might be fit but she would always be fat.
Terreeia has tried every thyroid medication there is, from compound T3, desiccated pig thyroid, Armor, and she’s been to naturopaths, specialists, and functional medicine practitioners where she had her blood work done every 3 months.
She tried every diet, every work-out and nothing worked. Once in a while, if a doctor was honest, he would say, “We really don’t know much about thyroid, but let’s try this, let’s try that” and on it went.
The weight kept piling on (and my wife does not snack, and does not even LIKE sugar, barely any dairy) so she had kinda given up and was just angry at her body. She felt like her body had betrayed her.
Every Doctor would say, “Oh you just need this pill and you’ll be fine.” So essentially for 20 years, she has been looking for the magic pill.
During COVID, while everyone else was overeating and drinking, when Terreeia heard that there could be a second wave in the Fall and that the people who were most susceptible were overweight, over 60 and brown skinned, that’s when she decided she had 6 months to get healthy – so by the time the second wave came, she would not have high blood pressure and would not be overweight.
And that’s when she found Ania Kastashchuk B.Ed., B.Sc., N.H.C., the founder and creator of the Fresh Start | Health Restoration & Lifestyle Transformation Retreat. And happily, it was only a few hours away from where we live.
Ania and Terreeia
Terreeia just got back a week ago (July 12 was the last day) after 21 days of intense immersion in a whole person, mind, body and spirit retreat.
After 3 weeks of 90% raw organic food, custom supplements, isotonic, massage, detox, acupuncture, meditation, daily lectures, documentary films, nature walks, yoga, Zumba, exercise, art classes, therapy, biofeedback, Terreeia came back and she had lost 12 pounds, her blood pressure was down, and her heart rate is up to 56.
In 4 weeks she has lost 21 pounds and the most magical thing about this is that I have my happy wife back!
The view from her room
Here’s what she fundamentally learned about health:
She attended daily lectures and documentary films and took notes like she was going to teach it. As soon as the day was done, whatever documentary she watched that day she would go to her room at night and research every person who spoke, go to their websites, watch their Ted talks, etc.
Terreeia said she already KNEW, like anybody, the issues of feedlot meat, the environment, unhealthy food, GMO’s, etc.
But what she didn’t know, and what she learned came right back to Anatomy 101.
It’s the lesson that our body is extremely resilient and it’s job is to ensure our survival. It works very hard to protect us from the toxins that we live in and ingest.
Ania taught her that what precedes any autoimmune disease is some type of stress.
In Terreeia’s case, she was a serious workaholic, who suffered an adrenal crash that led to the autoimmune condition.
Terreeia learned that the reason she couldn’t lose weight was because the body creates fat to surround a toxin, and if it releases the fat it would releases the toxin and that would be bad, so the fat held on because her body is protecting her.
When she heard that, EVERYTHING opened up for her. IN THAT MOMENT, Terreeia made the decision that for the next year, she will not put anything in her body that wouldn’t be considered medicine.
Your body’s job is to help you in any way it can.
Your body needs glucose, that’s why you have a sweet tooth, and for example, if you’re deficient in Calcium, your body will leach the Calcium from your bones to get it, which can lead to brittle bones when we get older.
For example, if your liver is overwhelmed because we’ve ingested too many toxins or transfers, it will just store this excess as fat and go work on something else more urgent. And that’s one of the ways you end up with a fatty liver.
Ania says you must put enough good nutrients, vitamins and minerals in your body that your body will take over and start to heal because now it has a lot of good stuff in there.
Bottom line is if you stop putting toxins in your body and you start eating HEALTHY, your body will heal itself, if your body is busy trying to process toxins or digest the half a cow you just ate, a magic pill will not help you (and trust me, Terreeia loves a good steak like anyone else).
Ania says we should put nothing on our body that we would not eat. (Avocado facial)
All this time, Terreeia was looking for a pill because she was mad at her body that was attacking her thyroid (according to her doctors) and now that she’s learned that her body is trying so hard to help her no matter how much she has abused it… Well, that’s where the transformation happened.
She also really needed the 3 weeks of immersion because we travelled so much it was hard to get traction. Plus, knowing doesn’t help in a lot of cases does it? Immersion was what caused the transformation.
Terreeia was two weeks in and secretly still thinking, “There is NO WAY I’m going to become vegan.” Then she watched this documentary and that’s when the transformation happened. That was the moment she realized, it wasn’t about being a Vegan (because beer and french fries are vegan) she needed foods that would heal her.
Is this medicine or is this poison?
Now Terreeia is 100% focused on her well-being and will ask herself every time she’s about to take in some food, “Is this medicine or is this poison?”
When I was talking about this on my Insta-stories, someone asked if she now acted like ‘she knows better’ because my family is already vegetarian and already understands all this (not to be confused that we are purists, let’s be clear). Back when my Mom first met my Dad (she was 19 years old and he was 38) and shortly after they were married, he became seriously ill. He had been a bachelor until then and didn’t eat well at all.
From doing a series of juice cleanses, water cleanses, etc. my Mom, in fact, cured him of all his ailments and he lived to the ripe old age of 86.
Anyway, for the record, Terreeia is NOT walking around being a know-it-all. She’s more like, “Yes, ya’ll were right all along,” AND she is busy learning how to make healthy, whole food, plant based food.
I lost 2 1/2 pounds this week just eating on our new program 🙂 The bonus benefit of having a gourmet chef in the house that is now basically cooking vegan food.
And did I mention my happy wife is back!! Someone, who instead of feeling continually resigned (which gets all over everything else you do) is now full of possibility and excitement at the results she’s experiencing and the results she knows are coming!
We had gone out to a meeting together this week and stopped in at an organic supermarket with a deli for lunch and I heard these words come out of her mouth (that I’ve never heard in my life).
“Maria, would you like to SHARE something?”
I’m sorry but I have NEVER and I mean NEVER heard her say that to me in 20 years. I would order my normal vegetarian food and would occasionally (very rarely) ask if she’d like to share and she’d look over at me and say, “I am NOT eating that.”
All of this happened because of a change in her mindset.
And I am so grateful to Ania for causing this amazing transformation in my wife who I have watched suffer with this disease for 20 years. I am crying as I write this because it fills me with so much joy to watch her planning her next juice cleanse, reading recipes, soaking nuts (that’s our new world) and overall bringing new inspiration to our entire family.
Terreeia just told her best friend this weekend that she didn’t want to wait until she was diagnosed with an even worse, life-threatening disease, she decided to do something now rather than continue to wait for a magic pill that she never found in 20 years of searching.
Check out Ania’s website here.
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I love you all and my hope is that this inspires you to start your own health journey!