UPdate!

On Monday July 24th I had a colonoscopy.  Wondering about the damage possibly done by the last flare. Having the resources of Homeopathy, biofeedback and natural remedies has been a saving grace for me. This trip was somewhat overwhelming for me. The appointment was in Hinton which is close to where I use to live but a two hour drive to the hospital from where I’m staying now. I had to ask for a ride so my older daughter was out a days pay but I was luck as my younger daughter actually had that day off so she came along too. It was wonderful to have double support. On our way out of Edson the tire popped on a dip in the road. It’s a good thing I didn’t have to do anything, I was pretty much useless.  Changed the tire to the spare with the help of a guy.  We couldn’t believe that there are actually people who are willing to help.  And another guy stopped and asked if we were okay.  That blew our minds too.  There still are a few people out there who are considerate and have respect for others.

The colonoscopy results showed NORMAL! NO DAMAGE, NO SCARING, NO CANCER!

Ironically, having the procedure triggered inflammation in the colon, so Colitis symptoms returned. Three days later I had a Homeopathic appointment and immediately it was under control.  Within a couple of weeks will diminish and in a month it should be completely gone.  No flare!

In all this illness I’ve learned a great deal in many areas of my life. But SELF CARE is definitely the most important lesson learned which I have made a daily practice. This does not come easily to me. When we have something going on it is so easy to get out of balance. Once we loose our footing for whatever reason, it can be extremely hard to get back on track. And so the momentum is lost and it’s easier to keep the unbalance going than it is to correct. It is such a time consuming struggle!

“And—please hear me loud and clear on this last one—self care is always the right choice.” ~UmberDove

I have put a few things in place that help me reset quickly so I don’t trip myself up leading to illness again or waste more time on finding my way back to a balanced life.

Natural Remedies – VC 15 Forte (Once the imbalance begins I take two of these shots, and by that I mean two viles of liquid down the hatch on two consecutive days), & AdrenaSmart. These are only used to keep my balance. I stop taking them until I find I am unbalanced again then will use for a short time until I feel I have come back to center.

Meditation – Extremely helpful to stop the negative thoughts that like to pop up when the imbalance begins and it’s so easy to stay there in that place while I beat myself up, feel fear, anger, resentment. After all if it’s been a life long habit, it is so much easier to stay STUCK! I find it a great relief to feel the guidance I get from this simple practice. Gabriel Bernstein is my favourite. Her voice and music used is soothing and the recorded meditations she has on her website are in perfect tandem to the thought process and the relaxing time needed. I also read, reread and use her books (#spiritjunkie). The Universe Has Your Back is EXCELLENT!

Walking – “When you get caught up in your head, move your feet.” ~Kelly Clark. Walking is a great way to get out of your head. It flows, it’s meditative. But it’s also a way to explore, see new places, find new pieces of the outdoors. Exploring in nature has always been my peace, the deeper into the bush the better.

Sleep – I lack in restorative sleep because I have Fibromyalgia, which stops me from reaching REM sleep. For this AdrenaSmart is a savior. It also helps with stress.  Who doesn’t have stress in their lives that they need to manage?

If you noticed food is not listed. That is because I have such a routine in this department that imbalance only happens if the above list gets really out of control (which hasn’t occurred in some time). Whole30 and Against All Grain Cookbooks keep my on track in the grocery stores and kitchen!

A new, or should I say a revisited item on my list, is art in all forms. I am drawing, writing more, colouring, painting, collecting, sketchbooking, observing so hard that I get lost in the realms of the forms of art in front of me. I love that feeling! It’s such a natural place for me to be.

“I am an internal processor; this I’ve come to recognize in the ebb and flow of sharing and silence.” ~UmberDove

I’ve done the surviving…now on to THRIVING! I am excited to see what my future holds. I know I am not finished with Crohns and Colitis but I am going to live…I am going to live hard, fast, free and wild! Doing exactly what I want to do. Being free! Live without abandon, set no limits, just being free! What I feel is my calling. The path I am here to lead. The changes I am suppose to make. The new world I am part of starting. I know my purpose now and I thank illness for taking away my old life and making me new, forcing me through all the horrific pain, debilitating defeat, chronic change, that has brought me to this place.

This place of peace. This place of renewed hope and strength. I have learned self-compassion, self-acceptance and self-forgiveness. This self awareness has taken me deep into a world of love. Loving what is. Love instead of fear. Pure Love!

You see, this illness brought me to my knees but I rose up and greeted it with full on determination, will, fight and GRACE!  I am fearless! Always have been, always will be. I am strong in mind, body and soul. For all of this I am grateful. I have shed some layers of that which no longer serves, and I am leaning hard into the rawness of my own authenticity.

Peace, Love & Light

~Andrea

Homeopathy, Biofeedback & Your 1st Visit

Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of natural health care that has been in worldwide use for over 200 years.Homeopathy treats each person as a unique individual with the aim of stimulating their own healing ability. A homeopath selects the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health.

It is recognized by the World Health Organisation as the second largest therapeutic system in use in the world. While it is most popular in India and South America, over thirty million people in Europe, and millions of others around the world, also benefit from its use.
The name homeopathy, coined by its originator, Samuel Hahnemann, is derived from the Greek words for ‘similar suffering’ referring to the ‘like cures like’ principle of healing. Hahnemann was born in Germany two hundred and fifty years ago. At this time the old world-view was being renovated and traditional beliefs, many flimsily based upon superstition, were being increasingly subjected to the rigour of experimental scrutiny and assessment. The practice of Homeopathy is based upon science while its application is an art.
Samuel Hehnemann
Homeopathy is founded on two principles that have occurred regularly throughout the history of medicine, both in eastern and western worlds. The first principle of ‘like cures like’ can be looked at in several ways. One way is to assume that the body knows what it is doing and that symptoms are the body’s way of taking action to overcome illness. This healing response is automatic in living organisms; we term it the vital response. The similar medicine acts as a stimulus to the natural vital response, giving it the information it needs to complete its healing work. Since the initial action of the vital response plus the medicine is to increase the strength of the symptoms, this is our first indication of internal healing taking place, of diseases being cured from within – pushed outwards along the established routes of past and present symptoms.

Before the medicines are decided upon, their curative powers are discovered by testing them out on healthy human subjects and carefully noting emotional, mental and physical changes. This is termed a ‘proving’. This information constitutes the basis for ‘like cures like’, for a medicine’s unique symptom picture must match up with the individual’s unique expression of their disease, that is, the present and persisting symptoms of the disease.

The second principle, that only ‘the minimum dose’ should be employed is based upon the understanding that the stimulus of the medicine works from within the vitality and is not imposed from the outside. Only enough is administered to initiate the healing process, which then carries on, driven by its own internal healing mission. Homeopathic medicines given in minimum doses, while they do stimulate the body’s vital response, do not produce the gross side effects that are so often the pit-fall of conventional treatment.

  • Homeopathic treatment works with your body’s own healing powers to bring about health and well being.
  • You are treated as an individual, not as a collection of disease labels.
  • Homeopathy treats all your symptoms at all levels of your being – spiritual, emotional, mental and physical and finds the ‘like cures like’ match for them.
  • Homeopathically prepared remedies, providing the minimum dose, are gentle, subtle and powerful. They are non-addictive, and not tested on animals.

Biofeedback Therapy

Is a tool used by Homeopathic Practitioners to better evaluate your bodies state of wellness. “Biofeedback is a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance. Precise instruments measure physiological activity such as brainwaves, heart function, breathing, muscle activity, and skin temperature. These instruments rapidly and accurately ‘feed back’ information to the user. The presentation of this information — often in conjunction with changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior — supports desired physiological changes. Over time, these changes can endure without continued use of an instrument” –  Association for Applied Psycho-physiology and Biofeedback

Biofeedback is a form of alternative medicine that involves measuring a subject’s quantifiable bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, skin temperature, sweat gland activity, and muscle tension, conveying the information to the patient in real-time. This raises the patient’s awareness and conscious control of their unconscious physiological activities. By providing the user access to physiological information about which he or she is generally unaware, biofeedback allows users to gain control of physical processes previously considered an automatic response of the autonomous nervous system.

Health Conditions that are said to respond to biofeedback include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD and ADHD)
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding, often at night)
  • Circulatory problems such as Raynaud’s Disease
  • Concentration improvement for education and meditation
  • Control of brain waves for spiritual development and inner tranquility
  • Mild depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Musculoskeletal disorders involving chronic muscle tension
  • Neuromuscular re-education of gait mechanics
  • Optimal Performance: Sports, Arts, Public Speaking, etc.
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Stress management techniques
  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ), jaw pain and dysfunction
  • Tremor disorders/Parkinsonism
  • Urinary incontinence (bedwetting, nocturnal enuresis, leaky bladder)

Interest in biofeedback has waxed and waned since its inception in the 1960s; it is, however, undergoing something of a renaissance during the early 21st century, which some experts attribute to the general rise in interest in a variety of alternative medicine modalities and the mind/body/spirit connection.

What to expect at your first visit to a Holistic Practitioner

You’ll have a chance to talk about your current situation and what you hope to gain from biofeedback.  A baseline analysis with biofeedback assessment (Psychophysiological Stress Profile) will help determine if you are a good candidate for biofeedback.  Don’t worry.  There are no needles or pain involved.
Placement of electrodes on your fingers, shoulders and/or forehead will measure heart rate, heart rate variability, skin temperature, sweat gland activity and muscle tension.  A Velcro belt around your waist will measure your respiratory rate and breathing pattern.  You’ll be able to see your body’s reactions to stress on a computer screen. You’ll learn a lot about your body in just this first visit!  We’ll discuss your results , along with some biofeedback training recommendations. Plan on approximately 90 minutes for your first session.  Subsequent sessions will last 45-60 minutes.

General Biofeedback Measurements

Muscle Tension:  Electromyography (EMG) measures electrical activity of skeletal muscles.  Excess muscle tension and “bracing” can cause fatigue,
pain, muscle spasms and weakness.  Biofeedback increases your awareness of muscle tension.  Learning to decrease tension can lessen symptoms associated with chronic pain, headaches, muscle strain, TMJ and assist
in overall relaxation.

Electrodermal Activity (Galvanic Skin Response) (GSR) (Skin Conductance): Electrical activity on the skin surface corresponds with sweat gland activity. It is highly sensitive to thoughts and emotions and is an indirect indication of your stress response.  Individuals with anxiety or panic attacks can benefit from learning to lessen electrodermal activity.  GSR levels can be affected when perpetual arousal of the sympathetic nervous system begins to put a strain on adrenal gland function.

Skin Temperature: Thermal biofeedback is used to indirectly evaluate blood flow through the vessels under the skin. When stressed, some individuals experience cold hands due to overactive sympathetic nervous system arousal.  A relaxed state increases blood flow and is beneficial to the cardiovascular and immune systems.  You can learn to voluntarily warm your hands.  This can be helpful for those with high blood pressure, pain, migraines, Raynaud’s Disease, complications of diabetes and for overall relaxation.

Heart Rate, Respiratory (Breathing) Rate and Patterns:
You can influence your body’s ability to regulate involuntary functions of the automatic nervous system, simply by improving your breathing patterns.
Learning to enhance cardio-respiratory synchrony (heart rate
coherence) and heart rate variability (respiratory sinus arrhythmia)
has many benefits. There is research that indicates increasing your heart
rate variability may lead to improvements in your stress response, heart and lung function, blood pressure, sleep patterns and cognitive
performance.

During a biofeedback session, a therapist attaches electrical sensors to different parts of your body. These sensors monitor your body’s physiological state, such as brain waves, skin temperature, muscle tension, heart rate and breathing. This information is fed back to you via cues, such as a beeping sound or a flashing light.

The feedback teaches you to change or control your body’s physiological reactions by changing your thoughts, emotions or behavior. In turn, this can help the condition for which you sought treatment.

For instance, biofeedback can pinpoint tense muscles that are causing headaches. You then learn how to invoke positive physical changes in your body, such as relaxing those specific muscles, to reduce your pain. The ultimate goal with biofeedback is to learn to use these techniques at home on your own.

A typical biofeedback session lasts 60 to 90 minutes. The length and number of sessions are determined by your condition and how quickly you learn to control your physical responses. You might need at least 10 to 15 sessions.

My first appointment I filled out a couple of personal information sheets ans signed a consent. Then I was introduced to the practitioner and led into a quiet room with a large comfortable lazy boy recliner. A Velcro band was put around my head across my forehead, then four more smaller ones were put on my wrists and ankles.

Informed to lay still and not to touch my feet or hands together as this will interrupt the process. I relaxed, we talked about my symptoms and how I was feeling. We discussed life and had a lot of laughs at each appointment and over a period of 2 years have become good friends.  I obviously highly recommend these forms of health and wellness care for everyone!

~Andrea

Joining the Beautycounter Movement

I didn’t start blogging to make money or grow a business. I started One Gutsy Lady so that I could make an impact in the autoimmune community after having my life turned upside down from autoimmune diseases.

I have been able to reach people who share something deeply in common: an unyielding effort to better themselves and their family through diet, lifestyle, toxin-free products and emotional healing.

My mission for this website is to a create a community of like minded people who gather here with the sole purpose of improving their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. I have achieved my mission by offering resources, my personal experiences and establishing a social media community of women who have each other’s backs, and offering my personal experiences in the very public space that is the Internet.

Along the way, I have discovered the ways I can make the farthest reaching positive change. Beautycounter is one of those ways, and it has allowed me to connect with hundreds of women from all walks of life who want to clean up their personal care routine and protect their bodies and their family’s health.

I joined the Beautycounter movement 7 months ago, and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only have I gained friendships, but I am able to use my best assets to grow a business while making a positive impact in other people’s lives. It’s a win-win.

After struggling for decades with autoimmune diseases, I have found my happy place with food, exercise and lifestyle choices like my skincare, makeup and household products. Once I educated myself on the negative impact toxic products have on our health, it was both relieving and empowering to make choices that support my health.

Beautycounter is an industry leader advocating for increased regulations in our poorly regulated personal care and cosmetics industry! They advocate and educate lobbyists Parliament and Congress on the need for more stringent safety regulations. You can help by supporting Beautycounter in any of the 3 ways listed below.

Want to learn more about our Never List? Things you’ll NEVER find in any Beautycounter products!

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How do I join Beautycounter?

Become a client, member or consultant.

BECOME A CLIENT

Start switching your skincare and makeup products to safer and highly effective Beautycounter products. Scroll down to see my favorites! Need help color matching? Just email me so I can help. There’s a 60-day return policy on all products, even used products, so if you decide something isn’t right for you, you will get a 100% refund.

BECOME A MEMBER

A Band of Beauty member is a client who gains special privileges after joining the yearly membership program. I highly suggest becoming a member because your product credit can easily add up in one order to get a free product with your next!

For an annual fee of $29, you receive the following benefits:

** Free full-size product when you sign up & place an order with a $50 minimum (free gift changes every month!)

** Free shipping on orders over $100

** 15% product credit on all orders to use on future purchases – this adds up fast!

** Special deals throughout the year for members only

BECOME A CONSULTANT

Are you interested in joining my team to share your passion for non-toxic skincare, makeup and personal care products with your friends, loved ones, peers and community? Beautycounter consultants come from all walks of life. We are stay-at-home moms, nurses, therapists, nutritional therapy practitioners, functional medicine doctors, hair stylists, make up artists, small business owners, bloggers, waitresses, bank tellers, you name it. What we have in common is the drive to build a business for ourselves that makes a positive impact in our little piece of the world.

We are a direct retail company, which is different than an MLM. Beautycounter consultants are essentially the middle women for getting safer products in the hands of North Americans. This helps keep product costs lower & ensures the education piece of the movement stays intact.

By joining as a Consultant on my team, you will get:

** Personal mentorship by myself and our Managing Directors to help you grow and succeed. While we are independent consultants, it truly takes a village to change our beauty industry.

** 25% discount on all Beautycounter products as well as 40-50% discount at enrollment on your choice of several starter kits.

** The ability to grow your own business from anywhere in the US or Canada and be part of a hugely successful and growing movement.

How to join as a Beautycounter Consultant:

** Click this link to join today!

** Enter your email address and other required information to create your account. It will then say to “choose a mentor”, which defaults to “Beautycounter HQ.” Under that option, click “Select a different mentor”, and type in “Andrea MacInnes” in the first and last name section

** Add your $85 Enrollment Kit into your cart. This is the package you are required to purchase to become a consultant. It includes all of the information and learning materials you need to get started with your business as well as your personal website, access to Behind the Counter and product catalogs

** You can also add one of the product packages at a discounted rate when you first enroll, or you can order specific products a la carte if you desire! I suggest taking advantage of the deeply discounted Starter Kits because your enrollment month is the only time you will be able to receive such a deep discount on them!

** Once you finish the enrollment page and complete your order, you will be all set. I will be notified that you have joined my team, and I will be here to help you! You will begin receiving a series of emails from me and our team leaders with EVERYTHING you need to know to get started!

Questions about joining as a client, member or consultant? Send me a comment on my Facebook page or Instagram @andreabmacinnes

My Safer Skincare & Makeup Favourites!

The Rejuvenating Collection is a highly effective anti-aging line that includes everything you need to combat fine lines, wrinkles, dryness, puffiness and dark circles! The Rejuvenating Eye Cream is a must and has helped my crows feet and puffiness significantly.

You can get the whole line in a discounted package or get each product individually. This line does NOT contain any harmful chemicals found in most anti-aging lines like Retin-a, parabens, phalatates or synthetic fragrances.

 

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Beautycounter’s Tint Skin Foundation is a medium coverage, buildable moisturizing foundation that also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It gives your skin a bit of luminous glow without making you look shiny. It is gorgeous & instantly gives skin a beautiful boost!

 

Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation

 

 

Looking to refine oily, uneven skin? The No.2 Balancing Collection

A collection of targeted masks, mists, and oils formulated with safer ingredients to enhance your daily skin care regimen. Infused with activated charcoal and ylang ylang, the Beautycounter+ Balancing Collection gently refines oily, uneven skin. Activated charcoal and kaolin clay absorb excess oil and refine skin texture, giving skin a smooth, polished appearance.

*Made with the same formulas you love, No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask replaces best-selling Purifying Charcoal Mask, and No. 3 Balancing Facial Oil replaces Balancing Face Oil. 

 

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Purge Writing

I have a hard time keeping a “journal” it feels like a task or another thing I didn’t do today type of pressure I don’t want or need.

Writing is a beautiful art form, it allows my thoughts, emotions and creativity to flow from my brain out my hand onto paper. It is freeing, cathartic and therapeutic for me.

When I think of “journaling” I don’t write. When I think about releasing the thoughts that are dragging me down I write or purge write. Purging my thoughts proves to be healing for me in that all those negative thoughts and emotions are on paper and I can forget about them or at least they become manageable.

I use to worry about someone else finding my writing books and reading the personal stuff that they contained which stopped the creative, purging process. So, if this is a concern for you use loose leaf paper and burn it when you are finished.

I like keeping my writing now though because I go back weeks, months even years later and see how much I’ve grown personally and in writing style. I surprise myself each time I look back at how advanced my thinking was or how my thinking has develop, what I’ve learned in a short period of time but did not feel any of those things when I was writing those words.

Writing or purge writing has given me confidence and is helping me heal from being broken, disease, situations…. everything to do with LIFE!

If you are wanting to start writing your thoughts to get them out of your head simply start with a pen or pencil and a piece of paper. No goals, no expectations; just write! Write what you don’t want to think about anymore. Doing this will also help get your thoughts straight, organized, best of all it will give perspective to your life, problems and issues.

Purge writing is not something you have to do every day, it’s not another line on your to do list; it’s for purging thoughts and emotions when you are done with them so you can move on.

Writing your thoughts on paper will help you grow as a human being because you won’t stay stuck in a rut, you won’t stay stuck in your purgatory suffering. Writing gives your life the quality of cleansing and purifying your thoughts.

KEEP WRITING UNTIL YOU FEEL POSITIVE, FREE, LIGHTER!

It’s good for mind, body & spirit.

Love, Light & Peace
~Andrea