Not too long after deciding I am taking the Holistic Nutritionist course, my wife brought forward an opportunity to learn Reiki in Winnipeg.  She heard about it by word of mouth, and our first level of Reiki training is delivered on Aug 23, 2014.

For those who don't know what Reiki is, here is a partial definition according to reiki.org (click the link for full details):

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words - Rei which means "God's Wisdom or the Higher Power" and Ki which is "life force energy". So Reiki is actually "spiritually guided life force energy."

I've decided to enroll back in school and take a Holistic Nutritionist course with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.  I've been dabbling for over a decade in the nutrition realm which progressed from eat for your blood type, to food combining, to Paleo / whole foods.  I've finally clued into the fact that I am pretty passionate about it, and plan for a career change soon after I've graduated.

I'll take the course part-time through their Distance Education option, as they do not yet have a school in Winnipeg.  I fully intend to take both Advanced Certification options, which ultimately leads to the Diploma.

Healthy Living is going to be much more than "just a hobby" in the near future!

The same site where I had read about Food Combining, also listed another eating style that caught my attention... the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).  Thankfully, this site really was the catalyst to turning me on to Paleo... because of how similar SCD was to GAPS (they are pretty much identical except on eliminates all dairy) and ultimately Paleo!

This connection was made while looking further into SCD at cavemangroceries.com (unfortunately it looks like the link is down), which listed these following comparisons (thankfully I had copied this into my journal):

  1. SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet)?
    Indications: IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Crohn’s, Colitis, Celiac’s, and Autism.
  2. What is GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)?
    Indications: Those suffering from neurological disorders due to the overgrowth of bacteria in the gut.
  3. What is Paleo?
    Indications: The Paleo diet has been used for weight loss, CrossFit Trainers, and general health. The autoimmune diet (protocol) is for those who suffer from autoimmune diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Celiac’s, Crohn’s, Eczema, Lupus, MS, Parkinson’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Type 1 Diabetes to name a few.

Seeing Paleo listed as the eating plan that would help with all of the conditions of the previous two... was the last piece of evidence I needed to give Paleo an honest try for myself.

The proper combination of foods has had much said on it and there has been some controversy. From all the known facts and informed opinions leads to one conclusion.Despite encountering resistance from those to whom the idea is a new one, those to whom eating bread and potatoes with meats seems so natural that they can't accept the thought that such a combination is a bad one. Many of our oldest habits are unsound and should be changed, not lightly or for a whim, but with convincing reason.

Food combining was an interesting discovery that peaked my interest for a couple weeks.  I only knew to look for it as it was another seed planted by the live blood analyst I had visited.  Hers was a lighter/simpler version on a hand-out, but named the same.  This was an interesting concept to read about in more detail than I originally had, but again, I did not see a reason where Paleo would not be able to fit the bill as well:

  1. Eating meat/protein with good fats/oils fit well with acid digestion, and 
  2. Accompany it with plenty of veggies (and some fruits) from the low to medium Glycemic Index (GI) so they weren't a high-carb to working against the acidic digestion.

For about the last five years, I had been following the Blood Type Diet, upon the recommendation of a live blood analyst I had consulted with.  I had some very noticeable success early on with it while I maintained just eating from what was called "the beneficial list" for my blood type, which is O.  Once I started adding back some neutral foods, again allowable for my blood type, things started going south for me.

For type O's like me, you'd find that you are already 90% of the way to eating Paleo if you were only ever eating the beneficial foods.  The similarities being:

  1. There are zero beneficial Dairy products
  2. There are no beneficial Grains, except Blood Type Diet allowed sprouted bread (manna)
  3. There are no beneficial Legumes, other than Blood Type Diet allowing black eyed peas and adzuki

So if you eliminated those three exceptions, stayed away from processed foods, and picked up some healthy oils like olive & coconut oil... you're following Paleo without even knowing it.

One core advantage of eating Paleo over the Blood Type Diet is the shear number of recipes available to keep food fun and exciting!

Food For Thought

Write yourself a check for a large amount of money.
Pin it up so you can see it every day.
Imagine, with as much conviction as possible, how great it will feel when you really do have this money.

Jane Struthers, Attracting Abundance

Affirmations

Wonderful, loving and supportive friends
Are in my life now. 

Jane Struthers, Attracting Abundance

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