Live Stream | Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Hi wellness concious!

I’m getting so excited for the Integrative Nutrition Conference coming up!  IIN has opened up the conference livestream so anyone can join in from home!

Some of the incredible speakers they have lined up include, Chris Guillebeau (best-selling author, blogger & travel hacker), Dr. Andrew Weil (founder of the AZ Center for Integrative Medicine), and Joshua Rosenthal (founder of Integrative Nutrition).

It’s going to be epic!
You can learn more & signup for FREE here >> http://bit.ly/2nu5DdZ

March 25, Saturday – 10am – 3PM EST

10am-12:10pm

  • Joshua Rosenthal – Health Coaches are the Solution
  • Chris Guillebeau – Create Your Bio-Individual Business

2:00pm-3:00pm

  • Dr. Lesley James – Women’s Health
  • Holistic Life Foundation – Mindfulness Meditation

 

March 26, Sunday – 10:00am – 12pm EST

The broadcast will begin at 10am EST

10:00am-12:00pm

  • Haile Thomas and Nancy Weiser – Student Success Stories
  • Dr. Andrew Weil – Inflammation and Women’s Health

See you then!
xo
Kanna

Hello from Japan!

Konnichiwa!  Hello from Japan!

Yes, I have been in Japan since March 2016 and living my dream!
As a health coach, I’ve met many people ranging from toddlers to elders who wish to have a healthier and happier lifestyle!

More details to come about my life in Japan in the future, but here are some photos from one of my seminars – can you tell that I am feeling excited and happy? ;p

I will be back to Canada in April 2017!

No Sugar Added & Nut Free Cacao Spread (aka “Chocolate Butter”)

There was a “crêpe day” at my son’s elementary school, and it was suggested that we bring a topping for it.  I thought about sending some bananas, but I ended up packing a jar of homemade “Cacao Spread” – aka “Chocolate Butter”.  Boy, was it ever a hit!  I received lovely comments from the kids and moms – it REALLY made me happy.  And I got to thinking, why am I SO happy?

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I think it was because I felt connected, and shared my passion in a way that they could actually experience.  I love to find alternative nutritious foods to replace those toxic chemical loaded foods.  I rarely tell my family and clients to stop eating certain food without any substitute.

I make meals and snacks to keep my family healthy and happy, mentally and physically.  I want to avoid feeding toxins, but provide nutrients.  A simple principle, but it can be challenging if you think making a healthy food is complicated and/or expensive.  I used to think so too, but once you get the hang of it, it is not true.

It is easy enough to do, and saves you $.  You just need to plan and prepare in advance, and this will become part of your routine after a few weeks of trying it, and you have it for your life.

And the most important thing for many people is to shift their minds from “it’s too much for me” to “it’s worth it, it will be easier and more fun”.

Anyway, due to a high demand of how I make it, I decided to post a recipe below.  If you have any questions, let me know!
Happy healthy eating<3

Cacao Spread

Recipe:
Fills up about one and a half of 4 oz Mason Jar

Ingredients:
Ideally all in organic, but hey, start with what you can do! 🙂
You do not need to be precise on this recipe, I sometimes use 3/4 cup dates for a rich-thick spread, and 1.5  cup of them for smoother!  

-1 cup coconut milk (full fat one), warmed
-½ cup unsweetened cacao powder
-1 cup pitted medjool dates (soaked over night), drained.  If you are in rush, soaked in hot water for 10-20 min and drained.)
-½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
-1 tsp coconut oil (optional)

-¼ teaspoon sea salt (optional)

Directions:
Put them all in a high speed blender for a few minutes.
Pour it into mason jars.

Variations:
-goes well with fresh fruits like a banana and/or strawberries
-make a great “hot chocolate” just with your choice of milk
-on plain rice cakes, pancakes, toast
-simply eat it as it is!

Enjoy!
xoxo

Wishing you a happy new year!

I hope you had wonderful holiday seasons with your loved ones and recharged for the new year!

Body Karma has some big plans this year!
My family and I are planning to go to Japan for A YEAR from March 2015.  Since my kids are half Japanese, we would like them to experience some Japanese culture, and spend a lot of time with grandpa/grandma there.
I have a big mission to spread the word about health coaching, and help people who struggle with unhealthy eating habits and low self-esteem.  I would like to be a coach to let them know that they are worthy of any dreams they have, they have choices, they have rights to be a person who THEY want to be.  I would like to tell them that happiness comes from within, not from outside of the world nor materials.  Happy healthy life comes from the balanced lifestyle, not just one aspect of their lives.  I want to share many things, and I want to learn a lot.

New Year 2016

Wishing you abundant happiness, health, love, curiosity and imagination, and transition of your dreams into reality this year!!

Love,
Kanna

Is your life controlled by the “lies”?

According to Don Miguel Ruiz, an author of The Four Agreements, “Ninety-five percent of the beliefs we have stored in our minds are nothing but lies, and we suffer because we believe all these lies.”

How shocking is that?  What are the “lies” you believe, that is not favouring your life?  Some of you may not even realize those lies because you’ve believed them so long.

One of the biggest ones I had and lived accordingly for a long time was that I had “huge calves”.  Not a big deal, right?  Well, it wasn’t to me.
I was once trying to be a competitive horseback rider (many of my colleagues from there are Olympians, so it tells you how serious the stable was).  When a beautiful leather boots arrived, I wanted to share my excitements with my coaches.  So I tried to wear the new solid boots in front of them.  They were so tight that there was no way that my calves were going in smoothly.  Some of the coaches laughed at me so hard for me struggling, and I instantly felt the shower of embarrassment and shame.  And my brain told me that I was not worthy of becoming a great rider (if I can’t wear those boots).    I decided that I was useless.  I decided that I do not deserve anything anymore all the sudden.  I decided that I deserved the painful laughs from the coaches.
Just like that, I was under the spell.  I was only 13.It was the begging of my long journey with eating disorders, weight roller coasters, and low self-esteem.  I started adding more “lies”.  I thought “I also have fat legs”, “I won’t have a boyfriend because of my legs.”, “He would leave me for another girl because I have fat legs, and I probably deserve it”.  A very small event on an ordinary day spelled me for a long time.

The Four Agreements
Ruiz also says though “By hooking our attention, the word can enter our mind and change a whole belief for better or for worse”.  And it did for me, for better.  My husband, back then my new boy friend, told me that I had beautiful calves when I was jealously talking about my co-worker’s calves.  He sounded so authentically with love, and convinced me that I did.  I decided that I believe him and then I gradually was able to accept my calves as parts of my body rather than ugly existence.  The power of word broke a heavy spell, and there I started a long journey of healing.
If you are suffering from all those “lies” you believe and wish to break the spell, contact me for an initial consultation.
info@bodykarma.ca

Happy New Year, Hello New Service!

Hello 2015!   Hope you had wonderful holiday seasons and that you are having a happy and strong start of the new year!

Body Karma is shifting its core service from personal training & holistic nutrition consulting to health coaching! That is to help people who struggle with unhealthy eating habits (mainly emotional eating), weight management, and low self-esteem, and destructive thinking (I’ve suffered from them over 20 years, without really realizing them).

I’ve been trained to be a certified health coach at Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and I would love to assist as many people in need as possible.

At this moment, my initial consultation (45min) is free and can be done from 9:30am(PST) to 2pm(PST) on Mon – Fri (or some evenings and weekends), at a cafe, my office in Sidney, BC, Canada, or online (Skype or LINE call -free of charge!).  The purpose of the consultation is to learn about who you are, what you have in your current life, what you have gone through, what might be burdening you, what you would like to achieve, and what is the obstacle(s) to reach your health and life goals.

If you are interested or know anyone who could use this service, contact me below.
info@bodykarma.ca

All will be confidential (unless it is for teens who might benefit from having parents involved), and can be done in English or Japanese.

 

I am not struggling with an eating disorder….or am I??

Have you had a moment that you craved for a taste of chocolate and ended up eating a whole chocolate bar? How did you feel right after? How did your body feel?
Were you disappointed in you for not being able to resist the crave, or not stopping with just one bite? Or, were you ashamed of yourself and decided to punish you by having more junks?

Well, did you know that this could be a sign of a struggle from an eating disorder? I’ve done it so long in the past, but I had never ever thought that I had an “disorder”. Now I know I did and I admit it, I totally had an eating disorder and suffered from some more eating disorders. What I did not know was that I needed look inside of me and heal my soul instead of worrying about the food I ate or clothes I was able to fit in.

So, if you ever have a moment you have an urge to eat something, just listen to your body. First, acknowledge your wisdom of being able to hear what your body was trying to tell you. Be proud of yourself. Instead of feeling guilty of possibly having a chocolate, praise yourself for noticing the need. This is very important.
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Then, ask yourself, “What can I eat to meet my body’s needs. Could I have a healthier option? Could I start with a piece of chocolate and switch to a nice soothing warm tea? Will my body and soul be satisfied if I had a banana with some almond butter on it? Maybe a small bowl of plain yogurt with nutrition-loaded berries?”

Be kind to yourself and your body, if not for you, for me, please:)

Men suffer from eating disorders as well…

I once worked exclusively with women for eating disorders, but I realized that men also had equal pressure toward their food choice, body images and self-esteem to women. According to Haleh Moravej, a senior lecturer in nutritional sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University;

“Eating disorders are not about food but emotions and control. Some people cope with everyday anxiety and disappointments and other stressful issues by restricting or overeating and binge eating.

“Low self-esteem can lead to males being dissatisfied with their bodies and feeling an overwhelming pressure to change their themselves physically.”

Full article is here.

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There is no need to be feel ashamed. I have been there, and I always blamed on myself for not being “strong enough” to keep whatever the promises I made with food. I never imagined that I needed to look into my emotions. I never even thought I had an eating disorder and I was very good at hiding it. I can bet that many people around me thought my life was pretty content and I was happy.

If you need someone to talk, you know where to find me. I will listen with no judgement. We can chat over Skype or phone. Here is a first step for you to overcome the challenge you feel hopeless to change.
Email me to schedule a free initial consultation.

info@bodykarma.ca

 

More diets means more pounds?

“You can only hold your breath for so long. You can only starve yourself for so long.”

If you have been on a diet and are still on a diet, not reaching where you want to be, here is a great article by Dr. Mark Hyman.  On top of his research-based-suggestions, I think we need to change our way of THINKING about a relationship between food and our body before we can make a lifelong change for healthier version of ourselves.

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http://drhyman.com/blog/2014/05/26/5-reasons-diets-fail-succeed/

Enjoy and live a happy and healthy life that you deserve!

 

Intuition

A very interesting thing happened to me today…I was getting ready to go for a walk in the rain, I thought about packing light, but bring a credit card with me in case I decided to buy something along the way.  As I was putting it in my jacket’s outer pocket, I heard my voice saying “You should not put it in there, you will drop it.  Place it somewhere safer.”  I ignored the message and moved on.
Time went by and I was ready to put the credit card back to my wallet…and of course, I could not find it.  Yes, as I have “guessed”, I did drop it.  Slightly panicked, but somehow feeling confident, I started to look for the credit card.  I walked back all the streets I was on.  No luck.  I gave up and decided to call the credit card company.  As I was finishing the process of terminating the card and re-issuing a new one, I started hearing this voice…”As soon as you finish this call, you will find the card.”.  However, I ignored the voice again and finished all the thing I needed to get a new credit card.  Sure enough, as soon as I hang up the phone (literally, 5 seconds later!!), I saw the now-useless-credit-card on the ground!  I called the credit company asap to see if they could stop the process of terminating and reissuing, but no luck there either.
I think it was all my intuition trying to alert me certain things and I need to be more tuned with it.  I think it applies to all aspects of my life.  Have you heard or felt your intuition recently?

 

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Once Steve Jobs said “Have the courage and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

So, how do you use your intuition?

Also, one of my favorite coaches out there, Marie Forleo, has some good things to say about intuition in this video (under 5 min).