My vitamin love affair

Just a few of the many supplements I take on a daily basis.

I’m in a full-blown LOVE AFFAIR with my vitamin and supplement regime – and the love has never been stronger. Let me start from the beginning…

About 10 years ago, I registered for a holistic nutritionist program. I was OBSESSED with food and health, and wanted to know everything that I could. At that point, I had already slowly started supplementing on the advice of a Naturopath but I didn’t think much of it until I started this program.

I did GREAT with supplementation for a few years and was starting to feel the best I had ever felt. However, I soon fell into the you-should-be-getting-all-your-vitamins-from-food trap. This was amplified by the fact that I had been taking nutrition courses and was juicing and was getting in lots of greens, etc. If anyone was getting all their vitamins from food it was surely me, right?!?!

(Side bar: see how powerful public opinion is? Despite the advice of a professional AND the training I was doing, I still fell for public “wisdom”…)

It took a LONG TIME for me to pinpoint the problem as my body slowly and progressively left clues that it was unhappy with my decision. Sure, I was getting older and a bunch of life changes were happening so it was easy for me to blame my new health concerns on that. Plus, there was nothing medically wrong with me so I started believing it was “normal” to feel this way.

To be honest, I strongly resisted going back onto a vitamin and supplement regime and I only VERY RELUCTANTLY ended up doing so. After a couple of weeks, I couldn’t believe the difference… Despite my best efforts, it was clear I wasn’t getting all the nutrients I needed from my diet. And, frankly, nowadays our food is much less nutritious than it was “back in the day” so I’m not sure why people make it sound so easy.

(Side bar: the quality of the supplements I started taking probably had A LOT to do with the results I experienced… choose wisely.)

So now I get a bit upset (ok, very upset) when I hear people say you should be getting it all from food. ESPECIALLY when I also hear them say they lack energy, have aches and pains, and are dealing with emotional issues. I’m not saying supplementation is a cure-all for these but you might be surprised how well your body responds.

Also, I’ve noticed that ALL my health idols take supplements… it just makes sense to me to follow the advice of the people whose health I admire and aspire to replicate for myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

Some seem to worry that if people start supplementing they will become complacent with their diets and not bother eating any nutritious food. I think it’s the TOTAL OPPOSITE. When people start feeling better, they start making better decisions. It’s way easier to pop a vitamin in the morning than to deprive yourself of your favourite treat… and I bet you’ll notice that when you start improving your health you will be less tempted to splurge on these treats.

~ Rant ends here ~

I hope this encourages you to pay more attention to how you are feeling in your body, maybe question some of your current beliefs and explore more deeply what might be stopping you from taking necessary steps to improve your health.

Wishing you all amazing, radiant health!


PS – I am not a medical doctor. I am not claiming that supplementing is a cure for physical and mental illness or disease. Always seek medical advice from your health care professional and let them know of any new supplementation regime you are considering.



Face lotion with oils

About 7 years ago, I ditched most of my commercial face products and started making my own using natural carrier and essential oils. I was tired of the chemicals, hefty price tags and less-than-stellar results.

Just like when you switch to a natural shampoo, there is a transition period in getting your skin used to DIY face products. I started slowly, toughed out the initial blemishes and now I couldn’t be happier with the way my skin looks. I never wear concealer, foundation or powder anymore. Honestly, I used to wear TONS and never left the house bare-faced.

Every time I make my face lotion, it’s a bit different. Here is my latest recipe, which uses two carrier oils and 4 pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.

  • Jojoba oil (3 parts): this oil is great for all skin types, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • Red raspberry seed oil (1 part): contains natural sun protection and “moisturizes the skin, improves elasticity, reduces wrinkles and fine lines” (source).
  • Frankincense (5 drops): helps preserve a youthful complexion, cell regeneration and tighten pores.
  • Cypress (2 drops): helps tighten pores.
  • Geranium (1 drop): helps cell regeneration and tighten pores.
  • Tea Tree (2 drops): good for oily skin and skin blemishes.

In the past, I’ve also used Grapeseed oil, Argan oil and Coconut oil as carrier oils. There are plenty of options you can try depending on what type of skin you have and the desired effect(s) you are looking for.

Other wonderful essential oil options to use in your face lotion based on your skin’s needs include Clary Sage, Jasmine, Lemon (photosensitive*), Myrrh, Neroli, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Bergamot (photosensitive*), Cypress, Juniper Berry, Lavender and Rosemary.

BTW – I’m super picky with my essential oil brand as I don’t want any synthetics, fillers or additives on my skin. Otherwise, what is the point? Plus, you likely won’t experience the benefits listed above.

I’m also not big on complicated or overly precise recipes… I just made sure to have a 1 % dilution of essential oils based on a 50 ml glass bottle, as shown in the video. If it were any more complex, I likely would not do it! My time is way too valuable.

About 6 drops is all you need for your face. Add a few extra drops if you also want to moisturize your neck and chest.

Hope you like it!


*Caution: Lemon and Bergamot (and all other citrus essential oils) are photosensitive, which means they can cause you to burn more quickly if you are exposed to the sun or a tanning bed. When using citrus oils topically, stay out of the sun or tanning beds for a minimum of 12 hours.

My side hustle story


I started this side hustle about a year ago, stemming from my passion for health. At the time, I had NO IDEA how important it would become.

See, I would consider myself quite good with money. My father bought me the book โ€œThe Wealthy Barberโ€ when I was about 16 years old and Iโ€™ve pretty much followed that advice since then. But the one thing I was NOT GOOD at was building an emergency fundโ€ฆ

It seemed that, as soon as I would put money aside for this purpose, something would break down or a big unexpected expense would come up. And there went the fund…

So when I got laid off from my corporate job, it should have been a huge financial shock. Donโ€™t get me wrong โ€“ it was still a kick in the shin. But I had been building myself an income-generating safety net on the side.

Iโ€™m not going to sugar-coat it, though. I finished my 9 โ€“ 5 job and worked late evenings and weekends on this (amazing) gig. But Iโ€™m eternally grateful to have pushed through it.

As I get back up onto my feet, Iโ€™m proud to know that Iโ€™ve got my own back and I promise never to complain about the extra work ever again!!

(PS โ€“ I also got to live a dreamโ€ฆ you know those annoying people who seem to be able to work from the beach? I got to do this while I was in Mexico! The magic of an online business…)


Potassium-rich coconut water

My favourite hydrating and electrolyte-replenishing drink is definitely coconut water and nothing beats getting it fresh from the beach!

Coconuts are just awesome in general. Apparently, in Sanskrit, coconuts are called kalpa vriksha, meaning “tree which gives all that is necessary for livingโ€ (source). I believe it! They offer a full-on combo of nutrients, fats and hydration plus have incredible uses in cooking and for skin care.

Coconut water is a great source of hydration due to its electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals. You might as well call it nature’s sports drink. I like adding it to my smoothies or mixing it with chia seeds along with a squeeze of lemon for an energy boost.

This year, I also discovered eating the coconut “flesh” or “meat” with some lime and spices. Coconut flesh, found on the inside of the coconut, is said to help restore oxidative tissue damage and contains healthy fats, proteins, and various vitamins and minerals (source).

Of course, coconut oil also has amazing health benefits but I’ll save that for another post ๐Ÿ˜‰



Rebounding: trampoline for grown-ups

A few years ago, my awesome friend gave me her spare mini-trampoline. I had been hearing a lot about rebounding and its health benefits, and I wanted to give it a shot.

It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with it! These are the main reasons why:

  • It makes me feel like a kid and, according to Harvard, feeling young at heart makes you live longer. Yes, please!
  • When I get stressed and restless, it literally helps me shake off those uncomfortable feelings. It also helps me when I feel in a funk and uninspired.
  • It’s a super easy and low maintenance way to get a bit of cardio in. As you can see, I don’t even bother to change into any fancy workout attire. (Warning: if you wear something on your feet, make sure there’s grip underneath)
  • It’s small, compact and can be stored out of sight. I’ve had exercise bikes in my living room in the past… no more. I just roll this away behind a storage unit.
  • It’s like dancing by yourself but a notch up cardio-wise. Crank some tunes and go crazy. Just make sure your neighbours can’t see you ๐Ÿ˜‰

From a health perspective, rebounding is actually quite impressive. The list goes on but here are some highlights:

  • Boosts lymphatic drainage and immune function
  • Great for skeletal system and increasing bone mass
  • Good for reducing cellulite
  • Helps improve digestion
  • Helps improve balance by stimulating the vestibule in the middle ear
  • Helps improve the effects of other exercise
  • Helps circulate oxygen throughout the body to increase energy
  • Whole body exercise that improves muscle tone throughout the body
  • Some sources claim that the unique motion of rebounding can also help support the thyroid and adrenals.

(Source: adapted from Wellness Mama)

If you can get past the idea of bouncing on a mini-trampoline, I highly recommend you give it a try! The fringe benefits are awesome.


Daily morning detox drink

I am totally a morning person. After 9 pm, and even leading up to that, I literally start shutting down. So the morning is when I try to do most of my work, chores and health-boosting rituals.

One of these rituals is my daily morning detox drink, which includes a pinch of cayenne pepper, the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of chlorophyll. Here’s why I chose these ingredients:

  • Cayenne pepper: this kick starts your metabolism and is good for weight loss. It’s also anti-inflammatory and reduces pain. I especially like it for its role in detoxifying.
  • Lemon: this is also a great one for detoxifying and an energy boost. It’s loaded with vitamin C and even has rejuvenating properties (holla!)
  • Chlorophyll: again – more antioxidants and a detox powerhouse. It also helps with alkalinity and deodorizing.

It’s not the tastiest drink but I’ve grown to love it.

Give it a try ๐Ÿ˜‰


Natural nail polish remover

Nail polish remover was one of the last items I replaced as I transitioned towards a chemical-free lifestyle. Honestly, I didn’t think it would be possible to replace this one until I accidentally messed up my manicure with lemongrass essential oil.

Until then, acetone nail polish remover was my go-to.

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Acetone is a super smelly, colourless, volatile and flammable solvent often found in nail polish. It’s actually present in many other household items such as paint remover, detergents and cleaning products.

Although it may be a useful substance, the nasty side of acetone is that it can cause:

  • nose, throat, lung and eye irritation
  • headaches and fatigue
  • light-headedness, dizziness and confusion
  • nausea and vomiting
  • a bunch more unpleasant side effects…

(Source: Tox Town)

These are just some of the reasons I wanted to find an alternative to standard nail polish remover. I researched a variety of different natural options on the Web; however, they never worked well for me. Lemongrass worked amazing.

Caution: lemongrass essential oil is considered a “hot” oil and can cause permanent skin sensitivity. Always do a skin patch test when introducing a new essential oil: for adults, one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier oil massaged on the inside of the wrist; for children, one drop of essential oil in one tablespoon of carrier oil. Should you experience an adverse reaction such as redness, burning sensation or rash, add more carrier oil to the site and rinse with water.

Once the nail polish is removed, I add myrrh essential oil to my cuticles and carrier oil to my hands to moisturize. At the same time, the carrier oil dilutes any lemongrass essential oil that may end up on your fingers.