Monday
Dec042017

Delicious good stuff.... home made sugar scrubs, free nourish class!

Deliciousness! 
oh so much good stuff...

Happy Juicy Tuesday Lovely You!

I've got a delicious Juicy for you today but before I dive in, I want to remind you, in case you missed it last week, that my FREE nourish program is happening right now. I wanted to offer a little holiday gift to all of you - my lovely regular readers, cleansers and clients - to help you navigate this season, which can often be stressful. We just got started yesterday and it's not too late to jump in. Tell your friends, family and co-workers too, because it's so much more fun and inspiring in company. Maybe you can have your whole office hydrating and taking hourly stretch breaks! All you have to do is join the group Friends of Stiggly Holistics  on Facebook, and follow along with the wellness prompts I post each day. Consider it a daily nourishing "challenge" if you like. I'm your friendly guide on the side, and it's my intention to help you reduce the stress, increase the joy, and be a little  more present for (and with) yourself leading up to the holidays. See you in the group!
Now, without further ado..... as you know from time to time Juicy Tuesday features a wonderful guest chef. Today I would like to introduce you to the founder of Little Bites of Joy, the very lovely Andreea Fegan, who today kindly shares her amazing & beautiful recipe for sugar-scrub. These make such great holiday gifts and I urge you to run out, get the ingredients and start whipping these up pronto. You will make your gift recipients VERY happy, (and shhh! don't tell them, but it is super easy to make as well).  But don't only give them away, be sure to make a batch or two for yourself. I shall be making a batch for myself this evening! This kind of hand-made gift is right up my alley. It's fun to make,you get to avoid the shopping crowds, no landfill waste, grateful recipient.... all good stuff!
Andreea and I met while taking a herbology course a few years ago, and we are definitely kindred spirits - our tastes, interests and ways-of-being in the world are very much in sync! She happens also to be a beautiful photographer, and she'll have you drooling with her imagery alone! Take it away Andreea:
Little Bites of Joy's Winter-Hands Lavender Vanilla Sugar Scrub:















"I'll confess - I have dry hands in the winter. Um, who doesn't? And if you're a normal human being, you probably do too. It might be the gardener in me, the pianist who just plays and plays and plays (they get a beating!), or it may be that I dislike using gloves when I wash dishes (I know, I know, don't judge). But for so many reasons, when the heat comes on in the fall and winter, my hands shrivel up and it's so so important to take good care of them ~ meaning, when we age, we mostly show it on our face and our hands. So it's important to take good care of them, just as much as they take good care of us and others. It's a good idea to use humidifiers in the winter months to hydrate the air around you, too. But overall, I dislike general moisturizers since my skin is sensitive, and I do very well by these two recipes.

I'm sure there are 1,000 sugar scrub recipes out there, all of which are worthy of a post, but these two are just my own personal favorites. You can certainly use these as templatesand add in your own favorite oil combos, change up the oil (sweet almond and jojoba are great oils also), add in dried lavender leaves, poppy seeds for extra exfoliant properties ~ most of all, have fun, and play around with them. But these two recipes, I've found, are quick, easy, and just luxurious for the hands. Enjoy! And if you do end up making them, let me know how they turn out and hashtag #littlebitesofjoy on social media.
blessings to you all lovely souls, and happy creating! Andreea xx"


Recipe: 
3/4 cups raw sugar
Enough unrefined pure olive oil for desired consistency (think 1/2 - 3/4 cup or so)
10 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
How To:
Mix together well and bottle it up in your favorite glass container. (stiggly note: have fun making cute labels to decorate)
Use: 
I love keeping this by the sink and in the bathroom for after washing the hands. Take about one teaspoon and massage your hands well (but not too hard), and give them some love. Rinse under warm water, and dry well. You'll find that your hands are silky smooth and well nourished! 
Alternate recipe: 
Instead of the vanilla extract, try adding in 10 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil. The result is a gorgeous lavender/lemon sugar scrub. 

If you are interested in where Andreea gets her essential oils, please check out her Essential Oils For Bliss site here

Here's the link to the recipe on her website:
You can follow her on instagram here and facebook here.
And follow her December "hygge" challenge which sweetly and snuggly reminds us to get cozy, relax and enjoy the season, even when we are busy and stressed, no especially when that's the case!

She also has a fabulous collection of recipes, so check those out as well. So much good stuff! 

Andreea Fegan is the raw food chef, health coach, and essential-oils-educator behind "Little Bites of Joy". Her mission includes supporting her clients to live congruent lives through clean-eating, positive lifestyle changes, and 
aromatherapy, to build the foundation of health. Andreea's work focuses on low-glycemic eating and insulin resistance. In addition, she serves the community by offering essential oils & aromatherapy classes for better health & wellness. She has received certifications through Alissa Cohen's Raw Foods Program (Levels 1,2,3), the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and Rouxbe's Plant-based Professional Certification Program. Andreea is also the top prizewinner of the 2015 "Hot Raw Chef" Contest, hosted by Living Light Culinary Institute. She also recently finished her Foundations of Aromatherapy Certificate through the School for Aromatic Studies. 

She is also an avid gardener, a pianist, a photographer, a Mom, a blogger and so much more. She is one busy lady, filling her days working hard in the interest of healing people & the planet.  Her "
Little Bites Of Joy" community is filled with people just like you, looking to augment their health in simple and effective ways, to eat high quality food, share good health with one another, and support each other in our journey. They get together for cooking classes, demos and courses on  Meetup. If you'd like to connect with Andreea, receive a fun freebie, get some awesome tips and tricks for eating healthy, SIGN UP HERE! 

Thank you so much Andreea!


Have the most delicious week lovely! 
Take care of your beautiful self, and join the nourish community!

So much Love,
Sacha  xxx

Sacha Jones
Holistic & Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
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Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!
 
 
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and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
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Monday
Dec042017

Free nourish program leading up to the holidays!!!

Take good care of yourself!
(And I'm here to help)

Happy Juicy Tuesday Beautiful!

Well the "holiday season" is officially in motion and I don't know about you but I am starting to feel a buzz of anxious energy around me. It has become the cultural norm to find the holidays stressful, which is a bummer (for so many reasons). I think part of that stress comes from the huge commercial angle (pressure to buy, buy, buy), the overload of sugary treats, and that we start hearing Christmas songs as soon as the Halloween costumes are put away. Extending the season like that seems to be a sure way to have holiday-burn-out even before it's really started! 

Stress is so not-good! It is right up there with smoking, scrolling, too much sitting, too much sugar, and not eating well - when it comes to our health, especially over the long term. And double whammy, when we get stressed we tend to neglect all the stuff that's good for us (which is obviously counterintuitive, but we do it anyway!)

I've had a few requests to run a nourish class in December but I want to honour my own health & wellbeing too, and I don't really have time, so I started wondering "what can I offer?"  

I've decided that I would love to offer you all a gift, for FREE! As a thank you for reading my Juicy Tuesday regularly, for supporting my business, to celebrate ten years (and change) of Stiggly... and to do my tiny part in reducing the general stress levels in the world around us!

Starting next Monday 4th December, for two weeks, I am going to run a FREE mini nourish program in the Facebook group: Friends of Stiggly Holistics (kindly created by a regular Stiggly cleanser and client - thank you Shannon) to help you navigate the season a little better.

In the group I will be posting wellness tips that you can easily fit into your day. These tips will include things you already know but may have forgotten to apply to yourself lately. There will be reminders to drop your shoulders, sip some water, get up and stretch, breathe, chew, and the odd recipe to help balance out dessert-and-cocktail overload. The focus will be on adding good stuff in rather than a list of what not to do!

All you need to do is join the group, and check in daily - starting next Monday. No formal sign-up, no payment, no pressure, no emails. Short, sweet, community oriented. There will be one or perhaps two posts a day from yours truly.

I will be your guide on the side, to help you reduce the stress, increase the joy, and be a little  more present for, and with yourself leading up to the holidays. 

Obviously it won't be anywhere near as involved as my nourish classes, (I have one of those planned for January 8th!)but it will hopefully be helpful.  Important note - I don't plan on offering my work for free in the future, it's too precious, and you are too precious & worthy of investing in (and hey, I'm precious too!), but I am feeling grateful and generous, and would really love to help you bring your shoulders away from your ears as you unfurrow that lovely brow... and help you to experience more Joy this holiday.
See you in the group!

And while on the subject of self-care, and treating yourself like the precious being you are... I want to invite you to a women's retreat in Mexico in March, led by two fabulous Stiggly Cleanse & Nourish regulars/alumni who I just adore - Jeannie Ralston and Kim Cihlar of Next Tribe.
The price is going up next week, so I wanted to let you know about the VIP, "in-crowd" special-price that's currently available. Who doesn't fancy a seven-day yoga-retreat in the stunningly gorgeous location of Troncones Beach, Mexico. There will also be photography and writing classes available as part of the package if you should so choose. It's gonna be good!  More info here: 
And please, do check out the Next Tribe magazine while you are browsing, it's great!

Now, Helen Kane was the Stiggly Holistics of 1929 and she has a little message for you all....

"Take Good Care of Yourself!"
Have the most delicious week my lovely! 
Take care of lovely you, and do join me, it'll be fun!

So much Love,
Sacha  xxx


Sacha Jones
Holistic & Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!
 
 
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 

 

Monday
Nov202017

Gratitude: a spiritual practice 

I am thankful for you!

Happy Grateful Tuesday Lovely,
Firstly I want to express my gratitude for the amazing responses I received last week for the Juicy Tuesday Musings "it's not too late and it's not too early!" - it might have been a record breaker for forwards and juicy replies, so huge thank you. If you missed it, have a read here!
It's been quite a week - good & emotional stuff as well as big sadness... things to reflect on and share here soon, but for today a little more focus on gratitude. 
Thanksgiving brings up a lot of stuff - be that politically charged, or just by being amongst family, or simply that it marks the beginning of a stressful season for some. So I find it of utmost importance to take some deep breaths and bring it back home to LOVE. 
I have always enjoyed this American holiday because in my experience it's the only non-commercial, non-religious holiday we have - and it asks of us only to hone in on gratitude, love, kindness and community. Other than the very first year I lived here (in which a bunch of us foreigners used the long weekend to venture to Canada) I've been lucky enough to have been "adopted" and have enjoyed a myriad of wonderful experiences around large dining tables, from the suburban-family-dinner to the urban experience where 90% of diners hail from other countries. Without fail we have gone around the table expressing gratitude for something or someone, and even the most cynical have gotten involved. It never fails to touch my heart.
I write about the practice of gratitude pretty frequently, I find it to be so healing and empowering. The first year I recall fully embracing gratitude expression as a spiritual practice was about 11 years ago while at a conference in Miami Beach. Some of you have heard this story but it still feels relevant. I ventured out one morning on a very intentional Gratitude Stroll - I believe at first my goal was to walk for 10-15 minutes silently expressing gratitude, and then see what happened. I walked and thanked and walked and thanked. 10 minutes easily turned to 90, and with every thing I felt thankful for, I felt better, happier, more open. As I turned my mantra into what I loved: "love love love" I looked down to see a beautiful heart shaped pebble just laying there "winking at me" - a gift from nature, confirming my spiritual practice.
Ever since then I have gone big with the practice - it's the way I ground myself, leap over life's hurdles and make every day a celebration. If I drift away for a couple of days I really notice, but like an anchor, it always pulls me back.
Each year now, my husband and I make sure we take a gratitude stroll on Thanksgiving day - taking turns to outwardly express our gratitude. Of course this isn't just a practice saved for this day, but it has become such a lovely and vital part of our annual ritual, and I highly recommend it.
 
I wish you a beautiful week in thankful reflection - paying attention to your basic needs, as well as life's incredible accoutrements. We all have so much to be grateful for, even on the hard days.
Come on over and share your gratitude right here.
Have the most delicious week! 
Take care of lovely you!

So much Love,
Sacha  xxx

Sacha Jones
Holistic & Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!
 
 
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
 

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Monday
Nov202017

It's neither too late or too early.... yes you can!

What are we waiting for?

Happy Juicy Tuesday Sweetheart,
During the beautiful early morning, as I sipped my fire water and prepared to head out to yoga on this delicious Juicy Tuesday, I found myself listening to the city's quiet, and admiring the clouds all pink and fluffy in the sky. And I kept rolling over in my mind those phrases I hear time and time again, (and, confession time, I catch myself saying too sometimes). Have you noticed how we so often tell ourselves these stories about why we can't or shouldn't do something? That the time is not right, that we are too old, too young, too small, too big, not ready, too far, too soon, too busy, too stressed! And we tell ourselves these stories as if they are hard fact - as if somewhere it is written. So we believe it, then accept it, and then... ironically, we start turning these myths into facts, just by the very nature that we believed in them so deeply.
But who has written the book on "No you can't!", anyway? Who has sold us these limiting belief stories? (
Yes, likely the answer is but a stone's throw away - our parents, culture, school system, bullies... and we believe them and let them have power over us even decades later).
When I was a little girl and a gymnast, my teacher always, always said "There is no such word as CAN'T!" She would tell us that we just hadn't learned how to do it YET, that if we kept trying we'd get there. Unfortunately - though her words have never left me - there were many more contradicting voices in my life as a young person, and hers weren't magic words enough to power me through this life with the confidence I wish I had - and indeed I've let fear win the battle far more often than not. 
BUT, the older and (hopefully) wiser I become, the louder and more true and relevant the words of my lovely gymnastic teacher become. And I understand that her words can be just as true to me, just as powerful, as the unkind words of the mean math teacher, and all the rest of 'em. (Man, so often have I wanted to jump back in time and give that high-school career counselor a good talking to and take that 15/16 year old me by the hand and tell her it's gonna be ok! But that's a whole other story!)
This stuff shows up in lots of ways and is bigger than one Juicy Tuesday Musing can possibly have time for, but this morning I've been thinking how this stuff really rears it's ugly head at this time of year, and how we use it as a way of kidding ourselves, hiding, and putting off what we claimour dreams and goals are. We hide behind busy-ness, winter clothes, family commitments, seasonal baked-goods, et al, and tell ourselves "I can't"! 
I ask you to sit for a moment with some of your "I can't" statements - maybe even write them down. Get really honest and if some of these things are actually 
"I don't want to" then say it, let them go, poof! (Maybe "your" goals are societal pressures anyway?) Then, with whatever remains on the list, WHY can't you? What is stopping you? 
Here are some of the top limiting-belief statements I hear on the regular, and a short but sweet examination of how to change the story. I also love to work with clients one-on-one to help change "I can't" to "I can, I will, I did!"
#1 "I'm too old to get in shape (do yoga, meet a partner, move to a new city, fill in the blank"!) 
No! You aren't my love! You will always find someone older than you who is doing just that thing you profess not to be able to do. If you don't WANT to do the thing, that's a different story, but you aren't too old! Baby baby steps, ask for help, get to the foothills before thinking about how you will get to the peak! And let Tao Porchon Lynch be your inspiration.
#2 "I'm too young, I'll do that when I am older"
- well sure, there are things this is true about, but not when it comes to exercise, eating well, wearing sunscreen, taking care of your spirit and soul, having a voice, learning, saying Yes to you and No to what doesn't serve you, and putting your big dreams in action. Start now, because what you do now does, and will, imprint you down the line!  Trust me, I've been there, done that, worn the damn T-shirt! Start now, it's never too early.
#3a "I am gonna get in shape in the new year!" and
#3b "I am gonna totally start eating well after the holidays are over!"  Um, that old chestnut! You know what, sure, there are lots of yummy indulgences around to dip into as the holidays kick-in, but does this mean you have to eat those things for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Does the presence of pumpkin pie and mashed spuds means you can't eat leafy greens, drink water, go for a walk, take a yoga class? Fill up on the good stuff my loves. You canstart now, and if you do, it will feel so much easier than some kind of cold turkey attempt on 1st January (which will ultimately feel so difficult you will want to throw in the towel by January 4th!)
#4 I am too busy and stressed to do yoga/stretch/ meditate! Aaghghghrrrgghgh!!! Let's bust through this one together. The more stressed and busy... the more vital it is to take a moment here, there and everywhere to breathe, smile, sip, stretch, move, meditate, breathe more. Let's jump off the hamster wheel, un-hunch those shoulders and remember that self care is an oxygen mask, and that it provides more energy, makes you more productive, helps you sleep better, and might even make you live longer! 

So how about we shake things up around here, change the tape that is looping in your head, go back in an imaginary time machine and zap away the nay-sayers, put on our super-human-capes and say Yes, we can!  Yes we can, yes we can!

And it's still gratitude month, so come on over and share your gratitude right here - observe and have thanks for all the good stuff, inspire others, share the love. 
And if this season finds you struggling a little, please reach out to book a wellness consultation with me. I'm also working with some other amazing holistic wellness coaches to make sure I can match YOU with the right guide-on-the-side.
Have the most delicious week! 
Take care of lovely you!

So much Love,
Sacha  xxx

Sacha Jones
Holistic & Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!
 
 

 

Monday
Nov202017

Another Juicy Gratitude Season is upon us

Gratitude Season!

Happy Juicy Tuesday Lovely,
The clocks have fallen back, the days are getting shorter and the holidays are around the corner. Last week I shared some tips on navigating this time of year which you can read right here to hopefully avoid burn out and getting run down. Thank you for all the lovely feed back about that one.
One of the lovely things I enjoy about this season is that with Thanksgiving (a north American holiday) comes a focus on gratitude. And while yes it's true that expressing gratitude every single day of the year is important, I have grown especially very fond of the 30 days of Gratitude that has sprung up with the advent of social media. Focusing on what we DO have instead of always pining for something out of our grasp is incredibly healing. Noticing the abundance that already exists in our lives can make us feel satiated, warm, rich, blessed!
The practice of expressing gratitude every day (for 30 days or so) requires us to dig deep, to examine those things we may take for granted and yet when we stop to notice are just incredible blessings. Clean running water, HOT running water, arms, legs, sight, vision, the sense of smell, friends, neighbours, plants... And once we have committed to the practice for such a length of time it becomes a really strong habit. 

There have been a multitude of studies showing the benefits of a gratitude practice and how it has the power to improve our health, not only emotionally/psychologically - but physically as well. We literally start to feel better! Being deeply grateful also strengthens our sense of empathy and compassion, and can work wonders on our self-esteem. You only need to practice it for a few days to experience a feel-good-boost! And then you'll find it's pretty addictive.

Whether you choose to share your gratitude journal with the world or keep it for yourself doesn't really matter. I personally like the accountability of public gratitude to keep me on track, but I also have an all-year-round "Lovely Day" jar - where I write about good things that have happened on squares of paper, fold them up, and throw them in. Just looking at all those folded sheets of paper makes me smile. 
I started a page on Facebook a couple of years ago to go hand-in-hand with this and I'd love if you come join us and let us know what makes your heart sing with gratitude. And please spread the word. The world can always benefit from more grateful human beings. 
You can find that right here, please stop in and share some love. 
And if this season finds you struggling a little, please reach out to book a wellness consultation with me. I'm also working with some other amazing holistic wellness coaches, to make sure I can match YOU with the right guide-on-the-side.
Have the most delicious week! 
For what are you truly grateful?

So much Love,
Sacha  xxx

Sacha Jones
Holistic & Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul 
 
Nourish your body, Nourish your soul!
 
 
Sacha Jones
Holistic Integrative Nutrition Wellness Coach, AADP
and
Lifecycle Celebrant & Officiant

Stiggly Holitics
Sacha Jones Ceremonies
 
Nourish Your Body
Nourish Your Soul