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Next Episode coming February 2020

Dear Listeners and those of you discovering Mibo Musings. A huge part of being healthy and vibrant is listening to your soul, your body, your gut, your heart. With a number of things going on in my life (good things but many) I have decided to put Mibo Musings on my parked list and come back to it in 2020.

My key focus areas are my own wellness, daily meditation, being present and connected with my family, raising my youngest who is almost 6 and being part of my oldest daughter’s life who is almost 22 (same dad by the way) and nurturing Vital Body, my Ideal Protein Clinic.

I have 19 episodes for you to enjoy. Meditations and guided talks on the resource page and a few delightful things on the stuff I love page. And about 500 more podcast topics and people to interview on my list. So much wonderful content is brewing.

Thank you for your support. Stay tuned. Send requests. Stay in touch.

blessings,

zan

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Ep. 19 – Male perspective on emotional side of weight loss

I was really blown away by Drew Manning’s message and his way of expressing it. September is a time where many clients are doing a reset post summer and it’s a fresh start for many. Having a solid foundation for long term success is the key. The foundation includes your mind and your food. Having a plan and tools for improving your mindset is so important. If you have found maintenance a challenge then it’s truly time to look beyond phase 1 and explore other tools. Enjoy my short review of this interview with Drew Manning. And then check out the interview. See link below and in show notes.

Click here for the Drew Manning interview on Health Theory.

blessings,

zan

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Ep. 18 – Yoga Belly – Letter from Adriene

This month I read a letter/newsletter sent from Adriene from YWA – Yoga With Adriene. She’s one of a kind, and brings such an awesome perspective to the body, breath and yoga. Enjoy!

https://yogawithadriene.com/

Click here to sign up for her Weekly Letter – https://do.yogawithadriene.com/letter

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The art of coaching a black and white protocol – Episode 17

Let’s face it, we are dealing with food and people. There is a reason dieting is a billion dollar industry and if it were black and white and easy there would not be so much suffering about weight, food, eating, pleasure and our body. So how does a coach administer a black and white medical protocol and honour the human side of food, emotions and all that is connected to being in a physical body.

Amrita and I cofounded Vital Body (Ideal Protein Clinic in Vancouver, BC) and she was the most amazing business partner ever. She has tremendous intuition, an always open heart and connects deeply with people from all walks of life. Her insights in serving the client, how to flow with life versus forcing outcomes, and how to run a business from a heart centred approach is refreshing and up lifting.

Tune in to the podcast as we discuss coaching, how we evolved as coaches and what is the art of coaching the Ideal Protein program.

You can see Amrita’s latest body of work over at Inner Altar.

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Amrita Ahuja from  inneraltar.life  coached for 8 years and was a cofounder of Vital Body.

Amrita Ahuja from inneraltar.life coached for 8 years and was a cofounder of Vital Body.

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Brian on being sick and tired of being sick and tired – Episode 16

Brian is so honest, humble, compassionate and willing to share about his journey. He was a total pleasure to coach. He’d show up with a food journal that had raisins in his oatmeal, cooked onions in his dinner and various other fun deviations. But he was so open to learn and understand why the protocol is so crisp. He had a vision, a plan and deep desire to feel better and to be his best self. He had the staff at Vital Body laughing every week.

As he started seeing his success he’d show us his old driver’s license photo that was truly a different Brian. He rolled into Phase 4 with ease and kept working this phase as much as he did Phase 1. Carving out time to meal plan, exercise and keep his mind and thoughts focused on his goal. He knew the old habits are there and that it was key that he stay active to keep that alive and energized feeling. “Just go for a walk, go around the block, don’t give in. You will feel better soon if you get outside.”.

Brian’s Phase 4 tips:

  • surround yourself around people you want to be like

  • don’t blame anyone for your results – be responsible for your actions

  • be open and curious and know that each day things get easier

  • keep practicing – it gets easier

  • allow yourself some down days but then remember to get back to what works – for him it’s about getting outside and doing a walk or anything that gets you moving

  • it happens when you are ready – for Brian it was a chat with his doctor, he was feeling embarrassed and he was unwilling to allow himself to go further down hill. He had a wake up call that he’s missing out on so much by “letting himself go” (eating poorly, not exercising and drinking)

  • focus on what you want – I want to live long and be healthy

  • It does not happen overnight. You need to trust and be patient

  • be open to re-learning and changing your thinking (includes an open heart)

  • be open to suggestions

  • and FYI – Brian completed a full year of Phase 4 (I must admit that despite setting up all our clients to really be ready for Phase 4 we have a number that don’t engage in Phase 4 the way they did Phase 1).

  • Celebrate all of your life, even the parts that were a challenge. Respect who you are, all that you have lived and who you have become.

Thank you Brian. You are the real deal, funny and truly an inspiration to others.


Brian being recognized at his work place.

Brian being recognized at his work place.

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Phase 4 workshop aha moments – Episode 15

This musing reflects on some recent Phase 4 workshops we have hosted at our clinic. The workshop is an exploration into the world of phase 4 and all that it entails. Wellness is more than just what you are eating. And as clients start to look at their life in phase 4 and their deep ties to food there is always a great conversation that ensues. If there is no answer then what? What do I do about over eating? What do I do when I have no time to eat well? What do I do when I don’t have the energy to tell someone I don’t want to eat “that” and how do I find a balance for myself of pleasure and making choices that serve me. Sometimes phase 4 can feel like a battlefield, I want this but I shouldn’t eat it, why can’t I eat what I want and not gain, why do I crave things that are not good for me and on and on and on. But we have found that over time, not over night, a new balance arises for each person that engages in finding solutions that work for them.

I mention in the podcast that a must watch video is the Lynn Roos success story from Ideal Protein. She’s a rockstar that everyone can relate to. Click here to see her story and video.

Blessings,

zan

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GLOWBall Truffles Luxe

I have had a love hate relationship with desserts and treats over the years. But it’s almost always love now as I become wiser with age.

I have a podcast about these truffles. Listen here.

Julie Beyer from Glow Chocolates is a master in the kitchen. Her heart and soul go into every chocolate and truffle she makes. She promised me they were not addictive. I had confessed to her that once I start a Lindt bar there is no stopping. She promised one would satisfy me fully and I that I would not need major mental games to stop myself from eating more. And indeed her truffle (that has no chocolate or sugar in it) tastes out of this world and satiates and satisfies a sweet tooth. And although it’s a buzz word – it’s actually healthy.
This is truly a life saviour for me as I navigate Phase 4. My sweet tooth can show up anytime and I like to have a plan. I keep 50 of these in my freezer and I have no problem with that (some foods are just not a good idea to have in bulk if you know what I mean ). Some days it passes, other days I simply need to stop and enjoy a truffle. Navigating sugar, eating in moderation, choosing healthy options (that taste good and satisfy you) and sometimes just enjoying something that you have thought is “bad” for you is all part of figuring out what works for you. What feels right for you and your body.

From Julie’s website:

Vegan | Dairy-Free | Soy-Free | No Artificial Sweeteners 

GLOWBall Consciousness Truffles™ are “guilt free”, no-sugar-added chocolate-like snacks that satisfy sugar cravings and have similar benefits to an energy bar. GLOWBalls contain NO chocolate and are made with carob (a plant that tastes like chocolate) and are only sweetened with natural organic green stevia.

We haven’t forgotten about flavour! 99% of people report they cannot taste any green stevia – just creamy delicious chocolatey decadence.

Enjoy my dear mibo friends. Ain’t life sweet.

blessings,

zan

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Candles – Beeswax of course :)

A simple way to feel more relaxed is to light a candle. I do it all the time, breakfast, lunch, dinner, when working, in the bathroom, on the coffee table, while I cook, and on the patio. True, I have to remember to blow it out before leaving the house and that’s important!

I love a clean orderly home but that’s just not happening often with a little one around. See the image – that’s my work/dining table. You can see a sunflower growing next to the lap top, a kids water bottle, drawings and craft supplies in the background. Plus I see 20 library books on the coffee table. But I see my candle and all is well.

I get mine from the Kelowna Candle Factory. They have a great website and tons of info and fabulous products. Small business that ships. I love the long tapered candles in the natural colour. Sometimes at Christmas I get some coloured ones.

Treat yourself. Make sure you find a good candle maker that uses a good bees wax.

blessings,

zan

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Creams and Self Care – My top recommendations

True. I’ve been a bit of a cream junkie over the years, but in a good way. Perhaps a bit pricey at times but I just love the feeling of finding that right cream, scent and texture. It’s a way to nurture my body, my skin and senses.

I will not use this post to give you a full history of all the creams I have bought but will bring you up to speed to 2019 and my latest thoughts on the best of the best.

BOOM by Cindy Joseph. Well the ads were enticing (pro-age instead of all this anti aging stuff) and I tried it out. Turns out my neighbour the same week was lured in by the ads as well and bought some too. It’s great marketing and made sense. One cream is all you need for your eyes, face, elbows, feet, legs, or any body part. Simple! And only a few ingredients in her cream. A blush that looks good on everyone imagine that! Well it sure looked good on me, but I did find that the colour did not last long but the pop of natural glow was exactly what I was looking for (just need to reapply). The cream was a bit on the heavy side so I like having a tub around for dry days but I’m a big fan of not using the same cream every day and mixing it up.

Conclusion: Thumbs up, great product, simplifies your routine and excellent ingredients. High shipping fees for Canada ($30 US) but only $4.95 if shipping in the US. It’s a small business and shipping is expensive unless you are Amazon. But it has stopped me from placing another order as there are some excellent products closer to home.


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Fresh Gourmet Skin Food

I am all for finding the best of the best in your own town. A dear friend let me know about Conscious Cosmetics, hand-made on Bowen Island (small island near Vancouver, BC, Canada). The website seems a bit dated, but that means it was a built a while ago so she’s been around a while, and cut her some slack keeping up with slick marketing instead of great products is not the best idea. What they are about and the amazing ingredients require some serious investigating. I got a bit carried away and even ordered some make up. Seems these days at Farmer’s Markets you can usually find someone making potions and creams. I highly recommend trying them and seeing if they work for you as that is a win win. You will end up with less junk on your skin, fresher product and supporting a local business. But if you don’t find anything locally, for sure explore what Conscious Cosmetics has to offer.

I ordered a number of products from Conscious Cosmetics and the one that stands out is the Hand/Foot Cream. I have tried hundreds and so many seem okay at first but then stop working or don’t actually get absorbed. This one I’ve been using over a month and it’s consistently making my cracked heels feel amazing and it’s just right for my skin! This is a big deal as I’ve not been a repeat customer of hand/foot creams for any product in the last 10 years.

The lip cream has also been amazing. I love that it’s in a little jar, seems special when I put it on. Maybe not super convenient for the purse but this one I leave next to my bedside table.

The make up – well truth be told – I actually almost never where any (I like having it though ha!). It looks stunning on my bathroom shelf but I’ve not tried it yet. I thought I better do a post soon or it may be a long long time before I get to it if I wait for the make up review.

Conclusion: Amazing product, great service, great pricing, brownie points for being local, and lots of info on their site too. Will be buying again. And great shipping rates! Free if you order over $100 and otherwise $11 for US or Canada.


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Bioéthique – Raw and Whole Botanical Ingredients

This little spa in Kitsilano, Vanccouver, BC, Canada has gone above and beyond. Of course, you simply never know what is going to be right for your skin but I think I can confidently say that this product has out done any other face products I have ever tried. Her certified organic line is based on research and years of study.

NOTE: these reviews are independent. I research and find and buy my own products. I am not paid or receiving any free products in exchange for my reviews. I add this note when I start raving!

I have found that any new cream is almost always good at first because it’s new and it’s a change. So I only comment after trying something for over a month. This product has only become better with time. My skin loves it, the amount of knowledge that went into the making of each product is outstanding. The herbs and ingredients are sourced from the best places in the world. So I went from Boomsilk (one cream for head to toe) to 5 bottles for a mini facial treatment day and night! Must say I love my time in the bathroom and my products and mini spa treatment. Best way to start and end the day. So yes back to multiple bottles and I love it. And boomsilk is there for my back up plan when I am short on time, options :).

Ideally you get a facial and then a specialist at the spa does a review of the best routine for your skin. But you can also email or phone with questions and they can help you select the right products for you as they now ship. I learned that you first put the serum on, then the oil, then the cream for optimal penetration of the product into the skin. I used to only put oil or serum on and alternate with cream. But it turns out the cream seals everything and helps the serum and oil get into your cells/skin. Aha!

The price is fair for the quality. I’ve paid way more for products from Whole Foods, Lancome, Clinique, Sephora and far lower quality.

Conclusion: I am all about shopping local but this is worth investing in as I feel the product is truly helping my skin not just a bit of moisturizer but a real “treatment”. The scents from the incredibly sourced ingredients are divine. I am blown away. The reviews on their site indicate that there are quite a few of us that feel the same way after years of trying different products. Bioéthique Spa.


My little tray of goodies for my face. I love my bathroom.

My little tray of goodies for my face. I love my bathroom.

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A Chat with Coach Sherri Kiley from Chicago – Episode 14

Sherri Kiley is an internet friend of mine.  She owns and coaches an Ideal Protein clinic outside of Chicago – www.idealweightclinic.com . Amazing how you can somehow find like minded folks in the massive internet ocean. She radiates happiness and as we exchanged ideas on how to run a clinic I just knew we needed her thoughts for mibo musings. 

She has some great things to say. I have pages of quotes from her like “the crux of what we do is maintenance” and “I start talking habits and maintenance on day 1 with clients”, or “its all about using Ideal Protein as a tool not a crutch”. Of course, like I always say there are no answers but there are ideas and suggestions that may resonate true for you and help you build your strong foundation of health and vitality.

I so enjoyed my conversation with Sherri, I could have chatted for hours with her. Her voice is soothing, you can hear the love she has for helping others and the strength and clarity that comes from her own weight loss story.

blessings,

zan

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