STRESS or Opportunity

Looking at stress in a different light! Making stress your friend, not the hey buddy kind of deal - perhaps trying to make it less complicated, wouldn't that be lovely.  So many times we get caught up in the moment, in reaction mode, by the past - what was, distracted by our lives and the day to day grind. There are solutions and ways to move forward more gracefully.  You can take off the ballet slippers now and there is no special formula.

Stress: a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.; something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety; physical force or pressure.

Stressing, stressors, stresses, stressed...whatever the way it is spelled it can all be looked at as okay or an opportunity for growth.  How can that be?  A time to be creative or problem solve.

Choice.  "is your glass half full or half empty?"
Courage. "become better not bitter"
Growth.  "my injury has taught me something and I avoided a bigger injury"
Happiness. "the grass isn't greener on the other side"
Change.  "in hindsight, I wouldn't change a thing"
Lessons.  "if I had given up, I wouldn't be where I am today"
Patience.  "it was worth the wait"

How do you look at it?

Most practitioners/people understand that stress is just a part of life.  It makes us who we are and takes us places we never imagined.

Do you let it control you?  Is it affecting your health, well-being or relationships?  With ALL things going on do you find it difficult to fall asleep?  Do you worry or feel anxious?  Do you get overwhelmed at times?  If they would only...

On the positive side, we can look at what is challenging or stressing us and learn from it.  Grow stronger from it.  Yes, one could go to the gym and lift weights and become stronger and more flexible.  Yes, you can try something you may have doubted you could not do BUT did grow more confident.  As children we welcome these situations or opportunities to learn.  As adults, we take things far too seriously.

I am doing more of this in my practice...stress management or perhaps thought management alongside a healthy lifestyle and balanced nutrition. They go hand in hand. Body and mind as thoughts are things too.  Just the core beliefs help my clients.

There is hope and solutions.

1) learn how to breathe properly - most are shallow breathers, take in slow deep breathes especially before you eat
2) laugh and smile - bring back the laughter, laugh at yourself, when we are smiling it is difficult to feel negative
3) clear the mind - meditate or stare at something you find appealing
4) take time out - engage in a hobby like gardening, cooking, art, music, etc.
5) eat a healthy and balance diet

You are worth it and if you need guidance, you need guidance. Teachers give a helping hand, you still have to reach out and take it.

"I worked with a computer programmer some 30 years ago, and I will never forget these words - if it is repetitive or difficult or time consuming, there might be an easier way! - and how this has helped me question and ask for assistance."

There is no time like the present.  Are you where you want to be with health and happiness?

"If you think you can or think you can't, either way you are right." Henry Ford

All is well...the present is always a springboard to move on.

With love,

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Cheryl Millett BSc NNCP CCIr 

Holistic Nutritionist and Practitioner
Certified Clinical Iridologist
Director, Auum Canada
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Chaga in Modern Times

According to my asking others and as indicated in other articles, most North Americans have not heard of chaga.  What is chaga?

a) Is it a Peruvian dance that is now popular in Brazilian clubs?
b) Is it a comfortable skirt worn in Africa made of natural strong plant fibers, very soft durable cotton like material?
c) Is it a Australian character in a computer game bringing attention to the importance of fitness to school children?
d) Is it the sticky stuff that make stickers stick on fruits and vegetables?
e) None of the above.

Can you tell I played the game Balderdash? The answer is none of the above.

Diving more into the world of nutrition and what our wonderful world naturally creates for us. Siberians, Japanese, and Chinese are familiar with the chaga mushroom under the following names:
Wild Chaga Mushroom on a Birch Tree

"King of Herbs"
"Diamond of the Forest"
"King of Plants"
"Gift of God"
"Mushroom of Immortality"

With names like these, let's learn more about this rare birch fungus - hard as wood, gold on the inside, black on the outside, unique mushroom that seems to have a great strength in order to survive the harsh climates. My initial research shows it has the potential to help with the effects of stress and disease. According to many articles and videos, it is apparently all of the following and more:

- anti-cancer and anti-tumoral  (the black outside part of the chaga mushroom)
- #1 antioxidant in the mushroom kingdom or in the world
- an immune tonic
- anti-inflammatory and healing
- cleansing/detoxifying

Chunks of Chaga Mushroom
Many people from Siberia, Russia, China, Korea, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere have been consuming chaga as a daily beverage for its longevity nutritional properties.  Russia saw the benefits and gave it to their athletes for strength. This makes the chaga mushroom good for anti-aging and disease prevention. Some will call it a power source and adaptogenic. One of my favourite products (outside of seal oil omegas) is an adaptogenic tonic.  According to the Seven Stages of Disease, inflammation and the aging of cells are part of every disease and there is only 2 root causes and one other thing that stands out with living well - STRESS management.   Adaptogenic is helping the body manage stress. It is all connected.

Chaga may contain these powerful and most essential substances:

- B vitamins
- minerals (copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and iron)
- enzymes (superoxide dismutase or SOD)
- phenols (chromogenic complex)
- flavonoids
- pantothenic acid
- melanin
- beta-D-glucans, a type of polysaccharide

Antioxidants has a big market share in the Health and Wellness pills, juices, etc., as blueberries, vitamin C, and more.  There are similarities with the two but yet differences.  But which ones do you take? How processed are they? What is the sugar content? Do you notice a difference?

Similar to seal oil/blubber, I noticed a positive feeling the very first time I drank a cup of my own brewed chaga tea. However, with the seal oil, I held it under my tongue for a minute and it entered directly into the bloodstream and into the brain/body.  With the chaga, I drank it like a warm tea yet felt the feeling of something positive happening.  With the seal oil, I felt more alert within minutes. Both wild ancient healing foods that peoples knew about for hundreds of years.  Be aware of cultivated chaga which is not the real deal, and I only know of one seal oil (Auum) that is not refined. With my previous research and experience, it makes a difference.

I have to agree with them on its pleasant enjoyable taste.  I would highly recommend the chaga tea to my clients to replace their coffee/tea.

Tastes Better than Coffee!
Someone gave me a small piece, palm size, of a chaga mushroom from Northern Ontario.  For over 3 weeks, I have been using the same mushroom broken down into several pieces to brew up some chaga tea. I have been simmering it for 60+ minutes or more and drinking warm.  I have chose not to add any milk or sugar to it because it tastes great as it is.  I did add some of my raw milk one day to see what it would taste like, but only when it was warm and not hot (based on my own food preparation beliefs) and it tasted good. One could probably add to some ice for hot days.

A piece of chaga could make tea for the whole year as I would use the same pieces over again.  I now have my designated chaga pot on my stove.  Although it is a challenge to get some wild chaga...we sure would want it to be around for many more thousands of years.

Yes, there is research, there are videos on how to locate it, prepare it, what the benefits are and I suggest you have your own fun or join me for some chaga brew!

Stress With a Big "S"
When scientists share with us that they believe 80% of all diseases are mainly due to stress, what are your tools for managing your stress.  I would suggest that your stresses are unique to you and more than one tool would be the way to go.  Perhaps a dose of chaga regularly?  Perhaps some stress management tools? Look at the whole picture.

May you live long and prosper \/ dear friends.


Cheryl Millett BSc CCIr NNCP
Director, Auum Canada
Holistic Nutritionist & Consultant

Learn about the many simple tools to manage your stress. All is well!

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Medicine versus Food and the Mind

So it comes to this, a disclaimer (just having fun) decide what is good for you, and others, like me, can share openly any information that has helped them, their clients/customers, etc. alongside information that may have been collected in field research, reading or studies (without making claims). So who do you listen to? YOU and who else?

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Orchids by Michael Pearce
Medical doctors play a role and it is still your body so ask questions. If you are not feeling well, something is not in balance and it may be out of their scope.  Why? Because doctors seem to use linear thinking (Newtonian - A to B to C to D etc. and medicine/drugs works this way hence the side-effects) and are limited in what they know (nutrition) or can test, you might not always get a diagnosis (there is nothing wrong with you) or perhaps not a proper diagnosis (you have cancer but you really don't). Get a second opinion and understand that stress plays a role in disease alongside poor nutrition, lack of activity, etc.

Alternative or holistic health care is suppose to look at the whole and will be of a different mindset. Everyone here can also be limited but most likely they have something to offer you - what do you feel? I have learned to be open and listen to my gut, and to continue to step back to see the big picture.  I prefer the Salt Water Bath for cleansing the digestive tract and others like colonics - differences but one is not better than the other.

What is going on so that I am not in balance?

Do your genes dictate everything?  I believe not. You can change your genes and jeans. This could be an opportunity, something in the present (more stress) or something that is catching up with you but epigenetics will tell you that you have more to do with your health than your genes.  What do you believe?

Your beliefs have a lot to do with it according to Bruce Lipton in "Biology of Beliefs."

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Your health, my passion...but you decide to create the desire and take the action. What if some of this information inspires you, leads you in the direction of what is true?

Recently, someone on the phone told me "the spiritual people are all moving into plant based and veganism." My response...

Let's set the record straight, we are all spiritual beings, not one more than the other. Do you think doing yoga every day or knowing how to meditate makes you more spiritual? Do you think because you eat vegetarian, you are more spiritual and going to be healthier than those that eat animals (natural, loved and blessed as some known cultures do).

Whether you consume a plant or an animal, you are no less spiritual, and with appreciation and gratitude toward the food and water you consume, you are live and well.

We are all in this together (quantum physics - connected instead of being linear). We are all energy (and I haven't come across anyone who disagrees with this one).  So, let's just say you feel a certain way about things...if the feelings are good, good things are bound to come, and if the feelings are bad, you can expect things to happen or not to happen. (Esther Hicks "Sara" books)

Healthy Balance 4 You has been created to reach people, understand their story and provide impeccable information and guidance.  Others do the same. One chooses their path.

Be well and happy.

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Vaccination Obsession

Vaccinations or No Vaccinations
Are they good or bad? That depends on how you look at it...we tend to want to take one side or the other!  Are they helping us or hurting us? Well that will depend on who you listen to. Are you angry at what vaccines may be doing to people? If so, are you really helping your health?

Questions and facts:
- do you know enough about vaccines to make an educated decision?
- FREE WILL is being taken away with Ontario you can be exempt from getting them (form)
- making vaccines mandatory "they are needed as part of a healthy lifestyle"
- autism rates go from 1 out 10,000 to 1 out of 150...and it is happening in many countries around the world
- 30+ vaccines before the child turns two years old
- what is in the vaccines?
- Made in China! Are some vaccines made in China?
- what is the long term effects of the toxins in the vaccines?
- are they potentially causing alzheimer's, dementia, schizophrenia and triggering autism, etc.? 
- are vaccines contaminated with live viruses or other contaminates (viral fragments)?
- are the vaccines suppressing the immune system leaving babies/children to be more susceptible to other things?
- is the baby being breastfed getting immune protection from the mother?
- are there increases in asthma, Type 1 Diabetes, etc. in babies and children?
- who pays for the vaccines and who makes the money?
and more.

Do I or don't I get my children vaccinated?
Vaccination Schedule
Quite boggling for a parent to research these days as this decision may have health implications for your child/children. Only you can make this decision. One thing is for make the call based on what you are comfortable with and do the best you can in either situation.

At one of my health talks, I answered something like this.

It is your choice and one should look at both sides. I have chosen not to vaccinate my children, however, the first child got her first set of vaccines (delayed the schedule), because my husband was uncomfortable about not getting them (raised with the doctor is always right.) My second daughter has had none and when she got the chicken pox she went through it easily with no complications. From experience, I can tell you that my second child did not get sick as a baby/young child as did the first (ie. coughs, fever, etc.). The first was born premature by 7 weeks but I breastfed for a year as I did with both children. I am very comfortable with no vaccines. If you are not comfortable, then here are some things that you could do:

1) make sure there is no sign of a cold, fever or sickness in house, etc. else reschedule the appointment
2) postpone the vaccination schedule until later and get them individually
3) support immune system function with longer nursing and other supplements

It Can Be a Tough Decision

Step back to see the whole picture. Vaccines is popular these days both in the schools and regarding flu. They are being advertised in washrooms. Children are doing the marketing, for example in videos. So who really knows what to do? I have listened to many doctors. I have listened to clients. Here is one question I ask all my clients.

Is there anything you have experienced after which you could say your health has never been the same since?

A recent client shares after a minute or two of contemplation:

H1N1 Vaccine Flu Shot
Yes, I had the H1N1 flu shot a couple of years ago and I was feeling awful for several months and I still feel it is affecting me."

I am not here to change your mind nor tell you what you should do, but you do have a choice to make and I wish to share with you some experiences and a certain amount of information that is being circulated out there.  If you require further assistance, I am here to work with you and not to judge you for your decision.

Another client, researched the papers regarding the vaccine for cervical cancer for her 12 year old daughter. Satisfied with the information, her daughter had the vaccine only to be riddled with chronic arthritis the next day and the nurse said there was no proof it was the vaccine. The family had been instructed by their lawyer not to pursue because they would go broke in trying.

What is a Vaccine?
"A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and keep a record of it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that it later encounters. Vaccines can be prophylactic (example: to prevent or ameliorate the effects of a future infection by any natural or "wild" pathogen), or therapeutic (e.g., vaccines against cancer are also being investigated; see cancer vaccine). The terms vaccine and vaccination are derived from Variolae vaccinae (smallpox of the cow), the term devised by Edward Jenner to denote cowpox. He used it in 1798 in the long title of his Inquiry into the...Variolae vaccinae...known...[as]...the Cow Pox, in which he described the protective effect of cowpox against smallpox.[1] In 1881, to honour Jenner, Louis Pasteur proposed that the terms should be extended to cover the new protective inoculations then being developed.[2]" [Ref]
In theory, it sounds helpful. What they don't share is what else is in the vaccine and what it is potentially doing to our immune system which could begin to trigger possible unfavourable outcomes.
Some know more than others and would make your research journey shorter...Len Horowitz, Dr. Joseph Mercola and Dr. Blaylock (to name a few) also share the not so sunny side of vaccines: Dr Blaylock also provides compelling arguments why the vaccination of pregnant women is harmful and a hidden cause of neurological disorders. He also discusses the toxic ingredients in vaccines such as formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum and MSG and the detrimental effects they have on the brain and nervous system. He also touches on other vaccine-related topics, such as the conflicts of interests influencing vaccination policy due to the influence the pharmaceutical industry exerts on the government and the pharmaceutical industry, the polio epidemics in Africa, mercury toxicity and other medical scandals. [Ref]

In the end, a stronger balanced immune system (plus good digestive function, etc.) is best to support good health for many years. Diet, exercise, attitude and rest are all part of a healthy lifestyle which looks different for everyone. Many doctors regurgitate that 90%+ people with disease have an underactive and/or overactive immune system. Make your choices wisely and protect yourself and your children. With all the attention on vaccines and flu shots, you have make a is not a sidebar item anymore. It is out front and center with schools and doctors...and perhaps a sign on the back of the washroom door.

For more information on vaccines, your choices, exemption forms (Canada), what you can do for a healthy immune system, please contact me.

Your health, my passion!

 Warmly, Cheryl

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Cheryl Millett BSc NNCP CCIr
Holistic Nutritionist . Certified Clinical Iridologist
Director, Auum
416-413-0345 *

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The Sky is Falling

The Sky is Falling
Is the sky falling? Nope...Did anyone ever ask the question what is really happening? Cocky Locky did but Foxy Loxy was a clever fox. He read a book.  Just how did he get all the birds into his cave?! Check out the short Disney video from 1943 below!

Chicken Little believes "the sky is falling" and panics. It struck me as odd that a child's story would end in such death. So who do you listen to?  your mother, your teacher, your friend, the news reporter, the doctor, the advertisements, the government, etc.  I am not saying you should listen to me either. Let's apply logic instead:

"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result."

Are you stressed and why? Not enough time! Not good enough! Not possible! Not enough information! No magic pill yet! Not sleeping enough! Not enough energy! Not the perfect weight! Not happy with your job! In pain! and so on.

Enough! You are driving yourself insane (it just so happens that mental illness is on the rise, the number one reason for long term disability and a growing concern for businesses.) Look at the bright side and learn about what you do have going for you and what are the step at a time. There are tools and solutions but they don't make people a lot of money.

As an agent of change, it is realizing that you have to start somewhere and it is not doom and gloom.  Start right now. You are enough. You can create.  What does that look like?  It will be different for everyone.

Ready - Set - Go...
Springtime or just plain old NOW is a time to renew or to just stop, think and reflect. Are you healthy? Are you happy? Are you fearful? Are you hopeful? Whatever it is I am offering a FREE 15 minutes Health Assessment for a limited time...learn about your options.

Gentle body cleansing is like cleaning your house/clothes/car of dust, dirt, etc.  Have you not be hearing about cleansing and detoxing (healthy tools) for a very long time. Do you actually believe it was created out of thin air or for the fun of it...ha ha he is running to the bathroom again, we got him good. LOL  Well it may be for some if you don't know what you are doing and there are different ways! Ask your questions and learn the ways that can work best for you and your lifestyle. Quality matters!

My reason for sharing this is because there is so much information out there and we may easily fall into believing it because it is in a book, the masses believe it, Dr. Oz said it, etc.  Quality matters!

"If I don't stop eating meat, I am doing harm to my body and the environment."
"I must eat "x" amount of fruits or vegetables or I am going to get sick."
"Fats are bad for me. They will make me fat."
"Sugar is a big culprit these days."
BUT there might be a grain(s) of truth here but stepping back we can look at it differently. Quality matters!

For your entertainment and/or education (9 mins)...

So what did you think of the cartoon and what happens? 

Let's use "The Sky is Falling" to your benefit...act as if there is no time like now. What if you have less stress, more energy, feel great after doing a program that is right for you? It is OK to jump for joy or might want to wait until after the results. With free will in your back pocket, the choice is all yours. ;o)

“I feel great and have a lot of energy. Peoples are starting to notice the change. I lost 9 to changes depending on the day. After the second cleansing day, on the second weekend, I was down 11lbs. I am 133 pounds now. Even with a little cheating during my traveling I did not gain. I feel very good. Micheal from Health Fusion is quite surprised of the change.” Lorraine, Toronto

“After having 2 children, I was finding it hard to maintain a healthy diet and maintain a healthy weight. I was feeling very tired and very grey and at times turned to food for comfort but realized that it wasn't comforting. My friend, being as so enthusiastic about this program, provided me the encouragement I needed to commence. Once I started I have to say, I am very happy I did. I feel better than I have in several years. I am proud to say I have stopped drinking coffee (no more Timmy’s line ups) and can't believe how much better I sleep and how much more energy I have. It is incredible. I also feel more positive overall. I often suffered from stress headaches and haven't taken anything in one month and am learning to take better care of myself overall. There are periods where it has been tough but I realize it is worth it because I feel better than I have in ages. I am now on day 28 but at my last check in, I had lost 25 inches and to date have lost 17 pounds. I am going on maintenance in a few days but will continue with the program to continue the benefits for both my immune system and overall health. My children just suffered from the flu and I managed to escape it which is a very rare occurrence for me.”
Cathy B

“We are enjoying the shakes Randy and I. Eliza well we have to fight with her from time to time but she will drink them. Randy has lost 14 lbs and I have lost 7 so we are happy about that. I have a friend that is thinking of trying them.” Barb

“Thank you, by the way I love the program! I am experiencing soooo many benefits! More energy, leaner muscle mass and regular Bm's." Thanks again, Laurel

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For a FREE 15 minutes Health Assessment contact me today at or text 416-413-0345.  Quality matters!

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With warmth,

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Cheryl Millett BSc NNCP CCIr
Holistic Nutritionist . Certified Clinical Iridologist
Director, Auum Canada
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Peru and Health it too good to be true?

Are there any natives, cultures, aboriginals, etc. that do not have access to processed foods?

Surely yes, but visiting certain areas of Peru didn't proved to be so.

Upcoming presentations with more pictures TGTBT and learnings! Dates forthcoming.

Pink Dolphins do exist!
On February 4, 2014, I landed in Peru and by the next day I found myself walking in the Amazon jungle. First I learned that the Amazon River is officially the longest river in the world by a 100 miles.

The jungle is full of creatures. Some are active by day while others are active at night. I spied spiders (i.e. tarantulas) and snakes them knowing more about the wilds than I but a sense of fear left me thanks to Armando (Explorama) and the various animal keepers.

Cheryl with 80+lb Anaconda Snake
I dream about playing in nature! So awesome to hold or touch - an anaconda snake, various monkeys, a sloth, a Macaw bird, a millipede...some were in the wild like the piranha fish (out fishing for them and I have the teeth to prove it LOL) and a poisonous dart frog whereas others were at reserves (rescued). Others included an owl, a large loud Whooping frog, a hummingbird, very interesting looking insects, beautiful butterflies, woodpecker, stork, and other birds. Let me not forget Cynthia, an anteater (a beast of an animal but gentle) that toured around the Explorama camp as if she owned it.  I also saw pink dolphins...never knew freshwater dolphins existed let alone pink ones. Image what an anteater insect looks like! in presentation
A of many!

Most of you have witnessed the gigantic house plants that grow in the warmer climates...saw massive lily pads tucked in a remote lake/river off of the Amazon. Must share the beauty of the Avatar tree...huge and within its branches lives a world of plants and birds - hundreds of feet tall with roots spreading far from the tree along the surface. Spectacular! in presentation

Now back to food. During my stay at Explorama I ate mostly yummy salads, rice or potatoes, chicken/fish/beef and vegetables for lunch and dinner - quite basic but yummy. At breakfast and truly a delight, I drank fresh juices made with various exotic fruits like papaya, mango, passion fruit, pineapple, etc. I requested raw eggs too so I could eat like I usually do...some other brave souls took to having them with me. I mostly ate what was served and enjoyed it. I did eat more than usual but took care not to seconds. Not a chore anymore but I remember the days where seconds was always the norm especially when it tasted good.

Worth mentioning - the small sweet bananas!! There were so amazing and food for the local wasps and Cynthia.

Yup, I brought some basic supplements: the seal oil (Auum Canada) because I was going to be heading to high altitudes and I wanted the brain food for the learnings. I also brought magnesium, antioxidants (Product B Dr. Coussen's approved) and marine phytoplankton (Ocean's Alive). Many got some sickness, bitten by bugs, diarrhea, and such but with the right herbals and good eating habits (perhaps some good genes) one can escape with some minor inconveniences. Play it safe!  Learn more at the presentation.

From the processed foods side, I saw plenty of bread, crackers, chips, and soda pop, and microwave popcorn is for the asking.  Coca Cola is everywhere!  Their bottled water and soda pop. Get your pop at border crossings (went to Bolivia), airports, markets, local touring boats, villages, etc. Everywhere!

A common food is pizza. There were a lot of pizza ovens in the restaurants in Cusco, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) and Puno. I must admit having pizza baked in a pizza oven was more appealing than in a regular oven.  Still made with wheat though so not for the gluten sensitive people.

Reed Island: Photo by Cheryl Millett
I toured Reed Islands near Puno, the southern part of Peru. There are 2,000 people living on floating islands. Their huts are humble, their clothing colourful, and they welcome tourists regularly to show us how they live. I toured around the small island (35 people and 6 families) after the talk only to find large empty plastic soda pop bottles thrown beside a hut and a small child (2-3 years old) eating processed foods from a bag. It wasn't even lunchtime yet! LOL

The tastes and temptations get the better of people even the Peruvians. Processed foods are cheap and accessible. Your purchasing dollar counts! Choose wisely and watch the grocery shelves morph to healthier foods over the year to come.

Why did I travelled to Peru, Australia last year and South Africa the year before?  Travelling to new lands is an experience but the main reason was to gain more knowledge to help others on the mind body connection. Of course the countries were selected for all the adventures and experiences to unfold.

A short video on Machu Picchu...

Eat good, enjoy living well and experience new things!

For health and happiness, contact me today to learn about your potentials. Spring is a grand time to cleanse or give the body a break...stay tuned for "The Sky is Falling."

Your health, my passion!

With warmth,

holistic nutrition, omega-3, seal oil, fish oils, autism, nutrition and athletes, cardiovascular disease, internal salt water bath, iridology
Cheryl Millett BSc NNCP CCIr
Holistic Nutritionist . Certified Clinical Iridologist
Director, Auum Canada
416-413-0345 *

Best Present Ever! What's next?

Icy weather! Beautiful yet destructive as many lost power and many trees were down.

Happy New Year!

For 50 years, I have celebrated Christmas only this year the power went out on Sunday, December 22 at 3 am and turned back on Wednesday, December 25 at 3 am (funny how that works). Best present ever...power and hot water but there were many jewels that I want to share with you as a result of this - the greatest gifts and gratitude.  You are sure to have some of your own and I would love to hear about them.

A power outage could surely disrupt our daily activities, the planned dinners, attachment to technology and much more. It can be scary for some that require assistance and my safe wishes went out to them in a time of need and grateful to those that helped out (from here and abroad). Here at 5 Nina we are healthy and fell into line to help others at a time in need (heat management - husband in the contracting/construction business).

"You know it is cold when you pour a glass of water from a water cooler (room temperature) and it is as if you had just taken it out of the freezer!"

Over the 3 days, I realized there is much to do without power, so much to be grateful for and reminders on how I can do things differently so I made a list of things I could do (see below) and realized that if there are warnings for severe weather then get prepared...wash clothes, dishes and most of all ourselves.  I am use to eating fast foods like raw eggs, salads (beet salad with my manual SaladMaster), so food prep was easy for me because I like and use a lot of different raw foods - not as easy for other family members but Pizza Pizza was still operational. But no, we didn't order in.

"You know it is cold when your hat is your new hairdo."

We have been told to practice to be grateful and this I did...I appreciated the daylight so I could continue to do my daily reading to my good friend Liz (and so much easier on the eyes than any lights). I also appreciated: the land phone (as some of my neighbours did because they needed to call my husband); snow pants and such; chocolate; duvets; cold outside for food; candles and flashlights; a sane mind and healthy body to endure the cold situation; the many things I could do; and running water and toilets (although some Styrofoam would have been nice).

"You know it is cold when not so pretty fingernails are the fashion for washing your hands just one more time under freezing cold water is not enjoyable."

Such are the little things that also occurred but worth mentioning.  I have one little scar from the fireplace that is disappearing. The biggest regret, my daughter who just learned to knit didn't make me a pair of socks.  The fridge and freezer are spotless clean now. Found out about a new way to heat a room with candles!  I plan to practice this one for the next time (what next time! ha ha ha) while we have the internet to learn how.

What's next?

A new year, a new beginning, but that happens every year! What's new?

I have a plan do you? I have a dream do you? I am a student for life, are you? Yes. Good!

Taking yet another year in with more experiences and learnings so that I can look forward to continuing my holistic nutrition consultations and have added spiritual counselling. Being happy is the goal for many and it is possible for all of us. I will continue educating on and selling the Auum omegas. The good results continue. This year I will spend every other weekend at The Village Market in Richmond Hill at the Waldorf School with my friend Lily Lanczi talking about and selling the Auum omegas. I have the goal to write a book on the 'clean diet' and thinking about ways to make it a good story as well.

For those that follow my shares, I shall be travelling once again and this time to Peru. I will be away from the office from Feb 4 through Mar 5 but there will be others filling in for me while I am gone and I have every faith to believe that everything will be taken care of to your satisfaction.

For more information on weight loss, omegas, etc. and reaching your health goals, whatever that may be for you and dreams, please contact me at 416-413-0345 or

My gratitude for sharing my information with others who are looking.

Make it a great year, a great day, a great moment!

With warmth,
Cheryl Millett

holistic nutrition, omega-3, seal oil, fish oils, autism, nutrition and athletes, cardiovascular disease, internal salt water bath, iridology
Cheryl Millett BSc NNCP CCIr
Holistic Nutritionist . Certified Clinical Iridologist
Director, Auum Canada
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On the first morning, I started a list of all the things I could do or perhaps making a record for me:

1. play the piano/music
2. brush and floss my teeth (we had running water, thank God!)
3. wrap Christmas presents...a little tape and scissors
4. take the dog for a walk
5. warm-up vehicle and clean off ice
6. go shopping at Loblaws (power there)
7. make my yummy homemade eggnog in a shaker cup
8. take photos of icy branches (digital camera)
9. play cards and board games
10. eat cheese and crackers
11. make things with hot wax from candles
12. put away clothes
13. watch sunset and sunrise
14. phone people (land phone and cell phone working too!)
15. write a list...any list, this list
16. pick-up emails and texts on phone
17. comb my hair
18. play games on cell phones...but didn't really although I could charge my car when driving in the car
19. eat ice from trees
20. play dolls (not me, my daughters)
21. meet new neighbours being outside
22. go for walks and chat with neighbours
23. sing songs
24. watch TV on cell phone (daughter)
25. brush dog's fur and pat animals
26. go to the toilet! (big plus)
27. feed animals, in our case Oscar bird
28. read a book by the window during daylight
29. take a nap (like that didn't actual happen but doable)
30. admire a candle or a fireplace flame
31. write poetry
32. meditate
33. joke with my husband (jokes!! yes, good to pass the time)
34. make a protein shake (Isagenix)
35. knit and crochet (teaching my daughter)
36. draw a picture
37. visualize and dream
38. take out the garbage (quite the contrast to 37. but part of life)
39. BBQ (natural gas)
40. have a glass of wine (cork screw or twist top!)
41. water the plants
42. clean your ears
43. dust
44. organize a drawer
45. play dress-up (the kids!)
46. skate on icy sidewalks/rinks
47. put on coat/get dressed...fancy if you wish
48. exercise - climb stairs, push ups, free weights
49. write Christmas cards
50. take my Auum omegas
51. paint fingernails (never did this but possible)
52. eat chocolate and wrapping fake chocolates using chestnuts, playing yet another joke on my sister...and by now I can tell you it worked out fabulously on her husband that is
53. wash dishes
54. lite candles - essentially play with matches safely
55. write in a journal and record note messages
56. give HUGS
57. breathe and breathing exercises
58. stretch
59. collect firewood
60. pretend smoking (a little crazy but people could still smoke)
61. place freezer food outside in cold storage whether in a cooler or car
62. keep the fire going!!!
63. read stories (over the phone to a friend)
64. dance
65. receive gracious phone calls - offers to bunk there or take a hot shower
66. sunbathing by the window (face only)
67. admire the nature, the ice covered branches, etc.
68. be intimate...use your own imagination
69. wear cool headlight
70. celebrate (Shadow dog's birthday)
71. endless dog scruffies
72. sleepovers (kids)
73. tell someone you love them
74. a cold shower...gotta love how warm the airs feels afterwards
75. feel grateful...feel happy...your feelings do not need power!
and I am sure you could come up with some.