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May 2011


Well, today May 31st, 2011, I retired again.  It was bittersweet.  I really liked my job; but at the same time I would like to be able to pick up and go.  Wynn is retired and restless, especially during the warmer months, when we can ride the motorcycle.  He has been wanting to travel more with it.  I would also like to finish my book that I have been working on for sometime, now. 

Today was a fun day at work!  I pretty much did what I wanted to.  We had a birthday cake in the morning for Natalie, who owns and operates the preschool.  Then, in the afternoon, we had an icecream cake for my farewell.  I was also absolutely astounded as I was given a beautiful Pandora bracelet, complete with 6 charms representing different aspects of my life.  

Now, it's time to change gears as I fly out to Ontario to see my grandchildren, mom, other family members and friends.  Wynn is travelling out with the motorcycle and we will come back together and do some sightseeing along the way.  With no time restraints, it should be a good trip.

David Wolfe

Last night was the big night with David Wolfe and he did not disappoint.  It was well worth the admission price, and even the parking fee.  However, It was a little stressful when I and a few others came out at 11:30 p.m. to find our cars were locked in the parking garage.  Who knew it closed at 10:00 p.m?   As the event was to be over at 9:00 p.m., none of us thought to check what time the garage closed.  We could not find any way in or any one to phone.  Fortunately, for us, someone came out with his car and as he did, we rushed in under the iron gate to get ours.  At home later, one paid the parking fee on line. 

Back to the event.  David's presentation, although very long, was so informative.  After listening to him speak, I came away convinced that I have to change a few things.  No.1 is the water that I am drinking.  B.C. and the island have several places where you can get natural spring water and I think that is what I am going to do.  Not sure how Wynn will feel about that!  It probably means buying a big jug and then we/I am going to have to lug it to the car and back home.  Where will I keep it?  How long will it last?  But I am convinced from this presentation that if I can only do one thing right now for my health and longevity, it would be to drink fresh spring water that I collect myself.  No.2. I need to get out in nature, in the wild, more often, or at least the many natural parks around here.  I also need to expose my skin to more sunlight and according to David walk in my bare feet more.  Really?  Yes, it apparently grounds us, literally, and of course we need the vitamin D.  Now,  I'm not really an outdoors type person; I don't really enjoy gardening.  I don't even sit outside, often, because I always have something to do.   Perhaps, this next time I retire, that will change.  Well, at the very least, I have Chloe who begs me to take her for a walk.

David spoke at length about the importance of eating living whole foods, not foods, cooked, steamed, boiled, baked, radiated and then irradiated.  He showed slides of the energy found in many whole foods raw and then the same food cooked.  The difference was remarkable.  The theory is that you could eat less food and still have the same amount of energy, not to mention more vitamins and minerals.  I'm totally convinced and yet I know how much work it would be for me, especially in the beginning, to eat only raw food.  Admittedly, David cautioned us that there are imbalances eating only raw food.  For a short time, possibly 3-6 months, it's great for detoxifying your body.  I submit that is why he recommends that one include superfoods into your diet regularly.  As I have been doing some of that and have been feeling very good about it, I shall continue to do so.  Superfoods like chia seeds, maca, hemp seeds, cacao, honey and its products, spirulina, deep green algae, etc.  can easily be included into your diet.

David also praised the value of herbs for their medicinal properties. He gave many examples of herbs that can be used to better our health, such as ashwaganda, red clover, astragulus root, chammomile, sheep sorrel, etc. and especially horsetail and nettle. Thankfully, the last two teas are in my group of herbal teas! I was surprised to learn that echinacea should only be used when we are treating some illness and not regularly.  As an avid herbal tea drinker, himself, he advised us to steep the teas and not boil them.  Many of these herbs you can grow or find in nature or at the very least your local health stores.  (Yup, that's where I find them.)

There is a lot more that I could say and perhaps I will in another post.  But for now, I will just add how very impressed I was with his energy.  He has a great sense of humour and his delivery of the topic was very entertaining.  Despite being a little stiff from sitting (4 hrs.) I could have listened to him even more.  He's like a walking encyclopedia on the topic of good food nutrition.  I found his talk to be very truthful and straightforward.  He seemed very approachable and willing to answer all questions.  His responses were remarkably candid, as well.