Over 120 urban goddess women + delicious food and drink + great music + 6 inspiring health-guru speakers = a formula for one hell of a night! 🙂
A big and warm thank you to all the beautiful women who came out last night to the first Urban Goddess event held at Moksha Yoga Studio in Waterloo. What an amazing group of people!
For those of you who don’t know much about Urban Goddess, it’s a concept which came about earlier this year. I’ve been fortunate enough to be apart of a networking group involving 5 other strong, inspiring and like-minded women. After meeting monthly to discuss a variety of topics, we decided we wanted to plan an evening where we could bring other strong women in the community together and share our knowledge with them. I look forward to teaming up with these amazing ladies again and I hope those of you who weren’t able to make it out this time can join us at future events.
Here’s a little recap of the evening…
We had a total of 24 ah-mazing prizes which we gave away following each talk. After the speakers were finished, the women were able to mingle, ask questions and enjoy some fresh juice from Thrive Juice Bar, vegan cupcakes also from Thrive, raw trail mix made by Sasha of Blyssfull Health and an assortment of veggies and dip. We also had fabulous music performed by Jay (www.jmusic.ca). It was a room full of such positive energy!
Who said what…
Ashley Keefe – Owner of Moksha Yoga Studio
Ashley started off by bringing the audience to a calm, comfortable and relaxing place. Next, she talked about yoga and how the benefits stretch beyond physical health. Yoga has the ability to teach you how to react in stressful situations, whether you’re late for work and sitting in traffic, your kids are screaming or you’ve lost a loved one. Yoga truly is a well-rounded form of exercise for the mind, body and soul!
Carla Beharry – Homeopathic Doctor
Carla gave everyone a better understanding of what Homeopathy really is and the importance of finding balance in your emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. She then spoke about the importance of essential oils to enhance emotional well-being and the great effect it has on your serotonin levels.
Jennifer Freitas – Owner of Olivier Waterloo
Jennifer gave some great information on different toxins found in beauty products and the negative effects they have on our bodies. She spoke about what types of products you should avoid, why you should avoid them and what you should trust. She then had some wonderful natural and clean products that she brought from Olivier for people to be introduced to and purchase if they wanted to.
Sasha Campbell – Raw Food Coach
Sasha intrigued the crowd by talking about raw food energy and the great benefits of super foods. She provided some useful tips on how to incorporate super foods in your diet and some suggestions of ways you can make your own (such as fermented foods!). If this sparks an interest, Sasha runs raw food cooking classes! Check her website for more details.
Sheena Bounsanga – Children’s Meditation Facilitator
As everyone was becoming anxious nearing the end of the talks (yes, prizes were next), Sheena managed to bring everyone back to a peaceful mind with the tap of the gong (who knew it would work on children AND adults!!). Sheena spoke of the importance of living in the presence and how to be a mindful individual. Although she mainly works with children, parents and teachers, she sure brought relaxation to every woman in the room with a mediation session while Jay played the bongo drum. What an experience!
Chelsea Cybalski – Holistic Nutritionist
I had the opportunity to talk about how to get back to the basics with your diet and how live cell analysis can be used as a tool to help cater a lifestyle to your specific needs. I provided 10 simple nutritional guidelines that are important for every individual to follow and why. Here are the 10 tips…
- Upon waking, drink a full glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon. During cooler weather, try hot water with lemon. If this is too bitter, add 1/2 tsp. of raw honey. Ensure a minimum of 8 glasses of water daily.
- Eat 2-4 servings of fresh fruit and a minimum of 5 servings of vegetables, preferably local and organic, in salads, soups, raw or lightly steamed.
- Ensure sufficient protein at each meal throughout the day. Eat naturally-raised meat including fish, seafood, poultry, beef, eggs and/or vegetarian sources. Daily protein intake is based on weight. To calculate your intake per meal (3 times/day), use this formula: (your weight divided by 2.2) divided by 3.
- Minimize or avoid conventional dairy intake whenever possible. Ideally, choose alternative products such as rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, etc. When buying dairy products, choose naturally-produced from pasture-fed cows.
- Use only traditional fats and oils including organic butter, extra virgin olive oil, expeller pressed sesame and flax oil, and tropical oils – coconut being the best option.
- Include essential fatty acids (EFA’s) in your every day diet. These are found in oily fish (salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel), raw nuts and seeds (especially flaxseeds), avocado, etc.
- Ensure a minimum of 25-30 grams of fibre per day. Fibre comes from many sources aside from just bread! High sources include cooked legumes, dried fruit, sesame and sunflower seeds, raw nuts, berries, etc.
- Avoid very high glycemic foods when possible (90+), the lower the better. Low glycemic index = <55, moderate = 56-69, high = 70-89
- Avoid processed sugar and use natural sweeteners in moderation. Good choices include raw honey, real maple syrup, dehydrated cane sugar juice, fresh or dry fruit, coconut nectar, stevia powder or liquid, etc.
- Practice proper food combining and meal time techniques. See below for the food combining chart. Please click the image to enlarge and zoom.
a. Chew slowly
b. don’t eat “on-the-go”. Take the time to sit down and
enjoy your meal.
c. Don’t drink beverages during your meal. Drink water
before and after you are done.
d. Don’t eat while stressed!