The Chronicles of PoopTalk: Pull up a stool.

The Chronicles of PoopTalk: Pull up a stool.

This is it Rebooters. We are in our final week of the Skin Reboot and the wonderfully challenging exploration of your health.

I truly hope that no matter how you participated, you have taken something valuable away from the community and education of the Skin Reboot.

If your poop could talk, what would it be telling you? What have you learned from changing your diet and observing your body's mechanics? What's next for you?

 

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April 27, 2018 — Avery Knechtel
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The Chronicles of PoopTalk: What am I...Chopped Liver?!

The Chronicles of PoopTalk: What am I...Chopped Liver?!

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We've been on a fantastic journey to glowing skin and harmonious digestion through the process of eating whole, nutrient-dense foods. We've talked a lot about digestion, healthy poops, what they look like and what to take note of when it comes to the physical sensations of gas and bloating. BUT a key player in this whole process has only been touched on when really, this organ deserves to be center stage in the spotlight with a standing ovation from the audience.

That's right..I'm talking about the liver!

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April 20, 2018 — Kimiko Foster
Tags: Wellness
The Chronicles of PoopTalk: Culinary Herbs you can TOOT about!

The Chronicles of PoopTalk: Culinary Herbs you can TOOT about!

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The Skin Reboot has officially been underway for 4 days! That means by now, you're probably started spending a good amount of time in the kitchen, and maybe even experimenting with new foods, flavors and recipes. In the first PooptTalk blog post I mentioned how changing your diet can also change your digestive behavior, increase or decrease gas/bloating, and bowel movements.

This week I will touch on a few culinary herbs to help relieve digestive complaints while adding flavor and creativity to your cooking.

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April 06, 2018 — Avery Knechtel
What to Eat: Follow us down the Reboot Rabbit Hole

What to Eat: Follow us down the Reboot Rabbit Hole

What is Whole Happy?

Eating For Your Skin's Health
with Ellie Shortt (Whole Happy) Nutritionist and Chef
April 12th 6:15-7:15
$15+tax

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Ellie will provide her top tips for that healthy glow from the inside out, while dismantling many of those misleading myths you may have already come across. She will be discussing the important topics of inflammation, detoxification, and proper digestion as they relate to skin health, and will be able to answer any of your own personal questions about health, wellness, diet, and nutrition. She will also be providing some light snacks, sips, and recipes to help you through your Miiko Skin Reboot Challenge!

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March 30, 2018 — Kimiko Foster
Discounts & Prizes: Check out our Reboot Partners

Discounts & Prizes: Check out our Reboot Partners

We would like to thank all of the local businesses who have offered a discount or prize or collaborative workshop/event to make this challenge an incredible adventure the entire way through!

If your name is on our mailing list your name will be e-mailed to the local affiliates for the sole purpose of offering you a discount from April 3rd-30th to make your Reboot a pleasurable experience!

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March 30, 2018 — Kimiko Foster
Tags: Wellness
The Chronicles of PoopTalk: Herbal Heros

The Chronicles of PoopTalk: Herbal Heros

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As a herbalist, there are so many tools in our tool belt for symptoms of the elimination systems. I wanted to write about a few of my favourite plants that can offer a wide spectrum of support during the Skin Reboot Challenge. I've chosen to focus on herbs with an affinity for the digestive tract as I find thats what most often what presents in a clinical setting. So here are some of my go-to herbal allies for digestive support!

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March 30, 2018 — Kimiko Foster
What to Eat: Reboot Foods to Eat and Avoid

What to Eat: Reboot Foods to Eat and Avoid

In the Skin Reboot E-book you will find the foods to enjoy and avoid and the reasons why in length. However if you want a quick easy to save and view version this is the page for you!

Print this page off or save it on your phone to have handy during April and make your decisions easy!

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March 23, 2018 — Kimiko Foster
Tags: Wellness
The Skin Reboot Challenge: Elimination Tips

The Skin Reboot Challenge: Elimination Tips

 

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Hello everyone, I'm Avery, the Clinical Herbalist of Mindful Medicine and Miiko Skin Co, and here along with you during the Skin Reboot Challenge!

If you're wondering about the title of this series, I don't blame you, in fact, I hope it spiked some curiosity. My posts each week will be focusing on an elimination tip for the Reboot. Although the general public doesn't go about their day talking about eliminating their bowels in such an open manner, as a herbalist, you betcha that I do! In fact, a huge part of my time with clients is spent talking about the elimination systems, and you guessed it, your poop. How the digestive system is functioning, is an extremely important piece of the puzzle when putting together the story of one's health. So, I'm here to introduce the PoopTalk, and hopefully give you a deeper understanding of the importance of the elimination systems (digestive, and others) while taking the embarrassing aspects away from it, because, after all, everybody poops!

So without further ado, here is the first of The Chronicles of PoopTalk: What to Expect When Changing Your Diet

 

Changing the way you eat, and your intake of nutrients can be a subtle shift for some or a major lifestyle change for others. If you’re eliminating certain foods or adding a group of nutrients in, your body may take some time getting used to it, so here is a little information from my perspective.

 

I remember about 8 years ago when out of the blue decided I wanted to eliminate meat and dairy from my diet. I wasn’t very educated on food sensitivities or being vegetarian at all, I just wanted to give it a try and see if I would notice any difference in my digestive health.

 With the elimination of two food groups, came the natural increase of more fruits and vegetables, and subsequently, an increase of embarrassing moments of tummy gurgles and a brand new type of bowel movement. #pooptalk The point is when your body is used to one way of ingesting foods, and you switch it up - you can count on a little bit of adjusting time. Since I’ve struggled my whole life with a weak digestive system, you better believe the new found glory of those regular bowel movements was a welcomed change! Since then, I’ve also been tested for food sensitivities and removed the exacerbating foods from my diet. I started incorporating high-quality meats back in, due to anemia and the downfalls that come with that. All in all, I think the most important thing about choosing the way you eat, is listening to what your body needs at each stage in life while being mindful of your personal values.

If you’re someone who experiences a lot of gas and bloating, you may notice that eliminating certain foods for a few weeks won’t really make a substantial difference. Don’t write it off just yet - it can potentially take a few months to notice a real difference in long-term digestive health, bowel habit, skin conditions, fatigue and so on. I suggest to my clients that they eliminate suspected sensitivity for a minimum of 6 weeks before resuming their previous diet. That being said, some people have quick reactions! Within a few weeks, they notice their skin clearing up, their bowel movements become regular and their gas and bloating subside. Everyone is different, and being patient with yourself is the important takeaway from this.


The Skin Reboot is not a strict cleanse like you may find online or at the health food store. But if you have done one of those cleanses you may have noticed a major increase in frequenting the bathroom! That’s for a few reasons, often cleanse kits come with herbal remedies that are laxative, and they increase the amount of dietary fiber you are eating on a daily basis. Although we are not promoting laxative plants - you may notice an increase in bowel movements throughout the day due to changes in your food planning, don’t be alarmed, this is normal! On the contrary, you may be someone who depends on caffeinated drinks for your morning poop, and if you choose to eliminate that, you may be faced with a slower digestive system. Not to worry, these changes are normal, and learning to embrace the fluctuating poops is a sign of strength ;)!


If you’re looking for some help with your bowel habits, not to fear - herbs are here! There are so many amazing, gentle herbs to help support your elimination pathways, get those poops moving to your delight (without a crazy laxative effect), and help stabilize your energy levels while your body is getting used to new changes. Part of the Skin Reboot benefits is a 10-minute consult, so book in and let’s chat about your specific needs to help you thrive this April.


Major Takeaways:

  • You may notice increase bowel movements
  • Gas is common while your body gets used to new foods
  • All of your problems will not disappear in 28 days, but it’s a great start!
  • If you have a decrease in regular bowel movements, you may need some herbal help or nutritional advice!
  • Remember to drink water! Hydrate hydrate hydrate! Your skin and bowels will thank you!
  • Healthy elimination = healthy skin!

Pro-Tips:

If you are feeling constipated

  • Try adding a teaspoon of chia seeds to your water in the morning - let them get to a jelly-like consistency and drink up!
  • If your poops are feeling small, or unfinished, bulk them up with some soluble fiber, ie. sweet potato!
  • Mucilaginous herbs are my favourite for softening the stool and promoting regular movements, ask me about Marshmallow, Aloe Vera (inner fillet only) and Slippery Elm!
  • Help support the liver by drinking lemon juice and sea salt in the morning,  before your breakfast.
  • Bitter greens and herbs are a great way to stimulate digestive secretions and therefore better absorption and bowel movements!
  • Start a food journal! It's great to investigate what foods are triggering your bowel habits!


Sending happy vibes for healthy poops! Happy Rebooting!
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March 23, 2018 — Alex Kerr
Tags: Wellness
What is the Skin Reboot Challenge?

What is the Skin Reboot Challenge?

The Skin Reboot Challenge is for anyone who wants to make a healthy lifestyle change and craves a support network through the transformation. If you are tired of your acne, or keen to learn what foods are holding you back from your best complexion ever the Skin Reboot Challenge is for you!

We have put together a checklist in the introduction of the Skin Reboot E-book to see if reboot if for you! Here is is below. 

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March 09, 2018 — Kimiko Foster
Tags: Wellness

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