Month: April 2020

Today’s a challenge


Today offers many challenges. Staying safe is one. I originally posted this in my April newsletter . I just wanted to reprint it here for my website followers. My heart is with you. ~Ellen

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all well – practicing social distancing, staying at home, and washing your hands often. New challenges to our daily lives.

My husband and I have been very careful. It has been a challenge for us as normally we spend many hours with our family and especially our grandchildren every week – as I imagine many of you also do.

I try to look at the bright side — I have improved my computer skills with video conferencing. From what I have read, many of you have also. I now spend time with my grandchildren online almost daily. We play games, read books, and just share stories. It’s very different and really enjoyable.


In the face of all that is going on, I have delighted in seeing forsythia flowering and others like daffodils, crocuses, and witch hazel showing their colors. Spring continues to wake up around us. I think that helps improve my mood.

In addition, I have noticed some wonderful people offering free online courses and meditations. Given that many of us have been staying at home almost all day and night, we seem to have time to take part in the various offers.

(At this point, I do want to do a shout out to all the essential workers from truckers to doctors to janitors who have continued to go to work while we remain safe at home. Thank you.)

I encourage all of you to take advantage of the free offerings online. Now is the time to “test drive” to find the teacher, healer, or spiritual leader that aligns with your body, mind, and spirt. It may be just what you need during this time of social distancing. Challenge yourselves.

Here’s a good list I found from NPR Getting Bored? Here’s A List of Free Things that weren’t Free Before Coronavirus.

I am still working remotely helping clients align their energy to improve their health and wellbeing. With our monthly group bioenergy treatment clinics, individual sessions, and blocking out time for my grandchildren, my life has been full this past month.


I still have availability in the clinic and for individual sessions so, if you would like to learn more, please give me a call at 1 (416) 203-2744. If I am unable to answer, I will call you back as soon as I can. When you leave a message, let me know the reason for your call so I can better serve you.

Meanwhile be safe and take care of yourselves during these challenging times.

I am sending love and peace to every one of you.
~~ Ellen

Book Review: The Personalized Diet

The Personalized Diet Book Cover

The Personalized Diet:

The Pioneering Program to Lose Weight and Prevent Disease

by Eran Segal PhD (Author), Eran Elinav MD PhD (Author), Eve Adamson

Grand Central Life & Style Publishing (December 26, 2017)

After a month of “sheltering in place” and all the media hype about shortages, I noticed that my fascination with food, diet, and meals moved to the forefront of my life. Enough so that I need to increase my awareness factor before the kilograms start to creep up. (As a quick reference, one kilogram equals just under two and a quarter pounds.)

I imagine many of you have the same relationship with food right now as I do. Because of this, I decided to dust off a book I read that influenced the way I eat. I needed this reminder of what foods I should be eating — specifically and scientifically for me.

We are all unique

Published in 2017, critics and readers alike considered The Personalized Diet as ground-breaking in the world of healthy eating and weight loss. This easy to read book takes us away from the notion that one diet fits all.

The Personalized Diet Book Cover

Eran Segal, a professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and Eran Elinav, a medical doctor and professor at the same science institute, discovered that individuals react differently to the same kinds of food. This makes all universal diet programs obsolete!

What might be healthy for one person, might be unhealthy for another person. We’re all different.

Through a description of their backgrounds and a recap of their research, the authors help us understand the science behind choosing the right foods for each of us. They describe an uncomplicated process to follow for you to discover what is right for you.

They emphasize the importance of the gut biome and the blood sugar response to what we eat. Gut biome refers to the 100 trillion micro-organisms living in our digestive system. We all have a unique gut biome which results in everyone needing a unique diet.

“Our microbes influence our health, weight, and well-being. Unlike genetic factors that influence the same things, but are constant and cannot be changed, we can change and manipulate our microbiome.”

The Personalized Nutrition Project

Their research is especially important to people with diabetes. Segal and Elina offer an alternative to traditional diabetic treatments. Check out Segal’s 2016 Ted Talk What is the best diet for humans?

I recommend this book to anyone who would like to improve their health and well-being. Plus, if you’re needing to shed a few pounds gained from staying at home, this is an excellent time to research your reaction to foods. Start eating foods for your optimum health and weight. Remember, what might be good for you, may not be good for your spouse. It’s the perfect time to get your entire household on board.

Take care of yourselves. We all need to be caring for us and our loved ones.

~ Ellen