Our #1 Source of Inflammation and Degeneration in our Bodies ~ Sugar! So what do you choose instead?

Down right dirty, seductive, addicting sugar and it’s evil partners…sweeteners. A Quick Vlog (video blog) with some insight into choices, chucking and what to use instead,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV6TneGbd9Q&feature=youtu.be&a

To learn even more about sugar alternatives, the good, the bad, the cellulite causing and the ugly join me LIVE!!!

Round TWO of 99 Inspired People Live Q&A with me this Thursday April 17th 1pm-2pm. Please visit the link below to sign up and come ready with all your questions about the program and what you are hoping to learn:) 

http://www.spreecast.com/events/n99-inspired-people28-day-self-renewal–4.html?share=facebook

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I can help you!

Jenn xo

SpreeCast Global Event with Me Tomorrow Night LIVE!!!

Join ME tomorrow night LIVE. 99 Inspired People~28 Day Self-Renewalhttp://t.co/cGGWmbfxjS via @Spreecast

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This program is filed with content galore to help you build your healthiest body yet from the ground up. We will elevate your digestion, reduce your inflammation, balance your hormones, help you lose weight,eliminate food sensitivities, improve your sleep, your mood and yes, even your sex life!

Join Jenn Pike in this 60 minute Q&A to find out more about this once per year GLOBAL event!

This is our official KICKOFF Live Q&A 60 minute session to answer any questions you have about this incredible NEW program.

Click here http://icbookstore.ca/thesimplicityproject to order your copy of my new book today – it will literally change the way you hear your body communicate with you, the way you perceive your digestion, your hormones and help you to choose the most effective exercise, supplements and skin care for your body!
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Real, Raw, and Baring it All!

A very open and beautiful post from my guest blogger Laurita about what it means to surrender, to feel and to start over again, with a different tribe and new energy.

thank you Laurita for sharing xo

Hello readers!

My name is Laurita Gorman and I am honoured to have been asked by Jenn Pike to be a guest blogger on her fantastic site! When asked to write a blog about what I love and am passionate about, a few things quickly jumped to mind; travel, yoga, and holistic healing.As an enthusiastic yogi and healer, I have multiple hats I wear on a daily basis; from being a social worker by day to being a yoga instructor, reiki practitioner, and therapist/coach by night, needless to say, I am a multi-passionate being! Let’s not forget my love for travel and the fact that it’s never too long before I feed my wandering soul and am jet setting to another far off place around the globe for some barefoot backpackin’! However, behind the job titles, the credentials, and the travel stories, lies a very painful road that most of you are unaware of.

It began in my pre-teen years when I started struggling with waves of crippling anxiety, bouts of depression, and an extremely low self-esteem, which caused me to miss many days at school because I told my parents I “wasn’t feeling well” but had no clear physical symptoms (red flag parents!). By the time I turned 15, I was using and abusing drugs and alcohol, rebelling against everything and everyone, skipping classes and barely passing my courses, getting caught up in the wrong scenes and crowds, and isolating myself from my family. To the outside world, I was just partying, having fun, and “fitting in”, but on the inside, I felt alone, scared, and was trying to cope with the intense emotions that accompany anxiety and depression. No one really noticed that anything was wrong, as it was routinely sloughed off as typical teenage behaviour, until my friends began to notice scars and marks as a result of self-harm. I come from an amazing and very loving family who are very supportive, so naturally my parents tried their best to help and brought me to the doctor, but as the typical rebellious teen I was, my family was the last place I wanted to turn to for help, and so I further isolated and suppressed. Of course, as I now know, suppressing my inner demons just continued to feed the problem and in turn wrecked havoc on my physical body too!

It wasn’t until I was 18 that I got connected to a private therapist, on my own accord, after talking to a trusted adult who recommended I see him for “healing”, and for the first time opened up about my past traumas and chaotic conflict that was loitering through my head. I was naturally intrigued by this “healing” stuff and hadn’t a clue about what is was, but I didn’t need to understand it at the time, so long as I was open and receptive to receiving it. Now, I don’t mean to sound too corny, but my first appointment with the private therapist was life changing! There was a shift, a breakthrough in my subconscious if you will, and a feeling I hadn’t felt before that I couldn’t articulate. Life for me began to change from this point on with my new found awareness, hope, and perspective.  This is where my journey to health and wellness truly began. I am not going to lead you to believe that it was a quick fix by any means, but rather, a long journey of self-exploration which ultimately lead me to self-empowerment. My intense emotions began to settle a bit and I continued into my final year of high school and completed a co-op placement working in a special education department. I knew at the age of 18 that I loved to help people!   I didn’t know in what capacity, but I knew I wanted to be part of people’s journeys, to listen, to support, and to simply bare witness to their stories.   I also knew that through my own life experiences, that I had something to offer others and was able to demonstrate empathy and compassion to those needing to be heard and validated. Coincidentally, or not, I enrolled myself to study social work, first at the college level, and then moved on to complete my bachelor and masters degree and landed a job working in the mental health field. Don’t get me wrong, I still was confronted with bouts of anxiety throughout my time in university and while working as a social worker and struggled to find the right tools for me that could alleviate some of the distress.

Fast forward a few more years when my curiosity lead me to my very first yoga class, which at the time was becoming increasingly popular as a means of exercise. My first class was a vivid experience I am sure to never forget!  As I walked into the dimly lit room, adorned with an array of colours on the walls and ceiling, and symbols and messages written in a different language I did not recognize, people lay quietly on a mat with their eyes closed, listening to the sound of loud, deep breathes filling the room, and feeling the vibrations from the music softly playing in the background, I suddenly felt this indescribable sense of peace, calmness, and stillness. I struggled following every movement and yoga posture because it was all so new and foreign to me, but that didn’t matter to me because for the first time in awhile, I was not critical of myself for not doing something correctly, as the typical type A personality side of me was so used to doing. At the end of the class, everyone returned to lie on their mats with their eyes closed, while the instructor spoke soft words of love and encouragement. This final moment on the mat really resonated with me as my mind was fully engaged and present in that room with not a whisper or a glimpse of what the future may hold. From then on, I was hooked, and although I began yoga for the benefits of physical movement and exercise, I continued for the benefits for my mind and soul. The more I practiced, the less my anxiety symptoms acted up, so in a sense, this was my form of “medicating” myself to alleviate symptoms of anxiety.

Fast forward another few years, to the day I was overjoyed to find a brand new yoga studio in my town, Simplicity! After only a short time of being a member, I began working behind the desk and found a whole new tribe of people I fell in love with, which came at a very important time in my life while I grieved and coped with separating from my then husband (that’s a whole other blog post!). This was my home away from home, my place of community, my place of connection, my place of support, and my place to just simply be! It was my one stop shop for gaining knowledge about nutrition, the body, health, and wellness and everything else in between! Simplicity became my chosen family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. My hope for you reading this is two-fold; that you come to realize that everyone has a story, a place of pain and struggle, regardless of appearances, credentials, or possessions, and that by removing any shame or guilt about our past, we can choose to appreciate its lessons for us, use our story to help guide us to our life’s purpose, and allow our story to help the greater good of humanity. My other hope is that in the face of pain, struggle, fear, and inevitable life changes, you choose and opt for growth, as oppose to staying stagnant and resistant! When I finally surrendered to all of life’s changes and embraced the ebb and flow and chose to grow and evolve with it, I experienced more happiness, peace, and confidence than I ever thought possible!   You owe it to yourself, to your self-worth, and to your potential to live the life you have always imagined! By following and living by these next 5 steps, you will be well on your way to feeling more joy and fulfillment in your life:

  • Acknowledge you are stuck, remaining stagnant, and avoiding change.
  • Seek out and ask for help and be receptive to receiving support and feedback.
  • Take action steps every single day toward what you actually want and avoid focusing on what you don’t want!
  • Find your tribe! Find the people who lift you up, cheer you on, believe in you, and push you to move forward!
  • Enjoy the ride! It’s a wonderful journey to embark on and it’s ok to use a tour guide that can help you sight see on this road to self-discovery!

Now, time to be real, be raw, and bare it all, and get out of your own way!

“And the time came when the risk it took to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin

Laurita

Xo

Sadie Nardini is coming back PLUS 99 Inspired People FREE Live Q&A’s begin next week!

She’s back!!!

Sadie Nardini is coming back to Simplicity for 3 incredible workshops this May 30th & 31st PLUS she and I will be filming some incredible new videos for all of you on June 1st to launch this summer:)

Sadie is also one of my amazing Guest Speakers for my NEW 28 Day Program:

99 Inspired People…SAVE THESE DATES Wednesday April 9th 7-8pm & Thursday April 17th 1pm-2pm for my FREE Live 60 minutes Q&A all about

99 Inspired People ~ 28 Days To Spring Detoxification, Self-Renewal & Weight Loss

It is going to be life changing for so many of you!

This weekend stay tuned to Facebook because I have all the info you are looking for with these 2 HUGE events and to register for Wednesday’s call!

To make sure you get on our EXCLUSIVE email list please visit the link below for Simplicity Yoga & Fitness Therapy Studio home page and add your info to our ‘Opt-In Box’ on the left hand side where is asks you,Want More Simplicity?”

http://www.simplicityyoga.ca/

Jenn xo

Click here http://icbookstore.ca/thesimplicityproject to order your copy of my new book today – it will literally change the way you hear your body communicate with you, the way you perceive your digestion, your hormones and help you to choose the most effective exercise, supplements and skin care for your body!
Follow Jenn on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenn.pike.3 and like Jenn’s Studio athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Simplicity-Yoga-Fitness-Therapy-Studio/142091862495884?ref=hl
and @simplicityjenn on Twitter

Remember Motion is Lotion…

The title is my favourite line from Caitlin’s blog post LOL

Recently I have been sharing inspiring stories from some of our students, staff and my colleagues and we’ve been getting great feedback from all of you that you love hearing from real people about their personal journeys and self-discovery.

I would like to introduce all of you to our fabulous Personal Trainer and Spin Instructor Caitlin. She comes off as this very sweet and super kind hearted girl and while she is definitely those things and more, she is also a little mean in her classes, but that’s why we and our a**es love her because she makes our precious time worth showing up and helps us on our journey of feeling and looking incredible!

Hello to all of you reading this, my name is Caitlin McMurtry and ever since I walked thought the doors of Simplicity my life has completely changed!! (for the good of course)

I was this 20 year old girl who had just gotten out of a crappy relationship and had been looking for someone, some place to just give me a chance to do what I went to school for and most importantly what I LOVED doing… Personal Training! And finally I was given the chance I had been looking for.

Now fast forward a few years later and here I am, doing what I LOVE and WOW, I would have never thought I would be doing half the things I am to this day. For example: Teaching classes…. NO WAY I was so shy and nervous you should have seen me trying to teach a group exercise class when I was in college it was awful, a hot mess and a little funny looking back on it now because it’s one of my favorite things to do.

The thought of becoming a Yoga Teacher? HA ya right, when I was in high school and even in college I thought yoga was just stretching, chanting and smelly incents and the only way I can really be in good shape and feel good in my body is to exercise…. a lot!

I lived at the gym, lifted weights, ran and did loads of Spin classes but when I tried my first yoga class at Simplicity – OMG was I ever blown away! I quickly realized that yoga was way more than stretching, Om’ing and incents; it has thought me so many things about myself and how amazing the human body really is. Not to mention some of the classes I’ve done have challenged me WAY more than any other form of exercise I have even done.

Working at Simplicity www.simplicityyoga.ca  has taught me that all you truly need to get into the best shape possible, is a wicked tribe and community around and YOUr OWN BODY WEIGHT combined with some strategic free weight and stability movements. When I train my clients, the only weight we use is your body weight!

 So many people are wasting their money on all these fancy exercise gadgets that they see on TV when really their best tool is looking them right back in the mirror.

Just to show you how little you need to get a great workout in I’ve provided you with one of my favorite workouts to do with my clients as it challenges you to push yourself , Plus can be done in a short period of time !

Grab your water and a towel…

AMRAP’S (As Many Rounds As Possible)

10-12 mins

10 Squats/Jumping Squats

8 Pushups (Full or Modified)

20 Bicycles (Core work)

10 Shoulder Presses (use a weight that will challenge you 5-10lbs is good)

  • Once you have completed ALL 4 exercises (which = 1 round) you start from the top and do it all over again till you’ve run out of time. Keep track of how many rounds you have completed so you can see your progress! * Note: Time and exercises can be changed to suit your needs or how much free time you have*

One of my greatest wishes for everyone who is reading is for you all to be able to find your own Simplicity in your community, I thank Jenn every day for opening up her doors to our town. The friends I’ve made, the clients I’ve seen and all the members that walk through the doors have really shaped me into the person I am today and of course my wonderful parents, it’s like no matter how shitty of a day you’re having once you walk through those doors you can’t be anything but happy and grateful !.

Thank you for reading and always remember motion is lotion:)

Caitlin xo

Whistle While You Work!

The title intrigued you didn’t it?

Haha

A little trickery to get you in here today and click below to listen to my interview with Whistle Radio about living authentically, what is really means to be holistic and who to follow our dreams and be healthy too!

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http://whistleradio.com/Podcast/140318SNp1.mp3

Jenn xoxo

Digestion…The Journey Continues!

Hello and happy hump day:)

Click on the link to my youtube channel below to hear me chat and deliver to YOU even more tips of Simplicity when it comes to your belly, digestion, bloating, weight gain, weight loss and what you need to do to start feeling lighter in your gut, regular in your butt and more energized!!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PbyeM5Ovy8&feature=youtu.be&a

Click here http://icbookstore.ca/thesimplicityproject to order your copy of my new book today – it will literally change the way you hear your body communicate with you, the way you perceive your digestion, your hormones and help you to choose the most effective exercise, supplements and skin care for your body!
Follow Jenn on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jenn.pike.3 and like Jenn’s Studio at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simplicity-Yoga-Fitness-Therapy-Studio/142091862495884?ref=hl
and @simplicityjenn on Twitter

Potent Detox Tip! Cleanse your liver and prevent cancer!

Detox Tip – Remove Toxins With Herbs
The lymphatic system should be the key to your detox because its primary function is to carry waste away from the cells and bloodstream to the body’s organs of elimination. When your lymphatic fluid remains sluggish the lymph nodes become clogged and lose their filtering/cleansing ability. Without routine flushing of the lymph, debris becomes trapped in the body, creating a toxic overload and contributing to the onset of disease and inflammation.

Start to use some of these revitalizing herbs: dandelion (absorbs toxins, stimulate the liver), echinacea (powerful immune stimulant), red clover (has anti-tumor, blood cleansing properties) and burdock root (prevents toxic chemical poisoning).

Think in terms of teas, tinctures and supplements

To learn more incredible tips for Spring Detox & Renewal join me this Thursday…

http://jennpike.com/2014/03/22/learn-with-me-live/

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Dr Celeste Frenette ~ Nourishing Your Spirit For Health & Joy

I am so honoured to introduce you all to my friend and vibrant living educator, Dr Celeste Frenette, Naturopathic Doctor. She has graciously agreed to be part of my 12 part series inspiring you with stories from the many colleagues, friends, students and friends from my life.

Celeste truly LIVES what she teaches and openly shares her own personal experiences, and lessons so freely to impart some wisdom and support to those of us on this journey of living healthy and being…

From Celeste ~

I was so excited when Jenn invited me to write and share about what I LOVE!!  The first thing that came to  mind was juicing!  It has absolutely transformed my life and the lives of so many of my patients…but as I sat down to write and reflect on it, something else came to my heart.  And so today I want to share with you my deepest passion…what I love most and what I have learned along the way.

Years ago, I worked as a nurse with patients who were terminally ill.  Being able to be present to their lives , stories and sacred last days was such a blessing.

There is one patient in particular who changed the course of my life forever, he inspired me to become a Naturopathic Doctor and his memory always reminds me to follow my heart.  I was blessed to be his nurse for many months and as I watched his disease progress I knew that he didn’t have much more time.  At that point, I knew next to nothing about natural healing but I wanted to do something to try and support him.  I decided that the next time I saw him I would offer to massage his feet…it wasn’t much…but it was all I could think of.  I massaged his feet for nearly an hour and the entire time he shared with me his fears of dying, he cried, he asked me questions and just let all the worries that were weighing on his heart be given voice .  He died peacefully that night in the arms of his wife, leaving her and their 5 beautiful children behind.  He was only 37 years old.

To this day, that hour that I spent with him feels like one of the most important and meaningful things I have ever done.

What I love most is being able to give the time to people that they need and deserve, being able to bear witness to their stories and to support them in some small way on their healing path.

As my practice has evolved I have been drawn to the simplest and most basic ways of healing.  Being  able to nourish and honour the souls of others is my greatest passion and I love to teach people how to nourish and love themselves.

These things are what I most want to share with you…
•    there is *always* time, until there’s not…make time for the people and things in life that you love,  and you will have no regrets
•    cherish each moment and choose JOY
•    follow the wisdom within, it will always guide you in the right direction
•    nourish your body with healthy foods…and fresh green juices ;)… they will strengthen and energize you and they will fuel your dreams!
•    nourish your spirit by surrounding yourself by kind, positive people
•    the smallest act of kindness and love may be the most profound thing that you do in your life

Celeste Frenette, ND

Celeste

Are Your Adrenals Exhausted? Is Your Cortisol Out-of-Control? Take my quick Quiz!

It is by far one of the biggest issues I see in my female clients, (and men suffer too but I see more women in my practice) and most times these women have absolutely NO idea what is wrong with them other than they feel like absolute garbage and that something is definitely off!

Take a quick run through this little Q&A below, and see how many yes and no’s you check off.

  • I have food cravings for sweets or starches, especially in the afternoon or evening.
  • I have food cravings for salty snacks.
  • I have trouble concentrating on my work during the day.
  • I have short-term memory loss.
  • I am experiencing a reduced sex drive.
  • I am feeling increasingly irritable and becoming shorter tempered with co-workers and family members.
  • I feel increasingly anxious and worried.
  • My waistline is getting bigger.
  • I don’t laugh as much as I did, or don’t seem to have my same sense of humor.
  • I have a noticeable drop in my energy at midday.
  • I need to use caffeine to stay energized throughout the day.
  • I have trouble falling asleep at night because I can’t stop the constant thoughts in my mind.
  • I fall asleep, but wake up throughout the night and have trouble getting back to sleep
  • I wake up and raid the refrigerator at night.
  • My food doesn’t seem to be digesting well.
  • I catch colds and flu easily.
  • I notice my heart racing or beating irregularly.
  • I am always rushing from one event to another.
  • I feel over committed, or find it hard to meet my commitments.
  • I have a strong drive followed by exhaustion.

If you answered yes to any of these questions, stress is affecting you. If you answered yes to many of them, consider it a wake-up call and an opportunity to create a SHIFT from where you are to where you WANT TO BE!

I can help you and would love to share some of my best tips for greater balance and bliss in your life, so please join me…

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This night is filled with content galore and the chance to WIN a FREE spot in my biggest program launch ever on Monday April 21st.

There will be a LIVE WORLDWIDE 60 Minute Q&A with me on Spreecast the first week on April so stay tuned for more details and to make sure you don’t miss out on anything visit www.simplicityyoga.ca and click on our ‘OPT IN’ for our newsletter and updates. And YES , you will be able to participate in this program with me from anywhere in the world!!!

Jenn xo

To sign up for my March 27th in person  event at Nature’s Emporium please call 905-898-1844 or email info@naturesemporium.com to secure your spot!

 

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