Biofeedback Therapy with Mindful Nutrition & Wellness

Are you looking for answers to particular health concerns but are struggling to find the results or information you are looking for? Perhaps there is a tool that you haven’t heard of before that can simply use your energy and electrical body signals to determine what may be hindering your healthy lifestyle.

I sat down with Jenna Henderson, Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Biofeedback Therapy Technician & Founder of Mindful Nutrition and Wellness to learn more about this relatively unknown tool.

 

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Jenna Henderson, Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant, Biofeedback Therapy Technician and Founder of Mindful Nutrition & Wellness

 

So first off, what is this Biofeedback Therapy you might be asking? Well, it’s kind of complicated to explain but, the results are relatively simple to understand.

Q: What is Biofeedback Therapy and why is it helpful? 

A: Being a Biofeedback Technician, I evaluate biofeedback; the process of gaining greater awareness of many physiological functions using Electro-Physiological Reactivity (EPR). Using EPR, the biofeedback device tests the body’s electrical responses to discover what’s stressing your system the most. The EPR scans for over 10,000 different signatures, including food sensitivities, imbalances, pathogens, toxins and thought patterns. Biofeedback is a great, safe way to communicate with the body. Each client is connected to the device via head harness, wrists and ankle bands.

I use the biofeedback device to gather information about each individual. After analyzing your profile provided by the device, I then suggest nutritional support. This includes supplements and lifestyle factors to help balance and harmonize your main concerns, as well as your top stresses to optimize and maintain your health and wellness.

Biofeedback Therapy 

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According to Jenna, the whole process is highly personalized and is a non-invasive way to obtain highly detailed information about your health as there are so many different signatures the biofeedback device can evaluate. It even provides solutions and suggestions instantly.

Biofeedback Therapy is used by many medical professionals & sports therapists in the US but is not as common in Canada. The device can be used to understand many ailments including head aches, dietary issues, sleep issues, and emotional stress among others.

Q: What would a typical session look like? 

A: The first session is about two hours. I really take time to get to know you and your unique health concerns, if there are specific ones, or just to get a general sense of your overall health. Then I use the electrodes on your body as well as on any supplements you may be taking to get a better understanding of the total picture. There are so many signatures I can tap into that can help me provide a plan for nutrition, supplements and even stress management.  The Biofeedback process is highly personalized and differs from other health tools as it is not a one-size fits all approach therefore there can be less trial and error.

If someone has particular concerns we can focus the session on those concerns. Sometimes people have a haunch that something is affecting them nutritionally or emotionally and this allows us to understand it better and create an action plan.

After we have a plan in place, we can use the Biofeedback Therapy to see where we are at and to help retrain certain functions.

Q: How does the Biofeedback machine work with the body? 

A: The biofeedback device scans the body to detect problematic areas. The device also has functions that can retrain certain muscle function and assist with the functions of the whole body, mind & spirit. The device has programs that work with the subconscious mind as well.  For bacterial stress, I have a program I can run that energetically is very unappealing to specific bacteria which is then believed that the body would naturally work towards eliminating these harmful bacteria.

Q: Who can benefit from Biofeedback Therapy? 

A: Anyone! It really is a great tool that is safe and non-invasive. It can be used for a general measure of health or as a deep dive into certain problematic areas.

**If you have a pacemaker you shouldn’t try Biofeedback Therapy as it works with the electrical signals of the body. Women who are pregnant can use Biofeedback Therapy but it is up to the technician and client discretion.

Q: How did you discover Biofeeback Therapy? 

A: I was being challenged by my own health and struggled with anxiety, digestive problems and hormonal imbalances & I wasn’t getting the answers I was looking for.  I was introduced to Biofeedback Therapy which allowed me to take charge of my own health and really understand what was healthy for me specifically.

Q: What does it feel like? 

A: Most people don’t feel anything – it’s completely non-invasive. Some people may feel a bit of a slight pinch or vibration but nothing painful at all.

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After learning more about Biofeedback Therapy and getting an overview of the device, it really is an amazing tool! With so many different options, it is unique in that can be personalized to learn more about each individual and their specific health. I have decided to book my own session to learn more about my specific health picture. What really appeals to me is how nitty-gritty the device is able to go for each individual person. I like that there seems to be less guessing when it comes to dietary issues and there may be less of a need for elimination diets, etc, as it provides answers to the technician almost immediately.

Once I have my session I am going to write a follow-up blog post reviewing my specific process and  “issues” that have come up for me. I have been struggling with headaches, anxiety, and bloating so I am very much looking forward to learning more about my overall health! Stay tuned to learn more!

For more information about Biofeedback Therapy & to connect with Jenna, please visit her website: http://www.mindfulnutritionandwellness.ca/.



 

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5 products I always have on hand as a working mom

Don’t let the headline mislead you… I know, I know they often do that. These products are great for everyone but, I have particularly  found them useful since heading back to work in February after a year of being off with my first child.

All mom’s lives are busy! Literally trying to pick-up after and keep a house clean with a toddler is the definition of insanity. It never ends. Add all the other stuff us moms have to do whether it be go to work, take care of our children at home, or do both, there are never enough hours in a day.  For all of these reasons and more, moms need a little bit of comfort, pampering and simplicity to relax and take care of themselves.

Here are some items that I am rarely without:

Beautycounter Lip Sheers

Okay, so, I talk about this product ALL.THE.TIME. and for good reason. It’s a great little lipstick made without all the crap ingredients, smells amazing and adds a pop of colour with all of the glorious shades. I love this product and I haven’t met anyone who has tried it and doesn’t love it! My favourite colours are petal and coral!

Beautycounter Cleansing Balm + Brightening Line

This combination of products has been a game changer for me. Helping give me a quick face wash before bed without much effort and a citrus-spritz to perk me up throughout the day, I highly recommend indulging in this combination!

DoTerra Essential Oils 

I always have at least one in my purse and one at the office. I have roller-balls and spray bottles made up as well and a diffuser at my desk. These are awesome pick-me-ups and the different oils are all great for various needs.

Lava Stone Mala Bracelet from Lotus Effect Designs 

Following the essential oils, I am rarely without this bracelet as I can actually add the essential oils to the lava stones, it’s awesome because you can wear the essential oils wherever you go throughout the day on a fashionable piece of jewelry.

Nutritional Yeast 

This may be a weird one but, I seriously use this a lot. It’s super helpful for quick vegetarian dinners (like a nice cashew cheese sauce) or to add extra nutrients to a snack. Nutritional yeast packs a nutrition punch and is actually grown from funghi and is a great source of B-Complex vitamins. I put this on everything!

 

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It is always exciting when Beautycounter comes out with new products! Beautycounter + is no exception. I was excited to get my hands on these items as they are treatment products designed to complement the already amazing skincare lineup.

Each collection is wonderful but, my favourite one is the Brightening + vitamin c. This collection uses vitamin c complex and enhances dull skin while boosting radiance. Great for age spots and good to create an all-around brighter complexion! The mask smells divine and the mist is so refreshing!

The balancing + charcoal is familiar but the addition of the mist takes it up a notch. The Beautycounter charcoal products are definitely items you want to have on hand weather you need help with acne or just want to keep blemishes at bay. These charcoal products have been incredible helpful to my combination skin.

The power of grey: beautycounter charcoal bar and mask

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I have been using charcoal and clay in my skincare and even in my dietary routine for some time now. The Beautycounter Charcoal Bar and Purifying Charcoal Mask are amazing for acne prone skin. These products purify your skin while smoothing and enhancing your complexion. You can use the Charcoal Mask as a spot treatment as well. I find that both of these products work to prevent my breakouts while balancing my complexion and minimizing the look of my pores and scarring. My skin feels renewed and refreshed after each treatment.

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Seven “crunchy” mom things

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While I hate labels, I would consider myself a relatively “crunchy” mom. That said, there are different levels of “crunchy” moms in my opinion and I tend to fall somewhere in the middle, I think? Of course anyone can adapt crunchy tendencies or take on some granola mom ideals or habits. But, to be a truly “crunchy” mom you probably need to put at least 4 of these seven things into practice regularly. However, I don’t think there is a specific definition. I would also argue that how “crunchy” I am depends on my mood so maybe I am not all that authentic, haha! And, while I am sure this list could be extremely long, here are my top 7 “crunchy” mom things!

  1. Using food grade or more natural and organic soaps and lotions on yourself and baby

When I was pregnant, well even before I was pregnant but emphasized when I was pregnant, I used all products without harsh chemicals or toxins. I even brought my own soap to work because I didn’t want to wash my hands in toxins like triclosan! I also barely wear any makeup and I am extremely conscientious about the types of products used in our household. Our skin is our largest organ and therefore whatever we put on our bodies we also put in them, and I am so not comfortable smearing myself or my child with unnecessary toxins. We also look for better disposable diapers and wipes such as Naty, Earths Best or Seventh Generation.

Some of my favourite “better” brands include:

2. Cloth, cloth and more cloth

This is one of my halfsies “crunchy” mom things. I cloth diaper and cloth wipe part-time. I also used some reusable bamboo cloth breast pads for a time as well. Cloth diapers have so many benefits from cost to environmental, and they definitely contain the poosplosions way better! I would highly recommend delving into this world. It’s a lot to learn but definitely worth it, mostly for the poosplosions.

3. Himalayan Salt lamps in every room

This one is super laughable to some but, I can dig it. I love the ambiance and their supposed health benefits are great! Because these salt lamps are negative ion generators and all of our electronics and other pollutants are positive ion generators, the idea is that these negative ions from the salt lamp are able to neutralize the positive ions to purify and clean the air. Associated with this is my concern with frequencies and radiation from cell phones, and wifi boxes so, I try to turn it all off or put everything on airplane mode at night (my hubby thinks this is ridiculous). You can read more about salt lamps in this great article from Wellness Mama. 

4. Essential oils, I put that shit on everything!

Ah yes, the world of essential oils! These things are true life savers! I used many of them for my labour and delivery and swear by their benefits! I had a completely unmedicated and short labour! You can read more about some of the oils I used, in my birth story.  I find they have so many great uses from stress relief to energy and mood boosting, cleaning purposes, pain and tension release, soothing inflammation, immune boosting, cleansing, the list goes on and on! Our favourite is to use diluted frankincense as our “magic potion” on the bottoms of our feet to help us not get sick! I used this on my newborn’s feet to boost his immunity protection out of the womb as well!

5. Define treat…

So, a treat in our household mostly means an energy ball, a green smoothie or beet juice, all organic of course. I know, I know, I sound like I deprive children. I am also all about moderation but sugar is mostly for really special occasions or if mommy really wants some ice cream… Now, obviously these are things that children can have regularly but we call them our treats and we get really excited about our treats! Our baby has been introduced to organic veggies and fruit and some, because I am lazy sometimes, organic pouches from Love Child. We watch out for food dyes, no pop, and eat mostly organic whole-foods. We also love the farmers market!! Oh, and cupcakes are an exception to this rule!

6. Babywearing

Anyone can baby wear, you don’t have to be “crunchy” for that! But, “crunchy” mamas tend to accumulate a stash of baby wearing items, mostly wraps. While I am a newbie to the baby wearing world, I can see how it becomes addicting. Beautiful organic cotton or wool wraps, cute babies being carried around and insta-calm, what could be better!?

7. Researching the potential harmful effects of everything

Okay, maybe this isn’t crunchy but rather my anxiety and OCD… theres more on that in this blog. This one can get taken to an extreme. Everything really is out to kill us but some things you just can’t avoid. I try to be aware of what I can and then weigh my options. I literally read every label, google the shit out of what the numbers on plastics mean, only use glass bottles, and limit plastic as much as possible. I google how bad certain foam mats can be for your health, flame retardants on furniture, chemicals in clothing and blankets, you name it, I looked it up… some would call that crazy but, I just like to call it hyper-informed. Now, money is a big factor in this one because most of the non-toxic, organic and all natural alternatives are more expensive so, the bottom line is you gotta pick and choose based on what you know and what works best for you and your family!

In closing, I just want to say that no one is 100 per cent and to me it’s about balance. Some days all we eat is mac n’cheese while watching TV but, I prefer to be more “crunchy” than less!

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. All opinions are my own.

What are your”crunchy” mom things? Let me know in the comments below!