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Water Fast Review

What our guests have to say about their water fast experience at the Abadin B&B water fast review

Water Fasting at Abadin B&B (water fast review)
So, I have just completed a 6-day water fast with Shirley & Ed at Abadin B&B. Having never attempted a water fast before, I was initially very nervous about doing such a long fast with only water. Could I do it? Would I feel ill? As it turned out, with Shirley & Ed’s help, the process was so much easier than I had imagined and almost never felt hungry.

Water Fast Review

Water Fast Review

Although, the process was relatively painless, I know I could not have done this on my own at home. Only in the comfortable surroundings of Abadin B&B that offered the expert guidance from Shirley was it possible for me to achieve the health benefits of completing a full 6-day water fast. Autophagy (look it up), lowered insulin levels and fat burning are all great benefits of such a fast. I lost well over 10 pounds while there and 1/2 of that would be fat (about 1 pound a day is burned).

Shirley’s support was invaluable and at the end of the week, I thought I could have gone longer. Very importantly, I also left with the knowledge, experience and tools to realistically embark on an extended fast on my own at home!

Ed & Shirley’s hospitality was exceptional. I thoroughly enjoyed the talks we had and I learned so much about Shirley’s dietary approach and fasting methods. Her story is inspiring! Time absolutely flew by when we were chatting over a glass of sparkling water.

The location is in the small village of L’Orignal near the Ontario/Quebec border. During my stay, I toured Ontario’s oldest jail in L’Orignal and bought some beer at a nearby brewery (no tastings for me!). I did a couple of long walks in the area while I was there, but there aren’t any walking trails in the immediate area.

I stayed in the Brown King Room, which was roomy and comfortable and you can see the Ottawa river from the room. The river is just a couple of hundred meters walk from the hotel. The shower had great water pressure and the room was well equipped with a writing desk, dvd player and flat screen tv with cable channels.

In summary, my stay at Abadin was restful & relaxing, while I made new friends in Ed & Shirley and achieved great results for my health by completing a 6-day water fast. I would highly recommend a visit to this B&B, most especially if you are considering water fasting. In this environment, you can do it! (water fast review)
Water Fast Review done by David T. from the Toronto area

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Simple Travel Packing Tips for Solo Female Travellers

Simple Travel Packing Tips for Solo Female Travellers

The trend of travelling solo has become extremely popular in recent times. But when it comes to packing, women really struggle to figure out how they can pack their bag to comply with the weight restrictions, especially at airports.

Simple Travel Packing Tips for Solo Female Travellers .

Simple Travel Packing Tips for Solo Female Travellers .

Whether you are ready to trek through Mongolia or move to explore the arctic conditions of southern New Zealand in winter, here are a few travel packing tips to fulfil your dreams of going solo – the newest travel trend:


1. Pick up layers and convertible clothes

Uncomfortable clothes are a big no for travel. So, you must definitely pack all your comfortable clothes for long travel days and long flights. Soft cotton t-shirts, skirts, and pants are ideal to fit in your bag. Furthermore, you should pick up clothes that can layer easily. This includes wraps and cardigans that you can wear over and over again on different days. You don’t need to pack new and different clothes for every single day. A good pair of thick black leggings is extremely essential and purposeful.

2. Carry a Backpack along with a small tote

This is one of the best travel hacks. Airport staff generally does not ask you to weigh a daypack-sized backpack. You can easily take it as a carry-on. A daypack sized backpack is less obvious and obtrusive when compared with a rolling suitcase and therefore goes unnoticed. Furthermore, you can roll a small canvas tote in your backpack and take it out when you need to fit in snacks and other small items once you’ve entered the plane. You can store your backpack in the overhead bin with all your essentials in the small tote on your lap.

Simple Travel Packing Tips for Solo Female Travellers

Simple Travel Packing Tips for Solo Female Travellers

3. Plastic Bags

Remember to keep lots of plastic bags here and there in your packing. Refrain from putting all of them at one place and then not finding them when you need them. Plastic bags can be used to put toiletries. This way chances of it leaking and spoiling your clothes reduces. Store smaller items in ziplock bags since that makes it easier for you to find what you need. If you buy a bottle of wine or any other liquid, you must always wrap it in two to three bags to ensure that there are no chances of a leak.

Moreover, avoid carrying heavy and bulky toiletries like shampoo and conditioner. Just carry the travel size and buy when you reach your destination. Shopping locally from a grocery store is, in fact, an interesting trick to keep women safe on their trip.

4.  Keep a change of clothes in your carry-on

Your luggage can get lost and your flight can get delayed. In such situations, it is important that you have a set of clothes in your carry-on. Not wearing a clean t-shirt, especially if you have a 24-hour long journey can be really bothersome. This outfit does not have to be elaborate. It just needs to comfortable clothes like a cotton dress, underwear and a pair of socks, depending on the weather of the place you are in.

Self Exploratory Art and Therapy

Self Exploratory Art and Therapy

Self Exploratory Art and Therapy


When reading about therapy one usually thinks of talk-therapy because psychotherapy traditionally relates to verbalizing problems to your therapist, not so with Self Exploratory Art and Therapy.

Self Exploratory Art and Therapy is based on the use of creative elements as means to unlock ones emotions that are to hurtful to talk about. Art therapy will help a person to motivate emotional growth.

In the 1940s established psychotherapy professionals discovered the power of artistic expression to tap into the unconscious layers of a persons psyche.

Art therapy uses creative activities and art making to help clients to deal with stress and traumas, gain insight, and awaken a new feeling for pleasure in living.

What a client chooses to express through their artwork and how those expressions are interpreted are determined by the client. The therapist simply guides the client through the process, asking questions to help determine the meaning behind the signs and symbols represented in the artwork. While there is no definitive meaning for the symbols, metaphors and signs that appear in a client’s artwork, art therapists are trained to listen to the way an individual discusses his or her art in an effort to flesh out the meaning unique to that person.” (Sharp, 2008)

For a client traumatic experiences such as neglect or abuse can be extremely difficult to express in a verbal therapy. However working with art materials can ease the clients pain and the trained art therapist will be there to support the client in the process.
Art therapy is also a gentle way to help you as a client to release stress from every day life. Drawing, painting and sculpting all provide distraction from a stressful workday and the effects of art therapy seem to mimic the effects of meditation. The creative process is very engaging, having almost a hypnotic effect.


IHow art heals: mind-body physiology

“ How does art heal? Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. The body’s physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration. Art and music put a person in a different brain wave pattern, art and music affect a person’s autonomic nervous system, their hormonal balance and their brain neurotransmitters.

Art and music affect every cell in the body instantly to create a healing physiology that changes the immune system and blood flow to all the organs. Art and Music also immediately change a person’s perceptions of their world. They change attitude, emotional state, and pain perception. They create hope and positivity and they help people cope with difficulties. They transform a person’s outlook and way of being in the world.

In fact it is now known by neurophysiologists that art, prayer, and healing all come from the same source in the body, they all are associated with similar brain wave patterns, mind body changes and they all are deeply connected in feeling and meaning. Art, prayer, and healing all take us into our inner world, the world of imagery and emotion, of visions and feelings. This journey inward into what used to be called the spirit or soul and is now called the mind, is deeply healing. For healing comes to us from within, our own healing resources are freed to allow our immune system to operate optimally and that is always how we heal. This is the contemporary version of freeing our healing energies and is now recognized to be crucial to healing. We go inward on The Creative Spiral together through art and music.”


Fasting and Keto Diet and MS


Monday 18.01.2016

In the mouse model of multiple sclerosis ( MS ), a positive effect of modified fasting and ketogenic nutrition (KD) on disease development and clinical course has been shown in several studies.
Author: Dr. Markus Bock, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Dr. med. Markus Bock from the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin has published the results of his research group for the German Multiple Sclerosis Society, Bundesverband eV. med. Friedemann Paul and Prof. dr. med. Andreas Michalsen, summarized in a report:

” Multiple sclerosis is the most common chronic, non-traumatic, neurological disease of the central nervous system with unexplained aetiology . Mainly young adults, women more often than men, are affected by the western world. It is expected that no curative therapy will be available in the foreseeable future.

Background of the study

In the mouse model of MS , experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis ( EAE ), positive effects of modified fasting and ketogenic nutrition on disease onset and clinical course in animals have been observed in several studies.

Due to the fact that no human studies could be researched on this promising therapeutic approach, the “IGEL” study (A randomized controlled pilot study comparing the effects of intermittent fasting and the ketogenic low-glycemic diet on the quality of life in multiple sclerosis) was brought to life. This study aimed to elucidate the feasibility of the aforementioned nutritional interventions in MS patients. Sixty patients, 48 ​​of whom were finally evaluated, were randomized to 3 groups (1st control group – mixed diet without nutritional change, 2nd seven-day juice fasting followed by mixed diet and 3. Adapted ketogenic diet) in a controlled setting over a period of studied six months. The primary endpoint of the study was health-related quality of life.

Fasting therapy

Short-term (7-10 days), modified therapeutic fasting is an established therapy for the symptomatic treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases. Clinically, fasting therapy for rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammatory bowel disease and arteriosclerotic sequelae is used with good empirical success. Such positive effects of reduced food intake are also observed in neurological diseases and have their roots in the 19th century. Since that time, it has been known that fasting lowers the seizure frequency in people with epilepsy.

It also shows in retrospective studies. phased fasting is associated with a decreased incidence of M. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. These results suggest that fasting nerve cell degeneration could be prevented or slowed down. The underlying principles of action are currently being studied intensively , but are still largely unknown. The observed effects are probably not due to individual mechanisms but to complex changes. This is also the direction of animal studies.

Therapy using adapted ketogenic nutrition

As regards the background of this form of nutrition, it is important to understand the important finding of the 19th century that the seizure frequency of persons suffering from epilepsy declines sharply during fasting. However, since the symptoms start to reappear at the beginning of the diet, a permanent diet was sought, which mimics the fasting – without fasting typical of the intestinal activity and without caloric restriction. Thus, the concept of ketogenic nutrition with a switch to a high fat content (80%) with extremely low sugar content appeared in 1921 at the latest. Instead of glucose, the ketone bodies, which are derived from fatty acids in the liver and brain, are offered to the brain as an alternative energy source, as is the case with starvation. Similar to fasting, the cells now mainly feed on fats.

The low-sugar, carbohydrate-reduced diet can be well received under the guidance in everyday life. Like fasting, nerve cell protecting properties are very likely. The fundamental changes in brain metabolism under ketogenic diet lead to increased energy production and reduced radical formation. The ketogenic diet continues to be very successfully used in patients with epilepsy when drug therapy previously failed. MS patients could benefit from the increased energy supply to the brain, which also results in improved nerve cell protection.


In our study, we were able to show that the interventions investigated in MS patients lead to a clinically relevant improvement in the quality of life measured by the Multiple Sclerosis Quality of Life questionnaire. In addition, in the ketogenic group a significant reduction of the fasting measured serum triglyceride concentration and the LDL / HDL cholesterol quotient at the end of the study was found. Further results are about to be published and will also be announced here.

Larger study with MRI as endpoint necessary

Before the new findings may find their way into treatment, they need to be backed up in a clinical trial with larger numbers of patients and MRI as the endpoint. This new study is scheduled for the end of 2016. The test subject will be published in spring 2016. ”

Link to the scientific article ” Conference Paper: Ketogenic diet and prolonged fasting improve health-related quality of life and lipid profiles in multiple sclerosis -A randomized controlled trial ”
Source: Communication on the congress contribution ECTRIMS 2015

Editor: DMSG Bundesverband eV – 18.01.2016