Lisa O’Connor

Lisa O’Connor is a Toronto-based Holistic Nutritionist, Therapeutic Alchemist, and host of the Glow Deep Podcast. We interviewed Lisa about her each day routines and practices, strategy to meals, train, skincare, therapeutic and way more.


— Is routine vital to you or do you want issues to be extra open and free?

Each! I’m a naturally disciplined soul, so I’ve no issues in any respect committing to one thing. I thrive off of routine, however I’ve been studying to be far more in circulate these previous few years. Particularly with creating my very own schedule and constructing my enterprise / apply, and now with the arrival of our pet. My schedule obtained shifted round fairly a bit, as he wants A LOT of consideration and coaching at this second!
I’m studying to search out my very own rhythm between routine, and free circulate. Which I consider is all the time a dance for us as we transition via completely different seasons, and occasions of our lives.

— What do your mornings seem like?

Now with a pet issues have shifted!

-We’re morning folks – getting up anyplace between 5-6am
-A liter of water very first thing
-A stroll in nature with the pup
-A bit play time with him & then placing him in his crate for a nap, so I can have me time
-Matcha latte
-Studying – I decide to 30-45 min each day studying within the morning
-Smoothie or no matter else I’m feeling

— Do you’ve any bedtime rituals that enable you sleep effectively?

To be trustworthy, I don’t have a number of bedtime rituals, as I don’t actually have an issue with sleep. What’s vital for me is popping my cellphone on airplane mode an excellent 45min- 1 hour earlier than sleep, having a bathe to shift my vitality, magnesium cream, and studying a e book in mattress with my husband, or typically we watch a bit one thing on Netflix to simply swap fully off!

— Do you’ve any type of mindfulness apply? 

-Strolling in nature and being current
-I’m not an enormous journal author, however when it calls I pay attention!


— Describe your typical or splendid meal for every of those:

Breakfast – Smoothie & do-it-yourself matcha latte ( I’ve the matcha first, and possibly wait an hour or so after which have the smoothie!)
Lunch – Truthfully on consumer days I usually maintain it mild and simply snack – inexperienced juice right here, smoothie there, some veggies, coconut water! And a few days I simply have liquids (juices, smoothies, water till dinner) on different days it might be a light-weight salad, or a lunch out with a good friend at an area wholesome restaurant
Snack – I’m not an excessive amount of of a snack particular person! However I might say nuts / seeds, inexperienced juice, possibly a chunk of fruit in the summertime
Dinner – Inexperienced salad, roasted veggies, curries, soups, brown rice

— Do you do caffeine and in what kind? If not, what’s your drink of selection within the morning?

I do 🙂 I drink matcha in the course of the week, and on the weekend after I can savour a phenomenal natural Americano after I’m at a restaurant with my husband, it’s simply that rather more particular.

— What’s your grocery purchasing routine like? Are there issues that all the time make it in your cart?

We do our large haul on Saturdays at a spot right here known as Natural Storage. Every thing is natural, and is so cheap in value. In the summertime I additionally add in native markets, and farmers markets. That being mentioned, I really feel like I’m all the time grocery purchasing on the each day, as I’m all the time choosing up recent greens, or choosing up supplemental issues for dinner that we didn’t get throughout our large store on Saturday morning.

Issues that we all the time embrace:

-Number of leafy greens
-Frozen berries
-Brown Rice
-Contemporary herbs
-Number of proteins
-Pumpkin seed butter
-White & Candy potatoes
-Selection nuts & seeds
-Seasonal greens
-Hemp seeds

+++ Extra however these are all the time staples! 

— Do you’ve a candy tooth?

I do know folks received’t like this reply, however I really don’t! I can eat 95-100% chocolate, and really feel tremendous glad. If I’m sweetening something I exploit dates, banana’s, and/or a contact of uncooked honey.

— Are there any explicit meals that you simply discover to be useful together with your vitality ranges and normal wellness?

Greens!!! I’m a greens monster, and really feel so deeply linked to them. I like to eat their liquid sunshine properties.
Potatoes are additionally an enormous staple for me, as they’re simply digested, excessive in fiber, and the pure sugars are burned as vitality for me.
Berries – I really like wild blueberries and raspberries
Spices / herbs – Ginger, garlic, cayenne, nettle, turmeric


— Do you train and do you’ve a selected train routine that you simply repeat weekly? 

I don’t have something explicit proper now! My favorite type of train is strolling! It’s extremely underrated for my part. I dwell in an enormous metropolis, with out a automobile, so my mode of transport is Me. I discover it meditative, calming, and nice train.
I additionally apply Kundalini yoga, and can typically do some resistance work (P.Volve).

— Do you discover train to be pleasurable, torturous or maybe a bit of each? How do you place your self in the proper mindset so as to sustain with it?

I discover it to be an extension of me, and I don’t ever should pressure it. I belief my physique and circulate with what it desires and feels within the season of life that I’m in. In the mean time I’ve been the least “energetic” I’ve ever been, nevertheless it’s what feels greatest for me, and my physique is welcoming it, and responding superbly to it.
In different seasons of my life I’ve completed intense and laborious exercises a minimum of 4 -5 x per week, and different occasions I’ve completed each day train.
If there’s something I’ve learnt alongside the best way, is that nothing good comes from pressure. Once we apply, and study to tune- in, we’ll all the time be guided to what our physique wants.
In 2020 I wish to get again into doing Ballet Lovely although, as I did it for over two years and felt so swish, female, but toned.


— What’s your thought of magnificence, each inner and exterior?

My thought of magnificence will all the time be that’s stems from inside. And never simply the meals that we eat, or dietary supplements we take, however the ideas we expect, our temper, psychological state, stress ranges, how variety we’re…and many others. I struggled with actually dangerous pimples for years, and addressing the entire above, with diet + curated herbs / dietary supplements, really introduced my pores and skin again higher than earlier than!
Magnificence in my eyes is all the time a projection, and energetic pressure close to what’s occurring inside. When issues are aligned inside, I really feel magnificence simply radiates no matter how we *assume* we glance. This lovely energetic pressure actually is aware of no bounds. I do nonetheless take pleasure in to maintain my exterior pores and skin, and physique, however I might say it’s solely about 10% of my regime. Every thing else stems from inner work!

— What’s your skincare strategy – face and physique?

MINIMAL. Individuals are so stunned how little I do, as I actually do apply what I preach. Once we concentrate on the interior, the exterior will all the time mirror that.
I exploit all pure merchandise – Face wash, rose spray, and oil (I rotate just a few of my favorite manufacturers – together with Residing Libations, F. Miller & Marie Veronique)
In the summertime I masks extra (Could Lindstrom or simply the Aztec Clay masks) I discover them too harsh for the winter, so I really like an excellent Manuka honey masks in the course of the winter.

— Do you’ve any magnificence methods you’ve discovered to be particularly helpful all through the years?

Much less is extra.
Once I was therapeutic my pores and skin I attempted EVERYTHING. I used too many merchandise, stripped my pores and skin, and all of it simply made it worse. I discover my pores and skin is one of the best the much less that I do.
Sweating is vital, so are scorching / chilly (distinction showers), kundalini (breathwork) and once more coming again to nurturing and feeding (Bodily & Psychological) your Inner Self, which then reveals up Externally.
The secret is to get issues shifting & flowing. Digestion, lymph, liver, as this in the end reveals up on the pores and skin. No circulate, no glow.

Stress, And many others.

— Do you apply any constant routines for managing stress? 

-Meditation (nothing fancy, or prescriptive, simply sitting with myself)
-Canine walks in nature
-Kundalini Yoga
-Seeing family members
-Spending time with my husband, and pet

— What measures do you’re taking if you sense a chilly/normal feeling of being below the climate approaching?

-REST / SLEEP – significantly the only factor one can do, I simply consider we really feel as a society that we are able to’t simply Be, or can’t simply take a break
-Inexperienced juicing
-Sizzling / chilly showers to stimulate lymph circulate and cleansing
-Ginger tea
-Broths / soups


— Describe the actions you’re taking or mindset you strive to faucet into so as to keep on observe together with your self-care apply and being good to your self?

I’m fairly easy, easy-going, but I’ve all the time been disciplined, and my husband may say cussed (my Ukrainian genes 🙂 ). I don’t discover it that troublesome to honour my physique, thoughts, and soul. I’ve additionally been on a deep therapeutic journey since 2006 (obtained recognized with Lyme Illness in 2012), so actually these aren’t even actions or steps I take, they’re simply Me. I don’t pressure something, and permit for circulate, ease, whereas nonetheless figuring out, and honouring after I must heal one thing deeper, take a brand new course, and maintain my interior baby.

— What do you contemplate to be the only most vital change you’ve made to your routine or life-style by way of wellness?

Hmmmm I don’t assume there is only one factor, as I see issues very holistically, and linked. I might say thoughts work. Specializing in psychological power, vitality, and honouring my unconscious thoughts, as that is the place all of our habits, applications, and deep perception programs dwell.
Our thoughts is every part, because the physique is the “unconscious thoughts”.

 — How do you cope with durations characterised by an absence of inspiration or procrastination?

Take a break! It might be a day, a day or perhaps a few. I generally tend to pressure issues, and after I do nothing flows. I’ve discovered this the laborious approach many occasions over, so I create area to go inside. Then again, I can get impressed simply by way of photographs, nature, folks, environments, so it’s all the time there for me. It’s tacky, however inspiration can hit at any second, so I keep open. However after I’m caught, I take a step again or I schedule a brainstorming session with my husband. Simply so I can discuss issues via, get a distinct perspective ( he’s very good, but sensible). In my enterprise it’s simply me, myself, and I, so it might probably get fairly insular.
Though my aim for 2020 is to rent my first worker!

 — A e book/film/class that influenced your view of self-nourishment or self-care.

To be trustworthy, nothing outdoors of myself influenced this or my view.
It was dropping my well being, and therapeutic on a deep degree that has introduced me to the place I’m with self-care. It’s by no means been something to do, if something it’s how I apply Being.
I’ve come to see, and know deeply that our relationship to Self – On a physique, thoughts, and soul degree is every part. If we don’t present up for ourselves, than we are able to’t for others.
But when I had been to choose something by way of exterior vitality, I might say the e book Magdalen Manuscript, it’s a channeled script of Mary Magdalen. It speaks about Ka vitality (life pressure), and the facility of vitality that programs via all of Us. The one method to channel this vitality, is to nourish ourselves from the within out.


— What was your path to changing into a holistic nutritionist?

Once I began to turn out to be ailing in 2006, it set me on my path. At first it began with my very own experiments, life-style adjustments, and studying / self-knowledge for shut to 6 years. Then from there,  I took it additional to get licensed, and examine formally. Whereas I’m a HN, I’ve expanded my view of my work, as I’m going *a lot* deeper than simply meals.
My story is WILD, so I received’t go into all the small print, however if you expertise one thing so deep, intense, and delightful by yourself, you wish to assist others heal by way of your journey, data, and items (which I consider all of us have! It’s simply as much as us to domesticate them). I don’t consider I selected this occupation, as I’ve by no means felt extra known as to one thing. Understanding how loopy, and wild it’s to lose one’s well being, it’s my mission to assist others faucet themselves into their very own innate healer.

— What’s your therapeutic philosophy? How do you strategy working with purchasers?

I’ve come to see therapeutic as alchemy. As a society we’ve been taught that we must always simply concentrate on one physique half, one factor, one tablet, and we’ve turn out to be so singular in our view level and scope of therapeutic / apply. I.E. if we’re having again ache, concentrate on the again. The place as I see every part, and I imply every part holistically. I see the alchemy, and connection between all of it – Physique, Thoughts, and Spirit. Whereas we could be having bodily ache some place (i.e. again), sure we should look and maintain the mobile physique (which I do), however we even have to have a look at our feelings, trauma, historical past, and deeper work into the soul, and unconscious. Whereas this isn’t the simple work, to me it’s the one approach I do know!
So when taking up a consumer, that is the place we go. I take a look at every soul as a singular and particular person being. Nobody is alike, so there isn’t a tablet or protocol that matches simply because somebody has been recognized with “X”, and so has their good friend. These two persons are so completely different, have been raised uniquely, have more than likely skilled trauma in their very own approach, and are navigating completely different life pathways, and stressors.
We navigate the deeper elements, so we are able to heal holistically, sustainably, and in reference to our entire Self. We aren’t only a physique, we’re a lot extra. Once we concentrate on simply the physique, I don’t consider we do ourselves any favours. That is what’s usually lacking in persistent care of  people and why so many individuals are simply “residing and coping” with ache and dis-ease. We’re looking for better depth, function, and fulfilment, but we’re left confused, hopeless, and overwhelmed. If I can simply carry somebody to see that they DO have the facility to heal, than man oh man, it simply means every part to me!

Enjoyable and Inspiration

— What’s one thing you’re notably enthusiastic about in the meanwhile?

Our new pet Rumi! He’s a Rhodesian Ridgeback, so he’ll develop to be an enormous boy, however we’re absorbing all of the pet cuddles proper now.
Additionally ending off a decade, ushering in a brand new one , and getting into into the 12 months 2020. There’s a number of potent vitality coming forth, and I’m feeling actually charged, clear, and prepared for all of it.

— What do you do to unwind or deal with your self?

Nothing actually particular, I really like simply the easy issues in life. A scorching bathe, entering into my gown or a gray sweat swimsuit, consuming a nourishing dinner, and cuddling with my husband & pet!
Generally I’ll deal with myself to a facial, and after I can infrared sauna classes.

 — A e book/tune/film/piece of artwork to feed the soul:

E-book – Anatomy of the Spirit and Course in Miracles
Track/Album –   Something by Bon Iver or Ben Howard or White Solar
Film –   Soiled Dancing (perpetually & all the time my favorite)
Piece of Artwork –  I am keen on a number of artwork  / inventive work, however a few of my favourites embrace: Renaissance artwork, Matisse, Unconditional Journal, Picasso, Christiane Spangsberg.

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