What Happened When I Stopped Complaining and Started Listening

This weekend marked a full two calendar months since I left Facebook, for good. I remember a day when not checking it for a day felt like a massive test of will. Now, the idea of entering back into that particular drama-ridden fray leaves me dyspeptic. My friend looked at me the other week and…

It’s Been 3.5 Weeks Since I Quit Facebook

Hello, I’m Ilana, and I’m a social media addict. Let me assure you that a) I’m not making light of addiction, and b) I have not been in denial of my own addiction over the course of years. I have fully owned it but because I was still a high functioning multi-hat wearer, I had…

May Whole30 with Ilana Grostern

Hello, Internet! You’re ready to GO! You’ve decided that you’re ready to do a Whole30! Whether it’s your first or your 4th, you still feel you could use a little hand-holding and someone to talk to when those cravings threaten to get the better of you. Also, you want to connect with other people in…

Montreal Group Coaching Session for March

Hello, Montreal! You’re ready to GO! You’ve decided that you’re ready to do a Whole30! Whether it’s your first or your 4th, you still feel you could use a little hand-holding and someone to talk to when those cravings threaten to get the better of you. Also, you want to connect with other people in…

The Makings of a Wellness Coach – A Facebook post from one year ago

It’s rare, because my circles tend to be rather insular, but occasionally I come up against an individual who writes off the connection between disease and nutrition as “an idea”, and I’m completely astonished by this mindset. It’s not a “concept”, the connection between how you eat and your health. We accept that stress and…

The Origins of a Green Witch – Herbs for Fertility

I first dabbled in herbalism some 16 years ago, when my desire to become a mother intersected with my intention to earn a diploma in holistic nutrition. I was so successful at the first endeavour that the second took a back seat and I never completed my studies. But knowledge acquired through active living is…

Look for the Root

An example of a socially-condoned attitude that needs to change: “Doctor, I can’t breathe out of my nose.” “You have allergies. Here’s a pill.” Problem fixed. Or is it? In actuality, a new problem has been created which does not address the original problem. Now we have an individual with potential lifelong drug dependency, as…

Canada’s First Certified Whole30® Coach!

Well, everyone. It is OFFICIAL and I can now use the graphics! * In September of 2013 I did my first @whole30 . I remember presenting the idea to @sircomixalot , mainly to get his reaction because NO BREAD was just the craziest thing I’d ever heard of. And I remember a flash of anger…

Not everyone is going to like you

Our mission in life cannot be to make sure that everyone likes us. With this kind of a goal, one is destined for failure. Trying to make everybody like you will always require major sacrifice of self, and result in misery. Be loud if it suits you, quiet if it does not, or somewhere in…

On Integrity

It’s a trying time. We’re in a state of radical expansion now, from an esoteric perspective, and boy, is it ever painful. Here’s what I’m seeing now, and I’m recording it here so that a year later I can look back and say, “Holy crap, Ilana – were you ever talking out of your ASS.”…

Take up your space. 

There is space that is created, when you come in to this world, just for you to occupy.  If you shrink to try to avoid taking it up, because you feel you are not worthy of all of it, the absence of you in that space creates a black hole that sucks in all the…

Watch Your Words

Words that misrepresent our relationship with the food we consume: Healthy. Clean. Food can never be healthy. Food can be health promoting. You get to health and wellness by choosing how to nourish your body and soul. Quit labelling your food the wrong way.