Monthly Archives: December 2014

Do You Believe You Can?

BELIEVE YOU CAN DO IT

A huge aspect of making life long changes is believing that you can do it and breaking your goimageals into small, achievable steps. My goals are ALL based on how I want to FEEL. (You can read more about that if you’d like, here.)

Let’s talk about making a commitment to your health, disease prevention, and feeling fantastic every second of the day…not dieting. Take a deep breath right now. Imagine how amazing that would feel in your body, and believe it is possible. Wow, right?

  • I consciously commit to flexibility and detachment.  

Now, let’s integrate affirmations and journaling. Is it possible to start setting your alarm a few minutes earlier and taking the time each morning to check in with yourself? Morning is a wonderfully intuitive time of day, as our minds are bridging between the unconscious sleep mode and the conscious “doing” mode.

I NEVER set my alarm, but beginning tomorrow I will be. I’m going to create this new habit to re-enforce what I already KNOW to be true…I did this for a short time earlier in the year and found it made a big impact on how I felt. I got sloppy, lazy, and OR life just got in the way…and again, I didn’t make myself a priority. So I quit doing it. I LOVE the early morning hours. Dr. Wayne Dyer says that when you wake between 3 & 4 a.m., you are the closest to God that you will be all day. I believe it. Quiet. Silence. Presence.

If you find yourself making excuses that you don’t have the time to do this, examine why you might be avoiding checking in with yourself. Even just a few minutes will reap benefits, and eventually this will become as integrated into your morning routine as brushing your teeth. (And I KNOW you’re making time for that!)

You could start by stretching and moving your body in whatever way it wants to move. This doesn’t have to be a full on yoga practice or workout; it can be as simple as a few neck rolls, side stretches and a luxurious bent-knee forward bend. Isn’t it remarkable that we have to give ourselves permission to do this?

Yoga mat is standing at the ready. If it’s out of sight, I don’t think about it. An alarm set on my phone can help with this too. I know that the next few weeks are crammed FULL and we will be busy, so committing to a full on workout may not be the best option for me right now, but doing 10 minutes of yoga several times throughout the day, now that will work.

imageTake a few minutes to close your eyes and breathe. Connect with yourself. Move into your affirmations by either saying them out loud or writing them down. Continue with your journaling now so you don’t make excuses later in the day. By journaling daily, you are writing down how you envision your new life, gradually changing the picture in your head of what’s possible. We are setting the stage for new behaviors, which is essential for lasting results.

I have my daily affirmations/declarations written on the wall in my office. I love reading them out loud to myself. When I say them out loud, I really put FEELINGS behind it. I DECLARE! Try it.

Example challenge: I had something happen to me today that really tested me, and instead of grabbing something to eat (like I really wanted too!), I made a conscious choice to go inside of myself and check in. I knew that I wasn’t hungry and it was only my mind wanting to grab for food, not my body. So I stopped. I almost cried (out of pure frustration). I really wanted to FEEL the feeling and just be with it. I also wanted to blame and point fingers. So I did. For a second. (And I’m glad Joe wasn’t around…especially since he had nothing to do with it!) It was just a little pity party for myself. It lasted for only a moment and then it was over. It felt good though. I acknowledged that it was “ME” I was pissed off at…and no one else. I stayed present. I didn’t bolt. I didn’t run. I accepted it and then I released it. I forgave myself and moved on. That felt really good. Powerful. Do that more.

Peace

 

TOMATO-SPINACH FRITTATA

[Makes 2 servings]

2 tablespoons coconut oil

¼ cup onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 large eggs

1/3 cup organic tomato sauce

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

½ cup spinach

Preheat the oven to 400° F.

In a skillet, add the coconut oil on medium-high heat, and then cook the chopped onions and garlic until translucent.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Then, add tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and mix.

Add spinach to the skillet and cook until slightly wilted. Turn the heat down a bit, then add the egg mixture to the pan and gently stir by scraping the bottom of the pan with a spatula. Once the sides have started to cook a little (2 to 3 minutes), put the skillet in the oven.

Cook for about 10-20 minutes. Let it cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

 

WHY DETOX WITH THE SEASONS?

Because it’s a nice reminder, on the calendar, to pencil “you” in, for 11 days at the start of each new season.

In my detox we focus on the liver and the gallbladder. The liver is responsible for cleaning one and half quarts of blood every minute. It neutralizes toxic waste before it sends it off to the kidneys for elimination. The gallbladder is another important organ for digestion, as it stores bile from the liver to help absorb and digest fats. In order for your digestion to work properly, your gallbladder must be free of toxins.

We will also be focusing on detoxing the lymphatic system, which acts as your body’s “sewage system”. The lymphatic system not only protects your cells but also removes wastes. If your lymphatic system is clogged, then you may experience symptoms including rashes, fatigue, and joint pain, to name a few. During the detox program, you will learn tools that I call the Daily Detox, which I encourage you to use 1-3 times a day in your daily practice to improve your lymphatic drainage, immune system function and digestion.

If you are experiencing allergies, poor digestion, headaches, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, poor elimination, lack of sweating, or swollen lymph nodes, then this is the right program for you. It will allow you to nourish your liver, regenerate cells and tissues, purify the blood, and soothe your nervous system, so you can emerge from these 11 days feeling revitalized.

WHY SHOULD WE DETOX?

Detoxification is one of the body’s most innate functions to keep it healthy – it is as basic for us as breathing. In order to protect us from harmful substances that find their way in, our bodies naturally detox every day, eliminating wastes through the kidneys, colon, liver, lungs, lymph, and the skin.

Detoxification brings the body back into homeostasis.

Wikipedia defines homeostasis as “a process that maintains the stability of the human body’s internal environment in response to changes in external conditions.”

(In other words- balance.)

Ideally, we would live in a pollution-free world, but this is unfortunately not our reality today. Despite our best efforts to eat organic or fresh food, for optimal health we must support our organs to cleanse our body each season.

According to the Wild Rose College of Natural Healing, “A detox clears out toxins and debris in your body that may be stopping you from having vitality.”

A build-up of toxins puts a burden on your cells, which leads to an unhealthy body. In order to bring the body back into balance, or homeostasis, we must detox regularly to eliminate wastes. It is pretty simple: disease is not found in healthy tissues.

The body can carry up to 15 pounds of toxic waste – otherwise known as mucous. Mucous is your body’s way of protecting itself from harmful substances, but it is full of waste. The right detox program will strengthen digestion and decrease inflammation, thereby reducing mucous in the body.

My goal with detoxing is to show you how to cleanse, rejuvenate and rebuild on a cellular level, both physically and emotionally.

A DETOX PROGRAM SHOULD ACCOMPLISH THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Remove acid waste that leads to inflammation, congestion, and poor digestion.
  2. Support the immune system by unclogging the digestive system, therefore creatinga less acidic state and favoring a more base/alkaline state.
  3. Reduce the toxic load so you can digest, assimilate, absorb, utilize, and eliminateproperly.
  4. Remove toxins from the cells so they can regenerate and repair.

Questions? Please comment below.

Peace.

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