How to get to the When and Why of your Sugar Cravings

Letting go of sugar is no easy feat, and let’s be honest, it can feel like we’re trying to break up with someone who is gorgeous but totally wrong for you.

Here’s why: Sugar tastes gooooood. Not only that, it FEELS good, too! When sugary foods hit our tongue, it immediately causes a rush of feel-good hormones surging through our body. Think of how you feel when you eat a warm chocolate chip cookie, or glazed donuts. Maybe sweets aren’t your thing, but a bagel with cream cheese or pancakes brings a smile across your face.  Those sugar cravings you experience are not just mental, they’re also physical.  When you eat high-glycemic carbs or sugar your body produces excess insulin, which can lead to hypoglcemia, which leads to cortisol and adrenaline spikes which promotes craving for more sugar and simple carbohydrates.  Overtime your body craves sugar.

The good news is that you can break the cycle and get to the ROOT cause of your cravings. Once you become aware of WHEN and WHY you crave sugar, you can begin to replace sugary foods with healthier alternatives that will provide your body with the same feel-good sensations it’s craving.

Before I cut sugar out of my diet, I noticed that I was craving sugary treats whenever I was tired, unhappy, or just needed a energy boost. For many of us Busy Professional Women our solar plexus chakra is out of harmony. We have soo many things to accomplish on our to do list that we need high glycemic carbs to get us through the day.

Take note of when you reach for sugar-filled snacks or drinks. Grab a pen and a notebook and jot down answers to the following questions to help you create a bigger picture of what’s prompting you to consume sweet foods.

Questions to ask yourself

  • What time of the day are you eating sugar the most?
  • How do you feel when you want to eat sugar?
  • Do you feel fulfilled?
  • Do you feel connected spiritually?
  • Are you satisfied with your relationships? Your career? Your finances?
  • Have you done some type of movement/exercise today?
  • Do you take time for self-care regularly?
  • Are you stressed?
  • Do you feel tired and fatigue?
  • How is your energy level?
  • How many hours of sleep am I getting each night?
  • Do you take time to play and have fun?

Once you’ve taken the time to answer these questions, spend time reflecting on your answers. Which areas would you like to improve in your life?  What intentions do you want to set? Visualize the changes you would like to see manifest in your life and set aside time daily to meditate on and journal about those changes.

My tips for meditating to control sugar cravings:

Establish a quiet place where you can sit quietly, uninterrupted for at least 10 minutes or more.

If you need help meditating, find relaxing music or a guided meditation that will help you drown out noise and stay focused.

Be easy on yourself! It’s OK to let thoughts come and go as you sit quietly. The important thing is to become aware of your thoughts and set your intention on the healthy changes you want in your life. Here is an example of an intention I have used. ” I AM enough”. “I have fun in all I do”.

Grab a journal and some pretty pens and write down your thoughts everyday. Make it a habit. Don’t overthink what you should or shouldn’t write. Just write down what comes to your mind. Do this for 10 minutes each day to help you dump any negative thoughts that may be blocking you from a healthier lifestyle. Don’t have 10 minutes do it for five minutes in the morning and another 5 minutes in the evening.

When do you crave sugar or carbohydrates?

Want to learn more about how imbalances in your chakras are link to your sugar carvings as well more tips to help you increase your energy and end your sugar addiction once and for all?

Check out my new 7-week Release The Sugar Blues Program. Click here

Lessons this holistic nurse/health and wellness coach learned while “sick”

I haven’t had a cold or been “sick” in over three years, but on Feb 16th I woke up with a sore throat, cough, body aches, and just feeling like crap. This feeling lasted for about four days and even as I write this I still have some lingering fatigue and slight cough. Below is a video about the lessons I learned while not feeling optimal. Yes, it’s true us health and wellness peeps can get sick too especially if we are also Busy Professional, Real-Life Superwomen.

 

 

What are some lessons you have learned from not feeling optimal? Please share below.

10 Foods I Use To Think Were Healthy But Are Actually Loaded with Sugar

You flick on the TV only to be bombarded with a barrage of advertisements for so called “healthy” choices. Below are 10 foods, I use to think were the “healthier” choice  and many times are promoted as healthy but in reality are loaded with sugar and kept me stuck in my throes of sugar addiction. It wasn’t until I started doing my own research and reading labels that I realized I needed to eliminate these foods from my meal plan, if I truly wanted to have sustained energy and optimal health. If you’re ready to kick sugar to the curb then start ditching these toxic “health” foods.

  1. Fruit juice

Juice is terrible because it contains no fibre so even if it’s 100% juice with no added sugar, the reality is that fruit sugar is still sugar. It still causes your blood sugar to spike dramatically and it’s just as addicting and bad for you as pop or kool-aid.

  1. Dried Fruit

Dried fruit without added sugar is okay in moderation, or when eaten with some nuts and seeds for protein, but make sure you read the ingredients because many of the dried fruits have additional sugar added to it. Which I never understood why since fruit is already sweet and drying it makes it taste even sweeter. Now, if you find yourself popping a date in your mouth every time you get a sugar craving and thinking it’s healthy, think again. Also you might be having something else going on such as candida overgrowth, like I did for over ten years.

  1. Pasta Sauce

Store-bought pasta sauce has a ridiculous amount of added sugar. Prego traditional spaghetti sauce has 40g of added sugar! Always read your labels, or better yet, make your own tomato sauce so you know EXACTLY what’s in there. Once you start making your own you will not want to go back to store bought pasta sauce I know that was the case for me.

  1. Bread

Ah bread! People like to pretend that they’ve cut sugar yet they’re still eating bread. Bread turns into sugar in the body. Add to that the inflammatory effects of gluten and bread becomes a ticking time bomb for illness to ensue. I know this is a hard one to let go of, but I challenge you to try not eating bread for a week and see what happens.

  1. Noodles

Both pasta and rice noodles are pure refined carbohydrates, which like bread, turn into sugar once they break down in your body. They may be fun to slurp, but you can make noodles from vegetables that are just as tasty and won’t spike your blood sugar. My favorite is zucchini and yellow squash noodles, but since they aren’t in season during the winter, I use spaghetti squash.

  1. Instant oatmeal

Instant oatmeal may seem like a quick and healthy breakfast, and it sure is convenient. But unfortunately just one serving of this stuff can pack as much as 15g of sugar! Wow, can you believe that and to think I was eating a couple of packages a day.

Opt for making your own oats, check out this recipe for sugar-free overnight oats.

  1. Smoothies

Yes, I know you are probably thinking Cassandra is always talking about  the benefits of smoothies. Your right, smoothies can be really healthy and delicious,but the ones you get from Orange Julius or those premade store-bought smoothies are a far cry from a health food. They want to make smoothies approachable for most people and thus they make them super sweet and tasty. I have found some places actually use sugar water to make the smoothies more tolerable.  WTH!! If you want to enjoy a smoothie make your own and add lots of greens to it. One of my favorites green smoothies is

  •  1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 avocado
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 12 oz unsweetened coconut milk

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour in cup and enjoy.

  1. Yogurt

Yogurt has got to be the worst on the list. Especially because it’s promoted as this great healthy food but most of the time flavored yogurt is FULL of junky additives including high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener. If you want to eat yogurt, buy it plain and sweeten it with some berries or mashed banana.

  1. Granola

Like oatmeal, pre-made granola is riddled with added sugar and dried fruit which only makes matters worse. Eating granola for breakfast is like having a big old cookie with your coffee. Back in my sugar addiction days a cookie and coffee for breakfast sounded great, well I would have milk instead of the coffee. Then when I thought I was being “healthier” I would have pre-made granola and sugar laden yogurt for breakfast. How about you?

  1. Protein bars

Protein bars are either full of added sugar or contain toxic sugar substitutes like aspartame. Read protein bar labels very carefully, even the popular cliff bar contains a whopping 22g of sugar per bar! Again WTH?

Next week I will share with you some healthy low sugar snack ideas so you don’t feel deprived as you start to give up these foods loaded with sugar.

Want even more great tips to help you lose weight, improve your digestion, increase your energy and end your sugar addiction once and for all?  Next week I will also share about my upcoming Release The Sugar Blues Program. Until that time, please share below what foods you have seen promoted as “healthy” but aren’t.

Top Winter Foods To Boost Your Energy and Immune System

When we adjust our diet and lifestyle to match the season, health promoting digestive microbes dramatically change. Winter microbes support balanced immunity, digestion, mood, energy, blood sugar, weight, sleep – and much more. Winter is also associated with the qualities of ‘Vata’, which are cold, air, dry and light. To stay balanced, focus on food and activities that are warm, moist, heavy and oily.” – John Douillard

Winter is the time to slow down, nourish the soul, and focus on strengthening our immunity. (Which I know can be very challenging for us Real-Life Superwomen). Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables allows us to do this.

By focusing on foods that build a healthy immune system, we create a natural defense against unwanted illness, headaches, digestive issues, and dry skin that can plague us in the winter months. Cold and flu season becomes less of a worry when our immune systems are strong.

In winter we want to focus on cooked foods for their warming effects and eat fewer raw salads, smoothies, and other uncooked dishes.

We want to favor root vegetables (my favorite for nourishing the root chakra), winter fruits, cooked whole grains, and warming spices for their balancing and grounding effects during the colder months.

Here is a list of the top produce for winter to help you easily shift your eating habits to suit the season.

Top Seasonal Vegetables for Winter:

Enjoy these veggies cooked, preferably in a healthy fat like coconut oil, olive oil, or ghee

Acorn squash
Artichoke hearts
Beets
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Leeks
Onions
Pumpkin
Turnips
Winter squash

Top Seasonal Fruits for Winter:

Enjoy these fruits, preferably warmed or cooked.

Apples
Cranberries
Dates
Figs
Grapefruit
Lemons
Limes
Oranges
Pears
Pineapples
Tangerines

Top Seasonal Spices for Winter:

Cinnamon
Clove
Cardamon
Cayenne pepper
Garlic
Ginger
Horseradish
Rosemary
Thyme
Turmeric

John Douillard also recommends eating foods rich in soluble fiber during the winter ” This is one of nature’s strategies to insulate the gut from the coldness and dryness of winter by soothing, warming and lubricating the intestinal walls. So when the cold sets in”  be sure to enjoy a warm bowl of lentil soup. ~ John Douillard

Top Soluble Fiber Foods for Winter:

Almonds
Amaranth
Black beans
Kidney beans
Lentils
Mung beans
Oats
Pecans
Pumpkin seeds
Quinoa
Walnuts

Winter is also the time to add more soups and stews, favor roasting and braising, and focus on warming the cold our bodies can experience when the temperature drops.

Try incorporating more of these foods into your regular eating routine. Look for recipes that feature these ingredients, or swap them out for some of the non-seasonal foods that you might be currently consuming in your favorite meals.

If you need a jump start in adding more seasonal foods into your meal plan, I invite you to join the complimentary 7 Day Chakra Soup Challenge. It starts this Sunday January 22. Click here to learn more and join.

Also I would love to know what your favorite winter foods and why?

The Easiest Way To Get More Energy and It’s Not What You Think

Do you feel tired often? Is getting out of bed in the morning a daily struggle? Does your energy dip every afternoon and the only thing that can bring you back to life is a sweet treat?

I felt this way for years especially in the winter time. I could sleep 10 plus hours and still feel like I needed more sleep. Getting up in the morning was a challenge and the 2 p.m. need for a a couple Reese Peanut Butter Cups was a must.

Well, the secret to more energy isn’t a brand new magic pill or super shake loaded with strange ingredients. In fact, it’s much more simple than you might think.

If you’re ready to increase your energy levels naturally there’s ONE thing you must do is eliminate sugar from your diet in all forms. This might sound dramatic and not at all easy but hear me out. Sugar has ZERO nutritional value yet it still takes a ton of energy to process. It actually TAKES from your body instead of giving to it (like real whole food is supposed to do).

If you’re ready to not feel like you’re completely drained at 2pm. If you want to wake up feeling refreshed. If you’re longing to have the energy to do the things on your “to do list”, or go to a Zumba class after work, then it’s time to give up sugar.

Here are 3 easy ways you can reduce your sugar intake starting NOW…

1. Stop drinking soda or juice, stick to water flavored with slices of citrus, cucumber or enjoy brewed herbal tea cold or hot.
2. Eliminate white flour from your diet. No more bread, pasta, or baked goods that spike your insulin levels like nothing else.
3. Skip dessert and opt for a nourishing herbal tea with licorice root or cinnamon as a naturally sweet addition that also helps curb cravings.

Want even more great tips to help you release weight, improve your digestion, increase your energy and end your sugar addiction once and for all? Stay tuned for my Winter Sugar Detox starting February 16 and/or my Release The Sugar Blues starting February 26.  If you want to be notified once registration is open and receive a discount please email me at cassandra@zestandharmonycounseling.com to get on my VIP list.

Until that time, I would like to know do you struggle with the sugar blues and what are some tips you use to reduce your sugar intake?

 

5 Achievable New Year’s Goals For The Busy Professional

Can you believe it will be 2017 in less than 24 hours?  As a Busy Professional, Real-Life Superwoman you’ve probably have your New Year’s Resolutions, goals or intentions all written down. Am I right?

So many people commit to huge New Year’s resolutions that are nearly impossible to achieve. Then, they end up not reaching their goals. One suggestion I have for you is to make your New Year’s resolutions ACHIEVABLE this year.

When you do achieve your goals, you will be much healthier and happier.

Here are five resolutions that are totally achievable:

#1. Hydrate with more water
Do you notice when you drink more water you feel better? Water helps your body and mind to run better and will even help you to release weight. Water will help give you a beautiful, youthful glow too. Make sure that you don’t just chug it all at once. Grab a water bottle and keep it with you throughout the day. This will make it that much easier to achieve your goal, and it will be so beneficial for your entire body.
Tip: You want to drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of water per day. What works for me and my clients is to start our day off with 12-16 oz of warm water with lemon each morning.

#2. Crowd out unhealthy foods and crowd in healthy foods
Unhealthy foods that are filled with sugar, artificial flavors and color and chemicals  do our bodies no good. Instead of just eating because you have a sweet tooth craving or because something looks delicious, eat because you want to nourish your body. If you eat whole, colorful foods that will give you sustained energy and help you to feel better, you’ll be on track for a healthier New Year. So, start 2017 by eating whole foods that nourish and benefit your body.
Tip: Look at your plate or bowl of food and see how many colors you have on it. The more colors you have on your plate the more nutrients you are taking in. (No the color of condiments do not count. LOL)
A trick that works for me is to think rainbow eating with each meal.

#3. Move more
Most people think of a New Year’s resolution as heading to the gym every morning. Although this is a great goal, it can sometimes be un-achievable with your schedule.

Going to the gym, is a goal, I gave up years ago. I had the best intentions to get to the gym. I would do it for a month even two, but then I would miss a day, and another day and by April it would be over a month since I had gone to the gym. Why? because my schedule got too busy to set aside 2-3 hours for the gym. That includes travel time, work out time, and shower.
You do not need to head to the gym to move more. In fact, if you sit all day it’s a very good idea to go for a walk on your lunch break, or stand up and move in between breaks.

Tip: Make moving fun in 2017!  You will feel so much better! My favorite way to get daily moving in is to take a 5-10 minute dance break.

#4. Let go of negative thinking
Every person has thoughts that creep into their head. Sometimes we can become more judgmental and critical of others in our head, or even put ourselves down. In 2017, make it a goal of yours to pause,  be more conscious of the negative thinking, and to shift it to something positive. Focusing on the present moment and what you do have and what is working in your life will shift the energy.  This will also help you to be an overall happier person and will even help you to become healthier.
Tip: What works for me in shifting my thinking is to say I choose love or to focus on what I am grateful for.

#5 Do the things that excite you
As I end 2016,  I have been using the book, The Desire Map, by Danielle LaPorte to set goals that excite and bring me pleasure. I am letting go of the things that I don’t like, that weigh me down and are toxic to my soul. I am looking at how I want to feel in 2017, which includes blissful, vibrant, energized, ease, grounded, inspired, abundance, grateful and loving, (to name a few) and setting goals around these feelings.
Tip: Check out Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map book.

When you are thinking of your goals for 2017, write down how you want to feel in 2017 and set your goals from that place. You will be pleasantly surprised with the results and it will help you become a happier and healthier you!

I hope that these five suggestions help!

Please share below what your health and wellness goals and intentions are for the 2017

If you feel like you need guidance to help you reach your health resolutions, we can schedule a free 30-minute get to know you session together. Click here to schedule

Stay Grounded and Healthy During The Holidays with Frankincense Essential Oil

Are you feeling the hustle bustle of the holiday season? Are you getting the sleep you need to sustain your energy for the day? Are you feeling out of harmony?

Earlier this week I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and the stress the holiday season can sometimes bring, but instead of riding that frantic energy I paused and did one of my favorite self-nourishing activities.

I mix Frankincense essential oil with avocado oil and rub it on the bottom of my feet. I massage each foot for at least one minute . Oh my goodness!!! you don’t realize how much tension you hold in your feet until you start massaging them. Massaging my feet helps to release tension, improve blood circulation not just in my feet, but other organs in my body as well as ground me.

And did you know using Frankincense essential oil supports your immune system? Just what us Busy Professional, Real-Life Superwomen need during the winter season.

Frankincense oil is one of my favorite essential oils. Each year I choose an essential oil for the year and for 2016 I chose Frankincense because it enhances focus and faith, which were two of my words for 2016. (My words were Focus + Faith = Freedom). I usually will just add Frankincense oil to the palm of my hands prior to meditating and inhale the aroma, but for the past couple of weeks I have used it in my daily foot massage and I believe it’s what has helped me to have sustained, grounded energy and keep from getting the cold and cough people at my nursing job had.

Frankincense oil is known by many as the “king of oils.” In ancient Egypt it was considered more precious than gold. It has been used for thousands of years by the Assyrians, Egyptians, Babylonians, and other ancient cultures for religious ceremonies, perfumes, and healing salves. As an ingredient in holy incenses , it was used anciently during sacrificial ceremonies to help improve communication with the creator
( Source: Modern Essentials Book)

Here are several benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil:

    • Supports a healthy immune system (who doesn’t need that during winter)
    • Helps maintain healthy inflammatory response
    • Antiseptic properties
    • Calming and balancing properties (tree oils are so grounding)
    • Promotes cellular health
    • Supports healthy skin regeneration
    • Emotionally and spiritually, frankincense “helps a person drop out of their mind and Ego and move into presence with their spirit or center of consciousness. It helps a person lean into their own spiritual practice with trust by dropping fear and other barriers to a deeper connection of one’s own understanding”. (Source: SustainableBabySteps.com)
    • Nourishes the root chakra with it’s grounding properties and the the crown by enhancing your connection with the Divine

Please share below what your favorite essential is and why.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Frankincense essential oil as well as 15 other oils to use during the holiday and winter season, check out my new Essential Oils Holiday Guide. It’s a free guide to help you STAY HEALTHY AND ENERGIZED THIS SEASON.

Letting Go

Sometimes, as Busy Professional Real-Life Superwomen we live in fear and it can be a good thing because it gives us the chance to stop, think and re-evaluate our lives and what is triggering the fear.

Unfortunately, many times we don’t allow ourselves to reflect on the fear and look at it as an opportunity for growth. Instead we let the fear take us over and keep us worried, stressed and stuck. I know there has been many times fear as stopped me. It has stopped me from sending letters or making calls to people, organizations or groups, where I could share my passion for doing health and wellness presentations and workshops, it has stopped me from asking for referrals for my business, it has stopped me from sharing my true desires with my husband and it has slowed me down from completing classes.

In 2012, I was gifted a training workshop to become a Bellyfit instructor. I took the training, but did not complete the practicum portion for fear people would judge me. See the practicum involved me teaching eight dance/aerobic classes. The thought of teaching these classes brought up a lot of  anxiety and fear because in the past I was told I didn’t have any rhythm or coordination. How could I effectively teach a class with a fusion of Bellydance, African Dance and Bollywood if I had no rhythm? I was afraid people would judge me or even worse laugh at me. I truly had some root (fear), solar plexus (difficulty letting go) and heart chakra (judgment) imbalances going on.

Finally, this year I decided to retake the Bellyfit training and to teach the 8 classes. Why? Because 2016 was my year of completion and I have done a lot of work around embracing my fear and not letting it control me.

You might be asking how did I let the fear go.

FIRST – I looked fear straight in the eye, had a conversation with what was holding me back (vulnerability) and let it go. Now this wasn’t done overnight. It was a process of several months, examining what no longer served me and letting it go to make room for what I truly desired in my life.

SECOND – I set up a plan so I wouldn’t look too foolish doing the class. This involved practice, practice and more practice. As well as inviting friends who loved and supported me to the initial classes.

THE RESULT, as I write this blog I have completed all 8 classes and this past weekend did the final tapping to be submitted for review.

If you are a Real-Life Superwoman are fears keeping you from living your fullest potential yet like me you would never know it. Why? Because it would make us look like we didn’t have it all together and that four letter word would slip in. VULNERABILITY.

If you are like me and my clients below are some steps you can take to Let Go of Fear.

Ask Yourself The Following Questions.

  • What if I lived in the moment and wasn’t so worried about the future?
  • What if I let go of fear?
  • Where is this fear coming from? (childhood, past negative experience, limited mindset, etc)
  • Is this fear rational?
  • What would life look like if I let go of any doubt and trusted God and Source energy?
  • What if I choose love instead of fear?

Witnessing Your Fears.

If you aren’t aware of your fears, they will take over your life. The best way to let go is to be honest with yourself about what is upsetting you or making your scared.

Choose a new perspective.

Take action. This means get a journal and write down the story you are telling yourself about the fear and then re-write your story where you have let go of the fear and are doing what your heart desires.

You have the power to create a new story with a new ending.

What do you choose to surrender?

Find Gratitude for Your Fears.

Within everything, there is a reason to be grateful. Everything leads to a beautiful transformation – even if it isn’t apparent yet. Make a list of your top three fears. Next to each, note how this fear has transformed you. How it has lead to growth. Why you are grateful for it. Be grateful for every opportunity. Every moment.

Forgive Yourself.

Too often we are holding onto things in our life that do not serve us. I have found it helpful to forgive myself by journaling and then shredding the paper and saying, “I love you and I accept you.”

When you can forgive yourself, you will see you have more energy, less stress and more self- love.

What fears do you choose to let go of as you move into 2017?

The Holiday “Should Do List”

Do you have a “should do list” for the holidays? Things that you should do, but you don’t want to do or don’t like to do. It’s just been something you have done every year out of obligation.

Today I spoke with a couple of my clients who said they felt stressed and overwhelmed about the holidays. They felt behind in all the things that “should” be done for the holidays.  They had not bought or sen the  holidays cards, put up decorations, or bought any gifts for neighbors.  They felt even more stressed because the didn’t have the time or extra money to do these “shoulds”.

I asked them why felt the need to do it. They felt it was something that had to do because they didn’t want people to think bad of them or it was something they had traditional done for years. Yet they admitted they would not want someone to buy them something out of a sense of obligation. They also would not get upset if someone did not get them a card or gift. They realized they were putting the pressure on themselves.

I too have done this in the past not just around the holidays but throughout the year. Doing things because I “should” or because I wanted people to like me and not get mad at me. Now I try to only do things that make my heart sing. If it is not a hell yes it is a NO! and if people are going to get mad at me because I didn’t send them a holiday card well then I really need to re-examine that relationship.

I have recognized over the years when I come from a heart centered place, with my list of things to do, what a difference it makes. I feel happier, more peaceful and in the flow. Isn’t that what this season is truly about?

How about you?

If you want tips on how to  enjoy the holidays with peace and ease, while still getting all you need done with sustained energy and balanced, well nourished chakras, download Chakra Nourishing Guide.

In this guide I will share what the chakras are, what happens to us Busy Professional, Real-Life Superwomen when they are out of balance during whatever holiday you might celebrate and what foods, lifestyle, movement and affirmations you can do to create healthy harmonious chakras.

How to Boost Your Immunity and Reduce Toxins

Detox is vital in this toxic world.  As a health coach I focus on digestion because I believe  good digestion leads to a healthy life. But I also realize that to have good digestion, you must be detoxing properly.

You see, detox is a natural step toward a better digestion. Good digestion leads to less inflammation, and less inflammation leads to less disease in this world. Let me say it again, decrease the inflammation and prevent disease.

Hippocrates said it best: “All disease begins in the gut.”

If this is true and disease begins in the gut, aka your digestive system, then having a healthy and strong digestion is key.

But let me share a secret with you – when the body is toxic, your digestive system is weak.

So even if you eat “clean” and only buy organic and hormone-free foods, you are still breathing toxicity in this world.

We live, eat and breathe toxicity every day. Look around your home and think of the paint on the walls, the rugs, the pesticides sprayed on your green grass, the exterminator to get rid of the bugs. Even if you are chemical-free in your home, is your chemical makeup free?

Even if you are doing your best to live a chemical-free life, we are still alive, and that means eating, breathing, and sleeping in a toxic environment.

Unless you feel that are ready to live in a bubble or a hyperbaric chamber, then it is time to wake up to what I call daily detox.

Now detox is not a curse word or anything to be scared about. Instead, it is exciting to think about your body and cells actually functioning. I do not tell people detox has to be living on juices, or water only, or only smoothies or just salad or soup. Detox is about lessening the toxic load in your body. As I say, “taking out the trash.”

When we are toxic, our body cannot perform its job. The body cannot metabolize properly, detox properly, absorb nutrients and minerals, or stay hydrated. It is a vicious cycle. See, detox is necessary to be healthy, happy and free of disease. We all have some low-level inflammation because again we breathe, but even more so we stress in this busy world.

Every time you stress (very common for us Real-Life Superwomen) you create acid in your body. Your body is then forced to pull minerals to buffer the acid waste. The liver, lymph and kidneys begin to work hard to filter out the toxic load.

But what happens when the body is tired and clogged? When your digestive system is not working and cannot break down these foods, it cannot focus on getting RID of TOXINS. That means you cannot get rid of bloat and fat and skin breakouts and all that jazz that keeps you tired.

TOXINS=>WEAK DIGESTION=>WEAK IMMUNE

  • Difficult weight management
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Gas/bloating
  • Headaches
  • Low energy
  • Low sex drive
  • Bad skin
  • Heartburn/reflux
  • Moodiness/depression
  • Get where I am going with all of this?

By detoxing you will improve digestion and free your body of inflammation and toxins in the process.

The foundation of this detox is NOT to ever feel deprived or starved.

The goal is to help you do what I have learned to do in my own life: learn how to EAT CLEAN and learn what foods are IRRITATING your body.

Join me for my detox and cleanse starting on November 6

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Now that you’ve learned a little more about the benefits of detoxing, how can you start bringing it into your daily life?

Here are a few of my favorite ways to stay healthy and detox naturally:

  1. Upon waking, drink warm or room-temperature water with lemon and 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar (if tolerated) and add a dash of cinnamon or cayenne.
  2. Start your day by being positive – find that daily affirmation that gets you fired up. I love Louise Hay, Lisa Nichols, Danielle LaPorte and Marianne Williamson.
  3. Try getting quiet within yourself even just for one minute – and say “I release what does not serve me” – place your hand on your heart as you say this out loud. Scream if it you want, own that power.
  4. Each meal choose a variety of fresh colorful whole foods. Think rainbow eating and as a result you get plenty of vitamins and minerals as well as nourish your chakras.
  5. Aim for one meal that is super easy on your digestion per day like a smoothie, green juice or soup. Give that digestion a rest.
  6. Get moving and shaking. Yes, exercise is one of the best ways to detox your body.
  7. Drink plenty of water and add lemon, lime or grapefruit to flush the toxicity.
  8. Skin brushing is my favorite way to support the liver and get rid of those toxins.
  9. Tongue scraping.
  10. Be happy and grateful for life.