Want real food to taste good again? Need to break a food addiction? Try going for 4 days without sugar, salt, or other highly addictive foods, sticking to unprocessed foods like vegetables and a small amount of fruit. Rule of thumb: if your grandmother wouldn't recognize it, if it comes in a box or can, or if it's white, don't eat eat it! Only real, whole foods for 4 days can reset your palate.
So why do this? Well, in addition to breaking food addictions, doing this 3-4 times a year can allow your body to repair itself from damage caused by processed, over salted, and over sugared foods made with GMO's, omega 6 fats (the bad ones!), and all the wrong ingredients for optimal health.
Think about it: you give your car an oil change every 3000 miles, do you do the same for your body, or do you just expect that it will continue to run at optimum capacity when you are giving it cheap gas all the time? Makes sense, right? So try it today, on the cusp of a new season is a perfect time!
Result: Real food will taste good again and your body will operate better for having had a break! Try it today and tell me how it went in the comments below. You can do this!
I hope you have enjoyed my list of favorite items for Trader Joe's. While nowhere is perfect, I primarily like to shop at TJ's in general (there are always exceptions!) for the higher quality ingredients, less additives and fillers than mainstream brands, and unique and different items you just can't find at a "regular" store. What are your favorite TJ items?
Who doesn't love a little color on their nails and a chance to exercise a little self-care and relaxation? But have you ever stopped to think about what is in that polish that being applied to your nails? Turns out there are 3 incredibly toxic substances (even/especially in the "non-toxic" versions): Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
These chemicals are easily absorbed through the nail bed. "According to a report written by California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control, most of the nail polishes the state agency tested (who claimed to be free of these 3 chemicals) contained the chemicals, often at higher levels than nail polishes that made no such claims." - livingtraditionally.com. Scary, huh?
So what do these chemicals do you ask? Just look at this list:
Toluene (for smooth application) - headaches, nausea, birth defects, developmental abnormalities, liver and kidney damage. Crosses the blood-brain barrier and damages the nervous system. Banned by the European Union.
Formaldehyde (for sterilization and preservation) - connected to lung and nasal cancers, a known carcinogen, and can cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. In many products we buy and use around the home.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) (anti-chipping agent) - known reproductive and developmental toxin with long-term fertility issues in newborn boys especially. Again, banned in the European Union.
Want a healthier option? Look into Honeybee Gardens or Aquarella. You can also scan barcodes on polishes using the Environmental Working Group (EWG) app.
Sources: lahealthyliving, livingtraditionally
Next time you have a virus, save a trip to the doctor and try these instead:
1. Vitamin C (1000mg.+)
2. Zinc Lozenges
3. Colloidal Silver
4. Goldenseal (organic, liquid)
5. Kyolic garlic (organic, aged)
6. Oregano Oil (take with food)
7. Beta Glucan
Then why would you go to a regular doctor looking for a cure to your disease? A doctor's only tools are surgery, drugs, and technology. They require no personal responsibility, and are not trained to find root causes.
On the other hand, if you want to get to the root of a health issue, you would like to take some personal responsibility in the process, and you would like to get well, not just cover symptoms, then I invite you to find a functional medicine practitioner.
Go to the right store for the solution you are looking for and that is equipped to give you what you need for success!
To find a local functional medicine pratitioner, go to: http://www.functionalmedicinedoctors.com/index.php?action=search
I've been having skin problems since I moved to Tucson 4 years ago, including one very stubborn rash that no one could diagnose until a friend of mine and I were talking, and she said she had it and told me how to treat it. Ugh! My skin was in such good shape before we moved, and now it...well, let's just say it's FAR from perfect!
Thankfully, through this trying time, I have discovered some really wonderful natural, non-toxic products that are now working beautifully to repair and renew my skin. I kept thinking that I needed less oil, but, as in diet, your body actually needs more quality oils, even topically. So, when I began experimenting with castor oil, and saw an improvement, I knew I was on to something.
Since then, I've locked in a regimine I'm pretty happy with:
1. Activated charcoal cleansing bar (for the shower)
2. Fatco Cleansing Oil for normal skin (at the sink)
3. For daytime moisturizing: African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer (works great under make-up and smells awesome!)
4. For nighttime moisturizing: Fatco Fat Stick All Over Moisturizer (I use this on my whole face and neck, plus any other body parts that need healing)
Although I usually weigh my product's worth on the EWG app for cosmetics, none of these products have been evaluated (I take that as a good sign it isn't terrible!), however, as I glance at the list of ingredients, I'm able to understand 90%-100% of the ingredients (most are organic), so I feel certain that I'm pretty safe with these. Do you have any you'd like to add to the list? Feel free to share your favorites in the comments below!
This is SO easy and will save you money galore! Fabric softener isn't cheap, it's full of unknown chemicals, and it can be quite messy. Why go through all the fuss? Try this recipe that I use at home with my own laundry. Clothes come out with a subtle nice scent, no static, and, best of all, chemical free for less moolah$
Because it has so many uses, I buy my epsom salt at Costco by the case, which is perfect for making a big batch of this fabric softener.
Start with 4 cups of Epsom salts in a large sealable container. Add 40 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) - about 10 drops per cup of salt. Cover and shake well. I like to use a combo of orange and lavendar for my scent, but you can use whatever scent(s) are your favorite. Pour 1/4C into the spot for softener with each laundry load at the same time you put in the soap.
There you have it folks! Try this one today and save money and the environment; win-win!
Need some stress relief? Higher immunity? Try incorporating laughter as a part of your health model. No kidding! Propensity for laughter has been named in the theory of Positive Psychology as one of the main 24 signature strengths one should possess. It is a human experience that we share and has great potential for healing.
Unfortunately, when comparing adults to children, there is a large disparity: 15 to 400! So why should we care? Laughter is good for your hormones. It lowers cortisol and increases the good hormones such as endorphins. It brings oxygen-enriched air to organs, actually raising antibodies and giving your immune system a boost! It's also a great internal workout of the abs and heart, and it provides an emotional release of negative emotions such as anger, guilt, and stress, even allowing relief from physical pain.
Ever laugh so hard that others around you begin laughing too? Laughter is contagious, which helps to elevate the mood of those around you, thereby reducing their stress as well!
Laughter is not only beneficial, but it is convenient, and, best of all, FREE! Take advantage of this wonderful mood booster today with friends, in the media, in a cafe watching a child dance, and anywhere you can because there are no side effects to laughter! With all of the disasterous and alarming things going on in the world today, it can be easy to get down and feel a loss of hope. Let's all try to be child-like for at least a few moments each day to exercise our funny bones. It's good for you and good for the community.
Sources: https://www.verywell.com/the-stress-management-and-health-benefits-of-laughter-3145084, http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044456, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2762283/
12 Themes of Clients Seeking Coaches
1. Quick Fixes Over—“I’m done with quick fixes and want to make changes that last.”
2. Precious Asset—“I have decided that health is my most precious asset and I’m ready to invest for the long term.”
3. Get Off the Fence—“I am fed up with sitting on a fence and want to commit to a wellness path.”
4. Not About Weight—“I realize that it’s about wellness and not weight.”
5. Be the Boss—“I want to be the boss of my health and wellness and quit delegating responsibility to others.”
6. Health Style—“I’d like to develop my unique health style rather than use one-size-fits-all approaches.”
7. Mental Game—“I know what to do and now want to master the mental game, turning intention into reality.”
8. Peak Performance—“I recognize that to reach peak performance at home and work I need peak wellness.”
9. Big Picture/Small Steps—“I know that an extreme makeover isn’t the answer and I want to take small steps that are powerful.”
10. Confidence—“I’m finished with self-doubt and want to build confidence in my ability to master wellness.”
11. Winning the Wellness Game—“I want to focus on winning the wellness game and not losing or quitting.”
12. Close the Gap—“I want to close the gap between where I am and where I want to be when it comes to my health and well-being.”
- Coaching Psychology Manual
Did you know you cannot oversdose on vitamin C? That's right! A person can even overdose on water, but not so with vitamin C - AMAZING!
This is why it can be so beneficial in high doses for cancer patients receiving IV supplement/nutrient bags - vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is one of the most effective and safest nutrients. It is a water soluble vitamin. It is a powerful antioxidant for the synthesis of collagen, which helps to make blood vessels and body muscles strong. The human body doesn’t have the capacity to generate vitamin C. Therefore, it needs to be received through food and other supplements.
"The health benefits of vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid include the prevention and treatment of scurvy, treatment of the common cold, boosting the immune system, lowering hyper tension, treatment of lead toxicity, curing cataracts, treatment of cancer, combating stroke, maintain elasticity of the skin, healing wounds, and controlling the symptoms of asthma." - organicfacts.net
So where do you find this wonder vitamin? Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapes. Strawberries, raspberries, cabbages, cauliflower, other leafy vegetables, red peppers, potatoes, broccoli, chilies, watercress, parsley, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupes, and kiwi fruits are also rich sources of this vitamin.
Personally, I take 1000-2000mg on an average day, but if I start to feel even a little "off", I'll immediately take more. I also have it in my emergency supplement kit in my purse, and in my carry-on when I travel. In fact, if I know I'll be flying, I will proactively take Emergen-C the night before, morning of, as well as on the plane and following my flight, just to be sure I'm keeping my immune system supplied with all it needs to combat that person behind me that always seems to want to share that horrible cough!
See the short video below of Chris Wark of Chris Beat Cancer to hear his comments about vitamin C, and consider adding it to, or increasing it in your daily diet today.
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