Fresh Ideas For Staying Healthy & Clean This Holiday Season

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday feasting and celebration time is about to commence. While gatherings are essential and fun, many people who have food sensitivities and health issues struggle to maintain their integrity through all of the temptation. As a result, important boundaries are compromised, and your weight or immunity suffers. Social stress and consuming too much of what are body cannot handle can lead to illness that can last throughout the winter months – it’s not worth it!

Wouldn’t it be better to approach holiday socializing with a clear set of intentions and boundaries, a strategic plan that maximizes your way of enjoying life, rather than bending to other’s expectations? Here are some ideas for maximizing the fun and minimizing the damage of holiday celebration time…

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1. Know your holiday stress points & take care of YOU. Do certain family members put you on edge? Do you take on too much and then find you don’t have time for it all? Start by asking yourself what makes you feel most pressured or irritable, and then what choices do you have to make this stress more manageable?

For example, Can you gracefully bow out of gatherings or obligations you no longer enjoy? Do you really need to bake all those cookies? Can this be the year you send a Christmas email or a link to your Facebook page instead of all those cards?
 If you have to see a difficult relative, arrange something fun and rewarding afterward. Give yourself permission to say NO to what won’t be fun for you, and to attend gatherings on your own terms.

2. Get Clear: What are the non-negotiables? What are the practices that you know to be the bedrock of your physical, mental and spiritual health? These will be different for different people, so each of you need to be clear about what you must promise to do for yourself every day, no matter what – and what you will not do or eat or drink when you are out in that big crazy world at holiday time. This is key to maintaining stability and good health throughout the holidays.

3. Bring the salad. If you practice a Cleansing Lifestyle, or know that certain common foods make you ill, then be the person that brings a healthy raw foods option to the potluck or party. It will stand out as light, fresh, and delicious among the heavier cooked foods. It can be the center of your meal so that you leave feeling good, rather than bloated and stagnant.

4. Set an intention ahead of time – If you’re going to a gathering where you know you’ll be tempted by foods or challenged by family members, sort it out ahead of time. Be energetically and personally responsible to yourself, and plan ahead what you do and do not want to feel and do. This will help you enter the fray with clarity and centeredness, so you can enjoy yourself on your own terms.

5. Allow for flexibility and enjoyment. If you’re someone who tend to be strict with themselves regarding diet and routines, then remember: life is meant to be lived and enjoyed, and it’s OK to have a little wine or desert or stay up late on occasion.

 

Consider This When You Or A Loved One Is Faced With Cancer

Our recommended resource this month is the documentary film, Cut Poison Burn. Because this film is not easily accessible for free, I wanted to share with you some of the insights it provides into the problems of the healthcare and cancer industries, and how these problems can negatively impact us as patient-consumers. As is usually the case, an educated consumer is an empowered consumer, and perhaps nowhere is this more crucial to us personally than in healthcare.

 

 

Conventional cancer medicine as we know it, with diagnostics and treatments involving chemotherapy and radiation, began in the 1910’s. Since this time the cancer industry has consumed millions of dollars in research annually with little improvements in cancer survival rates. There have been a few successes, with testicular cancer and some lymphomas for example, but the major killers – breast, colon, lung, and other cancers – remain untouched, and in fact the number of people diagnosed with cancer grows every year. READ MORE >

Fasting and How to Reap the Benefits

Different Fasting options to suit every body

The 3 types of fasting I will cover today include juice fasting, fruit fasting, and intermittent fasting. There are other types of fasts, but these are the ones that I feel are most helpful for our collective aim of cleansing and healing the body. Also, I find these types of fasts to be the most easily woven into the modern daily life.

First off, all types of fasting offer cleansing and detoxification. And depending on your individual lifestyle, health issues, goals, and body chemistry, different methods of fasting will be appropriate for different people, and at different times in life. For example, if you find the 3-day juice fasting difficult in certain ways, you might experiment with a different method of fasting next month. And, since all things change, it is natural for your needs to change, so it’s useful to be aware of different options.

 

Juice Fasting

Juice fasting offers a great way to encourage detoxification and increase health and vitality. The nutritional power of fresh organic juices will help your body to heal, rebuild, and detoxify waste products. Many people find juice fasting to provide the energy they need to make it through work and family responsibilities, while freeing up energy and creating a greater sense of well-being. READ MORE >

How To Aid Digestion of Raw Vegetables

challenge veg saladThe benefits of consuming a diet replete with raw vegetables of all colors and kinds are enormous, but some people often get gas or bloating trying to digest them.  These foods are the healers and life-givers.  They alkalize our blood, prevent aging and disease, provide the enzymes necessary for digestion and metabolism, support immunity and vital organ function, and much more.  Because so much of the enzyme and nutrient potential in plant food is lost with cooking (approximately 85% by most estimations), consuming lots of vegetables in their raw form is key to vibrant health and longevity.

However, some people experience difficulty when they eat a salad, cole slaw, or some other favorite raw dish.  They find it creates gas, bloating or loose stool.

The thing that makes digestion of raw vegetables difficult for some is the cellulose, or insoluble fiber.  Cellulase, the enzyme that breaks down cellulose, is produced by intestinal bacteria, so if there is dysbiosis in the small intestine, production of cellulase may be diminished.

In fact, in Chinese medicine, consuming lots of raw vegetables is not considered ideal for everyone, and particularly not for people with weak digestive fire.

SO how to aid in the digestion of raw vegetables so that you can reap the health benefits without negative after-effects?

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Stress and Digestion: How To Make Your Belly Better In Times of Stress

gastritis3Stress and Digestion are linked in numerous ways.

Our ancient biology dictates that when a threat is perceived, the breakdown of food is low priority – so the message is sent to the digestive tract to stop working (or if the stress is severe, to eject its contents completely!).

In the modern world, this translates to chronic digestive discomfort that runs the gamut from stomach ulcers and indigestion, to gas and bloating, to constipation or erratic and loose stool – just to name a few of the most common symptoms.

Why is it that our digestive system is so sensitive to our emotions and the degree of tension that we carry? The prevailing sense that our digestive system functions independently from our nervous system is false. In fact, it is a nerve center as complex as the brain.

As you may recall from 7th grade human biology class: the sympathetic nervous system activates fear and aggression, and puts our bodies into “flight or fight” mode.

The parasympathetic nervous system – which includes the enteric nervous system of the gut – governs “rest and digest,” and is activated by things such as farming, feasting, and storytelling.

Stressful experiences occur, yet there’s not always an immediate outlet for the fight-or-flight response. Our body readies itself for intense physical activity, meanwhile we’re stuck brewing at our desk. If this happens often, without resources to change it, eventually digestive function is weakened through chronic suppression of its activity. This phenomenon is exacerbated as we age because our biology has diminished capacity to recover.

Following are the most effective ways to harmonize digestion in a body that’s under stress:

Step 1: Realize that you may be asking the body to function in ways it’s not meant to. The symptoms your body has created are trying to tell you something – don’t neglect them, value them! Ask yourself, what is this telling me? What needs to change to bring my belly back into alignment?

Step 2: Relieve tension.

The best way to do this for many people is to exercise 4-6 times per week. Twenty minutes or so is sufficient to alter the mood and create relaxation, especially if you make it enjoyable. Take a walk with a favorite person or dog, get fresh air, or listen to uplifting music or a meditation to maximize your stress relief while you move your body.

Step 3: Practice food combining.

The concept behind food combining is this: eat foods that digests easily together, and your meal will pass easily through your system, and require minimal energy from your body to break down and assimilate nutrients. The result is that you don’t feel stagnant or sleepy, or create inflammation (assuming you haven’t eaten a food you are allergic to). Plus, your body experiences a net gain of energy, rather than a net loss.

Food combining takes some attention to learn because it’s not the way most of us are used to eating, but once you learn and practice the basics, you will never look back. This is an essential tool for anyone with a weakened digestive system! Read more about it here.

Step 4: Alkalize your system.

The chemistry of stress is acidic. Healthy blood and body tissues are alkaline. In order to have resilience against stress, you need to build your alkaline reserves. A few great ways to do this are:

• Eat lots of fresh raw vegetables

• Drink fresh vegetable juice daily

• Drink plenty of water with lemon or lime

• Practice deep abdominal breathing

• Think happy positive loving thoughts

All of these routines will directly benefit your digestion, harmonize your nervous system, and are profound self-healing practices, especially when done in concert consistently over time.

 

Try these steps and please let us know how they work out for you!

 

Juice-Fast Recipe Favorites

Juice Fast RecipeI recently did a 3-day juice fast. There’s nothing that makes you dig around for and appreciate the variety of flavors and energetic qualities of different fruits and vegetables as fasting. With so little energy tied up in digestion, the body quickly steps into healing mode and sends strong clear messages about what it wants and doesn’t want – how refreshing! I sought out some never-tried-before combinations (thanks to the many recipe-sharers on the internet!) and engaged in spontaneous kitchen experimentation. If you’re hankering something new to delight your juicer’s palette, here’s a few juice-fast recipe ideas:

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4 Pillars of THE BEST Detox for Weight Loss Diet Plan

Detox for Weight LossDetox for Weight Loss: Many of us make repeated attempts with weight loss and cleansing diets, but don’t achieve the desired results because we fall into these common pitfalls:

Confusion – there’s a ton of conflicting information and product promises out there!

Uninspiring results – you don’t look and feel better fast enough to gain momentum, or what worked for you in the past no longer seems to, so you give up…

Old patterns of struggle, fear and failure rear their monstrous heads, and seem too great to overcome with mere mortal willpower.

The best detox and weight loss diet plans need to solve these problems – or they’re not likely to work!

This article explains the 4 pillars of the best detox for weight loss diet plan – best because it’s effective and brings results quickly, because it’s safe and will result in outstanding health over time, and because it addresses your mindset and emotions and gives you tools for working with fear, resistance and other emotions that trigger self-sabotage.

DETOX FOR WEIGHT LOSS PILLARS:

Pillar #1: Awaken Waste

The following techniques prepare excess weight and toxic accumulation to exit the body:

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FREE TELECLASS: WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO CAST OFF? 9 ESSENTIALS OF A CLEANSING LIFESTYLE

cleansing classIf you are seeking healing in your life, if you would like to feel more energetic, clear and vibrant, if you seek greater levels of health and happiness, then please join me, for this FREE 1-hour teleclass.

DATE: Wednesday March 13
TIME: 11am (Can’t listen live? No worries – register for the call and we’ll email you the link to listen later.)

You see, the potentials for health, happiness, creativity, productivity, and self-healing are inside us. They become covered over in layer after layer of stress-response, toxic accumulation, food, emotion and various states of dis-ease that are never fully processed.

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What Is A Cleansing Lifestyle Anyway? – A Cleanse Diet for Daily Life

cleanse dietMany of us intuitively understand that it’s a good idea once in a while to unload the burdens of indulgence and excess that inevitably creeps in – and sometimes dominates – the modern lifestyle. Most of us think about “doing a cleanse” in the form of a fast or a restricted diet combined with concoctions that force the organs to expel the waste-stuff they’ve been storing. These types of cleanses pose certain potential problems and leave some people wondering – what if they’re too harsh? What if it makes me feel worse? How do I do it in the midst of my busy demanding life?

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