2nd Step to Stubborn Fat Loss

2nd Step to Stubborn Fat Loss

Detoxification to address stubborn fat loss

You should know enough about reducing your insulin at this point to get yourself started down that path. You can address the 2nd step of detoxification for the purpose of stubborn fat loss as well as overall health improvement at the same time you’re working on reducing your insulin level if it’s high.

2nd Step is Detoxification

It’s quite a big topic and I’ll just be outlining information in this post. The studio has great programs on detoxification such as the Intense Detox using shakes and a special diet, the infrared sauna, the ion cleanse and we’ll soon be launching a very effective program called “True Cellular Detox” which works at the level of your cell.

It’s important to note that there are many forms of detoxification. It depends what substance you’re getting rid of and where it is. It also depends on if you’re really, really sick and need a more aggressive method to get you feeling better… or if you have good general health and want to stay that way by doing gentle detoxing on a regular basis.

To put it into perspective, one of the most gentle ways to start detoxification is to increase your intake of vegetables. Just doing that will help your body get rid of toxins. If you’re thinking that detoxing is uncomfortable or drastic or even dangerous, know that you could simply start by increasing vegetable intake.

Another way to start detoxing better is to remove as many toxins in your environment as you can. It really is not a detox method, but is the most important first step. It’s not helpful to do programs to eliminate toxins when you keep adding them back in!

One more easy way is to choose a morning breakfast shake that includes cruciferous vegetables (cooked and cooled). We recommend the UltraCleanse BODYSHAKE as the base of your shake because it contains nutrients to help your liver process toxins, it’s very gentle and does not produce “detox reactions” and people LOVE the taste.

And lastly, opening your “channels of elimination” is also gentle without detox reactions. Your channels of elimination are your kidneys, colon, lungs, lymph, and skin. Each of these organs help you to get rid of toxic byproducts processed by your liver.

stubborn fat loss

Opening your channels is simply a way to help your body work better. Your body already has ways to get rid of toxins… this is helping that process.

Quite simply “opening your channels of elimination” means

  • Drinking plenty of water to flush your kidneys.
  • Doing what it takes to poop at least once per day or ideally 3 times a day if you eat 3 meals a day.
  • To get lymph moving you MOVE your body and/or do skin brushing.
  • You BREATHE deeply to allow your lungs to blow off toxins.
  • Do skin brushing and saunas (sweating) to allow toxins to leave through your skin.

Lifestyle habits go a long way to improving health. If you’re considering a more intense method of detoxification, all of the above must be already implemented before you start releasing toxins from your cells (they need a way out!).

Why the Problem with Toxins?

The world is not the same as it used to be… in fact we’ve seen dramatic changes in health the last 20 years but even greater in the last 2 years! And the problem of stubborn fat loss has increased exponentially.

One BIG reason is the continued INCREASE in dumping toxins into our precious environment. Over 250 lbs per person per day of toxins are dumped into the US environment. And that does not include pesticides….. so the number is much greater.

The problem is this accumulates in our bodies… our body toxic burden increases and creates health problems including an inability to lose body fat. As we age we accumulate more and more toxins…. maybe it’s not “old age” that’s your problem… but maybe toxin buildup?

And pregnant women pass off over 200 toxins to their newborns. Lead is a big one passed on in pregnancy… so this may be one explanation why so many children are affected with poor health.

What are toxins? 

  • Pesticides/herbicides
  • Car exhaust (benzene, CO, formaldehyde)
  • VOCs (paint, adhesives, cleaning products)
  • Heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury, aluminum)
  • Carcinogens (dioxin, radiation, asbestos, vinyl chloride to make plastics)
  • Perc (dry cleaning)
  • Cosmeticsstubborn fat loss
  • Fluoride
  • Plastic food storage
  • Air fresheners
  • Scented laundry detergent, dryer sheets, laundry “scent boost”
  • Take out cups/lids at coffee shops
  • Canned foods
  • Flame retardants in baby clothes, car seats, furniture, beds, and carpets
  • Car detailing, “new car smell”
  • Cleaning products
  • Lawn care chemicals
  • Prescription drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Aluminum cookware, non-stick cookware
  • Antiperspirant
  • Mold (from moldy nuts or moldy living area)
  • Smoked and cured foods, hot dogs, (nitrosamines)
  • Chlorine from your shower and drinking water
  • EMFs: cell phones, electric blankets, computers, TV screens
  • Mercury and aluminum in vaccines, mercury in fillings
  • Lead in pipes and leached from bones
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food additives: artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colorings, other food chemicals

We encounter these things every day… they are part of a “normal” modern lifestyle.

But what’s happened is it’s become “normal” to be diabetic, obese (and struggle with stubborn fat loss), autistic, depressed, anxious, have joint pain, headaches, “hormone trouble'”, unable to sleep, unable to digest food properly….. most of us have problems with at least one of these items and know other people who suffer with a multitude of these.

It’s very sad that even children are affected by these health problems…. often with no hope in sight.

We can have hope. We have this window right now to improve the situation and take charge of our health. We may not have this opportunity later… but we have it now! So let’s learn what we can realistically do to improve our health and more easily lose that stubborn body fat… because I’m telling you… it CAN be done and you are no exception!

How do toxins affect stubborn fat?

stubborn fat lossMany toxins are stored in your fat cells. Fat all over your body, but also your brain because your brain is mostly fat. Fat is a safer place for toxins to be rather than your blood stream so when you get exposed, they are in your blood for a short period, then get stored away in your organs and fat (also in fatty liver).

When you decide to go on a fat reducing plan, if you’re quite full of toxins… and most people are…. your body is very smart and decides it would be unsafe for you to release those toxins into your blood stream…. so it hangs on to the fat to keep the toxins stored away.

And you get frustrated because you’re trying as hard as you can and thinking you’re doing everything right but the weight does not come off.

Another problem is that the toxins “clog up” the receptors on your cells. You have receptors that receive the messages from your hormones. Your hormones float around in your blood stream, then attach to a cell, and then give it a message to tell it what to do. Your hormones govern your body processes.

When the receptors are malfunctioning because you’ve got toxin interruption, the cell doesn’t receive the healthy message… and you suffer health problems including inability to lose body fat.

WHY?

Your insulin may now be in a healthy range, but it cannot give your cells the right message… so you remain insulin resistant.

You may have plenty of testosterone and estrogen, but if those receptors are out of commission, your sex hormones cannot get the messages to your cells.

Same with thyroid hormone. You may have enough… your lab tests are normal, but you have low thyroid symptoms because your cells cannot receive the thyroid hormone message…. and taking more thyroid hormone as a medication doesn’t help either!

Once the toxin load is reduced and your cell membrane receptors shift back to normal, your hormones all start to work better.

When you reduce toxin load in a safe and rather slow process, your body will know it’s safe to let go of fat and your problems with stubborn fat loss diminish.

What else?

Not only does an excess toxin load make it nearly impossible for stubborn fat loss, but it also causes a host of other problems such as:

  • Acid reflux
  • Back pain
  • Irritable bowel
  • Increased risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Memory loss
  • Mood disorders
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Joint inflammation and stiffness
  • Blurred vision
  • and inability to lose body fat

Hopefully you see a number of reasons to take steps to reduce your toxin load. It helps you get rid of stubborn fat but also improves health outcomes. I’ve really just touched on this important topic… so many other details. I’m hoping to address this in future posts.

 

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1st Step to Stubborn Fat Loss

1st Step to Stubborn Fat Loss

Stubborn fat can be as little as 5 extra pounds of fat or as much as a few hundred pounds. Stubborn fat seems to just stick to your body and not budge no matter what you do. Most people feel discouraged after dieting, exercising and trying to do all the right things and still have that stubborn fat on the belly, hips, thighs, upper arms, love handles, back… it can be anywhere on your body and it’s different for different people.

The news and magazines promote going vegan, vegetarian, low carb, or Paleo, detoxing, eating more protein, less protein, avoid coconut oil, but eat butter, but only a certain kind… and eat organic food, and then organic doesn’t matter… How do we know what to believe!?

My science and medical background as a Pharm.D. leads me to be more analytical in nature, so when the confusion starts I re-look at the physiology of our bodies. In the case of diets and what we should eat if we’re wanting to lose excess bodyfat, I like to look at the facts of how our bodies work rather than follow the latest fad or simply what worked for someone else. While I’ve found there are no shortcuts to a healthy and lean body, you can make it less terrible, more efficient, and more effective by addressing specific reasons your body holds on to excess fat.

lose bodyfat with lower insulinThe first step is to address high insulin

Most people in this country are walking around with a high fasting insulin level and don’t know it.

The problem?

High insulin tells your body to store fat… almost without regard to how little you eat or how much you exercise. If your insulin level is high, your efforts for fat loss will be in vain… causing disappointment and giving up.

You don’t have to be diabetic to have a high insulin level. In fact, a high insulin level will appear at least 10 years before diabetes is discovered. Knowing your insulin level now (and reducing it) can help you completely prevent getting diabetes in the future.

Get Your Level Measured

To know your insulin level, you’ll get your fasting insulin blood level done at your doctor’s office or order it yourself at Life Extension (lifeextension.com) or other online lab ordering businesses. It’s about $30-$40. If you order online, they send you a form to take to your local blood drawing organization such as LabCorp. Be sure it’s a fasting insulin and not blood sugar or hemoglobin A1C.

To have efficient body fat loss your fasting insulin level should be 2-5 mIU/L. The lab normals will indicate 25 is a good level, but that’s an outdated number. Those lab values should be updated to help us all improve our health. A level above 5 will make it difficult for body fat loss. The 2-5 level was chosen as ideal from looking at healthier populations of people. The lab normals in the United States are from average Americans.

What to Do With Your Results

Many people are thrilled to find a reason why they’ve been unsuccessful at losing bodyfat. It’s not to say that this is the only point. But it’s the first point that should be addressed.

If your level is 2-5 and you still have issues with stubborn fat loss, we have more steps to address. We’ll just tick one off at a time.

lower your insulin level with foodIf your level is above 5, start right away eating foods that do not raise insulin levels. It’s simple… but easier said than done depending on what your diet is like now. In general, this means eating protein (eggs, meat, fish, protein shakes) in moderate amounts (no! don’t overdo protein), tons of non-starchy vegetables (think 6-9 cups/day), and plenty of good fats (olive oil, pasture butter, coconut oil, avocado, MCT oil).

Time saving tricks and learning to make food taste amazing is what makes this type of eating completely doable for longer periods of time. When you’re faced with a decision  whether or not a food will be good for you…. ask yourself if it will raise your insulin level. If the answer is “yes’… that food will not help you while you have this goal of reducing your insulin level.

Once your insulin level is 5 or below, start to add back in fruit and starchy veggies. It’s important to know that food choices are determined based on what you are trying to accomplish….

Good health?

Short term pleasure?

Bodyfat loss?

Decreasing insulin level?

Cancer prevention or treatment?

Keep in mind always that your choices of food give you specific results.

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Scary Group Fitness Classes

Scary Group Fitness Classes

The thought of going to a group fitness class can be scary and is not appealing to most people. Visions of fit young people who all know what they’re doing…. except you! You can’t move and bend like that. You feel fat and maybe older than everyone else. You have no idea what to do. And it all seems silly…. this couldn’t be serious exercise!

Maybe you’re remembering exercise videos you’ve seen or maybe you’ve had an actual experience. If you’ve had that experience or think it will be like that, I empathize! No one should go through that as it can be humiliating! I’ve felt it myself… and I’m an experienced teacher!

If you haven’t been to a club or studio lately, you might not know that much has changed in group classes. Many instructors have been trained to teach to all levels and to give options in class for people with back trouble, knee pain, shoulder trouble or other problems which are very common these days. Gone are the days of high impact jumping with leg warmers and fancy choreography. You’ll find a more health oriented approach in group exercise classes than in the past (but still fun!!)

Here is what you should expect if you attend a well run group fitness class:

  1. The instructor should ask your name and welcome you to the class. Maybe even introduce you to another class member. The instructor should ask if you have any physical difficulties that the class would impact… then give you brief directions for how to handle that.
  2. The other class members should appear friendly and welcoming. This is a direct result from how the club or studio is run. The studio management should be fostering an inclusive environment and you’ll pick up on that right away. If it’s there, it will feel good to you. If you feel left out and lonely, something is not right. It’s not you.
  3. Once the class starts, you should feel like you can follow what’s happening. The instructor’s voice should be pleasing and easy to hear and understand what they are saying. If you are completely confused through the whole class, it’s not you. It’s the instructor.
  4. You should feel like the intensity and difficulty of the exercises is just right for you, whether you are very fit or a beginner. It’s the instructor’s job to assure that beginner to advanced people are doing the right options for their abilities.
  5. You should feel challenged physically, but also feel some fun and excitement. It should feel like the time goes by quickly and you never get bored.
  6. As you leave, you should feel a sense of success…”I did it!”

I often hear people say that they need to get in better shape before they show up at a class. Realize that the reason for the class is to get into shape. Don’t wait. If you don’t want to see yourself in the mirror, choose a spot where you can’t see yourself. People are much more supportive than you may think. People get inspired to see a new person in class. They remember their own first class and remember how hard it was for them to walk into that room.

A group fitness class may seem like a big social event, but it’s really a time for you. No need to be all social and extraverted… most people are not. They’re normal, regular people with the same issues you have. During class, you can go internal and challenge yourself. The instructor’s voice is just there to guide. But it’s really about you and your own awareness of your body and what it can do.

The beauty about being in a group is the motivation. The group format gives you a structure and you’ll do far more in a group than on your own…. you simply feel more motivated.

The key is to find the right gym, fitness center or studio that offers classes with the above points. If you land at one that doesn’t work, try another.

Barre Exercise Classes for a Sculpted Lean Body

Barre Exercise Classes for a Sculpted Lean Body

Everywhere you look you see barre classes… at studios, barre fitness centers, gyms and videos! They’re popular because you get results. If you haven’t tried barre yet, we encourage you to find a class and get started.

Barre classes tone like nothing else. You’ll see a visible difference in your body very quickly. Your clothes, especially your pants, will fit differently almost immediately. How can that be?

Barre is designed to quickly transform and shape your body using isometrics and tiny pulsing actions. Moving tiny like this, your muscles start to burn and even shake! You’ll feel it right away. But this is why it changes your shape so rapidly. Large movements are great when you’re looking for cardio or generalized movement…. but nothing will change your shape faster than almost isometric-like movements.

After you’ve worked a muscle, say, your thighs, you’ll do a quick but very deep stretch… then quickly move on to the next exercise.

Your barre class should target all the “trouble spots”….. abdominals, hips, thighs and upper arms. You’ll see more tone in your arms, a flattening of your belly, narrowing of your thighs and your seat will mysteriously “lift” and reshape. Improved posture and a stronger back are 2 huge benefits of doing barre classes. However, if you have back trouble, let your instructor know. You’ll be given modifications until your back becomes stronger.

Be aware that with the popularity of barre classes, you’ll see quite a variety of styles. If you’re looking for rapid bodyshaping, avoid classes that

  1. Move slowly and have long breaks between the exercises
  2. Substitute yoga or Pilates exercises for the intense barre work. Though we all love Pilates and yoga, it’s the barre exercises that rapidly change shapes
  3. Have mostly all big, or full range of motion movements. Though large movements are great for overall health, they are not the most effective for changing shapes.
  4. Are taught by instructors that don’t offer help with technique. In barre, technique is critical to be sure you get results (and don’t get hurt).

Barre classes appeal to a variety of people. It’s ideal for pregnancy and post partum. If you have a knee or hip replacement or a newcomer to health and fitness, barre fitness classes could be very appealing to you. It’s no impact and doesn’t have tricky choreography or jumping around. You won’t be lifting heavy weights or feeling like you have no idea what you’re doing.

Beginners who are interested in Barre can feel confident knowing that it’s easy to pick up when trained instructors are guiding the class. Results will come quickly from doing Barre about three times a week. It’s also a great workout for those involved heavily in sports. It’s so important that physically strong people receive deep stretching of the muscles while maintaining strength at the same time.

A Strong Powerful Body Equals a Strong Powerful Mind

Becoming physically strong is the first step but maintaining healthy energy levels from the Barre workout will also help you feel and look your best.

Bloating and Salt

Most know that a high salt diet is not good for you. But that does not distinguish between processed “table salt” composed of sodium, chloride and other added agents (bleach, anti-caking agents, etc).

Consider eating a salt containing over 84 minerals in a crystalline structure. Your body sees that type of salt as a nourishing and life generating food.

Table salt, however, is seen by your body as a toxin, and you quickly dilute it…. resulting in puffiness, cellulite, low energy and maybe increased blood pressure (the solution to pollution is dilution).

People find that switching to Himalayan crystal salt helps them quickly lose that extra bloat (about 3 pounds for most people) and improve their energy level because of the increased hydration inside the cell.

The “bloat” is water in extracellular space (outside the cell). It’s preferable to get more water inside your cells helping you feel more energy and stamina, while assisting your body processes to work more efficiently and effectively. As we age, we get more and more dehydrated… it becomes more difficult to keep water inside the cells. Even if you drink 8-10 glasses of water of day, you could still be dehydrated if the water goes right through you.

Consider eliminating all table salt from your diet. If you’re out, ask for food to be prepared with no salt, then add your own (you carry it in your purse!). Don’t buy packaged and processed food with added salt.

Why not use sea salt? Isn’t that the same?himalayan salt

We have chosen to use Himalayan Crystal Salt with our clients because of the consistent quality of the salt and the care the company takes in mining the salt. It’s all hand mined, with no explosives. This is salt from the ancient Himalayan Sea. It’s been there, compressed, for many, many years. Not touched by modern toxins. It’s crystalline structure is superior to other salts we’ve worked with. People notice the difference.

 

Common Table Salt

Stripped of all its natural elements through industrial processing. The result is sodium chloride only. The unnatural crystals are isolated from each other and dead. For the body to metabolize these crystals, it must sacrifice tremendous amounts of its own energy reserves. This results in a damaging loss and zero gain. The salt deposits in our bodies look similar to the ones in this photo, isolated and dead.

Sea Salt

A great percentage of sea salt today is processed. With the ocean becoming increasingly polluted, this salt is far from ideal. It is composed of irregular and isolated crystalline structures, disconnected from the natural elements surrounding them. Consequently the vital minerals, however many it may contain, cannot be absorbed by the body unless the body expends tremendous energy to vitalize them. The net gain is small with an even greater loss of energy.

Original Himalayan Crystal Salt

The balanced crystalline structure reveals the fine branching with no shadows or rough edges. The crystal is not isolated from the inherent mineral elements (84) but is connected to them in a harmonious state. This tells us that the energy content, in the form of minerals, is balanced and can be easily metabolized by the body. This crystal is full of life. When taken into the body, it will have a vital energetic effect on the body. The result is a net gain for the body and zero energy loss.

Crystal Salt

Pure, natural crystal salt has been subjected to enormous pressure over millions of years,  responsible for creating the salt crystals. The higher the amount of pressure the more superior or excellent the state of order within the crystalline structure. Salt is foremost an information carrier and not a spice. For information to be absorbed into our cells, a crystalline structure is necessary. The elements trapped within the crystal salt are in particles small enough to be able to penetrate the human cells and be metabolized.

In summary

Using Himalayan Crystal Salt and avoiding all table salt can help you:

  • Normalize blood pressure
  • Eliminate bloating and puffiness
  • Increase energy due to better hydration
  • Add minerals to your body
  • Help detoxify
  • Decrease acidity
  • Help hormones and enzymes work better due to decreased acidity
  • Maybe reduce or eliminate cellulite
  • …and it tastes great!

Find the Himalayan Crystal Salt in our retail area.

Stay tuned to learn how to make and use “sole”….. a supersaturated salt solution you take every morning.

Sole for Health, Energy and Hydration

Sole for Health, Energy and Hydration

Sole is a supersaturated solution of Himalayan Crystal salt. It’s easy to make and can make a dramatic difference in your energy level, health and hydration level.

Benefits of daily sole:

  • Can help you feel more healthy, energized and thinking clearly
  • Increases intracellular water, helping you to truly hydrate your body
  • Brings over 84 minerals into your body
  • Can help stabilize irregular heartbeats
  • Sole regulates blood pressure (it doesn’t cause high blood pressure)
  • Can help reduce excess cellular acidity, helping your entire body to work better and more efficiently (hormones and enzymes all work better without excess acidity).
  • Sole works by increasing the cellular hydroelectric energy (again, helping all body processes work better and more efficiently)
  • Sole helps the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract
  • Helps the lungs clear mucous plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis
  • Can help clear sinus congestion and can act as a natural antihistamine.
  • Helps prevent muscle cramping
  • Can help build strong bones (not brittle and weak)
  • Sole is vital to the communication and information processing between nerve cells.

Making Sole

Step 1: Place a handful of Himalayan Crystal Salt stones in a glass jar that has a lid (not metal).sole

Fill the container with good quality, filtered, clean water, completely covering the crystals with water. Let sit overnight.

Step 2: If all the salt crystals have dissolved, add a few more salt crystals to the water. Your Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® Sole is ready when the water becomes fully saturated with salt and cannot hold any more.

The salt will no longer dissolve at this stage. There should always be salt crystals in the jar. As the sole gets used up, dump out the sole and rinse off the stones. Start over with a new batch. Remember, there should always be undissolved salt crystals on the bottom of the jar. This is your proof that the water is totally saturated with salt.

Step 3: Each morning, before eating or drinking anything, add one teaspoon of the Sole to a glass of clean, filtered water and drink. Your body will receive the energetic vibration pattern of the salt and hold it for 24 hours. Keep the container covered to prevent the water from evaporating. Salt is a natural anti-bacterial and natural fungicide. It simply cannot spoil or go bad.

Magnesium 101

Magnesium 101

Magnesium is a mineral involved in more than 300 reactions in your body (so it’s very important!). Most everyone is deficient in magnesium (Mg). The following are 3 major causes:

  • Stress causes Mg depletion
  • Sugar intake depletes Mg
  • The soil is depleted of Mg (so our food is low in Mg)

What symptoms do you get with low Mg?

  • Low energy
  • Cramping muscles
  • Stiffness
  • Headaches (including migraine)
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart arythmias
  • Restless legs
  • Menstrual cramps
  • PMS
  • ….and many more

The odd thing is, stress depletes Mg >> Low Mg limits your ability to handle stress >> The stressstress further depletes your Mg….. and it become a viscous cycle.

It sounds like Mg is a cure-all for everything, doesn’t it? It’s not. But since Mg is involved in so many chemical reactions in your body, a lack of Mg affects your whole body….so it does seem like a miracle!

 

How do you get more Mg?

  • Diet (eat more kelp, green veggies, brazil nuts, almonds, millet, etc). Diet should be #1, however, you’ll need more than food to replenish your Mg)
  • Diet (sugar and caffeine depletes Mg)veggies
  • Take epsom salt baths (2 cups in the bath and soak)
  • Use Mg Gel or Oil (put all over body, shower off after 20 minutes)
  • Oral supplement Mg Glycinate (better absorption than other Mg salts)
  • People with kidney disease avoid Mg oral supplements unless ok by MD.
  • Using all the above methods is more effective than only using one

Can I get too much Mg?

You’ll get diarrhea if you get too much Mg. It’s self limiting.

Take 25 minutes to listen to the podcast below by Carrolyn Dean, MD, ND. It will be well worth your time.

Cleanse Day 8

Cleanse Day 8

Friday morning, day 8, the last day….I’m amazed I made it, AND I’m amazed at how good I feel when fasting (now, not earlier!). David’s pants are falling down from his weight loss….we better get home!

This fast is a deprivation of calories, but really loaded with other nutrients. I’m getting so many nutrients from the green powders and drinks that my body craves. My cells are hydrated…finally getting the water they crave. My digestive system has had a wonderful break from solid food, allowing energy to be used to detoxify, instead of work at digestion. As fat and other materialis broken down from calorie deprivation, toxins are released, and my 5 organs of elimination are available to get rid of it.

We have our last colonic. They tell us it takes about 30 days of colonics to fully clear the colon of old matter and “sludge”. At that point, if you get a colonoscopy, your colon will be pink, instead of encrusted in thick layers of material that’s been there for years and years. Toxins love this stuff and live in there. People have pounds of old fecal material (wonder why your belly pooches out???) that never leaves. They’ve found it on autopsy. One man had 50 pounds in there! More common is 15-20 pounds.

What we do for 8 days here is beneficial, but continuing at home is even more beneficial. I feel I put in a lot of effort this week, I don’t want to throw it away by returning to bad habits at home. All we’ve learned is a bit overwhelming. I’ve decided to choose certain things I’ll do. Dry brushing my skin, fiber drink, green juice, drink WAY more water, one liquid meal/day (and 2 solid), liver cleanse once/month, many many more vegetable into my diet. I’m going to try to make kefir with coconut milk, I’ll make my own nut milks, and I’m considering getting the alkalizing water machine.

Here’s are 2 soups we’ve been having here:

soupYam Puree Soup

2 yams
32-64 oz vegetable broth or water

Boil yams til tender. Put yams and cooking water in vitamix, blender or food processor and run til smooth. Add salt, cayenne pepper, olive oil….watever you like.

Zucchini Soup

3 zuchinnis chopped
1/4 onion chopped
2 stalks celery chopped
1/2 bunch spinach
water or vegetable broth

Cover and simmer on low heat 10-12 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree in blender. Add salt, cayenne, olive oil.

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We stayed at We Care Spa through 4pm soup then Francesco took us by cab to the Swiss Health Resort. Carl and Ingrid run this place. They have 3 hot spring pools here, each diffrent temperatures. Francesco will take us to the the airport in a few hours. At this point, I’m glad to get home!

Cleanse Day 7

Cleanse Day 7

My energy and ability to focus is high. Just in time to deal with the deluge of things happening back at home and in the studio. David’s got a lot with his business as well…..so between the water drinking, colonics, treatments, classes, saunas, and sunning at the pool is the phone and computer put to heavy use back in our room. I watch my tension rise as I receive these troubles at home and realize I need to ride those bumps more smoothly.

In about 5 minutes David and I have a couples appointment with a Psych-K practitioner (psychological kinesiology). She’ll help us change some of our limiting belief systems….

Hours later…..our 1 hour apointment turned into two. I guess we really needed work! This method works with the subconscious belief system, which runs our behavior. Kinesiology (muscle testing) is an accurate detector of our subconscious truths and the causes of stress in our bodies. It was a long process and I felt lighter and less stress after, and closer to David. It will be good for our relationship.

greendrinkEarlier today we learned how to transition to solid food. Three days of veggies/fruits only, then slowly adding in beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains and finally meat. They don’t encourage meat eating here…however, they don’t seem to distinguish grass fed from feed lot corn fed..two completely different foods. I’m going to continue eating our meat from Anderson Farms. I’m so glad we have the opportunity to get grass fed beef and free range, organic chicken and turkey from a local farm.

I had another System Recovery treatment tonight (90 minutes of heat, infrared, and castor oil). It was extremely relaxing this time and when I left the treatment room, it was dark outside….a warm breeze, people visiting by the pool…absolutely heavenly.

Tonight’s our last night here. I’m already feeling sad about leaving. The fasting has grown on me. One more day of fasting tomorrow, than back to Minneapolis. I’m looking forward to teaching Nia on Sunday….I miss Nia and I miss all my class participants. It’s a very special class for me. In some way I know I will be different on Sunday. From my Nia Black Belt….the River of the Unknown……

Cleanse Day 6

Sleeping last night was a challenge. I felt distractingly hungry and had thoughts racing through my head. At 2 am David got up to do some energy work on me. He felt energy pulsing, almost out of control, ….like a hose hiccuping and spurting water instead of running freely and smooth. He calmed it all down and I slept like a baby the rest of the night.

I’m wondering if it’s my adrenals kicking in. I’ve felt so deeply tired the last few years that maybe this is what it feels like to have those organs start to work properly. That deep tiredness that’s so familier to me is gone….and it’s not because I’ve been sleeping a ton here….I’m sleeping less.

My weight is down 4 pounds and David 10. We’re not here specifically for weight loss but it’s interesting to keep track. My belly feels empty and flat, and I like that! I’m feeling like I’m losing muscle. No vigorous exercise for me this week.

Chris taught us about alkalinity last night. Most of us are acid. Cancer and chronic disease thrive in acid environments. Here we drink water at a pH of 9.5…alkaline water. This particular water has a high antioxidant potential…so helps with the detox. David’s been having some serious detox reactions and drinking loads of this water helps eliminate the toxins.

Chris tested about 10 different drinks…mostly waters. The soda (7 Up) and carbonated water were by far the worst in terms of pH and antioxidant potential. They are highly oxidizing. Vitamin Water, Propel, Smart Water and plain bottled waters were all acidic and also oxidizing to various degrees……but none of them good!

Here’s our drink routine at We Care:

Get up, take enzymes with kidney/liver tea

glass of aloe vera juice

barley green drink

Lots of alkaline lemon/mint water throughout day and night

Detox drink (fiber, olive oil, minerals,2 oz apple juice, water) followed by another glass of water

Afternoon: aloe vera juice

glass of green juice

another detox drink w/enzymes

evening: 1 cup pureed vegetable soup (the best part of my day!)

glass of aloe vera juice

blood purifier tea

Here’s a video of We Care Spa so you can see the area. You’ll see the kitchen area…that’s where we get all our drinks and hang out talking.