Cleansing Choices

Sorry I’ve been absent for a while. I’m focusing on getting more clients before the end of the month. As some of you know my full-time job is coming to an end February 28th. So far I’ve gained 11 more clients I have 9 more spots open and would like to fill those before the end of the month.

This brings me to one of my topics for today. Spending time working in a field that is clearly bringing you more stress than it’s worth. Yes, I know we all need to pay bills and support our families but when our jobs are costing us our health and wellbeing and we’re not able to enjoy our families then we need to be searching for positions that bring us joy, fulfillment, and stimulate our minds.

My husband started a new job a couple of weeks ago and his words here “I no longer feel the need to munch all day because I’m not bored.” He figured out that when he’s bored he munches on unhealthy carb snacks. Now he only eats one meal a day without the need for snacking. His health is so much better and he’s able to spend more time with me instead of just sleeping. He’s also got more energy to work out.

Have you ever had that exhilarating feeling of being challenged by your job, loving every minute of it, and being so calmed by it as well? Those are facets of knowing that you were meant for this job or career. Think back to a time when you were in a job you clearly knew was not for you. Now think about your health and wellness during that time. Did you have the energy to workout, to play with your kids, to enjoy a weekend without dreading Monday? Probably not.

We spend over half our lives working and if we’re not working in an industry or at a job that is meaningful to us we’re wasting our lives on something that we have all the power to change. So where do we go from here?

I’ll use myself as an example.

I got my college degree late in life (49 years old). It was still one of the best things I did. I proved that I could succeed, and it opened my life up to endless possibilities of what I can accomplish. When I started college, I didn’t know that I wanted a double Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Wellness and Nutrition. My friends told me I was crazy for taking classes like Anatomy Physiology and Chemistry altogether. But I loved it. It’s motivating to hear your instructor tell you that only a handful of students ace his class. I was one of that handful. That moment alone changed my esteem, my confidence, and my outlook on life.

After college I became a certified holistic life coach and an alternative health therapy researcher, helping people through tough areas in their lives by looking at their whole life and decisions made along the way. I started a blog, writing about the challenges we all face in life: weight loss, wellness, health, mindfulness, and joy. I became a tutor for students with learning challenges. I loved being a tutor and still, love it today. But I wanted to contribute more to our family (my husband and I ), so I took a job as an inside sales rep for an educational technology organization. I saw it as a dream job because the pay was great, but I knew at the 4-month mark that the job wasn’t for me. I stuck it out and here I am four years later regretting that I did.

 

You see my whole goal in life has always been to stand in the gap. It’s something my father taught me as a young child. Standing in the gap means different things to different people. To me, it meant that I learned how to help people who not only asked for help but those people who society tosses aside as inconsequential to the whole makeup of society. My job has always been about making the yearly sales quota, but never about meeting people where they are and helping them grow beyond the benchmark had they set for themselves.

 

Because I stayed in a job that was clearly not for me, the stress of it all gave me a serious autoimmune disease. I gained 50 pounds because I was stress eating and depressed all the time. I used to think how much happier I was when I worked for myself even though I wasn’t making as much money. I couldn’t sleep, I had no time to do the things I always loved. But hey, I was making money. I was stressed and sick. I dreaded all five days of the week I had to work. But my weekends were spent being sick. Yes, I had the capability of working from home. That was a perk. But you know what? If sales aren’t your thing, then don’t do it. I set myself up for failure because I saw $$$ instead of working from my whole life goals.

New Growth

How does this translate to you and your life? Are you in a position that is clearly not for you? Do you see no way out? These are questions only you can answer.

The first place you should take a look at in changing your life is to find out what your whole life goal is and work off that. If helping people is something that moves you, try volunteering at hospitals, schools, food banks, or in your place of worship. (My love of tutoring came from when I volunteered at my sons’ school almost 23 years ago.)

If helping animals brings you joy, volunteer at a pet shelter or start a dog walking business.

Start out small. I started my tutoring business while I was in college, I worked and continue to work with one of the many tutoring platforms online. I started with one student, now I have 9 students on a regular basis and even during the summer months because I offer enrichment classes (art, math, cooking, reading/writing) that school districts don’t have the money to offer anymore.

Let’s bring this all together. What does all this have to do with the 50 Day Cleanse and Glimpses of My Life?

Here’s the second topic for today. A 50 day cleanse can’t change the amount of stress we deal with but it can help you in dealing with that stress. And sometimes this cleanse will add some stress to your life. Especially if you’re making two different menus, one for you and one for your family. Which is why I am changing several points about this cleanse even the name to help fit our busy lives and make it easier to follow through with. (I must confess, I got to the 21-day mark and I just could not take it anymore, it’s too restrictive for my lifestyle.)

This new and improved cleanse has nothing to do with a certain number of days. It’s about having choices. We see these cleanses and challenges with a number in them as “I only have to make it X amount of days then I can go back to how I was before.” Cleansing Choices, on the other hand, gives you the opportunity to set your own number of days, make the choices you want to add to your lifestyle and puts the power to change your life back in your hands. If you don’t want to be vegan, you don’t have to. If you’d rather not be raw, you can skip it. If you only want to water fast for one to three days, that’s fine. There are no set guidelines for Cleansing Choices. I’ve made the plan easier to follow by giving you cleansing options. Because life is all about the choices we make not about following someone else’s choices. You’ll have the opportunity to pick from a list of cleansing options that fit your lifestyle. Whether you want to pick one or multiple, it’s your choice because it’s your life and you know what you can handle.

Let’s turn the page and make Cleansing Choices that resonate with each and every one of us.

It’s our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

~J.K. Rowling

 

 

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Being Ready For What Comes Next

So it’s January and I’m again following the 50 Day Cleanse. I’m on day 16 of it. I’ve lost another 6 pounds. I’ve eliminated the calluses and dry skin from my feet and hands. I can smell and taste so much better. I’m no longer tied to taking digestive enzymes and probiotics to aid my digestion. My craving for sugar and even sweet fruits are all gone. Now I eat for the sake of nourishment instead of feeding a craving. I’m still making yummy foods and smoothies (Working on a raw food smoothie book right now). I also am finding out that my countenance or rather my control grows stronger by the day. If you’re following my progress on our Facebook group, then you know what I’m talking about. The plan gets easier when we work the plan. I am not so much concerned with making sure everyday I eat in a set window of time. I eat during a four or five-hour window, but it all depends on when I’m hungry enough for that window to begin. And I never eat after 6 pm. But what does it mean to be ready for what’s next?

Being ready for what comes next means different things to different people. To me it’s making peace to whatever may come my way. I have a favorite quote up on my office wall. It’s from a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author, Dag Hammarskjold.

For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be yes.

I love this quote because it resonates with what I’ve been thinking and praying about. Living in gratitude is more that just being thankful for all we’ve got and experiences we’ve had. It means being thankful for what comes next. Being ready for the next surprise, being open to the next adventure, accepting the next challenge, saying “YES” to something that would normally get a “NO!” These are ways of accepting what comes next. It could mean a job loss, it could mean learning through a new trial in life. To me this quote also means you’re not going to sit and let life pass you by. You’re going to get uncomfortable for a while. It’s in our uncomfortableness where we grow the most.

This 50 Day Cleanse has much to do with expanding our thinking, moving into a new mindset, and a new healthy lifestyle. Yes, it takes courage, control, change, overcoming, and vision. But through all this you will gain a better, healthier version of yourself.

Are you ready for what comes next?

2014 FOCUSING ON THE JOURNEY

At last I left you, I was writing about the process of accomplishing a goal instead of just focusing all my efforts on the goal itself. From January to December this this year instead of focusing on all my goals all at once, I’m changing it up and focusing on the process. The process name is called my wellness journey. I’m sure you all have your own names for your process and you all have your own journeys you must walk. I cannot walk your journey for you and you cannot walk my journey for me.

We each come from different walks of life, we’re at different levels of health and wellness, we each understand differently, so it stands to reason that we must focus on our own journey. My journey is filled with self-imposed challenges and maybe some roadblocks (depending on what life throws at me).

Here are my self-imposed challenges for 2014:

January's Challenges

These are my challenges for the month of January. I don’t purpose they become yours. During the month of January I will delve into different aspects of these seven challenges and how I am doing throughout the challenge. 

Until tomorrow. Life is all about the choices we make, whether good or bad. The consequences of the choices  is what we call life. 

Focus on your own journey, your own process then your wellness goals will be achievable. 

CHOICES AND CONSEQUENCES

We make our life by the choices or lack thereof then we have to sit back and let life take it’s course. It’s the ever ambivalent time when we learn that every choice has a consequence and every consequence started with a choice.

Consequences

The last couple of weeks I’ve spent my waking hours thinking about the choices I’ve made in life and the consequences that followed. I haven’t always made the right choices; I’m human and far from perfect. I’ve come to the realization that where I am in life is because of all the choices I’ve made along the way. I’ve made some very good choices, like marrying the man of my dreams and having our children. The most important choice I’ve ever made was to follow God.

Following God has not always been a popular choice, nor has it been easy. I’ve had to give up my sister and my brothers because they chose to sever ties with me because I follow God.  I’ve had to give up many of my dreams because they did not fit into the plan that God has for my life. But the choice of following God has lead me to be who I am today. The choice of following God has brought me to new heights and to new dreams I never even thought about before.

In my renewed thinking, I’ve begun to look for more ways to serve. I’ve been asking God to make me a servant. Not the world’s standards but by His standards. I want to serve people and “stand in the gap;” the place my father always told me I should be. It’s fascinating when we pray about things that are congruent to God’s plan how fast doors that were once locked are now opened wide, and just waiting for me to walk through.

I’ve been singing this song every day: Make Me A Servant. I sing this song while I’m cleaning houses, while I’m walking to a tutoring appointments, and while I’m in the shower. The words are always on my tongue.

Make me a servant

Humble and meek

Lord, let me lift up

Those who are weak

And may the prayer

Of my heart always be

Make me a servant

Make me a servant

Make me a servant today

 

 

COMMERCIALS IN LIFE

Yes, it’s been a while since I last wrote anything. Sorry for that. I’ve been doing some health experimenting on myself to test if I’m really allergic to what I’ve been thinking I could be allergic to. The results are in, and I am not liking the answers, not one bit. I will either have to live with the hives or stop drinking coffee altogether. I think I’ll just give up the coffee. It’s been such a constant part of my life ever since I was three years old. But I’ve gone without it for stints up to 5 years at a time. It’s either  kicking the addiction or just scratching myself into oblivion. It’s the commercials in life, the times of absence, the studying, the reflecting that makes me see what really needs to be done and why. 

So many times we go through life with different allergy outbreaks only to turn our backs on the sirens going off in our bodies or our children’s bodies. We keep focusing on every other symptom and action that we lose sight of the only one that is staring us right in the face. We want things when we want them. We don’t want to give up our constant companions (caffeine, alcohol, sugar, gluten, grains, dairy, corn, junk food) even when they make us sick.

How many sirens need to go off for us to listen? Will we listen to the hives? Probably not, we just cover it up with an anti-histamines. Will we listen to the coughs, the sniffles, the constant sore throats? Nope we just take products that remove the symptoms instead of looking for the cause. Will we listen to our stiff joints and sore muscles? Nope we just rub them down with lotions, creams, and take pain relievers in hopes that the pains will go away. We never think it could be what we’re eating, or our lack of physical activity that could be causing the problems.

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We only listen when the sirens are blaring and screaming CANCER, HEART ATTACK, DIABETES. We pause for a commercial break in our own lives only when the outcomes could be the death of us. That’s when we reflect and look back at our lives to see where we went wrong, and try to fix our health before it’s too late, but it’s already too late. Sometimes there is no going back. Sometimes we just have to face it, our choices in life have brought us to this moment. 

The time is now. Don’t let another day go by without evaluating your actions to make better choices for your own health’s sake and your family’s sake. Stop muffling the siren’s cry and listen to what your body is telling you. We only get so many commercials in life, use them wisely. 

YOUR CHILD’S FUTURE

Every day the food supply gets worse and worse with Monsanto as the culprit for poisoning our food supply and telling the public “It’s okay!” We see it all the time. It isn’t okay. And if you want your children to have a better life than you, you have to get educated on what types of food are good for them and for you. Don’t be fooled by mass media. Thinking that pesticides sprayed on crops by people wearing hazmat suits but yet it won’t harm you. If you just remember one thing about this post, remember this. If your skin absorbs what you put on it and becomes part of your body, then don’t you think what is sprayed on our food will be absorbed through the leaves, stems and fruit to become part of the food? If you won’t put the pesticides on child’s skin or your own skin, then don’t eat food sprayed with pesticides either. The quality of your child’s future life is in your hands.

Feeding Children

Where do you want your child to spend their life?

5 Compelling Questions About Your Children’s Future!

These days parents spend more time picking out new shoes and new clothing than they do in feeding their children. As a parent we mold and shape our children into what we think is best for them. We touch their futures by what we feed them as a child. If  children see their parents eating fresh produce they are more likely to enjoy the produce too. If we don’t want our children to spend their lives in doctor’s offices then we need to make major changes in their diets. Children follow in the foot steps of their parents. If  parents aren’t make conscious decisions about the food they eat, their children won’t either.

  • What kind of tomorrow’s do you want for your children?
  • How many days do you want your children to live?
  • What are your hopes for your children?
  • What example are you setting for them?
  • Do you want your children to be diseased?

The answers to these questions all hinge on what we are feeding them. If we take back the responsibility of being a parent, we can ensure the healthy futures for our children and change the health path for our family.

TIP #19: MONEY SUCKERS

Recently I had a conversation with a very wealthy friend of mine who made the comment, “A person with money problems shouldn’t be spending money on muffins, bags of chips, or going out to restaurants.” His comment has stayed with me for quite some time and I’ve been questioning all the purchases I’ve made in the last three weeks. Saving receipts on everything I bought. I found out that I’ve also been throwing my hard earned money to the money suckers without thinking about it. We all have our own money suckers they are unique to our lives but one thing is certain they will continue to suck money out of our pockets until we stop the behavior and say “NO MORE!”

Money Suckers

 I stopped  buying a cup of coffee at my local coffee house. I love their coffee but realized that a pound of their coffee ($14) was cheaper than a three visits to their coffee house. Because I don’t just order their coffee; I have to get a treat too.  So I still have my favorite coffee but only pay a fraction for it. Plus, I’m saving calories when don’t go into the coffee house.

Another area that stopped the money suckers in their tracks has been any convenient purchases. It used to be that I would run to the gourmet grocery store every time I got a craving for something sweet, salty, or didn’t feel like making dinner.   It’s difficult for me because this store within two blocks from my house and I love all their healthy but expensive treats. So now I just keep things on hand to make my own treats. If I feel the need for chocolate: I make a chocolate protein shake. If I want something salty: I cut up a cucumber and sprinkle salt on it. Both are much cheaper because I already have them in the house, and both are a whole lot healthier for me.

Then I got to wondering how many times in a month do I say “I don’t feel like cooking!” “I didn’t have the time to cook!” So both of us would go to our favorite restaurant in town and order a salad and end up spending more than $20. Or we’d end up at the gourmet store and order one of their sandwiches and drop $15. When all along I had the fixings for a good meal in my refrigerator and pantry. All I needed to do was plan better and use my cooking skills to come up with simple meals.

So what’s changed so far in the last month? I’ve spent less money, and have become more creative with what I have on hand. Yes, it’s difficult to walk past my favorite store every day (it’s on my walking route), but I’m saving my checking account and my health. 

It’s simple: The money suckers will always be there. You can give in and have no money left. Or you can stand strong and stop the money suckers from sucking your life away.

It’s your choice. Choose wisely.