Willpower Begins the Journey But Discipline Helps You Stay on the Path!

It’s been some time since my last post and the many reasons fill my head now as just excuses. But time is of the essence, it’s fleeting, and there are just 24 hours in a day. The business is flourishing, and I’m writing curriculum which takes the place of writing about my health challenges…practices. Time is incremental when I look at the health of both us…myself and my husband. My health is like a rollercoaster lately running the gamut of hills and valleys – sunny days and cloudy disparity. While my husband turned his willpower into the discipline he needed to stay on the path.

Willpower, is it a power of wills? Is it a will of power? Do you have control of your will? Dictionary. com says willpower is the control of one’s impulses and will. Well, what it doesn’t say is that my husband has an abundance of it when he finally makes up his mind to do or not do something. Dictionary.com says this about discipline. It’s a training, activity or a regimen that develops or improves a skill. Well, this explains a lot of why the two nouns go together. You have to possess the willpower to discipline yourself so you can improve your life or a part of your life.

Starting Point

So what’s the point of talking about willpower and discipline?  You see, back in January of 2017 my husband had bilateral pulmonary embolisms, his left leg had a blood clot from his ankle to his groin. The doctors at the hospital told us how lucky he was because normally they don’t give this diagnoses to men over 50 – they find it in an autopsy. So, yes, he was lucky,  but I liked to think that he was blessed.

Over the last year and a half, we changed diets, we changed lifestyle and we changed our health outlook. My husband spent only 6 months on the meds and with my research help and finding the right naturopath he transitioned to supplements. But he had a strange inflammation issue in his left leg that would worsen if he moved or sat still. Nothing would work long term. Diuretics (prescription and natural) only work when you’re taking them, they don’t address the cause of the inflammation. So back to the research I went.

About three months ago, my research took me to a place I never thought about, but wow it’s changed our lives. Health research more precise alternative health research is my forte, in being a holistic life coach. I had exhausted every avenue I knew but I was coming up short on answers. I remember it was about 2 a.m. one morning back in March,  I laid it all out on my desk before God and asked God to direct me. I got an answer three days later when my husband was talking to our friend who’s a doctor. “Have you looked into the lymph system?” I had never thought about that. I was thinking food allergies, side effects of the meds, scar tissue from the damaged veins,  wrong exercises, not enough exercising, etc.

The lymph system

We have more lymph fluid in our bodies than we do blood. And the lymph nodes in our abdomen area control the lymph movement in our legs. The lymph nodes in our neck control the lymph movement in our chest and arms. (Organic Lifestyle Magazine) This is fascinating stuff to me, and I’m talking about it constantly to my husband but, as is his usual,  he just wants the cliff notes. To make a long story shorter, I found a lymph cleanse for my husband to do. I used my knowledge of intermittent fasting and combined a raw, plant-based, high-fat, low-carb, low protein, alkaline plan to help my husband lose the inflammation.

First Three Week Regimen

A gallon of Cranberry Cayenne Flush

He also ate one huge salad every day made with alkaline veggies especially the red ones: beets, red cabbage, red carrots (nightshades excluded because they cause inflammation). I make salad dressings for him with avocado oil, garlic, cucumbers, ginger, blackberries, lemon juice, avocados and Himalayan salt.

The calorie count during this the first two weeks was 300 and 400 calories every day.

During the third week, we added a veggie smoothie to his huge salad. It was filled with full-fat coconut milk (no gums added), kale, carrots, beets, celery, avocado, cucumbers, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries (I would alternate the fruit for him), maca powder, our favorite raw vegan protein powder (Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend has no sugar, soy, or grains in it, it’s raw and it’s our favorite) and some water.

Fourth week and Onward

We added raw organic nuts but only the high fat, low carb, and low protein varieties: macadamias, pecans, and walnuts. We also added coconut oil fat bombs. I make my own with coconut oil, coconut butter, sunflower butter, maca powder, and carob (recipe below) which my husband calls fudge chunks because of their texture. Coconut Mama has a pretty good recipe that I started with and then started tweaking to make my own recipe with ingredients we can eat.

And he continues this plan now at the 8-week mark.

As you can see he doesn’t eat much only about 600 – 800 calories a day. He cut out all sugar even high sugar fruits and veggies. He doesn’t eat any grains. He eats all raw veggies, nothing steamed. He drinks a gallon of lemon water daily. He walks about 3 miles a day and does about 50 squats a day (squats are great at getting our lymph fluid moving). He also spends time on his spinning bike when it’s raining out.

2-month stats:

  • 50 pounds lost
  • Down 4 pant sizes
  • Lost 6 inches off his waist
  • Demeanor changed, he’s calmer and happier
  • Tons more energy
  • He’s got laser focus now
  • He doesn’t get overheated anymore. He had an issue since he was a teenager (he was a runner and very fit then) where he would overheat when the temps rose above 70. It was 87 degrees a couple of weeks ago and he was fine, even had on a long sleeve shirt.
  • His recovery time from hikes and workouts is getting shorter and shorter. As a landscape photographer, he hikes all over the place on different types of terrain. His first hike of the season was last week where the grade was steep at 19%. Yes, he was sore and what used to take 3 – 4 days to recover only took 24 hours.

This plan is a cleanse that will clean up your lymph system and your whole body. It will balance your hormones. It will reset you on a health journey by cleaning out the toxins that not only clogged your arteries but your life. This plan is not for the faint of heart. If you don’t have the willpower to start and the discipline to say “NO” to food that’s sitting right in front of you or all around you at your office and social gatherings then it’s not for you. It’s not for everyone. But, if you are at the end of your rope, and you need to make a change that’s going to save the quality of your life, then you may want to take a look at some of the links I’ve posted above.

My husband’s willpower led him to say yes to this journey but it’s his discipline that keeps getting stronger every time he says “NO” to food that’s not right for him.

He can say yes to these!

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Carob Fat Fudge

  • 1/2 cup each coconut oil, coconut butter, and sunbutter (no sugar or salt)
  • 1/4 cup carob powder or raw cacao (cocoa and cacao have caffeine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 10 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tablespoon organic maca powder

Melt the coconut oil and butters in a small saucepan over very low heat. You only want to melt it without boiling it. Stirring till melted. When totally melted, immediately remove from heat. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to cool. Then add the vanilla, almond extract, and stevia. Whisk till blended. While whisking, add in the carob powder, salt, and maca powder. Whisk until smooth and incorporated. Pour into a 2-cup glass measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour into small candy molds or a mini muffin pan with paper liners. Only pour to about 1/4 to 1/3 full. Refrigerate about two hours to set. Remove from molds or pan (I removed the paper liners.) These can be stored on the counter or in the fridge. Makes 20 pieces of fudge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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50 Day Cleanse

For the last 26 days, I have been documenting my progress on my 50 Day Cleanse on Facebook and Twitter. Many have been interested, asked questions and given their support in this cleanse. Several people have embarked on this journey with me and the 50 Day Cleanse has changed their lives as well.

In these 26 days, I have lost 27 pounds and regained my life back from instead of living a life of extreme pain and uncertainty when it came to my health. I have no more pain points anymore. It’s all gone. My skin issues are gone. One issue that has really cleared up is the rosacea I have had for many years is gone. My skin tone evened out so much I have been able to go out with no coverup or foundation on. It feels like I’m getting younger by the day.

My 50 Day Cleanse sounds like a long time but if you read all the about habits and how many days it takes to replace a bad habit with a good one, you’ll learn that it takes 66 days, not the 21 we’ve all been fed for so many years.  The 50 Day Cleanse is a not a diet. After the 50 days, you can’t go back to eating the way you did before. This is a lifestyle change one that may add years to your life, may reverse disease, may help you lose unwanted fat and turn your body into a fat burner.

In doing this cleanse for the last 26 days, I have tweaked it a bit and then was told that several people how much how much they like this cleanse because it’s so adaptable. By that I mean if you feel like staying on the water fasting for longer than the initial 5 days then you can do it. If you feel like you can’t handle juicing and want to turn it into a veggie smoothie the second week, you can. You live in your body, I don’t. If you’re on medication or take supplements, please continue to take them. If you need to take them with food, then have a quarter cup of cashews when you need to take them.

Will you see results in the first 5 days?

Yes. And they might be profound, too. I lost 10 pounds in five days. Others have reported they have lost 13 pounds during the 5-day water fast. It’s motivating to see the scale moving down while doing the fast. And it’s good to know that you’re losing fat and not muscle like we’ve been told these many years. Fasting does not make you lose muscle. 

Here is the tweaked version of the 50 Day Cleanse.

First Five Days:  Drink water (electrolyte, ionized, distilled or reverse osmosis), green tea, Smooth Move tea, and other organic herbal teas no sweetener. If you choose to, you don’t have too, but it worked for me. First thing in the morning, have a serving of Himalayan Sole Water followed by a cup of warm lemon coconut water.

Lemon Coconut Water

Lemon Coconut Water

  • Juice of half organic lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • Warm water (see above)

Drink as soon as you can while coconut oil has melted.

This drink will help in eliminating (#2).

Days 6 – 12: Have two raw alkaline juices a day (4-6 ounces each) along with the water and teas. If at this junction you feel good enough to digest the fiber from the juice you can make a veggie smoothie. My favorite is beet, carrot, kale, and sweet potato. Another one that’s good is celery, carrot, kale, and half an apple. If you choose the smoothie route, only have one of them.

Days 13 – 20: This was a two-parter in the original cleanse. It’s now been condensed into a simplified version. The next seven days you’ll be adding a good raw vegan protein powder to the veggie smoothie. (I like SunWarrior’s Warrior Blend the best. ) You also want to treat this like a meal. Now you’ll be having one veggie smoothie and one protein veggie smoothie.

The timing of this is vitally important. This is where the intermittent fasting comes into play. You’ll want to make sure you are eating in a four-hour window. Example, at 1 pm have a veggie protein smoothie. then at 5 pm have a veggie smoothie.  Work out the timing for your schedule but try to maintain a four-hour window.

If you’re too full for two smoothies, you can tweak the plan by having a veggie protein smoothie as your second meal at 4 pm. I did this because I just wasn’t hungry.

Days 21 – 50 Eliminate the plain veggie smoothie and add a raw alkaline vegan meal, salad, wrap (organic raw coconut wrap). Continue eating in the four-hour window. If you are still too full, you can also have just one meal a day. I do this now. I only eat at 4 pm. And it’s whatever I am hungry for nutritionally. Some days it’s the protein veggie smoothie some days I’m having a salad with cashews, olive oil, lettuce, onions, and pineapple.

This is the 50 Day Cleanse. It’s helped my husband and myself gain back our health and energy while losing weight, saving money, and helping others.

 

This is the disclaimer portion of the plan.

The information listed above and on this is based on my own experience. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of trained medical or mental health professionals. The reader should regularly consult a physician, therapist or counselor in matters relating to his/ her physical or mental health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. In the event, you use any of the information listed here the author and blogger assume no responsibility for your actions.

 

 

50 Day Cleanse Week 3: Intermittent Fasting Revisited

Two years ago I wrote about intermittent fasting and had great results with it. But like most things, if you’re going it alone it’s difficult to maintain. This time around it’s different. Both my husband and I have had wonderful results thus far with the 50-Day Cleanse that we’re motivated to keep going. Last week he revisited intermittent fasting all on his own, realizing he felt better if he only ate one meal a day and drank water and herbal tea until he had his salad.

It’s interesting to see how both of us are having wonderful benefits from doing this program. My husband has lost almost 28 pounds and myself 16, now mind you it’s only been 14 days. My husband’s always lost weight quickly and it really makes me peeved but this time is different. I am so thankful I was able to take all the knowledge I’ve learned from all the health summits I’ve attended, books I’ve read, notes from the conversations with doctors, and podcasts I’ve listened to and put them altogether into a plan that works for us and now for others who are also participating in this 50-Day Cleanse

Timing is important!

Clock Face

One thing we all need to figure out is when to begin our first meal/veg smoothie and when to end our 4-hour window with a salad. Try not to have anything 3 hours before you retire in the evening and at least 3 hours after waking. Try to pare yourself down to a four-hour window. You’ll have your veggie smoothie at the start of the four-hour window and am an alkaline salad at the end.

For instance, My husband gets up for work at 4 a.m. he has his morning water with his supplements then drinks water and herbal teas until 12 noon when he has his first meal (wheat grass smoothie). At 4 p.m. he a huge salad with an olive oil lemon juice vinaigrette takes another round of supplements and his medication. Then nothing but water the rest of the evening.  He also walks three miles 3 times a day.

I wake up at 4:30, exercise (mostly Pilates and some light weight training), Then I have my Himalayan Sole Water followed by my cup of lemon coconut oil water (Juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 T coconut oil and almost boiling water). Then water and herbal teas until I get hungry for my veggie smoothie which isn’t until 2 pm. Most days I am not hungry the rest of the day. but will have a small salad with my husband to make sure I get my alkaline greens. Then it’s water the rest of the day. I also go for two walks totaling about 7 miles a day.

Because you’ve already done the water fasting for 5 days and a juicing for seven more, adjusting your timing of when you take in your first veggie smoothie should be easy at this point. You’ll also be seeing results by now which will make you want to keep going and the intermittent fasting will help you get to where you want to go both nutritionally, mentally, and physically. You can experiment with the timing of your first meal (veggie smoothie) to match your schedule. Not all are the same, find out what works for you and stick to it you’re future self will thank you!

The importance of intermittent fasting

Like all my other posts, I’m not a regurgitator of info. Here’s where you’ll always find my list of resources to help you make an informed decision about this plan and your wellness.

The combined effects of intermittent fasting and eating an alkaline diet can have life changing benefits if you are open to doing the cleanse and following the simple and somewhat easy guidelines. Revisiting intermittent fasting was one of the best things we have done for our lives.

 

SAVING MY HEALTH & MY MONEY

Yesterday I decided for kicks and giggles to tally up how much money I would have to spend to feel as good as I do while take ASEA. I was dumbfounded by the amount of money I would have to spend in order for my health to be at this level and my life to be this good. Below you’ll find a list of products that I don’t have to take because I take ASEA. By taking ASEA I’m saving my health and my money, but more importantly I’m building a life.

One of the things that ASEA does is accelerates the body’s production of its own natural antioxidants, like glutathione, superoxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase.

A question I always need answered is where these supplements come from. Since ASEA accelerates our bodies own natural production of these antioxidants I don’t have to be concerned because they are made within my own body, but if I’m going to pop a pill to get these then I would want to know. Wouldn’t you? For instance, SOD comes from animal sources (www.webmd.com). Since many people today are vegetarians and vegans this is simply out of the question.

Since glutathione, catalase, and SOD helps with removing wrinkles, treating pain, and inflammation I’ve been able to stop using other single forms these products since I used to suffer from an autoimmune illness. Notice I said “used to,” because it’s been almost a year (next month) since I had my last flare up. I also used to have red, blotchy, scaly skin in different parts of my body which I haven’t had to deal with and I’ve been able to enjoy some of my favorite foods like grapefruit and an occasional piece of cheese. My face used to be screaming with redness on my nose, cheeks, chin, and forehead that would burn every time I washed my face. I had to use special cleansers, moisturizers, and makeup just to keep it from burning and showing every time I went out of the house. Now I use ASEA and I no longer have to wear foundation makeup because I have nothing that I want to hide.

Before ASEA

Below are the products I used.

Let’s see what’s the running total so far? I used to spend $380.51 a month on health products just for myself. I’d now have to double this to include the supplements my husband used to take for his health concerns. That’s a whopping $761.02 for dealing with both of our health issues individually. So when someone asks me, “Don’t you think $120 a month for a case of ASEA is crazy?” I say, “NO! Spending $761 a month is crazy!” Before I found ASEA I had no choice but to treat each individual health issue with different products. Now that ASEA has been a part of our life for over a year, we’ve been saving money because ASEA ($120) has taken the place of 10 supplements and numerous skincare products.

It’s not rocket science to figure out the numbers, $120 a month is a far better deal than $761. Saving my health and saving money in the process is only one half of the puzzle. The other half is that I get to share this wonderful product with all the people I meet throughout my day.

PAIN FREE

I love waking up  pain free! I love working out again with no pain! It feels like I have a whole new body now! It’s been 6 months since I’ve started taking this product. What the company says is true, the longer you’re on it, the more benefits you see. I used myself as my own test subject. I signed up to sell the product by what I witnessed for myself through my own case study. ASEA does what it says. These are the benefits I’ve gained from taking ASEA.

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  • Started sleeping better the first week: woke up with more energy than I knew what to do with.
  • Lost 12 pounds in the first three weeks: because I had so much energy and was able to exercise again.
  • Pain was gone after 5 weeks: suffered for many years with an painful autoimmune disease where nothing worked long term before.
  • Hair stopped falling out: New hair started growing after 8 weeks, only in places where it fell out.
  • Hair is thicker than ever before
  • Blotchy skin issues cleared up within 3 weeks of spraying it on my face: Was told 4 months after I started spraying it on my skin that I had the skin of a 20-year old. Not bad for someone who turns 50 in a week.
  • Ridges in nails were gone after 3 months.
  • Nails grow faster and harder: for someone who’s always had soft bendable nails, this is amazing.
  • No pain for exercising, even weight lifting: Monumental because now I can workout back to back days without the feeling like my muscles were killing me.
  • Eyesight better at 2 month mark: Spraying it in my eyes 3 times a day, now I can see in the dark with out my glasses, and my prescription got weaker.
  • Stopped taking needless supplements: I went from taking 13 different supplements down to 4 plus the ASEA.

 I Googled Redox Signaling and found over 1.9M journal articles on this new science. I talked with integrative doctors, naturopaths, and even physicists I know. They all agreed that ASEA is the only one of it’s kind.

It’s difficult not to be excited about a product that has no lethal dose, it has no side effects, it’s 100% non-toxic. It does not need a prescription. It’s not disease specific and it helps every cell in every body to maintain homeostasis, which our bodies are craving to do every minute of the day. ASEA is native to our bodies which means that our bodies know what to do with it.

ASEA is to cell health like penicillin is to infectious disease.

FLU & THE QUARANTINE

Yes the flu is the worst it has ever been but that is because no one follows quarantine laws anymore. If you are sick you stay away from other people until your sickness is gone. It’s simple really. When I get sick, I take all the natural remedies I can. Then I remember that I love my fellow man, like I love myself, and I stay away from them until I feel better.

It’s really simple, people. When you are sick, STAY AWAY from other people. If you are one of those people who are always getting sick, then start taking better care of your self. Stop eating that junk food. Add more fresh veggies and fruits. Look for organic food. Learn how to cook. Stop drinking your calories and drink some good filtered water.  Take supplements

If you're sick Stay Home!Take the time to be proactive in your own health instead of reactive when you get sick!