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Please sign up below to be notified about the upcoming informational webinar. You will learn why cleanses are NOT scary but rather very invigorating… you won’t be running constantly to the restroom on this cleanse . I am going teach you the basics of deep liver cleansing and how simple it will be.
If you choose to join us for the cleanse, I will also be providing support emails with info on how to prepare for the cleanse, recipes, answers to frequently asked questions, and daily support emails during the cleanse.
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I’m excited and hope you are too!
Why guilt free? Well, THERE’S NO SUGAR here!
Rest assured though that these truffles have plenty of good stuff in them.. and actually every ingredient is considered a super food. Briefly, raw chocolate is rich in antioxidants, iron, calcium, and exceptionally high in magnesium. Raw cacao has the highest source of magnesium of any other food (this is probably why most of us crave it, especially women on their moon). Dark chocolate stimulates endorphin release resulting in an anti-depressant effect too. Coconut is also a superfood and is now being studied in the prevention and treatment of mental diseases such as dementia and alzheimer’s. Coconut is also full of Medium Chain Fatty Acids and enhance fat burning, while providing energy. It also has great antimicrobial activity and helps repair the gut and immune system… I could go on but I’ll leave it at that for now.
We’d dressed our daughter up in the standard, adorable, ladybug costume, taken millions of photos, paraded her happily around the neighborhood, and felt so proud of ourselves every time she squeaked out the words “thank you” in her tiny little two-year-old voice. But, it was upon returning home with our little girl clutching her pumpkin bucket full of Halloween loot that the terror finally struck <play “Psycho” shower scene music here> –
I mean, just skimming the ingredients (when they were actually listed) on the backs of each wrapper is a nutritionist’s nightmare! It seemed we had two options:
That’s when she first appeared – The Halloween Fairy! I’ll bet you’ve never heard of this most wonderful, magical, sanity-saving creature, so let me tell you about her. (BTW, you have my permission to alter this story in any way you choose as you spread the word about this little-known yet extremely kind-hearted fairy.) You see, on Halloween Night, children go trick-or-treating and collect vast amounts of candy that we all know is impossible to consume in one night and is rather unhealthy for strong, intelligent, growing boys and girls. Meanwhile, the poor, little, magical creatures (such as elves, fairies, gnomes, sprites, etc.) are left with nothing! Ask any child under the age of 5, and he’ll tell you that that’s very unfair. So, the children enjoy _(insert # here) pieces of trick-or-treat candy on Halloween night and leave the rest of the candy outside for the Halloween Fairy to take to all of those afore mentioned poor, little, magical creatures. In exchange, the Halloween Fairy leaves various things such as toys and edible treats whose ingredients are far more pleasant to read. It’s a win-win situation!…IF you make sure that the Halloween Fairy disposes of the candy properly (i.e. the dumpster is far more forgiving than the gut and thighs.)
So, what happens when our children finally rebel and refuse to give up their candy to some mystical fairy that may or may not really exist? Like with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, we’ll deal with that hurdle when we get to it. But, after 9 years of visits from the Halloween Fairy now, I’m relieved to report that kids are more excited than ever to exchange their Halloween spoils. On Sunday morning, when they wake up to a new board game, a few handfuls of Sunspire SunDrops and 100 Chuck E. Cheese’s game tokens, they’ll forget all about their pumpkin buckets full of junk, and I’ll be promised a few hours of peaceful reading while streaming my favorite tunes at Chuck E. Cheese’s.
Coincidentally flu season starts with the Halloween candy gorge and ends with the Valentines Day gorge. All that sugar and all of those artificial chemicals reduce your immune and detoxification functions leaving you more susceptible to catching the viral and bacterial infections going around this time of year.
Please, share this post with someone you care about and leave us a comment below telling us how you manage to keep your family healthy and the kids satisfied.
This green food is one of the best that I have found. If you are running low on energy or you missed a serving of your veggies – mix a tablespoon of this with a superfood juice like goji, pomegranate, or noni juice. Orange juice will also do.
Concentrated green foods are essential for optimal functioning of the cells. It is often very difficult to get enough alkalizing food into our diets and this is a fantastic way to make sure you aren’t too acidic. This green food is much tastier than most green food blends and provides you with tens of thousands of phytonutrients in a small serving!
Click on the images for the ingredients and for this months special pricing.
Our friends Dr. Taylor, Dr. Strickland and the Buda Dental team has invited our office and clients to join them in viewing a private screening of “Fed Up”, a documentary investigating how the American food industry may be responsible for more sickness than previously realized.
Did you know???
Health professionals project this will be the first generation in which parents will probably live longer than their children.
Fed Up offers a comparison to what happened within the tobacco industry and is something that we will likely all learn from.
Date/Time: January 17, 2015 at 11:00 am
Place: Hays CISD Performing Arts Center
Address: 979 Kohler’s Krossing, Kyle, TX 78640
Find out more at www.FedUpMovie.com
Well, of course we have to start off by saying you “shouldn’t” get carried away indulging in the holiday feasts. We are human though and often that isn’t something that we want to think about this time of year. We have new years resolutions coming up for goodness sakes right?
So, this is one way to look at it. But if you prepare properly, you may surprise yourself and actually not overindulge or hurt yourself. See my other blogpost for more info on this and other tips to thrive during the holidays.
Here are three simple Qi Gong exercises that will help prime your digestive fires, or alternatively, help you feel better after you indulge. Please leave your comments below…I would love to know how this helps you! I have also thought about shooting a quick video demo, please let me know if you would find that helpful. Additionally I can always teach you these or several others in a one on one 30-60 minute appointment.
Grasping the Ball
Create an imaginary ball with your hands at the level of the abdomen, starting with your hands on each side of the ball. The size of the ball is optional but should be a comfortable size relative to the size of your abdomen. Once the ball is established, start to expand and contract the ball from side to side. Remember to keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows dropped. The expanding of this ball can correspond to your breath, increasing in size as you inhale and shrinking as you exhale. Again, feel the connection between the ball and the torso. If this is difficult, try to imagine this ball inside of you, feeling your hands inside of your lower abdomen. After 5-10 times, rotate your hands to hold the ball on its top and bottom. Expand the ball up to your head and down below your naval. After 5-10 times, rotate your top hand to the bottom and the bottom hand to the top. Then, change hand positions again, placing each hand on the diagonal sides, expanding and contracting. Finish with rotating the initial small ball at the starting point for five breaths.
Flow of digestion
Hold your arms out in front of you at shoulder height, keeping them slightly bent and at a 45º angle from your chest. Starting with the right hand, arc it in towards the chest bone. Touch the chest bone and in one continuous movement bring your fingers down the centerline to just below your naval. Then, as that hand comes back up to its starting position, the left hand starts on the same movement as the right hand has just completed. As you become comfortable with this movement, start to naturally and gently turn your upper body (from the hips) towards the hand that is coming in. The hands should be alternating positions simultaneously, slightly resembling the motion of swimming. Practice 20 strokes with light pressure, be sure to feel the connection between the hands and the torso.
Encircling the Torso
Make medium size circles on the abdomen with the palm of your hand. Rest the other hand on top of the active hand. Start one direction (i.e. clockwise or counter-clockwise) for a couple minutes and then switch. Feel the connection between the hands and the abdomen or feel as if your hands are inside the abdomen. You can actually start and finish the entire routine with this.
Yield: 16 servings (mini cups)
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Preferences: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Paleo
• 6 Tbsp. unsweetened organic cocoa powder
• 3 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil
• 3 Tbsp. Creamy Organic Peanut Butter (or your nut butter of choice)
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
• 4 tsp. coconut sugar (or organic maple syrup)
• 1 pinch finely ground Celtic Sea Salt
• 8-10 drops NuNaturals Stevia (to taste)
• Heavy-bottom saucepan
• Candy molds or silicone muffins cups or paper mini muffin liners in a mini muffin pan
1. In a medium saucepan, combine cocoa powder, coconut oil, and nut butter over very low heat. Stir occasionally until mixture is completely liquefied.
2. Remove from heat and stir in salt, vanilla (if using) and coconut sugar. Add stevia to taste.
3. Pour mixture into silicone candy molds, silicone muffins cups, or paper mini muffin liners in a mini muffin pan.
4. Transfer to freezer to set (about 15 minutes).
5. Pop the peanut butter cups out of silicone molds
6. Store them in airtight container in freezer or refrigerator.
Nutrition Information Per Serving
47 calories, 4.4 g total fat, 2.6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0.24 g monounsaturated fats, 0.06 g polyunsaturated fats, 0 mg cholesterol, 8.7 mg sodium, 2.1 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 0.56 g sugars, 1.1 g protein
And for more than 50 additional makeovers of your favorite treats… plus valuable education on how to live a low-glycemic lifestyle, without giving up your favorite sweets, try out Carefree Candies – Your Guide to Healthy Homemade Indulgences.
1 heaping Tbs. of almond butter
2 Tbs. raw cacao nibs
1/8 – 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2- 1 tsp. cinnamon
8-10 oz. almond or coconut milk (no sugar added)
1/2 – 1 tsp. honey or 1/2 banana
4 ice cubes
Right before blending is complete, add 1 Tbs. coconut oil
Directions (warning! very complicated!…ha just kidding)
Place liquid in the blender first, add everything else except coconut oil. Blend and then add the coconut oil at end to avoid clumping (ice+coconut oil = weird clumping textural experience)
Detoxification is an important natural part of life. Our bodies have innate intelligence and know how to heal. The only two pieces of the detox equation that we have to be a part of is:
A). Getting out of the way (ie. letting it happen), and
B). Giving the body the right foods while avoiding the “wrong” ones.
Detoxing is a natural process that all forms of life go through. Many animals will go without eating one or two times each year in order to let their body enter into a period of increased cleansing, which then helps rid the body of accumulated substances therefore increasing vitality.
Cleansing is not fasting. Cleansing and fasting are two completely different things.
Cleansing is giving your body an abundance of what it needs to unlock toxins that have been stored away. Fasting is allowing your body to prioritize cleansing over metabolizing. Needless to say, cleansing is much easier on the body and much easier on you.
Toxins and Fat
Did you know that most of your toxins are stored in your fat cells? One reason that many people are overweight is because of the toxic load they are carrying. Fat cells act to neutralize toxins (as best as they can) by coating them in fat so that the organs and tissues of your body are protected from the damage that their free radicals create.
Because fat cells store toxins, cleansing the toxins out are one of the reasons our 21 day purification program helps people to lose weight.
We are our Environment
Even if you eat really well, you should consider a regular cleansing program once or twice per year. We are sponges in our environment and we are exposed to chemicals and metals on a daily basis. There are now 80,000 man made chemicals in the environment that did not exist over 100 years ago. Wow! Many of these are considered safe by the FDA and some aren’t even labeled.
Foods as Toxins
Even the foods that you consume on a regular basis can cause you problems that you wouldn’t expect. For instance, many people consume wheat three times (or more) per day every day of their life. This is not natural and will eventually lead to problems. I can explain the different reasons why you don’t want to consume this much of any food, but I’ll leave that to another post. Clearing these common (and often processed/denatured) foods from your diet for the magical three weeks will do you a world of good.
So what are you waiting for? If you haven’t cleansed in the last year, you definitely want to do your body (and mind) this favor. Our Purification program is designed to make it as simple as possible for you. We give you all the real food supplements that you need so that you have the abundance of nutrition to unlock some of those stubborn toxins. We also give you 50 great recipes, a guidebook, daily emails to motivate and encourage you, and free support by phone if needed.
AND, we are giving you 25% off this week only! So, give us a call to start yours.
…“Then you would know where you’re coming from. Then you wouldn’t have to ask me who the heck do I think I am.” Ah…the words of Bob Marley! In another song…”Remember that I and I are the roots, Some are wolf Inna sheep’s clothing.”
…Wise words indeed!
We have to know our roots in this world. We have to reconnect with them if we don’t know them…if we have lost them, if we are confused. We have to know who we are in order to grow into who we can and will become.
Searching your genealogy, the meaning of your name, your birth signs, etc. can help tremendously. But getting to the roots of your food is what I want to talk about here. There is so much value in knowing where your food comes from, and being connected to that major source of nourishment. When we are connected to our food we are automatically more healthy, vibrant, and limitless. There are so many different dimensions to every action that we do that most of us are completely unaware of. When we go into the grocery store and load up on cheerios, toaster strudels, sodas, bagels, etc. we are consuming a lot of calories at the same time that we are starving our body of what it really needs – Nutrition! And when we feed these things to our children, we are robbing them of their ability to access a greater potential in life.
When we let go of these convenience foods and actually spend a little time on the preparation, consumption and digestion of our food we give ourselves a great gift. Greater than I think many of us realize. As we all know, we are creatures of habit. But most habits need to be broken. The term habit infers a subconscious action, but when we know what we are doing and the consequences it is called other things such as addiction and laziness. Of course a lot of the times we buy these “foods” because we are stuck in a poverty mentality too.
This is a huge condition in our country and our times. The poverty mentality invades most people’s minds, giving the assumption that organic food is too expensive. I also see a lot of this in my practice when I am told that alternative medicine is too expensive because insurance doesn’t usually cover it. My reply to this is simple. I believe and have seen proof of this many times, that when we spend time and money (two of the most valuable things really) on our food, our mental health and our physical well being, we don’t get sick, don’t stay sick or don’t need to seek drugs and surgery. As someone who has not had health insurance in eleven years, I can say proudly that I haven’t needed it. Yes, of course there is always the argument that insurance is important to pay for accidents, etc. but hey, that is what savings, Aflac and car insurance are for.
There is a huge movement going on right now. People are buying local, organic, and sustainable more than ever, well since the agricultural revolution anyway. This is so exciting. Maybe because food is becoming more expensive we will actually start eating more nutritious foods by necessity. And maybe when we start eating these foods we will see our bloated medical industry shrink to a more appropriate size due to lack of its importance in daily life. Maybe we will fall a few points closer to the healthier countries like Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Columbia, etc. Yes, you heard that right, our health as a nation is poorer than a total of 11 NON-industrialized countries. How does that make you feel? I’ll talk more about this in another post.
So grow a vegetable or two this year, and add one each season. Go to the farmers market, it is an amazing place to celebrate local culture and local food. There is such a feel-good aspect to a farmers market. There is a vibrancy there that even just going and being there brightens your spirits. We have to get back to our roots, meaning we have to get back to REAL FOOD if we want to make it!
50% of men get cancer and 33% of women. This is ridiculous and there are many things that we can do to PREVENT IT. So many organizations are working to cure cancer and so few in comparison are helping to prevent it. We’ve got to take back our health and our power. So get to the farmers market this weekend, call up your local CSA if you’ve been debating it, “splurge” on your produce at Central Market, or trade your basil for your neighbors tomatoes! Pick a peach off of a neighbors tree and give them some okra. It’s now fall in Austin and an amazing place to grow and forage food. So get to it!