I always say if you can’t eat it, it has no business going on your skin, hair, nails or in your home environment. Playing detective with people’s health has been my job for the past eight years. People don’t just “get sick.” Illness is created, slowly. Illness is cumulative.
I have found that toxicity is one of the main contributors to disease. Sure, toxins are in the food we eat and switching to organic, chemical-free options is a no-brainer, but it goes so much deeper than that. When we look at ingesting toxins, the body’s inner wisdom protects us. For example, in the intestine, predigested food moves over the villi (little finger-like receptors) and these villi decide if the nutrition will move to the blood stream to become the body, to the bowel as waste, or to the fat cells as toxins, where they stay safe until the fat cells become so engorged with toxins that the toxicity gets released into the blood stream , causing illness. Or, the toxins stay there until the fat cells get so full of fat that the fat pushes the toxins out into the body. Either way, it’s not so great.
Still, there is an even worse fate! That is if the toxicity gets absorbed right away through inhalation. This can happen via “off-gassing” from furniture, flame retardant-treated rugs, paint, household cleaning supplies, hair spray etc., and absorbs directly through the skin, as in the case of personal care items (makeup, body products, deodorant, hair products, etc.).
What can you do to stop toxins from coming in? Do a swap-out! Simply choose healthier versions of items you already use. Green Beauty Team is a wonderful resource for discovering great makeup and self-care items to replace the toxic ones. It is a process that took me about two years. When transitioning to greener products, you may find some don’t work as well. It’s all about trial-and-error.
For me, finding non-toxic nail polish that wore well through cooking and dish washing was a challenge. During a visit to a nail salon, the technician used Barielle — a non-toxic polish in punchy, fun colors — and I was hooked.
Don’t stop at makeup and skincare!
Household cleaners are filled with harsh chemicals. Baking soda works in lieu of chemical-ridden scrubs, but my all-time favorite discovery has been essential oils, such as lavender, lemongrass, sweet orange, peppermint, cedar wood and ylang-ylang, which I put a few drops of in hot water and scrub surfaces and floors. The smell is amazing and I know I’m not going to die.
These are very simple changes that will truly keep you safe. It might take some time to transition, but I feel confident that you can find items that are just as good, if not better than, the commercial ones.
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our body, take some long deep breaths to center yourself for the day
I have every confidence that we are all experts at the art of manifesting – all you are right now is a result of all you have done so far. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other.
with love and light!
I have every confidence that we are all experts at the art of manifesting - all you are right now is a result of all you have done so far. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other.
with love and light!
People always ask me for advice. I am an expert after all and have been helping people get healthier for years now. In this fast paced-media-snippet-sound-bite world we live in, most people want it short and sweet. People don’t want to have to think too much. Here are some guidelines that are pretty easy to follow. They are my basic thoughts on how to be healthy and peaceful, also on what the body needs. When clients and friends follow these simple ideas, the body goes to a place of balance, peace and most importantly, wellness.
Respect the wisdom of the body. The body is always looking to be healthy and is searching for optimal wellness. All you need do is create an environment where it can do what it does best.
Eat real/whole food — foods that are what they say they are. An egg is an egg, brown rice is brown rice, an apple is an apple and so on. Chew your food thoroughly and when you chew, keep your mouth closed!
Avoid sugar, alcohol, chemicals and processed foods, including processed salt (choose Celtic sea salt or Real salt brands).
Buy local and organic and naturally raised when possible.
Eat foods in harmony with nature.
Winter calls for more soups and stews, less cold salads, more cooked pears and apples. No tropical raw fruits or enjoy them sparingly as they affect your body’s ability to process much-needed vitamin D, contain large amounts of potassium, and the body thinks it is getting plenty of sun so it gets lazy and the production of vitamin D dissipates.
>> >> For more information on dairy, see Dairy: Silent Killer or Delicious, Creamy Treat?
Drink good quality water; this means water that is from a spring or has been aggressively filtered (I own a Kangen sytem and feel it is the best on the market). You can also buy spring water in glass as plastic leaks into the water and creates a large amount of toxins (I think Mountain Valley Spring water is the best). Avoid caffeine as it completely taxes the adrenals. Enjoying it as a fun treat is okay once a week or so, but not every day. Limit dairy. Fermented/full fat dairy is okay in small amounts (check out my other article ).
Have some sea vegetables, they are loaded with minerals and iodine (Maine coast are an OK brand). Include some algae as it is a super food that is fully packed with nutrients (chorella/ spirulina).
Get rid of your microwave and heat your food up on the stove or in the oven.
Make sleep very important. Figure out how much your body needs and do your best to get that amount.
Do something physical each day go for a walk, a run, do yoga or dance in your underwear.
If you are in a relationship, make love as much as possible.
Respect the body’s need for being in nature and make time to be near the ocean or the woods.
Take sun responsibly and avoid chemical sunscreens.
If you use self-care items and makeup, peruse this site for smarter/ healthier options.
Surround yourself with kind/loving people who build you up and love you. Set boundaries and command respect. Cut out toxic people.
Unplug from electronics at times.
Meditate, write in a journal, pray and honor something bigger than yourself, whatever that means to you.
Love yourself deeply and fully. Practice self-acceptance by loving the parts of you that you have the most trouble loving.
Practice forgiveness when you can.
Floss your teeth, brush them and scrape your tongue (watch my video on oral hygiene for tips).
Be polite. Hold doors for people and if you see someone who is elderly or a parent with a stroller/pregnant woman on the subway, offer up our seat. Treat others as you wish to be treated.
When ending a relationship, imagine how the other person feels and have compassion. After a break-up, call your most supportive and loving friend, express your feelings fully, move through any disappointment and
Ask yourself, ’What have I learned from this? How can I use this information for my next big romance?’ Then, take care of yourself like Charlize Theron the week before the Academy Awards!
Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
Flirt with handsome men or beautiful women who lock eyes with you on the street.
Throw out all of your underwear and buy all new underwear when you feel it is time to do so.
Try a media fast by not watching the news or reading the paper for a while.
If something really important happens, you will hear about it from your friends.
If a compliment pops into your head, don’t hesitate to share it.
Smile at old people and children.
Laugh like you mean it!
Always remember that life is a gift, life is good, enjoy it!
Sugar cane is a lush green tropical plant/grass. In its untouched form it is full of vitamins and minerals the body actually needs, including, iron and the B vitamins, especially niacin and B-6; calcium, magnesium and phosphorus for strong bones and potassium.
Unfortunately, that’s not what ends up in our food, drinks, baby food and pasta sauce – yes, some baby food and pasta sauce are actually loaded with sugar!
When sugar is processed, the vitamins, minerals and fiber become a thick blackish-brown syrup- product called blackstrap molasses, which is separated out. Then everything else that’s left from the sugar cane gets bleached to remove impurities that would keep it from looking snowy white. What’s left over is refined, white sugar and this is what I am talking about – this is the “white devil.”
Illness loves sugar
Americans consume on average 142 lbs. of sugar a year per person. In 1699 colonists consumed about 4lbs of sugar per person a year. Diabetes is at an all time high and diseases related to sugar intake are on the rise. It’s pretty clear that the sweeter we get the worse off we are.
When a client comes to me with any kind of illness from a common cold to acne to HIV to depression – the first thing I ask them to do is reevaluate their relationship with sugar.
What type of sugar do you consume?
Contrary to what most trainers and registered dietitians think, not all sugar is ‘bad’ sugar. I was giving a lecture on sugar a few years back and this woman exclaimed, “ I cannot have carrots. My trainer said they are ALL sugar!” My reply was simple, “Yes, he is right. They do have sugar, but they also have fiber and nutrients.” That is, unless you juice them….
The last time I had a carrot juice, I literally couldn’t get up off of the couch afterwards– I might has well have had a jelly donut!
It’s the fiber and nutrients along with fat that slow down the insulin spike which causes fatigue, among a variety of other issues. If sugar comes in a form that’s been untouched from its original state, it has probably the fiber, nutrients and hopefully fat along with it too.
That said, I still tend to avoid or eat in moderation very concentrated natural sugar sources, like dried fruits. The fact remains that no one I know has ever gotten fat, or sick from eating carrots, apples and blueberries.
How overloading on sugar leads to diabetes
When you have too much sugar (about 8 grams or so) at once, the brain sends a signal to the pancreas that there is too much sugar in the blood. So the pancreas releases the hormone insulin to go into the blood stream and opens up the protein molecules– like Pac-Man – to gobble up the sugar and keep things balanced. After a while, if the person consumes processed white sugar in a way that is rough for the body (meaning no fiber and nutrients in the stomach), the pancreas gets exhausted and ‘gives up’….and this is called diabetes.
Where is it hiding in your diet?
Start to gage the amount of refined sugar by being aware of what you eat. This includes all refined carbohydrates like white pasta, white rice and (dun dun dun!) bread. Most obviously desserts are loaded with refined sugar – and sorry to break the news – but booze is high up on the sugar scale. No matter how many antioxidants red wine has, it also has a lot of sugar.
Yes, there’s a time for chocolate!
I love Ayervedic medicine (ancient Indian wellness). They actually have a time for chocolate! It is right after lunch in the afternoon. The understanding is that once the stomach is full of nutrient-dense, real food (like protein, fat, and vitamins) then it creates the cushion of fiber and nutrients, that we talked about earlier, to absorb the added sugar into the system.
What’s going on with you when you are reaching for the sugar?
There is a strong correlation between emotions and sugar because it can give us a ‘lift’. We literally get a bit of a ‘high’ or a ‘rush’ because of the sugar alcohol in sugar. It really does act like a drug in the body. Notice if you reach for sugar when you feel blue, tired or if you are a social/peer-pressure sugar ‘user.’
What you can do to make your sugar intake healthier
1) Choose to sweeten with only unrefined sugar such as: honey, maple syrup, molasses and date sugar. Yes, it’s still all sugar but these unrefined forms have some trace minerals (in the case of blackstrap molasses or date sugar) and vitamins too.
2) Timing is everything – consume sugar after you have eaten other nutrient-dense foods containing fiber and fat.
3) Open your eyes to your overall emotional state when reaching for the stuff! Are you tired? Bored? Upset? Lonesome? Heartbroken?
4) Please ‘heart’ your pancreas. Treat this sweet potato-shaped organ lovingly and with respect. Remember all of the hard work it does to keep you healthy and don’t stress it out by overdosing on sugar.
Chances are you are sweet enough without the sugar, so find other ways to sweeten up life if you need a pick-me-up. Puppies always do the trick for me, but don’t eat them, that would be really wrong.
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil – whole / unrefined (you may also choose to use pastured unsalted butter)
1/4 cup organic -non GMO popping corn
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
1 tablespoon – 1/4 cup nutritional yeast (as desired)
sea salt -to taste
using a heavy stainless pot with a lid ,coat the bottom of pot with oil – heat (on high) until ribbons form (just under smoke point) place kernels in and shake pot to coat with oil, place lid on firmly, reduce heat to medium high- now listen- as the popping gets furious, adjust the temperature lower – you can also raise the pot off the flame – while still over the flame, when the popping slows down shut flame off – keeping lid on until completely quiet, toss popped corn in a bowl (not plastic) and sprinkle with the rest of ingredients list.
1 – 12 ounce bottle organic black unsweetened iced tea in a glass bottle – or make your own using 12 ounces of hot water and two organic black tea bags(let cool and then chill)
12 ounces of filtered cold water
2 droppers full “Chi-Tea”brand Ultimate (caffeine-free) Green Tea concentrate
1 teaspoon “nutra-fruit” (or any organic brand) black raspberry powder
1 tablespoon organic maple syrup
juice of 1 organic lemon
lemon slice (for garnish )
mix all ingredients in a glass mason jar, seal tight and shake, place in fridge until chilled serve with lemon slice