Happy Summer! Quote of the Month The man who does things makes many mistakes, but he never makes the biggest mistake of all – doing nothing. – Benjamin Franklin Try Something New Summer is… More
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I’m giving away The Essential Oils Hormone Solution Book by Dr. Mariza Snyder. This book has sections on how to balance your hormones without adding hormone, the Five Pillars of a Foundational lifestyle and also includes a section how to reset your hormones in 14 days.
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There’s no denying that everyone, at one time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. If there were one way of snacking that was right for everyone, we would all be doing it!
To alleviate snack attack guilt, try to understand why you are snacking and what snacks work best for your body. Perhaps you snack because your daily diet is missing nutrition, or because you are eating too little at meals. You might be snacking to soothe jangled nerves when you are emotional, or to entertain yourself when you are bored. Whatever your reason, acknowledge it and start thinking about how to create a life that is nourishing and truly satisfying.
Although snacks are no substitute for loving your life, they can be great energy boosters. Many convenient snack foods are highly processed and full of chemicals, additives, damaging fats and refined sugars. When a snack attack hits you, try foods that are filling and satisfying, but also nutritious. Here are some tips:
- Snack on things that don’t come in a plastic wrapper or a box, like fresh fruit, leftover vegetables or rice cakes with almond butter and fruit spread.
- Make your own signature trail mix, organic hot chocolate made with almond milk sweetened with agave nectar, or blue corn chips with hummus.
You can also try “upgrading”:
- If you are craving something crunchy, upgrade from potato chips to raw carrots, apples or whole grain crackers.
- If you are craving a candy bar, upgrade to a handful of nuts and dried fruit.
- Instead of a cup of coffee, upgrade to green tea.
Instead of ice cream, upgrade to applesauce with cinnamon.
Upgraded snacks are high in nutrition and give you a greater sense of satiety and satisfaction; you won’t feel physically or psychologically deprived, and you’ll have plenty of energy to sustain your activities for hours.
Snacking is enjoyable and there is a wide variety of healthful goodies for whatever you’re craving, be it sweet, crunchy, salty, creamy or spicy. Dive in, be creative and enjoy your snack attack.
Food Focus: Fruit
A healthy lifestyle is the key to longevity, optimum weight, abundant energy and balance. By using fruit to satisfy our taste for sweetness, we can leave behind the use of chemical, processed and refined sweeteners. Fruits are easy to digest, are cleansing and cooling and are great for those who are over stressed and overheated from excessive mental strain or hot climates. Fruits are filled with fiber and liver stimulants, which act as natural, gentle laxatives. Whenever possible, buy fresh, locally grown fruit as opposed to imported fruits shipped from far-off places. This keeps you eating in season, and more in harmony with your environment and climate.
Eating raw fruit in summer months is highly cooling, while baking it in the winter months neutralizes the cooling effect. Fruit in the form of juice is a great choice for cleansing the body, but be aware that juice rapidly raises blood sugar levels, leading to an energy crash soon after. Frozen, whole, purée or juiced fruit can make great summertime cool-down treats. Try frozen grapes, banana-coconut smoothie popsicles or lime juice ice-cubes in iced tea!
Whether you are having fresh fruit for a light early morning breakfast, a midday snack or evening treat, enjoy nature’s sweetness and whenever possible buy organic. Here are a few summer fruits and their health benefits:
Apricots: Great for lung conditions and asthma; used to help treat anemia due to their high copper and cobalt content.
Bananas: Help to lubricate the intestines, treat ulcers, detoxify the body and manage sugar cravings; are rich in potassium (which helps hypertension).
Cherries: Slightly warming in nature; increase overall body energy, remedy arthritis and rheumatism and are rich in iron, which improves the blood.
Grapefruits: Treat poor digestion, increase appetite during pregnancy, alleviate intestinal gas and reduce mucus conditions of the lungs.
Papayas: Tone the stomach, act as digestive aid, moisten the lungs and alleviate coughing; contain carpaine, an anti-tumor compound.
Raspberries: Benefit the liver and kidneys, cleanse blood of toxins, regulate menstrual cycles, treat anemia and can promote labor at childbirth.
Fruit Smoothie Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
1 cup berries
1 cup diced mango
2-4 ice cubes
1 cup almond or coconut milk
Optional: Add kale or spinach to make a green smoothie.
- Mix in blender for 1-2 minutes and serve.
Note: You can add other ingredients for added nutrition such as a spoonful of coconut oil, flax seed oil, spirulina powder, raw cacao powder, maca powder, and/or a scoop of plant-based protein powder.
Here is a great recipe for you that you can make as a side or in addition to your salads during the week. The combination of ginger and garlic simply can’t be beat and adds a punch to any meal. Loaded with healthy hormone balancing purple cabbage, carrots and sesame, this makes for a great side along a tempeh of meatballs.
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 tablespoon coconut oil or your preferred oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2 cups shredded purple cabbage
Sea salt and black pepper
1-inch piece of ginger, grated
2 large carrots, shredded
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
To toast your sesame seeds, heat a dry sauté pan on low flame. When the pan is hot, add the sesame seeds. Toast for about 2 minutes until golden. Remove the sesame seeds from the pan so that they don’t continue cooking. Set aside to use in the final step.
Next, take a sauté pan and add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. When the pan is hot, add the onions. Sauté until soft. Add purple cabbage, salt, and black pepper. Allow the cabbage to soften. Next, add ginger, shredded carrots, and garlic. Sauté for 2 minutes. When the cabbage and other vegetables are soft to your liking, turn off the flame and top with toasted sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.
Making vegetables exciting will strengthen your ability to maintain a healthy diet that encourages energy and healthy digestion. So many people fall off the wagon because they think healthy eating has to be bland. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Eating well isn’t about encouraging boredom and blandness, it’s about nourishment on a deeper level, and pleasing your taste buds and your body at the same time.
If you’re serious about getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy then check out my new comprehensive program Restoring Your Gut Health, click here for details. It’s loaded with gut restoring delicious recipes.
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To your wellness,
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This is a message from a post by one of my colleagues.
A MESSAGE FROM A LOCAL ORANGE COUNTY INTERNAL MEDICINE M.D.
This Doctor is a mainstream medical doctor, whom I know well.
She is a very intelligent, caring and informed doctor.
She hasn’t always agreed with me on my stance regarding certain medical views.
This is why when she sent me this letter she wrote, I knew it was stunning.
It’s one thing to have activists share this info, and then, it’s another to have a very well trained, presently working with over 2,000 patients in real time to say what she is saying.
Here is her letter….
I am asked every day about my thoughts on covid and masks. Here are some facts and recommendations.
Covid is not expelled into the environment from breathing through your mouth or nose.
It’s most commonly spread through coughing or sneezing.
However, if someone is speaking forcibly, they could spew virus out of their mouth in the form of tiny droplets – like spittle.
Coronavirus particles are 0.1 microns – small enough to pass though masks.
Even N-95s are not completely effective. But they do stop droplets.
If someone is sick, coughing or sneezing they should wear a mask or ideally, just stay home.
Wearing masks often increases the number of times a person touches their face as they repeatedly adjust their masks.
Masks, if worn, should be replaced after each use as they do accumulate pathogens, especially larger ones like bacteria, coming out of your mouth. Tightly fitted masks cause rebreathing of one’s own carbon dioxide which can cause an increase in carbon dioxide levels. Most people tolerate this fine, but some may experience symptoms after prolonged use including fatigue, light headedness and headache.
I do not recommend that masks be worn outside when social distancing or exercising. It may not be good for your health and covid 19 dies after only a couple of minutes of sun exposure.
However, if you like to strike up conversations with people in close proximity, then you may want to carry a mask.
If you are high risk and want to protect yourself with a mask, you will have to cover your nose and mouth and realize that cloth masks and surgical masks are only partially effective as virus particles can go through and around your mask. N-95s, (if you can find one) are more effective but should be fitted by a professional for best efficacy.
If you are healthy and wearing a mask for the sole purpose of trying to protect others around you, I recommend socially distancing and losing the mask. If you are in close distance or speaking, then you can alternatively cover your mouth and leave your nose exposed.
Final point, we (including our children in school) will be asked to wear masks for months and I would expect until the end of next flu season. Additionally the social distancing request and sterilization of surfaces could be standard for an even longer period of time. Our world is filled with microbials. It’s the job of our immune system to defend our bodies – and it does an excellent job.
Living in a sterile community will decrease the effectiveness of our immune systems and put us at risk of not only covid -19 but the thousands of other germs we are exposed to on a daily basis.
Our world has dealt with new viruses and other microbes since the beginning of time and developing herd immunity is how we have survived. Yes, it’s commonly survival of the fittest, so if you’re not “fit” (poor diet, obesity, sedentary life style, stress, diabetes, poor sleep) then now is the time to make a change.
If you are at risk, please protect yourself with social distancing, masks, and proper hand hygiene and change what you can to improve your health and immune system. 1 of 2 things will happen in the next year – we will develop a vaccine (I give this a less than 50% chance due to the instability of the virus)or our society develops herd immunity.
Those are the only 2 options that will protect our at risk and elderly population long term. Herd immunity is typically achieved when 70% or greater of a population has been exposed and develops antibodies against the virus. The virus can’t easily pass from person to person any longer and it dies out. If there is no vaccine, then the younger and healthy population develop the immunity to protect the old, sick or at risk.
Personally, I exercise daily, sleep 8 hours, and take a probiotic and super green supplements. I eat a healthy diet that is low in sugar and processed foods and buy mostly organic. I do my best not to stress over what I can’t control and I choose faith and hope over fear.
There is an excellent podcast run by Tony Robbins. It’s lengthy at over 2.5 hours, but well worth your time to get educated about this virus. It’s non-partisan and interviews world renowned experts in medicine and epidemiology.
I highly recommend it, as unfortunately, I do not have time to individually educate my patients.
You can access the video at TonyRobbins.com. Scroll down to podcasts and select “Covid-19 Facts from the Frontline” dated May 19th. Learning about the facts of this virus from the experts rather than through the sensationalized media will calm anxiety and help us all get back to a feeling of normalcy.
All the best,
Kelly Fordyce MD
21 Days to a New You!
We all want to be healthy and feel more amazing, right? And Summer is the perfect time to reset and do a seasonal detox.
The truth is, it can be confusing to know where to begin. When we feel overwhelmed, it’s easy to give up even before we’ve started. I know how it goes because I’ve been there before too!
The top 3 goals I hear most often from my clients are:
- feeling better
- losing weight
- having more energy
If you felt better, had more energy and reached your ideal weight, you would probably feel like a new version of yourself, right?
I have put this series together to address all 3 of these issues with super simple tips you can implement right away.
During the next 21 days, you’ll receive easy-to-implement strategies to help you look better, feel better and help you reach your health and fitness goals.
Check out my Facebook group, 2020 Vision for Clean Living.
Sign up below to register for the challenge. The Challenge begins Monday June 8, 2020
I’ve been reading and listening to what several medical experts (Dr. Buttar, Dr. Kelly Brogan, Dr. Zach Bush, etc) have to say on this topic and the virus.
This post was taken from a friend’s post on Facebook as well as from Instagram.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is an American lawyer, the son of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former president John F. Kennedy. Robert posted the following words about Bill Gates on his Instagram @robertfkennedyjr
Vaccines, for Bill Gates, are a strategic philanthropy that feed his many vaccine-related businesses (including Microsoft’s ambition to control a global vac ID enterprise) and give him dictatorial control over global health policy — the spear tip of corporate neo-imperialism.
Gates’ obsession with vaccines seems fueled by a messianic conviction that he is ordained to save the world with technology and a god-like willingness to experiment with the lives of lesser humans.
Promising to eradicate Polio with $1.2 billion, Gates took control of India ‘s National Advisory Board (NAB) and mandated 50 polio vaccines (up from 5) to every child before age 5. Indian doctors blame the Gates campaign for a devastating vaccine-strain polio epidemic that paralyzed 496,000 children between 2000 and 2017. In 2017, the Indian Government dialed back Gates’ vaccine regimen and evicted Gates and his cronies from the NAB. Polio paralysis rates dropped precipitously. In 2017, the World Health Organization reluctantly admitted that the global polio explosion is predominantly vaccine strain, meaning it is coming from Gates’ Vaccine Program. The most frightening epidemics in Congo, the Philippines, and Afghanistan are all linked to Gates’ vaccines. By 2018, ¾ of global polio cases were from Gates’ vaccines.
In 2014, the Gates Foundation funded tests of experimental HPV vaccines, developed by GSK and Merck, on 23,000 young girls in remote Indian provinces. Approximately 1,200 suffered severe side effects, including autoimmune and fertility disorders. Seven died. Indian government investigations charged that Gates funded researchers committed pervasive ethical violations: pressuring vulnerable village girls into the trial, bullying parents, forging consent forms, and refusing medical care to the injured girls. The case is now in the country’s Supreme Court.
In 2010, the Gates Foundation funded a trial of a GSK’s experimental malaria vaccine, killing 151 African infants and causing serious adverse effects including paralysis, seizure, and febrile convulsions to 1,048 of the 5,049 children.
During Gates’ 2002 MenAfriVac Campaign in Sub-Saharan Africa, Gates operatives forcibly vaccinated thousands of African children against meningitis. Between 50-500 children developed paralysis. South African newspapers complained, “We are guinea pigs for drug makers”. Nelson Mandela’s former Senior Economist, Professor Patrick Bond, describes Gates’ philanthropic practices as “ruthless” and immoral”.
In 2010, Gates committed $ 10 billion to the WHO promising to reduce population, in part, through new vaccines. A month later Gates told a Ted Talk that new vaccines “could reduce population”. In 2014, Kenya’s Catholic Doctors Association accused the WHO of chemically sterilizing millions of unwilling Kenyan women with a phony “tetanus” vaccine campaign. Independent labs found the sterility formula in every vaccine tested. After denying the charges, WHO finally admitted it had been developing the sterility vaccines for over a decade. Similar accusations came from Tanzania, Nicaragua, Mexico and the Philippines.
A 2017 study (Morgensen et.Al.2017) showed that WHO’s popular DTP is killing more African children than the diseases it pretends to prevent. Vaccinated girls suffered 10x the death rate of unvaccinated children. Gates and the WHO refused to recall the lethal vaccine which WHO forces upon millions of African children annually.
Global public health advocates around the world accuse Gates of hijacking WHO’s agenda away from the projects that are proven to curb infectious diseases; clean water, hygiene, nutrition and economic development. They say he has diverted agency resources to serve his personal fetish-that good health only comes in a syringe.
In addition to using his philanthropy to control WHO, UNICEF, GAVI and PATH, Gates funds private pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines, and a massive network of pharmaceutical-industry front groups that broadcast deceptive propaganda, develop fraudulent studies, conduct surveillance and psychological operations against vaccine hesitancy and use Gates’ power and money to silence dissent and coerce compliance. In his recent nonstop Pharmedia appearances, Gates appears gleeful that the Covid-19 crisis will give him the opportunity to force his third-world vaccine programs on American children.
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Natural remedies for your immune system range from using essential oils to changing your daily habits. Another great way to give your immunity a nice boost is with certain herbs.
Here are some of the top healing herbs that can help you boost your immune system to ward off a cold or flu.
This recommendation is probably not that surprising, as echinacea has long since been associated with boosting your immune system and helping to prevent the cold and flu. Echinacea is a type of herb that contains natural antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is these properties that help you to fight viruses and illnesses, as they are able to boost the white blood cell production in your body. These blood cells are needed to help fight infections you come into contact with.
Another herb that can be really healing for your body and help to boost your immune system at the same time is elderberry. Elderberry is a unique herb that is very healing, helping to fight off different types of infections, including the influenza (flu) virus, bacterial infections, and viral infections. There have been numerous studies looking at its effectiveness for your immune system. You can use different parts of this herb, from the flowers to the leaves and even the bark.
The next herb to be aware of is called calendula. This is one of those herbs where the name sounds familiar, but people aren’t fully aware of what it is or how it can be beneficial. Calendula is a type of plant with healing flower petals that look similar to marigold flowers. These have been used for many medicinal purposes, as they naturally reduce inflammation, fight bacteria, and contain natural antioxidants. This can help prevent your body from free radical damage, which can also in turn help to improve your immune system.
While not technically an herb, the leaves used in green tea are also amazing for your immunities and helping to avoid the cold and flu. Green tea is also a good source of antioxidants, as well as boosting your immune system to keep away infections and viruses. Try to drink 2-3 cups of green tea a day. The good news here is that green tea has a lot of other health benefits as an added bonus, from aiding in your weight loss efforts, to improving your skin.
Health and happiness,
Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
What do you do when all you want is a taco but you know it won’t help you get healthy? You eat one of these tasty Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps! These are a perfectly satisfying comfort food loaded with flavorful and filling chicken.
You don’t need to sacrifice your health to eat delicious food, you just need to get creative. Make lettuce wraps your new best friend, they’re versatile and you can fill a nice leaf of lettuce with whatever you fancy from chicken to shrimp, ground turkey or tempeh, whatever you fill it with, there’s just something about eating a wrap that screams comfort and indulgence.
Try these lettuce wraps next time you feel like ordering take-out.
4 to 6 romaine lettuce leaves
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon honey
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 tablespoons plain yogurt or dairy free almond milk yogurt
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1 apple, chopped
2 cups cooked chicken breast, chopped
2 teaspoons basil
Place the lettuce leaves to the side. Add the remaining ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Fill each of the lettuce leaves with 1 to 2 tablespoons of chicken salad and serve.
When you’re working on reestablishing healthy gut bacteria cravings often kick in like inner monsters. It’s because you’re depriving your bad bacteria of the stuff they love to feast on: sugar and refined carbohydrates.
This is an essential part of process when it comes to rebuilding gut health, but it helps to have plenty of resources to lean on and access to support. If you’re seriously interested in getting healthy, join my 5 Day Healthy Habits Challenge. If you like the challenge, and want to restore your digestion and boost your energy then check out my new comprehensive program Restore your Gut Health.
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To your wellness,
John Robbins interviewed Dr. Christiane Northrup during the Food Revolution Summit last week. Here are some highlights from his conversation with Dr. Northrup.
Raising our frequency
When asked by John Robbins about how important it is to raise our frequency, Dr. Christiane Northrup told this story about one of her daughters.
“This is very funny that you should bring this up. She got the Good Citizen’s Award twice in middle school, she was the one that everybody wanted to be around. And she’s an extreme extrovert, she wanted to take her girlfriends on her honeymoon, and she realized that there were some unpopular things that she finally needed to say something about.” She realized, “Wait a minute. I cannot let my fear of offending someone keep me from speaking my truth as long as I do it with understanding and love.”
She found this was so strengthening. Her daughter used to say to her, “Why can’t you be like the other mothers? Why can’t we be like the mainstream parents?” The truth is, because that’s not what we were born to do. And here’s what happens when we are true to ourselves, and we are pioneers who have been going against the grain and provide inspiration for others. In her daughter’s case, with her friends, who are 30-something and young mothers, they’ve said to her, “Thank you for having the courage to speak up, because you’ve given me courage now.”
When we stand up for good food, for regenerative farming practices, for organic food, for local farms, and so on, it becomes a positive addiction. The more you do it, the more you want to do it. Because when we are around like-minded people, it’s joyous.
Dr. Christiane shared a story about being at a farmer’s market in Santa Barbara. She discovered that there is something celebratory about meeting the person who creates the amazing mushrooms, beautiful avocados, or strawberries. It’s a celebration of the earth. What happens with this celebration, oxytocin and prolactin are produced in your body. These bonding hormones increase love. And then you get more connected with the earth and with each other.
How to Respond to Sabotage
When people begin to adopt healthier habits, they’re bound to have friends, co-workers or family members who will sabotage their efforts, or at least try to. A friend of Dr. Christiane was trying to change her diet to a healthier one. Her friend had a medical issue and she was really trying to address it. Her friend’s roommate found this threatening because she would offer her friend pieces of cake repeatedly by saying, “Be a good girl and have some cake. ” She would practically shove the cake into her mouth.
So, what is Dr. Christiane’s advice that she can give to help us deal with confrontations like this?
Dr. Christiane shared a story when she was a young doctor in macrobiotics and she was vegan. She ate fish now and then. People would come over to her at restaurants to see what she was eating. Many of her patients would go home for the holidays and their parents would make a roast. Her patients’ families would ask, “Well, why aren’t you eating what we’re having?” And they would be shamed.
The key is to stay in a high vibration of love, but we first need to understand the sabotage.
What is the sabotage for? What is the purpose of the sabotage? Is the person who’s offering you the cake or the roast, feeling like they should be doing what you’re doing? But they don’t want to do it. And if they could possibly be trying to get you to go back to where they are so they make themselves feel better.
Dr. Mario Martinez points out that all tribes wound their members in very specific ways to keep them in line. It has to do with when we lived in small groups. There would be a fence around the enclosure called a pale. And the tribe would say, “We will protect you only if you stay within the pale – within the fence.”
Three Archetypal Wounds
This fence gets internalized in us. We wound our members who step out by three archetypal wounds: betrayal, abandonment, and shaming. So this is what all groups do. If you step outside, they will betray you, they will abandon you, or they will shame you.
Dr. Martinez says that there are healing fields for these wounds.
1. The healing field for shame is honor.
With shame or when you’ve been shamed, you think about all the things that you’ve done that are honorable.
2. The healing field for abandonment is commitment.
Where have you stayed where you’ve really committed to someone?
3. The healing field for betrayal is loyalty.
At the times when someone is betraying you, abandoning you, shaming you, you go into how it feels in your body to be honorable, to be committed, to be loyal. It may be that you’re honoring your own choices, you’re committing to your own healing, and you’re staying loyal to your own path.
When we do this, we set up that high vibration that becomes irresistible. When her daughter was at a self-help meeting, someone mentioned, “Well, you know when God closes a door or window, he opens another door.” And another woman mentioned, “Yeah, but it’s those damn hallways that are hell.”
Per Dr. Northrup, when we’re choosing ourselves, when we’re loyal, committed, and honoring ourselves first, there’s a time when you may be alone. That’s when we must build our faith. Then all of a sudden, other people will come in and support us. And we’ll find that we have a whole new group of people who are supporting us and we’re no longer alone because we’re herd creatures. It is difficult to be a young person and be different. And we need each other to survive. She also mentioned that it is our job to find each other.
John Robbins summarized by saying, “We’re hoping that lots of people will find Kindred Spirits. People who are in alignment with their hearts, reflect their highest potential and in training with their higher frequency, can be clear in themselves. When this happens we can have clear minds and clear hearts. And clear actions, and love each other well.”
Body Love Messaging for Women
Dr. Christiane Northrup mentioned that Gay Hendricks wrote a book called How to Love Yourself. It is as relevant today as it was back then. Gay suggests that you look in the mirror and you say, either, “I love you or I love you, I really love you.” looking into your eyes.
When the voice in your head says, “How can you possibly love this fat a@#? There’s cellulite on my thighs. You’re a fat pig,” or any of the messages that have been downloaded in your mind, then what you do is you love yourself for these feelings. Because all feeling wants is to be heard and to be felt.
Spiritual teacher Matt Conn suggests something that’s also fun. When you are berating yourself for saying, “I accept you, I love you.” When you’re berating yourself, then you start cheer leading the part that’s berating yourself. And you say, “Oh my gosh, nobody on Earth has been this good at body trashing.”
Dr. Christiane Northrup mentioned that she got the Olympic Gold Medal for being the body trasher of all time. What happens when you do that, is you start to laugh. Because it’s funny. And then when you can laugh at something, you’ve lightened the energy around it. She mentions that it takes about 30 days of looking in the mirror.
She recommends writing on a note pad the phrase, “I accept myself unconditionally, right now.” Say this out loud once a day. She would tell people to tape the piece of paper on their mirror and say it while looking into your bathroom mirror and looking into your eyes. After 30 days, she mentioned that something will change in our inner being. Our soul starts to look back at us when we’re looking into our own eyes. Then self love starts appear.
After doing this for a while you then follow a good diet. Not because you’re being good, not because you’re depriving yourself but because something inside says, “Thank you. This is the food that I have been looking for.”
For many women, it’s the number they see on the bathroom scale that completely dictate how they feel about themselves. So, what should we do? She gave her personal story. Her day was determined by the number on the scale for decades. Until finally, she realized how insane that was. It was like a constant external monitor of her worth. So eventually, she threw out the scale, because she saw that it was a terrorist for her. She don’t intend to step back on the scale until the number on the scale meant nothing to her.
So instead she just went by how her clothes fit. When you’re basically eating well, or you’re doing intermittent fasting, or there is no food from dinner till the next day at, 10 or 11 in the morning. So she has a period where she knows her insulin levels go to zero. Her body started to burn fat. And that worked to maintain her weight, and everything stayed the same.
She no longer lets that scale determine the quality of her day, because she realized that training was just too big for her to overcome. She cannot get on the scale without a lot of judgment.
We have many people who are clinically obese. Her 125 frame in eighth grade was perfectly normal. But that’s not how she was brought up. So, therefore, the tyranny of the scale has not been lost on her. She kept the scale out of her reach.
John Robbins has heard women tell other women that you can never be too thin. He realizes as a man, he is not nearly subjected to nearly as much pressure about his appearance as women are. He sees that women’s bodies and their weights are often the barometers by which society measures how good you are, how attractive you are, even how worthy you are.
John gave an example – look at the Super Bowl performance of 2020. We had Shakira and J-Lo. As Dr. Christiane mentioned there’s no man, no male performer, who needs to come out in a G-string with his entire body revealed, even if it’s in a body stocking, in order to keep his job. The guys in the Super Bowl could wear baggy pants and hoodies and so on and they’re fine. We don’t know whether they have a six-pack or not. The women have to have an almost perfect body. So there’s no question that women are expected to achieve a rate of perfection that’s unbelievable.
What you realize in your life, is that the number on the scale, your weight, whether you’re a size 8 or a size 12, at the end of the day, it doesn’t make you any happier. You know, those 10 pounds either way, really doesn’t make you any happier.
So the deal is, and it’s not easy, is to love your body as much as you possibly can, because that’s the key to getting it to a size and shape that is reasonable, reasonable for you.
Does it make a difference if a woman who is overweight and changes her diet with the goal of creating as much health as possible for herself, rather than with the goal of changing what the scale says?
Creating Permanent Change
According to Dr. Christiane Northrup mentioned this quote by Louise Hay. “Changes that are loved into being are permanent. Changes that are forced into being, you’ll constantly have to force them into being.”
It’s kind of like being whipped into shape, or wanting to go exercise. For example, if you think of your average family dog. You get the leash out, the dog goes nuts thinking, “Oh my God, we’re going for a walk. We get to go out and exercise. Yay!” Little kids are the same way. They want to stay outside and play.
That’s who we really are. We are the dog who wants to go out and be in the fresh air. And over time, this is like resetting those taste buds. Nothing sweet for two weeks until you reset your taste buds.
The same with movement – Exercise like walking. It might take you a month of just doing it through sheer will every day. But then, the magic happens. Where you want to do it, where you can’t stop yourself from doing it – That’s the ultimate goal.
Sometimes we don’t give enough credit to those men and women who really take care of themselves – for taking care of their health. We’re taught to put other things ahead of our own well-being and when we take steps to heal ourselves and to create healthy lifestyles, we can feel out of step with society. We can feel guilty about it. Like, it’s not real work. It’s self-indulgent.
There’s a phrase that Esther Hicks says, “You can’t get sick enough to help those who are sick and you can’t get poor enough to help those who are poor.” We’re back to the tribes wounding their members with betrayal, abandonment, and shaming.
Years ago, she was asked to do a workshop in Massachusetts, and walk in there and this woman came up to her and said: “Well, I can tell you’re not from here. You take care of yourself.” She felt like she didn’t look like a ragamuffin and that she didn’t look like she just got dragged out from under a rock. And she takes care of herself and didn’t look like she belonged.
This kind of thing happens in families all the time. People will think, “Who do you think you are?” It’s “misery loves company”. So again, we need to find the birds of a feather who support us in becoming all that we can be.
She recently meeting with a world-renowned poet, and they were talking about the fact that his success is often met with derision from fellow poets who are not as successful. So, we just have to see that part of human nature, accept it, love them, and move on. But there’s no question that it is painful. It’s painful when someone doesn’t love you unless you’re struggling, unless you’re suffering, unless you’re overweight, unless you’re unhappy. You know, that’s how a lot of people socialize these days. She calls it the organ recitals where they’re talking about: “This is what my doctor said and my liver is this and my kidneys are that and my blood pressure and now I’m on this medication.” The average 65 year old now is on 6 prescription medications a day. So, this becomes the new normal. It doesn’t take too many of us who are shining the light in a very different way to change everything.
One of the things John mentioned that he loves about Dr. Christiane’s work is that she helps us through her transparency and her wisdom. She helps us to see what the next step is so we could reclaim our power, reclaim our wisdom, and reclaim our connections with each other.
Imagining What’s Possible
Dr. Christiane Northrup recently watched a documentary called, Tomorrow. It is about a group of people who were devastated by climate change and what would happen to their children. They decided to go and see what people were doing that was working. Instead of doom and gloom, one of the things they said is, “Human beings, we’re so good at the movies about doomsday and apocalypse, and the end of the world. We’re terrible at thinking about what could things look like and how cool could that would be.
Dr. Christiane said the average 65 year old is on 6 prescription drugs every day. She shakes her head. She has a friend who is about to celebrate her 99th birthday. When she was 93, she used to give lectures. She’s a physician and she’d start her lectures with “93 and Prescription-Free.” Dr. Christiane’s mother is 94 and just got her driver’s license renewed til 100 and she’s not on any prescription medication. She mentioned that people need to choose role models who are not what everyone believes.
Dr. Christiane mentioned that the number of people over 65 who actually living in nursing homes is only 4%. You would think from all the ads on television, it would be more. Remember the U.S. and New Zealand are the only nations where they allow direct to consumer pharmaceutical ads on television. 70% of the news and mainstream network television is brought to you by Big Pharma. It’s important to know who’s bringing you the news, because basically the news these days is nothing but advertisements for Big Pharma and what they want you to think. Because the news is depressing, they want to get everyone on antidepressants.
According to John and other medical and wellness industry experts, we have a sickness industry which is called healthcare.
If you’re having a difficult relationship with food, it might it be helpful to take a few weeks to write down everything you eat, including where you ate it, what time it was, who you were with, and how you were feeling at the time.
Love and Light,
Dr. Christiane Northrup is author of Goddesses Never Age, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing
John Robbins is author of books such as Diet for a New America and Foo.d Revolution
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