I did it! I completed my 21-Day Sugar Detox!

It was one of my goals to post regularly on my progress but as you know life happens.  I initially kept a food journal but that lasted for a week.

Here is my sugar story.

I love sugar and it is my biggest weakness.  I didn’t have a problem giving up dairy products or red meat. I don’t eat a lot of sugar; meaning I don’t typically eat items like cake, chocolate candy, ice cream, etc, however, I love white chocolate macademia nut cookies and a few months ago, I had a weakness for Nothing Bundt Cakes.

One day, I noticed I was consuming too much sugar and was becoming inflammed.  I regularly check my pH level to determine whether my body is too acidic.  Eating sugar especially refined sugar causes inflammation and acid.  With a history of acid reflux, I need to mindful of my acid levels.

This is when I decided to partake in a 21-Day Sugar Detox.  I did it and I found that after I finished my detox, I did not want sugar.

This excerpt below is taken from Day 19 of my 21-Day Sugar Detox post on my Facebook page.

20 Ways Sugar Can Affect Your Health

1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
3. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
4. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
5. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
6. Sugar contributes to obesity.
7. Sugar can cause arthritis.
8. Sugar can cause heart disease and emphysema.
9. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis
10. Sugar can increase cholesterol.
11. Sugar can lead to both prostate and ovarian cancers.
12. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
13. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
14 Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
15. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
16. Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
17. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
18. Sugar can cause depression.
19. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
20. Sugar is more addicting the cocaine.

If you would like more information on how you can reduce your sugar cravings and have more energy, or you would like to join my next 21-Day Sugar Detox, contact me.

I experienced the healing benefits of the Raindrop Technique

This past weekend I learned the Raindrop Technique in a yurt surrounded by beautiful trees and gardens located in Northern San Diego County!  The Raindrop Technique was developed by Young Living Founder and CEO D Gary Young,

The Raindrop Technique is a blending of ancient traditions, intuitive wisdom, and pure essential oils that has helped several people along their journey.  It stimulates the body and mind, aids detoxification, and balances energy.

I had so much fun learning this technique and the Vita Flex Technique and can’t wait to help others experience this amazing technique.

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If you live in San Diego County, look me up!  I am offering a special introductory rate.

This excerpt was taken from my April newsletter…

April Quote

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.

-Jan Glidewell

Spring Cleaning

People like “stuff”. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.” If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future. Try these three ideas:

Clean the clutter – For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our physical homes and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so do our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.

Clean your body – To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. Without much energy going toward digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion.

Clean your emotions – While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring-clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.

Food Focus: Greens

Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.

How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their color is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy. In traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.

Leafy greens are the vegetables most missing from the American diet, and many of us never learned how to prepare them. Start with the very simple recipe below. Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green to try. Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived without them.

  

Recipe of the Month: Zucchini and Yellow Squash Pasta with Turkey Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey (organic if possible otherwise hormone-free)

1 Italian squash/zucchini

1 yellow squash

Garlic cloves

Yellow onion

1 jar tomato sauce

Basil

oregano

Directions:

Cook ground turkey then set aside

Saute pasta with

1 tablespoon olive oil

1-2 cloves crushed garlic

1 chopped yellow onions

Pinch of sea salt

Warm oil in pan on medium heat with minced garlic until aromas of garlic are released, about 2-3 minutes.

  1. Add chopped shiitake mushrooms, stir-fry for 5 minutes.
  2. Add chopped kale, stir-fry for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add a splash of water and pinch of salt to pan, cover and let steam for 4 minutes.

Tomato Sauce

Hit tomato sauce in sauce pan, add ground turkey

My Thyroid Story

Here is a story that I haven’t shared with anyone. A few years ago while my husband and I were on a plane traveling back from our vacation to Florida, I had a major panic attack that I ending up being taken to the emergency room at an Irvine hospital. Besides the usual tests, they asked me if I had any thyroid issues. I told them that I was not aware of any issues. They ran tests and mentioned that it I was on the border of hypothyroidism. They recommended that I do a follow up with my primary care physician. She advised that I have hypothyroidism and suggested that I take synthroid. Being a health coach, I researched an alternative, holistic approach to synthroid. Every Google search I did, I came across Young Living’s Thyromin. I ordered it and found that it worked. I also use Endoflex Essential Oil. Last year when I did not take it, I found my thyroid to be on the border again. The reason why women have thyroid issues is because they do not get sufficient iodine in their diet. Kelp is a good source. Because table salt is refined and most women add sea salt to their dishes, they do not get iodine. Some seafood have iodine. Anyway , that is my thyroid story. I hope my story helps some one else.

EndoFlex                Thyromin

Send Me Gluten-Free Product Review

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When I received my Send Me Gluten-Free box filled with goodies, I couldn’t wait to try them.

The toosum healthy snack bar with cherries and plums is one of my favorite items in the box.  It is the perfect snack to have on hand when you need some energy or want a snack in between meals.  It is NonGMO Verified, Gluten-Free, and has 100 calories per bar!

The tortilla wraps was my next favorite item in the box.  I used the tortillas to make turkey tacos. I also used the tortillas to make a pizza.  Yummy!

The lasagne pasta is a perfect choice to eliminate the boiling step in making lasagna. Just layer your pasta with your meat, I prefer ground turkey or a vegetable filling then toss in the oven.

Other items in the box included Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s  no gluten whey & quinoa protein – Cocoa Chocolate – tasted like rich chocolate and is gluten-free, contains probiotics and fiber, Pamela’s Figgies & Jammies Raspberry and Fig cookie – a tasty snack alternative, Surf Sweets Gummy Bears has organic ingredients, perfect alternative to the other gummy bears, Sunny’s Gourmet Products Kimchee Seasoning – perfect for spicy food lovers – all natural, has no MSG, no preservatives and vegan, and last but not least joint and pain supplements.

Note: If you are a label reader, some of the labels did not mention whether the ingredients are Non-GMO or organic.

Pure Burger Review

Everyone loves burgers!  Have you tried this tasty, healthy alternative?  If not, you need to swing by the Pure Burger in Carlsbad, California.

Pure Burger’s ingredients are pure, organic, and fresh. Choose from grass fed beef, chicken, veggie/cheese burger, or vegan burger.  Add your own toppings i.e. lettuce, tomato,  pickle, onion, avocado, etc.  Top your burger off with a sauce.  I love their balsamic mustard sauce.

Pure Burger’s meat is fresh, not frozen, and ground each morning.  Their beef is grass-fed and free-range. Their chicken is natural.

Their French fries are gluten free, cut fresh, and cooked in non-GMO rice bran oil. Tip: order their fully loaded fries!  My kids and I shared an order.

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I ordered a vegan, gluten-free burger made with assorted vegetables and brown rice.

Blaze Pizza Review – A Healthy Alternative

Have you tried Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza?

I heard about Blaze Pizza from my husband.  He mentioned that it is similar to Chipotle in that you can build your own pizza with fresh toppings.

I love it!  Their gluten-free pizza is awesome!  You can add as little or as many toppings as you would like.  They also have vegan cheese!

They offer a variety of sauces such as classic red sauce, spicy red sauce, white cream sauce, pesto drizzle, bbq drizzle, olive oil drizzle to top off your pizza.

If you prefer, you can order one of their signature pizzas or a salad. And the prices are reasonable.

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Had an awesome time at San Diego Gluten-Free and Allergen-Friendly Expo

I stopped by the Artic Zero booth.  Artic Zero is known for their Fit Frozen Desserts. Their desserts taste great without the unhealthy additives. Artic Zero’s frozen desserts taste like ice cream or gelato.
Artic Zero has several flavors including orange dream, vanilla maple, and chocolate peanut butter.

The desserts are fat free, low glycemic, certified gluten-free, nut-free, lactose free, and GMO-free.  And their desserts are high in protein and fiber.

Visit their website at https://www.arcticzero.com/products for more information.Artic Zero pic