Obesity is at an all-time high – varying between 30-40% of adults in the United States being obese. So many people are struggling to feel better in their bodies. They even say they’re “willing to try anything to lose the weight”. As a result, they sign up for these unfounded weight loss challenges. And many of these weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload and prevent fat loss.
When it comes to sustainable fat loss, healthy eating and exercise are a necessary part of the equation. If you feel like you’ve tried everything (including healthy eating and exercise) and you’re still at a standstill, I have one question for you… Have you thought about your toxic load?
In this blog, I’m sharing how weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload and prevent you from sustaining fat loss.
What is Toxic Load?
So, what is a toxic load? Toxins are impossible to avoid. They are unnatural chemicals that are everywhere we look. We live in them every day. We wear them in our clothing and in the products we put on our skin. Without realizing it, we even eat these toxins.
They contaminate water, soil, and even organic farms where we grow food. When we raise animals to eat, we also expose them to toxins and stressful living conditions. This leads to toxins and stress in our bodies when we consume them.
The seriousness goes even beyond the things we’ve purposefully altered. It is impacting animals in the wild. We damage wild animals with toxins when we feed them by mistake. They rummage through garbage cans to fill up on goodies we leave behind. In the ocean, they fill up on plastic that didn’t make it to the recycling bin. When we study these animals, they are filled with high levels of the same toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis. If we consume these animals, even from the wild, we are still getting exposed.
Why do I tell you this? I want you to understand that toxins are unavoidable. We all have some amount of toxins in our bodies. This is your toxic load. Now that you know, the best thing to do is lower your exposure to those toxins.
Why Does Toxin Overload Matter for Weight Loss?
When toxins are at high levels in your body, they will quickly bring an unwanted plateau in your health. Toxin overload prevents even the most determined person from reaching their desired level of fitness and fat loss.
We try to go on a walk during our lunch break, but have trouble breathing because of unbearable allergies…
When we finally have a night open to try that ZumbaTM class, we’re sore for weeks after because our joints can’t keep up with our rhythm…
We want to make a healthy meal full of whole foods for our families, but we are so tired by 6pm that ordering takeout seems like the only option.
Many people don’t know that allergies, joint pain, and exhaustion – which already weigh us down everyday – are related to toxin overload. It has been clearly documented in scientific literature that environmental toxins are linked to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, ADD, diabetes, allergies, and so much more.
Decreasing toxin exposure is the first step to clearing these all too common set-backs from your path to wellness. What would having that kind of freedom help you achieve?
If you’re ready to decrease the amount of toxins in your daily life, then let me tell you one of the most important things to avoid: weight loss challenges
How Weight Loss Challenges Lead to Toxin Overload
As you hear me say often, the body is a very intelligent piece of machinery. It tries to naturally get rid of toxins through our poop, sweat, breath, and urine. But so many people live their lives every day constipated, working sedentary jobs, and getting very little water intake. What do you imagine that does to the body’s natural detox pathways? I imagine we either use them or lose them.
When our detox pathways are closed (or “sludgy” as I like to say), our body is not given the chance to rid of toxins naturally. The body has to find another way to stop them from harming us.
So, what does this have to do with fat? When the body can’t detox, it stores toxins in our fat instead so they won’t burden our organs. That means fat is actually a protector when it comes to toxic overload on the body.
This is how weight loss challenges lead to toxin overload… When people do extreme weight loss challenges, they aren’t just signing up for fast fat loss. They are also signing up to overflow toxins into their organs. This is why one of the first things I do with every client I meet is help them understand detox and take them through it rather than focus on the weight loss first. Weight loss becomes a side effect of detoxification, which is many times a root of excess body fat.
6 Ways to Detox Your Internal and External Environments
So let’s talk about some of the ways you can begin to detox your internal and external environments.
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Food is only half the battle when it comes to Fat Loss…
Even though some of the foods we eat can expose us to toxins, the right foods will have the opposite effect. Focusing on foods that naturally detox the body (antioxidant foods like leafy greens, beets, and grapefruit) is a simple way to get started. If we take more detoxing nutrients in, we can naturally let more toxins out. Thus helping you reach a healthier body weight.
When someone has trouble opening certain pathways that need a little push, I also like using personalized detox formulas based on that person’s specific needs. Interested in learning more? Let’s chat about it!
3. Mental & Emotional Healing
Detox is more than just a physical experience… It is also a mental and emotional one.
Emotional release takes place when a person begins to realize the reasons for their pain and suffering. They then begin to choose and create new patterns by releasing old belief patterns that are no longer serving them.
Some people are more open to this process than others. For those who are open to the emotional aspects of healing, the benefits will be clear. Afterall, everything we feel and think impacts our physical being.
4. Clean Up Your Skin Care
Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? It is also like a large sponge when it comes to the things in the environment – absorbing everything we put on it. One of the best things you can do is make sure the things you use daily on your skin are clean. They should be free from carcinogens, hormone disruptors, and other toxins that lead to disease in the body. I use clean products for bathing like castile soap. I’ve also recently partnered with a wonderful line that has EWG certified skin care products that give amazing results.
5. Get in a No-Stress Sweat
Of course, exercise is a great way to break a sweat; however, one of my favorite ways to sweat is with my infrared sauna. Infrared rays penetrate your core, sending internal heat to your body which often only receives external heat. This targets the release of toxins, which has a different impact on the body as a whole. Plus, it’s a great way to relax and get in a no-stress sweat!
6. Understand Your Physiology
When our immune system gets bogged down with toxic burden, it suffers. In turn, it impacts our organs negatively. Everyone is different in the way they respond to these stressors. So the stress on the body, along with the toxic burden, can then lead to bigger issues within.
Taking a look at your internal environment through functional lab tests on a regular basis can help you determine where the body is being impacted so you can detox those areas specifically.
For these tests, you’ll need to partner with a medical professional like myself to look at the health of your gut, hormones, and potentially food and environmental sensitivities. You can also test sources of inflammation, the health of your liver, and the impact of oxidative stress (AKA stress related to toxic overload) on the body.
Bottom Line: Food is Only Half the Battle When It Comes to Weight Loss
Bottom line is this… Our obesity epidemic is not only getting worse because of the foods we are consuming. That is only half the battle. Our environment is filled with chemicals. And more and more chemicals are being dumped into our environment every year. Many people will not lose weight or resolve their medical problems because they have damaged their bodies with toxic burden. If you’ve tried everything and your weight won’t budge, you may be dealing with more of an issue than what’s on your plate.
If that’s you, I have created something with you in mind. My “Jumpstart Your Health” Program is back, and we’re doing something new. If you’ve been around for any length of time, you probably figured out that I don’t talk about weight loss often. There are usually other root cause factors that we need to fix that will actually correct most weight and metabolism issues.
In this 90 day program, we’re diving head first into reaching your goals of sustainable weight loss. When we start to correct some of the issues we discuss in this blog, you’ll start to see your body respond the way it should.
Choose to invest in yourself. You’re the only one who can.
February is the month of love. While the heart shaped chocolate boxes and swoon-worthy acts of love come out in full force, it’s time to talk about why you need to detox and balance your hormones to protect your reproductive health.
This is not your typical Valentine’s Day blog.
The reason why I want to talk about this very topic today though is because we probably do not fully consider how much of an impact our hormones have on our
health in general. Additionally, we often do not understand how the things in our environment impact our hormone health. This topic applies to both female and male reproductive health.
Let’s take the 40,000 foot view of where we’re going…
● What nutrients you need to help your hormones to work properly
● Consider what toxins in your environment impact your hormones
● How to resolve hormone disruptors or endocrine disruptors naturally
● What some birth control methods do to cause hormone imbalance
Put on your seatbelt, and let’s get started
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Detox and Balance Your Hormones to Protect Your Reproductive Health
What does detoxification have to do with balancing your hormones?
When I work with my clients, I have them take a hormone test. This gives me a whole lot of information about their health. With a dried urine sample, I’m able to see the following:
● Whether or not you have enough estrogen ● If your body is utilizing it appropriately or taking a cancer causing pathway ● Whether you’re getting rid of it like you should or just recycling old estrogen
Knowing the amount of estrogen you have in circulation simply isn’t enough.
If we find that any of the markers mentioned above are moving in the wrong direction, then we can often course correct. Many times, I coach individuals through a little estrogen detox. This helps them balance their hormones.
Women who experience PMS and other types of symptoms like cravings, bloating, water retention, mood swings, and severe cramping before their menstrual cycle likely have some hormone imbalance. Although this imbalance is often talked about with women (as previously mentioned), these imbalances can also impact men.
These imbalances also do not stick to any given age group. I’ve seen all ages experience these issues.
Hormone imbalance does not discriminate.
When I was 12 years old, my doctor put me on birth control for severe menstrual cramps. 18 years later, I was still on that birth control experiencing horrible hormone symptoms.
By the time I was 29 years old, I was in perimenopause – my ovaries were gradually releasing less and less eggs. This condition usually impacts women in their 40s and 50s.
After a little hormone detox and a little balancing act, my hormones are healthy as they would be for any woman my age now. I’m glad this was the case for me; however, many people don’t have the same experience.
The truth is, when we start giving the body what it needs, it will often course correct naturally.
Main Problem With Hormone Replacement
The main problem with hormone replacement – whether it be synthetic or bioidentical replacement – is that our own body will stop producing its natural hormones.
This is exactly what happened to me.
There is absolutely a time and place for hormone therapy, but I believe that giving the body herbal support when it’s able to make its own hormones is the best route. If you opt for hormone therapy, make sure you choose a safe alternative like bioidentical hormone therapy instead of using synthetics.
It’s the best way to prevent cancer and other diseases from forming in the body.
Hormone Disruptors In Our Environment
We come into contact with hormone disruptors in our environment on a regular basis. Unfortunately, there’s no way to completely avoid them. You can, however, start today by eating a nutrient-rich diet, controlling your stress, getting plenty of sleep, using resistance training, and supporting your body through detox if you want to naturally balance your hormones.
Let’s go deeper into how to resolve hormone disruptors.
3 Steps to Resolve Hormone Disruptors
When our hormones are disrupted, we experience weight gain, mood swings, insomnia, depression, hair loss, lack of energy, water retention, brain fog, miscarriages, and/or inability to conceive. Unfortunately, this list continues, depending on the hormones that are causing the issue.
Before I realized what was going on with my body, I remember having a similar laundry list of symptoms. It wasn’t until I found someone who could help me that I was able to bring my hormones back into balance.
If you’ve known me for a while, you know I do not address symptoms because symptoms always have a root cause – hormone disruptors. So if you’re experiencing any of the above indicators, take the following 3 steps to resolve hormone disruption.
1. Balance your diet (this will help more than hormone balance)
2. Avoid hormone disruptors found in your environment
3. Detox your body on a regular basis
1. Balance Your Diet
Focus on your diet. Balance your diet. Diet. We hear this on repeat, and sometimes, we simply ignore it. Your nutrition impacts more than just your health.
The animals we consume today are filled with hormones.
In today’s environment, they are stressed and filled with “bad” hormones like cortisol. Those stress hormones are released into the animal’s tissues, which then become a part of us when we consume them.
If you want to detox and balance your hormones to protect your reproductive health, you must look at where your food comes from. How are they treating their animals? Are those animals stressed or happy? These are all things that you need to consider if you want to improve your reproductive health.
2. Avoid Hormone Disruptors From the Environment
Just as animals have stressors in their environment, we too have stressors in our environment. Those stressors, if consistent or elevated, can disrupt our own natural hormone production.
Consider the things in your environment that are toxic to your hormones. Things like…
… can cause hormone imbalance and lead to negative symptoms in the body.
You can find plastic hardeners, like BPA and BPS, in everything from plastics to sales receipts to canned goods.
Many of the toxins we wear on our skin (lotions, potions, and shampoos) may have toxins that are disrupting your hormones and endocrine system.
Additionally, you’ll find more hormone disruptors in you the products you clean your home with. Those chemicals destroy hormones.
So, how do you practically avoid hormone disruptors from the environment? Read the labels. If you don’t know an ingredient, look it up. Chances are that if you’re not familiar with it, it’s probably not good for your hormone health.
You may not be able to avoid all hormone disruptors in your environment, but try to remove as many as you can. You can also look for non-toxic lines. My favorite skincare line is Beauty Counter. I also love Branch Basics for household cleaning and laundry.
3. Learn to Appropriately Detoxify the Body on a Regular Basis
Finally, you need to learn how to appropriately detoxify the body on a regular basis. It’s not a one-and-done situation. You’re continually exposed to toxins that build up in your system. In March, I’m starting another Seasonal Cleanse Challenge. This challenge happens only a couple times of the year to help people understand the importance of detoxification and how it is different from just cleansing the body.
We will never get rid of every single toxin that we’ve ever come into contact with. But we can literally remove years of toxins from the body if we provide the body what it needs and allow it to intelligently do its job.
On the inside, the only thing sweet was the sugar that filled my belly from my sugar addiction – the candies, cookies, brownies, cake, and ice cream.
To me, there was nothing wrong. It wasn’t the sugar or anything else. There was simply something going on that I would suffer with for the rest of my life.
Health or the lack of health doesn’t always show itself. From the naked eye, you would have never even thought that I was suffering. I’m not a complainer, and so none of my friends or family were aware that I was suffering in silence.
This same story is one that many people experience, but silently suffering with toxic burden doesn’t have to be your story
Silently Suffering with Toxic Burden Doesn’t Have to Be Your Story
I think about my grandfather who was diagnosed with a rare cancer the day before his death. He had been silently suffering with toxic burden, and for how long, no one knows!
It’s interesting now that I’ve experienced my silent suffering, I can see it clearly in the people I interact with.
Today, I watch people with their energy-depleted faces. I physically see toxic burden on their bodies and the pain in their eyes. I hear their hurt in their words. And I can see their suffering through their tough exterior.
It’s a gift I gained through my silent suffering.
The thing is, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore.
There’s hope, life, and light at the end of the tunnel. Your story is just getting started…
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Getting Out of the Silent Suffering Cycle.
So, how do you get out of this silent suffering cycle or toxic burden overload? I spent many years throwing every supplement I could possibly get my hands on at many of the symptoms I was experiencing, hoping to get well.
I call this a hodgepodge approach now.
Fighting symptoms with supplements is no better than fighting them with medication.
We hear a lot about root cause analysis in today’s health and wellness world. The truth is, we may not always know the exact root of a person’s illness. Why is this?
We come into contact with stressors on a daily basis that may or may not push us over the edge enough to drive a disease process. It is my experience that a major life stressor can be the turning point for someone when it comes to illness. Major life stressors might include moving to a new city, changing jobs, growing your family, divorce, or a death in the family.
So how does all this work?
Those who want to heal the body naturally from the inside out would likely work on things like detoxification, gut healing, and hormone balance.
In the event that cleaning up a person’s environment doesn’t work, then I, or other wellness practitioners, will do a little more detective work.
This usually happens when we discover that there is an environmental culprit preventing the disease process from healing. For example, this could look like constant exposure to mold or allergens in a person’s environment. It can be viral infections, parasites, or any number of other invaders.
The key is to expose the culprit when possible – that is where the detective work comes in.
Cancer & Toxic Overload
The C-word – cancer – is one that seems to creep into our lives. I recently lost my grandfather due to cancer. Like I said previously, he silently suffered for a long time. I’m sure of it. He even seemed to be in severe pain last time we were together.
As my family is recovering from this loss due to cancer, here are some things that I want you to think about today.
Cancer is Preventable
Did you know that we can prevent cancer if we live a life of health? I also don’t imagine that cancer has to be a death sentence, although many people do die from it.
“More people live off cancer than die from it.”
Our bodies are in a very acidic state as a whole. We also lack nutrients, are depleted in our hormones, in toxic overload, and are bogged down with life stressors.
Did you know that when many oncologists are interviewed they say they would not subject themselves or their family members to the same treatments they give their patients?
Isn’t that a shocking statement?
The truth is, whether it’s cancer, autoimmunity, diabetes, or high blood pressure, treatment with medications is no fun.
What if you could prevent diseases like this though?
What if basic lifestyle adjustments could actually be what would bring the body back into balance so these symptoms and the underlying disease could clear up?
Would it be worth it to you to give up those sodas and drive thru window meals to get rid of some of the things that are preventing you from feeling your best?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the most
powerful tools when it comes to breast cancer is PREVENTION. Two keys to
prevention are micronutrients, and open detoxification pathways. We can prevent
tumors by providing the body with appropriate micronutrients, and we can repair
cellular damage by daily detoxification.
You may have heard the term “estrogen dominance.”
It’s one of the common hormone imbalances people experience today. It’s a
common cause of PMS, fibroids, infertility, and symptoms of menopause that we
assume are a normal part of life. We also see problems with estrogen in men
that can lead to prostate cancer, weight gain, and low libido. Thousands are
struggling with this today and don’t even know it. There are many symptoms associated
with estrogen dominance, but breast cancer is one of those. It is often caused
by the body’s inability to detoxify estrogen appropriately.
Estrogen is essential in the body. It’s important for
reproductive health, skin, bones, and even contributes to us psychologically.
When it’s in the body in excess, it can be converted into dangerous metabolites
that cause DNA damage or drive specific cancers in the body.
Estrogen dominance is a problem today because we’re exposed
to xenoestrogens and many other chemical estrogens in our environment. These
cause disruptions in our endocrine system which lead to excess hormones in the
are we exposed to this toxic estrogen?
Cosmetics and personal care products
are a big source. Things like shampoo and conditioner, makeup, body lotions,
and perfumes have endocrine disruptors. This is not only true for estrogens,
but also progesterone. Many of those lip plumpers or wrinkle reducers have
hormone disruptors in them. I use an app called Think Dirty
and it allows me to scan my personal care products to get rid of the ones that
have known endocrine disruptors.
Household cleaning products, air
fresheners, candles, and other fragrances we use in our homes can also disrupt
our hormones. You can use the EWG app and begin to switch some of your toxic
cleaning products with non-toxic versions.
Plastics are another big source.
There was a big movement to remove plastics from our home that contain BPA. The
problem is that BPA is not the only plastic hardener out there that disrupts
our hormones. So be careful purchasing bpa-free products because that doesn’t
necessarily mean they’re safe. Many of these products have been replaced with
other plastic hardeners such as BPS, which is even more toxic than BPA. Work
toward removing plastics from your home and use glass drinking bottles and pyrex containers, especially when using them
to heat foods or beverages.
Xenoestrogens can also be found in
our food. The best way to avoid these endocrine disruptors is to eat organic
foods that are free from pesticides and herbicides. Also, purchase grass-fed or
pasture-raised meat that is not fed hormones or antibiotics. Consuming cleaner,
organic, and local foods increases your vitamins and nutrients, which is
another way to prevent cancer and other diseases.
Doing small things every day that help limit your exposure
to hormone disruptors can make a huge difference in the prevention of cancer
and disease. Another way you can keep estrogen metabolism working for you and
your body is to make sure that you have key micronutrients on board. Things
like magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, vitamin A, and cysteine are key
nutrients for hormonal health. Lacking proper nutrition sets the stage for more
serious illness like cancer to invade the body.
One of the tests I love to run is a micronutrient panel,
which gives me guidance around whether or not I need to take steps to correct
imbalance. Another great test for determining excess estrogen or an imbalance
in hormones is the DUTCH test. This test can give insight into whether or not a
person is estrogen dominant, or if a person is preferring a detox pathway that
opens them up for DNA damage or a greater potential for cancer. These are great
tests that allow us to take a peek inside the body and make corrections before
a disease process begins.
the right building blocks is a key component.
Every person is unique, inside and out. And there are many
things that affect our own personal nutritional needs, including age,
lifestyle, metabolism, prescription drug use, illnesses, and whether or not a
person is even absorbing nutrients. Cleaning up the body and repairing cellular
damage is a great way to prevent hormonal imbalance that can lead to things
like breast cancer and other disease processes.
cancer health is so much more than a mammogram.
Speaking of mammograms, thermography is actually a safer,
painless, and more accurate alternative. Thermal imaging is a diagnostic
technique that allows for early detection. While detection is an important
part, the key is that we know how to reduce toxins from our environment that
are contributing to breast cancer and other diseases.
We talked about some of the ways you can reduce your
exposure to cancer. These are great tools to help you reduce the risk factors
so you can decrease your chances of ever getting cancer.
Cancer doesn’t happen overnight. We talked about some of the
risk factors like heavy or painful periods, fibroids, weight gain, and
infertility. Other things to consider are, ovarian cysts, adult acne, chronic
fatigue, or autoimmune conditions. If you’re suffering from any of these things
or have a history of breast cancer in your family, or a history of a diet high
in processed foods, something like the DUTCH hormone test could be beneficial
when it comes to prevention.
The awesome thing is, even if you have a genetic
predisposition, you don’t have to be another statistic. You have a choice to
take your health into your own hands.
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When we find something that truly drives us, and we know why, then we can set our focus on getting there, and the rest just kind of happens. That’s exactly what happened with me. Today I want to start from the beginning and tell you a little bit about why I do what I do.
I grew up on a typical Standard American Diet, however, my family was blessed with fresh farm foods, straight out of my grandparents garden. Like many of you, I also snacked on a lot of those fast food items growing up, like candy bars and sodas. I loved a good Snickers bar.
My symptoms of sickness actually started when I was a child. I remember my mawmaw looking at me one day and saying, “child you get every sickness that comes down this family line.”
What was she talking about?
Blood sugar issues, inability to pay attention, gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea after meals. These were just some of the things I was experiencing as a very young child.
To my doctors, these things were called IBS, hypoglycemia, and ADD. This was me in grade school. The older I got, the more diagnoses I received. In college, my doctors called it depression, anxiety, hypothyroidism, and then came the dreaded perimenopause at age 29. Now all of these were just diagnoses, not to speak of the symptoms that actually came with them.
Migraines that lasted sometimes a month with no relief, chronic fatigue that would land me on the couch for a daily nap, sugar addiction, hair loss, stuttered speech, foggy thinking, poor memory and concentration, chronic pain and inflammation, acne… the list goes on. This list kept growing and growing, year after year, with no end in site.
I decided that I would not live like this forever. I made a decision to get well, no matter the cost. I didn’t care how much time, money, effort, or pain it took. I was determined. One of the things I ask anyone who comes to me for advice on health today is, “rate yourself on a 1 out of 10 – how committed are you to living symptom-free, or as close to it as possible?” When you’ll do anything to change your current circumstances in your health (or any area for that matter), then you’re ready. It’s unfortunate, but I’ve had to turn people away who weren’t committed to making the changes needed to live in health.
What many people don’t tell you is that for some people, it’s hard work. When I started looking at what it would cost me to get well, I never worried about the finances- and we weren’t rich. It was everything I felt like I was giving up to get there. If the truth be known, that’s probably why I stayed sick for so long. I wasn’t ready to be well. I see people in that same place every single day, and it saddens me.
As a nation, we are getting sicker every year. How is that, when we’ve advanced so much in the field of medicine? I imagine it has a lot to do with the fact that we’re relying on big business to tell us what to put on the end of our forks, and what pills to take for our ailments.
We’ve forgotten the simple principles of healthy living, but another missing component is that there is so little education on the amount of toxins in our environment and in our food that we aren’t even aware of what we’re doing to our bodies to cause them harm. We’re also not educated on how to get rid of these toxins once our bodies become sick and diseased because of them.
What can we do about it?
On my journey to health, I learned that many of the chronic ailments we deal with on a daily basis can be taken care of by getting back to the basics of healthy living as our ancestors did, and implementing protocols that help us rid much of the toxicity we bring in on a daily basis, not only in our physical bodies, but in our minds as well.
It’s important that we begin to take an active role in our health instead of letting someone dictate how it should look for us. Our bodies are intelligent, but we were never intended to live on chemicals and call it food. Our convenience driven society has us in a place of sickness, and it’s my greatest desire for you to understand that you don’t have to stay there forever.
Hippocrates said it well, “if someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.”
In the book I wrote, Healed His Way, you’ll find many of the same resources that I used to heal my body naturally, the way God intended. I use those same healing principles with the clients I work with today. They can work for you too.
It starts with you. You have a choice to bring health and healing into your own body. You make those decisions every single day, whether you realize it or not. When you’re ready to heal, your teacher will appear.
I’d like to share with you a recent testimony from a client so that you understand how simple this process can look. My client is very similar to me. She came to me at age 22. I fell in love with the idea of helping her, because it was about the age I was when I started feeling my symptoms kick into high gear. When she came to me, she was looking to relieve what she called, “period episodes” right before her menstrual period began. Short story… This was so severe for her that she got so physically ill that she would pass out and even ended up in the hospital the week before we started working together.
Listen to what she has to say:
” I was looking to relieve period episodes/cramps. I would say it’s a 180-degree turnaround. I went from living in fear of what would happen when my period starts, eating foods that made me feel sluggish, not being very active or energetic throughout the day to a new version of me. Now I feel great with little to no symptoms. I don’t even know when my period is about to start. I eat healthy and I love it. I go to the gym because I want to, and feel awake and energetic throughout the entire day! My greatest accomplishment is that I have learned to do what is right for my body; I understand what certain foods do to my body; and I now take action to make the right food choices every day! I enjoyed working with Chelsie because of her honesty, confidence, encouragement, wisdom, and willingness to help me understand and go through the process with me. She is very relational and caring! She created the perfect plan that fit exactly what I needed. Her goal was to help me get to the root of my issue, resolve it, and to help me overcome whatever I was facing.
Thank you Chelsie for teaching me and walking with me through my health journey. I know things that I never learned in school about health. I am now confident and feel free to do the things I love (like travel) without feeling anxious or fearful of what could happen because of my health. I am beyond grateful to God that our paths crossed and that you imparted such wisdom and knowledge. Thank you for your passion and excitement and for changing my life!”
Tanya Yaremkiv Engelwood, CO
What are you doing to live your best life?
I encourage you to take authority over your future self today, whatever that may look like. Only you can determine what optimal health will look like for you.
Make today amazing, because you are amazing, and you deserve an amazing day!
Did you know your thoughts can impact your physical health?
What you should know about the Mind-Body Connection…
I love to cleanse the body at least a couple times per year to do a little reboot. During this time, I implement different strategies that bring me what I need to clean up debris from old toxic patterns that I’ve allowed to creep in over the previous season.
Today I want to focus on cleansing from a mind-body
perspective. I believe the way we get the most bang for our buck (if you will)
is to see them as one.
It takes preparation when we decide to cleanse or detoxify
the body. I’ve found that it’s super important, especially in this day because
our environment has become a dumping ground for toxic waste. As a matter of
fact, detoxification was a complete game-changer for me during my health
journey, to the point that it’s something I use with every one of my clients
today. After experiencing health symptoms that I just couldn’t get rid of, like
foggy thinking, headaches, gas, bloating, indigestion, joint pain, waking up
tired in the mornings, and inability to sleep through the night, I worked to develop
a seasonal cleansing protocol based on the knowledge and experience I gained
from many of my mentors. In working with others, I also found that sometimes
all it takes for them to see a complete turnaround in their health is to give
them the same tools to implement these detoxification strategies on a regular
Cleansing has been a part of my life from the beginning,
since embarking on my journey to health. Along the way, I learned that cleansing
and detoxifying can be quite different. In short, we can cleanse the body by
eliminating certain foods and allowing the body to rest or reboot. You’ve probably
seen juice cleanses, and heard of people implementing certain types of fasts,
and even teas and other potions that are supposed to cleanse the body. There’s
nothing wrong with this, but if you are attempting to completely detoxify the
body, and clean up the cells, there needs to be certain components in place for
that to happen.
I come across many teachings that focus on detoxifying the
body but there are 2 things I want to focus on today that I feel are many times
missed in these discussions.
#1 the importance of the liver
#2 the importance of cleansing toxic thoughts
I know… these may seem super random, but I believe we
cannot cleanse a toxic body and leave a toxic mind alone. This is what I like
to refer to as the mind-body connection for cleansing and detoxification.
If the body goes through this detoxification process, but we
are still in a pattern of addiction and self-destruction due to traumatic
events that we have not processed, then we never move into a place of freedom.
I mentioned that cleansing and detox are quite different. The
process of physical detox actually requires a 3-step process. This is known as
the 3 phases of detoxification. For detoxification to take place in the body,
there must be certain vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients on board. The body
then goes through a systematic process to do the clean-up work.
Our liver is our major detoxification organ – so learn to
love your liver.
What happens in the 3 phases?
1, the liver uses enzymes and oxygen to break up the toxins.
2, the toxins are packaged up into a water-soluble package
3, the liver, kidneys, and intestines work to excrete the toxins
There are many things that can get in the way of
detoxification taking place in the body, but some of these include things like:
of pathogenic microbes (parasites, bacteria, fungus) in the digestive tract
Signs that you need to detox are:
fat – also known as “the spare tire effect”
and muscle pain
exhausted all the time
spots on your skin and dark circles under the eyes
sweating or stinky sweat
MENTAL / EMOTIONAL DETOX
So now that you have a better understanding about what it
takes to do a physical detox, let’s talk about the mental/emotional aspect.
This is one topic I rarely see approached when there is a discussion around
detoxification. I imagine it is one of the most toxic things in our environment
Thinking back to my own healing journey, this was one of the
most important for me. It’s actually where my journey began.
I remember when I wasn’t the most positive person. Growing up,
I wasn’t necessarily negative, but my self-talk wasn’t very good. I imagine
it’s something we could all work on. Most of us probably tend to be a little
harsh on ourselves compared to how we are with others we love.
We pick this up from those around us many times. And we also
have false notions of what’s really important in life because we watch things
go on around us and feel like we have to live up to the worlds ideas instead of
creating our own.
Conforming to those around us and the things of this world
can be very toxic to our mind and emotional state.
In my time of working through my own issues and helping
others do the same, I’ve found that our mind has the ability to control us and
bring us into negative thought patterns if we allow it.
We are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind,
on a daily – and even moment-by-moment basis. This means we have a choice in
where we end up emotionally. We can either become victim to our emotions,
sickness, or other circumstances, or we can go THROUGH them and find strength
We detox our thoughts and mind by casting down imaginations,
and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. That
means casting down negative thought patterns like fear, anxiety, worry,
depression, and doubt. We are to process our experiences and go through them.
If we don’t bring our thoughts into captivity and choose to process them, then
they will hold us captive and we will assume the position of being a victim to our
very own thoughts.
Toxic thoughts become toxic to us physically. When we believe
we are sick, overweight, broke, ugly, then we become those things, because
whatever we focus on, we bring about.
I work with people on a daily basis who believe these things.
I work with them to shift these thought patterns so they believe what is true,
instead of believing a lie. The things we worry about are things that we dream
up in our subconscious. They are many times things that don’t even matter.
Other times these are thoughts that arise because we’ve been through a
traumatic event. But if we fail to process these thoughts, then we will become
In the physical body, there’s a shift in our cellular makeup that actually can create physical matter. Dr. Caroline Leaf is one of the greatest researchers in this area. She says that disease is created first as a negative thought.
Whatever you meditate on and think about it in your heart,
you will become. This world was created by a thought that was verbalized, when
God said, “let there be light.” And there was light. So that thought became a
physical reality. That’s exactly how your thoughts and language and body work
As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?
As you can see from above, there are things that need to be
in place for you to physically clean up your cells appropriately. I encourage
you to work with a qualified professional if you are feeling any of the
symptoms mentioned. You want to make sure you have the right things in place,
including nutrients as well as make sure you are eliminating properly before
implementing any detoxification program.
My desire is that you understand this information in a way
that allows you to implement it on a regular basis – not only that, but learn
the tools you need so you can one day do it on your own.
If you’re ready for a different take on losing weight,
getting rid of depression and anxiety, and ridding things like digestive upset,
headaches, pain and inflammation, swollen legs and feet… if you want to learn
how to live in health in your mind and body so you can live your best life,
then join me and the others who have already made the decision to invest in
themselves for my seasonal
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