I flippin despise ants.
Today I made a serious little EO ant spray after I found the little pests in my bed. 😳😖😡
15 drops peppermint
15 drops clove
15 drops melaleuca
15 drops wild orange
1/4 cup vodka
In a 16 oz glass bottle
Filled the remainder with water.
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Cleanse Day 2 -Crowding Out

Are your food choices educated? Who dictates what you eat?

When I ask my clients this, I get all sorts of responses.

“TV commercials”, “family”, “colleagues” – the list is endless!

Before the blame game begins, I ask the question again and second time around, it usually hits home.

NOYOU are responsible for the food you eat. You have the ability to make empowered decisions about the food you put in your body. You have choices.

Now ask yourself these questions:

  • How are my junk food vices benefitting me?
  • How can I replace these items with equally delicious, yet nurturing foods?
  • How will my life change when I remove junk food?

Many people turn to junk food when they are stressed and looking for a quick energy boost. What they really need is a well-rounded meal comprised of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to nurture their bodies and provide slow-burning energy.

It may sound counter-intuitive, but adding in MORE real food could be your saving grace. When you place a strong emphasis on real food, there’s little room left for empty calories.

TRY THIS EXERCISE

Replace one junk food snack with real food today:acai-bowl-2

  • Apples, oranges, and bananas are great on the go snacks. Feel free to have two if one leaves you hungry.
  • Slice of sprouted or gluten-free whole grain toast with almond butter and preserves.
  • Homemade trail mix of almonds, raisins, chia seeds, pecans, and dried blueberries.
  • Greek yogurt parfait layered with sliced fruit and Ezekiel granola.
  • Acai Bowl with a variety of fruits, nuts and super foods. (Seriously – go to Pinterest  and check out some recipes. WOW!)

 

A few secrets to ensure you won’t end up overeating junk food:

  • Always eat breakfast. Include protein to stabilize blood sugar and reduce cravings.
    Make sure that you are getting a balance of protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats at every meal and/or snack.
  • Get enough sleep! Our hunger cues are thrown off track when we don’t sleeping enough. Sleep balances leptin and ghrelin, the hormones that tell us when to start and stop eating.
  • Try Slim & Sassy. It includes a blend of Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppermint, Ginger, and Cinnamon essential oils. Add to water and drink between your healthy meals throughout the day to help manage hunger, calm your stomach,* and lift your mood. Click HERE to order the Metabolic Blend. Choose the “JOIN and SAVE”tab for wholesale price.

Keep the concept of crowding out at the forefront of your mind. Try one of the aforementioned healthy snacks this week, and make sure to let me know how it goes!

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Cleanse Day 1 – What’s in your junk?

Welcome to Day 1 of your cleanse! Yesterday, you set an intention for your own health and I want to appreciate you for taking that first step.

Now let’s get started!

Junk food is everywhere. From salty snacks and fried foods to sodas, candy bars, and ce86b99bb4404acd3d2a55f2abe84d5ecookies, many feel it’s hard to choose healthy options. Junk foods contain addictive ingredients like sugar, artificial flavorings, and MSG that makes it hard to stop eating them. Most people know these foods cause serious health issues, but can’t quit their addiction.

TRY THIS EXERCISE

Kick this cleanse off by purging your kitchen of any and all junk food offenders. If it doesn’t promote health, it’s going in the trash.

Don’t be fooled by clever marketing phrases like “all natural” or “100% healthy” – there’

a lot of leeway in these claims. The goal is to get consumers to purchase the food, not to improve their health.

You’re too smart to fall for this hoax.

I know this in hard for people that don’t want to feel wasteful. The idea is to make more room for healthy foods in your home. Donate or toss the foods you know contain junky ingredients. Pay special attention to canned foods and packaged items, which are often the worst offenders. My clients often ask, “How do I know which foods are junk?”

088d1630eda7eafb739ad1485c6349baHere are a few quick terms that raise red flags:

  • long shelf-life; packaged in plastic containers, metal cans, or cardboard boxes
  • artificial food coloring ingredients such as red dye 40, yellow 5, and green 3
  • artificial sweeteners like aspartame, Splenda, and xylitol
    • any ingredient you can’t pronounce
  • trans fats, often called hydrogenated oils, partially hydrogenated oils, or shortening

 

Three ways to avoid trans fats are:

  1. Avoid margarines.
  2. Read snack food labels carefully.
  3. Limit heavily processed foods.

I recommend using extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil as your main cooking oils and source of dietary fat.

Were you surprised by any of these junk food ingredients, or were they on your radar already? Is there one food in particular that will be hard to part with? I’d love to hear from you!

The more you stay committed to whole foods and simple ingredients, the more your health benefits. 

While you are cleaning out your cabinets and refrigerator you might as well do a natural deep green cleaning.

Here is the all-purpose natural green cleaner that I make and use at home:

  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 1 tbsp of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soup
  • 16 oz of Water

Directions: Place all ingredients into a 16 oz glass spray bottle. Shake bottle. Spray,
cleanand wipe away.
You can get glass spray bottles at AromaTools. Don’t forget to order the bottle and the sprayer as well.  Click HERE to order your oils. Choose the “Join and Save” tab at the top of the page to get wholesale prices. Contact me with questions.

10 Day Junk Cleanse