I’ve lost count of the times a client has said, “I feel like my body is betraying me!”
Trust me. Your body is not betraying you. Your body is doing its best to provide a vehicle for your spirit. But if you mistreat it, it cannot function properly.
So how come a person can be exercising and eating “lean, clean and green,” and still not feel good? In most cases, the root cause of chronic dis-ease is inflammation. And we can trace inflammation to poor digestion and detoxification.
In researching this topic for decades, I’ve developed a program called “Clear the Way” to support people in finally feeling better.
I created a video to tell you about my program but also to teach you:
the 3 key factors that impact weight, bloating, energy, and immunity
6 R’s to restore healthy digestion, detoxification and absorption
Just click on this video and enter the password: ClearFeb2016 to view it.
I really want you to benefit from this too. If you’re ready to Clear the Way to your vibrant life after watching the video, all you need to do is click here to email us and we will contact you to get you started!
So I clicked on the link and watched. At first I was furious! Then I felt not only relieved, but proud of the company we’ve partnered with for over a decade.
Let me explain.
The PBS documentary highlights the fact that the FDA in the U.S. does not regulate the quality or accuracy of nutritional supplements. (You don’t have to watch the whole episode – but at least watch for a few minutes beginning at 13:00)
This is scary! Can you imagine giving your child a vitamin every morning thinking you are supporting their health only to find out you’ve been harming them?!
This is why Dr. Northrup and I have been using USANA supplements for ourselves, our families and our clients. (Dr. Northrup for over 20 years and I for over 10.) USANA voluntarily follows the more stringent GMP for pharmaceuticals, which regulates virtually every aspect of manufacturing, and recently was named an FDA-registered facility.
USANA also voluntarily tests its supplements to make sure they meet trusted U.S Pharmocopeia (USP) standards and specifications for potency, uniformity, and disintegration. Furthermore, internationally USANA is regularly inspected and audited by Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to ensure its GMP standards are met.
As you will see in the PBS documentary, overseeing every aspect of production is critical. That’s why USANA believes strongly in the value of manufacturing its supplements in house at its Salt Lake City facility. Doing this allows them to keep a close eye on every step of the production process, from extensive vetting of raw ingredients to conducting tests at various points in the production process to submitting our products for tests by third-party organizations. Plus, they’re able to use the best equipment available from start to finish.
When you’re looking for a supplements company, it’s important to know how the products are being manufactured. I encourage you to do your own research as well. What you put into your body should be the most rigorously tested supplements you can find. Consider the following:
Does the company care enough to spend the money necessary to manufacture products in house?
Does the company adhere to pharmaceutical level GMPs?
Can the company ensure its customers will see no contamination, that the potency of each pill is guaranteed, and that the ingredients are mixed properly so that each time you take that supplement, you can be positive that what’s on the label is in each pill?
I’ve you’re curious which supplements I take, you can see here. Whatever you do, please do your homework before taking nutritional supplements!!!
Have you chosen a theme word, set your intentions, named your core desired feelings, and plotted everything in your 2016 planner?
If so, fabulous!
If not, don’t fret!
Maybe it’s time for you to take a cue from Mother Nature who is hibernating this time of year in the northern hemisphere.
I don’t know how your 2015 was, but mine was a 4G year: grief, grit, grace and gratitude.
When you’ve had an intense year like that, it just doesn’t feel right to hop up on January 1st and declare a bunch of resolutions. In fact, maybe, like me, you feel more like Mary Oliver’s poem, Today:
Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep.
The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth.
But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance.
Once you’ve given yourself permission to rest, reflect, release and re-think things, you may be ready when the Chinese New Year rolls around on February 8th to declare your intentions and fly high with energy, enthusiasm and confidence. I’ll check back with you then 🙂
As promised! If you follow me on Instagram or FB I promised I’d send you this recipe for my favorite Kale Salad. I took it to a New Year’s Eve potluck and it got rave reviews.
Deb’s Kale Salad with Orange-Sesame Vinaigrette
1 bunch of Kale
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup rice wine vinegar (not seasoned)
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon Tamari or low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
½ toasted slivered almonds
¼ cup dried cranberries
2 – 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger, minced
Combine orange juice, vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and honey in large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Wash and pat dry the kale. Strip kale leaves from stems and chop into bite-sized pieces. Pour the dressing over it and massage for 3 minutes. Add nuts, cranberries and ginger to the kale and toss. Let stand in fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving, longer if possible.
Whether you are rocketing forward or taking a pause, may you feel the wonder and excitement of a new year filled with possibilities.
There’s no way around it. As a single mom, this time of year is chaotic! Last week my son turned 18 and competed in 5 days of intense swim meets. When I say intense, I mean leaving the house early in the morning with meals and snacks packed and not coming home until after 9 pm…while managing my business from an iPhone with spotty reception in a humid, loud, chlorine filled natatorium.
One mom next to me was ordering teacher gifts from her phone while grading papers of her own. Another was handling texts from multiple kids while consoling her daughter who hadn’t performed as she had hoped. And we were all cheering for each other’s kids.
By the end of the week I was exhausted and behind in everything. Despite my best intentions, I had not exercised or eaten as well as I had hoped. And I came home to piles of laundry, unanswered mail and an empty fridge.
I feel certain I’m not the only one who has weeks like this. So I thought I’d share a simple and surprising way I began to feel more balanced and calm right away.
My mind was racing, but as I pulled clothes out of the dryer and began to iron my son’s pants, I found myself silently saying prayers to the rhythm of the movement of my arm. “May you be confident and kind. May you stand strong for your convictions. May you enjoy this week. May you always know you are loved. May you remember everything for your finals…..”
Suddenly the chaos of the week faded into the background. I enjoyed finding new blessings to iron into each pair of pants and I began to feel peace, joy….even ecstasy!
As you move through your normal routine over the next few weeks, see if you can find peace in the chaos….ecstasy in the ordinary. And when you do, please write and tell me about the ways you’ve done it. I would love to add them to my repertoire.
I dance, walk in nature, step onto my yoga mat to practice, breathe deeply, chant, connect with loved ones and pray.
But I never knew that creating a yantra would also do the trick.
What’s a yantra? According to my teacher, Ekabhumi Charles Ellik, yantras are mystical diagrams composed of sacred geometry, symbols of cosmic unity. Roughly translated, “yantra” means “tool” or “device.” As a tool, yantras are used to withdraw consciousness from the outer world, and go beyond the normal framework of mind to a state of consciousness known as Turiya, which is the background that underlies and transcends the three common states of consciousness: waking consciousness, dreaming, and dreamless sleep.
Yantras are also simply beautiful.
Last weekend I learned how to create the geometric patterns of a yantra the old-fashioned way, using a compass and a straight edge. The process was mesmerizing and the product captivating. For some people, the process was super frustrating before it became meditative – which made it a very fruitful practice!
You don’t have to create a yantra from scratch to reap the mind-calming benefits. You can color them and then meditate on the design. My favorite coloring book for yantras is Ekabhumi’s “The Shakti Coloring Book” because not only does he provide beautiful images for you to color, he also teaches the deeper wisdom and meanings of all the shapes, symbols and colors.
Pinch me! I’ve been invited to lead a yoga + cultural adventure trip to CUBA on February 6 – 13th. This is a legal and licensed trip for US citizens, and we will have a very special itinerary and personal guides during our trip. We will experience old Havana – the food, dancing, culture, beaches and people before it becomes widely open to US tourism (No Starbucks yet!) … and, of course, we’ll be travelling with an amazing like-minded group who are up for an experience of a lifetime!
On top of that, we will also meet the “Godfather of Yoga in Cuba” ~ Eduardo Pimentel.
Eduardo has humbly dedicated that last 30 years of his life spreading the teachings of yoga.
Our small group will share yoga with his community…. an exchange from the heart. I can’t wait!
There are only 6 spots left. Click here to find out more details and join us if you feel called!