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Cleanse

Cleansing has to be experienced to be believed. Its amazing how either a mono diet of kitchari or a juice fast can help with energy, weight loss, detoxification, better sleep, prevent disease and actually create more connection in our lives. When you feel great, you naturally strengthen your own sense of inner peace and openness, this in turn will deepen the intimacy and connection within.

1. You get rid of omnipresent toxins

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the truth is that you are constantly surrounded by toxins and pollutants. There is pollution in the air that we breathe, in the products we use to clean our homes and bodies, in the food that we consume, and even in our homes. You can definitely work on reducing your exposure to toxins but you can not really escape them (even your own body produces metabolic toxins). Hence why a seasonal detox/ cleanse is an excellent way to help your body get rid of some of these absorbed toxins.

2. You give your digestive system a much-needed break

Most cleanses and detoxes are based on avoiding junk foods and allergens. This helps balance blood sugar, reduce cravings and you also feel the benefits in your digestive tract. Problems such as gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation, and irritation can all be reduced (if not completely eliminated) via a cleanse. Indeed, during a detox, there is less of a burden on your digestive system and you allow your body to get busy with other important biochemical processes, such as detoxification and rejuvenation.

3. You get more energy & a better sleep

Nutrition and most particularly the kinds of foods that you choose to eat will greatly influence your energy levels throughout the day and sleep at night. The heavier you eat and the more sugary foods you consume, the more likely you are to experience severe mid-afternoon crashes and/or poor sleep. That’s because these kinds of foods are very taxing on your digestive system and require a lot of “work” to be processed by your body.

Removing sugar-loaded foods and most common food allergens (i.e. gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar) from your diet for a period of time can go a long way in terms of giving you more energy and definitely better sleep. Test it out.

4. You experience a new sense of clarity

For many people, food and emotions go hand in hand. We eat when we want to celebrate, when we are depressed, bored, scared, … Emotional eating is a real issue and one great way to break through it is to try a cleanse. Through the removal of your favourite “comfort” foods, you learn to make healthier eating choices and you find new ways to cope with your emotions (e.g. daily movement, a new hobby, or socializing).

Moreover, the kinds of foods that we crave when we are emotional (sugary, salty, and usually fatty too) are known to make our minds foggy and unclear. Once you go through a cleanse, you start to see things in a different light  – the fog lifts up and you get a new sense of clarity. How refreshing is that?!

5. You access a new level of creativity

When you go through a cleanse, you are forced out of your comfort zone. It can be annoying and uncomfortable at first but then when you push through, you reach a new level of creativity. You start thinking of different ways to prepare your foods. And you inevitably try new recipes – better yet you may even create your own! Creativity will not just stop in the kitchen, it will also expand to other areas of your life. Again, give it a try and see for yourself.

I strongly suggest you cleanse at least twice this year. It could be a 7 day juice cleanse, a 5 day kitchari cleanse, a week without dairy & gluten, or even something as simple as 21 days without sugar. There are many combinations out there. Once you have done your research and have been advised by a health care practitioner or nutritionist, I am positive that you, too, will be convinced that doing a cleanse is good for you.

 

Blessings!

Michelle

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How Fasting Heals Your Brain

Fasting is wonderful for the body, mind and soul. Some of the other benefits of fasting are improved metabolic health, increased longevity, creativity, enhanced relationships, and better heart health. Throughout history we find intelligent beings like Plato, Socrates and Hippocrates as well as ancient civilizations throughout history practicing fasting to achieve longevity and higher states of consciousness. Modern research also shows it also is good for your brain.

Scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging have shown, how fasting benefits the brain on a neurological level. There are many different techniques and schools of thought on fasting, but the practice usually involves abstaining from food or following a calorie-restricted diet for anything from 24 hours to a few days or even weeks.

Fasting can be a preventative measure for overactive synaptic activity and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease. Research shows that fasting significantly improves congnitive function, stimulating faster learning, better memory, reduced inflammation and increased stress resistance.

Fasting is a challenge to your brain, and your brain responds to that challenge by adapting stress response pathways which help your brain cope with stress and risk for disease. The same changes that occur in the brain during fasting mimic the changes that occur with regular exercise. They both increase (neurotrophic factors), which in turn promotes the growth of neurons, and strength of synapses. This is truly incredible.

Click here to view a 5 minute segment on how fasting significantly lowers the risk of developing cognitive diseases.

A study published in the June 5th issue of Cell Stem Cell by researchers from the University of Southern California showed that cycles of prolonged fasting protect against immune system damage and, moreover, induce immune system regeneration. They concluded that fasting shifts stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal. It triggers stem cell based regeneration of an organ or system. Amazing.

Please research different types of fasting as there are many kinds of patterning you can introduce to your system. Juice fasting is a multidimensional experience in which total body transformation occurs. As you can see there are a wide range of metabolic changes and experiences physically, mentally and emotionally. Click the juice cleansing link in the toolbar above to find info on my latest offerings for a juice fasting adventure!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions on fasting as I would be happy to help you inviestigate a fasting routine that is of the highest good for you!

I fast for greater physical and mental efficiency. ~Plato

Blessings,

Michelle

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What are your values?

Question: What are your values? I have made two lists here. Pick five from each and write about your personal values. How do these values play out in your life? How do these values drive you to make decisions? What are your personal priorities? How does your personality shape your personal values?

List 1: Equality (equal opportunity for all), Inner Harmony (at peace with myself), Social Power (control over others, dominance), Pleasure (gratification of desires), Freedom (freedom of action and thought),  A Spiritual Life (emphasis on spiritual not material matters), Sense of Belonging (feeling that others care about me), Social Order (stability of society), An Exciting Life (stimulating experiences), Meaning in Life (a purpose in life), Politeness (courtesy, good manners), Wealth (material possessions, money), National Security (protection of my nation from enemies), Self Respect (belief in one’s own worth), Reciprocation of Favors (avoidance of indebtedness), Creativity (uniqueness, imagination), A World At Peace (free of war and conflict), Respect for Tradition (preservation of time-honored customs), Mature Love (deep emotional and spiritual intimacy), Self-Discipline (self-restraint, resistance to temptation), Privacy (safety for loved ones), Social Recognition (respect, approval by others), Unity with Nature (fitting into nature), A Varied Life (filled with challenge, novelty and change), Wisdom (a mature understanding of life), Authority (the right to lead or command), True Friendship (close, supportive friends), A World of Beauty (beauty of nature and the arts), Social Justice (correcting injustice, care for the weak).

List 2: Independent (self-reliant, self-sufficient), Moderate (avoiding extremes of feeling and action), Loyal (faithful to my friends, group), Ambitious (hard-working, aspiring), Broadminded (tolerant of different ideas and beliefs), Humble (modest, self-effacing), Daring (seeking adventure, risk), Protecting the Environment (preserving nature), Influential (having an impact on people and events), Honoring of Parents and Elders (showing respect), Choosing Own Goals (selecting own purposes), Healthy (not being sick physically or mentally), Capable (competent, effective, efficient), Accepting my Portion in Life (submitting to life’s circumstances), Honest (genuine, sincere), Preserving My Public Image (protecting my “face”), Obedient (dutiful, meeting obligations), Intelligent (logical, thinking), Helpful (working for the welfare of others), Enjoying Life (enjoying food, sex, leisure, ect.), Devout (holding to religious faith and belief), Responsible (dependable, reliable), Curious (interested in everything, exploring), Forgiving (willing to pardon others), Successful (achieving goals), Clean (neat, tidy), Self-Indulgent (doing pleasant things)

I will think about my list and you think about yours!

Cheers and many blessings!

Michelle