Divine Health http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com From the inside out................ Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:11:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 4 Simple Strategies To Make Healthy Meals FAST http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/08/4-simple-strategies-to-make-healthy-meals-fast/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/08/4-simple-strategies-to-make-healthy-meals-fast/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 01:21:05 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5252 Healthy Meal StrategiesWhen it comes to making healthy meals for yourself or your family, do you find yourself saying the following: I’m running out of ideas for meals I don’t know what to eat I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen   If any of those phrases have come out of your [...]]]>

When it comes to making healthy meals for yourself or your family, do you find yourself saying the following:

I’m running out of ideas for meals

I don’t know what to eat

I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen

 

If any of those phrases have come out of your mouth, then this video and post are for you!

 4 Simple Strategies To Make Healthy Meals Fast

  1. Bone Broth – Always have bone broth on hand. I keep 1 quart of bone broth in my refrigerator so I can use it any time I want. If you aren’t making your own bone broth or don’t want to, you can buy it from your local farmer’s market or online. US Wellness Meats is a great source, OR Wise Choice Market. Bone broth is like ‘spackle for your gut‘!
  2. Frozen Veggies -  Always have an assortment of frozen veggies (that you currently tolerate) in the freezer. They come in super handy when you don’t have a meal plan in place or you just want meal prep to be a bit easier. I can pull out some veggies and whip up a meal in 10-15 minutes flat with frozen veggies.
  3. Easy Cuts of Meat – Think cuts that can either defrost quickly or cook quickly. Cuts such as, ground meat, stir fry beef, boneless chicken thigh meat or fish. Fish is my favorite meal because it cooks up so fast. I can pull out one of these cuts from the freezer in the morning OR if I forget, I can place it in a bowl of warm water to thaw quickly. These all make a quick saute, stir fry or baked/poached fish. We love parchment packets for white fish.
  4. Leftover Starches – Always make a double batch of whatever starch you are consuming. For example; we eat rice a couple times per week. I make a double batch and save some for another meal or for leftovers. (see my Turmeric Basmati Rice recipe below)

My Morphed Gut-Healing Meal

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Meal #1 – 2 scrambled eggs with sea salt and thyme cooked in duck fat, with pickled radishes. A bowl of soup with chicken broth, turmeric rice, green beans, kale, bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, basil, sea salt and some duck fat! Simple: Add all ingredients in a pot, bring to simmer and heat for about 10 minutes until all veggies are tender.

Meal #2For lunch I morphed my soup – I added some pieces of wild cod, some coconut milk, lime juice, and ‘whallah’- a whole new meal in just 10 minutes!

 

Turmeric Basmati Rice: A Side Dish & Staple in My Home

Turmeric Basmati Rice

Turmeric Rice
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw jasmine or basmati rice
  • 4 cups broth, or water with 2 Tbsp. Great Lakes Gelatin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 4 Tbsp. duck fat or butter
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
Instructions
  1. Rinse rice until the water runs clear. Add to pot with broth, sea salt, turmeric and duck fat. Place lid on and bring to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes. Take off heat but leave the lid on and let set for another 5-10 minutes.

 Did you find this post helpful? If so please share in the comments below.

Do you have ideas or tips to add to this list? We’d love to hear them too!

 

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A Drink To Your Health {Video & Recipe} http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/07/a-drink-to-your-health-video-recipe/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/07/a-drink-to-your-health-video-recipe/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:05:42 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5101 Herbal Green Tea BlendYou will love my Revitalizing Summer Tonic, an herbal green tea blend that’s uniquely flavored and sweet without an added sugar. I’m sure you’ve heard the benefits of green touted quite a bit. It has been one of the latest food fads over the last few years, but most green tea beverages are packed with [...]]]>

You will love my Revitalizing Summer Tonic, an herbal green tea blend that’s uniquely flavored and sweet without an added sugar.

I’m sure you’ve heard the benefits of green touted quite a bit. It has been one of the latest food fads over the last few years, but most green tea beverages are packed with unsavory ingredients (like refined sugar, artificial flavors, etc.). Hardly healthy.

So, skip all those pre-made products and try this recipe out!

To me, green tea by itself is not all that exciting. That’s why I’ve paired it with a few zestier ingredients to kick up the flavor profile, along with the health benefits. Since this is a blend there will be much less caffeine in general. I personally enjoy 1 quart a day, sometimes as much as 2 quarts on hot days.

 Head on over to Delicious Obsessions to get the recipe

 

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I buy all of my herbs and teas from my affiliate partner Mountain Rose Herbs. I’ve tried a number of other sources for my herbal supplies and keep coming back to Mountain Rose Herbs because of their excellent quality and customer service.

*Disclaimer: Green Tea does not benefit everyone, if you feel worse with green tea and have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism or know you are TH2 dominant, discontinue it’s use.

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Shifting Gears & Radically Changing Lives! http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/07/shifting-gears-radically-changing-lives/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/07/shifting-gears-radically-changing-lives/#comments Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:07:16 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5240 changing gearHey there, I’m about to get super real and clear with you today about my mission here at Divine Health From The Inside Out! I’m shifting gears big time and it’s about to get super exciting! You see, for years now, I’ve showed up regularly bringing you great recipes, insights, informative health posts, tips and [...]]]>

Hey there, I’m about to get super real and clear with you today about my mission here at Divine Health From The Inside Out!

I’m shifting gears big time and it’s about to get super exciting!

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You see, for years now, I’ve showed up regularly bringing you great recipes, insights, informative health posts, tips and more. And, I have totally loved doing just that! From what I’m hearing on your end, you have too!

But it’s time for something new……

It’s time to truly and radically CHANGE lives!

I’ve spent the past month or more now on the phone with a number of you. What I am hearing from all of you is that you are ready for transformation. You want more than just information, you want clear direction and implementation in your life so you can attain the health you are seeking.

And you don’t want just some quick fix……you want lasting change in your life!

Why now?

You are sick and tired of worrying about every item of food that passes your lips. You don’t want to worry about your health taking a nose dive if you go on vacation or travel. You want to eat out and be social with your spouse, family and friends with EASE instead of anxiety.

You want good consistent energy, you want to sleep well and be able to manage your stress well. You want a fully alive body that does not limit you!

You want to step into that NOW because you are tired of your life feeling like it is on hold.

Am I hitting the nail on the head?

What I’ve heard from you is that you no longer can do this on your own. You are READY for someone to come along side and take your hand and guide you. You want that for YOU, so you can be that for others!

One new client this week declared the following while on a call together;

“We are not victims, we are creators and victors!”

I LOVE that declaration so much! I think so many of you are feeling a bit helpless right now when it comes to your health. So helpless, you may even be tempted to feel like a victim of sorts. You have obtained so much information about health because you are passionate and hungry to learn. However, you’ve gained too much information that it’s paralyzing you from taking clear, concise actions that get you results NOW. Missing out on the creativity and victory you were born to live in!

I’ve been there myself and it’s not pretty!

I believe you are here reading this today because you want to obtain the health goals you truly desire. You want to improve your quality of life and show up fully every day ALIVE bringing the world the gifts ONLY you can bring!

If this resonates with you today and you are feeling jazzed by this post -stick around, it’s only going to get better.

I’ve got some awesome things in store for you and can’t wait to share them all with you! To give you a little hint of things to come, I’ll clue you in on one of my planned changes……….I’m shifting over to VIDEO!

Finally! I’ve wanted to for years. I realized in this past month that I have WAY to much to SAY and I love to SAY it rather than write it. I really feel that you will be far more inspired by seeing and hearing me than reading my words on a screen! I hope that excites you as much as it does me!

If you are really ready to do something radical for your health, I’m looking for the most motivated and committed people to join my upcoming program – Heal Your Body Naturally!

The current session is almost full and I’m not sure when or if I’ll be doing this again. I would love nothing more to take folks through a transformational experience year round!

Right now could be the perfect time for YOU to finish out the summer strong, renewed and ready to face the fall and holiday season with a new vitality!

Interested in joining?

Head on over here today and fill out an application!

Please know that I’ll reach out to you just as soon as I can via phone or email.

(P.S. – Don’t worry, I’ll still be showing up with awesome recipes and health related posts too!)

 

In the mean time, please leave a comment below if this post resonated with you.

Feel free to share your current desires and goals for your life and your health!

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Restrictive Gut Healing Diets Don’t Have To Be Boring http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/restrictive-gut-healing-diets-dont-have-to-be-boring/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/restrictive-gut-healing-diets-dont-have-to-be-boring/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 10:00:12 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5212 Coconut Crusted SalmonAre you aware that you need to do some gut healing, but are afraid to take the leap with a ‘gut healing diet’? Do you think a diet to heal your gut is too restrictive, therefore you struggle to get started? Perhaps you are considering tackling the Autoimmune protocol, GAPS or some other diet but [...]]]>

Are you aware that you need to do some gut healing, but are afraid to take the leap with a ‘gut healing diet’? Do you think a diet to heal your gut is too restrictive, therefore you struggle to get started? Perhaps you are considering tackling the Autoimmune protocol, GAPS or some other diet but feel they might be too limiting therefore boring. Well, restrictive gut healing diets do NOT have to be boring. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Samantha, from Sweet Potatoes and Social Change is back to share a recipe she enjoys while on the Autoimmune Protocol Diet. You can learn a bit from her and hopefully walk away empowered that healing foods are anything but boring! Simple, yes. Tasty and satisfying, most definitely!

(Read Samantha’s Story: Recovering From Ulcerative Colitis HERE)

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Here’s Samantha…….

Whenever someone asks me what I can and cannot eat on the Autoimmune Protocol Diet and I tell them that I can’t eat, gluten, grains, sugar, vegetable oil, seeds, eggs, dairy, legumes, alcohol, coffee, chocolate or nightshades, their response is inevitably, “Well, what CAN you eat?
It would be easy to think that living on a restricted diet would make cooking boring, bland, and unexciting but that is just not true. The thing I love the most about blogging and making connections with other people on similar healing diets is being able to encourage them. To show them that cooking can be fun, therapeutic and simple, and that a lack of ingredients doesn’t have to equal a lack of taste! This recipe is the perfect example. It only consists of a few ingredients, yet it tastes luxurious. It only takes a few minutes to make but it will impress anyone lucky enough to eat it!
Healing through food takes commitment and certainly some days are harder than others. We are all faced with temptations and sometimes the memories of the foods from our past still taste pretty good in our minds, but no one should avoid healing themselves for fear of bland food. However, if you ever find yourself in a rut give this recipe a try and pretty soon you’ll feel like the only thing you need is a (non-alcoholic, sugar-free) fruity drink and an ocean view!

Coconut Crusted Salmon with Tangy Carrot Ginger Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • ½ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 TSP of Sea Salt
  • 2 TBS of Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup of Carrot Ginger Sauce (http://sweetpotatoesandsocialchange.com/2014/05/09/aip-carrot-ginger-sauce-recipe/)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine your coconut and your salt. Next, take your salmon fillets and dredge them in your coconut mixture until they are covered. You may want to press the coconut down a bit to make sure it stays. In a large frying pan heat your coconut oil on medium heat, then place your salmon fillets skin side up, cover and cook for four minutes or until golden brown. Gently flip your fillets and allow them to cook covered for another 3-4 minutes more. Serve with your coconut ginger sauce either on top or on the side. Enjoy!

 

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Imagine if you had a specific strategy and plan to live your life FREE of your digestive constraints and limitations.What if you had the exact steps, the precise foods, the immediate feedback, support and course correction on EXACTLY what to do to make this happen?

How confidently would you begin everyday?
! How certain would you feel about your future quality of life?
And finally, what if you were to do this all from the comfort of your own home?

 

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The Ultimate Resource for Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes {147 DIY Recipes} http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/147-diy-non-toxic-cleaning-recipes/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/147-diy-non-toxic-cleaning-recipes/#comments Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:56:29 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5224 Non-Toxic CleaningHave you sourced out the best quality, non-toxic cleaning products yet? It sure can be tricky! If you are a DIY kind of person, I’ve got a treat for you today. Consider it your one stop ticket to all the recipes you will ever need for every possible cleaning product under the sun. Never worry [...]]]>

Have you sourced out the best quality, non-toxic cleaning products yet? It sure can be tricky! If you are a DIY kind of person, I’ve got a treat for you today. Consider it your one stop ticket to all the recipes you will ever need for every possible cleaning product under the sun. Never worry again whether the ingredients in your cleaning products are safe for you or your family.

Choose 2-3 recipes from the list below and get started right away. There is no time like the present to act – once you Pin or Bookmark this post and forget about it the momentum will be lost. Print out some recipes today and take action! I’d love to hear in the comments below if you try any of these recipes.

These recipes are from my amazing holistic minded friends from around the web! Enjoy!

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Reasons Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

General Cleaning

For the Kitchen

For the Bathroom

Non-Toxic Laundry

For Your Pets & Deskunking

 

Not ready to start making your own DIY cleaning products?

No problem, check out my friend Holly’s site – Fiddlebumps – for some amazing products you can buy online with just a click.

 

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How To Love Your Liver Every Day http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/how-to-love-your-liver-every-day/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/how-to-love-your-liver-every-day/#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:06:28 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5135 Detoxification Pathways in the liverIn a world bombarded by toxins at every turn, we all could use some daily detoxification strategies. That’s what I’m here to share with you today. You really can’t heal your gut if you are not detoxing well. In order to succeed with overall health including your gut, the lymph and liver need our daily [...]]]>

In a world bombarded by toxins at every turn, we all could use some daily detoxification strategies. That’s what I’m here to share with you today. You really can’t heal your gut if you are not detoxing well. In order to succeed with overall health including your gut, the lymph and liver need our daily attention.

Liver

The amounts of chemicals we are exposed to are unprecedented in history. The average American consumes 10 pounds of chemical food additives each year. Add to that the chemical burden caused by food sprayed with pesticides and from air and water pollution, you can see that our chemical burden is considerable.

The body has systems designed to eliminate waste and to detoxify poisons. The liver chemically converts toxins to be easily eliminated by the kidneys. Detoxification is an ongoing process. The sheer volume of chemicals in the environment and in the diet has caused many people to reach their threshold of tolerance, which adversely affects their health. When the body is more burdened with more chemicals that it can efficiently detoxify, chronic health problems can occur. Problems like allergies, skin problems, digestive problems, headaches, fatigue, joint pain and a variety of ailments can be caused by chemical exposure.

The liver has over 500 know functions. It is involved with digestion, the endocrine system, controlling blood sugar, and protein and fat metabolism. It’s the body’s most important organ, functioning as a living filter to cleanse the system of toxins, metabolize proteins, control hormonal balance, and produce immune boosting factors. Many of these functions are essential to your overall health, for example, the liver’s synthesis of fibrinogen and other blood-clotting factors to protect you when you are injured.

The liver also produces a substance called bile that is stored in the gallbladder. Each day your liver produces about a quart of a yellowish green liquid called bile. Bile is essential for proper fat emulsification and is also a major route of elimination for the body. Bile contains water, bile acids and pigments, cholesterol, bilirubin, lipids, lecithin, potassium, sodium and chloride. The liquid is stored near the liver in the gallbladder, from where it is transported to the intestine as needed during digestion.

The gallbladder will become more and more compromised as the liver becomes more dysfunctional. The gallbladder stores the bile and when stimulated by the appropriate response (fat and protein in the GI and from the influence of a hormone called cholecystokinin) will contract and pump bile into the lumen of the GI tract. However, a couple of conditions exist that greatly impact the function of the gallbladder.

Mild liver damage due to fatty deposits within the functional units of the liver itself can greatly impact the production of bile. This leads to a situation called biliary insufficiency. Some of the common causes of biliary insufficiency include changes in metabolism within the liver itself. This is most often caused by the consumption of excess hydrogenated or trans fatty acids, excess refined foods, oxidative stress, and low fat diets. Other causes include overt liver damage due to hepatitis, chemical damage to the liver and liver cirrhosis.

The liver metabolizes not only fats but also carbohydrates and proteins for use in your body. The organ has a triple role in carbohydrate metabolism. First, it converts glucose, fructose, and galactose into glycogen, which it stores. Second, when your blood sugar level drops and no new carbohydrates are available, the liver converts stored glycogen into glucose and releases it into your bloodstream. Third, if your diet is regularly low in carbs, the liver will convert fat or protein into glucose to maintain your blood sugar levels.

The liver converts amino acids from food into various proteins that may have a direct or indirect impact on your weight. Many proteins, for example, transport hormones through the bloodstream; hormone balances are crucial to avoid water retention, bloating and cravings, as well as other health problems. Proteins also help transport wastes, such as damaged cholesterol and used estrogen and insulin, to the liver for detoxification and elimination through the kidneys.

Perhaps the liver’s most important function, and the one that puts it at greatest risk for damage, is to detoxify the myriad toxins that assault our bodies daily. A toxin is any substance that irritates or creates harmful effects in the body. Some toxins, called endotoxins, are the natural by-products of body processes. For example, during protein metabolism, ammonia is formed, which the liver breaks down to urea to be excreted through the kidneys. Other toxins you consume by choice, such as alcohol, caffeine, and prescription drugs. Still others are the thousands of toxic chemicals we breathe, consume, or touch in our environment: pesticides, car exhaust, secondhand smoke, chemical food additives, and indoor pollutants from paint, carpets, and cleaners among others.

Under ordinary circumstances, your body handles toxins by first, neutralizing them, as antioxidants neutralize free radicals, and then by transforming them, as fat-soluble chemicals are transformed to water-soluble ones, and then eliminating them through urine, feces, sweat, mucus and breath. Working with your lungs, skin, kidneys and intestines, a healthy liver detoxifies many harmful substances and eliminations them without contaminating the bloodstream.

Detoxification Pathways in the liver

The detoxification process has two phases that should work in close synchronization. Phase 1 uses a group of enzymes to break apart the chemical bonds holding the toxins together. Known as hydroxylation, phase 1 makes some toxins more water soluble and temporarily more chemically active. Phase 2, known as conjugation, attaches other enzymes to the chemically altered toxins, or intermediates, producing substances that are non-toxic, water-soluble, and easily excreted.

How To Support Basic Daily Detox & Flush Your Liver

  • Hydration – We must keep properly hydrated to keep the body flushing appropriately, moving bowels and urine regularly. Proper hydration keeps the blood fluid so that toxic material may be delivered to the lymph and liver. Water flushes toxins and removes wastes. Since we are more toxic than ever we must drink enough pure filtered water (free of chlorine/fluoride, chemicals/metals/pathogens). Lemon water is great to support liver detox. 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day plus electrolytes (a pinch of good quality sea salt in each glass of water will do). Or cran-water (4 ounces of pure organic cranberry juice in 28 ounces pure water) this mixture eliminates water retention and cleanses accumulated wastes from the lymphatic system and also helps to clean up cellulite. Start each day with a mug of hot lemon water using half a lemon to assist your kidneys and liver.
  • Diet – Processed lifeless foods are seen by the body as a toxin. Removing all food sensitivities is key. Avoiding sugar/caffeine/alcohol will take a burden off of your liver. Eating plenty of liver loving foods in your diet -including LIVER itself. Liver loving foods include; beets (a healthy bile builder), cruciferous vegetables contain substances that improve the ability of the liver to detoxify harmful chemicals and pollutants (more info and recipes), Inulin Foods (if you tolerate them)
  • Fiber – removing grains/legumes from the diet removes a heck of a lot of fiber. It will be critical to consume plenty of vegetables at every meal along with supplementing with fiber. Flax (soaked or sprouted – Go Raw is a good brand of sprouted) and chia seeds are great options. They need to be ground AS YOU USE them since they can rancidify quickly. Buy only in whole seed form and grind as you need (you can even purchase sprouted flax seeds which is a more digestible way to consume flax). If you do choose to grind a bunch at once you will need to keep them in the freezer. You must consume them ground to get the benefit or you will just excrete them out whole in your stool. You can make a daily cocktail in the am and pm to increase elimination and balance hormones. Mix 1 Tbsp. of ground flax or chia seeds in about 8 ounces of water or cran water. Mix quickly and drink immediately or use a straw. I like to do one dose in a smoothie. You can also try doing a daily dose in a glass of kombucha if you enjoy kombucha. (*NOTE- If you are taking any exogenous hormones or medications, make sure you take them at least 45 minutes before or after your flax or chia drink. The fiber component can interfere with the absorption of medications). If you don’t tolerate these seeds – just be sure to include sources of fiber in your diet that you do tolerate. Low glycemic veggies are great for this -eat as many as you want and with every meal if possible. Some people with gut issues don’t tolerate raw veggies well – cooked veggies are fine in that case, consume plenty (usually in cases of IBD/IBS with diarrhea).

Supplements To Support Detox

I recommend at the very least just using a good multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement. During times of stress you may want to increase your mineral intake, as stress causes you to burn through your minerals more quickly.

  • Nettles Tea: One way to get natural vitamins and minerals daily would be with Nettles Tea. Nettles is a wonderful overall support tonic and could be considered an excellent food based multi-vitamin. Nettle stimulates the lymph, boosts immunity, helps with GI disease, IBS and constipation and much more. Loaded with minerals, b vitamins (assimilable forms) and quite a good source of vitamin K – nettles are a very balancing food for health. Recipe: Steep 1 cup dried nettles in 2 quarts boiling water for 1-4 hours. Strain, add more water to equal a full 2 quarts, sweeten to taste. The longer you steep it the more nutrients are drawn out, but the taste also is more grassy/earthy/herby. Try my Cranberry Nettles Tea for a slightly sweetened and flavorful way to enjoy nettles along with the added benefit of cranberries for detox support. Or my DIY Kool-Aid (you will love it and so will your friends and family).
  • Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids – I recommend everyone take both daily at least in a maintenance dose. Vitamin C has many detoxifying jobs -it’s like a kind of universal anti toxin. 4000-6000 mg daily and half that in bioflavonoids daily. I like the Mixed Ascorbate powder from Biotics and Bio-FCTS (make sure whatever brand you purchase is allergen free/corn protein free/gluten free etc…) Also, you can read more about doing a vitamin C flush in this post. Another good form of C to look for would be sodium ascorbate. I actually prefer a Liposomal form of Vitamin C – you can purchase this online; this is a good one-Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C. OR, you can make your own at home, which is what I do. The Liposomal form is the most absorbed form of C and actually goes straight to the liver and you won’t need as large of a dose with this form.
  • Vitamin E – very protective against free radical damage and cell membrane damage. The process of detoxification can create dangerous molecules and they can do more harm than the original toxin. Vitamin E protects against such effects. Daily dose should be minimum of 200 upwards to about 1200 IU. We as a culture are very deficient in all our fat soluble vitamins. I love Biotics Emulsion formulas and that is the one I’d suggest for getting your vitamin E, very effective! Bio-E-Mulsion. Also, a brand called ‘Unique E‘ and Carlsons ‘E-Gems Elite’ (specifically).
  • Liver/Gallbladder support - Beta TCP from Biotics is a great support. This is also a critical addition in a detox because it helps to emulsify the bile and get toxins out of the body. The last thing you want when detoxing is sludgy bile.
  • Liver glandularCytozyme LV by Biotics (used for liver congestion/toxicity/liver dysfunction, general). Optional, but helpful.
  • Herbs – Milk Thistle, Dandelion, try Dandy Blend as a coffee replacement – great liver supportive herbs. It’s a gentle but effective liver balancer for those with elevated liver enzymes and/or those who have overdone alcohol, sugar, trans fats, Ibuprofen, and medications for lowering cholesterol. Use the herbs in dried form in tea, or find tinctures or make them. Start with one herb and get used to it for a month before adding another. Stop if any side effects or discomfort arise. Here are some recipes for you: Cinnamon Vanilla Herbal Coffee, Homemade Coffee, Milk Thistle Liver Tonic.

Game Plan To Support The Liver

First off, let me state – I do not recommend a SERIOUS liver cleanse or detox until you have spent about 3 months or so working on the foundations of digestion. All elimination pathways need to be clear (no constipation, regular daily bowel movements), sleep needs be regulated, blood sugar needs to be stable and then a deeper cleanse can be more manageable. The following tips/strategies would be a good way to support general detoxification and support the liver.

  • A 30 day strict diet as a cleanse and way to reduce inflammation and enhance metabolic cleansing – this helps to address toxic overload, harmful bacteria, heavy metal toxicity and leaky gut. It will not address it 100% for everyone in just 30 days, but it’s a great starting point and could be a plan to try seasonally. Avoid all gluten grains (wheat, rye, oats, barley), dairy, sugar, processed foods, alcohol, caffeine (coffee, black teas, sodas), soy based foods, sodas, fruit drinks, conventional pork or cold cuts -all meats that contain hormones/antibiotics -use only hormone/antibiotic free or pastured grass fed, canned tomato products (most contain common allergens, some even contain gluten) fresh tomatoes or organic canned with no additives are good, avoid refined oils/fats, all refined sugar products and any foods you are currently intolerant to.
  • Exercise daily – even if it’s only a brisk walk or something minimal. Daily movement is very important. It keeps the lymph flowing and toxins moving out of the body.
  • Sweat Daily- this should occur if you are getting daily exercise, however you can head to a sauna as well. If you have low thyroid function you will find it harder to sweat.
  • Clean out the toxins in your home. Check your cosmetics and personal care products, your cleaning products, how much plastic your foods are in (switch to using more glass), never microwave in plastic, never use products with fluoride, check your water and filter the whole house if you can, at the very least get a water filter for ALL water you drink or cook with and a filter for your shower.
  • Oil Pulling – Oil pulling is a great method for pulling toxins out of the blood as well.  The chewing action done during oil pulling can trigger enzymes that draw toxins from the blood. It is important to note that the oil has become very toxic by doing this and by no means should you ever swallow it. There are many reports and findings that indicate the practice of oil pulling can cure many ailments and diseases. Read More: What’s All This About Oil Pulling? and Take The Oil Pulling Challenge.

After 30 days of implementing some of the above daily detox tips you should experience more regularity, 2 or more stools per day that come with ease. You should also experience more energy, clearer skin, radiant eyes, less pain and inflammation and even smoother digestion. Detoxifying diets like the Whole30, GAPS & GAPS Intro, SCD and the Paleo Autoimmune protocol are some options if you want to detoxify daily and continue to resolve gut issues.

Spend 3 months really cleaning up your diet, getting your bowels moving regularly and removing the toxins from you life. If you are still having acute or chronic health conditions consider taking on a deeper detoxification plan, getting liver testing done and preferably working under the supervision of an experienced practitioner.

Further Articles, Recipes & Info.

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Steps For Getting Started

  1. Identify 3 specific ways you can work to daily support your liver. (ex: buy a dry brush and start using it, drink lemon water each morning, juice, herbal tea, beet kvass, milk thistle tonic…..)
  2. Implement at least ONE of the 3 ways right now -today!
  3. Find one or two things in your life that you could ditch that are not good for your liver. Such as caffeine, too much alcohol, toxic personal care products etc…..Work on getting those out of your life over the next week, replace with healthier alternatives.
  4. *NOTE: Forced detoxification is not recommended while pregnant or breastfeeding because breast milk is a detox pathway. The best way to support your liver while pregnant/breastfeeding is to support your entire digestive system, stay well hydrated and include plenty of daily movement. As well as avoid toxins in your home, food/water….

 

Lydia Shatney, Nutritional TherapistNow…I would love to hear from you! 

So let me know in the comments below what insights you have gained, what questions you might have for me, and the ways in which you applied this information. Thanks!

P.S. Join the Heal Your Gut course now to get support on your journey to regain your health! See you on the inside!

 

[Sources for this post: 'Signs & Symptoms Analysis From A Functional Perspective', Dicken Weatherby, '7 Day Detox Miracle', Course Notes from NTA]
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Margarita Popsicles Anyone? {For Kids & Adults} http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/margarita-popsicles-anyone-for-kids-adults/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/margarita-popsicles-anyone-for-kids-adults/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:29:41 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5199 margarita popsAs the Summer months bring in the warmth of the sun, we have a celebration brewing. This means we must come up with some very special treats for both the children and adults. Our answer… Limeade Coconut Cream Pops OR Margarita Popsicles We experiment with a lot of variations and you will be glad that [...]]]>

As the Summer months bring in the warmth of the sun, we have a celebration brewing. This means we must come up with some very special treats for both the children and adults. Our answer…

Limeade Coconut Cream Pops OR Margarita Popsicles

Lemon Lime Coconut Popsicles

We experiment with a lot of variations and you will be glad that we did! Limeade is the hit of the party and worth the extra time it takes to freeze instead of just provincially drinking.

For four years we have loved and cared for the sweetest little girl through the foster system. She left us at age 2 and returned at age 3. We of course see her every week and love the biological Mom. But we finally get the call that we are clear to move ahead with the adoption and all parties are in agreement. So summer brings a happy reminder that the sun will shine and we get to keep our little girl and watch her grow. More sappy than the treats, right?! But we are truly thankful!

And to celebrate, we are sharing this treat with all of Divine Health from the Inside Out readers because well, the name says it all! Everything good must start on the inside and these popsicles will bring the sunshine right into your belly and jumpstart healthy digestion.

Materials Needed

Wooden sticks

Small 5 oz paper cups

A few extra limes, sliced thick

Ingredients

1 part limes (or lemons if you prefer) 10 limes make about a cup of juice

1 part raw honey

2 parts filtered water (more or less based on preferred tartness)

1 part whole organic coconut cream

Stir and mix ingredients well until honey is completely dissolved. Then pour liquid into paper cups until 2/3 full. Take a sliced lime and gentle push the wooden stick through the center and place into the cup. The lime will hold the stick in place for the freezing process.

AFTER YOU HAVE POURED THE CHILDREN CUPS…

Add a shot of tequila (for approximately every 3 cups of mix)

Stir the liquid and pour into marked cups. We use the black cups only for the tequila cups. Repeat slices with sticks and freeze. Next sprinkle celtic salt across the top.

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After several hours, we remove the cups from the freezer. Be sure to keep them separate. We use separate plates.

 

Enjoy and please check out our book about Fostering with disease “Look What God Painted; Inspired by a Child” at www.Fostering Nutrition.com or a printed copy at Amazon.

Mandy is the founder of Fostering Nutrition which is dedicated to nutrient-dense food preparation and Mandyparenting for the biological, foster and adopted child. As an author of two books, Mandy also holds a B.Sc.degree and is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner for many children and some parents. Since around 500,000 children in the US alone are placed in the foster/orphan system, Mandy is busy proposing bills before the State, writing books and articles to change a system and a world – one child at a time. Everyone deserves the right to belong and be healthy! Find Mandy at Fostering Nutrition on Facebook!

 

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Samantha’s Story: Recovering From Ulcerative Colitis http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/samanthas-story-recovering-from-ulcerative-colitis/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/samanthas-story-recovering-from-ulcerative-colitis/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:41:07 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5190 Recovery from Ulcerative ColitisToday, I’ve got another health success story to share with you. It comes from Samantha of Sweet Potatoes and Social Change. She took on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol to recover from ulcerative colitis. Here’s Samantha…… Hello wonderful readers! My name is Samantha and about three years ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune [...]]]>

Today, I’ve got another health success story to share with you. It comes from Samantha of Sweet Potatoes and Social Change. She took on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol to recover from ulcerative colitis.

Here’s Samantha……

Samantha's Story

Hello wonderful readers! My name is Samantha and about three years ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation in the lower digestive tract, pain, blood loss, fatigue, severe weight fluctuation and increased risk of colon cancer. Upon being diagnosed, I followed the doctor’s instructions, went on medication and was able to achieve remission.
However, I was still left with a number of uncomfortable digestive ailments such as severe bloating, painful bowel movements and abdominal pain. It was then that I decided to go gluten free. My sister had gone gluten-free a year or so before to help relieve some of her digestive ailments, so I thought it may help. Some of my symptoms improved, but many remained. Not long after, I was introduced to the paleo diet and I was hooked. I had spent my entire life feeling as though I was fighting with my body; everything from controlling my acne, to managing my allergies, to going to the bathroom was difficult. I thought that maybe if I started giving my body what it needed, the real nourishing food that it was designed to digest, my body would start working with me.

My health improved exponentially on the paleo diet, and for well over a year my disease was in remission, my weight stabilized, my energy level increased and I was on top of the world. However, as it tends to do, life began to change and after months of prolonged stress, my disease began to flare again and I was left almost bedridden. After six months of pain and blood loss I decided to give diet one last ditch effort and try this paleo diet subset I had heard about called the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP. The limitations seemed strict, but I was desperate. Within three weeks my bleeding stopped. Slowly, my energy returned and I was able to get back to my life. After a few months even my weight began to stabilize and I was able to avoid going on intravenous medications. Food had given me my life back yet again.

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This is where I am now. It has taken some time and practice but now, following the autoimmune protocol is very manageable, the food is delicious and every bite gets me closer to achieving long-term health and wellness. If you are interested in learning more about my journey on both the paleo and AIP diets check out the links to my stories below. I love sharing my experiences with others and it is my goal to connect with people and help others to understand that taking control of your health and cooking real food can be both simple and enjoyable!

Samantha’s Full Journey

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Lydia Shatney, Nutritional TherapistNow I would love to hear from you!

So, let me know in the comments below what insights you have gained, what questions you might have for me, and the ways in which you applied this information. Thanks!

P.S. Join the Heal Your Gut course now and get support on your journey to regain your health! You don’t have to go at it alone! See you on the inside!

 

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What Should I Eat To Heal My Gut? http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/what-should-i-eat-to-heal-my-gut/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/what-should-i-eat-to-heal-my-gut/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:34:00 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5163 EatToHealGutThere can be a lot of confusion around what diet is a healthy diet or what foods one should be eating when suffering with health issues and digestive complaints. One of the issues my clients ask the most is; ‘What on earth should I eat right now?‘  To answer this question, everyone’s gut healing diet [...]]]>

There can be a lot of confusion around what diet is a healthy diet or what foods one should be eating when suffering with health issues and digestive complaints. One of the issues my clients ask the most is; ‘What on earth should I eat right now?‘  To answer this question, everyone’s gut healing diet will be different, but there are some key guidelines that can help anyone as they work to find what is best for them.

 

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Sometimes we are so debilitated, raw, inflamed, or compromised that we have to go back to eating basics and heal deeply before we can eat normally. ~ Liz Lipski

When healing, our body thrives on foods that are simple to digest as well as nutrient dense. Cooked foods are often easier to digest and more tolerated in those with damaged guts. Raw and cold foods can be irritating for many (especially in those with IBS with diarrhea), but not all.

Eating small amounts often is best when first starting out on a gut healing diet. It’s also helpful to make sure your blood sugar is well managed and I find most clients have both gut issues and blood sugar issues. Therefore, it’s a good idea to eat every 3 hours to keep the blood sugar stable. I recommend eating during an eight hour window of the day if possible, this will help support your body’s natural circadian rhythm. Eat food primarily during the daylight hours or at least several hours before a normal bedtime. Starchy carbs are best saved for later in the day, such as the evening meal. They can help promote sleep at night – it is best to eat most of our carbs around sunset to enhance leptin rhythm. So, fat, proteins and low glycemic veggies and fruits at breakfast and starches saved for dinner (paired with some fat/protein) is a good game plan if possible.

Proteins

Your body needs protein to heal. I have many clients come to me that don’t seem to tolerate meat well which makes them think they should consider becoming vegan/vegetarian. However, it’s likely they simply do not have enough stomach acid to break down proteins in the first place. Bone broth is very protein sparing and loaded with amino acids. A good option for those who have trouble digesting meat. Well-cooked or boiled meats are better tolerated when digestion is impaired and best paired with some fat or broth. Bone marrow is also very nourishing. Fresh, pastured eggs are an excellent source of protein. Read more: Choosing Healthy Meat, Dairy & Seafood

Dairy

Dairy can be good only if it is tolerated, and even then selectively choosing dairy will be important. Many people have difficulty with lactose -anyone with gluten intolerance will need to be very careful with dairy. Also, casein sensitivity is an issue -there are two types; A1 beta-casein and A2 beta-casein. A1 beta-casein is the one people usually have issues with. It’s from newer breeds of cows rather than heritage breeds or goats or sheep. If you are intolerant to the A1 beta-casein you may do okay with goat’s milk, sheep’s milk or from older breeds of cows such as Jersey’s or Guernseys. However, if you are lactose intolerant you will need to be careful with dairy. That is why diets like GAPS and SCD use the 24 hour yogurt to remove most of the lactose. I like the dairy guidelines for the GAPS diet which I cover more in the Heal Your Gut course. I think it’s worth looking into via testing what dairy you tolerate and what you don’t.

Yogurt is a key healing food if it is tolerated. I highly recommend making homemade yogurt and consuming it regularly. It is a key component of the SCD and GAPS diets, both gut-healing protocols. If you have an IgE allergy or delayed allergy or sensitivity, yogurt won’t be an option for you. In some folks with intermittant allergies, yogurt can be tolerated every 4th or 7th day. Yogurt is loaded with beneficial bacteria. Yogurt is a healing food included in my traditional cultures throughout history. The good bacteria deteriorate in yogurt as it is stored, so it is best to make your own and to eat it fresh. If you have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth- you may not tolerate yogurt until you get the bacteria under control).

Colostrum is another super-gut-healing food. It is rich in secretory IgA and other immunoglobulins to replace deficient gut immunity. It is best paired with a probiotic. If you are dairy sensitive -try small amounts of colostrum (capsule form, powder or fresh) taken with a probiotic to see if it helps you tolerate it better. Colostrum has a tiny amount of lactose, but is usually tolerated quite well in those with lactose intolerance. If you are casein intolerant but aren’t clear as to which type of casein, I suggest trying a colostrum from goat’s and see how you do. Tropical Traditions has a wonderful goat’s milk colostrum. Or simply find a goat farm near you and ask for colostrum from the first 3 milkings.

Fat Soluble Vitamins

Vitamin A rich foods such as butterfat, egg yolks, liver and other organ meats, seafood and fish liver oils are key. Vitamin A stimulates the secretion of gastric juices needed for protein digestion. Protein, minerals and water soluble vitamins cannot be utilized by the body without vitamin A from animal sources. It is very difficult to make the conversion of carotenes from plants into vitamin A, making vegetable sources of ‘vitamin A’ in carotene form not an ideal source of this vital nutrient.

Vitamin D rich foods are needed for calcium absorption. Vitamin E rich foods are important for tissue repair and healing. Increased ingestion of polyunsaturated oils requires a greater amount of vitamin E in the diet. Again, foods like; butterfat, eggs, liver, organ meats, marine oils, seafood, nuts, seeds and even some legumes (properly prepared and if tolerated).

Minerals

Minerals are sorely lacking in the modern day diet and are easily depleted further by stress. Lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach (which we will cover more in the Heal Your Gut course) make it difficult for us to obtain enough minerals. Lack of mineral rich water is another modern day problem. The best sources of minerals in our diet come from mineral-rich water, nutrient dense foods, herbal teas, bone broth and quality sea salt. Even small amounts of clay is a traditional practice that can get more minerals into the diet and help bind toxic materials and move them out of the body. Read more: The Role of Minerals In The Body, Factors That Deplete Minerals From the Body

Enzymes

Enzymes in food include proteases for digesting proteins, lipases for digesting fats, amylases for digesting carbohydrates. Enzymes in our saliva (from good chewing practices) and in our food also help with the process of digestion immensely. Raw foods and fermented foods are the best sources of food enzymes. Enzymes are deactivated above 118 for wet-heat temps and 150 for dry heat temps. If we cannot tolerate raw foods initially when healing the gut, we must supplement. Enzyme rich foods include raw fruits and vegetables, soaked and dehydrated nuts/seeds, raw dairy or cultured dairy products, raw meats, such as; sushi/sashimi, raw oysters, beef tartare, raw honey. If you do poorly on raw foods you will want to utilize enzyme rich condiments with your diet of cooked foods (and/or supplement). Homemade mayonnaise, raw apple cider vinegar, raw cheeses are some good choices. I try to consume something raw or fermented at every meal if possible (for those with SIBO, hold off on ferments until you get SIBO under control then introduce).

Fats

Fats are also very healing and nourishing, so long as you do not have severe gallbladder issues (though once resolved fats should be incorporated). People with digestive disorders, other than gallbladder, should tolerate fats quite well. Fats provide us with vitamins A, D, E and K, omega 3s and more. These nutrients are critical to heal. I recommend reading up more on the use of fats in cooking in this article: Fats Safer Options for Your Frying Pan and Your Health. Then ditch the bad oils in your home, swap them for good fats and included good fats at every meal. Read more: How To Ditch Processed Foods: What Fats Should You Be Choosing

Gut Friendly Recipes

In general the top foods to avoid when healing the gut are: grains (including pseudo-grains), dairy (unless tolerated and then very carefully), legumes (including soy and peanuts), eggs can also be problematic for some, nightshades (especially in anyone with severe inflammation such as RA). Often a gluten-free diet is not enough to heal because there is damage to the gut lining that needs to be repaired, but can be a good starting point and transition for many. There are many foods cross reactive to gluten to consider as well (see this post here).

In looking for healthy recipes that are good for overall gut health as well as for gut healing, I recommend looking for the following things online; Paleo recipes, Primal recipes, Grain-free recipes, GAPS recipes, SCD recipes, Paleo Autoimmune Recipes, Real Food recipes, Gluten-Free recipes, Dairy-Free recipes and Anaerobically Fermented Foods.

If you are on Pinterest, please feel free to check out my Heal Your Gut Pinboard that I will continue to add articles and recipes to. Also, check out the Heal Your Gut page on Facebook -great recipes are posted daily!

Here is my favorite gut healing smoothie

I am including a one week meal plan for general gut-healing, it is grain-free and dairy free. Download it below..

FREE 1 Week Heal Your Gut Menu

 

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Learn How To Heal Your Gut!

Heal Your Gut  is an innovative online course which tackles an introduction to digestion and how to get it working more optimally. Through this course I’ll share why it is critical to understand the systematic way digestion functions. Additionally, I will help to unravel digestive dysfunction and balance the foundation of gut health and overall wellness. Gut health is the key to our entire well being. Through real answers, powerful information, practical steps and “survival” tools, you will learn it is possible to relieve digestive health conditions and ailments. Click on the banner below to learn more!

 


Lydia Shatney, Nutritional TherapistNow I would love to hear from you!

So, let me know in the comments below what insights you have gained, what questions you might have for me, and the ways in which you applied this information. Thanks!

P.S. Join the Heal Your Gut course now and get support on your journey to regain your health! See you on the inside!

 

 

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From Size 18 To 8 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/from-size-18-to-8-2/ http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2014/06/from-size-18-to-8-2/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 23:06:44 +0000 http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/?p=5169 Size 18 to 8I love hearing real life health success stories. Several of my readers asked me to share more weight loss success stories. So, I got in touch with my friend Anna Lishman because she shares weight loss success stories regularly on her blog ‘Rules of Dieting‘. Today you are hearing from Anna via a shared success [...]]]>

I love hearing real life health success stories. Several of my readers asked me to share more weight loss success stories. So, I got in touch with my friend Anna Lishman because she shares weight loss success stories regularly on her blog ‘Rules of Dieting‘. Today you are hearing from Anna via a shared success story
Here’s Anna….

I have another amazing weight loss success story for you. Kristie has done amazingly well and managed to keep the weight off for 5 years! Losing weight isn’t easy, but one key thing that helps is to remember who you are doing it for. Kristie had a lot of people cheering her on, but ultimately she wasn’t doing it for them, but for herself.

I love the quote she uses “ Love yourself for who you are in the moment and for who you want to become.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Kristie. I am 42 years young and in the best shape of my life. I’m from California and back now after leaving for 6 years traveling with my new love. I am the oldest of 3 children. Divorced but now with Mr. Right. No children yet but still holding out hope. I lost the weight and have kept it off for 5 years now. Hoping to use the knowledge I have learned on my journey to help others any way I can.

How much weight have you lost in what period of time?

When I started on my journey back in November of 2008, I weighed over 200 lbs and was toxic. Literally. I lost the first 50 lbs fairly quick. I would say within 7 months. The last of the weight would take a lot longer but I did eventually reach my goal weight of 135 lbs. I would put back on 20 lbs with my move back out to Cali but am working on turning that into muscle.

What was the “turning point” at which you decided that you had to change your lifestyle for better?

I had known in my heart that my lifestyle had to change when I met my love in 2006. I knew if I wanted to be a mom in my 30’s or 40’s old habits and bad choices had to stop. I had been a smoker since 8th grade, struggled with good body image since my early 20’s and had been heavily medicated for 6 years. My eating habits were very poor in my 20’s and 30’s. I had processed foods on a daily basis with little to no vegetables or fruits at all. Did the Slim Fast thing for a couple of years with no success. Two shakes during the day and a meal at night. It just didn’t work for me.

By 2007 I began the process of getting off toxic medications, cigarettes and caffeine but our diet was still pretty poor at the time. We were living in the land of buffet style eating of Mississippi. My favorite place to go to was Waffle House. Sweet tea and fried foods galore. The real “turning point” for losing weight though came on one memorable day in 2008. I was up on a stack of wood that had been drying out for a building’s construction in order to cover it with tarps from the impending rain. When I finished I was told to jump down and that he would catch me. When I did, I knocked both of us over. I was very embarrassed. Not long after that my fiancee did some research on the internet and found a diet that he thought would help both of us.

Thank God, because something had to change.

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What lifestyle changes have you adopted to help you with the weight loss?

Many! The first was drinking lots of water. It is recommended to drink at least half your bodyweight in ounces per day. I had grown up drinking anything but water. Tea, kool-aid, soda, you name it but not water. It was difficult at first. There was no taste. I missed the sugar. I had been severely dehydrated for many years. I had several warnings though. I would get to a point of passing out from lack of fluids a few times and still had not learned the importance of water to the body. I suffered terrible migraine headaches too. Just no clue as to why. If you are like I was and find it hard to drink water, try adding some fruit slices to your water for a
bit of flavor and vitamins. The silly water flavorings sold in stores are loaded with MSG and poisonous sugar substitutes. I also have a capful of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar in one of my morning glasses of water daily followed 30 mins later by a TBS of chia seeds in another (My blog details why).

Next was portion control. In the past I would either starve myself or binge eat. Later buffet style eating had been introduced and watch out. We would pile up plate after plate to the point of over stuffing ourselves.Not good. I went to visit a nutritionist and found out that portion control would help me get on the right path for losing some weight. She told me that our stomach is the size of our fist. When I looked down at my fist and then thought of the size of a plate that I would have been filling with food it almost made me sick. Why was I never taught these things? We would buy 2 cup pyrex bowls (because they are glass and contain no harmful chemicals) for making our meals into, that would help make it easier. We eat 4 smaller meals a day with 2 snacks.

Then came the first diet guidelines that we would follow. I use diet lightly, because it was more like a new way of eating really. I never went into this thinking it was just until I lost weight. Maybe that is why I was so successful. Anyways, the diet was called the Candida Diet. It was mainly for people with an overgrowth of fungus and or yeast (I had frequent yeast infections and powerful cravings for sweets) but was
also used for people sensitive to gluten. It is a low/no sugar, low gluten, no yeast, no MSG diet that was very simple to follow. I would later find the Candida Diet Cookbook at the local library that would make it a no brainer to prepare recipes too. I have since learned that a healthy fit body is made with 70% diet and 30% exercise, some even say 80-20.

Last but not least, exercise would be brought into my lifestyle as well. It was a real struggle in the beginning at over 200 lbs. Keep in mind that before all of these changes were taking place I could only do any physical exercise for 5 mins before my face would be beet red and I would be out of breath. It was something I had to overcome. So I would go to the gym at the local hospital (where we lived there were not many options) and walk on the treadmill for maybe 15-20 mins to start 3x a week. Slowly I would build up to 30 mins. Then I would try the elliptical machine. Boy was that tough. I could only do 5 mins at first. A little later I would try a kick boxing class too. Lots of fun.

When we moved I had to leave the gym behind but knew I wanted to continue to workout. I went to the local Walmart and bought some DVD’s. I upped my workouts to 5x a week for the next couple of years. I workout at home to this day. My fitness level peaked last year when I completed the P90X workout program where the workouts were an hour to an hour and a half 6x a week with a stretch day on the 7th day. I never even imagined that would be possible in the beginning of my journey.

Which habit do you think had the biggest impact on your weight loss?

Honestly, it was eating healthy. Really reading the labels and finding out that the less ingredients that are in a food the safer it is. The basic healthy non-processed foods don’t have ingredient labels. We continually adjusted the foods we were eating as we progressed, fine tuning for optimal health. It helps with any plateaus you may hit as well. We added more and more vegetables to our meals and also have tried to include at least 50% of them raw. Even lightly cooked vegetables lose some of the nutritional value. We would also include green drinks made in our blender that would aid in detoxifying the body naturally as well.

I stopped eating for pleasure and began to eat for nutrition and health. Not saying that our food doesn’t taste good, because it does. As your taste buds return over time, when you get off of additives and sugar, the more you taste real food. Allowing yourself to have cheats here and there and not attaching guilt or shame helps as well. As long as it is only here and there in limited amounts it won’t kill you and there is no reason to beat yourself up over it. Over time, for me, the food I was craving didn’t end up tasting as good as I thought after all.

There are times when we are with friends or family that want to eat out or invite us to join in a meal. We don’t alienate ourselves by declining. Instead, we try to do our best to make the best choices available and figure food that was prepared with good intention is okay. However, most know we follow a healthy lifestyle so it’s usually not a problem anymore. Don’t get me wrong, exercise played a huge part too. Let’s be honest, if
you continue to eat junk, you can exercise all you want and still not lose lots of weight or maintain a healthy weight after weight loss.

Did you experience any weight loss plateaus and lack of motivation to continue? How did you overcome them?

Sure. I think anyone on a serious weight loss journey does. Not to mention bouts of gaining a bit of weight back. There were also times where ailments or injuries would cause time out from exercise and the best thing to do for your body is to listen to it and give it the rest it needs to prevent further damage. The key for me is not giving up and staying positive. As soon as things are healed I go back at it.

Sometimes I had to adjust what I was eating, for example; what type of food I was eating for my meals through the day. Over the years I have changed several times. Going from cereals, to smoothies, then to eggs or cheese with veggies for breakfast. Or maybe I was not challenging myself with the exercise videos I was doing. Your muscles do have memory and can get used to them over time. Changing it up after a few months is helpful to shock them and challenge them to do new things.

As far as motivation goes, for me it is mostly internal. How I feel and look in the mirror as I have made each change in my lifestyle. Looking at before pictures and realizing how much different I looked. My journey went from wanting to lose weight to be thin, to being thin and wanting to be fit. Each leg of my journey has required motivation that mainly came from me. I had people rooting for me and that was nice but I wasn’t doing it for them, I was doing it for me. I really learned to stop the negative talk that went on in my head for most of my life. I was and still am my worst critic. Love yourself for who you are in the moment and for who you want to become.

I went to a reunion that I had planned for my family with 150+ people attending and was able to share my story with them. It made me realize that I wanted to help other people. The motivation was then renewed and I went home with the idea to start my own Facebook page called Size 18 to 8 which would help to motivate others out there. Initially it was started in hopes of reaching family and friends. However, over time I began to notice there were others out there worldwide that could benefit from what I had learned.

Through my page I have found a tremendous community of like minded people that are into health and fitness. Some are just starting their journey’s and others have been on this path for a long time. Their pages motivate and inspire me to continue on my journey. I was asked several times what I did to lose the weight and keep it off and because there was no quick answer for my story I began a blog at  and wrote in detail what I did and what has continued to work for me. Now after a couple of years of keeping the page going I am being asked to do interviews like this one to share with an even wider audience. The motivation just continues even more.

What were your top 3 dieting rules that helped you through your journey?

  1. Weening off things that were addicting made it much easier to give up. Sugar for example was cut down before being cut out.
  2. Sticking with the portion control and eating small meals through the day helped raise my metabolism back up.
  3. Drinking water at least 20-30 mins before eating so as not to dilute stomach juices, never during a meal and not sooner than an hour afterwards to avoid upsetting digestion.

What types of food did you end up removing from your diet and which ones did you introduce?

All processed foods, anything not Organic, and anything containing MSG (of any form; see my blog for more info on this). Eating out is hard but not impossible from time to time, we just watch where we go and limit how often. I also have a sensitive digestion system and have found that following the Blood Type Diet by Dr. D’Adamo has been helpful over the past year. It eliminated problem foods for me, like pork and cabbage for an example. As far as introducing, wide variety of vegetables, low glycemic fruits and berries, Organic and non GMO produce, dairy (now on goat dairy, recommended by a doctor of oriental medicine), meats, etc. As well as high quality supplements with no magnesium stearate.

What would be one message of encouragement and motivation to others who want to start a healthier lifestyle?

Anyone can do this. It’s like Kris Carr said in the movie Food Matters, “it’s all about what you eat, drink and think.” The information is out there on how to eat healthy, there are tons of free exercise videos on the Internet and it really doesn’t take any more time or money to have a better, longer, healthier life. What you spend on health foods you save on trips to the doctors and medications. Once you make the mental switch from I want it but can’t have it to I can have it but don’t want it, you’re there. What helped clinch that for me was realizing that the fast food industry is not here for our convenience or betterment they are there to make money and get you addicted to their food. I highly recommend watching Food Matters, Hungry for Change and Super Size Me. Don’t wait until next Monday, don’t wait until you find out you have a health problem, just take that leap and start today.

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What A Story!

As Kristie said, when it comes to healthy eating, make that mental switch from ” I want it but can’t have it to I can have it but don’t want it.” I use the same logic too, and it is amazing how much this helps when I go 1460994_220915581449802_329718623_n shopping and see sugary and process food. I simply choose not to buy them as I know how bad they are for your health!

I hope you all enjoyed Kristie’s story. If you want to contact Kristie directly and/or follow her amazing journey, you can do so via her Facebook page Size 18 to 8

I look forward to writing and sharing many more weight loss success stories. If you know of someone whose story should be heard, please do get in touch with me. ~ Anna Lishman, Rules of Dieting. Find Anna at Rules of Dieting on Facebook.

 

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