Shocking news…Roundup’s Long-Term Health Effects

Farmland

I recently read a very disturbing article, which I’ll reference a little later about the longer-term effects of Roundup. This is the kind of stuff that just makes steam come out of my ears.

How can an industry, with so much knowledge keep continuing to lie to the public and play Russian roulette with our health?

The World’s Health Organization’s cancer research arm has designated Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, “probably carcinogenic to humans,” we need to understand how the chemical works on plants and ultimately how it effects our health.

The information here is shared by Genetic Engineer Thierry Vrain, who retired from head of a molecular biology department.

One of the things I found particularly interesting was that when he retired, he became a serious gardening hobbyist. With all this hands-on experience, he soon realized just how much damage pesticides cause to the living environment of the soil.

He wasn’t taught that in graduate school. Through his own experience, he learned that not only pesticides, but also regular fertilizers damage communities of microorganisms in soil and that’s when he became “organic.”

He started digging into research that showed a problem with genetic engineering. Rats and mice fed genetically engineered, Roundup Ready grain were getting sick. His knowledge of the engineering technology made it clear that this should be safe.

The DNA technology of adding a gene from one species to another is used every day in many research labs around the world to create a variety of transgenic animals and plants, to study their biology and to advance various fields of knowledge.

Then he realized about 2 years ago that the problem didn’t lie with genetic engineering technology itself, but with the herbicide that’s sprayed on all Roundup Ready crops.

He goes on to explain why glyphosate was originally engineered and it wasn’t as it’s used today. It was actually used as a descaling agent for large companies that boil a lot of water and scale builds up.

Somebody quickly figured out that glyphosate kills all bacteria and plants, and that there’s a lot more money to be made using this chemical as an herbicide rather than a descaling agent. That’s also when Monsanto bought the rights to the molecule and patented it in 1969 as a nonselective herbicide.

Fast forward to the current allowable amounts of glyphosate in food and water and how do these compare to what scientists are detecting.

Most other pesticides and herbicides are closely monitored by government agencies in Canada and the United States for their residual amounts in food crops for humans and animal consumption, but for some reason glyphosate residues have not been monitored closely.

What we do know is that the legal levels allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Health Canada have increased significantly in the past few years, presumably to accommodate the new reality.

The allowable levels are now well above parts per million (ppm). Every single crop has allowable levels; sugar at 10 ppm, soybean and canola at 20 ppm, cereals at 30 ppm, nongrass animal feed at 400 ppm. Residue levels that were once considered extreme are now seen as normal.

A large number of published scientific studies, mostly done outside the US, show that as little as 1 ppm of glyphosate will kill almost all bacteria, particularly beneficial bacteria, in the gut of animals, that endocrine disruption starts at 0.5 ppm; and that even just a few ppm can cause oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, DNA damage, and many other disruptions in mammalian organ cells and tissues.

Just last year the World Health Organization asked an international team of 17 senior toxicologists from 11 countries to review the status of several agricultural chemicals, including glyphosate. Their verdict was that the scientific literature contains enough convincing evidence to classify glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.

In the end, when asked what he would recommend moving forward, to prevent this toxic herbicide from causing more damage, Vrain said because of its heavy use over the last 40 years, it’s time to reconsider its place in the market. In light of glyphosate’s toxicity, we must strictly regulate the use of the herbicide Roundup, abandon chemical drying of grain and seed crops, and recall Roundup Ready technology.

How to avoid glyphosate? Steer clear of processed foods and buy ingredients that are either clearly labeled “USDA Certified Organic” or come from a trusted local grower who doesn’t use herbicides. Certified organic crops can’t be sprayed with glyphosate at any stage of the growing, harvesting or drying processes, and none of the ingredients in USDA Certified Organic foods are allowed to be genetically engineered. The USDA Certified Organic standards for meat, eggs and dairy require that livestock are fed 100-percent organic feed and forage.

To read the entire article referenced in large part here, click here. It’s been enlightening when someone on the inside shares his knowledge so the rest of us can make educated choices and decisions that affect our health.

How has this information helped you and what steps will you take going forward? Please share your comments below so we can journey together.

To Your Health,

Kellie

PS: What is chemical drying and how does it affect you?

An interesting nugget from the above article, and I mention it at the end, is something that’s not widely known.

The use of glyphosate for chemical drying of non-engineered grain and seed crops has grown exponentially in the last 15 years.

Some farmers who grow grains and seeds (such as cereals, beans, sunflowers, and hemp) now commonly spray a formulation of glyphosate to kill their crops just before harvest. This process also kills any weeds that might have popped up during the growth of the crop.

This is called “chemical drying” or “desiccation.” It makes for a much easier harvest of grains and seeds.

With wheat being a non-engineered grain and in almost all processed foods, it’s no wonder that we are seeing so many digestive issues. Remember glyphosate kills beneficial bacteria.

The cereal industry is one large monster and look what our children are eating! Do you remember the ppm that is considered normal? 30 ppm. You might as well hand them the bottle of Roundup.

It’s a sad day when sunflowers and hemp (known health foods) are being compromised because “it makes for a much easier harvest.”

Another reminder to avoid processed foods and buy ingredients that are either labeled organic or from a trusted local grower or grow your own without the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Are you affected by Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Dilly Kraut

Leaky gut syndrome is an issue for many people and you may not even know you have it. It’s also referred to as increased intestinal permeability. This affects one of our major organs, the small intestine.

An important role of the small intestine is to absorb vitamins and minerals and allow these to pass through the walls of the intestine into the bloodstream. A healthy wall is considered a tight junction or net, which only allows very small particles to pass through.

In the case of leaky gut syndrome, the net has gotten damaged and now allows proteins (think gluten), toxins, bad bacteria and undigested larger food particles to pass through into your bloodstream.

These particles ultimately cause systemic inflammation and what’s considered an autoimmune reaction and then typically the body will start recognizing certain foods as toxic and will cause your body to have an immune reaction when you eat these foods. Left unchecked, this then leads to an autoimmune disease.

Some earlier reactions or symptoms of leaky gut syndrome are things like food allergies, skin issues like eczema and acne, and other digestive issues like IBS, bloating, and gas.

The problem with most people having leaky gut, is that they start to realize that some of the foods they are eating are causing issues, so the simple solution, would seem to be, elimination. This is also what most physicians will tell you as well.

Unfortunately, that’s only half the problem. The real solution is to allow the body to heal and in order to do that, lifestyle changes must occur and the elimination of processed foods.

My favorite foods to healing the gut and body are:

  • Bone Broth (homemade of course or from a trusted source) provides important amino acids and minerals like proline, glycine and potassium that can help heal the gut lining and improve our mineral deficiency levels, which most of us are.
  • Fermented veggies are an important building block to helping heal the gut lining as well. They are full of probiotics that help balance the PH in the stomach and the small intestines. Foods like kvass, sauerkraut, and kimchi
  • Fermented dairy or raw cultured dairy like kefir and yogurt, are rich in probiotics and help rid the gut of bad bacteria like candida.
  • Healthy fats in moderation are another essential building block. Coconut oil, avocado, egg yolks, ghee and salmon are super easy on the gut and aid in healing.
  • Steamed veggies, particularly non-starchy are easy to digest and are another aid in healing the gut.
  • Fruit in moderation, 1-2 servings a day and earlier in the day are an important part of the healing process too.

You might be wondering what the biggest culprits, food wise that typically cause leaky gut and candida overgrowth. They are:

  • Gluten is the sticky protein found in most grains products and is difficult to digest UNLESS it’s been brought through the sourdough or sprouting process. When you are going through the leaky gut healing protocol, you will want to eliminate gluten and wheat products.
  • Cows dairy has a protein called A1 casein that can cause a similar reaction like that from gluten and should be avoided UNLESS in a fermented form, as mentioned above. Studies have shown A1 casein may be twenty-six times more inflammatory than gluten.
  • Unsprouted grains and soy when left unsprouted and unfermented contain phytic acid which causes irritation of the intestines and causes leaky gut.
  • Sugar is a big culprit as it feeds yeast and bad bacteria that can damage the intestinal wall, causing leaky gut. If you need to have some sweetness, raw local honey is the best, but only at about 1 tablespoon a day. Everything in moderation.
  • GMO or genetically modified organisms contain pesticides and herbicides that are shown to damage the gut lining. Studies have found that GMO foods destroy probiotics in your gut and cause inflammation in your organs.

As you can see there is much cause for changes in our lifestyles and our modern diets. Once you have a grasp on the culprits and can work on eliminating processed and GMO foods, start adding in healing and properly prepared foods, you’ll be well on your way to feeling better, looking better and instead of eliminating troublesome foods, you can become tolerant of them.

The ultimate goal is HEALING, not elimination.

What has been your experience with digestive disorders and what’s worked for you? Leave your comments below and let’s journey together.

To your health,

Kellie

It’s Tea Time…what’s your favorite?

Cup of tea

Are you a tea drinker? I do love a good cup of hot tea more so in the winter that in the summer but I’ve found a good herbal blend can be had in my favorite kombucha as well.

Kombucha is something I like to refer to as a magic elixir. It’s actually a fermented tea, for those that aren’t familiar with the term. The best known benefits are it’s loaded with probiotics, enzymes for digestion, high in B vitamins and it’s a great detoxifier. If you’d like to learn more about it, read my article here.

Today, as I’m sipping my cup of chai tea, one of my favorites, I’ve also been conversing with a dear friend about recipes for herbal tea blends, which we both adore. While she’s putting together beautiful blends to give as gifts, I’ve been experimenting with blends for health. I then found this glorious article in Mother Earth News Living that has a plethora of great digestible information. See if you agree.

  1. Chamomile for Anxiety – This is also great for promoting sleep.

To make tea: Gather 1 tsp. dried or tsps. Fresh chamomile flowers and steep in 1 cup boiling water for 15-20 minutes. The longer it steeps, the more bitter it will taste.

  1. Lavender for Sleep Problems – It has profound relaxing, calming and uplifting effects.

To make tea: Steep 3-4 tsp. fresh lavender buds in 1 cup boiling water for about 10 minutes.

  1. Peppermint for Indigestion – Renewing, invigorating and energizing is a perfect pick-me-up. There are also studies showing it to effective at helping symptoms of indigestion and IBS.

To make tea: Steep 1 tsp. dried peppermint leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes.

  1. Ginger for Nausea – It helps to boost circulation in the winter and it’s also known to soothe upset stomachs and helps to ease nausea. This includes nausea associated with pregnancy.

To make tea: Steep 3-5 thin slices of ginger root in boiling water for 3 minutes. Strain and enjoy. You can also use grated ginger in tea ball, steeping for about 3 minutes.

  1. Raspberry Leaf for Menstrual Cramps – it’s naturally rich in nutrients including magnesium, potassium, iron and B vitamins. It’s also good for helping with motion sickness and diarrhea. Not to be used during pregnancy.

To make tea: Steep 1 tbsp. dried raspberry leaf in 8 ounces boiling water for at least 5 minutes.

  1. Lemon Balm for Anxiety – Also a natural relaxation aid. It can also help fight headaches and reduce insomnia.

To make tea: Steep 1-2 tsp. dried lemon balm per cup of boiling water. Let steep until it’s cool enough to drink.

  1. Basil for Bad Breath – It’s an excellent source of vitamins A and K, vitamin C and manganese. It’s also rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties.

To make tea: Steep 2 tsp. dried basil leaves in 1 cup boiling water for 20 minutes. Strain and sweeten, if you like.

  1. Sage for Sore Throats – Its antimicrobial properties help you fight off colds, as well as treating sore throats. Avoid using sage if you have epilepsy.

To make tea: Combine 3 tsp. dried sage leaves or 10 fresh sage leaves and 1 cup boiling water. Let steep 5 minutes then strain and enjoy.

  1. Rosehips to Boost Immunity – High in vitamin c, about 20 times the vitamin c in oranges.

To make tea: Combine 4 tsp. whole dried rosehips with 4 cups water in a saucepan. Cover, bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Strain into a teapot and drink when cooled enough.

  1. Dandelion for Bone Health – It’s loaded with essential minerals such as iron, potassium and beta-carotene, plus vitamins A, C and D.

To make tea: Boil 1 quart water. Turn off heat and add 4 tsp. dandelion leaf. Cover and steep 30-60 minutes, then strain.

These are only a few of the many beautiful herbs and their health benefits. By combining herbs together, you can make amazing herbal tea blends. If you would like to learn more about them, there are many resources available. Amazon is a good source as well as your local library or favorite book store.

Growing your own fresh herbs is a delight. If you can’t or don’t want to grow your own, a favorite and well-trusted source is Mountain Rose Herbs.

What’s been your favorite go-to herb or blend of herbs and why do you use it? Feel free to comment below.

To your health,

Kellie

Bug Alert: You’ve Got Company

Headache

Bug Alert: You’ve Got Company is the introduction title of the book Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life by David Perlmutter, MD

This book came highly recommended to me recently by a friend and I’ve dove into it. While I haven’t finished it as of yet, I wanted to share part of the introduction because I found a lot of the statistics to be worth sharing as most of us need some eye openers once in a while to make us sit up and pay attention or to take action.

Death begins in the colon. – Elie Mechnikov (1845-1916)

Take a moment to think about how much has changed in our world over the past century, thanks to medical research. No longer do we worry about dying from smallpox, dysentery, diphtheria, cholera, or scarlet fever. We’ve made huge strides in lowering the death rates of many life-threatening maladies, including HIV/AIDS, some forms of cancer, and heart disease. But when you consider brain-related diseases and disorders, the picture is vastly different.

Advances in preventing, treating and curing debilitating neurological ailments across the life cycle – from autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to migraines, depression, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – are virtually nonexistent. And, sadly we are quickly losing ground as the incidences of these conditions are increasing in our society.

Let’s consider a few numbers. In the ten wealthiest Western nations, death from brain disease in general, which largely reflects death from dementia, has risen dramatically over the past twenty years. And the United States leads the way. In fact, a 2013 British report showed that since 1979, death due to brain disease increased a breathtaking 66 percent in men and 92 percent in women in America.

In the words of the study’s lead author, Professor Colin Prichard, “These stastics are about real people and families, and we need to (recognize) that there is an ‘epidemic’ that clearly is influenced by environmental and societal changes.”

The researchers also noted how this surge, which is affecting people at younger and younger ages, is in sharp contrast to the major reductions in risk of death from all other causes.

In 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine published a report revealing that we spend about $50,000 annually caring for each dementia patient in this country. This amounts to approximately $200 billion a year, twice what we spend on caring for heart disease patients and almost triple what we spend on treatment for cancer patients.

Mood and anxiety disorders are also on the upswing and can be equally as crippling to quality of life as other neuorological conditions. About one in four adults in the U.S. – more than 26 percent of the population – suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. Anxiety disorders afflict more than 40 million Americans, and nearly 10 percent of the U.S. adult population has a mood discorder for which powerful drugs are prescribed. Depression, which afflicts one in ten of us (including a quarter of women in their forties and fifties), is now the leading cause of disability worldwide, and diagnoses are growing at a startling rate.

Medications like Prozac and Zoloft are among the most prescribed drugs in the nation. Mind you, these drugs treat symptoms of depression, not the causes, which are flagrantly ignored.

On average, people with severe mental illness, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, die twenty-five years earlier than the general population. (This is partially due to the fact that these individuals are more likely to smoke, abuse alcohol and drugs, and be overweight with obesity-related illnesses in addition to their mental challenges).

Headaches, including migraines, are among the most common disorders of the nervous system; nearly half of the adult population wrestles with at least one headache per month. And they are more than an inconvenience; they are associated with disability, personal suffering, damaged quality of life, and financial cost. We tend to think of headaches as being inexpensive nuisances, especially since many drugs that treat them are relatively cheap and easy to access (e.g., aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen), but according to the National Pain Foundation, they cause more than 160 million lost work days each year in the U.S. and result in about $30 billion a year in medical expenses.

Multiple sclerosis, a disabling autoimmune disease that disrupts the nervous system’s ability to communicate, now affects an estimated two and a half million people worldwide, with close to half a million in America, and is becoming increasingly more prevalent. The average lifetime cost of treating someone with MS exceeds $1.2 million. Mainstream medicine tells us that there is no cure in sight.

And then there is autism, which has surged seven to eight-fold just in the past 15 years, making this truly a modern-day epidemic.

To be sure, hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent on these and other enfeebling brain-related ailments, yet we are seeing precious little progress.

Now for the good news: New, leading-edge science coming from the most well-respected institutions around the world is discovering that to an extraordinary degree, brain health and on the flip side, brain diseases, are dictated by what goes on in the gut. That’s right; what’s taking place in your intestines today is determining your risk for any number of neurological conditions.

Dr. Perlmutter goes on to make the connection between brain and gut, which ironically not-so-mainstream has known all along.

What I find interesting is that now science is finally backing what many of us have known and that’s really good news for so many afflicted with today’s inflictions.

It all basically comes down to “You are what you eat.” Anyone can change the state of their microbiome (gut flora) – and fate of their health – through dietary choices.

The sooner you realize that the choices lie in your hands, the sooner you can take back your health.

We’ll continue this discussion in further posts. There is just so much to share.

Need help mapping out a plan, book an appointment with me and let’s talk about this might look like for you.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments below. Do you agree that you have control or do you believe you are destined to be ill and let the Doctors take over?

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

Do you ever struggle with what to eat?

Family gathering of food

Do you ever struggle with what to eat? This may sound like a rhetorical question, but I realize that throughout the day, there are many opportunities in front of us to make both great decisions and not so good decisions when it comes to what we put into our mouth, which ultimately fuels our bodies.

That fuel comes in many forms, premium or diesel in a gas engine…probably isn’t going to go very far running on the wrong fuel.

I get asked the question…what do you eat…a lot.

It always makes me stop and think about, what do I eat? I don’t necessarily pay strict attention to the what, as to making sure I do eat pretty regularly, as I just feel better when I do.

Recently I was asked this question again and anymore I generally say something about my day not being complete without a big ole slice of my beloved sourdough bread, toasted and then slathered with a lot of grass-fed butter on top. Yummmmmmm!

This description sends all kinds of feel good receptors throughout my mouth and my body. Do you ever get that way about a particular food that you love or that brings up all those feel good emotions?

Food plays such a vital role in our lives. It’s usually wrapped around family gatherings, childhood memories, anything social like picnics, etc.

When I mention the bread and butter part of my day, they look at me and say something like you don’t look like you eat that.

Here’s the thing. We’ve been conditioned in this country to eat white or wheat bread from the store with margarine. Those things do make a person fat and not feel well.

There is truly a difference in real, nourishing traditional foods. Not commercialized, fast-food or prepackaged convenience foods.

I am not an over the top fanatic about the foods I eat. I do, however, make smart choices most of the time.

Here’s what I mean.

Today, I am going to a Customer Appreciation Day hosted by some dear friends following the end of a great growing and harvest season.

Food choices will be things like several chili variations, baked goods, fruits, sweet treats, etc.

I will choose a chili with chicken as opposed to beef, if it’s an option, not that I’m opposed to beef, but if I have a choice, and it’s not grass-fed, then I would choose a chicken choice because it’s had a lot less exposure to toxins and chemicals if it’s not raised on pasture also.

Next I would choose fresh fruit, if available and I probably would sample a little something sweet (especially chocolate).

It’s really all about choices and moderation.

It’s also about something I refer to 80/20. Following a guideline of making good choices 80 to 90 percent of the time and living your life the other 10 to 20 percent.

There is no need to go into a panic because you’re invited out and you have no idea what you’d eat.

If you are following a strict protocol because of a severe health issue, that’s a little different. My suggestion to you is, make something you can eat and take that, or eat before you go, that way you aren’t starving when you arrive.

Drinking water helps the stomach feel full too. I usually follow each meal with something fermented, like vegetables or a good swig of kombucha or kefir or something like that.

These additions help to digest the foods that I’ve eaten and they add much needed probiotics and good bacteria into my system, which it needs constantly.

As we age, our digestive abilities start to wain and we need the enzymes we produce are less, thus many having digestive issues as well as perhaps some of the choices of food being eaten.

I hope this helps you feel better about not having to be perfect or live up to an ideal of what you “think” you should be doing. Do what makes you feel good.

If after eating certain foods you feel bloated, uncomfortable or just plain sick, indications are you should stay away from those foods. Listening to your body is a great way to help you stay healthier.

If you are struggling with all of this, perhaps I can help you further with coming up with a plan that’s not only doable, but helps your body heal so you can live life as you’d like to, and as you deserve to.

The Let’s Chat button is always there for you, whenever you feel you’re ready to dive into your health and life journey.

What’s been your biggest struggle or biggest victory when it comes to making good food choices? Share below…love to hear from all of you.

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

Do you get in your own way?

Money

Do you get in your own way? Things like self-sabotage or let fear run the show or let those darn limiting beliefs hold you back?

I have and it’s no fun facing the music when you realize that you are your own worst enemy.

What’s girl or guy to do?

Work with someone who can be honest and loving and help you cut through your own crap, otherwise you’ll keep getting in your own way.

If you are an adult, you have baggage and you have limiting beliefs around things like money, self-worth, work ethics, etc.

Baggage comes in all sizes and shapes. We may drop some off along the way, but I guarantee you are picking up 1 or 2 more just as fast as you drop them off, if you aren’t constantly working on the things that trigger your beliefs.

Have you ever been out shopping, see something you’d just absolutely love to have and say to yourself, “I am going to buy that because I want it and I’ll worry about paying for it later?” Even though the reality is you’re in over your head in debt…you still go for the purchase.

Living beyond your means is a money belief that’s been imprinted into your DNA, perhaps without you knowing it.

The opposite is also true. Do you work hard and believe that the harder you work, the better things will be? This is also a money belief that you always have to work hard for what you get.

Let’s switch this around to your health. Have you or anyone you know, seem to be attached to the illness or disease because it gets you (or them) attention?

I’m not saying you do this on purpose. Our subconscious is a powerful vehicle that drives our actions and thoughts often times without you realizing it.

Self-sabotage comes in many forms. What if we get well, what would my life be like? Would I still have the same friends who commiserate with me? What would I have to talk about?

Has your illness defined who you are? Think about this question.

Often times we become the thing we fear most.

This goes back to what you spend your time focusing and thinking about. The Law of Attraction simply put is…you get more of what you spend your time thinking about.

I’ll be really vulnerable here and tell you that last fall and winter were really tough times for our family financially. We found ourselves at a low point and what do you think we focused our attention on? You got it, money. Rather the lack of it.

What do you suppose we got more of? You guessed it again, more financial burdens.

That’s how the energy of the universe works. What you put out there will always come back. So if you want more money, better health, a lifestyle, you have to create it first in your mind and then live it, even if it isn’t your current reality.

In order to do this, identify your limiting beliefs, catch them when they come up, put them to rest and change your thinking.

Here are ways to identify limiting beliefs when they come up and turn them around to focus on more of what you do truly want.

  • Let’s identify what your beliefs are. These beliefs are things we hold on to as the gospel. They are our truths. They are also emotional, physiological and sometimes they are even irrational. We have picked up this baggage as early as childhood, where we model behavior we’ve seen or heard. Write down beliefs you have about yourself and the world in which you live. Some more common ones are, I don’t deserve it, I’m not smart enough, Making money is hard, I work hard for money, If it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck. When you write them down, this helps you become aware of them. It might also be helpful to brainstorm with someone else.
  • Find the flip side. Pick one of the beliefs you wrote down and let’s work on that one first and then you can do this exercise for the rest of them as well. Look for a statement that you really know isn’t actually true. As an example: If you think people don’t like you, go throughout your day looking for people who value and like you for who you are.
  • Let’s look for ways in which your belief has worked against you. These would be the things that get in your way and keep you from having the health you want or the relationships or making the money you desire. Write down how your belief has caused you hurt, or distress or held you back. I want you to feel this pain or hurt.
  • Let’s figure out where this belief came from. Search through your earliest memories, because often times these come from childhood, early teens, and early adulthood or maybe something happened recently. Write down how you feel about this belief.
  • What does this belief mean to you? Did someone say something to you to make you believe you aren’t worthy or aren’t good enough? When you understand that nothing has power, unless we give it power and allow it to have power over us. Sometimes you might have to dig a bit to figure out what and why you believe what you do, even if it’s not actually true.
  • Lastly, let’s work on eliminating the limiting beliefs. An exercise that works for me is to imagine the belief that I have being tossed into a stream and I can visualize my belief floating downstream, farther and farther away from me. Watch it disappear. Write down an opposite meaning of your statement. So if you said, something like, I work hard and making money is hard or something like that, write down the opposite. I have great work ethics and because of my diligence, money flows to me for my efforts. Or, I am healthy, alive and living the life of my dreams, if you believe that you don’t deserve to have good health or you have been doomed because you’re whole family is always sick.

I want you to constantly visualize the positive side of your limiting belief. Be aware of the triggers that come up, the inner voice that tells you that you can’t or that it’s not possible.

You are worthy always. Let’s knock those limiting beliefs out of your head or at least minimize them and the hold they have on you.

What things do you tell yourself that really aren’t serving you well? What successes have you had with identifying them and leaving them behind? Share your comments below and let’s help each other heal.

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

We’re half way through 2015

Ancient grain tortillas

Do you realize that we’re half way through 2015 already? Where are you at in relation to your dreams and hitting your goals?

I have had several conversations this past week with clients and coaches about checking in on progress. The irony for most of you and this includes me is that in the blink of any eye, we’re looking at July already.

Do you remember what your goals were? Was it to spend more time with family or perhaps to lose that extra weight or maybe it was to eat healthier and get a grip on health issues.

Whatever it is…are you on track to what you envisioned your goals to be?

If not…it’s not too late…you can pick up the baton and run with it and tackle items on your resolution or goal sheet.

I run into and coach clients who are do extremely well with their BIG DREAMS. Some of them are investing in the resources and taking action to get where they wish to go.

Sadly, most others are still dreaming and talking about what they’d like to accomplish BUT never take the necessary steps to get there.

Here’s your reality…

The people that are obtaining their health goals that are healing their bodies and are shouting praises are the very people that are taking daily action!

Do they live with uncertainty and have obstacles pop up? Sure they do.

Here’s the thing…they don’t let excuses get in the way or time limitations or any other reason that surfaces. They work their plan and these very winners in life also know and value the importance of a support network and guess what else? They aren’t about operating in perfection mode; they are all about making progress happen.

Where do you see yourself? Still wishing for your goals to transpire or out front making them happen? There really is no middle ground on this.

Something I hear a lot is “I just get so overwhelmed.” While this is very real, it’s also an excuse. I do understand there is a lot of information out there and that it can be confusing and overwhelming.

The deal is this. There are mentors and coaches, like me, that help clients every day with an action plan, accountability and reaching goals.

As an example, this past week, while shopping at Jungle Jim’s with my family on Father’s Day, one of the items I came across while pursuing the store, was another ancient grains product.

If you read last week’s blog, (catch up here), I shared about other products that have either or are going to hit store shelves soon. Here’s another one.

While looking at the package, one would think that it’s a healthy product and choice. That’s exactly what the manufacturer and markets are aiming for. What I always do is flip it over and look at the ingredients listing. What I take for granted is all the stuff I know and actually teach others about through mentoring clients and VIP days.

This particular product for one isn’t using properly prepared grains, which is still going to give you digestive issues but it’s also made with enriched bleached wheat flour…yuk, soy flour, and canola oil, which are the top offenders.

You now have to decide which camp you are in and if your health is important enough to take the necessary action.

The information that I have is phenomenal…I am always amazed at how much I know and I’m not saying this to brag, it’s just interesting to me while having conversations just how much I help others, and often take this knowledge for granted.

Which camp are you in? What decisions will you make to further your goals for 2015? Share your comments below and let’s see how we can help each other.

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

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Do you know what ancient grains are?

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Marketers seek to lift sagging sales by touting simple ingredients. Kellogg is scheduled to launch Origins Cereal mid-year. So I ask the question. Do you know what ancient grains are?

I do, but apparently a lot of the population doesn’t. I first heard about this new cereal on a morning radio show where this product was introduced and the talk amongst the DJ’s was asking each other this same question. They didn’t know and deemed it a marketing ploy.

While ancient grains do exist, this truly is a marketing tool to sell their products. Not only is Kellogg’s introducing this line, Cheerios launched an “ancient grains” variety earlier this year that includes puffed spelt and kamut wheat.

These new cereals are coming at a time as Kellogg struggles to grow its cereal brands in the midst of changing consumer eating habits and new breakfast competition from products like yogurt.

Kellogg, like most big packaged food companies, is putting a new emphasis on simpler ingredient lists as consumers are shying away from heavily processed foods.

The company is describing this brand as “real food prepared simply” made with “ingredients you can see and pronounce.”

So let’s look at this a little closer. You, the consumer, says you want less processed foods and this is deemed as simpler and with ingredients you can pronounce.

What they don’t outwardly say is that total cereal sales in the US fell 3.8% to $8.9 billion in the 52 weeks ending January 25th. Kellogg’s fared worse, with its sales dropping 5.4% to about $2.7 billion, and these stats are both according to IRI.

This “new” cereal line isn’t about you the consumer and your health and wellbeing. It’s about saving their bottom line and keeping their market share.

It’s not even about bringing simpler ingredients. While the basic ingredients of spelt and quinoa are a good thing, they still aren’t properly prepared.

As I share weekly with clients and with new folks I talk to, most nuts, seeds, beans and grains need to be soaked or sprouted in order for our bodies to assimilate them.

You can add all the “best” ingredients in the world into a product BUT if you don’t properly prepare them, you aren’t going to digest them well or unlock the mirage of nutrients they hold inside.

You will still have problems like belly bloat and the like from eating these foods without proper food preparation.

If you don’t know what “leaky gut syndrome” is, go here and watch a video I did that explains it and what to do about it.

While I applaud these companies for making is simpler and their use of better products, they still aren’t getting it right. In the end, it’s not about your health, it’s about digging into your wallet and enticing you to spend money on a product that isn’t much better than the other 75 boxes of cereal on the shelves.

They are all prepackaged and processed with cheap ingredients designed to profit their companies and keep you sick.

I’m not being a downer person here today, just educating on what you see and hear from your major commercial producers and that you shouldn’t take everything at face value.

Do your homework…research soaking and sprouting and why it’s essential for your body. I’ve written about it a lot and I teach it every single day.

Be smart, make smart choices and then teach others.

What’s been your biggest challenge when it comes to shopping in the grocery store? Share your comments below and let’s debunk the mysteries.

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

What would you sacrifice for a loved one?

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Have you ever really thought about what you actually do when someone isn’t well? What would you sacrifice for a loved one? Most of us say, we’d do anything and everything for them, if we could.

Would it be your finances or your time or something else?

For most of us, we say we’ll do whatever it takes but here’s where the rubber meets the road. When given the opportunity to invest in learning all there is to learn and apply that in life, unless it’s really important, most won’t do it.

I remember many times wanting so badly to attend a seminar because I highly valued the content and the speaker and yet I couldn’t see myself investing the necessary money for the event ticket and then the additional travel costs as well.

What it really came down to was that it truly wasn’t that important or I would have come up with a way to get myself there.

The flipside of that is that I’ve also invested in myself when there seemed to be no feasible way to accommodate the extra expense.

Like the first time I hire a coach. I wanted it badly. I was willing to do whatever it took and that’s exactly what I did. I also remember being really scared and trying to talk myself out of it. In the end, I wanted the results more than the financial discomfort.

I think health in general is one of those double edge swords. We either truly want it more than anything and therefore will do whatever it takes to achieve it or we say we want it, but not really. We only partially do what’s necessary.

Take losing weight. It’s an age old problem. You might say you want to lose 20 pounds and you might actually start out doing okay but what happens pretty quickly? You get tired of the structure or the limitations. Let’s face it, diets are not something people can maintain for long periods of time and they aren’t actually how most of us live.

Until the mindset is in place to really want something, we creatures of habit, won’t make the sacrifices necessary to change our current habits.

I love my comfort foods and my sweets. I also love convenience. How about you? What are some of your vices?

Acknowledging these is a good start and a place to make a connection with what’s real and doable.

For instance, I make sourdough pizza crusts and sourdough flatbread tortillas. Both of these are what I would call convenience foods and yet because of the way they are made, they are a healthy convenient alternative to store bought junk.

I am reminded all the time about the wisdom and knowledge that I have and take for granted. While others struggle to know what to do on a daily basis or get so overwhelmed by all the information out there.

My mission and goal is to be a good resource for you, to provide a sounding board for questions and a safe place to share your wisdom, your desire to learn more and to walk away with a nugget or two that you can implement.

What’s the point of gaining a lot of information with no action? It’s time to think of yourself as your loved one. When do you become important enough to finally take back your life and your health? You would do it for your family member, why not you?

What’s your biggest obstacle to obtaining the information and help you need? Share your comments below and let’s see what we can make happen together.

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

Why is being healthy so hard?

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I talk all the time with people just like you and when it comes down to it, there is one burning question. Why is being healthy so hard?

It’s also kind of like asking ourselves, why is being good so hard sometimes? If you know you can’t have something, what happens? You got it…we want it even more. We fixate and become obsessed.

Ever try to do without chocolate or coffee or pop or ice cream? That’s all the mind wants to wander to. It also seems to become more obvious too. Ads on TV, radio, a conversation or a magazine ad all scream at you.

I think that health is much the same way. Many of you want to be healthy or healthier. The fact remains, it’s hard to be good all the time.

A friend shared the other night that her doctor suggested the 80/20 rule, which is exactly what I share too.

Basically this rule states that’s it’s okay to be “bad” 20% of the time. I don’t mean be really bad, it’s just a term I use for being real and living life.

Have you ever been out to eat and you’re just really craving that luscious chocolate cake on the menu or that creamy bowl of soup, even though both are loaded with stuff you shouldn’t be eating?

Or you go to a family gathering and your sister-in-law, who makes to die-for iced sugar cookies, and you know you have to have at least one?

This is living in the real world and this is allowing yourself the freedom to be real and not beat yourself up. We do enough of that in other ways constantly.

Have you ever listened to the mind chatter going on? A little indulgence now and then won’t kill you.

Now…if you are going through a serious health crisis and are healing yourself through a pretty strict regime, I’d say let’s stick to that at least 90-95% of the time.

Does this make sense? What happens for most is that they start on a good healing path, start to feel better and then jump ship and indulge in a super high fat meal (deep fried), drink a big ole shake, eat an extra-large fry and top that off with a big slab of cake or pie.

A digestive system that is compromised and not healed, will immediately tell you, that was a BAD decision.

The average person can learn to make great choices 80% of the time and still manage to get away with making small indulgences part of the time.

Something else to think about. What you fixate on is what your reality becomes. The more you think about wanting to be healthy, the easier it becomes and this also works in reverse.

The mind is a powerful tool and how we choose to use it is equally powerful. Recently I was chatting with an acquaintance and she was sharing her personal health and weight loss journey which started with a hip replacement.

The interesting part of the conversation was the fact that she didn’t even realize the choices and decisions she was making was all around how she started to think once she had gained her mobility back.

She was so focused on the healing and the fact that she could get out and walk again, that she began to lose weight, her mental focus changed, her attitude changed and she attributed it all to her surgery.

While a big part of that was the reason, the bigger reason was her mindset reset. She was no longer focused on all she couldn’t do. She had a new vision, one that included getting out and living.

I ask this…what needs to shift in your mind and life in order to make health feel like a welcome friend instead of a hard and daunting journey? Share your thoughts below and let’s get living together!

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

 

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