Would I do this to a friend?

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I adore the journey we are all on together. It’s magical and light, sometime intense and always encouraging to keep becoming better than the day before! I focus on our body, our temple and the empowering question you should ask of yourself daily. Would I do this to a friend?

Since I’ve been offering the webinar on Leaky Gut Syndrome, many of you have shared your journeys with me. They have made me smile, they have made me cry and they have made me glad that I’m doing what God intends for this leg of the journey.

I get to be the encourager, the knowledge provider, the hope giver and your mentor if you’ve decided to step up your game and take back your health and life!

You get to be the receiver, the healing mind, body and spirit, the giver of life and an encourager to me! Yes you all give that to me through your stories, your kind words, and your trust and belief in me!

It’s a give and take relationship with each other and with ourselves.

While meditating, Deepak Chopra shared some profound wisdom that I thought perfect for where we are in this very moment.

Our first ally is our body, and we want our body to be successful. Our society is obsessed with external images, like size or image or beauty. Think in terms of a successful body, which only has one criteria…adding to your wellbeing.

It’s the body you were born with. It allows us to live in the moment and to keep every mind body process in balance.

How do you get this body? First you decide that your body is your ally and trusted friend. It’s a living dynamic creation.

Anytime you make a choice about how to deal with your body, ask a simple question, is this how I would treat a friend? You will immediately know what to do.

Consideration and care are basic issues between two good friends, which apply to your body which is willing to support you no matter what you ask of it.

This support comes from trillions of cells organized for only one goal, to keep you in balance. When you find yourself resisting the kind of balanced diet, moderate exercise, good sleep and management of stress that you know is good for you, don’t fight with yourself.

Don’t look on the situation as a struggle against weakness or bad habits. Those negative motivations will only wear you down and eventually lead to more frustration.

Instead, celebrate that you have a trusted friend who can travel with you to the farthest and highest goal you set for yourself. If you are about the neglect or mistreat your body, pause and ask yourself. Would I do this to a friend?

The right answer will come to you immediately.

I’ll leave you with this thought: Our body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care. ~ Buddha

To your health,

Kellie

Holistic Wellness Mentor

EMOTIONAL STRENGTH: OUR GREATEST MOTIVATORS AND OUR GREATEST DE-MOTIVATORS

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I’m thrilled to bring you the takeaways I had after reading a great little article written by Paul Hudson. You will see how this plays into the importance of your life, including how it influences our health lives as well.

If you see a flash of light come on, that’s good. It means that I’ve flicked on the light switch for things to think about and work on.

We all have areas in our lives that greatly influence others and our mental strength is a deciding factor of whether or not you will have a good life. As is pointed out in the article, there are many levels to mental strength and all are needed to be successful and happy.

The one particular area of mental strength that has the greatest impact is that of emotional strength.

Our emotions are definitely apart of who we are, but can be distinguished from the remaining mental qualities because they most directly influence our physical body. Hudson states that they affect the way our body functions and they drive every single one of our activities. Without emotions, we would have no reason to act, to do anything with ourselves.

As I started this article out, emotions are our greatest motivators and unfortunately, can go the opposite way and be our worst enemy too.

Do you consider yourself emotionally strong? It really is essential for many reasons. There are countless reasons that emotionally strong people avoid situations and many actions they never take. Hudson lists 15 of them. See if you see yourself here or see wholes in your emotional strength.

1. They don’t beg for attention

Those who feel the need for recognition only find themselves experiencing feelings of worth when others make them feel needed.

2. They don’t allow others to bring them down

Emotional strength requires resilience. The world we live in is filled with haters. Have you ever noticed that often times the people closest to us, often times are the very ones holding us back

3. They don’t hold grudges

A good point made is that I you already care about a situation more than should, you are probably holding a grudge. If you receive a genuine apology, accept it and let it go. If you don’t, let it go and don’t hang around the person.

4. They never stop doing their own thing

We do what we love to do, no matter what. Our happiness isn’t dependent on someone raining on our parade.

5. They never stop believing in themselves

Those who truly love and understand themselves and aren’t afraid or proud to be themselves, never doubt themselves.

6. They don’t act like bitches or a-holes

Some people are just plain mean. Being a jerk is an intimidation factor, which is overcompensation for lack of confidence.

7. They know better than to let just anyone into their lives

They don’t expose themselves to people who break down their defenses and crush their morals. Most people are lost and would super happy to take you with them. Don’t let a bad situation or acquaintance, spoil your happiness.

8. They aren’t afraid to love.

If you’re afraid to love, you don’t have enough confidence in yourself. If things don’t work out, it’s not you, it’s the two of you together. Unless you’re mean and awful.

9.They don’t lie in bed dreading the day ahead of them.

The best part of your day should be the moment you wake up and realize you’re still alive.

10. They’re not afraid of slowing down

Emotionally strong people aren’t in constant need of excitement and action. They don’t have to be going non-stop all the time in order to not think about their demons. They can appreciate life and living and just slowing down enough to breath in and out.

11. They don’t do things they don’t want to do

We all do things that we don’t love to do, but we shouldn’t be doing things that we don’t like to do. The emotionally strong are good at figuring out ways to focus on what they love.

12. They have no problem saying “No”

If you can’t say “no”, you will get abused. You’ll be considered a pushover and no one will ever ask you for your opinion or take it seriously when you give it. Saying “no” reminds people that they don’t have control over you.

13. They don’t “forget” to give back

We are not too busy or too poor to donate your money and/or time. While some choose to ignore responsibilities, the emotionally strong don’t forget. The stronger you are emotionally, the more you come to appreciate others and life itself.

14. They don’t feel the need to fit in.

The stronger you are emotionally, the more independent you become. You don’t feel the need to fit in because you fit in where it matters, which is the world. Wanting to fit in really just says that you are afraid to be yourself.

15. They don’t forget that happiness is a decision

Emotionally strong have learned to understand the power their brains have over both the mind and the body. Our emotions don’t reflect reality, rather our emotions reflect the way we interpret reality. Understanding that, gives us near-full control of our emotions, and therefore, our lives.

Do you see yourself as emotionally strong or emotionally weak? Comment below.

To your health

Kellie Valenti

Holistic Health Coach

PS: If you think or know you struggle with your emotional strength and see how it’s affecting your health and your life, click here and let’s talk. I can help you formulate a plan of attack to turn your health around.

To read the original article, click here.

 

Is your waistline expanding? How bacteria in your gut is linked!

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I very much believe in the mind body spirit connection for the simple reason that everything we do is as a whole. We don’t disconnect the head from the body, although sometimes that would be nice and we don’t disconnect the spirit from the body and the mind.

 

When we are flowing into our passions and purpose, we find ourselves more at peace and thus less stressed.

 

With less stress comes weight loss in general. Why? Simple, we aren’t producing an overabundance of stress hormones called cortisol, which has shown to increase belly fat and we aren’t stuffing our faces mindlessly.

 

My own story with this scenario is that I personally didn’t realize how stressed I really was. Looking back, my dear friends and family will give me the sideways eye look when I say “I didn’t think I was that stressed.” As a result I put on a few extra pounds.

 

Since my focus has changed, I’ve lowered my stress and I’ve been more mindful of what goes into my mouth, my weight has just dropped off over the last few months, along with feeding my gut flora all the stuff it loves.

 

It’s really not rocket science. Our gut health plays into this perfectly. There are some very interesting studies taking place that are proving more and more that our “2nd brain” definitely has some play into excess weight. Did you also know that 70-80% of your immune system comes from the health of your gut?

 

The latest World Health Organization figures show there were more than 1.4 billion adults aged 20 or older who were overweight in 2008.

 

Of these, 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.

 

Since these latest numbers are from 2008, we know these have risen, unfortunately.

 

Of the studies being done, researchers think that changing the type of bacteria found in the gut may be more effective at helping people to shed weight than cutting calories alone.

 

More and more research does show that your gut bacteria impacts your weight. There are other studies that show that lean people tend to have higher amounts of various healthy bacteria compared to obese people.

 

There was one particular study from 2011 found that daily intake of a specific form of lactic acid bacteria could help prevent obesity and reduce low-level inflammation.

 

Babies that are breastfed tend to have lower risk of obesity because of the bacteria mix flourishing in their guts that are found in breast milk. Probiotics also appear beneficial in helping women lose weight after childbirth when taken from the first trimester through breastfeeding.

 

There are other studies that have shown obese people losing fat by just drinking a probiotic-rich fermented milk beverage for 12 weeks. Probiotics have also been found to benefit metabolic syndrome, which often times goes hand in hand with obesity.

 

The reason this makes sense is that both are caused by a diet high in sugars, which leads to insulin resistance, fuels the growth of unhealthy bacteria and packs on excess weight.

 

Our modern diets have left our gut flora very overloaded with bad bacteria and not enough good. We need to “reseed” our gut with a good high-quality probiotic supplement or my favorite way is to eat and drink non-pasteurized traditionally fermented foods like:

 

  • Fermented veggies/fruits
  • Fermented milk products like kefir
  • Natto, which is fermented soy
  • Kombucha, fermented tea

 

Of the many reasons these foods are so beneficial, one of them is the fact that they contain lactic acid bacteria, which of course has health benefits over and beyond any weight-loss benefits, including a wide array of other healthy bacteria.

 

There are many different types and I recommend eating different varieties so as to inject many different bacteria types. This is a huge step in the right direction. You still need pay attention to the rest of your diet, especially if it’s poor. Processed foods as an example will compromise your gut bacteria as it will destroy healthy microflora and feed bad bacteria and yeast.

 

Other things that affect our microflora are:

 

  • Antibiotics
  • Chlorinated water
  • Antibacterial soap/wipes
  • Pollution
  • Ag chemicals

 

Let’s also not forget the meats that you eat. If you’re buying commercial meat, they are loaded with antibiotics, which affect you. My strong recommendation is to reach out to local organic farmers who product grass-fed beef and pastured chickens. They will not be using antibiotics and they are eating a healthy diet.

 

There are many local CSA (community supported agriculture) groups available. Linking to them will help you find produce and meat that are free from chemicals and antibiotics.

 

The Weston Price Foundation has chapters all over the world and there are many connections to buying good, clean, healthy food.

 

When you tend to the health of your gut, your overall health will improve. There is a whole “ecosystem” that has taken up residency inside your gut. The type and kind are important. What you put in determines the overall health of these organisms. They can either prevent or encourage the development of many diseases, including heart disease and diabetes and many help dictate the ease with which you’re able to shed unwanted pounds.

 

This really needs to be an ongoing process since most of us are exposed daily to factors that will destroy beneficial bacteria in the gut.

 

Cultured/fermented foods like raw milk, yogurt, kefir, some cheeses and veggies are excellent sources of natural, healthy bacterial.

 

These foods/drinks need to become a part of your regular diet. If you don’t start here, then please take a high-quality probiotic supplement, especially if you are straying away from a healthy diet and find yourself consuming too much sugar and eating too many grains that haven’t been prepared properly.

 

If you have to take antibiotics due to an illness, make sure to put in good probiotics into your system right away. The benefit of the antibiotics doesn’t know the good from the bad bacteria, it just seeks and destroys all bacteria. You have to inoculate your gut constantly.

 

I am “The Gut Lady” not by accident.

 

Do you have stubborn weight that seems to be your best friend and not go away no matter what you do?

 

Do you have a love/hate relationship with food or yourself?

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I hope that the time you spend on this journey we call life is a great one for you. One that’s filled with much joy, love, happiness and most of all peace and acceptance with who you are.

 

Last week I shared my story of a young girls’ deepest desires to be accepted and loved and most of all to feel valued!

 

What I’ve learned throughout my life is this….we all need to be cherished, acknowledged, valued and loved. With all of these ingredients, we feel love, accept love and love ourselves.

 

When these things are missing in some way, we tend to look for ways in which to self-medicate, if you will. Whether that’s in the form of self-destruction through alcohol, drugs, sex, food or the wrong relationships.

 

What is it for you? Do you find you have a love/hate relationship with food? Or have you been a seeker of love in all the wrong places? Have you gotten to the place where you say enough is enough?

 

In my many conversations with clients, friends, family, colleagues, the underlying reasons are always the same. We want what we perceive we can’t have. We aren’t being fulfilled in certain areas of our lives.

 

How do you change this? First of all being willing to admit there is a problem, and then being willing to do the work.

 

The work comes in the form of creating an intention, a plan of action and doing the work.

 

Let’s use the example of stress eating. I find that when I’m stressed, I do one of two things, I don’t eat OR I tend to eat all the wrong things. I will find myself raiding the cupboards or refrigerator in search of something, anything, even if I’m not hungry. Do you do this? Have you ever made a run to the store or the drive thru just to satisfy this so-called, “need?”

 

There are definitely tricks and tips that I can help make you aware before you stuff your face, things like mental and physical triggers.

 

Last week I also challenged you with Hour of Health. How many took me up on this? In case you missed it, we were agreeing to spending the first hour of your day on something health related for 3 days. Things like…

 

Preparing a proper breakfast using whole foods

 

Working out (that means breaking a sweat)

 

Meditating

 

Reading something that will improve your health

 

Taking action on a goal that you set for yourself to improve your health

 

So, the big question, how did it go for you? And even bigger, did you keep going past the 3 days that I suggested?

 

When you can set simple goals for yourself AND achieve them, it certainly sets you up with the confidence to push yourself further and set more goals.

 

I’ve always talked about taking baby steps in any new endeavor; this ensures that you are more likely to stick with the new habit that you are attempting to form.

 

So what are you thinking about now? Does any of this resonate with you or with someone you know? Often times, I might not see an immediate problem because I’m too close to it or what about the infamous victim mode.

 

You know what that is right?

 

  • I eat because I’m bored and he/she bought it anyway
  • I just drink in the evenings because I need to unwind from my job
  • My spouse/significant other isn’t on board, so I can’t eat healthy most of the time
  • My childhood was horrific, so it’s not my fault that I eat when I’m stressed.

 

The list could go on and on and on. But I think you get the idea. This is one of those areas that get tricky because often times we don’t know that we’re playing the victim.

 

When we can learn to identify it, we can be well on our way to recovery.

 

I will leave you with this….If I touched on a nerve or you identified something that I said in yourself, and you’d like to make a plan to get unstuck and out of your current situation, let’s chat.

 

Together we can come up with your triggers and an action plan for attacking them every single time they come up. Not only that, but what to do if your partner isn’t very supportive.

 

What’s one thing you know you need to change, but it just seems like you are climbing a mountain and it’s impossible for you? Leave your comments below.

 

To your health,

 

Kellie

 

Holistic Health Coach

 

PS: Click here to chat with me if you’d like to create your own personalized plan to identify and overcome.

 

Do you feel you are letting yourself down?

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I just got off the phone with a woman that realized that she needed to take additional action to heal her leaky gut. By implementing just one of the suggestions I gave her, here’s what she said…

 

“I can’t believe how much of a difference this actually made. I have more energy and I feel better, in only 3 days”.

 

I am so super proud of her!!!

What’s also great about this; is she actually followed my advice and the personalized plan that we created just for her. It was a mindset adjustment and a willingness to try something new. And she’s COMMITTED and DOING the work.

How many times have you said to yourself, starting on Monday,  “I’ll start eating better” or “I’ll start exercising again” especially after a round of let downs and expectations that didn’t come to fruition. It seems we are forever beating ourselves up and starting over.

In order to free yourself from checking out of your life and overindulging in others, you must first…

Stop choosing to check out and make a choice to live a new lifestyle!

  1. Become present and AWARE of what is your check out trigger. Ask yourself this, “Even though I’m uncomfortable with my current health status why do I self-sabotage? What is it that I am avoiding or resisting in my life?”  Write it down in a journal and if you don’t have a journal – start one! If you are unclear how to define this feeling that makes you not care in weak moments, this feeling that is keeping you in stuck mode, that keeps you reaching for all the wrong foods – next time, STOP, BREATHE and then ask yourself “what can I do instead of eating junk? What healthy pattern can I put in its place instead?”  Something simple and calorie free…
  2. Acknowledge the emotion when it is triggered and recognize it for what it is – it isn’t really hunger so no need to eat an entire box of cookies or whatever else you might devour unconsciously, right…?
  3. Once you discover what your emotional trigger is – work on healing THIS pain, THIS hurt, or do a pattern interrupt instead (what is a pattern interrupt? I can teach you!). When you heal this problem, chances are you will not feel the urge to try and find comfort in food anymore or whatever you’re seeking out for comfort.
  4. As you are going through this process it really helps to drink a big glass of water, breathe through that 3-5 min craving cycle or go outside for a quick walk. The more you make healthy lifestyle choices the easier it gets!
  5. Most importantly don’t beat yourself up for the choices you have made in the past! Let’s work together, re-commit and let’s move forward together all right? Remember, you are not alone. We will work through this if you let me help you!

Do you want help to discover what your triggers are and have personal support in healing? How about ridding yourself of emotional eating or any other habit that you can’t seem to break? Then click here for help!

I know its June and you are still struggling with your health and the main reason is; you haven’t been willing to make the necessary changes or you have no idea where to begin or whatever you are resisting in your daily life!

You know if you made the choice to step up and make better choices it would completely change your body and your life in so many ways!

So, I’m going to give you the opportunity to take control of your unsuccessful lifestyle patterns and I am not going to charge you a penny.

I’m going to work with JUST 7 people – 100% free to help you discover how to make the necessary lifestyle changes when your emotions are challenged so you can finally have sustainable success and feel great once and for all!

Here is how you claim your free spot.

 I’m going to take the next 7 people who Email Me.

Email me now and I will gift you with a Lifestyle & Daily Living Plan PERSONALIZED just for you!

Kellie

 

 

 

Do you want to feel like a million bucks?

DIY Carpet CleanerBONUS: DIY spring cleaning recipe for you. 🙂

Good day….I hope this finds you well. I asked the question….do you want to feel like a million bucks? I bet you answered a resounding YES!!!

Great….because it’s possible. You see, I believe what we believe all starts in our minds. What we think about, who we spend our time with and what we always put our focus or attention on.

This last week I’ve been purging my life of all kinds of junk. Why in the world do I think that I need to keep some of the stuff I do, I’ll never know.

Old habits die hard. I’ve been in some serious spring cleaning mode, which included giving things to my daughter Amber to put in her garage sale, others things are being donated  and yet others will be given to our local trash collector. Poor guy!

It feels good to get rid of the clutter that has slowly been taking over my life and my space, which isn’t all that big to begin with!

Do you ever feel like you’re surrounded by stuff? Old habits, old beliefs, and just plain starting to feel old! I know that this morning before I got out of bed, I was stretching and feeling some soreness in my muscles from all the bending and additional movements from cleaning.

What would happen if we felt like that every single day….having no motivation, no spunk, aches and pains prevented us from enjoying this incredible life we’re supposed to be living?

I think that slow creep is often times what does happen to many of us. Before long, we’re wondering how we ever got things done.

How did we go out and play and live life? Sometimes it seems like only yesterday. Wait, maybe it actually was. The reality is you’re only 30, 40, 50, 60, what, how young am I? Time flies when you’re having fun or am I having fun?

Does any of this sound familiar? If so, know you don’t have to settle for living a life less than it should be. I know the possibility might seem remote, but it actually is out there.

The burning question….how bad do you want good health? Is it worth fighting for? I am a fighter by nature and that does give me an advantage. You too can have that advantage. And you deserve to have it. You just have to want it…..and want it badly!

Have you ever heard that the best things in life aren’t free? Well, I think that’s partially true. I also think that if we had everything given to us and we didn’t have to work for them, we’d not appreciate them nearly as much, if at all.

How many times have you said that you’ll practice being grateful every single day for something and before long, it slips your mind just that one time and then all of a sudden you can’t remember the last time you actually said the words or felt the feelings of gratitude.

It’s the same for our health and what we often times take for granted. We assume we have been given the right to have it all….including feeling like a million bucks.

I’m here to tell you that if you’re not up to par and not feeling well, you can help your body heal….and if you’re feeling okay, but want to be proactive; awesome….we can do this together.

Hopefully, as this point you’ve seen the other two short little videos that I put together for you surrounding this very topic….Here’s the 3rd one in my 3-part series. These were intended to give you food for thought and some things you can do to start the journey of better health.

What do you want to see happen with your health? Leave your comments below or shoot me an email at support@livelifeyearsyounger.com. I can’t wait to chat with you.

To your health,

Kellie

 

Are you proactive or reactive?

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We are already more than mid-way through May. Time is flying by. My guess is that you’re already planning for the kids or grandkids to be out of school and for family vacations.

My daughter Ashlie and her husband Ryan are heading to Jamaica the last week of this month. I’m excited for them. It’s much needed time away so they can regroup and refresh to come back and dive into their responsibilities of being great parents as well as the busy lives they lead.

Guess who Aubrie and Ava are staying with while they are gone? Yep, me….and guess what else that means? I get to be in total charge of what they eat too!

You might be wondering why I’d be excited about that. Well, it’s because as busy parents, Ash and Ryan don’t always make the best decisions in their food choices. I will brag though and tell you that they have certainly come a long way from where they used to be. Click here to continue reading and to watch the video I have for you. You won’t want to miss it.

I would say they probably are eating good food about 70% of the time. So we still have some room for improvement, that’s okay make strives every single day.

That being said, I feed them things like raw milk, which they love, soaked baked oatmeal, and homemade most everything, using grass-fed meats, cheeses, pastured eggs, fermented fruits and veggies, etc.

Why am I sharing this? Because I get to make a difference for them and their health. Through this process they get to tell me, they love my cooking (as I blush) and that I know I’m helping to aid in their healing process.

Aubrie had terrible eczema when she was very young. She’s now 7 and only occasionally has some minor skin eruptions. This means we’re doing a lot of things right. Ava is 4 now and we’re warding off pre-asthmatic symptoms.

In our society today, there are more and more incidences of skin disorders, ADHD, diabetes, obesity, asthma, autism, auto-immune disorders, etc.

The list goes on and on and on. Doesn’t it make you wonder why that is? Do you ever stop to think that perhaps there are some missing links here?

I do. That’s why I wanted to put together this 3-part video series for you about Healing and being Proactive. Click here for Part 1.

You see, if we already have illness and sickness, we need to learn how to begin the healing process and if we’re pretty healthy, then we need to be proactive.

Either way, the ball is in our court. We get to be the ones that decide how and what will help us make the best possible decisions.

I hope you find this little series helpful in your healing journey. I think I said I’d deliver these daily in the videos, but I think I’ll space them out a bit, just because I know you’re busy and I don’t want you to get overwhelmed with so much stuff in your inbox.

Remember, I am on this health and healing journey with you.

Kellie

PS: If you have questions at all along the way, please hit the “Let’s Talk” button and schedule some your one on one time with me. I’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Do you love to travel?

Massage Chair.

Do you love to travel and practice taking care of you? Recently I was in San Diego meeting with my Mastermind group hosted by my Coach. Yes, I have a coach. I believe if you want to truly grow into the person you were meant to be in all areas of your life, you have to spend time on yourself.

When I got to the airport, I was waiting at my assigned gate and about 45 minutes into the wait, there’s an announcement that the plane has mechanical issues and is being delayed by another 2 ½ hours. Since I had a connecting flight, they were rerouting us.

Long story short, I could have chosen to be really upset, or figure out a solution. Guess what I did? Rebooked my flight; which meant staying in the airport 5 hours to depart, and getting home past midnight and ultimately spending an entire day either flying or sitting in the airport.

I decided to practice a little self-love. I went and spent about 30 minutes in one of those lovely airport spa shops.

They had the amazing whole body massage chairs, the back massage chairs, and you could get your nails done.

I opted for a 20 minute back massage. Heavenly. And I lounged in those incredible chairs that massage too. Since I’ve had a really rough month, I decided this was a good option to spend some quality time on me.

Have you ever decided to be spontaneous? Do you remember what it felt like? Did you laugh and giggle at the thought of just throwing caution to the wind and just going for whatever the thought was?

Do you realize that when you do this, your stress levels go down, you lower cortisol levels, which can contribute to more belly fat and you laugh, which releases feel good chemicals in your brain?

For me, I get so wrapped up in all the “have to’s” and “left brain” work that I forget to be fun, spontaneous and creative. That’s what lights most of us up and allows us to dream.

When was the last time you took a blanket out into the yard and looked up at the sky and imagined all the animals or faces you could see in the clouds?

Or, laid out on a starry night and looked at the constellation and imagined what it would be like to float around with the stars.

The other night when I was driving home late from the airport, I noticed that the moon looked just like the moon from the nursery rhyme “When the Cow Jumped Over the Moon” and I thought about all the times I’ve had that read to me, all the times I’ve read it to my children and now to my grandchildren.

It sparks a childlike feeling in each of us. When was the last time you just allowed yourself the memories of happy, simple times?

These are the little things that allow us to live life years younger. It doesn’t have to be elaborate things, like sailing around the world, although that sounds wonderful. You don’t have to spend lots of money to find joy, less stress and peace in your life.

Take your kids or grandkids to the park and watch how they play and interact with each other. Close your eyes and truly listen to the laughter. It becomes contagious. You will find yourself laughing with them.

Before long, your mood lightens, your step is lighter and your outlook is bright and fun. Don’t have any children or grandchildren, borrow some. Most parents would love the opportunity to have some free time and you’d be doing yourself a favor. It offers a fresh perspective at life. It becomes a win for the parents, for the children and for you!

When was the last time you threw caution to the wind and truly did something fun without planning every blasted detail? Post it here and then your mission, should you accept to take it, is to be spontaneous and live your life and LAUGH so hard your belly hurts! Your health will thank you!

Love You,

Kellie

Heal thyself….how important is this to you?

Yoga and fitness

Have you ever asked yourself what it would feel like to be pain free, have an abundance of energy, be at optimal weight and not have all the stress that comes with not feeling well?

I have and that’s why it’s been on my heart to share the information that I know regarding our amazing body’s ability to heal itself.

When you allow the body to be free of all the “junk” that we are told is good for us by the “food” industry and the “big ag” industry and supply our bodies with good wholesome nutrients, it’s really amazing how the body knows what to do.

It’s not my accident, it’s purely by design. I’ve often thought about an architect and their abilities. They envision what something will look like in their mind and then design the outcome. I believe our bodies were created in much the same way.

Everything is “designed” to work seamlessly together and it doesn’t let us down unless we let it down. Do you understand what I mean by that?

For example: when I eat foods that I don’t normally eat, like commercial potato chips and overly processed foods that are either greasy or sugar laden, I know it. Why? Because my body wasn’t designed to be fed these things and it’s objecting to the fuel source.

Another way to think about this is to think about your car. It has an engine that obviously makes it run, whether it’s fueled by fuels or electricity, it still needs fed. So if you a put in the wrong kind of fuel, it’s not going to perform as you’d like it to.

Yet another way to think about this is the fuel filter in your car. The purpose is to filter out all the dirt and debris that would otherwise stop your engine from functioning. This is kind of like the purpose of your liver. It’s the filter for our bodies.

So, do you see how if we continually feed ourselves bad fuel, that our liver gets overworked, clogged and overtime our bodies can’t do the functions that they were designed to do?

In other words, it rebels against us. Often times it shows up in the form of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, auto-immune diseases, arthritis, etc., etc., etc. Do you get the idea?

So, what are you feeding your body? Is it the proper fuel needed for optimal efficiency or are you feeding it cheap fuel that’s just breaking it down over time?

I know it’s not easy to always eat the right things. I’m not perfect either. I love sweets and pizza and my wine and beer. The key really is moderation AND making better choices.

An example, when I make sweets, I use better choices for sweeteners and really reduce the amount of sweet needed to pull it off and still be satisfying. As for pizza, well, yes I sometimes enjoy my favorite pizza place and I buy organic wine and the beer, it’s just nice on a hot summer night after you’ve worked hard all day.

The idea is to not punish yourself. I would love for you to get to the 80-20 place. What do I mean by this? 80% of the time you’re putting in great fuel, no processed foods, sugars and pops, etc. and foods that actually help your body heal, like bone broth, fermented and cultured foods and consuming sourdough breads instead of white and most wheat, as examples.

The other 20% of the time, leaves you open to the human factor, which is we’re all accustomed to eating fast food, buying packaged foods and when you eat out, the food quality isn’t always top notch.

Do you think that if you had a plan to get you to 80% you’d follow it? What if you were recently diagnosed with a serious illness or disease? Do you think you’d be able to ditch all the “crap” you’ve been putting in and seek out the help you need to allow your body to start healing itself?

If this interests you, I’d love to hear from you, as I have solutions and my kitchen is brimming with healing foods. Use the contact me box on this page and I’ll get back with you soon. Please feel free to share this as well. We’re here together.

I’m in this for you and your health and I have soooo much to share! From my kitchen to yours!

Kellie

Are you being good to yourself?

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These last few weeks have been very trying, to say the least. Have you ever noticed that when you go through hard times how you react?

Do you find yourself blaming others for your situation? Do you sink into an abyss that seems to be bottomless? Do you get depressed?

For me, I think I went through all of the above and then some. Life isn’t supposed to be smooth sailing, we are never guaranteed that. By experiencing the speed bumps of life, it strengthens our characters, it builds upon our knowledge of right and wrong and it allows growth of our most innate human emotions.

I do realize that while in the thick of the experience it’s hard to see the good through it all. It’s truly easier to blame others for what happened. In the end, we have to look in the mirror and love the person looking back, which means we can’t live in victim mode.

Anger, hurt, and depression are all a part of the grieving process too. Have you ever thought about grief in any other sense than the loss of a loved one? For me, it was the loss of a longtime career that I took in order to help someone else grow their business and their dream. It also allowed me to grow as a person in the process.

We all make choices and decisions that affect us both positively and negatively. In the end, no one is the judge of us but our divine creator. We will all stand and hear our deeds and our flaws.

The big ah ha from this is the following: learn from your mistakes, listen to what your spirit is telling you and then act upon it. In terms of going through it, I’ve always equated this to taking my “10 minutes” to scream, kick, cry, and any other emotion that comes up! Get it out of your system, stand back up and brush yourself off.

Learn the lessons you were to learn, say you’re sorry, if need be, ask for forgiveness and above all else, learn to love yourself and allow yourself to dream again.

We all tend to be really hard on ourselves and not want to let go of the beating ourselves up process or the “grieving” process. It certainly is different for everyone, and the sooner you can reflect, learn, and move forward, the better.

Spring and Easter for me are the signs of a renewal of life. We each get the opportunity to re-invent ourselves if we choose to. Each fall and winter, things die off and are reborn in the spring. Have you ever thought about yourself in this process?

We can be much the same, if we allow the old things of ourselves that aren’t serving us well die off and replace them with positive, uplifting thoughts, and allow ourselves to regrow the self that needs to.

It’s like pruning a tree or plant. It allows the main portion of the tree or plant to become stronger and produce bigger and better fruit. Have you allowed yourself to go through the pruning process lately? While it can be rather painful at the time, the end results are well worth the temporary process.

I invite you today to join me in the pruning process. Let’s remove the old dead shoots that aren’t serving us well and care for the main body to allow new growth and a stronger sense of being.

If you need to ask for someone’s forgiveness, do it! You’ll experience the joy of letting go and moving on. If you need to forgive yourself, do it now, so you can become all you were created to be.

Easter and spring are our new beginnings! What’s something you can do right now, to shed something that’s been holding you back and allow you to move forward?

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

To your health,

Kellie