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“12- Days of Change Or Elimination for Your Health”

Today I heard that someone I know and love has had his or her cancer metastasized to another organ in their body. I’m mad and angry that this ugly demon is making havoc in this person’s life. I offered to help coach this person via another person but was told they would not be open to other means for turning their health around. They are comfortable sticking with traditional medicine. All I can do is pray … and that I’m doing.

As I thought about this person and the changes that would need to be made, I realized it might be a bit overwhelming for them. Making a lifestyle change can be dramatic and seem overwhelming. For this person, I would have to recommend an “all in” change. That would mean what they eat, what they put on their body and what they clean their home with would have to change dramatically. They are in crisis mode.

But for the average person, who is not in a crisis, you can begin to make changes in your life that won’t seem so overwhelming because you will gradually make those changes. At the beginning of August, I did a 31-Day De-Cluttering Challenge for my organizing clients. Each day they had an item they needed to de-clutter (if it were applicable). At the end of 31 days they potentially have removed 31 items from their home that was causing clutter.

We can do the same with our health. Each day make a change with our eating, what we put on our body or what cleaners are in our home. We can take it slowly. This way we won’t feel overwhelmed. As I tell my Seniors who are considering the option of downsizing, “Make a decision now while you are able to make the decision. Don’t wait until the circumstances make the decisions for you.” Well I say the same to you regarding your health. “Make those lifestyle changes now. Don’t wait for you to be in a health crisis to decide to make those changes.”

Here are some changes for you to make for the next 12 days to help propel you into a more healthy lifestyle.

  1. Water – be sure that you are drinking enough water each day. They say half your body weight in ounces. So if you weight 125 pounds you would need to drink 62 ½ ounces of water each day or 7-8 8 ounce glass of water. Squeeze lemon, put fresh mint, cucumbers, fresh berries or doTerra Essential Oils in your water to give it a refreshing taste. Bottom line be sure you are hydrated.
  2. Sleep – be sure you are getting 7-8 hours of restorative sleep each night. Restorative sleep is when you wake up feeling refreshed. If you are waking up in the night or having trouble getting to sleep, deal with it. Don’t just accept that’s the way it is to be. And dealing with it by taking a sleep aid is not necessarily the answer.
  3. Dairy – if you are going to eat/drink dairy be sure it is And if it’s organic be sure it’s not ultra-pasteurized. Ultra-Pasteurized is dairy heated to over 280 degrees. It kills all vital nutrients. If you are not purchasing organic be sure the cows have not been injected with hormones and the cows are grass-fed … not fed with grain or corn.
  4. Meat – you want to be sure your beef, chicken and pork is not injected with hormones and that they are grass-fed AND get to roam. Avoid all CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation). Your standard meat is probably from from CAFOs. This is cattle that is confined to a small pen and fed un-naturally. Cattle needs grass not grain or corn.
  5. Vegetables – try to get at least 5 different fruits and vegetables in each day. Raw is best but steamed is good also. If you can’t get it fresh, then get it frozen. Stay away from canned vegetables or fruits as much as possible. If you have a budget for it, purchase organic … at least the Dirty Dozen. Go to Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen to find the fruits and vegetables that are highly recommended organic. If they are not organic, they have residue of pesticides left on them. The Clean 15 is those fruits and vegetables that can be purchased conventional.
  6. Glad Plug-Ins/Febreze/Yankee Candles – avoid at all costs. Can’t say this enough. Remove them from your house immediately. If you have new ones, don’t even consider donating. Bring them to a hazardous waste recycling place. If you want a fragrance in your house, consider diffusing Essential Oils. I love my doTerra Essential Oils.
  7. Exercise – be active and come up with an exercise regime that would interest you … walking, running, high impact, playing a sport. Find what you would enjoy doing and do 3-4 times a week.
  8. Stress – deal with the stress in your life. Find a way to release the stress that does come in. It could be exercising, using Essential Oils, getting a pet, reading a book, and taking a bath. Find what will work for you and implement it as soon as you feel that stress coming on.   Don’t believe it’s normal and that you have to live with it.
  9. Attitude – have a grateful attitude. At the end of the day, write down at least one thing you are grateful for. Start a gratitude journal or buy something like this Gratitude Journal. Being negative and stressed out is not a way to live. It has been shown that negativity and stress can be the major cause of many life-threatening illnesses. Turn this around for yourself. Only you can change it.
  10. Sugar – cut it from your diet. Start by not putting refined sugar in anything you eat or drink. Then as you move forward, read the ingredient list of foods you are eating. You will find that much of the processed foods contain high amounts of sugar. Avoid them.
  11. Processed foods – remove from your diet. If you did not make it or if it comes in a box or can, don’t eat it.
  12. Plan Your Menu – choose a day each week to plan what you will eat for the following week. Do not “shoot by the hip” when you are at the grocery store. Be thoughtful and intentional about your diet. Check out new recipes. Perhaps try one new recipe per week. If you and your family like it, then keep it. Other wise toss. I’m going to do a Manage Your Recipes video shortly to show you how I manage new recipes for my family. Simple and fun.

Does this list seem overwhelming to build upon each day? Then take one suggestion a week and work that into your life. I promise you will start to feel better. Once you start incorporating good wholesome foods in your diet, your body will crave them. There are certain things I cannot image ever sinking my teeth into. One of those is donuts. I have not had a donut in 20 years. I could not imagine eating one. I think if I gave in and had one, I’d be sick. The other is boxed dessert. I do like my cakes and pies from time to time but if it’s not homemade and came from a box, I cannot eat it … as good as it might look. I truly can taste the chemicals. The same with M&Ms. I cannot put them in my mouth. I can taste the chemicals in those M&Ms. Your body knows what it needs. We need to learn to listen to it.

So my hope is that this list of 12 suggestions will help propel you into a life-style of healthful living. If you need support, guidance and some coaching to propel you into a more healthful life-style, consider hiring a Health Coach. We are trained to encourage you, guide you and keep you going so you can get to your desired goal whether it’s getting into those jeans that no longer fit or having more energy to play with the kids or grand kids, we are here to help you reach those goals.

Have fun beginning this 12-Day lifestyle and health change!! I’m here if you need me.

Your Health, Wellness and Organizing Expert … Believing in You!

Helpful Tips For Taking Care of Your Skin

Do you know that regarding your body your skin is your largest organ? Internally, your largest organ is water-1487304_1920your liver. But on your overall body, your skin is the largest organ. How you take care of it is critical to its overall health as well as your body’s overall health.

It’s hard to determine which one of these tips are most important (because they all are) and the sequence of the list below is no indication of that. Take every tip and apply it to your skin and I believe you will like the results.

  • Diet

Be sure to eat a well balanced diet that eliminates processed foods, artificial colors, preservatives and flavorings, sugar and foods with GMOs. Get lots of greens and “whole foods” in your every day diet.

  • Water

Be sure to hydrate and there is no better way than with water. For some, water is hard. I know I never drank it as a kid. I hated the taste. I think because it tasted like metal probably from the copper pipes. But when I was pregnant with my first child, I really revamped my diet and started adding water. At that time Evian was very popular. I drank that by the gallons. I fell in love with water. Right now that is what I drink 90% of my day. Add some fresh squeezed lemon or lime and you will find it so refreshing.

  • Sleep

This is so important. Getting a good 8 hours is critical to not only your health but to your skin. Sleeping allows your body to detox and rejuvenate. When you are not getting enough sleep, your skin is pale, your eyes can be puffy and you overall look exhausted. Make this a must!

  • Fresh air and sunshine

Vitamin D is so important to your health. The sunlight stimulates your body to produce Vitamin D; which is known to be protective against many diseases. You don’t want to overdue the sun but a good 15-20 minutes a day gives you a glow of health. A little color never hurts. But don’t add color via cosmetics. Get the real deal.

  • Exercise

This is one area that I am very weak in. I find it hard to exercise and am currently working through why I have such a block here. I know in my head and in my heart it is critical for my overall health but yet I struggle with doing this. But exercising keeps your skin toned and increases circulation and helps detox internal chemicals by sweating. It also can help you de-stress after a long stressful day.

  • Keep your skin clean

What you wash your face with daily is imperative to your health. The cosmetic industry is so unregulated that you really need to educate yourself with ingredients and the impact on your health. Check out my blog entitled Ingredients in Cosmetics. I discuss here the dangers of many of the ingredients in our cosmetics. You can go to Whole Foods or your local health food store and find safe products.

Putting a filter on your shower can also be beneficial. Our water systems are filled with fluoride and chlorine to name a few chemicals; both which are not healthy for your skin nor your body. The chlorine kills all bacteria (even the healthy ones) on your skin and can dry it out.

  • Moisturize Your Skin

This is important to keep your skin soft and smooth. Dry skin is itchy and unattractive … to say the least. Be sure your moisturizer is safe and use products like Shea Butter and Aloe Vera. AVOID ALL PETROLEUM BASED PRODUCTS. They are made from the gas you put in your automobile. They do not belong on your body. They actually will dry your skin even more.

Also consider taking Omega-3s. Mine is Antarctic Krill Oil by Dr. Mercola. I found this helped tremendously with my dry skin. But I always moisturize my skin after each shower. The combination of the Omega 3s and moisturizing has eliminated my dry skin and I used to have a battle with this.

  • Tone Your Skin

Consider using a toner to give your skin a protective measure that will help remove residual oils and impurities. After you cleanse your skin, use the toner. Mine is a spray so it’s easy to spray my face. There are many healthy recipes for toners. Dr. Axe or Dr. Eric Z has a number of options.

  • Exfoliate Your Skin

This helps to remove dead skin cells and unclog your pores. It also will help the blood circulate in your skin and will refresh its surface. Doing this 2 – 3 times a week will create a beautiful glow in your skin … barring you are eating well, drinking enough water and getting enough sleep.

Be sure you use a product that has a gentle exfoliate; a product that has ingredients such as ground cornmeal, oatmeal or finely chopped nuts. You can even make your own exfoliating paste with water, rosewater or even some herbal teas. Or consider making your own with sugar, essential oils and olive or almond oil. These natural products will help draw toxins from your skin as well.

Bottom line we must be responsible and take care of our skin … as well as our body.   We are our best advocates. Eat well, rest well, hydrate well and be careful what you put on your body. Resolve to make little healthy changes each day. You don’t have to change everything in one shot. Make small changes each day and before you know it you will have achieved a greater level of health and feel and look good also.

 Your Health, Wellness and Organizing Expert … Believing in You!

 

 

 

Health – It’s More Than Just Food

Our health is affected by much more than the food we eat or the stresses in our life. There are other areas lipstick-1367771_1920of our lives that we need to look at to determine if they are impacting our health negatively.

Cosmetics

What you put on your body affects your health just as much as what you put in your body. Did you know that the FDA does not regulate cosmetics and these manufacturers can put any ingredient they would like in them? That’s pretty scary. What are some ingredients you absolutely should stay away from?

  • Parabens
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Musks, used as fragrances
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)
  • Artificial fragrances
  • Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petrolatum
  • Toluene – made from petroleum or coal tar

Clothing – Dry Cleaning

Chemicals used in dry cleaning are very toxic; especially when we bring these garments home and hang them in our closets. We make it worse by keeping the plastic over them. This just continues to seal the toxins in the clothing and does not allow them to “air out.” Try to locate Dry Cleaners who are going “organic.” I found one in my area. I definitely have to schedule it in my travels because they are about 25 minutes from my home. But it is well worth it.

Perfumes and Fragrances

Years ago we used to use essential oils as a body fragrance. Then synthetic perfumes were created. We spray them on our body daily only to fill our body with toxins.

Natural Air Fresheners

These are chemically laden fragrances that have nothing natural about them. Even if they use the word “natural” does not mean that is true. So many people enjoy filling their homes with different fragrances by burning candles, spraying with Febreze, or using Glad Plug-Ins. If you do, please STOP immediately. Throw them away. Get them out of your home. They are extremely toxic.

Deodorants

Antiperspirants are known to have high levels of aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer. Also, the fragrances in these deodorants are nothing but chemicals. Find a more natural means by going to your local health food store and researching safer items. There are ingredients that work well in helping to curb your perspiration.

Plastics and Food

Do you store your food in plastics? Better yet do you microwave your food in plastics? Please stop. Don’t do it any more. When you microwave your food in plastics, you are breaking down the plastic and these chemicals are seeping into your food.

Storing food should be done in glass containers as best possible; especially if your food is hot and you poor it into a plastic container. There again you are causing the chemicals in the plastic to seeping into your food.

Pesticides, Insecticides, Fungicides, Herbicides and Rodenticides

We all hate these pests and want them eliminated. But be very careful what you use to rid yourself of these pests or what you use to fertilize your lawn. It’s no longer safe for kids to play in the grass because we don’t know what toxin was sprayed and what residue is still left. As kids, we would run around outside barefoot all the time.   It’s almost not safe to do that any longer. There are natural means to rid yourself of pests. They may take longer to do the job, but in the long run your health is more important.

Pots and Pans for Cooking

Do you use TEFLON? Yikes, please stop. Throw it away … especially if the pan is scratched and worn. Don’t even donate it. You are only allowing another to get harmed. I can’t say enough as to how toxic these pans are and are not worth the convenience of that “non-stick” cooking.

Drinking Water

This is a toughie. Drinking tap water can be toxic but so can buying bottled water because many of the bottled water companies are just tap water. It’s best to test your tap water to see how pure it is. Then perhaps consider putting a water filter system in your own home. There are some good ones on the market. Check out www.mercola.com he talks about this issue extensively.

Cell Phones and Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)

There is so much controversy regarding the electromagnetic fields being emitted from our cell phones and there are more and more studies showing it’s dangers. The reality is we cannot be without our cell phones or wifi. So want can we do to be more health conscious? First, do your best to not store your cell phone on your body. I know this will be hard for the male population as they don’t carry purses. But the constant EMFs penetrating our bodies can be dangerous.

Secondly, do not sleep with your laptop or cell phone in your room. Remove them so you don’t have the EMFs flowing constantly in your room as your sleep. I know many people use their cell phones as an alarm clock. Find another clock to use.

Also, stop using these devices at least one hour before you want to go to sleep. The blue light being emitted from these devices will affect your natural melatonin and make it difficult to either fall asleep or stay asleep. Good sleep is important to your health and wellness.

Does all this seem overwhelming to you? Do you not know how to begin evaluating your health and wellness, then feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to walk along side you on this journey. I’m offering a Health History Consultant/Evaluation at not cost to you.

 Regina Sanchez your Health, Wellness and Organizational Coach