Posted in Health, Inspiration

❤️❤️❤️Rest❤️❤️❤️

The last month of the year has started and usually it’s one filled with a lot of joy, but akso some kind of hectic. Whichever it is, I know you will make it a good one. In the meantime I’m here sending you off with a little reminder about self care. Rest in specific, and for sure I myself need to follow my own advice.

My question is, are you getting enough rest these days? It’s hard to fit in, isn’t it? Days are simply not long enough and most likely taking care of yourself is one of the easiest things to compromise. After all, the chores need to be done, and when something unexpected adds to your already long day, it’s likely that sleep and rest are shortened and suffer. Who am I telling, it’s 7:30 PM and I have two loads of laundry going at this god forsaken hour when I really should rest and peacefully let the day come to an end, instead of racing the clock to finish, folding and all, but might put the finished laundry away another day, tomorrow.

I think my rest suffers a bit these days because I have a new Baby to care for. Cinnamon, my four legged baby. Can you believe that yesterday marked a month already since I got her? 😳 Another post is due to tell you about all the progress she has made. She is a joy but let’s just say she gets me up much earlier than I usually do, leaving me wanting to go to bed by 8-9 PM because I’m exhausted and tired. Perhaps I’m just getting old, ha, and it’s probably a bit of both.

Back on subject, rest periods and sleep are very important to you, and your body. You can run in super hero mode for awhile, but eventually your body gives out and sickness has an easier way to creep in. Keeping your immune system strong will be key to get through the winter months and a pandemic at large. There are a few things you can arm yourself with to keep your system strong. Conscious choices and changes whenever possible will be key for rest – sleep – and balance.

I know it’s easier said than done. I know that everyone’s circumstances are unique and different, so there is not a one fits all remedy. But there are guidelines, suggestions, ideas, motivations and inspirations that hold something for everyone. I know I have been blessed with time away from the rat race. Time to listen to my body and learn to obey it’s language. I have learned that treating ourself to rest is important, and at times our life depends on it.

Sleep is when the body repairs and restores itself to full function after another day of being alive. Relaxation is necessary for our mental and emotional well being. When our busy lives keep us buzzing, we can miss the signals to get the rest we need. More than ever we need to pay attention and reevaluate our circumstances. Listening to our bodies and implementing change, to be good to ourselves, keeping us strong and healthy will be key elements to conquer the months ahead. Winter and more indoor time add another hurdle to the challenges already at hand, so please take a moment and see where you can introduce a little zen to your routine. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of the time you already don’t have, but it should be something that fuels your passion. A bath, reading, crafting, going for a walk, calling a friend, listening to music, taking a nap, laughing, anything can do the trick to boost and recharge. Commitment and persistence will help you through, but if you need a little extra help, please check out my Ginger Syrup and Elderberry lung support Syrup to keep you strong and the trouble at bay. 🙏🏼

Posted in Energy healing, Health, Reiki

Reiki healing reminder

I wanted to come on here and send a loving reminder that tonight kicks off our weekly reiki healing for anyone who needs a little extra help. These healings will reoccur weekly at 7PM pacific standard time.

There is no need to set your alarms, or to set time aside during that hour. Just know that you are embraced and held in the purest of white light. That healing and love is on the way to you, filling your energetic being with light and blessings. Go to bed with a smile, open your heart to receive, and take comfort in knowing that everything is fine and as it should be.

I meet you tonight as I prepare myself, in being the conduit to pass this energy on to you. I will see you soon dear ones. 🙏🏼

Posted in Chronic illness, Health, Self care

The Vagus Nerve

Picture from google

Just a few days ago I learned about the vagus nerve and I wonder if someone else has ever heard of it! It is the longest nerve of the autoimmune nervous system that regulates blood pressure, sweating, digestion, speaking, and heart rate. It relays anti-inflammatory signals to and from the gut, heart, lungs, liver, and spleen while promoting healthy digestion and vital living. But only when it is functioning optimally.

The article even suggested hacking the nervous system for healing. Now how would someone do this? Here are a few things we can do at home for vagus nerve stimulation.

  1. Breathing exercises like Buteyko
  2. Meditation
  3. Exercise. Movement is good; too much is not
  4. Yoga
  5. Omega 3 rich diet
  6. Probiotics and a probiotic-rich diet
  7. Singing and chanting
  8. Splashing your face with cold water
  9. Hugging
  10. Massages
  11. Intermittent fasting

If you feel like your vagus nerve is not performing at optimal level, here are a few more things to research and consider.

  1. Heal your gut. I have long believed that autoimmune issues develop in the gut, from conditions such as leaky gut.
  2. Balance your minerals. Is your body too acidic?
  3. LAUGH! Laughing is so helpful for the stimulation of the vagus nerve
  4. Gargle daily
  5. Work on neck and shoulder tension

I hope I have given you a glimpse into alternative treatments and considerations. All you have to do is pick one and commit to it. Once you have made it a habit you can layer on another, and so on. What you have to lose? Potentially feeling better and your health it’s what at stakes here. So let’s make a conscious choice, and pick one.

There are few on the list that apply to me and which could benefit from improvement. I am tackling a big one as I frequently deal with neck and shoulder tension. I have honest heart to hearts scheduled with myself to address the issues that cause these tensions. Hot showers and range of motion exercises will also be helpful alleviating some of the triggers.

Good luck everyone….

Posted in Energy healing, Healing, Health, Reiki

Weekly Reiki healing

I have thought about it before and even solicited input on the subject of doing weekly reiki distance healings for anybody that wants to tune in. The question is probably coming up in a post that is still scheduled or may cross with this one. Having a new Baby, one as in myself has to write whenever a moment presents itself haha.

Anyways, the idea is to offer this service, free of charge of course, in a time I feel many need a little help. Including me and it is always a special time for me to tune in with you and be a conduit for healing to commence. I have recently done such a healing and the energy was overpowering. I felt a strong need, a sign that more of this was needed, and the initial healing, I actually had to disconnect prematurely due to the overwhelming pain I felt from you. Well, I have decided to go forward, and set a weekly time that you can mark for yourself if you feel called to and want to join. Before we get to it, I want to talk about a reiki and it’s benefits a little more to expand the picture for you.

A reiki healing includes channeling the universal life force energy to bring about holistic wellness. You can expect…

Mental Clarity: helps connect you to your intuition, or higher self. This brings about a clearer sense of direction for challenging issues.

Emotional Cleanse: helps you to release negative feelings and emotions. This allows you to let go of the past and move forward.

Physical Health: helps relieve stress and promote relaxation. The enhances a greater sense of well-being.

Energetic Balance: helps to balance the chakras, or energy centers of the body. Balanced chakras leads to higher vibrations and improved health.

If this sounds amazing to you, then please consider yourself invited to join me every Sunday at 7PM US pacific standard time. You don’t have to be woke or set your alarm. Just know that your healing will be done at that time and go to bed with a smile, open to receive. Like the last time, I might share the experience with you if I come across something you should know. Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.

Namaste and see you soon 🙏🏼🦋💙

Posted in Healing, Health, Inspiration, words

Epigenetics

Picture by Rafael Obinski

If you ever thought it’s your genes and you can’t do anything about it, then you don’t want to miss this one.

It’s new word Monday and an interesting one has crossed my path. The word is Epigenetics and in short is the study of mechanisms that switch genes on or off. So what does that mean in detail? It means above the genome. It tells your cells what sort of cells they should be. Cell differentiation – skin, heart, hair, liver etc. It can regulate gene function and affect the way we produce proteins. It can be trans generational and contain heritable epigenetic information. It can have an impact on the interaction with our genes and the environment.

I found it very intriguing, a kind of unraveling and changing/programming/considering the way we think. You might want to take a deeper look at this. Let’s simplify this a little more.

It claims that we have the power over our health and wellbeing. That we are in control of our cells and genes. I previously read that we can grow an entire new body as organs and cells regenerate. Your thoughts and environment can literally heal you from the inside out. Finally something to back up what I’ve been talking about all along. I’ve always believed this to be true from my own experience, now I finally have a name for this feeling and it’s no longer a hunch, and something I can’t explain. It makes perfect sense, and our outlook as well as what we surround ourselves with, can make all the difference.

Science is proving that our bodies ability to heal and repair itself is greatly effected by our beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and intentions, for they have a profound vibrational effect upon our continually evolving genetic code. We are the programmers, the co-creators of the code. DNA activation is our software upgrade.

The field of epigenetics, led by Bruce Lipton, is proving that genes are not the end all, be all, of our health. What is more effective on our body is our belief, thoughts and feelings. Stop checking out and putting your life and health in the hands of someone far less qualified than you. How fast you age, and in most cases, what illnesses you create, is a reflection of your subconscious mind through your beliefs, thoughts and feelings. So stop giving away your power and take responsibility for your body – it’s a temple and you can make a big difference. Change the way you think and feel, and it will change the way we treat disease. You have more power then you think and big Pharma is not the answer. And don’t even get me started on the miracle of an all of a sudden 90% effective Covid vaccine.

We are not what we inherit. We are what we express.

Posted in Health, Inspiration, Weight Loss

The fire within

My weight loss journey plateaued after losing 10 lbs. It was as if my body had adjusted to my new tricks and ways of life. Being more active I was losing fat but also gained heavier muscle, which required even harder work for the pounds to come off. Still, after 10 lbs it all came to a halt.

I have to say I never particularly enjoyed working out. Maybe I never found the right work out, and a negative mind frame became the foundation of my excuses, even the perceived dizziness while working out. Maybe it was sweating profusely that I hated, but today I see it as fat crying and that something is happening towards my goals. I can see it as progress, that what I’m doing is actually working. All of a sudden it’s no longer an issue and instead it has turned into motivation. Weird how I now look forward to my workouts. 🤔

In the past I never understood how people could get addicted to working out, and today I too belong to those people chasing the feeling and the results one gets from putting in the work. It has turned into something more than just the weight coming off. Weight loss used to be my most motivating factor, but today it’s only one of the reasons and not the main one anymore. I feel better when I work out, and I ache less. It’s like my joints get an oiling and move with more ease. It’s a weapon against chronic pain and the rheumatoid arthritis.

There are still days I have to convince myself to get moving and the chronic fatigue of an autoimmune disease is not always on my side. But those days seem to be further in between now and I manage more days than none. I’m grateful for my guilty conscience that doesn’t let me rest and stays the course. There is a new found motivation, a fire within that drives me to become the best version of myself. All of a sudden everything is different. I feel I might have been here before in recent attempts and yet this time can’t be compared. This best version of myself encompasses many different aspects, from the physical to the spiritual, to the person I continue to grow into. It’s a now or never attitude, one that realizes that I’m getting older and time is getting more limited unless I live forever, which of course I’m not.

Arriving at such conclusions has become a big focus, one that finally made me put myself first. I am still getting used to the concept and it’s still new to me. Like so many, I used to always put everybody else before me, but I no longer see it as selfish. I think it is essential to maintain a happy and balanced relationship with myself so I can be of service to myself and therefore others. That doesn’t mean that those who are important in my life have taken a backseat. I think it’s the opposite and perhaps it has allowed me to care at an even deeper level.

As far as my weight loss is concerned, I’m thinking about upping my green Juice intake to two shakes a day vs. just one. My body craves it and luckily I don’t mind the taste. Maybe it can jumpstart the next wave of success and kick start the next 10 lbs. Maybe I add some weights to add definition to my physique. I have a ways to go, but I’m on my way. Further I have committed to walking at least 3 miles every day. It’s been tough with the hazardous air quality due to the wildfires, but I have not missed a day and I’m well over a week into it.

Pssst: I’ve shed another pound since originally writing this, and I’m at 11 lbs lost, so something must be working.

Posted in Family, Health

Thinking of you, always

It’s been six weeks since my uncle has been hospitalized. During my last visit in Germany we got very close and he has always been my favorite uncle on my fathers side. So much of him reminds me of Dad and it’s easy to see the resemblance in myself and where I got it from.

This has been a tough year for him, filled with the side effects from the chemo therapy and battling cancer, circulation issues, potentially blocked arteries, infections, the risk of losing a limb, and more. He has been in critical condition but luckily continues to stabilize.

After being immobil for such a long time, he is basically learning to walk again and is receiving physical therapy. So much of it reminds me of Mom’s journey and what we experienced not too long ago. Just today a drainage tube is being removed and perhaps he can come home next week. Home is home, although it will present a whole other line of worries and concerns if he is not Mobil. But perhaps his appetite can increase since he is not a fan of the hospital food, and his strengths can grow to speed up the recovery process. He is a tough person for sure and I know that there are is a common subject between us, things still left undone that serve as motivation for him to get better.

Today, another collective prayer goes out to him, sending love and light for his recovery and well being. 🙏🏼

Posted in Health, Inspiration, Mother nature

Nature’s best – Green Juice recipe

After watching the documentary “Fat, sick, and nearly dead” by a Joe across, I made the decision to Juice.

Since, I have lost 10 lbs and it’s weight that is coming off slowly because I am building muscle at the same time, and muscle is heavier than fat. Luckily I love the taste of the green juice while some may struggle with it. My body craves it and it’s thanking me in a big way. I am growing stronger and just this week I went on my longest, most challenging hike in years. If you ever wondered about if this could be for you, here is the recipe and I hope you give it try. It takes a little planning and I prepare my every 5-6 days which helps keep time requirements, shopping, and clean up down to a minimum. I make enough juice to store and seal tight in mason jars which lasts in the fridge until I make a new batch.

And now, the recipe from Joe Cross with a little added twist from me:

Serving size 16 oz (multiple for yo ur desired batch)

Ingredients:

1 cucumber

4 celery stalks

2 apples

6-8 leaves if kale (Australien Tuscan cabbage)

1/2 lemon

1 tbsp ginger

(And my secret ingredient red onion. Take a look at the health benefits of onions, you’d be amazed)

Direction:

Wash well produce well

Peel lemon, optional and I use all of it including the peel

Juice

Pour over ice

Enjoy!

Can’t wait to hear what you think. It’s life changing and just imagine if you can commit to more than one shake a day! I will try to add another to my morning routine soon and see what happens next.

Posted in Health, Inspiration

Green Juice update

Thought I do a little update on my green mean juicing adventure. By Saturday morning (18th) I have said goodbye to 8 lbs. It doesn’t seem like that much to me but I’m been told that my results are great and a healthy effort to keep the weight off. It’s so much more than a diet or shedding the weight quickly. It is truly a lifestyle change and a way to encourage a healthier behavior. Losing the weight comes as a bonus and as important as it is, it takes a backseat and comes secondary. So why did I do it?

Number 1 was to be healthier and more conscious of what I feed my body. Since I started my skin has changed and looks healthier, including the feel of it. The brain fog is gone. I feel more energetic and stronger. Along with yoga, smaller portions, chewing better for digestion, and a basic understanding that I have to move and burn more calories than I consume has helped bring these results.

Here is the recipe to the green mean juice if you care to try. I have a shake for breakfast, the soup made from the pulp for lunch, a salad or other sensible meal (low to no carb) in the evening before 6 PM.

PS. It’s a mess to clean the juicer but you can make enough juice for several days. Fill up a mason jar as far as you can and seal airtight. Your shakes will last in the fridge 3-4 days and saves time and clean up. Just double recipe as needed.

Serving size 16oz

Ingredients

1 cucumber

4 celery stalks

2 apples

6-8 leaves of kale

1/2 lemon

1 tbsp hunger

Wash all produce well. Peel lemon optional and I use it with the skin, juice, pour over ice, enjoy!

Posted in Chronic illness, Goals, Health

The green mean juice

Picture taken from google

With the discovery of the natural remedies book and the Master Herbal course, a third sign knocked on my door to solidify my efforts and give them the willpower and strengths to withstand what was lying ahead.

I came across a video on YouTube, actually a documentary how Joe Cross changed his stars and turned around his health with the help of a juice reboot. He calls it the “green mean juice” although you think a name like “magic wonder potion” or something like it would be more fitting. Perhaps mean indeed in the sense of knocking out disease and being serious about better health. The documentary is called “Sick, fat, and nearly dead” and it resonated with me in a big way. There is a chronic illness that needed further tending to control, maybe I should rephrase that since I feel it is under control but needs to be send into remission further. There is physics weight I’d like to shed along with the material weight I am working on log lightening my load. And with all these things falling into path to keep going, misery, pain and death could wait a little longer.

Joe did nothing but juice for 60 days, plus incorporating some exercise and other lifestyle changes. I don’t remember how much weight he lost in the end, (but it was a lot) saving others who struggled along his journey, but his story and health improvements were remarkable. He reversed many conditions, got off of harsh pharmaceutical medicines, and again I felt that this was the next puzzle piece for myself. However, not going to the doctor for the ok to go ahead, I would start with only one juice per day instead of going all in.

I long sensed my rheumatoid arthritis being linked to my food intake. The wrong foods for that matter, foods my system can’t process and digest, resulting in adverse health conditions. Consequently I believed to suffer with poor gut health and toxins leaking into the blood stream from the foods consumed. I have never been diagnosed with it, I just know somehow. I had nothing to lose but everything to gain. Wednesday was my first day to take an active step. This post was written after completing 2 full days and here is what these days looked like…

Morning: 1 glass of veggie/fruit juice 80/20

For lunch I made soup out of the pulp. Yeah I know it doesn’t sound appealing, but it was actually pretty good and as you go through your regular food withdrawal, it is a welcome change.

Dinner: Mixed green salad with one egg and sardines in olive oil which became my salad dressing.

One the second night I indulged in homemade popcorn in olive oil.

The results and findings so far with only two days in.

Weight lost 5 lbs

An overall feeling of lightness beyond 5 lbs and I don’t feel so weighed down and heavy.

There are more times my joints (hands) move with more ease and seem fluid. The strain that often persists to make them work seems to have lessened and I feel good overall.

The food tastes better and by the evening the salad comes around, you truly have learned the meaning of mindful eating, which helps proper digestion and absorption of your food and nutrients. I heard the food cravings/hunger pains subside after a few days as your system adjusts and detoxes.

One of the big ones I thought to give up was my coffee in the morning, but even that has been easier than I thought it would be. I always enjoyed my coffee, but as of lately I seldom finished my one cup in the morning, and my relationship to it has changed. It almost feels like a higher power was trying to prepare me for the juice reboot. It reminds me of how it was as I quit smoking. Mind over matter and the urge to give in only lasts a few moments. Put it out of your mind and stop entertaining the torture. You know that you can do it.

Over the past two days I actually felt some hunger pains and every time I do, I just drink more water. Overall it has been a great experience and I look forward to how this continues.