As we embark on the beginning of yet another year, I hope this article finds you in steady pursuit of your greatest desires and goals. Unfortunately, according to Forbes.com, only 8% actually achieve their new year's resolutions. If that's true, then by now, many have already long forgotten and given up on the promises they made just a month or so ago. The thing I find most disheartening about that is that each and every day we are given, is a gift, a clean canvas to leave our mark. I mean yes, it's fun to jump in with the grand hoorah and follow the American tradition of making some “New Year's Resolutions.” But each day, is an opportunity to put our desires of change back in front of us; to start over on the transformation of our lives; to become the best we can, for ourselves and those around us.
There are many reasons why people give up on their resolutions so quickly. Probably the most common reason would be because we've set very ambitious yet, unrealistic goals that are virtually impossible to reach. Too much, too hard, too soon and we are failing right from the start. Of course that's just the beginning. There are certainly many other factors as to why we give up so quickly. I know for me, I want to see results quickly and rapid discouragement sets in when I'm not seeing the fruit of my labor.
It's no surprise that the #1 resolution is to lose weight and become fit. I know I can't think of a year that I didn't desire for some sort of a “body makeover.” It would be impossible to recount the number of “diets” I've been on in my lifetime. I cringe when I think back over the pills I took just to shed a few pounds. (I'm sorry body, please forgive me!) Of course, I know better now. Today I wouldn't even think about using any of those harmful diet “supplements” in my body. In fact, I don't actually do “diets” at all anymore. I'm very leery of all things man-made. I've lost my trust in the FDA to protect us. I am VERY VERY picky about what I put in my mouth because so many of the ingredients are detrimental. Just because it's on the shelf, or menu does not mean it's safe. Instead of more diets and diet shortcuts, we need to be eating healthful, balanced, nutritious meals as a lifestyle from today forward. Confession: The tantalizing Christmas meals got me. Like many, I too ate much food period. Healthy or not, too much is too much and my britches are telling me so. Once again, it's time to do some tweaking and adjusting in my food and exercise choices. I'll be tackling this the old fashioned way.
Did you know that (according to money.usnews.com) on average, Americans spend upwards of 60 billion dollars per year on weight loss? This is a super profitable industry and I'm not really sure they actually want us to get skinny and stop spending!? Throughout my lifetime there's no telling how many “diets” I began and quit. So many pounds lost, gained, lost and regained. I can totally appreciate why people give up on their resolutions. After my fifth pregnancy, I worked so hard and denied myself so much, only to see the scale not budge for months. What? Nothing? Augh! Due to this frustration, I began my quest to better understanding true wellness. There is more going on than simply calories in and calories out. So, let me encourage you that if you are doing what it takes but not getting results, or the results aren't lasting, then it might be time to take a look at hormones, toxins and cleansing cleansing cleansing.
In this article, I'm going to address the “cleansing” aspect. It plays such a crucial roll in our wellness. We wouldn't drive our car for 100,000 miles with out changing the oil or air filters. And we would never be surprised if the sink drain got sluggish or even clogged, if we put pure garbage down it. It would have to be manually cleaned out. Yet most people never consider cleaning out their vital body systems. We push our “vehicle” to the max, going a hundred miles per hour without much rest, and seldom fuel / feed our system with what it literally is “dying for.” You might want to sit down for this earth shattering information: (Not really. It's just so basic it's ignored.) Our digestive system and our body's ability to digest food was designed to do so, for an extremely important reason. Our body's systems, have needs that aren't being met by our SAD (Standard American Diet – boy, that's a fitting acronym!) All this sugared up, highly processed stuff that we are calling food isn't really “food” at all. The intention of this life function called “eating,” was not simply to fill an empty, growling stomach and satisfy our taste buds. Nope, it was to be our fuel, to energize every cell in our body. Our bodies can do some amazing things, but they can't turn chemicals (have you read labels lately?) into the natural vitamins and nutrients, that can be used by our body to support us. In fact many of the man-made, enriched vitamins aren't even recognized by our body at all. But that's only a small part of the problem. Most of us desperately need to clean out our colon. It would help us in a way like none other. Like cleaning out the filters, carburetor and the pistons in an old car that's been sitting for ten+ years and become all gunked up. If you've had plumbing done lately and seen the inside of an old pipe then you're familiar with thick lining that can build up on the walls. That's exactly what happens on the inside of us when we haven’t cleansed. Yikes! The walls of our colon become caked from all the processed foods we consume made with flour and dairy. Do you remember the paste we used in school to create a paper mache, made from white flour and water or milk, to glue things together? That same gluey pasty concoction is being made inside of our stomachs, creating a layer or barrier lining on our colon walls. When this barrier is present (and sadly that's the case for most of us), it's preventing or greatly reducing the absorption of vital nutrients. This is the primary reason why people can begin eating very healthy, organic food, even pure raw juiced vegetables and not experienced the expected amazing changes in their health. The nutrients cannot be absorbed effectively, if at all. Not to mention the other problem, that it's also full of toxic waste that's making us feel terrible and sick. That creates a huge problem since our colon is responsible for between 70 and 80% of our immune system. We don't have to be a doctor to connect the dots and see why we are having so many sick people.
100 years ago this wasn't an issue because flour came from wheat that was different back then. It was natural. What a concept! For an interesting and quick read on this topic visit: http://www.rodalenews.com/wheat-free-diet, or google search “The dark side of wheat.” Very interesting, sad and borderline criminal in my opinion. This newer “breed” of wheat is being linked to IBS, inflammation, joint swelling, pain, gluten intolerance, Crohn's disease, colitis, increased appetite, and all sorts of modern ailments. But the main point of my rant is that because of our caked up colons, we can't even get healthy when we are eating healthy. Perhaps you're not convinced yet? Maybe I can convince you when you consider the financial waste. Let's say you're spending $50.00 extra per month buying expensive vitamins, supplements, green juice, etc. but only 20-30% of what you're consuming is being absorbed. That means $35 of the $50 is headed straight down the toilet... literally, month after month. Or, if your body needed X number of Mg of a particular herb or vitamin to get well, then you're short changing your attempt to create healing or change by the whopping 70% thats not being absorbed. My point here is that we are either not getting well as quickly as we should (if even at all) or that the process is taking way longer and costing way more than is has to.
It's kinda funny to me, that even though it's part of our normal everyday function for every breathing mammal on the planet, no one wants to talk about it, even in private. I get it. It's gross and it makes us feel like a 5 year old in kindergarten. Plus, in our culture, it's “un-lady” like. But everybody poops. You do it, I do it, we all do it. There it's out in the open. Now, can we please move past this being a taboo topic and just get healthy? It's important to cleanse all our body systems and vital organs but the first priority is to clean the colon. This being clean will help properly flush out the toxins with other cleanses. If I haven't convinced you yet, then maybe this statement taken directly from the Eden Wellness website (www.edenwellness.org/articles/colonsewer.html) will: “It is estimated that the average person will have 5 – 15 pounds of waste matter impacted on the colon wall, built up over years of eating heavy foods which require mucus secretion to protect the stomach and colon, resulting in an increase of toxins though parasites. Dirty colons attract “critters” to come clean up your mess!” Yuck, Yuck and more Yuck! Now are you with me?
Word of caution- when it comes to cleansing, or any marketable area of health and wellness for that matter, there are a slew of greedy fingers in the pot. Since colon cleansing has become “the thing to do” of recent, it's also become a perfect target for the health industry to make a big profit. So please beware, all colon cleanses do not work the same! Just sending some herbs and fiber down your GI track for a week or two isn't going to do the trick. Remember, it's loaded with YEARS of buildup... it ain't coming off that easy! There are a few ways to cleanse your colon, and what it takes is patience and persistence more than fortune. The goal of a good colon cleanse isn't to poop more; it's to scrub those layers of buildup off. People that follow a proper colon cleanse report that they can definitely tell when they have passed this “lining.” To be blunt when you've accomplished this, it will be somewhat like a foreign object in the toilet. You can probably google images if you're unsure. (Eeew!) But all that is just to let you know what the signs of accomplishment are.
Recently, I sat down with Mrs. Mills and Jaime (Himey), the store manager of Abundant Life Health Foods, in Lewisville TX. She has a very simple yet extremely effective recipe. With her permission, I have it posted on my website. (Please consider contacting them for your products.) Of course you all know I love Young Living products and they have some wonderful products to for cleaning your colon also. They are infused with essential oils, that can help assist in this process too. By the way, both Mrs. Mills and Jaime are certified Iridologists. If your interested in having an eye scan for health, you can call the store to schedule an appointment. (972-221-1210) I can speak from experience, it was quite fascinating what they could tell me, about myself, by simply searching my eyes. I was very impressed and I'll be back!
Stick with your commitment to being the best you can be. A life worth living, is worth living well. Be sure to check my website tab titled “Upcoming Classes and Events” for a complete listing of all my class topics and locations. Also, I have the Young Living Cleanse and the Royal Flush listed on my tab titled “All about cleansing.”
Let's live well ~ Kristin