Fitness Friday — Get the Garbage Out!

Most people have some degree of toxicity within their bodies. This is similar to forgetting to take the garbage can to the end of the street on garbage pick up day. Instead of getting an empty can, the garbage continues to pile up and stink worse. The stench will eventually come into your house if it is not cleaned out.

That is what our bodies are like if we don’t take care of the toxins. Our bodies have natural waste management systems that keeps them healthy; but if they are not taken care of properly, we become loaded with toxins, and our bodies can’t control them.

Since we live in a toxic environment, toxicity cannot entirely be avoided. However, there are ways to lessen our exposure to them. Here is a list of five things taken from The Seven Pillars of Health by Don Colbert, M.D. If you are looking for a good read, pick up this book!

 

1. Choosing more living, organic foods, free-range lean meats, and low-fat organic dairy.

2. Choose clean, pure spring or filtered water instead of tap water.

3. Breathe clean air, and do not stroll, walk, or jog along busy roads or highways. Don’t wait outside airport terminals, inhaling diesel exhaust. Avoid secondhand smoke in restaurants and public buildings (thankfully in Minnesota we don’t have to worry about that one)!

4. Wear rubber gloves if you use chemicals for cleaning. Better yet, check for natural cleaning alternatives and natural personal care products.

5. Work with your doctor to try and get yourself off as much medication as possible. This will give your liver a break and will allow it to rid your body of built-up toxins.

 

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Fitness Friday — Clean Eating for Detox

Every Friday I am going to give a fitness tip, whether it be for the avid runner (which I am), someone who’s looking to lose weight, increase speed and endurance, or someone who’s just trying to eat healthier.  I am very passionate about helping others reach their fitness goals and optimal health. I’m passionate about making it a lifestyle rather than a fad. I believe if you love what you’re doing, then you’ll continue on the journey to healthy living.

The environment we live in and the foods we eat are increasing our toxicity in our bodies, and the liver cannot keep up to naturally rid us of these toxins. I do a juice detox quarterly which includes fiber, probiotics, and digestive enzymes to help regulate my body. A few days before and a few days after the detox, it is important to have a clean-eating regimen, which includes eliminating all meat short term.

Today I have made a list of clean eating food choices. I am very passionate about detoxification of the body, and I form teams to do this process together. If you’re interested in finding out more about that, please feel free to contact me, and I can give you more details.

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My Daddy

Happy Father’s Day!!!

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My daddy taught me many things

He taught me how to fly

He believed in me when others wouldn’t

He’d comfort me when I’d cry.

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My daddy thought the world of me

He said I would do great things

He was always in my corner

Excited for what life would bring.

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My daddy cheered me on

He was my biggest fan

He always saw the best in me

He knew God had a plan.

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Now I am away from home

With a family of my own

But he still believes in me

Even though I’m grown.

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My children now adore him

He teaches them to fly

My boys love spending time there

Which brings tears to my eyes.

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My daddy means the world to me

I love him through and through

He is the best dad I could ask for

His belief in me I will live up to.

The Gift

I was having a bad day. Things were not falling into place the way I thought they should. Things were not going my way. Because of this, I started getting a “why me?” attitude and had a pity party with only one invite – ME.

My mind started wandering about why things weren’t going right. Maybe I am not good with people. Maybe I said something wrong. Maybe I’m not worthy. All kinds of thoughts flooded my mind, and none of them positive. This started me on a downward spiral of negativity and complaining. I started making excuses for why I wasn’t where I wanted to be.

I did eventually snap out of it and replaced my thoughts with positive words. My attitude turned around when I decided that the circumstances didn’t matter because God is no respecter of persons. He wasn’t tormenting me and making me have a bad day. I simply chose to focus on the negative rather than to stand on my faith and the promises of God. I chose a bad day.

May 2014 110That night at a business meeting, I was sitting next to a young woman I didn’t know. Conversation started when I complimented her beautiful, black and white, beaded necklace with a mesh flower attached on the side. We got to talking about our families and found a lot of commonalities. In the midst of a hard day, I had managed to make a new friend.

The thing that struck me the most was that at the end of the evening, she turned to me, took off her stunning necklace, put it in my hands and said, “This is a gift from one mom to another.” At that moment, I realized it didn’t matter how my day went. It didn’t matter what was going on in my life. What mattered most was that I took my eyes off me and my problems and moved them onto serving others selflessly. The way to stay joyful in the midst of trials is to do something for someone else knowing I am making a difference in her life whether it benefits me or not. Happiness is a choice.

My new friend blessed me that day. She didn’t know what challenges I was facing. She didn’t know I had a not-so-great day. She didn’t even know how I would respond to her kind gesture. But what she gave me was a gift that said, “You matter.” It was God speaking to me through her saying, “I’m here. I haven’t forgotten about you, sweet child of Mine.” It was God speaking to me through her telling me that He’s still in control and everything is going to be OK. What a heartfelt, impromptu gift of encouragement from one mom to another.