How to Live an Authentic Life!

Do you know how to live an authentic life?

Do you live each day in complete peace and harmony?

Or, do you struggle in chaos, confusion and exhaustion? 

As we head into the heat of Summer here in the northern hemisphere, we tend to think of holidays, having fun and unwinding.

But often before we get to all of that, we have to go through chaos. 

The chaos of family events, year end events and trips and wrap ups. 

The chaos of trying to get ahead with work and business so you CAN take time off!

It sometimes feels, like the harder we try to make time to relax, the harder we actually have to work.

So while we are all running around like chickens with our heads cut off; let’s try to take time each day, even for just a moment and remember some golden rules to help you live your life authentically. 

Because when we live our life according to our own dreams, desires, goals as well as honouring each of them for just ourselves; Life will seem less hectic.

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1. Never deny your true souls passion, If you desire something to feed your soul, do it!

2. Live each moment like there is no other. 

3. Be fully present within yourself in every moment. Consciously be aware of your every thought, emotion and action and be the one to choose these actions!

4. Live YOUR truth. Not everyone else’s! 

5. Being truly grateful for what you do have; what the universe has already provided for you and what you have done for yourself.

If you do nothing else each day, I highly suggest you take a second at bed and think of one thing you are grateful in your life. 

Let all wonderful, loving emotions of that gratitude well up within yourself and let it bring a smile to your face. 

There is no better way to end or start your day then being grateful for all that you have and are. For what you give energy to increases.

Do not let fear and uncertainty in. For what you give energy to increases!

One of our biggest fears is not being loved, so LOVE yourself fully, every moment of every day and this fear, the queen of all fears will disappear.

Only YOU can truly love YOU. And the best way to do just this is to take time to truly know yourself.

Take time this Summer to get away and find yourself. Even if it is just for a couple minutes every day, or an hour or two once a week. Whatever you can do – do it for you!!

If you don’t know how to do this and you need some wonderful guidance, I am happy to help you find YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF! Sometimes there is an old belief structure or deep fears that are blocking you from fully living your own authentic life. If you feel this is the case then;

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As always, let me know your thoughts, your struggles and ways that I can help support you.

My Self Inspiring question of the week is;

In true resonant health, have a Self Inspiring week,

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How to Survive the Heat of Summer!

Discover how to survive the heat of Summer with my easy tips and support tools!

Whether you are a heat lover or a heat hater, surviving the heat of Summer can take a lot of extra effort.

Unless, you simply hide away in an air conditioned house all the time; which in my mind isn’t a lot of fun!

I love the Summer time!

With all the great outdoor activities like; swimming, water skiing, tubing, boating, sitting on the beach, as well as spending time in my gardens, riding my horse, hiking and so on.

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Summer time fun!

But, with extra out door activities in the sun and heat; comes the potential to get TOO MUCH sun and heat. When this happens, if not properly resolved as soon as possible, you can develop symptoms that flair each year when any kind of heat arrives.

Symptoms such as; chronic headaches, dizziness, sleep issues, digestive issues, such as, diarrhea, nausea, or lack of appetite and so on. 

If you tend to get any of these symptoms when the heat of Summer arrives; then you probably have had heat or sunstroke at some point in your life and are now carrying the residual side effects.

The good news is, this can be fully resolved with an all natural remedy found in this kit – Summer Survival Kit!

If you don’t have these issues, and want to make sure you never do, keep reading and discover my tips and suggestions to help you; 

Survive the Heat of Summer!

Get Hydrated; This truly is a vital key in staying healthy and energized. Your body is 90% water and dehydration is a chronic issue in society. I know this seems so obvious but often many “imbalances” and health issues are related to a lack of proper fluids.

Now having said that I also don’t purport you drink 8 – 10 large glasses of water a day, this is not really balancing or healthy. However, what you need to be aware of is quality fluids and areas that you may be sabotaging this.

Hydrating foods and liquids for Summer;

  • clean pH balanced water either clear or add liquid chlorophyl
  • lemon added to all your water
  • non sugar added, natural/organic berry juices, added in small amounts to water or smoothies
  • coconut water, the best way to rebalance electrolytes, and is full of vitamins and minerals. By far one of my favs!
  • Rooibos tea, caffeine free and full of anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamin C
  • cucumbers, refreshing and full of caffeic acid which nourishes the skin.
  • Bell peppers, contain vitamin C, thiamine, vitamin B6, beta-carotene and folic acid. Red bell peppers are even better because they contain lycopene.
  • celery full of minerals, salts, vitamins and amino acids
  • carrots, full of beta carotene and 90% water.
  • watermelon/melons, has essential hydrating salts, calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium.
  • pineapples, great for digestion
  • berries, which are full of anti-oxidants and low in sugar
  • citrus fruit, always refreshing and hydrating and full of nutrients.
  • apples, full of fluids, green apples are lower in sugar than red.
  • really any juicy green veggie is top so be sure to eat at least one salad a day!
  • Make a Healthy Juice every morning with celery, cucumber, carrot, kale, lemon and an apple.

To reduce, eliminate and prevent Heat or Sunstroke.

Heat stroke and exhaustion occurs when people are exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time without hydration. This can happen in a number of environments, but is most commonly seen when children are left in vehicles by their parents or caregivers. The inside temperatures of a vehicle can easily reach 120F on a hot day in just minutes.

For specific foods check out Hydrating ideas below.

However; when you have gotten too much heat or sun, often your digestive system will have shut down to preserve energy. You may even feel nauseous or have no appetite. It is wise to listen to your body until you have gotten yourself cooled off and rebalanced.

Initially begin with hot to warm liquids like supportive herbal teas like peppermint and chamomile and warm applications to gently bring your body temperature down. 

To prevent – Use Cold compresses; Here is where you can use the refreshing cold, on the outside of your body! If you know you are going to be spending the day outside in the heat and sun then be sure to take along some frozen cloths.

My mom started this when I was showing and competing with my horses. She would take several old wash cloths, get them wet, wring them out, place them neatly folded in zip lock bags, then place them in the freezer. On the day of the horse show she would bring these along in our cooler and as the day progressed we would use them on our heads and neck to cool us down. She even used to put one on the top of my horses head while we where standing between classes! When my kids started summer sports like soccer I would do the same thing and let them use them when they where resting. Every person I introduce this too since my horse showing days has gone on to make it their favourite heat relief tool.

I would even take a bandana and do the same thing, then when I was working outside in the hot sun, I would wrap my head in the bandana as I started to feel too hot. This always cooled me down and would last quite a while.

  • Cold compresses are also vital if you are out doing some physical activity and injure yourself. Remember, cold/ice initially on a new injury to keep the swelling from getting too aggressive. However, the point of the swelling is to let your body know it has an injury, to protect the area and increase healing fluids to the area. Honor the injury appropriately and do not over exert it until you are fully healed. 

Healing Juice – Prickly Pear juice is loaded with anti-inflammatory agents which makes it great for any kind of over impingement that occurs, causing your body to react in self defence. Such as over exertion to external heat.

If you develop a heat stroke headache this is a great juice to sip on!

Beet Root and Lemon juiced whole are two of the most powerful energy lifting food available. Packed full of nutrients these two when sipped together will give you an energy boost.

*Only use natural, organic and non sweetened fruit juices.

Refreshing body sprays; I make a spray bottle full of rose water, lavender, rosemary, grapefruit and peppermint essential oils and use it to mist myself while at the beach, cottage or sporting events. This even works after sun exposure to help cool down the body, especially if you have gotten a tad too much sun!

Don’t use lemon, as much as it is refreshing and great on the inside it can cause a photophobic/skin pigment loss reaction when applied in the sun!

Replace lost fluids and properly cool your internal body.

Dehydration, whether chronic or acute can lead to all kinds of problems. Our body is 90% fluid and needs to maintain this balance in order to remain healthy. Most people today are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it. If you suffer from mid afternoon headaches, random muscle cramps, constant low grade energy and constipation, it may be due to dehydration. The easiest way to know for sure is simply follow my hydrating advice for several weeks and see which symptoms disappear! Law of opposites at work.

Drink warm refreshing liquids! I know this seems odd, but actually if you have been out too long in the hot sun the idea of a big cold drink is enticing. Yet, it is the wrong thing to do, at least at first. When you body core has gotten over heated it is always wise to begin with warm liquids first to bring the body temperature down more gradually. This will help from creating an even greater disturbance of extremes within your body.

Some suggestions are as simple as warm water and lemon, warm water, lemon and any kind of berry juice like raspberry, pomegranate etc.

Once the body cools down and you feel more normal then you can have a cold glass of water or refreshing juice mix.

  • Remember that alcohol dehydrates so if you are out in the heat avoiding alcohol is a good idea. If you are enjoying lounging in the heat and want an alcoholic beverage, just remember to alternate with a clean glass of cool water!

Last, but certainly not least; Pick up my amazing Summer Survival Healing kit right here – Simply click the image to view more and purchase on line, and have it shipped directly to your door!!

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Wishing you a very healthy and joyful Summer!

As always, let me know your thoughts, your struggles and ways that I can help support you.

In true resonant health, have a Self Inspiring week,

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How to Reverse Insulin Resistance!

Are you insulin resistant?

How would you even know?

Believe it or not, 90% of the population has some form of insulin resistance.

And did you know; that insulin resistance is the leading factors of type 2 diabetes, fatty liver disease, high cholesterol, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, alzheimers, Parkinson’s and so on.

In fact, all metabolic, hormonal and neurodegenerative diseases stem, first and foremost from insulin resistance.

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So what is insulin resistance?

For starters, insulin is a hormone that facilitates the transport of blood sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream into cells throughout the body for use as fuel. In response to the normal increase in blood sugar after a meal, the pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream.

With insulin resistance, the normal amount of insulin secreted, is not sufficient to move excess amounts of glucose into the cells – thus the cells are said to be “resistant” to the action of insulin. To compensate, the pancreas secretes insulin in ever-increasing amounts to try to maintain the blood-sugar movement into cells but is unable to do so. Creating a huge imbalance and the eventual shutting down of insulin production, which is type 2 diabetes.

Because insulin is one of our “major” hormones, it’s also impossible for your body to balance its “minor” hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone among them) until your insulin metabolism is balanced first. Thus the reason that insulin resistance is behind so many health problems.

The reason insulin resistance is such a common health issue, is due to a high carbohydrate and sugary diet. Insulin resistance is basically carbohydrate toxicity or sugar overload. When we ingest way more carbohydrates (which turn to sugar/glycogen in our body) as well as sugar, than our body can possibly process, insulin resistance occurs.

If you where born in the 60’s, 70’s 80’s and 90’s; you where brought up mainly on pre-made, package products. The quick and easy era, since most families needed a double income to keep up with society.

We no longer had mom at home full time to make us raw, natural foods from scratch.

The average pre-package product, contains more sugar in the form of fructose, which is 10 times more destructive than simple white sugar, as well as over exceeds most daily carbohydrate needs.

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And here’s the real kicker!

If like me, you where fed baby formula extensively, than you would have gone into insulin sensitivity leading to insulin resistance; and you would have stayed there the rest of your life; unless you consciously put your body into nutritional ketosis (see below).

But first – check out the first couple ingredients on the most popular infant formula – 

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Corn syrup, also known as high corn fructose, the number 1 leading cause of type 2 diabetes, Sugar may be bad, but fructose is far worse!

And don’t even get me started on the rest of the toxic ingredients. Notice the bottom says no dairy ingredients! So if there is no milk whatsoever what is the point of feeding this toxic sludge. We’d be far better off making a more highly nutritious bone broth soup.

Any how, as you can see there are lots of reasons why most of us struggle with this issue and all the health concerns related to it.

If you aren’t sure whether you are insulin resistant, please read through this list of common symptoms.

If you have at least 2-3 of these symptoms you are probably insulin resistant to some degree;

  • Chronic fatigue regardless of amount of quality sleep.
  • Inability to sleep fully through the night. Frequent trips to the bathroom or sleep apnea.
  • Emotional stress around eating. Irritable when food is missed or haven’t eaten enough.
  • inability to lose excess weight around abdomen, no matter the amount calorie reduction or exercise you do.
  • Dry, irritated and weakening eyesight, more sensitive to bright light along with poor night vision.
  • Weak digestion, may be prone to bloating and gas or acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Mid afternoon energy slump is extreme, can barely make it through the work day. Eating sugar alleviates this but only temporarily.
  • Blood pressure lower than normal, with high triglyceride levels, high LDL levels (the bad cholesterol) and low HDL (the “good” cholesterol).
  • Cravings for something sweet or for more food, shortly after eating a full meal. Insulin resistant people tend to have a massive appetite! Their eyes are bigger than their stomach syndrome. 
  • Chronic water retention/oedema, especially in the hands and feet.
  • Chronic aches and pains, especially after rest. This often indicating some form of arthritis or joint inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a sign of high insulin levels, triggered by excess glycogen/sugar in your system.

If you have all or most of these symptoms, I highly suggest making some changes to your diet and lifestyle immediately!

So how do you start to reverse your insulin resistance?

1. Begin to switch your diet over to a ketogenic nutritional program. By following this simple food list – 

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Which will help you begin to clean up your diet. By removing excess carbohydrate and sugar consumption, your body will begin to burn up it’s excess glycogen stores over time; thereby, reducing your insulin over production and restoring your metabolism to more healthy, balanced state.

2.  Begin to repair and your digestive health with this amazing healing kit – Digestive kitDigestive Support kit. Where you will discover the #1 support tool we are all deficient!

Most of us have a very weak digestion system, due to years of poor dietary choices. Which leads, to an inability to breakdown our food properly, causing malabsorption, leading to chronic illness and eventually disease.

3. Make sure you have some form of daily physical activity. Moderate physical activity will help the body remove cellular toxicity through the lymphatic system; as well as, increasing muscle strength, improve your metabolism and make you feel happier. 

4. Last, but certainly not least; one of the most important steps, is to put your body into nutritional Ketosis!

What is Nutritional ketosis? 

Nutritional Ketosis, is a biological survival mechanism, designed to ensure your bodies survives during times of famine. When all of your glycogen stores are used in your body, you will begin to produce ketones, which trigger your body to burn your own fat for fuel/energy. Thus giving you tons of mental clarity, and muscular stamina in order to go out and find food to survive.

Recently, many top medical professionals, scientists and nutritionists, are all beginning to recognize how vital it is to repairing our endocrine and metabolic/digestive system.

Because when the body is fuelled by fat, you not only reduce inflammation and degeneration but you give your body 220% more energy than when using carbs. 

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How can you achieve nutritional ketosis? 

You can put your body into nutritional ketosis by either going on a super strict, low caloric, absolutely NO carb and sugar diet. Which will take you any where from 7 – 14 days to achieve ketosis, and I guarantee you it will be a struggle!

OR, you can use the scientifically, designed program, called KETOPIA. That supplies your body with the necessary ketones, to put your body into nutritional ketosis within minutes to hours instead of days. And better yet, no starving!!

Click the image to learn more or click this link -Ketopia Reset – to purchase right now!

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If you truly want to reverse your insulin resistance, be sure to take the time to follow the guidelines I have laid out here, you will begin to reverse, not only your insulin resistance but every other health ailment you struggle with that is connected to this deficiency.

Life is a journey, not a destination, and it should be a journey full of life, energy and joy!

As always, let me know your thoughts, your struggles and ways that I can help support you with your health journey.

In true resonant health, have a Self Inspiring week,

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