Is Willpower the Problem, or Is It Something Else?

Have you ever been in a scenario like this?

You set a goal to lose 20 lb (numbers may vary).  You are armed with the perfect diet this time.  Your mom’s friend’s aunt lost 150 lb on this diet of eating blueberry and kale smoothies all day and a sensible meal for dinner (diets may vary – the blueberry kale smoothie diet is not an actual diet).  You can’t go wrong this time, but somewhere along the way you fall off track, you feel ashamed and self-defeated.  Then you give up.

This is pretty common, but there’s something you should know.  Many people have a hard time giving up their favorite junk foods because the foods have been developed to trigger pleasure points in the brain.  Guess what else triggers pleasure points in the brain?  Caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, drugs.  Yes, addictive substances.  Guess what is added to these foods to trigger pleasure points?  Sugar!

Sugar is added to 80% of pre-packaged foods, and sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine.  So when that monster inside your head is screaming I need that doughnut at 4pm, it really thinks it does.  Breaking an addiction is extremely tough.  That’s why there is no shame in seeking outside support and accountability with a reputably trained health coach, or a dependable friend or family member to ensure your success.

I think everyone should be successful in achieving their health goals because something more devastating happens in the scenario in the beginning than a person not losing weight.  The real tragedy occurs when a person gives up on themselves.  They lose confidence, and don’t go after the things they really want in life feeling they don’t deserve it.  That should never happen because you deserve health and happiness unconditionally!

Give Yourself the Gift of Love On Valentine’s Day and All Year Through

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine weekend filled with love. One of the simplest, but often most overlooked ways to receive an abundance of love in your life is to start by loving yourself. You teach others how to treat you by the way you treat yourself. If you condemn yourself with negative self talk, and don’t take any time to nourish yourself physically, emotionally, or spiritually than the people around you will follow your lead. Show everyone how to show you kindness and love. It is not a selfish act to take care of yourself. It is quite the opposite. When you fill yourself with positive loving energy it exudes from you onto others, and is quite contagious. That’s a contagion that no one minds catching. Start right now! Look at yourself directly in the mirror, and say one kind thing to yourself, and then tell yourself I Love You!

Yummy Chai Latte

This is a warm, yummy drink I have become hooked on lately.  It’s inspired by a recipe I saw on Steven and Chris by Meghan Telpner, author of UnDiet.

I put a cup of brewed Sugar Buster Tea in a bullet or blender, add to it some or all of the following:

flax seeds

bee pollen

cocoa powder

cinnamon

honey or stevia (or leave unsweetened)

almond milk

Blend it all up into a nice foamy, hot comforting drink.  I drink it in place of coffee, and can’t get enough.  Not to mention, using the Sugar Buster Tea helps me calm my sweet cravings.  It doesn’t get any better!  Try it, you’ll be hooked too

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Want your own Sugar Buster Tea?  Get it here.

A New Year and a New You!

Here we are encroaching on a brand new year.  New Year’s Eve celebrations are a significant part of holiday celebrating with some people more excited about the stroke of midnight on January 1st than their previous holiday’s rituals.  On New Year’s Eve you can actually feel the buzz of excited energy.  It’s all around you, even when you turn on the TV.  Look at all those people huddled up in Time Square, packed in like sardines.  To me it looks absolutely torturous, yet no one looks as if they’re suffering, they actually look elated.  Of course, they may have some liquid cheer to help a little, but the overall excitement is internal.   So why all the fuss, about a holiday, that merely celebrates starting a new calendar?

I notice the excitement comes not from the holiday itself, but what it represents, the NEW – a fresh start, the unlimited possibilities of what you can accomplish and have in your life, the breaking of bad habits, the total transformation of you as a person, and the opportunity for attaining your wildest dreams.  On the night of December 31st we wipe our slate clean, and begin fresh on January 1st.  Beginnings are extremely powerful and empowering; you can re-set the course of your life.

So what happened when you get back to December 31st, and your life hasn’t changed in the way you envisioned last New Year’s Eve? Many blow it off to unresolved resolutions, being too busy, not having the right opportunities, or just that they made unrealistic goals.  We often place the blame for our lackluster goal achievement on outside circumstances, but the reality is WE are the reason we didn’t achieve our goals.

It sounds a bit harsh, but imagine that there are no goals too big for you, that you truly can achieve the things you want in this life.  All you have to do is change your thinking.  We are all completely capable of having it all, but then those thoughts creep in – the thoughts of fear, doubt, and just not deserving to have it all.  What makes you so special that you get to have the life of your dreams?  YOU, that’s what makes you so special.  So what can you do this year to start achieving your dreams?

1. Stifle those negative, doubting internal thoughts that like to creep into our minds.

Quieting those negative thoughts can be challenging, but start by replacing every negative thought with a positive one.  It may feel forced and artificial at first, but after a while you will begin to believe the nice things you are saying about yourself.

2. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Sorry, but making changes in your life do require a bit of work, and the toughest part of this work is getting out of your comfort zone.  I know we work so hard to get in that zone, but finding ways to get out of that zone even with little acts on a daily basis will open you up to experiencing new opportunities and achievements.

3. Be grateful

Practicing gratitude is so powerful in so many ways, but especially when you are achieving new goals in your life.  It’s so easy to see what you haven’t accomplished, and forget how far you have come.  Use daily gratitude to reflect on all of the amazing things you have done.

4.You are not alone

Find someone to hold you accountable.  It’s not as easy to blow things off when someone is checking on you.  Some people enjoy working with family and friends, but others prefer to work with an impartial person, in that case consider a health coach.  Health Coaches are a viable part of health and lifestyle care, with professionals such as Andrew Weil, MD praising the benefits of working with them.  They work with you individually or in groups to help you find clarity in your life and goals, nurture you towards the goals you set, and hold you accountable in achieving them.

So this year, as we approach the New Year, we have some tools in hand.  I wish you the best in achieving the life of your dreams, because you absolutely deserve it.

Kalusion Joyful Holiday

The holidays are a time of Joy, but let’s face it they can also be a time of stress.  We often have more rushing around to do, we may get less sleep, and sometimes we find ourselves in company that ..er.. let’s just say maybe we don’t want to be with.

Joyful Holiday is an aromatic blend to keep you peaceful and calm, yet uplifted and joyful, so you can truly enjoy your holiday, and the days surrounding it.  It’s also a great gift, as it comes in it’s own little gift bag.

This gift set includes 2 oz. of each Joyful Holiday Bath Gel, Bath Oil, and Dead Sea Bath Salt.

Enjoy this special set for a limited time. Just like Santa, shortly after the holidays it will be gone. Find it on Etsy!

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Your Skin Eats Too

Your skin is your largest organ.  That means even if you’re eating real foods and a pure diet, if you’re applying chemically laden creams and cosmetics you are still introducing toxins into your system.  Everything you apply on your body is absorbed inside your body.  An experiment I have been told about is to rub garlic on the bottom of your feet, and see how long it takes to taste the garlic.  This is how long it takes to absorb into your body, which is usually somewhere between 20-40 minutes.  Isn’t that fascinating!

Daily exposure to toxins has been linked to many health issues including weight gain, cancers, thyroid disorders, learning and behavior problems, and mental health problems.  We know that beauty comes with a price, but these are too costly for me.

Shopping for products that work, and don’t contain chemicals is no easy task.  Even many of the products that claim to be all natural have undesirable ingredients hidden in their list.  For this reason, I have started making my own products.  Now I not only know what’s going into my products, I’m also saving some money. I can’t recommend this enough, but realize that many people don’t have the time or interest for this.  So what can you do?  Try shopping small, local businesses, farmer’s markets, or even Etsy for homemade products.  Also, health food stores and vitamin shops tend to have products without the harsh chemicals.

My biggest advice is just start becoming as aware of the things you apply to your body as the things you put into your body.

Feeling Grateful and Feeling Great

November is here.  I can’t even believe it.  As I reflect on a November only a year ago, and look at how different that picture of my life looked I remember one thing that has remained, gratitude.  Last November I decided to actively practice gratitude, and dragged my entire family into it for accountability.  It’s pretty easy to start things with a vengeance, but one forgotten day can erase an entire practice from my mind.  My family won’t let that happen.  So it began, at our main meal of the day we each proclaim one thing we are grateful for that day.  Sometimes the day is beautiful, the birds are singing, all is right with the world, and being grateful is extremely easy.  Other days the sink won’t drain, the dog has escaped and is running amuck through the neighborhood, and everything I touch falls apart.  These are the days I have to dig deeper, and the days gratitude is most important.

Practicing gratitude activates your frontal brain, and pulls you out of your survival, primal brain. It improves your outlook, which results in feeling uplifted, and decreases depression.  All of this feeling good leads you to make better decisions, eat better, and participate in some form of physical activity.  This results in improved health, and feeling even better.  It’s a forceful cycle of wellness.

Practicing gratitude is personal.  There is no right or wrong.  It is correct if it works for you.  Some popular methods for practicing gratitude are to journal what you are grateful for, reach out to someone to express gratitude, or say a prayer of thanks.  I like the “What’s New & Good?” approach.  This works by brainstorming 1-3 things that happened during your day that you are grateful for.  If you want to go deeper, ask yourself why they happened.

Today, I am grateful that you took the time to read what I wrote just for you.

Kick That Cold With Some Comfort Food – Chicken Dumpling Soup

It’s inevitable, when you work with kids you get sick.  It’s one of the occupational hazards I face as a dance teacher, and I just got a doozy.  The one thing I do look forward to when not feeling my best is some comfort food.  In my case, it’s Chicken Dumpling Soup.  Just thinking about it makes me hungry.  There’s a reason many people turn to chicken soup when not feeling well.  Our food has energetic properties, and when you observe the behavior of a chicken you can see they have very uplifted energy.  That is why we crave it when we’re feeling down.

The great thing about soup is it’s so customizable.  Just add or take away things to make it perfect for you.

Here’s how I put together my Chicken Dumpling Soup

Start with the broth.  In a large pot add ½ chicken stock/broth, ½ vegetable stock/broth, and a can of coconut milk.

Add some chicken thighs, bring to a boil, and then cook over medium heat until chicken is fully cooked.

Now have some fun with your favorite vegetables and fresh herbs.  Some great additions for healing a cold are onion, garlic, parsley, cilantro, cayenne, oregano, and definitely add those greens.  In my last batch I also added some carrots and parsnips to sweeten it a bit.

Finally, put together the dumplings.  Just put some good quality flour in a bowl and add some sea salt to taste, then add just enough water to roll it into balls and place in the soup to cook.  The dumplings can be made with whole grain flour, gluten free multi-purpose flour, or any combination you feel inspired to create.  In my last batch I played with a quinoa, coconut, arrowroot powder combination.  I ground the quinoa and coconut to flour in the bullet, and added arrowroot powder to thicken, so it didn’t fall apart in the soup.

So, there it is.  You can really make it as elaborate or simple as you like.  Have fun with different veggie and herb combinations, and even with the dumplings.  Make it for your loved ones when they’re not feeling well, and get them to make it for you when you’re the one needing some healing.

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Why I’m Inspired

Yes, I am a Holistic Health Coach.  But what you may not know is why.  Prior to my work in Wellness, I worked in Human Services.  I assisted so many people towards their goals for health, independence, employment, and stability.  It was difficult work, but I loved it. I knew I was put on this earth to support people.  However, I started to notice that what so many people needed the most support with could have actually been very easy to prevent.  So many little signs ignored, so many minor lifestyle adjustments avoided, and the result was a major disease or disability.

I knew there was more that I could do.  I had to help people realize they absolutely deserve good health and happiness today, and in the future without punishing themselves.  I wanted people to feel good so they can be their best for their families today, and feel great for their retirements later.  I truly believe that if my entire community was content than it would be an amazing community to live in, and that the happiness of our community will spread to other communities until the whole world is content.

I know it’s an ambitious vision, but I am doing my part to get it started.  That’s why I have developed the 6 week Sugar Buster Group Program.  Sugar is an addictive substance, and is responsible for significant mental and physical health problems.  We crave it, and giving in only makes us crave more.  When we give it up we experience withdrawal symptoms.  An overabundance of sugar in our systems can lead to major illnesses such as Diabetes, Autoimmune Disorders, and Cancer.  Before those arrive we have warning signs such as anxiety, mood swings, brain fogginess, headaches, skin problems, and more.

The goal of the 6 week program is to help you identify your personal goal, and support you in working towards it.  Everyone is at a different place in their journey, and wherever they are is perfect.  This will take you to your next level.  You will have access to weekly informational and interactive group coaching calls as well as a forum where all members of the group are encouraged to share their goals, struggles, ideas, recipes, and support.  Our first session will be this Thursday October 3, 2013, so hurry and register to find balance before the holidays hit!

Beat Sugar Cravings in 6 Weeks Flat!

This group program is designed to help you beat those sugar cravings and get your diet and life back in balance. You will receive 6 weekly conference calls, online group and coach support and even some freebies! 

Have you ever experienced….

  • Skin and nail fungal infections
  • Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  • Feeling worn down or suffering from Fibromyalgia
  • Suffering from autoimmune disorders
  • Digestive issues
  • Poor concentration or memory, ADHD
  • Anxiety, depression, mood swings, or PMS
  • Vaginal infections, UTI’s, vaginal or rectal itching
  • Severe allergies or itchy ears
  • Intense sugar or simple carbohydrate cravings

Any of these can be an indication of an imbalance in your body caused by sugar intake.

We want to support you to get back in balance. 

The Sugar Buster Group Program is a 6 week program you can participate in from the comfort of your home. The investment is only $150 for the 6 week program! Register with a friend and save $10 each! 

What you can expect…

  • Weekly interactive calls with a Certified Health Coach providing education and goals for the week ahead
  • Online support and interaction with your coach and the other members of your group
  • Free sample of Kalusion’s delicious Sugar Buster tea to soothe some of those monstrous cravings
  • Opportunity to take advantage of a reduced rate grocery or health food store tour with your coach

Topics will include:

  • Identifying hidden sources of sugar intake
  • How to replace sugary sweets with delicious healthy treats (really!)
  • Decoding cravings
  • Benefits of probiotics and fermented foods
  • And much more!

Weekly coaching calls will be Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. 

  • Week 1 – 10/3/13
  • Week 2 – 10/10/13
  • Week 3 – 10/17/13
  • Week 4 – 10/24/13
  • (no call on 10/31)
  • Week 5 – 11/7/13
  • Week 6 – 11/14/13
Take control of those cravings before we begin the holiday season. Space is limited, register below! Note: address is requested so that we can send you your free Sugar Buster Tea. – See more at: http://enlivenwellnessworks.com/event-registration/?ee=44#sthash.UAquTwV3.dpuf

Take control of those cravings before we begin the holiday season. Space is limited, register now!

Note: address is requested so that we can send you your free Sugar Buster Tea.

This group program designed to help you beat those sugar cravings and get your diet and life back in balance. Led by Enliven Health Coach, Kaluwa Ruit, you will receive 6 weekly conference calls, online group and coach support and even some freebies!

Have you ever experienced….

  • Skin and nail fungal infections
  • Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  • Feeling worn down or suffering from Fibromyalgia
  • Suffering from autoimmune disorders
  • Digestive issues
  • Poor concentration or memory, ADHD
  • Anxiety, depression, mood swings, or PMS
  • Vaginal infections, UTI’s, vaginal or rectal itching
  • Severe allergies or itchy ears
  • Intense sugar or simple carbohydrate cravings

Any of these can be an indication of an imbalance in your body caused by sugar intake.

We want to support you to get back in balance. 

The Sugar Buster Group Program is a 6 week program you can participate in from the comfort of your home. The investment is only $150 for the 6 week program! Register with a friend and save $10 each! 

What you can expect…

  • Weekly interactive calls with a Certified Health Coach providing education and goals for the week ahead
  • Online support and interaction with your coach and the other members of your group
  • Free sample of Kalusion’s delicious Sugar Buster tea to soothe some of those monstrous cravings
  • Opportunity to take advantage of a reduced rate grocery or health food store tour with your coach

Topics will include:

  • Identifying hidden sources of sugar intake
  • How to replace sugary sweets with delicious healthy treats (really!)
  • Decoding cravings
  • Benefits of probiotics and fermented foods
  • And much more!

Weekly coaching calls will be Thursdays at 6:15 p.m. 

  • Week 1 – 10/3/13
  • Week 2 – 10/10/13
  • Week 3 – 10/17/13
  • Week 4 – 10/24/13
  • (no call on 10/31)
  • Week 5 – 11/7/13
  • Week 6 – 11/14/13

– See more at: http://enlivenwellnessworks.com/event-registration/?ee=44#sthash.UAquTwV3.dpuf