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Spring Cleaning for ME!

Dear Diary, I needed this bad!!

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As promised, here is the info I mentioned in the video:

Spring Cleaning for YOU! – https://mailchi.mp/kalusion/spring-cleaning-for-you

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Cleaning & Clearing

I am still in the midst of a major spring cleaning of my home and myself. I have already donated about 5 garbage bags filled with things that I really don’t need at this time, passing them on to someone else that can really use them, and opening space in my life for what I need right now

I wasn’t always so good about clearing things out, and still work at it, as I have a tendency to create emotional attachments to things. My most obvious lesson came from a pair of pajama bottoms stowing away in my closet some time ago. They sat at the bottom of my drawer because I really didn’t like them, there was nothing wrong with them, I just didn’t like them. However, I refused to get rid of them, opting to keep them as a “just in case” pair of bottoms. Yet every time I would get to the bottom of the drawer and see those dang things peeking back at me, I’d grimace at them and throw in a load of laundry just to avoid them (which is really saying something). Finally, I said enough is enough, I don’t care if there’s nothing wrong with them, I’m getting rid of them. I’m not really a shopper, so to replace them brings thoughts of digging through racks of clothing, blah, but whatever, I wasn’t wearing them anyway. I kid you not, the next day I was walking through the store because I had to pick up something for my son, and as I walked by the women’s pajama department, an adorable pair of pajama bottoms screamed out at me “pick me” from their spot on the rack. I ran right over to them, grabbed them, and was on my way. There was no miserable shopping and digging for a new pair, and I wear them all the time, I love them and how comfy they are. It was as if, I couldn’t have them until I made room for them. While I know pajama bottoms are not exactly spiritual enlightenment, they were definitely a lesson towards my growth.

What are you holding onto that is blocking you from what you really want?

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Cleanse Your Canvas to Create Your Masterpiece

Happy New Year!

There is such a pure energy that seems to take over every one as we pass into a new beginning. Possibilities and hope surround us, and we are once again motivated to really go after our ambitions.
Personally, I like to start the year with a clean slate. It’s a perfect time to slough off the previous year Inside & Out. Cleansing and detoxing are like hitting the re-set button, and give you a clean canvas to create your masterpiece on.
Here are some ways I like to clean the canvas:
1. “Shut yo mouth”

The beginning of a new beginning happens when you wakcoconut_oil_refinede up. This is the time to wash away everything that came before. First thing in the morning rinse off your face and cleanse your mouth to get rid of unfriendly bacteria that has collected there during the night. This simple cleansing will prevent your body from reabsorbing this bacterium. A salt water swish will get the job done, or you can opt for oil pulling with coconut oil. Instructions for oil pulling are here.

2. “Liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti”

I’m not talking about eating liver, or cannibalism for that ma053_3000x2561_all-free-download.com_7935271tter. I’m talking about cleansing or detoxing the liver. The liver is the filtration system of your body. Filters for your car, pool, air conditioning (the list goes on) all need to be cleaned, as does your liver. My favorite cleansing technique is drinking lemon water – easy and tasty. There’s more about it here.

Another way to detox is by adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar (raw, unfiltered, with the mother in it) to your water in the morning, and drink it down before eating. I can tell you that I actually quite like it; however, I was also the kid that would drink the pickle juice out of the jar, so you may want to gauge my taste buds with that. Here are some more of the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Yet another is bentonite clay. This powerful clay will detox the liver, cleanse the colon, and pull heavy metals from your body. When using bentonite clay, you should not allow it to touch metal (such as spoons), as its nature is to absorb heavy metals. Put ½ tsp – 1 tsp in a glass of water and shake it well. The best way to break it up is with shaking. You can mix it in water at night to let it absorb, and drink it in the morning after a good shake. Drink it at least an hour before eating. Kalusion Tea & Body Butter

Finally, another one of my favorite ways of cleansing the liver is by drinking tea. Milk thistle and dandelion root are excellent for cleansing the liver. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of dandelion root, so I created Sugar Buster Tea, which blends the dandelion root with other herbs that are known to balance the blood sugar, reduce sweets cravings, fight candida symptoms, and cleanse the liver.

3. “Shed your skin”

Your skin is your largest organ, so not only should you be mindfexfoliator siloul of what you are putting on it, but from time to time you should slough some of it off to revitalize it. I’m a huge Ava Anderson Non-Toxic user and consultant, for the reason that I can trust their ingredients and know they work. Ava Anderson offers a gentle exfoliator for the face, a lemon sugar body scrub, and candy cane body scrub that are so indulgent and toxin-free, and do a wonderful job of removing dead skin cells. They are definitely worth a try.

I also use the skin to heal. Since everything absorbed into the skin goes right to the bloodstream why not use that as an indulgent way to create balance in your body? For cleansing, I like the Sugar Buster Body Butter, which complements the tea previously mentioned. The essential oil blend of Sugar Buster Body Butter has properties hailed for balancing the blood sugar, improving candida symptoms, and supporting you in breaking a sugar habit.

Remember sometimes things get worse before they get better. If you are noticing some breakouts, congestion or phlegm, headaches, even a different taste in your mouth, or other mild symptoms it can be a sign that toxins are moving out. If you are using this time to cut out sugar and processed foods, there will almost certainly be some withdrawal symptoms. Give it at least three days. Usually the third day is the worst, and once you get over that hump you start feeling the benefits of the hard work you put in.

Best wishes as you wipe the canvas clean. I know you’ll create an amazing masterpiece.

If you need support please contact me, I’m here to help.

If you would like to try out some of the nifty products I have mentioned above, click on the links within the post or below. I am affiliated with these companies and may receive an affiliate fee or commission, which supports Kalusion in educating as many as possible to spread Health & Harmony Inside & Out. I only promote products I use for myself and my family. Thank you for your support.

You can find Kalusion’s Sugar Buster Inside & Out Set (Tea, Body Butter, and bentonite clay) here

You can find Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products such as the exfoliator and sugar scrubs here

You can find Mountain Rose Herbs coconut oil and bentonite clay here , as well as an abundance of organic herbs and oils.

You can find apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and other healthy items at Kalusion’s Amazon Store here

 

 

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January Wellness Chatter: 5 Strategies to Get on Track with Your Weight Loss Resolution

Kalusion’s Wellness Chatter is a free 20-30 minute tele-chat (or teleconference) on different topics related to natural and healthy living. This forum offers a recap of our previous chatter. Next time join us for the chat and get your questions answered. Check in at www.kalusion.com for more info and to register.
It’s that time of new beginnings, and for so many the goal becomes about weight loss. Not surprising after a holiday season of indulgences for so many of us. So what can we do to stay on track this year?

Strategy 1: Kick out the added sugars
Sugars are the root of many health problems. They create inflammation in the body, which wears down the immune system and leads to long term disorders such as auto-immune disorders, pre-diabetes, and diabetes.

What are sugars?
When I tell people to get rid of the extra sugar in their diet, I often hear I don’t eat a lot of sweets, I just drink three glasses of wine at night. Ahem, that’s sugar. Just because you don’t eat a pastry every day does not mean you are not eating sugars. Anything that your body immediately converts to sugar and spikes your blood sugar should be considered a sugar in your diet. This includes processed flours, alcohol, juice (eat the fruit instead), and processed foods that contain added sugar (they all do).

Is it easy?
Heck no. Sugar is more addictive than cocaine, and indulging only makes you crave it more. So getting started can be tough. Want to know how I do it? Ok, shameless plug here: I use my Sugar Buster Tea. I know, I know, I’m plugging my product, but guess what, it works. I made it to balance my system out and help with the cravings when I needed it, and I continue to use it now, most recently after Christmas to get rid of the cravings after devouring holiday cookies for a few days. The tea cleanses the liver, balances the blood sugar, reduces cravings, and fights symptoms of candida. It actually worked for me, and then I offered it to my friends, and it worked for them, so I started offering it to everyone. I have also created the Sugar Buster Body Oil to complement the tea for a total inside and out health kit. The body oil fights candida symptoms, and helps break addictions. My recommendation is to use the body oil daily after bathing, and to make the tea daily at a regular time or about 30-60 minutes prior to the time you usually crave sweets. I know that once the sugar monster starts screaming at me I often don’t want to do anything about it other than eat goodies even though the answer is right there. If I drink the tea prior, it doesn’t become an issue. Find Sugar Buster Tea and Oil here.

Sugar Buster Tea

Getting rid of the sugars is one of the best ways to see the difference you are making in your weight loss goal. After even a week of dropping sugars from your diet, you will notice less bloating in your body giving you a more streamlined appearance.

Do you have to do it all at once?
Of course not. As with any goal make smaller goals to reach that goal. This will help you see your successes and not give up on yourself.

Strategy 2: Detox
Cleanse your system of all the build-up of undesirables that may have collected. This is actually an easy one. Drink lemon water. It is best to drink warm or room temperature lemon water first thing in the morning to get maximum results. However, drinking lemon water any time throughout the day will offer you benefits. I have been making a glass jar of filtered water and lemon slices every day, and just drinking from it throughout the day. This is also a great way to see how much water you are taking in every day.

Strategy 3: Move for fun
We have all heard how important physical activity is for shedding weight. However, I may verge off path a little with my advice. I’m not going to tell you to do a certain amount of minutes of specific activities a number of times per week. So many people get turned off by physical activity because they make it into a chore. I suggest you do the things you enjoy doing. Go for a walk, a bike ride, play with the kids, work in the garden, dance around the living room. Essentially, do the things you enjoy then you will continue doing them without effort. You will find that if you don’t do it one day, you will actually miss your activity.

What if I don’t have time?
I know people that turn on the music while cleaning the house, and dance around. That’s two birds with one stone. Find ways to incorporate it into your daily routine: park at the back of parking lots, and walk, stretch at your desk, go for a walk on your lunch break. Sneaking in even just a couple of minutes many times throughout the day will add up and provide you so many benefits.

Strategy 4: Clean up your products
Products? Yes. Many people will clean up their diet, and find physical activity, and still struggle to see results. We can thank hormones for that. Doing the first three steps will help that endocrine system; however, the toxins we introduce to our bodies on a daily basis through our skin may undo all that hard work. Your skin is actually a more direct route to your body’s health. Consider when you eat, the food has to go through your entire digestive system before entering the blood stream. When you apply it to your skin it goes directly to your blood stream. Most of the products on the shelves contain toxins that disrupt your endocrine system, and throw your hormones out of balance. When reading the ingredients on your personal products you should be able to recognize and pronounce everything as you would when reading food labels. If you can’t, you may want to consider replacing that product when you finish it. Time for another shameless plug: Ava Anderson Non Toxic products have come to our home, and we are so pleased with them. They don’t just make claims about their ingredients; you can actually read the ingredients and see they are what they say. Plus the stuff actually works. I can go on and on about how great our Ava products work. Feel free to ask me, and I will. Check out Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products here.

Strategy 5: New beginnings are happening all the time
If you fall off track, you don’t have to wait until January 1, or Monday or next month to start again. Every moment is a new beginning, just pick up and start again. You are a wonderful person, and should never give up on yourself.

I’d love to hear your stories of triumph and struggle. Let me know how your journey is going.

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4 Steps for the Best Day, and Life – Part IV

To recap: in Step 1 we woke up like a cat, in Step 2 we were oil pulling, in Step 3 we cleansed with lemon water.  Now we move on to the final, and potentially most challenging step.

Pet Hamster Holding A Blank  SignStep 4. Get out of the zone
Is that right? Get out, not in? Yes, that’s right. I’m referring to the comfort zone. We long to be in our comfort zone. No unexpected surprises, everything going according to plan, master of our routine. The problem with the comfort zone is it’s a lot like being on a hamster wheel. You will spin around furiously, but you never move forward. Our successes lie outside of our comfort zone. However, if we’re used to being in that zone day after day, when an opportunity comes along that requires leaving that comfortable place we may be reluctant to take it. I’m sure you can think of at least one time you passed up an opportunity because you were afraid to take the leap.

My challenge to you is to find a small way to leave your comfort zone each day. It could be taking a class you have always wanted to try, experimenting with a new food, or going for a drive and intentionally getting lost. Getting yourself used to being slightly uncomfortable each day will help you build a “discomfort tolerance”. So, when you find yourself in a similar situation to the one before, you may not be so quick to pass it up.

Get Out of Your Comfortzone: The Excercise Book for your Personal Growth

 

As with any practice, you will build up to the level you want to achieve.  Perhaps on your first day: you stretch quickly before hopping out of bed, you swoosh a small amount of oil for a few minutes, you forget the lemon water, and you challenge yourself by wearing funky socks.  That’s a success.   Always appreciate what you have accomplished, and silence any negative self-talk. Now get out there and have the best day, and life.

 

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4 Steps for the Best Day and Life – Part III

Now that you’ve woken up like a cat in Part I and pulled all the bad bacteria from your mouth and digestive system with coconut oil in Part II, we move on to the third step to starting our day in the best possible way.

Step 3. Lemon water
I often hear people talking about doing a cleanse. There are so many out there, but the most basic and effective cleanse is a glass of lemon water. The water can be warm or room 053_3000x2561_all-free-download.com_7935271temperature (just not cold), and squeeze the juice of half a lemon in it. Drink it about 15 – 30 minutes before eating breakfast for best results.

Drinking a glass of lemon water every morning will help to cleanse and detox your system, boost your immunity, clear up skin problems, fight wrinkles (woo hoo), help with weight loss, and so much more. Plus it’s tasty.

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Stay tuned for Step 4.