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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 to Beating Sugar Addiction vs. Cold Turkey

In my last entry Is Willpower the Problems, or Is It Something Else?  I identified sugar as a highly addictive substance, more addictive than cocaine.  That’s significant when you consider the effects on your mind and body.  So many people are identifying the symptoms of a sugar imbalance in themselves, known as Candida.  Candida can present in so many ways – brain fog, sluggish immune system, fungal infections, skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and learning disorders; just to name a few. 

This brings up the question – now that I know how bad it is, what do I do to eliminate it from my diet?  So many go for the all or nothing approach; banning anything that contains sugar from their diet including fruit.  This is an approach that tends to be recommended often, but it may not be the best approach for you.

Consider this, if you feed your body and brain a toxic substance every day for ten, twenty, or more years, your body may actually depend on it to function.  If a person that has consumed alcohol heavily over many years just stops drinking one day, they may experience seizures and other violent physical symptoms.  Yes, the alcohol is not good for them, and yes they should discontinue its use; however, suddenly stopping something your body has been receiving for many years can send it into shock.  The same is true for sugar.  Most people are addicted to sugar; it’s what most food companies have intended so you will buy their products.  After many years of enjoying store bought cereals, spaghetti sauces, and even many brands of peanut butter your body is used to a daily dose of sugar that has accumulated into that imbalance called Candida.   When you suddenly stop consuming sugar, the Candida monster inside your gut gets hungry and travels through your system looking for sources of sugar.  This can create a systemic condition, and you really start experiencing unpleasant side effects such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and high cholesterol.

Every person’s body and background are different so their needs will vary, but some general ideas to assist you in cleansing your system and breaking the sugar habit are:

1.  Cleanse 

There are many good quality supplements that target Candida.  Usually, someone in your health food store can help you locate these.  As with any supplement, strive for food based so your body absorbs it more readily.

A good probiotic will help your gut flora in its quest for balance.

Another option is clay.  Many are finding that a glass of Bentonite Clay daily will help cleanse the body of candida and its die off toxins.  It is best paired with a good quality fiber supplement, and of course lots of water.

In addition, we put together a kit to cleanse the body from the inside out, and the outside in.  It’s the Kalusion Candida Kit, which contains a Sugar Buster Tea to balance the blood sugar, cleanse the liver, and quiet the cravings, Bentonite Clay, and Control body oil to absorb Candida healing moisture into your body.

2.  Ditch the liquid sugar

Begin eliminating sugar from your life with your drinks.  Soft drinks and juices contain enormous amounts of sugar that many just don’t think about as they sip back.  A 12 oz can of soda contains 39 grams of sugar.  Yikes!  I know the diet soda option may sound like a good alternative, but artificial sweeteners are actually even worse for you, so avoid starting a nastier habit when giving up sugar.  Instead opt for water, seltzer with natural flavors, unsweetened iced tea, or fruit infused water.

 3. No thank you to processed foods

With 80% of processed foods containing added sugar, it’s just a good idea to avoid them all together.  Opt for real foods such as the vegetables in the produce section, or the meats in the meat department.  Not to be confused with packaged lunch meats, hot dogs, and sausages.  If you are buying packaged foods; always read the ingredients.  Strive for foods that contain 5 ingredients or less, and make sure you know what they are, and that sugar is not one of them.  Also, just because the package says organic it does not mean sugar free.  Other foods to be wary of are lowfat, non-fat, and gluten-free.  They often have extra sugar added.

 4. Enjoy the process

Have fun creating new recipes, and enjoying new tastes.  You are creating a new lifestyle, and a new you.  As you reduce sugar from your diet, you can taste the natural sweetness in fruits, nuts, and sweet vegetables.  It’s like an awakening of the palate.  Enjoy these foods again for the first time.

As with all things worth achieving, this won’t happen overnight.  It’s a journey that will lead you to new places, until next thing you know you are feeling fantastic, and looking great.  That’s a worthwhile trip!