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Back to Basics Challenge Week 6: Get What You Really Want by Slowing Down

slow down

Slow. Intention. Ember

Last week, I talked about how I lost weight but what I really should have mentioned was that the weight loss was a by product of freeing myself from a neuromuscular autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis. There are so many roots to disease but I truly believe that if you give the body the tools it needs to heal, it will do so. The body wants to feel good and be a healthy being. A part of my tool kit is eating more raw than not. This week, I want to share with you the other weapon that is at all of our disposal to take back our health and vibrancy: Slow down and focus your energy.

Lately, I have been walking around dropping little cheesy bombs into conversations like “Health is the spring board to our dreams.” It is true if you stop to think about it. When we feel good and when we are vibrant, we have the energy in spirit and body to go after our dreams. Plus, when you are glowing, people love to connect with you. Connecting with others in the world is the driving force of business, friendships, relationships, and more. What ever your dream is being healthy will be a part of living out that dream.

It may be seem counter intuitive to slow down to gun after what you want but I believe it is essential to your success. Slowing down and focusing your energy can create better success because you expend your energy where you need to rather than going full boar on everything.

For example, when you are eating, eat consciously and mindfully. Really stop and breath in the scents of what you are about to consume. Stop and take in the sight of all the gorgeous nutrients that will feed your body. When you chew, do it slowly and do it thoroughly. This is not hokum talk either. When you chew your food thoroughly, your body has an easier time digesting the food and, therefore, you get more nutrients out of your food. A total win!

You can apply slowing down and being mindful to most situations. When you are exercising, be present. When you are spending time with your loved ones, put down your phone and really focus your energy on them. When you are being creative, give yourself the space and time to do it with your whole heart.

Back to Basics Challenge Week 6: Slow down and be mindful

  • Chew your food at least 10 times. Some people suggest 30-100 time but a good way to know if you have done it well is that your food is totally mashed up before swallowing.
  • Take time to look at what you spend your time on. Keep what serves you and let go of what does not. This way you can focus on the things that work for you in health, love, business, and your dreams.

It is the simple switches done consistently that impact our lives. When you are mindful about your actions, you will feel more at peace. Inner peace signals your body that it is safe to heal and it is time to feel vibrant. When I am not mindful, my body tells me through fatigue, burn out, weight gain, and symptoms of my disease start popping back up. The beautiful thing is that we have the ability to take back our health.

Let me know what you do to slow down. What area is hard for you to do mindfully? Leave a comment below.






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Back to Basics Challenge Week 5: The Secret to How I Lost 90 lbs


Magic Raw Number: 51%Fresh. Alive. Life.

Weight loss has been an on going journey for me that has its high and its lows. I only bring this up right now because I know that it can be a point of suffering for others, as well. During my stint with western medicine treatment for myasthenia gravis, my body ballooned and morphed to intense proportions. I looked like I was pushing 300 lbs. The scale said I was 230 lbs but with all the water retention and puffiness, how I looked and felt was a whole other story. With that said, after implementing a lifestyle change to reset my immune system that included a shift in nutrition, my body naturally shed the weight. I can also say that when I deviate from the secret that I am about to share with you, I pack on the pounds so fast. It is not just an issue of looks because carrying too much extra weight is an alarm bell for underlying health issues. Personally, I was always worrying about my blood pressure, blood sugar levels, my liver being too fatty, and the list goes on and on. There is already so much in the world to think about that there is no need to add to the list. Life is too short to stress about scary things. Life is about feeling good!

We can all start feeling good today by doing one simple thing. This is the secret weapon in my tool belt that I pull out when my body is firing off signs in the sky that it is tired, bogged down, sick, and just overall running low: Go 51% raw. Bam! This is the foundation to my healing plan. Don’t fret, I will share my plan with you. You can make it your own and run with it, too.

Back to Basics Challenge Week 5: Go 51% Raw

This magical number comes from David Wolfe in an interview from Food Matters (Film). If you have not seen this documentary, watch it soon because it is a game changer. You will get introduced to some amazing leaders in health and wellness. In the documentary, David “Avocado” Wolfe describes how our bodies react to cooked foods. When we eat more than 51% cooked foods, we have a white blood cell reaction. Our bodies act like it is fighting off invaders when all we’ve done is eat some food. This is a fight that we don’t need. On the flip side, our bodies do not have that reaction when 51% or more of our daily intake is raw.

This secret helped me to reduce the inflammation in my body and was integral to my weight loss. If you think about it for one moment, it makes a lot of sense. When you make the switch, you are increasing your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. You can’t go wrong if you are loading up on your fruits and veggies. I have to repeat that anytime I fall off the wagon, I get fat fast and the symptoms of my autoimmune disease comes out. For someone who is generally healthy but is feeling the stress of life and tired, this trick can jump start you towards an optimally healthy life. So, lets do this!

What does it look like to go 51% raw?

  • How do you know if you are doing it right: When you look at your plate/meal, it will be half raw veggies and fruit. Simple.
  • You don’t have to survive off carrot and celery sticks. You can create a beautiful salad that is topped with nuts and berries.
  • Instead of a bowl of cereal in the morning, blend up a rockin’ smoothie of berries and greens. Yup! Your morning smoothie falls into the raw category.
  • For your snacks, rather than crackers and cheese, try fresh apple slices and cheese. A killer combo is apple slices and nut butter. Delicious.
  • Feeling fancy? Spiralize your carrots, zucchini, or daikon to make a raw noodle pasta. I have a tool in my kitchen called a spiralizer that makes it super easy to turn veggies into a pile of gorgeous noodles. It so easy to use and worth the investment. If you haven not seen one in action, you have to get your hands on one. I swear it is a life changer.

Lately, a typical dinner for me and my love is a big salad with our choice of protein on top. When I say big salad, I really mean it. The salad takes up the plate because it is the base of our meal. We don’t hold back on the fixings. My man very much loves his man food. For him to love a salad, we add apple, cucumber, avocado, red pepper, carrot, and nuts to our organic greens. I am not going to lie…I like the salad all dolled up, too. For added fun, I sautee onions, garlic, and cauliflower to throw on top. I am sharing this little peek into our evening meals because I want you to know the combinations are endless.

Most importantly, do it in a way that is fun for you. It has to be fun or else you won’t do it as a lifestyle. Get in the kitchen and put love in that food.

I love hearing from you. Comment on how this has helped you. Let me know your tips on adding the veggie love into your life.



PS: Next week, I will share with you my other secrets to weight loss.

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Back to Basics Challenge Week 4: Self-Care

Self-Care Gate Keeper

Self. Space. Serenity

Back to Basics Challenge has been in eye opening experience. It blows my mind how simple and little changes really do make an incredible impact over time. I think the key is to create a strong foundation over time and to maintain it lovingly as a lifestyle. This week’s challenge is focusing on self-care. Back to basics is already about caring for your health but I really want to hone in on conscious self-care throughout the day. You might ask: What does that even mean? It means to make conscious decisions that put you in the driver seat of your own juicy and happy life. It means to put “your oxygen mask” on first. It means to put your health, your thoughts, and feelings first.

Women and sensitive folk have a really hard time with putting themselves first. At times, the nurturers need to nurture themselves to keep contributing to their world. I encourage you to stop and think about what you do everyday to keep your engines running on full. What are the thoughts that you consciously hold that add value to your life? The best advise that I heard at an international health conference last summer was this phrase:

“Be the gate keeper to your mind”

Guard what you expose yourself to everyday because the thoughts you have really do impact your body. Think back to moments of stress and anger, I imagine that it didn’t feel good in you body. Personally, I know that if I get upset, I physically shake and my breathing goes wonky. I am using an extreme example but the little things over a course of a day adds up and takes a toll that a lot of us can’t afford to pay. We need to be in prime shape with engines on full to enjoy a life that we can love.

A check list for your Gate Keeper:

  • Clean up your social media feeds to people, pages, businesses, images and quotes that add value to your life. It may seem like nothing but when you are cruising your news feeds, you are taking in everything that everyone is willing to dump on you. You can choose what you see. Choose to smile, to laugh, and to feel good.
  • Choose to take a break when you need it to refuel. I love taking a bath to wind down the day. My skin care routine that I neglect too often to save time is actually a time of relaxation and self-care. Don’t skip the little things. Indulge in them.
  • Choose what events to go to that add value to your life. And, feel good about saying “No” when some thing doesn’t feel right or you are pressed for time. I am giving you permission to wave your “No” flag.
  • For one week, turn off the news channel. It is unnecessary mental stress to feed yourself daily meals of things you can not control right now. On a biological level, you are jacking up your cortisol levels every time you get stressed out…signalling your body that there is a fight when there is not one.
  • Create mental and physical space for you to feel good. Let go of problems and people that you can not help right now. Make a space at home that is just right for you. A place that you can read, snuggle, laugh, and unwind.

Back to Basics Challenge Week 4: Feed your inner Gate Keeper of Self-Care

I share this with all of you because it is a vital step towards lasting health. When your Gate Keeper goes off duty, you are susceptible to intruders that harm your health. Let me know what you do you take care of yourself! I love learning and hearing from you.




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Back to Basics Challenge Week 1: Pillow Talk

beautiful girl sleeps in the bedroom

Sleep. Sexy. Rejuvenate.

O my gosh! I am so excited to launch the Back to Basics: Health on a Budget Challenge today! ❤ ❤ ❤

Today, we are going to get down and dirty with some pillow talk about the easiest and quickest way towards optimal health: Sleep. It is a luxury and a necessity for longevity, healing, and productivity. You might be thinking, “What? I signed up for a health challenge and…we are talking about sleep!!?” Read through to the end, my friend, and you will see why this activity is the first habit that we are nuzzling up to for life.

For some of you this will be review, but let’s all get on the same program. When we were wee ones, our mamas and papas would get us in bed no later than 9 pm every night. If you were like me, you would fight this bed time curfew. I still fight going to bed now that I am an adult. Here is the thing though, our parents had it right. A consistent theme in health books on detoxing and healing across cultures is the thought that our immune systems does is self-cleaning and self-repair between the hours of 10 pm – 12 am. The trick behind accessing this awesome self-care activity is to be asleep during those hours. The flip side is that if you are not asleep during these hours night after night, your immune system won’t get to take care of business. This can lead to avoidable health problems. In the article, Sleep and Longevity, Dr. Kulrheet Chaudhary makes a fantastic observation with the statement: “Timing your sleep is like timing an investment in the stock market – it doesn’t matter how much you invest, it matters when you invest.” Dr. Chaudhary says that the deepest and most regenerative time to sleep is between 10 pm to 2 am. Any sleep after that time will be light and superficial. Holla! I can attest to these ideas. I know that when I go to bed after 2 or 3 in the morning, it doesn’t matter how much I sleep, it doesn’t cut it for me.

Beyond the immune system, another key component to sleeping at the right time is you get to maximize your melatonin activity. Melatonin is lovingly knows as the hormone that makes you sleepy. Another side to melatonin is that is a mega antioxidant that helps your body rid of free radicals during your sleep. Your body naturally produces melatonin when your body and eyes register that the sun has set and darkness is taking over the night. You can also help the process by taking high quality melatonin supplements in the evening. Be sure to take good ones and follow the instructions properly. They are a good aid to help you get back into a natural rhythm of sleeping at the right time.


– 10 pm – 2 am give you the deepest and most regenerative sleep. Also, your immune system gets to clean house! It is called Beauty Rest for a reason. Plus, you will get more out of your learning and work outs when you get proper sleep.

– Melatonin helps you get to sleep and is a powerful antioxidant.

This week’s Back to Basics Challenge: Asleep by 10 pm

It is so simple but it can be a challenge because you think that you can get everything done before bed, but, truly ask yourself: “How productive am I after 9 pm?” More often than not, social media, tv, and the like are fighting for our attention at that time of night. Your beauty rest and your health takes priority. It really does in the grand trajectory of your life.

To help you get to sleep more easily, find ways to wind down:

  • Through meditation, deep breathing, and some stretching. This activities help you to relax and feel more connected to your body.
  • Have a policy for yourself that technology is off by 9 pm. The light from those screens are stimulating and will stop your melatonin production.
  • One of the readers, Arlene, suggested that it awesome to remove as much gadgets from your room as possible to reduce the light. And, when traveling, a sleeping mask can go a long way in helping to get that black out your body needs to produce melatonin. What an awesome tip!
  • You can start slow, too. Move your bed time up at a regular interval over the next few weeks till you reach your goal.

I am not saying that you have to do this everyday of your life, but, I am saying that being asleep by 10 pm is a necessary habit that we should exercise consistently. The late night outs and the all nighters need to be an exception in your life rather than a common occurrence. This has been a challenge my whole life but I am really excited about waking up feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. The idea that my work outs and my eating habits will pay off even more just by giving into sleep is titillating.

Are you with me? Let’s make sleeping at the right time a life long love affair for our health and beauty! Sleep is the foundation that we will build a temple of health upon.

You can do it!! Share with me in the comments how you get to sleep on time? What are your tips and routines?

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