Confession of the Healthy Liver!

Oh my goodness… I have always seen myself as a very healthy eater, but my golly is it hard to cleanse!

Healthy Living

Turns out that I actually had a lot of naughty indulgences, that my brain had managed to camouflage!

As mentioned at the beginning of the month, I started a 30 day cleanse, which involved cutting out Coffee, Gluten, Dairy, Alcohol, Sugar and Processed foods! I thought it would be easy…

By day 15, I had to confess that I had not started! Yeah, sure I had a healthy breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, as I always had… But I was indulging every now and then and calling it “Naughty Days”. These naughty days were far more frequent than ever before, like I was rebelling against the cleanse and I put on 3cm all around! Not what I was aiming for!

So, to fix things, I gave myself a mental shake, woke up and started for real! This was on the 16th of November, which means I have been on a genuine cleanse (minus about 3 black coffees and 2 glasses of wine!) for 10 of the 30 days now and the results are amazing!

My skin is glowing and completely, and I do mean COMPLETELY, acne/ spot free. I still have the scaring but believe that will go! The gluten dots on my arms have started vanishing, my hair is staying clean, soft and silky for days and the weight (and Cms) are dropping dramatically! Not to mention, I feel amazing, inside and out!!!

I CAN NOT WAIT TO SHARE THE RESULTS IN 20 DAYS!!!!

 

 

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Skin amazes me!

So as many of you know from reading my profile, I have suffered with angry and gross skin my whole life and only recently discovered how skin works…. yes, I did say that “how skin works”.

 

It truly fascinates me to know that every aspect of our lives will determine whether you have good or bad skin; and we are not talking just physically, but mentally too!

It is so unbelievably important to be healthy in EVERY area of your life! Diet, exercise, “habits”, environment, skincare and psyche!

Most people reading this will understand the importance of a few of these but may question the others so lets think about it for a second!

 

Imagine a man who goes for a brisk 5 mile walk every morning, takes the stares instead of the elevator, doesn’t smoke or drink, works in a peaceful environment, avoids chemicals in his daily skincare regime but hates everyone and everything.

Would you call him healthy? I’d say nice try, but he probably spends a lot of time with an elevated pulse caused by his constant frustrations and he probably does not feel or know the calming effect of love.

 

OK, now lets imagine a woman who eats impeccably, runs 10 miles a day, works in a loving and motivated environment, gets involved in personal development to improve herself daily, but she uses cheap and nasty products to “take care” of herself.

Is she healthy? Again, I would say good attempt, but it is becoming very well known that the most harmful way for chemicals to enter the body is through the skin. Orally they pass through the kidneys and liver and get filtered before entering the blood… and when inhaled they pass through the lungs for filtering before they enter your blood… BUT when applied to the skin, they go straight into the bloodstream within around 16 seconds!

YOU GET THE DRIFT!?

So, the skin is like your little alarm that goes off and says “Hey you! Wake up to yourself and fix it!!!”

In my work I meet a lot of people who say to me that they don’t have skin problems, but as you look at them you see small lumps and bumps on their bodies and think “REALLY? Clearly your schema of what a ‘skin problem’ is, is slightly fragmented!”

Besides my acne, I always had these little red bumpy dots on my upper arm, kind of like pin pricks, and I only found out at the age of 25 that these were in fact gluten dots! My skin had been alerting me of the fact that I had an intolerance to gluten and I had failed to do my due diligence on the matter!

Again, the skin is amazing and more people should listen to what their skin is trying to tell them!!! FACT!!!

Miracle Mornings…

Good Morning Crazy World!

Recently I read The Miracle Morning, by Hal Elrod and it really spoke volumes to me. Don’t get me wrong, I was well aware of the glorious effect that early morning exercise and meditation had on one, but I had not done it in years!

It’s amazing that something so simple can change one’s life! As mentioned previously, I am attempting to lose weight fast, and by weight I do not mean scale weight, but centimetres. We all know muscle weighs more than fat so I do intend to in fact weigh more!

Anyway, not the point here… with staring the 30 day cleanse, I decided to reembrace my miracle mornings and go for 6am walks, which in all fairness is more like a 7am walk once I have gotten the baby dressed up warm and managed to put the dog on the lead, who is frantically bouncing around in utter excitement because he knows what is about to happen!

Today was day 4 of the cleanse (2 of miracle mornings), but with total honesty, I have to confess that day 1 and 2 consisted of overindulgence because knowing I could not pig out just made the craving to do so far more intense!!!

So, after each Miracle morning I come back to the house feeling absolutely amazing and despite very little sleep from being a mother to a 6 month old baby, I have more energy that any amount of supplement or caffeine boost could give me…. And before my daily activities can distract me I make a note of how I am feeling and what thoughts had come to mind, as to keep myself developing and motivated.

The Miracle Morning Diary – Day One

I have been trying to get myself to do this for a few days now and it resulted in me falling back to sleep, only to wake up sluggish and without an ounce of motivation.

Today I say NO Sir! Ne excuses! Charlie slept fairly well last night and is still snoring away, so my Miracle morning begins.

Once I have finished writing here, I will get dressed, brush my teeth, and wrap Charlie up nice and warm and go for a morning strut with the dog. I think the Shrewsbury loop would be a nice long and beautiful walk!

Where did this motivation finally come from?… Well, last night I tried on my wedding dress, which I had bought 2 months ago, two sizes too small with a goal in mind. It all went well initially, as giving up Dairy for Charlie had me losing weight fast, however with going back onto my normal foods, it seems all that weight just came running back! NOT GOOD!!!!!

I’m very glad that I had to put the dress on to trim, in order to make Charlie’s Christening gown! It made me catch a wakeup call and now I can use the miracle morning and the 30 day cleanse hand in hand, in order to be bikini and dress ready for February!

Weight gain + Mental slap = TOTAL MOTIVATION!!

Post walk

It was a wonderful walk and I enjoyed listening to Don’t sweat the small stuff, by Richard Carlson.

What I got the most out of was a few realisations from the Audible book. These were:

  1. I tend to interrupt people a lot, when they are speaking or I land up finishing their sentences. My mother is forever saying “I was asking Alan (my better half) not you!”

So, I need to work on becoming a better listener and be more patient. I always tend to be in a hurry so have a habit of wanting conversation to be fast paced too. This needs to change!

Whilst pondering why this is a problem, I realised that I often feel inferior to others and I land up wanting to be relatable so I will pick up on a point that is being made and find a story of my own to match this.

Without intending to actually interrupt, I land up not listening to the point the person was trying to make and instead turn the conversation focus on myself! Not a good trait to have!!!!

  1. Often in life people do not show others gratitude, even if they are greatful, it does not seem to be expressed as much as it should be! So, this is my next aspect of focus!

I am not the best at expressing these things, even if I feel them inside, the gratitude is not being made known, so in order to make sure that people in my life are thanked for just being them, or doing wonderful things; once a week I will make a point of selecting a person who I am greatful for, write them a letter and ensure that they know exactly what they mean to me!

  1. You can seek peoples approval till you are blue in the face, but you will never truly get total approval because what one person may approve of, another may disapprove, so as long as you are doing what is right for you in that moment in time, that is all that matters. So as long as it is making you happy and helping you reach your goals, get on with it.

This does not mean that you should become arrogant about it and think “stuff everyone else” but do not let it stop you.

Often people are expressing their opinions because they actually care and they see it as constructive criticism, so do listen to people and if there could be some truth to what they are saying, hear them out, think about it and even thank them where it is due, but do not take it to heart and let it upset you because you are doing the best you can!!!!

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The Miracle Morning Diary – Day Two

Today I struggled to get motivated and get going. I can use the excuse that Charlie did not sleep last night and I am exhausted, but I know that staying in bed will only result in a slow and sluggish day, so even though it has taken an extra hour to bounce out of bed, my second miracle morning starts now, at 7am!

 

Post Walk

WOW! What a good idea it was to persevere! I reversed my Shrewsbury loop today and started out in Castlefields, where I landed up bumping into a friend of mine, Ben, who I did not know had moved a block away from me!!! What a lovely start to my day!

I then continued onto the rapids, where I saw fish trying to jump up stream and a big bird standing on the side waiting patiently to catch his/her next meal! It was such a blissful and beautiful walk! The river was so calm and everyone I passed seemed eager to greet me with a smile!

I am so glad I took the walk and listening to the middle 3rd of Don’t sweat the small stuff probably was the reason for me feeling so calm, because today it spoke of slowing down, taking deep breaths and enjoying your life by being a calm and open person!

Key points to take from today:

  1. Make time for your friends and family because they are the reason for why you work from home!
  2. Get back to being that calm person who takes everything in her stride and focuses on silver linings!
  3. Be greatful for the fact that you have an amazing business that gives you total time freedom, so stop trying to live a 9-5 life… YOU DON’T HAVE ONE!!!!
  4. Share your wonderful life with everyone you know because it is utter bliss!!!!

They keep it a secret… they should be locked up!

Toxic BurdenHi guys

As mentioned previously, I used to suffer terribly with acne and my little one has eczema. Luckily for me, my mother had introduced me to a brand that allowed me to save both of us from a world of discomfort and pain.

This was only possible because they taught me all about the hidden truths in the cosmetic industry… and we all need to know it!

How many of us know what is in our skincare? I mean really know! I always thought I was a fairly healthy individual, I went to the gym, walked the dog, did calanetics and fast/frozen meals were never really part of my diet. I thought that my “on and off” smoking was the most toxic part of my lifestyle! Oh boy was I wrong!

Did you know that the average woman uses 515 chemicals on her skin per day, without even knowing it? Men are not far behind either as they have become far more concerned with their appearance and “looking after themselves”.

When I found this fact out I was utterly shocked! How is this legal? How is it that the cosmetic industry are allowed to put toxic chemicals into ones skincare? It makes it very difficult to avoid!

Think about it… How many products do you use on a daily basis?

Toothpaste? Body wash? Hand wash? Shampoo? Conditioner? Shaving foam/gel? Body Lotion? Facial Lotion? Hand lotion? Hair gel/spray? etc.

I counted mine and was surprised at the number considering I have never ever seen myself as a fan of cosmetics. 16 Products and that was not including days when I had to make a bit more of an effort!

What’s more, I looked at the ingredients of my old products and googled each and every one to see what they were and how they were effecting my health! DOUBLE SHOCKER! Each one of those products contained around 20 chemicals/ harmful substances! That means I was using on average 320 chemicals per day without even knowing it!

There were a few substances that recurred in various products, so I thought I would share them with you!

Sodium lauryl sulphate – a caustic detergent useful for removing grease (commonly used in salons and garages to remove stains caused by dyes and old oil); although commonly included in personal care items (shampoos and toothpastes etc.) it can irritate skin and should not be swallowed.

The reason why the cosmetic industry use it is because it makes the products very foamy, giving the illusion that the product is going a long way.

Mineral Oil – is a bi-product of the petrochemical industry and is also known as petrolatum, petroleum jelly, liquid petroleum, paraffin oil and white mineral oil. I always say, if it starts with Petra, Petro or Para, it is likely to be mineral oil.

The reason why this is used in the cosmetic industry is that it is very expensive to dispose of environmentally, so the petrochemical industry offer it to the cosmetic industries at a very low price, to be used as a bulk filler in products, allowing them to cut down on costs and again, give the illusion that the “product” itself is going a long way.

Have you ever accidentally poured petrol on yourself before? How did it feel and how difficult was it to get off? Well, mineral oil is exactly this, so whilst the industry sell it by saying it is a barrier to prevent bad from getting in, it is also preventing moisture from getting in and preventing toxins from getting out… so, how good is it really?

Alcohol (ethanol or ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, isopropyl alcohol, SD alcohol, and benzyl alcohol) – I don’t think I need to explain what alcohol is!!!

The reason why the cosmetic industry use it is because it can act as a detergent or aesthetic, in order to help prevent the spread or growth of germs. However, it is one of the leading causes of dehydration and can aggravate even the most normal skin types!

Do yourself and your family a favour and look at the products you are using! Research their ingredients and keep in mind that links between cosmetic ingredients and cancer are being found more and more regularly these days!

I hope I have managed to help someone through sharing this!

Living the life…. or am I?

It’s been a very interesting couple of months being a new mother! I mean, I’ve looked after babies before and I have 2 stepsons, who I would lay down my life for…. but having your own new-born is a real challenge! Especially when they are born with intolerances, and poohplosions become almost an hourly occurrence!

My little Charlie had a real tough time of it for the first 3 months, until I managed to figure out through process of elimination, that he is intolerant of dairy, egg and soy… despite the Doctors insisting that it was merely a bad case of reflux! Reflux??? That can shoot a good 2m across the room? I don’t think so!

This was a really tough time for him and us, but oh boy does it open your eyes. You learn about true unconditional love, patience and team work! You learn who your true friends are… you learn about how much your own mother has done for you and you learn that you are Superwoman!!!

But, for me, the most unexpected discovery was that after 25 years, one could discover that they have been intolerant to various things in their diet for all these years and not known it!

After cutting it all out of my diet in order to attempt to continue with Breastfeeding, I felt so healthy! I had never been so on top of my world before and all the baby weight dropped right off! … UK size 18 to 14 in just 3 weeks! It was unreal!

Unfortunately, after 4 months, the Doctors decided that it was time for Charlie to go onto a hypoallergenic formula and start on solids… freeing me up to eat all my indulgences again…but how I wish this was not the case.

Breastfeeding is one of the most rewarding things, next to giving life itself that I have ever done! It creates a bond like no other and giving it up was heart breaking, but in the end, it is about what is best for your child and I had to realise that carrying on feeding him might have been selfish of me as he was not flourishing the way that he should have.

Anyway, I suffered my whole life with very severe acne… I’m not talking a typical teenage Clearasil moment of “Oh my goodness! A spot…. there is a disco tonight!” NO!…I’m talking “look at that girl, she looks like she has a disease” of “does she ever wash” of my personal favourite – “look at the walking pizza”

It was aweful! Luckily for me, my mother introduced me to a skincare brand 3 years ago, which helped me big time, because she taught me the benefits of removing toxic substances from your daily skincare regime.

It was amazing! Now, for the first time in years, I could pass for one of the Clearasil kids with an “Oh my goodness” moment… but what I since discovered, thanks to my darling son Charlie, is that unknown intolerances to dairy, soy, egg and gluten was seriously playing a massive part in my skin issues!

Once I returned to eating it, after giving up breastfeeding, my body had such a bad reaction… my organs hurt, I felt lethargic, I had outbreaks on my skin and I put on weight again! It seems that having spent 3 months without it had made my body revert back to it’s original level of tolerance, which was a 0!

I am now committing to cutting it all out of my diet again and we will see what happens! I used to think it was great that I could eat anything… now I see what damage I was doing to myself!