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I have a weakness with desserts and chocolate in particular. And some days I have "in moderation" down really well, other times I feel like my sweet tooth has me out of control on the sugar binge. And that is when I don't like how I feel afterwards.
Last night after having one too many cookies, I asked my husband if he would help me with the challenge that I set before myself. Not only do I want to feel better overall, but I want to be able to trim up & have a stronger core. I also want to be a good example to others, especially my kids. Recently, we have discovered that my 6 year old has an allergy to sugar. I have sometimes hesitated to share this part of what the allergy creates, but I want others out there to know that they are not alone. I have read it numerous places of sugar allergies creating bad behavior, and I suspected this for awhile - but just recently honed in on what it is, that it does indeed happen to others, and what we need to do about it. This allergy causes a behavioral defiant, aggressive, out of control rage - and rash around the mouth. And while it is near impossible to avoid all sugars in life, we are taking necessary steps to decreasing & improving overall health. Though he is not a picky eater by any means, he eats rather well for a kid and has all his life. His favorite food is having a salad. His favorite veggie is broccoli. He for the most part loves trying new foods. But he also knows how sugar makes him feel and he knows he doesn't like it. He also knows that even a little bit, like one sucker even will make him breakout into a rash. It's not a painful rash, but it is a good indicator that his liver is not processing sugars correctly. It also tells me that we need to strengthen his liver.
It is about this time that people tend to fall off the bandwagon of their New Year's Resolutions. Where for me, because it is all psychological - I don't start the New Years Resolutions at the beginning of the year because I know that my momentum will stop. And perhaps I am just sending those vibrations out into the world to come back to me this way. But, for me, I need to find my solid ground to start those New Years Resolutions. It is my time to start and push forward with the momentum that I feel behind & in front of me.
So, one of the first resolutions I have is to do a 30 day cleanse. Doing a detox with GX ASSIST which is a combination of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils of oregano, melaleuca, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint and thyme and caprylic acid that helps support a healthy digestive tract by creating an unfriendly environment for potentially harmful pathogens that can disrupt digestive immunities and cause digestive upset. GX Assist is formulated to be used for 10 days as a preparatory cleansing step before using PB Assist Probiotic Defense Formula. PB ASSIST+ is the only probiotic I will use, it is a capsule inside of a capsule so that you are sure that it will make it to its destination. So many probiotics never make it to where they need to go and thus defeating the purpose of using a probiotic. PB ASSIST+ is a proprietary formula of pre-biotic fiber and six strains of probiotic microorganisms in a unique double-layer vegetable capsule delivering 5 billion CFUs of active probiotic cultures and soluble pre-biotic FOS (fructo- oligosaccharides) that encourages culture adhesion and growth. The time-release double-capsule delivery system protects sensitive probiotic cultures from stomach acid. PB Assist+ supports healthy digestive functions and immunities and is safe for use by all members of your family. And then to eliminate sugars from my diet, ones that I personally can control. I know that there are "hidden sugars" in foods all around us, such as bread, crackers and so on. But I am talking about not reaching for that doughnut, the cookie, the dessert at a party, the piece of Dove chocolate or a Snickers bar.
It has some good advice on www.health.com on an article "10 Easy Ways to Slash Sugar from Your Diet". Some of the things that stood out to me is:
Don't go cold turkey - because really it is not realistic. If you drink coffee (I do not) but this was a great example in their article was that if you use two packets of sugar in your coffee, do one and then drop it down. It's like weaning your body from sugar, because I think most of us know that sugar is addictive. Not sure how to not go cold turkey with what I am doing though, as it isn't like I am in a routine of drinking coffee every day. And I don't necessarily have a sugary treat or dessert every day either. I just feel like I need to have more self-control, and that is exactly what I am going to do in this 30-day challenge!
Don't use artificial sweeteners as a substitute - well, I just know they are not good for you anyway, and I am not one that has ever used them before. However, I am going to be learning how to replace sugar with Agave. And learn sugar aliases, such as "high fructose corn syrup" and so on.
It talks about all the other sugars that are hidden sugars, and once you know where sugar hides, you can start making changes with buying "unsweetened" or "no sugar added." And maybe this is just me talking right now, as I am not perhaps ready to venture this path of the overwhelming (it feels to me right now) task of figuring out the hidden sugars in our foods. For now, I am going to have more control over what I am personally reaching out for (those treats or desserts). Of course, I will be learning to look & read food labels better for the hidden sugars and doing what I can to buy healthier in that regard as well. But, it seems to me that it will be near impossible to purchasing breads and crackers and such that do have sugar in them. I love LOVE bread, especially the kind from the bakery.
Check out the whole article! It is a good one that offers a lot of encouragement.
Besides doing a direct cleanse with the GX ASSIST & PB ASSIST+, is that I have been using a variety of doTERRA CPTG essential oils in my glass water bottle. I change it up every few days between lemon essential oil (you only need a couple of drops in your water bottle) *never use in a plastic water bottle. I also use grapefruit & lemon essential oil. Or wild orange & lemon essential oil. Or Metabolic Blend essential oil. Grapefruit can help you curve your appetite, and I have noticed when using it consistently in my water or applying it topically to the stomach, it lessens my cravings. Lemon helps give you a natural daily detox, also helping cleanse your liver and strengthening it. In fact, I am going to get my 6 year old his very own glass water bottle, so that we can monitor his water intake better and also give him lemon essential oil in his water. I knew that warm water is better on the digestive system, but a friend of mine mentioned to me to use it with warm water because it easy to absorb and hydrate the body.
I have also felt inclined, as I use my intuition to get magnesium flakes. A few months back, I was working at a chiropractor's office and one of the chiropractors there was suggesting that magnesium (not all magnesium is equal btw) is a good preventative for migraines. While my migraines have been non-existent since daily using the essential oils in my water and increasing my own water intake, I feel like my magnesium may be low. And in talking to another friend whose daughter has an intolerance to sugar - but has, in general the same side-effects as my 6 year old, she suggested magnesium flakes in bathwater and she gave me the suggestion of making my own magnesium oil and applying it directly to the liver area.
My friend also suggested Cranio-Sacral Therapy. Now, I being an LMT do Cranial Sacral Therapy, so why I haven't thought about doing that with my own child... well, it was a good reminder for me that I can! Besides that, an AromaTouch Technique would be excellent to balance the body. Whether the be monthly or every other month or quarterly. Another goal of mine is to have my family on a regular schedule with massage & energy work. In the last year or so they have fallen in the category of the shoekeepers family doesn't have the new shoes, likewise the massage therapist's family doesn't get the massage. Well, all that is changing this year! Because they need it just as much as anyone else. I stand for prevention & overall health & wellness!
And for many months I have wanted to become a juicer and smoothie Queen. Seriously! I want to know the ins and outs of it and I want a good juicer. I can't currently afford a juicer, but it is something on my wish list, it is something I am saving up for and am eager to get!
I have other resolutions this year, and I will share those with you in a week or in the coming weeks.