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Nourishing Your Chakras with Food

Everything is made up of energy; the world and our bodies, as well as the food we eat. We eat to nourish our organs and cells so that our body functions optimally. The physical body is where we live. It makes us human and our experience of life is greatly affected by how we fuel it.

The food we eat has an energy frequency that influences the vibration of the body, It either enhances or depletes energy from the chakras. In looking at food, there are various factors that determine the energetic affect a particular food or meal will have on the body.

Continue reading “Nourishing Your Chakras with Food”

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The Reason You Don’t Have What You Want.

Is there something in your life you are longing for? Something missing you wish you had?

Maybe it is more money, a loving relationship, your dream job….

It is so frustrating, right?

You try so hard yet you always fall short.  You keep living out this pattern that leaves you feeling disappointed…maybe hopeless.

Continue reading “The Reason You Don’t Have What You Want.”

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4 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

Our nation clearly has a weight problem and the majority of people are unsuccessfully struggling to lose weight.  There are many people out there putting in tremendous effort by eating well and exercising, yet still not getting the results they want.  The common advice to simply “eat less and move more” or the popular philosophy of “a calorie is a calorie”, is incomplete at best.

Holding onto unwanted weight is a message from the body saying there is something that needs attention; something is off and the body is trying to be heard.

Here are 4 potential contributors to the nation’s seemingly never-ending battle with weight (in no particular order).

Nutrient Deficiencies: Food provides essential nutrients needed to effectively run and support metabolism.  The food we eat speaks to our cells… for better or for worse.  Eating a nutrient rich balanced diet provides the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that keep our metabolism firing and our hormones in harmony.  Then of course, there is the opposite…

It is hard to lose weight when the body isn’t given the nutrients (like B vitamins, vitamin D, omega-3 fats. and chromium) needed to run the metabolic pathways smoothly.

Overall, we are a nation that is overfed, yet undernourished. This sets the stage for nutritional deficiencies and puts the body in a chronic state of confusion. The result is sluggish digestion, a slow metabolism, inadequate elimination, and carrying extra weight.

Gut Health: Any gut dysfunction can sabotage weight loss in a few major ways.  When there are digestion and absorption issues present, the body is unable to properly breakdown and assimilate the food you eat. This can create nutrient deficiencies leading to depressed metabolism, fatigue, cravings, and altered hormones.

The immune system, 80% of which is in the gut, is negatively impacted when there are gut imbalances present.  This causes inflammation and stress which halts weight loss and contributes to weight gain.

The presence of too much bad (vs. good) bacteria, infection, and/or yeast overgrowth also impacts the body’s ability to metabolize nutrients and disrupts functioning of the endocrine system, such as the thyroid gland.

Food Intolerances: Inflammation is a key player in our struggle with weight.  The presence of unknown food intolerances results in an inflammatory response every time that food is ingested.  This ongoing inflammation causes internal damage and ends up slowing down our metabolism leading to weight gain.

To identify food intolerances, ask your health practitioner for an IgG lab test or go on an elimination diet for at least three weeks.  (note: gluten and dairy are the two most common food intolerances related to weight.)

Stress: Stress has detrimental effects on the body regardless of the source — emotions, inflammation, infection, food allergies, or poor diet.  The body responds the same.

Stress causes the body to go into survival mode, resulting in digestive system shutdown.  Therefore, the body isn’t able to properly assimilate and utilize nutrients. This confuses the body into feeling malnourished.

Stress depletes vital vitamins and minerals, contributing to heightened hunger, leading to cravings and overeating.  The body responds to stress by releasing cortisol, the fight or flight hormone, from the adrenal glands.  Cortisol inhibits weight loss and puts the body into fat storage mode, causing fat gain in the belly specifically.

Cortisol triggers an increase in appetite and cravings as the body thinks it needs energy. Cortisol also depletes serotonin, making the situation worse.   Alternations in cortisol have a direct effect on all of the endocrine hormones.  So stress is a major contributor to imbalances that make losing weight an impossible feat.  Stress must be a top priority for managing weight and overall health.  Ask your health care practitioner for an adrenal index test to see if/how stress is impacting you.

If you are struggling with your weight despite doing all the right things, consider the barriers discussed here.  And stay tuned for a few more next week. One, or possibly a combination of a few, could be the hidden cause of your frustration.

 

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5 Simple Ways to Cleanse Daily

Our bodies are amazing.  They are designed to maintain great health.  They are built to handle a certain level of toxic exposure.  The problem is, we now live in a world where our toxic load threshold has been surpassed.  We come into contact with tens of thousands of toxins everyday from the air, water, food, and home and body care products. So, it now takes extra effort to support our body’s ability to cleanse and eliminate toxins.  Here are 5 simple ways to help your body keep up:
1. Move your body. Movement increases circulation which supports lymphatic flow and assists in the elimination of toxins. There are many ways to incorporate movement into your daily routine.

  • Exercise – all forms
  • Inversions – yoga moves such as shoulder stand, headstand, and legs up against the wall
  • Jump – either in an exercise class or on a trampoline
  • Getting a massage works too.

2. Hydrate. Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day.

  • Start your day with 16 ounces of warm water with lemon.
  • Have a cup of detox tea in the afternoon or before bed.  Look for dandelion, ginger, burdock, turmeric, cilantro, milk thistle, and licorice.
  • Add a tablespoon of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar to a cup of water before meals. ACV is a great detox and helps alkalize the body which has many, many benefits.
  • Drink pure spring water. Add any of Doterra’s citrus oils for serious detox support.

3. Get your greens.  Green Juice.  Salads. Smoothies. Dehydrated. Whatever works for you.  Just get them it.

  • Green Juice – combine a variety of greens with lemon, ginger, and an apple
  • Have greens at most meals, raw or cooked.
  • Take a greens supplement.  I love Terragreens by Doterra and Vitamineral Greens by Healthforce.

4. Take a bath. Combine the following:

  • Epsom Salts (2-3 cups): draws toxins out through the skin and replenishes magnesium
  • Baking Soda (1/2 cup): naturally alkalizing substance helps remove toxins
  • Therapeutic-grade Essential Oils (a few drops): geranium, lavender, lemongrass, and juniper berry from Doterra possess powerful agents aiding in detoxification.

5. Bulk up with fiber. Get your bowels moving. It is really, really important. Fiber also helps absorb and eliminate toxins.

  • root vegetables, apples, pears, legumes, berries, zucchini, quinoa, oats
  • healthy fats – avocado, coconut oil, ghee, chia seeds

These are all very simple healthy habits anyone can start right away. Which 2-3 from the list can you add to your routine this week? After you have those down, add 2 – 3 more.

To meet your 2015 health and wellness goals, you may be needing to kick things up a notch.


Let me ask you this…
Have you been feeling sluggish, foggy, bloated, and/or heavy?

Do you want more energy and to stop craving foods that taste good then make you feel awful?  
Do you want clearer skin, better sleep, and a revved up metabolism?

I know that you are ready to feel good about your food choices, to feel confident in your body, and excited about your life…. Am I right?

Great! I thought so.  Because I have a solution for you…

Find out about my Healthy You: Cleanse & Restore Program by clicking HERE.
This program addresses both sides of the cleansing equation: cleaning out the junk (stored toxins) and refueling with the good (quality nourishment).

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Exercise Mindset

For many, many years, I forced myself to exercise.  It was often punishment for eating this or that.  Or I thought if I didn’t exercise, I would gain a million pounds.  There was a whole lot of “shoulding” regarding working out, and then judgment when I missed a workout.

I was ignoring my own body’s wisdom with this unhealthy relationship and pattern with exercise.  After years of this, I found myself in adrenal fatigue with major hormonal imbalances…which by the way, only tipped the scale in the wrong direction! Seriously, forcing myself to work out was actually making me gain weight.

The thing is, when the body is under stress (which mine was), over-exercising causes even more stress. This impacts our hormones and metabolism in a way that makes the body hold onto, and even gain, weight.

Fast forward to now….

I am now able to listen to my body.  I now honor what it needs.  I also have intention and purpose when I exercise.  I choose forms of exercise that feel good.   I choose exercise that I enjoy.  I ask my body what it wants, and it responds.  Sometimes it is an intense interval workout.  Sometimes it is a walk outside.  Sometimes it is a yoga class.  The key is listening.

So my intention and purpose is making choices that feel good and honoring what my body is asking for (not my mind). It is never force or punishment.  It is never a “should” or fueled by guilt.

Exercise can also be a healthy form of release.  You can intentionally let go of fears, anxiety, and/or anger through movement.

The intention and motivation behind exercise impacts how our bodies respond.

I see so many women struggling with this.  I used to be one of them.

What would it be like to truly honor and respect your body?  To listen to it? To give it what it really needs? Do you think it would start responding differently?

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Less sleep, more energy? How so?

Over the last couple months, I have noticed I am sleeping less yet have more energy.  I have been thinking….what has changed?

I have been thinking long and hard wanting to figure it out.  What I have come to realize, is that the only thing that has changed is I have started using essential oils and supplements regularly.  That is it!

It was hard to believe at first.  I was a total skeptic about essential oils when I first started.  Yet I have to say that is the only thing that has changed.  My diet has stayed the same.  My exercise has stayed the same.  I haven’t added anything else to my daily routine.

I have gotten feedback from clients that they too are getting the same results.

So here is what I attribute my more energy/need less sleep to:

I alternate between putting lemon and a metabolic blend in my water every day. (now adding to warm water since it is freezing out!)

I massage my feet with grounding blend before bed.  I also put a drop of calming blend on my palms, breathe it in, and rub in on my neck.

I use Protective blend and Frankincense as needed.

This is pretty exciting right!

I am not claiming oils to be a “magical pill” in any way. They have been a highly effective addition to my healthy lifestyle (that includes a clean whole food diet, exercise I enjoy, continual person growth work, self-care, and healthy relationships)….with very clear and noticeable results.

Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com for more info on how to get a wholesale account so you can get oils into your life at a 25% discount.

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My essential oil routine

I am so in love with  essential oils.  People have been asking me how I use them, so here are a handful of ways I use them.

I use the metabolic blend or lemon in my water daily. It is great in supporting detox.  Metabolic blend supports digestion and metabolism, helps blood sugar, curbs cravings and appetite, and increased energy.

I put a drop of peppermint or citrus blend in the shower before I turn on the water.  It is a great way to wake up feeling refreshed and optimistic.

I use the calming blend everyday on my neck and wrists, as well as before bed.  It supports a deep sleep.  I use it as perfume because It smells amazing. It also helps with anxiety and emotional stress.

I put the grounding blend on the bottoms of my feet (smells like Christmas).

I use the frankincense  and melaluca on my face and skin.

I use protective blend (on my throat or feet, in water, or gargle with) when I feel a cold coming on, although haven’t felt that lately.

I use the citrus, lemon, or protective blend for cleaning. I put a drop in the dish washer and laundry. I also use it with water to clean the bathroom and kitchen.  Works awesome!!

I feel like I am just getting started.  There are sooo many ways to use the oils.  Next on my list are:  making my own toothpaste, cooking with them, and getting a diffuser.

Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com if you want more info and/or want to learn how to get oils of your own.

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The #1 thing driving your food choices

Do you struggle with making healthy food choices a priority?  If so, could you benefit from a food mindset shift? (Mindset = a fixed mental attitude.) Our food mindset largely impacts our food choices.  Having an awareness of our mindset around food is a great way to explore our relationship with food and discover what is driving our food choices. If you gave your mindset around food a voice, what would it say? An unhealthy food mindset may say…

  • Food is the enemy.
  • All food makes me fat/gain weight.
  • Food is a source of struggle.
  • I don’t have time to eat healthy.
  • Eating healthy takes too much work.
  • Food is my reward.
  • Food is my solution to stress.
  • Eating healthy is boring and unsatisfying.
  • I have a love/hate relationship with food

Do any of these ring true for you?  Maybe you have one of your own that has come up? Is your food mindset in alignment with supporting you living a healthy and fulfilling life? If not, you CAN transform your unhealthy food mindset into a healthy one.  Try on some of the healthier mindsets from the list below, or create your own.

A healthy food mindset may say….

  • Food is fuel for my body.
  • Choosing healthy, nourishing foods shows the respect I have for my body.
  • Eating healthy foods, in the right amounts, provides my body with what it needs to thrive.
  • Food fuels my life purpose and gifts.
  • Eating healthy is an expression of self-love.
  • Healthy food gives me lasting vibrant energy.
  • Eating healthy is part of my lifestyle.
  • Food is medicine.
  • Healthy food is both nutritious and delicious.

Did you find one you like? Or maybe you created one of your own? It may be helpful to write out your new food mindset and post it somewhere (such as on your bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator, at your desk, or in your car) as a reminder.

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Joy requires courage…

“Joy is the most vulnerable emotion we experience”. – Brene Brown

This quote is right on.  It takes serious courage to find and step into your joy.  It means being willing to look within, take a journey of personal growth, live with integrity, take risks, put your needs and wants first, be authentic, step out of your comfort zone….and even more. So many people are playing small, playing it safe, and therefore, unhappy and unfulfilled. Finding and living your joy is a vulnerable path.  It is risky.

What if it doesn’t work out? What if I fail? What if I am hurt? What if I am disappointed? There are many reasons many of us avoid going for what we truly want.  We want the guarantee.  Pushing through those fears and taking the risk requires courage.

Courage is …

  • a willingness to step forward with confidence and faith, even though you are shaking in your boots.
  • to be 100% “in” with your authentic self; to fully commit to something that you love so much, that you believe in so much, to something that’s truth you feel deep within your bones…that the thought of it not working out feels like it would destroy you. And doing it anyway.
  • It’s going for it, knowing there is no guarantee, yet being willing to risk everything for the joy it would bring you.

It takes courage to shed and release the old beliefs, patterns, and stories that are no longer serving you. The first step is to own and accept where you are, and take ownership of being the creator of your life. It requires a willingness to dig deep within yourself. From there, the journey is about removing the blocks that are in the way of you creating the life of your dreams. It may also be about changing the filters in which you see life through. By reprogramming and renewing your whole being, your natural state of joy can shine through and you can show up in your fullest expression.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – ee cummings

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Eating Healthy with a Busy Lifestyle

“But I don’t have time to eat healthy” is something I hear all the time. It can be challenging to eat healthy with a busy schedule, but it is totally doable. It is true that we live in a crazy, fast paced world these days and are faced with many challenges. Most people are juggling way too much at once. This often results in letting some of our usual healthy habits go right out the window. For many people, the first to go is diet.

People living with a hectic schedule and too many commitments end up eating whatever they can get their hands on, and timing becomes inconsistent. The resulting poor quality food choices and imbalanced meals set a person up for deficiency, weight gain, low energy and risk of illness (to name a few).

Let’s remember, being healthy and taking care of your body is a priority, right? In my opinion, if you are not in good health and do not feel well, then it is impossible to be your most vibrant self and enjoy life to the fullest. So, let me give you some guidance on how to maintain a healthy diet with a busy lifestyle.

Meal Prep:
• Plan meals/snacks in advance – chop/cook/prepare meat, grains, veggies. Choose one or two days a week to do most of your prep and store for the week.
• Pre-portion snacks in small bags/containers so they are all set and ready to grab-n-go. ex. veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grain crackers, hummus, almond butter.
• Make extras and have leftovers. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer, ex. chicken, grains, veggies, salads etc.
• Make large portions of basic foods, store in separate jars and flavor differently for variety. ex. make a big batch of oatmeal and distribute in different portion jars using a variety of flavorful additions in each (nuts, berries, seeds, cinnamon, chopped dates, stevia). This works great with all grains like quinoa, rice and millet.
• Make your own spice mixes or buy already made mixes without preservatives or artificial ingredients. These can be used to flavor meat, fish, grains and veggies for a quick and tasty meal. Simply coat meat or fish with a healthy fat, sprinkle on the herb mixture and cook. Do the same for veggies and grains. This can be done when baking right in the pan to avoid any mess at all!
• Make a large batch of your own healthy salad dressing to last you the week, switch it up each week.
• Prepare a large mixed salad to last you a few days. Dice up some leftover cooked chicken or fish and you have lunch.
• Store food/snacks/condiments at work or the office so you have healthy options always available. ex. salad dressing, lettuce, sliced meat, canned salmon, tea bags, nuts/seeds, fruit, whole food shake mixes (ex. Vega) or protein powder, bars, yogurt.
• Keep a blender or smoothie mixer at work for an afternoon or morning snack
• When unable to cook on your own, buy pre-cooked chicken, turkey burgers, shrimp, canned salmon, brown rice, etc.
• Carry a large water bottle with you at all times.
• Do some research to find healthy restaurants in your area for quick take-out during your lunch break or to pick something up on the way home for dinner. Know your go-to places.

Quick and Healthy Snacks: raw veggies and hummus/guacamole (homemade), rice cake and nut butter, fruit salad, avocado/tomato and rice crackers, nut butter and apple/banana/celery, plain Greek yogurt with stevia/cinnamon/berries, herbal tea, smoothie/shake, nuts and fruit, roasted seaweed, rice crackers and fresh salsa, homemade trail mix, hard-boiled egg, ½ turkey wrap, Vega shake/smoothie, sliced meat (apple gate), pumpkin or sunflower seeds, goji berries, bars: Lara, Vega, Goodonya, Rise.

Shopping:
• Shop at the farmers market
• Buy extras, think and plan ahead
• Make a shopping list with meal ideas and snacks in mind
• Shop the perimeter of the store first and fill the majority of your cart with these items
• Stop by the freshly prepared meals section at your local food store when needed

Do you have a favorite quick meal or snack or a strategy you use to maintain a healthy diet with a busy lifestyle? If so, please share!