I lied. I’m sorry. I love you.

I didn’t mean to, but in hindsight, I realized that I did. I lied to myself and in so doing, I lied to you. I am sorry.

When my tooth started bothering me a couple weeks ago, I was faced with the opportunity to walk my talk. Stepping up my actions to creating natural healing for my teeth took me head to head with my words. I’ve been doing my Let’s Chat Facebook Lives for four months now, sharing ways to improve our wellness naturally. I’ve shared my own journey and most of what I share, I’ve personally done. I started doing these because I’ve walked the road of illness and I’ve walked the natural path to wellness. I know that simple shifts in our lifestyle can create big shifts in our wellness. It is truth to me and so sharing comes from my heart.

But I was fooling myself, coasting along, doing a so-so job on myself. My 60% looked like someone else 100% and so I fooled myself into thinking I was doing my best. It’s amazing how pain and discomfort can wake us up. I had to step up my action, increasing my nutritional intake and eliminating the bad stuff which for me is mostly sugar. I was coasting, not paying attention to the extra sugar I was consuming until about five days into the protocol for my teeth, when I could suppress the craving no more. See what I did here.

PS – the effect sugar has on our gut causes more damage than it’s direct effect on our teeth. Stay tuned for a full post on this protocol.

It’s important to note that I’m also a recovering people pleaser and standing out from the crowd still stings a bit. Announcing something that could possibly be a failure later was not something I did. If I shared it, I had to be 95% sure, or else, it stayed in my vault. Intellectually, I know the road to success is paved with failures, but knowing and doing…not the same thing.

So why my confession now?

For several reasons that could all be summed up into, “I’m loving me more.” Here’s how.

I came across an old journal entry from just over a year ago. It read, “Gay Hendricks – Happiness is a feeling about your feelings. A subtle pleasant sensation that comes from being open to your emotions, open the the present moment, and open to life.” When we are not 100% in integrity with ourselves, we know, especially if we are open to our feelings.

I realize that I’ve gotten better at saying “No.” and not feeling guilty over it. I help. I give of myself, my time and resources. I care. I love. And, I must take care of myself first so that I can do all those things. I know this; not just intellectually now, but in practice. I’m not perfect at it, but I way better than I used to be.

Also, an unhealthy relationship with our emotions can have a negative effect on our health. No thanks, I’ll pass.

To make this a true confession post, here are two times I’ve not been truthful with myself. And while I gained lessons (and some awesome friends and experiences from them), they honestly did not work out how I hoped.

First, was aligning myself with a company whose products I was not 100% in agreement with. I was about 90% and I thought that was good enough. The products were really good, but there were aspects of them that I didn’t agree with completely, based on my wellness knowledge. Yet, I convinced myself that though it was not what I would consider a standard, it was close and that was okay. A lie by any percentage is still a lie.

Second was letting my assumption of the reaction of others, curtail my action. My many personal development trainings had taught me that our reactions are based on our beliefs so when others react to what I do or say, it’s not because of me, it is because of what they hold true. Yet, there were too many times I did not fully practice this by not sharing my ideas openly and honestly.

Lisa Nicols says that true freedom comes when you have, “nothing to protect; nothing to hide, nothing to prove and nothing to defend.” I want to live my life to the fullest and freedom is a value I claim to hold close. If nothing else, my 2016 one word, “Open” was a lesson in this.

So I’m embracing my 2017 one word, “Release” and I’m confessing to myself and you. And I’m forgiving myself for not being totally honest with me. And I’m promising myself that I will be completely honest with me; even if I have to be the only one standing for what I hold as true…because, I love you Roanne.

Is there something you need to forgive yourself for?

Quote: Earth Day 2017

Earth Day 2017

If we, as citizens of the earth, stop consuming toxic products, companies will soon stop making them. ~ Roanne Bacchus

Happy Earth Day 2017.

Let’s Chat: Liver Love

My friend posted an article on Facebook about night sweats remedies, which in turn, prompted this Let’s Chat. For reference, the link to the article is at the end of this post.

My first thought was that the night sweats had to be affiliated with liver function. Sweating means the body is generating heat to create an exchange, plus, then it’s happening at night which is primary body detox time. The liver has over 500 functions but let’s keep it simple: digest and detoxify.

When I read the recommendations in the article, two things jumped out at me:
– About mid way through the list was a pill recommendation. Medicine has its place, but it does not fix the dysfunction that’s happening in the body; and often times, the dysfunction is doing it’s best to  help the body do what it needs to do anyway.
– Last on the list of recommendations was this, “Drinking alcohol before bed can cause night sweats. Spicy foods can have the same effect.” While both these things can have the same effect, the interact with the body differently – one destructively, one constructively. You may be able to guess which does what.

There is  a growing liver issue in the United States called Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver “In the United States, it is the most common form of chronic liver disease, affecting an estimated 80 to 100 million people.”

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver disease is an umbrella term for a range of liver conditions affecting people who drink little to no alcohol. As the name implies, the main characteristic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is too much fat stored in liver cells.”

I talk more about this and make more connections in my Facebook live. The jist is that with the excess of sugar, like what currently exists in so many foods today, nonalcoholic fatty liver a no-brainer. Our livers are stressed and overwhelmed and night sweats becomes one way our bodies try to save itself.

But what do you do about that?

One popular treatment (also touted for weight loss) is Lemon/ACV/Lemonade diet. Google can give you lots on information on these, but be mindful that there is no single, magic bullet for your wellness. Especially with the state of our environment and our food, detox must be a regular part our life. This does not mean take a diarrhea inducing pill. Detox is more holistic than that and can include foods such as tumeric which supports the liver in it’s functions, including detox.

Here’s a list of other ways to help this function of your liver.

– Herbs/teas: Dandelion (plentiful and free in the spring); any herb that is a blood purifier because they help reduce acidity in and help the body get rid of waste
– foot bath/full body soak with 3 parts epsom salts to 1 part backing soda. Also helps with magnesium (a very abundant mineral that we are chronically deficient in).
– Water (start by drinking enough), then getting electrolytes so you body can use the water (air-dried sea salt + black strap molasses).
– Healthy fats and lots of them
– Hot foods: peppers, ginger.
– Exercise (to help circulation and your liver get rid of it’s waste)
– Enzyme supplements before bed (when not digesting, they are cleaning, look for a complex with a variety of the ase’s)
– Getting enough sleep, starting before midnight.
– In some eastern medicine traditions, the liver is the decision organ. Decide then act. More in the video.
– Extras: Coffee enemas and caster oil packs.

Help your liver digest and detoxify well and you’ll feel awesome, without the night sweats.

Article that prompted this post: http://blackdoctor.org/442749/night-sweat-relief/2/.

Let’s Chat: Mind Chatter

Epigenetics has proven that our emotional state has a tremendous impact on our physical health. That means we can pro-actively take action to better our wellness.

But how can we do anything proactive with the way life is today – busy, full, stressed. Our brains don’t even get time to rest. So in the latest Let’s Chat, I shared tools that helped me with my mind chatter. The video is here, but there’s a freebie at the end of this post.

It starts with paying attention; being aware. Awareness is the beginning of change. For that to happen, we must take time to slow down and listen, to reconnect with ourselves, with our God or higher source and with the part of us that inherently wants to be better, happier, healthier. It takes stepping outside of the busy-ness, even for just a few minutes.

So what does that look like? First, it doesn’t have to look like a monk or meditation master. It could look like sitting for five minutes and focusing on some easy music or focusing on your breathing (is it shallow? is it deep and full?) or doing focused relaxation (one body area at a time). It could look like focusing on a mantra, our One Word or looking out and observing nature. All these activities help to slow down the mind chatter.

Mind body practices like yoga are great also. Yoga keeps the mind actively focused on moving and aligning the body and breathing. It can’t then consciously think or chatter about the stuff it was rambling on about before.

Interestingly enough, just prior to preparing for my Sunday Let’s Chat, in my YouTube feed came this video titled “Working with difficult emotions”. It is by Anna Guest Jelly of Curvy Yoga. I’ve followed Anna for years. She is a wonderful teacher and shows great modifications. If you’re new to yoga, her youtube channel is a really good resource. The linked video is also a super easy practice.

Another resource is Brainwave Entrainment. Brainwave entrainment uses wave frequencies to bring into coherence the activity of our brain. A wonderful tool to help with mind chatter. What I really like is that I don’t need headphones, I could have it on as background music and it’s something I can’t overdose on. Even though I’ve been using it for about a month, I didn’t think I was ready to share it, until I realized how much it helped me this past week.

I’ve been using it as my background music while working on writing and design. Well, last night I got my period. Usually in the week leading up to my period, my mind chatter is not just there, it’s 10x worse. It’s erratic, focus is a massive challenge and it takes me 30 minutes to write a paragraph whereas on a more normal day I could do it in five.

But this past week I was able to be more productive than I would have expected pre-period. I was aware of the erratic chatter, but I would play the track when I sat down to work and I’d say it was about a 85% improvement. I got work done without feeling like it was an uphill drag. Yay!!! Learn more and get a free demo here of the same system I used.

I’ll see you next Sunday for another Let’s Chat and I hope this week you take time to give your mind some love and support.

30 Days In: #100daysofselfies

When I would take selfies prior to my #100days of #selfies challenge, I would often crop my face. My thought was that I’m known for my hair and everyone will know it’s me by my hair. Cute, right? BUT what I didn’t realize is that I was shrinking. Shrinking from the spot light, shrinking from the stage, shrinking from sharing the love I want to be in this world. I was subconscious, but it was shrinking none the less.

Thank God for awareness because shrinking is not what I want for the good things in my life. And that is not the mindset I want my nephews and god-daughters to learn. I want them to live big lives. I want them to be change makers.

I want them to be open to a full human experience, including not getting hung up by their emotions. Not every day have been a joyful selfie experience; there was one day in particular. But because teaching is best done by our example, I must live ‘not getting hung up by’ my emotions. And so even through my less than desirable emotions, I #persisted.

Moving forward, I promise to not shrink – not just in my selfies but in my life. I know it will not always feel easy and exciting but full out is how I promise to play. It’s the example I want to teach by.

Come follow my journey on instagram.com/yesroanne.

Quote: “…your job…be yourself.”

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“It’s not your job to be likable. It’s your job to be yourself. Someone will like you anyway.” –Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One Week, Endless Possibilities For All Kids (3/20-27)

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As a child, what lesson did you learn that had the most positive impact on the adult you?

For those who know me, even a little, know that I have the most amazing nephews and god-daughters, and I’ve worked with kids since my teens. I definitely hold a space for them because I’ve been blessed to have some caring, giving adults bless me with positive life lessons while growing up.

While creating what turned out to be my first Kickstarter, the Goal Journals pictured above, I held the idea of doing something for kids, because I want the amazing little people in my life to be uber successful at their lives. Then Kickstarter launched an #allin1 campaign for March. Maybe it’s my lack of resistance for a design challenge or just good timing, but it was the ideal restriction* for me to move forward with the design of the Kiddie Version.

The plan is for it to be a digital product so you can print and work on one goal after the next and replace the sections as needed. You’ll be giving exceptional value to your kid whether working on a goal for the month or the school year.

We know how quickly kids grow out of clothes, or if their like one of my nephews, you can identify his pants by the holes in the knees. But with this Goal Journal, your child will be growing into the habit of achievement. And remember, pursing goals is proven to increase our happiness. Best. Investment. EVER!

Be ready to jump in and claim your reward starting Monday 3/20 as the campaign runs for one week only. Click to preview the Kickstarter page. You’ll find the (short) timeline, the initial preview of a couple journal pages and and you can leave me feedback or questions there too.

So, can you think of that positive lesson you learned as a kid that is most beneficial to you as a grown-up?

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Let’s Chat: Symptoms

If you needed a sign that NOW is the time to be the one responsible for your wellness, this is it – http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/ct-first-year-doctors-work-24-hour-shifts-20170310-story,amp.html – a blaring siren is there ever was one.

While your doctor may be the ‘professional’, you are the CEO, the managing partner; you make the final decision.

The idea I want to share is that a symptom/disease requires a different approach to fixing it. The chemical approach is common place but science in the last 20 years have been debunking that.

Let’s start by understanding what a symptom/disease is. Here are some definitions.

Symptom: a physical or mental feature that is regarded as indicating a condition of disease
Feature: a distinctive attribute or aspect of something.
Condition: the state of something
Regarded: consider or think of
Indicate: point out, show, suggest as
Disease: a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant
Syndrome: a group of symptoms that consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms.
diagnosis: the identification of the nature of (an illness or other) ‘a’ problem by examination of the symptoms
natural: the basic or inherent features of something, especially when seen as characteristic of it

Based on this, symptoms are the only thing we should be paying attention to. Here is my compiled definition of a symptom: a physical or mental attribute (or aspect) that is considered as suggesting the state of a disorder of structure of function (in a human). With that, a symptom can be anything that does not feel right, or feels uncomfortable in your body.

The problem now lies in that we’ve created drugs to kill/treat the symptoms; but we have not addressed the disorder of the structure of function that is causing the symptom.

If we pay attention to our symptoms and treat the disorder that the symptoms are suggesting, we can forgo the drugs which only cause more harm and even forgo the major diseases.

The accompanying live video is here.

Definitions provided by Google.

You can have your cake and eat it too…

…just healthify it first.

I took a late nap one afternoon and woke up about 8pm. A bit late for me to have a full dinner, but I know I needed to eat something. So I decided to help myself to that hot chocolate I’d been wanting for a couple days. Here’s how it went down.

Healthified hot chocolate

14oz of hot water

2oz of a good dark chocolate bar

1/2 TBS of cocoa powder

1/2 TPS tumeric powder

1/2 TBS ground flax

1 TPS raw coconut butter

Whole milk to your taste

Add all ingredients to Vitamin/blender and let it rip. No extra foamed milk needed.

I’ve been healthifying my food for over 20 years now. Instead of denying our cravings and then bingeing on said food that we were craving, I think it is better to feed that craving in a healthier way.

While my hot chocolate was absolutely delish, it was choked full of benefits too.

  •  Brain, liver and hormonal support in the fats of the coconut butter, flax and chocolate.
  •  These also provide satiation without the bulk and excess calories.
  •  Flax also has lignans that provides estrogen support.
  •  Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support for the tumeric, cocoa and coconut butter.
  •  The heat (temperature) supports functions such as digestion, absorption and elimination.
  •  Vitamin P – the pleasure of enjoyment. See this post – https://yesroanne.wordpress.com/2017/02/09/lets-chat-eat-you-must/.
  •  No toxic junk because I know exactly what went into my hot chocolate, unlike a lot of supermarket-shelf products.

I could drink this every night and not feel like I’m sabotaging my wellness. I did add a slice of homemade soda bread, toasted in the skillet with butter. Happy tummy!

Do you have a favorite healthified food/recipe? Share in the comments. I’d love to give it a try.