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.

Let’s Chat: Be A Boat-rocker

Most of us humans are not boat rockers. We don’t wake up in the morning with the goal of causing commotion in our social seas. Yes, some people may very well make that their goal, but most people don’t. And before you jump to whether that is good or bad, follow me for a moment.

We are raised, and taught, by words and actions. We learn through observing those who crossed out paths – family, friends, teachers, classmates, etc. And today, we live our lives based on what we’ve learned. Yet, our present world is markedly different from 100, 50, even 10 years ago.

We live based principles passed down through generations and while they have changed some, they have not matriculated enough in too many areas of society. Now, I don’t think we have to toss everything out the window and start from scratch. But I do think we have to take a look at what we hold true and question whether it is beneficial in this current climate.

There was a Facebook video that started me down this thought path. It had a caption laws being passed to address sagging pants. I have no idea what it was about because I did not even look at it. But here is where my thoughts went:
things become social trends; we voice our opinions about it but basically dismiss it as a nuisance; fast forward 20 years; make laws to address the ‘social trend’.

Here’s the question de jour – does punishment, without addressing the belief  of the thinking, feeling person, bring change? Kids or adults? I’m guess we both came up with the answer of “no”.

Yes, punishment can change what behavior a person exhibits but it will not do much to change their thinking, feeling or belief – except now they believe they will be punished for expressing that behavior.

We must address the whole person when we want to institute change. We can punish forever and in so doing have some level of control over society, but what about the rabble-rousers? Those people show us that you cannot legislate what or how people think. And before you think rabble-rousers are a nuisance, they are usually the ones that institute the greatest, positive changes in society.

So what do we do? Well, I don’t know. I don’t have a simple solution. But we are off to a good start because you can only create a change when you see that there is a space for change. When you get to place of asking the question about change, you are in that space.

The same holds true for our health.

Our system is broken. When an 10-year old has to be treated for an eating disorder, out system is broken. When people would rather take a drug that does more harm than change a behavior that would help them feel better, our system is broken. People have given up their God given responsibility to care for their body, to others who don’t live in their body.  What is the disconnect we have that makes us think that’s okay? How can we change that?

My greatest wish is that more people get to space of asking questions. Asking questions comes with self-responsibility.

It really doesn’t matter what questions you ask. My favorite prompt word is ‘how’. Asking ‘how’ seeks solutions and implies self-responsibility because you are the only person you can put into action. ‘What’ and ‘when’ are also good prompt words. I am careful of two.

Why…can be helpful but we can also get stuck there. Coaching provides us with tools that are forward thinking and ways to create the change we want without fully knowing or understanding the why of the problem. So be mindful of the ‘why’ question.

Who…could be helpful also, but can also become a place for blame and excuses. Be careful of the ‘who’ question too.

I live my life by these ABCs – Always Be Curious. Let’s start asking. I’ll even take bad questions because at least it opens the door to the possibility of a better question. When we ask questions our possibilities become endless.

Here is the video for this Let’s Chat.*

Last week was #NEDawareness week – Feb 26 to March 4th, 2017. Let us be open to asking and answering questions. This is how we learn and connect and help better this world we all share.

*Let’s Chat happens live every Sunday on my Facebook page.

Let’s Chat: Allergies (Seasonal)

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Photo via onegoodthingbyjillee.com

Does the thought of spring make you start to itch and sneeze? Are your visions of cherry blossoms seen through watery eyes? Spring brings a natural season of change to our outdoors and as we are part of the larger ecosystem, there is change happening in our bodies too. Spring is a perfect time to take detoxifying action because our bodies are naturally sheding the layers of winter aka detoxing. This was what I talked about in my most recent Let’s Chat live. You can find an archive of all these videos here.

One organ that plays a major role in allegies is your liver. Your liver is one of your body’s major filters and it can become overwhelmed. Now this overwhelm may not show up in a standard blood test as a liver issue, but allergies are definitely a symptom that points to your liver. My personal experience shows that when I do things to support my liver’s detox process I can avoid any allergy experience. I also had someone remark to me that they experience allergies typically after they have a drink (alcoholic). Alcohol puts stress on your liver and so the allergic response was not surprising.

One of the simplest things to help not just our liver, but our bodies with the detox process is a 20-minute foot bath with epsom salts and baking soda. Epsom salts alone will help, but combined with the baking soda, has a more detoxifying effect. A simple dishpan or basin, warm water, one part baking soda and three parts Epsom salts is all you need for this.

I did mention two additional assisting processes in the let’s chat video – castor oil packs and enemas. While I did not share much of how-to, you’re welcome to send me any questions you have about those.

While helping our bodies into a state of better health, we can reduce our allergy symptoms by being mindful of what we put in our mouth. Reducing your sugar and dairy will help greatly. Both of these can be inflammation producing in our bodies. In my experience raw milk, whole milk with added enzymes or organic, free-range eggs does not cause me to have an allergy response. But venturing into the area of ice-cream is something I avoid in the thick of the pollen season.

One other thing I find very helpful is the little bottle pictured here:

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I find using a traditional netipot to be very uncomfortable for me, but this nasal wash bottle that I got at my local Walgreens works like a charm. It even came with the saline packets to add to water. For safety, I do recommend boiling any water you’re going to use for your nasal wash.

One last thing I did was purchase a bottle of local, raw honey. Honey, like all foods have amazing properties, but you can only access them if it un-heated. Getting it as local as possible to where you live is helpful because it is produced by bees that feed on the same compounds you are inhaling in the pollen. It is unclear if its this pollen content or the antibacterial, antiviral or antioxidant action of the honey that helps, but it is part of my regular spring regimen.

Do you have something natural that helps you overcome seasonal allergies?