Your Big Breakthrough to Weight Loss and Feeling Good 

What you absolutely must know:
It’s not just about counting calories, carbs, and fats. (Forget counting.)
The vital key is to heal the gut!

As many as 80% of us have “leaky gut” which causes subtle food allergies, which cause weight gain, inflammation, joint pain, and a host of autoimmune diseases.

If you heal your gut you will lose weight, calm the inflammation, and say goodbye to autoimmune disease (Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, IBS, Psoriasis, Chronic Fatigue, Immunodeficiency, Type 1 Diabetes and more).

If your body got a little fat but didn’t get sick yet, congratulations! I call that guardian fat, because it took on the toxins for you. (And the toxins have to leave before the fat can leave.)
Then again – a firm protruding belly is a sign of intestinal inflammation and swelling.

What is leaky gut?
Our remarkable intestinal membranes absorb food molecules into the bloodstream.
But those membranes can get inflamed and break down (for a variety of reasons including pharmaceuticals, carb-sugar diet, yeast, pesticides, stress).
The membranes start to leak, allowing larger particles of food into the blood.

Then the immune system panics, sees this large particle as an intruder, forms antibodies against it, and attacks it. Now you have a tiny battle floating through the blood, a blob of inflammation that may lodge somewhere.

You also have a new “allergy” against that food, because your immune system is ready to attack it every time you eat it. (You may or may not feel strong symptoms from this subtle allergy, but it will take a toll on you in the long run. Gluten is a common allergy here.)
Naturally this scenario leads to more toxins and inflammation.

Vital steps you need to take:

  1. Super-hydration: drink water with celtic sea salt (1 teaspoon per gallon), half your body weight in ounces each day. (Yes that will be more than a gallon a day.) This will lubricate everything in your body, plump up your dehydrated cells, flush out toxins, and make all the next steps easier.
  2. Boost your Flora with probiotics and fiber. Since the advent of antibiotics, aspirin, ibuprofen, pesticides, and high stress, our good-gut flora have declined with every generation. This flora (microbiota) is the helpful bacteria in our gut. Care for your microbiota and they will restore your intestinal membranes and improve your immune system. Take some good quality probiotics (lactobacillus and others), eat fermented veggies like sauerkraut or kimchi, and get 40 Gm of fiber each day to feed your flora.
  3. Find your food allergies and stop eating those foods. For maybe a year, okay? (Some practitioners say forever, but I’m not saying that, because we have a Major Solution in step 5.) How to find your food allergies? Read Get a Clue. (Pricey lab tests, or you can restrict your food types and then re-introduce foods, watching your body’s response. For a big reboot, you can do a green juice fast. Read Get a Clue.)
  4. Amplify your Veggies to clear out toxins. Go alkaline. Use Food Combining. (See Part 2 of this series.)
  5. Yucca Juice Extract is a Major Solution for leaky gut, but few people know about it yet. Yucca extract directly heals the membranes of the intestines, like putting aloe on a burn. Quite bitter, brown, and thick as molasses, yucca extract must be diluted, a quarter teaspoon in a liter of water or juice. It tastes bad, but drink it down and it will heal the inner lumen of your entire digestive tract.
    You’ll need to drink it twice a day for two months to repair your intestines. (Some people continue longer.)
    Buy yourself at least a quart of it. Ten years ago there was only one place selling it, and I think they’re still the best source:
    (Don’t worry that this is a gardening company, okay?) They include instructions on how to take it, how to increase the dose to toleration. They mention it has been used to improve joint health, relieve inflammation, relieve arthritis and IBS (- hello – all these are symptoms related to leaky gut).
    You may find other good suppliers, too, but do give this a try. It really works.
    (Bone Broth, L-Glutamine and Quercetin supplements also help heal the intestines, but not as well as yucca extract, in my experience.)

Okay. Those are the vital steps.
Big project, huh?
It will be worth it! Your body will change! Toxins clear out, inflammation cools, and then you will feel better than you ever thought possible.

You don’t need to do this all at once.
Maybe start with step 1 this month. (Check out all the benefits of celtic salt water – headaches will disappear. …Another hint for the upcoming Quiz 😉

How does all this grab you? Comment below and let me know 😉

This has been Part 4 of “How to Stop Toxins, Drop Weight, Feel Good.” See part 1 or 2 or 3
Food Reactions Cause Cravings
Thanks to pixabay for this pic.
belly-weight loss pants pixabay

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How to Avert a Toxic Hangover

Let’s say you’re rocking it with good food choices, more vegetables, but suddenly one fabulous night you scarf up three slices of pie and too much wine. You know a hangover is coming, even if it’s a sugar hangover. (Do you get those? I do! After big sugar I feel foggy and sluggish the next morning.)

What to do?
Don’t fret. You’ve got toxic acidity, but we have remedies to mop up toxins and rebalance your body toward alkalinity.
First you’ll drink plenty of water to flush out your system. Water buffers everything beautifully. We retain water to balance out the acid.
And you heard about my favorite kind of water.
(BTW this is Part 3 of “How to Stop Toxins, Drop Weight, Feel Good.” Check out Part 1 and Part 2.)

Let’s talk about the remedies:

  • Bentonite clay
  • Lemon juice
  • Apple cider vinegar

Bentonite Clay is my first choice to avoid a possible hangover.
Bentonite Clay functions in two ways: molecular adsorption (adhesion) and physical absorption.
Bentonite has negatively charged particles. Toxins and harmful bacteria are positively charged. So Bentonite binds to the toxins and carries them out of the digestive tract.
This clay also physically absorbs acidity, drawing toxins into itself like a sponge, removing them.

A typical Bentonite dose is 2 to 6 Tablespoons clay powder in 1- 4 cups water.
(I put mine in a jar, and I’d drink as much as 2 cups after that fabulous pie/wine.)
Yes it does taste earthy, like clay, but not unpleasant.
Adjust your dose so your stools are firm but not hard.
(Remember to get your fiber and feed your wondrous microbiota to stay regular!)

Sometimes a body is chronically acidic from poor diet, resulting in chronic loose stools. Clay can help with this!
However – the very aged, fragile, or extremely constipated should not take clay (or should take diluted small doses).

Take clay 1 to 2 hrs before or after medications or supplements.
You don’t have to wait any time with foods – in fact if your stomach is upset after eating, a dose of clay will relieve it!

Benefits of Bentonite clay include:
– Relief of bloating, acid reflux, gas, constipation, IBS, diarrhea
– Detoxification of the liver
– Cleansing toxins from the digestive tract and removing bacteria
– Promoting a healthy balance of intestinal flora
– Removal of heavy metals and chemicals (especially after radiation therapy)
– Boosting the immune system
– Supporting efficient cellular respiration (releasing wastes)
– Improving absorption and assimilation of nutrients
(A paste of Bentonite clay heals skin irritations/bites/burns and is a good facial mask.)

Lemon juice also helps us be more alkaline. Lemon removes impurities, reduces harmful bacteria in the bowel, relieves heartburn, excess gas and bloating. Helps eliminate toxins. Stimulates the liver and gallbladder for better enzyme production. Some sources say lemon water reduces fat and cellulite.

Drink lemon juice 1 to 2 Tablespoons in a glass of water.
Lemon water first thing in the morning will energize you, improve digestion and stimulate elimination.

Likewise – unsweetened bitter cranberry juice can also help alkalinize your body.  No particular dose, but 4 oz tastes like plenty (oy!)

Apple cider vinegar (organic raw unfiltered is best; always dilute with water) – relieves ailments throughout the digestive system, skin issues, joint pains, and restores more alkalinity.
You may like 1 to 2 teaspoons in a cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon honey.

Some Naturopaths recommend 2 to 3 tablespoons raw organic apple cider vinegar per gallon of water, and drink it as you wish, to help cleanse the body.
(BUT take care not to drink vinegar indefinitely, because it can throw off your mineral balance.)  (! This will be on the Quiz!)

NOTE:  Lemon, cranberry, and vinegar are acidic in the mouth but turn alkaline in the body.  BECAUSE of the acid effect in the mouth, it is best to wait 15 min before brushing teeth. (… and this may or may not be on the Quiz …)

Important: Natural hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach is vital to digestion. As we age (or if we don’t eat much meat), HCL production slows down. So using an HCL supplement can help us get our nutrients and even help us lose weight. (HCL is often sold as Betaine HCL 500mg – take it 20 min before the meal and it will boost your own HCL to function better again.) Or if you’re not keen on supplements, eat tomato products or vinegar with your meat for better digestion.

What are your favorite ways to avoid hangovers of sugar, alcohol, or otherwise?

Here’s a pic of my jar of Bentonite clay liquid 😉 Send in your pic 😉

Feel better, get balanced.  Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hillsbentonite clay liq

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3 Tips to Drop Pounds the Easy Way and Feel Great

Yes, these are things you can do! From our last post: toxins cause us to hold onto weight. We mentioned clearing toxins by going organic, maintaining daily elimination, flushing the body with water (super cool Celtic salt water), and boosting ourselves with the healing properties of plants (alkaline food).

Most of us have grown too acidic from a lifetime abundance of carbs, sugars, proteins, caffeine and/or alcohol. Even stress makes our body acidic. Sheesh, we do have our portion of stress. (Shrink stress with meditation.)

An acidic body may be low in energy, feel cold, overweight, lose enthusiasm, feel depressed or nervous, have headaches, sore gums or lips, sensitive teeth, acid stomach, splitting fingernails, leg cramps and more. (These symptoms may have other causes as well.)

Imagine yourself choosing more alkaline foods which are (of course) mostly plants. Fill half your plate with veggies. Instead of drinking cokes or sweet drinks, maybe you’d like to try water with lemon sweetened with a little Stevia.

Toxins also build up in our body from poorly digested food. If you tend to burp, feel bloated, have gas, these are signs you are not digesting well. Different foods require different natural enzymes and different processing in the belly.
When we throw in all kinds of foods at once, it’s not a pretty sight for our overwhelmed belly. Undigested food adds to the toxic load.

Read about food combining, or simply:
— Eat fruit by itself, at least 30 min apart from any other kind of food.
— Eat meat, chicken, fish, eggs, dairy with vegetables only, (no carbs, bread, pasta, rice, beans etc).
— Eat carbs, grains, beans with vegetables only (a vegetarian meal).

Notice, animal proteins are never eaten with carbs. ***The Key to Remember 😉 (This will be on the Quiz . . .)
BUT you still get to eat all your favorite foods! Just watch the timing, the combinations.
(And you may find you’re not sleepy after lunch!)
Try this for a few days and you will likely feel better, even drop a pound, because you have made life easier on your belly. You have reduced undigested-food toxins and the water weight that comes with them. (Water buffers the acidity.)

Undigested food toxins also lurk in the tract when we scarf up food without chewing it much.
What if we could take our time,
truly enjoy each bite on its own, chew and taste every hidden flavor,
chew until it becomes like soup in the mouth, fully liquefied
and processed by our saliva’s wonderful enzymes, who will be so happy to finally, at last, do their job?

Two things will happen someday when we chew like it matters.
— We will finally absorb nutrients better, feel less hunger and craving,
— and we will feel full on a smaller quantity of food!
See how important this would be for weight loss?

Sure, we love our food, we gobble it up, I do that too.
But if you want to try just one thing this week, at supper time for instance: chew until it is soup in your mouth. How does your body respond?
(Spoiler – get full on a smaller amount 😉

3 Tips to Lose Toxins Lose Weight:

  1. Shift to more alkaline foods, plants – Veggies are your friends!
  2. Diminish toxins by Combining Foods at each meal.
  3. Avoid toxins by fully Chewing.
    (Bonus: de-stress with 3 min of relaxing meditation each day.)
    (Note: uncomfortable digestion may have many causes, such as a lack of natural stomach acid or enzymes, overgrowth of yeast in the gut, weak microbiota (flora) and more. If your digestion is a big issue, you may want to see a naturopathic doctor to help get rid of yeast, parasites and such.)

Have you ever tried food combining?
Have you tried chewing 32 times? (Heck, I know Grandma ragged on that, but -?)
Let’s chat!

This has been Part 2 of “How to Stop Toxins, Drop Weight, Feel Good.”

Feel better, get balanced.  Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills.
Here’s the Veggie Woman, thanks to Pixabay – cool necklace, huh?

veggie girl sitting pixabay






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Start SHIFTing March 6

Our Phoenix meditation group has been enjoying various energy healing methods.
In March we will do a series on Relationshifting, from a book of that name. (Thanks to Julie C.!)
Our human life is a giant lesson in handling relationship, whether it is my relationship to myself, to my family, to my partner, to my community, even to my home and my material situation.
My relationship to my personal pains or pleasures.
You see we could go on and on with this. And we do 🙂

Our relationship to people and things is a mirror to show us our own habits and beliefs more clearly. 
So yes, this will be another way to drop our baggage, get clarity and happiness.

This method brings in quantum physics, the idea that we truly are energy and we can shift anything.
We humans are both the particle and the wave.
Energy matters.
Beliefs matter.
Awareness matters.
Join us this Tuesday March 6

7:00 pm at And Breathe (until 8pm)
3201 N. 3rd St, Phoenix 85012
$10 donation
Let us know you’re coming, and we’ll save a chair for you 😉

Relationshifting bk

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Feel Better Now – 5 Simple Steps to Drop Toxins and Weight 

Did you know toxins make us accumulate pounds and retain water?
Did you know virtually all regular foods contain “Roundup” herbicides from the powerful Monsanto company?
Did you know “Roundup” gives us more food allergies, chronic diseases, and makes us fatter? (See Dr. Mercola’s article.)

We really DO need ORGANIC foods for good health and less weight!
Here’s a basic pesticide chart of non-organic produce (from Center for Science in the Public Interest).

Dirty Dozen – 70% to 90% pesticides Fairly Clean – 30% to 10% pesticides
bell peppers
imported grapes
frozen sweet peas
frozen sweet corn

Toxins accumulate not only from pesticides, but from overdoing carbs, sugars, and such. Check your weight the morning after a hi-carb, hi-alcohol, hi-sugar day. Your body holds onto water weight to buffer and process extra acidity and toxins.

Toxins also build up from natural cellular waste that is not eliminated well.
So? You gotta poop well. Clear out your colon every day. If you have great microbiota, you might clear out after every meal. Imagine that.
(For better elimination try abundant hydration, probiotics, magnesium. Or hot lemon water first thing in the morning.)

Cellular waste may linger in a sedentary body. Our lymph system is trying to move that waste, but it can’t do much unless we move, walk, use our muscles. Exercise clears the lymph.

Good hydration is vital for cellular health. When you are truly hydrated, your urine is extremely pale, not hardly yellow. Then your cells get the water they need. (Headaches will disappear. Many benefits develop.)
My favorite way to hydrate is by adding celtic salt to my water and drinking 70 ounces a day (which is half of my 140 pounds of body weight).

Celtic salt is high in trace minerals. Add 1 teaspoon per gallon of water.
A giant glass of water 20 min before eating diminishes appetite.

We know our body thrives on plant foods, which are alkaline. Yet we tend to scarf up bread, pasta, carbs, meats, sweets – which are acidic in the body.
If you want to reduce toxins and drop pounds, load your plate with a lot more veggies. Choose plants for at least half of each meal.
Your taste buds will begin to love plants!

  1. Eat Organic, non-GMO as much as possible, all food groups.
  2. Clear your colon 1 to 3 times a day – goodbye toxins!
  3. Daily brisk walk or exercise moves the lymph, cleanses the body.
  4. Drink celtic salt water – half your body weight in ounces each day.
  5. Go alkaline with more plants – 50% of your intake.

Whaddaya think? Does any of this look possible for you?
Would you rather try just one thing, like quit eating white foods (refined sugar, rice, bread, pasta)?

I think the reason many people “can’t” lose weight is because the toxins must go first.
That fat is what I call “guardian fat” because it is handling the toxins for you.
If you clear out toxins, reduce inflammation, improve digestion, then the whole body will improve.

What are your favorite ways to drop weight?

This has been Part 1 of “How to Stop Toxins, Drop Weight, Feel Good.”
Our next post will bring more tips.
Thanks to Flickr for this image:

fat Ronald McDonald by Flickr

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Energy Healing You Can Do Yourself

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.    – Hamlet 

Right! There are more things in heaven and earth – like faeries? Sounds far-out, but I have several friends, real and honest people, who have seen real faeries. I believe them.

Here’s something that’s not so hard to believe: we humans are infused with subtle energy. This flow of energy can be depleted or blocked by stress in all its forms, by our own outlook, by our habits-of-mind, by our personal history, by our relationships and more. All sorts of things impact us. We may hang onto stuff that doesn’t feel good at all. It can wear us down over time.

AND our flow of energy can be repaired. We can restore ourselves!
Personally I think this is the most beautiful news of our era.
It is backed up not only by science but by millions of cases of energy healing.
How cool is that? It’s worth checking into, yes?

Now as much as I wish we could play with faeries at our Tuesday meditation group, I haven’t been able to contact them yet.
But we do have the next best thing:

Irish Shamanic Drumming to assess your aura and chakras! Find out which areas need more care and how to nurture and heal those aspects of you.
THIS Tuesday Feb 20th, 7:00 to 8:00 pm (details below).

In addition to meditation, our weekly Tuesday group has been learning some cool methods of self-healing. We’ve been doing breath work of various kinds. Some energize the body, others calm and relax us. It’s fascinating how well the body responds to these breath patterns. (Did you know breathing only through your left nostril can relax you toward sleep, and the right nostril can revitalize and invigorate you?)

In the coming weeks, we’ll offer more styles of energy work you can do for yourself.
In March we’ll explore the Quantum idea that everything IS energy, and if that is so (as scientists keep saying), then how can we apply that to ourselves, as beings of energy?

We’ll offer energy-system ways to clear the sludge spots from our health, our relationships, our lives.
Old baggage drains your energy. Wouldn’t you like to drop some of it?

We meet every Tuesday (except this April)
7 to 8 pm
And Breathe wellness center
3201 N. 3rd St, in downtown Phoenix
$10 donation suggested, but optional

If you can’t make it to our Tuesday group, take advantage of other options, like Donna Eden’s energizing routine on the web.

So is this really a photo of faeries? The photographer John Hyatt thinks so (2014, Northwest England). The smaller flash photo of possible-fairies showed up in a snapshot I took one night in Bali, 2011. (I didn’t see any flying critters at the time, but – ??)

Have you ever seen a fairy? You must tell us about it!

More tips to do your own energy healing:
5 Ways to Boost Your Beautiful Brave Heart Chakra
How to find Delight, Pleasure, Creativity in Second Chakra
I Feel You, but How to Restore my Good Vibes?
“Protection” from Bad Vibes
Healing Code you can do Yourself
Feel better, get balanced.  Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills
fairy-photo by John Hyatt of Manchester Metropolitan University

Bali night maybe tiny fairies pic by DS

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Parkinson’s and Spirituality

Here’s an intriguing article to share –
by “boylebai” on WordPress

Is spiritual work part of battling Parkinson’s?

Is spiritual work part of battling Parkinson’s?

Yes. Spiritual work, like meditation or prayer, can help you situate yourself in a larger scheme of things, finding a place where Parkinson’s disease is just one aspect of the human experience. For me, quiet reflection is calming and offers a respite from symptoms. At the soul level, I imagine myself as whole, well, and happy.

Hello, this is Lynne writing. Early on, our support group decided to be a “growth group:” we learn about and experiment with natural treatments for Parkinson’s, like amino acid therapy. In this post, I describe a viewpoint that informs our larger understanding of this disease.

Soon after my diagnosis, I met John through our doctor. He urged me to go, immediately, to Santa Cruz, CA to participate in The Parkinson’s Recovery Project. There, I learned to view Parkinson’s through an alternative lens. The project team challenges mainstream notions that Parkinson’s is incurable. Instead they propose drug-free ways to recover from it. (You can freely download the treatment book, Recovery from Parkinson’s, by Dr. Janice Walton-Hadlock at John and I completed several courses of treatment in Santa Cruz. Then, we helped other group members study the project’s teachings from afar. I cannot do justice to over a decade of work by this team; consider this post an invitation to learn more. Why? Because, as John and I can attest, this perspective has currency—it boosts healing.

Dr. Walton Hadlock and her team are trained in Eastern medicine traditions. They propose a new theory for Parkinson’s: one’s dopamine is not dead, it is dormant. What happened to it? They suggest that many of us with Parkinson’s are “type A” people: hard-working, perfectionistic, and control-oriented. We have, unconsciously, lived our lives in adrenalin, fight or flight, mode, stifling our dopamine. Alternatively, joy, release, and relaxation nurture it. The team encourages clients to see themselves as part of a beneficent universe, governed by divine will. In this view, we are, ultimately, safe; guided by a power larger than ourselves. The team supports spiritual healing through meditation, rhythmic movement, and attention to “chi,” or life force (Tai Chi movements should help you imagine this energy force). Yin-Tui-Na, gentle, Asian massage that eases trauma and tension is important to the treatment too. Recovery can be spontaneous, as in a few cases, or a long-term effort to nurture feelings of safety.

During meditation focused on directives such as “release and let go” or “relax deep mind,” John can be asymptomatic. For me, recovery is an essential goal; it gives me hope and pushes me toward “living outside the pharmaceutical box.” Spiritual practice helps me consider questions like: why me, and what am I intended to learn from this experience? Yet, The Recovery Project’s tools fell short for me. Try as I might, my symptoms remained. Amino acid therapy alleviates my symptoms, so I am not too tired or stiff to consider spiritual safety and envision ultimate wellness. Spiritual contemplation and amino acid therapy offer a powerful force for recovery.


and a note from Joystream/Diane:

Alert! Natural Cure for Tremors and Parkinsons  

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