Health, Organization, Spiritual

Watch me try to eat raw garlic and cayenne pepper

Parasite cleanse Day 1. <- watch here

Parasite Cleanse Continued <- watch here next!

Today, one of my team members and I were watching YouTube videos of people doing colon hydrotherapy.

We both think we have parasites and are considering colon hydrotherapy to clean out the large intestine and maybe flush out those nasty bugs?

Recently we both completed a cleanse and then decided it might be a good time to clear out the lower half.

One of the YouTube videos was by a guy who had similar symptoms to both of us and then he suggested using garlic and cayenne pepper. So today I gave it a whirl.

Parasites and functional medicine aren’t my specialty, but I’m always willing to try some interesting home remedies.

Garlic and cayenne pepper are known for their health benefits.

Garlic has anti fungal, antioxidants properties, some consider it a great supplement to take for persons with cancer.

Cayenne pepper, lemon and apple cider vinegar – I started drinking every morning to replace my morning coffee.

Cayenne pepper has terrific health benefits -it’s stimulates the metabolism, accelerating fat loss.

Many cultures use garlic and cayenne pepper for parasites. As a culture we have thrown medicinal herbs to the wayside. We no longer use herbs as a part of daily life. They used to be in many of our dishes and people would frequently cook with herbs. Nowadays you’d be hard pressed to find a decent oregano in most people’s cupboard (a great herb for bacteria, viruses, fungi, and general cleansing).

For the next 3-4 days I’ll eat garlic and drink cayenne pepper and see what comes of it.

Stay tuned!

Comment below if you’ve done a cleanse or tried the garlic, cayenne pepper remedies.

Health, Organization, Spiritual

Why do I punish myself

I’m doing a cleanse this week. A throwback cleanse I did about 6 years ago. You drink a pea protein based meal replacement 3 times a day. You can add lemon/honey “lemonade” twice a day if you need to.

Once I get going on these cleanses, it’s only a matter of time before I start looking in a raw diet like FullyRaw Kristina http://www.fullyraw.com

I just bought her app and made a banana/strawberry smoothie for breakfast.

Rewind 3 years ago and I was looking into the raw diet and started drinking datorade/ and making banana smoothies every day.

Then I kept eating the Indian food, Taco Bell bean burritos (they’re vegetarian, right?) and basically eating myself to death. I gained 30 lbs and felt awful.

Insert Ketogenic diet- complete and total opposite: all meat and cheese. Especially the way I did it, because I was lazy. I lost the 30 pounds I had gained and look better than I have in awhile.

Problem, I still have this urge to not eat meat and to eat a raw vegan lifestyle. I honestly think it is more congruent with who I am. Why can’t I commit to it ? Idk, social stress and pressure to eat cooked foods and partake in holiday festivities.

Round and round we go.

Health, Organization, Spiritual

Christmas time in the Village

it’s Christmas time in my favorite village!

We have the tree up, the garland hanging above the windows, the sweet sounds of Nat King Cole on the surround sound and our countdown clock ready to go.

16 days until Christmas!

I wrapped the garland with ribbon from Michaels and hung it above the windows.

I watched a nifty YouTube video about making bows and it only took me 2 tries to get it right. I made one and fastened it to my wreath I bought 3 years ago.

2018 has been a year of completion for me, I haven’t completed this many projects since I was 20. I have bought all of the necessary supplies and not followed through with the projects.

We used Thieves oil on the pine cones to achieve the fresh citrus, cinnamon smell.

I made another batch of apple butter.

Now to finish buying my love a few more small Christmas gifts and I’ll be all set.

Spiritual

“Drop It”

For anyone who doesn’t know Pastor Scott Williams, stop reading this blog post and go look him up on Google/Bing…whatever… He is amazing, funny, and packs a spiritual punch to your face. I used to live in Charleston, SC and there is a great church called Seacoast located in Mt Pleasant. On March 25th, they hosted Pastor Williams as a guest pastor and his sermon was nothing less than amazing!

He did a talk called “Drop It” and I happened to watch it, April 2nd. Oh My Gosh! He talks about so many different important topics in this sermon that I will have to go back and re-watch it, which I never do. Not because the other sermons are bad, but because Pastor Williams is fast talking and drops key nuggets all over the place that my head was spinning by the end.  I came away with the main points, Drop It, if it doesn’t align with your values or where you want to go and what you’re praying on, then drop it, because it’s probably holding you back. He made a lot of profound statements sandwiched between comedic stories. Sometimes I laughed so hard that I had to stop and say wait? what did he just say? OH MAN! I needed to hear that. He wants you to know that the good stuff is already here and you just have to drop all of the garbage and negativity so that you can open your arms to accept it.

If you’re interested in watching his sermon, download the Seacoast app, go to messages and he’s in the Jesus Said category, March 25th sermon.

Spiritual

February 1

This week has definitely had a theme for me. I talked about being fast paced in my last post and now to hear “be still”, I’m almost speechless. Clearly, God has a message for me to be still, slow way down and enjoy this life He has given me. He is God and will be exalted. Wow. How profound. So often we use the words “might be”, “hope to”, etc… what about will be? That drips of omniscience- knowing that you will be exalted amongst all the nations. He has a plan for us and we need to change the dialogue in our heads to “will be”. His will be done.

Spiritual

January 30

What a concept. How often I have wondered if God hears my prayers or is working in a way I can’t see (for a long time). In this fast paced, digital world of instant gratification, it is so easy to expect things to come quickly. Even if I pride myself on not wanting instant results, God knows my heart and may find me wanting. I work fast, I talk fast, I do everything FAST, so when I decide I want to change something in my life, I do it and fast. But then I want the intended outcome to come…fast. I think sometimes God wants me to slow down, way down and realize that I can’t control everything and there is a time for everything and everyone. Such a hard lesson to learn. Lately I have given it much thought and have found that He has a plan and if I stop to wait for it, I may realize that my prayers are about to be answered, maybe a little later than I’d like but in His perfect timing.

Organization, Spiritual

The compound effect

Staying with the theme of self improvement and personal development, I want to share a book I’ve been listening to on my way to the office. It’s called “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. I started listening to this book back in June and for some reason got away from listening to personal development (pd) all together.

Last year, I listened to every book by Grant Cardone, a few by Brian Tracy, and etc… I was a personal development junkie for a long time. And ya know what? My life was actually pretty great, listening to this positivity and keeping me focused on the tasks at hand. Even after listening to Mr. Hardy for the past few days, I am writing this post because I am committed to the compound effect. I’m making small changes in my life because it is the small changes that make the difference. They add up to the big changes. It is important to keep a schedule, stick to it, and gain MO(momentum) as he calls it. It really does work!

He talks about not going full force into something, making unsustainable commitments or promises just to break them in 30 to 60 days. Instead, make goals that you can stick to long term. If you want to work out, commit to working out 30 min a day , 4 days a week, or a schedule that you know you can stick to.

Also how small habit can make or break you. For instance my 2pm Starbucks run was not good for my wallet or my health. I’m going to calculate all of the money I spent on Starbucks this year and then cry when I realize how completely unnecessary that was. Unfortunately I can’t rewind the clock and I knew better but sometimes you get lonely and want a break from the office so you make yourself feel better with some Starbucks. Maybe it’s a bit of a shopping addiction like a small little drizzle of spending that keeps you happy with that dose of dopamine.

Spiritual

January 22

Trusting in Him is a hard concept to accept. Many of us prefer to think that we can control everything and when we things don’t go our way, we feel lost.

God tells us that we need to trust in Him and put confidence in Him. So often, we see challenges and struggles as insurmountable, but usually they are there to teach us a lesson and help us to grow.

I have had my fair share of troubles where I found myself down and out. It’s easier to sit on the couch, eat my feelings or drown myself in Netflix binge watching. It’s important to keep our eyes focused on moving forward and trust that there is a plan for you and me. We are taught the lessons that we need to learn.

This is never easy and it’s not meant to be! Iron is strengthened in fire.