An Apple A Day… Keeps the Scary Lady Away

Asha and Kaluwa are offering an east meets west perspective to your health questions in Facebook live stream sessions. Join the Facebook group to ask your well-being questions and get them answered.

We’re talking hormones on this one. According to the American Thyroid Association, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and about 60% are unaware of the condition. 

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Meet Kaluwa at http://www.kalusion.com and Asha at http://www.insideouthealthsolutions.com

Tea-riffic Tuesday! Sugar Buster

The Sugar Buster Tea has been coming up a lot lately, so I thought maybe you are supposed to hear about it.

I have to admit that I have been dipping into the kid’s Easter candy a bit. Even though the bunny brings quality candy with organic natural sugars, they are still sugars, and cravings for more can happen really quickly. I found myself getting a little nutty about wanting more, so I reached for the Sugar Buster Tea. Once again, crisis averted.

Seriously, I love this tea so much, not just because it can help ward off cravings by balancing your blood sugar, but also because you can use it on the back end of an indulgence. Let’s face it when you are smack in the middle of a chocolate (or your sweet of choice) craving, you are not usually feeling like “oh man, let me make a cup of tea, woohoo!” In that case, enjoy your indulgence. Feeling guilty about it is not going to make anything better. In fact, it only makes things worse. Then enjoy a cup of Sugar Buster Tea to balance things back out, and prevent cravings by avoiding a near future sugar crash.

Recently, a Sugar Buster Tea drinker shared with me that she has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and this tea is saving her life. She has been able to drastically reduce her cravings, and get on track with eating the foods her body needs

Other users have raved success in breaking habits of excessive soda and sugary coffee drink consumption, were able to curb night time sweets cravings, have been able to stop eating out excessively, and more.

Sugar Buster is a rich, and mildly sweet tasting herbal blend.

  • balance blood sugar
  • cleanse the liver
  • reduce sweets cravings
  • battle candida
  • break sweets habits

To use: put 1-2 tsp in a tea bag or ball, steep in hot water at least 5 min, and ENJOY!

Sugar Buster Tea, along with all of Kalusion’s Health & Harmony Teas are available in the BouTEAque

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An Apple A Day… Keeps the Blues Away

Asha and Kaluwa are offering an east meets west perspective to your health questions in Facebook live stream sessions. Join the Facebook group to ask your well-being questions and get them answered.

We’re talking about mental wellness.

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Meet Kaluwa at http://www.kalusion.com and Asha at http://www.insideouthealthsolutions.com

Hump Day Harmony: Is a Dancing Granny In Your Future?

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When I think ahead to the distant future me, one of the things I know for sure is that I don’t want my day to day to include massive medication management. This really has been the path presented to us and accepted by us as a society for as long as I have been around to witness it. We eat whatever and work forever neglecting even our most basic needs until we are so run down and depleted that a major physical or mental health problem presents itself. That health problem is your body screaming at you to wake up, and take care of you, because that is your job, and your job alone. So now, that your body’s motor is sputtering instead of purring, you are bestowed this medicine to help the problem, but that presents another problem with a new medication, and the cycle begins.

I grew up on a standard American diet. I believe most people of my generation did. Our parents had access to more convenient ways to deliver meals than their parents, and no one realized that eating prepared foods could present any sort of problem.

It sort of reminds me of how once upon a time, you were the bees knees when you lit up a cig. Every glamorous movie star for sure had a cigarette, but then the news came – uh oh, this is terrible for you. Did everyone throw those things down immediately, and begin a cleansing protocol? NOOOOOOO!!! Why not, well, first of all cigarettes are terribly addictive; there was a social aspect involved in smoking; and it was a habit for people.

I see the same reasons for the resistance in giving up foods that we now know are terrible for us. Firstly, they’re terribly addictive. Processed sugar and it’s aliases such as high fructose corn syrup are 80% more addictive than cocaine. You didn’t even know you were riding the white horse. Next there’s the social aspect. You may not notice this until you start shifting your lifestyle and eating habits, but it is far more difficult to be a healthy eater at a social event than it is to be on a standard American diet. Lastly, it’s a habit. When you’re hungry you automatically reach for the bag of chips, or when you’re feeling down you want some comfort food.

However, I’m not the only one out there that doesn’t want a future of tracking pills to ward off death. There is a wave of people that are discovering that they can not only prevent or heal their bodies from some of the damage of neglect, but they can also feel vibrant and amazing.

So if you’re into the whole vibrant and amazing thing (and who isn’t?), how do you stare down those big 3 obstacles?

  1. Break the addiction.

Replace processed white sugar with natural sweeteners such as fruit, honey, syrup, and molasses. It will take some time for your taste buds to adjust to the subtler sweetness of natural sweeteners, but once it does, you won’t know how you were able to tolerate the white stuff at all.

You may also want to cut back on your overall sugar intake as well. This can be difficult even with natural sweeteners, but not as daunting as cutting back from processed sugar. This is definitely one of those easier said than done chores, but worth the work once it’s done. In supporting this goal, add in more sweetness in other forms to your daily meals, such as carmelized onions, carrots, parsnips, and sweet potatoes. Sweet vegetables will help create balance so you won’t crave more sweets. You can also try herbs to balance the blood sugar, which also reduces cravings. Sugar Buster Tea is an herbal blend that does just that magnificently.

  1. Appeal to your social sense

Back to the cigarette thing for a moment – have you ever known a former smoker that can’t even stand to be around smoke anymore, and then drives every smoker they know absolutely crazy? The good news with food changes is you don’t have to be submersed in someone else’s food, so it’s a lot easier to not be “that guy”. You will find yourself running out of event invitations if you’re constantly “educating” others on how horrible their food is. Trust the health coach when she tells you, people don’t want to be educated unless they directly ask you about it.

If you’re going to be at an event where you don’t think you’ll be able to order better food options, then plan to bring your own food. If it’s a once in awhile event, then go for the best option you can. Striving for 100% perfection in your health choices can be unrealistic and stressful. If you are good 80% of the time, you are doing fantastic, and less likely to feel deprived and give up all together.

  1. Changing habits

Habits can be tough to break, but perhaps they can be tweaked. Instead of reaching for a bag of hygrogenated oil fried potato chips, try making some kale chips. I’m telling you they really are delicious. If you’re craving comfort food, make some, but try tweaking some of the ingredients such as replacing white potatoes with sweet potatoes or replace processed white bread with sprouted grain bread. Remember your taste buds will tweak over time too. Most people around the world actually think the taste of white bread is blah rather than the other way around.

As you adopt healthier choices, use the motto some is better than none vs. all or nothing. Small shift will keep you moving towards your goal. You don’t go to the gym, and try to lift 300 lbs on your first day (I hope).

I am cheering you on, and look forward to seeing you on the dance floor when we’re in our 80’s.

Get It Girl!

Monday Makeover: Supplements to Smoothies

Adopting a healthy lifestyle does not mean saying good-bye to the things you love forever. It’s a continuous shift; a shift away from the things that are not serving you, and towards that which allows you to shine.

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One of the things I enjoy about a healthy lifestyle is not having to worry about taking medications to combat health problems. I really take the same stance when it comes to supplements. I will take herbs and vitamins in pill form when necessary to correct an imbalance, but not long term as I truly prefer to receive my nutrition in food form. After all, food is medicine.

So here is my daily multi-vitamin

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I really enjoy the boost I receive from a morning smoothie. My smoothies tend to include greens, such as kale or spinach, fruit/ berries, almond milk, yogurt, and superfoods such as bee pollen, maca, and cacao powder (of course).

I really prefer smoothies over supplements or juicing as they are broken down to help your body assimilate the nutrients more effectively, yet they still have the bulk and fiber of the vegetables and fruits so that they have more of a lasting effect, and don’t spike the blood sugar.

Some of my favorites are chocolate peanut butter, mounds (not really with the candy bar, but taste like it), and mint chocolate smoothies.

Here is the recipe for the mint chocolate smoothie

1 cup spinach
1 cup frozen banana
1 1/2  cup almond milk (or enough for desired consistency)
2 tsp dried peppermint
1/2 tsp. spirulina (gives it the beautiful green color)

blend until smooth, then add

raw cacao or dark chocolate chips (or a little of both if you are as big a fan of chocolate as I am)

pulse the drink until the chips are the desired size.

Then enjoy your beautiful green mint chocolate chip drink.

Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes? Share them with us!

 

If you feel like you could use support in your well-being make-over learn more about me at http://www.kalusion.com or fill out the form below

 

An Apple A Day… Keeps the Yo-Yo Away

Asha and Kaluwa are offering an east meets west perspective to your health questions in Facebook live stream sessions.

We’re talking moderation vs. deprivation. Did 2 health coaches just tell you to enjoy a cookie??

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Salvey Saturday

Last Tuesday brought a new moon, which means new salves!

Why make salves during a new moon. Here is a quote from Frugally Sustainable that sums it up perfectly

“They knew the best time for preparing a tincture was on the new moon. Not only because it is a sign of new beginnings, but it is the time when the gravitational pull of the moon helps to draw out the natural healing properties in the plants — making one of the most powerful and predominant medicinal tinctures possible.”

Read the full article here

The Kalusion salves are a staple in our house. Between the Super Salve and the Aches and Pains Salve, there is not too many events that can’t be helped by putting some salve on it!

The Super Salve

The Super Salve contains calendula and lavender infused oil and essential oils focused on healing the skin.

People have successfully used this salve for cuts, scrapes, bug bites, eczema, rashes, poison ivy/ sumac, as a facial moisturizer, chapped lips, dry skin, and more. The uses are endless!

A happy Super Salve user said “My daughter’s face is completely healed. I cannot thank you enough. The scent and the feel of the salve are acceptable to her. The other things I tried she couldn’t tolerate and were not as effective. This salve allowed us to avoid using a steroid cream.” – Amy

Ingredients: beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, calendula and lavender infused sweet almond oit, vitamin E & A, and essential oils

The Aches & Pains Salve

The Aches & Pains salve consists of arnica and lavender infused oil and essential oils that target aches and pains.

People have successfully used this salve for bumps & bruises, aching feet, sprains, strains, and pulls, pains from old injuries, arthritis, fibromyalgia, stiff necks and sore shoulders, and weekend warrior soreness 😉

One happy Aches & Pains user said “I love the feeling of it on my skin, and it helps the arthritis in my hands so that I can actually use them to make jewelry.” – William

Ingredients: beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, arnica and lavender infused sweet almond oil, vitamin E & A, essential oils

So do you Have Salve??

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Reclaim You!

Under that pile of “to do’s” and running around is an amazing woman waiting to be discovered. She’s YOU! She’s buried and screaming to be heard, to be recognized, to be appreciated, but somehow her needs keep getting pushed to the bottom of the pile. Let’s face it, that mountain of chores goes on endlessly, and she will never be freed unless some strategic effort is amassed.

Enter The Have It All method.  This 9 week virtual class and coaching method will lead you to your life’s cravings so you know where to focus your energy. That way you can stop trying to do it all, because you’re not supposed to. Instead use clarity and strategy to direct your energy at what matters most to you (ahem, Have It All).

I’m so grateful to be a witness to what woman have experienced from this program. It is truly transformational. Since I have seen what this method has done for others, I am so inspired to offer it to you. A new session begins for the birth of spring on March 21, and here are some of the goodies included:

9 weeks of virtual small group coaching guided by your energy centers to dig deeper and reveal your life’s cravings and reverse the blocks that are getting in the way of achieving them
Kalusion’s Chakra Flow movement video series to reveal and heal all the areas of your life while dancing and having fun. This is only available to participants of The Have It All Method
The Kalusion Cleanse to create a blank canvas to begin your work of art
Kalusion’s Tea Sampler Gift Set to indulge while you restore Health & Harmony

 

The cost of the entire 9 week program is $299.

I also, offer incentives in the form of value since I know that’s really important to me. So, if a friend or loved one registers with you, you will receive a $99 discount. If you refer someone to the program that registers, but you are not part of this session, I’d like to offer you a $50 referral thank you. Please be sure that the person you referred lets me know your name and email.

If any of this sounds good to you, find out more about The Have It All Method at http://www.kalusion.com

Hump Day Harmony: The Chair

Hump Day Harmony is about giving inspiration to help you over whatever mountain is standing in the way of your Health & Harmony

 

I have an old chair that belonged to my great grandmother, and I absolutely love it. I also love how it allows me to reflect on the lives of two very different yet similar women when I think about the woman that sat in that chair about a century ago (my great grandmother), and the woman that sits in that chair now (me).

My great grandmother’s life was very different than mine in so many ways. She was so poised and polished beginning her day by dressing with hose on her legs and heels on her feet. Her hair was set perfectly, and her clothes were pressed and lovely. This was a practice she maintained into her 90’s. She was in charge of managing the household, yet many of the family’s needs were delivered directly to the door, such as milk, and meat. This left her with plenty of time to drive my grandmother and great aunt absolutely bonkers. It almost seems that life was not nearly as rushed for her when I compare it to my day to day life. Yet, she was burdened with expectations; expectations that came from society, and from herself. She felt a pressure to be sure that she managed herself and her family in a certain manner, and that was her sole purpose. Her passions were the silly activities of women with no real world value, and her contributions to society were not appreciated.

Fast forward 100 years, as I sit in my great-grandmother’s chair more than likely in a pair of yoga pants or jeans with the freedom to choose my impact on the world, and the satisfaction of knowing that I can invaluably contribute in a positive way. Yet, I also sit with the burden of expectations, though now the expectations seem to have grown. I am expected to work and contribute to this world or I have not done my part to further women; I am expected to be a devoted mother and wife, or I am failing our future and my responsibilities; and I am still expected to manage the household as my great-grandmother did – keep the refrigerator stocked, the plates full, the checkbook balanced, and the bank account abundant.

The one expectation that neither my great-grandmother nor I seem to have is an expectation to dedicate any time or thought to taking care of ourselves, and yet without devotion to ourselves how do we remain whole enough to fulfill all these expectations?

Perhaps you have felt the burden of expectations from time to time, or they are so subconscious that you haven’t even realized they were there. Even if you haven’t noticed them, you most likely have encountered someone willing to offer judgment based on these expectations. Moms that judge the mom on her phone at the playground, customers that judge the woman with the tantrumming child in the grocery store, co-workers that judge the mother that missed a deadline because her child was sick, and so on and so on. These judgments further ingrain the societal expectations into our own subconscious, that when we do exercise free-will, it’s hard to be clear if our choices belong to us or are the result of a burden we feel mandated to meet.

So in protest of the cultural pressure to be perfect, should we send our kids to school smelly, and stop paying the bills. That actually does sound kind of awesome, but may be a bit extreme for most of us. However, instead maybe we can let ourselves off the hook a little bit. Maybe it can be ok if you go get a well deserved massage after work, and your child misses one dance class; maybe it can be ok to schedule a “skip” day from work and school, and have fun with your family; maybe it can be ok that the only way you can take a call or get any work done is by letting your child run on the playground, and let the judgers judge?

Expectations, whether internal or external usually lead to disappointment, so can we agree to be ok with letting go of perfection, and embrace the joy in our lives?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you ever feel the pressure of expectations? Have you ever felt the freedom of letting them go?

 

For many of us these expectations are so ingrained in our subconscious. It makes sense when you think about the two women sitting in the chair 100 years apart feeling their burden. That’s why it can take some outside support, and learning how to turn off our thoughts to get to our real life’s cravings. If you are interested in receiving this type of support, The Have It All Method is a 9 week virtual coaching program that offers just that, and a new session begins March 21. To learn more visit http://www.kalusion.com