False Alarm! I’m still here

False Alarm! I’m still here

Surprise!  I’m still here

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Well, I thought I was leaving, but not so fast.  Last week, I took a trip to Florida for 7 days to visit some friends and during that time I had insight on some future plans.   I am keeping Kibby’s Blended Life right now.  I renewed it for another year.  I won’t be adding to it too much for I am working on another site.  It will be a few months out.  I am going to enjoy my summer and let the content come about organically and birth it when it is ready.  Of course,  YOU all will be the first to know. 

This new site will be geared more for the mind, body and spirit connection.  I have had many emails over the years (and very currently) about how I have healed the emotional wounds from my past, insight on spirituality, and much more.  This site will be deeply based in wisdom, truth, honesty, vulnerability, love and compassion.   It will be a safe haven to visit and join in.  It’s still in the works of creation.  I see it, but will let it flow through me to YOU.  Right now I am in the gestation phase.  I am very excited about it.  If you liked my INSPIRATION and THOUGHTFUL THURSDAYS posts, you’re gonna love this new creation. 

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So, in the meantime, continue to enjoy all the content here at KBL.  You haven’t gotten rid of me after all.  I am glad to still be here and thank you for all the beautiful, heartfelt replies on the Farewell post.  They moved me to tears and made my heart swell.  YOU all are some amazing and special souls.  I am honored to have made your acquaintance and look forward to further connections. 

I love you all!

Lovingly,

Kibby

Farewell and Last Thoughtful Thursday

Farewell and Last Thoughtful Thursday

Farewell

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My dear readers and friends.  I have decided to call it quits with the blog.  My heart just hasn’t been into it for many months.  When I started this blog back in May 2012, I was in a different place in my life.  This avenue of sharing, writing, communicating, putting myself out there has been amazing and transforming for me.  I have met many wonderful people here and some of those have been become friends.  I feel so blessed for the opportunity to have connected with you (via emails, phone and even in person!)  I thank you for those of you who have been with me on this journey from the very beginning.  You know who you are.  My heart felt appreciation to your support, love, input, friendship and more.  You all have inspired me immensely.

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I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing all the many aspects of my life through this blog over the years.  Yet, I am ready to move on.  You know the old saying “When one door closes, another opens”.  This is that door that is ready and needs to be closed for my greatest good.  Life is good.  I just choose to live my life in peace and more away from the electronics/computer area. 

Feel free to access any of the recipes and links throughout this site and save or print what you want.  For it will all be gone on May 21st.  I did want to share one last Thoughtful Thursday with you all as a token of my gratitude and love.   It was one of my favorite categories.  Enjoy!

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Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ 18 Spiritual Teachings that Blew my Mind Wide Open – GREAT reminders. 

♥ Everything the Buddha Ever Taught in 2 Words – This theme of CHANGE has been showing itself more in my life.  I am becoming more acceptable and at peace with it.  In doing so, life is flowing more smoothly.  I’m not resisting or controlling it, I am embracing and dancing with change.  It is actually quite freeing.  Enjoy the music of life.

♥ Sleep: Merging with the source of life with Eckhart Tolle – Great advice and music.

♥  How Many of These Spiritual Awakening Symptoms Do You Have? – Relax into the flow of awakenings.  It’s pretty cool!

 

~Eckhart Tolle

♥ May 2015 Astro-Energy Report -“Honesty is the Best Policy” By Sarah Varcas.  I just love her work.

♥ Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy –  I know I feel good and happy when playing and grounding in the dirt. Mother Nature to the rescue.

♥ The Benefits of Bone Broth for Dogs – I share my bone broth with my animals and they love it.

♥  The theme for May 2015 is A NEW ALIGNMENT

 

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May HEALTH always be with You! and Be Inspired!
Lovingly,
Kibby

SUPER Clearance Sale on Superfoods, Tonic Herbs, Supplements and MORE!

SUPER Clearance Sale on Superfoods, Tonic Herbs, Supplements and MORE!

SUPER Clearance Sale on Superfoods, Tonic Herbs, Supplements and MORE!

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Hiya!  Have I got a great deal for you today!!  I’ve been going through my refrigerator, pantry and cabinets making more space and found LOTS of overstock items of superfoods, supplements, tonic herbs and even an alkaline water unit that I was selling for awhile.  Some items are brand spanking new and some have very little usage.  Some items I am just not using anymore.   I CAN’T throw these away.  I want to find them a good home for someone who would use them.   So, I thought to offer these wonderful items at amazing prices for those that are interested. 

If you want to find out more about the item (what it is good for, how it is used, all the details) – just click on the item (I highlighted it for you) and you will be directed to that source of information.   See,  I made it easy for you.  I kept many items in the fridge (especially the tonic herbs) so they are good 1 -2 years past the expiration date (which I included on the item information below).   This offer is for the United States only.

Ready to go shopping!!

I’ll first start off with the items that are BRAND NEW.

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Lucidera – Organic Schizandra Extract – 2 oz. bag – (expiration 11/ 2014) – refrigerated – $20 (retails for $39)

Navitas Naturals Raw Cacao Nibs – 8 oz. – (expiration 1/ 2016) – $6 (retails for $9)

Hyperion Nutrition – Organic Gynostemma Pentaphyllum – loose leaves – 8 oz. – (expiration 12/ 2104) -refrigerated – $15 (retails for $35)

Navitas Naturals – Camu Powder – 3 oz. – (expiration 7/ 2015) – $10 (retails for $17)

Hyperion Nutrition – Duanwood Reishi Extract – 4 oz. – (expiration not listed) – refrigerated – $30 (retails for $55)

* Imperial Tonic Superfood – Ancient Wisdom – 90 g. – $35 (retails for $59)

Raw California Almonds (Nonpareil Almonds…have a mild natural sweetness and a smooth light colored skin that makes them enjoyable time after time. They are a large, relatively flat nut.) – 10 lbs. available – $6 per lb.

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Sunwarrior Protein Powder – Warrior Blend – Natural flavor – 2.2 lbs. (1 kg.) – (expiration 9/ 2016) – $30 (retails for $42)

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Dynamic Health – Organic Aloe Vera Juice – Unflavored – 32 fl. oz. – (expiration 6/ 2016) – 3 available – $4 (retails for $9)

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Let’s Do…Organic – Organic Creamed Coconut – 7 oz. – (exp.  6/ 2016) – 7 available – $1.50  (retails for $2.75) – SOLD ALL

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Life Extension – Super R-Lipoic Acid – 240 mg. – 60 veg. caps – (exp. 12/ 2016) – $30  (retails for $45)

Symbiotics – Colostrum Plus – Nature’s First Immune Defense – 240 capsules – (exp. 10/ 2017) – $30  (retails for $45)

Banyan Botanicals – Ayurvedic Herbs – Triphala GugguluDetoxification & Support for Metabolic Function90 tabs – (exp. 4/ 2016) – $25  (retails for $32) 

John Douillard’s LifeSpa Organics – Brahmi-Brain – Famous as a tonic for nerve and brain cells, cerebral circulation, memory, intestinal health, and sleep –  50 veg. capsules –         (exp. 1/ 2019) – $12  (retails for $20) – – SOLD

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Velaqua Alkaline Water Unit – All Natural Technology uses NO Electricity to Create Alkaline, Ionized, Micro-Clustered Water that Competes Head-to-Head with Expensive Electrically Created Water Machines for 1/10th of their prices! –  Velaqua is a revolutionary portable water enrichment system that duplicates natures water purification and filtration process using gravity instead of electricity chemicals or other artificial methods.  – Makes WONDERFUL water!  I LOVE mine!   $200  (retails for $350)

NEXT, are items that have been opened and have little usage.

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Navitas Naturals – Goji Berries – 14.5 oz  – (16 oz. bag) – (exp. 10/ 2015) –  $12    (retails for $20)

Navitas Naturals – Maca Powder – Gelatinized Maca – 8 oz. – (16 oz. bag) – (exp. 4/ 2015) – $15   (retails for $48)

Navitas Naturals – Camu Powder – 2.25 oz. (3 oz. bag) – (exp. 9/ 2015)  –  $6     (retails for $17)

Navitas Naturals – Mulberries – 2 oz. (8 oz. bag) – (exp. 10/ 2015) – $2   (retails for $11)

Dr. Mercola – Organic Greens – 6 oz. (6.35 oz. container) – (exp. 7/ 2016) – $12   (retails for $34)

Organic Golden flax seeds – 1.5 lbs. (24 oz.)  – $5

The Maca Team – Raw Organic Red Maca Root Powder – 6 oz. (8 oz. bag) – (exp.4/ 2016) – $10   (retails for $19)

* The Maca Team – Raw Organic Black Maca Root Powder – 3 oz. (8 oz. bag) – (exp.4/ 2016) – $5   (retails for $19)

 

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I accept Paypal for payment.  Safe and secure! 

I will have to charge shipping.  Depending on what you want – I like to use USPS flat rate shipping boxes.  Can really fill them up and guaranteed in 2 days time. 

First come, first serve.   So email me at kibbymiller@tds.net for your questions and orders.  Let’s make a deal! 

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May HEALTH be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

NuNaturals Giveaway Winners

NuNaturals Giveaway Winners

NuNaturals Giveaway Winners

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I’ve got the names for the 4 lucky winners for the NuNaturals contest that I hosted last week.  I’m going to jump right in and announce the winners below: 

  1. Alice
  2. Alissa
  3. Jordan
  4. Sara

Congratulations!!  Please contact with me your full name and shipping address and I will forward it to Ron Redding at NuNaturals. 

 

Thanks so much to all that participated. 

 

***  I have a wonderful post coming up this week.  Are you in need for some superfoods and tonic ingredients??  I have some extra stock that I will be selling at low prices.  Quality items at bargain prices.  Keep an eye out or contact me directly to get the scoop quicker on these items.  I love a deal and love sharing it even more.  ****

 

For more healthy living and organic gardening tips, quick recipes, what I’m eating and inspirational quotes, LOVE me on Facebook and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Lots of fun stuff!

May HEALTH be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

 

 

 

 

Sweet Spring Giveaway

Sweet Spring Giveaway

Sweet Spring Giveaway

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Happy Spring everyone!  Here in North Georgia, we are in full swing of plants greening out, blooming and grass growing.  Ahhh, such welcome beauty and rebirth.  Of course, it’s warmer in temperatures and THAT is most welcomed in my book.    Spring is my favorite season and time of year.   Right now, it is raining outside – a nice, gentle rain.  I just came inside from weeding the garden a little while ago.  Bare hands in the rich soil, connecting with my Mother Earth.  I love getting my hands in the dirt.  It does something for me on many levels.   So, with the rain coming down outside, I thought it a perfect time to say HELLO, connect with YOU and offer a sweet giveaway for some Spring renewal.

Many of you know how much I love and use NuNaturals stevia products. I use NuNaturals liquid stevia in all my recipes calling for SWEETNESS and  recently started adding the mint cocoa syrup in my coffee every morning.  It’s amazing!!  

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Well, Ron at NuNaturals has been mighty generous and has offered a sweet little giveaway contest for 4 lucky winners.  

 

What does it include?  You get:

  • one bottle of Vanilla liquid stevia

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  • 50 pkt box of their  NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets

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  • a bottle of their NEW COCOA SYRUP

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  • a bottle of the NEW MINT COCOA SYRUP – my favorite!! (picture above in post)

 

  • AND a FREE BONUS SURPRISE PRODUCT

 

 

Interested?!!!  Well, here’s all you have to do:

  1. “LIKE” NuNaturals Facebook Page and mention that you did in comments below
  2.  Comment below why you would like to win
  3. Contest is open to a WORLDWIDE audience however they CAN NOT SHIP TO A P.O. BOX – you must provide a physical address, full name, and email once you are notified upon winning – which I will do.

It’s pretty easy.  I just want you to have a chance to experience this healthy, natural plant based sweetener that I enjoy every day and have used for several years.

You can also receive DISCOUNTS on all orders placed on NuNaturals website :  www.nunaturals.com .

When you get to the checkout page,  just enter the DISCOUNT CODE ;  BLG0615  and you will receive – 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL  JUNE 30, 2015 .

Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding   $35.00 after discounts.

So, what are waiting for?  Start commenting away and get your entries in. I look forward to hearing from you all.

Contest ends Friday, April 24th.

Contest NOW CLOSED!

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May HEALTH be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

♥ Do People That Eat Margarine Really Know How It’s Manufactured? – Choose REAL fat!  The body knows how to work with it and actually requires it for many important functions, regulating hormones, feeding the brain and more.  I use ghee, organic coconut oil, REAL butter (Kerry gold – best deal at Costco), avocado oil, avocados, olives for REAL food fat in my diet.  Share this link with people you know that use margarine and the fake stuff.  Knowledge is power – then they can make their own choice. 

♥ The (Real) Reason We Should All Meditate – This is GREAT!  This makes sense to me. 

The Year of the Wood Sheep: An Astrological Map of the Year. – Very cool read. 

♥ Embrace yourself – For all of YOU.  Enjoy!

♥ Cooling Inflammation: Gut Flora and Diet – Outstanding article and diagram in regards to gut health and why the micro flora in our guts is such an integral part of our makeup.  I take probiotics and feed the healthy colony with Inulin.   It has made a HUGE difference in my digestive issues.  This is the probiotic (highest quality I have found with the RIGHT bacteria) and Pre-biotic I use:  Renew Life Ultimate Flora Critical Colon Capsules, 60 Count and NOW Foods Inulin Prebiotic Fos, 8 Ounces.

I take one probiotic every night and take up to 3 tsps. of the inulin throughout the day in my drinks – morning coffee, herbal tea, protein smoothie.  Start slowly with the inulin (1 tsp.) and build up to your tolerance.  Some days I go higher to feed my little bacteria buddies.  You only have to take one bottle of probiotic and then continue to feed the healthy bacteria with the inulin.  The inulin is cheap.  Let me know if you want more information on this subject and I will post about it. 

 

♥ 18th/19th February 2015: New (Black) Moon – Straddling the Ages – Yep. More astrology stuff.  This is such fascinating and empowering insight from Sarah Varcas.

Instantly Open Tight Hips With These 8 Stretches – Pigeon pose is my favorite and I do it every night before going to bed.  I will incorporate some of these others.  #5 looks interesting. 

♥ Another reason to cut back on soda – Please don’t drink sodas at all!  If it’s not the sugar, the toxic ingredients should make you go “YIKES!”  Please read and share to those who do drink sodas and let them make their own informed choice. 

♥ Do Menstrual cups Make you Squeamish? Five Women Tell All –  Nope, not me!  I love my Diva Cup.  I’ve had it for years.  Safer for my body and the environment.  I use the DivaCup Model Cup 1 Pre Childbirth (no kids) and it also comes in the DivaCup Model 2 Post-Childbirth.

 

 *** Posts may contain affiliate links, including Amazon.com affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link, it will cost the same to you, but I will receive a small commission. This helps me cover some of the costs for this site.   Thank you for your love and support!! ***  

  If you’re looking for more inspirational reading you can flip through all my Thoughtful Thursday articles here! Be Inspired!

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May HEALTH be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

Dr. Mercola Products Review

Dr. Mercola Products Review

Dr. Mercola Products Review

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Hi everyone!  Prior to Christmas, I was contacted by Joan at Mercola.com to review some of Dr. Mercola’s products.  I like Dr. Mercola and his insightful, informative website.   Joseph M. Mercola is an alternative medicine proponent and osteopathic physician.  Mercola.com  is dedicated to providing free health and wellness articles, natural products, as well as other resources to people worldwide, inspiring them to take control of their health.  Mercola.com is Rated the #1 Natural Health Website.    Therefore, I was tickled for the opportunity to sample and review four of his products.  

1. Complete Probiotics

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I am a HUGE fan of probiotics knowing their importance in the role of gut health and our overall well-being.  The probiotic that I had been using changed their formula a while back and I didn’t notice it until the last box I was taking was causing me some discomfort and symptoms of a food allergy.  Upon reading the label carefully, I saw that it now has SOY – are you kidding me!!  In a probiotic!  Many people are sensitive or allergic to soy products these days (yours truly included) and I know when I ingest it – my body gives me certain unpleasant symptoms.  So, I was thrilled to try Dr. Mercola’s probiotic formula.  Check out his article –  Probiotics: One of The Most Important Supplements You Can Take.

Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotics features 10 bacteria strains.  Each two capsule serving delivers 70 billion CFU. The proprietary probiotic blend features:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • DDS-1 along with bifidobacterium lactis
  • L. plantarum
  • L. casei
  • L. rhamnosus
  • L. brevis
  • B. longum
  • Streptococcus thermophilus
  • L. salivarius and B. bifidum

Dr. Mercola Complete Probiotic capsules are acid and bile resistant. I was pleased to see this product contains no dairy, lactose, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, eggs, yeast, sugar, artificial flavors, preservatives or GM ingredients.   Major score!

The first day of taking this probiotic, no problems or adverse reactions.  Remember, that each body is different and will respond to supplements uniquely.   I took the entire bottle over a 30 day period and was very pleased.  I will be continuing with this probiotic in my supplement arsenal.  I order mine HERE. 

2. Organic Greens Powder

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Dr. Mercola’s Organic Greens Powder is a great source for helping to increase your daily nutrient intake when you can’t get all of the vegetables and green leafy foods that are recommended.    Perhaps you’ve tried other green food supplements, only to find them to be disappointing in taste and texture.  Not this one.  It is smooth and tastes wonderful.  Organic Greens has been tested to ensure it’s non-GMO and gluten-free. 

Organic Greens is a high-quality formula that is:

  • Quick and easy to use
  • Easily taken with shakes, smoothies, puddings, coconut cream fat bombs and protein powder drinks
  • Sweetened naturally with organic stevia extract

Plus, it doesn’t have a strong, unpleasant “green” taste even though it’s packed with:

  • Powdered forms of an assortment of organic vegetables plus organic cereal grasses from North America
  • Two top superfoods – Chlorella and Spirulina
  • An organic Mushroom Blend for immune support*
  • Exceptional alkalizing extracts that provide antioxidant benefits, including one of Japan’s best kept secrets – Green Matcha – Apple and Green Tea*
  • Two stunning adaptogen ingredients – Maca Root and Rhodiola

I used this greens powder in my post workout protein shakes, mixed into coconut cream fat bombs, chocolate avocado pudding and still sneaking it in various recipes.  A little goes a long way, but I will be purchasing more when I need it.  I order mine HERE

3. Whole Food Multivitamin Plus

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Whole Food Multivitamin Plus provides you with high-potency amounts of an exclusive antioxidant formula that includes:*

  • Natural beta-carotene — healthy vision and immune system support*
  • Vitamin C — promotes tissue growth and repair, and healthy gums*
  • Vitamin E — helps support your muscular system*
  • Selenium — bolsters your healthy immune system*
  • L-cysteine — supports your immune and respiratory systems*
  • Lutein — helps promote your healthy vision*
  • Lycopene — supports your immune system*
  • Red wine proanthocyanidins — provides you with cardiovascular system support*
  • And select extracts and powders from over 25 fruits, vegetables, and herbs

I took this multi-vitamin for a few days, but something in the formula did not agree with me.  SO, Scott got take this whole food multi-vitamin.  He had no reactions and says it is has provided energy and nutrients in a bio-available form.  It is a bit pricey, but a very good whole food formula.  

4. Rhodiola Extract

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Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), sometimes called Arctic root or golden root, is considered an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it acts in non-specific ways to increase resistance to stress, without disturbing normal biological functions. The herb grows at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia, and its root has been used in traditional medicine in Russia and the Scandinavian countries for centuries.   Studies of its medicinal applications have appeared in the scientific literature of Sweden, Norway, France, Germany, the Soviet Union and Iceland.   Rhodiola is still widely used in Russia as a tonic and remedy for fatigue, poor attention span, and decreased memory; it is also believed to make workers more productive. In Sweden and other Scandinavian countries it is used to increase the capacity for mental work and to boost general strength and vitality. 

I’ve taken this herb before and know of its immense benefits and longevity aspects.  I took one capsule of Dr. Mercola’s Rhodiola extract per day till I finished the bottle and was pleased with the quality of this product. 

 

Overall, I am really impressed with Dr. Mercola’s products that I was given the opportunity to sample and review.  Thank you Joan!!    Please feel free to look into Dr. Mercola’s products for you will find quality.    Hope you enjoyed the product review and I will be back soon.

*** Posts may contain affiliate links, including Amazon.com affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link, it will cost the same to you, but I will receive a small commission. This helps me cover some of the costs for this site.   Thank you for your love and support!! ***

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Kibby

 

 

 

 

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

http://rawforbeauty.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/10685416_313049785547180_4738506515937652470_n.jpg♥ Embracing the Unknown – AMAZING article by Jose Stevens.  A great reminder to approach life with openness, curiosity and adventure.  We are SPIRIT having a human experience.

♥ Eggs and Cholesterol – How Many Eggs Can You Safely Eat? – I love eggs!  An informative article for those of you scared that it will increase your bad cholesterol.    I personally can attest to a better cholesterol profile through blood work.   I now eat 2-3 a day – organic, cage free variety. 

♥ 9 Signs of a Healthy Woman – I personally feel that nurturing the emotional and spiritual body are first and foremost.  The physical falls into alignment when the others are honored daily.  Beautiful reminders for us all. Print this article and keep it somewhere that you can see it.  Enjoy!

♥ Why You Should Check Your Cheese, Creamer and Non-Dairy Milk Labels for This Scary Ingredient – Yikes!  This stuff is in A LOT of products.  Read, read and read again.

♥ Remember This Advice From Elizabeth Gilbert When Your Family Pushes Your Buttons – Yep!  This also goes for friends and spouses.   Great lessons and insights are available for when we are ready to see and deal with.  Don’t fear it – embrace it. 

♥ 6 Graphs That Show Why The “War” on Fat Was a Huge Mistake – Interesting!

♥ The Healing Power Of Cat Purrs: A History Of Cats and How They Can Assist Us – Our cat Daphne loves “lap time” and it DOES have a healing effect – on both of us.  This also works with our dogs.

♥ Table Salt vs. Sea Salt – There IS a difference and knowledge is powerful (especially for your health).  I use this salt.

♥ 2015 Astro-Energy Report – I just love Sarah Varcas’s Astrology reports and insight.  I hope you will too. 

♥ “Healthy” Chocolate Pudding AND Potassium/ low carb diets info. – That’s how I like it – healthy pudding recipe and information on potassium deficiency and how to obtain this mineral through food sources.  My favorite is avocado – everyday. 

 

  If you’re looking for more inspirational reading you can flip through all my Thoughtful Thursday articles here! Be Inspired!

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May HEALTH be with You! and Be Inspired!
Kibby

New Dietary Changes – My Keto Journey

New Dietary Changes – My Keto Journey

My Ketogenic Beginnings

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Hi Everyone!  It has been awhile since I have written a post yet there are reasons why.  The main contender –  DIETARY CHANGES.  Today, I am coming out of the closet.  Now, keep in mind, this has been a personal decision based on my own body, mind and soul needs.  I ask that you read with an open mind – No judgement  or criticism. 

Back in early Summer, I was experiencing some “walls” with my health.   I was consuming daily green smoothies, juicing, lots of veggies, gluten-free grains, raw salads and dried fruits.  I was eating HEALTHY, right?   I wasn’t feeling as good as I used to.  My energy was lacking,  hair had been thinning again, mental fog, blood sugar was eradic throughout the day, gained 8 pounds, dry skin,  and the main culprit of all – Digestive issues.  My digestive issues have gotten better over the years with healthy eating but I had never gotten to the core of it.  I have chipped away A LOT of layers relating to it.  My GUT has been speaking to me for some time now and I have been listening.   My diet wasn’t  working, and I owed it to myself to open my mind.  To let go of dietary dogma and teachings I had filled my head with.  To do something different. 

Around that time, Robin, a dear friend of mine was diagnosed with diabetes.   She decided that she was going to approach this diagnosis by healing herself through food, not pharmaceuticals.  She is an inspirational and amazing woman.  I have seen her transform her weight, her blood sugar readings, cholesterol profile and attitude on life with implementing a Ketogenic lifestyle – for the BETTER.  Ketogenic diet is adopting a higher-fat, moderate protein, lower-carb eating style. My intuition was nudging me constantly during this time.  I researched a whole weekend on the subject before I decided to do a 30-day experiment implementing a nutritionally balanced KETO lifestyle and see what happened. I created my own food journal and documented the 30 days. I cut out high carb, grain based foods.    I am eating lots of healthy fats (coconut oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, avocado oil, olive oil, avocados, olives and yes, even bacon fat).  I am eating meat – grass fed, quality meat.   The results have been fantastic!

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It is a way of eating which aims to induce nutritional ketosis (a metabolic state where you burn fats instead of sugar) by restricting carbohydrate intake and balancing daily amounts of fat and protein. A Ketogenic diet is NOT a high protein diet.   It is a high fat, low carb, moderate protein diet.    We are taught that glucose (carbohydrates) is the main source of energy in the body, but when we withdraw it, our body stimulates a genetic program called ketosis. In ketosis,  the body uses fats instead of glucose for fuel. That means both dietary fats and stored body fats are burned. Yay!   Ketones are small molecules used as a source of energy in a state of ketosis.  The ketogenic diet is an effective weight loss tool and has been shown to improve several health conditions such Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy,  diabetes, minimizing the symptoms of heartburn, GERD, irritable bowel and even cancer.  Healthy cells can use ketones for energy, but cancer cells cannot and they literally starve to death.

You can read more from the experts( they explain it so much better than I can):

1) KETOGENIC DIET FAQ – from Vivica at The Nourished Caveman.  Vivica has a “Carbohydrate Intolerance” test that I suggest you fill out.  You will be amazed – I was.  I’m intolerant to certain carbs and now understand why I reacted the way I did upon eating them (or shortly thereafter).  I was a high-carb-whore.  Yet feeling pretty low.  Not anymore!!

2) Practical Guide to Keto & Paleo Diet for Optimal Health and Long-Term Weight Loss –  from Martina at The Keto Diet.

3) A Guide to the Keto Diet – from Craig at Ruled.me

4) Athletes and Low Carb – from Maria at Keto Adapted

5) Ketogenic Diet FAQ – from Craig at Ruled.me

6) 10 (scientifically proven) Reasons Why I’m Not Scared of Eating Fat – from Leanne at Healthful Pursuit.  Fat is NOT to be feared. My body has been THRIVING since including it into my diet.

 

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The best books for scientific research and practical application :

* The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable – by Jeff Volek and Stephen Finney.

* The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance – by Jeff Volek and Stephen Finney

 

 

What Do I Eat?

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I eat very well and never feel starved.  Actually, I eat less now that I am meeting my macro-nutrients daily.  I eat grass-fed, organic meat (I find on sale and stock up – my local grocery store and Costco are my go-to sources), uncured bacon (no nitrtates or chemicals), wild-caught salmon, lamb, organic chicken, sardines.  Keep in mind, these are small portions at a meal.  

I have larger portions of leafy greens, salads, most veggies above ground which are sauteed or baked in healthy fats (butter, coconut oil or bacon grease).  This includes broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, zucchini, swiss chard, kale, spinach, lettuces, fresh herbs, onion, garlic, cucumber, brussel sprouts, mushrooms, sweet pepper, some fall squash and celery just to name a few.  See – I’m getting plenty of healthy veggies in.

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Oils/ fats from Almond Butter, Avocado Oil, Butter, GheeMCT oil,  Cocoa Butter,  Coconut Oil,  Fish Oil (cod liver),  Lard,  Mayonnaise – homemade, of course and extra-virgin Olive Oil. 

I continue to use nuts and seeds such as chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower, almond, macadamia, sesame and hemp seeds.  I also use some green powders in my treats, smoothies and puddings.  Yes, I have had to ditch most of my smoothie recipes (high carb ingredients) and start from scratch.  I have created some wonderful low carb, high protein ones that digest easily without bloating, gas and the all the other unlikely candidates of a meal that is too hard to digest. 

Fruits are now lemon, limes, avocado, raspberry and blueberries.  Only a few times a week – as I am monitoring how I react to it right now.

Baking low-carb (gluten-free) has been a new adventure and I find it so much easier and cheaper.  I use almond flour, coconut flour, psyllium seed husk, protein powder, flax seed meal and others to create wonderful recipes that I feel so good eating. 

I will be doing a post in the near future of how to stock a Ketogenic kitchen.  Overall, I am spending less on groceries than I was before.  We aren’t eating as much because we are satiated with less food.  Oh, BTW, Scott has been on this lifestyle too and he is loving it and reaping benefits as well.  I am blessed to have a spouse that is open to trying new things.  His needs are a bit different than mine, but we are both learning from it.  

 

The Results Are IN!

I know you’re ready for this part!  You want to know what my findings were, what changed for me, what happened – “Tell me more, tell me more” (as I’m singing the Grease song in my head).  My body was depleted in healthy fats, moderate protein and too amped up on carbohydrates – no matter how “healthy” they were.  As of to date, December 11, 2014,  for about 2 months now, I’ve been implementing a medicinal, nutritional keto lifestyle and I’m LOVING it.    My body is humming with delight and purrs when I eat this way.    Of course, I will continue to listen to my body for what it needs. 

Here are my results/ experiences/ findings:

1) My energy levels are stable and I have more energy.  The first week was rough – detoxing with Keto flu.  Basically, as your body is switching from glucose to ketones as its main source of energy, your body will continue to burn the last stores of glycogen.  Depleting one reserve and getting set up for another.  Drink plenty of salt (pink himalayan) water, bone broth, rest and make sure that you are eating fresh vegetables alongside the fats and proteins of your keto diet.  Green vegetables are full of iron, potassium, and manganese which are vital to keeping your energy levels consistent.  As time passes, you will see all of the side effects of “keto flu” magically vanish. Your body will no longer be going to glucose as the main source of energy, and your system has built enough enzymes to utilize the ketones. I experience no more crashing – no more blood sugar roller-coaster rides.  I am no longer obsessed by food. How freeing!!

2) Healed my digestive system – Yes, REALLY!  Within the first week, I noticed and felt the shift.  My stomach is no longer bloated upon or after eating, no more gas and grumbles.  At first,  I was concerned with eating meat and that my digestion couldn’t handle it so well – my past experiences.  I was constipated the first two weeks till my body adjusted and transitioned to the different fuel I was taking in.  After the second week, something shifted and I have been regular and pooping like a champ.  You don’t know how exciting this is for a woman who has always had problems in this area.  It is so freeing – literally, no pun intended.

3) Reduced inflammation in joints.  My joints are healing. I no longer ache and creak when bending or squatting.  My body is oiled and lubed from the inside – out.

4) Eliminated sugar and carb cravings.  This coming from a sugar addict many years ago.  My body is satiated with healthy fats and proteins and low carb choices.  I enjoy the occasional “treats”.   Yet they are in the form of high fat/ low carb ratio.  They are decadent using my favorite natural sweetener – NuNaturals liquid stevia

5) Weight loss.  It literally melted right off the first two weeks without much exercise.  I was amazed.  My body is reshaping without muscle loss.  My goal is tap into old fat stores on certain areas of my body – we’ll see. 

6) Skin and hair.  Can I say BEAUTIFUL.  My skin looks amazing – it is radiant, hydrated, smoother and younger looking already.  My hair has gotten thicker and is more lustrous and shiny.

7) Warts on my right hand that I have had for years are starting to fall off.  I had one large wart on my palm that has been there for over 10 years (and growing). About 3 weeks in I noticed it was itching and then three days later, it fell off.  New skin below and it is healing naturally.  Like I mentioned in the beginning, cancer and viruses can not survive in a body that is low in sugars, carbohydrates and glucose.  I essentially am starving the wart virus in my body.  The older warts have gone first and the newer ones are slowly changing.  I’m sure they are on their way out soon.  Again, I am amazed!

8) I feel grounded and balanced.  My body is receiving the nutrients and substances that it needed.  I feel the fat/ oils being extremely soothing in my body.  I am less anxious and stressed. 

9) Sharper mental focus and clarity.   Ketones aren’t just fuel for our body, but they are also great for our brain. They provide a foundation to help repair damaged neurons and membranes. This is why a high fat/low carb diet is recommended for people who suffer from Alzheimer’s, Type 3 Diabetes and seizures.  Healthy fats are extremely important and necessary for brain function. 

10) I’m WARMER!  I’ve always been cold natured.  Cold hands and feet.  I’m great to cuddle with in the summer but not so much in the winter.  My body temperature is regulating itself with this way of eating.  This applies to the thyroid and hormones.  All of which, for me, were a bit out of whack. 

These are just some of the results that I have been experiencing.  I am learning more about this lifestyle and enjoying the journey of it so far.   I have learned even more about myself physically, emotionally and have gained a greater intuitive awareness of myself.  I learn what works for me and what doesn’t.   I  have approached it with the mindset of FUN.   Remember, YOU are unique and what may work for someone might not for you.  Learn to flow, adapt and substitute where you can.  That’s the fun part.  Learning and connecting with yourself in a deeper way.  

I hope you understand that this was a difficult decision for me in the beginning – even considering it.  Yet, I had to step aside, get out of my head and listen to my body and heart.  What was best for ME.  Facing the fact that what I was doing was no longer serving me and to be OPEN minded to alternative routes.  In doing this, I have learned more compassion, let go of perfectionism and non-judgment of myself.  When you work on your inner world, it flows out into your outer world – which it has also.   Never bash or judge someone else’s decisions.  That is the ego and old dogma’s stepping in.    I am so glad I listened to my body, my heart and my intuition!  I am THRIVING this way.  

 I had to be authentic about what I am now choosing to do for MY health.  I hope something here inspires you to LISTEN to your body and intuition.  I see it as a radio channel.  I wasn’t tuning in properly and had lots of static and noise.  Once, I decided to commit and allow the guidance to show itself, that radio channel came in loud, crisp and clear.  Just keep tuned in to YOUR channel and make adjustments along the way. 

I highly recommend these sites for AMAZING recipes and information:

The Nourished Caveman

Healthful Pursuit

Keto Adapted

Ruled.Me

KetoDietApp.com

Check me out on PINTREST for more of my favorite recipe links.

Thank you for your time reading this post. 

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Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

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♥ 8 Ways to Spot Emotional Manipulation.. and Free Ourselves From It – Oh my gosh, I have experienced THIS before.  I know you have too.  Having awareness around this is a powerful tool to empower and free yourself.  When you start healing emotional wounds and nurturing yourself – your TRUE self – you get to a point where you don’t allow this in your life any longer.  It’s very cool.

♥ Apple Cider Vinegar – One Of The Most Powerful Health Tonics In Your Kitchen – I LOVE this liquid elixir.  I put a TB. of it in my warm water every morning and drink first thing.   I like to drink some before going to bed too.  It is excellent in homemade dressings and much more.  RAW apple cider vinegar with “the mother” is the kind you want.  I like Bragg’s variety.

♥ Why We ALL Have Psychic Powers: How Thought Premonitions & Telepathy are More Common Than We Thought

♥The Disease of Being Busy  – This is beautiful.  I feel this way when connecting with others either by phone, email, and in person.   I want to know how your heart is doing, at this very moment.  Stop and think about this.  It is important to the core of our souls. 

 

♥ 5 Spiritual Lessons You Can Learn From Your Dog – Animals are amazing!  I have learned SO MUCH from the ones that have blessed my life over the years.  I am currently gracious for the three dogs and one cat (furry kids) that I get to share life with.  They with me and me with them.  Each day, when I stop and observe them with awareness and love – wow! 

♥ Eat Butter, Lose Weight – I have been incorporating more healthy fats into my diet and ghee is right up there with my favorite.  This is the one I use. 

♥  Perpetual Soup: The Easiest Bone Broth You’ll Make – I am making a huge pot of bone broth right at this very moment.  My body is requiring different nutritional requirements right now and this healing bone broth is part of my dietary regimen right now.  I add 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar (this helps to extract the nutrients from the bones) along with vegetable scraps (carrots, celery, parsley). 

♥ Karina’s Crustless Quiche with Roasted Vegetables Recipe – This hearty warming dish looks perfect for a cold weekend meal.  It’s on my list to make.  YUM!!  I will substitute full fat coconut milk for the light cream.

♥ Gut–brain link grabs neuroscientists – How interesting!  I know that I have felt better since taking probiotics regularly.  I take 2 capsules in the a.m and 2 before retiring to bed.  I alternate between Jarrow-Dophilus EPS and Health Force Friendly Force Probiotics.  Top quality!

 

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