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About Kibby

I am passionate about healthy living, healthy eating, organic gardening, and having fun along the way. My approach to healing focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit.

The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection and Healing – My Last Post

The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection and Healing – My Last Post

The Mind/Body/Spirit Connection and Healing – My Last Post

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“Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside.”
~Albert Schweitzer

 

Hi Beautifuls!  

This will be my last post here at Kibby’s Blended Life.  I have decided to call it quits with this space. Everything here will be available till the end of May 2016.  Life is great and I am doing well.  I have grown so much through this blog and with you all over the years.   My heart is elsewhere and I am honoring that.    I didn’t want to leave or disappear without a farewell. Thank you for being a part of this journey.  

I wrote this post last year (added to it over the past few days) and felt it a perfect gift from my soul to yours.  Enjoy!

 

Health issues are much thicker than the skin.  Therefore, mental and emotional aspects cannot be ignored for long term, balanced health to be achieved.  Our emotional, mental and physical selves are intertwined and interlinked.  There is ample evidence to prove that psychological health affects physical health and vice versa.  Thinking holistically means viewing yourself as a whole being, not a collection of parts. Mind, body and spirit are inseparable, and illness in one of these areas often produces illness in the others.  Think holistically and your overall health will improve.

Listen to yourself.  Listen to your body. If you listen to what your body is telling you, you will know what is wrong.  Trust your intuition, even if  it means overriding tradition.  When you have a physical problem, the root of the problem may not be what the symptom is. Your higher self may direct you to what is going on to be able to get the root of the problem. It all gets back to: Listen to that little voice inside.  This approach to health care is often dismissed as irresponsible, because it has not been flooded in “scientific proof.”  Now, however, proof emerges from medical journals in a steady stream.  Recent research has revealed how the immune system and the nervous system communicate with each other.  So when something upsets you, your immune system feels it, too.  

You may have already thought about the relationship between the mind and the body, and you  may have some beliefs about it, especially if you  have ever become physically ill over the problems of life.  Have you ever experienced a frightful dream that was so real that you woke up with a pounding heart or a cold sweat over your body?  This and other everyday experiences are proof that your thoughts and emotions that you experience triggers countless chemical reactions throughout your body via your nervous and endocrine system.  

There are numerous reasons why people get sick.  Sometimes that can be because of poor nutrition, smoking, excessive alcohol, environmental toxins, genetic predispositions, age, inappropriate medications, stress, past traumas, or unexpressed emotions.  All of these can contribute to disease and illness.

My own interest in how thinking and emotions affects health began years ago.  My health issues that plagued me as a teen had re-emerged in my late 30’s.   I was “doing all the right things” according to what I had learned, yet with no relief.  I knew there had to be something deeper on a level that I never gone to before.

From an Ayurvedic perspective, emotional ill-health is caused by lack of coordination between an individual’s senses, emotions and thoughts.  In the Ayurvedic view, the heart and mind are intimately connected.  When that connection is weakened, problems arise.   The lack of ability to process emotions in a timely way is the main cause of emotional imbalances.    Some people are able to process an emotion quickly, which means they are able to let go and move on with their lives.  For others, the processing or “cooking” of thoughts is slower, so the negative impression remains with them for a very long time and impacts their current thoughts and emotions, resulting in negative mood, disease and illness.  

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This is where I found a healing platform for several childhood traumas that had never been dealt with.    I looked at my life and realized that I was not happy with certain aspects of it.  I decided to change, work on my issues, forgive others and myself, change my thoughts and reactions to situations and learned how to LIVE. This is not something you do once and you’re healed.  It is an on-going journey of the soul.  I learn something everyday.  I go through rough times just like everyone else, but the key is to stay present and see it for what it is in a larger picture.  Don’t be afraid to delve deep.  Freedom and peace await you there.  I avoided it for many years but one day I decided to open the door and go in fully.  No looking back.  It was the BEST decision of my life.  Healing began that moment I said YES to LIFE.  Whatever it took.  

Deepak Chopra, a medical doctor and widely-known author, who has conducted  research in this field, contends that body cells store everything that we have ever experienced in life, and that everything the mind is unable to express is stored in the body.  Part of his theory is that in the gap between body and mind is the spirit, and we need to heal the spirit because it programs the mind.  We need to listen to our bodies to figure out just how to heal the spirit.  This is something that I have witnessed in my own personal journey.  Our bodies talk to us in numerous ways, and if we get sick, it is not necessarily a punishment, but rather, a message.  Instead of thinking of illness as a punishment for not doing something, it might be more productive to ask, “What is my body saying to me?  What do I need to address?  What do I need to look at?  What thoughts, beliefs and behaviors could be contributing to this?  What do I need to change in my life?”

If we listen to our bodies, we can then try to understand what our bodies are telling us.  When we can use pain as a warning, we ask ourselves,  “What is going on here?  What do I really need to see here?”  Illness is an opportunity to grow and change, to heal with the past, to learn to live, and to embrace what we really want.   Be sure that you have healed any sadness in your heart as this often blocks us from moving forward and seeing results.  Self-love may be one of the most integral components of overall health.   To be truly honest and vulnerable with yourself so that you can break the vicious cycle (conscious or unconscious) of thoughts, emotions and routine to empower yourself that you CAN DO IT. 

I invite you  to listen to your inner voice.  The one that is smart and wants the best for you and that you sometimes ignore.  If we learn to listen to the whispers of our body, it won’t give us “screams.”  

Stress: The Important Link to Illness

 Your body is hard-wired to react to stress in ways meant to protect you against threats from predators and other aggressors. Such threats are rare today, but that doesn’t mean that life is free of stress.  The immune system is a collection of billions of cells that travel through the bloodstream.  They move in and out of tissues and organs, defending the body against foreign bodies (antigens), such as bacteria, viruses and cancerous cells.  

On the contrary, you undoubtedly face multiple demands each day, such as shouldering a huge workload, making ends meet and taking care of your family. Your body treats these so-called minor hassles as threats. As a result you may feel as if you’re constantly under assault. However, you can fight back. You don’t have to let stress control your life. When you encounter a perceived threat — a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, for instance — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this system prompts your adrenal glands, located atop your kidneys, to release a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.

Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.  

We all have stress; it is a part of life that is not going to go away. However, it is not the amount or severity of stress that matters, but rather the “way we handle our stress” that affects our immune system.  When stress erupts, the body suddenly jumps into the “sympathetic nervous response” – SNR, also known as the stress response, or the “fight or flight” response.   When SNR is produced, other body functions are halted until the stressful situation has passed. Glucose flows abnormally, digestion is inhibited, reproductive growth is decreased, tissue growth and repair are lessened, and all of this depresses the immune system.  This is the body’s way of taking care of an immediate emergency.

The immune system also receives signals to slow down while cortisol does its job. But with chronic stress, however, the immune system stays in low gear, leaving the body vulnerable to infection and disease. Common illnesses brought on or worsened by stress are cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, skin conditions and poor memory function.  The body’s stress-response system is usually self-limiting. Once a perceived threat has passed, hormone levels return to normal. As adrenaline and cortisol levels drop, your heart rate and blood pressure return to baseline levels, and other systems resume their regular activities.

Yet when stressors are always present and you constantly feel under attack, that fight-or-flight reaction stays turned on.   The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems.

As cortisol levels drop, the immune system cells begin to resume their role of protecting the body.  While you cannot avoid all of the stresses that come your way, you can learn how to control your reaction. Learning to deal with stress in a healthy manner will minimize the negative affects it has on the immune system.  

 
Handling Stress Effectively

We have the mechanisms and the support systems we need to deal with stress intelligently, but often, we think we don’t.  We think that we are all alone.  We become overwhelmed by our troubles and no longer believe we know what to do, yet we have the tools we can use to deal with stress, elevate the immune system response, and thereby improve our overall level of wellness.  It’s kind of like we have the equipment but are hesitant to take it out of the toolbox.  We have an opportunity to take advantage of the resources within and around us. I like to visualize my toolbox when stress arises. I can go to it and see what tool is required for the situation and environment at the moment.

Bodywork can be an effective stress reduction technique. Massage is an ancient form of healing that actually releases peptides into the blood and muscles and thereby elevates the immune response.  Touch is very healing.  

Reiki or energy healing is another modality that I find to be very helpful (I do self practice).   Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.    Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use.

Meditation is very effective because it reduces the stress response.  Sitting quietly and breathing slowly can shift the body away from “fight or flight” to the normal state of our nervous system. By meditating regularly, you can fairly often keep your body in a state of quiet and rest with all systems operating at normal speed.

Deep breathing is an excellent tool for stress.  When you get so anxious about your pain or a situation that you can’t seem to think straight, it helps to slow down and take deep breaths.   This is the first tool in my toolbox to pull out.  The act of focusing on my breath centers me and expands the energy around me. In this space, I can think and act more clearly.  Slow breathing is a bridge between the mind and the body.  With consistent practice of this technique, one can be conditioned to be in this state of calm when a situation arises.  Check out my article “Just BREATHE – How Important It Is“. (videos included).

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Another way to help our immune system is by getting honest with ourselves about our emotions and “feel our feelings”. If you are angry or sad or happy, you cannot fool your body of the fact. Whatever is going on in the mind needs to be expressed.   If it does not find expression through the mouth, then it will surely emerge as an ulcer, rash, or some other symptom.  It is important to pull whatever is in the depth of your soul that has not been addressed. 

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We cannot relax in our current life, no matter how much meditation, slow breathing and yoga we do, if we are secretly fuming about something that hurt us twenty years ago.  We all have had traumas, we all have had issues, and it is “healthful” to try to see what needs to be healed, no matter how uncomfortable it is to think about.  I feel THIS AREA is KEY!

As important as facing our psychological issues is to our health, we must also remember that it is equally important to get on with our lives and have fun.  Every time you laugh, endorphins are released, and this has a positive impact on health. Some ways to elevate your immune system now can be as fun as kissing, hugging, exercise, walking, hanging out with a friend, singing, creative work and hobbies, capacity for joyful living and healthy relationships.

Taking Responsibility for Our Health

Illness results when we don’t take care of ourselves, while “wellness” is all about responsibility. That responsibility is for our health and well-being.  Wellness refers to a lifestyle designed to prevent illness.  Components of wellness include exercise, nutrition, avoidance of known environmental toxins, regular check-ups, a spiritual process and awareness that these variables either promote or detract from wellness.

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To be able to live a lifestyle designed to regain or maintain wellness, we must be honest with ourselves that illness is multifactorial (involving a variety of elements).  Illness is caused by many things, and never the result of one single factor.  At the same token, wellness is mutifactorial.  A holistic approach to health care means consideration of the Whole person, and not just  “some of her parts”.  Owning up to what we ourselves must do means looking at our whole lifestyle, not just some of our habits.  The whole kit and kaboodle. For example, getting adequate exercise but continuing to smoke won’t necessarily result in wellness.  Eating nutritionally but getting no exercise, again, does not take into account all of the many factors of wellness. 

Exercise

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Exercise is a major part of the mind/body connection.  When we exercise, chemicals called “endorphins” are released from the brain, from the adrenal glands, the hypothalamus, the pituitary and thyroid glands. When I am really agitated, or have something that I need to work out, if I can go outside for a walk in nature, jump on my rebounder, step onto my yoga mat or do something physical, I feel better.  The action of exercising somehow alters the stress level. Part of this is due to the release of endorphins and the other part is that the perception of myself improves when I exercise.

   
Find a kind of movement or exercise that serves you.  Whatever you enjoy doing, do it MORE! It might be running, dancing, skiing, yoga (gentle or sweaty), going to the gym, hula hooping or even just walking.  Be sure you are not pressured into it (by others or yourself), but do WHAT YOUR HEART DESIRES. This is key to a consistent, long term motivation in daily movement.  Exercise and movement are big components of wellness, but slaving away at an activity you dread is hardly an expression of healthy intention.

Spirituality and Your Health

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Each individual must find his or her own path to wellness, one that supports his or her belief system.  Just because we adopt a few externally visible wellness techniques, such as publicly eating kale or going to yoga class, we are not assured of optimal health, because internal, spiritual factors are also involved. When I think about healing, I think of the mind, body and spirit as a trilogy.  All three must be addressed to achieve health and well-being. Use whatever works for you personally. Be it meditating, playing or listening to music, prayer, being at one with nature, creating art (even in the kitchen), writing, exercising or whatever means you have for tapping into your energy for wellness.

Personally, I have found I need a spiritual process to help me achieve optimal wellness, because it helps to break down the barriers between the mind and the body.  Our bodies will always tell us how they feel in relation to exercise, food and stress.  So listen to yourself. If you need to step away from a relationship that is unhealthy, please do so. If your exercise regimen is too strenuous and causing you and your body more stress, cut back to something such as walking, yoga, tai chi, etc.  It will vary from person to person.  AND from moment to moment.  One day I need to lift weights and the next day I just want to take a quiet walk in nature.  Go with what your body and spirit NEED.  Listen and pay attention.  The individual sense must emerge from your inner voice.

 

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By turning to a source within ourselves, one that we know works for us and brings us personal peace, we can deal with stress more effectively, stay in the parasymphathetic (calming) nervous response and elevate the immune system. 

Ask for guidance through your spiritual practice, then listen and watch for the signs to emerge.  

Wisdom: Being Your Higher Self

As you become aware of the energy around you, wisdom helps you understand it.  You begin seeing that everything that happens to you is meant to assist you in going even higher.  As you begin to believe that all things are being created for your highest good, it becomes so.  Your positive perspective creates a supportive and nurturing environment around you; it allows energy to flow with you, rather than against you. 

Wisdom is the ability to be conscious of what is happening around you, to see the higher truth, and express yourself with compassion.  As you open to energy, you will begin to get more input and information from the Universe.   Wisdom helps you to soften that information, to reinterpret the messages. 

Wisdom comes from the heart.  The wise heart embraces others with a feeling of compassion for whatever stage they are at in their souls’ evolution; it approaches them with a feeling of love and oneness rather than judgment. 

Wisdom is the ability to know what is important in your life and what is not, what things are distractions and what things are the call of your soul.  It is the ability to sort through all the data that is coming in and select only those things that contribute to your sense of well-being.

Wisdom is the ability to know which activities are truly serving your higher purpose and which are merely distractions from your path.   As you identify with your deeper being, your soul, you will achieve feelings of inner contentment and peace.  The power to heal and to be whole is within YOU. Each and every one of you.

YOUR journey and path is unique to YOU. Don’t look to others for what they do and try to imitate.  Believe me on this one.  I’ve been there. Done that.  Go with your own authenticity.   Become friends with your body, your spirit and emotions.  They are your biggest teachers and healers.  Embrace them with forgiveness, compassion and love.  Once I did this, major shifts happened and continue to do so.  It is a wonderful and beautiful journey.  Enjoy the ride.

 

Thank you ALL!  You have touched my heart deeply in the time that I have had this space to share with you.  Your connection and friendship has meant so much to me.  I know many of you by first names and think of you often – I really do!  I wish you THE BEST in this life. 

 You have the Power! 

Harness it and Shine Bright with Health & Wellness!

 

My love always,

Kibby

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Spiritual Reading and Awakening Quote (Image © Emma Leonard)

 

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.  ****

 

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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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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.

 

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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

Rhodiola Extract 30caps

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.

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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. 

 

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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. 

I’ll be sharing some tips, recipes and thoughts every now and then regarding this lifestyle change. 

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Kibby