February is a great time to do a cleanse. Over the holidays and winter months I’ve kinda fallen out of my healthy eating routine. One cheat leads to another and another and before you know it your diet has changed. I crave more rich cooked foods in the winter and not so much raw food. I also just feel more tired and want warming, nurturing foods. The good news is you can still cleanse and eat healthy cooked foods. I still like a balance of raw and cooked food. I think 50/50 is a good goal and easy to do if your juicing and doing your green smoothies every day. I am recently into Dr. Alejandro Junger’s program called Clean. I really like his program because you can still eat fish and chicken which is important for me because I need a lot of protein to get me through the day. I have a very physical job and I feel tired and worthless without high quality protein. If you are vegan then you can do it without the meat. Check out the blog Goop for some of the recipes.

and Dr. Oz has a great 30 day meal plan…

alejandro junger

Dr. Alejandro Junger, a cardiologist who initially began the research that led to the development of the program because of his desire to get away from the toxic foods, drinks, and thoughts weighing on his own health. He found that modern medicine often takes a “band aid” approach to “fix” or cover up a health problem, but the key is really to nurture our body from the roots with the right foods and nutrients. And by creating the right conditions, our body will begin to naturally heal itself.

I’m starting today and I’m going to go for it for 21 days! The plan starts with a breakfast shake every morning and two meals from the clean recipes. i will share some of my recipes with you as I go along. Check out the book too!:)

clean book


Are you at risk for pancreatic cancer?

The standard of success in life isn’t the things. It isn’t the money or the stuff — it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.
— Abraham

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers there is. The problem with this type of cancer is that it’s very hard to detect, and most people don’t know they have it until it’s too late. Some of the early signs are…

  • Abdominal/Back pain ( some complain of a pain in their side)
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Pale stools
  • Weight Loss

Studies indicate that genetics play a role in whether or not you are likely to develop pancreatic cancer, but lifestyle habits are equally important. According to a recent Dr. Oz show, alcohol and soda consumption can be very deadly. Check the videos for pancreatic cancer out on Dr. Oz’s website.

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My friend Thom

My friend Thom passed away on Sunday from pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed in June with the cancer when he went in for what he thought was a minor pain in his side and back. He thought he had just pulled a muscle. His life was turned upside-down in an instant. At 47 years old,he had a successful business in town called Bella Boutique (which I had the pleasure of working in for 3 years), a new love in his life and the financial security he had worked so hard for, all gone in an instant. It’s crazy isn’t it, one day your trying to manage your life, make money, have a relationship, be important, all just so we can feel good. Feeling good is the point isn’t it? I know I just want to feel good for gods sake, life is hard and I just want to feel good. I’ve tried for years to fit in, get approval, make more money, be loved, fill in the empty space that takes over me. Always rushing from one task to the next, filling my day with stuff that I’m not sure even matters. I was filled with anxiety and worry almost all the time.

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Healing with Reiki

In the last 3 years I’ve been on a healing journey that only seems to get better and evolve deeper. I remember waking up 3 years ago and thinking something has to change, something has to change or I’m going to die. I felt it deep down inside. It was a spiritual sickness that can’t be described. A darkness, a shadow, a feeling that something was not quite right and I knew I couldn’t go on living that way. I also knew I could not depend on others for my happiness anymore. It had to start with me.My journey to well-being had begun that day and I’ll never forget it. My connection to a power greater than myself opened up to me. There have been many forms of healing I have tried. Clearing away the fears that block me, getting free of resentment, and practicing daily meditation was my solid foundation. Building upon my solid foundation came energy healing as well as healthful eating. My training has been in the Reiki tradition although I have found many forms of energy healing very beneficial to my spiritual growth.

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The joy of healing

What a week this has been! I’ve moved into a new apartment this week, had major shifts in old ideas, fears and changes in my overall healing process. I’m not exaggerating  when I say all I’ve wanted to do is rest, sleep, and go within. It really is truly magical when I allow myself the rest and healing my mind and body truly needs. I’m so accustomed to be on the go, in a rush, worried about people liking me and accepting me, trying to be and do perfect things, trying to manage my life. It’s not only draining, but it robs me of true vibrance and joy. It is true joy to be present in the moment, to live your life now, and not be so fearful of the future or stuck in the past. I have found I cannot be giving when I have nothing to give, when I don’t take the time to replenish my soul. My sister was here visiting this weekend and decided she was going to jump out of a plane. She felt drawn to go skydiving, something I am too fearful to try. I have been so busy working and being obsessed with having my apartment together that I missed seeing her jump.I missed out. I always miss out when I’m self-obsessed. This is what happens when I’m not free of my self-imposed demands of life. Here is my sister at Orange Skydive in Orange, Va.

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