The Season of Fall

Many people view fall as a time to shed what is old before it dies. This can be true, but instead of looking at it as a time of death, how would it be it we looked at it as a time of renewal? When you think of the beauty of renewal, like to beauty in the colorful foliage, one can see the whole process of letting go and being renewed as a beautiful process as well. It takes time, just like being patient for all the leaves to fall. Often there are one or two leaves hanging on 'til the bitter end of the season. This can be compared to us having a difficult time letting go of unsupportive habits, or being challenged in making an uncomfortable decision and deciding to take action. Although, the tree looks bare once all the leaves have fallen, we too might feel vulnerable, abandoned, or alone once we have decided to do something that perhaps others don't agree with. What is amazing with this process is that after this period of regret, or desolation, is the birth of a new you ready to bud and grow in a way that seemed almost impossible. Just remember the beauty of the spring flowers that bring about hope for many. Be patient with yourself, believe that after this difficulty, the you that you want to be is in bloom sooner than you think! Are you ready to shed what is holding you back?

 

Gina Sannasardo

www.findinggodspeace.com

 

Intentional Living

Friends,
Back in 2012, my husband and I were planning to go on a mission trip to Haiti with our church. They were in the process of prepping us when one of the group leaders looked at me and told me I would need to take my acrylic nails off. I was told jokingly there would be no need for them in Haiti. But it was true, Haiti was no place for someone sporting nail tips.
I didn’t hesitate taking them off, but I began to wonder why I even wore them in the first place. I wondered this because I wore nail tips for 20 years and I hated… I mean dreaded going to get them done. It was a chore. I can’t say I wore them for fashion purposes since my own nails grow long and pretty and every time I had nail tips put on, they would have to cut my nails shorter. Huh…..So why did I faithfully go every 2 weeks and get these nails done, when I 1) Hated it. and 2) Had my own healthy nails? The answer is I was sleepwalking. I was doing things because I had always done them and mindlessly walking through life. My wake up call started with nail tips, but I’m sure you can relate to sleepwalking through the years, letting life live you, while not being intentional in your daily life and purpose. Intentional Living is habit of successful people and this is why my Vision Group has selected it as our 2016 theme. We want to be women who live intentionally, while walking in our purpose.
So what is intentional living you ask? Intentional living is any attempt to live in alignment with your beliefs and values. It’s your alignment of your short term actions with long term vision. This simply means that everything you work on daily and all of your short term actions should be in direct alignment with your long term vision. You are intentionally actionable around what you want and believe. Now here’s the trick…or the lie. We all say we want to be happy. We want to be healthy. We want to travel, etc, etc. However, our day to day actions don’t align with what we say we want. For example, someone may say they want to travel and can’t because they have no money. But they spend thousands of dollars shopping for clothes they don’t need. Or maybe you say you want to be in a house, however you keep living above your means and never actually budget and save to buy this house you want. Or you just can’t find the time to work out, but you spent over 380 hours on FB this year. Doesn’t Line up, right? I could go on, but you get the point. To bring it home personally, when I did the math for those 20 years I was getting those nail tips, I calculated that I had spent over $18,000. Now I was one of those people who said I wanted to travel and take life altering trips, but my habits were not intentional in reaching my goals. I could have bought at least 12 international trips with this money and had some great life experiences!!! Talk about a wake up from sleepwalking and an unintentional life.
So here are a few things to consider when thinking about living an intentional life:

  1. Understand your vision, purpose or calling
  2. Set SMART (Specific Measureable Achievable Results-oriented Time-Based) goals that support your vision
  3. Create actionable daily habits that align with your long term goals
  4. Get rid of the excuses as to why you can’t live out your values and beliefs
  5. Examine your current habits: Either they take you towards your goal or away from them. There is no in between.

Friends, as we enter a new year I hope this post incites you to WAKE UP and live an Intentional LIfe. I hope it provides you the wisdom needed to move towards your goals. And finally, I hope it provides revelation which opens your hearts and minds to living an intentional life…full of purpose…..fully awake and meeting all that you seek and hope for. My humble wish for you….

Many Blessings!


Natasha Gayden is the founder of Elevate! Master Coaching. Natasha brings over 20 years of corporate experience identifying and developing high potential talent within individuals and teams. She as has many years of life experiences and a track record of helping people unstuck in their lives. Natasha specializes in the development of human potential across the personal/professional spectrum of life. She brings to the table significant Coaching, Training, and Consulting experience in the areas of Strategic Planning, insight, leadership skills, executive presence and overall life resiliency.

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Hair Loss In Women Doesn't Always Have To Be Permanent

Over the years women, have confided in me about those special times they would donate their locks for cancer patients, and then years later they themselves were feeling less then comfortable about their own thinning hair.  Is there a certain age where everything droops, puckers or falls out, they ask?   

Hair loss is a conversation that not too many of us talk about, unless you’re in the hair business or whisper concerns to your best friend.

I hear women say with a panic tone:  “In two months it will be the beginning of summer vacation and OMG…  my hair is falling out.  Why is this happening to me…?  ” 

Well the reason “Why” is a good question. 

Many well known factors include smoking, radiation, chemotherapy and aging.  But what if you don’t fit into any of those categories? 

If you knew some habits could contribute to hair loss would you make some changes?  

Hair loss Reasons and Tips to follow

  • Low levels of Vitamin B, and Thyroid disruption.  Do you live on sugar or are you addicted to wheat/gluten? These can rob you of Vitamin B’s. (7)
  • Hormones can play a significant role in the health and quality of the hair. For ladies, quick hair loss could result from a lack of many nutrients.  Low iron levels are known to be a causative factor for hair loss. (1)
  • A trauma that triggered an unhealthy and sudden weight loss can cause hair loss.  This can also be an eating disorder.  (6)
  • What  OTC’s and other medications do you take daily?   Do you have Depression? (2)
  • Abundance of unnecessary supplements.  Do you supplement instead of eating real whole foods?  Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • Stress-Do you live on a diet of stress?  Chronic stress must be addressed and the adrenal gland must be fed to maintain the health of the body, including the health of the hair and scalp. (3)
  • Do you dye your hair or use toxic hair products?    Over the years these can cause endocrine disruption, thinning and hair loss.  It helps to read labels.  If you can’t pronounce it don’t use it.
  • Sugar- Thinning can be related to the changes in the hormone testosterone.  Sugar and alcohol can deplete testosterone levels. An abundance of sugar and processed foods will also lead to a lack of minerals. 
  • Insomnia-What keeps you awake? Sleep is another “must haves” to help fight hair loss.  A sleep deprived body produces more stress hormones and hair loss.
  • Leaky gut-Poor digestion and utilization of protein can cause hair loss.
  • Oxidative Stress and free radical damage.  Avoid hours in the sun with an “unprotected scalp”. (8)
  • Candida can be linked to dermatitis or atopic dermatitis which can sometimes cause hair loss. (4) 

Healthy hair is a sign of overall good health, so it would make sense that we would want to keep it. Healthy hair thrives on real whole foods/real nutrient rich foods.

So How can we feed our hair? 

Some choices are Spinach, bananas, Brazil nuts for selenium and oysters for zinc. 

To achieve a more balanced healthy lifestyle and improve the health of your hair and scalp, ditch the chips, sugar and processed crap and shop on the outer aisles of the grocery store, or your favorite farmers market, where you'll find fresh organic fruits & veggies. 

With sense of peacefulness and calm, a scalp massage can increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage in the head, both of which purportedly stimulate hair follicles in the scalp and keep it healthy.(5) 

Tips:

*Remember to remove toxic chemical laden shampoos and conditioners that can cause hair loss and replace with organic products.

*Ditch the refined sugar, sweets, wheat and processed foods.

*Develop good sleeping habits. Make an intention to get to bed at the same time every night.

*Address Candida and Leaky Gut issues.

* Add Exercise to your day- this helps to release stress.

*Eat more fruits, and green vegetables for depression and healthy hair.

Footnotes:

1- Shrivastava, SB.  (2009).  Diffuse hair loss in an adult female: approach to the diagnosis and management.  Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, 75(1):20-7

2- (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0003730/)

3- Hair loss has been improved by hypnosis, with one of the biggest effects being help with underlying stress and anxiety [Source: Willemsen] see also Stress (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15304082)

4- (http://candidaquestions.probacto.com/3330/is-candida-connected-to-eczema-or-atopic-dermatitis)

5- [source: Osborn].  http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/885/Indian-Head-Massage

6- Crash diets, major surgery and hair loss (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0003730/)

7- Gluten and Hair loss-To date, there have been 100′s of symptoms, syndromes, and diseases linked to gluten exposure for those with gluten sensitivity.  One of these little known diseases is alopecia areata (autoimmune hair loss). Source: Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 1999 Dec;45(4):283-5.

Gluten Can Cause Nutritional Hair Loss as Well…Aside from causing autoimmune hair loss, gluten can cause malnutrition leading to nutritional forms of alopecia.  One of the primary side effects of gluten is damage to the intestinal lining.  This damage can lead to malabsorption of vitamins and minerals

8- Extrinsic factors include smoking, ultraviolet radiation and nutrition and Oxidative stress (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2929555/) see also http://link.springer.com/article/10.1134%2FS2079057013010086

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Connie Rogers is an Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health. Lifestyle Educator, Reiki Master, 37 years Certified Cosmetologist/Esthetician, Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach, Accredited through American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Published Author, Wellness Writer, Owner Reverseage Wellness Essential Oils

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What Makes True Weight Loss Different from Weight Watchers. You are not fat - You are toxic!

Beyond specific nutrients and individual needs, getting your nutrients from real foods - whole foods - nutritious foods - is really the only way to go for long-term health, controlling weight and obtaining quality of life.  Or is it?  Some books I have explored are about overweight or obese individuals starving for whole foods and good nutrition.  My findings are- that this is only part of the journey. 

Most people get frustrated with dieting after a few weeks.  Several theories say “that to lose weight you need to increase your activity and eat less”.  Theoretical equations sound so easy, don’t they?  But if losing weight really were this simple, why does the collective girth of the United States continue to grow?  The reason is that the old concept of:  calories in, calories out, doesn’t work any more. 

There is another side to this puzzle.  It’s called:  Chemicalsare keeping us fat. 

Things we do on a daily basis, without thinking, “known as daily habits,” can contribute to weight gain.  There are many symptoms that can be external signs of internal distress such as:  visceral fat, obesity, frequent exhaustion, a foggy brain and mood swings.  Add in to the mix medications, menopause, stress, Candida and endocrine disruptors, it’s easy to see why our weight loss efforts can be sabotaged. 

Our bodies are not separate parts designed to work by themselves.  Our organs, systems, glands, nerves and tissues are designed to work in harmony.  Frequent antibiotic use or choosing foods with antibiotics can wreak havoc on our hormonal balance, causing inflammation and increasing our bottom line. (fat)   Antibiotics can be found in meat and dairy. ("Antibiotic use in animals is out of hand," said Dr. Gail Hansen, a veterinarian and senior officer for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, a project aimed at phasing out overuse of antibiotics in food production.”)

Many medications taken by mouth can effect the endocrine system.  Sometimes a quick fix for a headache is to take Tylenol and get back to our fast-paced life but is that the best solution?  Tylenol has been recalled over 16 times. Amounts of acetaminophen as low as 3 to 4 grams in a single dose or 4 to 6 grams over 24 hours have been reported to cause severe liver injury in some people.  Tylenol is an endocrine disruptor.  (http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/12/humrep.det112.full)see also (http://www.medicinenet.com/tylenol_liver_damage/page4.htm)

Did you know that dehydration can easily lead to a headache?  Your brain, gut and liver will thank you when you increase your daily water intake, at lease 10 glasses a day.  And drinking water is one of the best things you can do for weight loss.

Endocrine disruptors that are keeping us fat:

There is now strong evidence that our bodies mistake certain man-made chemicals for naturally occurring hormones that regulate the production and storage of fat cells.

“Evidence has been steadily accumulating that certain hormone-mimicking pollutants, ubiquitous in the food chain, have two previously unsuspected effects.  They act on genes in the developing fetus and newborn to turn more precursor cells into fat cells, which stay with you for life.  And they may alter the metabolic rate, so that the body hoards calories rather than burning them…”  (Taken from Retha Newbold of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.)

One leading cause of obesity that often gets lost in this ongoing discussion is how the abundance of toxic chemicals in our air, food, water, and even those lurking in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets are making us fat.  Research by the Mercer University School of Medicine found a higher prevalence of obesity in the participants with high urinary concentrations of a pesticide known as 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP).  It’s important to note that 2,5-DCP is one of the most widely used pesticides on the globe. 

An endocrine disruptor called:  “Obesogens" are a quickly expanding class of chemicals that directly and indirectly cause weight gain thru the metabolic, digestive and endocrine systems. They have the ability to alter fat cell development, alter metabolism, and promote fat retention. These are in plastics, food packaging, pesticides and cosmetics.

Smell those Phthalates:  a solvent or fragrance used in pharmaceutical coatings and personal care products.  This is an endocrine disruptor and can be found in:  shampoos, candles, lotions, air fresheners, laundry detergents and dryer sheets.  Using these products can interrupt our ability to loose weight.  

Because phthalates are synthetic estrogens they can mimic natural estrogen in the body.  These toxins get absorbed into the largest organ of our body, our skin.  When our skin is toxic our liver is toxic, and when the liver can no longer process toxins from our body, our system stores the toxins in fat cells!

Besides weight gain, endocrine disruptors can lead us down the path of serious consequences such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. “There’s increasing interest in a number of environmental factors that might predispose to type 2 diabetes and inflammation throughout the body” (http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=14-P13-00002&segmentID=5)

Mercury is also an endocrine disruptor. It can be found in dental fillings, paint, antiseptics, disinfectants, diuretics, fluorescent bulbs and more.  Diabetes, from mercury toxicity, has hundreds of symptoms; it masquerades under many different medical aliases, and its symptoms are treated by many different specialists. (http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/posters/Ecotoxicology/Mercury_in_Bass/mercury_in_bass.html)

It should be noted that research now shows diabetes to be a metabolic disease, with our genetics only being 3%.

Depressed, Stressed & Fat:

Did you know that some prescription medications have the side effect of weight gain?  This is extremely common with anti-depressive drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft and more.  People on these, can be struggling with drug induced weight gain and will be quite frustrated with years of trying to lose that weight.  These are obesogens at work!

Depression and stress can keep us fat.  In The US the expectation of a "quick fix" is what becomes "normal."  You take a pill, you should feel better.  If you don't feel better, it must not be working, take another.  How we eat and handle stress affects our daily life, in the areas of hormonal & digestive balance, sleep patterns, skin health and weight loss.  Stress can be caused by toxic foods, toxic chemicals and toxic emotions.

Stress causes elevated cortisol levels.  Digestion is disrupted under stress and high cortisol levels holds on to fat storage in our abdominal region.  High stress levels are also noted to increase our cravings for sugar.  (http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/stresscortisol.html

 

Your brain, cravings and science:

Do you believe in science?   Then consider this:  There is science behind the ingredients in junk foods that can make us crave more food and keep us fat. 

Lack of sleep can make you fat:  Lack of sleep can cause weight gain.  Sleep is a restorative process.  The endocrine system increases secretion of certain hormones during sleep. Caffeine interrupts sleep.  De-stressing in fact means eliminating caffeine.  When you don't get enough sleep, you increase your chances of weight gain.  Caffeine is an endocrine disruptor.

Irritation leads to mutation: 

Your body holds onto weight when you have an acid pH.  Ladies this is may be important to you.  What causes your body to become acidic are lifestyle risks that are being promoted through the media.  We've been brainwashed into believing that a lot of advertised foods are actually health promoting, such as non-fat or low- fat. 

Does fat cause fat?  Good fats are essential for our health.  Bad fats are not.  That’s pretty simple.  However, some things that can be very misleading are companies that promote their fat.  I have found deceptive and confusing mis-information for you to review.

Heres’s one that states:  “Types of potentially helpful dietary fat are foods made up mostly of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, safflower oil, peanut oil and corn oil.”  

These oils above are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets, some even are GMO, yet they get promoted as healthy.  “Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food, from salad dressing to mayonnaise to conventional nuts and seeds.  These oils are some of the most harmful substances you can put into your body.”  (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/#axzz2r4VcXIJK)

 

What’s in your gut?

Is your toxic body inhibiting your weight loss?  Healthy gut bacteria is an important factor for weight loss.  Almost every person has gut issues and benefits significantly from improvements in their gut and digestive function.  What chemicals are you eating?  (http://www.kisswebpage.com/toxinsandweight/)

The highest dietary sources of PCBs and dioxins are in beef, chicken and pork (34%), dairy products (30%).  These are endocrine disruptors.  Chronic intake of farmed fatty fish contributes, rather than prevents, to insulin resistance and obesity and that these negative effects are, in part, mediated by the presence of POPs in fatty fish.  Eating farmed fish can be toxic and increase your chances for a fatty liver.

Sugar equals fat:

Sugar is an endocrine disruptor.  Consuming high levels of sugar, on a regular basis, chronically raises insulin levels in the blood, which selectively deposits energy from foods into fat cells.  Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body.

Initially, sugar is stored in the liver.  Since the liver's capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the amount of natural sugars found in whole foods) soon makes the liver expand.  When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas:  the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs. 

What YOU can do?

Being aware of how our body functions, acts and reacts to toxins in the world around us, makes us realize that if we are a fat society, we are really carrying around pounds and pounds of extra toxins.

Eating with intelligence is always recommended.  If you choose a detox, remember this is only part of the puzzle. Your detox must include elimination of all endocrine disruptors.  If not you will be missing a very important step.

Your body can loose weight naturally when given the chance with the necessary information and support you deserve from me, your health coach.

Conclusion:

Looking deeper at our relationship with our toxic environment maybe considered weird.  Being sad, out of control and toxic somehow found it’s way to being the norm.  Some of us may choose life in the fast lane and don’t schedule time to relax and eat or address what can be eating us.  We may feel the need to have control over pleasure or control our pain with drugs or alcohol.  We blindly trust agencies hired to protect us from toxins. Unfortunately how we disregard the integrity of our food system is a goal in this country, with our agriculture dependent on pollution, chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics, ignoring true health.

As a Certified Integrated Health Coach, I specialize in toxins that can disrupt your metabolic and endocrine health.  I can teach you how to balance your hormones, remove chemicals and lose weight effortlessly.  Like others that have joined my program, you can experience weight loss for life and never struggle again.


Connie Rogers is an Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health. Lifestyle Educator, Reiki Master, 37 years Certified Cosmetologist/Esthetician, Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach, Accredited through American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Published Author, Wellness Writer, Owner Reverseage Wellness Essential Oils

Connect Linkedin: Connie Rogers

https://www.facebook.com/ReverseageWellnessSpa

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