Why Slender in Six

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It has been over 3 years since I created a new program.  Since then I have worked with many clients. Over 10 years I have gained so much insights on what clients are wanting   male and female. We want to look good naked in the mirror, we want to have energy, longevity and a positive outlook on life.  We want something that works. We do not want to be tied to eating rabbit food or not actually living our life. 

One thing that I know that is hard is, THIS TAKES WORK.  It takes making a change and getting outside the norm that got you where you don't want to be.  This isn't just done with our food. This is done with our routine, our emotions and by gaining more knowledge on what is right. 

I don't blame you if you want to loose 5lbs or 30 lbs if that is realistic for your body. BUT I want you to loose those pounds but also feel amazing inside and out.   This is what Slender in Six is about! 

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Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Cauliflower Buffalo Bites
1 cup of paleo flour ( almond, coconut, cassava) 
1 large head of cauliflower cut into bites
1/2 cup of non dairy milk
1/4 cup water
spices for flour: turmeric, salt, pepper, paprika
Paleo Hot wing sauce, or any hot sauce

Make your flour mixture with spices.   begin mixing in the liquid. this is the time you may need a little more or less depending on the type of flour you chose.  Once you have a consistency almost like pancake batter, begin dipping your cauliflower pieces in the batter.   Place coated cauliflower on a lined or greased baking sheet.  Place in the oven on 425 for 10-15 min.  Remove from the oven and place your buffalo sauce on the cauliflower.   Place back in the oven for another 10 min until you begin to see or feel it is crispy. Remove and allow to cool.  Enjoy! 
(paleo sauce I used: Steves Paleo Goods Wing Sauce) 

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Candida and its symptoms

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Candida, which is yeast, is not just found vaginally. it can live in your mucus membranes of your eyes, ears, bladder, stomach, lungs, vagina etc.  

The goal of candida is to not over grow it is to control harmful bacteria.  When it has over grown in an alive body a host of symptoms and issues begin to take over the body.   

I want to begin this series by going over the systems so you can "digest" those.  Unfortunately,  candida isn't recognized by traditional doctors and many ailments arise from candida.  See the long paragraph below and count how many of these issues you have on a daily basis.  

Allergies, sensitivities and intolerances that worsen in damp, muggy or moldy places or weather that is damp, muggy, humid or rainy. • Hay fever and asthma. • Intolerances or allergies to perfumes, odors, fumes, fabric shop odors, grass, cats, dogs or other animals, tobacco smoke, chemicals, smog, molds, dust mites, dust, pollen, and other airborne substances. • Athletes’ foot. • Babies - colic, diaper rash, thrush (coated white tongue), and cradle cap. • Bruising easily. • Cheekbone or forehead tenderness, pain. • Cold hands or feet, low body temperature. • Cold-like symptoms - excessive mucus in the sinuses, nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs. • Cravings or addictions for sugar, bread, pasta and other high carb foods, and also alcohol. • Cysts, abnormal formation of, in different parts of the body, especially around the neck, throat, and ovaries, and in the bladder or scrotum. • Digestive problems - diarrhea, constipation, abdominal distention, bloating or pain, gas, mucus in the stools, hiatal hernia, ulcers, suffering from bacteria, i.e. salmonella, E. coli, h. pylori, etc. • Ears - ringing in the ears (tinnitus), sounds in the ears, ear infections, dryness, itchiness, ear pain, ear aches, ear discharges, fluid in ears, deafness, abnormal wax build-up. • Eyes - erratic vision, spots in front of eyes (eye floaters) and flashing lights; redness, dryness, itching, excessive tearing, inability to tear, etc. • Fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome or Epstein Barr or a feeling of being drained of energy, lethargy, drowsiness. • Flu-like symptoms. Candida/Yeast. • Glands – swollen, too little saliva (dryness in the mouth), blocked salivary glands, swollen lymph nodes. • Hair loss, scum on the scalp, dandruff, itchy scalp, scalp sores and dryness. • Heart palpitations and irregular heart beat. • Headaches, migraines, brain fog, dizziness, etc. • Hemorrhoids, and rectal itching, rash, irritation and redness. • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and diabetes. • Hypothyroidism, Wilson’s Thyroid Syndrome, Hashimoto’s disease, hyperthyroidism, erratic thyroid function, etc. • Irritability, nervousness, jitteriness and panic attacks. • Lesions on the skin, and inside the body, i.e. the brain. • Male associated problems - jock itch, loss of sex drive, impotence, prostitis, penis infections, difficulty urinating, urinary frequency or urgency, painful intercourse, swollen scrotum, etc. • Female health problems - infertility, vaginitis, unusual odors, endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation), cramps, menstrual irregularities, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), discharge, painful intercourse, loss of sexual drive, redness or swelling of the vulva and surrounding area, vaginal itching or thrush, burning or redness, or persistent infections. • Fungal infections of the skin or nails, i.e. ringworm, saborrheic dermatitis, dark and light patches on the skin (tinea versicolor), etc. • Joint pain, stiffness or swelling (arthritis). • Kidney and bladder - infections, cystitis (inflammation of the bladder with possible infection), urinary frequency or urgency, low urine output, smelly urine, difficulty urinating, burning pain when urinating. • Lack of appetite. • Mind and Mood - anxiety attacks, crying spells, memory loss, feeling spaced out, depression(including suicidal feelings), manic feelings, inability to concentrate, mood swings, irritability, etc. • Mouth sores or blisters, canker sores, dryness, bad breath, a white coating on the tongue (thrush) and blocked salivary glands. • Muscle aches and pain, numbness, burning or tingling, and lack of strength and coordination. • Nasal congestion, postnasal drip, itching, dryness. • Odor of the feet, hair or body not relieved by washing. • Respiratory - cough, bronchitis or pneumonia, pain or tightness in the chest, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma. • Sick all over feeling. • Sinus inflammation, swelling and infections. • Skin – dryness, dry red patches, acne, pimples, hives, rashes, itching skin, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoea, ringworm, contact dermatitis, rosacea, etc. • Stomach – h. pylori bacteria (causes ulcers), heartburn, indigestion, hiatal hernia, acid reflux, belching, vomiting, burning, stomach pains, needle-like pains, food that seems to sit in the stomach like a lump, etc. • Sleep - insomnia, waking up frequently, nightmares, restless sleep, etc. • Sore throat, hoarse voice, constant tickle in the throat, laryngitis (loss of voice), etc.

I know this seems like a crazy long list but candida can cause crazy bad symptoms in the body. Review this and we will continue this throughout the month.  :) 

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Fat is your Friend

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Did you know???

60 % of our brain is made of fat! 

Eating fat is a good thing, just the right kind of fat. Some people thrive off a high (quality) fat diet like keto or paleo. While others need to add a little a day to feed their brain and reproductive organs. 
One thing for sure,is that to many American's eat the wrong kind of fat. This leads to a host of health issues. 

You can walk into any grocery store and you’ll see packages labeled with the NO FAT/LOW FAT claims. We know that not all oils and fats are created equal. Heavily processed fats and oils used in packaged foods are those fats that our bodies do not know what to do with. Fat from high-quality oils and whole foods are used by our bodies to help keep metabolism steady, nourish our skin, hair and nails and keep enough healthy “grease” in our engine to have the body’s functions work fluidly.

Some of the healthy fats include extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, unrefined sesame oil, ghee (clarified butter), whole nuts and seeds or nut butter, the fats in whole foods such as avocados and coconuts and the high-quality fats in cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna.
What fats are you getting on a daily basis?   I get avocado, mct oil, coconut oil, cacao nibs and seeds on a daily basis. 

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Fall into new eating patterns

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The first day of Fall was on Friday, September 22.  In Tennessee you wouldn't know it with the 80 degree temps.   The leaves are falling off the trees and things are beginning to die off for winter.  This is a great time to cleanse and prep your body for a new season.

WHY?  When the seasons change new food is in season and we tend to crave new foods and foods that provide us what we need for the season.  In the winter we usually crave warmer foods, stews, cooked foods and heavier root veggies and meats.  We need to be mindful of our digestion during this time, because these foods can take more work to break down if your digestion is already compromised.  

What type of cleanse is good?  That will be dependent on where your body is at the time of cleansing and what your goals are.  I am currently doing an 80% juice cleanse.  4 20oz all great juices, a seaweed soup for breakfast and a raw zucchini noodle pai tai for dinner.  Juicing is not my favorite thing because I love to eat. I do like it for the digestive break I get and also the amount of nutrients I am consuming at one time.  If you are not used to restricting the types of food you eat, then a food based cleanse is a good choice. I offer two different ones.  How I am cleansing would fall into either one if you wanted to be that strict.  

Do not complicate cleansing but do remind mindful that it serves a purpose much more than a fad.  Make sure your colon is eliminating extra during cleanse time or you will have a lot of gas and constipation.   Drink plenty of water and make sure you are able to rest. 

You got this! 

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Love your body, make better love

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I am continuing the conversation from last week on sex and libido. Now is the time its in front of me from clients questions and thoughts so I am going to address it.  

Loving our body male or female is so important. I am not going to say I don't struggle, I do.  Before kids, after having kids, micro managing my body and every roll or dimple.  I used to have that on my mind when in the gym, and you know what I found?  As soon as I began letting that go and training because I enjoyed it, my body became better than ever with minimal effort.  It was also on my mind in the bedroom even though my partner had no problem with my body. It was all me. 

 I began focusing on taking care of myself sexually.  WOW, the hurdles you have to get through in your mind to do this.  I once read a Momma Gena book in college and she talked about getting to know your vagina.  YES! she had you in the book, get a mirror out and take a look. Now, why, at 20 something is that the first time I had really looked at my vagina?   So many reasons, and a lot have nothing to do with our own thoughts but societies, parents etc. which then shaped our thoughts negatively.   

Even with the work I did through that book I still was not in touch or would touch myself.  I wasn't until about a year and a half ago that I made it a mission to get in touch with myself and my body. Learn how to pleasure myself for me. Not for someone else, not on a time table of when I was having sex, but when I was relaxed and in a place to get to know myself.  It was very empowering for my confidence and for me loving my body. I felt very much in control of myself.  I never let thoughts like, gross, nasty, slutty etc come into my head. Only thoughts of love and empowerment. 

Being sexually confident does't mean you are going around and sleeping with just anyone.  Being sexually confident means you own your body and your sexuality, male or female.  You have confidence in your curves, your smile, your passion for life.   This sexual energy is also very attractive to those around you ( not because they want to sleep with you) but because it is a light shining from you. 

So as you do this work and as you examine your body find what you love, find what makes you powerful, unique and sexy.   let go of what you want to "fix" if you are moving forward, the things that need "fixing" will begin to work out. I promise.   

Remember you are powerful and you were created with a purpose. Own your power, go after your purpose and thrive. Its pretty amazing when it all comes together.

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Kicking up the Libido

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Libido, its a taboo topic for some, just like poop. Well we all know I am not afraid to talk about poop, nor sex.... although not at the same time :) 
Over the many years of working one on one with clients I will hear how their libido is suffering here is what I believe to be true:
 - There is a lack of desire
- There is a lack of will
- and there is crazy hormone stuff going on that gives you no desire and has you feeling unbalance and dry. 
Now the first two are not in my category.   The last one is. If someone mentally knows they want to, has desire for their partner but just can't seem to make it work.  It is a sign of hormone imbalance, due to poor eating, toxicity and stress (lack of sleep lack of self care etc).  
A large disruptor of our hormones and libido is toxicity and stress. When toxins are present in the body and not released they continue through the body and again affect our hormones 

Sex hormones can be converted into stress hormones, but not the other way around.So the reality is, your healthy sex life will suffer and always have to sacrifice and “take one for the team.” Stress ultimately perpetuates toxicity, low libido, emotional disconnect, infertility and difficulty achieving pregnancy.  excerpt from my 21 Day Signature Cleanse

I originally created my 21 Day cleanse for this reason... 21 Days to Better Sex. I got scared, kept the originally under tones of libido and allowed it to still do the job with out the name. We are inherently sexual beings who seek out pleasure. When this is not happening or the body is not clean things will being to feel like they are missing.   
To tap into your energized sexual self here are a few tips:
Cleanse:  Get a great food based cleanse that includes superfood and quality super herbs. Not just a cleanse that has you taking a bunch of supplements but one that cleanses with food... changes habits. ( I know a couple good ones, *wink *wink)
Rest: Practice self care.  get a massage, go to bed a little early, ask for help instead of trying to do it all
Toxic Products:  Begin eliminating toxic products for your body and hormone. Many carry hormone disrupters that are wrecking havoc on your body and not helping your liver do its job. 

I find a healthy sex life between two consenting adults very important for your emotional and spiritual well being. You have to take care of your body and mind to allow this to happen.
I am here for you, and your libido :)

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