Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 8 of 13: Cleansing – an ancient art.

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Okay, confess! What do you know about cleansing the inside of your body?
You enjoy a shower or bath to keep yourself clean on the outside. What about your insides? Frankly, I never really thought much about this issue until I got serious of gaining and maintaining a healthy weight. As I researched the traditional methods of weight reduction (diet and exercise programs), NO WHERE did I read anything about internal cleansing programs.

I wouldn’t have know about internal cleansing programs unless a student was kind enough to share with me how he keeps his body so fit – WITHOUT – a workout program. (Given the time, money and effort I’d placed in gyms, trainers, traffic, parking, etc., my ears perked up when he shared his cleansing story.)

potentialIn the span of a few short days, I researched like mad anything I could find concerning internal cleansing. For starters, our Chinese family have used cleansing programs for centuries! There’s the old colon cleanse. (I tried one of those, found it fascinating, but NOT something that I’ll engage on a regular basis.) Then there’s my liver, the primary body part involved with cleansing my body of unhealthy toxins.

Based on what my student reported, I tried his liver cleanse program. That program, known as Isagenix, opened my eyes – BIG TIME – to the benefits of liver cleansing. Why? In nine days I retired 12 pounds. Keep in mind, that’s MY results. Of course, your results will be different.

As I researched HOW I managed to clear 12 pounds in nine days, I found myself amazed at how well my body put up with my (what I thought to be) healthy diet. For example, did you know adults can retain at least 10 pounds of undigested meat in their intestines for days! Yikes! Then there’s the issue of consumed toxins in the form of pre-packaged foods, additives in livestock and produce, the air we breath, etc.

Did you know your liver attempts to protect your body from these toxins by stuffing them into fat cells if it can’t eliminate them correctly? For example, if you don’t drink enough water (see my previous post on this topic) your body can’t eliminate all the toxins you take in. Your liver then places those toxins inside your fat cells. Fat cells act much like a balloon. The more toxins you have, the larger the fat cells become. Not enough fat cells for all those toxins? No worries, our bodies create MORE fat cells! Yikes!

Today, I eat pretty much whatever I wish well after retiring over 100 pounds years ago! How? I feel safe and secure that my monthly cleanse program helps me detox / deflate those fat cells while at the same time helping my digestive system digest more efficiently by eliminating intestinal plaque.

FYI for all you body builders! I’ve got scores of professional body builders getting leaned out and buffed up with my program as well!

Heads up! I offer an unmatched in-home cleansing program to cleanse both physically and mentally! Call me (312) 268-0000 for a private, confidential pre-screening  / assessment to determine if you’re ready for my program.


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Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 9 of 13: Rest – what a difference!

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One of the most common health issues of being morbidly obese is sleep apnea. I experienced sleep apnea for almost two decades and didn’t know it! According to a Johns Hopkins University study in Baltimore, “Severe sleep apnea raises the risk of dying early by 46 percent.” Now THATS a percentage to take note of!

I learned all about sleep apnea upon returning home for a long West Indies sailing adventure. I shared a cabin with two other friends, who, upon the first night together, I’m amazed they didn’t throw me overboard! During breakfast the first morning out to sea, they both told be I snored loud enough to possibly break our cabin portal! They also mentioned they feared for my life! Why? I’d stop breathing for long periods of time, only to shatter the silence when my body convulsed enough to restart my breathing. I had NO clue about all this until that fateful morning. Of course, I felt terrible about all this. Looking back, I see now how my obesity took its toll on the health of two dear friends. (Your health does, indeed, factor into the health of everyone you hold near and dear.)

supportAfter the dust settled from that trip, I spoke with my Doctor about my sleeping habits. I received a referral to a sleep apnea clinic. WOW! What an experience. The technician was amazed that I didn’t exhibit the traditional signs of sleep apnea based on my sleep study results. Given my results (a 95 out of 100 score on their scales), I should have been one of those folks who falls asleep at the wheel when driving, falling asleep at my desk, etc. Based on their scales, newborns may score a 25 on their tests (meaning, just about everyone has some form of sleep apnea from time to time). A 95 was considered life threatening.

My Doctor wanted me to IMMEDIATELY start using a C-PAP machine to help me breath better while sleeping. GREAT! A face-mask strapped to my fat face forcing air into my nose and mouth all so I might experience a sound sleep. I understood the implications of turning down a C-PAP machine when I opted for the more dramatic option. Surgery. A risky procedure known as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (or UPPP) combined with a full tonsillectomy. Thankfully, all turned out well.

Moral of the story, obesity often results in sleep apnea. Sleep apnea robs our bodies of necessary deep sleep time. If you’re partnered with someone, you may be robbing them of their sleep time with all that snoring! As we all know, lack of deep sleep depletes our immune system as well as increases our chances of being less than kind to ourselves and others. Think about it! If you’re over weight and feel tired all the time, it’s time you realize you may have a severe case of sleep apnea. Get this checked out ASAP!


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Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 10 of 13: Savoring results.

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I regret I didn’t savor each, “WOW! You look GREAT” or “OH! MY! How wonderful you look!” comment I received while retiring over 100 pounds.

Isn’t it a bit ironic how we often shun compliments yet we allow a criticism to complement our feelings of inadequacy. I wonder if we don’t have things a bit backwards! Instead of deflecting a compliment, we must allow it in – fully. No questions asked. No judgments around any kind word. Just savor such kind attention like we’d savor a steaming cup of soup on a cold, rainy day. On the flip side, any time we receive a criticism, we remind ourselves that there’s always MORE to the story than we’ll ever know, and let the criticism go.

Soul Then & NowThe act of savoring is often an acquired taste. Savoring something invites us to FEEL more than THINK! Savoring something involves ALL the senses. Savoring is best done real-time! (Ever try to savor the refreshing qualities of drinking a glass of chilled water on a hot day, an hour after drinking that glass of water? It’s just NOT the same is it!)

As you gain then maintain a healthy weight, kindly do yourself a HUGE favor! Savor every step of the process. LOVE every minute no matter what. Allow all the compliments you can stand – IN! If ever you experience a set-back of any kind, savor it as well. How? Know that everything has a divine reason of some kind. While that reason may not be readily apparent (if ever) there is a reason someplace. As I trust this notion of divine timing, it allows me to savor life more fully, each and every day!

If you need help in re-awakening your ability to savor – anything – let’s connect. I provide private coaching practice. Send me an email with your request. We’ll set-up a day / time to meet face-to-face via Skype. We’ll savor a few ah-ha’s along with a few hearty laughs!

Now, try to savor something within the next hour – will ya! Let us know what you savored by sharing a comment in the Comment box below.

And THANK you taking the time to read this post. Please share this post with others ehh? Namaste!


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