The Holidays have passed. I've been pretending they haven't over the past week, letting myself continue to indulge in a sweet treat here and there, saying I'll get back up on the elliptical first thing next week. Really, I will.
And, I will.
Luckily I've never had any trouble exercising; I quite like it.
And, believe it or not, I've also grown to like cleaning up my diet.
Jason and I will periodically shift gears with our dietary habits when we find we've grown too lax, are getting lazy with healthy habits, or have had a couple of weeks of loosening our standards as we do around the holidays.
I don't believe that dramatic diets and cleanses are necessary for health. I believe in the happy medium; I believe in healthy habits and living a wholesome life, and that eating real food is the way to health.
But the occasional "cleanse" is warranted.
Unfortunately, there are substances found in trace amounts in our food, water and air that warrant supporting our naturally-occuring internal cleansing processes. We find optimal health through lending our liver a helping hand here and there, through supporting our kidneys, intestines and lymphatic system.
This is done in part by simply avoiding what we know hinders our health.
Before the holidays, I simply abstained from all refined sugar and added sweeteners of any kind for a month. That is only one exmaple. Other ways of cleaning up can be pledging to eat only organic foods for a while, avoiding processed food, eating only things you cook yourself, and so on.
The other part of cleansing diets is in what we choose to eat, as compared to what we choose to avoid. We can choose to add things into our diet that are beneficial to our health. For example, we may pledge to eat five whole servings of green vegetables a day for a couple of weeks. Or we may add more healthy fats if our diet is generally lacking them.
A popular method of cleansing diet that I have mentioned multiple times before is the juice fast. I have written about it here on our website, and I have spoken to many of my patients about it, many who may be reading this right now.
A juice fast allows the body a respite from unhealthy foods, while also adding a large quantity of antioxidants from freshly juiced organic fruits and vegetables. It is generally done for a matter of days.
When speaking to my patients about it, most are friendly to the idea. One of the most prohibitive and daunting aspects is the preparatory work. The shopping, the chopping, the juicing and the organizing. This can be particularly challenging if you are working a full work day. In the past, Jason and I have actually brought our juicer to work with us out of desperation! It worked, but wasn't ideal.
So I am very happy to share a wonderful solution (if you happen to be local to Grants Pass.) If you don't live in our area, you have my apologies. I am teasing you with a great opportunity that we have in our little town; maybe you are lucky enough to have something similar where you live.
True Juice Organic Juice and Smoothie Bar is offering organic juice cleanses to the public. They make all the juice for you, you simply stop by at a pre-arranged time to pick it up! It really doesn't get any easier than that. Please follow this link to True Juice's event page where you can download an information packet that includes all of the details.
The founder of True Juice and True Food Coach, Karen Daggett Austin, will be providing a free informational class, Juicing 101, for anyone who is interested but has more questions. This class will be held on Saturday, January 14th, from 3:00-5:00pm at True Juice, which is located at 124 NW D Street. For more information, see True Juice's website here, or call them at (541) 441-4541. Learn more about Karen's work as a Certified International Health Coach and Integrative Nutrition Consultant here.
I've never been a fan of New Year's resolutions; I am resolved to be healthy and balanced all year long. That being said, I do believe in the power of making a fresh start. Consider your year ahead, consider how you would like to live it, consider how you would like to feel. Find the places in life where you have the power to make a difference. I would wager that near the top of that list is how you choose to treat your body through your dietary choices. Make the choice to enjoy health. Start your year with a healthy tone by giving your body a fresh start.
Consider a juice cleanse as one way to begin your year of healthy aspirations. Whatever your choice, remember how much power you have over your health through the choices you make every day, and choose to live a life that keeps you healthy, happy and fulfilled.
A New Year's Gift from Jason
Hello family! As we usher in 2017, Radiant Family wanted to share a gift with you as a way of saying thank you for being such a beautiful part of this world.
As a way to ease suffering and promote healing in the world, Jason created a beautiful guided healing meditation. In this divine experience, replete with soothing soundscapes and soft music, Jason leads one through a Reiki healing session for the mind, body, and soul.
Above, baby Pelden receives Reiki for the first time.
The custom audio track is embedded with tones that can be heard as a gentle oscillation in the background. These tones are called binaural beats which sync the brain to the frequency of planet earth (7.83 hz), a very healing energy.
Jason also embedded the silent frequencies of the sun and all the planets in our solar system. Such frequencies open the mind and spirit into an expanse larger than can be imagined. A paradigm vast and open, all reflected in the point of consciousness at the center of our being.
With great joy we thank you for being in this world. May this gift empower and keep clear the path you walk through this new year, that all that is loving and kind come into your life...
Enjoy the Experience
* For best results, use this meditation with headphones. This meditation is not to be used while driving or operating equipment of any kind.
* This healing meditation is for relaxation purposes only and is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any illness or condition.
* Please note - the file size is rather large at 489 mb and may take some time to download. The file was saved in a WAV format to keep the recording rich and full of data. Compressing a file into an mp3 removes all the inaudible tones recorded in the track. Because almost all healing tones (frequencies) are below the level of human hearing we had to create the track in this format.
Click on the photo below to go directly to the download page and claim your gift.
What is Reiki?
Reiki is a Japanese healing modality, literally meaning universal life force or association with consciousness. Reiki uses laying on of hands to aid in the healing process. In Reiki, the practitioner serves as a conduit of higher love and peace to grace fullness and stability in one's being.
The "energy" of true Reiki is actually not energy but that from which energy comes from. Such presence has its own intelligence which is not separate from the very heart of your being.
Such love is impersonal and devoid of doctrine or belief systems. The general results of a Reiki session are relaxation, peace and a stable grounded feeling within. Some sessions may even result in the physical healing of illness or calming of long term emotional issues.
With repeat sessions, many begin finding a greater synchronicity in life with the falling away of personal limitations.
The founder of Reiki, Dr. Usui, speaks of healing like this:
"Our life is like a stream. Over time the rocks on the bed of the stream (being the body and mind) become covered by silt (sickness or dullness of mind) At this point the water of the stream which is the ever flowing life of the universe is no longer felt. Reiki is like the rubbing of one's hands over the rocks to remove the silt. Once this is done the water of the stream naturally carries the silt away leaving clear rocks and the rushing water.”
Life is meant to be a beautiful place full of open flowing choices and expanse. Reiki is not meant to guide one in any specific direction or replace one belief system with another, but rather uncover that which is already present within. Such a work is the first step in ending the search for happiness to find happiness as our own true Self.