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10 Step Guide for a Rockin’ New Year

The word TRANSITION means the passage from one form, state, style, or place to another = CHANGE!  Some of you are cringing thinking about change, but others are thinking – BRING IT ON!  How many transitions are you experiencing right now?  

From holiday over-eating to New Year reckonings about weight?  From worrying about money to wondering what else you could do to increase your income?  From working in a job that you’ve outgrown to wondering what else you could be doing? From leaving the workforce to enter the world of retirement and not knowing how to adjust? Transitions are everywhere at any time and can be perceived as negative or positive.  I prefer the latter and have some thoughts to consider.

T – Trust your instincts.  Rather than be caught off guard when things change, take the high road and note what your gut is telling you about what it going on. Keep in mind the change you are experiencing might be just what you have been secretly wanting!

R – Reset your eating and exercise program.  Have you been stuck and know you want to get healthier but not sure how to make the first move? I’m sure you have dealt with this before, so reflect on what helped you be successful in the past and recreate those steps.

A – Adjust your thinking from I CAN’T  to  I CAN.  See yourself healthy, happy and whole.  Send time every day imagining yourself being your best and being grateful for all that you are and have.  Hang up pictures to visually represent what your goals look like so you can start living in that body even before you get there.

N – Notice what you need right now. Go outside right now for a walk.  Yes – right now!  By yourself!  Take a notepad and pen along because great ideas are sure to surface while you are walking and you may want to write them down before you lose them.  Focus as you walk on what you really need right now to move forward thru this transition. This will be your starting point.

S – Set goals in alignment with your values to create the life you love.  Have you ever taken the time to really ask yourself what you want? Yes, you know what your parents want for you, what your kids want, what your partner wants, and what you “should” want.  But what do you really want?  Write down 3 dreams you have for a more complete life and post it where you can ponder it.

I – Integrate all your skills into a single focus.  By now you have probably acquired a lot of great life and work skills that make you the fantastic talented person you are.  During this transition, you might find that it is time to put them all to good use and see what emerges.  Write down a list of everything you are great at – write until you can’t think of anything else – at least 30 things.

T – Train yourself for new skills.  After I had acquired all the skills I thought I needed in life, I opened up myself to what might be next for me – the key – being open to possibilities.  What showed up for me was “wellness coaching”, or some people call it “life coaching”.  When I was searching for “what’s next for me”, a friend coached me and after just 2 sessions, I had a new direction, a plan, and I was on my way again.  I loved the experience so much, I was trained to be a coach as well as a coach trainer.

I – Invite new opportunities.  When I was transitioning out of the workforce and into my own independent wellness business, I needed to figure out how to earn money while still doing the work I am passionate about.  Because I remained open to new ideas, I was presented with a way to help people get healthy as well as make the income I needed.  The key was to stay open to new ideas and give them a chance to see if they could work for you.

O – Own up to what is best for you. Not sure what direction to take as you transition?  Your guide should be how you “feel” about what you decide to do.  As they say, if it feels right – do it!

N – Now is the time to reinvent yourself.  I wrote a whole chapter on this in the book Wise Women Speak – Choosing Stepping Stones Along the Path.  My gift to you is a free download of this chapter by clicking here.   http://carolebert.com/meet-carol/free-ebook/

Enjoy the process of your transition.  Remember, it’s about the journey not the destination.  And above all make it fun!

Carol

 

What is a Sugar Cleanse and Do I Need it Now?

“Cleanses” have become super popular but not everyone understands what it is and why it is important.  No, I’m not talking about cleansing something off the outside of your body.  I’m talking about doing an inside job.  So let’s explore what cleanses are all about.

The Dictionary defines cleanse this way:  to rid of impurities; to remove toxins from the body.  Body cleanses have been around for centuries.  From the Egyptians to the Romans, people have always tried to rid their bodies of toxin build up.  And today we live in a toxic soup from exposures to toxic cleaning products, toxic fabrics that touch our bodies all day long and even at night, toxic mattresses, toxic air, toxic “new car smells” (yes that is called off-gassing from chemicals used). And then there are all the toxins on food we eat, whether fresh or packaged.

But what does that have to do with doing a sugar cleanse? Did you know that sugar is toxic to the body?  Maybe it wouldn’t be if we ate less of it, but presently we consume on average, 200# of sugar per person per year.  Our ancestors consumed about 22 teaspoons per year which was fine for the body to deal with, but today we are overloaded with it to the point that our bodies respond to as a toxic substance.  And therefore sets us up for “inflammation” which is now the root cause of nearly all chronic disease.

So how did we get so overloaded with sugar?  Back in the 60’s the sugar industry was studying the effects of sugar on the body and noticed a link with heart disease, so of course stopped the study and pivoted over to high cholesterol and high fat being the culprit.  https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/13/493739074/50-years-ago-sugar-industry-quietly-paid-scientists-to-point-blame-at-fat

Because of this most major health organizations got on board promoting low fat diets including the healthcare system. And to help out the cause, the food industry then created a myriad of low-fat food options, which coincidently were also high carb which translates into high sugar once it breaks down in the body.  So we started a grand experiment of the worst diet for health (high carb, low fat) which has led to skyrocketing rates of obesity, Diabetes, and many other chronic diseases, which we know today are related to inflammation. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0057873

So back to sugar as the culprit.  We now recognize the link between sugar and heart disease but also to cancer as well.  https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1819573

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171013103623.htm

This is serious! And it is not getting any better since the food industry has upped their game with more sugary snacks on the market that are even bigger than ever.  You see it every day – giant sized candy bars, giant muffins, giant bagels, giant bags of chips, etc.  In addition if you are a label reader of food packages, you will see sugar has been added to 75% of all packaged foods.  A very subtle way to get us to like the taste of a product and so we want more and more.  Yes, most of us are addicted to sugar and can’t seem to stop.

Why can’t you stop eating sugar easily?  Because it is 8 times more addicting than cocaine.  It actually “hits” the brain at the same location as drugs which causes the release of “feel good” hormones and of course the addiction cycle continues.

So what is a person to do?  It is not easy to just stop or just cut back because of the addictive property of sugar overload.  That is where a sugar cleanse becomes useful. It is a process that allows your body to release the hold that sugar has on you by bringing your blood sugar back into control which in turn stops those incessant “carb cravings”. It changes your chemistry and gives you back the control you need to resist sugar and appreciate the taste of whole natural foods.  And they taste really good once you re-educate your palate.

Here’s what a quality sugar cleanse can do for you:

  •        reduces the load of toxins going into your body
  •        helps speed the process of removing toxins from your body by adding in cleansing foods.
  •        removes the most inflammatory foods and helps you identify foods that you don’t tolerate
  •        helps heal your gut which is one of the greatest locations for inflammation in the body.
  •        gives you tools that you can use in your everyday life after the cleanse.
  •        supplies optimal foods that fuel your body.
  •        supplies pharmaceutical grade micro-nutrients to combat free-radical buildup
  •        gives you support and holds you accountable.

What I find interesting is that the healthcare system probably won’t recommend this strategy for clearing your body from sugar addiction, probably because it doesn’t require using any drugs.  So if sugar is an issue for you, why not give a sugar cleanse a try.  Of course, beware of any sugar cleanse that is loaded with sugar!  So read the labels and make an informed choice, and then go for it.  

How might this help you with your New Year’s Resolutions?

Click below and share your ideas with me.  And if you are looking for a quality sugar cleanse, ask me about that too!

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Be well on your wellness journey!

 

Looking for a tax deduction before the end of the year?

As the year is beginning to end and tax time looms large in the near future, I just wanted to share the tax benefit of owning your own business in case you want to join our team with Dr. Christiane Northrup.

You can deduct the following:

All your start-up costs – for us it ranges from $300-$700

Business expenses like product give-aways, promotion, supplies, travel

*Also contact your tax professional for more possible deductions

 

Here’s what Sandy Botkin CPA, former IRS tax attorney says:

“Every north American taxpayer who works a full-time job and does not have a side business is probably overpaying taxes to the tune of $3000 to $9000 a year.”

So what do you think?  Is the time right for you to join us?  Please email back and we can set up a time to discuss this opportunity.  Would love to have you be a part of Dr. Northrup’s global wellness movement!

Just to refresh your memory, here are all the benefits of joining our WellPro wellness team who works in conjunction with Team Northrup.

  1. Exclusive access to WellPro International Wellness Coaching Certification* a clear and practical system to develop your coaching skills to apply directly to your Wellness Business (Priceless)
  2. The Igniting Prosperity Training – An 8-module online (self paced) course that will give you everything you need to know to activate your new wellness business. ($1500 value)
  3. Weekly WellPRO International Business Support – A weekly call with Dr. Karen Wolfe, Dr. Deb Kern and featured team leaders offering business coaching, updates and group trainings. ($500 value)
  4. Turn-Key Business System – Your own professional business management system. It’s like having a personal assistant for real time reports, progress charts & graphs, recognition and client support. (Priceless -Imagine hiring an assistant for these items!)
  5. The WellPRO International Business Workbook – Get started right with your blueprint for sustainable success. ($200 value)
  6. Exclusive membership in our WellPRO International and Team Northrup Facebook communities to connect with our incredible team, get your questions answered, and stay up-to-date on new announcements. (Priceless)
  7. The Sugar Buster Program – A Step by Step weight-loss/lifestyle program without deprivation and starvation. Learn how to increase your energy, improve your immune health, and achieve lasting lifestyle change. Shopping list, email support, recipes, stress reduction, exercise, meditation, low glycemic cooking, self-care tips and resources to continue on with your healthy lifestyle.
  8. Exclusive use of Clear The Way Program – An online program that guides your clients as they follow a specific nutritional protocol to enhance their digestion and support their body’s detoxification.
  9. A personalized, signed copy of Dr. Karen Wolfe’s book Is Your Lifestyle Killing You? + audiobook Medicine from the Inside Out ($50 value)
  10. The e-book of Create the Body Your Soul Desires: The Friendship Solution to Weight, Energy and Sexuality by Dr. Karen Wolfe and Deborah Kern. At last a soulful guide to the weight issue that is long overdue. This book puts you back in the driver seat of your life. It is a guidebook for you to live a conscious and fulfilling life. ($25 value)
  11. 21 Day Online Mentor Mastermind Program – Go step by step to build your business with Dr. Karen’s simple daily action strategy. ($1000 value)
  12. Online Media Center where you get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes peek at how the top wellness business builders in have grown their wellness businesses ($500 value)
  13. Unlimited access to our training call archives with new sessions being added weekly. ($1000 value)
  14. A free ticket to next the annual international conference when you join with the WellPRO Entrepreneurial business pack. ($450 value)
  15. Your own customizable, personal online nutrition store and customer website free for a year including your own fully integrated shopping cart. ($1540 value)
  16. A cutting edge and completely customizable business HUB with professional presentation tools, team management software, calendar, tax tracking software, and more. ($240 value)
  17. You’ll be part of The WellPRO International team, an extensive, international community of like-minded professionals dedicated to wellness in conjunction with Dr. Christiane Northrup. (Priceless)
  18. Access to the leading, highest quality nutritional products in the world from USANA Health Sciences at a 20% discount (Priceless – you can’t put a price tag on your health)
  19. Access to In-Person Mastermind Gatherings – Connect, get inspired and gather as a community of like-hearted wellness professionals. (priceless)
  20. A proven, duplicable system for growing residual income in your wellness business and improve your financial and physical health. (Priceless)

 

So what do you think about joining before December 31?  As Penny Northrup Kirk (Dr. Northrup’s sister) says:  What would your life be like in 5 years if you continue doing what you are doing right now?  Isn’t it time to take action toward creating the life you are meant to live?

Let’s talk!  When is a good time for a call before Christmas.  Let me know by clicking below.

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Be well on your wellness journey.

Thanks.  Carol

Keeping Your Loved One Alive and Well

Have you imagined what life would be like if your spouse died?  It’s only recently that I have pondered that occurrence.  I’ve been lucky enough to be married to the same man for 49 years (I still don’t believe that could be possible) but recently I have been worried about his health and what it would be like if he were not here.  Does that resonate with you?

My husband is obese, has Diabetes and is non-compliant when it comes to checking his blood sugars and following a Diabetic Diet.  And his A1C is over 8, and that really scares me.  He’s already been thru open heart surgery to fix four blockages, a stent put in two years later, and now is experiencing shortness of breath.  So back for more tests and another possible surgery. Things are happening that have me worried and I am starting to feel afraid that I could lose him.

The most frustrating part is that I know what he needs to do to improve his chances of living longer and healthier but I can’t get him to do it.  I’m sure it hasn’t been easy for him living with “Nurse Wellness” since he’s addicted to junk food and doesn’t want to change from pizza and hamburgers to whatever I have concocted that is super healthy and not loaded with sugar and grease. A definite dilemma, but it doesn’t mean that I give up trying to change him, despite knowing you can’t change anyone but yourself.

I will admit I have had to get sneaky over the years trying to trick him into adopting healthier eating habits.  For example, when I started my own wellness business with a focus on nutrition, I really learned the facts about using “food as medicine” so I was very motivated toward helping him lose weight, bring down those blood sugars and maybe get off of the many drugs he was on.  

One of the programs I had at my disposal was called a Sugar Cleanse and it was part of a weight loss program, so I thought this would be perfect for him. It consisted of replacing meals with shakes for 5 days, taking vitamins twice a day, eating nutrition bars in between meals and after 5 days he could lose 5 pounds.  But how to get him to do it?

Step one.  I knew that he had loved having milk shakes as a treat, so I suggested he might like to try one of my nutrition shakes.  And guess what – he liked it!  Step one was accomplished and he was willing to drink a shake every morning for breakfast.  

Step 2.  Getting him to take the vitamins.  He was already taking medications for his Diabetes, so what’s a few more pills?  I told him they had been giving me more energy, I felt better and was sleeping better so he decided to give them a try.  So I added them to his pill box and he took them all together without flinching.  Just a few more pills – no big deal.

Step 3.  Getting him to do the 5-day Sugar Cleanse.  Since I hadn’t tried it myself, I wanted to know what it was like so I could better support my customers about what to expect. I also knew that it helps with weight loss and blood sugar control so I asked him to do it with me and he said YES!  And he agreed to check his blood sugars during the 5 days to see if it was working.  NOTE:  I believe that even tho he originally seemed to be resistant to changing his lifestyle toward more healthy living, he really did want to get healthier but didn’t know how to proceed.  Sometimes when something comes along that sounds like it could work and is non-threatening, people jump on board.  Timing is everything!

And so the experiment began.  Day one his blood sugar was 180, and by day 5, it was 90.  He was thrilled!  And guess what – he lost 11 pounds over 5 days to my 5. Yes, men seem to lose weight faster than women – not fair!  Now he was on a roll and stayed on a modified version of the program for the next 6 months, lost over 40 pounds, got off of his blood pressure and cholesterol med and one of his Diabetes meds.  And felt a whole lot better and became a believer in eating “low glycemic” foods for weight and blood sugar control.  So being sneaky and trying to trick him into making some healthy lifestyle changes may not seem fair, but a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.  And in this case it worked.

But now for the rest of the story.  I wish I could say that there is a happy ending and he stayed super healthy for the rest of his days.  But truth be told, this plan worked for several years but gradually his food addiction sneaked back in with his old habits and he gained all his weight back and finally ended up taking insulin for his Diabetes.

So here we are again, back at the beginning.  However, this time we’re older and now I’m  worried that his life could be in jeopardy.  But my nature is not to give up.  Especially when I know the results he had before were spectacular and life saving.  I am also armed with success stories from other clients who use this program and are healthier and extremely grateful to have found something that works, when all the meds in the world have not helped.  Even one man was able to drop his A1C from 8 to 5 and resolved his Diabetic Neuropathy!  And again I am amazed at the power of “food as medicine”.

So rather than giving into the fear of the “inevitable” with my husband, I prefer to take the high road and become the “trickster” again and try to work my magic once more.  After all, he is worth it and the path of healthcare with all those drugs and procedures should be the “path less traveled”.  Wellness is the way to true health and longevity.

Do you have a spouse or partner who has health issues you wish you could change and how are you handling it?  Please share your stories.

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