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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!

 

After Easter Sugar Buster Boot Camp

28 DAY SUGAR BUSTER BOOTCAMP BEGINS APRIL 24

with Carol Ebert and Dr. Karen Wolfe, Sugar Addiction Specialist

 

WHAT YOU GET IN YOUR SUGAR BUSTER BOOT CAMP

Each of these items adds to the success of your Boot Camp. . .

  1. Is Your Lifestyle Killing You?  E-BOOK
  2. A private phone session to get you set up for success
  3. Two group calls in the first week and then weekly calls with Dr Karen with specific topics to keep you on track
  4. Menu plans
  5. Delicious, quick and easy recipes
  6. Meal plans based on gluten free, dairy free
  7. Karen’s Kitchen videos for easy kitchen tips
  8. Educational videos and downloads
  9. Motivation, encouragement through the Facebook group
  10. Private Facebook group access so you are supported on the move to keep you motivated.
  11. Access to our supportive community of participants to connect with like-minded new friends. Our community also includes over a dozen health coaches to chime in on your questions and provide additional motivation.
  12. 5 Recorded Educational Modules by Dr Karen
  13. Sugar Buster Guidebook
  14. Clean Eating Recipe Book
  15. Weekly support from Dr. Karen & the Sugar Buster Coaches
  16. Pharmaceutical grade cellular nutrition from USANA Health Sciences.:
      • 28 servings of our high-quality protein smoothie drink
      • 28 day supply of the #1 rated multivitamin in North America
      • 28 single serve packets of USANA Probiotic, stable a room temperature and dairy free

 

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BOOT CAMP ENTRY ONLY $199

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How to get your body moving

How are you doing with your food planning so far?  Got the shelves and frig re-stocked and ready for more healthy tips?  Your body loves good food but it also loves moving.

I don’t know if you are like me, but taking the time to exercise regularly always seemed more like a chore than a gift so I was reluctant to get into the habit.  So I learned to re-frame it from a have-to into a want-to.  I now think of exercise as a great stress management tool and because it works so well for that (without having to take drugs) I really want to do it and really enjoy and appreciate it.

How can you re-frame what exercise can do for you so you too will want to fit it in?

Take some time to think about how you’re going to find time to be active. Are you going to wake up early? Walk after dinner? Run during lunch? Schedule the time on your calendar, and write down what you want to do (bike, weight lift, yoga, etc.). And if you need to find a program to work out at home, look for something on YouTube. For example: search “no equipment 20-minute workout” (or however much time you have).

What’s your favorite time of day to work out?

What exercises do you like?

Want more information on the Sugar Buster Program starting April 24?    Deadline to register is April 13

Click below and let’s talk.

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Creating health in small packages

Welcome back from cruising your kitchen for carbs and sugar and packages of processed foods.  I did discover that my refrigerator is pretty well stocked with great fruits and vegetables, but the pantry is loaded with boxes of pasta.  Every time I try to discard them by donating to our local food pantry, my carb-addicted husband keeps restocking the shelves thinking I have run out.  Obviously I’m not communicating the message very well to him and need to have that conversation again.

How are you doing with this issue?  Clearly if we are going to be successful with our goals we need support from those we live with.

When will you have that conversation to line up your support system?

Speaking of food, there is another smaller – but just as important issue that we need to manage.

It’s SNACKS!  We snack all the time and that adds up too.  So how will you manage your snack attacks so they compliment and don’t conflict.

One of the best ways to stay on track is to create weekly meal plans that account for cravings between meals. Put tasty, convenient pairings—like apples or celery with peanut butter—and healthy snacks such as cherry tomatoes, olives, and pickles on your shopping list to complement your healthy meals.  These small but healthy snack packages will come in very handy when hunger hits.

What are your favorite on-the-go snacks?

Want more information on the Sugar Buster starting April 24?  Deadline to register is April 13

Click below and let’s talk.

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Spring Into Health with Sugar Busters

When Spring starts springing it is time to check in with the health goals you’ve been diligently working on since the start of the New Year.  So how is it going?  I’ve had my own ups and downs, and have decided that it is time to re-group and go forth once more with the ONE BIG ISSUE that most of us have.  SUGAR OVERLOAD.  And why am I initiating this right now?

Because Easter will be here soon and it is a holiday wrapped in SUGAR and the pressure is on to buy-buy-buy and indulge-indulge-indulge and then feel awful-awful-awful afterwards.  So if you are like me, you would like to prepare yourself in advance with tips and tools that will help you thru this challenging time. (Isn’t it sad that the real meaning of Easter has gotten lost in an Easter basket filled with a sugar which is 8 times more addicting than cocaine!)

During the next few days, I’ll be sharing ideas to help you PREPARE to meet this challenge.  Then once Easter passes, you will have one more week to get all the sugar out of the house – and YOU –  and be ready to join our Spring Into Health Sugar Buster Challenge beginning April 24.

Are you ready for this challenge?  OK – I get it.  You have tried and tried before and maybe did not make the progress you had hoped for, but you did make some progress, didn’t you?  So just get going again.  Most smokers try 7 times until they are successful.

You can do this. It’s time to begin living your healthy lifestyle. Make a conscious effort to make the most of every day, and commit to becoming a better version of yourself. Find the energy within you to make every day count.  This is just the PREPARATION phase with our ultimate goal to start moving forward April 24.

Write down one (not two or three) SMART goal you would like to achieve.

S – Simple

M – Measureable

A – Attainable

R – Relevant

T – Timely

Write it on post-it notes and place them several places around the house and at work so you will be reminded often.

Here is mine.

Cook 3 low-glycemic meals 3x per week on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday using the Sanoviv Cookbook.

That’s it for today.  Now just do it!

Want more information on the Spring Into Health Sugar Buster Challenge starting April 24?  Deadline to register is April 13

Click below and I’ll send you details.

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How to create a healthy holiday plan that works

Ready to wrap up this series and tie it up with a big bow? This video will show you how so you can create the holiday of your dreams!

SPECIAL BONUS – $49 Holiday Coaching Special

Need more personal support to survive the holidays?  I’m offering you a deeply discounted rate for (3) 15 minute private coaching sessions with me to help you navigate thru this stressful time.  That’s 2/3 off of my usual fee.  
Make this your holiday gift to yourself, because you deserve it!
Click Here to contact me and we will schedule your sessions at your convenience.

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Have the best holiday EVER!

Carol

How to create a holiday season that matches your values

What do you value during the holiday season?  Shopping?  Being with friends and family? Spirituality? Travel?  Take a few minutes to reflect on your values and how you express them – or don’t – in this next video.

SPECIAL BONUS – $49 Holiday Coaching Special

Need more personal support to survive the holidays?  I’m offering you a deeply discounted rate for (3) 15 minute private coaching sessions with me to help you navigate thru this stressful time.  That’s 2/3 off of my usual fee.  
Make this your holiday gift to yourself, because you deserve it!
Click Here to contact me and we will schedule your sessions at your convenience.

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Have the best holiday EVER!

Carol

How to take care of yourself during the holidays

What happens to your “self-care” plan over the holidays?  At the bottom of your to-do list and probably not happening at all? How can you put yourself first, not last so you can really enjoy all that the holiday season has to offer.  Check out some tips that might help here.

SPECIAL BONUS – $49 Holiday Coaching Special

Need more personal support to survive the holidays?  I’m offering you a deeply discounted rate for (3) 15 minute private coaching sessions with me to help you navigate thru this stressful time.  That’s 2/3 off of my usual fee.  
Make this your holiday gift to yourself, because you deserve it!
Click Here to contact me and we will schedule your sessions at your convenience.

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Have the best holiday EVER!

Carol

Have you ever spent alot of time thinking about the perfect holiday gift for a child only to find out that he was totally disappointed by it?  I’ve had that experience and it feels awful. Plus I felt he was so wrapped up in commercialism that there was no pleasing him no matter what I gave him.  It’s time to step back and help children see the true value of the holidays. Check it out in this video.

SPECIAL BONUS – $49 Holiday Coaching Special

Need more personal support to survive the holidays?  I’m offering you a deeply discounted rate for (3) 15 minute private coaching sessions with me to help you navigate thru this stressful time.  That’s 2/3 off of my usual fee.  
Make this your holiday gift to yourself, because you deserve it!
Click Here to contact me and we will schedule your sessions at your convenience.

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Have the best holiday EVER!

Carol

Holiday Gift-giving Strategies that Won’t Break the Bank

Are you overwhelmed with all the expense of giving gifts over the holidays?  It is mind-boggling how this dominates our time and money. Maybe there is a more economical way.  Check out these ideas in our next video.

SPECIAL BONUS – $49 Holiday Coaching Special

Need more personal support to survive the holidays?  I’m offering you a deeply discounted rate for (3) 15 minute private coaching sessions with me to help you navigate thru this stressful time.  That’s 2/3 off of my usual fee.  
Make this your holiday gift to yourself, because you deserve it!
Click Here to contact me and we will schedule your sessions at your convenience.

Offer Expires 12/20/2016

Have the best holiday EVER!

Carol