STOP! Wait before you start that Cleanse!

I’m not denying that providing your body with high quality nutrients and fiber can’t have profound effects and allow you system to begin working more efficiently. I’m not saying that your liver couldn’t use a break from all the abuse it gets on a daily basis.

I AM saying, perhaps an additional day or two of good prep work could assist you in avoiding many of the “side effects” that many seem to get when they “cleanse” their systems.

As I watch all the social media and see everyone talking about “making a change for a healthier new year” I get excited that so many are ready to commit, and then, a bit sad in that so many will give up, feeling as if they have failed.  My goal in this article is to set you up to WIN! 

Why wait?

Some people, occasionally, will experience some side effects.  These are typically:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms

Day 2 is typically the day you will notice most, if any, of these symptoms, especially, if you have over-indulged prior to your cleanse.  This is the REASON – I suggest waiting a few days to begin – past New Years Day.

Almost always, these symptoms are from dehydration, starvation or withdrawal from caffeine, sugar or alcohol.

Why do people “cleanse”?

Why_Cleanse

Cleanse_benefits

What do I eat on a Cleanse?

Cleanse_-_What_do_I_eat

I don’t believe in starving myself, or my clients.  I believe in providing high quality nutrition to my body to allow it to do its job!  Here is a link to an 18 minute video that explains how to “cleanse” without the starvation portion so many think is necessary. I will also provide links to the 4 products mentioned in this presentation.  (NOTE: special parameters for those with Diabetes or Low Blood Sugar is at 10:00 Minute mark.)

Fresh Start supplements

Alfalfa Complex  *  Liver DTX Complex   *   Herb-Lax   *   Optiflora

If you would like additional information on how to set up your cleanse or to discuss what might be a match for your personal needs, please feel free to contact me at Tess@HealthyGreaseMonkey.com

Love Our Posts?

How to Get Notified of Your Favorite Facebook Fan Page Posts.

I learned another Facebook trick today that I thought I’d share with you.  It is useful if you have ever thought you are missing your favorite Facebook posts. (“Like” The Healthy Grease Monkey) and would like to make sure you get ALL of them.

Get Notifications

How to get notified of Healthy Grease Monkey’s Facebook fan page posts (and any other fan pages):

  • Go to  The Healthy Grease Monkey‘s Facebook Fan Page,
  • Hover your mouse over the “Like” button,
  • Then click on “Get Notifications.”

This should make sure you are notified of any new posts!  This works on any Page you’ve liked.  I am on my way to begin changing many pages settings to get notified of new posts.

Thank you, and have a HEALTHY, GREAT DAY!

Tha

My Confession – and commitment!

Join me… Stretch and get up and move!!!

50 squats done!!! (A magical exercise that can be done anywhere!)

Hip stretches done!!!

How to find time to workout.

Everyday movement DOES count!

6 tips to make time for health.

Even a brisk walk counts!

Are you Praying for Better Health

How many times have you prayed for better health? Additional energy levels? Better results on a physical?  How many times have you prayed for a cure? Why don’t I just feel better?

Prayer

The answer to this question isn’t an easy one.  Yes, I believe, He does provide miracles. I also believe we need to give some assistance in this case.

If we were looking for a new job, we wouldn’t just pray for a new job and then sit down on the couch and wait for one to fall in our lap.  We would create a resume, fill out job applications, search the want ads, talk to people and let them know what we are looking for.

Couch is Satan

Why don’t we look at health the same way?

If you would really like “better health” then why don’t you look for it?

1 Corinthians 3:16-17New International Version (NIV)

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

For many years I fed my body, and my temple, noodles ramen and Busch Light beer – all my friends did.  When I reached the age of about 27 I was miserable, on six pharmaceuticals for depression, asthma, migraines, and more…  My body was not functioning properly and I frequently prayed that I felt better.

It wasn’t until I began paying better attention to assisting in supporting my health that it all turned around. Just like taking action to find a new job.

Two_Questions_food-feel

I began drinking more water and eliminated soda pop. I started feeling a bit better.

Rethink your drink - sugar

I began walking 5-6 miles 3-5 days a week. I started feeling better.

pink shoes

I stopped eating fast food on a regular basis. I started feeling better.

I paid close attention to eating whole foods, and adding more servings of fruits and veggies. I started feeling better.

Foundation and produce

I added a sound foundational supplement regimen and MY CRAVINGS WENT AWAY!

Not all disease or illness can be prevented, but I DO know I feel better, have more energy, and the migraines, asthma, and depression are all but gone!  These are the things that worked for myself and many of my friends and colleagues.  I am happy to assist you in reaching your new healthy self!

Don’t just sit on your couch and “wait,” get up and do something to get there. Smile 

You are what you eat.

If you are wondering where to begin, contact me and I can provide you coaching, foundational suggestions, and much more!

Healthy, quick tip of the day!!! Get Moving!

We are all busy, but when we take a moment to reflect on how one change can effect our healthy, it can be mind boggling!

In less than a minute I give quick tips you can choose to implement into your daily choices to improve your health!

Get MOVING… my friends! Smile

 

less than 60 seconds to improve your health!

Let me know how YOU are moving… Today, I’m going for a bike ride!

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and Why it Works!

Yes, I had gotten pretty cocky! I hadn’t been called out for this challenge yet.  That all changed yesterday afternoon when Captain Jack Ivins of Team Believe – the team I walked in the 3-day 60-mile along side, last year called me out and challenged me to help make a difference.

Many think its stupid.

I disagree… This is a fabulous marketing opportunity to raise funds and raise awareness for a horrible disease that affects many and is horribly miserable for those who have contracted it.

Why it’s not stupid.

When hundreds of people donate $10 each – you end up with a LOT more than a mere $100 from one person.

When hundreds (thousands) of people post videos of them doing a stupid stunt for all their friends and family and acquaintances to see it begins a discussion about ALS and the research funds needed to help fight this disease.

My Ice Bucket Challenge

I’m going to make him eat my homemade stir fry over spaghetti squash for TWO weeks after this… He poured it slowly so y’all would get your money’s worth!

NOW, START TALKING ABOUT ALS!

ALS Website

Ice-Bucket-Infographic-web

Page to donate directly Link

What you can do after you are diagnosed

I have a colleague in CA who has been living with ALS for over 18 years.  He is very knowledgeable and willing to work with others also affected.  If you would like to contact him, here is a link to reach him as well.  Please let him know that Tess Brennan of FL sent you.

You can reach him at this link.

Thank you for your time!  Make it a GREAT day!

Choices & Consequences = Our Current Health???

So, I’ve been preaching choices and consequences to my daughter quite a bit lately.  At 7 she wants what she wants and she cries if she doesn’t get it.  It frustrates me to no end, I don’t feel like we spoil her, we don’t buy her everything she asks for, she has responsibilities, and she is required to eat what is fixed for meals.

Today, she wanted to go to the park. I said okay and that we would ride our bikes there.  She was very excited.  (It is August in SW FL) As we prepared to leave she decided she would rather ride her scooter.  I discussed this with her and tried to focus on the consequences of this choice, that she would be required to bring the apparatus home after the park and that her bike would be easier than her scooter, yet she insisted. – Long story short – the mile home seemed like 15 to me! She kept whining and complaining that she was just going to die, that she couldn’t go on another step. We didn’t have a choice – we had to get home, plus, she had plenty of water for the journey.

CLB pouting at dinner

We get home and it is lunch time. Consequences—> She still has chicken and mixed veggies from the other night that she has refused to eat – so that is lunch.  She is now taking a nap in her room because she is just too exhausted to eat. LOL 

Why is this relevant to your life?

Our daily choices have consequences. Everyday we choose a soda pop, or a donut, or a bowl of cereal, or a 10,000 calorie sandwich from a fast food restaurant.  Our daily choices have consequences. 

Unfortunately, we don’t see those consequences so readily as having to eat the food we refused the night before or by having to get home on our scooter when we’ve decided we are done.

These consequences may take years or even decades to develop. Enter the current state of our national healthcare crisis.  Forget about the fact that no one can afford the care they need – WHY DO THEY NEED THE CARE IN THE FIRST PLACE?  Choices & Consequences

I saw a new YouTube video

yesterday that points this out clearly. 

I don’t typically like, what I call, scare monger tactics to make people see things, but this video stuck me hard.  Our choices have consequences.  I count myself lucky because I had friends who pointed me in a healthier direction.  Better Choices.

This video, clearly shows WHY I am so adamant about our children having recess and PE at school, WHY I protest teachers giving the kids candy or food for answering correctly or cooperating, WHY I stress that our daily choices make such a difference.

I was close to this in my 30’s.  Though not this big, I was struggling with my health, with depression, with pain, and the answer I was given at that time was to take prescriptions. SIX of them at one time – some to handle the side effects of the others.  I was miserable.  I thank my friend, Betsey, for opening my eyes to what nutritional choices could do and to how easy those choices could be.

What can you do?

If you are struggling with your weight, with pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes, pain in your joints, the beginning of heart disease, lethargy, cravings and such, changing a few things gradually could have a synergistic effect and redirect your current path.

I would love to work with to show you what simple choices could make a HUGE impact on your health! HUGE (and I’m not trying to sell Kia’s here either. – local humor) 

Simple steps can begin to turn things around for you so that you don’t find yourself where this gentleman has found himself.

CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES BEFORE

YOU MAKE THAT CHOICE!

Beginning with the BURSTclub Workout

I have a confession to make.  I dislike working out! I AM a health coach, but I struggle with the couch.  I love to walk but it takes so much time.  Some days I am so busy that there is not time, others I pretend like I am busy so there is no time…

Enter the BURSTclub workout!

3 minute warm-up, 3 minute stretching, 3 minutes of BURST, 3 minute cool down, DONE

I’ll admit, when I first tried these a year ago I was overwhelmed. I tried to do the workouts EXACTLY as the Oates’ did them… WRONG…  They are professionals, they do it daily, they are in shape – I. WAS. NOT.

Now, 12 days ago, I looked at my cushy tummy with the “baby flab” still there after 7 years. (Don’t get me wrong, after losing 55 pounds 7 years ago I am proud of my physique.)  I had taken a 12 day hiatus from nutrient dense foods, from exercise, from routine, and from my healthy lifestyle.  – How easy is it to form a NEW BAD habit??? 

I was feeling sluggish, bloated, unhealthy, and when I attempted to wear heals my feet hurt again. So, I committed, once again to working the BURSTclub workouts.  (These come FREE with my 180 Lean & Healthy kit as a way to give me a full system.)

On day one I could hardly make it through the warm-up. I was SO happy when the warm-up stretching began.  I was NOT able to finish out the 3 minutes of burst completely – but I kept moving. I kept doing the “exercise” of the minute in a “lesser” way.  Its only 20 seconds, then you get a break! 

Day two was similar.

Day three – the saboteur stepped in. I felt a bit sore from the first two days of effort. (okay, quite a bit sore in places) A friend posted a motivational image on Facebook and I went in and DID IT – its only TWELVE minutes… The muscle soreness subsided quite a bit after the workout, too.

Day four – I rested – I still did stretching (egosque) and I kept moving, walking, shopping, playing with my daughter, and rearranged the furniture in her room.

Day 5 – Now I’m feeling really good. There was one of the exercises I physically could not do, so instead of giving up, I modified it to one, similar, that I could do and finished my workout.

Day 6-11 – Same general thing.  I take a day off to rest about every 4-5 days, but I still stretch and move.

Day 12

After only 12 days I can feel that I am getting stronger and I am increasing my energy levels.

FINALLY, the proof that something is happening…

Day 1 - July 2014Day 12 - July 2014

Before photo 7/12/14                          After photo 7/23/14

As Zig Ziglar frequently said, “Keep on, keepin’ on”

For more information on the Shaklee 180 system and tools, contact me. I am here to be a resource for you!

6 Tips to Make Time for Health

As a mom, wife, health coach, entrepreneur, PTO member, Rotarian…  I find that my “time” is limited. (or is it?) 

The calendar on my “smart”phone is often filled with lots of running and back to back appointments across the county. It is very easy for me to get “so busy” that I forget about the things that are important – LIKE MY HEALTH!

Many times, as a mom & wife, I get so wrapped up in taking care of the needs of my family, that I forget what it is that I need to do for myself. 

I can remember my mom’s 30th birthday, when Dad took us all to Lafayette to celebrate HER birthday, but when we got there we spent all the time shopping for my sister and I and before we knew it, the time was up and we hadn’t done anything for mom. Sad smile  Her 30th birthday was a BIG sacrifice for us! (It happens – my 40th was a bit like this too, but that’s a story for another day. LOL)

Today, as Moms, it is SO important that we remember to take time to support our personal health and that we don’t get distracted by the little things (like Candy Crush & Facebook) and that we get the important things in there.

So, what is a busy mom supposed to do to make time for a healthier YOU?

  1. Dump list & Daily 4: List out all that you need to do for the week, then create the FOUR most important things to accomplish THAT day… (maybe 5… but NO MORE)  If you accomplish the first 4, then you can move on to other things on that list.  (At the end of the day, do yourself a favor and write down all you accomplished – then list the FOUR things for you to do tomorrow)
    Dump List
  2. Work on the 30 minute “FOCUS” time system:  As you begin to work on things from that list, remember the 30 minute rule.  SET A TIMER (your smartphone has one)  Focus on that one task for 30 minutes.  (Yes, you can answer your kids, redirect them, etc. but remember to return right back to that task.)   I am frequently amazed at how much I can accomplish in a 30 minute time frame when I put my mind to it!
    30 Min Focus
  3. If you are going to cook anyway, make it worth it! Prepare multiple meals at once. I don’t like to waste time in the kitchen, so if I need to be in the kitchen to make dinner/lunch/breakfast I like to prepare foods for future meals. Make the most of the time I am in the kitchen and save time in the future for food prep.
    Silly mom in kitchen shoes
  4. Remember your supplements! When my immune system is weakened due to holes in my daily nutrition, I tend to succumb to whatever crap is floating around.  It took me a while to learn to remember to take my morning supplements. I created my routine by using my smartphone alarm app.
    Schedule it in
  5. Squeeze in some workout whenever you can: I am NOT above doing squats in the bathroom whenever I need to “go”. Add a few extra steps when you head to the store. Be active WITH your family. Park a bit further from the store and walk a few extra steps.  (This is my daughter’s new favorite thing to do.)
    Adding steps is an easy way to improve our fitness

  6. Take time to rest! Our kids aren’t the only ones who need rest. By rest, I don’t mean 20 minutes sitting in the recliner playing Bubble Witch2 or scanning FB from your phone.  I MEAN, 20 minutes of quiet.  I have implemented a 30 minutes a day reading requirement for my daughter (she’s 7 now).  That is my time to reflect, pray, meditate, or read something to provide myself that needed recharge time.
    Reading child with momReading child

I have other tips, but these seem to be the most important for my daily sanity and health.  A few simple focused minutes now can set me up for easier, quicker, healthier sailing later on!

Make it a GREAT day!  For additional information, personal coaching, or events happening in your area, contact me.

I’m NOT asking you to STOP BREATHING!

In order to get healthy, we don’t need to make all the changes at once!

A few years ago I was very frustrated with a friend who was experiencing a LOT of health issues, yet refused to make any changes to his non-healthy habits.  I just knew that if he would eat better, cut back on the unhealthy habits, drink more water, stop surrounding himself with toxic products, and meditate more he would feel better and see great results. 

Then, a friend said something that has stuck in my head ever since.

You may as well ask him to STOP BREATHING!  Why would you assume that he would just change EVERYTHING in his life, especially when those habits are comforting and he’s spent a lifetime developing them

Stressed woman Healthy Grease Monkey

When we are stressed, it is easy to turn to old habits, even when those habits aren’t the best choice.  Comfort foods, alcohol, sodas, chips, cookies, chocolate, candy bars, ICE CREAM!!!

This week as I was working with a client who has decided she wants to improve her health, lose some inches, and increase her energy levels,  we discussed “what are healthy food choices,” I noticed she started to get overwhelmed.  It was at this point I STOPPED.  We need to understand that even small changes made on a gradual basis can have huge results.  And each new healthy habit stacked on top of the previous healthy habit creates a synergy toward better health!

This reaction reminded me of “might as well stop breathing.”

Many times people GIVE UP because of an ALL OR NOTHING attitude.  This attitude sets you up for failure.  Chronic Stress is detrimental to our health, worrying about “doing it all right” creates stress and many times causes us to fail simply by giving up on all the good we’ve started.

1_step_at_a_time_Healthy_Grease_Monkey

Pick one healthy change to implement into your daily life today… Work to master this new habit in the next month.  Then, next month, add the next healthy habit – by the end of 12 months you will have 12 new healthy habits to provide the synergy needed to increase your energy, improve your health, and even reduce the inches around your waist!

My error, years ago, was in expecting my friend to change EVERYTHING all at once, rather than asking him to try making one small change at a time to better influence his healthy.  Don’t get me wrong, I have seen AMAZING results in a mere 48 hours when a client has chosen to make a “complete turnaround” but more times than not, this all inclusive, huge change is a set-up for failure.

What ONE THING will you change

TODAY to improve your health, increase

your energy levels, and your quality of

life?  Then keep working on that one thing until you have it mastered… then move on to ONE more thing you can change or tweak. 

Contact me for assistance in what those changes might be.