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Why I’m preparing for the 21 Day Sugar Detox #21DSD

Even before I started my journey to becoming a holistic health coach, I was trying to find my best way of eating. After lots of research and just as much trial and error, I found that a slightly-modified, GAPS-leaning Paleo diet was helping me beat the fatigue and joint pain that had been plaguing me. While I have felt much better this year than I did in 2013, I am still struggling with and, more often than I care to admit, giving in to intense cravings for sweet treats.

Although my energy is generally higher, it still fluctuates quite a bit during the day. I find myself looking for something flour-y and sugar-y when my energy dips, especially after lunch.

My 47th birthday just passed, and my body’s gift to me was another breakout along my jawline and down the sides of my neck, along with an eczema flare-up on my hands. 35 years of acne and itching is enough.

“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.”  ― Tony Robbins

I’ve decided it is time to reach for a new level of wellness and beat my sugar cravings once and for all. After hearing and reading good things about The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally by Diane Sanfilippo, I ordered the book, signed on for the online support, and picked a date to start – October 1st. It seems like the right time, to change with the leaves and let go of old ways. It is my gift to myself, celebrating my birthday and Mabon (the celebration of the fall equinox), which coincided this year.

I’ll be preparing this weekend by cleaning out the pantry and the refrigerator, making some food ahead, and putting myself in the right frame of mind. I’ve found some helpful advice online, like this post from bembu, and will be doing more reading to make sure I’m ready.

I’ll be posting my daily progress on my Facebook page, so be sure to follow me there. I’ll check in here with updates once a week as well.

Have you tried the 21 Day Sugar Detox? Were you able to complete the full plan? I’d love to hear about your experience!

How Reiki can support you during times of change

This image depicts a Reiki treatment in progre...

A Reiki treatment in progress. Author: James Logan; Uploaded by Andy Beer with agreement of author and models. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you approach the fall equinox, you may find yourself connecting to the energy of change. This time of year, when the trees are letting go of their leaves, encourages deep cleaning. Whether it’s your home, your body, your career or your lifestyle, it’s time to clean it out, dust it off, and welcome change.

Reiki is a powerful platform for change. Regular sessions, through self-practice or with a practitioner, offer gentle yet powerful support that nourishes you and clears a space into which you can invite the season’s newness.

Reiki can lessen the anxiety and pain often associated with change, so you will feel more able to incorporate needed health interventions or make lifestyle changes. Reiki can also clear the mind, enabling you to better evaluate the sometimes conflicting choices before you, so you can make important decisions with greater confidence.

When approaching change, it is important avoid making choices based on fear. Surrender to your Reiki experience, perhaps savoring the breath, allowing your awareness to drop within. Your session will bring you toward balance, and you will be better able to sort through your options, and see possibilities you hadn’t considered before. Regular Reiki sessions support you to make wise, timely changes, ones you can sustain, and which, in turn, will sustain you.

For me, self care is about making conscious choices to address the needs of my body, mind and spirit. Reiki is one tool in my self-care regimen, an over-arching support which gently guides me towards what my body needs to restore balance and wellness. In this way, Reiki opens us up to change, welcoming the newness of natural health.