February is often celebrated as one of the most romantic months of the year. Although candy and flowers fill the shelves of local grocery stores while restaurants prepare for candlelit dinners, February isn’t all romance and roses for everyone.
I can remember many Valentine’s Day shared alone with my head buried in work, girlfriends, gossip and a glass of wine, and even the occasional disappointing date with “Mr. Right Now”. In other words, Valentine’s Day isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be for the lonely. February can be a fairly disappointing month for those of us reminded, that while others are celebrating partnership we ourselves feel very “alone”.
Traditional Valentine’s Day does us an injustice by making us believe that we need to look outside ourselves for somebody to make us feel whole or loved. True love is actually radiated from within our hearts and it requires us truly falling in love with ourselves to receive love in return. Don’t get me wrong, having partnership and somebody who we love and loves us in return is a beautiful thing and definitely part of the human experience but it isn’t the only piece. Buddha said, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” His statement couldn’t be more correct about love.
So regardless of whether in partnership, marriage, friendship, or if you’re feeling completely alone this season it’s important to start the vital practices of Self Love! So what are some ways you can begin simply practicing self love? Here are just a few of my favorite practices:
Constantly remind yourself that you are loved! You are adored by the people you influence on a daily basis. You are valued by all the staff here at Living Water Wellness, but most importantly you are loved by God and the Universe! So let’s get to loving ourselves!
Happy Valentine’s Day
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I’ve dedicated a large part of my business to helping people heal their colon. I’ve seen tons of people suffer from less than ideal digestion and elimination. To my amazement it has become a social norm to suffer from constipation and this concept is dangerous to your long term health. Not only can constipation be painful and uncomfortable but it can be the root cause of future illnesses and diseases! A normal colon should have anywhere from 2-3 large bowel movements a day. But when things don’t flow the way they should, it’s nice to have some tips to help them along.
I’ve put together a list of some of my sure-fire ways to help relieve your constipation completely naturally, without having to pop a pill or use a damaging laxitive.
We’ve all been the victim of late-night junk food binges, cheat meals that turn into cheat weeks, and the occasional glass of wine that turns into the whole bottle, I'm not exempt. So when we're trying to lose weight, it’s easy to mess up and hinder our progress with old poor habits. As a health enthusiast and wellness specialist, I have seen thousands of people come to me with a goal of losing weight, and a strong will to shove those bad habits aside in the quest for a healthy lifestyle. And with the holidays fast approaching and family gatherings on the horizon, now more than ever is the time to ditch those pounds. I’m here to tell you these are some of the most simple tricks I’ve learned along the way that I pass on to you! These 5 tricks have shown amazing results in even the most doubtful clients...check them out:
1. Colonics (aka Colon Hydrotherapy)
What is a Colonic anyway? I’m glad you asked! A Colonic is a simple way to easily and effectively clean out waste and inflammation from the colon and digestive tract. Since the average person, eating the average American diet, going #2 two to three times a day, has anywhere from 5-15 pounds of excess material in their body. Not only can someone lose up to 15+ pounds by cleaning out their colon using colonics but the aftermath leaves most people with a firmer, flatter, more toned tummy as well. It has been known to be extremely beneficial in improving energy as well for continued weight loss success. Check out some testimonials to see what others have said about their colonic experience or schedule your own at www.livingwaterwellness.com
2. Hydrating (and Saunas!)
You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of staying hydrated, but that’s only part one of this trick! Part two is, you guessed it, saunas! Drinking all that water is wonderful for flushing out toxins and getting that vital H2O to all your cells, but jumping in the sauna then takes that unused or old water and toxins and pulls them to the surface of your skin and out of your body. The heat from, say, an infrared sauna, penetrates much deeper within your body then an average sauna. That deep penetrating heat allows you to remove more than just sweat & water weight creating more lasting and instant weight loss results. To Schedule a Sauna for $10 off click on this link and use promo code: SAUNA10
3. Finding Physical activity you love!
Of course, exercise is important for weight loss and overall health. But if you’re physical activity is a chore you have to force yourself out of bed for, you’re doing it wrong. Keep trying different activities until you find something you enjoy. And whatever the activity may be, be it biking, walking, kayaking, swimming, or dancing around the house to some good tunes, make sure you enjoy it. That’s one of the best pieces of advice I give to anyone struggling with weight loss - enjoy yourself! Also track these basic activities on an app like “My Fitness Pal” to help keep yourself accountable as well as see what you burn doing random physical activities like housework or even sex.
4. Healthy Eating
I know, I know, you probably clicked on this blog to find a way around having to drink smoothies and eat vegetables for dinner, but unfortunately, healthy food is important. Despite your possible doubts, eating healthy can become really enjoyable! It just takes a tiny bit of effort. Look up some healthy versions of the meals you love - Protein Style Burgers, Romaine Tacos, Creative Salads, etc. - and try them out! Thanks to Pinterest there are TONS of delicious recipes out there that’ll help you lose weight and won’t taste like a bowl of lettuce. PLUS, you will feel more energetic and lighter after healthy meals. If you’re local to San Diego here is one of our favorite Health Food Restauraunts to try as well! Cafe Gratitute.
5. Surround Yourself with Positivity
Having people on the same weight-loss journey to connect with and gain support from is a HUGE help for achieving your weight loss goal. But even if you’re on this journey alone, it’s important to surround yourself with people who are all-around positive. These types of people will be encouraging and excited for your progress. Remember negativity can easily seep into our subconscious and make us fall off the wagon. Positivity is KEY! Try following motivational people on Facebook and Instagram so your threads stay flooded with tips, tricks, & positive influences. Keep your circle small if you have to but make sure the people and influences in your life are positive, supportive and in alignment with your goals.
Here are some social media links to keep you motivated!
Think you’ve tried everything to improve the quality of your skin? Think again! These products and practices have yielded amazing results, and better yet, they are inexpensive and super simple! You will wish you started this sooner.
Mix 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder with 1 Tablespoon Honey. Form a paste and apply to face. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse.
We all face pressures in our daily lives. I know as a business owner and a woman I’m constantly plagued with an absurd amount of stressors. Stress can be extremely damaging to our state of mind, body, and hormones. So the question is how can we de-stress at the end of the day or week? Although it is sometimes easier said than done these are some of the best stress relievers I’ve found so far, but the stress relief options don’t stop here!
Taking an hour and a half in a quiet space, focusing on my breathing, and working on my strength training has been incredibly helpful at the end of a stressful day. I always leave feeling relaxed and healthy. Not to mention it doubles as a workout. Downing two birds with one stone immediately minimizes stress. San diego offers plenty of locations for group yoga but our sunny seasons also allow for your own outdoor yoga on the beach!
2. Massage Therapy
Massage is one of my personal favorite, albeit sometimes more expensive, ways to get some much-needed relaxation time. A great massage in a dimmed room, candles lit with relaxing music playing is the perfect thing to treat yourself to on a weekend…. holiday…. Heck anytime possible! Now with so many massage based Spa Memberships like Living Water Wellness’s you can get monthly massages as well as other spa and wellness treatments reasonably and inexpensively too. http://www.livingwaterwellness.com/services.html
3. Epsom Salt Baths & Infrared Saunas
Epsom salts can help soothe sore muscles, relieve pain and bruising, and help you relax. Lighting some candles and soaking in an Epsom salt bath is a totally FREE and favorite de-stressor of mine! Infrared saunas are another great resource. The deep detoxification that comes with the intense sweat session from an Infrared sauna is an amazing way to relax and can relieve pain and sore muscles just like baths but better because it also burns 600 calories in 30 minutes. I use this Infrared Sauna weekly!
4. Magnesium Supplements
It’s important to have the right amounts of magnesium and calcium in the body. Balancing the minerals in your body makes you feel more relaxed and promotes good health in general. Not to mention most people are fairly deficient in it anyways, so taking a supplement daily before bed will help you sleep better, feel well rested, improve digestion and overall feel much more relaxed on a daily basis. I prefer CALM Magnesium by Natural Vitality.
Journaling is more of an emotional stress-reliever rather than physical, but it is still a great practice at the end of the week. Often we hold all our ideas, intentions and worries bottled up inside and it manifests itself as stress. Emotional Stress leaves us weakened by worries both mentally and physically. Writing everything down daily takes a huge weight off my shoulders and I recommend it to everyone for reducing stress.
Try some of these stress relieving techniques on your own and share with us some of your favorite tricks for de stressing! God knows we can all use it!
Tips & Tricks to get you summer ready!
Summer is well on it’s way! The San Diego sun is out and you know what that means… time to find that perfect swimsuit! Or rather… time to get in shape FAST so you can look good in that swimsuit, right? Getting summer ready is easier said than done, and like most people, I too struggle with getting back that “summer body” after a winter full of over indulging. I mean, who can say no to those February girl scout cookies right? But after years of researching fad diets and quick-fixes, I’ve narrowed down what I’ve found to be some of the easiest yet best tips & tricks to get that body bounce back just in time for an awesome San Diego Summer!
Everyone knows water is vital for our health, but did you know that drinking more can help you shed excess water weight? Yep... fresh clean water gets rid of toxic water weight. As it turns out, our bodies retain water as a result of too much sodium in our system. The more water you drink, the more sodium you’ll flush out, and the less water weight you’ll hold onto. This is a simple way to shed a few pounds FAST! It's also a good idea to reduce the amount of bad sodium in your diet for even better results. Try using Himalayan Sea Salts instead of table salt and drink fresh Celery Juice that should do the trick!
Moving your body is key to getting in shape. But exercise shouldn’t be boring or strict! Ditch the gym and those mundane workout routines you found on the internet, and find something you really LOVE doing. I found that Pilates, it is an amazing way for me to get in shape AND enjoy myself. I love getting stronger, more flexible, longer, leaner muscles and seeing improvement in every class. But remember, what works for me doesn’t have to work for you. There’s no right or wrong way to move your body, just find something that gets you EXCITED and do it consistently!
Eliminating toxins from your body makes shedding those extra pounds a breeze! Plenty of juices and smoothies really help move toxins and old material out of your body, and leave you feeling energized! It doesn’t have to be a complete juice fast to have cleansing results. You can also try a cleansing supplement regime. Many people feel completely renewed after cleanses and shed that unwanted weight much quicker then with diet and exercise alone.
4. Infrared Saunas
Sweating is another great way to get rid of extra weight and fat! Elimination of toxins happens through the pores of your skin when you sweat. While exercise and sun-bathing are great, you can get a better & deeper sweat from infrared saunas. The increased temperature draws toxins from deep within your body to the surface, and many sauna sessions are inexpensive. I have done this a number of times to rapidly get rid of stubborn weight and when I’ve plateau. I’ve linked our rapid weight loss sauna. Infrared Sauna:
5. Raw Foods
Hold on, do I have to eat lettuce all day? Before I tried raw foods, I was worried about the same things, that it would be bland, tasteless, and leave me hungry. But I’ve found that raw foods give me so much energy! Big smoothies filled with delicious fruit, veggies with hummus on raw crackers, and even raw desserts, are only some of the amazingly healthy and delicious raw foods to eat! Eating this way really boosts weight loss and gets you on track to get that summer body!
A colonic is a gentle cleansing of the colon with water. The body can store toxic material in the colon for years if not properly cleaned out. When your body is cleansed, it can easily let go of excess weight and leave you feeling revitalized. I experienced more energy and a general lighter feeling after getting a colonic, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who feels tired, toxic, or wants to detox. The process flattens the tummy quickly and leaves you feeling and looking pounds lighter! Check out the link for the best colonic experience in San Diego.