BIODETOX Day 9-15

 BIODETOX DAY 9-15

Over a week down! Great job. Please keep using your mantra and or breath-work daily as we progress. Now we move on to some of the biology. We will learn about the physical organs of detoxification, how they function in the body and how we can best support them. Much of this is to just create knowledge about the body and how it links with the mind and with-in the mind. Our mental emotional and spiritual bodies are deeply woven and inter-connected with our physical bodies. Food for thought!
 

BIODETOX DAY 9

Organs of Detox: LIVER
Patients always ask me about the liver, what does the liver do?...the real question is what DOESN’T the liver do? The liver cleans the blood, removes and breaks down toxins, produces bile, governs all the hormones, is the only organ that can regenerate its own cells. The liver is the workhorse of the body and metabolic functions. It is a filter for our entire blood volume about 1500ml of blood get filtered every minute! The liver does too many things to list.
 

  • After you read this think about if your emotions have changed?

  • Any anger coming up?

  • Look in the mirror at how white and clear your eyes are!

  • Want to eat more foods to support the liver? Go for it! Great choices are beets, burdock root, dark leafy greens, mustard greens, kale, spinach, cilantro, parsley, cucumbers, ginger

  • Yoga poses to support the liver and detoxification

 
I love this TCM perspective form Shen Nong:
http://www.shen-nong.com/eng/principles/liverfiveyinorgans.html
 
In western physiology, the liver is responsible for a number of important body functions, including the production and excretion of bile, which is used to break down fat and the detoxification of blood. However, according to TCM, the liver's functions are different. They include control of the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system over which a person does not have voluntary control), and the circulatory system. In addition, the liver is responsible for vision. 

"The liver rules flowing and spreading." 
In TCM, the liver promotes flowing and spreading movements. By stimulating flow, the liver adjusts and ensures the smooth movement of qi, blood and body fluids, and spreads these substances to the entire body. There are three functional aspects of the liver's "flowing and spreading" activity: regulating qi, regulating emotions and enhancing the digestive properties of the spleen. 

Regulating qi movement 

The activities of the organs and meridians are dependent on qi movement. The flow and spread of qi throughout the body are in turn dependent on the regulatory functions of the liver. If the liver is not functioning properly, qi flow is interrupted, which can lead to disharmony and imbalance. When this becomes marked, disease and other health problems ensue. 

Regulating emotions 

The liver balances emotions. Normal emotional health depends on the harmony of qi and blood. When the liver keeps qi flowing smoothly, a relaxed internal, emotional environment is created. If liver disharmony results in stagnant liver qi, emotional disturbances like depression and anger can occur.

Enhancing the digestive power of spleen 

The liver's flowing and spreading functions also adjust the digestive functions of spleen. If the liver is not functioning properly, the movement of spleen qi is not smooth. Consequently, the transformation and transportation of digested food will be affected, leading to abdominal pain, nausea, belching, diarrhea and other complications. 

"The liver stores the blood."
The liver is also responsible for storing and regulating blood flow. When a person moves or exercises, the blood leaves the liver and goes to the part of body that needs it. The blood returns to the liver to be stored, when a person rests. If a person has insufficient blood available for storage in the liver, their eyes will not be adequately nourished and will become rough and dry. Dizziness can also occur. 

"The liver opens into the eyes." 
The eyes have a close relationship with the liver; because, they are connected to the liver meridian. The ability to see depends on the nourishment of the eyes from blood stored in the liver, and many liver disorders are reflected in the eyes. For example, insufficient liver blood can lead to blurred vision. "Dampness and heat" of the liver and gall bladder, a condition known in western medicine as jaundice, manifests as yellow eyes. 

"The liver rules the tendons and is manifested in the nails." 
The proper movement of tendons, which attach muscle to bone, is closely related to liver function. If the blood stored in the liver is insufficient and incapable of nourishing the tendons, symptoms like spasms, numbness of limbs and difficulty bending or stretching occur. Fingernail and toenail health is also dependent on the nourishment of blood from the liver. If the liver blood is sufficient, nails will appear pink and moist. If it is insufficient, the nails will become thin, brittle and pale. 
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary

BIODETOX DAY 10

Organs of Detox: LARGE INTESTINE
 
The large intestine on a physical level helps us remove waste from the body and integrate the assimilated or “digested” information via food from the body. If you suffer from constipation or mal-digestion it may be reflecting some mental emotional areas in your life.

  • Are you having trouble letting go?

  • Are you having a hard time digesting what it is going on in your life?

  • Are you holding in emotions or pain since childhood that reflects your bowels?


Detoxification and changing your diet habits can change your bowel patterns at first. When you eat less or remove sugars and caffeine your bowels move more slowly at first.

  • Make sure your bowels are moving, with at least one bowel movement per day

  • To enhance bowel action you can add 1-3T of GROUND flax seeds to food/drink daily. Mix in applesauce, or smoothies or shake in water.

  • Daily to weekly enemas can be used if needed.

  • You may want to set up an appointment for a colonic at some point during the cleanse to support this process.

  •  Try the breathing exercise below and see if things get moving!
     
    Much Love and Peace *
    Hillary

  • Exercise: Get Stuck Energy Moving Again with Large Intestine Exercise
    https://www.changeyourenergy.com/blog/1030/20140501-get-stuck-energy-moving-again-with-large-intestine-exercise
    If you are feeling bottled up or stuck in negative relationship patterns, look to your large intestine for some wisdom about how to get life moving in a positive direction again. 
    According to energy medicine, the Large Intestine Meridian affects, and is affected by, our relationships and feelings. Our ability to digest life's information and release things which no longer serve us is dependent on having a healthy colon. 
    When the Large Intestine Meridian becomes congested or closed down it can manifest in a number of ways. Some people have a hard time moving on from difficult situations, or hold very tightly to harmful emotions even though they know they are harming themselves. 
    Holding onto painful feelings or patterns can also manifest as an unwillingness to betray or share our emotions with others. "Bottling up" our emotions is a common cause of chronic constipation. 
    When your Large Intestine meridian energy is strong and balanced, you are organized—in your thinking and your physical space. You are clear headed and free of pollutants, both physically and mentally. 
    If your Large Intestine Meridian energy is unbalanced, your ability to discern and discriminate can get confused. Physically you may become constipated. Mentally your thinking may become clouded. And your ability to discern or make good judgements becomes impaired. 
    Large Intestine Meridian energy allows us to let go of patterns of negative thinking, destructive emotions, and spiritual blockages. When Large Intestine energy is compromised, it's harder to discern or move on from difficult situations. We end up holding tight, literally and figuratively, to toxic emotions and situations. 
    Here is a Large Intestine Meridian exercise you can use whenever you are feeling sad, indecisive or stuck in a negative situation. 

    Abdominal Breathing Intestine Massage 
    For better energy, improved digestion and glowing skin, perform this easy, relaxing belly breathing exercise to release stress, increase circulation and relieve constipation. 
    Lying, sitting or standing in a comfortable position, place both hands over your belly with your thumbs pointing toward your navel and your two index fingers touching so they form a triangle, covering the area from your navel to your pubic bone. 
    You can also contract and relax your rectal muscles during this exercise to gather energy and warmth more quickly. 
    Begin by Inhaling as you push your abdomen outwards until you feel pressure, like blowing up a balloon. 
    Next, exhale completely, slowly pulling your abdomen back in toward your spine. 
    Hold each inhale and exhale for two to three seconds each. 
    Repeat this circuit 100 times at first. You can gradually increase the number of repetitions to 300. 
    This is a highly relaxing yet stimulating intestinal exercise. When you have completed your circuits, take time to balance your energy by lying or sitting still for several minutes. 
    You can balance your energy further by drinking several glasses of water after this exercise. 

BIODETOX DAY 11

Organs of Detox: LUNGS
The mind will follow the breath*
Keeping your breath even and full will calm your thoughts.
 
The Lungs are such amazing parts of the body. They are much bigger than you would think rising up to an apex above the clavicle on either side of your neck, widen through the whole width of the torso and reach down expanding and contracting by the diaphragm, protected by the ribcage. Inhale/Exhale
 
I often forget that the lungs communicate with the outside world, every breath you take. Some practices of medicine consider the lungs the second skin. Suppression to the skin ie hydrocortisone on eczema will drive that expression of inflammation to the lungs and can appear as asthma and in reverse, steroid inhalers, will push lung inflammation to the skin. A deep connection. Inhale/Exhale
 
Grief is represented in the lungs. It is so common to get a respiratory infection or pneumonia when experiencing grief. Hard to take breaths when grieving. Hard to cry. Short, shallow breaths, incomplete breaths lead to anxiety. Deep sighs of relief can come with release of grief and emotions. Inhale/Exhale
 
How are you breathing?
Do your ribs and belly rise and fall?
Can you feel air flow up into your upper chest and clavicles rise?
Do you breath quick, shallow breaths?
Are you anxious and searching for air?
Focus on the breath and see where is takes you.
Can you EXPAND?  Can you RELEASE anything?
Can you inhale and exhale in equality? Having the length of the inhale match the exhale, 8 seconds in, 8 seconds out and maintain that for a therapeutic amount of time?
 
If you need some reminders on the power of breath go back and look at Day 8.
Practice your breathwork/pranayama. Make a commitment to it and feel the positive changes. Inhale/Exhale
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary

BIODETOX DAY 12

Organs of Detox: KIDNEYS
The kidneys are the long lost forgotten organs of detoxification. They transport vitamins, minerals, amino acids, glucose, hormones, enzymes and other substances throughout your body via water. They regulate our blood pressure, electrolytes and remove waste.
Drink Water, More than you think!
 
The kidneys sit in the back body just where the rib cage ends posteriorly. Above them sits an adrenal gland one on each side, ready to go into fight or flight mode if needed. In chinese medicine the kidneys are associated with the FEAR emotion. Ever been so scared you pee in your pants?
 
Fear and emotions are an indicator of one’s state of health.  If you have one particularly dominating emotion, after an extended period of time if it remains locked in the body without being fully felt, acknowledged and allowed to move on, then this emotion will wreak havoc and manifest physical illness within the body.
 
Fear causes pain and disease in the kidneys, adrenals, and lower back and creates favorable conditions for uri-nary tract disorders and incontinence. When one is afraid, the body contracts in self-protection. The circulation of blood and breath slows down, resulting in conditions of excess and stagnation in the core and depletion in the periphery. A common sign of this is cold hands and feet. One is literally "frozen with fear."
 
Chronic fear and stress; cause the adrenals to secrete large amounts of the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which signal the cells to break down and release glucose into the bloodstream. Over extended periods of time this depletes our energy reserves, we become weak and fatigued, develop insulin dysregulation, leading to "adrenal burnout." The body's reservoir of hormones is not infinitely deep. You must make time to rest and regenerate and RELEASE FEAR.
 
Do you engage in fear based living? Why? What does it stem from?
This includes fear based thought patterns and self talk.
Is it learned or has it developed from detrimental life experiences?
Are you living in fight or flight mode?
Do you have any fears and phobias?
What do you do for rest and relaxation?
Drink alcohol? Or Drink water?
What can you do to support the kidneys and decrease fear response?
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary
 
http://www.sahej.com/organ-emotion_printready.html
 

BIODETOX DAY 13

Organs of Detox: SKIN
Our skin is our largest organ. It interacts with the outside world and connects to our internal neural pathways in such an amazing way. It is so resilient and so revealing. Toxins are released through the skin so during this detoxification process you may notice skin changes, acne, rashes, and eventually overall skin improvement in tone, moisture, quality and turgor. We absorb nutrients and toxins through the skin so the golden rule is if you can eat it you can put it on your skin. You will absorb it. Have you ever used topical hormones creams, patches(nicotine, birth control), they are highly absorbed through the skin so if you are putting poor quality, lotions and ointments on your skin you are absorbing it into your bloodstream. Read labels and see if you need to revamp your beauty products to lower toxic load. Coconut oil and almond oil are great moisturizers.
 
Helping the mind help the skin
Not everyone responds emotionally through the skin, nor do all people react the same way to having a skin problem. But evidence suggests that in some people, psychological issues often intersect with skin physiology, and treating both may offer the best chance for improvement. …Read More
 
Beauty From the Inside Out: Skin Disorders, Stress and Aging …Read More
 

  • Detox through the skin. You release toxins through the skin as well so any increase in sweating through exercise, steam or saunas can enhance detoxification.

  • Clean and scrub skin nightly to remove dead skin cells and increase circulation. Try dry brushing an Ayurvedic technique.

  • Treat yourself to a massage at the end of the detox to reward your body for all its hard work and nourish your skin.


Is there anything your skin is telling you?
Anything that makes you crawl out of your skin?
What gives you chicken skin?
Are you hypersensitive to heat, cold, pain by touch?
Do you have acne, rashes, eczema, hives?
What can you relate to in your life to your skin health and or skin changes?
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/Recognizing_the_mind-skin_connection

BIODETOX DAY 14

Organs of Detox: Thyroid
I know the thyroid gland is not classically thought of as an organ of detoxification but it is highly affected indirectly by our organs of detox and our hormones as well as detox pathways that I felt inclined to talk about it. I see an increasingly larger and larger number of thyroid patients each year, primarily women, and what used to almost always have some genetic patterning now seems to be without direct cause.
 
The thyroid’s main role in the endocrine system is to regulate your metabolism, which is your body’s ability to break down food and convert it to energy. Food essentially fuels our bodies, and our bodies each “burn” that fuel at different rates. This is why you often hear about some people having “fast” metabolism and others having “slow” metabolism.
 
The thyroid keeps your metabolism under control through the action of thyroid hormone, which it makes by extracting iodine from the blood and incorporating it into thyroid hormones. Every other cell depends on the thyroid to manage its metabolism.
 
I see a common triad of thyroid imbalance and its relationship to sex hormones and adrenal stress. This is the key, every cell depends on the thyroid for its management, so if the thyroid is imbalanced things are going to start to get out of alignment. The thyroid is placed at the base of the throat in the sternal notch joining the clavicles to the sternum.
 
In essence the thyroid is the bridge between the head and the body, it is sitting on our vocal cords, allowing ease in swallowing and processing food and drinks, managing our body temperature and metabolism. It is our mind body connection.
 
Are your mental thoughts and the actions in your body aligned?
Are you speaking your truth? Speaking your mind?
Are you able to nourish and feed your self with ease and fuel your metabolism or is there a blockage? Trouble swallowing?
Do you run hot or cold? Temperature dysregualtion?
Do you lose or gain weight easily? Does it make a difference if you are feeling joy or depression in your life at that time?
 
How To Heal Your Thyroid Naturally With Yoga Shoulderstand
 
JALANDHARA BANDHA, THE THROAT LOCK
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary
 
https://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/overview-thyroid
 

BIO DETOX 
Day 15
Organs of Detox: Gut~Brain Connection
“If all else fails heal the gut! “ ~A keystone of naturopathic medicine. I had to post this recent article from John Hopkins honoring this fundamental principle of naturopathic medicine. 

The Brain-Gut Connection
Anxiety and depression have been thought to contribute to gastro conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). A Johns Hopkins expert explains how what’s going on in your gut could be affecting your brain.
 
Can Food Affect Your Mood?
Although there is a lot of folklore around this subject (particularly with spices such as pepper and curcumin or teas), there is really not enough rigorous science to make practical recommendations. A basic healthy diet is really important. Beyond that, listen to your gut. Your nervous system and gut may be wired to react to certain foods, and you may feel better if you avoid them. If you’ve ever come back after lunch and felt tired, nauseous, or a little “fuzzy,” your enteric nervous system may be reacting to something you ate—and sending signals to your brain. 
 
If you’ve ever “gone with your gut” to make a decision or felt “butterflies in your stomach” when nervous, you’re likely getting signals from an unexpected source: your second brain.  Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this “brain in your gut” is revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health and even the way you think.  
 
Scientists call this little brain the enteric nervous system (ENS). And it’s not so little. The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from esophagus to rectum.
 
What Does Your Gut’s Brain Control?
Unlike the big brain in your skull, the ENS can’t balance your checkbook or compose a love note. “Its main role is controlling digestion, from swallowing to the release of enzymes that break down food to the control of blood flow that helps with nutrient absorption to elimination,” explains Jay Pasricha, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Neurogastroenterology, whose research on the enteric nervous system has garnered international attention. “The enteric nervous system doesn’t seem capable of thought as we know it, but it communicates back and forth with our big brain—with profound results.”
 
The ENS may trigger big emotional shifts experienced by people coping with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional bowel problems such as constipationdiarrhea, bloating, pain and stomach upset. “For decades, researchers and doctors thought that anxiety and depression contributed to these problems. But our studies and others show that it may also be the other way around,” Pasricha says. Researchers are finding evidence that irritation in the gastrointestinal system may send signals to the central nervous system (CNS) that trigger mood changes.
“These new findings may explain why a higher-than-normal percentage of people with IBS and functional bowel problems develop depression and anxiety,” Pasricha says. “That’s important, because up to 30 to 40 percent of the population has functional bowel problems at some point.”

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/the-brain-gut-connection

This takes us back to the basics, “You are what you eat.”
Use food as medicine.
What is your mind telling you about your gut, anxiety, depression?
What is your gut telling you about your mind, IBS, gas, bloating, constipation?
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary

BIODETOX BLOG

My first blog for the detox group so we can make comments anonymously or otherwise to support and inform each other. Please let me know if you note any broken links or errors. I have done my best to check but will be going through things one day at a time just like you!

BIODETOX DAY 1-8

DAYS 1-8:

LETS GET STARTED:
Lets start with some basics and set the stage as to why you are here and what you expect to get out of it.

BIO DETOX DAY 1

Please spend the day reflecting on what detox is to you.
What does it mean? Why are you here?
What is it you are seeking mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually to change or find clarity in over the next 40 days.
If you could wave a magic wand and wake up and have that thing, or that essence, appear and be present in your life what would it be?
Once we know what we want, or what we want to change, then we can achieve it!
 
We all learn and operate in different ways. Push yourself today to create the environment around this question to really find out what the answer is. Hold yourself accountable to what that is. If you are a writer, journal it. If you are a talker, talk and brain storm with friends or family to dig in to this deeper. If you are an artist create a vision board.
 
Be SPECIFIC.
Figure out exactly what you want to get out of this and why, be honest and clear.
 
 
I hope the whole 30 or modified diets are off to a good start!
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary

PPS TIPS!!
TIP! Caffeine:
If you are a coffee/caffeine drinker start weaning off now, from 3 cups to one cup. Coffee to black tea, Black tea to green tea, to hot lemon water or herbal teas. I find the caffeine headaches and low mood withdrawal the worst so this may help ease the start of the detox come Day 1. I expect you to experience better energy, better eating habits, less sugar cravings, and improved sleep. Just do it, break the habit…..and see what happens!
 
TIP! Document Your Experience:
Get a journal or create a writing space you can go to to write things down, changes, goals, thoughts, observations, doodles. Monitor changes, sensations, progress and pitfalls. This is more than just a “detox,” this is a lifestyle change to help you recognize obstacles to health involved in the mental and emotional changes as well as the physical. Our relationship to food as well as health move far beyond the physical so DIVE IN! Literally with a pen in your hand on paper to stimulate neurons and connections in a way we just don’t get on a computer. Use colored pens, draw, use your non-dominant hand. Get creative.
 
TIP! Get Organized:
Clean out the closet and take out the trash! A detox is the perfect time to cleanse inside and out and get rid of unnecessary clutter that symbolically may be an obstacle to your full potential.
 
TIP! Rest:
Do not underestimate the energy it takes to detox and heal. If you feel tired…REST…you may need extra sleep or naps daily especially in the first 3-5 days of diet changes and with a specifically deep topic on a certain day. Give yourself that time to really get rested and let tissues heal as toxins are processed by the liver and eliminated.
 
TIP! Catharsis:
Talk it out. We store emotions in our bodies, in our cells and fat tissue. As you release toxins you also release memories and sensations from old traumas. Go to therapy, talk to old friends, reconnect with family, ask for help or really spend time in stillness processing things.
 
TIP! Continue Self Care:
The people that benefit most from detox/cleanse and weight loss plans stay connected! I highly recommend check-ins or posts to the group as desired to help maintain lifestyle changes and support. Post a note when you feel you need support or when you feel up and have support to give let it shine! Please share! This creates a firm foundation, a united platform, to actually change old habits and maintain them. The long-term goal is to keep you in your bliss…happy, energetic and present for a full life!

BIODETOX DAY 2

Physical Detox:
I used to love doing cleanses in my 20’s and early 30’s for the extreme effects of what my body could endure and the exaggerated, accelerated changes in a short period of time. The master cleanse, juicing for days to weeks, pushing limits and extremes. I felt great, but it never lasted, essentially I was running on adrenaline and in a matter of days I would be eating girl scout cookies and brie checking my email. On to the next thing….. aware-less. The extremes may have matched my lifestyle then, all or nothing, working three jobs, night school, marathon running but it only promoted more extremes when what I needed more than anything was moderation, nourishment, ease and kindness in my life and lifestyle.
 
This detox is a way to align our biology with our biography and make any positive changes to support that or let go of what we don’t need anymore that is affecting us on a cellular level. The physical components of a detox are rewarding as reminders of what our bodies can do and how they can feel when we really take care of ourselves.  Liken your approach to this detox(in regards to the habit of food and drink) with how you would treat a five year old child….you would never let that child go hungry, or make them stay up to midnight working, you would never give that child alcohol or coffee, you would never punish that child for being tired and needing a nap, you would NOURISH, LOVE, BE ATTENTIVE TO and ADORE that child and give her everything she needed to support her vitality. That is the goal! Love yourself in this process.
 
Take note of any physical changes.
What do you like?
What do you dislike?
Do you miss anything? Feel surprised at any outcomes or physical changes in symptoms?
Is it easier than you thought to break dietary habits?
Do you use food as nourishment or for comfort? Pain relief ? Stress management?
 
Everyone has a different experience with detoxification. In general the first three days are the hardest where you may feel fatigued, headaches and flu-like symptoms as your body detoxes from caffeine, alcohol and sugars. This is a crucial time to stick with it, avoid dehydration and rest when you need it …all day long if you need to…your kidneys and liver are working overtime and the muscles are trying to rid the body of lactic acid. Sleep, nap, take the day off and drink 8-16 glasses of water per day. Don’t be surprised if you have extreme thirst so drink, drink, drink. The fourth and fifth day is essentially where the magic happens and an entirely new world opens up with increased energy, clarity in thinking and amazing creative motivation.
 
 
Symptoms which may be relieved by following a detox program include:

  • Digestive problems

  • Bad breath

  • Fatigue

  • Irritability

  • General malaise

  • Constipation

  • Headaches

  • Itchy skin

  • Skin rashes

  • Joint pain

  • Weight loss resistance

  • Poor concentration


Side Effects:

  • Anti-aging effects

  • Weight loss

  • Clearer skin and eyes

  • Increased productivity

  • Greater motivation and creativity

  • Reduction of allergic symptoms

  • Mental clarity

  • Energy Boost

  • Sleep more deeply

  • Less anger or irritability

  • No to Low PMS
     
    You can look back at this each week and by the end of the cleanse see what really sticks out. When you reintroduce your regular diet at the end of the 40 days see how your body and mind respond. It will tell you exactly what it needs, likes or dislikes!
      
    As Michael Pollan says: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
     
    Stick with it!
    Much Love and Peace *
    Hillary

BIODETOX DAY 3

Mental Emotional Detox:
Let the games begin! You are right around the corner from starting to feel some relief from physical detox symptoms in regards to foods and habits. You are now committed and both feet are in the water, all you have left to do is submerge yourself. Do you dive in head first? Do you slowly wade out lifting your arms up until you absolutely have to go under? Do you let the waves just wash over you in complete surrender?
 
Soon you will realize the physical part is the easy part of all of this and it is the mind over matter or mind delving into the matter, the why, that poses an interesting challenge if you are curious to look into it? What is your story? Why are you the way you are? Why do you do things this way versus that way? Is it better? Is it worse? Does it matter?
 
What do you think about and what emotions are coming up as you move through some physical discomfort and change?
Do you feel bored? Are you missing the distraction and business of food tasking? Alcohol? Caffeine boosts?
Are you trying to find something to fill in a gap or are you just sitting with it?
When you break habits and are in a new “place” so to speak what do you have to say to yourself?
 
The Story of Your Life by Kia Miller: https://kiamiller.com/
Become a witness of your life, how you think, make decisions, talk, interact. Observe as though you were a writer studying an important subject that you wanted to write about!
 
What would be the title of the book of your life? How does the main character – YOU – deal with challenges and joys?
 
Thoughts: Swami Rama referenced the idea of "being in the world, yet above it," and being able to witness our worldly interactions from an objective perspective. In the yoga tradition, witnessing = observing with non-attachment.
 
Imagine becoming like the eye of the hurricane.  All around you is the clamor of the world, but you remain at peace, a witness of it all.  The reality within you is a major influence on the world outside.  Become aware of the reality within.  It can also influence another person and change the course of their day.
 
Practice: Sit in Meditation for 10 minutes simply following your breath (inhale/exhale). Witness your thoughts. When a thought appears, label it: ego, past, future … then let go of any clinging to the thought coming back to the mantra and your breath. Sense the deep silent consciousness beyond the mind. The more you become a witness to the thoughts, the less control those thoughts have over you, increasing your presence, awareness and power to choose.
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary
 

BIODETOX DAY 4

Technology Detox: PLUG IT OUT!
When I lived in NYC over a decade ago my dear friend and integrative nutritionist, Sacha Jones of Stiggly Holistics, started hosting “plug it out” parties.
No lights, no phones, no nada, no nothing electronic. We would play games, play guitar, eat finger foods we didn’t have to cook with electricity and talk….have good old fashioned face to face conversations, laugh and spend time together. This is a concept that is almost impossible now without completely removing yourself from society as we know it….going off the grid. Sad but true.
 
We live in a fast paced world fueled by technology. You almost can’t function without constantly being engaged with your phone/computer/lap top/iPad.
 
Are our smart phones making us wiser or wounded?
Are you happier being connected to your phone and its information or not?
Are you addicted to being in touch?
 
Disconnect to Connect! You cant do it fast enough to improve your health. I propose you disconnect from as much technology as you can on a regular basis for this 40 day period.

  • Take facebook off your phone, you really don’t need to know.

  • Remove all Apps ie Period trackers….use a calendar.

  • Do not use your phone in the car. DO NOT TEXT. Put your phone in the trunk.

  • Take email off your phone and just check it at a specific time in the day on your computer if necessary.

  • Do not sleep by your phone or laptop it affects fertility and disrupts sleep. Use your phone as an alarm?....buy a battery clock to use. Cant do it then at the very worst ABSOLUTELY put your phone in airplane mode at night before you go to bed.

  • Do not check any information on your phone until an hour after waking or until you absolutely have to.


I think you will be surprised and amazed at how much more time you will have in the day and how much less anxiety you will experience. The constant draw and push-pull sensation that we have to always and immediately be doing something, answering something, are missing something, is so overwhelming and we do it all day every day without even really acknowledging it. I believe this habit is playing a fundamentally negative role in our biology by disrupting our endocrine system, promoting the sympathetic “fight or flight” nervous system and demoting our parasympathetic “rest and digest” mode, it leads to feelings of anxiousness, depression and for many people leads to insomnia.
 
PLUG IT OUT! Write a letter. Buy a newspaper.
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary

BIODETOX DAY 5

NEW MOON RITUAL “ What do you want to create in your life?”
What seed do you want to plant? What dream do you want to come true? Set your intentions!
 
~Thank You Forever Conscious
Mystical Mother Moon travels through a cycle every month. She goes from new to full, from darkness to light all within a space of 28-30 days.
In astrology, the Moon is connected to our emotions, intuition, feelings of security, maternal energy, creativity and our potential.
 
When the Moon is Full, we often feel all of this energy on the strongest and most deepest level.
In fact, as Mother Moon moves through her cycle we will feel her energy affecting our lives in different ways-

  • New Moon: on a New Moon we enter the energy of creation. It is the perfect time to plant a seed, set our intentions and make a wish out to the Universe. During this time our psychic energy is high and we may feel feelings of solitude.

  • Waxing Moon: following a New Moon, a waxing moon helps us to begin taking action on our goals, dreams and wishes and brings experiences into our lives that help us to grow.

  • Full Moon: the Full Moon represents the most powerful point in the cycle, it is a time of high energy and high power and is a time to release and let go of all that no longer serves you, in order to welcome in the new. In the cycle of death and rebirth, the Full Moon represents the starting of the death.

  • Waning Moon: following a Full Moon, the waning moon gives us time to go within and reflect on where we are and where we are going. This is the moment just before the rebirth and helps us to reflect on our emotions and who we are. Revelations can occur and our intuition can be strong.


Much Love and Peace *
Hillary

BIODETOX DAY 6

Create the focus you want to take on this cleanse with Mantra.

"Why Mantra?" by Kia Miller
 
First lets look at what mantra means: In our modern world it is a term used to indicate any repetitive thought, which can either be a slogan or an affirmation (positive) or a belief like "I am too fat" (negative). 
 
In the Yoga Tradition, mantras are words or sounds that are believed to free the mind from thinking. Sounds great doesn't it?!  It certainly interested me and my first experience actually chanting mantra proved that there was more than meets the eye. I found that I was not only thinking differently, but I was feeling better also. 
 
When I started this journey, the key questions were: "What is mantra?," and "Why is it considered the master key that dissolves all blocks on the path to self-realization?" 
 
What I came to understand was that mantras are energetic verbal formulas designed to transform consciousness, to draw one into a devotional state, and to improve ones ability to be focus the mind. 
 
Mantra is actually the vehicle through which we reach silence. We harness the enormous power of the conscious mind through repetition of the mantra, which allows us to gradually pierce through the veils of thought that separate us from a state of pure awareness. It is here where we touch the soul of our original being.
 
Our mind, just like our body can age through old ideas, emotions, beliefs and opinions that create blockages in our channels of perception. We stop seeing things as they really are and see only what our minds habits allow us to see.
 
Chanting mantra is a very effective tool to draw our attention away from our ordinary preoccupations and limiting beliefs. It opens the flow of energy through our vocal chords into our entire nervous system as well as awakening our prana/lifeforce as a whole. It is this awakened inner flow of energy, which produces moments of flow, connectedness and inspiration.  
 
If you have not started chanting yet I highly recommend you explore it :)
There are many incredible musicians with mantra recordings on www.spiritvoyage.com
 
Below are a some mantra based practices on Yogaglo: check links
 
Balance Your Brain
Initiate the Flow of Kundalini Energy
Healing Meditation to Clear the Chakras and Find Calm
Clear The Past
Healing with the Siri Gaitri Mantra
Meditation to Conquer Negativity
 
Some of the mantras I use are:
I am balanced. I am fertile. I am grounded.
I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am bliss.
I am open to receive.
I trust in the power of the universe to guide me.
 
Play around with this concept and see what feels right or “fits.” You can create your own mantra that is specific to your cleanse journey/goals or use one that resonates with you. I suggest spending 3-11 minutes a day at least once in a quiet space focusing on this. Enjoy!
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary

BIODETOX DAY 7

What are your thoughts? Negative or Positive self talk?
Use your Mantra!  or  “I am Beautiful!”
 
The mind, as we know, is so powerful and can make or break a day, a relationship and create or destroy all of our hopes and dreams. What are your thoughts? Where does your mind wander when it is allowed to drift and dream?
 
Do you punish yourself at the end of the day with thoughts of what you should have done or could have done? Do you honor yourself for doing all you can and could do, living to your full potential for that day? Some days taking out the trash is being at your best and warrants a “job well done my dear!” other days you may get more done before 10 am than a normal human could ever endure and again, “job well done my loved one!”
 
We tend to judge ourselves harder and harsher than anyone else in our lives. Often we judge ourselves in an unrealistic, sadistic and somewhat narcissistic way, as if we are so powerful and amazing that we are capable of doing all things, solving all problems, meeting all tasks, and enduring all relationships without need. We can judge and compare ourselves to others and worst of all we judge and compare ourselves to self with ceiling high limits and punishments that have no therapeutic value.
 
Violence is not just a physical act of aggression.
As Kia Miller has expressed, “We can be violent with our thoughts and words as well as actions. Many of us operate with a flow of negative thoughts but don't notice it. This drains us of our energy whether we are thinking negatively about ourself or someone else. It is therefore an action of self harm to continue in negative thinking. We have a choice: first we must notice that we are doing it, then shift our thinking to the positive.
 
Working to understand the source of our negativity will help us to release it. Sometimes we may realize that there was no legitimate reason for the negativity other than the habit of being caught in a negative rut. “
 
How does your self talk serve you?
How can you re-route your thought processes to honor your truth?
Energy and positive thinking are contagious. Can you spread the disease?
 
I recently read this snippet and loved the message it put across.
“Lately I’ve been replacing my “I’m sorry”s with “Thank You”s, like instead of “sorry I’m late” I will say “thank you for waiting for me” or instead of saying “ sorry for being such a mess” I’ll say “thank you for loving me and caring for me unconditionally”  and its not only shifted the way I think and feel about myself but also improved my relationship with others who now receive my gratitude instead of my negativity.
~ Source unknown
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary

BIODETOX DAY 8

The Power of the Breath
I think this is my favorite part of the series so far! I’m so excited to share this with you and I hope you can use this as a tool for daily self care from this day forward. It works and it is powerful. We breathe every day, unconsciously, ceaselessly, and as a part of life. Lets engage in the breath and honor the experience.
 
Breath and Self Care: If you can control the breath, you can control your actions.
 
Start with a simple breathing exercise daily. (See Below)
Do it every day for the remainder of the detox.
3- 11 minutes a day.

Alternate nostril breathing. This balances the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system, the male and female energy on the body, and correlates to the sun/moon, yin/yang.
 
                  Nadi Shodhana, or “alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple yet powerful technique that settles the mind, body, and emotions. You can use it to quiet your mind before beginning a meditation practice, and it is particularly helpful to ease racing thoughts if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or having trouble falling asleep. There are several different styles of Nadi Shodhana, but they all serve the purpose of creating balance and regulating the flow of air through your nasal passages. In fact, the term Nadi Shodhana means “clearing the channels of circulation.”
 
Benefits of Alternate Nostril Breathing
With just a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing, you can restore balance and ease in the mind and body. Sometimes when we feel frazzled or find ourselves doing too many things at once, it’s because energetically, we are out of alignment. This breath is great for restoring that necessary balance. In addition to calming the mind and reversing stress, alternate nostril breathing also:

  • Improves our ability to focus the mind

  • Supports our lungs and respiratory functions

  • Restores balance in the left and right hemispheres of the brain, and clears the energetic channels

  • Rejuvenates the nervous system

  • Removes toxins

  • Settles stress

Whether you’re nervous about a project or presentation, anxious about a conversation, or just generally stressed out, Nadi Shodhana is a quick and calming way to bring you back to your center. If you find it difficult to settle into your meditations, try moving through a few rounds first, then remain seated and shift directly into stillness; this should help to ground you before meditation.
 
Nadi Shodhana Practice
Next time you find yourself doing too many things at once, or you sense panic or anxiety begin to rise, move through a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing. It’s a great way to hit the reset button for your mental state.

  1. Take a comfortable and tall seat, making sure your spine is straight and your heart is open.

  2. Relax your left palm comfortably into your lap and bring your right hand just in front of your face.

  3. With your right hand, bring your pointer finger and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows, lightly using them as an anchor. The fingers we’ll be actively using are the thumb and ring finger.

  4. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose.

  5. Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril slowly and steadily.

  6. Close the left nostril with your ring finger so both nostrils are held closed; retain your breath at the top of the inhale for a brief pause.

  7. Open your right nostril and release the breath slowly through the right side; pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale.

  8. Inhale through the right side slowly.

  9. Hold both nostrils closed (with ring finger and thumb).

  10. Open your left nostril and release breath slowly through the left side. Pause briefly at the bottom.

  11. Repeat 5-11 cycles(3-11 minutes), allowing your mind to follow your inhales and exhales.

Steps 5-9 represent one complete cycle of alternate nostril breathing. If you’re moving through the sequence slowly, one cycle should take you about 30-40 seconds. Move through 3-11 cycles when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or in need of a reset button.
 
Tip: Consistency is helpful, so try to match the length of your inhales, pauses, and exhales. For example, you can start to inhale for a count of five, hold for five, exhale for five, hold for five. You can slowly increase your count as you refine your practice.
 
I like to listen to this meditation and in the quiet space in the latter half do my 11 minutes of Nadi Shodhana.Meditation for Anxiety and Stress
 
VIDEO:https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/yoga/nadi-shodhana-pranayama/
 
 
If you can’t create the space of 3 minutes a day to make change in your life then self care is non-existent. As they say, “put the oxygen mask on your self first, before assisting others.” Something needs to change. Make and create change, 3 minutes a day, 180 seconds, start now.
 
Much Love and Peace *
Hillary

BIODETOX 2019

” Talk is cheap. Your habits show who you are. Humans create habits and then the habits create the human.” ~Sukraj, Raj Yoga Boulder

BioDetox~ Rise & Shine 2019 ~  Time to make a change!

What makes you Rise and Shine? To RISE above it all, pick the better path? How do you SHINE? How do you uplift and elevated those in your life?

Welcome!
Thank you for being willing to participate with me in this transformation. This year I am creating a self guided approach so you are not bombarded by MORE emails everyday locking you on to your computer. I want you to be able to go at your own pace, use what you need and skip what you dont and really create your OWN experience based on YOU! This is just a guide to create an arena for you to best Rise & Shine! You can do ANYTHING you put your mind to.
 
Do your best to participate and engage in the daily tasks or just take a few minutes to ask yourself the Questions of the Day.
The first 40-day detox I did took me 70 days! Do your best. This is for YOU.

You can cut and paste the weekly agendas, scroll down by day or print and use pages to add journal entries.


The idea is to disengage from our daily habits, our auto-pilot lifestyle and get connected. My dear teacher Kia Miller expresses this amazingly well, “The promise of living in this way is to release yourself from the hypnotic pull of habits and distracted living and to awaken to the underlying condition of joy and bliss.”
 
The goal is to create a greater awareness of what you want in your life, to be connected on a deep level to humanity and to align your desires with your life choices.
 
I imagine things to fall this way:
DIET: The diet is loosely based on the whole30 plan. I chose this so we all have real, whole food, as a base-line and to provide some rules and structure. I have never done the whole30 so I will be doing it with you….one meat and potato day at a time! Try your best. If it doesn’t work for you let your body tell you to add things in or take things out. If you already have a limited diet then tweak it to meet your needs. Alcohol, smoking, drugs, sugar and any habitual, routine foods like caffeine, wheat and dairy I recommend eliminating for this 40 day period.
TOPICS: Every day for 40 days you will receive an email with thoughts, topics, or ideas to ponder, questions to answer. You may want to spend 10-15 minutes tossing it around in your psyche and  see what comes up for you and if it opens anything up to pay attention to. If  a topic resonates on a deep level and needs more attention then maybe that is a day you can spend a few hours journaling about it or creating space for it now or at a later date. A seed may just be planted.
FORMAT: I set it up to spend the first week as an intro to get started on food changes, to incorporate meditation, mantra and breath work and figure out why we are here, the next week on anatomy and physical processes. The first half is to get re-acquainted with who we are and the second half is to go into deeper topics on how we can create radical change in our lives to uplift and elevate all those we come in contact with starting with SELF!
EXERCISE: Some form of daily exercise, walking, sweating is recommended. If you already have a formal routine, change it up to break up the habitual format of it. Try something new. If you don’t have a regular regimen start with 20 minutes of walking or yoga daily. Meditation, Breath Work and Mantra are part of this process 3-11 minutes a day is all it takes. As we move through the days I hope you find one of these exercises that you can add into your daily routine. I find that Kundalini yoga is a catalyst for this process. To elevate and activate your inner light ~To elevate and activate your inner energy body and exude radiance!
 
Kia Miller is absolutely the best teacher I can recommend to introduce you to this practice. She has classes on yogaglo if you are not able to see her locally (California) or in workshops. She comes to Boulder every summer for Hanuman Festival.
 
Raj Yoga Studio is local to Boulder to participate in weekly classes. Highly recommended.
 
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