This Life Group is definitely getting me out of my comfort zone.. Surprisingly not the actual meeting with everyone as I thought, but rather my commitment to publicly journalling about the experience and what I learn along the way. These are topics that are truly hard for me to think about, and more importantly to express, especially out loud to other people. Every time I get done writing about a topic and publishing it I think I couldn’t possibly have to write about something harder, and then ... BAM! “Really? I have to write about this? Ok ... here we go...” My exact thoughts.... and so as it goes.... I am on to this weeks discoveries and takeaways...
In Chapter 4 we learn all about different people in the bible who displayed strong behaviors driven from insecurity. She tells the story of Saul & David, from scripture 1 Samuel. The story is about Saul, the 1st crown of Isreal, and David, whom Saul promoted to high rank in army, despite greatly envying him. Beth suggests that “he [Saul] liked David and despised him at the same time.” (pg 54). She says that this isn’t “an uncommon response toward people we admire but who also make us feel threatened and insecure. We aren’t jealous of people we see nothing admirable” (pg. 55). Ok... confession,.. as awful as a person as it sounds to be this way, as I read this I had to admit to myself that I have been that girl... sadly, not once, not twice, but many a times... and I wish I could say that I dealt with these types of emotions back in the day, and that I am beyond that way of being now.... but embarrassed to admit that unfortunately I STILL often battle with this very issue. The bright side is that back in the day I was NOT self aware and had no idea of how I was acting, thereby letting my emotions run wild and highly dictate many of my actions, which greatly affected my personal relationships with some people. It’s strange to feel envy or jealously toward someone you also feel love and compassion all at the same time. In my experience of dealing with this two sided coin, on one end of the spectrum I find myself so excited as they succeed and grow and learn and transpire... and then all at the same time I find myself envious, almost feeling left behind, as if they have something I don’t. When in reality, the only thing they usually have that I don’t is the guts to pursue what they are doing, to move boldly into action rather then inaction, and to be willing to try something new even with risk of failure, rather then sit back and try nothing out of fear of failure. Presently I am much more self aware, I can usually notice when these types of emotions start to creep in, and I can I can grow past these emotions & thoughts through prayer, before I act on them and impact my relationships in an unhealthy fashion.
Chapter 5 & 6 go over the several most common roots of insecurity in great detail. Beth says, it isn’t about correcting our past (as obviously we can’t do that) but understanding why we may have developed certain insecurities and where they developed from so that we can move past them. The list includes: Instability in home (this includes but is not limited to divorce, abuse, substance abuse, mental illness, & financial struggles), significant loss )(person,home, relationship), rejection(from significant other, friend, parent), dramatic change (good and/or bad), personal limitations (handicap, acne, disabilities), personal disposition and temperament (IE being extremely sensitive), culture and pressure put on women to be youthful & beautiful, and lastly PRIDE.
She asks us this week to identify which two or three are most likely our biggest root causes of our insecurities in our lives and to take them to God and pray. While admittingly so, I have definitely struggled on some level with ALL of the above causes, my thoughts are that the top three go to 3. Rejection, 2. Instability, and 1. PRIDE. Oddly enough, when I first read that pride was one of them, it made no sense, until I read further on. Then I realized that there was a part of that chapter that I felt like she wrote just for me - go figure. She explains that when prideful “we get fixated on every self-gain and every self-loss...” (pg. 105). She says, “Pride. A root of insecurity if there ever was one. We will never feel better about ourselves by becoming more consumed with ourselves” (pg. 105). She then goes on to discuss pride and PERFECTIONISM, stating that it is “perhaps our culture’s biggest temptation” (pg. 105). What got me more then anything was when she actually quoted a psychiatrist’s (Richard Winter) insight on perfectionism. It’s long but I must share it, because it really hit me in the gut when I read it...
"Although perfectionists seem very insecure, doubting their decisions and actions, fearing mistakes and rejection, and having low opinions of themselves, at the same time, they have excessively high personal standards and an exaggerated emphasis on precision, order and organization, which suggest an aspiration to be better then others" (cited on page 105).
Yikes.. perfectionism really does suck... So glad to know that I work daily on overcoming my need for perfection. I know this is one area in my life that I have definitely grown tremendously over the years, and it shows in the quality of my life and my relationships. It's funny though, how the very act of striving for perfection is exactly what often leads to complete imperfection, often through total inaction.
What I loved best is that Beth reminds us to bring our insecurities to God to release them. She says, in her moments of pride she whispers, “That’s nothing but pride. God, forgive me. Self, get over it” (pg. 107). She says God can jerk pride up in a moment. All we have to do is own it and confess it to him.
What roots do you think are your primary sources of insecurities?
So thanks to a good friend having the courage to call me out on my ish, I have come to the realization that lately I have been sub par. It was brought to my attention that I have been more negative then usual and that everything in my world lately has come with a “...BUT...” Whoa... I honestly didn’t even realize until it was pointed out - but once I heard it, I realized it was true - totally true! I learned several years ago that a “true friend will always stab you in the face” ... My best friend is Sophia... She ALWAYS stabs me in the face.. Sounds harsh right? But it’s just figuratively speaking.. See, she has the guts to call me out on my shiz, even if she knows in the moment it might hurt. She isn’t afraid to hurt my feelings, cuz she knows she is truly helping me. She helps me see clearly and gives me a chance to choose to grow. Matt does this for me as well. I would like to say that our communication is definitely a strong point in our relationship, thanks to him - for some reason, he makes it easy. In any relationship this communication & honesty is crucial... I think often in intimate relationships failure occurs because of lack of solid communication. One person doesn’t confront the other about what is bothering them, and then it builds and builds until there is a break down. How unfair to the other person, if he/she didn’t even have a chance to be called out and choose to change or grow. So needless to say, I am so grateful that I have friends that will call me out when needed.
So I just got off on a little tangent about friends and communication, but getting back to my point - I was called out the other day on my negativity. Sooooo, what did I do after this conversation? Well, for starters, I thought about it. I did a lot of reflecting back on the past few weeks, my interactions, reactions, words, thoughts, and attitude... and the truth is - I saw that negative person, and I saw the tension it created. So then what did I do? I prayed! .. And then I had a wonderful conversation with a friend, and then I prayed some more, and then I thought some more. In the midst of this, I truly needed to understand where this recent shift in behavior and attitude came from, how it got the best of me, what I could do to snap out of it, and then get back to the peaceful place I worked so hard to once achieve. I could sit here and go on and on writing about how I got there - but the reality is - that part doesn't matter - what matters is where I am going from here!
At one point I sat down at my computer, went into my website to read my “about me” page. See, this page was basically my LIFE MISSION STATEMENT (simply put) ... I wrote it with intent for how I wanted to live my life each and every day, the woman I wanted to be, and the mindset I wanted to carry with me through thick and thin. As I thoroughly read through the whole page I had serious moments where I thought to myself "Where is this woman? ...cuz she sounds pretty damn awesome..." Well truth is, she is still there (or here I should say) - I Just needed that reminder of who I really am and what I live for ....I was just clouded for a minute... a long minute that is.... I worked hard over the past several years to get to that peaceful place. That place where I knew I was in charge (well partially in charge) of my destiny. I didn’t loose that mindset overnight - I just had a few things fog it up... BUT (now this is a good but) I'm back... and ready to rock it one more time... Reading that mission statement again and again, reminding myself why God wakes me up EVERY day with a gift of fresh air and life on Earth... It's not for me <3 <3 <3
So many “ah-hah” moments as I read this book. It forces me to dissect myself, my thoughts, my actions, and all of my reactions through a different lens. It points out insecurities I didn’t even realize were insecurities. in a nutshell, through chapter four it breaks me down, but not without promise to help build me back up!
Before I get into the actual ‘journal’ questions for chapter 4 I wanted to go over something that I actually learned in chapter 3 that I didn’t quite grasp until after our group discussion last week. Beth Moore called it False Positives... What is it? What is my prominent one? What is yours? She basically explains it as “the one thing that would make you more secure in all things” (pg. 37). This ins’t true; however, hence why it is called FALSE positive. It is merely our personal belief. She suggests that we have many false positives but one prominent one. Our prominent false positive is most likely some type of characteristic, thing, situation... that we often seek for our overall security, peace and/or happiness. When we have this prominent false positive, because unconsciously we believe it to be true, our minds give it so much power over us. An example would be if you felt that above all else you always found yourself absolutely convinced that if you were skinny you would have it all (it would solve all your problems). She gave a ton of examples including: having a great relationship, having an amazing significant other, financial wealth, beauty, thinness, power, prestige, intelligence, credentials, job security, and the list goes on... What it insinuates though, in our tricky little minds, and that our minds reiterate to ourselves over and over is that “if only I could have that ____, then I would be so happy and life would be good.” NOT true though... how many of us have had plenty of experience in this arena - always thinking it is ONE magical thing that will change the entire dynamic of our life and dictate our happiness, only to find out when we have it that it indeed did not fulfill us, and then we replace that prominent false positive with something new. Oh, and I forgot to mention, that you can usually easily pin point your false positive when you pay attention to your emotional reactions to other people who have that something. For example, are you always envious of your beautiful friends? Or the relationship your best friend has? Or perhaps that house your cousin has and the car he drives? Generally if there is a repeat ‘thing’ that you constantly admire in someone else or wish you had - there might be a correlation.
Ok ok... so what is mine?? Such a tough question. I went back and forth in my mind, but when it comes down to it - I really think it is intelligence/wisdom (in particular around passions). I think if I am truly honest with myself, I feel (and probably have felt my whole life) that I always tell myself “if I were only smart enough and talented enough at the things I was passionate at - then how amazing would my life be.” I envy those people who seem to have it all figured out. They know exactly what to do and my gosh, they are damn good at it! Those lucky lucky people - how did they have it so easy? Why is it that I am not good enough at the one thing I love so much? Now of course - these are just the silly little thoughts that go through my head - aka - my FALSE positive. It isn’t real - it isn’t truth. I could have it all figured out and that wouldn’t bring world peace, it wouldn’t bring me to complete and utter security. Nope - impossible. Therefore, it is important for me to break away from this false positive, and seek security in the ONLY place that true security can be sought.... my relationship with God. Now, I have a VERY VERY common false positive example I can give you that floats amongst (if I had to guess) almost ALL people... It is the 10 pounds to happiness false positive. For women it usually looks like this: IF I could just loose only 10 pounds I would be soooo happy. For men it usually looks like this: If I could only gain 10 more pounds of muscle..... Get the drift? But.... a blog on that topic all to itself coming soon (I PROMISE) ;-)
So .... what’s your false positive? I encourage you to think about it... It could change you !!!
Ok... Chapter 4: (PS... this is a VERY VERY hard topic for me to even be honest with myself about - let alone a single other soul, but what have I got to loose?... a little pride, maybe...)
Insecurity is driven by a fear of loss. What do you MOST fear losing, and how does that fuel your insecurities?
This was a very tough question for me. I found myself resisting it at first glance. I actually left it blank the first night, and let it sit with me for 48 hours, through the group discussion and beyond. But, as usual, if I get down and dirty honest with myself, I always come to realization. I actually wanted to share the story above on false positives, and my false positive, as I think that my biggest fear of loss and that strongly correlates, oddly enough (I’ll do my best to explain) But before I can even start writing about what I most fear loosing, there is one other new concept I learned that I must share! It is something that Beth Moore calls Imposter Syndrome. Ever heard of it before? Me either... She describes it as “when you feel that, although everyone else may see you as competent and qualified for whatever position you’re in, you know better. You assume that if other people knew you the way you know yourself, they would agree that you’re just not good enough” (workbook pg. 22). WOW. Have you ever felt this way about anything before? I would be lying to myself to deny this exact feeling.. I mean - I couldn’t have described it better myself (as I read it - it was as if she vacuumed my thoughts right out of MY head - but how could she?) I do this with work (and I used to do it in college) It is a problem - a big one... It holds me back - or should I say, it causes me to hold myself back. It holds me back from attempting to grow my health & fitness career. It inhibits me from feeling capable or good enough or smart enough or wise enough to open my own facility someday. It is intense. It is real ONLY in my head, but the reality is that real in my head is still real. OK.... so are you guessing yet what I am most afraid of loosing??? IF my false positive is intelligence/wisdom, and if I suffer from intermittent imposter syndrome around feeling smart/wise enough, then it makes 100% and total sense that I would most fear to loose the facade of my intelligence. Now, I am by all means (on a wise day) not saying that it is a facade... but what I am saying, is that if I value and give power to intelligence, and if I intermittently suffer from imposter syndrome around intelligence, then it couldn’t be more clear that I would fear being stripped away of my appearance of intelligence, as it becomes the one thing that I hold onto to deem myself worthy or good enough. Am I making sense? Now I can sit here and write about all this, dissect it, and understand it, and even acknowledge the absurdity of it all, but that doesn’t mean that on a rough day, when I am operating unconsciously that these silly thoughts won’t slip back into my mind. The good thing is, that every time I become aware of them and their lack of realness, I can diminish the power I place on them, and therefore, the power they place over me.
Consider the threats (both real or perceived) you face that trigger insecurity in you. What are you afraid of losing, and how does that fear affect your thoughts and actions?
Hmmmm.... honestly, the one thing that stands out the most right now that I have been battling and just faced, is my relationship with someone very special. I have a horrible track record of sabotaging relationships. I would like to believe it was always because they were with the wrong person, but I don’t know that to be total truth. Truth be said, I think it is because it is ultimately easier to sabotage them myself, and find reasons to get out before it gets too real - because real means I am vulnerable and vulnerable means I could get hurt. So because I feel that this relationship has gotten more ‘real’ as of late, I have been, at a more unconscious level, displaying classical sabotage behaviors. Some things have come up that have made me realize how real it is/could be. It has brought to light how I really feel. This is scary for me. I know some people can’t understand that, but after my last relationship I created majorly huge thick steal walls, refusing to every allow myself to feel the way I felt before, swearing to myself it wasn’t worth it ever again. Well, over time, I slowly chipped away at these walls, through personal development & growth. As I developed spiritually and in faith, I have realized that the wonderful feelings you can experience through love are worth the risk. However, this of course, is easier to say, then to always live by. Consciously I recognize this, but at a deeper level I still have some destructive behaviors that occasionally seep out. So with that said, naturally, this fear has affected my thoughts & actions greatly. It was only today that I was able to step back, process the situation, and recognize these behaviors for what they really are. Now I have the knowledge and I get to decide what to do with it... Today I choose to go to God for support. Today I pray. Today I ask God to use his strengths to shine through my weaknesses. Today I am not alone. This means that today I do not let my past behaviors, heartache, fears, or walls define me or lead my actions any longer.... today. Today I will remember 2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (ESV)
I just joined my FIRST Life Group, @ New Life Church in Petaluma. To be honest, until a couple of months ago I have never even heard the term Life Group, so this is all still extremely new for me. Mathew & I have been working on the book, A Purpose Driven Life. As we have read deeper into it, there is a lot of discussion about the need to be actively involved in a church and to be a part of the community. Church is still fairly new for me. I have been officially attending now for about 6 months. I realized through the study of this book; however, that I can’t hide behind the ‘church is still new for me’ excuse forever. I had to recognize that I have only been an “observer” I show up, I sneak in, I sit in the back, I listen, I take notes, I go home, I process everything, I often write, and I am usually good about applying it to my life...
While I commend myself for taking the FIRST step in this journey, I realize it can not be an only step. It is not all about me, and this is a selfish approach. What better way to immerse myself into the church & develop relationships with God’s family, then join a life group? My thoughts exactly... so this is what I did. And last week I embarked on my new journey (so it began). I had several groups to choose from, and the one that Matt and I both thought would be best for me was called “So Long Insecurity” based off the study of a book with that title, by Beth Moore.
It is hard to admit out loud that, YES -I have insecurities, and a whole heck of a lot of them! And YES - they interfere with the health of my relationships, all facets. And, YES - they interfere with my ability to fully embrace everything I ever wanted to do and achieve in life and to become, and mostly my ability for me to live out my God given purpose. So for the next ten weeks, I will be joining a group of women I previously had never met, as we delve into the topic of insecurity amongst women, in hopes to create strong bonds and friendships, to practice opening up and allowing myself to be more vulnerable, and to chipping away my insecurities piece by piece and one by one.
I will be required to journal weekly after reading several chapters and answering the discussion questions. I would like to share these journals with those who are interested in reading, with two goals in mind. 1. That it will be another step for me to process everything I am learning, and to open myself up, and practice being comfortable with vulnerability. And, 2. Because maybe through what I learn and share, you may learn as well!
Why have I chosen to read this book? What do I hope to get out of it? How do I want to be changed at the end of this journey? I have already answered many of these above. I chose to read this book to discover insecurities I may have that I didn’t even realize that are holding me back. In addition, to better understand how to release myself from some of these insecurities, and how to learn to seek God for ultimate security. I hope to build a better relationship with God and develop trust over the next 10 weeks, and learn to let go of my desire to seek approval from others for my own worth. I hope to develop enough confidence to pursue my God given purpose.
What barriers does insecurity place on me that I want to be free from? It inhibits me from fully utilizing my potential professionally and growing my business so that I can maximize how many people I can impact and help. It instills a lack of confidence in my ability to be ‘good’ enough or ‘smart’ enough or ‘strong’ enough or ‘worthy’ enough to ever move forward with owning my own business. Often it causes me to close up, to avoid communication, and not allow myself to be vulnerable which is needed often to deepen a relationship and develop a stronger bond.
Hey, Chazmith here!!! Several years ago I started my Paleo journey. It actually started before I even knew it was starting when I was recommended by a specialist to cut all grains out of my diet -step 1. I was suffering from major digestive issues, that often left me in tears from frustration, not knowing what to do. Well little did I know at this time that it was only the beginning of what would become a life long journey of research, self awareness, self education, self experimentation, and then finally encouraging and supporting other people through their journey, through a newly found & deeply rooted passion. For the first couple of years I struggled with what it meant to fully commit to Paleo. It wasn’t always easy. At the time that I first started cutting grains, it was actually ALL I ate. I probably ate boxed cereal for 66% of my meals - no joke :( My favorite restaurant was Italian, and I loved bread. I seriously couldn’t imagine living without it. Well it’s funny how things CAN CHANGE!
Like I said, at first I wasn’t extremely committed, it was more like an on/off relationship. I was on, I was off. I was 80/20 turned 20/80. It always starts as 80/20 but slowly that 20 starts to creep up as more and more non Paleo foods start to creep in, as the mind slowly starts to rationalize and justify it. Because I never fully committed I was never able to give my body a chance to fully detox and discover what good really felt like - it wasn’t until I made that commitment that I began to understand the full value in the diet as a lifestyle. The better I started to feel the more I realized the impact of food and how much better I could potentially feel. This truly ignited my passion and my desire to keep evolving, to learn as much as I could, so I could in turn also help other people. I knew if I could do it that anyone could!
The more committed I am to primal eating- the better I sleep. The better I sleep -the easier it is to wake up. The easier it is to wake up -the better my start to my day -the more energized I am -and the more my energy sustains throughout the day. The more natural energy I have through out the day -the less I crave bad food choices -the less I am likely to get grumpy or moody - which means the less I am likely to be triggered or bothered by the silly small stuff. Not to mention, the less I crave bad food choices - the less I am likely to choose to eat them -and the happier my digestive system is. It is really cyclical. We can be in a cycle spinning down or a cycle spinning up - what do you choose? I choose up! And because I have my cycle controlled, I was able to give up caffeine - no more stimulants needed! I am not saying I never go out and have a desert anymore or a perhaps a glass of wine, but it is definitely far and few between, and when I do I can jump right on track the next day. Why? Because how good it feels to feel good is so deeply rooted in my mind now that it makes it that much easier with each passing day!
I know that IF I can do this, anyone can! My biggest passion right now is helping people get their life back through getting their health back. I desire so strongly to get people in tune with their diet and health, to focus on choosing foods that serve them, not because it will make them ‘skinny’ but because it will make them HEALTHY! Change starts within, and I believe this is with everything. You gotta fix your insides before you can healthily change the outsides, but trust that if your focus is optimal health that everything else should fall into place!
I am so incredibly excited and happy for those members of Matt’s and my nutritional support group that have had their lightbulb click! I know that some people are on the track to a long term successful upward cycle! I feel so honored to be a part of their journey and look forward to witnessing their continued success. You heard my story, now here’s Matt’s and a few current members:
Matt 's Paleo Proposition:
My journey into the Paleo world was an interesting one. Of course I had heard about this Paleo stuff and of course I saw that people were getting results but in my head is was not for me. I was happy with the nutrition moves that I had made. I had gone from not eating healthy at all (Wendy’s one times a day) to eating what most call clean. I was conscious of my calorie intake, stuck to oatmeal with protein powder, chicken, lean beef and turkey with broccoli, asparagus or some other vegetable. I ate lots of feta cheese in my breakfast concoctions and had one shakeology a day. Shakeology is a meal replacement drink I love.
Personally I was happy with my body composition and happy with the way I ate aside from it being boring. However, many of the clients that I had just were not seeing the same results. The meal plans were intense and not for the faint at heart. You have to really want it and really want change. I also had the client that seemed to follow it perfectly and not experience the desired results. So I began to pay closer attention to those that said Paleo was the way to go but I was still not convinced.
That’s when the weight loss warrior challenge came into play. A few of the females that I trained at the time were on a team called Mission SlimPossible and their coach Chazmith had them try Paleo. In the time that we did the weight loss warrior challenge I saw more change in these ladies than I had seen in months. At this point I could not deny the possibility that it could be a healthier way. I decided to do a 30 day challenge for boot camp primarily to hold myself accountable over the next 30 days. My 30 days of eating this way turned into 60. During that time I saw my weight drop 21 pounds, I woke up fresher, the foods I was eating were more fun and many of my digestion issues had gone away. I also took it upon myself to read The Paleo Diet Solution and my eyes were opened to possibilities that many of my staple foods may not help.
With results and all I was about to embark on a journey to take to the bodybuilding stage and I did not think I could do it Paleo so I stopped. I began to shift back to a more conventional bodybuilder diet although I tried to keep it as Paleo as possible. The BELIEF was simply still not fully developed. Somewhere toward the end of this journey I made the choice it had to end. I wanted to get back to zero calorie counting, not watching my macronutrients and just eating. I didn’t just go Paleo and binge it though. I had to reverse diet as I was very low body fat and calorie count. I began slowly and simultaneously began to read everything I could get my hands.
As I shifted back to a Paleo I felt a new energy on life. I felt great. My body felt nourished. As I continue to read and explore I could not imagine it another way. Chaz has been a huge blessing. Although I still crave my ice cream from time to time or hot tamales I rest confidently knowing I’m making smart choices for lasting life. No more calorie counting, no more macronutrients simply eating the right foods, together when I’m hungry. What a relief. The experience has been so amazing Chaz and I decided to start this group to share and continue the journey of learning a new way with others. We hope that you feel the same way we do and we sincerely hope you stick with it.
For the past 30 days I have not had any sugar, flour or processed foods. Even writing that seems amazing to me. I have not felt this good in years. The first few days were hard, I won’t lie about that. But the better I started to feel, the easier it got. 30 days ago I thought I was aware of how food affected my body, but to my surprise I was not at all. In the obvious ways yes, over eat and feel ‘yuck’. But I had no idea how eating well would affect how I feel. I sleep better, I have more energy, I even feel I have more clarity in my thinking. Today I am aware of how food affects so many aspects of my life. Today on day 30, I feel I have a better understanding of how I want to treat my body. Am I saying I will never eat chocolate again? No. What I am saying is with this new awareness I will make wiser, healthier choices. I understand today that cravings are in my mind, not my body. What my body craves is healthy food, my body wants to feel more energized and alive. It is my mind that thinks that chocolate helps PMS, my body knows that water, a nice healthy meal and a good night sleep is what relieves PMS symptoms. ~Pauline~
I've started living a Paleo lifestyle about 6 months ago and for me it is the disappearance of a life long battle with asthma. I could not run without an inhaler, lungs would be tight & wheezy for no reason other than I had asthma but since eliminating grain from my diet I have not needed any inhalers, lungs are always clear and have run sprints, 2 5K's & workout hard 4-6 days a week. ~Rachel~
So I started this 30 days ago not knowing what it would all mean. In the last 30 days I have turned my life around. I have gone from drinking significantly (this means daily) to choosing my times for enjoying something to drink. This now means drinking 4oz of wine on a special occasion. Beyond that I have found that my regular comfort foods no longer bring any comfort. I am just as satisfied by eating something which will nurture my body and not just comfort my soul. I have found a turning point in my life and expect I will live this way forever. Did I mention that while I have not weighed myself in 30 days I am now two sizes smaller. I have no desire to step on the scale. Seeing is believing. I will also state this. In the last 30 days I have had no heartburn, no asthma attacks, allergies significantly reduced, blood pressure has come down, my skin is looking better, energy level is incredibly high, and my clarity is out of this world. Yes this is a process. I work at it every day. Then again let it be said, nothing in life worth having comes easy. We must work and work hard and only then can we be proud of our rewards! I am working hard every day! ~Maureen~
I have eliminated pretty much all cravings of all the processed carbs and sugars except for once in a while. (and no gum chewing! Big habit) My energy now lasts through the day on most days. My mental focus is much better. The bloated, achy PMS I usually have has become mild. My skin seems clearer. No itchy psoriasis so far. my body has toned up, and I have dropped 1 pant size moving on to the next. ~Acacia~
Now it's YOUR turn! :) 30 days could change your entire outlook on food, and in turn