Month 1 Results from using Primal Life Organics’ Carrot Seed Facial Package

Results from use of the Carrot Seed Facial Package from Primal Life Organics

From my previous article where I introduced you to Primal Life Organics’ Carrot Seed Skincare Package, this is the follow up I promised:

WOW! A carrot seed oil face cleansing and moisturizing system that IS truly wonderful for any type of skin!

Ease of consistent use

I am NOT a “beauty routine” kind of gal, but this system was sooo easy to use and integrate into my morning routine! It was actually enjoyable!

Starting from the first day, I was eager to wash my face with the luxurious carrot seed oil cleanser. I looked forward to its bubbly creamy consistency every morning, so that prompted me to continue using it day after day!

Skin improved

My skin is aging and sensitive, so I was excited to experience the rejuvenating properties of this carrot seed oil skin care from Primal Life Organics.

I started noticing a difference in my face pretty quickly!

  • Skin texture improved
  • Skin stayed smooth
  • Skin stayed hydrated all day (no dry or flaky areas!)
  • Age spots began to fade, or become less noticeable

Before and After

I know it may be difficult to see the difference in my skin from these pictures, but I can see it and FEEL the difference!

Note: Disregard the redness beside my nose from my eyeglasses. And the lighting is different in these photos.

Before (left) and After (right). After 30 days of using the Primal Life Organics carrot seed oil system.

If you want to experience any of these benefits for yourself, here’s how to order:

https://www.primallifeorganics.com/products/carrot-seed-primal-face-package-normal-to-oily

I am thrilled to be an “A-Team Member” for Primal Life Organics! #ATeamPLO #CarrotSeed

I share about Primal Life Organics #1 Best Natural Skincare because I love all of their products! 

Great savings

I’m excited to offer a couple different deals for you!

Take your pick:

Get $5.00 off your first purchase using my unique referral code: https://primallifeorganics.com/?redeem=5f375efc4bd722003db3270f

Or click the link below to receive a $10 gift card to order from Primal Life Organics! 

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Previous posts about Primal Life Organics

Remember my previous posts about my dental issues and how I found Primal Life Organics tooth whitening system?

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/dental-advice-for-vibrant-health-and-bright-smiles/

And when I wrote about hand sanitizers:

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/gloves-masks-sanitizer-oh-my/

As always, I’m your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

#holistichealth #HolisticHealthInFlorida

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I can come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

USA based Wellness Shopping Club

USA based Wellness Shopping Club

Did you know there is a Wellness Shopping Club that offers over 400 non-toxic products that are made in the USA and cost less than their grocery store equivalents (even when you factor in the cost of shipping them direct to your home)?

Well, a Facebook friend reached out to me the other day to ask if I would take a look at the value of this club, and honestly, I was sold after I heard that I could join for $1, and get $20 worth of free products*!

*For a limited time. Current offer ends on September 15, 2020!

Reach out to me by September 15th, 2020 to join this USA based Wellness Shopping Club for $1!

Comment on this post to find out more, or go directly to my personal shopping page: https://www.melaleuca.info/sheilamurrey/about?culture=en-US

From essential oils to food items and supplements

I am thrilled to be able to order nutritious organic foods that support my weight loss journey, from the same company that I buy essential oils from and supplements! It’s one-stop shopping! And that saves me TIME.

And that’s certainly not all. We’re improving our health along the way too!

Side effects from using bleach

28% increase in asthma attacks from cleaning with bleach!

Now, I knew I was allergic to bleach, but I didn’t know why. And for years, my dad used to say he thought I had asthma because my mom kept our house “too clean.”

WOW!

Non-Toxic Cleaning and Body Care Products

No bleach, no ammonia, no phosphates!

What’s more is that Melaleuca’s products go beyond removing the above three chemicals (bleach, ammonia, and phosphates, and also remove abrasives, phthalates, triclosan, parabens, formaldehyde, and quaternary disinfectants (that are typically reserved for industrial and professional uses).

List of chemical ingredients Melaleuca does NOT use in their products.

So, I am really happy that Melaleuca offers cleaning products such as this botanical disinfectant:

Sol-U-Guard

Go Green

I love that Melaleuca’s products save space in our landfills and ship lighter, because many are concentrated. Obviously, because the products are non-toxic, they don’t destroy the environment.

We live a simple life. We’re living in a 10 year old RV, off-grid, with very few conveniences. We chose this life to feel closer to nature, and using natural, non-toxic products in our RV and on our bodies feels good to us. The smaller packaging of the Melaleuca items work in our small space. And the multiple ways we can use the cleaning products mean we don’t have to buy a lot of different items.

Melaleuca is a Green company.

FDA Approved

Melaleuca is a licensed pharmaceutical manufacturer. Their acetaminophen, Claritin equivalent, ibuprofen, and other over-the-counter (OTC) items are FDA approved.

Made in the USA

I love supporting folks in other countries, and I just had an online jewelry party for a company that’s Fair Trade, Threads, and bought artisan made items from India, Ecuador, and Uganda. But, I also love supporting American companies, especially ones who focus on their employees and customers by providing safe and helping products for a good value.

How about you?

Speaking of value, I am looking forward to getting free products, not only by way of ordering, but also from educating myself via Melaleuca’s videos! I love being rewarded for learning!

Learn to earn program for new customers.

Would you like to take a look at this Idaho based company and their products?

Reach out and let’s have a conversation.

Thank you.

❤️🦋🌀🙏 Love Transforms. Energy Connects.

As always, I’m your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

#holistichealth #HolisticHealthInFlorida

A bit about me

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I can come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Reduce belly fat in 90 days!

Reduce belly fat in 90 days!

Wondering if using the FasciaBlaster will help you lose weight and reduce belly fat?

I think you will be excited to hear the findings of Ashley Black’s peer-reviewed and published study of the FasciaBlaster tools!⁣

Reduce fat by releasing bound fascia

In just 90 days, FasciaBlaster tools resulted in a reduction of fat, an increase in resting metabolic rate AND a decrease in the appearance of cellulite! ⁣ This means that the increase of metabolism through FasciaBlasting may provide help with weight management. AMAZING, right?! ⁣

Head here to order their new ✨ MINI BOX ✨ – a kit designed just for stubborn belly fat. It’s currently over 60% off, don’t miss out:

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As always, I’m your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

#holistichealth #HolisticHealthInFlorida

A bit about me

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I can come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Wash your pretty face!

Wash your pretty face!

I’ve only recently come to know of the benefits of washing my face with carrot seed oil. And thankfully, Primal Life Organics, a company I love and trust, is now offering a fantastic Carrot Seed Package: a carrot seed oil face cleansing and moisturizing system wonderful for any skin type!

Who knew a beauty routine could be a natural remedy for dry skin, oily skin, aging skin, and acne? I have normal, but sensitive skin, and excited to find the restorative properties of carrot seed oil in skin care.

Unboxing Primal Life Organics’ carrot seed oil facial system.

This carrot seed facial system is new to me, but because I trust Primal Life Organics and use many of their products, I wanted to give these products a try.

Primal Life Organics puts so much care into their products, right down to the way they box their products for shipping! Love it! ❤️😉

Primal Life Organics Carrot Seed Cleanser

Primal Life Organics has all the ingredient information and “how to use” on the link below. I am offering the “steps” here, so you can see how simple it is to use. (My way doesn’t have to be your way though. Life is an art!)

Step 1: Cleanse

  • Wet your face with water;
  • Shake the bottle of cleanser and then pour a dime size amount into one hand and rub it in your hands for a few seconds (to make it frothy and creamy);
  • Massage the luxurious creamy cleanser all over your face and throat. I massage down to the chest. What is left, I massage the back of my hands too!
  • Leave it on a few seconds or so and wipe off with a warm washcloth (so spa like)!
Primal Life Organics Carrot Seed Elixir (serum)

Step 2: Soothe

Note: I like applying the elixir (serum) just after washing my face because my skin is still damp. I tried it once after my face was dry, but for my aging skin, it just felt easier to glide it on moist skin.

  • Shake the bottle of elixir a bit and then pour a dime size amount into one hand, rub your hands together lightly to distribute the oil;
  • Massage the soothing serum all over your face and throat. Massage down to the chest. Use your jade roller or other facial tool at this time too!
  • Leave this on the skin to bathe your skin in beautiful healthy nutrients!

Step 3: Moisturize

I scoop out a dime or less of this moisturizer with the back of my fingernail, (or use a tiny plastic spoon from a previous herbal remedy), and rub this between my fingers and apply to the skin right over the serum.

  • Massage the creamy moisturizer (balm) all over your face and throat. Massage down to the chest.
  • Leave this on the skin to keep your skin glowing and soft all day!

I’ll post again in a few weeks to show the results! So far, I am really loving the products and their ease of use! Note: I am typically not a 3 part skin system person, so I am fascinated that these products have inspired me to perform this routine. ❤️😉

Here’s how to order:

https://www.primallifeorganics.com/products/carrot-seed-primal-face-package-normal-to-oily

Happy to be an “A-Team Member” for Primal Life Organics! #ATeamPLO #CarrotSeed 😊

I share about Primal Life Organics #1 Best Natural Skincare because I love all of their products!

So, I have a couple deals for you! Take your pick: Get $5.00 off your first purchase using my unique referral code: https://primallifeorganics.com/?redeem=5f375efc4bd722003db3270f

Or click the link below to receive a $10 gift card to order from Primal Life Organics!

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Remember my previous posts about my dental issues and how I found Primal Life Organics tooth whitening system?

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/dental-advice-for-vibrant-health-and-bright-smiles/

And when I wrote about hand sanitizers:

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2020/04/26/gloves-masks-sanitizer-oh-my/

As always, I’m your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

#holistichealth #HolisticHealthInFlorida

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available on Amazon.

I can come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years of research and work, my health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available at: https://read.barnesandnoble.com/book/take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Join us for Golden Alchemy

Golden Alchemy

Golden Alchemy teaches us to navigate through the challenging moments of Life by masterfully elevating our AWARENESS to a higher state of authentic Truth.

What thoughts or insecurities hinder your forward progress?

What thoughts or insecurities hinder your forward progress in life?

Where do you find yourself feeling inauthentic, vulnerable, or scared?

Where do you find yourself feeling powerless?

I invite you to join us, as my dear spiritual mentor, Alania Starhawk, guides us through a loving process of expansion and growth.

Join us for 4 weeks of inner work that starts NOW, this morning! (With replays available.)

https://alaniastarhawk.com/2020/07/21/manifesting-with-golden-alchemy/

Often or sometimes we sense that BALANCE is ALL that is needed to achieve our own HEALING but we don’t know how to ALLOW ourselves to be supported. Yet, all the while the Universe winks at us, lovingly attempting to communicate how much it has our back. ❤️😉

Alania lovingly shares,

Sometimes a true ALCHEMIST needs to GO INTO THE TRUTH that exists at deeper levels. Sometimes she has to go places she’d rather not go because she MUST FACE all that is ready to be gracefully transformed.

AUTHENTICITY (awareness and acceptance of all varying truths) is the same as “living golden”.

GOLDEN ALCHEMY reminds you that you can explore all those truths—even the messy ones—without ever compromising your personal power and potential.

YOU ALWAYS REMAIN IN CONTROL OF YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Spirit shows me, when you wish to clean out your closet, can you do it without bringing some belongings into the light?? Don’t you need to try the old coat on, to sense how much it still resonates with your energy??

With GOLDEN ALCHEMY we feel safe enough to explore our shadows so they can be touched by the light.

Alania Starhawk

As real as it gets! ❤️🦋🌀🙏☀️💦🌱👣

I was scared on Thursday (of this week), during my oral surgery! If you wonder why, check out my previous post: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/16/finding-the-silver-lining-after-traumatic-dental-experience/

I sat in the dental chair and focused on my rose quartz heart (that I held in my hand), and I thought:

Holding a rose quartz crystal
  • I love how the dental chair supports the weight of my body
  • How skilled and compassionate my oral surgeon is
  • How indeed the Universe supports me, etc., etc.
  • And for a brief moment, I felt my bluestone bracelet, and took a mental journey back to Stonehenge (where I had meditated sitting close to the bluestone)

And guess what?!?

I came out braver on the other side of it! Whew!

Rose quartz heart

All was well. ALL is well!

But, there had been those moments. Moments of unnecessary tension. Moments of uncertainty. Lost moments, that I could have been IN joy, prayer for others, or gratitude for ALL I have!

❤️🦋🌀

So, this is why I continue to learn. And why I am inviting YOU to join us.

We are here to grow our MANIFESTING with GOLDEN ALCHEMY—and you’re invited.

WILL YOU JOIN US???

We begin at 10am eastern time this morning. Register here:

https://alaniastarhawk.com/2020/07/21/manifesting-with-golden-alchemy/

#shadowwork #progressnotperfection #alchemy #innerwork #letgo #authenticity #irrationalfear #spiritual #healing #findjoyinthejourney #deepfear #deepertruth #feelingpowerless #selfcare #support #guidance #LovingYOU

Heard of V Shred yet?

Heard of the V Shred workout yet?

If you haven’t, it will probably show up in an ad on your timeline now. Haha! (Damn AI algorithms. But there’s value in everything.)

Vince Sant is the personal trainer who started V Shred and does all the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) exercise sessions via app videos. And i am finding that having these workout videos on my iPhone makes staying consistent so easy! (Consistency has never been my strong suit, because I tend toward the artist mindset—more about that at another time.)

Sticking with the routine

I love the little reminders that pop up—until I don’t. Let’s be real. Reminders are typically intrusive. And when I am focused on work tasks, I hate being interrupted!

So, I was surprised that after my first two V Shred workout sessions, by myself, at home in our RV (tiny space), I enjoyed seeing the V Shred reminder. Yes, I am enjoying these workouts! And so far, so good with sticking with the schedule of working out and doing the exercises. Yay!

What I bought

V Shred Female Fat Loss Extreme

I bought the V Shred custom diet and the Female Fat Loss Extreme exercise bundle (for a lot less than any other program I’ve bought or seen in years). I’m thrilled with how easy the app is to access and use!

Includes diet coaching

Within 3 days of making my purchase, I was assigned a weight loss coach who sent me a 21 page diet plan (including a shopping list), and her email address, so I could ask her questions or get her support for the next 4 weeks.

My diet coach based my diet on my food likes and dislikes (from a quick form I filled out), to include something called “carb cycling.” I have been doing intermittent fasting for a few years, so the concept of carb cycling intrigued me. Too soon to tell yet, but I feel a difference—especially since I am sticking with the exercise routine (always the hardest part for me.)

Working out

Some say that working out at home isn’t motivating. Well, that has not been an issue for me using my V Shred app with hunky Vince as a trainer! (Haha!)

I don’t know if it’s Vince’s voice, or down to Earth style, but I really enjoy these workouts—and yes. I actually do the workouts, not just watch him. (Wink)

Integrating V Shred into daily life

I do my V Shred workout around midday, when I am usually feeling the most stress from work. This way, I ease stress and get a charge of energy to power through the rest of my computer tasks.

I find that taking a 15 minute exercise break is so beneficial to my mental state! Who knew?

Group motivation

I’m lucky that a Facebook friend of mine bought V Shred the same day I did, and we are each other’s accountability partner. We decided to do that on our own. But V Shred has a private Facebook group too that they invite you to join as soon as you buy.

V Shred Facebook group

My previous diet articles

For more information on fasting, check out my previous diet article: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2020/07/01/your-diet-crushing-it/

About Paleo and Keto diets: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/eating-naturally/

About detoxifying your body: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2019/01/12/sacred-science-herbal-detox/

A quick and yummy fresh bread recipe: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/gluten-free-sugar-free-high-fiber-delicious-mug-muffin-recipe/

I am not paid, nor receive any compensation for extolling the virtues of the V Shred plan. I am writing this simply because I feel I’ve found a program that’s going to give me the results I’ve been seeking for years.

A bit about us:

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on http://RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

We also have a new page here where you can learn more: https://MurreyMakers.com

Be the person your soul beckons you to be and let us promote you!

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

For those who have trouble meditating

Do you have trouble meditating?

There is this one little physical thing you can do (that a massage therapist taught me years ago), when you are wanting to meditate, but feel that you can’t because your mind is racing.

I learned this one move, and have taught it to many other since, that helped me in the beginning when I couldn’t seem to meditate because my mind was always ON.

Try the following procedure and let me know if it helps.

Trouble meditating?

The procedure

Start by closing your eyes and rubbing two fingers (of each hand), up the bridge of both sides of your nose, and while maintaining the same pressure, move your fingers over and above your eye brows to make circles around yours eyes.

You can do this several times, and even go in reverse circles, lightening the pressure as you go.

As you notice your thoughts slowing down, you can stop this motion and relax your hands to your sides and then simply focus on your breathing.

The outcome

This one move really can ease the mind racing or mind chatter, especially when one begins learning meditation. Namaste. OM ❤️🦋🌀

Reach out

If you would like some help learning more about simple living, independent thinking, meditation, social media marketing, naturally attracting your best life (and dream clients), comment below.

Check out my previous article about meditation:

https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/why-i-meditate-daily/

And here is a morning meditation audio that may help you:

A bit about us:

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on http://RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Plus, I’ve written a new book (in the making for 13 years), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the person your soul beckons you to be and let us promote you!

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Your diet: Crushing it!

Diets. Crushing it!

I have been crushing it in the IT, BA world! But what about when it comes to my diet? I may not yo-yo diet, but I have observed that my diet changes based on certain cycles, whether it be due to the weather, change of seasons, or other environmental factors. Yet, I suffer from a loss of self esteem because I lack some level of self control. Ugh! Does this happen to you?

Parts integration

Well, now, I’m thinking that it is all about parts integration—as I want to live from the WHOLE of me! It’s not simply a matter of calories in, calories out, as it is becoming increasingly clear that one can’t exercise away the effects of poor quality food. Junk in, junk on the tummy, hips, and thighs is more like it.

It’s hard not to notice that vast numbers of people have gained weight over the last 70 years since eating more man-made and processed foods. Simply by changing the food choices we make to eating whole, seasonal, organic foods can begin to settle our hormone levels.

Hormones and weight loss

Ghrelin, Insulin, and Leptin are 3 hunger hormones that cause us to want certain foods.

Look up True North, as they suggest eating from the whole plant. They propose we eat foods without sugar, oil, or salt.

Look up Brightline eating also, as they are proponents of not eating sugar and grain flour.

Hormones such as, cortisol, ghrelin, IGF-1 (a growth factor similar to insulin), insulin, leptin, and thyroid hormones can be causes of why we gain or lose short-term weight and why keeping our weight balanced can be difficult.

  1. Researchers at Cornell University studied three groups of people, where each group consumed 1,800 calories per day, but at different levels of hormonal helpfulness. The most hormonally helpful group lost 86.5 percent more body fat than the least helpful group.

Energy expenditure

When McDonalds first put in a drive thru they did 70 percent of their business through it. People didn’t want to expend the energy to park the car and walk into the restaurant.

It’s going to take more energy to plan your meals for the week, go grocery shopping and prepare your food for the week, but it’s nearly half of the battle. I’m up for the challenge, what about you?

Self Sabotage

Sabotage – yes, the sabatour takes over when we set the bar of our expectations too high. Say we win an award. We’ll always feel the need to reach that pinnacle again. And what happens when we do our best but not reach that height again? We suffer esteem loss!

That leads us to do something no other animal does, adaptive self destruction. We set ourselves up for procrastination so we don’t let down all the people who told us, we’re smart, just do it.

We don’t want to fail, or appear average, so we don’t even try. Food is not like drugs to a drug addict, or alcohol to an alchoholic though, somewhat as it lights up the same dopamine centers of the brain, but not with the same intensity. A B player with food can be healthy. It’s the C and D players who see their health decline.

Cram circuit

You see, there is this physiological thing in us called a Cram circuit (or cram factor). It’s what happens when there is rich food around—we will cram it in even after we have eaten past our full point, because our ancient ancestors were hunter gatherers. And most of us know that story. Hunter gatherers only ate meat once every 3 weeks or so. So, this is in our nature.

Special breakfast: Fried green tomatoes eggs benedict

Breaking the cycle

When we try to change our behaviors toward eating, we may get cravings.

The act of “craving” is a classicly conditioned response / Compensatory response to cramming food at the same time every night, just as someone can overdose from same amount of drugs as before but during different conditions. Think of the Segal rats heroin clinical study of the 1980s. Your body is expecting the rich food, so that’s why you eat the butter, peanut butter or chocolate vs carrots or celery.

As I wrote in, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, my mom had this happen to her at 4pm everyday in the insurance agency when her boss would have a coke. Her boss began buying mom a coke and everyday for several months they would have a coke at 4 in the afternoon. When mom quit the agency she said for a week or more she craved a coke at 4pm and the cravings got worse before they reduced. Now we know it was because her body had built up a conditioned response and when she didn’t fulfill it (meet it’s expectation) it fought harder – the extinction burst.

If you get through that and get to extinction (of the habit) at some point in the future you will experience a spontaneous recovery (think Ivan Pavlov’s dog and bell study response) without any environmental cue at all, you’ll want to eat the rich food again. Just like a smoker that typically goes through the extinction burst 8 times before they finally beat their cigarette addiction.
You shouldn’t feel one moment of shame or embarrassment for experiencing this normal cycle response when dieting.

Want to beat the cycle of yo-you dieting with me?

Celebrate together

A friend of ours was able to get her insulin under control by changing her diet, and adhering to the South Beach Diet.

I have been doing intermittent fasting and incorporating bone broth into my day with smoothies from the Green Smoothie Girl (I have been doing their Fast Flash 3 Day modified fast the last couple of months.)

I am a big believer in measuring as much as we can for ourselves: To reach my weight loss goal, I measure my waist each morning.

Fasting actually gave me some additional unplanned benefits of:

  • Reducing puffiness/inflammation
  • Allowed me to do something together with my daughter (who lives out of state) to feel close during COVID-19
  • Allowed autophagy in my body to heal a couple minor issues

Autophagy is the natural, regulated mechanism of the cell that removes unnecessary or disfunctional components. It allows the orderly degradation and recycling of cellular components. Three forms of autophagy are commonly described: macroautophagy, microautophagy, and chaperone-mediated autophagy.

My current plan

  • Eat 5 times in 8 hours
  • Water only until 11am M-F
  • Then 100-150 cal breakfast/protein shake or bar
  • Noon: Another 100-150 cal
  • End at 7pm – no night time snacking! Period.

Snacking at night put 4 or 5 inches on my waist in 3 months!

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A bit about us

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Natural fiber clothing review: Synergy Organic Clothing is sexy and chic!

Natural fiber clothing review of Synergy Organic Clothing

Wow! What a fantastic organic clothing line! Synergy Organic Clothing is aWEsOMe, sexy, chic, and sizzling hot! I felt like a million bucks while wearing a Synergy dress and walking down the red carpet, during the launch of my first co-authored book. Confident to the max!

Wears like a breeze

I have purchased several Synergy Organic Clothing ladies tops, dresses, and other items for myself to replace some non-organic and other non-natural fiber items in my wardrobe. And I love how the Synergy clothing wears.

Synergy tissue light weight shirts are Cruise perfect!
Hamsa design.
Here’s a bit more of the design, close up.
Moon phase Synergy tissue weight is perfect as a cover top.
Better view of the moon phase design.
Synergy T-shirt. Love the longer length of the short shirt sleeves.
These Synergy Organic tops packed so well, I took several with me when we went to Ireland, England, and Scotland in June-July 2019, and even to layer when we went back to Ireland in December 2019!

Here’s how my review stacks up:

  • Yes two thumbs way up – Synergy Organic Clothing is so wonderfully comfortable and soft, it FEELS great!
  • Yes two thumbs way up – Synergy Organic Clothing collections are versatile, SEXY, and sizzling hot! (I heard nothing but rave reviews of this dress on book launch night!)
  • Yes two thumbs way up – Synergy Organic Clothing styles are perfect for living the yoga lifestyle – or even if you’re just into healthy natural fiber comfortable clothing!
  • Yes thumbs up – Synergy Organic Clothing is now available in more stores and of course ONLINE so it’s now getting easier to find and buy!
  • Yes – the Synergy Organic Clothing company is becoming a LEADER in ladies organic cotton, yoga, and health mindset clothing!
  • Yes – the team at Synergy Organic Clothing company is SUPER helpful and FUN to work with!

Sizing

I reached out to Synergy Organic Clothing about writing some blog posts of their fantastic clothes but told them that the French Terry Isis dress I had ordered (size: XL) was too small and that I had planned to wear it to my book launch for Transform Your Life! Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice. The kind folks at Synergy Organic Clothing offered me options, one being that I could choose another dress from one of their other lines that may fit better for my blog review – they assured me that they wanted me to FEEL confident at my book launch – and I did!

To make things a bit easier for them (knowing I may not get my first pick) I selected two styles and mentioned two colors, thinking that if they only had an XXL or such of one of those styles, it would be easier for them to send me one and I was ecstatic to receive one! But the sweet and gracious team over at Synergy Organic Clothing didn’t send me one dress, they sent TWO! One of each style and color! And to ensure that at least one of the dresses fit they sent a size larger and indeed, after I’d attempted to lose weight for three weeks to fit into the first dress I bought (they didn’t know that), the larger size was no problem at all! Both dresses are super cute and fit loose!

The French Terry Isis dress is made from a bit heavier material, so the XL size of that dress fit me more like a ladies size 8-10 dress would fit from a big box store. Just something to know when you’re ordering, you may want to buy a size larger than you normally would, if you’re choosing from the Fall collection.

I am enjoying wearing many other pieces in my existing wardrobe due to losing about ten pounds, and also, I’ve ordered more tops and items from Synergy Organic Clothing due to their kindness and also because I love the look and feel of these clothes! I also love the soft feel of the cashmere poncho and scarf!

Some of their clothing comes in different fabric with a little more stretch and that’s what they sent me. I did order now from one of their previous collections (and they’re on sale) where their sizing goes through XXL. The Summer Plus line is also great if you’re a size 14 or 16 and would like extra wiggle room in your clothes. The Melissa Tie in charcoal is the dress I am wearing in the photos. It was super comfortable, soft, yet chic, and loose fitting. The flow of this dress was fantastic. XXL would have worked but this was a plus size. The Piper Dress in aqua (check it out on their website) in XXL will fit you well (and loose) if you wear a ladies size 12 in other dresses.

Be sure and check out their Plus size line for yourself or anyone on your gift list!

Improving lives

I love the story of how the Synergy Organic Clothing items are made and how many women’s lives are improved by making these clothes.

Synergy Organic Clothing company makes their clothing using Certified Organic Cotton and other eco-friendly fibers. Organic cotton and eco-friendly fibers greatly and directly help our environment by reducing pesticides, lessening damage to fresh water resources, and cutting down the health risks for global farming communities.

We know about 1/5th (17-20%) of industrial water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment. Synergy uses low impact dyes and plays down finishes, which decreases water pollution before, during, and after garment production.

Where to buy

You can browse and order Synergy Organic Clothing at: https://synergyclothing.com

Check Synergy Organic Clothing company out on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/synergyorganicclothing/

Why natural fiber?

Why natural fiber clothing? I am a firm believer in possible health benefits we can achieve by wearing organic fiber (and natural dye) clothing. Great things come to those willing to do the right thing.

Aside from the soft and comfy feel of the garments you only have to go as far as the natural skincare aisle at Whole Foods, or other health food stores to see that people are becoming more aware that what they put on their skin matters. Healthy clothing – yes it exists when manufacturers choose natural fibers! I continue to read about the many health benefits we can achieve by wearing organic fiber (and natural dye) clothing. Wearing organic natural fiber clothing is a must if you live in hot and humid climates or sweat a lot- think about the entertainer Liberace and the ill he suffered once from the dry cleaning solution people had been using to clean his performance attire! When the pores of our skin are open we are more at risk to absorb chemicals from “killer clothes”.

If you are suffering from a chronic disease you seriously need to consider wearing only natural fiber clothing to aid your body’s natural wellness abilities. Countless people with allergies do not even consider that it could be the rayon, nylon, elastic, and polyester they’re wearing that is contributing to the problem.

For a deeper explanation about why synthetic and chemical laden fiber clothing is bad for us – check out my previous article:

Got allergies? What are you wearing?

A bit about us

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

It’s just hair

It’s just hair

I don’t know why we make such a big deal about hair. So, it frames our face. So what? And why all the countless hours, and money, spent on curling, smoothing, straightening, coloring, styling, cutting, combing, brushing, cussing, fussing, ranting, raving, and crying about it? Ugh! And then, ugh again.

I wonder how many of us would love to shave our head and start fresh and new again as when we were babies?

Well, when my son’s girlfriend recently suggested I explore the freedom of a shaved head, I asked myself that question and more! I considered my dear friends going through cancer treatments who had lost their hair. I remembered my desire to shave my head in support—but that I had chickened out. After all, I had been growing my hair long for about the last 5 years and it was below my bra strap in the back. Could I part with it?

The last time my hair had been really short was July 2015, after I had asked my amazing stylist friend, Yu-Lee, to cut off all the blonde from when a previous stylist had left the bleach on my hair for too long and fried it.

Fried white hair
The big cut to remove all the damage

But, let me back up a bit.

Before a one time stylist in Clermont, Florida fried my hair white, I had grown my hair quite long in the late 2000s to donate 11 inches of hair to Locks of Love. And I loved the cute style my long-time stylist, Lisa, had given me.

Before the white hair misadventure
Loved this style by Lisa

I wore my hair short for awhile and really enjoyed the ease of it. It was so manageable and I didn’t have to struggle with tangles. Easy breezy!

Short hair is cute and looks so professional for the office.
Short hair was easy to care for all the time—especially on vacation.
I could add a feather clip to jazz it up and boom—style!
Or just let it be wind blown at the beach.
Short hair was quick to care for on festival days.
Just add a feather barrette.

At one point, I asked Yu-Lee if she did hair extensions. She explained how extensions worked, but said, “The best way to get long hair, is to stop having it cut.” And that is exactly what I did. Not because I didn’t love seeing her once or twice a year, but because we moved and I couldn’t find an expert curly hair stylist! As well, I was “busy-busy,” seemingly all the time.

At work.

During the time that I worked in an office environment, I would see Yu-Lee for my hairstyle reshaping. Plus, we had become friends BEFORE she started her hair business in St. Pete and I genuinely enjoyed our meaningful conversations and time together.

Then, my world changed. My mom passed away.

On the road. In WV. To comfort dad after mom died. To see family. Connect to what was left of my roots.
There are times our hair is the last thing on our mind.

If you are experiencing hair loss:
You could take 1500mg Saw Palmetto and 500 mg Ashwaganda and drink Green tea every morning (as water revitalizes hair), or try the Jayld hair treatment. But, if you can become unattached to your hair, it is a much more freeing life. ❤️😉

A month after my mom died, I’m with my granddaughters. Re-discovering Love is all that is important.
No time or concern for my hair.
Just BEing. Getting back in touch with what makes me, ME.
BEing present (at my mom’s memorial service with loved ones). Knowing all that matters. Joy in the moment. The ever present moment.
Working from home.
After my work day, making videos. No time for fussing over hair. Too busy.
On a cruise.
With my son and dad. Didn’t give s shit about my hair—thankfully.
Walking the dock. Windblown. And not happy with my hair.
Really enjoying the moment, but directing hubby to catch the wind just right for my hair. Ugh.
With my daughter in New Hampshire. I wasn’t happy with my hair in this picture either. Ugh. The judgment and self criticism!
Richard caught me in an off moment. I had been pulling my hair back (often) in a clip.
It was long, but hard to see here. It sure wasn’t worth the effort I was putting into it, to keep it out of the twins’ mouth, combing it, and dealing with shedding hair all over the house.
Okay, so here you can get some idea of how long my hair was.
And here, while shooting s Facebook Live for our business.
This had been for another Live video. All the detangling and such. So much wasted time.

By the time we went on our Sacred Celtic Journey (which I had paid for and was planning on going on for nearly a year), my dad had passed away.

In Europe.
At Stonehenge.

Looking at my face here, I see my grief. I felt such a powerful presence at Stonehenge though. I was overwhelmed with emotion and raw, deep, feelings. I could have cared less about my hair, that’s for damn sure.

Something I never did. As a sign of not giving a damn about my hair, I had been hot and sweating on our bus ride through Europe, so I grabbed up all my hair, clipped it, and took a video (this pic is a still image capture from the video). Normally, I would have pulled out bangs or bits of tendrils on the sides. Not anymore. I didn’t care. I only cared about my comfort (cooling down), and enjoying the moment.
Richard took some pictures of me that I could use professionally for profile pics. I recall all the knots I had pulled out of my hair, how much hair was coming out from combing, and if the wind was blowing, instead of enjoying the moment—more.

And now? As of April 18, 2020…

The new life begins:

BEing in nature. A couple weeks after my son shaved my head. Living the off-grid life. Loving the ferns, family, moon, stars, and gardening. Letting go. Living my Wholly Vibrant Life.
❤️🦋🌀🙏☀️🌱🍀🌿🌳🐝🎼🎵🎶🎤😉😘

It’s just hair. It will grow back.

Peace. Out. ❤️😘

P.S. – After a sister bestie wrote me a message about loving this article, I replied to her: I hope to inspire and empower women—though I am not exactly sure why. I guess because my mom always wanted to be more for my dad, and didn’t see her own beauty. I had a low self esteem/image most of my life. And we all know the problems that can cause. 😘