Eating a gift I received at: Unplug to Recharge retreat

At the Unplug to Recharge retreat, I was gifted this Pollock avocado.

Thank you, Sherinata Pollock (yes, it’s wild that the avocado shares her last name) for gifting me with this huge, Haas-like avocado. It’s sooo creamy and good tasting, I can hardly explain! I even put some of it in a couple freezer bags for use throughout this week in my green WildFit smoothies (they call them, Alkagizers). (I’m finishing week 6 of WildFit and down 8 pounds as of this morning, since beginning this program.)

I’m also sooo happy to have met Sherinata–a new “soulie sister”!

Here are pictures of this amazing avocado:

Ripe Pollock avocado
Checking ripeness by playing with the stem nub
Yes, the stem nub is coming off (always a sign of ripeness of an avocado)
Stem is off and I’m ready to cut and scoop out the avocado
The open Pollock avocado
Pollock seed in the cup of water (in the window), using toothpick method to let it sprout

I used the Pollock avocado in my green veggie smoothie, as well as, a topping to some cooked cabbage (I used to slather butter on my boiled cabbage–the only way I ever ate it before). So, yeah, it’s a game changer. Of course, flax seeds are great on the cooked cabbage too! And I’d never done THAT before in my life. I am so loving unleveling my diet, y’all. So lovin’ WildFit!

As an aside, but a very important one: Sherinata owns a company called, Karelia Creations. I’ve signed up to offer some of her products as well. You’ll see some on my Wholly Integrating the Spiral (WITS) store page here: https://sheilamurrey.net/store/
You can check out her lovely and health-affirming creations at: https://kareliacreations.com/?fbclid=IwAR1LWlNGnS3Swo6e6wnS0-vCkOEvc_L6HDI2S5tDbsRlxpcrylSyrkh3zSc

I’m continuing to make cabbage, adding cauliflower and asparagus to it as well, that I’d learned to make at the retreat. Stay tune to the next article about that!

I am sooo thankful to Gloria Grace Rand, for the Unplug to Recharge retreat, new recipes, and especially that this is becoming very sustainable for me. Perhaps, because I am integrating into my life by following the little framework I developed in 2020 called, Integrated Spiral. Haha!

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. 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. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

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Review: Unplug to Recharge, retreat I attended. Thank you, Gloria Grace Rand!

After a 16 hour adventure of a day that included: almost 2 hours driving over to Davenport, Florida, 12 hours of delightful retreat workshop activities, clean eating, body treatment under crystal lights, chatting with enlightened souls and making new soul bonds, and a bit more than one hour and a half driving back home to Bradenton, Florida… I was pooped but highly Energized! I thoroughly enjoyed my day (blessed IN Joy)!

Here’s my review of Unplug to Recharge retreat.

First, the other kindred spirits at this weekend retreat became new “soulie sisters” of mine! That means, we each felt as if we’d made a soul friend within minutes of meeting. And that’s always very aWEsOMe!

We started the morning by taking turns introducing ourselves to each other while holding a beautiful Talking Stick that Gloria brought. Those familiar with Stephen Covey’s classes, or Native American ceremonies will know what this is. It helped each of us feel heard, while encouraging the listeners to practice Active Listening skills (instead of thinking about what they would say next). We had fun with this routine though, and sometimes when one of us would get excited and want to burst with some statement, another would say, “Touch the stick, touch the stick”! And we would all roar with laughter!

Then, we moved to the massive kitchen table to being making salt scrub (mine’s in the glass jar with black lid in the photo). I was thrilled to do this activity because I’d tried this before (years ago–on my own) and hadn’t been very successful, so this was a treat! And now I know how to make this for myself from here on out. (Wink!) I used lavender essential oil and vanilla. It works well and smells sooo good!

Later in the day, we worked on cards, similar to vision boards, but much more interesting! The cards are part of a process called, Soul Collage–and for me, it served as a sort of automatic writing class! I enjoyed this time immensely, especially the sharing about each of our cards after we completing creating the boards and writing about them.

Here’s one of my cards. I named it, Blue. I guess it’s very fitting I’d do that, since I just finished writing my new book, Blue Eyes (it’s off to the editor as of 9/9/2022).

Sheila’s soul collage, “Blue.”
Sheila’s interpretation (automatic writing) of “Blue.”

I can’t say enough about how this experience allowed each of us to learn more about each other and bond. I’d had an expectation that I may not engage that much with this project because I’d not Connected so strongly with vision board creation years ago–wow, was I wrong!

I loved exploring more about this way of automatic writing (I’d wanted to do automatic writing but had not previously taken the time). So it was really revealing and I enjoyed that.

Here’s a picture of me creating my boards (note the blue glass in the window):

Gloria snapped this picture of me while I was making my soul collage.

And this is my two second board, along with the page out of my journal (a gift from Gloria to each participant):

Sheila’s soul collage, “Sunlight.”
Sheila’s interpretation (automatic writing) of “Sunlight.”

Gloria cooked lunch and dinner for us, and totally exceeded my expectations of food that was gluten-free (and grain free). Plus, the food was so good, I asked for the recipes! (That almost never happens.)

Dinner – chicken cabbage squash and radishes

We also said a meditation prayer of thanks (and held hands) before each meal (that had lovingly been placed on the kitchen table by the host). This blessed our food and perhaps, added to all the lively flavors!

Meditation for Blessing our Food

Here’s the cabbage I made yesterday, after returning home from the retreat:

We had the opportunity to take in several holistic health treatments too, and I chose to lay under the healing crystal lights.

The crystal lights were on a stand beside a bed and had an array of colored lights that would turn and off in rhythm. And light music played for the 30 minutes I was under the healing lights.

Fully clothed, I had a sheet on me and pad over my eyes so I could relax and meditate. I probably would have fallen asleep but I could hear my soulie sisters talking in the next room, just a bit–enough to keep me more present. I enjoyed laying on the under those crystal lights.

After dinner, we surprised Gloria with a luscious Chantilly Lace birthday cake from Whole Foods, a card from ALL, and gifts. We enjoyed dinner very much and the cake was divine. (I chose to have a small slice because I’m now on week 6 of WildFit.)

Gloria’s birthday cake – Chantilly Lace from Whole Foods

We had plenty of time to talk about meaningful topics with one another, do a little shopping too (from one of the gals’ crystal offerings), and try vocalizing in Light Language.

Crystal bowls Gloria played a bit for us

Gloria Grace Rand sings and speaks Light Language and gave us a collective session. I had heard it a few times before but was hesitant to try it. With much encouragement though, I did give it a whirl and sang or hummed something that sounded Asian to me. I had never heard myself sing anything like what came out of my mouth this evening before. It was stunning and energizing! I think I will continue this practice at home. (Wink!)

If you’d like to hear Gloria’s podcast where she shares her Light Language, check it out here: https://gloriarand.com/receiving-gods-grace/#more-19380

Gloria snapped this picture of the light reflecting in multiple colors on the tile floor
Crystal bowls and card decks
All the blue

Toward evening time, we wrote on a piece of paper any of the things we wanted to “let go” or release. And then, we went into the backyard (which I noted had two twin Live Oak trees, and I felt that was uncanny since the next day was the 21st anniversary of the day the twin towers fell in New York City). We had a short full moon and fire ceremony and lit our papers on fire. I sang a bit and gave thanks for a day well spent.

Fire ceremony – burning our limiting beliefs
Another angle of the fire with blue flame

The retreat was located at a house called, Contemplation Castle, in Davenport, Florida.

When I see more photos on Facebook of the event, I’ll update this and add them, as I didn’t take any pictures during the event because I totally unplugged (and didn’t even take my phone out of my bag all day, except for one time to check messages from my husband). And that was the whole point of the day, for me. (My hubby always says I have my phone attached to my hip!) LOL

Additional pictures

Blue light showing up as we looked in from the outside
All of us
Love how the journal Gloria gave us matches my MacBook (noticed this when I got home)

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. 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. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

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

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Review: I can eat ketchup again! Thank you, Primal Kitchen!

If you’ve been told that you’re pre-diabetic or think you may have insulin resistance, you really owe it to yourself to check into WildFit, or Sugar Busters, and start reading every label for each product you buy in the grocery store–as many (almost all packaged foods) include some form of sugar. 

And guess what? 

The human body doesn’t need all of that sugar! Sugar is NOT a food group!

I’d given up ketchup years ago due to the amount of sugar in that condiment. I even made my own mustard for a few years!

Labor Day weekend sale!

I found Primal Kitchen when I was looking for a tasty barbecue / BBQ sauce… you can read about that here: https://sheilamurrey.net/2022/08/20/lets-go-primal/

So, here’s a way you can save some money when you order–tap or click this link: https://prz.io/qkYrYONHE

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer. ❤️🦋🌀〰️🔥🙏☯️

I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. 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. Visit my author’s page here.

Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here

Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.

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

Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/takeonyo

WildFit

I’m tired of dieting.

I really hope this is the last lifestyle plan I need. But do we ever stop learning?

Tired of dieting.

Once again, I am journaling what I eat, and why.

Once again, I am eating consciously.

Once again, I am giving up weighing myself daily (as I had learned to do two years ago from the Omada health plan). https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2021/05/30/diets-and-losing-weight/

Once again, I am using a new breathing routine; breathwork.

I did release 2 pounds the first week (but that may also be due to just getting home after 12 days away for my cousin’s memorial and burying my parents’ remains).

So, I am fully committed to WildFit. I feel like I have tried everything else.

I have been a Jenny Craig diet consultant (and lost 30 pounds in 3 months on that plan—gained most of it back during 3 hurricanes in 2004).

I have been raw vegan for a year.

I have been vegetarian.

I have eaten according to my blood type (The Blood Type Diet) for several years.

I have done the Bone Broth diet. https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/02/05/what-do-you-think-about-the-bone-broth-diet/

I have eaten only citrus fruits for a month. https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/04/12/eating-citrus-for-a-month/

I have done intermittent fasting.—many times. https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/intermittent-fasting/

I have done body wraps, red light wraps, It Works wraps, body detoxes, green smoothies, juice fasts, colonics, etc.

I have been carnivore for nearly two months. https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/how-i-lost-5-pounds-in-5-days/

https://sheilamurrey.net/2022/06/27/have-you-tried-the-carnivore-diet/

I simply want to feel good in my own skin again, as I did for most of my life before I turned 35.

I’ve tried many times to release the excess weight, even EFT and hypnosis! https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/trouble-losing-weight-it-may-not-all-be-in-your-genes/

When I attended a Dr. Bruce Lipton event a couple of months ago, I bumped into two gals I have known for years. They had both lost 50-60 pounds and looked great! When I asked them how they did it, they said they had been doing WildFit for a year and that it was easy!

So, mentally, right then, I signed up.

More about the Dr. Bruce Lipton event:

https://sheilamurrey.net/2022/06/11/angel-toilet-tanker-truck/

https://sheilamurrey.net/2022/04/18/currently-studying-bruce-liptons-work/

When the global WildFit challenge started 8/8/22, I started with them! Yes, both of my friends are doing it again with me in a group, one of the two is our coach!

So far, I am learning some things and feeling positive. I’ll let you know how it’s going in a few weeks.

What are your food rules?

I’ll give you my food rules, but I am really interested to see what yours are:

Alcohol. Because I am an adult and can legally drink alcohol, I do! More or less depending on my mood or if I want a treat, but every time I stop drinking alcohol (and start feeling better in my body), I restart after 3 months or so, because I feel I deserve it, and because I can. Ugh. Awareness is step one though, right?

Cake. I am typically able to pass up cake and any kind of dessert with ease, but wedding cake? Wedding cake gets me every time! Haha! Glad I don’t officiate weddings anymore (nor have I attended any weddings in several years).

Wedding cake

Christmas cookies. I used to love the chocolate and paraffin covered peanut butter balls my aunt Gela made at Christmas, as well as the potato candy that my dad made. And then, my grandmother’s banana walnut cake with chocolate icing, and my mom’s fudge.

I have learned to let go of a lot of Christmas cookies, and other delightful confections, but I do order french chocolate truffles (and some years my daughter mails us her homemade truffles), so we indulge in those during cold holiday evenings.

I do love a fruit cake if it’s soaked in whiskey or rum, because it reminds me of my mom. And chocolate flourless cake is my favorite (even instead of cheesecake)! If we are out for dinner somewhere they offer chocolate flourless cake, I get it. Thankfully, not many places have it on their menu. I get it, on average, once a year.

Chips and dip. I have beat this habit, but if I buy potato chips, I must also buy sour cream and onion dip. Thank God Mister Bee potato chips changed their formula. I didn’t even think about buying those while we were visiting West Virginia last week.

Water. I have no rules around water, but have been trying to drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day. I think I could use a good rule around water. I have let go of soda (20 years ago), and recently began drinking more herbal teas. I love Sipology teas.

What rules around food do you have?

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Do we see physical changes in our body after making changes in our diet?

Let’s chat about eating. And about how what we consume changes our physical body.

It strikes me as funny in an odd way, to consider how what we eat and drink physically changes our body.

How we can make a connection (very easily) between what we consume (our diet) and our body? I mean if we eat less, or we change what we’re eating, say by eating less meat–does this cause us to lose weight, or muscle? By eating no meat, i.e. less fat, and not consuming any oil, or not drinking any alcohol–do we see physical differences (for the better) in our body?

When we make those kinds of changes in our diet, or let’s say we we go on a sugar fast, not eating sugar for 30 days. Can we immediately see a change in our body? We immediately see the numbers on the scale go down, right? So, It puzzles me then (using that reasoning), how we miss the mark when it comes to making the connection between the junk food and our health.

How we feel in our body or how our body responds over time to what we’ve been eating. So let’s say we eat fast food, and we eat sweets, and we drink alcohol, and we drink soda, and things like that. And then we wake up one morning and we’re constipated.

It strikes me as odd that we don’t understand that, after many years, the body can develop a chronic disease or cancer, or a tumor, or something like that. Something that needs to be fixed (like a hernia–but that’s kind of a different subject and also is probably related more to stress or grief or anger than to the food but nobody really knows 100%).

So I’m just putting the thought out there.

When you restrict your eating, let’s say, to what I’ve been doing the past month eating only citrus fruit (what do you notice)? And yes, a couple of times, here and there, I’ve had a cup of cooked basmati rice. I’ve had a bowl of cooked cabbage, and things like that, but no meat and not any oil. I did have a salad a couple times of lettuce, onion, and garlic, and put some oil and vinegar on it. So, I wouldn’t call that cheating.

I kept my food is very bland and predominantly 98% of my diet morning, noon, and night, was citrus fruit. I really only kind of strayed from the citrus fruit when I I kind of felt weak or I felt like in my body needed a little bit more something of substance.

I consumed no meat to speak of and no alcohol, and in 30 days, I lost 10 pounds of excess weight.

I’m on a track to lose, or release, 60 pounds. And I have been analyzing, sitting with, and meditating on the changes that are occurring in my body.

When I see things like moles that I’ve had on my body for decades, and they’re sloughing off, that’s a change. I’ve put a lot of essential oil on them too (so then, there’s that). I’ve kept my focus on them throughout the month to release them, and let them go. And they have! And that’s really been amazing to watch. Because I have been focused on it. I didn’t just kind of sort of put the essential oil on a couple times and forget about them. I’ve been looking every few days at these moles and watching them reduce in size or get lighter or completely fall off. It’s just really been amazing.

A couple of skin tags have fallen off my body with no scar too. Yeah, I don’t know why I ever went to the dermatologist years ago and had stuff frozen off or burned off or such. Those treatments left scars! Looking back, it was just such a brutal treatment really on my skin, whereas this has been so gentle. Anyway, not to go off too much on a tangent there.

So again, I say this mostly for myself when I go back and re read my blog articles, months, years later during this month. It’s been a profound change but a profound awareness I’ve gained from making this change to a severely restricted diet. Like I said grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, tangelos and such.

My thought process has really sharpened too. My cognition, my clarity, and my awareness seems more keen. I seem to put things together now that I may not have before. And I’m remembering better. Not that I was having any issues before really (though my son said he’d noticed a few things when we lived on his property–but I think there were other reasons for that).

Green smoothie – kale, banana, berries, and fiber and protein powders

I’ve been taking better care of myself (increasing my self care), in general.

I’m restarting my green smoothie habit (I used to do this daily in 2008-2010 or so). Am employing different and better tooth brushing techniques; taking better care of my body with the fascia blasting; and working in more targeted and challenging exercises (like Asian squats).

But just to say, make the connection between the food that you’re eating and the liquids, the drinks that you’re drinking and your body and just really sit with that and then evaluate that and see what you come up with. Then, comment and let me know.

Yes, please write to me in the comments. If you don’t want me to share the comments publicly, just let me know and I won’t publish them–because I view each of them independently and privately. I will only publish your comments if you’re fine with me sharing them publicly. Thank you so much. Let’s love ourselves and each other!

To our better health. OM

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Eating Citrus for a month!

I have been eating a Citrus Diet for just over a month.

Thanks to reading an email from raw vegan health coach, Life Regenerator, Dan McDonald, (and having a personal consultation with him).

I have been eating a variety of grapefruit, oranges, tangelos, kiwi, and tangerines (with a few times, snacking on fresh blueberries and strawberries), and drinking lots of water with slices of lemon, along with one or two cups of herb tea each day.

The results have been astounding!

2 cup fruit bowl. Raw grapefruit, orange, and tangerines (and Puradyme digestive enzymes).

I have gently released 12 pounds! The weight loss has been very easy. And I have had no cravings (not that I ever have many cravings anyway). Still, I noted my thoughts and feelings when I thought to head to the kitchen for anything.

My BRAIN is definitely functioning better, and my skin continues to clear and feel smoother.

Overall I am noticing that I’m:

  • Less moody
  • Have better clarity
  • Got more stuff done
  • Feel more confident
  • Feel more hopeful
  • Feel more purposeful
  • Moles continuing to flake off
  • Face has stayed clear
  • Feel more vibrant

I want to continue eating this way! One day at a time though.

I have begun to eat raw vegetables for dinner (celery and avocado with Mrs. Dash as a seasoning, and salads with raw Vegan Ranch dressing from The Raw Food World). I also tried Parma vegan parmesan as salad garnish and am enjoying the new flavor and texture it adds.

Vegan Ranch dressing and Parma vegan parmesan

I did eat in a restaurant a few days ago with a friend and enjoyed a seaweed salad and small amount of sushi fish. I have also had some basmati cooked rice a couple of times.

Next, I have a couple of papaya days planned where I will simply eat ripe papayas for all 3 meals (or as needed) for both days! That should be fun!

And for those wanting to learn about who Dan McDonald is, here’s one of his latest videos and there are links to all his stuff in the information part of the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eZWCavVMGs

Maybe I will become a fruitarian? I do love avocados—even alone, without any rice or celery. But one of the reasons I am doing this is to detach from things and question my motives. It’s a spiritual journey.

Curious how it goes?

Stay tuned!

Mindset Shift! Citrus Diet

Have you ever tried the Citrus Diet?

After trying (and failing to release much excess weight on the Bone Broth Diet), I switched to eating only citrus fruits for 7 days. (Thanks to reading an email from raw vegan health coach, Life Regenerator, Dan McDonald!)

I ate only grapefruit, oranges, and tangerines for 7 days, and drank water with limes and lemons, along with one or two cups of herb tea each day. And what were my results?

Raw fruit: Florida grapefruit, Florida orange, and Cuties tangerines

I released 6 pounds! The easiest weight loss I have experienced in a long time.

As for the mindset shift, I believe once you make up your mind to do something (like lose weight), you will focus on it to breathe, eat, and sleep your goal! Haha! Yes, and you will find ways to make it fun!

Now, here’s the best part – my BRAIN functioned better, plus I saw and felt differences in my skin!

  • Less moody
  • More clarity
  • Got more stuff done
  • Felt a renewed sense of purpose
  • Felt motivated
  • Moles dried up and fell off my body
  • Face cleared up
  • Felt more vitality

Overall now, I really feel aWEsOMe and vibrant! And I want to continue eating this way!

Fruit bowl. My meal of raw grapefruit, orange, and tangerines (and Puradyme digestive enzymes).

I don’t know how long I will continue, but as I begin to add in things like raw vegetables (first, celery and avocado with Mrs. Dash as a seasoning, and later, salads with no dressing), I will document what happens and post it here.

Stay tuned!

What do you think about the Bone Broth diet?

Yes, I’m doing another “diet.” I feel as if I’ve been on a perpetual diet of one kind or another for 25 years! Ugh! But no one can say I give up easily! Ha!

So, I added The Green Smoothie Girl bone broth smoothies to my diet a couple years ago while doing a fast, detox, cleanse. But, this Bone Broth diet is different.

Stock library photo of broth

Essentially, I simply substitute 2 meals a day with bone broth, and do intermittent fasting (IF). The Dr. Kelly plan comes with a small booklet that defines a Yes / No list of foods, and information about IF.

One can work their IF eating times any number of ways too, depending upon one’s work schedule or body chemistry.

IF works best for me when I eat from 11am or noon to about 4 or 5pm.

Skipping my evening meal always results in weight loss, but not eating anything after 6 or 7pm is always the most challenging, and I have to really establish a good mindset about it first, before attempting it too, else I fail every time.

But mostly, eating like this is a “mindset shift.” And if I’m not in the right mindset, I fall off the wagon each time.

What things do you do to keep your mindset right? Do you write down your goals? Use a coach or accountability partner? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you, and many blessings in ALL ways.