Review: I can eat chocolate candy again! Thank you, Hershey!

If you’ve been told that you’re pre-diabetic or think you may have insulin resistance, you owe it to yourself to check into WildFit, Sugar Busters, or the like 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 chocolate and any candy during the last three months on WildFit. But recently, before Halloween, I walked by a single package of something called, Hershey ZERO and thought I’d check it out. Normally, I order French chocolates from Universal Yums once a year in the winter, or buy some carob at the health food store whenever I am tempted to eat chocolate. I do love the taste and texture of chocolate melting in my mouth. And yes, I agree that’s from childhood “programming.”

I’ve lost over fifteen pounds in the last three months on WildFit and have about forty more pounds to release, so I’m not saying I’m going to eat these chocolates every day, but I am keeping some on hand for any conscious choice I have to treat myself. I may still order the French chocolate truffles from Universal Yums but Hershey really nailed the chemistry with these chocolates!

Hershey's ZERO chocolates and Reese cup ZERO candies.

Not to worry, these candies are just my temp solution for the holidays. I had to have stumbled upon them for a reason and 1 or 2 is enough for me to “treat myself well” including nostalgia and taste exactly like the real thing… understanding how I was and most people were “programmed” to eat this crap when we were kids. I will soon look at this as the scariest part of Halloween.

And as for these non-functional foods, I think they’re better for me than the Buc-ee’s mini cookies that my sister-in-law brought to my husband that I call “crack” because they’re so freakin’ addictive but I can say, No, to when they’re in the house. Ha!

How is this post categorized as “finding relief,” well, I guess because these little candies help me relieve snack attacks, which actually don’t happen all that often anymore, except that the holidays are coming!

A bit about me, your Spiral Sister

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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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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.

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

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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.

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

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

Eating Naturally: Paleo and Keto

In an older article of mine (here), I wrote that I feel best when I eat mostly organic whole local produce, nuts and seeds.

I know that I do not need dairy–though I love a really good cheese. Vegan nut cheeses are the best in my opinion. Or, feta cheese from sheep or goats. And yes, some feta cheese is made from cows–don’t ask me how or why they are allowed to label those as feta, but they do. Check your labels.

I definitely feel better when I do not eat grains.

And though I had said that I didn’t need animal products every day, I have found that I feel better when I consume a small portion of high quality meats and fish, once a day, or once every other day.

While it is possible to live on a raw vegetable and fruit juice diet, with some raw vegetable salads along with nuts and seeds, soups, or juice, I believe that should be reserved for when one is healing from an illness.

I’m still following the blood type diet, but I’ve limited what I eat even more–per the Nutritional Response Testing I’ve had done, and nutritional dietary research on Paleo and Ketogenic (Keto) diets.

What follows is my new lifestyle eating plan:

One glass of lemon water upon awakening in the morning, followed by at least 24 ounces of plain water until noon. No breakfast five days a week.

Lunch at noon consisting of:

  • One hard boiled (organic, pasture raised) egg with a teaspoon of butter (KerryGold)
  • One avocado
  • Asparagus, or leafy greens, or cauliflower, or broccoli

And water. Some cucumber water for a bit of flavor.

For dinner, between 5pm and 7pm:

A dinner salad of fresh leafy greens with the addition of:

  • Nutritional yeast
  • Avocado
  • Cucumbers – chopped
  • Celery – chopped
  • Onion – chopped
  • Raw garlic – sliced
  • Cerignola olives (or any other olives not soaked in brine)
  • Olive oil or coconut oil (high quality)
  • Steamed spinach or collard greens
  • 3 ounces of high quality, organic or grass-fed beef, lamb, OR wild caught fish

If any cheese is consumed it shall be a good french cheese, or feta that comes from sheep or goat! Be sure to check the label.

Evening snack before 8pm:

  • Raw skinless almonds
  • Raw Brazil nuts
  • Raw walnuts
  • Organic unbleached coconut flakes
  • Blueberries or Blackberries (organic) for a sweet snack occasionally (in season)

Examples of my paleo or keto meals (low carb)

The following are a sample of some of the meals I ate as I transitioned to this diet:

One breakfast each week, consisting of: Two beef patties, two eggs, and lettuce (mushrooms occasionally). I learned that sautéed onions contain too much sugar (from the change that occurs with the onion during the cooking process). The bread is gone. I omitted the mayo, tomato (because it’s a nightshade), and bacon too.

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First meal with collard greens. Sweet white shrimp was the meat consumed as a treat, and to eliminate a dessert.

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Grilled kale brussels. This was a weekend lunch.

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Romaine leaves, white anchovies, cherries, and 3 ounces of seared beef tenderloin. The sourdough pretzel croutons were not eaten. There was a small amount of sliced aged parmesan cheese atop the greens, but this was the only cheese consumed that week.

Coconut oil can be taken for nutritional needs as desired, and I take it along with me to restaurants in a small container to add to salads and no one is the wiser (except me)!

This diet eliminates sugar, grains, any foods that contain lectins (such as, tomatoes, potatoes, and beans), soy, most salts, corn or vegetables oils, and dairy.

Beans that have been pressure cooked, like the Eden brand beans shown next, are good to add to make homemade hummus, or add to soup for extra fiber:

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If any alcohol is consumed it shall be a high quality tequila and less than 3 ounces.

I used to eat a lot of Brussels sprouts, until I discovered that they uptake arsenic. I had been found to have arsenic in my body, which I had to detox from this year, thus I looked for the cause.

In my experience, this is a healthy diet and one that has been promoted by doctors I have conferred with.

DISCLAIMER: This information is freely shared for educational purposes only. Site author / owner cannot assume responsibility for how this information is applied – as each person is unique, with their own dietary needs / restrictions. Please consult with your own licensed health and wellness practitioner before beginning a new diet or big lifestyle change.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

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.

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

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 now.

I am available to 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.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it.

I am interested in participating in any raw and living food’s festivals in Florida – if you would like to reach out to me to help you get that going!

Send me an email and keep in touch.

To learn more about me Click Here –>> Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, 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/

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