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My Word for 2013

Words are incredibly important to me.  The power they hold has the ability to breathe life or destroy.  The words we choose to use & the order we put them in can determine how we feel, how we move, how we love, and what we do.

Most of my life I have studied words.  I’ve learned Spanish & American Sign Language….for fun.  I love the way that learning a different language can shape your thoughts.  Discovering that the sign for the word “grace” in ASL is actually the word “guilt” turned upside down was nothing short of life-changing for me.

I love playing with words & word sounds when writing songs.  For example, “just defy your thoughts” sounds like “justify your thoughts”…both powerful, both different.  Why do we hear one over the other?  Yes,  I am a word nerd.

The words that we CHOOSE to use become the structure in which we build our houses.  I used to use the term “my fibromyalgia” often.  One day my husband lovingly called me on that.  ”Why do you say that?  It’s like you are owning it.”  He was right, I was.  I was making it a part of my being.  I recently heard this quote, “Whatever you add after ‘I am’ comes chasing after you.”  I would say the same thing about the word “my”.  What words are you owning?

Sometimes we let words that others have chosen become a part of our beings.  ”You’re fat.”  ”You’re stupid.”  ”You’re worthless.”  The sharp edge of the tongue.  We can have 20 people tell us opposite & still struggle to believe the truth!

When I was in college, I had a 45 minute commute to school.  I always used that time to pray.  Once I felt like God was speaking to me, but I got really upset & began to ask, “How do I know it’s YOU?  How do I know it’s not just my subconscious?”  In my mind I heard clear as day, “Rhema.  You will know it’s me.”  My response?  ”What the heck is a rhema?”  At that point I thought I had lost it.  I abruptly ended the “conversation”.  Later that very night I attended a Bible study.  The pastor handed out our first worksheet entitled Rhema: The Word of God.

Words.

Last year I decided to choose a word for the year.  I tried & tried, but nothing would come to me, nothing would resonate…until my husband said “limitless”.  In many ways that word came to pass.  I started believing that limitations were only set by my own fears – that if I just pushed through, there were no limits.  I did things last year I never imagined, including speaking & playing my music in front of a huge crowd, forming & fronting my own band and, not to mention learning to love myself in profound ways.  There are no limits.

This year I have once again struggled to choose my word.  I think it is because I KNOW the power it can hold.  I RESPECT words.  I once prayed to be fearless.  A friend of mine told me that was a very brave prayer.  Little did I know!!!  That word sent me flying in a 10 passenger plain over the Rocky Mountains to share my college research project with 100 audiology professors!  Yeah, fearless.

I’m feeling….let’s say…a little less brave this year!  I would say “adventure” sounds like a great word, but 1) there are many types of adventure!  & 2) I’m the kind of person who finds themselves in adventure naturally.

I was very close to choosing “grace”.  Ahhhh how I LOOOOOVE the word “grace”!  You really have no idea.  Anyone who thinks that grace is meek & mild doesn’t get the word.  I almost think grace is the remedy for anything that ails us.  However, “grace” just didn’t resonate.

The word I have settled on is the word that keeps coming back to me again and again.  The word strikes a deep chord in my system and permeates my being.  The word terrifies me in ways that I don’t even understand.  The word I have chosen for myself for 2013 is “home”.  That’s right, the girl who’s favorite word is “wanderlust” who has lived in 5 states and roughly 22 different houses in her lifetime is choosing the word “home”.

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Okay…let’s be honest, it’s not like I’m going to stop traveling or going to concerts or having grand adventures.  But, I DO want to focus on making my house a home…a loving, cozy & welcoming environment that breathes life into all who enter…a place to imagine, create & where dreams are birthed.  I’m sure I will spend all year discovering the different ways the word “home” plays out, and that scares me beyond belief.  But, it feels good & it feels right. So, there it is.

Be warned that you will probably see pictures of redecorating and rearranging from here on out!

After all of that, what is YOUR word for 2013?

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Much love, many blessings & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Top 10 Ways to Have Healthy Skin

Your skin can be AMAZING!

1.  GREEN SMOOTHIES!  I promise you, without a doubt, if you add more greens to your diet, your skin will SHOW it.  The same people who are grossing out because you’re drinking something that looks like sewer sledge will be begging you for the recipe once they see your skin glowing.

2.  Lemon water first thing in the am.  It’s detoxifying & anything that is detoxifying will usually beautify.

3.  GET MOVING!  Exercise increases circulation, which increases oxygen in your system, which brightens your skin!

4.  Eat avocados!  Shoot, add them to your smoothies!  They actually make them creamy & delicious.  I avoided this for a full year because I thought it sounded so nasty, but I don’t want a smoothie without one now!

5.  Eat at least 70% RAW fruits, veggies & nuts.  Your skin will thank you!

6.  Do what you LOVE!  Nothing makes the skin duller than a dull life.  If you are sad, mad or otherwise had, your skin will show.  When you are doing what you love, you seriously RADIATE.

7.  Ditch the nasty chemicals!  It will take a little while for your skin to adjust to this, but I promise you, it will be worth it in the long run.  Go for more natural make-up.  Try using pure coconut oil as a moisturizer.  I’m in LOVE with Dr. Hauschka’s line.  You can try free samples at Whole Foods.

8.  Use raw honey a little bit of baking soda as a scrub & apple cider vinegar as a toner.

9.  If you’re having serious acne, your body is probably trying to tell you something.  It’s amazing how our skin can be like a warning light

10.  Tap into your SOUL BEAUTY!  Learn to LOVE yourself!  I PROMISE you, if you can do this, you will absolutely GLOW!

Much love & many blessings!

Raw Chocolate Strawberry Torte (you can thank me later)!

Crust

1.5 cups almonds (soaked for at least 3 hours)

1 cup dates (pitted/soaked for at least 3 hours)

1/4 cup water from soaked dates

Blend in food processor until as smooth as possible.

Take spoonfuls of the mixture & flatten in the bottom of a muffin tin.

Bake in oven at 200 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

 

Filling

1 ripe avocado

4-5 pitted/soaked dates

4 tbs coconut sugar

3-4 tbs cocoa

1 tsp lemon juice

Blend well.  Add filling to the crust & top with a purty strawberry!

Eat now or put in the fridge for later.

 

This is gluten-free, dairy-free & sugarless GOODNESS!!!  YUMMM!!!

Try it and tell me what you think!

 

Much love & many blessings!

 

 

 

 

Why I Trashed My Scale

There was a time in my life where every day, multiple times/day, I would step on the scale.  This scale was designed to determine my weight, but I let it determine my worth.  If I had lost a pound, I could be happy.  If I had gained a pound, I was filled with guilt & shame.  And, in that guilt & shame, I’d eat.  (As I write this, tears are welling up in my eyes for how badly I treated myself).

I wanted to lose weight, but what I really wanted more than that was to LOVE myself.  I had reduced my life, mySELF into a number on a scale.  Let’s be honest.  I had let this inanimate object become my God.

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Was it easy to ditch the scale?  No.  Every diet out there was telling me I needed to measure my progress with numbers….measuring tape, fat percentages, BMI, a pant size, a scale.  What did these things mean to me?  Judgement & self-condemnation.  I knew there had to be a better way.  I knew this would not lead me to freedom.  As usual, I had to buck the system.  I just can’t seem to do things like I’m supposed to!  

How do I measure my progress?

Am I comparing myself to others?  Are my actions to myself coming from love?

 Am I living out of my heart?  Are guilt or shame creeping in?

Do I understand my worth, my value?

I can tell you one thing for sure – The closer I get to truly loving this person that God has made, that God LOVES, the closer I get to HEALTH.  

Now that is something that can NEVER be measured by a scale!

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Much love & many blessings!

By the way, I never regretted trashing my scale!  I encourage you to do the same!  Come on over to Soul Carrot on facebook & see how you can win a $25 gift card to Nakee Natural by showing me a pic of YOU trashing YOUR scale!!!  Create your own personal Self-Worth Revolution!!!

UPDATE (Class postponed) Get Your Glow ON!!! – Skin Care Class

I’m sorry to be the bearer of  bad news, but I’ve had to postpone this class until early 2012.  I’ll keep you posted though, don’t worry :)

Get Your Glow ON!!!


Want GLOWING skin? This is the EVENT for you!!!

Want to learn the secrets of how nutrition makes a difference in your skin? What skin care products are the best? How to make your own affordable, AMAZING skin care products from ingredients found at the grocery store?

Class includes: 15 minute mini-massage, delicious dessert, your own sugar scrub, recipes to take home, & a free gift certificate for a 1-hour health & wellness evaluation from Soul Carrot Health Coaching!

All for only $25!

Class will fill up quickly!!!!

SO, take a break from holiday madness to PAMPER yourself! Bring a friend & let’s have a blast!!!

***Clients of Soul Carrot Health Coaching can come & bring a guest for free***

I Keep my Deodorant in the Refrigerator (Take II)

Today I ran out of deodorant & have to make more.  Don’t worry, I had enough to make it through Zumba, so if you see me, you shouldn’t have to stand too far away!  But, I thought I’d bring up an oldie, but goodie for you :)  Soon I will be offering a class on how to make your own natural skincare products!  Stay tuned!  You won’t want to miss it!

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“You do WHAT?”

You read right!  I keep my deodorant in the refrigerator.  Why, you ask?  Well, here’s the deal – years ago I learned about how horrible deodorant is for our health, especially for women.  Commercial deodorants contain ingredients such as aluminum and parabens, both of which have been linked to breast cancer.  So, I started my journey trying to find a natural deodorant that actually worked.  My conclusion?  Well, you could probably smell it!  Half way through Zumba, I’d be stinking it up!

So, I thought, maybe I could *make* my own deodorant!  There has to be a way.  So, I googled “homemade deodorant recipe” and I found a coconut oil based recipe.   I thought, “What the heck!  I’ll give it a shot!  If it doesn’t work, at least it’s super cheap!”  I happened to have the ingredients on hand.  So, I found an old deodorant tube, cleaned it out, made the recipe, put it all together & stuck it in the refrigerator.

The next day would be the ultimate test – Zumba!  I made it out smelling tropical instead of toxical (Okay, I know that’s not a word.  But, it sounded better!)  I’ve never looked back.  I’ve even added yummy smelling essential oils to the mix.  If you’re not a fan of coconut smell, there is unscented coconut oil.  I think it’s best to buy organic coconut oil if you can.  I think you can buy coconut oil that is solid at room temps, but I just used what I had.

So if you’re ever at my house and look in my refrigerator, you won’t think I’ve totally lost it.  (Although I’m sure some of you reading this think I already have!)

“I Can’t Quit Diet Soda”

Of all of the addictions that I come into contact with as a health coach, I can tell you that diet soda is definitely among the top 3 (sugar, diet soda, caffeine).  When diet sodas first came out, they were touted as a weight loss tool.  I think it’s pretty clear by now that they are anything but.  So first, let me tell you all of the reasons you shouldn’t be drinking this stuff, then I will give you some great substitutes.

 

Drinking diet sodas is linked to:

  • Obesity – It actually increases sugar cravings.
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease (stroke, heart attacks, and vascular diseases)
  • Neurological issues (depression, anxiety, blurred vision, migraines, even seizures and multiple sclerosis)
  • Auto-immune illnesses (chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis)

Pretty, huh?  The ingredients in diet sodas include methanol, otherwise known as wood alcohol.  Once released into the bloodstream, this substance is metabolized into formaldehyde.  That’s right – embalming fluid.

I think it’s pretty obvious that you want to stay far away from this poison!  So just how do you break the addiction?  In my experience, there are a few things you will need to do.

  • First, realize that there will be a little pain involved.  But, these tips should help you through.
  • When you are feeling a craving come on, drink a glass of water and wait 15 minutes to see if the craving disappears.
  • Employ the use of green smoothies.  Diet sodas and green smoothies don’t taste too well together!
  • Figure out a suitable substitute.  (This does not mean other artificial sweetener-laden drinks.  You have to watch out for this because most flavored soda waters contain artificial sweeteners).  What is it that you like most about diet soda?  Is it the carbonation?  100% Grape juice with lime La Croix or any 100% juice with plain soda water.  Or is it the “sweetness” that you like?  Brew some flavored tea, add honey while it’s hot, let it cool a minute and add ice.  Yes, honey – It’s a natural sweetener that has many health benefits when used in moderation.  If you need to use it to get over an artificial sweetener addiction, by all means, USE it!!!
  • If you are addicted to the caffeine, coffee with a little cream might get your through, or some green tea.
  • Another good substitute for carbonation is Kombucha.  Kombucha is a fermented tea that is flavored.  It has very little sugar content and is a natural anti-bacterial/anti-fungal.  You can find it at health food stores.  In Jackson, Prime Cuts carries it.  It’s a little on the spendy side, around $4/bottle.  But, you can drink 1/4 bottle per time.  It may be worth a try!

Chances are if you are addicted to diet sodas, you are also addicted to sugar.  In the following months, I will be holding a free tele-seminar about beating sugar addictions, so stay tuned!

Have you beat a diet soda addiction?  What worked for you?  Have you noticed anything different health-wise?

Much love & many blessings,

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Baking Soda Rocks!

I love baking soda!  I sure do!  And before you to thinking I’ve lost it, let me explain why.  This substance is amazing!

  • It’s the easiest, non-toxic, most effective cleaner I know of.  I use it to scrub kitchen & bathroom.  It brightens and deodorizes!
  • Mix a couple of tablespoons with a couple of squirts of dish soap, a cup of hot water, and 1/4 cup white vinegar, and you have a great shower cleaner.
  • Sprinkle it on your carpet and let it set for a couple of hours, then vacuum for a great, non-toxic carpet freshener.
  • Place a dime-sized portion of baking soda in your palm, then add some of your cleanser.  You automatically have a great exfoliator!
  • Use it to make deodorant!

Check out this website for a few more uses :)

And stay tuned for the coconut oil edition!!!

Could This be Making You Fat?

If you learn anything at all from this blog, I hope you learn that eating a whole/organic diet will change your life.  In fact, it could quite possibly save your life.  The more I learn about nutrition, the more passionate I’m becoming about this.

Case in point – High Fructose Corn Syrup.  You’ve probably heard about it by now.  You’ve heard it’s something that you should avoid.  But, it’s not really that bad, right?  What if I told you that there is research showing that hfcs actually interferes with the hormones in your body that tell you when you are full!  Does that sound like a problem to you?  I don’t know about you, but this makes me angry!

The food industry isn’t interested in you being healthy.  They are interested in making a profit.  Ingredients are used to give products longer shelf life and reduce cost…not promote optimum health.  Companies are allowed to advertise healthy ingredients big and bold on the box while leaving those questionable ingredients in small print.

As consumers, we need to be vigilant.  We need to educate ourselves.  Check your labels.  Avoid questionable ingredients.  (If your great grandma wouldn’t know what it was, don’t eat it!)  Eat whole/organic whenever possible!  For me, I’m lazy, I avoid processed junk as much as possible by going straight for the produce!

A Few of my Favorite Things

There are certain products that I absolutely love, and I thought I’d share them with you all!  What we put on our bodies, and what we put in our air, can really impact our health.  I have tried a lot of different products in the past, and these are just a few that work for me:

Kiss my Face Aloe Vera Whitening toothpaste is probably one of my favorite toothpastes of all time!  I was nervous buying it because of the aloe vera.  How could that taste good?  But, it DOES!  I promise.  In fact, when I run out, I go into panic mode!John Master’s Blood Orange & Vanilla lotion is AMAZING!  Probably pretty much because it smells like cupcakes!  What’s not to like about that?!  Plus it works really well.  I have to be careful about scents, because they can be so overwhelming.  A little of this goes a long way.  And of course, scent is very individual.  But, if you find yourself at Whole Foods, give this a try!

Charlie’s Soap is my all-time favorite laundry detergent!  It makes your clothes feel so soft!  And it’s natural to boot!  No chemically smell!  It also takes the musty smell out of my high efficiency washer.

My Shark Steam Mop.  I love this thing!  Mopping is probably one of my least favorite activities!  It just grosses me out!  lol!  This makes it so easy in so many ways!  It was worth every penny!

The next one is kind of complicated!  I LOVE Method’s dish soap dispenser.  It was life changing, I tell you!  It makes doing the dishes, well, happy!  But, the soap itself contains dioxane, which isn’t so good for you.  So I bought the dispenser & refilled it with Seventh Generation dish soap.

There you have it.  Hope you like a few of them!  Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite products are!

If you are ever wondering about the safety of a product, the Environmental Working Group is an amazing resource.

Much love & many blessings,

Christy

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