Autumn Detox – Get clear and clean. It’s time to refresh your system!

You’ve read all the articles you could get your hands on about what to expect from a detox: You’re planning to lose those last few pesky pounds that have been hanging on for years. Your skin will radiate with new freshness from the amazing supplements you’ll get. And your system will be clear, open and ready to go for the long winter months.

Maybe, but read on……

A good detox is one that does not require you to spend money on or consume processed supplements, pills, face masks, or special creams. The best detox is a simple one. No fuss, no muss. It’s all about taking radical self-responsibility for YOU and doing a deep dive into your deepest desires and needs, removing gunk from your body and mind, and opening new spaces in your life – as well as dropping those pesky pounds.  

The 3 things you’ll experience that you’ve never expected:

# 1 – Ah-ha’s! Yes, you’ll experience ah-ha’s. We will meet weekly as a detox tribe and make new connections and have a chance to learn from one another. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a tribe as  group of persons having a common character, occupation, or interest. You’ll reach your goals by being part of a powerful tribe of like-minded people with the goal of cleansing and facing the coming holidays and winter months with a new awareness of the body and a spirit of confidence. Oh yeah, bring it on.

# 2 – You’ll rid your operating system of the gunk and sludge of life. Have you ever driven your car twelve thousand miles without an oil change? If so, you’ve either burned up all the oil in the system and fried your engine or both. Like changing your oil, Detox removes the thick stuff that sticks to your organs and clogs the flow of good stuff.

# 3 – You’ll discover a new sense of flow in the body – in with the good, out with the bad. In other words, you’ll enhance your operating system and experience the glories of a healthy, daily elimination. Yep, I’m talking about poop again.

I am excited to bring you Autumn Detox – For the Health of It.  This 3-week workshop will be held on Zoom – an on-line video platform that you can easily access from the comfort of your home. The Autumn Detox will take place on Sunday evenings, Sept. 9, 16, and 23 at 6 p.m.

Experience big ah-ha’s, a cleaner engine, and the flow you need to be at your very best. Workshop cost is $49. Sign up below and make your payment by clicking here. 

I look forward to seeing you on September 9!

Intermittent Fasting and Food Exploration Workshop Series

Join this 4-week on-line workshop series – June 13, 20, 27, and July 11 from 6-7:00 p.m. (we will not meet the week of the 4th of July). The workshop is designed to guide you into better health through Intermittent Fasting and Food Exploration and is back by popular demand. All sessions will be live on-line. Each session will be recorded and made available the following day.

Cost is only $50 for the entire series. Learn about what is best for your body and how to incorporate easy strategies that will help you feel better, more aligned with the desired YOU, and as an added bonus, drop those pesky pounds that seem to stick around after the new year. This session will include tips on how to eat locally or regionally for optimal health and strategies for avoiding the traps of the Standard American Diet.

This session would not be complete without discussions on topics of acid reflux, elimination, energy, and sleep and the ways in which the foods we eat impact everything in our lives.

To get in on this workshop, you can complete the registration form below and use this easy PayPal link for payment. I’ll  see you June 13!

How to eat a plant-based diet in one easy step

I am a plant-based lifestyle junkie. I admit it. Yep, I’m just freaky about being in the kitchen and playing around with gadgets, and food. I am NOT a vegan. Or a vegetarian. Nor do I eat paleo, low carb, low fat, or any other sort of obsession-driven diet. Frankly, I detest the thought of diets and am regularly rageful over the manipulative marketing mania that sucks people down a dark hole and convinces them to buy expensive “shake” mixes, magical weight-loss elixirs, and join gyms. Really, it MAKES ME CRAZY.

I believe in eating plants. Plants of all sorts. A huge and wide variety of plants. I’ve been doing it a long time, haven’t eaten a bite of meat in forever, and still am very healthy. I’m at a healthy weight, have lots of energy (as long as you catch me before 8 p.m. – after that I’m toast), and I’m aging gracefully, embracing “most” of the joys of being over-50, except, that is, for those damned grey hairs. I’m just not ready for that.

The secret here, the one step, is to  simply add more vegetables. Did you know that 69% of American’s are not eating enough greens in their diets and that 96% of American’s don’t eat the minimum recommended daily servings of legumes? In fact, I’m willing to bet that a bunch don’t even know what a legume is. Don’t feel bad if you fall into this category. In 2017, the Huffington Post ran an article entitled “We Know They’re Healthy, But WTF Is A Legume, Really?”  addressing this very question. In short, here is a list of a few legumes: split peas, cannelloni beans, kidney beans, navy beans, soybeans, chickpeas, red, green or brown lentils, alfalfa, peas, and peanuts.

Don’t worry about what you need to get rid of, unless, of course, you’re eating trans-fats, processed meat (like lunch/deli meats) and soda – those you definitely need to get rid of. Just add in more vegetables. Add more greens to every darned meal you eat. Not iceberg lettuce – think romaine or kale instead. Add berries – you know, blueberries, strawberries, concord grapes, cranberries, and raspberries. And add more beans – black, black-eyed, cannelloni, chickpeas, northern, kidney, pinto, red, split, mung, beans beans beans.  You get the picture, eh?

And then, get wild! I mean “wild”. Go outside and scan your yard (as long as you’re not using chemicals on or around it) and start eating what grows naturally in your ecosystem. In my 11-week course, Healthy Habits, we have been talking about plant-based lifestyle and I encouraged everyone to diversify the plant species they typically eat. So as not to be a hypocrite and teach what I am not willing to do myself, after class I headed straight to Meijer (I would have gone to my backyard, but it’s too early – 29 degrees last night) and bought a bunch of dandelion greens.  “DANDELIONS,” you ask? Yes, they are edible.  Quite! This summer, I’ll eat the entire thing – flowers, leaves, and all. I’ll make tea from the roots. And for those who are wondering about the stems, well, I won’t eat the stem, but once you pluck off the flower and root, you can use the stem to make a musical horn. You can impress your friends with your newfound appreciation for eating your weeds AND entertain them at the same time.

So back to my dandelion meal. I made Dandelion Pesto and here is the recipe along with my comments on what I’ll do differently next time:

2-3 cups fresh dandelion greens (I purchased the greens at Meijer for now. These greens were pretty bitter, so I added 2 tsps of honey. I won’t do this again. Next time I’ll blanch the greens instead – that helps to calm the bitter)

1 cup raw cashews

3 tbsp lemon juice

3 cloves garlic (wow – I used 3 large cloves. Next time I’ll do 2 small cloves)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (recipe called for sunflower oil, but I did not have in my kitchen – I’ll bet sunflower is better)

1 cup mixed arugula and mint (mint confused my taste buds in this recipe. Next time I’ll find another green- probably kale because it is much milder, and I like the texture)

1 cup water

1 tsp salt (I added salt at the meal, so next time I’ll add another teaspoon to the recipe)

Mix all ingredients in blender until creamy. Super duper healthy. Meal is full of protein, high in calcium and potassium, which is good for muscle and menstrual cramps. Interesting, eh??? (recipe and nutritional information from The Wild Wisdom of Weeds by Katrina Blair).

So I am a plant-based lifestyle junkie. And now, I’m a wild plant-based lifestyle junkie. I have not experimented anywhere near as much as I should, and I’m now on a mission. I already eat lambsquarter which grows everywhere, mint which is prolific in my yard, wild raspberries and a few other local delicacies like morel mushrooms. I encourage you to join me in getting wild. Not quite ready for a meal of dandelion? That’s cool. How about zucchini? Or cauliflower? Arugula? Cilantro? Beets? Pumpkin? Sweet peas? Just pick one or two. Add more vegetables. When you do this, you crowd out the less-than-healthy foods without even noticing. You’ll feel better. You’ll be lighter. You’ll poop much better. And soon, you’ll become a plant-junkie too. Welcome!

For more information about plant-based lifestyle, join in any of the courses offered at For the Health of It or attend one of my free monthly workshops at RedBloom Yoga. I want to provide good information on healthy lifestyle available to everyone, so join us. Sign up for my newsletter and join our Facebook Group community. It will be worth the milli-second it takes to do this. For the Health of It…..

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Do you feel shitty? Here’s how to chase shitty away and be empowered!

For most of my life, I’ve considered myself to be confident, in-charge, and a positive influence on others. I’m proud of this and love that I can help motivate other people. But lately I’ve felt a little like an impostor so I’m here to fess up. Lately I’ve felt a little shitty. Can you relate? Do you feel shitty too?

Happy, positive, successful, hard-working, energetic, and confident are all descriptors of how most of us want to feel. Isn’t it interesting, though, how these feelings ebb and flow depending on our circumstances? And isn’t it even more interesting, that feeling confident and positive often depend on how others treat us and their opinions of us? We look externally for validation. We look to others to build our confidence. And when they don’t look back, or they don’t say the right thing, we quickly retreat to that shadow person – the smaller person, the one who lacks confidence, the one with the victim mentality where everything is someone else’s fault, the ornery, grumpy person that perpetuates more of the same. It’s shitty. It feels shitty. And it’s a waste of time.

For me, there are three things in life that can either make or break a person. To be grounded, positive, and IN-CHARGE, we need to eat a healthy diet, live a healthy lifestyle, and keep our stress under control. I know what you’re thinking. You think I say the same thing over and over and over. Yes, I do. That’s right. In my courses, we work on developing good, nurturing self-care practices and to some of you, that might sound silly. It also might seem like a very deficient sort of approach to feeling less shitty, or gaining confidence, or getting yourself out of a rut.

I would argue that having ONE THING totally under control in life is enough to pull you out of your funk. Think about it like this – have ever pigged out on half a box of Fruit Loops in a fit of self-pitty, or said no to a run that you KNOW would be good for you, but because you’re in such a shitty mood that you stay on the couch and fall asleep instead? Or your stress level is so out of control that you get in a fight with your partner just because he is there. Maybe he left his dirty socks in the middle of the room and the fight that ensues ends up in a discussion about divorce rather than finding a solution to that minor problem that really has nothing to do at all with how you’re feeling?

Just sayin’……

Consider instead some positive things that you can do that help you feel empowered. I love my plant-based lifestyle. Honestly, when things get depressing and when I feel like I have no control, I like to get in my kitchen and make stuff. It doesn’t really matter what it is. I find it soothing to cut up a bunch of vegetables and make and then freeze a ton of broth, so I can make soup quickly and easy in the future. Sounds mundane, doesn’t it?  And I’m sure it doesn’t sound like a solution to feeling depressed. But it’s ONE THING I can do to take control back.

When my stress level goes up, my chest feels tight. I get a weird feeling in my head as if there is a high-pitched whistle going off somewhere deep inside my skull. Can you relate? When this happens, a few deep breaths with long, and I mean really long exhales, helps bring down the tension. I love listening to podcasts, so if it’s possible during these stressful moments, I turn on a podcast and learn something new. Learning, to me, feels very empowering. It brings me back to confident-Alison, knowledgeable-Alison, the positive me that does not scurry away quickly when adversity hits.

What empowers you? What makes you feel better? Less shitty? Do that one thing. Seriously, if you’re feeling shitty like I have lately, find your happy place, your happy activity, and let it empower you. Calvin Coolidge once said “we cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once”. What is that something? Maybe it’s not making soup or listening to a podcast. But what is it? Find ONE THING that leads you to being more healthy whether it’s eating good food or finding solace in the kitchen, going to the gym, or sitting quietly under a tree taking long deep breaths to bring down the tension. Pick ONE THING today and write it down. Commit to it and have integrity in what you’ve chosen. That means following through with your commitment. Make the commitment small enough, incremental enough, so that you’ll be successful. This, I promise you, will lead you to feeling more empowered. You’ll have at least ONE THING under control.

I gotta go. My running shoes and phone with a good podcast in queue are sitting by the backdoor. I’m going to run and learn something new and keep my grumpy shadow at bay.