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Sugar Cleanse Survival Tips

Finally.

We are seeing sunshine, we are experiencing a slight warming in temperature and we are starting to feel hope again! Hope that Winter is truly over, Spring is here and Summer is right around the corner! Too dramatic? Well, here in the Pacific Northwest this is how we are feeling after a long, rainy and windy Winter. I don’t know about you, but a part of me looks forward to Fall and Winter. Sweaters, boots, Holiday sweets and lots of comfort foods. Then comes Spring! I start realizing that I feel a bit more sluggish, my jeans don’t look quite as cute on me without a sweater covering up my belly and all I want to eat is SUGAR! Am I alone here? I hope not!

With another sugar cleanse looming on the horizon…I thought I’d share some small insights or a few things that I learned in last years’ cleanse…let’s call them SURVIVAL TIPS…

 

 

  1. Write down all the reasons WHY you want to do a sugar cleanse…BEFORE YOU START!  You will have hard days, very hard days and you will need this list to help keep you motivated. Write these reasons on 3×5 cards and put them everywhere in your house for you to see.
  2. Do the cleanse with a friend or spouse. I have done cleanses with and
    My Sugar Cleanse Buddy!

    My Sugar Cleanse Buddy!

    without this and believe me, I am way more successful with support and accountability! This way in moments of weakness you can encourage one another. You can talk about everything going on with the cleanse and they will be interested! But, the best reason of all…you won’t have to cook two meals or be tempted to eat what they are having. By the way, my kids get the same dinners we have on the cleanse and they love them. I do allow them to have treats, crackers, sandwiches and the like, however.

  3. Plan and Prepare! Have your meals and snacks planned out, grocery shop accordingly and have some snacks all ready to go. Nothing can sabotage strong resolve like being too hungry or caught off guard. This also means taking a look ahead at your schedule and planning. Do you have a friends’ Birthday party coming up…plan what you are going to order ahead of time.
  4. Stay hydrated! This may seem like common sense, but when your body is working hard to get rid of toxins, you actually need to drink more than 8 glasses a day to assist in flushing those toxins out. Plus, did you know that the hypothalamus can misread thirst as hunger? So, this is the time to make water drinking a priority!
  5. Experiment and be Creative. This is important!  Plan on trying new recipes
    Sugar Cleanse

    Yummy dinner on the Sugar Cleanse

    and new ideas. Used to having a glass of wine every night? Try making some Sweet and Spicy iced tea and put it in a wine glass and relax and enjoy. Change your focus at mealtime and make it an experience. Add a tablecloth and candles, use your fancy plates (if you have them!) Focus on the conversation and not the food. Better yet, truly focus on the food, the smell, texture, taste. At what point does your body truly feel satisfied and can you stop eating at that point?

 

This sounds doable, right? Plus, it’s only 2 weeks!! We can do ANYTHING for 2 weeks! So, find a buddy and let’s shake off those Winter blahs together!!

Strong AND Sexy

I am so excited to be able to offer group coaching sessions for 10 of you beautiful ladies! This makes the cost more affordable and gets you a part of a village on the same journey as you!

What do I mean by Strong and Sexy? It’s my hearts’ desire to help all women feel the strength inside of them and gain their confidence in their bodies. I want YOU to get back your happy and feel like you have control over your self, your body, your health, your movement and your food choices.

In this group you will learn how to prioritize your goals, learn about the balance of primary foods, reconnect your mind with your body, learn how to read your body’s cues, change your negative self talk, discover what foods help you feel your best, work on forgiving yourself and others and so much more!

Please don’t waste another month, season or year trying fad diets. Let’s get to the core and start truly changing and figure this out once and for all.

Groups meet weekly for one hour for 12 weeks. Group size is limited to 5 people.

The cost is a forth of what individual coaching is. $300/person

Put yourself first, for once and invest in YOU! I promise you, you won’t be sorry!

Strong and Sexy I meets at Pbo Safeway (fireplace area) Wednesday’s 6:30-7:30pm. Start date..5/4/16 sign up below to reserve your spot!

Sign up here to find out more information

Strong and Sexy II meets at Silverdale’s Cafe Noir Thursday’s at 9:30-10:30am. Start date..5/5/16 sign up below to reserve your spot.

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More groups will be starting in September, so if you’re interested let me know!

One more thing…before starting this journey, I will need to meet individually with each of you for a 45 min consultation so you can tell me a little about you and your story and ask me questions! Contact me soon!

It’s Spring ‘DETOX’ time!

 

Spring in the Northwest

Spring in the Northwest

 

So, maybe I’m just feeling it’s time to shake off the Winter Blues and start ramping things up for Spring because it’s actually a sunny day in the PNW today! After so much rain and WIND this Winter…I am so happy to see the sun, even if it’s not warm yet! With that, I am inspired to start doing some simple things to ‘detox’ and re-energize my body!

Does that sound good to you too? Here are my top 5 suggestions:

A deep massage can help move toxins out of your body

A deep massage can help move toxins out of your body

1. Get a good and intense massage: Most of us think of massages as a relaxing luxury, which it can be. But, depending on the type of massage you get it can be a great way to detoxify the body too. If you are interested in getting rid of toxins in the body then I suggest you schedule an intense massage that focuses on the pressure points within the body. This may be called a Sports Massage or a Deep Tissue massage. When pressure is applied to these trigger points where toxins tend to build up, it gives them a chance to release. This gives your body a chance to naturally detox and get rid of things that may have been making you sick.

There are many great certified massage therapists out there and finding the right                 one for you may take time. If you live in the Bainbridge Island-Poulsbo area here                 are three I recommend:

Carol O’Neill at Island Fitness 206-842-5720

Jennifer Horner at Island Fitness 206-842-5720

Eric Thanem at Poulsbo Athletic Club 360-440-3555

 

Drink a MINIMUM of 8 glasses of water/day

Drink a MINIMUM of 8 glasses of water/day

2. Drink way more water:  Even if you think you are drinking enough water in a day, increase your level! Water helps to flush out your system naturally, and if you are drinking enough consistently this happens routinely. Proper water intake can contribute to clearer skin, well functioning organs, and more effectiveness in the circulatory, respiratory and digestive system. So, how much SHOULD you drink? Eight glasses/day is the MINIMUM, so start increasing it!

 

 

 

Natural Fibers are essential

Natural Fibers are essential

3. Eat more natural fiber: I know, I know…you’ve heard this before, but it is TRUE!! Not only does fiber contribute to a healthy diet and to possible weight loss, but it’s also an essential way of cleansing the body in its most natural form. Our bodies (particularly our digestive tracts), tend to hold onto substances the enter the body over time. This may be preservatives from foods we eat or just waste that is not being properly disposed of by the body. The end result of this may be a bloated feeling, feeling unusually tired or weighed down and health problems may result out of this. With a proper serving of fiber in your diet, your digestive system will work more efficiently. Toxins, excessive waste and anything else that has build up will move through more rapidly and you will feel healthier.

Whenever possible eat fiber as naturally (minimally processed) as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes and whole grains are all excellent sources of fiber.

 

Get moving and try a new form of exercise!

Get moving and try a new form of exercise!

4. Move more: Everyone knows they should be doing this…but many times find excuses for not fitting it in to their day. Sometimes it just takes finding an activity you enjoy. So, experiment and try some new ways to move. Take a spinning class at your gym. Or how about a gentle yoga class from the Pop Sugar Active App. What about a dance class? Through sweating our body sheds lots of toxins…remember our skin is our largest organ so as we sweat we release toxins.. Not only that but you are, also helping with digestion, circulation and to keep the organs functioning as they should with a challenging fitness regimen. I will be offering an on-line group From Sweaters to Swimsuits exercise challenge in May!

Give your body a break from sugar!

Give your body a break from sugar!

5. Take a break from simple carbohydrates, white sugar and flour and any fried foods: Please note that I didn’t say ‘give these up FOREVER’…but take a break. Decide how much time you want to give these up for and get an accountability partner to help you through the ‘rough’ times. Focus on what you ‘can’ have during this time. I will be offering a 2 week on-line Sugar Cleanse if you want delicious recipes, support and encouragement, education and a community doing the challenge with you! Group starts April 17th…read more about it here!

I hope you are already doing some of these things, if so, look at ways to take them to the next level…if not…start one today! Let’s shake off the Winter Blues and do this Spring/Summer the right way this year!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPRING SUGAR CLEANSE

I am so excited!! I have been waiting to lead a sugar cleanse until the time was right!!! Guess what??? The time is RIGHT NOW!!! With warm weather (hopefully) right around the corner, I am ready to clean up my eating, shake off my Winter blues and start feeling better and fitting into my clothes better!!! ARE YOU?

So, what is this ‘sugar cleanse’ all about???

It will be a two week private facebook group (I’m also willing to do one in an email group if enough people don’t have a facebook account) in which I will be providing a lot of information, guidance, support and accountability. I will have you eliminate sugar, grains and processed foods while focusing on eating whole foods that are filling, nutritious, healing and yummy! I will post a variety of information, tips, ideas and encouragement daily emphasizing wellness and health.

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I will provide 2 weeks of meal plans and a grocery/pantry list as well as listing the foods you can eat and not eat as you cleanse your body of refined and processed foods and sugar.

Sugar is now being found to be just as addictive as any drug, can cause damage to your heart, promote belly fat, is being linked to cancer production, has similar toxic liver effects on the body as alcohol does, causes inflammation and leaky gut syndrome as well as many more harmful effects on the body and brain.

Typical sugar filled lunch

It is my goal to help get you through the most difficult part of the cleansing process…the first two weeks. With guidance, support and the accountablity of like minded peers…you can be successful, have more energy, sleep better, have your complextion clear up as well as many  other positive ‘side effects’.

If this is something you’d be interested in and want to join us in this challenge…please do!!! Maybe you did the Summer one with us and it time for a refresher! The Summer Sugar Cleanse session will start on April 17th and end April 30th, click here to sign up! Make sure to find me on facebook (Darcy Oas Monette) and add me as a friend so I can add you into our private group. Space is limited and I encourage ‘partnering’ up with another participant, so if you have a friend you want to do this with, have them sign up too and send me an email.

If you have questions…please ask here or email me at darcymonette@yahoo.com

BONUS!!!! The first three people to sign up get a FREE gift (dvd of the sugar documentary FED UP)!!

ONE MORE THING: If you are already doing coaching with me you can participate in this program for FREE!!!! Just send me an email and I will include you in the group!!!

Let’s get this CRAP out of our system!!!

2 week program cost: $80.00

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