Detox for Beginners

Detox for Beginners

Feeling more sluggish after eating junk food and drinking in excess over this 4th of July weekend? Well, let’s start an easy 7 day detox! This detox will help you rid yourself of those nasty toxins in your body that you so willingly placed in there over the holiday weekend. With wedding and swim suit season in full swing, it’s time to shed those pounds and exude the confidence that’s already inside of you!

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification is a process of cleansing organs that process toxins for elimination;  such as the liver, kidneys, intestines, lymph and skin.

Detox Preparation

If you’ve detoxed before or not, it’s important to prepare your mind and body before a detox to be more successful in the end.

  • Start by decreasing the amount of coffee you consume for two days prior to your detox.
  • Buy food and beverages you can include in your detox one day prior to your detox.
  • Set an intention in your mind of what you want to accomplish during your detox.

Foods to Include

  • Fruits (fresh or frozen of any kind)
  • Vegetables (dark leafy greens, broccoli, carrots, onions)
  • Grains (quinoa, rice, oats)
  • Beans and Legumes (black beens, chickpeas, kidney beans, lima beans)
  • Nuts and Seeds (unsalted almonds, cashews, pecan, flax seeds)
  • Beverages (coconut water, lemon water, green tea, white tea, herbal tea)

Foods to Exclude

  • Dairy products (milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, ice cream)
  • Wheat and Gluten foods (pasta, breads, crackers)
  • Sugar and Sweeteners (refined sugar, brown sugar, artificial sweeteners)
  • Beverages (alcohol, coffee, energy drinks, soft drinks)

Daily Dos

  • Drink at least 10 glasses of water
  • Eat 5 times a day
  • Be mindful of your stress
  • Do light exercise (walking, running, yoga)

Length of Detoxes 

  • 3 Day
  • 7 Day
  • 10 Day
  • 14 Day

My Detox

I’ve chosen the 7 day detox for myself because I feel it’s a long enough time for me to experience a difference in the way my body feels. It also will end the day before I leave for Grand Forks for one of my best friend’s wedding! No one wants to be on a detox during a wedding, let’s just be honest here.

For me, this detox also is a result of de-cluttering and rearranging my apartment. I created a new energy within my living space and I want to bring that same sort of process and experience into my physical body. I’m in a season where I’m getting rid of the old, bad and ugly to be able to welcome in the new, good and beautiful.

 

Led by the Lamp

Led by the Lamp

There are times when I desire to leave Minneapolis and venture out to another part of the country to start fresh. I’m sure there are several people who feel the same way, but will actually act on it. For me, I try to leave Minneapolis, but am always pulled back by one thing or another.

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About a year ago, I was ready to leave Minneapolis and start a new chapter of my life in Los Angeles, CA. At that time, I was ready for a change in my life. A big change.

I was talking with my friend who had moved out there and she mentioned that I should come and visit. For me, it doesn’t take much convincing to go on a trip so I booked a flight within a day and was scheduled to visit in about two weeks.

Once I arrived, I felt like LA was instantly a place I could call home. Throughout the long weekend, my friend took me around the whole city and showed me what it would be like to live there. Needless to say, I fell in love with the city.

The night before I had to leave, I almost decided to stay in LA, quit my job and move there automatically. Because of my great flight rate for my round trip and  that it was close to Father’s Day and my dad’s birthday I decided to go back to Minneapolis.

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When I arrived back in Minneapolis, I decided that I would let one week go by and then decide if I would be going back to LA the following week with a one-way ticket. During that week, I searched for signs or epiphanies whether to move to LA or stay in Minneapolis.

Many friends told me that they supported my decision either way, but saw me living in Minneapolis rather than LA. Of course, I thought they were all insane and I knew that if I wasn’t getting any job offers in Minneapolis it was time for me to look elsewhere. Again, I was searching for change in my life and at that point I didn’t care where the change manifested I just needed something different in my life.

The Sunday of my “week” came and I still felt like I didn’t have my answer. I was standing in my apartment yell praying at God. I’m not sure if anyone has been frustrated at your situation enough to yell at God while you’re praying, but I swear sometimes that helps. I mean isn’t it better that we talk to him rather than turn from him in times of frustration? Anyway, my prayer was more of an ultimatum. I said to God that if he didn’t show me a clear as day sign that I was supposed to stay in Minneapolis the upcoming week, I would be taking the next one-way flight to LA at the end of the week. Boy, I’ve just got to say people, be prepared if you ever pray those types of prayers because He definitely will show up.

The next week I had 8 interviews with 6 different companies in Minneapolis. I was incredibly exhausted from working a full time job and interviewing that much, but I had a sense of awe. Awe that God showed up and gave me the answer I was so desperately needing at that time. From that interview week, I ended up accepting one of the positions and have been therefore almost a year now. In this job, I’ve had the opportunity to travel more than I ever thought possible with a position, be a leader on projects I found intimidating and progress my career in a way that I couldn’t have imagined.

Led By the Lamp

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It’s been a year since I almost moved to LA and I’m happy to say that Minneapolis is my home and I believe it will be my home for quite some time. I sat on the patio of Asters Cafe on Saint Anthony Main today with one of my friends, getting a little burned on my face, I realized that have come to fully love Minneapolis as my city. It’s a place where I’ve lived all of my life and I used to view that as a negative quality, but am now accepting it as a positive.

I also learned through this experience from needing change and not finding it, that sometimes it’s okay to yell out to God for guidance and ask for those “clear as day” answers. Sometimes he will answer you in a way you never would have expected.

Do I know the reason I’m still in Minneapolis? No I don’t, but I do believe there is some sort of reason that every time I’ve tried to move away something always keeps me right where I am. Sometimes we just need to learn to let go and accept that we won’t see the whole picture in this moment. That we need to be okay with being led by the turn by turn directions of life.

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.” – Psalm 119: 105

May Day: Ding Dong Ditch

May Day: Ding Dong Ditch

When was the last time you rang a stranger’s doorbell?

A. All of the time

B. Every other month

C. Not since I went trick or treating as a kid

If your answer was A, please stay far, far away from me. Also, why are you ringing people’s doorbells all of the time? If your answer was B, again what is the point of going door to door anymore? We can get anything and everything online. If your answer was C, we will be great friends.

Yesterday marked May 1st, also known as May Day. This day is when you can ding dong ditch someone’s house and leave a May Day basket, or in our case Trader Joes flowers.

As my friend and I were at the Twins game, we randomly decided to revert back to our childhood ways and run around St. Louis Park leaving bouquets of flowers at people’s doorsteps. Who knew that would end up being such a blast?!

Here is a photo and video gallery of our adventure:

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Our bouquets all laid out and ready to leave at doorsteps!

 

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We gave a bouquet to a couple gardening in the sun. It sure made the wife’s day.

 

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About to run up to another house with a super cute red door.

Now this is where the real fun begins; when we actually go ding dong ditch this little St. Louis Park neighborhood on a Sunday.

 

Make sure to click on these other links below for more videos!

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Women’s Basketball in Indianapolis

Women’s Basketball in Indianapolis

Late last week and through the weekend I was in Indianapolis working as a sponsor for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Women’s Final Four. This was my first time in Indiana and I have to say the city surprised me. I guess in a way I thought Indianapolis would have been a more lively city, especially while hosting the Women’s Final Four. Although, what I found was the traffic downtown Friday and Saturday nights was pretty minimal.

That said, I am not sure if the city had was more spread out rather than being concentrated in the downtown area. Whereas in Minneapolis, the heart beat is in downtown and is still pretty lively in the different districts of the city such as Northeast Minneapolis or Uptown.

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The first night two local Sales Representatives and myself went to St. Elmo Steak House, which is the oldest steak house in Indiana. The ambiance felt as though you were right back in 1902. Their service was phenomenal as our server had been working at St. Elmo’s for thirty years. One of my favorite moments was when we had their shrimp cocktail. One of the Sales Representatives had eaten at the restaurant before and knew what was coming, whereas myself and the other Sales Representative had no idea.

Word of caution, the shrimp cocktail is extremely spicy and if you are a person who thinks ketchup is spicy, this is not the appetizer for you. Repeat, this is NOT the appetizer for you. Unfortunately, my coworker found out the hard way. Me, on the other hand, absolutely loved this appetizer and would definitely recommend it to anyone who eats at either St. Elmo or Harry and Izzy’s in Indianapolis.

Harry and Izzy’s is another restaurant owned by the same management and right across the street from one another downtown. We ate at Harry and Izzy’s the second night, again the food was perfection and service could not have been better. I would highly recommend both of the restaurants to anyone.

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The next day, once the booth set up was complete, we decided to walk around the city for a little while. This is where I found a row of rental bikes, which reminded me of the rental bikes in Minneapolis. I’m happy to see that more people are taking the environment into consideration and giving people additional options of transportation. That said, I didn’t see any docks that were open, so I’m not too sure if they were just not being utilized because of the massive gusts of wind or people were already putting them back at a station.

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Later we wandered over to Victory Field where the Indians were playing the Pirates the next night and the park was getting set up for the next day’s big game. There were several boys around 14 years old with their notebooks heading over to one of the hotels across from the field. More than likely were trying to get a glimpse of the players to ask for autographs.

This sight made me think back to when I was about that age and I wasn’t running after baseball players to get their autographs, but I do remember those innocent Friday and Saturday nights hanging with your friends. Those days were such a blast.

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Our last night in Indianapolis, we ate at a restaurant called Bourbon Street. We weren’t exactly sure what type of dress code this restaurant required, but as it turns out, you can come as you are. We sat on the lower level next to the bar and big screen TVs to watch the Oklahoma vs. Villanova Final Four game.

Our server at Bourbon Street was quite the character. I wanted to write her into a book. She was loud, outgoing and funny. The best part was she would just sit down at the empty chair at our table and just strike up a conversation. She told us about her boyfriend and his family and how crazy Easter was with the extended family. We all got to know her pretty well and her personality was infectious. She is a person who you just can’t help liking, although I would never want to get on her bad side…no sir.

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As the trip came to a close and I hopped on a plane back to Minneapolis, I was happily exhausted as I thought about what our team accomplished during those few days. We gained some great contacts and connected again with coaches and staff we hadn’t seen in awhile, built a deeper connection with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and represented our company well as corporate sponsors.

Personally, I enjoyed the trip because I was able to connect and get to know two more Sales Representatives on a more human level, rather than just through email and phone calls. Indianapolis will always be remembered as a great city in my mind.

Thankful Thursday: My 60 Day Journey

Thankful Thursday: My 60 Day Journey

Today marks the last day of my 60 days of gratitude journey. What a journey it has been. There were definite days/weeks of doubting if this act of numbering the gifts in this world would truly change my thoughts and feelings. Days of wanting to give up, but I decided to press on and work toward my goal of doing the daily devotional from Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, along with keeping my own gratitude journal for 60 days. Counting three gifts every day. This practice took me deeper into myself and learning how to be thankful in all things.

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1Thessalonians 5:18

It is not easy to be thankful in all things when your thoughts and feelings are not in line with being thankful and happy for everything around you. Although, I’ve learned by searching for things to be thankful for, no matter the current feeling you’re experiencing, your mood will automatically increase. This is even proven through an article I came across entitled Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy by Eric Barker, which cites UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

What am I grateful for?

Yeah, gratitude is awesome… but does it really affect your brain at the biological level? Yup.

You know what the antidepressant Wellbutrin does? Boosts the neurotransmitter dopamine. So does gratitude.

Via The Upward Spiral:

The benefits of gratitude start with the dopamine system, because feeling grateful activates the brain stem region that produces dopamine. Additionally, gratitude toward others increases activity in social dopamine circuits, which makes social interactions more enjoyable…

Know what Prozac does? Boosts the neurotransmitter serotonin. So does gratitude.

Via The Upward Spiral:

One powerful effect of gratitude is that it can boost serotonin. Trying to think of things you are grateful for forces you to focus on the positive aspects of your life. This simple act increases serotonin production in the anterior cingulate cortex.

I know, sometimes life lands a really mean punch in the gut and it feels like there’s nothing to be grateful for. Guess what?

Doesn’t matter. You don’t have to find anything. It’s the searching that counts.

Via The Upward Spiral:

It’s not finding gratitude that matters most; it’s remembering to look in the first place. Remembering to be grateful is a form of emotional intelligence. One study found that it actually affected neuron density in both the ventromedial and lateral prefrontal cortex. These density changes suggest that as emotional intelligence increases, the neurons in these areas become more efficient. With higher emotional intelligence, it simply takes less effort to be grateful.

Through searching and counting the gifts I am thankful for, the layers of ungratefulness fell away. Leaving a small precious stone of thankfulness that was always within me; one I had not uncovered in months. As I continued to count my blessings, I didn’t have to search as hard to find gifts as I did in the beginning of the journey.

Like I mentioned earlier, there were times where I doubted this practice would change my thoughts. Then about day 45, I started realizing my mood and outlook was shifting to be more positive. I started to live more in the present moment instead of looking so far into the future, stressing out about it.

 

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The practice of thankfulness has taught me how to be present and truly love the life stage you are currently in. It’s unbelievably cliché, but we are never going to get our moments back and if we took an inventory of the minutes/days/weeks/years we spend either fretting about the past or worrying about the future, we would be shocked at how much time is wasted. We are meant to live in the present moment, that’s where true happiness is. God lives in the present moment and this is where we can find inner peace.

Somehow, through the thankfulness practice, I have become truly happy again. The kind of happiness that is best described as joy, true joy. Ann Voskamp emphasizes several areas of her book and devotional that, “Eucharisteo—thanksgiving—always proceeds the miracle.” I have found through these past 60 days, that statement is completely true. There was a moment when I even thought that I would need to redo the 60 day journey to have a life change, but by some miracle, I had the breakthrough within the original timeline.

“Give thanks to him alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever.” Psalm 136:4 NLT

 

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Even though the 60 day gratitude challenge is complete, this is not the end of my gratitude journey; it’s only the beginning.

Thankful Thursday: Detailed Grace

Thankful Thursday: Detailed Grace

Within the busyness of life, we tend to miss the beautiful details that surround us every day. We rush past the beauty to get to another appointment or obligation. How often do we truly stop to appreciate the beauty within our life and the world?

 

It takes intentionality to see these detailed graces as we flow through our lives. We have to turn our eyes to something beyond ourselves to see this beauty. Someone said last weekend, “You cannot see what you do not seek.” We need to learn to seek the beautiful details to experience their wonder.

 

Today, I choose to see.

1.Freckles on an egg 

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2. White fluffy pillows

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3. Red pepper flakes resting on vegetables

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4. Flames dancing in a fireplace

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5. Colorful fruit at the grocery store

Oranges and mangos

 

As we seek, we see and this world seems bigger and filled with wonder as we do so. The world’s details reveal the magnificence that is provided throughout our lives. We just need to seek it.

 

Of course, that’s the difficult part; learning to look for the details. Yes, we see with our eyes, but I believe to see and be thankful for the details the world provides, we need to see with our hearts. Become open to the world around us, to what is working beyond our physical eyesight. If we start seeing with our hearts, we will learn there is an infinite number of details to be thankful for.

 

Transform your gaze to detailed grace to be overcome with wonder. The beauty only an intricate creator could master. How grand is the mountain and deep is the sea? Stars sprinkle across the dark sky until the sun decides to peek over the horizon. There are gifts hidden like Easter eggs throughout the world. Our job is to find them.

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