How I released 30+kg with the 4 Phase Fat Loss Protocol

How I released 30+kg with the 4 Phase Fat Loss Protocol

 

Grab yourself a cuppa….

 

I’ve figured it’s time to share my experience with Changing Habits so you can understand why I’m such a fan.  It’s a story of increased health & decreased weight that I’ve been meaning to share for a little while.  In fact, I started writing this post nearly 9 months ago, so it’s well & truly gestated and this story is ready to go out to the world.

Since childhood, I’ve always been ‘bigger’ than a lot of my peers, be that in height or weight.  Although looking back on some of the pics now I don’t think I looked as huge as some of my classmates made me out to be, I was certainly heavier than most. Weight issues ran in the family.  Chips, icecream & softdrink each night was the norm growing up.  I remember when I was maybe 11’ish years old, I tried switching from regular lemonade to diet lemonade in an effort to curb the sugar intake.  Apart from a horrible, bitter taste in my mouth, I ended up getting terrible headaches.  If only I knew then what I know now about aspartame, but this was the mid 1980’s & diet drinks were the “healthy option”.

When I was 18, my Dad sent me off to a dietician to help me lose weight.  She diagnosed me with salicylate & amine intolerance & suddenly the moodswings of my teen years made sense; after the side-effects from the diet lemonade, I’d switched to orange juice instead.  I lived on the stuff for years, but it was making me sick.  I was prescribed an elimination diet but the only foods on the “safe” list were those I didn’t really like.  I stuck to it for long enough to see a difference in my behaviours, but I felt weak, tired & malnourished…..and still didn’t drop much weight.

A few months later, I went on a cruise by myself.  Although I got some postive male attention, there were still those who thought it right to bully me about my weight.  It was on that cruise that I had time to reflect on my life – not only the weight issue, but my health in general – from asthma to eczema to physical pain & the pattern of falling seriously ill every second year. I’d had enough of being sick. I could see the medical system didn’t have the answers I needed.  At that moment, I knew that when I returned home, I wanted to study Naturopathy so I could help not only myself, but others dealing with inherited dis-ease.

I spent the next few years studying then went on to manage a clinic for a while.  My plans to open my own clinic after moving interstate did not pan out as I’d planned & I got a job in another field.  Although I was no longer working as a Naturopath, I still believed in the principles & used them to guide my choices.  I was still overweight.  Nothing changed that.  I could lose about 8kg max at a time (Weight Watchers, South Beach diet, keto shakes through the gym), but it would bounce right back on.  I felt like a fraud.  No one’s going to listen to a fat Naturopath talk about health, right?  (I see you lurking there, patriarchy 😉 ).

Ten months after moving, I managed to lose about 65kg – AKA my ex-partner  😉  That was at least a metaphoric lifting of weight.  Still no real change to the physical.  I went on to meet my husband & after losing our first baby, our eldest daughter was born a couple of years later.  About 6 weeks after the birth, my weight suddenly ballooned & I gained a lot of weight in a short time.  When she was 13 months old, I ended up with a herniated lumbar disc.  I was 31yo & needing a walking frame just to get from the bed to the toilet in the adjoining bathroom.  I was on a cocktail of heavy-duty pain-killers just to get through the day.  One of the pain specialists suggested losing weight to reduce the strain on my spine. Sure, because I’ve never tried that before! 🙄  He did go on to say that even very slim people have back issues, but the scowl was firmly set on my face by that time.  It felt like yet another judgement.

In 2009, I bought a Thermomix on the recommendation of a friend.  Great – a machine that will help me prepare & cook the healthy food I love.  At the time I had it delivered, the consultant asked if I was interested in becoming a rep.  I declined as my eldest (and then only) child was 4 years old & was home with me full-time.  Fast-forward to early 2012 & my consultant invited me to a local cooking class.  Sitting there watching the demonstration, I knew it was something I could do, so I ticked the box on the feedback form to learn more about becoming a consultant myself.

Around the same time, I heard about a weight loss protocol through Changing Habits that promised significant weight loss & better hormonal balance in a short time without the need to exercise.  I was sceptical, but intrigued.  Between my dodgy disc & adrenal fatigue, the no exercise thing was a big drawcard for me.  I’d already read Cyndi O’Meara’s book, ‘Changing Habits, Changing Lives’, so I knew her philosophy revolved around real foods & no chemicals.  Cyndi has studied nutrition & diet for nearly 40 years.  She saw her family’s health decline rapidly in just one generation at a time when commercial pesticides were introduced to the US farming community.  Her family became the largest family of haemophiliacs in the world, despite having no history of the disease in previous generations, and many of them were affected by cancer.  As such, I knew she would not be promoting anything that did not align with her values.  On one hand, there was a program I wanted to try, but then I was just starting in a business that revolved around food.  I was already committed to the business, so the protocol went in the “one day” basket.

After doing my initial Thermomix training, my Consultant (also my trainer & the State Manager) asked if I’d like to attend a demo with her.  I went along, met the host/customer & helped out with the demo.  At the end, I heard the host & my consultant talking about the protocol.  My ears pricked up & I mentioned I’d been looking at doing it myself.  As it turns out, the host of the demo was Cyndi’s best friend & the Coach for the protocol.  I know, right?

After about 6 months of doing demos, I was burnt out.  My husband was often away dealing with legal matters after a family tragedy the year before & our daughter was not coping with me going out to do demos.  The combined stresses were too much & I’d cry at the thought of having to do another demo.  I made the call to step away from Thermomix & focus on my own health for a while.  I decided it was time to do the protocol, so I ordered the full kit.  If I was going to do it, I was going to do it properly so I could balance my hormones & get off the diabetes fence.  In another moment of fate, Cyndi O’Meara came to Hobart 2 weeks later to talk health at a public Thermomix event.  I attended the talk, got to meet Cyndi and took what became my ‘before’ photo:

Before 97.6kg | www.unitywellness.com.au

A few days later, I had everything I needed to get started.  I was 97.6kg, which although was a few kilos less than my heaviest known weight of 103.3kg, still had me in the “obese” category.  The ‘ideal weight’ calculator the Coach used put my ideal weight around the 60kg mark (I’m 170cm tall).  I couldn’t remember the last time I was 60kg.  Certainly some time in my childhood.  I had been in the mid-70’s throughout high school, except one Summer when I got down to around 68-69kg walking to get hot chips most days because I had a massive crush on the son of the local takeaway owners  😆  (granted, the walking was probably what helped, but I still call that time my “chip diet”).

The first 2 days of the protocol are known as ‘loading days’ where you eat as much as you can, focusing on good fats & limiting carbs so your body gets used to burning fat for energy instead of glucose.  It’s a time many people gain a couple of kilos, but I actually dropped a couple.  I was already eating pretty well – mostly organic & limited processed foods – but I tend to undereat (which I suspect plays a part in my metabolism coming to a standstill when breastfeeding, combined with a lack of sleep).  I didn’t really eat enough on the first day of loading as I was helping a friend move away from an abusive situation, but I did what I could the next day & I certainly wasn’t complaining with 2kg gone in two days.  The second phase of the protocol strips your diet back to basics, eating set amounts of protein, veg & salad at each meal.  By having simple meals, it becomes obvious when you’ve eaten something that doesn’t agree with you so you can avoid it moving forward.  You also take support drops to help your body utilise stored fat & there’s the option of taking the Changing Habits probiotics, colloidal minerals, green powder and seaweed salt for iodine & other minerals which I chose to do.  They help to reduce hunger, heal the gut, detox the chemicals that have been stored in your fat cells & reduce inflammation. (The Protocol has been updated slightly since I did it & the Complete Pack now also includes Camu Camu powder for Vit C)

The original protocol was developed over 60 years ago by an endocrinologist when he noticed patterns of weight loss in his patients being treated for other issues.  What Cyndi has done with the 4 Phase Fat Loss Protocol is to combine the core of the original program with modern knowledge of nutrition.   There are a few versions of the protocol around the place, but many allow chemical-filled diet drinks & other artificial crap which is not going to help your overall health.  They’ll just overload your liver & make it more difficult to maintain long-term results.  The goal with Cyndi’s program is to reach leptin sensitivity.


What is leptin?

Leptin is the hormone that tells us we’re full.  It sends signals to the hypothalamus to say we have sufficient energy stores to give us that feeling of fullness & prevent us over-eating.  However, the abundance of processed carbs, grains & sugars in our modern diet mean we are pumping out more insulin, which increases fat stores & ultimately leads to insulin resistance.  Insulin resistance results in increased fat stores & increased fat stores increase leptin.  Our body is trying to signal to our brain that we have enough energy but just as excess insulin leads to insulin resistance, excess leptin leads to leptin resistance & the signals are ignored.  Our brain can not ‘hear’ the leptin so thinks we’re starving & increases fat storage.  The increased fat increases the secretion of leptin & messes with thyroid hormones, and around it goes in a vicious cycle.  You can regain leptin sensitivity through a strict low carb diet over several months, but the protocol fast-tracks the process.

Cyndi has written a blog post about it if you’d like to learn more.  She lists the following as symptoms of leptin resistance:

  • Uncontrollable cravings, especially sweet foods and refined carbohydrates
  • Late night eating
  • Stress eating
  • Weight gain around the middle
  • Inability to reach a goal weight
  • Yo-yo dieting
  • thyroid symptoms
  • can also be associated with infertility


Back to my story…..

So yes, I had many symptoms of leptin sensitivity going on.  As such, getting to the underlying cause of my excess weight was really important to me.  I wasn’t doing this *just* to lose weight, but more to get my endocrine system functioning optimally, particularly as I knew I had suboptimal thyroid function based on low basal body temps from years of charting my cycle when trying to conceive #2 and my progesterone levels had been low for a long time.  I was 38 years old & my husband was 49, so I was well aware of the ticking clock with each passing year.  Tests showed everything was fine from his end, so it was up to me to maximise my fertility if we were to ever have more than one child.

Phase 2 of the protocol usually lasts 21 days, but those with more than 12kg to release can go up to 43 days per round.  (I like to use the word ‘release’ rather than ‘lose’ from a psychological & energetic perspective.  ‘Release’ is a choice to let something go, ‘lose’ implies you may want it back, which I certainly didn’t.)  I chose to do the maximum number of days & at the end of the six weeks, I was down an amazing 17kg & about 3 dress sizes.  Never had I achieved results like that before.

17kg released | 4 Phase fat Elimination Protocol | www.unitywellness.com.au

Phase 3 lasts for 3 days where you still eat basic food, but stop taking the drops and Phase 4 lasts a minimum of 3 weeks where you very gradually reintroduce foods to see which ones cause inflammation & weight gain for you.  For me, chicken, olive oil, tomatoes & brassicas (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, etc) were some of the biggest offenders, yet they are foods commonly recommended for health & weight loss.  It goes to show that we are all so very individual & it’s one of the reasons I don’t subscribe to the notion of an “ideal” diet.  To me, the ideal diet is the one that best suits your individual biochemistry, which this protocol helps you to discover.

After the obligatory break between rounds, I went on to complete my second round of the protocol, this time with 5 weeks in Phase 2 which saw me down another 10kg.  The following month, I was feeling seedy & sure enough, I was pregnant.

Sadly, that bub did not stick around long.  I was absolutely gutted & cried uncontrollably the entire night.  It hit me the harder than my first miscarriage, which I did not think possible.  I went off the rails somewhat & regained some of the weight.  That’s the thing, though – when you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you always get.

Once I had worked through the early stages of that grief, I got back on track & did my third & final round over 4 weeks.  At the end of that time, I was 67kg & feeling hungry a lot more.  This is one of the signs of reaching leptin sensitivity and although I was still a few kilos off the calculated ideal weight & still had fat to burn, people were saying I was starting to look too thin.  Four weeks felt like the right time to stop.  I was ready to move on.

Just after I finished that round, Cyndi came to Hobart again to present a talk & I was asked to help out.  It was the perfect way to finish my time on the 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol.  I was 30.6kg down & had gone from a size 20 to a small size 10.  For the first time in my life, it felt like the way I looked on the outside reflected how I felt on the inside.  I was no longer taking naps to get through the day, there was absolutely no sign of impending diabetes & I no longer had people asking about my ‘bump’.  I really owe so much to Cyndi & the Changing Habits team for offering this program that has worked wonders not only for me, but so many others I now have the pleasure of calling my friends.


What then?

I took up yoga & rebuilt strength.  My weight settled in the low 70’s, which felt more comfortable for me & was easy to maintain.  I also gave up the jewellery making business I had on the side which I’d started as a creative outlet to help me when I was going through infertility.  I just wasn’t feeling it anymore & did not want to be up late at night making something that did not bring me satisfaction, only to have to get up in the wee hours to do markets.  A month after my last market, I was pregnant again.  She’s now 3.5 years old & absolutely amazing.  I had an intervention-free pregnancy with an independent midwife & the home/water birth I wished I’d had with the first one.  Within a week, I was back to my pre-pregnancy size.  However, as after the first birth, my endocrine system has gone out of whack, so the weight has increased.  I’ve also discovered I’m compound heterozygous for MTHFR & have pyroluria, but that’s a story for another day 😉

Because the protocol is so effective at ridding the body of fat, there is a release of stored toxins that can pass into breastmilk.  As such, I won’t be able to go back to it until my daughter fully weans, but I can’t wait to feel that good again!  Until then, I’m taking the same supplements as I took on the protocol & am working on getting to sleep earlier as I discovered what a difference sleep makes to weight when I was on the program before & there’s so much more information now about sleep & the effect on our microbiome.  Breastfeeding mums or those who have a physically strenuous job can follow the Hunter Gatherer Protocol as an alternative, which is essentially a nutrient-dense Paleo-style eating plan that has similar benefits, albeit more slowly.

If you’re not pregnant or breastfeeding & would like to try the 4 Phase Fat Elimination Protocol, now is a great time to get started.  There is a supported group program beginning in February 2018, but January is a month to prepare so you can set yourself up for the best results.  I did the protocol at the same time as Mel, the current Coach for the program.  We have similar stories & she’s absolutely amazing, so I know you’re going to be in great hands.  Click the image below to learn more:

 

 

How I Released 30+kg with the 4 Phase Fat Loss Protocol | www.unitywellness.com.au

 

 

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Unity Wellness provides health-related information to assist people in making their own choices.  While we have exercised due care to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, it is not intended to be used as medical advice and it is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional's advice.  Unity Wellness does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided on this website.

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Remembering Louise Hay

Remembering Louise Hay

 

I heard the news of Louise Hay’s passing yesterday via a post on a friend’s Facebook page.  Social media is my main source of news these days, but I always verify the authenticity.  Sadly, this news was true & I have seen many tribute posts on my newsfeed since.

Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

Our beloved friend and founder Louise Hay transitioned this morning, August 30, 2017 of natural causes at age 90. She passed peacefully in her sleep.

 

Louise was an incredible visionary and advocate. Everyone who had the privilege to meet her, either in person or through her words, felt her passion for serving others.

 

Considered a founder of the self-help movement, Louise was dubbed “the closest thing to a living saint.” She published her first book, Heal Your Body, in 1976 (at age 50) long before it was fashionable to discuss the connection between the mind and body.

 

Louise was able to put her philosophies into practice when she was diagnosed with cancer. She considered the alternatives to surgery and drugs, and instead developed an intensive program of affirmations, visualization, nutritional cleansing, and psychotherapy. Within six months, she was completely healed of cancer.

 

In 1980, Louise began putting her workshop methods on paper. In 1984, her second book, You Can Heal Your Life, was published. In it, Louise explained how our beliefs and ideas about ourselves are often the cause of our emotional problems and physical maladies and how, by using certain tools, we can change our thinking and our lives for the better.

 

You Can Heal Your Life became a New York Times bestseller and spent 16 weeks on the list. More than 50 million copies of You Can Heal Your Life have been sold throughout the world.

 

In 1985, Louise began her famous support group, “The Hayride,” with six men diagnosed with AIDS. By 1988, the group had grown to a weekly gathering of 800 people and had moved to an auditorium in West Hollywood. Once again, Louise had started a movement of love and support long before people began to wear red ribbons on their lapels.

 

In 1987, what began as a small venture in the living room of her home turned into Hay House, Inc.: a successful publishing company that has sold millions of books and products worldwide and now has offices in California, New York, London, Sydney, Johannesburg, and New Delhi.

 

“Meeting Louise changed the direction of my life,” said Reid Tracy, President and CEO of Hay House, Inc.

 

“Her passion for serving others translated into everything she did. Simply by working alongside her, an analytical accountant like me transformed into someone who became aware of the power of affirmations and self-love. Being able to learn from her has been one of my life’s greatest blessings. The beauty of Louise was that you didn’t have to work alongside her to learn from her, you felt like you were there with her with every word you read or heard.”

 

Louise Hay’s estate, as well as all future royalties, will be donated to The Hay Foundation, a nonprofit organization established by Louise that financially supports diverse organizations supplying food, shelter, counseling, hospice care, and funds to those in need.

As Louise was 90 years old, her passing was not unfathomable, yet people of her stature seem to have this air of invincibility about them, as though they will always be present in our lives – just think back to 2015 where we were shocked to hear about the passing of another celebrity from our childhood/youth at least every month.  Louise Hay was not a rock star, nor a movie idol but she undoubtably touched the lives of millions of people around the world, either in person or via her writing.

I still remember the first time I bought her book, ‘You Can Heal Your Life‘.  I was in my teens, already aware of the limitations of modern medicine & becoming increasingly interested in natural healing.  There was this book people were talking about, a book with a beautiful rainbow heart splashed across the front cover, its pages promising healing & empowerment.  It was my introduction to the concept of affirmations and the mind-body connection to healing.  It is a book that still takes pride of place on the shelf, amongst others sorted by the colour of their spines to form a rainbow.

When I started Unity Wellness several months ago, I was looking for others to align with who shared my philosophy around health & wellbeing.  I came across Louise’s company, Hay House & discovered that she had published works by some other amazing people I’d admired for years such as Dr Christiane Northrup & Dr Wayne Dyer (also one of those people we lost in 2015).  It was a no-brainer to share their messages with my readers.

At that time, I also signed up for the Hay House newsletter to keep up-to-date with news & new releases.  One of the newsletters was promoting a summit they were running which brought together some of the top people in mind-body-spirit healing, but also featured ‘You Can Heal Your Life: The Movie‘ about Louise Hay’s life & how she became an accidental guru. It was truly inspiring & humbling to watch her story & how she helped those people that others wouldn’t or couldn’t.  I highly recommend watching it.

Even though she is no longer of this Earth, her legacy will live on for generations to come.  In many ways she was ahead of her time, yet her message is timeless.

Vale Louise Hay.

Thank you for doing your bit to advance humanity & reminding us all that we carry within us both what we need to remain sick and the power to be well.  The choice is ours.

 

Louise Hay | 1926-2017 | www.unitywellness.com.au

 

 

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Unity Wellness provides health-related information to assist people in making their own choices.  While we have exercised due care to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, it is not intended to be used as medical advice and it is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional's advice.  Unity Wellness does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided on this website.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 

Father’s Day is only a couple of weeks away, so if you’re looking for something other than socks & undies this year, I have a few ideas below to suit Dads of all tastes.

 

The Tech Head

Whether on his phone or laptop all day for work, or he likes to spend his spare time watching Netflix or gaming, here are some gifts to reduce the impact of EMF radiation on the geeky Dad in your life:Father's Day Gifts | Tech Dad | www.unitywellness.com.au

  1. Laptop Radiation Shield – reduces the electromagnetic exposure when using your laptop by 92%.
  2. Airtube Headset – Regular headsets transfer 3x more radiation into the ear via metal wiring but Aircom A3 Airtubes stop the radiation! Available in black or white.
  3. Anti-radiation phone covers – to suit iPhone 5/5S/SE, 6/6S, 7 & Samsung Galaxy S7
  4. mobileFloww or personalFloww – Floww® products transform the electromagnetic radiation associated with wireless communications into biological, body frequencies.

 

The Gourmand

  1. Life Cykel Mushroom Box – get Dad growing his own oyster mushrooms. Gormand Dad | Father's Day Gifts | www.unitywellness.com.au
  2. After Midnight Dark Hot Chocolate – a premium crafted all-natural, low GI superfood Hot Chocolate powder with 3 amazing Superfoods – Raw Cacao, Maca & Reishi Mushroom to take your chocolate experience to the next level.  Less than 1g sugar per serve!
  3. Chocolate Indulgence Kit for those dads who would love to make their own healthy, organic chocolate treats.  Includes FREE RECIPES to get him started.
  4. Organic Licorice – Our Organic Traditional Licorice is made with real licorice roots, has no artificial additives and flavourings and is low in fat and preservative free.

 

The Sportsman

  1. Father's Day Girft Ideas | Sportsman | www.unitywellness.com.auBodie’z Protein Water – 4 drinks in 1 formulation as not only does each serve contain up to 30g of Whey Protein Isolate, it also contains vitamins, electrolytes and Branched Chain Amino Acids. Effectively, BODIE’z Protein Water could supplement your current protein shake, vitamin drink, isotonic sports drink and intra workout beverage.  Available in unflavoured, berry, orange & a variety pack.
  2. Inca Inchi Protein Pack – A vegan source of protein with an optimal omega 3:6:9 ratio
  3. Fitness Kick Book Pack – Motivation, self-image, a positive attitude, setting goals, creating healthy habits, what to eat, how to get your body alkaline, what makes your body acidic and what to avoid, the benefits of exercise, and an introduction to Matt & Monica’s Fusion Workouts, are all covered.
  4. For THOSE sports shoes, try the Fresh Feet probiotic odor-neutralising spray or the Fresh Foot mineral spray.
  5. Sanakey Pain Relief Device – fast, effective, drug-free pain relief.  Great for facilitating recovery from sporting injuries & relieving aching muscles.

 

The Grandfather

Some gift ideas for the older Dad wanting to stay happy & healthy for his kids, grandkids & great grandkids.

  1. Father's Day Gifts | The Grandfather | www.unitywellness.com.auHeart Health Pack – Reduce the cardiometabolic changes that come with age.
  2. Forever Young – An infusion of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs to keep the body at peak function.
  3. Natural Harmony Body & Joint Rub – wonderful for all types of pain relief including Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Gout, Neck and shoulder stiffness, Headaches and Migraines, Pulled and Strained Muscles, Tennis Elbow. Also for relief of some skin conditions including Pimples, Eczema, & Psoriasis.
  4. Painmaster – Gentle but effective Micro Current Technology patches to help alleviate chronic pain.

 

The Dirty Dad

Magic Mud | www.unitywellness.com.au

For Dads who love to get grease on their hands, garden dirt under their nails, are partial to painting or are fishing fanatics, try the fantastic Magic Mud hand cleaner.  It effectively cleans & deodorises not only hands, but anything with grease & grime, so tell him to try it out on the stove, boat or BBQ, too!

 

The Zen DadFather's Day Gifts | Zen Dad | www.unitywellness.com.au

 A man who at one with his spiritual side, who values the quiet times as much as the busy ones.

  1. Bodhi Organics SereniTEA with chamomile, lavender, mint & lemon.
  2. Chai Devil Spice Blend, blended right here in Tasmania, home of the Tassie Devil.
  3. Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser – A cool mist diffuser that doesn’t result in condensation problems like traditional diffusers that use heat.
  4. Pure Essential Aromatic Mist in 3 blends – Retreat, Inspire & Relax.

 

Every Dad, Every Day

To help Dad avoid the nasty chemicals in every day personal care products, many of which can also affect the quality & quantity of sperm (something to consider for Dads who want to expand their family in the future) here are some great products to fill the bathroom cabinet.Father's Day Gifts | Every Day Day | www.unitywellness.com.au

  1. Vitaman Shave Trio Pack – Shave Gel, After Shave Balm & Moisturiser with BONUS Face & Body Cleanser & Lip Moisturiser.
  2. Vitaman Face Care Pack – Face & Body Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser with BONUS Travel Essential Shave Gift Pack.
  3. Vitaman Hair Care & Shave Pack – Volumising Shampoo, Volumising Conditioner, Shave Gel, After Shave Balm with BONUS free shampoo.
  4. Vitaman Complete Care for Him – Face & Body Cleanser, Face Scrub, Mud Masque, Face Moisturiser, Volumising Shampoo, Volumising Conditioner, Lip Moisturiser with BONUS Shave Gel.
  5. Effective chemical free deodorant in Vetiver & Thyme, Vanilla / Bergamot / Lime or Fragrance-Free varieties.

 

Most of these products ship for $12.95 flat-rate per order, but new customers are eligible to receive Free Shipping on their first order over $99.  Save yourself time & money this year!

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER

Unity Wellness provides health-related information to assist people in making their own choices.  While we have exercised due care to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, it is not intended to be used as medical advice and it is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional's advice.  Unity Wellness does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided on this website.

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This post/site may contain Affliate links or links to my Independent Advocate store. By clicking these links, you pay no more for the products/services, but I will receive a commission on purchases to keep this site running & support my family (thank you!).  I will never promote any products or services that I would not be happy to use myself.

This website is owned and operated by an independent InnerOrigin Advocate and is not endorsed by InnerOrigin Pty Ltd or InnerOrigin Australia Pty Ltd or any of their respective associated companies. Any opinions expressed on this website are made by, and are the responsibility of, the individual Advocate and should not be construed as a representation of the opinions of InnerOrigin Pty Ltd, InnerOrigin Australia Pty Ltd or any of their associated companies.

Denmark Intends To Be The World’s FIRST 100% Organic Nation

Denmark Intends To Be The World’s FIRST 100% Organic Nation

The Danish government accumulated 53 million Euros in 2015 to transform the nation into an organic one.

 

Bhutan announced its plan to become the world’s first 100% organic nation in 2013, but it now has some competition. That’s right, Denmark’s government announced its plan to become Earth’s first 100% organic nation – and it has a solid plan of accomplishing that feat.

According to OrganicVeganEarth, the Scandinavian country is already the most developed country in the world concerning the amount of organic products it exports. In fact, the country’s national organic brand will soon celebrate its 25th year in business – making it one of the oldest organic brands in the world!

Since 2007, the Danish economy has been boosted by 200%, thanks to organic exports. Because the trend to opt for pesticide-free foods continues to increase, the government made the bold choice to accumulate 53 million Euros in 2015 to transform Denmark into an organic country.

Now, it’s only a matter of time before the nation achieves its goal. The government intends to tackle the task of turning Denmark into a 100% organic country by working on two different fronts. First, it will give a boost to turn traditional farmland into organic and stimulate increased demand for pesticide-free products.

In the 57-point document drafted by Økologiplan Danmark, it is explained that the aim is to double the agricultural land cultivated with organic methods by 2020. The Organic Action Plan for Denmark explains that the land belonging to the government will be cultivated using organic and biodynamic methods, and independent, small-scale farmers will also receive the finances and support to transform their own crops to be 100% organic (livestock included). Money will also be allotted to developing new technologies and ideas capable of promoting growth.

The second part involves promoting the nation’s transition to organic. All institutions in Denmark should be on board with promoting pesticide-free, biodynamically-grown crops and produce. The first target is to ensure that 60% of food served to the public is organic. Schools and hospitals are especially expected to respect the country’s initiative.

Let’s hope Denmark succeeds and sets an example for the rest of the world to follow! What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

Read More: http://www.trueactivist.com/denmark-intends-to-be-the-worlds-first-100-organic-nation/

Originally posted 12 September, 2016

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Three Tips for Hormone Balance After 40

Three Tips for Hormone Balance After 40

 

As you approach your 40s, your reproductive years are starting to wind down, and that means changes in your hormones. These changes are inevitable, but the severity of your symptoms depends on your overall health and your knowledge of what is going on in your body and what to do about it.

Let’s review the hormonal changes that occur at peri-menopause and menopause, and then we’ll look at how to optimize your health and avoid weight gain, memory lapses, hot flashes, moodiness and insomnia.

Menopause is when your period stops altogether, and the average age for this is 51. But peri-menopause, a word rarely heard in our culture, is the 5-10 year period of hormonal fluctuation that leads to menopause. It is usually these years that are most challenging.

During peri-menopause, your ovaries are not functioning as well; this is a part of normal aging. But your brain still tries to keep the ovaries working, and some months it’s successful and you ovulate; sometimes it’s not and you don’t. The varying hormone levels that occur in these monthly attempts to keep cycling are what can cause symptoms.

 

Tip #1- Avoid Estrogen Dominance

The main hormone imbalance you’ll experience is called estrogen dominance. The amount of estrogen you have is higher relative to progesterone (progesterone is only produced in high quantities after a strong ovulation). Estrogen can be extra dominant when you are are getting xeno-estrogens from things like plastics and fragrances, or if you’re overweight, as fat tissue produces estrogen.

Estrogen dominance can lead to the dreaded heavy periods, frequent periods and mid-cycle spotting of peri-menopause.

You can do many things to reduce estrogen. Here are a few:

1. Avoid non-organic, processed foods, plastics and artificial fragrances that contain xeno-estrogens.

2. Eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetable fibers that nourish your good gut bacteria. Your gut helps you clear used estrogens! How many strange vegetables can you buy & try?

3. Manage your weight. An easy way to slim down is to avoid sugars in coffee drinks, alcoholic drinks and treats. Stick to it for a couple weeks and watch your muffin top melt!

 

Tip #2- Love On Your Adrenals

As your ovaries slow down and produce less hormone, ideally your adrenal glands will bridge the gap and keep you feeling well. But you’re likely stressed with working, managing a household, and perhaps raising kids or caring for elderly parents. This often means your adrenal glands have been overworked for years as you’ve lived in ‘flight or fight’ mode. So now it’s time to really love upon your adrenals!

Here’s how:

1. Get to sleep by 10 PM. There is a deeper level of restoration that happens when you are asleep in the hours before midnight. Try it each night for a week and notice your energy improve!

2. Get vitamin C. Your adrenal glands use a LOT of vitamin C, especially when you’re stressed or dealing with chronic inflammation, viruses, etc. You can use ½ lemon in water first thing in the morning and again in early afternoon. You can also
look for a supplement with vitamin C plus bioflavonoids, and take 1,000 mg /day twice a day, if you doctor approves.

3. Take rest breaks. Do you want a break? Of course you do! As women, we drive ourselves hard. But you have to take care of you; there is no one else in charge of your care. Try these two tips: After lunch, take a 10 minute lie down. Yes, lie down flat and just rest. If you work outside the home, maybe bring a yoga mat to work and find a quiet place, or go to your car. If it’s nice you can go lie outside. Then as your day closes, but before dinner, take your 10 minute lie down again. You can’t just read this, you really have to do it! You’ll feel the reset when you do take these short breaks.

 

Tip #3- Get A Good Night’s Rest

Many women have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and sleep is super important at this time in life. We produce growth hormone as we sleep, and this growth hormone repairs and rebuilds us; sleep is the fountain of youth! So here are a few ideas if you’re having trouble:

1. If you are having trouble falling asleep because of a busy mind, take time to wind down at night. Read a book, take a stroll or take a bath. Avoid screens and turn down the lights around the house. If you still need help, try drinking a ½ teaspoon of nutmeg in warm almond milk a bit before bedtime. You’ll be surprised how sleepy it makes you!

2. For an aromatherapy approach, dab a few drops of pure vetiver and pure lavender oils under your nose and at your temples. Or use a cold mist diffuser to spread this goodness into your bedroom air.

3. If you wake up during the night, you can still try the above tips, and you may need to look at your blood sugar and liver function. You should be able to burn stored energy as you sleep. If you body can’t do this, your body will spike your energy levels to release blood sugar, and you’ll wake up.Be sure to avoid alcohol, sugar and high carbohydrate foods before bed. Try not to snack between meals and get plenty of healthy fat in your diet from coconut oil, raw nuts, avocados, grass-fed butter or ghee, etc. If you have a great diet, don’t snack, and go to bed early, waking up in the middle of the night may indicate a more complex problem. If your liver is working overtime at night to deal with parasites or other infections, it can’t manage your blood sugar at night as well. This is no diagnosis, just something to consider with your functional health practitioner!

There are MANY more tips on how to thrive in peri-menopause and menopause on the upcoming free summit, Hormone Balance After 40. You’ll hear 30+ experts on the topics like:

• Boosting your Metabolism

• Reclaiming your Sex Drive

• Restoring Mental Clarity.

The best part is that it’s all free and you can attend online from any computer or smartphone! Register here for your own Hormone Balance After 40!

Hormone Balance After 40 Summit | www.unitywellness.com.au

 


Bridgit Danner After 40 Summit | Unity Wellness

Guest post by Bridgit Danner,
LAc, FDNP, founder of Women’s Wellness Collaborative


 

 

 

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Fresh or Fatal? How fragrances in the products you use every day could be making you sick…very sick.

Fresh or Fatal? How fragrances in the products you use every day could be making you sick…very sick.

What’s your favourite scent?

Maybe it’s the warm, rich tones of a chocolate cake baking in the oven?  Maybe it’s your signature oriental perfume or the aftershave that guy at work always wears?  Maybe it’s the vanilla bodywash that leaves you smelling like freshly-baked cookies or imagining you’re in a field of flowers as you wash your hair? Maybe it’s the lemony freshness of your favourite cleaning spray or toilet cleaner that reminds you of the smell of the pine Christmas tree from your childhood.  Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that fragrances carry strong associations with them – good & bad.  Our sense of smell is connected to the limbic area of our brain – the same area responsible for memories & emotions – and product manufacturers know just how powerful this connection is.  Often, the way something smells will determine if we’ll buy that product again.

Layers, Donkey!  

Think for a moment about the products you use each day that are fragranced in some way, whether you use them on your body, in your home or at your workplace.  Here’s a list of things that the average person might use:

  • soap or body wash
  • shampoo & conditioner
  • hair styling products
  • deodorant
  • perfume / cologne / aftershave
  • skin care products
  • cosmetics
  • sunscreen
  • washing powder/liquid
  • fabric softener
  • kitchen cleaning products
  • bathroom cleaning products
  • air freshener (home/work/car) &/or scented candles

Most of those products will be scented.  If you read the ingredient list on the packaging, it may just say “fragrance” or “perfume”. Hmmmm, it’s just Apple & Berry Shampoo, right?  They must just use apple & berry extracts to make it smell like that? Sadly, not so much.

Say it 10 times fast: “Lax Labelling Laws”

One “fragrance” be created from any number of the 3100 chemicals used by the fragrance industry. Can you imagine how much room the products would take up in your home if the packaging was large enough to list each one of those ingredients?  Would you even buy the product if you knew how many chemicals were in there?  The manufacturers are only required to list “fragrance” or “perfume” as an ingredient.  The cosmetics industry (including fragrance manufacturers) is self-regulated & they are not legally obliged to list each component of the fragrance. There is also no requirement for these fragrances to be tested for human safety.  Now, while it’s unlikely that you’ll find all 3000+ chemicals in one fragrance, the average fragrance product tested contained 14 chemicals not listed on the label.  Multiply that by the number of scented products used each day & you can start to see the burden upon our bodies.

Phthalatest news

About 20 per cent of the population are allergic or sensitive to chemical fragrances. Symptoms can include a skin rash, hay fever, asthma, migraine, nausea, dizziness, fatigue or difficulty concentrating. These hypersensitivity reactions generally occur soon after exposure to the product, so it doesn’t take long to work out the trigger.

What’s more worrying are the longer-term effects these chemicals can have.  Many people these days are aware that BPA in plastics is not a good thing, so ‘BPA free’ has become a strong marketing point.  The main issue with BPA is phthalate (pronounced tha-late). Diethyl phthalate also happens to be one of the main ingredients in synthetic fragrances as it makes the fragrance longer-lasting.  It’s also a strong endocrine disruptor & a report by the WHO in 2012 showed links to early-onset puberty in girls, reproductive defects in boys (400% increase, mainly testicular issues), reduced sperm count in men (40% reduction), PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids & infertility. Around 70% of women have a hormonal disorder & 1 in 7 are classified as infertile.  Those who do get pregnant will detox via the foetus, as when fat stored on the mother’s body goes to the foetus for growth, it takes with it all the fat-soluble chemicals stored within.

Weight a minute…

Not only are we seeing unprecedented rates of endocrine disorders, cancers, autoimmune disorders & neurological issues, rates of obesity continue to rise.  Do you know how the body locks away excess chemicals that it can’t quickly excrete?  It stores them in fat cells.  And not the type of fat that’s easily converted to energy; the type that will maintain its integrity the longest to keep us safe.

Did you know that body fat is not inert?  It acts as an endocrine organ & interacts with the rest of the endocrine system to affect hunger, satiety, blood sugar regulation & general metabolism. Research suggests different obesogenic compounds may have different mechanisms of action, some affecting the number of fat cells, others the size of fat cells, and still others the hormones that affect appetite, satiety, food preferences, and energy metabolism.  Some obesogenic effects may pass on to later generations through epigenetic changes that affect when and how genes are expressed in cells, without altering the actual genetic code.

The products we use every day are potentially causing metabolic mayhem, regardless of diet & exercise, not only for us, but our unborn kids & grandkids.  It is even more important for women who want children to be aware of this when you consider that if you conceive a girl, the eggs that she will use to conceive her own children are developing when she’s still inside you!

Have we fallen into a mesmerized state that makes us accept as inevitable that which is inferior or detrimental, as though having lost the will or the vision to demand that which is good?
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Generation (Lyn)x

I remember the obsession with scented body sprays as a teen.  It’s an age when most people are acutely aware of their own body odor. With kids reaching puberty at an earlier age than ever before, they start using deodorant products earlier, which exposes them to endocrine disruptors for a longer period of their lives than any generation before them….right at a time of their life when there are significant hormonal changes already happening.  These chemicals are also neurotoxic & puberty is a time of significant changes in the brain, with the brain not considered fully developed until the early-mid 20’s.

I was recently helping my daughter with a costume change during a dance class.  We walked in to the bathroom where the girls were changing in the cubicles & I could hardly breathe.  They were spraying various deodorants on & I heard one of the girls say she had six different products in her bag!

It’s not just girls & women who love scented products.  Again during a dance class, a young man walked behind me as he entered the room & I immediately started sneeze-coughing.  I can only imagine how much cologne he’d sprayed on himself.  Now it’s no secret that teenage boys have a unique aroma all of their own, but they don’t realise that the very products they use to cover that aroma could be costing them their fertility or that of their children.

Thirty years ago, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to using these sorts of products, but knowing what I do now, I feel driven to get this message out.  I had the pleasure of meeting another Naturopath earlier this year at a business presentation & she shared a story about how she convinced her teenage grandson to ditch his popular brand of deodorant.  I re-tell the story in the video below:

Not only that, but think about when you go to the supermarket.  You KNOW when you’re in the cleaning products aisle, often an aisle or two before you get there.

For so long, we have associated these smells with ‘clean’, ‘fresh’ & ‘healthy’, but we now know the reality is far from that.

What you can do

These chemicals are insidious.  There’s probably nowhere left on the planet where you could completely avoid them.  What’s important is minimizing your exposure as much as you can through the choices you make:

  • Choose certified organic products when possible. They need to be free of synthetic chemicals as part of the certification process.  This is especially important for baby care products (this is a great range)
  • Choose unscented products, such as the deodorant in the video above
  • If you do want/need to use scented products, look for those which are lightly scented & use only pure essential oils
  • Make your own cleaning products without scents or use small amounts of essential oils. If DIY is not your thing, there’s a fantastic range of household cleaners here.
  • Replace regular perfumes with those made with essential oils, either blended yourself or pre-blended.
  • Avoid those products you don’t really NEED, such as fabric softener which are highly scented.
  • Ditch the plug-ins, room sprays & scented candles. If your house is in need of freshening up, the first step is improved ventilation, but there are safer products such as this & this.
  • Use bicarb to absorb smells from carpet & shoes instead of fragranced powders & sprays.
  • Download the Chemical Maze app to instantly identify dangerous cosmetic (and food) ingredients with ease
  • Download the Think Dirty app which looks at the ingredients of 550,000+ products from over 3,800 brands

I also highly recommend you listen to this podcast with Therese Kerr from The Divine Company.  Therese speaks passionately about this topic as it is her mission to educate our young people so they do not have to go through significant health challenges as she did.

There is also a brilliant 8 minute video here that covers this topic so well.

Some people are so shocked when they learn about the health consequences of fragranced products that they want to throw everything in the bin immediately.  If that’s not a viable option for you, just replace one thing at a time as you finish it.  The products that you’ll want to change first are those left in contact with your skin – deodorant, facial care, hand & body cream, make-up, sunscreen & laundry detergent (residue on clothes).

Comment below if you have any sensitivity to fragrances, of if you’ve noticed any changes in your health after switching to non-toxic products.

Also, please share this post with friends & family, especially those with existing health conditions or those planning on having children one day, to improve the health of future generations.

 

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Sources

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2008C0024

http://www.ewg.org/research/not-so-sexy

http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2010/07/15/2954502.htm

http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/fragrance-and-parfum/

http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2007/11/01/2078330.htm

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https://www.drdingle.com/blogs/dr-dingle-blog/toxic-chemicals-cause-weight-gain

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3279464/

 

Images Credit – © Jan Pietruszka @ www.fotosearch.com

 

 

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Unity Wellness provides health-related information to assist people in making their own choices.  While we have exercised due care to ensure the accuracy of the information on this site, it is not intended to be used as medical advice and it is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health professional’s advice.  Unity Wellness does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided on this website.

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