As you already know, I LOVE Living Libations skin care products. If you haven’t read my reviews of some of my favourite Living Libations products, here’s one review here, and another here.
I was thrilled when they contacted me about doing a Giveaway! We’re actually going to do one Giveaway now, and another next month! (how exciting is that?!!!).
So, today’s Giveaway is RoseGlow Creme (a 15ml jar). I love this face creme, and in fact I’ve been using it for years, both in cold Montreal, Canada, and in hot humid Bali. This face cream is light weight, non-greasy, and effective (if you have maturing skin and want an extra boost, I recommend using the RoseGlow Serum at night under the RoseGlow Creme as an overnight treatment, that’s what I do!). I have to say the entire RoseGlow line is my favourite in their collection, not only great for maturing skin, but very soothing for sensitive skin as well.
How to enter the Living Libations Giveaway:
To enter Living Libations RoseGlow Creme giveaway, just submit your email address below. You have until Tuesday, June 30, 2015 (midnight EST) to enter (and please tell your friends and family to enter too!). I will announce the one lucky winner next Friday, July 3, 2015. The Giveaway is open internationally.
To read more about the RoseGlow Creme, click here to go to Living Libation’s website.
Next month we’ll be doing another Giveaway, a bottle of Living Libations Vanilla Best Skin Ever (another one of my favourites!)
Watch today’s video below for more on the Giveaway and why I love Living Libations RoseGlow Creme so much!
How what you’re telling yourself could be affecting you
Yesterday’s blog post I talked about using juice fasting for weight loss. In the video I made for the article, I talked about how there’s some people that say if you do a Juice Fast you’ll gain all the weight back and more. What I have seen and experienced countless times is the exact opposite! Not only have I seen people lose weight while juice fasting, but they have also continued to lose weight once the juice fast was done, and kept the weight off!
I believe the one big reason why people do gain weight after juice fasting is because someone told them they will, or they heard some else’s terrible experience and took it on as their own.
Over the past 6 years I’ve been hosting monthly online Juice Fasts and I regularly hear people’s fears of gaining back the weight they lost. I love sharing the victorious experiences of those that have not only lost weight with juice fasting, but continued to lose weight once the Juice Fast was over. I love sharing these experiences because it offers a fresh perspective and empowerment. It not only changes one’s expectations and attitude, but I have seen over and over again it has also changed people’s results as well.
I do believe we decide how things are going to turn out. We decided before we even do anything! If you tell yourself you are going to gain weight after a Juice Fast, you probably will!
Recently a coaching client asked me how I met my husband, and if I did anything to be more receptive to meeting my life partner (great question!). The answer is YES! For years before I met my husband I was constantly telling myself the stories of my past heart break and living in the narrative of relationships gone sour. These stories were like a bad broken record that I was telling myself over and over again, day and night. I was also holding onto a firm grudge as well. No wonder I was constantly getting my heart broken and never meeting “Mr. Right!” It was only until I explored what exactly I was telling myself and what stories I was holding onto. The moment I let go of the grudge, and stopped telling myself the stories of my heart break, then the doors started opening up and I became naturally more receptive to meeting a truly wonderful man.
Our thoughts and words are powerful. So are the messages and words we pick up from those around us.
At the end of the day, you pick and choose what you want to believe and how you want to live. If you want to achieve all that you set out to do, start with exploring what you are telling yourself, what you are listening to, and what you have chosen to be your “truth.” Sometimes the stories, concepts, and ideas we are firmly holding onto are the very things that are holding us back!
For more on how your beliefs, ideas, and dialogue could be standing in the way of your success, watch today’s video below!
I am super excited about the brand New 7 Day Juice Fasting Program starting July 8, 2015! If you are just hearing about it now, I’ve created a whole new Juice Fasting Program including new videos, new ebook, and a private Facebook Group for everyone to connect while doing the 7 Day Juice Fasting Program. Click Here for more info & to sign-up!
Juice Fasting For Weight Loss
Let’s talk about juice fasting for weight loss!
As a health and diet coach I’ve worked with a lot of people incorporating juice fasting into their weight loss plan. It works, in fact losing weight on a Juice Fast is incredibly easy, but you have to do it correctly so you lose weight and keep it off.
I’ve worked with so many people who have not only lost a lot of weight while juice fasting, but have also continued to lose weight after the fast was done, and kept it off for good. What’s most important is the part about “continuing to lose weight after the fast is done.” Too many people rely just on the juice fast for losing weight, and overlook what happens after, and if you have a good strategy, the after part is where the magic really happens!
Using the Juice Fasting wisely
Juice fasting has so many benefits, beside just the actual weight loss. Usually by the second or third day of a Juice Fast, you will feel light, calmer, clearer, your skin will glow, your belly will flatten, and any puffiness and water-retention starts fading away. You feel absolutely fabulous, and with that comes a renewed sense of motivation, inspiration, and empowerment. I have to say this is what I love most about Juice Fasting! And, this is what you need to tap into to keep you on track once the Juice Fast is over.
When you feel great, there’s nothing that is going to stand in your way, and you are going to do whatever you can to to continue to feel that great, right? So while you are doing the Juice Fast, this is the time to come up with a plan, to tap into that strong determination to continue losing weight, and to figure out what are the things you need to do to get the results you want, and keep you on track.
Two important benefits from Juice Fasting
The two most important benefits of Juice Fasting that will help you continue to lose weight after the Juice Fast is completed is the decrease in appetite, and re-setting of your taste buds.
Most people gain weight because they eat too much, and they eat too much of the wrong things. Juice fasting will shrink your stomach so that you physically don’t feel good eating too much food. Juice fasting also gives you a break from super sweet, salty, and overly processed foods, so you can enjoy the taste and flavor of healthy foods again.
Knowing this now, before you start the Juice Fast will help guide you when you are breaking the fast and introducing solid food back into your diet. You don’t want to return to your previous diet and the amounts of food you once were eating, because that’s how you gained the weight to begin with.
Make a weight loss plan while you are on the Juice Fast, not after
While you are on the Juice Fast, losing weight, and feeling great, this is the perfect time to come up with a strong weight loss strategy for when you complete the Juice Fast.
Start with asking yourself:
Once you have completed the Juice Fast:
What foods are you willing to cut out of your diet?
What foods are you willing to reduce, or have occasionally?
How are you going to make your meals healthier?
Are you going to start exercising more regularly? If so, what are you going to do, when, where, and how often?
How are you going to keep yourself motivated?
How do you plan to manage stress in a healthy and balanced way?
How will you handle any food cravings that might come up?
What can you do besides eating?
Learn to do other things besides eating!
I suggest writing a list of all the non-food, non-eating activities you like to do that make you feel good (and do them as often as possible). Examples of non-food, non-eating activities include: taking a hot bath, journaling, reading an inspiring novel, watching a movie, going to listen to live music, visiting a museum, taking a yoga class, learning a new language, talking on the phone with your best friend, window shopping, playing a sport, getting a hair cut, hiking, walking your dog, playing with your children, making art, going for a massage, spending time outdoors, etc. The more activities you do that are fun, creative, release stress and tension, and have nothing to do with food, eating, and diet, the better!
The beauty of juice fasting is you can’t eat. You are taking a temporary break from food, and therefore you have to find other ways to entertain and take care of yourself without eating! For many of us, that’s actually a good thing (I know for myself I have a tendency to eat out of habit or boredom, not necessarily because I’m always hungry!).
You might notice that during the Juice Fast it may be the very first time in your life that you feel real physical hunger, and how satisfying it is to drink juice to relieve that hunger and get fuel. You may even come to appreciate that sensation and how important food is. Using this knowledge and experience, it’s important to continue connecting to your bodily cues, your appetite, hunger, and when you really need food, and when you are physically full.
What do you believe to be true?
Lastly, I want to remind you that what you tell yourself goes a long way. You definitely can lose weight on the Juice Fast, and you certainly can continue to lose even more weight once you’ve finished the Juice Fast as well! You create your reality, you decide!
Watch today’s video below for more on juice fasting and weight loss.
I realized when I was putting this new program together, I’ve been hosting online Juice Fasting Programs since 2009!! That’s 6 years of hosting monthly juice fasting groups! I have to say after all these years of guiding and supporting thousands of juice fasters, I’m still in love with juice fasting, and I’m still wowed by everyone’s transformations and breakthroughs.
The 7 Day Juice Fasting Program is a live, online, 7 day program. It will start Wednesday, July 8, 2015. The program is seven days total, and it includes a 5 Day Juice Fast, and 2 One-Day Transition Diet Days (one day before the fast, and another day after the fast).
The 7 Day Juice Fasting Program includes:
50 page eBook that includes Juice Fasting Guidelines, Instructions, 50 Juice Recipes, Transition Diet Menus, Transition Diet Recipes, Shopping List, FAQs, etc. When you purchase the Program, you can download the eBook immediately!
7 Juice Fasting Videos (one for each day of the Juice Fasting Program). Each video is 20-40 minutes long, and are made to guide you through the entire 7 Day Juice Fasting Program. The day before the live 7 Day Juice Fasting Program begins (July 7, 2015), you will receive an email with the links to download the videos to your computer or mobile device. The videos are yours to keep!
Juice Fasting Facebook Group You will also have a permanent membership to the Juice Fasting Facebook Group. When you purchase the program, you’ll receive an email with the link and instructions to join the Facebook Group. Only participants of the 7 Day Juice Fasting Program have access to this group.
Support from Natasha! One week every month I will host an official live 7 Day Juice Fasting Program. I will log-on to the Juice Fasting Facebook Group daily for that one week to offer additional support and answer any question relating to the Juice Fast. The first live 7 Day Juice Fasting Program will start July 8, 2015.
Purchase the program once, and you can join as many live Juice Fasting Programs as you like!
For more information and to sign-up for the 7 Day Juice Fasting Program starting July 8, 2015–>CLICK HERE!
How my approach towards my health, life, and goals has changed since becoming a new mother
As you know, I’m getting ready to launch the brand new 7 Day Juice Fasting Program (just waiting on my web programmer to finish a few last details, it should be ready soon!!). My husband Gede just finished doing the 7 Day Juice Fasting Program, and it was really inspiring to watch him do it, and seeing him transform in front of my very eyes!!
Gede loves juice fasting, and for him, he especially likes it for weight loss. Over the past few months he’s been watching me juicing, writing, filming, and putting together the new 7 Day Juice Fasting Program. He kept saying he wanted to do the juice fast, but work-wise, the timing was never good.
Recently, he had a little break in between landscaping projects, so he decided to jump in and do the juice fast. His goal is not only to lose weight, but to get 6-pack-abs! So along with juice fasting, he was also getting up at 5am to run on the beach, at night he would do mat exercise at home, and during his free time he would watch every video he could find on YouTube of other guys with 6 pack abs. Let’s just say he’s quite passionate about his goals, and it actually reminded me of myself, before I had a baby.
When people say your life changes overnight when you have a baby, there’s no denying it. It’s 150 000% true! Not only did my life change, but I changed as well.
I only realized just how much I’ve changed when I was watching Gede on his 6-pack-abs-juice-fasting-mission. I used to be as intense about my goals as him. After having a baby, I still have big goals, dreams, and things I aspire to do and accomplish, but I go about them completely differently.
I realized as I became a mother to my daughter, I naturally became more of a mother to myself as well. I think this is a natural progression into motherhood. It’s not something I’ve consciously done, it just kind of happened.
I have to say there’s a part of me that is quite envious of my husband’s burning intensity, but at the same time I appreciate this softer side of myself. I’ve become much more accepting and nurturing to myself, more so than ever before.
With that I have found that my focus has changed as well. I’m much more into self-care and preserving myself, as opposed to controlling or changing myself. I don’t know if this is something that just comes with age (I’m turning 40 soon!!), or that I’m still nursing my daughter and I can sometimes feel quite depleted, or it’s a result of having less time for myself, that the time I do have, becomes precious and I want to make the most of it.
Either way, since having a baby, I want to take care of myself more so than ever, and the mundane things that I used to take for granted (like taking a hot bath or brushing my teeth), have become treasured “self-care rituals.”
This seems like an ever changing journey. It will be interesting to see how things evolve once my daughter Luna Ray is no longer nursing, more independent, and my role and responsibilities as a mother changes. In the meantime, I’m loving every step of the way!
If you are a new mom, I’d love to hear how your life has changed since having a baby/child, and if you’ve noticed any unexpected changes in yourself? (post in the comments section below!).
For more on how I’ve changed since becoming a new mother, watch today’s video below!
I’ll be launching a brand NEW 7 Day Juice Fasting Programvery soon!!! If you want to be notified immediately when the 7 Day Juice Fasting Program is available, CLICK HEREto be added to the mailing list (I’ll be offering a super discount the first 48 hours of the launch). The very first live 7 Day Juice Fasting Program will start the last week of June, 2015 – so mark your calendar!!! (a perfect summer cleanse!!!!)