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Day 8- Feeling Great! February 12, 2014

 

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One of the most important reasons I felt I needed to do this cleanse was the onset of brain foggyness. Inability to concentrate, feeling like the thoughts I had were not as clear as they could be and taking a long time to come to conclusions about things. Those are some of the things I was beginning to notice were happening more and more often. I didn’t notice it at first, it was a slow onset but that’s how it sneaks up on you. Small changes until you realize you’re in the midst of a full blown fog. I know all about brain fog and the symptoms, but it’s hard to notice sometimes when you’re in the thick of things and not thinking about yourself.

By cleaning up my diet alone brain fog would go away, but I wanted to add the detox to really help solidify making better choices more important again. It’s easy to fall off the wagon and fall into a rut. I think it’s just as important to remember we’re all human and nobody is perfect. I can’t eat perfect no matter what I do these days, nobody can. Our food supply has changed so far from what it was always supposed to be that I don’t think we can get it back. Our meat has been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics, our soil is depleted of nutrients due to lack of crop rotation, GMO’s run rampant in stores. There is always a choice on has to make when it comes to eating. Nobody is perfect, and it’s not about perfection. It’s about knowing what you’re consuming and making the best possible choice within your means. That’s what people forget when they “fall off the wagon” or slip up on their diet. We all make mistakes, but it’s striving to be better that will make all the difference in your health and future. Sometimes I think if we don’t make mistakes, go through feeling like crap every once in a while, we sometimes don’t remember that our foods make a HUGE impact on our health and how we feel each and every day.

Make your choices count! It’s also not about eating better, but eating with awareness. I was never a huge fan of the “finish your plate” mentality that I grew up with because it didn’t make sense back then and it doesn’t now. Don’t force feed yourself. Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full…which means you need to eat slowly so you can tell the difference! Taste your food, feel the texture of it and most importantly ENJOY it! One of the greatest things a patient can tell me after we’ve changed their diet is “I’m really having fun with this”. Be creative, make things taste good, try new things! Eating healthy is an exploration into yourself just as much as it is into food.

I am again grateful for all of the amazing support throughout this detox. People pushing me to do my best, keeping me in check, and asking so many questions! Only 5 days left people…. when will you make a change in your life?

Health and Happiness-

Dr KalliDr. Kalli

For a Complimentary Natural Medicine consultation at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center, please call 630.762.9864.

 

Day 7- Tricks to get you through!

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I can’t believe it’s already day 7! Just 5 more days to go! Feeling more and more energy and less need/want for the coffee I have become so addicted too :)

I wanted to be able to touch on a topic most people don’t consider while starting a new regimen or doing a detox, and that’s using today’s technology to your advantage. Now, I realize during a detox I would like my patients (and I myself should also) to stay away from overstimulation via the computer/tv ect. Now, being realistic I understand that most of us will still have our phones and use a computer to work on…it’s not a perfect world by any means. But technology has come a long way and has allowed for so many great tools to help you reach your goals!!

I get a lot of the following excuses when trying to change someone’s diet/lifestyle from what they are used too:

“I can’t remember to take those supplements”

“It takes too much time to cook”

“I can’t keep track of my foods every day”

I’m here to debunk the excuses because they’re becoming less and less valid. Stop making excusing and start having fun with making positive changes!! Nobody said this had to be horrible…you decide how easy or difficult making changes will be. Here is a short list of apps I’ve tried and liked myself that have kept me on track with my own personal goals!!

1) Find Me Gluten Free ( FREE App!!) : able to locate via GPS location local and chain restaurants that offer gluten free menus. Will give you driving directions to the locations as well if you’re out of town/ on vacation. Check out them out online too at: http://www.findmeglutenfree.com/us

2) Lose It! or My Fit Pal(FREE apps): Both app’s offer you the ability to log each meal so that you can keep track of caloric intake for the day. They also have the feature to add your physical activity for the day making your weight loss goals more achievable. I know Lose It sends you badges of enragement when you meet milestones as it’s own way to encourage you along. Friends can join and you can help each other stay true to being their best self!

3) Free Pedometer: I work a part time job where I am on my feet and moving all the time, and one day I got curious about how much I was moving during my average 8 hour shift…around 5 miles on average people! And trust me it’s not a big store, and there are plenty of times I have to stand to help people ect. But I’m moving more than I’m not. The goal for most adults is 10,000 steps in a day…. so how much do you move? Keep track for a few days and see if you can’t incorporate more movement into your daily routine. Small changes make a BIG impact!!

4)Waterlogged (FREE App): Keep track of your daily water intake goals. Most people should be getting half their body weight in ounces daily, and most people are no where near that intake. Water intake doesn’t include coffee, tea, sodas or anything else “liquid”. It means just water as all of the other options serve as a diuretic to you and will further dehydrate you. Whether detoxing or not (reminder detoxification happens in your body every single day) you need adequate water intake to maintain proper bodily functions and get rid of waste and inflammation within your body quickly and easily.

5) Can’t sleep? Try a hypnosis app!! I have a free app with a hypnosis lecture about pretty much every imaginable subject. If you sleep alone this is easy, if you’re in a relationship earplugs would be more appropriate if your partner doesn’t need the white noise. Pick a topic that hits close to home for you and try it! You’d be surprised what sinks into your head when you’re not actively listening. I used this technique when I needed to study in graduate school as well.

6) Set reminders, mark dates on your calendar ect! With most people using some sort of tablet or smart phone these days it’s becoming easier for us to remind ourselves to do something. Set an alarm for every couple of hours to drink water/get up and move ect. Once the habit you’re trying to develop becomes a habit then set a new goal with new reminders. It’s time to embrace all the wonderful tools at our fingertips and stop playing games/getting distracted with it all the time!

Health and Happiness-

Dr KalliDr. Kalli

For a Complimentary Natural Medicine consultation at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center, please call 630.762.9864.

 

Detoxing through the Weekend (Days 4, 5 & 6)

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Detoxing through the weekend is usually tougher than making it through the week, mostly because we tend to have different eating habits over the weekends. There’s no rest of the wicked while on a detox, which is important to keep in mind. If you go through a shorter detox make sure you start and end when it works best into your schedule. For me the 12 days ends the Day after Valentines day, which works out perfect for me as I usually work and won’t be going out that Friday for a decadent dinner. Everything is easier when you plan it, detoxing included. Planning your meals will keep you on track especially through the weekend!

This week I made a delicious sweet potato hash to have a few times. I prepared it after work Thursday so I could have it friday morning and took the rest of it to work Saturday. It was simple but filling, and functional foods were included! Sweet potatoes cubed up and cooked in coconut oil (great fat source) with cooked turkey sausage, tons of garlic (natural antibiotic) and onions and some diced hot peppers (great for the liver). Friday morning I topped the hash with some scrambled eggs (also in coconut oil) and hot sauce. Saturday I just added hot sauce and heated it up at work without the eggs, still delicious and had lots left over so it was a very filling meal.

I also made something I never have before Thursday night, kind of a take on pudding and pumpkin pie. I’m calling it Chia Pumpkin Pie Pudding. I mixed purred pumpkin (great source of nutrients as it’s in the squash family) with a little almond milk, pumpkin pie spice and extra cinnamon (I used my extra fancy Vietnamese Cinnamon, which has a deep rich taste, and cinnamon is great for blood sugar regulation too). After mixing enough almond milk in to make the pumpkin a little runny, I added probably a 1/3 cup of chia seeds. I split the mix into two smaller jars so they were easy to take with me. The bowl I made it in was a tad full and I was worried about the chia seed expansion/possible mess in the fridge as well. I added just a touch of organic grade b maple syrup to sweeten it the next day (rich in nutrients and since it’s part of a Master Cleanse, I didn’t beat myself up about having a small amount of sugar to sweeten it just a touch). I heated up the mixture in the glass jar and enjoyed. Basically like having pumpkin pie without the crust!! Even the guys at work were like “what smells like pumpkin pie??” while I was enjoying it on my break.

This morning I went into the city of Chicago to meet up with my Brother and Sister in law for brunch since they had come into town. I was good, and had an omelet with grilled chicken, pepper and onions, and no cheese. The place my brother picked out was kindly dubbed “cinnamon roll hell” by him…because as a “side dish” this place literally served two steaming cinnamon rolls!!! 1-I don’t eat gluten anyways 2-that doesn’t mean it didn’t smell AMAZING and 3-I’m in the middle of a detox…thanks! I was more than able to pass on the rolls and got a great fruit dish with my omelet which was plenty of sweet for me.

Health and Happiness-

Dr KalliDr. Kalli

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Detox Day 2 (only day 2 and already more energy!) February 6, 2014

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 As I wind down on night two I wanted to share my progress on day 2 of my detox. Things to keep in mind during any detox:

1-Drink plenty of water. It’s important to remember that you’re flushing out toxins from your liver and kidneys and you need to get rid of those toxins through natural processes. Through sweat, urine and bowel waste we naturally eliminate toxins and keeping your fluid intake ample enough to hydrate you during increased elimination.

2- SLEEP- most people don’t know it, but you loose weight in your sleep. Yes, you heard me right. The reason we loose sleep at night is sleep allows our bodies to do massive repair. When your body is optimally functioning you burn a lot of fat in the repair process. Think about this…have you ever woken up from a good nights sleep covered in sweat? Your body was in full repair mode. Without adequate sleep your body can’t detox properly.

3-Be aware. Knowing how your body reacts to certain foods, climates, emotions is going to help get you through the sometimes harsh times of going though a detox. Listening to your body is key. If you’re not responding well to something, then stop what it is. There’s no one size fits all program or product, we all have different specific needs and need to honor those.

4- Detox when you’re healthy! Don’t ever attempt to detox in the middle of fighting off any kind of illness. For one thing, you already feel junky and when you restrict normal eating /lifestyle habits it can make you feel 10x worse. Secondly, your like to make yourself more sick. You need a strong immune system to keep the bad stuff your kicking out of your system at bay. I fell ill a few times this past fall with whatever nasty virus that was going around and it stayed with me for a while. I have felt pretty good the last few weeks and decided “it’s now or never!”

5-Be good to yourself. Do something nice for yourself every day whether you’re doing a detox or not. Take a minute to thank a friend for their love and support, make yourself that cup of tea you love, give a heartfelt gift to someone. Whatever it is that makes you happy and is good to you, do it. It’s easy to put ourselves last on the to do list but this is an important concept. Today my gift to myself was staying in bed for a little bit longer this morning.

I would like to also thank all of my followers and new readers for the love and support. Doing this blog is keeping me on track with my detox (power in numbers!) and I appreciate all the great feedback I’ve received so far. Stay tuned for more excitement!!

-Dr. KalliDr Kalli

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Let the Detox Begin February 5, 2014

 

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Today marks the first day of  my annual detox process, and this time I wanted to share with everyone my personal experience. I think it’s important to give your body a chance to reset, clean up and start fresh. For whatever reason I seem to feel the most need to do my cleanse/detoxes  in February each year. I think it’s because I get a little stir crazy in winter, and loose motivation/drive, and feel like I have become lax in my diet. This process helps me emotionally and spiritually as well. In fact the first time I did a detox program 3 years ago was to help myself get through some very difficult and emotionally taxing issues.  Yes, it worked in both detoxing my body of built up waste, but it helped me detox myself of some emotional baggage as well.

Enough about my baggage, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the whole process. Some important things to keep in mind when doing a good detox program: 1- You should never have to stop eating foods, you’re body still needs nutrients so simply drinking a liquid beverage for 3 days doesn’t really do the right things. 2- No good detox should keep you in the bathroom all day. Things like that are just putting you at risk for dehydration which can be very serious. 3-If you have never gone through a good detox program I suggest you do one with the supervision of a natural health practitioner of some sort who has experience.

The whole point of doing a detox is to restore optimal function to your organs that naturally detoxify you every day and to get rid of any waste build up that happens over time. This is important more and more as we are continually exposed to more and more harmful substances in our air, food and water supply. The main focus of my detox is to help my liver and kidneys function at optimal levels, as well as clean up any built up waste in my colon and lymphatic system as well.  I am combining an herbal detox kit with a few additional herbal products of my own and following a diet that will increase it’s optimal function.

*Please note that some of what I have included in my own program is products that I currently have at home and would like to use up. I am in no way getting paid to advertise brands, just utilizing some products that I have used before and found effective for me.

My personal program for the next 12 days:

1)Garden of Life Wild Rose Herbal Detox- consists of wild organic herbs only. Purpose is to detox the liver, kidneys and lymphatic systems.

2)Indole -3- Carbanol – supplement intended to help my body metabolize and get rid of excess estrogens. I’m one of those estrogen dominant people and have been feeling a touch “overly moody” lately.

3)Psyllium husk powder- source of fiber done at night to help grab onto all the nasty stuff my body is kicking out and excrete it in a safer way.

4)Oregano oil- useful as a natural antibiotic and also has been known to kill candida, which I am suspecting to be a possible problem due to my not as strict dietary habits as of late.

5)Functional foods- consuming foods on a regular basis that promote the detoxification process just to make it that much easier for my body to optimize faster.

 

Today’s breakfast was a green smoothie. I used almond milk, 1 scoop of vanilla Raw Fit protein, 1 banana, 1 scoop of greens powder, 1 Tbs of spirulina powder, 2 tbs of flax seed meal/chia seed mix, a healthy squirt of omega 3 emulsified oil, and a spoon full of peanut butter that has coconut oil in it. Honestly, it’s delicious and keeping me full throughout the morning. Sure…it’s dark green and probably scary looking to others but it’s for my health!

During a normal detox process you are supposed to rest to allow your body’s energy to focus on cleaning and healing, but I plan on going home tonight and walking for at least 30 minutes on the treadmill. I need to get back into a healthy routine all around, why wait is my theory!

Looking forward to keeping you updated on the whole process as I progress. Right now, feeling great about making positive changes and feeling better!

Health & Happiness,

Dr KalliDr. Kalli

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Experience Tranquility Massage December 3, 2013

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Life is better with massageNot all MASSAGE is created equal, that’s why at Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center you can expect exceptional service from beginning to end.  From entering into a peaceful environment, to a healing and relaxing massage session, to tips on how to take Tranquility home.   So, what sets us apart from other spas and clinics?

First, every massage guest receives a personalized treatment each time they come in.   Each and every one of us is progressing, growing and changing both physically and mentally on a daily basis, which is why Tranquility’s massage therapist offer a variety of techniques, time frames, and pressures to maximize your session.  Your massage therapist spends the necessary time during the intake process to determine how to most effectively help you, whether your goal is relaxation, pain relief, or both.

Second, each massage technique has specific health and healing benefits.  Relaxation massage is the most requested type of massage offered at Tranquility, which combines gentle pressure and strokes to relieve tension in the body while invoking a meditative state. While this is great, our massage therapists may encourage you to try out a variety of techniques to achieve ultimate healing benefits.   Tranquility’s massage therapists are educated and highly experienced in the following techniques:

  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Rain Drop Therapy
  • Thai Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Deep Tissue Massage

Click here for more information on each service.

Tranquility prides itself on providing quality time with each guest offering a full 30, 60 or 90 minutes of treatment.  The Tranquility Relaxation Massage is a standalone service; however you may choose to enhance your session with aroma therapy.  We are proud to introduce a new line of organic, pure essential oils made by a Master Aroma-therapist out of California.  Your massage therapist will take you through an aroma sensory journey of 4 wonderful blends:

~ The ANXIETY/STRESS blend is a warming and soothing blend of mandarin, geranium, rose, neroli (orange blossom), rosewood, and jasmine. A definite favorite of many, this blend helps relieve mental and physical tension, is useful for stress headaches (1-2 drops on temple points or massaged into neck), and is wonderful for balancing and relieving stress around menstrual cycles. You may consider enhancing a rejuvenating bath with 5-10 drops of this blend.

~The PAIN RELIEF blend soothes with rosemary, juniper berry, sage, peppermint, and pink grapefruit. This blend is perfect for using either undiluted or diluted with oil (jojoba, coconut, or sesame are favorites) on an area of tension or discomfort. This blend is particularly helpful massaged into the base of the skull, just under the bony ridge you can feel, to alleviate headaches. For tired feet, use 3-5 drops in a small tub or basin with warm water as a soak (Epsom salts are a bonus!).

~The SLEEP AID blend surprisingly has anti-inflammatory benefits upon application to a specific area and is unparalleled in creating relaxation and peace of mind. This oil contains lavender, chamomile, neroli (orange blossom), mandarin, clary sage, and jasmine. You can use sparingly on a washcloth tucked into a pillow at night or apply to pulse points anywhere. It also makes a perfect room diffuser!

The THEIVES PROTECTION blend is quite the phenomenal concoction. This formula is antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, purifying, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, and anti-catarrh. It contains eucalyptus, clove bud, cinnamon bark, rosemary, and lemon. Use a few drops in dishwater or the dishwasher to thoroughly clean and eliminate odor. This oil can be diffused in a room for up to 30 minutes to cut airborne bacteria.

Lastly, these aroma therapy blends, along with other therapeutic products are available to take home so you can experience a piece of Tranquility at home.

Massage therapy benefits the mind, body and soul.  Call Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center at 630.762.9864 to schedule your massage.  The journey toward beauty, health and wellness begins at Tranquility.

Health and Happiness,

Lauren, Tranquility Massage Therapist

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Fight the Flu & Colds naturally with WholeMune November 21, 2013

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A strong immune system is integral to overall health and wellbeing. Maintaining a strong immune system can often be a challenge in today’s world- high stress levels, poor diet, lack of sleep and environmental pollutants can all slow down the immune response.ImageWholeMune’s primary active ingredient is Wellmune WGP®- a natural beta 1,3/1,6 glucan derived from the cell wall of a proprietaryImage strain of baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). Once swallowed, immune cells in the gastrointestinal tract take up Wellmune WGP® and transport it to immune organs throughout the body. Specific immune cells called macrophages digest Wellmune WGP® into smaller fragments and slowly release them over a number of days. The fragments then bind to neutrophils (white blood cells), via complement receptor 3 (CR3).

Neutrophils are the most abundant immune cells in the body, accounting for 60-70% of all immune cells. The activation of neutrophils by Wellmune WGP® fragments allows these cells to move faster throughout the body, resulting in a significant boost in immune defense.
WholeMune by Ortho Molecular can be purchased at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center.
If you live in the Fox Valley area and would like a FREE 15 Natural Medicine consultation with Dr. Kalli Prater DC, please call 630.762.9864.  Restore your health thru nutrition, lifestyle & drug-free options.
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