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Learn to listen to your body’s signals

Be sure to tune in this week for The Shift Network’s very first Intuitive Medicine Summit (hosted by yours truly), a FREE online event from June 7-11.


Normally, these summits are broadcast shortly after they’re recorded but this one was postponed for a couple months due to scheduling delays – but I think there’s a deeper reason, on a metaphysical level.

Personally, I think the air-date was delayed so enough time would pass that I could report the powerful results I experienced after applying some of the things I learned during my interviews with more than 30 of today’s highly sought-after intuitive healers, doctors, and researchers — including Cyndi Dale, Dr. Titus Chiu, Robert Peng, Dr. Shamini Jain, and Steven Washington.

When I began preparing for this summit four months ago, I made notes about my physical condition so I could compare and contrast afterwards. When I looked back on those notes today, I was stunned by some of the health challenges I was experiencing then that no longer vex me now. In fact, I had forgotten how they used to rule my life.

I’m sleeping better and my formerly life-disrupting gut issues have subsided almost completely. Plus, I’ve lost 15 pounds and my pre-lockdown clothes fit again. I don’t have to live in pajama pants anymore!

This was a direct result of the interviews in this summit. I gathered pieces of information from each guest and put them together to solve health challenges that have plagued me for decades. For years, I’d been begging doctors to help, but none could suss out the holistic causes of these chronic issues. By listening to my intuition and following a trail of synchronistic breadcrumbs, I was led to information that helped me figure out the answers to the question, What’s wrong with me???

My wish is for you to do the same. You can register for free here. The only cost is if you choose to purchase the upgrade package, which allows you to keep the recordings and gives you access to all the bonuses. But to watch the summit online is free, as it streams during the week of June 7-11.

I spent a lot of time interviewing medical intuitives like Wendie Colter, Tina Zion, Deborah King, and more, asking how they do what they do, and how we can do it too.

I also talked to medical practitioners who use their own intuition when working with patients, like Judith Orloff, MD, Norm Shealy, MD, Beth McDougall, MD, Dr. Natasha Fallahi, Cecile Carson, MD, and many others.

You’ll hear numerous “wounded healer” stories as my guests share about regaining their own wellness after tuning in to their intuitive wisdom. And, because this is a challenge many of us face, several conversations include advice about how to communicate with mainstream-minded practitioners who don’t believe in all this “woo-woo” stuff!

There’s so much more I could tell you, but I think you’d be better served to see for yourself. Register here for the FREE Intuitive Medicine Summit and check out the power-packed lineup of speakers. You’ll be glad you did.


Lisa Bonnice is an award-winning, best-selling author whose “day job” is as a Program Host at The Shift Network, where she hosts summits on ancestral healing, life after death, and intuition and medicine.

Her current passion-project is a series of metaphysical comedy novels. The first is entitled The Poppet Master (previously published as Be Careful What You Witch For!, now revamped and with a new ending). The Poppet Master is a modern-day fairy tale about Lola Garnett, a bored housewife and office drone who wakes up with unexpected psychic abilities, and no instruction manual, and Twink, the reluctant, sarcastic faery assigned to assist and educate her. The Poppet Master is available wherever books are sold. Its sequel is in the works.

Lisa is also writing The Maxwell Curse, a fictionalized version of a story she found in her own ancestral lineage about a witch trial, a generational curse, and massive mine explosion, all of which left ripples of destruction in their wake, devastating one family’s tree.

http://www.lisabonnice.com

Cleanse follow-up: Thanksgiving Day!

I haven’t posted in the past few days. I’ve been working a lot, eating sensibly, and feeling well. The Challenge is today, Thanksgiving! Can I resist the temptation to pig out and undo the good I’ve done with the Cleanse?


Yes. I can.cleanse pullquote

I’m thankful that I even have this “problem”. I appreciate that I’ll have so many food choices today, so I’ll be sure to give thanks with every bite. I will eat mindfully and, therefore, will be able to eat in a way that respects my body, mind and spirit. I also send prayers to those who are not so fortunate, that they are soon uplifted.

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Namaste.

 


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Post-Cleanse Day Two: Journal entry

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I felt well enough to go for a walk today, and the weather was perfect for it. Even the ducks thought it was a great day to be outside!

I continue to feel better and better every day. I am so glad that I did the cleanse. I feel like my reset button has been pushed. I’m energized and able to keep up again. It’s been a looooong time since I’ve felt this well.

IMG_20141124_071855975I woke up this morning with these horribly puffy eyes. I ate “healthy” fast food yesterday, when I was on the go. See what happens? I deliberately ate at a place that advertises its food as a healthy alternative, and still ended up looking like my screameyes were blowfish.Fortunately, that scary look didn’t last long, especially since I began the day right and maintained it all day.


Triumphs: I got twice as much work done today than I’ve been able to do in months. I feel fantastic, and my head is clear.

Makeovers: I had a banana smoothie for breakfast and tried a new quinoa recipe for lunch. The quinoa wasn’t so gIMG_20141124_082614985 copyreat, but it was filling and now I know not to make it again. But, hey … “nothing ventured, nothing gained”, right?

In case you’re interested, the smoothie is one cup of almond/coconut milk, one banana, 2 tbsp. ground flax seed, 1 packet stevia, 2 tbsp PB2, 1 heaping tbsp cocoa powder. YUMMY!

I went to Sprouts (their produce is nicely priced) and bought a bag of oranges so I can make the garlic-free “Morning Cocktails” again. They IMG_20141124_151918681were a nice way to start the day. I’m glad to have found this new recipe to add into the rotation.

AND … I went for a 2.5 mile power walk, which I haven’t been able to do for several weeks (I hurt my ankle and also felt too crappy). If I hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have seen Officer Blitz (0f the Tempe PD), trying to hide behind a tree!

cleanse pullquoteChallenges: I can’t think of any at the moment.

Intentions: I intend that I ride this wave of feeling good as long as I can.

Current Conditions: Yay!

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful to feel better. Truly, deeply thankful. As they say on the old Geritol commercial, “When you have your health, you have just about everything.”

I haven’t done one of these in a while. Here’s you a dog!

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Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Post-Cleanse Day Two: Journal entry

IMG_20141123_111130680~2 Well, I’ve certainly learned something! Remember the five pounds I lost? Remember the burger and ale I had last night for dinner because I didn’t plan ahead for post-cleanse-friendly foods? I gained two pounds back!

Let me start off by saying, again, that this cleanse wasn’t about losing weight. It was about getting healthier. I want to make it clear that I don’t obsess about my weight. I’m perfectly content to be a size 10 or 12.

Next, let me point out the obvious: two pounds gained overnight is obviously not fat. What I ate last night somehow caused my body to retain water, or something a little stickier than that. I’m not sure exactly. I just know that this is an interesting lesson.

So …


Triumphs: I went back to a healthier way of eating today. And, even with last night’s hiccup, I still feel really good. I had a lot more energy today than I’ve had in months. I was able to help someone move, and didn’t get tired or dizzy from the exertion. And, my anxiety levels are back down.

Makeovers: I meditated this morning and watched the sun rise. I brought some healthy snacks, including carrots and hummus, to eat while we worked today, and then ate well the rest of the day.

cleanse pullquoteChallenges:  I didn’t have time to do any grocery shopping today, and I have to work tomorrow, so the challenge to eat nourishing, healthy meals continues. Part of the problem is that I’m not sure what to eat. I certainly don’t want to go back to my old habits, but being on the go like this makes it hard to eat healthy, filling meals, without spending a fortune.

Intentions: I intend that I surf the Detoxinista site for some ideas before I go to bed tonight.

Current Conditions: Jazzed, yet cautious.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful for improved health. I’m also thankful that my challenges are first world problems. I did the cleanse because I was having health issues from not taking care of myself. So I’m not whining about having too many food choices when there are people who are literally starving. I’m deeply thankful that I have food choices to make. I’m grateful that I’m learning more, every day, about how to fuel my body in a way that makes it run like a well-oiled machine.


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Post-cleanse Day One: Journal entry

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Today I worked an eight hour shift, and had almost no time to prepare the kinds of meals I should be eating when coming off a cleanse, so I had to wing it.

For breakfast, I had some leftover quinoa and a cup of tea, and dashed out the door. For lunch, I went to Sprouts and ordered a veggie wrap.

But dinner time was the real problem, because I was back at home and didn’t have anything cleanse-friendly left in the larder. I had eaten all of the healthier stuff and didn’t have time to shop.

So, I reluctantly had a hamburger. And, honestly, it didn’t even taste as good as I expected. (It wasn’t the one pictured above–I swiped that from Pinterest. Click the pic to see where it’s from.) And, I figured since I was blowing it, I might as well have a Boddington’s with it.


Triumphs: I lost five pounds over the course of the cleanse. I was able to wear one of my favorite shirts today, one that was a little too tight last week. I feel great and my energy levels are high.

Makeovers: Before going to work, I took a few minutes to meditate and center myself. Sometimes, taking those extra moments to do that can be the best thing I can do for myself.cleanse pullquote

Challenges: I don’t want to fall back into my old eating habits. Eating a burger for dinner wasn’t what I wanted to do, but I simply didn’t have the time to go shopping again for post-cleanse foods.

Intentions: I intend that, today, I make a point of stocking the kitchen with more healthy foods.

Current Conditions: I’m almost reluctant to go off the cleanse. It was easier to have a set of strict guidelines of what I could eat.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful for the Detoxinista website. She has some INCREDIBLE recipes.


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse Day Three: Journal entry

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Today was a good day! I felt a little discomfort this afternoon, from eating too many of the same foods (Note to self: too many sweet potatoes can cause an acidy stomach), so I switched it up at dinner time with some new ideas.


Triumphs: I made it easily through Day Three of the cleanse. Well, maybe not easily, but I made it with flying colors. I also came up with a couple of recipes that are good enough to carry on after the cleanse is over. I made some quinoa with carmelized onions and mushrooms for dinner, and a salad with homemade dressing. I’ve never made my own dressing before, and it was really good.

IMG_20141119_144054288Also, my doc said that I can skip the raw garlic in the Morning Cocktail and, instead, take an odorless garlic supplement.

Lastly, I lost another pound, for a total for three so far.

Makeovers: I did several loads of laundry today and changed the sheets. And, some of the cooking I did today counts as a Makeover. I don’t like to cook, so any time I can create something yummy in the kitchen, it’s a Triumph/Makeover.

Challenges: Tomorrow is my first day at my new job. Aside from being nervous, I also have to figure out a way to eat cleanse-friendly foods while I’m there. (But at least I won’t reek of garlic.)

IMG_20141119_185315583Intentions: I intend that I spend some time tomorrow putting together a variety of things to eat. I intend that I do not procrastinate this important task.

Current Conditions: Happy to be more than halfway done.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful that the Big U seems to be on my side in this effort. I’m grateful that I don’t have to ingest raw garlic anymore. I’m thankful that Jeff is being cool about making his own cleanse pullquotemeals, and that he’s not making many of my favorite (trigger) foods. I’m grateful that I was able to give the grandkids some Oreos today, and wasn’t even tempted.

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page. (You don’t have to do this with me in real time. If you find this series of blogs in the future and want to comment or ask questions, feel free.)


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse Day One: Journal entry

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Today’s menu included the Morning Cocktail for breakfast, a sweet potato for lunch, cabbage soup and quinoa for dinner, and a cup of peach tea. I’m not terribly hungry. Here is my full journal entry.


 

IMG_20141117_090913124Triumphs: I started strong today on the cleanse. I learned some valuable things about making the Morning Cocktail, and that sweet potatoes taste great with pumpkin pie spices (I love sweet potatoes swimming in butter, and wasn’t sure if I’d like them without it).

Makeovers: I made a great big pot of soup. I also went to Emma Porter’s Chakradance event this morning.

Challenges: I can see how hunger may become an issue as the week goes on. I’m hungry now, but not uncomfortably so. The Challenge is that the kinds of foods I’m supposed to eat on this cleanse ALL require preparation, and the kitchen is not my favorite room.

IMG_20141117_173251991Intentions: I intend that I find a way to keep quick and easy, cleanse-friendly foods available.

Current Conditions: Feeling surprisingly good. I thought I might feel headachy or fuzzy, but I’m doing well.

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful that today went smoothly. I’m thankful that I’m enjoying this first day of the cleanse. I’m grateful that I was able to find the foods I need at affordable prices. I’m thankful that cleanse pullquotethe price of organic food is coming down.

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page. (You don’t have to do this with me in real time. If you find this series of blogs in the future and want to comment or ask questions, feel free.)


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse Day One and the Morning Cocktail

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Today is Day One of the cleanse, and I already have learned a few things about the Morning Cocktail to make the rest of the week run more smoothly:

The Liver Flush Daily Detox recipe:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – anywhere from 2 Tbsp. to 1/3 cup, as you prefer
  • Freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice, 1/3 cup
  • Fresh garlic, 3-5 cloves
  • Fresh ginger, 1/2″
  • Cayenne Pepper, dash to taste
  • Freshly squeezed orange juice, 2 cups

Put all ingredients in a blender, blend and drink immediately.

  1. I didn’t allow enough time to do this properly before heading out the door to start my day. I need to either do the prep work in advance, or allow more time.
  2. That prep work includes dicing the ginger and garlic cloves. I threw them in whole. They didn’t break down in the blender very well, so I was left with chunks that got wasted and poured down the disposal. And, squeezing the juice takes some time, so doing that in advance would be helpful.
  3. The recipe calls for 1/3 cup of lemon or lime juice. That was about 1.5 lemons.
  4. It calls for 2 cups of orange juice. That was about four oranges.
  5. Unless you don’t mind pulpy drinks, it could use a good straining or a lot more blending than I allowed.

It actually tastes pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised. But I was concerned about smelling of garlic at my first appointment this morning. That smell  has faded.

I’ve decided to make a big ol’ pot of cabbage soup (from the infamous Cabbage Soup Diet) because it’s not bad soup and it fits in with the rest of cleanse pullquotethe cleanse’s guidelines. I’m not doing this cleanse to lose weight, but if I did that would be a nice bonus. I’m not going to link to a recipe because there are so many out there. Just Google it and find the one that appeals to you.

I’m also going to be eating lots of steamed broccoli and sweet potatoes, which are two of my faves, along with quinoa made with vegetable broth.

For now, though, I’ve only done the Morning Cocktail. I still have to make the soup. I’ll  let you know how it turns out.

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page. (You don’t have to do this with me in real time. If you find this series of blogs in the future and want to comment or ask questions, feel free.)


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

Cleanse-prep: Procrastination City!

I don’t want to do this cleanse. It’s so much easier to keep eating like I have been, and not have to shop for all of the special ingredients, and spend all that money, and eat separate meals–not to mention the actual preparation and consumption of said “meals”, which are all going to be green or liquid and not even close to chocolate-flavored.


That said, here’s my first Journal entry (see this blog for an explanation of the format):

Triumphs: I made my shopping list for five days of the “morning cocktail”. I’m going to buy organic whenever possible.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Lemons and/or limes, for juicing, enough for 1/3 cup per day
  • Fresh garlic, 15-25 cloves
  • Fresh ginger, 2.5″
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Oranges for juicing, enough for 2 cups per day

This is a Triumph because I’ve been putting this off for long enough, and I’ve finally stopped procrastinating.

Makeovers: That Triumph counts as a Makeover, too, because it’s something that I’ve done to feel better about myself. Aside from that, I finally colored my hair this morning, and got some stretching exercises in. It felt good, but crunchy, to move a little.

Challenges: This could get expensive. I have to buy a lot of specialty foods, on top of my regular grocery shopping, since I’m the only one in my house to be doing the cleanse. Money is a little tight, so this is going cleanse pullquoteto take some fancy footwork.

Intentions: I intend that I actually look at the Sprouts ad when it comes in the mail this week (I usually just throw it away with the mountain of other ads it comes buried in), and shop their sales. They usually have really good produce prices. Between them, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, I should be able to pull this off. Then, I intend that I shop for everything I need later this week.

Current Conditions: Feeling a little better, now that I’ve done this much. Well begun is halfway done, right?

Daily Thanksgiving: I’m thankful that my doctor was able to see that I needed her to push me into this. I probably wouldn’t have done it on my own–at least, not until after the holidays, and I probably would be several pounds heavier by then. I’m grateful that I finally live near the kinds of stores I need to pull this off (for many, many years I did not).

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page.


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).

The Cleanse

Here are the instructions given to me by my doc, when she suggested I do a five-day cleanse before the holidays (read this blog for an explanation of the timing).


Cleanse: 5 days

It is extremely helpful to plan your meals ahead and always  have fruit or veggies as a snack available.

Start the day with the lemon juice-olive oil cocktail and then eat as much as you want of the  below foods, and drink plenty of water.

1) Morning cocktail
http://healthybliss.net/liver-flush-drink-recipe-for-a-daily-liver-cleanse

2) Juicing (or smoothies) – Raw vegetables and fruits – 12-16oz juice per day with any fruit or vegetable you would like, except for bananas.
http://juicerecipes.com/health/benefits/juicing-to-cleanse-liver

3) Steamed vegetables and vegetable soups, except for beans.

4) Quinoa, about 2 cups a day for  satiety and protein.

5)  Take Liver GI  Detox by Pure Encapsulations.  2 caps twice a day.

6)  Drink plenty of water and  herbal teas.

By the way, I don’t get any kickbacks from the links I’m supplying here. I like buying supplements from PureFormulas because their prices and selection are good, and they offer free shipping.

Wanna join me? I’ll be responding to your comments here and on my facebook page.


Lisa Bonnice is the author of five books, including Shape Shifting–reclaiming YOUR perfect body (with a foreword by Neale Donald Walsch).