Well Diva Wellness Wednesdays and More at Well Diva Lifestyle

cover for blog postIf you haven’t noticed there are some changes going on here.  Sooner or later the new website will replace this one, and we will officially be located at welldiva.com.  Why the change?

1. I had the hardest time communicating the message of Soul Food Therapy when I wanted to cover so much more than food.

2.  I want to create a community of women who want to live well, eat well, and just overall be well.  I think the name Well Diva LIfestyle says that.

3.  I love soul food, but I love so many other foods, so maybe the name Soul Food Therapy was just too narrow.

Change is good, and it’s time for a change.  A few exciting things to come:

Well Diva Wednesdays – You’re already signed up here, so you can expect more regular posts about food and healthy eating, but also healthy thinking, spending, and whatever else I can pass along to you.

The Well Diva Guidebook – It’s coming along and I can’t wait to share it with you!  I can’t give too many details, but when you get it be sure to let me know what you think.

The Well Diva podcast – really excited about this collaboration with my cousin Zahra of The Natural Journey for Life.

The Well Diva Inner Circle – I’m actually in the very early planning stages of this so I’ll share more as it develops.

The Well Diva Retreat – That’s down the road but it will happen.  I’ll be sure to give plenty of notice.

That’s a lot so let me go get busy!  I’m grateful for each of you and would love your feedback on some of the plans in the works.  This is all for you, so feel free to let me know what you think!

Also, if you haven’t taken advantage of the free cleanse starting Monday, you may want to.  Almost 100 have signed up, so I know there are probably more of you out there.  Don’t miss this!  I’m not sure when I will run it again.  Sign up here and be a blessing to someone by sharing the link.

A Parasite Cleanse Saved My Life

9pineappleI have dealt with iron deficiency anemia for years.  Once my iron was so low (hemoglobin of 6, when 12 or higher was the goal) that I was supposed to go for a transfusion.  But instead my holistic diva mama jumped in and nursed me back to health with some high iron liver and onion doses daily for 3 weeks.  Yuck.  But it worked.  However, I stopped eating beef, especially liver, and my iron level started to creep back down.  I have traveled extensively to several countries, have eaten more than my fair share of sushi, and have had pets living in and out of the house.  All of these put me at risk for parasites.  I have never had one doctor even mention this as a possible reason for my chronic iron deficiency, and a host of other embarrassing symptoms that will only be discussed with my cleanse and detox clients.  But after discussing some of these symptoms with a nutrition and wellness colleague, it occurred to both of u that perhaps parasites could be causing me so many problems.

So I did it – I got mad as hell at the thought of something living off of me and giving me nothing but grief in return.  So I removed sweets except for a couple of fruits from my diet, all meat, and starch, and drank the nastiest concoction of herbal teas on the face of the earth – for 2 weeks.  And that’s when it all happened for me.  You may recall a while back when I lost a bunch of weight as a result of going gluten free, but I still had the kangaroo pouch and anemia.  Well that disappeared with the two week cleanse I did with an emphasis on getting rid of the freeloading parasitic bastards.

I will be discussing some of the symptoms nobody wants to talk about in a google hangout this weekend with some detoxing diva friends who have signed up for the chat.  Then we will do a free 14 day parasite cleanse together.  If you’d like to join us, sign up here.  I’m not charging a thing this time for the info I will share with you although I know the value of it, so it certainly won’t hurt to join us.10cayenne

Have you ever done or thought about doing a parasite cleanse?  Do you know the symptoms?  If so, share below.  And I’ll see you at the hangout.

A Mother’s Day Prayer for Those Who Are & Those Who Are Not

candace easterHere is your monthly dose of spiritual wisdom from Min. Crystal L. Cochren of My Faith and Fitness.  Happy Momma’s Day!  Be blessed.

Today is Mother’s Day. For many of us, the second Sunday in May is a source of pain and suffering. Between the run up to Mother’s Day and the 24-hour span that constitutes Mother’s Day, many of us smile through the pain that we endure.

Today, I pray for those of us whose experience with motherhood has not been ideal or happy or joyous. I pray for us who are mothers or not mothers. I pray for us who have been hurt by our relationships with our mothers. I lift us up in prayer today to let you know that you do not have to suffer alone. God hears our cries. God wants us to be healed. God wants us to be whole. Let us cast our cares upon God. God cares for us.

Us As Mothers or Not As Mothers:

Many of us have never wanted nor attempted to have children. We are at peace with that decision. Yet, society looks down upon us and we are treated as less than because we “do not have a family.” In the eyes of the world, clearly, something must be wrong with us. Society does not regard our lives and current relationships as valid because offspring are not a part of the equation. This has been a source of pain. I pray for healing.

Some of us may have attempted to get pregnant on several occasions and through various methods, yet miscarriage met us at every turn. We may feel less than whole because our wombs deny us the opportunity to carry and deliver a living being. I pray for comfort.

Many of us may have given birth or adopted after experiencing a miscarriage. Yet, we still mourn the loss of what could have been. I pray for consolation.

Others of us became pregnant as teenagers. Initially, we may have wanted to terminate the pregnancy. Yet, we did not. Now, we regret our decision to give birth. That regret is a source of guilt. I pray for the elimination of guilt.

Additionally, we may have become pregnant as teenagers and gave the child up for adoption, either voluntarily or involuntarily. We wonder where our children are. We live with an emptiness for what we lost. We exist in a constant state of mourning. I pray for comfort and peace.

A lot of us have adopted children, whether it was a legal adoption or we raised the offspring of our family members or friends. We welcomed these individuals into our homes. Loved them. Raised them. Prayed for them. Yet, they tell us “You are not my mother” and leave our lives without looking back. I pray for healing of our hearts.

Many of us have terminated numerous pregnancies. Now, our bodies refuse to allow a pregnancy to begin. Now, we regret and lament our previous decisions. Those previous decisions are a source of pain. We may think that God is punishing us for those decisions. I pray that we learn to forgive ourselves.serene

Some of our children have been taken from us because of death from illness, death from homicide, death from suicide, incarceration, addiction… We mourn the loss of these relationships. I pray for solace.

Our Relationships with Our Mothers: (This part is for both men and women)

Some of us have or had mothers who did not like us or love us. Their disdain for us was palpable. They did not hide their awful feelings for us. We wanted to have a strong, loving relationship with our mothers. She did not want such a relationship with us. I pray for healing of our hearts.

For others of us, our mothers were teenagers when we were born and our grandmothers or aunts raised us. We never established a loving relationship with our mothers. We mourn the relationship that never developed. If our mothers are still alive, I pray that a mutually affectionate relationship will be formed. If our mothers are no longer alive, I pray for comfort for that lost opportunity.

Many of us were our mother’s favorite child. This status caused strife with our siblings. We may resent our mothers for placing that burden upon us. We may resent the jealousy of our family members. I pray for reconciliation.

For some women, mental illness prevented them from having the capacity to walk in the role of mother. We wanted to establish and maintain a relationship with our mothers, but we could not make any connection, through no fault on our part…or theirs for that matter. I pray for understanding for her incapacity.

Others of us experienced abuse and neglect at the hands of our mothers in the form of abandonment, drug use, molestation and prostitution. Our mothers may have walked away from us when we needed her the most. Our mothers may have been addicted to drugs or alcohol and did not have the capacity to love us. Our mothers may have sold us as prostitutes to feed that addiction. The addiction was too powerful for her to overcome. Our mothers may have molested us or knowingly allowed us to be molested by predators in our lives. I pray for healing of our hearts, minds, bodies and spirits.

I lift up this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus, the lover of our souls. Amen.

As we navigate through another Mother’s Day, I want you to receive consolation, healing and restoration from God. God hears your prayer. God sees your tears. God will relieve your pain, agony and suffering. Be blessed. Remain encouraged.

Hosanna!

Here is your monthly spiritual food from Minister Crystal Cochren.  Enjoy!

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And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.  And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.  And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:  10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest. ~ Mark 11:7-10 (KJV)

Today is Palm Sunday.  Today is the beginning of Holy Week.  Holy Week is Continue reading “Hosanna!” »

Cookbook Giveaway and Review – No Fooling Around

 

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I’m not usually one to participate in April Fool’s Day.  In fact I’m a little perturbed by a whole day dedicated to foolishness. Aintnobodygottimefuhdat.  Anyway, I am not joking when I say that some lucky Diva who joins me for the Detox for a Diva: Spring Cleaning will win this cookbook. Green Smoothies for Every Season was written by the same lady who wrote The Green Smoothie Bible, so you know she knows her stuff. I love that the recipes are broken down by seasonal ingredients, and that she discusses rotating your leafy greens so that you don’t get too many of any one mineral. There’s also very good info on the benefits of green smoothies, so you’re not just drinking something green and making a fool of yourself.  There really are huge benefits. Yeah, Kristine Miles is not fooling around with her health. She has blessed us with this nice little book that I can’t wait to share with some lucky Diva.  Will it be you? The price to join us goes up at midnight so don’t miss out. Join here. As for the book giveaway, the contest ends April 7.

ps – This book was donated to me by the publisher for nothing in return except to let them know when I give it away or do a review.  Ain’t that nice?

Celebrating Women’s History Month with Minister Ginger London

I recently had the honor of speaking with Minister Ginger London of Ginger London Ministries.  What a great time I had chatting with her in celebration of Women’s History Month.  We mainly discussed being a woman entrepreneur, and the importance of taking care of the temple.  This was an awesome sister chat that I was truly blessed to have had the chance to be a part of.  I think maybe I value female connections so much because I grew up as the only girl, with two brothers who would lock their door when they heard me coming. LOL!  Anyway, the audio is here for your to enjoy, and share.

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning

healthy is sexyDid you join the fall Detox for a Diva?  Or did you miss out and want to know when it would come around again?  Well, spring is here, and so is D4D Spring Cleaning – yay!!  I’m ready for a whole new group of divas to join me on April 1.  And actually, a couple of previous participants have already decided to sign up.  I didn’t expect that, but I know I’ll be doing it again so why wouldn’t they?

Detox for a Diva Spring Cleaning will include Continue reading “It’s Time for Spring Cleaning” »

Second Sundays with Crystal: SAY “NO” TO MARCH MADNESS & “YES” TO MARCH STILLNESS

Minister Crystal Cochren of myfaithandfitness.com sends this timely blessing to us. Read on and be blessed.

“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.” ~ Psalm 27:4 (KJV)

​The liturgical season of Lent began on Wednesday, March 5. Lent is a time for reflecting on our individual relationships with God. We should take this time to ask ourselves some important questions. Continue reading “Second Sundays with Crystal: SAY “NO” TO MARCH MADNESS & “YES” TO MARCH STILLNESS” »

Still Living Healthy in 2014?

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As we enter the second quarter of 2014, I wonder how you’re doing with your healthy New Year’s resolutions? Or new habits? Whatever you’ve chosen to call it, how are you doing? So many start the race expecting awesome results. But by the end of the first-quarter most have dropped out. I know that Ash Wednesday this week was helpful in getting some of us back on track. But for those who still need a little help regaining focus, i’ve got a few ideas. Continue reading “Still Living Healthy in 2014?” »