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This drink could change your life. I don’t say that lightly either. I see it as a little miracle beverage.
Turmeric is a spice that is golden yellow… almost orange in color. It is well researched and known for anti-inflammatory qualities. Many people hear about the benefits of turmeric and ask me about how to use it or put another way, what to put it on.
Sure, we can take a supplement, however turmeric really works best when consumed with a healthy fat and also when used as a raw spice.
If you’ve been reading my blogs or working with me, you’ll see that I’m a big advocate for healing the gut, supporting the liver and boosting immunity. If we are open to the possibility that trying something new, that can impact or improve our general immunity, detoxing ability and gut health, will help us to experience powerful changes within our body for years to come.
I would like to introduce you to “Golden Milk” . It’s something that I drink personally and even share with my young son.
If you are someone who likes that connection and warm, healthy feeling of a good tea… try this out.
It gives some relief for colds, flu’s and coughs.
It helps support your gut best when you take it on an empty stomach either upon waking or before bed.
Turmeric has antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Do you have digestive issues? Pretty much all digestive issues from candida, intestinal parasites to leaky gut or IBS could benefit. Turmeric Milk or Golden Milk is a good place to begin.
For those of you taking part in the 18 Day Love Yourself Naked Cleanse Challenge or looking to support your liver to detox or cleanse, there are so many scientific studies centered around the impact of the curcumin within turmeric to prevent and reverse liver cirrohossis and fatty liver.
I addition to all of that, it tastes delicious, at least in my opinion!
Check out the recipe below.
Golden Milk or Turmeric Tea
- 1-2 cans of coconut milk
- 1/4 cup Ground Turmeric to make Turmeric Paste
- 1/2 cup pure spring water or filtered water
- 2 cups of coconut milk (from the can) – do not use the carton of store bought. (I sometimes mix hemp milk for one of the cups).
- 1 tablespoon of Blackstrap Molasses
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon Raw Honey
Step 1: Make Turmeric Paste
Put ¼ cup of ground turmeric and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat and stir continuously for 7-9 minutes. The mixture should become thick. I add drops of water to the thick mixture until I get the consistency I desire. Then, place the mixture into a glass jar with a lid. It will store in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Step 2: Making the Milk
In a clean sauce pan, I add 2 cups of milk (homemade milk is best or raw milk), 1 tablespoon of black strap molasses, 2 teaspoons of turmeric paste, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of honey (optional). Heat and stir over low to medium heat for 2 minutes. Enjoy!
PS. Do you have more questions on your health, physically, emotionally or spiritually and you want answers.
There are these ‘things’ that live inside of you… they are little warrior fighters that can become big or small depending on what kind of problem they need to solve.
They are so powerful that they can eradicate cancers and bad cells… Your army is the size of between 500-700 depending on your beautiful body and they are exceptional problem solvers. They work quietly, confidently and the average person has no idea that they have these powerhouses inside them working so hard. Well… until you get sick, then they start talking to you by getting inflamed and sore.
These little pea shaped warriors are your lymph nodes.
The right side drainage area for your body helps the right arm and right side of your chest. The left side drainage area impacts the drains for your entire body. The lymphatic system is pretty much half of your immune system, today I want to share with you how important this is.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and unwanted crap… It’s basically a drain.
When we eat too many processed/packaged foods, sugar, alcohol, caffeine (yes, even caffeine) they create constriction and slows up our lymph system. It can do it’s job mostly, but sometimes things get clogged. Just like you drains sometimes do. You know this because you have medical issues, regular sickness, hormonal, immune or energy problems.
It’s important to support our powerful army of lymph, you know?
This is why I have added something brand new to the 18 Day Cleanse Challenge – it’s a quick training on the ways to get your lymphatic system to move and drain while you are doing the cleanse. Food helps a lot, but it only a part of cleansing your lymph. I’ll teach you more in the training, including how to self massage your lymph.
Some people have asked me questions about joining The 18 Day Cleanse Challenge. Maybe you have some questions too or you are on the fence about diving in.
From my experience, I have almost always felt a little twinge of nervousness before a cleanse or doing something that I know will force me to grow and change. This is normal and also an indicator to do it.
I have a page here where I answer all kinds of cleanse questions. Some of the common questions are:
- What if I don’t see results?
- What if this won’t work for me?
- I feel like I’m a hopeless case.
- I’ll be out of town for a portion of this! What happens if I miss some of the program?
- How much time will I need to devote to the program?
- How do i know if this is the best fit for me? What is your refund policy?
- Will I like the food?
- Will I see results?
PS. Reminder that the cleanse registration closes soon for our LIVE group.
Adrenal Fatigue is a major issue and silent battle. Most of us have zero clue that “our issues” are actually because of our taxed adrenals.
If left untreated or ignored it can lead to weight gain, exhaustion, depression, sugar and carb cravings, sickness, thyroid problems, Candida issues, auto immune problems, poor digestion and gut health, strained and stressed relationships, poor sleep and bad eating habits.
When we are so stressed that it becomes our ‘normal’ we unconsciously seek more of it. We may find it how to sit down and relax.
We begin to break down.
How do I know so much about this?
Well beyond my holistic nutrition education, I have been my own best case study.
It’s not a badge of honor to be proud of.
My self care is not some luxury item for rare occasions, it is my most important necessity. And it’s your most important necessity too.
“I have come to believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”
– Audre Lorde
So how do you support and heal your adrenals and put this into practice?
The 18 Day Love Yourself Naked Cleanse Challenge helps kick start and support the 6 ways you need to focus on to rebuild your adrenal glands. They are:
I was recently interviewed by Heather Chauvin from the Mom’s In Control Podcast. She definitely targets mom’s and parents with her message, however if you have a interest in topics about feeding your feelings with food, sugar addiction, parenting, depression, anxiety and more… you’ll like this. We had a blast together and I loved this interview. I hope you do too.
In this episode, we talk about…
* The true addiction of sugar.
* How food and mood are connected.
* How to start eliminating your sugar intake.
If you like it, take a few minutes to check out Heather’s other podcasts and leave her some love on ITunes. She has some great topics that help so many!
I want to share a bit of my personal story and the pilgrimage of learning authenticity. I hope it inspires you to live more authentic in your life. Living authentically has inspired me to change my last name for my business. My new name is Renee Jayne. Renee Heigel no longer felt real for me.
If you want to know the why behind it all, keep reading.
My purpose here is to guide people to their own empowerment and truth of who they deserve to be. Authenticity is an important part of that empowerment and truth. So if you are someone who has areas of your life where you do not feel real or where your energy is draining, I hope this helps you today.
Authenticity teaches us to recognize and trust our feelings, all of them. The ups, downs and ugly cries in between. Being authentic shows you how to act in a way that is consistent with your values.
It’s about being real. You know, as a opposed to fake. I have lived both ways in my life and each were learned behaviors. If we can learn it, we can unlearn it.
This blog isn’t about how to learn how to understand your language of emotions, that is the work I do with my clients and it is way more than I can share here.
So where do we begin?
We can start with giving ourselves permission to feel and be uncomfortable. We can choose to become more authentic and real in our relationships. The first step is awareness to where you are being inauthentic.
The real and authentic self is cultivated from being exposed to life’s tough and happy moments. When I learned I would become a mother in 2008, I was having a tough time in my relationship and I knew that I wanted to learn to be more emotionally connected, honest and real in my life.
Someone I was close to asked me the question, “Renee, are you happy?” Here I was, newly pregnant and enjoying it but when I answered her question, out of my mouth came these words, “No, I’m not happy.” I was shocked by my own answer. I was so used to hiding, putting a smile on my face, saying my affirmations and unconsciously disguising my true feelings, that I was surprised by my own truth.
It felt good to share so honestly.
I got to thinking, when did I stop being honest with my true feelings? When did I start hiding? And why did I think I had to?
The paradox of “happy” is that none of us are happy all the time. Nor would we want to be. I think our culture misleads us with this idea, especially in the United States.
When we have darker moments, they make room for the brighter ones to shine so much more.
I used to work for this company that often said the slogan, “we’re liv’n the dream”. I bought into that idea with every dollar I had in the bank and what it meant for me was that when things weren’t going well, I wasn’t worthy, good or important. I bought into this fairytale of life where everything had to be perfect or the dream was dead. When I wrote in my journal, at the time, it was in affirmations, dreams and goals. What was missing was the real, low down dirty truth of how I was feeling.
The reality is that life is hard at times. It throws us challenges. Most of my life has been filled with uphill climbs and massive lessons that I’ve had to grow from.
I made a decision that I was going to be vulnerable with myself and open up. I would be honest with myself about all the feelings and emotions. I would start in my journal and would write about reality. I wanted more of this authenticity stuff and I knew I had to feel to get there.
Renee is the name my father chose for me. He named me after the song, “Walk Away Renee”. Written for the band the Left Banke in 1966 and it later became a hit with the Four Tops. I always liked this name and the song. I’m grateful he chose it for me.
Renee also means “rebirth”. It’s not just the meaning I like, I believe rebirth is possible for everyone and everything. Humans are always changing.
Jane, my middle name, is my mothers first name and she gave this to me. My mother gave me the gift of life. She has taught me about human nature. Our relationship has inspired me to learn deeply about the language of emotions. The meaning of Jane is, “God is gracious”.
When I came into this world, I started out as Renee Jane Bauer. By age 5 or 6, my quiet demeanor was identified as “shy” by adults. I spent hours most days, at a table, drawing pictures, creating and building. Completely content being alone, I didn’t feel shy on the inside, I had a powerful voice and ideas in there that I could hear. Then my parents were getting a divorce and the feelings happened. Then the walls formed around me and I used my play time as a way to numb what I didn’t understand how to feel.
I believe many of us do this as children. Some trauma occurs and we stop feeling. We aren’t taught how.
As a child, I learned coping skills to shut down my feelings. Many of us learned these tools… because living a fairy tale seems easier than facing challenge, at the time. Parents don’t always want to discuss hard things with kids because they want to protect them. Just think about it, based on your culture, upbringing or family values, you likely have all kinds of ways you’ve been taught about feeling emotions. We are taught to stop feeling emotions or we are taught to hide them, cover them up or keep them in camouflage so we can manage in the world. We were taught that emotions are for “sissy’s” and make us weak.
Years later, I would abuse food, sugar, smoking, relationships and work to help me numb the range of emotions and feelings I had going on daily.
I believe authenticity is rooted in a language of emotions and feelings. You start to learn to trust that these will guide and take care of you.
We all have an inner genius hidden within our feelings and emotions because it is our native language. The problem is that for so many of us, including myself, we didn’t know this language existed or how to use it.
The best way to pilot our way in this world is through being honest about our emotions. The alternative, at least for me, was a belief that unless I was joyful or happy something was wrong with me and I needed to be fixed.
But we aren’t broken! We don’t need to be fixed.
As I grew into a young woman, I allowed my need to “be liked” to be stronger than my truth. I started to seek acceptance and approval from others outside of myself.
Deep down, I thought I was broken. I believed that I needed to be perfect to be accepted and loved.
I bought into the cultural ideas that “crying is for the weak”, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”, “I don’t have anything to be angry about” and “I should just be happy”.
The tough girl persona emerged. I was the girl who didn’t cry in movies or have time for all that feeling stuff. I didn’t understand that being unhappy, angry, confused or sad were normal feelings so I shamed myself for them.
As a teenager, I learned to stopped honoring my creativity and intellect. I began to distrust my instincts.
I ended up attracting a job and a new relationship soon after. This environment matched up with my current reality where I lacked of confidence and had a desire to belong. I was so gullible back then.
The new job and soon the new relationship seemed exciting. There were new friends who had goals. Looking back, it gave me a sense of security and meaning while also giving me a way to numb out the uncomfortable feelings I was having at that time.
This created a real disconnection with my real needs.
Self-deception is the worst kind of deception because it is how we end up on a path in life that doesn’t feel authentic and real to who we are.
Now I was hiding behind my workaholism and a new man. I ended up getting married four years later.
I took his name. Further losing my identity and never once trusting the initial feelings I had to keep my own sense of self and name. I owned that new name for 9 years and another 4 after divorce. As a devoted mother and private person, I won’t share much about the dissolution of my marriage, the divorce and years that followed with exception to this:
It was the most challenging growth experience I have had to date and now that I’m on the other side, the most powerful. I learned to leave my victim identity behind and reconnect to my mission, intuition and Self. My emotions became my best teachers. I rediscovered my self esteem. I have no regrets for my son or for myself.
Manny is kind hearted, funny, tender and deep. It is important that he grows up experiencing the best version of his mother as my most empowered, empathic self. Teaching him to use his voice and how to discern and empathize in this world requires me to continue growing in my authenticity too.
During this time, my business, Love Yourself Naked®, was also birthed… I learned lessons in vulnerability, addiction, trust and honesty. Nakedness meant living in reality. I had no other choice but to live so I could speak my truth and evolve authentically. I built this entire Love Yourself Naked® business through advocacy for health: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.
For the past couple of years, my last name has stirred up thoughts and a range of emotions that I allowed myself to process and feel.
I kept Heigel as my last name post divorce for 2 reasons. First, it was the name I build my entire business around. I had spent 7+ years putting my blood, sweat and tears into creating this coaching practice, programs and online identity with a purpose to help people get healthy. I have been known as “Renee Heigel” for so long that there are a lot of people who actually think Heigel is my maiden name. Second, my son’s last name is Heigel too. It’s been important to me that we have matching names, until now.
I’ve asked for advice from people I trust and I meditated on it. I’ve heard answers from people, usually stemming from the fear of change that I was projecting outward. They mentioned my “personal brand in business” or “my credibility” or “all my work would be lost” or “my online identity” won’t match anymore.
These were valid points. I had a decision to make: Stay with the name that I have outgrown or rename and cast aside the 7+ years of a business identity I worked hard to build.
I chose the latter.
Now that I have evolved and stripped myself naked of so many of the identities that I once carried, I know that my safety, creativity and freedom manifests from within my ability to feel it all.
This value of learning my emotional language means knowing myself so well that I don’t need others to make me feel important or validated.
This I know to be true: People know me because of my reputation and for how I make them feel when I show up in life.
It’s also important that I identify with a surname, something that is distinctive to who I am in the world now.
I chose to use “Jayne” as my last name. It’s a combination of my middle name and I’ve added the “Y” so it’s fully mine. There is more symbolism here that I will keep to myself.
An Urban Dictionary favorite:
“Jaynes are usually wildly intelligent and crafty. Likely to take over the world using robot ninja powers and cunning. I am Jayne, ruler of the universe”
In all seriousness and in celebration, I would like to re-introduce myself to you.
My name is Renee Jayne. (It feels super weird to say at first for me too… maybe we can get used to it together and take our time with it? What do you say?)
My mission has not changed, in fact, it’s gotten stronger.
New name, new programs.
I guide people to their own empowerment and truth of who they deserve to be. I am an ambassador of health: mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. I am a teacher and student of exquisite self love and care. A superhero: here to help save the planet from abuse.
PS. This is where I would love to hear from you. What is your experience with living authentically in your life? Share in the comments below. I love hearing from you.
Mike from our community posted something within our community forum (thank you Mike). I shared it on social media and it’s caused some conversation and reactions. I want to include you in on the conversation and give you a heads up about a free online workshop I created.
This should be illegal to market to children, what do you think? By the way 93 grams of sugar is equal to 19 teaspoons of sugar.
Notice I said “illegal to market”, not illegal to sell. Freedom to sell things is important, even if I don’t happen to like it. (wink)
- Do people know how much sugar impacts brain health, hormones and the body’s ability to gain or lose weight?
- Do children know how they are being marketed to with products that can hurt their development and brain health?
- Do parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and caregivers know how both they are their loved ones are being targeted by marketing companies?
- Do people realize how much the constant marketing of sugar, driven by the subsidies that we give our agricultural industry for corn, soy and refined sugar, are psychologically impacting them, their family and children?
- Do you know about the fact that sugar hides inside 74% of our packaged foods and this makes it challenging for people to stop eating so much sugar, even though they may want to.
PS. Remember, seats are limited for the online workshop, whether you’ll be with us LIVE or desire the recording make sure you register here.
During the 7 Day Sugar Challenge that I host for free, many people fill out surveys through out it that I get to read. I read every single word from every single person. I have read hundreds of forms in the past week!
I look for the message often between the writing… the story being told that isn’t fully being said. That story is one of “shame” and “guilt” for not always being our word with ourselves when it comes to habits, food, working out and more.
Many people are not doing what they say they are going to do and then they shame themselves for it. We have lost trust with ourselves, in many of the cases anyway.
The antithesis of shame and lack of trust is communication. You must find a place to share yourself and communicate… a trusted friend or trusted journal or our trusted FB forum. Find a way to communicate your real voice, the one that isn’t always easy to share.
If you are concerned how to keep up winning at the sugar game, then join in on my free online workshop: The 4 Types of Sugar Addiction: How To Control Your Relationship With Food, Create Long Term Harmony and Become Truly Happy On The Inside
If you are in the trenches with cravings and feeling like sugar has control over you, then click here to join my Free 7 Day Sugar Challenge.
It all started way back with me eating boxes of chocolate. Imagine me in the episode of I Love Lucy, where her an Ethel eat all the chocolates, it’s hilarious. (I posted the video below if you haven’t see it)
Later, when I finally thought I had gained control over eating so much sugar years ago, I was just finishing up nutrition school. It was 2010 and I was eating all of these healthy things… I was so proud of myself.
Then slowly I began to feel more cravings for sweets again… they crept back because of the “healthy” food I was eating. “Healthy” gets quotes because the protein bars I loved were filled with sugar – as much as 2 donuts worth – and also marketed as “natural” and “organic”. The yogurt I used to eat was touted as healthy but had more sugar than a can of Coke. The new gluten free crackers I found had 7 grams of sugar in them. The bread I enjoyed with my healthy almond butter, I realized had sugar. The delicious salad options I chose at restaurants had salad dressing that was full of sugar.
There are so many people who say, “I don’t have a problem with sugar. I don’t eat cookies and cakes” and what they may not realize is that 74% of packaged foods are full of sugar. People who don’t think they are impacted by the inflammation, hormone impacting and immune system lowering SUGAR actually are impacted… they are just temporary victims of the labels they aren’t reading. Awareness is the first step.
I decided that I wanted to create something for the people I love to give them a peak into living without sugar for 7 days. It changed my life and I needed to be able to share that. So I created this free 7 day sugar challenge to guide people. I offer to everyone now – think of it as my gift to you.
PS. Here is Lucy and Ethel and their chocolates. Enjoy
I was 17. There was a old, yellow, 70’s looking fridge in our garage; it had a 2 liter of coca-cola sitting right inside the door… That bottle was just sitting there, waiting for me to return home from class. It was on my mind while I listened to the professor speak. I was in my first year of college.
As I drove home in my 1990 gray Jeep Cherokee, I would eat an entire container of orange Tic Tacs that I picked up from Costco in bulk earlier that week and think about drinking in a tall glass of my Coke when I got home. It was my special treat. This all felt very normalized and yet somewhat secretive… maybe even sacred.
During this time, I had yeast infections (just being honest), stomach issues and daily allergies that involved me taking regular antibiotics and allergy meds. I popped allergy meds almost every day like they were another container of Tic Tacs. I was constantly sick with a cold. I was in a codependent relationship with a boy, he was charming, wonderful and an addict, at the time. It all felt unhealthy and yet somehow safe. I was a committed Marlboro Lights cigarette smoker and also addicted. My addictions were different than his. I liked cigarettes, refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
I had no idea the harm I was inflicting on my body at this time. I remember one day, when I came home, The Coca Cola was gone. My father had taken it I guess, it just wasn’t in the fridge, like normal. I remember this day vividly. When I asked, he shared that I had been drinking too much and I needed to stop. I was so livid with him! I knew he was right though. My grandmother came over later that week and shared with me that Coca Cola would “take the rust off the cars”. She barked at me, “imagine what it’s doing to your insides and you drink so much! You need to stop it!” I heard her, but I didn’t want to believe her. I closed my mind to the ideas she shared.
If you are someone who drinks too much Diet Soda or regular “pop” or soda. You need to stop it too. And yet, you already know this, I don’t need to tell you that drinking soda accounts for 184,000 deaths each year (source: Science Daily). Or that artificial sweeteners alter your gut microbiome making your very susceptible to disease. On some level you know this to be true, right?
Let me show you how to do this: The 7 Day Sugar Challenge begins soon.