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Shalene Kritzinger

Think of the times when you've acted courageously in your life – in speaking your truth, in giving your heart away, in trusting someone fully, in honestly looking at yourself and changing what no longer serves you! Having faith that things are exactly the way they should be. All that takes courage. You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous. You cannot be loving if you are not courageous. You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous. You cannot enter into reality if you are not courageous. Hence courage comes first… and everything else follows. —Osho

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September 2014

The silent powerhouse

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We don’ often spare a thought for our body’s very own powerhouse – the liver.  One of the most important organs in the human body, responsible for a multitude of vital functions.  The liver is tied to most bodily functions as it is responsible for the filtration of ALL incoming fluids and foods.

Some of the functions the liver plays a role in:

  • metabolism
  • digestion
  • storing vitamins and minerals
  • filtering the blood – removing toxins
  • breaks down and eliminates excess hormones including thyroid hormones
  • manages blood sugar levels

Imbalances in the liver often go unnoticed due to the fact that it can result in any many different kinds of problems, not directly related to the liver.

Symptoms of an imbalance could be:

  • excessive weight gain or inability to lose weight
  • intolerance to HRT
  • aggravation of menopausal symptoms and pms
  • allergies and food sensitivities
  • high cholesterol
  • gallbladder disease and intolerance to fatty foods and alcohol
  • acne
  • bad breath
  • Irritable Bowl syndrome, digestive problems
  • overburdened immune system and auto-immune diseases
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • recurrent viral, bacterial, parasitic infections

You can see why it’s important to maintain a healthy, happy liver.  You can do this by maintaining a liver-friendly diet consisting of (amongst others):

  • raw fruits, raw and lightly cooked vegetables
  • Nuts – brazil, almond, walnuts
  • legumes and sprouts
  • wholegrains
  • chicken and eggs (remember to get free-range)
  • garlic
  • seafood (omega 3 and healthy fats)
  • water

Avoid:

  • fast food
  • alcohol
  • salt
  • artificial sweeteners
  • monosodium glutamate (MSG)

The good news is that the liver the capacity to regenerate itself and it’s not too late to turn things around.

Keep your liver healthy and help it to look after you and keep your body functioning at 100%.

Love your liver today!

 

 

How do you let go?

How do you let go in love?

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There is such beauty in surrender, I’ve taken my whole life to realise this. It’s not something that you can theorise about, or analyse, or conceptualise or fool yourself into believing you have. It happens when it happens. When you allow it to.

Letting go is not giving up, it’s not throwing away, it doesn’t even mean not caring.  Letting go means leaving things as they are, letting it be, not attaching your desire to the outcome of a situation.

So armed with this knowledge, how do you actually do it?

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How do you watch a loved one slowly and methodically drink themselves to death? How do you not try to do everything in your power to stop this from happening? How do you control this monster?  How do you not throw out the alcohol in the fridge?  How do you get through to a person who just won’t listen to reason? How do you continue to live knowing someone you love is slowly killing themselves?

Do you turn a blind eye? Ignore it?  Separate yourselves by distance? Cut them completely out of your life because it hurts too much? Or do you invite them in, telling yourself that you can help them.  Pretend you didn’t seem them hiding the bottle in the bathroom, pretend you didn’t hear it in the plastic bag by their feet.

Do you book them into rehabilitation?  How many times? Once, twice, three…or four?  How do you deal with the hope that this time it will be better? You tell yourself that this time is different, he’ll see what he is doing now. He will come around.  And then…It goes well for a month, or two, or three and then…you find a bottle hidden at the back of your own cupboard… How do you deal with that excruciating pain of disappointment? How do you deal with life knowing that the bottom is always going to fall out?

How do you listen to the wretching all night and convince yourself it’s a stomach bug – so that you feel better?  How do you see their flailing body, look into their eyes and hear them beg you to please buy them some Vodka, because that will make it stop?  How do you carry on going when the straw breaks the camels back?

How do you…?

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I learned the hard way.

I know how.  You let go.  You don’t scream and shout and tell them you hate them. You just let go. You don’t tell yourself you don’t care, storm off into another room and pretend it doesn’t bother you.  You just let go.  You don’t sit and wish things were different.  You just let go. You just let go.  It just happens.

In that moment, peace descends all around and everything becomes crystal clear.  There is nothing more you can do.  There was nothing you could ever have done. There is nothing more to do. You surrender to what is, and it’s beautiful.  Life is unfolding exactly the way it should.

On that day that this happened to me – my heart broke.  It broke into pieces, but I was at peace for the first time in my life.  I recall looking him when, like the missing piece to a puzzle I was looking for, everything just clicked into place.  I walked away from him, who could hardly get out of bed.  I sat down in the living room. I wasn’t angry and raging at him, I was sitting quite calmly.  A sense of peace descended upon me that I’d never felt before.

“there’s nothing I can do”… and I knew it deep in my heart, and I was ok with that.

I was prompted to pull a book out of the bookshelf – The Language of Letting go by Melody Beattie.  I turned to my birthdate and read what was written there.  It was is though it was written for me in that moment in time.

“Detaching in Love Detachment is a key to recovery from co-dependency. It strengthens our healthy relationships – the ones that we want to grow and flourish. It benefits our difficult relationships – the ones that are teaching us to cope. It helps us!
 Detachment is not something we do once. It’s a daily behavior in recovery. We learn it when were beginning our recovery from co-dependency and adult children issues. And we continue to practice it along the way as we grow and change, and as our relationships grow and change.
We learn to let go of people we love, people we like, and those we don’t particularly care for. We separate ourselves, and our process, from others and their process.
We relinquish our tight hold and our need to control in our relationships. We take responsibility for ourselves; we allow others to do the same. We detach with the understanding that life is unfolding exactly as it needs to, for others and ourselves. The way life unfolds is good, even when it hurts. And ultimately, we can benefit from even the most difficult situations. We do this with the understanding that a Power greater than ourselves is in charge, and all is well.
Today, I will apply the concept of detachment, to the best of my ability, in my relationships. If I can’t let go completely, I’ll try to hang on loose.”

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I had finally let go, and I was at peace.

 

This is a post from my previous blog posted in October 2012.

Weight vs cm loss

As part of my kinesiology practice (ok not a practice as much as a hobby right now), I help people with weight loss.  This consists of first doing physical syndrome testing to make sure there are no underlying physical problems that could hamper the weight loss.   If syndromes are found, I recommend supplements to be taken.

It is very important to identify sub-clinical syndromes that would directly affect the weight loss, such as:

1.  Slow Thyroid

2.Insulin resistance

3. Excess of cortisol hormone from stress

It is also important to identify any limiting beliefs that may exist around weight loss.  We identify these beliefs and clear them in the session. (Belief such as “I cannot reach my ideal weight”).

The weight loss protocol I use is homeopathic HCG drops and supplements together with the Dr Simeons VLC diet.

People have reported astounding weight losses on this diet and I’m currently assisting my first client with the process.

26 days in to the 40 day phase of the diet and my client is not losing as much weight as she did in the beginning.  We are stuck at 60kg, somedays she records just under, and other days just over 60kg.  This is quite demoralising for her.  There is a big however though – even though the weight is not coming down, she is losing massive amounts of cm.  During the last week of the weight not budging much, she lost a total of 12,5 cm – which I think is not bad at all!

What could be contributing to the weight not dropping off?

She is working out 3 times a week, so perhaps the fat is being converted to muscle.

In the first round we picked up an imbalance in the liver.  When I tested her after nearly a month on the supplements, I still picked up a problem.  I increased the dosage for the supplements and will continue to monitor.  I have done some research on the liver and fat burning – and it’s one of the main organs involved in fat burning.  Hence, it makes sense if the liver is not functioning at 100% then it’s probably impacting on the body’s fat burning capability.

She has lost 6.6kg to date and a whopping 62cm in total, which, in the grander scheme of things, is quite fabulous.  She feels a bit disappointed as the promise of 12kg in 40 days does not look like it’s going to happen for her, however, she says she is feeling much better than she was a month ago and she’s looking fantastic.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the next 10 days brings for her – I’m hoping for at least another 2kg.

🙂

Every day courage

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Courage can mean many things.

I believe we are each challenged with unique opportunities to express our courage.  This comes easier for some than others,  while some people never give it a second thought. As many times as I have displayed courage in my life, there are many more that I haven’t.  There are times when I had to work so hard to display courage I wondered if it was even worth it.  There were many times that I decided it wasn’t worth it. The problem is that after deciding so many times that it’s not worth it, eventually, it’s not even a question anymore, it becomes a habit and you lose your ‘courage muscle’.  And you have to work to get it back, if you even realise it’s missing.

I have to work on my ‘courage muscle’, virtually every day.

Courage could be asking your best friend’s mother to read to you, as a little girl, from Enid Blyton’s – The Faraway Tree, because the only way you can imagine sleeping right now is if Moonface and Mr Saucepan were to entertain you with their antics.  It could be asking another friend’s mother to take you home in the middle of the night and of a sleep over because you are missing your mom so badly you cannot sleep. Courage could be telling your high school crush that this isn’t what you are here to do – after following him away from everyone at the party down to the public swimming pool with him expecting something more than sweet sixteen kisses.  And feeling the sharp pain of the rejection as he turns and walks away asking “why did you come with in the first place”. And not calling him back. Sitting with the thoughts that his date probably “put out” and that’s why she was on his arm…and you’ll probably never quite be part of the ‘in crowd’.

Courage could be unlocking your own “Pandora’s box” of feelings that you’ve kept under lock and key for the longest time because you know something is pounding to come out.  You know that which will come out is going to hurl life as you know it upside down,  that it has become larger than you and that eventually there will be no stopping it.  It’s knowing that you need to end a 10 year relationship, 3 of those married and you have no idea how you are going to live through breaking someone’s heart. Might it be easier to walk in front of a bus, than have to take a stand?  You will your heart to feel differently, and it works for a while, but the truth wants to ooze it’s way out of the wounds you try so hard to hide.   You realise you have to be the one with the balls to call it a day.  You have to be the one to walk away. For your safety as much as your sanity.

Courage could be setting boundaries with an alcoholic parent and sticking to them no matter how much your heart breaks.  To see the truth and to grieve the loss of what could have been. It could be in letting go of the need to control them and their drinking.  It could be accepting this about the person and still loving them for who they are, dropping the judgement, looking into their eyes and seeing their soul.

It could be laying your cards on the table, asking for what you want and being prepared to walk away if it’s not what you need. It’s being vulnerable and open and if the other person doesn’t see that then he doesn’t deserve you. It’s putting that out there, no matter what happens. And when this person embraces you and what you’ve laid out on the table, it takes more courage to believe that you deserve to get what you have asked for.

It could be accepting the pure fear and anxiety that accompanies you when driving on the highways, and allowing it to be.

It could be accepting that you are not ashamed to have a different world view, and your beliefs (or lack thereof) do not make you a bad person and you have nothing to hide.

It could be leaving an unfulfilling job in search of something that will feed your soul. It takes courage to go against the flow.  When you know in your heart something isn’t right, to stand up and speak your truth, without judgement, without fear but with courage.

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  We all get opportunities to display our courage, in so many different ways.

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