What does freedom mean for you?

Memorial Day is a day I don’t take lightly, definitely don’t take for granted. I wouldn’t have the freedom to write this if it were not for those that served our country.memorial-day-872469_640

While this day is an extra day off from work, a day of sales and BBQs, it’s really a sacred day to reflect on all we are blessed with.

I was raised to honor Veterans, those that have served. My Uncle Bud stands out the most in my mind. He was a proud Veteran and that pride transferred through the generations in our family.

Family parties were held at the VFW post, even my first ‘surprise’ baby shower. And no family party ever ended without Uncle Bud belting out “God Bless America”. He sang it with all the pride and love in his heart for our country. Uncle Bud has passed, but I still get choked up when I hear that song like he’s standing beside me singing along.

It wasn’t like he sat me down and explained why it was important to honor veterans or love our country, it was just something you learned from being around him. It was just who he was that made you ‘get it’. My Uncle Bud lived his message and he honored his freedom.

So I can’t help but see America as the land of opportunity. Yes, we have problems, we have challenges, but where else in the world can you do all the things you can freely do in America?

The gratitude I feel in my heart on a day like today is immense. Women in other countries are repressed, banned from education and their own safety. They are even deprived of something as simple as driving a car.

In America I have been granted the right to fulfill my heart’s desires, pursue my biggest dreams and even run my own business – and I don’t need anyone’s permission to do it. The soldier’s that have served gave me permission.

The concept of freedom means different things to different people.

What does freedom mean for you?

Even with all this freedom, many people are living their life feeling trapped, stuck and unhappy. They don’t feel free and yet as I just mentioned we are free to do just about anything we choose.

That seems so sad to me, such a waste of an incredible gift.

Too many people are living their life feeling the opposite of freedom – inside.

They feel emotionally repressed, a slave to their negative thoughts, feelings of “can’t” and “not possible for me” and as a result their hopes and dreams fall away. They stay a prisoner of their circumstances.

One of the comments I hear most often during initial assessments is “I just want to be free”.

Let me say it again, you are free to do just about anything you choose.

Whether that be write a book, start a business, sell your artwork, teach classes on something you’re passionate about – the possibilities are endless.

What have YOU always dreamed of doing?

What’s stopping you from doing it?

Today I pay special tribute to the fallen soldiers that guaranteed my freedom and to my Uncle Bud for all he taught me just by being the person he was. I will never forget. It’s no wonder I’m so passionate about helping others find their freedom.

As you honor those that have served, ask yourself…

What is freedom for me?

Am I honoring the freedom I’ve been given to the fullest?

Am I pursuing the dreams I was granted permission to pursue?

Don’t let your freedom go to waste.

Ready for more? Schedule a Personal Intuition Assessment to talk about your big dreams, your right to pursue them and what you feel is keeping you from your personal freedom.

Feel like crap? Sick of it?

I get it. I’ve been there.

How do you feel when I say ‘gut health’? Do you long for it? Wonder what it’s like? Is it something you have lived without for so long you have just accepted that your gut ‘is what it is’?

You are not alone if you answered yes to any of those questions. Too many people have settled on the thought that feeling like crap is the new norm.

Do you joke about your symptoms of brain fog, bloating, cramping, indigestion, constipation, fatigue, headaches….?? Have you just taken ownership of your symptoms with a sense of ‘there’s nothing I can do about it’?

I’m here to challenge that belief. I mean seriously, to hell with that. What if I told you that you don’t have to live like that? Would you want to know more?

I’m sharing something with you because I had my own share of symptoms – for most of my life (and I just turned 46) and now I don’t, first time ever. I found a solution. And I can’t keep it to myself. I must share this information with you.

So when I say gut health I mean what health? I had leaky gut syndrome, bloating, and other issues you don’t want to hear the details on – but it has to do with pooping. Yes, I put it out there…I said pooping. Big deal, everyone does it.

No, wait…what I should say is everyone is supposed to do it, but the sad truth is not everyone does. The more I talk to people the more I realize very few people actually have a healthy gut.

But it’s more than that.

It’s about living in a toxic world and it’s taking a toll on our overall health and wellbeing. The culprits…sugar and flour causing diseases like heart disease, many cancers, dementia, even depression and acne. Sugar and flour raise blood sugar and are the biggest causes of liver damage in America.

According to research nearly 70% of adults and 40% of kids are overweight. One in two Americans has pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. And 90 percent who have this condition have no clue.

Much of most Americans diets are hyper-processed, hyper-addictive and factory-made and it not only makes us fat, it makes us sick in hundreds of ways. And most of us need a detox.

Detox to dream bigIn addition, I have found people who ignore their intuition, due to self-doubt, overwhelm, excessive stress and distractions typically have poor gut health. All of which add up to snuffing out your dream potential.

Why? Because most people in today’s world are living in constant overwhelm, struggling to handle their life. Overcommitted calendars, ipads, cell phones, laptops, boob tube time, negativity and the relentless pressure they feel inside from all of it creates constant distraction within and the result is not healthy.

All of these constant ‘distractions’ create toxic conditions and dis-ease within the body.  Sure there are other toxins and contributors but chronic stress, negative thoughts and emotions play a major role – and your gut pays the price. (so do your dreams)

If I could make one impression upon you, it’s that your gut, your ‘second brain’ is truly one of the best tools you have. (check out my blog “Is your intuition blocked?” for more on that) In my work I have found the more someone ignores their ‘gut feeling’ or doubts their ‘inner knowing’, the more likely they are to develop physical issues with their gut.

So imagine my excitement when I found something that helps you detox from sugar and flour and more importantly heals your gut! I do this very detox myself because it works.

Detoxes are a hot topic these days. There are tons to pick from and many that I’m sure are great. However, not all detoxes are created equal!

When looking for the right fit for myself and ultimately for my practice, I chose the one designed by Dr. Mark Hyman, an NYC doctor who specializes in nutrition. In addition, this detox adds the benefits of supplements that help heal the gut and address candida, gives the support of a health-minded community and tools to develop a positive mindset.

During the detox you eliminate foods, drinks, and habits associated with spiking blood sugar, stopping cravings and giving your body the peace it needs to reboot and recover. You also eliminate distractions, negative thoughts and draining activities that are creating toxicity in your daily life.

Imagine the time, energy and space you will create in your life when you eliminate cravings, poor gut health and negative thinking?? Wow – what would you do with all that time, energy and space?

This is about going back to the basics, giving your life a make-over from the inside-out and with it by adjusting your mindset and your diet. As a result, your intuitive connection is renewed.

And yes, you are allowed to eat – real food.

Here are the aspects of the Blood Sugar Solution that impressed me better than most out there:

You are allowed to eat, in fact, you can eat a ton! Three meals a day, with snacks in between. We share great recipes you can cook with ease that heal your body, food you can feel proud to eat.

When my gut wasn’t healthy, eating more food was the last thing I wanted to do. Now that I’ve restored my gut, I love to cook and eat 3 meals each day. I have more energy and stamina than I had before. I’ve also trimmed my waist down 6 inches since starting.

During the 10 days you will eliminate all grains, sugar, natural sweets, starches, beans and legumes. The reason? Starches, sugars, and carb-heavy foods tend to cause spikes in blood sugar, which cause cravings and energy crashes later on. No fun there.

Plus, beans and legumes can be pretty rough on the digestive system, and the only way to know exactly what triggers stomach and digestion issues is to get rid of all the factors, and reintroduce them slowly later.

You may be thinking ‘impossible’, “I can’t eliminate all those foods”. But once you have a few days without feeling crappy and you’re not starving, seeing the rest of the program through will be simple simon!

So, are you in? The next detox starts May 31, 2016!

With the detox you’ll be invited to join our private Facebook group for support and daily encouragement, recipes and you’ll have me to support you throughout your 10 day journey as well. I’ll be sending uplifting messages and fun, daily challenges right to your inbox to help you boost your energy and decrease your stress.

Let me add another goodie, there is no charge for the detox program. You are responsible for your own food costs and recommended supplements, but the outline of the program is for you to enjoy.

I mentioned supplements – real food is the first and best supplement you can consume for the vitamins and minerals you need. I encourage adding Plexus BioCleanse and ProBio5 as a minimum for additional healing and rebuilding.

If you would like to join our detox, fill in your information below. You’ll receive the outline of the program and daily support to get the most out of your detox experience.

If you have additional questions, email me Nicole@bigdreamawakening.com for a free consultation.