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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Bronzite Stone is a protective and grounding mineral that helps to restore harmony in your life. It strengthens your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially in situations where you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or powerless. Bronzite healing properties help to alleviate any feelings of doubt or indecisiveness. This particular bronzite meaning makes this a very beneficial stone to use when considering plans for the future.

Bronzite stones help you to take responsibility for your actions, while balancing, grounding and stabilizing your energy body in the process. Bronzite healing properties not only repel, but send back the negative energies to the sender. They instill the inner strength and courage to follow through with your actions to pave way for your dreams to come true.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Selenite wand (pictured) is the ideal energy tool for all types of energy cleansing. Everyone needs one in their home. It is one of the the very few minerals that has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant energy and remove negative energy. Place one on each of your windowsills to protect your space and raise its vibration. Selenite crystals also greatly magnify the energy of anything that is placed upon them. Place your tumbled stones on top of them to clear their energy. 💎
Selenite is one of our must-have crystals—it’s one that we both wear each and everyday. It is a mineral that holds a very, very high vibration, working on many different energetic levels to cleanse, purify and clear your body of any negativity or energy blockages. Selenite crystals dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, bringing calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.
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Unknown to many, Selenite also promotes fertility as well as unlocks any creative blocks. It is excellent for healers, light workers and people in the public to wear, as they act as an energetic shield surrounding your aura. Some even believe that its' natural ability to cleanse, purify and create energy flow throughout the entire energy system will help to restructure and regenerate cells. It is often used in holistic medicine treatments for physical healing, including cancer treatment and tumor reduction. 💎
Wearing a selenite necklace also shields and protects you from lower energy frequencies, especially energy vampires, spirits or ghosts. Selenite is a form of liquid light that infuses your aura and spirit with white light when worn or held.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} An Andalusite stone is very powerful for psychic protection, grounding and motivation. Carry it with you when you are feeling anxious, stressed or fearful to help you feel more secure and protected.

Since ancient times, Andalusite stones have been used for protection. They believed that the Andalusite meaning as a sign from God, as it has a very unique, natural black cross within it. Andalusite stones carry a very highly protective vibration, especially for psychic protection. In ancient times, it was used to ward off the evil eye and any negativity directed at them. An Andalusite Stone is a powerful healing stone for focus and grounding, helping to strengthen all of your chakras so that you feel more balanced. It increases your motivation and willpower, so that you are fully focused on your task or goal. The andalusite metaphysical properties include having a deep connection with the Earth. When you hold these stones in your hands, you will feel a spiritually grounding and comforting energy. It helps you to change any negative energy into positive, fostering harmony and peace. Andalusite stones are also wonderful stones to carry when you are feeling fearful, depressed, anxious or stressed, as it helps to relieve stress and leaves you feeling more secure. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Peacock Ore’s (also called Chalcopyrite) rainbow color surrounds you with light to inspire positivity. It is a stone of creativity, innovation and blessings that helps to increase creative energies and stimulate new ideas. Hold it in your hands and say: Negative energy will not enter my space. I am surrounded by light and peace. This will amplify its properties for peace and protection.

Chalcopyrite is a wonderful meditation stone because it breaks up energy blockages to open up the crown chakra. It is also believed to be one of the strongest healing stones in the mineral kingdom, as it has the ability to align every chakra when placed upon it. Using it in body layouts causes a transformative experience that removes negative energy and replaces it with strong, positive energy. Meditating with them on a regular basis increases your intuition and helps you to become more in tune with the universe. It is also said to help us overcome the idea of “perfection,” encouraging us to embrace who we are and accept ourselves. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Tourmaline is one the ultimate protection crystals. If you are looking to clear, cleanse and unlock any energy blockages in your home, place a piece of Black Tourmaline in each of the 4 corners of the room or at the 4 corners of your property. This creates a protective shield of energy to ensure that no negative and harmful energy permeates your space. The human body is constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. When you come in contact with people everyday, you often pick up some of their energy. To maintain a balanced mind, body and spirit, you want to make sure that your energy is 100% your own, so knowing how to remove negative energy from your energy field is key. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} One of the oldest stones on the planet, Shungite is a must-have for any crystal collection. All gemstones have healing qualities, but in the case of this super stone, the unique purifying and cleansing properties of shungite make it unlike any of the other protection crystals. Found only in Russia, shungite has been a source of healing since long before the discovery of fullerenes within the stone. The natural fullerenes within this carbon dense stone have the ability to reduce the concentration of free radicals. That's why we always recommend setting shungite protection properties on your desk, to shield against the free radicals cast off by your tech devices. It's also great to place shungite in a glass of water to create a healing elixir. The high-carbon content within shungite acts as a filter. Modern water filtration systems use active charcoal carbon for the same reason. In Karelia, Russia, where shungite is found, they've been using shungite in their water for centuries! 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Onyx is one of the best crystals for protection because it facilitates better decision making. In connecting with a black onyx protection crystal, you can work to shield your energy from regressing into negative habits or patterns. It's ideal for releasing tension, and guides you to find grounding within. Use black onyx to find stability during times of turmoil in your relationships. The self-confidence this stone imbues you with comes from that sense of balance within. It will encourage you to pursue your dreams without fear. Wear it as protection crystal jewelry and always have a bodyguard to shield your inner spirit from unwanted intrusions. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Energy is your most precious human resource. Your energy makes you, you. Your physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy all contribute to how you feel and show up to your life on a day to day basis. 
Your mind, body and spirit are constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. Even when you do your best to maintain a positive mindset, you are still susceptible to the energies of others and your surroundings. When your co-worker or loved one is stressed, you may pick up that energy and take it on as your own. If you walk into a room where an argument just occurred, your energy field picks up the energetic residue left in the space. This is why it’s of utmost importance to prioritize protecting your energy.

When you feel safe, secure and energized on all levels, you just feel good. You are grounded, calm and able to make better decisions. Your performance at work sky rockets. Your relationships become easier. And your home feels like a safe, harmonious haven.

So what can you do to protect your energy? That’s where crystal energy comes into play. Throughout this week on the @ecobeautyeditor feed, you’ll learn what crystals are best for protection of your space and your energy.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK This week’s @ecobeautyeditor feed will be guest edited by Heather and Timmi from (my all-time favourite) crystal house, @energymuse The women are going to be talking about crystals for energy protection — one of the most overlooked health and wellness subjects on the planet IMO. We are actually first and foremost energetic beings, so it makes complete sense that we would need to put certain protocols in place to protect (and nourish) our energy reserves. If you’re a crystal lover like me, stay tuned to find out what ones Heather and Timmi recommend, and why.
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  • #NATURALMASCARAWEEK Winner of the Green Bible Beauty Award, @lilylolousacanada ’s vegan mascara is formulated with organic botanicals, which work as an anti-bacterial—a super handy fact when it comes to mascara, where bacteria can quickly grow. Expect volumizing and defining, thrown in with a good dose of lengthening. Definitely a natural mascara must-have.

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Super Fasting: The Key to Weight-loss and Longevity

May 16, 2018
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Paleo. Vegan. Vegetarian. Keto. Pegan. Low-carb. Sugar-free. So many diet options, but which one is right—or are they all wrong? Confusion around what to eat, how much and how often is rife, with every diet type seemingly attached to an expert who tells you their way is THE way.

When there are so many dietary gurus touting the latest and best way to eat, yet so many recommendations differ from nutritionist to dietician, how do we really know what our body needs to not only live, but thrive?

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The key may lie with our ancestors and the ancients; people who somehow intuitively knew what made their body feel good and work well. Yet, it’s also to be found in today’s scientific findings—proof in the pudding if you will—of what works, showing up from the inside out.

Healthy fats, wholefoods advocate and bestselling co-author of What the Fat? Dr Caryn Zinn says it’s time to forget what you think you know (that is, what you’ve been told) and get back to basics: eat wholefoods, choose the right fats, minimise carbs (aka breads, pastas etc) and fast regularly.

Super-fasting on Mondays and Tuesdays helps that by allowing you to get closer to, or deeper into a state of nutritional ketosis and a state where your brain is using ketones as fuel and at its peak mental clarity.

While simple in words, there are specifics to incorporating all four, explained in depth in Caryn’s latest book, What the Fast!—a collaboration between Caryn, who is also a New Zealand registered dietician and an Auckland University of Technology professor, the “Fat Professor” Grant Schofield and Michelin-trained chef, Craig Rodger.

Since incorporating these principles into her practice, and in her own life, Caryn has helped her clients achieve success with their overall health, but also weight-loss.

“I work with a lot of women who are either entering, going through or have passed menopause. Achieving success with these people has been very satisfying because by the time they come to see me, they’ve tried it all and are despondent and ready to give up,” Caryn says.

I caught up with the passionate advocate for fats and fasting to get a deeper understanding into her work and to find out why fasting is an integral part of the human diet—if we want to be truly healthy and live a long and happy life.

Congratulations on What the Fast! What are your hopes for the book?

Thank you. Our hopes for the book are that we get a good message to the masses about the health benefits of the combination of eating whole unprocessed foods with intermittent fasting.

People think that fasting is dangerous and that it will result in low energy levels and hunger. The exact opposite is true and we want to communicate the details of how to incorporate fasting into your life in a way that is safe and sustainable and that will help you achieve your health goals, whatever they may be.

When did you have your aha moment around fasting, low carb and healthy fats?

My shift in nutrition approaches to low carb, healthy fat (LCHF) came about around six years ago. At this time, it really threw my professional world into a spin. The possibility that the basis of what I was taught at university about nutrition and everything that I practised with my clients since was incorrect was a scary thought.

Since then, my thoughts and nutrition philosophies around LCHF nutrition have only strengthened as a result of growing evidence and great clinical practice outcomes. As for fasting, it really just arrived on the scene by default. When you eat LCHF, you’re not particularly hungry, and this lends itself to missing a meal here and there, which essentially is a form of intermittent fasting. As far as the formalities around fasting go, around two to three years ago, I started reading the science around fasting, which is very provocative and makes a lot of sense, and that’s when I started implementing it in my practice.

The science still has a way to go, particularly in human studies, but it seems to be going from strength-to-strength.

What changes did you personally experience?

For me, when I changed to LCHF, I didn’t feel a whole lot different because I’m one of those lucky individuals that didn’t have any health issues beforehand. Admittedly I didn’t eat a diet high in junk food, but was certainly a high carb, low fat advocate.

Now, on LCHF, I certainly feel a sense of calm, I eat less often and that freedom of being able to miss a meal and not starve is totally freeing. I enjoy eating when I’m hungry and not eating when I’m not hungry. For me, the fasting is about staving off chronic diseases and its longevity benefits, so I like to do a three-day fast a couple times a year to achieve this and then I fast circumstantially (i.e. miss a meal every now and again based on my circumstances) rather than in a structured way. I feel that works for me.

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Why just fasting on Monday and Tuesday? Are there any benefits to doing additional days?

We’ve come up with our Super-Fasting protocol for a reason. We suggest Monday and Tuesday as this is the start of the week and generally a time when people like “hitting the ground running” so-to-speak with their work, and starting the week off in a productive manner.

Super-fasting on Mondays and Tuesdays helps that by allowing you to get closer to, or deeper into a state of nutritional ketosis (normal natural fat-burning state for your body to be in) and a state where your brain is using ketones as fuel and at its peak mental clarity. This makes the start of the week as productive as possible. Then by eating LCHF food for the rest of the week, this helps to extend that mental clarity and hopefully, productivity, into the rest of the week.

There is no right way as to whether it should only be two days or more days, the key is to work out what works for you and then go with it in a sustainable manner. Some people like fasting more days, some less, depending on their goals, lifestyle and individual tolerances.

Why are men and women different when it comes to how they lose weight?

In my opinion it comes down to hormones and personality.

Females are constantly is a state of cycling hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) which, depending on their stage in the cycle or your age and total amount of hormones you have in your body, can create challenges. These hormone challenges can impact sleep, mood, and cravings, which can then have a flow on effect on fat storage and ability to keep to the plan, so to speak. These issues can and do impact on the weight loss process.

Males are a bit more straight forward in the hormone department as they don’t tend to have such cycles or craving episodes. Also personalities differ. Females tend to be “married” to food a lot more than males, and are constantly looking for variety and are in food-based situations, which creates more of a challenge. When it comes to weight loss, many males can successfully go with a “tell me what to eat and I’ll eat it” strategy, which (generalising) tends to work for many. That’s not to say that they always have success around weight loss, but rather can just be a bit more  straight forward in their outlook.

The spiritual side of fasting may be one that isn’t talked about regularly. Can you talk a little bit about it from your perspective?

The spiritual side of fasting has been around since the beginning of time, literally and is mentioned countless times in the bible for spiritual reasons. Most religions have a period of fasting or a strategy of giving up something which is linked to cleansing not only the body but also the mind (i.e. Ramadan (Muslim), lent (Catholic), Yom Kippur (Jewish).  Even if you’re not religious you only have to fast for a period (at least 24 hours) to realise that not eating can be very spiritual.

What are your thoughts on the “clean eating” movement?

My thoughts on “clean eating” is that it is just a way to describe eating in such a way that advocates eliminating processed food and embraces whole, unprocessed foods, which is great. I think it’s a good thing and if anything it can help spread the message that people want to eat in the most natural way possible, that’s got to be good for health long term. Of course within every type of eating pattern, there are those who go to the extreme end of it. In general, I think it’s a whole lot better to be focussed on clean eating than not be focussed on healthy eating at all.

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Can people experience detox symptoms when they begin the program you recommend? If so, what is typical?

When people start LCHF / Super-fasting (and come off a high carbohydrate diet), it’s not so much detox symptoms they experience but rather the result of altered fluid and electrolytes for the first week. It’s important to increase your salt intake to help prevent this from happening. If you don’t increase your salt you can feel lightheaded or headachey for a bit. Then when you start to add some fasting, it’s not a problem at all, and you shouldn’t feel bad, in fact quite the opposite, you should feel good.

Is the Blood Type Diet one we should factor into our lifestyle?

I’m unaware of any really good science behind this type of diet, but also know that it does work for some people, so if that’s the case then great. I wouldn’t necessarily say that we should factor it into our life, but if it works for some, then it works.

In history, did humans only fast when sick, or was it a way of life?

I would imagine in history people didn’t really have a choice when they fasted and when they ate, as food was not nearly as accessible as it is today. So, it was likely circumstantial. In modern times, we need to prioritise “not eating” as food is cheap and ever-present. Plus, the food industry has convinced us that we need to eat every 2-3 hours for varying reasons. This is simply not true and has been the cause of much of our chronic disease problems.

Anything you would like to add?

Super-fasting is the system that we’ve come up with using science as a base. It works with your biology and not against it. We encourage people to try our Super-fasting framework for a month and then after that work out what works for them and what they want from it long term. We also want to make sure people do it safely, that’s why we’ve written the detailed What The Fast! as a guide.

Find out more about Caryn and What the Fast! at www.carynzinn.co.nz 

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