Endorsement from Dr. Christine!

PastedGraphic-8“This is ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ for the rest of us. Don’t just read this book. DO this book.    

In Journey to Joy, Christalee figures out what too many of us never really understand: that happiness isn’t “out there”, that joy isn’t a thing that you go find somewhere, that it’s not behind the next promotion, the bigger house, the smaller butt.  It’s something we create ourselves, with the thoughts we choose to think and the actions we choose to take.  

Maybe you’ve already read a lot of self-help books but nothing has changed.  That’s why I say don’t just read this book.  DO this book!  Create your own Journey to Joy using her blueprint.  Write your own list and spend 21 days on each topic.  Maybe yours will look a lot like hers, maybe it will be completely different, but the important thing is that it’s your list and that you DO it.  We can learn things intellectually but until we actually apply them, we won’t really “know” them and own them.  Clarity comes from doing, not just reading and thinking.    

Christalee reminds us to actively create our lives, rather than just sleep walking through our days, reacting to everything that happens to us. And she reminds us to listen to that inner voice, to trust our essential self. We just have to get quiet enough to hear it and brave enough to follow.” 

Dr. Christine Majeran
Chiropractor and Certified Life Coach



IMG_6300Day 1 – 7

#1 – Good Morning Yoga Sequence
Detailed workout at: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3761/Good-Morning-Yoga-Sequence.html

#2 Body cleanse day 1 

– Hot water and lemon every morning, then breakfast

– For seven days avoid:  Added sugar, processed food, alcohol, wheat/gluten, dairy, peanut products, fruit Juices, soy and soya sauce, corn

#3 – 10 minute brisk walk daily

Day 8 – 14

#1 – Daily Meditation – even if it’s just for five minutes
I love this beginner’s guide from Whole Living magazine: http://www.wholeliving.com/133880/how-start-meditation-practice?czone=wellness/action-change/week-2-purify&center=136747&gallery=136292&slide=81379

#2 Body Cleanse Day 8 – 14 

• 8 glasses of water a day

• We will be reintroducing foods this week – do it slowly. Pay close attention to how you feel right after eating it and hours later. “Some common symptoms associated with wheat and gluten sensitivity include pain and bloating, diarrhea, even headache,” says naturopathic physician Brooke Kalanick (Whole Living 2011 Plan). If you feel great without wheat products, or any of the other restricted foods, feel free to keep them out for the duration of our 21-day cleanse – or for as long as you’d like.

• Day 8 + slowly reintroduce gluten

• Day 11 + slowly reintroduce dairy

• Day 13 + slowly reintroduce soy

• Day 14 + slowly reintroduce coffee (yipee!), eggs, peanuts & corn

#3 – Workouts

• Day 8 – 20 min. strength training (anything that provides resistance for your muscles ie/. sit-ups, push-ups, small weights, yoga, etc.)

• Day 9 – 20 min. cardio. (anything that gets your heart-rate up ie/. treadmill, Zumba, dancing in your living room, vacuuming at break-neck speeds, etc.)
• Day 10 – 20 min. cardio.

• Day 11 – TRY SOMETHING NEW AND FUN – I’m taking Journey for a swim!

• Day 12 – 20 min. strength

• Day 13 – 20 min. cardio.

• Day 14 – 20 min. cardio.

Day 15 – 21

#1 – Daily Meditation OR Yoga – alternate, 10 – 20 mins per day
Yoga (15 minutes): This is a cool ocean-side yoga routine for all levels. I like watching the waves in the background (and pretending I’m in the Caribbean!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53HtuY6bYmo

Breathing meditation (9 minutes): This is great for stress relief – it does a good job of explaining why our bodies need to relax in this way –  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wFX9Wn70eM

#2 Body Cleanse Day 15 – 21

• 8 glasses of water a day

• We can eat again – yeah! I’m going to keep having smoothies – Journey & Logan love them too. This is a GREAT smoothie guide http://www.superskinnyme.com/smoothie-recipes.html

What to skip for Week 3:

– Added sugar
– Processed foods/beverages
– Alcohol
– Fruit juices

#3 – Getting funky with fitness

Day 15 – Whole Living Workout: http://www.wholeliving.com/136312/action-plan-cardio-moves/@center/136747/whole-living-action-plan-28-day-challenge#41555 . I love this Whole Living workout – it’s pretty intense, but it’s really short (5 – 10 minutes – I do it a few times), you don’t need any equipment and you can do it in your living room

• Day 16 – Snowball fight

• Day 17 – Whole Living Workout

• Day 18 – Snow angels in every yard on the block, jogging in between (Don’t call an Ambulance if you see me laying down in your yard).

• Day 19 – Whole Living Workout

• Day 20 – Skiing with Logan (he actually asked us to go with him some time – it doesn’t get much better than that as parents of a 15-year-old!)
• Day 21 – Whole Living Workout