Healing your chakras by Catherine Bastedo



Ideally all one’s chakras should be balanced, open and spinning clockwise at a similar rate to each other. However, most of us have some chakras that are in better or worse shape than others. They may be in overdrive, or even shut down. When you have tension in your body, it appears in that part of your consciousness experiencing the stress, and as well as in the part of your physical body associated with that particular chakra.

Each chakra connects to various attributes on the mental and emotional level (see the chakra chart cited below). So for example, the heart chakra reflects the state of our open heart, our male- female balance, our ability to forgive and accept others without judgement. Our root chakra connects to our sense of tribe, our connections to family, relations, colleagues, and networks. It reflects our sense of physical security, ability to survive, and sense of being grounded and connected to this earth. At various stages of our lives, and according to our circumstances, the health of each chakra reflects these attributes.

There are many reasons why the functions of one or more chakras can be out of balance: overwork, stress, emotional pressure and all kinds of psychological hurts, deep seated or otherwise, are some likely causes. If we take the case of a woman who was adopted at childbirth, not informed of her physical roots, and not raised in a family that gave her adoptive roots, she would likely have a weak root chakra, and the colour would not be red but probably murky and dark, nor would the person be fully connected to the earth. This might be reflected in insecurities around group relationships, or survival. She might have a hard time being fully be present here on earth.

If we look at the heart chakra, a man who has experienced a difficult childhood, a domineering parent – either physically or emotionally – and who has not yet forgiven this parent, would likely have a heart chakra that is not a clear green or pink; the chakra would be closed, tight and narrow in focus. This might in turn be reflected on the physical level through heart problems or lung issues.

And finally, if you picture yourself when you have just had a really tough day, with criticism from the people you work with, your solar plexus may feel assaulted, and your sense of self-worth may be low.


If you would like to try a chakra test, there are many chakra tests to be found on the web. There is a short one at this site: www.chakraenergy.com. You do not have to send anything in to the site – simply answer a few questions and the responses indicate how well you are in touch with the energy of each chakra. There are also a few good tips for energizing your chakras.


There are many chakra charts in books and on the web in various formats. The chart included below is found on the site www.visionreiki.com under “Chakra Information”.Keep this chart handy – you may wish to print it – to use during the classes.

Now try the assignment for Lesson 1, a twenty minute Chakra Meditation.


Jackman, Richard and Desmarais, Julie; The Energy Connection : a journey into the

invisible world of humans; Ottawa, ON; Ener-Healing Press, 2003.

Lilly, Sue and Simon; Healing with Crystals & Chakra Energies; Hermes House; London;2004.

The Lower Chakras

There are three major chakras of the seven we will examine that are considered to be the “Lower Chakras”. As we saw in Lesson 1, each chakra has its own attributes and frequency, yet sometimes we may see some correlation between groups of chakras, so that a person may have well functioning lower chakras and upper chakras that are blocked, or vice versa. For example, someone who constantly works as an energetic healing facilitator might be very well connected to Source, might be extremely intuitive and have a wide open third eye, and yet this person might not be well grounded. Her chakras would be unbalanced. Similarly, a person with a secure job, no financial worries and a happy childhood in her background would likely have strong lower chakras, and yet if she is not well connected to Source and does not use her intuitive abilities or trust in them, her upper chakras would be weak. She also would be unbalanced. It is important to aim for all the chakras to be aligned.

Root Chakra

Location: base of the spine

Colour: red

Attributes: family identity, survival instincts, our sense of grounding and connection to our bodies, the physical plane and the material world

Element: earth – earth is solid and provides us with what we need to survive –food, clothing and shelter

Quick exercise to connect and open your root chakra: Take your shoes off and stand upright with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes slightly in. Stand sturdily on the ground, and concentrate on feeling the ground or the floor beneath you with each toe, with the ball of each foot and with each heel. Breathe slowly in and out and feel the energy you can draw upwards into your body. As you breathe in, picture the earth beneath you, and its strength.

The root chakra connects us to our sense of tribe, our family, relations, colleagues, and networks. It reflects our sense of physical security, ability and will to survive, and our sense of being grounded and connected to this earth. Grounding is the building of a foundation – essential before we build the walls of a house. A good foundation allows us to not only survive but to feel secure, and prepared for other aspects of life. Grounding puts us in touch with our bodies. Uncovering the truths buried within our bodies brings us to a solid connection with our ground, manifesting in greater health, prosperity, and well-being.

The root chakra opens downwards and brings in energy of the earth through our feet and legs into our body, balancing it and grounding us. When the chakra is blocked someone may feel uprooted or unsupported. Holographically, this may show up in aperson’s aura as a tree knocked over, as a person with broken legs, or as a wounded animal that we associate with the earth, like a squirrel that nests in the ground, a badger or a mole. To keep this chakra in good shape, it is important to connect with nature, and our own sexuality.

Root chakra exercise:

Sit in a quiet spot where you will not be interrupted, sit comfortably. You may wish to have some quiet background music playing. Concentrate on your breathing as a way to still your mind. Let your thoughts come and pass by, just observing them, and coming back to your breathing. Connect with Source, with the Universal energy around us, by calling it in using whatever name you are used to using – God, Mother Earth, the Rei, Allah etc. Now place your hands on your first chakra and notice how it feels. Since we all feel energy in different ways, you may feel some pulsing or tingling sensations; your hands may feel hot or cold; you may feel an emotional reaction. Just notice.

Now do this exercise to clear your root chakra.

Picture yourself as a tree. Notice the kind of tree it is, the season, whether there are leaves or fruit and any creatures in the tree. Feel the roots of your tree extend through your legs, ankles and feet; see them reaching downwards into the earth, picture the little rootlets touching the earth, the stones and the roots of the plants. Notice how connected your roots are to other things. Take in the energy of the strength of your roots, and pull that energy upwards, through your toes, your feet, your ankles, your lower legs, knees, upper legs and into your trunk. Sit with that energy for a few minutes. Then place your hands on your root chakra and see what difference there is, if any, from before you did this exercise. If you notice any improvement, remember to do this when you feel your root chakra needs a boost.

Sacral Chakra

Location: base of the spine, between the navel and the genitals

Colour: orange

Attributes: sexuality, personal relationships, creativity, control, strength related to the physical world, such as finances

Element: water – symbol of the emotions

Quick exercises to connect and open your sacral chakra: move your lower body, rotate your hips, dance, experience sensations from such things as massage, baths, the feelings of objects you touch.

What do you carry around in your sacral chakra?










•Living in the past/longing for the future

The sacral chakra connects to our emotions, creativity, sexual energy, money, abundance, control, risk-taking, power and one on one relationships (as opposed to group relationships of the first, root chakra). This chakra opens outwards.

The sacral chakra is an indicator of the level of stress stored in the body. Past fears, desire for control, anger, disappointed romantic love, worry about finances, and the need for approval are all things that can have an imprint on this chakra. When this chakra is blocked it can impact on our ability to develop relationships with the opposite sex or to have fulfilling sex. The chakra may appear as a muddy pool of swirling water, as a room that needs a good cleaning, or as an animal totem that we associate with mating rituals such as a crane or male stags fighting.

Solar plexus

Location: above navel, below chest

Colour: yellow

Attributes: self-esteem, self-respect, courage, autonomy, personal courage

Element: fire – symbol of vitality and purification

Quick exercises to connect and open your solar chakra: energetic movement – jog, dance – especially belly dancing, jump up and down, use a hula hoop.

The solar plexus connects to our sense of self, personal honour and self-respect, self- esteem, personal power and mental functioning. Insecurities stemming from low self-esteem can sit here. The solar plexus is the source of our “gut instinct” and we react here to others and we may sometime feel as if we have been “kicked in the gut”. Thefeeling of “butterflies in the stomach” sits here. A blocked solar plexus has appeared to me in holographic Reiki sessions as a junkyard or as a well containing foul water. Reducing stress helps this chakra, laughter, and physical movement.

Think of the solar plexus as a glowing yellow sun, radiating through the center of your body. When you have a strong solar plexus, you can take on new tasks, projects, challenges with pleasure, assurance and without trying to control others.

The three major chakras below the heart are primarily related to our physical body and our senses, although blockages in any of them can cause physical, mental or emotional symptoms of dis-ease.

All chakras can be cleared using various techniques, from simple breathing exercises to use of aromatherapy, Reiki or other types of energy work, crystals, and use of music or colour that changes the vibration of the chakra.

The Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra

Location: centre of chest

Colour: green or pink

Attributes: love, balance, harmony, compassion, peace, emotional power, devotion

Element: air – expansive, gentle

Quick exercise to connect and open your heart chakra: bring your hands to your heart with love and acceptance, and tell yourself that you areworthy of love, and perfect as you are. Say “I love you” to yourself.

The heart chakra connects downwards to our lower chakras and upwards to the upper chakras, so it links our physical and our spiritual selves. When the heart chakra is open, all energies can flow freely and the heart chakra radiates warmth, satisfaction and heartiness throughout the body. But when the heart chakra is blocked, a person may feel rather weak, overly sensitive, easily hurt, and may close up for fear of being rejected. How we feel in our heart chakra affects the rest of our body, on the physical, mental, and spiritual levels.

The colour of an unhealthy chakra is not the pure colour we see in chakra symbols. Instead of a lovely green or pink, the heart chakra may be dark and cloudy. Holographically, during a session I have seen a dagger in the heart, a knife or other weapon, scenes of battles, images of a locked doors, confined spaces and so on. Our everyday language often reflects our heart chakra: open-hearted/close-hearted, warm- hearted/cold-hearted, tender-hearted/hard-hearted, heart ache, heart’s ease, sweet- heart, heart of hearts, broken heart, and so on. These words are all representations of love, but the love we feel in our true heart is not the passionate love of the sacral chakra – it is the love we feel with peace, compassion and harmony. It is unconditional love. And this is the love that comes from a place of balance, so that we can show compassion, while at the same time maintaining our own emotional and spiritual centre.

The rose is often seen as a symbol of the heart. If you can, find a pink or red rose outdoors or purchase one rose. You could also find a picture of a rose to look at. Sit with this beautiful symbol, noticing its perfection, its symmetry, its scent, the velvet of the petals. Think how a rose protects itself with its thorns, and yet is accessible. Draw the perfume into your nose, calming you, creating balance in your heart chakra.

The heart chakra reflects our trust in the divine, and our ability to surrender resentment, judgments and jealousy, to let go of past hurts, of anger and grief. Ask yourself if you are still holding emotions in your heart chakra that are draining your energy or preventing you from giving out your love and appreciation to others. And if you are, look for ways to release this. Ask yourself also if you are too giving, tooanxious to please others. Many women find themselves taking their nurturing role to the extreme and having nothing left for them. Balance is important.

A simple way to expand the heart chakra is to placeyour hands on your heart and say to yourself “I love you”. Too often we work at love, and when we workat it we work at our love for those close to us. But we cannot fully love those who are closest to us unless we love ourselves. And this means accepting ourselves with all our quirks, foibles, faults and perceived imperfections. So bring our hands to your heart with love and acceptance, and tell yourself that you, too, are worthy of love, and perfect as you are. Here are a few other ways.


1. Do creative work of any sort that gives you joy – painting, photography, writing, handwork, cooking gardening, etc.

2. Listen to beautiful soothing music of the type that you like – as examples, youcould try Whitney Houston, The Greatest Hits, and on that cd “Greatest Love of All”. Try Deva Primal “The Essence” or James Taylor’s Greatest Hits, especially “Shower the People”. Try Julie True, Music to Journal By, or Jonathon Goldman, The Lost Chord. Or classical music is very calming – pieces like Beethoven’s Moolight Sonata, Handel’s Water Music or Chopin’sRaindrops. It is a very personal choice.

3. Meditate. It does not need to be for a long time and you don’t need ameditation corner. In bed upon waking or before going to sleep, for just five minutes, will make a difference.

4. Spend time with family or friends you love and have meaningful conversations.

5. Set up a place that will give you a sense of the sacred. It might be just a part of a table that forms an altar for you it might be a whole room! Keep this area clear of everything except what gives you a feeling that these things help you connect to the divine.

6. Read poetry, stories or books that make you feel good – an example of a good novel about forgiveness is The Shack, by Wm. Paul Young. Many classics for children and young adults touch the heart chakra – tales of love, redemption and transformation that are worth reading and re-reading. A few examples are: The Yearling; Anne of Green Gables; Little Women; Pollyanna, Pinocchio, Heidi. Non- fiction and biographies of people known for their heart or their struggle to know their heart are also helpful. An example is Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, a memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert that chronicles her trip around the world after her divorce, and what she discovered during her travels.

7. Watch movies that touch your heart – childrens’ movies, romances, dramas, ordocumentaries. A few examples are: Slumdog Millionaire, the story of a young man from the slums of Mumbai and the difficult pursuit of his dreams and the love of his life; The Blue Butterfly, inspired by the true story of a terminally ill 10-year- old boy, whose dream of catching a rare butterfly transforms lives over the course of a trip to the jungle with his mother and a renowned entomologist; August Rush, a modern reworking of the Oliver Twist story; Life is Beautiful, a poignant, inspiring, and bittersweet film about the holocaust; About a Boy; the story of a cynical, immature young man who is taught how to act like a grownup by a little boy; or Gandhi, the 1982 biographical film.

8. Do something for someone else – someone you know or whose path you cross– perhaps a homeless person in the street. Push yourself to move past hesitation or fear and offer help.

9. Tell someone that you love them, someone that you do not say this to regularly.Perhaps an aging relative…

10. Forgive yourself or someone else for something – a gesture, a comment,something they/you didn’t do that you wish they/you had done, or some hurt in thepast.


A Gratitude Practice is a wonderful way to increase the energy flow in your heart chakra. Make a list of all the things that you are grateful for, even the difficult aspects of your life that have taught you lessons. Practice gratitude every day, at the beginning of the day, by counting your blessings, by naming the people you are grateful to have in your life, by noticing the weather and appreciating it in all conditions, remembering that the rain nurtures the earth, the snow adds moisture and protection, the storms clear the path. Be grateful for your health, your body, your mind, your emotions. Whatever our family past, we can be grateful for those who have gone before us – our teachers, our ancestors, and the spiritual masters.

A very interesting book (also on cd) that deals with opening the heart chakra through love, forgiveness, and gratitude is Zero Limits by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len. In this book, Joe Vitale teaches the basics of Ho’oponopono, an ancient Hawaiian system for raising vibration by clearing memories and beliefs that hold us back from living lives of abundance, wellness and peace. And here is a short article about research on its effectiveness: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/focus- forgiveness/201105/the-hawaiian-secret-forgiveness.

Joe Vitale says in Zero Limits, “I talk about the unusual therapist who helped heal an entire hospital ward of mentally ill criminals – without seeing any of them. I’ve since learned his method for healing, which involves “cleaning” yourself of all negativity in order to see change in others. It may seem strange, but when you take care of your own issues, they disappear in other people. The whole idea is to love the problems away. You do it by saying “I love you,” and a few other statements, nonstop. I’ve been doing it for two years now and my life is astonishing. I live in an almost moment-by-moment state of bliss.”

When you hear, “I love you; I’m sorry; Please forgive me; Thank you” – you’ll know they have been exposed to the Ho’oponopono teachings. Here is a free meditation based on Ho’oponopono to try: https://consciouslifenews.com/heal-heart- relationships-hooponopono/1166691/#

For a heart chakra meditation try the following, thanks to Yoga Basics. It is a simple technique to release sadness and fear and to bring compassion and love into your life.http://www.yogabasics.com/practice/heart-chakra-meditation/

Sit in a comfortable position, either cross-legged on the floor or in a chair. Sit up tall with the spine straight, the shoulders relaxed and the chest open. Inhale the palms together and lightly press the knuckles of the thumbs into the sternum at the level of your heart (you should feel a little notch where the knuckles magically fit). Breathe slowly, smoothly and deeply into the belly and into the chest. Soften your gaze or lightly close the eyes. Let go of any thoughts or distractions and let the mind focus on feeling the breath move in and out of your body. Once the mind feels quiet and still, bring your focus to the light pressure of the thumbs pressing against your chest and feeling the beating of the heart. Keep this focus for one to five minutes.

Next, gently release the hands and rub the palms together, making them very warm and energized. Place the right palm in the center of your chest and the left hand on top of the right. Close the eyes and feel the center of your chest warm and radiant, full of energy. See this energy as an emerald green light, radiating out from the center of your heart into the rest of your body. Feel this energy flowing out into the arms and hands, and flowing back into the heart. Stay with this visualization for one to five minutes.

After you feel completely soaked with heart chakra energy, gently release the palms and turn them outwards with the elbows bent, the shoulders relaxed and the chest open. Feel or visualize the green light love energy flowing out of your palms and into the world. You can direct it towards specific loved ones in your life or to all sentient beings.

To end your meditation, inhale the arms up towards the sky, connecting with the heavens, then exhale and lower the palms lightly to the floor, connecting with the earth. Take a moment or two before moving on with the rest of your day.

This meditation can be practiced every day and takes very little time.

Your thoughts can have a profound impact on your health

I will breath deeply for I refuse to leave my cells unoxygenated.

I will guard my  mind vigilantly when receiving a “diagnosis”.

And will use my own voice and power to make my body strong.

Be nourished by whole foods and quality supplementation.

Getting clean water and fresh air and most important sunshine.

Be away from toxic environment, places , chemicals and people.

Be surrounded by love, warmth and satisfying kisses and hugs.

Be well my friends.



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Food pairings to lose weight

Ginger when added to fish or chicken removes the fishy smell and ginger is good for circulation. Lemon which is rich in vitamin C and when added to your green tea facilitates absorption of nutrients from the tea.  At night, eat healthy fats as cholesterol is synthesize at night. It takes 30 minutes to digest boiled eggs but at least 3 hours for meat. Pineapple is rich in enzymes that helps in digestion, so eat them 30min before or after a meat dish.  Cayenne and turmeric are anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic and best eaten with meat. Aim for few calories if you are over 50 as our metabolism is slower as we age. Fiber rich whole foods help in preventing chronic diseases.


In a number of obesity syndromes in rodents, the sympathetic nervous system (of thermogenesis) is defective. Heal your nervous system with good fats, sleep, de-stress, exercise, whole foods, quality supplementation especially Vitamin B complex.  Food pairings is important as well as chewing your food well and adding high fiber rich foods and good fats in your diet.

Eat by chewing well and add lemon in your water. Eat between 10 am to 4 pm. Exercise, sleep well and avoid stress.

By Dana Leigh Smith and Cassandra Talmadge

Although that may sound counter intuitive, there’s sound science behind our recommendation. But before you get too excited and double-up on ice cream and cookies, realize this trick does have some caveats. If you want to trim your waist in record time, you’ll need to pair the right foods together on one plate. All the mighty duos below either fry fat, beat bloat or boost metabolism. Why consume just one better-body food? Check out our delicious pairings and accelerate the rate of your weight loss, today!


spice crusted chicken
Turn up the heat on your belly bulge by flavoring your chicken with a dash of cayenne powder. Protein-rich foods like poultry not only boost satiety, but also help people eat less at subsequent meals, according to research. But that’s not all: It can also increase post-meal calorie burn by as much as 35 percent! If you thought it couldn’t get much better than that, think again! Researchers say that chili pepper can also help blast away stubborn belly fat! If you ask us, there’s no better reason to sprinkle some onto your chicken before it hits the grill. (For more furnace-stoking flavor, try the 5 Best Spices for Weight Loss.)


eggs and peppers
Grab a pepper and a few eggs, and get crackin’! This mighty fat-frying duo is sure to help you fit into your skinny jeans in no time. Eggs contain a metabolism-boosting nutrient called choline, and peppers are a good source of vitamin C. What does vitamin C have to do with weight loss? Getting an adequate amount of the nutrient can help fight off cortisol, a hormone that causes fat to accumulate around the midsection. Chop some peppers, add them to a hot pan with some olive oil, add in two or three eggs and scramble them up to stay slim.


oatmeal and berries
If you’re trying to lose weight, oatmeal topped with berries is another delicious fat-frying breakfast option you might want to consider. What makes the duo so powerful? They each contain insoluble fiber which, according to Canadian researchers, boosts levels of ghrelin—a hormone that controls hunger. Plus, berries are packed with chemicals called polyphenols that aid weight loss and can actually stop fat from forming. Adding this meal to your weekly repertoire is sure to help you see your six-pack before swimsuit season. And, believe us, the cook time is worth it. Oatmeal is one of the secrets to our exclusive plan: 14 Ways to Lose Your Belly in 14 Days.


Fight fat and banish bloating with a fruit salad comprised of honeydew and red grapes. Melon is a natural diuretic, so it helps fight the water retention responsible for making you look puffy even though you have a toned stomach. Red grapes add fuel to the better-belly fire because they contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin that helps calm the action of fat-storage genes. This dynamic duo makes for a delicious, healthy dessert and is sure to turn your two-pack into a six-pack—stat!


While a snack mix comprised of cereal and pretzels may taste good, it’s not going to give you that tight stomach you crave. Ditch the starchy carbs and replace them with a combination of pistachios and almonds. According to researchers, reaching for these nuts in lieu of carbohydrate-based foods can help speed the rate of weight loss. More good news: A study printed in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that the amino acid L-arginine, found in almonds, helps the body burn more fat and carbs during workouts, too. So while you’re doubling down on the workouts before spring break, make sure your diet is doing double duty, too!


You’ve almost reached your weight loss goal, but those last few pounds seem to be holding on for dear life. Ditch the last bit of flab with a daily dose of vitamin D-fortified yogurt (we like Stonyfield Organic). A Nutrition Journal study found that diets rich in both calcium and vitamin C can significantly decrease the amount of fat the body absorbs and stores. Why should you add a sprinkle of cinnamon to your container, you ask? Not only does it taste great, but it also contains powerful antioxidants that improve body composition and insulin sensitivity. Animal studies have also found that consuming cinnamon can ward off the accumulation of belly chub. Enjoy this tasty duo as a quick, on-the-go breakfast or an afternoon snack. Just make sure you’re choosing a pot with more protein than sugar with our guide to the 9 Best Brand Name Yogurts for Weight Loss.


avocado sandwich
If your monster appetite is making it difficult for you to trim down, consider making a sautéed side dish or salad with some avocado oil and spinach. How will eating these foods help you slim down? Avocado oil is rich in monounsaturated fats that help ward off hunger. And high-volume, low-calorie greens like spinach help fill you up without filling you out. Plus, studies show that women who eat foods with high water content, such as leafy greens, have lower BMIs and smaller waistlines than those who don’t load their plates with this type of food. So eat plenty of green to get lean.


banana and spinach smoothie
Slightly green bananas are rich in something called resistant starch. This type of starch not only boosts satiety, but also–as the name implies–resists digestion. The result: the body has to work harder to digest the food, which promotes fat oxidation and reduces abdominal fat. What’s more, bananas are rich in potassium, a nutrient that helps banish pesky bloat that can make you look less trim and fit than you actually are. Pair this mighty fruit with spinach, a low-cal veggie that boosts satiety and aids post-pump recovery, to create a fat-frying smoothie in just seconds. Simply throw a small banana, two handfuls of spinach and a cup of organic 1% or carrageenan-free almond milk (we like Silk Unsweetened variety) into a blender with a couple ice cubes, blend and enjoy!


tuna sushi with ginger
Want to look slim and fit on the beach? Look no further than the ocean—or at least the oceanside sushi joint. Pairing a tuna roll or a few pieces of tuna sashimi with ginger, the oft-overlooked pickled spice that comes on your plate, can help your abs shine through. Ginger accelerates gastric emptying, which helps diminish that “food baby” look more rapidly than other foods, and it also blocks several genes and enzymes in the body that promote bloat-causing inflammation. Tuna’s role on this team is important, too; it’s a primo source of docosahexaenoic acid, an type of omega-3 fat that can ward off stress chemicals that promote flab storage and down-regulate fat genes in the stomach, stopping belly fat cells from growing larger. More on this: The Best and Worst Sushi Rolls for Weight Loss


apple and watermelon fruit salad
All fruits are healthy, but some fight fat better than others. And when you put the best of the best together in one simple fruit salad, you’ve got yourself a solid defense against health-harming flab. Apples are one of the very best sources of fiber in the fruit kingdom—and the nutrient is integral to reducing visceral fat. In fact, a recent study found that over five years, for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber eaten per day, visceral fat diminished by 3.7 percent. Watermelon, which is one of our Best Fruits for Fat Loss, adds fuel to the waist-whittling fire by improving lipid profiles and lowering fat accumulation. This dynamic duo makes for a delicious, healthy dessert or anytime snack, and is sure to turn your two-pack into a six-pack—stat!


corn and bean salsa
While eating something that can make your belly bloated may not sound like the best way to lose weight, it’s actually a solid strategy. Eating a calorie-restricted diet that includes four weekly servings of protein- and fiber-rich legumes aids weight loss more effectively than a calorie-equivalent diet that doesn’t include beans, say Spanish researchers. Besides tasting delicious, pairing beans with corn can help boost the slimming effects. Corn, like bananas, contains resistant starch, a type of carb that dodges digestion. In turn, the body isn’t able to absorb as many of the corn’s calories or glucose, a nutrient that’s stored as fat if it’s not burned off, aiding weight loss efforts. To reap the benefits, create a tasty corn and bean side dish. Combine salt- and BPA-free cans of corn and beans in a saucepan and warm over medium heat. Season with ground pepper and cilantro. Add the mixture to greens for a waist-trimming salad, use it as a flavorful topper for grilled chicken, or load the mixture into a toasted whole-grain pita pocket for a quick, on-the-go lunch.


coffee with cinnamon
Fight fat and ward off diet-derailing hunger with a cup of cinnamon-spiked coffee. It’s one of the fat-burning tips from the all-new Zero Belly Diet that has helped people lose up to 16 pounds in 14 days. The spice is sitting in just about every coffee shop in America, but very few people sprinkle any in their cup–big mistake. Cinnamon is practically calorie-free and can add a major flavor punch to your morning java. What’s more, it contains powerful antioxidants that are proven to reduce the accumulation of belly flab. (These are just some of the reasons it’s one of our Best Spices for Weight Loss.) Pair that with an appetite-suppressing cup of caffeine, and you’ve got quite the powerful six-pack carving duo. Bonus: If you’re making coffee at home, add cinnamon right into your brew-pot with the grinds for an even better taste and all the same weight loss benefits.


potatoes with black pepper
Thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets, white potatoes have been unfairly blacklisted. However, a second look at the science reveals that the spuds are actually powerful hunger tamers that can help you lose weight. In fact, Australian researchers found that potatoes are actually more filling than fiber-rich brown rice and oatmeal! The root vegetable is also a good source of bloat-banishing potassium, so they can help you look slimmer almost immediately. But just because potatoes are a go doesn’t mean your favorite high-cal toppings also have the green light. We’re looking at you, bacon bits! Our suggestion: Enjoy half a baked potato with a bit olive oil and fresh pepper instead. Piperine, the powerful compound that gives black pepper its taste, may interfere with the formation of new fat cells—a reaction known as adipogenesis—which can help trim your waist, zap body fat and lower cholesterol levels. It’s a triple win!


yogurt with raspberries
Ditch that layer of cold-weather chub with a slimming bowl of yogurt and berries. Consuming a combination of calcium and vitamin D—what’s typically found in a tub of vitamin D-fortified yogurt—can significantly decrease belly chub and fat absorption in overweight populations, a Nutrition Journal study found. To get similar results at home, start your day with some Stonyfield Organic Fat-Free Plain Yogurt and top it with fiber-packed raspberries. The fruit is a great source of insoluble fiber that, according to Canadian researchers, boosts levels of ghrelin—a hormone that controls hunger. Plus, berries are packed with chemicals called polyphenols that aid weight loss and can actually stop fat from forming. Enjoy this tasty duo as a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.


Fish host long chains of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to lower triglycerides and reduce inflammation. They’re also great sources of muscle-building protein, and the more muscle you have on your body, the higher your metabolic rate. Throw garlic into the mix, and you have a lethal weapon for fighting belly fat. According to a study published in the journal Nutrition Research and Practice, women who ingested 80 milligrams of garlic extract a day for 12 weeks lost weight and reduced their BMI significantly.


Pairing healthy sources of protein and complex carbs does more than aid with muscle recovery post workout. It also keeps you fuller longer. Nut butters are rich in unsaturated fats, which can help deflate a spare tire. And unlike saturated fats, which researchers say turn on certain genes that increase the storage of belly fat, polyunsaturated fats activate genes that shrink fat and improve insulin metabolism. Throwing fiber into the mix increases satiety, warding off mindless snacking.


Who needs Spanx when you can sip on a powerful brew? White tea works in three distinct ways to help strip away fat from your body. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells). Another group of researchers found that the tea is also a rich source of antioxidants that trigger the release of fat from the cells and help speed the liver’s ability to turn fat into energy. The Vitamin C in just half a lemon can boost fat burning by as much as 25 percent and whittle your waist, according to one study. If there’s such a thing as a muffin-top-melting tea, this is it.


In a Canadian study, researchers discovered that those whose diets were supplemented with insoluble fiber had higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that controls hunger. And a cup of these little ruby jewels has 8 grams of fiber! Insoluble fiber helps feed the healthy bacteria in your gut, triggering production of a fatty acid that reduces inflammation throughout your body. Pairing these fat-burning bullets with good polyunsaturated fats, like those found in walnuts, activate genes that reduce fat storage and improve insulin metabolism. At about 13 grams per one ounce serving, walnuts are one of the best dietary sources of those fats.


Pepita is the Spanish term for pumpkin seed, and if you consider them just jack o’lantern innards, you’re in for a treat. One ounce of seeds has eight grams of protein — more than an egg or almonds — and is rich in flat-belly nutrients like fiber, zinc and potassium, which are key to muscle building and recovery. Sprinkle them in salads for any extra flat-belly fiber punch.


When it comes to weight loss, fat burning and fitness fuel, few foods are more powerful than yogurt. Why opt for Greek over regular? For one, Greek yogurtprovides up to double the protein of regular yogurt for the same amount of calories, making it more satiating. Sweet potatoes on the other hand are king of slow digesting carbs, keeping you feeling fuller and energized longer. Among the magic ingredients here are carotenoids, antioxidants which stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower insulin resistance, which prevents calories from being converted into fat. Use a dollop of greek yogurt in place of sour cream for the combo’s fat-frying effects.


You see it sitting there every time you’re sitting around waiting for a massage. Spa water — a pitcher of ice water with sliced whole lemons, oranges or grapefruit — is a great substitute for sugary beverages. The citrus peels add d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant that stimulates liver enzymes, helping to rid the body of toxins and flush fat from your system. And don’t forget: delicious smoothies really can help you lose weight! For 150+ recipes that will make your belly flat, buy the brand-new book from Abs Diet creator David Zinczenko: Zero Belly Cookbook!


Dark chocolate is more than a blissful dessert — it’s heavenly for your waistline. A recent study found that the antioxidants in cocoa prevented laboratory mice from gaining excess weight and actually lowered their blood-sugar levels. A separate study at Louisiana State University found that gut microbes in our stomach ferment chocolate into heart-healthy, anti-inflammatory compounds that shut down genes linked to insulin resistance and inflammation. To enhance the effects, try pairing your chocolate (at least 70% cacao) with some apple slices. The fruit speeds up your gut’s fermentation process, leading to an even greater reduction in inflammation and weight.


According to the Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee, consuming calcium-rich foods like ricotta can help your body metabolize fat more efficiently. Top it with berries, which contain polyphenols, powerful natural chemicals that can help you lose weight–and even stop fat from forming. In fact, in a recent Texas Woman’s University study, researchers found that feeding mice three daily servings of berries decreased the formation of fat cells by up to 73 percent! Mash 1 cup of berries and let them marinate in their own juices for an hour, then spoon them on top of ricotta for a belly-slimming dessert.


You might not think of these little beige bullets as a superfood, but it’s time to start. High in nutrients and soluble fiber, chickpeas are a prime weight-loss weapon, increasing feelings of satiety by releasing an appetite-suppressing hormone called cholecystokinin. And they blend flawlessly with extra virgin olive oil (hello hummus!), which may increase blood levels of serotonin, a hormone associated with satiety.


Cucumbers are about 95 percent water. Not only will they hydrate you, but they also boost your weight-loss efforts thanks to their H2O content and low calorie count. One medium-sized cuke contains only about 45 calories, so you can chomp away guilt-free, but alone they can be kind of a bore. For added flavor and fat-frying, try drizzling them with apple cider vinegar, which has been shown to “switch on” genes that release proteins which break down fat. In a study of 175 overweight Japanese men and women, researchers found that participants who drank 1 or 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily for 12 weeks significantly lowered their body weight, BMI, visceral fat and waist circumference.


Hot sauce is rich in capsaicin, a compound that’s proven to suppress appetite and boost thermogenesis—the body’s ability to burn fat as energy. A well-cited study by Canadian researchers found that when men ate appetizers with hot sauce (which has zero calories per teaspoon), they ate about 200 fewer calories at later meals than those that did not. Drizzle this fiery condiment over eggs, and fat will sizzle. Eggs are great sources of the weight loss weapon arginine. Researchers found that administering the amino acid to obese women over 12 weeks resulted in a 7-cm average reduction in waist size and a 6.5-pound average weight loss, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements.


In a recent 12-week study, participants who drank 4-5 cups of green tea daily, then did a 25-minute workout, lost an average of two more pounds and more belly fat than exercisers who didn’t drink tea. What’s its magic? The brew contains catechins, a type of antioxidant that triggers the release of fat from fat cells and helps speed the liver’s capacity for turning fat into energy. Are you a nighttime eater? Sip a cup of after dinner. The refreshing flavor sends signals to your brain that quash cravings, then tweaks your taste buds so desserts aren’t quite so tasty. One study published in the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that people who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month!


Yes, you read that right; you have our permission to eat chips—so long as they are the nutrient-packed variety. We like Beanitos Black Bean Chips because they pack in more protein and fiber than a “regular” crisp. To boost the staying power of your snack, pair the sea salt-sprinkled treats with a 100-calorie pack of guac. Avocado—the primary ingredient in guacamole—packs healthy monounsaturated fats that contain oleic acid, which helps quite feelings of hunger.


Though this creamy and sweet combination tastes indulgent, nutritionally it’s anything but. The raisins in Ezekiel bread provide natural sweetness, which helps nip sugar craving in the bud, while the vitamin B6 and manganese-rich whole grains help boost your mood, making it ideal for afternoon slump snack attacks. The nut butter contributes hunger-busting healthy fats and a solid hit of waist-whittling meat-free protein. To keep excess pounds at bay, be sure to buy varieties free of health-harming hydrogenated oils and added sugar.


Unlike the majority of crackers you’ll find in the grocery store, Triscuit’s Baked Whole Grain variety is made with just three ingredients, of which fiber-rich whole-grain wheat is the most abundant. Low-cost, protein-rich tuna makes for a tasty cracker addition and is a solid source of docosahexaenoic acid. This type of omega-3 down-regulates fat genes in the stomach, preventing fat cells from growing larger and keeping you on track toward your trim-down goal.


In addition to providing healthy fat, fiber and weight-loss fueling protein to your plate, this savory duo is packed with belly-filling water, vitamin A (which helps the body synthesize protein) and magnesium, a mineral that helps boost lipolysis, a process by which your body releases fat from its stores. If you tend to snack away from home, look for single-serving hummus containers, and throw your veggies into a plastic snack bag to reap the benefits on the go.


Crunchy, filling (thanks to their high water and fiber content) and packed with nutrients, apples are one of the best weight loss fruits around. Smearing on all-natural peanut butter adds a creamy texture and slow-digesting, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats to the equation, which keeps your belly satiated until your next meal. Bonus: Peanuts are a top source of genistein and resveratrol, two nutrients that help diminish the action of fat-storage genes.

My scientist friend asked how to detox or clean his body from toxins

Over the years, I have experienced family and friends dying of cancer. I observed their lifestyle and toxins they are exposed to. So to answer my friend’s question on how to detox and the mechanism of cleaning our body or getting rid of toxins, I listed some items for Dos and Donts.

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When we clean the many bad foods or toxins that entered our body, we must clean our liver first, our laboratory.  It is closely linked to our heart that during our last breath, our liver is the first and last signal that our heart gets to shut down.

Detox or cleaning our cells from toxins is the key to living longer, the anti-aging process we all are seeking for. In my 50s, I could have died long time ago if I was born centuries ago with no clean water, fresh produce and raising a dozen children. Each child is minus 5 years of a woman’s age.

Detox is like cleaning the toilet. The following are detox tips and anti-aging tips to clean your cells:

Dos in cleansing your body from toxin, also detoxes your liver

  • Massage
  • Adequate sleep
  • Filtered water
  • Lemon
  • Baking soda (pinch in your drinking water)
  • Activated charcoal
  • Digestive enzymes from pineapple and papaya
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Wash produce with salt or diluted vinegar
  • No over ripe fruits and left over foods or 3-day old rice ( aflatoxin , mycotoxin )
  • No charred BBQ
  • Whole foods ; sulfur rich as they are anti-inflammatory (ginger, garlic, turmeric, coconut, walnuts)
  • Deep breathing thru nose and blow out thru mouth
  • Prayer: May God’s light energy be with you and say Amen to accept it.
  • Resveratrol from Berries, kiwi, citrus fruit
  • Fasting
  • Activated charcoal
  • Clean air

Donts are ways that when practiced or consumed can kills our nerve cells and produce toxins in our cells.

  • Avoidance of too much caffeine, iron and sugar, these are food for cancer
  • Other metal toxins
  • TRANS fat
  • Processed
  • Plastics in food
  • Stress
  • Shift work: not sleeping from 10pm to 4 am
  • Radiation
  • Over medications, chemo, other carcinogens
  • Avoid exposure to fumes, chemicals (formaldehydes,carcinogens,toxins)



Hi Connnie,

And what is your recipe for liver detox and the mechanism by which it works to accomplish that?

From: Male friend in his late 50s whose brother died of pancreatic cancer