Author Archives: Judy Moon

More Dirty Talk

Yup, it’s that time again.
Hubby and I are on our annual cleanse.

A friend recently asked me some questions regarding just exactly what we do and I said, “I’ll forward you a blog post I wrote and that maps it all out“.

It was from 2015 and it was actually really great for me to reread it – it reminded me of some fun stuff that I haven’t been doing and it made me realize that it might be fun to just blog all month about the cleanse since I’ve been getting asked ALOT of questions.

I think the concept of cleansing is so overwhelming to people – I know it was for me. I have one thing to say – if my beer drinking, cheese steak eating, husband can do it – anyone can! You just have to pick what works for you.

Do you even HAVE to cleanse or detox – nope! It’s a very personal choice.

Let’s just say that Joe and I really have a lot of fun over the holidays. It is definitely a time of overindulgence across the boards.

For us, the cleanse gets us back on track, you lose the excess holiday weight and puffiness, reset your energy, get rid of food cravings (eating Christmas cookies seems to unleash this insatiable sugar monster for me, and I’m not really a sugar craver, I’d much prefer a stinky cheese), and it feels good to practice some discipline and really take care of myself in a very mindful way for 21 days.

Here are some of the benefits of doing a cleanse/detox –

  • You feel better!
  • You lose weight
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Helps eliminate food cravings
  • Better sleep
  • Increase in energy
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves the quality of the skin
  • Better digestion
  • Clear thinking

There’s all kinds of ways to detox and clean things up. There’s 10 day cleanses, juice cleanses, liver cleanses – you need to figure out what will work for you if you’re feeling a call to make a change. You could even go really small and just practice Meatless Monday every week. -That might be New Year’s resolution you might actually keep!

If you are looking for some great inspiration I highly recommend the book Clean, by Alejandro Junger. It’s his story and journey and how he came up with this particular program. It’s an easy read and I found it to be very motivating.

Cheers! *as she raises her glass with water, lemon and mint leaves ☺

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Face Yoga – I’m Not Kidding!

Everyone holds stress in different areas of their body. For some people it’s neck and shoulders, others it can be in the lower back.

Yours truly likes to hold her tension in her jaw.

I have a tendency to clench my teeth when I am stressed. I don’t grind my teeth at night but I actually catch myself during the day at times, clenching my teeth. The condition is called Bruxism and it’s defined as “the habit of unconsciously gritting or grinding the teeth especially in situations of stress or during sleep”.

The alarming part came when one day I realized that my jaw was totally out of alignment. When I closed my teeth together – they didn’t line up.
Yikes! That is one bizarre feeling.

I did some research and found that this is a common side effect when left untreated. Typically a bite guard at night is recommended but I don’t really do it in my sleep. When I would wake up, my bite was normal and in alignment.

I decided to  do some work on releasing some of the tension in the muscles in my face. There are 43 muscles in the face. I began doing some daily massage and working any areas that were more sore than others. I also started to really focus on stress reduction in general. My jaw and face were definitely more relaxed and then I saw an article about Face Yoga. I actually giggled and rolled my eyes when I first saw it. I did some more research and thought, what the heck!

So here is my facial yoga routine every morning. I do this right after I meditate so that I don’t forget to do it.

  1. Look up, tilting your head back  with mouth closed (you’ll feel this in the front of the neck too) and lower the head. Repeat 20 times.
  2. Look up, tilting your head back. Push the lower jaw out like you have an underbite. Open and close the mouth with the lower jaw pushing out 20 times.
  3. Turn your head to the right. Stick your tongue out and in 10 times.
  4. Repeat above on the left side.
  5. Air kisses – tilt head back , look up and do a very exagerated “muah” kiss in to the air . Repeat 10 times.
  6. Repeat the vowels in a very slow , exagerrated way – A E I O U. 5 times.

I know it sounds crazy, but my face feels sooo much better and the really good news is that my jaw is back to normal and my teeth close naturally again. Phew!
One of the added bonuses of Face Yoga is that it is also supposed to help prevent signs of aging, sagging, drooping, etc.

Kind of makes sense if you think of it as “exercise” for your face.

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