Update

Hello all! I have been very busy with developing my model career and continuing my healthy weight loss journey.

So much has happened in my life over the past several months.

I have accomplished so much! I have been in 9 fashion shows this year! Last year, I was casted in 2 shows so great progress!

I lost another 10 pounds and counting! I owe that to clean eating, getting quality rest, drinking lots of water, exercise, and liver cleanses. I’ve ditched the hydroxycut…it was way too stimulating and did not provide long-lasting results.

I am looking into doing another liver cleanse and then a full body one using Dherbs products, which are great. I use their Female Hormonal supplements. I love it! I finally have normal cycles again and I feel really good!

I do have a question for those who are into being healthy, or anyone who may or may not be think about losing weight. My question is when you see someone else trying to continue their health journey and you are too, do you feel that encouraging that person is talking down to them? I was posed with that idea from another individual who is “body positive” just because I told another model “you are doing great, keep it up!” Let me know your thoughts because I grew up in a different time, not in this PC era. In no way did I have a condescending thought when giving the young lady a compliment. I do not move that way either, but by all means, please let me hear your thoughts on this.

I will try to post once a month my progress and where I am in my weight loss journey! Be safe, blessed, and share with you soon.

Weight loss update

I am down 8 pounds, 228 pounds to 220 pounds, and doing well!

What am I doing: I walk everyday and eat a lot of fiber. The base of all my meals after breakfast is a large salad. I am sleeping 7 to 8 hrs per night.

Supplements I am taking: diatomaceous earth for parasites, DHEA for hormone balancing, proteolytic enzymes for digestion, chlorella to remove toxins, neuroplex, pituitrophin and taurine for nervous system support. I was taking Release for a couple of weeks, but noticed it was not doing much for me and I was taking 4 per day. I am taking a fat burner, but not that much. The fat burner I am taking is Hydroxycut Pro Clinical which includes apple cider vinegar, B vitamins, coffee extract, and other vitamins and minerals. I am 47 with a sluggish metabolism so I need additional support in my weight loss journey. I intermittent fast on the weekends instead of everyday.

Other things I am doing: I am drinking water half my body weight but no more than 96 ounces per day. I am super active and see that movement is the key to weight loss.

Future considerations: I am going back to work soon and I would like to make the investment of trying the DHerbs weight loss system. I do know that with my age my metabolism has slowed down, but I want this weight gone for good and done healthy and holistically. I have been reading about DHerbs for awhile now and heard great things about their product. I want to try them out after receiving my first paycheck!

Summary: I feel lighter, better, more energized for sure! I have been feeling a little down emotionally from time to time because my mother is not here with me. Other than that, physically I feel great!

When They See Us – The Continued Journey Towards Healing

When They See Us is a biographical NetFlix movie directed by Ava Duvernay and was released a little over a week a go. For those who do not know about the movie, it is about 5 young black men, otherwise known as the Central Park 5, who were wrongfully accused for raping a white woman an investment banker, Trisha Meili. The young men were Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Kharey (Korey) Wise.

Aggressive and illegal tactics were used to forcibly get the young black men to confess to the crime by the Head of the Sex Crimes Unit at the time, Linda Fairstein, and detectives. The young boys ranged in ages 14 to 16 years old. This is a very brief summary of what happened to these young boys and their families in 1989, and really is touching the surface of the horrific nature in how they were treated and how their rights were denied. No evidence, DNA or otherwise, connected the young men to the crime! I would say, in my opinion, the real criminals in this case were the NYC police department (sorry, do not know the precinct), detectives, the prosecutors, the judge assigned to the case, and anyone else who was involved and turned a blind eye to this situation.

Eventually, the real rapist, Matias Reyes (known as the 6th perpetrator by prosecutors, and who was the only one who had DNA evidence linked to the crime scene), was caught after assaulting another victim about a month later after the Central Park crime, but he did not confess until about a decade later….by then the young men served 7 to 12 years in prison for a crime they did not commit. Further, Reyes was not convicted of the rape of Ms. Meili because the confession came after the statute of limitations, which is unfair, unjust, and another tragedy. As I see it, there are 6 victims in all this, Ms. Meili and the 5 young black men.

I saw the movie for the first time this past weekend. I honestly did not want to watch the movie as I am a sensitive person and have an issue viewing movies/shows where people of color like myself are being abused, beaten down, and treated inhumane.

I remember when the incident happened in 1989. I was a senior in high school but did not know all of the details of this case. To be honest, being a young adult seeing Rodney King being beaten and rights violated by the police in 1991, what was done to these young black men in 1989 did not at all surprise me.

Watching the movie broke me. It was a 4 part movie first going into the crime itself, then how the boys were tracked down and coerced to answering questions about the crime and confessing, most WITHOUT their parents being present.

I feel all the men were wronged in this situation, but one guy who I felt was wronged at the highest extent was Korey Wise. I say this not to make less what the other 4 experienced because how they were all treated at the police department ie, not being able to eat or drink, not getting breaks, not being able to speak to their parents….made me feel that this could be my sons in this situation.

But with Korey…..first off, the actor who played Korey, Jharrel Jerome, did an excellent job. I saw a little snippet of the original interview the prosecution had done with Korey in 1989. I could tell that Korey was special needs. He did not understand the questions being asked him and I do not think he really understood the future impact and implications of what he was forced to say. Plus he was struggling in expressing himself. I was not convinced that he committed this crime!

Korey is hearing disabled, was having problems learning in school, could not read, and was being bullied, hence the reason for him dropping out of school. I sense the detectives picked up on the fact that Korey was special needs, and it helped the detectives that he was 16 years old and did not need a parent present for questioning. Korey was there not because he was on the list of boys who were in Central Park that night, but because he was going to support his friend who was on the list, Yusuf Salaam. After the detectives physically assaulted Korey and got him to confess to the crimes, he was tried as an adult, was sentenced more time than the other young men, and had to serve his time at Rikers Island (from which he later transferred to another correctional facility).

The other 3 parts of the movie go into the boys lives after being sentenced. Four of the young men served time in juvenile detention centers before being transferred to adult prisons. But Korey dealt with a lot to put it lightly….being abused and assaulted as a young teenage boy having to live in a prison population of life long criminals! Very heart breaking. I was crying and very upset in watching Part 4 detailing Korey’s life after his sentencing.

My other feeling was that the prosecutor and detectives had a profile as to who committed this crime. There were a lot of rapes that took place prior to the Central Park incident, many committed by Mattias Reyes, which he was not in custody when the 5 boys were brought in for the Central Park rape. It did not help that a group of black and Latino boys were in the Park having fun that night. Some were committing petty crimes like mugging and harrassing passerbys, but no rape. While watching the movie, I felt it could have been any black boy who was interrogated that day in the precinct. If they could get only one to confess, he would have been the perpetrator with a case. That day, the detectives got 5 who fit the profile. No one had a chance for justice….if a boy fit the profile, black, young, and in the Park that night, he was going to get charged.

The detectives also lied to the boys and the parents! Telling them the boys would go home if they confessed to the crime and signed statements to confessing! I was very angry because only one parent knew her rights and refused her son to confess or sign anything. Most people do not know their rights so the parents were not at fault. The detectives and prosecution took advantage of the situation. A very teachable moment…..

Final thoughts:

I do not know where to begin. How do we heal in a society that is still ill and sick? Racism is a sickness. Not accepting people for who they are and not giving them a fair chance has been going on for decades.

Trayvon Martin and countless of others have been killed by law enforcement or others for no rhyme or reason https://newsone.com/playlist/black-men-youths-who-were-killed-by-police/item/50. These young men just happened to “fit” the profile of a criminal and they were not.

On this blog I typically only discuss matters regarding holistic living. I believe mental and spiritual health are apart of living holistically.

I have spoke to my children about their rights as When They See Us was definitely a teachable moment for us all. I pray to God for peace and a time when every one will love each other regardless of difference.

I do not have the answer to healing from this perpetual wrong doing that continues. It seems as we try to heal there is another young black person who is killed and we cannot comprehend why.

I do know that we must continue talking and pointing out these actions. We cannot just accept it as a way of life. I felt it in my spirit to discuss on my platform. Who knows? Maybe some further discussion could take place and lead to action leading to acceptance and healing.

Parasite Diet and Supplementation

An uncomfortable topic for discussion is parasitic infections. I am currently on a parasite diet and cleanse and have experienced a lot in terms of healing and improved overall being.

Did you know that at least 85% of Americans currently have parasites in their system? Parasites can cause much stress to the body and can lead to major illness.

The best way to get rid of them is through a parasite diet that usually includes cooked organic vegetables, grassfed meats, and no dairy. One supplement I have been using is diatomaceous earth, which essentially destroys the parasites that ingest them. I also take proteolytic enzymes and chlorella which helps to push these bugs out. A very sensitive issue that needs to be discussed and helps with improved health long term.

https://drpompa.com/cellular-health/the-411-on-parasites/

My Perimenopause Battle

Where should I start???? Ugh….the change began around December 2017. I missed my first period and was not pregnant. I just turned 46 and did not see my period for 2 whole months.

I did not know if I should be elated or concerned, but certainly kept an eye on it. I kept track of my cycle each month putting in calendar entries in my phone each time it would decide to come on and leave me again for a month, or 2, or 3.

Personally, at the beginning I felt glad to not have to deal with the mess of a cycle each month. I never used tampons, always pads and at times, organic pads, although safer but can lead to more mess, stained clothes, and misery . On the other hand, I hated the continuous bloat and weight gain, especially in the midsection.

I have tried everything. Natural water pills, drinking more water, cleanses, diet changes, etc. The bloat never seemed to go away. It was uncomfortable and having to wear shapers to hide the bloat was even more so unnatural.

I have read that this is not unusual to skip a period here and there at my age. I am producing less estrogen and my body is going through a test run getting ready for the grand finale called menopause. It was a bit concerning to hear from my holistic doctor that at the age of 47 going on 48 I was too young to be going through this!

I have so many questions about genetics and what is normal for each woman when it comes to this period business. To tell you the truth, I would be happy if the P did not come around anymore if I did not have to deal with the bloat! But my health is important so feel a need to explore more.

I was given neurotrophin, DHEA, taurine, pituitrophin, and chlorella to help with hormone balancing and metal/radiation cleansing as these came up in my last appointment. Really concerning but the good news (or bad, depending on how you look at it) is my period dod come on after skipping a whole month. Not sure if it would have come on any way or if it was due to the newer supplements which I have only taken for about a week or 2. I would think that it would take more time for these to have an effect in my body, but who knows???? This perimenopause has brought more confusion and questions regarding my overall health I just want my body and happy back and wondering if achieving balance is or ever will be possible again.

For those women who are “going through it” as I call it….how are you coping?

Golo Holistic Wellness Plan

GOLO is a natural and holistic weightloss and wellness plan. No shakes or replacement meals. It includes a food diary, meal plan, cookbook, and education behind diets.It comes with a supplement called Release which helps with weight loss by reducing cravings, balancing hormones, and improving overall metabolic health.I will be sharing my progress in the coming weeks!#golo #release #holistichealth #bethlehempa #lehighvalleypa

Product Review: CVS Tumeric Face Mask

I bought several face masks from #cvs. I picked up the usual charcoal, green tea, and I found the a tumeric face mask. It has tons of great ingredients, including tumeric!

Tumeric is an herb with tons of great properties.

Here are the 10 proven benefits of tumeric:

1. Turmeric Contains Bioactive Compounds With Powerful Medicinal Properties

2. Curcumin Is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Compound

3. Turmeric Dramatically Increases the Antioxidant Capacity of the Body

4. Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases

5. Curcumin Should Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

6. Turmeric Can Help Prevent (And Perhaps Even Treat) Cancer

7. Curcumin May Be Useful in Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

8. Arthritis Patients Respond Very Well to Curcumin Supplements

9. Studies Show That Curcumin Has Incredible Benefits Against Depression

10. Curcumin May Help Delay Aging and Fight Age-Related Chronic Diseases

Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric#section9

Benefits of tumeric in the skin are multifold, including: anti-inflammatory properties, fight off acne, reduce dark circles, protect against sun damage, reduce appearace of stretch marks, and soothe dry skin.

Source: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/evewoman/article/2001299126/six-amazing-skin-benefits-of-turmeric

I love this particular face mask because it left my skin feeling soft and not as dry. My only complaint is the instructions state to gently pat the same excess into the skin. The excess was somewhat sticky and tacky, which felt kind of weird as I was going to bed shortly thereafter. But the end results were amazing. Soft skin with no dry feeling upon waking in the morning. I did not feel that I had to moisturize, which was great! Saved a lot of time in cleaning, exfoliating etc the next day!

Tumeric face mask helps with age spots and other skin issues. I’ve got mine from @cvs_beauty.

#skincare #beauty #holistichealth #bethlehempa #lehighvalleypa

Product Review: Focus Fast

I take 2 of these 30 minutes before going out for my morning walk. I have lots of energy that lasts throughout the day. No crashing. No negative side effects or interactions with my other supplements. The supplements are easy to swallow and are non-constipating. I love the fact that there are B vitamins included, more than just B12. Make sure to drink plenty of water when taking these as the supplement changes the urine color somewhat (lime green).

I intermittent fast using the 16:8 method and sometimes one meal a day. And I am on a keto diet. Prior to taking these supplements, a lot of brain fog and tiredness due to the change in eating patterns and following a low carb diet. These supplements include B vitamins that are needed when eating low carb. You can purchase Focus Fast on Amazon. I will definitely purchase again!

#bvitamins #extremeenergy #improvedmentalfocus #enyoticshealth #focusfast #lehighvalleypa #bethlehempa

Friday Vibes

I have nothing to share other than I feel amazing to be able to use my voice as a platform for healthy change.

As an aspiring model, I have been criticized a lot about my hair, skin, weight, how I look, my overall ability to do what I think I can do. I am not a victim…I REFUSE to be one. I am taking my life, aspirations, goals and turning all of these aspects into something positive.

I am taking the power back and saying loud and clear that I am intelligent, pretty, courageous, strong enough to do anything I want and will to do.

I am taking that pledge to myself to not allow anyone to take power over me and my thoughts. To stand tall, move forward, think forward, and have faith that I can do this, no matter what obstacles come my way.

I am understanding and accepting that I am WORTHY as God’s child of having great health and relationships, success is mine to have and not anyone’s to take away.

I can have all this and more. Allowing myself to be open to the change and receiving it all, words, comments, praises, criticism, defeat…all leading to further greatness and awesomeness cause God knows and knew before I was born the greatness He created in me and what I possess.

I say all this to say you have it, too. If you do not know, take the time to look deep and explore all the positivity that you possess. You’ve got it! Just have faith and believe and you will soar to greater heights.

Everyone, thanks for supporting my blog. I thank you for your love, light, and you being uniquely you. Have a blessed and happy weekend. If you have your mother here and/or are a mother, Happy Mother’s Day.

For those who are like me who lost their mother recently or a long time ago, I feel and understand your pain. Please find solace and comfort in the fact that you will see your Mother again and when you do, that will be the ultimate family reunion! Until next time be blessed and remember to clean house!