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Mini Delites: From Seattle

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{ an off the shoulder summer }

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{ spicy nuts at Rancho Valencia }

Hello, hello from Seattle!

Busy Monday— I’m here for work but if you guys have any fun, non-work recommendations, definitely let me know below.

Earlier last week my trainer ( he’s helping me get back into the gym slowly ), Mike & I were shooting the shit. I was telling him about a particular annoyance & asking him if I was handling the situation right.

He said: “There is no such thing as right. My way might be right for me, your way might be right for you.”

 

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{ packing makeup favorites }

For some reason that’s been repeating through my mind for the last week.

There is no such thing as ‘right’, right?

This further resonated while reading through so many of your comments from this post on creativity ( YOU GUYS ARE SO TALENTED, MY GOSH ). And from the looks of it, it seems most of you are doing what’s right for you.

I remember when I was launching a blog in 2010-ish & so many people said “HUH? WHAT DO YOU MEAN A BLOG? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE ANY MONEY? IS THAT EVEN A JOB?”

AWKWARD.

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{ ice cream gummies }

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{ the gorgeous Nanz— obsessed with this blue }

Obviously I followed my instincts & did what was RIGHT for ME. If I had listened to all the Negative Nancy’s, I’d still be bartending until midnight five nights a week.

It’s invigorating to pick & choose what’s right for you. You have that power to dictate your life & no one really has any business telling you otherwise.

As I get older, I’m no longer interested in letting anyone tell me ‘what’s right’ or wrong because ultimately there is no ‘right.’

Am I making sense?

Just some thoughts.

Also, in a continued effort to share more content, I’m doing weekly newsletters. These are filled with TSC updates, personal letters, & much more so definitely subscribe by leaving your e-mail in the comment section or in the subscribe box to the right.

NOW I am off to watch Narcos ( BEST SHOW ) & prepare for a full day of activities in Seattle tomorrow. Will keep ya posted.

Sending the best Monday vibes, lauryn

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{ summer ice cubes }


Mini DeLites: BETTER

mini delites feeling better 4 | by the skinny confidential{ sunday night…obsessed with this popcorn lately }

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{ marble Converse designed by Fashionlush }

HI again!

It’s 10:05 PM on Monday & I am feeling so, so, SO much better.

Like last week I was dying & now I’m Richard Simmons dancing with jazz hands on crack.

Thank you, thank you for your well wishes. Many of you guys have become like friends. The e-mails I’ve received have been just insanely amazing & I feel lucky.

Ok so, some random thoughts: suddenly I’ve developed a bizarre kind of social anxiety. Apparently after two months of house arrest, it’s weird going outside. Bright lights, loud noises, gas station germs, nail salon cuticle bits…ANXIETY. So currently I’m trying to get back into real life. It’s as if I’ve forgotten how to be a normal, functioning human being. Like literally why does the freeway have traffic? How do I park to grab a quick coffee? Did I leave the candles burning with the dogs home? ( NO I didn’t, but you get it ). Why is that person staring at my jaw? ( THEY’RE NOT. They’re staring at the scrambled eggs hanging off my numb chin from earlier this morning ).

Anyway. Will let you know how my re-introduction to society goes next week.

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{ at the office: striped planner x snakeskin iPhone case }

Today I went to the doctor for a re-check and he said I’M DOING SO MUCH BETTER. I won’t bore you with the details. Then I went home, finished up some work, & started cooking a Blue Apron meal ( specifically their spicy eggplant pasta ). Mid-cooking Michael walks in & says he’s very stressed, work-wise, & I tell him “YOU NEED TO FIND something else other than work to wind down at night!”

Look at me dishing out advice that I need to give myself. HA.

So he grabs the spatula & finishes cooking the whole meal.

( Note: this is a good way to manipulate a guy into cooking for you ).

Apparently his ‘something else’ is suddenly cooking. Let’s see how long this lasts. Currently Chef Boyardee’s in earphones next to me ( he invested in high quality earphones so he doesn’t have to hear quote on quote “the keys of the keyboard CLACK TOGETHER” ) & listening to the CALM app which is like mediation on steroids.

Charming.

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{ the BEST Rice Krispies ( UM COCONUT CARAMEL?! ) from bliss & baker }

I’m very excited for tomorrow because I’m attempting a light hike ( & some fucking fresh air ) with my dad. I could really use fresh air. I feel like I’m going insane being inside so much. I know, I know…I’m getting ahead of myself— I need to take it down 27271727 notches, what’s new. But trust me, you’d go crazy too. Anyway, after that my outing will probably consist of grabbing a SmartWater & peach at Whole Foods. Assuming I find parking, which would be weird. Then home, work, cook ( << right Michael? ), sleep. Groundhog day over here.

Can you tell I’m feeling better? ; )

Chat tomorrow, I’m off to enjoy a carrot Kombucha & popcorn. x

P.S. I’m extending TSC giveaway just because! Don’t forget to enter— it’s a goodie.

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{ pretty in purple }

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{ no evil monkeys from The Nanz }


WANNA TALK ABOUT COFFEE ENEMAS? Yes. We’re Going There.

Weslie Christensen has been on The Skinny Confidential many times.  A lot of you guys already know her & follow her...and if you don't?  YOU SHOULD!  I'm personally drawn to Weslie as a person because she's relatable & approachable. Ever since I met her through the Internet ( CRAZY! ), we've kept in touch & I can say without doubt she's SO down to earth.    Weslie also has the cutest family on the planet. Really though, her three kids are too adorable....so if you're a mom & looking for a little hottie mommy inspo, head over to Weslie's Instagram & blog--- you won't be disappointed.  Ok so, recently Weslie reached out about something that immediately intrigued me...COFFEE ENEMAS.  I don't judge until I research so before jumping to conclusions, read what she has to say. It actually makes a lot of sense.  We both felt like The Skinny Confidential was the perfect platform to discuss this taboo subject...because we all know I LOVEEEE DISCUSSING TABOOS SUBJECTS ( aka camel toes, boob jobs, Kegals, surgery, birth control, organic tampons, you get it ). Any other taboo subject ideas, leave them below so I can check them off my list, lol.  Anyway I have yet to try this treatment. And obviously, e aren't doctors so definitely do your own research before trying an enema. | Introduce yourself ( AGAIN! Most of you guys already know Weslie ) |  Weslie Christensen: Hello! My name is Weslie and I blog over at Love Chugs. I am a mama of three, Amazon junkie, and Licensed Master Esthetician…so, skin and beauty is kind of my thing. I had a bit of a health/skin crisis last year when I came down with candida and a sluggish thyroid---this lead me to stumble upon the holy grail of natural detoxes: the coffee enema. After a ton of initial hesitation, I tried one out and imidiately fell in love with all the health benefits. After, I forced my family and friends to try it out, and they walked away feeling better than ever before, I knew I had to tell Lauryn (and you guys) about them, too!  | Ok so, wait. What exactly is an enema?! |  An enema is an at home procedure that administers liquid into your body through your rectum. Enemas typically are recommended as a treatment for people suffering from constipation, but there are so many more health benefits to these things than just constipation relief. A coffee enema in particular is like a little detoxing powerhouse.  The Gerson institute explains how a coffee enema works best. They state, "The purpose of the coffee enemas is to remove toxins accumulated in the liver and to remove free radicals from the bloodstream. In the 1920s, two German professors tested the effects of infused caffeine on rats. They found that the caffeine travels via the hemorrhoidal vein and the portal system to the liver, opens up the bile ducts and allows the liver to release bile, which contains toxins. The theobromine, theophylline, and the caffeine in coffee dilate blood vessels and bile ducts, relax smooth muscles, and increase the bile flow.”  So layman’s terms: coffee in your bum (not stomach) goes straight to your liver via your portal vein. When the coffee is in you liver is opens all those little capillaries and relaxes muscles that are normally tight---which releases bile and bile is filled with your bodies toxins.  | What the hell--- why are enemas so taboo? |  I think people are embarrassed to talk about poop. Especially their own poop. Simple as that. It is kind of embarrassing though, right? Like, I get it. I don't really want people knowing my bathroom habits either. But guys, EVERYONE POOPS.   coffee-beansGT  | Describe to us the whole process? We need details |  A.} What you’ll need:   First off, you will need to purchase an enema kit. There are bag options and bucket options…. I use the bag version and don’t have any problems with it, but people seem to love the bucket kind, too. You can shop around here or here  Next, you need to buy some premium organic coffee beans. I use PurE Coffee that is made especially for coffee enemas. Did I say it has to be organic? It has to be organic. Guys, ORGANIC!  B.} When to do it?   Ideally, you should do your coffee enema after a bowel movement, so you can retain the coffee for longer. So mornings are best for most people. If you are constipated, do the enema anyway; this will get things moving nicely!  C.} How to prepare the coffee enema   1.) Grab a saucepan and put 2 tablespoons of your ground organic coffee in the saucepan. Add 3 cups of FILTERED water to the pot.  2.) Bring the coffee and filtered water mixture to a boil, then take if off the heat and let it cool. When it's body temperature ( you can test this by placing a clean finger into the coffee, it will be neither hot or cold ) strain through a stainless steal or gold mesh strainer into a clean glass-pouring jar.  3.) Head to the bathroom with your strained coffee and set up a space that is comfortable for you to lie down on. Hint: Be near a toilet and use an old towel, as sometimes there can be slight coffee leakage. Grab a pillow and some reading material, or your phone, as you will be here for approximately 12 to 15 minutes.  4.) Now, assemble your enema kit. It must have a tube and nozzle attached to the bucket or bag. Also, Make sure you have a place to hang it about 3 feet above ground. A towel rack or shower rod works great.  5.) There will be an attachment near the nozzle that allows you to stop or start the flow of coffee once you have poured it into the bag ( or bucket ). Make sure this is in the ‘off’ position before pouring the coffee into the bag. I’ve learned my lesson with this one too many times!  6.) Once the coffee is in the bag or bucket hold the tube and nozzle over the sink and turn it on to allow the coffee to run through the tube until there are no air bubbles. Stop the flow once you know there are no bubbles left.  7.) Grab some organic coconut oil & apply it to the nozzle tip and your bum, too. Don’t be stingy. This will make insertion easy peasy.  8.) Lie down, relax, and then insert the nozzle till it's about 1 inch inside the rectum. Turn on the flow of coffee slowly until the bag or bucket is emptied. Take your time with this as you start out. Let your body get used to it. Then, take the nozzle out.  9.) Now you can either remain lying on your right side, or lie on your back with your feet up above head level or resting up against a wall. You can even get wild with it once you’re a bit more confident and do some yoga moves to get the fluid really moving around inside you. And don’t be surprised if you hear some funny squirting noises from your tummy, this is a good sign and an indication of the bile being stimulated for release.  10.) Try to retain the enema for 12 to 15 minutes. You may feel some strong urges to go to the toilet, especially the first few times you try this, but don’t give up! Try to hold on for as long as you can, quite often the sensations and cramps pass with some deep breathing. As you do these more regularly you will be able to retain the coffee for longer stretches. 15 minutes max is all you need.  11.) When you are ready to release, head to the toilet and let it go..."Let it go, let it go, don’t hold it back anymore!” ( Did I mention I have three kids? I have three kids ).  | Interesting! What are the benefits? |   1. Reduces levels of toxicity by up to 600%. 2. Cleans and heals the colon, improving peristalsis (wave like muscle contraction that aid in moving food—vital for digestions). 3. Increases energy levels, improves mental clarity and mood. 4. Helps with depression, bad moods, and sluggishness. 5. Helps eliminate parasites and candida. 6. Improves digestion, bile flow, and eases bloating. 7. Detoxifies the liver and helps repair the liver. 8. Can help heal chronic health conditions (along with following a mainly raw plant based diet). 9. Helps ease "die-off" or detox reactions during periods of fasting or juice fasting, cleansing or healing. 10. Used regularly in the Gerson Institute treatment protocol for healing cancer patients naturally { source } | Sounds like a lot of pros--- what are the cons? |  A con for me in the beginning was that it felt a bit time consuming. From start to finish, the whole process takes about 30-40 minutes. I’ve learned to utilize that time more efficiently now that I’m an old pro. I prep the coffee before I get the kids’ breakfast ready, that way the coffee can be cooling down while were doing our morning routine.  | Let's get real: does it hurt/feel weird having something up your butt?! |  No. Not one bit! The scariest part is inserting the enema nozzle. It’s tiny, by the way--think like the size of a straw, but once it’s in you can’t really feel it.  Holding the coffee solution though…welllll, that’s a different story. It doesn’t hurt. There isn’t any pain involved, but it’s definitely not comfortable. You may feel some cramping here and there, with a whole lot of pressure—but my advice is to take deep breaths when you need to & just power through. Scroll through Instagram, or turn on your favorite podcast. Get your mind off of it, and try to hold it for at least 12 minutes.  | Recommendations if someone is interested? |  I recommend aloneness. HA! But seriously, be totally alone. You don’t want a house full of guests, or the kids barging in. You also can’t exactly jump up in the middle of the process to get the door, or take your dog out. So, plan accordingly.  | How many times do you have to do it to see results? |  I felt results right away. After the very first one! But it is recommended to do a series back to back for a week. So that’s one a day for 7 days straight. After that, you can taper off to 2-3 per week for the next 3 weeks. Then you go to maintenance schedule, which means you would do one only when you’re feeling a bit sluggish, or off. It’s really easy to be more in tune to your body once its detoxed and healthy, so you’ll know when one is needed as time goes on.  Weslie Christensen talks coffee enemas | the skinny confidential  | Who's an enema candiate? |  Anyone who is interested in detoxification should definitely look into coffee enemas. I initially started when I found out I had a sluggish thyroid and candida after having my third baby, and I didn’t want to take medication right off the bat. I was aiming to balance out my body naturally when I stumbled upon these, and since doing them I am healthier than ever. I managed to evade medication entirely.  | Pre/post prep tips for an enema? |  It’s always important to be well hydrated, but it’s especially important to keep hydrating while practicing any form of enemas or colon therapy. So make sure to drink water before and after. It’s also a good idea to take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement when deciding to embark on coffee enemas.  | Any more info we need to know? |  How about a fun fact? It takes your heart only 4 minutes to pump all of the blood throughout your entire body through the liver. During a coffee enema, you aim to hold the coffee for at least 12 minutes so that you can get 3 full rounds of total blood detoxification. Cool, right?  + Check out Weslie's tanning tips. + Follow Weslie on Instagram.  Weslie Christensen talks coffee enemas | the skinny confidential

Weslie Christensen has been on The Skinny Confidential many times.

A lot of you guys already know her & follow her…and if you don’t?

YOU SHOULD!

I’m personally drawn to Weslie because she’s relatable & approachable. Ever since I met her through the Internet ( CRAZY! ), we’ve kept in touch & I can say without a doubt she’s SO down to earth.

Weslie Christensen talks coffee enemas | the skinny confidential

Weslie also has the cutest family on the planet. Really though, her three kids are too adorable….so if you’re a mom & looking for a little hottie mommy inspo, head over to Weslie’s Instagram & blog— you won’t be disappointed.

Ok so, recently Weslie reached out about something that immediately intrigued me…COFFEE ENEMAS.

I don’t judge until I research! So I encourage you guys to do your own research too & read what Weslie has to say before jumping to conclusions. It actually makes a lot of sense & it’s interesting.

We both felt like The Skinny Confidential was the perfect platform to discuss this taboo subject…because we all know I LOVEEEE DISCUSSING TABOOS SUBJECTS ( aka camel toes, boob jobs ( < coming soon ), Kegals, surgery, birth control, vagina steaming, organic tampons, you get it ). Any other taboo subject ideas, leave them below so I can check them off my list, lol.

Anyway, I have yet to try an enema but I’m certainly curious after this.

And obviously, we aren’t doctors so definitely do your own research before trying an enema. Ok, enjoy:

| Introduce yourself ( AGAIN! Most of you guys already know Weslie ). |

Weslie Christensen: Hello! My name is Weslie and I blog over at Love Chugs. I am a mama of three, Amazon junkie, and Licensed Master Esthetician…so, skin and beauty is kind of my thing. I had a bit of a health/skin crisis last year when I came down with candida and a sluggish thyroid—this lead me to stumble upon the holy grail of natural detoxes: the coffee enema. After a ton of initial hesitation, I tried one out and immediately fell in love with all the health benefits. I forced my family and friends to try it out and they walked away feeling better than ever before. I knew I had to tell Lauryn ( and you guys ) about them, too!

Weslie Christensen has been on The Skinny Confidential many times.  A lot of you guys already know her & follow her...and if you don't?  YOU SHOULD!  I'm personally drawn to Weslie as a person because she's relatable & approachable. Ever since I met her through the Internet ( CRAZY! ), we've kept in touch & I can say without doubt she's SO down to earth.    Weslie also has the cutest family on the planet. Really though, her three kids are too adorable....so if you're a mom & looking for a little hottie mommy inspo, head over to Weslie's Instagram & blog--- you won't be disappointed.  Ok so, recently Weslie reached out about something that immediately intrigued me...COFFEE ENEMAS.  I don't judge until I research so before jumping to conclusions, read what she has to say. It actually makes a lot of sense.  We both felt like The Skinny Confidential was the perfect platform to discuss this taboo subject...because we all know I LOVEEEE DISCUSSING TABOOS SUBJECTS ( aka camel toes, boob jobs, Kegals, surgery, birth control, organic tampons, you get it ). Any other taboo subject ideas, leave them below so I can check them off my list, lol.  Anyway I have yet to try this treatment. And obviously, e aren't doctors so definitely do your own research before trying an enema. | Introduce yourself ( AGAIN! Most of you guys already know Weslie ) |  Weslie Christensen: Hello! My name is Weslie and I blog over at Love Chugs. I am a mama of three, Amazon junkie, and Licensed Master Esthetician…so, skin and beauty is kind of my thing. I had a bit of a health/skin crisis last year when I came down with candida and a sluggish thyroid---this lead me to stumble upon the holy grail of natural detoxes: the coffee enema. After a ton of initial hesitation, I tried one out and imidiately fell in love with all the health benefits. After, I forced my family and friends to try it out, and they walked away feeling better than ever before, I knew I had to tell Lauryn (and you guys) about them, too!  | Ok so, wait. What exactly is an enema?! |  An enema is an at home procedure that administers liquid into your body through your rectum. Enemas typically are recommended as a treatment for people suffering from constipation, but there are so many more health benefits to these things than just constipation relief. A coffee enema in particular is like a little detoxing powerhouse.  The Gerson institute explains how a coffee enema works best. They state, "The purpose of the coffee enemas is to remove toxins accumulated in the liver and to remove free radicals from the bloodstream. In the 1920s, two German professors tested the effects of infused caffeine on rats. They found that the caffeine travels via the hemorrhoidal vein and the portal system to the liver, opens up the bile ducts and allows the liver to release bile, which contains toxins. The theobromine, theophylline, and the caffeine in coffee dilate blood vessels and bile ducts, relax smooth muscles, and increase the bile flow.”  So layman’s terms: coffee in your bum (not stomach) goes straight to your liver via your portal vein. When the coffee is in you liver is opens all those little capillaries and relaxes muscles that are normally tight---which releases bile and bile is filled with your bodies toxins.  | What the hell--- why are enemas so taboo? |  I think people are embarrassed to talk about poop. Especially their own poop. Simple as that. It is kind of embarrassing though, right? Like, I get it. I don't really want people knowing my bathroom habits either. But guys, EVERYONE POOPS.   coffee-beansGT  | Describe to us the whole process? We need details |  A.} What you’ll need:   First off, you will need to purchase an enema kit. There are bag options and bucket options…. I use the bag version and don’t have any problems with it, but people seem to love the bucket kind, too. You can shop around here or here  Next, you need to buy some premium organic coffee beans. I use PurE Coffee that is made especially for coffee enemas. Did I say it has to be organic? It has to be organic. Guys, ORGANIC!  B.} When to do it?   Ideally, you should do your coffee enema after a bowel movement, so you can retain the coffee for longer. So mornings are best for most people. If you are constipated, do the enema anyway; this will get things moving nicely!  C.} How to prepare the coffee enema   1.) Grab a saucepan and put 2 tablespoons of your ground organic coffee in the saucepan. Add 3 cups of FILTERED water to the pot.  2.) Bring the coffee and filtered water mixture to a boil, then take if off the heat and let it cool. When it's body temperature ( you can test this by placing a clean finger into the coffee, it will be neither hot or cold ) strain through a stainless steal or gold mesh strainer into a clean glass-pouring jar.  3.) Head to the bathroom with your strained coffee and set up a space that is comfortable for you to lie down on. Hint: Be near a toilet and use an old towel, as sometimes there can be slight coffee leakage. Grab a pillow and some reading material, or your phone, as you will be here for approximately 12 to 15 minutes.  4.) Now, assemble your enema kit. It must have a tube and nozzle attached to the bucket or bag. Also, Make sure you have a place to hang it about 3 feet above ground. A towel rack or shower rod works great.  5.) There will be an attachment near the nozzle that allows you to stop or start the flow of coffee once you have poured it into the bag ( or bucket ). Make sure this is in the ‘off’ position before pouring the coffee into the bag. I’ve learned my lesson with this one too many times!  6.) Once the coffee is in the bag or bucket hold the tube and nozzle over the sink and turn it on to allow the coffee to run through the tube until there are no air bubbles. Stop the flow once you know there are no bubbles left.  7.) Grab some organic coconut oil & apply it to the nozzle tip and your bum, too. Don’t be stingy. This will make insertion easy peasy.  8.) Lie down, relax, and then insert the nozzle till it's about 1 inch inside the rectum. Turn on the flow of coffee slowly until the bag or bucket is emptied. Take your time with this as you start out. Let your body get used to it. Then, take the nozzle out.  9.) Now you can either remain lying on your right side, or lie on your back with your feet up above head level or resting up against a wall. You can even get wild with it once you’re a bit more confident and do some yoga moves to get the fluid really moving around inside you. And don’t be surprised if you hear some funny squirting noises from your tummy, this is a good sign and an indication of the bile being stimulated for release.  10.) Try to retain the enema for 12 to 15 minutes. You may feel some strong urges to go to the toilet, especially the first few times you try this, but don’t give up! Try to hold on for as long as you can, quite often the sensations and cramps pass with some deep breathing. As you do these more regularly you will be able to retain the coffee for longer stretches. 15 minutes max is all you need.  11.) When you are ready to release, head to the toilet and let it go..."Let it go, let it go, don’t hold it back anymore!” ( Did I mention I have three kids? I have three kids ).  | Interesting! What are the benefits? |   1. Reduces levels of toxicity by up to 600%. 2. Cleans and heals the colon, improving peristalsis (wave like muscle contraction that aid in moving food—vital for digestions). 3. Increases energy levels, improves mental clarity and mood. 4. Helps with depression, bad moods, and sluggishness. 5. Helps eliminate parasites and candida. 6. Improves digestion, bile flow, and eases bloating. 7. Detoxifies the liver and helps repair the liver. 8. Can help heal chronic health conditions (along with following a mainly raw plant based diet). 9. Helps ease "die-off" or detox reactions during periods of fasting or juice fasting, cleansing or healing. 10. Used regularly in the Gerson Institute treatment protocol for healing cancer patients naturally { source } | Sounds like a lot of pros--- what are the cons? |  A con for me in the beginning was that it felt a bit time consuming. From start to finish, the whole process takes about 30-40 minutes. I’ve learned to utilize that time more efficiently now that I’m an old pro. I prep the coffee before I get the kids’ breakfast ready, that way the coffee can be cooling down while were doing our morning routine.  | Let's get real: does it hurt/feel weird having something up your butt?! |  No. Not one bit! The scariest part is inserting the enema nozzle. It’s tiny, by the way--think like the size of a straw, but once it’s in you can’t really feel it.  Holding the coffee solution though…welllll, that’s a different story. It doesn’t hurt. There isn’t any pain involved, but it’s definitely not comfortable. You may feel some cramping here and there, with a whole lot of pressure—but my advice is to take deep breaths when you need to & just power through. Scroll through Instagram, or turn on your favorite podcast. Get your mind off of it, and try to hold it for at least 12 minutes.  | Recommendations if someone is interested? |  I recommend aloneness. HA! But seriously, be totally alone. You don’t want a house full of guests, or the kids barging in. You also can’t exactly jump up in the middle of the process to get the door, or take your dog out. So, plan accordingly.  | How many times do you have to do it to see results? |  I felt results right away. After the very first one! But it is recommended to do a series back to back for a week. So that’s one a day for 7 days straight. After that, you can taper off to 2-3 per week for the next 3 weeks. Then you go to maintenance schedule, which means you would do one only when you’re feeling a bit sluggish, or off. It’s really easy to be more in tune to your body once its detoxed and healthy, so you’ll know when one is needed as time goes on.  Weslie Christensen talks coffee enemas | the skinny confidential  | Who's an enema candiate? |  Anyone who is interested in detoxification should definitely look into coffee enemas. I initially started when I found out I had a sluggish thyroid and candida after having my third baby, and I didn’t want to take medication right off the bat. I was aiming to balance out my body naturally when I stumbled upon these, and since doing them I am healthier than ever. I managed to evade medication entirely.  | Pre/post prep tips for an enema? |  It’s always important to be well hydrated, but it’s especially important to keep hydrating while practicing any form of enemas or colon therapy. So make sure to drink water before and after. It’s also a good idea to take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement when deciding to embark on coffee enemas.  | Any more info we need to know? |  How about a fun fact? It takes your heart only 4 minutes to pump all of the blood throughout your entire body through the liver. During a coffee enema, you aim to hold the coffee for at least 12 minutes so that you can get 3 full rounds of total blood detoxification. Cool, right?  + Check out Weslie's tanning tips. + Follow Weslie on Instagram.  Weslie Christensen talks coffee enemas | the skinny confidential

| Ok so, wait. What exactly is an enema?! |

An enema is an at-home procedure that administers liquid into your body through your rectum. Enemas typically are recommended as a treatment for people suffering from constipation, but there are so many more health benefits to these things than just constipation relief. A coffee enema in particular is like a little detoxing powerhouse.

The Gerson institute explains how a coffee enema works best. They state, “The purpose of the coffee enemas is to remove toxins accumulated in the liver and to remove free radicals from the bloodstream. In the 1920s, two German professors tested the effects of infused caffeine on rats. They found that the caffeine travels via the hemorrhoidal vein and the portal system to the liver, opens up the bile ducts and allows the liver to release bile, which contains toxins. The theobromine, theophylline, and the caffeine in coffee dilate blood vessels and bile ducts, relax smooth muscles, and increase the bile flow.”

So layman’s terms: coffee in your bum (not stomach) goes straight to your liver via your portal vein. When the coffee is in your liver it opens all those little capillaries and relaxes muscles that are normally tight—which releases bile and bile is filled with your body’s toxins.

| Why are enemas so taboo? Like, I’m scared. |

I think people are embarrassed to talk about poop. Especially their own poop. Simple as that.
It is kind of embarrassing though, right? Like, I get it. I don’t really want people knowing my bathroom habits either. But guys, EVERYONE POOPS.

coffee-beansGT

| Describe to us the whole process? We need details! |

A.} What you’ll need:

First off, you will need to purchase an enema kit. There are bag options and bucket options…. I use the bag version and don’t have any problems with it, but people seem to love the bucket kind, too. You can shop around here.

Next, you need to buy some premium organic coffee beans. I use PurE Coffee that is made especially for coffee enemas. Did I say it has to be organic? It has to be organic. Guys, ORGANIC!

B.} When to do it?

Ideally, you should do your coffee enema after a bowel movement, so you can retain the coffee for longer. Mornings are best for most people. If you are constipated, do the enema anyway; this will get things moving nicely!

C.} How to prepare the coffee enema:

1.) Grab a saucepan and put 2 tablespoons of your ground organic coffee in the saucepan. Add 3 cups of FILTERED water to the pot.

2.) Bring the coffee and filtered water mixture to a boil, then take if off the heat and let it cool. When it’s body temperature ( you can test this by placing a clean finger into the coffee, it will be neither hot or cold ) strain through a stainless steal or gold mesh strainer into a clean glass-pouring jar.

3.) Head to the bathroom with your strained coffee and set up a space that is comfortable for you to lie down on. Hint: Be near a toilet and use an old towel, as sometimes there can be slight coffee leakage. Grab a pillow and some reading material, or your phone, as you will be here for approximately 12 to 15 minutes.

4.) Now, assemble your enema kit. It must have a tube and nozzle attached to the bucket or bag. Also, make sure you have a place to hang it about 3 feet above ground. A towel rack or shower rod works great.

5.) There will be an attachment near the nozzle that allows you to stop or start the flow of coffee once you have poured it into the bag ( or bucket ). Make sure this is in the ‘off’ position before pouring the coffee into the bag. I’ve learned my lesson with this one too many times!

6.) Once the coffee is in the bag or bucket hold the tube and nozzle over the sink and turn it on to allow the coffee to run through the tube until there are no air bubbles. Stop the flow once you know there are no bubbles left.

7.) Grab some organic coconut oil & apply it to the nozzle tip and your bum, too. Don’t be stingy. This will make insertion easy peasy.

8.) Lie down, relax, and then insert the nozzle till it’s about 1 inch inside the rectum. Turn on the flow of coffee slowly until the bag or bucket is emptied. Take your time with this as you start out. Let your body get used to it. Then, take the nozzle out.

9.) Now you can either remain lying on your right side, or lie on your back with your feet up above head level or resting up against a wall. You can even get wild with it once you’re a bit more confident and do some yoga moves to get the fluid really moving around inside you. And don’t be surprised if you hear some funny squirting noises from your tummy, this is a good sign and an indication of the bile being stimulated for release.

10.) Try to retain the enema for 12 to 15 minutes. You may feel some strong urges to go to the toilet, especially the first few times you try this, but don’t give up! Try to hold on for as long as you can. Quite often the sensations and cramps pass with some deep breathing. As you do these more regularly you will be able to retain the coffee for longer stretches. 15 minutes max is all you need.

11.) When you are ready to release, head to the toilet and let it go…”Let it go, let it go, don’t hold it back anymore!” ( Did I mention I have three kids? I have three kids ).

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| Interesting! What are the benefits? |

1. Reduces levels of toxicity by up to 600%.
2. Cleans and heals the colon, improving peristalsis (wave like muscle contraction that aid in moving food—vital for digestions).
3. Increases energy levels, improves mental clarity and mood.
4. Helps with depression, bad moods, and sluggishness.
5. Helps eliminate parasites and candida.
6. Improves digestion, bile flow, and eases bloating.
7. Detoxifies the liver and helps repair the liver.
8. Can help heal chronic health conditions (along with following a mainly raw plant based diet).
9. Helps ease “die-off” or detox reactions during periods of fasting or juice fasting, cleansing or healing.
10. Used regularly in the Gerson Institute treatment protocol for healing cancer patients naturally.

+ { source from Mind Body Green written by Amanda Brocket of The Raw Food Kitchen }

| Sounds like a lot of pros— what are the cons? |

A con for me in the beginning was that it felt a bit time consuming. From start to finish, the whole process takes about 30-40 minutes. I’ve learned to utilize that time more efficiently now that I’m an old pro. I prep the coffee before I get the kids’ breakfast ready, that way the coffee can be cooling down while were doing our morning routine.

| Let’s get real: does it hurt/feel weird having something up your butt?! |

No. Not one bit! The scariest part is inserting the enema nozzle. It’s tiny, by the way–think like the size of a straw, but once it’s in you can’t really feel it.

Holding the coffee solution though…welllll, that’s a different story. It doesn’t hurt. There isn’t any pain involved, but it’s definitely not comfortable. You may feel some cramping here and there, with a whole lot of pressure—but my advice is to take deep breaths when you need to & just power through. Scroll through Instagram, or turn on your favorite podcast. Get your mind off of it, and try to hold it for at least 12 minutes.

| Recommendations if someone is interested? |

I recommend aloneness. HA! But seriously, be totally alone. You don’t want a house full of guests, or the kids barging in. You also can’t exactly jump up in the middle of the process to get the door, or take your dog out. So, plan accordingly.

| How many times do you have to do it to see results? |

I felt results right away, after the very first one! But it is recommended to do a series back to back for a week. So that’s one a day for 7 days straight. After that, you can taper off to 2-3 per week for the next 3 weeks. Then you go to a maintenance schedule, which means you would do one only when you’re feeling a bit sluggish, or off. It’s really easy to be more in tune with your body once it’s detoxed and healthy. You’ll know when one is needed as time goes on.

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| Who’s an enema candiate? |

Anyone who is interested in detoxification should definitely look into coffee enemas. I initially started when I found out I had a sluggish thyroid and candida after having my third baby, and I didn’t want to take medication right off the bat. I was aiming to balance out my body naturally when I stumbled upon these, and since doing them I am healthier than ever. I managed to evade medication entirely.

| Pre/post prep tips for an enema? |

It’s always important to be well hydrated, but it’s especially important to keep hydrating while practicing any form of enemas or colon therapy. So make sure to drink water before and after. It’s also a good idea to take a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement when deciding to embark on coffee enemas.

| Any more info we need to know? |

How about a fun fact? It takes your heart only 4 minutes to pump all of the blood throughout your entire body through the liver. During a coffee enema, you aim to hold the coffee for at least 12 minutes so that you can get 3 full rounds of total blood detoxification. Cool, right?

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* as always check with a doctor & do your own research before trying an enema. 

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Look All Bronzed & Stuff For Summer 2015: Organic, Vegan Sunless Tanning Tips

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

http://www.lovingtan.com/

Ya, ya, ya we all know I avoid the sun like a sick plague.

But I like a little summer glow, you know?

That’s where my spray tan comes in.

I’ve been spray tanning since 1999. Literally though, lol.

Lately I’ve been traveling & working non-stop so I don’t always have time to do the whole spray tan ordeal.

When Loving Tan reached out to let me know about their DIY at home line and told me it was VEGAN (!!!). I jumped at the chance to try it out.

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

And wait for it…the tanning formula is also: 100% natural, not tested on animals, contains no parabens, and is ORGANIC!! I mean if this isn’t up my alley, I don’t know what is.

I never put things on my blog that I haven’t tried, used, & LOVED. I don’t want anything ‘MEH’ on TSC. And lemme tell ya, I LOVEDDDD this product. I may even switch over to the non spray tan side & switch completely to this product. I feel like spray tans have a million chemicals spraying on to your body in a small area.

A lotion allows the skin to breath and it’s natural sooooooo…I’m very much about it!!

Also, let’s talk about red.

You know the color.

Having any trace of red in my spray/lotion tan just doesn’t work.

I HATEEEE RED TRACES. It makes the tan look fake, forced, & Snookie-ish.

Loving Tan is a natural olive color because it has active ingredients and contains DHA & an ingredient Erythurlose to eliminate orange tones. See what I mean?

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

Casper before, casual Baywatch bronzed after.

Ok so, I’m very specific with my pre/during/post-tan tips. Like, very, very specific.

Here’s a couple I live & die by:

1.) Dry brush before you tan.

Dry brushing is the best exfoliation on the planet. I swear though, not only does it stimulate the lymph system, it also is an amazing pre-tan prep.

2.) Shave the stubble.

Obviously you don’t want to tan with leg hair. I’m always a prickly pear ( let’s be honest, shaving is such an annoyance…it’s also boring ). So I always have to remember to be shaved & ready for my tan. Also, I sweat using my guide before I shower & shave so that’s out of the way.

3.) Use a mitt.

I like this one by Loving Tan called Tan Removing & Skin Polishing Glove. Basically it removes all nasty-ass dead skin cells & old built up tan so your glow will last longer & fade evenly.

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

4.) I know this sounds weird but I have to say it…

I don’t put any tanning stuff on my upper lip. I literally have a mustache from hyper pigmentation ( so chic! ) so an added layer of tan is unnecessary & makes me look like Captain Hook. LOL.

5.) Use an applicator.

This Easy To Reach Back Applicator helps you get to those annoying bits on your back. Make sure it’s slightly dampened first.

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

6.) Apply the tan.

I like the medium shade ( it dries quick). And always use this Deluxe Applicator Mitt. No one wants product kind of just sitting on the skin. I like to make sure the product is really attached & blended. This little mitt is perfect for securing the tan to provide that sun kissed, sex kitten glow.

7.) Mani/Pedi afterwards.

I wait until after the tan for a mani/pedi and I usually only get a polish change because I don’t want to let my feet or nails sit in water ( it would create a line ). Polish changes are GAME changers post-tan. Besides no one likes overly tanned cuticles.

8.) MOISTURIZER, DUH.

Crusty tans are not so cute. To keep your tan look sexy, moisturize with raw coconut oil. It’s my favorite post-tan tip. Wait until the day after the tan is applied though.

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

9.) Don’t lay in white sheets if you’re spray tanning!!

Literally know this from experience. Michael woke up next to me & there was bronzed snow angels all over the bed. I like to apply my tan in the AM and then shower before bed. After tons of trial & error this has worked best. With the new at home product I’ve been using, you can get in bed 2 hours after ( which is FAB ). You don’t have to worry about tanned snow angels with Loving Tan.

10.) Always wash you hands after application.

I feel like this is obvious? But it’s one tip I sometimes forget. I also use a baby wipe to clean the bottoms of my feet, nails, & toenails.

Ta-da.

Anyone else have any tanning tips? Spill.

x, lauryn

ps. use code ‘theskinnyconfidential’ at checkout to receive a free gift with purchase. x

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It’s My Birthday!!! & Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far

The Skinny Confidential talks birthdays.

Since it’s my b-day ( HEY FELLOW GEMINIS!!! ) I figured I’d compile a little list of some of the most important things I’ve learned thus far.

(Here’s the thing: blogging is fun because I always imagine my kids growing up & being able to see an online scrapbook of my life. So if anything, this could potentially be a cool post for my future kid(s) to read? Kind of like “oh Mom is talking about something other than organic tampons, cool!” Let’s hope they don’t see my posts on vagina steaming, camel toes, &/or Kegels but that’s neither here nor there…).

So here’s what I got:

1.) YOU ARE GOING TO GET criticized NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, SO DO YOUR THANG.

Honestly, this is number one for a reason. No matter where I’ve been in life, people have criticized me. If I had listened to every piece of negative feedback, I’d be like sitting in a dark cellar counting flies on the wall, drooling. We’ve all been criticized at one time or another. You gotta do what you gotta do, & either way someone, somewhere will have something to say. If you don’t want to be criticized, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.

2.) START WITH A SMALL IDEA, ZONE IN ON IT, & BECOME REALLY, REALLY GOOD AT THAT IDEA…TO LEAD TO BIGGER OPPORTUNITIES.

Instead of thinking big/BIG/BIGGGG, think small & grow outward like an upside down triangle. Remember the Chinese proverb I posted on Instagram? “If you chase two rabbits, you won’t catch either one.” I always try to focus in on the niche & expand outward. Having 6 million ideas ( AHEM SONJA MORGAN…I mean WOW ) is scattered & doesn’t allow you to be a full-on PROFESSIONAL at one thing. I’d rather be a fucking genius in one area, than average in twenty.

3.) BEING AN ASSHOLE GETS YOU NOWHERE. BE NICE.

We’ve all been there. I had a moment where I was in the Post Office a few months back. I was grumpy, irritable, & annoyed at something going on at work. When I got to the counter, I snapped at the man working because he was taking a long time. Immediately I regretted it and guilt consumed my whole body…so I apoligized sincerely. I still go to that Post Office & now we’ve become friendly.

Being a bitch is nasty.

Smile, be gracious, be kind, & be humble.

4.) YOU NEVER KNOW…

Oh geez. Don’t judge until you’ve walked in someone’s shoes. People assume they know everything about me because a lot of my life is documented through social media. They don’t. In fact, they don’t know 80% of my past or my life. I have had MANY bumps in the road. MANY. No one has seen my struggles, & that’s ok with me but to judge without knowing isn’t logical. Life online looks flawless, #blessed, & glamourous. Don’t judge a book by its cover because you never know. No one likes a Judge Judy anyway.

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5.) DOGS ARE LITTLE BITS OF HEAVEN.

Honestly guys I had to add this to my list. My dogs are SO important to me. I have a special connection ( as we all do with our dogs ) with my fur babies. They bring so, so, so much joy into Michael’s & my life. We’re so lucky to have such amazing, beautiful creatures. They’ve taught me so many lessons in loyality, companionship, & love.

6.) YOU CANNOT CHANGE PEOPLE.

This is PROBABLY THE HARDEST THING EVER FOR ME. For years I would try to control the outcome of family drama, friendships, work, etc. This year I’ve realized that ‘it is, what it is’. Me trying to control the situation & change people into something they’re not is counterproductive & fucking pointless. It’s a waste of breath. People are who they are. This year I’ve become more accepting…especially because you never know the whole story. People are set in their ways for their own reasons.

7.) DIETS SUCK. A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE IS WHERE IT’S AT.

Yesssss, yesssss, yesssss. A diet is like a stupid ex-boyfriend that you don’t want to text when you’re drunk. You text him & then regret it afterwards. Diets give you that empty feeling once they stop working. It’s a quick fix & high with short term results. Sticking to healthy living, wellness remedies, green juice, weekly workouts, water, oils, herbs, clean foods, & good vibes is a long term, sustainable goal. Balance is key!

The Skinny Confidential talks birthdays.

The Skinny Confidential talks birthdays.

8.) NO ONE IS GOING TO DO ANYTHING FOR YOU.

If you want something to happen, get off your ass & make it happen. Ok if we’re being honest, I asked Michael to add one of his life tips, so this was his addition. A fairy godmother isn’t going to come create a dream career for you because you went to an amazing college… Life is what you make of it. If you want to be a real estate agent, go for it. It’s not going to fall into your lap. If you want to be in a better relationship, work on yours or get out & say BYE. If you want to do good in the world, then do good. Opportunities don’t just fall from the sky, you gotta make it happen.

9.) WORRYING IS LIKE A ROCKING CHAIR, IT GETS YOU NOWHERE.

I MEAN IF SOMEONE WOULD HAVE TOLD ME THIS AT 20, I WOULD HAVE HAD SO MUCH LESS STRESS THROUGHOUT MY LIFE SO FAR. Worrying is pointless. Pointless. What’s the point of worrying? Whenever I start worrying about something I cannot control, I shift my focus. Life is going to flow how it flows.

And lastly,

10.) THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FAIR OR UNFAIR.

Things are what they are. I keep the words ‘fair’ and ‘unfair’ out of my vocabulary. You make your own life, your own destiny, & your own future. You can get what you can get, or you don’t. Life isn’t fair or unfair, unless you cultivate that— focus on moving forward & don’t worry about what other people are doing…remember as Bethenny Frankel said “stay in your own lane!”

Obviously this is a list of things that I need to work on daily because I’m not perfect by any means & need daily reminders. Really, it just kind of helps to write these reminders down! I’m not preaching, just sharing…again, do what works for you!

What would you add to this?

Off to celebrate!! Have some chilled champagne for me guys, k? lauryn x

ps. thank you guys so much for all the thoughtful Snapchat birthday messages ; ) you made my day!

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