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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 ).

Weslie Christensen talks coffee enemas | the skinny confidential

| 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.

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?

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Weslie Christensen talks coffee enemas | the skinny confidential

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COMPLETELY PSYCHOTIC OVER THESE LEGGINGS

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

Ok, FOR THE RECORD?!!

I LOVEEEEE, LAHHHH, LOVVVEE ZELLA.

If I had to describe my PERFECT workout wear it would 100% be Zella.

Oh yes, & I have serious reasons for my Zella obsession:

1. it fits my body better than any other activewear line ( they’re true to size ).
2. it’s priced right.
3. it’s cute without being douchy ( sorry to a lot of brands: some of your workout wear is well, douchey…I don’t want to look like Zoolander sweating, thanks ).
4. their leggings having lasted me two years & are still in great condition ( plus they wash well ). They aren’t see through AND they’re reversible!!

Specifically I want to touch on Zella’s ‘Live In’ leggings: if you read my blog you know I’ve talked about these exact black leggings three million times. BUT. I really, truthfully believe they are the IT LEGGING.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks Zella.

When I’m having a fat, fluffy day ( we all have them ), I throw on my Zella black leggings and INSTANTLY feel better. They hold ya in in all the right places & well, they’re SO DAMN SLIMMING, MAN. Plus during the colder seasons they really hold in my winter coat ( aka that cute layer of too much pumpkin roll ).

Oh ya, & they’re $52 dollars.

So there’s that.

They’re comfortable too, guys. I can do the splits- Kyle Richard’s style, organize my closet, go for a walk, practice yoga, ice skate, clean the kitchen, work on the computer, &/or run a F-ing, casual marathon run with these babies.

Serious realness: if you ever get one thing out of TSC, get Zellas.

Bible, they’re THAT good.

Ok, ok so the top. Recently I found this baby pink top that’s totally to dieeee for. It’s off the shoulder ( you know how I do ), lightweight, & again, slimming in all the right places ( p.s. I bought a size up because I like it baggy, homeless chic ).

I paired it with this bright patterned bra ( << cutest bra of my life ) for a pop of color…AND can we talk about these hot purple kicks?!!

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

Ahhh. So damn fun for summer.

Anyway, I’m very happy about this outfit, seriously though, I’ll probably live in ( you see what I did there? They’re called the Live In Legging, GET IT?! HA ) these for the next five days.

Let’s hope no one will notice…?

Anyone else have black legging recommendations that they live & die for?

( By the way, this get-up was worn during/after my 27 minute TSC Bombshell Body Guide workout. Since doing the workout plan I’ve lost inches & have TONS more energy— I’ve been doing them religiously for about 13-ish weeks ).

x, Lauryn

{ aviator sunglasses here }

* photos: Jade Park

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings.

The Skinny Confidential talks leggings. 


A Story.

The Skinny Confidential x the herb doctor.

The Skinny Confidential x the herb doctor.

Ok so, I’m not going to lie: I’ve been having some anxiety about writing this post.

You guys have asked me on Instagram when I’m going to recap my herb doctor appointment, that I oh-so-boldly talked about a week ago…

And well, honestly, the experience ended up being A LOT more intense than I initially anticipated. LIKE IT WAS NOT EVEN CLOSE to what I anticipated.

Really though, it’s taken me a few days to muster the courage to write this post…

Ok, soooo.

I went to the Tibetan healing doctor expecting…I don’t know? Herbs for stronger nails? Something to make my hair shinier? Maybe even a little something, something to fight fatigue ( lately I’ve been working a lotttt, so anything to give me a little energy kick, right? Besides crack, of course LOL )?

Anyway, I entered the facility & it was quaint, sweet, & simple. Lately, I’ve been really in to energy & the space had GREAT energy. ( I can’t explain why. It just did ).

I looked around, curious why the other people were there. One man was on a medical ventilator for breathing, another woman was very overweight, & another girl was with a friend and her young child. So, all different kinds of people, basically.

Immediately I checked in, filled out some quick Q & A’s, & got on my phone to text/Instagram/e-mail/etc. in the waiting room. ( And really, who doesn’t do this while waiting for the doctor? )

My name was called & ta-da, I met Mr. Healer ( << his name wasn’t really Mr. Healer, but you get my drift ). I immediately liked him.

Like IMMEDIATELY.

Not to brag, but I guess I will? He told me I had a ‘good spirit.’ This made my week year coming from him.

Ok so, after his spirit remark I started blabbing about hair, nails, skin, beauty benefits of herbs, blah, blah, blah…I’m sure you can imagine.

He stopped me.

He said “give me your arms” & proceeded to take my pulse on both arms. For about 20 minutes straight.

Now to sit for 20 minutes without my cell phone/computer/etc. is RARE ( I’m trying to get better, guys. Really, I am ).

So, I took the time to try to sit still & actually practice sitting still ( HARD ).

Ok…Here’s the difficult part to share on TSC. I’ve thought long and hard on whether or not to share this, & I’ve decided I’m going to GO FOR IT because there’s a POINT. If there wasn’t a point, I wouldn’t normally share something so personal…

When he was done, he looked at me and said “you have very, very bad anxiety. It’s affecting you emotionally, very deep inside.”

::crickets::

…OUT OF NOWHERE: I burst out crying.

It was like a projectile cry out of my mouth. The craziest cry I’ve ever cried. The weirdest cry I’ve ever cried. And it came from DEEP within me.

Here’s the thing guys: I couldn’t believe that I cried like this ( totally, totally unexpected…I’m not a crier unless something is VERY wrong ) AND I didn’t write anything about my anxiety on the Q & A form.

Point: the experience was emotional because, here I was, going to an herb doctor for superficial, vain-ish reasons: hair, nails, skin, etc.

I mean it never occurred to me to talk about anxiety…ever.

Also, I should note: I don’t really talk about anxiety. It can be crippling at times— like I’m anxious but you wouldn’t know it by speaking to me in person. I’m anxious inwardly, I guess.

It’s internal. I’m in my head. A LOT.

And to have someone acknowledge my inward-type of anxiety? LIFE CHANGING. A lot of people would tell me to take a hike, go to church, get outside. I’m so used to suppressing the anxiousness in me that it was pure relief to have someone tell me it’s ok & it’s real.

You know how you feel when you’re on a plane & your ears need to pop? And you try to un-pop them & you just can’t? You know how you do that? And then they un-pop & it’s pure relief?

That’s how I felt. Like my ears had un-popped.

So the unexpected, deep cry was relief that someone acknowledged my anxiousness just by feeling my pulse.

The healer was not shocked at all.

He asked me why I was anxious & we talked about things that contribute to my anxiety— past, present, & future. But that’s between me, Mr. Healer, & his goldfish…BUT YA it was an unbelievable experience.

He told me all about how the Tibetan culture works ( << they’re very zen & not as stressed as Americans apparently ). And then we talked about what I should do to heal the anxiousness deep inside me.

Mr. Healer said that in my case ( remember: this is MY case, everyone is different ):

I need more unsalted real butter in my diet…I’m not mad about this. Today I woke up & ate a huge chunk of butter on my oatmeal. YUM. The butter will help balance out my hormones & nerves, he said.

I need more red meat in my diet…interesting because I’m not a red meat fan. This past week, I’ve eaten grass-fed red meat & my energy levels have DRASTICALLY improved. The meat will help my fatigue & hormones, he said.

He gave me herbs to take in the morning 1/2 hour before breakfast with a glass of water. You chew them ( they’re not available online ) & they taste very herb-ish. Also, they’re specific to each person. He told me these herbs would help my nerves & hormones. They’re also full of amino acids. Also, these were $30 for two months, so it’s not like he was trying to rip me off. Reasonable right? Supposedly, they’ll take effect in about a week.

Lastly, he told me to buy this powder & put one scoop in my daily oatmeal or smoothie. I didn’t buy this through him, I bought it on Amazon. So again, no cons. This product is full of rice/pea protein, amino acids, nutrients, & contains highly bioavailable grape seed phytosome for added antioxidant/vascular support.

This was MY experience. Maybe yours would be different. Maybe you’ve gone to an herb doctor & you thought it was BS.

I don’t know.

BUT me? I loved it. I will go back 100%.

If you’re in San Diego & want his info, here ya go ( the visit was under $100 ). He has no idea I’m a blogger, so no, no one is paying me to say this.

What’s your opinion? Thoughts?

By the way, this post made me feel weirdly vulnerable…so I think it’s time for me to go to bed & watch DVR Celebrity Apprentice ( can he fire Brandi already? ) with mint tea & ice cream. Or maybe a cookie. A dark chocolate chip with almond cookie to be exact.

Chat soon, Lauryn xx

{ my AM/PM supplement holder found here || my anxiety story here }

The Skinny Confidential x the herb doctor.


Makeup Tips/Tricks/Favorites

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

I know I shared my whole makeup routine in The Skinny Confidential book but today I’m showcasing some products that are game changers. In the book, I talk application. Today I’m talking specific products plus a couple of other tippity tips.

Here’s my deal with product: I like companies who have been around a long time. Companies who have a proven formula & specialize in women’s needs. Some of my needs?

Hold, lemme pull out my scroll.

Ok, ahem…

♡ A flawless finish— this is muy importante. ESP with foundation.

Foundation that gives a dewy look, none of that flakey/cake-face/ clown crap for me, thanks! Also, a good brush makes a world of difference.

♡ Pigmented lipsticks…seriously though. If a color’s called Purply Purple, then I want it purple (!!!). For bright red, I want a striking, sultry red, not light reddish-pink. The more pigmented, the better.

♡ A damn good highlighter that makes enhances certain features AKA makes my cheekbones appear higher.

{{ Note: I’m also big on anti-aging anything, obvi }}.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

Honestly I feel like I’m not asking for much…but apparently there’s a lot of companies who just don’t ‘get it.’

Elizabeth Arden totally gets it.

Their product came into my life a la recommendation by my stepmom, Julie AKA Burlap & Crystal. She introduced me to the products & said she’s been using them forever. She looks fab so naturally I ran out & bought their anti-aging products/makeup. & lemme tell ya: no wonder the company has been around for a while. They understand women’s needs.

First off, I fel in love with their lipsticks because they’re all striking colors. Check out some of my favorites:

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.I’m LOVING a berry lip for Summer 2014. It’s fresh & different without being too overwhelming.

Next topic: foundation. A good foundation is key.

It evens out skin tones & gives you that red carpet, sexy look.

I like to mix foundation with a dime size of moisturizer ( << one that includes sunscreen is ideal ).

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

P.S. putting on foundation without a brush makes absolute no sense. Why? Glad you asked:

1.) Dirty hands/bacteria on your face= pimples.

2.) The brush gives you a clean finish.

3.) No brush= uneven finish.

So invest in a good brush ( & don’t forget brush cleaner!! ).

This foundation is literally perf. It’s not too heavy but gives great coverage & it lasts. No one wants to reapply ever hour. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Also, I’m not too into powder so I need a foundation that has an amazing finish.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

Drumroll please…my number one makeup trick?

Highlighter.

A highlighter stick is probably like, the best thing ever.

Ever, ever.

If you’re not using a good highlighter, you’re missing out BIG time. I also like this highlighting pen for when I’m on the go.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

Some of highlighter’s benefits? It can shrink the nose, immediately lift cheekbones, give off the appearance of the perfect brow, &/or pout anyone’s lips so they look all Angelina-ish.

º To shrink your nose: put it on the bone of the nose.

º To lift cheekbones: add a stripe of highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones.

º To perfect your brows: add a bit to the bone under your brow.

To pout lips: put a little highlighter in the dip above your lip ( << seriously though this is the BEST tip ever, you won’t believe what a game changer this is ).

{{ Also, FYI: Kim Kardashian lives for highlighter!! }}

So. This a ride or die product. Thank me later.

Also, in the next couple of months I’ll do a YouTube video of makeup application so it’s easier to visualize.

Now spill: what’s your biggest makeup tip? Would love to hear!

xx. lde

{ Shop my outfit: white sweater & black jeans }

{{ Photo cred: Samuel Montfleur }}

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.

The Skinny Confidential x Elizabeth Arden.



How To Style a Summer Patio

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

My summer patio has been my project lately.

I wanted it to evoke a super calming atmosphere where I could work in the shade ( UMBRELLA!!! ) with Pixy near my side…but also transition into an nighttime area where I could throw together some spaghetti squash for friends.

Side: basically Pixy has turned the patio into Pixy’s Princess Palace because she’s a sun worshiper love child that loves laying outside. I may or may not have just purchased her a dog sun protective shirt ( a la recommendation of a lovely reader ). So throughout the day I have to move her white/teal fluffy bed according to where the sun’s positioned. She’s obviously high maintenance. But that’s ok because she is the most gorgeous girl in the world.

Anyway. Back to the patio.

On the main patio, I have a white & gold table set that my stepmom, Julie AKA Burlap & Crystal hand painted. She found the set for $300 at a consignment store & made it look absolutely perfect. We added a hanging umbrella so it evolved that charming kind of vibe.

BTW, my grandma AKA ‘The Nanz’ & I are known for Rosé Wednesdays…& this table is perfect for our lil ritual.

Some other fun finds: a teal sun lounger, a tiny white garden table ( perfect for adding candles/fake flowers/etc. ), a gold bamboo vanity table ( which subs great for an outside side table ), these tiny jars for candles, this cocktail dispenser, & a couple of sexy succulents.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

When I started Project Patio I wanted to make sure that my house transitioned into the patio. Does that make sense?

Meaning I wanted to have a little patio table in the house that represented the patio’s entrance. I ordered this really pretty white marble garden table with gold bamboo legs ( that’s so sexy I could cry ) & added tall white flowers, a Mermaid candle, and my highest white stiletto. I’m a huge fan of different heights & dimensions on a flat surface. See here:

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

My place AKA The Kitty Den has two patios. One that’s a big, sun lit patio ( with an umbrella, naturally ) & another one that’s Pixy’s patio with her bed, Mexican print blanket, zen fountain, & a little table ( which she firmly believes is her’s ). This little table was painted by my friend’s mom ( if you’re interested e-mail me at Lauryn@TheSkinnyConfidential.com ). She hand painted the table to fit with my decor & I couldn’t be more obsessed….check it:

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.

The Skinny Confidential talks patio.Lastly, I knew I had to have a rug. This rug by Lulu And Georgia is literally the perfect patio rug. It’s sturdy without being too overwhelming. Pixy is loving her rug on ‘her patio’ because she doesn’t like to get her paws dirty; #patioprincess. Pixy’s patio is blocked from the rain so a rug was the natural choice to bring the whole place together. I also added this rad rug to the front of my doorstep outside.

More little touches: my sister bought me this gold wind chime for Christmas that sounds so calming & therapeutic! Also, when I have friend’s over it’s always fun to put Marvin Gaye tunes on outside on a JamBox. & lastly, you can never go wrong with fake flowers!

Stay tuned because I just ordered a hand painted garden margarita cart to match the small patio table & I can’t wait to showcase it on the blog!

What’s your summer patio essential?

x le

{ P.S. Lulu And Georgia ( << which has my favorite outdoor online shopping! ) is offering all TSC readers 20% off with code: SKINNY20 at checkout through Monday, 6/30/14 }

{ Photos: Sam Montfleur || Julie Evarts }

The Skinny Confidential's patio.

The Skinny Confidential shares her patio.


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