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

Weslie Christensen talks coffee enemas | the skinny confidential

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Q & A Sesh: Part II

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.{ Red lipstick found here }

Hiiiiiii.

Thanks to your recommendations I found some healthy options in Vegas : ).

Hippity hip hooray.

Ok so, it’s Q & A day again! I’m answering more questions from this post:

1.} Kat asked:

Have you ever done a water fast? If so would you recommend it?

No and no! A water fast has no nutrients or electrolytes. Read more here. Personally, I think I would faint x 10 if I did a water fast.

I would recommend a juice cleanse ( info found here). Also, Suja Juice does an amazing 3-day cleanse that is seriously life-changing. Good luck babe!

2.} Chelsea asked:

Do you wear extensions? If so, what kind??

I don’t wear extensions but I’m for it! I think if you buy the right ones ( I like these clip in ones )- they’re great. Weslie ( TSConf’s beauty expert ) uses clip in extensions & loves them!

As far as the more permanent ones: I’m not the biggest fan because I feel like they make your real hair fall out. Plus no guy wants to run his fingers through a glue-y hair extension.

But. Do what works for you! If you look good, you feel good. More hair info will be found in the book.

3.} Hannah asked:

Love your blog; the pictures, insights, tips, and the voice that you have created!
I just moved back to San Diego, where are some great spots to grab a drink? Or places that I must go to?!

Thank you, Hannah! I am going to do a guide to San Diego post : ).

In the meantime, I recommend Craft & Commerce for a craft cocktail, Fashion Valley Mall for shopping, The Little Italy Farmer’s Market for organic foods, & FIT Athletic Club for a gnarly workout.

4.} Kathy asked:

Love your blog! Here we go with the questions: do you color your hair? How often? What’s your favorite: food? Exercise? Way to relax? Vacation spot?

+ First question:

I do color my hair. I normally get a few highlights with toner. I probably get my hair colored every six to seven weeks.

Keep in mind: it’s tough to find an amazing hair colorist. My hair babe makes sure I use great product & doesn’t add too much color. Also, the longer you wait between treatments, the better.

Less is more! I used to over bleach my hair circa 2001 & it looked like dog shit. Now I like a more natural, hippie look.

A post on hair can be found here & here.

Also, all my hair tips/tricks/secrets will be found in my book.

+ Second question:

Food: avocado ( love this recipe ) or LEMON. LEMON EVERYTHING! I’m a lemon monster.

Exercise: traditional Pilates.

Way to relax: a book, red wine, Pixy, candles, & my fluffy bed.

Vacation spot: Cabo. Hands down. Also, Venice, Italy was pretty spectacular.

5.} Melissa asked:

Could you share your experience with fillers (if you have used them). How long the results last, how much product used, and how often? Your lips are so perfect! Thank you so much!

Nothing’s perfect ( besides Pixy )! I don’t have lip fillers & I’ve never filled my lips. I don’t know much about how long lip fillers last ( or the best brand to use ). As far as plastic surgery ( or filler ) goes I’m a big believer in do what well works for you. If you’ve done the research on the procedure & want to do it- do it.

Other people’s opinion of you is none of YOUR business. So. Who cares what anyone says?

My overall view on plastic surgery: to each its own. Do what works for YOU.

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Have an amazing hump day!

xx.Lauryn

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Beauty Expert Weslie Christensen: Hair, Hair, & More Hair

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger & health blogger, talks to Weslie Christensen from LoveChugs.

Yay! I have Weslie ( find her here, here, & here too ) on the blog today…& guess what guys?! She’s talking about…

HAIR!!!!

Def one of my favorite subjects ; ).

I mean, since I don’t really wash my hair ( read more on that dirty, lil secret here ), I could probably use some extra tips!

Enjoy:

Hi babes.

It’s me again, Weslie, from LoveChugs.

Today I am talking hair— my hair that is, & I seem to take a different approach than most when it comes to my mop top. I’ve been reluctant to openly share about my hair habits, but Lauryn asked, & when Lauryn asks- she receives!

So, I’ve broken my hair have-to’s down into five basic categories:

1.} Washing

2.} Conditioning

3.} Hot tools

4.} Weekly moisture masks

5.} Styling

Why have I been a bit reluctant to dish all my hair secrets? Truthfully, because I’m scared to have you guys running for the hills once you find out about #1…but here it is.

1.} The dirty secret when it comes to my hair?

I don’t shampoo it.

Ever.

I try stay away from shampoo like the plague.

This idea to stop washing my hair came to me over months of hair envy of my husband. He decided to grow out his hair and he noticed when he washed it with shampoo it became dryer and poofier… So he simply stopped using shampoo.

I hinted, then urged, then I was vocally grossed out by this…but, after time his hair just kept getting more and more awesome. I couldn’t deny what I was seeing everyday. It was shiny, thick, and never ever greasy or smelly. In fact, it smelled good. How?!!

I hopped on the inter-web and found a whole community of ‘no-poo shampooers’ ( no-poo shampooers are people who choose to not use shampoo…you think they could have come up with a better name, right? ) & I was astounded by the mass amount of information out there that points to shampoo being the culprit of a lot of modern day hair issues.

In short, it all boils down to this: the detergent in shampoo strips your hair of its precious natural oils…like the ones we’re paying an arm and a leg to put back in ( i.e.: MoroccanOil & Argan Oil ). The more you wash with shampoo, the more your follicles are stripped of everything good, & the more oil your scalp has to produce to fill the oil deficiency you’re creating each day.

Enter the ugly revolving door of nasty, greasy roots with overly dry hair shafts here.

So I stopped. I just stopped shampooing. I found a product called Wen, which is a cleansing conditioner, and replaced my shampoo with that. It cleans your hair while simultaneously conditioning, and it uses no detergents, sulfates or harsh chemicals. In fact, Wen doesn’t even lather while its in your hair.

Immediately I noticed results. And even better- I found that after using Wen for a few weeks I could go longer in between washes. My hair wasn’t producing too much oil anymore, thus, no need to wash it as often, so I went from every other day washings to once a week over the span of two months.

After this, it was only natural that I started to tap into other forms of ‘no-pooing shampooing’ and I found the baking soda method. I tried that & loved it, too!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger & health blogger, talks to Weslie Christensen from LoveChugs.

The deets:

SHAMPOO:

I ‘no-poo shampoo’ once a week. I’ll wash with Wen one week, lets say on Thursday, then the following Thursday I would wash using the baking soda method. The Thursday after that, I would go back to washing with Wen. I like to switch it up to keep my hair guessing.

2.} CONDITIONING:

Wen is an awesome conditioner on its own, but when I feel like I need to repair any damage I’ve created to my hair by bleaching, or by using hot tools then I use Kerastase Nutritive Masque Nutri-Thermique. It’s the best restorative conditioner I’ve found yet. I apply it after I wash and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse.

ITs A 10 Leave-In

Leave-in Conditioner’s are a must, & ITs A 10 Leave-In is my favorite because it does ten things in one. I put this in my hair after each shower whether I ‘no-poo shampoo’ or not.

3.} HOT TOOLS:

Its so, so important to invest it quality hot tools. I fought this for a long time, but when I finally retired my old hair dryer out for my Hana professional blow-dryer…..GUYS, it was LIFE CHANGING! Ok, so that might be slightly dramatic, but it takes me half the time to dry my hair and when I’m finished drying, my hair feels silkier and healthier than before.

Professional styling tools like Hana are equipped with:

~ Ion-Technology– which condition hair & reduces static electricity.

~ Tourmaline & Titanium Oxide Technology– these are natural ions that promote healthier hair.

~ Silver Nanotechnology- for anti-bacterial protection.

Heat that is good for your hair…it’s a must.

4.} WEEKLY MOISTURE MASKS:

Once a week I make one of two different homemade masks to restore and moisturize my hair. I switch off between a ‘Raw Coconut Oil Mask’ & an ‘Avocado/Mayo Mask.’

1.} Organic Raw Coconut Oil Mask

What does coconut oil do? Well, because of its chemical structure, coconut oil can actually penetrate the cortex ( the inner part of hair ) which can help improve its strength and flexibility. I buy mine from Trader Joe’s.

* The coconut oil is solid at room temp, so I run the jar of it under warm water to soften it up and make the application process easy-peasy. When the oil is softened, I slather it from root to tip of my dry or damp hair, then massage it in. From here, I wrap my hair up in Saran Wrap really tight, then go on a cleaning frenzy in my house. After sixty minutes, I rinse the coconut oil out in the shower with hot water and the Wen method of washing. Sometime I will have to do two rounds of washings to get all the oil out. Dry as usual.

2.} Avocado Mayo Mask Ingredients:

1/4 cup full fat mayo, to add shine and moisture.

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, to balance the pH of your hair and remove product buildup.

1 egg yolk, vitamins in the yolk help with hair loss, dandruff, dry scalp, shine, and elasticity.

1/4 cup olive oil, to create shine & moisturize.

1/2 an avocado( smashed ), to moisturize and aid in hair growth.

1/4 cup raw honey, to restore dull looking hair.

* Mix the above ingredients together until it is in a smooth, creamy consistency, then apply it from root to tip of your dry or damp hair using an old paint brush. Wrap your hair tightly up in Saran Wrap, or use a shower cap, then leave this mask on for thirty-sixty minutes to reach maximum moisture benefits. Rinse with hot water in the shower and the Wen method of washing. Dry as usual.

** I suggest investing in a removable shower head if your ready to embark on the no-poo shampooing/home made hair mask journey. With a removable shower head, you can get the water right to your scalp with great water pressure which helps a lot when rinsing out heavy masks like these.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger & health blogger, talks to Weslie Christensen from LoveChugs.

5.} STYLING:

– First styling trick up is cornstarch.

I use good ole’ regular cornstarch in place of dry shampoo and styling products. It works better, trust me…And I know, I know…right now you’re saying, “But! I have dark hair-that wont work for me.” I’m hear to tell you YES IT WILL!

If you have dark hair, just add a little cocoa powder to the corn starch before you toss it around your roots and you have will the world best dry shampoo/volumizer/ texturizer out that matches your hair. The cornstarch helps to hold your style while soaking up any excessive oil throughout the day.

– Styling trick numero dos: Bellami clip-in hair extensions.

I recently came across these guys and they have quickly become what I consider to be the holy grail of hair styling.

These clip in hair extensions are not to be compared to any other beauty shop clip in extensions out-they’re truly in a league of their own. Bellami uses real hair that is so soft and actually stays that way. There are no nasty ends with these guys, and the hair holds it style so well. You see, I have learned my lesson the hard way when it comes to non-clip in hair extensions, and never will I ever have any form of hair semi-permanently attached to my head again—and you shouldn’t either.

Why?

Because they’re too damaging ( plus annoying ), and to me, its not worth six weeks of long, luscious, awesome hair for one whole year of repairing the damage semi-permanent extensions create….So, thank the good lord above for Bellami coming out with theeeee most amazing clip in extensions everrrr. Guys, ever…I mean it, ever.

And to be clear, they are not paying me to say a this..in fact, no brand I have named is. All of my opinions are my own, but, Bellami’s really are just that amazing. These clip-ins allow me to have the style I want without having to do my daily– I just throw them in, and voila! I’m done.

So my advice to you in a nut shell is this:

Less really is more.

Simplify your hair routine, and invest in fewer products that are of a higher quality– your hair &!wallet will thank you in the end.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger & health blogger, talks to Weslie Christensen from LoveChugs.

TSConf Beauty Expert, Weslie Christensen Talks Eyelash Extensions

Weslie Christensen and Lauryn Evarts team up to talk everything beauty, health, and fitness.

Weslie Christensen and Lauryn Evarts team up to talk everything beauty, health, and fitness.

Something I know absolutely nothing about? Eyelash extensions. Naturally I went to Weslie ( check out her cute bloggie here ) for all the deets. When it comes to any type of extension, I’m totally lost. Hair extensions, eyelash extensions, extension cords…HA!

Andddd here’s Weslie’s take on whole eyelash craze:

Want to look like an über babe version of yourself in like 2 hours flat?

Then try eyelash extensions.

Truthfully, nothing else makes me feel instantly prettier.

Not only do they make it look like I’m awake and refreshed 24/7, but they shave a full ten minutes off my morning beauty routine, too. Whenever I have lashes on I forget to wear foundation… & eye makeup doesn’t even cross my mind. It’s awesome!

How do they work?

Professional grade eyelash extensions are placed one by one on every natural eyelash you have.

You are most likely laying down while a licensed technician applies each lash with a strong, black colored bonding agent (its a surgical grade liquid glue), that secures the extension onto your natural lash.

This gives your lashes a glossy black glow, while plumping them up, and extending their length.

Sounds good, right? It is.

There is no need for mascara while you have extensions on. In fact, I’m claiming that the best mascara in the world can’t even touch the effects lash extensions have on some one’s eyes.

Simply put:

Best. Beauty. Invention. Ever.

Yup, they’re that good.

But, with every great thing in life, comes a not-so-great thing about it, too… And there are a few not-so-great parts of lashextensions.

So, before you call your nearest spa, think about these few things:

1.} Do you have enough time and money to devote to lashes?

Lash extensions need maintaining..like A LOT of maintenance. I’d say they only way they look good all of the time is if you get them filled every two & a half weeks.

Your lashes grow and fall out just like all the rest of the hair on your body, so it should be no surprise when your extensions start falling out. Not all at once, of course, but a few here and there-and before you know it, you have gaps in your lashes and loose extensions.

Not cute, nor comfortable.

A fill takes anywhere from forty-five minutes to two hours, at around $80 – $150 per time you go in for a fill.

Can you commit?

2.} Another note to consider is that you cannot rub your eyes as usual with extensions on.

You have to be very delicate with your new set of lashes. Being hard on them will damage your natural lash.

So, if you’re a chronic eye rubber, or have a case of allergies, maybe lash extensions aren’t for you.

3.} If you’re one of those who like to pick, prod, and poke around your face…the thrill of pulling off each individual synthetic lash might be too overwhelming during a late night movie…and before you know it-your lash line is as bald as a babies bottom. TRUTH.

I speak from experience, & the memory is making me cringe. I lost all will power one summery night- “theneed to pull each little faux lash off” was overpowering. Any rational thinking I had left in my brain…I couldn’t help myself!

One by one, I plucked them off, and only when I looked down and saw what looked like a million tiny spider legs all over my bed comforter did I realize the magnitude of the situation…I had no eyelashes. EEK!

So, learn from my mistakes…Do not pick your lashes. If you’re ready for them to be off, go to your technician who will remove them with a gel remover.

4.} My last, and final, piece of advice to you is to shop around for a great lash technician.

Really dive in & do your research, because there are pros–& then, there are why-are-you-even-doing-this-as-your-profession “pros”. Make sure to choose a professionally trained technician who uses top notch products, & check out all their before and after photos. Be in love with every picture you see.

Then, when you’ve found your perfect technician, communicate what you want with them very well. If you’re into a more subtle look, let them know. If you want to look like a Vegas showgirl with lashes up to your eyebrows, let them know that too.

My personal preference is to always go with the less is more motto. I like people to look at me and think, ‘hmmm, she looks good.’ instead of, ‘whoa- she has eyelash extensions on.’

Don’t you agree?

Yeah, lets all agree on that one.

Now you know all the in’s & out’s of lashes…try ’em out!

Ready. Set. GO!

A big thanks to Weslie for her amaze beauty tips! Now…spill! If any of you have had lash extensions, tell me all about it below…; )

Happy Friday, babes!

x.L

Weslie Christensen and Lauryn Evarts team up to talk everything beauty, health, and fitness.

Weslie Christensen and Lauryn Evarts team up to talk everything beauty, health, and fitness.

Don’t Go Stuffing Your Face with Shit After the Juice Cleanse Ends!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, fashion blogger, and health blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss by using a juice cleanse.

Almost done with Suja’s three day cleanse.

I’m bouncing off the walls with energy, feeling healthy, & definitely wayyyy less bloated.

Success.

Just because I’m off the cleanse tomorrow doesn’t mean I’ll be stuffing my face with crap. Hello portion control, clean eating, & water x a mill. I want this Suja buzz to last, peeps.

Naturally I asked Annie all her top secret post-cleanse tips:

+ Don’t go hog wild. I mean, you just detoxed your system. Eating until you feel like you’re going to puke is sick. Give your system a break. So: do not, I repeat, do not eat whatever the hell you want. K thx.

+ If you do decide to shovel food into your mouth the day after a cleanse, then. be. prepared to. feel. horrible. Your digestive system is a like giant that’s been sleeping…& he doesn’t want to be violently shaken awake. Leave the giant alone. Let the big guy wake up slowly ; ).

+ Breakfast: fruit. Tons of it. Alone, on an empty stomach.

+ Lunch/dinner: eat beans, avocado, chickpeas, sweet pototo, hummus, veggies, gluten-free grains, brown rice, wild rice, quinoa, millet,  nuts, seeds, broths, veggie soups, pumpkin seeds, coconut milk, fruit, smoothies, etc.

+ Drink as much h20 as possible. Bottoms up!

+ Just because you’re off cleanse doesn’t mean you shouldn’t juice. Juice it up, sex kittens! I’ll def be drinking some green juice toms.

Ta-da.

Oh, & if you’re curious I will be celebrating with a glass ( or two ) of champagne tomorrow.

So sue me.

Ok, well I’m off to chug more juice & not going to lie, I’m excited! For reals. Maybe a lil too excited.

xx.L

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and diet blogger talks skinny tips and tricks for weight loss.
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