Schedule Some Time Off

Hi Everyone!

My apologies for the mini hiatus in my blog, or as I like to call it, my Empowerment Center. I hope you find inspiration here that reminds you that the tremendous power within you flows from the ultimate power in the Universe.

June began for me by attending the final weekend of in-person classes at iPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and I embarked on the final assignments to gain my two coaching certifications. I focused tirelessly on completing the work and earned my ELI-MP on Jun 15! Most people have no idea what that is, but that’s a blog for another day. By July 15, I expect to have my CPC and be a Certified Professional Coach.

I am thrilled and delighted to have a fulfilling new career that I am so passionate about. I still very much enjoy my massage practice, and am getting ready to participate in the Vallejo Open Studios in November.

Point Lobos

Bottom line?

I have to remind myself how important it is to take a day off!

Recently, my friend of 45 years came to visit me. We have been planning her trip for months, but when it landed last week, I actually almost felt guilty taking the time off! I have so MUCH on my to-do list, that it felt wrong to shift my focus to “fun.”

Dani & I went kayaking on Monterey Bay!

But life without balance is draining.

No matter how much I adore my careers, if that is ALL that I focus on, my life swings out of balance. We need work that feeds our souls, but we also need days off that feed our souls! I give myself bonus points if my time off includes spending some time outdoors connecting to nature, because I know that is one of the things that really engages my spirit and makes me feel at one with the Universe.

When was the last time you took a day off? Or, if you are ‘off’ every day, when was the last time you planned something fun just for the inspiration of it?

No matter what you do on the daily, give yourself a little break to enjoy a few hours doing something you LOVE, just for the fun of it!

I did drag myself away from all the details of my coaching practice and enjoy three days off last week. Dani & I spent time in Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Point Lobos. We had a gorgeous day to enjoy Point Lobos. Here are a few pics from our hike.

My battery is charged. My cup is overflowing!

I feel so alive and rejuvenated!

I think my hiatus is over, so watch for inspiring, energizing new blog posts coming soon!

One Day I Just Got Off the Fucking Couch

What is it that motivates us?

As often as not it’s being so tired or bored with what we have been doing that desire for something new simply lifts us and moves us in a new direction.

Human beings get stuck in ruts.  We appreciate the familiar.  Sometimes it’s far more comfortable to just stay put than to find a new path.  Until we simply cannot stay put.

Recently I was speaking to some clients about their new health improvements.  

One client had waited a very long time to focus on her health, putting it off until her child went to college.  During our sessions she reported feeling bored and lonely.  She said she wanted to start getting fit, but didn’t want to go to a gym, because she was afraid others might judge her for the way she currently looked. 

I asked if she was a more critical judge of herself – or of others. She admitted that she judges herself more harshly than she does other people.  I simply pointed out that the same is true for most of us and that everyone at the gym is probably too busy judging themselves to have time to judge her.  I added that everyone at the gym would be focused on self-improvement and could judge her favorably for pursuing similar goals.  She quickly discovered that the feelings of loneliness and boredom decreased at the gym and can’t BELIEVE she waited so long to feel this powerful in her own skin again!

Another of my clients has begun walking 3 to 4 miles several times a week, and is changing some of her food choices.  I asked her what had finally motivated these changes for her and I LOVE her reply:

“One day I just got off the fucking couch and started walking.”

After I stopped laughing she told me it wasn’t much that first day.  “I only walked three or four blocks, but it felt GOOD to be outside instead of playing a video game, so I decided to take a walk again the next day.”

So whether it’s because you are wanting something new in your life, or you’re just tired of “what is” you CAN make changes!  We have to start somewhere.  Maybe all we need to do is get off the fucking couch!

Try it, and see where your feet lead you!


Weekly Women’s Walk in Vallejo!

I’m currently committed to walking 10,000 steps a day and I am also passionate about helping other people become energized, so we are meeting up once a week at the waterfront to walk about 3 miles.

If you want to get off the couch, please join us!

Here is our June Schedule:

Sunday, June 9 @ 10am
Saturday, June 15 @ 9am
Sunday, June 23 @ 10am
Sunday, June 30 @ 10am

We meet at the Vallejo Boat Launch Ramp:


Cleanse Support Group ~ Day 12

Books on Mindful Eating

If the Buddha Came to Dinner
The Art of the Inner Meal

Elimination Diets & Reintroducing Foods into Your Diet

Robin Berzin M.D.
Jillian Levy CHHC
Ryan Raman MS, RD

More Resources

Corn on Nutrition Labels
Dr. Sara Thyr – Naturopath
Michelle Dwyer MS, CNC – Holistic Health Coach and Certified Nutrition Counselor

Anthony William Links

The Truth about Protein
Author Page
Celery Juice

Subscribe to Cyndi’s Empowerment Blog

Here are links to a few posts to give you the flavor of what I bring to my empowerment center blog:

Staying Motivated to Reach our Goals
The Cream in My Coffee – my journey to dairy-free
Deeply Centered – my 7 minute guided meditation
Apple Pie to Die for – a Medical Medium recipe!

Cleanse Support Group ~ Day 11

Good Morning Everyone!

I just want to THANK all of you for joining me as I learn about video blogging! Honestly, the day before I started this group, I had to Google “how do I make a video using my Mac computer?” So really, I’m doing amazingly well and I appreciate each of YOU for coming along for the ride with me before I learn one single editing skill.

Subscribe to Cyndi’s Empowerment Blog

Some of you are only subscribed to this cleanse support group. If you would like to follow my blog beyond the support group (ending Wednesday) click this link to subscribe. I post about things that help energize your life like choosing high value nutrition, getting more active and reframing the thoughts that are sucking the life out of you! And when you subscribe, I will send you a downloadable PDF of my eBook, Exhausted to Energized: Three essential Elements. Here are links to a few posts to give you the flavor of what I do beyond talk about Anthony William and his awesome nutrition information.

Staying Motivated to Reach our Goals
Hydrate for Transformation
Apple Pie to Die for – a Medical Medium recipe!
The Cream in My Coffee – my journey to dairy-free
Deeply Centered – my 7 minute guided meditation

Elimination Diets & Reintroducing Foods into Your Diet

Robin Berzin M.D.
Jillian Levy CHHC
Ryan Raman MS, RD

More Resources

Dr. Sara Thyr – Naturopath
Michelle Dwyer MS, CNC – Holistic Health Coach and Certified Nutrition Counselor

Anthony William Links

The Truth about Protein
Author Page
Celery Juice

Liver Rescue Cleanse ~ Days 8 & 9

Detox Symptoms Reported by Day

I will add to this list throughout the cleanse as participants report in ~

Day 1 – caffeine headaches
Day 2 – headaches, gassiness
Day 3 – SIBO symptoms, nausea, diarrhea
Day 4 – SIBO symptoms, brain fog
Day 5 – brain fog & low energy, TIRED of chewing!
Day 6 – gassiness, bloating
Day 7 – brain fog
Day 8 – brain fog, boredom!
Day 9 – GASSY!

Medical Medium Recipe Success or Failure

Blueberry Muffins – Huge success reported from everyone who tries them
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie – Delicious
Liver Rescue Smoothie – Creamy & satisfying
Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad – seal of approval from cleanse and non-cleanse people alike
Lentil Tacos – Yum – AND child approved!
Nachos Potatoes – one of my favorite MM recipes
Potato Pancake with Cucumber Radish Salad – Weird combo. Jeremy and I liked the potato pancakes, and we liked the salad (though will leave out honey next time), but these two do not belong on the same plate in our opinions.
Liver Rescue Salad – Both options rock
Baked Falafel Salad – Just NO. This was pretty awful and our first disappointment in the MM recipes.
Roasted Veggie Pasta – Will do again, even NOT on cleanse!
Chickpea Quiche – This has been reported from two clients as a big YES!

Liver Rescue Cleanse ~ Day 7

OOPS! I forgot to mention…

Steamed Brussels with Garlic Maple Drizzle

Steam Brussels sprouts. Cut them in half and drizzle with a mixture of:

Roasted garlic
Maple syrup
lemon juice
water
pinch Chipotle (optional)
Recipe by Jeremy

Roasted vs. Steamed

Since vegetables don’t come in contact with cooking water during steaming, more vitamins are retained. Dry cooking methods such as grilling, or roasting also retain a greater amount of nutrients than boiling. Thank you Google. I include the forbidden roasted potatoes recipe for reasons stated in my video today.

Rosemary Potatoes

Sauté some garlic  and fresh rosemary in water or vegetable broth.
Add some lemon juice to the garlic and rosemary.
Drizzle the garlic rosemary mixture over the top of steamed potato.

The following is NOT an approved cleanse recipe.

Slice one russet potato into wedges.
Sauté some garlic  and fresh rosemary in water or vegetable broth. Add lemon juice to the garlic and rosemary. Marinate potato wedges for 30 minutes and then roast until browned at 350˚.

Spinach Soup

Soup recipe at this link. I got too lazy to do cucumber noodles, so I just did cucumber slices. Don’t forget to eat at least two apples between lunch and dinner, along with MORE cucumbers and celery sticks.

Detox Symptoms Reported by Day

I will add to this list throughout the cleanse as participants report in ~

Day 1 – caffeine headaches
Day 2 – headaches, gassiness
Day 3 – SIBO symptoms, nausea, diarrhea
Day 4 – SIBO symptoms, brain fog
Day 5 – brain fog & low energy, TIRED of chewing!
Day 6 – gassiness, bloating
Day 7 – brain fog

Medical Medium Recipe Success or Failure

I will update tis list as readers report results ~

Blueberry Muffins – Huge success reported from everyone who tries them
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie – Delicious
Liver Rescue Smoothie – Creamy & satisfying
Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad – seal of approval from cleanse and non-cleanse people alike
Lentil Tacos – Yum – AND child approved!
Nachos Potatoes – one of my favorite MM recipes
Potato Pancake with Cucumber Radish Salad – Weird combo. Jeremy and I liked the potato pancakes, and we liked the salad (though will leave out honey next time), but these two do not belong on the same plate in our opinions.
Liver Rescue Salad – Both options rock
Baked Falafel Salad – Just NO. This was pretty awful and our first disappointment in the MM recipes.
Roasted Veggie Pasta – Will do again, even NOT on cleanse!
Chickpea Quiche – This has been reported from two clients as a big YES!

I would love to hear from you about what recipes you enjoy, what detox symptoms you experience and what triumphs and benefits are yours as well!

Contact me in the comments below or at cyndicombs@gmail.com .

Liver Rescue Cleanse ~ Day 6

Delicious NEW Brussels Sprouts Recipe!

Brussels for lunch and Brussels for dinner makes you sorta look forward to an all liquid diet on day nine! I like Brussels sprouts, but I do not LOVE Brussels sprouts. The first time we did the cleanse we made the error of roasting, rather than steaming our sprouts. This time we steamed them, but not wanting either of us to get bored, my kitchen witch whipped up an AMAZING little sauce to drizzle on your sprouts! Jeremy lightly steamed the Brussels sprouts and then cut them in half and drizzled them with:

Roasted garlic
Maple syrup
lemon juice
water
pinch Chipotle (optional)

I am DELIGHTED with his preparation!! ~Will share photo tomorrow.

Day 1 for Some

BIG shout out to those of you who are starting day 1 of the cleanse today! I am currently on day 6, and others of you are on 3 or 4 and each of us is RIGHT where we are supposed to be. I am so proud of ALL of us! We are taking action to energize our lives, not just talking about it, or wishing for it. We are really doing this cleanse for better health! yay us!

pretty produce! photo credit Melanie Fox

Celery Juice Links

Celery Juice on Medical Medium Blog
Celery Juice book on AmazonCelery Juice on Medical Medium Blog

celery juice for two
both colors of juice came from that same stack of celery in the above photo

Detox Symptoms Reported by Day

I will add to this list throughout the cleanse as participants report in ~

Day 1 – caffeine headaches
Day 2 – headaches, gassiness
Day 3 – SIBO symptoms, nausea, diarrhea
Day 4 – SIBO symptoms & brain fog
Day 5 – brain fog & low energy
Day 6 – gassiness, bloating

Medical Medium Recipe Success or Failure

I will update tis list as readers report results ~

Blueberry Muffins – Huge success reported from everyone who tries them
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie – Delicious
Liver Rescue Smoothie – Creamy & satisfying
Sweet Potato Black Bean Salad – seal of approval from cleanse and non-cleanse people alike
Lentil Tacos – Yum – AND child approved!
Nachos Potatoes – one of my favorite MM recipes
Potato Pancake with Cucumber Radish Salad – Weird combo. Jeremy and I liked the potato pancakes, and we liked the salad (though will leave out honey next time), but these two do not belong on the same plate in our opinions.
Liver Rescue Salad – Both options rock
Baked Falafel Salad – Just NO. This was pretty awful and our first disappointment in the MM recipes.
Roasted Veggie Pasta – Will do again, even NOT on cleanse!

I would love to hear from you about what recipes you enjoy, what detox symptoms you experience and what triumphs and benefits are yours as well!

Contact me in the comments below or at cyndicombs@gmail.com .