A Story, It’s Secret, and Letting Go

When I was a full time speaker and consultant, I traveled all over the country and met many wonderful and outstanding people. During my internal consulting stint for a retail company in northwest Arkansas, I had a chance to meet an amazing young lady who only wants to help others identify how to be their best. She is vibrant, articulate, focused, and spirited. She can also help anyone to develop a plan for how to effectively manage change.

Andrea Cadeli on Letting Go Cafe
Andrea Cadelli

Andrea Cadelli has written the following story for the Letting Go Cafe. It is about letting go and represents a time in her life when letting go of someone close to her was challenging.

Without further ado, check out her article…

Let Go – Unhealthy Products Under Your Sink(s)

In 2003 I began my journey to becoming a healthy vegan. The next decision was to start where I thought was easiest – physically eliminating all the unhealthy products. Ha! I could not have been more wrong in thinking that was going to be an easy approach. It got pretty complicated very quickly.

Today however, I am still living a vegan lifestyle, and must say that I believe it has never been more important than now to take a hands on and natural approach, when it comes to your health and household cleaning products.

Note: If you want to bypass my story and prefer to get right to the video resource I used to begin my successful journey back then – no problem – just click here.

What I began to realize, as I did my research in 2003, was how many of the products and medications used were (and still are) harmful, and yet we don’t know what to use in their place. There is so much info out there, it is hard to know what to do – and even harder to know which article or research study to trust. I understand because I went through it.

Getting back to my story, I began my adventure where I thought it would be easiest: applying my own steps on how to let go and focusing on only changing the external cleansers and related products found under my sinks. As one who has authored books on how to let go – I thought, “well this will be pretty easy to do!” Boy I could not have been more wrong. It wound up being a major inside-out challenge, almost right from the start.

The short of it: My reasoning was that if I start with external products and clean up my environment first – then I will be able to begin to clean out my body as part of the second phase. What I did not bargain for was all of the internal thought patterns that kept me emotionally connected to the external products I was using. There were some great lessons learned as I began taking the following steps toward letting go.

The first step I took was to accept and acknowledge my own ignorance about what was actually in the products I was using at the time. That was my “current state.”

Next, I had to realize that this change was going to be uncomfortable, and yet it was necessary.

Third, I had to identify and change my internal conversation that was helping to support staying inside of my comfort zone. Step 3A was to develop a new internal conversation that supported making this transition.

After that internal work was underway, I had to plan for an approach to clean out the cabinets under my sinks, and reading those labels. This meant I needed a “future state” vision for what my cabinets would look like once I was done. Over the span of about six months I was able to transform my cabinets from unhealthy cleaning products to those products that support a healthier lifestyle. It was a journey, but well worth the effort.

In sharing this my story, I hope it allows you to somehow find your story and begin/continue your letting go journey – under your sinks (LOL). I also want to provide you with a resource that will seriously reduce the amount of time it might take for you to get started. This resource from Every Day Roots will help you with letting go the external stuff under your sinks.

Below are 8 “toxins” that can be found under your sink. Click on any one of these items below to get more details.

  1. Phthalates. Found in: Many fragranced household products, such as air fresheners, dish soap, even toilet paper. …
  2. Perchloroethylene or “PERC” …
  3. Triclosan. …
  4. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS” …
  5. 2-Butoxyethanol. …
  6. Ammonia. …
  7. Chlorine. …
  8. Sodium Hydroxide

Take a few minutes and watch this video from Every Day Roots. I hope it proves to be as much of a resource for you, as it was for me – back in 2003. It might be a helpful resource for you, if this is something you have either been wanting to do for a while, or are in the process of doing .

Without further ado – check out this brief video. 

One Secret To Staying Young And Healthy

Over the years I have met so many beautiful people. Some were seasoned, but looked youthful. Others were young and looked more seasoned. I often wonder why that is the case. For me, I fall in the seasoned category, with a youthful look (or so I am told). I contribute it to two important things.

I blame it in part on one valuable ingredient that I eat daily, and thus is part of a recipe for living life to the fullest. That ingredient is coconut oil.

In addition to it being a powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can treat a range of infections from the flu to candida due to the lauric and caprylic acid content, there is a long list of great researched based reasons why coconut oil is considered one secret to staying young and healthy. Trust me, it is no joke.

There are so many uses for coconut oil in your daily healthy beauty routine, it’s hard to keep track! There are also a few things to consider before changing your habits to incorporate coconut oil into your daily regimen.

Changing from what you currently use to coconut oil will require letting go of old habits. As you know, I am all about the power of letting go of the stuff that can keep one bound and stifled when it comes to moving toward accomplishing one’s goals and dreams.

  • letting go of old habits
  • consistency and commitment
  • calling yourself out each time you get weak and want to go back to your old habits

According to the researchers at the Beauty Research Institute, and Director of Research MJ Morgan, many medical professionals believe that a tablespoon of coconut oil a day can help lower the risk of heart disease and help reduce inflammation. Additionally, it is used effectively to “tame the loose and wild ends on those of use who are lucky enough to have a full head of hair.

MJ MORGAN - founder of beauty research institute
MJ Morgan

When you combine the use of coconut oil with the second ingredient to my seasoned, but youthful look, drinking the right amount of water daily, the benefits can become exponential.

Hope this was helpful and provides some golden nuggets you can use for your personal health goals this year. Click on the links in this article for more value added content.

Take care, talk later.

PS – the fourth Thursday in March is National Letting Go of Stuff Day