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0 (1s): Coming up on the get lean, eat clean podcast. 1 (3s): What are you showering in? That's more important because when we're showering, we're in there, depending upon the condition of your skin and depending on the product that you're using, your, you can actually test the soft tissue and the blood inside your body. And they will be able to detect the ingredients within 30 seconds to two minutes inside your body. Okay. This is how we absorb things into the body. So we know we're going to take a shower for more than two minutes and it's hot. No one takes a cold shower. Well you do. If you're living a healthy life, right. You know, but most people are taking a hot shower, so the pores are opening. 1 (44s): So we're really absorbing that in. So we wanna make sure that what we're showering in is just as safe as what we're drinking. Right? 0 (53s): Hello and welcome to the get lean, eat clean podcast. I'm Brian grin. And I'm here to give you actionable tips to get your body back to what it, once was five, 10, even 15 years ago. Each week. I'll give you an in-depth interview with a health expert from around the world to cut through the fluff and get you long-term sustainable results. This week I interviewed best-selling author podcast, host and certified toxicity and detox specialist. Amy Carlson. Amy is helping people restore and renew their health by removing hidden toxins from their home and their lives. We discussed her own health journey through migraines, headaches, and numerous reproductive issues. 0 (1m 34s): We also discussed detox tips for your own house. What should you cook with? Could your detergent be causing hormonal issues and then top toxins in your food, water, and ear. Lastly, we discussed her one tip to get your body back to what it once was. I really enjoyed my interview with Amy, lot of great tips for around the house. So thanks so much for listening and enjoy the interview. All right. Welcome to the get lean eat clean podcast. My name is Brian grin and I have a very special guest. I don't say that for every guest. Amy Carlson is on the show today. Welcome. 1 (2m 15s): Thank you, Brian. I'm so glad to be here and share with your audience. Thank you for having me. 0 (2m 20s): Yeah. I'm excited to have you on this is a different angle. I've never had, you know, someone like yourself with your background and talking about toxics, toxic things in our environment and our foods. And just to let the people know you're an author podcast, host certified tech six. Let me see if I can access city and detox specialist. Yes. Okay. Say that 20 times now She calls herself the toxin Terminator. I love that. I was, I, I wish I had that name. Well, why don't you let the audience know? How did you get that name and go down this path regarding, you know, toxic and detox and things like that? 1 (3m 5s): Absolutely. So I had my own health battles and through my entire adult life, I suffered from multiple chronic diseases, lots and lots of reproductive issues for myself as well as on neurological issues too. I actually was a certified mechanic. That's what I did for 30 years. I worked on cars, surprised, and I own several facilities. I own five different facilities. And I knew what toxins were based on my work. I had no idea that I also had them in my home and I actually quite by accident, fell into learning more of a holistic approach to our health. 1 (3m 52s): And I am so forever grateful. I always say that essential oils are, were my gateway drug into living naturally. And that's what I did. I discovered essential oils and I was very pessimistic about it. I, you know, had been to every doctor on the planet, every specialist and just knew if they couldn't heal me, how are these little bottles going to do anything for me? But they did. They changed my life. And I learned, you know, what were my toxic exposures? I learned how to eat. Right. I learned how to move my body. I learned how to listen to my body. 0 (4m 34s): And so you talk about chronic disease. What type of things did you suffer from and how long did it take to overcome them? 1 (4m 41s): Sure. So I had what I had and many women can relate to this, sorry, Brian, maybe close your ears. While we talk that I had really, really bad menstrual cycles. And to the point where sometimes I couldn't leave the house because I couldn't keep myself dammed up. I'll just leave it at that. And I had, I had a hysterectomy when I was 37 years old. I was actually diagnosed being in menopause at the age of 36. Most women, for your knowledge, the average age of going into menopause is 47. So I was way early in having all those different symptoms happening in the reproductive arena of the body. 1 (5m 28s): Also led to a lot of personality things happening with me. Just to give you a piece of what life might look like my husband, one morning. I, I saw him looking at me just really quizzically, you know, kind of that, you know, like the puppy dog look, you know, they tilt their head and they're looking at you funny. And I said to him, what's going on? And he's like, I'm just trying to figure out which Amy is waking up today. Oh, you know, we, sometimes I don't think that we even understand how our health issues impact our life, but we certainly, it's a wake up call when we look at our loved ones and we realize the impact, our health issues are having on them. 1 (6m 13s): And that was what kind of my wake up call that I knew I needed to do something because I don't know if you're familiar with menopause, but you can go from happy, go lucky, joyous, everything is fine. And in a blink of an eye, there's this rage that was so uncontrollable with me. So I had that happening. I had night sweats. I had hot flashes. I didn't sleep for years. I would get two hours at a time and I'd be awake. I'd get another two hours at a time and I would be awake. So those were all surrounding hormone reproductive issues. And then the, the one thing, two other things, I had neuro toxicity. 1 (6m 56s): So I had a lot, I had headaches every day. I had migraines that I actually lost the vision on my left side from, and I also had really bizarre things that would happen that once a quarter, one morning, I woke up and I had, I couldn't even see the jaw line. I had a, like, I went to sleep fine. I woke up with this abscess and just really swollen face, had to have plastic surgery and tubes put in. And it was a nightmare. So just bizarre things like that. 0 (7m 31s): And so you're attributing a lot of this from the, the toxins in your environment, is that correct? 1 (7m 37s): Absolutely. Absolutely. So I don't know if your listeners are like me where, and at that time, Brian, I was to half marathon runner. I was exercising, right. I somewhat looked at what I ate. I was thin I had been thin my entire life. And I equated the fact that I was thin to being healthy. You know, maybe somebody listening can, can relate to that, but it has nothing to do with if we're healthy or not. And so on the outward appearances, it would look like I was healthy, but I, I was far from that. 1 (8m 16s): And I think so many people, you know, we're, we're doing all the right things. We're eating all the right things. We're moving, but we haven't got to the talks inside yet. And, and we might still have symptoms. We might still have menopause. I was able to finish going through menopause with zero symptoms, zero. We, we can't lose that weight, everything that we do, we just can't lose the weight. And there's a reason for it because we've got to put that third piece to the puzzle. 0 (8m 47s): And so how did you go about finding out which toxins, you know, you were being exposed to and it was affecting you, how did you go about that? Oh my gosh, 1 (8m 56s): Huge trial and error. Right. You know, it's, you know, eight years ago there was some talk about this, but not much. And this is why I got into my space. There is lots of people out there talking about food and that food be thy medicine and heal themselves. And you know, that type of thing. And there's a lot of people in the exercise field and talking about that, but no one was really talking about what are we exposed to on a daily basis inside our home? I'm not even talking about out in the world, just inside the home cell. Mine was a lot of trial and error. It was, I was a Guinea pig to try different things out and figure out what was going on with my body. 0 (9m 38s): Yeah. And what did you, did you, what did you pinpoint? Was it certain like a metal tuck, toxic toxicity or, you know, I know, you know, you hear it like in, in being obviously in plastics, even in like the bed, right. Beds, you know, certain beds with the top, you know, was there one thing that you could you pinpointed or was it just sort of a combination of a bunch of different things? 1 (10m 2s): It, it definitely was a combination, but let me tell you this, you know, as I started into my journey, two things, I changed immediately in my home, within, within probably the first 30 days was what I cleaned with and what I did laundry with. And Brian, since I did those two things, I have not had a headache nor on migraine. So it's been way better than seven years going on eight years. Wow. And I had no idea that those two items were the, some of the biggest endocrine disruptors in our bodies than anything else in spite of our home. So as I went and I kept learning, I kept digging. 1 (10m 43s): I was fortunate that the city I lived in had this massive leadership role in the, in the area I was in. And so there were con weekly classes being held and I just immersed myself. And what I came to Brian is that there's really five pillars of toxicity that we're all exposed to. Right. So there's stuff in the air, right. There's stuff in the water, there's stuff in the food that we eat. Right. There's stuff in what we absorb through our skin. So we're talking personal care products, cleaning products, and then mental, we have to address the mental piece too. 0 (11m 23s): When you say mental, do you mean like, actually, what do you mean? Like, like, are you talking about like, like from our cell phones and things like that, 1 (11m 35s): I'm talking about your thoughts. I'm talking about your words, I'm talking about, you know, how, how do we let things affect us? Because we let them, we have a choice and that was a huge learning curve for me as well, but we can dive down each one of pillars if you want to. And I'd be happy to kind of give, this is what we really want to watch for in this pillar. There's lots in each one, but here's kind of the biggies and here's what you can, you know, so say for us, 0 (12m 7s): I think that would be great because I mean, I'm interested in it and it's, it's something that I think people should just, like, you mentioned, be more aware of. It's just something that just doesn't get talked about it. Doesn't. And so starting on that, you talk about cleaning and laundry. I'm curious. What did you, what were you using and what did you switch to? 1 (12m 26s): Oh, sure. I, you know, the standard, what everybody uses is you go to the grocery store, Thai all, I can't even remember all the names now, you know, you just grab what's on the counter because Le let me go back to the industry. I was in the automotive industry, highly regulated. And so what we used within the facilities were highly regulated, not just the products that we sold and used for service work, but what we cleaned with all of that stuff, we had to have personal protective equipment. We had to have material safety, data sheets. We had to have all kinds of stuff. I would have never thought that if there's a product being sold in a grocery store right in the United States, that it would be unsafe for us, never even crossed my mind. 1 (13m 16s): Right. And, and it's far from the truth. 0 (13m 19s): And I'm guessing a lot of these products are probably banned in Europe, but in the United States, 1 (13m 24s): The United States is really far behind in terms of what they allow and what they don't. And what's interesting. Brian, when you start digging into this, you find, for instance, Heinz company, there, they have different ingredients, even state to state in the United States. They have different ingredients in different labels in versus United States versus other countries that they're in. It's, you know, isn't that crazy. 0 (13m 50s): Yeah. Crazy. So, okay. So yeah. Okay. So let's get into, well, the cleaning and laundry. So you went from, you know, a brand name, let's say Ty to, I mean, now, you know, I will say, you know, if you go to like a whole foods, you can, you know, find ingredients and, and sort of these off-brands that are sort of emerging, which is nice. I'm sure maybe 10 years ago, there was a lot less of that. 1 (14m 14s): Right? W in the beginning I made a lot of my stuff, you know, fortunately I've been aligned with several different companies. There's a lots of great companies and I don't want to drop names on the podcast, but if you go to my website, I have a, an ebook that is available to people and I give here's the here's the companies I use and, and drop those. So, so, you know, one of them is young living. One of them is my green fills. My green fills has tons of laundry cleaning products. I love them because not only are they organic and natural products, but they're also good for the environment when they send you stuff, it comes in a package that you open and add to warm water, into a container that you already have, you know, so we don't have all of the plastics and you know, all of that stuff. 1 (15m 5s): So there's some good companies out there. Here's what I would say is this is what I did to learn stuff is I learned there's an app called think dirty, because even stuff I wouldn't buy a lot of the stuff that's in whole foods or sprouts or trader Joe's just because I know the ingredients I want to avoid now. I didn't know that in the beginning. So there's an app called think dirty, and you, it's free to put onto your phone and you can scan personal care, cleaning products, all the products in the world, you just scan it or type it in. And it'll give you a safety rating from zero to 10, 10, meaning very toxic. 1 (15m 47s): You don't want it in your home. Zero meaning completely safe. Go ahead and bring it on it. 0 (15m 52s): Yeah. That reminds me like when I'm shopping for like sunscreens. Yes, that's right. Yes. EWG. Right? Like, and I'm sure they have maybe a toxic list for like, you're mentioning as well. 1 (16m 5s): It's called, it's an app called healthy living. I actually prefer think dirty over EWG, not EWG. I use for a lot of things. And I'll get into that when we talk about the water pillar, but think dirty has way more on their database. EWG tends to be more kind of cleaning products. They don't get into a lot of personal care products, laundry, that type of a thing. So if you want more of, of a broad base, think dirty is going to be the app. And it was created by a woman who's I can't remember if it was herself or her mother went through breast cancer. And we know that there are a lot of products that use cancer causing agents in it. 1 (16m 53s): And, and so that's why she developed the app so that we could have safer products. 0 (16m 58s): Yeah. Wow. It's sad to think about that. That you can't trust, you know, it's almost like you can't trust about, we know that we can't trust the government when it comes to food guidelines. We know that, but as far as cleaning things and products that we put on our body, these brand names, it's like, it's almost like they just try to make a product that like, they're almost like cutting corners and they try to make products as cheaply as possible to make the biggest margin. Right? Absolutely. 1 (17m 23s): It's all about the almighty dollar and they, and they know that there's a big movement in eco friendly. There's a movement towards natural. So we see words on products that mean nothing. Just like you would probably teach your people. Don't look at what's on the front of a product, turn it around and read the label so that, you know, what's in there because they there's products labeled gluten-free that, of course it's, gluten-free, it has no wheat, you know, it's going to be, you know, so we have to do the same with what we're using inside our home. Don't w don't pay attention to what the marketing terms are on the front, turn it around and read the label. 0 (18m 1s): Yeah. And on that note, I'm curious about the water, water filtration, things like that. I'm at, you're moving, I'm actually moving as well. And I did get some filtration. I just think that's something that gets overlooked even also, like if you're using ice cubes, right? Like you can get filtered, good filtered water, but what are those ice cubes being filtered with, which is another, you know, sort of, 1 (18m 25s): Let me add another layer to the, to the, the realm here for you. Brian is what are you showering in? Yeah. That's more important because when we're showering, we're in there, depending upon the condition of your skin and depending on the product that you're using, your, you can actually test the soft tissue in the blood, inside your body. And they will be able to detect the ingredients within 30 seconds to two minutes inside your body. Right. Okay. This is how we absorb things into the body. So we know we're going to take a shower for more than two minutes and it's hot. No one takes a cold shower. Well, you do. If you're living a healthy life. 1 (19m 5s): Right. You know, but most people are taking a hot shower, so the pores are opening. So we're really absorbing that in. So we want to make sure that what we're showering in is just as safe as what we're drinking. Right? 0 (19m 18s): Sure. Yeah. And so like, for example, if you're at the store, you have this think dirty app, you can scan it and it'll sort of give you an overview of, you know, that's pretty cool. 1 (19m 29s): Yep. And EWG. So if you don't know, you're moving right now, go to EWG, click on their water tab. And they'll have a little website there that you can put in the zip code of the city that you're moving to. And it'll tell you what tests in your water now that's where you need to start, because where, what you have in the water is going to dictate what kind of filtering system you're going to need to have for the home. 0 (19m 53s): Yeah. Yeah. And I'm in Chicago. Where are you located? Actually 1 (19m 58s): In Arizona right now. 0 (20m 1s): Nice and warm. 1 (20m 2s): Well, I, I got, yeah, I'm sleepless right now. So it's, it's 80 some degrees 0 (20m 8s): Almost 60 today in Chicago on the taping. That's March. What is today? March 3rd. Yeah. So I know. Okay. So water. Yeah. Water is such a big thing. I think that just gets overlooked a lot. And then what about like, you know, when let's talk about the ear that we're breathing. 1 (20m 30s): So then the number one thing we want to avoid in the air is fragrance. You know, we're breathing this in and fragrances can, is deemed the new secondhand smoke. It really is. It's a respiratory and a neuro toxicity to the body. It is cancer causing. So what I want to your listeners is we want to buy products that are fragrance free scented still has the chemicals, creating the fragrance. And then they add more chemicals to cover up the smell. So look for products that are fragrance-free and we're seeing more and more of those options today than ever before, but that, that will be that. And that was what was causing my headaches by the way, was the fragrance in the products. 1 (21m 14s): And it's in everything, laundry, cleaning products, personal care products, even products that look like they're natural. Turn that around. If you see the word fragrance, because here's the thing, the word fragrance, they can choose out of 44,000 different chemicals. And they don't have to tell you what's going in there. And most times when we see the word fragrance, it can be upwards to 200 of those chemicals within that label. So we just don't know. 0 (21m 45s): So fragrance free is a good rule of thumb fragrance free. Yeah. And it's just amazing what organization overlooks all this. And as they've gotten stricter through the years, or is that something that you've noticed or no, 1 (22m 0s): There's really not. I mean, there's really not. There's, you know, FDA, you know, products have to go through it. Here's the, here's how the policies and the government works is prove it's causing danger. Not that it's safe. Right. So you'll see things get recalled all the time because we let it through. And now we find out that it is causing issue. Now we're going to back it up. So the policies are, let it go, prove that it's dangerous and then we'll remove it, unfortunately. So you have to rely on organizations like EWG that has a host of scientists that are researching and helping us as consumers who want to make safer decisions. 0 (22m 43s): Yeah. And so we talked about air water, like food, obviously something that we talk about. I talk a lot about in my pockets. What are some things I know we talk about the almighty vegetable oils. Yeah. Right. That are hidden in like everything 1 (22m 59s): That you buy. 0 (23m 2s): Is there something else that sticks out as far as toxic? 1 (23m 6s): I'm sure you cover things like sugar. You know, that's the, one of the biggest inflammatory products that we can use and it's in everything, everything 0 (23m 14s): Disguise it in a lot of different names, right? Fritos, corn syrup, Brown rice syrup, 1 (23m 21s): Well, you run the gamut with it. So let's talk about, you know, food coloring and dyes. We don't want food coloring and dies inside of our food. We don't want preservatives in our foods. We don't want pesticides, herbicides, fungicides in our food. Those are really caused a lot of damage to the body. So even just those three things are going make all the difference in the world. And what I tell people is to avoid a lot of the bad things in food, the toxicities, if you turn that label around and there's more than five ingredients listed, just don't know. 0 (24m 0s): I was just going to say that I think that's a good rule of thumb because there are so many ways to sort of hide all these bad ingredients. But if you know, pretty much, you know, like you said, if there's five or six ingredients, you're probably looking at a pretty clean product, 1 (24m 16s): Better than another choice that you might make. Right. You know, and of course, I'm sure you teach people. I would just assume that you don't buy something. You have to read the label on, you know, let's, let's eat what's from, you know, mother nature and whole foods, but we know not everybody does that. And when it comes to produce our fresh produce, we want to make sure we're buying organic and my tip for you on our organic cause a lot of people say, Oh, it's, it's, it's too expensive. Well, when we're talking our health, I don't think anything is too expensive, but that's my opinion. But what I can tell you is look in your freezer section that's tip number one, many times our food is more nutrient dense in the freezer section that it is even fresh because we don't know how long it's been on a truck, how long it's been sitting on a shelf, you know? 1 (25m 10s): So you can get a lot of organic food for far less than the fresh when you go to the frozen food section. 0 (25m 19s): So like frozen, organic vegetables, you're saying, 1 (25m 22s): Oh, there's vegetables and fruits, both in the, in the frozen section. So great option for you a second, especially when you've got a large family that you're feeding, you know, that's the thing. The other thing I would encourage you to look at is what's the clean 15 and the dirty dozen or my favorite, what do you eat? The most stuff? What do you eat the most of? If you eat blueberries every day, then I would think blueberries need to be on that organic list. If you eat a banana once a month, maybe not so important to be organic. Right, 0 (25m 56s): Right, right. And like avocados, I know that's one of those things where, you know, since it, since it has like a shell per se, like maybe that's not as important as maybe like strawberries right. When it comes out. 1 (26m 11s): Right. You know, with the thicker skin. Yep. You're exactly right. Thicker skin. Not going to absorb as much as the things with thinner skins like grapes, you know, grapes have a very thin skin, you know, melons, muskmelon cantaloupe, honeydew, melon, watermelon, those types of things, you know? 0 (26m 31s): Right. And you're also obviously peeling a banana and you're peeling and an avocado. So you're sort of taking that off, but don't get me wrong. Yeah. Or it's right, exactly. As opposed to blueberries or raspberries where, you know, you're just eating them straight, you know, without being right. Yeah. 1 (26m 48s): How they came right off the vine you betcha. 0 (26m 52s): Okay. And then, or did we miss one? Or we got everyone 1 (26m 55s): Talked food. We talked water, we talked air absorption. We look at the think dirty app to really get some clean options there. Mental. So a mental piece of toxicity for me is, is I look at it two fold. We have our external toxicities when it comes to mental. That means what people, places, things, okay. We can just roll it down to people, places and things. We've got no control over other people, places and things that are happening out there. We have to learn techniques to let go of that, to know we're not in charge of it and we have no control over it. The second piece is the internal. 1 (27m 37s): What we think becomes our words, becomes our actions and dictates what our reality is. And we can change our thought process. You can, if you wake up in a bad mood, you know what, you can restart that day. It doesn't mean you have to stay the way that you're thinking. That makes sense. 0 (27m 54s): Yeah. No, I'm, I'm, I'm all for that. I actually wrote a kid's book and, and the book was all about like life lessons for kids and, you know, having a positive attitude. I think, you know, when you're young, you know, they absorb everything, right. So you could influence kids in a positive way. And on the mental side of things, you know, we all need help. Right. Everyone, right? 1 (28m 17s): Oh, absolutely. I mean, even people who are I'm in the field and I have days where it's like, I just need to be locked in a closet, not let out to see anybody. Right. Right. You know, we all have those times, but for the most part, we can choose to be happy or we can choose to let life get the best of us. What way are you going to choose to live? Because no matter what life is going to happen, time is going to pass. Right. You know, what, how are we going to do things? And the other thing I like to talk to people about is, you know, it's about more than just you, you know, when we take care of our mental health, we become a better person for our kids, for our spouses, for the people in our community, our family, you know, when you're in a good frame, you smile at the person walking by, you give them a compliment. 1 (29m 11s): We can make the world a better place. 0 (29m 14s): No, I agree. Actually, that's the one thing like with the whole quarantine, the masks, it's like, you, can't, it's tough to smile at people when you see them. And I think hopefully, obviously we'll be through all that. And you know, we can actually like use facial expressions too. 1 (29m 32s): Yeah. Well, we got three, three States lifted the mask mandates just yesterday. So we're on our way. 0 (29m 37s): Oh, that's good. Yes. And let's talk a little bit about your new coming out. Detox. Tell me a little bit about that and what people should expect from that. 1 (29m 47s): You bet. So summertime's are always the time I, I write my books and this is my first book, the toxin Terminator. It was all about these five pillars walking you through the five pillars. I get very, very detailed in the book. I give life stories from five different women who have been down the same path as well, so that you get firsthand experience with what they did. And the second book is going to be all about the detox process because it's, it's, it's an equal piece of the puzzle. You have to re take your hand off the fire, you know, that comes first, but we also have to support the body's natural detox pathways. And when we do that, you know, then we can have some sustained health. 1 (30m 31s): So I want to write that followup book and really talk about, you know, how do we support the body's innate ability to remove toxins? 0 (30m 42s): Yeah. And it's something that I talk a lot about is like fasting. Yes. Yes. Is that something that you align yourself with? Do you do fast or 1 (30m 52s): Absolutely. I just did a 72 hour fast two weeks ago. And so twice a year I'll do an extended fast, like I just did. So that was my spring one, but I follow an intermittent fasting and it's been proven ladies, it, you need to get onto intermittent fasting. It is actually a way for our body's cells to deplete talk. Since this is a huge piece of the detox puzzle is the intermittent fasting. So I follow a 16, eight. I fast for 16 hours daily. I eat for an eight hour window, but I do that for five days. 1 (31m 33s): And then on the sixth day, I fast for 24 hours. And on the seventh day, I either carb load our protein load. It's my free day to load up on whatever I want. And when in the other windows, when I'm eating, I'm equally eating well, not equally, but I eat protein fats and fibers are the three things that I want to make sure I'm really getting into my nutrition so that my body can do the best that it can be. So that's what I teach is the five one, one eating plan for optimal health for our bodies. 0 (32m 12s): Yeah, no, I love that. And, and it makes sense that when you're in your eating window, you, and you're, you're mainly doing protein and fats and some fiber because, you know, I always say that if, when you're doing fast and you really want to make the most of those meals, right? Yeah. You want satiating meals and you know, not to say that you can't have carbs, like you said, you have your day of maybe sort of like a carb load, but you know, carbs, there's not, they're not really essential per se. You know, your can run off its own energy stores, but I like how you sort of mix it up and you do the five days, and then you have your, your two days, one day of a full fast, and, and then, you know, sort of a carb, a freedom day less 1 (32m 54s): Well, and you can schedule those, you know, it doesn't have to be five days in a row. One, one you can do, you know, if you know, you've got a social event coming on and maybe you're going to have that piece of cake, you know, it's a birthday party, a wedding, whatever, make that your free day so that you can, you know, eat it. I want people, if there are foods that bring you joy, then eat them. Don't look at things as a, and maybe I'm talking against what you teach, but, you know, we don't want to be feeling like we have everything taken away from us. Now I, my body, because I eat the way I eat when I get around sugar, I used to have the biggest sweet tooth and it does not taste so good to me anymore. 1 (33m 40s): You know? So your body will naturally not want the things that you maybe had in the past. The other thing too, with the fiber, is it, you know, we, there I did was last summer. I did a 30 day sugar detox and I did eight grams or less of sugar, which sugar and glucose are equal and carbs are glucose. Right. So when I was doing that, I found there were so many vegetables with high carb content, you know, you know, fruits as well. So it was really interesting. It was like, I ate meat for 30 days. 0 (34m 20s): And how did that go? Did you, did, did you realize you're like, Oh, well, you know, I don't, I don't need the sugar. Right? Like, it's sort of like close your eyes. I'm sure 1 (34m 29s): That was the kick in the pants that I needed to really get over that sugar hump. So, you know, I did that last summer and since then, I I've really been sugar-free I don't even want that piece of cake. I just don't even, I've done it here and there. And it's like, Ugh, it just doesn't set well on my stomach. So we just don't. 0 (34m 48s): Right, right. I think that's so key. I think when you go for a period of time of eating pretty clean and getting into a rhythm, and then you sort of, you know, break it and have, you know, like you've said, like a cake or something, and you just feel like crud and, and you know what it reminds you, you're like, you know, I don't need this. Right. Cause I don't feel good. It doesn't align with me. And that's when, you know, you're sort of in a good rhythm as far as eating. 1 (35m 12s): Oh, you know, and there's such good options out there. There's all kinds of sugar-free options for us to get great recipes. If you want to have, you know, something like that. Like for Reeses, peanut butter cups where my nemesis, I mean, it was just 0 (35m 29s): Peanut butter chocolate for me. 1 (35m 32s): It, it like you could put those two together and it's like it heaven on earth. Right. So what I do instead is I take module dates, cut them in half and put organic peanut butter inside of them. So good. I get the sweet and the peanut butter and it is delightful. 0 (35m 50s): Okay. I'll I'll, I'll try that. I'll try that. And I'm curious, I know you mentioned briefly, you do a, you did a 72 hour fast, so four days, that's great. I've done some extended fast. What did you learn from that? 1 (36m 7s): Oh goodness. Brian. There's so many learnings that go there. Number one, I can do hard things. Right. You know what an awesome thing. Because when I started fasting, you know, to make it 10 hours, eight hours, you know, it was, was, you know, a struggle and then starting to do 24 hours and then 36 and working out, first of all, work up to it. Don't go out and try to do it, you know, your first time out. So work up to it. So it's such an accomplishment to know. I can do hard things. That's hard, it's hard not to eat. You know, we are programmed to want to feel the body. The second thing you really kind of get into a zone when you're not worried about what you're going to eat and how you're going to eat you, you about, Hmm. 1 (36m 57s): For me, it's about 36 hour point. And, and, and till about 60 hours, there is such mental clarity going on there in that timeframe. It's things are crystal clear. Fasting is a great time. If you're like I do want, at the end of the year is that's when I review my year and I look forward to the new year and what I'm going to be doing and set my intentions. And I will fast during that time because I get really crystal clear on what's happening with, within me. It's awesome. 0 (37m 31s): Yeah. And you do it twice a year, is that right? 1 (37m 34s): Yep. Yep. I'll do it in the spring and I'll do it in the, in the late Paul, you know, towards the end of the year. 0 (37m 41s): And you're drinking pretty much water, tea, coffee, or just straight water. 1 (37m 45s): I do water coffee. I do do I do drink coffee. I drink organic coffee, use the French press. I have some Quito not Quito. What do I want to say? MCT oil that I will add to that and then water. And then I do a lot of salt. So I like the Redmond salt because there it's more of a chunk and you can just put a piece in your mouth and just kind of stuck on it, dissolve it. Just kind of keep the usually about 24 hours out is when I'll really start salting up. And then it's D it's constant throughout the day gone. 0 (38m 23s): Yeah. No, that's great. And what would you say? I was looking at some of your stuff on your website. You have like a three-day roadmap to wellness. Yeah. What's, what's that all about I'm so we 1 (38m 36s): Have, we have two different options that we do. We've got a bootcamp and we do that once a month. We have a one coming up March 14th. I'm not sure when this is Aaron, but in, if you go to our website transforming women's health.com, we always have the next date of our next bootcamp. So it's a three day, four night bootcamp. We're walking people through how to take your hand off the fire, how to support the detox pathways in the body. And then we teach you how to eat in the five one, one plan. 0 (39m 5s): Oh, that's great. And what type of, I, I wrote down like cooking tips, you know, people, what should they be cooking in to, to make sure that they're avoiding toxins as well? 1 (39m 16s): Well, so number one is get rid of all the plastics in your kitchen. You know, we don't want to have anything because here's the thing, even though we put hot food in a, in a storage container, so we're already going to leach out all of the, the PBAs, the failure rate set our BPS and the failure rates that are in the plastic because of the hot food we put in there after we've made food. Right. And, and the, the here's what we do. We take it out of the fridge and what do we do? We stick it in the microwave, you know, more mud up. So now we're just absorbing all that into the food. So don't use plastics. You can use stainless steel, you can use silicone reusable, silicone. 1 (39m 56s): You can use glass, Mason, jars, lots of great options out there, but ditch the plastic. When we talk about plastic in the kitchen, that's why I use a French press. What are your coffee makers made out of plastic? You know, they've got plastic. Not only did they have plastic, but if you're using a percolator, it's got a tube that's pulling up the water and that's getting full of bacteria mold. So ditch that. 0 (40m 23s): Yeah. You know, what do you see a lot, these, these like espresso machine that Nespresso, right. And then like those pods and stuff, right? Yeah, yeah. No, yeah, no, I got it. 1 (40m 35s): But look at, look at your appliances, you know, blenders, you know, w we that eat healthy, do you do a lot of smoothies and, and juicing and that type of thing is the container plastic, or is it glass? You'll look at that stuff. What about your Crock-Pot? You know, if you still use a Crock-Pot, is it ceramic? Is it painted, glazed ceramic, you know, or do you have a stainless steel bowl in there? The InstaPot's have a stainless steel. Fantastic. Don't use the non-stick surfaces. They're not good. Look, there's, there's actually certifications that you can look for that show that they are non-toxic. 1 (41m 20s): And I can't remember off the top of my head, what those certifications are, but I just use stainless steel to cook with. I don't even have non-toxic or what do you call it? Nonstick. Cookware. Green pan caraway are a couple of good names of, of companies that have good dishes. 0 (41m 40s): Yeah. And what would you say got to hit something in my mind for you? What would you say it's gone all over because it's a topic that I'm, I'm, I'm definitely like interested in, Oh, this is what I say. Oh, I, so I use a salt toothpaste. Yeah. And I love it. And everyone's like, Oh, why are you using that? But like, like, it's like, you look at like Colgate and stuff, like just got tons of toxins in there. Right. 1 (42m 9s): Horrible for you. I suffer from cold sores. I have, you know, obviously a virus in my body and there's different things that can trigger, trigger it over the counter toothpaste, or one of them, there are so many toxins inside of them, sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a known skin. Irritant is in the fluoride in there that can be very damaging to the body, many other ingredients that we just simply want to avoid. So we want to be looked using that think dirty app to be finding some good toothpastes that don't have the nasty ingredients in it. It's funny, you mentioned salt because I use Chris salt crystals for deodorant instead of, you know, the regular store-bought deodorant, which are fantastic. 1 (42m 50s): And by the way, if you're eating clean, you don't have body odor. Did you know that? 0 (42m 56s): Yeah. That makes sense. That does make sense. So you S you said you salt crystals for deodorant. Yes. So how does that, do you just put it right now? 1 (43m 5s): Yeah. So come like one company that I order them from, they come in and twist up, you know, the crystals inside of it. Then you just put it under hot water and, you know, like a roll-on yeah. Under your arms. So the cleaner you eat, the less body odor you have because of the body odor that we get when we work out and we, sweat is from bacteria right now, we're all gonna have bacteria on ourselves, but the cleaner, we are, the less toxins we have, the less body odor, you know, we will in, and you want your body to sweat. You want to release that stuff. 1 (43m 45s): Don't use an antiperspirant, 0 (43m 48s): Right? Yeah. Another great tip you sweating. I just wrote something on that. I talked a little bit on my podcast about how important it is to, if you can, sweat daily, that's so important. That's like your body's detoxing, right? You're limited. 1 (44m 3s): There are w we, we detox through our skin, through our breath, through our liver, our digestive system, the liver, the kidneys, you know, through what we express out, both, you know, liquid and, and other, you know, forms as well as the lymph nodes, how move things through, that's kind of the sewage system of, of the body. But the breath breath is the, is the number one detox pathway, like close 70% of your toxins are released through deep breath. So workout is excellent because you are sweating. That is a part of it, but you're also deep breathing too. 0 (44m 43s): Right. And when you're, when you talk about breath, it's important to breathe through your nose. Right. Cause that's like infiltration system, as opposed to just breathing through your mouth. Right. 1 (44m 52s): Absolutely. Absolutely. So, and, and you get that deep cleansing breath, you know, in, through the nose, release it out through the mouth. Yeah. 0 (45m 4s): A lot of good stuff here. I'll tell you. I'm definitely gonna, yeah. I, I want to, I'm going to check out that, that app, for sure. That's such a great tip for people to do right away. And, and definitely your book along with your ebook on your website. Right. Which is a bunch of great tips. 1 (45m 21s): Right. And I, I, I'm going to have to check my forward facing, cause I, I have Amy carlson.com, which is AI, M E carlson.com. That is my toxin Terminator website. So if you want to listen to the podcasts, the book, those type of things go there transforming women's health is where my services are. So if you want to coach with me and I have a partner, she and I coached together, you'll go there. You'll be able to get into our boot camps. And those are $49. I mean, that is nothing. And you're getting a wealth of information as well as we have a monthly membership group that, that women, you know, we open that up to women can join in. 1 (46m 3s): It's a safe space where you can continue to learn those five proven steps to get your body healthy. 0 (46m 9s): Yeah. And that leads to my, my next question is I always ask my guests is what would be your one tip to, you know, middle-aged women or men per se. We're looking to get their body back to what it once was maybe like 10, 15 years ago. 1 (46m 25s): Oh, great. Great question. Add good fats to your diet. People have been so trained that fats are bad. Your cells are made up of fat. The membrane is made up of fat when they're damaged. The only way to heal them is to get more fats into our diet. And that's how we're going to heal the cell membrane because the cell membrane is the communicator. It's, what's telling the insulin to turn on, turn off it's what's telling the hormones to turn on, turn off. It is also the gateway to the cell. It's in. 1 (47m 5s): If it's damaged, toxins are trapped inside that cell. And no matter what you're doing eating right exercising there, it can't go anywhere because the, the membrane has been damaged. So my number one tip is we've got to fix the membrane and the cell before anything else can happen. Right? So healthy fats, healthy fats. 0 (47m 28s): And can you give a couple of some, 1 (47m 31s): Oh my goodness. Tons of great healthy fats out there eat real butter, right? Immerse yourself in grass fed better, eat it. You can have your MCT oil is a great, healthy fat. You can eat avocado oil avocados themselves are great, healthy fats to be eating. You can take a great, a mega supplement. We need to be supplemented with supplementing with Amigos B, because in order to really heal the cell, we've got to be in a four to one ratio with our mega sixes to Omega threes. You know, the average body is at a, at about a 12 to one ratio. Right. You know, so good. Omega is fantastic. 0 (48m 12s): Yeah. Yeah. Salmon, you get great fats just from like grass fed grass, finished meat as well. Right? Like a rhythm. 1 (48m 22s): Absolutely. You know, and why get your wild caught fish, you know, sustainably resource, the, you know, look for the grass fed, you know, beef so that we get better quality beef. If you're going to eat it, you know, I eat meat, you know, eat meat. If you want to eat the meat and your body does well with it. 0 (48m 41s): Yeah. Well, this was great Amy. Lot of great knowledge here and yeah. So the best way to find you, Amy carlson.com is that right? 1 (48m 51s): Amy carlson.com or transforming women's health.com either or 0 (48m 56s): Awesome. Well, I really appreciate you coming on and yeah, we'll look out for your, your next book. What's going to do you know the title of the book yet or not yet? 1 (49m 4s): This one was called the toxin terminators. So I'm kind of thinking about calling the, the next one, the toxin exterminator. I'm just not sure yet. We're still playing around with the title. 0 (49m 16s): Yeah, I like that. I like that. All right. Well, thank you so much, Amy. 1 (49m 21s): Oh, Brian, what a pleasure. Thank you. 0 (49m 26s): Thanks for listening to the get lean eat clean podcast. I understand there are millions of other podcasts out there and you've chosen to listen to mine. And I appreciate that. Check out the show firstname.lastname@example.org for everything that was mentioned in this episode, feel free to subscribe to the podcast and share it with a friend or family member. That's looking to get their body back to what it once was. Thanks again, and have a great day.