Surrender 2014

Walking: Free and Beneficial


Nowadays doesn’t it seem like everything that’s good for you cost money? Well have I got a freebie for you!

Look out the window and just begin to daydream about the fresh breeze of air against your skin, your feet hitting the pavement and glowing beads of sweat lightly grazing your brow bone?

What are you doing,  you ask? You’re walking!

Now refocus and actually step outside. Your daydream has just become your reality with loads of potential and advantages.

Walking, or should I say going for a brisk walk, is one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself. You don’t need an exercise DVD, gym membership, or athletic build. Just put one foot in front of the other and WALK! Continue reading

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The Pre-Fast Preparation has Begun — Cycle 8: New Beginnings

I am excited to announce that we are officially in Pre-Fast mode in Surrender Land!

Cycle 8 of Surrender Fast 2014 starts Monday, September 15 however, this week is dedicated to seeking God and His will during the next 40 days; specifically what you are to surrender.

This time around I’m surrendering processed food. I’ve known that for weeks and I’ve needed that much time to get my mind around the challenges of being processed-free in a land full of this type of food. Continue reading

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8 Amazing Uses for Apple Cidar Vinegar that Might Surprise You


Step into the kitchen and open up those cupboards until you come across…that’s it: Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar!

Pull it on out, dust it off if you must–because we’re about to put that tangy brownish liquid to some good use.

I’m sure you’ve heard how beneficial ACV is when it comes to, improved digestion, heartburn, intestinal problems and constipation, strengthening of the immune system, regulating blood sugar and aiding in diabetes, detoxification, weight loss, and improved stamina and energy.

And if that wasn’t enough there are still more ways which ACV can be used.

Alternate uses for ACV: 

  • Hair Rinse: Instead of the harsh chemicals in shampoos, wash away hair buildup with an apple cider vinegar rinse.
  • Toner: Psoriasis sufferers. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes.

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The Benefits of Dry Brushing

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Quick Tip Monday!!!

In a previous blog I wrote about the benefits of dry brushing and I thought I would share again the reason why dry brushing could be beneficial for your overall health.

I recently injured my back, and I started experiencing some numbness in my legs. At first I thought that maybe my potassium levels were low but then it came to  me that my blood wasn’t circulating as well as should be. I instantly went in search of my dry brush. I picked it up and begin to massage my legs in an upward motion towards my heart and instantly the numbness went away and I was able to get some rest.

You might be asking…..


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Every Ending is Just a NEW BEGINNING — Join us for Cycle 8 of Surrender Fast 2014

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A New Beginning happens when you are emotionally ready to act and think in a whole new way. It’s when you make a conscious decision to part with the old and begin anew from a place of peace and fearlessness.

A New Beginning is different from a Start. A Start can occur quickly sometimes without much warning and/or mental preparation.

For example, the Start of 1st grade was rough for me; I cried every day after lunch for at least 3 months straight. One day our class had substitute teacher who was so great I forgot to cry. My classmates quickly pointed out my oversight. Surprised, I thought about crying just because, but then I purposed in my little 6-year-old heart that I would not cry again. And I didn’t for the rest of the year.

That day I began again; I ended my cycle of fear and embraced my New Beginning with hope in my heart.

So are you at the Start or a New Beginning?

You can START a diet but a NEW BEGINNING occurs when the diet becomes a lifestyle.

You can START classes but the NEW BEGINNING comes when you decide that nothing short of a degree is an option.

You can START a book/business/ministry, etc. but a NEW BEGINNING occurs when abstract becomes a reality.

Whether you are stalling at the start line or at the precipice of your New Beginning, Cycle 8 of Surrender Fast 2014 is for you!

God is going to show up in an unusual way and speak LIFE. I am expecting sign, miracles, and wonders. I am also expecting New Beginnings for our spirits, mentality, physical bodies,  marriages, relationships, businesses, and ministries.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste



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DETOX GROUP ACTIVITY “Oil Pulling” Begins Tomorrow

Leading up to Cycle 8 we’ll be doing a series of detox activities.


Oil Pulling is a folk remedy where oil is swished in the mouth. Stephanie wrote a great article on the blog on the MANY benefits of Oil Pulling.

  • Brighter and whiter teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Better breath
  • Clearer skin (can eliminate skin conditions such as eczema or acne)
  • Increased energy
  • Clearer sinuses and alleviated allergies
  • Migraine relief
  • Better sleep
  • Regulated menstrual cycles
  • Improved PMS symptoms

to read full post.

Activity: Oil Pulling
When: Monday, August 4 – Friday, August 8
Time: 15-20 minutes (first thing in the morning)
Needed supplies: Oil (sesame, coconut, olive, sunflower, etc.)

Two Ways to Join us on Monday

1. Join our community on the Facebook Surrender Your Diet Mastermind Group.

2. Or blog your experience at The Surrender Blog.

The Surrender Fasters are the healthiest people in the world!!!

Look forward to hanging with you tomorrow!

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The Benefits of Oil Pulling

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According to Wikipedia, Oil Pulling or oil swishing is a folk remedy where oil  is “swished” or “held” in the mouth. Oil pulling is an old age Ayurvedic practice (Hindu traditional medicine) which originated in India and has now gone mainstream and is used to minimize bacteria growth.

When I was first introduced to Oil Pulling I was given a list of oral benefits, but after carefully researching this technique, I now know that this method has even greater healing properties than I was first told.

Benefits of Oil Pulling:

  • Brighter and whiter teeth
  • Healthier gums
  • Better breath
  • Clearer skin (can eliminate skin conditions such as eczema or acne)
  • Increased energy
  • Clearer sinuses and alleviated allergies
  • Migraine relief
  • Better sleep
  • Regulated menstrual cycles
  • Improved PMS symptoms
How does Oil Pulling work?
1. First thing in the morning on an empty stomach and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour a tablespoon of oil into your mouth. Most popular are sesame or coconut, but research indicates that there are also multiple benefits in using sunflower, olive, or safflower oil.

2. Swish the oil in a relaxed mode around your mouth without swallowing for 20min. Do not tilt your head back. Use your tongue to help move the liquid around.

3. At the end of 20min spit the liquid in the bathroom trash and rinse a couple of times with warm water.

4. Follow up with brushing, using your toothpaste of choice and go about your day as usual.

How Often should I do oil pulling?
Some research recommended daily while others recommended 3-5 days per week.
Why 20 Minutes?

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Any and Every Thing

“The way you do anything is the way you do everything,” was a phrase I heard this weekend at a training event.

I had to let that sink in.

“The way you do anything is the way you do everything.”

I have this habit of doing “good enough.” Not all the time, but usually around mundane, unrewarding tasks.

If I’m washing the dishes, I’ll wash everything but one pan thinking it’s better than it was.

If I’m walking in the neighborhood, I’ll cut the walk short thinking at least I walked.

If I’m feeding a healthy meal to my family, I’ll include one unhealthy item thinking at least we eat better than most people.

Even as I type I’m realizing how this habit shows up everywhere: marriage, parenting, ministry…I’m really into this good enough thing.

But is God calling me to good enough or best?

Well the Word tells us in Ecclesiaties 9:10, Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.

How might my marriage, ministry, parenting, etc. exceed expectation if I completed the “mundane” tasks associated with each with all my might?!

So this week I vow to do better. Not “good enough” better but “all my might” better.

How does the phrase “the way you do anything is the way your do everything” speak to you? Please comment below.

With God all things are possible,
Dr. Celeste

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Swimsuits for India — A Six Month Prayer Challenge

Last year, around this time, I heard a profound message on the importance of praying for others. The preacher told the story of “Bob” a new convert, who decided to pray for Kenya after being challenged by a friend to do so.

After some time Bob was having dinner with some associates and there “just so happened” to be a woman there who was the director of the biggest orphanage in…you guessed it…KENYA!

Bob sparked up a conversation and was invited to visit her country. He witnessed the great needs of orphanage and was moved. After a series of letters, he convinced medical suppliers to send millions of dollars of supplies to the orphanage. The leaders in the country were so impressed Bob was invited back for a celebration. As Bob toured the country, which included a visit to the prison, Bob commented that he thought the officials should free the political prisoners. Months later he received a call from the US government thanking him for playing a huge role in the freeing of the prisoners (something they had been trying to do for years)!

But the story doesn’t end there. Continue reading

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As One Fast Ends, Another Begins

This Sunday marks the end of 40 days of surrender and the beginning of the 21 days of financial responsibility ‪#‎61Days‬.

Let’s celebrate this milestone together at Potomac Adventist Bookstore where I’ll present on the topic “You are Released.” Ooh wee, the Lord has placed a word in my spirit that I think will bless your socks off. This is your time–you are released, BUT there are some conditions to the MANIFESTATION of your release…let’s talk about it.

Register for this life-changing event on Facebook or just simply show up. I look forward to our time of fellowship.


P.S. Michelle Singletary’s book is at this bookstore too if you still need to get your copy. We start The 21 Day Financial Fast Monday, July 7!


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