Journaling & Meditation

the moment  Journaling and meditation are a dynamic duo in my opinion, for reducing stress and changing your life.

Meditation is one of the best ways to reduce stress and reprogram your subconscious mind for success. In this relaxed state, your conscious mind is bypassed, and your subconscious mind is more receptive to new positive thoughts.  Regular meditation may help improve your health by boosting the immune system, improving concentration, and lowering your blood pressure by reducing stress.  A few minuets a day, of meditation, can have a profound affect on your life.

Add journaling to your meditation and you have a powerful combination for a successful life.  Journaling on a regular basis, can help you process your emotions and remove mental blocks.  Journaling also provides a place to keep information on inspired ideas until completed and makes it possible for you to reference when answers came,  and how long it took to implement an idea .

Journaling and meditation a great combination for creating a healthier lifestyle.

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Fasting to Help You Lose Weight

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As this year ends and another is about to begin, this is the time we make our resolution to lose weight and get healthy. Could fasting be a tool to aid us in achieving this goal & sustaining it long term?

Fasting has been used in many societies for various reasons for centuries.  Our modern society unfortunately, tends to view fasting as only a form of punishment instead of something that can benefit us.

With obesity on the rise along with related diseases, could fasting be the tool needed to help turn things around and get us back on track to better health?

Watch this video  with Dr. Jason Fung and decide if fasting could help you achieve your weight loss goal.

Golden Chi Milk

Golden Milk, is a beverage which has been thought to aid in reducing inflammation in the body.  Golden Milk Chi Latte is my version of this drink.  The ingredient which gives the milk its golden color  is turmeric; which has been reported to be a very powerful anti-inflammatory spice ( note: my version may not be as yellow because of the other spices).  It is widely believed in the medical community, that inflammation is the root of most, if not, all diseases.  Therefore, reducing inflammation in the body is very beneficial.

Other ingredients like ginger ( an anti-oxidant) and cinnamon (helps regulate blood sugar) are also beneficial to the body.  The black pepper and coconut oil  aids the body in utilizing the curcumin found in turmeric.  Curcumin is thought to destroy cancer cells and helps cells function in a healthy manner.

I find this to be a soothing beverage to have before going to bed.

This recipe is for one cup-using dried spices. (double amount if using fresh)

1/4 tsp Turmeric (will color items yellow so proceed with caution)

1/4 tsp Ginger

1/8 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 -1 Packet Stevie (depending on how sweet you like it)or  1/2 Tbsp raw honey  or your favorite sweetener to taste

1 C Coconut Milk or milk of your choice

1/2 tsp Extra virgin coconut oil

1/8 tsp Vanilla

Pinch of Black Pepper (to aid absorption)

Pinch to 1/8 tsp each of ground clove, nutmeg, & allspice (These spices give it the chi flavor. They can be omitted along with the vanilla to make the basic golden milk)

1-2 Tbsp Water

Combine all the dry spices in a sauce pan with the water  and stir till dissolved.  Place on a low to medium flame and stir constantly till water is gone  and a paste is formed.  Add milk and simmer for 3 minutes continuing to stir constantly dissolving the paste.  After 3 minutes add vanilla & coconut oil, remove from the fire, strain and Enjoy!  To froth, place strained mixture in blender and blend a few seconds (note: the turmeric may stain your blender ).

 

Motivational Moment!

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Sometimes on the journey to improving our health, there are setbacks & slow or no positive results.  It is at these times, our instinct is to quit & give up.  Don’t!!!  Continue your journey.  Examine your plan, make any needed changes, but keep pursuing your goals, because you are worth it.  Although it may seem nothing is happening, things build on each other.  Every healthy life style change you make is getting you closer to your goal even if it does not seem so.  When life seems to be going nowhere fast, it is really going somewhere slowly.  

Is It Time To Eat More Good Fats & Less Carbs?

For years, I ate a low fat, high carbohydrate diet and to my surprise, I gained weight. Getting me to eat foods containing fat was virtually impossible.   Recently, I discovered that what I had been doing may not have been good for me.  The low fat, high carbohydrate diet may have been affecting me adversely.

For example, most times when fat is removed from food products, sugar replaces it. The problem with too much sugar in the diet, as I understand it, is that it causes insulin to be released, which over time can lead to insulin resistance or worse diabetes.  When insulin resistance occurs, the body is no longer able to properly use insulin to remove excess sugar from the blood.  Insulin resistance may also make it difficult to lose weight.  Fat, on the other hand, does not cause insulin to be released in the body.

The carbohydrates we are encouraged to eat as a large part of our diet, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, once digested, are converted into sugar in the body. So why are we told to eat more foods which produces sugar in our bodies and less foods containing fats, which do not?  Maybe, it is because of the belief that , fat clogs the arteries and can lead to many illnesses.  But is that true, and are all fats the same?

The fat that has gotten the most bad press is saturated fats but is it as bad for us as we have been led to believe?  Check out this video on saturated fats, then check out the video on eating more fat and decide for yourself.  Are all fats bad & is it time to eat more good fats and less carbohydrates?

S. A. D.

S.A.D.is the acronym for Standard American Diet, also known as the food pyramid.  We are told on this diet, to eat lots of grain-at least 6 servings daily, 3-5 servings of veggies, 2-4 servings of fruit, 2-3 servings of dairy, 2-3 servings of  protein in the form of meat, beans, or nuts, and to  eat fats & oils sparingly.

I like many people have tried to follow this diet as best a possible believing it was the best way to become & stay healthy.  The problem with this diet in my opinion is that grains and other processed foods tend to increase sugar levels in our bodies, which causes insulin to be released.

Based on what I have heard, from Dr. Jason Fung, if we do not give our bodies enough time to remove the sugar, we can become insulin resistant as the insulin becomes less effective in dealing with the amount of sugar in the body.

Unfortunately, it seems the results of S. A. D. is a nation of overweight, unhealthy people, instead of the opposite. Diabetes, obesity and other health issues are rising and so are the  of medications used to treat them.

The only problem I have with medications used to treat most diseases, is that they tend to do more harm than good.  One drug/medication tends to lead to another because of the side affects associate with the original drug, and the cycle continues.

What if the same thing that may be causing us to become unhealthy is the same thing that can heal us?  Food!  What if, we ate less processed, more natural foods, could that cause us to become healthier?  Eating less grains, and more vegetables, fruits, lean protein and healthy fats instead of S.A.D. could have a very positive impact on our health. Diabetes Diet Guide