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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Essential #1 Maximized Mind

Understanding the true principles of health and healing, and creating a mindset of success.

Changing your vantage point will help you begin to see life more clearly and handle stress much differently than before. There are several techniques and strategies to help you eliminate the negative aspects of your thinking and facilitate lasting, positive changes in your life.

Overcoming Limiting Beliefs
Your beliefs have been programmed in you throughout your life. Limiting beliefs are those that hold you back from achieving what you want in life. Think of them as roadblocks: false ideas that you have about yourself that make progressing harder than it needs to be.

Have you ever wondered why you want to change but found yourself reverting to your old habits?

Wonder why this happened? Maybe it wasn’t laziness or a lack of discipline. Maybe it was a limiting belief, a roadblock. The answer to your problem isn’t starting another gimmick, fad diet or self-help program. You need to find out your limiting beliefs and overcome them.

Examples of Limiting Beliefs:

“I can’t afford to eat that way.”
“My parents had to take these medications, now so do I.”
“I’m too old to _______.”
“I’m not a healthy or successful person.”
“I’m lazy and I hate to exercise.”
“I’m a procrastinator.”


You will act in accordance with your belief system whether it is true or not. The key is to find what beliefs you have about yourself that are creating interference between where you are and where you want to be, and eliminating them. Beliefs are often in blind spots, meaning you don’t even know you have them. Through advanced workshops and questionnaires at our office, you be able to identify these beliefs and revolutionize your mind. The only thing you should believe is that anything is possible.

Positive Self Talk
How are beliefs formed? They are formed by the way in which you think. This is called self-talk. Self-talk is the internal conversation that you have with yourself all day long. Your subconscious records this conversation without putting up an argument, so if you tell yourself that you are fat all day, your subconscious will believe that you are fat.

So if you are what you say you are, then say it positively! Your beliefs about yourself can be reprogrammed through consistent, positive affirmations. Below are the criteria for writing these affirmations:

1.    Personal
2.    Positive
3.    Indicative of Achievement
4.    Action Words
5.    Specific

Examples:

    “I thrive on my daily jogging because I feel healthy, strong and energetic.”
    “I am accountable for the results of my decisions and actions.”
    “I develop feelings of respect and self-esteem in myself and others.”

Once you have written your affirmations, it is important to repeat them daily. Over time you will replace old habits and beliefs and become who and what you want to be.

The Big Why
Everybody needs to know why. Why do I want to change? What is my motivation? Looking good isn’t a big enough reason, but staying healthy to spend more time with your children is. To find your big why, you must search your heart and mind to come up with the most compelling reason that you can for taking control of your life and health. When you have your big why, remember to repeat it daily along with your affirmations in order to cement it into your belief system. Remember these Max Mind principles and you will believe that success is just around the corner.

Find out more about all 5 Essentials of healthy living or Maximized Living Makeover (MLMO) event to learn more about transforming your health. Ask your local ML doctor for more information about the next MLMO event.

The 5 Essentials are the core foundation of Maximized Living.

The 5 Essentials are the core foundation of Maximized Living.


Without any of these Essentials, you are unable to live a long, healthy and fulfilled life that you are meant to live. Each of these Essentials work together to keep your cells in optimal shape and your body functioning at its highest levels. If you only focus on one of these essentials, such as exercise, you are leaving out other core elements that keep your body healthy.

While each of the 5 Essentials may make sense to you at a high level, there are many things that you may not know. Get to know each of the following essentials and understand how they all work together and need to be practiced from the moment you wake up until the time you go to sleep each night.

   
Essential 1: Maximized Mind
A Maximized Mind encompasses areas such as time and stress management, improving your relationships with others, and making sure that you get adequate amounts of sleep. Working on all of these area's help to improve a negative attitude and help your overall peace and well-being from within yourself. The right, renewed mindset about life and health are necessary in order to commit to following any lifestyle plan.
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

It's Pumpkin Time ~ Pumpkin Mousse Shooters





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Servings: 8
Serving Size: 6 oz. glass 
Calories: 138
Fat: 4 g
Carbs: 19 g
Fiber: 2 g
Protein: 3 g
Sodium: 249 mg
Old Points: 2.7 pts
Points+: 3 pts
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Here are your ingredients:
Recipe adapted from "3 Books in 1" cookbook

2 oz. fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 can (15 oz) solid-pack pumpkin
3/4 cup fat-free milk
1 package vanilla fat-free sugar-free instant pudding mix
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
3 cups thawed reduced-fat whipped topping, divided
4 gingersnap cookies, crushed

Beat cream cheese in a medium bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.  Add pumpkin, milk, pudding mix, cinnamon, ginger and cloves and beat about 1 minute or until smooth.  Fold in 1 1/2 cups whipped topping.

Spoon 1/4 cup mousse into each of the eight 6 oz. dessert glasses.  Spoon 2 tablespoons whipped topping over mousse in each glass.  Top with 1/4 cup mousse.  Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.
Just before serving, top each shooter with remaining whipped topping and gingersnap crushed cookie crumbs.  Enjoy!

Sprouting seeds unlocks dormant enzymatic potential

Sprouting seeds unlocks dormant enzymatic potential
Friday, October 12, 2012 by: Dr. David Jockers
 

(NaturalNews) Natural plants have unique ways of protecting their offspring and guaranteeing the future of their species. Grains, nuts, seeds and legumes all contain special agents protect the precious seeds and poison predators in order to ensure the continuation of their plant. The process of soaking, fermenting and sprouting these seeds removes the poisons and unlocks the dormant nutrient potential of the plant food.

Grains, seeds, nuts and legumes all contain enzyme inhibitors and phytic acids that deplete important nutrient stores when consumed. These anti-nutrients dwell in the outer fibers and protect the crop from being eaten by mammals including humans. If the mammal were to eat a large amount of these foods with anti-nutrients intact, it would be enough to cause disease and potentially death. This allows the crop to continue to survive.

Nature has a natural process to remove the enzyme inhibitors, phytates and other toxic anti-nutrients while maturing the naturally present enzymes. In the wild, these seeds would encounter rainfall that would completely soak them and initiate the fermentation and sprouting process.

Phytic acids are organic acids that are bound to phosphorus. These are found in the outer layer of bran. The phytates block the absorption of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper iron and zinc and sweep them out of your system. A diet high in un-soaked/sprouted nuts, seeds, grains and legumes can lead to very serious health challenges. This would include mineral deficiencies, food allergens and majordigestive problems.

Soaking removes phytates

The soaking process neutralizes enzyme inhibitors and washes off phytic acids. This process also activates beneficial enzymes and microorganisms that break down other indigestible toxins. Most of the phytic acids are gone after soaking for a period of seven to ten hours. Lactic or acetic acid-based soaking methods work most effectively to remove phytates. This would include using liquid whey and apple cider vinegar mixed with water.

The practice of soaking, fermenting and sprouting also breaks down gluten and other challenging proteins into much simpler forms that are easily metabolized by the body. Sprouted legumes, seeds and nuts are basically a pre-digested food that has unlocked its full potential of enzymes and nutrients.

Sprouts are an incredibly rich, living food that is rich in enzymes and anti-oxidants. The fermentation process unlocks huge nutrient potential within the seed. Sprouted foods have five to ten times higher B vitamins, double the vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, calcium and iron content of its pre-soaked and sprouted counterpart. The enzymes will also make the protein much more bioavailable for consumption.

Always choose fresh and whenever possible, organic seeds, nuts, grains or legumes to sprout. Soaking time should be between four to twelve hours depending on the size and hardness of the seed. Large beans need 12 hours while small grains like quinoa need four hours.

After the soaking process, it is necessary to keep the seeds damp but not super wet. They can easily be placed in a glass jar with a non-chlorinated paper towel over the top harnessed in by a rubber band. This allows the seeds to breath as they ferment without any bugs from getting inside the jar.

Smaller seeds will begin to sprout in a matter of hours while large beans and nuts often take two to three days to sprout. Be sure to look out for mold. It will appear slightly gray, white or green and will typically smell bad. Using pink salts on the seeds helps prevent mold formation but can also slow the fermentation cycle.

Sources for this article include:
http://www.growyouthful.com/recipes/sprouts.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprouting
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytates

About the author:
Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information go to www.drjockers.com To find a Maximized Living doctor near you go to www.maximizedliving.com Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals 

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/037518_sprouting_seeds_enzymes_phytates.html#ixzz2981Ia1r8

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Healing Begins.......

Healing Begins,

In the article I posted earlier by Jenny Shih she talks about how her body essentially begins to identify for her that the path she has taken might be a wrong turn.  It's so funny because that is exactly what I was stating in my last post.  But I get it!  You have to at least begin to heal before  identifying what got you to this point in the first place. 

I guess I am just so anxious to begin healing and living that it becomes overwhelming for me.  I mean attacking to physically heal myself is hard enough but to know that I have to begin to emotionally heal as well is a whole another ball game.  But I want to do the work, I will do the work. 

I do understand about a job being a direct impact of your emotional and potentially physical health.  I was chatting with an old work associate yesterday and we were discussing some interesting changes in the industry and I thought to myself at that moment do I want to be back there, should I try to go back there, and in one fail swoop, I found myself with labored breathing, headache, and pretty much all around emotional panic.  I will be so glad when I can entitle a post My Healing has begun.....


Broccoli Grape Harvest Salad

Remember how I posted the other day about how fortunate I kind of am, in that I do like healthy foods.  Well I'm thinking this a pretty good example of a healthy dish.  I'm thinking I may need to try this on the fam!!!

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Servings: 8
Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup
Calories: 244
Fat: 5.5 g
Carbs: 41.2 g
Fiber: 4.2 g
Protein: 7 g
Old Points: 4.5 pts
Points+: 6 pts
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Here are your ingredients:
Recipe adapted from Southern Living
 
1/2 (16 oz) box whole wheat farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
1 lb. fresh broccoli
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup non-fat plain yogurt
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tsp. salt
2 cups seedless red grapes
6 cooked turkey bacon slices, crumbled
1/4 cup chopped pecans
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan for about 6 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.  Then prepare pasta according to package directions. 
 
Meanwhile, cut broccoli florets from stems and separate into small pieces using a paring knife.  In a large bowl, whisk together mayo, yogurt, sugar, red onion, vinegar and salt and toss with broccoli, hot cooked pasta and grapes.  Stir to coat.  Cover and chill for up to 3 hours.  Stir in bacon and toasted pecans just before serving, enjoy!

Where It All Began...

Where It All Began...

When I think of my life currently and who I am now, which is a person of not just physical sickness but emotional sickness as well.  OMG!  I said it.  I am not just physically unhealthy but I am emotionally unhealthy as well and to be honest with you I'm not even sure where and when it began.  My therapist yesterday explained to me that I have to take out of the equation of who I was before and think about who I am now and take the steps forward to who I want to be.

But being this analytical person I think to myself don't I have to know where it all began?  Shouldn't I know how I got here? Shouldn't I identify the path that I've gone down so that I can be sure if I come to that crossroad again that I take a different path?

In my mind part of my emotional pain stems from things that I have buried one on top of the other, over the years and I continued to cover with some sort of toxic band-aid (aka in my case food) which really did not allow my pain or sores to heal.  I mean it makes sense to me to have that understanding of where it all began, but I'm not a therapist and God answered my prayers he blessed me with an opportunity to receive one on one help which is something I have been wishing for a very long time. 

So, my quest of figuring it where it all began will be placed on hold until maybe my therapist sees some healing within me where I can take a look at where it all began.  MMMM well at least that is what I hope!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

the declaration of deserving…just because you’re here

the declaration of deserving…just because you’re here

September 6, 2012 

Article posted by the Kris Carr website

keep is a vicious cycle, you know. Where as, believing in your implicit worth liberates you to create more value for the world you serve.

Of course, people with entitlement issues are goddamn irritating. They want more than they’re willing to give upfront. They operate in a fog of hunger and conflicting intentions. Entitled types are frantic below the surface because they don’t trust that they can feed themselves. What they need is a long hug and then to be sent off for some solo time, without credit cards.

Deserving and worthiness…these are the notions that get to the pulse of our consciousness and esteem.

    If you don’t believe you have the right to be here, there will never be enough space for your true self to show up. If you think you need to earn your actual desires, you’re putting miles, years, between you and fulfillment. So many of us don’t even give ourselves permission to want what we want. This is the great tragedy of a malnourished spirit.

    a declaration of deserving:

You are worthy of your desires. Really wanting what you want gives you the power to get it. You were born free. (The more you try to earn your freedom, the more trapped you become.) You are worthy of love and respect. Lovable.

You deserve
: eye contact
: smiles in the morning
: food made with pure intention
: clean drinking water, fresh air
: Hello, Please, Thank you.
: time to think about it
: a chance to show them what you’re made of
: a second chance
: an education
: health care, including dental
: multiple orgasms
: weekends and the summer off
: 8 hours of sleep
: play before work
: to change your mind
: to say no
: to say yes
: to have your deepest needs met
: to be seen
: to be loved for what is seen.

You deserve all this just because you showed up.
Yep, you’re that monumental.



Am I deserving because I'm here.....


When I was capable of working I felt as if I deserved anything and everything that I had money for because I worked hard and earned it.  I think it is a natural instincts as us as humans to feel that way especially if we are doing a job that we don't necessarily love.  As a result you end up in the dead end cycle at least I did.

We’re such hard workers. Hardened, some of us, from working so hard to deserve what we want. Working to earn. Earning more…work. Earning your keep is a vicious cycle, you know. Where as, believing in your implicit worth liberates you to create more value for the world you serve.
Wow I never looked at it as to whether or not I felt I deserved to be here.  I just knew I was here and I used to try to make the best of my being here by not being the demanding individual, I that maybe I should have been.  I think there have been times where I allowed my true self to show up because there desires that I needed and strive for.
Deserving and worthiness…these are the notions that get to the pulse of our consciousness and esteem.

    If you don’t believe you have the right to be here, there will never be enough space for your true self to show up. If you think you need to earn your actual desires, you’re putting miles, years, between you and fulfillment. So many of us don’t even give ourselves permission to want what we want. This is the great tragedy of a malnourished spirit.

These are items that I definitely feel that I deserve but mainly because I work really hard at providing them.
A declaration of deserving
You are worthy of your desires. Really wanting what you want gives you the power to get it. You were born free. (The more you try to earn your freedom, the more trapped you become.) You are worthy of love and respect. Lovable.

You deserve
: eye contact
: smiles in the morning
: food made with pure intention
: clean drinking water, fresh air
: Hello, Please, Thank you.
: time to think about it
: a chance to show them what you’re made of
: a second chance
: an education
: health care, including dental
: multiple orgasms
: weekends and the summer off
: 8 hours of sleep
: play before work
: to change your mind
: to say no
: to say yes
: to have your deepest needs met
: to be seen
: to be loved for what is seen.

You deserve all this just because you showed up.
Yep, you’re that monumental.

Ladybuggggsssss? How........

Looking for something healthy easy and adorable to server for that Halloween event this year?  This is definitely the one.  Completely adorable!!!



Thank you to Homestead for posting it

Friday, October 5, 2012

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

 If you want to check out another quinoa recipe look at the Light Mexican Quinoa with Tomatoes and Black Beans.

Ingredients

-2 cups quinoa
-2-3 garlic cloves, minced
-zest of 1 lemon
-juice of 1 lemon
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1 pkg grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
-1 smal bunch green onions, chopped
-1 large handful of cilantro, chopped
-1 large cucumber, diced
-salt and pepper
Want to see the full recipe to include pics stop by Reckless Abandoned Cook

I need to choose me

 I talked about in an earlier post about how I treat my body like waste receptacle with all of the garbage I put into it and then I wonder how and why I am obese to the level that I am.  It's crazy though, I feel as if I have one up on others, for example I have a friend who is not much of a vegetable eater and doesn't eat very healthy at all, where I love healthy things as a matter of fact the healthier the better.  Like not only does it typically taste amazing but from a mental standpoint it feels amazing.  So what's the problem you ask?

Consistent lack of self discipline and love of one's self.  I have got to have a love affair with myself.  There is a beautiful song that an artist by the name of Tamia sings and the title is Me.  She talks about how she chose herself in this abusive relationship she was in.  I think what it is for whatever reason I haven't chose me.  I am in an abusive relationship with myself.  I have learned to love me enough to do better with my eating habits and my lifestyle and that truly needs to change if I want to live.  No if and or buts. If I don't things are going to be way worse then they are right now.  I am taking 15 different pills everyday.

This is my life currently and needless to say it is pretty daunting.  My days right now are filled with side effects of medicines, pain, and doctors appointments and tests.

I remember when my days were filled with work, partying, drinking, dancin, and having a great time.  Boy how I miss those days.

Can a Raw Vegan Lifestyle Affect the Health of One’s Blood?

Can a Raw Vegan Lifestyle Affect the Health of One’s Blood?

 Kris Carr brings it to us again

 My raw foods journey began with a fractured elbow. After receiving an operation to pin, screw and plate my arm back together, my surgeon told me that I needed a transfusion of magnesium, because my mineral level was lower than he desired. I thought to myself, “How could this be? I eat turkey on whole wheat, fish with lemon, cottage cheese and cantaloupe. I never drink soda.  I live by the ‘healthy diet’ rules.” I wondered why my hematologist hadn’t shared this information with me sooner.

In case you were wondering, I’m under the care of a hematologist for a rare genetic anemia that I was born with. The medical name of my illness is beta thalassemia major, also known as Cooley’s anemia. The disease is the result of faulty genetic messaging that directs my bone marrow to create misshapen red blood cells that cannot carry oxygen throughout my body. Because of this, I receive donated red blood cells from other people to survive. I’ve been going to the hospital for blood transfusions around every other week since I was nine years old. Prior to the age of nine, I received one transfusion every single week to keep my hemoglobin level normal. My diagnosis came at the age of six months.

My elbow fully recovered after undergoing one more surgery to move my ulnar nerve to a new location, and two long months of excruciating rehabilitation. As I rejoiced over my ability to properly drink coffee while talking on the phone, I also started to think about how to get more nutrients into my body. That’s when a small miracle started to manifest itself. I turned on the television, which I rarely do, and came upon a documentary called “Crazy Sexy Cancer,” which is about a young woman’s journey into the raw vegan lifestyle as a way to treat her stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

During the film, the woman, Kris Carr, gets a blood test after converting to a raw vegan diet. The blood sample displayed cells that were freely floating and not coagulating, which was different than when she tested her blood after eating a purely macrobiotic diet. My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw how Kris’s diet affected her blood cells. I couldn’t believe it. I thought, “If a raw vegan diet affected Kris in this way, what could it do for me?”

The next day, I became a vegetarian and immediately bought a juicer and a high-speed blender. I weaned myself off of coffee and cheese. I began drinking 16 ounces of organic vegetable juice every morning before breakfast. Some of my first juices tasted terrible, but I eventually learned which juices I liked best. My favorite juice is made with four carrots, one green apple, one celery stalk and half a lime.

My interest in the raw vegan lifestyle gained momentum with each passing day. I devoured books and classes on how to thrive as a raw vegan. I even went as far as becoming certified in gourmet raw food preparation by a local raw food restaurant owner.

In about three months, I was 100% vegan and 80% raw. Then, several months later, something profound happened: I went to my regular hematologist appointment and was told that I could go 4 weeks without a transfusion. I couldn’t believe it! The freedom that I felt in that moment brought me such tremendous gratitude, my eyes flooded with tears.

Several more months have since passed, and I’m happy to say that I have been going to the hospital every three weeks, instead of every other week. While I realize that complete healing through raw foods is probably not going to happen for me, I do feel that my food choices present me with a greater sense of control and personal power. I have also become more empathetic to the plight of our Earth and all of her inhabitants.Of course, I have tried to share my discoveries with fellow patients, but none want to alter their diets. They say, “If I give up my food choices, what will I have left?” My answer to them is, “LIFE!”

 Josephine Bila, M.S.W., is an author, speaker, and creator of “Think, Feel, Be Happy: Obtaining Personal Power Through Mind Body Awareness.” Her upcoming documentary will be called, “What’s My Count?” Her upcoming book is titled, “Mind, Body,Veins.”

Photo credit: Michael LoRusso

 

Let’s do something together

 As I have posted before I love Kris Karr's approach at her health.  Being diagnosed with an incurable cancer is not easy for anyone but this woman is such an inspiration from her spirit to her approach of what she now places in her mouth in terms of the types of food. 

Below is an excerpt of her latest post that I myself would like to participate in:

Let’s do something together. First, I want to ask you a few questions. How does the food you’re eating make you feel? Energized and happy or sluggish and guilty? Are you treating your body like a temple or a trash can?

The food that I eat makes me feel that it is literally pimping me out. Not to the point of where the food itself is earning dollars but I feel the relationship exists.  It owns me and has always owned me, so it makes me feel like I am in this dysfunctional one-sided relationship, you know the one, where you love the guy more than he loves you. As a result of this dysfunctional relationship there is no way that my body feels like a temple, with all of the junk and unhealthy items it has to feel more like a receptacle can.  I can't even say a recyclable receptacle can at least that can is good for the environment.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Crazy Sexy Life is no more.... Introducing

Crazy Sexy Life after existing for five years has come to an end and has turned into Kris Carr

Feel free to stop by and check out her new digs!!!