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January 22, 2012

Closing One Door to Open Another
Not all those who wander are lost. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Countless times we have all heard a friend or colleague say if only I had a new job or new partner, new house… infinitum. And thus the never ending conundrum of always wanting what believe we can not have. A wise sage once told me that in order to invite new possibilities into my life that there must be a space created for it to manifest. I have taken this tidbit of information along with me on my life's journey and have always found it to be a useful tool.

Life is a rich cornucopia of varied experiences. It is our birthright to enjoy and enhance our lives with new experiences and opportunities. It is easy to get stuck in one place. What keeps us stuck if the fear of change. The fear that what awaits us on the path ahead is not as good as what we have now; even if what we have now is not so great. The fear of the unknown keeps us stuck. The only way I have seen to release or at least manage the fear of what lies ahead is to trust. Trust yourself, trust your intuition, trust your guides, listen to advice, grit your teeth, take the plunge and most importantly trust the universe.

Shoulda, coulda, woulda. The three words that spell regret. I shoulda taken that job, I coulda been a great dad, I woulda been something special but… The time is right now to change direction, let go of the old and embrace the new journey you are about to embark on. In life it is much better to regret the things you have done then to regret the things you haven't. Start now with change. Trust it and embrace it. See the world in a new light and your path will be illuminated. As with all paths, you can always change direction if you don't like where you are going. As J.R.R. Tolkien said “ not all those who wander are lost”.

In a nut shell you must let go of what you cling to now in order to create space for something better to manifest in your life. Do this and watch change for the better manifest.

I'll see you along the path.

Have an excellent Day!

Thom King
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Success Is Just Around The Corner
Max Steingart

Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity. But you have to act on them if you're going to be successful.

Distant pastures always look greener than those close at hand, but real opportunities are right where you are. You must simply take advantage of them when they appear. You can start where you are at any time.

Success is all around you. It's not in your environment, it's not in luck or chance, or in the help of others. Success is in yourself alone.

You don't need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity. What you need is to use what you have. Learn to seize good fortune, for it is always around you.

You must go to success, it doesn't come to you.

Open your own doors to opportunity.

Copyright 2012 www.yourdailymotivation.com


Immune Health
five ways to boost

Your immune system is located through out your entire body, much of it is in your “gut” as a part of the GALT (Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue). One could say that “the road to good health is paved to good intestines” as Naturopathic doctors often teach. Thus your good digestion is very important in keeping a good immune system. The lymphoid tissue is the home of lymphocytes which protect your body from pathogens, like bacteria and viruses. This lymphatic system is similar to the circulation system, but it doesn't have a pump, like the heart in the circulation system, it gets moved with muscle motion. Think of it like a sewer system, collecting the garbage, and your physical activity takes it out. Here are a few things to keep in mind for a healthy and robust immune system:

1. Exercise: Even if it is just daily walking for 30 minutes, this gets the lymph moving and studies show that it increases leukocytes (white blood cells) which fight infection. Exercise provides even more than that, a thinner waist line or less fat cells which lead to less inflammation and thus healthier tissues. Daily movement is also great for mood too!

2. Probiotics: Opposite of antibiotic, a probiotic helps restore healthy gut “flora” or bacteria. We need these bacteria to be in balance to help assimilate our food and have a healthy digestion. This can be especially helpful after or coinciding with a course of antibiotics that will kill everything, consult with a holistic doctor to take properly.

3. Rest and Relax:  If you don't give your body a chance to recover from all the hard work you do, it gets run down and can't put up the fight to the bad bacteria. Interestingly mediation can be an immune booster, “In one experiment, people who meditated over an 8-week period produced more antibodies to a flu vaccine than people who didn't meditate. And they still showed an increased immune system response four months later.” [1]

4. Hydrate: Recall that sewer system analogy, well water will move out those toxins that get built up so that your systems can run smoothly, like a clear and flowing wellspring. As a general rule, most people, provided they are in good health, without any heart or kidney problems, should drink approximately half their body weight in ounces. For example the 150 pound person would drink 75 ounces of water per day, which may include herbal, decaffeinated tea. Caffeine will take away water, so if you do drink caffeine, more water is needed to replace what was lost. Coconut water provides many electrolytes and is great to use to rehydrate.

5. Laugh: You've heard it and it is still true! Laughter is the best medicine! [2]  Comedy provides similar effects to our immune system as mediation, we see an increase in white blood cells and decrease in stress hormones which can negatively impact our immune system if elevated. Turn on You Tube for a few minutes of chuckles every now and then to keep in good spirits.

If you try all the above and still find yourself with a slight sickness, not to worry , getting sick once a year is like a workout for your immune system, giving it a chance to get out and fight.

Cheers to your good health!

[1] http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/10-immune-system-busters-boosters?page=2
[2] http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Soleil Medical Spa
Dr. Alisha N.D.

This information and other information on this site is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose,
treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.


Embracing Prosperity

"Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons."
-- Woody Allen

To become more prosperous, we need to change on at least two levels. First, we must ensure our financial affairs are in order. We need an income that at least covers our expenses. And we need a foundation of habits, tools and skills so we achieve some financial stability in our day-to-day experience.

Second, we must become aware of the beliefs we hold around money and prosperity. If we unconsciously believe we are lacking in some way, then no matter what we do, we will unconsciously sabotage our own efforts to improve our finances.

And third, it's helpful to understand the spiritual principles that govern our level of abundance. Once we know those principles, we can work effectively within them to attract abundance to us.

"If you're prosperous in soul, you'll be prosperous in whole."
-- Mark Victor Hansen


Low Sugar Low Carb Scottish Oat Scones
Serves: 8
Serving Size: 1 scone
Carbs Per Serving: 11 g
Prep Time:<25 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

A scone recipe made its way into my in box this week. Ironically it was at the same time I was sampling some jam made by one of my clients Red Barn Farms in Monmouth. They follow organic growing methods in their blackberry, boysenberry as well as marion berry patches. They have developed a delicious sugar free jam containing fruit and Fructevia... and that is it. But, I digress. I just thought a scone and that jam would be an awesome combo. I came up with this modified version of the scone that pulls a lot of the carbs and almost all of the sugar out making safe for diabetics and low cab eaters alike. Enjoy!

1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cup Soy Flour or low carb mix
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of orange zest
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut oil
2/3 cup milk of your choice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl beat egg and slowly add in milk and oil.
Add the liquid ingredients in with the dry and blend thoroughly.

Scatter some rolled oats onto your counter and turn dough out on top of them.

Pat the dough into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut the circle into 8 wedges and place each piece on a greased sheet pan.

Bake until nicely browned, about 15 to 18 minutes.

Serve with melted butter and sugar free jam. Deeelish!

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