March 6, 2005

Drink Your Food and Eat Your Drink

“The faster you eat, the more likely you are to overeat.”

Gandhi once said that "we should drink our food and eat our drink". What he was saying is take time and chew your food and take small sips of water. In general, people tend to eat too much, too fast and for all the wrong reasons. You won't get sunk by bad eating habits if you take the time to understand what you're doing wrong. It takes time for the body to tell the brain that it 's full. So the faster you eat, the less likely you are to feel satiated, and the more likely you are to overeat. Slowing down and learning to pace yourself, will almost certainly result in fewer calories being consumed, says Edward Abramson, Ph.D., professor of psychology at California State University in Chico, and author of To Have and to Hold: How to Take off the Weight When Marriage Puts on the Pounds (Kensington Books, 1999).

Smart strategy:

  1. If you're eating because you're ravenously hungry, drink a glass of water before you start to eat," advises Joy Bauer, MS., RD.,CDN., from Joy Bauer Nutrition in New York City. If you're simply a gobbler, gulp a beverage in between every bite and chew.
  2. Dim the lights, put on some slow music, light some candles and make your meal a sensuous event that stretches over a few hours.
  3. Put down your fork from time to time and take a minute or two before you start eating again.
  4. Make your meals a fun occasion, something you look forward to enjoying leisurely. Perhaps look to the dinner hour as a time to sit down with the family and catch up on the day's events. Having a conversation or telling a funny story will force you to slow down.

Good food for thought!

Don't forget to drink plenty of water! What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.

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Intuition and Creative Imagination
by: Brian Tracy

Creative imagination is your birthright. It is as natural as breathing and it makes your potential virtually unlimited.

Tap into Your Creative Imagination
A higher form of imagination where intuition plays an even more important part is creative imagination. Creative imagination refers to your ability to come up with completely new and different ideas and concepts to solve your problems and achieve your goals. It is the highest form of imagination and is responsible for all the great breakthroughs in science, technology, art, music, literature, and medicine. The most successful men and women of all time have been those who have deliberately trained themselves to tap into their creative imagination on a regular basis. And so can you, if you learn how.

Cultivate Your Imagination
Your creative imagination is the source of all hunches, inspirations, imagination, flashes of insight and new understandings of complex concepts. The cultivation and development of your creative imagination can enable you to make more progress in one or two years than the average person might make in ten or twenty. And your creativity, your intuitive sense is like a muscle. It grows with use. The more you practice with it and rely on it, the stronger it becomes and the faster it acts for you.

Men and women who have highly developed imaginations have often reached the point where they completely trust their intuition, their inner voices, to guide them in every situation. They never speak or act until they feel an inner urging to do so. They know that their intuition will always bring them exactly the right answer, at exactly the right time.

Visualize Goals Daily
Your intuition is your direct pipeline to a form of intelligence that is completely beyond your conscious brain. It is accessed by your subconscious mind, which his controlled by the thoughts you think and the beliefs you hold in your conscious mind. The more you affirm and visualize your desired goals in your conscious mind, the more readily they are picked up by your subconscious mind and the more rapidly your intuition or creative imagination is triggered. Successful, effective, happy people are those who have gotten onto the beam of their own intuitive senses and who rely continuously on their inner guidance. And they seldom make mistakes.

You will often find that your intuition will urge you to either speak up or to remain silent in a social or business situation. Later, that will prove to have been exactly the right thing to do. In retrospect, you will find that your intuitive learning has always been more accurate than anything that you could think of with your conscious mind.

All the truly great writers, composers, artists, and scientists have developed the habit of listening to their intuition. And you have access to the same intuitive powers as the smartest men and women who ever lived.

Action Exercises
Here are three things you can do immediately to put these ideas into action:

First, begin practicing solitude on a regular basis, preferably every day. Sit perfectly still and listen for the voice of intuition to guide you.

Second, follow your intuition, whatever it tells you. Listen quietly and only do or say what feels perfectly comfortable in every situation.

Third, visualize and affirm your goals regularly. Imagine they are already a reality. This action stimulates your intuition and your creative imagination in wonderful ways. Just try it and see!

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Make Exercise Addictive

One of the hardest things about exercising is sticking with it. And, let's face it, a walk here, a bike ride there and an aerobics class every now and again isn't the stuff good, strong bodies are made of. But, if you can keep up your motivation for a couple of weeks, it will become a habit -- and you'll really see and feel results.

Here are six simple steps to make fitness as natural as waking in the morning and falling asleep at night:

1. Timing is everything. Work out at a time that fits your schedule. If you plan to hit the gym after work, but often stay late at the office or have social engagements, it's going to be hard to make your workout a regular part of your week. For most people, mornings are the most realistic time. If you can get up an hour earlier for one week, you might find that exercise wakes you up and energizes you for the rest of the day.

2. Seek convenience. Pick a gym that's close to the office, so swinging by in the morning or on the way home is super easy. Before you know it, your car will practically be steering itself there.

3. Make it a "given." If you do work out in the evenings, make sure your friends and family know that other engagements will have to wait until after your exercise time. The more you and everyone else in your life becomes accustomed to scheduling around your workout, the less likely you'll be to blow it off for other activities.

4. Think ahead. Half the battle is being organized. It doesn't take much. While you're packing your lunch or laying out your clothes for work the next day, be sure to pick out clean exercise clothes, pack your gym bag and fill up your water bottle so you can get up and go in a jiffy.

5. Talk it up. Decide that you're going to be that person in the office or around the neighborhood who is awe-inspiring for motivation. When co-workers start noticing your weight loss, tell them that you now exercise four to five times a week. Make it a character trait, a fact of life -- not just something you've been dabbling in lately. Hearing yourself describe your life in this way makes it real -- and will inspire you to keep it up.

6. Become an addict. The truth is, the "feel-good chemicals" released during high-intensity workouts can leave you craving exercise. If you can reach the point where you yearn for that fitness "high" the way someone might desire coffee, motivation will no longer be an issue.

When you are exercising don't forget to drink plenty of water! What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon or 4 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder . Aside from being less than 2 carbs, you will get the health benefits that the stevia provides along with the vitamin C and electrolytes that lemon have. You can substitute limes for lemons if you get bored. Click here to order stevia powder.

Problems or Solutions?

"If you expect the best, you will be the best. Learn to use one of the most powerful laws in this world; change your mental habits to belief instead of disbelief. Learn to expect, not to doubt. In so doing, you bring everything into the realm of possibility."

-- Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Stop and be aware! Have you been thinking about what you want or what you don’t want?

It’s so easy to lock our minds onto problems rather than opening to receive solutions. But what we think is what we get. This is so important! If we continually focus on problems and negatives, that’s where we’ll stay.

"No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."

-- Helen Keller

Amazing All Natural Sugar Free Yogurt Smoothie
(makes 1 servings)
Skill Level: Easy

1/4 cup flax seeds
1/4 cup heavy cream
6 tbsSteviva Brand Stevia Blend or a very small dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1/2 cup plain full-fat yogurt
1 cup frozen strawberries or whatever berries you prefer.
6 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients EXCEPT the ice in your blender until smooth. Then add the ice and blend. It makes a sinful "smoothie".

Per Serving: 414 Cal (60% from Fat, 12% from Protein, 28% from Carb); 13 g Protein; 29 g Tot Fat; 30 g Carb; 14 g Fiber; 266 mg Calcium; 3 mg Iron; 83 mg Sodium; 57 mg Cholesterol

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