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!
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Success Can Come From Hardship
The world is so constructed that if you wish to enjoy its pleasures, you must also endure its pains. Like it or not, you cannot have one without the other.
Success is not measured by what you accomplish. It's measured by the opposition you encounter, and the courage with which you maintain your struggle against the odds.
You'll find all things are difficult before they are easy. The greater your obstacles, the more glory in overcoming them. So, make up your mind before you start that sacrifice is part of the package.
No pain, no gain;
No thorns, no throne;
No cross, no crown.
You've got to go through the negative before you get to the positive.
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How To Choose Good Carbs and Avoid Bad Carbs in a Fat Loss Diet
By Robin Reichert
You may have heard that you have to cut carbohydrates (or "carbs") out of your diet if you want to lose weight. Too many carbohydrates in your diet may get stored as fat, which can lead to weight gain and unhealthy fat around your belly. Weight gain caused by carbohydrates is only half the story. You need carbohydrates for a balanced diet. Carbohydrates are important to increase your energy, provide nutrients and even help you lose weight if you eat the right type of carbohydrates. You should never cut all carbs out of your diet. Your cells need carbs for energy production. Good carbs can be found in whole grains and unprocessed foods.
Any food that contains starch, sugar and fiber is a carbohydrate. During the digestive process, carbohydrates are broken down into glucose which your cells use for energy. Plant-based carbohydrates are complex carbohydrates, composed of groupings of molecules linked in chains. Complex carbohydrates are single and double-chained sugars, which are found in whole grains, beans, and vegetables. Simple carbohydrates include sugars, which are often added to other foods for flavor. You can tell which foods contain simple carbohydrates because the sugars usually end with the letters "-ose" such as fructose and sucrose. Simple sugars have practically no nutritional value, lacking vitamins, minerals or other trace elements your body needs. Bad carbs are usually found in highly processed foods with added refined sugars and other ingredients that are not naturally found in food. The key to a healthy diet of carbohydrates is to focus on eating good carbs while avoiding bad ones.
The best types of carbs are those foods that are unprocessed and consumed in their "natural" state. Good carbohydrates provide your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help combat cell damage by eliminating free radicals in your body. Raw vegetables are the most obvious source of unprocessed carbohydrates. Leafy green vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach and cabbage, provide good carbs and a host of other important nutrients. Natural, unprocessed foods that you can include in your diet are raw nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds and walnuts. Beans, rice and whole grains are another important source of good carbs. Replace carbohydrates from highly processed white flour with minimally processed foods such as whole grain breads, crackers and pasta. Choose whole grain cereals, including whole oat, in your diet to get good carbs for energy without extra calories. Fresh, unprocessed fruits and berries are a delicious way to get your good carbs, as well as a myriad of other important nutrients and antioxidants.
Benefits of Good Carbs
Eating the right type of carbohydrates can increase your energy and help you lose weight. Other benefits of eating good carbs include helping you to feel fuller longer because natural carbohydrates are high in fiber. This helps to prevent overeating, which can help you control your calorie intake for weight loss or to maintain your current weight. Good carbs also stimulate your metabolism which helps you burn more calories, even when you are not exercising. High fiber carbohydrates will provide long-lasting energy, lower your cholesterol and also help remove waste from your body. Good carbs help to stabilize insulin production and keep blood sugar levels from spiking or dropping too rapidly. Replacing all those bad carbs with good carbs can help you avoid chronic health problems such as diabetes and obesity.
Bad carbs can lead to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol and even cancer. You will find bad carbs in highly processed, convenience foods. These foods are processed carbohydrates that have little or none of their original nutrients and fiber left. The fiber is removed to make the food more appealing. Highly processed foods are easier to store, easier to transport and have a longer shelf life than most natural carbohydrates. You will find bad carbohydrates in almost all baked goods, such as cakes and cookies, white bread and white pastas. Snacks, candies and sugary sodas are loaded with bad carbs. Cupcakes, potato chips, cheese snacks, processed crackers like saltines, and candy bars are loaded with bad carbs. White sugar, processed white flour and corn syrup are common ingredients (along with a long list of preservatives and artificial colors and flavors) in most bad carb foods. Many convenience foods, including frozen entrees and side dishes are high in bad carbohydrates and preservatives.
Why Are Bad Carbs, Bad?
Bad carbs are bad for you because your body is not able to process these types of carbohydrates as easily as natural carbs. Your body evolved to eat a variety of natural foods high in fiber, natural sugars and natural carbohydrates. Highly processed carbohydrates and foods that contain processed sugar, corn syrup and white flour are difficult to digest. Processed carbohydrates can make your blood sugar levels and insulin production unstable, leading to blood sugar spikes and rapid drops in blood sugar. Most bad carbs are loaded with "empty calories". Empty calories have practically no nutritional value. As such, what isn't used for immediate energy is stored as fat. You risk diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol and heart disease. You also risk obesity and all the other chronic conditions associated with being obese.
Avoiding Bad Carbs
The fastest and easiest way to cut bad carbs from your diet is to avoid junk food and convenience foods. Chips, candy and soda are out. Drink water and natural juices in place of soda. Snack on fresh fruit and nuts instead of chips and candy. Avoid refined white flour foods, such as cakes, cookies, cupcakes and pastries. Exchange these foods for wholesome whole grains found in whole grain bagels, breads and cereals. Stay away from the frozen packaged convenience foods and head for the fresh vegetables section of your grocery store. Eat at least two servings of leafy green vegetables every day. Salads that include spinach, celery, green peppers, tomatoes, bean sprouts, carrots and any colorful vegetables are a healthy way to get loads of healthy, clean carbs. Satisfy your sweet tooth by eating sweet fresh fruits, including strawberries, kiwi, bananas, blueberries and blackberries. Leave the processed, sweetened breakfast cereals on the shelf and opt for whole grain breakfast cereals, such as whole grain oats and oatmeal. Add some fresh fruit for sweetness to your oatmeal instead of sugar. You don't have to give up pasta when cutting out bad carbs. Switch from white flour processed pasta to whole grain pasta. Making these dietary changes in the type of carbohydrates you consume can result in drastic changes in your body composition which means lower body fat levels and a leaner physique!
This information and other information 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.
Getting Back to Wellness
Seven Quick Fixes to Feel Better
by Madisyn Taylor
Anxiety and fear dissipate quickly when countered with conscious breathing.
The signals our bodies use to tell us we need to cleanse ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally are multifaceted and often mirror symptoms we associate with illness. If we heed these signs, we not only feel better quickly but also stave off poor health before it can start. These quick fixes for common ailments can get you started.
1. Applying pressure to the acupressure point between the thumb and forefinger can release blockages causing pain, tension, and fatigue. You can relieve a headache naturally by squeezing for 20 seconds and releasing for 10 seconds, without letting go, four times.
2. To breathe freely, irrigate your nasal passages with a neti pot and warm salt water. As you clear and soothe the sinuses, congestion associated with allergies or infection will gradually disappear.
3. Apple cider vinegar is a powerful purifying and detoxifying agent. Soaking for 20 minutes in a warm bath infused with two cups of apple cider vinegar pulls toxins from the body and can clear blocked energy.
4. The foods you eat can have a profound impact on your outlook and mood. Eating a small yet satisfying meal rich in complex carbohydrates can lift your spirit and help you let go of feelings of anger, irritability, and depression.
5. Anxiety and fear dissipate quickly when countered with conscious breathing because concentrating on the breath enables you to refocus your attention inward. You can ground yourself and regain your usual calm by taking a series of deep belly breaths as you visualize your feet growing roots that stretch miles down into the earth.
6. Though tuning out can seem counterproductive, a few minutes spent lost in daydreams or listening to soothing music can help you see your circumstances from a new angle when you feel frustrated.
7. If you feel ill health coming on, brew a wellness elixir. Simmer three sliced lemons, one teaspoon freshly grated ginger, one clove freshly minced garlic, and one quarter teaspoon cayenne pepper in five cups water until the lemons are soft and pale. Strain a portion into a mug and add honey by tablespoons until you can tolerate the taste. Drinking this potent mixture of antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal ingredients three times each day can ensure your symptoms never progress into a full-blown illness.
Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Super Easy Celery Salad
(makes 6 servings)
Carbs Per Serving: 6.5 g
Prep Time:<15 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Celery provides an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. It is a very good source of folic acid, potassium, and vitamins B1 and B6. Celery also offers a good source of vitamin B2 and calcium. Celery's best feature is that is refreshing, delicious and makes an awesome salad!
6 stalks celery
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dill
2 tablespoons Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
Using a food processor, finely chop celery, garlic, and green onions.
Place in a bowl and whisk in the lemon juice,dill, cracked pepper, vinegar, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder, mixing well.
Whisk in olive oil and mayonnaise and continue to whisk until well blended.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
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