Looking Out For Number One
a community of support and healing
Often I find myself taken aback by the little serendipitous occurrences that happen to me - it seems in succession. This was a week filled with coincidences. It started with a long planned trip to Maui with my daughter that came crashing to an abrupt end when she became too ill to fly. I was really looking forward to it and was very disappointed when it didn't come to fruition but, I am sure not nearly as disappointed as she was. I moped around for a day or two until one of my trusted advisers suggested that I do something nice for myself and take care of myself and look out for me. It has always been a struggle for me to allow others to step in and take care of me or even allow anybody to actually do anything for me. It has been a source of my independence I guess.
Yesterday while on a really awesome mountain bike ride I ran into a woman who had experienced a flat tire. I was really running late and had to get back home to meet some friends for an event but, I felt compelled to stop and help her with her flat. She was resistant as first but, she finally acquiesced when I told her I have fixed dozens of flat tires and could know it out in under five minutes. While changing her flat she had shared with me that this was one of her first rides since recently recovering from breast cancer treatment. It's a long hard road back. She also remarked that usually she is the one taking care of needy people but, had learned from having cancer to allow others to lend a hand and to make her healing process a community effort. I told her I understood and hopefully it will not take cancer to allow me to let a community support me. She added since cancer had disrupted her life she takes no day for granted and lives each every day to its fullest.
I enjoy helping people out and doing nice and unexpected things for them. Not for any other reason than it brings me joy to make someone's life a little better. The take home from this entire series of events for me was to do nice things for people around you but, allow them to do nice things for you too. Relationships of all kinds are a process of give and take not just give or just take. And the second lesson is you never know what you might get back when helping somebody in need. There might just be a valuable lesson in it for you by simply opening your eyes and of course your heart.
Focus on Your Future Not Your Past
Your future is a big adventure. Prepare for your future don't live in the past.
Savor your good memories, use any bad ones as lessons in life.
Carve out a niche for yourself in your imagined future. Think, feel and see yourself as successful. To achieve any goal in life, you need to project your end result. Think of the elation, the satisfaction, the joy you'll feel. Carry these ecstatic feelings with you every day
and they'll bring your desired goals into view.
Sooner or later, you can win if you think you can. The cards you are dealt in life are less important than the way you play them. Everyday you're offered a new deal and new cards.
Success is in your future if you're willing to work for it.
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Minding the Month
knowing the calendar of health awareness
Did you know each month there is are usually not just one but several associations and organizations that try to educate the public on an array of health concerns? April is an awareness month for 13 health concerns, it also holds weekly awareness for another 3 health issues, and 4 days to specifically raise awareness for yet another set of medical problems, some of which overlap with the monthly awareness.  Each month is similar, differing in health observances.
Amongst the monthly efforts for April is “Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness”, also referred to as IBS. A topic that is somewhat taboo to talk about is our bowel habits, or going number two as some refer to it. However, 10-15% of the U.S. population suffers from this condition, which is disorder, “characterized by a bdominal pain or discomfort, and altered bowel habit (chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation, or both – either mixed or in alternation).”  It is important to exclude any other causes of these problems with your doctor.
Ideally for good health we should be having a bowel movement that is not painful, or difficult, at least 1x/day, perhaps even up to 3, after your main meals. These should be well formed and brown in color. If you are going days without having a bowel movement, the toxins that are waiting to leave your body are built up and can lead to increased chance of colon cancer.
Constipation can be avoided, consider these 3 simple steps:
1. Make sure you are getting enough water. Imagine a pipe that represents your intestines and if the line is dry so to say, nothing in it will move. Ideally we should all get at least 64 ounces or more depending on your weight. Often if you weigh more, you should aim to drink half of your body weight in ounces. Example 200 lbs person, needs to drink 100 ounces of pure water.
2. Vitamin C isn't just for your immune system, it also has many other health benefits, including aiding the bowels. Taking 2000mg along with 200mg magnesium per day can aid in elimination.
3. Be friends with fiber! Fruits and vegetables such as brocolli, cauliflower, spinach, and zuccini are rich in fiber. There are also fiber supplements that may be beneficial.
“The road to good health is paved with good intestines!” (Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis)
In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Soleil Medical Spa
Dr. Alisha N.D.
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treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.
Empathy in Action
An Experiment in Gratitude
Sometimes we forget to take the time to recognize the richness that defines our lives. This may be because many of the messages we encounter as we go about our affairs prompt us to think about what we don’t have rather than all the abundance we do enjoy. Consequently, our gratitude exists in perpetual conflict with our desire for more, whether we crave time, convenience, wealth, or enlightenment. Yet understanding and truly appreciating our blessings can be as simple as walking a mile in another’s shoes for a short period of time. Because many of us lead comparatively insular lives, we may not comprehend the full scope of our prosperity that is relative to our sisters and brothers in humanity.
If you find taking an inventory of your life’s blessings difficult, consider the ease with which you nourish your body and mind, feed your family, move from place to place, and attend to tasks at hand. For a great number of people, activities you may take for granted, such as attaining an education, buying healthy food, commuting to work, or keeping a clean house, represent great challenges. To experience firsthand the complex tests others face as a matter of course in their daily lives, try living without the amenities you most often take for granted. This can be a great experiment to undertake with your entire family or a classroom. Understanding working poverty can be as easy as endeavoring to buy nutritious foods with a budget of $100 for the week. If you own a car, relying on public transportation for even just a day can help you see the true value of the comfort and conveniences others do without. As you explore a life without things you may normally take for granted,! ask yourself for how long you could endure.
The compassionate gratitude that floods your heart when you come to fully realize your abundance may awaken pangs of guilt in your heart. Be aware, however, that the purpose of such an experiment is to open your heart further in gratitude and compassion. This awareness can help you attain a deeper level of gratitude that will allow you to savor and, above all, appreciate your life with renewed grace.
Low Glycemic Rhubarb Strawberry Crunch Recipe
Total Servings 12
Serving Size 1 - 2" x 2" square
Carbs Per Serving: 22.6 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes
Skill Level: Moderate
I hit the farmers market yesterday and ran across Rhubarb. Wow... did that bring me back to my days growing up in Colorado. They also had strawberries. Nothing goes better with Rhubarb than Strawberries. Here's a new twist on mom's favorite crunch but, without all the added sugar. You will love this.
1 cup whole grain of soy flour
1/4 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup coconut oil
4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb
1 pint fresh strawberries, halved
1 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or 1/8 teaspoon stevia powder Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1 teaspoon guar gum or xanthan
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Low sugar vanilla ice cream, optional
In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients; cut in coconut oil (or butter) until crumbly. Press half into an ungreased 9-in. square baking pan. set aside 1/4 cup to use later.
In a saucepan, combine Fructevia, Steviva Blend or 1/8 teaspoon stevia powder Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder and guar or xanthan gum. Stir in the water and vanilla; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes.
Combine rhubarb and strawberries. Reduce the heat and stir until mixed well.
Spoon fruit mixture over crust.
Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture on top of fruit.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
Serve with low carb ice cream if desired.
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