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May 22 , 2011

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

"Each difficult moment has the potential to open my eyes and open my heart."
-- Myla Kabat-Zinn

I have always lived by the philosophy of “when life hands me lemons I will make lemonade”. Sometimes this is easier said than done. So, how do we take these lemons and make a delicious drink? How do we see the glass as half full as opposed to half empty? It involves invoking the power of positive thinking and not being overly attached to the outcome as much as we are to the process.

Whenever you encounter a potentially negative situation try re framing the situation towards the positive. Spend sometime incorporating positive thinking into your general perspective. Is wishing, hoping and positive thinking just magic or does it really work? Depak Chopra has proven that quantum healing does work to the satisfaction of the American Medical Association. Quantum healing already has well documented cases of being effective with cancer patients. The basic quantum healing process: along with a healthy diet, meditation visualizing tumor cells getting wiped out by good disease fighting T Cells has been proven effective in some cases. This is the power of re framing and positive thought in action. This philosophy of positive thinking and creative re framing and visualization does not only apply to health, but also love, money, and future desires. Since this re framing or positive thinking technique has been proven effective, is is really worth it to stay stuck in old patterns of thinking? Just think... if I were just more positive, had faith in myself, how much better my life might be?

Psychologists foolishly warn against wishing and positive thinking techniques, saying it's childlike and delusional. Yet they make a big point about re framing. It is the same thing, take any situation, and visualize how could it better? Then focus on it, imagine every detail and practice overcoming whatever obstacles stand in the way of turing the situation to a positive. I am not suggesting that you avoid reality, but instead I ask that you envision how you could fashion your life into the most positive possible outcome.

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Focus on Your Future Not Your Past
Max Steingart

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.

Copyright 2011 www.yourdailymotivation.com


Tips On Boosting Your Energy Quickly and Easily

Walking, cycling, stair climbing - any activity that makes your heart pump hard qualifies as cardiovascular or aerobic exercise. It's one of the cornerstones of a good fitness program and it's the best way to burn calories, strengthen bones, and build up healthy heart and lungs. Below, some ways to build your aerobic workout.

Frequency: Stick-to-it-ness pays big rewards
For overall good health, aim for at least three half-hour aerobic workouts each week. For excellent health, it's best if you can aim for up to five workouts per week. For weight loss, up the ante a bit more. Try for four to six slightly longer sessions per week. Don't overdo it: even elite athletes should train no more than six days each week, giving their bodies a day to fully recover.

Intensity: Work out hard for best results.
You'll want to exercise with enough intensity to keep your heart pumping at 60 to 80 percent of its maximum rate. This range is called your 'heart rate training zone.' Our target heart rate calculator can figure your maximum heart rate and apply the appropriate percentages. To see if you're in your training zone, take your pulse. Count it for 10 seconds and multiply by six to get the number of beats per minute. For another approach, try to carry on a conversation with the instructor or a training partner while exercising. If you cannot speak without breathing hard, you're working too intensely. Ease up a bit so that you can comfortably carry on a conversation. You're in the training range.

Time: All it takes is 30 minutes a day.
Beginners can start with 20 minutes or three 10-minute segments interspersed throughout the day. Eventually you'll build up to a continuous half-hour exercise session.

Type: Ride, run or walk, whichever you like best.
Cardiovascular activity is any exercise that raises your heart rate for a prolonged period. There are plenty of exercises to choose from, both in the gym and outdoors. Pick one or several and get to it!

Do not forget to drink a lot of water before, during and after your work out. Drinking 64 ounces of water everyday will help boost your energy. What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brands Pure 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 to order Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder. Now, start splashing.

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.


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 No Added Sugar Carrot Cake
Total Servings 12
Serving Size 1 2" x 2" piece
Carbs Per Serving: 6.58 g
Prep Time:<30 minutes
Skill Level: Easy

1 cup sifted soy, rye or low carb flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup coconut oil or butter
1/3 cup undiluted orange juice concentrate
3/4 cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or 1/8 teaspoon Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1 teaspoon allspice
1 cup grated raw carrots

Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat egg or egg substitute, oil, orange juice concentrate, Fructevia or Steviva Blend
and allspice until well blended. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture alternately with carrots. Pour batter into an ungreased 8x8x2 inch baking pan and bake for 35 minutes. Allow to cool. Remove from pan and top of cake with sugar free cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 Cup Cream Cheese
1 Tsp. Vanilla
1/2 Cup Fructevia, Steviva Blend or 1/8 teaspoon or 1/16 teaspoon Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder

Place all three ingredient in mixing bowl and mix by hand until cream cheese is soft and all ingredients are mixed together well.

Nutritional Facts
Total Calories: 1877
Calories Per Serving: 156.4
Total Fat: 163.1g
Saturated Fat: 44.7g
Cholesterol: 34mg
Sodium: 160mg
Total Carbohydrates: 79g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 6.58g
Dietary Fiber: 26.8g
Sugars: 27g
Protein: 66g

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