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August 7 , 2011

The Universes Delays Are Not The Universes Denials
ten steps on setting goals while developing patience

Have you ever wanted something so badly and it seemed that it was unobtainable or slow in coming to fruition? I think we all have. Sometimes during this process of longing it seems that it will never come true and eventually we slip into acceptance that it isn't going to happen and we don't deserve it. Welcome to impatience. Impatience can illicit feelings of always being dissatisfied, upset, and angry at yourself for your slow pace of growth and change. In a state of impatience it is easily lose your control and fire off outbursts of anger, temper, and blame on those who are slow to change and grow. Not dealing with impatience can result in becoming a member of the ``throw away'' generation, discarding relationships, people, jobs, and school whenever things are not working out as quickly as you want them to.

Today we are going to talk about ways you can start developing a greater level of patience. First and foremost remember, "The Universes delays are not The Universes denials".

What is patience?
Patience is the ability to let go of your need for immediate gratification while sitting back and waiting for an expected outcome without experiencing anxiety, tension, or frustration. Applying patience in interpersonal relations ships is to display tolerance, compassion, understanding, and acceptance toward those who are slower than you in developing maturity, emotional freedom, and coping abilities.

Developing Patience

Develop a consistent philosophy of life. Take life one day at a time. Consider each day a gift of life that will allow you to get one step closer to your goal of growth and change.

Accept the reality of your humanity in that you are going to need time, effort, and energy to change and grow. You will experience some resistance to altering long standing, habitual ways of acting, reacting, and believing.

Reframe your perspective on the past, present, and future. Do not dwell on your past mistakes and failings. Do not worry about what you will become or how you will act in the future. Begin to live each new day as a fresh start.

Break larger goals down into components that are short term goals and objectives, more realistically attainable in the immediate future.

Plan your work and work your plan. Be systematic in planning your path to personal growth.

Accept, understand, and forgive yourself for being fragile, imperfect, and weak. You need to become your own best friend and cheerleader. Love yourself.

Wake up to the realities of life around you. Everyone with whom you come in contact is busy working through their own struggles, weaknesses, setbacks, relapses, crises, and obstacles to their personal growth. All of us are on the path to personal growth. There is no one exempt from this journey. It takes a lifetime to complete.

Confront your fears about attaining your goal. Remember, the world was not created in a day. Beautiful symphonies, works of art, and literary masterpieces were not created in a day. A lifetime is not lived in a day.

Practice meditation and contemplation. Meditation can come to the rescue when impatience takes control. Meditation induces relaxation which has been found to be a counter-balancing mechanism to a state of stress and impatience. Stress induced by impatience is created by the stimulation of the hypothalamus of the brain. Relaxation can be achieved by countering this stimulation - by stimulating other areas of the brain. This is achieved by doing meditation, which leads to state of deep rest, relaxation resulting in a great sense of patience.

Thank all of you for your patronage.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
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Steviva Brands, Inc.

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(special cycling series)

Upgrading Your Bike and Equipment
easy improvements that can save your back side

So you've gotten the cobwebs out of your biking legs and you are now seasoned enough to start investing in cycling! There are many upgrades you can do to your bike and equipment, depending on your goals, style of riding, and abilities. You can spend $50 or a few thousand, easily accomplished by the racers of the world.

Here are a few great upgrades to get you started:

Depending on what kind of riding you do, there are two main styles of tires, standard and tubeless. With an upgrade to a tubeless tire, you'll generally have more maintenance but higher performance and fewer flats. In general, skinny tires are harder, with higher tire pressure, and a bumpier ride. These are often used for road racing. Larger tires may not go as fast but will perform better. Your best bet is to take your bike into the local shop and have the experts help you out.

One size does not fit all when it comes to cycle seats! If you ride fast, you'll likely want a narrower seat for sitting forward. On the flip side, if you're a more casual rider, you might prefer a wide, cushioned seat because your weight will always be planted evenly on it.

Handlebar Grips
Again, these depend on your riding style, ability, and purpose. The grips will add comfort and allow for better grip. This is crucial if you are competitive. With mountain biking, however, bar ends help to better your hand position and give you leverage.

Clipless Pedals
These are more convenient for peddling. Quick and comfortable they secure your foot easily to the pedal with a snap. They're great for longer rides. Don't worry about not being able to get your foot out if you're falling. Most release with a pivot of your foot.

These will help give you better visuals while riding. You are able to see who is behind and beside you with a glance.

Lights are an extra that will allow you to bike safely near dark. Upgrades include front and rear lights, reflectors, and you can even get a torch light for your helmet. Looks like the kind a miner wears!

You may be OK with your Dollar Store shades, but there really are some neat cycling glasses/goggles out there. Did you know you there are video camera glasses for recording while you are riding? How cool is that!

Bike Gloves
Upgrading to bike gloves will help you grip your handlebars better and they will protect your hands.

If you are riding a snazzy Trek bicycle, you may just be ready to slip into a pair of padded bike shorts and an air-fit cycling top. Lightweight, aerodynamic, outerwear is also available, depending upon your needs and budget. You can even invest in cycling shoes. They too depend on the type and intensity of your cycling.

The ideas are endless when it comes to upgrading your bike and equipment. One constant is that it will be ever-changing. The more you ride, the more items you will want upgraded. Riding on a course like American Diabetes Ride de Cure, may just peak your interest in upgrading your equipment. Everybody's style and preference is different, so it's up to you to decide what upgrades are important to you. Bottom line is that every little upgrade helps!

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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.


What Antioxidant Haven't You Heard of?
3 Reasons Why You Need CoQ10

This vitamin-like substance is also called ubiquinone, sound familiar? Probably not for most, let's try its more common name, Co-enzyme Q10 or CoQ10. One of its most important jobs is creating energy in the body (known as ATP), this occurs mainly in the heart, liver, and kidney. You get part of your daily dose of CoQ10 by eating meats, fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. This is yet another testament to a well balanced diet of whole foods to provide us with our needs of obtaining the proper vitamins and minerals. Your body also makes it naturally. But how do you know if you need more?

3 Reasons Why You Need CoQ10

  1. Your on a “statin” drug : Your high cholesterol made your doctor put you on a drug, that maybe decreasing your CoQ10 by as much as 40%. Most of your cholesterol, approximately 75% is made in your liver with the remaining being diet derived. One out of every 6 adults in the USA have high cholesterol. CoQ10 can also be beneficial for those who have hypertension and/or other heart concerns.
  2. You have “gum” disease: Oral and topical application of CoQ10 has shown improvement in the health of gum tissue. Perhaps you have bleeding gums with brushing or flossing, or they are swollen or painful ? Hopefully you are keeping up with those dental cleaning and exams. Your gum health is indicative of your overall health, and especially important if there are heart issues. Diseased gums can cause a diseased body!
  3. Your skin will be protected and youthful: UV damage can contribute to skin appearing more aged. “CoQ10 is also highly effective in protecting skin cells known as keratinocytes from oxidative DNA damage…” Elastin and collagen are also partly dependant on CoQ10 status, which when their production decreases, can lead to fine lines and wrinkles.

There are many other benefits that CoQ10 can provide, another being cancer prevention and treatment as it boosts the immune system. Remember a diet full of fruits and vegetables is your best source of obtaining all the nutrients that will keep you healthy. Supplements are to be used as an addition, to healthy diet, not a substitute.

Antioxidants are important because they combat free radical damage. This is essential to health and well being as it is like the sweeper of the chimney. Free radical damage occurs every day in our body, and is a part of body processes. You can test your antioxidant status in several ways; one of the fastest and most effective ways is with the Biophotonic Scanner. This machine was recently featured on the Dr. Oz show. Click here to find a scanner near you.

Change your habits and diet, and you will change your life!

Cheers to your health and happiness!


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


All Great Achievements Take Time
Max Steingart

Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments. To achieve maximum success you must accept that progress is made one step at a time.

A building is built one brick at a time. Football games are won one play at a time.
A business grows bigger one customer at a time. You walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.

Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out. Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or an apple miraculously appears.

If you want to grow an apple, you must give it time. There must be time for it to blossom, bear fruit and then ripen.

That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.

Copyright 2011 www.yourdailymotivation.com


Being Open To Change

“Balance is a dynamic process; it changes with the days, the seasons, the years.”

-- Sherrill Sellman

How rigid are your routines? Do you exercise for 30 minutes, three times each week no matter how you feel?

Routines and structure can provide a valuable framework to bring discipline to our lives. At the same time, we are always changing and it’s wise to be sensitive to our physical, emotional and mental states so we can ensure that our activities truly meet our needs. We need to be willing to change our patterns when our practices no longer serve us.

“Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.”

-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?”

-- Oprah


No Added Sugar Peach Melba Pie
Total Servings 12 slices
Serving Size 1 slice
Carbs Per Serving: 28.9 g
Prep Time:<60 minutes

Skill Level: Moderate

The timing on this recipe couldn't be better. Peaches are at the peak of their season and you guessed it, so are raspberries. This recipe isn't not a beginner level recipe but, if you apply yourself you will be able to make it and the reward for diligence is an amazing decedent dessert that will impress all who eat it.

For the press-in crust:
1 1/2 cups whole grain flour, plus more as needed
1/2 teaspoon Fructevia or Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of Stevia
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
8 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces, plus more for coating the pan
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

For the filling:
2 pounds ripe peaches, pitted and cut into sixths (about 6 cups)
1/2 cup Fructevia or Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of Stevia
2 tablespoons molasses
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved (or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 pints raspberries (about 12 ounces)
1 tablespoon xanthan gum

For the streusel topping:
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup all-purpose whole grain flour
3 tablespoons Fructevia or Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of Stevia
1 tablespoons molasses
1/8 teaspoon fine salt
4 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into small pieces

For the press-in crust:
Coat a 9-1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate with butter and set aside.

Combine the measured flour, sweetener, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment and pulse 5 times to evenly incorporate. Add the butter and pulse until just incorporated (some large pieces will remain). Drizzle in 4 tablespoons of the ice water and pulse until moistened throughout, about 5 pulses. (Add the last tablespoon of ice water if necessary, but do not overwork the dough or it will become tough.)

Turn into the prepared pie plate. Press with floured fingers or the back of a measuring cup dipped in flour until the dough evenly covers the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Place in the refrigerator to chill, at least 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400°F, arrange a rack in the lower third, and place a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil on the rack. When the oven is hot, pierce the base of the crust with a fork several times, line it with a piece of parchment paper, and fill it with pie weights or dried beans.

Place the crust on the hot baking sheet and bake until dry to the touch but not browned, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, set aside the pie weights and parchment paper, and let the crust cool slightly on a wire rack. Return the baking sheet to the oven.

For the filling:

Combine the peaches, sweetener, molasses, vanilla seeds or extract, and lemon juice in a large bowl and gently mix. Add the raspberries and cornstarch and toss to coat. Transfer the filling to the crust and place the pie on the hot baking sheet. Bake until the peaches are just beginning to brown, about 30 minutes.

For the streusel/topping:

Meanwhile, combine all of the streusel ingredients except the butter in a medium bowl and mix until evenly incorporated. Add the butter and combine with your fingers, rubbing the butter into the flour mixture until mostly incorporated but some small pieces remain. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

When the pie is ready, remove it from the oven and reduce the temperature to 375°F. Sprinkle the streusel over top and return the pie to the oven. Bake until the filling is bubbly, the streusel is browned, and the peaches are fork-tender, about 40 to 45 minutes more. Let cool on a wire rack at least 45 minutes before slicing.

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