Taking In the Breath of Life
how simply breathing can effect our energy
A Buddhist teacher was instructing new monks on the importance of breath. After the instruction was over one young monk came to the instructor and said he was unable to find the importance of breath. The instructor dunked the young monks head in a tub of water for a long period of time. Once the monk stopped struggling the instructor let him up to catch his breath and said ”I'll bet breath is important to you now”.
Breathing is life. It is one of our most vital functions. One of the Five Principles of Yoga is Pranayama or Breathing Exercise which promotes proper breathing. Proper Breathing, in a Yogic point of view, is to bring more oxygen to the blood and to the brain, and to control prana or the vital life energy. Pranayama - the science of breath control; consists a series of exercises intended to meet these needs and to keep the body in vibrant
The average person reaches peak respiratory function and lung capacity in their mid 20's. Then they begin to loose respiratory capacity: between 9% and 27% for every decade of life. So, unless you are doing something to maintain or improve your breathing capacity, it will decline, and with it, your general health, your life expectancy, and for that matter, your spirit as well.
Today and everyday fill your lungs to capacity and breath.
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What the H?
Two Hormones that Start with H and Are Making Headlines
HCG and HGH what are they and why do people use them?
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin may be familiar to females as this is what you test for to determine pregnancy either in urine or blood. It has also been used as a test for certain tumors that also secrete this hormone. However, in the last few years it has become a popularized weight loss program, referred to as the “HCG diet”. Although there is controversy as the Journal of American Medical Association is not a proponent. People seeking weight loss have turned to take HCG in conjunction with a 500-1000 calorie diet. The philosophy is that the HCG resets the hypothalamus (part of the brain), and also allows for fat loss as oppose to muscle loss during the caloric restriction. However, looking to the long term effects of a non pregnant female or male putting HCG in the body are difficult to observe.
Human Growth Hormone is yet another increasingly popular hormone being used more in the athletic or anti-aging community. It is naturally occurring in the body, secreted by the pituitary and as its name suggests is responsible for growth, it also has numerous effects ranging from blood sugar regulation, fat breakdown, and muscle production. HGH is now on the market and can come in various delivery forms similar to HCG (injections and oral). The Mayo Clinic reports that HGH, when not needed, may contribute to conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Perhaps we should just say, what the heck happened to a healthy lifestyle? Hormones can help with many things, but if it isn't on a foundation of proper nutrition and fitness, then the effects will be short term. Long term consequences for hormone use, again, are hard to say for certain, as science can have conflicting data, and study outcomes are variable.
When considering any medical treatment, ask yourself about what goals you are aiming for, and can they be accomplished with out the use of external agents that haven't been well researched or those which have the possibility of harm. Talk to a holistic MD or ND about your health concerns to find a treatment plan that can help you be healthy and happy, with or with out the hormones.
In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Soleil Medical Spa
Dr. Alisha N.D.
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You Can Make it if You Try
You can't be beaten at anything, until you quit in your own mind. There is no failure except in your not trying. There is no defeat except from within.
You have no really insurmountable barrier except your own inherent weakness of purpose. The odds are with you if you keep on trying.
Consider yourself on a very long journey. Sustain your personal vision of success until you achieve it. In the end, you can only fail if you don't try.
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to is. Success is a road that's paved with perseverance.
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Sitting With Feelings
Sitting with our feelings is the best thing we can do for ourselves rather than stuffing them deep inside.
It can take great courage to really sit with our feelings, allowing ourselves to surrender to their powerful energies. All too often we set our feelings aside, thinking we will deal with them later. If we don’t deal with them, we end up storing them in our minds and bodies and this is when anxiety and other health issues can arise. Denying what our bodies want to feel can lead to trouble now or down the line, which is why being in the thick of our feelings, no matter how scary it seems, is really the best thing we can do for ourselves.
One of the reasons we tend to hide or push aside our feelings is that we live in a culture that has not traditionally supported emotional awareness. However, as the connection between mind and body--our emotions and our physical health-- becomes clearer, awareness of the importance of feeling our feelings has grown. There are many books, classes, workshops and retreats that can help us on our way to emotional intelligence. We can also trust in our own ability to process what comes up when it comes up. If sadness arises, we can notice its presence and welcome it, noting where in our bodies we feel it, and allowing ourselves to express it through tears or a quiet turning inward.
When we simply allow ourselves to fully feel our feelings as they come, we tend to let them go easily. This is all we are required to do; our feelings simply want to be felt. We often complicate the situation by applying mental energy in the form of analysis, when all we really need is to allow, as the earth allows the rain to fall upon it. As the rain falls, the earth responds in a multitude of ways, sometimes emptying out to form a great canyon, sometimes soaking it up to nourish an infinitude of plants. In the same way, the deeper purpose of our feelings is to transform the terrain of our inner world, sometimes creating space for more feelings to flow, sometimes providing sustenance for growth. All we need to do is allow the process by relaxing, opening, and receiving the bounty of our emotions.
No Added Sugar Lemon Cream Cake
Total Servings 12 slices
Serving Size 1 slice
Carbs Per Serving: 15.8 g
Prep Time:<60 minutes
Skill Level: Moderate
If you like the Olive Garden's Lemon Cream Cake you are going to love this!This low carb gluten free cake will leave your guests begging for more.
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup Fructevia or Steviva Blend
1/4 cup whey protein powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz greek yogurt
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup almond milk
Lemon Cream Filling:
6 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Fructevia or Steviva Blend
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup almond flour
1 tbsp Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tbsp butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
For the cake, preheat the oven to 350F and grease an 8-inch round cake pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, xanthan gum, protein powder, baking powder and salt, breaking up any clumps with the back of a fork. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat yogurt and butter together until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until just combined. Add half of almond flour mixture and beat until combined, then beat in almond milk. Beat in remaining flour mixture until thoroughly combined.
Spread batter in prepared pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes or until edges are golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan 10 minutes and then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely. When cake is completely cool, cut in half horizontally with a serrated knife.
For the cream filling, beat cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Beat in sweetener, lemon zest and lemon juice until combined. In another bowl beat cream until stiff peaks form. Gently fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture until combined.
Spread all but 1/2 a cup of filling onto one half of cake, then gently top with the other half of the cake. Spread remaining filling over the top of assembled cake.
For the crumb mixture, combine almond flour, sweetener and vanilla in a small bowl. With a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles crumbs. Sprinkle over the top of the cake and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
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