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October 21, 2012

Beautiful Moments Going Unnoticed
five sensible tips on taking our time to take it all in

Life in the modern age can seem to be all consuming. I know I find it that way sometimes. I can become so involved in the minutia of media, phone calls, texts and emails that the basic natural outside world seems to just disappear. I was reminded of this last week while walking my dog Dignan. Trapped in my own world, suddenly I felt his eyes upon me and heard his quiet whine. He was staring up at me with this look of “hey, what going on man”? What a perfect moment to bring me back to the real earth. It can be as subtle as the breeze, glance or a sound which may be almost indiscernible but loud enough to get your attention and kick you in the pants. This is your wake up call!

When our heads are in the clouds we are unable to clearly see what's going on right here on earth. Getting yourself grounded can be as easy as getting in touch with your five senses. Here's how.

Smell – Inhaling through your nose take in a deep healing breath. Fill your lungs as much and as comfortably as you can. Hold in for five seconds. Let the air slowly out your mouth. Feel how the life sustaining oxygen has energized you. Take in another and look for the smell of things around you; the grass, trees, food cooking whatever is in your environment. Allow yourself to connect with it.

Taste – Take a little sips of air and notice how there is a sweet taste to it. Take another and take note of how it charges its taste.

Touch – Reach down and touch the ground beneath you. Weather permitting slip your shoes off and let your bare feet connect with the earth. Wiggle your toes and feel the grass or dirt and allow yourself to feel you are part of it all.

Hearing – Close your eyes and listen for all the ambient noise around you. Birds, the breeze through the trees, children playing, passing cars, dogs barking know you are part of this. Allow yourself to engage with the sound of your surroundings.

Sight – Open your eyes. Taking a deep breath, connect all of your five senses. Look around. Look for the little things. Twigs, a bottle cap, grass, water be aware of all that surrounds you. Embrace the idea that you are connected to it all.

Because life is hectic and often times we find ourselves over stimulated by what surrounds us, it is important to get back to the basics of what we smell, taste, touch, hear and see. Once you have completed these grounding exercises go on with your daily activities and occasionally check in with each sense. You will find that throughout the day you will be able to find peace, relaxation and the wonder of how awesome our basic senses are and how they are the only thing that keeps us connected to the outside world.

Have a sensational week ahead!

Thom King
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Accept Change with a Smile
Max Steingart

Sooner or later you'll experience a crisis in your life, and how you meet it will determine your future happiness and success. Since the beginning of time, everyone has been called upon to meet such a crisis.

A closer look will show you that most "crisis situations" are opportunities to either advance or stay where you are. In fact, most changes in your life will take place out of either "inspiration" or "desperation."

Whatever comes your way, give it meaning and transform it into something of value. Your personal growth is the process of responding positively to change.
A precious stone cannot be polished without friction, nor humanity perfected without trials.

copyright 2012 www.yourdailymotivation.com


Correcting Weight loss Mistakes
7 great tips that will get you skinny

So you have tried everything to lose that spare 10, 20, 50? And... you just can't seem to lose it no matter how hard you try. Her are a few mistakes you might be making along with practical solutions that will get you on the fast track to weight loss.

1. Inhaling Your Food
If you were a rat, you'd chow down for about 15 minutes, feel full, and stop eating. But you aren't. You probably eat so fast that your stomach hardly has time to alert your brain to tell your mouth to quit chewing before your stomach explodes.

Solution: Try this drill during your next meal. On every bite, chew, swallow, put down your fork, and take a sip of water. See how long it takes you to eat. Now, during subsequent meals, take just as long to eat, only without the drill. Another meal-prolonging trick for men with regular dinner partners: Turn off the TV, put down the Daily Racing Form, and actually have a conversation.

2. Stop Starving Yourself
Slashing too many calories, particularly protein calories, pushes the body to conserve calories rather than burn them. It also forces your body to break down muscle tissue to fuel its vital operations. But that muscle is the key to your metabolism, or the speed at which you burn calories. More muscle means a faster metabolism and less body fat.

Solution: You do need to cut calories to lose weight. (Cut 500 today by eliminating one can of beer, 30 chips, and one Oreo from your diet.) But you need to make sure you're eating at least 1,600 to 1,800 calories each day to keep your metabolism from shutting down. And never cut protein during a diet. If you're a sedentary 200-pounder, you need about 75 grams of protein (about two chicken breasts) a day for muscle preservation. If you're lifting weights, aim for twice that much. Doing aerobics? Pick a number in between.

3. Not Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation decreases the odds of shedding blubber and keeping it off. Researchers found that healthy men who snoozed only 4 or 7 hours a night for 6 nights in a row had higher glucose and insulin levels in their blood. This is a terrible state of metabolism for a man who's trying to lose weight, because surplus insulin boosts body-fat storage.

Solution: Hit the sack for 8 hours each and every night. And try to hit it for the same 8 hours. That is, establish a regular bedtime and waking hour. Pick the time you have to wake up on most days, and make sure you're in bed at least 8 hours before. Company is optional.

4. Watch Your Refinement
Most processed foods contain little fiber, the calorie-free component of plant foods that fills you up, not out. In addition refined processed foods contain huge amounts of sugar.

Solution: Cast out the white devil. Get rid of white flour, white potatoes, white rice, and especially white sugar. Replace the with yams, brown rice, whole-grains, nuts, beans and stevia.You can replace all you sugar by using Steviva Brand Stevia Blend for cooking and baking and Steviva Brand Stevia Powder for hot and cold beverages.

5. You're Dry
Have another one, bud. Another tall, ice-cold...glass of water. When you're trying to lose weight, water is your workout partner. You need it to flush the waste products your body makes when it breaks down fat for energy, or when it processes protein. You need it to transport nutrients to your muscles. You need it to help digest food and keep your metabolism clicking along. And water keeps you from overheating during intense exercise on hot days.

Solution: Start the day by filling up a half-gallon jug with water (or any combination of smaller bottles that equals 64 ounces). Your goal is to drain the lot by the end of the day. Clear or light yellow pee is the universally recognized sign of good hydration.What I suggest is adding the juice of half a lemon to 32 ounces of water with a sprinkle of Steviva Brand 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 here to order stevia powder.

6. You Can't Cook
So you took wood shop instead of home economics Unless you find a way to make your bird feeder edible, you need to master weight-loss tools, too. A person whose only kitchen skill involves the speed dial to Domino's is condemned to a diet of grease, salt, white bread, and sugar.

Solution: Step into the kitchen. (That's the room with the oven, sink, and refrigerator.) Open your freezer. You should see frozen berries and vegetables, which are as good as fresh but last many times longer. Look in your cupboards. You should see some canned vegetables, hearty low-fat soups, dried fruit, and slow-cooking oats. These foods help you lose weight because they're filling but low in calories. Best of all, you don't need much more than a can opener and a stove to make them edible.

7. You Think Fitness Trumps Fatness
Exercise alone won't make you thin. A recent study of military personnel who increased their exercise during a 3-year period found that they gained weight despite their extra efforts. Why? Food, most likely. They simply ate more than they burned off.

Solution: The last thing you want to hear, especially from a female, is that size matters. But trust me on this: Controlling portion size is absolutely essential to weight loss. And the best way to control portion size is to limit how often you eat out.

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.


Stepping Back from Anger
by Madisyn Taylor

The emotional trigger than begins an argument may have little to do with your present situation, but has dug up a wound.

When we find ourselves in an argument, we may feel like we are losing control of emotions that have taken on lives of their own. When we can become aware that this is happening, taking a deep breath can help us step back from the situation. Once we can separate ourselves from the heat of the moment, we may find that the emotional trigger that began the argument has little to do with the present situation, but may have brought up feelings related to something else entirely. Looking honestly at what caused our reaction allows us to consciously respond more appropriately to the situation and make the best choices.

We can make an agreement with our partners and those closest to us that asking questions can help all of us discover the source of the argument. The shared awareness can result in finding simple solutions to something physical, like low blood sugar or even a hormonal surge. Maybe we are taking ourselves too seriously, and we can just laugh and watch the tension dissolve. We could also discover that perhaps we are addicted to the excitement that drama brings and the chemicals that our body creates when we are angry. But there may be a deeper issue that requires discussion, understanding, and patience. The more we allow ourselves to step back and examine our reasons for arguing, the easier it becomes to allow real feelings to surface and guide us toward solutions that improve our lives.

When we can be clear about our feelings and intentions and communicate them clearly, we have a far better chance of getting what we want than if we lose control or allow our subconscious minds to manipulate the situation. We might take our frustrations out on the people closest to us because we feel safe and comfortable with them, but misplaced anger can cause more harm than good. Arguing for what we truly believe can empower us and help us to direct our passions toward greater life experiences. Truly knowing our reasons for arguing enables us to grow emotionally in ways that will affect our whole being.


Low Glycemic No Added Sugar Pickled Red Onions
Total Servings 36
Serving Size 3 tablespoons
Carbs Per Serving: 1.6 g
Prep Time:<20 minutes

Skill Level: Super Easy

2 medium red onions, halved lengthwise, root ends removed, and thinly sliced (about 5 cups)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 4 medium limes)
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 5 medium oranges)
1 teaspoon Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of Stevia
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 jalapeño pepper, halved lengthwise, seeds removed (for something spicier leave the seeds in), and very thinly sliced

Bring a small pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the onions and blanch for about 15 seconds. Drain well and set aside.

Combine the lime juice, orange juice, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of Stevia, and salt in a large, nonreactive bowl and stir until the sweetener has dissolved. Add the blanched onions and the jalapeño and stir to coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

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