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November 4, 2012

How Lives Are Changed
taking the first steps in a long journey

My neighbor is a non-functioning alcoholic. In as much as any alcoholic is non-functioning he is at the end of the trail or shall I say cliff. His wife left him back in July. I was the one who gave them a ride to the airport, him, her and his mistress alcohol.

A Pacific Northwest winter is a dark and dreary one. Many of us, including myself suffer from (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is caused by the deprivation of sunlight. If you were to look at my work space and living quarters you would find a variety of full spectrum lights on timers, positive air ionizers and bottles of vitamins mostly vitamin D3. This is the common arsenal when going into battle against the “winter blues”. A couple weeks ago the weather started to decline and I could really feel it kicking in. I took major steps to cut this off at the pass and it worked. I am not sure if it is the placebo effect or this stuff is actually working but, it doesn't matter to me.

I encountered my neighbor this morning, staggering, unshaven making his daily run to the local store for his bottles of white wine. I have never seen a man with such a level of deep dark depression and regret. He sobbed continually while trying to tell me his story while on the long ride up in the elevator. It is really none of my business how another person lives their life and I live by the philosophy of “judge not or ye be judged”. But, internal optimist in me had other words from wise sages entering my mind as well; “ a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. I told him that if he could find the courage to take that first step in seeking recovery I would completely support him and that is true. The challenge is taking that first step. This got me thinking, what are the steps we need to take to make permanent, positive and lasting change in our lives. How does this apply to me? After thorough and painstaking research this is what came up for me.

•  Identify the problem or challenge you want solved. Dig deep inside and take a good look at what it is that needs to be changed. Listen to what others have said to you about this matter and take it to heart. Asking other sometimes is a great way to start because we cannot see the forest for the trees.

•  Write down the impact the issues has in your life. Once you have identified the issue or issues, on a piece of paper make two columns. This is a tried and true method of problem solving created by Benjamin Franklin. In one column write down all the problems your issue is causing in your life and others. In the other column write down how your life and lives of others would be better if the issue was resolved.

•  Embrace and own the problem as yours. Now that you can see the damage the issue is causing and how much better life would be if you fixed it, you must own this issue as yours. Do not blame anybody or anything for this issue. It is yours and yours alone to fix.

•  Commit to change. Commitment is hard for some people. For those of us whose discipline is not as strong as our problems you will have to burn the ship. When Cortez came to North America he wanted to make sure he and his men were committed to stay and finish their mission. In the middle of the night he sent a crew out to burn the ships. There was no turning back. You must mentally commit to resolution and leave yourself no options.

•  Create a support group. It takes a village… No man is an island. When conquering something that is perceived as insurmountable you will need a team. Robin Hood had his Merry Men and you will need a crew. Go on-line line and find local support groups, AA, NA even MeetUp.com. Just show up and see what happens. It is not required most times that you spill your guts.

•  Acknowledge your success. While life is a journey and not a destination this particular journey will require a map with milestones. This allows you to look back and see where you came from, how much progress you have made and how much further you need to go. Life is also a celebration. When you have taken the steps to make a change acknowledge your courage and accomplishments then celebrate them

•  Accept your failures and start again. It is said we should learn from our mistakes and grow from our failures. Change does not happen overnight or without several attempts. As you climb your slippery muddy challenged filled mountain you are bound to fall. And perhaps fall all the way to the bottom. But, as my granddad used to say “ it's not what happens when you get knocked down, it what you are going to do when you get back up”. Pull yourself up. Dust yourself off and begin again and again and again.

In the end I believe our efforts are never in vain. We each have the ability to shape our lives and impact the lives of others. It is our deep inner commitment to make the world a better place for you and others that determines where our trail takes us.

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Desire is The Fire of Your Life
Max Steingart

If you want something badly enough, you're sure to get it. Your desires will in time externalize themselves into concrete fact.

Obstacles don't matter very much. Pain or other circumstances can be there. But if you want to do something bad enough, you'll find a way to get it done.

Your reality forms around your commitment to succeed. If you're willing to pay the price, your circumstances will change. You only have to love a thing greatly to get it.

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Be Savvy on Supplements
five tips to pick out the best

Have you heard the saying, there is a pill for everything? That can be pharmaceutical or natural. The purpose and definition of a supplement is “that completes or enhances something else when added to it.” What is that something else? It is a good diet that is based in whole foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. This also should be coupled with exercise, appropriate water intake, let's also add good sleep, and less stress, with deep belly breathing as a basic start. Do these sound lifestyle tips sound familiar?

You may or not have all that stuff down as second nature, but at least you are doing your best right? Perhaps it isn't enough to meet your bodies' needs, so now you are turning to a pill. Nutriceuticals include dietary supplements as well as other categories of products based from food. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said “let food be your medicine and medicine be food.” Here are a few things to consider when purchasing supplements.

  1. The Delivery Method: Capsule, tablet, liquid or sublingual. Choosing the appropriate form is important as it can affect the results. For example, generally speaking, tablets are hard pills that may be difficult for your body to break down and absorb. An example maybe those multivitamins that are advertised by taking once per day. Sublingual means under the tongue, which is usually absorbed faster, Vitamin B12 is best in this form. Some form may also just be your preference. There are now some amazing great tasting fish oils on the market that are liquid and come in flavors such as Peach Cobbler or Key Lime Pie! Yummy!
  2. The Brand: Generic or brand name? Seems to be a dilemma in many industries. This is your health we are talking about, and my favorite saying is if we don't have health, what do we have? That being said, generally speaking, I recommend brand name. Occasionally generic maybe okay, and safer when it is a natural food store. The problem here can be that label and true contents may not match up. For example lets say you are looking a Probiotics, and label says you are getting 100 billion, but then 3 rd party testing shows that there are 50 billion. Also some brands are known to do testing that ensures their products are free from contaminates such as pesticides, heavy metals, mold, and more bad things that we don't want in our bodies.
  3. Location: Typically the better brands that have better results are usually found at health food stores, or doctors' offices (Naturopathic & Chiropractic). There are some other retailers that also may carry better supplements, such as The Vitamin Shoppe. For example a better fish oil brand is Nordic Naturals or Carlson's and those are carried there.
  4. Ingredients: We want supplements that are pure as possible, and it is best if the label says it is free of gluten, dairy, soy, egg, casein, and corn. Also stay away from food coloring, such as FD&C Yellow #6, or other similar additives or preservatives. If it is in capsule form this is usually made vegetarian.
  5. Form: If you are supplementing a vitamin, it is important to get the best bioavailable form, meaning the form that is most useful to your body, and best absorbed. For example, Vitamin B12's active form is methylcobalamin and Folic Acid's active form is 5-Methyltetrahydrafolate (5-MTHF), so when choosing a B-complex vitamin, get one with these forms in it.

It is always a good idea to check in with a doctor before taking anything, especially if you are on prescriptions or other supplements, there can be interactions. A great resource is Herb, Nutrient, and Drug Interactions , published by Mosby Elsevier. As a reminder when reading information such as this, it isn't intended to treat or cure any medical condition.

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

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.


Anxiety about Change
Anticipating the Good
by Madisyn Taylor

Change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to embrace it while releasing the past with grace.

When we find ourselves going through any kind of change in our lives, our natural response may be to tense up on the physical, mental, or emotional level. We may not even notice that we have braced ourselves against a shift until we recognize the anxiety, mood swings, or general worried feeling toward the unknown that usually results. There are positive ways to move through change without pushing it away, however, or attempting to deny that it is happening. Since change will occur in almost every aspect of our lives, we can learn to make our response to it an affirmative one of anticipation, welcoming the new while releasing the past with grace.

One thing we can do is change our perspective by changing the labels we use to identify our feelings. We can reinterpret feelings of anxiety as the anxious butterflies that come with eager expectation. With this shift, we begin to look for the good that is on its way to us. Though we may only be able to imagine the possibilities, when we acknowledge that good is there for us to find, we focus our energy on joyful anticipation and bring it into our experience while allowing the feelings to carry us forward.

We can also choose to do a ceremony to allow our emotions to process. Every culture has created ceremonies to help people make the transition from one phase of life to the next. We can always create a ceremony too, perhaps by burning written thoughts to watch the smoke carry them away, thereby releasing them, or we can welcome new endeavors by planting flowers or trees. Some ceremonial activities such as a farewell send-off or housewarming party, we may do automatically. Society also has built-in ceremonies, like graduation and weddings, which may satisfy the need we feel. Sometimes the shift from denial to acceptance is all that is needed to ease our anxiety, allowing us to bring our memories with us as we move through nervousness to joyful excitement about the good to come.


Low Sugar, Low Glycemic Spicy Sweet Mixed Nuts (Vegan)
Ala Low Carb, Low Glycemic, Diabetic safe, no added sugar, made with stevia
Serves: 24
Carbs Per Serving: 1.6 g
Prep Time:<25 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle powder
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup shelled walnuts
1 cup pecan halves
1 cup almonds
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons
Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder
1 tablespoon water
1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Dash Tabasco sauce

Note: Feel free to mix it up with peanuts, cashews, pistachios or whatever nuts you prefer.

In a small bowl, combine the salt and spices; set aside. In a large heavy skillet, melt butter. Add all the nuts; cook over medium heat until nuts are toasted, about 4 minutes.

Sprinkle with spice mixture. Add the molasses, Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a dash of Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder , water, Worcestershire and hot sauce. Cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until everything is melted. Spread on foil to cool. Store in an airtight container.

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