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|27 June 2014|
|Psoriatic Arthritis and Other Health Problems|
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#Health #Wellness #Metabolism
Have you tried every diet trend, super food and gym class you can find in the hopes of looking and feeling healthier, only to end up not achieving or sustaining your wellness and weight loss goals? Well, I have discovered the key to getting your metabolism going, feeling energized and enjoying a slim body naturally. I want to share my secrets for sustainable success with you:
1. Stay on a schedule.
Get your body into a consistent routine during the busy work week. Our bodies love to know exactly what time we’ll be able to rest, get active, eat, work and play. It’s all about creating a routine that works well for your unique body type, lifestyle and personal preferences.
2. Rise with the sun.
If you rise with the sun after a good night’s sleep, your body shouldn’t need a caffeine hit in the morning as the sun is a natural energizer and stimulant. The best way to soak it up is by taking your breakfast, cup of tea or meditation practice out into a sunny spot and enjoying some quality time alone before the rush of the day takes place.
The morning sun causes your body to release the feel good hormone serotonin, setting you up for a positive day.
3. Drink water.
We wake up dehydrated and with very acidic bodies after a solid nights sleep where the body has been busy repairing and rejuvenating. It’s important to flush out any excess toxins and re-alkalize the body first thing in the morning for optimum functioning throughout the day.
The best way to do this is to drink a tall glass of room temperature or warm water when you wake up. Optionally, add the juice of half a lemon to aid this cleansing and balancing process, plus get the added bonus of a super vitamin C hit for enhanced immunity.
4. Move your body.
Mornings are a great time for energizing the body with stretching, strength or cardio work. It doesn’t have to be intense. A simple walk around the block or a yoga sequence can have a huge impact on your vitality both physically and mentally. It’s a great way to keep the metabolism revved and shed excess weight.
5. Eat your meals at the same time each day.
It’s important to listen to your body when it comes to when and what to eat. Some people work well on three set meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and others work better with three smaller meals plus a mid-morning and afternoon snack in between.
Your body will keep its metabolism revved and utilize the fuel you are putting into it if you eat at set times during the day, and make healthy choices based on your energy and nutritional requirements. Meals, such as an organic leafy green salad with pastured chicken and a ripe avocado on top, or wild salmon with fresh vegetables, will support a balanced, healthy, slim and energized body.
6. Make sure you get some down time (and some sleep).
Rest and sleep are extremely important to keep your metabolism fired up and to support sustainable weight loss. Set a time in your household where you have a technology-free zone, for example after 6pm, and enjoy a wind down ritual that relaxes you, encouraging effortless and sound sleep. I know it is hard to do, but your body will thank you and keep you revved up the entire next day.
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Sarah is a Certified Health Coach with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is a proud Australian who has travelled the world and now lives in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. Sarah’s passion is to help people make healthier food and lifestyle choicesfor a balanced life. Her coaching sessions are tailored to your specific needs to best guide and support you in making positive changes such as managing your weight, meal planning, dealing with food sensitivities, increasing energy and prioritizing daily self care.
Sarah makes it easy to develop a healthy relationship to food by showing you how to plan, shop, prepare and cook nourishing meals that taste delicious. Her philosophy is “I count whole foods, not calories”, eating the way nature intended and for your unique body type. For more information about Sarah and her services, visit www.mybalanceandwellness.com. Stay connected and enjoy the latest health news on her blog www.mybalanceandwellness.blogspot.com and Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/MyBalanceandWellness.
@SuttonPhD #Behavior #Emotion #SelfImprovement
Do you feel “blah” in an area of your life? Maybe it’s your:
- Career: your job doesn’t inspire you anymore, and you wonder if there is something better out there.
- Relationship: you are feeling numb in your marriage and wish you could feel deeply in love again
- Home: you are tired of where you live and long for somewhere with a different energy to it.
You want to find something that you’re passionate about, but that is where you get stumped. What would you be more passionate about? All you feel is “blah.”
The way to get back in touch with your passions is to get rid of what I call your passion vampires, the factors that suck away your passion. Three of the most common passion vampires are:
- You are Bored
- You are Bummed (angry, depressed, annoyed, hopeless)
- You are Burnt-out
Which one of these three “B” vampires are you flirting with? I don’t care how good-looking it is, you won’t be able to see the right path forward if you keep it around.
Garlic, wooden stakes, and silver kill a regular vampire. What kills a passion vampire?
1. Do one thing out of the ordinary each day.
In order to be bored, bummed, or burnt out, you need to be in a rut. So, get yourself out of yours. For example, I was feeling bored, bummed, and burnt out with the city I live in, New York. So I started shopping at new grocery stores, biking places instead of taking the subway, and spending my time in new parts of town. It’s amazing how these little things shifted my mindset.
2. Have a difficult conversation you’re avoiding.
If you are grumbling about someone in your life, each time you see or think of that person, it’s like a bite to your neck. For example, one of my clients is feeling bored, bummed, and burnt-out with her husband because she feels that she can’t trust him with any responsibility around the house.
Tolerating that upset keeps her in a reactionary, resigned space that the passion vampires love. No matter how uncomfortable it may feel to have the conversation with her husband, it is probably more uncomfortable in the long runnot to have it.
3. Write a nightly gratitude list.
When you are bored, bummed, or burnt-out, your mind gets trained to see the worst. For example, when I was bored, bummed, and burnt-out with New York, I would focus on the gum on the sidewalks, the people crammed like sardines in the subway cars, and the long lines. Instead, I trained my mind to see the best by writing down 5 to 10 things I enjoyed about New York each day.
After a few weeks of keeping a nightly gratitude list, I felt less numb, and a lot more tapped into my heart. You don’t necessarily need to write a gratitude list about your troublesome area (career, marriage, etc.) if you don’t want to. Any gratitude list will do.
4. Mind your body.
When I used to be bored, bummed, or burnt-out, my automatic reaction was to gorge myself on a pan of brownies to feel better. And the result, predictably, was that I would feel better for 15 minutes and then feel a heck of a lot worse. Passion vampires love it when we eat junk and skip our exercise routines. Don’t give them that satisfaction.
5. Write up one dream per day.
Dreaming is a direct line to your passions. Maybe your dreams feel stale, or “good on paper,” but that just means that you haven’t mastered dreaming. Practice makes perfect. Create one dream per day about your troublesome area, and really let yourself day dream about it.
For example, I dreamt about living in Anchorage, San Francisco, Barcelona, and Tokyo. This doesn’t mean that I would actually consider living in those places, but it gave me license to just play and get in touch with what I am passionate about in those cities.
6. Survey the people in your life about your best qualities.
Often, when you’re feeling bored, bummed, or burnt out, you lose sight of who you are. You feel down on yourself, not confident in your abilities, and doubtful that you could find something better. To thwart this vampire, interview people who know you well to find out what are your best qualities. What are you known for? You will likely be surprised by some of their answers. Getting back in touch with who you are will help you feel pride. Pride and passion are cousins.
These tools will help you fend off the passion vampires and get back in touch with that fire that is inside each one of us. Note that it means that you force yourself to feel passionate about something that you really aren’t passionate about.
Once I fended off my passion vampires, I realized that I was still in love with New York. But it can also go the other way: you might see clearly that you need to leave your job, break up with your spouse, or move to a different city. That is fine. The main point is that you’re deeply alive and in touch with what is right for you.
Where are your passion vampires hard at work? And what steps will you take to combat them and feel your passions again? Write me a note and share.
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#NathalieChantalDeAhna #Beauty #Health
I used to spend a fortune on face care products. Anti-aging creams, moisturizing lotions, firming serums, anti-puffiness gels, exfoliators for dry cheeks, pads for the oily T-zone, anti-blemish blends … you name it, it was in my bathroom cabinet.
Of course, I knew that marketing claims tend to be a little exaggerated, but who doesn’t want a flawless complexion?!
Unfortunately, all my magic elixirs didn’t work as promised. Quite the contrary, they actually made my skin worse. Dryer. Duller. Blotchier.
Until one day I got rid of all my expensive jars, bottles and tiny capsules and replaced them with organic vitamin cures, DIY concoctions and herbal remedies. I wanted to start from scratch the all-natural way.
Today I’m completely happy with my skin and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that good skin care doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive.
These are the only five products you’ll ever need for beautiful skin:
1. A mild cleanser
No matter what label says: I have never come across a foaming cleanser that did not somehow irritate my skin.
Foaming agents such as sodium lauryl sulfate strip away your skin’s natural oils and leave it dry, brittle or taut. Also, they can cause blemishes or skin rashes because your skin’s natural balance is completely disturbed.
If you really want naturally beautiful skin, find an organic product which doesn’t foam: try oil or cream cleaners, or simply use water and a microfiber washcloth.
How often you should use: twice a day
2. An all-natural toner
Our skin’s pH is pretty delicate and can be disrupted by many different things: beauty products, a lack of sleep, a poor diet, too much stress, pollution etc.
A simple, all-natural toner which helps you manage your skin’s pH is apple cider vinegar. Simply mix one part organic apple cider vinegar with 2 to 4 parts water, pour on a cotton pad and use like regular toner.
Bonus: If used regularly, the anti-bacterial properties of ACV also fight acne and can even lighten age spots to some extent.
How often you should use: twice a day
3. A vitamin exfoliator
Even though your face wash and toner already do a good job cleansing your skin — in order to remove dead cells and give you an even complexion, you also need to exfoliate.
My favorite vitamin exfoliators contain vitamin C and/ or salicylic acid:
Simply mix a teaspoon of ascorbic acid (vitamin C powder) with some almond milk until you get a nice paste, massage it into your face with a little brush and rinse with lukewarm water.
Another idea: Mash two to three strawberries with a fork until you get a paste and rub onto your face. Rinse with cold water.
How often you should use: Once or twice a week.
4. Sunscreen: the most effective anti-wrinkle protection
Exposure to UV radiation is said to be responsible for 80 to 90% of the symptoms of premature skin-aging.
So why not simply make it a habit to use an all-natural sunscreen on your face before leaving the house in the morning?
On workdays, when I don’t spend too much time outside, I use a mixture of 8 parts sesame oil and 1 part carrot and raspberry seed oil each to protect my face from UV radiation and the wrinkles that go with it.
Of course, this does not provide sufficient protection for a longer stay outside in bright sunlight. On cloudy or winter days, however, it’s a great alternative to day creams with no SPF at all.
How often you should use: daily.
5. A moisturizing night cream or stay-on face mask
The final touch you need for gorgeous, plumped-up skin is a moisturizer to use in the evening so that it can do its magic at night.
This can be an organic, store bought product, a DIY cream or a “stay-on” face mask which is not rinsed but only wiped-off the face.
There are plenty of all-natural options for all kinds of skin types and, personally, I like to vary my night care depending upon how much extra moisture my skin needs.
If it’s really dry, for example, I like to use avocado oil.
How often you should use: daily.
Naturally, I also pamper my skin with an occasional face mask or peel to make sure it looks even, rosy and plumped and a healthy lifestyle is crucial, too. For my daily or weekly skincare needs, however, the above products are the only ones I use and my skin has never felt or looked better.
I’d love to know below which products you use to make your skin glow!
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#YouthTherapy #Music #HipHop #PTSD #CendrineRobinson
Respond to the Spirit’s Promptings
The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. (John 16:13, CEV)
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)
After we ask Jesus Christ to come into our lives, it is not long before we realize that we cannot live for him in our own strength. The flesh, or the natural man, is weak. We need to be enlightened and empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, which he gives to us at the time of our conversion––a conversion from a life of sin to a life with Jesus Christ.
From that moment on, God works continually inside of us to work out his will for our lives and to engage us in his plans for the world. Jesus tells us we can do nothing of eternal significance apart from him. And if we want Christ to be doing his work through us, it must be done by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As we practice setting our minds on what the Spirit desires, soak our hearts in the Word of God, and then sow to the Spirit, we reap eternal benefits as he imparts his life into our mortal bodies. His life will sweep away the tendencies to be anxious, depressed, or fearful as we focus our hearts and minds on Jesus Christ and trust in the power of his Word. We will find ourselves prompted to go in a certain direction, to make a certain decision, to respond to a certain individual.
It works the same as with any form of nutrition: You must eat daily, but eating the right foods begins to bring you a residual health. You are stronger and healthier. As we feed on the Word of God, we also become stronger and healthier spiritually, and the Spirit’s influence in our lives becomes greater. The result is a greater dependence on the Holy Spirit for strength and direction.
Ask God to give you a willing heart and mind to put into action what you are prompted to do by his Holy Spirit.
on the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
“He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.” Romans 8:4 (NLT)
“Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’” Galatians 4:6
“’My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.’” John 4:34
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