Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Everyone believes that they are something. What you believe about yourself greatly determines what you are able to accomplish. Anyone who has done something great in life, worthy of recognition, has first believed that they were capable of doing it. There was a time when they had to choose to hold on to the old vision of themselves or to embrace the new.
You aren't the person you were 5 years ago. You are constantly changing. Your past beliefs about yourself are manifesting in your present. What are current beliefs about yourself and how will this affect you in five years? Who and what will you be then?
If we could only get a glimpse of the potential that we have within. I am convinced that most people have greatly underestimated themselves. If we could only just get a glimpse of the treasure God has hidden within us.
Dig deep, you will find it. There's more for you friend, if you can see it, then you can have it.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Do you have items in your house that you are holding on to that may have negative memories attached or that tie you too the past? Maybe it's time to throw out some stuff, donate some and invest in the new?
Everything in your environment affects you to some degree from the colors you see, the art on the walls to the dust covering the table. Walk into a clean orderly house. How does it make you feel? Walk into a dirty house. Maybe you can smell the trash that needs to be taken out or the dirty dishes piled high in the sink. Maybe there is stuff on the floor, things out of place. How does that make you feel? They say that your outside environment can actually be a reflection of what's going on in your mind. You will find that when you clean up your environment, your mind will actually feel clearer too.
Your environment affects your mood, sleep, and much more...
It's your responsibility to create an environment for yourself that inspires you. To create an environment that feeds your strengths not your weaknesses. Your environment is what you see, hear, smell etc. It includes the TV you watch, the internet sites you visit, the songs you listen to, the movies you watch, the Facebook chats you engage in, the relationships you nourish.
Your environment brings you peace or turmoil. It brings you happiness or sadness. It brings your inspiration or boredom. Your environment can mean all the difference in your success, and happiness.
Find what motivates you for the positive then invest some time, money and thought in improving in this area. This is an important investment in you and will bring you a great return. What's awesome is that this is in your control.
You always have a choice.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Dr. Terry Wahls overcomes multiple sclerosis without drugs through online science based research and creating a special "mitochondria diet."
This story is amazing!
Please also visit Dr Terry Wahls website to hear more of her story.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
In case you didn't know "MSG" the food additive is what is called a exitotoxin. Eating "MSG" actually excites some of your brain cells to death.
I"m sure you would agree that this is not a good thing as you need all the brain power you can get to make good decisions for your life.
"MSG" is found in many processed foods and many times is secretly hidden in the ingredients label.
How is it hidden? It has many different names. Follow the link below to see the list, then check some of the processed foods in your kitchen. You may be surprised and if you value your brain, you may want to throw some things out. When you go shopping, you may start a new habit of reading labels. That is if you do decide to buy processed foods. It's probably best if you avoid them though and stick with whole foods. The closer the food to it's original state (less processed) is usually the best.
Click the link below to see the hidden names for "MSG"
Friday, August 9, 2013
The golden ratio, 1.618 is found all throughout nature, in many famous works of art and architecture.
Some say it's the fingerprint of our creator.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I just bought a new blender and it's awesome!!!
I wanted a vita-mix or a Blend-tec that are both great machines but I am so grateful to have discovered this one.
Believe it or not! The "Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1005" tied in regards to overall ratings, with the Vitamix 5200.
What's the big deal you ask?
How about the difference in price?
How about saving almost 400 dollars by choosing the "Ninja"?
On a side note, did I ever tell you about how when I was a kid, I used to love "ninja movies"?
My father supported my interests and allowed me to buy a full ninja suit, on a trip with him to China Town in The great City of Los Angeles.
I also bought a butterfly knife, throwing stars and a blow gun from a gun show in North Carolina. We brought them back with us on the plane in our checked luggage. I doubt you'd get away with that today LOL! The world has changed a lot since that time.
Although I never took my throwing stars or other weapons out of my own yard as I was taught respect for these things by my father.
This is a true story!
Many times, I was inspired by these "ninja movies" or the latest edition of "black belt" magazine and I would dress up in my full Ninja suit and sneak around the neighborhood at night.
I'm sure if a kid did that today, he would probably get shot. :/
Anyways, back to blenders. I just got my "Ninja" from Sam's Club and it works great and it was cheaper there than many places I found online.
I paid about $53.00 Dollars out the door and it comes with a 1 year warranty.
I have thirty days to decide if I want another year extended warranty for only 5 dollars more.
Usually, extended warranties are not a good deal because they are a gamble and the odds are not in your favor.
If you buy a good product from a quality company, you can usually count on the product to work and continue working well far beyond the warranty. How could could a company stay in business if their products were always failing?
They generally give the consumer a warranty on their products to ease their mind in regards to their purchase and hopefully eliminate the consumers fear of loss in buying a product, only to have it fail and them lose money. I think they also give the buyer a warranty so they can have an opportunity to fix a buyers problem they might have with one of their products if it should fail in a unreasonable amount of time after purchase. Any good company wants to protect their reputation as consumer word of mouth can either make them or break them.
From what I"ve read about the "consumer reports rating" that they gave the "Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1005" and considering my own experience with this unit so far, I highly recommend this blender.
If your goal is to get healthier this year and you haven't already done so, consider adding a daily blended fruit smoothie or green smoothie to your regimen. The only real side effects are that you might lose some unwanted fat and increase your overall health. I wrote a blog on using "green smoothies", here's the link.............
I also recommend "green smoothie girl.com" as it is a great source of inspiration.
I love my country as so many Americans do but so many Americans are realizing that it's not just about "God and Country". There's a lot of people on this planet and all have great worth as all of them are God's creation. As far as I know, God hasn't set up any borders or boundaries as governments have.
I'm not saying it's a bad thing to have some borders and boundaries as this country was founded on wonderful ideas such as "freedom and democracy".
Aren't we supposed to love all people though? Wouldn't that mean all people from all nations? Even if they are different than us? Yes there are differences but can we find common ground?.....
What is world peace? How do we have more of it? Just a few questions to ponder or maybe do a "Google search" on.
Such a wonderful thing to consider is the possibility of someday, more and more countries connecting with each other in a global community in regards to the common welfare of man. This requires us to move in faith not fear.
In the same way that sports teams compete on the field, but yet are not each others enemies, it is great to see more and more countries connecting and doing this very same thing.
As the human race, we are stronger together sharing ideas than when separated.
I can assure you that we all have more in common than not and as someone once said,
"Why do we treat each other so differently? In the end, ."
Peace love to all of you, everywhere!
May God richly bless us all and lead us to a greater understanding of the world we live in.
May God help us become more tolerant of others that are very different than us and our culture.
May God help us find common ground in regards to things such as world peace and the overall benefit of all mankind.
Friday, August 2, 2013
Are you are waking up too early?
Are you looking for solutions to help you get a deeper more restful sleep?
If so, please take time to read this as it might be just what you need to know as to how to fix your sleep problem for good without damaging prescription or over the counter drugs.
I had trouble with my sleep for years and I know how much of a struggle is can be for you.
My sleep eventually got better as I learned what to do to help myself sleep and then applied that knowledge, making changes to my daily routine.
Let me share a few things I learned that helped me, maybe they will help you.
Learning to shut off my computer or other mental stimulating things early helped me but I also made changes in my exercise and nutritional intake. Since the body is made up of chemicals, foods greatly affect us as their chemicals interact with ours.
Food actually can act like a medicine when used properly.
If I can't get to sleep or if I do wake up too early, I don't worry at all about it as this will make the problem worse. Here's what I do.
I will eat some white rice with extra virgin coconut oil. Eating a higher carb food like rice will quickly raise your insulin level, allowing your body to make more serotonin. From serotonin, the body makes "melatonin", known as the sleep hormone.
The reason I world recommend coconut oil is that it will give your body and brain some slow burning fuel that it can utilize, other than the glucose. This will make such a positive difference, let me explain why….
Coconut oil will balance your blood sugar by giving your brain a slow and steady supply of fuel. It also feeds your brain in a different way than glucose so your brain won't run out of fuel when it burns through the carbs in the rice.
One thing to consider is that eating a high carb meal like white rice before bed in the evening may help you sleep deeper as it raises your serotonin and melatonin like I mentioned above. Without a slow burning fat though or a little bit of protein, after your brain runs out of fuel from the carbs, it will wake you up. This is a survival mechanism to alert you so you don't run out of brain fuel.
Waking up several times during the night is bad though because it interrupts your deepest sleep stages 3 and 4 which is where your body rebuilds, makes hormones, consolidates memories, etc. It's during our deepest sleep stages that we make our serotonin, dopamine and other brain chemicals. If we are not getting our deepest sleep, then this will lead to a deficiency in our brain chemicals. This can cause many problems one being overeating during the day which only will ultimately make our sleep issue worse. Having enough serotonin in the brain is directly related to feeling satisfied when we eat, having less anxiety and avoiding emotional eating.
Not getting our deepest sleep is why many people may be wrongfully diagnosed with a mental illness such as depression, bipolar or ADHD when in reality, they just have a sleep disorder. Fix the sleep disorder and the brain can then make enough of the chemicals it needs to work properly and the person's cognitive issues resolve.
If a person is feeling fatigued each day or many days, it probably has to do with the quality of their sleep. If a person notices that they aren't dreaming, this is a tell tell sign that they aren't hitting their deep stage 4 REM sleep cycle. Stage 4 is where we dream and it is believed that we consolidate our memories.
It may sound complex, but it's really not. You don't have to understand why if you do the proper things to remedy the problem of course I always want to know why so this is for those who want to know the science behind it all.
There is a book out called "Potatoes Not Prozac" by Kathleen DesMaisons that is a very good resource. It's here where I learned that you can eat a carb before bed to increase your serotonin and increase the quality of your sleep which will in most cases, alleviate depression by the underlying method that I mentioned above. I highly recommend visiting her site and supporting her work.
So here's something to try according to this book….. Eat protein in your evening meal like a small piece of chicken or fish. You don't need a lot. Two hours after that maybe an hour before bed, eat a baked potato with preferably butter or coconut oil, preferably coconut oil but either is fine. This will help you get to sleep. If you do wake up too early, have some white rice already cooked and stored in the refrigerator. Heat it up with some coconut oil or butter and enjoy it's yumminess.
Keep the lights down low during this time so your brain doesn't get the signal from the bright lights and shut down your melatonin production, this will keep you awake.
After eating, lay back down but don't do anything with too much mental stimulation such as Facebook or the internet. Maybe read a book, watch a bit of TV to relax your mind, listen to a podcast or take a warm shower or meditate. TV helped me get back to sleep because watching something like a documentary is slow paced, could be boring and I would tend to fall back asleep. The only drawback to this is the light generated by the TV so this might not be the best option.
Doing these things, I'm confident that you will be back to sleep in no time.
As I mentioned before, you can use butter on your rice or potato instead of coconut oil, let me tell you more about this.
I have learned that coconut oil is superior to butter in a few ways. It is a plant source fat which is better for you but most of all it's fat or triglyceride content is about 50 or 60 percent MCT or "medium chained triglyceride" I know that's a big word but what it means is it's a medium chain fatty acid.
Medium chain fatty acids feed the brain in a different pathway than glucose. They are transported directly to the liver where your liver will make "ketones" Your brain then feeds on these "ketones". The brain has only two fuels it can utilize, glucose or ketones. Medium chained fatty acids are very interesting and rare in our diets so cooking with coconut oil is a good idea.
The body will burn the MCT's in coconut oil more like a carb than a fat and people actually can use coconut oil to raise their metabolism and actually help them loose weight.
This is why I recommend this over butter although butter has other things that can benefit the brain like cholesterol.
The best butter to use is butter from grass fed cows such as "kerrygold butter" from ireland. They sell this brand at your local health food store or some nicer supermarkets.
When a grass fed cow makes milk, it's milk composition is very different from grain fed cows. You can tell this by the way they look as well as the taste. The omega 3 levels are much higher in grass fed and we all have heard how important is is for brain function to get more omega 3 fats in our diets. So both butter and coconut oil can be beneficial but extra virgin coconut oil is my favorite. Make sure to get "unrefined"
One more thing to consider, keeping your nutritional intake high through fruits and vegetables and keeping your weight under control is so important as well to get a good nights sleep. Especially watching your weight as many people, like myself, start suffering from "sleep apnea" when I put on too much extra weight. Smaller portion sizes, coconut oil, lot's of high fiber vegetables and eating several meals throughout the day to keep your metabolism going are great things to do to fix this issue.
Daily exercise also helps our mood and sleep as it also raises our brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine.
It took me years of struggling and much study to figure all this out and make all these connections. Maybe the pain I endured during the process can help others in some way.
I recommend that you look all this stuff up on the internet and read more about how they will benefit you, your overall health and maybe most important, your brain function as your brain controls everything you do.
Like world famous Dr. Daniel Amen (who I esteem highly) says, "when your brain works well, you work well and when your brain struggles, you struggle."
You can find much more of him on Youtube or the web in general and I highly recommend learning from this genius and supporting his work.
It's pretty cool, because you don't have to be a genius to reap the same rewards as one, if you only follow them as your mentors, learn and apply their wisdom and knowledge.
I hope that this helps you in some way. If you want to discuss this with me further, you can find me here on Facebook.