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Living Beyond Your Feelings

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Living beyond my feelings contributes to my wellbeing, mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.  They all are key to a happy and healthy life.

Have you ever had several things to do, and they are all things you enjoy doing but can’t seem to get excited to do them?  Do your emotions play a roll in this?  Do your feelings contribute to it?  Does your personality have something to do with it? My guess would be yes to all three.

This is just one thought regarding how we manage to stay on task, accomplish our goals or stay focused for a certain amount of time to work on one project. To stay connected, and moving forward with peace and joy.

EMOTIONS are driven by many factors, it could be hormonal changes, stress, grief, illness, sadness, injury, loss, many more I’m sure I could come up with, but to name a few.

FEELINGS are those things I believe are driven by our thinking processes. If we think the right thoughts, encouraging, life breathing thoughts, healthy thoughts, I am convinced we can manage our feelings.  We may need help doing this.  Books are a great resource for us.

Personality https://hubpages.com/health/wheredoesourpersonalitycomefrom   Our personality is who we are.  We can love ourselves right where we are.  We can have hope and faith in our future.  We may have areas of our personalities that we would like to change.  Many of our personality traits can be influenced by hormonal changes. Chemicals in the brain, DNA, and they’ve even seen how personality types may have different size parts of the brain.

In my opinion if we decide we want change that is a first step. A desire to change can ignite that excitement that we need to  accomplish it.  Maybe not over night, maybe one step at a time but through a desire to want change and having the correct natural healthy behaviors to feed this decision I believe we can do whatever we desire to do.

Natural ways to accomplish better health, mentally and emotionally I’ve seen personally.  Because I am a woman.  As women we have many hormonal changes all through life.  Puberty, PMS, menstruating, perhaps having one or more miscarriages, I had one, infertility, pregnancy, and after delivering that wonderful new life, many women experience postpartum depression, or postpartum anxiety.  As we age we experience peri-menopause, this could go on for years before menopause. Then there is post-menopause.  With each of these could come a myriad of symptoms.

I have seen emotional aromatherapy work day after day.  The science behind how and why these aromatic compounds work is fascinating.  I am not a chemistry major so I won’t go into detail here.  But the science is available and it is thrilling that through a natural source we can get relief, rejuvenated, refocused, reformed, and renew our lives to feel better and be better acclimated to a new and better life.

This way of living is not a one time deal.  Just as we eat during the day, we need to apply our aromatherapy to ourselves, and diffuse them in our environments.  I believe ingesting these beautiful plant based essential oil compounds are essential to my wellbeing.  Those that are certified to be pure and of a therapeutic grade and have a Supplement Facts on them, these are the only ones I  recommended for ingestion.  These types of essential oils can also further our goal for living healthier and more balanced.  We can move beyond those feelings and can get on to what we really have a passion for.

I keep all of my essential oils handy throughout my day. I put a couple of drops of the Balance Blend on my feet when I arise.  The ingestible ones I use as I would my food supplements.  For instance in the morning, I ingest lemon in 8 oz of water, I also try to do this 3 more times during the day.  I take 2-3 drops of Frankincense on my tongue, later in the morning I ingest 2 drops of Copaiba.  I like the Slim and Sassy Blend as a metabolism booster and to take away sugar cravings.

Depending on how I feel, I use my emotional aromatherapy, I pick which essential oil I want.  If I need a bit more peace, joy and confidence in myself  I use the Jasmine Touch. If I’m having feelings of boredom or disinterest I use the Passion Touch blend.

  • Because Jasmine has such an uplifting scent, using Jasmine Touch on our pulse points is the perfect way to uplift mood. Emotionally, Jasmine promotes feelings of joy, peace, and self-confidence. Applying Jasmine in the morning will help provide a positive outlook on the day and leave you feeling uplifted and confident.
  • When feelings of boredom and disinterest take over, Passion Touch blend will help to rekindle feelings of excitement, passion and joy.

I diffuse essential oils for an immune boost, air freshener or a pick me up or all three in different rooms.  If you are looking for more of a blend for better focus, I suggest the Focus Blend it helps to enhance the senses and sustain focus, this blend is perfect for staying on task when you are trying to study, or concentrate on a project.   I use essential oils in my shower routine.  I have a diffuser by my bed and I diffuse the Grounding Blend, 4-5 drops and it runs for 8 hours. My favorite is the Grounding Blend, this blend of essential oils promotes tranquility while bringing harmony to the mind and body, and balance to the emotions.  I use Lemon or the Protective Blend essential oils in the kitchen for cleaning fruits, veggies and any containers that come in from the store before I open them, and I use some in cooking.  These precious gifts of the earth have added so much to my life for the past 13 years that I wouldn’t want to go a day without them, and I don’t.

I believe it is imperative to strive to have a healthy mind and body.  Even though we go through many emotional imbalances through life we can bring that back in balance with aromatherapy.

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Eating the South Beach Diet Way Part II

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Eating the South Beach Diet Way for the past three months has been fantastic and here’s why.

Number one is because I have lost 12 pounds.  Secondly I have stopped eating all flour products.  Thirdly, I have gained a new respect for my body and fourth I have gained a plan for eating the foods that my body needs every single day, and fifth is that it is fairly simple.

I will touch on these aspects briefly in hopes of helping someone else out there who is looking to lose unwanted “fat”.

The SB diet is a lifestyle, it is not a diet (abstinence from food) otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.  I’ve never had to diet in my life.  I started gaining weight after having children in my mid thirties into my 40’s, yes in my 40’s and therefore never quite kept it off.  Even if it has been 20 lbs, 20 lbs of fat is not healthy.  Have you ever lifted a sack of 5 lbs of sugar? Well quadruple that and imagine if your body had to carry the 20 extra pounds or more if you have more to lose.  This plan is a way of life that once you get the hang of it is simple.  I’ve lost 12 pounds of fat.  Woo Hoo is all I can say.  Those 12 pounds of fat has given me a lighter step in my walk and a lighter burden on my heart.

Fat gives off toxins to the body, which is a big topic for another time, therefore the goal is to lose the bad fat.  People say to themselves “I need to lose weight”, frankly that doesn’t say it with enough emphasis in my mind.  It is “fat” that we are losing, too much extra fat that may cause disease.  We need to do it once and for all.  Some people get on these roller coaster diets which are very unhealthy for your body.  Make a decision today for the rest of your life, you will be happy you did.

Deciding to stop eating flour products didn’t just happen over night.  Years ago I knew that yeast and flour were probably not the best items to put into my diet. Then I found out that I am actually allergic to them, that is why I have a new found appreciation for my body, not giving it the items that it is allergic to.  Which has caused unwanted weight, unwanted inflammation etc.  Growing up and into adulthood I ate bread, and pasta these were foods that I loved and ate them frequently.  I even ate them at the same meal.

Learning more about my body has given me more respect for it.  I don’t eat any flour products.  I just say no and the other phrase I tell my mind is that “I don’t eat that anymore”.  It isn’t a struggle just a friendly reminder to old habits, the old way of thinking that I’m changing.

The other food if it is really a food….is sugar.  I’ve eliminated added sugar. Before I purchase a food I look to see if it has added sugar if it does I don’t buy it.  Even organic and healthy foods have added sugar, so beware.  Instead,  on most days I have agave, 75 to 100 calories per day is my limit, this is my personal sweet treat added to Greek yogurt with fresh berries and nuts.  I eat low glycemic fruits such as berries, green apples and sometimes grapefruit or pears.  I don’t feel deprived one bit.   On the SB plan there are lists of fruits to enjoy, personally these are the only ones I’ve chosen to have.

In studying foods and what are in the foods we eat I’ve learned that low sodium most of the time if not always means more added sugar, or low fat is also more added sugar.  So all the years of the low fat food rage meant more sugar, higher glucose in the diet.  Is that why low fat really didn’t help us lose the weight that we thought we would lose by switching to low fat foods?

The South Beach Diet Phase I is where you don’t eat any starch or sugar for 14 days.  It may sound scary but it is so worth it.  The hardest part is the thought of not having these items before you even start the diet.  Once you decide to do it, go for it you will be so happy you did.  You will lose all your cravings and you will also lose weight.

The next Phase, Phase II  is where you will stay until you lose your desired weight. There are lists of foods, meal plans with recipes from Phase I that you will eat for the first two weeks and there are lists of foods, meal plans and recipes that you will be adding in to Phase II for the remainder of Phase II in other words until you lose your desired weight.

Remember this is a new way of eating, a new lifestyle.  You could call it a new beginning.  I love new beginnings.  They give me a new energy, a newness of life.  Life can get stale, which means old, decayed, overused, out-of-date yes these are the meanings of this word so adding a newness to your everyday life can spark creativity, it can spark a new passion, it can spark a new zeal for the fullness of life that you can have for the rest of your life.

Phase II of the SB Diet is adding certain foods back in at a very slow pace, the foods that you have eliminated for the first two weeks.  The key here is huge, you watch for cravings after you eat a fruit or a starch.  If you feel a craving you switch that particular food to a different meal next time and again watch for cravings.  For instance if you have oatmeal for breakfast and you have a craving soon afterwards, the next time you have your starch have it later in the day.

This is the part that you could either sink or swim.  The first time around, 2 plus years ago I lost the weight but didn’t get this part of it.  I didn’t watch for cravings and I eventually added back in too many starches and sugars which only made me gain back the weight I had lost.  Even though these foods were organic or natural I still gained it all back.

So this time around I have a new appreciation for the plan and the guidance that I’ve gleaned from others who have succeeded.  Therefore I have taken their advise and now I’m staying focused to reach my goal.

One of the suggestions was to stay with one fruit and one starch for the first two weeks of Phase II.  Then I added another fruit and starch for another 2 to 3 weeks and so forth.  Knowing myself and my habitual eating of extra starches this was necessary for me.  This part is very personal.  Some people who start on the SB plan are vegan or partial vegans.  You make the plan work for you and you can even have a South Beach nutritionalist help you out for a while if you need the extra help which I did.  I had so many questions that got answered which helped me stay on track.

On the South Beach Diet Plan there is no counting calories except for your sweet treat calories and really a very small amount of measuring.  I measure my starches and I keep track of the fruit and nuts but that’s it.  I know the amounts of food that I need to eat daily, so eating is a pleasure and  I can accomplish this now with ease and planning.  It definitely takes planning.

One very important key to losing weight that I’ve noticed is that if you eat too much or you eat too little you will not lose weight.  Interesting isn’t it?

I continued to learn so many key points being part of the SB  on line community that when I got to Phase II I knew exactly when I would add these foods back in.  I had my one serving of fruit at around 3 pm with a few nuts and my starch 1/2 cup of rice or another grain at dinnertime.  I did this for 3 weeks.

After the first 3 weeks I added another fruit and another starch to the plan and so forth.  I’ve kept losing weight.  It has been steady although once or twice I’ve been at the same weight for 3 weeks but I haven’t given up or lost sight of my goal.  Remembering that it is a new way of life a new respect for the way my body works best.  One person who has really encouraged me has lost over 100 pounds and she continues to help those on the SB plan to stay focused and to stick with the plan.  You need to stick with the plan.

Rewarding yourself after you have lost weight or have done well for a week, two weeks two months and so forth doesn’t mean you get a cheat meal, reward yourself with something else, a massage, a new item of clothing, or just the satisfaction that you have reached another milestone.

This healthy lifestyle consists of a protein, and a healthy fat, and veggies for breakfast; 2 oz of protein, 1 cup of veggies and a healthy fat, which in my case I like avocados.

My sample Breakfast Menu:  Eggs, turkey bacon, one 6 oz glass of organic carrot juice or 1/2 cup of oatmeal, soy sausage, 6 oz of carrot juice, or one egg, 1/2 cup of sweet potato (the only potato that is SB legal), and carrot juice, or a veggie omelet with soy sausage and carrot juice.

Lunch and Dinner consists of 2 tbsp of good fat ( from EVOO) 2 cups of veggies and 3 oz of protein.  (you may add a starch at these meals)

The SB Phase II plan is to eventually add back in 3 fruits and 3 starches per day.

My starches consist of ( 1/2 cup is a serving) Basmati rice, oatmeal, millet, or quinoa.  Those eating wheat can add in 100% whole wheat breads and pasta items.

Extras items for my daily consumption are 15 almonds or 15 walnuts or 30 pistachios.  Dairy is 2 to 3 cups of low fat, fat free milk or low fat or non fat yogurt a day and it addition is 3 fruits a day.  One ounce of low fat cheese; such as string cheese, plus beans and legumes, 1/2 cup daily.  The variety of protein and veggies in this plan is huge.

There is such an abundance of knowledge to learn from the SB plan for a healthy lifestyle and in turn healthy aging that it is exhilarating.  Why you might say, it’s invigorating because you change your body, your body no longer has more fat that muscle.  Your body image changes, you look in the mirror and see the “new you”, the healthier you.

Fat takes up more room in the body than muscle so when you start to lose the fat you actually see the muscle coming through.  This is inspiring, it adds a fire to your soul to keep you moving forward for the rest of your life.

It is a bit more complex than this so you will need to check out the full plan but I’ve tried to make it brief to show you the basics.

I love Phase II, for me it is the perfect place to be, and I’ve just shared most of the basics.

If you are interested in a trial run of this way of eating you can go on line to southbeachdiet.com, there is a SB book and cookbooks available as well.

One of my mottos is to eat to live not live to eat.  A motto I hope I have helped you decide on as well.

Yes! You Can Control What You Think

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

What You Conceive And Believe Is Up To You

Nature has built human beings so that they have control over the material that
reaches their subconscious mind. However, this does not mean that you
always exercise this control. Through the dominating thoughts that you permit
to remain in your conscious mind (it doesn’t matter whether these thoughts
are negative or positive), the principle of autosuggestion goes to work
impressing those thoughts on the subconscious mind. And, your subconscious
is not judgmental. It can be just as easily influenced by a negative idea or
a bad suggestion as it can by a positive thought or a good suggestion.

When speaking of the subconscious, it is like a fertile garden in which weeds
will grow if the seeds of more desirable crops are not sown. You can feed
your subconscious on creative thoughts or you can, by neglecting it, permit
thoughts of a destructive nature to find their way into this rich garden of the mind.

Habits grow out of doing the same thing or thinking the same thoughts or
repeating the same words over and over again. Habit may be likened to the
groove in a record, while the human mind may be likened to the needle
that fits into that groove. When any habit has been well formed, the
mind has a tendency to flow the course of that habit as closely as the needle
follows the groove on a record.

Habit is created by repeatedly directing one or more of the five senses
of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching in a given direction.
After habit has been well established, it will automatically control and
direct your actions and responses.

What is Your Conscious Mind: Your conscious mind receives information
through the five senses of sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch,
your conscious mind keeps track of what you need for thinking and
operating, and it filters out what you don’t need. Your conscious mind
( and what your memory retains) is the intelligence with which you normally
think, reason, and plan.

What is the Subconscious Mind: Your subconscious has access to
all the same information your conscious receives, but it doesn’t reason
the way your conscious mind does. It takes everything literally. It doesn’t
make value judgments, it doesn’t filter, and it doesn’t forget. It doesn’t draw
a distinction between good and bad, positive and negative.

The only thing it responds to is the intensity with which the idea is planted.
The stronger the emotion attached to an idea when planted in your
subconscious, the more prominent that idea will be.

excerpt taken from
Think and Grow Rich The 21st Century Edition Workbook