Carrot Pineapple Muffins

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Have enjoyed sharing this recipe my granddaughter and I made to help us stay on track this month. One of our goals for January 2013 is to find, and create, more recipes by using our fresh pulp from juicing.
So excited this recipe made 2 dozen yummy muffins!!! We can freeze them to eat later with our menu choices.
Enjoy!
Sandi

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Total Juicing Recipe

3 1/2 Cups Fresh Carrot Pulp
1 Cup Pineapple Pulp
1 Cup Honey
6 Egg Whites
1 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Pure Vanilla
3 Cups Baking Flour
1 Tbsp Baking Soda
2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
1/2 Cup Fresh Grated Coconut
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:) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
:) Mix pulp together
:) Add Honey / Egg Whites / Oil / Vanilla
:) Sift together dry ingredients and mix all until just blended
:) Add Nuts/Coconut
:) Pour into greased muffin tin
:) Bake;
20 minutes/six muffin tin (medium size)
45 minutes/twelve muffin tin (medium size)
:) Serving Size;1 Muffin
:) Nutritional Information; 1 Muffin
Calories-174/Fat-11.25gr/Carbs-45gr/Protein-7gr

*Resourced: Total Juicing/page 217/Elaine LaLanne/1992

R-E-L-A-X

While in the process of getting my annual mammogram the nurse tells me to relax!

Right…A machine has my boobies in a choke hold and I’m suppose to what? Relax???

She had a great attitude with sincere empathy and encouragement in her voice when saying I would be ‘released’ in only a few moments and to continue holding my breath, and relax.

There was that “R” word again…

During the mammogram appointment we shared tech to patient chat and I noticed how she was holding the top of her shoulders up to her ear lobes. I thought, that’s got to be uncomfortable!

I mentioned the role I once had as a chiropractic assistant to Dr. Verle Breshears at the Breshears Chiropractic Life Center and how I learned the value of applying trigger point therapy before and after treatments to help not only relax the tissue but the patient as well. She was very curious as she had not heard of such a therapy before (not surprised to hear in the medical field position she held). She asked if I would be so kind as to show her the technique which I gladly agreed to do once our session was over. Afterwards she was so delighted she went into the lab office and shared with her other colleagues. Was awesome!

Caring to sharing is part of what health and wellness is all about!

In regards to stress management and looking to simpler ways to reduce stress in your daily life, relaxation techniques are one crucial part in helping to get your mind focused and onward to a healthier lifestyle.

So…Take a s-l-o-w deep breath in through your nose…Hold It! That’s it!
Now force exhale out your mouth and now r-e-l-a-x

Again!…Twice more…Excellent! :)

Isn’t it amazing how just the word “relax” can trigger you to take a deep breath in?
You may have the breathing part down but are you really focusing on the relaxing part?

“Are  you  allowing your thoughts to control your behavior and create your reality?”

Learning how to relax starts with closing your eyes and choose to quiet your mind of all noise.

Basic controlled breathing and the ability to relax will then become easier and more effective to master. By choosing to add more relaxation into your daily regimen you will soon discover your head is clearer and your mind will be better equipped to focus.

The past couple of weeks we have been discussing the importance of learning how to recognize and manage daily stress in our series titled, “Joy Stealers”.

Hopefully you have learned that your desire to become healthier and happier with more energy starts with making a choice to be more pro active.
Getting up and moving forward toward a realistic lifestyle takes small
steps each day. This is one key in keeping you from being anxious and
overwhelmed.

Once you have quieted your mind, like the simple exercise example we mentioned at the beginning of this post, you may want to look through the following relaxation suggestions. This information and suggestions from a reliable source can be most helpful in your daily routine as you take those small steps towards a healthier you.

“Relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better quality of life, especially if you have an illness…”

Explore these < relaxation techniques > for yourself to help with managing your stress. By recognizing and understanding these techniques you may be more equipped to choose what works best for you.

In an exercise class setting I set aside at least 15 minutes after a strenuous fitness workout to focus on breathing and relaxation to bring the body back to a healthy state of balance.

Contact us if you are interested in learning more specific relaxation examples and how you can incorporate these simple exercises into your daily regimen for only a few minutes a day.

Just click on the “Contact Us!” tab at the top of this site and we will be glad to send you out a free copy.

As the new year moves onward and your thoughts continue toward learning how to change unwanted unhealthy behaviors to last a lifetime contact us by email for help and support. Let us know what you are struggling with so we can help guide you and pray for you along your journey.

Or subscribe to our FREE newsletter at the top of this page. You will receive helpful weight loss tips, menus and more.

We know you will be able to adapt these simple ideas and techniques in order to reach your realistic weight loss goals.

Blessings,

Sandi

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Stress Stealing Your Power?

Part Three

Are you managing your stress or is stress managing you? Maybe you just haven’t figured out the real sources that are stealing valuable energy from your every day life. This week you will be thinking about the holidays and the kids being home on vacation and then soon there will be gifts to purchase, dinners to plan for and parties to attend…

As we continue our series on “Joy Stealers”, identifying our relationship with food and understanding why we make the food choices we do, we need to focus a bit more on our emotional and physical wellness, in terms of stress management.

Did you know, it is how you respond to the demands of the world around you that determines your tolerance to stress? Recognizing daily stressors, that zap your energy, and understanding how they may be affecting your life overall can be the first step in helping to restore you back to sanity.

Our inability to manage the stress factors in our lives is one of the top joy stealers we face every day.

Unmanaged stress breaks down our body’s ability to function 100%

Life Is Stressful!!!

However, certain kinds of stress can be good for the body. Stress excites you, energizes you, lets you try new things, and boosts your immune system. Stress is your body’s natural reaction to the demands surrounding it. Depending on the events and types of conditions that trigger stress, and whether they are new or have been constant in your life determines whether it is a good stressor or a bad stressor.

Acute Stress

This is your fight-or-flight reaction to a situation that can be a threat, challenge or something that frightens you. This reaction is immediate and extreme and can stimulate. Basic examples would be a blind date, a visit from the in-laws, fender bender, sky diving.

Mild acute stress is healthy. It is what energizes and motivates you into positive action.

Chronic Stress

This is when you allow the acute stressors to be constantly present in your life. They pile up when not managed and effect mental and physical health such as migraines, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain or loss of weight, to even more serious health issues like depression, high blood pressure, heart disease and some cancers. When you are able to identify these stressors and understand the bodies reaction to them, whether negative or positive, you will be able to manage the every day events in your life more effectively and efficiently. When you are able to effectively manage the stress in your life you will be able to decrease your concerns and risks to your overall health.

External Stress

This could be any situation or event like your neighbors barking dog, unexpected bills, family arguments, unemployment, to even a major life crisis such as the death of a loved one.

Internal Stress

Bet you didn’t know that most of your stress response is self-induced. You got it! Our mind is active with constant thoughts that can trigger feelings of unrest such as many types of fears, uncertainty and even your belief system. However, be assured you do have the power to control your thoughts before they have the chance to defeat you.

If you have dwelt on your fears, attitudes and expectations over a long period of time know it will take some doing; hard work, persistence and a positive support system to change them effectively.

This also includes lifestyle changes such as eating a healthier diet, being more physically active and getting enough sleep which will help boost your ability to recover. Using humor and learning to be assertive, and practicing problem solving and time management are all positive ways to restore your energies and bring your body back into balance.

Here are some questions to think about and hopefully get you started in identifying major stressors and head you forward into managing the every day stress in your life;

  • What are the top ten situations, concerns, challenges, etc., you have recognized that trigger stress?
  • What one thing do you want more/less in your life at this time?
  • What three things are you tolerating right now?
  • What is one thing you would like to achieve but not sure how?
  • How well do you keep your commitments?
  • Do you tend to be nervous?
  • Are you easily distracted?
  • Do you prepare ahead of time for events or situations that cause stress?
  • Are you easily angered?
  • Do you participate in activities that provide relief from stress?
  • When working under pressure do you make decisions with minimal stress?
  • Do you set realistic goals for yourself?
  • Do you avoid putting off tasks to the last minute?
  • When working under pressure do you stay calm and patient?
  • How do you like to be supported when facing challenges?

Whoa! A lot of information and questions to think about I know. But if you have stayed with me this far you are on your way to understanding the importance of getting your mind in motion and get serious about recognizing how stress has been managing your life. And not to mention how it has been leading you straight to that fridge on those late nights after the dust has settled. :)

Next time we will be completing this topic on stress management with more solutions to how you can work out managing a less stressful lifestyle.

At anytime if you have questions or concerns or need support continue to email me or click on the “Contact Us!” tab at the top of this site and let us know how we can help.

Blessings during this holiday season!

Love, Sandi

 

 

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Emotional Eating

Part Two…

In our relationship with food there are many different reasons why women have difficulty losing weight and keeping the weight off permanently.

We have explored the food addiction issue where certain ‘trigger foods’ can lead someone to binge especially after a crisis situation. Discovering these triggers and the process of eliminating them from the diet has helped many in their battle against permanent weight loss.

This week we want to look a little deeper into the emotional joy stealers that haunt many of us when dealing with long term weight loss. These triggers can lead us into a downward spiral, where we can find ourselves hitting bottom before we realize what happened.

Think about it;

  • Are you often comparing yourself to others? Unhappy with your body image?
  • Are you looking for approval from others but just don’t feel like you measure up or matter?
  • Are you hard on yourself when you ‘blow’ your diet?
  • Do you restrict yourself daily of the proper nutrition your body needs because you think you are not thin enough or you fear gaining more weight?
  • Are you binging when things just don’t seem to go your way, or you are angry or upset over a current life crisis?

These are just some of the situations that can lead to emotional consequences. This can be due to our inability to recognize the signals or signs of attack before we are emotionally wounded. We may then find ourselves binging or relapsing. This behavior can cause us to experience feelings of hopelessness and despair.

You may even go on a restricted diet, however, this action can lead to mood swings, depression, and putting the body into a starvation mode because you have deprived yourself of valuable nutrients that keep the body healthy, in balance, and energized.

Until you are really ready and able to have the courage to stand and shout, “I’VE HAD ENOUGH!”, you will continue in this destructive cycle that can only lead to serious mental problems and chronic health issues.

Once you have come to a place in your life where you are able to clearly understand how you have used food as a coping strategy to maintain this unhealthy way of life (negative lifestyle), you will start to see life differently. Along with finding the help and support you need from others, and actively be working out a realistic recovery plan, it is then you will be free from the hopelessness you have felt for so long. It is then you will have the power to take the necessary ‘step up’ onto a new path that can positively lead you toward the goal of a healthier, happier lifestyle for a lifetime.

Sincerely, from my heart to yours, these things I share with you after listening to the many stories from women I’ve met and counseled over the years regarding this weight loss dilemma.

With all that being said, we are excited to continue on our journey in discovering our relationship with food and how we can restore valuable energy back into our lives, we are overjoyed to be able to spend some time this week with Kimberly Taylor CWC, and author.

We are walking through the pages of one of her popular books titled, “Overcoming Emotional Eating God’s Way”.  Mrs. Taylor shares with us how there is hope in overcoming emotional eating and she also shares some of her own life experiences in battling emotional eating for over 20 years.

Mrs. Taylor reveals how she tried diet after diet but in the end only gained more and more weight. She discovered with all the dieting her “emotional eating habit remained.” And that, “The dieting was just a temporary band-aid over a deep wound… As soon as I felt emotions that were too painful to handle, food was waiting for me with open arms. But I didn’t know any other way to live.”

She goes on to share how a life threatening experience changed her life and how her strong trust and faith in the power of God brought her to a place of understanding and healing, helping to overcome her battle with emotional eating.

Mrs Taylor states, “…the best part (I discovered is) that God can be trusted and his word is true…He is the Great Physician. He healed my emotional pain and comforted me during tough times. He still does. I turn to Him first whenever I am emotionally upset. I know he is the only one who can fix it…”

Mrs Taylor concludes by saying, “I promise that if you trust God, your trust will not be misplaced. You will soon be able to testify of his healing power to others. Just like I am right now.”

If you too want to consider the possibility that God is the source for your recovery (after all how has what you’ve been trying working for you today?) Mrs. Taylor includes a step by step process of how God’s intervention worked for her. Just log into her website at www.takebackyourtemple.com for details.

We hope you too have been encouraged to know you are not alone in this emotional battle with weight loss and that there is help for you.

Please contact us for any questions or concerns you may have as we are available by clicking on the “Contact Us!” tab at the top of this site.

Next week we will continue our series on “Joy Stealers” when we bring you another surprise guest we know you will enjoy hearing from.

Blessings!

Love,
Sandi

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Getting Real With Food

Part One…
Whether you have traveled the many weight loss roadways or not you may have already discovered how certain foods affect your energy levels on a daily basis.

Talking about our relationship with food and why we make the food choices we do has much to do with our emotional state at the moment of crisis. But have we considered the “food triggers” lurking close by ready to steal our joy from our daily sense of well being?

 

Are we forgetting we are made up of not only body but also mind and spirit?

To better understand our relationship with food, the first stop on our journey in this series titled, “Joy Stealers”, is a visit with Kay Sheppard MA, licensed mental health counselor, certified eating disorder specialist and author of, “Food Addiction/The Body Knows”.

Since the beginning of her own struggles with food that led to what Ms. Sheppard refers to as ‘food addiction’, she shares with us her own discovery about ‘food triggers’ and the recovery process that has worked for her.

“Without intervention, food addiction will relentlessly rob the unsuspecting victim of all joy and happiness.” Kay defines food addiction as a disease with symptoms and characteristics which can be recognized, that treatment is available, and that with accurate information and support people do get well and recover.

Along with being able to recognize harmful ‘trigger’ foods in our diet, the concept of physical abstinence from binge foods such as sugar, wheat, and flour products has proven successful for many.

Years ago I had obtained and read through a copy of this book. At the time I had already discovered how certain foods were affecting my moods, energy levels and mental stability. Kay’s book was another confirmation I was on the right track to complete recovery. I agree with Ms. Sheppard on the importance of considering how addiction can affect all areas of ones life and how food addiction is a symptom that should be carefully looked at in helping us understand why we make the choices we do and how we can return to a healthy state of well being.

Since its publication, “Food Addiction/The Body Knows”, has been one of the primary resources for RFA (Recovery from Food Addiction) where it is considered conference approved literature, and for many 12Step programs. There is hope in finding freedom in the joy of eating, and stop the cycle of continually falling victim to negative and hidden food products.

To conclude our visit through the pages of this fascinating book we wanted to be sure and note the sections on Managing Food with a list of  ‘abstinent’ foods, and some menu ideas. Also, there is a Quick Reference Food Plan and Self Diagnostic Test to determine if you may be a food addict.

We encourage you to visit Ms Sheppard’s website, www.kaysheppard.com, for more articles and information. You may also check your local library for a copy of her book and other resources on this subject of food addiction.

Thank you for coming along with us today. We really enjoyed touching a bit on this subject of food addiction. And we also thank Kay Sheppard for her time in writing on this subject and sharing her personal views.

So join us next week when we continue our series on “Joy Stealers” when we talk with some of the folks that have some amazing stories to share in their adventure in discovering their relationship with food.

Onward!

Sandi

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“JOY STEALERS”

Introduction…
What is our relationship with food and how can we restore valuable energy back into our lives?

If we are ever going to truly be set free from the power and negative effect food has had over our lives then I believe we must first be able to have the courage to recognize the Joy Stealers in our life.
It is then we can successfully have the desire to move forward and tap into the power that is able to heal us, energize us, and sustain us.

Not too long ago I asked a weight management group of women at a local diet & fitness center where I was counseling at the time, what were some of the main questions and issues they were troubled with the most.

These were women much like yourself who had been struggling with over weight issues most of their lives.

You may be able to relate to some or even all of their answers shared in the group:
“Why do I constantly over eat?”
“Why did I gain more weight than I lost after dieting?”
“Why am I thinking of food all the time?”
“I am so tired of losing and gaining weight!”
“If I just hadn’t eaten that…I wouldn’t feel so bad”
“I just don’t seem to have any control over what I eat!”

The underlying struggle I was hearing the most, even though they did not list as one of their concerns…

“I just don’t have the energy to start another diet plan!…I know I have to do something!”

When commenting to them about their energy levels I had their attention. They were focusing on the food-the symptom-and not the actual issue of what was drawing them to make those food choices and then followed by taking that first bite.

With all the successful weight loss programs we have available to us today, and there are some excellent ones out there which we will be visiting in this series titled, “Joy Stealers”, we have read and seen where many folks are losing the weight but the main question we all are asking is why then are there over 80% of so-called successful dieters regaining the weight (and more) within two years?

And just this week the new Gallup Report came out revealing even more on how the number of people struggling with overweight, obesity, & chronic illnesses has climbed to over 86% of the workforce not only here in the US but in the UK, and Germany.

It is clear with all the information and programs available to us the issue of permanent weight loss continues.

This is the focus behind this series and we would like to invite you all to walk with us as we visit some of the top leaders, experts, and authors in the health & fitness industry. They will be sharing with us their insight on some of the root causes of what they think may be affecting our energy levels in our relationship with food and what solutions they offer in this health and weight loss dilemma.

During this journey we want to be sensitive to those with specific health conditions and those that may be on certain prescribed medications that can also cause the weight to fluctuate as well as effect mood changes, etc…

We are hopeful this information will still be of value to you. However, the general information, views, and opinions stated in this series are not to be used to diagnose or treat or use in place of any medical condition. We encourage you to seek first the advice of your medical physician.

We are also hopeful you will consult your health care provider with any health or diet concerns you may have before implementing any changes into your lifestyle.

Tomorrow we will post our first segment in our series. We are excited to bring you what we believe to be the heart of the issue of permanent weightloss.

Love,
Sandi

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Using Fresh Pulp from Juicing

Want a great recipe for that left over pulp from juicing?
For weeks I have been saving fresh pulp after juicing my favorite morning drink at breakfast time. I just scoop out about a quarter of a cup of the pulp and mix with the juice in my cup. The rest goes into a zip lock freezer bag and popped into the freezer to be used another day.
Well, today is the day I wanted to get creative with a new recipe using the pulp frozen from last month.
One of my favorite cookbooks I enjoy using the most is “Linda’s Kitchen” by Linda McCartney given to me by my daughter-in-law. It is filled with simple and wholesome yummy recipes.
Well, the carrot cake recipe on page 172 is perfect for using up the apple, carrot, and celery pulp thawed out just this morning.
(Allow your pulp to thaw completely before using)
When choosing a recipe you might want to keep an open mind to being creative. For example, using the pulp in the main ingredients and I will be using a non dairy cream cheese in the frosting mixture.

So here you are, ready, set, go!

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar (dark is richer)
Pinch of sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sunflower oil (or saffola oil)
2 free-range eggs (slightly beaten)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups fresh carrots (cooked/pureed or pulp)
1 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup dried shredded coconut

FROSTING
1 cup (1/2 pound) low fat cream cheese (try “Tofutti” milk free brand cream cheese)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice (or try orange juice)

Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Add the oil, eggs, and vanilla and beat well. The mixture will be quite sticky. Beat in carrots, mixing thoroughly. Fold in walnuts and coconut.
Pour into a greased 8inch pan (or baking dish) (Try dividing batter into two 8 inch baking pans for a layer cake)
Bake at 350 F until browns slightly and knife inserted into center comes out clean.
Cool on rack.
Mix frosting ingredients and spread over cooled cake.

There you have a wholesome desert the whole family can enjoy because you used your creative side to make it your own.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Many Blessing to you all this season,
Sandi

Special thanks to Linda McCartney for her wonderful Vegan cookbook, “Linda’s Kitchen”. You are truly missed!

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Move It ! To Lose It !

 

 

Want To Lose Weight Fast???

 

Yes! You know you need to lose weight but you need “HELP” to get motivated in order to be more active so you can feel better about yourself and have more energy to do the things you’ve been wanting to get started on… 

 

 

Lose Weight Before Summer!!!

Getting motivated to lose weight and exercise we know has been tough for you. We understand the hardest part is just getting started! You have probably heard of ways you can be more active like; parking further out in the parking lot of your favorite store or mall, using stairs instead of the elevator, etc. Well, we’ve created the ‘Top Ten List’ of ways you can lose weight by summer…

“Move It!  To Lose It”!

  1. FIRST you have to decide TODAY to be pro-active EVERY DAY. That does not mean you have to go out and join a gym. Be an active thinker and create ways to get up and get moving whenever possible. Just by spending more time standing or walking you will burn A LOT more calories than being glued to that chair
  1. SCHEDULE yourself in on days you know you need to workout. You are just as important (actually more important) then those doctors’ appointments, hair salon, etc. PUSH yourself each week to follow through with the activity plan you have chosen whether you have a gym membership or not. Once you get through your first 30 days you will be in a routine and on your way to lose that weight by summer!
  2. ARMOR UP! with your comfortable sneakers and even your favorite shirt, jacket or workout cloths. By actively doing this you will be in the mood to Get Going!
  3. ADD VARIETY each week to keep you motivated. You will get bored doing the same thing everyday and soon be discouraged and give up. (Never To Give Up!). The more you practice adding variety each week the more motivated you’ll get too!
  4. BUDDY UP! Who do you know that can help you be accountable? You can plan meeting two or three times a week for at least 30minutes to go to the gym or a nice walk, etc.. If one gets lazy the other can encourage ONWARD!
  5. PUT ON some upbeat music and “BOOGIE” to the beat on days you are by yourself! Even if it is just for a few minutes think how much better you’ll feel!—  I know I do (LOL)
  6. WRITING out a TO DO LIST each week for projects or things you have put off and wanted to get done. THIS WORKS! Cross them off as you complete them. You will have a wonderful feeling of accomplishment = motivated to do more.
  7. CREATE short term attainable GOALS each week that will allow yourself flexibility on days you find you just don’t have the energy to go that extra mile. Some days the energy just isn’t there and it is good to have a Plan B
  8. FOCUS your mindset to HAVE FUN!!! If not you’ll get bored or won’t feel like following through or you might even talk yourself out of your plans before you get started looking to it all as a duty you must perform.
  9. REWARD yourself for doing such a great job! Do something nice for yourself at the end of each week for choosing to “change your ways”. Go get a massage (my fav), get a pedicure with your favorite polish (2nd fav). Or buy yourself something special as long as it is within your budget and not food related. Don’t want to break that piggy bank or add those calories back on!

*With these helpful weight loss tips we know you will be motivated to get up and get moving NOW!!!

To make this your own personal list to work in your world, start by actively creating ideas today and in the days ahead you will know where to tweak, refine and put into a routine that works specific for your lifestyle .

What do you have to lose but a few pounds?

Your MISSION this week, if you choose to have the courage to accept it, is to find realistic ways you can be more active by following the “Top Ten List” and discover what works best for you within a 30day period.

Just Imagine, before you have realized it…you’ve gained a healthier routine and lost weight in the process!

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Here is a great example of how one person put her mind in motion to get up and get moving!
Coach Jenny Hadfield  creates a treadmill desk to walk and work in order to improve her lifestyle performance!

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JUST DON’T GIVE UP!

KEEP PRESSING TOWARD YOUR GOAL!

FALLING DOWN AND GETTING UP!

REMEMBER THIS IS A BATTLEFIELD!

 

Onward!!!

Sandi

CWC-Cetified Wellness Coach,

Weight Management Consultant

*Let us know if you have any questions or need support or would like more info about HighEnergyBound!  and the Support Team behind us  “Contact Us!” anytime!

 

 

Motivated To Change?

Understanding the reasons that are motivating you right now could be the difference between absolute failure and long-term success…

Several years ago my single friend was successfully living her lifelong dream. In the mid ’70’s her family took several trips to Hawaii and she fell in love with the islands and always wanted to go back some day to live there. So years later before she retired she decided to make this dream come true.

“The actions I took in order to make this dream possible started when I realized that a dream was only a dream unless it became a goal.”

Over the course of a year she was able to save up enough money and downsize her assets to make her goal a reality. Her struggles were fewer during that period of preparing for her life long dream mainly due to her ability to recognize the negative emotions when they crept in.  She was able to redirect her mind back on the target by actually seeing herself walking on the beautiful beaches of Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii.

In regards to fitness and optimal health, we can reach our goals by taking small steps each day. Overtime we can look back and see those little choices have led up to our overall lifestyle goal of optimal health. When we make daily decisions based on creating healthy choices for our lives we become a happier more energized people.

When motivated to change how do we create a healthy lifestyle to last a lifetime?

Dr.Wayne Scott Anderson, nutritional physician and author of “Habits of Health”, has said it best. He states in his book that it is important to first understand the difference between a problem-oriented motivation and an outcome-oriented motivation. In other words thinking in terms of trying to fix your bad health verses shifting your focus on creating an optimal health result. “In the first, you’re motivated (to change) by taking action to get rid of the problem; in the second, you’re motivated (to change) by taking action to bring what you truly want into being. Changing our emphasis from what we’re against to what we’re for has a dramatic impact”

“Are we merely against something, or do we want to create an important result?”

Dr. Anderson also makes it very clear, and I agree is important to understand as we learn how to create a healthy lifestyle, that we are not talking about the power of positive thinking. “…but rather about the fundamental reason we act—with no spin on it, positive or otherwise. The right eating approach is vitally important, but it’s just the first step. For long-term success you need the right motivation…”

So even if you could adapt yourself to the healthiest diet ever, and your motivation is to fix or prevent a health problem, research has shown that most people return to their old ways in about 2-3 years.

Top three factors to think about when creating healthy long-term weight loss:

1. Choosing the right diet plan (way of life) will prevent you from the yo-yo dieting path (repeatedly losing and gaining weight) which puts you at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, more weight gain, weakened immune system, and more.

2. Choosing the right type of exercise program for your lifestyle will keep you on target. This does not mean you have to go out and join a gym. Remember my friend I told you about that turned her motivation and desire into success? Well, she discovered that by saving the money she needed to live on and by not joining a gym she could create her own workout routine right in her own apartment! Believe it or not, along with her diet plan, she was able to walk around her apartment (she called it, “The Apartment Walk”) for so many minutes a day each week and actually lost the inches and weight she wanted in the time frame laid out for her.

3. Choosing a healthy support system has been shown to be the deciding factor in meeting your goals. A strong support system will help you be accountable and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

So what is motivating you right now to lose weight or have more energy? Are you willing to get up and get moving toward creating a healthier lifestyle?

Great! You have taken the first step. Now get up out of your seat and gather the tools you need to help set you free from those “negative lifelong ingrained habits”.

We are here to help you get started and keep you moving toward the healthy weight loss you desire.

Click on Contact Us!” to email us with any questions or for more information.

Blessings,

Sandi Lane
Certified Health Coach
Weight Management Consultant

The Monsanto Story…

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“Monsanto is a leading global provider of agricultural products and systems. The company produces biotechnology and genomics and herbicides for corn, cotton, oil seeds, and vegetables. It produces genetically altered seeds to tolerate it’s flagship product, Roundup. Monsanto also produces Asgrow, DEKALB, Deltapine, and Seminis seeds. In the past decade, Monsanto remade itself into a seed and biotech company, as opposed to one focused on agrochemicals. The transition was accelerated by the acquisition of Delta and Pine Land. [1] Other products have included Agent Orange, the now ubiquitous PCBs, DDT, Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) and Aspartame.

In the fiscal year ending in August of 2010, the company reported sales of approximately 10.5 billion dollars and had 27,600 employees

The Monsanto company was created in 1901 by John Francis Queeny and named after his wife, Olga Mendez Monsanto. Since that time, the name Monsanto has become symbolic of the greed, arrogance, scandal and hardball business practices of many multinational corporations.

Less well known is that Monsanto was heavily involved in the creation of the first nuclear bomb for the Manhattan Project during WWII via its facilities in Dayton, Ohio. The Dayton Project was headed by Charlie Thomas, Director of Monsanto’s Central Research Department. He later became the company’s president. [3], [4] Monsanto also operated a nuclear facility for the federal government in Miamisburg, Ohio, called the Mound Project, until the 1980s.”


“In 1967, Monsanto entered into a joint venture with IG Farben. (The) German chemical firm that was the financial core of the Hitler regime, and was the main supplier of Zyklon-B to the German government during the extermination phase of the Holocaust.”

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