Five Tips for a Better Week

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 7

Five Tips For a Better Week

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1)  With Spring upon us, try to start amping up your intake of Vitamin C.  Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine and will help you though allergy season and boost your immune system.  A 1992 study found that taking 2,ooo mg of vitamin C daily lowered blood histamine levels 38 percent in healthy adults in just one week. *

2) If you are over the age of 40, your ability to turn CoQ10 into Ubiquitol deminishes.  Try taking Ubiquitol instead of CoQ10 for the vast health promoting benefits--- from lower cholesterol to higher sperm motility!  CoQ10 seems to do it all!

3) If you love pasta and are trying to avoid gluten, try organic Quinoa pasta and other similar products. I love them!  They don't get mushy like other gluten free products and are a good source of protein.  Quinoa is considered a super grain because it supplies all the essential amino acids in a balanced pattern.  Prego!

4) Zip- up!  For those of you who are sensitive to energy, try zipping up your energy centers the same way you would zip up a coat.  This helps to keep your energy contained and other people's energy out--- leaving you feeling more like yourself.

5)  Challenge your intuition.  Next time you are in a restaurant, before looking at the menu, set the intention that you will find the perfect dish for the evening.  Open the menu and scan it quickly.  Notice where your eye is drawn.  This just might be the perfect dish for you!  This is what I do!

*Johnston C. et al. Antihistamine effect of supplemental ascorbic acid and neutrophil chemotaxis” J Am Coll Nutr 11 (1992):172-76.

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 6

Five Tips For a Better Week

1.  Trying to lose weight?  Try taking African Mango Extract 150 mg 2 times a day.  Make sure you take it 30-60 mins before a meal.  Studies have shown that people who do this lose an average of 18% of their body weight in 10 weeks.  It works by curbing your appetite by making you feel full.  It specifically helps people lose abdominal fat and lowers cholesterol.  It also helps regulate blood sugar!  Dr. Oz has even said it is the “miracle in your medicine cabinet.”

2.  Use coconut oil as a moisturizer on your skin.  Being cognizant of what you are putting on your skin is crucial.  Your skin is your largest organ and is very good at absorbing things.  Many people watch what they put in their bodies, but not what they put on their bodies.  So make sure you are using something that doesn’t have chemicals or fragrances in it.  Coconut oil is anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral.

3.  Interact with nature, especially if you live in a city.  Living in a concrete jungle separates you from the rhythms of nature.  Research shows that we take many of our biological cues from nature.  Reconnecting with nature by placing your feet in direct contact with the Earth, has been shown to decrease inflammation in the body, which is at the root of at least 80 diseases!  If you don't think that you have time for this, you can purchase a grounding mat at earthing.com and use it at work or put it on your bed.  You will experience many of the benefits from connecting directly to the Earth.  I make sure I receive the benefits of grounding daily because they are just so good for you!

4.  Get outside and get some vitamin D.  Our bodies are great at making Vitamin D.  All we need is a little sunshine (15 mins a day) and we make enough Vitamin D to supply our body.  Some of the benefits of Vitamin D are that it helps fight and prevent the flu, is a building block in the immune system, and aids in a healthy bone structure.  Who doesn't like to feel better for free?!

5.  Try substituting apple sauce for an egg in your baked goods.  Surprisingly this actually works!  I used 1 cup Pamela’s Gluten Free pancake mix (which is really an awesome pancake mix) and used 1/4 cup organic apple sauce in place of the egg, sprinkled cinnamon, a teaspoon of vanilla, 3/4 cup of unsweetened Hemp milk, a tablespoon of melted Earth Balance buttery spread, a tablespoon of blue agave syrup and organic blueberries and voila!  Awesome, gluten free, vegan blueberry pancakes!  Enjoy!

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 5

Five Tips for a Better Week:

  1. Don’t to take anything personally this week.  This is one of the Four Agreements published by Don Miguel Ruiz.  It’s excellent advice, because what people say and do is a reflection of what they are going through, not a reflection of you.  You have complete control over how you interpret every situation.  If you chose to make the situation about you, you are not only risking your self-esteem, but you are missing the opportunity to see and learn what the other person is going through.  Observing and understanding the root of their behavior will give you much insight about your own life and keep you from losing your cool.
  2. Floss.  Many of us forgo flossing because it is tedious, but research shows it can add up to 7 years to your life.  That’s because gingivitis is a chronic infection that your body needs to fight.  This infection is constantly taxing your immune system, because the bacteria get into the blood stream and cause inflammation around the body.
  3. Spend some time on yourself.  With this week full of Valentine’s Day hub bub, don’t forget to share the love with yourself first.  Self love gives you the strength to give of yourself.  Wen you’re not feeling 100%, you are not going to be able to give 100%.  So take some time to give back to yourself, so you’ll have more to give others later.
  4. Stretch.  Stretching improves flexibility, but also moves energy.  Your body is constantly looking to enhance the energetic flow enervating your muscles and organs.  By stretching, you can release pent up energy which could lead to pain and discomfort if not released.
  5. Check in with your body every morning.  This is crucial.  Our bodies are constantly giving us feedback about how we are doing---we just don’t always listen.  Two popular medical intuitives, Carolyn Myss and Dr. Mona Lisa Shultz, refer to aches and pains as “Body Talk.”  Listening to your body helps build your self-esteem--- because listening is a form of active love.

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 4

Five Tips For a Better Week:

1.  When someone is driving you crazy, change the lens of how you look at them to compassion.  Find a way to love them---or at least like them.  Try to rememberthey are figuring things out just as much as you are.  Their behavior is coming from their experiences---it is how they have learned to cope with the situation.  Just as you would not fault a student for having a poor teacher, do not fault the student who does not know what you know. 

2.  Have fun!  Chances are you have gotten swept away with the rat race.  Take time to release some pent up energy!  If you can, imagine your younger self and ask him/her what he/she would like to be doing right now---then do it!  Your inner child is waiting to play.

3.  Try Tabata.  Tabata is a workout regime that burns 3-5 times more calories than a traditional workout. It also significantly improves cardiovascular health faster than a traditional workout.  Tabata is working out intensely for 20 seconds, with a 10 second recovery time, 8 times in a row.  Do that 7 times, with 7 different activities (alternating between aerobic exercise and weight training), and you will see a significant improvement in your strength, and cardiovascular health. *

4.  Say what you are thankful for before you fall asleep.   This is one of the easiest ways to help you fall asleep.  It relaxes your body and puts you into a state of peacefulness and abundance so that you drift softly to sleep.

5.  Switch from coffee to green tea for a week.  Green tea is full of antioxidants and health benefits.  Drinking green tea (even if it's caffeinated) helps burn more fat, reduces the number of free radicals floating around your body (which are linked with cancer and other diseases) and can help women suffering from infertility or endometriosis according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

*Please check with your doctor before trying any new workout regime.

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 3

Five Tips for a Better Week:

1.  Set a fitness goal and try to break it by the end of the week.  Do you think you can’t run 3 miles?  That’s what I thought---until I did it.  Little wins boost our confidence significantly.  So try running or walking non-stop at your fastest pace for 1 minute, or walking up the stairs all week instead of taking an elevator.

2.  Treat yourself to a massage.  With stress being top on the list of reasons we become ill, a massage naturally packs a one-two punch against illness. It decreases stress, anxiety, and blood pressure and also boosts the immune system.

3.  Disconnect yourself for an hour a day.  People are flocking to "Black Hole Hotels" in an effort to avoid feeling tethered to the internet.  Constantly being connected to a cell phone, tablet or computer keeps us disconnected from ourselves.  They have become our choice distractor.  Spending an hour of your waking day disconnected will ironically help you get in touch with yourself and those around you.

4.  Use your "Golden Hour" wisely.  The "Golden Hour" is the first hour after waking.  This is primetime for our brains to learn something new, set an intention, or focus on the future.  After waking, our brains are in the alpha stage, which means we are most open to ideas and suggestions.  Plant the seed for your ideal future in your golden hour.

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5.  Go organic.  Did you know some fruits and vegetables can have up to 14 pesticides on them?!  Not only are these chemicals linked with cancer, but they also decrease the amount of antioxidants found in the plants.  This is because the plant doesn’t need to produce as many antioxidants to protect the plant from disease because the pesticides are already doing that.  Antioxidants protect the plants and us from disease.

Five Tips For a Better Week: Vol. 2

Five Tips For A Better Week:

1.  Sing everyday.  Not only will this lighten your mood and probably make you smile, it will release your vocal cords and help pave the path to your intuition.  Our intuition comes in through the gut, travels to our heart and is expressed through the throat.  Opening the channel through unabashed joyful singing will place you blissfully in the present---the point at which all creation is possible!

2.  Turn off the News for a week.  To most people this seems impossible.  I urge you to take the leap.  I did it for several years while living in NYC---and I was fine.  If you are really concerned, tell friends and family you are doing this and they can alert you of WWIII if it should happen.  Otherwise, this will be a good chance for you to see the beauty in the world without being clouded by sensational drama.

3.  Put Chia seeds in your water.  Chia seeds greatly expand in water which helps regulate blood sugar, keeps you feeling satisfied, provides a good dose of Omega 3 fatty acids, is a great source of protein, is full of anti-oxidants, and ingeniously hydrates the body.  You'll only need a few tablespoons a day, so if you are trying to lose weight, this will be your new favorite buddy.

4.  Make an appointment with your dentist to take out your amalgams.  Having the mercury removed from your mouth is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.  Seemingly random symptoms can be the result of mercury poisoning.  The FDA has conceded that there is NO evidence that amalgams are safe for children, and children and fetuses are MOST susceptible to the neuro-toxic effects of mercury.  Additionally, many countries in Europe have already outlawed the use of mercury for cavity fillings because of the detrimental effects on health and the environment.

5.  Make a list of the the things you love.  This list will raise your vibration by getting you in tune with what makes your spirit happy, and it will remind you of the things you can do for yourself when you're lacking joy in your life.

Five Tips for a Better Week: Vol. 1

Five Tips For A Better Week: 1.  Make your bedroom is dark as possible before bed. It will signal your body to start producing melatonin which is the precursor to serotonin---the "happy" hormone.

2. Try aloe vera juice and gel for its incredible healing powers.  It's only $5-$10 a bottle for the week, and you will have incredible energy, boost your immune function, and proved large quantities of vitamins and minerals with every sip.  I love the brand Nature's Way.

3. Give up one thing you know is not good for you.  By not having that one thing, you are loving yourself a little more each time because you are not intentionally hurting yourself.

4.  When you're showering, consciously be thankful for all parts of your body.  It's a great way to begin connecting with your body and raise your vibration.

5.  If you are in a disagreement this week, tell the person, "You are right," even if you think that is not true.  Pay attention to how this makes you feel.  The discomfort provides a huge lesson.  By doing this, you have delved into possibility rather than being burdened by the confines of "right" and "wrong."