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Thursday, June 3, 2021

WHY THE RED STRING ON THE LEFT HAND?

You may have seen someone you know or maybe even yourself wearing a red string on the left hand.  If you wear one, chance are you know why.  If you don't know exactly what it means and why, this post is for you!  Some people like to wear a red or ruby string on their left hand as a kind of lucky charm. It is a custom used to protect one from the evil eye (a.k.a. "stink eye.")


The practice is prominently thought to be related with Kabbalah, (a mystical form of Judaism) and in strict types of Judaism, although many other cultures use it too, such as in: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Ancient Chinese legend and a few others.  In more recent years, it has become more mainstream. The red string can be worn as a display of confidence, luck, strength, and/or protection. While a few societies have somewhat varying views in regards to the red string, they are comparative in that they see the wearing of red string as a positive thing.
 
There are many cultures with this tradition but the one that resonates with me the most is the one used in Kabbalah.
 
In Kabbalah, the red string is worn on the left hand as a symbol of protection and is derived from the old Hebrew writings, when Rachel, the mother of Joseph, attempted to conceive for quite a long time without success for many years, until she finally had Joseph. She eventually died during labor with her second child, Benjamin.

Her biggest wish was to protect her child from evil, and because of this she is remembered as a sacred mother figure. Along these lines, a ceremonial custom was created in which a red string is tied around Rachel's burial chamber multiple times to inject it with the energy of security and good karma. "In the wake of opening up the string from Rachel's burial chamber, it is then cut into arm band estimated lengths and tied onto the wearer's left wrist while recounting a petition for security. It is accepted that the arm band will at that point protect one from evil." 
(Kabbalah .com)
 
Since not everyone can visit Rachel's burial chamber to fold the red string over, it became custom to take the red string and tie it onto the left hand while tying a knot 7 times while setting an intention. "Wearing the red string is not just a tool to keep us from getting the evil eye from the outside, but it is also a reminder for ourselves to not give evil eye to others." (Kabbalah .com)
 

But WHY the LEFT HAND? 
 
The advantage of wearing it on the left hand isn't on the grounds that it is better than the right side. From a Kabbalistic perspective, the left addresses the desire to receive
 
According to the chakras of the body, the "left arm is involved with the future or energy coming toward you and your physical body."  The energy from the left center determines what incoming energy you are able to connect with and use. "It literally chooses what you want to use to create your every moment and pulls energy up the arm so you have the necessary energies to create change..." By placing the red string on the left hand, you are, in a sense, protecting your energyThe color red addresses the desire to receive and the left addresses desire to receive in this way. 

So if you want to protect your energy, check out some of the red strings available:
 

 

 




Sunday, April 25, 2021

TIPS ON HOW TO BE MORE POSITIVE AND FIND YOUR BALANCE

How is it exactly that we are suppose to stay positive when we are surrounded by such negativity lately? It can be tough, especially when so many people are going through a hard time living through this pandemic, some still in isolation or stressed out, or living through tough economic hard times. It is not easy on anyone really. Granted, not everyone may be having a hard time; however, this post is for YOU - the one smiling, trying to make sure everything is okay for you, your family, your kids, your partner, your job and so on... The one who is going through the motions each day without asking for help. The one trying to do it all. The one who is not sure how to balance everything and stay positive at the same time. This is also for those people who can never see the positive side of things.
 
I am sure you have probably heard some advice on the topic of staying positive and "doing all the things," or perhaps read some self-help books, maybe even watched countless videos on how to be more positive and eliminate toxic behavior and toxic people from your life and it can seem a little overwhelming at first. It is true that it can be very difficult these days to find your balance/your happy space, given everything going on in the world right now, but don't be discouraged because it CAN be done! It is all about mindset and following some day-to-day practices.

Sometimes, we just have to be reminded about what we need to do, over and over and maybe even see it in black-and-white and read it in the simplest steps possible, so that we can take back control, in order to start living our best lives. It's really not that complicated, nor is it rocket science. It is just a matter of actually making the effort and being consistent about it. Most of the time, the problem is we are not ready or willing to take the steps necessary to make a change or to learn how to enjoy the little things in life without stressing out about everything. We are too comfortable in our “zone,” and sometimes we are even afraid of any kind of change, even if it is for the better.

When we change our mindset, we can change our lives! 

On that note, below are 8 tips on how to start breaking away from a negative mindset and learning to be more positive while finding balance in your life.
 
Here we go:
 
1. Focus on the good things in your life. There is always something to be positive about, even if it is something like having running water in your home and a roof over your head! You have to focus on the small things, maybe even something as trivial as all the traffic lights being green when you are out driving around, or maybe someone you had been thinking about texted you. Focus on the fact that you are able to walk and talk. Those are two things we all take for granted because most of us have the privilege of doing so.  When we start to focus on the blessings in our lives instead of the complaints, things begin to look differently. Part of understanding the bad things that happen is accepting that life is a cycle of ups and downs. There is always going to be good and bad; love and hate; dark and light.  The real goal is to be the good, to be the light and to spread the love, even when everything else around us seems to be falling apart.  Challenges are part of life and difficult situations and obstacles put before you are a part of life.  You will continue to keep making the same mistakes and facing the same challenges if you do not learn from them. We have to learn to find the silver lining in situations. A wonderful book that helps to do just that is "The Magic," by Rhonda Byrne. I highly recommend reading it, as it will change your perspective on things and help you see daily happenings in a more positive light. You don't even have to read that book in any specific order. 

2. Learn to practice gratitude/to give thanks! The first, and often most difficult, step toward practicing gratitude is the practice - actually getting into the habit. You don’t have to be some special Yogi or even a meditation guru. It is a simple as taking time in your day to simply give thanks.  Starting with every day when you wake up. Same thing for when you go to bed at night, give thanks that you made it through another day. First, learn to appreciate all the things you currently have in your life. You must learn to appreciate even the smallest of details in your own life and stop wishing for more, because until you learn to practice gratitude, you will never be able to truly get to a place of contentment and appreciation. Also, no matter what religious faith you were brought up in, (or lack thereof,) I think we can agree that prayer/giving thanks/gratitude is a positive thing. We should be thankful for our lives, for our family, for our friends, for our health, (even if it is not the best at this moment) and for being able to live another day on this Earth.  Giving thanks is an amazing step to living a happy more fulfilled life. Gratitude for life in general because there is always someone with a bigger problem than you.
 

3. Start writing - If you have trouble knowing how to express gratitude, start by keeping a gratitude journal. It doesn’t even have to be a fancy journal or diary . You can get a composition book at the dollar store or even blank pieces of paper and start writing down every day a list of things that you are thankful for. Make this practice a habit and your perspective in life will definitely change.  If you do want to start with a journal that will help with this practice, a good place to start is with this 5-minute gratitude journal that helps you give thanks and practice positivity by prompting you to answer some simple thought-provoking questions. For example: "Name one reason why my life is already great."  Just remember, whether you choose an official gratitude journal or a blank piece of paper, the key is to write honestly with introspection for what you are grateful for.

4. Learn to have fun! Open yourself up to having a good time and remove yourself from the victim mentality. Stop asking why does this happen to me and start saying "what can I learn from this."  You have to stop going to your own pity party.  In other words, stop feeling sorry for yourself and recognize that there is always someone worse off than you, so therefore, you should be grateful for what you have, even if it doesn't feel like a whole lot right now.  Make an effort to do things that make you smile. Have your own dance party at home. Sing. Dance. Make it a point to choose one night and have a date night, or coffee with a friend. Even meeting at Starbuck's or your favorite hangout for one hour with someone you like can be fun. It is a little difficult to find social activities during a pandemic but the good news is things are getting better and you CAN find ways to be creative.  It is just a matter of making the effort of getting out of your routine.  You can also make a plan to watch a funny movie instead of a drama or horror film Unless of course, that is fun for you!) Learn to have a sense of humor and laugh more and if you do not find yourself amusing, start hanging around people who are funny and happy and fun to be with! Which leads me to my next point... 

5. Spend time with positive people
 
6. Learn to speak to yourself in a  positive way. When that little voice inside your head starts telling you negative things, speak up and fight back!  Wouldn't you "fight back"  if somebody was talking down to you or trying to verbally attack you?  So then, do that in your own mind! Fight back! Speak up! Do not let the negative voice win. Tell yourself that you are smart and brave and you will not allow negative thoughts to take over. You ARE awesome! Find an app on your phone that has positive affirmations if you need a little help.  Set a reminder on your cell phone at 1:11p,m each day and manifest greatness into your life by talking to yourself positively. Talk to yourself as if you were talking to someone you truly loved and cared for. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you. If you are unsure of how to talk positively to yourself go ahead and pick up the phone or text a friend or family member and do not be afraid to ask for help or simply say you are having a rough day.  It is OK to not be OK. You have to know that you ARE loved!
 
7. Identify the things that make you feel bad. What triggers you? What are areas of negativity for you? Does someone specific annoy you? Does your inability to have free time annoy you or trigger you? Does not being able to be heard/listened to bother you? Does watching the news make you feel bad?If you sit and watch the news all day you are totally going get down and have a very grim view of the world. Given the crazy times that we are living in, it is okay to take a step back, to take a break from the constant bombardment of negativity being thrown at us. Trust me, if there is really bad news or a catastrophe, you’ll know.  You do not have to sit in front of the television and watch every single news report that goes on. Also, if you are surrounded by people that bring you down, take a cold hard look at what you can do about that. There can be people in our lives that are hell-bent on knocking the happiness out of you.  This is the time when we, as individuals have to take action, not turn into doormats. Analyze exactly what it is that is truly bothering you and getting under your skin.  Do you have unresolved issues with someone or something that maybe its time to finally address?  There has never been a better time for insight into what makes us tick.  Once you get to the root of those answers, then perhaps it will be easier for you to move forward to choose better days for your mind, body and spirit.
 
8. Find Your Peace - If for whatever reason you are in a situation where you cannot break away from something or someone who is dragging you down, make sure that you take some time to do things that make YOU happy: like going for a walk, listening to music, taking up a new hobby, playing your favorite sport, crafting, gardening, cooking, writing, reading a book, going to have coffee with a friend, exercising, jogging, meditating, going to the beach..or even around the block of your neighborhood...whatever it takes to bring you peace of mind. It is important to control how we respond to the things sent to destroy our inner peace or at the very least, learn to manage your emotions one at a time. You have to start somewhere. Finding inner peace is the new success!
 
Remember, that life is a cycle of ups and downs and we will always be faced with challenges. We may not always be able to control a situation, but we can definitely control how we respond to it. It is easy to get sucked into the whirlwind of negativity and "blah" mood. Even if you are taking something to make yourself "feel better," if you do not change your mindset you’ll be stuck in the same “muddy waters. 
 
MINDSET IS EVERYTHING!
 
Be like a LOTUS! Even when its roots are in the dirtiest of waters, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower. It is seen as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. In life we are going to get “dirty” and hurt and tread through some muddy waters, but ultimately, the goal should be to flourish, no matter what the conditions are or what challenges we are faced with. 
 
 

 
In order to be more positive and find your balance, you should start the practice of gratitude and follow the tips previously mentioned, as best as possible. Procrastinating on being more positive only hinders you from living your best life. You have the power to be happy and to choose better days for yourself, each and every day.  When you go to sleep with a grateful heart, you sleep better and you wake up happier. We have the power to manifest greatness and design the life we want. 
 
Take one day at a time and remember that EVERY MORNING, WE ARE BORN AGAIN! 
 
 
 Find Your Balance...
 
 

 

 
 
(DISCLAIMER: This post is intended to simply give tips on how to be more positive on a daily basis. If you believe you are suffering from symptoms of depression or other illness, please seek the attention of a medical professional. The tips mentioned above in no way serve as a remedy to serious medical issues.)




Wednesday, April 21, 2021

ELEVATE YOUR HYDRATE THIS SUMMER


As the warmer months of the year approach and we start to go outside a little more, or go to the beach or start exercising to get "summer ready,"
I wanted to share with you one of my new go-to products, that has fast become a favorite: Hydrate. 

I am a work from home mom, who is a Wellness Ambassador and one of my new favorite products is something that I feel can be beneficial to so many people!  Not just adults, or seniors, men or women but everyone, and anyone who may be suffering from dehydration or wants to AVOID dehydration. 

 

Personally, I love to use Hydrate now because I am at greater risk for headaches and migraines, as a result of my brain surgery and I drink a lot of caffeine, which can affect our levels of hydration.

Hydrate is the perfect tool to give your body what it needs to replenish. We don't always take great care of our bodies when it comes to what we drink. For example, drinking beverages with alcohol, sugar, or caffeine, and even daily exercise can take a toll on our levels of hydration. Even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, decreased cognitive function, and put us at greater risk for headaches and migraines.

I know that when I don't drink enough water during the day, it definitely gets my head throbbing.  Ever since I started putting a scoop of hydrate into my water bottle, I no longer have that issue. I have even started making myself some Raspberry Glam (wellness) Shots combined with Vital IQ, that has RapidCT + liquid collagen, Quercetin, vitamins, and 18 amino acids! An excellent beauty shot in one tiny glass!



The Rapid Cell Technology (RCT) used to make this formula (powder) and our other supplements, is great because it delivers each nutrient directly to our cells (literally, cellular nutrition) and so much more efficiently. The fact that it is being delivered into our body at a cellular level, means better, faster absorption! Test have shown that RapidCT can affect brain wave activity in five minutes. Now that's fast!
 
The key ingredients in Hydrate are:

  • CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10)

  • Great Salt Lake minerals

  • Resveratrol


Our hydrate powder contains many other ingredients as well such as: Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), B3 (niacinamide), Vitamin B5 (d-calcium pantothenate), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), Citric Acid, Monk Fruit, & Beetroot Powder.
 
Potassium salt helps replenish your body’s water stores, and antioxidants: CoQ10 and Resveratrol are also especially helpful for our bodies. I especially love the ingredient, Reseveratrol because it is known to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels and support the body’s protection of brain cells from age-related decline.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 ) can assist the body in handling fatigue and support the body's fight with cellular oxidative stress.
 
 
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2 scoops of Hydrate is equivalent to 3 cups of water!  Support your hydration and elevate your hydrate this summer or any time you need!  Remember that every metabolism is different.  I like to take less scoops in my water, just to keep my sodium levels balanced.  It is totally safe to drink multiple times per day, if you so desire.
 
 
 
This hydration booster is definitely a game changer and a must-have for the summer!
 

Saturday, March 27, 2021

HERE WE GO AGAIN

Here we are again with “thoughts and prayers, paranoia about losing the 2nd amendment and more innocent people murdered because we refuse to do anything in this Country about gun violence. Does anything even matter anymore to people when it comes to gun violence?
 
The latest incident was when suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa shot and killed 10 people at a Boulder, Colorado grocery store Monday, March 22, 2021, when he walked in around 2:30 p.m. and began shooting, according to law enforcement. "He was taken into custody about an hour later with a gunshot wound in his leg. " And if I may say so, it looked like he was going through a stroll in the park, the way police offers casually walked him across the parking lot, with the media speculating that he may have just been a victim and arrested as a precaution.  Seriously?  And also I'd like to add that there is a race problem in this country, especially when it comes to gun violence but that would be a whole other article.

Back to the topic at hand...Do you know how ignorant we look to the rest of the “civilized“ world every time we have a mass shooting in the United States!? It is absolutely shameful that this Country’s obsession with assault weapons and guns, apparently outweighs our need for safety!  
 
If you don't see a pattern here, (see image below) then we have nothing further to discuss. 
 
(Image source: Twitter/Adam Best)
 
 
Half of the battle is in trying to have an open dialogue regarding this gun violence issue. Recently, my husband was on a panel at a local television interview (relating to this issue) and there were two other guests on the show, who were proponents of gun ownership, as well as a gun expert on the panel.  The entire interview was steered in the direction of dissecting the differences between automatic weapon and semi-automatic weapons, and the legalities of the 2nd amendment, completely missing the point of the problem we have in this Country.  No one (at least not myself, my family nor people I have spoken to on this topic) want to take away gun rights.  The 2nd amendment states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.  Basically, it states that the people have "the right to bear arms."  However, with that being said, we must also remember that assault weapons were not taken into consideration back then, when they said "right to bear arms," nor did they have the bump stocks and powerful amounts of ammunition that are so readily available today to any civilian.
 
We can banter about semantics all day and argue about different types of weapons but the point that NEEDS to be addressed, is that there IS a problem with gun violence and we keep sweeping it away with useless thoughts and prayers."  Those thoughts and prayers are too little too late for the victims. 

I was there the day that March for Our Lives, co-founder, Cameron Kasky (then a high school junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas,) asked Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, if he would reject money from the N.R.A. (Nation Rifle Association.)  He could not answer the question directly, but the roundabout answer was the N.R.A. buys into his agenda.
 
 

 

 
Basically, the NRA "owns" a lot of the politicians in office. Politicians, that we the citizens, keep in power, even though they appear to have some kind of sick symbiotic relationship with each other (politicians and the N.R.A. that is.)  Sure, there are other forms of lobbying that go on in Washington (D.C.) but right now this is one of the most dangerous ones!  The results speak for themselves. 

For example, "Nearly three years before a gunman walked into a crowded supermarket in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with an AR-15 style weapon and killed 10 people, the city of Boulder, Colorado, voted to ban assault weapons...But just 10 days before the March 22nd rampage, the measure was blocked in court after a lawsuit backed by the National Rifle Association. The ruling came under a Colorado law that bars local officials from making their own gun laws."
 
How in the world can you deny the correlation?  And at the federal level, President Joe Biden said Tuesday that “we have to act” to pass reform legislation and Democrats said they are pushing toward a vote on expanded background checks, but it faces a difficult road in the Senate. Congress has not passed any major gun control laws since the mid-1990s, leaving most significant gun legislation in states’ hands. 
 
We have to come together NATIONALLY and try to agree upon gun reform that makes sense to try to keep us ALL safe.

There are so many things we can TRY to do to help prevent mass shootings in this Country. Instead, we watch as innocent people die, we send thoughts and prayers and nothing changes, all because gun-obsessed individuals stuck in the mindset that they need their guns to protect themselves from the government or some apocalypse or something catastrophic that they fear may happen. It has transcended from a “right to bear arms” into I must go around owning the most powerful weapons I can because I am fearful.”  I understand the right to bear arms and protect yourself and your family, I really do!  Recently, in that television interview I mentioned earlier, they asked my husband if he had a weapon at the time of the shooting at our daughter's school, would he have used it?  I can say that if I had been there with a weapon, in a position to defend my first born child and other people, I damn well would have done what I had to protect them. I don't disagree with gun ownership - with that being said (hypothetically, of course,) I would be a legal gun owner (which, for the record, I do not own any weapons,) I would have hypothetically passed a background check and I sure as hell would not have purchased a weapon in the back alleys of some random street!  
 
My point is that yes, everyone wants and feels the need to defend themselves but I also think there is a huge difference between the right to bear arms and the ease with which weapons are readily available, as well as the type of arms in question. There has to be rules and regulations in place when it comes to gun ownership. At this time there are too many loopholes and way too much money involved with the N.R.A.

How is an assault weapon in the hands of civilians anything remotely productive? There are pictures on the internet of grown men at grocery stores toting assault weapons, strapped on their backs.  The only thing I see when I look at images like this is that we are on our way back to the days of the “wild, Wild West,” only this time, on steroids. 
 

 
How can you look at the picture above and be okay with living like that? Surrounded by weapon-toting citizens, who may or may not have passed a background check or are perhaps mentally unstable? How does this remotely make you feel comfortable?  We can argue statistics, semantics, technicalities etc...but the truth is, we have a gun-obsession problem in this Country compounded with mental health issues, among many other problems!

It is truly shameful that high school students had to lead this Country into a “March for Our Lives” because adults failed at protecting them! They deserve all the respect and credit for being so young and brave and wanting to make change. However, they are still kids and it is OUR job as adults to protect our children, our families and our future!

We can try to make changes without infringing on the 2nd amendment. Why can’t people from opposing points of view have these civilized discussions? I can completely understand the right to bear arms and the need to protect your family but how far will we go with this?

Why does any civilian need an "assault" weapon that is used in war and tactical exercises?  I know there are hundreds of other things that are detrimental to our health and our society but right now, the topic at hand is gun violence and gun reform.

When the 2nd amendment was established, I am sure AR-15s (and similar weapons) in the hands of civilians, was not taken into consideration.

So I ask, What is so wrong with universal background checks? What is wrong with restrictions on weapons of war? What is wrong with restricting mentally unfit citizens with owning weapons? Why does your gun-toting obsession outweigh my need and my children’s need for safety?

Sure, we can argue statistics about how only a small percentage of people die in mass shootings, but why should any die at all? When people started dying at the hands of drunk drivers, we tightened up the rules there and tried to do something about it. When people died because of tainted Tylenol, we did something about it. When the “shoe bomber” boarded an airplane, we did something about it! Damn, we still have to take off our damn shoes to get on an airplane!

Do we not have rules, restrictions and regulations for other things in our lives? Why is this any different?

I will tell you why! Money and the NRA! It always come down to business and making money for the lobbyists and gun manufacturers in this Country, especially when it comes to this issue.

Sadly, we keep talking about this, writing about this, having interviews about it but the sad reality is, that if nothing changed after Sandy Hook, where innocent little kids were massacred, nothing will move the needle. That is the discouraging conclusion I come to each and every time there is a different mass shooting.

We currently live in a society where people are obsessed with being right no matter what. We live in a Country that still thinks it is the “greatest nation on Earth,” when we are far from it.
(You can disagree with your government and some of its laws and still love your Country by the way.)  It is not unpatriotic to want to fight for innocent lives and speak up for those who no longer can.

Gun reform may not solve all the problems of our gun violence epidemic right away, but it should not be easier for someone to buy an automatic weapon, than it is to get a drivers license or to vote! Sometimes, girl's clothing in school is more regulated than guns in America! And that is just not right!

I will keep writing and lobbying for gun reform as long as I can. I am forever grateful that our daughter survived a school shooting but it should have never happened. Period.

In the words of my husband, who addressed Marco Rubio and Rick Scott on TV, the day after the Parkland massacre, “Do Something!”
 
I also read something on the March for Our Lives Instagram page right after the Boulder, Colorado mass shooting and it said, "We deserve a Country free of gun violence."  And I couldn't agree more.

Do you agree? 
 
 



Thursday, December 31, 2020

WILL 2021 BE A BETTER YEAR?


Here are my end-of-the-year thoughts on the question everyone is pondering. Will 2021 be a better year than 2020 was?

We are all ready to 💃run out the door of 2020 but as we enter the New Year, let us not forget that it is just another day on the calendar filled with the same troubles, challenges, issues and ups & downs we faced the last 364 days. Unless we change our mindset and our ways - individually and collectively - nothing will change.
  We don’t need to make resolutions, we need to be more mindful of our thoughts going forward and our daily choices and how those choices affect not only our own lives, but the lives of those around us.  We need to seize each day ("Carpe Diem") as if it were our last. 

2020 showered us with endless glimpses of death, hate and bigotry.  It made us question so many things in our lives and in our world.  Some believe there is an epic change coming; others are just going about their business as usual, just coasting through life. There will be no growth if there is not change - whether it is good or bad. 2021 can be a better year if we make changes to become better, do better.  This is not to say we will not face hardships but it is the ups and downs of life that creates balance. The problem with 2020 is that it felt so unbalanced and for so many, it was filled with way too much darkness. 



Things have to change. We have to change. I am the first one to be stuck in old routines and procrastination but I am going to work on it! 🤞 We have to learn be very present and aware on a continuous basis to make any changes. We have to make a conscious effort EVERY single day to be happy and healthy - and for some, that may require help (and that’s okay.)

It is okay to change, to evolve and to shed the layers of who you were to become who you want to be. And if that requires letting go of old friendships, relationships or a job that doesn’t serve your higher purpose, or make you happy, then it is okay to let that go. Change is growth.

For a lucky few, who have found lifetime friendships and relationships, this is a blessing! Count them often.

If you want to be healthier, then you also have to make a conscious effort in that regard as well, everyday.

If this crazy year of 2020 has taught us anything, through the hard times, health challenges, financial struggles and even loss for many, it is that HEALTH and the 3 F’s (some may consider 4 🔥🤣) are what is important in life! (At least for me, that is my truth.)

✅ Faith
✅ Family
✅ Friends

No matter the year or the struggles we face, it is those 3 F's that sustain us and make us want to be better, do better and have it all. And as we have all learned, just like Virgil said, "The Greatest Wealth is Health!"

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what faith you choose. Ultimately, it is about the HOPE that there is something worth living for. It is about faith in the greater good, faith in yourself, faith in your success, even faith in those you love.
 

The thing is, 2020 forced us to reflect and see that we had it “all” this whole time. We may not have all the money we want or all the fancy things we think we need, but I mean at the end of the day, and at the end of the journey, when the final curtain closes on life, what will matter most, is how much we loved and what we did to make a difference in the world. Whether that is in the bigger scheme of things or in the nucleus of your own circle...through our faith, family and friends (new & old) we DO have it all.  Everything else is icing on the cake.


We are all given the gift of life - how we choose to use it, is up to us! 

 

 
It is important as we enter 2021, to not be cynical, to not be pessimistic and to not stay glued to the influx of negative media that can bombard us on a daily basis. We have to focus on ourselves, on becoming better. Do not fall into the trap of the chaos going on in the world around you.

🎯 We must better ourselves individually so that we can make a difference collectively. 🌎

👉This doesn’t mean the new year and our lives won’t be filled with challenges but how we react to those challenges will be key. Hopefully, 2021 will be like the Gloria Estefan song, "Coming out of the Dark!"

A year from now, you are going to wish you made changes. Don’t wait....start today and Choose Better Days! 🥰  This is our time - not just be alive but to THRIVE! Let us make the "word of the new year,"   EMPOWER!  Empower yourself, so that you can empower others, to make the world a better place!

 


Peace, Love and Health to ALL!  And Keep Manifesting...LR

 


Author:
Lissette Rozenblat                                                                                   Mommy Warrior Lady                                                                                     on 12-31-2020
 


Monday, October 19, 2020

5 Nutritious Fall Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight


 

The following are 5 Nutritious Fall Foods that Can Help You Lose Weight


These seasonal eats offer weight loss-friendly fiber and a bevy of other nutrients that support overall health. When you hear "fall foods," what comes to mind? Pumpkin pie? Gravy? Stews, pot roast, and turkey? Whatever you associate with fall fare, chances are that healthy foods don't top the list. But they should: The right foods can help you shed pounds, and autumn's produce is no exception. Also you can seek help for professionals like optimal hormone, they are one of hormone therapy Texas provider. 


So what should make an appearance on your plate? “When talking about weight loss with my clients, I avoid recommending specific foods but focus on certain food groups. I recommend making vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins — such as chicken, fish, turkey, beans, and tofu — the main attraction of a meal,” advises Kristen Smith, an Atlanta-based registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


“Specifically, the goal is to fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruit,” she says. And that advice coincides with the MyPlate recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It’s also easy to do this time of year (hello, in-season apples, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower!), with so much fresh and delicious produce available.


“Balancing your energy intake is much easier when you load up on vegetables at every meal,” adds Julie Stefanski, RDN, also a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, who is based in York, Pennsylvania.


The power of a veggie- and fruit-filled diet is real. A study published in March 2020 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that various diets, including the Mediterranean diet, helped people lose weight and improve their health. This diet encourages eating foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seafood.


According to Harvard Health Publishing, eating a diet that’s loaded with vegetables and fruit is not only good for your waistline but also good for the health of your entire body.


A meta-analysis published in November 2018 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition singled out some fall produce staples like pears, apples, cruciferous veggies, and Brussels sprouts, plus green leafy vegetables and citrus fruits, as being especially beneficial to health. “A good intake of these plants was associated with a lower risk of heart disease and death from all causes,” explains Stefanski. Hormone Therapy Texas also believes that the food that we are eating everyday should be a powerhouse source of nutrients that our body needs.

Here are the best fall foods to eat right now: They'll help keep you slim while still allowing you to enjoy all of the delicious dishes the season has to offer.

 


  1. Spaghetti Squash is a Weight Loss-Friendly Pasta Substitute

Move over, butternut — there's another healthy squash in season. Spaghetti squash is a dieter's dream: With the shape and texture of pasta but a fraction of the carbohydrates and calories, it's a great way to satisfy pasta cravings and score extra nutrients.

Cooked spaghetti squash has 10 grams (g) of carbs and just 42 calories for a whole cup, according to the USDA. Plus, you get 2 g of fiber, which is 7 percent your daily value (DV), and 180 milligrams (mg) of potassium (4 percent your DV) — not too shabby!

A fiber-filled diet helps keep your digestive system running smoothly, lowers your odds of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers, and — you guessed it — contributes to a healthy weight, notes the Mayo Clinic.

Potassium is also a crucial nutrient: According to Harvard Health Publishing, it regulates your heartbeat and makes sure your muscles and nerves function properly.

Meanwhile, a cup of plain cooked pasta has 43 g of carbohydrates and 220 calories per cup, according to the USDA. Compared to spaghetti squash, you’re getting more than 4 times the carbohydrates and 5 times the calories in each cup with regular pasta.

 

  1. Apples Can Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth and Help Keep You Full

“Like most fruits, apples may aid with weight loss because they are rich in fiber and lower in calories, which means they can help keep you feeling satiated for fewer calories,” says Smith. The Mayo Clinic confirms this — fiber-packed foods take up volume in your stomach and are slow to digest, so you feel fuller, longer, often on few calories.


A medium apple has over 4 g of fiber (that’s almost 16 percent of your DV, making it a good source) and about 95 calories, according to the USDA.


“For some individuals, apples may also satisfy your sweet tooth naturally without offering added sugar and calories,” Smith says.


Recent research touts other apple — and pear — perks: A study published in August 2020 in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet rich in special compounds called flavonoids (which are found in apples and pears) may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.


While apples make a smart, portable snack as is, they also work well in a variety of recipes. For starters: “Apples can easily be added to many breakfast and snack items like oatmeal, yogurt, or cold cereal,” says Smith.


Then you can up your salad game with apples. “Including sliced or diced apples with salads can help naturally sweeten a salad. One of my favorite salads to add apples to includes spinach, goat cheese, walnut halves, and dried cranberries,” says Smith. You can bring apples to the dinner menu with a tangy twist on coleslaw, which is great as a side dish or as a topping on your favorite burger or sandwich. For a savory, fall-inspired carb, whip up some Apple Raisin Risotto — a more nutritious take on the classic Italian dish.



  1. Sweet Potatoes Are Slightly Lower in Carbs Than the White Variety


Sweet and colorful, this starchy veggie makes a perfect substitute for your classic Idaho. While it isn't dramatically lower in calories, it's slightly lower in carbohydrates and — as a bonus — higher in certain vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A.


For the sake of comparison, consider that 100 g of sweet potatoes (slightly larger than a small sweet potato) has 17 g carbohydrates and 764 micrograms (mcg) of vitamin A, according to the USDA — that’s almost 85 percent of your DV, making it an excellent source. And the scoop on vitamin A? The Mayo Clinic notes that it can help with everything from vision to immunity. On the other hand, the same amount of white potatoes have about 20.5 carbohydrates and just 18 mcg of vitamin A, according to the USDA.


“Sweet potatoes contain both easy to digest carbs to fuel a workout and enough fiber to help you feel satisfied,” says Stefanski. The USDA notes that 100 g of sweet potato has almost 2.5 g of fiber, which is about 9 percent of your DV.


For all the french fry lovers out there, be sure to bake up a batch of these Crispy Sweet Potato Fries. And really, the possibilities for sweet potatoes are endless — you can whip up a sweet potato casserole or even a sweet potato latte.


You can also try sweet potatoes for breakfast. “I love to microwave a sweet potato and have it before a morning run,” says Stefanski. “Make the breakfast as large as you need to by adding Greek yogurt, toppings like granola, or even mixing in an overripe banana,” she says.


  1. Brussels Sprouts Are a Flavorful, Low-Calorie Veggie

If you're looking to cut back on calories without sacrificing flavor, sprouts are your new best friend. “Vegetables like Brussels sprouts offer few calories yet are loaded with fiber to help keep you feeling full for the long haul,” says Smith. As with other produce, this fact makes them a great go-to side dish in your weight loss meal plan.


In terms of fiber, ½ cup of Brussels sprouts have just over 2 g of fiber (so over 7 percent of your DV) and only 28 calories, according to the USDA.


And the health perks don’t stop there! “Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamin K and vitamin C, which aid with functions such as blood clotting, immune health, and growth and repair of body tissues,” says Smith. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health confirms that vitamin K is beneficial to blood clotting and rebuilding of bone tissues, while Mayo Clinic points out that vitamin C is crucial in your body’s healing process.


A ½ cup of Brussels sprouts have 109 mcg of vitamin K (91 percent of your DV, making it an excellent source) and 48 mg of vitamin C (53 percent of your DV, also an excellent source), according to the USDA. For those watching their carb intake, the same serving has only 5.54 g of carbs, making Brussels sprouts ketogenic diet- and diabetes-friendly.


If the shape or texture of typical Brussels sprouts turns your family off, give this Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad a try — they don't even have to know they're eating sprouts!


  1. Cauliflower is a Low-Carb, Nutrient-Rich Veggie Option

Low in calories and rich in some vitamins and other nutrients, it's no mystery why cauliflower is a go-to fall food when it comes to our health.


A cup of cauliflower has just about 27 calories and around 5 g of carbohydrates, according to the USDA.


These days, the cruciferous veggie gets a lot of hype because of its ability to serve as a sub for mashed potatoes, since the flavor is delicious and similar to potatoes, with fewer calories and carbs. To enjoy, simply blend cooked cauliflower with some sea salt, low-fat sour cream, and olive oil, and you have yourself a delish mash remix!


And cauliflower’s benefits don’t stop there. “Cauliflower is packed with phyto-chemicals that help support healthy cells and fight the development of cancer,” says Stefanski. The National Cancer Institute explains that cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower contain glucosinolates (the sulfur-containing chemicals that give the veggie its strong odor), which may help lower the odds of developing certain cancers.


Plus, cooking with cauliflower doesn’t have to be boring. “If you’ve never been a cauliflower fan, try roasting it with olive oil and a little salt and pepper, then topping it with Parmesan cheese or everything bagel seasoning — it has a milder flavor compared with boiling it,” explains Stefanski.


You can also use cauliflower to make a rendition of macaroni and cheese or even hash browns.

 



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