Sunday, April 19, 2015

Change your food, change your life

From my own experience, I know that changing the way that you eat is the most powerful way to change your life.    My own journey to better health has taken 30 years.   I'd like to help you with your health journey, so that hopefully it doesn't take you 30 years to develop better health and a wonderful life!

I'm going to use this blog as a place mostly to share interesting news and research about Food, Diet, and Nutrition.    I hope you find it helpful.

You can contact me for coaching anytime at 206 605 3068.   I offer everyone a free 30 minute introductory session.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"Total Cosmic Power"

Do you remember the Disney cartoon "Aladdin"?

Think of the scene where the Genie is telling Aladdin about what it is like to be a genie...

The Genie says,
     "Total Cosmic Power (becoming enormously big and powerful)...
       itty bitty living space! (and he disappears into the lamp with a clink of the lid.)"

 (at least, that's how I remember the scene!)

That scene is a metaphor for being human.   We have Total Cosmic Power over our own itty-bitty living space.    Within our own Self/Body, we have the power to do and achieve anything.   Absolutely anything.  YOU can do anything.  Yes, you can.

Just for today, put the power and focus of your mind to work creating Your Best You.

If you can't figure out what steps to take to do this; if you don't have the tools you need to get started, remember you can always contact me.   I'll be so excited to mentor you and help you start on your own path to Total Cosmic Power.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Self-Help Digest for October 27

Here are some of the interesting things in my inbox today:

Free Qigong Distant Energy Healing Worldwide - happens Nov 1st.
      Please let me know if you do this and what you felt.

Angels on your Doorstep - beautiful art.    Also has Facebook page.

RHW Contemporary.   My friend is a publisher!   Hoping to see more work on his FB Page soon.

What you need to know about leaky gut syndrome
     Wish I had known this info twenty years ago!

The Importance of Staying Positive (video).    "What we believe is based on our perceptions.   What we perceive depends upon what we look for.   What we look for depends upon what we think.  Luck is created out of a core belief that good things will happen.   Expect to be lucky, and you will be."

"Adapt or die"

     Moving can be traumatic.   I was especially unhappy with our new (used) stacking washer/dryer.   The tubs are smaller, and it takes 90 minutes to dry a load that the old dryer could do in 45 minutes.   I made sure that my husband knew that the dryer needed to be fixed.  Several times.
      Finally, he said "Adapt or die".    Then he rolled over and went to sleep.
      I was very, very upset.   I didn't sleep well.   I could not understand why my husband, usually such a team player, would so coldly dismiss the urgency of the problematic dryer.

  The next morning, we had an opportunity to discuss "Adapt or die",  as he used the phrase again, this time in regards to something that he couldn't find.   I asked him to ban the phrase from his vocabulary - it was too extreme, too unkind, too upsetting.    Not to mention, that the phrase neatly avoided addressing the problem that I wanted fixed.

     He shook his head - "It's a really kind thing to say!  Sometimes you don't get want you want.   Get over it, move on.   Don't get stuck."

      I then became weepy and over-reactive, since I do have a tendency to get stuck.   The rest of the conversation was pretty much downhill, as tears don't play well in our house, but his exasperated remark that made it through my upset was:

     "I don't know why you're so upset.   I thought we were on the same page, going with the flow, being flexible with what came up.    You're stuck."

     My response was, "Well if you had said that, I could have adjusted.   I do agree to try to be flexible and go with the flow.   If you had said "it's just different, give it a few days, and you'll get used to it." I would have been able to try that.     However, "adapt or die" just felt so aggressive and unkind.    I felt like you didn't care and didn't understand that this is important to me."

     He just shook his head.   "You're still stuck."


     I'm not writing this to get suggestions of how my husband should or should not have answered my request to fix the dryer.    That's not the point.

      The point is that my initial reaction to the simple phrase "Adapt or Die" was very interesting.    Why did I react that way?   I felt threatened, abandoned, unheard.   It was a pretty big response!   Why was it so huge?    Why did "try to be flexible" feel safe while "adapt or die" felt scary?   Obviously, these are programmed reactions from prior life experiences.      In reality, I don't even need to know the answers to those questions.   I need to know if I want to continue to get stuck in such a pointless and upsetting emotional loop.

Let's call my knee-jerk upset reaction a "default program", since it kicked in automatically and co-opted the system for a good 8 or 9 hours until I was able to take it off line.

When I have a default program that is not helping me and which is not creating the outcome that I want, then it's probably malware.  

Do I have to live with the malware, or can I debug the system, and replace it with a better program?
I don't believe in victimhood, so I'm going to step up to the plate and work on debugging the system.

I guess I'm going to be living the "adapt or die" life after all.  



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

"Hanging On" vs. "Relaxing"

A friend of mine emailed me last week, asking me how things were going.

My knee-jerk mental response was to envision myself on a roller-coaster hanging on for dear life.
Composing in my head, I thought:  "It's been a wild ride..."

I suddenly realized that my thoughts about my life really are my biggest problem.

I hate everything about roller-coasters!  This is not a good mental image for me!  

My hands have been aching more and more as the summer has gone on as the life changes have accelerated... Gardening over-work, I thought.   Now I'm thinking perhaps it is because I'm hanging on so tightly to "survive" the speed of the life changes that are occurring!    No wonder my hands hurt.

I wanted to "let go" of that mind set, so I spent some time creating a new mental approach to my life...

I love lazy river raft trips and the feeling of complete relaxation and joy that I get out on the water.   I created this affirmation:

     I love the river of God's Power flowing through my life, and I enjoy the changes that it brings.  I'm safe and supported in my "little boat", and I can relax and enjoy my life.   If I need any help, it is always available if I ask for it.   I surrender to the flow of the river, and am eager to see where it takes me.

I hope you can take a moment to think about your automatic mental approach to life... are you "hanging on" or "relaxing"?

Monday, August 18, 2014

We found a new home - Lost Lake

I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers since my "Shell Shocked" posts.   Your phone calls and emails were very encouraging.    This has been a great growing and learning experience for me - I've really been working of faith and trust!

We have been very blessed to find a better home not far from where we currently live.   Literally the "perfect place" for us in every way.  We saw it on Thursday, and signed the lease on Saturday morning.   Everything is working out for the best.

Now I'm in packing, sorting, and organizing mode. :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Info on Inflammation and Health

A little hard to read because the font is so small, but worth the effort: from CancerTruth Newsletter
As a family member of some diabetics, and as a lupus sufferer, I'm very interested in Inflammation research and information.