Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Your wellbeing begins with your thoughts..

You have everything it takes to create a life you've been wishing for! Whether it is to do with your health, your relationships, your career, or your overall lifestyle, you CAN change it for the better. 

NOTHING in life is permanent. The only thing permanent is change. This is one of the most exciting "Universal Laws" that life has to offer. This means whatever isn't working in your life can be changed. And whatever is working beautifully in the moment can continue to change and evolve into something even more beautiful.

Let's take the natural intelligence of your body for example: If you pinch an inch around your waist, the fat that you are squeezing is not the same as it was last month. Your adipose tissues (fat cells) fill up with fat and empty out constantly, so that all of it is exchanged every 3 weeks. You acquire a new stomach lining every 5 days. Your skin is new every 5 weeks. 

Your skeleton, seemingly so solid and rigid, is entirely new every 3 months. Every year, 98% of the total number of atoms in your body are replaced. 

So my question to you is: What makes you think you cannot heal yourself of discomfort or dis-ease? What makes you think you can't change the way you think and take care of yourself so that you don't keep contaminating your "new" parts with the "old" parts?

As human beings with conscious awareness, we're the only creatures on the planet that can change our biology through our thoughts, feelings and intentions. Our cells are constantly eavesdropping on our thoughts and being changed by them. The slightest shift of mood is picked up by every cell, which means that we do not think with our brain alone; all 50 trillion cells actively share our thoughts.

More and more, we begin to understand that thoughts turn into matter. What we think catalyzes a change in our bodies. When we're anxious, depress, frightened about the future or worried about the pass, we send our body messages that cause it to transform in an instant to help us react to the threat that faces us, even when no real threat exists. 

However, if we face each moment with present moment awareness, enthusiasm, passion for life, optimism and then openness to all life's suprises, then we send ourselves a completely different positive message.

Because we possess this sub-conscious ability to heal or create toxiciy in our bodies through thought, our work is to mentally go with the flow, creating positive thought patterns that support our optimal health and wellbeing.

Start your new year right! Whatever it is that you believe is not possible for you, change it now. Change that thought. Now that you have new information that your body is constantly changing to renew itself for your best interest, it is your chance to make new decisions for this new year. 

Change your thoughts right now, and you can change your life.

From my beautiful family to yours, have a happy new year filled with health, success and joy!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Should you or should you not eat “junk” food?

It's ok to eat chips. It's ok to eat chocolate bars. It's OK to enjoy life and treat yourself with "fun" foods. Just BE SMART about it. Eat it in moderation. And make sure when you're eating your meals for the day you're eating balanced, nutritious, well-portioned meals. Then, enjoy fun foods every now and again.

It's not what you do, but how you do it. Learn to eat a few handful of chips instead of the whole bag. Eat half a chocolate bar and save the other half for another day. Your body can handle these kinds of foods if most of the time you take good care of it.

Life is for enjoying. So please enjoy! And stop stressing over things like this.

Have a tough time stopping at couple handful of chips? Can't help but finish a huge chocolate bar once you get started? No problem. Just carry a mini travel-size mouthwash (or toothpaste) in your bag. Or just have it handy in the car. 

When you have the urge to eat "fun" foods but trying not to, or when you can't help but want to eat more than a few, just rinse your mouth or brush your teeth. This can help dull your taste buds, and chances are, you'll lose your appetite for that moment since the food won't taste so great.

Monday, December 16, 2013

How to eat to maintain a healthy weight and boost energy

Question for Penny: What would be the best way to eat to maintain a healthy weight and boost energy?

Answer: Every "body" is unique. Your question is quite general without enough specific personal details such as lifestyle/wellness goals, health condition or fitness level, so it is difficult to give a precise answer. What I can do is provide a "general idea" of what you could eat to maintain a healthy weight and boost energy.

Try to stick to whole foods such as vegetables, especially green veggies. Add some good carbs like quinoa, or brown rice if you're not allergic to those things. Be sure to add some lean protein such as chicken or turkey breast, or white fish or salmon (that also provide good fats). 

Try to stay away from anything fried or high in sugar, bad fats (trans fat, LDL), or creams. These kinds of foods will drain you of energy and compromise your health.

Green tea (Matcha) is great too. Try to get as much greens as you can from spinach, kale, cucumbers, asparagus, broccoli. All this will help provide vitamins and minerals your body needs. 

Squeeze fresh lemon juice in your drinking water as well (for more vitamin C and alkalinity) to provide you with more energy. Or snack on red bell peppers.

Also, be sure to get enough sleep, 6-8 hours a night. If you don't get enough rest you won't have enough energy even if you ate the right foods.

You can always check out the Food & Fitness section here to get some more ideas and tips. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013