I have shared many times that for years, I suffered through a period of anxiety and depression. In desperation I found myself hunting for ways to claim my wellness. Having tried almost everything that came my way, I am happy to report that my search ultimately resulted in an anxiety and panic attack free existence. I wanted to share a little on forgiveness because it is something that I think not only had the biggest impact on my life but also something that I am discovering continues to add to the quality of my everyday life.
How does forgiveness improve health?
This article from Johns Hopkins Medicine does a great job breaking down WHY forgiveness is so important in our physical and mental health.
“There is an enormous physical burden to being hurt and disappointed,” says Karen Swartz, M.D., director of the Mood Disorders Adult Consultation Clinic at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Chronic anger puts you into a fight-or-flight mode, which results in numerous changes in heart rate, blood pressure and immune response. Those changes, then, increase the risk of depression, heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions. Forgiveness, however, calms stress levels, leading to improved health.
Can You Learn to Be More Forgiving?
Forgiveness is not just about saying the words. “It is an active process in which you make a conscious decision to let go of negative feelings whether the person deserves it or not,” Swartz says. As you release the anger, resentment and hostility, you begin to feel empathy, compassion and sometimes even affection for the person who wronged you.
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I must confess my additction to superfood shakes. I make or purchase SOME form of shake every day. Some of the combinations have been delicious and some… well not so much.
Today, I made an ACAI (frozen and available at Costco), Antioxidant berry mix plus addition
Blackberries (the frozen mixes available at Costo as well) Kale (farmers market fresh) and Spirulina (organic powder available on Amazon).
The result looked like petroleum oil…
(When serving kids, looks matter and my kids didn’t want any part of this. For a shake that is a total kid pleaser check out Trinity’s Purple Passion or the Think Green) The Spirulina has an almost fishy smell, so I use half a tablespoon for an entire blender. The sweetness from the antioxident berry mix, which includes cherries, helped cut the bitterness from the kale (I only used 3 leaves). It was not THE MOST delicious of my shake recipes but it was in no way as bad as it looked!!! Next time I will use blueberries instead of blackberries.
The berry, spinach and kale shake I ordered last week at Whole Foods on the other hand… Well it would have been fine but I added tumeric and wheat grass. The wheat grass KILLED it for me and I hardly made it through the 12 oz cup. Wheat grass is too overpowering a flavor for me. I understand now why people do it as a shot. I am now 47. I slowly gained 20 pounds in the last five years and I am happy to release them using the healthy tools I have acquired over my lifetime. Wheat grass, will probably NOT be a part of my journey. 🙂
So, why do I obsess over these superfood shakes? Because superfoods are AMAZING. Check out Dr. Mercola’s infographic below.
I like starting off my morning with infused water. I have always loved water but I was surprised to find that for my age, body weight, physical activity level and weather conditions, I was drinking only HALF of my personal daily requirement! To find out how much water I should be drinking, I used the hydration calculator at Camelbak.
I took on the challenge of drinking more water by expanding my base of “go to” infusions. So far, I have used ginger, citrus, berries, mint and cucumber but there are UNLIMITED possibilities. Check out http://www.infusedwaters.com/ for some great tips and recipes.
I bought this wide-mouthed water bottle and LOVE it but a mason jar or other recycled GLASS jars would work just as well to make the same kinds of delicious infused waters they serve at spas.
To your health!!!
There are tons of recipes out there for homemade GF pizza dough but I admit, the number of flours required to manage decent baked goods has proven a bit much for me thus far. Big props for the food goddesses out there that make some fab crusts! I opt for UDI’s. I also opt for lots of fresh veggies, almond cheese and organic meat. My last yummy trick is to make a sauce with pureed veggies and herbs. Tomatoes, carrots, pumpkin, basil, oregano, garlic…
I had the chance to interview the author of one of my favorite books, The Self Health Revolution. This book is under 200 pages, filled with pictures, tips and tricks and to me, more than a book. This is a potential life changing vehicle. I have given this book to friends, family and clients. I keep a copy in my kitchen. In this audio clip, J. Michael Zenn generously shares some of his wisdom with us.
Whole Foods Market CEO and Founder “Enthusiastically” Endorses “The Self Health Revolution.” A short, powerful little book, The Self Health Revolution, surprisingly produces a jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, awe-inspiring, laugh-out-loud read. The author, J. Michael Zenn, convincingly persuades the reader they must seize control of their health now (Self Health) by taking a few, utterly-simple, 15-minute steps to loose weight, escape pain, ward off disease and recapture the energy lost in their youth.
On-the-side Marketing Tip: It’s always a great idea to repurpose content if you can. Here I decided to take the audio that I originally recorded for a live call and saved as an audio file on Soundcloud and create a Youtube video.