Wednesday, September 28, 2016

3 Stress Busters for a Better Life

Relax.  Today's story is for you.  I'm offering three ideas to help you calm down.  I know what it feels like to have too much on your plate.  Here you go:

1.  Connect with Nature.  Try it.  Even if you can only spare five or ten minutes, just go outside and bask in the sun.  Park your car away from your office and walk.  It makes a difference.

2.  Manage Your Time.  Say no to all the tasks that are getting in your way and slowing you down.  Be firm.  Make a list of your top three important jobs you need to complete and block everything else out until you are done.  Watch your stress levels return to normal.

3.  Let Go.  You are not in control of your life.  The sooner you realize this the easier it will be to accept all the things you cannot change including other people in your life.  Just let go.  Live in the moment.  Enjoy the ups and downs.  They are a natural part of life.  Savor every opportunity you have for a great day. 

Feel free to add your own ideas to this list in the comment section below.  Have a great day.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Risk Factors to Consider When You Make Dietary Changes

My cousin saved my life.  My plan to repay him is to pay it forward to anyone considering making positive food changes in their diet.  He's one of the few doctors I know who believes there are other alternatives besides prescription medicine for food related illnesses.  He suspected something I was eating was causing inflammation when I told him my blood pressure readings were off the charts.  He warned me about the consequences of visiting urgent care – a lifetime of prescription medicine that might only mask the real problem.  72 hours later my blood pressure was in the normal range.  I'm one of the lucky ones. 

If you're considering dietary changes to improve your health, please do not consider this blog as a substitute for your doctor.  You will need your doctor to be your partner and to watch over you as you experiment with new foods.  Even healthy food choices may put you at risk if you're taking prescription medicine because your body may no longer need the same doses.  Be proactive.  Ask for lipid panel tests so you can see for yourself what's happening inside your body as you make dietary changes.  If you want to try the food experiment first introduced to me by my cousin, consult your physician first and discuss any risk factors you may face.  Have a great day.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Why I'm Betting on the Lab Rats

I took a risk when I asked Paige to be a part of my next book due out on 5/1/17.  She was desperate for a solution and the medicine she was taking wasn't doing anything to help her with her situation.  In fact, she was getting worse.  Her doctor didn't believe food was the problem and to prove the point he asked her to increase her intake of processed foods.  The idea was to use an endoscope to probe her small intestines for signs of trouble.  After enduring months of agony and weight gain, Paige cancelled the test.  "My doctor said the odds of food-related trouble are 97% against me so I'm not going to waste my time.  I'd rather go on your experiment for 45 days and see if my health improves."

I promised Paige a chapter in my next book before she began the 45 day experiment.  "It's all about food elimination," I explained to her.  The lab rats are asked to give up all processed foods and anything with a label on the package.  Dairy is off the table.  No wheat.  No meat or seafood.  No alcohol except for up to two glasses of wine per day.  The only foods allowed during the experiment period are fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  Once the 45 days are up, other foods can be introduced one at a time in small amounts to see how the body responds.  This is how I found the source of my food related troubles.  I was the first lab rat.  Others have tried the experiment but most give up because 45 days is like a lifetime when you're surrounded by family members who can't live without their favorite fast foods.

Paige checked in yesterday eight pounds lighter since joining the food experiment on Labor Day.  "I have not had this kind of energy in years!" she wrote on the Facebook page set up for friends and family members.  That's why I'm betting on the lab rats.  They are living proof there is a solution for many of our modern day ailments caused by eating man-made foods.  Stay tuned for the rest of the story.  Have a great day.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sustainability – The Most Important Step in Your Weight Loss Journey

Is permanent weight loss achievable?  Most people I know don't believe so.  They're hesitant to try diets because they fear any weight they lose will eventually return.  Or worse, the scales goes even higher.  I'm one of the few who goes against the grain.  I refuse to give up even when all the odds appear stacked against me.  I believe with all my heart sustainability is possible and I'm attempting to prove it with my own life.  The skeptics are watching my every move.  They know it's been a year since I lost 33 pounds and they're waiting for what they believe is inevitable – a return of the "before" picture.

I started this journey as a food dummy.  I was in the obese category.  My blood pressure and cholesterol levels were both in the danger zone.  That's when my cousin stepped in at the peak of my crisis and offered me a 45 day food experiment.  He believed I was suffering from inflammation and his idea was to eliminate all foods except fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and seeds.  After 45 days I was allowed to add small amounts of fish, chicken, eggs and red meat while keeping an eye on the scale.  The experiment worked.  The foods still off the table are processed foods,  dairy and products containing gluten.

I'm not sure how many years it will take to silence my critics about the sustainability argument but I'm willing to stick to my cousin's food experiment for the remainder of my life and I plan to add more lab rats to tip the scales in my favor.  Take the first step in your weight loss journey today and make sure sustainability is your final step.  You can do this.  Have a great day.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Which Script Are You Following?

Like it or not, your life is like the movies.  What do others see when they watch you on the big screen?  Can they follow the plot?  How do you feel about the part you play?  The answers to these questions are dependent on your relationship with the writers and directors. 

There was a time in my life when I turned down certain roles because I didn't care for the script.  I find it ironic how the parts I declined were actually specifically written for me long before I was born.  My own stubbornness blinded me and I tried unsuccessfully to live my life without following any scripts.  Peligroso! Muy peligroso!  It's a good thing I found the right agent to represent me.  The truth is I didn't find my agent, he found me.  He convinced me to change my ways.  He asked me to trust the writers.  That's when I found my purpose. 

If you're feeling lost or if you're having trouble finding the right script for your life, give my agent a try.  He's been negotiating contracts since the beginning of time and inspired the world's best seller.  He prefers working as a ghost writer and is never seen in public but I can assure you he's the best agent you can have, especially because of his intimate relationship with the Executive Director.  Ask the Holy Spirit to find the perfect script for your life and follow it.  Study your lines and live them every day.  You are perfect for the part.  Have a great day.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Do You Have Success Issues?

Success means there are changes on the horizon.  For some, it may feel like a bad storm approaching.  Who really wants to change, even if it's for the better?  I know the pain required to achieve a successful outcome and I also the know the peer pressure.  The other side of the coin is regret.  Regret is what happens when you let success issues seep into your daily life and you give up on your dreams.  Ask yourself one question, what am I born to do?  Once you answer that question, forget about what everyone else says or does to try to stop you.  Choose to be the best version of yourself you can be.  Success is your reward for dealing with all the obstacles, including any negative feelings or fears you may have.  Go for it.  Have a great day.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Virtual Envelope Method for Debt Reduction

We started small with a coffee can for our loose change.  The outside of the can is labeled "vacation."  Then we added envelopes for entertainment and emergencies.  These envelopes helped us to wean ourselves from our credit cards.  Now we're adding a new twist with a paperless method to acquire our next vehicles.  The idea is to make the car payments to ourselves in advance in a separate checking account designated for our replacement vehicles.  We are not allowed to access the account for any other purposes.

I really like the envelope method because it works.  The virtual envelope uses the same simple idea – keep the funds out of site so they are not readily accessible.  The envelope marked "emergency fund" is our first defense against tapping into the virtual envelope.  The second defense is a good mechanic.  Our man, Adam, understands our desire to keep our jalopies on the road long enough to avoid car loans.  He feels confident he can do the job, even though our combined odometer readings are now over 400,000 miles.  Give the virtual envelope method a try for your next vehicle or home improvement project and make sure to keep your creditors out of the picture.  Have a great day.