Rabu, 02 Mei 2018

What Habits Make You Crazy Nuts?

Have I told you I love bacon? Oh, and let's not forget those crunchy, salty chips and snacks.

The salty flavors and crunch simply make me moan with delight. Mmmm! Munch, munch, munch.

And, in quick order the bowl or plate is empty.

But, did I truly enjoy them? Savor them? Was every morsel allowed to rest on my tongue to taste the flavors? Did I even smell them, as they passed my nose to be eaten?

What about all that orange stuff left behind on my fingers, clothes and lips? That being the only hint of the Cheetos I so desperately wanted only moments ago!

Was this truly healthy for me? I think not, yet eat them I did.

What habits drive you nuts YET you don't give them up?

Over the years I have eaten plenty that was not good for me. Stuffed myself to the gills at a holiday meal. Slurped down diet drinks with abandon. Filled up my plate with seconds even when I was no longer hungry.

I gave little thought as to whether my body even knew what to do with it all?

But, I did wonder why did I get those incessant daily migraines? What caused my face to break out in big, red zits? Where did all those excess pounds come from, no matter what I did to diet them away?

Why did my body rebel and turn on me?

I wanted to know.

I took classes on healthy eating. I read books to learn more. I sought out medical help for my headaches and pain wrenching gut aches.

I dieted -- followed the gurus who taught healthy eating. I ate so many carrots and celery sticks that my skin turned orange.

I gave up foods that were on the "bad" list. Lost weight and gained it all back, along with a few extra pounds each time.

What was I doing wrong, I wondered? Why was I so unhealthy, feeling so crummy, with little to no energy to enjoy life?

Something deep within my inner knower knew exactly what I was doing wrong. That quiet, guiding voice told me many times and yet, ignore it I did.

To my own detriment.

What was it going to take for me to let go of those habits that did not serve me? How bad did it have to get before I called out, "UNCLE!"

Have you ever wondered why you continue a bad habit, behavior, or pattern that is detrimental to you?

We all do it. Might as well admit it, right?

What excuses do you use that keep you stuck with those old, nasty behaviors? Because you do have them... excuses I mean.

They are the very reason the unhealthy patterns, behaviors and habits stick around!

So, let's not kid ourselves because you have opened that door to the unfriendly -- you did invite it in.

Whether that is unhealthy spending, debting, collecting, cluttering, eating, or binging on that great new TV show -- You did invite it in.

As if you hung a great big WELCOME sign on your front door.

Do any of these sound familiar?

Everyone does it, so what's the big deal?
Life's too short, I don't wish to suffer.
I'll deal with it tomorrow (does tomorrow ever come?)
I'm too busy. I don't have time to focus on this right now.
Who says this is bad for me?
It's not hurting anyone, so what's the biggie?
I have other priorities in life. This one will have to wait.
Which one is yours? Could it be time to finally give it up -- to finally say UNCLE?

Pick one and say "bye-bye" to it -- It has served you in some way. Until now, that is.

Don't wait for a HUGE brick upside the head before you do.

I speak from experience -- don't wait until you have a major health crisis to let the excuses, and the bad habit, go. Close the door to that unfriendly behavior and enjoy the freedom of an open, healthy body and environment.

Kamis, 12 April 2018

Seven Days of Solitude, Silence and Water Fast

I recently came back from my own private silent retreat. Over the couple of silent retreats that I have done in the past few years, I have experienced the powerful value of this kind of work. Besides the obvious like switching off from the daily routine, the duties of work and the constant demand of raising children, there is a whole other dimension to it.

I stayed in our off-road, super cool camper on a farm in Robertson, a remote place in the mountains of Cape Town, South Africa. I was nestled in a gorgeous valley with a pristine lake, where I swam daily.

My intention was to experience seven days of solitude and silence, and to water fast, while I was writing my upcoming book "Unapologetically Me". This is my own private inspirational story of how I dropped guilt, shame, judgment, and blame and became a self-realised, switched on and vibrant woman.

I aimed to close all the exits to the external world so that my energy kept circulating within me, without distractions.

I wanted to sit with my self and watch my inner sky, with the space to notice the patterns of my thoughts and the growing emptiness arising in between them. I wanted to clear and crystallise my mind and my body so that I could become an open channel for the words to flow through me.

The silence part of it, I deeply cherished and I enjoyed the privilege of rooting deeper into my being - listening to the sounds of nature.

As a storyteller, I love talking to people and a retreat is a great occasion for revitalisation. The water fasting was the most challenging part. I had to take each day as it came, being totally present in the current moment and surrendering to the discomfort.

There is a powerful quality of higher spiritual connection when fasting and that was a great motivator to keep me going.

I feel that it is important at times to explore life out of our comfort zone and I chose to select my ways.

I have noticed that people who are too attached to their comfort zone often get shaken out by spirit in a form of an illness, an accident, loss of job, etc.

It is in this uncharted territory of the unfamiliar that our soul gets to expand and explore new qualities of the self.

I am grateful for the opportunity to witness my courage, resilience and utter trust in the guidance that I receive.

How can you leap out of your comfort zone?

I would love you to share your ideas.

Blessings to you
Nunaisi

Jumat, 23 Maret 2018

A Healthy Lifestyle Is Not a New Year Resolution, It's a Discipline

A healthy lifestyle from the start will decide how you will be in your midlife and beyond. However it won't happen unless you make the right choices. Work out, eat healthy, sleep well and you will set yourself on the path to success. After about 40, most people have achieved biological adulthood, which is a nicer way to saying you have boarded the slow train to your inevitable mortality. You will start to realize the slow and gradual decline in your response to bodily activities and the resulting resistance in your bodily functions.

Eating unhealthy processed food, irregular sleep pattern and inactivity create low level inflammatory response in your body. This inflammation gradually increases overtime, contributing directly to the germination of every major disease plaguing mankind - obesity, diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, just to name a few.

The first and foremost thing to focus on is Nutrition - what you eat. Add lots of green leafy vegetables, whole grains, organic poultry, dairy and fruits in your daily diet. Keep your body hydrated. Drink plenty of water and raw fruit juice as fluids help keeping body temperature low and removes toxins through perspiration (sweat) and excretion (urine). Keep a balanced share of carbohydrate, protein, good fats and minerals. These small changes in your diet will contribute to your overall wellbeing. Cut back unhealthy fats from your diet slowly and target on stopping to consume them completely. Unhealthy fats include: dark chicken meat, poultry skin, fatty pork cuts, beef and lamb and high-fat dairies include whole milk, butter and cheese. Common ways to cut back on unhealthy fats are listed below:

Instead of frying meat, Bake / Grill / Broil it. Don't forget to take the skin off before cooking chicken or turkey
Instead of butter and cheese on bread, use low fat spreads or slices of tomatoes on it to enhance the flavour
Instead of scrambled eggs, eat boiled / soft-boiled eggs. Garnish with a pinch of salt and black pepper to taste best
Instead of using sugar in patisseries and desserts, use organic honey to satisfy your sweet bud and stay healthy
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, the importance of sleep is worth discussing. Get yourself adequate sleep, because internal healing and tissue repair happen only when you sleep. Sleep deficiency contributes to an increased risk of cardio-vascular disease, kidney disease, brain damage etc. Sleep deprivation lowers the metabolic rate of your body, which is linked to weight gain. Studies show that sleep deprived individuals have higher levels of Ghrelin, the hormone which stimulates appetite and lower levels of Leptin, the hormone which suppresses appetite. Hence, good sleepers tend to intake fewer calories.
The last, but definitely not the least is the importance of regular exercise when it comes to a healthy and active lifestyle. No matter which age group you belong to, it is advisable and wise to include a minimum 30 minutes of workout / physical activity of moderate intensity such as running, brisk walking on most, if not all days of the week. As humans, we spend far too much time in our synthetic environment, disconnected from the outside world. This disconnect poses a serious threat to our health and general wellness. Think of your body as a complex machine, which houses equally complex parts (bones) and sub systems (organs) inside. If you let it sit idle, the parts and the sub systems will lose movement capability and eventually get rusted. A few tips to incorporate exercise in your daily routine:

Prioritize physical activity
Make it fun
Get a partner
Keep a track of results
Set milestones
All these factors put together, will bring noticeable change in your lifestyle and wellbeing. Some changes will happen quickly, some will be gradual. But overall, you will feel the positive change in your health - mind, body and soul.

Jumat, 09 Februari 2018

The Health Benefits of Biophilia

Biophilia refers to the love that a person may have for nature and all the natural processes that take place in nature. Biophilia suggests that all individuals are connected to nature as a result of their genetics. The connection between individuals and their natural surroundings is created as a result of thousands of years of surviving in an agrarian setting.

Biophilia was first brought to the scene by psychologists Edward Wilson in the 80s after observing how modernization and urbanization were causing people to lose their connection to nature. As technology continues to become commonplace in today's contemporary society, the importance of Biophilia today cannot be overemphasized.

Why is Biophilia important and relevant today?

Stress-related diseases such as anxiety and depression, as well as other health disorders such as stroke, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases can be diminished if individuals increase their connection to nature. The increasing pressure brought about by technology leaves us little time and opportunity to recuperate the mental and physical energy that we utilize throughout the day.

Incorporating elements if nature directly or indirectly to your physical environment has demonstrated through research to have a considerable effect in helping to reduce stress levels, your blood pressure, stabilize the heart rate, increase productivity and lead to a general feeling of improvement in your wellbeing.

The health benefits of Biophilia

When you nurture your soul in nature, it can have a significant impact on your mind, body, and soul. Some of the benefits of Biophilia include:

Combat the effects of urbanization

Biophilia is important today because as the contemporary world continues to become more urbanized, it has emerged that integrating Biophilic features into our day to day lives can help to combat the effects of urbanization. Biophilic components are designed to mimic patterns, colors, textures and forms of nature, which can be practical since half of the world's population will be located in urban centers.

Improved health

Increasing biophilic elements in the workplace and at home has shown to benefit one's health. For instance, having a large window that can offer individuals views of nature can result in improved rates of recovery from stress and faster recovery from anxiety and depression. Views of nature can also lead to increased concentration levels and it can have serious implications for healing.

Enhanced moods

Biophilia has proven effective to enhance moods. Doing something as simple as taking a walk around the neighborhood can have considerable effects on boosting your moods. Biophilia can be used alongside existing treatments to increase their effectiveness.

Selasa, 23 Januari 2018

20 Foods That Are Good for Healthy Bones

Our body is composed structurally of bones as the primary support. Bone health is considered essential for everyone since weak bones make our life miserable. Essential nutrients for healthy bones can be obtained through various natural foods. The following food types promote healthy bones.

1. Milk

Milk has a high calcium content value. Calcium is very necessary for healthy bones since it forms the structural part of the bones. The bones are composed of interlocking calcium crystals performing the role of mechanical support. A glass of fat milk daily can give approximately 300mg of calcium. Females should drink at least two glasses of milk every day for healthy bones. Drinking milk in adulthood often saves one from several bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt has numerous medical advantages. No other food product is better than dairy products in ensuring healthy bones. If you are not comfortable with the taste of milk, then you should try eating yogurt as it contains the same amount of calcium as milk. Therefore, eating yogurt is a good alternative and an ideal approach to meeting the bodies daily need for calcium. 8 ounces of plain yogurt contains roughly up to 450 milligrams of calcium. Additionally, yogurt contains numerous different supplements, for example, vitamin D, B, potassium, magnesium, and proteins. Vitamin D is a key segment and the most beneficial of these supplements for making the bones stronger.

3. Cheese

Cheese is the most well-known in dairy products. It appears worldwide in various food items as well as in bakeries. Cheese has its own unique heavenly taste. Those individuals who don't consume milk or yogurt can increase the numerous medical advantages they receive by eating cheese. Cheese is loaded with numerous supplements, for example, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B and D. One ounce of Swiss cheese gives 200mg of calcium. Adding a little cheese to your food assists in strengthening your bones.

4. Sardines

Sardines are rich in calcium, and vitamin D. Calcium gives basic help to bones while vitamin D increases the power of your body to ingest calcium. 3 ounces of sardines results in the calcium equivalent of a glass of milk. Sardines are rich in vitamin B 12, which ensures low levels of homocysteine in the body. Raised levels of homocysteine, generally, can quicken osteoporosis as well as bone degeneration.

5. Sesame Seeds

Eating sesame seeds is a brilliant decision for stronger bones. They contain calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, dietary filaments, copper, selenium, and zinc. Calcium and phosphorus help in strengthening the bones. Copper is an antioxidant and plays a protective role by the alignment of collagen fibers within the bones. Zinc helps in keeping osteoporosis at bay.

6. Salmon

Anyone wanting to have stronger bones is advised to take food rich in vitamin D as well as Omega 3 fatty acids. These are abundant in salmon. Calcium deposition and absorption into the bones is done by vitamin D while the omega three fatty acids perform protection of the bones against inflammation and damage.

7. Collard greens

Collard greens also contain calcium, vitamin K, vitamin D and A. All these components help in strengthening bones.

8. Spinach

Spinach is undoubtedly a fantastic source of vitamin K, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin A as well as folate. A cup of spinach is estimated to provide 25% of the total amount of calcium required by the body. All the above nutrients are beneficial for bone strength.

9. Fortified Cereals

A good source of vitamin D and calcium. Calcium for strong bones and joints. Vitamin D plays a significant role in bone health.

10. Tofu

Many people describe tofu as tasty. However, they are not fully aware of the nutritious content. Tofu has a high calcium content, making it a perfect alternative food for bone health. Tofu is recommended for consumption due to the high content of calcium in it. This is estimated to be 77%, hence, it is highly recommended for the body.

11. Soybeans

According to research, soybeans promote the health of an individual through fighting osteoporosis which is a disease related to bone thinning. They contain the natural flavones which are antioxidants necessary for bone protection. However, they provide minimal amounts of calcium so they are mostly valuable as an antioxidant to fight osteoporosis.

12. Beans

Beans serve many purposes in the body, including maintaining healthy bones. They are a rich source of protein, as well as calcium, as well as other trace elements. However, they are most preferred because they have a low-calorie value so they can be consumed in high amounts without causing weight gain.

13. Orange Juice

According to studies, bones are composed of collagen proteins at the central core, and this cross-link gives structural support to the bones. This is also aided by the interlocking crystals of phosphates as well as calcium. All these nutrients are found in vitamin C, and orange juice is one of the best sources for them.

14. Nuts

Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, contain omega three fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated and powerful antioxidants, which provide protection to bones from many diseases. The antioxidants decrease bone reabsorption through osteoclast inhibition, which is a cell that is responsible for bone matrix breakdown. They also help calcium absorption and prevention of inflammation.

15. Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables are known to possess other nutrients needed by the body, especially the green ones. Dark leafy vegetables are a good source of vitamin K, magnesium, folic acid, calcium and potassium hence, they can act as a substitute for dairy products because they provide the same nutrients.

16. Eggs

Eggs are also a necessity for the maintenance and growth of bones. Their contribution is due to the possession of vitamin B complex as well as vitamin D.

17. Tuna

Apart from the sun, one may opt to use other sources of food that are sources for vitamin D. A good example is tuna fish, which has a good amount of vitamin D, necessary for making the bones to be strong.

18. Kiwi

Kiwifruit is a magical food because it is a natural source of vitamin C, which promotes the synthesis of collagen fibers in bones. Similar to oranges, they are also delicious. Sweet prunes also aid the bones in being fracture-free. They are regarded as a super healthy food with research proving that they can efficiently lower the chances of being affected with the osteoporosis infection, as well as fractures, which is good news for women who are in the post-menopausal stage, who usually have a high possibility of suffering from joint and bone problems. The nutrients contained in the prunes include vitamin C, K as well as antioxidants that are essential for maintaining the health of the bones.

19. Meat Proteins

Calcium, collagen proteins, and vitamins are the components of our bones. Hence, proteins are a necessity required for not only proper growth, but also the flexibility of the bones. It is, therefore, a requirement that one's diet consists of high protein food as well as meat. However, caution should be taken since too much consumption of meat is harmful to overall health.

20. Apples

Apples contain Quercetin, which helps in building collagen, a major component of the cartilage. Apples keep the skin, cartilage and bones healthy and strong.

Rabu, 22 November 2017

Mom! Do I Have To Eat That?

Vitamins and Minerals

You know, I may be barking up the wrong tree but if you are a type B personality (more on that later) then chances are you need to take the vitamins and minerals given to you. But will you take them? Probably sporadically at best! That's just your nature. You're so calmed, cool and relaxed that nothing seems to stress you out. You're also probably one of the more well liked people out there.

These are the building blocks for any man or woman. As such, they need to get re-balanced. Type B people need this re-balancing more than type A people.

To determine if you are a type A or B answer the following question: If you had three things to do, all at the same time, all the same priority, would you do one to completion, do the second to completion and do the third to completion or would you start one, think about the other one, start one and two together and then think about the third one as well, and go ahead and start all three at once? If you answered option one where you do one at a time then you're most likely a type B personality. While type B people are great at handling stress they don't absorb vitamins and minerals very well. For this reason, they must be re-balanced from them. Type A people, however, are vastly different from type B people. Type A's absorb the vitamins and minerals like no other but they don't handle stress, worry or concern very well.

While type A people could use a re-balancing of the substances as well, they don't lack them like the type B people do. But, ironically, it is the type A people who will come to me first whereas the type B people are so cool and relaxed that they will get to it when they get to it, which may never happen!

Type A people also generally out live their counterparts although with the onset of heart disease, cancer and, most recently, brain tumors it really makes life a lot shorter whether you are a type A or B. You know that our kids (those aged 35 and under) are deemed to live shorter lives than their parent's! This is further compounded by their weekend immune systems, which play havoc in their daily lives. Just ask yourself one question and that is how many times a year does your child or children get sick? If the answer is greater than one, then you do have a problem

Selasa, 14 November 2017

Why You Should Find a Doctor Who You Can Get Along With

It is always important to deal with people who you can easily get along with. When it comes to medical issues, this is not any different. You should find someone who you are very comfortable speaking to as this is the very first step to great communication. This is also the best way to ensure that you can express your health issues and get help as soon as the need arises. When you can communicate with your doctor, you will access medical advice easily. You can have solutions that suit your daily habits and values. Such a doctor can also connect you to any other health care specialists and providers that you may need.

For those who do not have a doctor, or anyone who wants to make a switch, then you should find one. Regardless of why you need to talk to a doctor, you should always find someone that you can talk to freely and one that you can trust with your issues. There are some of us who will stick to one doctor just because we do not want their feelings to be hurt. However, every doctor understands that everyone has got their own needs and how important it is for a patient to find someone that they are comfortable dealing with.

Decide exactly what it is that you need

This should be the first step. You should list all the qualities which matter most to you. Is gender of importance to you? Do you need someone that is available in the evenings too? Do you need someone speaking your own language? Do you need someone with their own practice? Find out all the qualities that you want before anything else.

Identify a couple of doctors

When you have identified your categories, you can ask medical specialists, relatives, and friends for some recommendations. Ask about the kind of experiences they have had with such a doctor. When you are given the same name several times, it means that the possibility is quite strong.

Consult the available reference sources

There are several databases that can help you in finding the kind of doctor you want. There are several bodies, depending on your location, that have the mandate to make this information available. Such a website may not recommend an individual doctor, but rather will have a list of the doctors that are worth considering. You can access different directories that can really help. When someone is recognized by such bodies, then you will be certain that they are qualified to handle the position. You need to get in touch with your local medical society so as to find out if there have been any complaints filed against a doctor that you may be considering.

Board Certified Doctors

When a doctor is board certified, it means that they have received some extra training after graduating from medical school. The areas of such specialty include orthopedics, gynecology, geriatrics, family medicine, and general internal medicine. Find out about the doctors who have this certification in your area if you need more qualifications.

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