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Are You Ready for a ‘Weight Correction’?

An opinion on Gary Taube’s Program

Gary Taubes was at the Long Beach, CA IIN (the nutrition school that I graduated from last year) conference in March.  It was probably pretty difficult for him to be sandwiched between charismatic and quirky David Wolfe and hunky paleo man, Mark Sisson.  He was also seen on Dr. Oz, where he was on his defense because Dr. Oz was after him for some of the things he includes in his diet.  He looked very uncomfortable but he was very brave to be on the show.

What Gary has to say is pretty interesting because he is a physicist.  He has a lot of strong opinions on diet and they all make perfect sense.  Gary has written a book and promotes a diet based on his scientific theory.  The information he presents is well thought out and backed up.  He says his diet doesn’t really make you lose weight, it corrects your weight.  That sure sounds nice.  His diet in a nutshell is a restricted carbohydrate diet.  He isn’t restricting the good green stuff, he is restricting the things we know we should not eat too much of the bad carbs and limiting the fruit.  He doesn’t say no fruit – just like David Wolfe doesn’t say no nuts – just if you need to correct your weight, that isn’t what you should be shoveling down.

Gary says “This diet is focused on providing your body with the nutrition it needs, while eliminating foods that your body does not require, namely, nutritionally empty carbohydrates.”  For WEIGHT LOSS, you will need to keep the total number of grams to less than 20 grams per day.

His diet is definitely a meat eater’s diet.  He says, ”when you are hungry you should eat” (that is a good concept in itself). Anyway this is what he says you should eat:

Meat, poultry, fish, eggs: 
He says that you should not need to avoid fat.  This may be true as far as weight loss goes, but in reality we have to look at something as, if not more important than weight loss and that is health.  We know that animal fat is not good for us so, even though Gary says we can eat it and lose weight it does not mean we can eat it and be free of heart disease or stroke.  Cut the fat off.

Salad Greens: Must be eaten every day – 2 cups a day!  He says ALL varieties!

Vegetables:  Must be eaten every day – 1 cup per day.  He makes no exclusions.

Bouillion:
  Must be eaten every day – 2 cups daily.  He says for sodium replenishment.  This one is a debatable topic. He did exclude people with hypertension or heart failure. I think most of us could use a little sea salt and do not need to make an effort to add MORE salt into our diets.

Cheese:
up to 4oz a day. Thank goodness, no processed cheese like Velveeta or those spray cans.

Cream:  up to 4 tbsp a day, full cream not half and half.

Mayonnaise:  Low carb, not agreeing with this one either.

Olives: Up to 6 a day

Avocado: Up to 1/2 a day (Yay!)

Lemon/Lime Juice: Up to 4 tsp a day

Soy Sauce:  Up to 4 tbsp a day (definitely won’t be needing the bouillion)

Pickles: Dill or sugar free:  up to 2 svgs a day

Snacks:  (OMG!) Pork rinds/skins; pepperoni slices; ham, beef, turkey and other meat roll ups; deviled eggs.  May help you lose weight on his diet but it isn’t going to do your health any good in the long run!

He promotes sugar substitutes. These sugar substitutes have been proven to be unhealthy.  Pass on the aspartame and sucralose.  Stevia (sorry Dr. Hyman) is a good substitute if you need sweet.

He says drink water!  YAY!  He says that caffeine has messed with peoples’ blood sugar but allows 3 cups in a day.  He also has you stay off alcohol at first, but since this is a lifestyle allows it back in later.

Fruit:  is nowhere in his meal plan. It is on the restricted list.  He does say in the book that fruit was seasonal in early civilization and was not like the fruit that is available in the supermarket.  People ate it infrequently.  This is something that I would agree with, but think it should be added in sparingly.  Although the fruit is healthy, it is full of sugar and will not help people who are trying to correct their weight.

Carbs are the primary restriction here.  Gary makes wonderful suggestions to cut the starches, sugars and processed carbs.  This is a very healthy thing to do.  My primary problem with this diet is the fats.  I am not a physicist and I have no doubt that the principles he is basing this weight loss diet are sound.  The animal fat is just plain unhealthy.  Coconut oil for fat would be a good addition and lean meat.  I can see ways to work within his plan and make it a healthy weight correction alternative.  (I LOVE THAT PART!  Weight Correction!)

If you want to check him out, I am including his web site!  The book is very educational, interesting and worth the read.   http://garytaubes.com/
I’d love to hear your opinions!

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

Want to be endlessly happy? Practice this!

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Want to know my simple secret to happiness?

Gratitude.

Yes, it’s really that simple!

It is very beneficial to write down the things in your life for which you are grateful.  It can be as simple as a beautiful flower you saw on a walk or as profound as the love you have for your family. It can instantly put you in a new state of happiness and awareness of all your blessings.  When you do this on a day that is particularly trying, it actually has the power to change the direction of your entire day!

There is nothing more powerful to change your perspective than to be grateful.

Life is always presenting challenges and ups and downs. We are constantly living with a challenge, getting past a challenge or starting a challenge.  Our character and strength have continuous opportunities to grow.

Sometimes it is hard to understand why we have these challenges. Some examples might be:

  • Why does my friend have cancer?
  • Why do small children become sick and suffer?
  • Why is that customer so difficult to deal with?

Regardless of the scope or size of the challenge, there is always one thing challenges have in common: the opportunity to grow. No matter how bad things are in our lives, there is always a reason to be grateful. By focusing on our purpose and blessings, we are able to put the negativity in its place.  When the negative becomes our sole focus that is what we will find, and we will become self involved and swallowed up by the problems.

By focusing on what is good and right in our life, the bad things recede and become smaller and we experience an opportunity for growth.

A prayer of gratitude:

Be Thankful

    Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

    If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

    Be thankful when you don’t know something

    For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

    Be thankful for the difficult times.

    During those times you grow.

    Be thankful for your limitations

    Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

    Be thankful for each new challenge

    Because it will build your strength and character.

    Be thankful for your mistakes

    They will teach you valuable lessons.

    Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

    Because it means you’ve made a difference.

    It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

    A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

    also thankful for the setbacks.

    GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

    Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

    and they can become your blessings.

    ~ Author Unknown ~

Gratitude list for the day….

I am grateful for abundance today…

the sunshine

bright ideas

little hugs and BIG good mornings

opportunities

friends

I’d love to hear how gratitude shifted a negative or bad day for you? Share with me below.

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

What’s so Super about Superfoods??

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As more and more of us shop at Whole Food Markets and have become aware of the importance of eating clean and organic foods we are naturally moving toward foods that have the potential to make us incredibly healthy!  Super foods are not new, as a matter of fact; they all go back to ancient times.  We are just rediscovering what our ancestors knew instinctively.

Super foods are natural food sources with highly concentrated, complex supply of high quality nutrients with the least negative properties. The magazines are pushing them as diet aids, the truth is they are not always low in calories, but, for the number of calories present, they are always high in nutrients.  They are an excellent addition to any healthy diet

Super foods should not be the only part of your diet.  A really healthy diet would include a combination of live, raw plant foods, super herbs and super foods.    Super foods can help nourish the brain, muscles, bones, organs, immune system and hair, skin and nails.  They also correct imbalance in the diet.  The ultimate goal would be to be able to quit taking vitamin and mineral supplements and actually get these nutrients from your foods.

Super foods include:

Acai

Algae

Aloe Vera

Bee Products

Cacao

Camu Camu Berry

Chlorella

Coconut

Goji Berries

Hempseed

Incan Berries

Kelp

Maca

Marine Phytoplankton

Noni

Yacon

Adaptogen:  A plant based substance with combined therapeutic actions in the human body.  An adaptogen strengthens and invigorates the system while helping the body to deal more easily with stress of differing origin by supporting the adrenal glands.   Adaptogens are believed to reinforce the non-specific power of resistance of the body against physical, chemical or biological noxious agents. They must also have a normalizing influence and may not be harmful or alter the bodies’ normal functions.

Antioxidants:  A substance that reduces damage due to oxygen.  Think rust or an apple turning brown.

HGH:  Human Growth Hormone, Growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland to fuel childhood growth and help maintain tissues and organs throughout life.  Our growth hormone slows as we age.

Polysaccharides:    A carbohydrate whose molecules consist of a number of sugar molecules bonded together that fortify the immune system.

Sesquiterpenoids:  A class of Terpenes that have anti-inflammatory properties.  They increase production of HGH by stimulating the pituitary and penal glands.

Have questions?  Comment below or email us at info@lifeoficoaching.com

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

Changes I have made, yet to be made and current goals toward stress relief: A one year progress report!

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Welcome! This is the written recording of my journey to an overall healthier lifestyle. I will provide you lists of references and books that have helped me to get where I am today. You can see my grand victories, my funny adventures and my silly mistakes. I am one year into my transformation and have made many of all of those. From accomplishments, funny stories and silly mistakes. The theme of my journey is progress not perfection. I am not expecting perfection from myself. I am striving for overall progress; slow and easy continuous progress.

These are the changes I have made to date:
1. Cut out pork & red meats
2. 75% raw
3. No processed foods
4. No processed sugars
5. No gluten
6. No caffeine
7. No soda

After a while I noticed other things that I was doing that are also unhealthy. My hair color, nail polish, deodorant, clothing fabrics, body lotions, face creams all became noticeable. I am a holistic health coach so I am very aware of the things in my environment that I should stay away from. I will go into further detail with a blog on those things at a later date. I am currently working on the things that I just listed. Vanity is preventing immediate changes in everything. I am working toward it though.

1. I switched my deodorant to an enzyme deodorant however; I am not impressed. Especially during the hot summer in a silk dress. So, if anyone has deodorant suggestions I would love to hear them. I am also looking into making my own deodorant (as long as it’s effective!)
2. I have given up chemical-filled hair colors. There are still hair colors available for use.
3. I love breathable polyester for workouts. I should reevaluate that. I have a natural tendency toward “real” fabrics like cotton, wool, linen and silk. I love the new hemp products that are available.
4. I love EO’s (essential oils) and am currently taking a course to help me understand the MANY valuable uses of EO’s and how to make products myself.
5. I try to stay away from all chemical cleaners. (LOL to be honest that is not a struggle for me.) But I am learning how to make healthy, great smelling cleaning products with EO’s! I do not dry clean.
6. I have learned quite a bit about how herbs can be used to prevent illness, keep our colds/flus from getting as bad as they would without them, and they don’t have any of the negative consequences that some OTC medicines do. I’ve made some great cough syrups, ginger candies and herbal lip balm. And I’m looking forward to having a whole medicine cabinet full of these great, homemade items!

I have my hands full with the food changes and stress relief. I am going to commit to making gradual changes to the list of 6 above. I will make more of a committed effort next year. I believe that it is a mistake to take on more than what we can reasonably handle. Again it is important to be realistic with ourselves and practice slow growth and betterment. One to thing things at a time.

Now that a healthy lifestyle is comfortable and natural, my main goal is to eliminate stress. I will continue to add one new recipe a week to my cache and learn from all my new sources. My main focus will be to relieve stress with the following:

1. Pinpoint the things that cause stress in my life by daily journaling and then going back and highlighting anything stressful in my day.
2. Continuing daily exercise of 30-60 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes 3 times weekly strength training.
3. Praying and spending a minimum of 30 minutes daily quietly with God.
4. Practicing Reiki and other stress reducing activities. (I am signed up for 10 yoga sessions; we will see how that goes.)
5. 30 minutes minimum daily learning, reading and growing spiritually.
6. Very limited political news.
7. Very limited television.
8. 1/2 hour daily reading and talking extra time with my loved ones.
9. 2 nights of dancing a week with my fiance.
10. Nightly walk after dinner.
11. Community contribution and involvement through my volunteer work with animals and veterans.
12. Steps to reduce stress in my business by eliminating stressful associations and relying more on trusted and reliable people.
13. Eliminating superfluous household items, furniture and people in my life.

I know that I have a lot on my list. Who would have ever thought that eliminating stress in our lives would have so many opportunities!

-written by Karen Davis
http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

Diet and Weight Loss

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We live in a funny society.  We treasure slim, thin, skinny and we dole out mountains of processed snack, junk and fast foods.  We sit around and watch television instead of getting up and walking to the park or grocery store.

In our society, it seems like it is a constant obsession to try to get fit yet all the time reverting back to the food and entertainment forms that are so prevalent. Every single family get together, every holiday, every celebration is centered on food and drink.  Most of the time gluttonous food and drink!

So, when we start to become unhappy with the way we look (no one associates their illness or sluggishness with food) we start cutting calories.  Every New Year the diet industry pulls out all the advertising plugs, because every New Year we resolve to lose all the weight we put on the years before.  Diet pills, replacement shakes, artificial sweeteners, surgeries, magazines and fad diets.  The problem is, these things all make our problem worse.  We may lose weight quickly at first but we lose muscle at the same time and then gain back all fat, which is not so good.

Then we are minus the muscle and plus more fat.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, look to people who have successfully done it.  You will notice that they did not use diet pills, meal replacement shakes or fad diets.

14 Proven ways to lose weight for good:

  1. Eat breakfast
  2. Eat all day long
  3. Drink more water
  4. Eat at home
  5. Eat whole foods
  6. Reduce stress
  7. Get a good night’s sleep
  8. Get moving
  9. Keep a journal
  10.  Eat some good, high quality protein
  11.  Take a vitamin supplement
  12.  Eat more vegetables
  13.  Give up the “c”‘s – cakes, cookies, candy & chips
  14.  Do a kitchen makeover and get the unhealthy foods that tempt you out of your house.

What do you think of skipping the fad diets?

Throw away the diet pills!  (You can throw away your sleeping pills at the same time!  2 for 1!)  Start eating healthy!

If you want to lose weight, eat more green vegetables and less simple carbohydrates.  Give up the “C”‘s – cakes, cookies, candy and chips!  Once those are out of your house and your life you WILL lose weight.

This is what you get to eat:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • High quality protein
  • Small amounts of healthy fat (coconut oil, avocado)

Quit going to McDonalds and Burger King .

Try these great tips, then come back and leave a comment (will probably take 24 hours) about how good you feel!

Be Well & Inspired!

~Karen ❤

http://www.lifeoficoaching.com

The Skinny on the Elimination Diet

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When you realize that your digestion is much less than optimal and you feel terrible, it is time to do something about it. I got to that point and started noticing that I had symptoms like gassiness, bloating, constipation, and sharp cramp-like pains that started happening a lot. I knew I needed a reliable way to find out WHY this was happening and, more importantly, WHAT was causing my discomfort. That’s when I found out about the Elimination Diet.

The Elimination Diet is an approach to figuring out which foods you are sensitive to so that you can eat mindfully and keep your digestive symptoms at bay. The gut is where the majority of your immune system is and is considered the “second brain” in your body, so it is important to keep it healthy and keep things running smoothly. In the elimination diet, you start by eliminating common culprits of digestive upset and common food allergens. You dial down your daily meals and snacks so that you are only eating real, nourishing foods that will not hurt your gut. In fact, you can begin to heal your gut with a proper elimination diet. The categories of food to eliminate are:

  • Grains – The foundation of the Food Pyramid for decades, it has now been discovered that many people have a hard time digesting grains, including corn.
  • Processed Foods – There are many toxic chemicals (like MSG, artificial colors, and flavorings) and other undesirable ingredients (like GMOs, trans fats, and HFCS) in processed food that can impede digestion and even cause disease.
  • High Glycemic Foods – Large amounts of starches and added sugars can feed a bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and other gut dysbiosis problems.
  • Gluten and Fructans – Found in many grains, gluten has been found to be one of the causes of leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases. Fructans are found in FODMAPS (short-chain carbohydrates) and can also feed those bad bugs in your gut.
  • Unrefined Oils – These can cause inflammation throughout your body.
  • Feedlot Meats and Dairy – Meats and dairy from the conventional food system are full of hormones, antibiotics, and even poisons such as arsenic.
  • Eggs, Peanuts, and Shellfish – All are common food allergens.
  • Gut Irritants – Caffeine and alcohol can wreak havoc on your gut. Avoid these while you are healing.

There is a 3/3 guideline for adding foods back into your diet:

“Do not conclude a food causes symptoms, unless symptoms occur within 3 days of eating the food and occur consistently on 3 separate occasions after eating it.”*

You will know, as you begin to add foods back in, what works and what doesn’t. I suggest starting slow; give the diet a few weeks to work, and start adding foods back in one at a time. If a food causes symptoms on 3 different occasions, you will know that you are sensitive to that food and to avoid it for a while and try again later. Eventually you will come up with a plan that your body will love. Everyone is different and finding your own unique way of eating to feel good will change your life.

*Heizer, W D., Southern, S, McGovern, S. The Role of Diet in Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults: A Narrative Review. JADA 2009; 109: 1204-1214

Not quite feeling confident enough to go it alone?  Join us as we do an elimination diet together!  Click here to find out more http://www.lifeoficoaching.com/11-day-detoxcleanse.html

Be well & Inspired!

Karen ❤

Your Wellness Warrior

http://www.lifeoficoaching.com

How to Relieve Constipation – Simple Foods and Practices

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I suffered from constipation the first forty years of my life, not knowing I was constipated.  

Thankfully, I have been educated on HOW to build daily bowel movements into my daily routine. Now, it’s just part of my morning, and if I DON’T have one in the morning, my body just feels “off”!

Here are three simple tips that I learned:

WATER, WATER, WATER

Did you know that up to 75% of Americans are dehydrated? The problem is much more prevalent than most of us realize. Water is needed to help the food pass through the small and large intestine, along with the colon and rectum, as it can take up to 24 hours for food to pass from the mouth to the anus. In the intestine alone, one gallon of fluids is absorbed daily to help with digestion. In the colon alone, 5 to 10 pounds of fecal matter can be stored because of dehydration caused by lack of water.

EXERCISE

Moving your body every day is key to daily bowel movements. What is the best kind of exercise to do? The one you will get done on a daily basis! You don’t have to do a ‘killer’ workout every day for it to be considered exercise; just get up and MOVE. Outside is ideal, but just get it done! Getting 20 to 30 minutes of continuous movement will help move your bowels. Exercise is even more important during long periods of sitting, such as commutes, trips, sedentary desk jobs, and screen time. Write it into your daily schedule and your daily bowel movement will follow closely behind!

LOTS OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGGIES

Changing your diet to incorporate 50% to 75% fresh fruits and veggies will radically change your daily elimination habits, as they add fiber to your diet. When planning meals, plan your veggies and fruits first, and then add the carbs and protein. For instance, at lunch, fill your plate with a beautiful, BIG salad as the “mattress” for the rest of your meal. Experiment with a new veggie or fruit frequently. Eat seasonally and experience the most nutrition for your body. Look for local farmers’ markets to buy the fresh and local produce. And, of course, organic is best if it is an option.

Incorporate these three tips into your daily routine and your body will be a well-oiled machine in no time! Oh yes, and speaking of oil, one more tip:  1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil right off the spoon will lube your system like a well-tuned motor! You will be feeling lighter, more energetic, and less bloated in no time at all!

 Be well & Inpsired,

Karen ❤

Your Wellness Warrior

http://www.lifeoficoaching.com

 

How does food affect your mood?

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Did you know that food has vibrations that allow it to create change in our bodies on a cellular level?  Food that is alive and from the earth will energize and invigorate you, while processed, pre-packaged, dead food will leave you feeling lethargic and uninspired, like a light that has fizzled out.  Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Dark green leafy vegetables are full of chlorophyll, which is basically liquid sunshine. It is the substance in plants that allows them to absorb light from the sun and convert it into usable energy.  When we consume raw dark green vegetables such as kale, broccoli, and Swiss chard, we fill our body with the equivalent of the plant’s life blood – the very thing that allows a seed to flourish and take form.

Chemically, the blood of the plant, chlorophyll, is very similar to our blood and, when consumed, it helps us to oxygenate and breathe life into every cell.  Pretty cool, huh? Chlorophyll is also extremely cleansing and detoxifying.

Here are some other high vibrational foods for you to try:

  1. Tree Fruits – try apples, pears, bananas, coconuts, avocados, nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots, oranges, lemons, limes, mangos, pomegranates, blueberries, cherries, and olives.
  2. Non-green veggies
  3. Raw Cacao – chocolate in its pure form has over 1,200 phytonutrients. It contains nutrients like magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and manganese.  It also contains phenylethylamine, which are the feel good characteristics, and theobromine which dilates the cardiovascular system to allow all the benefits to come in.
  4. Goji Berries – packed with antioxidants, which can help minimize free radical damage to our cells.
  5. Cultured and Fermented Foods –a great source of probiotics, which will help your digestion stay on track.

I firmly believe in the old saying, “You are what you eat.”  Junk in = feeling like junk, and rich, living, nutrient-dense food = much happier body and mind.  Don’t just take my word for it.  We’ve all tried the junk in, junk out experiment, so don’t you think it’s time to rock your body and mind with some fresh and fabulous food? By eating food that vibrates at a higher frequency, we increase our life-force energy and feel more radiant inside and out.

Be well & Inspired,

Karen ❤

http://www.lifeoficoaching.com

How to Meditate ~ for the Busy Person

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If you are a stressed and busy person who feels the need to learn meditation, but the idea of finding half an hour or more to meditate itself is stressful, have no fear! I have a few short meditation techniques that are only three to ten minutes in length. 

These techniques are quick, easy, and super beneficial for busy people like you and me!

1)      Breathe – This really is at the heart of meditation. By focusing on your breath, you are able to let your thoughts flow in and out and ultimately pull your focus inward. This technique can last as little as 60 seconds or as long as 10 minutes, and the best part is that you can literally do it anywhere.

I recommend that you bring your thumb and middle together like this:

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The pressure point will automatically bring your mind into focus.  Now, start to bring your focus to your breathe. Inhale in for a count of 6, hold for 4, and exhale for 6. Do 5 rounds of this, and then take note of how you are feeling. More relaxed? A bit Zen? Focused?

The best part is that you can do this anytime, anywhere.

2)      GPS4Soul – This is for all of my technology junkies. Okay, we are all a bit addicted to our smart phones, and generally I recommend taking a break from all of our connectivity.  But, I have found this app to be invaluable as a form of quick meditation.

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GPS for the Soul is a killer app for better living. The app is based on two truths:  that we all have within us a centered place of harmony and balance, and that we all veer away from that place again and again.

This super cool app has a feature that allows you to check your heart rate using your iPhone camera lens.

The camera flash turns on to guide you to put your index finger on the lens. You can instantly see your heart rate being tracked and visually see a graph moving up and down as the numbers change.

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After your heart rate is tracked, the app assesses how stressed you are and offers guides to help center yourself and become calmer. If you are balanced, it will offer other guides to stay in that mindset.

The guides are everything from mediation to yoga poses to photo therapy.

Each guide also gives you breathing cues, a rising and falling visual. This is extremely helpful.

You can also make your own guides with pictures or songs.

3)      Do Mealtime Mini-Meditations – Mealtime is a great time to meditate, because it’s already a given in your day. This is the perfect time to take a few minutes to pause and appreciate your meal. Slow down and notice how the aromas of food can relax you, whether it’s a warm mug of tea, the cinnamon on your oatmeal, or veggie-filled soup simmering on the stove. When you smell something delicious and scrumptious, it is practically effortless to focus on your breath and take in the delectable aromas. Breathe them in. Slow down and enjoy your meal!

As you can see, meditation can come in many forms and you only need a few minutes to do this each day. Give one of these practices a try today.

Breathe Well,

Karen ❤

Your Wellness Warrior

http://www.lifeoficoaching.com

What are Superfoods?

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Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition, they are sparse in calories and dense in nutrients, meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of antioxidants and essential nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves.

The most important thing for everyone to know is that superfoods are easy to find in every local supermarket. They’re worth looking for!

Top 10 Superfoods:

1)      Apples

2)      Blueberries

3)      Beets

4)      Avocados

5)      Kale

6)      Kiwi Fruit

7)      Lentils

8)      Sweet Potatoes

9)      Walnuts

10)  Wild Salmon

These nutritional, powerhouse foods are loaded with nutrients crucial to a healthy, long life.

If you can include a variety of them in your diet every day, I promise they will change your life!

I have also included a few of my favorite superfoods that you may or may not have tried:

Chia Seeds:
Ancient cultures throughout Central America have long enjoyed chia seeds as a key part of their food and medicine. The seeds were even used as currency. Chia seeds are loaded with omega fats, protein, antioxidants, and dietary fiber. They have a mild nutty flavor and, since they absorb liquid, they’re ideal for hydration and feeling full.  Check out this recipe for Chia Pudding:  https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9492/vegan-recipe-banana-strawberry-chia-pudding.html

Hemp Seed:
Hemp is a well-balanced, vegetarian protein source that includes all of the essential amino acids. Not only is hemp one of the best veggie sources of protein, it’s easy for the body to digest and assimilate. Hemp also features plenty of other nutrients, including abundant fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids. Sprinkle hemp seeds on salads and add them to smoothies for added protein. Just 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds will add 11 grams of protein to your smoothie.

Raw Cacao Nibs:
Nature’s chocolate chips

Cacao nibs are made from pure cacao beans that come straight out of the tropical cacao fruit. Cacao was a culinary treasure to Mesoamericans for thousands of years and touted as the “Food of the Gods” for its superior nutritional profile and exceptional flavor. Make a trail mix with shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs, dried cranberries, and a nut of your choice.

Maca:
Maca is a potent, ancient Peruvian superfood highly prized by Incan warriors to increase stamina, boost libido, and combat fatigue. The maca root was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system and to help cope with stress. It also energizes naturally, without the jitters and crashes of caffeine, and it can aid in reproductive function, helping to balance hormones and increase fertility.  Add maca to smoothies for an extra energy boost.

Goji Berries: Goji Berries provide a number of important macronutrients, including carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats, and soluble fiber. There’s even more to this sweet, little, red berry including 18 amino acids, free-radical fighting antioxidants, carotenoids, vitamins A, C, and E, and more than 20 other trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron, phosphorus, and riboflavin (B2). Ounce-for-ounce, goji berries contain more vitamin C than oranges, more beta-carotene than carrots, and more iron than soybeans and spinach. Munch on these goodies as your afternoon snack.

Give one of these superfoods a try today to super charge your day!

Be Well,

Karen

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