December 21st is the Winter Solstice – the first day of winter. The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
Today, we celebrate the annual rebirth of the sun.
People throughout our planet are falling ill with coronavirus. The numbers of sick and dying are so large and changing so quickly that it’s hard to keep up.
Find a few moments sometime today to reflect on our planetary need for rebirth, regeneration and renewal. Reflect for a few moments on how it will feel to live on a healthy planet where all beings experience wellness and coexist to honor and support one another.
What will it mean for wellness and healing to become real in the coming year. Expand your vision to include every living thing on earth.
Take a moment to release those things which no longer serve you. When you do this, you create space in your heart for healing, acceptance, and positivity in the new year.
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What foods work well with losing weight?
Vegetables, that’s what! – the more the merrier.
When you finally get going on your diet, you’ll probably have a list of foods specific to your personal diet needs. However, that may not happen in your case.
This article is not about choosing your diet. Everyone has to make that decision. As soon as you decide to go on a diet, you have to decide: which diet?
That’s a personal choice that I’m not discussing now. What I’m discussing is foods that will work well for losing weight – generic diet foods.
Whatever diet you are on, a good guideline is this: Eat vegetables throughout your day.
When you first begin your diet, choose three non-starchy vegetables each day. Later on, work yourself up to five. Finally, make seven vegetables each day your new habit.
Begin with some vegetables at breakfast. A good example is scrambling veggies in your eggs: peppers, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, for example.
At lunch, enjoy a large salad or vegetable soup.
Good snacks include hummus with your cucumber slices and bell pepper slices.
Carrots sticks and celery slices are easy at snacks and meals.
Fresh veggies are best, but you may use frozen if that’s what’s available.
Vegetables listed below should be good on most any weight-loss diet. You may find a few on this list that won’t work for you. Veggies to avoid are those served creamed, or with a cheese sauce. Breaded vegetables are not a good option. Anything in a creamy dressing is a bad choice. This also includes fried vegetables.
Overall, this list should be adaptable to your needs:
alfalfa sprouts, artichokes, asparagus, arugula
beets, bok choy, broccoli, butternut squash
cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celery root, collard greens, corn, cucumbers
edamame, eggplant, green beans
lettuce of all varieties, lima beans
mushrooms, mustard greens
parsnips, peas, peppers (all varieties), potatoes
radishes (all varieties), rhubarb
sauerkraut, snow peas, soy beans, spaghetti squash, spinach, split peas, summer squash, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard
wax beans, winter squash
yams, yellow squash
Fruits are not quite as easy. Some diets don’t include many fruits. Also, diabetics need to talk to a medical professional or dietitian before eating much fruit. Skip the canned fruits, even in their own natural juices. Dried fruits and fruit chips are not a good option. Fruits that have been processed are not a good option.
bananas, blackberries, blueberries
cantaloupe, cherries, clementines
papaya, peach, pear, pineapple, plum, pomegranate
Whatever your diet, if you eat more fresh fruit and vegetables and fewer processed foods, you’ll lose weight, clean out your arteries, balance your blood pressure, and reduce your health care costs.
Whatever diet you finally choose, I hope you’ll join this blog on your journey. I’ll be sending you tips, information, and tactics to help make your weight control easier.
I’m hoping you’ll find that eating well is not difficult but IS delicious. I’m also hoping that you’ll find your diet will be easier.
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Let’s face this right now. Diets are stressful.
So is everything else when you’re dieting.
Even before you settle on the diet you’re going to adopt, find your stress busters. .
The bottom line is this: choose activities to do when you feel stressed. You don’t want to eat to combat stress.
Choose your healthy coping mechanism from dancing, gardening, journaling, meditating, puzzles, reading, singing, volunteering.
If you are a member of the right gym, you’ll be able to take advantage of stress busting activities offered. These may include yoga, zumba, spinning, and dozens of other activities.
Cultivate simple things you can do at home and at work to lift your spirits. These can include midday walks and playing relaxing music.
The idea is to have activities which don’t include munching on nuts and candies.
Walking 10,000 steps daily is a good stress reducing goal.
A weekly bodywork session can only be good for you and your diet success. Of course, I recommend reflexology, reiki therapy, or mindfulness meditation.
Your options are in the hundreds. Choose the most relaxing options for you and your lifestyle.
Two effective stress-reducing habits which can help you include keeping an appointment calendar and an ongoing to-do list.
Life is filled with small stressors which can be avoided with a calendar and a list.
For example, with a to-do list at the grocery store, you won’t leave out a key ingredient for a meal. This seems like a small enough thing but if you’re stressed already, that missing item can be the one that complicates your life.
A calendar will make sure you don’t miss an appointment. Your life can be streamlined and easier if you use it to help you shop, keep up with friends and relatives, make appointments.
In reality, you’ll lose less time because you forgot something or someone.
When you include a gym membership in the mix with the calendar and the to-do list, you’ll be much more organized. You’ll be more physically fit. Your new diet will be an easier experience.
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You need spiritual work because your weight loss diet brings change – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual change.
Success is easier when you speak to your inner self and ground your core in the new goals you’ve set for your spiritual work.
Now is a good time to embark on this spiritual journey. Choices, problems, challenges overwhelm us daily with information and current events. Everywhere we turn, people, animals, plants, air, water, and the earth even, cry out for help. We are drowning in all the needs for healing.
Spiritual work looms large.
To understand what is swirling around you, go to your spiritual center. This is the source of your strength, grounding, and peace. Here is where you’ll find your truth, your love and the core of your focus. This is where you’ll find weight loss success in your spiritual work.
This is where you’ll realize how much easier your life will be when your physical body is no longer weighted down with extra pounds. For some of us, there are pounds and pounds of protection to release.
Guided meditations can be a positive experience for you now. I’ve relied on guided meditations for years. My three favorite guided meditation books were edited several years ago by Larry Moen. Entitled “Meditations for Awakening”, “Meditations for Transformation”, and “Meditations for Healing”, these books are available on Amazon.
For me, these guided meditations offer a link between feelings, weight loss, and wellbeing.
Forgiveness is helpful. As forgiveness heals your soul, dieting will be easier because you won’t need to hoard pounds.
When forgiveness happens, some of your protection pounds will evaporate into the ethers.
That doesn’t mean you don’t need to change your eating habits and exercise more. But it does mean that it’s easier to accomplish a weight-loss goal.
Forgiveness can be a path all its own. Begin by forgiving everything past, everything present, and everything future.
Forgive everything and everybody – including people and events you’ve forgotten. Simply forgive everyone. Forgive everyone who even possibly needs forgiveness.
The idea is to clear everything up between you and everyone, now and forever.
Release people to their own lives – now and in peace.
And, last but not least, forgive yourself!
Write a daily forgiveness mantra.
You may find inspiration in some forgiveness prayers by Dr. Catherine Ponder. I didn’t copy them here because I couldn’t find out for sure whether they are copyrighted.
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When you read them, some things will resonate with you. Others will not. But, whether you use some of the guidelines or none, one thing is for sure. You will, day by day, leave the past behind.
Diets are not always easy. But anything worthwhile can have its challenges.
Each of us, on a diet or not, is on a spiritual journey. Each of us is travelling separately. But, we are all together.
It’s time to change old patterns, seek freedoms found in forgiveness, and see beyond the past into an expanded now.
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For months we’ve all been reading and hearing about a resurgence of the coronavirus combined with the flu. So…what does this mean?
Every year I hear the same question at the beginning of flu season: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHETHER IT’S A COLD OR THE FLU? This season, the question is a little different: HOW DO YOU KNOW WHETHER IT’S A COLD OR THE FLU OR CORONAVIRUS?
There are some real differences.
Fever is rare with a cold. Fever is common with the flu. It’s usually high and lasts three or four days.
Headaches are rare with a cold but common with the flu.
Cold sufferers may have slight aches and pains. Flu sufferers have definite aches and pains which may be severe.
Extreme fatigue and/or weakness is just not a factor with a cold. Exhaustion is common with the flu – especially at the onset of the illness.
Sore throat, stuffy nose, and sneezing are common with a cold. A person suffering with a cold may have mild symptoms to include a hacking cough. With the flu, these symptoms can become severe.
With colds, treatment includes antihistamines, decongestants. With the flu, the patient needs to consult with a physician about any needed medication.
Coronavirus complicates things.
Many people experience fever as the first symptom of Coronavirus.
The second symptom is often a combination of a cough and muscle pain.
Nausea and vomiting make up the third tier.
These symptoms are usually followed by diarrhea.
And, that’s not all. Some people experience a loss of taste or smell.
And, some people experience deeply reddish-blue toes (chillblains).
Others have headache and dizziness.
The bottom line here is that coronavirus has many symptoms while colds and flu
are much less complicated.
If you suspect coronavirus, go get tested. Waiting around while you try to decide you are sick and contagious or not is not good for you and it’s not good for those around you.
There are several tools at your disposal which can help you early on.
A thermometer is essential. Take your temperature daily.
When I’m out in the community, my temperature is the key to getting into the office where I have an appointment.
The no-touch forehead fever thermometer gun has become ubiquitous on receptionists’ desks wherever I go.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your temperature every morning. Your temperature can accompany your blood pressure reading. You can keep your thermometer gun beside your blood pressure cuff.
Then, you only need one other item: a pulse oximeter. A pulse oximeter estimates the amount of oxygen in your blood.
If you have coronavirus, your pulse oximeter will register a lower oxygen level in your body. This is because with coronavirus, your lungs are inflamed. (Actually, with coronavirus, inflammation is all over your body).
So, if you are concerned about your health because you may become exposed to coronavirus, you can help yourself with your temperature, your blood pressure, and your oxygen level.
If you feel ill, you will help your healthcare professional with these three scores.
For those who aren’t really familiar with an oximeter, it is the little plastic clip placed on your finger when you get your blood pressure measured.
These devices are not that expensive, are easy to use, and you can find an explanatory chart which will explain the meaning of the score.
Whatever you decide, prevention is important. Wash your hands often, wear a mask always when you leave your home, use hand sanitizer and don’t go anywhere around other people if you can help it.
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The September Solstice is a time to promote wellness and healing throughout the planet. Please take a moment to dwell on a planet where all beings experience wellness and coexist in honor and support.
Visualize a world where all beings experience positive renewal and growth as wellness and healing become real. Get to know all the wonderful opportunities in your world for growth and hope throughout our planet.
As the planet goes into its next phase, support your spirit and encourage healing and wellness to all plants and animals on earth. Make a place for yourself during this time to encourage spiritual growth.
Think of ways you can invite universal balance in your life. Think of how you fit into your day, into your world, into your goals.
Check in with yourself to give support to your spirit. Focus on a world where everyone works together with respect and harmony in support of all needs.
Create a vision of peace and wellness for yourself. Attract spiritual calm.
Expand your peace and wellness and spiritual calm to include every living thing in the world.
Thank you for reading this meditation.
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