Goals and The Spaces Between

“The Christmas presents once opened are Not So Much Fun as they were while we were in the process of examining, lifting, shaking, thinking about, and opening them. Three hundred sixty-five days later, we try again and find that the same thing has happened. Each time the goal is reached, it becomes Not So Much Fun, and we’re off to reach the next one, then the next one, then the next.

That doesn’t mean that the goals we have don’t count. They do, mostly because they cause us to go through the process and it’s the process that makes us wise, happy, or whatever. If we do things in the wrong sort of way, it makes us miserable, angry, confused, and things like that. The goal has to be right for us, and it has to be beneficial, in order to ensure a beneficial process. But aside from that, it’s really the process that’s important.”  The Tao of Pooh

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“The honey doesn’t taste so good once it is being eaten; the goal doesn’t mean so much once it is reached; the reward is no so rewarding once it has been given. If we add up all the rewards in our lives, we won’t have very much. But if we add up the spaces *between* the rewards, we’ll come up with quite a bit. And if we add up the rewards *and* the spaces, then we’ll have everything – every minute of the time that we spent.” The Tao of Pooh

12 Notes on Health that Will Surprise You

Have you ever been in a room with over a thousand happy, inspired people?

It feels like flying. It is expansive. It is empowering. 

I am so thankful that I was invited to attend the  IIN event live over the weekend. I think anytime you have the opportunity to surround yourself with smiling, smart, supportive, high-reaching people who intend and are making a positive impact on the world you should jump at the chance, in whatever capacity you can, leaving every and any excuse behind. Actually, I think you should make sure these are the types of people you surround yourself with constantly. Community, as it was reconfirmed over the weekend, plays a huge role in health and happiness and we all deserve to be surrounded by people that lift us up to our highest potential.

Marie Forleo on priorities, success, love, and vision

Marie Forleo on priorities, success, love, and vision

Speaker after speaker doled out information. How do sleep, sugar, soil, happiness, loneliness, fear, purpose, stress, success, relationships, and of course, nutrition, impact health? Their advice was full of wisdom, facts, and soul. Nothing compares with being there in person, but here are just a few gems I took away from this weekend:

1.”The truth is that what we eat is a dialogue about who we believe we are to ourselves and to the world.” Pete Evans

2.”No amount of kale is going to counteract chronic stress.” Lissa Rankin, MD

3.”The most shocking thing is that you don’t learn anything about nutrition in medical school.” Dr.Oz

Dr.Oz

Dr.Oz

4.”Sugar is 8x more addictive than cocaine …overconsumption is linked to CVD, type 2 DM, stroke, dementia, and cancer” Dr. Mark Hyman

5.”No clinical trials on diet soda show benefit for weight loss.” Dr. Oz

6.”Telling the truth and doing what you love is the best antidepressant.” Mastin Kipp

7.”Food is medicine or poison, its your choice.” Pete Evans

8.”Let go of something to sleep instead of taking something…Sleeping pills increase risk of cancer more than smoking.” Dr.Rubin Naiman discussing the importance of sleep and its link with nutrition.

9.”How much and the quality of your sleep will affect nearly every aspect of your daily life: immunity, stress management, weight, aging, risk of disease, hormones and more.” Keri Glassman.

10. “Time is your most precious non-reliable resource.” Marie Forleo

11.”Whats good for the planet is good for us. . .Don’t put anything on your body, in your house, on your car…that you wouldn’t eat, because eventually you will” Daphne Miller, MD talking about the impact of soil on health.

12.”Relationship is the most important stone (foundation). A life filled with love and support can overcome a lot of things.” Lisa Rankin, MD

Lissa Rankin talks about the impact of loneliness

Lissa Rankin talks about the impact of loneliness

“How would you behave if you were the best in the world at what you do?” Marie Forleo

This is a small sample of all that was said and was this past weekend. If you have any interest in health, happiness, or pursuing a passionate life I highly recommend joining the movement that is IIN.

Did any of the above surprise you? What step can you  be inspired to take today to live your happiest, healthiest life?

Empower yourself and become your own health advocate and maybe even a health advocate for others. Join me and others at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition!

Look Up from Your Phone. Live life in Person.

We all talk about how the Smart Phone has changed our world and us…
This video will make you think.
Hopefully you will reach out in a real way to someone, anyone…
And remember to be present for your friends and loved ones even if your pocket is vibrating.
Don’t bring your phone to bed, don’t bring it to dinner, don’t bring it to the next party.
Be there for the ones you love or be present enough to meet someone new.
Learn how to really communicate again.
Go do something without your phone.

Stand Up Straight! Better Posture = Better You!

Growing up riding horses my trainer always wanted my back stiff as a board, especially during competitions. Heels down, head up, shoulders back, and stomach tight! On occasion a broom handle was put behind my elbows as my hands were on the reins, causing an over exaggerated arc to my frame and scabs on my mid-back where it would rub. My posture on top of a horse went on to win me  blue ribbons, so my trainer clearly knew a thing or two, but there was a backlash… My posture now stinks in every other circumstance. I look at pictures and cringe. Time behind computers doesn’t help either.

I’m doing my detox this week and I have decided as a part of my process to break the slouching once and for all!

So if like me, you catch yourself on the slouch a little too often, check out the benefits and exercises below!

Better Digestion

Give your organs room to do their jobs, slouching squashes them.

Better Breathing

Positions ribs for increased lung capacity, breathe deeper!

Improved Muscle Tone

Your stomach will look much better :)

Improved Back/Prevent Back Pain

No one wants to end up as a permanent hunchback or be plagued with back pain. Proper posture is your best tool for prevention and management.

Better Concentration

When we alter our posture and body language, it subconsciously influences our thinking and decision-making.

Confidence!  

Superman always has excellent posture and he oozes confidence. When we standup straight, we can project our voices, and standup fully for who we are…hence the expression “Standup for yourself.”

Improved Image

It just looks better…you’ll look assertive, self-assured, and it is the best way to show off your assets. Nice looks good, while slouching never does!

So sit up straight at that computer!

Try these: Yoga Poses For Better Posture

or this:

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or if you get really desperate:

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“A good leg will fall, a straight back will stoop, a black beard will turn white, a curled pate will grow bald, a fair face will wither, a full eye will wax hollow. But a good heart…is the sun and moon…for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps its course truly.” William Shakespeare

8 Insiprational Quotes to Live By

We all need reminders once in a while about what is really important in life, that we are capable of more, and that everything is better with love and gratitude. Here are some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite mentors:

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Have a wonderful day!!!

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7 Ways to Get Clear Now!

“Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.” James Allen. 

Welcome to Spring. A gardener begins to plant this time of year and we should begin our own planting for our mind, body, and soul. During the winter we think, plan, and go within. Now it is spring and it is time for action so that our ideas and desires can manifest in the summer and be harvested in the fall. It is time to start planting!  We are not separate from the seasons, the earth, and our environment. If you need direction, many times you can find answers in nature.

One of the best things we can do during the spring is set aside a certain amount of time to get clear on our desires and clear out our homes, bodies, and minds of toxic substances, habits, and thoughts. We weed out the things that don’t belong so that the things we do want have room to grow to their fullest.

Here are some simple things to get you started:

1.Eat simple clean whole foods

Get fresh greens at your local farmers market. Cleaner food = Clearer Thoughts

Get fresh greens at your local farmers market. Cleaner food = Clearer Thoughts

2.Practice awareness and don’t let negative thoughts spiral

3.Keep a journal

4.Practice deep cleansing breaths

5.Cleanse the system with substances that reduce toxins, parasites, and infections such as pau d’arco, oregano essential oil, chlorella, or grapefruit seed extract.

6. Spend time outside in nature

I always feel calmer when I get to spend time outside.

I always feel calmer when I get to spend time outside.

7. Clean and organize the spaces you spend the most time in

Look at Better Homes and Gardens tips for room-by-room organization.

Look at Better Homes and Gardens tips for room-by-room organization.

Happy planting! Don’t forget to weed out the garden of your mind!

Want to go deeper?

Join me for my Mind, Body, Soul Renewal: A 7 Day Spring Detox designed to rejuvenate you on multiple levels using real food, herbs, reflection, and more! E-mail me for more details!