March 12, 2018

Healthy Living

I am re-launching my blog after taking a few years to decide what I want to write about. Healthy Living has always been a huge passion and I want to dedicate this blog to sharing what I am learning in my own personal life to wellness. 

Thank you for joining me and I hope to bring you a lot of great resources! 

All the Best,

October 23, 2015

NAILED Endocrine Disruptor In Nail Polishes ... Gets Into Women’s Bodies

Hormonal. Weight gain. A list of life THREATENING illnesses ...

"This is just ONE more way we are literally being poisoned.
Recently a Dr shares with me the dangers of WHAT we are cooking with ... Teflon & harmful plastics, ingesting them is even far worse than all the added hormones they put in our meat and dairy!!
Teflon is being sued. It is allegedly being removed from the market - but at what expense?
There is always going to be something in its place ... and maybe even far worse. All for the sake of corporate greed and special interests.
Are we accepting things because we don't want to do something right now, TODAY?
Change is uncomfortable but dying ... well, that seems much more uncomfortable!!
Small things add up. I'm not going to tell my friends and family what to do - but I am slowly removing the things that are killing the people I LOVE."

Here is the FULL REPORT from the Environmental Working Group:

NAILED Endocrine Disruptor In Nail Polishes Gets Into Women’s Bodies

October 5, 2015

Totally, Without a Doubt, FED UP ... A Big FU

Have you seen the movie Fed Up? I am trying to maintain a level of online-writing-professionalism. However, if you were in my tribe of friends - the FU up top would stand for something completely different.

It is truly mind-blowing! You can't undo seeing it. 

I am Fed Up. As a consumer. As a mom. As a human that just wants there to be better FDA regulations and for there not to be so many hidden agendas and special interests ... in the name of our health.

It's not a secret that we are a VERY sick nation. Most of my family and friends who are older than me - are on a laundry list of medications. With a laundry list of side effects. It's a vicious cycle. 

I have always known there has to be a deeper issue here. And you do not have to have a doctorate to know this. 

Let there be better food transparency - like putting the daily recommendations on the food label for sugar, or instead of trying to trick us consumers by continually changing the name of sugar, labeling GMO's!

And if people still want to buy the products that contain all of these things. So be it. 

Just give us a choice. 

Are  you among many of my friends who think they are doing good by eating yogurt? The image below is more than what we should have in a day! 

I'm going to borrow this from Michelle Konstantinovsky - thank you for this! [Source: Here] 

10 Things We Learned From “Fed Up”

We all know obesity is an epidemic and that health issues, from diabetes to heart disease, are skyrocketing. But what if everything we’ve been told about food and exercise is wrong?
That’s the premise behind the new documentary, Fed Up, executive produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David. The film features top food experts like Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, Robert Lustig, and Mark Bittman arguing that the food industry’s supposed “solutions” for fighting obesity and disease are not only making the problems worse–they’re creating the problems. The film also dives deep into issues surrounding the government’s involvement in subsidizing and endorsing the sale and marketing of unhealthy products to adults and children.
“To make any sustainable dietary change we have to understand why change is warranted to begin with,” says One Medical Group nutritionist, Karyn Duggan, CNC. “If I could get all of my patients to see Fed Up, then I could spend all my time with them focused on how to bring their health goals to fruition because they’d already have a very clear understanding of why the changes are necessary.”
Here are just 10 of the mind-blowing things we learned from Fed Up.

1. Exercise May Not Be the Best Weight Loss Solution

Between the 1980s (the height of America’s Jane Fonda/aerobics/jazzercise obsession) and 2000, fitness club memberships doubled)–but so did obesity rates. Now experts are questioning whether the age-old “calories in, calories out” philosophy is really accurate. As author Gary Taubes puts it, “We’re not going to exercise our way out of the obesity epidemic.”

2. All Calories Are Not Created Equal

As we learn in the film, 160 calories worth of almonds come with a healthy dose of fiber, which slows digestion and keeps blood sugar levels from spiking. 160 calories worth of soda, however, are absorbed straight into the liver, causing a “sugar rush” and the immediate conversion of sugar to fat. Both options are 160 calories, but they create drastically different reactions within the body.

3. Childhood Cases of Type 2 Diabetes Have Exploded

Type 2 diabetes, once known as “adult onset diabetes” was virtually unheard of in children just a few decades ago. In 1980, there were zero childhood cases of the condition. In 2010, there were 57,636.

4. The 1977 McGovern Report Was a Food Industry Game Changer

When Senator George McGovern recommended Americans consume less sugar and fat-laden products, the egg, sugar, and meat industries were less than thrilled. They banded together and rejected the statements. The recommendations were then rewritten to encourage consumers to buy more lean products as opposed to less of the rich ones. The food industry adapted by reengineering thousands of products to be low-fat.

5. “Fat-Free” Comes at a Cost

When you remove fat from food, you have a big problem: The food tastes horrible. To compensate for the lack of flavor, food manufacturers add plenty of sugar. Some products that are labeled “low-fat” actually contain twice the sugar of the original, full-fat versions.

6. No Matter What It’s Called, It’s Still Sugar

Sugar has tons of other monikers, and the body processes them all the same way. Whether you see “sugar,” “high-fructose corn syrup,” “fructose,” “dextrose,” “turbinado sugar,” “sorbitol,” “raw sugar,” or some other variation on the label–it’s still sugar.

7. Sugar Shows Up in Sneaky Places

The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 6 to 8 teaspoons of sugar per day (1 teaspoon equals 4 grams). Even if you’re not pouring the sweet stuff on your cereal, it shows up in sneaky places like spaghetti sauce and salad dressing (both can contain about 3 teaspoons per serving). A breakfast of orange juice and processed cereal can put you over the daily limit in one meal.

8. Sugar is a Drug

Brain scans indicate that sugar consumption fires up the same areas of the brain that are triggered by cocaine, and according to Dr. Mark Hyman, it’s eight times as addictive as the narcotic.

9. Junk Food Qualifies as Health Food in Schools

French fries and pizza are currently considered “vegetables” in school lunches.

10. You Can Be Thin on the Outside and Carry Dangerous Fat Inside

The long-term damage of processed food consumption isn’t always visible. The acronym “TOFI” stands for “Thin Outside Fat Inside” and refers to individuals who seemingly “get away” with eating whatever they want but are hiding dangerous amounts of fat inside their bodies.
Feeling alarmed or angry? You can do something about it. Learn the truth about sugar and take the Fed Up Challenge by going sugar-free for 10 days.

January 1, 2015

Let the New Year Begin ... Emptying Myself

I came across this quote during my meditation a month back and it immediately struck a cord. Have you ever heard, seen,  or read something that was like being reunited with a long lost friend? This was like being reacquainted to the core of my soul. And I know it is a huge part in my new journey. Here is to the emptiness of everything. 

"The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything." ~Buddha

February 6, 2013

Transformation in 9 Minutes a Day

Photo credit: Pinterest
From the Mind of Elizabeth: After watching Dina Proctor's compelling video by My Story Inc., I reached out to her and asked if she would write something to you, my readers. 

If you are Madly Chasing Peace, as I am, this is for you.

By Dina Proctor, Author of Best-Selling Book Madly Chasing Peace

I learned the hard way that life doesn't have to be full of struggle and pain - life's actually meant to be fun, joyful and deeply fulfilling. For me it took hitting rock-bottom to break open into a profoundly different way of living and brand-new perspective on life.

Just over four years ago was my lowest point. I'd spent my 20s in and out of depression, believing that if I could just find it - that perfect man, career, number on the scale - that I would finally be happy. I spent years in and out of therapy, on and off depression medications, switching jobs constantly, buying new cars, moving to new cities and upgrading my boyfriends, in a hopeless effort to fill that deep void inside. My desperation increased as each change I made failed to satisfy the deep wanting within myself. After countless failed attempts, I felt that if life was never going to get any better I just wanted out. Thoughts of suicide and prayers that I wouldn't wake up in the morning became more and more frequent. I also found myself at a point where alcohol had gradually become the only thing that soothed me, and I was caught up in a nasty cycle of heavy addiction. 

Hitting rock bottom, with a date planned for my suicide, was the catalyst that had me reach out for help. I ended up spending a year in an addiction recovery program where a woman I came to deeply respect coached me day by day. The first thing she told me to start doing was to meditate; to sit still for twenty minutes every morning and focus on my breathing. I remember thinking she was crazy - what on earth could sitting still do for me? But she was such a calm, peaceful person, and I wanted that calm for myself. Besides, I felt like I'd tried everything else and that didn't get me anywhere so I committed to giving it a try.

For the first few weeks - because of my horrifically negative thoughts and my body's state of withdrawal and detox - I physically couldn't sit still for twenty minutes. But I figured out that I could sit relatively still for about three minutes. So I sat to meditate for three minutes several times a day to try and make her twenty-minute quota. After a couple of months, I began having experiences of profound bliss, deep centeredness, and freedom from mind chatter during my little three-minute meditations. I knew that slowly but surely I was onto something. 

These three-minute meditations eventually evolved into the practice I now call "3x3 Meditation" (three minutes, three times a day). Over the past four years as my practice has evolved and deepened I've used my 3x3 to release addictive cravings, lose weight effortlessly, lower my cholesterol, transform my relationships, and to discover dreams for my life I didn't even know I had!  I've found that as I relax into the voice of my intuition, following its guidance as I quiet my mind's chatter a few times every day, I'm able to access deep states of peace and wisdom, finding the power and confidence, centeredness and peace, to live my life from an entirely new perspective.

3x3 Meditation is the simplest, most effective method I know of to start on a path of transformation. Though I had to hit rock bottom before I realized all of this, I don't believe it's necessary to hit bottom before you start climbing up. Peace, joy and fulfillment are our most natural state, and is available to anyone and everyone committed to finding it. 

~ Dina Proctor | | 310.937.0099 | creating transformation in 9 minutes a day ~