20 Ways To Make Your Day Healthy. Pick At Least One Daily.

There is an amazing article I found by Cure Joy about ways to make your day more healthy. The best part about this list is that you have things to choose from that you can implement on a daily basis. It is always hard to start new routines, that is why being able to choose which you will implement on any given day is really beneficial.

These 20 ways are actually not all that bad or hard to follow through on:

  1. Wake Up Before Sunrise
  2. Don’t Skip Breakfast
  3. Exercise For An Hour
  4. Drink 2 Glasses Of Water 5 Times A Day
  5. Cook A Meal At Home
  6. Get Off The Internet
  7. Walk Briskly For An Hour
  8. No Junk Food
  9. Get 8 Hours Of Sleep At Night
  10. Procrastinate
  11. Bike To Work
  12. Ditch The Elevator
  13. Drink A Cup Of Green Tea
  14. Laugh Out Loud For 10 Minutes
  15. Do 10 Repetitions Of Sun Salutations
  16. Breathe Deeply For 10 Minutes
  17. Take A Stroll Barefoot In Grass
  18. Give Sugar A Pass
  19. Go Green
  20. Call Up An Old Friend

 

Source: https://www.curejoy.com/content/ways-to-make-day-healthy

 

Benefits & Uses of Coconut Oil

For a long time, coconut oil has been used to for so many different things. It is one of the oils I like to use for numerous reasons. I love all the benefits coconut oil has and there are still more uses being discovered.

To date, there are over 1,500 studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Coconut oil benefits and uses go beyond what most people realize.

–Dr. Axe

One of the main ways I use coconut oil is for my hair. I use it for hot oil treatments. It moisturizes my hair and scalp, keeping dandruff at bay, and helps stop breakage allowing it to grow healthy. I use coconut oil in just about every hair treatment mask or oil I make at home. It has healthy fatty acids (lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid) needed for a healthy lifestyle. Coconut oil is safe to use topically and to ingest. It is also a really good substitute to use when cooking instead of butter or cooking spray. Coconut oil has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Coconut oil is safe to use topically and to ingest. It is also a really good substitute to use when cooking instead of butter or cooking spray. Because of the good fats in coconut oil, it can actually help lower your cholesterol levels and help fight high blood pressure when ingested. It also helps you digest your food. It strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids and the healthy fatty acids I mentioned above.

Coconut oil is also good for your skin. It is filled with antioxidants that help relieve dry skin and is good for skin infections like eczema and dermatitis for example. You will find that a lot of products have coconut oil in its ingredients for this reason. It is also a carrier oil which means you can easily add essential oils and other beneficial oils to it.

I also like to use coconut oil for oil pulling in the mornings when I first wake up. I scrape my tongue first and then for about five to ten minutes I pull coconut oil in my mouth. It is almost like using a mouthwash but has greater benefits. Since coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. It also stops tooth decay and reduces plaque from forming and gingivitis.

The benefits I have mentioned are just to name a few and give examples of how I myself have used coconut oil. Should you want to look up recipes for inspiration or just want to know more ways coconut oil can benefit you, check out these following websites:

You can start small when incorporating coconut oil into your lifestyle for the first time. I started with a top/down approach myself, using it in my hair first. Try not to overwhelm yourself by trying a ton of recipes at once, focus on one and take notes on any reactions. Also, be sure to talk to your doctor prior to making any changes. It is always best to know your starting markers to see how much coconut oil can improve your life.

Until the next post,

Namaste!

Doubt: One of Our Biggest Enemies

DOUBT

(noun)

A feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction. — “some doubt has been cast upon the authenticity of this account”Synonyms: uncertainty, unsureness, indecisionhesitation, dubiousness, suspicionconfusion

(verb)

  1. feel uncertain about. – “I doubt my ability to do the job”
  2. archaic fear; be afraid of. – “I doubt not your contradictions”

I felt it was important to look at the proper definition of what doubt is to then understand what it does to a person. Doubt is a very powerful weapon that can be used to insight even the smallest bit of fear in us. I do not know about everyone’s situation; however, when doubt hits me, it makes me a little scared of what is to come next. It can come when you least expect it as well.

I usually feel doubt creep up on me the most right when I get excited about a new project or a new path I have decided to take to better myself. Doubtful thoughts come up such as: “How will I get to from point A to point B without making a fool of myself?”, or “What am I really doing? Can I even succeed in this?” It always happens, but I know they are fleeting thoughts.

Doubt is fleeting while Faith is permanent. I can say this with confidence because the only time doubt fades for me is when I increase my faith and believe that doubt is just a temporary inkling that I get. It does get hard to remind ourselves of this fact though. As with anything we decide to do in life, it is greeted with a little bit of uncertainty. The important part is to remember that yes it is okay to doubt sometimes, but not to constantly stay in that state and never progress forward.

Some of us do get stuck. I like to think of it as pushing a truck or car out of a parking spot in Chicago winter months. At first, you try and push your hardest to get out of the park and on the first, and maybe even second, try you just cannot get it out. You start to feel like it will be stuck in that park forever and doubt that you will drive it somewhere soon. Then someone comes along to assist and you believe and have faith that with their help, you will get out. Now, you are free from the park.

It happens all the time in life. Just remember that your faith is what removes doubt.

Doubt is fleeting. Faith is permanent.

Namaste!

Yoga Poses To Strengthen Your Bones

I found this amazing article about a study that was conducted on persons doing just 10 minutes a day of yoga, and as a result help improve their bone health. They succeeded doing this just by doing the following poses:

  • Tree pose
  • Triangle pose
  • Twisted-triangle pose
  • Side-angle pose
  • Bent-knee twist
  • Corpse pose
  • Warrior II pose
  • Locust pose
  • Bridge pose
  • Supine hand-to-foot I pose
  • Supine hand-to-foot II
  • Straight-legged twist pose

You can read more about it you can find the original article below.

https://www.curejoy.com/content/yoga-poses-strengthen-bones

Namaste

Dealing with Loss

Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy. The very first thing you want to do is start crying your eyes out and asking the age old question: WHY??

Why did they have to pass away? Why does it hurt so much? Why can’t I get more time with him/her? It can be so difficult, and for some downright impossible to feel like they can press forward. You tend to wonder how you will make it through this. Support from family and friends helps to lighten the load you feel weighing on your shoulders. We have all been there and had these same thoughts. Grief hits us like a ton of bricks on our chest. Everyone goes through grief differently, but it never fails that we go through all five stages.

The five stages of grief are:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

They are the framework that makes up our learning to live without the one(s) we have lost. How we choose to deal with the grief can affect us for a long while after the news is first broken to us. During the denial stage, you cannot even believe the facts put in front of you. The person(s) you love is no longer here to hug you, tell you things will be okay, etc. Then usually after that, comes the anger. You are angry because they are no longer able to be present with you anymore. You may fight with someone, throw things, break things, or choose the creative expressions like dancing and/or art. Then there is the bargaining with God – or higher power, whichever you believe. We then begin bargain, saying we will do whatever as long as we get to have more moments with them. We are trying still to rationalize what has happened and even offering your life for theirs.

Depression is usually the toughest stage to get through. The preparations following a death can seem to be the hardest thing to do. Now you have to plan a ceremony, write about their impact and the memories they have left you with, burial or cremation, contact those who do not know what happened yet. There are just too many tiresome and daunting tasks to take care of when someone passes away. It can all be so overwhelming. These activities usually can either ease the depression or worsen it.

Acceptance is the final stage. This is also the most relieving stage. Even though you have gone through this incredibly terrible loss, you have finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel. There is a glimmer of hope that comes over you, they are no longer in pain. The gloom is no longer hanging over you as much and each day gets better and easier to deal with. Though we may all have to experience the loss of a loved one, it is helpful to understand what it is we are going through.

I hope that this post finds you well.

Namaste.

Free Book (Delivered to your Home)

Hey,

Did you know that one of the most successful online marketers in history just published a book on how to easily make money from home – and he’s giving it away for free?

I was really surprised when I heard this, but I checked it out and ordered it – and it’s amazing.

I learned how to make $1,000 in under a week using the information in this book. All I had to do was go here to order it.

This guy is amazing. He’s a self-made multi-millionaire, and he’s not even 30. I don’t know why he’s giving away his secrets right now, but I’m really glad he is.

I assume he’s just trying to promote the book and generate buzz, and that he’ll start charging for it soon/ So I’d go to that link right now while it’s still free if I were you.

There’s also an interesting video about the book that I recommend watching if you are not sure it’s right for you:

https://mobe.wistia.com/medias/75g018ozpn

The bottom line is that you can learn how to start making serious money from home next week, and the advice is free. So, if that sounds good to you, I’d order it now.

I’m glad I did.

Forgiveness

How easy is it truly to forgive others for things done to you? Depending on your spiritual background, you are supposed to forgive others and forgive yourself on a regular basis. I started my spiritual journey as a Christian, raised in the church, and this is what I was taught from a very young age. When I was little the first thing I would think is “Why should I forgive them for hurting me?” It was always a question that I had unanswered in my mind because I did not understand the real meaning of forgiveness.

Matthew 6:14-15 reads as follows:

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Once I found this passage, it became easier to understand the concept of WHY I should forgive others; however, I still did not understand exactly HOW to do that. It has still been a challenge, I am not perfect. To truly forgive someone though you have to be able to let go of the hurt and the pain associated with the trauma/situation. Take an abuse victim for example; they have constantly been hurt either physically, verbally, or mentally and still have to be able to forgive their abuser. That is if they want to begin healing, according to the Bible verse.

A lot of things are easier said than done, so HOW do you do it? For me, it is a process that I have changed over the years. I have tried to tell a person I forgive them for hurting me and have learned that telling them only confuses them. They ask more questions about why you are forgiving them and it re-opens the wounds you already closed. I have tried forgiving others and learned only later that I really did not when I see them again.

I have come to discover recently that forgiveness is all for you to do just for yourself. It is a covenant between you and God (or The Creator depending on your preference). It is only for you as an individual. We should all practice forgiveness, but I have found that it is best to not publicize your forgiveness of others. Most times they do not even feel they need to be forgiven and that is never a debate you want to get into if you are working on healing.

How do you forgive?

Rose Colored Glasses

I will never forget the day when someone told me “oh you finally took your rose colored glasses off huh?”

There has never been a day when I thought this world was “rosey” in the slightest! Come on now sir…move all the way around!!

Do not get me wrong I am a full believer that there is a lot offered to us as humans, but most of us have ruined it. I take each day for what it is: another day I am blessed to breathe. I do constantly remind myself to appreciate each day and be thankful because it could be my last. It would be nice if one could be at perfect peace, however it is not possible.

Life is no crystal stair either and the grass is not greener on the other side. All those sayings correlate in some way. The beauty of it is that it allows you to really be more aware and see all things for what they are. Plain and simple. I put on my shades as often as I need to.

Sidney Poitier is oldest living Best Actor Oscar winner – Black History

Sidney Poitier won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a leading role on April 13, 1964, and as of Monday, Feb. 20, when he turned 90, he is the oldest living actor to have received the award.

When Poitier took home the award for his work in Lilies of the Field, he was also making history as the first black man to receive the award, and it was definitely well-deserved. The film also received nominations in four other categories but did not take home any of them.

Ernest Borgnine, who died in 2012, was previously the oldest living actor to have won the award before he died of renal failure. Borgnine won his Best Actor Oscar in 1955 for “Marty,” which also won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay that year.

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Love – Genuine Love

Thousands of young couples go through with a loveless marriage because no one ever told them what genuine love is. I believe we need to read the 13th chapter of First Corinthians, in which the Apostle Paul gives us a definition of love. He says, “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” If people today knew that kind of love, the divorce rate would be sharply reduced.

With that being said, do not be afraid of love. It is one of the best feelings in the world. Love heals old wounds that we may allow to stay open after moving from one love to the next. Love gives us hope when we feel all hope is gone. I love love. It needs to be spread more. With yesterday being Valentine’s Day, I hope you made sure to tell someone that you love them. You never know what tomorrow may bring. Love your loved ones today while they are still here for you to do so.

With much love from your’s truly,

Have a great day!

Namaste