“Are You Feeling The (Fall Back) Time Change”

Nope, you are not going crazy for possibly feeling “out of sync” this week.  When this time of year rolls around  I get tired easier and need to be gentle with myself.  This involves eating healthier, less sugar and caffeine and more fruits and vegetables.  I also give myself permission to rest and allow my body’s rhythm to adjust.  It takes me 3-5 days to adjust.

I also do not like it when it is dark outside at 5:30PM.  I am someone who loves the sun and craves the sunlight.  But… there can be benefits.   I love to cook soup, eat hot meals  and settle in early.   I go to bed early and upon rising witness the beautiful sunrise.  I think of it as “nestling” in to a new rhythm for the next several months and maybe it gives us an excuse to sleep longer.

What you need to know about the Time Change:

Time changes our circadian rhythm and as a result we feel more tired.

How to tackle tiredness:

  1.  Get more rest
  2. Take Supplements
  3. Exercise
  4. Eat more fat.  ie avocados, nuts.  If we don’t get good fat in our diet certain hormones get imbalanced which can add to tiredness.
  5. Use your own compass to figure out much sleep you need.  It is different for everyone.
  6. Take Melatonin.  We are more deprived of this hormone in the winter months
  7. Avoid driving in the dark.  It’s harder to see.

8.  Avoid projects in the evening.  I once heard we retain less when we are tired.

 

From “Woes to Wow”

At this moment I am recognizing that I need to look at the “Wow Factor” and in translation it means recognizing the simple things that I can so easily overlook.  It is easy to get caught up in our own little pity parties and not focus on “Wow” this happened to me today or  “wow” isn’t this wonderful.  Even though I might not like how something is going I might as well go with the flow with the way life is.  No cents being bent out of shape!

I came home to 2 turkeys in my back yard today.   Unheard and unseen of  and “Wow” that is pretty darn cool.  But at the same time it does not dismiss how you feel inside when feelings arise you just got to feel in order to get to the other side of it.  So when you feel sad, angry don’t dismiss it feel it through to completion and don’t waste any more time than needed and move on to the next thing.   Most of the time what we feel in the moment or in our bodies is a memory of something  that happened a long time ago.  Move your body or do something to shake it off.   Someone once told me a story of a lawyer who quit his job and opened a cake industry.  Brilliant!

 

Wow I get to type these words on my blog and you get to see them, how cool is that?    Wow just the fact that I am breathing is a miracle!  Wow I get to experience life itself just by sitting in this chair and witnessing my thoughts, sounds and texture of this key board.

Yes my friends, the birth of a baby or a beautiful sunset is “WOW”  but what if today you can find the Wow in the mundane and overlooked places.  See or feel what is right in front of  you and I promise you will not be disappointed!

 

A rekindling of friends!

Several weeks ago I was in Croton, NY (upstate)  for a reunion with high school friends.  This trip was planned months ago and I immediately responded “yes” with folks I have not seen in 30+ years!  On my way to the “gathering”  I was filled with excitement and anxiousness.  My mind was infiltrated with “what if’s and questions.  Meeting for the first time in years it felt a little awkward and became very comfortable as memories flooded in  of the past.

There is something to be said about rekindling relationships from long ago and what I refer to as the formative years.  When I say reformative years I am referring to “teenage years.”  As anyone knows “teenage” years can be tumultuous.  For me “I felt like I never fit it.”   Fast forward:  Yes, the “teenager self” still resides within me and she has learned to laugh and not take things as serious.  I’ve learned and continue to learn to be honest, authentic and vulnerable.  I say “thank you” to this teenager’s heart and what she has learned about herself over the years.

It was a wonderful experience of “catching up with one another and getting to know each other again.  It did not take long to bond and find that familiarity with one another.  Someone once said to me we are more alike than different.  I believe that statement to be true.  It is through our humanity that we find love.  We all feel hurt, sadness, and pain and yet it is through this we discover joy, happiness and fulfillment.

A song comes to mind of our time together in Croton, NY.   “Thank you for being a friend. Traveled down a road and back again.  Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant.

I love you and thank you for loving me…         your friend,  Anne

 

 

Midlife and Re-writing the script!

What do you want out of life? I have asked myself this question over the past several months.  I am 50 Plus and I am in the midst of re-writing my script.  Actually, I feel more alive than I ever have.  For years I have had the belief that I never deserved what I truly desired or that I could not have it.  Belief systems are deeply ingrained but one has to challenge their beliefs or find a solution to a perceived problem.

In the past I have wrecked my head over what is it that i wanted. .  A friend suggested that I write out my smallest to biggest desires and feel into it.  I did that and still no breakthrough until now…  I discovered it has nothing to do with accomplishments, projects or achievements.  My desire is to be in the moment, have fun, share love and when I do that everything else will flow and through me.

I want you to know it is never to late to re-write your script and do what gives you joy.  When you are in joy ~ your body relaxes and your health and appearance improves along with your state of mind.  You and I owe this to ourself.  We deserve to nurture ourselves in this way.  Now is the time!

Life Is a Blessing & Here is Why?

I am the person today because of my past:

Yes, it has been hard, scary, downright terrifying and in between.  but… I would not be the person I am today because of it.

There has been up’s and down’s, left turns and right turns and in between’s but… I am the person today because of it.

There has been stormy, cloudy and bright ski’s  but… I am the person today because of it

There has been earaches, heartaches and tooth aches but… I am the person today because of it.

There has been miracles,  blessings and second guessing but… I am the person today because of it.

There has been night fall and snow fall and fall fall fall but… I am the person today because of it.

There has been children, boredom and conundrum but… I am the person today because of it.

There has been breakthroughs, breakdowns and weepy eyes  but…I am the person today because of it.

There has been pain and sorrow that could not wait for the morrow  but… I am the person today because of it.

I am a speck of the divine and so are you so live it full out and live it for you!

 

 

 

 

 

What do you want? 11 Steps to get there!!!

  1.  Write out you future vision but don’t get lost in the big picture.  Focus on implementing baby steps every day in the direction of your dreams.  Remember you have ideas of how you want to achieve it but ideas can change day to day.
  2.   Let go of comparison.  You are unique and a contributor.  Your history/story is unique to you.  Nobody has it all figured out like we imagine they do.
  3. “Winning” is doing your own thing.
  4. Don’t sit on your decisions, make a decision!  You cannot make a wrong decision
  5. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.
  6. Look for the opportunities when faced  with “adversity.”  Put your attention on what your gaining rather than what you are losing.
  7. When you feel “direction less”  ~ Talk to someone who will point you in the right direction.
  8. If you cannot make a decision right away don’t pretend it does not exist.  Give yourself permission to come back to it but don’t wait too long.
  9. Communication is important.
  10. Don’t look back of how’s it’s been.  Reframe it of how you want it to be.
  11. Self approval comes from within you!

Greater Health & Wholeness

I am more passionate than ever to discover  what it is like to embody greater health and wholeness.  I would like to say at this stage in my life I don’t have a choice and I’m open to embrace change.   I have found it is imperative to take care of my precious vessel and feed it nourishing and sustainable foods.  a.k.a. Keep it clean!  My body deserves my attention!  What’s that saying “If MaMa Ain’t happy nobody is happy.”  I feel happier and healthier when I introduce more fruits and vegetables into my lifestyle along with using discernment of what quenches my palette!  I choose not to eat food that has no nutritional value to it….BUT.. I am not perfect and don’t always keep on track but I do my best!   I’ve heard people say: “Well your gonna die anyways so why not eat what ever you want.”  I disagree:  You are what you eat and we are given this precious body and it is important to treat it with upmost favor.  I feel better physically, physiologically, mentally and spiritually when I do this.

I used to not prioritize food and eat unconsciously.   I have come to know that when I make conscious decisions when it comes to food I feel better about myself,  my mind feels clear and I make better decisions.  There is one area I could improve upon and that is limiting my coffee intake.    I have 1 cup a day and I think I will cut it down to several times a week and see how this goes.  Sometimes it is easy to do what others are doing when it comes to eating habits.

I recently took up drinking celery juice in the AM before I put anything in my stomach.  Anthony Williams (Medical Medium) has written several books and there is a lot of benefit from doing this.  Celery Juice is good for many body aliments.  According to him one of the aliments is Digestive Issues.  I have been doing it for several weeks now and I do not as of yet have any concrete evidence how it is helping me BUT at this point it feels digestible and soothing and as they say “The Proof is in the Pudding.” and give it time!

If you interested in reading the potent healing properties (see below):

If people knew all the potent healing properties of celery juice, it would be widely hailed as a miraculous superfood.

Celery has an incredible ability to create sweeping improvements for all kinds of health issues.

CELERY JUICE STANDS ALONE

Celery is truly the savior when it comes to chronic illness.

I’ve seen thousands of people who suffer from chronic and mystery illness restore their health by drinking 16 ounces of celery juice daily on an empty stomach.

That’s why long ago I started the movement of drinking pure, straight celery juice, and it’s why I want to be sure people know how to use this potent drink correctly and successfully.

Celery juice is most powerful when you drink it SOLO.

While it’s great to consume other green juices or vegetables juices and add in items like spinach, kale, parsley, cilantro, or apples, drink those mixed juices at a different time than your straight celery juice.

These blends function differently than what I’m recommending as your greatest tool for recovering your health: pure celery juice taken on an empty stomach.

If you drink your celery juice first thing in the morning, it will also strengthen your digestion of foods you eat for the rest of the day.

How do I make celery juice?

Ingredients:
1 large bunch of celery

Directions:
Rinse the celery and run it through a juicer. Drink immediately for best results.

Alternatively, you can chop the celery and blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth. Strain well and drink immediately.

What is the ideal amount of celery juice to receive the healing benefits?

16 oz is the magic number.

Increasing your intake up to 24-32 oz a day, can be extremely beneficial for many battling chronic illness.

How much celery to make 16 oz ?

One large bunch typically makes 16 oz of juice.

When is the best time to drink celery juice?

Best consumed first thing in the morning before food.

If that is not possible, anytime during the day 15-30 minutes before or after eating something – is the 2nd best option.

Which juicer do you recommend?

Greenstar Juicer, Omega Juicer, and Aicock Juicer are all great depending on your budget, but any juicer will work

Does the celery have to be organic?

Organic is best, but if you can’t get organic don’t worry.

You can purchase conventionally grown celery.

Then wash each stalk with a drop of natural fragrance-free dish soap, followed by rinsing in water.

If you don’t have natural clear dish soap, give the celery a quick rinse in warm water.

Making sure to rinse each stalk.

Can I make celery juice ahead of time?

It’s best to drink celery juice immediately after juicing.

But if you don’t have options other wise, do not let it go past one day (24 Hours).

If using this option, make sure to seal it in a mason jar, and store in the fridge.

Do I need to cut off the leaves of the celery, they taste bitter?

You can leave them on, or cut them off.

Some people do prefer to cut them off, because they can make the juice a little bitter.

Can I freeze celery juice, and make batches ahead of time?

If you cannot drink your celery juice after making it, and making ahead and freezing is your only option, then freezing it is okay.

But this is a last resort, and should not be relied on.

Fresh is always best.

Celery juice’s powerful medicinal qualities will decrease when freezing it.

Can I chop and wash celery the night before so it’s ready to juice in the morning?

Yes, this is great way to prepare and save some time for the next morning.

What if I can’t stand the taste of straight celery juice?

If you find the taste of straight celery juice too strong, you can juice one cucumber and/or one apple with the celery.

This is a great option as you get adjusted to the flavor.

As you get used to it, keep increasing the ratio of celery; the greatest benefits come when celery juice is consumed on it’s own.

Is it okay to add lemon or lime to my celery juice?

Celery juice works best on it’s own.

Adding any other ingredients to the juice will dilute it’s medicinal properties.

Wait 15- 30 minutes after drinking, before consuming anything else.

Can I just eat celery instead of juicing it?

The reason we juice the celery versus eating it, is because juicing and removing the pulp (fiber) is the only way to get the powerful healing benefits; for healing chronic illness.

Eating celery itself is helpful and should be part of your diet, but you will not be able to consume enough celery to get the benefits of juicing it.

You wouldn’t be able to receive the concentrated undiscovered cluster salts, that do all of the following :

Quickly rebuild your hydrochloric acid so that your stomach can break down protein.

If protein isn’t broken down properly it will cause gut rot.

Strong hydrochloric acid is important to kill off pathogens entering your mouth.

Celery Juice increases and strengthens your bile.

Strong bile is important for the break down fats, and for the killing off pathogens; that have made their way into your body.

Eating straight celery wouldn’t allow you to get enough of celery’s cluster salts; that acts as antiseptics for pathogens.

Celery juice restores your central nervous system.

Removes old toxins and poisons, such as: old pharmaceuticals from your liver.

Is celery juice okay to consume while pregnant?

Yes, celery juice is safe and healthy to consume while pregnant.

But each person is different, so listen to your body.

If it feels too cleansing, you can try 16 oz of straight cucumber juice instead.

Can I add ice to my celery juice?

It’s best not to add ice, ice will dilute the healing properties of the celery juice.

Is it normal to experience diarrhea after drinking celery juice?

This is a normal detox reaction that some individuals that have a higher level of toxins may experience.

Celery juice will kill off unproductive bacteria in the gut, and can cause diarrhea.

Or in many people a looser stool, at first.

It also helps purge the liver, and can create some diarrhea – if the individual has an extremely toxic liver. Almost everyone today has some degree of liver toxicity, which can lead to countless symptoms and conditions. Find out more about how this develops and how you can support your liver in Liver Rescue.

If the reaction is really intense you can start with a lower amount such as : 2-8 oz of celery juice, and work up from there.

If it is still too intense, try 16 oz of straight cucumber juice.

Cucumber juice is more gentle, until you can handle celery juice.

I feel really tired after drinking celery juice, and experience an increase in symptoms, why does this happen?

This is a normal detox reaction especially for someone who may have toxic blood caused by viruses such as Epstein Barr, and bacteria such as Streptococcus; which can be a low grade infection that someone can have for years.

Celery juice is very healing, and the mineral salts will begin to kill off pathogens like viruses such as Epstein Barr and Shingles, as well as bacteria such as Streptococcus.

Giving some people who may already be feeling symptoms on–and–off in their life such as : fatigue and other symptoms, a temporary feeling of the symptoms coming back.

These symptoms will be short and brief.

This is a powerful healing step that celery juice can offer for long term future health — WITHOUT symptoms.

I experience more bloating after celery juice, what causes this?

Celery juice rapidly speeds up digestion.

It does this by prompting the liver to increase bile production, and instantly strengthening the stomachs hydrochloric acid production.

Which then begins to break down old undigested rotting protein, old rancid fats trapped at the bottom of the stomach, and in the small intestinal tract — that have been there for decades, in everyone.

Once these fats and proteins dissolve, a feeling of bloating occurs that can sometimes be mild to severe, depending on how toxic someone’s digestive tract has become.

Along with how much old rotten undigested debris is in their digestive tract.

I experience stomach pain or upset after drinking celery juice, what is causing this?

This is when someone’s stomach nerves are sensitive.

The vagus nerve is the main nerve that sends signals, and helps the stomach to function.

Often low grade viral infections such as Shingles and the Epstein Barr, create a lot of neurotoxins that mildly inflame the vagus nerve.

So when you drink celery juice, it begins to clean the neurotoxins off the tiny nerve endings inside the stomach lining.

This can cause a gentle reaction.

Also many peoples stomachs are filled with bacteria such as E. Coli, Streptococcus and H. Pylori.

These bacteria die off rapidly which can prompt a spasm, that can be temporarily painful.

Learn more about the healing powers of celery juice in my books Medical Medium, Life-Changing Foods, Thyroid Healing, & Liver Rescue http://amzn.to/2DjQjE9

 

Yoga and it’s Benefits.

Yoga has been around for 1000’s of years.  Stepping on a Yoga mat can be beneficial for that reason alone.  I became a Yoga Practitioner in 2008 and I knew it was time to do something different in my life.  I was yearning for peace and wanted to know how to become centered.  I want you to know you don’t have to become a teacher to find your center but it was a good thing for me because I needed to show up for myself.  It was a 6 month structure where I had to be consistent, committed and repetitive.

To this day I am inspired by how Yoga benefits myself and others.  A friend of mine went to a class for the first time and discovered how tight his hamstrings were and didn’t know what to do with his “talkative” mind.  After a few classes he realized he was standing up straight as well.  My friends it is the consistent things we do on a daily basis that bring lasting change.

Over the years I have noticed changes in myself from practicing Yoga.  These include~ healthier food choices, lengthening of the spine, stamina, calmness, better digestion, feeling lighter and connected to myself.

I believe that theory about our bodies having a biomemory (stored memories).  I also believe the body can change  by getting on a Yoga mat and getting into positions to lengthen the muscles, spine, calming the central nervous system and many other benefits.   When you do this repetitively your bio memory cannot help but to re-organize itself!

 

Saint Margaret’s Chapel, Edinburgh, Scotland

I had the privilege of visiting Edinburgh, Scotland with a friend over the past 2 years.  We decided not to go this year but I am reminded of the beauty, fun and eloquence of visiting The Royal Mile.  Edinburgh Castle sits on volcanic rock at the top of Royal Mile.  I was out of breath when I reached the top of the Royal Mile, even though I did not walk a mile!  St. Margaret’s Chapel is the oldest building in Edinburgh.  It was first built in the 12th century and was not used after the reformation.  Fortunately, it was restored in 1851-1852 with the support of Queen Victoria.  Interesting to note that the style of architecture was during the reign of David.  I thought that was pretty cool!

Empaths vs. Narcissists

I have been carrying this heavy weight on my chest for I don’t know how long.  I am 55 and I have come to the conclusion that I am an empath.  People who are empathetic feel and sometimes carry the weight of the world on their shoulders.  I have also taken responsibility for everyone else’s needs before my own.  I have identified that it is my fault when in fact I’m not seeing what is right in front of me or using my intuition.

Why is it difficult for me to use my intuition?  Because I doubt ~ I always give people the benefit of the doubt and always give them excuses for their behavior.  I also want to feel loved.   I’ve been doing this all of my life and it is time to do things differently.

You may be asking What is a Narcissist?  There is varying degrees of narcissism.  Their is a lot of information about this topic if you were to google search it. I have become curious surrounding this topic due to the fact that I noticed I did not have good boundaries in relationships.  I also noticed I was always people pleasing and wanted to learn about this dynamic.

What I have come to learn about narcissistic behavior:  It’s all about them and what benefits them.  They tend to be a bully.    You lose yourself or your own identity.  Lying and manipulation to get their way.  Don’t take responsibility for their actions and tend to blame others.  Not honoring others and their own space.  Leave a conversation second guessing yourself.  Not honoring of your emotional needs.

Empathetic people tend to see the good in others forgetting to see what is right in front of them.  Empathetic people want peace and can give their power away or think that the other party knows more than they do.  They meet other peoples needs before their own.  Empaths usually do not have good boundaries and try to make things work when they won’t.  Empaths can feel what other’s are feeling and can lose objectivity.

What Empath’s need to do to strengthen themselves:

  1.  Set boundaries.
  2.  Limit your time spent around them or walk away.
  3.  Say “No” when it is safer to say “Yes”.
  4.  Care for your hurt before their hurt.
  5.  Express yourself in a safe environment.
  6.  Get in touch with nature or be with animals
  7.  Listen to music
  8. Honor your sensitivity and well-being
  9.  Love yourself