If you were to hear me talk to my dog, Otis when I’m home alone, you’d probably think I’m nuts. That’s because every time I see those beautiful brown eyes of his, I start talking to him  in a voice that’s three octaves higher than mine, filled with cheesy terms of endearments, like “you're so handsome,” “yes you are...you're so smart," and “sweetie pie.” That’s right: baby talk.

We live in a world of duality.

Male and female. Hot and cold. Yin and yang. Light and dark. All opposites.

Because of this duality, there are two sides to everything, with a spectrum in between.

One of the most important types of duality in our world has to do with personality. Namely, our shadow selves – the dark side of our personality.

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 04:00

STOP Wasting Your MONEY on WHEATGRASS

You’ve seen wheatgrass shots at health food stores and smoothie places, right? These days, it seems every smoothie shop – and even fancy coffee shops – sell shots of wheatgrass as a “healthy complement” to your order.

BUT, IS WHEATGRASS GOOD FOR YOU?

Tuesday, 05 March 2019 04:37

BECOME THE MOST CONNECTED COUPLE YOU KNOW

Do you and your partner have the same old fight? Is it followed by days of banging doors, sleepless nights on the couch, or resentful silence?

Does the idea of communicating with your loved one involve idle chit chat while gazing at the T.V. or glossing over your cell phone? Are you struggling with conflict and disagreements that show up as passive-aggressive behaviors in yourself or others? What about with colleagues at work or even with whom you interact with on social media?

Good communication is essential to having a loving, harmonious relationship. But, most of us were never really taught the art of relationship dialogue. Sure, we read magazine articles about finding the right moment to express our needs and how we need to learn how to compromise, etc. We try to get them to hear our point of view and then get frustrated when our partner, colleague or friend doesn’t seem interested.

Thursday, 01 November 2018 17:02

5 REASON you need MORE B12 VITAMIN

A B12 deficiency can go undiagnosed for years, but this is how you know it's time to take notice.

Earlier this month, a friend of mine barely avoided a horrible fall when she passed out during a hiking trip. Her diagnosis? B12 deficiency. Once she learned the symptoms, she realized it had been progressing for months, her symptoms disregarded, and her experience isn't uncommon.

Thursday, 01 November 2018 16:49

WHY I'm PROMOTING the KETOGENIC lifestyle

When people hear about the ketogenic diet one of the first questions they ask is what’s so good about it? And this is another fad diet. So in this post I’m going to write about the wonderful benefits of the keto diet.

Let's start first in understanding what the ketogenic diet actually is and what it’s all about.

Thursday, 01 November 2018 16:16

PETS help you LIVE LONGER, healthier LIVES

Having a dog is associated with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease or other causes, according to a 2017 study that followed 3.4 million people in Sweden. Researchers studied men and women between the ages of 40 and 80 and followed their health records (and whether they owned a dog) for about a dozen years. The study found that for people who lived alone, owning a dog can decrease their risk of death by 33 percent and their risk of cardiovascular-related death by 36 percent, compared to single people without a pet. Chances of having a heart attack were also 11 percent lower.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 15:28

2-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding

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This 2-Ingredient Chocolate Pudding couldn’t be easier to make. All you need is dark chocolate and coconut milk. This chocolate pudding is rich, thick, and incredibly mousse like. You can use any dark 70 to 85% chocolate and sweeten with stevia or xylitol, if you wish.

Serves: 6

Ingredients

1 can full-fat coconut milk

1 cup chocolate chips or dark chocolate pieces 70-85% (5 ounces)

Instructions

In a saucepan, heat coconut milk and chocolate over very low heat

Stir constantly until chocolate is melted

Divide mixture between six ½ cup mason jars

Refrigerate for 3 hours

Recipe adapted from Elanaspantry.com

 

 

The answer may be yes. The secret, however, seems to be setting expectations. What do I mean? Well, one study with some very clever scientists either told subjects that a shake they were getting was high or low calorie even though both shakes were the same calories (Crum et al. 2011 - Mind over milkshakes: Mindsets, not just nutrients, determine ghrelin response). Guess what? Turns out that when the individuals thought the shake was higher calorie, their bodies' decreased their hunger hormones more and thus felt more satiated!

I believe everyone should meditate. Even you. But if you’re anything like I used to be, you’re totally uninterested.

The reason I avoided even trying meditation for so many years was because I didn't think it was a worthwhile practice. I really didn't think there were that many benefits.

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Despite fat shaming being the #1 tool used to whip people into shape, it's the most harmful tool you can include when trying to lose weight for longer than one summer. The reason - it's destructive? It weakens you! And it shames you! And it's not nice to treat people like that.

I want to share a powerful idea with you. And it's very simple.

It goes like this: Stop trying to feel better.

Once I realized that—my life changed. Like the total necessity of looking to your own inner wisdom and instincts, rather than looking for a solution in the external environment.  

The problem is this: Most of us know what we should do.