Success Ingredients

I know when you are in the thick of things, where you are trying to advance yourself and it gets super hard that it seems like it will never get better and you just want to quit, but don’t!

What you do in these moments will either propel you to the next level or set you behind.  Just keep moving.  Just plug away.  I know it is hard but remember you have overcome so many things that at the moment felt impossible. 

Keep a mentality of, “I can do this!”, when you are facing a new challenge.  Remember you can do it.  Just keep moving forward.  Put your head down and just muscle through. 

Before you know it you will be on the other side where it all makes sense and you can’t even relate to how it feels not to understand or know how to do what you just accomplished. 

KEEP ON TRUCKIN!  You got this, I am rooting for you!  Karla 

Right in the GUT!

Our body especially our gut is filled with good and bad bacteria.  Good bacteria keeps the bad bacteria in check.  Maintaining healthy gut bacteria affects many aspects of wellness.  Research is now showing that probiotics contribute to many parts of our wellness.  Probiotics can help prevent constipation and help to stop diarrhea.  Probiotics can help our immune system, boost metabolism, help with weight loss, and improve overall wellbeing.  Probiotics can help more complex diseases that affect the gastrointestinal health like Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

A 2005 study by Harvard Medicine shows that probiotics help to alleviate allergy symptoms including; seasonal allergies, asthma, and eczema.

In 2006 a study by Stanford University showed that individuals of healthy weight have a good amount of healthy bacteria compared to overweight individuals who have less good bacteria and more bad bacteria.

It is super easy to include probiotics and there is nothing to lose and everything to gain by including some of these items in your diet.

For Probiotics include;

Plain unflavored yogurt

Kefir

Miso

Pickles

Sauerkraut

Kimchi

Kombucha

I invite you to try adding a probiotic-rich food daily and see how you feel.  Let me know if you do.  I am rooting for you and wishing you the best.

It’s Not A Good Time

It’s never a good time

I want to write about something deeply personal and yet universal.  Every time I have decided to do something for myself whether it be for my health, wealth, or family it was never a good time I will repeat, it was never a good time.  Can any of you relate?  Do you have a fleeting thought of wow I would love to learn to play the guitar….. or I want to start running…  or I want to try eating healthy?  Have you ever had any of these thoughts and right after it is followed by, “but it’s not the right time because___________.”

Well, I have good news and bad news for you.  First the bad news, IT’S NEVER A GOOD TIME.   The good news, since it is never a good time to change then it is always a good time to change ehhhhh righhht??

This last year I have started to call BS on myself when I have a desire to do something new and I think….. but it’s not a good time….. BS! It’s never a good time.  So the right time is now.

We are beautiful divine beings who are intelligent beyond reason.  If you are having a desire to try something new, there is a reason this is happening.   IT is not a mistake! Listen to your inner wisdom.  Instead of thinking it is not a good time I challenge you to think, “how can I make it happen?” You are a crazy intelligent human being and even if you work, have 10 children, drive a minivan everywhere, volunteer, go to school, etc.  There is always a way.  Set your intentions, pray, and trust that when you ask how can I make it happen the answer will come.  We spend more time thinking and rationalizing about how this can not work instead of brainstorming solutions or even better yet just doing it.  If you want to exercise more and spend a minute 30 times a day thinking about how it is not possible you can save time and drama by just exercising without thinking about how you can’t.

I believe in you! I am rooting for you! What will you just do even though it is not the right time? Wishing you well.  Karla

Get it on Popeye Style!

I have written about greens many times before but they are so important that I will write about them again.  Today my goal is to inspire you to eat more greens and to give you more tangible ways of including them in your daily diet.  Greens are amazing they have Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, Minerals, Antioxidants, Fiber, Calcium, Iron, Enzymes, and many others!

Not many other foods can make these kinds of claims.  There are so many great ways to add greens to your daily menu.

Starting with breakfast.  I encourage you to try lightly steamed greens with garlic, sea salt, and olive oil with your favorite breakfast foods.

Green smoothies are my personal favorite way of consuming 3 cups of greens to start my day! Please see my green smoothies recipes on the home page.  Green smoothies can also be consumed for snacks.

For lunch try steamed greens with legumes.

For any meal eat SALAD!! I like to have a lovely salad filled with greens for both lunch and dinner.  Instead of using bread or tortillas consider using a sturdy green like collard greens or kale to wrap your veggies, legumes, tofu, or animal protein.

Greens have a bitter taste to them but the more you eat the more you will find your body craves them.  Our body needs all tastes to operate optimally including bitter tastes.  Greens become more palatable the more you eat them.

One thing I love about greens is that they are so nutrient dense that when you consume them you will eat less because your body will be nourished.  Many times our body craves food because it is unsatiated with processed foods that lack nutrients.   The more greens you eat the more energy, life, and vitality you will feel.  If you do not believe me just try it for a week.  Make it a goal to include greens in each of your meals and your snacks.  I wish you nothing but the best in your green eating venture!!

I am rooting for you! Let me know about your adventures with greens.  Karla

 

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Do the DO!

I am all for goal setting and planning, I LOVE IT!  I also love planners, reading about doing, and thinking about doing….. BUT at some point, there must be doing.  DOING the definitive moment where we go from dreaming and planning to ACTUALIZING.  While dreaming and planning can be fun and romantic at some point if we do not move past this there is the chance we will become disillusioned or stagnant.  So the answer is doing.

My question for you, What have you been thinking about doing? If you feel apprehensive or scared or start to negotiate mentally with “But, but, but.”  This is a sure sign that it is time for doing.  I wish I had a graceful process to share with you to inspire you to get doing but in my experience, we just have to do!  That’s it.  JUST DO IT! There is a reason Nike coined this phrase, there comes a time when we are past thinking, planning, and dreaming it is time to DO!

So what will you DO next?  If you want to share I would love to hear from you.  Please let me know if this is helpful.  I am rooting for you.

Fiction or Fact

One of the human traits that fascinates me the most is our habit of thinking we know what others are thinking and playing out whole scenarios in our head without ever discussing with the other person to find out if what you are thinking is true.  I am guilty of this.  Periodically I think someone is mad at me or upset and I create elaborate scenarios in my head and worry about and sometimes even get angry, all without ever talking to the person and asking if what I am assuming is correct. I am always humbled to discover that I am mostly wrong.  When I ask the person to confirm or deny if what I am thinking is true 9/10 times I am wrong.

So here is what I suggest.  The next time you catch yourself thinking you know what someone else is thinking or assigning meaning to someone else’s actions do the following;

  1. STOP!  Take a deep breath.
  2. Do I know this to be true?  (If the answer is yes then you deal if the answer is no which it usually is then proceed to 3)
  3. Share your thoughts with the person and as them to communicate their truth with you.

If you do this I think you will find the elaborate stories you form in your mind are usually incorrect.  Now that you know the truth you can proceed in a healthy way that is based on truth and not fiction from your mind.  Let me know if you try and it and what happens.  Wishing you well.  Karla

Squash for Fall

Fall is wonderful for many reasons but especially for the abundance of squash.  Squash is an incredible superfood!

One of my favorites is acorn squash.  It is beautiful to look at and easy to cook.  Its health benefits are many.  It is especially good for our immune system as it is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C.  It is also great for our eye health with its high content of vitamin A.  Acorn squash is incredible for our digestive health due to its high content of fiber.  Try it for yourself and feel how good it is to include this incredible food in your diet.

The easiest way to cook is so simple! and delicious!

Heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds.  Rub the inside of the squash with either coconut oil or butter.  Bake for 45 minutes.  You can either enjoy as is or add a garlic and sea salt for a savory dish or if you want something a little sweet add a sprinkle of brown sugar.  Either way it is incredible!  Enjoy!

 

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Eating out, What to DO?

People are always asking me, “What should I do when I eat out if I want to be healthy?” This can be complicated but this is what I do.

  1. Always look at the menu prior.  Nowadays with our smartphones, this is easy to do.  Know what you will order ahead of time and when you get to the restaurant laser focus do not get swayed by looking at the menu.
  2. Try to find the best option that sounds good and mostly has real food, ideally veggies and lean protein.  Get creative, look at appetizers and sides.
  3. If possible never show up at a restaurant when you are starving this can be disastrous.  Usually, it results in eating more than needed, eating foods which might not be the healthiest, and getting so full you feel bloated which puts a damper on the rest of the day.
  4. Be mindful!  I would recommend focusing on conversation, eating & chewing thoroughly, refrain from going on your smartphone, and notice when you get full and put the remainder of your food in a to-go box.
  5. Enjoy the experience.  Be present and mindful.

Let me know if this is helpful.  I am rooting for you!

Holiday Network

There is something super special about knowing your neighbors.  When you wave to and recognize the people who live near you it adds to your overall sense of well being.  We are community oriented individuals and even if we are shy or tend to prefer to be alone we still need community.

Being a part of a community helps us to feel less alone, it improves our mood, helps with coping, and improves our lives tremendously.

One of the least threatening ways to get to know your neighbors is during holiday time.  There are many holidays coming so take your pick and do something for your neighbors.  It can be as simple as making cookies or getting themed cards.  Go and meet your neighbors let them know who you are and ask for their name.  Not only is it good for our wellbeing to be connected to our community but we need each other and inevitably at one point or another you and your neighbor will need help.

Humor me go out there and get to know a few of your neighbors.  Let me know if this improves your life in any way.  I am rooting for you.  karla

The Darkest Hour

If we can just get stronger, more resilient, and persistent during the darkest hour there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
I have always found it very moving and inspiring when I contemplate, it is darkest outside just before dawn.  What an amazing metaphor for our life.  How many times has your life seemed so bleak only to transform into a courageous moment?

I want to invite you to reflect and think about your past.  Recall a time when you were challenged and you may have felt it was impossible to go on.  Please reflect on the time period after you overcame the impossible….. What a miracle.

I want to encourage you to look out for those moments big or small when you feel you cannot do anymore.  Whether you are building a business, eating healthy, starting an exercise routine, learning a new language, or working to complete a project.  Whenever you feel like you cannot finish or it has become too hard, this is the time practice being faithful.  Use everything in your toolbox to remain present in the struggle and push ahead.  Just get past that feeling of impossible to the other side of possible.  If you do this frequently enough you will build an amazing muscle of coping and resilience.  Miracles are possible when you learn to master your mind during those moments when you believe something is impossible.

So moving forward follow the following three steps for your ultimate success;

  1. Recognize when your mind is labeling a situation as impossible.
  2. Breath.  Begin to do whatever it takes to stay in the struggle and overcome.  Use affirmations.  Keep repeating, “I can do this.” Do not abandon ship keep moving forward.
  3. Persevere.  Then repeat again as necessary.

If you commit to doing this anytime life gets challenging you will build character, strength, and resilience.  You will succeed at anything you put your mind to doing.  I am rooting for you! Let me know if this was helpful.  Karla