Coffee-The Healthy Way

COFFEE the right wayGOOD NEWS for you coffee-lovers! I veer from my usual articles with this by Dr. Sharnael Wolverton.

“Doctors have been warning patients for years about the negative health effects of drinking coffee. Yet, over 50% of Americans have continued to drink this delicious beverage on a daily basis (and often in mass quantities)! The truth is… many popular coffee brands (and coffee beverages at coffee shops) are loaded with pesticides, mold, artificial ingredients, and hidden refined sugars. However, drinking coffee doesn’t have to bad for you and it doesn’t have to be boring either! Here are few of the health benefits when you drink your coffee the right way:

  • Enhanced speed, intensity, and endurance of workouts
  • May increase metabolism and burn fat
  • Increases beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract
  • High in antioxidants (which may decrease risk of certain cancers)
  • Lowers blood glucose level
  • Lowers rates of age-related cognitive decline

Check out this detailed list of the therapeutic health benefits of coffee by Dr. Mercola.

Always Choose Organic:

Unfortunately, coffee beans are one of the most heavily pesticide sprayed crops in the world! Always choose coffee beans that are certified Organic. There are also coffee brands that are low in acidity. It is best to purchase whole beans and grind them yourself to get the most benefit and to avoid rancid coffee.

Drink it Black or Bullet-Proof:

It is most beneficial to drink your coffee black or bullet proof (see recipe below). Here are some additional helpful guidelines to keep your coffee healthy:

  1. Keep it to a minimum. One or two cups per day is best.
  2. Avoid adding artificial sweeteners and refined sugars.
  3. Avoid artificial creamers. Use organic coconut milk, almond milk, or hemp milk instead.
  4. Add Cinnamon to your coffee for even higher antioxidant content and to help balance blood sugar levels.
  5. Eat before you drink your coffee to avoid a blood sugar “crash.”
  6. Add Collagen to your coffee. Collagen (found in good bone broths) is rich in the amino acid glycine, and has been scientifically studied to help reduce joint pain, aid in healthy tissue repair, and may help inflammation stay within a healthy range.
  7. Add grass-fed butter to your coffee for a brain-boosting buzz. Coffee can cause anxiousness and upset stomach when taken without a healthy fat so adding grass-fed butter or cold-pressed coconut oil helps prevent those negative side-effects.
  8. Add cold-pressed coconut oil. Similar to grass-fed butter, coconut oil is loaded with healthy fats, specifically medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which have been shown to improved weight loss in multiple scientific studies. Coconut oil is well-known for many health benefits including brain health!

Try Bullet Proof Coffee!

  • 1 cup Organic high quality coffee (mold and pesticide free!)
  • 1-3 teaspoons cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic grass-fed unsalted butter (or ghee for non-dairy)
  • 1/8 teaspoon organic vanilla extract-optional
  • A few drops of Stevia-optional

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix on high for 15-30 seconds! Enjoy!”

Happy New Year 2017!

My decree for you-all in 2017:

May you rise in Joy. May Inspiration fill your breath. May your ears be satisfied with Truth. May your eyes see Perfection. May Love kiss your lips. May your hands be full of Grace. May Peace greet you at every turn. May miracles strew your path. May I AM Be your Border and Boundary. May you be full, filled with ALL.

And, they affirmed…

“I am joy. I am inspired. I inspire. I am truth. I love truth. I am perfection. I see perfection. I am love. I am grace. I am prosperity. I am blessed. I am blessing. I AM THAT I AM IS in me. I am ALL possibility. I am fulfilled.”

Believe. BE. Alive.

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Change Begins On The Inside: It’s ALL About You!

 Realize what POW-er you have and how to use it…

“Did you know that every time you talk about an unhealed wound or trauma, you re-activate it in your emotional, spiritual, and physical bodies? As you speak, or even think, about an old issue, you experience it as if it is happening right now. Since your subconscious mind does not know the difference between current experience and past memory, for all intents and purposes, the trauma or negative experience is happening now…emotions-frequency

Unfortunately, when an issue is re-activated, instead of using it as a healing opportunity, many of us react by pushing the wounds down with numbing substances like food, drugs, internet, Facebook, TV, and a long list of other distractions.

Unhealed issues get stored in the body, until we release them. The body obliges as a storehouse for emotional wounds but it does take its toll, especially if issues are accumulated for long periods of time. Storing wounds in the body eventually weakens the body and invites illness and disease, as well as causing depression…The good news is that the body is ready to release issues, the moment you are.

When an unhealed issue is re-activated, don’t just push it down – take the time to finally heal it. This means creating intentional space to [FEEL] your emotions and allow the issue to process through to Healing. Once you allow yourself to fully experience these emotions for the first time, without resistance, you will innately know what path to healing is right for you.

Wounds are meant to be healed. We are not meant to spend our lives carrying around past issues and hurts.…

Wounds want to be healed and issues want to be released, but you have the last say. None of this can happen until you are ready and willing.

You are meant to be free and clear of emotional burdens. You are meant to live a limitless life with an abundance of love and creativity. You are meant to stand on the mountain top with arms stretched wide – willing to receive your grandest dreams. The Universe is listening.” –Nanice Ellis, Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Do you desire emotional, spiritual, and physical wholeness? Do you remember your heart’s desires? Reply or email me and let’s talk.

Breathe

Just breathe

Yes, some days breathing is an exhausting exercise, although your breath is more than inhaling and exhaling air. Read how being fastidiously persnickety is my recipe for health, happiness, and wholeness.

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http://booklocker.com/books/6811.htmlHOW TO BE THE BEST YOU

Emotional Wholeness Effects Physical Health

I’ve written 2 books (click their images for previews/purchase) of my journey to emotional wholeness. I w-a-s a blend of Elsa and Olaf! But, since I’ve ramped up my avenues for wholeness, it truly is a wonderful life! I’m not certain I would have appreciated it without the bumps-in-the-night.

The emphasis in my walking years was my body: its natural athletic abilities and its appearance. I was a model and beauty pageant wins paid for college tuition. But, after my spinal cord injury, I wouldn’t look at my reflection in full mirrors, glass doors, and windows. It was part of my denial.

IF ONLY we can see our body as God views it! He loves our flesh. Remember, He created it as a container for, and means to, spirit. On this side of eternity, our body IS God’s grace by which to learn and know Him. Shouldn’t we?

The irony: our body houses, and reflects, who we believe we are and how we feel about others.

Thanks but NO THANKS! I will not bring illness and inadequacy upon myself.

PHOTO How Emotions harm you

If you’re interested in learning about coming into a place of wholeness using natural healing methods for your mind, body, and spirit, email me with your inquiry at cynthiaw48@comcast.net

Hurt Verses Pain

As I was peeling the dried, flakey skin from an onion, I thought of its similarities to our life experiences.

In adulthood, we tend to nonchalantly peel away and heedlessly disregard recurring emotional episodes. Because it’s just the way things are, they’re predictable (by us and those around us) and accepted as routine. We fail to question why we, or they, repeatedly flake out! If a sliced onion regrew dehydrated skin overnight, wouldn’t you wonder?! And, if you think about it, it’s not until you pull off the silicone-like protective under skin and slice into the onion’s crisp flesh that its fresh juices flow…as do your tears.

Unless we wake up and consciously seek the sources of our “inflammatory” buttons, we’ll keep sloughing random emotions, never realizing the deep unconscious pains being triggered.

Photo Don't let problems go til they bless you Jacob wrestling the angel

Food Facts-Don’t Be Fooled

Okay. I’m bothered by this GMO (genetically modified organism) business. I’m just as concerned that most of us haven’t a clue what’s in our food…besides what it appears to be! Especially those dealing with other health issues.This article is by Robin Mather from “Mother Earth News” (October/November 2012) It’s not recent, but it’s still accurate.

Do you know that the average supermarket is full of genetically modified foods? Well, here’s how you can avoid those products:

“In the United States, 70 percent or more of the foods in your supermarket directly or indirectly contain genetically modified (GM) ingredients. The illustration below shows how prevalent GM foods have become on grocery store shelves.

The only way to avoid GM food is to know which ingredients are likely to be genetically modified and read labels carefully, or to always choose organic foods, which are certified GM-free.

Below are estimates of the percentages of GM foods found on store shelves. To learn more about this issue, see The Threats From Genetically Modified Foods.

PHOTO GMO FOODS

(llustration By Barry T. Fitzgerald )

Dairy/Eggs. Unless it’s labeled organic or rBST-free, everything in the dairy case, including milk, cheese and yogurt, probably contains milk from cows injected with rBST, a GM hormone used to make cows give more milk. It’s also likely that the cows and chickens were fed GM corn, soy and canola.

Meat. GM corn and soy are so dominant in the United States that almost everything in the meat case comes from animals fed GM crops.

Fresh Produce. Not many GM items yet, but GM sweet corn arrived in 2012.

Cereals. Unless labeled as organic, cereals probably include GM ingredients, primarily high-fructose corn syrup and other corn products, soy and milk proteins. Don’t be fooled by “natural” labels; they mean nothing.

Cookies/Snacks/Chips. Almost all include high-fructose corn syrup; soy, corn or canola oil; soy lecithin and other soy isolates; or other additives derived from GM corn and soy.

Pasta/Rice/Beans. You’re pretty safe here, because wheat, rice and beans are not (yet) genetically modified, but watch out for the heat-and-eat pasta meals that include GM ingredients.

Ice Cream/Frozen Prepared Meals. Unless labeled organic, these are virtually guaranteed to have GM ingredients, including corn and soy products, whey protein from rBST milk, and GM beet sugar.

Oils/Fats/Shortening. Olive oil is non-GM. “Vegetable oil” usually is GM, as are corn, soybean and canola oil. Solid shortenings are hydrogenated canola, corn and soybean oil.

Condiments/Prepared Foods. All of these items contain GM soy, corn and/or canola unless labeled organic.

Bread/Crackers. Almost all commercial bread is made with corn syrup and soy-based ingredients.”

Be A Friend to Yourself

Did you know that in fetal development the heart forms and starts beating BEFORE the brain is developed?

And, did you know that the heart sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart? Hmmm.

If you’re wound tight trying to stay in control of minutia, pause, close your eyes, take a long deep breath, and slowly exhale. Listen for and feel your heart.

Say, “Thank you.”

the connection

the connection

Dangerous Mental Gymnastics

Are you worn out by mental gymnastics: queues of running thoughts jumping from must-do, should’ve-done or said, hoops of self-defamation, back-bending somersaults of other’s downfalls, racing anger, hurdles of hate, marathons of unforgiveness, and Olympic pools of shame and guilt? Unlike the resultant skill, strength, and endurance of athletes-in-training, these toxic thoughts and emotions cause illnesses when not released. They literally poison our bodies.

Modern medicine tends to look only at and treat the physiological functions of the body; but as far back as Hippocrates, it was accepted that emotions strongly affected the internal organs. For some reason, the association between our internal dialogues, conditioned from what we’ve heard others say about us, and their triggered emotions, hasn’t registered.

No emotion is inherently good or bad, unless it becomes chronic. Experiencing a gamut of emotions is normal throughout one’s lifetime. It’s when they’re not processed properly, and we get stuck in them, that they can become negative and destructive.

According to Kari Browning, Director of New Renaissance Healing & Creativity Center:

“Medical research has found that 75% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. We make ourselves sick if we do not release toxic emotions and thoughts. When we experience trauma, we store that memory in our body and it can cause physical illness. When we release trapped emotions, we can begin to heal.”

And, according to Dr. Caroline Leaf, “toxic waste generated by toxic thoughts causes the following illnesses: diabetes, cancer, asthma, skin problems and allergies, to name just a few.”

Consider these findings:

Grief is stored in the lungs. Restriction of air flow, asthma, and bronchial conditions are attributed to its sadness.

Emotional shock is stored in the heart. Problems sleeping, confused thinking, even hysteria and psychosis can result in extreme cases.

Fear and shock are stored in the kidneys and adrenals. Extreme fear will cause immediate urination, but urinary tract disorders, incontinence, and lower back pain results. Also, bed-wetting in children is associated to insecurity. When the adrenals are stressed, memory and learning are impaired, and the body’s ability to repair itself is compromised.

Anger stores in the liver; the “red face” leads to headaches. Resentment, frustration, irritability, and guilt follow, which suppresses the immune system. If the overflow of anger effects the spleen, there will be indigestion, and diarrhea.

Worry/anxiety (over-pensiveness), dwells in the spleen. Gastric disturbances, poor appetite and forgetting to eat, elevated blood pressure, weakened immunity, and a tendency toward phlegm and colds occur. These mental gymnastics, or too much obsessing over a topic, can even infiltrate dreams at night.

According to the CDC: “For every one prescription painkiller death there are 10 treated admissions for abuse, 32 emergency department visits for misuse or abuse, 130 people who abuse or are dependent, and 825 non-medical users.”

Toxic emotions and their prescribed pharmaceuticals are poisoning us. If you’re interested in using essential oils on your journey toward health and wholeness, message me at cynthia.white@ah-haventures.com or go to https://www.youngliving.org/4Wholeness    

 Further reading:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/chinese/traditional-chinese-medicine-causes-of-illness6.htm

http://www.greekmedicine.net/hygiene/Emotions_and_Organs.html

http://www.sahej.com/organ-emotion_printready.html

Earthing: Barefootin’s Benefits

Okay, spring is here. We may still have some temperature dips, but this is a Health Alert about going barefoot; not that it’s bad for you. This is an announcement that it’s good for you!

I remember the good ol’ days when it was acceptable to go barefoot. In fact, my shoes (and books) remained where they were flung after hopping off the school bus on my way to shimmy up a pear tree or climb to the top of the barn! Shoes were an encumbrance to my speed and a major impedance to my climbing skills. And as important: my feet needed to breathe!

The benefits of barefootin’ was the topic of this month’s newsletter, “Chariot Notes,” that went out this past Wednesday.  For those of you not on my mailing list, here’s a smattering…and then some.

Since the invention of plastics in the 60’s, there’s been an increase of inflammation-related health disorders. We moved from leather-soled shoes, and wooden floors, to synthetic-soled shoes, synthetic carpets, and linoleum, which left our bodies depleted of electrons! Our autoimmune systems have become compromised. “Earthing,” or walking barefoot, reduces oxidative stress.

The earth naturally carries a negative ionic charge, so when we are grounded with the earth, free radicals are neutralized in your body. It has been proven that negative ions not only detoxify and calm the body, but also reduce stress and inflammation.

A second benefit is reflexology. Because there are reflex points corresponding to every organ in the body on the soles of our feet, barefooting offers a free reflexology session…helping to relieve what ails ya’. If there’s initial tenderness, it will subside as your body adjusts.

In addition, going barefoot offers a dual reprieve from a fast-paced lifestyle. First, you’re out-and-away from business, taking an opportunity to unwind. At the same time, you must be present, giving attention to where you step, living in the moment. And, research has proven a 62% decrease in anxiety and depression, increasing those feel-good endorphins. Simply quieting the mental chatter relaxes the mind, body, and spirit.

Whether walking in the grass, on the bare earth, or in the sand, connect with Mother Nature, and her Creator. Feel the warm sunshine on your face. Smell the flowers. Listen to the wind in the trees, and the bird’s enchanting songs. How wondrous are our senses!

Even now, I go barefoot from April through October. Maybe I can’t pound the earth with my feet, but I can prop them up on rocks, or tree roots, while I tune in to earth’s harmony and commune with my Father. Sometimes, I even extend my legs and slide down in my chair just to feel the cool grass under my toes.

Remember, I’m from Tennessee. You can take the country bumpkin out of Tennessee, but you can’t take the country bumpkin-ness out of this Tennessean. (To read about my superintendent reprimanding me for going barefoot in the “My Daisy Dukes” chapter of Views From My Chariot, you can order it here http://booklocker.com/books/6235.html or off Amazon.com.

So today, for your health and happiness, I’m suggesting a barefoot stroll. Be rejuvenated!