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Recommiting

Today I am recommitting to this blog. I have put it on hold for quite some time now. As I’m sure you can attest to, things come up. Children, jobs, spouses, friends, and everything else under the sun will come up…if you are not committed. I wasn’t. As it turns out there were a few other things that I loved that I didn’t have the time for anymore. I didn’t like that feeling of giving up so I took some steps to stay committed to things that are most important to me. I am going to give you my list of things that I am 100% committed to and then I am going to give you my 3 steps to successfully commit to anything you have been putting off in your life. I used these steps in my own life and had great luck. I hope you do too!

YOU CAN DO IT!

YOU CAN DO IT!

My List for 2014

  1. This blog
  2. My health
  3. Taking my fitness routine to the next level
  4. Unplugging after work to spend uninterrupted time with my family

Here is how I have been able to stick to prior commitments to myself and how I plan to stick to these as well.

  1. Write down your commitments or goals

Make a list of all of your goals, aspirations, dreams, and things you wish you could commit to. Then list out why. Why would this make you happy? Why is this important? Maybe you would like to take a yoga class once a week to distress from work (great idea J) Next to each goal list the action steps that you can take to make sure you stick to this commitment. For instance, next to your yoga class you can write “put yoga bag in car, pack snacks for after work and before yoga, make sure my husband can pick up the kids this ONE day, etc.” Make sure you are very clear here. Be clear with your goals and be clear with your action steps.

  1. Adjust your priorities

If this is truly important to you (and I suspect it is) then adjust your priorities to make it work! Get a babysitter to watch your kids while you are at yoga. Prepare everything the night before so you have no excuses not to go. Here’s the key: STOP MAKING BULLSHIT EXCUSES! Make the time! You are important and so are your goals! As soon as an excuse comes up to not do something, STOP, DROP, and FEEL. Feel the feelings of achieving your goal or sticking to your commitment. Go back to your list of goals and re-read WHY this is important to you. Visualize yourself during and after. How do you feel? I can’t begin to tell you how important this step is. This will help you manifest your end result and motivate you to take the next step.

  1. Don’t be afraid to re-evaluate

I committed to an exercise class not too long ago. As luck would have it, things came up! I got busy with work and kids. I stopped going. But I was using these three steps so although I stopped going to the class, I started my own exercise routine at home instead. I re-evaluated my goals. My ultimate goal was to have a fitness routine. The exercise class was a good way for me at the time to stick to this commitment. However, it no longer served me and I took note of that. So I adjusted and came up with something even better! Now I workout at home and don’t have to leave my house in 14 degree weather! Check in with your goals periodically, and don’t be afraid to adjust them if necessary. Lastly, don’t forget to also celebrate how far you have come and how good it feels to stay committed and focused to something that you love!

What are you recommitting to?

XOXO,
D.

Dangerous food additives

I came across this really interesting article about the top 10 food additives to avoid. This article was mind blowing. I mean I knew that processed foods were horrible for one’s health but some these side effects are down right deadly. What are your kids eating? Are you unknowingly feeding your families poison? Educate yourselves! This information is crucial for living healthy, non-diseased, clean lifestyles.

Here is the list. For more information on where these additives are commonly found and why they are bad for us please visit: Hungry For Change

1. Artificial sweeteners
2. High fructose corn syrup
3. Monosodium glutamate
4. Trans fats
5. Common food dyes
6. Sodium sulfite
7. Sodium nitrate/nitrite
8. BHA and BHT
9. Sulfur dioxide
10. Potassium bromate

For more information on where these additives are commonly found and why they are bad for us please visit:Hungry For Change

XOXO,
D.

Forget what you’ve been told about being healthy

Think about everything that you have been told about nutrition from meat and dairy. Dairy is good for strong bones, meat has all the protein you need, yogurt is good for digestion, low fat dairy will help you lose weight. Now forget it all. Seriously, all of it.

Casein is a protein found in milk and cheese. It is also widely used as a supplement in bodybuilding. What many people don’t know is that casein has been scientifically proven to promote the growth of cancer. T. Colin Campbell conducted the largest nutrition study ever using a known toxin called Aflotoxin and casein (Alfotoxin has been known to cause cancer). Two groups of rats were given the same amount of Aflotoxin but different amounts of casein. One group received 20% of their diet from animal based protein (casein) while the other only 5%. Surprisingly, 100% of the rats receiving the higher protein diet developed cancerous cell growth while NONE of the rats in the other group developed these.  But that’s not all. Campbell  and his colleagues were able to then turn the cancer “on and off” by changing the rats’ casein intake. That is incredible!

It goes without saying that “The China Study” is an amazing book and a must read for anyone wanting a healthy lifestyle free of disease. Dr. Campbell speaks about reversing many cancers, curing diabetes, lowering your risk of heart disease, losing weight, increasing energy, avoiding premature death, and many more benefits to a whole food plant based diet. Worried about calcium, protein, and other nutrients? They can ALL be found in their perfect form in plants. I will have a follow up post about this so please check back.

Aside from these findings, let’s use our common sense to think this through. Do you consume you’re mother’s milk at the age of 30? Or even 6? I didn’t think so. So why would you consume milk from a cow that has been injected with hormones? Would you eat your dog? NO! So why eat any other animal?? Because it tastes good? Get a grip! Do you live to eat or do you eat to live? I urge you to do just a tiny bit of research on the subject that you will find that what you have been told you’re whole life about nutrition may be untrue. It’s all about the benjamins. The USDA and the FDA can be bought. Dairy and meat industries have some of the strongest lobbyists in the country. They do a hell of a good job marketing to your family. Don’t believe everything you’re told. You don’t even have to believe what I am telling you. I encourage you to do the research and see for your self.

The following is taken directly from TheChinaStudy.com :

The research project culminated in a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, a survey of diseases and lifestyle factors in rural China and Taiwan. More commonly known as the China Study, “this project eventually produced more than 8000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease.” The findings? “People who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease … People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease. These results could not be ignored,” said Dr. Campbell.”

XOXO
D.

*Resource used was “The China Study” by T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell