April 2, 2015
“Every time we have a thought, negative or positive, it has a hormonal impact on our body, and the challenge is to sort of corral these thoughts into the direction of positive so that we get these endorphins, we get these feel-good hormones, we support positive behavior, positive outlook, positive outcomes,” Mark Sisson, Marks Daily Apple.
The quote above is from an article I recently read from Huffington Post, where Mark Sisson talks about the power of practicing gratitude when meditation doesn’t work for you.
I was intrigued by the article because I recently have tried to incorporate meditation into my life but it’s a struggle for me as sometimes I simply can’t get my mind to stop racing. So I loved the idea that positive thinking and daily gratitude can truly reap positive benefits for your overall health.
Now, I’m not surprised by the connection of practicing gratitude and the positive impact to our well-being. I have found in my own life that when I acknowledge the good in my life vs focusing on all the negative issues I may be dealing with, it helps me put life in perspective. I start to reflect and think about the fact that things could be absolutely worse, which always helps to make me feel better.
Today, I wanted to share the things that I am grateful for as a reminder that life will always throw us challenges. However, the key to handling the negative moments is to not let it manifest itself inside of you. The key to happiness and what will set us free from stress is to acknowledge our tough moments in life but focus on all the good that we’re surrounded by.
If everyone committed to practicing gratitude the world would be a much different place.
I am grateful for so many things in life, but these are just a few.
- My family. Without them I am nothing.
- My body, health and my mind.
- I am grateful for celebrating my 38th birthday this week. I’ve been blessed with another year of life to be better.
- I am thankful for water. Yes, we are blessed to have water to drink everyday. With the water issues that exist in third world countries and the water challenges in the US,I’m thankful that I have water to drink
- I’m thankful for all the people within the health and wellness community that inspire me.
I challenge you today and every day to practice gratitude throughout your day and identify and express gratitude for the amazing things that are happening in your life.
What are your thoughts about the power of gratitude? Do you practice meditation? What are you grateful for?
March 30, 2015
This picture is exactly how I feel about this week. Ha!
Why are the weekends so short? I feel like every weekend just goes by super fast and the moment I’m ready to actually relax and enjoy the weekend, it’s already Monday. BOOOOO
One of my goals in life is to work a 4-day workweek. I live for the day where my weekend starts on Friday (one can only wish).
Now onto my weekend. My weekend was pretty good, busy as usual but cool. I started out with a lovely zumba class with Nellie on Saturday. I then had a an appointment to finally get my taxes done. I unfortunately owe money this year so no refund for me. Rather then let the results of my taxes get to me, I went to the Chip Shop for brunch with my family.
We happened to be walking in the neighborhood and happen to pass by the Chip Shop. I heard about this restaurant because they were featured on Food Network but I had never been. Well, I didn’t realize that everything on the menu is FRIED. Needless to say it was challenging to order, but thankfully I was able to get a baked fish sandwich with chips (fries). Their chips are pretty divine. We also ordered dessert and I had a piece of deep fried banana dipped in chocolate sauce (kind of epic). (Clearly, I wasn’t thinking about PCOS this weekend
I am so ready for this week.
Here’s an update on last weeks goals:
- EXERCISE – So about exercising, my goal was 4 days, but I was only able to squeeze in 2 days. Work was just insane.
- EARTH DAY – I made a lot of progress on my Earth Day feature that I’m working on and I love how things are shaping up.
- BIRTHDAY PLANS – I still don’t have birthday plans and my birthday is tomorrow. I’m thinking of celebrating with a lovely Vixen Workout or I might just relax and enjoy my birthday at home with my family.
This week’s goals:
- EARTH DAY – Keep working on Earth Day promotion and finalize plans
- EASTER EGG – Easter is on Sunday and I have been promising my daughter that we would decorate Peppa Pig eggs. I have yet to buy the supplies and prep for our fun little project.
- BLOG WORK - I have lots of blog work to do this week, schedule posts, work on 2nd annual A Healthy U conference (shhh, special announcement coming this week) and so much more.
Have a wonderful week and be great in whatever you do.
How was your weekend? What are you goals for the week?
I am participating in the Weekly Wishes link up hosted by Melyssa of The Nectar Collective.
March 25, 2015
Every year for lent, I give up meat for 40 days. Lent ends on Easter and typically that’s the day that I resume my meat eating ways.
Well, this year, there’s a slight change in plans come lent.
After a lot of thinking, praying, researching and talking to friends and family, I’ve decided to give up meat permanently. I am going to give a Pescatarian lifestyle a try.
Now this wasn’t an easy decision for me as I am from the Caribbean and meat is a HUGE part of my LIFE. Ok, I’m being dramatic but meat is a big part of a lot of my meals, so this isn’t going to be easy for me, but I believe it’s so necessary for my overall health and well-being.
You might be wondering, “What’s a Pescatarian”? A Pescatarian is like a vegetarian with the exception that Pescatarian’s eat fish and eggs. I absolutely couldn’t give up fish and eggs, hence why I’m choosing to be a Pescatarian vs. vegetarian.
Below are my top three reasons why a Pescatarian lifestyle works for me:
- Since finding out I have PCOS, which is partly a hormonal issue, I try to reduce my overall consumption of anything that can elevate my already wacky hormones, like meat. Reducing meat has been really helpful with minimizing some of my PCOS symptoms. Due to my PCOS, I had already started to decrease my overall meat intake, so the change to meatless hasn’t been super hard yet.
- I have mentioned this before, but weight loss is a key part of helping with PCOS. Since finding out I have PCOS, I have lost 20LBS. Since not eating meat for lent I have lost more weight and I find that the weight is coming off faster once I stopped consuming meat.
- Lastly, I feel AMAZING. Honestly, when I don’t eat meat, I have no indigestion or heartburn or upset stomach like I sometimes do when I would eat meat. I just feel better and the way I feel now is how I always want to feel.
I can’t wait to share my Pescatarian journey with you. I know it’s going to be a series of highs and lows, but I’m excited and ready to do what I have to do to feel awesome!
Are you a Pescatarian or vegetarian? If not, do you know anyone in your life who doesn’t eat meat? What advice would you give to someone transitioning to a meatless diet?