Healthy Habits

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Recently, I was asked what healthy habits I consider to be most important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

 

It’s a great question and  has given me a lot of food for thought!

First, I would have to say the tools that help me to keep my mindbody in a positive and growing space. These are prayer, journal writing, scriptures, declarations, uplifting music and literature and a vision board. It sounds like a lot but in actuality, they all work together and can be done almost anywhere, anytime.

Keeping a connection to God is fundamentally important and is the basis of all personal validation and therefore, accomplishment. Keeping a record of my thoughts and the answers I receive and the things I learn deepens my knowledge and teaches me any time I want to revisit them.  Declarations are a constant.  They help me to train my mind and my body to function the way I choose, while keeping me out of the holes of pity, despair and discouragement. Music and literature are brain food, color and life! And the vision board is awesome of course, because it keeps me visually on track and working out plans both consciously and subconsciously.

Second, I would add the joy of moving; swimming, walking, riding my bike and gardening, in concert with eating real food. It’s quite a process to pull away from the “norm,” little by little, until you aren’t on the blood sugar, weight, exhaustion, headache, additive fallout roller coaster anymore. The difficult symptoms that come from the things we eat and drink, even when we don’t know what is causing them, subside and it is a delight to be on level ground. I try to keep it simple, in a nutshell following Michael Pollan’s wisdom: “Eat food, mostly plants, not too much,” which I think is an awesome guide to keeping your diet real, (not consuming food science concoctions that can sit on a shelf for years without deteriorating), relying mostly on fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and legumes, and then not over doing it quantity-wise.

Therapy-wise, I would say the big helps for me are craniosacral and emotional release work, massage and on occasion, talk therapy. Thank heaven for the people who have worked to become trained to help us in these important areas as we need it!

I hope something here might be helpful to consider.  I’d love to hear about your favorite healthy habits!

Take care!

Jacque

 

 

Sweet Smoothie Idea

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I’ve been experimenting with something I have a lot of right now; zucchini! So, here’s the scoop:

If you pick zucchini while it is relatively young, like these pictured were about 10 inches long and a couple of inches in diameter, you can slice them and flash freeze them on a cookie sheet and they work very well in smoothies.

By “very well” I mean, you get veggies but you can’t taste them. Know what I mean?

Flash freezing them first, like these pictured on a cookie sheet, means that you’ll be able to pull them out of a bag one at a time because they were frozen singly, and not smashed together. Freezing them helps you to store them for awhile of course, but also helps the texture and temperature of your smoothie! (Frozen zucchini also works well for making zucchini bread!)

I also freeze bananas that are a little old, by just breaking them into a bag and putting them in the freezer.  No need to flash freeze them because they are easy to break apart when they are frozen.

I also freeze lemon juice (in ice cube trays, then transfer to a freezer bag), lemon zest, ginger, kale, spinach, peaches, berries, cherries, apricots, goat’s milk, and anything else I can get my hands on.

Lioness Zucchini Smoothie

1 cup milk (your choice)

1 cup water

3-4 frozen zucchini slices

1 frozen banana

1-2 Tbs Adam’s peanut butter

1 Tbs cocoa

2 Tbs flax seed

1 handful blueberries (or other berries)

1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)

 

I wish you good health and happiness!

Peace!

Jacque

Listen Up!

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Here are the rules, as stated by the Lundberg’s in their book, I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better.

1 Listen by giving your full attention.

How well are you able to tune out other distractions and truly listen to others? If you really want to know, ask them.  Be prepared for a reality check.

2 Listen to the feelings being expressed.

This really takes tuning into the emotions that are expressed verbally and non-verbally.  Are you adept at understanding the body language of your family members?

3 Listen to the need being expressed.

This takes listening quite a bit deeper doesn’t it?

4 Understand by putting yourself in the other person’s shoes as best you can.

How did your child feel about being called names on the play ground? What do they feel that they need? How would you have felt had it been you?

I’d recommend making a list of these four listening goals and put it in a prominent place in your house or even carry it on your person! When we’re learning new skills, it’s important to keep them in front of us so that we can recognize where we are currently and remind us of what we are trying to accomplish!

Keep going! You’re doing great!

Jacque

Validate Thyself!

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In seminar, our first assignment is to begin to validate ourselves.  How does that work?

 

Number one is seeking validation through prayer, from the only true source of all validation, which is from God.

When we feel in harmony with heaven, the opinions and requests and or demands of others are all put into proper perspective.  We have a sense of who we truly are which lessens and then extinguishes our need to “please” others including sometimes being tempted to remove our appropriate boundaries for the sake of the opinions of others.

We’re also striving to make the conversation in our head’s a positive one! It’s listening to our own needs and using validating phrases and questions with ourselves. When problem solving, we might ask ourselves:

“So how do you feel about that?”

“What do you think should be done now?”

“Wow, that was tough.”

“Good job.”

“You made it!”

These questions and statements support us in keeping responsibility where it belongs, with us, and guides us through finding solutions to our own problems while also speaking to ourselves with encouragement and respect. Maintaining our personal boundaries is paramount in mastering the art of validation.

Remember that boundaries are:

“…statements of what you will or won’t do, what you like and don’t like, how far you will or won’t go, how close someone can get to you or how close you will get to another person….they are your value system in action.” I Don’t Have To Make Everything All Better, Gary and Joy Lundberg

Seek to know yourself and to become grounded in what you understand about your personal boundaries.  Make lists if needed.  Ask for confirmation and inspiration during your prayers; grow to feel confidence that you have correctly identified the lines you draw for your life.

As mentioned in previous posts, this is the work of a lifetime! Practice and practice and practice some more.

If you go backward or have a difficulty with a family member, bear in mind that our relationships are there to teach us and to help us to practice! We haven’t failed until we quit making an honest effort!  And even then, we can make a new decision, apologize and or repent and start again!

This is what we are here to do!  To learn and practice and grow with the aid of our personal mirrors; our families. They extend their mercy and love and forgiveness to us as we extend ours to them. Never, never, never give up. It is never too late to grow.

Be well my friend.

Love,

Jacque

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bean Dip Twist

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We tried a little different twist with a bean dip this week.  It turned out to be pretty yummy, so here’s a share.

I had cooked a pot of pinto beans a month or so ago, with onions and seasoning and then froze some of them.

 

So, when I had tomatoes that needed to be used, I thawed the beans and spread them in the bottom of a dish and topped them with:

Fresh, diced tomatoes

 

Diced green chilis

Sliced olives

Slightly sauteed baby crookneck, zucchini, red onion and season salt {squash is so tender when you pick it early, 4-5 inches long, and “tender” is great for things like this!}

Sour cream

Grated cheese

Next time I would like to add:

Guacamole, chili powder, fresh green peppers and cilantro!

It seems this was a little more filling with the extra vegetables, and if you chop them finely, they’re not conspicuous, if that is a concern.

I hope you are having a great summer!

Love ya!

Jacque

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