Friday, August 13, 2010
We all know that from time to time we all take the risk by charging head first and jumping in with both feet and wading through the consequences of our actions. But trying new things gives us a greater enthusiasm for life. Pushing beyond our comfort zone in a responsible way helps us to grow in confidence and creativity that we can apply to our everyday life. We can not let fear control what we do (or don't) do? While taking risks, making changes, can be easier said than done and even frightening, doing nothing is even a bigger mistake, as it produces nothing fruitful within our individuality. There is a direct relationship between the things that we achieve and the effort we put forth to obtain them. To reach the fruit, you have to climb the tree first!
Friday, August 13, 2010
I ask you do you ever wake up in the morning in contemplation of the day? Another 24 hours, that God has graced you with the gift of life, free will and no shortage of opportunity to make it the best or worst day of your life?
There is no shortage of opportunity. Everyday I am presented with countless chances to be, or do whatever I desire. And whatever choices I make will decide either negative or positive consequences.
Now I don't beleive in luck but for those that do they beleive that luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. None the less, I never want to miss out on an opportunity because I'm not prepared.
If there is one thing I have learned in living these 49 years is that preparation is absolutely essential to achieve success, and that one must have self discipline.
And that we must increase our knowledge and develop our skills. That way we'll always be in the right place at the right time.
With every day of grace , I am faced with challenges regarding my health and every day I'm given countless chances at doing better... How I prepare for the day is just as important as how I live it!
What I'm are going to eat...
What my daily activities are going to be.....
Will I exercise today?
Will I make time to spend quality time with my best friend and soulmate?
Sometimes the preparation makes us what we are or what we become! Let me give an example:
If I know what I'm going to eat and I've prepared my lifestyle plan for the day then basically I know what kind of day I'll be looking forward to! But not forgetting the unforseen as well....
I'll be going for my half hour walk, and bike ride, I will be making the time to spend with my BF and soulmate. I'll be exercising at home, I'll be eating right rather than binge at a fast food establishment! We rarely eat out anyway.
The list does go on! If no preparation is made for the day then I will no doubt find myself parked in front of the tv set, forfeiting my exercise, my quality time with BF, and eating unplanned not so healthy foods.
Get the picture? We can control how we feel simply by planning the outcome!
Knowledge, Skills, Discipline, Determination and help from my family and friends keep me going daily no doubt about it!
I can't afford to waste any of the time I may have left on earth! So even though we may go ahead and plan and plant those potatoes one should still be living like today is their last and there's nobody that should be able to take it away from us!
At this time in my life doctors seem to have become a more active part of my life but I'm certainly not going to let that become my life! I'm not going to miss out on my life by sitting by myself and feeling sorry for myself... I want to enjoy myself, see things, and do things that I've always wanted to do.
If I feel that I need a pick me up... I'm going to do something good for yourself! And... when I'm through doing that special something, I'll be reminding myself that I'm worth it... and it doesn't matter what anyone else says or does to try and convince me otherwise!
Life wasn't meant to be wasted! It was meant to be enjoyed to the fullest extent!
Every day, when I wake up, I thank God that I'm still alive and That I'm still here to enjoy my family and friends. This is why I spend so much time on Sparkpeople! It's part of me! Part of my enjoyment! It's all in the planning!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
If you do what you have always done you get what you have always gotten; IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE!
I'M STOPPING THE INSANITY of being out of control, being afraid, hurting physically, emotionally, and in spirit from discouragement after trying every program/method out there to lose weight.
MY INSANITY IS all about ANTI-fad diets. It is the complete opposite of every borderline idiotic and completely unnecessary weight loss program in existence. It is based strictly on common sense and the simplest and healthiest way the human body was meant to lose weight.
It's for people who, ya know, need to lose weight. That's pretty much the only requirement here. If you fit that description, then Stopping the Insanity is definitely for you TOO
In the shortest form I can explain it, It's
I'm not a personal trainer, or a nutritionist, or a doctor, or a fitness celebrity. I'm just a regular gal who's been into diet and exercise since forever and want to share free truthful information about the things I'm interested in.
That's why you're here too, isn't it?
It's so damn simple and literal. We've tried them all haven't we? And didn't you find that weight loss diet plans like The "Atkins" Diet and The "Zone" Diet and The "South Beach" Diet make me laugh. Who cares about some Dr. Atkins guy or some zone or some beach? So here on Stopping the Insanity we're cutting through all of the useless marketing junk. Our goal and committment is to lose weight, plain and simple.
Let's get started!
Monday, August 09, 2010
Start New End New
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Often as we get ready to start the week we are not excited. Maybe we feel dissatisfied with where we are, or not thrilled about what we feel is in store. As we take on that attitude we find ourselves dreading the day with little or no motivation to get going. That's why we get the "Monday Blues." We see the week ahead as something that we have to get through.
Week after week we repeat the same goal of just wanting to get through the week. Those thoughts lead us to not taking action that can create changes in our lives. After all, how can we think about taking action when we are just thinking about getting to the end of the week. As we approach our lives in this manner nothing changes.
It's time to change how we are thinking. By changing how we approach our week we will create new behavior and actually start seeing changes. As things change we will naturally get excited about our lives. The only reason that the week seems endless in front of us is because we feel stuck. So this Monday get excited. Tell yourself that it is not just another long week ahead. Tell yourself that this week is a week that change will begin.
That is the key, you deciding! Change begins the moment you decide. I know that all the pressures of life can feel at times overwhelming and the idea of getting excited about Monday is very foreign. It is your choice, you can let life paralyze you, or you can attack your life. Be a fighter and fight for a better life and decide that things can change.
The exciting part is that the moment you decide, change will start happening. So stop complaining that you are not happy with different areas of your life and dread Mondays as you do. Don't get overwhelmed, it doesn't have to be huge. It all starts with little things; eat a little better, do a little exercise, put your resume together, call a loved one, smile more and take a step.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Start doing and get motivated because this is a great week ahead. This week you are creating new positive results by changing how you approach your Monday. Every new start leaves a possibility of a new ending. Start new and end new.
We create out fate everyday we live.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
One thing more: Eating Protein, Carbs and Fruit in proper order
In my opinion and experience I strongly recommend eating unlimited enzymatic fruit for breakfast
Any quick digesting foods must wait till the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach before they can leave - a process which can take up to 6 or 8 hours. While waiting, the fruit, cooked and raw vegetables, and some of the starches undergo some decomposition and fermentation, producing gas, acid and even alcohol along with indigestion. .....
A RADICAL NEW CONCEPT OF DIGESTION
..... If there are 5 different types of food in the stomach at one meal, each eaten separately and in sequence, there will be 5 different kinds of digestion going on at the same time, each layer having different enzymes digesting each food, according to the needs of the food contained in that layer.
But when say 5 different foods are eaten at a meal, where each mouthful or bite is taken of a different food, then the entire stomach is filled with the same mixture. .....
SIMPLE TEST FOR ANYONE
One simple test that I used on myself was to eat different foods, one variety at a time, in sequence [all at one meal], for several different meals. Then when nature called, I examined the feces and was able to see different colors in the same feces. Watermelon which was reddish in color, was first, then tossed salad which was very dark brown was next, and cheese was very light tan was last. All were joined together, exiting the body in the same order as they were eaten.
Anyone can try this test, but to be accurate, the different foods must be eaten one at a time, and follow each other in sequence.
In doing this I found that I felt so much better following this BASIC RULE -
WATERY FOODS FIRST
To simplify this concept of sequential or layered eating, the basic rule or principle can be stated as follows:
Eat the most watery and easiers and fastest digestive foods first .....
BAD COMBINATIONS TO AVOID
The following represents some examples of bad combinations to avoid
1. Mixing dried sweet fruit, honey, maple syrup or bananas with nuts or seeds
2. Mixing starch foods with fresh or acid foods or fruits
3. Mixing dried sweet fruits with acid fruits.
4. Never eat dried sweet fruits with or after concentrated proteins
5. Eating raw, fresh or dried fruits after any cooked food
6. Avoid drinking beverages or even water during or after meals
CHEW ALL FOOD CLOSE TO LIQUID
For best digestion - chew all food close to a liquid before swallowing.
EAT SMALLER AMOUNT - FEWER VARIETIES
The smaller the amount of a particular food eaten, the less is the digestive time for that food. The greater the amount of a food eaten, the more is the digestive time prolonged.
..... Remember the less you mix and the fewer the varieties you use, the easier it is to digest and the less you will be tempted to overeat. The greater the variety, the greater the tendency to overeat.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BLENDED SALADS
Due to the liquification of vegetables by blending:
1 - Absorption and assimilation of its vitamins, minerals proteins etc. is increased to approximately 5 times as compare to eating and chewing the salad.
2 - A blended salad will digest and leave the stomach in 15 to 20 min. compared to 30 to 60 minutes for a tossed salad eaten whole......
Conservation at energy in the digestive process is the key to all healing. (Success in healing is measured in terms of energy available. This was known by the early masters of Natural Hygiene) .....
BASIC PURPOSE IS SAVING ENERGY
..... Energy is the most important factor needed for recovery of health and it must be conserved at all costs and not wasted in unnecessary digestion. Sequential eating will maximize the conservation of energy without fail.
Try it - feel the difference - and you'll never go back to your old ways - I promise you that!
DIGESTION TIME OF VARIOUS FOODS
(approx. time spent in stomach before emptying). ........
when stomach is empty, leaves immediately and goes into intestines,
Fruit vegetables, vegetable broth - 15 to 20 minutes.
(blended salad, vegetables or fruits) - 20 to 30 min.
Watermelon - 20 min.digestion time.
Other melons - Canteloupe, Cranshaw, Honeydew etc. - 30 min.
Oranges, grapefruit, grapes - 30 min.
Apples, pears, peaches, cherries etc. - digest in 40 min.
Raw tossed salad vegetables - tomato, lettuces, cucumber, celery, red or green pepper, other succulent vegetables - 30 to 40 min. digestion. -
Steamed or cooked vegetables
Leafy vegetables - escarole, spinach, kale, collards etc. - 40 min. - Zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, yellow squash, corn on cob - all 45 min. digestion time
Root vegetables - carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips etc. - 50 min.
Semi-Concentrated Carbohydrates - Starches
Jerusalem artichokes & leafy, acorn & butternut squashes, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yam, chestnuts - all 60 min. digestion.
Concentrated Carbohydrates - Grains
Brown rice, millet, buckwheat, cornmeal, oats (first 3 vegetables best) - 90 min.
Legumes & Beans - (Concentrated Carbohydrate & Protein)
Lentils, limas, chick peas, peas, pigeon peas, kidney beans, etc. - 90 min. digestion time
soy beans -120 min. digestion time
Seeds & Nuts
Seeds - Sunflower, pumpkin, pepita, sesame - Digestive time approx. 2 hours.
Nuts - Almonds, filberts, peanuts (raw), cashews, brazil, walnuts, pecans etc. - 2 1/2 to 3 hours to digest.
Skim milk, cottage or low fat pot cheese or ricotta - approx. 90 min. digestion time
whole milk cottage cheese - 120 min. digestion
whole milk hard cheese - 4 to 5 hours digestion time
Egg yolk - 30 min. digestion time
Whole egg - 45 min.
Fish - cod, scrod, flounder, sole seafood - 30 min. digestion time
Fish - salmon, salmon trout, herring, (more fatty fish) - 45 min. to 60 digestion time
Chicken - 1½ to 2 hours digestion time (without skin)
Turkey - 2 to 2 ¼ hours digestion time (without skin)
Beef, lamb - 3 to 4 hours digestion time
Pork - 4½ to 5 hours digestion time
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