You can start building self-esteem with these simple tips.
1.Take very good care of yourself. 2.Take time to do things you enjoy. 3.Get something done that you have been putting off. 4.Do things that make use of your own special talents and abilities. 5.Dress in clothes that make you feel good about yourself. 6.Give yourself rewards. 7.Make your living space a place that honors the person you are. 8.Display items that you find attractive or that remind you of your achievements. 9.Make your meals a special time. 10.Learn something new or improve your skills. 11.Begin doing those things that you know will make you feel better about yourself. 12.Do something nice for another person. 13.Make it a point to treat yourself well every day.
~ Excerpted from Building Self-esteem A Self-Help Guide published by the US Department of Health and Human Services
Can't do it all at once but hey you can pick at least one of those things to do today! ;)
It is easy to be negative about past mistakes and unhappiness. But it is much more healing to look at ourselves and our past in the light of experience, acceptance, and growth. Our past is a series of lessons that advance us to higher levels of living and loving. The relationships we entered, stayed in, or ended taught us necessary lessons.
Some of us have emerged from the most painful circumstances with strong insights about who we are and what we want. Our mistakes? Necessary. Our frustrations, failures, and sometimes stumbling attempts at growth and progress? Necessary too. Each step of the way, we learned. We went through exactly the experiences we need to, to become who we are today. Each step of the way, we progressed. Is our past a mistake? NO! The only mistake we can make is mistaking that for the truth.
Today, God (or your Higher Power) , help me let go of negative thoughts I may be harboring about my past circumstances or relationships. I can accept, with gratitude, all that has brought me to today.
**taken from Inspirational Positive Quotes :)
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The winner is: walking! According to the American Heart Association, walking 10,000-12,000 steps a day can do almost as much good for your health as 60 minutes of vigorous exercise like running or biking. So rev up your steps. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a walk (preferably not to the vending machine!) during work breaks. Slip on a pedometer to measure and celebrate your success.
This one is a little long I know but I really do believe we are not healthy enough due to our lack of nutrients---
Tips to Increase Your Absorption of Nutrients From the Food You Eat
So what can you do to make sure you’re getting the most nutritional "bang for your buck" from the foods you eat? Here are some simple tips you and your family can try out today:
1. Eat more raw food.
Raw plant and animal foods (such as raw milk) are loaded with beneficial enzymes for your body. (Enzymes are actually special proteins that act as catalysts for the chemical reactions that occur to keep your body functioning.) However, enzymes begin to be destroyed at temperatures above 110-115 degrees. So if your food is cooked, pasteurized or processed, it will contain no enzymes whatsoever.
Your body contains 2,500 or more different enzymes, and they are very important. Enzymes in your saliva, for instance, help break apart starches, while those in your stomach help break down protein. Enzymes in your intestines, meanwhile, are responsible for breaking apart all of your food, whether fat, protein or carb.
These digestive enzymes are what allow your food to be broken down, and the nutrients absorbed by your bloodstream.
The ideal way to add enzymes to your diet is simply by eating more raw foods. Be generous with consuming raw fruits and vegetables, and also consider adding other sources of raw food to your diet, such as raw milk and raw-milk cheese.
2. Eat Your Salad With Dressing
Carotenoids, which include beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and more, are powerful antioxidants that help protect your body from damaging free radicals. Carotenoids are not only found in orange fruits and veggies, but also red, yellow and even dark green ones.
However, carotenoids are fat-soluble, which means you must eat healthy fats in order for your body to absorb them. If you eat an extremely low-fat diet, you may not be able to absorb enough carotenoids. So when you eat a salad, adding a healthy oil-based dressing like extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar is a simple and tasty way to absorb more nutrients.
3. Know When It’s Better to Cook Your Veggies
While many foods are at their nutritional peak raw, there are a handful that are actually better for you cooked. Cooked tomatoes, for instance, are thought to be a more concentrated source of lycopene than raw ones. Though more research is needed in this area, foods that have been processed at high temperatures (such as tomato paste and tomato juice) may allow your body to absorb more lycopene than eating a raw tomato.
Lycopene is also a fat-soluble nutrient, meaning you need to eat it wit some fat in order for it to be properly absorbed. Making homemade tomato sauces with olive oil would be an ideal source.
The carotenoids in carrots and spinach are also more easily absorbed if you lightly steam them before eating, and researchers at Rutgers University and Taiwan found that iron is more easily absorbed by the body from 37 of 48 vegetables they tested when they're boiled, stir-fried, steamed or grilled. So eating a variety of both raw and lightly cooked veggies may be a good compromise.
4. Add Some Black Pepper
Piperine, a compound found in black pepper, is said to increase bioavilability of many beneficial substances, some by up to 2,000 percent! Piperine appears to simulate the digestive enzymes of the pancreas, enhance digestive capacity and significantly reduce gastrointestinal food transit time.
5. Eat More Fermented Foods
Civilizations around the globe have been fermenting foods for centuries.
Fermenting produces good bacteria known as probiotics, which produce beneficial enzymes, aid digestion and promote healthy flora in the digestive tract.
According to Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet, "Many people's digestive systems are simply too weak to digest raw vegetables in spite of all their natural enzymes."
She recommends "cooking your vegetables by baking, simmering, sautéing or lightly steaming them to make them more digestible" while simultaneously eating more fermented, or cultured, foods. The good bacteria in fermented foods, Gates says, will help you to create a healthy inner ecosystem and digest foods more efficiently.
Another option, along with eating fermented foods, is to take a probiotic supplement.
Edited by: 1LIFE4ME at: 9/8/2012 (21:36)
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Meditation, Yoga, relaxation techniques that involve controlled breathing exercises can help soooo much? I recently made just calming my mind and breathing an average of 5 minutes a day part of my routine and I seriously feel better!
---Deep breathing allows the body to take in more oxygen and release more carbon dioxide. This leads to many health benefits: a lowering of blood pressure, slowing of heart rate, and relaxation of the muscles. It calms the mind, helping to reduce insomnia. An increase of energy and reduction of fatigue with reduced anxiety and stress are desired effects, also.---
Although a good laugh won’t cure a serious disease, it can have countless health benefits and is one of the best forms of natural medicine. Laughter is proven strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress!
It can induce relaxation for up to 45 minutes and even boost the function of blood vessels and blood flow, decreasing chances of a heart attack. Scientists say laughter is one of the most infectious emotions and if you ever get the chance to laugh, do it because as time goes on we’re proven to laugh less. Children laugh an average of 300 times a day while adults hover around only 15!
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