Health and Wellness: Go Beyond the Surface

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Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!

I trust that your day is going well and if it is not, I want you to trust that it WILL get better.  Don’t allow your emotions or joy to be sucked away because of something someone said, did or did not do.

Look beyond that moment into your point of happiness within yourself and flood your mind with it and hold onto that. Life is just too short to hold on to the negative so free yourself from it.

Stay close as I prepare to venture beyond the surface. That is, beyond our aches, pains, weight loss goals, eating habits, among other things we wish we could physically change about ourselves.  Many of us have been told over the years that in order to live healthier and happier lives that we need to do certain things such as drink more water, exercise, don’t eat too much of this or eat more of that and so on.

I must admit that I have been one of those people who would have said some of those very things. In my own journey to improve my health I have learnt more than I honestly expected.  So don’t get me wrong, we should pay attention to what we put into our bodies.  The fact is, our actions have a direct impact on our health and overall well-being.

However, what we often miss or rather overlook, is the not so obvious things inside of us that also affect our health and overall well-being.  Many times our desire to become ‘healthy’ and ultimately improve our outward appearance tends to shift the focus away from some very important and real issues that we need to address inside of ourselves.

These underlying issues are often buried within us hiding among the physical issues that also plague us some known and unknown.   Some of these issues may include: anger, sadness, resentment, hatred, bitterness, regret, stress, and so much more.  Most of which often go unresolved, unchecked, dismissed or archived because we don’t want to deal with them or don’t have the time.

These emotions and unresolved issues within us cause more harm than drinking a sugar beverage or eating a piece of fried chicken in my humble opinion.  If we don’t address and actively treat with these issues we would be slowly killing ourselves no matter how many fruits, vegetables, smoothies or high fiber foods we eat.

So today, I’m asking God to help us with these unresolved issues within us that we’ve either avoided, neglected or ignored hoping that they would just go away. We all know that ignoring them does not make the pain and hurt go away.  It merely numbs us temporarily.  Let’s instead choose to go after a resolution that is more permanent as we ask God to heal our heart and create in us a new spirit.  Allow God to free us from the memories, limits and pain that have eaten away at us for so long.

Heavenly Father, as I come before today, I want to thank You for another opportunity to be a blessing in someone’s life.  I ask Oh Lord that every person reading and hearing this message that may have health and wellness issues beyond what the eyes can see be blessed and the healing process initiated in their life.

I ask for your intervention, your grace, your healing and mercy in our individual situations today.  Create within us a clean hearts Oh Lord and help us free ourselves from those shackles on our hearts and souls so that we can experience true health and wellness in our lives today and everyday.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

Health and Wellness Fridays – 2018 with a Difference

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Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  

To start the New Year off right I must first thank God for blessing me to see another year.  Thank you Heavenly Father for already equipping me with the strength, patience, wisdom, understanding, knowledge and discipline needed to be successful in all that I’ve set out to do and may it all be pleasing to you.  In Jesus name I pray and give thanks. Amen!  🙂

Today, I would like to set the tone for the next few months as it relates to improving my health and overall well-being.  It is my hope that you will find these points useful as you chart your own course towards a healthier and happier you.

Here are some points that I have decided to pay special attention to as I put 2018 into perspective especially as it relates to the way forward for my overall health and wellness and ultimately my life.

Health and wellness is a process and therefore that means through our actions and decisions – we are living this conscious choice daily. 

How do I go about doing that?

  1. Understanding that being a healthier me starts from within and looks at not only how I treat and care for my body but my mind and spirit as well.  It is a holistic approach to living that I never truly understood or appreciated until now.
  2. Health and wellness does not speak to only what’s going on inside of me but in my environment as well.  It includes the people in my life and all the other factors that directly and indirectly have an impact on my well-being.
  3. Taking responsibility for what I’m doing and not doing to make my life better.
  4. Taking immediate action towards improving the areas I’m weak in or struggle with.
  5. Recognizing that I am human and therefore I will not execute every single day without errors, weaknesses or setbacks and that’s okay.
  6. Not giving up on myself or my desire to become a healthier and happier me. 🙂
  7. Accepting and believing that I am truly worth it.

 

Why would 2018 be any different from any other year?

  1. In God I’ll put my trust and faith and call on Him when I feel weak and praise His name when I feel strong. This point is first for reason.  Start each day by talking and praying to God.  He will give you the strength to do the impossible.
  2. I AM worth the sacrifice, time, effort, love, joy and happiness that this year can bring.  If I open up myself to receive and go after it.
  3. I AM worth the temporary discomfort that changing and breaking old habits would bring.
  4. I understand that MY betterment WILL only come if I work towards it.
  5. I AM mentally preparing my mind, body and spirit to DO the work that only I can do.
  6. I know that I am NOT the only person in the world struggling with something.
  7. It IS my time to get up and do MORE to improve my own life.
  8. My success has always been mine for the taking!

Whatever we desire for our health and overall well-being for 2018 and beyond WE must be prepared to make some changes and some of that change MUST start within us.  If, we are to be successful in achieving our goals for better and happier lives we must do the work that is needed at our very CORE.  There is no escaping it.

For it is our fears, self-doubt, negativity, skepticism, laziness and sometimes our willingness to just settle right where we are that has kept us exactly where we are.  2018 will be different because WE WILL make it different. One day and one step at a time.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

Health and Wellness Fridays – Create a Happier and Healthier US

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Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Today I’m keeping it really simple.  With the upcoming closure of one chapter of our lives to hopefully start another I thought it fitting to write something a little different.

This Health and Wellness Fridays segment was created out of a desire to be a healthier and happier me while sharing the knowledge and information gathered with others in the process.  “Knowledge is power”.  However, what we choose to do with that knowledge is where the real power comes from.

This segment has brought me so much joy and knowledge.  I know from the feedback that I get that it is also appreciated by so many of you and I am truly grateful that you take time to read it.

As we move closer to 2018, I have big plans for my life as do so many of you.   The thing is guys, if we don’t start taking better care of ourselves that is, mental health, physical health and emotional health – how good would any of our plans, hopes and dreams be to us or our families?

Make a proactive decision today starting in 2017 to DO RIGHT by YOURSELF!  Start with small changes or improvements but START.

I don’t have all the answers.  I don’t live a life free from challenges and obstacles.  I’m like many of you, wanting and desiring better but sometimes we let our comfort get in the way – making taking ACTION seem like a lot of work.  Aren’t we worth that investment of effort, time and money?  I believe we ARE worth it and it is time we do more about it.

We don’t need to be anybody’s vision of perfect. We just need to develop and foster within ourselves a passion and love for self that drives us to want and actively pursue a better, stronger and healthier version of ourselves.

From today onward, NO LONGER will we allow self-doubt, fear, negative people, negative thinking, lack of finances and excuses to hold us back from improving various aspects of our health and ultimately our lives.  It’s time to get creative and resourceful to think and work ourselves into a better way of living. 🙂

Make that decision with me today to seriously go after that better and healthier life that we deserve and I have no doubt that happiness will follow.

I wish us all good health, happiness, prosperity and clarity of mind and spirit.

Best wishes to you and your families today, tomorrow and for the New Year 2018. 🙂

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Health and Wellness Fridays! – Special Giveaway :)

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  As promised I have my very first giveaway for you guys brought to you compliments of the Happy Guide blog which is run by Michael Kinnaird and his brother James Riddett.

What is the Happy Guide blog all about?

The Happy Guide blog is all about lifestyle changes that foster better health and greater happiness in our lives.   I had the pleasure and opportunity of reading their eBook called Happy Guide – 6 Simple Lifestyle Changes for Health and Happiness.   It shares not only WHAT to change but HOW we can go about making those changes.   I found it insightful, user-friendly, inspiring and refreshing.

James reached out to me and offered to team up to provide 5 of my wonderful readers with an opportunity to win a free copy of the Happy Guide eBook.

Excited?  🙂 If you’re interested in learning more all you have to do is be one of the first five people to comment below telling us what being healthy means to you.  It does not have to be long just a line or two.  It’s that simple.

I’ll list the winners in a follow-up email after which the guys over at Happy Guide would email the winners their eBooks.

Best of luck to each of you.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity.  Remember, being healthy and happy starts with YOU working from the inside out.

As always thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.  🙂

Health and Wellness Fridays: Lifestyle

Welcome back dear friends to Health and Wellness Fridays! 🙂 Thank God we persevered and made it.  After a long, hectic week Fridays just seem to make everything easier.

This week my post is a little different to what I would normally do.  Why you ask?  Well, health and wellness is not just about what we eat but also how we care for and treat our bodies as well.

It is important that we not only nourish our bodies with food but also do things that help care for our bodies.  I’m a firm believer in “prevention is better than cure.”

Here are some things we can do to help care for our bodies outside of eating properly.

Getting a proper night’s rest – did you know that the average adult between the ages of 18 -60 years needs about 7 or more hours of sleep per night?

Get active – it is important to get your body moving so running, dancing, swimming, walking, cardio exercise, cycling, tennis whatever form you choose it is a step in the right direction.

Knowing when to stop and rest – this is sometimes easier said than done at times but the body gives us signs when it is tired and sometimes we ignore them.  It is important that we get proper rest to ensure that we are able to function at our best both mentally and physically.

Get regular check-ups.  We don’t have to wait to become ill to visit our healthcare provider.  Schedule a check-up to make sure that you are truly performing at your best.

Maintain proper oral hygiene. Visit your dentist. Taking care of our teeth would be cheaper that ordering new ones. 🙂

Have your eyes tested to ensure that they are healthy and functioning properly.

Read and research the ingredients of the products you use.   Some of those ingredients found in everyday products research has shown can do more damage than good.  Click here to learn more.

Find healthy forms of relaxation for both the mind and body.  Some people use yoga, meditation, music, others even have a spa day while some take up sports.  Whatever helps you relax and find peace of mind, body and spirit do it.  We all face stressful situations in life some have more than others but not having a healthy way to cope can result in you becoming ill or worse resulting in a nervous breakdown if not addressed and handled properly.

Reduce and end negativity – we sometimes underestimate how toxic negative people and negative thinking can be on our overall well-being.  Take control of your life. Be the pencil and eraser, add what you want and remove what you don’t.

Last but by no means least believe that YOU are worth the investment.

These are just a few of my suggestions.  I know life can be hectic and it is difficult to keep track of everything all the time.  I fall short sometimes but I don’t let it get me down I just get back on the path and keep moving forward and that’s what you should do as well.  Beating ourselves up about what we didn’t do does not make it better.  Instead focus on what you are going to do to make it right.

Our bodies can only give back what we put into it.   If we give it 20% it would give back 20%, if we give it 60% then we get back 60% and so on. Create a balance between what you put into your body and how you care for it externally as well.    The time, effort and resources we invest now may help us in the future by reducing our risks for various types of diseases and illnesses.

Health and Wellness is therefore a lifestyle.  What we choose to do and not do in regards to our health and overall well-being has consequences in both the short-term and the long-term which consequences are you prepared to live with?

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great night and a wonderful weekend!:)

 

Health and Wellness Fridays – Honey

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Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!!    Today, we are going to be looking at honey and some of the amazing benefits we can get from it.

My grandfather now deceased was a beekeeper. I remember how he would have to put on his white bee-suit and smoke out the bee hives to extract the honey.  I was very young then and had no idea how valuable his craft was. I never really liked the taste of honey. As an adult, I now see the value of something I had taken for granted as a child growing up.

Honey has been around since the ancient times and was seen as a precious commodity.  It was used not only as a natural sweetener but for medicinal and religious purposes as well.

What is honey? 

The simplest way to describe it,  honey  is a sweet product that is made by bees using the nectar of flowers.  Honey is rich in various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

According to the National Honey Board , “Honey color ranges from nearly colorless to dark brown, and its flavor varies from delectably mild to distinctively bold, depending on where the honey bees buzzed. As a general rule, light-colored honey is milder in taste and dark-colored honey is stronger.”

Some uses and benefits of honey

Let’s take a look at some of the uses and benefits of using honey.   Please note that raw or pure honey is recommended when treating any of the undermentioned.

General Health  Benefits:

  • Helps prevent cancer and heart disease
  • Reduces cough and throat irritation
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
  • Boost your immune system
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Helps soothe acid reflux
  • Help boost your energy
  • Helps with cholesterol
  • Good memory booster
  • Treat yeast infections
  • Aid in weight loss
  • Promotes a better sleep
  • Helps with allergies
  • Treat herpes

 

Skin and Hair Benefits:

  • Promotes a healthy scalp
  • Heals wounds and burns
  • Helps fight acne
  • Moisturizer
  • Treat eczema
  • Shampoo and condition hair

Best type of honey to use

Raw or unprocessed honey is the best type to use because commercial honey is often heavily processed and may even be chemically refined.  Commercial honey is usually golden in colour and has a syrup-like appearance.   Additionally, you should note that once raw honey is excessively heated and processed,  the health benefits are largely depleted.  All honey is therefore not created equal so be sure to ask questions and read what you are buying.

How to use honey

Although honey is full of benefits, it is also high in fructose and must be used in moderation therefore less is best especially when consuming it.

Important – Possible Side Effects

Now I could not leave you without mentioning some possible side effects of consuming too much honey.   Some side effects can include: weight gain, cavities, nausea, weakness, vomiting, dizziness, and sweating.

Children under 12 months MUST NOT be given honey because it is a potential source for the bacteria that causes botulism.  Raw honey is however, safe for older children and adults.

If you are allergic to pollen or have any other bee-related allergies, it is recommended that you do not consume raw honey.

How I use it

  • I like to mix 1 teaspoon honey in warm water with cinnamon and the juice from 1/2 a lemon.  Drink on an empty stomach once per day. This aids in my detox and weight management.
  • I sometimes mix it with some lime or lemon juice if I have a sore throat.
  • I use 1 teaspoon of honey mixed with sugar and a few drops of lemon juice as an exfoliator on my skin once or twice per week. Rubbing the mixture in circular motion on my face and neck and I leave it for about 10 minutes before I wash it off.
  • I also like to add it to my Bar-B-Que sauce replacing brown sugar.

There are tons of recipes and combinations for using honey based on your objectives and goals.  So do your research and get yourself a bottle today.

              

 

Health and Wellness Fridays – Lemons

Happy Friday to all of you!  Today I am introducing something I would like to call,  “Health and Wellness Fridays”.

Every Friday I would post an article highlighting information on different foods that we sometimes overlook or underestimate that can add value to our lives in ways we did not imagine.

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You guessed it, today we’re going to be looking at lemonsA lemon is a sour citrus fruit.   

It was only about two years ago that I discovered that lemons although sour had various health and beauty benefits other than just for making lemonade and cooking.  Since then I use it daily and even introduced it to my family who can attest to the benefits they have received from using it.

There is a wealth of information online about the benefits of lemons some even backed by scientific research other benefits not so much but I don’t think that should take away from the good that lemons can do for your overall health.

Here are some benefits of adding lemons to your daily routine:

Health Benefits:

  • Alkaline your body (restore balance to the body’s pH)
  • Supports weight loss
  • Boost your immune system (helping you fight off diseases)
  • Great source for potassium (supports your heart and brain)
  • Aid in digestion
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Anti-cancer properties (some studies have shown that cancer cannot thrive in high alkaline environments)
  • Detoxify the liver
  • Regulates bowel movements
  • Relief from colds and fever
  • Kidney Stone relief
  • Dissolve gallstones
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Reduce gout pain
  • Aid your metabolism
  • Freshens breath
  • Soothe a sore throat
  • Fights gum disease

Beauty Benefits:

  • Helps fade scars and aged spots
  • Decrease the appearance of wrinkles
  • Radiant skin

 

Important:

  • Lemon juice is acidic and this can weaken teeth enamel over time so it’s important to dilute it in  water.  Drink it preferably with a straw.
  • Serving size – I personally add half a lemon to a glass of water or the whole lemon when I am using my large water bottle (based on the size of the lemon). We sometimes get really big ones here.
  • Drink it first thing in the morning before breakfast.

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Some people suggest putting slices of the lemon in the water to drink is best. Be sure to squeeze them first though. Whatever, method you choose I hope you start using lemons more.

Do you use lemons in your everyday life?  Did you find this informative and useful?  I would love to know below.

Thanks for reading.