Iced Tea? Yes Please!

Good afternoon!! The weekend is upon us!!

We all enjoy summer BBQ’s and get togethers… well if you’re thinking of sitting back and relaxing this weekend, why not whip this drink up – it’s quite delicious!!

It’s a drink that Dr. Oz recommends thanks to the many health benefits of green tea.  We all know the benefits, right?  Well, green tea purifies your body and maintains vitality – and it’s GREAT for your metabolism.  Green tea accelerates your metabolism by 12%, it regulates your blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of a heart attack and various forms of cancer. It also strengthens your immunity and improves your mood.

Find the recipe below – enjoy! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre water
  • 5 green tea bags
  • 1 orange
  • A handful of fresh mint

In boiling water add 5 bags of green tea. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and leave the tea to cool. Orange cut into wedges. Put the tea in a large jar and add the orange slices and mint. Close the jar and leave overnight. The next day drink the tea. Dr. Oz recommends one cup of this drink in the mornings on empty stomach, before meals, and rest to drink at night before going to bed.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Danielle

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How to STOP Negative Self Talk!

 

I found this article and sent it to my clients.  I LOVE this article, I hope you enjoy xoxo

How to Stop Negative Self-Talk

If there is anything that can keep you from being productive and partaking in the abundance that life has to offer, it’s negative self talk. This is the type of talk, and thoughts, that create or reinforce existing sub-conscious beliefs that will keep you from what you desire. If you want to enjoy life the way you should, you’ll need to learn how to stop negative self-talk for good.

Do You Suffer From Negative Self-Talk?

If you have a tendency to believe that a tough situation is worse than what it is, it’s negative self-talk. If you’re wondering why you’re not enjoying the journey of your life, it’s negative self-talk. And if you find yourself more often in a state of unhappiness than happiness, it could very well be because of chronic negative self-talk.

Negative self-talk comes from relating your current situation with some past experience. If you’ve tried to succeed at something and haven’t been able to shake off past failures, or have been afraid of being unable to match the previous levels of success you’ve achieved, you’ve got to change your thought process.

Self-Awareness is the First Step

The good news is, if you can recognize your negative self-talk for what it really is—nothing more than unnecessary baggage from your past that you carry into the present by way of your own thinking—then you can choose to gradually shift your way of thinking to create thoughts, words, and beliefs that will make you feel better and put you in a better position to achieve success.

The thing to understand about negative self-talk is that it reflects your internalized negative feelings about yourself rather than the truth. In other words, just because you feel it doesn’t make it true.

Your subconscious mind does not distinguish between true or false. It doesn’t not make judgments or have the ability to have an opinion. It simply takes what is believed to be true– in the case of self-talk this would be doubt and fear—and it makes it feel real. In turn, this “truth” is compounded and reinforced and solidifies your belief and you will receive a negative result.

How to Stop Negative Self-Talk

Fortunately, you can prevent yourself from getting caught up in this negative self-talk. It helps that in the morning you allow your first thoughts to be positive and if a negative thought slips in that you recognize it before it snowballs out of control. That one negative thought can take an otherwise promising day and blow it to pieces.

It’s normal to have negative thoughts every now and but once you realize what’s going on, focus on positive thoughts to drown out the negative. Eventually, your mood will follow and you’ll be able to get back on track.

Researchers say we have more than 60,000 thoughts per day so being present to monitor these thoughts is a daunting task. So rather than trying to master your thoughts try this simple practice: view your feelings as an emotional warning system. When you’re feeling good you must be having good thoughts, and when you’re feeling bad you must be having bad thoughts. Simple.

So when you’re feeling lousy, ask yourself what bad feelings am I having? At that point you can change your thoughts. And when you change your thoughts, you change the way you feel, and only then can you change your life experience.

The bottom line is this: the power of your thoughts and beliefs are immense. They can lift you up and take you to the highest highs or drag you down to the lowest lows. The greatest leaders and most famous entertainers and athletes exercise healthy habits of thinking that springboard them into a fulfilling and prosperous life, and so can you!

 

Forgive yourself and lose weight

I came across this article and wanted to share it with you all.  Enjoy xoxoxoxox Truly love yourself completely ❤

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As you well know, February is the month of love! But as you’re honoring friends, partners and loved ones with hearts, cards, and roses, I’m going to urge you also to honor your most important relationship: the one you have with your own body.

And I’ll tell you the number-one thing you can do to honor that relationship, and to begin to love your body unconditionally as you create permanent, positive results…

Forgive yourself.

Yes… this might sound simple, but if you’re like so many on a weight-loss journey, you can be relentless when it comes to self-criticism and contempt for yourself and your body. When you let go of the guilt and shame about how you look or how you’ve treated your body, you enter a world of love and positivity that helps you create the healthy body you want and deserve.

A self-forgiving state of mind helps you more easily release negative judgments of yourself. You’re then less likely to act on those feelings by hurting yourself and your body. You’ll naturally want to take better care of your body. You see, when you learn to love yourself unconditionally and forgive yourself more readily, you’re likely to eat healthier foods, give your body the movement it needs, and talk to yourself with greater compassion.

On the other hand, when your body is filled with the poisonous energies of self-contempt (and I know you have experienced times like this), you’re more likely to turn to food for comfort or self-punishment. The negative feelings can quickly lead to a very old and familiar sense of being out of control or a victim.

As you begin to develop the habit of self-forgiveness you will notice significant changes in your physical health and in your ability to no longer rely on food for comfort. And when you feel that love for yourself and your body, you might, for example, be less likely to skip Zumba class in order to head right home after work and watch TV.

So, how do you forgive yourself?

It takes patience and persistence. Here are three heart-based exercises to help you open to the healing power of self-forgiveness, love yourself more and bring peace to your mind.

1. Be Willing to Forgive Yourself

Self-forgiveness starts with a willingness to release guilt, shame and self-hatred. Open the space for this healing energy to enter your mind and body by setting the intention to do so.

Simply say to yourself right now: “I want to forgive myself.”

Additionally, write these words down on paper several times:

“I want to forgive myself. I want to love myself fully and treat myself with loving kindness.”

This may seem like a very simple process. It is. Don’t equate simple with ineffective. A sincere and deliberate intention to stop berating yourself, and to forgive yourself when you do, helps you take charge of your life, feel less like a victim, and stop the cycle of emotional eating.

2. Wrap Negative Thoughts in Love

We all fall into old patterns. So the next time you slip back into less than healthy eating or exercise habits and berate yourself with unkind words, turn to your heart for comfort.

For example, instead of dwelling on those negative thoughts and feelings, remind yourself you can stop. Take a deep breath. Then, focus your attention on your heart and at the same time think of a beautiful memory or someone you love. I learned this exercise from the Institute of HeartMath and it helps you feel calm very quickly. Then, say this affirmation to yourself or out loud while keeping your attention on your heart:

“I release these thoughts and feelings (or shame and guilt, etc.) into the arms of Love and I open to loving and forgiving myself.”

Directing your attention to your heart infuses your words with calming, heart-based energy. It is as if you are wrapping your self-contempt in a blanket of love.

3. Connect to Your Heart, Literally

Become quiet. Place your hand on your heart. Feel your heart beat. Now, while keeping your hand on your heart, say to yourself:

“I totally and completely love and accept myself with all my problems and all my limitations.”

Feel into this process. Repeat several times daily.

This exercise helps you connect with the loving energy of your heart. Your heart doesn’t judge you for overeating or for talking harshly to yourself. It simply keeps beating on. Feel that beautiful, consistent heartbeat and know that you are loved by the pure energy within it.

Practice the above steps faithfully and you’ll begin to create a lightness of spirit within you.

Be patient and have faith. Over time you’ll notice that the love you give to yourself on the inside will be reflected in the ways you care for yourself and look and feel on the outsid

Read more: Forgive Yourself and Lose Weight http://caloriecount.about.com/forgive-yourself-lose-weight-b623140#ixzz2saKDITwW

LOVE yourself Healthy

Many people eat the way I used to eat.  They’re compulsive bingers, not because they’re hungry.. its because they’re emotionally hungry.  Some suffer from being overweight and have spent so much time to try to “fix” their eating routines.  But it’s hard, I know.  I know some feel their lives are complete chaos, due to food.

Do you love yourself enough to learn to make better choices?  Do you truly feel worth it to do so?  I have decided to write this blog to help you learn to love yourself and live the happy life you deserve.

Silly question, but what does it mean to love yourself?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still trying to find that exact answer.  But I think sometimes it means to have self-respect, self-confidence, keeping your body healthy, and believing in yourself.  KNOWING you can do whatever you put your mind too.  If you don’t love yourself, I believe that life will always be hard to live, agree?

What do I think self love is?  I believe that self love keeps us from getting sick.  As a working definition, self love is any action we take for our physical, mental, and spiritual enhancement.

I’ve been reading a book, “Just 10lbs” and this is where I got the idea for this blog entry.  In this book, the author – Brad Lamm – stated different examples of some self love.  So I will pass on some examples of self love to you, my readers.  Can you relate to any of these?

  • I eat body honouring foods.
  • I take care of my body and my health by healthy choices and fitness.
  • I don’t ignore my needs at the expense of others.
  • I’ve shed the need for approval or recognition.  I am not who others think I should be.
  • I focus on body’s assets, rather than it’s liabilities.
  • I avoid self-criticism.
  • I concentrate on where I am now and where I want to go.
  • I reward and praise myself after any and all achievements.
  • I focus on my strengths, not my weaknesses.
  • I love my body and everything it does for me.
  • I value the spiritual side of life.
  • I don’t procrastinate, I know that accomplishment is the result of activity.
  • I believe I deserve to have what I want.
  • I view myself as a winner who sees every circumstance, good or bad, as an opportunity.
  • I experience joyful days.

Now, if you’re like me and read through these statements you may have felt a bit overwhelmed.  There are some of these that I know I need to work on, in fact, many of them.  The way I look at it, if you’re enacting even a couple of these points, you’re doing great.  The more you can add over time.. the better, right?

I can tell you this, this journey on the way to self love definitely follows a crazed, twisted, bumpy road.  Please don’t sit there and be thinking that you can’t do this, or you don’t have enough time to take care of yourself.  I promise you, it will not take long.  That’s the beauty of it, it’s simple.  Once you apply positivity, you’ll gain insight into yourself and you’ll suddenly understand why you’ve been acting and reacting the way you have.  

I believe that no matter how crappy you feel currently about yourself, please..start acting like you love yourself.  Sometimes you have to fake it before it actually becomes the real deal.  Sounds silly I know.. but it works.  What do I mean by faking it and acting?  Well you will be taking on the mind set of what you wish to become and allow and encourage your behaviours to follow.  If you practice long enough, your acting is no longer acting, it’s true love.

Now what’s the next step?  Well.  I suggest practice loving yourself with simple actions.  Pamper yourself with little things every day. For example: snuggle up with a cup of tea and curl up with a favourite book.  Dance around to your favourite music, have a nice hot bubble bath.  Pick up a flower at the local florist, one that you love.  This way, every time you look at it, it makes you smile.  

Before you can actually succeed with this, you need to decide for yourself that you ARE INDEED worth loving.  Pretty much, this is a “just do it” kind of thing really.  This isn’t something you can do merely just to please your parents, your spouse, your boyfriend, your best friend or ANY ONE other than YOURSELF!!  If it’s not for you, it won’t happen.

Do it with me, right now, declare today “From now on, no matter how tough life may be or how imperfect I may feel, I am going to honestly love myself.”  Did you do it?  I did.  So from now on, we’re working on loving ourselves.

We need to start practicing listening to our inner voices to ensure we discover the ways and means of achieving self love.  All too often we are our own harshest critics and truthfully we are more judgemental towards ourselves than anyone in our lives.  These thoughts will definitely stand in the way of achieving what we want the most in our lives.  This includes a healthy body and healthy mind.  Negative thoughts are unproductive and hinders success.  It can make us feel hopeless.  However, if you’re continually thinking positively, it produces the opposite: HOPEFULness.  Change starts within, and what better place to address negativity than in our head and hearts?

We need to start asking ourselves loving questions such as “Why not me?  What’s good about this situation that I’m probably overlooking?  What actions can I take right now to improve my weight?  Even though I’ve got some weight to lose, what am I thankful for in my life right now?”  We do not want to focus on the unloving questions.  A couple of these are “Why can’t I ever lose weight?  How did I screw up so badly?  What can’t I stop this terrible habit?”

Questions are at the core of how we listen, behave and relate.  Everything we think and do is generated by questions.  Questions can push us into new territories, help us reach greater goals, and trigger positive life change.  Questions are truly magical, but we must know how to ask the right questions.

So lets start thinking positively about ourselves instead of negatively okay?  I can go on and on about this topic, but I don’t want to bore you.  Lets just think about this entry as a first step to self love..a first step to Loving yourself healthy.

Until next time, thank you 🙂