Money, Health, and Life…Longevity!

For me, it is natural, as it is for many, that we keep looking for improvement in our abundant life including health and money.  If we take care of our health, and it may be expensive at times, then it may be less expensive as we continue to age.  But taking care of us is the main concern whether it be health or money…

As a fan of The Voice, one of the few television shows I really like to watch, you learn contestants’ stories and really learn in the process.  Kelly Clarkson was a new coach this year, and I guess I always thought that with such talent her health could not be ideal which was apparent.  She reminds me in many ways of Adele.  When she appeared in the final weeks of The Voice, there was a major change in her appearance…a phenomenal change.  As The Voice ended, her story was being shared in the media.  Because of health concerns, she began following a program called The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven R. Gundry.  In recent weeks, local television programs, as well as national programs, have begun to cover, and,  in many cases present negativity with dietitians’ opinions that it cannot be good if it eliminates so much.  

Well, today I am beginning the three-day cleanse.  It is not radical, it includes real food, and so far it has not been difficult.  For breakfast, it was a romaine/spinach, avocado and mint (all fresh) smoothie.  The only exceptional thing is that I have not been used to having my smoothie smell like a salad.  It was totally easy to prepare and to drink.  No gagging, no aftertaste, and it was simple enough that, while I drank it, I prepared the other half of the avocado to become a simple guacamole to be stuffed into romaine boats for two of my snacks for the day.  Lunch will be pastured organic chicken stir fry with organic mushrooms and organic celery on cauliflower rice (prepared non GMO frozen Hanover product.  Dinner will be pastured PRE steak (2 oz.) with organic bok choy and organic broccoli over cauliflower rice.  Lots of vegetables!  In the TV coverage, folks have shared that because of the quality of food that it is expensive.  

I do want to address this in my blog today because it is all about money now or money later.  Your body is your temple, and you do not get a replacement body.  I am fairly healthy.  Because of a 40 year love affair with Pepsi (full strength sugar) that ended with a costly hypnosis about 6 years ago, I am Type II diabetic under control with medication and diet and exercise .  I have three fingers that are arthritic.  Other than that, my concerns are flexibility and joint aches that are natural, or are they, with age.  A lot of things are caused by gut issues and inflammation, and this program anecdotedly helps in this.  

But more than that, in the last year, I have read about the downside of dairy, cheeses, grains, breads, conventional fruits and vegetables.  I am also an advocate of less animal protein.  When a restaurant or a cooking show demonstrates an individual serving of meat that is 6-8-10-16 ounces or more, it makes me think “are they crazy”  I am an advocate of eating foods in season that you can find fresh in your local grocery.  I like to know that my foods have been grown locally.  I do not eat anything that is GMO.  I buy maybe 1-5% of my total groceries that may be processed.  And even that is too much.  I have experienced over 10 years ago, a reaction to naturally occurring glucose after having a love affair with fresh-squeezed orange juice daily which lasted about 3 months until I became so ill that even the Cleveland Clinic could not figure out what was wrong–severe sore throat mimicking strep, congestion, coughing, and sneezing that lasted from May until October when I had my introduction to alternative medicine.  I was taken off of all fruits and meats and poultry.  In 2 weeks all of the symptoms were gone.  The alternative medicine became a permanent part of my life.  The point of this was fruit is not all that healthy for you because of the sugar content.  I really was careful with fruit but Dr. Gundry refers to fruit as “candy”.  I agree.  Fruits are selectively and slowly brought back in after the cleanse and beginning weeks.

I already eat organic whenever possible, so I am used to the increased cost, and I would not choose to do differently since I know what the food is sprayed with to make it market ready!  The increased cost is obvious–the pastured meat and poultry and wild seafood.  But all this is important to me because my health is important.  I already believed what Dr. Gundry talks of in this book; it just brought it all together for me.  Yes, there is a cookbook as well; but I doubt that I will buy it as I prefer clean, simple foods, and the internet already is including whole sites with cooking methods for this type of eating.  I do not want to make it “fake” regular food.  I just want pure, good nutrition.  I want longevity.  I want health.  

Oh, by the way, when I enter Phase 2 on Tuesday, the 86% cocoa chocolate is waiting for me as a 1 oz. snack recommended every day…there is a sweet side to The Plant Paradox…I think I can do this.

I will spend a little more conscious money know to make me healthier for the future…why?  Because as Michael Bernard Beckwith puts it I love my life, every minute of it, and I am worth it!

 

MY SECOND CHILDHOOD IS HERE….OMG!

Silly Senior, You Should Have Done This When You Were a Child!

Silly Senior, You Should Have Done This When You Were a Child!

Child on a trikeBUT WHEN I WAS A CHILD, THERE WERE THINGS AS A CHILD I WAS NOT ENCOURAGED TO DO.  I WAS ENCOURAGED TO BE A “LITTLE ADULT”.

WHEN I SIT DOWN TO DO MY DAILY BLOG, MANY, IN FACT MOST, TIMES, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT MY TOPIC WILL BE.  UNTIL I LOOK AT HOW I WANT TO ILLUSTRATE IT, AND THEN IT COMES TO LIFE.

IT IS MOST AMAZING THAT I CHOSE TO ILLUSTRATE THIS BLOG WITH A YOUNG CHILD RIDING HIS TRICYCLE AND A SENIOR IN HIS SECOND CHILDHOOD RIDING A TRICYCLE.  FEAR IS ON THE FACE OF THE CHILD WHILE EXHILARATION IS ON THE FACE OF THE SENIOR!

SO MUCH OF WHAT WE LEARN AS CHILDREN IS FEAR-BASED:

  • DON’T GET HIT BY A CAR MAKES US HESITANT TO BE CONFIDENT CROSSING THE STREET!
  • DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS MAKES US HESITANT TO VENTURE OUT TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS!
  • DON’T LEAVE THE YARD!
  • PLAY ON THE SAFE SIDE!

AND IT IS IN ALL PARTS OF OUR LIFE:

  • DON’T SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THAT!
  • MEN ALL WANT ONE THING!
  • GIRLS GO TO COLLEGE JUST TO MEET A HUSBAND!
  • GOOD GIRLS LIVE AT HOME UNTIL THEY GET MARRIED!
  • WE DON’T HAVE MONEY FOR THAT!
  • GIRLS DON’T PLAY SPORTS!

AND ON AND ON…IT TAKES US A LARGE PART OF OUR ADULT LIVES TO REALIZE THAT WHAT WE LEARN AS CHILDREN, RIGHT OR WRONG, IS IMPRINTED ON US FOREVER.  WE CAN CHOOSE TO UNDERSTAND OUR CHILDHOOD AND ATTEMPT TO TURN IT AROUND AND ENJOY LIFE.  THAT IS WHAT LIFE IS FOR, TO UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR CHOSEN MISSION IS AND TO LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST….ONCE WE GET OVER WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IMPRINTED ON US.

KELLY CLARKSON CAPTURED THESE FEELINGS FOR ME IN HER SONG “BECAUSE OF YOU”.  THIS SONG STILL BRINGS ME TO TEARS; WATCH THE VIDEO AND IT IS A GOOD CATHARTIC CRY!  VERY HEALTHY!

AS I WORK ON MY “ADULT CHILD” , THERE ARE TIMES WHEN I AM SUCCESSFUL ON CHANGING MY PATTERNS ONE AT A TIME, BUT THEN I AM ALMOST LOST BECAUSE I HAVE CHANGED MY STRUCTURE, THE STRUCTURE I HAVE NEEDED TO KEEP MY LIFE UNDER CONTROL.  THEN I FEEL LIKE THE EMOTIONS IN “BECAUSE OF YOU.”  I AM SO TORN THAT I WANT TO GO BACK TO MY VERY STRUCTURED LIFE…KNOWING THAT THE STRUCTURED LIFE I HAVE CONSTRUCTED OVER MY LIFE HAS KEPT ME “PLAY(ING) ON THE SAFE SIDE”, “NEVER WANDERING TOO FAR FROM THE SIDEWALK”.

BUT I WILL GET THROUGH THE TEARS, I WILL LEARN NOT TO BE AFRAID, AND I WILL LEARN TO TRUST NOT ONLY ME BUT EVERYONE ELSE…

FUNNY THING, MANY WHO KNOW ME VIEW ME AS A “RISK TAKER”.  ANOTHER TRAIT OF AN ADULT CHILD, WE ARE RISK TAKERS, IT IS MY WAY OF OVERCOMPENSATING FOR THE FEAR!

AS FAR AS BICYCLES, THERE SITS IN MY GARAGE A GREAT BICYCLE THAT I WAS LEARNING TO TAKE ON AS A CHALLENGE TO RIDE AGAIN…THAT WAS TWO YEARS AGO.  THAT WAS SHORT-LIVED AS I DISLOCATED MY SHOULDER, NOT ON THE BIKE, BUT ON THREE STEPS IN MY HOME.  THE ADMONITION FROM THE MEDICAL PEOPLE WHO PUT ME BACK TOGETHER….”STAY OFF THE BIKE!’  OF COURSE, THEY DID NOT MEAN FOREVER, BUT THEY PUT THE FEAR OF RE-INJURY IN MY HEART, AND THE PAIN OF THAT INJURY REMINDS ME EVERY TIME I GO TO PUMP UP THE TIRES AND RIDE….MAYBE THE CHILDHOOD EXHILARATION OF BEING AN ADULT WILL RETURN, AND YOU WILL SEE MY PHOTO RIDING THAT GREAT GREEN BIKE DOWN THE UNKNOWN ROAD!

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Are You Afraid When You Could Courageous: Be Brave!

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as I write this blog, one of my all time favorite songs is playing on the radio–Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You”–it is not a favorite because it is a happy song.  it is a favorite because it really depicts my childhood and how I entered adulthood–afraid of so many things.  many years later, i am so totally different.  but the song remains a favorite reminding me that we really are a product of environment and that it affects everything in our life–decisions, money, relationships, and more.  

I love my life today because I am all about “being in the flow”.  out of necessity–illness, divorce, single parenthood, and more–I have become a risk taker.  that was never more evident than when I left financial services in the traditional sense and started my own business helping others have a better relationship with money.  every day EMPOWER Excellence enters “the flow” and becomes more of what it is intended to be in the Universe.  it is so good to be back “in the flow”.  it is the way I know that I am on the right path.  it is the way I used to feel when I was raising children and running a Congressional office for 8 years; however, with the latest cyber breach, I am now subject to someone in China breaking into the computer system of the Federal government.  but I digress…

what I really want to share today is from another favorite of mine, Tama Kieves, who shares the thought “Don’t wait until you’re fearless to do something.  Do it when you’re trembling.  Experience gives you power.  Experience gives you freedom.  Waiting shrinks your life.  You also don’t have to do everything at once.  A tiny step ignites the alchemy of transformation.  One small moment of willingness opens the door to everything you want.”

Getting Back to “The Flow” of Today …

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