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July 9, 2020

Cheers for Rainiers

What is this Saturday, July 11, you ask? Why, it’s National Rainier Cherry Day! In 1952, Harry Fogle of Washington State University developed the Ra

July 2, 2020

It’s Summer, so Bring on the Ribs

In our family, summer means grilling. One of our favorites: baby back ribs cooked to perfection. There’s a rib joint in Porter by the name of Wagner

June 25, 2020

Sniff. What’s That Smell?

How does summer smell to you? What aromas make you happy? Maybe you haven’t thought about it much, unless you have seasonal allergies or a cold. Tod

June 18, 2020

A Time to Celebrate

Big weekend ahead. I wish all you fathers and like-fathers a very special Father’s Day this Sunday. May you enjoy a day filled with love, happiness,

June 17, 2020

Salmon Dill Nicoise Salad

Although a classic Nicoise salad is made with tuna, it’s nice with perfectly cooked salmon. Nicoise salad has all the light and vibrant flavors of a

June 11, 2020

Relax into Summer

The amazing season known as summer is nearly upon us. When I think of it, my mind sees beaches, hammocks, pitchers of iced tea, grills in action, all

June 4, 2020

I’m a Honey Fan

I am often asked about honey—if it’s healthier than sugar. Honey does contain sugar. Per tablespoon, honey has 64 calories and 17g of sugar. That

June 2, 2020

Strawberry Crumble

4 cups strawberries, halved 2 Tablespoons arrowroot (or cornstarch or tapioca starch)      2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 Tablespoon fresh lemo

June 2, 2020

Almond Butter Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe makes a delicious substitute for peanut butter cookies that avoids many of the common food allergens. And they’re vegan and gluten f

June 2, 2020

Nothing to Sneeze At: New theories explored to stem the growth of food allergies, intolerance in children

(The following article first appeared in the March 2018 issue of Get Healthy, a publication of The Northwest Indiana Times. Online version) Every mo

Float Your Troubles Away

There are many ways to improve your state of mind and health that have nothing to do with food. Floating is one of them.

Floating therapy is the relaxation practice of being buoyant in approximately ten inches of water and 1,000 pounds of magnesium sulfate—also known as Epsom Salts.

At Float Sixty Northwest Indiana, you have choices when it comes to your float. You may float in a float tank or a float suite.

I experienced my first float over a year ago, and thought I’d report now that I’ve had more floats.

The private float suite has a shower with all the necessary amenities: ear plugs, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and towel. A shower is taken prior to, and after, a float. The suite is a very peaceful and quiet space.   

Upon entering the pool and closing that door, it takes a few minutes for the light to go out. I then enjoy complete quiet and darkness—for sixty glorious minutes.

Unlike my first float, when I was a bit unsettled about what to expect, I now know.

While practicing the art of relaxation and focusing on my breathing, I think about how nice it would be to fall asleep. Then I wonder if I’d wake up when I’m supposed to if I do.

I’ve considered that if I were deaf and blind, this is what it would be like, since it is completely silent and dark. (You may choose to have a small light on in the pool if you prefer.)

Maybe floating is similar to what it was like for us before we were born.

Has it been sixty minutes yet? When is that light going to pop on and end my bliss?

As I try not to think about anything, this is a sampling of the stuff I’ve not thought of. Interesting.

Other benefits from my floats:

  • Mental clarity
  • Better nighttime sleep
  • Complete relaxation
  • Decreased pain–if I had any

I always enjoy the post float room and my herbal tea. The Float Sixty tea infuser is charming and always makes me smile.

Who could benefit from floating? Everyone! The list of potential benefits is quite impressive, partly because of the magnesium salts. Magnesium helps soothe muscles, reduce inflammation and release toxins.   

As a gardener who sometimes over-gardens, this is all good stuff. And if floating doesn’t do the trick, there is always cryotherapy to eliminate any aches and pains.

Owner Gloria Morris chats with Off The Dome Radio on why floating is so beneficial to your overall health and well-being… give them a listen today! Click Here to Listen

Happy Floating,
Carol

P.S. For membership specials and more info on floating and cryotherapy, Float Sixty. When you schedule your appointment, tell them I sent you!

“To make the right choices in life, you have to get in touch with your soul. To do this, you need to experience solitude, which most people are afraid of, because in the silence you hear the truth and know the solutions.”― Deepak Chopra

 

Fitness Made Simple

When you boil it all down, getting fit is really very simple.

Here’s the secret:
Create a habit that leads you in the direction of improving your health and fitness level. Once you master it, add another one.  

Repeat. Continually.

Creating—and maintaining—your unique health and fitness program is a matter of mastering one good habit after another and stringing them together. Like popcorn.

This is also a great plan for your life.  

Simple.

So, why isn’t it working?

Some thoughts:

  • Feeling so overwhelmed, you don’t know where to begin
  • You’ve tried everything and nothing works
  • Friends and family members are not supportive, and you cave
  • There’s no time
  • You’re too busy
  • Your good intentions get waylaid by real life happening, over and over and over….
  • The weather is crummy
  • You hate to exercise
  • You hate to cook
  • And, a combination of any or all of these

In actuality, the reason you are not hitting your goals is this: YOU ARE NOT HONORING YOUR INNER AGREEMENTS.

You are not honoring your word with yourself.

Consider how you feel when you break your word with another human being. (If this has never happened, please share your secret!)

It’s not a good practice to break our word with others. It’s not a good practice to break our own inner agreements.

We all do. Perhaps you’ve never really thought much about it.

Until now.

Pay attention to the times that you give someone (even YOU) your word, and then don’t follow through.

An Exercise (relax, it’s not a physical exercise):
Write down your inner agreements and take them seriously. (Like: I am hitting the gym 3 times this week for at least 30 minutes; or, I am going to bed 30 minutes earlier most nights because I need more sleep.) When there’s a breakdown, acknowledge it, clean it up, forgive yourself, and move on.

This is not an exercise to make you feel bad. We’re doing this to get into the habit of integrity.

Honor your inner agreements as if you made them with your best friend, and see what happens.  

I’m happy to help you find clarity and create a plan to live your amazing life now. If you’re struggling with your weight, health, or keeping your inner agreements, it’s time to play the game of life as though it’s the only game that matters. Schedule your complimentary consult today.

Live amazing,
Carol

“All you need is time…and you have it…NOW.”—Neville Goddard

I Ate Raw Cookie Dough

As I was making a batch of gluten free chocolate chip cookies, I caught myself swiping my finger along the inside of the bowl.

I then proceeded to lick the raw dough from my finger. (Caution: DO NOT EAT RAW COOKIE DOUGH!)

Not long ago, I had to make a dinner selection from Five Guys on a Friday night during Lent (no meat for me). I was with a group, we had limited time, and Five Guys was it.

I did a happy dance because on the menu was a sautéed vegetable sandwich. Gluten and I are not friends, so I ordered it without the bread, along with a small order of French fries.  

Recently, I ate a bowl of ice cream after 11:00pm.

I LOVE FOOD! I’m guessing you love food too. Our lives pretty much revolve around meals, snacks, and how we choose to nourish our bodies.

In spite of what you may think, it is possible to make this food thing work to your advantage AND enjoy your life.

I’ve snitched raw cookie dough since I was about four.

The Five Guys vegetables were actually pretty good, and so were those fries.

And about that ice cream, well, it really made me happy, and it was amazing.

Feeling more confident in your body begins with eating food you love. The trick is eating–and loving–REAL, WHOLE food, and occasionally accessorizing with an amazing favorite, or whatever is available.

Starving, dieting, and feeling bad about food do not inspire you to be more confident in your body.

If you’ve got the “I’ll diet on Monday,” or the “Someday I’ll lose the weight,” mantra running in your head, what’s going to be different this time?    

Your life is happening now. I’m happy to offer you a free consult and we’ll figure it out together—accessories and all.

I’ve opened up my calendar next week, since bathing suit season is nearly upon us. Book a call with me today. CLICK HERE for my calendar

To Your Abundant Life,
Carol

“I love raw cookie dough, right out of the tube. The other thing I eat is marshmallow fluff.”—Sandra Bullock

Delay, Don’t Deny

Welcome to May, the month of lilacs, celebrating mom, and getting out the summer wardrobe.

If the mention of summer wardrobe makes you break out in a sweat, relax. We’ve got this!

I have a simple solution to help you gain confidence and improve your self-control for what you may think of as “willpower.”

A recent study on stress in America found that West Coasters report using meditation and yoga more to manage their stress. Easterners tend to drink more alcohol.  

Midwesterners, who report lower stress levels, (YAH!), are more likely to turn to family and friends than other regions.

We are also more likely to state a lack of “willpower” and confidence as factors that prevent healthy behaviors.

Here’s a trick to improve your self-control: DELAY. DON’T DENY.

Example: Let’s say you’re relaxing after dinner and your mind begins to dwell on the chocolate cake (or whatever tends to distract you) that you know is in the kitchen.

You’re trying to read and you keep hearing the little voice in your head that is shouting about the cake. You know darn well that if you go in the kitchen, it won’t be to visit the vegetable bin.

YOU FEEL CONTROLLED BY THE CHOCOLATE CAKE.

This is when you delay eating the cake. Much of the time, if we think we are hungry, we are really thirsty. BEFORE you eat the cake, pour a big glass of water and go back to what you were doing and drink it.

You can always go back and eat the AMAZING cake. The piece may be smaller than it would have been. Or, you may decide to enjoy that piece of cake tomorrow when you are not about to go to bed.

Self-control is a learned skill that improves over time. If you don’t notice much change at first, keep practicing. You will master this!    

I use this technique often in the grocery when I stumble across an item that is not the most nutritionally sound, say, dark chocolate salted caramels.

I know that if the caramels come home, I’m going to eat them. That’s when I hit the DELAY button and move on, knowing that I can always come back and put them in the cart later.

Guess what? I typically forget about them. SUCCESS!

Do I feel denied? Not at all. I feel more control in a world where we really have very little. 

Use this trick anytime you know that you will be less stressed by delaying your action.

If you’d like to learn more about living a life of abundance, while still accomplishing your health and weight goals, email me TODAY. (Don’t delay on this, since you’ll feel more stress later when you try on those summer clothes.)

Cheers,
Carol

“Self-control is one mark of a mature person; it applies to control of language, physical treatment of others, and the appetites of the body.”–Joseph B. Wirthlin