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Your Body Is your Temple

January 19, 2011 2 comments

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Yesterday I read something that I would like to share with you:

“You are one special being born from the joining of one sperm out of approximately 500 million and one egg. You are already a winner, a divine being comprised of a body, mind and spirit. You already have everything you need to  live to your highest potential, to live fully.”

It starts with taking care of yourself. Cherish, Love, and respect your temple unconditionally no matter what the current shape. ” – Susan Smith Jones, PH.D.

I loved reading this, it couldn’t have read this at a better time. You see I have been stressing these past weeks with self image. I tend to be very harsh on myself, criticizing every small flaw or imperfection; I have since I was a kid. I should tell you I was a chunky kid, so of course I was teased a lot back then and that has carried all the way through my adult life. Though I have gotten better, there are times more often then I’d like, when I fall back into old habits of staring at myself in the mirror or going through pictures thinking of everything negative there is about me.

Reading this made me realize that I need to STOP. We are all guilty of doing this to ourselves at some point, but why?  Our body does such wonderful things for us on a daily basis, it really  is our “temple” and it will respond to the care, love and respect we give it regardless of the flaws it may have.  Last year that I began being active I saw that this is true. My body responded in such wonderful ways, I had more energy, I didn’t get sick as often, I lost weight, my clothes fit great! And yet this old habit of mine still haunts me.

As I finished reading that small piece of wisdom, (because truly that is what it is) I decided that I will make the necessary adjustments to my body to give it the respect and love it deserves. I mean when I thought about all the body does not just on the outside but all our organs inside us, how could we not want to take care of ourselves.  So as of today I am committed to embrace a healthier lifestyle, eat healthy foods, exercise regularly (I like many, tend to fall off the bandwagon often) , but most importantly I will only embrace positive thoughts about my body.

From now on I will visualize my body as my friend not my enemy that won’t fit into my jeans! So next time you are beating yourself up like I was, remember that we only have one body for our lifetime so we should take better care of it and give it all the love it deserves!

-Fabiola

“I DON’T MIND WHAT HAPPENS”

January 9, 2011 1 comment

Jiddu Krishnamurti, the greatest Indian philosopher and spiritual leader revealed to his audience in one of his many teachings his secret to happiness and peace of mind.

“I don’t mind what happens”

Very simple but yet very powerful statement. Not minding what happens means being ONE with the Universe, being in sync with the world and the present moment, accepting and not resisting THE NOW.

Being at ease with what IT IS, AS IS, is the key to bring extreme and total comfort and peace of mind into your life. Every single experience in our life serves a greater purpose, bigger than US. That is why Krishnamurti advices us to stop mentally labeling every situation or event that happens in our life as either good or bad, by breaking this habit, you prevent yourself from participating in human drama and thus saving yourself plenty of trouble.

As always, easier said than done, but the key is to NEVER stop trying to do the right thing, and the right thing will always be NOT MINDING WHAT HAPPENS!!!

This does not mean that you should stop putting effort on bringing change into your life. On the contrary, like Eckhart Tolle mentions in his book “A New Earth”,

“When the basis for your actions is inner alignment with the present moment, your actions become empowered by the intelligence of Life itself”.

Life and nature are pretty wise. As I stated on my previous post about observing and learning from ducks, flapping our wings and letting go of the story, again, our nature and all our surroundings will always be filled with priceless teachings. We shall never stop wanting to keep learning, the universe provides endless FREE education/wisdom.

According to Krishnamurti, “There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning”.

What we’ve learned today is that we must start practicing THE ART OF NOT MINDING WHAT HAPPENS in your present moment. The secret to happiness, OBSERVE, ACCEPT and LEARN. If your present moment still HURTS pretty severely, always remember that GOD is a FAIR GOD, he will always repair all your wrongs with double rights. NEVER DOUBT THAT!!!

Hope these words brought you a bit of comfort and peace of mind 😉

God Blessed,

-Lizbeth

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Power of Juicing Part II

Here is the list of juices and their benefits that I found and thought was extremely helpful and informative!

****Remember to consult your physician or health professional before starting anything new that will affect your health. ******

Juice/Aids & Benefits:

Alfalfa: Allergies, morning sickness, digestive problems,purifies blood

Apple: Regulates bowels

Apricot: Anemia, constipation

Asparagus:  Kidney, bladder disorders

Beet: Builds blood (when combined with blackberry juice)

Blackberry: Diarrhea,anemia and is a blood builder

Blueberry: Blood purifier

Carrot: Nutrition for eyes, hair and nails

Cauliflower: Intestinal Cleanser

Celery: Arthritis, neuritis, rheumatism, acidity,high blood pressure, nerves

Cherry: Chronic gallbladder trouble

Cilantro: Strengthens heart, tonic for digestive system

Coconut: Nutrition for bones and teeth

Dandelion greens: Anemia, diabetes, hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, skin issues

Endive: Aids weight loss

Fig (black): Laxative

Grapefruit: Aid in weight loss

Grape: Blood purifier, intestinal cleanser

Kale:  Hardens teeth and bones

Lemon: Aids in weight loss, and for liver disorders

Lettuce: Sleeplessness

Mango: Irritated intestinal disorders

Onion: Bronchial and lung disorders

Orange: Stirs up acids and hard mucus

Papaya: Stomach and intestinal disorders

Parsley: Diabetes, kidney stones and gallstones, cleanses liver, supports heart,

Peach/Pear: Regulate bowels

Pineapple: Sore throat, blood builder, aids digestion

Pomegranate : Bladders complaints

Raspberry: Anemia, neutralizes acidity

Strawberry: Neutralizes acids

Thyme: Headaches, asthma, flu, sore throat

Watercress: Weight loss

-Fabiola

Source: Choose to Live Each Day Fully by Susan Smith Jones, Ph.D.

Power of Juicing….

Recently I have been hearing more and more about  juicing. I hear that it has a lot of benefits so I thought I’d do a bit of research before actually trying it myself and here is what I found.

Obviously we all know that eating fruits and vegetables will aid you in being healthier and helps prevent a variety of diseases. What I didn’t know was that  it can help prevent heart disease, cancer, and obesity.  That is a huge benefit! Not only that, but it helps your body repair and detoxify all the junk we put in it. It also promotes the health of cells and organs in your body.

Another reason why juicing is good is that the body can quickly absorb larger amounts of nutrients from juices than from solid foods because the process of digestion that is necessary when you eat whole foods is bypassed. So you can see that fresh juice made at home has a lot more benefits than store bought. Fresh juice rejuvenates your body and boosts your immune system so your body can heal itself. Bottom line is I think I am going to give it a whirl!

I am following up with a list of juices and their benefits. Remember that you should always consult your physician before starting anything new that will affect your health.

-Fabiola

WHY SHOULD I GIVE WHAT I DON’T GET?

November 29, 2010 Leave a comment

I have to say, one of the hardest habits to acquire is precisely that one; Give what you don’t GET. Eckhart Tolle covers this discipline under the concept of Abundance. He advices us to try it for a couple of weeks.

“Whatever you think people are withholding from you- praise, appreciation, assistance, loving care, and so on- give it to them. You don’t have it? Just act as if you had it, and it will come. Then, soon after you start giving, you will start receiving. You cannot receive what you don’t give. Outflow determines inflow”

 

“Outflow determines inflow,” how hard is this, I must say, VERY. I believe that giving love, praise, appreciation, and assistance to the people that we love and truly care for is extremely easy. That is NOT the challenge. The challenge that God wants us to conquer is to give all that to the people in our lives that have caused us pain in any given time or with the ones that we tend to not get along very well. That’s what Jesus meant when he said “Love your enemies! And pray for those who persecute you!

 

Believe me I know, when we read these words, they seem very easy to follow, but when it comes to translate those words into action and to actually practice them, that’s when the struggle kicks in.

First of all we have to understand that it is 100% okay to struggle. We are all very sensitive human beings. Even the toughest one can be easily hurt when it comes to sensitive subjects particular to them. What should we do when people hurt us?

In my personal experience, takes time, and it is okay to take time. Takes time to accept the situation, take it as an experience, DON’T TAKE IT PERSONAL, learn from it, and move ON!!!

What’s the next step after you’ve moved on? Remember Jesus, “Love your enemies! And pray for those who persecute you!

Most likely, those who have hurt you deeply are in DEEP suffering themselves. Use the following logic: HAPPY PEOPLE SPREAD JOY!!! UNHAPPY PEOPLE SPREAD DRAMA AND TROUBLE!!!

Pray for them, and ask GOD for strength and FAITH to be able to not take it personal, because unfortunately it is within our nature to take attacks towards ourselves VERY PERSONAL. God knows that, but he wants us to FIGHT!!! TRULY FIGHT OUR NATURE and become AWARE and become PRESENT. Once we become PRESENT, that’s when we will be able to GIVE what we DON’T GET from people. That’s when we will see difficult people in our lives as challenges from GOD and the Universe. We will see them as agents to bring CHANGE in our lives, just as many times GOD will use US as challenge agents to other people.

GIVE WHAT YOU DON’T GET, that’s the biggest CHALLENGE in EVERYONE’S life. Once you do it once, you’ll be bringing CHANGE to someone else’s life, GOD will notice, GOD will be with you and GOD will bring CHANGE to YOUR life too. No one better than HIM, knows about forgiveness and praying for your enemies.

Let’s give it a try 😉 When someone in particular comes to our minds that deserves the least of our attention, care or appreciation, let’s give it to them, of course expecting NOTHING in return. Let’s see what happens. You’ll be surprised!!! 😉

God blessed,

-Lizbeth

E.R. vs Urgent Care

November 29, 2010 2 comments

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Having worked in a hospital setting especially in the the E.R. I can tell you that many people use the E.R. for purposes that could have been handled faster and with the same care in  Urgent Care (if your primary care physician is not available for consult). The problem is that many people do not always know when and illness or injury should be treated at the E.R. or when the Urgent Care will be best. It is important for one to know this because there are many times when and E.R. gets backed up and people may not get the level of attention needed in a timely manner. Trust me I have seen this happen! You should  also be aware that the E.R.  is not based on a first come first serve basis, the way people are assessed is by level of severeness, usually in 3 categories:

  • Immediately life threatening
  • Urgent, but not immediately life threatening
  • Less urgent

This system is necessary so that someone with a life-threatening condition is not kept waiting because they arrive  after someone with a more routine problem. Meaning if you go in with a sprained ankle and right after comes a patient with chest pain and shortness of breath, that patient will go in before you do as it is a life threatening condition . Remember it is always a good idea to be informed!

Below are some guidelines to consider before deciding where to go. When unsure, it is best to go to the emergency department. If the situation is severe or life-threatening  call 911 immediately.

Common circumstances for the emergency department:

• Condition requires immediate care and is considered severe

• The onset of the condition is abrupt, moderate or severe

• The diagnosis is unknown

• The patient is a newborn, an infant or elderly

• The patient has underlying health issues such as diabetes or heart disease

• The patient needs assistance getting to the hospital

Common medical conditions for the emergency department:

• Chest pain

• Shortness of breath

• Altered mental status

• Fever in infant or elderly

• Headache that comes on abruptly or is classified as moderate or severe

• Lacerations greater than 1 inch; any facial laceration; or a laceration with contamination

• Trauma above the chest

• Possible concussion or head injury

• Abdominal pain

• Fever with rash

• Vaginal bleeding with pregnancy

• Evaluation for motorcycle or motor vehicle accident

• Broken bone at the wrist, hand, ankle or foot where the skin has been disturbed; broken bones anywhere else on the body; bones that clearly need to be reset

• Dislocation of any joint

Common circumstances for urgent care:

• Condition requires immediate care but not considered severe or life-threatening

• The onset of the condition is gradual and mild

• The diagnosis is known (for example, a urinary tract infection)

• The patient is otherwise healthy with no underlying medical conditions

• The patient is not an infant or elderly

• The patient can drive himself or herself

Common medical conditions for urgent care:

• Non-facial laceration less than about an inch

• Common sprain

• Cough with runny nose

• Sore throat

• Urinary tract infection

• Mild asthma

• Rash without fever

• Medication refills

• Laboratory checks

• High blood pressure management

• Follow up for an emergency department visit

• Broken bone at the wrist, hand, ankle or foot (with intact skin and no obvious need to reset bone)

Before an urgent-care need arises, patients should determine:

• The location of the nearest facility accepted by the patient’s insurance

• The facility’s hours of operation. Not all such centers are open 24 hours

• The types of physicians who staff the center (specialties may include emergency, internal or family medicine)

 

-Fabiola

***Source of recommendations: Shawn Evans, M.D., an emergency medicine specialist with Scripps Health

(curtesy of  http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/)

Unemployment: It’s Not Just About The Money

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

 

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As the weeks pass more and more people are loosing their jobs. It is everyone from the top notch execs to the  entry level position worker. Having a lot of close friends that are currently unemployed,  I have found that  unemployment is a lot like riding a roller coaster. It affects you in many areas in your life  such as your financial stability and your health both physical and emotional/physiological. So what do we do? How do we cope with all the emotions? What hope do we have of finding a job when there is one job out there and a thousand people fighting for it. How can you make yourself stand out in the sea of the unemployed???

First of all being financially unstable goes hand in hand with your health. This is true whether you are single and in in your 20’s all the way to an older person with tons more financial responsibilities. Everyone has bills to pay, everyone requires  income to meet their basic needs. When that is lacking you begin to stress out. People with stress associated with job loss and not having enough money to pay for daily necessities are likely to have psychological effects. The most common effects are anxiety and depression. Anxiety of not knowing what the future holds, fear of not having stability. As these feelings increase then it becomes dangerous because you can fall into depression. Where now you are feeling worthlessness and helplessness. And this is scary!

So why let it get this far? There are a lot of things that you can do to deal with all the things that come with being unemployed. Through the years I have gotten advice from many people on how to deal with stressful and difficult situations. Also have spoken to successful people that have given me a few tips on how to make yourself shine above everyone else. Today I want to share them with you in hopes that they will help you as they have helped me! Here they are:

1. Get a diary: Write down your feelings at the end of the day. This is an excellent way to release all those thoughts that have been with you all day. Take a minute to reflect upon what you have written, trust me when I tell you will be amazed at how something so simple has such a big impact.

2. Exercise: Find some activity that you enjoy and do it every day or whenever you have time. Exercise has such a positive effect on your physical and mental health. When you are stressed and feeling a bit down your immune system is not as strong so you may be more susceptible to catching a cold or viruses going around, being active strengthen the immune system .  For your mental health exercise has shown to reduce anxiety and depression. So get out there already!

3. Change your diet: There are many benefits you get from changing  to a balanced diet. The types of food you eat really do go a long way…Including more fruits and vegetables is a great start. You may consult your physician or nutritionist for help in making these changes. Remember that the proper nutrients are essential to ones health.

4. Write a List: Now that you have covered the health aspects lets move on to finding a job! Start by listing out your goals? What is it that you want in a job? What kind of company do you see yourself working for? What will you need to do to get there?  List out your strengths and weaknesses. This way you have a clear mental image at all times when applying for a job of what you want, where you are at the moment and what you need to do to get to your goal. This will also come in handy when it comes time to market yourself to potential employers.

5. Update your resume: You never know when the next opportunity will present itself and when it does you don’t want to sit on it all because you don’t have your things ready to go. The best way to jump on an opportunities is to BE PREPARED! So update your resume and cover letters and be sure to have references ready to go too.

5. Network: Networking is a wonderful way to find opportunities that may not be available to everyone. Contact people you know, a former boss, colleagues, friends let them know you are currently in the “job market” that way they know to think of you as soon as something comes up.

6. Do your homework: Before applying anywhere do your homework. By this I mean do some investigating, find out what the company is all about? Why would you be an asset to this company? Why would you like to work there?  Is there room for growth? Do they offer benefits? Do employees like the work environment? These are some questions that you might want to consider finding our prior to applying anywhere. I have learned this the hard way! And now a days with the internet it is easier than ever to inform yourself of pretty much anything.

7.  Apply: Once you are ready to apply, don’t just do it online. This will just get your application thrown in a stack. Take initiative. Go to the office and personally turn in your application with your resume. It sounds crazy, especially in this day in time where everything is done online, but it will help you stand out. This piece of advice I got from the Exec VP/CEO of the Food and Beverage Association of San Diego. So give it a whirl, you have absolutely nothing to loose!

8. Take temp jobs: Yes I know this is not ideal for everyone, but many of these options pay well and can help stay afloat until a permanent position comes along. Another positive aspect of temping is that it opens doors to finding other jobs that possibly may be what your are looking for.

9. Follow-Up: After applying somewhere if it has been a few days and you still have not heard, follow up with a phone call. There is nothing wrong with wanting to know the status of your application. If you have already had your interview then follow-up by  sending  a quick thank you note or e-mail to the interviewer for their time and the opportunity meet you in person. Again, this is a nice way to make an impression on someone.

10. STAY POSITIVE: Unemployment is already difficult as is, there is no need to make it even harder!

-Fabiola

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