February Newsletter 2020


Hello - February is all about love, Happy Valentine Day on the 14th.


Every month I do a newsletter, Why you ask? There is a saying that comes to mind. So why -

Remember the show,” THIS IS YOUR LIFE”.

This Is Your Life was an American reality documentary series broadcast on NBC radio from 1948 to 1952, and on NBC television from 1952 to 1961. It was originally hosted by its creator and producer Ralph Edwards. In the program, the host would surprise guests and then take them through a retrospective of their lives in front of an audience, including appearances by colleagues, friends, and family. Edwards revived the show in 1971–1972, and Joseph Campanella hosted a version in 1983. Edwards returned for some specials in the late 1980's, before his death in 2005.


This website and blog started ten years ago when I decided to go to Mexico for cancer treatment. It was a way to document my daily procedures to my family and friends without stress. There are always going to be non-believers or I told you so, family members as well as friends. This was a way of expressing myself

without conflict. Well it worked and the website began to help others that came across it. It has grown into our everyday life and what we have been doing to keep healthy.


Remember, if you see others having health problems just share this website with them. It’s the best gift to give someone that may be having problems getting started in trying to have a clean living on health.


KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

CLEAN LIVING

This is another topic that I've been following and challenge you to try and keep up with. You say what is clean living, as you read the up and coming newsletters you will realize the reason why this topic is so important to me.  About 10 years ago, a wise man told me that you can’t do anything with the environment around you; however, you can take care of what you do within your own home.

This I took to heart and started a website, newsletter and continue to share information with you.  I’m very passionate with the saying “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”.  As a clean eater (organic), you care about what you put in your body, so of course you care about what you put on your body also! This is so true and I have started to share clean living concept with recipes of healthy foods as well as products you use every day.   Easy to follow, if I can do them you can too.


What is simple clean living?

Simple Clean Living is about clearing out all of the toxic garbage in your life, on several different levels. It is a mind, body, spirit approach to healing your body and transforming your health and life. With food, it means clearing out all of the man made foods and not eating process foods.


This is a clean start to all autoimmune diseases, change the way you eat, change the chemicals you use in your home, change the chemicals you put on your body, and change the negative things within your mind. 


The first step is what you eat! Is it healthy for you. Join me in creating healthy home made foods that is easy to make. Every morning when I wake up, my mind is working to create something different for breakfast. I’m the type of person where I like to use my imagination and make something different every morning. I guess this is why Dan likes my cooking for he gets something kind of different each time he eats in this household.


This morning like other mornings we are having pancakes. How can I make these pancakes different than others from before? Well, the ingredients of the pancakes are a gluten free mix as the base.

Where my imagination comes in is what can I do to make it different this morning? I can add different kinds of fruits, sauce and nuts which will make it change the taste of the pancakes. Also, when mixing the batter for the pancakes, changing the water to milk or juice can also change the taste.


This morning, I’m adding almond milk and pineapple juice to the batter. For the sauce its blueberries and pineapples. Check the recipe below.

For years, nutrition experts have said that a healthy breakfast is a key start to the day. Not only do we think and perform better on the job or school, they tell us, it supports our well-being in many other ways. And the research shows that there are good reasons to eat breakfast.


Fuel and Nutrition


The basic formula for breakfast: Pair carbs with proteins. The carbs give your body energy to get started and your brain the fuel it needs to take on the day. Protein gives you staying power and helps you feel full until your next meal.


BLUEBERRY-PINEAPPLE PANCAKES


INGREDIENTS:

· Gluten free mix

· Milk or water, juice

· 1 egg

· Blueberries

· Can of pineapples or cut fresh

· Cinnamon

Note, use your imagination and creative mind and make it your own by adding different kinds of fruits, nuts and spices.


INSTRUCTIONS:

· Mix the gluten free batter with one egg

· Add to the mix cinnamon and milk with some of the pineapple juice equally on what the mix requires. (you can add water instead of milk)

· After mixing the batter together add some whole small blueberries in the mix.

· Ready to put in the pan, but before put a little of olive oil in the pan and heat up on medium heat.

· At the same time with the blueberries and pineapple pieces heat up in another pan with a little of water or juice from the pineapple for the sauce.

· When olive oil is heated, with a big cooking spoon place a little bit of the batter in circular drops.

· Wait until each side gets lightly brown.

· Simple as that, ready to eat.


FOR MORE RECIPES GO TO

https://www.thejourneytogoodhealth.com/homemade-food-recipes


PRODUCTS that we use may it be for our bodies or what we clean with has a great deal to due with our health. So, I have two areas on the website- one are companies that offers organic and clean products https://www.thejourneytogoodhealth.com/health-and-wellness-products, this is for the person that is very busy and unable to make their own products. Then , I have a page with homemade recipes-

https://www.thejourneytogoodhealth.com/home-made-products-recipes


How to Make Your Own Natural Liquid Hand Soap














INGREDIENTS:


  • Castille Soap

  • Essential Oil(s)- cinnamon, lavender or peppermint, blood orange, lemon

  • Water


INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Take 1-2 Tablespoons (1 for typical soap dispenser, 2 for larger)

  •  Place soap into chosen dispenser

  • Add 15-25 drops of essential oil of your choice (keep dropping until you can smell the oil from the top of the dispenser)

  • Add water to near top of dispenser

  • Add pump lid

  • Shake

  • You can put this recipe into literally any pump dispenser, remembering that it will be

thinner than commercial soap. Once you rub your hands together though, a lather forms and you get the same hand cleansing experience, without the toxic chemicals.









MEDITATION

is another way to keep your health clean.


Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.

With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked.


It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It even affects our health. We are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate! But meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance.

Meditation can also help us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of the transforming meditations found in the Buddhist tradition.  

 I'm going to focus on Music Meditation

Choose meditation music that can help you relax. This means finding music that you enjoy listening to—if you don’t enjoy classical music, for example, don’t choose it. You should also look for music that has a slower tempo, and preferably without lyrics, which can be distracting and can engage your conscious mind—the part of your mind that we hope to ‘turn off’.


Get into a comfortable position and relax. Many people think they need to sit with their legs crossed a certain way or use a meditation cushion, but really, whatever position you feel is comfortable is the position you should try. Some people avoid lying down because they fall asleep this way if they're tired; you can experiment and decide what's right for you. Once you've found your position, close your eyes, loosen your muscles, and breathe through your diaphragm. Let your shoulders, your belly, and even the muscles in your face relax.

 

Stay focused on the music. If you find yourself thinking about other things (or even thinking thoughts about the music), gently redirect your attention to the present moment, the sound of the music, and the feelings in your body that the music evokes. Try to really feel the music.


Continue this practice for several minutes, until your time runs out. As thoughts come into your head, gently let them go and redirect your attention to the sound of the music, the present moment, and the physical sensations you feel. The goal of this practice is to quiet your inner voice and just ‘be’. So just ‘be’ with the music, and fully immerse yourself, and you’ll feel more relaxed fairly quickly.


Tips


You may want to start out with just a few songs and work your way up to longer practice.​


If you find the music brings lots of thoughts, memories and internal dialogue, switch to a different type of music. Instrumental music can come in many forms, including classical, jazz, new age, and more, and it can be less distracting than other types of music.


You can time your practice with the number of songs you choose so you don’t have to worry if you are taking more time than you have.


If you find yourself ‘thinking too much’, don’t beat yourself up over it; this is natural for those beginning meditation practice. Instead, congratulate yourself on noticing the internal dialogue, and redirecting your attention to the present moment.



EXERCISE

STROLLING/WALKING

For the past seven years, Dan and I have not owned a car and so we walk.  I love to exercise by going out in nature and stroll at my own pace.  It’s like taking care of two things in one. 


When we lived in Mexico, the challenge was walking on cobblestones every day.  The road was very uneven and it was hard on our feet.  Then moving to Virginia, the challenge now is the steep hills.  Walking down them is not that difficult, but coming back up them – well! Specially when we have groceries, I give Dan and I a pat on the shoulder for being in our sixties and still being able to do this.


​There are so many advantages of strolling at any age. In addition to getting you from A to B, walking is:

– great for your health it has many advantages including decreasing your threat of diabetes

– conveniently you can simply get up and go when it fits you

– free it won’t cost you a penny as you do not have to pay for fuel, parking or transportation fares

– predictable for you are in control and do not have the tension of late buses and traffic jams

– socially for you can do it with a pal or colleague and chat as you go

– a fantastic method to find brand-new locations it’s amazing what you discover just from taking a various path

– one way to improve your environment walking instead of driving and burning gas.

Strolling also improves your fitness and burns calories

Walking is available and an easy method for us all to become more active. Vigorous strolling that raises your heart rate and makes you warm and a little out of breath is a great form of aerobic exercise. Doing this regularly assists you to get fitter so you will find it simpler to be more active and get tired less quickly. You might feel more worn out in the very first week or two after you begin. But if you keep it up, you will probably discover you soon have more energy than when you were inactive.

 There’s a whole series of other health benefits of strolling. For example, it can lower your danger of:

– heart diseases, such as hypertension and stroke

– high cholesterol

– diabetes

– coronary cardiovascular disease

In reality some research recommends that (using up the very same amount of energy) vigorous walking is just as reliable as running, for hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes.

Strolling also enhances your mental health

As with other kinds of exercise, strolling benefits both your physical health and your mental health. Research studies have actually recommended it can:

– improve your mood

– lower tension

– provide mental and emotional satisfaction

Researchers think that a workout causes the release of particular hormones (chemicals produced naturally by your body) called endorphins. These might develop a natural high producing change in your body that make you feel better and better.



Dan and I have made it part of our routine.

You must aim to exercise at a moderate intensity for 2 and a half hours (150 minutes) a week. You can break this down into sessions of 10 minutes or more. Moderate strength indicates:

– your breathing is quicker

– your heart rate is much faster

– you feel warmer

Walking can count towards this moderate-intensity exercise requirement, as long as it’s brisk, and it’s simple to fit these sessions of 10 minutes or more into your day. Think about your everyday routine and where you can include some walking. You could try:

– walking to work, or to the station or bus stop

– using your lunch break to opt for a stroll

– going to the shops on foot rather than taking the automobile

– walking up escalators and utilizing stairs rather than up the lift

I challenge you to begin and remain encouraged.

If you haven’ t been active for a while, you might discover walking is an easy way to get started. However, it will also be essential to keep your inspiration. Start slowly and gradually increase how much strolling you do. You may discover it helps to set yourself goals. There are many apps that can count your steps, or you could utilize a pedometer, so your goals can be particular and measurable.

 Dress for the weather and always check the weather channel near you – research. Get the best gear for you.

Strolling is not going to be much enjoyable if you’re in discomfort.  

– Purchase a great set of shoes or fitness instructors??? Any set will do, as long as they’re comfy and provide sufficient support. If you are strolling to the office, carry your work shoes in your bag or leave them there overnight.

– Get some great waterproofs; undoubtedly, they might not be the height of fashion but you will enjoy your walk far more if you keep dry.

– If you’re walking to maximize a sunny day, take some water, sunscreen and a sun hat to stay safe in the sun.

– Perhaps you are setting your sights on mountains rather than city streets. If so, you may wish to get some recommendations on strolling boots and other expert equipment from an outdoor activity shop.

 Strolling apps are important to keep track of the distance you have walked.  I have an app on my I-phone.

There are great deals of apps readily available to track your actions, as well as your everyday calorie count and what you ‘re burning while you walk. You can likewise set goals and share your progress with buddies. There are plenty to select from and many are complimentary.

If you reside in a city, there are apps that have interactive walk planners so you can map the best walking route. They will also track your journey time, calories burned, action count and just how much carbon you have saved.


Its time to get started. Look forward to some comments on your experiences.


I challenge you to start a new journey of clean living. Join me and share with others. THIS IS YOUR LIFE!!


UNTIL NEXT MONTH, have a safe and wonderful month.




















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