Archive for June, 2012

Substituting Honey and Maple Syrup for White Sugar

June 30th, 2012

Reading Level: Leisurely

There are countless ways to improve one’s health, but using natural sugar substitutions is one small way that is easy to start.

In the U.S., the average American consumes 170 pounds of sugar per year, compared to only 10 pounds per year 200 years ago (J. Rubin, Maker’s Diet, pg. 136). Everyone I know admits his or her need to cut back on sugar. One easy way is to use honey or maple syrup wherever you would use spoons of sugar daily-in coffee, tea, on toast or bagels (instead of jam), in oatmeal, etc. Without going into the studies, in general, popular artificial sweeteners are worse for you than white sugar and linked to numerous health hazards, so avoid them completely.

Honey is an easy substitution over white sugar in many cooking recipes, especially sauces such as spaghetti sauces, BBQ sauce, meat glazes, etc.

Granted, not everyone I know is willing to eliminate completely from their diet our main source of sugar–desserts or bakery items. However, one easy way to start cutting back on desserts is to Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Help for Your Fear

June 22nd, 2012

Reading Level: Gratifying

Not dealing with fear or anxiety can quickly destroy your quality of life, causing lack of sleep, lowering job productivity, stress in relationships, poor decision making, and countless physical ailments. 

This past Christmas, we gave out several copies of a book on the topic of overcoming fear to several co-workers. There were two different issues of the book, one dealing with the life fears of the average person, the other dealing with the additional fears particular to the family members of those in the military.  We received incredible feedback, to the extent that co-workers came looking for copies to give to family and friends.  The book had an unusual format, Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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A Superachiever’s Unlikely Partners

June 19th, 2012

Do you live life hurried, fearful, and competitive because you feel it is necessary to achieve your goals?

It is possible to still be a success and eradicate the idea of frantic living to be a superachiever.  Living life as if in a constant state of emergency in your attempt to reach your goals or be a superachiever is an enormous drain both mentally and physically; it is also completely unnecessary.

Best-selling author Richard Carlson, in “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff (1),” challenges the commonly held belief—sometimes even unknowingly—that a hurried, frantic, and competitive mindset and lifestyle are necessary for success. 

Dr. Carlson eradicates the idea of living as a franctic superachiever: 

  1. Put to rest the idea that, if you stopped being frantic and competitive, you would become lazy and apathetic. The opposite is true.
  2. Fearful thinking actually drains your creativity and motivation. Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »
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Stress Relief by Implementing Margins

June 15th, 2012

You can alleviate unnecssary stress and exhaustion in your life as well as increase your energy level by implementing a “margin” into your daily schedule and finances. So, what is a margin? 

Dr. Don Colbert defines a margin as “a buffer between feelings of being overwhelmed and feeling at peace (1).”  According to Dr. Richard Swenson in The Overload Syndrome, “a margin is the difference between vitality and exhaustion (1).”  Either way you define a margin, the definition is something anyone would desire in his or her daily life.

What are the typical scenarios of living life without a buffer? 

Schedule-wise, an example is giving yourself only enough time to get ready to leave the house for an appointment so that any phone calls or other unexpected items which require your attention suddenly put you under the stress of possibly being late.  Or, another schedule example without a margin is only leaving with just enough time to arrive for an appointment providing you have a high percentage of green lights and no traffic jams.  

Financially, many people create continual stress and anxiety by Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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No Need for Guilt

June 6th, 2012

Not dealing with guilt can hold you back from your goals, dreams, daily positive social interaction, and even physical and spiritual health.

Facing your guilt issues will bring about new avenues of freedom in your life that have long back lacking.  What guilt are you holding on to now?  Guilt does not fill any positive purpose. 

–Holding on to guilt will keep you from pursuing open opportunities to reach your goals and dreams.

Usually you will either fear more failure or feel that you do not deserve the good opportunities.

–Guilt over the past keeps you from positive social interaction. 

It is the same principle as the Law of Attraction.  If you feel that people like you, that you deserve good, and that good will come to you, it subconsciously causes you to interact with people in positive ways; then, due to Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Unstoppable Determination- The Missing Key?

June 1st, 2012

Unstoppable determination could be the missing key to achieving your goals.

How determined are you to reach your goals?  Are you so determined that nothing can make you quit?  Or, do seemingly unmovable obstacles cause you to lose heart and let up on your efforts?

A key factor in overcoming obstacles and reaching your goals is having the discipline and determination to not quit when you hit the wall.

A favorite illustration of mine is one I read about an athletic term called, “hitting the wall.”  In the book footnoted below, the author used the illustration to refer to a person who is making good progress through life and then hit by severe financial trouble, failure, or sickness.  You are stopped cold in your tracks. However,
when faced with seemingly unmovable obstacles, it is not the time
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