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Are you willing to witness your fear?

July 20, 2015

Let’s be honest. Change is hard. Whether it is losing weight, moving your home, changing your job, it doesn’t matter. The upheaval can leaving you feeling off balance and unsure.

I’ve been doing more and more introspection these last 6 months since my diagnosis and if there is one thing that I know for sure, it’s that the stress of change manifests itself as fear in me. Fear can be debilitating. I never identified it until recently and that scares the crap out of me too. All the personal new discoveries can be exciting but equally frightening. (What else don’t I know about myself, yet!)

So, I had to dig a little further and I realized something really important. It’s not just random, broad fear. It’s fear of not having enough. A fear of scarcity. And here is the funny part. My commitment to positive thinking was probably masking that understanding until recently.

But the bottom line is this, if subconsciously I am always second guessing all that I have, then that is exactly what I will get in return – just barely enough.

What if I don’t have enough? What if….what if… what if….

Sound familiar?

When there is nonstop and unfounded worry about not having enough, then you are no longer in the driver’s seat of your life – Fear is. And that flipping stinks.

As Katie Courageous says, There’s no ease, no expansiveness, no faith in oneself, trust in the world, when you avoid making choices that will lift you up, because you’re afraid of not having enough…

I read that quote and I laugh at myself.  I have grand plans to overcome MS and I have 100% confidence that every force and resource in my life is going to help make that happen. THERE IS NO DOUBT. It’s already the truth. Yet, I fear that if I buy the wrong house, or chase down a new business, that I will end up with nothing even though everything in my body tells me to take the leap and do it. It’s not even logical.

My career is dedicated to finding solutions. There are always options. Yet, in the quietest moments, when my brain starts racing, I forget that there will always be options for me too no mI'm willing to witness my fear, #expectmiraclesatter what I choose and those options will always be enough.

That I do not have enough, I am are lacking something I need to be happy, or that who I am is not enough is not true. None of it is true.

The truth is I already have everything. I already am everything.

The good news? The same is true for you. Here’s to living abundantly.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dates! 5 Reasons Why You Need to Add Them to Your Pantry.

July 13, 2015

Dates have become a staple in our kitchen. I love them for so many reasons. The best reason of course, is that they make a F-A-BO-LO-US sugar alternative for a multitude of recipes. They’re especially good to sweeten up my morning green smoothies. Not that Kale, Collard Greens and Spinach aren’t sweet enough on their own or anything… 🙂

But, if their sweetening benefits weren’t reason enough to find a place in your pantry for these little guys, here are a few more:

Dates. Up close and personal.

  1. They are incredibly “fiber rich” (aka, they’ll may help you become “regular”!) Why does this matter? Because the dietary fiber found in dates helps to move waste smoothly through your colon – gross stuff like LDL (bad) cholesterol and other crap containing cancer-causing chemicals – neither of which you want in  your body.
  2. They keep your eyes healthy. My mom not only has melanoma, she also has suffered from early onset macular degeneration for years. But, do you know what helps fight against macular degeneration? Yup. Dates. I had no idea either. The B-vitamins contained in dates, such as the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin, absorb into the retina to maintain optimal light-filtering functions and protect against macular degeneration. You like seeing, right? Yes, me too. So, eat a date and get your Vitamin A.
  3. Dates are great for muscle recovery. If you’re actively participating in a favorite exercise routine or about to get started. Muscle recovery is super important.
  4. They are the healthy sweet option.  Fruits, such as dates, are important both for what they offer and for what they do not offer. California dates are sodium-free, fat-free, and cholesterol-free! Trifecta!
  5. Bow-Chickie-Bow-Wow. I cannot make this stuff up. Apparently, studies have shown that dates are beneficial for increasing sexual stamina. Organic Facts, suggests soaking a handful of dates in fresh goat’s milk over night, then grind them in the same milk with a mixture of cardamom powder and honey and drinking it for the full effect. Who knows! It doesn’t hurt to try right? (Honey, if you see goat’s milk in the fridge later, now you know why!)

 

But don’t take my word for it. Do your due diligence and check out these reliable sources:

http://foodfacts.mercola.com/dates.html
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-dates.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/17923-nutritional-value-dates/
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/natural-foods/natural-weight-loss-food-dates-ga.htm

 

 

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