This December is my month to hit a new cruising altitude (like a g6, LOL) in health accelerating disciplines. I know, it’s the holidays!, but please… hear me out. I am also on a count down to my big Five-0 in January so I am even more motivated to ignite a paradigm shift in my health. As I battle anemia and other pestering concerns, I plan to rock the new year with focused physical fortitude; spiritual growth; and a grateful body — grateful, that is, to start balancing after five years of flailing out of sync. I believe in momentum. Who says I have to wait for the New Year? Does that ever really work for anybody? I say that wars are won after a series of small conquests. This year-end pilgrimage fuels my heart! And should I falter (sometimes even the best do), I’ll douse disappointment by remembering even a small previous victory …grateful that I’ve succeeded before and celebrated with God.
Small victories build a fortress of health : )
Example: A small but still glowing victory for me began in the Fall of this year. I said “no” to most sugars (refined ones are my #1 enemy) and started eating more organic foods than any other kind. This had an immediate and decisive impact on my mind, body, and overall strength to heal. I also started drinking organic honey, lemon, and cinnamon in a hot tea. I got serious about all this in October and, yes, I struggled with it for two weeks during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Regardless, that five-week window of diligence and fun experimenting with better foods brought significant overall healing support. Another pleasant, personal surprise was when my torturous perimenopausal menses didn’t hit me like a scheduled freight train. The usual pains, yeast or urinary tract infections, and lethargy that have consistently plagued me were greatly subdued. I further danced a happy jig with God when my hubby and I were exposed to sick people during the holiday and didn’t catch their colds/infections. All of this was both new and wowing to me.
So, to further clarify, I’ve spent the last five years pursuing natural/dietary remedies and healing therapies to resolve specific mold allergies, perimenopausal issues and, more recently, anemia. Specific indoor molds hammer my immune system and restrict me from buildings that have them. It can be pretty tough when you’re out with your Honey/Family and quickly realize the restaurant, theater, friend’s home, venue, etc. has mold in the air that you can’t tolerate so you simply have to leave. It’s been tougher still when we have had to relocate, several times, because of it. These three amigos (mold, perimopause, and anemia) have generously factored in my feeling sick, toxic, and like I’m going out of my Vulcan mind. As one good friend put it, “You feel like your fighting a ghost.” You can imagine my elation when simple, doable changes like switching to more organic foods: mainly vegetables, grains, and poultry, and drinking mostly water and my new favorite elixir reaped such positive benefits! Since I live in Southern California, Trader Joe’s and Fresh and Easy are good sources (economically) for me to locate organic products.
So Simple, So Good : )
Really enjoyed learning the astonishing benefits of drinking organic honey, lemon, and cinnamon in a hot tea (no actual tea leaves involved). I was trying to cure a relentless cough and, boy, was I shocked that such a simple group of ingredients could kick viral tail so quickly. I drank it 3-4 times a day and made sure not to overdose on the honey (not more than 8 teaspoons a day / I am not diabetic which would certainly require a doctor’s advice). The difference, I believe, was that the honey was organic. I learned that it has antibiotic benefits that team up well with cinnamon’s antiviral effects. I also read that lemon, while packed with vitamin C, also helps clean the liver. Google this combination of ingredients and you will find countless links declaring all the good it will do from curing coughs, to promoting weight loss, to helping arthritis, and more. This overload of information is why I think that hearing from friends, who have actually tested something for themselves, provides that much more credibility. Also, I always try new things in very small amounts and then wait a whole day to see if I have any kind of adverse reaction. That is my proactive way of staying out of ER’s, aka, learn before you leap.
Save Mucho With Your Christmas Spirit
I’m certain Big Lots is going to be a great place for gifts and toys this year. Check it out: http://www.biglots.com/toys/subcategory.aspx?scid=240
I love Bed, Bath and Beyond for two reasons: 1. Use their coupons and you usually get a superior deal. 2. They have the best, most amazing, no questions asked, and at times rewarding return policy ever in retail. It actually adds value to your purchase if you ask me.
If you live in Southern CA, The Citadel (off the 5 freeway) is a killer outlet and place to shop. Great prices, easy free parking, and good food access. I found super deals at Gap, Ann Taylor, and other stores there.
Check out their stores list – http://www.citadeloutlets.com/go/dirlisting.cfm?fl=all
I didn’t find a link, but, I loved this place for affordable Disney merchandise and clothes – Disney’s Character Warehouse 243 Orangefair Mall, Fullerton, CA 92832-3038(714) 870-9363
A Christmas State of Mind
My mom says that when I was toddler, I would to go to the store with family members and ask for candy for my sisters whenever they offered it to me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a big fan of giving. Although I love it and want to give all the time, I face this dilemma: As a mere mortal, I fall short too often and in too many ways. Christmas seems to magnify my need to give condition so, about a week ago, I ran to God and asked him to pleeeeeaaaase help me. I meditated over the fact that God is Love – and God is Giving. God never stops giving. That 24/7 virtue within God’s heart and character to constantly give clearly separates man from deity. “It’s not your circumstances that stop you from giving.” he said. “Your lack of noticing that you have stopped giving in your consciousness and heart, at any moment, is what first needs correcting.” God is so brilliant : ) I thought we were going to talk about increasing my income, ha, ha. He always goes for the jugular, yes, the source! Conclusion: Anyone can be a giving being, 24/7, from the heart by staying tuned in and noticing tiredness, attitudes, distractions, fears, emotions, etc., essentially blockers that need to be addressed the moment they arise. These randomly floating logs need not levee the river of giving from your heart. “Addressing” them could range from a simple moment of honest communication (sans any emotionally charged edge when we’re communicating with someone so take a breath), to rooting out any major barriers we’ve been building over time (bitterness, anger, insecurity, grief, fears, etc.) that need to be dealt with in all kinds of positive ways and settings. The point is to notice when you’ve shifted from a consciousness of giving to something else and unblock your heart and mind. Set it free… ASAP. I watched a girlfriend serving us a buffet of holiday yummies, in the best of moods, and her heart was just gushing with a gleeful giving spirit. She was giggling and smiling as we all reminisced and laughed. In an instant, a saw her face fall into a vacant stare. I could tell that she suddenly snapped into worry or preoccupation with something as her entire demeanor changed. She actually came off cold and snippy for the next fifteen minutes or so. Without realizing it, she fully helped me see God’s revelation to me in action. No doubt I’ve done this, at the very least internally, even if I’ve masked it, and how many times? I wondered. My prayer revealed that I need to keep a much tighter pulse on where my heart is, where it’s wandering off to, and into what kind of sad, dark places it has thrown itself. Also, like John Mayer wrote, “say what you need to say.” Say it constructively and keep the blessings flowing even when you feel triggered or thwarted. I did call my girlfriend that night to see how she was doing. There are trillions of ways to give from the heart. I recently read, “A smile is a window displaying that the heart is at home.” My year-round, 24/7 Christmas wish is for everyone to connect with the giving Spirit that the Lord offers us unconditionally. Happy birthday Lord Jesus! And Happy Holidays to All!!!