Organic Magic – Shopping – Spirit

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!!!

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About Light Stream

Casandra Moreno Lombera is an author, blogger, and Emmy nominated television producer who grew up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver communities. In junior high school, she promised her single mother that she would get straight A’s in order to graduate early and help her relocate to Aurora, Colorado. She did… and though women and Latinas were scarcely visible in television, she dreamed of a future in broadcast journalism. From an early age, Casandra wanted children and loved to write. She began her career in television (writing and reporting on camera) at the age of 18. She also began raising two very successful children as a single mom. Throughout her career, she became an award winning, television producer/program creator (receiving both the Imagen and Golden Eagle Awards); was executive producer of both public affairs and children’s programming at KWHY-TV, Channel 22; and worked on camera hosting public affairs talk shows for many years. More distinctive opportunities came her way, however her desire to write children’s books and to blaze new trails in the publishing world became irrepressible. Her dreams today focus on empowering youth, writing (particularly about God’s love for them), and raising money for the impoverished through organizations like Hope Worldwide https://www.hopeww.org/sslpage.aspx. Throughout her life, she has been passionate about hands-on giving to the community and has received many forms of appreciation (including a congressional commendation) for her efforts. She has served on several boards including Communications Bridge Institute, training disadvantaged youth in television production; St. Anne’s, building futures for at risk teens and unwed mothers; HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality; the American Diabetes Association fund raising committee; and the Consumer Advisory Committee for the California Contractors State Licensing Board. Casandra is also a recipient of La Opinion’s 2012 Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award. She is completely smitten with her husband, two children, and four grand babies who inspired Light Riders. Follow her @casandratweets and @Lightersbook on Twitter. Her blog is at http://www.shewentthere.wordpress.com. Direct Contact: Lightridersbook@gmail.com
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16 Responses to Organic Magic – Shopping – Spirit

  1. Kimberly Roscoe says:

    This is a great blog…just fantastic! You are a very gifted writer to be able to express yourself so well… I can’t wait for you to write more. I’m going to make the cinnamon tea right now, I feel something coming on.

    Luv you!

    Kimberly

    • Thank you so much Kimberly! Your wonderfully kind words and interest in reading more lit me up like a Christmas tree!!! I’m so happy you’re trying the tea : ) Stay well and lots of love to you and your boys!!!

  2. Nancy says:

    Absolutely loved what I just read!!!!
    I really needed a dose of a few wise words, and I shall try the honey, lemon with cinamon recipe : )

    • So0000 happy you enjoyed it Nancy! Thank you for reading and letting me know that you’ll be trying the recipe : ) Your thoughts are deeply appreciated! Hope you’re having a very blessed Holiday Season ♥

  3. Sharyn Paquette-Sorensen says:

    Casandra! Good for you! I had considered starting a blog many times but, alas, have yet to do it – but you! You’ve done it! And I enjoyed reading it :o). Hope you are well (sounds like you’ve been having some health success – I’ll have to try your tea idea! Love you – Sharyn :o)

    • Your words are music to my ears Girlfriend! But then that is one of my favorite gifts of yours : ) I want to encourage you to start your own blog as well!!! Even though I’d rather you compose and sing your wonderful music, I know you’d be a fabulous blogger and you could promote your work as an artist! Thank you for the love. Hope you’re Holidays are filled with much singing and joy!!

  4. Aurora Zhang says:

    Goodness gracious! Thanks for going out on a limb with your blog. I loved what you shared in Organic Magic. I so appreciate it. I am so proud of you!!! Yes, it is difficult to be disciplined. The other day I was going to buy gum for my honey, not sugarfree gum because it has artificial sweeteners(aspartame) I was thinking to myself. I was reading the labels of nonsugarfree and they have aspartame too. I kept reading different ones and many had it! But why I asked I just want regular chewing gum!! I’m constantly reading labels on foods and realizing that we are being poisoned more and more and people don’t even know it. Anyways , yes I will try to the organic honey, lemon and cinnamon. I need to go shopping.Can’t wait to use it on my whole family too. Love you, Aurora

    • I love how you think my Sis! Thank you so much for commenting and sharing what was on your mind. I’m not sure if this is the perfect product for you, but, you piqued my curiosity and I came across Glee Gum. http://www.gleegum.com/glee-gum.htm
      Vegetarian, Additive Free, Lactose Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Casein Free, Egg Free, Yeast Free, Nut Free, and Peanut Free. They carry both sugar and sugar free. I’ve never tried it myself, but, I thought it was cool that it came in so many flavors. I’m almost positive I’ve seen it at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods too.
      So glad you’re trying the tea! Happy Holidays and Love you ♥

  5. Renee Duenas says:

    Hey Casi,
    That was a great blog… the tea sounds like it does a lot of good, I’m glad its helped you out so much, what a testimony 🙂 I’m not fond of cinnamon in drinks though…hmm.. but I promise I will try it one day, so I can taste test it. 🙂
    Your last blog I think is what struck me the most. I can totally relate to needing to make sure my heart is in check and not let emotions or negative thoughts flood my mind and heart, as it can so easily do. 🙂 It also helps me to see that when others get stuck in that same whirlwind, I shouldn’t negatively react to their responses or take it personal, but instead still love and give to them like they have done/would do for me.

  6. Thank you so much Renee! I’m so happy to hear your pearls of wisdom too! You are so right about how we react to others who slipped into the “whirlwind!” Wouldn’t the world be a MUCH better place if we all did what you suggested? Thank you for reading and sharing. Love you!

  7. Cyndie Soto says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog and thoughtful insights. I also pray that you stay on the road to recovery from your “MAP” problems. On your side you have a healthy spirit and lots of love coming to you <3.
    Keep up all your good work and thanks for sharing with us. Love you.

    • Thank you so much Mana! We’ll show the “MAP” (funny acronym) where to get off, LOL. What a very wise insight to know that a healthy spirit is more important than anything else, but, that is so your essence. Love you too!!!

  8. Leilani Martinez says:

    Well, I tried the tea with honey, lemon and cinnamon…I love it! Of course I love tea, any kind of tea, especially the ones from Sri Lanka! Now I have a mug every night before I go to bed, and it really helps me to sleep soundly.

    It was wonderful to see you today, and to see how wonderful you looked. I was very worried about you, but because you take such good care of yourself your healing is really taking a turn for the better. Love you, and am excited about starting my own blog! Give Rick a hug from Mama Lani!

    • It was so great to spend time with you on Saturday!! I’m committed to biting you with the blogging bug too. You have such fantastic ideas and the writing skills to light up the world. So expect me to keep bugging LOL. Thank you for visiting here and leaving me encouraged as always! Love you!!!

  9. Priscilla Luna says:

    Organic Honey, Lemon and Cinnamon – what an amazing find. I remember how well you did when we all got sick. I love this remedy thanks so much for sharing.
    The Citadel – can you believe I’ve never been? A close friend of mine recently commented about it as well. Look forward to visiting and finding all the great deals.
    The spirit of Giving – that is a year round kind of heart to have. Thank you for reminding us to CHECK our heart.

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