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With the arrival of summer, hopefully your garden is bursting with ripe, gorgeous vegetables in their prime! Each vegetable has its own freshness criteria, but you don’t need to remember a list of specifics to take away the freshest vegetables from your home garden.
If you haven’t had time or room to grow a garden this season, there are tons of markets that offer high quality greens that will make your meals fresh and full of flavor.
Safely visiting a farmer’s market is another great way to get fresh produce while also supporting local farmers. You will have the opportunity of going straight to the source with any questions, as the term “freshly picked” takes on a whole new meaning!
Use this guide for selecting the freshest and tastiest produce for your Lean & Green meals this summer:
If you’re still unsure of what to select, the most important thing to remember is to rely on your senses. If something doesn’t look or smell right, it’s probably not your freshest option.
Ask me about ways you can get healthy vegetables and produce this season on your journey to Lifelong Transformation, One Healthy Habit at a Time®.
Have you ever had someone pressure you into giving them money?
Maybe someone asked for your opinion, but you sensed they really didn’t want it, and then, you feel angry with yourself because you didn’t speak your truth?
Yes, and yes!
We all have felt coerced into doing something we didn’t want to do or saying things we didn’t believe. And we all have crossed someone else’s boundaries too.
Asserting boundaries is a challenge we face every day, questioning - what is okay and not okay.
As you may suspect, setting boundaries does not come with instructions.
A personal boundary, unlike property markers, is an invisible, energetic field, that is fluid, depending on who the individual is and the circumstances, but always, how we define ourselves.
The boundaries we create are an expression of who we are. You might notice that there are some things you are very clear about and others, you are not.
Our ability to decisively follow our values, principles, and beliefs, is also impacted by inheritances, early experiences (trauma), emotional health, and the relationship we have to the individual who is pressuring.
In other words, what we allow and believe to be okay and not okay is a conditioned response— and can always be consciously re-evaluated, which we don't do often enough.
We often proceed under the false belief that the manipulator (family, friend, or stranger) has our best interest at heart and would never intentionally set out to take from or harm us.
Brené Brown, Ph.D., shame researcher, says that the manipulator “is doing the best they can,” according to who they are as individuals.
While I agree with her assertion, it might be a challenge to keep in mind after someone has taken advantage of you, whether for the first or for the umpteenth time. You might believe they think like you, and you might want them to stop or make the decision for you.
From my perspective, as-they-are is correct, but, in truth, we don’t know or need to know the intention of the manipulator. Or why they behave in that way. What lurks behind the sobs, promise, or smile is not for you to figure out.
You wonder, ‘why would someone do such a thing?’ Why do I allow him to do that?
I used to inform children in my Empowered against Sexual Assault classes that it is not up to them to know the intentions of an individual who may be behaving inappropriately. If they sense something is off, they have the power to take action to secure their safety, which it their first priority.
When it gets down to it - boundary setting is not about the perpetrator - it is about you.
You give in to demands for money, integrity, property, emotion, presence, negotiations, sex, work, health, drugs, and advice (and more.) for many reasons. Some are faulty subconscious, well-established programmed patterns that you can change.
Here are a few:
Ask Yourself These Questions:
Here’s the real problem:
After an experience, it seems more okay for you to berate and demean yourself, rather than stand up for your principles at the time of the pressuring. You avoid the consequence of standing up to someone and damn yourself later.
Remember this - it is not about the money you gave or opinion you didn’t share. What is more important is the loss of your connection to self.
Here are five steps to help yourself!
If it’s time to re-evaluate your boundaries, go inward and do a self-inquiry. Recognizing that boundaries are fluid and within our charge is crucial to setting your boundaries. Because boundaries are a two-way street, as we give thought to our values, we also appreciate the boundaries of others.
When you are clear about your values and trust in yourself, you will feel stronger, more secure, and confident that, when you draw the line in the sand and boldly declare your truth, you mean it!
Sanna Carapellotti, M.S., Cht
You’ve dropped your bad habits, but the urge to do them is still there. This is normal and expected. What can control the urge and even stop it is creating an environment that’s conducive for change. Our environment impacts our habits more than we think and we are often competing against it. Making a conscious effort to control and create your environment can make changing easier. Here are some tips on how to create a conducive environment for change:
Ask me about other ways to create a conducive environment on your journey to creating optimal health. Have a desire to get control of your health but don’t know where to start? Schedule a Complimentary Health Assessment https://calendly.com/mariasallshouse.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and with warmer weather comes longer days, plenty of sun, and outdoor barbeques. While hamburgers and hot dogs are signature staples for the grill, there are plenty of vegetables that taste amazing with a smoky char. Here are some vegetables that are great for grilling and perfect for your backyard meals:
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These challenging times can bring on uncertainly, anxiety and stress. And, stress can lead to reacting emotionally, making choices that aren’t necessarily healthy or positive. And that can lead to feeling even more stressed. I bet we’ve all experienced that at one time or another. For many, food becomes the “go-to” for comfort or distraction (although relief is very fleeting and the stressor is still there). What can one do? Plenty! Here are eight tips for overcoming stress eating:
Take good care of yourself, especially during this time. You’ll be more equipped to handle the changes and challenges that come your way. AND, good health and a strong immune system are essential.
Stay focused! Stay healthy! Stay connected!
Imagine that a physician hands you a prescription recommending “1000 healings a day.”
You might think, “ahh, alriiiight,” but what if she is on to something!
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that stress accounts for 80% of visits to a primary care physician. If stress hurts our health, is it safe to speculate that love, joy, happiness, and connection may be the antidote to improve our health, immunity, and life, in general?
Research tells us that our cells are shaped from the outside in, referring to the power of thought and attitudes, including hormonal patterns, early programming, and epi-genetics.
This research is great news because we are no longer 100% tethered to genetics!
We can consciously become aware of our internal worlds to deliberately shift our states. We are hardwired to change our minds in an instant because the mind-body system responds at lightening speed.
Let’s say you are feeling blue and an old friend calls. You instantly lift out of the emotional low and feel happy!
However, we don't have to wait for an external event to change our internal states.
YOU can create a just-right, feel-good state anytime you want!
Because my work centers on healing and transformation, some time ago, I questioned if we had to wait until we are ‘healed’ to have authentic feel-good emotions. No. No. No, we do not.
Because of the brain’s negative bias, it searches automatically for the negative, the worst-case scenario, and perpetuates the sob story with great ferver. So it can seem like quite the task.
I am here to say that you can expand your wellbeing today.
With conscious awareness and intentional searches for the good, you can tune into the incredible world around you and take it in.
Life is full of love, surprises, inspirations, beauty, and awe. You miss out on so many small wondrous moments when you stay in your head and eyes down to the phone.
Who hasn’t breathed in the scent of a rose and felt its beauty?
You might say, ‘I do appreciate good things!’ However, we flit, flit, flit from one thing to another without taking a rightfully deserved pause to enjoy a moment.
Beauty-in becomes your beauty and nourishes your cells and can change a moment.
How To Have 1000 Healings A Day
The first step is to consciously look out for sensory-based experiences, which include any sensory input - sight, sound, movement, smell, taste, body sensation, and emotions.
Consider simple everyday occurrences, things around you, moments of surprise, or when you feel an emotion of joy, contentment, love, an item you love, etc.
Anything that makes you feel good, smile, or connect more deeply.
Next, stay with the experience for 20 or 30-seconds to allow time for the hormonal flow of wellbeing to circulate to your cells. If you are laughing, laugh a little longer.
Expand. Your. Positivity.
===> You hear birds chirping, stop for a few seconds, and listen.
===> You are sitting at your desk, and the smell of dinner is wafting through the house. Sit back and breathe it in.
===> You read an inspiring Facebook post, and you focus on what it means to you.
The opportunities are unlimited and are very important. WHY?
Because right now, in-shelter we are missing our lives to varying degrees. Maybe you have learned to appreciate small things, like grabbing a coffee with a friend or hugging someone.
Truth is, we forget, and over time, we risk living disconnected and returning to the flit.
The other day I spent a few minutes watching two little girls laughing and rolling in the grass. It reminded me of a time when Anna, our daughter, and I laughed so hard we were crying.
Taking time to take in the good accumulates cellular wellbeing. Who doesn't want to feel more joy so simply?
Here's a little secret: once you get into this healing habit, you will find yourself open to wanting to experience more and more good moments… and soon you will have 1000 healings every day!
It is a Great Day for a Change - Yours!
Sanna Carapellotti. MS, Cht.
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This new blog will be hosted by Sanna Carapellotti & Maria Allshouse. Members may comment on their posts. The public may view. We look forward to becoming healthy, wealthy (in spirit) & wise thru their articles!
Welcome Sanna & Maria and thank you for sharing your knowledge!