Awareness is the opportunity to DO BETTER!!
Sometimes looking at ourselves is the hardest thing to do. It's so much easier to point the finger at someone else, but truly who do we have the power to change? Did you learn when you were younger the saying, "when you're pointing your finger at someone else, you have 3 fingers pointing right back at you." ??
I don't know if you're like me. To the outside world, I had it all. Financial success, married, amazing kids, we traveled when we wanted. But my heart was yearning for more. I wasn't feeling satisfied and something was definitely missing. I didn't have "heart success"!! It was just a nice package, but inside I was not full.
But here's the key! You have the power to assess exactly where you are at! This is the time to be brutally honest with yourself. It will hurt, you will feel all the feels, you will wonder how it is that you've even come this far in life. This is a time to have a few very trusted people in your life that will be honest with you! You can't change what you won't acknowledge or are not aware of. Some of these things came easy to me and I made huge changes right away. Some of these I needed to hold onto for just a wee bit longer, (and I mean a lot longer) and some things were revealed as I walked down the path! To begin any journey we have to know where we are starting. How exciting that we get to put that pin in our life map and proudly claim, I AM HERE!! And I love that awareness because it means I get a chance to do better and be better!
I have grown more in the last 5 years of my life, been challenged more in my personal development than my entire life. And it all started with that awareness. I hope you'll look at awareness as a challenge; the opportunity that it is!
I just did probably one of the most vulnerable things I've ever done, and that was write my story for a book. It comes out next month along with some very incredible women in a book series called Overcoming Mediocrity ~ Victorious Women. This is where I began sharing the journey to my heart success! I share about not judging a book by it's cover and how an accidental meeting set me up on the best discoveries of my life!!
I hope you'll join me through my journey! You can follow me on social media by clicking on the links below and make sure you SUBSCRIBE to my email list to get my newest episodes sent to your mailbox!!
Science is proving that our lifestyle has a bigger affect on whether we will develop chronic disease or not. The American Cancer Society states that only 5-10% of all cancer cases are genetic. The good news is that means 90-95% is within our control. And doctors are finding lifestyle to be playing a more important role in heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In fact, you can live a life free of these diseases not dependant on medication if you will make a few lifestyle changes.
I encourage you to google the study of Epigenetics. This study is extremely fascinating on how genes are read by cells, and subsequently whether the cells should produce relevant proteins. There is a lot of research on this topic and it ties beautifully into today's blog , as there are studies around what we eat controlling our epigentics.
In today's video portion, I gave you a couple of simple breakfast ideas to replace those processed and highly sugarized breakfasts so many of us eat every day. I want to clarify, as I watched it, that you do not have to add all those fruits and vegetables to your smoothies, these were just great ideas to get you started!!
Let's look at some of the benefits of eating a diet high in whole foods (fruits and vegetables).
- Loaded in Nutrients
- Low in Sugar
- Heart Healthy
- High in Fiber
- Helps Control Blood Sugar
- Good for your Skin
- Helps lower Triglycerides
- Provides Variety
- High in Healthy Fats
- Decreased Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease
- Contains Antioxidants
- Good for your Gut
- Promotes Dental Health
- Less expensive in the long run
You can make simple changes that will have a huge impact on your overall health now and into the future! Start small. Some of the biggest mistakes we can make is trying to overhaul how we eat overnight. This was my biggest struggle as I looked to improve my health over the last 5 years. I would empty out the pantry and fridge, make my meal plan and make it one week. Then life happened and I would scrap the entire process. It was a constant roller coaster for me. The thing that helped me the most was to assess where I was. From there I needed to walk myself into this. So, I began by eating one meal a day that didn't have any processed items in it. After success there, I added another meal and so on. Now some of you can probably make the leap and I applaud you. But if you can't, it's ok. Just start like I did. What happened over time was that I found I began to gravitate towards the whole foods more and more. The processed meals and snacks began to not feel good to my body. I can still make less than favorable choices now, but the point for me is I no longer beat myself up for it and then punish myself by not choosing wisely going forward.
Make sure to check out some of my favorite recipes to help you replace those processed snacks!! FREE RECIPES
I would love to hear from you, do you have a favorite recipe? Feel free to comment below and share this with a friend!!
Your heart races when you feel excited, slows when you relax, and beats steady and strong when you feel safe and loved. It’s your constant companion and the drumbeat to your life. Did you know that if you live to be 100 years old, your heart will have beaten about 3,786,978,960 times? That’s nearly 4 billion heartbeats!
Obviously, your heart works hard to care for you, so it’s important that you care for it. Learn how you can improve your cardiovascular health and why keeping your heart healthy is so important!
Eye-opening statistics about your heart
Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that cardiovascular disease and stroke are major women’s health risks; but knowledge is powerand a critical part of healthy living! Consider the following:
- Heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States.
- Stroke and cardiovascular diseases are responsible for the death of one in three women every year.
- Almost two-thirds of women who die of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
- Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factor for heart disease or stroke.
- Heart disease kills six times as many women as breast cancer every year, but data shows that women fear breast cancer more.
Heart health tips
Before you get carried away worrying about the state of your heart, remember that there are lots of ways to care for yourself. Try these tips to help you better manage your cardiovascular health and show your heart some love!
1. Eat a heart-healthy diet
There are so many reasons to eat healthy, and your heart just got added to the list. When it comes to a heart-healthy diet, it’s important to trim unhealthy fats, high-sodium foods, and sugary drinks; but it’s also important to remember all the delicious things you can add to your diet.
Try incorporating these tasty and heart-healthy foods to your next meal, and remember that you can always use your favorite Vitality™ essential oils for extra flavor!
♦ Salmon, albacore tuna, and other fish high in omega-3 fatty acids
♦ Whole grains like steel-cut oats, brown rice, and whole-grain bread
♦ Fruits and vegetables—like our grilled zucchini!
Even when you work hard to care for your heart, you don’t always make the best decisions every single day. Supplement your heart-healthy choices with CardioGize™, a naturally derived supplement formulated to support healthy heart function and blood circulation.*
This supplement includes astragalus, dong quai, motherwort, and hawthorn berry, which have all been used traditionally to support the cardiovascular system. Plus, the deodorized garlic and CoQ10 in CardioGize also promote healthy circulation and have antioxidant properties.
3. Cultivate healthy habits
Habits big and small make a difference on your heart. Cultivate an attitude of overall wellness and incorporate these healthy choices into your daily routine.
♦ Get 6-8 hours of sleep per night to allow your body time to recover and recuperate. Use our 10 essential oil tips for your nightly routine to help your body get some much-needed rest and recovery.
♦ Stop smoking and tobacco use. Smoking makes you 2-4 times more likely to develop heart disease, and it keeps oxygen from your brain, increases your risk for blood clots, inhibits your ability to be physically active, and increases your heart rate and blood pressure.
♦ Avoid excessive alcohol use. You can always host a fun and festive Club Red party featuring NingXia Red® and Vitality oils!