You will hate what I have to say. At first, it will annoy you. Because when you are tired the LAST THING ON EARTH you want to do is move. But I promise you it works. The more active you are, the better your circulation will be. And good circulation is “essential for energy because blood transports oxygen and nutrients―fuel for the cells―to the muscles, brain, etc.,” says internist Jacob Teitelbaum. Here are my four simple tips that work with my clients to gain energy by moving.
1- Find your favorite 2, 3, or 4 minute YouTube dance video. Mary and I like Beyoncé and Justin Bieber. We look ridiculous, we can’t really follow along, but we crack up at ourselves from sucking so bad and we have fun. After sitting at our computer for 4 hours staring at a screen and feeling exhausted we now feel happy and energized in only a FEW MINUTES.
2-Go outside for 5 MINUTES. Take a brisk walk and breathe the fresh air. Look at a tree. Smile at a human. Feel the sun on your face. It seems crazy that this can boost your energy but it does. Bonus: it will boost your mood too.
3-Play your favorite dance song and blast it. If you are at work, pop in ear buds, in the car–just go for it and sing the crap out of it even if you suck–in the house, crank it up and pretend you are 5 years old again. You’re kids will either join in or claim serious embarrassment. Either way, do it.
4-Do 50 Jumping Jacks with a friend/co-worker/student/dog/neighbor/bird/kid/grandparent/waitress…… I don’t know why but this simple act of a jumping jack with someone else just makes you laugh. Try not to pee. For real.
“We live in a society where people are always looking for the next sports drink, energy bar, or cup of coffee that will give them the extra edge to get through the day,” says researcher Tim Putz, PhD, also of UGA. My advice is to ditch all the above and as much as you don’t want to…..TAKE 5 MINUTES TO MOVE. And then smile, and kick some a–.
We hope you are all enjoying a healthy, happy, family and friend filled week! We are excited to share another year together! Are any of you making New Year’s Resolutions? We wish you love and luck!
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The Flower Child in Phoenix, Arizona is an experience that is almost indescribable. You’ll know what I mean when you get there. And you will get there. Promise me. The food is spectacular but that is just the beginning. The employees are literally spreading love with their overwhelming kindness, patience, (if you only knew how long it took us to decide what to eat because we literally wanted EVERYTHING on the menu) knowledge, and warmth. The Flower Child is worth finding a reason to go to Arizona!
The Flower Child’s fundamental promise is “to serve healthy food for a happy world.” It means they work with ranchers who respect, protect and love their animals – and their food supply. The proteins are all raised naturally, without additives. The organic produce is guided by the wisdom of the Environmental Working Group. Local sourcing is a priority. They know their farmers and their families. The food is always cooked fresh. And served quickly. They’re fast. But they never cut corners. You can taste it. They are grateful. Humbled. Honored.
To put it simply, if we ate at the Flower Child the first night we arrived at our Nutrition and Health Conference….we would have never even tried another restaurant. They even had the best Kale Salad we had ever tried or made…..and trust us….we may not be a connoisseur of wine or beer, but when it comes to kale salads, we know our stuff.
Spread the love, check it out….xo
karma: the force created by a person’s actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person
So there it is. Are you a believer in karma? Maybe you are or maybe you’re not. I don’t think it really matters. The bottom line is, if you are kind, good-hearted, warm, and just old fashion nice….then those similar type of people will gravitate to you. Does that mean nothing bad ever happens to nice people. Of course not. But with positivity and love, good things are much more likely to happen. Try it this week and see how it goes.
BEC KARMA CLEANSE.
1.Tell someone in your life why you are grateful for them. In person or in a handwritten note. (make a mental note of how this person reacts and how you feel inside after you tell them)
2. Make it a point to show an act of kindness to someone, even a stranger. Literally go out of your way. (see how it feels when you see/hear their reaction)
3. Check your motives. If it is to cause harm, or sadness, or revenge…rethink your plan and try to come up with a new one. I usually like to try the “kill them with kindness plan.”(even when you really want to kick their a–!) Sometimes that is harder done than said, but it almost always works. For real. I’m talking about a 95% or greater success rate. It’s hard for people to act harshly to a really nice person.
4. Forgive someone. Let it go. Most often, the grudge we are so determined to hold only affects ourselves. The person we decided to hold the grudge against is usually walking around living life without a clue. So talk it out and let it go.
In the health and wellness industry we talk a lot about juice cleanses. And I am a fan as I ordered a juice cleanse just yesterday. But for me, the cleanse that works best every single time is the Karma Cleanse. Life can be insane. It is so easy to get caught up in the little things. (well, for me anyway) I got upset about the DUMBEST thing ever the other day. We were going somewhere for brunch and I checked online to make sure the restaurant was still serving their brunch menu at the time we would arrive.They were. We arrived and looked at the brunch menu and were excited to place our order. When the waitress came over she said kindly that there was no brunch because the chef decided not to do it today. I got upset and was short with the waitress. My awesome son nicely reminded me that it wasn’t her fault and that I wasn’t very nice. I felt horrible. You know, that crappy pit you get in your stomach when you know you didn’t do the “right” thing. It sucks. But THEN….the waitress came back. I sincerely apologized and told her I realized it wasn’t her fault and again told her I was so sorry. (several times) Guess what? Yup. I felt great immediately, didn’t care about the dumb brunch that we couldn’t eat, and felt a happiness come over me and of course proceeded to leave her a kick butt tip on top of it. Doing the right thing feels great. We CAN affect our surroundings. The whole mood at my table changed after I apologized. Our mood affects others sometimes more than we realize. And I am grateful my son (who is 10 times more mature than me!) pointed out my unreasonable actions to me. Sooooooo, it doesn’t matter what you call it. (karma or anything else) If you consistently try to have positive and kind actions, better things WILL happen in your life. People love to be around a positive person because they feel good about themselves…..and maybe, just maybe, more positives things start to happen. It can’t hurt to just try it.