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21 Small Ways to Make Life Simpler

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1.      Breathe. When stressed, lost in a problem or the past or future in your mind breathe with your belly for two minutes and just focus on the air going in and out. This will calm your body down and bring your mind back into the present moment again.
2.      Do one thing at a time. You’ll get better results and feel better and less stressed while doing those things.
3.      Write it all down. Use your mind for better things than remembering what to do. And the mind is often like a leaky bucket. So write down all your great ideas, insights and thoughts before they go missing somewhere and add what you need to do to a to-do list.
4.      Do all your food shopping once a week. You’ll save time, energy and – in my experience – money.
5.      Stop trying to do things perfectly. It will only get you stuck and drain your self-esteem. Go for good enough instead and when you are there you are done. Get things all the way to done this way and then move on to the next thing.
6.      Stop doing what you don’t like doing anymore. Life changes and so do you. If you you don’t like doing something anymore then stop doing that (even if it may take some time before you can do so by for example switching jobs).
7.      Pack your bag before you go to bed. Then you don’t have to get stressed out by that in morning and you are less likely to forget something.
8.      Throw out the things you haven’t used in 1 year. Go through what you have and ask yourself if you have used it in the past year. If not, give it away to charity or a friend or simply throw it out.
9.      Ask yourself simplifying questions every day. Questions like “What is the most important thing I can do right now?” and “What is one small step I can take to simplify this situation?”.
10.     Keep everything in its place. If everything has its own place then it is whole lot easier to keep your home reasonably ordered and decluttered from day to day. This also helps you with your inner stillness as the outer environment affects how you feel on the inside.
11.     Cook more food than you’ll eat. We usually make four or more servings of what we’re about to eat. This cuts down on time that you spend on cooking and you’ll have to do less washing up in general. Plus, it’s good to have portions of food to bring to work to save some money.
12.     Write shorter emails. I tend to write emails containing only a few sentences, usually between one and five. If you focus on keeping it short and focused then you’ll probably discover that this is a good solution in most cases.
13.     Ask instead of guessing. Reading minds is hard. So, instead ask questions and communicate. This will help you to minimize unnecessary conflicts, misunderstandings, negativity and waste of time and energy.
14.     Use a minimalistic workspace. My work space contains a big monitor and a laptop on an adjustable standing desk. I use a comfy chair and there is room for my glass of water beside the computer. That’s it. There are no distractions here. Just me, the computer and the water.
15.     Check everything just once a day. I check my email inboxes, blog statistics, my online earnings, Twitter and Facebook just once a day. I combine all that checking into one small daily ritual at the end of my work day so I don’t slip and go checking it more during the day and waste my energy and attention.
16.     Choose small daily acts of kindness. Instead of small acts of judgment and criticism towards the people around you (and towards yourself).
17.     Stop trying to please everyone. There will always be people who you don’t get along with or that do not like you for some reason.
18.     Don’t make mountains out of molehills. Before you start thinking too much about something and building it up something big in your head, ask yourself: “Am I making a mountain out of a molehill here?” And if you get lost in victim thinking then ask yourself: “Does anyone on the planet have it worse than me right now?”.
19.     Spend 10-15 minutes each Sunday or Monday morning to plan out the week. Write down your plans for the week, organize your prioritized to-do list and get ready for the week before you are in the middle of it all. This will help you to find more clarity, get more of the most important things done next week and minimize stress.
20.     Cancel subscriptions for things you rarely get around to watching or reading anyway.
21.     Spend more time with people that help you to keep things simple. And spend less time with people that drag you down into overcomplicating everything and creating unnecessary drama.

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Banana Protein Ice Cream

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Banana Protein Ice Cream

3-4 sliced bananas, peeled and frozen
2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
One packet Chocolate Plant Protein

Directions
Place frozen bananas, peanut butter, almond milk, and protein powder into food processor.
Pulse on high for a minute, scrape the sides and continue to pulse until bananas are creamed perfectly into an ice cream
Serve immediately.
*Optional: top with chocolate chips!

If you would like to try the Chocolate Plant Protein, I have some coupons for Trial Packs that are available for a limited time.  Contact me for more info!

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Baking Soda Face Scrub

I love..love…love to make my own scrubs!  This is one of my favorites for your face.  I love to use baking soda, as it helps to balance your ph and is less abrasive than sugar or salt.

This is my latest recipe!

1 1/2 cups of coconut oil

2 cups baking soda

1 T Manuka Honey (optional)

25 drops Améo Rosemary essential oil

3 drops Améo Lemon essential oil

(Améo Lavender is also a favorite to use, use your fav’s)

Whip with and electric mixer.

This will make 3 to 4 jars depending on the size you choose.  Mine is 8 oz.

Enjoy!

 

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Why do people feel so much younger from consuming true Moringa oleifera? This is a big reason why.

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The Moringa that is found online and in health food stores is either powder capsules or powders meant to mix with smoothies and other foods.

They are comprised of using dried and crushed leaves. While this is still better than nothing. Getting the complete nutritional benefit of Moringa comes from more than just the leaf.

Zija International has gone to great lengths to ensure that their proprietary blend uses the leaf, the seed cake, and the seed pod. All of these provide different core nutrients.

In addition to using various parts of the plant, Zija also shade dries their raw materials. This ensures that none of the components lose their enzymatic activity or bio-availability.

Zija also uses various age groups of the plant. Juvenile, adolescent, and mature plants. They discovered that the nutrient profiles were different at the various age groups.

Last but not least they studied the 58 species of Moringa from various countries and regions around the world. They found that the most nutrient dense hailed from India at the best of the Himalayas.

Given the nutritional profile of Zija’s Moringa the daily cost of this complete daily nutritional supplement is just about $3.00 a day.

**Through a promo the company is having, I have been issued some special Access Codes to share. You can try out the products that we use for ONLY $40 (which includes your enrollment fee AND shipping). The enrollment fee is for a wholesale membership, good for a year. Gives you 25% off of everything.

These are all natural, plant based products.

Here’s what you get for $40:

4 packs of Zija’s Supermix (Moringa Oleifera)

4 packs of Zija’s new all plant based protein (chocolate)

8 XMburn caps (energy throughout the day)

4 XM3 caps (appetite suppressant)

4 Premium teas for detoxing the body

A 25% off coupon on the XM3

I have a limited number of these Access Codes/Coupons ($40 kits) and they expire shortly.   …So contact me if this sounds interesting… and I can get you more info!!!

Great video to watch on Moringa Oleifera!

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Dieting vs Nutritionally Cleansing….

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www.food4thoughtwellness.com   #Natural Health Revolution  www.lwalling.myzija.com

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Food 4 Thought!

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XO!

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Never Too Old!

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Southern Cobb Salad with Roasted Sweet Onion Dressing

I don’t know about you guys….but sometimes I just need to have a good ole’ Cobb salad.  This one looks delish!!!  Make your own substitutions where needed!

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INGREDIENTS

DRESSING
  • 6 unpeeled garlic cloves
  • 2 large Vidalia onions (1 1/2 pounds), peeled and quartered through the core
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
SALAD
  • 10 lightly packed cups mixed lettuces (8 ounces)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup cooked fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 1 cup buckwheat or radish sprouts
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1 Hass avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and sliced lengthwise

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  1. MAKE THE DRESSING Preheat the oven to 425°. Wrap the garlic cloves in foil and set on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the onions with oil and arrange on the baking sheet. Bake for about 1 hour, until the onions and garlic are lightly charred and soft. Let cool. 
  2. MAKE THE DRESSING Peel the garlic and transfer the cloves to a blender. Add the onions, cider vinegar and lemon juice and puree until smooth. With the blender on, gradually add the 1 1/4 cups of vegetable oil until incorporated. Season the dressing with salt and pepper. 
  3. MAKE THE SALAD In a large bowl, toss the lettuces with 1/2 cup of the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl or platter. Arrange the remaining ingredients on top and serve, passing the remaining dressing at the table. 

MAKE AHEAD

The onion dressing can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

Thank you Food and Wine for this recipe.  Check out their site for more yummy ideas!

Enjoy!

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Love Me Some Cinnamon

I use Cinnamon in my diet every day! Sprinkle it here.. sprinkle it there…OR use the essential oil!!

Cinnamon / Cinnamomum verum

The use of cinnamon is recorded in Ebers Papyrus, one of history’s oldest Egyptian medical texts; this document, which dates back to about 1500 BC, contains more than 700 remedies for multiple symptoms. Cinnamon is only harvested every two years, and then steam distilled, to create the highest quality oil possible. Cinnamon essential oil is known for its variety of uses and applications.

BENEFITS

The scent of Cinnamon oil stirs the appetite, arouses and warms the senses, and can create feelings of comfort. Other benefits include helping maintain healthy blood sugar levels and promoting normal immune system function. Mentally, Cinnamon oil helps release frustration and anger and attracts wealth by transforming our beliefs about limitations and shortcomings into prosperity and abundance.

SUGGESTED USES

* Diffuse Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Rosemary oils in an Améo diffuser to help purify the air!
* Add 1 drop of Cinnamon oil to certain dishes when cooking to enhance flavor!
* Add 1-2 drops Cinnamon oil to a warm bath to awaken the senses and increase energy levels!
* Dilute to 20% Cinnamon oil and 80% Améo Fractionated Coconut Oil and rub over the heart, into the soles of the feet, or around the neck to increase your body temperature!
* Add 1 drop of Cinnamon oil to Daily Tea, Premium Tea, or ice water to freshen breath and cleanse the digestive track!
* Mix Cinnamon, Orange, Clove , and Tangerine oils in an Améo diffuser to create a wintery holiday scent!

I used to add regular powdered cinnamon to my tea…however, you get the grit of the powder. The oil is améozing!!!

For more info on Améo, Clinical Grade, Oils..visit… http://www.lwalling.myameo.com

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