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Behavior

Health is the Vehicle, not the Destination

Doctors and people in general assume that when someone is in their 70’s it is normal to have poor health or at least something that is not working. Not my mom, who is in her 70’s. They have plans, they have a future, they are already healthy and they want to live longer to enjoy their time and have fun with their loved ones. Wouldn’t you want the same things? At this point of their life they already got what they wanted, They are where they wanted to be or they made peace with what they got.

Surprisingly these women and men are not taking any medication, most of them have amazing relationships with friends and family because they already purged the ones who weren’t good for them.  They eat pretty healthy, they exercise, but the common denominator in their cases is that all of them hang out most of the time with younger people. They have no interest in talking about illnesses and medications or how bad the world is. 

I was having this conversation with my mom a while back. One of her friends was always talking about doctors appointments, medication and illnesses and she told her, “I love you and I deeply care about you, but I am not going to spend my time talking with you only about things that are not working. I want to talk about fun things and good things, good food or funny jokes, I can’t do this anymore and because I love you too much I don’t want to let you do this to yourself, at least while you are spending the time with me.” 

Years ago my mom was very different. She was a people pleaser, she would take on everything and complain about nothing and after my dad passed away she flipped like a coin tossed in the air. She learned to let go of people that weren’t good for her, started saying what she was thinking and chose to spend time with people that she loved and were enriching her life.

To all of that I have to say “Bravo, Mama!” She is an inspiration and a gift for the entire family. She prioritizes herself and helps everyone she loves. She has awesome friends and everyone I know loves her. I am so proud of being her daughter.

Keep shining the light to what’s important for yourself and forget about what others think or do, you are not them!

Happy New Beginning 2021!

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The Brain

Your Mind is the Biggest Part of Yourself

There is no way we can make good decisions if our mind is cluttered. Nor can we stay healthy and strong amongst feelings of self-doubt and anxiety. Even if we eat all the kale in the world, the deeper source of true health and happiness is within.  Our mind is the biggest part of ourselves, yet we can not see it.   Still, everyone knows it is there, right?

Our mind is divided in two parts and both parts are equally important. We have a Conscience mind which is the mind that thinks thoughts.

The mind that can lie or cheat, the mind that believes things or chooses not believe them. The mind that likes things or doesn’t like things. It is also the mind that strategically manipulates. It’s the mind that reacts when it gets triggered.

Our sub-conscience mind is our spiritual mind. This is the mind that has no filter; it takes everything in as it is right now as you see it.

Every thought the conscience mind has, good or bad, about ourselves or others, every judgement, every criticism, every doubt about our capacities, when we play the victim or when we feel sad and depressed. The sub-conscience mind perceives it as your truth.

Our sub-conscience mind translates emotions. If we have negative thinking and we get really involved and invested in sticking with that kind of thinking, your sub-conscience mind will create more of it. And the other way around, if you find the positives in negative situations your sub-conscience mind will understand everything is good and will create more of the same.

It’s that simple….I know it is not easy but it is simple. Your thoughts create your life either way. Your choice is in what you want to make it be.

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Education Health

Our Body is a Perfect Machine

 If you remember the images that we all have seen from the holocaust, people were starving, their bodies were skin and bones, they had to fight hunger and illness at the same time that they to survive each day in unbearable circumstances.

Unfortunately, too many people died, but many survived and their bodies returned to normal after some time. For the mind it is a little more complicated. There is an amazing book written by a surviver from the holocaust. He was a jewish psychiatrist named Viktor Frankl. In his book he talks about the power of the mind and how nazis were causing unspeakable horrors. The one place nazis never reached was his mind. He could think as he pleased and he chose to have a positive attitude in his mind. Staying focused on being sane and strong-willed, he knew he was going to be okay when he would be freed.

Our thoughts and attitude are the only two things we have control over, the rest are circumstances and we can’t control them. 

When we worry, stress or fear we allow the outside to control the inside, our mind. Taking control of your thinking is vital not only to develop a healthier life, it is the only thing that you can choose, to be happy every second of your life and only you can do it. You can’t make others happy and no one can make you happy, it is everyone’s job to do it for ourselves.

Here are a few things you can do to make yourself happier:

Practice gratitude every day

Exercise every day

Go to bed before 10pm every day

Eat healthy food every day

Drink water every day

Say “yes” to challenges every day

Say “I love you”  to someone you love every day

Take responsibility for your own happiness every day

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All Categories Health

What is Optimum Health?

There are five habits that depend totally upon our choices.  They are at the root of our health problems from day one, and by changing these habits, our overall health will totally flip, transforming our body into a completely healthy body. 

-Eating habits

-Medication

-Drinking habits

-Emotional habits

-Self-doubt

Let’s break them down.

-Eating habits. Our eating habits are very important. As you know, every choice we make every time we put something in our mouth determines how we are going to feel right after.  What we don’t always consider is our overall health in the long run. The solution is eating clean. Food without labels is real food, the rest is processed.

-Medication. Medication changes the chemistry in our body because it is composed of chemicals and those chemicals affect every organ. The most affected is the brain. It doesn’t matter if the medication is for the heart or the kidney, the brain will be affected and the reason is because the brain is 90% fat. 

All the chemicals and toxins our body receives from ingested products that are not food, such as preservatives, colorants, medication or any man made product, are stored in your fatty tissues. Since the brain is 90% fat it is considered by the body to be a fatty tissue storing area with the particularity that the brain runs all the body functions and chemical interactions for this to happen. It is fair to believe the brain chemicals, hormones, are affected and confused when there are outside chemicals stored in the same place. That causes confusion in the natural functions, creating all kinds of interferences in brain and body performance.  

Chemicals at their core are identified as toxins for our liver. The liver responds by storing them in the fatty tissue. 90% of prescriptions can be avoided if you improve nutrition and habits. You can change your health if you want. I help people to do it every day!

-Drinking habits. If we choose to drink water we will be healthy and hydrated. Hydration improves brain health, skin youth, and internal organ functionality. Alcohol and soft drinks are totally unnecessary. It should be a treat not a routine.

-Emotional habits. Emotional habits can be as damaging to a body as the other habits I just mentioned. You can eat all the kale in the world, but if you have poor personal relationships or unhealthy work environments, you won’t be healthy because you can’t be healthy if these two areas are not positive in your life. Be authentic with your relationships to stay healthy. Say what you mean and mean what you say.

-Self-doubt. In my opinion, this is the most important concept to be aware of. If we have self-doubt, then nothing works. If we are self-confident, everything works. Self-doubt is tied up to fears. Self-doubt or self-confidence implies believing in something you can’t see. Belief in yourself makes all the difference!