Eat Healthier – Preplan and Bag It!

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Post holiday weight worries can take up way too much of your time and energy.

Don’t call it a New Year’s Resolution, it’s too easy to “break it” and feel bad about yourself. Who needs more of that?

Just make a commitment to yourself to start afresh with your food plan this week.

ORGANIZE AND PREPARE

Studies show that preparing your food for each day ahead of time lessens the chance for over eating and eating foods that are not good for you.

Take time to organizer and prepare your food to make a huge difference in your energy and emotions about and towards it.

BAG IT! PORTION CONTROL

Bag it! Take pint and quart zipper baggies, or plastic or glass containers (glass is always better than plastic) and portion out your food for the day. You can gain control over what you’re eating, as well as how much and the calories you eat, relaxing your mind and body to enjoy your food while taking care of yourself.

You can do this with fruit, veggies, snacks and more.

Bonus! You also waste less food and money by planning ahead. Good job!

WASH, RINSE, DRY, REUSE

Reuse your containers over and over again. Unless baggies have had raw meat in them, they can be washed and reused to save money and them from ending up in the landfill.

NEED HELP KEEPING YOUR HEALTH AND HAPPINESS A PRIORITY?

phone - ear-mouth part only with cordI’d love to work with you if you just can’t seem to stay focused and on track with your daily decisions about food or anything else.

I’m a PRIORITY COACH and will be happy to help you choose, redecide, plan and stick with it, whatever your end goal may be.  We’ll work together by phone… FIND OUT MORE HERE…

 

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Teleclass: How to Manage Hypothyroidism and Heal Hashimoto’s Disease

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How much of your life is being ruined and lost every day by hypothyroid symptoms and/or Hashimoto’s Disease?

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Are you ready to change that?

Your life may be stressed and cluttered due to health issues, and in this case, specifically a thyroid condition. Low thyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease steals your energy, brain focus, body, joy and life.

I’ve been there too.

As a Thyroid Health Advocate, and one who has had Hashimoto’s Disease and has hypothyroidism, I know the over 67 symptoms that destroy our lives. But, I also know how to heal most of them away and I want to share that with you. I’ve helped hundreds of people declutter their symptoms by understanding what lifestyle changes they need to make.

I know not everyone can attend my live workshops in northern Colorado, so I’m offering my workshop as a teleclass so that anyone, anywhere with a telephone, can attend.

I’m so happy to do this for the hundreds of people on my list and all those I hear from weekly who are beside themselves with overwhelming symptoms and doctors who don’t know how to help them.

NOTE to current Get Your Life Back! Manual customers.

Do you already have my Get Your Life Back! Reset Your Thyroid Health Manual?  Great! But, how have you been doing with the Thyroid Reset Diet and other lifestyle changes? If you need a boost, or nudge to get going on the Thyroid Reset Diet, sticking to the necessary lifestyle changes and to taking care of yourself better, this teleclass will be helpful. Register and get the teleclass and added information that will be helpful for your lifetime of getting your life back.

Join me Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Get the answers you are looking for to get your life back.

Teleclass:

 How to Manage Hypothyroidism and Heal Hashimoto’s Disease

CLICK HERE to find out more, to REGISTER and to hold your place.

 This program will be recorded for replay.

If you can’t make the live call you will get the replay within 48 hours of class.

Don’t lose another day to devastating thyroid symptoms.

I look forward to seeing you at this information packed teleclass!

Knowledge is the antidote to fear, and in this case, the key to your health and life.

Disclaimer. 

My good thoughts for your best health always,

Kim

Thyroid Patient Advocate

Visit my blog for free articles on thyroid health: http://www.thyroidu.com

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Declutter for Your Health, Stealth and Wealth

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What is keeping you from getting your finances organized?

WEALTH HAZARD

When we keep dumping our projects, junk mail, stuff and things and not maintaining an organized space, we risk forgetting where we put important papers, losing vital documents and creating a general health, stealth and wealth hazard that will kick us in the butt soon enough!

And, if our heaps and piles have been sitting in the same place for much too long, we are running the risk for a myriad of problems that, thank goodness, can be remedied easily.

HEALTH HAZARD

Why a health hazard?

When you let things pile up there are other problems in the places you ignore that are piling up too, namely

     1. dust

     2. microscopic “dust mites” that live in dust (ew)

     3. mold, mildew – possible fuzzy, growing things if there is moisture and/or food of any kind

     4. bugs, spider and cob webs

     5. mice and other vermin

     6. bacteria and germs

These problems can cause you several more problems, like health issues.

Enjoying clean air in our homes is not only nice, it’s important to our health. The more dust, mold and unwanted critters you have on and under your unmoved piles add to allergies, respiratory problems and more.

STEALTH HAZARD

Stealth means a lot of things, but I mean it as your way of moving through your life streamlined, with peace, calm, flow and without struggle. That is impossible without taking control of areas of clutter in our homes. Paper is one of the worst.

WEALTH AND STEALTH REQUIRE HEALTH

Clutter promotes poor air quality and the growth of things like mold that can affect your health. Allergens, germs and vermin all love disarray and all can wreak havoc on your body.

When I walk into a clients home where there are old papers, “memorabilia” items from long ago, mold, mildew, etc. I get a stuffed nose and head within minutes. I’m kind of a canary in the coalmine for bad air quality. I have had to wear a face mask on a few occasions.

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Poor health affects your work and, in turn, your financial well being. A general cleanup and reorganization can help get you back to your healthy, productive self.

WHAT TO DO?

1. Schedule time to deal with it. And by “dealing with it” I mean decide, declutter and reorganize.

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2. Clean up. Get out the cleaning supplies and dust, sweep, vacuum, etc. Get the dust and dust bunnies, cob webs and possible bugs and mouse droppings (ick) cleaned out before putting things back.

Dust

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Dampen your cloth with a misting of water, so as not to harm wood, dust and dry the wood immediately, or use furniture polish.

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Don’t blow dust off things, use a dry cloth or feather dusters as these methods of dusting only “poof” the dust into the air, having it come down to land somewhere else, and in your lungs.

Vacuum

It is very worthwhile to invest in a the best kind of vacuum cleaner, the non-bag kind with a filter that won’t kick the fine dirt, silt and dust that it picks up back into the house.

If you do have a vacuum cleaner with filter bags, make sure to change them regularly, before they are bursting and over-full to help keep down the amount of particles thrown into the air. If you aren’t careful in this area, your indoor air can actually get worse after a vacuuming due to all the dust getting kicked back up into the air.

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You can buy an expensive one, like Dyson, or less costly, that work very well like a Dirt Devil. I love mine and it works great.

Plus, while it’s obvious to vacuum carpets, it’s as important to regularly vacuum other home items like fabric furniture, drapes, throw pillows, dog beds and anything of fabric. Smaller hand held vacuums, like a Black & Decker with the enclosed dust holder (not bags) can also be used for the draperies, etc.

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By the way, enclosed bags pick up tons more than a paper/material bag. Tons more. You’ll be shocked and amazed at how much!

3. Keep it clean. Maintain all areas on an ongoing basis as all of the above aspects due to ignoring an area can and will start happening again.

Love your space organized and it will love you back, keeping you healthy, stealthy and wealthy. At least it will give you a better chance at being in control of  these areas, creating an efficient, effective life.

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How to Relax into Focus when You Feel Stressed

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Whether because of the holidays or any day(s) – when we’ve lost our way, lost focus on the goal, the prize, our everyday internal “center” and personal compass of balance, calm and direction, how do we get it back?

Simply relax into it.

“It” was not lost.

Our human minds get too busy, too worried, too “stressed”, too something  . . .  and we lose our footing on a very eternal focused and straight path.

Life can be hard. It can be a struggle some days.

Stop. Quiet your racing mind and B-R-E-A-T-H-E.

Take a deep breath right now.

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Innnnnn, and ouuuuuuut.  Just be. Just relax. Let focus, like a butterfly, land on you again. Then, take notice of it’s very sublte stirrings on your skin. You’ll know what to do.

Still not sure? One of the things I do that is really helpful when I feel lost or confused is decide on a very simple statement of what I want, then say, “show me how to do this, find that, figure this out… .” I then say “Thank you,” and let it go. The answer always comes.

Giving the answer, the solution no time-limit is very helpful too. Time limits create need, urgency and STRESS!!! Stress and urgency blocks our mind from letting, allowing the solutions in.

You must let go.

“If you’ve lost focus, just sit down and be still.

Take the idea and rock it to and fro.

Keep some of it and throw some away, and it will renew itself.

You need do no more.”

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes, best selling author, Women Who Run With The Wolves

“Only when your consciousness is totally focused on the moment

you are in can you receive whatever gift, lesson,

or delight that moment has to offer.”

~  Barbara De Angelis

 

Let me know if you need more than these kinds of guides. I work with people one-on-one by telephone. 

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Dealing with Loss and Grief During the Holidays

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This time of year brings up a lot of emotions for those dealing with loss and/or still in grief.

My father died 5 years ago this week after 3 weeks in ICU after falling backwards on the front steps and cracking his head. He never came out of the coma.

This wasn’t the first holiday season we spent in an ICUs or hospital over the years due to his or my moms surgeries.

GRIEF AND LOSS

While decorating and shopping, cooking and planning, there are many who will get stuck, stand paralyzed at times in pain and sadness, thoughts of the past and “if onlys”. There will be others who will run around frantically in a daze or trying to push the pain away. Still others sleep, or sit and sob.

There is no perfect way to grieve, but to grieve.

GRIEF IS REAL

If you are dealing with loss this year, I want to offer you a few tips that can help ease the pain from time to time and help you move through your transition.

1. Your feelings are your feelings, and they are normal.

Recognize that all feelings associated with loss and change are normal: grief, hurt, fear, sadness, anger, remorse, guilt or despair. Some may be very open with their feelings, while others may be very private. It is however important to feel your feelings (stuffing them will cause them to show up side-ways through your body in symptoms of illness and pain.)

2. Move your feelings out by journaling.

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Keeping loops of thoughts in our heads is exhausting, unproductive and creates more stress. Journaling, the simple act of writing down deep and personal reflections on paper is often helpful. This process is just for you. File them away in a dresser drawer and tear them up later is you like.

3. Talk with a supportive and caring person.

Whether you talk to your minister, a counselor or a friend, find someone who will listen to what you are going through without telling you to change or guiding you in or out of it — just listen. Sometimes finding someone who has experienced a similar experience is helpful too. Basically, you just need to talk it out and release the energy of emotions from your body, mind and soul.

4. Share the good times and stories.

“Do you remember when …” is often a great way to communicate how much you loved that person. Some stories may be sad, leading you to cry with others and embrace in loving arms. Some stories may lead you to remember and realize what an interesting and fascinating life your loved one led. Still others may be humorous, causing us to laugh and cry with tears of joy.

5. Photos and personal treasures.

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Photos are an easy way to remember someone and tell the stories attached to that time or place. Photos and personal items are tangible and may also help us to remember and pay tribute to their memory. This activity may be done in private or with others.

6. Physical touch.

Make sure to be held and hugged during this time. We too easily forget that as humans we need touch.

7. Sleep, eat, rest.

Make sure to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep and rest and eating regularly. Don’t skip meals or pick at food. Your body needs nutrition more in times like this when your immune and adrenal systems are bombarded with stressors, emotional upheaval and pain. Keep taking your vitamins as well.

8. Meditate, pray and breathe.

Whatever way is your way to pray, meditate, be quiet and centered, do it often during this time. Some people read scriptures and sing, others sit in the quiet or in the sunshine just feeling the silence, others go for walks and let nature help in their letting go and healing.

9. Be kind to yourself.

Above all, be kind to yourself. Give yourself permission to stop when you need to stop, cry when you need to cry, be angry when it shows up. It’s all part of the grief process that is normal and natural.

My thoughts go out to you this holiday season if you are feeling sadness over a loss.

Big hug, Kim

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Dr. Oz Finally Agrees With Me! Women – DO NOT Put Your Cell Phone In Your Bra! Cancer Risk

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Dr. Oz finally agrees with me!

Cancer risk.

Women – DO NOT PUT YOUR CELL PHONE IN YOUR BRA!

Especially young girls/women.

Cancer Surgeon Specialist agrees. “Is this just the tip of the iceberg? 21 year old women getting breast cancer, right where they “store” their cell phone in their bra!”

Cell phone companies say to keep cell phones at least a 1/2 inch from your skin.

See Dr. Oz clip here. 

 

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Get John Gray’s New Book for Free Through November 14

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I just listened to John Gray’s interview on Coast to Coast AM. Excellent information.

  • ADHD
  • BRAIN HEALTH
  • SUGAR AND OTHER FOODS THAT ATTACK OUR BRAIN’S HEALTH
  • MEDICATIONS THAT DAMAGE YOUR BRAIN
  • HOW TO FIX IT

Even if neither you or your kids/grandkids don’t have ADHD, the information in this book is important for anyone’s brain health in relation to our foods, medications and supplements to help protect and heal the brain.

GET YOU FREE BOOK HERE  http://www.marsvenus.com/

Put your name and email in the GET IT! opt in on the upper section where the book cover is with word FOCUS.

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MOVIE: Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives – See for free until Nov. 9

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Be informed about the food you eat and choices you need to make to stop GMOs

from your food supply affecting you and your family.

 

The Producers of this film are allowing a FULL and FREE viewing through 11/9/13.

Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives – why all health problems/inflammation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HUQWG4-vq90

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How Many Cups Of Coffee Are Good For You?

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If you love coffee you probably don’t want to hear that it’s bad for you, right?

If you don’t drink the stuff, you don’t care, right?

Well, a new study says that drinking more than 28 cups of coffee a week may be harmful to certain people. Plus, there are lots of other angles to research whether you are a “joe” drinker or not.

TWO STUDIES

#1: MAYO CLINIC PROCEEDINGS JOURNAL STUDY REPORT

The debate over coffee’s health risks continues to brew. This new study finds that heavy coffee consumption is associated with a higher death risk in men and women younger than 55.

This study, which was published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, looked at 43,727 men and women ages 20 to 87 from 1971 to 2002. It found that

  • men younger than 55 who drank more than 4 cups of coffee a day were 56% more likely to have died from any cause.
  • Women in that age range had a twofold greater risk of dying than women who don’t drink more than 4 cups a day.

#2: NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE STUDY

A study in 2012 found that coffee drinkers ages 50 to 71 had a lower risk of death than their peers who did not consume coffee.

In that study, researchers from the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, and AARP found that the more coffee consumed, the more a person’s death risk declined. This second study has found that if you are younger than 55, it is safe to drink one to three cups of coffee a day, but more than four cups may endanger health.

WHY THE HIGHER DEATH RISK AMONG YOUNGER ADULTS?

The reason for the higher death risk among younger adults is not clear since experts through the years have found both health benefits and problems associated with coffee.

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PROS AND CONS

Cons: Coffee can elevate heart rate as well as raise blood pressure and blood sugar levels. If you are trying to use it for stress, it may in fact be working against you due to these cons.

Pros: Coffee is a major source of antioxidants and, according to WebMD, a 2012 study shows some promise that drinking three cups of coffee a day may help turn the tables and push back the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

Since coffee stills stirs debate, more research is needed. In the meantime, watch your coffee intake; enjoy your hot drink, just avoid excessive coffee drinking.

Do You Have Computer Vision Syndrome? Take Care Of Your Eyes While Using Your Computer

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With all the time we spend in front of the computer screens these days, we should not take for granted that our eyes (neck, back, etc.) are “just fine” without special consideration.

3 Steps to Keep Your Eyes Healthy While Using Your Computer and Other Tech-Gadgets

Opticians are telling their patients to exercise their eyes using the “20-20-20 Rule.” Here’s how this simple exercise works. Start today and take care of your precious eyes.

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STEP 1: Give your eyes a break. Look away.

One of the biggest causes of computer eye strain is focusing fatigue when using anything with a computer screen and up close. Use what eye doctors call the “20-20-20 Rule” to help yourself starting immediately.

EXERCISE: To reduce your risk of tiring your eyes by constantly focusing on your screen,

….. 1. look away from your computer at least every 20 minutes and

….. 2. gaze at a distant object at least 20 feet away (if you can, look outdoors at nature which also helps your brain health)

….. 3. for at least 20 seconds.

Looking far away relaxes the focusing muscle inside the eye to reduce fatigue. You will also notice that you breathe more deeply and relax when looking away from the screen. This is good for your whole body health.

Reduce the risk of your eyes’ focusing ability to “lock up

EXERCISE: Another exercise is to look far away at an object for 10-15 seconds, then gaze at something up close for 10-15 seconds. Then look back at the distant object. Do this 10 times.

This exercise reduces the risk of your eyes’ focusing ability to “lock up” (a condition called accommodative spasm) after prolonged computer work.

Both of these exercises will reduce your risk of computer eye strain. Also, remember to blink frequently during the exercises to reduce your risk of computer-related dry eye. eye care - blinking eyes in work LOOK

STEP 2: Blink more often.

Blinking is very important when working at a computer; blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation.

We “stare” at our computer screens for long periods of time without blinking, in fact, about one-third as often as we normally do.

According to studies, many blinks performed during computer work are only partial lid closures. Tears coating the eye evaporate more rapidly during long non-blinking phases and this can cause dry eyes. Also, the air in many office environments is dry, which can increase how quickly your tears evaporate, placing you at greater risk for dry eye problems.

If you experience dry eye symptoms, ask your eye doctor about artificial tears for use during the day. You can also buy over the counter “tears”, like Refresh Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, Moisture Drops for Dry Eyes.

NOTE: Don’t confuse lubricating eye drops with the drops formulated to “get the red out.” The latter can indeed make your eyes look better — they contain ingredients that reduce the size of blood vessels on the surface of your eyes to “whiten” them. But they are not necessarily formulated to reduce dryness and irritation.

EXERCISE: To reduce your risk of dry eyes during computer use, try this:

Every 20 minutes, blink 10 times by closing your eyes all the way and very slowly, as if falling asleep. This will help rewet your eyes.

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STEP 3: Take a break.

To reduce your risk for computer vision syndrome, as well as neck, back and shoulder pain, take frequent breaks during your computer work day.

EXERCISE: Time permitting of  course, one should walk 20 paces after every 20 minutes of sitting in one particular posture. This also helps blood and oxygen circulation for the entire body as well as the eyes.

How can I do this and is it going to interfere with my work?

Many workers take only two 15-minute breaks from their computer throughout their work day. According to a recent NIOSH study, discomfort and eye strain were significantly reduced when computer workers took four additional five-minute “mini-breaks” throughout their work day.

And these supplementary breaks did not reduce the workers’ productivity. Data entry speed was significantly faster as a result of the extra breaks, so work output was maintained even though the workers had 20 extra minutes of break time each day.

During your computer breaks, stand up, move about and stretch your arms, legs, back, neck and shoulders to reduce tension and muscle fatigue.

I hope this is helpful. Now, excuse me while I take a 20 second mini-break away from my computer screen! 🙂 //

 

 

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