Well, well, well. It’s that time of year when we think about cleaning up our act when it comes to diet and exercise. This an area calling for mindfulness and awareness. There is so much information out here on the web and hearsay from friends of friends. Sometimes it can be very confusing when you’re trying to figure out what to eat to stay healthy or to regain your health and strength.
I have always been a proponent of following your own intuition and listening to your body. Notice how you feel after eating certain foods. This is the simple way to determine what’s right for you and your metabolism. And your metabolism can change over time. So don’t be surprised if you can eat a lot of wheat products now but weeks from now you find that a gluten free diet works better for you.
I also like to incorporate more raw foods in the diet. Here’s a great video talking about how you might do this. Enjoy!
It’s not very often in this fast paced world that we hear those words — slow it down. But that is completely within our grasp when it comes to graceful aging. We can, you and I, slow down the relentless march into old age. And by doing so, we capture a better quality of life. More energy, better skin, enhanced libido are possible for you.
What are the components of aging?
Aging is linked to oxidative stress. There have been 100,000+ scientific research articles published about oxidative stress. It is basically the damage done to our cells by free radicals in our system. You’ve heard of those. Free radicals are produced basically by living, breathing, eating, physical activity. They are the waste by product of our system. We produce TRILLIONS! of these daily and basically if left alone, they destroy our cells over time and create the diseases of aging — heart disease, cancer, etc.
The good news is we can slow down this process with proven science, mindfulness and awareness. I help my clients do this daily and gain access to a better quality of life. Ask me how here or at Janice Woodys Lifetime Health on Facebook.
Here’s to a lifetime of great health!
Sometimes we get so excited and we bolt out of the blocks before the gun goes off. Sometimes acting on impulse can be very liberating and just what is needed to blast you out of a hole in your life. Sometimes it can bring you whole lot of confusion.
I got an idea to organize a public presentation for my business. I asked around and got a commitment from a business associate on a location and a time, only to find that to him it was still an idea and not an actual event. It made me stop and think about where our communication breakdown happened. This happens a lot in our world today because we spend a lot of time talking at each other and not with each other.
One of my goals for this quarter is to sharpen my listening skills. Clearly God saw that I could use some work in this area when I set that goal. I want to listen with acknowledgement and understanding. So many times I find people (myself included) talking but not listening. Why are we so busy trying to get our points across in a hurry? True conversations take time. Calculating what you will say next while someone else is talking, does not constitute listening. Talking over someone else does not constitute listening. I’m beginning to feel that listening is a dying art form.
I think my journey with deaf and hard of hearing people has been all about listening. There have been many times when I didn’t want to hear what life was telling me. It was easier to bury my head in the sand much like my son used to turn off his hearing aids when he didn’t want to hear me yelling at him to clean up his room. Sometimes we don’t want to hear what people are telling us because it doesn’t fit with our vision of the world. So I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when we get whacked on the head by life because we weren’t listening and paying attention. Many times deaf people perceive hearing people as screaming, angry people. I guess it can look that way when someone is yelling at you as though raising their voice will somehow make you hear them. Actually listening to someone, giving them complete attention, is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Just think about how good it feels when someone does that for you. You feel heard. You feel free to speak. You’re not competing with anything else. You can just express what is on your heart. How refreshing.
Now that my friend and I are on the same page, we can plan an event that will be powerful and educational. First I had to wake up to the fact that I wasn’t listening. Now we can have a true conversation about what we want to do, how we want to do it, and what we hope to gain from it. I realize that I don’t have to move at lightning speed all the time and things can still happen quickly when I take the time to listen.
Light and Love,