You might Float away

Well it’s the newest trend to getting healthy, Float Station Centers!  I’ve signed up for a float, I hope it does my body good. I’m going in for the pain management factor, I hope it relieves some of my pain left over from my accident.

It’s a 60-minute vacation for your senses, where no light can distract you, no sound can disrupt you, and no physical sensations can tether you.

The 10 inches of oxygenated water that fills your pod is maintained at your outer skin temperature, around 93.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and contains over 1000 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate). You’re so buoyant in the pod that floating is effortless, and after a matter of minutes it feels like you’re floating in space!ls

The benefits of a Float are listed below:

 

Stress Relief

  • 1 hour of floating is equal to 4 hours of sleep at reducing cortisol, the “stress hormone.”
  • Studies show that just a few 1-hour floats is the physiological equivalent of a long vacation.
  • Floating reduces hypertension without the unwanted side effects of prescription medications.

Weight Loss

  • Floating reduces cravings, making healthy lifestyle changes easier.
  • Floating interrupts the cycle of addiction by encouraging the body to release endorphins, the “happy chemicals” in your brain.
  • Floating reduces cortisol, a culprit of stubborn belly fat.

Improves Sleep

  • By replenishing your depleted magnesium levels, floating leads to deeper, more restorative sleep.
  • Float sessions bring your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems back into balance, reducing restlessness.
  • Falling asleep during your float is completely safe, and will likely be one of the best naps of your life!

Pain Management

  • Floating safely encourages the body’s release of endorphins, our pain-relieving neurotransmitters.
  • The weightlessness experienced by the body during a float takes pressure off of joints and muscles, and facilitates blood flow to damaged tissues.
  • Floating has even been found to reduce the painful symptoms of stubborn conditions like fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

Check to see if a Float Station Center is in your City, and try the experience for yourself. You might just float away 😉 🙂

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Perfectly Imperfect

How do you see yourself? When you look in the mirror are you happy with what you see? If not, when did that change? When was the first time you noticed or recognized your imperfections, and rejected them?

When I was a child it never occurred to me that I was imperfect or for that matter perfect. This kinda stuff never crossed my mind. It never crossed my mind until someone opened the door for me, to that type of thinking. At that point, as we grow we always notice that imperfection, and sometimes we obsess over it. The imperfection we think we have we will always notice also in others, then we become critical. When we see others without this imperfection then we become jealous and resentful. There are so many negatives that will come with not embracing and loving yourself just because of a few or a lot of imperfections. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but we are all imperfect in many ways. So who cares if your lips are too big, eyes are too small, your butt is too big, I could go on and on. It doesn’t matter because it is true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So do me a favor, take a good look in the mirror and say to yourself …. I love you just the way you are, I accept you as you are. See yourself, truly see yourself. You are perfectly imperfect, like the rest of us.

Remember, loving yourself just the way you are physically is very important. Yes, it’s good to improve but it’s essential to your happiness to accept and love yourself the way you are in the moment.  When you Love and Accept yourself completely, you will be able to Love others so much more.

The way we see ourselves physically is a big part of how we see others.

 

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Manuka Honey

mgo30Manuka honey benefits are impressive even if you’ve been a long time fan of raw and organic honey. Manuka honey comes from New Zealand, where it’s made by bees that pollinate the flowers of the local, native manuka bush. These flowers bloom once a year, only lasting two to six weeks. All raw honeys have health benefits, but manuka comes from a bush that is similar to the tea tree bush and as a result, contains some pretty special properties. Manuka honey has a low pH level and a high sugar content which may hinder the growth of microbes, giving it even more of an antibacterial boost. It’s an antibacterial because its enzymes create natural hydrogen peroxide. Health benefits include:
1. Fights Superbugs
2. Treats burns and other wounds
3. Treats plaque and gingivitis
4. Strep Throat or cough

This Manuka is also very tasty, I put a teaspoon in my tea. I have yet to do a Manuka honey mask but you might want to give it a try.

Use 1 tsp. Manuka honey

After cleansing your skin thoroughly, spread a thin layer of honey on your face, being careful around your eyes. Massage into your skin and wait 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Gently pat dry.

I just stumbled on this healthy gem so I thought I’d pass it on. This product is definitely worthy of more research, check it out for yourself.
Please note: Manuka is not cheap. 😉 🙂

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If not me, then someone else.

One rainy windy night, while I was driving back home from church, I noticed a car stopped on the side of the highway.  I was always looking for opportunities to help people, praying that God would give me eyes to see people in need. Here was one of those times, I noticed the broken down car, so I wanted to stop and help. I slowed down a bit to try and see if the driver was a woman or a man. If it was a man, I’d let someone else stop. I always thought about safety first, especially driving alone on the highway. During this time cell phones were non existent, so passing a broken down car was always an opportunity to help. It was pouring rain so I was not able to see who it was until I passed them. It was my friend Rick! There he was soaked  to the bone, standing right by his open hood. I was so excited that I knew him, but upset that I had passed him up.  Now I had to wait until I reached the next exit to go back the other way, and make a loop. The whole time I was driving back, I was saying out loud I’m coming Rick, I’ll save you! I crack myself up all the time. I wanted to be his rescue! I finally arrived to find someone else helping Rick out. I pulled over to the side, Rick came up to my window and as soon as he noticed it was me, He smiled and laughed. I asked him if he needed any help, he said he was fine, and thanked me for stopping. I told him, I passed you up but came back around, but God already sent someone else to help. It was great to see Rick that night, and I was happy he was rescued.

In reflection, I realized that God will give us opportunities to help/bless people all the time. If we miss the opportunity to help, God is so gracious He will send someone else. Keep your eyes open for ways to connect to kindness, opportunities will always be in front of you. If you don’t seize the opportunity, someone else will. It is always better to give than receive, but when you help someone it’s twofold.

If not me, if not you, then someone else.

This is dedicated to Rick, rest in peace friend.

 

 

 

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New.

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New.Starting the new year is always something to look forward to, don’t you think? There is always a plethora of beginnings we rely on because we enjoy the new,we love the sense of a clean slate. Everyone scores a clean slate, will you allow yourself to embrace it?  Some will never be able to because they are riddled with guilt, shame, anger, and regret.  The best thing for us to do is just let that all go, leave it behind. Let the door of 2016 close shut. There isn’t anything you can do to change the past unless you seek forgiveness from the living, then by all means humble yourself and ask for it. Sure, the past will come up in our hearts and minds, but reflection is always good medicine. Be sure it stays as reflection, and not somewhere to live out your life daily. We always have every day to start anew, but our minds give more credence to a New Year, so go with it!  Live your life in 2017 with freedom, and the beautiful knowledge that you can BEGIN, again.

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
― T.S. Eliot

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It’s time to pucker up with Lemon Juice!

These yellow gems contain juice high in vitamin C and antioxidants. The Lemon also has an abundance of fruit acids and sugars that are great for acting as an exfoliant, blackhead remover, skin brightener and as a treatment for sunburn.  It will also remove dead skin cells which will allow the pores to breathe, promote new skin growth and help maintain skin’s elasticity. It’s best to use pure lemon juice on a cotton ball for easier application.
Check back tomorrow for more healthy tips on the lovely Lemon. 😉Image

 

 

 
 
 
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White Bean and Kale Stew

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Serves 4 

This Tuscan dish recipe is a satisfying nutritional powerhouse packed with iron, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. It’s even more delicious the next day, after the flavors have deepened.

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
5 cups (packed) thinly sliced kale (about 1 large bunch)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth, organic boxed or homemade
1 teaspoon dried basil, or 1 tablespoon fresh
1 teaspoon dried thyme, or 2 teaspoons fresh
1 pound white beans (cannellini), cooked and drained (dry beans are cheapest)
1 pound finely diced tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil and grated Romano cheese (to garnish)

1. In a large heavy pot, heat olive oil, garlic and red pepper over medium heat for 1 minute. Add kale, vinegar and broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat; add basil and thyme. Cover and simmer until kale wilts, about 7 minutes. Add beans and tomatoes with juice. Cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Ladle stew into shallow bowls. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and pass the grated Romano cheese.

This Stew is a healthy choice, try it, you just might like it 😉

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