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Dream Big!

Ok, so I think I am getting the hint, Dream Big!

~What you think about, you speak about, you bring about

~10X Everything in your life that you want more of

~Dream Big because God has Big plans for you

Basically, God is telling me to keep dreaming big, thinking big, speaking big, and He will help to bring about Big changes. Ok, ok, but man oh man if there wasn’t some 5’6″ brunette standing in my way, I could do it (that’s me).  I might be alone in this but I am always standing in my own way.  I know I should do X or if I’m listening to Grant Cardone, I should do X then 10X it or 100X it. Often times, I think about what I should be doing then come home tired, but on Netflix and stress about how I’m not doing what I should be doing because I’m tired so it’s okay if I binge watch a weird history show for the next 5 hours then go to bed late and wake up tired.  Actually writing down what I do some nights makes me want to get up and slap myself across the face.

We are only given one life and it’s up to us to live that life to the fullest. We don’t do everything perfectly and yes it has ups and downs but we have to keep pushing forward, because you only get one shot. You only get one opportunity to things right and wrong. You only have this one life for better or worse. Honestly, right now, I want to ask the inventor of Netflix why they had to do this to me!, not really, you’re awesome and I’m the one who needs to get a grip. I abused the gift of Netflix streaming and turned it into a vice (binge watching shows for 5 hours definitely qualifies as a vice).  So, from now on, I am going to STOP my binge watching and focus my energy into something positive, like writing.  No one may read my posts but if one person reads this and makes a positive change in their life, then well that my friends is called AMAZING! Sitting on my sofa was not changing the world, it was not adding anything positive to my life (besides adding to my waistline).

So here’s to making changes big or small, that are positive and life giving.

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February 4

I work in healthcare and this verse really hits home. God wants His people and to be happy and healthy, I firmly believe my purpose here on earth is to help His people.

I must always remember that everyone He puts before me needs to be helped and if I can do so, I will. I can’t help everyone all of the time but it’s my purpose to do what is within my power.

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January 31

This makes my day!

I remember growing up in my church, we had the best pianist/organist! She was absolutely amazing and played like heaven was coming through her fingertips. She always had a flare and could spice up even the most simple of hymns. One of the hymns I’d be singing for days on end was “today is the day” – I would love to record her playing this song and listen to it over and over. It always warms my heart and makes me giddy for the surprises that the Lord has in store for us.

Funny isn’t it? How a song about today being the day and rejoicing, reminds me of the wonderful pianist whose playing was something to rejoice in .

Today is the day, Let us rejoice!

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January 29

The last week of verses have really given me hope and encouragement in a time when I need it most.

These past few months have been wrought with strife and struggle. Not all struggles are bad and can in fact teach us lessons that we need to learn immediately.

The quicker we learn, the faster we come through the hard times.

It is important to remember this when life seems like an uphill battle. It can be smooth like butter and other times feels like moving through molasses.

When we keep in mind that our hearts are to stay focused on God and working towards our purpose we can feel comfortable and safe in Him.

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January 25

I am someone with high anxiety, last night I laid in bed not able to sleep because my thoughts were racing in every direction. Lately, I have had so much on my plate that I really don’t know which direction to go in or when to go. It’s been overwhelming and I am so lost. Sometimes things seem so clear and the path is wide open, other times I feel like I am pushing heavy sludge around and looking through a dense fog never getting anywhere. I know that I need to make changes, one being that I must reduce my stress.

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January 24

Our love for our neighbors is in parallel to the Love we have for ourselves. While I think God intends for us to love our neighbors deeply, He also wants us to love ourselves. We are made in His image and perfect in His eyes. It is often the hardest concept to love thyself, and thus love thy neighbor but so increasingly important to keep in mind with our social media society. We have many people around us who do not truly love themselves and thus cannot truly love their neighbors. Seeking validation from others does not allow us to introspectively choose to accept the parts about ourselves we cannot change and love ourselves fully. In theory, everyone understands that we must show love and compassion for those around us but how often do we show the same to ourselves?

We must therefore, learn to have self acceptance and love before we can extend that kindness outwardly to those around us. Some of the best friends I have understand this concept. They do not speak ill in regards to their shortcomings or produce self deprecating images on a daily basis.

I encourage those who read this text and think “yes, I should love my neighbors more ” to first look inwardly and learn to love themselves.

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Seltzer Water

My obsession with seltzer water began in 2002, nearly 16 years ago.  My aunts drink an obscene amount of the stuff and it was readily available when I was at their homes. They always had seltzer instead of any kind of soda and I was not a soda drinker anyways.  Growing up my mom preferred the fizzy taste of diet pepsi, while I was not allowed to have any kind of soda. When I started to learn about the dangers of substitute sugar, I kindly suggested my mom try seltzer instead. She was reluctant at first, but then developed some rather strange neurologic symptoms. Not entirely sure if it was related to her soda drinking habit, she decided that switching vices might not be a bad idea. Slowly, she made the transition fully and all of her problems abated. Hooked, she began to stock the house full of the stuff. This made it easy for me to become an instant addict as well.

Opening up the fridge and pulling out one of those happy little cans, became a daily ritual and now I can’t imagine not having my preferred water. Now I know that all brands are not made equal. I myself, prefer Waterloo, the taste is unparalleled. Second runner up is Polar, but that is hard to find in Michigan. My most convenient choice is La Croix, while not superb in taste, it is readily available at local grocers. Lastly, I will drink the generic variety, the most favorite of my wallet.

Sitting here tonight, I am truly perplexed at my love for seltzer water. What is it about this fizzing drink that has absolutely bewitched?

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Ketogenic Diet

My ketogenic diet journey began in June 2017 at the advice of my friend and colleague. She knew I had recently been struggling with my weight and had talked about how I used to be in ‘better shape’. She kindly suggested that I try the ketogenic diet, what did I have to lose?

All of my life I had ranged from 125-135lbs, without much effort. I was a swimmer in grade/high school and in college, I kept a rigorous exercise routine. My parents are both marathoners and nutritionally conscious. I grew up on a diet rich with fruits, vegetables, lean meats and few grains. Needless to say, physical fitness/health was ingrained into my psyche. In college, I pursued a degree in kinesiology, believing that true wellness comes from within.

In 2015, I met my ex-fiance and by 2016  we were engaged and living together. We dined on a diet full of carbs, carbs and more carbs. I decided in 2016 to run a marathon, and thus embarked and a tireless journey of self improvement. I had this vision when I started, that by the end, I would lose my swimmer’s physique of broad shoulders and change into this running goddess. WRONG. I binged on carbs, thinking that I would need them to keep up my energy; unfortunately, the slow steady state cardio did not burn off the carbs at the rate I thought. By the time, fall 2016 approached I was up to 155lbs, feeling sluggish, and completely unhappy with the state of my health.

I was working long hours and filling myself up with all of the carbs I could find. This is when my very wise friend kindly suggested I try keto. She talked of this fabulous lifestyle where you can eat cheese, meat, coconut oil, and all of the delicious fats I could find, all I had to do was keep my carbs to a minimum. No problem! In 3 months time, I was back down to 130lbs and a very happy camper. I wish I could sympathize with people on a painful weightloss track, but I simply cannot.

It has been 7 months and I am proud to say that I have kept my carbs to a minimum and am reaping the rewards. Not to mention, the keto diet is endorsed by some big names in holistic health and has peer-reviewed research to back it’s efficacy.

While my story is not wrought with pain and heartache that pulls at the strings of your heart, I hope it inspires you to give keto a try.

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January 23

Today’s bible verse reminds us that God has plans for us that we can’t fathom. We are so focused on what we can physically see, hear, or think of that we don’t realize big things or small are in store for us.

There’s the saying “I don’t know what I don’t know” and this is the perfect summation to this verse. Be open today to what you don’t know and keep vigilant for new opportunities and new paths that God has laid before you.

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What is Gluten?

I get this question a lot, and I mean A LOT. What is gluten? Why is everything labeled gluten free and do I have celiac disease?

Okay, so first off let me start off by saying that gluten is a real thing and we should pay attention.

Second of all, can you benefit from minimizing your gluten intake? Absolutely.

I would direct you Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain. Available on amazon.  This book gives everyone an honest look at gluten, what it is, how it affects our bodies and why we might want to avoid it in our food.

Gluten, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Let me repeat, gluten is not a bad thing. It is a naturally occurring protein, that is formed when wheat and yeast get together.  Unfortunately, gluten is pervasive in our processed food supply (i.e. flavored coffee) and has been unknowingly dumped on our bodies in mass quantities.

So, yes we need to aware of what it is and where it is, but we do not need to fear it, unless of course you have Celiac’s Disease and then you need to run, far far far away from it.

For me, I was consuming gluten on a daily basis, multiple times a day and had no idea! I didn’t realize it was in my favorite flavored hazelnut coffee or my coffee creamer, or my salad dressing (when I was being healthy for lunch, during a crazed graduate school day), or my ice cream (*read tough day at work). After reading Dr. Perlmutter’s book, I realized that gluten had invaded my life and I didn’t even know.

My gut on the other hand was under attack from this constant stream of gluey, sticky, stuff. From what I now know, this glue (gluten means glue, literally), can stick to my gut and cause leaky gut syndrome. Meaning my second brain (gut), doesn’t make all of my brain hormones or regular hormones for that matter.

So what do I do?? I try to eat whole foods, that can’t possibly have gluten, and minimize my intake where possible. That’s not to say I don’t indulge when I want to, because I definitely do. Now I’m just a more cognizant person, about what I put in my body.