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Grocery List That Helped me Melt the Fat

Published June 30, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

I was asked the other day to jot down my grocery list for a friend who is looking to eat a little healthier.  So I thought I may as well post it in a blog that way if anyone who is just starting out wants an easy to follow list to take to the grocery store.

I essentially learned how to eat from reading the 17 day diet book, however I do not follow the cycles.  I just cook and eat healthy ninety percent of the time and it has served me well.  I don’t weigh myself, I don’t count calories, and I don’t pound the workouts.

I simply buy the foods listed below and get creative with my cooking.  I dance on a daily basis to keep myself uplifted and happy, and I feed myself full of positive uplifting thoughts.  I must be doing something right. 🙂  I have dropped nearly four sizes in six months.

If I can help even one person I am then accomplished.

Banana’s

2 Apples

Strawberries

Blueberries

Mushrooms

Cauliflower

Brocoli

Onion

Celery

Lg Pack whole boneless skinless chicken breast

Lg Pack 93% lean ground Turkey

Tea Green, Black, and flavored it’s all good

Can Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce

Can Diced Tomato no salt added

Reduced-Fat Parmesan (store brand)

Can french Style string beans no salt added

Sugar Free pudding (moderately usually only on the weekends)

Sugar Free Jello (moderately usually only on the weekends)

Ken’s Hot Wing Sauce

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Tuna

Fat Free Mozzarella

Eggs

fat free milk or Almond milk whatever you prefer

Chobani Plain 0% in the large container

Frozen Stir Fry Veggies (Fresh in produce it better)

Truvia Packets

Gallon Zip Lock Freezer bags

Meditation Posture

Published June 29, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

meditationDid you know that posture is important when meditating?  I have suggested meditation to family members only to hear that they are unable to stay awake during their session.  I guess I should have mentioned the fact that proper posture makes all the difference.  It is hard to fall asleep while sitting up straight while holding your head high.  So next time you meditate take notice of your posture, and the difference it makes in you meditation session.

Namaste

Missing my little darling

Published June 28, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

DSCN0679It has been two full days since we have seen our smokey cat.  The other morning I set out to walk to work.  I made it just a past the corner when I looked back and saw my little kitty running at me at full speed with something in his mouth.  I stopped and waited for him.  As he got closer I noticed he had a big feather cross ways in his mouth.  He ran up to me dropped it at my feet.  I loved him up for a minute to thank him for the gift and he headed back to the neighborhood.  That is the last time we saw him.  It’s been a sad couple of days, but I think I know he is probably not coming back.  We have scoured the streets, he is nowhere to be found.  Yesterday I emailed a picture of him to the humane society in hopes that someone took him there.  However, something tells me someone picked him up and took him home.  I am ok with that.  I just hope they love him like we did.  I know that everything happens for a reason, and it is not for me to know why.  The whole premise of my life now is to trust in God.  Therefore that is what I am going to do.  Everything will be alright.

Have a “Heart” Chakra

Published June 27, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

heart_chakraThe heart chakra is, so far, my favorite of all the chakras.  It is the connection between the mind and body.  It’s really cool because I actually have a meditation exercise that I do that brings together mind, body and spirit.  It is very simple, when meditating visualize a diamond light in the center of your head, one where your heart chakra is and one where your root chakra is seeing the diamond light in all three energy centers at once.  Then imagine a  beam of light that goes from your root chakra through the floor and into the ground.  This will keep you grounded while the other two small twinkles of light begin to grow until the light has spread throughout your entire body and is shooting out of your fingers and toes.  I normally do this exercise at the beginning of my meditation session.  It will help to energize and ground you for the day.  I can’t tell you the countless times in my past that I used food to ground me.  Now, a simple thirty minute meditation session is all that is needed.

Anyway, the heart chakra when in balance opens a person’s heart and allows them to find peace within themselves.  When this chakra is in balance you will have a kind and compassionate heart.  Some like to call this having a God’s eye view of the world and the people in it.  You will understand the natural order of things and take life’s little set backs as a set up for something better.  You will also find a deep sense of peace when you are outside in nature.

The heart chakra is associated with the color green and rightly so.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been on my walks and noticed the never-ending shades of green.  Spirituality is deeply connected to this energy center, because it is all about loving life and being grateful.  It is hard to get sour on life if you look for reasons to be grateful.

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Some of the symptoms of an under active heart chakra is having a poor immune system and chronic allergies.  As well as having asthma and low blood pressure. You may also feel isolated and critical of others.  On the flip side an over active heart chakra may attribute to co-dependent relationships, jealousy, and a people pleasing personality.

Simply breathing can help to realign this chakra.  It Also helps to spend time outside in nature.  And, As always, meditate.  This is, of course, the best way to get in touch with the spirituality of the heart chakra.  Take the time to sit in stillness every day breathing deeply all the while being grateful for each and every breath you take in and release.  Find a connection between love and your breathing is a wonderful way to get in touch with the energy of your heart chakra.

Solar Plexus “The Power House” of Chakras

Published June 26, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks
Solar Plexus

Solar Plexus

The solar plexus is associated with the color yellow and is the power house of the energy centers.  While our sacral chakra is where our emotions reside it is in the solar plexus that we feel those emotions.  If we are not careful, harmful emotions such as guilt, fear and shame will hover over this area. These emotions will do nothing more than hold us back and keep us down.  An unbalanced solar plexus will also leave us feeling drained most of the time.

Someone suffering with an under active solar plexus may have low self-esteem, little to no self-confidence, and may even play the victim blaming everyone and everything for how their life turned out.  While on the flip side, an overactive solar plexus will perpetuate a controlling attitude.  This person will probably be super ambitious starting many projects while rarely finishing any.  Ideally we all would prefer to have a solar plexus that is nicely balanced, in which you will have and healthy balance between all things in life.  You will have a good self-image and your self-confidence will be high.  You’ll also have a good sense of humor and be able to look at life that way.  You will also be able to trust your intuition, something I have been living closely by for a while now and it has improved my life greatly.  I remember back in the day when I longed for balance in my life.  Now that I have achieved it I am compelled to learn how to sustain it.  I have come to realize that it is true “happiness comes from the inside” while external happiness will only fade.  This is why it is important to take the journey and find out who we are and what pleases us.

If you find that your solar plexus is out of balance there are several things you can do that will help.  First it is important to know who you are.  If you are confident in who you are you wont take things so personally.  Allowing others actions and opinions shape us will only cause ill feeling towards ourselves.  The only opinion that matters is that of your own. We should be filling ourselves with thoughts of love, acceptance, and encouragement.  We should, at the very least, treat ourselves in the same way we would treat anyone we love.

Last but not least, mediation is the number one way to align all of our chakras.  Take the time to sit in stillness every day.  This exercise, in my opinion, is as important as getting physical exercise.  We know how important it is to get in a certain amount of physical activity each day to keep our bodies healthy and strong.  Why would it not be important to exercise the mind so that, as well, will be healthy and strong?

Is Your “Diet” to Rigid?

Published June 26, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Stuff My Brain ThinksIt has become apparent to me recently that over the years I hindered my weight loss efforts by being to rigid.  I remember trying literally ever fad diet on the market.  I would follow them to the letter which became increasingly more difficult which would ultimately bring about failure.  I would make a small mistake and that would send me off into a full-blown binge that would last for days and sometimes even weeks.  Over the past six months or so I have learned that flexibility is the way to find success here.  We are not meant to follow a rigid program.  We can try but we will fail.  I have learned from Eckhart Tolle that whatever we resist, persist.  Therefore, I resist nothing.  I know what is healthy for my body and mind and for the most part that is what I eat, however I am human.  When I go to a cook out or a celebration I enjoy the same foods as everyone else, and I do this without the guilt and shame that used to be associated with what I ate.  I have come to realize that this is normal.  What isn’t normal is eating the same thing day in, day out or having a list of foods that are forbidden.  I mean come on people, we all know what happens when something or someone is forbidden, we want it even more.balanced-diet

Over the past several months there have been probably a handful of times that I ate foods that were not exactly in the healthy category.  Thankfully I have removed measuring my success by the scale.  I am certain that had I got up the next morning after having that piece of cake or that hot dog at graduation and weighed myself I would have become instantly discouraged.  Our weight fluctuates every day.  I can remember deciding what I should weigh before even getting on the scale.  A number that, for the most part, never corresponded with what I actually weighed.  Consequently, that number would steal my joy.  Which would in turn drive me to my comfort foods and cause an even greater weight gain.  A vicious cycle.

How much we weigh and how much we lose in a given week should not be the focus.  The focus should be how good do we feel?  How much energy do we have?  Do we feel light and breezy compared to the old sluggish, depressed person we once were?  There are so many less discouraging ways to measure success.  I personally measure my success by the way my clothes feel, the obvious increase in my energy, and my over all happiness.  I went from laying on the couch wishing I was able to get out and do the things other people did to being that person, doing those things.  I walk, I dance, I laugh, I smile, I enjoy life.

calories in a nutshell;

Published June 25, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks

Live Dream Nutrition.

calories in a nutshell;

The bottom line of healthy eating is to eat high nutrient and low density foods that fill you up with goodness – not fill you out. Try to eat most of your snacks in between meals as unprocessed and fresh fruits and especially vegetables. Remember, colour is key, and an extra way to brighten up this cold winter 🙂

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De-Licious Turkey Chili

Published June 25, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks
Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

½ Pound 93% lean ground turkey

1 Cup Spaghetti Sauce

Mushrooms

Onion-chopped

Celery-chopped

Green Bell Pepper-chopped

½ Fresh tomato (canned is OK to.  Be sure to buy “no salt added”)

Sauté ground turkey until done then add onion, celery, green pepper and tomato.  Sauté another ten minutes then add sauce.  Simmer as long as you like.  I like my chili to simmer a while.  I find it’s even better the next day.

Makes 2 Servings.  One for the freezer and one for the fridge. J

Take care and have a blessed day.

The Flow of the Sacral Chakra

Published June 25, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks
Sacral Chakra

Sacral Chakra

The sacral chakra is where our emotions are stored.  It is where we take in the things we like and push away the things we don’t.  It became immediately apparent to me that for most of my life I was functioning with an overactive sacral chakra.  When this chakra is out of balance it can be the cause of many illnesses mine being obesity.  Being that my sacral chakra was overactive for most of my life I would tend to over indulge in the things that I liked.  Chances are, if I tried something and liked it, I would become obsessed with it.  I suffered with so many addictions.  If it wasn’t food, it was cigarettes and if wasn’t cigarettes it was alcohol.  Not one at a time,  mind you, I normally did do all of these things simultaneously.

Looking back I can see that there were also times when my sacral chakra was under active.  During these times I would withdraw to the point of being considered a recluse.  I  felt completely dissatisfied with life, living day-to-day without passion.  It wasn’t a pleasant way to live.  I believe Oprah refers to people without passion as “the walking dead”, and I can relate.  Thankfully my sacral chakra is in a state of harmony at this time.  I am able to go with the flow and accept change as part of life.  I know that even in a bad situation, something good is around the corner.  I take the time to do the things that I love such as writing, reading, dancing, cooking, meditating, walking, working and spending time with my family.  I am truly loving life.

If you find your sacral chakra is out of balance there are several things you can do.  First and foremost stay hydrated.  Water is much life our emotions must be able to flow.  Then there’s meditation.  Meditating daily is the easiest way to balance all of the chakras at once.  However, if you are opposed to meditation there are other things you can do.  Dancing is a great way to align my this chakra.  Since this chakra is connected to our sensuality dancing is a great way to open that up.  I dance every day.  Usually as soon as I get up.  It makes me feel good and yes, I even feel sexy.  It is also important to nourish our body and our mind with only the most quality foods and thoughts.  After all if you think that your amazing so will everyone else.  Being sexually confident will create a charisma people will be drawn to.

Citrine

Citrine

The sacral Chakra is associated with the color orange.  This color can be used during meditation to heal this chakra and bring it back into alignment.  I also found it interesting that there is a crystal that can help to keep this chakra in balance as well called citrine.  It’s very pretty.  It shares the same color as the sacral chakra and supports the natural flow of emotional energy.  With that being said this chakra requires a lot of reality checks.  It is important to do the things you love to do on a daily basis, therefore it is important to ask ourselves if what we are doing is still bringing us pleasure.  Keep in mind, though, as we are taking the time to please ourselves that we are not being selfish or finding our happiness while hurting another.  Happiness is not true happiness if it is gained at the expense of another.

Chakra Balancing – A Practical Guide to Balance the Chakras & Start Chakra Healing Today (Energetically Speaking)

Turkey Meatballs & Mushrooms in Marinara

Published June 24, 2013 by Stuff My Brain Thinks
Turkey Meatballs Mushrooms & Marinara

Turkey Meatballs Mushrooms & Marinara

1/2 pound 93% lean ground Turkey

1 Celery Stalk

1/2 Small Onion

Garlic

Mushrooms

1/4 Green Bell Pepper (chopped)

Mix together and roll into balls.  Cook on top of stove on medium-high heat.  When done add Mushrooms, Green pepper and 1 Cup marinara sauce (check sodium levels buy the one with the lowest).  Simmer 15 minutes.  Makes two servings.  I like to freeze one serving for later date.

Enjoy and Have a blessed day.

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