New Years resolutions are in full swing and let’s be real, we ALL want to tone up a little. We’ve been moving our beautiful bods and making healthier food choices. This is yet another healthy little addition to your morning routine.
It may look like typical oatmeal but there’s a twist. To start, take a half cup oats, 3/4 cup almond milk, dash of brown sugar, and some fruit. Put it all in a fancy bowl and throw it in the fridge. Let it sit overnight and you’ll have a healthier version of instant oatmeal in the morning. Just one minute in the microwave. Simple! It’s great if you’re busy early in the morning and don’t have time to boil water and wait.
So, I’ve had a pretty difficult month. Nothing life threatening but emotional pain is pain all the same. I mournfully found myself writing a tearful treatise about the loss of love and how, poor victim cupcakes is doomed to a life of unyielding loneliness. After some time passed and I found myself atop a tear soaked pillow; I became utterly exhausted with my champagne problems and took a realistic look at my life. What a novel notion; look at the reality, the facts, instead of focusing on my wild emotions. Reality becomes so easily distorted during moments of extreme emotion that we begin to buy the goods our emotions are selling. Yes, emotions are helpful but we need to understand their purpose. Emotions do three things-thank you Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.:
Provide us information about our environment: Our emotions are little beacons, indicating things happening around us. Anxiety is a good example. When the anxiety response is working properly it is triggered by a threat, say a wild animal, we respond with anxiety, which tells us something isn’t right.
Provide our environment information about us: Emotions also send signals to others. For example if something makes you angry that something…or someone…will know when you raise your voice and start balling up your fists. So that something can take cover or attempt to soothe you.
Motivate us to act: Finally, emotions motivate us to make behavioral changes. Say that animal comes back and you experience anxiety, hopefully that anxiety will motivate you to get out of there.
Aren’t our emotions just wonderful. They offer us so much information but we just manage to misinterpret and over estimate their power. Yes, negative emotions feel bad but when you break it down, look at what your emotions are communicating, everything starts to look a bit different. Sometimes we have to distract ourselves a little before we can take this realistic look inward, but the search is worth it. I tend to distract with crafts or TED talks. Nothing like trying to feel smart to help you forget your problems.
Be strong and inquisitive my readers and friends.
I have been a practicing vegetarian for the past year. Sadly enough it’s just because it makes me skinnier, no major cause or statement over here. So of course I was concerned about replacing my protein a with nuts, beans, and supplements. No matter how much peanut butter I ate I noticed myself becoming more tired and irritable, my skin was very itchy, and my hair was brittle. What was I doing wrong? I was neglecting B complex, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), cyanocobalamin (B12), folic acid and biotin. After starting a B complex supplement I noticed quick improvements in energy, mood and skin. The itchiness was the worst and made it difficult to run. Well, two miles later I’m happy and healthy.
As my lives intersect, the artistic and scientific, I am astounded at how seamlessly they blend. Art and mental health have been inexorably linked sine as long as there’s been art. It appears that the Artistic Personality type leans toward particular disorders with one in particular, Bipolar disorder. The fab Ernest Hemingway was bipolar and incredibly talented. People often maintain a colloquial understanding of Bipolar as featuring mood swings and wild impulsivity. Well that’s a reductionistic view of this complex disorder. I won’t get into each symptom as there are a number of criteria for a diagnosis, but it is not uncommon among creatives.
This is my little tip of the day, accept yourself for who you are, it allows you the space to be truthful and honest thus making true change and betterment possible. Don’t just sit in mental illness, there is somewhere you can go something you can do.
As I hiked through the hills of LA, nature reminded me of the fragility and beauty in life. This little bud represents how beauty emerges from even the most barren circumstances. No matter how desolate your situation seems there is always beauty embedded within.
Today I pay homage to a truly life altering technological advancement, antibiotics. Antibiotics have changed the face of modern medicine and saved millions of lives, world wide, since its discovery by the biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Alexander Fleming in 1928. I’m sure we all either owe our own lives or the lives of someone we care about to these little wonder pills. So, let’s take some time to be grateful for those things around us that, in their absence, would make life impossible.
Here’s another personal obsession, spy candles. They just seem to burn cleaner and smell stronger. This pink Magnolia candle hails from the infinitely useful Target and smells sweet and clean. Embrace your inner calm with some aroma therapy. Great scents for calm are lilac, jasmine, vanilla, and sage. Find your soy joy C&C readers!
Thanx to a truly health conscious friend I have become a total juice fanatic. My favorite blend is carrots, apples, and ginger. The final product is sweet with a kick-thanx ginger. I don’t have a fancy blender I use an attachment on my Magic Bullet, I works just great. Let me know some of your favorite juice combos.
According to a study by Ling Zheng and Kun Haung published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 4 cups of coffee a day may decrease a persons chances of developing diabetes mellitus. This study observed that caffeine derivatives (caffeine, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and dihydrocaffeic acid) actually decreased levels of a protein (human islet amyloid polypeptide) known to cause diabetes. Therefore, your morning trip to Starbucks may be doing more than preparing you for a long day in the rat race it may be keeping you from developing a debilitating metabolic syndrome. For more info here is a link to the study’s abstract. LINK!
So, after my wonderful trip the NY I headed down to Jamaica, a wonderful escape from the wind and rain of New Jersey. Though my trip wasn’t all vacation, there was some business too, I ended up having a wonderful time in the sun with my Mom. I haven’t been able to spend solo time with Mom in awhile so this was way past due. I would love to stay forever but I miss my cell phone, this international phone stuff is ridic…
Expect more pictures, I’m just exhausted!!!!