Health & Fitness: Changing to Healthier Food Choices

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Many times clients will ask me how they can change their habits so they could eat healthier.  I was able to change my eating habits over the years from fast food & sugar to eating mostly whole vegetables and protein during the day. To get to this point it took a lot of research, trial and error, and reading books from those that succeeded before me.

We use habits to avoid timely and stressful decision making as well as to conserve willpower. Habits involve 3 things; a cue, the habit itself and reinforcement. An example of a cue would be when I used to get to the office in the morning I’d go to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee.  I found that milk products can make me tired, coffee adds acid to the stomach which makes me feel hungrier and caffeine can make me anxious so I wanted to change the habit of having caffeinated coffee in the morning.  In order to change a habit, change one part of the cycle of cue, habit and reinforcement. To change all 3 might be too much of a shock to the system and you may resist the change because the mind may perceive it to be too much change at once. In this case, the cue was I got to work and wanted to get my cup of coffee. While I kept the cue and reinforcement, I changed the habit from getting coffee to getting mint tea, which was caffeine free and milk free. The other change to habit I could do is getting decaf with soy milk. Then the reinforcement was the enjoyment of my cup of hot beverage. You can use this strategy to slowly change your unwanted habits to more desired ones. Make sure that what you do exchange your habit to is acceptable to you, such as I like mint tea but not everyone does. Make sure that your reinforcement is still acceptable to you otherwise the change may not last long.
If you want to eat when you get home every night, change one thing about that process, such as peanuts instead of chips. If you eat cookies at midnight, change it to popcorn instead of cookies. Whatever the change is make sure that it is acceptable to you so that the change is not too drastic and try to do them one at a time instead of changing all your unwanted habits at once. Sometimes you may transition from one food to another.  For instance, I wanted to change from having so many burgers and fries to more salad.  To change right to salad with no “bridge” from burgers would be difficult, so what I did was I would put everything but the bun on salad, preferably spinach as spinach is a diuretic (lose water weight) and an appetite suppressant.  Then over time you will get used to the idea that burger salads, cheesesteak salad or even pizza salads (remove the topping and put on spinach) can be as satisfying for lunch or dinner.  Then you can transition from there to salads with less cheese or more healthy protein (chicken, fish, vegan alternatives) once you are comfortable with the new routine.
It may take some time to change every habit you want to change but it is possible.  The key is to be kind to yourself, understand the psychology such as change one thing at a time to avoid resistance, know what is an acceptable alternative for you and give it the time you need. You may have been reinforcing some of these habits for decades, like eating once you came home from school turned into eating when you came home from work.  You may need more than a day or two to change a habit that has been reinforced over the years.

Some fast notes:

  • Eat spinach, apples or applesauce with no added sugar, pineapple and green beans as they are diuretics (lose water weight) and are appetite suppressants. They have more fiber to slow the digestive process.  They make you feel more full.
  • Increasing hot water or tea intake during the day will help you to feel satiated and get more water in your body.
  • If you just downed a whole bag of chips and want more, really what you are is thirsty.  Take two pints of water “like a pill”, in other words drink them quickly rather than sip.  This will help you to feel full and restore your “sanity”.  Same thing after alcohol.
  • Salt, fat and sugar can create a reaction where your brain and stomach stop telling you that you are full (where did that bag of chips go?).  If you ever detox fully from these items you will know what I mean, your satiety can be restored and you feel full eating less whole food.  Over time try to reduce these and be aware that chips and sweets have an affect on your brain that cause you to crave them more and remove your satiety.  Same goes for artificial sugars.  It helps to be aware so you can make better choices in the future.

Best of luck!

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Good reads: “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg, “Willpower” by Roy Baumeister, John Tierney, “The end of overeating. Taking control of the insatiable american appetite.” by Kessler, M.D. David

Health & Fitness: Running

When I first started running back in 1995 I didn’t really know that there were a few things to watch out for so you didn’t hurt yourself. I hurt my knee when I was 16 and never really knew why until I picked it up again in recent years. For those trying to lose weight or become more fit, here are the few things I’ve learned over the years:

  • Stretch: Stretch before and after you run. Sit on the ground, tuck one leg under so your foot touches your other thigh and touch your toes on the leg that is outstretched (or try your best). Do this for the other side. Second, make a butterfly shape with your legs by touching your feet together and stretch your hands past your feet. Third, lift your leg behind you holding on to your ankle. Forth, stretch both legs out and touch your ankles or feet. Do each of these for at least 15 seconds.
  • Find the right shoe for you. Look at the bottom of your current shoes. Where is the wear, on the inside or outside of the shoe? I found out I was supinated, which is when you wear out the outside of your tennis shoes and I ended up having pain on the outside of my legs around the ankles and shins after I exercised. Once you figure out if you are pronated, neutral or supinated, get the right shoe for you so you’ll have less pain. This has helped me significantly whether I’m walking, using the elliptical or running.
  • Posture: Swing your arms front and back, not cross them in front of you. Keep your arms bent at a comfortable, loose L shape. Also, have loose shoulders so you don’t have shoulder pain. Keep your head up and level, not strained, looking out to the horizon so your don’t have neck pain. Great free video to illustrate this whole process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRkeBVMQSgg
  • Balance your weight: This might be difficult for those of you that dominate on one side of the body. I found my right side would hurt after running (hips, knee, shoulder and back). My right side would do much of the pulling and get most of the impact and this was happening automatically. My left side would feel perfectly fine and light as a cloud. Actively think about balancing the two sides, emphasizing the non-dominant side. Actively think that your non-dominant side has to pull its own weight.

Practice makes perfect, you might have to pay attention to your posture and balancing for a while before it becomes automatic. When you stretch and balance everything out you’ll experience less pain and actually have more endurance because your dominant side isn’t doing all the work anymore. My knee, back, shoulders, neck and hips don’t hurt anymore after running, so it is possible to correct for these common issues. Happy running!

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Wanderlust, not feeling satisfied after just going out

When I go out on some days I’ll come back home sometimes and feel like I need to go out again and have more experiences, what I have been told during readings is “wanderlust”. This constant feeling, wanting, yearning to either go back to where I just came from or to do something adventurous again that day or soon is sometimes not feasible, financially responsible, and can be exhausting. I don’t always like this feeling of wanting all the time. What usually helps me in those times is first imagining God as a big hand scooping up all the energy and entities absorbed or picked up from the area’s I had just been that are around me and sprinkling it back where they came from. I see that hand sprinkling the energy and entities along the route I had just gone through, this returns the energy back to where it came from. Second I use affirmations and I’ll say three times out loud the following: “I am satisfied with the food I’ve had today”, “I am satisfied with the entertainment I’ve had today”, “I feel satisfied and content now”, “I feel satisfied with the drink I have had today”. You can also include other affirmations such as “I am at peace”, “my body is safe”, “my soul is safe”, and “my mind is safe” to regain some peace back into your life. I have a Blog that you can search for using the magnifying glass on the top toolbar called “Finding Peace“, go through that blog to help restore some of the peace in your life as well. A lot of it is you just absorb a bunch of energy that either wants to go back to where it came from or links you to certain areas that cause you to long to go back. Also you get a rush mentally from all the excitement you’ve just been through, so there is a psychological component as well. I find returning the energy to where it came from and saying “I am satisfied…” helps with the wanting feeling or dissatisfaction with what I’ve already received. I even do this when going out to the grocery store or other every day places, it helps me to feel better and more grounded.

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What if the One you thought would work out, didn’t?

I receive many calls from those who received signs that their romantic interest or boyfriend is someone special (222, soul mates, twin flames) often times having deep feelings for them, premonitions and other signs that they are spiritually connected or “meant to be”. In many of these readings their feelings that this is a special connection is true.

The hard message to deliver to clients is that many times one or both of them are not ready for the relationship or do not have the social skills to deal with the relationship (dealing with conflict, intensity of feelings). In a recent reading I relayed to my client from those crossed over that relationships are not just about soul connections, you have to make the relationship work in this life and often times that is psychology, empathy or behavior. We can have past lives with them that didn’t work as well, to have a soul mate connection does not guarantee success in any life. Sometimes that is not your fault but the other party’s. You were receiving signs that this person is special and to proceed but do be aware that that can lead to a spiritual awakening for one or both of you, a learning experience or a calling to heal, rather than a successful long lasting relationship. If it does end or if you are going through problems I recommend healing what you can in yourself and giving your worries to the divine. I do provide healing under the energy healing section. That can improve the relationship or help you move on to someone better depending on the situation. Many of these soul mate connections failed in their past lives, know that it can also crumble in this life. The BEST you can do is improve upon yourself in areas you want to improve, be honest with yourself and try to see from other peoples’ perspective here. Then give the relationship to the divine as they have the wisdom to take you or the relationship to a better place.

From the perspective of someone that has met with multiple soul mates in this lifetime including a twin flame, I can tell you you have more than one soul mate, so release the worry and fear of scarcity, move forward with the positive belief that another will find you.

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Working with Archangels versus Wicca

When I formally trained to do readings for others I worked mostly with archangels and ascended masters like Jesus because that’s how I was taught. Different beings on the second or first planes (fairies, gnomes, elves, elementals and nature spirits) have popped in and out of my life on occasion for different reasons, either I would be studying or researching different beings and I’d see them clairvoyantly or through my own meditations. Since I majored in zoology in college and being interested in nature, I have a strong connection with animals or nature in general. The second and first planes of existance, as they call it in Theta healing, pops up strongly for me from time to time, and many times it is a positive experience. The vibration and feelings associated with being on a more grounded level and seeing on that level versus going to a higher vibrational level to doing mediumship reading can feel and clairvoyantly look different.

Ultimately, I wanted to pass along some information I obtained during a reading I had with a client recently. Essentially the client was asking if she should look into Wiccan spells for protection after she’s been using Angels, Archangels and Saints previously. What I saw as advice in this reading was when you go to the second plane to ask for something (protection or love, etc) the reason why it doesn’t always work well or something negative may happen is the second plane can reflect to us (mirror) the things we need to work on, in other words our belief systems and fears. They showed this to me by having a small being representing a nature spirit or elemental presumably holding a mirror up. I received the concept of if you’re not ready and you haven’t worked on your belief systems they may reflect something back to you that you don’t want. It has been explained to me in the past that elementals and nature spirits help us manifest some of the things we want and can react automatically to our energies, although I have seen that in some cases they can control what happens. The next concept I received was when you work with the Angelic plane or higher they can adjust for your belief systems (I see an angel sidestepping obstacles) and they can bypass them so that you get more of what you really are looking for not necessarily what you may be asking for (if its not quite what is right for you) or even what you fear. I thought that was very interesting and worthy to pass along for those of you looking into the different areas of metaphysics, energy and magic. The general message was that it’s not necessarily “wrong” or “evil” to ask for help on the second plane but to be careful and to try not to do it when you don’t feel prepared with your belief systems and haven’t worked on some of your fears. Go in with the right intentions, with peaceful or kind intentions and then that may be a safer manifesting route for you. If you are looking for a quick way to heal your beliefs and fears blocking or affecting your abilities, I recommend theta which I provide over the phone and skype here.

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Addictions, some Metaphysical Explanations

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I’ve done some research over the years on addictions, in my case food, and in my family’s case alcohol.  Much of what I have read is science and psychology based, which has value by itself.  While the biological process certainly does play a role in how we feel and what we do, as does the mind, I wanted to know the spiritual side because I do know that is a piece of the puzzle as well.

During a reading I received that addictions and cravings for what you are addicted to sometimes arise when you are trying to shut something or someone up, like a feeling or a voice.  What you are trying to shut up may be anxiety, voices in your mind you don’t want to hear such as your ego or someone else’s, mixed in with your angels, guides or God.  You may be trying to numb a feeling such as grief or a heart break you haven’t quite healed from yet. Go here on my blog on how to heal grief.  If the divine is trying to warn you of something, this may cause some anxiety, from the higher vibration as well as other factors, and that is usually an indication to stop what you are doing and do a self check.  It was explained to me the higher the vibration, the more anxiety you may feel, particularly if you are not in the light.  More to come of this in my book to be published hopefully in 2019.

The recommendation is to stop. Stop. Do nothing. Let the anxiety ground.  Then just chill. Do Nothing for a while. 5-15 minutes of do nothing time. Don’t look at your phone, sit or lay down and do nothing.  If you are sensitive enough you will feel the energy go down from your head all the way down to you feet.  After the 15 minutes, thank your angels, guides and God for being there to bring them forth, imagine a while light around you and ask for guidance or whatever the problem seems to be. The problem may be you’re working too hard or doing too much. You may be using the addiction to get away from worries or work.  Its time to do nothing and receive guidance.

The other metaphysical reason for an addiction seems to be a combo of other people asking for more money and abundance as well as your actions in the past.  As others ask for more money, you may “answer the call” as I put it to buy what they are selling.  What you’ve enjoyed buying in the past is typically what you get pulled in buying again, essentially your actions and law of attraction.  So if you’ve felt happy buying chocolate cake, tortilla chips, going out to eat, alcohol etc. that may be what you are pulled into buying again.  This is with the combination with the physical and mental highs you receive from these actions.

Other non-metaphysical reasons for addictions usually involve serotonin, opioids and dopamine’s affect on your brain.  An excellent book that describes this is “The End of Overeating…” by David Kessler, MD.  Intellectually understanding why you feel a certain way can help you to stop yourself in your tracks, rise above the problem and find another solution.

Addiction provides an escape.  An escape from work, worries, distraction of the mind, what we don’t want to look at, as well as a mental high.  You are ignoring something, many times something deep inside.  My recommendation is to stop and do nothing, grief healing, or look into changing habits (actions).

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Soul Mates and the Stages of Grief

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Sometimes all you have to do is go through a rejection by someone in order to enter into a grieving period. Many of my clients have been rejected by those they feel are either their soulmates or twin flames. I’ve noticed that many people go through the stages of grief when they are rejected by someone they are attracted to, interested in or in love with. The problem is I don’t think they recognize that are going through the stages, instead they’re just feeling they’re emotions and reacting.

The denial stage is obvious. It’s essentially when you’re in denial and you can’t believe what just happened to you. Sometimes there’s a shock stage before denial but the denial stage is very real. It prevents you from seeing what is really happening, often times our ego wall might come up and we won’t see from the other person’s perspective. Next comes anger which is usually from being in a place of the ego reacting to getting rejected and trying to make up another story (they have issues, it is their fault, something is wrong with them) as well as lashing out at whoever rejected you. This can be in varying degrees, some people may not get that angry and instead get sad (low self esteem) and some people might start thinking about revenge. Bargaining comes around when someone often thinks that this is the only one they have a chance to be with or they’re not going to find someone else that they have a strong feelings for, which is not true, we have multiple soul mates. This can be a very embarrassing, uncomfortable stage that I don’t wish on anyone. They may turn to God or psychics for extreme solutions that they may feel embarrassed about later or when they realize what they asked for or tried to do. During this stage I will often put them in their love-interest shoes. I ask them how would you like it if somebody tried to force you to love them using God or spirits if you were not initially interested? They all calm down at that point and answer that they wouldn’t like it very much. It is an eye opener.

Then I usually share with them a more realistic solution. There’s some excellent books out there such as “The Like Button” that tells you how to gradually get somebody to be more comfortable in your presence or be curious about you. A lot of times this is just being around them, being in the same room, not necessarily always talking to them. A great way to explain this is to use the example of a deer and a bunny in a prairie. When the bunny first enters the prairie the deer might get spooked and run off. Overtime the bunny continues to enter the prairie but stays at a distance, not threatening the deer. This lets the deer know that the bunny is not dangerous because over time the bunny is not actually doing anything harmful. Slowly, the bunny can get closer without spooking the deer. I highly recommend “The Like Button” as well as Dale Carnegie’s “How to Make Friends and Influence People”. Some people may get spooked when you first show that you’re interested in them but it is possible to come back in a less scary manner and over time they can become curious about you, and more comfortable around you. You may become friends or you may become something more, this may just depend on a number of variables on both sides.

If you feel like you’re going through any of these stages of grief I highly recommend that you go through a healing process where you can get to the acceptance stage. I usually call an ascended Master such as Jesus, Mary, or Buddha as well as Archangel Artiya’il while laying down on my bed and ask them to help me get to the acceptance stage with whatever I’m struggling with at that time. Wait and feel much of the healing at the bottom of your lungs to clear before returning to your day.  When the soreness or feeling in your lungs dissipate the healing is done.  This can help push you past the stages of bargaining, anger and depression and into a more peaceful place. When you get to this peaceful place you no longer feel this urge or anguish over wanting to change the situation at any means possible. The sadness and depression go away. Then you’re more open to other options and no longer have that heart block that prevents you from seeing them or considering them.

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Prophets and Psychic Mediums, is there a difference?

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I had a client last night asking me if it was sinful as a Christian to believe in and talk to psychics. I reminded her that many people in the Bible, including many of the saints in Catholicism, were prophets, which is an old time-y way to say psychic. Noah knew there would be a flood before anyone else, Jesus knew that Judas would betray him beforehand, and Jesus even knew he would be crucified and asked God to remove this from him under an olive tree. Don’t forget about the miracle of Fatima in 1917, which had thousands of witnesses, and Catholics established a special festival and day around.

Psychics have been around for millennia, predicting everything from the weather, deaths, wars and births. In fact many of the saints and ascended masters are psychic! They were predicting things all the time and receiving messages from the other side in the form of booming voices and visions of angels. The vatican keeps The Prophecy of the Popes in their archives among many other references to prophecies. Think of how many times an angel or other being appeared to those in the bible; Archangel Gabriel to Mary (kinda a big announcement), the burning bush to Moses, a voice to Saul who later turned into Pope Paul and started the church.

Kind of ridiculous if you really think about it for people to think that psychics are evil or wrong.

I think what happened is we revere or put the word “prophet” on a pedestal. Then down the line we created a new word, “psychic”, which conjures images of homeless rogues in red carriages and hoop earrings. The image is slightly ridiculous. Also don’t forget Saul who was a bit on the naughty side turned into Paul after hearing God. He turned his life around. You don’t have to be a saint from birth to hear God or your angels.

So next time you feel a bit bad about going to a psychic, remind yourself of all the visions and booming voices in the bible. The caution is just society or the culture you were raised in, not because you shouldn’t listen to what your angels and guides are telling you.

I’ve had dreams that came true within 24 hours of having them. Two of the most notable is having a dream of being in a plane crash 24 hours before a plane disappeared in the news over the mediterranean sea and having a dream of my mother dying 24 hours before her first heart attack. During a reading my maternal grandmother came to me clearly, telling me to teach my mother about energy healing 24 hours before she fell and broke numerous bones on a cruise. I have closeted friends who also hear God or have visions, afraid to come out of their shell because of a cultural taboo around psychics. I think there are many closeted metaphysical people because of the fear to be labeled “crazy”. I hope with the popularity of Long Island Medium and others that the judgement against speaking with those crossed over will be rectified.

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