Salmon Cakes Recipe, Grandma’s Recipe Reconstructed

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Delicious and really easy to make, this is a quick spin on my Grandma’s recipe, salmon loaf. Takes about 15 minutes to assemble and sautee without optional sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 can salmon or tuna 12 oz or 2 5oz
  • 1 tsp grey poupon or whole ground mustard
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp panko crumbs (can be removed to make it gluten free or use almond flour)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Dash of salt and pepper to taste

Optional sauce (Grandma Ladwig’s recipe)

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsps flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 paprika
  • 1 egg

Combine all ingredients and form into patties. Heat a sautee pan with olive oil until the oil pops in the pan, about medium heat (2 to low on gas stoves power burner). Fry in sautee pan on both sides until browned. Should not take long, maybe a minute or two on both sides. Top with lemon butter, or the sauce below, and have paired with a light salad.

Optional sauce instructions

Melt butter in a saucepan at medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons flour and stir constantly to mix well for 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add 1 cup of milk and stir constantly to make smooth and thick. Turn heat to low. Add mustard, ketchup, salt and paprika. Stir until blended and smooth. At last minute, turn off heat and add one egg. Stir and blend thoroughly. Do not reheat. Serve over salmon cakes or on the side.

Making Changes for the Better in Policies and Business

By Andrea Knight
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So many people trying to change the world for the better. How many are successful? How much effort is put into parades, poster boards and blogs with varying progress?

I’ve had success in my life, and I’ll tell you how to do it effectively. I’m not going to talk about metaphysical visualizing or asking for divine help this time, its more grounded than that, but still effective.

Background Story

I used to work for a global fortune 500 company that made billions of dollars per year. Their products created a lot of trash around the world. The company wanted to change, but knowing they were a for-profit company, they needed to make money as well.

Ultimately, what was most effective was understanding their perspective and working with them to reach a set of goals. By set of goals I mean we wanted to create less waste to reduce landfill pollution but they didn’t want to increase expenses.

Since I had a background in both science and a Masters in business I understood that the accounting department in a company is often looking to reduce costs, as sales departments are looking to increase income. They respond greatly to data and anything measurable that can be plotted visually, often times on a graph.

The issue to resolve at this company was to reduce waste that would reach a landfill.  We first measured how much waste was generated by the company. We reported these results in a format the company was comfortable with, namely a Powerpoint presentation with data tables, charts and bullet points. Then we mutually implemented a plan with the right individuals in the company who had the position in the hierarchy to speak to management. Management would listen to the results and then know who could publicize the results to internal company news sources.

We created a rewards program to positively reinforce behavior that aligned with the new initiative. Quite frankly we made it simple, individuals who followed the plan voluntarily received stickers on a chart posted to their desk to both inspire pride in themselves (moral intrinsic motivator, “make them feel good”) and to show those around them which created a competitive atmosphere of achievement. Essentially everyone wanted their charts filled up with stickers first. Cheap but effective.

We collected for management data and metrics on the falling waste levels and employee engagement. Every manager likes data put in graphic form such as charts and tables. The bonus to the program was reduced expenses for management, not increased cost, as less was being used by the company therefore less materials were bought in the long run. A win win for both sides, with less waste to the landfills and less cost to the company. In addition, the company received media attention and a globally recognized environmental reward for their efforts. Positive PR is a great motivator for any company.

Suggestions

The point I want to get across is to work with those you want to see change from, rather than against. Much of the conflict today is a matter of perspective. Understanding their point of view is so important here. Most people, political candidates, or organizations are not evil.  Many people have simplified it that way in their minds to see in black and white, but many situations are more complex, grey areas.

Many of my clients are empaths or clairsentient. Use it to your advantage here by empathizing but also use logic by doing some research as those at the top are educated and more likely to be won over by an intellectual solution.

Conservation

Zoos, aquariums and Sea World educate others through their parks and media about preservation and conservation. Most of the workers care about the environment and the animal life. They are bound by rules through regulatory organizations such as AZA. I suggest that if you want to see change here, to work with these organizations rather than against. Protests such as throwing razors in the animals’ tanks will not incite change, but rather anger. To convince educated scientists and corporations that can make the changes you want to see use research, data and an intellectual solution.  Using extreme theatrical methods may put you at odds with those you wish to listen to your cause and being more direct with those in a position to make change is more effective. 

Whether you are talking about parks which employ a lot of scientists or corporate companies, the people at the top that can create the change you seek are often highly educated. Instead of creating a lot of noise and upsetting people, cross the line to their side. Why are they doing it that way and what regulatory bodies do they actually listen to today? I’ll tell you when I worked at an aquarium many years ago, and they scrambled to meet the requirements set by AZA when they did their inspection.

You want to see change in how animals are treated? Go through the regulatory bodies that they listen to. Speak to those with high positions in an educated, data oriented, collaborative tone. Seek to listen first before responding to build a bridge of trust.  Show that you listened by repeating some of what they have said back to them. Understand their process and motivations to see how you can accomplish a goal both of you will approve.  You’ll find your road to change to be a smoother one with less frustration.

The people in political office, environmental parks and corporations that can make the changes you seek are often not bad but there are complications here such as costs and other factors that motivate their processes. There are solutions, though we can get caught up with how it was done before and don’t always look for innovations. Innovations are there, but I propose that instead of releasing a lot of anger at those you wish to change, to take the time you’d put into a poster board & markers and do some research on their process, what motivates them, and how to mutually reach goals.

Martyrs

There is more than one reason why we instantly want to attack who we don’t agree with and want to change. One of the reasons that has come to mind is the martyrs before us who inspired change with their often violent death such as Jesus, Saint Paul, and many other apostles and saints. Many think to make a lasting impression of change it needs to be violent, public and news worthy because that is what we hear about.  However, there are those of us who did take part in real positive change today without death or negative publicity.

My intention is not to insult those that inspired change before us through less fortunate means but to let others know today that it doesn’t have to be that extreme. You can change the world for the better in ways that doesn’t always receive a lot of negative attention or publicity. You don’t have to hate or attack those you wish to change. The solution is to step back, think from their perspective clearly and act from the high road (or an intellectual one). Often times after doing research and coming in with a calmer perspective on what currently exists we can get through to those that can help change what we seek. Then you can proceed to make the changes in more efficient manner without as many obstacles in your path. change the world, change the world, change the world
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Attracting the Wrong Men? Bad Patterns in Your Life? Law of Attraction Healing, Jacob’s Method

Image source: Psychic Medium Andrea Knight @mediumandreaknight

A new healing technique was revealed to me through meditation a week ago that has profoundly affected how I feel and think so I wanted to pass this along.law of attraction not working,law of attraction not working,law of attraction not working
In my readings Law of Attraction has popped up as one reason why some of my clients are having similar patterns in their weight, love life and other undesirable “one step forward, two steps back” patterns.  The other being beliefs and fears, which actually is intertwined with this idea because beliefs may affect how you react, see or “feel” about the situation.

Law of Attraction and Karma Concepts 

When I talk about Law of Attraction what I mean is when we put thought, feeling, action and words towards an idea. The feelings, thoughts and words can the attached to something we do want in our life but also something that may be unfavorable.

Recently when watching a Hindu guru talk about Karma he said that culture has twisted the term a bit into meaning revenge against another when basically it just means “action“. During my readings clients will ask me if those that hurt them will receive something negative in return, essentially if “karma will get them back”, and often times from angels and above I receive a no response.  The reasoning is usually (to sum up generally) because there are various perspectives in each situation and the reasons why we do things that can be varied (energy, lessons, feelings, reacting to beliefs).

I do believe that we have spiritual aids on certain levels that protect us from ourselves and neutralize some of this but some of the patterns are still left behind so that we can notice them. This can bring us to a spiritual awakening or to give us hints on what we still need to heal.

Weight Pattern Healing (Yo-Yo dieting)

When I was healing one of my clients I received the thoughts and feelings they were putting towards losing weight since their pre-teens.  Have you ever looked at a photo years back when you were thinner and remembered at that time the picture was taken you were unhappy with your body weight, but now you would kill to look that thin again?  My client focused on their thighs as early as pre-teens, judging the size and look of them, feeling emotions of disappointment, grief, frustration and sadness.  Over the years she may experienced energy and thoughts around feeling or looking fat, even though she may have looked better back then than she does now.  Essentially my client had been putting thoughts and feelings out there such as “My thighs are big” “I’m fat”, “I’m ugly”, “My thighs are fat”, “My butt is too big”, and so on.

The energy and belief that “my thighs are too big” were repeated in her mind over and over again, even when they were thinner, with a feeling of disappointment since her pre-teens.  Imagine that as a cloud of energy getting bigger and bigger over time as she continued to feel it and think it, even mention it to her friends.  Then imagine energetic forces to “make beliefs come true” affecting how you feel or think, such as “I’m on a diet but really need chocolate cake right now”. Over time these feelings, thoughts and actions create a “cloud of energy” affecting how she felt, thought, acted and what she attracted, creating undesirable patterns.  What psychologists recommend is creating habits, but if you’ve been down that path you have “to be good” and stick to the plan for weeks, resisting strong forces telling you to do otherwise.  With this healing I noticed results with some patterns in less than 24 hours, a big difference and relief.  Less resistance mentally and emotionally to do the things you really want to just because you made choices in the past before you knew about the power of action.

The Jacob LOA Healing Method

When I meditated, a celestial healer by the name of Jacob appeared to me, and gathered the cloud of energy created from undesirable patterns. He put that energy into a bucket, transforming it into a green energy. This essentially heals it or neutralizes it. Then this is replaced with positive beliefs such as “My thighs are thin”, “I am thin”, “I am happy thin”, “I have a healthy body”.  Combined with the feelings of happiness or contentment, these were written as sentences.

Imagine those sentences being written once, then repeated until it forms a square (see attached illustration at top), then repeated over again behind that square until a cube is formed.  Then imagine the cube being repeated until it is a square of cubes, then the square of cubes repeated behind itself creating a cube of cubes, filling the energy that was once the cloud of black energy.  This was the visual representation showed to me as how to replace the negative feelings, actions and thoughts with something more positive.  This cube of cubes of positive energy was then put into another bucket, turned green with fireworks exploding from the bucket, lighting up the sky.  The healing is done when the fireworks stop.  Don’t forget to ground when you are done!

I did some of this healing on myself for different areas of my life and noticed a positive difference within 24 hours for some patterns.  Some example topics that I may have worked on with clients:

  • Suppressing happiness feelings or feelings of Joy to fit in or please others
  • Putting too much thought, energy, love into unrequited love
  • Running away from those interested in me but I’m not interested in (always a mismatch)
  • Dreading working, career, negative beliefs around career
  • Negative feelings towards coworkers, bosses, friends, family, etc
  • Disappointment in relationships, emotions around when romantic interests are disappointing, endings in relationships
  • Relationship fears (disease, death, loss of power, no respect, conflict, communication)
  • Waking up with enthusiasm instead of dread, not wanting to leave bed
  • Choosing healthy foods instead of sugar, unhealthy carbs (actions), replace with being happy with healthy foods and being thinner (this works!!!!)
  • Stacked up energy from the thoughts and words of others that I couldn’t do what I wanted (lose weight, be successful, make money)
  • Fear around the paranormal, reacting out of fear
  • Feelings around weight yo-yoing, size and look of different body parts
  • Caring about what someone thinks and doing what I think they’d want (starts with parents)
  • Using food or drink to celebrate or reward

We may react to instances in our life for various reasons, biological, mental, past lives or social.  That doesn’t mean we are stuck with these negative patterns for the rest of our lives, there is a way to transform the energy just as it can be created.  This is an awesome healing that works. 

This is an original healing method, so please be respectful and reference the author and article when sharing with friends or clients.

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Top 5 Things To Do When You Run Out of Energy

1. Play! Actually I am quite serious. As an entrepreneur I have a lot of ideas. I can also work enough to the point where I hit a brick wall and I find that my mind goes in the circles. At that point I’ve lost the enthusiasm and the energy to move forward. I find that if I take just 30 minutes or more a day and schedule that time to actually play that it can help me recover significantly. Then I have more energy than when I started the day.  I think we lost play when we were nudged by society or family to start to act like an adult, but I think it is something that shouldn’t be lost.  I think it is many of my clients’ missing key to happiness! There are psychological articles that back this up as well.  Playing actually helps wake up your system and gives you the energy and enthusiasm you need to keep going. It can also help with any thoughts in your head that may be slowing you down such as “life is work”, “life is not fun”, “I work all the time”, etc.

2. Affirmations.” I am enthusiastic about life and filled with energy and enthusiasm.” Say 3x out loud. Try other affirmations as well as doing a good chakra alignment and healing for yourself with the intention of increasing your energy and enthusiasm.

3. Visualize red and orange. The colors of the root and sacral chakras. By visualizing these colors often times you can get an energy boost and it may signal your spiritual healers to heal those areas for you as well. A good grounding can help clear any brain fog you may have when you use all of the four elements at the same time with the intention of grounding. Increased mental clarity can help you move forward in your day and feel better overall.

4. Exercise. Get the blood pumping. I found that a number of things that help circulation also help my mood. Also if you get some sun that’s going to help with vitamin D production which is also a mood booster.

5. Supplements. Make sure any supplements you take do not have adverse effects to any prescriptions by consulting your doctor first. I take a number of supplements to help me with energy and mood. Some of the ones that help with mood are 5-HTP, GABA, Acteyl L Carntine, L-Tyrosine, vitamin D, Maca root, Kava, omega 3 fatty acids and other brain boosting combinations. Some that are great for energy like B vitamins and Hawthorn Extract.  Try one at a time and go from there. Ask your local vitamin store what is best for you or do some research online based on what you’ve noticed about yourself.

Other tips:

  • Update your Feng Shui.  If you want to learn how, go to my more detailed blog here.  Sometimes when the energy isn’t quite right in our home we will know it energetically through the feeling of energetic blocks.  There can be multiple reasons why you feel fatigued, confused or blocked but if everything else is alright this is another option.
  • Do some empathic cleanup if you think you are clairsentient.  Follow the link for my article on this.
  • Clean the energy of your home using sage and sweetgrass.  My article on how to do this is here.
  • Use YouTube Videos around the home or near yourself to cleanse negative energy from the home and replace with positive energy.  My YouTube Channel with a number of options is here.

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Mentors, How They Can Help You Achieve Your Goals

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We all have goals that we are trying to achieve whether it is weight loss, business success, or financial gain. Think of mentors as the guru that came before you and picked up knowledge along the way to do it better or faster. I can credit a number of mentors for being an inspiration to me and for leading the way in my journey for the past few years. I’ve had a successful business for the past 5 years and I’ve lost 150 pounds with mentors helping me along the way.

I highly recommend using mentors to inspire you and as a consistent reminder that you can achieve your goal. Their example can help you bypass any fears or beliefs you may have that your goal can not be achieved.  As an example, some fitness mentors I have are Kayla Itsines (@kayla_itsines), Jolene Blalock from Enterprise (@Jol3ne) and Christina Anstead from Christina on the Coast (HGTV). Each has influenced me in fitness or healthy eating practices. Christina inspired me with healthy eating mentioned on her show, Jolene with her fitness videos on Instagram and Kay Itsines with her blog and social media posts. When I think of these ladies I instantly feel like eating healthier or working out. Bless them for all their hard work and discipline.

I had a number of psychic and other business professionals that also helped me develop a successful business as a psychic medium.  Mentors can show you how to build your clientele, what websites to advertise with, how to continue to open your abilities or even the best way to do your business finances.

According to Feng Shui, you can place meaningful tokens in your Northwest corner of your home to bring mentors to you. They can be in person like a CPA, hiring manager, or nutritionist or they can be someone on social media that lifts your energy up when you see them in action. 

Mentors can give you a leg up as they can provide information to you that may have taken them years to master that will now take a shorter period of time for you. Also I use them to get “in the mood”, whether it is improving my knowledge, exercising or eating right. In addition, I check out my local library for additional reading material on areas that I’m improving on such as psychology, diet, recipes, and psychic mediumship. Authors can be mentors as well to steer you on the right direction. Think of mentors as the “cheat codes” to help you win the game faster.

Find mentors that mean something to you, motivate you, and put some quartz in your Northwest corner with the intention to bring the right mentors to you. They can escalate you faster to achieving your goals with their advice and example.

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Energy Healer Paradox: Healers Attracting the Wrong Friends and Romantic Partners

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Have you noticed since your spiritual awakening and healing path you continue to have relationships with those who drag you down or need healing? Do you just want a relationship with someone that has their “stuff” together and not in need?  Do you feel fatigued and drained?

I’ve been energy healing for years, and much of my readings/healing are about relationships. I found the same pattern occurring in my life where those I would date or court me would be people that would either show me things I needed to heal or need healing themselves. I knew there were people out there in better places in their lives and after so much healing over many years I knew I should be attracting someone great that didn’t drag me down.

During a reading for a client the answer was revealed to me by the angels. We put so much action, thought, feeling and energy into healing, we were attracting more healing, either of ourselves or others. Remember, Law of Attraction. So essentially I and this other healer that was a client were attracting more people who could show us what we needed to heal or people who we could heal.

Healers: time to take back your life. You want the life you were healing for, not to be constantly healing. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to heal yourself and others. Realize that if you get into the position of continually healing your life you are putting energy into “my relationships aren’t good enough”, “my life needs healing”, “I need to heal my life to feel better”, “my life isn’t good enough yet so I need to heal it”, “I’m not good enough” or “my life isn’t good enough yet”.

Solutions / Alternative actions:

    • Ask the Creator of All that is to cancel, clear, delete the energy you’ve put into healing your friends, family and romantic partners, and replace it with energy of those coming into your life (or already in it) that are stable, good people that you don’t need to constantly “fix”. This shouldn’t affect your business as you are only healing those in your personal life.  I visualized this as a cloud of black/brown energy, Creator removing it, transforming it into a little green cloud.  Visualize those that are stable and not needing major improvement coming to you now. You’ve put so much thought into what is not right, time to put on the brakes and go in a better direction. When I type this I see a car going down a dusty, rough, long road into grey energy, and turning 90 degrees onto a road with a bright horizon and beautiful colors. If you continue to heal do the above steps again every once and awhile to correct your course.
    • Take a break from healing for a while. Let the dust settle and enjoy the benefits. Tell yourself you are good enough now.  Do some grounding.  Notice the positive changes and concentrate on them. Do lists or meditations on what is going right in your life, not into what needs to improve. You may be constantly looking at things that need to be healed or improved and your energies are constantly “on” looking for opportunity areas.
    • Read my article on Empathy and Clairsentient maintenance to remove the energies of others and feel like yourself.

New healer’s tip: I’ve noticed lately with big projects where you are healing something with a large surface area it is helpful to “zoom out”, perceive this “problem” as small, then it is easier for the energy to transform because you’ve gotten around the belief that this issue is too big, but rather it is small. Then zoom back in on the energy and see the energy transformed but at a faster pace because you perceived it as small. Think of how big the universe is, and then mentally realize that this issue, or opportunity area, is actually quite small for God to heal.  This will help with any negative belief systems you may have. 

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Empathy Modes, Dealing with your Clairsentience

As a clairsentient, or empath as some like to refer to it, you may feel a lot of energy from people, places and even inorganic material.  Not all of it is important for us to interpret and can become overwhelming.  One concept that is important to keep in mind is that our energy may pick up some of this energy it is feeling and bring it with you, or it may leave parts of itself behind.  Before you know it you are feeling people and places you have left hours ago!  That is why it is important to do some empathic energy maintenance.

Empathic energy maintenance 

First return everyone’s energy back to them and your energy back to yourself.  Imagine God removing all energies and entities you’ve picked up or absorbed around the world. Friends, family, soul mates, places and clients.  Imagine God releasing them back to where they came from. Now imagine every where your energy may have gone as well, including those you may have read, healed, thought about, even energy in stores you may have stopped by that day. Imagine God’s hand above the Earth vacuuming that energy up transforming it green to heal it and then returning it back to you in healed form.  End with “please and thank you God.”

Grounding, Our Ally Against Brain Fog

When I first started my metaphysical journey no one really emphasized grounding enough. The higher chakras were the rock stars that received a lot of attention as everyone was looking to receive higher guidance from the divine. I found that my life had shifted a lot after my energy healing certifications, and preferring stability, I looked for an answer to keep my abilities but also regain some mental clarity. clairsentience

Here are some common symptoms of being ungrounded:

  • Loss of focus
  • Feeling less intelligent
  • Swift changing moods
  • Hunger that can’t be satisfied
  • Feeling more drained or fatigued than you’ve ever felt
  • Anxieties that are not explainable
  • Feeling everything and everyone around you
  • Headaches or migranes

I will talk a lot about grounding as I went through a difficult time without it, and because my clients still struggle with this concept.  When we are not grounded we kind of float up into this stream of energy connecting us and capture, absorb, and interpret this data.  Some of it we can take down with us.  When we ground, we are returning that back to earth or leaving it up in the stream.  Therefore, when grounded we are interpreting and receiving much less information and can think more clearly.  We can also regain a sense of individuality, and instead of experiencing everyone else’s fear, emotions and cravings, we can just feel like “us” again.  With all of that we regain mental clarity and peace.

The main reasons why clients struggle with grounding include:

  • Fear of loss: Many of them are looking for love, and want to be “present” for any guidance they may receive on their love interest. I remind them that they will still receive guidance intuitively, when you are grounded your angels don’t leave you and can still deliver guidance.  I even receive clairaudient and clairvoyant messages while grounded.  They are also afraid they will lose their “powers” if they ground and go back to being metaphysically asleep.  Not true.  I ground after readings, and if anything readings can be clearer as grounding removes the other clients’ energies from me.
  • Fear of the underworld: Many years ago, the underworld was supposedly in the ground, deep in the earth. This fear is most likely subconscious in your life now, but needs to be removed.  I recommend theta healing or any subconscious healing modality.
  • Fear of being unaware: They are afraid they won’t “feel” people as much and therefore not know when they are in danger. You will still have your intuition, ask God and angels to intuitively guide you so you can have peace and cleansing by being grounded.  From personal experience, feeling less can be a relief for a time.

Do this when you get up in the morning and whenever you feel you are getting less grounded again. Grounding does not reverse your progress on your metaphysical abilities, think of it as you are washing them off in a waterfall, washing away the psychic “dirt” and when you come up again you can see clearer.  If you have other problems with grounding, ask archangels Raphael and Uriel to heal them on all levels before you go to bed for a few nights until you notice a difference.

Method:

First return everyone’s energy back to them and your energy back to yourself as noted at the beginning of the article.  This will help with grounding.

Close your eyes and visualize black cords from your feet extend down until they meet the core of the earth, with mother earth grabbing them and securing them into the core.  I usually ask for this connection to core for 24 hours.  Visualize the rest of your body turn into the branches and the leaves, extending into your energy field and your energy field turning a dark green as well as the rest of your body.  Visualize air blowing away any energetic debris, then a waterfall wash over you to toss energies to the ground where they become soaked into the earth.  Lastly visualize green fire surrounding you and your energy field, dissolving any negative energy or energies that no longer serve you.  Using this process you will have used all 4 elements.  Sometimes I’ll take an actual shower, light candles asking for grounding, open windows for air to blow in and put black stones in my pockets for additional intention.

You should feel your feet become heavier, like putting on heavier boots and they should stay that way for the length of the time you ask. The other thing you can do is ask God to turn down your clairsentience to a level that’s more comfortable for you for that same amount of time so you’re not feeling the electronics, the people, and the energy around you which is really too much information. I watch a hand turn a knob all the way to the left until it clicks, meaning the clairsentience is turned down low or off depending on what you want. Remember you have your intuition and really that is what you want to use when you are out and about as it is less confusing. Intuition is a “knowing” of what you want to do without having to hear or see spiritually.

The other thing I recommend is to go into what I call “Modes”. These are essentially different grounding methods depending on the situation you’re about to enter or be in. Ask God to put you in these modes before you engage in each of these activities.

Reading Mode – After I’m done with a reading as well as when I wake up in the morning I ask God to take me out of reading mode. This makes me less sensitive to the energies around me that I don’t really need to be feeling and helps you feel more grounded and safe. I also find that you’re automatically put into reading mode once you ask God to help you do a reading. I don’t feel like you have to ask to be put into reading mode but I do ask to be taken out of it in the best highest way for me. End with please and thank you for intention. I will often see a door close and be locked with the word “readings” on it along with a time amount that I want to be out of reading mode such as 8 hours.

Travel mode – For any of you in the metaphysical fields that can feel the EMF, static electricity, and radiation around you, planes, cars and airports are not always fun. However, I was told to ask to be put into travel mode before I go on my trip. When I did this I became even more grounded then when I ask to be taken out of reading mode. I can also focus more and have more mental clarity. This is essentially “super grounded” you so you’re not feeling everybody’s “stuff” and not as fearful.

Work mode – If you have found after your spiritual awakening you can’t focus at work and you feel more fatigued this is because you’re feeling the energy from electronics, the people around you and their thoughts as well as the environment. You don’t need all of this information. I would highly recommend asking God to put you in some sort of “work mode” as I would call it, so you can focus more at work and have more mental clarity.  Sometimes your coworker’s energy may be negative for reasons that have nothing to do with work and may have to do with their personal life so it’s not always useful information.

You will still have your intuition in any of these modes. Don’t forget to use affirmations on intelligence and mental clarity for an additional boost in these areas.

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Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Spinach Salad

The delicious combo of the sweet blueberries, creamy goat cheese and the roasted beet is a lively twist on the usual dinner salad. Add walnuts or chicken for more protein or keep it light by skipping the dressing!

Ingredients

+ 1 Yellow Beet

+ 1/2 slice of red onion

+ 2 cups spinach

+ 1/2 cup blueberries

+ 2 tbsp of homemade caesar salad dressing

+ 1/2 avocado diced

Method

Slice or cut your beets into quarters, brush with olive oil, salt and pepper on each side, and bake in oven at 380 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes if in slices, or 40 minutes if in large quarters. My recommendation is to cut in 1/4 inch slices, roast for 20 minutes at 380 degrees and you’ll end up with crispy edges with a taste almost like a potato chip.  Prepare red onion, avocado, blueberries and toss with spinach. Once the beets are ready toss them in the salad, salt and pepper to taste and dress with desired dressing. My homemade caesar dressing can be found here. Easy and delicious! beet salad beet salad

Best Meatball Recipe

This is a delicious recipe that is better frozen for a day before serving. Not gluten free although if you remove the rye bread it could be made gluten free.

Ingredients

+ 1 lb of 80/20 beef
+ 1 cup of rye bread turned into bread crumbs using the food processor
+ 1/2 a cup of Parmesan, I used shavings and chopped in food professor with bread instead of the processed powder
+ 1 tsp each salt and pepper
+ 1 egg
+ 1 clove of garlic, minced
+ 1 tbsp parsley
+ 3/4 cup water after all other ingredients are combined, added 1/4 at a time

Method

Combined all ingredients, except for water. Form into 1.5-2 inch balls. Fry each meatball in olive oil on each side. Dry on paper towels.
Freeze them if you make a day before. Freezing them changes it from a softer texture to firmer meatballs.
Re-warm in oven with or without marinara sauce for 30 mins at 380 degrees Fahrenheit.I have other recipes on my blog, just click “recipes” below to see everything under that category.  I also do psychic readings, specializing in relationships, love, financial planning, pet readings, self healing, career and other areas.

Shu Mai Recipe Modified, without gluten

This recipe is great for those of you either on a budget or looking for comfort food dumplings (shu mai) without the flour wrapper. Gluten free!

Ingredients

1 lb ground pork

2 tbsp soy sauce

10 water chesnut slices minced

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp sherry or chinese white wine

5 mushrooms (shitake or button)

2 tbsp minced ginger

1 scallion

2 tsp cornstarch

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp pepper

Mince water chesnuts, scallion, and mushrooms together either in a food processor or by hand. Mix with other ingredients. Ball into 1.5 inch diameter balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Cook for 20 minutes at 375 degrees until browned on edges. These can also be steamed in a bamboo steamer, be sure to use some lettuce on the bottom so that they do not stick.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. Works well with soy and sugar, peanut sauce, BBQ and honey mustard with horseradish (spicy).

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Recipe: Spanakopita

I’ve been making spanakopita for years. The crusty filo dough is the perfect delivery system for this Greek spinach and cheese mixture. You can also ditch the filo and warm up the spinach and cheese mixture into rolled zucchini strips, eggplant or use as a side dish to any meal. spanakopita

Ingredients

1/2 cup ricotta

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1 10oz package of chopped spinach

1/2 cup fresh parsley chopped fine

1/2 sauteed onion in olive oil

1 egg

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp dill

2 tbsp olive oil

1 package filo dough (found in frozen dessert section at your grocery store)

Directions

Mix all ingredients except the filo dough and the olive oil in a bowl. Sprinkle about 1/4 tsp of salt over mixture. Fold a filo dough sheet in half length wise. Put a couple tablespoons of the mixture at the top of the filo dough about 1.5 inches from the top. Fold the mixture in the filo dough into triangles as shown in the pictures above. Brush olive oil all over your filo triangle and put on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

An alternative would be to put filo dough at the bottom of a 8″x8″ square pan and at the top, brushing olive oil over each filo dough sheet. Bake for 40 minutes 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Health and Fitness: Creating Positive Memories around Food

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It’s the holidays, what’s the first thing you think of? Some people might say the beautiful lights, the decorations, their families but a lot of us think about the food. Think of all the delicious cookies, cakes, turkey or chicken with stuffing, not to mention the pies. Added to all that food that can stimulate our mind due to high levels of sugar, salt and fat, we are receiving a lot of love during that time from family. We are happy and relaxed because we’re not working and taking time off to be joyous. You’ve now created a series of happy memories connected to food and love. eat healthier, eat healthier

Ok, a lot of us want to eat healthier. However it can be a mind game if you prefer high fat, salt, processed or sugary foods. These are high-glycemic and can signal our body to store fat. There are many different angles to look at when trying to change how you eat. Some of it is due to chemical addictions and some of due to habits.  The links take you to my other articles on these topics.

I briefly wanted to touch on the subject of memories that we attach to food and how to best change that for the better.

Method

Okay, I think we’ve established that we’ve associated love, holidays, happiness, and a break from work to food. How do we attach a happy memory to food that does not include foods that cause us to gain weight? I suggest you start by creating happy memories around healthy foods.

During the holidays you are receiving attention, love, breaks from work, and someone is serving you food (one of the 5 love languages, acts of service). How do you create new memories around healthy foods where you feel as excited, loved and relaxed?

5 Tips to Happy Memories around Healthy Foods

1. Eat out at a restaurant by beautiful nature or has a great atmosphere. Actively choose a healthy option. Create the mindset that you are creating a happy memory for yourself. Invite friends, family, or of they are unavailable or do one of my favorite things and sit at the bar and talk to people there. Go somewhere you know will be happy, it can be a lakefront restaurant, one with a hip atmosphere or somewhere romantic.

2. Cook something healthy then make it beautiful on your plate. Have the mindset you are creating a happy memory. Ask God or archangels to fill your love tank. Watch your favorite movie, put on your favorite music or invite friends over.

3. One of my favorites was to draw a bubble bath and create small appetizers on cute plates. Eat them while laying in essential oils, bubbles and listening to soothing music. You’ll feel cared for (receiving love from yourself). Another option is to create an essential oil lotion, lather your entire body, lay in your most comfortable clothes or robe on the couch and eat small bites.

4. Go to an adventure park or zoo and get the fruit spears or salad. Watch your favorite animal or show while eating healthy. Visualize or feel happy while eating and watching.

5. Actively prepare healthy but interesting meals for parties with friends and family. Choose the healthy options knowing intellectually that this will help create happy memories around that food. Inform your friends and family why we are doing this, they may join you as it does make sense even to those not into metaphysics.

Remember, healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. Steak salads, nut mixes, many Greek and Moroccan plates sans the bread can be very satisfying.

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Cherry Walnut Chocolate Clusters Recipe

Incredibly simple to make, this is a quick dessert recipe one or more people.  You probably have a combination of ingredients in your pantry to make some now. Items you can put onto these can vary from different nuts, cayenne pepper for a Mexican kick, cinnamon, white chocolate, blueberries, strawberries, sprinkles, sea salt and many others. Get creative with this fast treat and enjoy! Chocolate Clusters, Chocolate Clusters

Ingredients

3-5 walnuts

1/4 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet, white, dark or combo)

1 cherry

Wax paper

Place the wax paper on the counter. Arrange your nuts and berries as well as any other ingredients you’d like in a pile. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on high for 20 seconds. Stir. If they are not melted put them in for another 20 seconds and stir. Pour over your nut cluster.  Place the mixture on wax paper into the fridge for at least 20 minutes.  Take out and enjoy.

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The 5 Love Languages for Animals and Singles

Many of my clients in the past have come to me wondering if they’ll ever receive love in their life without a partner. Many people have heard of the 5 love languages, and this book is usually put in the context of already established couples. However many of us do not have a romantic partner but still need our love tank filled so that we feel happier and more content in our daily lives.

What if I told you that you can receive love outside a romantic relationship? Everyone has heard of the Five Love Languages. I always knew my primary love language in the past was spending time with someone, but what does one do when they’re single and are not receiving love from another actual physical person?

The 5 love languages are:

+ Acts of service

+ Physical touch

+ Giving gifts

+ Words of Affirmation

+ Quality Time

Suggestions:

Acts of Service (receiving)

+ Receive an energy healing or massage (also counts as physical touch)

+ Meditation with crystals asking healers (angels or higher) to help heal you. The higher on the scale like thrones, cherubim or seraphim are great if you are really feeling out of sorts. Work towards 15 minutes to an hour depending on where you are. Place a lot of black onyx and tourmaline along your legs and feet for reducing anxiety.

+ Go out to a restaurant or movie theater where you receive service without having to cleanup

+ Have someone else clean your home once a quarter or twice a year if you don’t currently have a service

+ Visualize God filling your love tank until full and then feel loved for additional manifesting energy

Physical touch

+ You may already being using methods to achieve contentment or calm through touch. Some people cuddle with a blankie, pillow, or take a nap on a soft bed. Some rub their arms or put on scented lotion.

+ Receive a massage from a therapist

+ Visualize God filling your love tank until full and then feel loved for additional manifesting energy

Giving / receiving gifts

+ Budget permitting, go online or in person shopping. Get yourself something nice, whether than is luxury soap, lotion, electronics, whatever you would like.

+ Give yourself a bubble bath and extra long shower with scents, duckies, whatever brings you happiness

+ Visualize God filling your love tank until full and then feel loved for additional manifesting energy

Quality time

+ Spend quality time with friends you are comfortable with

+ Tell yourself you’re giving yourself “quality time” and do something on your own that won’t make you feel bad. Again make sure you won’t feel lonely with whatever you choose. Arts and crafts, going to the beach, go to a cafe, take a walk m, watch a movie and playing games are a few examples.

+ Visualize God filling your love tank until full and then feel loved for additional manifesting energy

Words of affirmation

+ Use affirmations such as those in Louise Hay’s books based on areas in your body that hurt or choose your own. “I love myself”, “I am beautiful”, as well as other things you commonly beat yourself up on.

+ Visualize God filling your love tank until full and then feel loved for additional manifesting energy

I was sitting and thinking about how when we don’t receive enough hugs or we haven’t taken some time off to relax, rest or receive physical touch that a lot of us can be in pain physically. One of my workarounds to this is to ask God for enough love so I don’t feel pain for 24 hours. I perform a visualization (with feeling) in the morning and I say “I have enough love in my life so don’t feel pain but I can still ground”. I found without that last piece about grounding that I would be ungrounded but feeling euphoric. This is not good if you have to focus and do some logical thinking. Staying grounded helps you think clearly, gets rid of that brain fog and be less anxious.

PETS TOO!!

Recently I had an intuitive revelation that it’s not just humans that are affected by the five love languages, but also animals.

Pets have similar Love Languages in that some cats and dogs like to be petted and some do not (physical touch). Some like to sit on your lap and feel comfortable with having that physical touch and some don’t want to be touched at all. In the latter case that love language may not be their primary language. Some appreciate your acts of service of providing food and cleaning their area. My cat would occasionally present her stuffed mice for me at my garage door where I usually left in the morning as a gift to me. Some of your pets may have caught live birds and mice and present them to you. A lot of animals and plants do like to be spoken to in a calm or happy manner. Although they may not understand you, your tone of voice will generally lift up their mood and energy.

Animals have similar love languages, and will probably prefer one or a few over others. They give you love using the same love languages with the exception of words of affirmation (does tail wagging or purring count?)

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The Good Ones Aren’t All Taken

I was wandering the library looking for something new to read and I found this book with the little chocolate truffle in the front and I thought it looked delicious so I brought it home. I finished this book in about 2 days. The Good Ones Aren’t All Taken,The Good Ones Aren’t All Taken
It describes several personality types and psychological problems that may commonly occur with women that prevents them from having a long-lasting relationship. The author describes these personality types as the following:

+ The Old Faithful – if you stay attached to an ex for an unusually long time comparative to others around you, if you’re feeling like you missed out on your “one true” chance for love, or have beliefs in “The One”

+ The Whirlwind Dater – this is someone who dates a lot but has not settled on one man for a long period of time, this is also someone who has a hard time relaxing

+ The Standstill – this person rarely if ever dates, this can be common with those that are still a virgin or have only had sex a handful of times or less. This person is afraid of anyone finding out how little they have dated or have been intimate and often get embarrassed when someone asks them when was their last date and how often they’ve dated.

+ The Forbidden Fruit Hunter – this person is continually attracted to those that are unavailable or married, they may reject nice guys who show interest that are available, they may come from a single-parent home or has strong emotional connections with their family

+ The Compassionate Rescuer – this person has a hard time saying no to people, they feel like they have to rescue someone or is habitually with someone that they feel needs them, they continually try to stay flexible in order to please others, they give more then they receive in relationships, they are often condescended to or controlled by family or partners

+ The Wanderer – this woman is the life of the party, can make friends very easily but has a hard time staying faithful and hops from one relationship to another, they can get anxious if they’re not in a relationship and like to indulge in things that are pleasurable or celebratory

+ The Uptown Girl – she enjoys compliments and dresses or looks the part so she can get a lot of compliments. They look for men that either have money, status or power.

+ The Runaway Bride – very similar to the movie, this person is somebody that really doesn’t know themselves and doesn’t stay in a relationship very long, they commonly bolt when the relationship gets too serious

The book mainly outlines some common psychological issues that prevent you from seeing the situation as it truly is. One of which that she talks about is subconscious beliefs that are sabotaging you. If you find yourself in a situation after a date or when someone finds you attractive that you start having a lot of negative thoughts then you may need to work on your subconscious beliefs. I recommend using Theta healing which I do provide on my website which has turned much of my life around towards the positive as well as my thinking. Theta can affect Law of Attraction and the type of people that you draw to you as well as how they treat you when they are in your life. It can affect those that are already in your life as well and how they treat you but in a different more positive way. You can find my Theta healing offerings here. Theta healing works on current life, past life, and other soul level beliefs, removing the negative beliefs and replacing it with positive which in turn affects how people see you, how you think and what you attract to you.

Two other of the more common issues that she discusses is the signs that you may have intimacy issues because you are trying to fit in a man’s world so you act professionally when you should act more sexual or feminine to a love interest. Essentially you have not learned how to be feminine, open or sexy and are uncomfortable in that role.

The other common issue she describes is feeling overly responsible for your parents’ happiness, usually one parent over the other. You’ve taken on a role that subconsciously and consciously you will have a hard time separating yourself from. You may enter into a relationship and start wondering, “but who’s going to take care of Mom?”

This is just a quick summary of the book, there are other issues and solutions provided. I highly recommend you get the book from your local library or Amazon to see which of these personality types best describes you. You may be a combination of all the above. Once you’ve figured out your patterns that will give you a launching point to then find the healing modality that best works for you to turn your life and thinking around.

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Why We Want Those Who We Can’t Have and What To Do About It

There are a few psychological and metaphysical reasons why you may be interested in somebody who is either not interested in you or that treats you poorly.

1. You are connecting to their soul energy, you’ve pierced through their outer layers and have gotten to a spiritual side of them that contains unconditional love. As you try to concentrate on other things, thoughts of them pop up in your mind because your energies are communicating. The problem is if on a physical level they are not as aware of this as you are, and are not interested in you in that way, they may not treat you very well or really contact you much at all. This leads me to the psychological problems that can lead to feeling “stuck” on a person.

2. When someone is busy or doesn’t take much interest in us we think that they’re more special or have more value. When someone is busy sometimes we interpret that as they’re more important, that they have more friends, and are more popular than us. We put them on a pedestal thinking they are more rare and harder to get, increasing their “scarcity“, and therefore boosting their value in our mind. This is also why someone who “breadcrumbs” you, in other words only contacts you every once in awhile, can get you addicted to them as well.

3. If you have a pattern of wanting people that are either taken or hard to actually be with in a relationship you may have a fear of your relationships failing. In other words you put yourself in a position where you never actually get together with the person so it can never really fail, thereby avoiding heartbreak, humiliation, social judgement from friends and family. You may have to face the beliefs as to why you don’t actually want to be in a real relationship due to fears of it failing. For this I recommend theta healing, which works on fears and beliefs on a subconscious level, which I can provide over distance on my website here.

4. You get more of a rush mentally with dopamine when you have a roller coaster ride relationship than with a steady one. If you fantasize or are around that person for a shorter period of time you get that jolt of dopamine and then you leave them it allows you to reset so when you come back to them you get that jolt of dopamine again. To stay with them for a longer period of time where it is consistently good doesn’t give you that rush of dopamine after a period of absence.

5. Something feels unresolved or incomplete after you’ve been chasing them for a while? Maybe it feels unbalanced and you want it to feel equal. If you look up the reciprocity principal as I learned in Marketing, people feel obligated to return a favor. In this case you may have given this person a lot of attention, a lot of energetic love, and a lot of your mental time. Your brain wants something back in other words you want reciprocity. The unfortunate instance here is that you just may not get it back. What I recommend is a grief healing to get you to acceptance which I can also provide through my energy healing services on my website.

Recommendations:

1. Compartmentalize – this is a coping mechanism that helps you to focus on things like work and other areas of your life while shelving your romantic life for a while. It helps you not lose your life while you are thinking about or feeling stuck on another person.
2. Watch something that puts you in a better mood – for me this is YouTube videos on comedy, interviews with mentors or animals. Get out of depression and feeling spent or empty from giving them so much love and attention and receiving little back.
3. Date other people – know you’re worth it and receive some of those compliments you are giving to someone else.
4. Work on yourself – psychologically and metaphysically, change how you see the situation. Someone treating you like crud should not be attractive and shouldn’t pull you towards them, instead know intellectually why this is happening to you by reading articles like this or books so when you encounter it you can change the situation and bring someone to you that treats you better. Go to my website, I provide theta healing which work on the fears and beliefs that sabotage you.

Other reads:

+ Attached by Levine, Amir find at amazon.com

+ Men are from Mars and Woman are from Venus by Gray, John PhD

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Temptations and Cravings

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Something was revealed to me today. Ever since my energy healing training, the seemingly random cravings to buy or consume seemed to increase. There would be a carrot or a reward at the end of doing what I wanted, such as an angel or God sign (repeating numbers, feathers, coins, signs). However, sometimes this would lead me into problems such as gaining weight, or going over budget. As I wandered the store today I pondered why I would still feel a craving to buy after meditating, when “they” know I have a budget. As I say to myself I have a budget, I usually have this thought inside me that says “that’s not the metaphysical way of thinking”, “that is scarcity or that is limited thinking”. The universe is abundant. However through experience I know that to continue to ignore a budget or your diet leads to putting yourself in a place where you have to do something more extreme other than maintenance to get back to your goal.

I received the wisdom while walking around that there are so many things in the world that you could buy. Zoom out and think about the entire world, all the bazaars and marketplaces in Moracco, Israel, India, China and so forth. You will not be able to buy from them all and store it, so there may always be a wanting or craving at some point, no matter how rich you become. Knowledge of this, the concept of “knowing” that there are so many things out there you could buy, that could bring joy in the short moment, but you could not possibly buy them all for lack of space, budgetary reasons, or in order to keep a slim body, this concept will help you understand that you can’t possibly please all of these forces that want you to buy, whatever their motivations may be.

There are a lot of people that ask for financial abundance and money, or people have jobs connected with these retail items, so there’s a energetic pool out there tugging you to buy, creating these cravings. These forces aren’t always necessarily evil it’s just there’s a lot of energetic pulls and you can’t satisfy them all. Even Bill Gates can’t buy everything and store it, he has a limit too.

Understanding that people are asking for abundance and you can’t possibly satisfy them all, will hopefully give you a release by separating you from the emotion and give you peace.

My recommendation? Don’t look at it as an evil craving and attach good or bad to it, look at it from the knowing that there’s a lot of beings and energetic forces out there. Know that you can’t satisfy them all so don’t feel guilt or loss. Keeping a budget, or keeping a caloric diary, will help create the boundaries and limits that help you succeed in your goals. They help you to know when to stop listening to that craving to buy or consume the next thing. Those forces pulling you to go outside of those limits aren’t necessarily evil, they just exist. Buddha talked about the wanting, so did Jesus, and both recommended balance.

Set your boundaries, write them down, when the wanting comes tell them you are at your limit. After this, if its supposed to be, then watch the magic happen to being it to you if necessary. If nothing happens, you didn’t need it, it was for a different reason such as someone needing to keep their job or someone asking for abundance.

When your budget or calories are up, have a list handy of free or zero calorie activities that make you happy such as walk in the park, listening to music, watch tv, watch a movie you already own, play a game or one of my favorites, take a nap.

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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. healthier food choices, healthier food choices, healthier food choices

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

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Health & Fitness: Running

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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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