Don’t give up

Even when it seems every effort is coming to nothing at the moment – trust that it will come together in the end.

Sometimes it feels like you’re doing everything “right” in your mind and your actions and you’re not seeing results but it’s SO important that you don’t stop even if you’re not seeing the results when you’d think you’d see them – they will come.

Trust in that and keep going.

If it seems like there are obstacles blocking you – see them as challenges to see how much you want what you really want and push through them.

Why overcomplicate things?

If things are becoming difficult – break it down – keep it simple.

I’m not having issues with my diet or the fitness – that’s all pretty straightforward and simple, however, it seems like everything else is blowing up – becoming rather overcomplicated, unnecessarily so.  Ever have that?  Where it seems people want to make life more difficult for you for no apparent reason?  And you have to pour your time and energy just to ensure your message is clear, direct and correct – not open to misunderstanding and following that generally be patient with these things.  All the while wondering why ! this is needed to be done in the first place.

Why do people overcomplicate things?

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Use the force!

I had one of those ‘Duh, of course’ moments today.

I watched a Ted Talks short video today on ‘how to stop screwing yourself over’.

One of the points to come out of it is that to create changes in our lives, to create the new habits and come off autopilot in our lives we have to force ourselves to start with.  We simply won’t feel like doing what we have set out to do every day but then who feels like coming out of our comfort zone when it is so, well, comfortable?

I mentioned in an earlier blog about how I’m looking to find ways to be a ‘morning’ person as it’s something I struggle with.  I want to attempt to see if I can change this, I had in my mind that I would find fancy schmancy ways which I would find inspiring and have me leaping out of bed with a huge grin on my face…

Mel Robbins, in the Ted Talks video, puts it a little more bluntly.  Put the alarm on 30 mins earlier than intended and when it goes off whip the covers off and stand up.  This sounds like utter hell for me.  However, Robbins has a point – while we grew up we had our parents tell us (or nag us) to do the things we didn’t feel like doing but should do.  Now, we have to do that for ourselves – we can choose not to – however, by not doing some of these key things and just allowing ourselves to continue on autopilot or ‘snoozing’ we’re missing out on so much.

Robbins also mentioned a 5 second rule – that if no action is taken within 5 seconds of having a thought of doing something out of the norm or your comfort zone that the brain puts a halt to it and the moment has passed.  How much are we missing out on?  And who wants to miss out?!

I feel like I have already been using ‘the force’ by doing my daily blog, ensuring I am eating and drinking healthily every day and doing exercise – and now I need to spread it further into my life.

May the force be with you!

Healthy is boring. WRONG!

I pretty much considered that focussing on being ‘healthy’ is a boring and time consuming thing – who can be arsed with that?

Thing is.  It’s not boring, food doesn’t have to be bland and tasteless and it doesn’t have to be time consuming either.

The most time consuming thing I’ve found about all of this health nonsense is the research – what food does what, why do we need it, how does it work blah, blah, blah.  Fortunately for me, I’m finding it all rather interesting!

Anyway, referring back to my previous post on exactly what foods we need to eat to help boost our moods I had a look today through the list and I was pleasantly surprised.  Most of the foods I have been eating, or recently incorporated into my diet are on the list! Yay!  I will blab on no further and list these out below, foods in bold appear more than once in this specific nutrient list.  Oh, just to note, I haven’t written down every single food, just the ones I like (or in brackets ones am prepared to try) – to find out more Google is the place to go!  Here goes:

  • Calcium:  dairy like milk, cheese, yoghurt, spinach, (kale), salmon, broccoli, (edamame), figs, almonds
  • Cromium: sweet potato, apple, organic egg, tomatoes, whole-grains, broccoli
  • Folate: lentils, (pinto beans), asparagus, spinach
  • Iron: egg yolks, fish, lamb, beef, chicken, spinach, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, raisins, green pepper
  • Magnesium: spinach, almonds, cashews, pine nuts, lentils, avocado, goats cheese, bananas
  • Omega 3 fatty acids: walnuts, salmon, beef, cauliflower
  • Vitamin B6: Pistachios, salmon, chicken, pork, raisins, beef, bananas, avocado, spinach
  • Vitamin B12: All bran, beef, yoghurt, feta cheese, eggs
  • Vitamin D: oily fish like tuna, salmon, cheese, egg yolks
  • ZInc: lamb, spinach, beef, garlic, egg yolks, salmon, pork, peas, cashews

So that’s just a quick and dirty mashup of various foods containing these particular nutrients, looking at it again I have probably missed duplicating some foods in the list but it’s too time consuming to Google every single food item to ensure I’ve captured every nutrient it holds, it’d make the list too long anyway and this is just to give you (and me) an idea – specifically for mood enhancing as per previous blog post ‘How to be Happy!’

As I’ve found, you probably eat quite a few of them already – especially since that isn’t the entire list and there’s plenty I’ve left off there.  The general idea is replace the sugary crap in your diet with these good guys.  FYI dark chocolate came up a few times but I haven’t listed it as I’ve never really liked it that much.

So to conclude – eating healthily doesn’t have to be boring, a lot of the foods there are pretty tasty and can be whipped up into quick meals.  With online shopping it doesn’t have to be too much of an effort to get these foods in either – maybe the first time but next time you can hit the re-order button!  Obviously, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post buying organic, hormone free etc type foods can be more time consuming but once you find the best place to buy, you’re on a roll.

Happy eating!

Featured image from: http://www.naturalawakeningsmag.com/Natural-Awakenings/February-2013/Food-Mood/

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food – Hippocrates

A bit of a late blog this evening.  After a phone call with my Mum I started researching ways in which food and lifestyle have positive affects on the brain.  Just over a year ago my Mum had an acoustic neuroma tumour removed from her brain, they were unable to remove all of it but enough to prevent it from being life threatening.  Needless to say it shook the family up.  Since the operation there have been various complications, today she told me she is now looking at how to treat Synkinesis/Bells Palsy which has now developed.  One of the suggestions to her was to use Botox – to me this seems incredulous – why would you think that putting poison into your face is actually curing something?  So I have started investigating alternative methods and it’s a long process.

I wanted an answer to a question that popped into my head:
What foods have an affect on the brain and can it be broken down into what part of the brain they affect?

After starting 2015 working on my own personal health choices and what foods I put into my body I have learned many interesting facts about the benefits fresh foods contain and how they can help various parts of the body.  Food also affects hormones produced in the body.  Can I find a link that could show that certain foods included into my Mum’s diet could have a direct beneficial influence on Synkinesis?

In addition to my burning question I have also found (that don’t involve surgery, Botox or drugs) facial nerve physical therapy (not provided on the NHS in her town), acupuncture and of course plenty of water are beneficial but I want to do more research and find more answers.

I will keep on with my search and in the meantime I welcome any advice or information.

(Featured image from: jeffreysterlingmd.com)