In my Addiction Recovery meeting we speak about CHOICES a lot. The choices of our past. Big and small. They add up to who you are. Like choosing the color on your palette for your painting of life.
Steven R.Covey said; ‘YOU ARE NOT A PRODUCT OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES- YOU ARE A PRODUCT OF YOUR DECISIONS.’
In 2011 Mitch was told he’d need a hip replacement and both knees. Thanks to yoga and a healthy lifestyle none of it was necessary. Seen here with his BB gun.
I’m grateful he has chosen to live this healthy lifestyle with me. He has made it into his favorite magazine showing how yoga has helped his business improve which is one of the most physical jobs there is. He is a farrier, horse-shoer.
Or at least put it here for safe keeping and reference.
We are made of many layers. Not just this outer shell of our bodies, the material stuff we are made of – we are the emotions, we are the mental health, we are the beliefs, we are a sum total of every decision we’ve made, and every thought we’ve let spin around in our mind. Viritis – as it’s called in yoga.
But mostly we are energy. And we can call that Spirit as well. And it has a level of its own good health and bad health. And yesterday I re-read this one page of my new favorite book (called Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza ) I re read it about ten times and captured the audio version and will create a video for it as well.
But today I’m grateful that my newsletter about alcohol and these posts are helping someone I love to reach out for help.
Here is a short video of alcohol and the spirit for them and for my future reference, and for you.
In my post Alcohol and Cancer the video shows how alcohol turns into ethanol which the body turns into another chemical that makes cancer in the cells.
It makes sense friends. All the fields and all the grains (excluding organic) are altered from what nature intended. This means they are genetically modified organisms (GMO) having been sprayed with some sort of chemical to grow more mutated in size to produce MORE MORE MORE, which is ultimately wasted (watch the movie Dive about dumpster diving).
Common weed killer glyphosate increases cancer risk by 41%, study says
My Car vs. My Body
I’ve recently lost two friends to cancer who were heavy drinkers and took more pride in their vehicles rather than their health. I used to be a motor head but found direction.
This is my car. I put the best premium gas in it and the best oil. I have regular maintenance done to it and I pay close attention to it while I’m driving. Little noises are addressed right away. I love it and hope it lasts me a long time even though it has 80,000 miles on it. I got it used, but the previous owner took good care of it. I plan to pamper it as long as I can so it will serve me well.
This is my Body. It has been used and has a lot of miles on it. I was very self destructive to my body for years. I was bulimic for 6 years. An alcoholic for 19 years and I drank the highest caffeinated diet pop on the market by the gallons per day. I ate food out of boxes and cans for years.
I have been sober for almost 14 years. Jan 14th will be my AA birthday. I have practiced clean eating for 8 years thanks to my good friends Dr Donaugh and Del Rae. I have not been to a medical doctor since 2007.
I put only premium fuel in my body and only organic products on my body. I listen to it carefully and pamper it all the time. I enjoy the slow and concise moving and stretching of yoga because it serves all the old injuries I have attained in my past.
I can’t run because of a tumor on my foot and a chunk of cartilage that floats around in my knee. I wore leg braces as a kid because I had arthritis and my joints kept dislocating on their own. I broke my back when I was young and it’s naturally fused together.
I am not in the greatest of shape but I feel better than I ever have, clean and healthy. When you’ve been the opposite it’s easy to choose what you want. But it’s not easy to get there. The yoga and light training I do keeps me stronger, more flexible and balanced. It also opens my joints so new cartilage can grow between my bones.
The heavy mindset training I’ve been learning and applying keeps my mind on track, when it’s really easy to listen to it talk you into the unhealthy lifestyle. Why would our minds do that to our bodies? The ego is tricky, but I have to be stronger to make these wiser choices….for me. For those I love, and for our future.
I can always buy a new car but I won’t be able to buy a new Body.
Don’t show THAT picture
This was a post I put on a private group on FBook (which I am back off of these days). Anyway, this post got tremendous response because it included a before and after picture of me from the night I was checked into re-hab, and a current set of pictures of me feeling super healthy. My family strongly discourages me from sharing this picture, but I’m seriously doubting many people dig into this page, unless I share the link with them.
Please read the next post that puts me in the same boat as many of you. Health limitations, excuses, pain, age, can all be over ruled with discipline and the desire to to feel better. These pictures speak for themselves in what CHANGING for the BETTER can do for a person, and the longevity of just eating healthy and moving your body, and surrounding yourself with all things good can bring about.
GRATITUDE CIRCLE (all posts must begin with; ‘I am grateful for’…beautiful page full of super nice people).
Jan 14th, 2018
I am grateful that my hard times have paid off and that I am able to help others learn to love themselves on the levels of body, mind and spirit. My AA birthday was Sunday. 14 years of work. It’s not easy for some to just quit. Others constantly struggle. I took my clean time serious and love to nurture my body with all good. No news, no TV, no toxins. This is our chance on earth to do good. Be good. And serve others in need.
If I followed this road 14 years ago I don’t know where I would’ve ended up. Most likely in jail and in the hospital.
Rehab saved me. But it had to be my choice. And when I got there I was fortunate enough to have two good examples as roommates. One glowing and sober for 30 days, the other such a mess she did not know where she was or where her kids were. My choice was simple. I took the clean road. 6 months later I met God in a sunset.
I have not shared this before and after picture on my personal page but feel safe here in knowing it won’t be shared.
May your day be full of obsessive gratitude.
I found this video interesting. Not only does the sugar in alcohol feed cancer but I learned the ethanol in alcohol turns into another chemical that causes cancer.
I had to take my last post down about MY alcoholism and MY GRATITUDE FOR MY SOBRIETY AND MY SPIRITUAL HEALTH, because it offended someone.
Fuck that noise. This is my blog. No one looks at it anyway (except the solar charged water – I get hits on that from all over the world everyday).
Who better to call the bullshit flag on excessive drinking than an ex alcoholic. All this drinking that was going on was at a funeral of a loved one who died of cancer. The obituary even included that persons love of beer. Which is plainly ironic from those of us concerned about our health.
I turn this sad situation over to God and send it LOVE in hopes a light has been shined on a destructive and wasteful disease.
Below is my past post on other effects of what alcohol does to the human body. And my gratitude for my sobriety.
This sweet post of support had to come down with my blog I took down.
I have not eaten out since our anniversary on November 29th. I have been accused of being paranoid, and I know what that person was talking about is my phobia of eating out. I think that person was just pointing fingers and trying to make her bad habits seem better, but I KNOW – the only way to eat clean, is to KNOW what you are putting into your body.
Even with the way we eat as organic as possible the only REAL way to eat super clean is to grow all your own food, and eat your own raised meat or wild game/fish for you meat eaters. For where we live I order a lot of our food, and we always bless it – even in restaurants. Yup we are those kind of people you see praying in public.
On this last trip we took we ate out every meal, and were surrounded by my biggest weaknesses, bread and cookies. I allowed myself these pleasures and knew I would be coming home for a cleanse. I was doing an herbal cleanse right up to the point when we left, but I have all the ammunition for a real cleanse in my own cupboards.
This morning we started the day off with our warm lemon water, mine has Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne in it as well. I also drank some homemade organic Fire Cider to just set the tone for digestion and cleansing.
We also added a new liver cleanse of celery juice. A whole stalk of organic celery in the vita-mix made two full juice glasses of thick smoothie substance with a salty kick. This alone could’ve been my breakfast and I should’ve stopped there, but Mitch was so excited to eat our Usual (Uze) Breakfast that he made our farm fresh eggs, with cold pressed sauerkraut, nuts and seeds, avocado and baby tomatoes. I had to save mine for lunch. After lunch I had another shot of Fire Cider.
I added a little greens first to my smoothie to thin it out a little.
Since a year ago I was pretty faithful about fasting at dinnertime. So usually my last meal of the day was lunch, or a snack around three. On this trip I was eating dinner and once even oily fish and chips. I instantly felt it was a mistake, but ate it anyway. I can totally hear my ego say – ‘You’re on vacation, it’s ok’. But later my tongue feels hairy and slimy, thank goodness I remembered my tongue scraper.
So back to veggies and clean eating. Celery juice for a few days and if I’m still wanting to go deeper into cleansing I will make kitchari and eat it for several days.
As far as holding my pee, this is a recipe for Urinary Tract Infections for most folks. Luckily I avoided it this time and getting back home to my Kangen water (I always drink lots of coffee while traveling) and kombucha with cranberry/orange juice is a great way to get more vitamin C and the probiotics our guts need.
I FEELS SO GOOD to be home and seriously with OUR FOOD and our critters.
If you have any questions about a cleanse please reach out. Happy to help.
What’s a hack? To me it’s taking an ordinary action and Improving upon it. I have my Energy Hack of breathing deeply with my hands on my hips and standing like Wonder Woman. I’ll exhale with affirmations like, ‘I feel amazing’! Or ‘I am energized’. For 10 deep breaths and viola, I AM ENERGIZED!!
Depending on what your lacking, that same posture and breath work can really work for you. Say you’re feeling depressed. Stand like Wonder Woman or Superman and say ‘I am happy’ , or ‘I am full of Joy’!
Here is a video demonstration:
So back to Snack Hacking. A snack hack is really just mindful eating. Instead of grabbing a handful of your favorite snack tossing your head back and throwing a mouthful in, take that same handful of let’s say granola (or as my friend Linda calls it – Gorp) and set it on a pretty plate. Then take one almond or raisin etc at a time and savor it. Try chewing each tasty morsel up to 20 times before swallowing. I really enjoy chewing on a nut until it becomes nutbutter.
Eating slower like this helps aide digestion up to 30% you have broken down the food before your stomach has to do all the work this also helps you to become fuller on less food it gives your body enough time to process and send the signal to your brain that you are full, rather than shoving handfuls of food down mindlessly and later looking down you’ve eaten the whole bag in one setting.
Here is another snack hack. I’ve got one peanutbutter protein ball here and one piece of Raw Energy both are about a 1/2 square. Easy enough to pop several in your mouth in a short amount of time.
Instead I’ve chopped them up into little pieces and have them on a cute plate (presentation is everything ya know) and will be more AWARE of what I’m putting into my mouth and savor each piece more.
More on Mindful Eating later.