Eating Right when Dieting Saves Muscle Mass

I have trouble skipping meals or cutting back on the food I do eat. The doctor told me to lose 20 pounds now if I didn’t want to have to start worrying about having to really struggle with weight later on. He explained how as the years go by it is tougher and tougher to lose weight but easier to gain it. I didn’t pay much attention to him until a couple of months later when I weighed myself and saw I had gained another five pounds. I was looking at the reviews on IdealShape for a meal replacement shake. I work out and need the nutrients, but I was eating too much during my regular meals. I needed to skip some meals and eat a regular dinner.

That helped me not only to get the weight off, it helped me to get back on track for not eating so much. (more…)

Botox Treatments at the Chiropractor

When my friend enthused about a Phoenix chiropractor who does Botox injections, I thought she’d taken too many injections. Why would a chiropractor do Botox? Isn’t that in the realm of cosmetic surgeons? I myself had been giving serious consideration to having Botox done, but I figured the cost would be astronomical by going to a plastic surgeon. They’ll charge an arm and a leg because they can. But here words intrigued me enough to look further into the matter and sure enough this chiropractor does indeed perform Botox injections. I thought going in for a consultation was worth the time.

At the very least I could possibly figure out further options if this didn’t pan out. (more…)

New Year, New You?

Happy 2018! I hope it’s treating you well so far. I know there have been plenty of posts about New Year’s resolutions already, but this is for those still working on them now that the holidays are well and truly over.

My ideal routine includes being careful about what I eat – no refined sugar, low fat, no wheat or dairy. But it’s very hard to keep that up over the holidays, even if I don’t do a traditional family-type celebration. There are a couple of weeks where it all just goes by the wayside. Alcohol has little attraction for me, but the sugar and fat are a different story. Let’s just say I discovered Krispy Kreme doughnuts this December, and leave it at that.

So, come New Year, I went back on the wagon, stricter than before to clear out all the gunk. I’m managing so far, but I find that accomplishing anything else is a struggle. I’ve often wondered why, but I found a couple of resources that do a pretty good job of explaining it.

Ten tips on keeping resolutions, Robert Kelsey – I especially liked the bit about how “If your idea of celebrating your success is to immediately fall off the wagon, you haven’t actually solved the problem”. So true. The point is to find some kind of reward that’s consistent with the new lifestyle you’re trying to create. (more…)

The state of healing

The talk in Canterbury went well. Although the audience was smaller than anticipated, those attending were interested and asked good questions. The video is still in process, but when it’s available I’ll post the link to it. The camera angle is a bit strange because we had a camera fail at the last minute and ended up using someone’s mobile phone. I was just grateful that there were no actual computer glitches – I remember one talk I gave in which my computer wouldn’t talk to their projector and I ended up using my hands to illustrate my presentation!

Meanwhile, I thought I’d share some of the material that I didn’t have time to go into during the talk. This installment is a pretty good summary of my thoughts on the state of healing in general.

Where does healing start?

Why is it so difficult to make lasting changes?

Healing seems almost impossible to catch in the act. It’s only when we look back at how things were that we can see how far we’ve come. Ayahuasca has allowed me to experience healing in real time, as it happens. This makes it tangible and memorable. (more…)

Substance over style

Usually, substance over style is a good thing… but not when you’re talking about medicinal substances and lifestyles.

Here we get into the difference between symptom relief and true healing. A symptom is the outward manifestation of a problem – a headache, for example. Many different problems might cause headaches, ranging from simple dehydration through migraines to a brain tumour. Just popping a painkiller may well provide some relief, but it won’t do anything about a brain tumour. Actually healing the tumour is a whole different proposition, and may well involve taking a hard look at one’s history and lifestyle.

A chemical substance prescribed for healing may be the same as one for symptom relief, or something completely different. True healing is much easier when symptoms are under control, so that all of one’s energy isn’t diverted into just coping with the symptoms, but symptom control is only a first step. Many are more than happy to stop at symptom control, but if the underlying problem isn’t addressed, the symptoms will just come back, and/or new ones will appear. (more…)

A Tale of 4 Synchronicities

I’ve heard many times that embarking on a healing or shamanistic path can increase the level of synchronicity in one’s life (or maybe just enhance the awareness of those that occur), but when it actually happens, I’m just as surprised as anyone else – at least for the moment. I’m thinking of a particular set of events that started on the plane as I came back from the US, and just had its final part happen this afternoon.

1) My flight back from the US was crowded. Even though I checked in online 24 hours in advance, I ended up being assigned a seat in the middle of a row of three, with no extra space ahead or behind. I wasn’t thrilled about it, and was even less so when, as I checked my bags, I was moved suddenly and inexplicably, to the second seat in a row of four (a row, in which none of the onboard entertainment worked, as it happened) – even worse. I had no idea why I’d been moved and nobody seemed like they had the time to talk about it, so I shrugged in my British-trained acceptance and sat down for the duration.

On my right were two business types, one male, one female – the woman traveled a lot and was engaged in a long conversation with her seatmate about various routings and Frequent Flyer plans. I tried joining in a couple of times but it was clear that there was no point, so I gave up. (more…)

The importance of Vitamin C serum for Anti Aging

There are a lot of benefits you can get from vitamin C. Its effective ingredient is excellent for your skin. Inside the body system, this highly effective vitamin maintains our health by improving our autoimmune systems and combating the cold which will infect your body. However when vitamin C serum is used topically, it will be helpful to keep our skin bright, clear and smooth. This vitamin can also be used for anti aging treatment. It comes with anti oxidant which can counteract destructive free radicals.

It does work in optimizing recovery of defective skin tissues and also collagen. This vitamin is also good for the people who are having weak blood vessels and capillaries. It will help reduce the overall look of damaged veins on face and also spider veins on your legs. As a skin-based treatment, it will make the actual skin more dazzling and vibrant and less sensitive to UV damage.

As an anti aging nutrient, it is luckily easy to find in most people’s food, as it can help defend against those harmful toxins, which you absorb or are subjected to through pollution, radiation and cigarette smoke. Helping to recreate extra anti oxidant, when used topically, vitamin C shields the skin against harmful UV rays.

Vitamin C serum will not just decelerate the signs of aging , it also can be used to some extent as it enhances the skin’s capability to keep fluid , And by using vitamin C , the collagen process is boosted , which stimulates the numerous anti aging properties such as skin tightening , skin toning , wrinkle free , among others . It also will reduce the growth of fine lines while stimulating younger-looking, vibrant skin.

With boast-worthy ability to encourage collagen production, reduce wrinkles and brighten skin, it’s no wonder that brand products everywhere are choosing vitamin C as a main ingredient in their products.

Black Bath Bomb

vfrt6Sparimo, the home of the monthly bath bomb and spa box, has just released a brand new bath black bath bomb. The intense color of this bath bomb is more than just the color, it’s also the amazing skin benefits. The dark, intense experience of this black bath bomb makes for a truly unique experience in the tub. Oh, did we mention the bath bomb is filled with skin nourishing ingredients like activated charcoal.

These activated charcoal bath bombs are all the rage due to the skin benefits and insanely dark bath water. The skin benefits of activated charcoal comes from the fact it can draw impurities away from the skin and help heal the skin due to it’s toxin-removeing properties.

Activated charcoal is just a black powder, usually coming from a tree or plant like bamboo. In fact, it’s just a black powder with no smell, no taste, and no harmful chemicals. The black bath bomb offered by Sparimo is full of activated charcoal to help your skin. (more…)