Who's in charge of your life?
If you say that you are in charge of your life but you cannot resist the temptation to grab your cell phone first thing in the morning, then can you really say that you are in charge? Have you given yourself over to outside forces? If YOU are the KING of YOU then you check in with the truest part of yourself before you check in with anyone or anything else. One powerful way of checking in with yourself is through the BMe R3 Practice:
Please review the video and practice daily before checking your cell phone, computer, the news or any stimulus that occurs outside of yourself. Engage an accountability partner to ensure success and keep me posted on your progress. Please call, text or email me to let me know how you are doing. I want to hear from you.
Keeping Cool and Staying Hydrated This Summer with Cooling Herbs
Did you know that herbs can be used internally or externally to enhance your body's self healing mechanisms? Herbs also add flavor to your food and beneficial enzymes to help digest your food. It is imperative that you stay hydrated and keep your body cool in the summer heat. Water is not the true picture of hydration. To be fully hydrated you need water, electrolytes and essential fatty acids. Remember this equation:
Hydration = water + electrolytes + essential fatty acids
Keep reading to learn about a few of the many cooling herbs that also keep you hydrated and alkalize your blood.
Chia Seeds - high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, provides sustainable energy for your body and keeps your cells hydrated. Add 1/4 teaspoon to your water bottle and drink throughout your day. You can also add chia seeds to your smoothies or mix in with coconut milk yogurt.
Mint - supports your respiratory, digestive, nervous and circulatory systems; great for colds, sore throat and headaches. Place mint in your water, drink mint tea, add to salads, smoothies or chew on the leaves as a breath freshener. There are 3 basic types of mint:
- Peppermint - best for digestion, most cooling
- Spearmint - best for relaxation and supports the urinary system
- Horsemint - best as an antispasmodic for pain relief
Cucumber - helps to balance blood sugar and is great for people with Type 2 Diabetes; is high in silica which helps with joint and ligament pain, and reduces inflammation; add cucumber slices to your water, eat in salads and put in smoothies. Cucumber skin is really good for you, but it must be organic. If your cucumber is not organic you must peel off the skin.
Other Great Cooling Foods and Herbs for Summer
Coconut is naturally cooling, and coconut water is fantastic at replenishing the cells. Coconut water is loaded with electrolytes. Add a pinch of sea salt to coconut water to create a superior sports drink which replaces lost fluids. Coconut also helps to balance the thyroid, increases metabolism, and has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic properties. Coconut is one of only a few oils that is safe to cook with (at medium heat). This power packed food boosts immunity and coconut milk yogurt is a cooling, satisfying digestive aid.
Aloe vera taken internally can cool and rejuvenate your liver. Known as the Queen of herbs, aloe vera regulates sugar and fat metabolism and you can add a pinch of turmeric to aloe as an overall general tonic. Aloe vera is great for relieving constipation, inflammation, burns, hives, sprains, boils and other issues of the skin. It is best to take about 1/4 cup of the juice (or gel) in the morning/before bed on an empty stomach. It is certainly an acquired taste so you can mix it with a little apple juice. This brand tastes the best if you get it in the glass jar: http://www.lilyofthedesert.com/product/preservative-free-juices/. You can find it in most health food stores or order it online.
Summer time is the best time to enjoy more raw foods or lightly steamed veggies. Eat more alkaline and astringent foods that are cooling such as green juices, berries, figs, melons, avocados and pears. Enjoy cooling vegetables such as bok choy, lettuce, green beans and alfalfa sprouts.