give up good

Oh, we all know how this one goes, don’t we? Isn’t this why we stay in something WAAAAAY past it’s expiration date? Whether it’s a job or a relationship, we stay too long. We stay because it’s “fine”, “okay” or “not bad”.  We stay because, frankly, it’s easier than leaving.

Because leaving requires action. It means making the tough decisions and being uncomfortable or inconvenienced. But so what? Like you’ve never known discomfort or inconvenience before? I mean, it’s nothing new, right?  Today decide to go for great. Go for badass and extraordinary. Go for what you DESERVE.

 

 

sunshine rays

Looking for ways to give your immune system a boost? Here are some tips on how to keep your immune system healthy:

1. Avoid sugar and processed foods – Sugar and processed foods seriously hamper the immune system. Eating lots of fresh vegetables help the body to ward off those yucky cold and flu bugs! Not sure how to go about making healthy, clean meals? Clean eating menu plans are a great place to start. (click here)

2. Increase your intake of Omega 3 fatty acids –  Flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, salmon, herring, anchovies and walnuts are all very high in Omega 3’s

3. Get plenty of sleep – Fatigue has a detrimental effect on the body’s ability to fight off infections

4. Find ways to reduce stress in your life – Meditation, taking a walk in nature, yoga and talking to a supportive friend are all great ways to lower stress levels

5. Increase your vitamin D levels – One fantastic way to do this is to spend some time outdoors every day. Just 20 minutes is all you need to increase Vitamin D!

6. Exercise – This helps to increase circulation which helps your immune system to function more effectively

7. Wash your hands – This simple yet effective step helps to stop the spread of viruses

 

 

Fresh cucumbers

I’ve always loved cucumbers but I honestly never really thought they contained many nutritional benefits. My 10 year old son loves them and eats them almost every day so I was super happy to learn about the following fantastic benefits of cucumbers:

1. Digestive support: Cucumber skins contain insoluble fiber, which helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination. Hurray for healthy elimination!

2. Heart health: Cucumbers contain the vital electrolyte potassium which is associated with a healthy heart. It’s important to maintain a proper balance of potassium and sodium in order to achieve optimal overall health.

3. Helps fight inflammation in the body: Animal studies with cucumber extract have demonstrated their ability to inhibit pro-inflammatory enzymes.

4. Highly alkaline:  Maintaining proper equilibrium in the body is imperative for good health. When the body is alkaline, nasty things like colds and flus cannot survive. I’m all for keeping those nasty flu bugs away!

5. Reduces stress levels: Cucumbers are high in vitamin B, especially B1 (thiamine), B5 (pantothenic acid) and B7 (biotin). Studies have shown that Vitamin B can help reduce levels of stress in the body.

6. High in silica content: Silica is  a major component for building bone health. Silica also binds to aluminum to offset its toxicity and helps flush it out of organs.

7. Good for brain health: Cucumber’s anti-inflammatory flavonol, fisetin, plays an important role in brain health. Fisetin protects against progressive memory loss and cognitive decline according to animal testing.

 

inspiration

 

Just in time for the weekend!

Don’t drink and dial.  Do not let this bottle of wine to serve as an inspiration to call your ex in a pathetic attempt to get back together. Some very fine grapes have died in the making of this wine. Show some respect.

 

joy ordinary

Joy is found in simple things. Ordinary, seemingly insignificant moments can bring much happiness. The key is to deliberately take the time to appreciate these moments when they happen. When there are a million things vying for your attention it can be a challenge to stop and really enjoy the ordinary

Life is busy. It’s busy and it’s filled with distractions. The comfort of my sofa, the lovely cherry blossom trees outside my window and the taste of hot coffee – these are three things I am appreciating as I write this.  Take a moment today to enjoy the delicious beauty that surrounds you. Then notice the peace that comes.