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Can Two Weeks of ‘Clean Eating’ Make You Healthier?

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People having a dinner with fresh vegetables and homemade meal

This idea should be pretty simple really, either it does or it doesn’t.  Well, maybe it's not quite that simple.

If you think that eating clean for two weeks is the solution that you were looking for and after two weeks you can go back to the pop and chip aisle in the grocery store, then I have a magic pill for you and swamp land for sale.  I believe that if you can stick to a clean eating program for two weeks, then the biggest hurdle has been jumped.

Just like most other eating programs, there will be people, experts even, that will totally disagree with each other.  But in the end, if you are eating a healthy diet of protein, veggies, fruit and grains, you're way ahead of the fast food, deep fried, prepackaged  diet that most people these days seem to consume.

You can’t fix a lifetime of bad eating habits in two weeks, but you can begin to eat better and you will feel better in those same two weeks.

 

http://globalnews.ca/news/2949458/can-two-weeks-of-clean-eating-make-you-healthier/?sf36536248=1

Everybody Dies but NOT Everybody Lives

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This video is really powerful.  We all hear these inspirational video messages and love them, but when was the last time you actually did something about what you learn.  

This guy’s info isn’t super unique.  His delivery is powerful, the imagery is beautiful but all that only matters if you stop watching and make a decision to do something about it.  

Regret is one of the most powerful feelings that we all deal with and most of us ignore.

It’s time to get off of the couch and do that ‘thing’ that you really want to do.

Please don’t let this video be just one of those things you watch and then just go back to your life as it was before.  Let it move you.  Let it inspire you.  Let it get your juices going and let it be the thing that pushes you into that life of greatness that you were meant to live.

Everybody Dies Not Everybody Lives

Are You Aging or Growing Old?

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Wooden dock with chairs on calm fall lake

I love this time of year.  The weather is generally sunny and warm during the day and cool at night.  

When I used to walk to school as a kid it was a pain because you had to bundle up in the morning but by lunch, you were warm and wishing for shorts again.  You can always tell when you are  a true WestCoast person because you cherish all of your sunny dry days knowing that the rains will soon be here.  The other reason I love this time of the year is the amazing colours everywhere.  The trees are changing colours and you get a new batch of colour each week.  As each different type of tree starts to lose their leaves, their colours change too.  We just came back from a little time away to our favourite camping spot.  Instead of being there in the heat of summer, we chose this year to go when it was a little cooler and definitely quieter.  When it was time, we chose the long drive home.  It added a couple of hours to our trip but it was so worth it because the colours were amazing.

 

This gave me time to love the colours and think.  Think about why the leaves change colour.  Think about what it means in the life of the tree.  Think of the other things that depend on that tree.  When the tree is small and growing like crazy.  When it is in its fullest big green leaves of summer.  And then what it means as it is preparing for winter.  It made me think of life in general.  It made me think about my life and the lives of the people around me.  It made me think about the age that I am at and how society looks upon people as their “leaves” start to change colour.

 

It’s kind of funny how when you compare the life of a tree and our lives, there are a whole lot of similarities and yet we surely don’t treat each other with the same respect as a tree.

 

  • We see little saplings and don’t give them a thought.  In our yards they are weeds if they are not in the right place, not the right kind, not the right shape, we simply discard them for perfection.  We see babies and cherish them.  We nurture them, spend a huge amount of money making them comfortable and adorable, we make their lives a beautiful as we can.
  • We see small trees and now at least acknowledge that one day they will be useful.  One day they will offer the shade we planted them for.  One day they will offer the privacy we crave and one day we will be satisfied enough to nurture them by trimming them and taking care of them.  We see teens as that same thing; one day they will be useful.  One day they will get a job and pay a little rent.  One day they won’t talk back and one day they will be productive members of society.
  • We see mature trees as beautiful additions to our streets and gardens.  They offer all the things we planned for them.  People admire them, notice how you have taken care of them.  You rake their leaves, trim the branches and enjoy them on hot summer days.  Our young adults are the ‘pretty people’ that we all wish we looked like.  Their bodies are the envy of both young and old.  They have endless energy and have enough wisdom to be able to carry on a useful conversation.
  • We see trees in the autumn with amazing colours.  We wonder why did the tree keep those colours so long hidden inside.  We wish we could see these colours for more than just a few weeks.  We spend time making piles of raked leaves for kids to play in and use them for insulation for the upcoming winter.  We see people with wrinkles and wonder why they ‘let themselves go’  We see people with grey hair and wonder why they don’t dye it.  We see the ageing body and instead of enjoying the autumn of our days we wish for more youth.  Instead of admiring the next phase we wish we could either stop time or turn it back.
  • We see trees in the winter with no leaves and just walk on by.  We see elderly people and do the same.  Finally a parallel. Sad. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

 

As I have entered into the time in my life where my wrinkles are not hidden.  My grey hair is admittedly coloured, but not the same colour as when I was a teen, as my skin starts to sag and I make creaking noises as I move, I think about the fall colours and how much I love them.  It is my time to embrace my autumn and love the skin I am in.  There are so many blessings simply because I am as old as I am.  My three amazing children and my grandson are living proof of that.  You don’t get grandkids when you are young and being a grandma is absolutely the best thing ever.

 

I am not planning on entering into my old age counting my days sitting a rocking chair.  I plan on staying as physically fit as I can.  I want to be one of those old trees that get better as they age.  Still offering shade, having great colours in the fall and making sure that I am as useful as possible for as long as possible.

 

Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature. – Harold Coffin

 

Are You in a Rut?

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It seems that people get stuck in ruts.  

That is no great news flash but sometimes we need to be reminded that we are part of a bigger world than the house we live in, the family we deal with and people we work with.  I think that we are so caught up in being told that we are “one of a kind” that we forget that although there is nobody else exactly like us on the planet, that we are far from being completely unique.  Part of being not completely unique is that other people are going through the same ‘stuff’ that you are.  The biggest difference between you and the other guys is your attitude toward your situation and how you choose to deal with it.

At the gym that Doug and I go to there is always a challenge of some kind going on.  The idea is for the trainers and the clients to challenge each other with either the number of times we do something or how fast we can do that something.  Some of the challenges have been fun.  Others seem to be taken over by ‘the boys’.  But whatever way you look at it, it is a chance to push yourself through others, to do something a little different.  So, you start running up stairs for fun.  Or you may flip a really big tire over and over again.  Whatever the challenge is, we do it for  some basic reasons.  One is that competition is a good thing and can be the push you need to achieve something new.  But it can also be the thing that gets you out of your rut.

Like it or not, we tend to do things out of habit.  They may be good habits or not, but the routine becomes comfortable.  Sometimes too comfortable.  Wherever you are in your journey through life, it’s time to stop and do a little self-assessment.  Are you in a rut???  The answer may be as big and obvious as an elephant in your car.  Or it may be as big as a mosquito at night.  Either case, both are there and need to be dealt with before we can move forward.

Start with asking yourself some basic questions:

  • Am I bored with my routine?
  • Am I truly, really happy right now?
  • If an emergency popped up, could I handle it or would the strain on my routine be too much?
  • Do I have goals that I have pushed aside because they are too uncomfortable?
  • What will it look like when I have achieved my goal?

I think if you were honest with yourself and answered yes to any or even some of these questions, the rut has formed and you are in it.

Years ago I heard a saying, “ a rut is just a grave with the ends kicked out”.  OUCH!

So, what now?  Well, I truly think the next part is the hardest and yet the easiest all at the same time.

Make a decision.

Yes, that is truly the next step.  Are you going to stay put or are you going to do something about your rut?  Are you going to change your rut?

Great!  That is the best news yet.  Making the decision can be hard.  It will mean change.  That can be tough.  It could also be easy because you don’t have to do anything once the choice is made, it’s just a decision, right?  Unless you actually want to change, then you have to actually do something.

Start at the beginning

  • What is it that you want to change?
  • Make a list of what you are going to change
  • Make a list of why you are going to change it
  • Make a list of what you think you will need to do

Then begin.

Change is really important, so keep in mind that some people will resist you trying to change.  With the gym challenges, you would think that everyone would go like crazy to win these things.  But just like everywhere else, people in the gym sometimes just do the minimum.  If somebody goes way too far ahead, people just quit.  They find that rut.  If somebody puts in a little more effort than they do, people complain because now, they look bad.  There’s that rut again.

Remember, you may need to begin again.  Ruts, seem to form really easily.  So be prepared to start at the beginning again if you need to.  Your starting line may have moved.  I sure hope it does.  And if you keep going, it will move and as long as you keep moving forward, the ends of the rut don’t close in quite so tight.

Good intentions never change anything. They only become a deeper and deeper rut. – Joyce Meyer