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Juice Plus provides many health benefits

Juice Plus provides many health benefits

Hard to believe isn’t it? It is true though and has numerous clinical tests proving the value of…..

Juice plus.

Because of my already healthy diet, I didn’t expect to notice any real difference when I started taking it. To my surprise, after a month, I realized the (more…)

05 Oct 2015

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23 Sep 2015

Do you have money troubles?

Allow it to come and go freely

Allow it to come and go freely

No matter how much you make or how little you spend you always seem to come up short.

I call that money troubles.

I have lived with that problem all of my life. I knew where my belief in scarcity came from but I have never been able to correct it, until now.

As I grew up, we had enough money, in fact I was known as “the rich kid” and I hated it. People looking in had absolutely no idea the reality of my life. We had a big house yes but it was not happy inside. My father was never home. He worked all the time trying to keep up with my mother’s spending habits. She said she spent because he was never home. Neither of them could see the truth and they continued to blame each other for their issues. (I also ended up with a blaming issue that I had to overcome. Thanks mom and dad.) My dad kept track (more…)

19 Sep 2015

How you can begin to live more simply by getting rid of unnecessary stuff

stuffI have found in my life that as I live more simply, the happier I am. You can do it too by following these relatively simple steps. How simple depends on your desire to be happier and freer.

Letting go of stuff doesn’t have to be hard!

You just need to start somewhere. My advice is to sell or donate the things you haven’t used in over a year (pretty standard advice) and work from that point. You can mentally or physically go through your belongings and separate them into three categories; sell, donate and keep. If you want to add another category of “decide later” that’s ok too as long as too many things don’t end up here. Limit it to about a dozen items.

1.Be sure to tell yourself  that it is ok (what you say to yourself is extremely important to getting to the next step), that you don’t need it, won’t need it and if for some reason you do end up needing it again that you have the choice to re-acquire it (either by buying new, buying used, renting or borrowing).

2.Quit telling yourself you may do something with it at some future date that will probably never come. Just get rid of it.

3.The next step is to rid yourself of the stuff you have used within the last year but not often. Pack them up and set them in an out of the way location. See how you feel. If you panic about any item, remove it from the boxes and accept that you are not ready and may never be ready to get rid of whatever it is.

4.Go through your closets with the same process in mind. I had clothes that were years old and I was planning on losing just the right amount of weight that I could wear them again. I have lost quite a bit of weight and have indeed started wearing some of those clothes. On the other hand I had to get realistic about what I was hanging on to and make some choices.

Did I want to keep particular pieces because of what they helped me remember of my life at the time that I wore them? If it was a particularly happy time, I allowed myself to feel that feeling as I packed them up. I admitted to myself that clothing could not bring back the happy times, only I could. I have a particular jacket that still has the tags on it after 25 years because it is still just a bit too small for me. It is a designer jacket that I got super cheap and I have had a hard time saying goodbye. I’m finally ready and just imagine the pleasure that someone else will get from finding it at Goodwill. There. Easy peasy. Done! (See how important what you tell yourself is!)

5.If you have things things that hold a really tight grip on you for whatever reason you need to spend a lot of time making the decision as to whether you want to keep them or pass them on. For me it was my books. I have hauled them around for thirty years. I get rid of some, add some new ones and have many that I have never even read. I just needed them.

I finally was able to let 95% of them go when I made my move to North Carolina. It took a lot of conversations (over a period of months) with myself to do it though. I did it gradually. The first ones to go were the ones that really didn’t have much meaning to me or were outdated. Then I separated them into piles by how much I wanted to keep them. The next pile was pretty easy to part with (it gets easier with practice, I promise). There were two piles left and it took me a while to take the next step.

Many things come with additional costs over time.

Many things come with additional costs over time.

At that point I just had another conversation with myself about getting them at the library if I wanted to read them again. OK. That was easy. Gone. The last pile I ended up dividing into two more piles and just bit the bullet and donated them to Goodwill. I kept the final pile. It was truly freeing.

Please realize that much of your stuff also comes with additional responsibilities and costs, including taxes, insurance and repairs. Wouldn’t it be nice to reduce the additional costs as well.

I don’t have much stuff but as I look around I am mentally deciding what must go when I move in to my tiny house. Really, how much do you truly need to be happy.

14 Sep 2015

I need your help, please!

I need your help, please!

I need your help, please!

I need your help!

Can you answer a few questions for me? I need to know what you are interested in learning. My readers, you, are what is important here so I need to hear from you.

In the comment section, let me know what topics you want to read about or you can simply answer these questions;

  1. What is your biggest health challenge? Whether it is diet related, adhering to a general plan of wellness or something else.
  2. What brought you to my site? and do you want more on that topic?
  3. Which posts have you found most helpful or interesting?

Let’s get the conversation going friends and I need your help to do it!

30 Aug 2015

These lies are told by vets everyday (yes, even yours)

dog vitamins

Come on! Seriously!

I just saw a TV ad for supplements (vitamins) for dogs and I had to write this post. Dogs should not be on vitamins! They should get everything they need from the food they eat. This is just another ploy by the dog food companies to  get your money. They make you question your love for your dog.

This is not a lie the vet tells you, unless he does but the rest of this post is specifically about veterinarians and how they influence you to spend your money unnecessarily.

First a little background!

In the US and Canada whether you can be a vet or own a practice is not decided by how well you did in school or how much money you have. It is solely decided by the veterinarian associations. They are not accountable to anyone and are free to do what they want and as usual there is a monetary factor. Their purpose is to secure as much income as possible for their (more…)

23 Aug 2015

Do you have digestion issues?

Do you suffer from frequent indigestion?

Do you suffer from frequent indigestion?

Even if you don’t have noticeable digestion issues, you will benefit from reading the following information.

If you struggle with heartburn, indigestion, burping and bloat these suggestions will probably help you out. There are solutions to these problems that do not involve taking a medication for the discomfort. I was on omeprazole (the generic version of Prilosec) for 15 years. Guess what? I no longer need to take it as I have restored my digestive health with the following actions. (more…)

19 Aug 2015

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