Originally I created this website to share my knowledge about fitness and health, and to post to it regularly. Unfortunately I haven't been posting regularly because work has taken over and also taken over my time to be on an actual computer. My job does not allow me to use a computer nor do I sit at a desk. I wanted to share all the benefits I received from following a healthy lifestyle (my entire life) as a way to give back and help others. This Blog gave me another purpose in life. I don't have too many ads on here maybe just three or four. I'm actually just focused on sharing my experience and coping with the hard times by writing. I love reading and I've always loved writing.
Before starting this Blog I experienced some heavy heartache within my family, (having to do with divorce and my mom who is 'gifted' with Schizophrenia). I say 'gifted' because she is 'gifted.' She is her own unique and beautiful person, inside and out. We had a mother-daughter relationship for 30 years. There were good days and there were bad days. I never thought it was a 'bad thing' for her to have, and she always wondered why she had it and blamed others for it. This was God's plan for her and if only she accepted what she had and lived with it, things could have been better. It's not a black and white story and I see how family dynamics could have changed and how we could have done things differently. But isn't that what we all do? We question ourselves how we could have done things differently and made things better after the fact? ... and now it's too late. My parents did their best to stay together and ultimately their love just dwindled away, which led to a divorce that isn't over yet. Mainly because my brother has taken complete control over my mom and put himself in the middle of my parents fiasco, he was never grateful or thankful for anything. I just turned 34 and I haven't been able to communicate with her since I was 30. It was very heartbreaking for me to lose my mother. She is here on Earth yet I can't have a relationship with her.
Since the divorce started, my mom's health deteriorated, as a result of my sibling. She had cut off all communication with me, thinking that I was choosing sides. I don't blame her because my brother is the one who made her believe this. It took me three years to finally accept it and I miss her dearly and I wish I can help her. She is my mother after all and I don't care what she has, she was the best mom I could have ever asked for. I'm sure she knows that. Shortly after she stopped communication with me. I experienced a death of a close family member, and then three months after that a death of a close friend, who's mom was also 'gifted.' My support system left me dry and I didn't know who I can turn to. My Dad of course but then again he's not a woman. After this dark and gloomy period, I began to question my life and my purpose here on Earth. I was diagnosed with Extreme Depression and although no one in my family knew, I just cried a lot when I was alone; Every day. I never gave up on exercising cause it made me feel better. I adopted my dog, Rocco, and I look at it as we both saved each other. I needed a companion... AND THIS is where my Blog came into place.
With that said this past year I rekindled my faith with God and accepted Jesus in my heart. I prayed everyday sometimes a few times a day. I asked for God's help, for my strength in my emotions, and for his healing power to uplift me and make be believe he was by-my-side. I began listening to Christian talk radio, Christian music, attending church on a weekly basis and I noticed opportunities arising in my favor, and I started to see the proof. The proof of the Holy Spirit and how he WAS there with me. He never left me, he just waited for me to come to him.
This led me to confide in a friend that I knew was a firm believer in Jesus Christ, and she led me to a healer who heals from within. I was also 'gifted' with a virus that is incurable in the Doctors world but I knew there was a cure. I'm healing naturally by following a strict food plan, and providing the herbs and seeds that God created on this Earth. So for the past six months I have been on a strict PLANT-BASED ROUTINE. I CUT OUT ALL CAFFEINE, ALCOHOL, MEAT, AND DAIRY. It was hell during the first week not going to lie. This man is also a believer in God and has helped me to stay focused, during my time doubting this lifestyle change. "Stay focused Shelly, you need to stay focused." And so I did.
After four months of nourishing my body with the natural minerals and herbs and veggies and fruits from our Earth, I noticed a change in my way of thinking. I noticed my depression going away, I noticed my love for others increasing, my love for God increasing. And then I began to realize certain people who were a part of my life that weren't helping me, they weren't supporting me, or offering me a solution to my problems. But rather what can I do for them. I was a giver. So much that it broke me down because I didn't receive anything in return. I eliminated and/or avoided these people. Not only is he curing me of my virus, this food plan has cured my depression, it has uplifted my spirits and I finally feel that God is blessing me and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I can't thank him enough!
Almost six months later I am now on an ALKALINE PLANT BASED DIET. Doing an intra-cellular cleanse bringing my body back to a homeostasis state. (Dr. Sebi's way) Ridding myself of all bacteria and mucus in my body over the years. I am no longer depressed, I've never been this happy, and I'm never going to stray away from God. I'm focused, I have mental clarity, and I know what makes me happy and what doesn't. I'm not the type of person to give up, I'm the type to find a cure, to find help. For myself and for my family. It is our personal choice after all to know ourselves well enough on how we can HEAL from within.
I've heard too much caffeine is bad for you, its good for you. They say successful business people stay away from having too much caffeine since it initiates the fight and flight response, causing us to react more aggressively. Is that true? So if we are a boss of many people does that mean we should drink less coffee?
This is what I think about coffee after hearing everything that's out there. It's good to drink after a night of alcoholic beverages. It can either cure a headache or possibly make it worse. Caffeine turns parts of our brain black, and have also heard other claims backing that up. A cup of coffee can make us more alert, think straighter, and give us some good natural energy. I used to drink a Red Bull before taking an exam in college. Coffee and tea fight cancer, it lowers our cholesterol, it prevents Parkinson's just to name a few. And don't forget, it's bad to brush your teeth right after coffee or tea because it scrubs the enamel off.
I used to drink coffee everyday but currently I haven't had any in about four months. Just tea. I'm following a plant based routine so that is the reason. I don't think I'll drink AS much as I did before. But I would enjoy a nice hot cup of Joe.
So what is right? Well I always say everything in moderation. I looked forward to my cup of Joe and I enjoyed it to the fullest. I've also been made it a habit to drink Green Tea on the daily. Currently I drink Decaf Green Tea as well as others. I've always heard great things about Green Tea and numerous things about coffee. My limit is two cups a day. I think there should be a limit somewhere when it comes to caffeine. That was my max. I also didn't drink any soda, and still don't, so no added caffeine there. I've turned to see what Dr. Oz had to say about Coffee and Tea. Dr Oz. is one of my favorite doctors for go-to advice when it comes to our health. He's had extensive experience and education in the medical field and his family also has a medical background. With that said, I think he's pretty credible. The picture above is from his website which you can go to by clicking here. It sums up some good benefits of both.
Our health. Our lives. Our passions. Our families. Our goals and our well being. Should these be un-important for our own self satisfaction?
We are electrified living human beings. Did you know that salt is what gives us electricity? But NOT Table salt. Natural salt like Sea Salt or Himalayan Sea Salt. Calcium Silicate is man-made by our lovely manipulators. Those who want to encourage us to eat Unnatural. Anything Unantural WILL affect us. Eventually. We need plants, sun, oxygen, nutrients, water to survive. Everything we have for a healthy life is here on this earth. Natural food and ingredients are available to us if we choose to that route.
We are influenced by the media and we can all agree to that. Many parents won't let their children watch regular TV with all the commercials and profit gaining drugs. Our media our government will advertise what they want us to hear. To put our health at risk for their own profit. I choose not to. I choose my own path. A path God has set out for me. We will be influenced by power and by manipulation. This was scripted thousands of years ago. They already knew this was going to happen. There is a plan. Stay strong.
PREVENTION IS KEY
I recently made an Instagram post about what Spices I was keeping and what Spices I was tossing
For almost 4 months I have been on a plant based routine diet and getting coached by a celebrity trainer for a holistic healing approach to life. It really resonates with me, now more than ever before, what it is we are eating, and how it affects the natural genetics of our body. We are humans, we are part of human nature, we connect with the universe which ultimately means eating the 'universe'. lol #ForReals! Plants and herbs are grown on our earth. Everything we need to heal is provided to us; it's up to us to find it. We just need direction and the 'know' on where to look.
Knowing this, I always look at the ingredient labels now. I did before but now ANYTHING I DON'T RECOGNIZE I research. I took a picture this morning cause I made a salad and I thought I'd read my McCormick Perfect Pinch Salad Supreme dressing topper just for the hell of it.
Left Vs. Right
Via my Instagram post the right contains ingredients such as: calcium stearate, silicon dioxide, calcium silicate (added to make free flowing) omg! FD&C yellow 5 lake. Cows milk, dairy, lactose, nonfat milk solids (which adds to inflammation build up in our bodies) , citric acid, natural flavors, and unrefined herbs.
What are these spices we don't recognize ?
I went ahead and did my own research. I looked at a few websites, the sources, and decided on these. It had all the important information, and one was medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson who is PHD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT. I trust this one. I'm summarizing...
1) Silicon Dioxide = silicon (Si) and Oxygen (O2) make silicon dioxide. It's already on our earth. When we're at the beach it's silicon dioxide that gets between our toes. Its even found naturally in the tissue of our bodies. It's unclear what role it plays and it's thought to be an essential nutrient in our bodies. Or so they think? Well They don't really know.. I'll get this naturally through plants and water since that is also where it is found and also what I'm already doing. I drink over a gallon of water a day and eat plants all day so I'm covered!
2) Calcium Stearate = After reading about this on the Livestrong Website ... Too much of this can cause toxicity, stomach pain, gastrointestinal issues, and it's also found in cosmetics and plastic products. That's all I need to to say about that one. I'm convinced!
3) Calcium Silicate = Reading this website which consist of academic and education Journals and the like; Calcium Silicate absorbs 2 1/2 times its rate of water. If you add Hydrochloric Acid (HCI) it then forms a gel. That's really all I need to know but if you want to read further go to the actual site I went to. Encyclopedia.com
OMG!! MY NEW REVELATION... SILICON BREAST IMPLANTS !
It's amazing what a little research can do! I just now realized this and I'm sharing it all with youuuu! So exciting ..
Okay back to the ingredients ...
4) FD&C Yellow 5 = Well after entering this into Google search bar and reading all the different tabs I could have clicked on and reading through the page descriptions, WOW! JUST WOW! Just enter this into your Google search bar and see for yourself... >>>> Stopkillingmykids.com ...AKA Tetrazine, food coloring dye, banned in Norway/Austria/and some European countries, avoid it like a plague (OMG), synthetic produced from petroleum, I mean I'm just summarizing a whole page of google clickable tabs I could have chose. I didn't even have to choose one.
5) It also contains some dairy products. Cows milk, lactose, nonfat milk solids. All which are acidic proteins and add to inflammation build up in our bodies. We are alkaline living human beings. We need natural water, natural sunlight, plants, energy, electricity ( meaning Sea Salt, Himalayan Sea salt... NOT TABLE SALT**) We are naturally Alkalized human beings. Alkaline(healthy) and Acidic(unhealthy) are the two tipping points on a scale. Which side are we going to choose? Anything unnatural effects us somehow. It's not right away. It happens after years of abuse. An illness, cancer, Alzheimers, lung cancer, heart problems, depression, confusion, colon cancer, prostate, ... years of inflammation will eventually add up to something much larger then the small stuff.
**Take a look at your table salt ingredient list
So what do we learn from all this?
A lot! We learn about our health, we learn about what's important to us, what is good for us, and what will benefit us. Most importantly we are little more aware of what exactly these ingredients are. And I learned about what I need to toss in the trash! #lol #whynot
OMG Worthy enough to share!
I picked up my small bible that was in my drawer and read through the 'Where to Find Help' section in the very beginning. I chose the 'Facing A Crisis' topic and picked a verse. Not that I'm facing a crisis but I've had some difficult times so I needed something uplifting. The New Testament * Psalms Proverbs. The verse is Psalms 121....
What is the best decision to make after all? What decision will get me to where I want to be? Will l regret it? If only I knew what was right and what was wrong I can follow that and be on my way. How do I find the answers? What is right and what is wrong? I don't like not knowing, If only I knew...
Is this relationship going to end up being a waste of my time? Should I have taken that job? I wish I would have taken a certain job years ago, which I believe would have resulted in me being somewhere different then I am now. I don't regret it though. Should I have sacrificed all my extra time I put towards my job I have currently? Everyone's saying its not worth it. Those that I work with say otherwise. Should I have just gone to hair school when I wanted to after High School? What about Real Estate School? I wanted to do that too.
Not knowing what was the best route to go I took my Dad's advice and went to college, graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing, from Cal State Long Beach. I worked here in the US, I worked abroad in Australia, and now I'm working for a Union that will give me autonomy.
Time. Time I feel has been taken away from us. I'm not sure if it was the right choice for me, but I've just learned to accept where I am in life currently.
I'm 33 and it seems like when women get to this age we start to evaluate where we are in our lives relating to family and careers. And we hear that it's safer to conceive 35 years or younger (just this statistic that's been floating around). More people are mentioning it to me. Should I? Only if it's right of course. That's my answer. I'm happy and healthy. And there are no right answers to anything. But I wanted answers. I needed guidance. So that's when I came upon this book! 3O LESSONS OF LIVING: TRIED AND TRUE ADVICE FROM THE WISEST AMERICANS, By Karl Pillemer PHD. He has interviewed thousands of elderly individuals who have had successes in their marriage, failures in their marriage, child bearing advice, relationship advice, what type of partner is good for you: one that will be lasting, and more great advice. HA!
I've read this book and it's made me feel more confident in my life choices. I believe these people more then I believe any other statistic or educational study out there because these people lived it. I'm so glad I've left relationships I've had in the past because after reading their elderly advice, I saved myself some hardships. My values are important and I like to be with someone who understands them or thinks the same as me. I'll leave if not. Well by what the elderly said, it's good I did!
There are so many tips and advice out there from scientists and actual studies and surveys that I myself have turned to. Trying to find answers. Trying to see what advice based on family, relationship, and career is best for me. Still lost at 33 by what is best for me, what better advice to get from the people that have been there and done that already? Thousands of elderly were interviewed in portions such as family, marriage, working, relationships and a few other important life choices. This is great.
I do love reading and I believe in Bibliotherapy (therapy through reading), and if you need some advice about life or you are unsure about your choices then check out this book. Hopefully with the information I share I can help someone else. So click this LINK if you'd like to purchase the book on Amazon.
Hi everyone! So I deleted my Facebook account a few weeks ago and I had my account for about 15 years. It included passed friends, boyfriends, college life, my accomplishments... my life as I grew into an adult. I have recently tried editing my Facebook, cleaning out old pictures, deleting people I no longer communicate with, and it was becoming a bigger task at hand than what I thought it would be. All my pictures I posted to FB were saved to my hard drive anyway so I didn't worry about losing that. I'm not the same person I was with all these memories that I'd like to keep for myself now. It's all created me to be the person I am today.
I don't like to admit this but I was becoming too attached to my FB account. Once I turned 30 I felt like it was mid-life crisis. I think women in general start thinking about family, where they thought they would be at that point in their life, we question ourselves, we forgive ourselves, and we become stronger because of it. So now I'm almost turning 34 and my emotional roller coaster is smoothing out! =) And it's the best feeling! I'm single, I've experienced a near death accident, my parents are still going through a 4 year divorce w/ a disabled family member, my relationships have failed, I'm driven and I've accepted where I am now and what has happened because in the end it all comes together. I had lost my connection with faith because I let life get in the way. I was baptized Catholic, when I was a wittle babiees, but now I'm Christian. My relationship with God has always helped guide me.
Facebook has become an avenue for us to brag, to share our accomplishments, to share the love we receive from others or vice versa, to share our fabulous vacations and excursions, or about our lovely parents and perfect families. Of course we don't want to share the bad things about our lives but because FB is so common everyone goes to Facebook and what about the kids, teens, adults, people that don't have parents? a family? or suffer from depression or another mental illness? They are reading about all these perfect and beautiful things happening to everyone else while they are thinking, "Why can't I have this?".. "How come nobody loves me like that?" .... I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I was thinking that at one point. And now that I deleted my account I feel tremendously better its amazing. And of course I want all my friends and everyone to do good and succeed! I just needed to clear out fog that was not helping my situation.
So I made the cut! I deleted my original Facebook page and created a new beginner one so I can still mange my WhyNot Page. So I didn't delete that! VISIT my WhyNot Page here! More postings will come. And more postings here on my blog since I no longer have my personal page to share my great findings. An added benefit!
Salmon Stuff Bell Peppers Recipe:
I always have salad handy. Leafy greens are high in magnesium which is great in preventing sore muscles, or at least speeding up the healing process. When your muscles are low in magnesium it will make them more sore after a good workout session.
As a matter of fact, that was a rumor I heard and so I went ahead and I did some research to see what it really is good for. In detail. Your muscles do benefit indeed but there are also other great things about it too. One thing too keep an eye out for when researching is the credibility of the website, or the publishers themselves. Dr Oz is one show that I used to watch often. Dr Oz himself comes from a strict educated background along with family history in the medical field. To me that’s pretty credible.
Magnesium helps maintain healthy blood pressure and alleviates constipation. It’s also a natural blood thinner and will in some cases reduce the chance of heart attack and stroke. It can also pre-reverse diabetes and a salad contains a good amount of fiber! Which is important for cleaning us out. Are you getting enough magnesium? Click this LINK to read more about the benefits.
We should be getting 100 milligrams of magnesium per day. It’s more common for the elderly population to be deficient which can lead to heart disease and osteoporosis. I’m not sure exactly how much magnesium I’m getting but I’m going to start taking that more into consideration. I try to eat a salad everyday and I don’t like boring salads. So here is my healthy recipe. #WhyNot !
Hi Everyone! So if you know me then you know that I'm interested in anything about beauty and hygiene. My Mom was always keen about Anti-Aging skin care. She had me wearing eye cream by the time I was 18. She always told me not to get sunburned. I wore SPF 50 from there on out and I still do. Coppertone Sweat Proof SPF 50. Don't want it coming off! I apply eye cream every night before bed. Well thank you Mom!! Thank you because I think my skin looks pretty good for being 33.
ABOUT THAT COCONUT OIL...
YES! So if you're like me then you know you've been hearing some pretty good things about Coconut Oil. What exactly?? Well just good things! You can cook with it, put it on your skin, in you're hair, you can use it for pretty much anything. Not only that, but my cousin mentioned that she uses in on her skin to keep her skin clear. I then spent the night at my friends house and she said she uses it in her hair and on her skin. I saw what she had and it was a big jar of Organic Coconut Oil. Well after hearing such good things and also hearing from two people in my network I thought why not give it a try. I was in Sprouts one day and bought a jar of Rankey's Coconut Oil. It just caught my eye and it was about $13 on sale. It was just a spur of the moment type of buy. I posted a picture below of the one I bought at Sprouts, and since I like reading and researching, I posted the top two on Amazon that I thought were the best, after reading the reviews and checking the ratings it's something I would buy. I'm a Prime member as well :D (I'm also an Amazon Associates Member and I would only recommend what I would personally buy, and I wanted to add the convenience factor in, as part of my brand, so it will be at the bottom of my post, but feel free to do your own research and look around) :) Thanks
After reading about the products and researching what people thought of it, here's a few things I learned!
Yesterday was my gym day and after about a week without squatting with a bar, and not feeling it in my legs, I crave that bar! Gotta keep my booty and legs toned. I work out to keep toned and women gain strength more then muscle. It's genetically how we are made with our hormones and testosterone levels. If you consistently lift weights, you will see greater muscle mass because you're not giving your muscles enough time to drain blood out. Therefore, muscles will appear larger then they really are. How do I know this? Because I'm studying for my Personal Training Certification. Is that my goal? No. Is it my goal to share information online? Yes. I like a mental challenge and I'm doing the online route because my schedule is hectic and that was something I learned while reading. Blood in the muscles! (FYI with my experience: I've been working out for 16 years, gymnastics and dance before that) CLick Below to view my workout!
On your email, Twitter, or your Facebook account? or any other account? I have. Have you been emailed by a friend, family member, or co-worker informing you of a message you sent that you never sent? I also have. Do you join public WI-FI hot spots often? Sometimes I do but not much anymore.
It's scary and it's reality. Hackers are out there to obtain our information and possibly use it to earn money. Never ever sign into your mobile or computer banking apps or do anything FINANCIAL when connected to a public WI-FI hot spot. I have Norton Antivirus Software on my PC and I get newsletters informing me of security threats I need to know in order to protect myself. I used to delete these emails until I started reading them and found out how important they really are! Norton Antivirus Software also includes Norton Mobile Security, which you can download on your mobile phone and it will protect you from malicious apps. Malicious apps have been found in the Apple Itunes store and Google Play Store apps.
Does your device contain default passwords? If it does check the manufacturer website and find a way to turn it off. Once a hacker hacks into a public WI-FI spot, they are then able to access all the information on all the connected devices connected to that hot spot. That means all your default passwords are available to them! Check your manufacturers website to see how you can turn that feature off. Save yourself the time and stress.
After a quick home workout I made this quick snack. I sprinkled a little oil on a non-stick skillet and waited for it to heat up. During that time I rinsed and cut the asparagus in half. Placed it in the pan, and then sprinkled salt, pepper, and garlic powder over it. Med-low heat for about 5 mins. Turning every minute with a spoon. (whatever utensil works for you!)
As it was heating up I warmed two corn tortillas (gmo free) on the stove turning them over as not to burn one side. Once both sides were toasty and warm I sprinkled cheese and placed a piece of organic ham and turkey between the tortillas. Add whatever sauce inside you want. I added a little butter for that sweet delicious wetness.
I then placed everything on my little round plate and added a little salsa and guacamole. It was delicious! Healthy and satisfying! I still wanted to indulge a little after so I melted cheese on tortilla chips. Try anytime for a tasty snack.
Hey guys, so who wants whiter teeth without paying the high price or without having sore gums? I've tried the Crest Whitening Strips years ago and it made my gums sore, however it does work. And the professional way is a little too pricey and I like a good deal. I've always purchased the whitening toothpaste which contains baking soda. Then it hit me. It's the BAKING SODA! Baking soda!
I discovered this during my High School years and still continue with this same routine.
Here's what I do:
1. Wet my toothbrush
2. Dip it in baking soda and slightly smooth it out with your finger
3. Apply toothpaste and brush!
The great thing is you can use any toothpaste while still getting the whitening effect. I've been doing this for at least 10 years! I drink coffee everyday. Sometimes when I take a few days off I notice the difference and then just start it up again. Back to whiter teeth! For $1.99! The price for baking soda. Technically you can get it for $1 at the .99 store. I put my baking soda in a travel soap container. Its wide and easy to dip my brush in on a flat angle, and I can bring it with me when I travel. My dentist always praises me on how clean my teeth are and my hygienist said its perfectly fine to use it. It's what included in the prophy paste-polish that the hygienist puts on our teeth after they scrub them and before they use fluoride.
So what about our enamel? Does the baking soda scrub it away? These are questions we think about and here is my answer to that and what I was told by my hygienist.
If you have any other questions relating to teeth post a comment below. My cousin is a hygienist so if there's something I don't know I can surely find out =) CHEERS ON GETTING WHITER TEETH NATURALLY!
It's because your back light is out! Yup... I just learned this today and I never knew this out of my 33 years of living and about 18 years of driving. I took my car to get my alignment adjusted and they told me my back break light was out. Every time I put my right blinker on it would blink super fast. Well that's good to know!! I was driving around for two weeks with my back blinker not working and not knowing why my blinker would blink so fast.
Don't you hate when people don't use their blinkers?
Hey guys. So my headlight went out on my driver side of my Honda Accord 2007 .. And whats a girl to do? SHE FIXES IT ? A month before my co-worker helped me on the passenger side so this time I went ahead and did it mysel after realizing its not that hard! Success! #girlpower I went to AutoZone to purchase my low beam headlight for about $10.
Ok, so I do love to read and I will post whenever I finish reading a good book that I feel is worthy enough to share. This is one of them! Most of the book relates to India but by far it's not the only country who participates in the Red Market, as this book will also discuss.
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