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Nurturing The Mind: My Path To True Health And Wellness

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“Life is not meant to be a struggle.” I had heard these words so many times, but the true magnificence of this statement wasn’t fully clear until I welcomed its insight into my life — and began to experience a significant positive shift in my overall health as a result.

For years, my body had been trying to tell me that something was off. Unbeknownst to me, chronic fatigue, persistent anxiety and intestinal pain were all physical manifestations of the absence of contentment and ease in my mind. What I needed was to empower my mind so that I could deeply heal my body.

By finally acknowledging that I had the capacity to play an active role in creating optimal health within my body and mind, I was inspired to become the most authentic expression of my highest self. In the process, I came to acknowledge and embrace these key concepts as my greatest companions on my health journey:

Nourishment Of The Mind

Nourishing the body without nourishing the mind is a fruitless endeavor. I used to bombard myself with nutrient-dense foods, never quite understanding why I didn’t feel full. Looking back, what my body craved was nourishment of a different kind. I discovered that healthful, life-affirming foods were an important piece of the overall health equation, yet all the kale and quinoa in the world could not support me in my state of anxiety and mental unrest. I learned how to nurture my mind by becoming my own source of unconditional love and letting that love radiate to different corners of my life. The feeling that something was missing served as a prompt to get quiet through mediation and personal reflection and allow my internal guidance system to step in and lead me to my truth.

Accessing and honoring my intuitive voice and acting on it in ways that would elevate my personal evolution became a lifeline and, soon after, a practice. Create your own practice of self nourishment by devoting time each day to meditation and introspection. When you crave support from outside sources, commit to becoming your own support system. Seek to understand what valuable information your body and mind are trying to communicate to you at all times. What do you truly need? Consistently asking yourself powerful questions will help you access a deeper connection to your intuition, and a more meaningful understanding of how to care for yourself in the ways that only you can.

Connection To Purpose

I see now that before I had uncovered my own “why” — my reason for waking up every morning and embracing a new day — I was sleepwalking through the days of my life. Since I was a small child, I confidently knew that my greatest gift was my ability to connect with others, while inspiring them to believe more deeply in themselves. I was lucky to have uncovered my “why” at such a young age. To my detriment, as time went by, and without my conscious participation, that very certain voice of knowing faded, and the authoritative voice of forces external to myself stepped in. I began to do work that I was not connected to at a soul level, mindlessly going through the actions of a life that was not reflective of my own values. This sense of disconnect was quick to leave its mark on my emotional and, subsequently, my physical state.

Exploring why I felt so dissatisfied and unfulfilled became a catalyst for me to make meaningful changes in my life. Only after I surrendered to my own vision for my life was I able to reconnect to my true purpose and operate in a state of limitless flow. I came to understand that when I followed my heart, I could attract more of what I wanted into my life. Find your connection to purpose by accessing what truly motivates you. What are you passionate about? What lights you up from the inside out? Recall moments in your life that you were in pure heart-centered joy. The clarity that comes when you get honest with yourself and answer these questions will bring focus to your journey toward true purpose.

Positive Internal Environment

Good health cannot endure in environments where there is any form of toxicity. Because we are the creators of our own thoughts, beliefs and perceptions, we have the unique ability to rewrite our internal script and challenge what no longer serves our highest good. For too long, my inner bully had me in a headlock, telling me that I was not capable of stepping into my power. My healing began when I started to question why I was speaking to myself in a tone that I would never take with another human being. I started to contemplate how I could ever invite positive relationships into my life when the one that I had with myself was so falsely rooted.

Awareness of the messages I was speaking to myself on a consistent basis brought me a deeper understanding of how my subconscious thoughts were holding me back and limiting me from my full expansion. To create a healthy internal space, I modified my language to reflect my hopes instead of my fears, and I flooded myself with thoughts that would help me manifest the life I desired and the true health that I craved.

What can you learn from your own internal dialogue? The next time you have a self defeating thought, challenge its validity and then reframe the thought to serve your highest good. Every time you choose a more empowering thought, you will actively pave the way for the next right action, ultimately cultivating a healthy and solid internal space for your truth to come to light.

Express Joy

There is no denying that we live in a world filled with messages of fear and negativity. What we see and experience in this life is delivered to us, by us, since we are the ultimate creators of the reality we choose to observe. When I find myself in moments of unease and scarcity, I now know that I can choose again — and I actively choose joy. Staying aligned with my passions recalibrates my energy and keeps me in anticipation of fresh, new experiences and opportunities for growth.

Well-being encompasses all of our parts, not just the physical body. It is important to create balance by actively nurturing your whole person, consistently and lovingly, always. Your mind is one of the most powerful tools you have available to you to create the greatest version of your life and the highest level of health. Choose to drop the struggle. Learn to love yourself. Be an expression of joy. All of the support and guidance that you need to manifest this and so much more, is within you.

Abbott is asking a million people what a full life means to them. Join them and share your story at http://www.lifetothefullest.a...t/. Abbott makes innovative products and technologies that help people live not just longer, but better, through the power of health. For more than 125 years, Abbott has helped people keep their hearts healthy, nourish their bodies at every stage of life, see more clearly, and have access to information and medicines to manage their health.

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“Life is not meant to be a struggle.” I had heard these words so many times, but the true magnificence of this statement wasn’t fully clear until I welcomed its insight into my life — and began to experience a significant positive shift in my overall health as a result.

For years, my body had been trying to tell me that something was off. Unbeknownst to me, chronic fatigue, persistent anxiety and intestinal pain were all physical manifestations of the absence of contentment and ease in my mind. What I needed was to empower my mind so that I could deeply heal my body.

By finally acknowledging that I had the capacity to play an active role in creating optimal health within my body and mind, I was inspired to become the most authentic expression of my highest self. In the process, I came to acknowledge and embrace these key concepts as my greatest companions on my health journey:

Nourishment Of The Mind

Nourishing the body without nourishing the mind is a fruitless endeavor. I used to bombard myself with nutrient-dense foods, never quite understanding why I didn’t feel full. Looking back, what my body craved was nourishment of a different kind. I discovered that healthful, life-affirming foods were an important piece of the overall health equation, yet all the kale and quinoa in the world could not support me in my state of anxiety and mental unrest. I learned how to nurture my mind by becoming my own source of unconditional love and letting that love radiate to different corners of my life. The feeling that something was missing served as a prompt to get quiet through mediation and personal reflection and allow my internal guidance system to step in and lead me to my truth.

Accessing and honoring my intuitive voice and acting on it in ways that would elevate my personal evolution became a lifeline and, soon after, a practice. Create your own practice of self nourishment by devoting time each day to meditation and introspection. When you crave support from outside sources, commit to becoming your own support system. Seek to understand what valuable information your body and mind are trying to communicate to you at all times. What do you truly need? Consistently asking yourself powerful questions will help you access a deeper connection to your intuition, and a more meaningful understanding of how to care for yourself in the ways that only you can.

Connection To Purpose

I see now that before I had uncovered my own “why” — my reason for waking up every morning and embracing a new day — I was sleepwalking through the days of my life. Since I was a small child, I confidently knew that my greatest gift was my ability to connect with others, while inspiring them to believe more deeply in themselves. I was lucky to have uncovered my “why” at such a young age. To my detriment, as time went by, and without my conscious participation, that very certain voice of knowing faded, and the authoritative voice of forces external to myself stepped in. I began to do work that I was not connected to at a soul level, mindlessly going through the actions of a life that was not reflective of my own values. This sense of disconnect was quick to leave its mark on my emotional and, subsequently, my physical state.

Exploring why I felt so dissatisfied and unfulfilled became a catalyst for me to make meaningful changes in my life. Only after I surrendered to my own vision for my life was I able to reconnect to my true purpose and operate in a state of limitless flow. I came to understand that when I followed my heart, I could attract more of what I wanted into my life. Find your connection to purpose by accessing what truly motivates you. What are you passionate about? What lights you up from the inside out? Recall moments in your life that you were in pure heart-centered joy. The clarity that comes when you get honest with yourself and answer these questions will bring focus to your journey toward true purpose.

Positive Internal Environment

Good health cannot endure in environments where there is any form of toxicity. Because we are the creators of our own thoughts, beliefs and perceptions, we have the unique ability to rewrite our internal script and challenge what no longer serves our highest good. For too long, my inner bully had me in a headlock, telling me that I was not capable of stepping into my power. My healing began when I started to question why I was speaking to myself in a tone that I would never take with another human being. I started to contemplate how I could ever invite positive relationships into my life when the one that I had with myself was so falsely rooted.

Awareness of the messages I was speaking to myself on a consistent basis brought me a deeper understanding of how my subconscious thoughts were holding me back and limiting me from my full expansion. To create a healthy internal space, I modified my language to reflect my hopes instead of my fears, and I flooded myself with thoughts that would help me manifest the life I desired and the true health that I craved.

What can you learn from your own internal dialogue? The next time you have a self defeating thought, challenge its validity and then reframe the thought to serve your highest good. Every time you choose a more empowering thought, you will actively pave the way for the next right action, ultimately cultivating a healthy and solid internal space for your truth to come to light.

Express Joy

There is no denying that we live in a world filled with messages of fear and negativity. What we see and experience in this life is delivered to us, by us, since we are the ultimate creators of the reality we choose to observe. When I find myself in moments of unease and scarcity, I now know that I can choose again — and I actively choose joy. Staying aligned with my passions recalibrates my energy and keeps me in anticipation of fresh, new experiences and opportunities for growth.

Well-being encompasses all of our parts, not just the physical body. It is important to create balance by actively nurturing your whole person, consistently and lovingly, always. Your mind is one of the most powerful tools you have available to you to create the greatest version of your life and the highest level of health. Choose to drop the struggle. Learn to love yourself. Be an expression of joy. All of the support and guidance that you need to manifest this and so much more, is within you.

Abbott is asking a million people what a full life means to them. Join them and share your story at http://www.lifetothefullest.a...t/. Abbott makes innovative products and technologies that help people live not just longer, but better, through the power of health. For more than 125 years, Abbott has helped people keep their hearts healthy, nourish their bodies at every stage of life, see more clearly, and have access to information and medicines to manage their health.

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Definition of old

#2

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked,

“How old was your husband?”

“98,” she replied: “Two years older than me”

“So you’re 96,” the undertaker commented.

She responded, “Hardly worth going home, is it?”

#3

Reporters interviewing a 104-year-old woman:

“And what do you think is the best thing

about being 104?" the reporter asked.

She simply replied, “No peer pressure.”

#4

I’ve sure gotten old! I have outlived my feet and my teeth

I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes

I’m half blind, can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts.

Have bouts with dementia.

Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore.

Can’t remember if I’m 85 or 92.

Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver’s license.

#5

I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising.

I decided to take an aerobics class for seniors.

I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over.

#6

An elderly woman decided to prepare her will and told her preacher she had a final request.

she wanted her ashes scattered over Wal-Mart.

“Wal-Mart?” the preacher exclaimed.

“Why Wal-Mart?”

“Then I’ll be sure my daughters visit me twice a week”

#7

My memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.

Also, my memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.

#8

Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

#9

It’s scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

#10

These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, ‘For fast relief.’

#11

THE SENILITY PRAYER:

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Now, I think you’re supposed to share this with 5 or 6, maybe 10 others.

Oh heck, give it to a bunch of your friends if you can remember who they are!

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Humble Bumble Bubble

Acknowledging your personal weaknesses first to yourself then ‘owning them’ to those in your life helps everyone understand what would otherwise be confusing. Living in a ‘bubble’ is to be isolated for one reason or another from information that would burst the bubble of ego or ‘entitlement’. A bumbler is one who, among other miscues, trips over themselves preferring to overlook what is an obvious personality malfunction that sensitive other ‘familiar with you people’, can easily see. Strangers who know you only superficially may not see what those close to you see.

This all puts you in a ‘bubble’ of misconception of who you really are, thinking that it is who you erroneously, egotistically perceive. ‘Knowing thyself’ is to be in wisdom, and outside of living in a ‘bubble of your false self’. Self examination while acknowledging how you come across, assists humbleness as well as acknowledging faults that may be confusing to others when not verbally ‘excused’ by you is to pollute all communication between others.

While not normally referred to as dementia or anosognosia, the condition of not taking responsibility for character or behavior aberrations year after year, becomes an embedded habit that is indicative of closing yourself off of personal growth, or more precisely, self realization. Dementia is a type of alzheimer’s condition where the person lacks the awareness of negative aspects of themselves, insisting that nothing is wrong with them. Anosognosia in it’s true form is a condition that is suffering from some disability usually physiological. It could very well result from PTSD (or post traumatic stress disorder) such as that which soldiers in war time suffer. It could even be from losing a loved one suddenly in an accident, or many other traumatic situations where flashbacks occur.

Living in a bubble is to not recognize the truth of who you really are, or perhaps the conditions that are around you. Simple ‘denial’ or neglecting to recognize what’s reality could well be the cause along with ‘friendliness attached to the bad habit’. People who live in a state of entitlement due to certain advantages that are not humbly acknowledged as ‘benefits’ not shared by many others of something, be it an ‘economic silver spoon’, intellectual acumen, exceptional looks or some extraordinary ability, etc., can create the erroneous assumption of entitlement or a sense of superiority over others.

F. Scott Fitzgerald said …"Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” I might add, genius is to correct that in the mind that doesn’t pass the examination of more aware people. It all comes down to finding and experiencing the love within consistently.

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Stress Buster

Exercise. Believe me, they’ve helped me many days with my perspective. If you have to work out, then go take a brisk walk and get that blood flowing. It isn’t about working out to lose weight — it’s about being healthy and staying sane.
Eat the real stuff. Crappy food (fast, processed, and loaded with sugar) doesn’t help your chemical brain and body handle stress. Living food, real food, helps support your mind and body while it’s trying to deal with the million things coming its way. Every time I reach for the chocolate, I’m looking to feel something from it. Don’t get me wrong — if it’s just a little here and there because I enjoy the taste of it, great. But if I’m using it the minute I feel overwhelmed, then that’s when that food is no longer OK to eat. It doesn’t make the problem go away, and then I just feel bad about eating the food to pacify myself. Grab green food instead. Put things in your mouth that are going to support your immune function and keep you levelheaded.

Notice. Try not to let the stress overtake you. Recognize the situations that cause the stress and notice them coming your way. You have a better shot at fending off the full effects of the stress when you can anticipate it.
Get it off your chest. Talk to a friend or partner about the stress. Sometimes just getting it off your chest can help unload some of the burden.
Keep your sense of humor. If you do have the chance to talk about it, try to see the irony and humor in the wacky bits. I think someone is dead in the water once they lose their sense of humor.
Stay grateful. My daughter has large lungs and verbal skills she likes to display. Just when I start to wishfully think about her being quiet, I remind myself to be grateful that she can talk to me at all. In almost all of our problems are boatloads of blessings. “Oh, I don’t feel like going to the gym.” Well, Amen that you have the means and the health to even be able to wrestle with the idea of going to work out. Make a habit of saying thank you. You will notice the sunny spots a lot more often, and not just the gray skies and storms.
Ask, “What’s the hurry?” Have some fun. We’re always so busy going somewhere, we miss just enjoying the moment. If an opportunity comes your way to do something fun, take it.

Take a deep breath. When you feel the stress getting to you, take a moment. Get away, even if it’s just for an hour, to be with yourself and your thoughts. Some people like to take a walk, meditate, lock themselves away in a beautiful bath, or go to church. Find the peace and the silence.
Keep it simple. Simplify where you can. Does Junior really need to be in 78 activities at the age of 5? Do you have to go to every little party or gathering you’re invited to?
Sleep. If you’re rested, you have a better shot at handling things. Not to mention, you may not stress out as easily if you have a chance to recover at night.

Drink water. I have said it before: Americans consume 21 percent of their calories through liquid consumption. Hydrate with water. Help you entire system function better just by drinking enough water. Oh, and by the way, if you don’t think that weight loss and proper hydration have a relationship, think again. Shift the paradigm on its side — don’t think about exercise and nutritional eating just as something you have to suffer through to get into those jeans. Instead, think of them as armor that will protect you in this crazy world, with all of the bazillion details you deal with every day

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Why Dark Chocolate Is So Damn Good For You

Why Dark Chocolate Is So Damn Good For You
From improving heart health to alleviating the effects of depression, dark chocolate is renowned for its remarkable health benefits. A recent study now points to one of the reasons why — and it has to do with dark chocolate’s unique chemistry, plus the microbes in our stomach who find it equally delicious
How awesome is it that dark chocolate, in addition to being tasty, is so incredibly healthy? It’s good for your heart and brain. It’s full of antioxidants (which reduces oxidative stress to cells),theobromine (which can harden tooth enamel), and various vitamins and minerals (such as iron, potassium, copper, and magnesium). It can also help you reduce your blood pressure,ease depression, control your blood sugar and lose weight (but you should keep your dark chocolate t0 >85%, people).
Eating chocolate could actually help you lose weight
Chocolate, like any other candy, makes you fat. That’s such a basic and well-known fact
The precise reasons for these health benefits are many, but a new study presented at a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society explains much of it. Research shows that certain bacteria in our stomach consume dark chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for our hearts.
According to the researchers, the “good” bacteria in our guts — such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria — feast on chocolate. The resulting compounds, or bi-products, are absorbed by our body, lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, which can reduce the long-term risk of stroke and heart disease. This study, conducted by researchers at Louisiana State University, was the first to look at the effects of dark chocolate on various types of bacteria in our stomach.
In terms of the exact chemistry involved, cocoa powder contains several polyphenolic, or antioxidant, compounds such as catechin and epicatechin, and a small amount of dietary fiber. Once they reach the colon, the microbes take over. The fiber is fermented and the large polyphenolic polymers are converted into a smaller, more easily absorbable form.
These findings were recently presented at the 247th National Meeting Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and will appear in an upcoming paper titled, “Impact of the microbiome on cocoa polyphenolic compounds.”
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8 Small Things You Can Do Today to Live Healthier

Recent science shows that small lifestyle changes (and a little fun) are all it takes to improve your health. We talked to prominent doctors, crunched the data, and found a few high-payoff tweaks.

Fight Fiber with Fiber
A study in the journal Obesity found that every ten-gram increase in subjects’ consumption of soluble fiber over the course of five years was associated with a nearly 4 percent reduction in the accumulation of visceral fat, a type of belly fat linked to a host of health problems, including type 2 diabetes. Soluble fiber (found in oats, beans, and some fruits and veggies) can reduce the absorption of sugar and cholesterol into the bloodstream.

5 Fiber All-Stars
Get in more fat-burning soluble fiber with these foods.

Black beans: 1 cup = 4 grams of soluble fiber
Brussels sprouts: 1/2 cup = 3 grams of soluble fiber
Pear: medium = 2 grams of soluble fiber
Prunes: 1/4 cup = 1.5 grams of soluble fiber
Instant oatmeal: 1 packet = 1 gram of soluble fiber

Enjoy Your Joe
A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that caffeinated coffee may help prevent malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Researchers found that people who regularly drank four or more cups (the equivalent of two Grandes at Starbucks) a day had on average a 25 percent lower risk of developing melanoma over the course of about ten years. One theory is that the roasting process produces vitamins that may protect against UVB damage. While decaf didn’t show the same effect, another recent report linked drinking three to five cups (decaf or caffeinated) daily to a potential decrease in the risk of heart disease.

Step Out of the Shade
You’ve probably heard about the many benefits of vitamin D—it may help stave off depression, diabetes, heart disease, even some types of cancer. Now a study of roughly 400 healthy adults has found that the nutrient, which is produced during sun exposure, may improve physical strength, possibly by preventing muscle fibers from atrophying. Researchers discovered that high D levels are associated with greater arm and leg strength—a promising finding given that we lose up to 8 percent of our muscle mass per decade between ages 30 and 70.

Walk (Even a Little!)
A brisk 20-minute walk each day may be all it takes to live longer. A new study of more than 334,000 people published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that even small increases in physical activity can reduce the risk of death by up to an astonishing 30 percent. And lunchtime may be the best time for a stroll if you want some bonus de-stressing: A small study found that when normally sedentary female office workers began walking for 30 minutes three times a week during their usual lunch hour, they reported feeling less distressed and more relaxed.

Beet It
Drinking a cup of nitrate-rich beetroot juice each day significantly lowered blood pressure in people with hypertension, according to a new report. Over the course of four weeks, subjects’ systolic blood pressure (the top number, which measures the pressure in arteries as the heart beats) dropped by about 8 points, while diastolic BP (the bottom number, which measures pressure between beats) decreased 2 to 5 points. Why? The body converts nitrate to nitric oxide, which relaxes arteries and improves blood flow.

Snooze Your Way Slim
A little more shut-eye may help ease your reliance on high-calorie snacks for energy. A small study in the journal Appetite found that when people who normally slept less than six and a half hours a night got an extra 96 minutes, they were 62 percent less likely to crave junk food and reported feeling less hungry overall.

Question Your Meds
At least two million Americans are infected with drug-resistant bacteria each year. One of the easiest ways to fight the emergence of such superbugs is to avoid misusing antibiotics. When you take an antibiotic, it kills not just illness-causing bacteria, but also good, infection-fighting bacteria. This gives bugs that are naturally resistant to the drug the chance to proliferate. As a result, the same antibiotic may not work the next time you need it. Currently, one in two hospital patients is prescribed an antibiotic. To protect yourself—and your fellow humans—ask your doctor if you really need a prescription. If you don’t, skip it.

Just Do It!
“Not tonight, dear, I have a”—wait a minute. A recent German study found that 60 percent of subjects who were experiencing migraines and 37 percent who had severe headaches actually reported partial or complete pain relief after having sex—possibly because the brain releases endorphins, natural pain relievers, during the act.

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