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How to Love Yourself

I recently sent out an email talking about my continued resolution to more fully love myself and others. This was my resolution in 2015 and remains my resolution in 2016. 

I have noticed that the process of “loving yourself” is actually more about breaking old habits of thought. At least it has been for me. It’s a process of lessening the amount of self deprecating thoughts that fill your mind on a day to day basis. Those thoughts about “Should’ve done this better” or “I can’t do this because…” or “I don’t deserve this or that.” 

Simply it’s about saying “I SUCK” less to yourself. Sounds insane that we would even have these habits of thought when you talk about them head on. But alas if they are present, here’s a sort of “loving yourself to do list” that you can gradually start to implement:

 

1. Stop comparing yourself to others in a judgmental fashion

    This was step 1 for me. Once I noticed that this was a habit it became blatantly obvious how often I indulged in degrading myself because I’m not someone else. “Man, look what THEY’RE accomplishing/doing/living.”  We didn’t come to be other people we came to be the best versions of ourselves!

2. Find things to appreciate about yourself

    This may feel awkward at first but it gets easier over time. It can be simply noticing when you’ve done something well. Or you can flat out make a list of things that you know you thrive at. Things that you identify that you like about yourself already. 

3. Make time for what you love to do

    This took me a while to fully implement. The old thought-pattern of “I have to struggle and work hard” doesn’t die easily. And I’m not saying there isn’t value to working. However everyone deserves a balance and needs time to rest and recuperate. Schedule things during your week that you are doing simply because you enjoy them. They can be super simple things. But make it a point to have a balance.

Please feel free to comment and share a link to this blog if you'd like. Was this helpful? Any questions about how to more fully implement this idea of loving self? Leave a comment below. 

 

What do you mean by "healthy"?

I was working with a singer recently who was asking for diet tips mainly to improve her breathing and vocal abilities. Of course improving your diet will help all aspects of your health. However diet is such a personal thing. Everyone has their own needs and preferences and what your body needs to function at it's best may vary from day to day. 

I attempted to sum up some key components that I found helped me when I decided to change my diet for the better. It was a gradual process but these are some of the things that I did and that I think can benefit all regardless of body type or dietary restrictions. 

For those who don't have the time or attention span to read the whole thing here's what I think the most helpful part of this email was: 

"Don't try to be a different person on day one. Small changes that you can adjust to over time will help the most. It can just be saying no to a dessert more of the time or adding a portion of vegetables or salad to your daily intake." 

Here's the email in it's entirety:

"So first off diet is a very personal thing. Our bodies are always communicating to us what they need most but it's up to us to be in tune with ourselves and listen. That takes a little attention and practice but there are some overall things I can tell you that I think can help. 

Improving your diet will of course improve all aspects of your physical health which includes your voice. Some main things that will ensure you're at top notch physically and vocally:

1. Rest.

Getting good amounts of sleep before you sing is critical. No sleep usually means no voice.

2. Drink. More. Water.

This pertains to every part of health: Drink. More. Water. And less of everything else. Our bodies are made up of mainly water and most people drink everything but simple plain water. If you don't like plain water all that much look into some healthy water flavorings that use natural sweetening methods. 

3. Quality food (Organic and Non-GMO)

Lean more towards quality, natural and organic foods in every way. Yes organic is slightly more expensive but the difference in quality is night and day in some cases. This can be a gradual shift. The most important food items to make sure are high quality are meat and fish. Also fast food is pretty void of any benefit. It's okay every now and then if you have to have it but moderation is key. 

4. Less Sugar. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a big no no.

Cut down sugar intake. Especially if you're drinking or eatings things with High fructose corn syrup. This syrup wreaks havoc with your sugar levels and is the leading cause of imbalance and obesity when it comes to diet. If you need a sugary snack make sure it is sweetened just with sugar or even better with a healthier (note: not chemical) alternative of which there are many (organic cane syrup, organic coconut nectar etc etc).  Sweet n Low or the other kinds of chemical sweeteners are not helpful.

5. Breathe regular oxygen.

5. I'm not sure if you smoke or how often but I don't need to tell you about the effects that will have on your voice, I'm sure you know. So that's something you can work on as well. 

6. Rocky Balboa it up. 

6. Like you said - Rocky Balboa it up! Cardiovascular health will help you sustain notes and have an easier time breathing. And you'll look HAWT!

Lastly - with all of these points you need to find what works for you. The key you want to establish is consistency. it's easy to change for a week or a month but you want to implement things that are going to be sustainable for you. So if you hate broccoli find other vegetables to eat. If you can't find or afford ALL organic foods, just choose some - mainly meats or proteins as these are the most altered when not organic. If you're buying conventional fruits and veg that's fine but make you wash all of it well. This well get rid of the majority of pesticides used while growing. 

Don't try to be a different person on day one. Small changes that you can adjust to over time will help the most. It can just be saying no to a dessert more of the time or adding a portion of vegetables or salad to your daily intake. 

I hope this was helpful and please keep in touch. Would love to help in any way that I can - feel free to contact me any time. "

Posted on December 26, 2015 and filed under Health, Food, Life.

Ginger: My Favorite Rhizome

Ginger has recently become a staple of my daily diet. I juice with it every morning as it adds a zesty spice that I love. I'll also usually sauté vegetables in some ginger, oregano, basil and olive oil at dinner time. Despite being incredibly tasty, it's also extremely good for you. I've listed 5 of the top health benefits of ginger below. I think I should have also added that it helps wake you up if you're not a morning person!

If you'd like to learn more I found this article from The World's Healthiest Foods blog really helpful: Ginger  

  1. Settles Stomach Aches
  2. Aids Motion Sickness
  3. Boosts Immune System
  4. Anti-Inflammatory
  5. Protects Against Aancer
  6. TASTES AWESOME!!

Posted on December 20, 2012 and filed under Food, Health.