Thursday, November 23, 2017

Health Stats That Might Make You Pause and Think

What do you think is the number two health stats cause of death each year?
According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity, and overweight together are the second leading cause of preventable death, close behind tobacco use.
So our calorie-rich food has become an insidious instrument of death. We are literally digging our grave with what we put into our mouth. Obesity caused by a bad diet and lack of exercise kills some 400,000 people in this country every single year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Only smoking-related diseases account for more deaths with a total of 435, 000 annually.
Think about it, while our ancestors battled disease, famine, and starvation, we are killing ourselves with excess. On top of that, we no longer get exercised by having to out and gather or chase down our food. Instead, we are sitting hunched over a computer, a tablet or a mobile phone every day.
A recent article in The New York Times cited several studies showing that sitting for extended periods of time at a desk, in front of a T.V. etc. leads to weight gain and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and a variety of cancers and early death. The body literally shuts down following prolonged periods of sitting causing a metabolic disaster of such proportions that even getting a full hour of exercise each day can’t offset the impact. Yikes.
We have a serious health care problem right now and most of it is self-inflicted. We aren’t taking proper care of our own health.  It is time to wake up and start questioning the status quo.
Many foods have become highly addictive and can create a super-normal stimulation to our brain. We also can get sucked into the pleasure trap. There are many layers to uncover in our patterns of eating. The bottom line is that our survival instinct kicks in and our primitive brain wants those calorie-rich foods in order to survive. So ask yourself, are you eating consciously or unconsciously?
You are the only one responsible for what you put into your mouth and how often you move your body. Think of your body as a mass of energy. Energy is your life force and vitality.  What you eat or drink either feeds and strengthens your energy or reduces and represses that energy. How you move and rest either circulates and replenishes that energy or depresses and decreases it. Become conscious of what you eat, what you read, what you watch, who you spend time with, and how you move your body.
Think for a moment and decide on even one adjustment you can make, to live a healthier lifestyle starting today. If you are stuck in any area, please reach out for help.
To your good health.
Charlene

Monday, November 6, 2017

7 Steps to a Healthier Life

Are you in a place where you are not satisfied with your current level of health?  Need a healthier life?
Perhaps your current level of fitness, or maybe your current level of energy? Are you feeling overweight and out of shape or are you simply feeling exhausted or stressed out?
Do you want to feel better? Do you want a healthier life?
We all want to change and to feel better but ultimately hate the idea of change. In fact, for real change to happen, we have to be really uncomfortable, in emotional discomfort or feeling afraid. Sometimes it has to really hurt before we will actually move forward and make any change.
Based on over 65 years of life experience around change, I have put together 7 key steps to help with the process of change so you can experience a healthier life.
Step # 1: Find Your Why
When you have a strong emotionally-charged WHY you will be propelled towards the change you want.
Step # 2: Make A Decision
The Latin of the word decision literally means, “to cut off.”  So to make a decision means that you are cutting off any other options and going for what you want to change.
Step # 3: Take Responsibility
Many people believe that their poor health is because of something outside of their control. If you truly want to change…you must take responsibility for your own choices. You must let go of excuses. Let go of victim mentality. Realize that no one has more invested in your health than you. Empower yourself by realizing that you can choose to change.
Step # 4: Change Your Vocabulary
Your thoughts become what you say. What you think and say will show up in your life. What you say to yourself is a reflection of your beliefs and reinforces your behaviors/habits. Changing your vocabulary will help you to imprint new beliefs. Use “I am” statements to reinforce the change you desire.
Step # 5: Look at Your Paradigms
Paradigms are habitual behavior patterns housed in our subconscious mind. The strategy of paradigms is to keep you safe, comfortable and secure. Old existing paradigms can block awareness, so we need to work on expanding our awareness daily.  Paradigms show up in great abundance when we get out of our comfort zone. That is the fastest path to change our non-productive habits.
Step # 6: Make A Plan
Specific, written measurable goals will put you in the top 3% of the people and will increase your chances for success. Prepare for setbacks and keep going with your desired change.
 Step # 7: Be Accountable
Find a support group. Find an accountability partner and/or get a coach or a mentor. Ultimately you are looking for accountability for yourself.  Step by step with the help of accountability partners, you’ll get there. By building in these layers of accountability, you will be much more likely to succeed with your changes.
Keep going over the seven steps until they become familiar and almost second nature. Stay tuned for a webinar that will give more insight on implementing these steps.
If you are looking for a healthier life, feel free to check out https://charleneday.com/personal-health-assessment/.
To your healthier life!
Charlene

Friday, October 20, 2017

5 Things to Avoid in Your Anti-Aging Skin Care

We all want to have great skin as we age. But environmental factors, stress, genetics, and a busy life all play a part in how our skin looks over the years.
So if you’re like most people you’re probably buying something that promises to slow down how your skin ages. Anti-aging skin care.  However, in your pursuit for nicer, healthier skin, is what you’re putting on your face even safe?
The truth is, most anti-aging skin care products contain questionable and even downright harmful chemicals.
Your makeup, face cream, skin moisturizer, or cleanser may deliver short-term smoothness and brightness but it may disrupt your hormones and fertility. They can also expose you to known cancer-causing pesticides, and deliver dangerous toxins that penetrate and age your skin.

Here are the 5 harmful chemicals that are commonly used in anti-aging skin care:

  1. Parabens

    Parabens mimic estrogen and lead to hormone imbalance. Now, CDC reports suggest their presence in every American’s body. Whether they are or aren’t, avoid products with parabens to prevent reproductive issues like infertility or slowed growth and developmental disorders in children.
  2. Phthalates

    A common ingredient in “fragrances,” phthalates block testosterone and damage a man’s reproductive system. These dangerous chemicals have also been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
  3. Mercury

    You know mercury is bad, but some anti-aging skin care products use it to lighten the skin. It absorbs easily through your skin and with enough use can develop into mercury poisoning. Steer clear of products with “calomel,” “mercurio,” “mercurio chloride,” or just plain old “mercury.”
  4. Petroleum

    As an industry standard, there’s a lot of information out there touting the safety of petroleum by-products, so you might be wondering why you should avoid it. It’s because it contains 1,4-Dioxane, which has been listed by the World Health Organization and the Environmental Protection Agency as a probable carcinogen. You don’t want cancer from your moisturizer, do you ? I would hope not.
  5. Hydroquinone

    Hydroquinone reduces the melanin in your skin to get rid of those unsightly marks, but in doing so, it hurts your skin in many ways. First of all, it’s permanently altering your pigment while also weakening the elastin and collagen in your problem area – the very things that are key to keeping your skin firm and youthful!

Here are other ingredients to avoid:

  • Colors
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Lanolin
  • Quaternium-15
  • EDTA
  • Ethanolamine
  • Formaldehyde
  • Styrene
  • Quat Ammonium
  • Silver
  • CFC
  • Perfluoro
  • PEG 1
  • PEG 2
  • PEG 3
  • Cyclosilicone
So why do companies even use these types of chemicals if it’s well known that they’re harmful or even downright dangerous for your skin? Because they do offer results and they’re less expensive and easier to source.
Now, after eight years of research, there is an anti-aging skin care line that does not use any of these chemicals. In fact, it has a list of over 2500 chemicals it does not use in the anti-aging skincare line. And the products are all 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. In a clinical study, 100% of women reported having younger-looking skin, and 2/3 shifted their skin age into a younger decade. If you want to find out more or have a demo, feel free to contact me.
To your good health,
Charlene

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Gratitude and Happiness Revealed - Happy Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner in Canada, I thought it is the perfect time to be reminded about gratitude. It is wonderful when we become aware of something, then we notice it everywhere. Being reminded of the vibration of gratitude is always wonderful. A reminder to be mindful and in the present moment, to reconnect with our inner being or soul, to be connected with a universe that celebrates life and that we are all connected, all one. In this, happiness is revealed.

I discovered the TEDxSF video by Louie Schwartzberg on Gratitude. Please take a few minutes to watch this amazing video.

By happy coincidence, I was reading the chapter on Gratitude from The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. So gratitude is in the air around Thanksgiving.

As this video suggests, we have so much to be grateful for; each day we are here, our precious life, so much.

It is easy to notice that people who live from a place of gratitude, experience more of life’s goodness. With the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal, what we put out, comes back to us. When we feel gratitude, the universe sends it back.

As Wallace Wattles says, “It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you; and to give thanks continuously. This will bring you into harmonious relations with the good in everything, and the good in everything will move toward you.”

As we all are working for a better life, this video is a great reminder to cultivate the attitude of gratitude daily.

I wish for you a day filled with gratitude and continues daily! Feel free to check out the meditation on The Law of Gratitude if you want a daily reminder.


Charlene

Monday, September 18, 2017

Discover Your Blueprint and Find Your Path

Are you ready to :

  • Dismantle your harmful & self-sabotaging patterns
  • Deepen relationships with your family, friends, co-workers & community
  • Tap into new inspiration & cultivate your creativity
  • Gain greater self-acceptance, self-love & compassion for others
  • Share your unique gifts with the world
  • Open to the deepest truths of your soul
  • Live with less rigidity and more grace, ease & flow

Use Your Blueprint to Transform Your Mind, Body, Heart & Soul

What if you had a blueprint or roadmap — a soul-map — for understanding who you are and finding compassion for those around you? A time-tested system that integrates your whole being and can be applied to every area of your life?
And what if this map could connect you to your innate wisdom, resulting in truly authentic relationships and a deep sense of living “on purpose”?
This map is the Enneagram, a powerful personality typing system. The word Enneagram comes from the Greek words ennea (nine) and grammos (a written symbol), and the nine-pointed Enneagram symbol represents nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others and the world.  The Enneagram helps us to see our patterns of thinking, feeling and acting and our motivation or worldview.  When we “see” these personality patterns, this helps us with our personal development and is very helpful in connecting with others. Working with the Enneagram sheds light on the fears, desires, and motivations that fuel your worldview and behavioral patterns — often unconsciously.
It is both a gateway to your inner wisdom and a source of illumination for those “stubborn patterns” that undermine your ability to access wholeness, true intimacy and fulfillment of your life’s purpose.
When we understand it in depth, the Enneagram reveals the inherent strengths and gifts that each type can bring to the world. And it not only shows us nine ways we leave presence — ways we forget who we really are — it also illuminates nine pathways back to our essential nature.
If you want a greater connection with your unique gifts, as well as more self-acceptance, self-love, and compassion for others, you will want to explore the Enneagram Transformation Process.
Contact Charlene if you wish to discover your blueprint and find out if you are a peacemaker, reformer, helper, achiever, individualist, investigator, loyalist, enthusiast, or challenger type.
To find your type go to:  TestType
To your success.
Charlene

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Benefits Of Vitamin E

Vitamin E is the collective name for a group of fat-soluble compounds found in many foods such as almonds, spinach, sweet potato, avocado, wheat germ and sunflower seeds. Vitamin E is also available as a dietary supplement.  In the body, it acts as an antioxidant, helping to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are highly reactive substances formed when our bodies convert the food we eat into energy and from exposure to environmental factors like cigarette smoke and ultraviolet light. Free radicals cause cellular damage by attacking the body’s  cell membranes, proteins, and DNA. Scientists say every cell in your body is bombarded daily by up to a million DNA assaults that can damage the cell’s genetic code and create “a typo” that compromises the cell’s function and causes cellular aging which Increases the risk of cancer.
Vitamin E works with other antioxidants such as Vitamin C and selenium to help protect the body from damage caused by these free radicals. Vitamin E is one of the most important antioxidant vitamins. People who take 400 to 800 IU of Vitamin E daily are far less likely to experience premature aging of the arteries and the immune system.  But does the form of Vitamin E make a difference?  Yes, it does.

There are three types of Vitamin E supplements on the market.

  • Synthetic Vitamin E (dl alpha tocopherols) is made from petroleum chemicals and block the effects of natural Vitamin E in your food.
  • Natural source isolates Vitamin E (d alpha tocopherols) where some of the tocopherols are missing. These are poorly absorbed and units not absorbed become toxic to the body.
  • Whole food Vitamin E (d alpha tocopherols, mixed tocopherols, and tocotrienols) include all units found in nature and is best absorbed. Contains all eight members of the Vitamin E family. The label needs to read “d-alpha tocopherol concentrate and mixed tocopherols concentrate.” This means it contains the whole Vitamin E family.
If a Vitamin E supplement label reads d-alpha-tocopherol, you’re getting the real thing. If it’s synthetic,  the label will read dl-alpha-tocopherol  so the “dl” could be interpreted as meaning “delivers less.”
Optimal levels of Vitamin E are essential to protect cell membranes and tissues, including the DNA, from oxidation. All aging and many disease processes are associated with altered or abnormal cell membrane structure. Therefore, maintaining healthful function in these membranes can be considered one of the most important aspects of health. Vitamin E slows the aging process of every cell by blocking free radical damage. If free radicals damage the cells, enzymes can’t function and the cell’s energy sources become crippled.
Vitamin E is indispensable for good health, helping to lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Vitamin E is involved in immune function and cell signaling, regulation of gene expression, and other metabolic processes. Vitamin E increases blood flow,  reduces coagulation of blood and reduces the risk of clot formation,  reduces oxidation of LDL cholesterol,  and protects the lungs from pollution damage. Vitamin E protects blood cells, the nervous system, and skeletal muscles, and it may help prevent cataracts.
Optimal Vitamin E during pregnancy can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications, including pre-eclampsia  (high blood pressure)and reduce damaged cells in the developing fetus.
Athletes need a lot more of all antioxidants, including E, because exercise produces more free radicals. Vitamin E can ease aches and pains and shorten the duration of muscle soreness following exercise. There are so many benefits of Vitamin E and these are just some highlights.
Protect your cells and live longer, healthier!
To your health,
Charlene

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Affirmations for Success

What are affirmations?

Affirmations are simple, positive statements that state your specific desired outcome in the present tense. Affirmations set your intention. They contain action words usually ending in “ing” and elicit emotion with feeling words. They need to be brief and totally affirming what you desire, not what you don’t want. Many start with the words “I am.”

Why do we need affirmations?

Our mind has both the conscious and subconscious aspects to it. “The subconscious is the part of your mind that is the power center. It does not recognize time or space only vibrations. The subconscious mind has no ability to reject a thought. It accepts everything that is impressed upon it. It is totally deductive. It never sleeps, it is always on duty recording everything.  The subconscious cannot tell the difference between that which is real and that which is imagined. This is where your habitual behavioral patterns and beliefs are held. These patterns will continue to express themselves without any conscious assistance until they are replaced with new patterns or beliefs.” (excerpt from The 30 Laws of Flow)
Whether you are conscious of it or not, you are always using affirmations… but usually not ones that will bring you what you want. The challenge is that these thoughts are usually not the positive kind. You process about 60-70 thousand thoughts in a day. Of those thoughts about 90% are the same thoughts and beliefs you had the day before.
“Your subconscious mind is full of those habitual behavioral patterns or scripts that can act as filters to your experiences. What you don’t realize is that your subconscious mind runs the habit programming 95% of the time. It is running the show. So you are creating your life mostly from your subconscious programming. It is like an internal map or blueprint that has to match the outside world. If you are not cultivating new patterns, the old ones run automatically (even without your awareness).” (excerpt from The 30 Laws of Flow)
Here is where affirmations come in. Using affirmations for success is an excellent way to stop living by default and take back your power. They help eliminate negative and limiting beliefs and habitual behavioral patterns. They transform your comfort zone from a limited one to a more expanded one where anything is possible.
Affirmations are reminders to your mind to stay focused on what you desire. They also are a way to deal with that negative self-talk that points out all your fears, insecurities, and general feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness. Instead of listening to negative self-talk you are consciously choosing to reprogram the subconscious with more positive, productive thoughts. Instead of being defeated by limiting beliefs and habitual behavioral patterns, you are opening your mind to new possibilities.

How to create affirmations

Take the time to get clarity on exactly what you want and, most importantly, why you want it. The statements you use need to be meaningful and resonate with you. Using the present tense, envision yourself already living and feeling what you are affirming, see your successful life in vivid detail. Use action words and words that trigger positive emotions in you.

How to use affirmations

When you read affirmations, really feel the meaning of each word. Let it speak to you deeply and intimately. Say each line multiple times until it feels solid in your heart. If it helps, add some physical movement. Repeat the words with emphasis and deep meaning to bring faster and larger results. Repeating affirmations for success helps to reprogram the subconscious mind.
The best time your subconscious mind receives your affirmations or images is early morning and before going to sleep. Making time for meditation throughout the day is another good way to reprogram your subconscious mind.

Samples of affirmations for success

I am successful in my business and I am enjoying my success.
By creating success for myself I am creating success and opportunities for others.
I am grateful for all the abundance flowing into my life.
I attract brilliant mentors who graciously share their wisdom and guidance.
I am successfully living up to my full potential.
I am making the world a better place by being a positive, powerful influence.
My work is a great contribution to others, and I am richly rewarded for it.

Here’s to your success.
Charlene Day