1) Don’t be advised by too many people. I love being coached – nothing makes me happier, seriously – but that has been one of my downfalls in the past. I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for coaching by anyone and everyone. The problem is that each coach has their own take on things, meaning you often end up going around in circles. At the moment, I have two coaches: one for my offline business, and one for my online business. I’ve found that coaches with specialties give me more bang for my buck.
In April, 2003, the publicly funded Human Genome Project (HGP), whose quest was to sequence all 3 billion base pairs found in the human DNA, was completed. The elucidation of the human genome created opportunities for the development of several scientific fields and tools to be able to understand and treat chronic disease based on our genes. One of those fields is nutrigenomics.
So what is Nutrigenomics?
Nutrigenomics is the study of how foods affect the expression of genetic information in an individual and how individual differences affect the way we metabolize and respond to the nutrients and bioactive compounds in the foods we eat. Nutrigenomics helps us understand how our genetic variation can explain why individuals respond differently to the same foods; and helps us to understand the interaction of nutrient-gene effects in the development and prevention of chronic disease.
Meditation can conjure up visions of yogis peacefully residing on a mountaintop, one with the earth and sky. That may seem to be a very unobtainable state, however, meditation is something that everyone can do (mountaintop optional).
As a yoga instructor and a mom of three, I welcome families to come together to take my classes, in fact I encourage it. New moms with their babies, moms and dads with toddlers in tow, everyone can benefit from the practice. Parents are often surprised at how their kids are natural-born yogis! I often use the babies to show the proper way to breath, deep from your belly. The babies are my best assistant instructors in long deep breathing. After class, no matter the group I am teaching, is always meditation time and there are some wonderful meditations that families can participate in!
Most of you have probably heard or read that statement before, but immediately went “yeah right!”, and never took the time to find where this so called “fact” was coming from. Don’t feel bad cause that’s what most people do. But now is your chance to find out!
Here’s the deal. Your body is all about one thing…survival. It does not care what you look like. It only cares about doing what is needed to survive. It makes these decisions based on the daily decisions you make in regards to your physical activity, and your intake of calories. Oooh…there is that evil word, “calories”! It is evil, right?…Not necessarily. The big counting calorie fad has brain washed everyone into thinking that if they take in less calories, it means weight loss. Wrong. Here’s why:
There are a couple of things related to your caloric intake that will make you gain fat weight:
#1. How often you eat.
#2. The amount of calories that you take in.
When you think back to your childhood, do you recall spending hours outside riding bikes, exploring trails and creeks? Maybe you lived in a bigger city; did you find your way to the science center or a dinosaur museum? How did you feel when you were having those adventures? Were you in awe? Did you contemplate just how small we are in this big universe? Did you breathe in new experiences and adventures? When you returned home were you excitedly telling your parents all of your adventures of the day? Were you energized and eager to do it again?
Do you remember that last time you had that feeling? Today? Last week? Last year? 10 years ago?
That’s right, you’re about to see another ‘extreme’ weight loss makeover.
As a culture, we’re fascinated by these transformations. We’re eager to watch as people suffer through arguably inhumane training conditions on national television programs in order to see those astonishing ‘after’ pictures everyone in the office talks about the next day. It’s sensational. It’s dramatic. And—truth be told—the fitness professionals that have such a story on their resume are proud to have guided someone to such an incredible feat, regardless of the path taken to get there.
One of the simplest forms of exercise, walking requires no special equipment except our already attached legs–and a good pair of walking shoes. Hippocrates himself proclaimed “Walking is man’s best medicine.” We do it everyday. So why would we seriously consider walking as more than just a walk around the park?
There are great rewards waiting for those who answer the call. To accomplish anything, it takes a sound body, and a sound mind. These will be your greatest tools. Without these tools being optimized, we end up expending a great deal of energy fighting against ourselves, instead of working towards our dreams. We get caught on the slippery slope of negative illusions, weakness, pain, and disease, instead of growing, learning, sharing, teaching, and expressing who and what we are. There is a call to greatness for all of us, if we listen closely, it can be heard. In the ebb and flow of the tides, in the wind rustling the leaves of the trees, in the laughter of children. A call for us all to be liberated from what we think we are, from what our self imposed limitations are, a call to evolve and dare to be more than we have ever dreamt possible.
I ask you to envision this:
Tom and Jane are chosen as team captains by the elementary school P.E. teacher.
In turn, they pick their kickball team.
Even as kids, the group being picked realize that Tom and Jane are picking from the top down. They pick Simon because he kicks a long ball. Ted’s picked next because he runs like his pants are on fire. Down the line they go until there’s one child left…and in my elementary school class that last kiddo was always “Laura”.
In the many years since I graduated from school, I know that well-intentioned parents tried to make everyone feel equal and important in this type of eeney-meany-miney-mo, but that ploy only created messes further down life’s timeline when reality set it.
Instinctively kids have the low down on the selection process. They suss out that people are chosen in the order in which they are perceived to have strengths and that:
Some people are just better at certain things than others.
I have two things to say about that statement…1) It’s true and 2) It’s really okay that it’s true.
Being “bad” at something at one point in your life is subject to change throughout your lifetime.
By Nashima Harvey
Many people struggle with trying to identify who they are and where they are going in life. They contemplate their existence and often feel insecure about where they fit in this 21st Century fast paced tech savvy world that we live in. There is a constant need to belong to a group or to be a member of the “in” crowd. I encounter these people on a daily basis. When I approach them in dialogue the number one thing I realize is that they could tell me about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian getting married but could not answer the question of, “ Who are you?” The responses I get are usually something like, “ I am a writer, I am an educator, I am a model, I am designer.” I am often left feeling that I truly did not have an understanding of whom the individual was.