Monday, June 23, 2014

Explore Your Depth.

The yogic model of the koshas, or sheaths of consciousness, are broken into five layers: body, breath, mind/emotions, intuition, Spirit (bliss). 

In the physical layer of the body, there is a ton of information embedded in the tissues, that wreak of your life experiences, thoughts, beliefs and values, in addition to your genetic coding and ancestry. When you are in alignment with your body, you shift on a cellular level in such a deep way, that it begins to rock your experience of yourself.

For example, maybe you begin to have dreams of being a famous warrior, or you imagine yourself in front of the camera as an actress or model. Maybe you begin to change the way you look at food, or begin to help others.

Possibly, you change the status of your relationships or give up a food group or pattern. Case in point: I, for one, became a vegetarian after eating meat since I was born. After 14 years I decided to become pescetarian for a year before returning to meat. Newly omnivorous, I feel I've come "home," full circle, and can see my journey and path of progress, painted clearly and in view. Suddenly I picked up running again. This to me, signals that my cells have become born again, newly realized entities, that are ready to tell a new story.

Would you like to explore you and know yourself to this depth? Contact me for your free 50 minute consultation, and let's get started on a journey that will change the way you think and feel about you...

You gotta find Healthy On your Own Terms.

You can't just tell a person healthy advice and expect to have them understand the scope and focus of such an idea, until they are ready to truly receive it in a deep place within themselves. There is a certain urge, a fire, an almost painful suffering sort of a rush, to want the most success for themselves, and the best and highest good possible for all involved or invoked into the goal.

It's never just you alone, going into your goals. So many other pieces and players are a part of your manifestation that once you begin the process, all these pieces keep coming up that make you want to quit, give up and throw in the towel. Sometimes words can't even describe what the Spirit hopes to assist with.

Remembering that manifestation is an intricate, involved process, is what is mostly required to get you through anything. As you manifest your desires, and the images of all parts come into play, make sure to write them down as if you are investigating something, trying to solve a puzzle, and you begin elaborating more and more on the theme until it becomes a living, breathing entity.

Keeping the message of Nutrition and Balanced Health Simple.

Sometimes I feel health coaches promote the fast food industry more than the actual industry does. I'm throwing myself under a bus as I say this. Just the other day I decided to have, *GASP*, a diet soda, and I posted it onto a popular social media page. Now I was having a little bit of fun, but when I saw that the full blown ad came up with my admission, I realized that, not only did I just give a bit of free advertising to this company, but they didn't have to pay me a commission or royalties, two ideas I definitely need to get in on before I decide to advertise again. Meanwhile, with all our hatred towards these companies who slowly try to denigrate the efforts of the healthy, it cannot be denied that they've perfected their junk food heaven to status updates and hashtags, readying themselves to tell the tale of the bun...hamburger bun, that is. It also can't be overlooked that sometimes it all becomes rather tempting to blow that diet of all its good intentions and send the body into poor quality hell, momentarily. What's a health coach to do?

The goal is to try one's very best to always be promoting the quality and value of foods which contain the most healthful components necessary for the proper care and feeding of the whole person. There must be a better way than just to say, "hey, how many servings of fruit and vegetables have you had today?" Teaching people to eat fruit and vegetables is surely a worthwhile, veritable and necessary function of our job, but it is not by far the only option. The most important element of today's food is, what is your food saying to you?" If you were to ask a room filled with people if they talked to their food today, how many would raise their hands? If they were asked, "Can you feel your food? Hear it? Sense it? Know its origin by feel? Tell if it just came off the truck or had been in the store for weeks? Is being kept alive in a petrie dish? Is the food low on vibrational energy and you can tell when you hold it?"

Even though there is more to the healthy nutrition story, the message is still as simple as it can be: You can tell the difference between foods that are worth eating,  and those that may cost you your  health. Eat what grows from the ground, real food. Thank the Universe for what has been provided to us in abundance, and feel your food...sense it with your five senses. Use your sixth sense and beyond, to find the vibrational quality of your food and ask it if you need it. You may find that sometimes there are food choices you make that your body doesn't need, or can benefit from.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Program Constancy.

I want to take a moment to point out the difference between two very important ideas when approaching a goal. The two ideas are constancy and consistency. The first is dear to my heart because it is the very nature of my name.

a :  steadfastness of mind under duress :  fortitude
b :  fidelityloyalty
:  a state of being constant or unchanging
  1. the constancy of the Earth's rotation
  2. <the mistaken notion that there is constancy in language—words do indeed change their meanings over time>
Now here's what I found on consistency.


  [kuhn-sis-tuhn-see]  Show IPA
noun, plural con·sist·en·cies.
a degree of density, firmness, viscosity, etc.: The liquid has the consistency of cream.
steadfast adherence to the same principles, course, form, etc.: There is consistency in his pattern ofbehavior.
agreement, harmony, or compatibility, especially correspondence or uniformity among the parts of acomplex thing: consistency of colors throughout the house.
the condition of cohering or holding together and retaining form; solidity or firmness.

...get it??

So what it all boils down to, is that the two concepts are slightly different in nature, but intensely similar on theme. The goal is to bring the two of these ideas distinctively into the environment of the goal, and to assure this measure of constancy takes persistence and understanding of what constancy will bring to the goal.

Constancy makes one important consideration that intrigues me when approaching a goal that transforms the very way one chooses to live one's life: adherence under DURESS.

Duress is sometimes the very push button reaction we get to quitting on a goal. Duress can speak to us in funny ways, and we might decide to end a relationship with whatever it is, when it gets too difficult, challenging, suppressive in our eyes, which is related to our point of view. We can change our point of view to meet the next level of requirements related to that goal. We have to. We must practice....otherwise not even consistency can help us do more than maintain the same even level of pressure we've applied to the goal, which obviously won't change it, but keep it exactly the same. This process leads to stagnation, when you jump in the hamster of (no) change. No progress, no duress, no peace...

Another element that constancy brings into the conversation is loyalty. Consistency mentions nothing of loyalty. It merely taps into an even, firm principle applied. Does that mean it, or you, are loyal to your program, job, weight loss goal, just because you keep showing up to the work site or the table? 

Ultimately, your degree of consistency leads to constancy in your goals. So, be consistent AND constant. 

Produce Cravers.

     A very simple concept has infiltrated my life and the way I handle my nutritional day. I take my Juice Plus supplements and I begin to crave more fresh produce.

     Now at first I thought, "how silly is it, that a whole food pill can give you the nutrients of a supplement and the fruits and vegetables included in the supplement, but make you crave more?" Studies have shown that the more of that particular element shows in your cell tissue and bloodstream, the more the body asks for that element, be it a positive or negative additive, sugar for example. But again, a very hard concept to grasp.

     Instead of doubting that it was happening, I instead just began taking my Juice Plus supplements regularly, and I began to notice that, as I was making my cucumber drink, I'd be pulling out vegetables to stirfry and I thought, "Connie, isn't that going to be too much? Will you actually consume both?" Truth is, whether I would or would not, made nearly the difference that just acting on the vegetables did. Now I use my vegetables as my side dishes, instead of one side dish. Wow...while talking about fresh veggies, I got the inkling to slice and cook some carrots cooked in grass fed butter and seasoned with cumin, pepper and fennel for dinner tonight!

     Some people believe in trying to consume all food whole. I agree with this thinking. I also realize that it will not always be the thing we are able to do, to get all nutrition from our food, knowing how much our soil needs. With Juice Plus, I bypass any fears I may have of getting my nutritional needs met, and I commence to partake in a supplement that provides me with so much more.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Essential oils in the weight room.

When I first purchased my kit of oils, I knew that they would be spectacular. However, I wasn't so sure how far it would go. Now that I know how intensely important it is for people to change their medicine cabinets to one filled with essential oils, I will never look back again.

There have been so many uses for these plant oils in my life, that in order for me to afford this habit, I have to find Less ways to use them! That being said, I'm just providing a bit of humor to myself. I'm secretly proud that I can both cook and clean with my oils, in addition to providing health benefits and relief from physical illness and ailments, and no one will question me! So imagine me finding out how to use these oils in the weight room.

I was having a crazy day, and felt a little bit tapped out. I knew that I needed a quick way to restore my senses, as I did not have a chance to shower or do a quick yoga session before heading to the gym to clear myself. I also wanted to do a very tough work out, without getting derailed by my low carbohydrate intake that day. So I applied for drops of an oil blend called Balance to my feet. I placed one on my wellspring of life point, which is right at my third toe, and one on each heel.

I proceeded to do a workout that was at least 2 to 3 times as tough as the Workouts I had completed in the last week. I performed some pretty hard-core intervals, and I was so pleased with my success that I attributed it to the oils. Part of why I get tapped out during the workout is not because of my inability to sustain the work effort, but because of so many energy demands during the day, and I don't get to restore my system properly. With essential oil, I could easily put a few drops of this blend into a spray bottle, and proceed to spritz my entire body with the combination.

Thinking of my oil kit, I have just created the perfect pre-and post gym spritzer! You can start with 8 oz. of a flower water, such as Jasmine or Rose. Purified water will work just as well. Next, place five drops of balance oil into the water. This oil is for grounding and stabilizing the body. You can add more if you would like. Next, add two drops of Elevation oil for upliftment, or maybe try three drops, because it smells great! Next, place a couple of drops of purify blend, Which is antibacterial and antimicrobial, And one of frankincense, clearing your energy field of any draining disturbances, and producing a meditative stillness, in addition to a Myriad host of other benefits.