A Winning State Of Mind

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So, I have been cleaning and clearing out old boxes to allow more free space in our home. You would not believe the crap stuff I have held onto for all these years. 98% used candle jars, notes my friends and I passed back and forth from middle school, troll dolls (am I dating myself)? Oh and my favorite, the school directories from my elementary days (just in case), we are talking decades people! One little gem I did come across was a paper I wrote in high school. While reading it to my children I realized even way back then the importance of a positive outlook on life. Anyways, I thought (hoped) if I shared this with the world it may hit home with someone. Even if it is just one person, I would be a happy camper. Now this is no nobel prize winning piece, but it is all heart.

My alarm went off at 5am sharp on a beautiful spring Saturday morning. My first thought was “oh please help me get through this day!” At ten years old I felt this was the most important day of my life. I was to compete in a solo jazz dance for the first time. I dressed in the costume I had carefully picked out from all the dance catalogs. It was a purple, two piece outfit, with a huge silver ponytail holder. I chose purple because it was, and still is, my favorite color. 

When my parents and I arrived at the competition I was dircted back stage, and my parents left to take their seats in the high school auditorium. As I stood there waiting for the announcer to finish his welcome speech, I felt my knees shaking and my heart racing. To add to my nervousness was the fact that I was the opening number of the competition. I wanted so much to perform my routine perfectly and make my parents proud. I was practicing my dance over and over in my head when all of a sudden I heard my name and froze. From where I was standing, I could see my parents clapping, and I knew I had to go out there and dance my heart away. Trying to keep a smile on my face while my mouth quivered, I got into my beginning pose. Paula Abdul’s voice shouted out “Promise of a New Day” and my feet started dancing. They were not dancing the carefully choreographed steps that my teacher had me practice countless hours on, but at least my feet were in step with the beat. During the first refrain, I suddenly remembered the routine and danced the rest of the piece the way I was taught. As the music came to an end and as I held my pose, I could hear all the applause. I turned and gave the biggest bow of thankfulness, partly because it was over, but mostly because I had done it!

We had to wait all day for the results, but I felt so confident on how well I had performed. All competitors, spectators, and judges sat in the auditorium as the winners were read. Shiny trophies and red ribbons were given out to the first, second, and third place winners. My division came and went and I did not hear my name again that day. I was crushed! I congratulated all my friends who had won something, and then my parents and I left as soon as we were finished. The minute I was alone with my parents I burst into tears. I felt that I had disappointed them, and I was embarrassed that I had not won anything. My parents smiled their biggest smiles and said, “Rachel, you were a winner the moment you stepped out on that stage.” I’ll never forget that day, that experience, or that comment.

I thought long and hard about what it took to be a winner and decied that my parents were right. That first solo experience taught me that not everyone walks away with the winning trophy; some of us take a winning attitude. Over the years, I’ve tried my hardest to do my very best in everything I do. I’ve gained confidence in myself and in my abilities. My first solo dance experience gave me the desire and determination to try to achieve my goals, no matter how difficult the desired end seemed. When, after many attempts at first place, I finally made it, the recognition meant a lot more to me. Nothing comes easy, but if you want something bad enough, all the efforts are worth it.

After reading this to my children, my daughter very seriously says to me “next time you decide to improv you should really improv with the exact same moves your dance teacher taught you!” I said “thank you, that was very insightful of you sweetie.” Not sure she fully grasped the point of the paper. Maybe I’ll read it again to her another day.

Moral of this post…work hard and good things will come!E Signature photo signature_1_zpslt0lwfsm.gif

 

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How To Make Magnesium Oil Spray

Magnesium is an important mineral for normal bone structure in the body. You can get magnesium from your diet (think foods high in fiber like whole grains, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, almonds, meats, chocolate, coffee and dairy products). At times supplements are used if magnesium levels drop too low. This is most common among women and the elderly. Sugar and caffine can deplete magnesium consumption as well. Certain diseases are linked to low magnesium levels such as:

  • high blood pressure
  • osteoporosis
  • diabetes
  • stroke
  • hereditary heart disease

Why Magnesium Is Important For Your Health

I have learned that when applied directly on the skin (the largest organ of the body) it is the most effective way to absorb magnesium. By using it this way magnesium can treat infected skin ulcers and speed up wound healing time. It can also improve sleep, migraine headaches, restless leg syndrome, help heart ailments and reduce stress. Who does not have stress in their lives! Magnesium can also lower pains such as lower back pain, sciatica, arthritic pain and helps calm anxiety.

Every cell in your body needs and relies on magnesium. It is very important for tooth, bone, joint and muscle pain. One of the best sources of magnesium is from the ocean. So if you are lucky enough to soak in the ocean water anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours daily…go to it! For those who don’t have that luxury, I will tell you how to make your very own Magnesium Oil. Your personal pain healer in a spray bottle 🙂

What You Need:

1/2 cup distilled water

1/2 cup magnesium flakes – I prefer this brand

Glass bowl

Glass or plastic spray bottle – get it here

How To Make Magnesium Oil Spray

(no actual oil involved)

  1. Boil distilled water (distilled water will prolong the life of your spray)
  2. Pour the boiling water over your magnesium flakes that are in the glass bowl
  3. Stir until completely dissolved
  4. After magnesium oil is cooled pour into spray bottle

So easy and inexpensive! This spray should stay good at room temperature for up to 6 months.

How To Use Magnesium Oil

You can use this spray daily. It is best on fatty parts of the body or areas that you are experiencing pain. For example, the arms, legs, stomach, neck and back. You may feel a stinging sensation when you spray on the skin. That is harmless and will go away. If you prefer you can add water to dilute it a bit.

How Long To Leave It On

Feel free to leave the magnesium oil on the skin, or after about 1/2 an hour you can wash it off. Penetration occurs over time. The longer the magnesium is on the skin the greater the penetration. Well-hydrated skin is easier to penetrate than dry skin. It is best absorbed after a shower.

Very Important To Know

Too much magnesium can lower blood pressure so make sure your blood pressure is over 100 systolic (top number) and over 70 diastolic (bottom number).

According to Dr. Sircus magnesium chloride is one of the most powerful and purest medicinals in the world.

Rachel Grace

 

 

 

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Review On The NutriBullet


I have been on a juicer kick lately. I drill it into my kids heads about how important it is for their bodies to have veggies in it everyday, only to realize I should practice what I preach. Therefore, I especially love my NutriBullet on days that I know I am not getting enough veggies on my plate. I pack my favorite vegetables, fruits, yogart and almond milk into my favorite blender, mix it up and BAM within one minute or less I have my healthy, fresh smoothie ready to enjoy! It can’t get much easier than that. This is a great way to get your kids to reap the benefits of veggies without them even being the wiser 🙂 Works like a charm for my two lovies!

Pros Of The NutriBullet

  • Easy to use
  • Great motor – 600 watt
  • Easy to clean
  • Comes with two cups (one 18 oz. and one 24 oz. tall cup)
  • Recipe book and pocket nutritionist included
  • Powerful extractor blade
  • Compact
  • Can walk away from the machine while it blends on its own
  • Lightweight
  • Chops up ice cubes
  • Cups and lids are dishwasher safe on the top rack (the blades have to be hand washed)
  • Can make smoothies, nut butters and can turn rice into rice flour
  • BPA free
  • Free of phthalates
  • Affordable

Cons Of The NutriBullet

  • The largest cup is only 24 ounces
  • Not plastic free cups (so do not put hot contents into the cup if you want to prevent any harmful chemicals from the plastic.)

My Go To Smoothie

2 handfulls of baby spinach

2 full cut carrotssmoothie

2 celery sticks (I personally love the leafy greens at the top)

1 yogart (I prefer greek or activia)

1 banana

1/2 cup almond milk (add more if you do not like your smoothie to be thick)

1 tbsp. of raw, unsalted sunflower seeds

1/3 cup frozen blueberries

Mix and enjoy! My kids love this smoothie!!

 

I have wanted to find something that would make my life easy and healthy for years so I have done my research before making this purchase. I have also been using the NutriBullet for about a year and I love it as much now, if not more than I did a year ago. If you are in the market for a juicer, blender, nut butter/flour maker then this one is for you my friend. It is worth every penny!

I purchased my NutriBullet here.

Rachel Grace

 

 

 

 

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Heart Healthy Food Choices

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I have recently been on a 30 day heart monitor and found that I am experiencing some complications with the bottom chambers of my heart (Ventricular Tachycardia). I have been worried, nervous, anxious and stressed to saypulse rate the least. So I have been researching like crazy how to maintain a healthy heart and foods for a healthy heart. I am determined to live a long life with a healthy heart! I want to share everything I know with you in hopes that you will also be able to live your life with a healthy heart! (Maybe if I say HEALTHY HEART enough it will just happen) 🙂

5 Nutrients For a Vibrant Heart

  1. Fiber – nuts, greens, fruits
  2. Fish Oil – in moderation
  3. Magnesium – beans, seeds, nuts, green leafy veggies
  4. Vitamin D – get at least 1 hour of sunlight a day
  5. Vitamin K – kale, cabbage, green leafy veggies

All Heart Healthy Diets Should Include

  • Folate: spinach, turnip greens, parsley, bok choy, asparagus, broccoli, beets, cauliflower, romaine lettuce
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: nuts, seeds, flaxseed oil, fish oil, salmon, walnuts, anchovy
  • Vitamin E: sunflower seeds, almonds, cooked sunflower seedsspinach, dark leafy greens, avocados, kiwi, cooked broccoli, shellfish, squash, pumpkin, plant oils
  • Potassium: sweet potatoes, tomato sauce, beet greens, beans, yogart, clams, milk, prunes, orange juice, carrot juice, fish, soybeans, winter squash, bananas
  • Soluble Fiber: brussel sprouts, oatmeal, oat bran cereal
  • Magnesium: dark leafy greens, dark chocolate, seeds, nuts, fish, wole grains, avocados, beans, bananas, yogart, coriander, cashews, goat cheese and artichokes

FYI

I also wanted to mention that fresh garlic is great for the heart and blood system. Oranges lowers blood pressure, dark chocolatecholesterol and heart failure. Dark chocolate reduces blood pressure and red wine (in moderation) increases HDL and reduces clotting. Keep that in mind next time you are enjoying any of these heart healthy foods and wine.

Foods to Avoid to Protect Your Heart Health

I know it can be difficult but you want to avoid foods high french friesin saturated fats, trans-fats, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and cholesterol. Such foods are fast foods, fried foods, red meat, sodas, chips, too much butter and salt as well as candy. I have to admit I have a love for fried foods so this will be a bit of a challenge, but hey…I am always up for a challenge.

 Choose Whole Grains

They are a great source of fiber that regulate blood pressure and heart health. Foods with whole grains are brown rice, wild rice, barley, oatmeal and popcorn.

How You Can Help Prevent Heart Disease

  • Manage Stress = super important, try meditating. I meditatingabsolutely love and turn to yoga to reduce my stress levels!!!
  • Eat Healthy Foods = I just gave you a wonderful heart healthy food list you can go by
  • Stay Active = unless your doctor informs you otherwise. My favorite way to stay active is putting my earbuds in and power walking to my favorite tunes.
  • Drink Alcohol in Moderation = if you should choose to drink
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure = get regular screenings
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight = stay motivated!
  • Don’t Start or Quit Smoking = also stay away from second hand smoke.

I truly hope this post finds you well and gives you the information you need to maintain a healthy heart.heart

Rachel Grace

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