Did your diet lead you to binge eat? Have you spiraled into weight GAIN over the years? From now on, please avoid extreme diets at all cost. They can lead to binge eating. You can be risking your health.
Never starve yourself. If you begin by placing unreasonable restrictions on the calories you consume, it can backfire in two different ways. First, every system of your body will be affected. Your mind will not be alert, and your heart muscles will weaken. Second, you will lose control on a starvation diet. You will be more likely to eat foods that are not good for you, and lose control of the quantities you eat.
You can lose weight by making healthy choices every day. Extreme dieting is the worst possible approach to weight loss. It makes you gain weight. The pounds will come off gradually, and you will eventually see the results you want. It is not necessary to sacrifice your health to lose weight. You can have all of the benefits of a slim, strong body when you make healthy choices and understand the root cause of your weight gain.
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By Guest Blogger Susan Lipp CMD
Some time ago I mentioned about being careful about the soap, lotions, shampoos and the like that you use…
I found the following that I thought you might find interesting (AND they don’t even mention parabens that are definitely cancer-causing):
Doctors Won’t Tell You About These Toxins in Your Shampoo
Keeping toxins away from our family can be challenging, especially when so many poisons lurk in unsuspecting places. You might assume that foods are the only way toxins can get in our body. Unfortunately, there are toxins found in our shampoo that can be more harmful than those found in our food.
Here are the list of the top 5 toxic ingredients that you should check in your shampoos and conditioner labels:
Toxic Ingredient #1: SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE:
This ingredient is linked to irritation of skin and eyes, organ toxicity, development/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicological, and biochemical or cellular changes, possible mutations and cancer.
Toxic Ingredient #2: DIOXANE:
Identified as one of the 216 chemicals linked to breast cancer in rodents.
Toxic Ingredient #3: DIETHANOLAMINE or DEA:
DEA blocks absorption of the nutrient choline, which is vital to brain development.
Toxic Ingredient #4: MSG
You’ve been told to avoid MSG in your food, right? Often secretly hidden and referred to as amino acids, yeast extract, nayad, glutamic acid, or glutamates.
Toxic Ingredient #5: PROPYLENE GLYCOL
A strong skin irritant and can also cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.
If You’re Avoiding Toxins in Your Food, Remember Your Shampoo and Conditioner, Too.
Everything you consume passes through your liver and kidneys. In the foods you eat, the pesticides that are present in fruit and vegetables are broken down with the enzymes present in your saliva and will be flushed out of your body.
Our skin is our largest organ. The products we put directly on our skin are absorbed through our bloodstream and tissues. These products bypass the filtration of the liver and kidneys, therefore our body has very little protection.
With the shampoo or conditioner that we use, there are twenty blood vessels, 650 sweat glands, and 1,000 nerve endings that have exposure to these toxins.
Products We Need to Consider Buying
To protect your family from these toxins, opt for more natural, organic products. Available in natural health food stores, they are a lot safer for our environment and for our whole family. Some experts say, “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin!” Dr. Brommer’s and Aubrey are two of my favorites.
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I am declaring that “Should” well, should become a dirty word.
Why? Because everyone I talk to who uses the word ‘should’ uses it as a self-critical, unwilling, unhappy word. They use it to describe things other people want them to do but they don’t want to—-you know, let other people decide how their lives are ‘supposed’ to be. It creates guilt-ridden procrastination, which causes all kinds of other mental angst and anguish. Should keeps you from living life on your terms, keeps you from becoming happy and fulfilled.
Should is used as a shameful, guilt-ridden word. ”I really should do that”….when in reality you are doing it because you want someone else’s approval, or society expects it, and you are trying to live up to someone else’s expectation and goals for your life. It’s used by other people to obligate you to things you don’t want to do, be, have or become. It’s an opinion, and not your own. SHOULD means I want you to do this. SHOULD does not give you choice or freedom.
My favorite saying (my own saying) is “Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself.” And yes, I mean it in exactly the way it sounds. People should all over themselves and live lives that are unhappy and unfulfilled.
Here’s the dictionary definition of should:
should /SHood/ verb
1. Used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness, typically when criticizing someone’s actions: “He should have been careful.”
2. Indicating a desirable or expected state: ”By now students should be able to read.”
Synonyms — Shall. Must. Ought.
Obligation. Duty. Correctness. Criticizing. Shall. Must. Ought. Endure. Bear.
Even saying those words makes me feel horrible. There isn’t a friendly, positive word in that entire list. That is a guilt-ridden list of unhappiness.
This is what SHOULD looks like to me.
How about living your life according to these words, the polar opposite? Here are the antonyms to SHOULD.
Become. Enjoy. Consider. Entertain.
I don’t know about you, but I feel lighter, happier, and more hopeful just typing those words.
And if words and thoughts are what create your life, doesn’t it make sense that they are happy, delightful, fun-filled words of your choosing? Doesn’t it make sense that we choose light-hearted, empowering, joyful, creative words? Words that fill our soul with sunshine?
I don’t know about you, but there’s enough negativity in the world, and I choose to live in happiness and find beauty where ever I can.
So the next time you are about to should all over yourself, catch yourself, and ask yourself “Whose voice is telling me I should do that?” And then ask yourself if you WANT to do that, or if you can choose something else that makes you feel good.
And I also ask you to be careful of shoulding all over everyone else.
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Mother’s Day is always a difficult day for me.
As my readers know, my mother and I did not by any stretch of anyone’s imagination, have a ‘normal’ mother-daughter relationship. Those who don’t know this about me inadvertently open their mouths and insert their foot when they ask me what I’m going to do with my mother for her ‘special day’.
I was at an event yesterday and all the women were chattering about what they were going to do with their moms, and what their kids normally did for them for their special day. The men were talking about the flowers they needed to buy and where they were taking their wives out for dinner. All very normal, and as usual it made me feel like an alien looking in at a different life.
A man kindly asked me what my children were going to do for me. I replied “I have no children.” He was silent for a beat, and then he said “What are you going to do for your mother tomorrow?” There’s a part of me that says, Sooze, shut up, shut up, shut up…keep quiet….but there’s another, larger part of me that needs to lash out.
I turned to him and said “Nothing. My mother tried to kill me.” He was taken aback, and said “Well, I’m sure at some point we all drove our mothers to want to kill us when we were teenagers.” I smiled, and said “I was four years old and she tried to smother me.” I know, mean. But I get tired of people assuming that my mother was a ‘normal’ mother. Especially on Mother’s Day.
A friend’s rescue horse gave birth today. That foal will feel more love from that mare than I ever did from my mother.
I hate to go onto Facebook today. Everyone is posting pictures of their mother with them when they were little kids, or posting pictures from the lunch they just took their mother to, or thanking their mother for always being there for them, no matter what.
I have no idea what the hell they are talking about, and I’ll admit it, this is one day where I am filled with bitterness and envy.
It doesn’t hurt as much as it once did. I used to hide in my room and cry all day, hot angry tears. Now I just do my best to stay away from people, don’t answer the phone, and avoid social media sites. I cry, but I ‘get over it’ much faster.
Friends who love me send me texts telling me that I am a spiritual mother to many, and one of my younger girlfriends sent me a text “Happy Mother’s Day California Mom.” I am her surrogate mother….I’m many people’s surrorgate mother.
I don’t know how that happens. Maybe because I’m not judgemental about the way people live their lives? Maybe because I’m a good listener?
I know I care about my friends, and I have had many people tell me how wonderful that is.
Sometimes I wonder if I really feel love the way the rest of the world does, as I didn’t have it modelled to me. I don’t know if it’s something you are automatically hardwired with? If you were, wouldn’t my mother have shown me?
But what they don’t realize is, no matter how much I care about them, or how much they care about me…..I still….don’t get ‘IT”. I still don’t understand that unconditional love their mother gave them. I don’t understand how they can call their mother for wise advice or just to cry on her shoulder. I don’t know what that feels like, tastes like, smells like, or looks like.
I understand a reasonable facsimile, but I will never really understand that mother love, because I never had it.
I don’t envy people many things, but this is one I do.
So…..for all you who are reading this, give your mother a hug, give your children a hug, and be very happy that you will never understand how I feel today.