A Winning Team!

Congrats to all of my Caruthers Dance Studio Family on your recent winnings in the Stage One Competitions this month!!!  Hard work always pays off!

Exciting videos coming soon!

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Do you LOL Enough?

When was the last time you laughed so hard that you cried? Or as an effect of laughing so hard there was no more sound to be made… you were just stuck with this face…waiting to catch another breath?

There are so many benefits to belting out a hearty laugh.  Like the old saying goes…..”Laughter is the best medicine”.  As we know, an entire professional niche is based off of this….laughter therapists.  Let’s dive into why we should LOL more often.

It makes for healthier and stronger relationships

Look at great relationships and HAPPY marriages and you will find that a common element is usually laughter and keeping a sense of humor about things.  This is whether the relationship is under attack by stress (from within or outward) or in good times.  It helps us to bounce back from some hard blows.  For example, there was a coworker in my past that had cancer and had lost most of his hair from chemotherapy.  He decided to shave it all off.  He said that most people don’t get to see themselves bald and I replied by saying he had a nice shaped head.  This sent both of us into uncontrollable laughter.  Laughing in such a sad time may have seemed a bit odd to most people around us, but I truly believe it was like medicine to him.  We had not been friends and really only general greetings like good morning but after that, it was like he could appreciate that everyone around him wasn’t walking on eggshells about the “C” word and that someone was more focused on life and living.  If I could do this with a coworker that I barely knew, how much more would it benefit practicing this with my close friends and family?

Laughing out loud lowers blood pressure & improves circulation

Laughter may reduce your body’s level of the stress hormone, cortisol and thus by doing so, it can reduce blood pressure and this positive chain reaction may help to reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease.   Your muscles actually get a workout from laughing, which drops your blood pressure and this remains for a period of time as your blood vessels dilate and additional oxygen enters your circulation. It is recommended to laugh for around 15 to 20 minutes a day for a healthier heart, no matter what your source of laughter.

Improved memory

There is a theory that too much of the body chemical cortisol can damage the hippocampus – the part of the brain responsible for short-term memory – In the long run this can eventually damage your ability to learn and remember.  If you find that you are forgetful about little things, like going into a room three times in a row and forgetting what you came in there for, try to laugh more often……even at yourself!

Laughter boosts your immune system and releases endorphins

The Father is so awesome in how he places all of these healthy feedback mechanisms for us in our bodies so that if we treat it well, we can heal from a lot in time.  Endorphins boost our mood, help us to cope with pain, and so much more that we are only scratching the surface of their benefits.

Of course decreasing cortisol, that old stress hormone will help our immune systems to enjoy a boost.  Increasing your daily dose of laughter can help with both of these very vital things.  Give it a try and see.

Helps us to sleep better and boosts our creativity

Laughter helps to release stress which in turn helps us to be more at ease and more creative.  Our worries melt away……at least for a little while, long enough to get that creative boost and lay our heads down for a good much needed rest.  Try a comedy relief show instead of a sad and gloomy story before bed or if you have writers’ block and see if it doesn’t make a difference.

It just makes you and others around you happier

Ok, this one is not scientific but I am sure we all agree that no one wants to be around a miserable person except for a miserable person who wants company.  Enjoy life and those around you and share an infectious laugh about something.  It truly does go a long way in making your outlook on life better.

Share your feedback about LOL’ing more often and how you did it.  Would love to hear your feedback!

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The Performance

Trained

Blistered

Feet

Engage

Shellacked

Layered

Wood

Creating

Beheld

Rhythmic

Masterpiece

One

Fleeting

Moment

photo credit:  Chicaco Artists Resource

Stars of Heaven Dance Troupe

Presenting the Stars of Heaven Dance Troupe

Hope this short vid brings some joy to your day.  Had fun making it with these precious beginners and look forward to seeing their continued growth in the future.  A big thanks to them, the parents, our beautiful community here in Israel and family and friends abroad.

 

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Homemade Cough Syrup

What can you do at the first sign of a cold or the flu to keep it from becoming full-blown?  Just a quick recipe that I have tried and it works wonders for the immune system.  You can use it for treatment of symptoms or as prevention.  When people around you are sick such as close family or co-workers that you have no choice of being around, we must have a way to ward off illness.

Photo credit:  WSJ

Here is what you will need…..it’s super simple:

  • About 20-24 cloves of garlic
  • Enough honey to cover the garlic in a jar to yield about a pint (approximately 400 mL by the time the garlic is added)
  • Note:  Raw honey is preferred instead of refined like you typically buy at the grocery store.  You can always make a half batch of this recipe.
  1. Peel the garlic cloves, crush them or cut them into tiny pieces and put them in a medium-size jar; add enough honey to cover the garlic and then set it aside for at least 36 hours.
  2. Take one teaspoon every 2-3 hours or as needed to relieve cough and sore throat.
  3. Use at the first signs of cough/cold and flu symptoms as an immune system booster.

Photo credit:  memegenerator.net

Garlic contains Allicin

This part of garlic gives it it’s health benefits but also will cause the bad odor and potent taste.  The fresher it is, as with other foods, the more potent it is.  Garlic is a natural anti-infectant, helps to decrease blood pressure and works against blood clotting to some degree.

Honey stands on it’s own as a natural remedy

Honey is not only a natural sweetener, it has many vitamins and nutrients. If used in raw form as a sweetener, it won’t spike your blood sugar.  It’s anti-oxidant properties are powerful and it guards against free radicals which can be cancer causing.   more info honey health benefits

Together, these 2 make a super food that helps us in multiple ways!

Do you have a recipe that’s similar to this?  Post it in my comments and let us know how it worked for you!

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What Are You G For?

G

 Greatness of His presence

R

Righteously judging between men

A

Awesome, His unconditional love

T

Tremendous forgiving of sin

I

Inspirational story of a People

T

Treasures of rain not fame

U

Unity of His he delights in

D

Deliverance makes end to pain

E

Everlasting GRATITUDE for His blessings, Cup seen as half full,

Positive mindset a must, Avoid negativity’s rule

 

Hidden Traps in Your Diet

What’s sabotaging your diet? 

Sometimes, it’s the small things that trap us from being successful in maintaining a healthy diet and weight.  We live in a society that shuns the natural and encourages us to cover our food or worse, alter it.  My goal is to help you to skip over the pitfalls and arrive at a healthier way of eating by implementing some of these health tips.  I have put together a list of the most popular offenders that I have seen plaguing our society and what has worked for me and my family.

Number 1:  Condiments

These include ketchup, mayonnaise, pre-packaged and store bought suaces such as BBQ sauce and Sweet and Sour sauce, salad dressings, and even those little packets of seasoning that we get for free upon ordering certain restaurant dishes.  Anything “creamy” is usually packed with calories.  Soup mixes and other all-in-one seasonings can lead to a lot of salt, MSG and other chemical ingestion and of course this can cause bloating, headaches and if used chronically, high blood pressure along with other ailments.  LEAVE IT ON THE SHELF and make your own!

Just a few examples:

Mayo- Serving Size: 1 Tbsp, Calories: 90, Fat: 10g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g

Strawberry Jelly- Serving Size: 1 Tbsp, Calories: 50, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 13g, Protein: 0g

Ketchup- Service Size 1 packet, Calories: 20, sodium 160 mg, Fat: 0g, Carbs 5g, Sugar 4g

Healthier food may take a bit more time to prepare but use natural things to flavor like olive oil with lemon and a pinch of salt, pepper and garlic for a salad dressing and make your own sauces to control your intake of sugar, salt and preservatives.  There are many healthy recipes to choose from.  Use healthy spices and herbs such as Cumin, Tumeric, Paprika, Oregano, Parsley, Cilantro, Thyme, Rose Mary and others to infuse flavor into your dish and add excitement to the meal.   Avacado is good to blend and combine with herbs if you want a creamy dressing or sauce.  Also lemon and lime zest with crushed garlic, a little salt, pepper and olive oil will make your taste buds dance!

Number 2:  Sugary Drinks and Alcoholic Beverages

This is self explanatory.  You can not expect to DRINK your calories and lose weight or have a healthy BMI (body mass index).  On average, U.S. youth consume 143 calories from sugary drinks and U.S. adults consume 145 calories. Start by just cutting your daily intake by half and see what a difference it makes in your progress.☕🍹

As an alternative, drink homemade lemonade and teas that you can control the sweetener you use (like honey, brown sugar or molasses and even minimize these).  Exchange your sweet wine for dry wine and minimize alcohol in general so as not to cause other metabolic problems such as liver disease.

Number 3:  HFCS & Artificial Sweeteners

It’s extremely difficult to find anything that is sweetened without high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. HFCS is a cheaper alternative for companies to use and is healthwise less desired because it makes you continue to crave carbs and sweets.  It’s like your brain not having an off switch to tell you that you’re full.  Artificial sweeteners have been linked to studies that show a high incidence of cancer with regular use. Why not juice your drinks using more veggies than fruits to minimize your sugars and make your own desserts using healthier alternatives. There are great recipes such as Chocolate Beet Cake, Carrot Cake, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and more that you can use no or less sugar than what’s called for; or skip the sweets altogether and have whole wheat crackers with cottage cheese and veggie carrot sticks for example. Fiber is filling and cottage cheese is lower in fat than other cheeses.

Some healthy dessert/snack recipes and more info:

tapin2life High Fructose Corn Syrup Review

Healthy Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Red Beet Chocolate Cake

Number 4:  Use healthy oils and fats

Fast facts about fats:

  • Heart healthy fats come from plants, nuts and seeds.
  • Saturated fats may raise your bad cholesterol (LDL) and also your risk for heart disease.
  • According to the American Heart Association (AHA), we need some fats in our diets to:  to make energy, assist in cell growth, protect organs, keep our bodies warm, aid in absorbing nutrients and making of hormones

Down with canola (unless you like using an oil that was originally made for lubricating ship engines…don’t believe me, research it yourself). I know that it is promoted as healthy but it is not a naturally occurring plant.  Use extra virgin cold pressed olive oil instead. It is most likely to have it’s nutrients preserved. Sunflower oil makes a good alternative but beware of “refined” on the packaging . This may mean the oil was treated with acid, or purified with an alkali, or bleached. Refined oils could also have been neutralized, filtered or deodorized.  This usually means less of the nutrients and although a cheaper product, not the best choice health wise.

Studies have also shown that trans-fats, found in processed foods like margarine raises the risk of death by 34 per cent and that butter has been shown not to be so bad after all. Of course if used in moderation the fat and calories in butter won’t mount up.

The bottom line:  What are you using the oil for? How do we keep from sabotaging our diet?

  1. If frying, extra light olive oil and sunflower oil (unrefined)
  2. For salads and making dressings (for taste):  olive oil, Unrefined sunflower oil as an alternative.  There are many other oils of course but do your homework.  These are the ones I use for everyday cooking, sauteing or making salad dressings.  This quick guide below may help.  Remember, don’t sabotage your diet with unhealthy calories and fats that will increase your LDL or bad cholesterol and lead to heart disease and unwanted pounds.

guide to healthy cooking oils

Number 5:  Maximize fiber, Minimize carbs 

We need a high fiber diet to keep things flowing, if you know what I mean. Image result for happy toilet images

There are two kinds of fibers:  soluble and insoluble.  We need both.  Soluble fibers help us to lower our cholesterol and blood sugar levels and they dissolve in water.  Insoluble fibers help to keep our bowel movements regular, prevent constipation and bulk up the stool.  Fiber can help to maintain a healthy weight.  I am speaking about this because we should as much as possible choose these foods over unhealthy carbs loaded with sugars and preservatives.

This is just a short list of healthy fibers:

Soluble:  oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium

Insoluble:  whole-wheat flour, nuts, wheat bran, beans and veggies like cauliflower, green beans and potatoes

The amount of fiber you need depends on age and gender.  Women 20-25 grams per day and Men 30-38 grams per day.

Number 6:  You must drink your water!!!

Self explanatory right?  Get your 8 glass minimum in and use a water with a pH of at least 7 and no more than 8.5.  Guidelines say 6-8.5 is best but below 7 is acidic and our bodies do not thrive in an acidic environment.

Number 7:  Avoid meals after 7 p.m.

Sometimes, this can not be avoided but try your best and plan ahead.  A healthy snack is okay after 7 pm if you are still hungry but remember to keep it as healthy as possible and cut your portion size that you would normally have by about half.  Think of it as weaning yourself off of your unhealthy habits.  Little by little you will get used to it and see the benefits.

So for 2018, get started on the right path!

    • Keep a diary for about a week of what you eat AND drink, how much and how many calories, carbs, fat and fiber you have ingested or drank.  If you don’t know, take time to look it up on the internet and approximate.
    • Take a baseline measure of your chest, waistline, hips and thighs since these areas are usually problematic and measure every 1-2 weeks.  You will be amazed after minimizing these hidden calories, carbs and fats how the inches will melt away.
    • Don’t deprive yourself.  For most people this backfires and when you have a moment of frustration, you grab the Ben and Jerry’s and binge eat.  Make healthy lifestyle changes that become permanent and doable for you and your family.
    • Have a support system.  Don’t do it alone.  Get your family or spouse or friends involved and help to change their lives for the better also.
    • As always, a regular exercise routine always helps.  It doesn’t need to be strenuous.  Check out my moderate Jazz It Up Workout Vid and do it with me daily!

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Wanted, Long-term Workers

Job Description & Benefits:

Wanted, enthusiastic workers, immediately for hire,

Maximum job security, very few ever choose to retire

May require some travel to many extraordinary places

Pays in dividends such as smiles, hugs, and happy satisfied faces

Often as your clients age the job challenges may intensify

But not to worry, take blows to the chin, on the Father you can rely

Don’t be surprised that if in time clients take on your looks and ways

For job success, correct them when needed, but ALWAYS save room for praise

No experience required, make mental notes and train along the way

There’s no manual, so share your gained wisdom with co-workers without delay

You see this job has a huge network, we encourage reaching out to your peers

However, the measure of success may not be seen for many long & grueling years

The organizational chart is made of fathers, sisters, aunts, uncles and brothers

Bypass the glass ceiling by taking the wisdom of grandfathers and grandmothers

This job is of great importance, NO, not president,  scientist or actor on a sitcom 

For with gratitude I’ve had the pleasure of being blessed to serve in this job called “MOM”

I thank our Heavenly Father every day that I haven’t had to do it alone

For to raise a child with support from a village propels him to achieve every milestone

villagetoraisechildBig thanks to all of the parents, grandparents and extended family as well as friends that take part daily to make a positive impact in support of the children, our future.  Keep your head up and know that we all make a difference.  One love Ya’ll!👪❤💕

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Window Garden Harvest & Tips

A peak into my window gardening progress and some easy and helpful growing tips.  Such a good hobby if you are looking for something to promote well being mind, body and spirit.

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A Big Thank You to My Followers

It was 2 years ago that I ventured into the wonderfully wide world of blogging and I just wanted to take the time to say a big warm THANK YOU to all of my followers whether via wordpress or email!!!  I Could not have made it this far without each of you and I’m very grateful!  Be it the will of the Father, I plan to continue to bring interesting articles and videos about health, fitness and meditation in the year to come that focus on self-improvement and health from a holistic approach.

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Continued success to my fellow bloggers and supporters in the year to come and remember to love, enjoy and “TAP in 2 LIFE”!!!