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The Health Benefits of Journaling

In Celebration of National “Dear Diary Day” – Let’s Write! by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Columnist, Seminar Leader & 50-pound Big-Time-Loser
In the fast paced world of computers, e-mails, and text messages, I am putting forth a very bold idea as to how one can keep their sanity. Ready? Pen and paper in hand, Keep a Diary (a.k.a. Journal).

“I never travel without my diary. One should have something sensational to read on the train.” ~ Oscar Wilde


Journaling is an ancient practice dating back, as far as we can see, to 10th Century Japan. It is a tradition that has been kept alive by teenagers and famous people, alike. And there is mounting evidence that journaling has a positive effect on both our physical and mental well-being.
The Many Health Benefits of Journaling!
1. Researchers at University of Texas at Austin found that journaling strengthens the immune cells (T-lymphocytes).
2. There is a link between journaling and decreased asthma and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Apparently, writing about stressful events helps you to come to terms with them, thus reducing the impact of these stressors on your body.
3. The very act of writing creates a doorway to the analytical and rational parts of your left brain. While your left brain is busy being analytical, your right brain is completely free to create, feel and be intuitive.
4. Writing removes mental blocks. It creates an opening for you to use all your brainpower. Journaling may deliver unexpected solutions to difficult, sometimes seemingly unsolvable problems.
5. Journaling helps to clarify your thoughts and feelings. Letting those feelings out on the page reduces stress.
6. Letting go of the stress on the paper, leads to fitful and happy dreams. Sleep tight!
7. Writing on a consistent basis affords you an opportunity to get to know what makes you happy, sad, anxious, confident, as well as see who and what is affecting you and when! It is a written mental map of your life.
8. If you are feeling better, you are more likely to permanently remove that excess weight (a.k.a. lose weight). Leave the heaviness on the page.
9. Keeping a written record of your life sometimes shows you that you are indeed in a much different place than you were one month ago, six months or one year ago. Yay! You are making good progress!
Now … How to Start Journaling
1. Get a journal and pen that tickle your soul. Enjoyment is key!!
2. Write in your diary at the same time each day – even if just for a minute or two. Consistency is important. Should you miss a day or two or even three, “All Is Forgiven, Move On.” Go back to it.
3. Keep in mind, if you are writing very person things that you would rather keep just for yourself, then keep your journal in a private place. Teenage girls keep theirs under lock n’ key! Not a bad idea.
4. Remember that there is no right or wrong way. There is your way!
5. It’s okay to make spelling mistakes. Grammar, too! You’re the only one looking at it!!
What kind of journal will you keep?
Spread the word, NOT the icing,
Janice
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” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Forever Young: Posit-iVim-Aging (with a VIM and an AH)

New Words, Thoughts and Foods for the Anti-Aging Crowd by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, NLP Practitioner,
First, I MUST address the word “anti-aging,” which annoys me and is totally on my last nerve. It is plastered on every product, billboard, and now embedded in our minds.
I’m wondering – how does it resonate with you? I’ve heard other words tossed about. Just last night, in fact, I was addressing a fabulous group of boomers, and they were trying on “Creative Aging.” I liked that, but I fear that if I used that as a title some, of you may think that I am going to ‘make’ you do something on the ‘crafty’ side.
SO!!! I came up with the following word just the minute: Positivimaging.(C) (It’s copyrighted now; dont’ even think of pretending it’s your brain child.”) Pronounced: Posit-iVIM-aging (accent on VIM – of course).
Further my rant, is ‘anti-aging possible?’ NO! It is NOT possible NOT to age; I will instead, ask … “Is posit-iVIM-aging possible?” IT IS! You can be positively find and live the VIM in your positive aging imagery!
The 411 (a.k.a. information):
We are made up of living cells, and these cells are continually dying and replacing themselves. In order for our bodies to heal, repair and regenerate healthy new cells, proper nutrition is required.
When a cell replaces itself, it can do one of three things:
Replace itself with a weaker cell. If the right nutritional foods have not been added to your diet, this could happen; or
Replace itself with a cell of equal health and strength; or
Replace itself with a stronger, better and healthier cell. In order to regenerate these super-cells, we need to be feeding them the best ‘posit-iVIM-aging’ or ‘regeneration’ foods.
What to do? Here’s a partial list of Posit-iVIM-aging, nutrient packed, super foods that will help to keep those new cells healthy and happy.
Fresh vegetables: bell peppers, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, pumpkin, squash, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, kale, eggplant, edamame (green soy beans), sweet potatoes
Fresh fruits: blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapefruit, mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, raspberries, prunes
Legumes: pinto beans, fava beans, lentils
Fish: salmon, tuna, anchovies
Whole grains, seeds and nuts: brown rice, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, bulgur wheat
Oil: olive, avocado, flaxseed
Water: six 8-ounce
Exercise. A recent study of 250 Japanese women ages 20 to 70, indicated that those who exercised regularly were 5 years “younger.” They had greater muscle mass, better cardiovascular endurance, and increased flexibility–than those who did not exercise. It has also be suggested that weightlifting may slow age-related weight gain and belly fat accumulation.
Stay out of the sun, and stay away from white flour, white sugar, processed foods containing trans-fats, foods high in saturated fat and foods containing hydrogenated corn oil.
AND if you really want to instantly shed a couple of years, you’ve got to get that inner glow glowin’. We look better when we take care of ourselves, think positive thoughts, take time for others, and smile big!
For those of you seeking more VIM and AHHHing. Check out Janice Taylor’s gallery: http://www.beliefnet.com/gallery/menopausalweight.html
Spread the word, NOT the icing! … with a VIM and an AHhhhhhh!
Janice

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” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Shells, Penne, Spirals-Oh My! 3 Righteous Recipes from Our Lady’s Kitchen.

I heart pasta! I do!! By Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Seminar Leader & 50-pound Big-Time-Loser!

Fun Factoid: Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing macaroni to the United States, he fell in love with a certain dish he sampled in Naples

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Some of you who are out there traversing the Diet Jungle, may have heard that carbs are ‘bad,’ that pasta is ‘real bad,’ and that if you want lose weight that you better lay off, steer clear of, give up pasta!
“Hogwash,” I say. You can lose weight and have your pasta, too!
Here follow my three favorite all-time easy, healthy and fun whole wheat pasta recipes from Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Kitchen. Yup, whole wheat!!!! Healthy pasta.
Greek Pasta Salad
Ingredients:
1/4 lb. dried whole wheat Fiber Wise* pasta, shell shaped
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup cucumbers, de-seeded, sliced
1/2 cup Green Pitted Colossal Greek Olives
4 oz. Feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup green onions, sliced oh so thin
1/3 cup olive oil
Juice from 1 fresh lemon
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
Black pepper to taste
Salt NOT necessary, as olives and feta cheese are salty enough!
Instructions:
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Combine with rest of the ingredients. Fold, blend, mix gently.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Italian Pasta Salad
Ingredients
1 box whole wheat Fiber Wise* pasta spirals
1 jar roasted red peppers
2 cups broccoli florets, steamed (slightly)
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
virgin olive oil, drizzle (1/4 cup or less)
balsamic vinegar (less than 1/4 cup) to taste
pepper
Instructions:
Cook pasta according to directions on box
Slice peppers into strips.
Steam Broccoli florets.
Steam broccoli, only cook for a couple of minutes, then submerge in ice water to stop the cooking process.
Add feta cheese.
Drizzle olive oil, easy cowgirl!
Toss in fresh basil.
Drizzle Balsamic Vinegar to taste
Marinate for an hour or two * YUM.
Makes 8 servings.
Baked Pasta Salad a la Our Lady
Ingredients:
1 package (16 ounces) uncooked whole wheat Fiber Wise* penne
1 container (15 ounces) low-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
2 jars marinara sauce (26 oz.) (read label – no more than 60 calories per serving)
1 bag (12 oz) shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 13X9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to box; drain
Beat egg whites and egg vigorously!
Mix in ricotta, parmesan
Fold in eggs
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Pour 2 cups marinara sauce over bottom of prepared pan
Spoon half of cooked pasta over sauce
Top with half of ricotta mixture and 1 cup mozzarella
Repeat layers of marinara sauce, pasta and ricotta mixture.
Top with 1/2 the bag of mozzarella, remaining marinara sauce and then finally the last of the mozzarella.
Cover with foil; bake about 1 hour or until bubbly. Uncover and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is yum-delicious melted.
Let it “breathe” for 10 minutes or so before serving.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
*Why Fiber Wise? Because it’s delicious, healthy and received a very high rating from NutritionData.com!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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Eleven Tips: Move Past Depression NOW!

Depression and Your Weight by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Seminar Leader and 50-pound Big-Time-Loser.
I know from first hand experience that depression can move someone toward food. (Yes, this ‘happy idiot’ has had bouts of depression.) And I know – again from first hand experience – that ‘eating for depression’ is counter-productive and counter-intuitive. Gaining weight only serves to intensity the depression and add to feelings of worthlessness. So, I put together a list of relatively simple things that help to alleviate depression. Woo Hoo! Let’s MOVE (literally) past depression, NOW!

Our Lady of Weight Loss’s Top Eleven Enthusiastic and Enlivening Ways to Move Past Depression and Straight Into the “Lite”

1. Sleep. Lack of sleep magnifies the effects of depression. Log in 6 to 8 hours each night, and try 15 – 30 minute catnaps throughout the day. Feeling rested, alert and awake is so important for feeling good. It is the foundation of a vibrant, dynamic life.
2. Move. If you are feeling low, move. Just the act of moving from one place to another creates ‘movement,’ and ‘movement’ can help to move feelings of depression out!
3. Exercise. When we exercise or are physically active the brain secretes chemicals, such as endorphins, which make us feel so much better.
4. Meditate. Meditation reduces stress, helps us to sleep better, thus alleviateing depression. Consistency matters. So if you can only ‘sit’ for 5 minutes a day, that’s all right. Do what you can. Hint: when you meditate the same time each day you are creating a positive habit, which will anchor the positive mood that is activated by meditation.
5. Wear Red. Bill Blass says, “When in doubt, wear red.” What great advice!! Dark clothing tends to increase the effects of depression. Color can stimulate positive feelings and red is a real energy color. Reds and oranges are traditionally worn by spiritual seekers in India and Asia: they understood that vibrant colors create a vibrant energy field around the wearer of these wonderfully bright clothes.
6. Eat Healthfully. You’ll feel lighter. Isn’t it a great feeling to know that you’re taking care of yourself? Rather than doing yourself in??
7. Drink Water. Studies show that dehydration can be a cause of depression. So bottoms up!
8. Light. As the season changes from summer to autumn, so goes the light. Research shows that getting 20 minutes of sunlight per day, even by sitting at a window, helps fight depression. Don’t we all feel so much better waking up to the sun’s smiling rays?
9. Smile. What came first, the smile or the good mood? It’s hard to tell. Famed spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hahn has advised that smiling leads to Godliness….and don’t forget the mind-body connection. Our body often affects our mind. Just try this experiment: smile and see if you don’t feel happier. The mind is conditioned to experience smiling with feelings of joy and happiness. Ha ha ha!
10. Breathing. Breathing helps release stress and anxiety which are components of depression. Focusing on the breathing and releasing tightness in the body and worry in the mind lifts the spirit. Breathing exercises have always be an important part of stress reduction programs. Take a few moments throughout the day to just exhale the tension out and breathe in some calm.
11. Pamper yourself. Take the time to see a movie ( a comedy of course!), go to a show, buy some flowers ( the color and scents provide color therapy and aromatherapy which lifts the spirits), talk to a friend–embrace life! You deserve it!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

Write Janice for free ‘life’ consult!
Follow Janice on Twitter! Food facts. tips and motivation throughout the day!
Workshops! Come, play with me!
Free Our Lady of Weight Loss E-Cards! Spread the FUN word!
For more motivation and inspiration, join the Kick in the Tush Club: Beliefnet Chapter.
Pick up a copy of Janice’s latest: All Is Forgiven, Move ON ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss’s 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville!
” . . . . kooky genius ~ see if her idiosyncratic diet plan will work for you.” ~ O, The Oprah Magazine
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