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Whole Grains Will Change Your Life

The Miracle of the Whole Grain: I prayed for WHOLE GRAINS to show up and they did! By Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Certified Hypnotist, Author, Columnist, 50-pound big-time-loser!
I was talking to Our Lady of Weight Loss the other day, and asked her if there was an Our Lady of the Whole Grain – someone I might talk to who could effectively explain the importance of whole grains in a juicy, fun way !
And, no kidding, within three minutes of asking (ask and ye shall receive), I received an email from Jessica Porter, the author of Hip Chick’s Guide to Macrobiotics, telling me about one of her cooking events.
Coincidence? I think not! Divine inspiration. I immediately took fingers to keyboard and sent a hot burning email to Jessica …
Dear Jessica, what’s the deal with whole grains? Why is it so uber-important that we embrace them, ingest them, and sing their praises? ~ Janice Taylor on behalf of Our Lady of Weight Loss
And here’s what Jessica had to say!
At the risk of sounding blunt, WHOLE GRAINS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Period. End of sentence. No exaggeration. Whole grains contain good-quality carbohydrate, that your body converts to yummy blood sugar, giving you the spark and spunk to show up for your life in the way it deserves.
The fiber of whole grains sweep out your intestines, making everything clean and regular, while attaching to excess hormones at the same time–excess hormones which have been implicated in nasty diseases like breast cancer. But wait, I’m not done. Whole grains contain B vitamins that make your nervous system nice and c…a…l…m.
Now, when I say “whole grains”, I mean the actual grains themselves, intact.
Like brown rice, millet, hulled barley, quinoa, spelt, rye, whole oats, buckwheat (kasha) and anything else you can get your hands on in its whole form. Because not only do these magical little suckers do all the stuff I mentioned above, they have one more, incredible characteristic: THEY ARE WHOLE.
Yeah, I know… duh! But this wholeness is actually something quite magical; it is a natural, powerful essence that remains intact. And that essence is what will change your life.
Consider this: there are so many things we do these days, trying to make ourselves whole: Yoga, meditation, therapy. Finding the perfect mate, or wrestling our current mate into our vision of perfection. To be whole is the deep, underlying agenda of the human being. But did you know you could eat your way there? Nature isn’t neurotic; flowers bloom, the sun shines, babies are born–not too complicated. When we eat whole grains, we bloom, and shine, and are re-born.”
Chew Grains Well: Okay, now I’m gonna sound like a total freak; I’m suggesting that you actually chew these magical seeds A LOT. Like, 50 to 100 times per mouthful.
When you’ve finished laughing, I’ll explain why: Complex carbs needs to be ground in the mouth in order to break down their molecules, and there is a digestive enzyme in your saliva that aids in this process too. In the mouth, complex carbohydrates become glucose–totally ready to be absorbed by the body. Without this chewing, digesting them can be more laborious and yield weaker results.
If you really want to get on this magical carpet ride, chew your grains well. Not at every meal, but at least once a day, chew about 1/2 a cup of grain, keeping all the mush in your mouth and not swallowing until your 50 chews are up. This will take practice, because you’re basically re-training your mouth, so be patient with yourself.
Wow! Jessica, you said a whole grain mouth full.
Thank YOU!

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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The Egg Story – Food for Thought

 ART egg story copy.jpgScrambled Eggs by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser.
You’ve decided to make scrambled eggs for breakfast. You take three eggs from the refrigerator. As you are oh so gracefully moving toward the counter, one falls from your hand and smashes on the floor.
What do you do?
1. Clean it up.
2. Make two scrambled eggs instead of three.
3. Get another egg from the fridge.
-or-
4. Throw the other two eggs on the floor and say ‘screw it!’

Weight loss is a process. Falling off the wagon and finding yourself a bit bruised and bloated is par for the course. There’s no need to throw your eggs on the floor and give up!
Those who reach their weight loss goals are simply the ones who get back on the wagon – again and again. (Personally, I’ve fallen so many times, it’s become a part of my exercise program.) Those who succeed experience these setbacks as temporary lapses. They understand that there are no magic bullets, no quick fixes. The turtle wins this race.
Here are a few thoughts and tips to help you pick yourself up and climb back on the wagon!

How to Pull Yourself Up from the Boot Straps in Seven Easy Steps

1. Practice Loving-Kindness. Please stop being hard on yourself and saying mean things to yourself, too! (If someone else called you a fat pig, you’d punch them in the nose!)
2. Postcards from the Edge. Send an inspirational and motivational weight loss e-card to your friends. Helping others stay on track is a way of keeping yourself on track. (Here’s a link to the BEST e-cards EVER – and they’re FREE).
3. Write Out Your List of Reasons: I want to lose weight because ____________. (fill in the blank and be honest) “Be healthy. Look younger. Be socially acceptable. Make that rat who left me feel real bad.”
4. The 80/20 Rule. No one is perfect 100% of the time. If you follow your weight loss plan 80% of the time, and treat yourself to an occasional treat 20% of the time, you should be able to achieve and maintain your weight loss goals.
5. Five Easy Pieces. Listen to the five “easy” classical pieces played in the movie “Five Easy Pieces” (1970) The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Karen Black), Best Picture and Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced.
* Chopin – Fantasy in F Minor Op.49, played by Dupea on the back of a moving truck.
* Bach – Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, played by Dupea’s sister, Partita, in a recording studio.
* Mozart – E-flat Maj. Concerto K.271, played by Dupea’s brother, Carl, and Catherine upon Bobby’s arrival to the island.
* Chopin – Prelude in E Minor Opus 28 no. 4, played by Dupea for Catherine.
* Mozart – Fantasy in D Minor K.397
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!
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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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FLOW: Happiness Beyond Time and Space

Juicy and Tender Flow by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Columnist and 50-pound big-time-loser.
Have you ever gotten so beautifully and intensely absorbed in an ‘action’ that time ceased to exist? You look up from the task at hand and two, three or more hours have mysteriously passed without your being aware of it?
Welcome to the State of Flow!
Flow is a mental state that emerges when a person is so fully involved and immersed in what he or she is doing that time ceases to exist and a feeling of energized focus flows.
A Rose by Any Other Name.
The state of Flow is also referred to by athletes as “being in the zone.” Practitioners of Eastern religions have spoken about “being at one with things.” Stock market operators describe the psychological state of flow on high volume trading days as being “in the pipe.” Other names include “optimal experience,” “feeling on a high,” and “being totally focused.”
The Flow Experience.
Flow is, in effect, a ‘trance’ state. And trance states are the very best states to be in to create, to see, to experience, to get lost in channeling the juices that will manifest your dreams into reality.
Flow is a space out of time and away from thought. To feel flow is to feel completely at one with what you are doing, to intuitively know that you are strong and, in this very special flow state, able to control your destiny. Flow is accompanied by feelings of great pleasure independent of the results.
One is IN Flow when one is truly IN the process.
Here are some tips for helping your flow trance state to show up a little more often as well as strengthening it!

Six Succulent Steps to Flow

1. No News is Good News
The creative part of you is more sensitive than you might realize. The negative stream that passes from the news desks across America to your heart and mind short circuits flow. Choose your news sources carefully. Avoid screaming anchors, short-sighted pundits, and anyone that promotes fear and intolerance.
2. Listen to Poetry
If you do enjoy having ‘sound’ on in the background, do listen to music. Music activates the same feel good part of the brain that food does. And for a real treat – try listening to poetry. (You can purchase great poetry on i-Tunes! Wow. What a world!!)
3. Creative Work Bench
Whatever your medium, be it collage, painting, writing, sewing, cooking, thinking great thoughts … have your ‘creative work bench’ standing ready. Designate an entire room or even a corner of a room as your very own ‘creative space’ and keep your tools open and ready to go. When the urge hits, you can let it ‘flow.’
4. Sacred and Spiritual Moments
Carve out time for creative acts and honor them. Keep those times sacred and separate! Do not stop to make phone calls or run an errand. Allow yourself to let go and fully give yourself to the activity, whether it is listening to music, reading a good book, writing poetry, or singing. Acknowledge the sacred and spiritual in these moments.
5. Aesthetics Matter
Nature is always (yes, always) awe-inspiring. If you can live in a beautiful place, do. And if you are city folk (as am I), a few houseplants on the windowsills does wonders. Every new leaf is a miracle.
6. Stand Ready for Creative Thought
When aHA moments happen, when creative thoughts bubble to the surface, write them down. We think we’ll remember them, but more often than not, they disappear into the ether. So, be prepared. Pens, pencils, pads in every room, in every bag. Maybe a mini-recorder in the car!
What can you add to this list that can activate your inner-flow?
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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Get Jiggy: My Dog Whispers, Too.

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This jiggy jigsaw puzzle by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Columnist and 50-pound big-time-loser was inspired by the TV show, The Dog Whisperer.
Hi All, I’m a big slow on the up-take and only watched the Dog Whisperer for the first time last week. Cesar Millan is amazing! I’m wondering if he might whisper to our cat, who has cleaned up her act, by the way …
I changed the cat litter, put doggy pads down around the litter box, and had a good talk with her. “Rayne,” I said, “Enough with your little furry bottom hanging outside the litterbox. Move towards the middle and aim better!” And she did!
Thanks to y’all for your good advice!
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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