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Happiness: An Olympic Sport (8 ways to score a 10)

Solid Gold Happiness by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author and 50-Pound Big-Time-Loser
In addition to today being an auspicious day of many eights, the start of the 2008 Olympics (08.08.08 tonight at 8:08:08 p.m.), August 8th is also, in accordance with the Better World Calendar, Happiness Day!
What is Happiness?
Plain and simple, happiness is an emotion that is coupled with feelings of contentment, joy, bliss, pleasure, harmony, inner peace and satisfaction.
What makes us happy?
Good question, because it seems a mystery to most and what makes one person happy, won’t necessarily make another happy. Some of us look for happiness in loving relationships, by creating great sums of money, or by cooking up great gastronomical feasts. Many of us play the “When/Then Game” and say, “When I reach my goal, then, I’ll be happy.”
Is Happiness A Choice?
For those of you who are skeptics and are saying, “but what about when this happens,” … thinking of one situation after the next in which you cannot be happy, I ask that you hold open the possibility that you can be happier no matter the circumstances.

Eight Ways to Score 10′s and Bring Home the Happiness Gold

1. Quiet the Mind through Meditation. When the mind is quiet, a peaceful space presents itself and with it an opening to choose happiness.
2. Notice Your Thoughts. A never-ending river of negative thoughts do not make for a happiness landscape. Do not fight these thoughts; do not judge them. Simply observe them, be aware of them, note them. Step back and allow them to float away.
3. Hang Out with Happy People. Happiness is contagious.
4. Read Books that Inspire. The words are going straight from the page into your mind. Keep your mind awash with inspiring, motivating and happy words. (Might I suggest that you pick up a copy of All Is Forgiven, Move On? It soooo lightens and lifts.)

5. Listen to Music that Lifts You. Music has the power to cause emotions to well up within us. (I am joyously listening to Chelsea Morning now. Pure poetry.)
6. Smile and Oxygenate. Smiling brings oxygen to the brain and it sends out a clear message that you are a kind, happy and open person. Both important to your happiness!
7. Take the Humorous Side of the Street. Look for the quirks, the contradictions, and the humor in life.
8. Help Others. At the end of the day, it seems that helping others can deliver a mighty jolt to your happiness level.
Smile, laugh and allow happiness!
Spread the HAPPINESS word, not the Icing!
Janice

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Fish Oil: Modern Day Miracle Cure

Omega-3 and My Mother’s Two-Step by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author, 50-pound big-time-loser.
I had the pleasure of visiting my 92-year-old mother this past week, whose energy and level of happiness clearly surpassed my own. I couldn’t help but ask (in my sarcastic daughter-to-mother tone), “What drug are you taking, Mom?” To my surprise she replied, “Fish oil.”
From My Mother to You: Take Your Fish Oil Daily
Omega-3 fatty acids (eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA), alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), are a part of the polyunsaturated fat family (the good fats) and are considered essential to our good health. Our body, however, cannot make Omega-3 on its own, so it must be obtained from food sources.
Research shows that without a sufficient amount of polyunsaturated Omega-3s, the body will use saturated fat to create cell membranes. These cell membranes are less elastic, which can have negative effects on our heart.
Omega-3 may:
- Improve heart health
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Improve insulin sensitivity
- Stabilize irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce hypertension
- Improve rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Raynaud’s disease and other auto-immune diseases
- Improve depression and symptoms of other mental health problems
- Aid cancer prevention and cancer support
How much Omega-3 does one need? There is no established recommended amount. The American Heart Association recommends that people include salmon or tuna in their diet at least twice a week.
What foods are rich in Omega-3? Atlantic salmon, Atlantic and Pacific Herring, Sardines, Atlantic Halibut, Bluefish, Tuna, Atlantic Mackerel.
Are you concerned about mercury levels in these fishes? If so, try getting Omega-3 from plant sources, such as: Canola oil, Flaxseed, Flaxseed oil, Walnuts, Leafy green vegetables. A quarter of a cup of walnuts (or 1 ounce) supplies about 2 grams of plant-based Omega-3 fatty acids.
If you decide to take Omega-3 supplements, please check with your doctor, especially if you are taking a blood thinner.
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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Depressed? Feeling Low? Maybe it’s the food!

Maybe we’re not depressed! Maybe we don’t have Epstein Barr! Maybe … just maybe it’s the food we’re eating! by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author, 50-pound Big-Time-Loser.
Are you lethargic, feeling low, foggy-headed? Is your energy waning? Is your sinus stuffed; your skin blotchy? Do you have a headache? Are you finding it difficult to breathe? Are you not sleeping well?
Could be it’s as simple as a food allergy. I know, your picture of someone with a food allergy is extreme. Said persons are clutching their throats, as their faces swell and they unable to breathe. Sometimes that’s what a food allergy looks like, but more often than not, the allergy is flying under our radar.
Many of us have low-grade allergies that we’ve been experiencing for so many years that we just don’t know any better. Feeling blah and achy has become an accepted part of life.
Food for Thought: If your check list of things ‘wrong’ is long, and you just can’t figure it out, perhaps, it’s time to test for food allergies.
There are a number of tests that doctors perform, and kinesiology is an option. (I was told just by the way I am standing that I am low on potassium. So I went to a doctor and got tested, and she said, “You’re low on potassium.”) Or … just become uber-aware. Note differences in how you feel after you’ve eaten something. If you always feed ‘bad’ after peanuts, stop eating peanuts!
And … Always be proactive. Ask your doctor or kinesiologist lots of questions. How many tests are there? Which are the most accurate? How do you go about taking foods out of our diets? One at a time? Not all at once! Let’s be real!!
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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Mental Fitness: A Guide to Revitalizing Your Brain Circuits

Nine Nimble Steps to a Svelte and Willowy Mind by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author, 50-pound big-time-loser
As the natural aging process slowly yet steadily sets in, our mental and physical functions can, in time, become impaired. However, there are fun ways to keep your mind nimble, svelte and willowy!
How to slow this process?
In addition to a well-balanced and healthful diet as well as physical exercise, neurobics can aid the anti-aging process.
What are neurobics?
Neurobics are my kind of exercise. They are aerobic workouts for the brain that help activate new brain circuits, which enhance the brain’s production of neurotrophins (natural growth factors). Neurotrophins help the brain’s ability to combat the effects of the mental aging process.
According to the Department of Neurobiology in the Duke University Medical Center, you can keep your brain nimble, quick and ready for new challenges with neurobics. Neurobics help stimulate the brain’s activity, change the patterns of activity in your brain and create new connections in areas that process sensory input.
Neurobics can be done just about anywhere and at anytime. The trick is to utilize your five physical senses (see, hear, taste, feel, smell) and your emotional sense in unconventional ways. In order to WAKE UP, you want to shake up and break up your mental routine!
Here are some fun neurobic exercises.

Our Lady of Weight Loss’s
Nine SHAKE IT UP and WAKE IT UP Aerobic Exercises for the Mind

1. Upon waking, use your non-dominant hand (if you are a righty; use your lefty) as you comb your hair, get dressed, brush your teeth or make coffee. Allot for extra time!
2. Close your eyes as you shower and use your sense of touch to locate your soap and wash yourself. A calm way to wake up the mind!
3. Sniff mint leaves (or any strong smelling herb) while calling your mother (or whomever you like), to help you remember the number. You’ve linked task and smell and created a moment of awareness.
4. Play “smell and tell” (not show and tell!). Have friends or family members close their eyes, sniff an aroma held under their nose, and let them tell you what it is that they are smelling. Imagine all the deviant fun you can have?!
5. Turn the pictures on your desk or shelves upside down.
6. Rearrange your living room or office furniture.
7. Take a different route to work or shopping.
8. Eat a meal with your family in silence. Use only visual cues. (Alternatively, if they insist on speaking, wear ear-plugs.)
9. Listen to music while you smell the roses (or the flower of your choice). Another pleasant pairing of the senses: sound and smell.
Wow, I’m exhausted. I strengthened the synapses between my nerve cells, and now my brain cells are busy making growth molecules. Technically speaking, it takes energy to fire those neurons. I wonder how many calories I burned.
Change your brain NOW! Neurobicize!
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

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