Our Lady of Weight Loss

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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!!
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Janice

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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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Linen Closet Nirvana: Toss and Breathe

Chock-A-Block With the Torn and Tattered by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author and 50-pound big-time-loser.
Is your linen closet stuffed to the max? Is it chock-a-block with a large collection of mismatched, discolored and torn linens? Is it so jam-packed that when you pull on the placemats or tug on a towel everything comes tumbling down upon your head? OUCH!
Guilty on all counts here, and truthfully, it’s sapping my energy. Last night, I spent 15 fruitless minutes searching for a tablecloth, which I ultimately could not put my fingers on. Instead I came across cloth napkins that I have been holding on to for decades.
What to do? Dump, sort, toss and breathe!

Six Simple Steps to Linen Closet Nirvana


1. Get Messy Missy: Sometimes you’ve got to create a bigger mess to clean a mess. Pull it all out. Yup, every bit of it. It’s easier to sort through when it’s all right out in front of you and doing so is absolutely necessary to complete step two in this process. (see below). Bonus … Who knows? Maybe you’ll find the missing socks that got tossed in with the sheets in the wash!
2. Do the Dust and Scrub: Sorry, I know you want to get this done fast, but honestly, it makes sense to dust the shelves, vacuum the floor and then give it all a once over with a damp rag, doesn’t it? I don’t even want to admit to the last time I did so! (Depending on the type of shelves, you may want to lay contact paper. Optional. Your call.)
3. Divide and Conquer: Sort bed linens (twin, full, queen or king size); towels by color and size; tablecloths and placemats; cloth napkins. Toss anything that you haven’t used in over a year and/or those items that are looking sad (stained, worn, torn).
4. Avoid Second Guessing: You are now at the precipice of orderliness and tidiness. This is tough part (for me anyway). As mentioned (above), those cloth tie-dyed napkins that I’ve been lugging around are clearly older than my one year rule, but so much older that it seems sacrilegious to toss them. Where was I when I purchased them? Who was I with? Why is this memory worth holding on to? (Yikes! Now that I realize with whom I bought them with and where I was in 1973, out they go!)
5. The Final Frontier: It’s time to put it all away, and we want to be careful not to create towers of towels that could at any moment, tumble, once again upon our heads. I highly recommend a trip to The Container Store for shelving dividers and whatever other organization supplies you feel to invest in! Be sure to measure first! And remember that there’s nothing better than fresh smelling linen (well, maybe there is something better; but not having to do with linen closets). If your closet is cram-packed, you will actually create a stale smell (Yuk!). Linens need air, space to breathe, otherwise you run the risk of mildew and mustiness.
6. Take a Bow and Get Out of the Closet: You did it! You cleaned out your closet; got rid of the old and the excess. What a good feeling!
Tasty Tidbit: Getting rid of excess clutter would eliminate 40% of the housework in an average home. ~ National Soap & Detergent Assoc.

Orderliness is next to Godliness. ~ Our Lady of Weight Loss

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Floss and Brush: Lower Real Age by 6.4 Years & Lose Weight

Your Mouth: Gateway to Weight Loss by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, author, 50-pound big-time-loser
Flossing and brushing promote weight loss. Taste and food particles linger in your mouth and can trigger the desire to eat. If you can’t brush and floss when out, try rinsing with mouthwash. Get in there, clean those teeth and trick your taste buds!
There are plenty of other benefits from good dental care.
Harvard Medical School conducted a study on longevity and found one of the key contributing factors to living longer was daily flossing! According to a study at Harvard Medical School, flossing and brushing your teeth daily can lower your Real Age as much as 6.4 years. They are not sure why. It could be that the bacteria in plaque serves as a gateway to the rest of the body, or it could be that people who floss tend to be more health conscious than people who don’t.
William West, DDS of New York City reminds us that “Flossing is one of the best weapons against tooth decay and gum disease, and it can also eliminate bad breath. It’s well worth the effort.”
Spread the word, NOT the icing!
Janice

Follow me on Twitter! @ourlady
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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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