Friday, October 25, 2019
Life is a journey, not a destination, yet so many of us run non-stop, never taking time out for reflection and personal growth. Mental health problems plague families of all races, belief systems, and socio-economic categories. If your mental health is off, all of your health is off.
1) Mental health starts with spiritual health. The way you feel about God says a lot about the way you feel about yourself. Pay attention, get counseling if you are confused about your spiritual life.
2) Begin each day without distractions. Pray (talk to God) and meditate (listen to God).
3) Eat good, fresh, real food. Avoid fast food, sugar, too much caffeine, and food dyes. Read labels. Your mental health will be directly affected by what you use to fuel your body.
4) Do not take drugs of any kind, except in an emergency. All drugs, legal or not, will have side-effects that negatively affect your mental state.
5) Sleep. You need 8 hours of sleep a night. Sleep in a cool, dark room. 65-67 degrees is ideal. Wear an eye shield. Drown out noise by using a fan app on your phone or a real fan. Turn off your internet router to protect your brain from EMFs (electromagnetic fields) while you sleep. Make sure your phone is on airplane mode at night.
6) Find a chiropractor and get regular adjustments. The main goal of a good chiropractor is to make sure your nervous system, through your spinal cord, is giving proper signals to all areas of your body; top (head) down. An added benefit is less physical pain and injury, better balance, deeper sleep--a healthier you, in every way.
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Saturday, September 7, 2019
Ever since fat was demonized, people started eating more sugar, refined carbs and processed foods instead.
As a result, the entire world has become fatter and sicker.
However, times are changing. Studies now show that fat, including saturated fat, isn't the devil it was made out to be (1, 2Trusted Source).
All sorts of healthy foods that happen to contain fat have now returned to the "superfood" scene.
Here are 10 high-fat foods that are actually incredibly healthy and nutritious.
The avocado is different from most other fruits.
Whereas most fruits primarily contain carbs, avocados are loaded with fats.
In fact, avocados are about 77% fat, by calories, making them even higher in fat than most animal foods (3).The main fatty acid is a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid. This is also the predominant fatty acid in olive oil, associated with various health benefits (4, 5Trusted Source).
Avocados are among the best sources of potassium in the diet, even containing 40% more potassium than bananas, a typical high potassium food.
They're also a great source of fiber, and studies have shown that they can lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising HDL (the "good") cholesterol (6Trusted Source, 7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source).
Even though they are high in fat and calories, one study shows that people who eat avocadostend to weigh less and have less belly fat than those who don't (9Trusted Source).
BOTTOM LINE:Avocados are a fruit, with fat at 77% of calories. They are an excellent source of potassium and fiber, and have been shown to have major benefits for cardiovascular health.
Cheese is incredibly nutritious.
This makes sense, given that an entire cup of milk is used to produce a single thick slice of cheese.
It is a great source of calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus and selenium, and contains all sorts of other nutrients (10).
It is also very rich in protein, with a single thick slice of cheese containing 6.7 grams of protein, same as a glass of milk.
Cheese, like other high-fat dairy products, also contains powerful fatty acids that have been linked to all sorts of benefits, including reduced risk of type 2 diabetes (11Trusted Source).
BOTTOM LINE: Cheese is incredibly nutritious, and a single slice contains a similar amount of nutrients as a glass of milk. It is a great source of vitamins, minerals, quality proteins and healthy fats.
Dark chocolate is one of those rare health foods that actually taste incredible.
It is very high in fat, with fat at around 65% of calories.
Dark chocolate is 11% fiber and contains over 50% of the RDA for iron, magnesium, copper and manganese (12).
It is also loaded with antioxidants, so much that it is one of the highest scoring foods tested, even outranking blueberries (13).
Some of the antioxidants in it have potent biological activity, and can lower blood pressure and protect LDL cholesterol in the blood from becoming oxidized (14, 15Trusted Source).
Studies also show that people who eat dark chocolate 5 or more times per week are less than half as likely to die from heart disease, compared to people who don't eat dark chocolate (16Trusted Source, 17Trusted Source).
There are also some studies showing that dark chocolate can improve brain function, and protect your skin from damage when exposed to the sun (18, 19Trusted Source).
Just make sure to choose quality dark chocolate, with at least 70% cocoa.
BOTTOM LINE:Dark chocolate is high in fat, but loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. It is very effective at improving cardiovascular health.
In fact, a single egg contains 212 mg of cholesterol, which is 71% of the recommended daily intake. Plus, 62% of the calories in whole eggs are from fat (20).
However, new studies have shown that cholesterol in eggs doesn't affect the cholesterol in the blood, at least not in the majority of people (21Trusted Source).
What we're left with is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.
Whole eggs are actually loaded with vitamins and minerals. They contain a little bit of almost every single nutrient we need.
They even contain powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes, and lots of choline, a brain nutrient that 90% of people don't get enough of (22Trusted Source, 23).
Eggs are also a weight loss friendly food. They are very fulfilling and high in protein, the most important nutrient for weight loss (24Trusted Source).
Despite being high in fat, people who replace a grain-based breakfast with eggs end up eating fewer calories and losing weight (25Trusted Source, 26Trusted Source).
The best eggs are omega-3 enriched or pastured. Just don't throw away the yolk, that's where almost all the nutrients are found.
BOTTOM LINE:Whole eggs are among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Despite being high in fat and cholesterol, they are incredibly nutritious and healthy.
One of the few animal products that most people agree is healthy, is fatty fish.
This includes fish like salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines and herring.
These fish are loaded with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, high quality proteins and all sorts of important nutrients.
Studies show that people who eat fish tend to be much healthier, with a lower risk of heart disease, depression, dementia and all sorts of common diseases (27Trusted Source, 28, 29Trusted Source).
If you can't (or won't) eat fish, then taking a fish oil supplement can be useful. Cod fish liver oil is best, it contains all the omega-3s that you need, as well as plenty of vitamin D.
BOTTOM LINE:Fatty fish like salmon is loaded with important nutrients, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Eating fatty fish is linked to improved health, and reduced risk of all sorts of diseases.
If you'd like nutritional guidance and more, contact me and I can help you. The first 30 minute telephone consult is free.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Benefits of Good Balance
Unless you practice balance exercises you may lose it sooner than you need to. Loss of balance may start as you get a bit wobbly getting in and out of the bathtub, or need to walk down the stairs more slowly. It happens as we age, but your balance may be “off” for other reasons — injury, illness, poor posture, poor vision, obesity, weak core muscles, or a brain that is not properly trained to stay balanced.
Balance is your body and your brain’s equilibrium, or stability. It’s at the core of nearly every physical and mental action you perform. In fact, building your “core” muscles — those that surround your trunk — is the key to staying strong and upright as you age. Without a strong core, you’re more likely to suffer back pain, lose your balance and fall, or be more prone to injury during exercise. In the same way, maintaining and building balance in your brain is just as important for your overall health.
Test your balance: Stand on one foot with your eyes closed. If you can’t hold still for at least 10 seconds without becoming wobbly, it’s time for some easy balance training. Don’t forget to wear supportive shoes and keep a chair nearby to rest your hand if need be.
Eyes-Closed Balance Routine
- On one leg, arms out to each side, eyes closed, balance for 30 to 60 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.
- On one leg, arms hugging your chest, eyes closed, balance for 30 to 60 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.
Eyes-Closed Balance Hop
- On one leg, hop-forward and back 10 times; stabilize between hops. Switch legs and repeat.
- On one leg, hop-side to side 10 times; stabilize between hops. Switch legs and repeat.
Also, when possible, make sure that you always opt for stairs instead of using the elevator. This too will help keep your body and your mind sharper and more balanced!
Source-healthy100.org and Donna Schuller, C.N.C.
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Saturday, August 10, 2019
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? If you are like most people you have dreams, goals, and aspirations that have not yet been met. Maybe fear of failure is holding you back or maybe it’s a little thing called money? Sometimes it’s even the fear of success and you don’t really want to change things up in your life. Or perhaps you’re thinking, “I’m too old.”
Whatever it is that is holding you back from accomplishing your goals and moving into a more successful future, you can take that first step. Set a goal, make a list of all the reasons you should go for it, and then start. Just do one thing today that will move you closer to your feelings of success in reaching your goal. Then, as soon as you accomplish step one, go to step two, then three, and so on. If you miss a day don’t dwell on your failure, keep focusing on what you do want and keep moving forward. Soon you will see that the goal becomes clearer and more possible. Make sure you ask trusted people to help you along the way. At first, it might seem a tough thing to do but most people like sharing worthwhile goals. Once you get the positive feedback you will create momentum for a positive cycle of success. I ask again, “what would you do if you knew you could not fail?” Make a list and start today!
Maybe your goals include health and balancing work, family and taking care of yourself. I am passionate about providing helpful, practical information while I help guide you to finding a new path and becoming the best version of you ever!
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Saturday, August 3, 2019
How many times have you been told, “don’t forget lunch,” or “don’t forget the birthday,” or how about, “don’t forget where you parked your car?”
The world is full of negative messages and even well-meaning parents, grandparents, co-workers, or friends can innocently speak words of doom and failure into us.
Here’s the truth: our brains cannot properly decipher a negative. If you tell yourself what not to do, your brain really hears the action word and it will more than likely do that! When you or someone else says, “don’t forget_____(fill in the blank), your brain hears…forget!And there’s a good chance you will forget whatever it is.
Recently, when parking at my local airport, as I got on the elevator, I saw a sign that made my day (and helped my brain!). The signs mounted on each floor of this parking structure read, “Remember Level Three,” “Remember Level Four,” etc. Whoever thought-up and had those directives prominently posted understood brain health and comprehension much better than others who are responsible for the typical signs I read in most public places. Most people and places always tell you not to forget!
It’s really simple once you get it. The well-known motivational speaker Denis Waitley calls it the “R2-D2.” In his best-selling book, “Seeds of Greatness,” he uses the example of a professional baseball player who typically tells them self where to hit the ball when they’re up at-bat. Not where not to hit it! They have a much better chance of the ball going wherever their mind tells it to go. Guess what? Your life is the same way. Tell yourself what to do and start seeing positive results. Tell yourself to “remember” (this, that and all things in life). Always remember that your thoughts are way more powerful than you know.
Need help telling yourself what to do! I can help you. Donna@DonnaSchuller.com
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
If you find yourself feeling blue, agitated, or just not 100% on your emotional game lately, there are a few things you can do that will help.
1) Pray. Spend a few minutes in meditation and prayer each morning before you start your day. Even 5 minutes of quiet time will make a huge difference.
2) Breath. Take deep cleansing breaths in and out. Practice this several times a day. Deep breathing will help your cortisol levels which in turn will lower your stress.
3) Exercise. If a daily walk is all you do, change it up. Vigorously walk up hills or stairs or run a few yards off and on. Install the “7 Minute Workout” on your phone and add that to your schedule. Slowly increase the time until you can do 3 or more cycles of the workout. When you get used to it, change it up again.
4) Sleep. Most people are sleep-deprived and don’t know what to do about it. All of our “smart devices” are playing havoc with our health, one way is by interrupting our sleep. Don’t look at your screens 2 hours before you plan on sleeping; 1 hour minimum.
5) Diet. Eat meals that are unprocessed, and include raw, organic food as minimally prepared as possible. Avoid chemicals contained in most sauces and salad dressings. Consume all caffeine before noon. Things like colas and chocolate are culprits too. Not only will they affect your mood, but later, your sleep, which in turn affects your mood.
6) Self-inventory. Your mental health will improve when you are proactive. Spend time examining your thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. Be courageous and make those tough changes that will help you become a better version of yourself. Seek professional help when you need it.
Let me know if I can help. You can email me at Donna@DonnaSchuller.com
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Eleanor Roosevelt
If you are guilty of talking more about people, or even events, instead of ideas and other great things found in living, I suggest you implement three things that will transform your life.
1) Travel. By airplane, by train, or by car. Often, I meet people who give off the vibe that they are more important than those who live in other places in the nation, or in the world. Take caution, narrow mindedness, judgmentalism, extremism and bigotry can occupy the minds of those who have limited knowledge of how God’s presence and love spans the globe. God doesn’t love anyone more or less than the person who makes a living sweeping floors in the Midwest or who stands on the side of the road selling bananas in Africa.
2) Get a job. If you don’t need the money, then work for spiritual and emotional growth. (It will also help you physically) If you don’t travel because you “can’t afford it,” save some money in a travel fund. In just a year’s time, you can go almost anywhere. If you don’t need money, then volunteer. Go to the local thrift store and put in a few hours a week. Engage with the people who shop there. Learn their stories. It will transform your life.
3) Turn off the news and forget about politics until it’s election time. The constant barrage of negative messages, dispersed via social and traditional media, is exhausting and divisive. If you don’t use social media for work, consider abandoning it altogether. Get a social media private family account for sharing photos and other kind, loving information.
If you need help sorting all this out please contact me and I will give you practical steps you can take that will help you a lot!