Techniques for Building Positivity in Your Life

Techniques for Building Positivity in Your Life


Affirmations are simple statements designed to change your thinking for the better.  I currently have two recordings that include affirmations - one is for quieting stressful  thoughts and the other is for overcoming anxiety after treatment for cancer . You can view or sample on my webpage.  The affirmations I wrote were the direct outcome of negative statements I heard clients say when we worked together.  The question to me was this: were these statement helping them, changing them, or just leaving them feeling helpless?  

Moving on after Disappointment

Moving on after Disappointment

Ralph Waldo Emerson on moving on. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Alcoholic and Craving Sweets

Do you crave sweets in the evening? I received this question and even if you are not alcoholic, the answer might help you kick the sweets habit. Here’s the question:

I’m 65. I’m an alcoholic and have abstained from alcohol for one year now, so am craving sweets!
How can I break the habit of snacking in the evenings? I live alone so the TV is my “buddy” every evening. I MINDLESSLY snack & eat.
Thank you for any advice you may have!
— D. S.

Hi D.S.

,Congratulations on a year of sobriety. Of course you are  craving sweets - alcohol is sugar in its purest form, so doing without alcohol prompts the body to look for a replacement.  

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It's a brain, pancreas, blood sugar process, and the way I help my clients overcome it is by my 'crowding out' theory.  The idea is that you can crowd out an unwanted food or liquid, in this case, alcohol, by replacing it with something similar to it.  The big secret is there are many very healthy foods that will do the same as sweets for your cravings..  These are sweet vegetables, including carrots, beets, cooked onions and squash; and all fruits. They have a natural sweetness (fructose) in them and provide a healthy dose of sweet.  The other thing you can do is broaden your palate by adding other flavors like bitter (dark greens) sour (pickles) and pungent (mushrooms) so your body becomes accustomed to other flavors. 

As for mindlessly eating and snacking in front of the TV, make a decision to bring only one bowl of snack to the TV room.  Think of what else you can do with your hands while watching TV - flex small hand weights, knit, do a crossword puzzle, etc. Make sure you have a satisfying dinner so you won't be physically hungry when you watch TV  

Eventually aim for no snacking after dinner.  Studies show it is good for brain health and weight management to have a 12 hour gap between your last food at night and your first in the next morning. 

Does this perspective help you better understand the way your body is able to adapt and change to healthier foods? Comments are always welcome.

Salmon with Spinach and Whipped Parsnip

This recipe is easy to prepare and when stacked creates an elegant presentation.

Salmon

Prepare Marinade for 1 lb. salmon filet

1/2 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos             1/4 cup raw honey

1/4 cup fresh orange juice                     4 cloves minced garlic

        1 tsp fresh ginger, ground                     1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Whisk together all 6 ingredients… pour over salmon and refrigerate 30 minutes, no longer.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Loosely wrap salmon on parchment paper or foil to hold in juices and trap steam; lay on baking sheet; bake for 15-20 minutes til salmon flakes easily with a fork. 

Parsnips

Cut the ends off 1 lb. of parsnips and scrub any dirt from the skins. Boil in salted water until tender and drain.  Whip with butter and small amount of milk; add 2 garlic cloves, pinch of nutmeg salt and pepper to taste. 

Spinach

Take a pre-washed bunch of organic spinach and briefly steam until wilted. 

Assembly:

Place a mound of whipped parsnips in the center of each plate.  Use a slotted spoon to place drained spinach over the parsnips. Lay the salmon on top and garnish with flat parsley. 

Parsnips contain several vitamins and minerals and are fiber-rich: cooked parsnips contain potassium, folate, vitamin C and manganese 

Spinach contains calcium and vitamins A and C, fiber, folic acid, and other nutrients that protect you from  colon and breast cancers. Spinach can protect you from high blood pressure and heart disease. Always buy organic. 

Liquid Aminos is a pure soy vegetable protein.  While high in sodium, it is preferable to conventional soy sauce which may contain GMOs and numerous additives like MSG.