Transforming through Our Truth

Truth carries great weight and responsibility with it today. Why might you ask? Because for generations people have become comfortable believing lies fed to us through society. Today, people post on Facebook either all the pretty highlights or constant dramas, but there are very few people who share it all – ups and downs, good and bad, rights and wrongs…myself included. Growing up our family (I’m sure like many) had its fair share of dirty laundry, but that laundry was never to be aired or shown in public. I felt like sometimes we lived a lie because I couldn’t talk about certain things and I feel like this is still the case with “taboo” topics that are rooted in truth throughout time. So many today live a lie with life’s blindfolds over some really serious issues that aren’t acknowledged in mainstream media, of which the primary purpose has come to be based in fear.

We all have fears. Fears of rejection, disappointment, lack of self-worth…and the list can go on and on, but I’m sure if you’re honest with yourself you can name a few of your own. Over the past few years, I have aired out my own dirt that even I had been in denial of for years and shamed me into a guilt that ate me up inside. I felt my lowest and most defeated. I had lost that innate self-confidence and disconnected from the power I knew was inside me driven with this knowing that I am here to serve a purpose larger than myself. It was something that as I grew up I wondered why so many adults seemed out of touch with, or unaware of their own inner strength. I had to believe again that it was still there and do what I could to feel better.

IMG_265961310277564I had to be honest with myself with why I was unhappy inside, which tied to the different health issues that were arising at the time and then rippling into every other area of my life. I felt I had done what was expected of me and what I had learned to be the best way to strategically setup oneself for success. But, the more I learned the more I realized I’d been shutting out my soul’s voice, or inner intuition. Everytime I had ever been in a place where I didn’t know how something was going to work out or felt I’d exhausted all possible options, I would give it up to Our Creator and even at times would say that if it wasn’t meant to be then I would be okay with that and understand that some things just aren’t meant to be. As we become more connected I do believe that manifesting things to work out and knowing when we are and are not on the path to fulfilling our highest and best purpose. So how can we differentiate in the mean time while enjoying the journey? I do believe this is where balance comes in so we can love every step.

According to Deepak Chopra, in a chat entitled “The Biology of Healing: Why Love Matters” on 30 November 2015, “Love is a state of being, a state of consciousness where we feel connected with life in general…Love makes us feel safe. Love brings us closer to our Source, which is our Soul, or our Spirit. Love is the ultimate motivation for everything we do…Love matters…Love literally becomes physical matter…When we experience love, our limbic brain gets activated. Our limbic brain is connected to our hypothalamus, which is connected to our pituitary gland – which is connected to all the endocrine glands in our bodies…[Limbic response sets off hormones for self-regulation and neurotransmitters.]

Homeostasis is a dynamic state of non-change in the midst of change…that is actually the biological basis of healing. The word healing. The word whole. And the word holy are the same thing. So when we say holy – a state of return to wholeness. All inclusiveness. Your body is a part of the universe, an entity of the universe. But it is also part of the ecosystem. It is also part of a social network. It is also a set of relationships. And when all of that is in balance and the experience is love and the biological response is healing. That is why love matters. Love becomes the matter of your body in health and healing. You are holy and you are healed.”

IMG_283373248181440Now we are all starting from a place unique to ourselves and situations, but we can all begin this healing process for ourselves right where we are. If we are honest with ourselves and can make managable and attainable steps that become healthy sustainable habits aligning us more each day with our individual highest and best purpose. Being honest is part of respecting the truth that ties us altogether – that we are all of the same loving energetic essence. We each have our own truths, though. In the 2nd grade, I asked the Father of our Catholic church after mass, “Who created God?” He replied that God is so powerful that “He created himself. He merely willed it and so it was.”

Yes, I could agree that is what we were taught, but I felt like it lacked more detail or depth that my soul was yearning to be answered, by the highest ranking and respected man of the church in our school, when asking this question. I didn’t feel that deep down inside this was how everything, every little thing and even the things we couldn’t see inside us has all come to be – from a man-like being who sits in the sky, seeing and knowing everything, being everywhere and sent a son to Earth as sacrifice. Though I found a lot of truth behind the loving morals of Catholicism, at less than 10 years of age I knew there was more to it all. Upon studying other religions during my undergraduate, I have come to believe that all religions are based in love so I see love as Our Creator/our essence and there are many people that have come to connect with Our Creator throughout times and all around the world. However, the stories of these people and instances have been written and recorded by man, mankind who has in the past consistently had an alterior motive like when burning all other books written before those delegated by the church, for instance.

I bring these matters to light because I feel that we have each experienced moments where we questioned something and (to put it lightly) quieted, degraded, or dismissed for thinking outside the box. What box have you put yourself in? What beliefs do you no longer agree with that make up the sides of this box? We all have one or another, if not many like one inside the other, inside the other, inside another. I feel that more and more people are realizing the many boxes we have been confining ourselves to and are not wanting to live like that anymore – whether that be in a soul-sucking job, toxic relationships, unhealthy habits or what have you. Sharing our stories of getting through this can empower others to find what works for them and this is what this community will be built around. Serving each other for the highest and best of us all. If you’re ready to start turning around your life in miraculous and glorious ways then I am here to help you – schedule your appointment today – or subscribe to the blog for simple and fun ways to get going that build on the FREE Tried & True Daily Health Tips.

Lead with Love,

Blanca

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Embracing Our Spiritual Self

Infinite Spiritual beings having temp human experiencePart of the beauty in walking our own spiritual path is the healing power of being our best self more and more. Over the past few years as I have deeply reflected, meditated on, prayed about, released, healed and acknowledged different areas of my life that aren’t in alignment with my highest and best soul’s purpose, I truly believe it is helping the evolution of all beings. How? Because we are souls in existence in a physical body, which is what has resonated with me most when reading the work of Plato, any healing and releasing we do personally benefits the energetic vibration and healing of humanity. In other words, or the words of Spirit of Ra, “the tiniest of disturbance in one energy field disturbs the others around it, and in turn these spread out to ultimately the farthest reaches of the cosmos…Once this original discordant energy is re-balanced or harmonized, all of the energy effected by the original disturbance will return to order.” Thus, as above, so below. As below, so above. As within, so without. You get the idea. So as I strive to walk in love, be the light and unapologetically balance living a spiritually fulfilling life in a materialistic, unconscious society I hope that my writings can help others find their own balance as they bloom in this crazy, beautiful garden of life.

There is so much BS going on in today’s world that I have had to learn about conflicting with a lot I had been lead or conditioned to believe. It can be hard sometimes to not be concerned about what could come of this crazy world, though we know it will all happen as it is meant to, there has to be a way to help. And I believe this way is by doing what we are being called to do. For me this hasn’t ever been crystal clear. Yeah, I had my 2-year, 5-year goals and such. But, I never really knew what I was meant to do with my life. I knew I wanted to be a healthy role model, mother/wife, philanthropist and purposeful provider.

So many of us feel deep inside something yearning to break free from the chains and limiting beliefs of society’s old-world ways. It is all broken and setup to break and keep the people down. And, yes, there are reasons behind all this that can be found with a little research. But, first we need to be aware of at least one area – which initally for me was through health and food – to see how it is all interconnected. No matter how you are lead on your own spiritual path it is tied to everything else at its essence of energy. Everything is connected. Everything is energy and this is why I have taken more time away than usual. We all need time to ourselves – some more often than others and though I am a social person I am a sensitive soul. We need to have a balance in all areas of our life, though, and now is the time to acknowledge all this more than ever.

i-alone-cannot-change-society-for-the-better-but-i-can-radically-transform-my-own-consciousnessThere are so many people saying to do this or do that and you’ll attract what you desire. Yes, I do believe in the Law of Attraction (LoA) and our individual abilities to manifest/create a life we truly love and are aligned with. But the truth is we must first recognize and love ourselves where we’ve hurt most. Then by LoA, or as I prefer to understand it one of several Universal Laws, as we “heal” those deep wounds we help awaken and positively resonate a higher vibration, frequency and energy within this world. As we each individually come to understand that “when the discordant energy is introduced to the human energy system, the unbalancing may produce disease. By introducing strong harmonizing energy to a discordant or “dis-eased” system, one can bring the system back into balance, or “heal” it.

Our love is that strong harmonizing energy that is strong enough to heal all the systems and showing ourselves self-love is the way to make this all possible through loving actions that become habits and then simply a way of living. So living a healthy life and taking care of ourselves is the mere basis of all this. Over the past few years I have removed many toxins from my life, yet even I can do better. We each are starting from somewhere different so respect and compassion without judgment are ever important as we each walk our own path. The hardest of all toxins, in my opinion, are relationships that no longer serve our highest and best self. I will forever believe people can change, but I am learning to step back more and more without feeling guilty or apologetic for respecting myself enough to let people go. My Grandma always said, “Forgive, but never forget.” I give people the benefit of the doubt because I know there is love at the essence of us all, but should that person not choose to recognize that within themselves and resonate it in their life and actions then I will step back still sending them love, though.

Since a young age, I was very confident and intuitive, which were traits I never understood other people not embracing or understanding as universal. Until now. Now that I look back over the intense relationships within myself and with others throughout my life things make more sense. Especially, though, over the last few years when I have never doubted myself, my intuition and people more. Intuition is the unconscious wisdom within each of us. That is, the mystic spiritual knowingness within all Creation, which we can tap into when we go in and connect with – I believe primarily through meditation and cleansing of energetic imbalances.

Hands down, all-in-all, we are spiritual beings connected to all of creation with an immense amount of power within ourselves that is fueled by healthy facets of living, yet we live in a reality or world that shows us necessary lessons to guide and direct us through our individual blocks. Until money becomes obsolete, the systems change or once I get through my own personal blocks, we make money to do and buy things. At this time what this means for me is working as a Chiropractor’s Assistant while connecting more devoutly to my purpose/calling in life, regardless if that does or doesn’t have to do with being a Reiki Master for now it does align with being a Graduate Certified Holistic Nutrition and Health Coach.

Every day I become more enveloped and immersed in the astrology, “new” science, holistic healing modalities and world-changing inventions or ideas. Earlier this year I endeavored to learn a little about the holistic healing modality of homeopathy that is based in the same understanding of Reiki. Both homeopathy and Reiki work with the essential energy flowing through each of us and each practitioner endeavors to restore the body’s natural energy flow through energy medicine. Writings and videos by others have served as forms of energy medicine for me among many other means that I will gladly be sharing more about with you. So as I faithfully turn the corner of this point in my life, not knowing what is next I open myself to being real with you as I walk this spiritual path while balancing enjoying this beautiful world and life, learning, growing, creating and bettering ourselves and the world as one. In hopes that it can serve and aid in the healing of someone, or awakening of many.

Lead with Love,

Blanca

Prime Purpose in Life to Help Others

Dealing with Being “Sensitive” and “Different” in a Healthy Way

Being YouBe Your Self. That is something I’m sure we’ve all heard a lot of. So who are you? Who am I? And why does this matter in life? I may not have met you, but all the same we are connected. My understanding of life has always been different and people have always said that no matter what I do, I’d “be great at it.” I felt like it was a bullshyz copout response everyone was told. Now, though, I understand that it is not so much what you do in life, but who you are and how you be. It is very important that this all be balanced so what you do in life is a reflection of who you are and how you be. This is what living holistically – without getting into the nitty-gritty of it all – signifies.

Growing up in a New York Catholic school (by choice for ten years, and would’ve been more had we’d not moved to North Carolina – blessing and whole other story, though!) I doubted and questioned all that I was being taught and told by adults at an early age regardless of the settings. I listened to many people come down hard on themselves because things were not as they’d wanted, or other people were not who they used to be. It was obvious that the adults I was raised to respect did not necessarily have all the answers to my millions of questions. So I set out to learn from them – good and bad – and I separated myself, so I could hold on to what I knew to be true. Though it seemed “nosey” for a kid, I learned a lot by listening to others and I feel I still do.

Not until a few years ago, did I finally learn what nobody seemed to have figured out (among some other things, better left for later) – how to have a healthy life. I put this nicely now, but it seriously p*$!ed me off when I found out almost everything I was taught about food and health was garbage. Everyone, including myself for majority of my life, was unaware of what was right beneath our noses, on our dinner plates and pretty much everywhere – toxins.

Animals are Souls & FriendsIt can be overwhelming to find out about the insurmountable amount of links there are between diseases/disorders/health issues and toxins in the systems of our society – let alone our food industry! But, it does NOT have to be. Nor do you have to do it alone. Actually it can be quite empowering. The strongest energy there is – is love. Unfortunately unlike our four-legged furry friends we call pets, for many, it isn’t until they become a parent that they begin to grasp the concept of unconditional love. But…

This is what I am here to help with. Guiding and teaching other’s how best serves them and their goals is what being a holistic health coach is all about. I offer you my unconditional love and guidance throughout life that keeps your energy in alignment with your personal path. The most important element of everything I work with people to do is love themselves for all that they are. When you truly love and value yourself, being healthy is a key that open the door to a life in true harmony with nature wand in balance with all beings.

Anyone who knows me, knows I will hear them out, tell them straight, and not judge them. But you may not know me like that. So why listen to anything I have to say? Because I do care – not only about you, but about how each and every healthier choice we make each day influences and leaves an imprint on this world and every beings future. Not everyone will resonate with what I say and that is more than okay.

All I can do is speak to you from my heart about what I have learned – both through formal education and self-taught life lessons – and help one person at a time with all that I continue to experience.

Help don't hurt otherFrom where I started when I began loving myself again in 2013 to where I am now are day and night difference. I haven’t been a clean (all organic, pretty much vegetarian) eater my whole life, I was a “picky” eater with food sensitivities since birth. I am an old soul who came into this life “wise beyond my years” and “sensitive.” I appreciate these strong traits of mine so much more now, though. Because without them I would not be as healthy as I am without medications, look a lot younger than I am without any surgeries or yo-yo dieting, or as driven to fuel my purpose with a positive passion for helping people love themselves and feel empowered every day.

How? By sharing how to eliminate these toxins at all levels – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual… – naturally and in a way that works with each individual’s soul purpose. What fills me up with the most unconditional love is the spiritual aspect of this all. It is what puts a smile on my face and allows me to feel empowered on my path. I have been different all my life with a strong sense of intuition and the more I am brought to remember certain periods of my childhood where this connection becomes more and more clear to me, the more I want to share with others who might not have anyone else to talk to about it. So you can always know you are not alone. And you are always loved.

Lead with Love,

Blanca

Holistic Model of Wellness

 

My Gift to You – Community of Wellness

Wellness Coaching DimensionsStudying is not for everyone. I get and respect that. I, however, LOVE to learn and cannot seem to get enough studying squeezed into my life. It is something that has gotten me into some temporary financial tight spots, but I know allows me to resolve those same stresses while enriching my life and those who will benefit from all this textbook time – both personally and professionally!

Through my graduate studies in Holistic Nutrition at The American College of Healthcare Sciences I continue to learn a great deal about our anatomy, physiology & pathophysiology, nutrition, and finally now so much more thoroughly – WELLNESS! I feel like I’ve been awaiting this one class – Wellness Coaching & Communication Skills – since I first researched this school two years ago. And it is better than I could have even pictured with its integration of psychotherapy, including neuroscience, and counseling =)

Though I can’t wait for people to start using these tools as I incorporate them in my holistic health coaching sessions, I see so many like-minded, health-oriented people making a difference in the health, including financial wealth, of others all around me, every day! This is what everyone really needs to know – is that we each have the power within us to change our lives for the better.

Louise Hay is by far the best example of this as not only a teacher, but one who leads by example and walks the talk! But there are those in our communities who aren’t in the spotlight, that are helping people take healthy small steps that transform lives in deep, meaningful and positive ways.

This real-life inspiration is what really has helped keep me going for my dreams and strengthened my own growth and confidence! So I now welcome you with open arms and heart to see if this is that something special you’ve been missing or looking for. Our team of health & wellness professionals is blowing up in beautiful and inspiring ways! And we have two big events coming up – virtually and local to the Lake Norman, NC Area – that I invite you to check out to see what it means to experience The Shaklee Effect™ – including a flexible, rewarding and supportive way to earn an income on your terms, in a way that fits your life.

Virtual Event:

Monday, January 26th – 5 pm PT | 6 pm MT | 7 pm CT | 8 pm ET Webcast Link:  https://meet.fm/ShakleeMC Dial-In Number:  1-650-281-0004 | 932122# Hirsch Family 2015Join Join us in your jammies to watch this webcast or dial in on your way home and hear from Heather & Joe Hirsh firsthand about our heritage of stability, integrity and innovation! As fellow team members and Executive Coordinators, Heather & Joe Hirsh of NJ will be sharing how they were introduced to the possibilities of a life and a lifestyle designed by themselves, with Shaklee.

About Heather: It seemed like Heather Hirsh had it all – a great home, marriage to a wonderful man, and two beautiful kids. But she was actually overwhelmed and unhealthy, too exhausted some mornings to “peel herself out of bed.” When her friend Lauren introduced her to Shaklee, there were a lot of things Heather wanted to change. The inspiring transformation in her health she achieved with a Shaklee 180® Turnaround was just the beginning. Now, Heather’s mission is introducing moms and others who also want change in their lives, and along the way, she’s earned many rewards, including multiple incentive trips, FastTRACK bonuses, a car payment, and excellent Leadership and Infinity bonuses. Join Us! This Monday night (1/26) @ 8pm ET Dial-In Number:  1-650-281-0004 | 932122# OR……

Live Event:

Tuesday, January 27th – 10:45am – 12:00pm ET Burn Boot Camp @ 19902 North Cove Rd, Cornelius, NC Childcare Available! RSVP with Me by Noon Monday for a FREE GIFT!!! Shaklee Opportunity InviteIf you live local to the Lake Norman, NC area, I encourage you to check out a fun (no weird pressure) way to get a feel for our loving team regionally spearheaded by Brooke Thomas of 360YourLife, who I have known since the birth of her firstborn Reagan! Find out firsthand why she and our team are so incredibly energized and inspired for this year. No, it’s not by the new trends/fads and quick weight-loss or 30 day cleanse programs out there. But, what has always been around and what has always worked well for people with 2015 marking an impressing 100 Years of Innovation by our favorite company, Shaklee! See that about our team continues to inspire Brooke through our faithfulness and determination to help anyone we can get healthy, stay healthy and build an exciting and real business that can be passed down for generations. About Brooke: Brooke & Girls 2014Brooke is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, regular monthly contributor to the NBC Charlotte Today Show, author of the Thankful 30 Recipe Guide and Thankful 30 Crockpot. She has done speaking engagements on healthy living for large corporations, hospitals and schools. After being diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma while being pregnant with her firstborn, she challenged herself for 30 days. Taking one week at a time to focus on household products, beauty products and food. To then take inventory of all the things that were stressing her out and realized how we handle stress has a huge impact on our health! Small simple steps is all it takes and now she share how we can each change our life literally one day at a time.

Join Us this Tuesday, January 27th – 10:45am – 12:00pm ET Burn Boot Camp @ 19902 North Cove Rd, Cornelius, NC Childcare Available! RSVP with Me by Noon Monday for a FREE GIFT!!! Having a community of like-minded and supportive people around you has been proven to promote more long-term fulfillment of health-oriented goals or activities. Nurses, chiropractors, doctors, stay-at-home-mothers, gym owners, fitness trainers, yoga instructors, and even grandparents have changed their lives in health and/or wealth since joining the Shaklee family and I extend this gift to You – Now =)

Lead with Love,

Blanca Balancing Life & Health

Health: From Before to After & the Small Steps in Between

Via: Shaklee Health Wise (Jan 2015)

By: Elaine Bagwell

Road to HealthIts weight-loss season again, time for resolutions and re-commitments. I’ve worked with weight loss at Shaklee for more years than I care to admit and I think 10,000 steps is the perfect symbol for a healthy weight journey. The most obvious meaning is activity—get those 10,000 steps in every day. But there are other “10,000s” as well. Every moment of the day is full of choices that can help or hinder you on your path to a healthier weight. Some choices are a step forward, some are a step backward. As long as you are going two steps forward and only one step back, you are doing great.

If I were to pick a first step for your journey, it would be to ask you to stand in front of a mirror and embrace how beautiful you are. I’ve read your stories and seen your pictures. You ARE beautiful—right now, in the “before” version of you. Yep, the “before” picture, the one you had to dig through all the drawers to find because you don’t really like being in pictures. The one with the child conveniently blocking most of your body, or you standing behind everyone else with only your face showing. I know you did not want your picture taken; you would rather be the one holding the camera. But you are part of the group/the family/the moment and someone wanted a memento that included you.

No one chooses to be overweight. Maybe you prioritized the needs of your family or work over your own needs. Maybe you’ve been hurt and food comforted you. Knowing that you are beautiful builds self-esteem and can help you put your needs at the top of the to-do pile. It can support your resolution when you are standing next to a bin of  purse-sized packs of cookies in the checkout line or someone at the gym gives you the “Why are YOU here?” look. (Yes, fat-shaming is alive and well in America.) Self-esteem inspires you to dress in something flattering in the morning, to eat healthier meals, to take a walk. Feeling positive about ourselves helps us take positive actions which lead to positive results—steps forward instead of backward.

Helping you reach your goal is my job, one I am happy to do. I help you, you inspire me—it’s The Shaklee Effect™. So c’mon, beautiful, drop the bulky sweater and start moving forward, one step at a time.

I, personally, have experienced an amazing transformation in my weight since beginning my health journey including Shaklee 180 about 2 years ago! Though the weight loss is a confidence-boosting added bonus, the real excitement comes from knowing how much more nutrition you are supplying your body on a deeper level, and the positive influence you can have on the lives’ of others. A close friend of mine, Eva Rumble, shares her inspiring story in brief below.

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Don’t delay, Start YOUR Healthy Lifestyle Today!

Lead with Love,

Blanca

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True Beauty & Balance of Self through Healthy Daily Choices

IMG_51801129805175New, new, new. Everyone gets so excited to have or start something new nowadays. Now don’t get me wrong – I am one of those people who could not wait for the New Year to be here! That’s because it brings with it this inspiringly, courageous energy like a wave that we are about to ride in to the sandy beach. But there is something deep and wise about seeing the beauty in what is. Like appreciating being out in the vast ocean while awaiting the wave, or the time spent building your skills & confidence by practicing on smaller waves. This is a choice we can each make.

As Tina Can Leuven puts it in The Power of Choice (January 2015), “It occurred to me the other day that most people will say they want freedom to choose but when it comes down to it, they often revert back to playing by the rules of limitation. I’ve certainly caught myself going there out of habit, especially at times I’ve made a conscious choice to implement changes in my life. Amazing how the voice of doubt or the inner critic can go on overdrive just when you’ve made a decision to break free…I was wondering why this might be the case and it dawned on me that freedom of choice comes with great responsibility and power. The ability to respond, rather than react, is a choice and is filled with the power of creation. After all, how you choose to respond to the choices presented to you in each moment will determine the quality of your experiences, right?”

I’m not saying this is easy. Well, at least not at first because it takes time to learn to surf and that must come before being able to ride waves, and then larger and larger waves after that. Change begins from within, which for many of us means first acknowledging our thoughts as the powerful, magical words that write the story of our lives. Each word we think, say, or act upon is just as detrimental to our health as each bite of food we put in our mouths.

2015-Kickoff-Social-3It’s pretty simple. Little things matter. Small actions today lead to big results tomorrow. And wow, does it add up over time! Better health. Time with the people you care about the most. A healthier planet and a brighter future for everybody. And the freedom to be your own boss. That is The Shaklee Effect.

My personal Shaklee Effect is helping, coaching, and guiding committed, caring like-minded individuals through natural and safe holistic healing methods to reach and maintain balance throughout our lives. This harmonious balance is unique for each person and the more attuned, cleansed, and connected our daily actions, words, and thoughts are the closer we are to fulfilling our individual purpose.

“Balance is a godly virtue, and if it is struck, you will reap the benefits of insight and compassion.” – James Van Praagh

Tina again brings light to this when she says, “Ultimately, what if the power of choice is an invitation to embody the freedom to BE your authentic radiant Self? No more people pleasing, conforming to expectations others have of you or which you have imposed upon yourself, no more saying ‘yes’ to what drains your precious life force and no more blaming or shaming. Instead, living life full out and creating the most delicious and joyful version of YOU in each moment.

Liberating or terrifying?

If you’re content to live your life as others expect you to live, to wait for someday – just not now – to have permission to be free to do what you’ve always dreamed of, then I guess it’d be terrifying. I mean, you’re risking rejection, failure, disappointment or losing control. What might others think of you?!

IMG_53003960694342If, on the other hand, you’re done with keeping up appearances, attempting to fit in and are exhausted from denying yourself the gift of your Presence, then my bet is that you feel incredibly liberated.

Perhaps you find yourself dancing in both realities while you’re developing your ability to discern what truly resonates with your core essence versus what has pretended to or tricked you. Which brings you to yet another choice point. Are you willing to forgive yourself for any choices you’ve ever made which resulted in disappointment or regret? Could you allow yourself to let go of all the judgments you’ve ever made about yourself and life?

What if all the energy invested in holding on to those past choices is now available for you to be infused into creating a life so juicy, so delicious, so scrumptious, that you’ll wonder why you didn’t discover or allow this sooner?

Be gentle with yourself. I’ve found it takes consistent practice to choose and allow what feels joyful since this is not something written in stone. It calls for a willingness to be present in each moment so that you may feel what uplifts you, what makes your heart sing, what inspires you…and to then take actions which support your choices.

Could it be possible that you’ve been waiting for this very moment to give yourself full permission to be free? Free to choose what resonates with your beautiful essence? Free to choose abundance in all its forms? Free to express the divinity you are in your own unique and delightful ways?

Perhaps you and I had a divine appointment for me to write this message and for you to read it at this time so that you might remember the truth of who you are and know you always have the power to choose.

What will you choose today?

I Choose to Lead by Example Every Day by Going after My Dream and Leading Others . But, what will YOU Choose Today?

Lead with Love,

Blanca

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Buying the Best Food on a Budget Tips

Via Universe And Us (May 2013)

Food today is always a hot topic. If you want to eat healthily be prepared to pay more or is that just a myth? Daisy Luther, who is a freelance writer and editor, has put together a list of tips that can save you money when trying to eat healthily. Enjoy!

Making a trip to the grocery store these days is like running a gauntlet. From one side you are assaulted by food-like substances in brightly labeled packages, some even touting exaggerated health benefits from the toxins within. From the other side, you are gouged and poked by cleverly marketed “natural” foods that are 4 times the price of conventional foods. When you change directions to avoid one onslaught, you are immediately attacked by the other.

We’re at war . . . and the grocery store is the battlefield.

That war has been declared on us by multiple enemies with unlimited budgets, such as Monsanto, Big Pharma, Big Agri and and Big Food. What’s even worse is that they are aided and abetted by their allies at the FDA and the US Congress, administrations peopled by those who are actually supposed to be the gatekeepers that protect us from this.

What’s a frugal whole food shopper to do?Lots of people write to me and say, “I’d love to eat the way you do, but I can barely afford regular groceries. There’s no way I could afford all that healthy stuff.” Good food might be expensive, but, as the saying goes, have you checked out the price of illness lately?

Closer to NatureIf you don’t believe you can afford to eat healthfully, consider the high price of being sick and lethargic. Calculate the cost of days missed from work for illness. Add up the price of having no energy to play with your kids or to do things that would help you to save money. Think about the exorbitant prices of medical care. Many of these things are completely avoidable – all you have to do is feed your body real food and you will be astounded at the resultant glowing health. How much money have you spent over the last year fighting ill health that could have been avoided through good nutrition?

GMOs have been proven to cause cancer, ghastly tumors, organ failure, and death. Many of the additives included in the products proudly displayed on grocery store shelves have been banned in other countries because of the health consequences they wreak. Top this with a produce section absolutely drenched in pesticides that have been proven to result in cancer, hormone disruptions, and learning problems in children. To quote the Terminator, “Come with me if you want to live.”

We all know the reasons that we should switch to whole foods, but with the ever-increasing checkout counter inflation, how can we make it happen? Here are a few realistic tips that do not include relocating to 30 acres of prime spring-fed organic farmland blocked off on 3 sides by mountain ranges. Realistically, you may not be able to make every one of these things happen, but for each positive change you make, you are taking steps towards better health and you are revolting against the toxic food cartel.

  1. Buy local. Ideally, you never need to set foot in a grocery store. Change your shopping habits and buy from local farmers, either directly from their farm or from a farmers market. You will get your produce at the optimum time, right after it was picked. As well, you can directly ask the farmer about his practices. Sometimes farmers grow organically and they just haven’t gone through the expensive and highly regulated certification programs that exist to make increase the monopoly of factory farms. (Find a local farm HERE.)
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  2. Join a food co-op or CSA. This is win-win, because it helps out the farmers and it helps out your family. With both of these options, you can register ahead of time (in some cases you pre-pay for the season) and then receive a box brimming with abundance from your own area. You will get to try lots of new things (this is how we tried one of our family favorites, rutabaga, for the first time) and you will get to do this at a fraction of the price.
  3. Buy produce that is in-season. Purchasing food that is in-season is not just cheaper, it is nutritionally beneficial too. Buying strawberries in January and asparagus in October requires that the produce be picked before it is fully ripe, and the produce begins to decompose and lose nutrients the second it is separated from the plant. Avoid the high cost of transporting your “fresh” Christmas berries and melons and stick to the items that nature is currently providing in your area.
  4. Grow as much as you can in the space you have. Plant a sunny windowsill with salad veggies and herbs, grow a container garden on a balcony, or turn your yard into a mini-farm. Every bite of food you grow yourself is a revolutionary act.
  5. Plan your menu AFTER shopping, not before. This allows you to stay on budget because you aren’t shopping for special ingredients to make pre-planned meals. You can take advantage of the best deals and plan your meals around those. This can also help by keeping those unplanned budget purchases from going to waste in your crisper drawer while you carry on with your planned menu.
  6. Drink water. We generally stick to drinking water. Not fluoridated tap water – we purchase 5 gallon jugs or fill them in a spring when that option is available. Water is cheaper and healthier. Beverages that you make yourself like coffee and tea are far less expensive than the soda pop and energy drinks that fill most modern refrigerators, not to mention, relatively free of the toxic chemicals that overflow in the store-bought drinks.
  7. Buy staples in bulk. Organic grains like brown rice, wheat berries, cornmeal, barley and oatmeal can be purchased in bulk quantities. This reduces the price to lower than or equivalent to the smaller conventional packages that are offered in your local grocery store.
  8. Buy some meats frozen instead of fresh. Some butcher shops freeze meat that isn’t sold immediately and sell if for a lower price. Look for deals on frozen chicken breasts, frozen fish, and frozen turkey breast. Fish is nearly ALWAYS cheaper frozen. Just read your ingredients carefully and make sure you are just getting fish, and that the fish is from a safe source (not the radiation-laden Pacific Ocean, for example, or a tilapia farm where they feed fish their own recycled feces).
  9. Buy meat in bulk. Look into buying beef in quantity. Check out the prices at local farms for a quarter of a cow. You will pay slightly more for the lesser cuts but much less for the better quality cuts. It balances out to a much lower price for meat farmed in the healthiest way possible.
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  10. Add some lower priced protein options. While lots of us would love to have grass-fed beef and free range chicken breasts twice a day, the cost is prohibitive. Add value-priced wholesome protein with beans, farm fresh eggs, homemade yogurt and cheese, nuts, and milk.
  11. Stop eating out. Just one McCrud meal for a family of 4 is between $20-30. Delivered pizza is about $25 plus a tip. The $45-55 that you would spend for this “convenience” could buy a lot of whole foods.
  12. Get into the habit of bringing a cooler with you. If you are going to be out running errands for the day, load up a cooler with healthy snacks, water, and even a picnic lunch. This is the perfect answer to the lament from the back seat, “I’m huuuunnnngryyyy.”
  13. Don’t buy anything with an ingredients list greater than 5 items. The more items on the ingredients list, the more likely you are to be consuming someone’s chemistry project. Even things that sound relatively innocuous, like “natural flavorings” can be, at best, unappetizing, and at worst, harmful.
  14. Cook from scratch. Cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be as time-consuming as you might expect. I don’t spend hours each day slaving in the kitchen. Spend a weekend afternoon prepping your food for the week ahead and you can have weekday dinners on the table in less than half an hour. Consider the price differences in homemade goods: homemade tortillas (pennies for a package that would be $3 at the store), pizza dough, peanut butter oatmeal cookies, trail mix, and granola bars. This stuff is literally pennies on the dollar in comparison to the same goods store-bought.
  15. Some conventionally grown foods are okay. Learn about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. Some foods have a fairly low pesticide load, even when conventionally grown. Use these foods to help offset the higher prices of items that are soaked in poison, like strawberries.
  16. You will actually eat LESS when you feed your body. Part of the reason that the obesity problem is epidemic in North America is because people are desperately seeking nutrients from depleted food-like substances. Their bodies are crying out, “I’m hungry!” even though they have consumed thousands of calories, because their nutritional requirements are not being met. What’s more, many chemicals are added because they are engineered in a way that makes you want to eat more and more (like MSG, for example). They don’t stimulate the satiety centers in the brain that tell your body that it’s full.
  17. Brown bag your lunches. When I worked outside the home, most of my coworkers ate out every single day. They often invited me along, saying that a certain restaurant offered “healthy” food. The thing is, the price of that presumably healthy food was 4-6 times higher than the healthy food that I had brought from home. My daughter takes a healthy lunch from home to school every day, as opposed to eating the offerings there. Depending on the school, this may or may not be cheaper, but it’s guaranteed to be more nutritious.
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  18. Preserve food. Whether you grow it yourself, rescue it from the “last day of sale” rack at the grocery store, or buy it by the bushel from a farmer, learning to preserve your own food allows you to buy in bulk and squirrel some of that delicious food away for the winter ahead. Canning, dehydrating, and freezing are all methods to help extend the summer harvest for use later in the year.
  19. Eat leftovers. The act of eating leftovers is almost unheard of, it seems. But if you put aside small amounts of leftovers in a freezer container, you can make “soup” for a meal that is basically free because it came from items that would have otherwise been discarded. Use larger amounts of leftovers for lunch boxes or a “buffet-style” meal for the family.
  20. “Shop” from nature. You might be surprised to learn how many edible plants are growing wild in your own neighborhood. Even city dwellers can often find things to forage. When we lived in the city, we used to pick up fallen walnuts from a tree in a local park. For those not ethically opposed to it, hunting or fishing can abundantly supply your protein needs, and you don’t have to worry about whether or not you are consuming antibiotics and hormones with game.

If you’re ready to make a change to a whole foods lifestyle, don’t let your budget hold you back! Take a long hard look at what you are spending on take-out coffees and lattes, fast food, delivered pizza, microwave meals, and frozen dinners that you shove into the oven. Look at the beverage budget you spend at the grocery store every week, and keep track of how many soda pops you buy from the vending machine at work. You might be pleasantly surprised when your budget goes down, instead of up!

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Lead with Love,

Blanca

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