Low reactive foods are just that. Foods that are the least reactive to the body, they don't trigger the immune, or neural systems as much as the more reactive foods.
For more details of on this, please read the blog on Histamine and what it is doing to you, and Gut Microbes for instance.
These are just two of the systems triggered with foods, and there still is the mind and emotions directly affected by food chemistry or its by products during digestion. But that is another story.
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By: Aris Moreno
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
When thoughts arise, we have the power to keep them, or throw them out, or as in this article from pickthebrain.com, turn the reaction around to the positive and see where it takes you, you may be very pleasantly surprised with the silver linings, the rainbows, and the lemonade available when we switch the thought that presents to be looked at.
When we hear the word optimism, the first thing that will probably come to your mind is the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” or “see the glass half-full rather than half empty”. But if we experience a lot of problems, becoming an optimist is easier said than done. Though it can be challenging to stay optimistic, we need to help ourselves to stay positive so that we can think more clearly and find ways to overcome our trials. But how do we exactly shift our perspective? Consider the following tips:
Re-program your mind.
“I can’t do this.”
“My problems seem unending.”
“It feels like no one loves me.”
And other negative statements that seems to fill your mind and heart each day.
Remember that your worst enemy is no one else but yourself. Each time you find yourself thinking negatively, try to counteract it by filling your mind with positive thoughts. If your problems started to fill your mind, just know that everything will be fine and that each challenge has a corresponding solution. Outweigh your negative thoughts with positive ones.
Use positive affirmations:
Even if you’re not aware of it, a lot of us are familiar with positive affirmations. Here are some that you can use each morning to make your day brighter and more positive:
“Life is giving me everything that’s necessary for my own good.”
“I’m facing this day with a healthy body and positive mind.”
“I see the blessings in the challenges I face.”
“I put more attention on things that are good for me.”
“I choose to be happy today.”
“I endure almost everything.”
It’s more advisable to write these affirmations on a piece of paper and post it near your bed, so that it is the last thing you see before you sleep at night and the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning. You can also create your own affirmations that match your needs. When you do so, remember these two things:
You need to construct it in the present tense, not in the past or future. For example, if you need peace of mind, say “My mind is peaceful,” instead of saying “My mind will find peace and clarity eventually.”
Focus on having a positive tone and avoid negative statements. Instead of saying, “I will not get sick,” say, “I have a healthy body and disposition.” Always remember that whatever you think, whether it’s positive or negative, is what you will attract in your life.
Expose yourself to things that can uplift your heart and mind.
It’s true that there are some events in your life that you can’t control and have no power to change. However, there are also things that you can manipulate like what you watch on TV and what you read on your Facebook News Feed. Avoid TV programs that don’t teach you any valuable lesson or that will only make you feel stressed or angry. Hide posts from friends who constantly hate and complain on Facebook if deleting them from your friends list is not an option. You need positive reinforcements to be successful at positive living. Do everything you can to give yourself that because only you can do so, not your family, friends, and other people you come across with.
Don’t escape from reality.
Becoming an optimist is not an escape route to your problems. This is just one of the ways to cope with challenges, help you think more clearly, and stay calm during situations that doesn’t work in your favor. Just because you’re optimistic doesn’t mean that the problem will be solved on its own. You need to be realistic at the same time. Yes, there are things that you can’t control, but you can control your attitude towards them.
This doesn’t mean that you should explicitly force others to be optimistic. What you should do is simply help others to see the bright side of things. Stay positive and let this attitude affect the people around you. Remember that you can influence others with what you do and not so much with you say.
This is part of the gratitude and appreciation awaking taught by the likes of Dr Wayne Dwyer, Louise Hay and many of that illk. It is also supported by research showing when we feel gratitude and appreciation, acceptance our energy, heart rate and chemistry changes in response. So there is a physical change when we look at the situations we find ourselves in and at times dig deep to see, and feel the silver lining. The deeper we dig to find the feeling of gratitude for what is going on, the faster the changes happens inside and outside of ourselves. So worth the short term discomfort for a long term, powerful gain, go forth and share your positivity with others.
Here are some of the simple ways to become less pessimistic and more optimistic. As you become more proficient at this, you will develop your own techniques and will also be able to help others improve the quality of their lives. I challenge you this week then to reflect and add to your journal how things are for you right now in your life, and see how things really are from the flip side of the view. How could you see the situation in a more positive light? It could be as simple as you have something to eat and not in poverty country, or you have access to..... or could be as profound as I am here to do something, (even if you don’t quite know what that is. An additional challenge, write your feedback and insights into our face book page shadowfinder and share what came up for you.
By: Kelli Michel
Before we get to the three reasons to journal your thoughts, For Healthy Eats, when we make significant changes, in any area of our life, we change the dance of life. The ripple effect or how it plays out in our life can be quite significant. We literally can change our life course by making the simplest of changes.
Conscious change – things we do differently by choice is even more powerful as it comes to our conscious mind, where actions are created. I challenge each of us, and me, included to do the following – bring your thoughts to the conscious mind, and note what is in fact being thought about. Be aware of the frequency and hence the focus of your unconscious mind may very well give you the insights as to why your life, body, and relationships are the way they are. Simply, what you think about, or focus on (consciously or not) attracts more of the same to you. So the challenge for you this week is to follow the advice given by pickthebrain.com and write your thoughts down. You might be very surprised by what is lurking under the veil of thought. An additional challenge, write your feedback and insights into our face book page shadowfinder and share what came up for you.
Here are three reasons why you should journal your thoughts:
As discussed in the last post, mindfulness or being aware of our thoughts goes a long way in directing our mood and therefore our behaviour. There is a saying that our beliefs become thoughts, our thoughts become actions, our actions become habits. When applied to our state of mind, it could be extrapolated our moods are very much about what we are programmed to think and feel. How much free choice is in this, if we are not aware of our most common state of being?
From experience and what many professionals say is, first be mindful of what is coming up for you, or what you are thinking about. If you like what it is, say a positive emotional and thought state to a positive situation, then keep it and build on it. If however an unpleasant of ‘negative’ state arises, look at it, and ask what the lesson is, or what the message of the situation is. In a world where we are not meant to ‘feel bad’, but look at the good in everything, this conscious thinking process can be rather difficult.
What happens then too when only or a large portion of our thinking is unsupportive of what we really would like our life and feelings to be. Happy, joyful, relaxed, friendly etc. What happens when our life is seemingly all negative and a stressful challenge, and times to the point of “let’s get out of the rat race of this life?” While, it certainly a challenge to see the silver lining a very difficult situations, it is there. It can be as simple as, ‘wow, now I see how this person, situation really is, and now I can make a choice of what to do with that knowledge” It could be, the reaction opens up more opportunities than we originally thought to take back your own personal power and choices. Don’t get me wrong, a challenging situation is just that, and I can assure you I have had my fair share and I am writing from this experience and not a text book reference.
The things that helped me the most was to allow myself to feel the anger, betrayal, guilt rage, pity, etc and then see what the underlying reason for the situation was, and other ways of looking at the situation. Trust me not an easy thing to do when all you want to do is punch something or self harm.
Breathing, feel the breath and count on the intake, and the exhale, each breath taking more counts to breathe in and out. This helps to increase the oxygen intake, decrease the CO2 in the body and slow the heart rate down. It doesn’t change the situation, but it does change your response, which is something you can control.
Not sure where this thread is going, but from what I hear from many of my clients is the frustration and pain they feel when they make changes to their eating pattern, and the emotions that come up with this. There are a number of reasons for this. Food changes means there are literally different chemicals being put into the body,. The ripple effect of this is the body acts differently with more nutrients – building blocks, and more interestingly, the gut bacteria colonies change. WHAT, you might be saying??? That is right, when we change the food we eat, the gut bugs also change, and when they change there is a corresponding change in chemicals in our body from them, and our ‘management of them’ This is another post, but plant this seed of thought for now, our bugs do dictate to some extent our thoughts and food cravings. Just one reason why when we change our food our body changes function and responses too.
When we feel different, our thought s are different, when our thoughts are different, our actions and behaviours changes too. I think the most profound that clearly shows this is a few clients came to see me for a number of weird symptoms, and being put into the too hard basket by the GPs and specialists. So many test and drug testing that it was getting too much for even them to cope with. Sound familiar. Well, any way, the short of the long story is.... We changed the food choices to low chemical, put in a few good bugs and helped the body to relax and get on with life. As a result, the ripple effect for these clients have been between reducing the pain enough to walk again, being able to eat again, put on weight, reduce weight, and most rewarding coming of serious medication lists. Now, I am not saying this is miracle worker for all, what I am saying, is that when we change our thoughts “I want to make a difference to my health and wellbeing”, then make food changes, we change our chemistry, our bodies are easier to live with, which helps to improve action and behaviour. A positive spiral is created.
So, if you too wish to be and feel different, it all starts with a thought, a wish to be and experience something different, the thought goes out to the universe to bring solutions to you, and the help you require at any given moment. It is then up to each of us to make changes to our actions to reinforce the different thought gives to action and behaviour.
So the challenge for you this week is to sit quietly and listen to the thought and feeling that describes who it really wants to be and then go forth and be who you would rather be, think, and feel. You might be very surprised by what is lurking under the veil of thought. An additional challenge, write your feedback and insights into our face book page shadowfinder and share what came up for you.
At healthy eats, we talk a lot about food reactions, and emotions let alone thoughts that drive all of these. How about our physical habits which, let’s admit are very much habits. I will admit reading through this list found me thinking to my self, yep, yep, yep, y ep, y e p. OK, OK, I’ve got it Ive got bad habits around my posture. Thank you for bring this again to my awareness. So, for now, for me, it is about monitoring my sitting and movement actions to ensure that I do move enough between activities. Considering I drive for up to 6 hours in a stint to get to work, I really am very guilty of not taking enough care of my body while driving.
Here are 7 actions you should stop doing:
SO, how about you, what are your ‘worst’ sitting and working habits that could be shaken up a bit to support your change in habit to change your health choices you are making? Shoot over to the FB page and share your awareness and action change of choice.
By: Keith Abraham
A few weeks back I wrote a blog about taking time out to have solitude and one of my readers, who is just about to traverse the North West Passage from Greenland to Alaska via the Arctic Circle and the Bering Straits, sent me this quote by George Bernard Shaw …
“Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.”
So true, for many people they rarely think because they are always in doing mode. Going from one job to another in their highly demanding schedule of never ending tasks. For a number of people they avoid thinking, believing that the secret to life is to do stuff, be busy and avoid what really matters in their life. For others, they over think things.
There needs to be a balance. All of us are thinking all the time, every day, but how often are you channeling your thoughts into your goals, the obtainment of those goals, how you need to improve or what opportunities you need to explore? Most don’t think at all about these elements, people just do what is in front of them.
Here is a strategy I leant sometime ago that makes a world of difference in my life and business: Make a one hour appointment with yourself every week to plan, ponder, prepare or project yourself forward. If you and your goals are not worth an hour a week, then are you really serious about becoming the best version of you?
Healthy Eats says...
Thinking should not be as complicated as we think it is. The moment we start to think, be basic. When we over do it, it, it makes us worry and may just make everything worse than it actually is. When we start to think, let us consider one thing above all - is it the right time. Let us know. Book online with Healthkit
By: Keith Abraha
Why 63 days? Well it takes 21 days to introduce a new habit—not to replace a habit, which is often talked about in personal growth books. I call this stage combative, as you are still battling with the habit you are trying to replace. The next 21 days is a stage I call cohesion, where the two habits co-exist, it is still a struggle but not a battle.
The old habit is waiting for you to become vulnerable or your resolve to weaken so it can gain the upper hand. Then the final 21 days is a stage I call conquering, this is where your new habit takes over totally. You become very consistent with it, it’s now too uncomfortable to even do the old habit and feels like something is missing in your life if you don't do the new habit
Now the secret here is not to try and change too many things at once, as creating a new habit takes intention and attention. So just pick one new habit, ritual or routine you want to introduce into your life. Don’t look for perfection, just turn up every day and do it. Now when I say turn up, I mean turn up! Often people set a new habit to exercise for 45 minutes daily, the habit needs to be a little broader. The goal is to start to exercise daily. So it could be 5 minutes or 10 minutes or 20 minutes.
Don't pursue excellence initially, pursue consistency
Healthy Eats says...
After getting one thing to change, the next challenge is pursuing consistency. When you aim to walk everyday, you may need someone to get your feet up to your first step. When you feel like adding a routine before your daily meal, you may need a reminder on your fridge, whatever it is, a help goes a long way. Talk to Healthy Eats and let's start changing anything in 63 days.
By: Keith Abraha
A speaking colleague of mine, Lisa McInnes-Smith, shared this great quote with the audience I was in recently:
Do I love what I do, or am I just doing what I do?
Just as this quote is in two parts, so do people live their lives. It is a great question to ask yourself. The first part is about pursuing your passion and the second is about going through the motions. It can be difficult to do what you love to do all of the time, but at some stage during your week or month you have to give yourself permission to pursue your passion.
A day, a week, a month and a year can pass by quickly. You have to have something to look forward to on a regular basis or your life and the mountain of jobs to do can become a relentless never ending list of must do's that make up every day of the week.
So here is a challenge if you are up to it:
Once a week for the next month, do something that you love to do.
Schedule it into your diary and if you have to reschedule it, you must find another spot for it in that week. The challenge is once a week for 4 consecutive weeks, tell me what it is you are going to do.
I can promise you will feel different and have more energy for everything else and everyone else in your life!
Healthy Eats says..
Everyday in our lives we do two things, those that we are good at, and those that are just not our cup of tea. Or should it be, those that we love doing and those that we just kinda don't. According to a study of some researchers in the University or Warwick, we are more productive when we are happy. That should make us think right now that we do more, because we just love it, we are happy about it. What are those that you love doing? Or have you already figured this out yet? Talk to us.
By: Keith Abraham
We all have fears … Some of them keep us on the edge and some of them stop us from really tapping into our true potential. If you read my blog on the 16th January, I asked the question … What is your theme for the year? Mine is to become the best version of me.
To do this, I need to be the living example for my family, for the audiences I stand up in front of, for you the reader of my blog and for myself. You cannot fool yourself! For a long time I have had the goal of becoming a stronger swimmer and to be perfectly honest, it has been on my list of goals for 30 years. I am not proud to say that, because in reality it is an easy goal to achieve.
However, I have had a couple of scary experiences around water and have fooled myself into thinking that I don’t really need to be a great swimmer, as I will not put myself in a position that puts me too far out of my depth. I will make sure that I can touch the bottom of the pool, or if I go into the surf I will only go out in the water if the waves are not too big and I am only in chest high water.
Yet in reality, I have a fear of deep water. I know that I am not the only person who has this anxiety. Can I swim? Yes, I can swim 10 metres, but I want to be able to remove the fear, have the confidence to be able to swim and be in deep water without feeling anxious.
Two days ago I started my first lesson of ten as an adult swimmer. Now I don’t know what was scarier—turning up to swim, admitting I couldn’t swim or swimming down to the 4 metre deep end of the pool!
In reflection, and even as I write this blog, I have a sense of relief that I started. I’m not there yet and you will not see me at any Olympics in the future, but I started to face the fear and looked beyond it to see the greater potential around me.
WHAT FEAR DO YOU NEED TO FACE FOR YOU TO BECOME THE BEST VERSION OF YOU?
Healthy Eats says...
We are one with Keith Abraham - in the struggles we may have in becoming the best version of ourselves. Fear of heights, fear of pain, fear of darkness, and a lot more. We have named them so beautifully so we can explain ourselves better when we choose not to do it. But have you ever thought that these things we fear doing may be those we need to achieve the better you? Let's talk about it.