April 2015

Dr. Lori’s Easter Sunday Reflections

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

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This past weekend was Easter weekend.  For many it is a time for family, friends, gatherings, good food and the Easter bunny bringing brightly adorned Easter baskets to the children.  And still, for many it is a time for prayer and reflection and praise that Jesus has risen.  Whether you are a Christian, or not, there are a few observations and thoughts I had yesterday that I wanted to share with you.

For me, personally, I was raised strong Catholic.  I had a faith life and always believed in God, and the holy trinity.  Yes, I believed, but I don’t think I really “got it”.  As a child I felt it was true suffering during the 40 days and 40 nights of Lent season, sacrificing such things as chocolate and swearing, or even giving up my favorite television show for 40 days!  Then, on Easter weekend we would go to mass, 3 times (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil), and wait until we could finally get to Sunday to dive into our Easter baskets.  That was my childhood, and they were great memories!

Times are different now.  It is now 30 years later and I have “grown” into my faith life.  I always thought of myself as religious, and maybe spiritual, and always had a belief in a higher power, a universal creator, our loving father.  I would pray, but I didn’t really learn how to PRAY until I hit rock bottom healthwise and needed God to embrace me, comfort me, and stand by me when I was sick, lost and confused.  When I was very ill last summer, I turned to God as my rock and I gave my whole heart and soul over to him.  I let go of trying to control the situation and let “thy will be done”.  It is AMAZING what prayer and faith can do with a sick body and weary and tired mind!

But enough about that.  Background is important so I can get to my point.  I chose to spend this weekend RECHARGING MY BATTERIES.  I believe in this very rushed world of deadlines, hurrying, pushing, driving, and abusing our bodies we forget to SLOW DOWN and feel the breeze on our face. I took the weekend away from social media, from writing my book, from intense gym workouts and crazy self-inflicted deadlines, and I actually scheduled a REST day.  I am really not that good at the relaxation “thing” but I tried it to see what all the fuss is about.  With no available takers on Easter Sunday, I jumped in my Mazda and headed up Highway 74 Scenic bypass.  If you have never been to the Coachella Valley in the springtime, it is lovely and the drive is spectacular.  The road winds and weaves and at many points you are looking straight down a cliff to the valley floor below.  I find it breathtaking to be so close to the heavens.

A short 40 minutes later I arrived in Idyllwild.  Idyllwild is a sleepy little mountain village tucked away just far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city.  It reminds me of the small mountain towns in Montana I grew so fond of while attending college in Missoula.  In only 40 minutes I went from cactus plants and palm trees to soaring pine trees and mountain breezes.  When I stepped outside it was a chilly 64 degrees (yes chilly when you consider it was 85 on the desert floor when I left at 10 am).  There is a little coffee shop, Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, I like to frequent whenever I visit.  I grabbed a large Americano, added my packet of stevia, and headed to the deck.  Armed with nothing more than a journal, a pen and a book about the sites in Ireland (my next adventure in June), I relaxed at an outdoor table and watched as people passed, some dressed from church, some in hiking gear and some in motorcycle apparel as the drive is a hot-spot for motorcycles.  I met a 14-year old dog, her name was Annie, and it seemed that all the locals knew her by name.  Gentle Annie.

Now that I finally settled at my table on the outdoor deck, all my tools at hand, I am able to tune into all of my senses to channel my messages and journal with free flowing thoughts. I close my eyes and can feel the cool and crisp air on my face, I warm my hands with my toasty coffee, I can hear distant conversations and children laughing and I can smell roasted coffee intermingled with fresh pine. I am ready to write.

Easter. Easter is a season of rebirth. The message that was resounding is “He is Risen”. When I attended Easter service on Saturday night there was a message I wanted to share with you. God is not just a God of second chances, he is a God of unlimited chances. You always have the choice to start over again… to have a great “do over”. It is never too late to rediscover who you are and who you can be.

Rebirth. Rebirth is about rediscovering who you are and creating a new you. Be the kind of person you would admire.

Acceptance. Acceptance of your current situation, and letting go of your past story and pain.

Openness. Be Open. Be open to new beginnings and a fresh new start. You are not here to be ordinary, you are meant to be extra-ordinary!

In the last two days, I have also heard the same statement from the Bible, “Love thy neighbor as thyself”. We may automatically think, OH, treat others as you would want to be treated. OR, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. YES! I know all of those phrases and verses!   Here is the take home message… Did you notice the resounding theme of all of these verses is HOW DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF? Love yourself. Treat yourself with respect. Do no harm to yourself. Do not partake in habits that are harmful to your body, mind or soul. Maybe it sounds oversimplified, but often we value how we treat others more than we value how we treat ourselves. If you wouldn’t speak those words upon your child or your grandparent, why disrespect yourself with negativity and ugly words? Take time, MAKE time to RECHARGE your batteries!

Rebirth. Acceptance. Openness. TODAY, LOVE YOURSELF. Take this opportunity to consider how YOU would CREATE YOUR OWN REBIRTH. Rediscover your hidden talents and unique qualities that could be your true passion and your soul’s true path. Trust your gut instincts during the process and take a leap of faith. YOUR MOST INCREDIBLE LIFE is waiting for you!


HEAL. YOURSELF. BEAUTIFUL

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Heal Yourself Beautiful® is all about creating a community and networking opportunity for women. This is a safe place filled with kindness, love, empowerment, motivation and inspiration. It is my hope that I can create a team of AMAZING and WONDERFUL women who will INSPIRE you and make you want to be the best you can be.

So often in our lives, especially as women, we neglect to take care of ourselves. We spend an incredible amount of our lives devoted to caretaking of those we love… we can’t help it, we were programmed to be nurturers. But at what point do we focus the attention on ourselves and spend time looking deep within ourselves and spend time “healing” our bodies. Or, when do we take the time to partake in activities and habits that make us feel beautiful?

I know I am one of those women who will find every excuse in the book to not get a manicure and pedicure. I will weigh the cost against what I could get in tangible items versus the cost of this needless pampering. But, what I really deserve is this “needless pampering”. For just an hour, wouldn’t you love to have a foot message and pretty nail polish with feminine flowers and designs on your toenails? This may be far-fetched for some of you. Maybe, you can’t imagine having one hour of quiet to light some candles, turn on some music, grab a glass of wine and relax in a bubble bath… because your children are beating down the door within ten minutes asking when you will be done (I know this because we used to do this to my Mom).HEAL. Come to this community to HEAL yourself by creating a healthy environment for your mind, body and soul. By doing so you will turn your cells on and activate them forcing them into a positive empowering place. Healthy, positive, and enlivened cells will respond by causing a chain reaction in your body that, at a cellular level, is creating a wonderful symphony with all of your body systems. You will start to feel better, be more energetic, and even look better. I am not promising I will heal you… I am instilling belief that YOU CAN HEAL YOU!YOURSELF. Yes, YOU! This is about YOU! Your body is very, very smart and the messages you are sending to yourself should be of love, nurturing and compassion. Treat yourself with respect and honor your body and mind. Embark in activities that you love, and find your bliss. Pamper your soul. Put yourself first. Don’t live with regrets wishing you could have done something “when you were younger”… let today be the day to start!

BEAUTIFUL. First, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Beauty is not just what we see on the outside. Looks fade… Beauty is timeless. Beauty starts from within. Truly gorgeous women have this amazing inner glow and you can feel the warmth of their personality before you even meet them. It is that sparkle in their eye. It is the passion they possess. It is the selfless generosity and giving spirit they practice daily. It is gentleness, non-judgement, grace, poise and class. When you learn how to have a love affair with yourself, you won’t believe how beautiful you become!

HEAL YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL®. In the next few weeks, I will be introducing you to a wonderful team of gorgeous, amazing, inspiring and motivational women who will be featured as my guest bloggers. They will be offering their expertise in the many areas of Mind, Body, Nutrition and Beauty. Each blog will bring you one step closer to being the best YOU that you can possibly be, as well as giving you some entertainment! I encourage you to learn about each of these women, as well as myself, so you know who they are and why I chose them to be a part of my team. Aging is not a curse, rather, Aging is Wisdom and Enlightenment about YOURSELF. Proper love and nourishment will keep you feeling youthful, looking youthful, and better able to enjoy your most fulfilling life!


Go-Go Juice

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Go-Go Juice

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Vegan

Guest ChefKimberly Allison, B.A., Living Life Well

Heal Yourself Beautiful is all about providing you with the best and healthiest recipes and education.  In order to keep your body working like a well-oiled machine, appropriate excellent nutrition is critical.  Load your body with the best fuel possible!

The Heal Yourself Beautiful community will be hosting “guest chef” recipe curators to this site.  Every now and then you will see a recipe submitted by one of the members to enhance your recipe box and help you on your health quest.  Today’s BLOG recipe post is from Guest Chef Kimberly Allison, B.A., who is a Personal Chef and Life Coach at Living Life Well.  Kimberly enjoys this green juice drink to “taste the rainbow”.  Thank you Kimberly for your submission!  You will need a juicer/juicing machine for this recipe.

Ingredients

2 large leaves Kale

4 slices Cucumber

5-6 stems Cilantro

1 slice Fresh Ginger

½ Red Bell Pepper

1 small Carrot

1 stalk Celery

½ small Granny Smith Apple

2 leaves Red Cabbage

½ cup Coconut Water

Instructions

  1. Use as many ORGANIC fruits and vegetables as possible.
  2. Prep fruits and vegetables by washing with filtered water.
  3. Rough chop produce as it makes the juicing process easier.
  4. Be sure to seed the apple as the apple seeds contain arsenic.
  5. Run each vegetable and fruit through the juicer and when all items are juiced, pour ¼ cup of coconut water in the machine to flush out as many vitamins, minerals and nutrients as you can.
  6. May add extra liquid vitamins as an option.
  7. Pour over ice and drink within 15 minutes.
  8. This is how to “taste the rainbow”!

A Dose of LAUGHTER: The Best Impression of Robin Williams by Comedian Jamie Costa

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

A dose of laughter should always be prescribed, and taken on a daily basis. Medical research has proven that laughter and fun every single day will improve your total health and wellbeing and has been linked to “healing” in many studies.  This technique is actually used in many cancer treatment protocols to help alleviate pain and help the patient sleep pain-free for more hours.

In memory of the late Robin Williams, this little gem popped up yesterday and I wanted to make sure to add a smile to your day with Jamie Costa’s amazing impressions.  I’m still smiling and I watched it 3 times already!

Please ENJOY this video and don’t forget to laugh daily!