Did you ever think you weren't smart, talented, outgoing, fast, or [insert trait] enough to reach your health, career or life goals? While it is true that your unique DNA is fixed, your mental toughness or grit is not. Anyone can develop it and be successful. Yes, you too!
Now you are probably wondering why grit is so important and how you can develop it. The secret is turning the mental into the physical.
Do you always feel like things are happening TO YOU? According to Carl Jung, you have a lot more control than you think.
Self-knowledge is the understanding of our thoughts and behaviors and how they influence our everyday lives. Armed with this knowledge we will have made the unconscious conscious. Once above the surface, we can notice and name false beliefs, negative emotions and self-sabotaging behaviors. Then we can begin to take action against these tendencies and can better direct the course of our own lives.
I am in the process of re-adopting an alkaline diet, since I have had success with it in the past to alleviate certain autoimmune conditions (in my case psoriasis and GERD).
I vividly remember lying awake scratching as a little girl. My pediatrician at the time said I was allergic to chocolate and prescribed antihistamines. Over the years I’ve used various steroid creams for temporary relief. My pediatrician was on the right track, but thankfully I have no food allergies. It turns out that chocolate is highly acidic. While I believe I can safely say I walk the walk fitness-wise, my nutrition is another story. I love certain foods, but they don't love me!
Some time ago, under the advice of a naturopath, I embarked on reducing acidic foods in my diet. But when I looked up just which foods are acidic and which are alkaline (click for an example of the many charts on the internet), I became confused and demoralized. Not only was my diet highly acidic, I had never heard of some of the alkaline foods listed. So now from time to time I post about foods that are mostly alkaline on my Instagram.
A root vegetable from the mustard family, radishes have a very distinct flavor. They come in many colors, shapes and sizes and stand up to a variety of cooking methods.
There are endless varieties of radish, here are the most common:
1. Black Spanish
2. Cherry Belle
3. China Rose
4. Chinese Green
5. Chinese Red Meat
6. Chinese Shawo Fruit
7. Crimson Giant
8. Daikon Long White
9. De 18 Jours
My Dad used to eat Cherry Belle radishes raw, dipped in a little salt.
Radishes are rich in many vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants (see graphic) and are thought to have extensive health benefits including possibly:
In a previous blog post we dove deep into possible causes of rotator cuff tears in sedentary adults and what we could do to minimize the risk of having these issues in the first place. But what if you're confronted with a rotator cuff tear diagnosis from your doctor? While you are weighing your options, please consider the results of a recent study comparing three different methods (surgery, arthroscopic surgery, and physiotherapy) of treating non-traumatic tears of the supraspinatus tendon in patients above 55 years of age. The study authors found that surgical treatment is no better than conservative treatment (physiotherapy). This suggests conservative treatment should be your first step. I know you're in pain, but it can't hurt, right?
Let's say you decide you want to build muscle (yay, you!). So you go out and purchase a gym membership, a workout plan you saw on the internet, or a package of personal training sessions 😎. Then you think, what will I wear? I don't want to look like a slob! So you go out and buy new workout clothes and shoes. Surfing on the net, you see all sorts of great fitness-related accessories. Next thing you know you have a new stay-cool water bottle, activity tracker watch, foam roller, ........ the list is endless! James Clear explains this phenomenon - the Diderot Effect - purchasing numerous things we don't need (or can't afford) after buying only one thing. This urge can strike at any time or for any type of purchase. But in a previous Mindset Monday post, we found out we already have everything we need to get started on a new fitness goal. What gives?
Recently a dear friend and former neighbor reached out to me right before rotator cuff surgery. She was in excruciating pain and worried about the recovery process. I was so sorry to hear that she was in such pain, but I wondered how a mostly sedentary woman around my age managed to tear her rotator cuff. She had no idea!
It turns out that rotator cuff tears are a common cause of pain and disability among all age groups. More surprisingly to me, they are the most common non-traumatic upper limb cause of disability in people over 50 years of age. Women suffer this injury at a higher rate than men. Why? Would you believe a major cause could be how you move and your overall posture?
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Goals. We all have them. What do your goals look like? For most people goals are Outcome Oriented. This is WHAT you want to achieve: "I want to lose 50 pounds. I want to get rid of this fat belly. I want to run a 5K without getting injured (heh)". And so on.
We also know how hard it is to reach our goals. Why is it so hard?
My first race was a really awesome experience. There's nothing like running with a huge group of people, being cheered on along the way and feeling the thrill of crossing the finish line. I'm so happy that after all my injuries and setbacks it finally all came together. If you're an experienced runner you're looking at my stats and thinking they're no great shakes. But if you've never run before (or tried and saw for yourself how hard it is) you're thinking "wow, how did she do that?". How indeed! I did it by joining a running group led by a qualified coach, following the training plan (and NOT trying to rush things), committing to a schedule and giving it my best shot. Was I afraid of another injury? YES! But I knew I was so much better prepared this time. On non-running training days I was sure to engage in activities (with amazing teachers) designed to get me stronger, improve the endurance and mobility of my muscles and correct the misalignments that caused the injuries in the first place.
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James Clear illustrates today's Mindset Monday point in his blog by telling the story of billionaire Sir Richard Branson, an entrepreneur with a well-known record label and airline (plus over 400 companies) under his control. Despite his inexperience this dyslexic high-school dropout kept on trying new things. No matter how outlandish or controversial the idea, no matter how many said it was impossible, too hard, or the time wasn't right, Branson forged ahead.
You don't have to be an Olympic body builder or train like one to get stronger, move better, be healthier, and feel and look great.
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