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Cooking on the New Outdoor Griddle

Recently, I purchased an outdoor griddle (Blackstone) and now that the weather is good I thought that I would make a post about how to use this thing. The great thing about outdoor griddles as opposed to the standard grill, is that the temperature is evenly distributed across the entire surface. The flavor of the food is also different because all of the juices get soaked into the griddle.

This outdoor griddle is propane powered and can feed up to 20 people with the surface area that it has. Most people have the idea that these outdoor griddles are used for cooking pancakes but you can use them to cook vegetables, has browns, meats and just about every other thing that you can imagine.

There are a variety of good cookbooks and I recently bought The Flippin’ Awesome Backyard Griddle Cookbook which has some amazing cooking tips and recipes and I would highly recommend it.

If you’re going to be getting an outdoor griddle (which I would highly recommend) I would watch some videos first on youtube on how to set everything up. It’s a bit different than an outdoor grill and requires a bit of seasonisng and other protection measures to ensure that it stays in good shape.

The great thing about the outdoor griddle is the ability to cook seafood, which my family loves. Fish and shrimp are great on it and the smell is unbeleievable. The temperature of the surface get’s up to almost 600 degrees, so you’re done cooking your food in about 2 minutes. Especially with vegitables you have to be extra careful not to burn them.

Without going into too much detail about different recipes there is not much more I can say about the outdoor griddle. If you care about your health and want to prepare amazing tasting food, then I would definitely recommend this.

The food has probably never tasted better, probably because of the whole outdoor experience and the oils that linger inside the griddle as your cooking.

Mixing Up My Routine with Pole Dancing!

Pole dancing has been taking the fitness world by storm over the recent months, and one look inside one of the classrooms or one look at the glowing face of a woman who does it and you can understand why. Pole dancing is all about getting to know your body, fun, and feeling good about yourself. Each class mixes in pleasured faces, erotic dancing, and music intended to keep you moving at all times.

Whether you are just looking to spice things up compared to your usual aerobics class, or want to get serious about your fitness and learn how to climb up a pole, pole dancing fitness might be just what you are looking for.

Twirl, spin, and swing your way around the pole as you improve your self-esteem, burn calories, and look sexy while doing it all. You can even take advantage of extra tips on table dancing and striptease that will make things a little more exciting at home as well.

If you still aren’t convinced enough to give pole dancing a try, just look at some of the benefits this type of exercise can bring to your life:

Toning and Building Muscles

Learning how to support yourself with one arm and manoeuvring around the pole will build muscle in your upper body, while your core works overtime as well. Regular pole dancing can lead to more muscle definition in your thighs, arms, and bum.

Burn Calories

A pole dancing workout can actually burn as much as 250 calories, which is the equivalent of a good, hard workout at the gym.

Cheer Up

The exertion that takes place in your body from pole dancing helps cheer you up and can get you out that funk you often feel in the winter. Learn how to be sexier and release endorphins that will keep you happy, healthy, and more energetic.

It is time to face the facts. Pole dancing isn’t just something that you have to practice on your special anniversaries. It is a regular form of exercise that can help you look and feel better. The only major difference is that pole dancing is a whole lot more fun and feels like a lot less work than most other workouts out there today.

If you don’t believe it then get out there and give it a try for yourself, after one lesson you are sure to understand why so many women swear by pole dancing for their toned bodies.

Are Probiotics For You?

Most everyone is familiar with antibiotics. Doctors prescribe them to fight and prevent infections from bacteria, fungus and certain parasites. The antibiotics enter the body and go about killing bacteria, or at the very least prevent them from growing. Trouble is antibiotics kill microorganisms indiscriminately, without any discernment between the good bacteria and ones actually causing the infection.

That’s right, there are good bacteria. A lot of them. Hundreds of species of microorganisms are at work inside your body, keeping your digestive system functional. You need these little workers in order to stay alive! Widespread unhealthy eating habits combined with the widespread misuse of antibiotics have led to a near nation-wide epidemic of digestive problems…

Infections people take antibiotics for:

colds and flues are caused by viruses, not bacteria

most sore throats are caused by viruses (with the exception of strep throat!)

most nasal infections can be fought off by the body without antibiotics

The Vicious Cycle of Antibiotics

As the good microorganisms are killed off without mercy, the body’s ability to extract nutrients from food is compromised. As the body becomes malnourished, immune systems are put in jeopardy. You may wind up with another infection, and your doctor may prescribe yet another antibiotic-maybe a stronger one this time! This vicious cycle is a major contributor to antibiotic resistance, a growing problem in many parts of the US.

Combat this vicious cycle with PROBIOTICS!!!

The Life Coach Advantage!

Work, family, friends, chores, errands, traffic, favors, deadlines … and underneath it all … invisible pressures, fears, feelings of inadequacy, resentment, regret, stress, hidden insecurities, superficial insecurities, deep-seeded issues that few really make the time to heal….

Keeping so much bottled up inside can have devastating effects on your psychological and physical well being, including stress headaches, exhaustion, depression and anxiety, chemical dependency (most commonly caffeine), insomnia, nightmares, and a jeopardized immune system….

Personal empowerment begins by admitting you need a change in your life–But where do you start? What will be your strategy? How will you change today? … Jump-starting palpable change in your life can feel almost impossible when your body and mind are already overwhelmed.

Most people need more than admitting they need change … they need support for that change … some one who can offer strategies for a balanced, healthy life … some one with a fresh perspective you can trust … in other words, a Life Coach!

As your Life Coach, I can help to jump-start change that will be sure to empower, inspire and rejuvenate your sense of possibility:

-Restore balance in your life

-Get your feelings off of your chest so you can perform at your maximum ability

-Carve out time for yourself

-Importance of setting goals and sticking to them

-Importance of FREE days/vacation

-How to invest in yourself and follow your passions…

Contact me today!

What is Pole Dancing Fitness?

Unless you have been a couch potato for the last year or try not to talk about fitness at all, you have probably heard about pole dancing exercise and how many women are devoted to it all over the world. You have probably even heard of all the fitness benefits that pole dancing can bring into your life, and how it can make you feel better and be sexier all in one.

But what exactly is pole dancing fitness? Why are so many people swearing by this form of fitness and what exactly makes it so much fun?

The answer to both of those questions really is quite simple. The combination of funky music, sexy faces, and fun moves help tone your body while hiding the fact that you are actually working your body hard.

A normal pole dancing routine will involve movements such as spinning, swinging, hanging, and climbing around the pole. You will work muscles you never knew you had and bring out a sexy part of you that you might not have known existed.

The reason the pole dancing is so effective for many women is the fact that the movements can build muscle for women that lack strength in their upper body. Most women do not want to lift weights or strive for a lot of definition, but pole dancing tends to let them get the perfect mix of toning and strength. Add that onto the fact that the movements also improve posture, build confidence, and increase flexibility and you have all of the makings of a top notch workout, without all of the hassle and boredom.

The truth is that women that partake in pole dancing exercise on a regular basis prove to gain core and arm strength rather quickly. Women can also look forward to more definition in their thighs and a more toned behind as long as they dedicate themselves to regular pole dancing workouts.

All you really have to do is get ready for the excitement pole dancing can offer, and the results that are sure to come soon after. Just remember to start off slow and work up to more advanced pole dancing movements in order to have the most fun. In doing so, you will soon be one of many women that not only look sexier but feel sexier deep down as well.

Should You Use Natural and Organic Sunscreen?

With summer solstice coming up-the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere-now is as good a time as any to remind everyone not to forget their sunscreen. According to the FDA, over 10,000 people die each year from skin cancer. Unless you plan on staying out of the sun all summer, sunscreen is your #1 protection from UV rays and indirect DNA damage that can lead to cancers like melanoma.

Yet, even though UV rays are carcinogens for the human body, weakening the immune system and radiating skin, why do so many people leave their sunscreen at home? I’ve heard every excuse in the book.

“I’m only going to be on the court for an hour.”

“I never wore sunscreen as a kid.”

“My skin doesn’t burn.”

“I’m wearing a hat today.”

“It’s cloudy out.”

Why take the gamble? UV rays are practically everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a hat, sitting in the shade, or the gray morning haze has yet to burn off. Even if you never feel burned from the sun, damage from UV radiation is not something to mess around with. Play it safe, protect your skin, and have fun in the sun this summer!

My Top 5 Tips for FAST Weight Loss

1. Drink water, water, water. Our bodies are made up of 60-70% water so it stands to reason that we
should drink it not only for health but for weight loss as well. It’s been proven that water will help to
metabolize fat. It also helps to flush any salt, sugar or caffeine that you have been in taking
throughout the day

2. You absolutely need to do weight training. Incorporate it into your existing workout or increase it if
you are already doing it. Weight training burns 9 times more fat per calorie than just cardio. This
leads me to the next point.

3. Cardio and more cardio. I’m not saying do an hour of cardio every single day-seven days a week
but you must do some form of cardio. This is what burns calories. The equation is calories in,
calories out.

My advice is to do a half an hour every day or 45 minutes 3-4 times per week. You can
also do a high intensity cardio plan for twenty minutes three times per week.

4. Eat!!! Eat every two to three hours. Make sure you get a balance of everything. DO NOT cut 
anything out. The answer to permanent successful weight loss is to get all your dairy, fat,
carbohydrates, protein, vegetables and fruit in. If you eat every few hours you will speed up your
metabolism, thereby allowing your body to be more efficient at burning fat.

5. Use the FITT principle in every aspect of your workout plan. FITT stands for frequency, intensity,
time and type. Every week you should use one of these factors. For example for intensity:

Cardio– You are already doing a certain level on a machine or going a certain speed, increase it by a
level or move faster.
Weights– You are lifting a 25 pound bar for chest press, increase it to a 35 pound bar.
Stretching– You are stretching to a point where you feel a light stretch. With the FITT principle you
are going to try and hold it and stretch it out further.

My 2018 New Years Resolution

A New Year!  We have lived another year or have we? Are you sure? I just spent New Year’s Eve at a beautiful hotel in new york – wyndham hotels. There were parties going on everywhere. I chose to go to a party that had live music from the 60’s and 70’s, yes, that shows my age. What was shown to me there was amazing. In one room there were the living and what I call the walking dead. That may sound like a judgment, but I call them like I see them.

The walking dead, are people who look like they are living and breathing, but are they truly living?  Watch them carefully and you will see a different story all together.   Look in their eyes.  There is no one home. They are not fully in their bodies.

I sat down at a table where there were four other couples.  I sat next to a man whom I had never met before.  He look to be in his 70’s and his wife looked to be in her 60’s. We started up a conversation.  They were wintering in San Diego, living there on their Yacht  He looked tired and held his head in his hands.  He leaned over and said to me, “I don’t know why I am here. In fact, I should have been gone years ago.”  He continued through the night closing his eyes, and looking uncomfortable.  He then got up and left the party.  His wife and the other couple left soon after.

Then there was the couple who had joined us earlier.  They were friends of friends.  We spent the weekend together.  The woman had just been diagnosed with cancer and had told her friend that she was resigned to die soon.  She and her husband sat quietly through the night, said little and did little.  When asked  to dance, they said no, you go.  The sitting went on all weekend.  When we did ask to go for a walk the next day along the waterfront, they weren’t sure they wanted to go.  They followed along for a short distance and asked to turn back.

This was the anniversary of the day I discovered I had breast cancer three years earlier.  What I came to know from going through the process of facing a life threatening disease is that you have a choice to make at that time.  I chose not to die and here I am three years later with no cancer and no disease.  I have worked to heal myself.  Yet here I was surrounded by people who did not chooselife.  Some of them were conscious of this fact and some were not.  What this showed me was that it was not enough to decide that I did not want to die.  I needed todecide that I wanted to live.  Live life to the fullest.  Dance, sing, make love, smell the roses, surround myself with others that wish to live.  That is why I called to myself the living dead.  So that it was so clear to me that I had not only chosen not to die, but I had chosen to live.

I by the way danced my heart out.  Not only did I walk along the bay in the dawn of the new year, but I danced to the music coming out of the hotels as I passed along the way.  I had made a new agreement with myself.  The agreement was to LIVE!  Happy New Year.


Ego and Enlightenment

Last week I went to listen to deborah king, internationally known spiritual teacher and modern kabbalist. The conversation of the evening was the ego and how different spiritual teachings have different ways of dealing with the ego.

She asked the room what their beliefs were in this area. One person felt that the ego must die in order for us to reach enlightenment. Another spoke about the ego must be transmuted.  Another spoke of different stages that the ego goes through, kind of like stair steps of evolution and doorways that must be passed through to reach enlightenment.

One person spoke that the ego needs to step aside for us to become fully enlightened.

I can’t begin to recount what Jason Shulman had to say about the ego and the different philosophies, I can only recount my own personal perception and reflection from the evening. First, he spoke about the ego as being a part of our earthly being, just as much as our body is.

He stated that it was a necessary part of us and that it’s function is to bring stability to our journey here on the planet.  Denial of the ego can be just as difficult a journey as denial of the physical.  I know, because I have experienced both and it was not pleasant.  I almost died twice.  When I was in denial of my ego and trying to kill it off, I felt like I was in a constant battle, a battle which was affecting my body as well.

I then came to an awareness that there was no fight needed.  I just needed to become fully aware of the ego and to differentiate between the ego and pure awareness or true knowing.  This was necessary because, as Jason Shulman pointed out in his conversation, the ego is always trying to keep homeostasis, balance, or status quo.  So if you are wishing to change, evolve, or grow, the ego is not really programmed to go there.  Status quo means staying right where you are.  Therefore when you experience that moment of enlightenment, the ego says, oh no, you have to come back to where you were before, we don’t know where that state of pure awareness, oneness, or whatever you wish to call it, will take us.  The unknown to the ego is not status quo.  Therefore you go in and out of that state of being.  Jason Shulman brought about the hypothesis that it is the ego that is doing this in attempt stabilize your being here on the planet.

This brought to mind what one of the women said about enlightenment, that it is a journey of stair stepping and going through doorways.  If the ego’s function is to stabilize our being while here in this earthly dream, then when we do take that evolutionary leap, the ego will tend to bring us back.  But once we have moved ahead in our evolution, it can not move us back completely,  It can have us down play it, have us forget some of it, but there is indeed a shift that the ego cannot change or deny.  So it settles for stabilizing us at a different level of awareness.  This is the appearance of stair stepping or progressing to different levels of enlightenment.

So if one is wishing to move to become fully enlightened or fully aware at all times without going in and out of awareness, what does one do with the ego?  This is a good topic for a Blog.

From where I am right now, I can only share my perception or hypothesize.  For the past six years I have seen my ego as an ally, it is always showing me the thoughts, ideas, and beliefs that it uses to stabilize me.  An example I believe is the belief that I must fit in and be like everyone else.  This is one archtypical thought that the ego carries.  So when we go to express our true nature and the ego checks to see if it fits in with everyone else’s nature.  We become so obsessed with fitting in, wearing the right clothes, driving the right car, living in the right car, and I can go on for years on this pattern, it is so ingrained in us.  So by the time we meet adulthood, we loose the sense of who we are and go on a search to find ourselves.  Ha, as if we disappeared.  Another ego tactic to make us think that we are in someway missing or not whole.

There is a dualistic nature to the ego.  In order to stabilize something, you must move in one direction and then if you go too far, you must turn around and move in the opposite direction.  So the opposite of the archetypical thought that we must fit in is what I call the rebel.  The rebel likes to sabotage, it likes to go against the norm, stick out, be different.  So you see one part of us is wanting to be the same while another part of us is wishing to be different.  Insanity, yes. Built right into us.  No wonder we wish to go to sleep.

By observing what is going on, I have come to accept that the ego is part of my being here in this earthly dream and I stay aware of it’s patterns and behaviors.  Just as one can exercise and eat the right foods to enhance the bodies functioning,  I have been working with my ego to release some of it’s more negative archetypes, which are just energies that carry thought or consciousness and actually reside in our physical bodies.  By doing this I have found that those patterns leave my body and never reappear.  I don’t try to kill my ego, move it aside, I work with it so that it evolves right along with me.  I accept it as a part of my earthly existence just as I accept my physical body and that is a whole new discussion.  The acceptance of the physical.

Re-Balance the Energy of the Body

It has been my path as an energy sensitive to learn how the body responds to the healing force that moves through us.  I call this life force energy. Since early childhood I have been aware of this life force energy that is around us and that moves through us.  There were places that felt good to me to be in and other places that I wished to avoid, just by the way the energy felt to me.

It was the same with people, there were those who I felt comfortable around and those who I felt uneasy around.  This was a sense that I felt when I first met them.  At an early age, I was not aware that I had the ability to sense energy or other peoples emotions but still I trusted this sense and it did indeed save my life once.

Now I know that this is a natural ability that I have and I use it to assist me in the healing arts.  By sensing and scanning the energy being emitted by the body, I can tell how the body is functioning.  If the body is in total harmony and balance, there is a beautiful flow to it.  When there is an imbalance in the body, it is as if something is blocking that beautiful flow and the energy feels disturbed and disrupted.

What I have found is that one can rebalance the energy of the body by removing the disturbed energy and replacing it with a balance flow of energy.  When I do this, I know that the body’s wisdom will direct the energy exactly where it is needed for the body’s highest good.  Since everything is actually made up of energy, some more dense than others, there isn’t anything that can not be rebalanced or returned to harmony by shifting the energy.

Another thing that I have found by doing energetic body work is that ones beliefs and emotions can have a effect on the energy of the body.  This is what led me to do work on the consciousness level.  I speak lightly about holding issues in the tissues but in my healing practice, I see that this is not just a light matter.

Pain caused by trapped energy in the body is often relieved by releasing inner conflicts caused by stored emotional issues and beliefs.  I have literally seen people’s color come back to them when they have release a old childhood trauma or past traumatic experience.  I often will have them go look in the mirror to have them see the change in their appearance, it is so overwhelming.

There was a recent landmark study done at Kaiser Permanente here in San Diego by Dr. Vincent Felitti, M.D.  The study is called The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health. The findings show a remarkable relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our adult emotion health, physical health, and major causes of Mortality in the United States.  It was also shown that time did not heal old wounds and that they last well into middle age and older.

It has been my experience that by working with the energy of the body, and working with the energy held in our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs, healing can occur on multiple levels.

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