This is the time to reach up into the future so I reach up to the Lord for renewal. Life can zap my energy so I hang on. A winter cold invades my body so I let go and let God. Time to remember my New Year resolution to live in love and that starts with me. It is also a time to remember my A, B, C’s: Act, Believe, Commit.
This is my cue to go to my room, draw the blinds, put on the humidifier and that face mask I’ve been meaning to try, turn on my favorite mood music, lie down with a heating pad on my back, shut my eyes, breathe deeply and rest. Ahhhh…!
“Then Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11: 28
During this time of letting go, I listen to Relax-n-Renew. The soothing music, beautiful visualizations and positive affirmations help my body, mind and spirit begin to heal. Each visualization starts with a little bible verse to begin my meditation journey as I contemplate on my A B C’s: Accepting Blissful Connection.
“Heal me, Oh Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved: for you are the one I praise.” ~ Jeremiah 17: 14
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” ~ Henry Ellis
Resolutions for a Healthy Lifestyle
Resolutions for the New Year, usually consist of letting go of bad habits and holding on to good habits. Of course, I also join everyone in their resolution to lose a few pounds but that’s another subject that my daughter Marianna Riccio addresses here:
“So suffice to say, everyone’s New Year resolution, or at least one of them predominantly always includes changes for a “healthier lifestyle” and “slimmer, more toned physique” or simply (you guessed it) “Losing Weight!!” Come on, you know you’ve said it. However, March comes along and usually people have forgotten this inevitable New Year’s resolution. Therefore, make a simple choice in your life. “Be strong to live long.”
Start with a new type of class. Don’t do the same sort of exercise or strength training for your body everyday. This is a big no, no!!! It is important to shock the body! Try something new. For example, I have a new-found love for Pole Fitness taught by actress, Arloa Reston. Even my mom tried a class! Pole dancing sometimes can have a negative connotation, but it is actually quite beautiful, graceful, and you have to be strong! Lots of core work is involved in this training and muscles that you never thought you had are given a good workout.
Pole Fitness is being considered to be a respectable Olympic Sport!
More Health and Fitness tips: Remember, don’t forget to hydrate. Water flushes out toxins. I start every morning with hot water and lemon or a detox tea. Think about it, you’ve been sleeping for about eight hours and you have deprived yourself of water! So drink up and flush out! It makes your complexion radiant too.
Eat Breakfast! Please! I can’t stress this enough. Breakfast will make you lose weight. Period! No, don’t have a sausage and egg breakfast with a side of pancakes every day. That is a nice treat once in a while, (maybe) but rather, you should have other healthier options. They will make you less likely to crave “junkie munchies” later in the day and keep you satisfied. Some of these options are, but are not limited to: whole grains, such as cereal or oatmeal that are high in fiber and low in sugar; a protein shake with a frozen banana blended for instant energy, an egg (or two) over easy or poached with avocado and salsa. Don’t be afraid of the yolk. It has iron. 🙂 Another option is Greek Yogurt with low-fat granola, raw almonds, and blueberries. For healthy fats, spread extra virgin coconut oil on your toast, Ghee grass-fed butter or almond butter with an apple. I usually eat three break breakfasts, especially if I take a workout class. Before a workout, I will have either a protein shake, fresh juice, Greek yogurt, or my favorite: bulletproof coffee! It’s amazing! Then I will have Ezekiel bread with extra virgin coconut oil and this amazing fig and prune spread (Mother’s recipe) that is fiber heavy.
Get creative for a happy healthy new year!” ~ Marianna Riccio
Thank you Marianna for these healthy living tips, some new and some passed on by me to you! We learn from each other. Nice. If you would like more ideas about healthy living from Marianna check out: How to get a Thin Waist but Keep Your Curves.
Below are the recipes for my Figgy Prune Spread and Cold Remedy Recipe:
Raw Figgy Prune Spread
- Cup of dried prunes, pitless and unsulphured
- Cup of dried figs, unsulphured
- 1/2 of organic lemon skin, organic orange skin is optional
- Teaspoon of honey or agave syrup
- Spices: cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne pepper, clove, pumpkin pie spices as desired
- Flavor extracts: 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla
Prepare at least 24 to 48 hours before serving. Clip the tips off the figs. Soak the prunes and figs in pure water to barely cover the fruit. At this time, chop the lemon skin in tiny pieces and soak in the honey and/or agave syrup in an other bowl. Refrigerate.
After a day or two, the fruit should be tender. Put the fruit with its juice, honey/syrup, vanilla, spices in to a mini-cuisinart. The juice should only fill half of the mixture. Pulse until it is a creamy spread with tiny chunks. It’s delicious on your morning toast!
Cold Remedy Recipe
(Hope you can handle garlic and your not a Vampire!) 🙂
- 2 to 3 cloves of garlic * Garlic is proven to be helpful to the immune system and it is a powerful antibiotic.
- 1 tablespoon of honey * Honey is an anti-bacterial that relieves irritations of the throat and it soothes coughs.
- 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil * Olive Oil contains anti-inflammatory benefits and is soothing to the throat and mouth.
- A pinch of cayenne pepper and ginger as desired * Cayenne Pepper is a circulatory stimulant, it breaks-up mucus congestion and has anti-irritant properties. * Studies show that Ginger relieves nausea, muscle pain, migraines and asthma symptoms.
Using a garlic press, squeeze garlic into a cup for dipping. Add other ingredients and stir with a spoon. Spread this tasty and medicinal mixture on some healthy toast and eat it through out the day. I like it with a hot steamy soup made with an onion base.
In between meals, make yourself some hot herbal tea with honey and lemon. Stay warm. Stay home. Feel better.
It was sweet of my daughter to give me the gift of fitness with an introduction to the athleticism of Pole Exercise. She tries to keep me hip! It was interesting to learn that the skin helps to grip the body to the pole. I must admit that it is a quite a workout! After about two months of training, Marianna beautifully demonstrates a few moves on the Pole. After two classes, I add a comic effect to the finale! Enjoy our YouTube.
Wishing you a healthy and happy 2015! May the ever-present strength of God be with you this new year.
“He shall set me up upon a rock.” ~ Psalms 27: 5
“Feet supported by the foundation of the past, bending into life and reaching into the future.” ~ Maria Lauren
Maria Lauren, a.k.a. Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio
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