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REDUCE STRESS WITH COLORING!

By Caroline

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There are creative ways to reduce stress daily. Take a mini-vacation with coloring. There are many choices of big and small coloring books or download and print out some beautiful Mandala patterns to calm your nerves. You can do it during your coffee or lunch break. Coloring is a form of meditation and a great way to relax, create something beautiful and engage with different colors which works like color therapy.

More creative color therapy topics and many other wellness related topics will be in our new book “Wellness Perspectives” written by the Three Coaches and a Psychologist.  The wellness book will be available in fall.

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GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS

posted by Caroline

Image result for images tortillas of rice   find by Costco   (Gluten Free Products )

Brown Rice Tortillas and Oatmeal at Costco are great for people who can’t eat Gluten. Gluten-free choices for autistic children and adults, read more….Autism as well as children and people with celiac disease  read more……   Celiac disease.    Look up websites for Gluten-free products. Most stores have Gluten-free products, if not online shopping is a way to get the choices. Look also for Gluten-free Shampoos, skin care and toothpaste. Adhesives have also Gluten, this is something people don’t think about it usually.

WHY PRACTICE COMPASSION?

Posted by Caroline

I like to share a great article about researches from Berkeley on why compassion is good and healthy for us in so many ways….

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Scientific research into the measurable benefits of compassion is young. Preliminary findings suggest, however, that being compassionate can improve health, well-being, and relationships. Many scientists believe that compassion may even be vital to the survival of our species, and they’re finding that its advantages can be increased through targeted exercises and practice. Here are some of the most exciting findings from this research so far.

  • Compassion makes us feel good: Compassionate action (e.g., giving to charity) activates pleasure circuits in the brain, and compassion training programs, even very brief ones, strengthen brain circuits for pleasure and reward and lead to lasting increases in self-reported happiness.
  • Being compassionate—tuning in to other people in a kind and loving manner—can reduce risk of heart disease by boosting the positive effects of the Vagus Nerve, which helps to slow our heart rate.
  • One compassion training program has found that it makes people more resilient to stress; it lowers stress hormones in the blood and saliva and strengthens the immune response.
  • Brain scans during loving-kindness meditation, which directs compassion toward suffering, suggest that, on average, compassionate people’s minds wander less about what has gone wrong in their lives, or might go wrong in the future; as a result, they’re happier.
  • Compassion helps make caring parents: Brain scans show that when people experience compassion, their brains activate in neural systems known to support parental nurturanceand other caregiving behaviors.
  • Compassion helps make better spouses: Compassionate people are more optimistic and supportive when communicating with others.
  • Compassion helps make better friends: Studies of college friendships show that when one friend sets the goal to support the other compassionately, both friends experience greater satisfaction and growth in the relationship.
  • Feeling compassion for one person makes us less vindictive toward others.
  • Restraining feelings of compassion chips away at our commitment to moral principles.
  • Employees who receive more compassion in their workplace see themselves, their co-workers, and their organization in a more positive light, report feeling more positive emotions like joy and contentment, and are more committed to their jobs.
  • More compassionate societies—those that take care of their most vulnerable members, assist other nations in need, and have children who perform more acts of kindness—are thehappier ones.
  • Compassionate people are more socially adept, making them less vulnerable to loneliness; loneliness has been shown to cause stress and harm the immune system. TO READ MORE:   greatergood.berkeley.edu

Awesome Asparagus Shrimp Dip (Gluten Free)

 

Image result for images asparagus shrimp dip  posted by Caroline

(Makes 2 cups)

1 cups low fay yoghurt

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

1 natural Asparagus, Leek or Herb Soup Mix

1/2 cup cooked Rice

3 tsp sweet chili sauce

3 tsp lemon juice

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp fresh dill, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

2 cups of bay shrimp, well rinsed and patted dry with paper towels

salt and pepper to taste

thin lemon slices and/or sprigs of parsley for garnish

 

In a strong blender/food processor, puree everything together (except for the shrimp)

Put this mixture into a large mixing bowl and fold in the shrimp.

Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Serve with thin twisted lemon slices and veggies.

 

LOVING YOURSELF AND OTHERS….

Posted by Caroline

I have this book a long time and I thought this is something we all can do to open our own eyes….this is from the book EMPOWERING WOMEN by Louise L. Hay

Reflections on Your Journey:The beautiful Maldives

General Guidelines:

One of the first and most important exercises is to find out WHAT you believe. Put several full sheets of paper in your notebook, and label each one at the top:

WHAT I BELIEVE ABOUT…..

-Men  – Women  –  Myself  – Relationships  –  Commitment  –  Marriage   – Family

-Children  – Work  –  Money  – Prosperity  –  Investments  – Health  – Aging   – Death

These beliefs are the internal, subconscious rules you live your life by. You cannot make positive changes in your life until you can recognize the negative beliefs you hold.

When all of the lists are more or less completed, read them over.  Mark with a star each belief that is nourishing and supportive of you. These beliefs are the ones you want to keep and reinforce.

Mark with a check each belief that is negative and detrimental to your goals. These are the beliefs that have been holding you back from being all that you can be. These are the beliefs you want to erase and reprogram.