Wednesday, September 17, 2014

do what you can, with what you have now =)

many of us fall into this 'ideal plan' mindset, and that's when we let perfect become the enemy of good.
in many areas of our life, we give excuses/ reasons as to why we can't accomplish something.
what we need to change is not the situation, but actually our mindset.
take for example, a healthy lifestyle.
some people don't work out because they say they have 'no time', 'no money to join a gym', 'too tired' etc.... yes these are all legitimate reasons but instead of giving up and resigning to fate, settling and letting things be, what can you do NOW, within your capability to CHANGE or better your situation?
you could walk to your destination, take the stairs, carry your groceries... to increase your physical activity. you can be productive and effective at the same time! I understand not all people would have the luxury of time and money to join exercise classes in the gym, but when you don't give your power away to people or circumstances, you can make ANYTHING work for you! start small and slowly work your way up from there. you may not be able to run a marathon now, but you can jog a mile. you have to take the first step!
remember not to compare yourself to others who are at different points in their journey. they have a different race to run! keep your eyes focused on your own lane. work at bettering yourself, improving your life and do all things with joy and love!

about eating healthy or 'clean diets'... this is close to my heart as I have spent a good amount of time and frustration agonizing over what the perfect diet is. I even suffered from an eating disorder in attempt to 'lose weight'. It is easy nowadays to suffer from envy and a poor self image with the propagation of social media. Pictures of girls with enviable figures, fit, toned, with nary an ounce of fat on instagram; bloggers promoting a certain way of eating/ diet; glossy pages of magazines filled ' with ideas of how 'beautiful' , 'popular', 'accepted' should be. To be cool I would have to eat kale and sip on colorful smoothies and do yoga and have a physique not unlike Miranda Kerr's.

The point is, somewhere along the line, we have forgotten that the bottomline for a healthy diet is a healthy body! it is not a game of restriction or deprivation or about how 'good' you are. Ultimately, food is just fuel and you want to give your body a nice, balanced dose of nutrients so that it can function well ! seriously... its not so complicated. it doesn't mean you can NEVER eat chocolate or ice cream or meat again. It is all about moderation and control. You control your food choices, you don't let food control you. And life is not about food or diet, it is something that enables you to live your life! So, go live it! don't wait till you eat perfectly, go on the perfect diet( eg. paleo/ vegan/ 801010), attain your perfect weight before you start living. HELLO! Life is here and now! seize it before it passes you by. what can you do differently NOW to eat healthier? you don't have to go full out organic and spend all your savings on superfoods and spirulina and exotic berries. you can just start by including that fruit at breakfast and that salad at lunch. drink more water. swap that sugary soda for green tea. use less dressing/ gravy/ sauce. replace that chocolate candy bar with a protein bar. small changes and small wins set you up for major life changes! it is all about being consistent and putting in your best effort! =)

Friday, August 1, 2014

tips for looking and feeling great!

1. start every day with 15 mins of yoga

2. drink 8 glasses of water everyday fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, chicken, fish and a little cheese, yogurt and olive oil and cut out ALL junk foods.

4.maintain good posture at all times

5.dont stress! breathe in stressful situations- take 10 long, deep breaths.

6.count your blessings! an attitude of gratitude is beautiful

7.clear out your clutter!

8.meditate daily(pray)- for calm peace, radiance and energy

9.sleep well!

10.laugh and smile always

11.keep making new goals- plan and achieve them!

12. have fresh flowers in your house

13. stop moaning or complaining

14. always keep interested in people, your hobbies, your work and your friends,

15.keep optimistic and always look for the good in everything lose weight- eat less, keep busy, keep out of the kitchen, eat slowly and never eat standing up or not plating your food yourself. none of us are perfect but it is vital to love yourself for what you are. you really are lovely :)

18. do something kind everyday

19. make a to do list everyday, prioritize and work through the list calmly and slowly.

20. keep a diary of all your good times.

21. love life in all its forms. love your family, friends, job, pet! just simply love life, it is great to be alive in this fascinating, wonderful world.

22. forgive everyone

23. trust GOD . He will lead and guide you

24. enjoy fresh air. take a nice, daily walk.

25. practice good dental hygiene! and get your teeth whitened.

26. get a good, easy to manage hairstyle.

27. dry skin brush everyday before your bath

28. treat yourself! put your feet up, give yourself a reward as soon as your achieve a goal-you deserve it!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

scars into stars

when feeling hopeless, in despair...
1. reach out
reach out to friends, family and people who love you. don't isolate yourself from the very people who can help and encourage you. GOD
decide to trust JESUS. feelings have nothing to do with the decision. you can make a move to reach up and out. its your choice.
when you choose to reach toward God, who wants the very best for you, either you or your circumstances (or both ) will change!

3.choose your thoughts
think on God's thoughts instead, because his plan is to see you through any hardship and give you a life of peace and joy.
you may not be able to see his plan right now, but don't give up! press on, push through! on the other side of your hopeless, discouraging thoughts is God, and he is waiting for you on the other side of your pain.

4.look up for the love and grace of God to help you
you may not feel God is listening at times, but he hears you! Lovingly, he is working out things for you benefit. the truth is: God hears and he heals. he will work things in His time. keep talking to him, keep believing and he will show you that he is an anchor to be trusted.

5.let God turn your scars into stars!
healing begins when self pity ends.
get the focus off yourself, take a step out of self pity!

6.allow God to turn your why into wow
the bible says no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what god has prepared for those who love him
let his great love erase all your whys
look what God can do when you simply put your trust in Him
God has more ahead for you if you would look and reach for it and be willing to live above the pit of self pity and despair. he will help you hear the truth and move forward instead of staying stuck in a pit of sadness and tears
the things we think might destroy us, the people who fail is, the relationships broken, instead can enlarge our hearts.

7.crawl out of the pit mentality
make a deliberate choice to stop and deal with negative thoughts.
say I CHOOSE NOT TO DWELL ON THAT THOUGHT even if everything in you wants to go there
it takes intentional choice and self control!

8.hope will replace your heartbreak and despair!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

seeing youself the right way

you can choose to believe negative words spoken by others about you, or you can choose to believe God and what is written in The Word.
  • you are a winner, not a loser
  • you are valuable, not worthless
  • you offer something unique and incredible to the world, you're not a good for nothing.
  • your life is worth living, richly, abundantly, without limits.
continue to walk forward , toward positive things for yourself and others and step into God's great plan for your life. God is greater than any relationship problems, a broken home, addictions, hopeless feelings and thoughts. God will get you out of dark places, out of the woods in life and help you see yourself as he sees you. =)

Ignore and tune out the voices of discouragement, negative and discouraging voices of others and disparaging thoughts planted by the devil. Follow what you hear God telling you. Listen to what he says you are and can do.
This takes determination.
it requires unwavering faith in what God says, not other people.
don't give up so easily.
don't give in to the words people speak over us
be determined to reach your destiny. no one has the power to keep you from what God has in store, unless you give that power to them.

stop saying negative things about yourself
remove the labels.
take the limits off of yourself

look for the positives in yourself and others! replace negative thoughts/words with positive ones
love God, love yourself and love others!
until we learn to love and value ourselves as God does, we cant truly love others. as we begin to see the value that God places on us , then we begin to see the value of other people too. when we recognize what god has done for each of us, we will be less critical and judgemental and more merciful and loving. God created each of us, and who are we to criticize or judge what he has made and declares his workmanship, a masterpiece?

listen to what you say about yourself

negative words and thinking will push you down into a spiral of darkness. the more negative things you say about yourself , the more you draw attention to your weaknesses. each of us has flaws but we must learn to focus on our strengths
don't talk about your weaknesses, inabilities and insecurities. speak only POSITIVE things. the bible says let the weak say I am strong! that means don't say what you feel and see on your own. instead, say what God says about you
negative thoughts and words are TRAPS!
you encourage or discourage yourself by what you say. you can raise or lower your self esteem by your words. so, be mindful of what you are saying to yourself.

Don't compare yourself to other people
don't wish to be/look like others!
if God wanted you to be someone else, he would have made you like they are. instead he made you, you! unique! special!

instead of wishing to be like others, appreciate those strengths in them and recognize that you have different strengths. I have a different personality/life/talents and I am going to be who God created me to be!

the most powerful you is the real you! be genuine, authentic and true to who God created you to be!

recognize your own special qualities and gifts!

wear the right labels!


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

you are made for more!


God says- you have more in you than you realize. you are made to win, not to be defeated.
what you are going through and dealing with is temporary and subject to change. But one thing will never change and that is my word and my promises, which are eternal.

There is a way through the heartbreak, financial trouble, illness that you may have now.
There is a way to overcome the disappointment you have, the hurt caused by people.
God promises to help you jump the hurdles but let us keep our confidence in him, persevere and do his will

always keep your confidence in GOD! life will try to steal your confidence in God. sometimes things happen, problems occur, issues arise, dreams die.
but, HANG ON!
God has a plan. he ALWAYS has something better! there are no setbacks in life only set-ups for God to work in our lives! he takes our messes and creates a masterpiece. he takes our scars and makes them stars. he takes the pieces of our lives and creates something amazing and glorifying to his name!
BELIEVE IN GOD AND RECEIVE the miracle that you need!

CHOOSE faith in His power! The promise of God is the ability to win!
when you dont know what to do, keep your eyes on the one who does!

PERSEVERE IN FAITH! In the midst of adversity, is when you need to persevere. Dont give up, dont
get discouraged! right now you need to remain faithful, steadfast and consistent! Persistent faith, prayers, and gratitude prepare you for God's promises. He makes everything beautiful and perfect IN HIS TIME. It is through faith and patience we inherit those promises.

WAIT patiently for God's timing.To receive the promise, practice patience; endure; persist and be relentless!
refuse to believe deflating and discouraging thoughts and believe THE TRUTH. PROCLAIM THESE PROMISES and RENEW your mind daily! make the decision to arise and ARISE AGAIN!

While praying or waiting or in the midst of a trial, its easy to fall into a trap of of discouragement or hopelessness but thats not God's will for you !HE has MORE in store for every day of life hes given you!

always be joyful, keep on praying. no matter what happens always be thankful, for this is GOD'S WILL for you

when you are at your wits' end and dont know what to do... simple acts of faithful obedience make all the difference in the world.

  • keeping a positive attitude of faith and expectancy
  • being grateful for what you have
  • going to church
  • surrounding yourself with godly friends
  • spending time with God everyday
  • speaking faith filled words over your life and destiny
  • holding your peace and knowing that God fights your battles for you
  • being still and knowing that he is GOD

be blessed !
madeleine xx

Friday, June 6, 2014

The 24 hour kick start

The 24 hour plan to combat aging !
I got these tips from the book " stop aging, start living" by Jeannette Graf.
I hope you will find these tips useful and incorporate some into your daily life! =)
to beautiful skin, for now, forever!

Upon waking
  • Morning skincare regime-cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream and sunblock
  • bodycare-mositurizer
  • test your saliva pH
  • 5 minutes of deep breathing
  • supplements including probiotics, liver tonic, spirulina, minerals
  • drink alkanizing cocktail (greens powder in fruit juice)
  • 16oz water with lemon
  • ABC juice
  • fruit
  • organic tea or coffee
  • 16oz water with lemon
breakfast options
  1. veggie omelette
  2. yogurt with fruit and granola
  3. cottage cheese with fruit, nuts and cinnamon
  4. smoothie with banana and coconut / mango and yogurt
  5. whole grain bread with hard boiled egg, tomato, cheese or avocado
  6. Protein/homemade pancakes, muffins
  7. oatmeal with raisins, flaxseed, banana
  8. whole-grain waffles with fruit and maple syrup
Morning workout
  • walk
  • yoga
  • juice
  • fruit
  • huge salad (assorted cooked and raw veggies)
  • 1/3 cup amonds and seeds
  • dressing-lemon juice, evoo, seasalt
Lunch options
  1. soup with wholegrain roll
  2. salmon/tuna/chicken/tofu salad
  3. tuna/chicken/turkey sandwich/wrap
  4. Japanese lunch: edamame, sushi rolls, miso soup
  5. yong tau foo soup

Afternoon relaxation
  • breathing, bodyscan
  • talk to a funny friend
  • rewarding luxury: massage, pedicure, wrap etc
  • alkanizing cocktail
  • raw veggies
  • fruit
  • 16oz water
  • raw and cooked veggies
  • 1/2 avocado

Dinner options
  1. Shrimp, bok choy and veggies over brown rice
  2. salmon,fish with veggies
  3. wholegrain pasta
  4. grilled chicken breast with sweet potato and broccoli

evening relaxation
  • sea salt scrub/glow
  • foot soak/ scrub
  • music
  • singing happy songs
  • dance
  • play an instrument
  • prayer
  • reading a good book
  • deep breathing
  • watch a funny movie
  • cuddle a loved one, pet
  • play a fun, interactive game
  • herbal tea
Night skincare regime
  • cleanser
  • retinol serum
  • eye cream
  • collagen cream/ moisturizer
  • bodyscan, progressive muscle relaxation
  • sleep for 9 hours

  1. Test saliva pH
  2. morning skincare routine
  3. alkanizing cocktail
  4. probiotic supplement
  5. mineral supplement
  6. water (4liters daily )
  7. fun activity (1-2 times a week)
  8. exercise (4 times a week)
  9. deep breathing (5 mins, twice a day)
  10. laughter
  11. relaxation (10 mins, twice a day)
  12. evening skincare routine
  13. dark leafy veggies and organic veggies (3 cups)
  14. fruits (2 servings)

with much love

Thursday, June 5, 2014

book review: THE MELT METHOD


a book about solving chronic pain

Pain and discomfort are your body's way of trying to get your attention so you will take care of something. You dont have to accept pain as a normal part of aging or active living.
understanding the true reason for your pain will profoundly affect your ability to resolve your symptoms and live pain free.

Real cause of chronic pain is repetitive movements and postures.
Our connective tissue (fascia) is the component in our bodies that keeps us stable. It provides the body its architectural stability. It creates a flexible framework that compartmentalizes, separates and connects everything in the body. This tissue is constantly morphing and adapting to your movements and positions to support your joints, bones and organs.

the repetition of daily living causes connective tissue to become dehydrated. Dehydration makes connective tissue less responsive, supportive and adaptable, which causes strain in the muscles and compression in the joints. Both inactivity(sitting around for a long time) and (strenuous/intensive/prolonged) activity is dehydrating to the body.
Connective tissue dehydration is the underlying cause of strain and pain in the body and a catalyst for pre-pain symptoms (indigestion, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, mood swings, weight gain, bloatedness)
To rehydrate the fascia, we need to get fluid moving to and in the tissues and restore its fluid state and rebalance the nervous system. ( there is an intricate connection and interdependent relationship between the connective tissue and the autonomic nervous system)

Your body's connective tissue is like a sponge, when its hydrated it's buoyant and adaptable; when its dehydrated its stiff and inflexible.
Chronic cellular dehydation and stagnant, murky surrounding fluids leads to toxicity.
we need to stimulate the connective tissue(by specific manual techniques) so that the connective tissue absorb and use the water you drink to produce connective tissue fluid. The new fluid moving i the connective tissue system stimulates all cells of the body to take in the fresh fluid, which extends the life of these cells.

Dehydration of the connective tissue is caused by repetitive stress and strain of daily living,medication, environmental toxins, poor diet and sleep habits.
Chronic tissue dehydration triggers a protective response in cells. your cells form a seal around themselves to try to preserve the fluid inside when the fluid environment outside is stagnant or lacking. This also meas that essential nutrients, minerals and fluids are blocked from getting into the cell. Without these necessary cellular building blocks, hormone and enzyme production, cell to cell communication and metabolism are all hindered, and this leads to bone and muscle loss, increased fat storage, and premature cell death, all of which accelerate the aging process.
Just as pain acts as a signal that connective tissue dehydration is putting stress on the muscles, joints and nerves, when your organs and cells lack adequate hydration, they send signals of distress. Symptoms like headaches, sugar cravings, poor sleep,irritability, digestive discomfort, low energy-could be a sign that the connective tissue needs your attention!

Accumulation of stuck stress in the neurofascial system caused by repetitive postures and movements, anxiety, poor sleep, diet, sedentary lifestyle ,life circumstances, trauma, aging, pregnancy, surgery. with the accumulation of stuck stress the neurofascial system gets knocked out of the efficiency zone, and the body becomes inefficient (symptoms)

4 systemic effects of accumulation of stuck stress in the neurofascial system
connective tissue dehydration
compression (loss of joint space in the neck or lower back) and misalignment of the masses(joints, muscles)
neurocore imbalance
faulty body sense

Reconnect:heighten body sense and mind body connection which is a VITAL component of your body's daily repair and healing function.
Rebalance:address neurocore stabilizing mechanisms to improve the whole body balance, grounding and organ support.
Rehydrate: restore the fluid state of the connective tissue system and improves the environment for all your joints, muscles, organs, bones, cells and tensional integrity of the body. This decreases inflammation in the joints and improve the fluid and nutreint absorption of every cell.
Release: decompress your neck, lower back, joints of the spine, hands and feet. Regaining and maintaing the space in the joints will keep you youthful, mobile and pain free.

Assessment of the body's alignment of masses and spaces in rest(mainly), standing positions using mind-body scan.
The rest assess provides the opportunity to check in and evaluate your current body position in relationship to ideal alignment using the masses and spaces. it lets you reconnect with where your body is imbalanced or not properly aligned. your body wants to be balanced and efficient. this desire is innate within all of us. when you use your body sense to identify that you have misalignments and imbalances, your autopilot pauses and gets a message to tune in and connect. it becomes aware of the ways in which it is chronically compensating in its perpetual attempt to regulate balance in your body.

body scan at rest
Head-notice where the back of your head is touching the floor
neck-notice the space of your neck
upper back-shoulder blades are evenly weighted to the ground
rib cage-ribs are weighted all the way down to the belly button
low back-notice the space of the low back, or lumbar curve. when the low back has a lot of compression, the autopilot will transition a low back curve into a long shallow mid back curve.
ideal alignment: there is a small distinctive space between the bottom of the ribs and the top of the pelvis. the peak of the curve is below the belly button.
pelvis-equal weighting on both sides, feel like you are on 2 butt cheeks rather than on the tailbone.
gluteal fold-sense a little pocket of space right below the pelvis just before the legs
thighs-both thighs equal and weighted on the floor
knees- both knees lift evenly off the floor
heels-resting on the outer third of your heels, toes are pointing where the walls meet the ceiling be continued!
hope this was helpful! =)
have a great day
xx madeleine