It is often said that you teach what you need to learn.
Those of you who see me on a regular basis have at some point had me point out to you that you did not speak up about something in your life. This topic is important to me because of what I have learned in my life and what I see in the world today.
I grew up as an extremely shy child. I never said anything in class, never raised my hand to ask or answer a question and was terrified to do public speaking. This failure to speak up, say what I was thinking or even to help and defend others when I felt I wanted to, lead me to have an autoimmune disease that attacks my thyroid. After working through the physical, emotional and mental patterns associated with the disease, I have gained more insight on how my body reacts when I don’t say my truth.
When I work with people, I can pick up in their spine where they are holding back. Your body and spine not only gives you signals about what it’s saying i.e. I’m in pain, I’m stressed, I’m experiencing anger, frustration, sadness, etc. but how you are living your life.
I am passionate about your voice. You are unique in this world. No one alive has had the same experiences, life, family, etc that you have had and so you have something to contribute. You have a viewpoint, skill set, talents, gifts that are different from all others and that needs to be shown in this world.
This world needs more people who are strong, who are confident, who will stand for others, who are creative, who have meaningful things to say. Look around. This world needs you. I am passionate about helping you find your voice as I continue to grow mine. Thank you for the opportunity.
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My friends have been raving about their crockpots and so I decided that I would see what all the fuss was about. What interested me the most was that I could throw all my ingredients into something that would do the cooking for me all day and have a meal all ready by the time I got home.
For my first experiment, I made Vegan Lentil Potato Chili.
This makes 8 servings and takes about 15 minutes to prep. It took me about 25 minutes to prep as I am slow at cutting veggies.
I set it on low for 8 hours.
In my crockpot, I combined all the ingredients and stirred to combine.
I covered and cooked on low for 8 hours (until the potatoes are tender).
I served with avocado.
Verdict? Not bad for a first try. Do you have a favourite recipe? Post below for others to enjoy.
Do you ever get stressed wondering what you are going to cook for dinner? If you’re like me, when I get home at the end of the day, I’m tired and hungry and I can’t wait to eat. I rush through my prep so that I can get to the eating of food as fast as possible.
I was sick and tired of this weekly cycle of prepping and making food ….so I decided to change the way I think and feel about my food.
Let’s take a look at what it actually takes to get my food on the table.
Imagine a dinner of brown rice, veggies and chicken. We will look at the rice portion. What has been sacrificed in order for me to have this rice? Rice is grown in fields in China and people work long days to harvest the rice. The rice is then transported to Canada and sold in stores where I have been fortunate enough to drive to and then had the means to buy it. When we look at all the components to get rice to my table, I become grateful.
When I eat the rice, I take a look at what it does for my body and for my family. The food helps to nourish my cells, organs and tissues and give me energy to get through my day. It also feeds my family so they become strong and healthy.
When I have gratitude for my food, I become grateful to the process of preparing food. Instead of looking at preparing food as a chore, think of it as an act of love for yourself and your family. The more you add the ingredient of love into what you do, the more you change and the more your family changes.
Try taking the time to be grateful for the different aspects of your food. See what effect it has on your and also, how it tastes differently.
Leave a comment below to let me know your experience.
"Your days are your life in miniature. As you live your hours, so you create your years. As you live your days, so you craft your life. What you do today is actually creating your future. The words you speak, the thoughts you think, the food you eat and the actions you take are defining your destiny — shaping who you are becoming and what your life will stand for. Small choices lead to giant consequences over time. There’s no such thing as an unimportant day.” - Robin Sharma
Every month, I take time to reflect back on the previous month and check in with my yearly goals. This allows me to see what I’ve accomplished throughout the year and what I have left to do next year.
Some of the questions I ask myself are:
After I complete these questions, I take a look at different areas of my life and decide where I want to focus on.
Here are a few areas:
Once I have my focus, I break them down into weekly goals and sometimes daily goals.
So, what were your goals for 2017? How are you monitoring them? How will you make this year epic and unforgettable?
Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.