New Year Resolutions Don’t Work – Here’s Why

Do you set New Year Resolutions? Many of us set them based on something we don’t want in our life. Maybe you don’t want those extra pounds or don’t want to smoke or don’t want sugar cravings. It is only natural for us to want to fight against what is not working in our life. Yet, fighting against it does not lead to lasting change. I believe we need to love change into existence. That means finding the gift in what you have right now !!

Maybe you want to lose a few pounds, but what about your body do you appreciate right now? How could being “lighter”  bring more joy in to your life?

I learned some really amazing  lessons from the wonderful Louise Hay about creating change based on love. I hope these affirmations help you bring more joy and love and peace into your life.

“Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives.” – Louise Hay

“Every thought we think is creating our future. ” ~ Louise Hay

“Love is always the answer to healing of any sort.” ~ Louise Hay

“No matter where we live on the planet or how difficult our situation seems to be, we have the ability to overcome and transcend our circumstances.” ~ Louise Hay

“Be willing to take the first step, no matter how small it is. Concentrate on the fact that you are willing to learn. Absolute miracles will happen.” ~ Louise Hay

“I will not be distracted by noise, chatter, or setbacks. Patience, commitment, grace, and purpose will guide me.” ― Louise L. Hay

My very favorite one is …..

“When we expand our thinking and beliefs our love flows freely. When we contract we shut ourselves off. Can you remember the last time when you were in love? Your heart went ahhh!! It was such a wonderful feeling. It is the same with loving yourself except that you will never leave once you have your love for yourself.It’s with you for the rest of your life, so you want to make it the best relationship that you can have.” ~ Louise Hay

In my coaching work I focus on Asset-Based Change (I call it the ABC’s of lifestyle shifts). We find your strengths and build on those and begin the process of the lasting change you desire. CLICK HERE to learn about my one-on-one coaching.

Mind and Modernity

An article in the Los Angeles Times today really got my attention. I am a supporter of “Lifestyle Medicine” and I saw this article that discussed how air pollution, Western Diet and digital screens may influence how are brains work. Do you think? To me, that is obvious. It seems researchers are exploring how all kinds of 21st century conveniences are changing the way our brains work. For better and for worse.

Environmental pollutants — such as car emissions, as well as pesticides among people in farming communities — could also be affecting brain health, some studies suggest. But researchers’ understanding of how they do so, and how significant the effects, is incomplete.  Exposure builds up over decades, these pollutants might contribute to cognitive decline as more and more of us live longer.

What I do know is that STRESS is one of the biggest ways we can damage our brain and risk early cognitive decline. The stress hormone, cortisol, tends to suppress the brain’s ability to engage in systematic thought.

Acid Blocking Drugs and Your Brain

The Microbiome Summit this week has been full of amazing cutting edge information. One message that I want to share and have you spread the message is about the use of the common acid blocking drugs (often used for reflux).

Dr David Perlmutter presented on “Healthy Messages from Body to Brain. Dr Perlmutter  is  a board certified neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is a four-time New York Times bestselling author with his book published in twenty-nine languages. Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, has over one million copies in print.

His most recent book, Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life, is also a New York Times bestseller.

The information I want to share with you is so important to share and it comes direct from his lecture.

“An article in The Journal of American Medical Association Neurology,  demonstrated that people who chronically take these very common acid blocking drugs, over the counter or as a prescription, are associated with a 40% increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Stomach acid activates digestive enzymes and allows us to absorb Vitamin B12. The acid produced in the stomach sets the right level of pH for the entirety of the digestive system, home to over 100 trillion organisms.

These risks may be increased because of changes in the gut bacteria that happen when acid levels are reduced. So once again, threatening the microbiome may well pave the way for health consequences.

Another study he quoted was from Stanford researchers who called attention to the significant increase (16-21% higher) in risk for heart attack in users of protein pump inhibitors.

He tells us that there are times when these drugs are necessary. There are some medical conditions in which there truly is an increased production of stomach acid, and there are conditions, like Barret’s esophagus and ulcer disease, in which reducing the production of stomach acid is worthwhile.

Read more at Dr Perlmutter’s web site and consult your own doctor. I am simply sharing information.

Dr Permutter has great information on his website at
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