First Meal

Most people equate first meal with breakfast. Breaking the fast of sleeping eight to ten hours. I’ve never been one for eating first thing in the morning and now that I am implementing an 18 hour intermittent fasting plan into my lifestyle breaking my fast later in my day makes sense for me.

What you eat for your first meal will create the kind of day you will have. Since being on a sometimes raw vegan high fat (keto) plan to having a cooked first meal of flax seeds, essential mix, protein bowl, I’m creating the desired impact for my day.

Think about it for a moment

What’s in your first meal/breakfast? Sugary cereal (insulin rush and cravings for more) , a venti vanilla latte (insulin overload and belly fat ignition), a plain coffee with butter or coconut oil (pure acid), or how about that bottle of cola (rust remover and weapon of mass destruction). These are all acidic and will shave years off your life.

Having a first meal that’s alkaline and filled with nutritional ingredients helps your cells create energy by giving them what they desire most. Be good to your cells and your cells will be good to you.

You don’t always have to have a smoothie for your first meal, but with the limitless combinations of veggies and fruits you’ll never run out of ideas. You can have a nice warming porridge as your first meal that’s vegan, plant based, high fat (keto), grain free, and good protein.

Creamy Raspberry Protein Porridge

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 Tablespoons ground golden flax
  • 2 Tablespoons vegan protein powder (Warrior Blend by Sunwarrior is my favorite)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons almond or alternative milk (Ripple is my favorite)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup frozen berries of choice
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened sunflower butter (my favorite is Once Again)

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, whisk together the first five ingredients, making sure there are no hard lumps.
  2. Add the 1 cup of milk.
  3. Turn burner on medium low.
  4. Stir till thickened about 5 – 8 minutes, depending on desired constancy (I like mine a little runny because out will thicken up as it cools).
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add in the berries, stevia, sunflower butter, coconut, and the 2 Tablespoons of milk.
  • Enjoy!

    Happy First Meal whatever time you have it!

    Nutrition Facts per serving

    Calories: 226

    Fat: 14.4 grams

    Total Carbs: 12.8 grams

    Fiber: 9.1 grams

    Net Carbs: 3.7 grams

    Protein: 15.45 grams

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    Sleeping Like a Baby…Staircase Wit

    I was having a conversation with a friend the other day when they said they were sleeping like a baby because they happen to be taking a new supplement before bed. I didn’t have any words to say except nod in agreement that the supplement helps you sleep. At home I thought about that conversation and about how my sons slept when they were babies. I should have asked, “Did you wake up crying every two hours because your diaper was wet, you lost your pacifier, or just needed to be soothed? That’s what is called “staircase wit” otherwise known as espirit de l’escalier.

     

    It reminded me of the scene in You’ve Got Mail (my favorite pick-me-up movie) where Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are sitting in the coffee house and she’s waiting for NYC152 to show up. He never shows and Tom Hanks’s character then sends her a message about giving her his ability for zingers because she couldn’t think of what to say until she was at home.

     

    Espirit de l’escalier

     

    Staircase Wit

    Does this ever happen to you?

    Laughter

    I remember when my mom would try to tell a joke but she always messed it up beyond recognition. We all laughed anyways. There’s actually a word for this thing of laughter

    Jayus an Indonesian word that means an unfunny joke told poorly that you can’t help but laugh.

    Laughter regulates gene expression.

    Laughter is good medicine.

    Some of my favorite laughter kindling

    The elephant story by Tim Conway

    The Dentist with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway

    Uber with Sebastian Maniscalco

    Menopause with Jeff Allen

    Laugh your way to good health

    I’m Sorry

    Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian word representing the mantra “I’m sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You, I Love You. I find it’s easier to say these words to others, but to myself it’s extremely difficult. Maybe by practicing this we can obtain the health benefits that come from its practice of forgiveness and reconciliation.

    Ho’oponopono literally means ‘to put to right; to put in order or shape, correct, revise, adjust, amend, regulate, arrange, rectify, tidy up, make orderly, or neat.’ It’s a practice of reconciliation, forgiveness, and cleansing our minds of wrong thoughts.

    Wow, this sent my mind to my favorite childhood book, Peter Pan. This passage from J.M. Barrie in Peter Pan, “Mrs. Darling first heard of Peter when she was tidying up her children’s minds. It is the nightly custom of every good mother after her children are asleep to rummage in their minds and put things straight for the next morning, repacking into their proper places the many articles that have wandered during the day.”

    Tidying up our minds before we go to bed helps us fall asleep easier and stay asleep. It’s common knowledge now that letting go of what has happened during the day is the best way to lay our heads down and get a deep sleep.

    Putting things in their right place.

    Personal Experience

    From personal experience, I can tell you that I sleep better when can forgive others and myself instead of rehashing every word I spoke and overthinking every situation or decision I’ve made during the day. Plus, I feel better and more energetic when I let go of the reigns of holding on to everything. But I’m warning you now once you begin on this journey of ho’ponopono/forgiveness you’re going to have several questions arise when you do this…some of mine follow.

    Why am I sorry?

    What did I do to be sorry for?

    Do I need forgiveness?

    What did I do today where I need to be forgiven?

    Am I also grateful for this forgiveness?

    What is in the way of me loving myself?

    Asking myself these questions became a nightly ritual because they came up on their own as I laid down all the baggage of my day into my journal. Letting go and tidying up my mind turned into a lifelong component never really going away but always helping me to get to the bottom of my life. When I stripped away everything that was holding me down, and forgave myself for not being that perfect daughter, that perfect friend, or perfect wife and mom I was able to work with myself and create the person I wanted to be. Each day is a new day to go after that person.

    I’m sorry: Apologize for all the things you’ve done and words you’ve spoken that don’t go along with your vision.

    Please Forgive Me: Forgive yourself for not accomplishing perfection and any other thing you’ve thought that isn’t moving you toward your vision.

    Thank You: Being and living in gratitude helps you see all the blessings in your life and gives you a healing perspective.

    I Love You: Loving yourself where you are is the only way to move forward in your health and life journey. Loving yourself needs to come first before you can love anyone else.

    Be in Ho’oponopono on a daily basis. I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you will help you move forward on your health and live journey. Remember, it’s a daily task that takes us to our next word..

    Change Your Life in One Simple Step

    Can you change your life in one simple step? I think we can. It takes one simple step. It may be difficult at first, but each day as we cultivate this step into every aspect of our life it will get easier. What is that step?

    LAGOM

    This is probably why Sweden is listed as one of the happiest places on earth. They’re work-life is in balance. They also have a high standard of living. So what does this Lagom mean that it helps the Swedish people stay in balance?

     

    Lagom means “just the right amount!” Many people think it means in moderation but when you look up “in moderation” you find that it doesn’t mean the same thing. Merriam-Webster defines “in moderation” this way, “in a way that is reasonable and not excessive.”

    Lagom

    In my view “in moderation” does not even come close to lagom. Moderation is an area where we can get lost in relativity. For instance, is it fine to speed down the road 40 miles over the speed limit, if you don’t do it all the time and it’s just “in moderation?” Of course not. Can a person who is allergic or have food sensitivities eat them in moderation without a reaction? Probably, but it’s not advisable because you’ll end up getting sick.

    BALANCE

    Lagom’s translation of “just the right amount” makes more sense when we look at the word balance. Is your life in balance? Are you working just the right amount of hours? Are you sleeping just the right amount of hours that is optimal for your health? Are you in balance with your life?

    Let’s go back to Merriam Webster again. “In balance” means to bring into harmony or proportion. This definition makes me think of “just the right amount.” When our work life and family life is in harmony with each other we are working just the right amount of hours and spending just the right amount of time with our family.

    Lagom is a way of life for the Swedes. They apply it to frugality, stress reduction, striking a balance between work and play, environmental concerns, and sustainability. Swedes don’t obsess about things, especially happiness.

    While I was reading the book, Live Lagom: Balanced Living the Swedish Way by Anna Brones, I realized that living where I do we’re always looking for the next best thing, or trying obtain that newest piece of technology or material possession. The Swedish way is totally opposite from materialism and consumerism.

    HARMONY, BALANCE, LAGOM

    • When was the last time your life was in balance or harmony with your beliefs?
    • When was the last time your health was just right?
    • Do you work too much?
    • Stress too much?
    • Spend too much?
    • Sleep too much?
    • Sit too much?

    I asked my the questions above and found out some pretty interesting things about myself. I decided to take that simple step and move into lagom in all areas of my life. You know what happened. I changed my life in one simple step. You too can change your life in one simple step. Try to exercise lagom and see how your life changes.

    The Sisu Way to Success

    Sisu is a Finnish way to success in life, in love, and in every other area of your life. Sisu is really a word that can’t be translated into English, but many people have tried to translate it and relate it to our lives. The Sisu way to success includes guts, perseverance, will power, determination, and courage.

    When we break down this word, Sisu, it means inner or inside, which is probably where the relation of guts appears. The Finnish definition means inner strength. In her book, Sisu, The Finnish Art of Courage, Joanna Nylund explains that everyone has sisu. It’s deep within each of us just waiting to be reached.

    Sisu The Finnish Art of Courage

    Sisu characteristics

    Have any of these?

    • Stoic determination
    • Hardiness
    • Courage
    • Bravery
    • Willpower
    • Tenacity
    • Resilience
    • Beyond Perseverance

    These are action-oriented mindsets. Your example shows your Sisu.

    Sisu is alive among the Finnish people but how do others cultivate this determination to gain a more health filled life and live the Sisu life? It takes patience and the small goals and steps to become an example of Sisu.

    When you make the decision to cultivate these characteristics you’ll use Sisu as the basis of every part of your life and your life will change. You’ll be a participant in your health and your life.

    Starting Questions

    • Are you leading an active, healthy life?
    • Are you communicating with others in your life?
    • Are you raising your kids to have these traits?

    With Sisu, you can  use it’s leverage in the accomplishment of every goal you may have and inspire others to do the same. The Sisu way to success can very well be the end all for what ails us and helps us turn our wellness journey into a triumph.

     

     

    A Year of Words

    Read any good books lately? I love this question. It’s more interesting than “What are you binge watching lately?” It’s through these lovely creatures I call books that I learn new words, new methods, and even bring old methods back to life. Each day for this year I want to focus on these new words as they pertain to our health journey. A year of words…one word a day.

    The first word is Ikigai. It’s an Okinawan word pronounced “icky guy.” And it means “the reason you get up in the morning.” The first time I saw this word it was while I was reading the book The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha. Ikigai is the word used by Okinawan people in place of the word retirement, which does not exist in their language.

    It’s common knowledge now that people in Okinawa live longer than any other people on earth. It’s because they don’t retire. They keep working. They keep moving. They keep doing what they do. They have a purpose. They don’t save up their earnings to sit and wait for death. They keep doing. Okinawans have a reason to wake up in the morning. They have a purpose. It’s that thing they do that drives them!

    Some reasons to get up in the morning could be because you have little ones and they depend on you. Taking care of others is a high purpose. Throughout every stage of life our Ikigai will change. It might also change if we have a big goal we want to achieve.

    Pasricha’s book gives the instructions on how to make an Ikigai card. I’ve made this card but I’ve put 12 lines for each month to coincide with my goals for that month.

    Ikigai relates to health.

    Having a purpose or reason you get up in the morning is the best way to start your day. It helps your mind to engage and helps you focus on being healthy because you have a purpose in life. You know that opposite feeling if you’ve ever lost a job or gone through a difficult time in your life. You just want to wallow under the covers and not even peak your head out…this is the start of a deep depression.

    Ikigai helps you from falling into a depression, it gives you a cause or reason to be engaged in your life.

    Words are precious in life. Some words don’t mean what you think they do. Some words when translated from other languages have an entirely different meaning. Words can make us or break us. It’s up to us to choose our words wisely so we uplift each other and motivate each other to do better and be better. I hope this year of words uplifts, motivates, and change your life as they are changing mine.

    Do you have Ikigai?