2 Things To Do Instead Of Working Out

By Elsie Goycoolea

“Do what you love and you will not work a single day in your life.”

I agree. However, it isn’t that easy to stumble upon a job that you will gladly enjoy spending 40 hours of your week doing.

Most of the time, work is a necessity and a means to an end. Some jobs are only temporary until we are ready enough to take the jump across the pond or are surprised by the opportunity of our dreams.

Until those dreams come, work is work – for most of us. So why would we want to add more work (in the form of a workout) to our schedules?

Working out should be a time where stress and tension can be released. An hour where the mind and body are engaged and bad thoughts are replaced by tingling sensations and feelings of power. The endorphins at the end of a workout are cherished by many of us and keep us addicted for life.

However, the truth is that working out has now become a daily commitment to spend 1 or 2 hours each day following a specific routine of home workouts or gym exercises with little or no variation. In theory it sounds like work, right?

At our “real” job we usually work on projects, cover incidents, meet up with clients, send some emails, have meetings, etc. In theory it sounds like a workout, right?

It is not surprising that nowadays, “real” work and working out are not that different. These are two places that we will most likely visit each day, know the people that visit them and engage in similar tasks on a constant basis.

Working out has become the new job. When a work shift is more engaging, appealing, and amusing that workout time, then it is time to ditch our workouts and do this instead:

1. Play Sports

Sports are hobbies that we choose to do during our free time as they genuinely respond to our individual interests. Besides from professional athletes, sports are never work. In fact, we “play” sports.

During our childhood, we freely responded to our interests by engaging in the sports that we truly enjoyed. Whether that was track, basketball or even rollerblading, they hold pleasant feelings in our memory because they were de-stressors from studies and work.

2. Move Mindfully and Naturally

Sitting at work, sitting on a plane and even standing for 6 hours leave us sluggish and occasionally sore. In order to keep moving, we must keep moving. Our bodies have a physiological need to move. If we need it and our body asks for it then it shouldn’t be work.

Our bodies tell us how to move, they can speak if we listen. It is as easy as responding by what feels right. Perhaps it is a solo dance session what feels right. The weights or the treadmill will be there tomorrow.

There is no need to work out. We don’t have to say it or do it. We have enough work going on to sign up for another commitment. Instead, let’s play more and move more.

In theory, that sounds like fun, right?

Spiritual Ascension In A Toxic World

Spiritually, everyone wants to ascend to the highest level. In order to get there, we have to recognize the blockages that hold us back and know how to stay healthy in our increasingly toxic environment. Neither are easy to accomplish, but with the proper tools and guidance you can carve a path to spiritual ascension.

The primary factor that prevents us from attaining spiritual growth is ourselves. We can be greatly hindered by our ego-based, habit way of being along with the density from negative thoughts, emotions, and patterns. Unresolved emotional density in the cells of our body and in our subconscious prevents lighter energies (love, light, peace, and joy) from being an ongoing part of our existence. Yet, to achieve full spiritual growth and to attain ascension, we have to become one with the higher vibrating energies of love, peace, joy, and light.

To achieve a higher vibratory state, intimate inner-work must happen to locate and transmute the hindering habits, patterns, and density. Assistance from a professional healing facilitator is highly recommended. There is absolutely no way to ascend to your full spiritual potential without this important work.

One of my spiritual healing partners, St Germain, says that ‘spiritual ascension requires an ongoing commitment to transmute our own buried, unresolved density from this and other lifetimes’. Not only is this the path to spiritual ascension, but it is the path of spectacular health and anti-aging benefits. In my own life, I used this process to heal my diagnosis of breast cancer without medical intervention, and have helped many others overcome their health issues.

Committing to an ongoing practice of transmuting your density, including mastering your thoughts and emotions, is needed for spiritual ascension. It is a conscious choice that requires commitment. However, even when we are fully committed to embracing higher vibrating energies there can be limiting forces inhibiting our path. The biggest limitation is our toxic environment; the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the liquids we drink. These toxins can affect our ability to keep ourselves within the higher vibrational energies.

How can we combat a toxic environment and prevent it from interfering with our ascension?

As we experience higher vibrations, foods that have long been a part of our diet may begin to affect us differently. A newfound intolerance for gluten or wheat and an increased inability to process sugar are common for those on this path. It is hard for higher vibrating energies to co-exist with the heaviness and agitation of these foods, so it is best to eliminate them from our diets.

The same is true of lower vibrating acidic foods, like meat and dairy. To assist with holding onto higher vibrations and to maintain our health – focus on eating vegetables, seeds, nuts, fruits, and healthy grains (quinoa, millet, and brown rice). Add trace minerals and foods that are high in electrolytes like coconut water to further boost our vibratory state. All of these foods encourage both spiritual and physical health.

We can further support our ascension by eating seaweed and miso. Varieties of seaweed, including kelp and spirulina, as well as miso help counteract and release toxins like radiation.

Consciously hold onto or become the energies of love, peace, and joy to powerfully combat environmental toxins. Serious environmental toxins, like radiation, nuclear fall-out, and food contamination, can be more easily addressed when we are holding onto a higher frequency. The vibration of love is the highest energy frequency and has the ability to offset the vibration of nearly anything else. It takes commitment, practice, and mastery to hold onto and become the energy of love each day – but it brings amazing health benefits including a sense of peace and balance.

Spiritual ascension is achieved when we eliminate and transform the toxins inside of us (our thoughts and emotions) and the toxins from our environment (food, water, and air). Consciously replacing them with higher vibrating thoughts, emotions, food, and water maintains the desired vibratory level each and every day – propelling you towards maximum spiritual growth.

5 Foods Needed To Balance Your Hormones

By Dr. Katie Corazzo

Did you know that your diet can impact your hormones?! And I am not just talking about hormones like estrogen and testosterone, this includes thyroid and adrenal hormones too. The thyroid produces T3 and T4 to help regulate your metabolism. The adrenals are responsible for dealing with stress (cortisol) and blood pressure (aldosterone), but they also produce progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, and estrogen. A poor diet, stress, lack of sleep and a sedentary lifestyle can cause your endocrine system to be off balance.

Why do I feel…?

Tired and unmotivated?  Easily overwhelmed? Sleepy after lunch? Very sensitive to cold or hot? Dizzy when going from sitting to standing? Stressed? (doesn’t everyone?!) Insomnia or un-refreshing sleep? Like you can’t kick your carb cravingsExcess hair falling out?

Do you ever notice…

Weight gain around your abdomen? Heavy or painful menses? PMS? Irregular cycle? Hot flashes?

If you answered “yes” to 3 or more of the items listed, your hormones could use a nutritional boost!

Here is the list of foods that help support your ovaries, adrenals, and thyroid.

1. Broccoli and its cruciferous cousins!

Your liver is the powerhouse behind all hormones, working behind the scenes to allow your hormones to express themselves when needed. Your liver also has to power through junk like sugar, processed foods, toxins, alcohol, excess fat, and even medications. Our liver needs all the help it can get and cruciferous veggies, also known as Brassica, are just the answer.

Broccoli and its other green friends contain sulphur compounds that support the detoxification pathways and fat metabolism. Glucosinolates which are metabolized to form indole-3-carbinol or I3C and DIM in theses green veggies may help also prevent cancers like breast, cervical, colon, and prostate. But, not only are your liver and endocrine systems supported by these veggies, your bones benefit from the calcium and they lower homocysteine levels to protect your heart. Wow! So, which veggies do you need to include in your diet? Swiss chard, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, watercress, radish, rapini, arugula, spinach, turnip, kale, and bok choy.

Tip: Cook them to destroy goitrogenic effects that can slow down an already sluggish thyroid. See this veggie recipe and this one too.

2. Seaweed!

I am not talking about the seaweed from your favorite lake. This is seaweed from the ocean that you might find wrapped around your favorite sushi roll, seaweed salad at a Japanese restaurant or in one of my favorite snacks – roasted seaweed.

Thyroid hormones production requires iodine and seaweed is very high in iodine. A deficiency can cause thyroid problems, goiter, and stunted growth in children.

Tip: Iodized salt and fish also contain iodine. Do not take an iodine supplement without checking with your doctor first.

3. Brazil Nuts!

Brazil nuts are loaded with selenium. 6-8 brazil nuts (1 oz) provide 10x the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults. Wow! But, why is selenium so important?

Remember our friend iodine from #2? Selenium helps attach iodine to the thyroid hormones. The thyroid has the highest concentration of Selenium in all the organs in the body. Selenium also protects the thyroid and aids in thyroid hormone metabolism. Anti-body (anti-TPO) levels in those with Hashimoto’s disease have been improved with Selenium supplementation as well.

Tip: You can also find our friend and antioxidant, Vitamin E in brazil nuts. 4 nuts per day is plenty.

4. Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruit!

Stress on your body triggers the adrenals to produce more cortisol. This is caused by emotional (work, relationships, worry, anxiety, etc) or physical stress (illness, injury, exercise), lack of sleep, caffeine, and alcohol.

When there is excess or chronic stress, cortisol and sex hormones (estrogen, testosterone, progesterone) become imbalanced. Adrenal hormone imbalances can also contribute to weight gain, osteoporosis, weakness, weakened immune function, and irregular menses.

So, why citrus fruits? The adrenal glands and brain have more vitamin C than any other tissue in the body. During stress more vitamin C is used or lost. See the correlation between stress – lower vitamin C – greater susceptibility to infections? Citrus fruits, especially oranges are known for their high concentration of vitamin C.

Tip: eat the whole fruit including the skin (not the peel, but the fibers around the pulp) to gain the most nutrients and fiber from your fruit.


5. More protein and less sugar!

The adrenal glands help with blood sugar regulation. When your body is stressed it makes more glucose (sugar) to give your body the energy it needs to cope with the stress. Because you already have enough glucose, you do not need to consume more, but need protein for energy. In fact, consuming too much sugar during times of stress puts even more stress on your adrenals, not to mention the rest of your body. Think about it…excess stress –> poor dietary habits and more sugar –> weight gain –> more stress. Stop the cycle by cutting out the sugar and increasing your protein intake.

Tip: Protein includes animal protein, but also beans, lentils, veggies like spinach, nuts, and seeds.

The Science Behind Consciously Controlling Your Immune System: The Mind-Body Connection

Do you feel powerless when it comes to your health? Sure, you can eat right and exercise, but is that really enough? Is there something more that you can do to control your body? According to this article, there is. For more information, click on the link to read the full article.