Archive for October, 2012

Have a Fantastic Day!

  Have a safe and fun day with friends and family!

“My New Favorite Snack!”

In the past, I have struggled to find healthy snacks because I cannot consume  any products with any kind of nuts in them.  I have been searching hard for healthier snacks.  I started researching items and reviewing videos from my personal health Gurus. About 2 months ago, I saw a snack on the Dr. Oz show.  Dr. Oz said that this snack helps to reduce belly fat.  At first, I thought, “Yea right!”  Even though I was apprehensive about trying this product, I kept researching the product for myself.

A week after seeing the product on the Dr. Oz show I looked on-line for places to purchase the item. I noticed that 12 packs of the snack cost $52.00.  I thought to myself, “Well, with the price of gas being so high, this snack will have to wait until another time.”

Last week, while in Whole Foods I found this wonderful product.  It is a spirulina product.  Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is similar to seaweed (herbwisdom.com, 2012).  Spirulina is high in beta-carotene which is great for the eyes and it is also an anti-aging ingredient (herbwisdom.com, 2012).   Lastly, it is high in vitamins A, B, C, K and it is high in iron (herbwisdom.com, 2012).

I ate the healthy snack for an entire week and I felt great.  For me, I enjoyed the taste.  I liked that this product was a “live food” or “raw food” product.  I found out first hand why Dr. Oz said that this product will reduce belly fat.  I ate (about 10 chips per day) this product first thing in the morning and it gave me an exponential amount of energy and caused me to remove a lot of excess waste on a daily basis.  If you decide to purchase this item and eat it  while at work, please do your fellow employees a favor and flush while your release when in the restroom.  Please do not let the stinch of relieving your bowels fester in the restroom and force others to inhale your odors. Sorry, but I had to say that because not flushing as you release in the restroom, especially at work,  really bothers me.

Anyway,  this product is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!  It costs about $5.00 or $6.00 for a 3 oz bag, but I think that it is worth it.

References

Go Raw (2012). Spirulina Chips.  Retrieved from http://www.goraw.com/products/Spirulina_Super_Chips

herbwisdom.com (2010). Spirulina benefits and information. Retrieved from http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-spirulina.html

My Health Journey #11: The Non-Depravity Diet

(This is what I looked like before I started with my Trainer and started eating better.)

Well, I have lost 30 lbs since I officially re-began my journey on August 9, 2012.

In the past, I thought that the only way for me to lose weight was to join an established program and pay a lot of money. I relied on those programs (Lindora and Weight Watchers) to help MAKE me lose weight.  Unfortunately, I was not consciously learning what tools worked for me and why.  In hindsight, I realized that I was unconsciously learning the tools that I need to lose weight.  During these past 12 weeks, I have eaten what I wanted, but I would not allow myself to eat a large quantity.

I am calling this portion of my healthy eating journey the NON DEPRAVITY plan.  It’s my own personal plan because I know that I would be resentful of the weight-loss journey if I kept denying myself of something that my body told me that it was craving. In the past few weeks, if I wanted a cookie I would have one.  While eating the cookie, I was consciously thinking about what I liked about the cookie and why I wanted it.  Each time I ate cookies, I realized that they were too sweet, they lacked the correct flavor balance, they were too dry, etc.  Thinking about what I was eating really helped me.

I am the type of person who thinks about everything.  In the past, I would turn off my brain and not think when I ate, thus causing me to eat too much of the wrong foods.  This time, things were different. I was different! When I thought about what I was eating, I realized that the cookies were not satisfying to me. Then I logically deduced, if this cookie is not satisfying to me, then why am I eating it?  The next time, I had a desire for cookies, I was able to remind myself of how disappointed I was the last time that I ate the cookie.  Wow!  I did it and it was much easier than I thought.

So it’s true, I learned that if I change the way I think about the sugary foods that I used to like, then I can remove the desire to eat those foods.

My Health Journey #12: What Kind of Eater Do I Have To Be?

I have discovered during this particular weight-loss journey that I have to be a Cognitive Eater.  As a Type A personality, I am often engaged in rigorous intellectual projects.  I throw myself into projects and causes whole heartedly. I noticed when it is time to eat, I am usually in the midst of a project, studying, or working.  In the past, because I am not paying attention to what I was eating, I would make bad choices.

Since I have decided that I am going to eat right. My actions have moved into the direction of my thoughts, will, and emotions.

In short, I realized that even as I plan all other aspects of my life, I must plan my meals each day.  For me it really works!

 

My Health Journey #13: My Daily Food Plan (Monday Through Friday)

Breakfast

Oatmeal & Apples with Omega Fish Oil

10 Spirulina Chips

Morning Snack

2 oz yogurt with 2 tablespoons of granola

Lunch

Sliced Turkey Meat with mustard rolled up like a sushi roll ( my own creation).

10 Grapes

Spirulina chips if I want something crunchy in my lunch

Afternoon Snack

Apples

Dinner (Must Eat Before 6:30pm

Salad (unlimited) with balsamic vinagrette

Meat (4 ounce)

4 tablespoons of brown rice

1 cup of Smooth Move Tea

Water Intake

32 ounces of alkaline water and a host of vitamins

Food Journal

I find that it  is helpful for me to keep a food journal and write everything down that I eat so I can be accountable to myself. In the past, I would pay to be in a program so that they could keep me accountable. As I have matured,  I realized that I have to learn to be accountable to myself.

 

Good Manners Go A Long Way

Dear Young Ladies and Young Men,

When I was a kid my Dad  and I would walk down the street.  My Daddy was adamant that I should always walk on the inside of the sidewalk.  Sometimes, I would forget and walk on the outside of the sidewalk. If I forgot to walk on the inside of the curb my Daddy would say, “Cross me!”  Sometimes he would simply cross me himself (meaning change places so that I would be on the inside of the curb).

As a little girl, I did not see why my Daddy made such a big deal of this. One day, my Daddy said, “If a man is not willing to protect you to the death, then you should not be with him.” After those words, I realized how important it was to surround myself with men who were taught to protect women.

If you are a young man, remember that women appreciate a man that is chivalrous towards her.

If you are a young lady, please have a standard.  Choose a young man who treats you like a lady, who is protective without being controlling, who opens doors, and who pumps gas for you and washes your car without being asked.

 

 

Whose Uterus Is It?

Did you know that studies have shown that 90% of hysterectomies were unnecessary?  These hysterectomies were performed on poor African-American women so that researchers could study female anatomy.

Did you know that poor African American women have been historically targeted by state and government funded programs in an effort to sterilize them?  Many African American women who were diagnosed with myomas or uterine fibroids and have been told that they need to have their uteruses removed.  These practices have been used to sterilize African-American women.   Some people think that this type of sterilization of African-American women is a form of racial genocide.

What do you think?  If a doctor told you that you needed to have your uterus removed would you get a second or third opinion or would you allow them to remove it even if it could still be viable? Why or why not?

Reference:

Davis, A.M. (2009). What we tell our daughters and ourselves about <Ssshhhh>Hysterectomy. Qualitative Inquiry 15 (8): 1303-1337.

I WAS DEVASTATED! MY 90-DAY QUEST!

So, I just got the news that I never thought that I would ever hear.

When I was four years old someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up and I said, “I want to be a Psychiatrist and I am going to drive a Porsche.”  My mother and everyone in the room were shocked, especially since my family and I were living in housing projects in Connecticut. The adults asked my Mom and Dad where I got this idea from and my Mom replied, “I have no idea.”  Every since I was a very young child, I always knew what I would and would not do.  I cannot explain it, but I was just wired differently.

I have passionately pursued school for my entire life.  I admit it! I absolutely ADORE critically thinking, discovering, learning, and studying.  I feel complete when I have a book in my hand and I am delving into its contents.

Well, I just received word that I have reached my limit for financial help at the doctoral level.  At first I was numb.  Then, I started to regret the fact that both of my parents are deceased and cannot help me finish my doctoral degree.  I mean I am at the finish line here!  I only have 4 classes, 3 residencies, and my dissertation until I am done.  Next, I blamed the powers that be because they have greatly reduced the amount of money that one could access in order to achieve their doctoral educational goals.

After I felt discouraged, lamented, and even felt like giving up, it hit me.  Now is not the time to give up.  I have 90 days to find funding to finish my doctoral degree.  After all, I did NOT have the money to attend UCLA, but God (a personal relationship with Jesus Christ) and my grades caused me to receive 15 or so scholarships and grants to go to college.  Next, when I began studying at the graduate level, I had no money, but again the money showed up.  So, I am asking myself.  Why would this situation be any different than my educational quests in the past?   I will obtain the money that I need to finish and obtain my doctoral degree! I will be able to continue to enroll in classes by December 3, 2012.

So, for the next 90 days, my new mantra is, “GOD IS MY FIRST CHOICE AND MY ONLY OPTION.

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