IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 88 of the 100 Day Challenge! Knee Tucks. This full body movement is especially helpful for core strength. From running, to carrying your groceries, core strength in general is invaluable for all the activities you do during your busy day, so keep it strong! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
A good reminder today to keep your plate balanced! Every meal (and even snack!) should contain an element of Plants, Fats and Protein. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge. ~ Tuli Kupferberg

Essential Element: Most people cannot readily describe what they want – what they would like to experience, become or create. This is exactly why most change efforts fail.  [Click to read Spark Insight: 'Creating Change'].

Journal:  You have no idea what your missing. It’s that thing that hasn’t happened yet, that non-entity waiting out in the spaces of the coming days to be created.  What is it? How will it taste? Feel? Look? Envision in your journal the specifics of that vague idea you continue to dwell on in the realm of your health and well being. You know you want it more than anything. What must you start doing to make this a reality? What must you stop?  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 38 of the 100 Day Challenge! Dr. Franson starts the day with High Knees! And his kiddos aren’t far behind! Get your family involved in your workout today. Its a great healthy habit to start at any age! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
You will not believe how good our Bonfire Green Smoothie tastes despite looking like lawnmower juice! Feel free to add or subtract what you have on hand and what you like in terms of taste. Be careful to not go overboard on the fruit – this is a green (i.e. vegetable) smoothie designed to deliver great nutrient-dense antioxidants and phytonutrients from vegetables with the fruit added to sweeten and lessen any bitterness from the chard, kale and spinach. [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day:  The art of love… is largely the art of persistence.  ~ Albert Ellis

Essential Element: We thrive in loving environments and relationships, and we contract and atrophy in loveless circumstances. The greatest way to foster love is to offer it freely.  Choose to extend love to those around you without attachment to their response.  Do not give to get.  Give to give. [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal:  Just like consistency is the key to maintaining physical strength, so persistency in love is key to maintaining healthy perspectives. And without exercise, these things atrophy. Where are you exercising love regularly? Where have you let your intentionality fade? Jot down a few of your relationships you feel thriving right now, and a few that could us a few extra reps.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Day 37 of the 100 Day Challenge and we’re back to an old favorite! Burpees! Enjoy your movement today and remember, the discipline you are exhibiting today will serve you so well tomorrow and every day to come! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
Having trouble ‘balancing’ your lunch plate? Take a look at what Dr. Paul’s having! His Plants, Fats and Protein dish will have you feeling great! [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: It is not that love is blind.  It is that love sees with a painter’s eye, finding the essence that renders all else background.  ~ Robert Brault

Essential Element:  Unconditional Love is the purest expression of genuine acceptance.  It’s important to differentiate that Unconditional Love does not imply unconditional approval.  We should reserve the right to disapprove of another’s behavior, yet, without judgment, accept them and love them unconditionally  [click here to read Spark Insight: Unconditional Love].

Journal: All of us have people with whom we very much disagree. We couldn’t be more different, and don’t’ see eye –to-eye, at all. They may in fact reside within our extended family!  The mark of a healthy mental attitude on the deepest level is being able  to accept these people unconditionally – rather then letting them get under our skin. Is there someone whom you very outwardly disapprove of? Jot them down in your journal –  then write down how you will outwardly choose to demonstrate your love for them this week.   [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

IGNITE YOUR DAY

by MJ

AIR  ~  Movement of the Day:
Back Squat. It’s important to focus on your form during this Olympic Lifting move. And once you’ve got it down, the squat component will translate into several more of your Bonfire exercises! [Click here for additional Workouts]

FUEL  ~  Dish of the Day:
By now, we’ve hammered home the importance of Plants, Fats, and Protein at your daily meals. Take a look at Dr. Paul’s beautiful, balance lunch today!  [Click here for additional Recipes]

 

SPARK  ~  Thought of the Day:
Quote of the Day: Early morning hath gold in its mouth. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Essential Element: Get out of your rut. If your morning routine looks more like survival of the fittest and a race against the clock, it is time to take back your morning[click here to read Spark Insight: Morning Rituals]

Journal:  What does a typical morning look like for you? Use your journal to map out your current wake-until-departure time – in 15 minute increments. Then circle the segments that currently create stress in your morning. What could you change within each of these trouble spots? Envision how you can distress the time and grant peace to your morning.  [Click here for additional Journal exercises]

Week 2 Fuel Insight: Eat Plants First

by admin

ESSENTIAL ELEMENT:  Eat Plants First

Critical Concept:  Plant-Driven Diet Style

The modern world is facing a chronic disease crisis.  The current traditional or allopathic paradigm is based on a sickness and disease treatment model.  With the exception of the incredible and heroic work done in trauma and emergency (i.e. heart attack, stroke, injury) care, the current model is failing. Despite the tremendous effort made and incredible resources invested, our people continue to get sicker.  The impending tsunami of a chronically ill Baby Boomer population promises to collapse an already teetering system.  Although valiant work is done to keep people from dying, our system is woefully incomplete in truthfully and effectively addressing prevention and health promotion.  It is time to address the cause of the problem.

Our health is simply the genetic expression of our environment.  The environment determines how genes are expressed.  Our lifestyle choices create our internal environment – and therefore greatly determine our health experience.  Genetically incongruent lifestyle choices create sickness.  At the center of the chronic illness menace is the obesity pandemic – Globesity.

We are faced with the perfect storm of obesity today.  The confluence of three factors has created the obesity and sickness epidemic:  first, the resulting energy imbalance that is a consequence of our relatively sedentary lifestyles; second, the toxic burden from the regular consumption of modern processed foods that are inherently poisonous to our cells; and third, the deficiency that results from making these toxic choices instead of eating the healthy foods that our bodies require and expect.

Food is a great source of pleasure – the taste, the social element, the satisfaction.  But when we make food choices, we must think beyond these things and also consider our food’s nutrition.  Think of eating as feeding your cells.  Your cells have very specific needs, essential elements or nutrients, which must be provided by the choices that you make every day.  These nutrients include the countless phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, micronutrients, trace elements, vitamins, minerals and fiber found in fresh fruits and vegetables; essential amino acids found in lean meat and foul; and the essential fats found in wild fish and game.

Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is predominately filled with calorie-rich but nutrient-poor processed foods, vegetable oils, and simple carbohydrates (i.e. grains).  These choices have resulted in an over-weight, under-nourished population suffering with allergies, fatigue and chronic disease.

You are going to choose differently.

Well People choose to eat the most nutritionally dense, fiber-rich foods, in abundance.  We know that it can be tempting to scarf down everything in sight when you’re hungry, but one simple Vital Behavior will keep the hungry horror-driven choices at bay while assuring your cells all the nutrients that they desire:  eat plants.  Every time you eat, make sure to start with a plant-based appetizer – preferably something raw:  a fresh salad, some chopped vegetables, or sliced fruit.  This simple practice will prevent a multitude of sins and provide an enormous deposit into the longevity account.

This healthy appetizer will not only provide vital nutrients, fiber and water for your cells, but will also curb your appetite and prevent you from filling up on the wrong stuff – or simply overeating.  As an added bonus, you can eat as many fresh, fibrous foods as you want.  You simply cannot over-eat the good stuff.  A Best Practice taught by Dr. Barry Sears, creator of The Zone, a must-have for your wellness library, is to cover two thirds of your plate with plants and one third with some lean protein.  A favorite nudge is to serve a plate of olives and veggies with a healthy dip.

The results from simple changes like these will surprise you.  Whether you are trying to achieve your ideal weight, normalize blood sugar levels, or improve digestion, adding the right things first is the essence of the Wellness Paradigm and one key to its profound health benefits.

Bon apetit!