5 Steps to Get Unstuck in Life (#3 is a MUST)

 

We all go through periods in life when we feel a bit stuck and stagnant. It’s part of the ‘not so fun’ ebb and flow of the human experience. That being said, feeling this way for more than a few days can lead to a downward spiral of feeling even worse and eventually even lead to a depression.

We are the most in debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in U.S history. Much because we don’t know how to deal with negative emotions, so we eat, smoke, drink, gamble, watch T.V or do any combination of the these activities to try to escape how we feel. Although these activities can numb how we feel temporary, in doing them we’re really only perpetuating the pain. Because unfortunately you can’t escape how you feel, until you learn to manage how your think.

Emotions are a direct result of how we think. So in order to actively and gracefully deal with negative emotions, we must first begin to become aware of what we’re thinking and specifically the meanings we’re applying to our thoughts. For example, you can choose to focus on the things you have control over like what you eat, if you make the time to exercise and how you decide to respond to others or you can focus on what’s not in your control, like what other people say or do , the weather or traffic and a delayed flight.

But believe or not the number one thing to do when you’re feeling stuck and stagnant is to GIVE. Give away unused possessions, give of your time to someone in need, give of your talent, or maybe be fearless and give your heart to that special someone.

What’s usually going on when we’re feeling stuck, is we’re too focused on the problem, and not the solution. We are allowing a negative, feeling, belief or perspective to shape the world we’re experiencing. Often when we feel stuck, our energy drops and we become mentally blocked and can even tend to lash out or become hyper critical of others.

I know this may sound cliche, but its truly in giving that we receive. Because when we choose to give we’re opening ourselves up to receive in ways that will make us feel empowered and alive again. A new study led by Dr. Suzanne Richards at the University of Exeter Medical School reviewed 40 studies from the past 20 years on the link between volunteering and health The study found that, volunteering (which is an act of giving) not only gets us off the couch and out of the house which sets our bodies in motion (As they say an object in motion stays in motion) but also creates valuable social connections including eye contact, touch and smiles that stimulate the release of the hormone-oxytocin, which helps us handle stress better.

The simple act of giving is the best way to meet others, make new friendships or rekindle old ones, and bond over common beliefs, values and goals. Simply put the act of giving gives us a deep sense of joy, which is directly linked to longer and healthier lives. Giving to others is a great way to feel better about yourself and the better you feel about yourself the closer you’ll be to feeling unstuck.

4 Ways To Give More:

#1 Give away unused possessions
People like stuff. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. But as the saying goes, “You have to get rid of the old. to make way for the new.” If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try “spring-cleaning” even if it’s not spring. Throw out, give away or better yet donate some of that stuff that’s been laying around unused for weeks, months or years. This will help welcome the new energy and happiness into your future. Just the simple act of letting go of material possessions that are not really serving us anymore allows us to value what we have

#2 Give your time
Is there someone that you’ve been meaning to call or connect with that you just haven’t had the time to talk to? Is there a cause that you deeply believe in that could use some volunteers or someone with your skill set or gifts? Could you spend a little more time with your family, your parents, husband, wife, kids, brother, or sister? Take 5 minutes after watching this episode and shoot them a text, email or better yet write them a handwritten note expressing how much you appreciate their love and who they are as a person, or even better tell them in person.

When people on their deathbeds were ask the question, “what do you regret most about your life “ almost always there response was not spending more time at the office working but rather spending more time with those they truly cared about. Let us learn from these people and remind ourselves each day how lucky we are just to be alive. Let us be reminded that each day is a precious gift.

#3 Give your talent
What are your really good at? Can you sing? Dance? Write? Paint? Are you a good listener? Maybe your good at building and creating things? Whatever you’re naturally talented at (and we all have natural talents-some people just haven’t discovered them yet), choose to discover and share them even more with the world. How can you contribute your natural talents to your community? What ever you come up with start today… don’t wait till next week to set something up because next week never comes…do it now!

#4 Give your heart
One of the scariest parts of being human is being vulnerable. But in order to fully and truly receive and give love, we must first allow ourselves to feel vulnerable. Next time you’re feeling stuck and stagnant, allow yourself permission to give and receive love. One of the two primary fears that we all share is that we won’t be loved. The other one is that we’re not enough…not sexy enough, smart enough, tall enough, or maybe not respected enough. In choosing to love fully and openly we can learn to dance with this fear that can keep us stuck and stagnant in our relationships or lack of relationships. In what way could you express more love in your workplace or at home and maybe even in your everyday life just passing strangers. If you want more love, you gotta give more. If you want to feel unstuck in your relationships start showing more love in them.

#5 Let go of limiting beliefs

Get rid of any negative thoughts or habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each new day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for any more of life’s gifts and surprises to enter.

Wishing you all much love and happy cleaning and clearing of your mind, body and spirits this week!

This week’s Healthy in 21 Challenge is to practice one random act of kindness. This can be any simple gesture of compassion towards someone your know or to a complete stranger. Help an elderly person cross the street, spend some extra time with your kids doing sometime fun, get your special someone some surprise flowers, or maybe offer someone who looks lonely, a friendly conversation.

Whatever you do, do it from the heart and I promise…even though you’ll be the one giving, you’ll be the one who truly receives and in doing so will feel empowered and inspired again.

Please let me know in the comments below, which tip resonated with you the most and how you decide to give. Also share the ways you’ve been able to get unstuck in your life in the past.

Live passionately on purpose!

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Are You Taking A Toxic Shower? This is Shocking…

Most standard shower heads don’t come with filters, which means the average home isn’t equipped with a shower filter. As many of you know city water is treated with harsh chemicals to treat impurities and reduce bacteria, however this has an adverse effect on the water.  City water is highly chlorinated, treated with fluoride, and arsenic.  

These are are only a few of a host of poisonous, toxic chemicals in municipal water sources.  Tap water also contains, hard metals, radiation, inorganic materials, traces of pharmaceutical drugs, and harmful chemical byproducts such as PFC, PFOS, and PFOA which are all toxic compounds.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. With over 3 trillion pores and a surface area of 20 square feet. It’s main functions are: protection, regulation and sensation. The skin protects us from microbes and the elements, it helps regulates body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.

Each time you get take a nice hot shower, you’re actually dowsing yourself in all those chemicals and toxins, if you’re not using a shower filter. Luckily your amazing body does protect you from many of these chemicals as they’re too large to be absorbed into your body.  But some of these dangerous chemicals are absorbed into your skin and they are not what you want inside your body.

The most dangerous chemical to be concerned about when it comes to showering, is the chemical disinfectant chlorine, which is directly absorbed into your bloodstream on a daily basis. Sure you want to clean yourself but not with chlorine water on a daily basis!

Top 5 risks of not using a shower filter:

1.The chemical compounds found in municipal tap water have risks linked to LDL (bad) high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and pregnancy-induced hypertension, infertility and more.

2.The EPA has stated that every household in the United States has elevated levels of chloroform in the air due to chlorine released from showering water. Believe it or not, more water contaminants are released into the air of a home from the shower than from any other source. 

3.Because most of us take hot water showers, we are also absorbing these chemicals through respiration and then directing into our bloodstreams.  Chemicals especially, chlorine, are inhaled and make their way into the bloodstream much more quickly than ingested chemicals, without the added filtration benefits of digestion. More chlorine enters the body through dermal absorption and inhalation while showering than through drinking tap water.

4.Municipal tap water is harsh on the skin and hair, and can leave your skin feeling dried out and flaky because of the chemicals.  It can also leave your hair feeling brittle and dry with damage folicials.

5.Unfiltered shower heads are loaded with bacteria, some of which have even been linked to infectious disease.  Not using a shower filter can greatly weaken your immunity and possibility cause immune imbalances.

Top 5 benefits of using a shower filer:

1.Using a shower filter is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce harmful exposure to chlorine and other chemicals, thus reduces your risks of cancer and other life threatening diseases.

2.Showering in filtered water results in greater respiratory health by reducing the risk of asthma and bronchitis from chlorine inhalation.

3.As chlorine is a leading cause of fatigue, showering in filtered, chlorine-free water results in higher energy levels and overall greater health.

4.Removing chlorine from showering water results in better air quality throughout the house.

5.Without the drying effects of chlorine, skin becomes softer, healthier, and younger looking. Your hair will look better, feel better and be much healthier.  You’ll greatly reduce the risk of any rashes or dry skin and hair associated with harsh chemical shower water.

I know it might see a little overwhelming and shocking, but it’s really just as simple as getting a quality shower filter.  Your health and the health of your loved ones are worth it. Bottom line get a shower filter! There are a number of good shower filter options available on the market today for a reasonably low cost.

I recommend whatever filter you get have a KDF-55 filter.  My personal recommendation is a Berkey Shower Filter which uses state of the art filtration technology.  CLICK HERE to order one now.

Remember…Knowledge is potential power. Taking action is real power.  Please share any thoughts, or questions below and I’ll get back to you personally.

Until next week, live passionately, on purpose…

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Resources:

http://www.allaboutwater.org/shower-filters.html
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/28/fluoride-drinking-water.aspx

How to STOP Sugar Cravings

How to STOP Sugar Cravings | For a Slim Waist + Clear Mind (Natural Approach)


Sugar cravings are natural. Throughout evolution, humans have been programmed to desire sweet tasting foods. That being said, it’s very hard to control sugar cravings, if you don’t understand where they are coming from to begin with. Sugar cravings are usually our bodies simply asking for energy or it can be a sign that something in our diet/lifestyle is not in balance. However, sugar actually isn’t always the problem. The problem usually is the addictive cycle that’s created by consuming processed sugar, feeling the sugar rush (blood sugar spike), crashing, and then beginning this vicious cycle all over again.

When your blood sugar is low that’s when you’re most vulnerable to cravings. This is because that’s when your body is looking for energy.  Our bodies always want to be in balance, this includes always having a balanced amount of sugar in our blood. For example, have you ever notice craving something sweet after a large satisfying meal?  Well, this is because when you eat a large meal all your energy is diverted to your stomach to digest the meal, which leaves you feeling sluggish and usually with a sugar craving.

The best way to curb and alleviate an intense sugar craving is to provide the body with the sweetness that it’s craving by simply eating some naturally sweet foods. I do not believe in trying to override natural instincts. Of course, it helps to have discipline around food, but trying to control the body by using the mind is very challenging in the long term. The mind usually wins.

Try slowly incorporating some of the strategies:

  1. Avoid buying processed sugary foods. This strategy takes discipline but I found it’s one that works.
  2. Eat healthy whole sweet foods to alleviate cravings, sweet vegetables and fruit are best. Have these available and ready to eat when cravings set.
  3.  Drink enough Water. Dehydration can manifest as a mild hunger/ a sugar craving. Try taking a deep breath, and then drinking a full glass of water next time you’re craving something sweet. Chances are this will eliminate your craving.
  4. Get enough sleep.  Low energy = sugar cravings.  Our bodies want to remain in balance. The less energy you have, the more vulnerable you will be to sugar cravings.
  5.  Exercise! Having a daily exercise regimen can help curb cravings by increasing energy levels throughout the day. Also exercise helps to maintain balanced blood sugar. 

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Why I Became a Health Coach

Before I share my story its important to understand what a health coach is and does…
What is a health coach?
A health coach is a knowledgeable, supportive, action-oriented guide to health and well-being. A health coach focuses on educating, supporting and guiding clients in the following life areas: nutrition, physical activity, relationships, lifestyle and other life areas that impact health such as stress, weight and energy levels.

The need for health coaches…
Making the changes necessary to support health can be challenging – making them last can be even more challenging. Many people know what they “should” be doing to experience health but don’t do what they know. A trained health coach helps close the gap between knowing and doing so individuals can finally move forward on their journeys to feeling and looking their best. Health coaches support, guide and empower lasting change, health and increased levels of happiness with those they work with.

My story (short version)…

I learned at a young age that the happiest, most successful people I encountered, were also the healthiest and most open to improving themselves.  This naturally led me to explore personal and professional development books, tapes and programs. I then became extremely passionate about health and wellness.

I set out to learn as much as possible about how to experience extraordinary health. I received my Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Florida Atlantic University and continued my education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition along with intensive self-study.

I’ve read literally hundreds of books covering health, wellness, mindfulness, exercise and nutrition and feel blessed to be able to share my knowledge with the world.  I get to inspire and instruct others on how to improve their lives through making healthier choices.

I’m living my passion while making the world a healthier, better place. 

P.S. If your interested in learning more about my online health coaching programs click here.

P.P.S  If your interested in becoming a health coach and would like to sample a free class from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition click here.

Health and happiness,

Devin Burke

 

How to Get More Sleep

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SUMMARY:

Many people struggle with not being able to fall asleep. In fact, prescriptions for sleeping pills topped 56 million in 2008-up 54 percent from 2004- with over 5$ billion in sales in 2010. Not getting optimal sleep can throw off your hormone levels leaving you feeling hungry, cranky and tired throughout the day. Without getting too detailed here, when you don’t get optimal sleep your body becomes out of sync with its natural sleep-wake cycles or circadian rhythms which leads to disturbances in hormone and body temperature regulation…not good. Abnormal circadian rhythms have been associated with obesity, diabetes, depression and many other diseases because of these disturbances. That being said, we’re all unique and there is not a one-size fits all approach to this issue. Why is this?

Well, there are many reasons but most commonly it’s because of stress, consuming too much caffeine, drinking alcohol or not having an ideal sleep environment. Usually it’s a combination of a few of these factors. If you’re drinking excessive amounts of coffee and having a few drinks in the evening cutting back on both of these practices is a good place to start.

In addition to avoiding alcohol and caffeine I recommend trying the following…

1. Create an optimal sleep environment
Keep your bedroom as dark as possible and cool. Sleep on a supportive mattress with clean bed sheets. No LED lighting from electronics such as T.V, cell-phone or other devices should be allowed in your sleeping space. Shoot to limit watching T.V and using your phone at least 30 minutes prior to your ideal bedtime.

2. Implement a “bedtime ritual”
A “bedtime ritual” is something you do every night to prepare your body and mind for sleep. Creating a bedtime ritual or a routine that whines the body and mind down, is important for two reasons. The first is that when done consistently it “triggers” the body to prepare for sleep and second it helps create deeper, more restful, quality sleep. Create a “bedtime ritual” that is relaxing and involves minimal stimulation.

Examples I use myself and recommend are:
• Drinking herbal tea (specific blends formulated for sleep)
• Read an empowering or inspirational book
• Meditation or simple breathing exercises
• Gentle stretching or foam rolling
• Listening to relaxing music

3. Try drinking a shot of tart cherry juice 30 minutes before you’d like to be asleep. Tart cherry juice contains a natural source of the sleep-wake cycle hormone melatonin and amino acid tryptophan. For some people this works wonders for others it doesn’t work at all…

Give it a shot and let me know how it works for you in the comments below!
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How to Find The Motivation to Become Healthy (even if you’re fat, sick and nearly dead)

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Most people don’t realize how unhealthy they are, until they start to become healthier. The state of being “not healthy, but not unhealthy enough to do anything about it” is a scary place to be in, because it only leads to one place…disease, and dissatisfaction. Most people gradually fall into an unhealthy lifestyle. I’ve never met anyone (yet) that has shared with me that they wanted to feel low energy, depressed and unfulfilled. But ‘life’ always seems to happen and the next thing they know, they are (for lack of a better term) ‘fat, sick and nearly dead.’ This state doesn’t happen overnight but rather for weeks, months and years. It’s a slow and gradual process that deceives.

The truth is that we are born to be vibrant, healthy human beings. It’s our birthright. But unfortunately, this right has been unappreciated by many, leaving us with the health crisis we’re experiencing. All it takes is a few simple choices and a little extra effort? Health is our greatest gift. Not convinced? Just ask someone who has recently lost theirs. It’s not pretty! Cancer, diabetes and heart disease wreak havoc on people and their families. The truth is that cancer, diabetes, and heart disease can all largely be prevented through making healthier lifestyle choices.

Why do so many wait till their health is on the line to finally make a change?

I believe it’s also this deceptive state of “not feeling healthy, but not feeling unhealthy enough to do anything about it.” Do you fall into this category? Do you know you’re eating the wrong foods and making poor lifestyle choices, which only give you short term fulfillment at the expense of your health? It’s time to make a change, to say goodbye to fast food and hello to healthy food fast, to start incorporating more exercise into your life, cultivating healthier relationships, finding the passion in your career or having the courage to make a change, reconnecting you’re your spirituality and making more time to do the thing you love. 

Don’t wait till you’re diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, heart disease or worse. You have a choice. When you finally start taking better care of yourself is when you really start experiencing what life really has to offer…more joy, more energy, more love, more fun and more success. 

I have great news. It’s not too late to make a change. As a matter of fact, it’s really never too late, because small choices lead to big changes. It’s through making small, consistent LIFESTYLE changes that lasting impactful results are experienced! And you are worth it! If you hope to bring health into your life in any kind of long-term committed way, you must connect with your “big why” or the deep tenacious emotional reason or reasons that lies close to your heart for wanting true wellness in both mind and body. This reason must be attached to what you value in life and where you see yourself going.

Only from connecting with this strong core reason and by connecting daily with the value behind it does the strength and motivation spring to keep you committed to making the necessary small changes every single day. Wake up to the realization that your life is your most precious gift and start valuing it as so by taking action on becoming the healthiest, happiest, best version of yourself. You deserve to feel your absolute best, you owe it to yourself and the world.

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How to Live a Vibrant Healthy Life

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Summary:

I believe that health is our greatest gift and that being healthy is really about living life to the fullest every day. I believe that true wellness is found by finding balance in all areas of life; developing a spiritual practice, having healthy relationships, finding purpose in your career, being physically active, and by providing the proper nutrition to not only your body but also your spirit.

But finding a balance in the 21st century can be a challenge. With hectic schedules, constant distractions and a continuous stream of new information, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and confused about what to do and what not do to maintain a healthy balanced life.

My name is Devin Burke and I’m a passionate wellness educator, health and fitness coach. I’ve been there. I know how it feels to be overwhelmed and confused about what to do, to live a truly vibrant and healthy life. We’ve all been in a place where we’ve struggled to eat a healthier diet, create healthier relationships, implement healthier habits, build our finances, create more time to be with our loved ones, to take better care of our body and mind, and to find the tools and strategies that actually work in our busy 21st century lives.

After spending over 10 years studying and implementing, cutting edge lifestyle management techniques, attending courses, trainings, workshops with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts and coaching people of various ages and backgrounds…I’ve discovered that leading a healthy life doesn’t have to be overwhelming, confusing or difficult.It doesn’t have to be stressful, time consuming or full of deprivation.

I made it my mission to inspire and guide as many people as possible to live more fulfilling, joyful, healthy and balanced lives. Through my education and training I’ve come to realize that it’s ultimately small choices that lead to big changes.. Because once you know better you can do better.

So are you ready to wake up everyday feeling refreshed and renewed? To experience more energy, vitality, joy, adventure, love, passion, and fulfillment?

Are you ready to live your healthiest life by learning the tools to optimize your body and mind? If so (follow me by subscribing to my channel and) let me be your guide to finding the lifestyle choices that will help you to, live better, look better and to feel better. I’m going to help you achieve your health goals; from teaching you how to discover what foods are right for your body, to showing you how to find balance through exercise, to creating more meaning in your relationships, developing more passion in your career, minimizing your stress, and maximizing your energy.

You’ll learn how to reduce food cravings, achieve your ideal weight, get more restful sleep and how to find the time to do without it interfering with your busy life. Through sharing my cutting edge fast and proven tips on how to live a more healthy, inspired, and fulfilling life you’ll learn how all parts of your life, affect your health as a whole. Get ready to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and rewarding.

Each week I’ll be sharing new content through inspiring videos with innovative strategies, techniques, tools and tips on how to dramatically improve your health and wellness, and lead others to do the same. To not only experience a new perspective and vital energy in your own life, but to guide your family and friends to join you on the journey to wellness by achieving a higher quality of life. Because that’s really what health is all about. Choose to take your health and life to the next level.

Subscribe now I look forward to educating, supporting and inspiring you to not only look and feel better… but be better.

Let us make the decision together to give and receive our greatest gift…

Let us live passionately… on purpose!!

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