Do You Need A Life Coach?...

Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” During the past year I have been training to be a lay life coach. In addition to studying, I’ve also had the privileged of being coached myself; It’s been an incredibly life-giving and transformational experience, one that’s taken me to the next level in several aspects of my life. So I asked my own coach, Jeannette Slater, if she would write an article on this strategy in hopes that you might look for your own coach and give it a try. – Dr Deb. How many times have you come away from a conversation, a seminar, a good book or any other learning event thinking, “Wow, I would love to implement that in my life! It would make all the difference!”…and then the phone rings with the latest urgency and months later something is tickling in the back of your mind….”Oh yeah, I had good intentions…oh well…” Perhaps you need a personal life coach. A life coach is one who comes alongside you to help you clarify what your goals are. Then the coach helps you discern the next steps to reach your goals. They’re also there to cheer you on as you live out your plan. Coaching is all about helping you take what you hope for, dream, or imagine and making it become a reality. A life coach doesn’t come with direction or the answers.  Their role is not to tell you what to do, but to help you find the answers that are in you that you don’t know are there! They are more like a midwife than a counselor. The coach’s role is to listen and ask good questions that uncover the keys...

Eat Your Fruits & Veges

The U.S. Center for Disease Control says mom’s advice to eat your fruits and vegetables was good advice. Why? Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.* I don’t mind eating these good things, but sometimes it’s overwhelming and expensive to eat enough every day. A lot of people talk about juicing. I’ve been making breakfast smoothies for years. My basic recipe includes orange juice, 1/2 frozen banana, frozen berries (I rotate) and protein powder. But eating green things is more challenging. Years ago I bought a juice machine. The thing didn’t work very well; it seemed like I was throwing out 3/4 of the vegetables and getting very little juice. It was a huge waste of time and money. Recently I discovered how to get healthy juice–and did I mention DELICIOUS?–without throwing out anything! It’s an easier way to get a lot of goodness in my diet. By purchasing my veges at a farmer’s market and wholesale club, buying them is a whole lot more affordable. When you have the desire, you find a way. Juicing can be a painless way to improve your health. After watching a friend make easy and delicious juice that didn’t waste anything, and watching a documentary, I decided to give it another try. You’ve probably heard of the Juice Master, the mother of all juicers advertised on TV infomercials and state fairs. It wasn’t in my budget to buy one, so I got a Nijna blender at a fraction of the price (from Costco). Any high-powered blender could work. You put in the fruits and veges and get juice with the pulp (which is, in fact, good for you). It slices and dices all that goodness into a delicious, powerhouse drink. The information part: Why juice? Most people have a hard time getting the minimum servings of fruits and vegetables  they need of every day. Plus, cooking destroys some lot of the goodness. Why juice? There are macro and micro nutrients. Macro nutrients are the things we get from typical diets and fast food. All that meant and those starches fill us up by giving us protein, fat, minerals and sugars. But they don’t nourish our cells. Nutritionist Dr. Fuhrman describes it like this: “Nutrient Density is a critical concept in devising and recommending dietary and nutritional advice to patients and to the public. Not merely vitamins and minerals, but adequate consumption of phytochemicals is essential for proper functioning of the immune system and to enable our body’s detoxification and cellular repair mechanisms that protect us from chronic diseases.”** We don’t get micronutrients from most of what we eat: meat, grains, sugars and dairy. We get them in the fresh stuff God gave us from plants. The emotional part: It’s complicated how we make choices, including those with food. I have friends in parts of the world who have few food choices based on availability and economics. But most of you reading this do. Motivation is most of the battle. As I mentioned, I saw a documentary that showed me the power of juicing. It’s called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (available streaming or on DVD from Netflix and Amazon). The film is described as, “Two men whose bodies have been trashed by steroids, obesity and illness, document their rigorous healing path in a bid to regain their health.” It’s pretty inspiring. The bottom line: I’m not advocating an all-juice diet. However, after years of nutritional study and dealing with health issues, I am convinced God gave us goodness to ingest to help us be healthy, strong and feeling great. Man does not live on beer and chips alone. If this article helps...

The Lost Art of Self-Reflection

For most of history, people got up with the sun and went to bed with it. Their worlds were very small, about as far as they could walk or ride a horse in a day. They heard the birds chirp. They were familiar with the stars. They were comfortable with silence and had time to think. That was then. This is now. In our busy world, we are always surrounded by sounds, demands, pressures and obligations. Silence and solitude are difficult to find. Being comfortable with our own thoughts is seemingly impossible. Everybody wants a piece of us. Before television, cars, electricity, billboards and city life (not to mention email, Facebook and all the overstimulation of the digital life), it must have been easier to engage in self-reflection. At least there weren’t so many distractions. I recently wrote about our need for holidays; we need the special ones as well as the  weekly ones some people call Sabbath. Those times give us pause to reflect on our lives. As a lay life coach, I pose four questions to new clients to help them reflect on where they’d like to grow. I encourage you to answer these questions for yourself. Also click the Rate Your Life link and score yourself on six life dimensions. As you reflect, you may learn some things about yourself and embark on a journey of growth, personal development and positive change. Questions: What are 1 or 2 things I think should be on the agenda for my life right now? If I could change one thing in my life right now, what would it be? What are the obstacles that are holding me back from reaching my potential in this season of my life? When I think ahead to 3 years from now, how do I want my life to be different?  ...

Holidays

A holiday is a special day set apart to celebrate something. Originally from the words, Holy Day, holidays have their roots in religious celebrations. Today we celebrate holidays that mark national and political days, birthdays, seasons, and remembrances as well as religious traditions. July 4th is a holiday in the United States, a day to remember our declaration of independence from England. It is celebrated with particular foods that usually include backyard grilling, camping, concerts and fireworks. Mostly it involves being with friends and family. Hindus celebrate Holi, a spring festival associated with Krishna where people throw colored talc on each other. Muslims celebrate Ramadan, a month of fasting during the day and feasting at night. Jews commemorate Passover and remember the time when God delivered them from Egypt. Christians mark Christmas and Easter, seasons associated with the arrival and sacrifice of Jesus the Christ. These holidays make us pause to remember and reflect on important things, connect us to God, and restore our souls. We need holidays. We need to remember. Sometimes we need special days to make us cease from our labors and spend time with people. We need holidays to stop and smell the roses. The English talk about “going on holiday,” what Americans would call “going on vacation.” Whatever you call them, we need them. Sundays are holidays we get to celebrate every week! I came to the realization a few years ago that Sundays are a gift. As much as I’d like to believe it, I do not have endless energy. I need days off. I need days to do nothing. If I choose to work on Sundays and other holidays, I am looking a gift horse in the mouth; I’m just being stupid. I have a new philosophy...

Packing for Vacation

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere and time for many people to go on vacation. If you are a workaholic who feels guilty for taking time off, get over it. Learn from your European cousins who typically take 4-6 weeks off every year. This year I’ve thrown guilt to the wind and am embracing the fact that I am a human who needs rest and realizes there is more to life than working. In trying to bring balance into every aspect of my life, so I’ve made arrangements to get some serious time off. Holidays and vacations off are necessary for our mental and physical health. They are good for the soul. They are good for the body. They are good for relationships. I live in the U.S. but have been to 61 countries. International travel always involves work, so vacations for me ar more likely to be closer to home. Car trips are as great as those by air. Keys are making the effort and doing what you can afford. I thought it would be good to share some advice from my years of travel. Doing a search, I realize there are multiple web sites that offer advice on planning and packing.; so I will include some links at the end of the article. Here are packing tips I’ve learned: Earplugs – Probably the most important item you can pack. Get good ones like Mac’s silicone ear plugs (available from Target and drug stores). They block out sounds like jet engines, hotel air conditioners, roosters, people who snore, street noise, and other people’s music, as well water when you swim. I never leave home without them! Eye shades are a good companion. Plastic bags – Put your shoes in grocery store bags and...