Happy memorial day!!!

As we celebrate this Memorial Day 2020 – there are lots of things that are soooooo different about this year, but one thing that isn’t different is that we need to remember those who died in the service of our country so that we could live.

Many thanks go out to all the current and past veterans who are still living that dedicated their lives, whether for a short time or a long time, to making sure that we can live each day with the freedoms that we have in life.

Enjoy your day, but don’t forget why we are celebrating and be grateful and thankful for what we have in our lives. I am blessed with so many things during this time – a job, a home, a car, family who love me and friends of all kinds. Please be thankful today and every day for what you have in your life.

Have a safe and blessed day.

Happiness

Are you known for being a happy person? Or a crazy person? Or are you the one that everyone wants to go away because you’re so negative?

Happiness is something that is inside of you. We all have trials and tribulations that affect our lives – a death in the family, a divorce, loss of job, floods, hurricane, tornados and yes even a pandemic. Can you control any of those things? NO!

But you can control how you react to them! Though it may not be easy, we all have the power within us to take that situation and review it and find one good thing that can come out of it. Just like with this pandemic, one of the best things that I can think of to come out of it – is cleaner air! OMG it is amazing.

Plus I think by slowing down we have all had an opportunity to figure out some of the important things in our lives. It isn’t always having to be doing something or buying something. Sometimes it is to just take a minute and breathe!

Let the creative juices start flowing and see what you can come up with. Maybe you will be building your first garden or doing some handy work around the house for the first time in years, because you have time. Maybe its pulling out the sewing machine to make clothes or masks!

We have to learn to be happy with whatever our circumstances and then if we don’t like those circumstances change them. You are in control and you have the power within you to make those changes.

I challenge you today to be happy in your own skin, with your own family and with your sate of mind. Make HAPPINESS HAPPEN TODAY!

normalcy???

Have you thought about what your definition of Normalcy is? With all the changes that have taken place in the last few weeks, I can say that my definition has changed for sure.

My day to day of going to work and back hasn’t changed. I continued to work during all the shut downs. For which I am so grateful. But my life after work has definitely changed. Not getting to see my kids, not being able to take off and drive wherever I want, not being able to even go to the park of my choice!

My kids are old enough I didn’t have to teach them from home, but they had to teach from home and work from home. And for the ones of us who are social beings and love to be around people, it is a whole new definition of social media.

Thank goodness for Zoom, and Marco Polo, and Facetime and all those other aps that allow us to see each other.

I’m one of those people who is a hugger and I can say that this has been hard not being able to give hugs or get hugs. I’m waiting for the day that I can hug people again and not worry about where they have been or who’ve they’ve been in contact with. Cause I know where I’ve been!

One more thing that I miss when being in public is giving and getting smiles. It is pretty difficult to have anyone recognize that smile you are giving under that mask.

“A smile is your greatest social asset.” – Zig Ziglar So as we move forward with how our lives have changed, let’s be grateful for what we have, smile every day and pass them around and just be nice to each other.

Our planet has been given a rest from all the negative things that have been affecting it. Now that we’ve had time to give ourselves a rest – let’s remember the little things and live life to the fullest.

Disposition vs circumstances!

“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.” Martha Washington

There are a lot of people out there who can’t understand why they are miserable and unhappy. You do know that you are what you think!

Thinking good things and happy thoughts means that you are happy. Thinking about all the negative things and being miserable just leads to more unhappiness and miserableness.

But guess what – you are the only one who can control that! You have to make you happy, and if you think you are a miserable person and unhappy – you can change that. It only takes a second.

I’ve been listening to the book “The Secret” on audible. i listen to it actually for about 15 minutes every morning before I get my day started. It reminds me that I control my own destiny when it comes to happiness and everything else in life.

It also lets me know that I am normal! We have over 60,000 thoughts a day. When you catch yourself thinking something negative or talking bad about someone – you have the choice to change your thinking and you can walk away. Pull yourself away from the conversation if possible. Or change the subject.

I try very hard to have an awesome attitude every day when I get up. About 95% of the time I can stay in that awesome attitude. Life is too short to be miserable and unhappy. An attitude of gratitude also helps. When you’re thankful for what you have in life – even if it’s just $10 extra in your pocket, you will be amazed at how that will help to change your attitude around.

One of the other things that I’ve been trying to do is to give more. Whether it is my time – making masks and donating to a local hospital or $5 to a homeless guy standing along the street or paying for the person’s meal behind me in line – it always makes me feel better that I was able to give something to someone else. You never know when that little bit of kindness can make someone else’s day be brighter.

My daughter once asked me why I gave a homeless person $5. She was concerned that they would use it for something they shouldn’t or that they were just taking advantage of me! My answer back was that – that is on them. I give because I can and because of how it makes me feel. Whatever their circumstances are – I don’t worry about it. I’ve done more for myself by giving than worrying what they are going to use it for.

So as we move through these changing times – stop and smell the roses, look at the things you already have and be grateful, be excited about life and what it has to offer you, bless others with a little gift, and live life to the fullest every day.

“The ultimate source of happiness is our mental attitude.” Dalai Lama

Keto Made Easy

Yes! A long-term study found that keto’s ability to accelerate fat burn actually helps clear fat out of the bloodstream, triggering a significant decrease in ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Have you ever heard of “chaffles”? Can be served as a replacement waffle or used as a substitute for bread or use it as a base for pizza or tacos. This new way of eating is 1 net carb out of the 20-40 grams of carbs you’re allowed per day.

Just incorporate these “chaffles” into your normal keto lifestyle of low carb, moderate servings of protein and plenty of high-quality fat. According to Dr. Eric Westman, “when you do this, blood sugar drops and your body needs a new energy source. It starts turning fat— from food and from fat cells— into compounds called ketones that become your fuel.”

The ‘chaffle’ advantage. “There’s so much scientific evidence that a keto-style diet works–dozens of studies. The puzzle that needs to be solved is how to help people do it over the long-term so they’re not missing things they used to eat. And a chaffle is a super-easy tool that helps people stay on track.” says Dr. Westman, who has seen chaffle fans shed up to 250 pounds without surgery.

Most keto breads have about 5 grams of carbs per slice, whereas chaffles have as little as 1 gram carb.

Basic Recipe for Chaffles – courtesy of KetoConnect.net

2 large eggs, beaten and 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or any full-fat cheese.

Heat a waffle iron to medium-high. Carefully distribute half the cheese on the hot iron, pour on egg and top with remaining cheese. Close the iron and cook until you no longer see steam, 3-5 minutes. (Be sure to cook a minimum of 3 minutes to allow cheese to set; otherwise you’ll open the lid to a melted cheesy mess). Enjoy hot with butter and sugar-free syrup or in any keto variation you like. Keeps in fridge 3-5 days. 1 serving. 1 gram carb.

This allows you to substitute for bread immediately which allows you to cut carbs immediately and allow ketosis to start sooner, helping you to lose faster.

I have also added exogenous ketones to my daily intake which also puts your body into ketosis in under an hour.

Low Carb vs. keto

How many of you know the difference between low carb and Keto? Do you want to live a low carb keto lifestyle without having to count macros? Have you given up bread, pasta, potatoes and fruit?

First thing to do in going low carb or especially keto is to go through your cupboards and donate all the high carb foods and all the processed foods. Once this is done, now you can concentrate on eating clean and whole foods versus all the processed foods.

Dr Ryan Lowery from Ketogenic.com has done a little cheat sheet for lazy keto meal prep. This is a great cheat sheet, especially for the first couple of weeks til you get comfortable with what you are to eat. If you shop mainly on the outer aisles at the grocery store and stay away from processed foods you will be low carb. If you go a bit further and eat high fat, medium protein and low carb then you will be considered keto. See his cheat sheet below.

I still always recommend someone go slowly for the first three days of getting into ketosis unless you are going to be adding exogenous ketones. The reason for that is – if you go cold turkey on getting rid of the carbs you may get headaches. I know I do. So if you get rid of pasta day 1, bread and potatoes day 2 and fruit and sweets day 3, then you shouldn’t have any issues with feeling poorly.

I totally enjoy the way I feel when I’m eating keto. I can always tell when I’ve gone too far on the low carb route because of how I feel. I highly recommend this way of eating. It is amazing and you can make almost every recipe keto.