Brain Workout plus 20 Gulps

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Two Right Feet.”

What are the things you need to do within 30 minutes of waking up to ensure your day gets off on the right foot? What happened the last time you didn’t do one of these things? 

My alarm goes off an hour earlier than I really have to get up.  I don’t know if this is a good thing or not, since there is no sense of urgency.  Sometimes I hear it, sometimes I don’t.  My alarm is not the usual buzzer or radio alarm.  My alarm is a neurogym meditation.  It’s best to listen to these first thing in the morning right when you get up since one is in Alpha state, indicating deep relaxation.  Some days I hear the start of it and continue listening for the rest of the 30 minutes while lying down.  Some days I hear the start of it, dismiss it, and fall back asleep.  Some days, I wake up to the last 5 minutes of it.    Either way is fine with me since it’s really a pre-alarm to my actual urgent alarm . . . the kids on a school day.

Before my feet hit the floor, I pick up my thermos and take 20 gulps of water with lemon oil.  Your body hasn’t had water all that time you’ve been asleep, so it’s best to hydrate first thing in the morning.  The lemon oil helps flush out any toxins in the body.

When I don’t listen to my neurogym entirely, well, I have to make time for it later in the day.  I normally don’t miss my 20 gulps of lemon water, however, when I do, I’m pretty sluggish and not as energized as usual.  Once I’m aware of this, I reach for my thermos.

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Daily Prompt – A moment in time . . . All Hail the Kale

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: – A Moment in Time

What was the last picture I took and why?

All Hail Kale

all hail kale

I normally don’t take pictures of my food and, of course, this prompt comes up.

This is a picture of the All Hail Kale salad from Veggie Grill which just opened up in Pasadena.  I took a picture of it so that I can see the other ingredients and attempt to make this salad at home.  It has tomatoes, red cabbage, diced onions, shredded carrots, corn and quinoa.

The dressing itself was pretty oily so I would make a a healthier dressing with little or no oil.

So while researching similar recipes, I found a healthier version already done:  http://detoxinista.com/2013/01/all-hail-kale-salad-copycat-recipe/

The original recipe which is listed in the link above calls for 3 cups of canola oil – yuk.   I’m so glad that I saw what was in the original recipe since there was more oil used than I thought.   This salad is good but it’s not as healthy as it looks.

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who I am and why I’m here

My name is Ennie Gonzaga.  My mind goes a million miles a minute.  When I speak, my sentences are sometimes jumbled since I say the last word of my thought first.  I’m still getting slack for saying “my chaps are lipped”.  When I laugh, I really laugh.   I don’t hold it in.  Squirrel . . . ah my beloved squirrel that gets me off on tangents.  I’m a work in progress uni-tasker.  I no longer sweat the small stuff after years of practice.  My health won’t allow it.  I have a voracious appetite for learning and love sharing what I learned.   I’m a jack of all trades working to master all I can.

So far, I have mastered taking domain of my health and freeing myself from the unnecessary side effects of Lupus steroid medication, among other things.  I’ve had many people ask to share my story and what I did and what I do today.  So here I am.

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What is our Biggest Drug Problem?

Do you know what the number one drug problem is in our country?

It’s not marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc as most people would think.  It’s prescription medication.

The biggest users are women between the ages of 25-50 yearls old and children between the ages of 5-7 years old

“The biggest and fastest growing  part of america’s drug problem is prescription drug abuse” – National Institute on Drug  Abuse.

“The truth is that preschool aged children are the fastest growing age group being prescribed anti-depressants.” – National Mental Health Association

Healthcare today is based on Medication.  The Pharmaceuticals make them, the doctors prescribe them and the patients use them.  There is also the over the counter medication which no prescription is required at all.

Medication is only getting rid of the symptom and is not getting to the cause of the issue. Medication prevents our bodies from healing itself.

So what is the solution?

Natural solutions from plants.  It’s the nature’s way to take care of your health with no side effects or addictions. They are faster and more effective than traditional medicine.

Your body has the ability to heal itself.  We just need to give it what it needs to do so. Plant cells are similar to human cells and therefore the body is able to absorb and utilize what it needs.  However, the body is not able to easily absorb the medication and in most cases prevents the body from healing itself.

Before medication was created, what did people use?  They relied on plants to help with any health issues.  Let’s face it pharmaceuticals is a billion dollar industry.  They rely on you to stay sick so that you can continue to take medication.

My goal is to let as many people know about the natural remedies from plants and to educate them on how to use it correctly to help the body heal itself and improve one’s health and wellness.

It’s time to take healthcare into your own hands, not just for you but for your family and friends.

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