How Do You Manage Abundance?

by Head Health Nutter on July 22, 2012

While many people say, “I don’t have enough _____.” (fill in the blank), in reality we live in an abundant Universe! It’s when we fail to manage our abundance that we find ourselves in debt. Let’s put our head’s together so we can learn to make healthier choices and always live abundantly!

Whether we’re talking about time, money, love, food, people, etc… our choices in what we do with our abundance determines whether or not we remain abundant or become deficient. For instance, when we continue to overeat, consume unhealthy foods and refuse to increase our exercise, we become abundant in fat and deficient in nutrients which leads to lack of energy and self-confidence.

Another good example is money. How do you spend your money? Is it on frivolous “stuff” that fills your home, substances that comfort you at the time, or gifts that subconsciously you buy so people like you? Do you spend more than you make? Do you save for an emergency? Are you making enough money to live comfortably now while being able to take care of your future needs?

Last year for my birthday I received Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s book, “Debt-Free Forever” and discovered exactly how I’ve been living my life and managing my money that has resulted in a lifetime of struggling financially.

I’ve changed much of what I’ve been doing so that I can get better results but, like managing weight with food and exercise, all of it is habit which takes conscientious effort (at first) and time to change permanently.

So I`m still working at it. 🙂

I have a feeling that most of us have successes in managing abundance in some areas of our lives, while we have challenges in other areas.

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The Gobble Gobble Guide to Gratitude

by Head Health Nutter on November 26, 2009

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

Happy Thanksgiving, America! This special day is set aside for gratitude. Did you know that some people think gratitude is so important that it will change your life? This post explains the power of gratitude and gives you some practical tips for achieving it!

Thankful WomanDo you believe in the Law of Attraction? Before dismissing it as New Age hooplah, look to your own experience for evidence of it.

For instance, when you genuinely smile at someone, do you not usually receive one in return? When you’re grumpy, don’t you notice that most often people will react in kind?

The Law of Attraction is at work whether we accept or deny it. There is one key element about the Law of Attraction when using it to improve your life: emotional energy.

Positive emotions (like joy, abundance, gratitude and love) net you positive results.

Armed with this knowledge and in honour of Thanksgiving in the U.S., the easiest way to begin using the Law of Attraction to your benefit is being grateful. I know what you’re saying. “How can I be grateful for everything in my life when I’m not?”

Well, you don’t have to be grateful for everything in your life. The secret is to focus on and appreciate the aspects of your life that you ARE grateful for. By loving your life now, according to the Law of Attraction, you’ll love your life later!

From The Secret, Daily Teachings, Day 295:

Gratitude is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to transform your life. If you become truly grateful, you will magnetize everything you need, wherever you go, and in everything you do. In fact, without gratitude, nothing can ever change. Your life will change to the degree that you use gratitude an begin to feel grateful. If you are just a little bit grateful, your life will change just a little bit. If you are very grateful, your life will change a lot. It’s up to you.

So now that we understand the power of gratitude, how do we apply this to our daily lives? Let’s start off with awareness:

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If you’ve ever felt the weight of the world on your shoulders, you may relate to today’s post. This is my first personal article in awhile and there are reasons for that. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the story or skip to the bottom and find out how my recent life events have affected Live Lighter and where I plan to take the blog moving forward. 

Growing older sucks. Remember the days where our biggest worry was what cartoons to watch on Saturday mornings? Every year that passes, we’re exposed to different challenges. Some periods of our lives seem like the boulders keep bounding our way, one after the other faster than we can leap over them!

Since I started this blog in 2007, I’ve had several HUGE life changes that have left me for a loop. Most of them being within the last five years.

The first was my first serious love relationship breakup back in 2011. You can read a little about that and how I chose to deal with it here:

Approximately two short years following the break up, just when I was getting back on my feet (though, honestly, looking back at some of my choices when I was back out on my own, I see they were leading me down the wrong path and I slowly began slipping back into my old addictive ways to deal with life… more on this later…), when another MAJOR life event hit.

My Mom

Around the time Mom turned 65 in March 2014, there was something wrong with her. I’m an only child from a single parent family and, even though at that time I lived 500 km away from her, I could tell even over the phone. I went to visit her shortly after noticing something amiss and her hoarding was the worst yet. A couple of weeks later (April 2014) I took a week off from my two jobs and came home to help her clear out her house – between myself and our mutual close friend, Mom was finally convinced that she needed help in this area.

But Mom’s hoarding was simply a symptom of more serious health issues. I called her often after I returned to my apartment in the city five hours away and after she told me she almost fell taking out the garbage one day, I phoned TeleHealth with the information I had. They asked me to get Mom on a 3-way call so they could learn more from her.

After speaking with us, the TeleHealth nurse suggested Mom immediately take a taxi to the hospital. It turned out that her blood sugar was through the roof! Her diabetes was being mismanaged and causing her ill-health without her even realizing it.

Weirdly enough, THIS was yet another symptom of a major health issue that no one knew about, not even her. After speaking with her best friend (who worked with her as well), she echoed some of my observations of Mom’s strange behaviour and told me their co-workers noticed changes, too.

DSCF0366 Mom & I when we were both healthier in 2008.

Moving Back Home

Needless to say, I knew Mom needed me, even if she didn’t. I contacted my old hometown employer (whom I always visited when I was in town) and was immediately offered a management position and an apartment to rent. I gave notice to both my jobs in the city and my landlord, rented a little trailer, packed up and moved back home. That was in August 2014 (read: Learning to Trust the Universe).

The first few months were rough. New job and position, new apartment, new love relationship, plus Mom kept denying there was anything wrong with her. I called as many people and organizations I could get a hold of to try to get her help but they all said she was the one who had to ask for help.

Finally, I found someone who actually helped me: a volunteer for an organization that protects the elderly. He suggested getting her a geriatric assessment. I was in the middle of that process (not an easy feat!) when I found her naked and unconscious on the floor of her living room on New Year’s Eve.

She was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with ketoacidosis and mild hypothermia. They stabilized her and then sent her off to the nearby city hospital ICU as they had done as much as they could with our limited small town hospital capabilities. She nearly died. Thankfully she didn’t.

Mom shortly after moving into the retirement home in 2015.

Following 2 Years: Mom’s Health & Finances

The geriatric psychiatrist diagnosed Mom with dementia. This helped us understand why she was failing to manage her diabetes. As per the health system in Canada, they wanted her to stay at home for as long as possible. (Her home, by the way, is over a century old and falling down around her.)

For the next 8+ months, we had support workers come into Mom’s home to help her live. I played an important role at this time, too, as the support was limited and shopping or paying bills was difficult for her. I was there almost every day between work and my own small business.

She had retired (without being fully prepared) in May 2014 and was living off of a small pension. She was making so little and overspending that she needed assistance with finances to keep the roof over her head, groceries in her fridge and afford medication. I highly suspect that the dementia had been creeping up on her for a few years, aiding in some poor financial decisions, including refinancing her home for the third time.

Finally, after losing enough weight to be scary, almost setting her home on fire twice and falling three times, the support workers and the doctor agreed that despite all the assistance, Mom was failing with living by herself at home. She was reluctant at first but said she would try living at a retirement home with nursing home capabilities. Whew!

Thankfully, after a few months, she began loving it there! Her health and well-being improved dramatically. Two years later, I’m happy to report she’s still loving it!

At this point in the story, Mom’s health had finally been taken care of but my job with her finances was just beginning. She had only a small retirement fund and still held a substantial mortgage. An appraisal on her house came in at less than what she owed on the house! Plus, her monthly income was coming up short $150 per month to afford the fees at the retirement home (that’s with a shared room and the most cost-effective home in the area).

I was left with no other choice but to borrow money and renovate the house. I put my name on the mortgage and land transfer to carry the costs on my own. The following year was spent renovating and calling as many people I could to increase her monthly income. I couldn’t find more money for her but between income tax returns and her little retirement fund, she was able to squeak by.

Fast forward to today. I just got back from the lawyers signing over the house to a new owner! Yay! It would have been a year next month that it was on the market. We had to lower the price BUT Mom’s financially OK. I can breathe once again!!!

Me on Halloween 2015. I’m a bit heavier now but not as mean – haha (If you don’t recognize the costume, I’m Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road).

How All This Has Affected Live Lighter

Obviously, over the last 3+ years, I’ve had to prioritize my time, mainly with making money to help finance all the costs. Unfortunately, I do not make a lot of money with Live Lighter and so it had to be de-prioritized. I halted all personal posts and assumed the role of editor. I also hooked up with Ezoic as they assured me that with the design testing, I would make more advertising revenue.

The choices I made back in the city following the breakup lead me back to the bar scene. As a bartender, you can make some decent money but it can also come with a cost: The Rockstar Lifestyle. This means drinking alcohol to de-stress with your co-workers, even drinking with the clientele, and getting home on average at 4 am.

After moving back home, a lot of this changed. However, I still worked bar 2 to 3 nights of the week and I was in the habit of relying on my old buddy, booze, to decompress after work. I kept up that part of the rockstar lifestyle and felt I had no time or energy for exercise. Although I’ve been eating nutritious food (my main squeeze is a cook and keeps me well-fed with a Mediterranean diet), between the late hours, alcohol and almost non-existent exercise program, it’s caught up to me.

I’m now back up to 170 lbs (I was 145 when I moved back home and 130 following the breakup), was having issues with my immune and digestive systems up until 2 weeks ago, and struggling greatly with stress and anxiety.

Moving Forward with Live Lighter

Things are turning around, though! Mom’s health and finances are stable now, the hours have changed at work (no more late bar nights!), I’ve begun an exercise and cleansing program, and for the last two weeks I’ve been taking Royal Jelly (which I swear has been the mitigating factor of improving my energy, mood and motivation).

Now that the dust is settling (although, I’m currently helping settle the estate of my aunt who recently passed away and assisting her only child who has schizophrenia – yup, the boulders keep on coming!), I finally feel like I have the time and energy now to focus more on Live Lighter.

For the next few months, I’ll be taking the time to fix some of the issues with the blog that have cropped up during my time as editor. For instance, Google informed me that I have “unnatural outbound links that violate Google’s guidelines,” plus I’m super unhappy with the designs/advertising through Ezoic.

This will be `so long for now’ while I take some time for healthy selfishness. I may post on occasion in the next few months to report on my healthy living pursuits, so please don’t unsubscribe! In 2017, be on the lookout for a NEW and IMPROVED Live Lighter where I share how I’ve rediscovered balance, natural health and well-being.    

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Diabetes And The Risk Of Major Health Issues

by Head Health Nutter on October 21, 2016

Diabetes is becoming more common. I’m pleased to present to you today’s guest article by blogger, Eric Johnson, to help inform us of the dangers of diabetes and how to prevent developing it.

To some people, diabetes is a disease that affects blood sugar and requires one to alter their diet. However, there’s much more to it than that, and because it does affect the blood–which flows to all parts of the body–it can lead to damage in just about any organ or part, including the eyes, gums, heart, and kidneys.

Diabetes can be caused by a number of things; for people living with Type 1, it’s an issue with the immune system, which attacks the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Without insulin, the body can’t break down the glucose in our blood. People with Type 1 diabetes require insulin medication daily in order to maintain their health.

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Type 2 diabetes affects many people–nearly 30 million have been diagnosed with it in the U.S.–and involves the body being unable to process insulin correctly. For some–particularly in the early stages of the disease–the symptoms can be controlled by diet and exercise. But for others, diabetes requires medication and, if left untreated, can negatively affect the blood vessels throughout the body. [click to continue…]

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How to Develop Organizational Skills & Become More Productive

by Head Health Nutter on October 17, 2016

Who doesn’t want to do more in less time? We all have a ton of things to do and while we want them done, we also want to have our free time to play! Keep reading today’s article by blogger Kate Simpson for a tons of tips in how to be more organized and productive so we can lead more balanced lives. 

Take a look online and you will see plenty of hokum about productivity and organization. You will see figures such as how 30% of your day is wasted looking for misplaced items. This may be true for blind jugglers, but most people suffer from macro-productivity problems rather than micro-issue problems. For that reason, here are a few fundamental changes you should make to hone your organizational skills and become more productive.

Employee Out of OrderPlanning Pays the Piper

Even the hardest skeptics have to admit that more gets done in 24 hours if a day is planned out. Even if a plan doesn’t work, a worker is more productive because he or she is more aware of the time and what needs to be done. People are easily able to spin their wheels all day without getting much done and still feel like they have had a hard day and productive day. People that promote via social media will tell you that waste a lot of time if they do not start work with a plan (especially since social media is such a sneaky time vampire). The mistake that most people make is to create incentive plans because behaviorists have proved it only creates temporary compliance. Create simple plans full of targets and deadlines without punishments or rewards, and you will find yourself becoming more productive as the day goes on. [click to continue…]

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Alternative, Natural Ways to Avoid Back Surgery

by Head Health Nutter on October 14, 2016

If you or someone you know and love have back pain, you’ll love today’s article and infographic contributed by the folks over at PMIR Medical Center.

Unfortunately for many people, back pain is something that may trouble them in their lifetimes: It’s estimated that about 26 million Americans age 20 to 64 suffer back pain that’s ongoing. In addition to dealing with the pain, Americans and the health care system are dealing with the financial repercussions of our bad backs. As a country, we spend about $86 billion—yes, that’s billion—on ailing backs.

Many people think that surgery is the best option for minimizing or getting rid of back pain. But there are other alternatives that may offer hope for pain relief, too. A number of different herbs may help to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as heal certain conditions. Physical options including massage and meditation are also good remedies to pursue, as is acupuncture and chiropractic care.

Hopeful about returning your back to good health? Use this graphic for ideas and information. [click to continue…]

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5 Juicing Mistakes You Must Avoid

by Head Health Nutter on October 10, 2016

Have you heard about all the health benefits to juicing? Are you already into or getting ready to juice? If so, you may really appreciate today’s guest article by Mauricio Prinzlau. Keep reading to avoid any potential juicing mistakes and reap the most benefits from juicing.

Juicing seems like a convenient solution for people who are burdened with excessive work pressure and deadlines. A quick and scrumptious breakfast option, a glass of fresh fruit juice keeps you charged up all day long!

Juicing has its own fair share of dos and don’ts. Please have a look at 5 mistakes which are very common.

1. Do: Proper Juicing RecipesCouple Blending

Juicing is not just about blending different fruits and vegetables and drinking the concoction it involves systematic planning and proper recipes. If done the right way, it can really boost your immunity and help increase your longevity, but juicing comes with its own set of rules, and not following them can lead to some very unpleasant consequences. For instance, you might start gaining weight or suffer from some other painful side-affects. Read on to know more about the common juicing mistakes and how to avoid them.

2. Don’t: Adding loads of fruits

Rich in glucose, fructose and other natural sweeteners fruits are a popular choice among people when it comes to juicing. And while fructose is necessary, excess of it can be really harmful for the body, especially the liver. Adding fruits can really enhance the taste of the otherwise bland juice full of green veggies and other healthy stuff, but what one fails to realise is that an excess of fruits can drastically lower the nutritional content as well. That doesn’t mean you compromise on the taste though, but remember too much of a good thing can sometimes be harmful. [click to continue…]

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Dealing with Detox Headaches

by Head Health Nutter on October 7, 2016

Are you planning a fall detox to help recoup from the summer partying? Then you’ll love today’s article by guest blogger, Henry Kingston, who shares with us the low-down on detox headaches and natural remedies for them!

Going on a detox spree requires you to be both intrinsically and extrinsically motivated as it requires a lot of patience to resist your cravings and not give in to your rumbling tummy. You need to train your thoughts and condition your mind to stay away from unhealthy foods or drinks and also deal with the after-effects that come with it.

Do not go overboard with your detox as it may develop into mild to severe headaches depending upon the intensity of your detox. It is never a wise option to start something and then leave it mid-way as it may have more negative repercussions rather than benefiting the person in the long run.

MigraineWhy do detox headaches generate?

Detoxification is like fasting that tells you to stay away from the food and drinks of your choice and this abstinence may lead to chronic headaches that need to be taken care of. During the detoxification process, your body cells release toxins that have long been accumulating inside them. As your bloodstream gets polluted with these harmful toxins the result is often a debilitating headache.

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How to Positively Affect Your Brain with Writing

by Head Health Nutter on October 4, 2016

Did you know that writing with pen and paper has benefits? I didn’t either until I read today’s article by guest blogger, Rachel Bartee. Keep reading for why it’s a good idea to purchase a stack of pens and a notepad!

Writing is not something you do just because you’re expected to submit a report, article, or anything else at school or work. It’s time to put this activity into new perspective: as an investment in your intellectual growth.

In our digital era, the practice of writing seems to have changed, not necessarily in a positive direction. When you want to write something, you simply look for information online and you paraphrase it to compose something that expresses your own opinions. The genuine practice of writing differs from that routine.

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Research Proves It: Writing Makes You Smarter and More Creative

When people write down the ideas that come from deep within, the process activates a broad network of regions in the brain, which work together in a symbiosis. Researchers from the University of Greifswald in Germany found that the brain became very active during the creative process of writing. During copywriting, the brain did not show such an activity.

This leads us to a conclusion: it’s important to maintain a regular writing practice in order to support the creative processes in the brain. But, what kind of practice are you supposed to commit to? [click to continue…]

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I’ve been trying ancient grains over the past few years and have been pleasantly surprised time and again! I cannot wait to try some of them mentioned in today’s article by guest blogger, Jon Baner. 

Whether you’re an old hand at choosing the most nutritious foods for yourself and your family, or whether you’ve just started looking into how to create a more health-conscious diet, you’ve probably come across the term “ancient grains.” If so, you may have some questions. Just what are ancient grains? Are they really more nutritious than more commonly used grains like wheat and oats? Do they have a place in a healthy, balanced diet?

If you’re asking these questions and trying to decide whether or not to include ancient grains in your diet, read on! This article will answer all the questions you have about ancient grains, and maybe even a few you didn’t even think to ask.

Closeup on pile of organic quinoa grain in bowlWhat are ancient grains? The term “ancient grains” (also called “heritage grains”) refers to a group of grains and seeds that were first cultivated for use as foods in the ancient world. The Whole Grains Council takes the definition one step further by stipulating that these are grains that have remained “largely unchanged” over the past few hundred years.

Ancient grains originated all over the globe: Quinoa, for example, was first grown by the Incans in South America; farro once fed Rome’s mighty army of legionaries; and amaranth was a staple of the Aztec people. Some ancient grains can still be found in abundance in the modern diet and may sound familiar to you, millet, for example.

Others were nearly lost to history. Kamut, or khorasan wheat, was saved from obscurity when a U.S. airman sent a handful of seeds he found in Egypt home to his father who just happened to be a wheat farmer.

What health benefits might come from a diet rich in ancient grains? Ancient grains offer all the health benefits of more traditional whole grains. All whole grains, according to WebMD are “packed with nutrients.” Their naturally occurring fiber, protein, antioxidants and B vitamins can help reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, weight gain and cancer.

Ancient grains bring all of these benefits “to the table” while also adding variety to our diets. Since most of the whole grains found in the average American diet come in the form of wheat, corn and oats, these grains can become over-represented. They can be found in as diverse a range of foods as catsup, canned soups, chili, salad dressing and soy sauce. Including ancient grains in your diet adds diversity. [click to continue…]

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Natural Remedies For Anxiety

September 28, 2016

Who doesn’t have stress and anxiety? Check out today’s article by guest blogger, Santanu Majumdar, for some info on anxiety and natural remedies to alleviate it.  The best way you can make your body healthy is being physical and eating right. But even then, there are several complexities that persist in life to which many do […]

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Yes, There is a Need to Take Care of Our Veins

September 25, 2016

As a server in a restaurant for many years now, I’m well-aware of the changes in the veins in my legs. But, honestly, I haven’t really paid much attention to them because they don’t cause me pain. I’m happy to present today’s article by guest blogger, Mason Brown, who shares with us some information about our […]

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