Trusting your inner voice “soul’s guidance” during recovery

pills-in-foreground-fruits-in-background💊 A person in recovery from substance abuse is more likely to relapse when they have poor eating habits and do not adopt a self-care routine.  I know this first hand!

The human journey is a culinary dance, in my eyes. It’s a blend of ingredients that each contributes some texture, some flavor, some sort of deepening sensory experience, that together form the way we see ourselves, and our world. We’re all born with some disability or disadvantage. We’re all born with some sort of privilege. All our traumas, sorrows, and challenges are as important to the dish as our victories and delights. What separates the finest cuisine from a dog’s dish? It all has to do with how you use each ingredient!

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“Please know on this day of your life that adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.  During any time of adversity, your genius will be revealed as will that of all humankind.  We will find that there is another way to live other than ‘dog eat dog’, and another worthy goal other than ‘bigger, better, more’.  See this time, then, as a challenge to your ingenuity and an invitation from life to rediscover what is truly important:  love, family, friends, and … the journey of the soul.”Inspiration 1

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“Please know on this day of your life that God’s light shines through you when your light shines on another.  The darkness of the world can be illumined by your glowing presence — yet you must believe in yourself as The Source of that light and that love.  All the world awaits your arrival today, shivering in its sadness, looking to you for warmth.  Can you bring a radiance to those you touch today?  Will you?  Your answer will determine more for you than it will for them.  In this is “The Great Secret.”
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“Please know on this day of your life that creativity is not something you wait for.  It is something that waits for you.  You must decide to be creative, not wait to be.  You must challenge yourself.  Pick up the brush.  Grab hold of the camera.  Turn on the computer.  Start cooking the meal.  Get to the workplace early.  Propose the solution.  Advance the idea.  Become the answer.  How do you suppose these very words were written by me?  Do you think I have time to wait for ‘an inspiration’?  I must be the inspiration.  And so much you.  Print this out and put it right in front of you today.”
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“Please know on this day of your life that the struggle ends when the gratitude begins.  The search is over when the finding starts.  And the finding is not a finding at all, but a creating.  You cannot find what you have been struggling for, but you can create it.  And the jump-start of creation is gratitude.  Thank you, Universe, for helping me to know that all that I seek is coming to me now.  Thank you, Universe, for allowing me to feel, right now, the peace that comes with gratitude for what is, replacing the yearning for what is not.  Thank you for bringing me the understanding that from complete surrender with no resistance, and trust things right now are not exactly the way all is supposed to be, but will surely be.”
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“Please know on this day of your life that the goodness in your life does not come to you from someone else.  When you see this, you will be free.  There is no reason and no need to ‘play up’ to another, or to try to remain in their good graces.  Remain in your own, by not betraying yourself.  Simply speak your truth, with gentleness and love.  And have courage, for what you seek is not outside of you.  It is not a gift from another person  it is yours — to give, not to acquire.  Let no one, therefore, hold you hostage.  Not your partner, not your boss, not your family … and certainly not your God.  You know right now exactly why you received this message today.”

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“Please know on this day of your life that patience, above all else, is what is needed right now.  Do not let anxiousness or frustration take over.  Conditions on the exterior of your experience will change, but you highest benefit will be achieved when conditions in your interior remain the same.  Hold to your inner peace.  Reclaim your identity.  Trust your higher wisdom.  Look to the grander vision.  Do not agitate for a decision right now, nor seek an immediate solution.  Do not wish for an end to things as they are.  That end will come.  Yet let it arrive naturally.  Do not push the river.  Wait.  The Right Time is at hand, and resolution of this difficulty is on its way.”
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recent study from Disability and Health Journal, indicates that people with disabilities are more likely than the general population to have issues with substance abuse and addiction.  Specifically, about 40 percent of the population that has some form of disability also struggles with drug or alcohol use.  This includes people who have sensory disabilities, such as being deaf or blind.

Often, the frustrations of these conditions can leave a person feeling depressed, anxious, and isolated from the rest of the world.  For many people with these emotional issues, drugs or alcohol can be a way to numb negative feelings or create a false feeling of euphoria.

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3 Common Questions I’ve Been Asked Over The Years

There are no stupid questions!  We can’t possibly know everything so we shouldn’t expect others to know everything, and how do we learn unless we ask?

I have never turned anyone away or made them feel uncomfortable about approaching me with their questions or their curiosity. I am always just happy that someone took the plunge to approach me and ask.

Sometimes people get stuck on the words they might use to express what they are thinking, but I’ve learned to look beyond the words, and see the meaning of their questions, without judgement, and I never feel offended.

These are the three top questions I’ve been asked over the years as a blind person.

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Nori Breakfast Roll

printer iconA protein-rich savory roll packed with nutrients to keep you going all morning long!

Why it’s so good for you: Adding nori to your breakfast may sound strange, but it’s a great addition to your meal! Known as an ancient superfood, it was once believed to be our ancestors’ secret to health and longevity. For thousands of years our forefathers ate seaweed for optimum nutrition as it’s rich in minerals, including iodine required for healthy thyroid function.

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Great Eating Habits

🏆 Here are some great eating habits that may improve the mood and state of people struggling with addictions:

– Decrease caffeine consumption.

– Avoiding refined carbohydrates and foods high in sugar is so important to overall health, especially when trying to recover from any addictions or any mental health struggles. As refined carbohydrates and foods high in sugar can cause energy to crash, ups and downs, which translates into mood swings.  These types of foods are truly empty calories which results in a lack of needed nutrients for the body.

– Eat foods rich in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables: they play a key role in boosting your immune system and help restore your skin and hair, which often deteriorate as a result of various addictions.

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Nine foods that help to reduce high blood pressure AND CHOLESTEROL 💔

heart healthIf you are one of the more than 75 million Americans with high blood pressure, you won’t necessarily end up on medication. Lifestyle changes – like what you eat – make a big difference. Here are nine foods that have been proven to reduce blood pressure and improve heart health, according to clinical research. BONUS: they taste great!

🍌1. Potassium-Rich Foods

Foods that are high in potassium, such as spinach and bananas, have been shown in studies to reduce blood pressure. Potassium helps the kidneys flush sodium out of our systems, which in turn, can cause our blood pressure to decrease.

Some other high-potassium foods to try: sweet potatoes, avocados, swiss chard, and white beans. Try a smoothie with banana, spinach and avocado for a potassium-rich breakfast or snack!

🍣2. Fatty Fish

Studies have shown that eating omega-3-rich fish, like salmon or mackerel, or tak-ing fish oil pills, can decrease blood pressure and prevent the onset of hyperten-sion. When shopping for salmon, always opt for wild when possible to avoid con-taminants and pollutants that can be present in farm-raised fish. Try roasting it in the oven and topping it with an herb-filled pesto!

3. Beets

Beets pack quite a nutritional punch—they help reduce blood pressure, have anti-inflammatory properties, and have even been found in studies to improve athletic performance. Beets are high in nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide once digested. Nitric Oxide helps blood vessels dilate, which in turn reduces blood pres-sure. Try roasting beets and adding them to salads, adding them to juices, or try this raw beet carpaccio.

4. Pomegranate

A 2017 meta-ANALYSIS of 8 clinical studies determined that pomegranate juice had a significant impact on blood pressure. Try adding frozen pomegranate seeds to your smoothie, or sprinkle fresh seeds on yogurt or salads. If opting for pome-granate juice, be sure to choose one with no added sugar.

🍒5. Berries

You’ve probably heard by now that berries contain powerful antioxidants, but did you know they have also been shown to decrease blood pressure and relax the ar-teries? Anthocyanins, the compound that give blueberries their blue color, may have blood pressure reducing properties according to recent studies. Frozen wild blueberries are easy to keep on hand to add to smoothies, or try slicing up fresh berries on yogurt, granola, or salads.

6. Olive Oil

Healthy fats are an important part of a heart-healthy diet, and olive oil may be one of the most powerful foods in the world when it comes to health and longevity. Ol-ive oil is packed with antioxidants and polyphenols that have various health bene-fits, including the reduction of blood pressure. Cooking veggies with olive oil also allows our bodies to absorb fat-soluble vitamins K, A, D and E. When shopping for olive oil, quality is important. Olive oils on the market are often heated or diluted, which causes them to lose their potent polyphenols—always opt for a quality Ex-tra-Virgin Olive Oil for maximum health benefits.

7. Pistachios

Not only are they a delicious high-protein, high-fiber snack that will keep you full, but in several studies exploring the impact of nuts on blood pressure, pistachios were the clear winner. Eat them as a snack, or try adding them to salads or pestos.

8. Flaxseeds

Several studies have shown that flaxseeds are a powerful superfood when it comes to reducing hypertension. They contain, α-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fat-ty acid, which has been found to reduce blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, and reduce stroke risk. Keep flaxseeds in your fridge to prevent them from going rancid, and sprinkle them in salads, smoothies, or baked goods.

🍫9. Dark Chocolate

Good news for chocolate lovers! Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and poly-phenols, and has been shown in some studies to reduce blood pressure. Dark chocolate has also been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, making it a heart-healthy snack. Stick to smaller amounts, and choose a dark chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa content.

If it feels overwhelming to get all of these foods on your plate, start by ditching the processed, pre-packaged snacks, which can contain whopping amounts of sodi-um. Instead, keep whole foods like blueberries, pomegranate seeds, spinach and flaxseeds in the fridge to throw into a salad for a quick meal. Add some extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice and you’ve got a heart-healthy and delicious meal in under 10 minutes!

Many of these ingredience can also be thrown into the blender for a smoothy packed with a heart healthy punch! and will support YOUR HIGH BLOOD PRES-SURE AND CHOLESTEROL.

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