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Doubt is a Disease May 7, 2010

Filed under: Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 11:33 am
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Doubt is the killer of dreams
Doubt is the blocker of memes

Doubt is the darkness at the end of the tunnel
Doubt is narrow end of the funnel

Doubt is losing before you fight
Doubt is overestimating others might

Doubt is the end of possibilities
Doubt is the mentor of false humility

Doubt is the sibling of fear
Doubts the glass ceiling on your career

Doubt is chairman of the inner committee
Doubt is the worship of non-doubters like Diddy

Doubt is wasting time on what if’s
Doubt is the squandering of your gifts

Doubt is the promoter of disease
Doubt is the forest for the trees

Doubt is knocking on wide open doors
Doubt is dining on scraps from the floor

Doubt is belief in your enemies magic
Doubt is repeating a story that’s tragic

Doubt is the bird in the hand
Doubt is the line in the sand

Doubt is never having to say I Love Me
Doubt is always thinking What Could Be

Doubt is feeling the pain before the punch
Doubt is the desert after the free lunch

Doubt is saying sorry for being abused
Doubt is the magnet for being used

Doubt is not flapping your wings
Doubt is not taking a swing
Doubt is not daring to sing

Doubt is 1/4 of a smile
Doubt is quitting 1/4 inch before a mile

Doubt is in the eye of the controller
Doubt is the urge to roll over

Doubt is the enemy of success
Doubt is the need to impress

Doubt is the fear of Know(ing) the Ledge
Doubt is the clinging to the edge

Doubt is the inability to Let Go(d)
Doubt is not going for what you know

No Doubt!

muchpeaceluv,
Kazi

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Who’s batting Cleanup? April 28, 2010

Filed under: Detox,Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 7:41 pm
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Spring is one of the most propitious times of year to involve ourselves in a detox program. It’s the time of weeding and feeding. So we align ourselves with the spirit of the her cycle when we do as nature does.

But we don’t have to limit ourselves to the spring.  There is always a certain level of detox going on around the planet.  Some call them natural disasters.  Others say they are acts of God and that we are paying some moral debt.  I’d rather see it as her way of reducing excess and supplementing deficiency.


Cleansing Foods and Supplementsmake sure at least two of the following are in your diet each day: Cherry, blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, crowberry, blueberry, bilberry/wild blueberry, black currant, pomegranate, red grape, orange, plum, pineapple, kiwi fruit, grapefruit, lemon, prune, raisin.

Kale, spinach, alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, chili pepper, red cabbage, red bell pepper, parsley, artichoke, Brussels sprouts, spinach, ginger, onion, eggplant, asparagus, avocado

Some Super Cleansers are: Beets, Shitake mushrooms, apples, papaya, kifir, Supplements: spirulina, chorella,

Herbs: fennel, milk thistle, dandelion, verbena, red clover, burdock (stimulates the liver, the body’s blood purifier).

Cleansing Practices:

  • Saunas, exercise, sweat lodge– sweating carries out toxins through the skin.
  • Stimulate the circulation and remove dead skin with a skin brush or Lufah while showering. 
  • Movement– the lymph system plays a major role in our bodies immune function. But it has no pump to force the toxin trapping lymph through the lymph vessels. It depends on our movement throughout the day to work efficiently.
  • Down time– stress is a major contributor to the creation of toxins in the body. Pause throughout the day and take a moment for prayer, meditation, appreciation of nature, gratitude or just to Be.

We are creating toxins in our bodies and environment everyday. Doesn’t matter whether you are a vegetarian, omnivore, industrialist or environmentalist. We all contribute to the mess. So let’s contribute to the clean up.


muchpeace,
Kazi

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Not Just for Pampering April 25, 2010

Filed under: Fitness,Health,Wellness — Kazi @ 5:15 pm
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I see plenty of advertisements for Spas, Spa services and Spa parities these days. The promote the purchase of massage, facials, saunas, body scrubs and more. The Spa business along with fitness (sometimes combined in the same space) has been one of the fastest growing businesses in major cities around the country for the past 20 years.

The marketing of spa services has been very successful. The emphasis in the marketing has concentrated on the pampering aspect of going to a spa. The need for pampering in a fast paced, competitive society such as ours is legitimate and deserves exposure. At the same time, this emphasis on pampering may go over the heads of certain segments of the population, who could benefit greatly from regular of even an occasional spa experience.

In particular, many men still have not experienced the benefits of visiting a spa.  The idea of pampering in some minds is still something for women and metrosexuals.  Real men don’t eat quiche and most certainly do not enter the fru-fru halls of a spa.  Stone age thinking, but still very prevalent.

Massage is the one aspect of the spa that is pretty acceptable across genders. But it too fails to attract some people because it is looked at as a luxury. “I’ve had a massage before. I felt like a new man afterward. But it’s just to expensive to do regularly’”. This is something I’ve heard from woman also. Not just in reference to getting a massage, but in response to any sort of spa treatment.

I think there is an opportunity here for those of us in the health and fitness professions to highlight the health benefits of going to a spa or soliciting the services of a spa professional and integrating spa therapies into our clients healthy lifestyle programs.  The treatments that I listed above are not only delightful to experience, they are healing to the body, mind and spirit.  Spa treatments are detoxifying, stress reducing and can also be bonding for couples, families and friends. These three aspects alone are some of the most powerful preventive and curative medicines at our disposal.

The two that I find indispensable to maintaining my health are massage and saunas or steam baths. The sauna takes a few minutes to get used to if you haven’t been. But the moment of initial discomfort is worth it. As the body temperature rises, perspiration and blood circulation increases. The muscles and organs are stimulated and toxic waste is removed from your body through perspiration.

The heat also relaxes the muscles, making them soft and pliable. Try stretching after spending a few minutes in a sauna or steam room.  You will find that your range of motion has increased significantly. Minor aches you may have been experiencing many times melt away.

To put the icing on the cake, have a massage done after spending at least a combined half hour in a sauna and hot tub.  You will arise from the table so relaxed, you would be wise to take a little nap before leaving the spa.

High powered business executives, pro athletes, politicians, royalty and entertainers have been taking advantages of spa treatments for hundreds of years. If you feel you can’t afford a massage, get a 30 minute chair massage. You will not regret it. Most chair practitioners charge somewhere in the region of $1/min.  Shop around for a spa or freelancer in your area that has reasonable rates. You can usually save on treatments by buying multiple sessions as part of a package.  This will also motivate you to get treated on a regular basis.

My favorite place here in New Jersey is King Sauna. I go mainly for the variety of heat treatments available. Women swear by the body scrubs they get there.

Make spa services an integral part of your Sacred Wellness Lifestyle Program.  See you at the spa.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Green Phoenix Smoothie – It’s on the money! April 22, 2010

Filed under: Health,Lifestyle — Kazi @ 3:44 pm
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Here is another taste of ice chilled bliss from the smoothie vault. Before I can share the recipe, you have to take an oath of secrecy because ‘I will never reveal the ingredients, processing nor source of this smoothie recipe to anyone. So help me…..’

Ok. That’s out of the way. (some of you caught that and some of you didn’t. what’s done is done).  Let’s get busy.

1 banana
1/2 pineapple
8 tbsp pineapple juice
2 tbsp coconut milk1 tsp spirulina
4 cubes crushed ice

Place in blender or my smoothie fav, the magic bullet and viola.
(hey Jillymeg, check me out).  Smoothie bliss worth a kiss.

OK Kazi, sounds delish, but what’s the Phoenix got to do with it?  Never thought you’d ask.

The story of the Phoenix is centered around an ancient myth describing that phoenix habit of living for 500 years. After which it would migrate from it’s present home in Arabia to Egypt where it would build a nest, set it on fire and burn to death. Within days, a new Phoenix would be born from the ashes.

Well as it turns out, south of Egypt in Africa’s Great Rift Valley, there are volcanic lakes which are home to the lesser flamingo.  These lakes are so hot from deposits of volcanic ash, they are uninhabitable by any other any animal. This provides a safe environment for the flamingos.  It is believed that the story of the Phoenix originated from indigenous tales of the flamingos that inhabit these volcanic lakes. The the parents build a mud-cone nest that holds one egg, which males and females take turn incubating. When the chicks hatch, their parents must take care to keep the infants from falling off the nest into the caustic lake.

As nature would have it. These lakes are also the natural habitat of Spirulina. The only food eaten by the lesser flamingo. Thus, Green Phoenix Smoothie. Stay tuned for more of the random, useless information I have stored away in the curiosity box I call a brain.

Here is another smoothie recipe if you missed it.

PS. If you wondering about the Great Seal of the U.S. graphic in the upper right of this post.  The Phoenix was the original bird on the great seal.  How’s that for random.

muchpeace,
Kazi

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Meditation Practice for Virgins. March 24, 2010

I will not stack the deck with any explanations on what meditation is, does or what the benefits are.  This way we avoid the power of suggestion.  Just follow the directions below and share with us  your personal experience. Experience is The Best Teacher.

Meditation 101 for First Timers (Virgins).

Find a quiet space. Sit erect, yet relaxed. Feet flat on the floor. Hands resting on your lap.

Softly focus your eyes on the tip of your nose.

Inhale deeply into your abdomen. [when you inhale, only your tummy should expand. Not your chest. If necessary, place your hands on your tummy (navel area) until you feel your tummy expanding with each inhalation.]

Inhale slowly, but not so slow or deep that you find yourself straining. Maintain a relaxed effort.

Pay attention to the sensation of your expanding and contracting  tummy as you breath.  Keep your mind on the sensation you feel with each complete breath.

Periodically check your posture.  If you begin to slouch, gently resume your original erect/relaxed posture.

If your mind wanders (you start thinking about other things (job, lunch, telling your friends how you meditated), return your attention to feeling the sensation of breathing in your tummy.  This will definitely happen. Do not become frustrated.  Just keep bringing attention back until your time is up.

If your eyes become heavy and want to close allow them to close.

When done, open your eyes very slowly.  Then you can begin moving very slowly.

First timers practice for at least 5 minutes.
You can do this a few times a day. Most important, is to practice everyday at least once.

First timers, please post comments on your experience.

“The proof is in the pudding”

 

Smoothies Back In Season March 17, 2010

Filed under: Health,Medicine,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 12:38 pm
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Here is a little somethin somethin to keep you stoked when the 2 O’clock brain fade invades your productivity parade:

Blueberry Blitz

1 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen pineapples
1 tbs Berrie Greens (or another green supplement)
1 tbs hemp protein powder (or your fav protein powder)
1/3 eye dropper of  stevia extract

place ingredients into Magic Bullet blender and blend until smooooooooth.

Wallah.

Tell me what you think.

 

Guess who’s coming to dinner? March 16, 2010

Filed under: Detox,Health,Lifestyle,Uncategorized — Kazi @ 5:03 pm
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When we last tuned in,our hero had been fasting for about 2 days and was experiencing symptoms like voices encouraging him to “just say no” , grab a pizza and stop trying to act like a monk.  Well by day three that all passed.  I fact, I was feeling so good on day 4 (which was my day to break the fast on raw food) that I decided to go an extra day (to teach my self a lesson. Ha).  So on saturday I broke the fast and lived on raw food for the next three days.  Needless to say, I feel great.

Eat Me

I did workout on the third day of the fast.  I was able to get about 1/2 way through the strength training routine I had planned.  But started to feel a bit lite in the head, so I cut the workout short to be on the safe side.  I tried this once before and ended up with the same results.  So, I would concur with most who advise against any type of strenuous activity on a liquid fast.  When you can feel your heart beating in your hands and feet.  It’s not really a good sign.

I broke the fast on simple raw food detox diet of spinach, snow peas, and mushroom salad.  I supplemented this with a miso broth.  These are nutritious, easy to prepare, tasty and have enough fiber to get the old GI system up and running again.  I also took some acidopholus tablets to restoring some good bacteria to my bowels.  The day after I started eating, I began having bowel movements again. Oh yeah, forgot to mention; I didn’t have a bowel movement for about 3 1/2 days.  This is common when fasting if your not also taking some type of laxative.  Or should I say, it’s common for me.

So that’s about it. Not exciting stuff, but I hopefully gave you some insight into what to expect on a short fast/detox (4 days fasting and 3 days raw).  If your interested in incorporating fasting or seasonal detoxing into your lifestyle and would like a personalized program, hit my inbox at  ibnallahskazi@gmail.com