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Abundant Life

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As we quickly approach Christmas, I think it’s a good idea to remember the true meaning of the season.  We hear it all the time in Christian circles… “Jesus is the reason for the season”, but what do we actually do to keep our mind, body and spirit focused on what they were originally designed to be focused on? If Jesus being born into this world is the true gift that we’ve been given and celebrate on December 25 each year, what was he given to us for? Of course, He was the sacrifice that was given for eternal salvation, the redemption of man, and for the forgiveness of sins forevermore, but it doesn’t just stop there. In John 10:10 (ESV), Jesus said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” 

What does it mean to have abundant life? While we are all originals and designed on purpose with a specific purpose unique to us, it typically boils down to a few common things. When you ask people what it means to have abundant life, they will typically say something like, “peace, health and happiness!” Nobody says, “lots of presents!” Or “more Facebook friends and followers on Instagram”. No one, at the end of their life, says that they wish they had more money or things, but they wish for more healthy days to spend with family and friends and a chance to make things right those where relationships have gone wrong so that there can be peace in their hearts.

I like to redirect my patients to the four basic pillars of health, as they are always the foundation of a truly abundant life.

The Chemical pillar is comprised of every substance that goes into our bodies: from the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat and the supplements we take, to the chemicals we’re exposed to in the world around us.

The Physical pillar encompasses the alignment of our body’s frame (Spinal and all other joints), exercise, stretching and the rest and sleep we get each day.

The Mental pillar encompasses all of the things that have to do with your mind, your relationships, your perception, your attitude, how & what you think about, and the stress that you deal with.

The Spiritual pillar encompasses all of the matters of faith, your belief in God and the part of you that will live on forever.  

It’s the BALANCE of those 4 pillars that is really critical to attain. 

This Christmas season, let’s not let all of the distractions and hustle and bustle derail us from keeping our lives in balance and what will bring us true joy and abundant life...The kind of life that Jesus came into this world to give us.  To do that, make sure you are not using the season as an excuse to stop exercising, or to eat every baked good that comes your way, or to buy into hurrying around and getting stressed out with all that “needs” to be done.

In the end, spending relaxed, quality time and making memories with your family and friends is more important than having the Clark Griswold Christmas light display in your yard, eating everything in sight, and staying up late every night to do things that will ultimately throw your health and life out of balance. Sure, enjoy a few holiday treats, but getting sick will ruin anyone’s enjoyment of the season. Stay in balance and focused on what Jesus came for and your Christmas will indeed be merry, healthy and bright!

Go to www.DrMarkShannan.com for more info. or to get a copy of The Original Design for Health.  God bless!

 

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Relax

My friend Jenn went to the Holy Lands not too long ago. I asked her what affected her the most. She told me about a conversation she had with her guide. She asked him what he thought Jesus’ main purpose was other than to die for the sins of the world. His answer came swiftly, “To get the human race to relax and trust God with EVERYTHING!”

Matthew 6:30-33 MSG - “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

I’m sure like me, you wish you weren’t so easily sucked into the busy-ness and difficulties’ of life, but it seems to be human nature. I’m amazed at how immediate my response is when things go hay wire...I become stressed out. Why can’t we just relax, trust God, and have a party regardless of what’s going on? Why can’t we get this straight?

Is it possible we’re all a little freakish in thinking we can control, fix, and change everything and everyone around us? I think so. But if you’ve lived more than half a minute on planet earth, you quickly realize it’s simply not true. God is God and we are not. And if we’re really bright, we recognize worrying doesn’t do any good either.

The relaxation solution?

God says:

Peace I leave you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

Cast your cares on me for I care for you. (1Pt. 5:7)

Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matt. 11:28)

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell me what you need, and thank me for all I’ve done. Then you will experience my peace, which exceeds anything you can understand. My peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6–7)

And you know that all things work together for good to them that love me, to them who are called according to my purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Stand back and see the salvation of the Lord. (Ex. 14:13)

Do not be afraid or dismayed… For the battle is not yours, it is mine. (2 Chron. 20:15)

I heard a song on the radio recently that included a verse that went something like this, “Why do I keep trying to fight a battle that is not mine to fight, and has already been won?”

Good question...

When you can take a deep breath in and let it out! Trusting that God, who created you, knows every detail about you, knows exactly what you need, when you need it... is willing, excited, and responsible to get it to you!

RELAX!

-Laura

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Quick Immune System Boosters

  • SUPPLEMENTS

Echinacea, probiotics, vitamin C! 

  • GREENS

In powder, juice or whole vegetable form, make sure you're getting EXTRA amounts of good green veggies this season. 

  • DRINK WATER

Detoxify your body by drinking TONS of water this allergy/sick season

  • SLEEP

Everyone says it, but it's true, your body recharges, restores when you're resting. 

The BEST 3 Pre-Workout Foods

If you are like me, then you have probably experienced a workout with little to no energy.

It is one of the worst feelings an avid gym-goer can have. You know the feeling when you don’t even have enough energy to lift what you did a week ago.

I admit that I have rushed into a workout on an empty stomach. I mean, I am a busy individual…. aren’t we all? Mid-way through the workout, the dreaded “monkey jumped on my back.” My legs felt so weak, heavy and tired. I gradually became sluggish and completely depleted of energy. I set myself up for failure!

So in an effort to not let this happen to me again, I planned for the inevitable. I asked myself, what foods could I easily prepare and eat before a workout that will feed my muscles, provide quick energy and not weigh me down.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Eating before a workout prevents low blood sugar, which can lead to light-headedness and fatigue. If you fuel properly before workouts, you’ll be able to work out harder.

Below, I have listed my Top 3 Pre-Workout Foods that I have personally used to give me the fuel I need and to not go hungry during a workout. Hopefully you find the following foods helpful!

**Disclaimer: These are foods I personally enjoy and are a personal preference. Foods vary from person to person. Do not eat these foods if you have a food allergy with them. Consult your primary physician or doctor before eating these foods if you are unsure. ***

  • Banana

Bananas are fruits that you can carry with you pretty much anywhere. They are loaded with digestible carbohydrates and packed with potassium; which aids in maintaining nerve and muscle function, and enhances alertness. Bananas have natural sugars that will provide sustained energy for exercisers and are also rich in fiber. Try eating a medium banana with ½ cup of almond butter.

  • Oatmeal

When you are pressed for time and need sustained energy, try eating oatmeal. Oats are full of fiber, but not so much as to cause gas. They release carbohydrates into the bloodstream gradually. Oats also contain B vitamins, which help to convert carbohydrates into energy. Try eating a cup of oatmeal with honey, raisins and a few chopped nuts on top.

  • Fruit Smoothie

I must say that this is my favorite pre and post-workout food. I enjoy making one before doing a strenuous workout. If you make your fruit smoothie right, it can be a great source of carbohydrates and high-quality proteins. Protein doesn’t break down fast enough to be used as fuel for workouts. The carbs from fruit actually break down much quicker and the protein is used later to prevent muscle damage.


My Tropical Fruit Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1 scoop of high-quality whey protein
  • 1 handful of frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 handful of frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • And blend…