The spookiest time of year has arrived! Let the horror movie marathons and pumpkin carving festivities begin, because Halloween is just around the corner.
Whether you’re a Hocus Pocus fan or more of a Saw III fan, we all have metaphorical monsters under the bed that keep us up at night.
For some of you reading this article, you might say your monsters under the bed are more tangible fears, like a fear of spiders or a fear of elevators. For others, you might say your biggest fear goes a little deeper, like the fear of being alone, fear of failure, or fear of disappointment. Regardless of what you’re afraid of, we all experience fear, it's innate in our DNA.
Fear helps us respond quickly to avoid danger - however, sometimes we experience fear even when there is no actual threat of danger or harm. For example, you might experience the exact same heart-pounding, stomach churning feeling of fear when you’re about to give a presentation at work that you might experience when the car in front of you slams on their breaks unexpectedly.
While it’s natural to avoid things that make us scared or uncomfortable, when that fear isn’t based on any real facts or evidence of danger or harm, avoidance reinforces the message that we should be afraid and often leads to even more fear. Sometimes when we’re afraid, the biggest monster we have to face is the monster of self-sabotage. Self-sabotage is a form of avoidance. We self-sabotage when we’re afraid to fail and we self-sabotage to avoid feelings of disappointment or shame.
If you feel like a hamster stuck on a wheel, then you might be engaging in self-sabotage or unhelpful avoidance behaviors. Fear and avoidance can keep you stuck and ultimately prevent you from taking the necessary steps needed to grow and make progress. It’s important to remember that feelings of discomfort can be a positive experience and often go hand in hand with change. After all, we’re creatures of habit and we crave comfort and predictability for a sense of safety in a world that can sometimes feel like a real life Halloween horror film.
If you want to break free from the cycle of self-sabotage, you have to break-up with the idea of living a life of perfection and always being in control. Recognize that reward, growth, and personal development involve risk. Growth rarely exists without discomfort because you are doing something new and different where the outcome is often unknown. Typically, the anticipation of a feared consequence (e.g. failing a test, messing up a presentation, saying the “wrong” thing, etc.) is often worse than the experience itself.
In order to face your fears, you have to push yourself into the zone of discomfort and do it over and over again so that you increase your tolerance for the feeling of discomfort and learn that you are capable and can handle the resulting outcome.
It’s also important to remember that we’re all afraid of something. There is seldom reward without risk. When you’re afraid of the unknown, remind yourself that you are capable and imagine yourself effectively managing your worst case scenario if it happens. You might find in the end that the scary, menacing creature under your bed is nothing more than a few dust bunnies.
So this Halloween, when there’s something strange in the neighborhood, be your own self-sabotage ghost buster!
https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au – The Vicious Cycle of Anxiety Worksheet
Today's the day! Sparkle Fiber is HERE! ✨
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What are the benefits? The first one, and the biggie, is that fiber helps support your immune system by feeding your gut microbes. Yes - recent studies show that your gut bacteria eat fiber, and that when your gut is happy your immune system is strengthened. Good gut health = good overall health.
Some of the other notable benefits that you should know about: fiber reduces bloating, helps with weight management because you feel full for longer, it improves energy, and it gives you great hair, skin, and nails. Fiber acts like a broom sweeping through the digestive system, removing toxins along with it.
So why did I decide to bring Sparkle Fiber to life? ✨Because it's changed my life. ✨I became interested in fiber more seriously about 2 years ago when I was looking to clean up my diet in an effort to feel better system-wide. When I first looked into it, I didn't realize there were so many benefits from getting more fiber in my diet, but once I started to incorporate it I was blown away by how light and energized I felt constantly. My high fiber diet was my new best friend.
Then towards the end of 2018 I started to suspect gluten was potentially problematic for me after getting some genetic testing results back. I experimented with an elimination diet and discovered that gluten did cause me some issues, but that would force me to cut some of my best fiber sources from my diet (whole grain bread, fiber cereals, etc). It was at this point then I started looking for alternatives and didn't like what I found at the drugstore.
Stirring flavored powder into water and forcing it down was not particularly pleasant. I couldn't find an alternative that had a great ingredient profile, with cool additions like digestive enzymes available at a reasonable price.
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From fear to shame, to surprise, to love, our feelings are REAL!
Check out this Body Atlas, produced from research conducted by Finnish scientists which shows a heat map of where in our bodies we can expect different emotions the most.
Top 3 Benefits of Sparkle Fiber:
1️⃣Feeling full and satisfied at meal time!
2️⃣ Digestive enzyme blend = nutrients are more easily broken down and utilized by the body
3️⃣Staying regular. A bowel movement a day keeps the dietitian away!
What a day of 30g fiber looks like:
🥣A.M. 3/4 cup cooked steel cut oats + 1/2 TBSP Chia seeds + 1/4 cup blueberries + 1 scoop collagen peptides + sprinkle of cinnamon (11g)
🍎Snack : 1 medium apple dipped in + 1 TBSP almond butter (6g)
🍗Lunch: Grilled chicken over 2 cups spinach salad + 1 TBSP pine nuts + 1/2 cup chopped veggies of your choice + drizzle with oil and vinegar (6g)
🥦Dinner: Lean protein + 1/2 cup cooked broccoli + 1/2 cup cooked brown rice +One (3 capsule) serving of Sparkle Fiber (7g)
If you dislike your body or struggle with your physical appearance, your body image can become a prison. When you develop a negative body image, the way you think and feel about your body and yourself begins to feel oppressive and overwhelming. You build a personal prison brick by brick. Each brick of your prison is a mean comment or hurtful message that you’ve received about your body and are usually reinforced by society’s unrealistic and impossible standards of beauty. You keep yourself trapped by the relentless destructive and critical messages you tell yourself. As this personal prison can grow stronger, so do your feelings of rejection, self-loathing and hopelessness.
As human beings, it's easy for us to fall into this negative self talk and thoughts about ourselves. We all want to feel connected and to be accepted. When you buy into the message that you are not worthy of love or acceptance from the world because of your body or how you look, you feel trapped. Breaking out of these negative habits might mean stepping out of your comfort zone and opening yourself up to possible rejection, so at times you might not want to escape.
The truth is, you are more capable and powerful than you realize. You hold the keys to this prison you've created and can begin to break down your walls brick by brick. While you can’t control what other people say or do, you can acknowledge and validate the pain you have experienced and choose how you want to respond to these messages in the future. These walls you've built crumble as you develop your self-worth outside of this prison you've created by living your values, following your passions and interests, and surrounding yourself with the ones you love. Until one day, you finally break free and learn how to accept yourself for who you are.
Level your prison to the ground with self-compassion and non-judgment. We are all unique, flawed and imperfect. Your prison is only as strong as you make it and you have the power to break free. So, who’s ready for a body image jail break?
👩🏽🔬A recent study of two large groups of Europeans has found several species of gut bacteria are missing in people with depression, mounting evidence that gut bacteria can influence mood.
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