Natural Insomnia Remedies

You can’t sleep and this is awful! Lack of sleep can be disrupting at best and deadly at it’s worst. All creatures on earth sleep, if you don’t sleep, you can get very ill. You gain weight, you get wrinkly, you suffer from anxiety… you know it, because you suffer from it every damn day!

Apart from the average things you already know: establishing consistent bedtime routine, eating a clean diet, avoid caffeine and large meals at night, there are a  couple of supplements and this one awesome herbal remedy that you can use to help you get a good night sleep! Check out the video below.

Do you have any other tips that help you fall and stay asleep? Have you tried these remedies? Which one has helped? Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Quinoa’s Dirty Little Secret

The price of quinoa has tripled since 2006, making it almost impossible for the people of the Andes, the original consumers of quinoa, to afford it any more!

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian or someone who is just trying to eat a little more consciously, you probably consume quinoa fairly often. You probably consider things like sustainability, water and energy footprint and in general are aware of the effect your choices make on the lives of thousands around the world.

If appeals to you, this is one video you don’t wanna miss!

Did you know that you quinoa obsession affects the health and land in two of South America’s poorest nations?

Share your questions and comments in the comments section below the video!

 

Why I’m Switching To A Bamboo Toothbrush (And Get A Chance To Win One)

Throughout the years, as I continue learning about how to be respectful and honor myself and my home (planet earth), I’ve made major changes that I believe are better for my body and for the environment.

So with my latest switch, I wanted to tell you a bit about my experience in hopes that it can help you make a conscious decision. And here it is: A Bamboo Brush!

Check out the video below more and find out how you can get a chance TO WIN some toothbrushes!

Have you tried bamboo brushes? What has been your experience with it. Would you be willing to try it?! Leave a comment below and let’s start a conversation.

Why I Only Use Products That Do Not Test On Animals

Did you know that 15 Billion animals are burned, tortured and operated on (with NO anesthesia) every year to test your cosmetics, cleaners and  perfumes.

15 BILLION!

Why do they have to suffer for us to have ONE more bottle of perfume, ONE more lipsticks! Check out today’s video to learn more!

This is a controversial, uncomfortable and important conversation that we must start having today. Change happens from a place of discomfort. Let’s get really uncomfortable about the abuses that these creatures suffer and make a significant difference with our wallets.

That’s the only language companies understand and they will have to listen!

What’s your take on this issue? Would you consider buying products that specifically say they don’t test on animals? Let me know in the comments below!

The Food For Thought Summit Coming Soon!

For the last 4 months, I’ve been working on a little project that I’m really excited about and now I’m ready to share with you!

It’s called Food For Thought: The Mind, Body, Spirit Summit!

From April 14th-18th, I’ll be interviewing top wellness experts (doctors, nutritionists, therapists, coaches, best-selling authors) on how they manage to sustain a healthy lifestyle. All interviews will be available online at the Food For Thought website.

Since I know you’ve been searching for practical ways to live a healthier, more active lifestyle, the Food for Thought Summit is here to help you!

The #1 reason why people struggle to keep a healthy lifestyle is overwhelm. There’s just too much information out there! This summit will help you cut through the clutter, learn ways to stay motivated and create your own personal wellness revolution!

Click Here to check out the website and more details!

As a loyal member of my community you have immediate access to the summit and the Facebook Group Absolutely FREE!

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My First TEDx Talk!

A few months ago I was invited by the amazing women at Barnard College to be part of their TEDxBarnardCollege event.The video is now available on YouTube and of course I immediately wanted to share it with you all here.

My talk is part personal story, part motivational message. I poured my heart and soul into this talk, shared things that most of my closest friends didn’t know about and in the process, became stronger and wiser.

I’m sharing this talk with you here in hopes it can inspire you in some small measure. Thank you for listening!

How To Eat Healthy When Traveling

Traveling is one of my passions:

Meeting new people

Learning their culture

Seeing amazing sights

Creating amazing MEMORIES!

What’s not to love!

The one thing that I struggle with when traveling is finding healthy food alternatives, and also, how to balance the desire to try new things while staying true to my lifestyle and making food choices that will keep me healthy and strong for years to come.

Check out this video for some common sense tips that could make or break your travel experience.

Now tell me, do you travel a lot for work or pleasure? Do you throw all caution to the wind or keep some of your wellness practices even on the road?

Let me know! SHARE. Leave a comment below!

Can Your Health And Productivity At Work Live In Harmony?

There are inevitable times when you are not paying attention to your diet or your personal growth practices and that could lead to a downward spiral of pure trouble and can eventually wreak havoc in your health, state of mind and your productivity at work.

I’ve been wanting to talk to a super-star business woman to hear her perspective on this issue and Jo-Na Williams, Esq. kindly agreed to talk with us about her experience. Check out the video below for this juicy interview!

So tell me: Have you had a similar experience as Jo-Na?

What changes did you incorporate in your diet and lifestyle?

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Make Positivism the Best Motivator For Change

It is part of our human nature to get a boost of energy, led by adrenaline, when we get angry. When you see or experience something that angers you, chances are you use it as a motivator to change, to make sure it never happens again.

Angers leads to desire, to hope and action. But what about positivism? What about the radical idea of using a positive attitude to inspire hope, change and action. Hope to understand that it is possible.

Change to ensure that good trumps evil every time. Action to progress towards enlightenment every day.

But how? How do we turn away from a using negative energy as a powerful motivator to positivism as a tool for positive change?

The first course of action is remembering the power of your own mind. Your mind is capable of magnificent things. There are lots of talents in you waiting to be developed and used for your own good and the good of all.

When your life in this light, it becomes easier to be motivated to change in a more peaceful, joyful way.

Your thoughts are powerful tools that, when used positively, can help you create realities you never thought possible. Following are some techniques to help use the power of a positive mind to affect change in the world:

  1. Don’t give anger and negative thinking any power. Thoughts and ideas only become powerful when you, the thinker, empower them. If you have an angry thought and decide to ignore it, it will become easier to move ahead without being affected by the negative thinking.
  1. Use positive thinking to counter negativity. If someone tells you that you will never be financially independent, you should automatically tell yourself, “I am going to be financially independent faster than originally planned”. Your initial reaction may be anger and frustration but using positive language will help you change how you feel about this experience without losing motivation.  The same works for other aspects of your life. When thoughts about relationships come to your mind, for example, and you start thinking that you will never fall in love again, you counter-act by saying, “I will meet a special person and will enjoy a loving, meaningful, long-lasting relationship soon.” By doing so, you will take the power away from your negative thoughts, and give it to a positive one.
  1. Be aware of your thoughts and try recognizing them as negative or positive. Continue to nurture the positive thoughts, and write down on a piece of paper as many of the negative ones as you can remember. Then read through the list, and analyze them, recognizing that they are simply negative ideas. Think of them as pieces of your mind that you just removed and placed on the paper, ready to be disposed of. Once on the paper and out of your head, they can remain there forever. Quietly acknowledge this and part ways with your negative thoughts.

Your thoughts are some of the few things in the world that are 100% under your control.

Nothing else truly is. And very few things are as powerful as those very thoughts. Use them and allow them to empower you, and you will soon be a catalyst for amazing positive change in the world.

How To Keep An Open Mind

Your ideals, values, and belief system have all been shaped and influenced by your background.

Your thoughts are influenced mostly by what others taught you about where you come from, the color of your skin, your religion, the political views of the majority, what your ancestors believed in, etc.

It was important to teach you what to be, what to think, and what to believe in.

It was especially important to teach you that those ideas are the only ones to follow, the only ones that are correct, and the ones that will bring you safety and happiness. Most of you were not allowed to think outside those ideals and if you did, most likely, you were regarded as a rebel, ungrateful, or an unworthy member of the group.

Your parents or guardians likely had the best of intentions to help you grow into a happy, healthy individual that fits in the culture around. To help attain that, they may have taught or tried to teach you ideas that may be discriminatory, stereotypical, and wrong about people that do not belong in your cultural, social, or racial group.

The intention was to teach you to be the best person you can become, but instead (and most likely unconsciously) they may have helped you harbor feelings associated with a narrow mindset that does not respect the divinity in yourself and others.

Instead of nurturing feelings of disrespect or self-centeredness that may limit your potential for growth, be open to the idea that you are part of the world, and the world and all of its components are part of you, both good and bad.

It is then up to you to have an open mind about people, ideas, and everything else you encounter. An open mind will allow you to learn…

When you learn, you understand, and when you understand, you learn to love.

This is the only way you can objectively give and receive. When you have an open mind, you can see the beauty and love that the universe has to offer, and you can get so much more from it.

If you see in others love, kindness, compassion, and understanding, you will receive exactly that.

Some of the principles to help you have or maintain an open mind include:

  1. Allow your mind to make positive choices.
  1. Become conscious of and admit any fears or wrongdoings and make an effort to rectify them as soon as possible.
  1. Remember that opening your heart and mind heals because it is a natural function of your body to rid itself of anything that hurts or sickens it.
  1. Talk to someone, write, or express your fears, doubts, and mistakes to create a sense of release that will bring positive energies to your life.
  1. Remember that you are one with the universe and all its members. Use the positive energies that the universe has to offer to your advantage by offering and giving some of the good in you.
  1. There is no one superior or inferior to you. Support this thought with knowledge. If, for example, you dislike a religious or social group or disagree with someone because of his/her views and preferences, offer to learn about it before engaging in fruitless discussions and pre-judgments that will enrage you and prevent you from reaching a peaceful state.
  1. Keep track of judgments, negative influences, and actions. Continue raising your awareness of what limits your thoughts and feelings so that you can easily change them as soon as they arise.
  1. When you find yourself in stressful situations that may anger you and bring to light discriminatory practices, remember that even if you don’t agree with something it does not make it wrong. Similarly, the fact that you agree with something does not necessarily make it right.
  1. Be an instrument of peace. As Saint Francis of Assisi said in his now famous prayer, allow the divine energy to make you the means by which the world around you (including yourself) finds understanding, pardon, hope, faith, light, and joy.
  1. What you think and what you do affects other people. Make sure that the energies you send out of your body (even in the form of thought) are open, kind, and understanding. Be open to receive the same tenfold.

 

Living Your Purpose – My interview with Kristen Domingue

Today’s topic is about inspiration, following your instinct and allowing your life and dreams to go from good to Great by Living Your Purpose.

I recruited the help of Kristen Domingue, a branding expert and founder of Ignite to help us delve into this topic more in detail. Kristen’s brilliant words help us awaken to our life’s purpose and then help us stay motivated and focused in order to live that purpose.

You and I both came into this world for a reason and are still here for a reason!

We must honor ourselves and the world around us by following our calling, awaken to our life’s purpose and living like we mean it!

We go deep on this one so don’t miss it!

Go ahead, click below to check out this powerful interview!

How are you honoring yourself by living your purpose? What specifically are you doing TODAY to bring you closer to your calling?

Let me know by leaving a comment below! Looking forward to hearing from you….

Are The Food Ads on TV examples of False Advertising?

You may be wondering the same thing:

What’s up with all the ads claiming things that are not REALLY TRUE?

Ads about juices that are 100% fruit juice and yogurts that will help you poop better and cereals that will help you lose weight.

And other ads trying to sell you “foods” that are (supposedly) GREAT for you and will make you smart, popular, healthy and successful!

What’s YOUR opinion?

Watch the video below and let me know!

So tell me, do you agree? Why, or why not?

What is the strongest action you can take TODAY to send a decisive message to the folks spending millions trying to sell you these “foods”?

Let me know below!

 

Flu Shot – Why I Won’t Be Getting The Flu Shot This Year (Or Ever)

Flu season is in full swing and kicking people’s butts left and right.

As I’m sure you also hear every year that you should rush to get the flu vaccine.

FYI, I’ve told all of my friends and loved ones that I won’t be getting the flu shot this year.

…Or Ever!

And here’s why.

So what’s your opinion about this topic?

Are you getting or did you get the flue shot this year?

Why? Why No? Let me know!

How to Practice Visualization

Visualization is a great technique to help you get a clear idea of what you want in life and set your thoughts and intentions to help attract it.

You learn to feel, see, actually experience something you want in your life, like a dream or a vivid movie.

And see yourself in that “movie”, walking in it, experiencing it and being part of it.

Experience it in your mind as if it is already happening.

It Is Truly Amazing!

Now, this doesn’t happen overnight. Just like anything else, these things take time and practice, so I am going to give you a very useful technique I’ve used to help get you started.

Go to the video below and find out how!

Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!

If you are experienced in this technique, what has been your experience with it. Share your thoughts here!

What If The Whole World Ate Like Americans?

The US has about 5% of the world’s population but uses 25% of the world’s energy.

If the rest of the world ate as much food or used as much energy and natural resources as Americans do, we would need…

2 planets….

to sustain life.

How can you lower your carbon footprint with eco-friendly eating habits?

Check out this video to learn how!

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Which one of these tips are you most likely to implement today?

Let me know by leaving a message below!

 

 

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...

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