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Nicole’s Goals for 2014

Strength

I have been thinking about my goals and what I would like to do in 2014.  Honestly?  I’m not 100% percent as there is so much more that I desire to do and adding on moving overseas will make goal setting a little difficult. However, it is not impossible!

A few goals I’ve been thinking of dabbling in:

  • Continuing to write for my blog several times a week.
  • Make new friends by networking with others who have their own blogs and websites. 
  • Find free options to treat my chronic illnesses. 
  • Travel locally around my new hometown, take many pictures, and meet new people.
  • Continue with my exercise weight loss plan. I have lost over 30 pounds so far. 
  • Sign up with a rubber stamping/scrapbooking/craft direct selling company. I’ll be able to craft while I’m in my new home. Also look into other direct selling companies that would be of interest to me.
  • Expand my writing business to various levels and increase my income opportunities.
  • Work on finding my own inner peace and happiness.  This includes doing meditation on a regular basis and daily yoga techniques.
  • Find hobbies that will easily interest me and is inexpensive.
  • Look into trying new things such as zip lining. 

 

So here’s to a successful 2014!

Celebration of World Diabetes Day

DiabetesToday is World Diabetes Day which is celebrated on November 14th every year. This celebration brings global awareness to the general public about diabetes mellitus.  This campaign was developed in 1991 by the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Federation.  They came together in response to rise in diabetes diagnosis all over the world.  Each year the World Diabetes Day is focused on a theme that is related to diabetes.  The topics that are included cover diabetes, lifestyle, obesity, human rights, and diabetes in children, adolescents and adults.  For the last four years the main theme was about Diabetes Education and Prevention.

A little information about diabetes is that type-1 diabetes isn’t linked to being overweight. The cells that produce insulin in the body are unfortunately damaged.  There isn’t too much that can be done to lower one’s risk of getting type-1 diabetes.  For those with type-2 diabetes it is commonly linked to being overweight.  Maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle will help lower the risk of getting type-2 diabetes.

Symptoms of diabetes include:

  • Experiencing constant thirst
  • Urinating frequently
  • Very tired and fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss and loss of muscle
  • Muscle cramps
  • Yeast infections, itchiness around the genital regions
  • Skin infections
  • Constipation

Please see your physician immediately if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms so that you will be able to get diagnosed and receive treatments.

Super Powerful Superfoods by Nicole Leon

Super Powerful Superfoods by Nicole Leon

 

The Power of Superfoods

The Power of Superfoods

 

Superfoods are best known as foods that provides the ultimate amount of nutrition for the body.  Superfoods have the power to improve a person’s overall health such as lowering heart disease, and hypertension, reducing cholesterol, blood sugar, improving a person’s mood and reduce an overall risk of cancer.

Additional Health Benefits of Superfoods

  • Prevents and reduces inflammation
  • Regulates the body’s metabolism and burns fat in the body
  • Promotes digestive health
  • Cancer protection
  • Help protect the organs from toxins

 

 

All of these intensive superfoods are available right at the local grocery store. Incorporating a healthy diet is the best way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle can eliminate over 50% of suffering through some ailments. Each superfood is a real food and it is unprocessed.

Superfood - Walnuts

Superfood – Walnuts

Top Superfoods for the Best Super Health

  • Blueberries
  • Beans
  • Oats
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Spinach
  • Oats
  • Soy
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Yogurt
  • Tea (black or green)

 

wholegrainsFiber – Weight Loss Superfood

Eating a healthy diet rich in fiber will assist in maintaining the body’s cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Consuming fiber will help you to feel full longer which is a great tool for weight loss.  Several great rich in high fiber foods includes vegetables, beans, fruits, and whole grains.  It’s best to eat these foods fresh, dried or frozen. Canned options tend to have higher levels of sodium in them.

 

 

 

BlueberriesBlueberries – Anti-inflammatory Superfruit

Blueberries are an amazing option as they are packed with high amounts of vitamin C and potassium.  They contain antioxidants, phytoflavinoids and anti-inflammatory properties which help with lowering the heart disease and cancer risks.  Inflammation is a common ingredient for all chronic illnesses and diseases.  Blueberries are able to help ease the inflammation.  Consuming a serving of half of cup on a daily basis will help your body in various ways.

 

 

 

 

Green-TeaTea – Lowers Cholesterol Levels and Risk of Cancer Superfood

Tea is a heavily underrated superfood that needs to be consumed on a daily basis. Tea doesn’t have any calories and will help the body to burn off calories. The antioxidant levels (called catechins)  are powerful for both green and black teas.  Drinking tea is a good replacement for sugary sodas and drinks.  Consume at least 2 cups of tea per day.

 

 

 

There are a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and proteins to choose and eat.  Be sure to drink plenty of water each day which will help keep the body hydrated and healthy too.

 

The Power of Writing

bookpencilWriting through the Use of NaNoWrimo and NaBloPoMo

I have been drawn into the yearly pilgrimage of participating in two powerful movements called NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo.  I admit both of those acronyms have thrown me off a little while attempting to write them out. NaBloPoMo stands for: National Blog Posting Month.  The primary goal of participating in NaBloPoMo is to challenge the blogger to post on a daily basis during the entire month.  Bloggers are encouraged to take up the challenge of writing about any topic that moves them.

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month which is a yearly novel writing event that brings together writers of all levels whether they are professional writers or amateur writers.  This project occurs during November and brings writers together all over the world completing 50,000 words within a thirty day period.

I have decided to participate in both NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo as honestly it is a much needed distraction from my continuous and nonstop chronic health illnesses.  I have several illnesses that I battle with on a 24/7 basis and I needed something to motivate and encourage me.  I changed the way I’m handling this year’s challenge.  For NaNoWrimo I’m meeting my 50,000 words through completing various writing projects.  I am working on several e-book projects but I’m focused on ironing out all of the details first.  I’m writing some parts of the e-books which is a wonderful experience to take part in too.

The power of this distraction will hopefully assist me with growing as a writer and expanding further in my career.

 

 

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