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Blog 2018-09-04T21:21:19+00:00

Dose: #22 Mental Alertness

Are you aware of your surroundings? Are you mindful of day to day happenings in the physical world around you? Are you alert to the felt yet unseen spiritual world that wars for your mind and soul every hour, every minute of the day? Are you cognitive that the supernatural realm effects the natural world? We know that our adversary roams around LIKE a roaring lion. But stay alert, on guard, and ready because he is a counterfeit liar and no match for the Lion of Judah, Jesus who lives in Us! When we are alert, we have more knowledge and power to advance the Kingdom! Example: Distractions and business can dull your senses! Don’t be caught off guard by today’s troubles, set backs, negativity or fiery darts that may come your way. They are a natural illusion that can blind you to what’s at work spiritually! Healthy Choice: Today I can recognize that most set backs are set ups! I can keep my mind alert to situations as they come, stay in a positive mindset and ask myself, “Why might this be happening at this time”? I can choose to be calm and wait for revelation and unfolding of plans rather than panic or poor coping choices. I can pray for answers! Diet Tip: Food is Fuel! Boost your Energy and Focus with Blueberries, Dark Chocolate, or Nuts with a cup of Green Tea! Daily Devotional: Colossians 3:2

Dose: #21 Emotional Acceptance

Have you ever felt strong negative emotions that you chose to avoid and stuff down? Negative emotions can be accepted and in turn become good. When we avoid these emotions there becomes a tendency to reach for poor coping mechanisms that over time can turn into addictions, only to mask pain. In avoiding and doing this you only buy short term dysfunctional comfort and extend long term pain. Thus we have a Battlefield of the Mind. Our emotions are information that lead to thoughts and action. Example: Emotions can be like weather. Changing rapidly like seasons. Yes, it’s winter, of course it’s snowing! The roads are full of ice and there’s a blizzard advisory on the local news. Will You choose accept that I cannot get my car out of the driveway today and stay home where your safe and warm? Will you choose to walk out, slip on the ice and fall only to end up in the emergency room? Take the car out, get stuck in a dangerous position, or worse-a fatal accident? Healthy Choice: Today I can choose to think about emotions as they come and accept them as legitimate feelings that I can learn to navigate through and manage. I can take negative emotions and go to the Word of God and look up and compare to what it has to say about that emotion. I can choose to dismantle the negative and apply some positive aspects and decide my best approach to manage safe choices. Today I choose to actively analyze and evaluate my emotions and thought life. I will choose to run my emotions before they run me! Diet Tip: Emotional eating can allow cravings and unhealthy binging to create havoc on our emotions and weight gain! You can be intentional and choose Mindful eating for your best health yet! Daily Devotional: 2 Corinthians 10:5

Dose: #20 Spiritual Security

What if tomorrow were your last day on earth? Would you feel Fear for your eternal security or Peace? Have you surrendered your heart and life to Jesus, who holds the keys to life and heaven? When we have spiritual security in HIM, everything here in our daily walk changes. Why? Because Intimacy with the Holy Spirit creates spiritual security and that in turn begins to reflect in the Fruit we bare. Example: Spiritual Fruit is growth that proves we are connected to the vine! Fruit of the spirit is Impossible without connection and intimacy. True Fruit of the Spirit is revealed in our actions as: Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. As this continues to produce and grow our faith is built and spiritual security abides. Healthy Choice: Today, I will search my heart and decide whom I will serve. I know I cannot serve two masters. I will choose to fully surrender to the Lord, Jesus Christ. I can begin studying the Word and applying it to my life. I will find a home church and teach my children, as well lead others to the Lord. When fear comes my way I will overturn it by quoting scriptures that bring security. Diet Tip: Daily Bread (the Word of God) will fill you to overflowing satisfaction and security. Daily Devotional: Galatians 5:22-23

Dose: #19 Physical Stamina

What does it mean to physically stand with Staying Power? When the storms of life come, what does it take to stand firm with physical strength in a turbulent climate? It not only requires physical exercise but putting on the proper attire. Good survival skills are a must! Proper training for staying power should be practiced and put in place long before the atmosphere changes! Physical stamina can pull from our mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves. Example: a winter storm can come in the form of a death, a job loss, a prodigal child, a physical impairment, or a traumatic tragedy. Healthy Choice: I can make decisions today to build my physical stamina so that when a storm arrives, I will not fall. I will prepare myself in the Word that gives me full instruction on strength and stamina. I will develop a diet and exercise program that is most beneficial and unique to me. I can mentally role play scenarios and develop my desired responses and outcomes. I know that my holistic preparation will prompt and aide my physical reactions and overall stamina. Diet Tip: Leafy greens, peanut butter, and fish are great sources for building stamina. Daily Devotional: Ephesians 6:11

Dose: #18 Mental Endurance

Have you ever faced a challenging crossroad? Has that crossroad ever seemed impossible? It appears to be too wide, too deep, too threatening. In our minds we cannot see or envision the other side. Our mental focus can hold us back from stepping out in Faith and creating action that will ultimately bridge the crossroad. Imagine reaching the destination and the journey to the other side was actually easier than your original thoughts and perception! Example: What if that crossroad looks like a path that leads to a new career, educational degree, weight loss, a health challenge, marriage help, or parenting decisions? What will you do to mentally endure the decision making process and do the work to overcome the crossroad? Healthy Choice: Today I can focus on preparing a plan of action that I can physically put into practice. I can mentally prepare myself that other people, circumstances, finances, and daily life occurrences may come as distractions or a negative force. I can make up my mind and set my mind on the end goals. I can set up a vision board to focus daily and remind me where my endurance will land on the other side of the crossroad! Diet Tip: Organic Coffee, Vitamin C, Protein, and Complex Carbs are All Energizers and boost endurance! Daily Devotional: Philippians 4:13

Dose: #17 Emotional Rest

Do you ever feel like life is throwing curve balls, multiple things coming at you at once and you find yourself trying to dodge being knocked down? It happens in many forms. With so much happening in the world today, it’s even easy to get emotionally invested in the chaos from television, social media, & radio! If you allow your emotions to be overly engaged and heightened for long periods of time it can begin to affect you physically. The mind is powerful. Example: A Heated Election, Ongoing debates and Moral issues. Maintaining your focus for weeks after weeks can get your emotions spinning to the point that your blood pressure rises! The same with sports games; wins and losses. Though being engaged in important or fun matters may be great in the beginning, when it actually starts to negatively effect you; it may be time to refocus on some other areas. Healthy Choice: I know that allowing my emotions to stay in fight or flight mode with adrenaline rushing is not good for my health. When I notice feeling angry, upset, discouraged and sad for a lengthy period of time I will choose to recognize this and refocus my mind. I can take a break from social media and too many phone calls, people and turn off the TV/radio. It’s ok to shut off all the noise. I will disengage and rest in silence for periods of time and give myself resting time to think in peace. Diet Tip: Chamomile Tea and Honey can help with tranquility and aide in rest and peaceful sleep. Daily Devotional: Phil. 4:6 John 14:27 Eccl. 4:6

Dose #16: Spiritual Leaning

Leaning into the Word means to have a positioned posture to receive, accept and ultimately apply the learned material and/or revelation to your daily life and walk with Christ. Leaning into a message, spoken word and focusing on what is meant specifically for you has the ability to transform your heart and mind. Transformation is a process and like the caterpillar you can be wrapped up in the dark, growing weight and wings, and as the light cracks metamorphosis has taken place. As this process is matured the decision to continue absorbing the nutritional value of the cocoon and acknowledge the new strength of our wings will determine how high we’re willing to fly! Example: How much you pay attention to what is being said and the message being delivered depends on your hunger for growth. How much you desire to read scripture and inspirational books may notate your spiritual thirst. How you choose to spend your time can reveal your desires. Healthy Choice: Today I will evaluate what I choose to lean into. I will pay attention and take note of whose voice I’m listening to and what I allow in through TV, radio, and social media. I can create a list of daily activities and choose options to lean into that are valuable, nutritional, and satisfying to me. I will feed my spiritual hunger and thirst. I will grow and Fly! Diet Tip: What you are hungering and thirsting for physically can reveal a deficiency in certain vitamins and nutrients. Daily Devotional: Matthew 5:6 Hebrews 10:25 Proverbs 3:5

Dose #15: Physical Well-Being

Did you know that changes in your day to day routine, regular time away, vacation, and time alone-sabbaticals can strengthen you physically? When the mind is overloaded and stressed it is simply a matter of time before the body feels the effects. If you’re in constant fight or flight mode, the cardiovascular system, nervous system and sleep cycle are in a race, and will wear and tear on the body. Did you know that standing at the edge of the ocean can have holistic healing effects to your well/being? When we find peace; body, soul, & spirit relaxes. We must listen to our bodies and learn when to take a break! Example: A week long time out with a change of scenery and fun and interesting things to do can break the stress cycle, slow you down and give time to recharge for upcoming events and big decisions that may be weighing you down. Healthy Choice: Today I can take a few moments and create a list of things to do or places to visit in this season that can help me find peace and revive! It may be walks by the lake, a picnic in the park, visit to the beach, exercise, or time away alone to Think and Rest. I will choose and plan time slots in my busy week for peace, relaxation, and rejuvenating physically. Diet Tip: Vitamin C and D have profound properties that keep our immune system healthy and ward off illness and disease. So grab a Fresh squeezed Orange juice and a morning stroll in the Sun! Daily Devotional: Psalm 29:11 3 John 1-2 Romans 12:1

Dose #14: Mental Gain

King Solomon didn’t ask for fame and fortune...He asked for Wisdom. As we seek wisdom and knowledge our mind becomes challenged and intellect builds. God brings Instructors, teachers, and advisors into our midst that we may glean from them and learn. When we accept the word that says iron sharpens iron and practice with patience what it means to have an open heart, mind and teachable spirit; we become lifelong learners. Mentally we become wiser and full of a broad spectrum of knowledge. Example: To become well rounded and educated requires studying multiple areas and subject topics, roles, and applications. A Master Gardener May need to study all different types of seeds, plants, flowers, vegetables, fruits as well soil grades, fertilizer, weather patterns and elements like heat and light. Doing so will teach and guide you in growing a healthy harvesting garden. Healthy Choice: Today I can select 1-3 topics I would like to learn about, begin to build my knowledge base and create goals to line up with and strive to finish with a successful outcome. Diet Tip: Food is Fuel! Never skip breakfast as it jump starts the mind and body entering into your day! A great healthy starter is plain Greek yogurt, organic berries, and nuts with a light drizzle of raw local honey. Daily Devotional: Hosea 4:62 Chronicles 1:11Proverbs 27:17

Dose #13: Emotional Stability

One big factor in emotional stability is Trust. When we trust God, we remove our human capabilities of emotional strength and trust that He will calm, soothe, give peace, and make our days and burdens lighter. Trusting Him is very beneficial to our inner peace and confidence. Who or what are you trusting in today? Example: When you travel by airplane (or train) and anxiety or questioning arises, what do you do? What can settle fears, calm the storm inside, and bring stability overall? Emotional anxiety and imbalance can manifest in stomach aches, nausea, headaches and so forth as a secondary physical reaction. What you choose to focus on can determine the outcome. Healthy Choice: Today I will decide to trust in the Lord when I experience uncomfortable emotions. I can focus my attention toward prayer and intimate relationship with him knowing I can come boldly before the throne with all of my concerns and petitions. I understand that I was created to rule and reign and with that was given dominion and authority over anything and everything including negative emotions that come against The Design for my life! I can ASK for what I need. I can request that He dispatch angels concerning my welfare. I can ASK that HE calm my storm knowing that even the wind and waves obey Him! Because of who He is and His strength I can be secure that my emotional weakness can become stable and healthy. Diet Tip: Emotional overeating and indulging can mask symptoms of pain and anxieties thus causing unwanted weight gain that can trigger emotions. Intentionally thinking about meal plans and food choices can positively effect your overall healthy balance. Daily Devotional: Matthew 11:28 Isaiah 38:7 Hebrews 6:18

Dose #12: Spiritual Revelation

Have you experienced hearing and feeling that Still Small Voice? Encountered vivid and bright, God centered Dreams? Have you ever had a Vision come to you that you easily wrote down or drew? Yes!-God does speaks to us, through us, and reveals his plans with instructions and direction when we have an open heart, listening ear, and willingness to obey. His revelation will always line up with His word in scripture. Example: A fresh revelation may come in the form of a dream, vision, prophesy or spoken word. Discernment and Wisdom will determine what your next steps will be. Healthy Choice: In order to fulfill an instruction or walk in obedience to an assignment you will need a plan of action. When receiving a dream or hearing that still small voice: Get up and write it down, draw it, compare it to scripture and Ask God for clarity and full revelation. What are my Next Steps? What do YOU want ME to DO? I know Faith comes by hearing and Faith requires Action! Diet Tip: Many people have reversed or prevented disease simply by choosing whole and clean foods from our Creator’s biblical plan. (*Refer to this Book The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin for healthy recipes) Daily Devotional: Joel 2:28 Numbers 12:6 Proverbs 29:18

Dose #11: Physical Strain

Do you ever find that your physical body is trying to communicate that rest is needed? Sore muscles, aches, pains, and headaches can be signs to us that we need to slow down! The mind can be speeding, racing, setting multiple things on your daily agenda but overdoing it will slowly but shortly catch up to the body. Example: A full day planner of physical work, grocery and household shopping, kids athletics, recreational hobbies, long distance driving, personal responsibilities, educational goals, taking care of spouses, children and families, financial planning, and workaholic patterns of behaviors are sure to effect the whole body system and wear and tear on the physical health. Realize that behind every successful person is a plan of action and boundaries. Healthy Choice: Today I will create a Healthy Calendar! I will plan by prioritizing my time so that I can be productive, balanced, energized, and motivated. Placing helpful boundaries and learning to say No is okay. I can set my top 3 priorities for the day on the checklist and work from there, it’s okay to be flexible. I will choose not to overload myself and take care of me....sometimes the dishes and laundry can wait until tomorrow. I will make time for walking and exercise to strengthen my body. Daily physical exercise is on my calendar. Diet Tip: Eating a Clean vibrant diet and eliminating toxic foods will decrease stress on the body. Keeping excess weight off will maintain good health and keep pressure off of your joints and muscles. 1 Timothy 4:8 1 Corinthians 3:17 Romans 12:1

Dose #10: Mental Health

Taking care of our Mental Health is an important element in the approach of holistic healthcare. Mental exercises can increase sharpness, precision, focus and clarity. Be sure to go over your multivitamin & supplements regimen with your doctor as low counts of certain vitamins and minerals can be linked to depression. Zinc, Vitamin B's and D are some important ones to consider. Example: Reading, writing, crossword puzzles, and brain games all can aide in decreasing factors for Dementia, confusion and loss of understanding in the golden years. Reading at bedtime can also help induce sleep. Healthy Choice: I will choose 3-5 books to read that interest me per year. I can find some fun brain game exercises including word searches, crosswords, memory games or board puzzles that will positively effect my mental Heath. Diet Tip: Incorporating healthy combinations of foods can decrease risk of psychiatric disorders. Food sources that are great for brain health and inflammation are Omega-3's/ fish oils, and zinc that can aide in converting proteins and linking connections in the brain. Daily Devotional: Isaiah 26:3 Philippians 4:13 Romans 8:6

Dose# 9: Emotional Suffering

Human emotions are powerful and can effect the physical body positively or negatively. When our emotions are balanced toward the positive; we feel a sense of peace, the body relaxes and daily functioning can be joyful and productive. However when we experience negative emotions that linger, it can cause great distress, suffering and be physically draining. The negative imbalance can cause a loss of joy, happiness and depression may set it. Example: You can challenge and exercise your mind by choosing what thoughts you tend to dwell on. You can retrain pathways in the brain to focus on daily thoughts which are connected to experienced emotions. Emotional balance can help increase and maintain overall healthy functioning. Healthy Choice: I will create a Vision board for myself and pin up positive goals. I can place it where it’s visible so that my thoughts will be on my goals at least once per day. I will cognitively think about what thoughts I tend to allow in and decide my daily focus. I know my mind is a Battlefield and I choose to WIN. I will commit to searching scriptures, meditation time, and filling my mind with good and purposeful thoughts. Diet Tip: Insufficient levels of Vitamin D can lead to mood swings, depression, and fatigue. You may consider incorporating vitamins & supplements in your diet plan. Daily Devotional: Psalm 34:17-20 Psalm 147:3 John 14:27

Dose #8: Spiritual Gifting

As you journey through this life, it becomes apparent that you were created on purpose for a purpose. Our spiritual walk leads to destiny. Reaching that destination requires spiritual wisdom, discernment, knowledge, faith, prayer, and other gifts along the way. The Holy Spirit is the one who reveals, grants giftings, and comforts. Example: The gift of discernment can help decide between right and wrong, others intentions, and which path to take. Wisdom grows our intelligence and strong faith helps us believe in the Physically unseen. Healthy Choice: Today I will ask the Holy Spirit for fresh revelation in Important matters of my life. I will seek knowledge to make the best choices for myself. I will ask for wisdom for my next footsteps. Diet Tip: Fasting a meal, meal item, social media, TV, or something that you regularly consume can create a hunger for growth in your spiritual walk with the Lord. Daily Devotional: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. 1 Corinthians 14:1-40

Dose #7: Physical Healing

It has been said that healing begins in the gut. If we can get our gut and digestive system healthy; we will begin to heal from the inside out. Eating clean, Whole Foods, vitamins, supplements, collagen, protein and plenty of water can jumpstart your process! Refined sugar, dairy, and gluten can be aggravators to the Gut. What can you do to Incorporate more healing foods in your diet? Eating clean foods and incorporating healthy nutrients in your daily diet can heal, balance, aide in digestion, and produce longevity. Example: What can I do to help negative food cravings and overindulgence of sweets? Healthy Choice: Today I will clean out my pantry and refrigerator to start fresh! I can replace processed and sugary foods with Whole Foods that I like. To satisfy my sweet tooth I can switch to coconut sugar, raw local honey, and keep a bar of 70% dark chocolate in my kitchen. I choose to believe I can holistically heal from the inside out: Physically, Mentally, Emotionally, and Spiritually! Diet Tip: Warm water, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and a dash of cinnamon in the morning can be a great cleanser and help with ph balance of the body system. Daily Devotional: 3 John 1:2 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 1 Corinthians 10:31

Dose #6: Mental Strength

Have you ever felt like your mental strength has been challenged by overwhelming responsibilities, rejections, negative influences and/or naysayers? This is where we have to lean in and trust the Lord and his timing! Building mental strength comes from learning, evaluating, analyzing, and testing our environment, relationships, and atmosphere of our surroundings. The old saying “Garbage In & Garbage Out” tells us that what we allow IN will be released and reflected outwardly. If you take in negativity, you may experience a decrease and mental weakness. The question is Do you want to be Strong? Example: When you don’t draw clear boundary lines with negative people, influences and environments; you run the risk of becoming mentally drained, negative, and unhealthy. Healthy Choice: Today I will think about building new relationships that will protect and build my mental strength! I will seek positive friendships and safe uplifting environments to manage and spend my time wisely. Diet Tip: A Dose of Blueberries contains powerful antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties that boost Brain Health! Daily Devotional:Philippians 4:13 Romans 8:6 2 Corinthians 12:9-11

Dose #5:Emotional Anxiety

Some Anxiety can be situational and pose as a positive catalyst when bridging, transitioning, or walking into something new. The fact that it could be a helpful benefactor would most likely be if you have learned tools to channel and maintain it in order to get to the other side...That being said, if not tempered anxiety can become a dominator and quite debilitating. When we are completely connected to The Vine, we have a powerful mediator who is The Source for taking anxious thoughts captive. He has also granted wisdom to medical professionals for additional help in balancing the body. It’s important not to suffer in silence if emotions become uncontrollable. Example: Some mild anxiety may be normal, such as preparing for a public speaking event, a wedding, or a board exam. It can serve you to push though, prepare well, and study. After you attain what’s on the other side, your next tasks may become lighter and easier to control the reins. Healthy Choices: Today I will make a list of the Top 5 things that stir my anxiety. I will research exercises and tools (such as rehearsing, breathing techniques, or physical exercises) that can bring greater awareness and de escalate my anxieties. I will begin to put them in practice when I feel anxiety beginning to rise. I will make a commitment to myself, that if becomes unmanageable, I’ll seek counseling/medical help. Diet Tip: Over consumption of Caffeine can be a contributing factor to anxiety and jitters. Daily Devotional: Philippians 4:6-7 Psalm 23 Proverbs 12:25

Dose #4:Spiritual Growth

Spiritual growth is not an option for the believer. It comes from a hunger deep within which grows and produces fruit on your life. A spirit filled life is no comparison to the worldly life; that is like an apple and an orange! We have to be careful and wise what we choose to fill our lives with because the worlds fruit is Wormy! Eve grabbed a deliciously appealing apple off of the wrong tree and she had No Idea what seeds it had on the inside or the consequences attached to it! Spirit-Filled Fruit comes in many forms. Example: Today I will search my heart and ask myself some hard questions? Am I living a life pleasing to God? Am I spiritually alive or dead? What fruit is being displayed in my life; healthy or dysfunctional attributes? Am I Worshipping, Serving, & Growing my Faith? Healthy Choice: I will begin to incorporate more worship and study of the Word into my day. I will be attentive to what positive fruit I’m bearing: Obedience, Patience, truthfulness, kindness, and Christ-like generosity. I will regularly prune and cut back, cutting off toxic fruit and anything that is attached to it. Diet Tip: A GOOD Apple a Day will keep the Doctor Away! Daily Devotional: Genesis 2:4-3:24  Matthew 4:4 Proverbs 4:5

Dose #3:Physical Endurance

The Word of God instructs us to Know Thyself, Love Thyself, and to take care of the one body that He made just for each one of us! Our bodies are so unique and when mental, emotional and/or spiritual components are are out of balance, the physical body reacts. To properly take care of our body we need to learn what it needs and know what is healthy vs. unhealthy. The human body is a complex refined machine and it requires proper attention for it’s systems to run with excellence. We need our physical body to be healthy so we can accomplish our God-given purpose and Run our Race with Strength and Endurance! Example: Today I will study and research All medications that I take; synthetic vs. natural. I will seek to learn anything I can do or incorporate to better my overall best physical health when consulting with my healthcare provider. Healthy Choice: I will advocate for myself with my physician, ask questions and seek professional second opinions if need be. I will make it a goal to gain wisdom and knowledge so I can take control of my Health. Diet Tip: Rid the Toxins! Replace processed foods with Organic Whole Foods as much as possible! Daily Devotional: Jeremiah 1:5  1 Corinthians 6:19 Hosea 4:6

Dose #2:Mental Focus

Stress is a high risk factor and precursor to multiple mental and physical disease. The antidote to stress is pressure relief! Inducing relaxation and strategic measures to combat mental confusion will release fresh insight and mental clarity! Ask yourself what are your top 3 Stressors and begin to build a plan to combat 1 of them today. Example: Today I will begin to draft a budget and new way of thinking to decrease Financial Stress and set time aside each week to revise and prioritize my finances. Healthy Choices: Giving, Creating an Envelope System, Savings Plan, Asking for advice, Reading and Learning about building wealth. Diet Tip: a daily dose of dark chocolate & nuts can increase mental focus! Daily Devotional: Romans 8:6  Philippians 4:13  1 Timothy 5:8

Dose #1:Emotional Peace

Trusting and Surrendering your whole heart and your whole life to the Lord is the first Injection for Peace! Today begin thinking of a boundary to apply that will help protect and build your Peace. Setting appropriate boundaries actually increases self-love, worth, and value. This will also increase your ability to care for others. Strong boundaries will strengthen your Peace and guard your heart! Example: I will choose to incorporate 30 minutes of quiet, uninterrupted personal time into my day in order to create peace in my mind and my spirit. Healthy Choices: Creating a Daily “Thankful List” of at least 5 things, Time for prayer & meditation, or focusing on goals. Diet Tip: Drinking 1 cup of Chamomile Tea with honey in the evening can induce emotional peace and help with sleep! Daily Devotional: Philippians 4:4-7   Proverbs 9:10  1 Peter 5:7

Disclaimer: The Dose contains broad medical information NOT medical advice. For all medical advice: Seek YOUR healthcare provider.