10 Things That Made Life Better in 2014

Looking back…

Here are 10 things that made my life better in 2014 and I hope will improve yours too.

- Bulletproof coffee

Dave Aspery, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and multimillionaire, discovered while hiking in the Himalayas that adding yak butter to tea gave him energy and made him clear-minded, even at high altitudes. After researching, experimenting, meeting with cutting-edge doctors and scientists, and investing almost $300,000 of his own money over the next 15 years, he came up with what he calls “Bulletproof coffee” -- 16 oz. of brewed mycotoxin-free coffee, 1-2 tbsp of MCT oil (a mix of coconut oil and palm oil with the lauric acid removed), and 1-2 tbsp of unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee all mixed together in a high-speed blender for 15-30 seconds.

On the surface “Bulletproof coffee” sounds disgusting, but I found it to be...well, kind of awesome. I’ll be the first to say that it actually tastes good. Next, I noticed that it gave me a lot of energy, without making me jittery. I felt clear-minded, with my metabolism and blood sugar balanced the entire day. Surprisingly, after drinking it for a couple of weeks, I noticed that my pants started to feel looser around the waist. I spoke to a few others who experienced the same thing. Wow!

Here’s the book that explains it further: 
The Bulletproof Diet: Lose up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life

Here's the Bulletproof Coffee Starter Kit: 
Bulletproof® Intro Kit 12oz ground coffee, 16oz Brain Octane

- Tabata workout

After looking for a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that I could do in about 10 minutes, I discovered Tabata, which was created by Dr. Izumi Tabata for Olympic athletes in Japan. Basically, it consists of 20 seconds of ultra-intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated continuously for 4 minutes (8 cycles). Although short in duration, research has proven that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts have significant aerobic, metabolic, and cardiovascular benefits.

Here’s a basic tabata workout:

-reducing grain intake

With the popularity of the Paleo diet and best-selling books “Grain Brain” and “Wheat Belly,” many have discovered the many benefits in reducing or eliminating gluten and grains from their diets. Even though I had already significantly reduced my gluten intake with great results, I still consumed a lot of brown rice. So, I decided to try reducing my daily grain intake to see what happens. The results? I noticed improved energy level and mood, reduction of brain fogginess, and the balancing of my blood sugar levels.

- pumpkin seeds

In 2014, I started consuming organic pumpkin seeds almost daily, mainly because they’re a quick, easy, and delicious snack. After researching a little, I found that the benefits of pumpkin seeds include:

- heart healthy magnesium
- zinc for immune support
- plant-based omega 3 fats
- improved prostate health
- anti-diabetic effects
- benefits for postmenopausal women
- heart and liver health
- tryptophan for restful sleep
- anti-inflammatory benefits

- Ion Me wristband 

If you are a watcher of sports, you may have noticed many professional athletes like Super Bowl champion Richard Sherman wearing colorful wristbands during their games. These bands incorporate negative ion technology which proponents say improve the strength, balance, flexibility, and energy of the wearer. After researching many wristbands, I chose the Ion Me brand which has some of the highest levels of negative ions. After I started wearing it, I noticed a definite improvement while playing sports, exercising, and staying balanced throughout the day.

Ion Me wristband

- Brushing Rinse

Brushing Rinse is an oral rinse developed by Mystica Linforth, after she received a diagnosis of advanced periodontal disease. After researching many options, she began brushing her teeth with a combination of food-grade hydrogen peroxide, aloe vera, and potent essential oils. With regular use, her teeth turned whiter, her gums stopped bleeding and receding, tartar significantly reduced, and her teeth were no longer sensitive. Her Brushing Rinse is also very helpful for “morning mouth” and keeping your teeth clean throughout the day.

Essential Oxygen Plus Peppermint Brushing Rinse, 16 Ounce -- 2 per case.

- Twenty One Pilots “Can’t Help Falling In Love”

I first heard the musical duo Twenty One Pilots’ cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” on a Facebook commercial. It’s basically lead singer Tyler Joseph and a ukulele...check it out:

- Sleep mask

Fortunately, I’ve never had any problems sleeping or falling asleep. But, after noticing the light coming through my bedroom window and blinds every night from the street lights outside, I started experimenting with using a sleep mask, which is designed to block out light, create a state of darkness, and induce the production of melatonin, the sleep chemical in the brain. Immediately, I noticed that I fell asleep easier and slept deeper. How did I not know about this? 

- PaleoKrunch granola

My new go-to snack in 2014 was PaleoKrunch by Steve’s Paleogoods. It comes in many flavors, but my favorite is cinnamon. It is a delicious and addictive blend of coconut, raw pumpkin seeds, raw walnuts, raw sunflower seeds, honey and of course, cinnamon. I can’t stop eating it!...plus, 15% of all proceeds goes to Steve’s Club National Program, a non-profit that brings fitness, nutrition guidance, and mentorship to at-risk youth.

- Google’s “Fall of the Berlin Wall” doodle

2014 was another year of creative Google doodles temporarily altering the logo on Google’s homepage to celebrate special holidays, events, achievements and people. One of my favorites was the video doodle commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. So inspiring!

Happy 2015 to all!

10 Things That Made Life Better In 2013


5 Steps for Getting Over Someone and Healing A Broken Heart

by Raymond David Salas

“One of the most difficult tasks in life is removing someone from your heart.” -Anon

Face it. Breaking up SUCKS...for most people. 

Some may feel like curling up into a ball, shutting out the world, and crying themselves to sleep thinking “How could this have happened?”

Others may feel the opposite like “Woo-hoo, thank God! Finally, I’m free”...or something similar.

Or at times, you may find yourself bouncing back and forth between these two extremes.

Can you relate?

If so, here’s some steps that can help you get over someone, heal your broken heart, and finally begin moving forward with your life...in a GOOD way.

5 Steps for Getting Over Someone and Healing A Broken Heart

- Give yourself some time.

“Breaking up” is a mental and emotional process of letting go. It takes time. If you were together for an extended period, it may take even longer. That’s okay.

Give yourself the mental and emotional space to process the transition of your relationship.

If you have 100 tears to cry but only cry 80, then you’ll need to allow the remaining 20 to come out.  If you don’t, then you’ll take this unexpressed pain, hurt, etc. into the next relationship., often recreating the same painful lessons and outcome...AGAIN. Ouch.

- Forgive.

Forgive yourself for everything you did (or didn’t do) that was less than your best. And forgive the other person too for the same.

By doing so, you are not condoning any bad behavior. Rather, you are choosing to set yourself free.

If it’s too soon and/or too hard to forgive, that's fine. However, you will be energetically bound to this person and relationship until you do...EVEN if you get involved with someone else. It will be like walking around with an energetic cloud from your past. It will weigh on you until you can let it go. 

You will NEVER be truly free until you are willing to forgive yourself and the other person.

Sorry, no one gets a “pass” on this one.

- Identify what you loved and what you didn’t love.

After you’ve given yourself some time and have forgiven...make a list of what you loved most about the relationship. 

Next, think about what you didn’t love and ask yourself what would you have preferred instead. Write out your answers.

Once complete, both lists combined now represent what you really want and desire in a relationship.

This exercise will help give you the mental clarity for moving forward in a new and positive way.

- Make changes to become a match to your ideal.

Once you identify what you REALLY want in a relationship, make whatever changes necessary in yourself to become a match to this ideal relationship.

Be willing to do and see things differently. Whatever it takes.

If you were a MATCH to your ideal partner and relationship right now…

- What thoughts would you be thinking? Practice thinking those thoughts. 
- What would you be feeling? Practice feeling those feelings. 
- How would you act? Practice acting this way. 
- How would you be? Practice being this way.

Keep practicing until you actually become this person. When you do, you will begin attracting new matching relationships, circumstances, and situations accordingly.

“If you want a NEW tomorrow, then make NEW choices today.” - Marc Chernoff

- Be patient with all of this.

Personal growth takes time. Transitions and changes take time. Don’t be in such a rush or hurry. 

I know we live in a time of high-speed communication and connection, BUT you can’t force growth...especially your own.

Just keep moving, step by step, in the new direction you want to go in, however long it takes...and eventually you’ll get there.

“There is something good in all seeming failures. You are NOT to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.” - Swami Sivananda