Defining the Meaning of Happiness

By: Victoria Mills



In my many years working as a coach I have lost count of the hours I have spent philosophizing about what happiness is.

When I have asked clients about what happiness is for them they have explained to me that it feels as though something is missing from their lives. Usually, it’s very difficult for them to pinpoint exactly what that is.

I would like to take it one step further and actually break down the definition of happiness and how that looks for you in your life. How does it feel? How does it smell? How does it make your heart sing? The work you will do in this chapter means knowing that you want to create an element of happiness and defining your own version of happiness – working out which elements need to come together in order for you to say ‘I’m really content and happy.’

My big thing is that you know what defines you, because what defines you and what makes you happy is completely different to what makes your best mate happy. It’s completely different to your neighbor, and to the guy down the street running the fruit shop.

Why aren’t you happy?

We often kid ourselves that happiness is around the corner, never here in the present. ‘If I could just find a better house then I would happier!’ we may say, or ‘If I could find a better job then I’m sure I would be happier!’ or ‘ If the kids were less demanding then I would have more time to myself and then I would be happy and content!’ or ‘If my husband was less moody then the whole house would be happier!’ — or my favorite, ‘If I could just find a great partner then it would solve all my problems and I would be happy!’ Then the ideal partner or job or house comes along and brings its own problems and challenges — so we question our happiness all over again.

I believe there is intense pressure in today’s adrenaline-fueled society — we all get those messages telling us how to live our lives, what to wear, what to say, what not to say, what not to wear, the type of house we should have, the suburb we must live in, the brand of car we must drive. The message is all the same: ‘If you’re not happy with it, get rid of it! Don’t worry about the consequences, live for today!’ I believe that this mode of existence contributes towards anxiety, depression, weight issues and other illnesses as it puts so much stress on ourselves, to achieve, achieve, achieve! Long-lasting change does not happen this way; happiness cannot be found if we seek to find it in external objects.

We just keep raising the benchmark, replacing our achievements with bigger and better goals, not wanting to face the void or whatever it is that pushes us to keep doing, keep pushing, keep achieving to overload and ultimately, unhappiness. When we spend time seeking happiness from the outside world rather than from looking within, we rarely discover authentic, deep happiness.

Your version of happiness

If you feel dissatisfied with your life, or feel as though something is missing, you may want to consider this: it might just be that what’s been missing from your life is you.

Many people have the best intentions at the beginning of a new year to do things differently and achieve more, yet how many excuses did you use last year that prevented you from achieving those goals and desires? You don’t have to become a better person or develop a different attitude to have a life you love and find happiness. As you are, you are good enough.

As you embark on the following tasks, I’d like you to remember that you’re trying to identify your version of happiness. Don’t think about anyone else during this process. Just you.

Your first task: things that make you feel happy

Create a daily or weekly checklist of all the things you want to do yet felt you don’t have time to do. Then make sure you do at least one thing on this list each week, until you reach the end of the list.

Don’t censor this list. You may want to play a game a squash each week; have a regular catch-up with a girlfriend over some tea; sit in the sun and read a book, or treat yourself to a soothing aromatherapy massage. Or maybe you want to meditate each morning before you start your day, or have a soak in the bath with lots of bubbles and a glass of wine, listening to your favorite music, instead of watching television every night. All of these things are valid — just don’t take life (or this list) too seriously. To have a sense of fun and adventure in your life is just as important as working.

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Enjoy your version of happiness today and everyday! Your health depends on it!

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Life Balance – 5 Quick Tips

By: Victoria Mills


By now you have clear goals and strategies to get to reach these goals. You have unlocked any roadblocks in the way, discovered a more balanced life and a more loving you. Learning balance is the final step in your transformation – building a structure and remedies that support the new you so you can maintain your magnificence and shine your light daily — because there is no one else like you in the world.

A balanced life feels right even when it’s busy. To maintain all the positive changes in your life that you have worked hard to transform over the last few days, weeks or months — however long it has taken you to work your way through this program — it’s important to live a life that inspires you, and to create a glorious space for it to blossom inside yourself and within your surroundings. There is no ‘right’ way to do this. There is your way and I urge you to take time to find what works for you.

There are so many people out there with diets and processes and activities that are all wonderful but they are not perfect for everyone. Rather than listening to other people, I encourage you to find food that works for your body, remedies that make you feel good and exercise that you love, and have as much as that in your day as you can. I really urge you to create a lifestyle that is not only best for you but one that you can sustain. It is not okay to only keep it up for four weeks and then go back to the old patterns — it has to be for life. It’s also important to have your treats, find treats that work for you and allow them when you need them.

Balance is also about giving and receiving. If you only ever give and you don’t allow yourself to receive, your life is going to be out of balance. If you are all or nothing, your life is going to be out of balance. Most of us are very good at giving but struggle with receiving, and that comes down to not feeling lovable, worthy enough, deserving of love, whatever story you’ve got going on. That’s where most people are out of balance and where they will flog themselves.

It’s important to remember that balance is different for everyone. What works for someone is not necessarily going to work for someone else. So the final feeling of being in balance or in the flow is the same, but how you get there will be different from how someone else gets there. If you’re feeling energetically depleted, if you’re sick all the time, if you feel stressed all the time, if you live in reaction all the time, clearly you are out of balance. So the questions you can ask yourself: ‘What do I need to do to bring my life back into balance?’

5 QUICK TIPS FOR BALANCE:
Here’s a quick, straightforward way to get a handle on your important values and help you maintain your hard-earned transformation. I use this exercise as a quick check-in to keep me on track.

1. Make a list of what is important to your life. Not what’s nice, but what must be in your life for you to be happy. It might be love, fascinating work, honesty or friends. When you finish your list go back over it and cut it in half. Now cut your list in half again. Repeat it until you have five or six words or phrases remaining. These are your critical values. Life will feel balanced when what you do revolves around and includes these values.

2.Passion. What do you love to do? What activities so capture your attention and energy that you lose track of time while doing them? Make a list of these activities and divide your list into groups based on the level of passion you feel while involved in them.

3.Strengths. We each have unique strengths and talents. Your combination of special skills, interests and inherent abilities make you unique. You have many competencies, but just a few unique strengths. When you utilize those few top strengths your life will feel balanced. Make a list of your strengths and read them each day and apply them each day in your life.

4.Say no. Many people find it hard to say no, so they end up taking on tasks that interfere with the important aspects of their lives and then they feel resentful and guilty. Learn to say no politely and firmly, simply saying, ‘I’m so sorry, I can’t take that on just now and give it the attention and energy it deserves. Thank you for thinking of me.’ Then recommend someone else who might be qualified to do the task.

5. Your energy levels. Review these areas of your life and decide what needs changing in order for you to feel the best you can feel. All of these things will affect your energy levels, which are important to maintain so all your good work keeps on working for you. A person on purpose who is happy and feels successful puts time aside for their health, for themselves, for learning and development and also values their energy so chooses things that support them and gives them a boost. Find as many things as you can that make you feel great.

Victoria x

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Week 8 – BEING IN THE FLOW OF LIFE – The Waterfall Concept

By: Victoria Mills


You may have found some aspects of this short course confronting and difficult. You may even feel that you don’t yet have a life you love or a weight you desire for your body yet. And that’s okay, because you are working towards it. It doesn’t happen at the same pace for everyone.

I want to give you a tip on how you can recognise when you are living a life you love, because there won’t be any big banners in the sky or a special noise telling you that you have arrived at that life. There will, however, be what I call ‘the Waterfall Concept’.

The Waterfall Concept refers to the fact that people who are happy – people who love their lives – are in the flow. It’s impossible to tell you how the flow feels if you have not felt it. Once you have felt it though – once you have lived it – you will know exactly what I’m talking about.

This flow happens when we’re living in the present moment and unattached to life circumstances and how our prayers are to be answered. The secret is realising and viewing our universe as all loving and supportive; that opens doors within ourselves to receive the exact support we require in that moment. If we are not attached to the outcome, it allows us to receive the highest flow possible through spirit. Then things happen that we would have never imagined or ever thought possible.

Synchronicities are obvious indicators that we are living in the flow. We experience ourselves living a magical existence where everything we need just appears and the next step is obvious.

The key to being in the flow is how much we love, trust, have faith, meditate and allow ourselves to enjoy the life we have. Gratitude has a whole different energy to it than despair. Giving, caring, hoping, expecting, celebrating, and being passionate about something are energy generators. So are fear, anger, sadness, blame, and feeling like a victim. The difference in these energy generators is in what they are generating. Think and you shall create it. You will become what you think. Think and you will become it.

What we think and what we feel generate the energy that creates our future. If we are thinking positive thoughts and feeling good about our lives, and ourselves we are creating an energy force field that attracts good things to us. Depression, anger and despair also create a force field that attracts things to us. What most of us don’t realise is that we have a choice about the way we think and feel, and this also determines what we attract. When we put out a positive energy force field we attract one back.

So to create a magical life we need to become generators of positive energies. This may mean you have to start by accepting that things ‘are the way they are’ and that ‘we/they did the best we/they could at the time’. We can’t change the past, but we can change our attitude about it and shift our position about it.

A higher variational energy than acceptance is forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that we have forgotten the things that caused us pain, but it means that we are ready to put them behind us and look towards the future instead of living one moment longer in the pain of the past. Carrying the pain of the past and negative feelings towards those who were involved when those feelings began is a sure way to stay stuck in the past and miss the flow that is just waiting to take us into a better future.

Living in the flow does not happen automatically. You have just done a whole lot of work to make yourself ready for it, and once you’re in it, you need to maintain it. On the days when you are lacking courage to live the life you love, don’t judge yourself or despair. Remember that a wonderful life doesn’t happen automatically –you will be working at this for the rest of your days. And there is no more important work for you to do than creating a life you love.

Signs you are in the flow:
• Life operates with more ease.
• You feel more balanced and centred.
• Stress doesn’t seem to affect you as greatly.
• You trust yourself more.
• When is external chaos is present you seem to glide through the situation.
• You have greater energy and vitality.
• You feel lighter and more vibrant.
• You have a glow in your face.
• You have better relationships.
• You achieve more effortlessly.
• Time management runs smoothly.
• You manifest your desires.
• You attract positive opportunities and situations

Signs you are not in the flow:
• Life appears more challenging.
• You feel stressed inwardly and outwardly.
• Daily life is irritating you.
• You don’t trust yourself.
• There appears to be more chaos in your life.
• Life does not flow.
• Everyday feels a struggle.
• You feel tired and lethargic.
• You may feel depressed and anxious.
• Your relationships appear more hard work.
• You don’t manifest joy and happiness in your daily life.
• You attract negative people and situations.

Being in the flow takes 5 steps:
1. Stop, observe and enquire what’s preventing the flow
a) Am I thinking negative thoughts?
b) Am I feeling depleted in my energy?
c) Am I letting fear lead the way?
d) Am I listening to my inner critic instead of my intuition?

2. Check in with your true self for guidance.

3. Take action that you trust is being called for.

4. Having faith, excitement and anticipation about what that action is leading you to.

5. Be grateful for the gifts it brings and all the gifts you have in your life right now.

Embrace your life!

Victoria x

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Week 7 – Supercoach Life Maintenance

By: Victoria Mills

We are now at week 7! What a journey! You have now learnt to create goals, shift limiting belief systems, create powerful actions, know what your value and be savvy with your time to create an extraordinary new life!

This week I have summarized several key-coaching tools you can keep close by. They are your Supercoach® tools to be readily used whenever you need them!

You have all the tools you need to maximize your Reboot juicing experience in an easy to follow action packed coaching program! You can use these past few weeks to review past blogs in relation to this program and keep applying all the exercise and tools to keep you razor sharp and passionate in what you want in all areas of your new life!



Your toolbox
The Toolbox contains a variety of tools that you can use whenever and whereever. They will shift you to the next phase and help you overcome challenges you may find along the journey.

Daily journal writing
Make the commitment to write in your journal or notebook every day, not just on the day you do your tasks. It’s a great way to de-clutter your mind and soul before your day begins and your mind has a chance to take over. Give yourself the space to empty thoughts, feelings and words to clear your day for positive thoughts to come in.

Daily Affirmations
Self-talk is powerful: thoughts create your reality. The more your focus on something, the more chance you have of manifesting your desire. Telling yourself positive thoughts each day reinforces the change you want to take place. Try it out and watch what happens!

Thought-changing exercises
A great tool to be used whenever you feel stuck in a particular thought pattern. Writing out negative beliefs and transforming them into positive, healthy and uplifting beliefs attracts greater prosperity in all areas of life.

Daily visualization
The power of visualization is important if you want gain a strong sense of self and feel your dreams coming to fruition. Spend time each day visualizing your desires and imagine yourself in the scene.

Script writing
A tool to be used as often as needed, to help you get clear on how your want your life to look, with you playing the starring role in your chosen goals. Write out the event/situation/goal as though it has already happened in the present tense. Remember that thoughts create your reality so take control of your life; otherwise life will take control of you.

Review your goals
One of the most important tools in the toolbox. If you don’t know what you want, how do you know when you arrive there? Get clear on what you want and put an action plan in place to help you get there.

Listen to your intuition
Trust you. We all have a voice inside us that is our wise woman or wise man. She/he guides us, talks to us, heals us and protects us if we know how to listen to this part of ourselves. This voice is the voice of truth and higher guidance.

Creating space for change
In order for change to come you must create the space for it to occur. If you want a new wardrobe, wouldn’t you clean out your closet to make room for the new gear? Similar to clothes, your mind and soul need de-cluttering and detoxing so the new desires can come in. Clear out that old stuff that keeps you held to the past: this includes limiting beliefs and thoughts, routines, habits and situations that no longer serve you. You could shed kilograms’ worth of baggage and feel wonderful!

Bodywork for deeper unconscious issues
Embrace change. There may be times when you feel that past circumstances keep you locked into a negative cycle in thinking and behaving. Get extra support through professional therapists to help unlock hidden unconscious blocks.

Letting go and trusting the process
This behavior is crucial to in completing the program successfully. In order to create change you need to be able to let go off the past and trust the unknown. There is no magic crystal ball we can ask for advice, except to trust in who you are and what feels right for you.

Meditation and connecting with your spirituality
Whatever this version is for you. Find something that helps you anchor into your authentic essence.

ENJOY YOUR NEW REBOOTED LIFE!

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WEEK 6 – REBOOT YOUR TIME!

By: Victoria Mills


We are now at Week 6 of Lift Your Life coaching program! I want to focus this week on helping you manage time more effectively. With greater energy and more vitality for life, let’s look at how you can get more out of your day and accomplish more!

When was the last time you stopped to consider where your time is being spent and how you feel about it? How many hours do you really work? How much time do you spend caring for others? How much of your time is spent caring for you? By the end of this chapter you will have a clearer understanding of how time is impacting on your life and sabotaging your success. Keeping an orderly ‘house’ encourages and promotes a clear mind and soul so you can manifest your dreams.

Your relationship with time
You are the most valuable person you will ever know. How effectively do you nourish and value the time you spend with yourself and what you do with that time?

Are you one of these people who are always late or are you always on time? Do you have the best intention of wanting more time but then just fill up any available space with extra clutter and activities and end up more exhausted? Do you get annoyed at others when they are late? Could it be that you don’t have a healthy relationship with time and those people around you are a mirror of this?

Using time as an excuse
So many people use time as an excuse and show us that in their world they have limitation around it. For example, ‘I can’t make it, I am so busy, I don’t have time’ is so often used by all of us as an excuse. How often do you use these words as your excuse, when in actual fact it is not the truth? Maybe you only use them on a rare occasion, but often these words really mean ‘I do not want to make it as it doesn’t interest me’ or ‘I have created too much work and have no idea how to prioritise this’. Notice what you say as your excuse and start saying what is really going on for you rather than using lack of time as your excuse.

We all have the same number of hours in a day — it’s up to you how you use them. And we all have different responsibilities: holidays, change of job, illness, relationships or lifestyle can all make an impact on how much time we have available. And, again, it’s up to you what you do about that.

10 TIPS TO CREATE MORE TIME!
Most of us, if given the chance, would like more time in our lives. Of course, there are never going to be more than twenty-four hours in a day, but you can create more space within the time you already have, if you know how to do so. Following are some simple steps to help you create more time.

Time out! Ask yourself if it is okay to have space and time in your day. If not, why not? Schedule time out in your diary and give yourself permission to reconnect with and refresh yourself.

Structure! Structure your week and block our regular activities e.g. gym time/ admin/ meetings/ paying bills etc in your diary on specific days and times, as this helps to focus your energy and thoughts instead of spreading out these activities over several days.

Thoughts! Thoughts have power over your day so what are you choosing to create? What are your thoughts about time? Do you love time or resent time? Do you think you have loads of time or a lack of time? How much control does time have over you?

Affirm! Repeat positive mantras such as ‘I have more than enough time’ or ‘My day flows effortlessly’.

Change! What can you do differently to create more space and make time work for you? Do you use time as an excuse? Do you cancel appointments and reschedule meetings?

Ask yourself: Do I have better things to do with my time? Don’t reconcile your bank statements if you don’t have to. Don’t save newspapers because you’re ‘planning to go through them’. Don’t tell yourself you’ll renovate that cupboard when you clearly won’t ever make the time. Clear out old clothes that no longer fit. Say goodbye to friends or situations that don’t support your new life.

Focus! Don’t spread yourself thin. Having too much on the go means you’re setting yourself up to fail. Focus on one thing at a time. Flitting from one thing to the next means you are unlikely to do a job properly, or ever complete anything. Gather everything you need to perform a task from start to finish in the one place.

Finish! Aim to finish tasks. Decide what you need to do, and then set about doing it to completion. If it’s an ongoing task, set yourself a goal date to finish. Learn to let go of things you have not finished in years!

K.I.S.S. Making things complicated or creating something that’s complex does not serve your best interests. Follow the K.I.S.S rule: ‘Keep it Simple Stupid’. Most of us are completely unaware that we live the same story day after day. We are so caught up in our story that we are blissfully ignorant to that we had a hand in creating it.

Just do it! Get your diary out now and start to block out time in your day to action high priority tasks and low priority tasks. Do a to do list the night before so you know what your focus is for the next day, then tick off as you complete those tasks.

SUPERCOACH HOMEWORK

1. What action am I going to DO to get more organised with time?

2. What were my WINS from this last week?

3. What affirmations am I going to FOCUS on this week to step more into my magnificence?

4. What ACTION will I take towards my achieving my goals?

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WEEK 5 – Reboot Your New Vision

By: Victoria Mills


We are now in Week 5! By now you will have learnt powerful coaching tips and tools to help you Reboot your health & your life! If you have not read all the weekly blogs

You have leant how to:
1. Be clear on your goals!
2. Understand what you values in your life
3. Be able to make clear strategies to help your achieve your goals!
4. Have the ability to turn a limiting belief into a positive statement!

This week I’m going to teach you how to bring all of the above into a fun format often referred to as a vision board – which is a lot of wonderful pictures and words that reflect your new healthy life.

A vision board is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve torn out from various magazines. It’s simple and FUN!

The idea behind this is that when you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, or where you want to vacation, your life changes to match those images and those desires.

There are several methods you can use for creating your vision board. I’ve written about each one below. You can choose which one works best for you, depending on where you find yourself on this path of creating your life.

Your success ultimately lies in being clear on what it is you do WANT! Secondly, taking consistent ACTION for what you do WANT; and thirdly, allowing it to unfold.

Supplies you’ll need for creating a vision board:
– Cardboard or poster board. (Target sells a really nice matte finish board. I highly recommend it.)
– A big stack of different magazines. Make sure you find lots of different types. If you limit your options, you’ll lose interest after a while. When I facilitate my retreats, I always make sure we have plenty of Oprah, Real Simple, Natural Home, Yoga Journal, Dwell, Ode, Parenting, Food magazines, Money and Wealth creation magazines, and an assortment of nature magazines.
– Oh and glue!

Before you begin your vision board:
No matter which method you’re choosing, have a little ritual before you begin your vision board. Sit quietly and set the intention of your life. With lots of kindness and openness, ask yourself what it is you want in your life? Maybe images will come into your head. Just take a moment to be with that. If you sit quietly beforehand this process makes it a deeper experience.

It gives a chance for your ego to step aside just a little, so that you can more clearly create your vision. Don’t rush. Take your time. You can even create this vision board over a few days or weekends, as you get clearer on what it is you want to manifest into your life.

5 Steps of creating a vision board:
Step 1: Go through your magazines and tear the images from them. No gluing yet! Just let yourself have lots of fun looking through magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that strike your fancy. Have fun with it. Make a big pile of images and phrases and words.

Step 2: Go through the images and begin to lay your favorites on the board. Eliminate any images that no longer feel right. This step is where your intuition comes in. As you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense how the board should be laid out. For instance, you might assign a theme to each corner of the board. Health, Job, Spirituality, Relationships, Wealth, Home, for instance. Or it may just be that the images want to go all over the place. Or you might want to fold the board into a book that tells a story. At my retreats, I’ve seen people come up with wildly creative ways to present a vision board.

Step 3: Glue everything onto the board. Add writing if you want. You can paint on it, or write words with markers.

Step 4: (optional, but powerful) Leave space in the very center of the vision board for a fantastic photo of yourself where you look radiant and happy. Paste yourself in the center of your board.

Step 5: Hang your vision board in a place where you will see it often.

AFFIRM:
“WITH CONSISTENT ACTION I EFFORTLESSLY ATTRACT ALL THAT I WANT INTO MY LIFE!”


SUPERCOACH ACTION STEPS THIS WEEK:
1. Make your vision board and hang it up
2. What were my highlight’s from last week?
3. What challenges did I have and how did I overcome them?
4. What is going to be my focus for this week?
5. What one action I can take that will help me get closer to my goals?

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Juice, Inflammation and Auto-Immune Diseases

By: Dr. Carrie Diulus M.D.


When foreign substances enter our bodies, we have powerful defense mechanisms involving our immune systems to prevent those substances from causing damage. Our bodies do this through chemical and cellular mechanisms that result in inflammation. However, the inflammation that results is not without its own drawbacks. Think about a mosquito bite, an asthma attack, or Joe’s urticaria. These are reactions that we can directly observe, but there are many others that occur throughout our bodies that contribute to heart disease, stroke, and autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus, to name a few. These inflammatory processes protect us, but cause disease when the response is profound.

Fasting (in the form of total, subtotal and juice fasting) has been studied for over 40 years in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients(1-6). A review of the literature demonstrated that short-duration fasting followed by a vegetarian diet can result in clinically significant long-term improvements in patients with RA(7). In general, the patients that responded the best were those with the least advanced disease. An increase in symptoms was most notably observed with reintroduction of high-fat meats, dairy, and gluten.

The foods we eat play a role in the amount of inflammation in our bodies. Eating a high-fat meal, for example, causes fat, muscle, and white blood cells to release strong inflammatory chemicals like IL-6 and Tumor Necrosis Factor-α (TNF-α)(8-10). Increased IL-6 is implicated in diabetes, depression, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis amongst other autoimmune conditions(11-14). TNF-α is involved with many autoimmune diseases as well and in fact there is a whole class of powerful drugs that inhibit TNF-α to treat these diseases(15,16). IL-17 is another of these powerful chemicals that increases inflammation by causing cells to release more pro-inflammatory substances. It also has been shown to play a role in autoimmune diseases and cardiovascular disease and it increases in the bloodstream after eating a high-fat meal(17,18). A recent study done in Italy showed that drinking a fruit juice drink (water, 40% pineapple, 18% blackcurrant, 5% plum, and sugar) although processed, but rich in phytochemicals, reduced the high levels of IL-6, TNF-α, and IL-17 after eating a high-fat meal(19). Two other studies demonstrated that drinking orange juice or a strawberry beverage decreased the pro-inflammatory effects of a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal(20,21). Although none of these studies were done with fresh expressed juice, they all showed a decrease in these inflammatory chemicals after eating high-fat meals. I would love to see the same studies done with freshly expressed juice, which has even higher levels of phytochemicals than processed juices.

These studies demonstrate how the addition of juices rich in phytochemicals can decrease the inflammatory responses that result from eating certain foods. While we do not know for certain that these are the mechanisms that can improve disease, this probably comes as no surprise to anyone who has experienced significant improvements in their health during and following a juice fast. We frequently hear people say that their joint pain was significantly improved during a juice fast. It is also not surprising why symptoms can return so quickly after a juice fast if we return to eating a substantial amount of high-fat, processed foods. While these diseases involve complex mechanisms that we do not yet fully understand, this is some early research to suggest how diet can play a role in increasing or decreasing the symptoms from these diseases. The good news is, unless you have a hard to control autoimmune disease, you can decrease the inflammation following a less-than-perfect meal by including freshly expressed juice as part of your diet. Even better, as Joe experienced, juicing and eating greater amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables can have a positive impact on many autoimmune conditions.

Do you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or multiple sclerosis? Has a Reboot helped your symptoms? We would love to hear from you.

This information is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

References:
1. Pirlet K, et al. Physikalisch-diatetische Behandlung der progressiven chronischen Polyarthritis. Archiv fur physikalische Therapie. 1968;20:487-91.

2. Skoldstam L et al. Effect of fasting an lactovegetarian diet on rheumatoid arthritis. Scan J Rheumatol 1979;8:249-55.

3. Sundqvist T, et al. Influence of fasting on intestinal permeability and disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Scand J Rheumatol 1982;11:33-8

4. Skoldstam L et al. Specific plasma proteins as indices of inflammation during a modified fast in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Scand J Rheumatol 1983;12:369-73.

5. Kjeldsen-Kragh J, et al. Changes in laboratory variables in rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with fasting and a one-year vegetarian diet. Clin Exp Rheumatol 1995;13:167-72

6. Skoldstam L et al. Fasting, intestinal permeability, and rheumatoid arthritis.

7. Muller H, et al. Fasting followed by vegetarian diet in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a systemic review. Scan J Rheumatol 2001;30:1-10.

8. Jimenez-Gomez Y, et al. Olive oil and walnut breakfasts reduce the postprandial inflammatory response in mononuclear cells compared with a butter breakfast in healthy men. Atherosclerosis 2009; 204:e70-6.

9. Mohamed-Ali V, et al. Subcutaneous adipose tissue releases interleukin-6, but not tumor necrosis factor-alpha, in vivo. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1997;82:4196-200.

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REBOOT YOUR BELIEF!

By: Victoria Mills


If what’s in your dreams wasn’t already inside you, how could you even dream it?

We are now at Week 4 in the Lift Your Life Coaching Program! By now you will have created a clear plan with razor sharp goals, be affirming your favorite positive statements each day, taking consistent actions towards your goals and able to see success with your goals! You will also be more aware of where and how you sabotage your goals!

Now its time to reboot any old limiting belief systems to unleash your potential!

If you don’t believe that change is possible, change will never be possible. No matter what dark points you’ve had in your life, never underestimate the power of belief in yourself as to what you’re capable of overcoming. Sometimes there will be times when you look at those goals on a piece of paper and have serious doubts as to how you’re ever going to achieve them. The moment you start wallowing in self-pity and self-doubt is actually a form of sabotage as opposed to believing. When you have belief, what you can create is endless.

To believe is to trust you. To trust yourself is to believe in yourself and your dreams.

Beliefs and Believing

There is more to believing than just creating beliefs. Having positive beliefs is the first step toward creating a positive and successful life. Believing is something completely different. You may have positive beliefs about losing weight; you may have a belief that there are plenty of ways to lose weight. But if you don’t believe that you will lose weight, you won’t lose the amount that you are hoping for. Still confused? Let’s try to clear it up.

A belief is the way you feel about something — it’s deeply rooted and if I asked you a question about it you’d have an answer. Believing something is trusting that what you want can and will happen. Many people I speak to are missing this element in their daily lives. They’ll do all of the other work that is necessary to achieve their goals, but they can’t get this element of believing into their system.

In many ways we’ve been raised to not believe. If you can’t see it, it’s not real — that’s what we’re taught. But believing is vital to our survival and success. If you could only believe that everything would work out and trust that what you want can and will happen, you’d have remarkable results. Your life would change in ways you never thought possible.

Let me ask you a few simple questions:
1. Do you believe, without a doubt, that you can and will have everything that you want in life?

2. Do you believe, without a doubt, that you will be guided to the right situation at the right time, no matter what you will get to where you want to be in life?

3. Do you believe, without a doubt, that there is always a way to achieve your goals — you just have to find it? 
If you answered ‘no’ or ‘maybe’ to any of the above questions then you don’t believe — and therefore you won’t get to where you want to be. You have to believe that things will work out — no doubts. Just trust in yourself, your inner powers and the powers that be.

Your 1st task: learning to believe 
So how do we get to that level? First of all, you have to take small steps. Set small goals — even for things that you know will happen — and then trust and let go. See what happens. 


You could do this while you’re driving. Trust that you’ll get to work on time and have an easy commute. See what happens after a week of doing this. If you misplace your keys, tell yourself that you know where they are and then trust that you’ll find them at the right time. Let go — do something else for a while and see what happens. If you’re not sure about a decision you have to make, think of all the possibilities, then tell yourself that you’re making the right decision and let go — forget about making the decision. After a while you’ll naturally think about it again — and you’ll make your decision easily.

The key is to trust and let go. Sometimes you have to distract yourself so you don’t worry. Worry is the opposite of trusting and believing — it’s tantamount to saying that you don’t believe, and that’s why you have to worry, because by worrying you can make it better… except you can’t. So get busy and see what happens.

This process is so simple yet so powerful, but it takes time to develop the habit. This practice of believing is vital to your success — without it, everything else you do will be pointless.

Your 2nd task – realizing your belief:

Set aside about fifteen minutes every day for a week. Sit down with a notebook and a pen, or at your computer, and as rapidly as you can, without stopping to think about what you are writing; write down five to ten endings for each of the following incomplete sentences. Remember to write as quickly as possible, without stopping to think about what you are writing and without evaluating the answers in any way.

1. If someone had told me my needs and wants were important ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. If I were willing to ask for what I want ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3. When I ignore my deepest desires ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
4. If I were 5 per cent more assertive in stating my desires ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
5. If I deny and disown my needs and wants ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
6. If I am willing to listen to my deepest yearnings and desires ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
7. If I were more accepting of my needs and wants
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
8. If I were willing to act on my preferences ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
9. If I believed I could really have what I want
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
10. One of the things I need to ask for is ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Your 3rd task – taking action on your new belief:
At the end of the week, re-read all that you have written during the week and then decide on 1 action per sentence that you will implement NOW!

AFFIRM:
I believe in my unlimited power! I am a genius and apply my wisdom to reach my goals!

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WEEK 3 – THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

By: Victoria Mills


“What do you pack to pursue your dream and what do you want to leave behind?”

By the end of this week’s blog you will have successfully learnt how to use affirmations in a powerful and effective way in your life. This will help you reach your goals plus stop negative thoughts creeping in.

I love affirmations. Positive words start to nourish and feed another part of your wise voice that has been shut out. Affirmations have helped me quiet the voice of fear and strengthen my voice of insight and trust. They’ve helped me reprogram me – it’s almost like unlearning what I’ve learnt and learning a new thing, which has helped me, reach my desired goals.

The principle of affirmations 

Affirmations are simple statements that we make, and they are positive words of reinforcement to help us achieve the change that we want. They may be made on purpose, such as when we want to change some aspect of our life, or they may be made automatically, such as when we tell ourselves. The principle behind affirmations is similar to that of drops of water falling on a rock. A few drops will not make any difference to the rock but if the drops fall continuously then, over a period of time, the rock will be worn down. I firmly believe that affirmations, used in conjunction with other tools, are a powerful method to help reprogram our thinking in ways that support our desired change.

How affirmations work 


All our beliefs are stored in the subconscious mind. So, if you find that you are unable to lose weight or make lots of money, or you lose weight yet can’t keep it off or make money and cant hold onto it, it may be due to subconscious beliefs such as ‘I do not deserve to be prosperous’ or ‘Money is bad’ or “Skinny people are unhealthy or “I never get what I want” or “I will never lose weight”. In order to change our beliefs, we have to operate at the level of the subconscious mind. 
The subconscious mind is like your computer. It takes an input, processes it and gives an output. It does not think by itself. It does not distinguish between good and bad. If we put 
garbage in a computer we get garbage as output. So, in order to change your beliefs and create a new reality, you have to bombard your subconscious mind with thoughts of your desire.

AFFIRMATION TIPS
Use the present tense.
Do not use the future tense. If you say, ‘I will lose weight’, The subconscious mind tries to literally bring about what it is asked to do. So instead say, ‘I am rich’, or ‘I choose to be rich’. According to some psychologists, the term ‘choose’ is better as being rich then becomes your choice. And, anyway, isn’t it true that your present life is the result of the choices you have made in the past?
Be positive.
Only positive statements work. It seems the subconscious mind is incapable of dealing in negatives. So if you say. ‘I am not fat’, when that statement reaches the subconscious mind the term ‘not’ is ignored and it becomes ‘I am fat’.
Affirmations can either be spoken or written down.
When speaking, repeat the affirmation emphatically, preferably throughout the day. The least you can do is repeat it at least twenty times in the morning just when you get up and twenty times in the evening just before you go to sleep. You can also write them down at least fifteen times. Writing is a faster way of impressing your subconscious mind. Do this several times a day.
Repetition.
In order to bring about significant changes in your life, affirmations have to be done several times a day till such time that they become a reality. If you do them for a few days only, the expected results may not come. Be bulldoggish about them, i.e. continue doing them till your goals are accomplished.
Mirror technique.
Stand in front of a mirror, look into your own eyes and repeat the affirmations with gusto. Put energy into them. Looking into your own eyes deeply helps connect with your subconscious mind. However, you have to do this on a very regular basis. In fact, Louise L. Hay says that when you are in your house and whenever you pass in front of your mirror, stop and repeat the affirmation a few times. This is a very powerful technique. I can personally vouch for the efficacy of this technique!

MY FAVOURITE TOP 10 POSITIVE HEALTH AFFIRMATIONS
Repeating the following self-esteem affirmations in front of a mirror, especially when looking into your own eyes, is a very good way of restoring your self-esteem. Remember, as you love yourself more and more, your self-esteem will grow higher and higher. Try to combine two or more affirmations when repeating. Do this everyday for at least one month and then see the results.
1. I take consistent action everyday towards my goals!
2. I am a genius and I apply my wisdom everyday!
3. I unconditionally love & accept myself!
4. I experience miracles everyday in my life!
5. My new life has begun!
6. I love exercising daily and it helps me reach my ideal weight!
7. Every day in every way I am getting slimmer and fitter!
8. The past is gone. I live only in the present!
9. I create success effortlessly!
10. The past has no effect on my present!

WEEK 3 HOMEWORK:
– Every day for 30 days write out your favorite affirmations in a book and read them, say them out loud and write them out EVERYDAY
– What were my personal highlights during this affirmation phase?
– What challenges did I face and how did I handle them?
– What exciting new insights did I discover in myself last week?
– What was my greatest achievement this past week?
– What will be my positive focus for next week?

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