Guest Post – Easy Tips To Help Anyone With Kidney Disease Remain Super Positive

Hey NeverEver’s!

Welcome to Tuesday! I have to be honest with you all today the weekend can’t come fast enough…or at least 4 pm so I can go home and take a nap. I have been feeling exhausted but I know that is just my cold leaving my body.

However, today is the day for Guest Posts and it is all about the Kidney! Now that little organ in our body is something I never really thought about too much before until about 3 years ago I got a Kidney Infection. And then suddenly everything I thought about was the Kidney. So when I was approached to have a Guest Post about Kidney Disease and how to be positive throughout it I jumped at it. Because, maybe if there was something like this before I got my infection it wouldn’t have been so hard.

So without further ado I present the Guest Post —

You've just been diagnosed with kidney disease and the news has just totally flipped your life upside down. You’re sitting there and you really don’t know what to do. What’s going to happen and will your life ever be the same again? 

Once the initial shock is over, you start to have a lot of talks with various different kidney disease specialists but no matter what advice they give you… deep down you just feel like nobody understands what you’re going through. You just want this whole mess to disappear and for your old life to come back to you.

In official terms an individual that goes through illness will actually experience 4 different phases which include denial, anger, depression and acceptance. These phases together are known as the Kubler Ross cycle.

But if you want to overcome kidney disease and move into good health you need to go from the denial phase to having an extremely positive outlook for your future. This will not only make it easier both mentally and emotionally but it will actually help you get into good health a lot faster too.

There are various research studies out there such as the work done by Dr Candace Pert which shows that the mind has an extremely powerful affect on the body.

This is why it’s so important that you make sure that you remain in a positive frame of mind at all times. Whether it be good times or bad times you have to stay positive at all times.

You also want to avoid being one of those people that keeps bouncing about from being happy one moment and sad the next. This will surely just leave you physically and emotionally distressed. Instead of this why not just follow the tips below to remain in a positive mental state at all times!


  • Work To Get Rid of All The Negative Labels You Have On Yourself!


The truth is that whenever anything goes wrong in people’s lives the first thing they usually do is start to mentally torture themselves over and over again.

Instead of just accepting the failure as part of life and moving on they keep thinking about it and keep telling themselves that it was because of them that everything seems to fail. But calling yourself a failure is not going to do anything but result in you getting sad and depressed. Stop doing this to yourself… focus on the positive and on moving towards good health.

  • Your Current Problems Are Your Greatest Assets


Take 5 minutes of your time and study the most successful people on this planet and you’ll realise that they all have one thing in common. That is that they all went through periods of extreme hardship and instead of letting the situation get them down they used it as motivation to move forward and get amazing results.

Your current situation with kidney disease is no different. You have the opportunity to actually move forward, overcome kidney disease and get into the best health of your life. Not only that but you actually have the chance to make some amazing discoveries about yourself.

I’ve found that every single person out there is different and so depending on who you are, you’ll make unique discoveries about yourself. I’ve known people who as a result of their experience with illness have gone on to really start paying attention to their loved ones… others have actually gone on to start appreciating their own lives on a whole new level!

So what discoveries are you going to end up making about yourself? Well, only you can really answer that! But keep in mind that this disease is merely a blessing in disguise!


  • Begin To View Every Problem As a Challenge You’ll Solve Step by Step


You see if you analyse the Great Pyramids of Giza then you’ll notice that it was the result of putting one brick on top of another, again and again until the whole pyramid was done.

There was no shortcut, and it wasn’t done overnight. But if you take a look at people today then it’s really sad to see that most people end up giving up well before they even get started because they feel that the journey ahead of them is just going to be too hard or just impossible.

But I want to tell you right now that nothing on this planet is hard as long as you’re prepared to put in the work and stay committed to getting the job done. Not even kidney disease will be able to stay around if you’re persistent and never give up!

But you must remember that the only way to achieve anything is to take it one step at a time until you have gotten to where you want to be.


  • Start To Really Appreciate All The Good Things in Your Life


You seriously need to develop a sense of gratitude because doing so will help you to constantly focus on the good things in your life rather than all the things that aren’t going so well.

To make this a regular part of your life, I’d recommend that you start each day by writing a list of all the things that you are seriously grateful for.

Whatever it is that you feel really grateful for, just write it down. Keep repeating this habit every single day and you’ll get to a point where you’re going to feel great all the time. Being at this point is really amazing because it’ll help you focus completely on the things you need to do in order to get into amazing health in record time… instead of just focusing on all the negative elements and end up getting nowhere.

So there you go folks, all the tips you need to implement to get into a really positive frame of mind. Remember it’s only when you’re in a positive state that you’ll be able to make all the best choices in regards to your health! So get out there and make sure that you are implementing the advice I’ve shared here.

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If you enjoyed reading this article then be sure to check out Jenny's blog over at kidneydietcure.com where she tries her best to help as many people as possible overcome kidney disease and live a healthy and meaningful life 🙂 You can also find her over at Twitter.

Laryngitis How I Hate You

Hey NeverEver’s!

I swear to you there is nothing worse then being sick but not feeling sick…unless you start doing something physical. That is how I am feeling with my Laryngitis. I feel fine. No fever, no headaches, no throat hurting, no coughing (ok some they don’t come often) and no body aches. Yet when I am faced with climbing upstairs (like at work) by the top I am winded and dying. So this is why I am seriously hating on Laryngitis. It isn’t fair. I hate being sick and I haven’t had this particular cold since I was a kid and I remember my throat was hurting a lot more back then.

Anyways, the worst part is the whole ‘I can’t even go upstairs how am I to workout’ deal. I want to workout. I have my barre, bikram and boot camp to finish this month. I wanted to finish strong, I wanted to show myself that I could do it. But nature had other plans for me. Nature (or at least my body) told me NO you are going to take a break. I have tried to fight it, with my 5k last Saturday, and at times I succeeded but for now I have to take it easy.

So what does all of this mean for me? Besides the fact that I can’t work out or do anything more then just walk around? Well it means tons of

So admittedly this is my struggle. I mean I have given up Soda’s for 2 1/2 months and counting! But beyond that I still have my sweets, I still eat out and although I am cooking more at home it just isn’t enough. So while I was at lunch feeling sorry for myself (hey I can’t talk and I can’t work out I am allowed a moment of self pity) it hit me. Why not make the rest of this week all about clean eating. Do something that your body will appropriate even if you cant do anymore burpees (my boot camp instructor loves these horrible creations) currently.

But I know if I try to do to much at the same time (unlike too much working out) I am going to get over whelmed. However, it does seem to work, at least for me, that if I make 1 or 2 changes at a time with my eating clean that I can stick with it. For proof please look at the fact that I can’t stand the taste of soda anymore and I do not even crave it. Oh and I have given up white sugars. Oh and plus no more splenda or white sugar cane. I either do Stevia (which I admit I am still getting used to the taste of it) or Brown sugar cane.

So here are my options.

Now to be completely honest I don’t think I am ready for Paleo yet. I mean I still eat In-N-Out for lunch or go out on the weekends. That type of dedication to eating is something to be looked upon with awe but with the knowledge that I am just not there.

So that leaves clean eating. Which is nicely broken down here for me. So what exactly am I going to focus on?

  • More Fruits and Veggies in my life. Which includes during lunch, dinner AND as Snacks
  • More Water…Seriously I need at least 4 of my purple bottle (20 oz) a day
  • Since I am not working out…cook but just for me. Don’t want the family getting sick
  • Stay away from processed foods. 
I have included a guide on here, for me and for you, on what basically clean eating food is. I am printing this out as I head to the grocery store tonight after work. 
Looking at my list of things that I want to change most of them are doable. Actually, they all are but the one I am probably going to have the most issue with is the ‘Stay away from Processed Foods’ one. I mean lets me honest it is so much easier getting processed foods even if you don’t mean too. I tried getting corn off a cob and it was a pain. A real pain so I still buy canned goods. Maybe I should just stay away from corn…
Anyways, I am ready for this challenge. I am ready to do something else for my body that I have been neglecting. 

So that is my plan for the rest of the week. Or at least until I can go back up the stairs without being winded. Hopefully, that happens soon!

13th 5k & No Voice

Hey NeverEver’s!

Its Sunday and I know I should be doing food prep but I have a thing about touching ‘family food’ while sick. I don’t want to get anyone else sick. Soo no food prep today…left overs next week!

Oh ya I am still sick but instead of coughing or a head cold I have lost my voice. No other issues except for a small cough. No sore throat, No bad breathing, No ear pains or anything. Just the lost of my voice. Its a good thing that my blog relies on my typing skills instead of my voice ^_~

But I go to the doctors. And they just tell me that I need to just not use my voice and if it isn’t back with in 3 days then come back. Well I have a job that depends on my voice! I am still debating if I should text my boss to let her know that although I feel fine I am not gonna be able to talk with the customers. However, due to my awesome friends I am trying some more natural remedies for now.

I know it looks weird but this is 1 squeezed lemon, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. I can talk a little better after spooning this down my throat. Do you have any other home remedies? I am willing to try them all right now!

Ok so enough about my voice…lets talk about this weekend! It started on Friday night ^_~

Halloween party with some of my old co-workers and still awesome friends! It was an awesome night with laughs and drinks to be had! Although I did have to leave a little after midnight because of…

I had a Bubble Run to get to! Yup that is right I ran the next morning w/ one of my friends and current co-workers. Man can this lady run!! But the Bubble Run was so much fun. I mean look at those suds at the beginning of the run!

Ok if I had thought that the beginning was fun it was nothing compared to the rest of the 3 miles! First was pink, then blue, then green and finally yellow. Over at the green area the bubbles were so big that they were over my head! Yes I am that short ^_~

However, the run can only last so long (we all hope) and the fun had to end. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t change to the Bubble Run’s official shirt (I didn’t know that there was color bubbles). But we finished the run strong!

My friend was able to get it done in 25:37 (she is a demon on the track!) and mine was a respectable 39:55. I am ok with that time. Actually pretty darn happy with that number to tell the truth.

However, with this run done. I have officially finished the #13in2013 races that I promised to do at the beginning of the year! It really hasn’t hit me that I have been able to do this when last year I never ran. I walked and slowly at that. Now, although I am not fast I am proud to say that I am a runner. Who would have thought that I would say that? Not me from a year ago that is for sure.

So let me say it again. Just to let it sink in for me.

I AM A RUNNER.

Wow. That is something big. Especially since I got another run next Saturday.

Okay NeverEver’s, I have to help the hubby get dinner ready ( i.e. I am telling him what to do by the doorway and in no way touching the food) so it is done in time for his Packer Game. Oh and my Saints won!!! Woot Woot!

Have a wonderful Sunday and I promise to have food prep for next weekend!

Guest Post – Boost Your Metabolism With These 5 Veggies

Hey NeverEver’s!

As you all know I have been sick the last couple of days with a head cold. Whats seriously bad with a head cold is that you can’t remember anything! Feels like your wrapped up in bubble wrap (without the pleasure of popping them). So I had missed my Guest Post Tuesday. However, I loved the post that I was to do so I am sharing it with all of you today!

So without further talking from me, I give you –

Boost Your Metabolism With These 5 Veggies

Anyone trying to lose weight or who just wants to improve their health knows they should eat lots of vegetables. If you’ve already been eating your veggies, here’s some good news for you: certain veggies can speed up your metabolism, causing you to burn calories at an even faster rate! Boost your metabolism by stocking up on these five veggies and enjoy the health benefits that come with increased consumption of vegetables while losing weight at the same time.


Jalapenos
Spicy vegetables such as jalapenos can cause your metabolism to skyrocket for hours! Jalapenos contain capsaicin, a substance that makes them spicy. Capsaicin also increases your metabolism. You might have noticed that your heart beats faster and you start to sweat when you’ve had spicy food. This spike in your metabolism can last for hours after eating.



Chilli
Like jalapenos, chillis contain high levels of capsaicin, which can cause a spike in your metabolism that can last for hours after eating. Chillis will not only make you perspire but will also boost your metabolism and oxidize fat. The spiciest part of the chilli is the seeds, and some types of chillis are spicier than others, so if you find yourself unable to handle the spiciness scrape out the seeds and slice thinly.


Broccoli

The more quickly and efficiently your body digests your food, the more calories can be burned and the less fat will be stored. Broccoli is rich in Vitamin C and calcium, both of which help to make calorie burning quick and efficient with minimal storage of fat. Calcium is essential for efficient metabolism, and Vitamin C enables your body to absorb more calcium.


Spinach
Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach are low in calories and high in fibre. This means your body can expend even more calories digesting the vegetables than are actually contained in them, causing you to burn calories as you eat. There’s nothing quite like losing weight as you eat!


Bell peppers

Vegetables rich in Vitamin C, such as bell peppers, can boost your metabolism by helping your body to oxidise fat. Bell peppers aren’t spicy like chilli peppers and do not contain enough capsaicin to enable you to boost your metabolism in the same way chillis do. However, the high levels of Vitamin C in red bell peppers especially make them a suitable vegetable to add to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight.





If you’re trying to lose weight, you should already be adding more vegetables to your diet. When you’re hoping to boost your metabolism, it is useful to remember that spicy foods tend to cause a spike in your metabolism. Low calorie vegetables that are high in fibre tend to lead to calorie burning due to the effort required to digest them. Most importantly, many vegetables are rich in the vitamins and minerals needed for efficient calorie burning, such as calcium and Vitamin C. There has never been a better time to eat your veggies.

Romayne Warner is an international student coordinator at a local Melbourne university, and spends time advising international students about the importance of overseas students health cover and other ways to stay healthy whilst in Australia.

Sunday Food Prep

Hey NeverEver’s!

Welcome to Sunday. The day before we all start working again, well at least most people. This past Friday and Saturday it was all about my Birthday. At least with my family and friends. On Friday we went to Sgt. Peppers in Long Beach. Its a Dueling Piano Bar. Good sing along music and better company made for a great night! I also may or may not have drank to much. Not enough where I was hung over the rest of the Saturday but enough where I just knew it was a little too much. Its a really good thing that birthdays only come once a year.

However, on Saturday it was a UFC Fight Night. Now that was a great card ( a card is the fighters for the night ). There wasn’t a bad fight or more importantly, a boring fight!

Oh I also did my hair ^_~

Yup I am a brunette now! I am happy that I had decided to make the change from blonde to brown. It is perfect for the fall / winter. I didn’t really cut my hair though, only curled it so it looks shorter then it is.

Okay now to get onto the fun stuff!!!

Yup Virtual Runs! Courtney (the awesome creator of the Princess Challenge II and my Mulan medal) re-opened up the Princess Challenge I. And the Hubby being as awesome as he is told me that I could get all 5! Which means I have 5 more 5k’s to do this year!

So if you want some more pretty medals you can join me ( http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=2117205 ) and others for these runs! I am really looking forward to Jasmine and Rapunzel!

Okay Okay now on the the Sunday Food Prep!

So from left to right

  • Fresh and Easy Score
  • Fresh Herb Rubbed Chicken that I am cooking in a crock pot
  • Pepper / Steak Sauce rubbed Steak wrapped in Turkey Bacon
  • Cucumbers / Strawberries pre-cut for my juicing
  • Tomato Soup
  • Breadless Sandwiches 
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Lemon & Pepper Chicken (not pictured) that will be cooked by the hubby
Yup I am ready for this week! I have my protein and major dinners ready for my double workouts and if they aren’t already ready its an easy make! 
Okay NeverEver’s! I am going to be spending the rest of the day with the Hubby watching him play GTA while I avoid laundry. I sincerely hate laundry!!! 
So how is your food prep going today?

Motivational Thursday

Hey NeverEvers,

Yesterday was my first time I have ever done 2 workouts in a row. And it felt amazing.

I started my workouts by rushing to my barre class at bar method. It starts at 4:30 so I really have to be out of my work exactly at 4. But I had gotten stopped to talk about my car by another coworker (she is thinking about getting the same car). So it was a little tight. But I only missed the first 2 mins.

After what seemed like forever in butt lifts it was time for bikram yoga.

Now I will admit. I did have a little more  lightheadedness then the first time. But I finished strong and took a knee when I had to.

And I had meant to write all about this once I got home. Well that didn’t work out at all. A shower and I fell right to sleep.

So today wad super busy at work…apparently the promotion team decided to send out a whole bunch of free sample emails without telling customer service or the shipping dept so we got flooded with orders. I was happy to get out of there today.

So by the end of work I really needed my workout. And it was time for…boot camp.

I did everything but the crunches. But I am writing this right before my bikram yoga. So let’s end this nights post with motivation.

Have you ever fine a double workout? If so did you love it or hate it?

GuestPost – Essential CrossFit Gear to Put on Your Wish list

Hey NeverEver’s!

Welcome to Tuesday. I am sorry I wasn’t there on Sunday (6 Flags I was exhausted by the time I got back home) and yesterday as you know I was in a bog battle with bite size candies…in which I lost. However, I may have lost yesterday but I am not losing today! But, that isn’t what this post is all about. This post is about CrossFit and what you need to succeed at this amazing sport and workout.

So get out your pinterest and your wishlists Virginia is about to show us what we are going to be looking for under that Christmas tree this year ^_~


Essential CrossFit Gear to Put on Your Wish list
While it’s true that CrossFit is simpler in structure than a lot of other workout options, it does require some solid, reliable equipment.
The program involves aerobics, gymnastics and Olympic style weightlifting–combining all of them into a fast-paced, highly intense program that’s certainly not for the faint of heart. The equipment they use can be slim to none, and the idea is even based on getting away from the gym-style machines and equipment.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can forgo the gear to take full advantage of CrossFit, particularly if you want to implement a CrossFit-style workout routine at home.


Here are a few items that you’ll want to have on hand, whether you’re attending CrossFit classes, or doing the exercises on your own in the garage:
1. Lifting belt — Since there is a lot of Olympic-style lifting in CrossFit, you’ll need a reliable lifting belt to use for cleans, deadlifts and some of the other movements that are hard on your spinal cord and lower back.
A lot of CrossFit members will even bring their own belts to class as opposed to using what is provided.
2. Jump rope — A good jump rope is something that you’ll need for both classes and the home-based routines. Not only that, but a jump rope is something that you will want to break-in and get used to. Having your own that’s the right length and weight for you is going to be a lot better than switching them up constantly.
3. Pull Up bar — You can buy pull-up bars that can hitch onto a door frame and be taken down at a whim. They’re a simple alternative to more complicated pull-up bar systems that need to be installed in a garage or outdoors.
Since pull-ups are such an integral part of the CrossFit program, it doesn’t hurt to at least have one available to you at home.
4. Plyo box — Plyometrics and jumping exercises are a big part of the aerobic segment of CrossFit, and all you really need to do most of the exercises is a sturdy plyometrics box. See if you can get one that you can adjust the height on.
5. Gymnast rings — The gymnastics exercises are primarily done by using just your bodyweight and no props, although gymnast rings can really expand the amount of movements you can do, while still using just your body weight.
They’re a bit pricey in most cases, but they’re worth it, even if just a small segment of your workout is gymnastics focused.
6. Good shoes — The intensity and quick pace of CrossFit is unforgiving, and if you don’t have a good pair of shoes to work out in, you’re going to be at somewhat of a disadvantage.
Spring for a good pair of workout shoes that fit your feet well, provide some cushion and give you that extra jump in your step. After a few weeks of CrossFit, you’ll be glad you spent the extra money to get the higher-quality kicks.


Getting the Most Out of CrossFit


This gear is simple, but it will help you get the most out of the time you spend in a CrossFit gym. Also consider the possibility of adding a multivitamin to your diet when doing CrossFit, since the program can be so physically demanding. At a minimum, it will help you to keep your energy up and be ready for the next workout.


Whether you want to take what you’ve learned to your home, or just bring your own gear for the familiarity factor, these items will all be useful and practical for the any and all CrossFit members.


Virginia Cunningham is a freelance writer and health enthusiast in Southern California. She loves being as active as she can to keep her body healthy and in shape, and enjoys trying different styles of workouts.