I started my second trimester at MUIH towards my Health and Wellness Coaching certification. My first timester was quite intense and gave me the foundational knowledge. This semester will give me the tools needed to coach actual clients. I will participate in live coaching labs once weekly. I am looking forward to the learning and the interaction.
Although I’ve been in the science field throughout my career, I believe that I can be successful as a health coach. The majority of my jobs have been contract positions. When I finally land a permanent position, my position gets eliminated; this happened in November 2017. I discuss it in another blog post. I worked primarily in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and food industries. My current position is at a plastic company. I have been there for 9 months. Unfortunately, my position, along with my manager’s and one other colleague’s, will be eliminated in 6-18 months. Also, I feel like it is just busy work. In November 2018, there was reorganization within the department which led to a new director, a new department name, and two employees being cut. Welcome to corporate America. Once again, I am in the job market. This time, I won’t be caught off guard.
I am excited about my future as a health coach. Active listening will be a big part of the job, whether I work for a corporation or have my own practice. It will be a slow transition; I’m not going to quit science cold turkey. It has given me a foundation to follow my passion. My resume still has selling power. If all goes well, I can become certified by the end of this year.
At the end of the summer, I started doing Pilates at my local fitness center. I started doing one-on-one sessions to learn the technique. As I continued to become more accustomed to doing it, I started taking a 1-hour weekly class at 6:00am. With classes, a family, and working full-time, this is the only time I am available. I enjoy every class; it’s a small class with 5 of us, mostly female. We have an awesome instructor. She is patient and is not a drill sergeant. Even though my classmates have been doing Pilates for years, I am still able to keep up. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Pilates, many of the exercises are done using a reformer. As my instructor reminds me, some movements are harder, and I will get better with practice and time.
There are few benefits that I’ve noticed since taking Pilates:
1. Increased flexibility. I am becoming more flexible each time I perform the exercises. Some of the exercises are challenging, but the majority of them are easy to perform.
2. Improving your core. Pilates is great for working your abdominal muscles and building a strong back. Previously, it was one of my problem areas.
3. Great alternative to yoga. If you’re not a fan of yoga, Pilates is a fun alternative. Please feel free to revisit my post on yoga.
4. Pain relief. When I started doing Pilates, I was experiencing pain in the back of my left knee. It’s been about 3 months since I’ve had any pain in that area. Also, a classmate told me that it’s helped alleviate her arthritis pain in her hips and lower back.
5. Improved performance and injury prevention. In 1912, Joseph Herbertus Pilates perfected the Pilates workout system. As a child in Germany, her suffered from asthma and other ailments. He turned to exercise as a means of treatment. During the influenza outbreak in England that same year, his trainees survived while thousands succumbed to the illness.
About one year ago, my legs and feet ached from standing long periods of time at work. I also used to suffer from plantar fasciitis in my right foot. I have not had any flare ups recently. The condition is very common. Tim Hardaway, Jr. of the New York Knicks also suffers from the same ailment.
My younger coworkers notice my increase in vibrancy since starting Pilates. A few of my classmates are older than me, and they are very active. It is definitely an activity that I recommend. It can build strength; thus, it will prevent problems later on as the body ages.
I have many fond memories of Thanksgiving both as a child and an adult. In school, they taught us that it was a day that the Indians and the Pilgrims ate together for the first Thanksgiving dinner in 1621. It was a time for family, football, delicious food, and days off from work and school. I would look forward to turkey, stuffing, candied yams, cranberry sauce, greens, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato pie, and some type of cake. All of the smells filling up the house …
This was all good until I learned the true meaning of Thanksgiving. I haven’t celebrated Thanksgiving in 5 years. It was a day of genocide for the North American Indians. They are actually Hebrew Israelites from the tribe of Gad that wore traditional Hebrew Israelite clothing with fringes (Num. 15:38-40). The celebration was the killing of them. “Many celebrated by kicking several heads…through the streets like soccer balls”.
You may be wondering the reason that this happened. Well, the treatment of the Gad tribe goes back to curses that are mentioned in the Bible. Because the Hebrew Israelites did not follow the laws, statues, and commmandments of the Most High God, they were subject to certain curses (Deut. 28:15-68). These curses are still continuing today.
One can say that the day is about family, but you can celebrate family ANY and EVERYDAY of the year. In Christianity, they teach that it’s okay to celebrate these pagan holidays; however, if you read your Bible, you’ll know that the Most High God HATES those feast days (Amos 5:21-22). He gave us Feast days to celebrate (Lev. 23). We, as a people, get so caught up in tradition (Col. 2:8). We continue these traditions because they were taught to us, even if it’s wrong. Some of us will spend TOO MUCH money in preparation for this one day. Businesses have to make their money, too. Another argument is that you can feed those that are less fortunate. Again, the homeless need our help throughout the year.
Even if you don’t want to look at the spiritual aspect of this, genocide of a people or turkeys is nothing to celebrate. Yes, turkeys undergo harsh treatment at slaughterhouses. I am acquainted with vegans and vegetarians that are not into Thanksgiving from a “food”point of view.
In conclusion, Thanksgiving is pagan, regardless of the feel-good activities that come with it. Please feel free to check out The Pagan Book of Days as a guide to festivals and traditions occurring throughout the year.
Hi Everyone. I’m sorry that I’ve been out of touch for a while. This summer, I was accepted into the Post-Baccalaureate certificate program for Health and Wellness Coaching at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. I’ve completed one class with three in-progress. The school is very warm with many great resources.
Things are starting to get more intense now, but I am doing very well. I have an “A” average currently. In addition, I’m working full time and taking care of my family. Since I have been out of school for a while, I wanted to start with a certificate. I should be finished by August of next year. If I decide to pursue another Master’s degree, I would finish in 2020. I have a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry, so I’m not sure if I need another one.
The science field has given a a solid foundation to move into Health and Wellness Coaching. I am very passionate about health and wellness, as you may see from some of my posts. With proper diet and exercise, I am back to a size 6; I have not wore that size in 12 years. I want to help others reach their goals. My goal is to have my own practice.
My son is doing very well. He will be 8 years old in December. I’ve talked about the challenges we’ve faced with his autism. He has made so much progress. He’s reading, making friends, and has not had any behavioral issues at his new school. I want to help those parents as well. Diet and environment are so important for their physical and emotional well-being.
I want to continue to blog. I am learning so much that I would like to share with you. Thank you to those that still follow me.
Some of my readers out there may remember when I started my fitness journey in 2015. When I wrote My Fitness Journey, Part 2, I learned about “wheat belly” and made the appropriate changes at the beginning of 2018. Now, we’re at the start of summer, even though for a week sometimes, we don’t see the sun where I live.
When I was laid off from my job in November, I discontinued my gym membership and focused on diet. I also started walking for 30 minutes if it was a sunny day. In April, my husband and I went on a 21-day Daniel fast for weight loss and overall health. My husband suffers from diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. I have high blood pressure. We also did a 3-day detox. My weight dropped, and I felt better overall.
This past Wednesday, I met with a trainer to see the progress that I made. When I started this “journey” I weighed 144lbs. Presently, I weigh 130.5 lbs. with 28.7 percent body, and 50.7 muscle mass. My percent body fat is in a normal range; however, if it goes down to 22 percent, I won’t need the high blood pressure medication. My muscle mass should be half of my body weight, which would be 65. My trainer was happy with my diet. I don’t eat meat everyday, mostly fresh vegetables. Okra is a staple for me. When I do eat meat, it’s chicken, fish, or steak.
I am trying out a group exercise class that meets 3 times a week. So far, I believe that it will help me reach my goals. We perform exercises that work the core, arms, and legs. I can be assured that I will be doing the exercises properly. When you’re on your own, you may tend to “slack off’”. The goal is the build muscle and reduce body fat to treat high blood pressure. I have to continue to insure that my blood sugar and cholesterol levels stay within a healthy range. At one time, it was a struggle. However, making lifestyle changes improved my health. I will get another reassessment in 4 to 8 weeks.
Many people see yoga as a way to relax or as a form of exercise; they may take a class or do it solo in the mountains. They can practice yoga in their home watching a video. If you enjoy cardiovascular workouts, exercises that allow you to lose body fat, yoga is not for you. Yoga has become increasing popular in the past 5 years. Many gyms have an entire studio devoted to yoga. There are some fantastic photos on Instagram of various yoga poses. In addition to yoga, meditation is also a way that people relieve stress. But what purpose does yoga and meditation really serve?
The goddess pose in yoga or utkata konosana from the Sanskrit, meaning “wild, frightening, above the usual, intense, gigantic, furious, or heavy” and “posture” or “seat”. There are other poses such as the sun salutation and moon salutation. Sun salutations are said to allow for the opportunity to “give gratitude to the sun for its life giving light”. Sun worship goes back to ancient Babylon with Nimrod and the construction of the Tower of Babel. The idea was to set up false religions in which people would worship on “Sun-day” or sun worship. Many people believe that the sabbath day is Sunday, but it is the seventh day of the week, which is Saturday.
‘The Kundalini spirit is part of yoga; however, many participants do not realize it. The illusion is that it can offer peace, healing, visions, and dreams. It is a spirit, indeed, but is it a demonic one. It is a supernatural force that can overtake you. Many eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, practice yoga and meditation. In Hinduism, they worship many gods, teaching about a higher level of consciousness and your third eye. The third eye is the gate to your higher power.
Many New Age religions such as these teach that you can become a god or be godlike. However, many people that are part of Christianity practice yoga. Does that mean that they have a kundalini spirit? Yoga, in fact, does not mesh with the Most High God. Demonic spirtuality is not the same as the Holy Spirit. When you practice yoga, you’re allowing evil spirits or demons to take over your body. You’re also inviting them into your home and every aspect of your life. When you mediate or channel energy, you do it in order to gain something, like power. Demons can use this energy to travel from person to person, place to place, or even into objects. When you’re performing certain yoga poses, you are aligning yourself with certain deities. This will become very dangerous in the long run.
In conclusion, yoga is a New Age deception. One believes that they are gaining peace and healing when in reality, they are channeling dark forces. If you’re looking for healing, there are other alternatives such as herbal remedies. Before you sign up for a yoga class please consider the after effects.
Read more “Yoga and Meditation: Exercise or a Gateway to the Spirit World?”
Abortions are the number one killer of African-Americans. Many young Black teens resort to abortions because the pregnancy is unplanned, and they are not mature enough to care for a child. Others are in fear of their parents and may have abortions without their parents’ knowledge. Many young Black women who are unmarried are generally not financially prepared; the biological father is typically absent from their child’s life. Patients between the ages of 20 and 24 obtained 34 percent of all abortions. Women ages 25 to 29 obtained 27 percent.
In 2014, whites accounted for 39 percent of abortion procedures while blacks accounted for 28 percent of them in the U.S. In 2016, white mothers accounted for 37 percent of abortions while being 77 percent of the U.S. population. By contrast, black women only comprise 6 percent of the U.S. population, but they account for 35 percent of abortions, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). About 1.3 percent of these reported abortions had a gestation period beyond 20 weeks. What is the reason for this?
On October 26, 1916, Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, opens the first birth control clinic in the poverty-stricken section of Brownsville in Brooklyn, NY. The notion was to help control the problem of over breeding. Sanger’s childhood is said to have been unhappy. Her father was an unstable alcoholic with radical political views. Sanger was a poor student and did not take working seriously. It is believed that her short, unhappy career in teaching children of immigrants led to her embracing eugenics. She became passionate about “Marxism, anarchism, free love, secular humanism, and Darwinism”.
On May 2, 1927, the United States Supreme Court case, Buck vs. Bell, gave states the right to forced sterilizations for those that they deemed genetically unfit. Elaine Riddick was a victim of this type of eugenics. At the age of 14, she was raped by a man in her neighborhood and became pregnant. Upon giving birth to her son in 1968 in North Carolina, a doctor cut her Fallopian tubes. Because her grandmother was illiterate, she unknowingly consented to the procedure. Forty-four year later, the state of North Carolina wanted to compensate Riddick and other victims $50,000 in damages. That angered her even more.
In 1939, Margaret Sanger began to discourage the population growth of African-Americans, particularly those that are poor. In short, to discourage “the defective and diseased elements of humanity” from their “reckless and irresponsible swarming and spawning”. Sanger knew that so-called African Americans primarily were a religious group of people. She used this and prominent African Americans to help her cause.
How did she put this plan into action? She wrote a letter to Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, a prominent sociologist and author. Sanger’s “claim” was that birth control was the solution to prejudice and discrimination in the Black community. If births were more spaced out, families could recover financially and physically. (The mother’s body needs to heal from childbirth and each child is expensive to care for). Diseases would decrease, and healthier babies would result.
Opponents of this believed that abortion was immoral and the population needed to increase for an equal distribution of wealth. However, more people believed Sanger’s deception that birth control would improve conditions in the black community. Black churches even invited her to speak to their congregations! It wasn’t because they were gullible; Sanger was very crafty at hiding her true agenda. Sanger also wrote about her meeting with the women of the Ku Klux Klan in her autobiography.
In spite of this, Planned Parenthood still honors Margaret Sanger to this day. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former senator, first-lady, presidential candidate, and recipient of the Margaret Sanger award in 2009, expresses her great admiration for her and her vision. In 2014, former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, accepted that award with the same gratitude.
The rabbit hole goes deeper. Planned Parenthood harvests baby parts and sells them to human organ buyers. PepsiCo is said to have used aborted fetal cells in its products. Kraft, Nestle, and other companies are using aborted baby fetuses as flavor additives. African-Americans are very valuable in this way. You can decrease the population and make money from our body parts. In addition, there is DNA in those aborted fetuses. Scientists can use that information to create new diseases to exterminate African Americans. There is a claim that scientists created Ebola for this purpose.
In spite of the attempts made to exterminate so-called African-Americans, we are still here. On a personal note, I haven’t experienced an abortion, but I have experienced the loss of a child. Many of us have awakened to our true heritage (Deut. 28:15-68), and we understand the importance of family and following the Most High. Before Margaret Sanger, there weren’t abortions. We weren’t sterilized on the assumption that we were genetically unfit for reproduction. A woman gave birth as long as her body produced eggs. Whether we have been blessed with many children or only one, we need to cherish them. Shalom!
When I attended the Christian Church, I would opt to take Good Friday off from work (if I was employed at the time). We were taught that Christ died on Friday, and that we celebrated His Resurrection on Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday. Good Friday services typically consisted of various preachers that were given 10 minutes to basically “outpreach” one another for “The 7 Last Words of Christ” service. Most of the time, we would end up leaving early.
Even then, I wondered what did eggs and bunnies have to do with Christ? Why is Christianity always mixed with a hint of paganism? I even wrote a blog post about it. I know now that it is much deeper than that. Good Friday is part of the deception.
Good Friday is marked on the Gregorian calendar on Friday, March 30. The Jewish Passover starts on the evening of Friday, March 30 and ends on Saturday, April 7. Easter is on Sunday, April 1, which is also April Fools’ Day. The fool doesn’t believe in any Power (Psalm 14:1). Is it a coincidence that these two events are on the same day? Each year, Good Friday and Easter fall on different days. Sometimes it’s in March, and other years it’s in April.
The Hebrew calendar is set up according to the Most High’s time. The new year started on March 10th at sunset, not on January 1st at 12 midnight. The Zondervan compact Bible dictionary defines Nisan as the first month of the year from March-April. When the Most High began creation, He separated the day from the night. “And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Gen. 1:5). In actuality , a new day begins at sunset. Fourteen days after the new year is Passover (Lev. 23:5), which started on the evening of March 23 and ended the evening of March 24. We then began the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This feast will end Friday evening at sunset. It is the same time each year. Why does the Jewish Passover fall on a different day? Because they follow the moon, which is 10 days off from the sun’s cycle.
To understand the significance of Passover, we’ll have to start with Moses. The Most High chose Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt (Exodus 3:7-21). During this time, the Egyptians fell under many plagues since Pharoah, with his hardened heart, would not let the chosen people go. Passover originated here. On the 10th day of the first month, which is Nisan, each household of Israel was instructed to get a healthy, male lamb. On the 14th day in the evening, which is the start of Passover, they were told to kill the lamb and spread the blood on the door (Exodus 12:3-7).
They were to roast the lamb and eat all of it with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. The bitter herbs represented our bondage. That night, the Most High killed all of the firstborn Egyptian males. The angel of death passed over the Israelite households in which blood had been placed on the door and its posts (Exodus 12:3-32) After this plague, Pharoah released the Israelites in fear of their own lives (Exodus 12:33). They left in such a haste that they did not have time to put leavening in the bread. We celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread right after Passover on the 15th day of Nisan for 7 days.
As it relates to Christ, he was our Passover Lamb. He loved us that much. Christ came to save the lost. He prepared by having his Last Supper and first communion with the disciples a day earlier. Judas Iscariot betrayed Christ for 30 pieces of silver. Christ died on a Sabbath (Saturday) in the evening the same hour the lambs were sacrificed in the days of Moses.
So, where does Good Friday come from? What is the purpose? Even if a Christian were to say that Christ died on Friday evening and rose on Easter Sunday, you don’t get three days. Easter has pagan origins, and it has nothing to do with Christ. Good Friday only adds to the deception. Another deception about Christ is his appearance. We often see this image of him on the cross. However, the scriptures describe Christ as having hair like wool and feet the color of burnt brass. He is also from the tribe of Judah. What group of people are known for having dark skin and wooly hair? I’ll let you think about it.
I referenced many scriptures so that you can have an understanding. As I always tell you, please do your own research on these holidays. We get caught up on tradition, feelings, and doing what WE want that we don’t realize when we’re under a strong delusion. Shalom!
Read more “The Truth About Good Friday”
More than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability Autism in children has increased 119.4 percent since 2000. Adults with autism were diagnosed as children. The common symptoms of autism are speech delay, lack of interest in playing with toys or “pretend play”, limited social skills, atypical behaviors (i.e. tapping on walls), and repetitive behaviors, such as arm flapping. In addition, sensitivity to sounds, smells, tastes, and/or touch, becoming upset or “shutting down” if change in routine, not making eye contact, often repeating words and phases, and being unaware of boundaries and “space” of others.
Herbal Supplements That Alleviate Autism Symptoms
- Activated charcoal
This substance can adsorb poisons within the body such as lead and mercury. It also works to adsorb excess gas and bacteria from the intestines. It is a common belief that autism is caused by heavy metal toxicity.
Many people use this herb in many culinary dishes such as pasta and meatballs or pesto. It also detoxes heavy metals from the body by adsorption.
Garlic is also popular in the culinary world. It works to boast immunity from certain ailments like colds and other respiratory disorders. It also treats digestive problems. The only downside for some is the odor.
- Grapefruit seed extract
This rids the body of yeast overgrowth in the intestines and the mouth. Candida can cause many health problems if ignored.
- Milk thistle
This herbal supplement detoxes the liver. The liver works to detoxify the entire body. There is link to liver health and detoxification of the blood.
- Gotu kola leaf
This supplement enhances memory and intellectual functioning. It also works to increase blood circulation within the body.
Ginkgo leaf or ginkgo biloba can treat a variety of brain, circulatory, and nerve conditions by increasing blood flow to the brain. Proper blood flow to the brain can ensure an adequate amount of oxygen in the brain. This would lead to improved cognitive abilities resulting in improved behaviors.
This herb also improves cognitive function and memory. It is more effective when taken with other herbal supplements. It also boosts energy and promotes relaxation.
- Methyl Sulfonyl Methane
Also known as MSM, this supplement improve joint health, increases immunity, and decreases inflammation. It also works to combat leaky gut syndrome.
- Oregon grape
It is used as a remedy for various skin conditions. It also works as a laxative and antibiotic by clearing liver congestion and regulating the flow of bile.
There are other natural remedies that can work to heal autism. Autism is treatable with the appropriate therapies. One may receive results quickly; however, others will need to be tenacious until they results. The autism spectrum is broad.
With the demands and stresses of corporate America, many people, particularly millennials, don’t have a lot of time to cook. Many millennials admit that their cooking skills are limited due to a parent not teaching them to cook. According to a survey conducted in January 2015, 45 percent of people ages 18 to 24 and 64 percent of those ages 25 to 34, considered themselves as good or decent cooks.
For the same survey, 53 percent of millennials admit to eating out at restaurants once per week. For those that live at home with their parents or have a spouse or roommate that cooks, it is not a big concern. However, for the single millennials that live alone, they rely on carry-out, processed foods, or anything that is a “quick fix”. However, eating out becomes expensive. Further, unless you ask, the food may be genetically modified. Processed foods may be high in sodium, sugar, and fat. If one has limited cooking skills, you can still prepare healthy, easy meals from scratch.
Simple Meal Ideas
This goes beyond Ramen noodles. Squash, vegetable, and tomato soups are easy to prepare and require few ingredients. Please visit the following link for other soup ideas.
2. Chicken cacciatore
You’ll need chicken (legs, thighs, or wings), tomatoes, and salsa. You may add additional spices to your liking. Bake in the oven between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. Serve with rice.
Add seasoning to your favorite cut of steak and broil in the oven. If you like onions with your steak, cut and sauté in butter on the stove top.
Tacos are delicious and very easy to make. You’ll need ground beef, taco seasoning, taco shells, lettuce, tomato, (red) onion, shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa. You can make taco salad as another option.
5. Salmon cakes
Season a fillet of wild salmon and bake until done. (Do not use canned salmon). When cooled, shred the salmon and add an egg, bread crumbs, seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder), and chopped onion. Shape into patties and fry in oil, cooking on both sides. Freeze the uncooked salmon cakes.
Spaghetti and meatballs is simple to make. Try preparing ravioli and fettuccine dishes.
You can’t mess up a salad! For a garden salad, use both romaine lettuce and spring mix or other fresh greens. Add cucumbers, tomatoes, red, yellow, and orange peppers. (A colorful salad is appealing to the eye). For added flavor, include red onion, pomegranate seeds, blue or feta cheese. For salad dressing, you may simply use olive oil and red wine or balsamic vinegar. To make Caesar salad, use romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, and croutons.
You have one dish to try each day for one week. Feel free to mix and match and get creative. If it doesn’t turn out right the first time, it’s fine. Try again until you get it right. Cooking is trial and error.