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Can We Trust Our Gut Instinct?

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At some point in our lives, we have all been given the professional advice to “go with your gut”, something that is really challenging to carry out sometimes. Is this a good piece of advice, though? Can we trust our gut instinct?

Why is gut instinct so powerful?

From the moment you were born, your gut has been storing an endless amount of information. Trusting your gut means that you are putting your faith in this collection of subconscious, lifetime experiences. You have been drawing from these gut instincts all your life, without even realizing it. These are insights that aren’t readily available in your conscious mind at a specific moment, but are things that you’ve felt and learned at some stage as you were growing up. While we might not be able to explain a particular piece of information at a specific time, the information we’re looking for is readily available in our gut.

Most people who go with their gut feelings are happy with their decision. Not having to over-think every move you make can save plenty of time and mental energy. Here’s how you can start to trust your gut instinct:

Take time to think things over

Any time that you need to make a decision about something, take a little time to think it through first. Tell people that you need to sleep on it, that you will let them know the next day what you’ve decided to do, and then do just that. Spend time on your own and let your mind just wander. Your gut will let you know if you’ve ever been in this situation before, and it will help you to make that correct, all-important decision.

Avoid over-thinking!

If you have to make a big decision or a tough choice at some time, set yourself a limit of say 30 minutes to think about it. When the 30 minutes is up, you will be forced to go with your gut instinct to make the decision.

Can we trust our gut instinct when we’re nervous?

Nervousness causes many people to freeze up and be unable to function properly. If this is how you react in stressful situations, then make a mental note of exactly how you feel at those times. Be honest and tell yourself that you’re feeling extremely nervous at that moment, and/or that you’re unsure about what’s going to happen next. Make a point of developing these emotional labeling skills, because they will help you to recognize what your gut is telling you what to do.


Self Integrity








Integrity is associated with a code of honour and moral principles.  It is a noble quality to have and often tells us a great deal about another person’s character.

Self integrity is your own personal quality of honesty and morality.  It is you who sets the boundaries and decides where your integrity begins and ends.  Everybody has a different level of integrity and if you have set high standards for yourself, you might think that others are lacking.  This may well be true.  However, each person’s state of integrity is a culmination of how they have been taught as children, and the experiences they have had throughout their lives.  This will often determine their level of integrity.

Your self integrity is actually a very important part of who you are as a person.  If questioned, it will often determine how morally and honestly you feel about certain aspects of your life.  You may be pushed into a situation where you, yourself, will have to question your self integrity.  This can be a difficult position to be in especially if other people who mean something in your life or who you trust, ask you to do or say something that goes against your self integrity.  Here you are put in a place where you have to make a decision whether you are to uphold your self integrity or give in to the pressure that others put on you.

Self integrity, to some degree, is linked to your conscience and often you may find yourself wishing to please others by “betraying” your self integrity, which in turn, may have an impact on your conscience.

If for example, someone asks you to lie for them and this request pushes the boundaries of the integrity you have set for yourself, you may find yourself in a very uncomfortable position.  You might feel that if you say no to the person you might lose them, or no longer be in their favour.  It is here that your self integrity is challenged.  You have to ask yourself: Is this person worth going against what I believe to be true for myself?  The answer to this question will clarify just how deep and important your own self integrity is to you.

Breaking the parameters of the standards you have set for your self integrity can leave you feeling guilty and disillusioned with yourself.  Therefore, it is wise to always maintain your personal level of self integrity.  At the end of the day it establishes how gracious and dignified you really are.  It is best not to betray the code of your own self dignity.

How To Be Fabulous








Often, when we look at people who we, and others, consider to be fabulous, we imagine that they have oodles of self-esteem.  This is not necessarily the case.  They may have oodles of self-esteem or they may not.

Being fabulous is quite simple to achieve, whether you have a self-esteem that is high or low.  It’s all about your attitude and how you consciously portray yourself to the world.  If you feel that you are not fabulous enough, or you don’t feel special in any way, here are a few tips to help you achieve being fabulous.

It’s all about your state of mind.  Just look in the mirror and repeat to yourself over and over again: I am fabulous.  You should feel a slight shift within you.  If you continue this practice regularly, you will find that your confidence and self-esteem levels will rise.  The result is that you become fabulous, you are fabulous.  Your persona takes on this role and being fabulous becomes like second nature to you, it becomes a part of you.

The result of thinking like this and the resulting sense of being fabulous will benefit you enormously.  As you become fabulous to yourself, you become fabulous to others.  You will gain confidence, your self-esteem will rise, and you will be that person who is extraordinary.  Your belief in yourself will change your attitude and by changing your attitude, in relation to any aspect of your life, will actually change who you think you are.

Being fabulous is not a gift unique to only a few.  It can belong to anyone; you just have to own it.  Remember that if we consider someone to be fabulous for whatever reason, perhaps they are really beautiful or good looking, or they are successful at something we consider to be prestigious, or they have a wonderful personality, that is because they have owned that power, whether consciously or subconsciously.  You are just as entitled to be fabulous.  That is your own personal power.  At the end of the day, nobody is better or lesser than you.  It is how you yourself think.  If you think you are fabulous and really believe it, it will become you.

From the moment that you start believing in yourself, your attitude about yourself will begin to change.  You will begin to feel different, you will begin to feel fabulous, and this will result in being fabulous.  This attitude will have an untold, positive impact upon your life.


How To Fight For What You Want From Life

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Like most people, you also want to live a great life, but it’s not easy, and most times you feel like you’re fighting a never-ending battle. You’re not alone, though, because this is what most people go through every day of their lives. The thing is, no one has anything served up to them on a silver platter, so the best thing to do is to plan things, be determined, and accept that you need to put some effort into building the kind of life that you want. Read on, and discover how to fight for what you want from life.

Surround yourself with others

You wouldn’t need to have people around if you were an island, but relationships are extremely important in your life. Once you accept that, then you will be able to strengthen not only yourself, but also the lives of those around you. All the joys and pain you experience are meant to be shared with your family and friends, and even with the people, you work with every day. This is how you learn from others and get to share with them the things that you’ve learned from life.

You gain nothing at all if you keep things to yourself all the time, but a whole new world will open for you if you start to believe in the power of sharing your thoughts and wishes with those around you. Following are some tips to help you build relationships:

  • Make it known that you have an “open door” policy to talk to anyone
  • Be approachable
  • Just be yourself
  • Give hugs rather than shaking hands
  • Keep eye contact when speaking to someone, and really listen to what they say
  • Ask meaningful questions
  • Pay compliments when they are deserved
  • Give small gifts to others to brighten their day

Recognize what you are up against

It’s great if you know what you want from life, but now is the time to actually do something about it. Be confident, fight for what you want, and don’t give up. There are too many people who just accept what life throws at them, but if you know what you want, don’t wait around, but go out there, and do something spectacular. If you have fears that are stopping you from living a fulfilling life, then fight back by facing these fears head-on, and do what you must do to conquer them.

Do it one step at a time

Don’t try to accomplish too many things at once, as this will only overwhelm you. Focus on one goal at a time, and try to reach at least one every day. It’s important when you’re learning how to fight for what you want from life, to remember that it’s not how much time you have to achieve these goals, but rather how you focus on maintaining them, that will help you to live a fulfilling and contented life.

Awesome, Effective Ways To Boost Your Confidence Levels








Lacking confidence makes you feel scared of everything. You imagine that you are unable to do anything. You keep telling yourself to not even waste your time attempting to do certain things, because you’re going to fail anyway. The bottom line is that lacking confidence eventually has you thinking negative thoughts about all aspects of your life.

The good news is, however, that there is something you can do to change all of this. Read on, and discover some awesome, effective ways to boost your confidence levels sky-high!

  • Move away from your comfort zone – you won’t achieve anything by staying in your comfort zone. Take baby steps and do one or two small things every day, that you imagine you can’t do. These seemingly small things will lead to bigger things, and help a lot to improve your confidence.
  • Just be yourself – we are all unique individuals, so just be yourself. Dress in the clothing that you know to be you, and well, simply live your life the way that makes you feel good.
  • Recognise your fears – everyone feels afraid sometimes, but it’s important to not let it take over your life. Recognise your fears and remind yourself that doing so will not necessarily make them come true. Writing down the things that you’re afraid of and what you should do in those situations, will make it a lot easier to face them head-on when they arise, and deal with them in a calm and relaxed manner.
  • Don’t try to be perfect – remind yourself every day, that there is not one perfect person on this planet, and that it’s quite okay to make mistakes. Struggling to be perfect and over-thinking too, will cause you to doubt your capabilities.
  • Remind yourself how awesome you are – making a list of all your good qualities is another of the awesome, effective ways to boost your confidence levels. Acknowledging and appreciating who and what you are, will make you realise just how fabulous you really are!
  • Do things that make you feel physically confident – confidence is not just in the mind. Simple things like playing a specific song in the car, can make you feel absolutely fantastic, so give it a try!
  • Walk tall! – there’s nothing more confidence-boosting than putting your head up, your shoulders back, and walking with a purpose! Don’t walk with slouched shoulders and your head down. Apart from giving people a negative impression of you, it will also make you feel low. Just do it – shoulders back, head up, walk as if you mean business, and you will feel that surge of confidence enter your body!

By using this effective method to boost your confidence levels, not only will you grow, you will feel unstoppable! All you need to do is take that first step.

Break Out Of That Slump And Get Motivated!

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When you’re stuck in a slump, you’re not fun. Life isn’t fun either, and you can’t seem to get anything done. Dragging yourself out of said slump is not easy, and just the thought of doing it, seems to sap every bit of energy out of you. There are many ways to break out of that slump and get motivated, just a few of them being:

  • Acknowledgment – being in a slump is just like any other obstacle in life, and as with the others, the first step to conquering it, is to acknowledge it. Sticking your head in the sand and denying that it exists will do nothing at all to help the situation.
  • Acceptance – there’s no getting around the fact that you’re in a slump right now, so just accept it. Tell yourself that the feeling won’t last a lifetime, that it will pass at some point, that even though you feel like a complete failure now, things will get better.
  • Avoiding getting stuck in the “victim” mode – nothing is worse than being with someone who wallows in self-pity, and talks constantly about how badly life is treating them. Don’t allow this slump to make you feel like a victim of life! Let it go. Looking for solutions is far more productive than seeking sympathy.
  • Talking about your situation – being in a dark place makes you feel that you’re the only one to have ever felt this bad. Talking about your situation to others, however, and really opening up about your problem, makes you realise that you’re not unique, that just about everyone goes through the same feelings at some point in their lives.
  • Not getting on board the “pity train” – you’re depressed, feeling like an utter failure, and you’re convinced that things will never get better. As tempting it is though, don’t board the “pity train”! The urge to tell everyone you speak to about how unfair life is, and how depressed you are because of it, will only convey to them that you are looking for pity. You simply want them to feel sorry for you, tell you how justified you are to feel the way you do, and that you’re quite right to be down in the dumps. This is not a solution to the slump you’re in at the moment, so steer clear of the “pity train” at all costs!

All of the above are great ways to break out of the slump and get motivated, but there are several others too, like helping others, making sure to always be around positive people, and that real goodie, being grateful for all the good things that you already have in your life.


Who Influences Your Eating Habits

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Why You Should Not Let Society And Culture Influence Your Eating Habits

Eating habits and food choices are developed early in life, with infants’ eating habits and choices usually being developed by their parents. Many parents feed their children according to what society considers to be healthy, and these views have a direct influence on the amount of nutrition their baby receives.

For example, vegan parents will introduce their children to vegan food, or there are some who believe that fat babies are healthy, and will feed them accordingly. Food is also often used to reward good behavior in children, and is also sometimes used to stop a child from behaving badly. Children are also known to follow by example, and will copy the eating habits not only of their parents, but also the habits of the friends they spend time with.

In today’s world, society, more-often-than-not, dictates to us how and what we should eat, with most people accepting these eating habits and choices quite happily.

However, there are good reasons why you should not let society and culture influence your eating habits.

How society and culture dictates what we eat

Although society and culture are important in shaping our eating habits, the society we live in today has led us to believe that cheap and fast is good. This has resulted in people eating more super-sized, cheap fast food, causing a huge increase in obesity, that has in fact reached epidemic proportions.

Studies show that healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables have become more expensive than high-energy, less nutritious foods, resulting in more and more people eating hamburgers, hot dogs, and other so-called “junk food”, rather than good, healthy meals that are high in nutrition.

Marketing strategies are also used in our society to influence the eating habits of consumers.

Adverts these days for instance, usually have themes that are “fun” and “cool” to sell processed food products. These strategies are simply a cover-up for the fact that these processed foods are crammed full of fat, salt, artificial sweeteners, colourants, and preservatives, and it’s insulting. Not only are the foods advertised extremely unhealthy and damaging to the human body, but eating them will have an adverse effect on a child’s eating habits for the rest of his/her life.

The way the media portrays the “perfect body” too, has a damaging effect on many people, especially young adults who have self-image issues. So many teens suffer from life-threatening health issues such as binge eating, anorexia, and bulimia, through the incorrect eating and food advice they read about in the media.

The remedy

Introduce your children to healthy foods from an early age. The advice you give them about the importance of healthy eating, will form a solid foundation for them as to the importance of good eating habits, that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Happy In Your Own Skin

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The Importance Of Being Happy In Your Own Skin

If you’re like many other people out there and feel uncomfortable about being around others, then don’t stress, because there are many other people that feel exactly the same way as you do, and there IS something you can do about it. You must understand that you have plenty to offer just as you are, and you must start simply being yourself to enjoy the results. The following few hints and tips will help you tremendously to start loving who you are, and show you the importance of being happy in your own skin.

Be more positive

Negative thoughts are one of the main reasons why many people feel bad about themselves. If you are one of those individuals who always expects the worst to happen in most situations, then start making an effort to get rid of those negative thoughts and instead, start seeing the good things that can happen. Believe it or not, there IS good in just about everything you do every day, all you have to do is look for those good things, and not dwell on the negative side aspect. Once you have mastered the art of thinking positive thoughts, you’re already well on your way to accepting who you are, and eventually to start loving the real you.

There’s always room for improvement!

Accepting who you are; doesn’t mean that you must stop learning to improve yourself. If there are issues in your life that you feel need changing, then set yourself realistic goals, and make those changes that will make you feel even better about yourself.

Keep a gratitude journal

You might not realize it, but there is always something to be grateful for, every day. Writing down all the great things that happen to you on a daily basis, will actually help tremendously, in building your self-acceptance. It will also make you realize suddenly, just how fortunate a person you are, and you will start looking forward to each new day in a more positive, happy way.

You’re a beautiful person – BELIEVE it!!

While it’s a real confidence-booster if your partner, family, and friends tell you how fabulous you are, it won’t help at all if you have the idea that you’re ugly. Think of yourself as a gift. It doesn’t matter if the gift is wrapped in newspaper or gold leaf, it all depends on what’s inside that really counts. Tell yourself regularly that you are a beautiful person inside and out. Having these beautiful thoughts about yourself will start to show eventually, and other people will notice that beautiful “glow” you have about you, immediately.

The Many Benefits of Stem Cell Therapy

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In the past few decades, clinical research regarding stem cell treatment has increased significantly. The most amazing thing about this form of therapy, is the relief it offers for patients suffering hard-to-heal injuries and chronic pain, without the need for medication or unsafe reconstructive surgery.

What is stem cell therapy?

A patient’s own stem cells are used in this type of therapy to heal injuries and help to repair damaged tissue. Performed through injections, the process is relatively fast, and is a simple in-office or outpatient procedure.

Stem cell therapy is also known to help:

  • Shorten the healing process for wounds or injuries
  • Improve the quality of sleep
  • Increase flexibility, range of motion and functionality
  • Reduce pain, including chronic pains in the joints, with patients requiring fewer medications
  • Reduce the risk of future injuries and muscle compensations
  • Increase collagen
  • Decrease damage to the nerves
  • The regeneration of blood and heart vessel tissue
  • Return patients to their usual daily activities in as short a time as possible
  • Heal skin wounds and prevent the development of scar tissue

According to the California Stem Cell Agency, “there is no limit to the types of diseases that could be treated with stem cell research.”

Stem cell treatments, because of their amazing ability to help with regrowth, are being used these days or constantly researched, to treat:

  • Musculo-skeletal problems and orthopaedic injuries
  • Post-surgery wounds and injuries
  • Spinal stenosis, brain trauma, and injuries to the spinal cord
  • Vision impairment
  • Cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, stroke, and hypertension
  • Diabetes as well as other pancreatic issues
  • Hair loss
  • Brain-related diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s

How stem cell treatment works

Stem cells are normally removed from either the bone marrow or fat tissue of the patient’s abdomen or thigh. Once the stem cells have been removed, they are put into a centrifuge machine and spun rapidly, with the most valuable substances in the cells becoming concentrated. These concentrated stem cell substances are then injected straight into the affected area on the patient’s body, where the stem cell growth factors start working immediately to build new connective tissue, skin cells, and so forth.

Stem cells have natural growth properties, allowing them to speed up the body’s natural healing process, and reduce pain without the patient needing pain-relieving medication. They reproduce rapidly, and have the ability to divide continuously into the affected areas of the body, even when they have been inactive for a long time.

Treatments for most patients are anywhere from one week to three months, with many individuals experiencing improved mobility, better general functionality, and a reduction in pain within the first two weeks of treatment.