Ripple Effect

Kindness has a ripple effect.The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has created a ripple effect around our nation and others as well.   A seemingly innocent request amongst celebrities has become a nationwide phenomena.  Now folks from all walks of life know what ALS stands for and this ripple effect has created nationwide awareness of the disease.  ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  It’s a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and then to the muscles throughout the body.  This devastating disease needs more research and with a ripple effect, research dollars are pouring in nationwide.

It’s interesting how social media has changed our society in a way we could have never imagined.

I love the ripple effect, which got its name from the ripples created in the water.   What I like most about it is that the positive effects of one person can be seen by several.  Think of “pay it forward”.  And just as a positive ripple effect exists, a negative ripple effect can counteract.

Recently, I was involved in my own downward spiral with the ripple effect.  One seemingly innocent request, approved my supervisors, turned into an office drama, which in the end led me to positive corrective steps.   I won’t bore you with too many details, basically, I asked for my cell phone to be paid for by my office as I use my cell phone a lot for work, and it would have given me an equal “raise” as far as my other colleages received.  Both my direct supervisors approved, however, others in the office got involved and in the end, not wanting to continue the negative energy of the situation, I decided to pay for the phone bill myself.   What happened afterward, quite literally, put me into therapy and questioning whether the work environment I was in was serving me anymore.  One person I help out, not my direct supervisor, decided to seek assistance for calendar, travel and other items elsewhere, others in the office gossiped about my request, and then others made requests on my professional time that were most inappropriate.

Fortunately, having a weekend to sort things out proved mighty useful.  I learned that my request made a ripple effect in my office that was not as positive as the ALS bucket challenge.  I had to stop the ripple immediately, and I did just that.  I commanded the universe to cut the cords that were attaching me to the negativity in the office, I started listening to Gabrielle Bernstein presentations “Course in Miracles”, I made an appointment with a therapist for unbiased help on getting me through my day and I made an appointment with a retirement counselor for the pension program in which I participate.

I could have spent my time sulking instead of taking positive action, and wouldn’t you know it, each positive action lead to another ripple effect.  A personal ripple effect in my life, things that I am grateful for rather than resentful of.

Not working for one of the administrators in my office freed up my time to really work with my supervisors on their meetings and events that have some real meaning for them.  It also meant I only work in the office, no overtime and I’ve created a clean separation between responsibilities in the workplace and free time away from work.   The course in miracles helped me to identify small steps everyday that lead to gratefulness, things like getting an awesome $5 Starbucks Card today for filling out a survey, or running into someone from my past over the weekend who was a big part of my life, and we just lost touch, or having a positive ripple effect on someone else.

I have learned that actions I take effect others, and I’ve been more cautious of my words and actions.

What type of ripple effect are you making in the world?   Make some comments below.

Have a great week!

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Passover is here!

March 25th marks the first night of Passover with the Passover Seder being the kick-off event.  Luckily our Seder is very short and to the point, thanks dad!  However, I do remember when Passover was not that way.  Ever since I was little, my parents hosted Passover for our very large local family which included grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  Since my brother and I are the youngest of that generation, we always had to sit at the kid’s table.  But we did have our own brand of fun and it never failed that my mother and aunt would always shush us during the Seder.  This was a very different time, there were no cell phones, no answering machines, no cable TV, no computers and no MP3 players.  It’s hard for my niece who is 10, to imagine a time like this, and now I feel like I am sounding like my father, who had to walk in the snow to school uphill both ways :).

We simply didn’t have distractions so we were able to pay attention, at least for the first hour, to the story of Moses and how he freed the Jewish people from slavery.  I always feel like Moses must have looked a lot like Charlton Heston.  Yes, the 10 Commandments was showing even when I was young, along with the Sound of Music.  Dear friends, if you can explain to me why the Sound of Music is on TV every year around this time, I would like to know.  I can’t figure out the correlation between that movie and Easter.

Now that I am older, well middle-aged, I look back on those fond memories of the Seder where my mom really did keep kosher.  She cleaned every cabinet, floor and drawer in the kitchen to get out any chumetz or bread crumbs for you non-Jews.  Here is the literal meaning – leavened foods that are forbidden on the Jewish holiday of Passover. According to Jewish law, Jews may not own, eat or benefit from chametz during Passover. This law appears several times in the Torah (that’s the Jewish bible); the punishment for eating chametz on Passover is the divine punishment of kareth (“spiritual excision”), one of the severest levels of punishment in Judaism.  Okay, so I admit, I did not know that I have been punished every year during passover, because eventually, I do break down and eat something that I shouldn’t.

For those of you who would like to try some excellent Passover recipes check out the following:

Have a great week everyone and enjoy your holiday, whatever you celebrate.  I’m going to see Church Ladies Basement (I think that’s the name of it) with my friend Rupal on Easter, thought its very fitting for the day.

Enjoy!

Upcoming blogs – Foodie Pen Pal Reveal, the latest additions to Lisa’s Lentils (has something to do with essential oils), and other fun posts!

Identify Your True Source of Happiness

This week I have been surrounded with articles regarding optimism, spirituality, and positive attitude.  As many of you know, my cousin Marshall passed away December 15, 2012 at the age of 23.  Today would have been his 24th birthday.  Why do you bring this up you might ask?  I bring it up because his beautiful sister, Marissa, “talks” to him a lot.  And through his spirit he lives within her. I believe we all have a spirit or maybe several spirits living inside of each of us ready to jump out and shine.  As Depak Chopra says, “True Happiness is an internal state of conciousness that allows us to be happy for no reason at all.  It’s the realization that our real self isn’t our possessions, accomplishments, relationships, body or mind.  who we really are transcends space, time, and cause-and-effect.  Our essential nature is pure conciousness, also known as a field of possibilities.  The attributes of this field include happiness, love and grace.  Happiness already exists within us, but it’s often covered by our conditioned thought patterns and all kinds of distractions.  Consciously choosing our intentions is the most powerful way to begin any project, journey or dream.”
 
A couple of scientific studies mention the optimistic outlook of a cancer patient living many months longer than expected, while the pessimistic patient died much earlier.  A story I learned of this morning, listening to one of my many Webinars on Demand this one by Dr. Bernie Siegel, through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, gave a true picture of this idea.  A man, upon learning he had a terminal illness and would live for only two months, decided to spend his savings doing all of the things he wanted to do, travel, eat glorious foods, see wonderful sites, and many other positive, enlightening activities.  After the two months was over the man was not dead, in fact he was healthier, more vivacious than he had ever been in his life.  The man did not die and that fatal disease, gone.  Of course now he had no money left, but the moral of the story is that he was happy, stress free, and enjoying his life and this, saved his life.
 
Something that I have learned, especially over the past two years, was that life doesn’t wait for you to make decisions, it keeps moving on, with or without you, life does not suck, it’s challenging at times, but we all learn and grow from our challenges.
 
Two weeks ago I was ready to withdraw from my health coaching certification program.  I felt overwhelmed, tired, sad, and quite frankly lazy.  I thought to myself, what do I need this for, I don’t need to start a business, I have an awesome job at the University, I get a nice paycheck, great benefits, and a really nice retirement package.  I don’t need to be in school, what I really need is to relax, do nothing, and enjoy life.  What I found out is, 0nce I made that decision, my life didn’t seem all that enjoyable because now I wasn’t able to do what I love which is working with people, helping people, learning about nutrition, learning new ways of healthy cooking, and having awesome clients that rely on me for someone to bounce ideas off of, and learn for themselves about being healthy and happy.  In the end I didn’t withdraw, I just toned things down, a lot.  I’m so glad I didn’t withdraw because what I am learning is changing my life.  I know all of you are interested in health and nutrition so if anyone reading this blog would like to learn about the school see below for information on a scholarship offer that I’ve been blessed to give to two individuals interested.  I’ve put the information in red below.
 
Set intentions for your day, here are some suggested ideas from Depak Chopra:
  • Open my heart to happiness
  • Follow my joy
  • Be happy for no reason at all
  • Awaken to love and happiness
  • Live with a light heart and spirit

Oh and one last shout out to my buddies Melissa Dasgupta Smith and Graham Smith on this Memorial Day Weekend, thanks for your service to our country!

 
Have you been waiting for the right moment to enroll at Integrative Nutrition?  Well, I’m happy to be the bearer of good news today – $500-$1,000 off enrollment costs!I have 2 scholarships for anyone who enrolls in the Health Coach Training Program between Thursday, May 24th and Monday, May 28th-you’ll each receive up to $1,000 in savings: $500 off enrollment costs and an additional $500 off depending on the enrollment option you choose.  $1,000 is the maximum savings offered, & it doesn’t come around often.  *AND you get the new Integrative Nutrition App loaded with curriculum when you enroll as well as an amazing website -super cool!Just call in at (877)-733-1520 and mention the Memorial Day savings offer, and of course, tell ’em Lisa Kippur sent you! (Email me if you have any questions!) XO, Lisa

Check out my Health Coaching Site

Greetings,

As many of you know, I enrolled in the Health Coaching Program at Integrative Nutrition this past Thursday.  I was given a $1,000 scholarship and the program begins May 14th.   With the enrollment, I can access to some fundamentals coursework.  So far I have learned about two different diets; The Zone Diet and the 3 Hour Diet.  I have also listened to two lectures. 

Along with the foundations coursework I have access to a professional program to develop my own business website.  You can review my website and offer feedback to me.  The website is located at www.lisaslentils.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com.

Please provide me your feedback as I begin to develop the health coaching website and start the process of migrating the information on this website to the new location.

I look forward to working with all of you and I also look forward to seeing you at this month’s book club meeting.  For more information regarding the book club go to www.lisaslentilsbookclub.wordpress.com.

You Are What You Eat – Skin Care Foods

Last Thursday I attended the Urban Escape Day Spa Annual Skin Care Event.  This is a fabulous spa in a modest setting located in the heart of downtown Golden, 700 12th Street Suite 130, (303) 278-1709.

Not only did they have wonderful mini massages and hand treatments, but they had two recipes for “Do it Yourself” facial masks and a host of “good for your skin” food.

 

Fun “Do It Yourself” facial masks (excerpted from Urban Escape Spa)

Cucumber/Yogurt Mask

If you want happy skin, then cucumber is the answer.  As cucumber and the skin share the same level of hydrogen, it becomes easier for cucumber to mask all the problem areas.  It helps in soothing and softening your skin which can get you relaxed in no time.  Due to its cooling effect it can be termed as a magic wand for all your skin problems.  The cleaning and cleansing property helps your skin tremendously making it soft and supple.

Yogurt adds enzymes and oils to the skin, working as a natural moisturizer.  It can improve overall skin texture, and give you a healthy glow.  Yogurt contains zinc which naturally fights bacteria on the skin and can help to fight acne.

Instructions:  Puree 1/2 pealed, sliced cucumber in a blender or food processor and add 1 T yogurt.  Apply to face and let set about 20 minutes.  Gently wipe off with a damp wash cloth.

Creamy Avocado and Honey Mask

The oil in avocados is similar to our skin’s natural oil.  Avocados are healing and soothing in addition to being a great form of hydration on the skin.

Honey provides nutrients, hydration, an anti-bacterial effect and antioxidants to the skin.  Its natural humectant property relieves the dry skin.

Instructions:  You’ll need 2 T of mashed avocado, 3T of honey and 1 whole egg (separated).  Mix together egg yolk, avocado and honey.  Stir thoroughly.  Now add egg white.  Whisk/stir thoroughly.

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Urban Escape Skin Friendly Foods

The above photo is a snapshot of the wonderful skin friendly foods provided by Urban Escape Spa staff.  You will see a fruit skewer with banana, blueberry and strawberry with honey yogurt dipping sauce,berry muffin,  flax-seed rice crackers with pomegranate and avocado dip, broccoli, carrots and cucumber, spinach salad with strawberries and walnuts served with a vinaigrette dressing, and a whole wheat spinach wrap.  In addition Tea forte’s Cucumber Mint tea was served.  See below for 15 skin friendly food choices as excerpt from Urban Escape Spa.

Water:  The number one thing you can put into your body if you want great-looking skin is water.  The more water you drink, the more you flush all of the other stuff out of your body and the healthier your skin is going to look.

Green Tea:  When you’re not drinking water, you should be drinking green tea.  It has many, many different health benefits including benefits for the skin.  You can drink it cold or warm.  Avoid adding sugar to it if you want the best benefits for your skin.

Berries:  Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are all berries that are also rich in antioxidants.  Eat them alone, toss them in cereal or add them to the sides of other dishes to increase the healthiness of your skin all throughout the day.

Broccoli:  This is a great vegetable that has many different health benefits which is why you’re always hearing that you should “eat your broccoli”.  One of the things it contains a whole lot of is Vitamin A, a vitamin that is great at improving the turnover of cells in the skin.  This means that when you eat broccoli, your skin gets renewed more quickly and the freshest (nicest looking) skin is on top where everyone you meet can see it.

Spinach:  This food doesn’t just make you strong like Popeye.  It’s also rich in the same Vitamin A properties that broccoli has so it’s good for your skin as well.

Carrots:  If you want to get your Vitamin A but you aren’t that big of a fan of leafy green vegetables then you may want to turn to carrots to improve your skin with this vitamin.

Low Fat Dairy & Yogurt:  Dairy products are a really great source of Vitamin A so they can be beneficial to the skin.  Yogurt is also rich in calcium as well as Vitamin D.

Flax Seeds:  You don’t have to eat fish to get the essential fatty acids that your body needs (and that improve your skin).  An alternative option is to eat flax seeds and to cook with flax-seed oil.

Walnuts:  These are yet another option that you can choose in addition to flax seeds or fish dishes if you want to improve your skin with those essential fatty acids.

Whole Wheat:  Another ingredient in some foods that is really good for your skin is selenium.  This is found in whole wheat cereals, breads, and baked goods.  This improves the skin at a cellular level and keeps you looking young and beautiful.

Almonds:  A handful of almonds can give you Vitamin E, magnesium, monounsaturated fat, and even some protein. They also make a low-calorie and filling snack.

Avocados:  They are extremely high in Vitamin K and oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that can help in skin health.  They can also help with cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Pomegranate:  it is rich in ingredients that enhance the beauty and life of skin.  It is a good source of elegiac acid and antioxidants, which are helpful in destroying free radicals. 

Honey:  It is a wonderful alternative to sugar and gives your body antioxidants to help fight aging.

Cucumbers:  They are a good source of antioxidants as well as Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Don’t forget to join book club, we are almost filled with our 10 members, e-mail lisa@lisaslentils.com or subscribe to the book club blog at www.lisaslentilsbookclub.wordpress.com

City O’ City – in Capitol Hill with my friend Zac

On Sunday I had a fabulous day with my friend Zac in Capitol Hill.  We had brunch at City O City, a restaurant located on 206 East 13th Street, Denver.  I had a macrobiotic brunch special including carrots, tofu, and brown rice, pictured here. 

City O City has an extensive choice of vegan and vegetarian options in addition to gluten-free.  The restaurant also serves our meat-eating friends.  All menu items are made fresh with seasonal agreements.  This is the second time I’ve been to City O City.  They purchased the shop next to them and have expanded and remodeled since my previous experience.

I recommend trying City O City followed by a venture to Wax Trax Vinyl.  You will find some rare goodies, I ended up getting a couple of albums, a rare Duran Duran promotional dance mix and my boyfriend’s favorite Police hits.  Prior to the record shop we went to the used book store next door.  Rare first editions and signed books along with classic used books.

Our last stop of the afternoon was House of Commons for an old-fashioned tea party with some of Zac’s friends.

Sometimes we all need a break from cooking our own meals and going outside of our normal hangouts to find true treasures with good friends.

Don’t forget to join book club, we are almost filled with our 10 members, e-mail lisa@lisaslentils.com or subscribe to the book club blog at www.lisaslentilsbookclub.wordpress.com

Join Lisa’s Lentils Book Club

Bookclub starts out reading Integrative Nutrition:  Feed your Hunger for Health and Happiness, by Joshua Rosenthal, Founder/Director , Institute for Integrative Nutrition. This book highlights the whole approach to nutrition including information on government suggestions, dietary theories such as Ayurveda, South Beach, Raw Food and many more, and covers more than dietary nutrition by focusing on exercise and spirituality as well. 

The book is available for free upload at

Integrative Nutrition:  Feed your Hunger for Health and Happiness

The first meeting of the book club will take place on Monday, February 27th, Noon-1:30 p.m. in the Treehouse Room at the Center for Community on the CU Boulder Campus, dining hall.

Connect to the Book Club website