For What Binds Us


For What Binds Us
Jane Hirshfield, 1953


There are names for what binds us:
strong forces, weak forces.
Look around, you can see them:
the skin that forms in a half-empty cup,
nails rusting into the places they join,
joints dovetailed on their own weight.
The way things stay so solidly
wherever they’ve been set down—
and gravity, scientists say, is weak.

And see how the flesh grows back
across a wound, with a great vehemence,
more strong
than the simple, untested surface before.
There’s a name for it on horses,
when it comes back darker and raised: proud flesh,

as all flesh
is proud of its wounds, wears them
as honors given out after battle,
small triumphs pinned to the chest-

And when two people have loved each other
see how it is like a
scar between their bodies,
stronger, darker, and proud;
how the black cord makes of them a single fabric that nothing can tear or mend.


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Beautifully Broken


“She made broken look beautiful & strong look invincible. She walked with the Universe on her shoulders & made it look like a pair of wings.” – Ariana Dancu


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STOP – You Don’t Know


You don’t look sick.

You don’t seem anxious.

You don’t act depressed.

What are these weird diseases you are talking about? Are they real?

Yoga and cannabis oil will fix everything.

Do you really spend that much time on the toilet? That seems extensive.

Why do you share so much? Do you want attention?

Do you really think you’re helping anyone with your “journey?”



Turn my body inside out, I’m sicker than you could probably ever imagine. I don’t seem anxious or act depressed? Well, there IS a computer screen between us. A face-to-face meeting would change your mind in a heartbeat. YES, these diseases are real and I indeed have them. Don’t read my entire blog for the information I’ve shared about them? Look them up. It ain’t purdy.

I will NOT use cannabis anything. It’s a personal choice. I’m not judging others for using the oils, so don’t judge me for not. It’s not something I’m interested in.

Yes, I’m on the toilet A LOT! Thanks for asking 🙂

I share because YES, people have reached out to me saying that sharing my story and my “journey” has helped them. It’s got nothing to do with attention. I’m a real woman. If I want attention, I will ask.

Step back, think first and then speak – if you must.

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7 Ways to Reduce Cortisol in Your Body


7 Ways To Reduce The Cortisol In Your Body

The stress hormone, cortisol, is public health “enemy number one.” Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease…The list goes on and on. – Psychology Today

Our bodies produce cortisol when stressed – a byproduct of innate, evolutionary programming that is designed to initiate action and elude danger. Cortisol, in addition to epinephrine, is an important stress hormone that serves a variety of functions. In fact, cortisol helps keep us alive by maintaining our body’s homeostasis (balance). It helps regulate blood pressure levels, metabolic activity, immune system responses, blood pressure, inflammation, heart functions, blood vessel function, and central nervous system activity.

However, elevated stress levels can cause our body to overproduce this hormone. When this happens, the body is prone to a number of undesirable side effects including: high blood pressure, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, heart disease, anxiety and depression, immune system damage, and cognitive problems such as difficulty learning and impaired memory.

That said, it is important that we keep our cortisol levels stable.


Related article: Doing This ONE Thing Every Day Can Reduce Anxiety and Stress


Is there anything that physical activity won’t help? Seriously… there seems to be a new study every other day that links exercise to health benefits. Anyways, getting exercise can help reduce cortisol by “releasing” pent up stress or other counterproductive emotions.

One theory is that fear increases cortisol, and that by exercising we build upon our fortitude, resilience and self-confidence…effectively counteracting potential fear and reducing cortisol levels. Theories aside, exercise in any form is a great way to reduce cortisol levels.


Any kind of meditation or mindfulness practice can lower cortisol levels. Even a few deep breaths in the middle of a hectic workday can reduce our anxiety and stress, which also lowers the stress hormone.


Researchers at Johns Hopkins University discovered a link between social isolation and increased levels of cortisol in mice. It is believed that those with a predisposition towards mental illness who are socially isolated in adolescence are more at-risk for the development of abnormal behavior later in life.

This study confirms what many scientists already knew: human bonding is important to physical and mental health at any age. Familial ties, friendships and intimate relationships are all beneficial to stress and thus reduces cortisol levels.


“Laughter is the best medicine.” How many times have we heard this throughout our lives? Dr. William Fry, a behavioral psychiatrist whose been studying the effects of laughter for over 30 years, states that laughter is inextricably linked to a number of physical and mental benefits.
One such benefit of laughter is its positive effect on stress hormone levels. Studies show that having a sense of humor, laughing and levity are all beneficial in reducing the levels of cortisol and other stress hormones.


Pretty much all of us have experienced music’s mood-enhancing properties. There’s something about putting on a favorite tune and feeling much better for doing so. Turns out that there is a chemical reason for this: music increases the number of endorphins (“feel good” chemicals) and reduces the amount of stress hormones in the brain.


Certain foods such as eggs, fish, lean meat, flaxseed, citrus fruits, berries and leafy greens can help reduce cortisol levels. Another good idea for lowering stress and reducing cortisol is to incorporate five small meals a day. This helps to stave off hunger and reduce the common food cravings that result from high levels of cortisol.

Finally, implementing a high-fiber and high-protein diet will aid in reducing stress hormones. Reducing complex carbohydrates (i.e. sugar and starches) is another idea that helps in keeping cortisol levels at bay.


This one is relatively simple to explain. Not getting adequate sleep (7 to 9 hours a night) produces a systematically negative response from the body. We’re prone to cognitive impairment and are more reactive to the environment around us – both things are very bad for stress.

It is important to establish a sleep routine. Sleep experts recommend going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, including on weekends. It is also important to reserve the bedroom for sleep-related activities only. No tablets, cell phones, or laptops in other words.



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5 Drinks to Get a Flat Tummy


5 Drinks To Get A Flat Tummy

Dr. Lori L. Shemek Oct. 19, 2017

Drinks To Get A Flat Tummy
Matcha green tea, Pu-erh tea, Ginger tea, Mango lassi, & Golden milk

Golden Milk: Combine 2c coconut milk, 1t ground turmeric, stevia to taste, 1t ground cinnamon, a dash of black pepper.
Mango Lassi: Blend 1c plain Greek yogurt, 2c frozen mango pieces, 1c water, 1/4t stevia until smooth.
Other than these Matcha Green Tea (1-2c/day), Pu-erh Tea (2c/day), Ginger Tea (2-4c/day) are recommended to create a healthier and leaner you.

Chances are, you think fat is just fat right? Wrong. There are different types of fat and where it’s located is vital to our health and weight. It turns out that the stubborn jiggly fat stored in our belly area (called visceral fat) promotes a steady stream of inflammation that not only slows down our metabolism causing weight gain, but puts you at risk of heart disease, diabetes and other major diseases. Good news is that you can sip and drink your way to a slimmer you and a flatter belly. Fortunately, there are 5 easy-to-make drinks that have a powerful impact upon reducing resistant belly fat.


5 Easy-To-Make Drinks For A Flat Belly

1. Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green tea is a powdered tea that utilizes the whole tea plant and contains compounds in this special green tea called catechins. Catechins, such as EGCG, creates weight loss by triggering the release of fat from belly fat cells and then speeds-up the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy. Another benefit is Matcha increases metabolism to help you burn fat 4 times faster and shed those stubborn extra pounds.

2. Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh tea can help you reduce weight and in particular, belly fat. It is a fermented Chinese tea used for centuries that not only flattens your belly and shed pounds, but increases your digestive health while reducing stress. Pu-erh tea contains high levels of polyphenols such as flavonoids, catechins and theaflavins, which are known for their powerful effects on blasting stubborn belly fat. Just 2 cups a day is all you need to shrink your belly, block fat cells from forming and accelerate fat loss. Two cups a day is recommended.

3. Ginger Tea

Research shows that ginger is a key player in creating weight loss success. Not only can ginger tea help with weight loss in general, it can also shrink and keep belly fat away. Ginger tea helps you to feel full, so it can help curb the urge to overeat and overcome annoying cravings.

Ginger tea also suppresses one of the main triggers of belly fat – stress. Chronic stress can cause spikes in cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for fat storage and in particular, belly fat. You can find ginger tea bags to steep or make your own with 1 inch of sliced ginger root steeped in boiling water. 2-4 cups a day are recommended.

4. Mango Lassi

Mango Lassi is a creamy and delicious belly shrinking drink. Mango Lassi is effective in reducing weight and belly fat as well as keeping the weight off. This version of Mango Lassi contains no sugar which promotes abdominal fat, the yogurt provides probiotic support, in that it plants healthy bacteria in the gut. A healthy gut promotes weight loss success.

Recent research also shows mangoes help fight obesity as they are rich in fat-busting plant chemicals. Additionally, adding a small amount of the mango skin to the Mango Lassi boosts its weight loss effect as the phytochemicals are concentrated in the skin area. One serving a day is recommended .

To Enjoy This Belly-Busting Drink: Simply combine 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt, 2 cups frozen mango pieces, 1 cup water and ÂĽ tsp. of stevia powder. Blend until smooth. Makes 3 servings.

5. Golden Milk

This delicious drink reduces fat cell inflammation to shrink stubborn belly fat and stops additional fat storage. Inflamed fat cells are the core cause of weight gain and curcumin, the active compound in the spice turmeric, is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory in nature. Turmeric has another important feature, it changes bad (white) fat cells into more metabolically active good (brown) fat cells to boost metabolism.

Delicious coconut contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are easily burned as fuel by the body as opposed to being stored as fat. When you combine black pepper and turmeric, you increase the bio-availability of curcumin dramatically.

To Make This Soothing, Healthful Weight Loss Drink: Combine 2 cups of coconut milk, 1 tsp of ground turmeric, 1 tsp of ground cinnamon, stevia to taste (optional) and a dash of black pepper.

Losing belly fat is not just about doing abdominal exercises; it is important that you also change your diet and add foods you enjoy that will shrink and flatten your belly to create a healthier and leaner you.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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13 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning


13 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning

By: Angela Brown January 11, 2018

Here are a few reasons you should add a bit of lemon juice to your morning water:


1. Lemon can act as an anti-cancer agent: Lemon helps protect your body against cancer because of the antioxidants in the citrus fruit. The antioxidants slow aging and reduce the risk of developing cancer cells. Lemon also acts as a neutralizer, which helps balance the acid levels that encourage cancer cell growth, according to The Spirit Science.

2. Lemon can help your lymph system: Your lymphatic system helps your body get rid of fluid in the tissue, transports fatty acids, and helps your digestive system run properly, according to LiveScience. Lemon juice helps by replacing lost fluids, so your lymphatic system works better.

3. Lemon can help your brain power: Lemons contain high levels of magnesium and potassium, which help your brain and nervous system function properly. Because lemons help increase hydration, you may also be able to concentrate at work better because you have more energy.

4. Lemons are a diuretic: If you are feeling a little stopped up, warm lemon water each morning will help get your system back on track. Lemon helps flush toxins out of your system by encouraging the production of liver detoxification enzymes, according to The Spirit Science.

5. Lemons can help the immune system: Many people reach for vitamin C as soon as they feel a sniffle coming on, and for good reason. Vitamin C has been proven to shorten the duration and severity of a cold, according to LiveScience. Lemons are one of the best sources of vitamin C. Because lemon acts as an anti-inflammatory, it also helps reduce the severity of respiratory illnesses.

6. Lemons can aid in weight loss: The weight loss benefits are a result of better digestion, detoxification and an increased production of bile, which breaks down food and fats better. As an added benefit, scientists say that lemons help reduce cravings, according to The Spirit Science.

7. Lemons can liven your mood:  Because lemons help your body work better in so many other ways, your energy levels get a boost too. Additionally, the high vitamin C concentration also helps nip fatigue and reduces stress and anxiety.

8. Lemons have anti-inflammatory properties: As mentioned above, lemons act as a diuretic, which is good for your tummy and your joints. Lemons can help reduce swelling and pain by flushing toxins out of the body, according to Organic Facts.

9. Lemon juice aids in digestion: Lemon juice gets your liver moving and helps in the production of bile which lets your body digest foods better. Surprisingly, lemon juice may also help ward off heartburn, according to Paul Hrkal.

10. Lemon cleans and clears your skin: Lemon juice is a natural antiseptic, according to Organic Facts. You can apply lemon juice to a sunburn or a bee sting to reduce pain and swelling. Additionally, the antioxidants in lemons help reduce wrinkles and blackheads and can give your skin a healthy glow.

11. Lemon can balance body pH levels: Despite their obvious acidity, lemons are known as an alkaline food. When the lemon juice mixes with water it helps produce molecules in your body that balance the pH levels of your body, according to Paul Hrkal.

12. Lemon can aid in curing a cold: A diet high in vitamin C can help reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms.

13. Lemon is great for dental care: Not only is lemon a great way to get fresh breath (it removes odors), it is also an excellent way to ensure your teeth stay fresh and clean. Try adding a bit of lemon to your toothbrush.


To maximize the health benefits of lemon juice, squeeze the juice of 1/2 of a lemon into a glass of room-temperature water and drink it first thing in the morning.


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Simple Habits that Can Help You Lose Weight


Do you want to lose extra weight, but nothing you do give you results. Losing weight is not some easy process. It needs a lot of exercises & a proper diet.

There are millions of people who are tired of exhausted diets, & they just give up their dream to lose some extra pounds.

Here are a few simple habits that might help you lose some weight.


1. Exercise minimum 30 minutes a day

For beginners, it is recommended exercising a minimum of 30 minutes a day. You can walk, run, ride a bike, swim or go to the gym. It is important to do it in the morning, after waking up. It will boost your metabolism, energize your body & it can help to improve your mood.

2. Avoid fast food

If you want to lose extra weight, you MUST avoid fast food. The single fast-food meal often totals more than 2, 000 calories, which is the recommended calorie intake for an entire day. Fast food is also rich in bad fats & low in nutrition. It provides a number of negative effects for our bodies & can lead to multiple different disorders.

3. Consume more hot peppers

Hot peppers contain a compound known as capsaicin which is a thermogenic chemical. It helps us decrease the appétit & speeds up the metabolism. You can consume cayenne pepper cooked, you can add it to your water, smoothie, or protein shake.

4. Drink a LOT of water

If you don’t drink enough water your body burns fewer calories & you liver works harder to restore the water balance. To speed up your metabolism, drink more water & green tea. It is recommended that you drink 8 glasses a day minimum. Drink a glass of water after waking up & before every meal.

5. Eat slowly

Many people have a bad habit of eating quickly. Eating quickly worsens the digestion & reduces the feeling of satiety. It often leads to overeating & digestive problems. Try to eat slowly & enjoy your food. Make your food look delicious & serve it in small plates.

6. Avoid eating in front of your computer or TV

Eating in front of the TV or the computer increases your appetite & makes you overeat. It attracts your attention, you don’t take care of the food you eat & how much you eat. Take time for your meals, turn down your computer & TV & enjoy the food-you deserve it.

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