With 2014 coming to a close it’s a great time to take a moment and reflect on what the last 12 months have meant to you, your career and your life.
In fact, if you really want to get ahead in 2015, we suggest you take some serious time to look back on all of your successes, and your failures, in the last year. While you’re doing that, it’s a great idea to write down your emotions, feelings, doubts, excitement and anything else that might come to mind.
The simple fact is this; a year can go by pretty fast and, when the end of 2015 is getting close, you’ll be able to go back and take a look at what you’re writing right now, which will give you a lot of insight and might even surprise you.
Something else you definitely should be doing soon is writing down your goals for next year.
Not a fan of writing down goals? If you want to make real change in your life, you need to become one.
Writing down your goals and then going back and reviewing them regularly is one of the very best ways to actually make those goals a reality. We’re not psychologists but we can tell you that, psychologically speaking, reviewing your goals on a regular basis has been shown to increase the chances that reaching those goals will be accomplished.
In other words, write down your goals and review them regularly and your mind will do the rest (or at least the lion’s share of the rest).
If you’ve tried writing down your goals in the past but haven’t been successful, you might need to simply set fewer goals or set goals that are short-term rather than long term.
For example, if you want to learn a new language in 2015, purchase a language learning product and set a goal of reading (and mastering) one chapter per month, rather than setting a goal of learning Spanish by the end of the year. Shorter goals are more “digestible” and the feeling of accomplishment you’ll have as each month progresses, and each chapter is mastered, will fuel your desire to keep going.
You can use this type of goal setting to master practically everything, from learning a new language to a new skill or computer program, setting up a personal budget and almost anything else you wish to accomplish in the new year.
Again, writing those goals down and reviewing them regularly (once a week is best) is a proven method for accomplishing, well, just about anything.
If you can set your mind on doing that, and make a commitment to goal setting and reviewing in 2015, we assure you that you’ll be absolutely amazed at what you can accomplish in the coming year.
We’d also like to let you know that, during the next 12 months, we’ll be here to support you, answer your questions and give you help and advice when you need it. We’ll be launching more products and services in 2015 to help you win back valuable free time to ensure 2015 is a more fulfilling and enjoyable one for you.
From all of us here at My Secret Friend we’d like to wish you a safe and Happy Holiday season and a fantastic 2015.
Ideas For Your Me Diary
Helping you to be your best
Ladies, we stress the importance of ME Time very highly around here because, simply put, it’s one of the best, most important activities that you can engage in on a regular basis.
ME Time can help you stay focused in a confusing world, allow you to stay centered when everything around you is a little bit crazy and give you the inner strength that you need to be strong on the outside.
That being said, many of you are still a little confused as to exactly what ME Time is all about, so we decided to put a little blog article together to help you. Enjoy.
First and most importantly, ME Time is all about taking time on a regular basis to concentrate on the most important person in the world, yourself. We have mentioned before the benefits of factoring in some weekly Me Time into your Diary to have a massage, take a sauna or any other activities you enjoy but if you don’t have the time for a big weekly Me Time session, then a little bit of Me Time every day will be just as beneficial for you.
Many people might think that this is selfish at first glance but, quite the contrary, it’s only by taking care of yourself that you are able to take care of others.
Think about that for just a moment; if you’re angry, depressed, frustrated or any one of a number of negative emotions, it’s going to be much more difficult for you to take care of the people you love, and do well in your career, don’t you agree?
ME Time is about taking the time to look inward, examine your thoughts, feelings and emotions and put them down on paper. Scientists and psychologists agree that this is one of the best ways to work through any difficulties or challenges that life might throw at you.
ME Time is not only important but can be enjoyable and fun too. We recommend taking a few minutes every morning to enjoy your green smoothie, cup of coffee, tea or other morning beverage and, while you count all of the positives and blessings in your life, jot down your thoughts about the events of the last day.
Seeing your thoughts on paper can be very cathartic, and help clear your mind so that fresh thoughts and ideas can develop. In fact, many women have told us that some of their best ideas have come about because of the writing that they do in their diary during ME Time.
Getting your ME Time every morning also helps you to focus your thoughts for the day ahead and mentally prepare yourself for whatever it might throw at you. (If nothing else, it will help you to duck!)
So, to recap, ME Time is exactly the opposite of selfish because it will help you to stay mentally healthy, which is vital to your overall health.
When you’re mentally healthy, your ability to help others and do well in your work increases exponentially.
ME Time is one of the best activities that you can possibly engage in, it’s enjoyable (yay!) and will help you to focus on the important things in your life, no matter what they happen to be.
We think you’ll agree, those are some wonderful benefits, and all because you take just a little time every day to focus…on you.
Ideas For Your Food Diary
Helping you to be your best
We’re always keen to bring you ideas and tips on how to make the most of your Food Diary so that you further strengthen your transition to healthy eating. We therefore thought it would be useful to touch upon the use of salt in your diet and to dispel the myth around salt. Table salt has the justified label of being the scurge of your diet as most of the nutrients you need have been stripped from it. If you eat too much table salt it can raise your blood pressure, which puts you at increased risk of health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that “salt reduction is of equal importance to smoking cessation”. It’s a real killer! So how much salt should we be consuming each day? Well it varies from adult to adult, depending on your current health but the rule of thumb is we should limit our daily intake to a MAXIMUM of 6g of salt (around one full teaspoon) so if you are consuming over 6g of salt per day, then it’s time to seriously look at reducing the amount you’re putting into your body. 75% of the salt we eat is already in our everyday foods (so if we automatically consume 4.5g in everyday foods, we should look to add the MAXIMUM of 1.5g to any meals we prepare).
Changing the taste of a meal with salt is something you do everyday and table salt is everywhere and known to everyone but have you heard of sea salt which is, in fact, good for you. Regular table salt is highly processed, heat-blasted and chemically treated which strips away the nutrients so that it is left with 97 – 99 percent salinity. Sea salt, the “quiet cousin” of the salt family, like anything natural, is a much better option for you. Celtic Sea Salt, Himalayan, Gros Sel, Hawaiian, Smoked salt and Aztec Sea Salt offer a heartier, tastier salt.
Why Our Body Needs Salt
The human body requires over 90 vitamins and minerals every day to perform the essential functions. Salt is another word for sodium ions, and it is these ions that act as connectors to transmit information between our nerves. The electrically charged salt ions maintain the fluids and the sugar level in the blood cells.
Salt is used by the small intestines to absorb certain nutrients before they leave the body. It also contains the bone-building trace minerals of iron, sulfur, magnesium, potassium and calcium which combined with other electrolyte minerals work to support the healthy function of muscle tissues – healthy muscles equal healthy bones. Salt is crucial to the body, so it would be more beneficial to you to eliminate the bad salt commonly seen in supermarkets and then become somewhat picky about the salt you put on your table.
Natural Salts with Better Compositions
Natural salts are the best choices, and Celtic Sea Salt and Aztec Sea Salt are very good for you because natural salts contain over 80 trace minerals. So, despite reports from the medical community that salt should be eliminated from our diets, when you use the right salt, it can be tasty and nutritious.
Celtic Sea Salt is harvested by hand from the ocean, and then set out to dry. Celtic Sea Salt is unprocessed and contains over 80 minerals like most natural salts.
Aztec Sea Salt is another natural, non-processed salt derived from the sea. It is hand- harvested in Mexico and Australia, and the grains are distinctively coarse and flavourful. Both Celtic Sea Salt and Aztec Sea Salt are very good for you because the minerals have not been stripped out, and they add a nice touch of flavour.
Himalayan Salt, also known as Pink Salt, is found deep in the Himalayan Mountains, where the crystals formed over 250 million years ago. Himalayan Salt has the highest levels of minerals because of the pristine conditions of the mountains.
Where Can I Buy Natural Salts
You can purchase Celtic and Himalayan Sea Salt from Amazon and Whole Foods. Prices start from £5.29 for a 1lb (454g) bag.
These are three of the most popular natural salts. If you have never tried sea salt, try one of these for your family. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Ideas For Your Food Diary
Ideas For Your Health & Fitness Diary
Helping you to be your best
Over the last few years we have seen an explosion of information on the internet and we must say the quality that has been published with regard to healthy living is excellent. We are becoming more informed because of it and are able to take action to live much healthier lives. There are a few informed “experts” that My Secret Friend follow, really do sit up and listen to and do incorporate much of their advice into our daily lives. One such person is Yuri Elkaim, founder of Total Wellness Consulting (www.totalwellnessconsulting.ca). Yuri is a registered holistic nutritionist, fitness expert and highly sought-after high performance health coach. He’s also a former professional football player.
Yuri is on a personal mission to transform the lives of more than 10 million people by 2018. He is currently collaborating with 19 other amazing authors and experts in the fields of personal development, health, wealth, success and relationships to make the world a better place. A message we are strongly in favour of!! To celebrate this collaboration, each member of this community is offering one of their bestselling books as part of the 20 Life-Changing Books Box Set bundle for this week only (until midnight Sunday 29th June) for ONLY $3.39. If you were to purchase all 20 books individually, it would cost you over $100. They’re offering this incredible deal because they believe a small investment in yourself can often be the best investment of all. There are over 2,000 pages of education and inspiration. Here is what’s inside the 20 Life-Changing Box Set bundle:-
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I think you will agree this is a fantastic offer and will help you with every aspect of your life. We are very keen to provide you with information that complements and helps you to really make the most of your diaries.
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Ideas For Your Food Diary
Helping you to be your best
Most people are not fond of vegetables. Let’s be honest, it’s likely to be the last option for you at a buffet table and once you do reach the vegetable selection, the Radish would be even further down the list as a possible option. The same could be said of shopping for vegetables, with Radishes probably being the last to be considered. But you could be overlooking a vegetable that has many benefits.
Radishes is a root vegetable with a sweet peppery natural flavour. Again, another reason why many tend to avoid them but there are many benefits to eating radishes and there are delicious ways to serve them. Let’s take a look first at the many important benefits of the Radish:-
Radishes are a natural cleansing agent for the digestive system, helping to break down and eliminate stagnant food and toxins built up over time.
Radishes have a calming effect on the digestive system and can help relieve bloating and indigestion.
Sooth Sore Throats
Their pungent flavour and natural spice can help eliminate excess mucus in the body and can be especially helpful when fighting a cold. Radishes can help clear the sinuses and soothe sore throats too.
Prevents Viral Infections
Because of their high vitamin C content and natural cleansing effects, regular consumption of radishes can help prevent viral infections.
Protects Against Cancer
As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family (same as broccoli and cabbage) radishes contain phytonutrients, fibre, vitamins and minerals that are cancer protecting.
Radishes are a naturally cooling food and perfect for decreasing excess heat in the body. Perfect if you live in a warm climate or holidaying somewhere hot.
Keeps You Hydrated
With a high water content and lots of vitamin C as well as phosphorus and zinc, radishes are a nourishing food for the tissues and can help keep your body hydrated and your skin looking fresh and healthy all summer long.
If you’re a keen gardener or are lucky enough to have green fingers, radishes are really easy to grow. The Roots are ready in about four weeks from sowing. You can sow radish seeds every 2 weeks throughout summer to add to your salads:-
If you are unable to grow your own Radishes, they cost around 50p for a 200g bag in any of the leading supermarkets in the UK.
Radishes can be served in a variety of ways, not just in a salad. For inspiration, take a look at Martha Stewart’s delicious Radish recipes (we particularly like the Buttery Shrimp and Radish Pasta):-
We hope this article will encourage you to take a look at the Radish and even, dare we say it, be one of your main options when deciding what vegetables to add to your plate. Look out for them as they won’t be centre stage on most dining tables.
(7 benefits of the Radish published and taken from www.fullcircle.com)
Yesterday Sky News revealed a new report from the influential Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health that we actually need to eat seven or more portions of fresh fruit and veg a day if we want to avoid ill-health and reduce our likelihood of developing cancer or heart disease.
If you thought five-a-day was a struggle, this is probably not good news for you! But there is a way of achieving this new target. Drinking a glass of green smoothie in the morning and then half a glass/a glass in the evening will help you to achieve your daily quota. As well as being easy and quick to make (5 minutes), it is far easier to drink your vegetables in this way than trying to factor it into your daily meals. If you often struggle with your Food Diary and menu, a daily green smoothie is a good base to plan all of your other day’s food around. Also by adding fruit to your green smoothie it turns it into a really delicious smoothie, making it a far more enjoyable way of consuming your
If you missed our Secret Tip on the benefits of a green smoothie and how to make a basic green smoothie, read it now by clicking on the link below: