Inspired Goal Setting to Begin Anew

Lisa StoryConscious Living

Whether it’s the beginning of a new year, new month or simply a Monday morning, the promise of personal or professional improvement is an exciting and hopeful time. Setting goals or making resolutions energize our intentions and jazz us up to create positive change in our lives. Our goals and resolutions are accomplished by creating habits that support us. Habits are actions consciously and repeatedly taken over and over until they become engrained in us by repetition. Positive habits keep us focused and lead to the success desired. Negative habits are actions we take that move us further away from our goals. For example, if the goal is to become stronger and more fit, but you find yourself spending every … KEEP READING…

Should I stop drinking coffee?

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

This has been the most popular question I’ve received since the news that Starbuck’s (and other companies) in California were ordered to begin placing a cancer warning label on their coffee drinks. So, let’s get a little clarity and perspective on the matter! Knowledge is power. The concern with the coffee is that roasted coffee beans contain high levels of acrylamide in them (otherwise known as acrylic acid and a carcinogen…something that is toxic to the body). When it comes to coffee…lighter roasts have less acrylamide, certain types of beans may have less, and espresso-style may have more. If you suffer from energy issues, adrenal issues, sleep issues or anxiety you may want to stay off coffee for these reasons … KEEP READING…

Is Avocado Oil Healthy for Me?

Lisa StoryConscious Living

You bet it is!  Avocado oil is amazing…both in taste and in health benefits. Avocado just like the olive is a fruit and similar to olive oil when you compare their nutritional profiles side by side.  However, it has a higher smoke point which means it’s excellent to cook or roast with at higher heat without compromising the integrity of the oil. Benefits include: Excellent for heart health Lowers blood pressure Decreases joint pain and arthritis symptoms Keeps gums healthy High in antioxidants Beautifies skin and thickens hair Improves eye health Helps nutrients in other foods be more readily absorbed by the body Suggested ways to include avocado oil into your diet: Drizzle over salads with a squeeze of citrus … KEEP READING…

Aphrodisiac Foods: Myth or Fact?

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

Can specific foods enhance our intimate relationships? Most edibles found at the top of any aphrodisiac food list got there because in ancient times they were regarded as such mostly due to their phallic shape or alluring scent and flavor. This left many people believing that these foods enhanced fertility, desire and sexual performance. While it can’t be argued that commonly identified aphrodisiac foods do in fact support sexual performance or desire, the point can be made that fresh whole foods leave us feeling our best both in energy and mood. For fun and inspiration here are 7 aphrodisiac foods that’ll contribute to your overall health and maybe even your intimate relationships too! Bananas are high in potassium and vitamin … KEEP READING…