I had a wonderful conversation with my friend Sara Fogan, who is a clinical hypnotherapist in Los Angeles, California. Sara encouraged me to begin to blog again, even though my life has become incredibly busy because of school and having a business I’m running. So, I’m back. But I’m also going to change directions slightly on here. I still believe in clean living. That will never change. But I’m also sold on people being as healthy as possible in all areas. This isn’t just about network marketing. It’s about changing lives. In 2013, I heard a phrase that hit very close to home. “Don’t just live your life, max it.” Are you just living a life that you are just getting by? Or are you living a life that pushes you to the life you know you deserve? The bible says in 3 John 1: 2 “Beloved, I pray that you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.” So, I am wondering, are you living your life or are you living a life that passes a legacy to the people you are close to?
Tag: clean living
Why are you doing what you’re doing? Do you know what you want? Do you have any idea WHY you are doing what you are doing? I have the Greater One living in me! It’s time to Rise and Grind!!!! Figure out what you want, figure out WHY you want it!!!! Then just do it!!!!
For the past several years I’ve been working on changing my life. And my life has changed. In the past 2 weeks I’ve started some new things. Including a new job. I’m working on generating some additional income for some plans I have in place. When you know WHY you know what you want, you are going to be willing to RISE and GRIND to do whatever is necessary to make it happen.
The most successful people I know have worked very hard for a season (usually less than 10 years) so they can have the life they want. They worked sometimes 60-80 hours a week to make it so at the end of that season they can cut back to 20 hours a week. But get paid over and over for the work they did during that season they worked 60-80 hours a week. It’s called building residual income and it makes doing this possible.
What does this have to do with living clean? Everything! Think how much better your life would be if you only had to work 4 hours a day 5 times a week. And for the most part, you decide when to work. To me, that is true freedom and it is directly linked to clean living. If you know what you want, but need help, talk to me. I can and will help.
Last week I talked about how what does it mean to live clean. And put some suggestions out on where to start. Today, I want to elaborate on this. What are some practical ways to live clean? Here are some things I have done:
- Read the labels. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably should reconsider using it.
- Make the switch to organic cleaners as much as possible.
- Talk to me about my business. The company I’m a part of is amazing. All our products are not only affordable, they are completely toxin free. And there is a way you can actually get them for free. To get more information on that, simply reply to this or look me up on Facebook. I’m listed as Malissa Elkins Van Zee.
- Walk instead of drive, it’s better for you and the environment. As much as possible anyway.
- Eat smart
- Add one meatless meal to your menu each week
- Buy locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can
- Eat organic as much as possible
- Cut out white. Switch to either no wheat, or 100% whole grain wheat. Switch to brown rice instead of white rice.
- Drink more water. Get a water filter to reduce chemicals in your water.
- Lose the excess weight. If you are overweight, even by 10-15 pounds, you are storing toxins in that fat. I’ve been working on getting healthy since 2011. And I can tell you, I feel so much better! At the top are 2 pictures, the first one is from 2011. I was about 260 pounds and even though I was smiling, I was incredibly depressed. The second picture is from a little over a week ago and I’m now at about 220 pounds. I’m not at my goal, but I’m a whole lot closer. And I’ve gone from a size 24 to a size 16. I have more confidence and just feel better.
- Get some exercise. My favorite exercises are:
- Walking, especially with a friend.
- Tae Kwon Do, it is great for all ages! It builds confidence, increases agility, plus it is great exercise.
- Go dancing!
- Try yoga, its great!
- Go bowling, and even better, join a league.
- Play tennis
- Join a gym and take a class there
See what you can come up with and share some of your ideas with me. I’d love to know what you do to live clean.
I was thinking about this for a couple of days. And I asked a friend what he thinks this is. Here is what he said:
“To me to live clean is to live free from all foreign toxins and chemicals that are harsh over long time that are harmful for our bodies. And also congest and ingest clean living from food, to non-processed food, etc. water included.” Marquis C. Jones, Sr.
Marquis C. Jones, Sr. is a remarkable friend to have. How often do we eat foods or use chemicals that are just bad for us? I suspect way to often! I say this because of the epidemic of illnesses that are so rampant around the world. Illnesses that were non-existent 100 years ago are now rampant. We have cancer more rampant, even in infants and children. Autism is more rampant. It used to be 1 in 10,000 and now it is 1 in 75. Obesity is also way up. And obesity is directly connected to so many other health issues. So what can be done? Here are some ideas:
- Take control of what you eat. The Mediterranean Diet is known to be the healthiest diet on earth. Doctors around the world promote this. Including my favorite doctor, Dr. Don Colbert.
- If you need to lose weight, go on a system that will provide support. I have one that I am seeing amazing success in.
- Make the switch from cleaners that are not healthy to ones that are effective and safe. The cost isn’t as much as you might think. I will be discussing this more throughout the month.
- Make sure you are drinking water.
- Do daily affirmations, keeping a positive mindset will set into action a clean life.
- Exercise, my favorites are:
- Walking around a lake or in bad weather the mall
- Tae Kwon Do
Over the course of this month I am going to be talking about clean living. So you will want to stay tuned. And if you have anyone in your life that needs help, have them follow me. I’ll be talking about practical ways to do this, if you don’t have family support (and I have this issue personally), and how expensive is this (actually, it really isn’t!)?
For years I was encouraged to forget myself that I was supposed to focus on my husband and children. I was told that love always puts others first. Even if it means you neglect yourself. And I followed what I told to do. I neglected myself. And I got SICK, so sick that I almost died. I was battling irregular heartbeats, incredibly low blood pressure, obesity, and severe depression. But no one knew. To a certain degree not even my family. But in November of 2011 I hit rock bottom. I sat on the edge of my bed that day and cried. Probably for over an hour. That day I cried out to God and told Him to either take me home to heaven or help me get better. I really didn’t care which. But God put it on my heart to start following Dr. Don Colbert on Facebook, which I did. Over time I started reading his books. The first one I read was “Stress Less” which began to address that my being stressed out was the the root of all the issues I battled. I learned that I had to get balance in my life. Over time I read more and more of his books and began to eat healthier, exercise, and make healthier choices. This was the beginning of my learning to Live Clean. Since then I’ve lost weight, learned to make healthier friends, and learned that self-care ISN’T SELFISH.
It’s important to take care of yourself so you can care for others. So what can you do to take care of yourself? There are LOTS of things. Here is a list to get you started.
- Daily affirmations. I’m going to be adding a second blog that has some that will get you started.
- Take a walk
- Take a healthy cooking class
- Take up a hobby
- Read a book, just for fun
- Take 30 minutes and day dream ( I do this on my walks!)
- Go have a drink (coffee, tea…) with a friend
- Look for things to be grateful for (I’ll address this on the other blog shortly)
- Have a focus word of the week. Mine this week is balance, last week was purpose. I write them on my bedroom mirror so I can see it several times a day.
- Try something that you’ve been afraid to try: but use common sense, don’t do something dangerous.
There are lots of other things you can do to take care of yourself. See what you can come up with.
“I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.” Joel Osteen
At one time or another I think we all ask why are we here. I have asked that question more times than I can count. To get the answer most of the time I go to my mentor, Dr. Reggie Cochran. If we want to have a successful life we have to know what we want. Knowing our purpose will help us define that. I think about it this way, if we know what we want then it will be easy to define how to get it. But maybe you are just thinking about this. So where do you start? What I’ve done is to get input from Reggie. But I also did my own research to work on this myself. And I have asked myself some hard questions.
- What am I good at?
- What do others see in me?
- If I could do whatever I want, irregardless of the cost, what would it be?
Beyond that, you need to ask some additional questions:
- Am I willing to devote myself to pursuing this in my life
- Do my skills, attitude, and desires allow me to do this?
- By the way, if attitude and desires line up but skills are lacking: you can get training
- Do I need the training to get skills to pursue this?
- Am I willing to invest in myself to get the training I need?
So, my blog is about clean living. What does purpose have to do with Clean Living? I define clean living this way: Living in such a way that your mind and body and environment are free from anything dirty. This includes our mindset. If you are living clean then you will have a much easier time determining your purpose.
We all want to be healthy. We hate it when we hear about someone being sick. We cry when someone dies. What can be done to be healthier? I’m not a dietician. I’m not a doctor. I’m a woman who cares about people and only wants the best for my children and friends. So who am I? Well, I’m Malissa Van Zee. I currently live in Iowa. I have 4 kids ages 13 to 19. I love learning new things. I love writing. I love walking, singing, going to movies, talking to people, making friends and reading. I don’t care if my friends are incredibly rich or struggling financially. I also don’t care if they are famous or unknown. I look for friends who care. If you are someone who cares, send me a message and get to know me.
I plan to blog once or twice a week. I work from home doing several different things and more things are coming. I am accessible on Facebook at Malissa Elkins Van Zee and my business page is Malissa Carole. I plan to talk about different ways to be healthy in a dirty world. We live in a toxic world. But there are things we can do to be healthier in spite of this. And that is what I am going to focus on.
I have had a blog on here before. But since then my life has gone a different direction and even though some of the things have remained the same, enough other things have changed to warrant my having a new blog entirely. Most of the time I will be blogging on Monday’s and Thursday’s. So, until Thursday, take care and God bless you.