Friday, June 15, 2018

50 Ways to Raise Your Vibration

Want to feel more joy, peace, and lightness in your being? My experience and research shows when we replace outmoded or ineffective behavior or attitudes with healthier ones, it raises the frequency of our energy/vibration. 

I offer the ideas below to help you evaluate your personal habits, routines, and choices and take it from there. 

Reduce pain or stress in mind, body, or spirit by implementing some of the self-development techniques below. Use others to enable you to train the power in your brain to think more clearly and focus on the positive. Use still others to encourage you to tap into limitless love, and work and play with greater enthusiasm. 

50 Ways to Raise Your Vibration

2.   Absorb color energy from ocean, lake, river, or stream
3.    Read for fun
5.    Hydrate with water
8.    Be kind
9.    Cuddle
10. Talk instead of text
11. Reach out instead of isolating
12. Soak in an Epsom salt bath
13. Visit a museum or art gallery
14. Walk on the beach or in the forest
15. Breathe deeply
16. Bike ride in a park
17. Phone a bud to chat
19. Get more zzz's
20. Inhale the scent of freshly cut grass
21. Laugh a lot 
22. Nurture yourself
23. Trust yourself
24. Mind your own business
25. HALT (pause when you need it)
26. Refresh with lemonade, cocoa, herbal tea
27. Climb a hill or mountain
28. Skip, gallop, or dance 
29.  Be gentle with yourself 
30.  Listen to music (Claude Bolling - Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio - Sentimentale)
 31. Create a vision board
32. Chant your mantra
33. Pray
35. Balance your chakras (see links below)
36. Learn something new
37. Daydream
39. Hug a tree or walk barefoot
40. Do anything with mindfulness
41. Light the way for someone else
42. Do chair yoga, gentle stretches, and get moving
43. Play ball with a child, children, or pet
44. Gaze at the horizon
45. Have a picnic
46. Release perfectionism
47. Cozy up to good enough
48. Create something beautiful
49. Serve a Greater Good
Additional Tips: 

Raise your vibration sky high by practicing the techniques suggested above. I guarantee they work to increase wellness and bring more zest into daily living.

Before you go, please comment below. I'd love to know how many of these life skills you use and which ones help you the most. 

Are there any you find challenging or need more help developing? Many of the posts I share on this blog feature self-care activities. Check them out.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Benefits of Eating Avocados with Serving Ideas

Don’t you just love the taste of avocados? This post provides serving ideas including a recipe for guacamole, and tips to help you include more avocados in your eating plan. This GREEN SUPER FRUIT is loaded with health benefits and taste appeal. Read on to learn more about this versatile green wonder food. 

Guacamole toast sandwich with strawberries and sesame seeds

Avocados are sensually delicious, and are a powerful source of antioxidants and nutrients, including healthy unsaturated fat.  

Concerned about reducing inflammation? Avocados are an anti-inflammatory food that's easy to eat every day. It's simple to incorporate avocados into various dishes like sandwiches, salads, or to top tacos, burritos, chili, and any south of the border style food you enjoy. 

Benefits of Eating Avocados

A 3.5 oz. (100 gram) Serving 


Vitamin K: 26% of the Daily Value (DV)

Folate: 20% of the DV

Vitamin C: 17% of the DV

Potassium: 14% of the DV (more than a banana)

Vitamin B5: 14% of the DV

Vitamin B6: 13% of the DV

Vitamin E: 10% of the DV

Contains Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin), minerals and vitamins your body needs for good health.

Other Benefits 


Avocados can replace fat in recipes calling for butter or other oils.

Half an avocado is about one portion and is 160 calories.

This green fruit is low in fructose and rich in healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium.

Research suggests avocados benefit vascular function, heart health, and can possibly prevent cancer when combined with an active lifestyle and whole food plant based eating plan.

Avocados are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that protect vision. The most concentrated amounts are in the darker green flesh that's closest to the peel.

Avocados are versatile and in season in California and neighboring states during spring and summer, when we love to eat simple to prepare fun foods including salads.

Ripe avocados will yield to gentle pressure, and should be eaten within a day or two. Unripe fruit can be stored for four to five days to ripen at room temperature. 

To slow the ripening process and keep on hand longer, place a partly ripe avocado in the refrigerator. It will keep better this way.

Prep Tips: Make avocado prep simple. Sprinkle sliced avocado with a pinch of salt and pepper. Try out other seasonings like paprika, cayenne pepper, balsamic vinegar or lemon juice and notice which ones you prefer. 

Another quick way to prep and season an avocado is to cut it into chunks. Then, drizzle on a little bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pepper and salt.

Now on to the Recipes:

Nancy Andres' Quick and Spicy Guacamole


1 large or 2 medium size ripe tomatoes
Juice from 2 freshly squeezed limes or lemons
1 small yellow onion diced
2 medium size ripe avocados
1 small jalapeno pepper
Freshly ground black pepper and a pinch of salt
Optional Ingredients: cilantro, chili pepper flakes, and salsa

What to do:

1. Wash tomatoes and dice. Peel onion and dice as well. Place both in the serving bowl you intend to use.

2. Wear gloves to cut open a jalapeno pepper. Rinse the pepper, remove and discard seeds, then finely chop.

3. Add half a jalapeno to mixture and proceed to the other steps.

4. Cut avocados in half and remove seeds. Score the inside of each avocado with a blunt knife and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Put in a mixing bowl.

5. Use a fork to roughly mash the avocados. I like mine chunky, so I leave some larger pieces. Mash to the consistency you like best. 

6. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, lime or lemon juice, and add any or all of the optional ingredients you like. Cilantro is strong tasting and I prefer to use it only for the garnish. Many like it. Take what you like and leave the rest.

Note: Taste the guacamole. If you like more heat, add the other half of the jalapeno pepper and combine. Better to go slowly with this as once it’s too spicy it’s hard to eat.

7. Place all ingredients into the serving bowl and mix well. Serve immediately along with corn chips as a snack or with your favorite south of the border main course food.

If you're making it early, refrigerate until serving time. Best way to store is to cover it tightly (air tight container) and not to keep it for more than a day or two before serving.

Note: Guacamole that’s exposed to the air and not eaten right away, will turn gray-brown from oxidation. To reduce this effect, sprinkle the top with a teaspoon of lemon or lime juice. Cover guacamole tightly before refrigerating.
Note: Chilling tomatoes hurts their flavor. I recommend you chop and add tomato for the guacamole right before serving.

Here's a colorful, taste tempting recipe from Gluten Free A-Z Blog.

 Avocado Basil Gazpacho

 Picture and Recipe Source: J Algazi

creamed avocado gazpacho with chopped vegetables
Smooth, creamy, and crunchy describes this delightfully healthy gazpacho.

Did you learn something new about avocados from my post? 

Do you eat avocado often or not so much? Is that going to change?

Please take a few moments to comment. Share the love and spread the word about this delicious GREEN wonder food. When you do, provide a link back to this post.  

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

7 Ways to Use Green to Enhance Your Lifestyle

Use Green to Enhance Your Lifestyle

I visualize the color green, and use its uplifting color energy to elevate my mood and make me feel invigorated. 

I appreciate green plants that burst forth with new buds, leaves, and blooms. Green helps me think of an analogy, one in which I acknowledge my process, recognize signs of growth, and focus on ways I shine my light. 

Greening my thinking is an effective way to draw attention to positive energy, rather than look at things that are at loose ends.

Want tips to help you use green for healing and health? It can be as simple as envisioning your favorite shade of green or appreciating a green scene from nature. 

Let green help reduce stress, refresh your outlook, and give you motivation to participate in life with more vigor and enthusiasm.

If you need to unwind now or want to learn techniques that can come to your aid, when you feel overwhelmed… See

7 Ways to Use Green to Enhance Your 


1. EAT GREENS. Dark, leafy greens including chard, kale, collard greens, and spinach are packed with mood-boosting magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral our bodies need to create a feeling of calm. This mineral plays an important role in the development of serotonin. Mix it up and add kale, chard, collards, or spinach to your daily meal planning for less stress and to prevent depression.

2. AFFIRM AND VISUALIZE Want to quiet a racing mind and attract restorative green vibes? Sit, lie down, or stand in a comfortable position as you affirm:

“I absorb the harmonizing, relaxing elements innate in green plants and vegetation to travel to places in my body craving relaxation and comfort." 

"I breathe in refreshing green colors and breathe out stress. I breathe in seeds for change and breathe out outmoded behavior." 

I breathe in joy and release dis-ease. I breathe in love and release fear.

Then, say aloud... "Green energies are always there for me. I enjoy using green in my daily living. Whenever I envision green, it helps me breathe deeply and I am blessed."

Slowly come fully back into yourself and know that green will help you grow and thrive.

Note: Another way to use green as a stress reduction tool is to picture a liquid or gas form of green flowing up from the earth. Imagine green in a hue you like, traveling up through your feet, legs, and torso. Picture your veins filled with green energy, soothing places in your body that are sore, tight, or need attention. Envision green carrying oxygen to spots in your body that feel shut down, blocked, or stagnant. Thank green energy for helping you and be quiet for a few minutes. When you are ready, slowly come fully back into yourself. Know that you have done your part to let green help you feel and look great.
3. SEE EMERALD. Emeralds are the birthstone of May, and associated with the rich green color of spring. This rare gemstone has a vivid tone, one considered to be a symbol of rebirth and love. Emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia. Once they are cut and polished, emeralds are set into necklaces, earrings, and rings. 

Wear Emerald jewelry, or imagine its vivid green color and beauty. Hold an Emerald crystal in your hand or envision one. Let green energy from emerald crystals boost your sense of well-being.

Emeralds have been worn boldly by Elizabeth Taylor and Julianne Moore. Do you recall other movie stars or celebrities that wear Emeralds?

4. CONNECT TO HEART CHAKRA. Green is the color of the Heart Chakra, and it attracts compassion and love. Learn more by reading What Everyone Needs to Know About the Heart Chakra.

5. LIVE WITH GREEN. See how quickly your mood improves, when you increase the amount of green household items including towels, dishes, or green plants in your abode. Green paint or accent pieces help establish or maintain a pathway for renewal, expansion, and flexibility. The power of green provides motivation to take good self-care.

"Introduce touches of green into your living space to enliven, balance, and increase the sense of abundance in your life.” Nancy Andres

6. ENLIVEN SENSES. Awaken your senses by soaking in the tub, scented with pure essential eucalyptus oil. This tree sourced oil soothes tense muscles and clears your mind. Many spas and healing centers use green in their decorating schemes. Any time you use it, it’s a sensory way to express your improved sense of well-being.

7. SOOTHE EYES. Green is easy on the eyes. It’s a good color to choose as a screen saver, because it relaxes the nervous system, and reduces stress. Place an emerald green object in eye-range while you work, and feel its power to rejuvenate you. 

Darker shades of green represent prestige, wealth, and money. Lighter greens can makes you feel refreshed. A word of caution: too much green represents jealousy, envy, greed, and revenge.

Now that I've shown you 7 ways green can enhance your lifestyle, here's a special request. 

Consider ordering the self-care journal, Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss. Colors of Joy is a 12 week guided journal program that can help you or the women you care about explore relationships, nourish secret longings, and use color energy to live more joyfully. Proceeds from book sales cover some of the expenses of running my blog.

This is One Example of How Colors of Joy Uses Green Energy

Before you go, please comment below. 

How do you use green in daily living? 

What leafy green veggies do you like to eat?  How often do you eat them?

Do you use green decor, clothing, and accessories to enhance your lifestyle? Please explain.

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