Saturday, July 16, 2016

Colors of Joy Among Top 10 Self-Help Books for Women

Updated 8/24/19

I am a reflective person, and continually work on myself to evolve and grow. Over the years, many life skills outlined in self-help books resonated with me. I've been able to integrate them into my life. 

First two pages of Chapter 2, Colors of Joy

The books I mention below are at the top of my list of 50 great self-enrichment guides, and were written by authors I admire. Their writing has helped me change my life, because each shifted my attitude or perspective, and encouraged self-awareness. 

Self-care concepts I discuss in my book and those I learned from others enabled me and millions of others to practice taking better care of meeting our own needs as well as improving our ability to feel compassion for ourselves and others. I recommend each book on this list highly.

Nancy Andres' Top 10 Self-Help Books for Women by Women

1. The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
2. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
3. Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Christiane Northrup MD
4. Colors of Joy: A Woman'sGuide for Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss by Nancy Andres
5. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
6. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
7. The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly by BrenĂ© Brown
8. Quiet by Susan Cain
9. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanzant
10. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

All inspired me. Some shed light on my misconceptions. Others helped me re-program my thinking by providing methods that worked to help me stop listening to that "old internal critic" that shouted I wasn't good enough. 

Others helped me bolster my self-esteem, and speak up for myself. Some showed me how to "be still," and at appropriate times not reacting or commenting is an effective response.  

I placed Colors of Joy on my all-time favorite self-development list, because it works. In fact, the book has been so popular, it's now in its second printing.

It fulfills a long held dream of mine to help women prosper and grow. This interactive journal can make a positive change in you. See what readers say about it here and here.

Colors of Joy highlights insights I've gained from over two decades of research and investigation of color energy. It offers ideas and tips developed on the job as a health and lifestyle writer (since 1997) and wellness blogger (over 10 years), and personal experiences as a woman, wife, mother, friend, sister, journal devotee, and world citizen. 

An added feature of the journal is Kay Lesh, PhD, a family counsellor and educator, has written a section and describes the psychological aspects of colors, affirmations, and journal writing. 

Colors of Joy is designed to dispel negative energy by showing the journal owner how to write and recite affirmations including “I cherish and respect myself just as I am." 

It features ideas to nurture the journal owner, help her be more mindful of her choices, and avail herself of support and encouragement the book provides. 

Pick up a copy and let Colors of Joy guide you as its color-coded journal activities stimulates your intuition and higher wisdom through your senses, transforms fear to love, dread to hope, boredom to fun, confusion to clarity, and drabness to living color.

Enjoy Colors of Joy at your own pace, and observe how guided journal activities, color visualizations, 12 full page color-inserts, affirmations, and reflective exercises heal you, support you, and enhance daily living.

Create a sense of contentment and joy in your life, and remember to buy Colors of Joy now

See what women have discovered about Colors of Joy below

Thrilled with Colors of Joy book review from Judee Algazi

Delighted by Rave Review of Colors of Joy by Carol Murphy

Nancy Adams Rodman wrote: Who would have thought that colors could be so healing? Don’t just read the book, but journal your way through and learn more about yourself than you could have imagined. This book offers a unique self exploratory experience. I always knew that walking outdoors was a great stress reliever for me. What I learned is that it is also the uninterrupted blue sky that I feel envelops me and is more than just calming, it’s healing. When I “see red” I can temper that feeling by picturing that color as it fades slowly into a soft pink which for me is a healing through love. You will gain your own insights by working through “Colors”. Nothing heavy duty here just a gentle dawning that will comfort you and make you smile.

Sheila Bustamante wrote: Colors of Joy: A Woman's Guide For Self-Discovery, Balance, and Bliss by Nancy Andres is filled with bright, purposeful exercises to take you on a journey to find yourself. The colorful chapter covers and their themes set the stage as you ponder the questions, live the actions or simply write what’s on your mind. Journaling is a powerful tool to help you explore your thoughts or actions and then reflect further upon them. Anyone can find a little something to relate to in this book for a joyful experience.

Robin Peel wrote: Author Nancy Andres reminds me to relax and appreciate the effect color has on my mood and emotions. The affirmations guide my thoughts and reflections about who I am, and who I am becoming. I especially recommend this book for women who want to expand their self-awareness and explore the richness of their inner lives.

Minka from Tucson AZ wrote: Beautifully colored and thoughtfully written. The book is full of wonderful suggestions. Gentle ideas to help us reflect and explore our feelings. It is great light and easy to approach. I love it and use it to add richness and meaning to my everyday life. I bought this book for 2 of my dear friends.

To see more reviews go to Colors of Joy Book Review Page on Amazon

Minka with her Copy of Colors of Joy

If you already have a copy of Colors of Joy or have given it as a gift, please write a review and post it on Amazon, Goodreads, and in the comments section below. I appreciate it greatly! Please know if you have questions or comments about this post, I welcome them too.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

4 Key Reasons to Eat a Variety of Colorful Fruits and Veggies Each Day

For optimum health, top nutrition minds advise us to eat a variety of at least 5 to 9 servings of color-rich vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, and fruit a day. Brightly colored low-fat plant-based whole foods aren't just visually appealing. They are nature's way of highlighting a broad range of nutrients that are key to good health. In its original state, each vegetable or fruit is low in saturated fat, pleasing to the palette, fills us up, but doesn’t make us feel overstuffed. 

Here are 4 Key Reasons to  Eat a Variety of Colorful  Fruits and Veggies Each Day

1. Prevents or Reduces the Severity of Disease. When we consume ample amounts of a combination of cooked (lightly steamed or baked without oil) and uncooked color rich produce daily, research shows that our food choices put us on a healthy track toward preventing heart disease, some types of cancer, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, stroke and birth defects. Educate yourself about each ingredient you want to eat. For example, determine if it’s more healthful to eat broccoli raw or cooked from Dr. Michael Greger’s Nutrition Facts blog . See the latest research and video links about a wealth of additional vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts and seeds there too. 

Also check out the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI), a scoring system that rates foods on a scale from 1 to 1000 based on nutrient content. ANDI scores are calculated by evaluating an extensive range of micronutrients, including vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidant capacities. Healthy Eating and the ANDI Index.

Happy Woman Who Eats Many Colorful Vegetables and Fruits Each Day!

2. Improves Our Mood and Sense of Well-being. A recent study, conducted by Bonnie Beezhold of the University of Arizona and Carol S. Johnston, published February 14, 2012 in Nutrition Journal indicates that "Restricting meat, fish, and poultry improved some domains of short-term mood state in modern omnivores. To our knowledge, this is the first trial to examine the impact of restricting meat, fish, and poultry on mood state in omnivores." It's interesting to note that the study showed that several mood scores for VEG participants improved significantly after two weeks. Wouldn't you know it? When we feel good about our self-care we look good and vice versa.

3. Stabilizes Weight by allowing us to feel satisfied after eating a meal, without cravings to load up on excess calories or resort to eating junk foods and processed products that are high salt, high sugar, high fat, and chemically enhanced (and often contribute to weight gain and/or poor health). See this documented guide from Kaiser Permanente for more about a Healthier Way to Eat. 

4. Provides Essential Vitamins, Minerals, Nutrients, Fiber, and Antioxidants that help us function at peak levels. When we eat a wide range of colorful low fat whole plant-based foods daily, we please our taste buds and satisfy hunger as we ingest plant-based protein, complex carbohydrates, water, healthy fat, minerals, vitamins, and nutrients our body needs to maintain health, energy, and even increase longevity. For best results, combine healthy eating with a active lifestyle that includes elements like exercise, relaxation, sound sleep, social connections, and abstention from smoking and alcohol consumption.

To maximize the variety of vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants we eat in our food, plan to consume at least two different colored vegetables and fruits with each meal. Shop at a nearby market, health food store, farmer's market, or pick veggies and fruits fresh from your garden. Select only those that are in-season, unprocessed whole plant-based foods to get the most bang for your buck. They are less expensive and haven't traveled long distances to get to the market and your table. Don't eat the same ones every day, as you need to vary your selection to cover all your nutritional bases. I've listed many of the tastiest ones, and truth be told, those that I love most.

RED tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries, beets, red grapes, red pepper, watermelon, cherries, red kidney beans, red apples

BLUE/PURPLE blueberries, blackberries, black olives, purple figs, plums, black beans, red cabbage (purple), eggplant

YELLOW/ORANGE summer and winter squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, cantaloupe, lemon, grapefruit, oranges

GREEN spinach, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, collards, chard, kale, broccoli, lentils, kiwi, dark leafy salad greens, avocado, parsley

WHITE/GREEN onions, garlic, pears, celery, endive, asparagus, leeks, mushrooms, cauliflower, quinoa

Eat at least two portions of a combination of red, orange, yellow, green, purple/blue, and white fruits or vegetables at each meal. This eating style provides plentiful fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants for total wellness. Look at the fruit and veggie grid below for more ideas.

Do you have any tips for eating more fruits and veggies? What are your go-to veggies and fruits? Are you willing to try new ones to up your health quotient as well as make your mouth water? Please comment below. Share with others, if you like what you see. 

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