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Robin's Nest

Shining a light on the wisdom within... the mind changes; the body follows.

Robin Harakal Janis is a Personal Life and Wellness Coach whose passion is to help you authentically connect to your heart and core self—the part of you that knows exactly who you are, what you truly need and what kind of life you really want. As a coach and mentor, she provides the tools needed to help you discover that you have the wisdom and answers you seek.

Below is a selection of Robin's introspective articles on consciously creating the life you want.

  • Sugar... It Does A Body—Not So Good
    Ahhhh, sugar... that seductive substance we crave. Unless you have been living in a cave, it is no secret that sugar is addicting and a major obstacle for people trying to lose weight. Read More...
  • Buy a Bucket and Support The Cure? Give Me a Break!!
    Yes, I will say it again; buying a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken to support the "Cure for Cancer" is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard in my whole life. Read More...
  • Little Things Count (Or: How Two French Fries Weigh Forty Pounds)
    To put on forty pounds over ten years means gaining an average of four pounds per year. Read More...
  • "Busting Loose" From the Games of Weight Loss
    In the past few days, I have received at least 15 articles titled: "Exercise does not help weight loss". The truth is, THAT IS THE TRUTH... WHY?? Read More...
  • Mindset
    You will always be exactly what you tell yourself you are. So today, make the distinction for yourself. Get crystal clear about what you want. Read More...
  • Valentine's Day
    While "traditionally" for couples, Valentine's Day is really a day to show the ones you love how much you care. Read More...
  • Baking The Pie Of Your Life!
    As some of you know, I owned a bakery for 15 years. Sometimes I can still smell the fragrance of Dutch Apple Crumb or Sugar Crusted Peach Pie filling the air! Read More...
  • Shine A Little Light
    I took a day off from work today. Before I went to sleep last night, I set my intention to do only things that inspired my growth today. Read More...
  • Weight Loss Your Way
    I recently spoke to a group on the subject of "Weight Loss Your Way." We talked about MINDFUL eating, INTENTIONAL thinking and the WISDOM of the body. Read More...

Sugar... It Does A Body—Not So Good

Ahhhh, sugar... that seductive substance we crave. Unless you have been living in a cave, it is no secret that sugar is addicting and a major obstacle for people trying to lose weight. But sugar itself causes a lot more damage to the body than just inhibiting weight loss. It actually breaks down your body.

Let's look at a few facts you may not have known about this sweet stuff.

Sugar suppresses the immune system.
One of sugar's major drawbacks is that it raises insulin levels, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, which depresses the immune system. This is not something you want if your plan is to be healthy. We also know that glucose (sugar) and vitamin C have similar chemical structures. This is important because your white blood cells need vitamin C to help keep your immunity strong. So what happens when your sugar levels go up? Sugar and vitamin C compete with one another upon entering the cells. If there is a lot of sugar around, there is much less vitamin C allowed into the cells. It doesn't take more than a teaspoon of sugar in your blood stream to slow your immune system to a crawl. Have kids? Think about when they get sick. The "heavy" sugar season starts at Halloween and goes right through New Year's. No wonder kids get colds and flu in the winter and spring!

The immune system is your army of protection against disease and sugar is the number one killer of its soldiers. In the last 20 years, sugar consumption in the U.S. has increased 26 pounds per person, bringing the average person's yearly consumption to 135 lbs per year!! Prior to the turn of this century, the average consumption was only 5 lbs per person per year!

Sugar causes inflammation and increases the risk of disease.
A rush of sugar (simple carbohydrate) into the bloodstream upsets the body's blood-sugar balance, triggering the release of insulin, which the body uses to keep blood-sugar at a constant and safe level. Insulin also promotes the storage of fat, so when you eat sweets high in sugar, you're making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglycerides, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease.

The health dangers involved when ingesting simple sugar on a regular basis are well known. The inflammatory property of simple sugars has been observed to aggravate asthma, create mood swings, depression, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, arthritis and much more.

Most people think sugar is simply what goes in our coffee, on a morning bowl of cereal or a candy bar. The truth is that morning cereal, the milk you put on it, and the juice you drink are carbohydrates that your body breaks down into sugar too. In fact everything you eat except for fat and protein is broken down to sugar by your body.

So what steps can you take, to reduce your sugar load? Just start with the basics. Consistent small daily steps will bring you back to the road of health you are deserving of.

So start by eliminating any refined sugar you add to your food. Then begin cutting back on all those starchy carbohydrates, such as bread, pasta, rice and potatoes, and replace them with a variety of vegetables. Spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles are great replacements for pasta, and mashed cauliflower will take the place of those mashed white potatoes. Keep fruit and cut up vegetables in your fridge for easy snacking.

If you still need your "sweet stuff", steer clear of white refined sugar. Even though honey and maple syrup are sugars that do raise your insulin, they are natural, but just use sparingly. Coconut sugar may be another one to try. It is lower on the glycemic index, but again, use in moderation only.

If you are looking for healthy sugar substitutes try some Stevia. Stevia is sweeter than sugar, so just a bit is all you will need. Erythritol, Swerve sweetener, Xylitol, and Chickory root (Just Like Sugar brand) are also natural sugar alternatives that do not cause blood sugar spikes. Why not experiment with a few and see what you like?

Remember, you are important, and a healthy lifestyle is simply waiting for you to step forward and claim it!

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Buy a Bucket and Support The Cure? Give Me a Break!!

Yes, I will say it again; buying a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken to support the "Cure for Cancer" is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard in my whole life.

Let's take a breath and really think about this. You are being asked to buy a "bucket" of deep fried hydrogenated, chemically saturated hormone and antibiotic injected poultry, filled with a plethora of cancer causing, immune destroying substances, in order to raise money to support The "Cure for breast cancer". Is it just me guys or can you feel my pain, frustration and anger?

And the saddest part of all this is how many millions of people are going out and poisoning themselves because they believe the hype!

The following quote from Mike Adams, of NaturalNews.com, pretty much says it all.

"Health happens through you, not to you, and yet the masses continue to eat cancer-causing foods and pursue cancer-causing lifestyles even while blindly handing over their money in the form of donations to organizations that the naively hope will come along and "save them" someday. The whole effort to raise money to find "the cure" for example is a powerful demonstration of misplaced faith in external healing. This idea that a cure for cancer ( or any disease.. these are MY words) must come from outside one's self rather than from within is perhaps the greatest conceptual sleight of hand that has yet been pulled off by the sick-care industry."

Disease is what happens when people believe that they have no role or real responsibility in their health and wellness outcome. If you truly seek the health and wellness that is rightly yours, you need to know that what you are looking for is already inside of you waiting and wanting to express itself. If you want to be an expression of wellness, no one can do it for you... it is YOUR responsibility, but you don't have to do it alone.

If these sound a bit harsh, it is because I want to get your attention. It is because I care so deeply about your wellness, and I appreciate the magnificence in all of you.

When you are ready to create the healthy lifestyle that will work for YOU, I invite you to contact me for a complimentary coaching session.

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Little Things Count (Or: How Two French Fries Weigh Forty Pounds)

To put on forty pounds over ten years means gaining an average of four pounds per year.

  • 40 pounds divided by 10 years equals 4 pounds per year.
  • Four pounds divided by 12 months equals .33 1/3 of a pound per month.
  • This is approximately .01 (1/100th) of a pound per day.
  • One pound of stored fat represents 3500 calories.
  • 3500 times .01 equals 35
  • To achieve the feat of gaining 40 pounds in 10 years, all you have to do is consume an extra 35 calories every day,
  • 35 calories = two regular French Fries.

MIND BOGGLING ISN'T IT!!
French fries are not a bad food. No food is BAD. But most people struggle because they do WELLNESS backwards. Deciding to go on a Diet usually means that when you have your perceived results, you will go OFF a diet. From now on think of DIET as the D.aily I.ntake of E.ssential and empowering T.houghts and things. It's how you write your wellness story every day—step by step—and choice by choice—and you are the one writing your story. If you are ready to change your wellness story, give me a call or send an email for a 30 minute complimentary consultation.

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"Busting Loose" From the Games of Weight Loss

In the past few days, I have received at least 15 articles titled: "Exercise does not help weight loss".

The truth is, THAT IS THE TRUTH... WHY??
Because you can't out exercise a bad diet guys!...

If you are exercising simply to burn excess calories, you have missed the entire point of exercise, of wellness, and your life force. Exercise is part of a healthy mindset. It is part of the realization that your body is meant to move... your heart( which is a muscle) wants you to work it, so it feels its best. Your muscles want to be toned because that is the natural state of a healthy muscle. The amount and type of exercise does not matter as much as the FACT "That you do it."

Moving your body in the way that works For you ( exercise) needs to become as natural to you as brushing your teeth. You brush your teeth to keep them in their natural healthy state. You exercise to keep your body in its' natural healthy state, you eat foods that nourish you to keep your body in its natural healthy state, you schedule regular chiropractic adjustments to keep your body in its natural healthy state, you take time to be still and breathe, meditate and or connect to God every day to keep you in your natural healthy whole state of wellness, Mind, Body and Spirit.

Can you hear me now!!??

The MIND changes......... The Body follows

Visualize what you want...
Now let's go get it!

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Mindset

You will always be exactly what you tell yourself you are. So today, make the distinction for yourself. Get crystal clear about what you want. Stop making excuses for what you do not have and start being in gratitude for what you do have. Ask yourself what do I really NEED? That one statement can be life-changing.

Is there something right where you are, right in this moment, that you do not have that is necessary to your survival? I mean are you here right now surviving? If you are reading this, then you are. So be thankful for all you have. How about that chair you are sitting on? Or the coffee you may have had this morning? There is a beautiful bird sitting in the tree by my window singing his heart out. How blessed that I can hear it. The sun is shining, and the sky is spectacular. Is your heart just a bit more full right now?

So now what do you WANT? A healthier body? More money? A better job? A loving relationship? What is your MINDSET about it? Do you believe you will get what you want? Are you willing to work for it? Is your intention so focused on it that you know that nothing will stop you from achieving your dream? Do you have thoughts of abundance or thoughts of lack? Do you see the health and wellness that you want, or are you in a dis-ease mindset?

You must learn to master your thoughts, or your thoughts will master you. Your thoughts create your feelings and your feelings create your actions. The good news is, you can change your thoughts to work in the direction of your dreams.

If negative thoughts come your way, say "thank you for sharing with me, but I choose to think a better thought" and then choose one. Clients always ask me "How often do I have to do that?" The answer? How often do you want to feel empowered? It's up to you. I do it every day. I re-clarify everyday.

Change is a process; the question is: How bad do you want it? How focused are you willing to be? When it doesn't work the first time, are you going to say "this doesn't work, I will never have_________" (fill in the blank) or are you going to say, "I have not found my success formula yet but I know it's coming.

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Valentine's Day

While "traditionally" for couples, Valentine's Day is really a day to show the ones you love how much you care. This Valentine s day, why not take the time to appreciate someone who rarely gets your attention? Someone who truly deserves a gift or a few kind words. Someone like YOU.

Valentine's Day is a wonderful day to give yourself a gift of thanks and appreciation. Why not start thinking of Valentine's Day as a time to celebrate the wonder of you? Give to yourself in the same way that you would give to a partner or a special friend?

How can you celebrate you? Maybe with a relaxing massage or a new haircut you have been thinking about. What about a journal to record all the things you are grateful for? Take some time with that new book you have wanted to read, or buy some flowers today and enjoy their soft fragrance and beauty. And to be your own Valentine, don't forget to send yourself a card. Write a thoughtful and loving note to yourself, in appreciation and acknowledgement of the "gift that you are".

Make this day a time to pay special attention to your own needs and desires and to notice how truly wonderful you are.

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Baking The Pie Of Your Life!

As some of you know, I owned a bakery for 15 years. Sometimes I can still smell the fragrance of Dutch Apple Crumb or Sugar Crusted Peach Pie filling the air! I woke up at 3:45 every morning, went into my little bakery and prepared for a wonderful day of creating delicious goodies.

CREATING...It was all in the creation of the day. I would get out the ingredients for the different pies, cakes and breads that had been ordered for the day and go to work... I love the early morning hours... It is my best time to create anything...

It always makes me smile to think how the biggest life lessons come from the most unexpected places. Baking pies was one of my best life lessons. I was the creator of the pie. I decided what I would put in my pie, as well as what I would not, what ingredients and flavors blended together to make a most delectable treat. And the fun part for me in creating my pies was realizing that if the outcome of the pie was not what I thought it would be, I just got busy and thought about "What would make it better?"

I didn't spend a lot of time in the middle of the "old filling" trying to figure out what went wrong. I just started thinking what I could "tweak" to make it better, to make it what I wanted it to be. Believe me when I tell you, a lot of experimentation went on in that bakery, but none of the pies were less perfect than another they were just different; they gave me the contrast that I needed to find the clarity of what I wanted in a pie. Are you beginning to see the lesson here? Your life is as you create it to be.

Perhaps it's time to take a look at your pie. What kind of creation are you making in the kitchen of your life? Are the relationships in your life creating a "sweet filling" or leaving too much of a tang? Does the work that you do "fill you up" or drain your life force? Are the activities in your life creating "too many different flavors" or is there a nice balance of the spices? Are you taking time for yourself and finding a flaky tender crust, or has too much "doing" created a tough texture?

Are you ready to learn the secrets of baking the pie of your life? If so, I invite you to call for a complimentary 30-minute coaching session. Having a personal coach is a wonderful way to help you balance the ingredients of your life, and your life is this moment, right now. So make a choice... AND TAKE A STEP!

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Shine A Little Light

I took a day off from work today. Before I went to sleep last night, I set my intention to do only things that inspired my growth today. Cleaning the basement window was not on my agenda, but I promised myself I would do the things that I was inspired to do.

The basement sliding glass door is in the back corner of the room, and it is the only light source there is down there. The "nudging" came to fully open the vertical blinds and clean the back part of the door. Because of a table that is in front of that part of the blinds, it is hard to see what is back there. I could not believe how much dirt was in the corner. I didn't see the dirt until the blind was opened, and the light was allowed to shine on it.

The purpose of this inspired action (other than the need to clean that corner), was for me to look at the areas of my life that I am not allowing the light to shine on. These are the areas that I am working around, instead of choosing to work on—the things I have been putting off, tolerating, procrastinating about or afraid to act on. The inspired action that I took in the basement encouraged me to make a list of all the things that I truly want for my life, to focus my vision and re-commit to moving forward toward my goals.

Perhaps it's time to ask yourself what areas of your life need a little light? You may be amazed at what you see.

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Weight Loss Your Way

I recently spoke to a group on the subject of "Weight Loss Your Way." We talked about MINDFUL eating, INTENTIONAL thinking and the WISDOM of the body.

The other day I was greeted by the most beautiful sunrise I have seen in a long time. The colors were absolutely exquisite. I went outside, sat on my front porch and was in total awe—I was so grateful for the moment and the opportunity to witness such beauty.

When the last wisp of color faded away, I came inside to work on a new class that will be coming up. As I started to put this together, I was reminded of how many sunrises and sunsets... so much of my life that I missed when "totally absorbed" with the subject of weight loss for over 30 years. I remember the day I just looked in the mirror and said, "Enough is enough; I have a life to live!"

It is the vision for your life that will propel you to the healthy body weight you desire, not the body weight that will give you a life. Decide how you want to feel, and feel it now. Just for a moment, close your eyes and ask yourself, "How will I feel at my ideal weight"? "What will be different"?

Concentrating on the FEELING will draw the action to you. Chose (yes, chose) to play NOW, love NOW, dance NOW, smile NOW, because LIFE IS NOW—not 10 or 100 pounds from now, but NOW!

Trust the process, be kind to yourself and watch the sunrise, guys.

If you would like information on creating your ideal body weight, send an email or give me a call.

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