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Stop Judging. Stop Being Critical.

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Do you judge your friends? When was the last time you had a critical thought?

It doesn’t matter how young or old we are, what we do for a living or where we come from in the world, the color of our skin; our political views or religious beliefs and the language we speak – we all understand the language of love.

We all want to feel love, and when we learn to love ourselves, we can fulfill all our dreams and desires. Nothing holds us back because we trust and love ourselves unconditionally.

Some of you know, I do Hip-Hop/Zumba classes three times a week. On Saturday we have a male instructor called Mario who is from Italy. His class is full to the brim with people from all over the world. Mario sings the words of the songs to us…”You’ve got to love that body, look at that body, love that body.” He dances around the room giving us the love sign with his hands and singing, “I love you, I love you, I love you, over and over again. The energy in the room is electric – people are uplifted, smiling and laughing, some are embarrassed and blushing. It’s all good. He uplifts our spirits, and people feel loved for an hour. I think I know why his class is jammed packed every Saturday!

 The power of love

Whether you are healing from an illness or emotional wounds from the past; want to find that perfect relationship or release your negative thoughts around friends and people who have hurt or abused you, you’ve got to start with YOU first. Learn how to love yourself. I know your life will get better and better the deeper you fall in love with you.

 How do we learn to fall in love with ourselves?

There are 12 steps that taught me how to love myself and they changed my life forever. I will share these 12 steps with you in tomorrow’s post. Take your time implementing these steps into your life. This is not a sprint – it’s a marathon. It took me many years to get it!!

When we start to love ourselves more each day, magic appears in our lives. We feel better. We act better. We are treated better! Our relationships improve. We attract more love and healing into our lives, and we can dissolve negative energy immediately.

Here are 12 steps to take to love yourself:

1. Stop criticizing and judging

Refuse to judge or criticize yourself and others; when you catch yourself being critical change your thinking to loving thoughts. Find an affirmation you love and say it as soon as you hear the criticism in your head. Try this one…” I love and approve of myself and everything I do.”

2. Forgive yourself

Release the past right now and stop judging yourself. Make sure you understand deep down inside that you did your best at the time with the awareness you had. Forgive yourself. You are changing now, and your life will be different. Download my free meditation here and start forgiving yourself and other people who have hurt you this weekend.

3. Stop the scary dark thoughts

Your critical negative thoughts create your future so stop scaring yourself with your thoughts. Think of a beautiful scene in nature or something that brings you peace and changes your thinking.

4. Be kind to yourself

Be patient and accept that this process will take some time and that there is no rush. Say beautiful things about yourself just like you would say to someone you love dearly. Be kind and loving to yourself.

5. Stop the self-hatred

Don’t beat yourself up when the bad thoughts arrive. Be kind to your mind and gently clear the thoughts away. The more you do this the better. Beating yourself up is the worst thing ever. Stop it and switch gears to loving yourself.

6. Reward Yourself

Buy yourself something that makes you feel worthy and loved. It doesn’t have to be an expensive item – treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate (sugar free!) Make a date with yourself and do something you love to do. Take in a show. Go to the ballet or watch back to back fun movies. Go to an energy healer or Reiki session. Take up a new hobby. Make this a ritual that you do often, just because.

7. Recognize every milestone

Tell yourself how well you are doing at every chance you get. Become your best friend or your own life coach. Praise yourself at every milestone. Send yourself a beautiful text with kind words of praise or just type “I love you”! It may feel weird but it’s super cool! Try it!

8. Ask for support

Find ways to reach out to loving friends who know you well and want to help you. When we ask for help, it shows strength, never weakness.

9. Check in with your negative thoughts

Acknowledge your critical and negative thoughts and understand that you have created them and now you have no need for them. Lovingly let them go. See your negative thoughts drifting away or going up-up and away in a big hot air balloon. Bye Bye critical thoughts!

10. Take care of YOU because you are special

Learn how to eat right for your body. Get educated on how to meditate and become mindful. Choose an exercise routine that you love otherwise you won’t keep it up. Cherish your beautiful body. It’s the only one you have so don’t feed it garbage. Download my Personalized Nutrition Guide

11. Say to yourself – I love you – I love you – I love you

Say it multiple times a day. Begin right now. “I love you _____.” Say it to yourself as you drive to work, sit on the train or while having your morning tea or coffee. Make it a mantra. I say it to myself the moment I wake up. “I love you, Prue.”

12. Find joy and happiness in your life

Express love and happiness everywhere you go. Find fun things to do that make you laugh and bring you joy. Get to know the real you. When you do, I know you will fall madly in love with you.

Remember this is not a sprint it is a marathon so take all the time you need to start changing your life. Chunk it down and work out a strategy of what you will do first. Make it fun. There will be times when you will be laughing out loud at some of the things you are doing. It’s your little secret and it’s all OK.

Sit back and watch the changes unfold – the magical moments are on their way.

Prue’s quote of the day: Don’t judge your day on the old stories of the past. Set yourself free lovely you.”

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Was It Grief, Anger OR Rage?

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Grief? Anger? Rage?

We have a major storm bringing heavy snow and hurricane-like winds and blizzard conditions to Boston right now. New Englanders call these storms Nor’easters. The weather report tells us to expect between 12 – 16 inches of snow! All the schools and most businesses are closed today. How appreciative am I to be warm and toasty inside drinking my cup of tea and watching the birds who are covered in snow as they eat one seed at a time from the bird feeder.

Life! We must roll with the punches from sunny tropical days to blizzard snowy conditions. Life is all about staying neutral and going with the flow. “No Flow – No Go.”

Do you judge yourself?

I have spent most of my life judging myself and my experiences. As I have become more mindful of my emotions, I have spent time and energy judging those, too. I have spent a ton of energy judging and labeling the experience or emotion more than I did living through it.

I have run away from grief and ridiculed myself repeatedly for experiencing anger and rage. I have put labels on my fear and guilt and buried these emotions deep down inside. This is what causes disease, (dis-ease) my friends.

What I have discovered is the power of staying neutral. I now become mindful of the situation, and I look at it as a life lesson I must learn.

I am free to have the experience (good or bad) and accept the life lesson as part of my spiritual growth. Staying neutral brings me peace and empowers me to learn the life lesson far quicker so I can check mark that situation off my list and move on with grace.

Let yourself have and feel the experiences of your life because you have created them. We choose our life experiences. Let the energy of the experience pass through you without judgment. Learn to let others have their emotions and life lessons, too.

Prue’s quote of the day: “Discover the power of neutral and become mindful of the experience. It is a sacred time that will help you grow and heal.”

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Prue’s Place Daily – live better with cancer

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Hello everyone and welcome to Prue’s Place Daily.

How exciting is this.

I’m awake earlier than usual as promised to welcome you all to our very first Prue’s Place Daily. As I sip my tea with a touch of local honey (good for seasonal allergies) enjoying the cool breeze coming through the window, I can’t help feeling blessed to live in this amazing part of the world. It’s officially Fall (Autumn) here in New England and the leaves are slowly starting to change. A few red maple leaves are shining brightly among the green leaves. It’s a magnificent site.
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Loneliness is a silent killer.

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Loneliness is a silent killer

Did you know that one in five people suffer from loneliness and isolation? Recent research shows that these feelings can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, depression and many other illnesses.

Your emotional health matters.

Emotions matter more than you realize. You go to your Oncologist because they are experts in cancer drugs – the physical part of cancer. Oncologists did not study nutrition, emotional health and the mind-body connection in medical school. So, you must become educated on how to heal your whole health – your whole life. I requires surrounding yourself with the right healing team.
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Cancer Truths: “We’ve got it all.”

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Cancer Truths: “We’ve got it all.” Have you or a loved one been told by a doctor, “we’ve got it all?” Before you start reading any further, I need to warn you my lovely peeps that today I’m going on a rant because I’m sad and I’m pissed off with the lies my peeps are hearing from their doctors. I am about to tell you some home truths about cancer and share a beautiful story of a twin sister’s unconditional love. I hope this story will encourage you to dig…

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You Can Totally Trust What Food Advertisements are Telling You – April Fools!!

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You Can Totally Trust What Food Advertisements are Telling You – April Fools!!

In honor of April Fools’ Day, I wanted to talk about something that is a complete joke. Only it’s not in the least bit funny. And that is that we are constantly being lied to by marketers who trick us into believing numerous popular name brand foods are a healthy choice, when in actuality they are loaded with things that are causing dis-eases.
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The Bitter Truth About Chocolate

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Chocolate Bar

The Bitter Truth about Chocolate:

It’s almost Easter which means soon little chocolate bunnies will be hopping off shelves and hopping into watering mouths all across the country.

I will admit, although I’m a bit too old to believe in the Easter Bunny, I am not immune to the delightful satisfaction of biting off a chocolatey rabbit ear every now and then. And when I’ve bitten off more than I SHOULD chew, I tell myself it’s okay to indulge because chocolate is good for my health. Right?

Well… yes and no.

Here’s a brief overview of how chocolate is manufactured into its various forms:

Seeds from the cocoa tree are fermented and roasted before extracting them from the outer pod. This substance is then ground and heated to produce a chocolate liquid which is extremely bitter. This bitterness comes from the present polyphenols.

This is essentially the stuff made into unsweetened baker’s chocolate, although the actual polyphenols is only about 5% of the total mass – the rest being cocoa butter. The original purified chocolate liquid has polyphenols which are close to 20 times more bitter than the taste of unsweetened baker’s chocolate.

Why is all this talk of bitterness and polyphenols important? Because it’s the polyphenols that give chocolate its health benefits. Research shows that eating enough of these chocolate polyphenols can significantly reduce blood pressure. But how much does a person have to eat to get these benefits?

Studies show that eating roughly 500 mg of polyphenols per day over a 2 week period (the amount typically found in a 100-gram bar of unsweetened baker’s chocolate) will do the trick. There is also scientific evidence that these polyphenols have some anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Now, before you jump for joy and rush out to buy 10 bags of Almond Joy, remember that I said BAKER’s CHOCOLATE. That’s the unsweetened stuff. Normally unsweetened chocolate goes through a sweetening process where sugar is added to make it palatable for people. This sweetening gives us the dark chocolate most people are familiar with.

But this process not only dilutes the beneficial polyphenols, it also adds calories and increases insulin levels. When more sugar and milk are added to the original bitter liquid, milk chocolate is created. It’s delicious but fattening with absolutely no health benefits.

So, if you want the health benefits of eating chocolate, you’d better reach for the unsweetened baker’s chocolate instead of a giant milk chocolate bunny. Sorry Easter Bunny. Seeing as I doubt many people will be stuffing their faces with bitter baker’s chocolate, I suggest you follow Dr. Barry Sears’ recommendation of eating an anti-inflammatory diet and consuming 2.5 grams of EPA and DHA every day. This will reduce cellular inflammation and the consequences of it such as high blood pressure.