How to Make It Better

what you do today can improve all your tomorrows

How to make what better?
Great question. And the answer is: Pretty much any aspect in life.

Your health. Your financial health. Your relationships. Your faith. Your productivity. Your environment. Your fun & recreation. Your community involvement. Your mindset.

We are wired to want to make things better.

Sometimes people give in to mediocrity. They “settle” for less than their best because they’re overwhelmed, overworked, over committed, or they’re just not sure where to begin to make things better.

But deep inside we still have that desire to improve our life and the world around us.

So where can you begin… with whatever you’d like to improve?

ABCs

Whether you want to improve your health, or finances, or whatever else… begin with the ABC’s. Actually the ABCD’s:

A: Assess your current reality. Where are you now?

B: What specific things would make it Better? Where do you want to Be in this aspect of your life?

C: What do you need to Change in order to make the desired outcome a reality? **

D: Decide to follow through, and lay out a plan to make things happen.

** There’s a great formula to follow for “C” — please reach out if you’d like the details.

If you’re looking to improve your health…

There’s an excellent health assessment form that gives you a quick and easy way to see where you’re at now in various categories, and then you can track your progress on the form as things improve. Based on your answers on the form, you’ll see some great recommendations for naturally improving your specific areas of interest.

Just let me know if you’d like to do the free health assessment. Super helpful!

As always, here for you on your journey to gain your greatest “wellness edge” — in ALL areas of life!

Deb Bruckschen

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Happy Boss’s Day to YOU!

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Hopefully you’ve had a successful and enjoyable day as you celebrated Boss’s Day! Or I hope it at least crossed your mind that you ARE the boss of several things in your life, even if you are employed by someone and have a “boss” at work.

Let’s take wellness as an example. Who’s responsible for your wellness? YOU are!

As we think about 360-degree wellness — all of the aspects that affect your health & well being — YOU are the boss, right? The CEO.

You’re the one who gets to choose what you put into your body, whether or not you exercise and what type of exercise you do, and how you navigate stressful situations in life.

You are the one who decides what type of personal and professional development you engage in.

You’re the one who chooses how you relate to other people and how that affects your relationships. You also get to decide what steps to take with your finances to help keep that area of your life healthy. You’re the one who decides how you exercise your faith on a daily basis.

It’s true that other important people in your life may have an impact on all of those things.

Bottom line, though: Recognize that YOU have the most impact on YOU, in many ways.

One of the most important things you can do in order to make improvements in ANY area of life is to recognize that YOU are responsible for your thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Never underestimate that.

You might also be the boss in a work setting, or you might be your own boss in business. That’s cool, too. I love being my own boss (i.e. having my own business) and helping others do the same.

For today, though, let’s celebrate the role every one of us has as the CEO… the boss… the top dog… in many aspects of our lives, and especially as it relates to our overall wellness.

Happy Boss’s Day to ALL of you!

Deb Bruckschen

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Guilt-Free Dark Chocolate Treats

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I really wouldn’t need to be convinced to eat some dark chocolate.

But with the great health benefits that come along with organic dark chocolate, I’m REALLY in… hook, line & sinker. 

Of course anything can be overdone when consumed in extreme amounts… even dark chocolate. (Yes, 10 servings a day wouldn’t be good!)

It’s tough for me to think of a better overall treat that is delicious, available in several forms, and doesn’t mess with the personal responsibility of taking care of my health. On the contrary, the right chocolate enhances our health.

Here are some of my favorites from the 360 Wellness Edge Store:

Favorite hot chocolate EVER (also great cold & on ice).

Oh-so-delicious-and-healthy dark chocolate squares.

A world apart from any chocolate syrup you’ve ever had… delicious chocolate + super foods beverage to drink straight up, or pour over coconut milk ice cream, to add to smoothies, to pour over fresh organic berries, etc. YUM!

Click HERE for more options (save $$ on larger quantities, etc)

Enjoy your weekend — hopefully with a serving of dark chocolate somewhere along the way. 😉

Look your best. Feel your best. LIVE your best!

Here for you in your 360-degree wellness journey in ALL areas of your life!

Deb Bruckschen

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Myth Busters: Butter & Eggs

Our daily choices in all areas of life can have a significant compounding effect over time. These two health choices are finally overcoming the myths related to them in the recent (several decades) past.

One: Choose butter instead of margarine.

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From the cover of Time Magazine from 6/23/14: “Eat Butter. Scientists labeled fat the enemy. Why they were wrong.”

It’s important to know that not all fat is created equal, and it’s the “good” fat that isn’t the enemy. The trans fats in many margarine brands (and loads of packaged products) are examples of unhealthy fats to avoid.

Butter is real food, and it has health-enhancing components. Plus it tastes better than the imposters!

Go organic if at all possible, along with “grass fed / pasture fed.”

Two: Choose eggs instead of egg replacements.

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1) Whole eggs are nutrient-packed super foods. Note that many of the nutrients are in the yolk, and the white has the protein. Nutrients include some superstars for your brain, for protecting your eye health, and for various processes in the body.

2) Many studies show eggs actually improve your cholesterol profile. Just because a food contains cholesterol doesn’t mean it will raise the bad cholesterol in your blood.

3) Eggs are a great protein source, with all of the essential amino acids in the right ratios.

4) Studies show eggs at breakfast can help you lose body fat.

5) They’re a great bang for the buck, taste great, and go well with many vegetables. Great for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner!

Go organic and free range if at all possible. And according to health experts, the best way to eat them to maximize your benefits is soft scrambled (with a little butter of course, see above), poached, or gently fried to maintain the integrity of this value-packed super food.

Enjoy, and reach out if I can be of help in your journey.

Feel your best. Look your best. LIVE your best!

Deb Bruckschen

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Upgraded & Super Easy Chocolate Mousse

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My friend Cristy Chuparkoff created this recipe, and it is WAY TOO GOOD to not share it.

This is (arguably) the world’s easiest and healthiest chocolate mousse recipe, and it’s delicious!

It’s super easy because it contains only two things.

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It’s “upgraded” because those two things deliver some goods that are important for your health.

Click HERE for some of the health benefits of coconut milk.

Click HERE for the health benefits of Beyond Hot Chocolate, with a wealth of health benefits in every serving. By the way, you can’t taste the reishi mushrooms in the chocolate mix, and they are oh-so-healthy.

Ready for the detailed instructions? 🙂  Here you go:

1 can organic full fat coconut milk

1 serving of Beyond Hot Chocolate mix

Combine the two ingredients this way:

Strain out the liquid in the can of coconut milk. (Refrigerate the liquid part & use in a smoothie.)

Put the thicker part of the coconut milk in a bowl. Add the serving of Beyond Hot Chocolate mix, and stir well.

That’s it!

You can refrigerate it first — if you can refrain from eating it on the spot. It’s great either way.

You can garnish with some fresh berries (as shown above) for a nice touch and additional health benefits.

We’ve also served a small amount of the mousse covering a much larger amount of fresh berries, and it’s delicious that way, too. We can call it Chocolate Mousse Berries.

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A little goes a LONG way to satisfy you. 

Number of servings: As mousse garnished with a few berries, plan on four delicious servings. Served as Chocolate Mousse Berries, you could serve at least eight.

Enjoy!

Deb

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“Red, White & Blue” Green Salad

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First & Most Important…

So grateful for all those who have served in the military. Thank You!

It’s great that we set aside Memorial Day in the U.S. Hopefully amidst the parades, picnics, and other gatherings, we truly appreciate the sacrifices those in our military have made and continue to make.

Don’t be shy… Thank those you know have served or are serving. They deserve it!

Put some Red, White & Blue in your green salad this Memorial Day…

I added blueberries to complete the look in this delicious arugula salad pictured above:

Click this line for the Recipe

Blessings,

Deb Bruckschen

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Spring Cleaning — the 360 Wellness Edge Way

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Spring flowers. New growth. New beginnings!

I don’t know about you, but Spring Cleaning usually doesn’t seem nearly as appealing to most people as the other things we relate to this fresh and energizing time of year. Past memories of helping with it as a kid might be totally Un-Fun!

It can, however, be a fun & rewarding process… especially when we look at simple ways to create new beginnings in various aspects of our overall wellness.

Here are some things that can help with your Spring Cleaning — the 360 Wellness Edge Way:

Emotional Wellness

How’s your mindset? It’s time to send those negative thoughts to the recycling center and replace them with positive ones. You know:  the “mind chatter” that needs to be replaced in YOUR head. Go ahead and write a positive statement that replaces it and read it several times a day until you develop a new mindset habit.

For example, if you’re typically thinking (or saying), “I’m just so bad at following through on my workout routine.” REPLACE that with something like, “I’m continuing to become more disciplined with honoring my workout time because it helps me to be more productive and vibrant in ALL areas of life.” Put it in YOUR words — something that’s meaningful to YOU. But make sure they’re positive words.

Physical Wellness

How’s your energy level? How are you doing with your overall health? With your optimum weight?

Two great ways to do some Spring Cleaning with your body are the 3-Day SueroViv Cleanse and the May “Clean From the Inside Out” Aroma Share essential oil collection, complete with personal care & food recipes.  I just ordered both of these and can’t wait to get them next week. The voice inside my head is already saying “Good-bye toxins… hello summer body!”

Click here:  To learn about the 3-Day SueroViv Cleanse.

Click here:  To order the 3-Day SueroViv Cleanse. (Log in if you already have an account. If you don’t have an account, just click the Buy Now button and follow along with the check-out process.  Or contact me if you need help.)

Want more than 3 days of internal Spring Cleaning? Ask me for details about the 14-day guided program that includes the 3-day SueroViv Cleanse and “real food” recipes that are bound to put a spring in your step.

Click here:  To learn about & order the May “Clean From the Inside Out” Aroma Share essential oil collection. Cool thing: This collection saves you an additional $25 off of wholesale.  (Log in if you already have an account. If you don’t have an account, just click the Buy Now button and follow along with the check-out process.  Or contact me if you need help.)

Your Surroundings

De-clutter. Too much stuff or not knowing where to find things can zap our energy BIG time. If you can relate to this at home or wherever, it might be well worth an hour or two of time to at least get rid of the stuff that’s been chipping away at your energy every time you see it. 

Your Calendar

Only you can decide if it’s time for Spring Cleaning with some of the things on your schedule. Are appointments or activities that once served a great purpose no longer important? Are they crowding out precious time that could be invested with important people or important actions leading you closer to your goals and dreams?

Are you spending enough time with the most important people in your life? Or is it time to clean up some time on your calendar to honor those important relationships?

Another great reminder is that our results in all areas of life are often a reflection of the five people we “hang around” the most. It’s important to be sure to schedule time with people whose influence will support you in becoming the person you desire to be.

Someone you “hang around” could actually be someone you don’t physically see, but rather an author of a book or books that you’re reading. For example, for those who read the Bible on a regular basis, you’re actually in effect “hanging around” with God.

Finances

If your finances are a mess, or even if your financial stuff has simply become a bit unorganized, it’s likely your wellness and the rest of your life is affected, too.

Sometimes a little bit of attention can go a long way in bringing things back into order. You’ll know if this is an area that requires a Spring Clean-up. Plan a small reward for yourself if this is an area where you’ve been procrastinating. Just keepin’ it fun. 🙂

Food Cabinet & Refrigerator

Are they filled with choices that support a level of health that allows you to live each day with energy & vitality? Choices that support the kinds of things you want to be doing 5, 10, 20 or more years in the future?

If not, you have permission to take 15 minutes this weekend and pitch the stuff that doesn’t support your best YOU.

Replace it with things that DO support the energy & vitality for the lifestyle you want to live now and in the future.

Enjoy the journey. Here’s to wellness in ALL areas of your life!

Deb

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Can St Patrick’s Day Help You to be Healthier?

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Whether or not you have any Irish blood in your veins, here are some ways the Irish theme can help us enhance our physical and emotional wellness. Enjoy!

Just for Fun — Get moving with some simple steps done to Irish music:

If you’re even slightly an Irish Step Dancer Wanna Be (ok… that’s me), you’ll find it fun to do this mini-workout a few times.  From the video description: “Designed for everyone who loves Irish music and wants a wee bit of exercise!”  🙂

Irish Aerobics — Eirerobics (4 minutes)

Go “Green” every day — on the inside — with this Green Super Food:

Ultimate Youth Green Super Food

Crazy great Riverdance performance

Check out 3:23 to the end if you especially love masterful precision.

Riverdance from the comfort of home, or from anywhere with the device in your hand

Mention Irish, and these amazing women come to mind:

Celtic Woman — You Raise Me Up

For tonight, when you’re ready to drift off to a great night of sleep:

In Dreams — 3 minutes

Lorie Line is one of my fave pianists. In Dreams has a hint of Irish, and an abundance of beauty so typical with her musical creations. Hope it relaxes you.

And don’t forget GreenFed Beyond Organic Dairy:

Go GreenFed with Amasai, SueroViv, and Raw Cheese — Beyond Organic greatness

As always, please let me know if I can be of help.

With an Irish blessing,

Deb

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Sweetest Day Weekend = Chocolate!

Not sure about you, but I don’t really need an excuse to eat some delicious dark chocolate.

That said, it’s Sweetest Day today — or Sweetest Day Weekend as some like to say — and that definitely calls for some chocolate!

A few days ago I saw a recipe for a Chocolate Bread that looked like a match for our 360 Wellness Edge recipe criteria:

  • Quick prep
  • Easy
  • Great taste
  • Healthy ingredients (especially if you choose organic whenever you can, to minimize toxins in your body)

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I used the Beyond Hot Chocolate packets featured in the recipe, however you could substitute something else if you prefer. One of the things I love about this hot chocolate powder is the bonus ingredient that helps support the immune system & cardiovascular health.  Any help for the immune system these days is a great thing.  And when it’s delicious like this stuff… Are you kidding me?!? Can’t pass this one up!

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As usual, I tweaked a few things in the recipe: (Can anyone else relate?)

  • Included the cinnamon and the vanilla — about 3/4 teaspoon of each.
  • Melted the butter in a small pan on low heat before adding to the rest of the ingredients.
  • Used Organic Coconut Palm Sugar instead of the caster sugar. Full disclosure: I didn’t have any caster sugar & had to Google it to see what it was. (Anyone else willing to admit that, too?) 🙂
  • Instead of milk, I used coconut milk creamer.
  • Oh — and I also added some mini chocolate chips on the top of the batter as you can see here:

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The recipe didn’t describe how to combine the ingredients, and it worked out fine to simply put all ingredients (except the mini chips) into a medium size mixing bowl and stir them up until the batter looked smooth.

After 45 minutes, it still looked more like batter or a thick soup than anything else, so it hung out in the oven for another 15 minutes before I took it out. While the baking time is a bit longer than what you may see in some recipes, some people love the idea of baking with less heat because it can help retain more nutrient value in the ingredients.

I actually made the Chocolate Bread last night and kept it in the refrigerator (covered). It definitely wasn’t over done, so it had a rich, velvety texture — especially in the center — and was almost like fudge in a way.

Perfect for a Sweetest Day snack earlier today!

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Enjoy it any time this weekend, or ANY TIME you’re hearing the Call of the Chocolate. 😉

Please let us know what you think in the Comments section if you make this recipe now or in the future!

And as always, please reach out if I can be of help in your quest to Feel Great, Look Great, & LIVE Great!

Deb