July 27, 2004 Volume 1 No. 13 activeimage.ca

Choose to Live Powerfully!!!

Whether it's making wise food choices, choosing your outlook on life or choosing to laugh, life is all about choice! Choose to see every situation you encounter today as an opportunity to cultivate this empowering skill. The more you work that muscle, the stronger it will become.

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Week!!

Cathy Morenzie

Walk With A Purpose!

"Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself."

~ Robert Collier

What do you believe about yourself? Do you think that you're capable of doing anything you set your mind to do? What are your fears? What are the things that constantly hold you back from being and giving your best? These are some of the questions you must be willing to ask if you are ever to be an active participant in your life. We spend too much time blaming other people and circumstances for the positions we now hold in life, refusing to accept the fact that we are where we are because of the choices we've made.

I want you to start acknowledging the truth – about yourself, your role in life and the goals you hold for your future. Eliminate the notion that the world is designed to keep you down and accept that you always have the opportunity to change your situation. You do not have to live life by default; you were not designed to live like that. God in his infinite wisdom created you with a purpose and a destiny in mind, it is up to you to live like you know that fact and make the most out of everyday. Remember that the race has never been given to a quitter so stand firm and in everything you do be determined not to leave this earth with any unfinished tasks.

~ Nadia C. Thomas


The Active Image Approach to Healthy Snacking

A healthy balanced diet comes about by making good food choices at each meal. So, which is a healthier option a low-fat rice cake or a granola bar? We sometimes think we are making healthy options only to realize that it may not be what is right for us. Making wise food choice is sometimes difficult because we're not sure what good choices are

At Active Image we equip you with the information you need to make wise choices.

Here are some tips to choose healthy snacks.

  • Choose snacks with a high vitamin and mineral content- rice cakes may be low fat but provide very few nutrients
  • Read the labels- low fat does not always mean good for you- be sure to check the sugar and sodium content
  • Ask your body what it needs at the time -- let it be your guide
  • Include a mix of carbohydrates, protein and fat to give you that full feeling
  • Remember, there are no good or bad foods only foods that are right or wrong for your needs
  • Drink water to ensure that you are really in need of a snack -- it may be thirst
  • Eat every few hours to maintain blood sugar levels – that amounts to 5-6 meals per day
  • Keep it simple -- if the label contains a bunch of names that you can't pronounce then it's probably not the best choice
  • Keep your consumption of simple carbohydrates to a minimum
  • Fats are not the enemy- just remember that moderation is the key

For more Active Image tips see the "for the body" section at www.activeimage.ca

With this information there are many options for you to choose from. Here are a few of our suggestions:

Fruit smoothie (your choice of milk with ½ cup of your favorite berries)
½ mango with a tsp. of sesame seeds or 4 raw cashews
6 multigrain crackers with low fat cheese
½ whole wheat pita bread with ¼ cup hummus
1 cup fruit salad sprinkled with sunflower seeds
½ cup yoghurt with a tablespoon of granola
½ whole wheat English muffin with tomato sauce and 1 oz grated cheese ( melted)
½ cup cottage cheese with a handful of blueberries
½ cup trail mix
Hard-boiled egg with 1 slice of whole-grain toast
¼ avocado on 1 slice whole grain toast
¼ cup guacamole with 6 baked tortilla chips

With a little planning, snacking can be fun and healthy !!!!

For more information on this topic visit our website at www.activeimage.ca and read the Eat Live and Exercise Right for your Type article in the "For the Mind" section.


Laugh, for your Health's sake

"A clown is like an aspirin, only he works twice as fast." (Groucho Marx)

Take a minute today and thank that person that you can rely on to send you those great email jokes (Thanks, Sheila!), they can actually be improving your quality and quantity of life! Laughter is very powerful medicine. Even in the most difficult of times, a laugh, or even simply a smile, can go a long way in helping you feel better. Studies have proved that laughter can provide numerous health benefits such as:

  • reduce stress
  • lower blood pressure
  • elevate mood
  • boost immune system
  • improve brain functioning
  • connect you to others
  • foster instant relaxation

So instead of taking a coffee break today try taking a laugh break!!!!!!

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