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Forgiveness Heals Our Soul

girl drawing forgiveness posterBy Dr. Howard Peiper - Path to a Better Life -

At some point in every abuse survivor’s healing journey, he or she must face the question of forgiveness. Are there some abuses too atrocious to forgive? Is it possible, or even healthy, to forgive someone who has never asked to be forgiven, someone who has never acknowledged any wrongdoing, and someone who continues to practice the same abusive behaviors?

     Many survivors recovering from abuse, including physical, emotional, and sexual abuse as well as neglect, rejection, and abandonment, often wrestle with the conflicting senses of a longing to forgive versus not feeling forgiving. Many times, survivors feel a responsibility or a social pressure to forgive even when they have not healed sufficiently for that step to have an emotionally healthy outcome. All too often, well-intentioned friends and relatives ask individuals to forgive and forget. Survivors of family abuse often succumb to this pressure and embark on a path of superficial forgiveness that does not honor the depth of the injury or enable authentic healing and forgiveness.

Study: Best Diet for Weight Loss

pants to big due to weight lossEating More Protein and Less Refined Starch Is Critical for Effective Dieting, Major Study Shows.  

A large-scale study  called "Diogenes"  has investigated the optimum dietary composition for  preventing and treating obesity. 

The results were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine by researchers at the Faculty of Life  Sciences (LIFE), University of Copenhagen.

If you want to lose weight, you should maintain a diet that is high in proteins with more lean meat, low-fat dairy products and beans and fewer refined starch calories such as white bread and white rice. With this type of diet, most people can also eat until they are full without counting calories and without gaining weight. Interestingly, this study also concludes that the official dietary recommendations are not sufficient for preventing obesity.

Body Spring Cleaning

detox vegetables

By Lisa Metzgar PhD. - Nutrition Tidbits - 
It is the time of year that I like to do a little spring cleaning.  Not only do I clean out the garage, I also like to do a little spring cleaning in my body.
Over the course of time, we all tend to build up toxins in our body.  Toxins can come from the environment, chemicals, food, and water.  We have several organs in our body that help to clear toxins but they can get a little clogged up over time.

Do Our Minds Need a Spring Cleaning?

woman in rainBy Dr. Howard Peiper -


Spring is in the air and many of us take time out to spring clean our homes, garages, etc to get rid of all the clutter and dirt we have accumulated over the past seasons. But as we go about doing this, have we considered giving our minds a spring clean too, to get rid of any emotional clutter and junk we may have accumulated?


We would be amazed at the kind of “baggage” we pick up over the seasons of our lives. These include esteem and confidence issues, lost identities, unresolved issues (past or present), poor personal boundaries and standards, negative emotions (fear, shame, blame, hatred, anger, resentment, etc.), unmet needs, inner conflicts and much more. And when we factor in the fact that many of us become emotionally battered and bruised through our challenging and/or painful life experiences, it is easy to see how we can end up amassing excessive weight of the emotional kind – consciously or not.

3 Quick Ways to Improve Your Mood in Winter

exercise womenBy Liz Madley

Surely everyone gets the winter blues at some point? Especially at this time of year, towards the end of the winter, when spring and summer are just around the corner, but the dark, dull days have worn on to a point where energy is flagging. Will spring ever come?

Well yes – of course summer is on the way- but here are some tips to banish those winter blues and get through the tail end of the cold season.

1.     Exercise

You have probably heard this many times, but it does hold true.  Getting some of your preferred method of exercise is the fastest way to boost your mood. My chosen weapon against winter blues is ashtanga yoga - the combination of increased heart rate and stretching releases endorphins for feel-good chemicals and stress relief.