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Toss your To-Do List and Create a Top Two List

August 8, 2016
Toss Your To-Do List And Create A Top Two List

The dreaded to-do list. Whether you write it out, add it to your notes app, create colored post its, or have it displayed on your kitchen fridge, one thing remains the same, it never gets done on time, and it leaves you feeling defeated.

It’s the never ending life goals queue; a written reminder of just how much you didn’t get done in 24 hours.

At the end of a long day, you are left feeling shitty, and you are not alone. Here are the lingering thoughts, “my day was unproductive”, “I didn’t get anything done today”, “I’m so behind”, “I’m not doing enough.” Desperation, hopelessness and exhaustion seep in, and you start the next day carrying the residual guilt from the day before. Your to-do list just got longer.

This is no way to live your life.

Let me help you actually be productive by encouraging you to TOSS your TO DO list and create a TOP TWO LIST! 

I can already feel the anxiety beaming through the page. No! I need my to-do list! Who can remember all of the things I need to get done! Here’s the good news, I promise you you won’t forget to purchase groceries, and apart from having a recipe you want to try that requires specific ingredients, I assure you that whatever you have forgotten to purchase won’t leave you starving. 

The goal here is not to ever write down reminders, it’s to stop laundry listing every single thing you feel needs to be done in one day and ONLY focus on the TWO MOST important things. When you shift your focus on the top two, miraculous things occur. You stop procrastinating what is truly important by occupying yourself with fluffy errands like grabbing a banana holder from Bed Bath. You also start the day with a laser focus on TWO things, and when those two things are completed, you are left feeling like you’ve accomplished something and with time to spare, freeing up time to get to the less essential errands.

We all feel a need to keep busy, stay busy, and do do do. As a good friend once asked me, “Marianela, what if there is nothing you have to do?” At first I had an explosive reaction, a conditioned one, of “WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?” Days, weeks, months went by, and the question stayed with me. After feeling burned out, exhausted, and completely defeated, I started to ask myself and others that same question. When I started to focus on only TWO things, it really helped me bring clarity to what’s truly important in my life.

What are your priorities? What are you life goals? I encourage you to write those out and then create your top two list with those answers in mind. If you are ready to hear this, here goes…the to-do list is a cunning way to avoid what you truly want to be doing with your life. It’s keeping your mind preoccupied with the trivial many, not the vital few, as Greg McKeown so masterfully stated in his book, Essentialism.

Celebrate your small wins, and start your day feeling good, and end your nights feeling even better.

A small sense of accomplishment goes a long way! These wins will boost your mood, fueling you with more drive and motivation to tackle tomorrow’s top two. This shift will catapult you into a more productive YOU!

 

Mind Detox

Good Mood = Good Food

May 9, 2016
Good Mood Good Food - The Fuddhist

As seen on Huffington Post

Nope. That never happens. No one’s running to steam broccoli at 2am after a terrible breakup. Although it’s true that you are what you eat, modern science has now proven that you’re also what you think and feel. These two philosophies are the backbone of my very own philosophy, Fuddhism!

What you eat, and how you think and feel, immensely influence your overall health and happiness.

Look, we’ve all been there…polishing off that pint of quadruple chocolate chip ice cream (that exists, right?) after a breakup, or housing a plate of nachos after your favorite Stark gets killed (Google Game of Thrones…please). Crappy moods lead to mindless eating, which lead to poor food choices, which undoubtedly lead to poor health. It’s a vicious cycle and it’s important to know that, your emotional state has a serious effect on your diet.

Want more proof? We can see it on the flip side after that hurts-so-good workout when endorphins are flying and you are feeling great! Your ‘runner’s high’ has cranked on those feel good chemicals, and in this euphoric state you don’t feel the need to bury your face in a bag of cookies. But after a fight with a loved one or a stressful experience at work, you are less likely to want to try out that new bok choy recipe, and more likely to reach for that candy bar.

When you’re irritable and emotional, there are both physical and psychological changes that are pulling you towards the ‘bad foods’ dark side. (Tip: Drink a full glass of water with squeezed lemon the second you feel the dark force). Physiologically, your body is releasing a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol increases your appetite for all things fat and sugary. Psychologically, when you’re in a bad mood, you’re not worried about the long term consequences of inhaling an entire pizza. You say, screw it! And then what? The pizza you just inhaled to make yourself feel better in the interim, now makes you feel worse long after the deed has been done. And the vicious cycle continues.

What’s the key to breaking the bad mood-crap food cycle?? You first need to change your tune and check your ‘tude! Keeping those cortisol levels in check with a healthy attitude is paramount. Don’t let your emotions run you, remember, you are always in control. Because your emotional state has a direct effect on your cortisol levels, it’s vital that you find ways to eliminate stress and shift your focus on being happy and grateful. I bench my cortisol levels and keep my “feel good” chemicals center court by:

  • getting plenty of sleep
  • spending time outdoors (hello sunshine!)
  • staying active 
  • laughing a lot
  • listening to music
  • spending time with those I love
  • and finding the silver lining in all my shortcomings

I believe adhering to strict diets and prohibiting yourself from ever indulging, is what can lead to a seriously gluttonous evening, followed by that shameful morning after guilt trip. When we allow ourselves, in moderation, to indulge in the things we love, we don’t need to sound any alarms when we do fall into a Debbie Downer state. I always allow myself to eat what I enjoy…in moderation of course.

 

Ups and downs will come, but if we can be more mindful, we don’t have to let the blues lead to health issues. Our mood will affect every decision we make, so remember to always check your mood before reaching for your fuel of choice.

A good mood = good food!
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El Bosque Energético (The Energetic Forest)

February 19, 2016
MIND DETOX El Bosque Energético (The Energetic Forest)

 

Many have stood in this energetic forest, as its called in Miramar, Argentina. I was perplexed by the magnetism and quantum energy that exists here. I tested the magnetism myself as I took a small branch, planted it in the ground, laid another on top of it horizontally and watched it float and spin as if the wood contained a strong a magnet inside of it. When you touch the trees you soak in an incredible amount of energy. One thing that really struck me was how many locals visit the forest to simply lay their bodies against the trees for healing purposes. This my Fuddhies is grounding at its finest. Einstein himself walked these woods in search of answers. To be honest, if Einstein couldn’t solve the mystery, I didn’t think I would come home with many answers. Ironically that was the most magical thing about my visit here. Some things can’t be proved, they can only be experienced.

For me it was far more than an energetic forest, it was an enchanted one.

 

The-Fuddhist-Energetic-Forest

 

Mind Detox

Buh Bye Expectations. Hello Acceptance.

January 27, 2016
buh bye expectations hello acceptance

We expect so much from others. All the time. Yes, you do. We all do. Constantly, always, even when we think we aren’t. We expect our partners to behave a certain way, our co-workers to act a certain way, our parents to be a certain way, our kids to behave, our teachers and our boss to act a certain way, our family to….(fill in the blank). The list of expectations is endless and in return we get frustrated, angry, upset, annoyed, and disappointed when they don’t.

Kindly show all of these expectations the door, because they do not serve you. Have you ever tried not expecting a thing, ever, from anyone? Try it out for size. By letting go of these expectations you free yourself from disappointment and gift yourself with the abundant power that you’ve had all along. Take that wagging finger turn it around and point it towards yourself. There you go. That’s the only person you control and controls you. Do not mistake this for speaking your truth. You can let someone know how something they are doing or saying is affecting you without expecting anything.

Do not let outer circumstances, others behaviors, or anything that lives outside of you mandate how you feel inside. You can’t change or control others, you aren’t responsible for their happiness and they aren’t responsible for yours. The few who understand this indulge in the endless euphoric feeling which I like to refer to as freedom. The brave new world of accepting will get you there, and you will be happier because of it.

Those who know me know that I care about what people put into their bodies, but I also care about what thoughts they hold in their mind. If people understood how powerful their thoughts really were, they could start to turn this franchise called “their life” around! You are only as good, as healthy, as smart, as successful, as beautiful, and as powerful, as you THINK you are. If you spend zero amount on time on creating a better mental state, growth of any kind will be difficult. I am constantly working on achieving a better understanding as to why I think and behave the way I do, and I strongly encourage you to do the same.

This is what we call, awareness.