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True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.

on Sep 16, 2019 in General Wellness, Inspiration, Mindfulness

What humility does, is create a sort of receptacle of acceptance, so we are open to being filled with the knowledge and opinions of others. Humility is a kind of hunger for more abundance. The greater our humility, the greater our fascination with the world around us, and the more we learn.While some people seem to be more naturally humble, the reality is humility is a learned skill and one that can be strengthened. Humility is often confused with meekness or timidity, but they’re not the same. Humility comes from the Latin humilis, meaning grounded. Humble people are confident, self-assured; they take their roles and responsibilities seriously. Humble people have a quiet confidence about themselves. They are comfortable with who they are, and this frees them to recognize and value the strengths in those that surround them. They do not feel threatened by others achievements, instead they experience joy in recognizing others. They make great leaders, they attract people to themselves and lead by inspiring. Strengths of genuinely humble people… Admit mistakes Respectful of all people regardless of position or what they can offer. Focus on others strengths and take joy in recognizing the contributions of other. Be-self aware. Self-reflect, and seek input from others on “how I am doing?” “It takes humility to ask the question and even more humility to consider the answer. Understand personal limitation. Be secure enough to recognize weaknesses and to seek the input and talents of...

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Illness, Hormones, Steroids Made it Hard to Lose, But Linda Conquered It All!

Illness, Hormones, Steroids Made it Hard to Lose, But Linda Conquered It All!

on Aug 1, 2019 in Inspiration, Patient Testimonials, Weight Loss

Linda’s struggles with weight began when she was just 16 years old. Hormonal imbalances made it easy to gain and difficult to lose. Later in her adult life she continued to gain weight with each of her three pregnancies. As the number on the scale climbed so did the many health challenges that she faced. Her daily routine included many medications. At one-point, Linda experienced a medical complication that damaged her liver and was prescribed steroids. These medications made weight maintenance even harder. After years of suffering she met Dr. Patton, a gastroenterologist at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Patton didn’t just recommend a visit to the Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center, she insisted that Linda pay them a visit. Strongly motivated, Linda didn’t even care as much about the weight loss as she did about a life free from the many medications she was prescribed. She just wanted to feel better. Linda chose to participate in a medically supervised full liquid fast to help her lose weight. It was comforting to her that a whole medical team was following her progress and that she had regular lab-work as she lost weight.  Linda describes her experience in the program as a “Life changing experience.” She learned about healthy food choices that help her maintain her weight loss and health. She describes the way she feels now as, “healthier than ever” and “such a relief” to be free from so many medications and health...

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“If You’re Disciplined and work at it, you can do it!”

“If You’re Disciplined and work at it, you can do it!”

on Jun 27, 2019 in Fitness, General Wellness, Inspiration, Patient Testimonials, Weight Loss

Like so many of us, Jim’s weight crept up over the years. His first serious attempt at weight loss was in a Fasting Program at the Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center. He lost the excess weight quickly but went back to old habits and re-gained. Feeling frustrated, he decided fasting wasn’t for him, so he joined a Healthy Balance full-food program. It was in this program he started building a practice of eating healthy foods. His counselor Kay started every class with exercise and 10 minutes of meditation; and it was Kay’s introduction to the benefits of meditation that Jim credits with his continued meditation practice. Since his class with Kay, he has logged in over 1349 days straight of meditation on his mobile app called Calm. As long as Jim was participating in a Healthy Balance class he did well, but over time the demands of his work life took over and the long hours made it impossible for him to attend class. A busy teacher, baseball, and football coach meant 12 to 14-hour days and a lot of stress. He let go of his Healthy Balance program and the healthy habits and started to rely on the convenience of processed meals and fast food. His blood sugars crept up as did his cholesterol and blood pressure. One summer, Jim’s work load increased significantly as he was assigned a major project designing a county-wide High School field trip for the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument. His thoughts we’re “I’ll get back to eating right, exercising, and stress management when this project is done.” Sadly, just as Jim was completing the project he suffered a major stroke at the age of 61. Jim was forced into retirement before he was ready and the sudden loss of work, being home, and the demands physically of recovering from a stroke left Jim feeling depressed and anxious. His weight crept up, he couldn’t exercise, his health issues worsened. Jim decided to get back into another Healthy Balance program. He had to wait a month to get into a group, but he was so motivated he started on his own practicing the many things he had learned from Kay. In this new...

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Lost Over 100 lbs., Size 24 to 6, Esther Shares Her Story of a Plant-Based Diet

on May 14, 2019 in General Wellness, Inspiration, Nutrition, Patient Testimonials, Weight Loss

May 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center Come listen to Esther Loveridge’s inspiring story of losing over 100 pounds in less than 2 years on a whole food, plant-based diet. In pain and diagnosed with bone on bone in her knees, Esther was overwhelmed when her physician said she had to lose 70 pounds to have knee surgery. She wasn’t sure she could accomplish it, but then a friend gave her a book on a whole food, plant-based diet that changed her life. Come hear how Esther lost the weight, went from size 24 to a size 6, avoided knee surgery and healed her thyroid eating so many of the foods, that we are often told will cause weight gain. Click here to Register for...

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REPAVING Old Thought Patterns

on Sep 24, 2018 in General Wellness, Inspiration, Mindfulness

We all have road “maps” of thought that our brains are tied to. These pathways have been formed from past events and experiences, and have been paved into place through repetition. Often times these old ways of thought can get in the way of progressing to better ways of thinking that propel us moving forward. The good news is nearly all roads eventually breakdown and have the opportunity to be repaved. Do you have any thought patterns that need repaving? One way to work on this is through a concept called … STOP–CHALLENGE–CHOOSE. Here’s how it works: STOP When you are faced with a challenging situation, rather than immediately reacting through your old pattern of thought and behavior, take a second to pause and take three deep breaths. This opens up the door to steps two and three. CHALLENGE Acknowledge the old pattern of thought or behavior that you were initially about to act on and challenge it with an alternative solution. CHOOSE Make a conscientious effort to pursue this new...

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