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Author: Deanna Wilcox

Thriving with Deanna / Articles posted by Deanna Wilcox (Page 6)

Choose Love.

My boys are 8 and 10 years old now. I don’t really remember now at what age it was that they first really started arguing. If you’re a parent, have siblings, or have ever cared for children you know that they will come to you often hoping you’ll intervene in their quarrels. I like to empower my children to work it out on their own as much as possible. When you have 2 children, as close in age as mine, who are also homeschooled and together A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT, they have lots of opportunities to practice their skills of working their troubles out! The FREQUENT requests for help in this area as both mom and teacher can get quite tiresome to be...

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Go Beyond Food.

I believe I’ve said it here before… I’m a firm believer in Hippocrates’ adage, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I also believe what Ann Wigmore had to say, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” That being said, we live in a modern society where we are subjecting ourselves and our foods to incredible amounts of “unnatural” matter (pesticides, chemicals, heavy metals, etc.). I do believe that as careful consumers (both in terms of how we buy and eat) food can still be an incredible tool for healing!!! It certainly has been for me and my clients! I feel, however, that we sometimes get so caught up...

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An “Am I Hungry?” Hack.

One of my first posts was titled, “Make a List.”  I could have alternatively named it, “What are you Really Hungry for?”  Honestly, it was my homeschool mom who got in my head on that one…."Don’t end sentences with a preposition.”  “For what are you really hungry?” Nope! Sorry, that just doesn’t cut it! It’s just too formal sounding. Haha!   Okay, getting back to the point here… Let’s talk a little more about hunger.   Our body can signal in many different ways that it is time to provide it with some fuel. A lot of times when we think of hunger, we think simply about an empty or grumbly sensation in our belly. Some other signs our body may offer indicating a need for fuel include: a...

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My Story – Part 2

If you haven't read Part 1 of My Story, you'll want to go check out that post first. If you already read part 1, you may remember we left off in 2012 where I was trying to balance more in life than body could handle...

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What you may not know about olive oil.

Olive oil has an extremely long history of use, particularly in the Mediterranean where olive trees are plentiful. Olive oil is abundant in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which are generally touted as healthy for the cardiovascular and immune systems. A few other sources of healthy MUFAs include macadamia nuts, avocado, and olives themselves. Extra virgin olive oil (referred to as EVOO from here forward) is also a great source of phenols (plant compounds that can be beneficial to our health, such as antioxidants), other phytonutrients, and the difficult-to-obtain vitamin E. As you likely know, EVOO remains liquid at room temperature and at cooler temperatures, may thicken, but doesn’t solidify the same way saturated fats do. EVOO can be a wonderfully healthy addition to one’s diet...

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My Story – Part 1

In 2012 my life took an unexpected turn, which has led to a series of significant personal transformations over the past several years, some of which have been more obvious, visible and immediate, while others have been quieter, deeper, more personal and gradual…. Come along as I share the “short” version of my journey. It would be challenging for me to tell you the story without telling you a little about me before this time, even going all the way back to the young age of four when I would visit the elderly in our community with my grandmother. I grew to love hearing the stories they would tell us, but most of all I saw how simply visiting with them would bring them great...

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Could you live without…?

Have you ever found yourself saying, "I couldn't go without _____”; "I couldn't give up _____"; or “There’s no way I could do _____”? Perhaps you fill in the blank with a food or drink, an item, a service, an activity, etc. I go through phases where I become very aware of my own reliance on certain things, such that I feel it would be incredibly hard to live without them. A few weekends ago I had to unplug my refrigerator/freezer to let my freezer thaw. It was a semi-planned event. I have a small chest freezer in my garage so was able to move any freezer items to the extra one. I had also let my fridge run low on items so that we could rather easily store what...

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Amazon Prime Day Home Kitchen Deals! (July 11, 2017)

If you're an Amazon Prime Member, you probably know ALL about Amazon Prime Day!  This year it started tonight (7/10/17) at 9pm ET and continues throughout the day on July 11, 2017.  I wanted to share with you some of my favorite items in the home kitchen department that will be on special for Amazon Prime Day.  If you see something you like here, pay attention to when the sale starts and jump on the deal!!  Just click on the picture to be taken directly to the deal.     I love my Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven.  It gets used several times a week, if not daily especially in the cooler months. This deal starts at 9:05 am.     Or there's this one which starts at 6:55 pm.   Green Life Non-Toxic,...

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Distractions.

What types of things are distracting you from the life you want to live? From the state of being you desire? From the “core values” you want to emphasis and live by?   We live in a world of CONSTANT distractions! Most of us are plugged-in for the majority of our days. Even when we want to “check out,” we actually plug-in. How do I know this? I’m talking about myself!! And I see people around me every day doing the same thing.   Sometimes I watch other people and it drives me crazy to see them so absorbed in the tiny screen they hold in their hand (eh hem…smart phone obviously) and yet I realize it’s exactly what I do, too! Even though I NOTICE myself doing it too and...

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Desire + Learn + Trust + Nourish = VIBRANT LIFE (Part 4)

Desire + Learn + Trust + Nourish = VIBRANT LIFE   Hopefully you've come here to read about the final part of this formula I've created, but if you haven't already read the other 3 posts in this mini-series, please go check those out first: Part 1 (Desire), Part 2 (Learn +Trust), and Part 3 (Nourish).   This formula really does boil the creative process down in a way that seems rather simple, but when we expound upon the individual parts we see how intricate it can get. And I've still only really touched on the surface. I think it’s important to come back to the very basics here, though. If at any point we are feeling lost or overwhelmed, let’s take the 30,000 foot view and connect to...

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