Monday, Feb.27th is a special day at Georgian Court University. We are so lucky to have a very special guest, author and activist Carol J. Adams for a discussion on how sexism and animal cruelty go hand in hand. As young women, it is important to see the connections between our lives and the lives of others, and how we are part of a bigger picture. So clear your schedule and make sure you come out to this special event, this Monday at 6:30 in the Little Theater.
There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do. -Derek Jeter
I am sure you are thinking what in the world is NNT?
I found this amazing vlog by Marie Forleo about NNT and had to share it with all of you. First who is Marie? Marie Forleo is a marketing and lifestyle expert who inspires countless individuals to live Rich, Happy & Hot™. She reaches over 50,000 readers in 108 countries worldwide with her weekly videos and newsletter, and leads dynamic training programs that teach individuals to succeed in business and life.
Here is the video that I found last night that I really needed to see at that moment. Although, it pertains to business, but I think it is so perfect for college students as well. This video talks about those days where you just don’t want to deal with anything, you really just want to stay in your bed. You don’t want to write a paper, you don’t want to do any research, you don’t want to answer any emails, and you just need some time to yourself. The videos message was to do it, granted I am not saying miss out on class or required events, but if we run ourselves into a burn out we need one of those nothing day. Sunday was totally that day for me.
The most important part of this video was the NNT part. NNT stands for Non Negotiable Time. Non-negotiable time is things you MUST do every day, eating or brushing your teeth for example. What Marie’s is asking people to do is to find small simple tasks that make your life better and add it to NNT. You can do it monthly, weekly, daily, whenever you want. The important thing is that these NNT‘s bring nourishment, refreshment, and happiness to your life. Some of the NNT’s I was reading include drinking green drinks every morning, doing ten minutes of yoga, going for a walk, taking two minutes for deep breathing.
I am currently trying to think of my own NNT list because I know I need to get some balance back into my life.
Try thinking of yours and if you would like to share it in the comment section.
Get down with your own NNT!
I wanted to touch on a few things from the Dave Held talk that I felt were necessary to focus in on.
1. Dave attributes his life today to the fact that one doctor told him he needed to see another cardiologist. If Dave did not listen to this doctor and stayed with the Doctor he was comfortable with, I hate to imagine what might have happened. Next time you find yourself in the doctor’s office, remember you are the buyer and the doctor is selling you their practice. You DO NOT have to buy what they are selling if you do not feel comfortable.
2. Another addition to this story is seeking a second opinion whenever you want. Dave met with a cardiologist who told him he could do his bypass surgery minimally invasive. Dave never said this doctor was wrong, but when he went and met with Dr. Oz he had a different game plan. Dave asked Dr. Oz about the minimally invasive approach and Dr. Oz had Dave look down on the floor at the book next to his feet. It was a huge book that was titled “Minimally Invasive Bypass Surgery” by Dr. Mehmet Oz. Dr Oz. said the other doctor was not wrong, but let’s just agree to disagree. The man who wrote the book on minimally invasive bypass surgery felt Dave was not a good candidate for that kind of procedure. Lesson learned here is you do not have to trust the first opinion given to you. Find what feels right to you and follow it.
3. Dave spoke about his latest struggle with starting Weight Watchers. Dave’s wife started Weight Watchers and he decided to join her so they could support each other. Dave is struggling with the WW program because he is required to eat way more than he is accustomed to on his new eating lifestyle. He spoke about how he is forcing himself to eat when he is not hungry just because he feels like he is supposed to on that program. I want all of you to know that the way you eat is different from how everyone else needs to eat. Just because WW says to eat this way, does not mean this may be the right program for you. If your body is fighting you, feeling miserable, or telling you NO, listen and do not fight it.
Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you. -Oprah
I was watching the Grammy’s on Sunday and was pleasantly surprised to see this Chipotle commercial shown. Right after it was shower; there was a lot of action on the internet by people expressing their love for the commercial. I was shown this video over the summer and really loved the message behind it. I really advocate everyone educate themselves on how to make healthy choices from disease management to the food we eat. There are plenty of movies to watch to learn about the toxicities in the food industry today—two popular ones are “King Corn” and “Food Inc.” Whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or eating meat, you have the right to choose the best kind of foods for your body. If you think about, the animals that are killed to be later eaten by us should be healthy when they are alive, so we are not consuming sick animals. The saying “You are what you eat,” is absolutely true. We digest and use the food we eat to restore our own body parts—everything from our hair to our cells. When you eat sick animals or processed foods, you will eventually be made up of those same foods. I can imagine everyone can see that being made up on Cheetos, diet soda, and Oreos does not do a body good. I urge everyone to educate themselves on the healthiest ways to eat the food you enjoy. Being healthy does not mean eating organic gluten free crackers and carrot sticks every day; but it does mean paying attention to the quality of food you are eating and knowing where it comes from. Take a look at the commercial below and see what you take away from it.
Dave Held came by GCU Thursday evening to share his life story with us. When I was first given the position to work in Wellness, Dave was one of the first people I thought to bring to campus. In my opinion, people can listen to doctor’s, they can watch TV, and they can read all the healthy material they want; it is not until you experience health issues that you take a moment to reevaluate your life. That is exactly what happened to Dave. He was living his life not even questioning his health. He said if, it was garbage he ate it and he chose meals at restaurants based on the biggest portion, not on what he really want to eat. A career as an NYPD officer on the midnight shift was also not kind to his body. Fast food, bagels, pizza, hoagies, and coffee kept him going all night.
Dave suffered his first heart attack thirteen years ago, but it still was not enough of a wakeup call. He suffered with sky high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, knee issues, and neuropathy, but it was not until a new doctor took the time to give him a thorough exam that they found a serious underlying issue. Dave told a story about his original cardiologist who was the head doctor and extremely friendly, but was missing obvious signs when it came to Dave’s health. It was not until Dave changed cardiologists that his new doctor said we have a serious problem on our hands here. After a round of testing, Dave was found to have block arteries in his heart, which left untouched would result in another heart attack.
Dave knew he needed bypass surgery and was lucky enough to be introduced to Dr. Oz through the magic of Facebook. He immediately felt comfortable around Dr. Oz and knew that this was the guy who needed to do his surgery. After 8 hours on an operating table, Dave had a renewed chance at life at the man they call Dr. Oz.
Dr. Oz challenged Dave and asked him now what do you want to do? Dave knew that he needed to make changes in his life so he started with his weight. He is down a hundred pounds and has more energy than he ever had in his life. He exercises at the gym, but also commits to walking almost every day. He took control of his medications going from fifteen to about four. Dave also took control of his eating—no red meat, extremely limited dairy, limited sugar, no alcohol, and lots of healthy foods. Dave loves to cook so a way to deal with his new healthy lifestyle was to “Oz-ify” his recipes.
Dave knows his health is in his hands and he is the only person responsible for not going back to the way he used to live. His passion is to educate the men and woman in positions of service, like police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s to change their life now so they don’t have to go through what he went through. I have no doubt, Dave will be well received and a voice to change the lives of others for the better.
If you want to reach out to Dave to ask him about his story or get help on how to “Oz-ify” your own recipe please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get you in touch with him .
Dave was kind enough to share one of his recipes below. This is an easy recipe for anyone to follow and does not require one to be a master chef to make it.
Thank you Dave for sharing your story with GCU, I know we all benefitted from hearing it.
“Oz-ified” Turkey Chili
- 1 pkgs extra lean ground turkey
- 1 green pepper
- 1 med onion chopped
- 1 red pepper
- 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic
- 1 pkgs of low sodium chili seasoning
- 1 28 oz of crushed tomatoes
- 1 can of low sodium white beans (goya)
- 1 can of low sodium red beans
- S&P to taste
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 1 tsp of garlic powder
- 1 Tbs of Italian seasoning
- A few dashes of hot sauce more or less to taste
Spray bottom of pot with fat free non stick spray
Medium heat brown meat and drain
Add meat back to pot with chili seasoning
Add all of the rest of the ingredients
Simmer for 30-45 minutes
* Can be done in a slow cooker
On Tuesday, February 14th, you are invited to Spread the Love! Please join me, Lorelle Shea, for a discussion on how what we eat affects animals, our environment, and our own well-being. The choices we make affect more that we realize, and it’s time to learn how. Many people are unaware of the systematic, brutal abuse of animals on modern day factory-farms, as well as the toxic pollution which comes as a direct result. Did you know that animal product consumption contributes more to greenhouse gasses than all the transportation in the world combined? I will be explaining how this occurs, and why it will persist if no one is aware.
Also included in this presentation -how our personal health and well-being is affected by what we choose to eat. Antibiotics, hormones, and more may be sitting on your plate without you ever knowing it. When we have this knowledge, we can become more educated consumers and true citizens of the world, thinking beyond the here and now to see how our actions will affect generations upon generations in the future.
Please come out for this event which I hope will inspire you to make change in your life and in the world.
Spread The Love
Little Theater at 2pm
Lorelle Shea is a Senior who will be graduating Georgian Court University in the Spring. She proud to call herself a vegan, and believes that every person has the potential to make a difference. Her other interests include art, photography, baking, volunteering, and travel.
People of accomplishment rarely let things happen to them. They happen to things. ~ Leonardo da Vinci