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Doreen Virtue knows what it’s like to lose her sparkle and delving deeper into why and how her stress and exhaustion had taken over, led her to research and write this book- and get her sparkle back.
As a clairvoyant Doctor of Psychology, best selling author, speaker and more, she is just about as busy as anyone can be and subjected to stress as we all are, and her knowledge of psychology and the mind-body connection was the basis of finding out how we lose our sparkle, and how to get it back.
Some of these answers she found may surprise you- like just how we ‘attract’ drama into our lives, or the role of histamine in our body,and how past trauma has long-term effects on our health and mood.
Other causes we might have heard before, like relationship dynamics and diet and exercise, but we may find something new in the possible solutions offered. For instance, I was very happy to learn that “Gentle exercise is actually a better method for weight loss, because little or no cortisol is produced. So your body becomes more “fuel-efficient” in terms of burning off the food you eat.” Hooray! No more guilt over not being a runner, or gym junkie 😃.
Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle will gently and compassionately guide you in clearing out the drama and getting your sparkle back.
⭐️ “If… you’re stressed-out and tired, you’re overwhelmed by your sensitivity, you don’t feel good about yourself, you push yourself to go faster, you’re forgetful and can’t focus, there’s too much drama and negativity in your life, your relationships are difficult, your body isn’t cooperating, your career is stressful . . . then it’s time to recover your sparkle!”
⭐ ️“Trauma has touched virtually everyone on this planet, especially secondary trauma from watching too many news clips of horrors and tragedy. Trauma is also the reason why we’re addicted to reality television, celebrity gossip, frightening movies, and dramatic friends. Unhealed trauma is behind our health, weight, addiction, sleep, and relationship issues”.
⭐️ ”Some people believe that stress is something outside themselves that happens to them. Yet, once you reach adulthood and have the ability to make your own lifestyle choices, you really do have the option of a low-stress life. If that possibility sounds boring or impossible, this is a sign of drama addiction.”
⭐️” Behind every highly dramatic person, there’s an unresolved trauma. Drama is his or her way of asking for love, and begging for help and understanding”.
Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle is published by Hay House .
When Alice Hoffman was diagnosed with cancer she had two young children and an ailing mother. One of her novels, Practical Magic was being made into a movie and another Here on Earth had been selected as part of Oprah’s Book Club- it seems cancer doesn’t care how busy, important or famous you are. So when Alice turned to books for advice on how to cope she ended up writing one herself- a letter to herself and a tribute to all survivors who have loved and lost.
” I wrote to remind myself that in the darkest hour the roses still bloom, the stars still come out at night. And to remind myself that, despite everything that was happening to me, there were still choices I could make.”
Survival Lessons is a guidebook for all of us -not just the ones suffering from a illness, trauma or loss, but also the ones slogging through a daily life that lacks contentment or joy. A lot of us are in a ‘survival mode’ that serves merely as a modus operandi for making it from one day to to the next, putting out one fire and looking out for the next. The simple pleasures of life are pushed aside for something more important.
Each chapter in Survival Lessons offers a choice- a chance to focus on yourself for a bit, to discover your needs and wants. You can Choose to Enjoy Yourself, Choose Whose Advice you Take, Choose to Be Yourself.
Survival Lessons is ideal for a quick, light read that anyone- even the most stressed- can find the time for, to read all at once and return to again and again. It’s simplicity is it’s greatest benefit, allowing the reader to use the book as an inspiration for your own meditations on what makes you happy-what brings you peace or joy, and what is healing to your soul- leading you beyond mere ‘survival’ to ‘truly living’.
Even though it’s only been a week since Easter, you may be looking for ways to use all the leftover Easter eggs and chocolate, instead of having it tempt you every time you see it. Easter eggs are more expensive gram for gram than regular bars of chocolate, so it is wasteful to throw it out when it can be used in so many ways. Try some of the following ideas, and don’t forget if you intend to use the chocolate for cooking you can always freeze it to use later.
1/. Finely grate chocolate in a food processor. Use this for;
* Hot Chocolate Mix- Add the grated chocolate to hot milk.
* Cake topping- Sprinkle the chocolate over iced cakes and cupcakes.
* Chocolate recipe addition-Add the grated chocolate to pancake, cake, cupcake and muffin batters. Stir or fold through cheesecake, ice-cream and any dessert mix that calls for chocolate.
2/. Melted chocolate. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or slowly in the microwave. Add it to recipes or use it for fondue, ganache, chocolate dipped strawberries. With Mother’s Day and any other special occasions coming up try making gifts of homemade molded chocolates, chocolate dipped spoons, rocky road and other confectionery. Add it to warm cream to make an ice-cream and dessert sauce.
3/. Mini Easter Eggs- Chop roughly or keep whole and add to muffins, cupcakes and cookies.
This is a simple basic recipe for a plain muffin mix. I make up a few separate quantities of the dry ingredients and store it in takeaway containers in the pantry, and just add the wet ingredients and the flavourings when I am ready to bake them. Mini Easter eggs or chopped or grated chocolate is a tasty addition to this mix. Add between 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of the chocolate.
Just Add to Me Muffin Mix
2 cups plain flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup canola oil
2 egg whites
1 cup skim milk
Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl and blend all the ingredients together well. In a separate bowl use a whisk to blend the oil, egg whites and milk until blended completely together. Pour into the dry mixture. Mix with a wooden spoon just until everything is moistened, don’t over stir or beat. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Prepare a muffin tin with a non stick cooking spray or paper muffin cups. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full of batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a couple of muffins comes out clean.
Consider making a double batch and freezing the muffins individually for a quick lunchbox addition or to have on hand for guests.
For more interesting muffins just add:
Banana – add 2 mashed bananas with the wet ingredients
Choc Chip – add 1/3 cup choc chips with the dry ingredients
Berry – add 1/2 cup frozen raspberries or blueberries with the wet ingredients
Strawberry and White Chocolate – add 1/2 cup mashed strawberries with the wet ingredients and 1/3 cup white choc chips with the dry ingredients
Cinnamon – add 1/4 tsp nutmeg to the dry ingredients, bake as per recipe. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon together in a small bowl and dip tops of muffins in this mixture as soon as they come out of the oven
Apricot – half fill each muffin cup. Drop 1 tsp apricot jam into each muffin pan, add remainder of batter on top
Ham and Cheese – add 3/4 cup grated cheese and 1/4 cup diced ham with the dry ingredients.
Try any variation you can think of. I would love to hear your muffin variations or ideas for leftover chocolate in the comments section.