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5 Tips to Deal with Insomnia

Insomnia tipsRecently I had a bad night of tossing and turning. I was up for a few hours, then overslept the next morning.

And while I was lying there, unable to sleep, I knew I was violating some of the beat-the-insomnia advice that experts give. Though, true, to give myself credit, I was following some advice.

These tips were on my mind, because I’d just read Andrea Petersen’s Wall Street Journal piece “Middle-of-the-Night Insomnia Blues.”

I violated one of the most basic back-to-sleep tips — the tip to get up, rather than toss and turn.

If you have trouble with insomnia, here are some of the tips from the article: Continue reading

Energy and the Internet: How To Be A Conscious Browser


Many people around the world are concerned with the real impact of global warming, but they often think in terms of large-scale energy users such as factories or municipalities, ignoring one of the biggest factors in energy use: the Internet.

As a growing percentage of people conduct business, shop and communicate online, companies must be mindful of building a “greener” Internet, and those who are concerned with saving the planet must be aware of which companies are working to power their services and websites with renewable energy. Continue reading

How Awareness and Positivity Will Lead You to Lasting Wellness

photo remix: Yoga woman on exercise ball - flickr_enthusiast_rocks_Nilmarie_Yoga-001Whenever you start a new diet or weight loss program there is one important question to ask yourself: why? Don’t stop yourself at the simple answer “Oh, I want to lose a few pounds to fit in those new jeans” or “I don’t want to feel self-conscious in a bathing suit.” Dig deeper. Many people begin the journey to permanent weight loss and overall wellness because they feel that being healthier will make them happier. While being healthier does give you more energy and confidence, you can’t expect it to cure all of your unhappiness. In fact, in Deepak Chopra’s new book “What Are You Hungry For?” he argues that tending to your personal and emotional wellbeing as you begin your weight loss program is absolutely key to making the changes stick.

While no one can claim to be happy constantly, Deepak advocates that being in tune and aware of your body and emotional state allows you to better fill its needs. “It’s an infallible kind of radar,” Deepak says, “Awareness allows you to sort out what you’re doing, how you feel, what you fear, hope and wish for – indeed everything in your life.”

You are living an unaware life when you unconsciously follow habits and rote behavior without question. Do you often let others take charge of your life or feel emotionally trapped by those around you? Isolating yourself and cutting off your connections to close friends and family can be another sign that you are out of tune with your body and need to increase your awareness to make permanent change.

You can help gain awareness by including a yoga practice or meditation in your diet and exercise plan. “Peaceful practices such as yoga or meditation to help build a refreshed sense of self,” explains Sports Club/LA nutritionist Karen Sherwood. “This is the glue that seals in the new lifestyle as the body begins to change physically, resulting in a new stream of motivation.

Being aware and working to keep a positive attitude will inevitably help keep you motivated as you progress towards your goal, and push you over hurdles or plateaus you reach along the way.

“Making any change is very emotional, so if you are starting this change from a negative, pessimistic place or allow yourself to go to that negative place, you won’t succeed.” Ginger Mallory of Sports Club/LA says. “However, if you vow to remain positive no matter what challenges may come with making this change, you will succeed! Your state of mind going into this will absolutely make or break you.”

But how do you find that awareness and keep that positive attitude? If you feel yourself slipping try these tips from Deepak.

  • Remember that you are both loved and loveable
  • Appreciate where you are – Even if you are just starting out, recognize the power in making the decision to make a change versus where you were before you took the first step.
  • Feel good about who you are – You are more than your shape or waist size. Remember that you are a worthy person and this process is only to make you healthier, not to change you in any way because you’re amazing the way you are.
  • Maintain loving and supportive relationships – Support will be key in this process. Stay close to those who inspire you, push you to be better and support you on the days when you can’t get to that place of positivity by yourself. Let them help hold you up.
  • Experience a deeper connection with a higher form of love – It doesn’t mean you have to prescribe to any specific religion, but connecting with a force or faith bigger than yourself can help you channel frustrations and negative feelings that arise out of your system. It can help buoy you during this transition and be another force to propel you forward.

This blog is part of our “What Are You Hungry For?” series with Sports Club/LA and to celebrate the release of Deepak Chopra’s latest book. Find out how you can win a copy of your own here and tell us what you are hungry for in the comments below. If you don’t want to wait for the give away you can purchase a copy of Deepak’s book today. 

photo by: adria.richards

Master Purity Energy and Balance to Achieve Total Wellness

balanceTo lose weight you need two major components – weight loss and nutrition, but how do you create a program that lasts? In Deepak Chopra’s latest book “What Are You Hungry For?” he explains that to really make that life change you have to use weight loss and nutrition with the three tenants of purity, energy and balance.

How does that work? In part one of the book Deepak lays out the three tenants and the tips you need to bring them into your life to maintain your new healthy lifestyle.


“Eliminating toxins awakens in the body’s capacity for renewal and returning to a natural balance. Toxins need to be eliminated from the body, mind, and soul,” Deepak says. While there are several toxins that can invade your life, let’s start with food. Here are a few tips to purify your diet.

  • Throw out old, stale food.
  • Minimized processed foods
  • Keep fruits and vegetables as fresh as possible when storing
  • Prefer whole grains and natural sweeteners
  • Eliminate hydrogenated and trans fats
  • Buy organic produce (if affordable)
  • Favor deeply green vegetables like spinach and kale, and the rest of the of cabbage family

Juice cleanses have become an all-too popular trend when trying to purify your body of toxins. While cleanses can help you purify your system, you have to be careful not to overdo it or deplete your body of necessary nutrients.

“Short-term cleanses and fasts do not help us have a healthy, detoxified life. Those extreme shifts from very unhealthy to very healthy (for a very short time) only teach us to be extreme. I believe in a longer-term cleanse of at least 6-8 weeks, which is enough time to truly cleanse and discover what your body feels like in a pure state,” says Sports Club/LA nutritionist Ginger Mallory.  “After really learning about your body during this time, you can gradually reintroduce some items back into your diet, observe how those items make you feel, and then make an informed decision about whether you’d like to keep these items in your diet or in what proportions.”

You should know that purifying the body takes time, and that it can’t all be done at once. If you approach your life change as a beginning process then it is much more likely to become a permanent state of mind.

As fellow nutritionist Karen Sherwood says, “Taking baby steps and ‘leaning’ into a new way of being is key. This enables us to pave a new foundation and build from there. It must begin with nutrition, and include an active life-style with focus on self-care, rest, and stress management. When all of these wheels are working in harmony, the body and its relationship to food and the outside world begins to make sustainable change.”


Once you have purified your body and life of toxins then you can begin to change why you eat food. Food is the beginning nourishing source for our bodies and if we eat correctly then it energizes the body without making us feel stuffed or lethargic. Deepak prescribes the following tips for crafting a diet that boosts your overall energy.

  • Eat less when you are inactive
  • Eat only until you are nicely satisfied and no more
  • Choose lighter and more easily digested food
  • Avoid animal based fats and refined sugar
  • Make your food colorful and pleasing to the eye
  • Satisfy as many of the senses as possible including taste, smell and texture.

Eating specifics type of food can also increase your energy. “I like a combination of a complex carbohydrate, a lean protein, and a bit of healthy fat at every meal. This assures an even balance of blood sugar, when eating every 3-4 hours or so,” advises Karen Sherwood, “In addition to keeping this balance of macronutrients, consuming what I like to call, “power foods” helps support every system of the body. Specific foods I love for energy include chia seeds, maca powder, whey protein, spirulina, and coconut products. I have all of my active clients and athletes consume these super foods on a daily basis in the form of a smoothie.”


It is great to research and take on all the new tips, but the most important key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is balance. When you take all of your new habits and form them into a routine that fits your life and schedule you can make your body in the way that works best for your needs. To create balance Deepak offers the following pointers.

  • Eat when you are in a satisfied state
  • Consume a variety of fresh foods
  • Make sure you are taking care of the basics like drinking enough water and getting enough sleep
  • Eat at regular hours with balanced intervals in-between
  • Vary your calorie intake to balance your activity level

Balance is the key factor why fad diets have such varying results for different people – it is the same exact instructions for everyone, no matter what their current lifestyle or schedule is. By using these tips you can use all the wellness tips and research you do to best apply them to your life, and when you have a balanced plan that is custom built for what you want your body to do you are more likely to succeed, not just in losing weight but in achieving total wellness.


This blog is part of our “What Are You Hungry For?” series with Sports Club LA and to celebrate the release of Deepak Chopra’s latest book. Find out how you can win a copy of your own here and tell us what you are hungry for in the comments below. If you don’t want to wait for the give away you can purchase a copy of Deepak’s book today. 

Is Jealousy Preventing You From Getting What You Want? (Part 1)

danes-300x300I’ve written many past articles about how emotions and thought patterns are associated with different energy frequencies.  For instance, strong emotions like hate, anger, and disempowerment, are associated with lower energies (scientists can now actually measure energy frequencies associated with brain activity and emotions).  We also know from the basic principles of law of attraction that like energy vibrations attract each other.

What this basically means is that if you think hateful thoughts, you are more likely to attract people, circumstances, and events that are a vibrational match to those thoughts.  Sometimes, this is easily apparent- like when you see a really angry person that turns off everyone around them- they just seem to have a negative vibe.

But most of us don’t have just one strong frequency or emotion going.  We think millions of different thoughts daily, and all of those thoughts have their own unique frequency associated with them.  Most people also vary in their emotional set point from day to day, and therefore tend to get mixed results in terms of what they are manifesting.

More subtle emotions that we don’t always outwardly show, like those of jealousy or envy, for example, also have detrimental effects on our energy that may not be as obvious.  So how exactly can an emotion like jealousy (wanting someone’s attention) or envy (wanting what someone else has) sabotage our energy and dampen our manifestation efforts?

Jealousy has a boomerang effect. A jealous thought about someone does little to the person you’re thinking about.  To the contrary, the thought simply bounces off that person, and comes back to you.  Let’s say you’re thinking about how someone you know has more money than you, and perhaps you believe that they don’t really deserve it because you work a lot harder than them.  The Universe then reflects that thought back to you and simply reinforces your core belief, which in this case, is something along the lines of “there is injustice in the world, and people are succeeding unfairly.”  It doesn’t matter if the thought is actually true.  If it reinforces a negative core belief you hold, it is ultimately detrimental to your manifestation efforts.

Jealousy amplifies insecurity. Feeling jealous about the lack of another’s affection or attention towards you, for example, has an underlying root cause of insecurity.  Let’s say you are insecure about some aspect of yourself (your looks, your inability to attract or keep a partner, others’ perception of you, etc).  Although you may not be consciously thinking about it, you are activating and holding a chronic underlying vibration of insecurity.  This underlying insecurity often manifests as the emotion of jealousy towards a partner or another person.  The partner then senses the insecurity, and causes the negative energy frequency to expand in both your lives.   When you feel jealous, therefore, it works best to take your attention away from the object of the jealousy and point the finger back at yourself.  As you clean up your own vibration of insecurity and doubt, the object of the jealousy often becomes a non-issue.

Jealousy signals a lack of self worth. We only usually covet what someone else has when we don’t feel worthy or capable of receiving it ourselves.  People who feel confident in their ability to live their dreams and manifest their desires rarely feel jealous of others, regardless of how successful or happy another is.  When we get frustrated about our hard work and efforts not panning out, or see success coming easily to someone else, it makes us doubt our own worthiness.  This sets up a vicious cycle where a feeling of envy or jealousy (even though it’s a negative thought about someone else) just makes us feel worse about our self, not better.

In next week’s article, I’ll be providing some practical tips about how to erase jealousy and envy in our lives through proven ways to increase emotions like confidence, worthiness, security, and self-love.

4 Delicious Breakfasts More Interesting Than Cereal

kefir-blue-1024x768No one can skimp on breakfast. My son’s kindergarten teacher said that she could tell which kids had eaten a good, nutritious breakfast. They were the ones who were still alert and interested at 10:30am circle time and kept right on going until lunch. I had to come up with a quick and low maintenance way the get my kids to eat a nutritious meal– and quick! Here are 4 easy, tasty, and nutritious breakfast recipes that are way more interesting – and healthier! – than breakfast cereal or any other average morning fare.

1. Coconut Milk Kefir


  • coconut milk – 2 cups, full fat
  • Body Ecology Kefir Starter – 1 packet


Shake the cans before opening them. This mixes the milk and the whey so that it is easier to handle. Empty the contents of the coconut milk cans into a clean quart mason jar.

Empty one packet of the kefir starter into the coconut milk. Mix well with a wooden (not metal) spoon.

Cover with a towel or a plate, but leave some room.You want to make sure that air can get into the jar. If it is airtight it will not turn into kefir. Let it sit for @36-48 hours. When it starts to thicken and has a mild “tang” it is done. The colder the place it is stored, the longer it will take and vice versa.

When it is sufficiently “kefired,” put an airtight lid on it and keep it in the fridge. It will keep for a few weeks. It will thicken up more when it is cold taking on the consistency of yogurt.

I use it in place of sour cream, as a fruity yogurt drink, as a yogurt topping on my berries, with apple crumb pie, as a base for smoothies, as a yogurt and  as a “cream” for soups.

2. Gluten-Free Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


  • chia seeds – 1/2 cup, ground
  • hemp seeds – 1/2 cup, ground
  • coconut flour – 1 cup
  • garbanzo bean flour – 1 cup
  • coconut – 1/2 cup, shredded
  • Xantham gum – 1 1/2 tsp
  • baking powder – 1 tsp
  • himalaya salt – 1/2 tsp
  • bananas – 3 mashed ripe
  • vanilla – 2 tsp
  • coconut oil – 1/2 cup, melted
  • maple syrup – 1 cup
  • almond milk – 1 cup
  • dark chocolate chips – dairy-free 1/2 cup


Preheat oven to 375

Fill muffin tins with baking cups or spray pan with a non-stick spray

Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well.
Mash bananas in a medium size bowl with the back-side of a spoon.

Add almond milk, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla and mix well.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine thoroughly. Fold in chocolate chips (I use a dairy-free one called Enjoy Life or you can substitute raisins, dried cherries, walnuts, or any other add-in that you think would be yummy). I add chocolate to everything I can.

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins. Fill about 3/4 of the way because they will rise. I like to sprinkle a little bit of coconut sugar onto the tops of the muffins before I put them in the oven.

Bake for around 25 minutes.

These are a great breakfast, a lunchbox or snack. Give one to your kids when they are saying “When’s dinner going to be ready?” and it’s still 1/2 an hour away. It’s just enough to satiate them but not so much that it spoils their dinner.
These muffins are packed with Omega 3’s, potassium, fiber and protein. Not bad for a little muffin.

This recipe yields about 50 mini muffins which is equal to approximately 10 regular sized ones.

3. Oat and Almond Breakfast Bars


  • garbanzo bean flour – 2/3 cup
  • Xantham gum – 1/4 tsp
  • chia powder – 1/2 cup
  • hemp seeds – 1/3 cup, ground to fine flour
  • gluten-free oats – 1 cup, ground to a fine flour
  • almonds – 1 cup, raw, ground to a fine flour
  • coconut – 1 cup, shredded
  • himalaya salt – pinch
  • figs – optional
  • jam – optional
  • coconut oil – 2/3 cup
  • maple syrup – 2/3 cup


Preheat oven to 375

Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Heat the coconut oil until liquid. (At room temperature it has the consistency of margarine.) Add the syrup and the oil to the dry ingredients. Mix well.

Line a 7X11 baking tray with parchment paper. You’re going to have to use your hands to get this flat and even in the tray.

This mixture does not rise and it does not melt. Whatever shape it has when it goes into the oven is exactly the shape it will have when it comes out.

Bake for 20 minutes. Do not overcook. It will become too hard. The center should remain soft.

Let it cool before you cut it into squares.

I keep the bars in an airtight container on the counter. When you are ready to eat them, cut them in half and add whatever filling strikes your fancy. I rotate between strawberry jam and figs but it can be whatever filling is appealing to you. To make the fig filling, soak a few dried figs overnight, and then blend until smooth.

I give my son 2 bars and a bowl of berries most mornings. This combination makes a delicious and nutritious breakfast that requires very little effort. Works for me!

4. Flax and Sesame Seed French Toast


  • sesame seeds – 1/3 cup
  • flax seeds – 1/3 cup
  • natural organic sugar – 1/3 cup
  • Udi’s gluten-free chia millet bread – 3 pieces
  • egg – 1
  • fresh berries – 1 cup
  • maple syrup – dollop
  • sesame seed oil – 1 tablespoon


In a dry saucepan, toast the sesame and flax seeds until they begin to pop.
Put the seed mixture in a grinder or a blender. This mixture can be kept for up to 6 months in the freezer, so you can grind a large quantity and save it for future use.

Combine the seed mixture with the sugar. Beat the egg in a shallow bowl wide enough to fit the the bread. Soak the bread in the egg, then, coat it with the seeds and sugar.

In a hot pan, cook the french toast with 1 tablespoon of good quality oil for high heat. I use Sesame Oil. Cook until the bread has got a nice brown crust on both sides. It should take about 2 minutes per side.

Serve with berries and maple syrup.



Originally published on my website, Tapp’s Tips.

Gabrielle Bernstein: Miracles and A Rad Guided Meditation

Sat Nam Spirit Junkies! This week I’m sharing a clip from my Miracles in LA lecture. In this video I discuss how stress blocks us in every area of life. Watch this video and follow the guided meditation on how to eradicate your ego, release stress and powerfully activate your energy. Practice this meditation daily and your life will begin to flow.

Ego Eradicator Meditation from gabriellebernstein on Vimeo.


More from Gabrielle:

How to Reduce Stress

A Meditation for Irrationality

A Meditation to Help Treat Addiction

9 Steps to Make Your Home a Haven of Happiness

North bedroom with Nermal the grey catBefore you apply your feng shui cures, you need to clear out the clutter in your home. When you clean up your home, you rid it of stagnant and unhealthy energy. Most of us have too many things we don’t actually need, and in getting rid of them, we create space for the cures to work.

1. If the idea of clearing out the clutter in your home seems overwhelming, then focus on one room at a time or one area in the room at a time, or even one drawer at a time, if necessary. As the famous saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” so be kind to yourself, but do complete the task. The first step to shifting energy in your home and in your life is to make room for new and fresh energy to come in.

2. If you haven’t used an item in the last six months, or a year at the most, then give it away to someone who might need it more than you. You will find enormous freedom in letting go of the objects and clothes that you really don’t need anymore and you may even find the act of giving to those in need to be motivational.

3. Make sure you do not have an excessive amount of furniture, as too much bulk can stop the flow of chi around your home. There needs to be space for energy to flow and for you to move through your home with ease, without bumping into anything.

4. Do not just hide everything in a garage or an attic and pretend that you have gotten rid of it. The garage and attic are also considered parts of your home and you need to treat them as such.

5. Fix anything that is broken in your home. If you are having problems with the doors, windows, roof or any other part of the house structure, then fix it. You also want to make sure all the systems are in good working order and flowing well, which means the water, gas and electricity in your home.

6. If you think that your entire home or a particular room needs to be cleansed, you can wash the walls with water infused with nine drops of pure lavender or citrus essence in a bucket. This helps to cleanse the room of any old, stagnant energy.

7. Painting draws new energy into a home. If you have moved into a new home, then make sure that you paint the walls and deep clean the carpets to get rid of the energy of the previous occupants.

8. If you want to use color on one or all of your walls in different rooms, here are a few suggestions:

Kitchen—White is a great color for cleanliness.

Living Room or Family Room—Earth tones are very relaxing and grounding and have a capacity to draw people together.

Blue or green also add life to these rooms.

Bedroom—Peach, light blue and green are excellent choices.

Children’s Room—White, green or blue in your children’s rooms will help them to flourish.

9. If you want to quickly remove the energy in your home after a few difficult weeks or months, then open all the windows and doors for a few hours and let the chi from outside flow through and clear your living space. You may also want to place a bouquet of fresh flowers in the middle of your home to enhance the cleansing process.


From How Happy Is Your Home?: 50 Great Tips to Bring More Health, Wealth and Happiness into Your Home By Sophie Keller


Originally published December 2011

Deepak Chopra: Will the Universe Continue Expanding to Infinity?

What is the law of conservation and how can we make sense of it if the universe is continually expanding? In this episode of “Ask Deepak” on The Chopra Well, Deepak explores whether the total amount of energy and matter is constant in the universe. Looking to a new book by Rupert Sheldrake, Science Set Free: Ten Paths to New Discovery, Deepak unpacks the nuances of energy and matter in the universe.

If the universe expands into infinity, and matter is only created and never destroyed, then where will we eventually end up?! Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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