Suzanne Somers' 365 Ways to Change Your Life
Evolving into who we want to be! October 3, 2000
People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
"First learn much and then
seek to understand it profoundly." --The Talmud
These are the types of ideas and quotes you will find in
Suzanne's wonderful book. Sometimes we have the image of
"Stars" living the perfect life. We imagine them
having been born into the perfect family at the perfect time. We
sometimes forget that they too are human and have to deal with
conflicts in their own lives.
Suzanne Somers tackles these everyday worries, doubts and
conflicts. She gives practical answers and advice on how to find
joy in your life, turn obstacles into opportunities, learn from
mistakes, resolve conflicts with family, realize dreams, and
appreciate yourself so that others will too. While many may see
her as perfect, she is human just like the rest of us and has a
beautiful spirit. Through the pain she felt growing up with an
alcoholic father, she learned lessons and realized that she
could use the negative aspects of her life to teach her about
herself. Suzanne acknowledges that the negatives in life are
just as essential for growth as the good experiences.
She penned her thoughts on life in 365 daily meditations
which I actually read in one sitting. Once you start reading and
see all the lovely quotes, you will want to find more of them.
At least I am that way and usually read a book in one sitting.
This book was not designed to be absorbed all in one sitting,
but when I review I like to get a feel for the entire book. I
would suggest that you do only read one meditation and one
thought a day. In that way you can apply the wisdom in this book
to your life. Another way you could use this book is to read it
completely and make notes as to what you want to change in your
life. You will see that you have already learned so many life
lessons just from being alive and listening to your soul.
Each of the meditations are followed by a spiritual
affirmation. In each meditation she discusses something in life,
gives examples from her past, reveals a secret or tells a story
of an experience which changed her thinking. Through her words
you will notice a love for life and a spirit filled with love.
An example of a "Thought For The Day":
"Today I will do something kind and generous for another
human being - not to hear their praise and thanks but just
because it feels good to do so."
While reading, I had a pen and paper to write down some of
the wonderful quotes. I have noticed how people who enjoy life
collect quotes. The small, yet profound sentences can truly take
hold of your life and will change it for the better.
"Evolving is ourselves in motion, growing and learning.
As this happens, we become better, more compassionate,
forgiving, understanding, tolerant, patient, and mutually
respectful of all living things." --Suzanne Somers
Sound Mind, Sound Body
Peaceful sleep and a sense of how the body heals! April
With pillows surrounding my body and my headphones on, I relaxed
as my body drifted into an incredibly deep sleep. Never have I
woken and felt quite so healed or refreshed. It was as if my
spirit was vibrating at a new level within my body. It is hard
to explain unless you have experienced this place of peace. I am
an avid promoter of massage and natural healing. This to me is
similar to a massage - but is a massage for the soul.
I recommend the CD version since Dr. Weil speaks for a few
minutes and you may not want to listen to this each time. It is
easier to forward to the music. Sometimes I do listen to his
voice since it is so calming and you cannot learn everything
just listening once. I highly recommend this CD if you need
physical or emotional healing. He is onto something and I know
you will benefit from this relaxing retreat.
Bach Flower Remedies
Mental and emotional harmony!, October 9, 2000Have you ever noticed how your mood is
instantly elevated when you inhale the scent of a rose deeply and with
purpose. The world seems like a better place instantly. Rose oil has a
frequency of around 320 MHz. Flowers are beautiful on their own and
can lift your mood with their fragrance or with their petals blowing
in the breeze in nature.
So, what other secrets do flowers conceal? Apparently,
they can help us to change our emotional state. The scent of roses is
said to dispel anger, or so I have read! In this book, flowers are
celebrated as natural healers which can help us return to a healthful
Our emotions can at times manifest themselves as a
health issue and greatly affect our bodies. Dr. Edward Bach
(1897-1936) believed that physical illness was a manifestation of
emotional imbalance. He believed we can heal and balance the body with
Some of the remedies include:
ASPEN - For fear or anxiety IMPATIENS - For
impatience, irritability and nervousness. MUSTARD - Severe depression
WILLOW - For neutralizing resentment and bitterness VERVIAN - For
tension and hyperactivity or overachieving STAR OF BETHLEHEM - For
There are also remedies you can take for sensitivity,
disappointment, muscular cramps, skin rashes, recurrent ailments,
critical attitudes and bad dreams.
Look into other health remedies like Arnica for
injuries, Pulsatilla for nasal problems, Cantharis for cystitis,
Chamomile tea for a restful sleep and Gelsemium for flu symptoms. Look
for a homeopathic brand called: Oscillococcinum for symptoms of the
flu in the winter. The theory is that a infinitesimal amount of a
plant substance can stimulate the body's healing defenses.
The closer you can match your symptom to the remedy,
the more effective it will be for you. I suggest reading other
homeopathy books along with this one. I also recommend "Reference
Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley" from
abundant-health4u.com as they have the best products I have found so
The Herbal Drugstore
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Herbal Healing and Kitchen-Cabinet Cures October 14, 2000
Since the beginning of time, people have crushed herbs in a mortar and
pestle to extract the healing properties and to mix herbal remedies.
Herbs are in fact the best alternatives to over-the-counter
medications and they have fewer side effect.
I love the fact that regular kitchen herbs and spices can be very
beneficial, so I try to add them into the foods I love when
appropriate. In this book you will find out which ordinary kitchen
spices you can use for health benefits.
So, which herbs work better than drugs? Well, I love Echinacea for
cold season. They also recommend "astragalus" which is a
herb. It boosts your body's resistance to cold, flu and other viruses.
Studies have proven that it has antiviral and antibacterial
properties. Unlike Echinacea, you can take astragalus everyday.
Echinacea is for seasonal use and this book does have some warnings
you will want to read.
You will also find out:
Which herbs kill viruses that antibiotics don't! Which wildflower
can stop excruciating migraines! (Feverfew tincture/not dried leaves)
How to improve your vision. (Bilberries) How to recover from the flu
in half the time. (Elderberries) Which kitchen spice you can use for
inflammation. (Turmeric) Which herb relieves menopausal symptoms.
(Black Cohosh) How to relieve arthritis pain. (Boswellia, Stinging
Nettle and Evening Primrose) How to unclog your arteries. How to grow
your own medicinal herbs. How to heal your child's earaches. To lift
your spirits. (Try lavender- my favorite) How to naturally deal with
Once you find which herbs you need, you can also look for tea in
your health store or buy bottles of the specific herb. You can also
find herbs to treat varicose veins, halt macular degeneration, and
cure gout with cherries. You will also read why you should not take
Tums for calcium. Some interesting information on
"chocolate," and more information than I can list. This book
will help you to solve over 100 health problems. This is a perfect
gift for a friend who is interested in healthy alternatives. Herbs,
essential oils and other natural remedies keep me out of the doctor's
Shape Your Life: 4 Weeks to a Better Body--And a Better Life
Mastering the Seven Elements of Fitness April 15, 2004
With the popularity of makeover shows, it is no surprise to find books
promoting the idea of "getting in shape fast." It only took
my husband asking me if I wanted to go on one of those makeover shows
to get me thinking I could probably do this myself without surgery and
a "lot" of patience. What I worry about is how discouraged
some people might become when four weeks pass and they look at
themselves in the mirror and see minimal results.
For me, it has taken over 24 weeks of serious working out for about
45 minutes a day, not to mention all the salads I've had to eat to get
to a point where I feel that I should have started. I've found that
diets don't work, but diet counts. If that makes any sense.
But with that aside, I think this book is for people who are
between 10-20 lbs overweight. Then, you will probably see dramatic
results. For anyone who is trying to lose 50 or more pounds, it is
going to take much longer than 4 weeks.
So, I would say that this book is more helpful for anyone looking
for lifestyle changes on a permanent basis. Toss out the
"4-week" idea and think "life plan for getting fit and
staying that way." Then, you will enjoy this book and it becomes
a starting point for major changes down the road. I would just hate to
see anyone toss out the wonderful ideas when they don't see dramatic
changes in four weeks.
The concepts are amazingly well organized. The Seven Elements each
have their own chapters. You explore: your workout, diet,
spirituality, rest, emotions, body image, work and finally the last
chapter analyzes your results. Throughout the pages you will find
"quick tips" and "what you'll learn" pointers. The
fitness test is helpful to determine your present strength level. The
"walk-run" idea is probably not new to you if you have a
treadmill, but might interest you if you have only been walking. The
walking program is highly detailed and gives you a schedule for all
four weeks, day by day.
If you don't have a lot of time to workout, you can try the
20-minute workout. There is a helpful chart for major muscle groups.
If you enjoy learning exercises from a book, there are quite a few
exercises. I still recommend getting exercise videos to learn how to
do Pilates, yoga or any other exercise you want to try. You can refer
back to the book to see the pictures, but nothing compares to a
one-on-one session with a professional instructor on video/DVD. A
video will help you keep the intensity going and an instructor will
show you what you might be doing wrong.
Chapter two delves into the area of diet. I'm going to say that I
agree with Shape's approach to eating right. The shape food pyramid
puts vegetables and fruits on the bottom of the pyramid and whole
grains on the third level. Water is on the second level. This makes
sense and I've lost weight following these ideas. I'm less hungry when
I drink enough water and my moods are more constant when I drink
enough fluids and exercise almost daily. If you are a vegetarian,
there is information for your diet which includes suggestions for meat
I must say that the weekly menus are rather impressive. They have
easy-to-prepare recipes for every single meal, every single day for
four weeks. You start to eat 5 times a day which you really need to do
once you start working out more. Some of the delicious recipes
Quinoa Salad with Red Peppers and Pine Nuts
Frozen Cinnamon Cappuccino
Tarragon Mashed Potatoes
Grilled Tuna Salad
Chicken Pot Stickers
The amazing thing about the recipes is the lack of complicated
preparation steps and the speed at which the meals can be prepared.
There is an intriguing section that shows you how to navigate your
grocery store. The Mango and Ginger Cream recipe reminded me of how we
mix low-fat sour cream with honey or stevia and a dash of vanilla.
Suddenly pieces of fruit becomes an exotic treat when dipped in creamy
vanilla bliss. I can eat an orange, banana and apple in one sitting
while watching a TV show. That is one of the ways I get in my fruit
for the day.
The chapter on spirituality encourages you to explore new areas of
your life. The "are you starving your soul? questionnaire could
be enlightening in itself. The list of "7 people we all
need" shows you that you can't just rely on one friend to satisfy
all your friendship needs. Whether you try journaling or meditation,
there are plenty of ways to feel more nourished. Try yoga! The next
chapter should be called: Your sleep number. ;) Although, it also
deals with vacations and visualization. Then, you explore body image
and finally analyze your results.
Helpful Tools that make this book a keeper:
How to calculate your daily calories
How to calculate your Body Mass Index
When you start buying smaller clothes, reading this book is going
to be so worth it! Just remember, when you are first working out, you
might gain weight. Once you get over that hurdle, the pounds start to
drop. It took me years of working out, panicking because I'd gain a
few pounds and starting over again to realize that you just have to
live through the first 24 weeks and deal with it. Once you get to week
25 things are looking pretty darn good and by then you have been able
to apply many of the principles in this book. It is more about
lifestyle changes than "I have to be fit in 4 weeks." This
book could change your life around, just be patient with yourself and
forgive yourself on those days when you break all the rules. The
principles are working for me and I'm pretty sure they will work for
Exercise is key!