Book Review: The Loving Diet by Jessica Flanigan

Sarah’s Rap: Last year I was walking with a long-time friend and after voicing my unhappiness with my health issues and resulting dietary regimen (for probably the millionth time), my friend suggested that I might need to accept that this was the way things were going to be. That I might not get past this. She had a good point, and for awhile after that conversation I tried not to be upset with what I COULDN’T eat and instead was satisfied with what I COULD eat, and all the other good things I had in  my life – a loving family, a good job, enough money to buy organic, high-quality foods and more. A strange thing happened. Just by deciding to change my mindset my stress-levels reduced and I felt more enjoyment in life.

Sadly, since then I’ve regressed and reverted back to fighting my circumstances and always striving to “get better”. On one hand, it’s a good thing to want to be better. I don’t sit idly by or decide to eat whatever I want no matter how sick it makes me. I got a new doctor, did some lab work to find more food sensitivities and bacterial overgrowth issues, bought a portable sauna for the house and started doing progressive relaxation. But this mindset of always striving for better health also causes stress and a constant dissatisfaction that my life is not what I want it to be. I’m always cooking, worrying about eating at social functions and turning a bit into a hermit.  What I need to find is a balance between the two. I need to bring more LOVE into my life and only I can control how receptive I am to it. Only I can generate love within myself for others, my environment and my life experiences. No one will do it for me. I am surrounded by love from others, yet I often feel dissatisfied and depressed. I am going to call this My Year of Love and I’ve just read an inspiring book that’s going to help! Wanna join me? If so, read on!love Continue reading

Book Review: “Better Than Before”

better-than-before-2Sarah’s Rap: When Melissa and I embarked on our month of posts related to forming and keeping good habits, Melissa recommended this book to me: “Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life” by Gretchen Rubin. At first I wondered how someone could make a whole book about forming habits. Don’t I just commit to making them and try my hardest to stick with it? Well, I trust Melissa’s book reviews as she’s never steered me wrong and I found another of Gretchen’s books  (“The Happiness Project”) packed full of helpful advice, so I gave it a try.

This book is chock full of great research on a variety of topics which impact our abilities to form habits and keep them, including personalities, motivators, scheduling strategies, accountability, monitoring, challenges and more. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in forming new healthy habits. By understanding more about the habit-forming beast, we can more easily tame it! Continue reading

Black Friday Awesomeness

Sarah’s Rap: Ahhhhh, the day after Thanksgiving. I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday. We celebrated with a traditional dinner, heavy on the Paleo and shared with family and friends. As nice as yesterday was though, it feels wonderful to not have anything on my agenda today other than getting our Christmas tree up. So here I sit before the family awakes, watching a Hallmark Christmas movie and writing this post in my pajamas. To top off all this magnificence, for breakfast I’m enjoying a slice of paleo-friendly pumpkin pie topped with whipped coconut cream and my favorite morning beverage, an Americano. It’s doesn’t get much better than this folks. And this pie turned out so well, I gotta say, that you can probably expect to see a post about it soon.

One thing that could make today even better though would be to get my holiday shopping knocked out without having to wait in any lines today. Don’t get me wrong, I can shop til I drop when I’m in the mood, but Black Friday crowds are definitely not my thing. Thank goodness for the Internet! If you feel the same way, you might want to check out the new Sister Rap Shop on Amazon. Do you like that segue? Yes, yes, I know it’s a shameful plug but we really are passionate about the items we’ve selected and want to share them with you. shopping-love-resized4 Continue reading

Crazy Sexy Love Notes for the Soul

love-notes-4-resizedSarah’s Rap:  This deck of cards is one of my favorite things. They’re not for playing poker or Go Fish, but instead they’re fifty-two notes to feed your soul and provide needed support and affirmation.

Melissa gave this to me as a gift a few years ago when I was struggling with my digestive health and the resulting emotional turbulence. I remember opening it up and seeing the title,”Crazy Sexy Love Notes”, thinking ‘what in the heck did she send me?’. Inside I found a brilliant concept by Kris Carr, a best-selling author, cancer survivor and wellness advocate. These cards are, as the box proclaims, “Messages from your wise & fabulous inner self.”  Continue reading