What do you think about positive affirmations?  It is such a glorious truth that our brains are moldable and can be rewired at any age or stage in life.  This was a major concept that I enjoyed in my Mayo Clinic Wellness Coaching training where Dr. Michael Burke taught that, “What fires together wires together.”  In other words, you become much like what you think about and dwell on.  The more you think negative thoughts, the more easily those negativities take over your life.  Fortunately, it works in the other direction, too.

There are all kinds of excellent affirmations that you can incorporate into your day.  For my own positive affirmations, I was inspired recently by an excellent message called Words to Live By by Craig Groeschel at Life Church.  Using Biblical truth, I am daily feeding my brain nuggets that will change how I think about my specific areas of worry.  Because “what fires together wires together,” these Biblical truths will ultimately rewire change my perspective and reactions to daily life.  Here are a few of my Biblical Affirmations:

  • God is my provider, and I serve Him with my whole being.
  • I am creative, innovative, focused and blessed beyond measure because the Holy Spirit dwells within me.
  • Neither failure nor success define my value.

With the link above, you can define your own areas of anxiety and develop a personalized list.  Let’s all START SOMEWHERE to tell ourselves the truth in 2017!

Ask Dr. Debbie:  I discovered your blog from your art videos on YouTube.  Why do you do both art and health videos?  -Gayle L. Thank for for this thought-provoking question!  It’s really fun to think back on how all of this started.  As far back as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed playing with arts and crafts.  When my younger brother was born, I recall the joy of getting a big coloring book and a new 64-count box of Crayolas with a built-in sharpener.  A playmate and my very own art supplies!  My adult art endeavors such as scrapbooking, knitting, and art journaling evolved after I finished Dental School and have varied in intensity as our children were growing up. Knitting is a perfect “waiting for someone to get home” hobby and I have a fabulous funky poncho to show for those late nights.  As I have had more time for hobbies, I realized how relaxing and rejuvenating those creative quests were.  Then, when “mama went back to school,” I started learning the actual scientifically-proven health benefits of stress-busting activities.  For fun, I’ve taught some art journaling and journal-binding classes; before long, we started filming the Snail Mail series.  It was never a grand plan; it just happened naturally!

It is approximated that at least 75 percent of visits to primary care physicians have stress at the source.  Finding constructive ways to nourish your creativity is a great way to have fun and to LIVE YOUNGER.  Thanks, Gayle, for letting me reminisce!    

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup (Cooking Classy)

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped green onions (including whites, mince the whites)
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced (leave seeds if you want soup spicy, omit if you don’t like heat)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth (you can make your own!)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 3 medium avocados, peeled, cored and diced
  • Tortilla chips, Monterrey jack cheese, sour cream for serving (optional)

Here’s the drill:

  1. In a large pot heat 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add green onions and jalapenos and saute until tender, about 2 minutes, adding garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing.
  2. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, cumin, season with salt and pepper to taste and add chicken breasts.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to medium, cover with lid and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken has cooked through 10 – 15 minutes (cook time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts).
  4. Reduce burner to warm heat, remove chicken from pan and let rest on a cutting board 5 minutes, then shred chicken and return to soup.
  5. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Add avocados to soup just before serving (if you don’t plan on serving the soup right away, I would recommend adding the avocados to each bowl individually, about 1/2 an avocado per serving).
  6. Serve with tortilla chips, cheese and sour cream if desired.

A Quote I’m Pondering by Henry Ford:

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

Start Somewhere today thinking you CAN do a thing to improve your health. Use positive affirmations to propel yourself into changing for the good this year. You can do it! I will help you.

Positive Affirmations

Positive Affirmations