• Your body knows best…

    Posted on October 31 2012 by SecretWeapon in Blog, Success with 0 comments

    Excerpt from “How to Create PRO$PERITY from What You Already Do” by Angela DiCarlo, MBA

    "How to Create PRO$PERITY from What You Already Do" by Angela DiCarlo, MBA.I have yet to meet someone who has been completely happy with their body their entire life.

    We all go through ups and downs, injuries, sicknesses, weight gain and loss, and all types of body changes throughout our lifetime. At every Vision Board Workshop I have led, almost everyone shows that they care about their health by maintaining or improving it.

    Luckily, I have eaten my way through enough programs to make my ideal body a reality.  The key that I have found to being happy with this body I carry around is to pay attention to it.

    At the time of this writing, I am not a certified nutritionist or fitness trainer so I cannot tell you what to eat or how to work out.  I did want to share the keys to what I have learned to create a program that has worked for me consistently over the years to keep me feeling healthy and young.

    My health experience comes from always being a health conscious person as well as working in the nutrition field for Balance Bar, creating my own health food company, co-founding a kid’s fitness program, teaching aerobics at health clubs, attending countless health focused workshops, and reading massive amounts of books on nutrition programs. At one point, I owned every top selling diet book written to see what information we were being told and perhaps to find another nugget of gold to add to my own program.

    So what it is the secret to creating ultimate health?

    It may not be what you think it is.  For most people, it is not realistic or healthy to get down to the dress size of a super skinny model. For others, it may not seem possible to get on the cover of a fitness magazine with ripped abs. For most, it is just to feel better about the body you are carrying around and getting comfortable in your skin. I have found that when you are happy in your skin, it reflects across everything you do. When you can look in the mirror and love you for you, then you have found peace.

    To feel healthy means to really listen to your body.  If you eat something that does not make you feel good afterwards, make a mental note of it.  When I am being really good about tracking my health, I write down everything I eat during the day in a food journal and make a note of how I felt.  When something helps me feel energized and raring to go, I make a double note of it and draw a happy face in my journal.  This has helped to identify my food allergies, stomach irritants and beneficial foods as well as things that cause me to gain or lose weight or felt more energized than other foods.

    There are hundreds if not thousands of books written about health, fitness and nutrition. If you have read more than one, then you can feel as frustrated as I did because they often contradict each other or they read like a text book making it impossible to understand. High fat, low fat, high protein, avoid carbs, eat carbs, fasting, eat only this food or that, drink this miracle weight loss shake, cleanse, exercise more, eat less, eat at this time, go vegan, eat only meat, this is good or that is bad.  It is enough to overwhelm any sane person.

    Set your food plan to one that seems like it will work for you based on what you really want to eat and then go with it.

    Track what you eat in a food journal for a week so you can be conscious of what it does to your body and adjust as needed to feel better. Write down what you eat and drink for a week and then look back and see if you liked how it made you feel. Are there any adjustments you could make to help you feel better? Are your portion sizes too big or small to keep you satisfied for a couple hours? Were you dragging all week so you drank more coffee or caffeinated drinks? Did you eat too much of one food and not enough of another?

    Once you can visibly see what you ate, it is much easier to create a diet you love and that makes you feel good.  And by diet, this does not mean a weight loss program.  A diet is what you eat every day.  It is your nutrition program. Diet is not a bad word, but dieting can be. By just being conscious of what you are eating, you can improve or maintain your health. Almost every restaurant has meals that can be fit into your personal program, even if it means ordering only off the appetizer or a la carte menu to fit your food needs.

    If you have a family, spouse or roommate, it may mean that you eat different meals and possibly at different times.  Growing up, I sometimes ate completely different food than my siblings and parents because I knew those foods irritated my stomach but they were fine for them. For instance, I would often get a stomachache when I ate dairy ice cream or drank a milk shake. Talk about a major bummer when your dad takes you and your brother out to ice cream to celebrate your good grades and you suffer for two hours later with severe stomach pain. Luckily, I learned that there were other desserts I could eat like Rainbow Sherbet so I could still celebrate and not suffer the pain afterwards.

    If your stomach hurts or you get heartburn after eating something, pay attention to what it was and try to avoid that food item next time.

    Your body knows best.

    You may still be able to eat that type of food just try to skip whatever triggered the pain. Maybe there is a certain spice or hot sauce that causes you pain every time you eat it. You can look on the internet to see if there is an alternative recipe to the something you love but that has caused you pain. In my case, I could not eat traditional dairy ice cream, but I could eat gelato, soy or rice ice cream that tasted just as good but did not cause me any stomach pain afterwards.

    My philosophy on food has been that it should satisfy your hunger, taste delicious and make you feel energized afterward. Anything that requires you to take a pill, in my opinion should be avoided. If you have to take an antacid, a gas relief pill, lactose intolerance pills, heartburn relief pills or any pill just to eat that food, then your body is probably not digesting it properly and you may not be getting the nutrients you need. If it requires a pill to digest afterward, try to avoid it or replace it with an alternative food.

    When you get a craving for something, try to figure out if it is a mental craving or a physical craving.  Once you can separate the two, you will know if it is your body screaming for nutrients that are lacking or your mind screaming for attention to fix something not food-related by eating something that is not good for you. Tracking your food in a journal can really help to identify the difference.

    If your body constantly craves salt or bread, take a look at how much of those foods you are already eating. If you see a lack, then add some, if you see abundance, then adjust accordingly.  Most of the cravings are triggered by your body having gotten used to getting so much of something like salt or bread that if you cut back you may crave something that may not be the best for you in that quantity. I know from my experience with bread cravings that after a few weeks of cutting back, the craving goes away and I could eat normal servings instead of binging on something I did not need.

    If you want to get started right or along the way get confused, see a professional nutritionist. Your local health food store often has a trained nutritionist on staff that can answer your questions for free and refer you to someone who can give you a complete program if you want professional assistance.

    I have also found nutrition workshops to be helpful. A naturopath taught a workshop where we sampled some amazing fruits and veggies that I had never thought to eat before but are now a staple in my diet. I took other workshops by an Auyervedic nutritionist who taught me about alkaline and acidic foods. Another taught me about eating right for my blood type. And another that taught me about eating certain proportions of protein to fat to carbohydrates.

    All of that information was great and I learned a lot, but when it came to creating my ideal body, the most important thing I did was track my food in a journal and adjust as needed when something triggered an allergy or caused pain.  Also, like in the old story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, knowing proper portion size is important. Did you have enough food, too much food or was it just right?

    This is what I have found to be most helpful to my ongoing well being that has helped me to maintain a body that I am comfortable and happy in.

    Best of health to you!

    Angela DiCarlo, MBA
    Mastering Being AliveTM

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  • This is what I live for…

    Posted on October 10 2012 by SecretWeapon in Blog, Inspiration, Success, Uncategorized with 0 comments

    When you create something that is your original work, there are many reasons you keep it hidden away.

    But when you create something and share it with the world and get positive feedback, you remember why you created the work to being with.  Case in point…

    Then you get another message and realize that you are happy you finally took that old project that has been brewing in your mind out of the deep recesses of your secret hideaway.

    The encouragement of the friendly note helps you let the fear slip away and you start sharing your gifts with more people.

    Soon you have a following, a fan base, clients, people who love your work and crave more….and you feel….scared, nervous, excited, thrilled, exuberant, happy, and a whole myriad of emotions.

    The “what if?” thoughts start coming to mind.

    What if they are just being nice? What if I can’t write anything better than this? What if I have to give a speech about what I wrote? What if I get called out on something I believe in? What if people love it now and hate it later? What if I have nothing else to offer?

    But then you suck up the “what ifs” and read the praise letters again. You read your book or review your project again. You smile at how amazing it is that you created something so powerful. No, scratch that. That you channeled something so powerful to share with others. The thoughts were not necessarily mine. They were my experiences described from the point of view I was living in that moment. Views or words or images that I felt were important enough to share with others.

    So I reflect on the ups and downs, the excitement and the potential. I share this because these thoughts are not new. Every living being who has lived has experienced something similar. A fear of taking a chance, of putting their words out in public, of taking a stand for what they believe in. Whether you have a team to help you or you are leading the pack, then you are making a difference.

    If you have ever walked at the head of a group of people, leading the way, then you know what I mean. You are moving forward and you have to keep moving forward or the whole group will stop. They trust you to lead them. If you spend all your time looking back to see if they are following, then they may start to doubt your abilities. But as a leader, you understand your role and you walk strong.  You exemplify confidence and if you start to falter, you drift back and let someone else lead the way.  Next time you are in a group of people walking, take the chance and get in front alone and see how it feels.

    For me, walking as the leader was something I did not really experience until I was older. I had always been the smallest kid in my class until I was 16 so naturally, the little kids with shorter legs go in the back of the group. Learning to walk in front confidently was something that took trust and faith.  The same thing applies to putting your dream works out there. You have a subconscious faith that you know how to walk and hopefully equal faith that you create something unique in your work. As you put your project out to the world, it is as if you walk to the front of the group and lead the way. These notes of encouragement are the reminders that everyone is following a long and trusting in you and your works. Stay amazing!

    And as Dr. Wayne Dyer said “Don’t die with your song still in you.” Share your magic with the world!

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  • Visit Prosperity at www.ProsperityAndFriends.comClick for details

    This project started as a wish made with friends.

    Prosperity & Friends is an illustrated Cartoon Activity Workbook called “Inspire! with Prosperity & Friends.” The world needs role models now more than ever. Prosperity Angel is the lead character and together with her friends, they take readers through fun activities like goal setting, drawing their own cartoon, learning valuable life lessons, and other fun activities.

    The book is the first step in this magical series through the Multiverse. All backers will get finished copies of the book. The book is ideal for all ages and backgrounds. Those who have seen the notes and the drawings are excited about the finished project. We are on Kickstarter to raise funds for the drawings and prints. Visit www.ProsperityAndFriends.com to support the project.

    Why we are on Kickstarter:

    Meet Prosperity at www.ProsperityAndFriends.com

    Angela started telling her friends about the project and friends told her to post it on Kickstarter. They said the people who visit this site are amazing, generous, forward thinkers. Preparing this project for Kickstarter was a pleasure and we are all excited about how much amazing work we can give back to all our generous backers and friends.Prosperity Angel’s biggest wish is to provide thousands of copies of this book to adults and youth who are in transition in their life. Those who feel lost or just want more happiness. This book is for people who have amazing lives or want them. We want the series to be translated into multiple languages to help people all over the world and of course, all over Prosperity’s Multiverse. The first work will be completed by August 2012.

    Prosperity’s creator is Angela DiCarlo, MBA, a motivational speaker, author and friend. Angela has done much in life and Prosperity is the next step in giving back. Angela has started kid’s fitness programs, non-profits, run successful marketing campaigns, written books, helped grow many businesses, taught hundreds of workshops, hosted radio shows, and lots of other fun ventures.

    The cartoonist is Mr Scott the Illustrator. His work is inspiring and fun.

    We went to Kickstarter to raise funds for this project and get awareness out of the characters. We know that it takes a community to create amazing results. Without you, there would be no readers.

    Prosperity started as a vision and has become a reality through the encouragement of friends. This first book will be our gift to those who want a better life. Adults and children have shown great love to the concept of Prosperity and Friends.

    Please visit us online:

    1. ProsperityAndFriends.com
    2. Facebook.com/ProsperityAndFriends
    3. AngelaDiCarlo.com

    Prosperity Angel was created to be a role model of the future. She is fun, sets goals, is environmentally conscious and lives healthy. Her friends make her complete. They love being role models, contributing to the betterment of society and sharing amazing music.

    Prosperity & Friends Kickstarter Video

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  • Client Success: Hair Salon

    Posted on March 29 2011 by SecretWeapon in Blog, Success, Success Stories, Testimonials with 0 comments

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    “Angela DiCarlo is a master at her craft. She is able to trouble shoot, resolve, and launch your business hopes and aspirations. She came highly recommended from another colleague of mine in the beauty industry. When I met with her I felt very comfortable talking to her about my future goals and what directions I would like to take my business.

    “She was very informative. She had great ideas that were easily adaptable to my line of work, and her follow up was most impressive. She genuinely cares about your vision and displays that by being in touch and always being consistent with her work. She got me in contact with a lot of people who were a benefit to myself as an owner, and as a business woman in general. I would recommend Angel DiCarlo to any business owner who is looking for a new set of eyes to help take their business to the next level.”

    Kitty Leigh
    Owner, Hair and Make up artist of Live 2 Dye

    http://www.ilive2dye.com/

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  • ResourceLink-GlobalClick for details

    Designed 3-part marketing brochure including updating all web text and business cards for mega vendor negotiation firm. Learn more about this firm at www.ResourceLink-Global.com.

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