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August 8, 2013

Lori Brothers: Raise your standards for better health



Where do your attitudes, willingness, lack of conviction, and pride or prejudice come from? What have you refused to try to do differently? What limitations will you need to go beyond to accomplish the higher quality you deserve?

Taking even a short examination of what makes you tick may be enlightening. Some of us may avoid this kind of “looking deeper,” fearing that it may be painful. Often, when you give yourself permission to follow a stale habit to the root, you will find that, just like when you were afraid of what might be hiding in the closet as a child, it’s your imagination, or in this case, your habitual way of doing things unconsciously that is the culprit.

No more boogey man.

Just the action of setting a new standard can be powerful enough to create a new habit and a new outcome, whether the goal is weight loss, improved health issues, or other life outcomes you can intend, such as going back to school.

It’s all about building confidence.

Live Strong notes that, “A mark of confidence is the ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and weaknesses without judgment and use the insights collected to constructing a strategy for personal success.”

The honest truth brings clarity. Claim your crown. Knowing why you resist change, may not be as important as building the confidence to change what you expect from yourself, and for yourself. Begin by owning your strengths and weaknesses. Self-acceptance can breed success.

(Lori Brothers is the director of The Dean Ornish Program For Reversing Heart Disease at Jameson Hospital,


Watermelon-Peach Salsa

1/2 cup hot pepper jelly

1 tablespoon lime zest

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 cups seeded and diced fresh watermelon

1 cup peeled and diced fresh peaches

1/3 cup fresh basil

1/3 cup chopped fresh chives

3 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

Salt and freshly ground pepper


Whisk together pepper jelly, lime zest, and lime juice in a bowl; stir in watermelon and next 3 ingredients.

Season halved baby tomatoes with salt and pepper to taste; spoon into cocktail glasses. Top with salsa. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Note: You can substitute hot pepper jelly with mild, medium or hot jarred salsa!

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