"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us." ~ Marianne Williamson

Friday, October 28, 2011

Meet our Inspirational Person of the Month: Maritza Melendez

See, Believe, & Achieve Inspirational Person of the Month
Maritza Melendez, Arrives in Washington, D.C. to embark on the grueling 26.2 mile run of her life!


Stay tuned for the upcoming post about Maritza Melendez, who will be running in this year's Run for Wounded Warrior's Marathon in support of wounded warriors like herself. After a severe back injury led to an extensive surgery, doctors informed her that she could possibly never walk again, much less run. Six months later, this former U.S. Marine, mother of two, personal fitness trainer, and certified nutritionist is just two days away from proving the nay sayers wrong. Please join me in wishing Maritza good luck as she pursues her goal to finish the 26.2 mile race with a personal goal to finish in 4-hours! She truly is an inspirational person whose story embodies what it means to See, Believe, & Achieve!

Please join me in supporting Maritza and our wounded warriors by visiting her page and donating to this great cause! http://www.active.com/donate/teamazalea2011/mmelend11

Inspirational Person of The Month

It has been a busy few weeks for me and in the brief moments between work and rehearsals for an upcoming musical I'm in (phew!), I have found myself reflecting on the people that keep me motivated. I was inspired to include a monthly post featuring inspirational people I have met (and will continue to meet) along my journey, who have moved me to be better, work harder, and stay positive. The human spirit is so powerful and surrounding yourself with positive people is essential to good mental health.

I love people and nothing keeps me going than someone who has overcome a difficult situation in their life or encompasses such a passion towards life, that it pushes me to continue moving forward. The people who live to inspire and motivate others are true celebrities to me. Regular folks making a difference. Now that's something worth writing about!

I'm excited about introducing you to the upcoming individuals each month and hope you find a message of hope and motivation to get you through your own journey!

Stay tuned....

Big hugs,
Ane :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Go B-A-N-A-N-A-S for Mental Health!


Well, thanks to Gwen Stefani's song "Hollaback Girl" I will forever know how to correctly spell the word banana. This fruit is my favorite of all time, not only because it tastes great, but it is one of the best brain foods. Bananas contain Tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid that converts to Serotonine. Seretonine is what affects our mood, causing us to feel happy (high serotinine) or sad (low serotonine). During my talks about mental health, I constantly refer to the term Serotonine, which serves as the base in helping to send out signals to various parts of the brain. Although Serotonine is developed in the brain the majority of it is stored in our digestive tract. This is just another reason why eating healthy is so important not only for your physical health, but mental health as well. So back to why bananas are rad. The Tryptophan found in bananas is also found in turkey and other protein foods. Tryptophan is associated with that sleepy feeling you get after that big Thanksgiving dinner. I tell ya, share this info at the dinner table this year and your potential in-laws will think you're the smarty pants they were hoping their son/daughter would always find!

Personally, I love bananas and have found them to be beneficial not just to my mental health, but also physical health. In prepping for Miss America and that pesky swimsuit portion of competition, I ate at least five bananas a day. Not only are they good for your mental health, but also help with weight loss and insomnia. Feeling a little puffy? Eat a banana. Had a little too much to drink during that Sunday night football game and your head is pounding? Slice a banana in your cereal. The list goes on and on! So the next time you're having a bad day and need an extra boost, instead of reaching for that can of soda or candy bar- try eating a banana first and see how you feel.

Now, who would have thought a simple fruit would have such great benefits? Maybe a banana a day is what really keeps the doctor away? Hmmmm....now maybe that's something that would make Gwen sing, "This shhhh is bananas...B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

PS- Check out this great link that tells you a little more about how awesome bananas are- Going Bananas

With love,
Ane :)