Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A couple things. I'm in the process of re-doing my website so you will notice changes here and there as you see me updating etc. I'm working with a young computer wiz who can help make the process easier and yes affordable. What a relief.

The next 'thing' I wanted to fill you in on, is a basic necessity of Vitamin D especially this time of year. We all know about Vitamin D and healthy bones, but what other benefits are there? How about to help decrease or prevent future colds and flu. Many in my circle of friends and health professionals are on the bandwagon of good old Vitamin D. In this instance it's the Vitamin D3 that is getting all the attention. I can tell you I sell out of it at my Doctors weekly. And since it's such an easy addition to your daily regime I wanted to let you in on something that can make a big difference this winter. Pill or powder form (ask me about the powder great for kids or adults alike), face it Vitamin D is worth supplementing this winter. Not only does Vitamin D3 show promising studies on helping prevent flu and other health complications, it also is known for it's role in helping with SAD. It has been suggested that seasonality and the symptoms of SAD may be due to changing levels of vitamin D3, the hormone of sunlight, leading to changes in brain serotonin.

And I don't know about you, but feeling more upbeat also sends a message to our immune system, thus strengthening it, as well. So I see it as a win win! Blood tests can be taken for Vit D levels...but the research I've seen states approximately 5000IU for adults daily who are not in the sun..and for children about 1000 to 2000 IU daily, depending on weight. Feel free to do your own research. Great article by the way...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Something I use and recommend! MochaTonix

I've been using this off and on and am starting to use it more regularly to keep my metabolism boosted! I use the packets as then I can take it with me. I use one third of the recommended dose I am somewhat sensitive to caffeine...the energy is do feel more 'clarity' and it tastes really good. I have only used the Mocha flavor...but the Cappuccino flavor equally as popular.

I either mix a teaspoon in my coffee or it can be mixed in milk (hot/cold) or hot water, like a hot chocolate! Worth trying!!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you'd like to try it or want more info!


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Monday, August 31, 2009

Eeek....has it been too long since I've blogged or what? I can blame summer (well ok...maybe not) but either way, I'm back and feel like getting into the swing of things!

It's been an interesting summer, weather has been off for the most part, some nice days thrown in, just to remind us, "oh's August etc" but overall we've really had to make due with some not so great days.

I wanted to compare that to our overall mental and physical health. We can plug along in our day to day...feeling 'ok' - not bad but not great...a few discomforts maybe or some upsets that affect our mood - and we find ourselves really not getting the most out of every day. Not good!

I've found that NOW is really all we have and trying to make the best of it works to our benefit in two ways. One - it helps us to make the most of where we are in life, right this second - allowing ourselves to just take it in, look for something, anything to appreciate and be relieved about - and to realize it's really not so bad. Secondly, making the best of our now, helps us to consider areas that we'd like to see improved, and to hold that vision of something better. Feeling good or better in our now, helps us to get closer to more of what we are wanting. Ah, but you may be thinking, 'well if I'm acknowledging that this situation is ok... then appreciating it will just keep me stuck here!' NOPE! Instead, it adds fuel and momentum to the next step or place you want to be...unless of course you haven't allowed yourself to want more or better!! Hmmm.....have you?? Have you allowed yourself to think about more for yourself or are you stuck? No matter what it is - a physical complaint or issue, or an emotional upset or life situation you want improved - have you allowed yourself to consider better for yourself? Or because YOU can't see a solution, you just don't let yourself go there? I've been there, done that...and it stinks. Not holding out hope for improvement keeps you on hold - and for some indefinitely. Start hoping and wondering what life would be like if you felt better or were in a different scenario - and then start feeling better about where you are - the ball will start rolling in a better direction, I promise. Pay attention and hold those thoughts.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I am a big believer in the Law of Attraction...and I didn't come by it easily. I've always been a 'searcher'...meaning I always am interested in finding easier and better ways to get stuff done. So early on when life would not be going my way..I turned to people and even my faith (Catholic) for answers. They helped...but never seemed to give me anything that really 'felt' like I had a handle on my life and wants and desires. I worked my way thru many self-help gurus...many who were helpful, actually and I'm sure it kept me on my path to where I am now. I still have my 'faith' and spiritual foundation..but no longer hold to many of the old beliefs that came with it.

I have learned over the past 7 yrs that I do have control, more than I thought. The overwhelming concept that keeps coming into play no matter HOW long you've been doing you really have to become more conscious of your thoughts on a regular basis. Your feelings can give you a clue as to where they are taking you...cause if you are not feeling know your thoughts are going somewhere that is not serving you, or lining up with what you want. Take the time to line up!! Here's a basic 'rant' from Abraham-Hicks that just sets a basic can come up with your own but anything is better than nothing!

I'm going to be happy. I'm going to be glad. I'm going to smile a lot. I'm going to be easy. I'm going to count my blessings. I'm going to look for reasons to feel good. I'm going to dig up positive things from the past. I'm going to look for positive things where I stand. I'm going to look for positive things in the future. It is my natural state to be a happy person. It's natural for me to love and to laugh. This is what is most natural for me. I am a happy person! --- Abraham - Sacramento, CA on Saturday, March 15th, 2003

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What's Your Passion?

I can admit one of mine....I'm a Read-Aholic. That's the first step right? Admitting it?

I think I was hooked one summer at one of our cottages - a rainy day and nothing to do -I'm sure my mom at her wits end after countless questions of.."what's there to doooo?" Finally suggested: "Read" And I did. I haven't looked back since.

I'd say I got started with comic books. Archie and Richie Rich, and the occasional Spiderman or Superman. After the entertaining yet quick reads of comic books I graduated to Nancy Drew. I read every single one of those and when realizing I had nothing in the house I hadn't read, moved on to my brother's Hardy Boys series. Not quite the same, but hey...I had a habit to supply!! :o)

Both of my parents were veracious readers, my dad especially. I can picture him with a book pretty much since I can remember. My two aunts were also read-aholics (runs in the family) and they were my saving grace over my years growing up. We traded books and talked authors constantly! "Did you read the latest Sue Grafton or Dick Francis?" No? I'll let you have mine when I'm done. And around the family they would go of course writing our initials on the front page so we knew we had already read it. A good rule of thumb of actually. One rarely threw away a book...I mean...its still good! I used to and still do donate old books or those I just didn't like to the library. The library was and is a lifesaver. I remember seeing a paperback I had seen my dad reading in the garbage...I asked..."What, no good?" He was, it was good, i just finished it. What??! I reverently snatched it out of the garbage and actually found a new author I liked! Yikes...threw it out...I was now lamenting how many books had he actually tossed till I knew this!

I lean towards mystery and a good novel...on rare occasion a romance type, but I had my Harlequin Romance stage back one summer and found I needed more substance. I have favorite authors...Dick Francis is pretty much at the top of my list for fiction. Just something about the way you always end up liking his main character, unassuming and clever and wishing you knew him yourself. Not to mention the mystery aspect always got you. So much so, as my aunt and I will both agree to doing- putting his books down and NOT reading it because we never wanted it to end.

I know I am rambling about this subject..I really have only just begun - but I realize this is and always has been a HUGE passion of mine and I'm not afraid to say it. :o) What about you...what makes you forget where you are because you just get lost in it? Everyone has something I hope it's a healthy part of your life.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Treat yourself time!

I am ready for some food changes now that the weather is changing. Lighter meals...trips to the farmer's market soon, new recipes to try. I really do enjoy cooking and experimenting. What can I say..I love to eat!! Even as I type this I am thinking about what I will have for lunch today. As it's Friday I decided to make it a 'treat' day and why the heck not?? Do you do this for yourself? I'm always curious as to what others do that I may not have thought of! For me today it means venturing out of my usual routine and exploring a bit. Feel free to share what works for you!

I'm noticing an abundance of what I assume are California strawberries in the stores. Yay....something different and a sure sign of spring. I did buy a container, cut and washed them and ate the entire pint! No guilt - not to mention delicous! I'm going to really make a weekend out of gathering a few new recipes to try. I mean I love old favorites...what would we do without them? But I'm game for something new as well. So much abundance out there waiting to be experienced. That goes for food too! Have a wonderful Friday! :o)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

What do you want? Do you know? And when you fine tune it a bit in your head or on paper ...Do you ever just ask for some simple clarity? I mean we all talk to ourselves...whether aloud or in our heads. But we all do it. I do it both ways! But lots of times I ask things without really being mindful of actually expecting an answer. I'm getting better at it. I tend to do better when it is something important and I am just getting to the end of my rope with knowing what to do.

Pretty much all of us were taught in order to get, be, or have something we have to DO something. Somewhat accurate. What I have learned over the last 7 yrs or more is that myself and lots of us tend to run around like a hamster on one of those wheels..."gotta be doing something, gotta be doing something" cause if I'm not doing 'something"- what I want will not be able to show up! Not correct. There's doing something and there's 'doing' something...(love that analogy). When you are asking questions...and by asking I mean asking your inner guidance or asking God, the 'Big Guy' upstairs, the Universe, Spirit...(whatever works for you) what the heck would be something I could do to help myself get to where I want to be. And then let go of it. Trust comes in here. And that is usually where most of us waver. We 'know' we should trust...we know pretty much that things can and do happen for us - but because we don't know how, or when exactly, we start doubting - thus starting the 'gotta be doing somethings' all over again.

What I have noticed for lots of times I get these ideas or inspirations of something that feels like 'fun' or kind of exciting because of the possibilities or I may read something or talk to someone who is doing something similar. (I love that!). And lots of times (hate to admit) I sit there and analyze it to death. My recent clarity on the subject is that I tend to worry about failing or looking stupid, or what would people think. etc etc. I've decided to do less of THAT and instead more of what feels good - that means letting mself get excited about something, letting myself TRY some of my inspired ideas and knowing that by my getting out of the way more (playing more when I just get so frustrated or worried) because that just keeps it all at arms length!

I'm 40 something years old. And you know...I'm really getting tired of being less than I believe I could be. I'm very appreciative of where I am..and how far I've come. And yet I know there's more out there and darn it..I want some too. No more giving a RATS ASS what may or may not go right...time to just enjoy the 'getting there' part of it all too!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I've been waiting for this... my first Robin sighting...I pride myself every spring to be one of the first people to see one. I'm sure I'm NOT the first but I like to kid myself to thinking that these springtime birds are flaunting themselves just for me. I saw 2 on my lawn early this morning...still not daylight completely but it was obvious. I felt like they were bouncing along the grass, looking back at me to make sure they were spotted! Sigh...feels good to know that spring has officially landed - on my lawn, mind you!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Yes...Monday - no getting around it.

I remember when I worked weekends and would have Mondays off - a different frame of mind entirely. But Mondays are also considered the beginning of the week and the beginning or fresh start of anything always deserves a positive outlook. Or at least we can try!

The sun is out..the birds are chirping away - the temps are warmer - folks around here wandering without coats, and the other morning someone had their convertable top down on their car! Yikes! I think it was still in the 30s that morning...but in Buffalo anything goes when spring is due.

I got up early and was almost the first person at the gym - so that felt good. Have some leftovers to take to work to eat, so that feels good - got to connect with my wonderful guy this morning and will again, so that feels good, I have the Golden Girls on and that always feels good, I also am off Thurs thru Sunday this week so THAT feels good...gee...I'm on a roll! :o) Guess the bottom line here is there is always something to feel good about and when you find it - MILK it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ah yes, it's Friday...and since I don't really work weekends anymore I am very much in appreciation mode! (Our cat Jasmine has it down pat as far as relaxation goes.)

As a natural health practitioner and coach I do work from home alot...but I also have a part time gig as well. I'm slowly making the mental transition to getting ready to quit as it really is not something I feel overly drawn to. It's a 'job' and while I know my skills are appreciated, I am one who needs to feel more productive in general. Over the years I have held MANY positions...and it's really been quite the eye opener. So many opportunities and ways to figure out what we are good at and what we enjoy. I recommend it if you really do not know what your niche is. I did figure out long ago not to 'settle' when it comes to just about anything. Its fine to make peace with where you are and find the positive aspects - but to stay put in a situation that doesn't work for you's draining after a while. Not fun!

So much out there and experiences and people - somethings can start out as a hobby and grow to a job or business. You tend to meet folks who are also jazzed in what they are doing too and that helps immensely!

I'm rambling I know...but as I's Friday, I am happy it's Friday and am going to make it a good day, even if work is involved! :o) You can too, just make the decision to look for what feels good and you'll find more of it.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hello all...I'm off my part-time gig today...and was hoping for warmer temps to get out walking. Walking is my 'cardio' of choice..I walk fast normally, but turn it up even more for some fat burning. However 20-something degrees makes me whine till I get warmed up so lots of times I pass. Not good, I know. I do use the gym a few blocks down, but after a long winter the outdoors is really calling me these days.

For me, nature is a huge 'pacifier' - routinely improves my mood and uplifts me even if I was already feeling good. Nature is an 'absorber' of energy, while giving energy at the same time. Quite amazing really. When I was studying my herbal studies, one of the exercises we did regularly was to walk outside in nature barefoot...on the beach, the grass, or in the water - what this does is absorb alot of the extra energy we take in daily from TV, computers etc. VERY helpful for calming and improving sleep. Something I need to do more regularly, for sure. Of course I was in California at the time and it's a tad easier to be outside in nature year round there! But I find even in Buffalo there are still opportunities to be out there. For instance a few times this winter I was out late at night shoveling snow. I found this extremely peaceful and soothing...working up a sweat while the silence and new snow was all around me.

Don't take the beauty around you for really can be healing if you let it in regularly.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wow...has time flown or what? I'm ready and waiting for spring in good ol' Buffalo NY...warmer temps today but the wind is cooling things off a bit. I'm finding myself into spring mode, regardless and am on a mission of cleaning things out of my house. I tend to do one room at a time but it's very freeing! I'm also looking for and trying new recipes as we tend to get in a rut it seems...and I must say I am BORED with what I've been eating of late. Also a vegetarian for yrs, I tend to experiment quite a bit for that reason alone.

Will share if I find anything good! Feel free to do the same