Wednesday, December 21, 2011

5 Health Tips You Can Ignore

myth 6 I've always wanted to comment on some of these subjects when I hear folks discussing - Most times I hold my tongue as it's not that important.  But it irks me just the same!

1)  Cold Weather Increases Your Chances of Catching a Cold.   NOPE - You may get a chill if not properly dressed, but a cold, no.  The cold/flu virus comes by way of a 'germ' air born or by touching something.  So a good practice is to wash your hands when you come in from being out or occasionally while at work etc.

2) If You Exercise You Can Eat Whatever You Want - I wish!  Of course I wished I exercised more too! lol  But really...the bottom line is calories add up due to the foods we choose...and while exercise is a great idea to tone up and burn some calories..don't think you can 'chow down' just because you took that extra flight of stairs or did 30 min of cardio.  Cutting back on unhealthy foods and increasing exercise will help to do the job.

3) Low Salt Diets Are Good For You - Lots of new findings coming out saying the low salt diet may be doing more harm than good!  I always felt that was incomplete.  With salt I always felt whenever you start messing with a natural substance to make it more 'presentable' and nice looking (white) then how much of it is really what is should be?  I've used Celtic Sea Salt for over 15 yrs...and I LOVE it.  Enhances the taste of food...and you actually use less.  Full of the minerals from the ocean it's taken from..our bodies benefit.  Our body fluids are mostly a saline solution - makes sense to replace it in a healthy way.  Consider it this way, iodized table salt, and sea salt is like comparing hydrogenated vegetable oil to pure virgin olive oil.  Buffalo News Article

4) Attitude Has No Bearing on Our Health -  Again...I beg to differ!  Most of us are 'reactors' to our daily life.  Meaning we base our moods on how things do or don't go for us.  I know better and I still do it sometimes!  Read this from the Independent News UK:

"Robert Sapolsky, professor of biological sciences at Stanford University and an authority on stress, puts it like this: "In fight-or-flight, your body turns off all the long-term building and repair projects," he says. "Constant high levels of cortisol take your body's eye off the ball. Memory and accuracy are both impaired. Patrols for invaders aren't sent out, you tire more easily, you can become depressed and reproduction gets downgraded." Exposed to chronic stress for years, high blood levels of glucose and fatty acids increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes."

5)  I Don't Believe in Vitamins - Ok...maybe this isn't a 'myth' - ha...but I had to bring it up because I hear it soooo often!  When someone says this I almost want to respond with...then I suppose gravity is something you have a problem with too?  I know...sarcasm for sure!

But I do try to come back with a more intelligent answer than the statement, by pointing out that you don't have to 'believe' in vitamins...vitamins don't really care.  Vitamins are just 'there' - in our foods, in nature - they've been there since the beginning of time.  Nonchalantly supplying our bodies with nutrients (we decided to call them vitamins) that we use up as needed to keep healthy and strong. And since our food sources have changed so much...we are finding the good old vitamins that are supposed to be there have been stripped away by pesticides, genetically engineered foods, processing, etc.  So yes...most of us need to consider adding some nutrients to our daily diets.  I choose herbs or other concentrated supplements and I feel better for it.  Hopefully you are doing it too!

Just shedding some light on some practices you may want to re-think - hopefully to incorporate new thoughts and practices into your life and your family's.  ☺

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Boy oh boy...Am I getting high tech or what??   Ok..well, maybe low tech if there was such a word, meaning I realize I'm behind the times, but GETTING there.  That should count for something!  

Watch my swell video to learn about something that is happening in the new year!! Ladies forward to any of your friends who may be interested!  A full-packed day with so much you can use to improve your life in EVERY area! ☺

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Good Witch and the Bad Witch  

Ah yes, those reading that title should have the movie the Wizard of Oz come to mind!  A good example of the wanted and unwanted!

Working with clients as well as in a natural store setting, I can't help but notice the huge increase in stomach and intestinal complaints.  So many of them are related to a similar issue but rarely treated appropriately, medically.  At least not with any lasting effects.  Today there is something I want to encourage even if you DON'T have any obvious issues, would be The Good Witch i.e. Probiotics. ☺

So what are Probiotics? Our bodies come prepared with our own!  Probiotics are live microorganisms residing in the intestinal tract helping to keep it functioning in a state of health.  They are considered the 'good' bacteria.  However when the unwanted bacteria becomes overpowering, symptoms start to show themselves.  Thus enters the Bad Witch.  Supplementing with additional Probiotics helps get this ongoing balance back on track. 

Sometimes you have to drop a house on the bad witch..what can I say?  lol  But seriously you have to go at this type of imbalance with diligence!  Stay with it for lasting results.  I know many have heard the concept of taking a 'probiotic' after using an Antibiotic (causes diarrhea for many) but this is not the only time to use a probiotic.  

Stress, numerous prescription meds, sugar/yeasty foods are the main offenders that bring about the lack of balance.  Some symptoms you may be experiencing that you may not attribute to Yeast overgrowth:  constipation, diarrhea, colitis, IBS, canker sores, muscle/joint pain, congestion, nagging cough, , numbness/tingling in the extremities, acne, night sweats, itching, fibromyalgia, vaginitis/vaginal yeast, eczema, depression................  So you see - many of these issues are treated as they are...not always realizing there can be an underlying cause!!  Which is why many things keep coming back. 

I like to mix things up a bit when it comes to tackling this problem.  You might see one or more of these my counter:  a good over the counter probiotic (Lactobacillus acidophilus), my Olive Leaf, my Liver Detox Tea, eating more fresh garlic or various products I have with garlic in them, and pure coconut oil are all very helpful to get things back in balance.

Stick with this as you would a multi vitamin...and just realize it does help to change things up every now and then so your body doesn't get used to one thing.  

For more information, you can comment here, or get in touch below.   :o) or 716-400-0532

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Being A Little Squirelly...

I find this time of year it pays to be a 'little squirrelly'.  And by that I mean doing a bit of gathering to be ready for the upcoming months.  It's kind of like having the basic staples in your pantry for when you want to make something - stuff you always try to have on hand as it can be such a nuisance when you are in the middle of a recipe to find you are out of one or two ingredients.  Bummer!!
There is nothing worse than needing something right at that moment and having to put on the brakes and grumble to yourself that you should have checked first, *@#! it all!!   Yes...'bummer' is probably not the word that comes out of my mouth in that instance - lol.  But you get my drift.

The winter months are no different.  I'd rather have what I need and never use it, instead of kicking myself for being without.  Peace of mind counts for alot...I mean why add more stress to this time of year, knowing you 'should' have had this or should have done order to be ready.  

There is no reason you and your family can't breeze through the fall/winter months and the typical cold and flu season, feeling great!  I'm taking orders for my infamous "Immune Boost' as well as my powerful 'Anti-Plague' formula...Both come in capsules and liquid tincture. I keep something at work or in my purse at all I hate when I'm exposed to folks coughing and sneezing around me and I have nothing to take till I get home.  I find I can avoid 90% of germs by taking something as soon as possible  And I'm not a fanatic but I'm good at washing my hands at work, or as soon as I get home from being out in public - and especially before you eat.

My basic checklist to have on hand for winters in Western NY:

Immune Boost 
Herbal Throat Spray
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Throat Coat Tea
Ginger Tea (fun flavors out there..but helps with fevers)
Candles and Batteries for flashlights
More canned products on hand in case of electricity issues. 
Splurge on the soft tissues!

Hopefully you will join me in being a little 'squirrely' this season.  This is one area you can control more than you think.  And don't hesitate to take advantage of my online consultation special running - 50% discount - Online Consult Special

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Beginnings

Wow...Middle of September already....!!  August flew by for me...I moved and am still getting settled - I have to admit it took a lot out of me - change...which in this case is good, but it still doesn't mean there isn't a 'getting used to it' period.  I'm finding that out!  But as the dust settles I'm finding lots to appreciate about where we used to be and where I am now.  All in attitude!!

Now the weather is also changing.  Big surprise - lol  But I absolutely LOVE Fall.  I love the colors, the smells, wood burning fireplaces, gorgeous trees, long walks, cool nights-the change over to different clothes again...more blankets on the bed, you get the idea.  Change can be good!  Again it's all attitude.  Granted summer is winding down...but what a beautiful summer we had here, in Western NY.  NO complaints at all...we really enjoyed some amazing weather.  So it's time to move forward.

So with a new season's a perfect time to make some changes in our own worlds.  What have you been thinking about or curious about lately that you haven't acted on?  A possible job or career change?  A new exercise or eating program?  A cool vacation trip you've always been curious about?  A class you've been itching to take?  Why not do it?  Or at least make some calls to see what may be possible for you to at least make some plans.  Involve the family or your kids with any of these...make them a part of the process.  Moving forward is what it's all about, and if you are like me, having something to look forward to, gives that process a whole new meaning.

What does this all have to do with our health?  Getting healthy or staying healthy?  Well - as the winter months approach, finding ways to enjoy the days ahead, instead of focusing on the cold and snow, blah days, or possibility of cold and flu season - now you can focus on all the good that you have in front of you.  You see, as I've been saying for you think and how you approach ANYTHING has a direct effect on outcome.  So if you are focused on what's good, positive, etc, you attract more of the same into your daily experience.  It stands to reason that feeling good physically will also be a part of that outcome.

So start making a list of what you enjoy, or would like to enjoy over the next few months.... and you will see all kinds of opportunities present themselves to you - you will see how much Divine Energy wants to be like a fairy-godmother to each of us..and will scramble to help you to 'have it all' and have fun in the process.

PS...Happy Birthday to my sister Joan! :o)

Friday, July 29, 2011

What Age Do You Want To Be?

For many reading this...if you honestly ask yourself how you feel in your body, the way it is right tend to feel your age.  And it doesn't matter how old you are.  Day to day, week to week an ongoing theme plays out where we will find an area to be unhappy with - weight, muscle tone, endurance, skin or hair issues, not to mention health issues we'd like to wave 'bye-bye' to. Maybe a job we detest, relationship that's blah or bank account balance that could be higher.   Put one or more of these 'undesirables' all together and suddenly we feel a certain age.  And as we focus and feel, so we become.

Yikes...put on the brakes!   It's high time to reinvent ourselves!!

Now what does THAT mean? a nutshell - reinventing yourself means you have to change your approach constantly to keep making room for improvement!  For me it can mean being hopeful, or learning something new - whether a new health remedy, new recipe, trying a new author or attempting to find new talent I never thought was inside of me!  How many of us have a mental list of things we always wondered about or wanted to try...either we were interested or wondered if we'd be any good at it!  But we talk ourselves out of it!  Reinvention keeps life fresh and gives you a chance to think critically about what parts of your life are working and what parts can be improved.  There's always room for improvement...for isn't that the progression of life?  Or shouldn't it be?  Seeking better for ourselves and those we care about.  Expanding who we are has changed the world we live in. Where would we be without re-invention and expansion??   Electricity, airplanes, health advances, the internet, computers, new business's, The Genie Bra  ....HA...had to throw that last one in to see if you were paying attention.  But you get my point.

I learn from those around me what kind of a difference it really does make.  You do too.  People that show you every day how they either, are or aren't reinventing themselves.  Some stay stuck and focused on the unwanted..and it shows.  Their demeanor, their health issues, their finances, relationships etc.  Then there are those who are looking at what is...and deciding...."hmm...there's got to be something I can focus on better than this!!

To tie this all in from my original title...How old do you want to feel?  I want to feel good, energetic, flexible, eager...not having to think twice about whether or not I can actually do or try something because of my 'age' and how well I''m aging, but to make that decision solely on whether I want to do it or not.  I've felt like that pretty much my entire life - recently I've gotten bogged down with a couple areas that I am not 'wanting' and I am working on my refocusing as every once in a while I start thinking about my age...and frankly I rarely do that when my focus is on what I want.  So this summer is a jump start for me.

You may have to practice this  'Reinventing' of yourself.  How?  Change your approach on a certain subject, tweak you goal, ask someone for help, give in to that idea you've always wanted to try but haven't, and always one that works for something nice for yourself first...THEN do something nice for someone else.  This always clears my mind, opens doors, gives me ideas, lightens my mood and helps me to rethink something or feel better about me.  When this happens, suddenly we walk taller, smile or laugh more, feel more optimistic, and choose differently. 

By doing this consistently, you will always go about your day and life NOT thinking about your age, what you can't do,INSTEAD feeling like life has just begun and what can I do next...Then it doesn't matter what your age is, cause it just keeps propelling us forward and FEELING good in the process.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Appreciating Nature

I can never get enough of nature...of course when it's not freezing  But Spring, Summer, Autumn...I almost feel like I could pitch a tent at different scenic spots and be happy.  I did love camping when younger, used to do tent camping - THAT takes a true adventurous spirit.  But it can still be fun.  And I've always loved any type of story or movie where someone can live off of the land and thrive.  I think that's why gardening appeals so much...even my little 'porch' garden this year. 

Today I just got back from a nice brisk stroll at Delaware Lake...across from a nearby park and Zoo.  A lovely spot...that almost feels like you are miles away from city or suburbia - with the lake, geese, Weeping Willow trees and outdoorsy scents.  I had to dodge a little mud and muck in a few areas...but a small price to pay for the beautiful surroundings and peace that one gets when out in Nature.  I hope you will take yourself or friend/family member or favorite pooch out for some quality Nature-time this summer.  Keep an old blanket or folding chair in the car for such moments when the mood strikes and an old book.  Sometimes I just sit and 'be' - a mini meditation of sorts.  But either way, it's very cleansing to the emotional/spiritual side of you, decreases stress and heals on a cellular level.  I hope you take me up on it. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Interview With Coach/Mentor Catherine Martin

I've been itching to share with my readers how other professionals work with their own issues, whether it be health, relationships, money etc.  You've heard plenty from me over the years, so I thought it would be helpful to share other's perspectives.  Please enjoy the interview below and I hope you can find something that resonates with you. 

About Catherine

I am age 61 and am thoroughly loving this decade! The joy and freedom I feel at this time in life is so glorious and I look forward to each day with an open mind and heart. There is so much to look forward too and I realize am responsible for all of what happens to me in life. I have been consciously aware of the concept of  Law of Attraction principles for 17 years. I have always considered myself to be a positive thinker. I continually challenge old, outdated beliefs and thought processes that were passed on from well meaning parents, teachers, ministers, family, employers etc. I believe I create my own reality and I choose to decide what is right for me and live my life accordingly. I do not allow other people's opinions to have any influence on me and how I choose to live my life. I am very intuitive and I always trust that inner guidance to lead me in the direction that I am meant to go each moment in life. I am now a Law of Attraction Coach and Mentor and it brings me great joy when I can help others tweak and adjust their thinking a bit that then allows for their good to flow more freely and often in their direction.

Katy:  Catherine, how long have you felt that our thoughts and feelings contribute to our physical and emotional health?   In my early 20's I began reading self help books and it started to become very clear then. I also had many family examples that showed that our thoughts and feelings contribute to our physical and emotional help. Those that had the most stress and a more difficult time living their lives for themselves rather than for what they thought others expected always seemed to have the ongoing health issues. Their body and health was always a reflection of what they were thinking and focusing on. The people that talked about and focused on illness were the ones that were sick and experienced poor health. (It also seemed those that read about the side affects of medications in advance usually developed such side affects....!)

Katy:  Can you give any real examples of someone applying these techniques to improve their health? My own example: I created a serious foot injury that was preventing me from walking because I did not want to walk with a particular person anymore. The universe responded and I got two injured toes and a severe foot pain every time I tried to walk. Once I realized that this pain was a result of me not wanting to walk with that particular person I had to laugh at myself and then I immediately started with an affirmation and changed my focus. My affirmation was "My feet are healthy and functioning well. I love walking. It is my favorite form of exercise."  In a very short time all was back to normal!

Katy: What other areas of your life do you find work 'better' with this type of mindset?  Every area of life. Financial, relationships, attitude, mental health, spiritual health and physical health. Aging. There is no one area of life that works better with this type of mindset. I will say that the easiest area to test these principles early on is with money. Money, believe it or not, is one of the easiest things to manifest and that always astounds people.

Katy:   What types of daily practices would you suggest to someone who is dealing with an unwanted condition?   Affirmations first and foremost. For example lets say someone is feeling some back pain. Of course their focus is on the pain and that focus of course creates and attracts more unwanted pain. So personally I would silently repeat an affirmation like : All of the muscles and nerve endings in my back and body are healthy and functioning well. Every cell and part of my body is healthy and functioning well. I move freely and trust my body to serve me well." What we focus on expands in life. The change of focus will create a positive change every time. I also don't buy into the aging stuff that people assume will happen just because you are a certain age. It is the beliefs around the concept of aging that causes the aging issues in the first place. It is all a mindset and I for one only believe you are as young as you think yourself to be.

Wow...this is so wonderful to hear!  I know working with Catherine has renewed my enthusiasm for how I've been applying these same concepts in my life.  This is not rocket science and yes it has been known and around for 1000s of years.  Numerous teachers and healers have been pronouncing it since the beginning of time, From Jesus, Buddha and Gandhi to Wallace Wattles, Napoleon Hill, Andrew Carnegie, Annie Besant, Norman Vincent Peale, Louise Hay and Maherishi Mahesh Yogi to name a few. 

Do not hesitate to contact myself or Catherine with any questions!   Catherine Martin's Site

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Fast, Healthy and Figure Friendly 

Ok....just a couple fun and easy recipes to share...easy peasy, which is right up my alley!  I realize I am not the first one to make either of these...but since I 'rediscovered' these recently, I wanted to share some old favorites. 

These are low calorie and ready within 15-20 min or less.  Wow...what could be better? first one is simple and nothing new - just something I've 're-discovered out of necessity - lol, meaning I had not gone shopping and was starved but wanted something relatively healthy and quick.  Peeking inside my freezer I saw a loaf of 'lite' bread...ok...toast is ok but boring for dinner.   As I knew the fridge was pretty bare I spotted the typical staples we tend to have...eggs and in the drawer some 'not too old' sliced Colby cheese.  Fried Egg & Cheese Sandwich!  I also salvaged a still edible Roma tomato as well.  Things were looking up! 

All I did was get out the pan...spray with butter flavored PAM - turn it on medium/low - then I got out my trusty toaster and put the bread in.  While that was toasting I cracked one egg...stirred gently so it was 'scrambled' looking   and that was it.  Kept eye on it started to set, my toast was ready.  OK I did put butter on one half!!  Sorry but I love butter.  I then put the slice of cheese on the bread and brought it over to the pan on small plate. Sliced tomato thin and added that to sandwich.   By now the egg is pretty much done all the way through, but I flipped it anyway...and turned off burner.  I slid the egg out of the pan right on to the sandwich..and YES they are smaller slices of bread...but still works for me!  All I can say was YUM.  The cheese makes it...and I have also done it with Lorraine Swiss..but like the Colby better.  I've also paired this meal with a cup of soup, or small salad..but it really hits the spot and no guilt! 

Made this one over weekend!
My other 'go to' quick and healthy meal is tortilla pizzas.  I buy the smallest size...they are 80 calories each. Now depending on what I have...I will use a teaspoon of basil pesto from a jar and spread evenly on a tortilla.  I make 2 of these if I don't have a salad to pair with it.  I then spread a light layer of shredded mozzarella, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and if I have fresh tomato I slice thin and top with this.  If no fresh tomato I always have 'roasted' diced tomato in my cupboard.  I will open a can...drain well and place the diced tomato on top.  I usually have mushrooms on hand so I add these also.   I bake in preheated oven at 400 for about 12-14 these as I dont' like 'burnt' cheese.  I slice with pizza cutter and enjoy.  

Again this is soooo tasty and hits the spot.  If I do NOT have the jar of basil pesto, I will take a teaspoon of light olive oil and crush a clove of garlic and spread this over the tortilla...I also usually have fresh basil growing in my will pick off a few leaves and chop to add to this.  Then proceed as above.

Both are yummy and again, hit the spot and are QUICK and HEALTHY.    Give one or both a go!!

Monday, April 04, 2011

What's Shaking?     

When asked this a few weeks ago,  I pretty much sat there for a bit running through my thoughts to see what I could come up with! Turns out I couldn't really come up with anything new, interesting or worth mentioning.  I realize it was probably meant as one of those bland statements like " have a nice day" that we say it to someone in passing, but me being me...I started thinking about that later and realized I have been in a bit of a rut.

Living in Buffalo I use the excuse of our never-ending winter to have allowed me to feel stale in my day to day existence.  But even I know it's an excuse..and allows us to become stale if we start believing it.  I am very good at coming up with great ideas and encouragement for someone else...but I realize no one is really prodding me to do the same.(until recently) :o) But I also know it should start with me!

Sooo...prodded by a recent email for a 'deal' from Living Social - I signed up for a once a week yoga class for 5 weeks - perfect for me as it's close by and only an hour.  Since I'm still in beginner-mode I know I could use a bit of formal education so I can feel good about my practice at home.  I must say it feels good to have something positive to focus on.  Nothing extraordinary, but something.  So now I have an answer when someone asks me 'What's new?'   I'd like to make it a more regular occurrence - my trying something new.  Spring isn't the only time to consider it...actually each week is a great 'starting' point to consider, plan and investigate something you've always been interested in or have wondered about.

And as luck may have it, when I was writing this post, I had also whined to my best bud Heather across the ocean about my blahs - and before I even mentioned this post I was working on, she came up with the same or better idea!  Her idea was to write down the areas in my life that were feeling blah, stale or simply unacceptable to me at this stage in my life.  I was thinking...good lord, where do I start? ha!  But seriously, whether it's a bit of mid-life issues or just feeling out of sorts due to a long stale winter, I knew she was right.

I know the areas that have felt under my skin.  And again as she pointed out...we DO have control and it's up to us to take a stand!!  The Yoga is a beginning for me, for I have felt very hum drum about my lack of exercise.  I have been fairly good at riding my new exercise bike, but I know you have to jazz it up to stay motivated. I'm feeling some positive momentum and yes...SOMETHING to look forward to!  About time too.  Even my daughter is working with a trainer to get in shape and my sister is still a dedicated runner.  Heather is moving along with her yoga. Time to get this butt in gear. 

I hope you will join me in shaking things up a steps, but take some steps - I would love to hear some ways you've been SHAKING things up lately to feel better about you and any ups and downs you've moved past.  Another area I've always enjoyed but have been slacking on is making something with my own 2 hands. Cooking a recipe from scratch, planting flowers or veggies/herbs, painting, drawing, making jewelry or something crafty, changing a room around,  crocheting/knitting - you get the idea. Such satisfaction and fulfillment when we give ourselves permission to explore.  

As I said above, can't wait to hear anything you've tackled recently or in the past with positive outcome.  Something maybe you've hesitated on but finally decided "Why not?"  We can all learn from each other.  Will post on my positive morphing over the next month or so as I have already added something since I started writing this a few days ago!! Look out!   Life IS supposed to be fun.


Sunday, March 20, 2011

An email from Japan -                                 
(A friend received this a day or so ago and shared with me and I thought it was powerful in a great way) Katy

Hello My Lovely Family and Friends,

First I want to thank you so very much for your concern for me. I am very
touched. I also wish to apologize for a generic message to you all. But it seems the best way at the moment to get my message to you.

Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to
have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend's home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.

During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit
in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.

Utterly amazingly where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in
lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, "Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another."

Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens
are constant and helicopters pass overhead often. We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on.

But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not.
  No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.

There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some
  places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun.  People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time.

Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No
cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains are Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.

And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to
check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.

They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for
another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others. Last night my friend's husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.

Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed
 an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don't. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.

Thank you again for your care and Love of me


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tired Of Being Tired? 

Something you may have not considered.  And since it affects almost all of us at one time or another, read on.   

Your body does its best to make up for sluggish adrenal glands, but it does so at a price. The main purpose of the adrenal glands is to assist your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease to work, school and relationship problems. The adrenals will decide the energy of your body's response to every event  in your daily life.  Every cell responds and you feel the results.  Daily! 

When  adrenal function is low, your body cannot respond and adapt effectively to these stresses, which leads to a variety of physical and emotional health problems. And unfortunately our current system of  medical care is designed more to treat and manage symptoms, instead of rebuilding the underlying problems. Adrenal fatigue is often at the beginning of a domino effect of health concerns and can lead to hypothyroidism, weight gain, constipation and digestive problems, and chronic candida yeast infections.   

And you know I am a big proponent of thinking positively...did you know that even when you are imagining or worrying about unwanted events, your body is responding to those situations as 'real' - as if they were actual events happening?  So I repeat AGAIN,  keeping a more deliberate 'watch' on your thoughts will help your body physically!  

So what can we do to boost our glandular system or in this case our Adrenals?  
  • Cut back on processed foods including processed sweets
  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Sea Salt (RTH offers Pure Celtic Sea Salt, the only salt I use)
  • Enjoy pure Raw Honey, even a teaspoon per day
  • Try switching or organic eggs and dairy products when you can
As far as supplementation the B vitamins score very high here! Such a boost.   My Earth's Nutrition or 'green drink' is wonderful.  Also the Advanced B Formula in powder form I also use will make lasting effects.  I also have a strong Ginseng Plus formula that works well on it's own or along with the B vitamins. Actually I recommend the B's regardless. 

Of course if you have other symptoms there are supplements to address these as well, however first things first is to build and strengthen by making some small changes in diet and lifestyle.  And of course if you need more assistance with your own situation, do not hesitate to contact me.  


Sunday, February 06, 2011

Mini Vacation

I've used this off and on for the last week or so...just so soothing and a nice dose of nature thrown in, that many of us miss right about now.  Hope you have speakers as that is as important as the view!!  I'll even just close my eyes and breath while listening...We've all been on a beach at some 
point in our lives so try and go back to a time you remember! Enjoy   


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Relax And Thrive ☺

So if you read my newsletter you have some tools in place to start working on your overall reactions to stress and how to soothe your body with nutrition.  An important start.

Now I'd like to talk a bit about those things you can do daily or off and on during the week that can also make a large improvement in your current health, which if practiced regularly..I guarantee you will see and feel the improvement.

Yoga - Not just 'exercise' yoga is actually a science that has been used over thousands of years.  It is technically considered therapeutic.  It helps you become more aware of your body's posture and alignment. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the middle of stressful situations. 

Even if you start with basic yoga poses and stretches daily, you will begin to feel progress - quite quickly.  You can rent, buy or borrow from library DVDs on yoga to start seeing how you can incorporate it into your day.  I even watched free on and typed in 'beginners yoga' and did some poses like that! Classes in your area are everywhere now...many places will allow you to attend a free class to see how you like it.  (This video above it just one of many!)

Some physical benefits: All systems in the body improve...cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory etc.  The body becomes more efficient.  Dexterity and flexibility improve, energy and immunity increases, sleep also improves.  You look and feel younger.

Emotional benefits:  Anxiety and depression decrease, mood improves, memory/attention improves, well-being improves and overall feeling of self improves dramatically.

This is a free, and do-able practice to incorporate into your daily schedule...whether 10 or 45 minutes...I highly suggest you get started. Who cares how little you can do at first or how funny you look!   Look into it at the very least.  I also saw an hour special on PBS not long ago on the benefits of Yoga and pain in the body - very enlightening and at any age - even doing it from your chair! Many on pain meds or restricted in their movement are now off medications and enjoying a better quality of life.
You probably knew this was coming next.  And since I've been doing this quite regularly since before Christmas I am here to attest to the difference I've noticed consistently.  I'm much more easy going - more upbeat and find it easier to turn around a mood that would have a tendency to stay with me too long.  I laugh more, tease and joke more...quite frankly I'm feeling like the better part of me is more upfront on a regular basis.  The other day a customer said to look happy...ha...I mean we were just chatting and he said this out of the blue...I just laughed and said...well why not?  But it was funny to notice as it was not a day different from many others..however my outlook was not the same.  

My boss even asked me a week so ago...when I said "Good morning"  when passing him in the hall...- he said "What's so funny?"  I  turned around and said..'What do you mean?' and he just said because of the way I was  Again...too funny, I said "I'm just in a good mood." And the funny thing is I tend to think I am usually in a fairly good mood - compared to many I come in contact with. Guess I needed a wake-up call too!  But this was all due to 10-15 min of daily meditation.  Wow.

Try and take timeout where ever you can - at home, work, on a break - it can just be for 5 minutes of concentrating on your breathing.  It's not meant to be difficult or stressful! lol That would defeat the point.  Guided meditations help me and I find I can sit still much longer this way.  

Meditation has been proven to help with depression and anxiety - immensely.  So again this is free, easy and accessible no matter who you are how crazy your life might seem.  Just do it.