Monday, December 31, 2012

Getting Better Sleep Is Possible

I was watching a series on Hulu over the weekend and yes, even Hulu has commercials. 70% of them were for prescription and over the counter medication. One in particular that prompted this post was for a prescription for a sleeping pill for when you wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. Of course I rolled my eyes, not at the concept that this doesn't happen, because it does, but that a medication has been pin-pointed to address yet another variable of sleep issues. It's really just a spin off from another very well known drug for sleep, but now it's able to target another market - and make yet another category of people think they are in need of serious medication. 

But wait, it gets better. Now, it may or may not work for you, but how about taking a chance on some of these side effects, whether you sleep or not? 'Driving, eating, or engaging in other activities while not fully awake without remembering the event the next day have been reported. Other abnormal behaviors including being more outgoing or aggressive, as well as confusion, hallucinations, and agitation, may occur. Don’t take if you drank alcohol that day or before bed, as it may increase these behaviors. In depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide may occur.'  Wow where can I sign up?  (yeah, sarcasm can't be helped) 

Ok - I'll get to the real reason for this post.  Pretty much EVERYONE has sleep issues from time to time.  Some worse than others.  I certainly hope you will talk to your doctor or health care provider about it.  Using a mild sleeping pill for short periods or occasionally is not the end of the world, so I'm not condemning their use.  However as a reasonable adult, I hope you have also checked into possible reasons for the sleeplessness as well as looking at safer options first!  

I am one who has been dealing with sleep issues since I was 13!  It comes and goes over the years but it's never far away and can spring up for long periods of time depending on what is happening in my life - physically or emotionally.  When younger I can say it was worry and hormones.  Both just seemed to make the other worse!  Now as a full-fledged adult,  when it happens I know what to look at in my life and make adjustments.  And I always get better results!  Usually it's a deficiency (calcium/magnesium or b vitamins), and of course the emotional aspect causes the mind to go 100 mph and we all know how this can cause sleeplessness.  

What has helped  me and others I work with, in no particular order:

  • Stress:  Even if you think you are stress free - think again!  So many of us are programmed that our 'taking care of regular business' is 'normal' we don't even know what stress is anymore unless it's a big wake up call!  Work, family, health, money, relationships - you name it...something is always going on that can affect the nervous system. And it doesn't have to be bad 'stuff' - it can be the good/exciting stuff that can cause underlying problems too.  Noticing it is one thing..the other is to take some time out for yourself daily to keep it from affecting you physically or emotionally.  I use meditation, walking/nature, reading, yoga, massage, a sauna, a fun movie, a new restaurant - something used regularly to help diffuse any upsets that may otherwise take hold.
  • Deficiencies:  As I mentioned calcium and magnesium are key.  James F Balch, M.D. (author of Prescriptions for Nutritional Healing) has written that - "A lack of the nutrients calcium & magnesium can cause you to wake up after a few hours and not go back to sleep".  And with B vitamins, specifically B12 - from Dr. Mercola - "Without adequate blood levels of B12 you can experience low energy, mental fatigue, mood changes and sleep difficulties."  - So start taking all 3 if you aren't already!
  • Stop worrying about it : Not sleeping, that is.  This was hard to do at first.  All we hear are how important sleep is (yes, I know it is) but worrying about only makes it worse, trust me I KNOW! lol  Instead start telling yourself you will catch up on sleep this week, and in the meantime - after lying there a while with no luck, just get up and read or watch TV for a while and then try again.  Giving myself permission NOT to worry about it has allowed me to make up for lost sleep much easier now, than the days when I constantly worried and kept track of 'how much sleep I wasn't getting'.
  • Safe Supplements : Most have heard of Melatonin, which is a hormone produced in the body to help with sleep and wake cycles.  If deficient you can benefit from using it before bed.  GABA is another helpful supplement and is an amino acid prevalent in the brain which helps to calm excited nerve impulses.  Can also be helpful if you are deficient.  
  • Herbs: There are so many safe herbs to consider for calming and relaxation - I hope you will give them a try if you need them.  You can try one at a time or a combination of herbs that work together for a more potent effect.  Herbs like Scullcap, Chamomile, Hops, Valerian, Black Cohosh, Passion Flower and Wood Betony are just a few I have used with good results.  You will be able to find them in liquid, capsule or loose tea - so any preference is available for use!  I have sleep and nerve calming formulas that can be used for various concerns, so don't hesitate to ask for more info.
These are all very effective ways to improve your sleep habits. Each person is different and there are variables for other health concerns, hormone imbalances etc.  Bottom line is to know natural help is and always has been available!  Any way I can help, just ask!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

How To Fix Your Depressing & Dreary Day

We all have them and for many it can become repetitive - like a cycle that you can't seem to break.  

By all means talk to your doctor if you feel you are seriously depressed - but know there is help available for those days when you feel blah and just can't shake it.  

First off, If of the female gender, I ALWAYS will suggest taking a stab at balancing the hormones.  I use specific female herbs like Dong Quai, Wild Yam, Chaste Tree, Angelica and a few others to have mother nature assist! So many factors will cause hormones to go up and down.  If still getting periods, there can be such a drop before your cycle begins that you will feel it and it can feel like you are sinking - either that or your moods will be a roller coaster. With Peri Menopause and Menopause - it isn't as drastic but can be  more of a daily cloud that comes and goes.    If you are of the male species, and over 40 - also can't hurt to have your testosterone levels checked as they tend to go down or fluctuate causing changes as well.

Secondly - What are you eating?  Have you gotten into a habit of just grabbing food and not really enjoying it?  More takeout than home-cooked meals?  Not taking supplements to offset your sometimes poor food choices?  This can be another way to soothe the moods - Yes you really DO feel better when you eat better.  You will actually be getting real nutrition into your blood stream, cells and organs.  Fruits, veggies, salads - easy on the body, full of nutrition and energy inducing benefits.  Try and cut back on the quick fixes.

Third - Get the pipes moving!  Yes - improve your bowel habits if you aren't going once or twice per day.  Even if you are, one weekend a month of cleansing the bowel can be HUGE to release stored up toxins and improving your mood.  If you aren't going daily then gentle cleansing will feel like a weight has been lifted. You may even start skipping without realizing it- lol.

Last but not least - Movement and Nature.  Move the bod and get some fresh (outdoor) air!!  I don't care how cold it is. I know I don't like to be cold.  But there's something so invigorating about being bundled up properly and going for a walk in the winter. (I do tend to pass if windy) In Western NY we don't care what we look like if it's a matter of keeping warm! lol (I'm glad it's pretty well understood here!) Warmth is more important. Also I keep tissue stuffed in my pockets as my nose runs almost immediately when I go out...but other than's such a treat to be walking/moving to the point of where I feel warmth.  I have some good walking boots that keep me warm and have good traction, so really there's no excuse.  But what it does for the soul and mind - being out in nature, revving up the circulation and just 'moving' - really takes the edge off any prior dreary mood.

You don't have to settle for feeling down or depressed any time of year, but especially not during our longer winter months.  Lots you can do to feel good, so have these ideas in place the next time you feel a black cloud has found you - the fog will lift sooner when you know what to do about it!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

3 Simple Ways To Take Control Of Your Health

#1 - One Step At A Time

Whether it's starting for the first time or needing to 'reboot' a health regime that doesn't motivate you - I find keeping it simple helps me to get on a path that feels good to make a routine.

Begin with something that feels 'easy' is always a great way to introduce change into your routine.  This could be something as basic as buying a nice water bottle or glass that encourages you to implement more water drinking.  I found a great glass with lid that is BPA free....or a nice stainless steel water bottle is great too - I love 'lemon water' or water with a few slices of cucumber for a refreshing change - whatever helps you get that intake up!  This way you'll look forward to your next glass of water!

#2 Get Up Earlier

Becoming an early riser has definitely worked for me.  Having had some sleep issues over the years, I've made my life less stressful by not worrying about it anymore.  Instead I make my schedule work for me and if that means getting up between 4-6am most mornings, then that's what I do now.  Sure I tend to go to bed earlier, but hey, that's what DVR's are for! ☺


Getting up earlier allows me to EASE into my day.  I have time to meditate, do some stretching or yoga, pack my lunch - even do some laundry or go shopping!  I've been known to hit the grocery store at 6am!  Even if it's a half a hour earlier, make that work for you, whether it's quiet time, exercise or getting something knocked out so you don't have to deal with it after you get home. Right now I have my mini egg quiche's going in the oven with healthy veggies added...breakfast for a couple days or a snack- yum!

#3  Take YOUR Magic Supplement

Ok...I'm being a little silly here, as there is no magic pill (not one, 
anyway).  However for YOU and you alone there is something you can take everyday, that is very specific to you and your life.  Whether it's your age, current health, lifestyle or diet - somewhere in that mix is room to improve.  For example if you are past 40 taking something that works on inflammation can't hurt.  (Turmeric, Ginger, Devil's Claw)  Or if you are a female of any age - Herbs that support the hormonal system (Ovaries, Thyroid) can change your life!  If you have ANY stress in your life - don't blow it off as 'not much I can do' - There is always something you can do to counteract the effects on your body and mind over time.  A great B complex -whether a pill, or powder (green drink) in my opinion is essential - 'daily' even more so than a multi vitamin.  (my opinion of course)  If you live in the North - a vitamin D3 supplement is another easy yet noticeable supplement to use to your benefit.  I have seen big changes in clients as well as myself.  Hey even the open minded medical minds can't deny the benefits they see with many quality supplements. 

So 3 simple ways to start on or get back on the path to health and feeling good.  Any of these are a great way to implement self motivation techniques into your daily routine. I don't care how old you are, or if you have numerous health challenges - you can always feel better which makes it easier for the next step, and the next.  

And of course I am here to guide you with any questions!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Herbal Answers For Everyday

Which feels better?  Feeling stuck and powerless or having options and control?

I have to admit for the last few years I have been observig with frustration over a certain area I have been made continuously aware of.  I don't know why I'm surprised...maybe its because 90% of these answers have been available for years and years, and still are!

Life is too short to feel crappy about common 'in your face' health issues that can distract us from a productive and enjoyable day!  The list of complaints below should be temporary and rarely uncomfortable for long, and yet so many let them become that way.  Doesn't have to be!  Learn some basics from me and you will find less discomfort and more ease! 

Sore throat
Sinus infection
Ear infection
Bladder infection
Yeast infection (numerous symptoms or examples of this, not just vaginal infection)
Pink Eye
Digestive complaints
Bowel irregularities
Arthritis/Tendonitis, Muscle ache
Tired and low energy
Skin problems (warts, moles, boils, bruises, rashes,breakouts)

So many answers!!

I see so many accepting a less than satisfactory existence!  Are you doing this?  Many have worked with their doctor (of course you should consult your doctor for your health concerns) and do know what the 'problem' is, yet they are not getting or seeing lasting results.  They then bemoan their problem to anyone who will listen...but afraid to consider some very basic, helpful and viable solutions!  Letting these everyday issues get to us eventually can bring us down, which just compound the problem!  Our immune system is then compromised as well as our emotional out look.  And it keeps going. 

Ask questions, try something new, empower yourself and your loved ones. 
This goes for health as well as everyday life!!  

Friday, October 19, 2012

Perimenopause Rollercoaster!

And what a ride! 

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Admit it, there is so much information out there in regards to Menopause.... however, when talking about Perimenopause symptoms, I feel like I'm sitting at the top of a roller coaster asking myself how I got up here, clinging with a vice like grip - all wide-eyed and facing the unknown.  I seem to be stumbling over yet another experience as I move through this point in my life. From Merriam-Webster: "Perimenopause - the period around the onset of menopause that is often marked by various physical signs as hot flashes and menstrual irregularity."  Well, I'm glad THAT explained everything! LOL  Not even close.   I have to say I find a large percentage of women I have talked to have little or no real knowledge of the list of possible symptoms that could be caused by this time in their life.  

We've all heard about  the weight gain, hot flashes, moodiness, menstrual irregularities - but my on and off again symptoms of headaches, aches and joint pain, dizziness and anxiety were not on my radar at all!  I have to say besides working with clients, I see many confused women at the doctors office. It seems the majority have no idea their sudden symptoms - ie,  anxiety,  could be a sign of perimenopause and not a separate issue.  Especially for those who have never dealt with anxiety prior.  Simply 'treating' anxiety will not get rid of it, instead, looking at other factors (hormone fluctuations, age and other symptoms) will pinpoint a smarter treatment regime.  

I dealt with anxiety years ago when going through my bowel fun.  Having it pop up now for seemingly 'no reason' was confusing at first.  It felt different, but something was going on. Then I looked at my other factors and realized they were all part of the same group and I did some research.  What a relief and what an eye-opener!  

Thankfully I don't hesitate to try something natural.  For me it's as automatic as getting a glass of water when I'm thirsty.  I know it will quench my thirst, just as I know I will find relief with my herbs/supplements if I just give it a go.  For me what has already made a difference is increasing my women's herbal formula.  I also looked at what I have on my counter (all kinds of goodies) and realized I hadn't started up my D3 since summer.  So I started that again,  5000IU per day.  Since those changes alone I haven't experienced the anxiety (palpitations),  and the 'achy-ness' I would feel by the end of the day is hardly  noticeable. Whew!  I have also been on and off again with YOGA these past few months...and am realizing it is helping me even when I only have time for 15 minutes some mornings.  So I am taking this seriously as darn it,  I have every intention of aging gracefully and staying active...these 3 simple steps are on the road to managing this.  I'm sure I'll find more if I need to.

 A nice woman I met with last evening  (in her 50's) commented on some symptom she was having and her doctor saying it was a part of getting older.  Hell no!  lol  We don't HAVE to decline as we get older...we may age as the years go by - but decline is something we can take a stand against.  Listening to comments like this and taking them as a belief will add to that 'decline' mentality.  I say choose otherwise.  

As I age I choose:  Ease, health, flexibility, energy, expansion, lightheartedness, excitement and fun -   I am here for you if you want to join the ranks of those who believe we can be and have a healthy existence - no matter what age!   

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Thursday, October 04, 2012

What's Different About Today?

I've written about this subject before, but when it keeps coming up for me, I have to make mention of a reminder to me and maybe to you!

What I've asked myself lately (and now you)  is what is my life generally like - as far as my day to day?  Pretty routine, or  more jam-packed with stuff going on - take a minute and think about it.  How much of that is fun or interesting to you on a regular basis?  You can still be busy but not jazzed up about it.  For's more routine than otherwise...although my Zip-lining- dangling between trees, last weekend counts for some variety! Lol.  However aside from enjoying nature and spending time with family...I also was really feeling the need to change things up a bit.  Talking and wishing about something is fun and gets me out of my 'routine', if only in my mind at least.  But actually planning and doing something is another!  I had learned about zip-lining almost 4 yrs ago, on TV!

I like planning things!  I like the anticipation as much as the actual 'doing'.  For instance I've been wanting to get back into crocheting...ok not scoring high on the excitement scale, but it's SOMETHING.  Sooo...for me...thinking about it...looking up patterns, digging out my hooks and looking at yarn at stores, finding 'beginner' patterns online - got me more jazzed up.  Then came the actual 'doing' something about it.  And this is all part of breaking up your routine - I found a local class (free) and went by myself to finally DOING something.  I'm so glad I did!  Now I have a bit more knowledge and confidence and am working on 2 easy but fun projects and I look forward to it!!  

Work in progress!
What can you do different that you've been talking about or thinking about?  As I get older I'm realizing each day that goes by is another day I could have 'done' something...even if it's educating myself on something I'm curious about.  Sometimes after we investigate, we decide 'nah, this isn't for me'. 

But if you don't even try?  

Friday, August 17, 2012

Got An Itch? Poison Ivy Help

Happily the summer in WNY has been beautiful!  This means numerous activities have been happening outdoors.  Yay!  Now of course this will mean we may have a few issues we don't deal with during the cooler months, IE bug bites, sunburn, heat rash, and good old poison ivy or poison oak. 

I have a great fix for poison ivy, more than one actually but this one is related to a very recent testimony of a client.  I know of Peppermint (tea or essential oil) topically, bentonite clay (if don't have it handy, some have used a clay facial mask), or my Immune Boost (topically and by mouth)  Each remedy can be tested on small area first.  With my recent frantic phone call from client, he had tried over the counter drugstore remedies with minimal results.  Could I help??  

My first suggestion was the Bentonite clay.  It's drawing and soothing powers are second to none.  Thankfully he had a leftover container of my Colon Detox from a past bowel cleanse so it was perfect!  I told him to mix small amount (couple of tablespoons)  with water to make a paste and to apply over area.  It dries fairly quickly.  He could have added Immune Boost or peppermint but used what he had. He hung up to get started!

Within 10 minutes he called back.  "Wow...I felt relief as soon as I put it on!  Are you kidding?"  I laughed and told him it does work and that I was glad he found relief.  Told him he could keep it open to air and to change it a few times a day..and could loosely put saran wrap over it if going out etc, as it will start to flake off eventually.

All in all he was in a much better place than the first time he called, and I was glad to help!  My Colon product has numerous uses, food poisoning, diarrhea, IBS, Crohns, boils and more.  I always have some on hand. 

Mother Nature really does have answers - don't be afraid to look outside of the typical box!  

Questions?  Feel free to ask in the comment section below!  

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Will I Be On Oprah?

Having just returned from a week of volunteering and attending the Seduction of Spirit event in Chicago with the Chopra Center (yes my daughter and I met Deepak Chopra, MD!)  I am refreshed with my intent to keep balanced!  ☺

As for my debut on Oprah or OWN network- well, let's just say it's possible! ;o)  HARPO productions were there filming Deepak for an upcoming show, and my daughter Rachael and I were in the audience, so ANYTHING is possible!  Exciting!

I will be sharing more of what I learned while away in the  near future, as the info I gathered reinforced my beliefs that we DO have control over our lives, health, work, relationships, money etc!!  Yay!  Yet what I wanted to concentrate on today is helping you develop a 'Spiritual Retreat' for yourself, whenever you need one! 

I find when I work with clients or talk to small groups, one of my questions is to ask "what do you do regularly to combat stress, or de-stress when having a tough day (or week, month etc)?"  Most people sit for minute or so before answering...and more often than not, they don't have much to share!  I find this a shame!  What I find and maybe you do too, is that we tend to scramble for some way to 'relax' or 'veg out' when we have really reached the end of our rope!  I find this can be the old, too little, too late approach!

This week I am working on figuring out what 'floats my boat' as far as calming me, inspiring me and just helping me find some quiet and relief from my thoughts and worries.  Sometimes I really want clarity and some PEACE from what's been in my face all day!  So I'm looking at CDs and downloading some music for my Ipod, I'm looking for comfy and pretty pillows I can use to sit on or prop my back up with, and I'm getting some incense this weekend to use for smudging - I still have some sage I've used in the past, but we used incense every day at the Chopra event.  If you are not familiar with smudging, it's been around for EVER, and the basic idea behind smudging is that the smoke attaches itself to negative energy and as it clears it takes the negative energy with it, releasing it into another space to be regenerated.  Works for me!  Plus if you love the scent it just 'FEELS' good!  Can't hurt in my book.(I could use a boatload at work!)

Some benefits I've noticed:  Calmer, better mood, things irritate me less, more ideas, laugh more, sleep better - just to name a few.   Could this work for you?  Hmmm - I see some health benefits in the making! 

A pretty plant, music/Ipod, comfortable surroundings - are you getting inspired?  Having this space set up in your home- even a small corner somewhere, can draw you in when you are walking past to help set the mood for some quiet time to get connected.  We can ALL  use a little me time these days - even if it's a few minutes once or twice a day!  Start setting the stage for something that I know can make a difference in your everyday - time for some long awaited inspiration!   Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I can help you find your keys ☺

I Can Help You Find Your Keys ☺

And your car! lol

You JUST had them in your hand as you were heading out the door but it's a long drive so you better use the bathroom before you go. All done, you pick up your jacket or purse and now...where the heck are they??  You pat down all your pockets, dig through your purse and every pocket in your purse, check every table or piece of furniture you walked past - nothing, you now dump out your purse, digging frantically. Crap! You walk back to the bathroom and back to the front door again - really irritated now - and start checking rooms you didn't even go in as now you don't trust your judgement!  Blood pressure is going up, pulse is up - you are looking at the clock - WHERE THE HELL ARE MY KEYS?  Now you stop and breathe for a second, KNOWING they have to be somewhere.  You go back into the bathroom for the 3rd time and there they are sitting on the windowsill because this made perfect sense to you when you set them down. 

It happens and it can be frustrating, am I right?!  

I know when it happens to me any issues I have are two fold:

1) I am a thinker - meaning I am constantly thinking, planning, having ideas about something I could do, have, be, make better or try! Then I'm reading up on how to do, be or have!  Too much info. I've always been like this- it can keep me up at night!  

2) Hormones changing. appears time is not standing still for me - and while I still feel like I'm in my 30's - I'm not. ☺ Female changes are occurring and I'm in the middle of it. Doing rather well for the most part..but it has been a constant need for adjustment on my part. Physically and emotionally.  My Female Balance has been a l-i-f-e-s-a-v-e-r. I used to take it 10 days out of the month for I take it almost daily for Peri-menopause.  And thankfully, 90% of the time I feel like me - not some crazed person who wants to take someones head off BEFORE I even get up in the morning, or who wants to lay in bed all day due to the black cloud that has suddenly descended.  Happily I can take more of it as needed-depending on how I feel.  My magic wand!  

Of course no surprise that stress overload contributes to memory issues - I recently read that the amount of stimulus we get on a daily basis, such as talking, television, movies, newspapers, Ipods/radio, magazines, telephone, computers/the internet, is more input in one day that the average American had in their ENTIRE LIFETIME 100 years ago!  We are over stimulated on a regular basis.  

How to improve our memory, regardless of the reason? 
 Getting more blood to the brain.   

Let's face it, our body has to work hardest to supply blood to the brain as it's against gravity.  As we age our circulation can slow down, medications, health issues and lack of exercise can cause a slower path to the brain. And if you think about it, besides memory, eyesight and hearing are also affected - all above the neck.  So let's talk answers!


Something I learned years ago when studying was using gravity to our benefit.  Costs you nothing and easy to implement.  Raise the foot of your bed.  The simple way is to grab a couple blocks of wood or equal sized books to raise foot of bed up to 1-2 inches off the ground.  The Yoga pose  downward dog is also very helpful when done regularly. (Both options not recommended if pregnant or have high blood pressure)


Nature sure does make it easy! ☺ Here's a few that are shown to make a difference!  

Ginkgo Biloba is an all-round circulation booster. It is most widely know for its ability to improve memory, due to its ability to increase blood flow through the brain. In Germany, Gingko is used by physicians to treat varicose veins as well as memory. Ginkgo will improve blood flow and strengthen blood vessels. It is also anti-inflammatory, relaxes the lungs, improves blood flow to the heart and lessens coronary demand for oxygen -reducing shortness of breath and is helpful in asthma.

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum) One of my favorite circulatory herbs,  cayenne stimulates the heart and helps regulate the blood flow and strengthening and clearing the arteries and capillaries.  Increasing circulation will only help brain function, as well as any condition in the body.  

Rosemary -  One of the vital benefits of rosemary is that it can help improve long-term memory. It can also help sharpen mental clarity and stimulates brain function.  It stimulates blood flow to the brain and increases mental alertness. According to a study carried out by UK researchers, the smell of rosemary alone can stimulate the brain and enhance mental performance. I used to have my daughter smell some rosemary essential oil while studying - plus it does smell wonderful!

At Root2Health I do have a wonderful combination of the above that will make a big difference when taken properly.  (Check out my Product Page) This and the above suggestions can help you to stay on top of things and improve your memory.  Don't let stress, hormones or the aging process be a reason or excuse to start down the forgetful path.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Having just enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day with my daughter, it also brought up heartfelt memories of my own mom.  My mom was great at making me (us) feel better.  When sick, upset, hurting in anyway, mom always took the sting out of it, no matter how minor or big it was.  I hope I have done the same with my own daughter.  It's healing and it's empowering!  That feeling I would get or know I could count on, gotta say it's been a big influence on how I have always felt about life and general healing to this day.  

You can do this yourself!

One of the best things about having been educated in natural therapies and herbs, is the feeling of having control.  KNOWING I can come up with something to feel better or get better.  I also know help is available either close by or a click away if I need extra guidance.  Confidence and hope...that's what my mom supplied and so does anyone who makes you feel better about your situation.  My objective all these years has been to help others gain that for themselves.  

In my opinion staying healthy is not having a supply of medicine or a cupboard full of organic remedies to help what ails us, although it helps :o)  - it's also having tools in place to take care of a variety of health concerns...whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual etc. 

I have found that our physical concerns usually stem from ongoing emotional or spiritual thought malfunctions.  Something has caused a glitch or 'dis--ease'  somewhere in our world.  The LACK of ease in some area of our life.  Then what most tend to do, is focus or dwell on it with the idea we are 'fixing' it since we are focused on it or worrying.  NOPE.  Instead what we are doing is like fanning a fire that appears to be going out.  We keep it going or 'burning' by our constant poking at it. By taking away the fuel (our thoughts and worries) can help us find solutions and relief. Which is another concept I try to encourage...knowing how you can change your focus to feel better, even for short periods of time.

Knowledge is Power -  Information is infinite these days with the Internet.  I mean it was always just wasn't always as easy to find.  Many people have been right where you are - and if it's a problem you are dealing with, whether health or otherwise- may I suggest you seek out the people who overcame that same situation?  Why would you go looking for someone who has or had your issue and they had a bad experience with it and probably not a source of healing or hope?  Refuse to 'go there'!  Instead ask questions from those doing better as you will find something of what they know or did that may be something you can also apply to your circumstances.  When I was dealing with my bowel issues and anxiety problems yrs ago, did I want to hear from the person who was on numerous medications or someone who lost their job or relationship due to their 'condition'?  Hell no!  I'll pass, thank you very much!  I wanted to hear from someone who felt encouraged, relief or marked improvement in their condition.  Someone who was now making light of it and finding themselves better for it and doing well.   And those were the people I learned from - I kept moving forward with each piece of info - sure I may have hit a few speed bumps...but they weren't road blocks...just bumps! 

My mom provided comfort, understanding, encouragement and hope - which always led me to the next step in getting or doing better.   It also helped to me realize I could do it or find it myself.  Teaching independence is part of parenting - I'm still learning but it's paying off.  .  

Maybe that's where the name Mother Nature came from - always there, not making a fuss or in your face, but there to help.   ☺

I'm here if you need help too - phone, email or  live and in person. or 716-400-0532

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Happy Camper ☺

I just HAD to share family and I had been talking about Jim Gaffigan this past weekend and how much we can laugh as we listen to him over and over.  I always need tissue as I'm one of those who tear up when I laugh. ( I also tear up at tv commercials, reading, watching other people tear up, buying mushy greeting cards in stores...nice eh?)  You'd think I'd wear more water proof mascara!

Anyway...I'm a VERY big believer that LAUGHTER really is one of the best medicines.  Why is that?  Because you are forgetting any current problems you have while you are laughing - as well as lessening resistance you have in your body - very important as this is when healing takes place.  Lessening resistance is WHAT I'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT for years now  Meditation, yoga, doing things you enjoy, LAUGHING...all ways to lessen resistance.

Let me know if you laughed as much as I did...enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

How Attractive Are You?

I'm being cagey here, but I hope you will take the time to read and give this a little thought. 
While I don't really think about my age unless someone has the nerve to ask me (wink) ...sometimes I will look in the mirror in certain light and wonder...."who is that?" Of course then I will go find a different mirror somewhere else and see if it's any better. lol. 

Recently after doing this I sat myself down in front of the computer and decided to start searching for various new and exciting facial creams and potions.  There are LOTS out there...after reading hundreds of reviews I was no closer to making a I of course whipped off an email to my best friend Heather in the UK.  As we are both the same age and have similar life outlooks, I can always count on her for her take on the subject.  And while she agreed with me about the whole aging issue and things we can do to 'improve' where we are, she did voice something I found particularly obvious.  Well not obvious until she pointed it out to me!

No matter what age we are... 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, etc...what kind of person are we drawn to?  Is it that stunningly perfect individual who defies all age brackets?  No...usually not...we may have friends who are physically appealing...but why do we stay friends with them - or anyone for that matter?  Drum roll..............Because we find them interesting!  We connect with them in some way and/or we find them so interesting we want to know more!! true!  So while I  find myself getting older, I do intend to age gracefully.  But MORE important than that - I am setting an intention to BE more interesting - for me and for those who choose to be around me! I will be trying something new, learning new things, travel somewhere different, eat or cook something different - get out of that self-imposed RUT.  Doing this gives me something to look forward to - a sort of challenge to myself.  I want to be someone people enjoy being around (I guess I always have) - not someone where folks go running as soon as they see me coming.  I hate to say I know people like that.  Certain folks who are in our lives, and probably happy in their life - yet nothing different or 'interesting' to comment on since our last conversation, no matter how long it's been.  

And of course since I decided on this a couple weeks ago, I 'happened' to find this short, inspiring video - I've already started 2 different 30-day changes for me - and it's funny how you can commit to something if you have a somewhat short range goal.  See if you agree - and hopefully you will join me in finding life and yourself more interesting. ☺

Monday, April 09, 2012

Let Them Eat Cake!  

After a weekend of eating I'm on a roll!  lol

Now granted I don't eat a lot of cake...but when I do, it better be good!  I'm like that with chocolate too!  And yes I realize many think sugar and flour are the enemy...but frankly for me the 'processing' that has gone into our 'foods' that I put at the top of the list to 'avoid'.  And it's not easy!  We pay for convenience and yet for something as basic as convenient is it really?  I mean we buy a box - add water, oil and eggs to most of them...and we 'make' a cake.  Did you know the basic ingredients needed for a made from scratch cake?

Baking powder, salt
So if you can handle a couple measuring cups/'re done in about the same time.  And you can pick your own butter or milk/flour/eggs if you so choose to make it even healthier!  (save money too as you have most of these normally on hand)

Here's what you get for 'convenience' in a box:  (plus adding your own eggs/oil/water)

Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron,Thiamine Mononitrate,Riboflavin,Folic Acid), Vegetable Oil Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Propylene Glycol Mono- And Diesters Of Fats,Mono- And Diglycerides), Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate). Contains 2% Or Less Of: Wheat Starch, Salt, Dextrose, Polyglycerol Esters Of Fatty Acids, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Cellulose Gum, Artificial Flavors,Xanthan Gum,Maltodextrin,Modified Cornstarch,Colored With (Yellow 5 Lake, Red 40 Lake). Contains: Wheat.

I hope you can see where I'm going here!  Now I'm not saying never use any convenient prepackaged item again - but what I am saying is we've gotten so far away from actual cooking it's affecting our health! We all get into a rut, but one thing I remember are family get-togethers of home cooked meals!  I LOVED these meals and what went into exchanged and great conversation as well.   I'm on a bit of a rampage here as I sometimes get nosy and look in other peoples shopping carts when I'm in the store.  Some inspire me and I wonder what they are making! lol And others depress me as some are full of frozen meals and convenience foods I can't help but feel bad as even the kids in that house won't know how to cook!

My daughter Rachael inspires me with her experimenting with more ethnic and simple meals - healthier and end up costing less as well!  Or home made cookies made with the kids instead of store bought - again, something worth taking a little extra time for.

Another area I've been experimenting with as I pretty much despise bottled salad dressings, is making my own vinaigrette. Basic ratio is 1 part acid (vinegar or citrus) and 3 parts oil (I tweak this to my own tastes...but that's the beauty of it...YOU decide.  Basic ingredients to add:  minced fresh garlic, pinch of salt, pepper, Dijon mustard, honey etc.  All you need is a glass jar with a lid to shake it in and of course pick a healthy oil to use. Regular salad, pasta salad even as a marinade!  

Lordy now I'm really getting hungry! :o)

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Natural Deodorant To Make At Home!

Just some fun info for those of us who like to try new well as natural ones!  This is a well-known recipe for it will keep odor and bacteria away, but does not claim to keep you dry.  Have some fun with this and feel free to let me know how it works out!

All you need:

5 T         Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
1/4 cup  Baking Soda
1/4 cup  Corn Starch

Ok, so 3 easy ingredients and now you just have to measure, mix and your done! I do this in a  bowl first and then transfer entire mixture in a small glass jar with lid.  Depending on how hot/cold your home is...(colder here now) your oil may be a solid.  What I will do is heat some hot water in a pan, when hot (not boiling) I turn it off and place the jar of coconut oil in, to warm it and make it softer.  It will turn into a liquid if warm enough but as soon as it cools, goes to a solid again!  So use whatever consistency works for you to mix well.

I mix both dry ingredients well first and then add the oil.  Again, mix well and then I transfer into my jar with lid.  I keep in fridge, and will use a spoon to scrape some off some of the mixture and apply with my hands...rub in well and let dry/absorb before getting dressed. 

I have added 1 drop of an essential oil to this mixture as well...but actually like it just the way it is.  You can experiment!  Enjoy!

Monday, February 06, 2012

I was enjoying Tess's blog post and I asked if I could run it here!  Even if only a couple of these resonate with you, it's worth it!!  Enjoy!  

150 Bold Tips about Life, People & Wisdom
by Tess Marshall - at The Bold Life

  1. Offer others your wisdom
  2. Don't give unasked for advice.
  3. Accept that everyone isn't on your path.
  4. Pay for your dates dinner.
  5. Plant a tree.
  6. Learn to love yourself.
  7. Stop whining. Change what you complain about. Let the rest go.
  8. Get involved in something you believe in.
  9. Believe in yourself.
  10. Enjoy your journey.
  11. Learn how to deal with anger, yours, and others.
  12. Use music to change your mood.
  13. Compliment others often. Never leave kind words unsaid.
  14. Don't save your good stuff for later.
  15. Affection isn't earned, it's freely given.
  16. Live with less of everything…except love.
  17. Visit Alaska.
  18. Have a “Yes” so big it allows you to say “No.”
  19. Learn how to say, “No, that’s not going to work for me.” Don’t offer an excuse.
  20. Stop buying expensive coffee.
  21. Use the money saved for a trip at the end of the year.
  22. Buy a good pair of New Balance athletic shoes and walk or run consistently.
  23. Learn how to receive. Just say, “Thank you!”
  24. Learn to enjoy reading.
  25. Admit when you’re wrong.
  26. Let others have the last word.
  27. Let go of quilt. It's wasted energy.
  28. Touch the people you love.
  29. Paint something.
  30. Respect yourself. Don't tolerate abuse.
  31. Learn to apologize.
  32. Learn to dislike fast food.
  33. Eat mindfully.
  34. Change the oil in your car regularly.
  35. Never visit someone empty handed.
  36. Be who you are.
  37. Understand and accept your weaknesses and shortcomings. Everyone has them.
  38. Always hold the door open for the person behind you.
  39. Call your mother today. Better yet, send her chocolates.
  40. Spend time listening to a child’s laugh.
  41. Find out what brings you joy. Then do it.
  42. Learn about fine art and classical music.
  43. Create your own health program.
  44. Take responsibility for your own happiness.
  45. Listen to your gut. It's never wrong. Never.
  46. Keep your surroundings neat and clean.
  47. Practice compassion and loving kindness.
  48. Learn about a different culture.
  49. Celebrate your strengths and successes.
  50. Allow yourself pleasure.
  51. Keep a gratitude journal.
  52. Make the first move. Don't keep score of who did what last.
  53. Learn how to fix things. Over time it will save you a fortune.
  54. Tap into your own genius.
  55. Decide fear won't stop you.
  56. Learn to deal with rejection. Everyone won't give you what you want.
  57. Create a vision for your future.
  58. Refuse to participate in uncomfortable situations.
  59. Create romance in your relationship.
  60. Smile more.
  61. Laugh frequently. It's a good thing.
  62. Listen to someone you disagree with. Remain neutral.
  63. Change a habit. Then change another.
  64. Get outside and smell the day.
  65. Always leave a big tip. Teach that the world is a generous place.
  66. Stop blaming others for your misery.
  67. Focus on one task at a time.
  68. Spend one day working in the fields with migrant workers. Then ask yourself if they are taking our jobs.
  69. Send thank you cards the old fashioned way.
  70. Wear sunscreen.
  71. Volunteer in a children’s hospital ward.
  72. Go the extra mile.
  73. Walk your date to the door.
  74. Be courageous. Break up with someone face to face.
  75. Learn what projection and how to accept it.
  76. Don’t take things personally.
  77. What people do is about them. How you respond is about you.
  78. Bring flowers to someone. Buy a single stem for yourself.
  79. Write poetry. It soothes your soul.
  80. Count your blessings. When is the last time you were grateful for your refrigerator?
  81. Be inspired by slam poetry. What a skill.
  82. Be impeccably groomed. Dress up on low energy days.
  83. Enjoy chocolate.
  84. Learn to change your emotional state.
  85. Forgive your parents.
  86. Write down what you promise others.
  87. Do the work.
  88. Practice gratitude.
  89. Agree to disagree.
  90. Be willing to compromise.
  91. Love toxic people from a distance.
  92. Remain true to your dreams and visions.
  93. Eliminate all forms of negative media from you life.
  94. Live the life you’ve imagined.
  95. Be true to yourself.
  96. Embrace the present.
  97. Just begin.
  98. Give thanks in advance.
  99. Use your imagination.
  100. Collaborate with others.
  101. Learn to admit, “I don’t know.”
  102. Find something to believe in.
  103. Get the help you need.
  104. Learn how to cook.
  105. Dare to be your best.
  106. Take risks. Do what scares you.
  107. See beauty in world.
  108. Celebrate what’s right with the world.
  109. Do something brilliant every day.
  110. Encourage others.
  111. Make a difference.
  112. Continue to learn something new.
  113. Mentor someone.
  114. Learn to be frugal.
  115. Spend time with children and the elderly.
  116. Be honest about your taxes.
  117. Wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day.
  118. Don’t bet against yourself. Believe in yourself.
  119. Don’t clutter your mind or environment.
  120. Give anonymously.
  121. Don’t believe your own thoughts.
  122. Drop your story.
  123. Jump for joy.
  124. Take naps.
  125. Expect the best.
  126. End your relationship before you sleep with someone else.
  127. Learn how to meditate.
  128. Don’t text and drive.
  129. Be happy for the success of others.
  130. Don’t drink and drive.
  131. Don’t drink, text, and drive.
  132. Be inspired. Read and listen to good stuff.
  133. Remember this too shall pass, it always has and always will.
  134. Learn how to express yourself intelligently.
  135. Be a mindful driver.
  136. Thank a teacher.
  137. Become a mentor.
  138. Appreciate nature.
  139. Be the love you want to find.
  140. Notice small things; a blade of grass, a snowflake, tree bark.
  141. Surround yourself with happy people.
  142. Don't think about your problems. Solve them.
  143. Give up control and manipulation.
  144. Positively anticipate the future.
  145. Learn how to grow things.
  146. Where you find love lacking, offer love.
  147. Spend less time at work and more time at play.
  148. Learn self-restraint.
  149. Learn how to relax.
  150. Be bold!