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Spring Cleaning

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Spring is an excellent time for cleansing the body, mind, heart, and soul.

For the Body:
Start by cleaning out your pantry and eliminate processed foods.  Visit the local farmers market or start greens in your own garden for some fresh super nutrients.
Consider fasting or a try a colonic cleanse to help clear your digestive tract.
Light exercises such as walking and yoga are helpful at moving the process along.

For the Mind:
Mindful practices such as meditation, hypnosis, and journaling are extremely effective methods of stress relief.  Letting go of toxic relationships, negative people, and other energy consuming stressors allow us to focus on bettering our Selves.  Prioritizing commitments in our lives will help us focus on what really matters.

For the Heart:
Forgiveness will set you free.  Be kind to Your Self and forgive your mistakes by letting go of the past and making positive changes NOW.
Realize that those who have broken your heart and damaged your trust are likely hurting worse than you.  So many are suffering from mental conditions, and everyone is fighting their own battle.  Only hurt people hurt people.  Instead of holding onto negative energy and anger, simply wish them peace and happiness, and lovingly set them free to go their own way.
Practice random and loving acts of kindness with others.  Be generous, and your heart will mend and grow in time and you will be stronger from the experience.

For the Soul:
Take the time to be ALONE and find Your Self.
Simplify your surroundings.  Clear the clutter.  If you don’t use it, lose it.  Let go of that which no longer serves you. Donate to a charity.  Make good use of your stuff instead of letting it drain you.
Change your environment.  Paint a room a bright color. Reorganize furniture.  Change is life.  Stagnancy is death.
Explore nature.  Breathe in all the beauty around you.  Exhale everything else.  Life is abundant.

Take the time to reflect on your life up to now.  Create new goals.  Be the best you can be in every way.  Namaste!

 


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Love Your Body

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Love is a natural human birthright.  Our bodies are living proof.  No matter what toxins, abuse, or self harm you bring to yourself, your body will continuously try to filter, repair, and heal itself to achieve homeostasis.  You only get one body to house your mind and soul, so treat it with loving kindness.

Love your body back by gently exercising, walking,  practicing yoga, meditating, and resting when needed.  Feed yourself clean foods, avoid toxic additives, smoke, alcohol, and caffeine.  Massage, aromatherapy, and reduce clutter and stress.

By taking care of your body, you will be able to love yourself and others more fully.  Love is contagious, and others will mirror you and return the favor.


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Forgive

HEAL

We have All been hurt, and have also hurt Others.  Humans are beautifully imperfect by design.

It is not necessary to forget, but it is important to learn to forgive.

Holding onto tension from the past can cause systematic problems for the heart, lungs, muscles, digestive tract, and the mind.  By accepting the “mistakes” that allow us to learn, grow, and evolve, we can All rise to a higher state of consciousness and well-being.


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Summer is Fading – But You Don’t Have To

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As the leaves turn colors and drop to the ground in the Pacific Northwest, the night sky comes earlier, and the chill of the fall breeze sets in, I am reminded how short the summer is.  I can still taste the fresh berries, fruits, and vegetables from the garden.  The once daily used swimming pool is now green and ready for storage.  The routine weekend outdoor activities are replaced with school time preparation.

But the wonderful days don’t have to end.  Now is a time for soaking up the fleeting Vitamin D producing sunrays.  Now is the time to start your indoor gym memberships.  Now is the time to store all your nutrient dense, home grown, local foods and start your fall winter mini hoop gardens.  Now is the time to schedule your fall weekend outdoor escapes.

As Fall sets in, and folks gather in close quarters, we start the cold and flu season.  Instead of over-sanitizing, consider boosting your immune system naturally.  Growing cold hardy leafy greens such as chard, kale, rocket, and arugula is easy to do.  Maintaining these fresh nutrient dense foods in your diet will provide the majority of your vitamin and mineral intake.  Storing squash, garlic, and onions will keep your body strong throughout late fall.  And the bumper apple crop can be frozen or made into tasty sauce.  Stock your medicine cabinet with dried herbs and spices to keep your metabolic fire burning.

It is estimated that apx. 10% of Americans are prescribed antidepressants, which can be addictive, devoid your body of nutrients, and come with side effects which can make symptoms worse, even causing death.  These drugs rewire your brain and change who you are….They usually do not resolve the source issue, but they are easy for Physicians to prescribe, and bring in alot of money for the Doctors.  It is important to address any underlying problems with counseling and stress reduction.  Save yourself and money by eating whole foods including healthy fats.  Most seasonal sadness can be alleviated by eating a nutrient dense whole foods diet.  This includes a rainbow of pesticide free vegetables, plenty of natural animal proteins, berries, properly prepared nuts, and fruits.  Eliminate bad fats like canola, shortening, and commercially farmed animals.  Rather, eat avocados, EVOO, Coconut Oil, grass fed meat, real butter, and free range eggs that provide an array of healthy fats that allow our bodies to assimilate fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.  Quit sugar alltogether; and reduce refined grains and foods, as they rob your body of B vitamins, which are integral in supporting mental health.  Eat real food and get into a good mood.

Homemade broths are superfoods, and there’s nothing better than a hot soup on a cold day filled with all those vegetables you stored.  Keep your digestion strong with bitters and enzymes.  Most important, don’t stop moving.  Running, biking, and hiking can continue with a change of wardrobe.  Detox by visiting an infrared sauna, or hot yoga studio.  Most gymnasiums have heated pools, too.

Enjoy the cozy days with hot herbal teas.  The SAD (Standard American Diet) is largely comprised of refined sugar and grains, so be the change at the next holiday party by preparing a healthy real-food treat.  Keep moving, smiling, and enjoy the transition to fall.


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Leaving

 
“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits – anything that kept me small.  My judgement called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” – Kim McMillen
 Let-Go
This quote arrived in my email from a Dear Friend at a time when I really needed it.  Funny how that works.
If something or someone is making you feel sick, you have the choice to try to change the situation or change yourself.  People cannot be changed.  If that does not work, ask yourself this question………..”Am I happy?”  If the answer is no, it’s time leave IT behind.  This is your life.


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Fall Fermentation Class! Saturday November 17th

We Are Not Alone – The Power of Probiotics

Do you suffer from yeast infections, ear infections, bloating, belching, flatulence, halitosis, cancer, poor immune system, acne, toe / nail fungus, mood swings, depression, or unexplained weight?  Do you have bread, sugar, or alcohol cravings?  Have you ever taken antibiotics?  If you answer YES to any of these questions, you can benefit from powerful probiotics.

Our bodies are comprised of approximately 100 trillion cells.  But, only 10% of these cells are human.  Microbes like bacteria, yeast, and pathogens and parasites account form 90% of our cellular matter.  Our digestive tracts are competitive environments, so it’s important for the good bacteria to keep the bad bacteria in check.  Probiotics are “pro-life”, and help support a healthy microbiota in our gut.  Unfortunately, the SAD (Standard American Diet) is devoid of life giving nutrition.  Most of us have received several courses of Antibiotics “against life”, which are indiscriminate against the good and bad bacteria.  Many of us are simply out of balance, and the bad microbes are ruling our bodies and lives.

Learn how to take back control.  Come sample and learn how to make Probiotic Powerhouses like Sauerkraut, Kombucha, and Yogurt.  Discover how supplemental probiotics are manufactured, and how to choose the right one for YOU.

This class is on a contribution basis.  Sign up now by to confirm your spot on November 17, 2012 from 10am – noon.  I look forward to seeing you here!


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Don’t Worry, Be Happy……….and Healthy!

We are over-scheduled, the economy is bad, and the news is depressing.  So, why bother eating well?  No wonder Americans are depressed.

The pharmaceutical industry is a 650 + Billion industry.  Approximately 1/5 of Americans are taking some sort of anti-depressant. Doctors and psychiatrists routinely prescribe these drugs without considering the patient’s nutritional deficiencies.  These powerful drugs deplete nutrients (especially B vitamins), which worsen depression and further the dependence on prescription drugs.  Prescription drugs cause an array of serious side effects, including death.

The SAD (Standard American Diet) is high in refined foods, sugars, and poor quality fats.  These nutritional deficiencies contribute to chemical imbalances, like anemia and hypothyroidism, which can lead to anxiety, insomnia—and depression.

So, what are the major nutrients are necessary for optimal mental health?

  • Vitamin B-12 plays a role in red blood cell formation, brain function energy metabolism and DNA synthesis.  When our bowel flora is healthy, we are able to produce our own B Vitamins.
  • Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant necessary for combating disease, colds and used for improving cellular activity in the body. Proponents of using vitamin C for depression report that individuals with an autoimmune disease or lower immunity due to colds and flu require supplementation. Environmental stress can exacerbate the illness and compromise the body’s ability to recover from illness.
  • Vitamin D is necessary for structural and mental health.  The body can synthesize its own by getting 15 minutes of direct sunlight on a daily basis.  During winter, it is more difficult to produce, and should be obtained by the diet.
  • Zinc and Magnesium are necessary for sexual health, and vitality, as well as mental health.
  • EFA’s (Essential fatty acids) are part of every cell membrane, and if those membranes aren’t functioning well, then neither is your brain.  Since they can oxidize in your body, they should be taken along with other antioxidants, like vitamin E.
  • Amino acids are proteins, and are the building blocks of neurotransmitters, including serotonin.

You can obtain all these nutrients from dark leafy vegetables, pesticide-free local fruits, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, spring butter, wild or grass-fed meat, wild caught fish, and free-range organic eggs.  A nutrient dense, whole foods diet will provide the body what it needs to support the mind.  Positive affirmations, such as prayer or meditation and daily exercise like yoga or walking, are also fundamental to living a happy, balanced life.

People should talk to their doctors before reducing or weaning from depression medication.