Tag Archives: wellness

A Smoker doesn’t prioritize their health, so why are they going to care about yours?

12 Mar

I completely understand that saying such statements will have “smokers” fuming, that’s ok, it’s actually said with love & compassion.  Quitting smoking has been compared to quitting heroin.  This is not an easy over night journey for most.  The message here – “We care about your health SMOKERS, even if you don’t”.

I LOVE NY! I absolutely detest walking the Manhattan street sidewalks.  To quote a lyric from Sweeney Todd the musical “CITY ON FIRE!”. Second hand smoke is so obnoxious. Why should us non-smokers have to deal with this?  Which leads me to have this discussion…

“A Smoker doesn’t prioritize their health, so why are they going to care about yours”.

I’ve personally never smoked, I have many family members that do.  It baffles and concerns me greatly that these people I love with all my heart still choose smoking over their own health, and over the possibility of getting sick or even dying from such an addiction.  Are they seriously alright with leaving their family relationships prematurely for these tobacco sticks??? This is serious! Why aren’t we talking about how controlled our loved ones are by the cigarette industry? And who is behind this?

Let’s start the intervention, and if you have already been talking about it… talk about it again.  It’s time to stand up for your own health as well. We can send love and support for those needing to quit this disguising, selfish, addiction. Do not allow people to smoke around you.   You can’t stop LOVE & PROGRESS.

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SUPER SUPPORTIVE OF SUPER FOODS!

11 Mar

Imagine if we could lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and improve your state of mind from FOOD??? Well we can!  What a super concept and it can happen from eating super foods. It starts with your choices at the grocery store.

A superfood contains a very high level of certain nutrients. Put these items in your grocery cart:

-Blueberries

-Broccoli

-Oats

-Wild-Caught Salmon

-Ginseng & Green Tea

-Tomatoes

-Walnuts

-Greek Yogurt

-Beans & Lentils

-Basil

-Turmeric

-Goji Berries

-Reishi or Ghada Mushrooms

-Apples

-Aspragus

-Avocados

-Beets

-Bell Peppers

-Brussel Spouts

-Cherries

-Dark Chocolate

-Eggs

-Flax

-Garlic

-Kale

-Lemons/Limes

-Pineapple

-Pumpkin

-Quinoa

-Spinach

-Spirulina

-Sweet Potatoes

-Swiss Chard

-Winter Squash

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Responsible Eating – “The Story of an Egg” PBS Online Film Festival 2013

11 Feb

http://video.pbs.org/video/2339515762

Where do you get your eggs? Don’t let watching this scare you, ignorance is not bliss because we do have options, we have a voice, and we have money to spend which influences change.  Protect our Animals and our Environment.

I personally believe knowing this info and making the “Better Choices” in life help us energetically which in turn makes us healthier and happier.

 

ARE YOU FULL OF CRAP???

10 Feb

Fast food – leads to fast health issues.  I came across this video when I googled McDONALDS french fries because I had a feeling their fries are NOT vegan. I am correct, these fries are not even vegetarian. Please watch to learn the facts.

A CONVERSATION WITH YOUR BABY…SELF?

7 Feb

This is an exercise out of the gym that does help your gym workout.

STEP 1 HERE IS THE TASK, FIND AN OLD PICTURE OF YOURSELF AS A TODDLER.

STEP 2 STARE AT THE PICTURE OF THAT BEAUTIFUL INNOCENT CHILD FOR A SOLID 1MIN.

STEP 3 ASK THESE QUESTIONS OUTLOUD AND ANSWER THEM OUTLOUD TO YOURSELF.

1. WHO IS THIS CHILD? WHAT DOES THIS CHILD LIKE? WHAT DOES THIS CHILD LIKE TO DO FOR FUN?

2. WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE THAT LITTLE CHILD YOU FEEL WOULD PROTECT HIM/HER?

3.  TELL HIM/HER (OUTLOUD) SOME OF THE NEGATIVE, HORRIBLE THINGS YOU SAY OR THINK ABOUT YOURSELF (ANSWER OUTLOUD).

4.  TELL HIM/HER YOU LOVE HIM/HER AND WILL PROTECT HIM/HER.  EXPLAIN TO THIS CHILD HOW YOU WILL BE THERE FOR THEM.

WE HAVE TO START TREATING OUR ADULT SELVES WITH THE LOVE & CARE WE HAVE FOR CHILDREN.  THE SECRET TO YOUTH IS TO TAKE CARE OF OUR INNER CHILD.  LOVE YOUR INNER CHILD AND THE WORLD WILL BE YOUR PLAYGROUND, AND LIFE WILL ONCE AGAIN BECOME FUN.  TAKE THIS NEW ENERGY INTO THE GYM WITH YOU.  PLAY, PLAY PLAY!

HERE IS THE PICTURE I CHOSE TO USE FOR THIS EXERCISE.

THANK YOU FOR BEING SO VULNERABLE.

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SWING STEP!

5 Jan

Finding the pep in your step.

This year movement is fitness. Fitness has got to be fun, and we have to play! This is such a great example of tuning into our inner youth and finding joy and pep in every step.

Fibromyalgia Health/Wellness Tips from my Mom

18 Dec

When my Mother was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia many years ago I was angry and confused not only because my mother was in severe pain 24/7 but also because there seemed to be an enormous lack of information and advice out there.  There STILL is not enough information out there.  I will be posting my training advice and medical hot tub dyna band exercise routine that worked for my mom next week but I wanted to share my Mom’s personal advice she has for other women who suffer:

MOM SAYS:

-Warm your muscles before exercise.  (She has a medical hot tub set around body temperature)

-When exercising with Fibro be very aware of your movements, make each movement with every exercise deliberate, controlled, and slow.  Balance is often times compromised so safety first.

-Obtaining sleep is your #1 priority.  (I will have her share her techniques for this in a future blog post as I know they are extensive). Do not exercise before bed, have a personalized calming routine, Chamomile Tea, Meditation.

-Be kind to yourself, don’t fill your life with DON’T ‘s and CAN’T ‘s, concentrate on what you CAN do!

-Don’t apologize for what you are unable to do and perform.  It is not your fault and there is no need to apologize.

-Concentrate on the positives in life not the negatives.

-When people help you, help them in return with what you can do for people without pain, this will make you feel good about yourself and feel like you are giving back.  For my mother that’s being a good listener, being there for people, checking in with them on the phone, organizing friends and family members taxes, cooking (when she feels physically capable).

-Esteemable acts create self esteem.  Tidy up the house, make the bed, make a healthy lunch salad, movement (walking), charity work (raise funds via web and phone)

-Mom discusses with me “FibroFog” and how it can effect the whole day, your relationship around you and communication with everyone including your Doctor.  Therefore, she stresses the importance of taking the time to write down all your necessary talking points that need to be communicated to your Doctor well in advance before your appointment.

-Most Fibro women struggle for years about whether to take medication or not.  For a long time Mom felt like taking medication meant losing control.  Eventually she realized taking low dose medication was taking control of her life.  Today she does not depend on medication but a combination of therapies that work for her.

-Understand that it might take some time and work with your Doctor to find the right combination of medicine and therapies to find what works for you.

-Biofeedback.  Mom has utilized this machine and form of therapy to help teach her how to find her breathing and relaxation.  This intrigues me very much and I feel it deserves it’s own future blog post, stay tuned.

-Meditate, put pain at the back of your mind instead of forefront.

-Food can aggravate Fibromyalgia, my mom finds that wine, chocolate, fats and gluten among other things can lead to a flare up and what our family calls an “episode”.

-It’s really important for your family and friends to understand Fibromyalgia.  Ask your loved ones to research it, and share with them your condition, successes, frustrations, and outline how they can help, chances are they want to help and they can only do this if you make yourself VULNERABLE and communicate.  You are not a failure with revealing the truth. Please no guilt with this.

-Mom wants to communicate that they used to think Fibro was a form of arthritis, now they are leaning towards “heywire nerves”.

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