"We spend so much of our time taking care of others and focusing on all the things that need to get done. In the midst of it all, it's easy to forget about ourselves or to let self-care tumble to the bottom of our priority list. You know how that turns out. One day we realize that not only are we busy, but now we're also tired, cranky, eating too much, and more than a bit frustrated with the whole state of affairs." ~ Dr. Mellissa Mc Creery, Too Much On My Plate.com
"Multiple studies have proven that walking is the best thing we can do to improve our overall health and increase our longevity and functional years." ~ Robert Sallis, M.D.
"Stress is any reaction or emotion that triggers a response from the sympathetic nervous system and initiates the "fight or flight" response OR any informational input that adds a new burden to your internal conversation." ~ Marcelle Pick, MSN, OB/GYN NP
Most of us have grown up brainwashed to think that “everybody needs milk” or “milk does a body good”. Why? Because the dairy association has spent millions in advertising as well as providing elementary schools with beautiful, free “nutritional” teaching materials! But the truth is , it “just ain’t so”.
Recently a friend and I were talking about how, no matter how much we know about nutrition or how long we have been eating clean and feeling the benefits of that, over and over we come to a place of “I don’t f...ing care” and fall off the wagon again. What's up with that?
Summer is here and the first thing many of us associate with this season is "vacation" - a time to slow down, de-stress, rest, and relax. Well, it's also the perfect time to detox our bodies too.
"There are many types of women, but the one that cries out for the healing the loudest is the Wounded Female Warrior. You long to transform yourself into the Goddess, even though you might not use those words to describe your longing."
Just like the lotus is confronted with a lengthy and dark process before it blooms, I have been presented with numerous major challenges in my life.
While reducing or avoiding gluten in our diet may be a healthier choice, especially for those with Celiac disease or "wheat intolerance", replacing it with highly refined gluten-free good products isn't a good idea.
"Saying you're on a diet gives the impression that you're looking for short term results. A lifestyle change, on the other hand, means you're planning on making this permanent."
Getting enough sleep, and the right kind of sleep, is just as important as food and water for your body. Inadequate or restless sleep can sabotage the success of your detox program.
"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny." ~ C.S. Lewis
"Coffee convinces me that the minutes of pleasure I get from drinking it are worth more than whatever is coming down the pike as a result of the creamy elixir. It isn't long before that thinking...that behavior...that mentality gets applied to whatever I put into my mouth."
A friend of mine, who had given me MY very first massage and whose uncanny intuition I had grown to trust, said to me, "You're a healer... you should go to massage school".
"Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder. It's a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and carb cravings - leading to uncontrolled overeating." ~ Dr. Mark Hyman
Over-acidity is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH balanced environment which allows the body to resist disease.
"Did you recharge your cell phone yesterday? What about your laptop? Have you taken your car in for a check up lately? And when was the last time you took the time to recharge yourself? Not just for a day, a week, or even a month - but for an extended period of time? When was the last time you took a real break?"
A fall favorite, butternut squash, shines brightest when used as a base for a rich, warming soup. It's a type of fall-harvest squash with a sweet, nutty taste. The color signals an abundance of powerhouse nutrients and it's reported to have anti-inflammatory benefits as well.
"We can't control getting older... but... we can control how we do it."
"Calorie density is the simplest approach to healthful eating and lifelong weight management. This common sense approach to sound nutrition allows for lifelong weight management without hunger, more food for fewer calories, and is easy to understand and follow. In addition, by following the principles of calorie density, you will also increase the overall nutrient density of your diet."