Holistic Nutrition is about treating the whole person. There are Primary Foods and Secondary Foods. Secondary foods are the foods we eat. Primary foods are the things in our life that feed our Soul, our passions.
Primary foods can be broken down into four main categories; Relationships, Career, Spirituality, and Fitness. The more primary food we have in our lives, the more the secondary food will support it and if there is an weight issue, the less the amount of secondary food we will need.
Love is the most powerful, healing vibration there is. I am sure most of you have experienced the love diet, where you meet someone new and promising and all of a sudden you are down 10 pounds! Finding our passions is our birthright; it is what makes us unique. The day I rekindled my childhood passion and started dancing again, was the day I stopped exercising and started loving life. It was no longer something I “had” to do; I couldn’t wait to get there! My mindset switched from a negative fear-based, (If I don’t do this then I am going to be fat”) vibration to a positive, love-based, (“I can’t wait to do this”) vibration!
This mind shift allowed me to go from surviving to thriving in a mere flash!
Now whenever I am trying to accomplish a goal, either with career, weight issues, relationship, or money, I check in with my mindset and find a way to shift into that love vibration. Love makes everything easy peasy!
Which Primary Food category needs more passion and vibration in your life?
A boundary is a limit that promotes integrity and protects you by allowing you to feel safe. There are two types of boundaries: physical boundaries and emotional boundaries. Healthy boundaries come from your conscious awareness of the distinction between you and the people whom you share your life.
When someone crosses a physical boundary and bodily harms you, you bruise, and so you become vulnerable to infection.
When your emotional boundaries are breached you also become vulnerable to harm.
When someone trespasses your boundaries by thoughtless or intrusive actions these actions are called… BOUNDARY VIOLATIONS.
Learning how to protect my boundaries is a skill which I learned through self-parenting. In the beginning, I was so conditioned to suppressing my feelings, I did not even notice when my boundaries were crossed. All I knew was I was upset and in emotional pain.
Are you aware of when someone tramples on your feelings? Are you aware when someone invalidates what you are saying, or when someone does not listen to your needs and your feelings?
Maybe you are aware and yet allow it to avoid a confrontation. I did this for a long time. Most of us avoid confrontation because we lack the communication skills to maturely express what we want and therefore we fear rejection.
However, these seemingly outward peaceful acts of avoidance can actually be inward violent acts of self-sabotage and can throw us into a tailspin of defense.
This is a common reason why most of us judge and trample on our own feelings. Self Judgement and neglect are the first steps heading to Negative Town.
We can not control what others say, however, we can control how we process what they say and do. Looking externally for validation can be a dangerous game.
I often remind myself and others to never under-estimate the ripple effect other people’s energy.
Who is costing you what?
We all have the birthright to be happy, however that belief has to start within!
As the temperature in our external environment begins to dip into the single digits, it is time to turn up the heat in our internal environment! One way of achieving this thermal balance is cooking up simmering hot foods with some of the following warming spices!
Ginger: Ginger contains powerful natural anti-inflammatory substances. Ginger extracts and teas have been used to treat arthritis, vertigo, migraine headaches, and various digestive problems, especially nausea. Ginger is readily available in most supermarkets.
Recipe suggestion: Pear and Ginger Juice! Place two pears and a 2inch cube of ginger in your juicer and enjoy! Not only will the ginger warm your insides, pears help strengthen your lungs and reduce mucus.
This mild Indian spice has been scientifically studied for its protective effects against inflammation and cancer. When combined with black pepper, medicinal uses of turmeric include the healing of stomach ulcers and the relief of oxidative, free radical stress in patients with inflammation. Turmeric powder is readily available in the spice section of most supermarkets.
Recipe Suggestion: See your Healing Foods Recipe Book, which was emailed on Thanksgiving for the Tri-Dosha Dal! (If you did receive your copy, please do not hesitate to contact me!)
Cumin is the most popular spice in Indian cooking. It is used to treat coughs, colds, and illnesses of digestive tract. One teaspoon of limejuice and a pinch of cumin in a glass of orange juice is also a tasty cure for hangovers! Ayurvedic practitioners also recommend drinking a cumin, coriander and fennel tea to help clear up acne.
Cinnamon, Cardamom and Cloves
These spices add flavor and aroma to dishes. Their wonderful flavor and medicinal attributes of anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial properties makes them popular. Cinnamon also plays an important role in stabilizing blood sugar levels.
Recipe suggestion: Try this easy recipe of Yogi Tea from Yogi Bhajan:
Prep Time: 05 minutes, Cook Time: 03 hours: Total Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes
2 quarts water
15 whole cloves
20 black peppercorns
3 sticks of cinnamon
20 whole cardmon pods (split the pods first)
8 fresh ginger slices (1/4″ thick, no need to peel)
1/2 teaspoon regular or decaf black tea leaves (approximately 1-2 tea bag)
Dairy or soy milk and honey or maple syrup to taste.
Bring two quarts of water to a boil. Add cloves and boil one minute. Add cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon, and ginger. Cover and boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for two to three hours. Remove from heat, add black tea, and let cool. Strain and store in the refrigerator. Reheat when you want a cup and add milk and honey to taste.
The nutmeg is used for intestinal problems, especially for diarrhea. In India, nutmeg is believed to increase sexual stamina and has an enduring reputation as an aphrodisiac. It is not only appetizing in sweet foods, but enhances the flavor of meats and green leafy vegetables.
Recipe Suggestion: Saute’ onions and diced apple with collard greens or swiss chard in olive oil or ghee, and then sprinkle a little grated nutmeg on top to enhance all the flavors.
May the warmth in the spices and the love in your heart keep you comforted through the chilly months!
Massage therapy has been noted for its health and wellness benefits for thousands of years. It is often used to relieve pain and increase relaxation. Did you know it is also beneficial for those with diabetes?
Diabetes and massage may not be the most obvious pair. We're going to break down several of the benefits diabetics can get from massage therapy.
Diabetes and Massage: The Benefits
In addition to prescribed treatments, massage can have a fantastic influence on the body of a person with diabetes.
Here's what you should know about diabetes and massage:
Of course, consult your physician before making any changes to your diabetes management. Massage is a complementary treatment for diabetes. It will help your body manage the effects of diabetes, along with medication.
At Home Massagers
Diabetes and massage can both get expensive.
What is the best way to incorporate massage into your life without breaking your budget? Invest in an at home massager.
Having an at home massager allows you to enjoy a relaxing massage in the privacy of your own home at any time. Wonderful options feature different types of massage. Examples include reflexology, rolling, vibration, heat, air compressor, and water massagers.
Several massagers feature pre-loaded programs catered to your lifestyle. There are massages designed to relax you before sleep. There are also programs to help aching feet after wearing painful shoes. There are even ones for post-work out recovery.
It turns out, diabetes and massage are a great match. Ease your symptoms and improve your health with a massage today.
So, it seems you've excelled at yoga and want to try some breathing. Good idea! Many professional athletes swear by yoga, not just for flexibility but also for mental health.
There are plenty of reasons to try deep breathing, from relaxation to clearing toxins from your body and many other benefits. Here are five to try.
1. The Bumble Bee Breath
The Bumble Bee breath isn't named for a mysterious reason. It makes you sound like a bumble bee. While its name isn't wildly clever, the breath is still fantastic for calming nerves. Sit, relaxed, on the floor. Breathe in and fill your lungs to capacity.
Then, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Make a bee sound. Seriously, just like a bumble bee. This will cause you to exhale like a vibrating insect. Pause three seconds after exhaling before inhaling again. By getting into this rhythm, after a few minutes you'll be in a calmer state.
2.Alternate Nostril Breathing
This one is good for people looking for a moment of relaxation and clarity. To perform this breath, sit up in your chair or on the ground. Take your middle finger and raise it up to your nose and cover your right nostril. Inhale through your left nostril. Now switch nostrils, covering the left and exhaling through your right. Think of this breathing movement as a way of cleansing your head.
3. Bellow Breath
Sit straight up and raise your hands to the sky. You can have them balled up or in fists. Hold that stretch for a beat as your bring in deeply. On the exhale, bring your elbows to your side--smoothly and softly--and make a "Huh!" sound. This can help calm your nerves or wake you up after a long time sitting.
4. Lion's Breath
Take a deep breath and cock your head back. As you exhale, open your mouth as wide as it goes. Stick out your tongue. Let your vocal chords get in on the action. You'll make a little noise that's not quite like a lion. But you will look like a lion, and feel more like one after you sense the newfound relaxation.
5. Fire Breather
Sit up straight on the ground. Breath in slowly and fill your lungs. Then exhale through your nose in several short bursts. Your stomach should move with every burst. Imagine that you're blowing out a fire. It should take several breaths for you to completely exhale the air you've taken in. Pause for a beat and take a shallower breath and exhale it cleanly.
Then repeat the same breath several more times. There won't be any fires in front of you after that. It's Time to Be Calm Got them down pat? With these new breathing techniques in mind, you'll become healthier by the day. If you have any more questions about breathing techniques or want to learn some new ones, feel free to reach out to someone on our team. You're one step closer to becoming a healthier you. It's literally as easy as taking a breath