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May12

Making Things Bloom!

May12

Making Things Bloom!

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

So there you have it. A nursery rhyme about Mary growing her garden. And a beautiful garden she grew! How about you? Do you like to grow things? For simplicity sake, lets start with flowers.

 I love to grow flowers. In the summer months, I plant and cultivate a beautiful outdoor flower garden each year. But during the cold, snowy winters of Chicago, I grow my own mini flower garden indoors near my kitchen sink in an area where two windows converge. Friends (in dismay) have asked me how I could possibly get my green plants to bloom beautiful flowers in the dead of winter. They tell me I must have a “green thumb”.”Nope,” I respond, “my thumbs are the same color as yours.”  :)

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Unclogging Your Emotional Toilet! Eww…

Apr27

Unclogging Your Emotional Toilet! Eww…

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Okay. This sounds super gross. Unclogging a toilet? Really? But its actually a beautiful analogy. When the toilet (the loo) gets plugged, its usually because it physically can’t move the waste it contains, right? Well, same goes for you and your emotions.

Think for a moment about how you feel when you are heavy with emotions which you are holding onto and no longer serve you? You probably either feel angry, frustrated, stressed or completely weighed down (plugged up) and depressed, right? The bad news is a clogged toilet can overspill onto everything, creating a super mess you don’t really want to clean up! Its smelly and disgusting! The great news is your emotional toilet doesn’t need to stay clogged! So here’s the way to plunge through some of the gunk you are holding onto emotionally. Continue reading

The Healthy “In” of Intimacy!

Mar23

The Healthy “In” of Intimacy!

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What do women want more than sex? Seriously? Did I hear someone whisper chocolate? What about wine? Heck, did I hear a shout out for ice cream with a peanut butter brownie, caramel topping and whipped cream? Wrong. Wrong and wrong again.

Women like sex. We ARE sexual beings. But we are SENSUAL beings too. We were born to entice, engage, seduce, and endear in preparation to produce offspring. Yep. Thats our biology and physiology. Lets face it, we were physically structured to procreate and that primordial instinct still resides within all of us, some more than others. Continue reading

The Shake Out of Nutritional Shakes

Feb20

The Shake Out of Nutritional Shakes

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Probably many of us have all tried a “nutritional shake” in the past year. At least we were told it was nutritional, right? As a wellness passionista, many, many people have asked me to support/endorse  their “nutritional” products (shakes, energy drinks, protein supplements, weight loss products) in the past year. I have turned them all down. Let me explain.

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When Life Gives You Lemons, EAT them. Get Healthy!

Dec23

When Life Gives You Lemons, EAT them. Get Healthy!

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There is an old proverbial saying , “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” meaning to take the sourness/bitterness of those lemons and turn them into a sweet/pleasurable  drink of lemonade…in other words to be optimistic in the face of adversity or challenge.

However, I say, when life gives you lemons…EAT them! Why? Because that bitterness, sourness will literally do your body much better than making a sweet, sugary lemonade drink!   Lemons (limes, oranges and other citrus fruits) can help your body become better balanced.

While these fruits are acidic in nature, they actually are alkaline producing to your body after they are digested.Lemons, especially, are used frequently in Ayurveda. They are generally pitta producing and vata calming, but can gently be used to treat, heal or simply maintain your bodily health.There are so many wonderful benefits of adding real lemon or lemon juice to your daily nutritional regime. Here are the Top 10 Benefits I have found to be extremely useful:

Top Benefits of Eating Lemons:

    1. Improves your skin texture.
    2. Improves your digestive power. (In Ayurveda, we call this agni...your digestive FIRE.)
    3. Decreases fat deposition.
    4. Relieves bad breath. Cleanses oral cavities.
    5. Decreases cholesterol by decreasing deposits in blood vessels so decrease risk of heart attacks.
    6. Assists in daily elimination of bowels.
    7. Works to detoxify your liver (helps dissolve kidney stones).
    8. Improves your immunity-works against colds and flu.
    9. Helps decrease your body’s production of phlegm…especially important during cold/flu season.
    10. Helps to absorb iron from natural foods. Because lemons are high in Vitamin C, they naturally improve your body’s absorption of iron in many foods including spinach, beans, lentils.

So the next time you feel like life has come at you just too hard and you are feeling challenged by those lemons being tossed your way, DON’t discard them…EAT them instead…a proverbial gift from the universe !

Top Ten Natural Tips to Improve Digestion

Oct16

Top Ten Natural Tips to Improve Digestion

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We have all had them from time to time. Yep, that terrific tummy ache, indigestion, flatulence and bloating. Ouch! There is nothing pleasant about any of these!

But there are some wonderful holistic solutions to give you relief. In fact, if you follow these tips at mealtime during your day, week and month, you will be “tummy terrific” and pain free. Since I have experienced some of these symptoms years ago and have now eased my way toward healing, I will make it as simple and easy for you to follow:
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Ireland: From Happiness to Health

Sep22

Want Healthier Circulation?–Give Endermologie a Try!

May17

Want Healthier Circulation?–Give Endermologie a Try!

circulation of the bloodThose Groupon deals kept popping up on my screen so I went all out and decided to purchase a body treatment through the Groupon website several weeks ago. It was a trial treatment for Endermologie–boy oh boy…did I ever learn a lot!

Some of you might have heard about endermologie as a spa treatment for fat reduction–that’s how many spas choose to position and market this treatment. But truth be told, this non-invasive treatment is more about improving CIRCULATION than about losing fat. In fact, if you lose waistline or thigh inches post treatment, it has more to do with improved circulation due to less water retention.
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More Putter, Less Flutter. Rx:Rest!

Feb10

More Putter, Less Flutter. Rx:Rest!

frog relaxing in pondPush yourself. Go Harder. Don’t waste time. Accomplish more! Hurry up!

 

These are excellent mantras for motivation if you find yourself in a lull. But most often, you probably find yourself overdoing it on many levels—work, family and even fun. Unfortunately, this all-consuming, overtaxing, over accomplishing determination mindset to do MORE can harm your body.

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Respect Your Injury and Get Healthier!

Oct30

Respect Your Injury and Get Healthier!

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It happens to the best of us: professional athletes, marathoners, novice competitors, weekend warriors and even healthy people who incorporate exercise into their daily life: We Get Injured! …Or in some cases, our body slowly breaks down so that surgery to mend it is eventually required. In either case, it takes time to heal. I have experienced this very circumstance this past summer when I accidentally slipped and tore both my MCL and lateral meniscus (cartilage) of my right knee. Ouch!

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