Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays Everyone

Happy Holidays Friends!

Pro Biotics Should Be Your Family’s Special Winter Time Friend

Pro Biotics are your family’s friend all year round, but the Winter time brings with it physical
stresses from the cold as well as holiday stress. This is the time that we sneak sugar treats left and right. It’s also the time to spend with family and in-laws. I’m just saying … This is when your body needs to be guarded against flu and other virus’ because the perfect storm is brewing otherwise.

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial to your overall health, specifically the digestive system. If your gut is healthy, of course, your body feels more in balance.

There are many things that can cause an imbalance in the bacteria living in your gut. You always have some invasive bacteria from food and other sources that are being balanced out by the friendly bacteria that lives in the gut. If you take an antibiotic, it will shoot bacteria like a shotgun taking down all of the bacteria, both good and bad. When the friendly bacteria is killed off, the balance goes awry and you are overtaken by yeast or other bacteria. This can cause unstoppable diahrrea. It can be pretty serious. This is why people supplement their diet with a probiotic supplement or make sure to eat certain fermented foods that contain natural probiotics.

Probiotics are the ingredients that the yogurt makers brag about. This is also why it is recommended that you eat yogurt when taking an antibiotic to keep the friendly cultures up in your gut.

Some health professionals might say that you don’t necessarily  need to supplement, because your body will find a natural balance. Ask your nutritionist or an informed person at your  natural grocers and they will answer questions that you have.

Personally, I take a Probiotic daily and my digestion is great and I’ve passed over the flu and colds for the past several winters.

Checkout for more information about Probiotics.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Give Good Health For Christmas – A Reflexology Treatment

I’ve been a Massage Therapist since the 70’s. To this day, I still talk to people who would like to get a massage, but are shy about the prospects. It took many years for my Mother to let me work on her. She didn’t want to take her clothes off, and importantly, she didn’t want to get oil in her hair, and on and on with excuses.

Foot Reflexology doesn’t require much effort on the part of the recipient, and most shy peoples feelings about it are much different. They can sit back in a chair fully clothed, close their eyes and be pampered.

Foot Reflexology is an ancient practice recorded back as far as 2330 BC. Some symbols were recorded on statues of Buddha in India and China. Even Marco Polo translated a Chinese Book about the practice from Chinese to Italian in the 1300’s.

In Reflexology, specific points on the hands, ears, and feet are known to correspond to specific organs and systems throughout the body. By accessing those points with their fingers, a Reflexology Practitioner will encourage energy and circulation or flushing to the organ or system to prevent or remove stagnation. The points that I referred to are shown in posters and drawings all over the world.

There are certain aspects of the therapy that seem to be universally believed in, but some of the smaller details differ. The feet and body are divided into zones. Horizontally, the foot is divided into four sections in correlation to the body.  By looking at the picture shown, you can probably start to understand how a practitioner can feel the strengths and weaknesses in a clients body simply by exploring their feet for fluctuations in texture or temperature or even something more subtle.

The body is also divided into vertical zones which pass through every organ and system in the body. By accessing these points, the Practitioner will stimulate the deepest organs in the body. Another benefit is that this therapy is performed directly to the nervous system, the client often finds very deep relaxation during a treatment.

I recommend a Reflexology gift certificate for that person that is nervous about a full body massage. This therapy, when performed gently and deliberately can be an incredibly beneficial treatment.

Finding a reputable Reflexologist in your area can be done by accessing the National Certification
Board Directory, or by searching a Licensed Therapist through your state licensee directory.

After a great Reflexology treatment, by drinking lots of water, the body will flush toxins for a few days afterwards. This aids the body in a mini – detox and brings a fresh and rested look to the face and skin. Reflexology is also known to relieve pain and is performed for migraine headaches, arthritis, constipation, and too many ills to count!

The cost for a Reflexology treatment can range from $25.00 to $45.00 for a 30 minute treatment. Some Practitioners work on the ears and hands too, some just the feet. Ask your salon about a treatment before your next pedicure. This is a perfect way to begin the next year!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Comfort Foods May Cause Dis-Comfort

Why do your joints ache so much during the winter months? From my own experience and lifestyle, it’s my diet. No, I don’t just go into eating donuts and pasta when it starts getting colder, but I crave and find comfort in the foods that cause inflammation in the body. Yeah, sorry to say that almost all comfort foods cause inflammation. Let me clarify what the comfort foods are.

Oh, the holidays. What a wonderful time to eat cookies and fudge! The problem is (according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) that those ingredients ending in “ose” (fructose, etc.) trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines which may cause your chronic arthritis pain to be worse. Be sure to read labels, and when possible make your own sugar free or low sugar fruit treats over the holidays.

Saturated fats are found in cheese, meats, pasta, and many of the other main dish meals served over the holidays. It can be helpful to fill your plate with salads, and vegetables, and avoid the dips. Trans fats are found in Mom’s breakfast treats like donuts, margarines, and frozen breakfast products.

Since you never know what type of oil the hors d'oeuvres and salad dressings are made with, you can eat before you go and pass on the snacks at the party. There are many other hidden items that can be found in festive holiday meals like gluten, preservatives, meats, and the best celebration treat, alcohol!

Here’s the bottom line; If you have chronic inflammation, be careful over the holidays. I like to trade off so I don’t have to suffer. If I want to eat dessert, I skip the bread and butter. These trade offs help me to keep my weight and my arthritis pain
under control.

Have a wonderful and pain-free holiday season everybody!
Eat more salad!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Resolution: "Learn To Chillax"

No matter what you eat, or how much you exercise, there are always negative factors in life that need management. Stress affects all of your bodily functions. Not only do stressful situations affect our blood pressure, but the chemicals released keep the body's fight or flight response on guard. This response, if engaged often and long term can affect our heart, circulatory system, and the health of our organs.

Many people choose to take medication for chronic stress. This can make you less prone to a meltdown, but there are side effects that can affect your health in other ways. What most people don't know is that a daily 10 minute "time out" can be just as beneficial as a daily pill.

There are many types of meditation to try. Some use accompanying mantras or chants which are used to help focus and get past all of the wild thoughts dancing in your head. Some styles use positive visualizations or music to bring relaxation.

Zen (called Zazen) meditation is one of the easiest styles of meditation to learn. It's simple and beneficial because it lacks demand. It takes no effort to sit and clear your thoughts. That's it. Listen to your own breath and nothing more.

Zazen can be practiced sitting, standing, or even walking. The point is to focus on nothing but breathing and stillness. The Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskill Mountains of New York offers free Zazen instructions on their website.

If you aren't inclined to meditate Buddhist style, that's not a problem. Find a place, preferably a quiet place in nature, and focus on 10 minutes of silence. When you first start out, you might find that 10 minutes dragging on while you cough, shift, scratch your nose, or anything else that you can find to distract yourself with. This is the exact reason that you need to start with only 10 minutes.

If you're naturally shifty, 10 minutes seems like a lifetime, but a perfect place to begin your new relaxed future.

If you absolutely can't sit still for10 minutes, consider some type of moving meditation. My legs get jumpy if I sit for too long. Because of this, I've chosen to practice Qi Gong. This is a very slow movement choreographed with breathing that keeps me occupied while quieting what they call "monkey mind." I enjoy Qi Gong because it allows me to move around a little while being silent.

There are many Qi Gong DVD's available, but for free you can watch your choice of hundreds of clips on  Checkout 8 silk brocades which is a short and simple group of exercises known to move vital energy through the meridians bringing better health. This is a wonderful place to begin your relaxation practice.

My message here is that if you're stressed out, it is affecting your body. I dodged meditation for years because I claimed that I couldn't relax, but I just kept getting more stressed out. After focusing on learning to let go, my demeanor got calmer. I even gave up coffee!

My blood pressure is normal now and I sleep like a baby. It all began with 10 minutes a day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nature Photo

This leaf was on the sidewalk on my morning walk. It's amazing what great photos a phone can take!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

A New Season Approaching

Time keeps on slippin ... Although you can't predict your future, I'm always looking forward. We had such a great summer moving into our new house, getting the garden together, and on and on. We still have plenty of backyard work to do, but the weather is getting wet and cooler each day.

We lost our sweet Gracie in August which was a tough time, but then out of nowhere came Piper, a little 5 pound poodle. Poodle? Yep. You know how pets come. They choose you. We really had no choice. Her name's Piper. She is turning out to be a little sweetheart. After having big ranch dogs that run outside and roll in stinky stuff, it's really easy having a little indoor pooch.

I've retired now, and enjoying the freedom of owning my own mind. I have more time to smell the roses. Because of this, I've become disturbed by all of the negative in the world. The current Presidential Campaign is getting to me already.

Al and I have made a resolution to focus on positive in our retirement and nothing else. I intend to be positive and motivational in all aspects of my life. These are behaviors that we have always tried to live by, but even more so now that we own our lives. Why waste a minute on negative people or entities when we don't have to? The hardest part has been not commenting on the nasty and negative things that pass by in every average day. No more. Today is a good one!

De-Clutter The Past, Build The Future

Monday, June 22, 2015

How Can A Backache Give You A Headache?

I have a new client that suffers from headaches. She works at a computer and claims that her back is uncomfortable most of the time, but that her major complaint is headaches. She has been examined by her doctor who prescribed medication for the headaches, and suggested giving her eyes a break from the computer screen, but couldn't come up with a concrete diagnosis.

On her first visit, I found her Trapezius to be exceptionally tight and knotty. Most of her tension and tightness was in her thoracic area (mid back). On her second visit, she claimed that her headaches were fewer, and only happened at the end of the day.

Her third visit was a week ago, right before leaving on her vacation. I spent a lot of time on her Trapezius, and when she left, she was pretty relaxed and her muscles felt smooth. I just got a call from her at here desk on her first day back. Her vacation was pain-free and she is relieved to know that her headaches can now be managed.

I have included a nice rendering of a problematic Trapezius. As you can see, what goes on in your back can be nagging at your head. By pulling back on her skull, the placement of her head and neck were fighting back.

I always recommend that you see your doctor for headaches, but in the end, the solution can often be found in surrounding areas. It's great to be back to work!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Settling In

Wow. It's been a long time coming. We sold the house in Parachute in March, moved into a rental in Grand Junction in March, shopped for a place to live, moved into a little house, planted garden stuff in pots, and have finally moved into our cool home. Whew. I'm sitting down now.  The veggies are in the ground, we're moved out of storage, and best of all, Al and I have room for all of our stuff.

Al works for a local plumbing company. He's in shock after driving 85 miles one way each day! He sometimes comes home for lunch now.  He has a big shop, a writing office, a place for his camper, and he's unpacking stuff a little at a time. He's as happy as a clam.

Our new house has a massage room that I swear was built for me! It's a separate studio with nice windows and plenty of room. I'm thrilled to be back to work part time and planting vegetables everywhere!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

We're Staying A While!

We had talked about it and daydreamed about moving to Oregon when we retired for several years. I've lived there and I didn't mind the rain or the slower economy. The beach is nearby, and the lifestyle is laid back.

When we sold our house a couple of months ago, we had a short time to pack a 4 bedroom house and move on down the road. It was close to impossible! We took tons of stuff to the Goodwill, sold some on Craigslist, and virtually did the cleaning out of old, old, hoards that you'd never get rid of unless you thought that you had to.

After the house closed, we still had interests in Colorado to take care of so we put the excess stuff in storage and rented a tiny one bedroom house in Grand Junction for a place to live. I mean this is a tiny house. The simple things like a garbage disposal and an ice maker are not in it, not even a dishwasher!

During our time here so far, we've found some awesome hiking trails around the National Monument, great restaurants, nice people, and perfect weather. With the changes around us, we have found a town that we had spent much time in but hadn't really met at all. The other day we met a couple that had intended to retire in Oregon and chose Grand Junction too. This is a wonderful, mild climate town with many outdoor sporting options.

As I wait for a response on the awesome house that we've made an offer on, I am really happy that we have decided to continue our future here in Grand Junction. This is such a wonderful and affordable town, we have decided to stay here for a couple of years and maybe longer, and if we stay for retirement we are going to buy a motorhome to enjoy any beach any time.

Wish us luck on buying this awesome house in the country!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Sugar Is Not Our Friend

In my lifestyle changes over the past few years I’ve been able to lose 40 pounds in additional to keeping it off … until now. I’m up 3 pounds, and know exactly why. I think that constant monitoring of what I eat every day, and how many calories that I burn has made me acutely aware of what it takes for me to be healthy.

First of all, I use the app called “Lose It.” This app keeps track of how many calories that I eat, and how many that I actually need. When I saw my doctor recently he gave me a calorie count for someone my age and weight and it wasn't close to what I have experienced and calculated for myself.

Here is what I have discovered; I went for an entire year without eating sugar products. This is just treats, not products that contain hidden sugar (checkout Dr. Mark Hymans article about High Fructose Corn Syrup). During that year, I ate no treats or sugar products, but I did eat things like scalloped potatoes with cheese, corn on the cob, and whole grain toast with my own fruit preserves.

I weighed myself each day during this year and found that 1,500 calories a day is exactly what it takes to maintain a lean, healthy lifestyle. If I ate less, I lost. If I ate more, I gained. I ate no processed food, and specifically no processed sugars.

Recently, Al and I have started eating a little carrot cake. It started with a Birthday, and then we started having dessert a few days a week. My weekly calorie intake still stayed within my 1,500 calorie a day range, but my pants started feeling a little tighter … 3 pounds gained. There is no explanation for this besides SUGAR, SUGAR, SUGAR and how my body metabolizes it.

I saw an obese woman on TV the other day (I mean, 500 pounds of obesity). She and her husband both claimed that she ate less than 2,000 calories of food each day and her continuous weight gain was a mystery. Then came the truth. She drinks more than 3 liters of soda drinks a day. SUGAR!

I know that many experts claim that calories-in, calories-out are the bottom line but an expert in my own daily monitor, I’ll tell you that processed sugar is more offensive to your body than pure plant food. I believe that by replacing healthy food calories with sugar calories, your body will respond differently.

We are off of the carrot cake binge now and psyched to be at the onset of fruit season here in Colorado. It is a constant balancing act.!  Being a foodie, I crave, I fall off the wagon, and thank God that I find my way back. I encourage my clients to find a delicious snack to satisfy that munchie urge. 

Try making your own gorp with whatever you want. I like sunflower seeds and raisins. It's sweet and crunchy, and because it requires so much chewing, I put it down before I've eaten too much! 

Best wishes to everybody out there that working on your own personal wellness lifestyle. I support you!

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 It seems like the Covid 19 Vaccinations are going faster than expected, but states are opening up equally as fast. I want to get out again!...