NEW SITE!!!

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Hi everyone!!

I am so excited to share that starting TODAY.. I will be posting on my own site.. not hosted by wordpress.  So it is still livingfrombalance, but not wordpress . com.  It is fitting that this is my 99th post on this page and my 100th will be on my brand new site!

My brand new address is www.livingfrombalance.com.  In it you will find all the old posts and much more.  I plan on posting more on healthy living, meditation, yoga (including my teaching schedule), and all the things that can help you live a more balanced and happy life!  I hope to see you there!!

Happy new year..

Click above on the link to check it out and see what Q is for….

namasteh everyone!!

P is for possibility

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Happy New Year!  I thought  the word possibility would be fitting for this day, January 1, 2013.   Looking back over last year, I had no idea what was going to come down the pike.  I didn’t realize my boyfriend would move across the country changing our relationship in not so good ways.  I also didn’t know of all the amazing experiences I would have on yoga retreats and the great people I would get to meet along the way.

We have no idea what the future holds for us.  Good or bad.  The best we can do is be open to it all … looking for the lessons we are being sent and learning from them.  By practicing being in the moment and relishing it, we open to the possibility of that moment and get the most out of it.  This sets us up for more miracles and experiences.  While it is great to set a resolution or intention for the new year, it is equally important to just be open.  We can plan all we like, but there is something greater than us that might have something else in mind.  If we are open to the possibility, we can get the most out of it and flow with what ever comes our way.  Being open to possibility helps us not be so rigid in our thinking and releases expectations that things have to look a certain way in order for us to be happy.

So on this New Year Day, I wish you all the best and hope you can be open to the possibility today and everyday to come!

O is for Orgasm

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Did I catch your attention with that title??   Thought so!!   We all know that orgasms feel good, but did you realize all the health benefits of having them on a regular basis?  Here are the top ten benefits:

  1.  Improves circulation to organs in the pelvic cavity, delivering nutrients, growing healthy tissues, and regulating your menstrual cycle. Women who have intercourse at least once a week are more likely to have normal menstrual cycles than women who are celibate or who have infrequent sex.
  2. Increases fertility and sense of wellness by energizing your hypothalamus gland, which regulates appetite, body temperature, emotions, and the pituitary gland, which in turn regulates the release of reproductive hormones that induce ovulation and cervical fluid.
  3. Provides overall lymphatic massage, helping your body’s natural detoxification process to improve digestion and mood and help prevent cancer.
  4. Promotes healthy estrogen levels to keep vaginal tissues supple and protect against osteoporosis and heart disease.
  5. Induces deep relaxation by boosting endorphin levels and flushing cortisol (an inflammatory hormone released by the adrenal glands) out of the body.
  6. Spikes DHEA levels in the body. DHEA hormone improves brain function, balances the immune system, helps maintain and repair tissue, and promotes healthy skin.
  7.  Helps you look younger—studies show making love three times a week in a stress free relationship can make you look 10 years younger.
  8.   Boosts infection-fighting cells up to 20%–helps fight colds and flu!
  9.  Cures migraines and helps treat other types of pain by elevating pain thresholds (a bonus when preparing for childbirth!)
  10.  Increases levels of the hormone oxytocin, which is linked to passion, intuition, and social skills—the hormone of bonding and success!

Dr. Oz  says that you should shoot to have 200 orgasms a year!! 200!  To quote him:
“If you have more than 200 orgasms a year, you can reduce your physiologic age by six years,” Dr. Oz says. He bases the number on a study done at Duke University that surveyed people on the amount and quality of sex they had.
Okay people!… I know a lot of you are on vacation right now, so you have plenty of time to work on this before the end of this year!!  HAVE FUN!

N is for NAP

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With one week left until Christmas life is coming into the full frenzy mode for most people.  Besides real life stuff like taking care of our homes, working and kids, there is last minute shopping and wrapping to do.  Did I mention parties and baking cookies, delivering presents oh,, and if you have kids most likely a school activity to attend as well!  That is enough for a person’s to do list to make you want to scream!

Therefor, it is imperative to add rest to your day when ever possible.  I used the word nap as it started with N and that’s where I was at.  However, even just 5 minutes with your legs up and eyes closed taking slow deep breaths will help reenergize you.  If you have time for a nap then by all means take one! Twenty minutes is the recommended time and it does wonders for a weary soul!   Doing a slow comforting yoga pose or two can give you the effects of napping as well.  Childs pose, forward folds, legs up the wall, savasana.  All very nurturing and nap like.

Really take the time to add a little self care to your days this week and see if it helps you enjoy the frenetic energy of the holidays just a bit more.  They go fast so slow them down when you can!

Enjoy!

M is for Microwave…

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How many of you self proclaimed healthy eaters use a microwave?  It kind of cracks me up when I follow certain blogs or people on IG and they are very healthy yet then mention that they cooked their meal in the microwave.  OUCH.  Years ago it was brought to my attention that they literally chemically alter the food you are eating.  I was a mom of young twins who lived on lean cuisines,, (me, not them!).  I used it all. the. time.  So as an experiment my friend said, “just stick it down in your basement and see if you miss it.”  I did and that was six years ago.  I have never used it again.  I found I haven’t even missed it and I am not eating frozen dinners anymore because of it!

Here is an article from MindBodyGreen about microwaves and I hope it changes at least one of your minds about using one?  Do as I did and put yours in the basement and see if you can live without it!  You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

 

No one told me not to use it, but it just no longer felt ‘right’ and I wanted to do my own personal experiment. Something inherently told me that it wasn’t good for me. And then evidence around me started popping up to support my decision. I used to eat microwave popcorn all the time and then I found out that the buttery flavor and aroma along with the ink and glue in the lining of microwave popcorn bags gives off toxins (that are lung damaging!) when cooked. I have since made one of my favorite snacks the old fashioned way, on the stove top with coconut oil (and add sea salt and sometimes a few dashes of cinnamon for a sweeter version). I enjoy it even more now!
I read that microwave cooking depletes the food of important vitamins, minerals and nutrients. I also learned in my integrative nutrition school that it actually alters the food which then alters your blood. Some studies have shown that you can tell if a person has eaten food prepared in a microwave just based on their blood. Hmm…no thank you!
One unexpected benefit of ditching my microwave: I am not buying or eating prepackaged microwave meals, microwave popcorn or using plastic that says ‘microwave safe’ but is really full of BPA and toxic materials that leach into the food. Even “healthy” TV dinners are full of sodium, sugar, GMO corn/soy and preservatives.
When you cook and prepare your own food, you know exactly what’s going into it and exactly what’s going in to your mouth. You also take time, care, effort and my favorite secret key ingredient, LOVE, into your dish. All this makes a difference and affects whoever is eating the food. Unwrapping a frozen dinner and throwing it into a box and pushing a button doesn’t exactly ooze ‘caring,’ ‘consciousness’ and love. It says fast and convenient. Which I totally get, but there also might be repercussions to taking short cuts. Just some food for thought.  Pun intended!
Like with many things pertaining to food choices and health, it’s personal preference. Personally, now that I am no longer using a microwave for an extended period of time, I DO feel better. I have more energy, feel healthier and feel like I’m actually getting all the energy, vitamins, nutrients and good stuff from my food. Is it all in my head? Maybe…but most things in life are mental and about your mind set. If I feel better who cares where it came from?

L is for lemon water

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ahhh.. tis the season,, of over indulging, on sweets, alcohol, appetizers, you name it!   It’s all fun and good,,,till the next morning, when your body is trying desperately to get the toxins O-U-T.  One great tool to start using daily, whether party season or not is drinking a glass of warm water with lemon in it first thing in the mornings!   I drink this first thing, while my coffee is brewing.  It has been so long now that my body actually craves it.

The benefits of lemon water are as follows:

1. Boosts your immune system 
Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.
2. Balances pH
Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food, believe it or not. Yes, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). As you wellness warriors know, an alkaline body is really the key to good health.
3. Helps with weight loss
Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster. And, my experience is that when I start the day off right, it’s easier to make the best choices for myself the rest of the day.
4. Aids digestion
The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis—the waves of muscle contractions within the intestinal walls that keep things moving. Lemons and limes are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract.
5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic
Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
6. Clears skin
The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.
7. Hydrates the lymph system
This cup of goodness helps start the day on a hydrated note, which helps prevent dehydration (obviously) and adrenal fatigue. When your body is dehydrated, or deeply dehydrated (adrenal fatigue) it can’t perform all of it’s proper functions, which leads to toxic buildup, stress, constipation, and the list goes on. Your adrenals happen to be two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and along with your thyroid, create energy. They also secrete important hormones, including aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone secreted by your adrenals that regulates water levels and the concentration of minerals, like sodium, in your body, helping you stay hydrated. Your adrenals are also responsible for regulating your stress response. So, the bottom line is that you really don’t want to mess with a deep state of dehydration!
Adopting just this one practice of drinking a cup of warm water with lemon in the morning for a month can radically alter your experience of the day. Don’t be surprised if you begin to view mornings in a new light.
Like I said, the recipe is really simple—a cup of warm (not hot) water and the juice from half a lemon.
 Let me know if you try this and see any benefits from it!

K is for Kerfuffle

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kerfuffle.jpgThe other day I was struggling to come up with a word that began with K that really resonated with me.  Then, I had a client in my chair and she told me she had a “kerfuffle”.  I said “a ker WHAT?”  “A kerfuffle, you know, a problem!” she exclaimed.  I had never heard this word before, but I loved it.  She then went on to tell me of the kerfuffle and how it was looming and how bad it was going to be if things didn’t work out as they needed that day.  I asked her to text me and let me know how it played out and within an hour of her leaving the salon everything was fine, the kerfuffle had vanished, all the tension was for naught.

How many times do you imagine huge kerfuffles about to happen to have none of them actually materialize?  I know I am the queen of this!  I forget who it is that said something like I had many problems (or fears) in my life most which never happened.  How true is that for you?  Usually the kerfuffles are in our head, or at least become much bigger in our heads than need be.

Kerfuffle sounds like a word from a child hood show to me, that had the snuffleupagus on it!! Do you remember him?  I do!  Yes, I am showing my age here, but to make a point.  I am trying to look at all my “problems” now as “kerfuffles”.. then envision them to be a snuffleupagus,, and really is that so scary?  Not anymore..SO when I realize I am creating kerfuffles that look like a snuffleupagus I am spending way to much time in my head and not in the present moment.  In the present moment nothing is that bad and or I can take a direct action towards fixing whatever the issue may be and just do my best.. be friend the kerfuffle..

What is your kerfuffle today?  Where can you see that you might be making something much bigger than it needs to be? OR what is one step you can take to knock it down a bit and come in to the present and out of your head??