January 12, 2013

The Energy of Fighting Disease

There's a pervasive belief in our culture that it is a good idea to fight disease. It's part of a larger belief that it's a good idea to fight against things you don't like. To the greatest extent possible, I endeavor to steer clear of this belief system, though I'll be the first to admit that it can be pretty easy to get sucked in. (Sometimes it can feel so "right" to fight against the bad guy.)

Let's consider for a moment the energy of fighting disease. Just to recap, and for those who may not know my background, this conversation falls within the field known as Energy Medicine. Energy Medicine explores the relationship between the quality of one's life force energy and his or her state of health. It's a field which I have studied in some depth and earned an advanced degree. I have also put this principle into practice in my own life and can attest to its usefulness at a personal level. Who knows, I might not even be around right now had I not gotten this stuff sorted out a bit some years ago. So here we go...

Fighting is one of the biggest energy drains we can ever take on. When all other options have fallen short, fighting may be necessary as a short-term last-resort intervention. As a lifestyle choice, it is a fast-track passport to exhaustion on a grand scale.

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December 6, 2012

Health Effects of Chronic Low-Level Stress

Usually when we think of stress, we think of the big "stress bombs." Significant life events that throw us over the edge. These events, such as death of a close family member, moving, change of job, etc, are indeed part of the picture.

But what if we stretch and take a broader view of stress, like this one: "a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation." (Merriam-Webster dictionary) Stress can be more than an emotional roller coaster, then. It's also things like eating too many foods laced with chemical preservatives or the after-effects of an untreated whiplash injury.

With that in mind, let's look to a few health effects of long-term chronic stress and how they play out in real life.

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November 27, 2012

The Cliff: That Critical Moment when Behavior Goes Bad

Appreciating the moment when your best intended plans for creating new, healthier behaviors go bad. That was the topic of our previous post. Now let's identify that moment. The critical moment when your possibility for successful change begins to crash.

What if that key moment happens sooner than you think?

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Appreciating Missteps - the Secret to Lasting Change

Did you ever set out to make a healthy lifestyle change and then find yourself back in the same old rut? What if I share a little-known secret to getting yourself back on track? Appreciate the misstep. That moment when your best intentions got derailed. Pat yourself on the back. Yell "yay me!" Go all out!

We'll talk about why this is such a great idea in just a moment. Meanwhile, let's stop and make a short list of things you might have been trying to do:

  • Improve your posture at the computer
  • Eliminate grains from your meal planning
  • Be in bed with the lights out by 10 pm each night
  • Develop a consistent exercise program
  • Devote 10% of your weekly food budget for emergency storage items
  • Drink healthy beverages instead of pop

Yep! The appreciation trick will work for all of these changes and more. What's at the top of your personal list right now? Go ahead and pick ONE change to keep in mind as you read the rest of this article.

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November 26, 2012

Fermentation and Fiscal Fitness

Hello! How's your gut treating you today? Pertinent question as since I've last posted, I've become much more involved in the Traditional Foods community. Specifically, insofar as today's post is concerned, with fermentation.

A couple of things to know about fermentation. First of all, properly fermented foods are essential to establishing that enviable balance of gut flora to which many of us aspire. (My dogs are pooping like rock stars these days, 'nuff said.) Second, either you've got to learn to do it yourself in your own kitchen or have the budget to hire someone to do it for you. It's that important. Buying prepared fermented foods from the store really does not cut the mustard.

So there you have it. You want the result, it's one more thing you've got to learn to do for yourself. Like cooking dinner, exercising, sleeping, and taking the occasional shower. That said, one might think that the biggest obstacle in someone's path to success would be the time element. "Jeez, something else to do?" one might think. "But I'm overextended already!"

Surprisingly, from what I have been able to observe by hanging out in the community, that is not the case.

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March 25, 2010

Watching Over Mom

Are you part of the generation whose parents are moving into a life stage that requires extra care? Or perhaps you've got a child heading off to school for the first time... a loved one who works far from home... a teenager who just began dating... a friend or relative transitioning into another state, whether through birth or death... a close one whose relationship status is changing (perhaps your own ex- significant other)... or even a buddy heading out on a road trip?

The key feature is this: your loved one is moving out of his or her familiar environment and into the vast unknown. While you have complete confidence in their ability to handle whatever might arise in the situation you're all used to, given these new circumstances, there's some cause for concern. How will they handle the changes? Will they be ok?

Let's face it. You care. And yet...

You are aware enough to realize that you're not privvy to the agreement between your loved one and his or her Creator. You are not in control of their journey. You are, however, responsible for your own well-being, and it could easily be compromised by excessive worry. Furthermore you may recognize that, worry being a form of prayer, continual fear-based thoughts directed toward your loved one could actually make things worse.

Despite the challenging circumstances, you're motivated to maintain a peaceful and positive state of mind.

But how?

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January 12, 2010

Are You Average?

Average. I've been thinking about it a lot lately. How about you?

Where in your life ARE you "set" on average (statistically speaking)? Where are you not?

Where in your life would you LIKE to be average (statistically speaking)? Where would you not?

It's this last category that fascinates me the most. The parts of my life in which I would most definitely not prefer to be addicted to "average." For instance...

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December 24, 2009

Abundance in the Desert

Imagine you are lost in the desert. I'm hopeful that you must imagine this, as I do, because I am hopeful that you have never actually been lost in the desert. Yet from time to time in life you may have felt as though you were.

I have visited the desert, though. Perhaps you have also. Can you think of a time when you were hot, tired, and thirsty, as a person might be while they wandered the desert? For me, the occasion that stands out is a 2-1/2 hour hike straight up and out of the Grand Canyon one memorable August afternoon. I emerged hot, thirsty, and ravenously hungry. See if you can find a similar experience in your own memory.

I have been lost outdoors. Perhaps you have also. It can be a little scary, especially under adverse weather conditions. In my case, it was nighttime, a steady light rain was falling, I had no rain gear, the temperature was quite cool, and my clothing was wet. I was completely disoriented in a large grove of pine trees and, due to the cloud cover, unable to even gather my bearings from the sky. Can you find a similar experience in your memory?

Now put them together. You are very thirsty, tired, disoriented, and slightly scared. You're not sure where to go next, and yet you do know one thing. You must find water.

You may have felt the same way from time to time in your life. Of course "desert" is a metaphor and the thing you so urgently seek in life may be something other than water. Money to pay the bills, perhaps. Companionship. A safe place to live. Love.

Let's get you out of the desert.

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November 20, 2009

Why Am I So Exhausted?

Exhaustion, tiredness, fatigue, lethargy. Whatever name you give it in your own mind, a chronic lack of energy is way too common these days. In fact, as a holistic health practitioner, "Why am I so tired" is one of the most frequent questions people ask!

With that in mind, let's explore some surprisingly obvious yet frequently overlooked reasons for that zapped-out feeling. We'll also consider some "natural cures" to get you back to feeling your best!

Today, we'll start with awareness. How does a person recognize that their energy is low?

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September 15, 2009

Limiting Beliefs of the most Insidious Kind (The ones you don't know about.)

"Why even offer Wellness Coaching? After all, isn't it less challenging work to simply treat people's symptoms?" Seriously, this is a question people ask.

The answer is "yes." It's actually much less challenging work for me to simply treat a symptom and send the person home.

Yet treating and retreating symptoms that have the possibility of being resolved presents its own challenge -- to my value system. That is why, a number of years ago, I shifted gears in my personal study to gain a better understanding of how and why unconscious limiting beliefs affect body structure (and a whole lot of other health-related symptoms).

Here is the story:

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Elizabeth Eckert, Healthy Living & Wellness Coach

Elizabeth Eckert, PhD

I enjoy observing human nature and helping people be healthy. I'm author of Word Cures and creator of the WordCures.com healthy living website. (more)

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