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August 2, 2006

#1 tip to lose weight

Someone finally asked the big question! Here it is, "What would be your #1 suggestion to someone who needs to lose weight but doesn't seem to have the willpower to stop eating so much?"

Can you relate? Just raise your hand...

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August 3, 2006

Lunch from the garden

There's something ever-so-satisfying about picking lunch from your own garden.

Let me explain.

Here in North Dakota, where I live, people are very in touch with where their food comes from. It's an agricultural community, after all.

But for me, the city kid, this is just waaay cool!

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August 4, 2006

Help me tame my inner saboteur

"What can I do to befriend that part of me that undermines my goals (my inner saboteur) and get her on my team?"

Since this is archetypal language, I'll take just a quick moment to get us all on the same page. An archetype is a pattern we can all recognize - like "computer geek," "knight in shining armor," or "a natural mom." We have a relationship with each of these patterns we see in ourselves, yet they don't define us like a state does.

In this reader's case, she's recognized that there's a part of herself, her inner saboteur, that she has a relationship with. She wants to improve the quality of that relationship. Make sense?

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August 6, 2006

Consciousness & balance

After many weekends working recently, most of this one went to the yard. Here's the thing. You gotta balance out your life.

Ok, you know that.

Think of it this way: Yin, yang. Active, sedentary. Thinking, doing. Salt, sugar. Exercise, rest. Ultimately, your life will create the balance for you if you don't do it consciously on your own.

I know I advocate taking action when the time is right.

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August 7, 2006

Fertile soil: your garden & your health

In this bountiful harvest season, I've been hanging out on the organic gardening forums. They're really hopping, too!

Funny thing. Someone asks about a natural remedy for some problem or another. A bug, pest, or inadequate result. They're generally looking for something to spritz on or till in. Not bad ideas, it seems. But inevitably, someone more experienced chimes in with the "real dirt."

"Amend your soil at the beginning of the season," they'll say. "Work in lots of organic compost and the soil will be fertile. Fertile, healthy soil creates healthy, disease-resistant plants. You won't even need those fixes."

Sound familiar?

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August 15, 2006

Veggies & Becoming a Flexitarian

"Eat Your Veggies!" Isn't that what your Mom used to say? But there was more. Milk for calcium, meat for protein, fruit to keep you -- well, you know -- lubed. :-)

Researchers tell us that the healthiest diets are primarily plant-based. But yet we might not want to go 100%. It's a bit of an effort to get all your essential nutrients on a full plant-based diet. There are also considerations like what's good for weight loss, availability, and simple preference.

So what's a person to do?

Think flexitarian. Yep, you heard me. Flexitarian.

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August 16, 2006

Message or the messenger?

Message or the messenger? Sometimes you have to choose.

The inspiration for this article came from a conversation I had yesterday with one of my bodywork clients. She's started up a new exercise program. Some of her friends know the instructor.

"Him?" they asked. "Why would you train with him?"

As we talked about the situation for a few moments, she explained.

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August 18, 2006

Ride the Bull or the Bull Rides You

Several days ago I had the pleasure of spending a few hours in a fine establishment which, as part of its entertainment package, offered patrons the opportunity to ride a mechanical bull. Having nothing better to do for the moment, I watched.

Remember the previous article message or the messenger? Here's another example. The delivery was made by an unlikely messenger, to be sure. But the message came through loud and clear.

After a few moments of watching various riders hop on and fall off, I was siezed with a flash of inspiration.

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August 21, 2006

Canned or fresh food - which is better? (Part 1)

Canned or fresh - which is better? If you're like most people, you'd probably jump at the chance to vote for fresh. It's common sense, isn't it? But since common sense isn't always accurate, I decided to do a little research.

The purpose behind my search: As you know, I'm the proud mom of Christopher, a delightful 19-year-old feline who also doubles as my receptionist. [One of my clients recently complained that every time he calls for an appointment, Chris answers "NROOOOOW!" :-) ]

Anyway, yesterday on one of the organic gardening forums, someone started a thread about how something in pop-top cans might be contributing to feline thyroid problems (which Chris has) and who knows what else in humans... That started the discussion rolling. Canned or fresh?

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August 23, 2006

I know what to do next, I just don't like it

Not much of a question, is it? This comment came in the other day. Twice. From two different people.

"I know what I should be doing next. I just don't want to do it."

As you've no doubt observed, one of my most frequent health-promoting suggestions is to get yourself off the fence with respect to the stress-makers in your life. To identify those unanswered questions, come up with creative solutions, and get moving.

To do anything less is a quick recipe for health problems.

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August 24, 2006

Hopelessness To Possibility: Resolve Stress Through The Power of Questions

One of the biggest sources of stress in your life may be completely hidden. It's there all right, but you can't see it. It's a vague sense of hopelessness. I'm not talking about major depression -- a medical condition you'll want to check out with your doctor.

Rather, a vague sense of hopelessness. Resignation. Apathy. A willingness to accept "facts" about your life that simply aren't so.

  • I'm stuck in this dead-end job, but what more can I expect in this town?
  • My relationship is stale, but I guess it's the best I can hope for.
  • The kids aren't doing as well in school as we'd hoped. I guess they're just slow.
  • With everything else going on, I can't find time to exercise. I'll just have to accept being out of shape.

Would a fly on the wall agree with you that each of the statements above is true? Of course not! You're talented, vivacious, smart, and motivated. Sometimes. But lately things have gotten overwhelming. It seems you don't have the energy left to go that extra mile.

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August 26, 2006

Hunches and Health - Harness the Healing Power of Intuition

Enough beating around the bush. Developing, accessing, and learning to trust your intuition is one of the best things you can do to enhance your health. Bottom line.

There are two ways of receiving this news, by the way. One group of you is saying, "Yeah! Finally she's coming right out and saying what we want to hear!"

The other says, "Oh, geez. Here we go. I'm only interested in hard science."

You're both right. Intuition is vitally important to your health; even so, it has its limitations.

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August 30, 2006

How do I shut off my mind?

"How do I shut off my mind? It would be nice to get some sleep!"

Have you ever laid awake at night replaying events of the day before? Or trying to plan what's going to happen tomorrow? Most of us have. If so, you'll be able to relate to this reader question.

In the article below, we'll explore 2 short-term tips and one long-term strategy for putting your restless mind at ease -- so you can get some rest!

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August 31, 2006

A Hundred And Ten Percent

How much would you give if your life was on the line? Go ahead. Ask the question. What is your life worth?

  • 50% effort?
  • 60% ?
  • 90% ?
  • 100% ?

Or maybe even 110% ?

Let me clarify. I'm not asking what effort you give away in the service of others. I'm asking what effort you give when the subject is y-o-u.

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Elizabeth Eckert, Healthy Living & Wellness Coach

Elizabeth Eckert, PhD

I enjoy observing human nature and helping people get healthier. I'm the author of Word Cures, webmaster of the WordCures.com healthy living website, and an organic vegetable gardener. I hang out in spacious North Dakota with Max, my precocious pup. (more)

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