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March 3, 2009

You Are Getting Very Sleepy... And Healthy!

It's National Sleep Awareness Week! Hope you are catching your zzz's!

Continuing our conversation about lifestyle "cures" associated with self-healing, today we'll explore sleep. Thanks to those readers who participated in our first informal sleep poll. And now it's time to unveil the restful results!

First a little background. Just what makes sleep (arguably the easiest thing a person can do to improve their state of health) so important?

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March 6, 2009

Sleep and Self-Healing: 4 Tips

Self-healing. It's very common that someone facing a serious health challenge begins to look for means to bring their life back into balance. You may find it surprising that one of the first questions I ask of people in this situation has to do with their sleep habits. While the sleep itself is restorative, there is a deeper level to the same question. At a mind-body level, sleep can also be considered a benchmark for your orientation to self-care.

You could call it priorities, but I think the real challenge goes deeper. Do you "pay yourself first," sleeping as much as you need to for optimal health and energy, or is sleep more of a luxury to be earned ... after your work is done?

According to the results obtained from a recent informal poll of Internet users, 44 percent -- nearly half -- say they most commonly put off sleep in favor of getting their "stuff" done. That's a pretty big number! 44 percent of the current US population is roughly 134 million people. (1)

With that figure in mind, let's consider some benefits of getting a full night's rest:

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March 8, 2009

Stretching is Just Too Much Work and Takes Too Much Time!

By Kathryn Merrow, The Pain Relief Coach

Oh, it just seems like so much work to stretch, doesn’t it? Trying to fit one more thing into your already too-busy day? What a hassle. Who needs it?

Well, it’s just my opinion, but I would say…YOU!

YOU are the one who needs to stretch. You, and me, and everyone—we all need to stretch.

Have you ever watched a dog or cat waking up? What is the very first thing that animal does, just as soon as it wakes up? Every animal, every time…stretches. Dogs and cats need to stretch and do it automatically.

And babies? What is the very first thing they do as soon as they wake up? And, multiple times throughout the day? Of course! They stretch. Babies need to stretch and they do it without even thinking about it.

And, you? If I was a betting woman, I’d be betting that as soon as you wake up, or pretty quickly, you hop out of bed and get going. What do you do before you fall asleep? Who’s got TIME to stretch, says you. Who NEEDS to stretch, says me.

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March 10, 2009

Food Rules and Brilliant Physicians

Earlier today, I was captivated by a New York Times article. Michael Pollan (Author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma) asks readers to contribute their "food rules." I did -- my entry is on page 59. I hope you'll add your own "rules," too.

In today's Healthy Living post, however, I would like to excerpt from the very first comment added in reply to Mr. Pollan's request. It's by Dr. Joel Galati, a liver specialist (and apparently a very early riser). I am a new fan! Here's what he has to say:

"... As a physician, many of the ills we face are directly food related. How we eat, the rules we live by, are passed from one generation to another. It is clear now why we see diabetes, obesity, and heart disease in families. While genetics play a role, the eating “rules” are the same..."

— Joseph S. Galati, M.D.

Now that's my kind of talk! My own $ .02? Don't be afraid to challenge the rules. Sometimes the "black sheep" wins!

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Say Yes to Health -- 3 Tips

Do you resist optimal health? Most of us do. It's true! Much as we try to create ourselves as "health magnets," we often fall just a teeny bit short of the mark. Now that's not all bad news. In fact, don't you think it's kind of fun to keep on learning? Let's explore three more ways you can put to use right away -- to say "Yes" to health!

1. Create a compelling reason to be well. What is your purpose in life right now? What are you contributing? How are you advancing your greatest skills and personal mission?

While these questions seem to have little to do with health, from the perspective of energy medicine, they are essential. Most of us have an innate sense that we came here to planet earth for the purpose of doing something. To the extent that we recognize our mission and act consistently to move it forward, we create a vibration of personal integrity. Integrity is wholeness, and wholeness is health.

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March 15, 2009

Using Massage for Stress Relief

by Kathryn Merrow, the Pain Relief Coach

Ever lose yourself in a good book? You can also lose yourself in a good massage. There are all types of massages, from very subtle, light touch to very, deep corrective touch. A good massage is soothing, relaxing and a great stress reliever. There is nothing else like it.

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March 18, 2009

Three More Reasons to Eat Healthy

Have you gotten caught up in the self-healing buzz? It seems like more and more people are thinking seriously about what they can do personally to maintain health and wellness. Yet even among the most committed, a few things still occasionally fly under the radar. Maybe you shortchange yourself on sleep. Hang around with pessimists. Forget to eat your veggies. In that spirit, let's explore three more reasons to eat healthy!

When you ask people why they think it's important to eat healthy, their answers will usually center around nutrition. They'll hem and haw, coming out eventually with something like this, "Well, healthy food has more nutrition and nutrition makes you healthy."

Basically true. And yet there's more! Sure healthy food is good for your body. But what about these hidden benefits of putting a prime portion on your plate?

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March 24, 2009

Affirmations: 5 Fatal Mistakes

Did you ever have one of those days? What about a whole week of discouraging circumstances? Maybe even longer. Most of us have, and yet some people weather life's inevitable ups and downs more gracefully than others. One of their secrets to grace under pressure is positive self-talk, sometimes known as affirmations. Avoid these 5 little language landmines for greater results.

1. Thinking your "everyday" language doesn't count. You recite your affirmations each morning before heading out to work, and then curse the traffic. You're troubled by the weather, the guy who made your coffee messed up the order, and the boss just dumped a big pile of work on your desk. By the time the clock strikes 8:30, those affirmations have been overruled by a storm of negative thinking.

You have options. If you don't like heavy rush-hour traffic, try leaving for work a little earlier. We can't control the weather, yet there is some measure of beauty and reality in even the harshest of conditions. Weather is real, it's powerful, and presumably you do a good job of keeping yourself protected from imminent danger. As for your boss -- well, surely you're thankful to have a job!

In short, everyday language forms the basis for the energy of your life. It is one of your most powerful natural resources.

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March 26, 2009

7 Reasons to Love Local Foods

This morning's New York Times shares a rather frightening shopper's experiment regarding the traceability of our food supply. A couple years ago I publicly speculated about trying to figure out where the Jolly Green Guy gets his peas. Well it turns out, that question really isn't so simple to answer. Out of 40 products that a team of federal investigators bought from a variety of supermarkets across the country, they could only trace the probable origins of 5 -- and 3 of the 5 were cartons of eggs! In these days of product ingredient contamination, that's a little scary.

I'm thinking that food grown close to home sounds better and better. How about you? Here are today's top 7 reasons to "Go Local."

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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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