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Spring Cleaning for good mental and physical health

"You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present." -Jan Glidewell

 

Spring Special - 4 sessions of energy healing, $25 OFF each! New clients only. One offer per client. Expires 5/18/2016.

 

 

Spring Cleaning

People like “stuff”. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.”  If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try spring-cleaning. Throw out some of that stuff, say goodbye to your past and welcome the new energy of your happy, healthy future.

Try these three ideas:  

1. For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our physical homes and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so do our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.  

2. To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and perhaps whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups. Without much energy going toward digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also bring improved immune function and better digestion.  

3. While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring-clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you've been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter.  

 

Your Health is Important:

Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.  

How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their color is associated with spring, which is a time to renew and refresh vital energy. In traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.  

 

Leafy greens are the vegetables most missing from the American diet, and many of us never learned how to prepare them. Start with the very simple recipe below. Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green to try. Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived without them!

 

From My Table to Yours...

Shiitake and Kale

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings  

 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound Shiitake mushrooms

1 tablespoon olive oil  

1-2 cloves crushed garlic

1 bunch kale, chopped

pinch of salt  

 

 

Directions:

1.  Warm oil in pan on medium heat with minced garlic until aromas of garlic are released, about 2-3 minutes.

2.  Add chopped Shiitake mushrooms, stir-fry for 5 minutes.

3.  Add chopped kale, stir-fry for a couple of minutes.  

4.  Add a splash of water and pinch of salt to pan, cover and let steam for 4 minutes.   

Enjoy!

Forward this recipe to a Friend - It’s such a pleasure to help those closest to us become happier and healthier! 

 

 

   

 

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Deconstructing Cravings

The body is an amazing source of intelligence. It is always there for you, pumping blood, never skipping a heartbeat, digesting whatever food you put in it and maintaining homeostasis. Is this reliable, intelligent biocomputer making a mistake by craving ice cream or a hamburger or chocolate? Are cravings due to lack of willpower or discipline? I’d like to suggest that cravings are not a problem. They are critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs.

 

 

The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave. Perhaps your diet is too restrictive or devoid of essential nutrients. Perhaps you are living a lifestyle that is too boring or stressful. Your body tries to correct the imbalance by sending you a message: a craving. A craving for something sweet could mean you need more protein, more exercise, more water or more love in your life. The key to stopping the sugar craving is to understand and deliver what your body really needs. No book or theory can tell you what to eat.

 

Only awareness of your body and its needs can tell you. Of all the relationships in our lives, the one with our body is the most essential. It takes communication, love and time to cultivate a relationship with your body. As you learn to decipher and respond to your body’s cravings, you will create a deep and lasting level of health and balance.

 

The next time you have a craving, treat it as a loving message from your body instead of a weakness. Try these tips to respond to your body:

 

1. Have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes.

2. Eat a healthier version of what you crave. For example, if you crave sweets, try eating more fruit and sweet or root vegetables.

3. What is out of balance in your life? Is there something you need to express, or is something being repressed? What happened in your life just before you had this craving?

4. When you eat the food you are craving, enjoy it, taste it, savor it; notice its effect. Then you will become more aware and free to decide if you really want it next time.

 

From My Table To Yours...

Maple Fruit Compote with Honey-Ginger Toasted Nuts

 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:

 

2-3 apples

2-3 peaches or pears

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 cup raisins

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup walnuts or nuts of your choice

1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced

2 tablespoons honey

 

Directions:

 

1. Wash, core and chop fruit into slices or chunks.

2. Place chopped up fruit in a large saucepan with 1/3 cup of water. Add the maple syrup and raisins.

3. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.

4. Add lemon juice and cinnamon. Cook for another 10 minutes, until soft.

5. While fruit is cooking, place chopped nuts in a skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

6. Drizzle honey over the nuts and add ginger, but keep stirring since the honey can easily burn.

7. Top warm fruit with toasted nuts.

 

Enjoy!

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The first Create Your own Healing Stone with Amber Workshop was very exciting and successful!

We had fun discovering our creative side, learning to express ourselves through painting. All in all, after two hours of laughter, storytelling and stone painting we had our own beautiful healing creations that carried our own energy mixed with the healing energy of amber. And if this was not enough, our stones were infused with Reiki! Some made a healing stone for their home, others as a present for their loved ones; but no matter who is going to use it, I am sure it will bring love, peace and healing into their lives!

 

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If you didn’t make it to this class start making arrangements to attend the next one, in December. Thursday, December 12th - 7pm – 9pm, RSVP by 12/9th

 

Register for next workshop here

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Benefits of slowing down.

Who doesn’t feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day? We rush through the day, running here and there, and end up exhausted. Somehow these days full of duties, obligations and busyness have begun to build up and become our lives.

 

We spend our time doing things we don’t really want to do, yet feel we should. We’ve come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our to-do list is the ultimate goal. Here are some of the steps you may want to take to help yourself to relax:

 

  • Take time for yourself, and be aware of your stress level at any given time.
  • When your first wake up take 5 minutes to breathe and/or meditate.
  • During the day allow yourself to stop and just for 1 minute close your eyes and take three deep breaths, in through your nose and out through your mouth.
  • In the evening if you have time, take a relaxing bath and if not then take 5 minutes to breathe and/or meditate. 

 

At the end, listen to yourself, try to take more control of your daily routine and enjoy slower pace.

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Benefits of practicing Meditation.

Meditation is an effective form of stress reduction and is known to be instrumental in improvement of overall life quality. Meditation involves achieving a state of 'thoughtless awareness' in which the excessive stress producing activity of the mind is neutralized without reducing alertness and effectiveness. It is a known fact that with the help of meditation it is possible to decrease respiratory rate and slow the heart rate; stabilize blood pressure, reduce anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate; decrease muscle tension and any pain associated with it, such as headaches, bursitis and tendinitis; reduce pre-menstrual syndrome and much more.

 

Practicing meditation in a group setting can be rewarding in many different ways. One of them is the scientifically supported idea, that meditation with others is a powerful force. Quantum physics researchers at the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy noticed that a large group of meditating monks had far-reaching effects that seemed too hard to dismiss as a simple coincidence. In 1993 they have decided to conduct a study, the results were astonishing: a group meditation at that monk conference coincided with a dramatic drop in crime! Since that study, law enforcement agencies in Washington DC have begun exploring the possibility that meditation could have a practical good effect upon crime rates in their city. Therefore by participating in a meditation group you not only able to better the quality of your own life but also help to change collective consciousness. Meditation groups at Boston Holistic Healing Center explore different types of meditation and visualization, meditative breathing, self centeredness, and self awareness.

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Your Health is Important!

I'd like to introduce to you my New Rubric - "Your Health is Important”!  

 

This is the place where I can share with you some interesting facts on food and supplements.

 

Research shows that people who eat certain nuts every day lower their risk of developing some serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. In December 2011, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition published results of a study that included more than 13,000 people. Researchers compared the health of study participants who ate an average of 2 ounces (a quarter of a cup) a day of tree nuts compared to individuals who didn't. Tree nuts are almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts. 

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Top Ten natural Immune System Support Recommendations

Top Ten natural Immune System Support Recommendations

It’s hard to believe that the summer is practically over - the smell of fall is in the air! Cooler temperatures and the beautiful colors of the fall bring along cold and flu season. Now it's a perfect time to start prepping up our immune system for the onslaught of sore throat, sneezing and a runny nose.

 

My Top Ten natural Immune System Support Recommendations to help you and your family make it through the season happy and healthy -

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