ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS… MY SANITY!

 

giftWouldn’t it be nice if Christmas arrived, ready to go, in pretty package all tied with a bow?
 
Instead, it shows up, bursting at the seams, leaving us to make sense, of what it all means.
 
There’s shopping, and cooking, pick up the kids too! You’re bound to forget something then what will you do?

 

IT’S OK! IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF US.

You walk into a store and walk out forgetting three things you meant to grab because you got sidetracked by your child asking 15 questions that just had to be answered RIGHT NOW! You need to pick out what you’ll be making for your family holiday dinner but you can’t focus on the recipes in front of you cause your brain chooses that exact moment to remind you that you never sent off the stack of Christmas cards.

LUCKY FOR YOU THERE’S MINDWORKS! [Read more…]

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A No Stress Holiday Season? Yes, Please!


And so it begins…. Halloween kicks off the mad dash to the end of the year. Think it’s all in your head? Nope. According to the American Psychological Association 38 percent of people say their stress increases this time of year, and more than 50 percent say they experience irritability and fatigue as well. So let’s get a grip on the craziness this year. Here are four ways to keep stress to a minimum this holiday season. [Read more…]

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Restore Your Mind and Body

After the holidays, we all get on a kick to get healthy, but many of us fall off the wagon. 92% of all New Years Resolutions fail, but that may be because we are not setting intentions for our health goals.  We all want to be healthy, but are you truly defining the real reason(s) that you want to get healthy?

Here are some tips that I want you to think about when setting your health goals:

1.) Know your purpose.  Why do you want to get healthy?  Do you have kids, or are you trying to have kids?  Do you want to see them walk the stairs at graduation and to see their children grow?  Or, do you just want to walk around the grocery store without your joints hurting?  Have a reason for why you want to get healthy.  I always say have a “Why That Makes You Cry.” [Read more…]

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10 Stress Busting Foods

 

It’s really tempting to turn to typical comfort foods during times of stress, but those comfort foods will do just the opposite of helping you fight stress. Heavy, fatty foods will drag you down and leave you feeling tired. The foods below are my top 10 foods to  keep you on a healthy journey and will help you beat stress! Remember that during stressful times, real whole foods and exercise are always a quick way to reduce stress. [Read more…]

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Stress & Inflammation

We all get stressed out, right? Stress is natural. It’s our body’s reaction to any change in your environment, your body, or your thoughts that requires an adjustment or response. Our body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional response. Believe it or not, stress CAN be positive when it keeps us alert. However, when a person continues to face challenges without any relief or relaxation, the stress becomes negative. Did you know that stress can actually cause inflammation in our body? I often talk about foods that cause inflammation and trying to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet, but stressful circumstances could be a cause as well. Negative stress and inflammation can lead to a number of symptoms including chronic diseases, weight gain, headaches, increased blood pressure, chest pain, upset stomach, and sleeping disorders.

A study out of Ohio University found that dwelling on negative events can increase levels of inflammation in the body. During the study, participants were asked to meditate on a stressful event and while doing so, their levels of C-reactive protein rose. C-reactive protein is a marker of tissue inflammation and primarily produced by the liver as part of the immune system’s initial inflammatory response. It is commonly used as a clinical marker to determine if a patient has an infection because it rises in response to traumas, injuries or infections in the body.

We are bound to be exposed to stress, but we are able to try different ways to manage it. Personally, I constantly stay in a very busy pace that often leads to stress. I try not to allow that stress to creep up and take over, but when it does, I can feel it all over my body.  Below are some tips to help you manage stress.

*Exercise regularly. Your body is able to fight stress (and everything else) when it is in good shape. Yoga is my favorite exercise to beat stress. One hour of yoga allows me to use my body to focus.

*Go outside. Take a walk, go for a hike, go fishing, or take your kids to the park. Nature is calming and fresh air will help you clear your mind.

*Read a book that allows you to grow and find peace.

*Accept that there are events and situations that you cannot control.

*Manage your time. Being in a rush will stress anyone out, so set your watch a few minutes ahead of time. Use a calendar or planner to plan out your days.

*Get enough sleep.  Make sure your sleep environment is working for you and turn off the tv, computer, and telephone to avoid distractions.

*Eat healthy and nutritious meals. Avoid heavy, fatty, and fried foods that weigh you down.

*Learn to say “No!” when you’ve already got enough on your plate at work or home.

*Take a break and do something that you enjoy.

*Talk to your friends and family about what is bothering you. Just get it out! They’re there to support you.

*Limit your alcohol use.

 

Sources:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/257665.php

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Kids Who Move…Make Better Grades!

It’s a disappointing reality in America that the next generation is suffering from lack of movement and processed foods. The CDC gives the following statistics regarding children and obesity.

• Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.

• The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period. [Read more…]

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Avoid Anxiety in 2012

What are your resolutions this year? Is it to lose weight, to get fit, to be healthy, to live life to your fullest? For some of us it’s to live a less anxious lifestyle. Anxiety can cause havoc on your immune system, nervous system, and even your digestive system. We each handle stress differently, but anxiety attacks are a common occurrence in our country’s way of life.

WHAT IS AN ANXIETY ATTACK?

An anxiety “attack” is an indication that we’re depleting the essential fatty acids and other resources needed for brain hormone production, often because of immediate need for other hormone production in some system of the body — such as during excessive stress, during a woman’s monthly cycle, during pregnancy and childbirth, through adrenal exhaustion, etc.

Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are all made out of protein, cholesterol, and essential fatty acids. The brain hormones that give you a sense of happiness and well-being are also made of protein, cholesterol, and essential fatty acids.  So, if you deplete your essential fatty acids making higher levels of reproductive hormones leading up to your period, for instance, you don’t have enough left over to also produce the brain hormones — resulting in feelings of anxiety, mood swings, and general brain fog.

It is important to have an abundant supply of these raw materials in order to produce both the reproductive hormones and the brain hormones. Most people make enough cholesterol, but getting complete protein and the essential fatty acids from what you eat is vital.

SUPPLEMENT PLAN FOR ANXIETY ATTACKS:

Here is a suggested program that will increase hormones through raw materials

First, plenty of Protein (I prefer either Energizing Soy or Cinch)
Second, plenty essential fatty acids. Specifically, the following regimen:

  • 3 Lecithin,(derived from soybeans, supports brain, liver, cardiovascular, and reproductive health)
  • 2 OmegaGuard (omega-3 fatty acids)
  • 1 GLA (omega-6 fatty acids)
  • three times a day
Follow this program for at least one to two complete monthly cycles to build up depleted resources. After that, it may only be necessary to do the 3-2-1 regimen once per day. If anxiety “attacks” only occur during certain times of the month or certain times of stress, think ahead and increase the number of times you do the regimen right before you anticipate the need for increased resources.

When choosing your supplements, look for only whole food supplements that have been processed as purely as possible. Personally, we choose Shaklee, linked above.

Other Recommendations for Handling Anxiety:

CLEAN ENVIRONMENT:

Anxiety attacks may also be triggered by exposure to toxins in various household or commercial cleaning products, including something as simple as the laundry detergent you use!

Think of the toxins in your home. From the kitchen, to the bathrooms, to the laundry room, and the garage; we can be surrounded by toxins.  This is why my family only cleans with Get Clean products. They cover every area of your home. I know they are safe for me and good for our environment. And they WORK!!

Trusted by the White House and on Oprah’s Favorite’s List!

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS:

When we put artificial flavorings, sweeteners, preservatives, chemicals, pesticides into our system, we alter the proper balance our body needs to heal and deal with life’s stressful moments. Sweeteners are on the top of that list.

It is well documented that Aspartame/NutraSweet, which is a neuro-excitotoxin, can trigger anxiety and even depression in many.  While supplying the brain with an abundance of the right amino acids (protein) and essential fatty acids may greatly reduce a person’s anxiety response to environmental and dietary toxins, it would be highly beneficial to eliminate these from your diet, and see the difference!

ANXIETY AND OUR KIDS

Our kids deal with anxiety as well. The natural inclination for the general public is to run to a drug to help our kids deal with certain ailments. In 2010, it was said that over 25% of children are on some medication. I believe that number is even higher today. Having our kids addicted to drugs is not teaching them to seek out healthy options in the future or to be preventative in their mindset.

Consider this: Follow the plan to rid your home of toxins and your pantry of artificial non-foods first. Then, try the following supplement plan for your child.

  • a Protein or Meal shake every morning for breakfast.
  • a regimen of 3 Lecithin, 2 Omega, and 1 GLA per day. (This will also help ease a young girl’s passage into puberty and the beginning of her monthly cycle.)
  • a good multivitamin and Vitamin B

For the supplements listed above, we chose Shaklee. Read here why my family chooses Shaklee over other supplement companies. But as mentioned before, if you choose to get them from your health store, make sure they are a whole food product and safe and effective and you have the clinical research and testing to back it up.

If you’re interested in further education about how many drugs are prescribed each year to our children, watch this documentary GenerationRX. Share it with your friends and let’s work together to give these kids a healthy option for living and a bright future!

Contact me if you’d like a further consultation regarding this issue or your own health journey. Make 2012 a new year for you physically and emotionally!

Disclaimer: The above is NOT a prescription, and should not be treated as such.  This is simply a testimony of an individual who had a positive experience with the product(s) listed.  These are personal testimonies and are not endorsed by Shaklee Corporation.

 

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10 Tips to Shedding Pounds

Did you know that at least 2/3 of all American adults are now overweight or obese?

In fact, CDC statistics revealed that in the U.S. the number of obese people actually outnumber the amount of merely overweight people. And in 2011, one in three children are now overweight or obese; nearly triple the rate from 1963.  Unfortunately, US has predominantly become a nation of obese citizens.

And it seems that anytime someone voices concerns about the high sugar, highly processed, non-food trend in the US that voice is silenced by a greater one speaking lies into our society.   There are billions of dollars spent in marketing these non-foods each year. All in the name of freedom of choice. But do people really have a freedom of choice when the hidden ingredients are causing long term and detrimental health problems?

Well, instead of focusing on some things we can’t control, let’s look at some points on the issue we CAN FIX!! [Read more…]

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Best Athletes Choose Shaklee

Here at 360YourLife, we have come to the conclusion that one company outshines all others for those of us in the FITNESS world! We wanted to share with you some stories and some highlights of how so many Olympic medalists and award winning athletes have chosen SHAKLEE!

Shaklee Corporation has pioneered the practice of studying the diets of elite athletes and testing products to help make landmark expeditions and record-breaking achievements possible. This research has translated into dietary recommendations and high performance nutritional products for elite athletes and explorers as well as recreational athletes.Shaklee powered athletes have taken home31 Olympic Medals including 17 Gold Medals. [Read more…]

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BURSTClub™ What is it?

What is all the “hype” around BURST fitness training and WHAT the heck is it?

There seems to be a new “hype” around a different way of exercising. Most of us believe that a workout isn’t sufficient unless we spend at least 30-60 minutes doing cardio/weightraining at least 5 days a week. And, yet there still seems to be a huge lack of improvement on our bodies or a plateau that we hit and the frustration quickly sets in! At least that is how my husband and I felt until we found this exciting new way to work out! [Read more…]

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