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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Are You Living In A Bubble?

Now what do I mean by that?

"It says MOOPS!" (Seinfeld fans get this lol)
For me it means never thinking outside of the box, rarely trying anything or going anywhere new, and frankly being afraid to even consider it.  The thinking of  'well why make waves, or why fix it if it isn't broke'  - to me also can mean settling for less.  

Happily I am a big believer of 'popping' the perceived 'bubble'.  

I get ansty when some things stay the same or seemingly don't change. 

Routine is one of those things.  Granted, I kind of like some of my routines, I know what to expect, and feel comfort in that.  Fine.  Dandy.   But then there are things I do or most of us do, because it's easy, or we've gotten used to it, and what's all the fuss about?  But see, this is what starts nagging me.  If I don't consider something in a different light, how will I ever know what is out there?   As quite frankly, as it turns out - LOTS!!

 Since I love examples, here's 3 

1) I'm an avid reader, always have been.  I tend to lean towards Mysteries, some fiction and yes some self help/health stuff.  But for pure pleasure it's always been Mysteries - 'Who done it' sorts.  Old world, and current, I enjoy it all.  Over the years however I realized I was in a rut.  I read the same types of authors (whom I love) but realized...gee there's a ba-zillion authors out there, maybe I should start asking for some other authors.   And I did.  What a treat!!  An entire new world opened up to me when I started thinking outside of the box!  In the past, I'd sort of dismiss some of the 'types' of authors or stories others talked about.  "Oh those aren't for me", I'd pipe in.  And well sure, some of them still don't do it for me.  But I have to tell you...LOTS of them do!  I feel like I hit the lottery with all these new authors!  (anyone who reads gets this lol)  

2) As you know..I partake in natural therapies.  I've tried or experimented with all kinds of 'stuff'.  I do my research and give it a go.  For the most part I've been very happy with what I've found to work for me.  Sure not EVERYTHING works for everyone..but thankfully there's so much out there to choose from - thinking out side of the box, again!

3)  Do you ever drive somewhere a lot, maybe to work or someone's house...knowing which route works, probably in your sleep. And if you are like me, usually the easiest and fastest.  Well  I have recently started to take totally alternate routes to some of my normal destinations.  I
have to laugh at how many streets I've never been down in my own general neighborhood!  I've also branched out to other areas, finding parks I never knew existed, stores I have never seen not to mention restaurants.  Take a detour now and then!

Living in a bubble for somethings doesn't  make a big difference in your day to day, but when you feel bored or just that ho-hum, uninspired feeling -  maybe it's time to you ask yourself, "Am I really enjoying all the magnificence  that our world has to offer?" 

We live in a abundant Universe.  Start thinking outside of the 'bubble' and see what surprises and new horizons are out there - could lead to all sorts of new delights or adventures!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Anyone Can Do A One Day Detox!

I'm all for not complicating matters.

 When faced with something that feels like a chore we tend to put it lower on the list, where it tends to stay!  After our LONG-ASS, cold, winter...(Yes I'm being rather 'cheeky' but it seems to fit)  I am more than ready to wave bye-bye to Winter and welcome Spring and all that comes with it!

I've been looking into new ways of gardening - I've done regular gardening and container gardening, and am looking into some vertical gardening. Pretty cool stuff!  I'm also checking out areas I may wantto explore outdoors, whether for walking or simple places to read or meditate as it really improves my overall sense of well-being and I've so missed it!

I'm also more than ready to lighten up my eating, and yes even for 1 day you will feel a difference and your body feels it too!  When I do these mini detox's I keep it simple!  This is KEY!  Little to no preparation, just some items to get when out doing your regular shopping! 

Ready for my big plan?? 

RAW FOOD for 1 day - and plenty of water and herb tea. 

That's all she wrote!  Easy or what??  Now for those who aren't quite up to speed with what that may mean, you can certainly google what a raw food diet consists of.  But since I've done it many times I'll give you the basics.  I only eat fresh, uncooked live foods.  All plant based.   This means fresh fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds.  

My day may look like this:

Breakfast:  Bowl of fresh fruit (as much as I want) 

Snack:  more fruit and or maybe some sunflower seeds or other raw nuts (health food stores or Wegmans has nice bulk area in Natural Mart- so I only buy what I need for the day)

Lunch: Big salad!  (I always think of that Seinfeld episode when I say 'Big Salad' lol) This just means lots of different greens, veggies, maybe even a chopped up apple & some nuts.   I make my own salad dressing. (lots of great recipes on AllRecipes.com), or just use some  oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and some garlic or onion powder and toss.  

Snack: Any of the above...so could be an apple, more nuts, cup of tea 

Dinner:  Guacamole (any time of day, but I save for dinner) with fresh garlic and red onion, I dip some thin sliced celery in or spread on thin sliced cucumber.  I LOVE GUACAMOLE  and actually eat it once a week regardless!  I may also have a tomato/cuke/onion salad on side

Snack:  If I still need a snack..might be small bowl of fresh fruit or some nuts/apple.  

It doesn't have to be so involved...the only realy 'prep' is making sure you have the food items on hand.  I buy organic when I can...but don't let that stop you.  Wash your food well and just do it.  More organics and fresh options when the farmers market's open and then you can do it more often! 

I also take some of my Colon Cleanse the night before - (well I take it more often but on these days, it's a definite)  Why not clear things out and help the body even more?

Pick a day and just do it!  I will do it on a work day or weekend, just depends on my schedule.  If you are prepared, there is no reason NOT to give it a go.  Helps with maintaining or losing some weight too, if you do more than one day per week.  

Carlton dancing

Needless to say I can't tell how much I'm looking forward to Spring! Enough to do a happy dance! Remember Carlton?   HA!  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

7 Tips To Improved Healing

I am one of those people who honestly believes that ANYTHING is possible.  I feel our only
limitations are the ones we place on ourselves - and the beliefs we hold as 'truths' for ourselves.  Over the years I have adapted new beliefs that have served me more than some of my older ones– kind of ‘unlearning’ things that I was ‘taught’ – as back in the day, let's face it - we looked to others for direction.  However now as an adult I realize some things just didn’t set well with me and my gut instincts or the inner me would ‘feel’ something was off.  And new answers came, as in my heart/head I kept asking for better – so glad I did! 

If you’ve been following me you know I've been helping folks with their physical issues for a really long time lol - offering options and remedies to help improve a state of health they were dealing with, whether a physical concern or emotional one.  So many wonderful results have  reinforced my 'beliefs' that I am convinced that our bodies are PROGRAMMED for wellness.  All we need to do is to get out of the way to help things along. If you think about the basic programming of our body, it really is set up to 'heal'.  Cuts, bruises, burns, broken bones, hair growing, ulcers, colds, flu etc...while these are basic examples, they do show how the body leans towards wellness.  I like to think of how nature 'knows' how to change seasons, how animals "know" how to migrate, or what to eat, or hibernate or spin a web or a cocoon.  It is already BUILT IN.  It stands to reason the same is said of our bodies. They "know' how to heal.   Read below to see how you can encourage that gift we have inside!

7 Tips To Healing:
  1. Decide how you want to feel - Regardless of it being a physical or emotional issue - if you feel lousy, scared or upset in some way - then it stands to reason there is a flipside to that feeling.  For example, if worried or anxious - the opposite of that might be 'relief or appreciation' - the improved, positive feelings are what you want to switch to AS SOON  as you notice yourself sliding down that slope of feeling bad.
  2. Start to pay attention to things you are saying and hearing/reading.  - For me this means muting all Television commercials!  I also rarely watch the news other than when winter is acting up.  When you are trying to make improvements in any area - start choosing your words and your attention to be more in tune with the 'better' feeling you are wanting.
  3. Take REGULAR breaks to check in with yourself. -When you change how you feel your cells follow your lead.  We easily find ourselves getting carried along with a crabby friend or co-worker, not realizing what it's doing to our own 'stuff'.  I suggest setting your cell phone for various times during the day to go off and remind you to 'check in' to see if thoughts/feelings need an overhaul.
  4. "Me Time"  Twice Per Day - Preferably morning and evening but at the very least every night in the evening.  This is a time to talk to your body or self about how GOOD it feels to have a healthy body - (especially areas in the body that are doing such a great job for you NOW) You don't have to overly focus on areas that need improvement as again, your
    body KNOWS the drill!  But taking time to thank your body, cells, organs, bones, muscles, mind etc, daily for all they do and KEEP doing is like a soothing balm to your cells.  Think about how good it feels when you get a complement or a genuine thank you for doing something.  Don't you just glow inside?  It's no different for our insides.
  5. Stop talking about your problem.  Now of course you can speak of it, or talk with those who are assisting you along the way.  However it should not be a topic of constant conversation.  When I hurt my knee last summer and was obviously limping everyone kept asking me what was wrong or telling me what I should do.  At first I was also talking about it...THEN I realized it was irritating and I was getting drawn into other negative stories etc.  Irritation is a sign of needing to change things around!  I stopped talking about it AND after that whenever someone said something I simply said..."Actually it's getting much better" and that stopped the negative comments in their tracks! 
  6. Make a daily list of 10 things you appreciate and take a minute to feel the "WHY" behind why you appreciate it, or them.  Adding the 'feelings' behind it sink into your cells better than simply reciting a list.  
  7. "Never face reality, unless it's a reality you want" ~ Abraham Hicks.  Simple sentiment but loaded with meaning!  Simply  a shorter way of saying all of the above tips and more.  Keep turning more to what you want and how you want to feel and be, and you will morph into a new and improved you/reality.  
I hope you are getting the picture.  Please know I am NOT handing out medical advice of any kind or any type of do or don't.   This is just what I see for myself or anyone as a way to improve what our bodies already know.  By all means keep up with any medicine, treatments, diets, counseling etc that feels good to you and be grateful for that also!   

And there are so many places to find even more information on the subject - Websites, Blogs, Books and Videos by Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra, MD, Wayne Dyer, Abraham-Hicks,  Dr Joe Dispenza and MANY more.  You have to be open to the information to find it - and trust me you will!  

 I hope you found this helpful and feel free to share this article with anyone you think may benefit! 

Friday, December 06, 2013

How To Talk Yourself Out of a Cold

What is she talking about, you are asking yourself?    Well hopefully you are at least curious!

What I'm talking about is how many people this time of year will 'talk up' the cold and flu season like it can't be avoided, and it's 'just the way it is'!  Please!  It started even before winter, I think I saw flu shot signs in August! 

Well I know it for a fact that we CAN impact our susceptibility as I've seen it work for myself and others - and you probably know people who have done the same. (usually not even knowing they are doing it) Those are the folks who typically breeze through winter with hardly a sniffle.  "I very rarely get sick..." they comment, and you probably roll your eyes and think..'yeah sure'.  

Ahhh...but there is absolute truth to the concept if you can give it a chance.  I know I've talked myself right out of a stomach flu once I had it the symptoms and all my 'issues' diminished dramatically once I remembered I could at least TRY and feel better.   The same for colds and flus.  

It's very simple really and just a few steps to keep you healthier than you've ever been during this time of year.
  • Ignore all commercials, signs or articles about the flu and the statistics that go with it!  Stop buying in to all the hype!
  • Try not to ask get into conversations when folks start talking about their cold/flu or all the people they know who have it or had it.  I simply nod my head a bit and then just change the conversation.  We don't have to be rude, but we also don't have to commiserate with something we want no part of!
  • When by yourself, in the shower or in the car...wherever!  Start telling your body and your immune system how thankful you are for how well it functions no matter what time of year
    it is.  Tell yourself how much you enjoy your clear sinuses and great respiratory system, that you love breathing in easily and all the fresh airs and scents this time of year.  
  • Enjoy some healthy treats!  A new herbal tea that tastes good, some crystallized ginger to boost your system even more, some aromatherapy candles that clear the air and uplift your spirits.
I hope you're getting the picture - this really can work if you put your focus more on health and feeling good, then on worry or running away from anyone who pulls out a kleenex.  All I do when I come in contact with someone who isn't feeling too great is wash my hands..and quietly say one of the above positive statements while I'm doing it and I'm good to go!

Here's to your healthiest winter ever!

P.s.Please ALWAYS contact your physician with your health concerns. 

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Self Reliance = Power

I had a bit of a revelation this morning - I was listening to inspirational speaker/author, Wayne Dyer.  One of the comments he made was that he felt that he was always destined to educate others on self-reliance.  That felt like a tug on my own beliefs and I had to speak up on the subject!

Part of what propelled me into starting Root2Health many years ago was my quest to educate others on how we have so many options at our disposal in regards to our physical health. Answers WERE there for the taking.  I just didn't like the fact that you really had to really dig for the info due to folks out there are not thrilled to share or even admit to what's available.  That just never felt right to me.  It's an abundant universe/planet - why are we made to feel limited??   So my quest began.  I know I certainly benefited when I  opened myself up to possibilities - hell, even that can be a balm on our overall health.  Feeling hope and anticipation of what may be possible. AND a sense of freedom.  Quite the concept!

Over the past 18 yrs or so, I have continued to be 'open to possibilities'.  And with more eyeopening results!  I was attracted to more information to compliment my desire to make life easier.  The mind/body approach and positively focusing the power of our thoughts was like a breath of fresh air! The missing piece for me.  Sure it may take effort on my part - lord knows we all get so caught up in what is happening on a daily basis it can take some effort to consider it could be different or easier.  But once you take your focus OFF what is in your face (if not to your liking) and start considering what might be better than this present scenario - the thought of 'possibilities' starts to permeate your thinking.  The magic begins! 

Now I'm a do-er - meaning I like to know, like to be shown, like to have things explained so I can do it myself.  Of course this is with things that I'm curious or interested or affect me personally :) - I don't need to know how to upholster a couch or lay cement for a new driveway.  But there are things that I do want have some say in the matter- and with those things I have felt that getting information is so important to make that happen! In these instances my imagination starts the ball rolling with me imagining..."how could this work or be better?"  Kind of like Thomas Edison or any great inventor may have felt! :) 

When I see someone doing something better or easier than I could have done, I'm like a kid and feel like jumping up and down waving my hand..."show me show me".  I love KNOWING more and expanding who I am because of it. 

Self reliance is just that:   Confident in your own abilities and able to do things for yourself : not needing help from other people - having confidence in and exercising one's own powers or judgment. 

Now I certainly DO recommend seeking help from others when you need it.  That's not quite what I'm talking about.  What I do mean is you are much more capable then you give yourself credit for.   Who knows better than you what you want for yourself or how you want to feel?  But when I seek help from others,
more often it's to find more ways that I can be more self reliant. I can learn from others who already get it!  More empowered and more in control.  THIS is what I have always wanted to relay to others.  Quit being so darn afraid all the time.  And when you are afraid, get out there and ask questions, read a book or sign up for some real help. Books, classes, blogs/websites - info is everywhere!    Youtube is a powerhouse of information as is Pinterest !  I have learned so many fun things to do, make or fix - Please!!   From replacing a belt on my dryer or making your own bath salts!  It's fun, educational and it can even save you money.  Yes, and it's empowering.

Don't hesitate to ask me for help or insights on how I've made changes in my health and overall happiness - whether I can help you or point you to someone who can.  I love to share and education is what it's all about!   Pick one area in your life you would like to see improvements in and start imagining what it could look like.  Just start!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Craving Experiences

I came to the realization that I've been "Craving Experiences" - that is what has been nagging me for the longest time.  Maybe I'm really not just hungry all the time lol - it was a different kind of hunger.  I can understand where the the whole 'mid life crisis' concept came from, but I'm thinking now it is people suddenly  waking up to what life really is.  It doesn't have to wait till mid-life to figure it out. Somehow we got things turned around early in life with the MUST DO concepts which really take over a huge bulk of our living. What happened to the fun, inspirational, motivating times?

So yes, I've started to notice what I haven't been doing and I know I'm not alone.  We get so bogged down with all the 'shoulds' - school, work, family obligations and responsibilities that we start to think that that's all there is.  Yes, those things can be a part of us. Great.  But now I know more!  We see people around us who seem to live in the same day in day out bubble of life.  Similar routine day after day, year after year.  We all fall into that category at times.  But Dang!  It gets REALLY old.  And is it really LIVING?  Are we really doing justice to the grandeur of the Universe?  There's a whole world out there to experience, learn from, wonder at - even if it means starting with something so basic as going 20 miles in a different direction in your own town! 

So along with 'craving experiences' which gets me to want to act, this means I'm also trying to 'change experiences' and this starts with my everyday thinking.  I'm not sure what this means to me in the long run, but I am working on a list of desires or thoughts to start with. Scientists tell us we have 60 to 70,000 thoughts a day, and 95% of them are similar to the ones we had yesterday, no wonder it seems the same!  I realize this is going to take some sincere attention!  Some changes may start with my everyday routine on subjects where I desire improvement, cause if things haven't changed in a while then it's my own thoughts bringing it about!  Eye opener!  Initially, changing things up might be a new activity at home or driving different routes in my neighborhood.  It might mean re-arranging your furniture or buying a totally NEW style of shirt or earrings you never considered.   I do know that at least writing down the areas I desire change in, where I can see them will be a conscious reminder of what I can experience.  YES EXPERIENCE.  I'm not a big goal setter as that always made me feel like I was setting myself up for failure. Just never worked for me.  For some it does.  HOWEVER - having a list of EXPERIENCES I'd like to enjoy, now that puts a whole new spin on things.
                                                                                                                                                            Some 'new things' I tried this year because I knew something was driving me to change:  Swing Dancing, Wildlife Volunteering, Hula Hooping,  New
Makeup, New Recipes, New Restaurants, Drive in the Country, New Coffee Flavor at Starbucks (hey it can start with the little things) you get the idea...while not an earth shattering list it is something and I intend on doing even better in future.  The point is I FELT something was needed to change and I started actual attempts to do something about it instead of dismissing it. 

If we are not growing we are stagnating...if it's true that the Universe/God is living through each of us - am I really living up to my potential?   NOW I know where all the desires and ideas are coming from.  :o) I have come to realize there are 2 things that make me feel really alive - GROWING and GIVING.  It's what does it for me.  Have you felt something similar?  Would love to hear your own inklings of desire  - because hearing and seeing others experiences can rev us up and encourage more of the same.  Here's to new experiences!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Blinded By The Light

Ah yes...that lovely glare when driving at night when someone approaches you.  I almost have to look away sometimes!   I've noticed that I feel changes happening with my vision.   I happen to have one eye that sees well up close and one that sees better far away...and have glasses to accommodate that, and I've been fine. Lately however,  I have been feeling I've been rubbing my eyes more, especially when reading or on computer a lot.   The last time I had my eyes checked the doc asked if I was having any issues reading.  I told him I seem to have to 're-adjust' after reading for a while, like 'refocusing'.   I was told since I was 'getting older' there may be changes happening that are common when reading etc.
This was my immediate reaction to that!

Lol, I think I held my tongue at the time, but I wasn't pleased.  However I do know I've had issues with night vision and feeling comfortable when driving when totally dark - mainly when I'm in new surroundings.  And if reading a lot (which I do!) I do notice some blinking and need for rubbing.  Sigh.  Yes I will go back in for my next eye test soon. I am also going to do a little work on my own.  I'm reading up a bit on the basic nutrients for eyes and I know what helps.  Vitamin A, most folks know helps with vision.  So I searched foods high in Vit A - I had NO idea that 1 medium carrot has a little over 10,000 IUs of Vitamin A!  Darn!  I'm not a fan of carrots...don't hate them but don't love them either.  So I was reading a basic list of foods that are high in Vitamin A - and Cantaloupe is one of them.  FUNNY that I've been eating a lot of cantaloupe in past few weeks and I don't think I've been rubbing my eyes as much!  Sheesh....time to start paying attention!  And if it helps my night vision too, I'll be laughing over

List of healthy food sources of Vitamin A - you can see it's plentiful:

Sweet Potato - 1 Medium - 22,000 IU (luckily a fav of mine)
Butternut Squash - 1cup  - 22,000 IU
Kale - 1 cup  - 10,000
Carrots - 1 Medium - 10,000 IU
Cantaloupe - 1/8 wedge - 5900 (a lot for 1 wedge!)  I eat half easily at once lol
Turnip Greens - 1 cup 6300
Mustard Greens-1 cup - 5800
Spinach - 1 cup -2500
Mango - 1 cup - 1700

I will be experimenting on myself  with eating more of these foods, and I'm also starting  to use my Herbal Eyewash as well.  I remember my dad using it many years ago to just 'try' it.  And he said over time he could read the racing results at the Horse Races from the stands without his glasses!  He was pretty pleased with himself.

So!  My point here is that more often than not if something comes up that doesn't please me...you can be sure I will do a little research and figure out options! More of what I want instead of what I don't.   I've become very self reliant on myself, natural health and how my own thoughts can help me improve ANY situation.  This instance is no different.  I will be sure to report how things go in near future.  I'm certainly not against getting an updated prescription for my glasses, but if I can delay it or make it minimal, then I'm going to do it!