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Self Care Biz Tips for Bizy People: H = Happiness for Health

When is the last time you have been really happy?  Like “laugh out loud” happy.  Just because you are an adult have you gotten so serious that you’ve lost your sense of humor, play and fun?  You were put on this earth to be happy and feel good, and if that is not happening for you, then it’s time for a do-over.  Time to seek out what truly makes you happy and then go after it!  So let’s start building a case for why you need to activate your happiness factor.

If you are happy your physical health improves and you live longer. Here’s what The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley says about why being happy is so important to your wellbeing.  

  • Lowers risk of heart disease and blood pressure and reduces heart rate
  • Lowers cortisol (stress hormone) so you are better able to deflect stress and not let it  get to you
  • Combats disease and disability and you have fewer aches and pains
  • ·Improves immunity so you are less likely to get sick and, if you do, you have fewer symptoms

And from Dr. James D. Baird, author of Happiness Genes,  Happiness can alter your genes! The emerging science of EPIGENETICS reveals there are reserves of natural happiness within your DNA that can be controlled by you, by your emotions, beliefs and behavioral choices.  Yes you are in charge of your own happiness and if you activate it, your wellbeing improves.

But wait – there’s more!  If you live a healthy lifestyle you will be rewarded with the release of Happy Hormones.

Serotonin – regulates mood, prevents depression, makes you feel happy

Endorphins – makes you feel good, reduces anxiety and sensitivity to pain

Dopamine – makes you feel mentally alert

Are you impressed with these benefits of being happy?  And you can achieve this with NO DRUGS!  So as you face your future, arm yourself with “happiness” so whatever you choose to pursue, you will be ready, willing, able and “happy” to do it.

Let me help you get started by sharing my 10-Step Prescription for a Happier Life.

Mindfulness. Being in the moment allows you to correct any negative situation right on the spot and shift your thinking toward positivity.

Connect socially.  This is a great time to join new groups and expand your circle of friends. And try to find “happy” people while you’re at it!

Exercise daily.  This is a great stress reliever and provides that endorphin rush which is one of those happy hormones.

Balance your blood sugar by eating frequent small meals of organic, mostly raw, low glycemic foods and healthy fats like coconut oil and avocado. YUM!

Practice forgiveness.  Free yourself from past grudges.  After all, the person you hold a grudge against may not even know you are carrying around all that angst, so guess who suffers?  YOU – not them. Let it go.

Practice loving yourself.  Be selfish and put yourself first (finally) and ease up on that caretaker role that always puts you second.  This is your time to shine!

Pursue goals that excite you, bring you joy, reveal your true gifts and make you want to get up every morning in anticipation of having fun.

Surround yourself with positive people so you can catch the wave.

Live a life of meaning and purpose.  Hopefully you have already done this in your  career, but if not now is the time to regroup, go out there and set the world on fire!

Start every day with a happy practice. Write down 3 things you will do during the day that will make you happy, and your days will be filled with joy.

Now it is your turn to take action on what will make you happy.  Which one, or more will you select and how will you put it into action?  Or maybe you already have adopted a life of happiness so we would love to hear what you are doing and what difference that has made in your life.  Please share your thoughts!

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Be well on your journey toward happiness!

Carol

 

Self-care Biz Tips for Bizy People: E = Examine Your Options

Ready to make a lifestyle change that will make a difference in your life and health?  Looking for a framework to follow as you assess your next move?  I love the SOSPIE model of the National Wellness Institute: my go-to organization for personal and professional renewal www.nationalwelllness.org which uses a holistic model of living with YOU in the driver’s seat.

SOCIAL

As you embark on a new healthier path how does this affect you socially?  What networks and friendships will you leave behind and how will life be without them?  After all, your current social network could be enabling the same behaviors you want to change.

  • What current relationships do you have that may not be supportive for you?
  • What new relationships will you need to cultivate to support your new efforts?

OCCUPATIONAL

How supportive is your work environment when it comes to making a lifestyle change?  Have you tried before to make changes but not been successful because the environment was not conducive for your success? Make note of all the barriers so you are aware and not sabotaging yourself before you even start taking action steps.

  • What work challenges will you face?
  • What strategies will you need to implement at work to forward your progress?

SPIRITUAL

How would your belief about yourself change if you made a drastic change in your lifestyle?  Is your identity wrapped up in who you are now, and if you changed you would not be the same person? Would you feel lost without being the “old you”? Most of us feel spiritually alive when we are being true to ourself.

  • How will you manifest being true to yourself if you adopt a new lifestyle?

PHYSICAL

Is your body beaten down from all the years of stressful living?  It is never too late to bring your body back in shape for the next half of life.  And the good news is you can always find time to make health and fitness the priority it deserves.  You are in fact in charge of your own priorities and your own schedule. I write Jazzercise on my calendar before anything else takes away my time and after 10 years, it is working great!

  • What would you be willing to do to get your body moving on a regular basis?

INTELLECTUAL

You’ve been functioning at a highly cognitive level but you do need to provide your mind with some balance. All that intellectual stimulation can be very stressful without a break once in awhile. You can “shift your gears” into intellectually stimulating activities that still enlighten your mind but aren’t so mentally heavy.

How will you keep your brain engaged without over working it?

EMOTIONAL

Are you ready to accept the emotional impact of changing your lifestyle?  After all you may not be the same person you have already been once you change your behaviors. Since I believe in preventing problems before they arise, here are questions for you to address before you enter your next phase of your great life.

  • What does my lifestyle look like now and how will I manage myself without being that way?
  • What steps do I need to take to prepare for a smooth transition?
  • What does the next half of my life look like and how will it make me feel? (Very good I hope!)

Hopefully this framework will help you move forward successfully into your new healthier lifestyle.

Spring Into Feeling Good Again

Spring is on the horizon and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little plump around the middle.  Even though I try to be active during the winter months, I still am less mobile and seem to rely on “comfort foods” more often.

But the sun is getting higher in the sky, and this means it’s time to start recreating my usual wellness lifestyle that I have let slide a bit.  And one of the best ways I know how is to partner up with a bunch of other people feeling the same way and doing a “Sugar Buster” program together.  After all, if it wasn’t for my addiction to sugar, I wouldn’t be eating all that sweet stuff that sabotages me every time.

Benefits

Kiss your carb and sugar cravings goodbye

Increase your energy during the day

Have more restful sleep during the night

Learn to control cravings, hunger and mood swings by balancing blood sugar

Achieve a more healthy, glowing complexion from detoxing and proper nutrition

Understand healthy eating, proper nutrition, and what supplements to take

Save money on your grocery bill with our healthy, delicious smoothies and recipe ideas

Be more productive in your home life, work and business by feeling great and maintaining focus

Build confidence with your new healthy self

Connect with other like-minded people

What you will receive

Two 45 min LIVE Coaching Calls by Dr Karen Wolfe,  Q&A Style

Direct access to your own sugar buster coach.

5 Day RESET Sugar Buster Kit (no stimulants, no hunger)

Access to the Sugar Buster Online Forum for support and to connect with other participants for ideas and motivation.

Shopping lists & recipes that you can personalize for your tastes so you know exactly what to eat that’s enjoyable and keeps you healthy.

Handouts, and tons of other resources to continue on with your health goals.

Lifetime access to Sugar Buster resources – You can repeat the program as many times as you desire.

So what do you think?  Want to join me?  Click here and tell me why you want to join in.

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I’ll give you a call and get you all signed up with the products you will need.

Deadline is March 1 and the actual 28-day program starts March 12.

Hope to hear from you soon!  Let’s do this thing!

 

 

FREE Webinar to Heal Your Gut

Your Microbiome: The Missing Link in Achieving Optimal Health
The microbiome is the community of trillions of bacteria that live in your digestive tract and elsewhere throughout your body. Collectively weighing about three pounds – the same weight as our brain.
When your microbiome is balanced, you have good digestion, clear thinking, balanced mood, and glowing overall health. When your microbiome goes out of balance, however, you risk such symptoms as brain fog, depression, anxiety, bad skin, insomnia, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.
Thursday, January 25th, 2018
6:00Pm – 7:30pm (Pacific)
7:00pm – 8:30pm (Mountain)
8:00pm – 9:30pm (Central)
9:00pm – 9:30pm (Eastern)
Join this Webinar and find out:
1. What the microbiome is, why it is your greatest wellness ally and why it is changing conventional medicine
2. What Functional Medicine is and how it is different than conventional medicine
3. 7 Ways to Build a Healthy Microbiome that can change your health dramatically
 Want to attend?  Click below to ask for the link to this FREE Webinar with Dr. Karen Wolfe, Wellness Physician

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What is a Sugar Cleanse and Do I Need it Now?

“Cleanses” have become super popular but not everyone understands what it is and why it is important.  No, I’m not talking about cleansing something off the outside of your body.  I’m talking about doing an inside job.  So let’s explore what cleanses are all about.

The Dictionary defines cleanse this way:  to rid of impurities; to remove toxins from the body.  Body cleanses have been around for centuries.  From the Egyptians to the Romans, people have always tried to rid their bodies of toxin build up.  And today we live in a toxic soup from exposures to toxic cleaning products, toxic fabrics that touch our bodies all day long and even at night, toxic mattresses, toxic air, toxic “new car smells” (yes that is called off-gassing from chemicals used). And then there are all the toxins on food we eat, whether fresh or packaged.

But what does that have to do with doing a sugar cleanse? Did you know that sugar is toxic to the body?  Maybe it wouldn’t be if we ate less of it, but presently we consume on average, 200# of sugar per person per year.  Our ancestors consumed about 22 teaspoons per year which was fine for the body to deal with, but today we are overloaded with it to the point that our bodies respond to as a toxic substance.  And therefore sets us up for “inflammation” which is now the root cause of nearly all chronic disease.

So how did we get so overloaded with sugar?  Back in the 60’s the sugar industry was studying the effects of sugar on the body and noticed a link with heart disease, so of course stopped the study and pivoted over to high cholesterol and high fat being the culprit.  https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/09/13/493739074/50-years-ago-sugar-industry-quietly-paid-scientists-to-point-blame-at-fat

Because of this most major health organizations got on board promoting low fat diets including the healthcare system. And to help out the cause, the food industry then created a myriad of low-fat food options, which coincidently were also high carb which translates into high sugar once it breaks down in the body.  So we started a grand experiment of the worst diet for health (high carb, low fat) which has led to skyrocketing rates of obesity, Diabetes, and many other chronic diseases, which we know today are related to inflammation. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0057873

So back to sugar as the culprit.  We now recognize the link between sugar and heart disease but also to cancer as well.  https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1819573

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171013103623.htm

This is serious! And it is not getting any better since the food industry has upped their game with more sugary snacks on the market that are even bigger than ever.  You see it every day – giant sized candy bars, giant muffins, giant bagels, giant bags of chips, etc.  In addition if you are a label reader of food packages, you will see sugar has been added to 75% of all packaged foods.  A very subtle way to get us to like the taste of a product and so we want more and more.  Yes, most of us are addicted to sugar and can’t seem to stop.

Why can’t you stop eating sugar easily?  Because it is 8 times more addicting than cocaine.  It actually “hits” the brain at the same location as drugs which causes the release of “feel good” hormones and of course the addiction cycle continues.

So what is a person to do?  It is not easy to just stop or just cut back because of the addictive property of sugar overload.  That is where a sugar cleanse becomes useful. It is a process that allows your body to release the hold that sugar has on you by bringing your blood sugar back into control which in turn stops those incessant “carb cravings”. It changes your chemistry and gives you back the control you need to resist sugar and appreciate the taste of whole natural foods.  And they taste really good once you re-educate your palate.

Here’s what a quality sugar cleanse can do for you:

  •        reduces the load of toxins going into your body
  •        helps speed the process of removing toxins from your body by adding in cleansing foods.
  •        removes the most inflammatory foods and helps you identify foods that you don’t tolerate
  •        helps heal your gut which is one of the greatest locations for inflammation in the body.
  •        gives you tools that you can use in your everyday life after the cleanse.
  •        supplies optimal foods that fuel your body.
  •        supplies pharmaceutical grade micro-nutrients to combat free-radical buildup
  •        gives you support and holds you accountable.

What I find interesting is that the healthcare system probably won’t recommend this strategy for clearing your body from sugar addiction, probably because it doesn’t require using any drugs.  So if sugar is an issue for you, why not give a sugar cleanse a try.  Of course, beware of any sugar cleanse that is loaded with sugar!  So read the labels and make an informed choice, and then go for it.  

How might this help you with your New Year’s Resolutions?

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Be well on your wellness journey!

 

7 Practical Healing Strategies Healthcare Needs for Survival

It’s no secret that people are frustrated with the way today’s healthcare system operates with it’s lack of focus on what true healing is about.  Having just returned from another trip to Sanoviv Medical Institute and Holistic Healing Center where I take nurses for Holistic Nutrition training, it is truly a healing experience and one that every nurse should experience as a benchmark of where healthcare needs to be in the future in order to survive.  http://www.sanoviv.com/medical-programs/sanoviv-health-and-education-retreat-nurses/

Oh and did I mention, this amazing facility is located one hour from San Diego – across the border into Mexico.  That’s why they can use other healing modalities we are not allowed to use in the U.S. with proven results of success.  They still treat patients with major chronic degenerative diseases in traditional ways (like stage 4 cancer when the patient has been written off by our system), but they also offer a functional medicine approach that focuses on the whole body, mind and spirit in consultation with physicians, nurses, chiropractors, nutritionists, dentists, psychologists, and spa therapists.  A true patient-centered approach that leads no stone unturned.  www.functionalmedicine.org

Unlike my latest experience with a traditional medical consult for my husband who will soon be undergoing a cardiac catheterization with the possible placement of a stent, all the nurse and physician were interested in doing was “telling” us what was going to happen next, as opposed to investigating all about his lifestyle and what factors might impact him now and in the future related to this situation.  Once again I was aware that he was only having his heart treated, and not his whole being.

So my latest trip to Sanoviv reminded me of simple strategies that we could all start implementing with the end result of helping others achieve true healing instead of just getting body parts fixed.  Here are some ideas for you to consider.  Of course it would be great if you could actually implement all of these things for the benefit of our patients in one fell swoop.  But realistically, if you would make a commitment to start the process of taking one small step in a healing direction, that could start the ball rolling or even just begin the conversation – that would be great progress.

Remove toxins from the environment.

Our bodies are overloaded with toxins and we are exposed to more and more in great amounts every day.  Here is one example.  Consider how much hand sanitizers are being used in most businesses to the point where people are afraid of germs and getting addicted to using them constantly. Many hand sanitizers expose you to potentially harmful chemicals and may compromise your long-term immunity.  Take home message – just like we learned in school – wash your hands with soap and water.  https://www.ewg.org/research/healthy-home-tips/tip-5-wash-those-hands-avoid-triclosan#.Wg4ihkqnFPY

Use organic cotton clothing washed in toxin-free cleaning solutions.

Think about how much of the time your skin is in contact with clothing, pajamas, sheets.  If fabric smells like something, it is probably tainted by chemicals used in detergents, and those chemicals pass into your body thru your skin.  Find out what products are being used to clean fabrics in the hospital and in your home and change it to something toxin free.  https://www.ewg.org/guides/categories/9-Laundry?grade=a#.Wg4huUqnFPY

Encourage positivity

Use a positive tone and use positive words when conversing with patients and co-workers. Make sure TV programs being shown convey a pleasant feeling. At Sanoviv, prior to surgery, patients attend a laughter yoga class. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

http://www.sanoviv.com/healing-through-laughter-yoga/

Serve healthy whole food

Food is medicine.  Everyone at Sanoviv eats food that is mostly plant-based and organic at a ratio of half raw and half cooked. They have an organic garden to grow their own food, and when they can’t get everything they need,  they carefully select produce from other trusted sources. They also protect from potentially harmful pathogens by cleansing produce in a colloidal silver fruit and vegetable wash.

http://www.sanoviv.com/food-at-sanoviv/

Provide communal dining

At Sanoviv all patients (except those too ill to join in) and guests eat together in a common dining room to provide socialization, positive support, and to feel more human and not so isolated as we do with patients.  Negative conversation is discouraged.  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/14/health-benefits-eating-together/

Create a calm environment

At Sanoviv, soothing music is provided throughout the facility which has a calming effect during treatments and meals. Gentle chimes are used to wake up in the morning.  A quiet room is available in view of the ocean providing total silence while patients recline with multiple pillows positioning them comfortably.

http://www.nextavenue.org/benefits-quiet-body-mind-and-spirit/

Bring in nature as much as possible

Patients receiving IV’s are in recliners and outside on the deck overlooking the ocean and listening to the ocean waves. Walking barefoot in the soft grass (Earthing) is encouraged to release any buildup of the negative effects of all the technology we are exposed to from EMF.  (Electromagnetic frequencies).  Multiple healing pools outside are used for natural detoxification and water exercise.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/60632/11-scientific-reasons-why-being-nature-relaxing

Hopefully these healing strategies give you “food for thought” and may inspire you to take positive action toward small steps that can improve and heal our broken healthcare system.  Click below to share your insights and experiences, especially what you see already working!

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