Naturally Simple Ways to Weigh LESS...

Naturally Simple Ways to Weigh Less

and Live More Every Day of your life!

This is all about re-balancing your body, mind, and spirit to create a vibrantly healthy you... inside and out. So much more than the number on the "scales!"

 

  1. Feed your soul with primary food.  Friends and family, physical activity, spirituality and a satisfying career feed us. Lack of primary food creates over-reliance on secondary, edible food.
  2. Drink water. Most people are chronically dehydrated. We often mistake thirst for hunger. If you feel hungry between meals, drink a glass of water before giving into cravings. Limit liquid calories from soda, juice, sports drinks and “enhanced” waters.  Stick with nature made!
  3. Eat a plant-rich diet. Plant foods are typically lower in calories and higher in fiber than meat, dairy and processed foods, while providing loads of essential nutrients.  Purchase your animal products from farmers who raise the food in a natural manner; healthy and naturally balanced foods make for a healthy, naturally balanced human. Make certain you do get enough fat and protein in your daily diet to satisfy hunger, appetite, and nutritional needs for YOU.  Each of our needs is different!
  4. Chew your food well. Digestion begins in the mouth. By thoroughly chewing your food, your body will better assimilate nutrients; you will also slow down your eating. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to register that it is full. By slowing your eating, you’ll feel full, satisfied, and better nourished on less food.  More nutrients in each cell mean a healthier body!
  5. Eat real food; avoid processed, packaged foods. Avoid products with high-fructose corn syrup or a long list of unpronounceable ingredients. (Reduce or eliminate refined sugars from your diet; glucose, fructose, any “oses”.) Packaged and convenience foods tend to be highly processed, lacking the nutrients your body needs, and are often loaded with empty calories. Avoid artificial sweeteners.  Avoid refined sweeteners, even stevia products.

If you have attended my workshops or been supported by me as a client:  Remember the cellular health information from the Whole Food slide show?  Feed your cells well!  Need to experience this workshop? Join me and the Local Living Venture on Thursday, September 25th for the start of the Whole Health and Healing Academy!  

A few more tips for balancing mind, body, and soul weight.

  1. Eat raw foods:  raw fruits & veggies, raw nuts and seeds, raw nut & seed butters.  Raw foods are rich in nutrients that are not altered by the heat of cooking and provide natural enzymes needed in the body for many processes including digestion.
  2. Eating enough healthy fats and protein to satisfy your appetite and your body’s nutritional needs:  choose naturally raised animal products for protein and fat and the omega 3's found in naturally raised meat, eggs and dairy products, wild salmon, avocados, walnuts, raw nuts and seeds.
  3. Eat breakfast. Skipping meals causes your blood sugar levels to peak and dip, affecting your energy and moods. It can also cause overeating later on because you’re so hungry.  With this said, listen to your own body and what you know works for you.  Some people do much better without breakfast and have no problems with the rebound overeating later in the day.  Be conscious of you and your needs. I can personally admit I am not a breakfast eater.  I get hungry by 11 AM or so. I listen and follow my body's requests for food.
  4. Eat mindfully. Turn off the TV. Get away from the computer. Sit down and savor the food you are eating with no distractions.  Eat from a space of unconditional self-love!
  5. Get moving. Do any type of physical activity every day. Find movement or exercise you enjoy.
  6. Get outside.  Your body needs fresh air and natural light.  You will create life long health benefits!
  7. Sleep, rest and relax. Breath work creates relaxation, slow down & breathe deeply.  Ask me for my educational handout on breath work.  When you are sleep-deprived or stressed, your body will crave energy, causing cravings for sugary snacks and caffeine as an energy boost.
  8. Schedule fun time. Boredom and stress can lead to overeating. Make sure to take time to laugh, play and participate in activities that bring you joy.
  9. Find a mindfulness practice and use it every day. (Yoga, Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do, Meditation, Prayer...)

 

PS  Just a reminder about the Whole Health & Healing Academy that starts Thursday, September 25th. Join us to create vibrant health in your life!

Former Local Lady Offers Herbs

Former Local Lady Offers Herbs and Healing Food

Home Farm Herbery (Munfordville, Kentucky)

http://www.localharvest.org/store/M48630, is a local lady, formally from Hopkinton, who now lives in Kentucky.

This is HERstory!   Arlene Wright-Correll,  lives in Kentucky and owns and operates a chemical free, all natural Home Farm Herbery.  "We raise herbs and heirloom seeds, create chemical free all natural herb, herb blends, teas, and we raise herbs.  All due to the fact that I was given a 6 month cancer death sentence in April 1992.  Later, at the age of almost 80, I am still above ground by not following the recommended Chemo etc.!"

Use her farm as a resource for purchasing chemical free, healing herbs!

Her Blog:  http://www.localharvest.org/blog/48630/

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Making divine connections locally! ….and nationally!

Making divine connections locally! ….and nationally!

Love Shelby Connelly and Five Elements Living

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Five Elements Living TV post:

Five Elements Living TV Ep 1

 

Feathered Pipe Foundation, Montana

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Type in Potsdam, NY in the search box &  find me and my conscious living and healing work!

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Blessing of health & healing to all!

Why I Love Yoga and Other Thoughts on Whole Food, Whole Health Healing

 
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Frost, my Siamese Mutt Cat, doing her version of Downward Facing Cat Pose. She IS a natural at Yoga!

I wrote this article for the Potsdam Food Coop's Fall newsletter.  I decided to re-post it here as many people commented on the words being meaningful to them.  Thanks for the kind words Potsdam Coop friends!

Frost doing the "downward facing cat"!

Why I Love Yoga…and other thoughts on local, whole foods!

And you are now thinking, what does yoga have to do with the food?  My answer is quite simple. When we create mindfulness through a regular yoga practice (or any other form of body awareness exercises: Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Tae Kwon Do), we consciously make healthier choices in all areas of our lives.  This means healthier food choices. 

Back to yoga.  Why I love yoga… because it works!  It works on many levels, see my above comment around food choices.  The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word yuj and means to yoke or bind. Yoga is often interpreted as a method of discipline that brings union (yoking or binding) to body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is the study of the Self.  Yoga gives us tools to improve our lives by stripping away the illusions that block us from connecting with our true self, with others, and with life itself.

Yoga is a whole food that nourishes body, mind, and soul.  Food is sacred to the body; it nourishes and sustains us.  Love is sacred to the mind and heart; nourishing the very part of us, our spirits, that gives to others and back to ourselves.  Yoga is the breath of the soul; keeping our life force strong and our 3 parts (body, mind, soul) in harmony and union.

Getting down to the brass tack: I am an exercise enthusiast.  Those who know me, know this well.  As long as I am not sitting still, I am happy.  The list of activities I have engaged in goes on and on and blurs together over the years and decades of my life. I love and have loved them all.

For many years I was into serious weight training and I felt that I was very strong.  When I started to do yoga, I was humbled.  I could not push up into a back bend.  My arms would just not do it.  After a few weeks I had the back bend thing down.  Years later, I now do reverse push ups.  Push ups from the back bend pose!  The strength I have gained is through my whole body (mind and soul!).

Over the years I realized my yoga strength ran deeper than that.  My choices around food and other lifestyle habits became more conscious in a health promoting way.  I paid attention to eating with awareness, chewing food well, eating only what I needed, and stopping before I was stuffed.  These habits around food and food choices slipped in the back door; all part of the study of self (ha ha, yoga!).  All those years of doing yoga transformed the way I interacted with myself and the world around me and I did not even perceive it happening.

Positive things I noticed around food: not needing to fill my plate to the brim or returning to the potluck table for another round of food, being satisfied with enough, passing on the desserts as sweet foods no longer dominated my taste buds, feeling abundance and satisfaction with light meals, and reveling in the flavors / colors / textures / and gift that each meal brings.

When we stop the constant chatter inside our heads and still our minds through mindfulness activities (yoga and other body awareness exercises), we tend to make choices that are in alignment with what is best for our health without feeling deprived.  This is because we have learned to live in the present moment and are aligned in body, mind, and spirit.  That is the awareness that Yoga brings to our being.

A cluttered "chattery" mind and a body that is not aligned in mind, body, and spirit tends to make decisions based upon impulse and cravings without regard to what is best for long term health.

When we quiet our minds, we use our emotions to our advantage.  When our minds are busy, our emotions use us.

Change is defined as the process of becoming different, substituting one thing for another, biological metamorphosis, personal development especially if seen as personally "life-changing". Consciousness is awareness of one's own existence and behaviors, inwardly attentive and mindful.  Conscious change involves will and deliberateness, altering self in an intentionally conceived manner.

When we discover that something we are doing in our lives no longer serves our higher purpose as a human, conscious change is how we evolve.  When we discover that the lifestyle and food choices we have made, consciously or not, are not reflections of our higher selves, we move to make change.  We realize our bodies are not vibrating at our highest level of health and we seek out ways to change this:  to heal current symptoms and weight issues and prevent lifelong degenerative diseases from interfering with our vibrant quality of life.

Remember that life is always for us!  Life force energy is always moving towards the positive, health and healing.  It is humans who tend to go against the grain of nature and turn this flow of energy against ourselves.  If you allow yourself to be in this flow, positive things will just happen.

Yoga, or any body awareness type exercise, aligns our bodies, our minds and our spirits so we make life giving choices.  Yoga helps us to become normalized in our eating, to reach a pattern of habits that are normal and healthy for us.  Yoga (or any body awareness exercise) help us to walk into the Potsdam Food Coop, Nature's Storehouse, our local farm stands or supermarkets, and we can make choices that feed and nourish every cell of our being.  We walk out with life giving, whole foods to nourish ourselves and our families.

Simply put into words by Donna Farhi, world renowned Yoga Teacher: (image compliments of Trillium Center for Yoga & Health, Potsdam, NY)

A book to inspire you to create conscious living in your life.

This means you no longer make choices based upon emotional triggers. You instead make choices based upon inner wisdom and peacefulness.

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PS  

Update 7/31/2019 I created and teach my Sacred Circle Yoga Mentorship because I see what a daily Yoga practice does for one’s health.

Update 4/23/2018  Happy Earth Day!  This post has been used and published in several newsletters and journals in the 5 years since I wrote it. My wish is that the gift of Yoga, mindfulness, reaches out to help many heal emotional issues around food, food choices, and eating habits.  I have since created The School of Self Healing home study courses on weight loss, sugar addiction, and whole food eating that embody the mindful / yoga habits to support your feeling whole and happy in the healing choices you make. Much Love to All.

More Why I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Yoga Blog Posts, Yup, click on the "blue" back there. Enjoy reading as much as I enjoy sharing my Love of Yoga.

Update on 4/29/16 Great quotes from the book "The Little Red Book Of YOGA WISDOM" Thank you Shelby of Five Elements Living Retreat Center for always keeping my heart and soul open to inspiration.

  • Yoga is the martial art of the soul and the opponent is the strongest you have ever faced: Your Ego. - Unknown

  • Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. -Ram Dass

  • Yoga exists in the world because everything is linked (connected). -Desikashar

 

Preventing Hair Loss, Restoring Hair Growth

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Amazing herbs for health, hair, skin.... Stinging Nettles, Yarrow, and Rosemary (in the order they appear above).

Recently, it seems, that many people have been asking me in my workshops:

"What can I do about hair loss, thinning hair as I age?"  This is a topic that hits home with me as I have always had very fine and thin hair.  More thinning with age?  What will I have left?

So I decided to do an experiment with me as the guinea pig.  This is all natural, no abuse to the guinea pig's (ME!) skin or eyes as happens in commercial body care product testing.

Keep in mind this is about hair growth.  It takes time and a long term commitment (uh-oh!)

1.  I have added the following herbal essential oils to my shampoo:  Rosemary, oregano, peppermint, and yarrow.  I add about 8 drops per ounce of shampoo and I recommend using an all natural shampoo.  Chemicals in our hair care products clog the pores of the scalp and contribute to unhealthy hair, scalp, and hair loss.  Aubrey Organics products are a nice choice, available at Nature's Storehouse in Canton.  Read ingredients for "whole" ingredients, just as you would on a food product label and you can find other natural brands as well.  Read the ingredients, not just the "all natural" hype label on the front of the product.

2.  I make a tea and pour it over my scalp, making certain to soak my hair, well, through to the scalp, all over my head.  It is made with the whole herbs yarrow, nettles, and rosemary.  See pictures above.  For information on making herbal teas, email me.

I make a quart every 4 days and use 1 cup per day after shampooing.  Shampoo less often, the tea lasts longer.  Keep it refrigerated and always label your quart jar.  It is fine to drink, so no panic if someone should indulge in a 'lil of your herbal, scalp tea.

3.  I then massage my scalp in two different ways.  One is the general "rub my fingers and knead the scalp" method.  The other is placing my fingers in a stationary place on the scalp and shifting the whole scalp back and forth and side to side underneath my fingers.  This helps tremendously with scalp circulation and relaxing the scalp muscles around the actual hair shaft.  Do this massaging when washing your hair, when applying the above scalp tea, and when spraying on the below concoction of herbs.

4.  A scalp spray made up of about 1/3 cup of the above scalp tea which I then add the rosemary, peppermint, and oregano essential oils to it.  I am thinking about adding drops of the tinctures of yarrow, nettles, and horsetail as well.  This is made to spray onto the scalp, before bedtime, and massage the scalp as per above.

5.  Oh, and I am taking a saw palmetto and horsetail herbal tincture (easy to make with the herbs, good vodka, and a month's time to let the herbs "steep" into the vodka.  Horsetail is good for hair and skin health and saw palmetto is an herb for hair loss prevention / restoration.

Did I not say I was being a guinea pig?!

Today, as I write, it is November 9th.  I have been playing this hair restoration game for about 1 month now.  I imagine it will take at least 6 months before I can see any major changes (yes, my hair grows slowly!).

See what I mean about this being a long-term commitment... let's just see if I can stick to this hair restoration challenge and then report back my fabulous results.  Then, I will patent my formulas and become the rich, modern day Lady Godiva (Yes, I will also need to make some more of that face cream and take care of aging on the face as well) riding the streets of Potsdam!

Horse or Harley? Horse called Harley?

Horse or Harley? Horse called Harley?

If all else fails, I still have this gorgeous Doo-Rag (from my Harley riding days), graciously modeled by my Thanksgiving pie pumpkin!  I will plop it onto my head and tie into place, forget about making any more scalp tea, and then, I will buy another Harley.  Or maybe a horse and I will name her Harley!

Doo-Rag

Update March 2019: It is 5 1/2 years later, where the hell does the time go?

Time & commitment to the process is absolutely required. I cannot say I have been consistent with above stuff.

What I do now, 5 1/2 years later: