Happy New Year !
Rise & Shine in 2019
One day at a time we can make change and create happiness in our lives. You can do anything you put your mind to this year!
DIVE IN… to love. What makes your heart sing? Where is your Velveteen Rabbit? Find that love, that love you share with someone or something that can make it come alive, that feeds it effortlessly. Love that radiates into existence which was not previously present or preserved. Kisses from your honey, finger paintings from your little one, giving or receiving a gift of kindness or generosity, a new yoga pose, a cold beer, a new red dress… Love is a powerful experience which nourishes your soul. Dive in…dare to love someone, something, yourself and dare to be loved. You deserve it.
YOU BE THE JUDGE….Laughter. Isn’t it more fun to be around laughter and light minds on a regular basis especially as we deal with the bumps in the road? Well, laughter really does feel good, it releases endorphins, the happy hormones, in your brain. A good belly laugh not only burns calories and strengthens abdominals but it has been clinically proven to strengthen your immune system for up to 72 hours. I recommend reading Anatomy of an Illness by Norman Cousins for inspiration and the healing power of laughter.
SURROUND SOUND… Live your life. Acknowledge and accept that you have the power to make choices in how you live your life, how you act and react to situations; you have the ability to change your mind, and do it differently from time to time. If you keep repeating the same thing over and over, why would you expect a different outcome? Surround yourself with people that support who you are. This year make an effort to accept it, allow it, change it or drop it. When I say drop it, I mean DROP IT…Drop it like you mean it!
GET NODDY…ZZZ. So many people today are fatigued and dragging. Are you getting enough sleep? Eight hours a night may not be realistic in your lifestyle, but naps are a great way to restore and rejuvenate the day. Sleep increases energy, maintains focus, accelerates weight loss, rejuvenates adrenals; it is one of our most fundamental tools in the spectrum of health. Get as many hours of sleep before midnight as possible for optimal Zzz’s. Sleep issues often point towards some aspect in your life that needs to be addressed. So, wake up about sleep!
FEED THE BUDDHA….yum. Don’t wait until you get sick to treat your body as a temple. Food is our first line of defense as medicine. In the wise words of Michael Pollan, “Eat food, mostly plants, not too much.” This is a good notion to live by to best support your body with the fuel it needs for energy, health, proper weight and planetary support. I strongly believe, you are what you eat, so make good choices, healthy choices, and enjoy the wonderful deliciousness of food. I like the 80/20 rule…80% of the time eat well to support your health and 20% of the time eat what you like.
TAKE IT WITH A GRAIN OF SALT….slurp. Every cell in your body, cellular existence, meaning your existence, relies heavily on water. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Aim for clear colored urine. Match one for one by adding an additional glass of water for each vice (coffee, sweets, alcohol) of the day. If you feel thirsty and dehydrated regardless of water intake, add a pinch of sea salt and squeeze of lemon or lime to your water each day to increase absorption. If you are feeling tired, anxious, hungry, are prone to constipation or headaches…drink a glass of water. I think you will be surprised at the results. Where there is water, there is life.
MOVE IT or lose it…Well maybe that’s the point. Exercise should be incorporated into your daily life. Exercise AT LEAST 30 minutes a day five times a week. Go on a walk, join a team, take the stairs. If you are able, be willing. It can impact your life in incredible ways. It will help you make the changes you want in your life. It will unstick stuck. Exercise boosts mood, lowers cholesterol and helps you maintain proper weight.
BE WELL…Are you sick of it all? Create Health! Have on hand an immune booster that works for you. You can up the dose during times of stress, holidays, travel and changes in season when it is common for colds and the flu to pop up. Good quality immune support and antimicrobials can include Allicin, Astra8, Elderberry, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Mushrooms, Oil of Oregano, Triphala, and good ole Vitamin C.
DON’T GET BURNED…ingest the sunlight. Vitamin D can be a good immune booster if needed and many of us need it. Whether you live in sunny Colorado or soggy Seattle you may need Vitamin D. The angle the sun hits the earth makes it impossible for us to even absorb the amount of Vitamin D we need all year round. Proper daily use of sunscreen and screening clothing also significantly reduces your exposure to this essential vitamin. Get your Vitamin D levels checked in the New Year and start supplementing as needed.
STOP THE MADDNESS…lessen inflammation. Allergies and Intolerances are extremely common these days. A minor food sensitivity or a full blown allergic reaction strongly impacts your immune status and commonly manifests with: skin reaction, fatigue, asthma, mood imbalance, attention deficit and foggy headedness. Address allergies and intolerances with food elimination or blood allergy testing. Make 2018 clear and bright on the inside and out.
BELIEVE! ….and let it be. Number eleven is good luck in the New Year. Believe in something positive; it may be an organized religion or the mystical magic in a good game of basketball. A transcendent belief keeps you connected and supported to a “larger” aspect of life. You don’t necessarily have to define it or even know what it is, but believe. Like a shimmering jewel hold it in your minds eye, see it and feel it *