12 Notes on Health that Will Surprise You

Have you ever been in a room with over a thousand happy, inspired people?

It feels like flying. It is expansive. It is empowering. 

I am so thankful that I was invited to attend the  IIN event live over the weekend. I think anytime you have the opportunity to surround yourself with smiling, smart, supportive, high-reaching people who intend and are making a positive impact on the world you should jump at the chance, in whatever capacity you can, leaving every and any excuse behind. Actually, I think you should make sure these are the types of people you surround yourself with constantly. Community, as it was reconfirmed over the weekend, plays a huge role in health and happiness and we all deserve to be surrounded by people that lift us up to our highest potential.

Marie Forleo on priorities, success, love, and vision

Marie Forleo on priorities, success, love, and vision

Speaker after speaker doled out information. How do sleep, sugar, soil, happiness, loneliness, fear, purpose, stress, success, relationships, and of course, nutrition, impact health? Their advice was full of wisdom, facts, and soul. Nothing compares with being there in person, but here are just a few gems I took away from this weekend:

1.”The truth is that what we eat is a dialogue about who we believe we are to ourselves and to the world.” Pete Evans

2.”No amount of kale is going to counteract chronic stress.” Lissa Rankin, MD

3.”The most shocking thing is that you don’t learn anything about nutrition in medical school.” Dr.Oz

Dr.Oz

Dr.Oz

4.”Sugar is 8x more addictive than cocaine …overconsumption is linked to CVD, type 2 DM, stroke, dementia, and cancer” Dr. Mark Hyman

5.”No clinical trials on diet soda show benefit for weight loss.” Dr. Oz

6.”Telling the truth and doing what you love is the best antidepressant.” Mastin Kipp

7.”Food is medicine or poison, its your choice.” Pete Evans

8.”Let go of something to sleep instead of taking something…Sleeping pills increase risk of cancer more than smoking.” Dr.Rubin Naiman discussing the importance of sleep and its link with nutrition.

9.”How much and the quality of your sleep will affect nearly every aspect of your daily life: immunity, stress management, weight, aging, risk of disease, hormones and more.” Keri Glassman.

10. “Time is your most precious non-reliable resource.” Marie Forleo

11.”Whats good for the planet is good for us. . .Don’t put anything on your body, in your house, on your car…that you wouldn’t eat, because eventually you will” Daphne Miller, MD talking about the impact of soil on health.

12.”Relationship is the most important stone (foundation). A life filled with love and support can overcome a lot of things.” Lisa Rankin, MD

Lissa Rankin talks about the impact of loneliness

Lissa Rankin talks about the impact of loneliness

“How would you behave if you were the best in the world at what you do?” Marie Forleo

This is a small sample of all that was said and was this past weekend. If you have any interest in health, happiness, or pursuing a passionate life I highly recommend joining the movement that is IIN.

Did any of the above surprise you? What step can you  be inspired to take today to live your happiest, healthiest life?

Empower yourself and become your own health advocate and maybe even a health advocate for others. Join me and others at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition!

Look Up from Your Phone. Live life in Person.

We all talk about how the Smart Phone has changed our world and us…
This video will make you think.
Hopefully you will reach out in a real way to someone, anyone…
And remember to be present for your friends and loved ones even if your pocket is vibrating.
Don’t bring your phone to bed, don’t bring it to dinner, don’t bring it to the next party.
Be there for the ones you love or be present enough to meet someone new.
Learn how to really communicate again.
Go do something without your phone.

Stand Up Straight! Better Posture = Better You!

Growing up riding horses my trainer always wanted my back stiff as a board, especially during competitions. Heels down, head up, shoulders back, and stomach tight! On occasion a broom handle was put behind my elbows as my hands were on the reins, causing an over exaggerated arc to my frame and scabs on my mid-back where it would rub. My posture on top of a horse went on to win me  blue ribbons, so my trainer clearly knew a thing or two, but there was a backlash… My posture now stinks in every other circumstance. I look at pictures and cringe. Time behind computers doesn’t help either.

I’m doing my detox this week and I have decided as a part of my process to break the slouching once and for all!

So if like me, you catch yourself on the slouch a little too often, check out the benefits and exercises below!

Better Digestion

Give your organs room to do their jobs, slouching squashes them.

Better Breathing

Positions ribs for increased lung capacity, breathe deeper!

Improved Muscle Tone

Your stomach will look much better :)

Improved Back/Prevent Back Pain

No one wants to end up as a permanent hunchback or be plagued with back pain. Proper posture is your best tool for prevention and management.

Better Concentration

When we alter our posture and body language, it subconsciously influences our thinking and decision-making.

Confidence!  

Superman always has excellent posture and he oozes confidence. When we standup straight, we can project our voices, and standup fully for who we are…hence the expression “Standup for yourself.”

Improved Image

It just looks better…you’ll look assertive, self-assured, and it is the best way to show off your assets. Nice looks good, while slouching never does!

So sit up straight at that computer!

Try these: Yoga Poses For Better Posture

or this:

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or if you get really desperate:

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“A good leg will fall, a straight back will stoop, a black beard will turn white, a curled pate will grow bald, a fair face will wither, a full eye will wax hollow. But a good heart…is the sun and moon…for it shines bright and never changes, but keeps its course truly.” William Shakespeare

8 Insiprational Quotes to Live By

We all need reminders once in a while about what is really important in life, that we are capable of more, and that everything is better with love and gratitude. Here are some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite mentors:

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Have a wonderful day!!!

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7 Ways to Get Clear Now!

“Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts.” James Allen. 

Welcome to Spring. A gardener begins to plant this time of year and we should begin our own planting for our mind, body, and soul. During the winter we think, plan, and go within. Now it is spring and it is time for action so that our ideas and desires can manifest in the summer and be harvested in the fall. It is time to start planting!  We are not separate from the seasons, the earth, and our environment. If you need direction, many times you can find answers in nature.

One of the best things we can do during the spring is set aside a certain amount of time to get clear on our desires and clear out our homes, bodies, and minds of toxic substances, habits, and thoughts. We weed out the things that don’t belong so that the things we do want have room to grow to their fullest.

Here are some simple things to get you started:

1.Eat simple clean whole foods

Get fresh greens at your local farmers market. Cleaner food = Clearer Thoughts

Get fresh greens at your local farmers market. Cleaner food = Clearer Thoughts

2.Practice awareness and don’t let negative thoughts spiral

3.Keep a journal

4.Practice deep cleansing breaths

5.Cleanse the system with substances that reduce toxins, parasites, and infections such as pau d’arco, oregano essential oil, chlorella, or grapefruit seed extract.

6. Spend time outside in nature

I always feel calmer when I get to spend time outside.

I always feel calmer when I get to spend time outside.

7. Clean and organize the spaces you spend the most time in

Look at Better Homes and Gardens tips for room-by-room organization.

Look at Better Homes and Gardens tips for room-by-room organization.

Happy planting! Don’t forget to weed out the garden of your mind!

Want to go deeper?

Join me for my Mind, Body, Soul Renewal: A 7 Day Spring Detox designed to rejuvenate you on multiple levels using real food, herbs, reflection, and more! E-mail me for more details!

Green Drinks for St.Patrick’s Day!

Happy St.Patricks Day!

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An Irish Blessing for You
May you always walk in sunshine.
May you never want for more.
May Irish angels rest their wings right beside your door.

Celebrate with Green Smoothies: Check out the article to learn why you should try them!

Click Here for Green Smoothie Article 

Then try more recipes!

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Green Smoothies:

Avocado Smoothie: 12 cups water or almond milk, avocado, 1 cup spinach or kale, 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), 1/2 banana, ice if desired, cinnamon to taste

The Beginner Smoothie: Water, banana, strawberries, greens

Kale Ginger Smoothie: Lettuce, kale, fresh ginger, lemon juice, and pineapple; add water to your desired thickness and taste.

Blueberry Smoothie: Baby spinach, blueberries, banana, flax seeds and almond milk

Easy Green: 2 ounces of spinach, 2 ounces of kale, 1 ounce of hemp seeds, small banana, water

Collard Mango Smoothie: 2 Tbsp lime juice, 2 cups stemmed and chopped collard greens or spinach, 1 cup frozen mango, 1 cup green grapes

Pomegranate Romaine Smoothie: 1/2 c. pomegranate seeds, 1 small banana, cucumber, small head romaine lettuce, and water.

Green Smoothie Yum: Handful of spinach, 3 slices of cucumber, 1/2 stalk of celery, 1 teaspoon of organic cinnamon, 2 frozen strawberries, 1 tablespoon of flax seed, 1/2 cup of blueberries(frozen or fresh), 3 tablespoon of organic rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of raw cacao, 6 ounces of unsweetened almond milk

Orange-Spinach Smoothie: 1 small orange, peeled, 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 large kale or chard leaf or 2 baby bok choy (nutrition info is for 1 kale leaf), 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (nutrition info is for blueberries), 1 serving vegan protein powder (optional, if you use it, RAW by Garden of Life is what I recommend), 1 teaspoon goji berries, soaked for 10 minutes, 1 teaspoon chia seeds, 1 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk

Detox smoothie: Romaine lettuce, celery, spinach, kale, apple, pear, lemon juice, ginger, parsley or cilantro.

Savory Smoothie 1: celery, cucumber, ginger, parsley, with watercress

Savory Smoothie 2: avocado, tomato, kale, parsley, garlic, with salt and pepper with water.

Make your own recipe: Start with 2 cups spinach, kale, romaine, bok choy, swiss chard, collards, dandelion greens or other greens. Add 2 cups liquid: Water, Coconut water, Almond Milk, Coconut Milk. Add fruit 1/2-1 cup banana, apple, mango, pineapple, berries, peach, grapes. For more flavor and nutrients include chia seeds, cinnamon, lemon juice, almond butter, hemp seeds, flax seeds, Young Living essential oils (only young living brand can be ingested).

For Your Sweet Tooth: Good for you dessert!

Butternut Smoothie: 1 cup + 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 cup + 1/4 cup (packed) roasted butternut squash or 3/4-1 cup canned puréed squash, 3-4 large Medjool dates, pitted, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon, to taste1.5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, sprinkle of ground cloves, 5-6 large ice cubes, or as needed