Quotes to Inspire You Every Winter

Winter can be a challenging time, schedules get disrupted due to weather, the days are shorter, and we get less sun and Vitamin D, our happy vitamin. We need to stay happy, inspired, and motivated, no matter what the season. Here are some quotes that help me remember to be at my best even when its cold out, I can’t find my other glove, and my car can’t leave the driveway.

Snowy Days

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in my an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus

“Winter is a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and every idle hour.” -John Boswell

“People don’t notice whether it is winter or summer when they’re happy.” -Anton Chekov

“The days are getting colder, have a warm heart.”

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” -Anne Bradstreet

One kind word can warm three winter months” -Japanese Proverb

O Winter! ruler of the inverted year…I crown thee king of intimate delights, fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, and all the comforts that the lowly roof of undisturbed retirement, and the hours of long uninterrupted evening, know.” William Cowper

and my favorite

Lets book a vacation somewhere warm.” -Me

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Grow Your Life: Ways to Grow Your Relationships, Business, and You

“If a relationship is not growing, if a business is not growing, if you’re not growing, it doesn’t matter how much money you have in the bank, how many friends you have, how many people you love- you’re not going to experience real fulfillment. And the reason we grow, I believe, is so we have something of value to give.” Tony Robbins

Grow Your Relationships: Do something new together, share a secret, forgive, learn from the other person, focus on how you can give, let go of expectations, do something loving every chance you get, say thank you

Grow Your Business: Offer something new, have a certain percentage of profits go to charity, get better at what you do, accept that you can’t do everything, hire help, learn more about your business, write an article, try something new, start an online store, start a blog, take yourself seriously, get organized, commit to growth, set intentions, practice consistency, make and take action steps, be open to new opportunities, grow yourself.20150104_125116

Grow Yourself: Meditate, do yoga, exercise, practice awareness, learn things, do a detox, hire a coach, journal, reflect, laugh, take a class, do the things you’ve been meaning to do, value your health, value others, take risks, be honest with yourself and others, face fears, go after your dreams, read books, be open-minded, spend time in nature

6 Ways to Honor Yourself this Winter

“I still believe in summer days.
The seasons always change
and life will find a way.”

Honor yourself this winter:

  1. Stay Warm. Wear warm clothing both outside and inside your home. Organic cotton and wool are the best materials because they allow your skin to breathe and sweat (one of the ways we detoxify). Keep your socks on in the house, or wool slippers, or both. Energy leaves us through our extremities. Socks and slippers make a huge difference keeping us warm.
  2. Take warm epsom salt baths, or even long warm showers if a bath is not available and then slather your skin with organic coconut, jojoba, or grape seed oil. 
  3. Drink lots of hot herbal teas. Nettle, ginger, and rooibos chai are my favorites this time of year
  4.  Winter is a time for reflection. Reflect on what you want to accomplish this year and outline your plan.
  5. Make your liquid meal a warm soup instead of a cold smoothie or juice, especially at night.
  6.  If you have a fireplace, use it. Gas or wood—there is something very nurturing about relaxing around the fire beyond just the temperature it generates.

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!

Holiday Shopping for Health Nuts!

 Whether you are one or not, you at least know one…

The Health Nut

The Health Nut

The health nut craze is growing and ranges from the newly health conscious to the fully committed tree hugging raw vegan. Hanukkah is next week and with just a little over a month until Christmas many of us have already started thinking about gifts for this holiday season. It can be a little daunting to figure out what to buy our newly healthy friends and family. If you are a health nut yourself you might be hoping to give healthier gifts this year. We want to get our friends and family gifts inline with our or their new healthy aspirations!

When shopping for the health nut…

Avoid synthetic fibers, anything with the word artificial in the ingredients section, non-stick cookware, scented candles, and most bath and body products. These things harbor toxic chemicals and are health nut kryptonite.

Gift Ideas: organic herbal tea, organic spice sampler, solar-powered products, a yoga mat, BPA free water bottles, beeswax candles, plants, a tree, reusable bags, bamboo cutting boards, a yearly pass to their nearby national park, membership for their local CSA (farm share), or organic food basket. Gift certificates to a health food store, organic or farm to table restaurant, for a yoga or spin class, green house cleaning, a night at a green hotel, for an acupuncture treatment, massage, or other healing therapy, or an active experience.

Brand’s for health nuts:  Synergy’s organic clothing, Eminence Organics skin care, Green and Black’s Organic Chocolate (even a health nut loves the occasional treat), The Green Polka Dot Box for organic foods and household items, and Bee Organic for beautiful nontoxic candles.

And here is a final thought…too often, our holiday celebrations are filled with such tremendous effort, chaos, and stress that they cease to be happy. As you shop and prepare this year keep it simple. Keep your focus on the love you have for the friends and family you will spend your time with at this time of year and the memories in love you are bound to create.