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Friday, December 6, 2013

Quotes and health tip of the day... 12/6/13

“To share your weakness 
is to make yourself vulnerable; 
to make yourself vulnerable 
is to show your strength.” 
     ~ Criss Jami

“Vulnerability is the birthplace 
of innovation, creativity and change.” 
     ~ Brené Brown

“Those who are willing to be vulnerable 
move among mysteries.” 
     ~ Theodore Roethke

Health Tip: 4 Longevity Secrets: 
6 Reasons Okinawans Live to be Older than 100 ~ Christina Sarich

Did you know that only 20-30% of our life expectancy can be determined through our genes? If you want to live to be 100, you may need more than just a sound set of X and Y chromosomes passed down from your parents. Lifestyle is the most important factor in determining not only how long you live, but the quality of your long life. It turns out the people from a small island off the coast of Japan, Okinawa, have figured out a secret recipe for living to be more than 100 years old.

Scientists researching for the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Japan’s Ministry of Health have been following Okinawan’s who are older than 100 since 1976 in the Okinawa Centenarian Study (OCS) and they’ve learned that there are some very typical traits for all those who live to be so vital at such an advanced age.

Want to know the Okinawan secret to living a long, productive life? Here it is broken down into easily digestible bits:

1. Elderly Okinawans often exercise both physically and mentally.
2. Their diets are low in salt, high in fruits and vegetables, and contain plenty of fiber and antioxidantsthat protect against the major diseases of the West, including heart attack and cancer.
3. Although they consume more soy (60-120 grams daily) than almost any other population on earth, it is not GMO soy as grown in the US. Soy is high in flavanoids and is healthful when not genetically modified.
4. Okinawans don’t overeat. They have a practice called hara hachi bu, which means “8 parts out of 10, full.” They never eat so that they are stuffed, but just mostly sated. This means their daily caloric intake is far lower than ours – around 1800 calories. We westerners sometimes scarf down twice that much in a day.
5. Okinawans don’t suffer from dementia or senility as often, either, due to a diet high in vitamin E which helps keep the brain vital.
6. Elderly Okinawans are respected and kept as an integral aspect of their overall communities. They feel valued as individuals even as their age progresses and this can only benefit their mental and physiological health. Elderly members of this society express a high satisfaction level with their lives.

It isn’t just something in the water in Okinawa, but when Okinawans move away from their island and take up the western diet and lifestyle, they no longer enjoy longer lives. Within one generation of taking on our bad habits, their life-spans shorten considerably. Cancer and heart-attack rates practically double.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

“It is music and dancing 
that make me at peace with the world.”
~ Nelson Mandela ~

“I always knew that deep down in every human heart, there is mercy and generosity. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than the opposite.” 
~ Nelson Mandela ~

"Dear Human" ~ by Courtney Walsh

Dear Human:
You've got it all wrong.

You didn't come here to master unconditional love. This is where you came from and where you'll return.

You came here to learn personal love.
Universal love.
Messy love.
Sweaty Love.
Crazy love.
Broken love.
Whole love.
Infused with divinity.
Lived through the grace of stumbling.
Demonstrated through the beauty of... messing up.

You didn't come here to be perfect, you already are.

You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous.

And rising again into remembering.

But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.

Love in truth doesn't need any adjectives.
It doesn't require modifiers.
It doesn't require the condition of perfection.

It only asks you to show up.
And do your best.
That you stay present and feel fully.
That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU.

Its enough.

It's Plenty.

found on blog "Simply Blessed"

Quotes and health tip of the day... 12/5/13

He who fears something, 
gives it power over him. 
     ~ Moorish Proverb

Whenever you express discontent, 
you’re stating that someone or something 
has control over you.
     ~ Doreen Virtue

Great men are those who see 
that thoughts rule the world. 
     ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Health Tip: 4 Herbs for Anxiety and Stress ~

Lavender - Fresh lavender or even lavender essential oil is known to reduce irritability and help promote a relaxed state of mind. Put a little in your bath or keep it around the house to set a calming environment.

Chamomile - This is a good choice particularly if your stress is causing you to lose sleep. Chamomile taken as a tea can help you wind down after a particularly hectic day and get you ready for a good night’s rest.

Licorice Root - In addition to simulating relaxing chemicals in the brain, licorice root is said to normalize blood sugar and even regulate your adrenal glands. It also helps you cope with general stress. Check out some other licorice benefits. Licorice also contains a natural hormone alternative to cortisone.

St. John’s Wort – Among the most popular herbs for anxiety and stress, St. John’s Wort has also been used during the Renaissance and Victorian periods for various mental conditions and depression. It can be found in supplements or used in a tincture.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Quotes and health tip of the day... 2/4/13

“Your mind will answer most questions 
if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
     ~ William S. Burroughs

“It's a good idea always 
to do something relaxing prior to 
making an important decision in your life.”
     ~ Paulo Coelho

“You are the strongest when... at peace” 
     ~ Mario Teguh

Health Tip: A study published in a recent issue of BioMed Central Cancer and conducted by the Pearlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has once again revealed the radiation protective properties of flax seeds. The researchers noted that the protection offered by flax seeds even included repair of tissues after exposure.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Quotes and health tip of the day... 12/3/13

He who hurries can not walk with dignity. 
     ~ Chinese Proverb

Savor your time and listen to yourself very closely.
     ~ Doreen Virtue 

Feels to me like a day to let go of routine 
and let yourself be free, if only internally 
– let life happen – my hunch is it'll like that.
     ~ Stephen Russell

Health Tip: 
Top 10 ways to boost energy 
throughout the day ~ Carolanne Wright

Humor - Laughter really is the best medicine when it comes to boosting energy. Blood pressure and oxygen utilization are improved with a hearty belly laugh, which in turn perks up your day.

Gratitude - Upon waking, focus for a few minutes on all the good things in life. This positive infusion will start the day on the right foot and reduce fatigue-promoting stress.

Sunlight - While most of us tend to spend much of our lives under artificial lighting, 10 minutes or so of natural sunlight can make a world of difference in energy levels. Even sitting by a sunny window will help.

Warm up - When we are cold, the body takes this as a signal to sleep. If you are feeling chilly, throw on extra clothing or increase the heat.

Get moving - Exercise is one of the finest ways to avoid fatigue. Studies have shown that brisk movement in the morning maintains energy levels throughout the day - for up to nine hours.

Stimulating scents - If we need a boost during the day, certain essential oils can help. Lemon is one of the best. One study demonstrated that the oil significantly improved participants' mood. And when we are happy, we have more energy.

Chia seeds - Forgo the afternoon shot of espresso and sustain zest with this ancient Aztec power seed. Loaded with vitamins, fiber and protein, you won't experience energy crashes with chia.

Water - Considering that even mild dehydration promotes sleepiness, try a glass or two of water when fatigue strikes. Better yet, hydrate throughout the day to avoid the problem altogether.

Power nap - Grabbing a bit of quick shut-eye is a sure-fire way to beat an afternoon slump. Aim for 10-30 minutes. Keep in mind that napping longer than 45 minutes will increase lethargy.

Stand up - Sitting hunched over a computer for hours on end restricts the diaphragm and encourages shallow breathing, leading to drowsiness and brain-fog. By taking frequent breaks to stand, stretch and breath, we encourage heightened clarity and energy.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Quotes and health tip of the day... 12/2/13

"It's time to let go a little bit of the tight control
you have on the reigns (on yourself), 
let your fascination lead you more 
than your logic, and allow life to show off 
and surprise you with its elegance."
     ~ Stephen Russell

Stay in touch with 
the all knowing part of you.
We are all healers.
Keep up the good work!

Health Tip: Your Body Wants More!! 
More Vegetables
More Fruit
More Chewing
More Movement
More Sleep
Move Giving
More Walking
More Laughter 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

It comes as naturally as breathing...

“The earth was warm under me, 
  and warm as I crumbled it through my fingers...
  I kept as still as I could. Nothing happened. 
  I did not expect anything to happen. 
  I was something that lay under the sun 
  and felt it, like the pumpkins, 
  and I did not want to be anything more. 
  I was entirely happy.  
  I became a part of something entire, 
  whether it is sun and air, 
  or goodness and knowledge. 
  At any rate, that is happiness; 
  to be dissolved into something complete and great. 
  When it comes to one, 
  it comes as naturally as breathing.” 

~ adapted, Willa Cather