My blogging hiatus

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As some of you may have noticed, I took a hiatus from blogging last week.  It wasn’t really planned, it just kindof happened.  My nephews were in town for the week, life had been very busy for a while, and I was feeling overwhelmed with everything on my plate.  Blogging just didn’t make the cut for the week, but now I’m feeling more rejuvenated and ready to give you an update on what I’ve been up to. Continue reading

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Live the Life You Want

Occasionally, in the middle of blogging, working, seeing clients for my externship, and sleeping, I have time to read an article or two from someone else’s blog.  One blog that I sometimes frequent is “Well”, a health and wellness blog that’s part of the New York Times.  It’s a good way to keep up with some of the health topics that mainstream media is talking about, and I enjoy the variety of subjects they cover.  The other day I saw the post “Overcoming a Heart Condition to Win Olympic Gold”, and my intereste was immediately piqued. Continue reading

The Yin and Yang of Disease

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Lately I’ve been reading a book that some of you may already be familiar with, it’s called “The Web that Has No Weaver”.  It’s an introduction to understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine and the ways that it looks at diseases differently than Western medicine.  I’m only into the first couple of chapters, but so far, its been quite interesting. Continue reading

When Balance Just Isn’t Possible

I’m getting closer to the end of my crazy week, but until then, enjoy some of my favorite posts from days gone by.  I promise I’ll have some fresh content next week!  Today this post feels especially timely to me.

We talk a lot in the wellness movement about balance, the art of keeping all aspects of your life in proper perspective, not neglecting one area for another.  It’s an important concept, and when you’re able to live that way, you tends to feel calmer, more relaxed, and, well, balanced.  But life has seasons that may demand us to pay more attention to one aspect than usual, and in those times, balance goes out the window.  I feel like I’m in one of those seasons right now.  I’ve been working hard on my certification for 9 months now, trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it.  However, its required me to make some adjustments in how I spend my time.  In the past when I’ve gone through seasons of imbalance, I burned the candle at both ends, trying to still keep up with everything I felt I needed to do, not acknowledging that some things were less important.  As a result, my body was thrown into adrenal fatigue, and I was forced to slow down.  I’m mostly past that, but the lesson was well learned.  This time around, I’ve made a list of priorities to get me through this time, and everything else has been placed on hold.  While this list looks different for everyone, here’s the things I’ve chosen to focus on to keep myself from doing too much. Continue reading

Rome wasn’t built in a day…or…Change is hard, so take it slow.

I’ve been getting questions lately from my readers about how to actually transition to a real foods diet.  What does it actually look like, and where do you start?  It can sometimes be daunting, and even discouraging.  Different people say some foods are good while others say they’re bad.  There’s the fight between those who say local produce is better than organic produce, and more and more people talking about how our soils are depleted and we aren’t getting as many nutrients from fruits and vegetables as we used to.  Do you have to find a farmer in order to get quality meats?  What if there isn’t one near you?  Or you can’t afford it?  Today, I’d like to talk about some easy, practical steps to take on your health journey, and encourage you that you don’t have to totally revamp your diet overnight in order to reap the benefits.

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The Five Elements of Wellness: An Introduction

You’ve heard of the movie, The Fifth Element, right?  You know, where Bruce Willis runs around with a crazy redhead trying to save the universe? He finally finds all the five elements, lines them up in their proper places, and saves the day in the nick of time.  Well, whether you saw the movie or not, you’re probably familiar with the concept of the five elements; together they form the world around us and create balance.  There’s five elements to wellness too, though, thankfully, no space travel or crazy outfits required. Continue reading