Tuesday, July 13, 2010

22 ways to shed stress

A few great ideas for destressing on the cheap! Click here.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Excerpt from Steve Seater's newsletter

By Steve Seater, MA, CN, CNC, CPT
Total Wellness: What is it? How do you get it?

Have heart burn? Maybe you are low on Prilosec. Your cholesterol is high. Well it's probably because you aren't on a statin drug like Lipitor or Mevacor. But the truth is if you aren't feeling well or if you are showing signs of having health problems it very likely has nothing at all to do with a lack of pharmaceuticals and everything to do with the lifestyle you've chosen.

Actually our bodies have a tremendous capacity to heal and to maintain an optimal state of health without taking powerful prescription drugs. This is not to say that pharmaceuticals are not effective in treating disease, but rather that they are used far too much and often do not get at the real causes of disease conditions, not to mention the fact that they can be quite dangerous. For instance, an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that between 100,000 and 125,000 people die annually from reactions to properly prescribed FDA approved drugs. This is about four times the number of Americans who died in the Vietnam War.

The health care practiced in the US today is actually symptom relief medicine when it should really be preventive or wellness medicine. Most physicians actually practice sick care, which is fine for those of us who are sick. Our aim, however, should be not to get sick.

...A diet of whole foods such as raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, whole grain breads and cereals that is low in sweets, and products made from white flour such as pasta is best. Red meat and poultry should be kept to a minimum, unless it is free ranging and organic, and fish should replace them as much as possible. Alcohol must be kept to about an ounce and a half per day if one must drink at all and smoking should be avoided completely.

An hour of vigorous exercise a day is about right for most people. Exercise should be mostly aerobic in nature and can be as simple as a brisk walk.

Stress can elevate corticosteroid and epinephrine levels which often lead to an immunosuppressed state, leaving a person susceptible to disease. Exercise is one good way to cope with high stress levels.

Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation are other ways to deal with stress. ...
It has also been shown that people who feel a sense of accomplishment through the work they do are also healthier and more likely to have long lives than those who hate their work and feel that what they do is futile.

Steve Seater, CPT, CNC, CN, is a life long fitness enthusiast with a strong interest in holistic nutrition and wellness. He is a certified nutritionist (CN), and a certified nutrition consultant (CNC), a certified personal trainer (CPT) and a certified spinning instructor.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Twenty Ways to Get Happier

This little article has twenty tips to lift your mood during winter!

Monday, January 25, 2010

self-care = vitality = resilience

More great tips from Sandy Davis!

Great self-care is the source of bountiful vitality. And vitality is the wellspring of personal resilience.

The sequence goes like this: Great self-care generates vitality, and vitality generates greater resilience. Vitality, therefore, is the causal link between self-care and increased resilience. You can’t get from the first to the last without going through the middle.

What this implies is that exceptional resilience is a by-product of having an abundance of vitality. If you want to increase your resilience, what you need to focus on is finding daily ways to increase and sustain your own vitality.

If you want to increase your vitality, you cannot sit still and simply think your way to having more energy and stamina. You have to take action. You have to start to actually take great care of yourself in a committed and ongoing manner.

When you intentionally start to take great care of your body, your mind, and your spirit, you will start to increase your vitality in delightful and rewarding ways. The predictable by-product of this positive shift is that you will also become more resilient. You will become more adept at meeting challenges, handling disruptions, and minimizing stress. And you will learn to handle whatever comes your way with more power, creativity, and grace.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Quotes from King

Rev. King went from being listed as "public enemy number one" in the 1960's-as an outspoken voice for human rights and against the war in South East Asia-- to becoming a national hero with a holiday dedicated to him in the 1980's. In Dec. of 1999, a jury in Memphis, Tennessee found local, state, and federal "government agencies" guilty of planning the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

"I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society."
--Excerpted from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence at Riverside Church 4 April 1967

"In a real sense all life is inter-related. All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny... I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be."
--Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear, only love can do that.
Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."
-- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 14, 2010