Why Diets Don't Work!

We've All Tried The Fad Diets...

and the weight loss drinks and eating salads every day...and ... and... why can't I find something that really works to lose these extra pounds?! If this sounds like you then...

Read on to learn some reasons why! 

Losing weight and maintaining that optimal weight isn't something a fad diet will fix, sure you might lose a little weight but how much did you gain back as soon as you stopped that diet? 

The answer isn't a simple one and this isn't the place to dive deep into the complexities. Here I'll talk about the simple answer.

All too often fad diets and detoxes are designed to drop 1-11 lbs of water weight and fecal matter. Yea, I said it...poop. Many people have a whole lot of extra weight because they don't empty their bowels daily. (Which is one reason for chronic illnesses and acne, but that's a different post). 

When you stick with a fad diet for a month or so or you do a 1-7 day detox it will cause your body to...

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Are You Vitamin 'D-ficient'?

Well, it's here...the winter season is in full swing

this means many of us are staying indoors more to avoid the cold temperatures and biting winds. Which sounds like a good idea, right? 

Yes, this does reduce the exposure to those blustery days but it also can cause some health issues. According to the journal Nutrition Research, close to 42% of the adults in the U.S. are low in Vit D throughout the year with this number rising during the winter months. I would guess this is true especially here in the midwest where the humidity levels are higher which makes the lower temperatures feel much colder. 

Harvard School of Public Health says being deficient in Vit D may increase the risk of some chronic diseases like osteoporosis, heart disease, ms and some cancers. And it can lower the immune system making it easier to get the seasonal flu.

Vit D is made by the body with exposure to natural sunlight. 

If you can take a short walk outside a couple of...

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Are You Reaching Your Wellness Goals?

If You Aren't Reaching Your Wellness Goals You Need To Look At These 5 Areas More Closely 

PRANA - A Life-Giving Force is an acronym I have used to build a successful wellness program. I've found if one of these areas is missing or lacking often it is hard to reach and maintain any goal you have set for yourself,  especially when it comes to Health, Happiness, and overall Wellbeing. 

I've been in the Wellness business since the early '90s and I've tried many ideas and programs that seem like they would help me go through my day without pain and keeping a genuine smile on my face. 

Not long after the birth of my second child when busyness and stress were at their highest in my world I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The medical community doesn't know much about this syndrome and in the 80's they knew even less about it. What they were offering as treatment didn't work for me so I went on a quest to live a happy life free from pain. 

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I Am Carrying An Extra 42 lbs Around... What! Why?

Could You Be Carrying Around an Extra 42 lbs and Not Even Know It? 

Yes, yes you could be. It doesn't seem right a person could be carrying around 42 extra pounds and not even know it! But it is happing all around us every day and it could be happening to you. 

No, it's not from body fat either! 

Most American's have some form of 'forward head posture' due to poor posture in general but mostly due to working at a computer, sitting in front of a TV, or looking down at the phone.

I struggle with this because I worked as a massage therapist for nearly 25 years and I have a long neck, to begin with. I have done strengthen exercises and done some lengthening of my chest and anterior neck through the years by not nearly enough to correct my bad posture. I'm no different than most other people I am a spurtter I do things in spurts. I notice my head being out of alignment from my spine and I start doing all the things I know to do to correct it and then life...

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Don't Put It Down, Put It Away

A Cluttered Life Equals a Cluttered Mind

Princeton University Neuroscience Institute has been researching how clutter affects our mind and productivity. What they've learned is worthwhile hearing about. 

This came from the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience;

Multiple stimuli present in the visual field at the same time compete for neural representation by mutually suppressing their evoked activity throughout the visual cortex, providing a neural correlate for the limited processing capacity of the visual system.

It's hard to focus if your surroundings have a lot going on. The clutter inhibits the brains' ability to process information. It distracts and confuses the mind. 

How does this happen? Good question! It appears that clutter or a busy environment 'competes' for attention. You see it in your peripheral vision so your mind wants to check it out even when you know what it is. This constant 'noise' which is always there vying...

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4 Stretches Before Getting Out of Bed


Move Through Your Day With Confidence 

Want to feel great throughout the whole day? Ya! Sign Me Up! 

We all know when you feel good you look better, when you look better you act better and how you act gets translated into how you carry yourself. 

Doing these 4 simple stretches before getting out of bed each morning can improve how you feel and build your confidence. The way you carry yourself is central to how you move through your day. When you have a flexible body you have a flexible mind. Little things don't seem to bother you and bigger things can be given the response they need instead of reacting out of frustrations or old habits. 

Give these stretches a try each and every morning for the next 30 days. Be sure to write down how you feel in body, mind, and spirit before you start on day 0. Then reassess on day 15 and finally on day 30. 

If you like to journal then do it more often, but if you are like me and think the concept of journaling is...

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10 Tips For The 2017 Solar Eclipse

Are you as excited as I am about the solar eclipse coming this Monday 21st? 

My glasses at the ready I have my place picked out, depending on the weather and I'm looking forward to a thrilling two minutes. 

Haha, it seems funny to put such effort into two minutes, but I really am looking forward to experiencing this eclipse! Have you looked at any of the photos that have been taken from past solar eclipse? They are beautiful! I am very hopeful to see something like these. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/online-gallery/solar-eclipse-pictures/. If you scroll down you'll see several awesome photos. My favorites are from 2008 and 2016. I especially like 2016 in Indonesia. 

If you haven't planned out your location to view it, here is a link to its path across the USA. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/nasa-looks-to-the-solar-eclipse-to-help-understand-the-earth-s-energy-system The total eclipse will be 70 miles wide. If you are planning on going to a...

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How Do You Want To Age?

Let's face it. Each day we are another day older. Time goes on and we can't do anything about that...or...can we? 

I say YES WE CAN!! 

Ok, I know I can't really stop time, but I do believe I can age much slower. It has been proven again and again for many years that we are what we eat. We have been shown how eating refined sugars will age us faster, I've read that consuming refined sugar rusts our body from the inside out!! YIKES! Now that's a visual that stuck with me. 

We have been hearing more about how processed foods are very low in the nutrition we need to stay vibrant and healthy. 

The outrageous intake of pop/cola in our diet blows my mind!! Why? Because as far as I can read on the label it has nothing real in it! Nothing from a whole food group. They are packed with sugar or sugar substitutes. Now, don't get me wrong, I really like root beer, and ginger ale. I make it, yes make it! I use real sarsaparilla and sassafras in root beer, that's how it...

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CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO! Do You Have A Minute To Change Your Brain!

It Really Only Takes A Minute A Day To Change How Your Brain Works! 

I'm a big fan of meditation. Any style from any teacher is OK by me. I know there are hundreds of people around our world teaching meditation. And of course, I have only been exposed to a few of them. But the ones I've seen are all able to transform your life by helping you become aware of your thought patterns, your habits of reacting to life. Your beliefs.  

Meditation should help you quiet the outside noise so you can 'watch' and 'listen' to your own thoughts and feelings. Once you become more familiar with them you will begin to notice what you are thinking during the day to day life activities. This then helps you realize patterns of your thoughts, like how you feel about being stuck in traffic, or standing in line at the bank, or watching the news. After you've been paying attention to your thoughts for a while you will begin to notice them and your feelings before you speak. THIS is when your life...

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3 Tips To Survive A Summer Cold On Vacation!

I Made It! I'm Finally Here at Yosemite to Hike Amongst Our Elders...

I have wanted to hike in the forests of the oldest and biggest trees in North America for so long and I'm finally here!! But, I'm sick. I have the worst summer cold, you know the one with a raging sore throat, fever and annoying cough. Plus the achy body where all you want to do is hide in a dark room. Yeah, that one. But I've planned this week out. I have the reservations across most of central California. And I'm going to enjoy myself! Here's what I did. 

Flying into San Fransisco, going to Alcatraz and wondering the wharfs then up to wine country and then into the forest of our elders. Those majestic beautiful trees that have seen and been through so much of the history of humans here in the Pacific North West.   

But...I don't feel much like hiking miles, mostly straight up to see her wonders. Or driving hundreds of miles from the coast inward on never ending winding roads....

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