Creatively Coping with COVID-19

Creatively Coping with COVID19

Be Active

Rather than thinking of all the things you aren’t able to do, why not focus on activities you can take part in. Consider the following:

  • Spring cleaning - you’ve got no excuse to put it off. :-) You’re home and can’t go anywhere. When your house is clean and tidy you’ll feel better. It’s a fact!
  • Cooking and baking - try new recipes. You most likely have more time than usual to prepare meals. Take advantage of that. Make meal preparation a family affair. (Try the recipe below from the Forks Over Knives magazine.)
  • Get outside - regardless of where you live, practice social distancing while you’re outdoors. Go fo a walk, enjoy a hike in the woods, go for a bike ride, fly a kite, or whatever. Fresh air and physical activity will help you feel better.
  • Go for a drive - take a joy ride and go see the sights via car. Order take-out to pick up while you are out or pack a lunch.
  • House project or renovation...
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DIY Body Wash

 

Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on the label of store bought body wash? You may be surprised to learn it contains toxins. These may include:

  • Fragrance (parfum): found in just about everything if it has a scent 
  • Parabens and anything that ends with “paraben”: found in cosmetics, shower products, lotions, and more
  • Sulfate Compounds: found in most skincare and cosmetics and skincare products including shampoo, body washes, and facial cleansers
  • Triclosan or Triclocarban: found in liquid soaps, toothpaste, laundry detergents, shampoos, and etc 

You don’t want to be putting those on your body every day. Instead, make your own body wash. This simple recipe is easy to make and contains natural ingredients. It uses essential oils to make it smell nice and to nourish the skin.

Items You’ll Need:

  • 4oz bottle
  • Unscented liquid Castile soap, Dr Bonner’s or other brand
  • Essential oils
  • You could add Vitamin E oil and/or Jojoba oil to...
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Be Fit For Life

Just like changing your diet, implementing, and sticking to, a fitness regimen can be quite challenging. If you don’t currently have one in place, now is the time to start. Exercise provides many benefits to your body both physically and mentally. 

If morning is the best time for you to exercise but you hit the snooze button every time the alarm goes off, use Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule. When the alarm sounds, count 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and get up. That’s the amount of time it takes your brain to change your mind about doing something. Purchase a dawn simulator so it’s light in your room even if the sun hasn’t come up yet. Your body will think it is time to get up because it is light. 

It is recommended that adults get 30 minutes of high intensity aerobic activity 5 times a week or 90 minutes of moderate aerobic activity. If you aren’t physically able to perform the recommended amount of exercise, then start from where you are and build up to...

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Eat For Your Health

Changing how you eat can be one of the most difficult tasks to undertake. Until you change how you think about food and the relationship you have with it, the harder it will be to implement dietary changes. Start viewing food as a source of fuel for your body instead of something that brings you pleasure.

Consider this, 7 out of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States have a strong link to nutrition. They are heart disease, cancer, lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. You have the ability to improve your health by changing your diet.

The Standard American Diet Is:

  • High in saturated and hydrogenated fats
  • High in animals fats
  • Low in fiber
  • Low in fruits and vegetables
  • Highly processed
  • Low in complex carbohydrates

Good Nutrition Is:

  • Balance of fats, carbs and protein from good, healthy sources
  • Not saturated fats, low animal fat
  • Complex carbs - high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant compounds
  • ...
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Creating a Toxin Free Home

We live in a toxic world. Water, air, food, and the environment at large are full of harmful chemicals. Synthetic, man-made chemicals are in many household cleaning and personal care products we use every day. They are found in antiperspirants, makeup, toilet bowl cleaner, skin care products, air fresheners, candles, and more. 

To rid your home of toxins you need to know what they are. Below is a non-inclusive list to help you get started. These ingredients may be linked to infertility, obesity, cancer, thyroid problems, birth defects, migraines, allergies, and more. 

Common Household Toxins

  • Aluminum (or aluminum derivatives): commonly found in antiperspirants and deodorants 
  • Ammonia: found in cleaners that shine bathroom fixtures, glass, sinks, and jewelry
  • Boric acid: commonly found in cosmetics, laundry detergent, pesticides, and medications
  • Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA, or anything with “butyl” listed): commonly found in makeup, cosmetics,...
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Get Started on the Road to Wellness

natural health wellness Jan 16, 2020

This is the first blog in a series on wellness.  Upcoming entries will focus on: diet, fitness, emotions, and your home environment. You are encouraged to assess behaviors related to each area and decide if there are any you’d like to change. Or, are there new practices you’d like to start?

What is wellness? The definition is, the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as a result of a deliberate effort. Or, an approach to health care that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.

Awareness

First and most important, KNOW YOUR BODY. In order to promote wellness you must be aware of your current state of health. Where you are starting from?

Make a list of:

  • Challenges you’ve experienced related to nutrition, fitness, sleep, emotions or environmental safety
  • Things you’ve tried to do
  • Any that have worked
  • Any that have not worked

Review your list and pick...

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Exercise for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Recent research has found that exercise and physical activity can help prevent some cancers and help some cancer survivors live longer. The information was released in a report, Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors. The panel of researchers found that cancer related symptoms may be affected by performing moderate aerobic exercise, resistance training or both.

The evidence based recommendations include:

  • Exercise, for all adults, is important for cancer prevention. It lowers the risk of seven common types of cancer: colon, breast, endometrial, kidney, bladder, esophagus, and stomach. 
  • Exercising after being diagnosed with breast, colorectal, or prostate cancer may help reduce the chance of recurrence and improve survival.
  • Exercise during and after cancer treatment improves fatigue, anxiety, depression, physical function, and quality of life and does not exacerbate lymphedema. 

Other findings include:

  • When it comes to prevention, higher levels of physical activity are...
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Identifying and Managing Stress

emotional health wellness Dec 12, 2019

Stress is a natural occurrence. It’s impossible to eliminate, but an overabundance can reek havoc on your physical and emotional health. Developing a natural way to relieve stress and manage it, as much as possible, is key to reaching and maintaining overall wellness.

IDENTIFY STRESSORS

Determine what causes you stress. Is it work, family gatherings and obligations, shopping for the “right” gift, travel, work, or etc? Spend some time analyzing the things that make you feel anxious. Consider writing them down and reflecting on them.

STRESS INDUCED ACTIVITIES

What self sabotaging activities do you engage in when you’re feeling stressed out? Do you engage in any of the following, or some other activity: eating, drinking, yelling, binge watching the Hallmark channel, shopping, or sleeping? Bring awareness to how you react to stress and how it affects you. 

WAYS TO ALLEVIATE STRESS

There are a variety of actions you can take to handle unwanted...

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Healthy Holiday Tips

Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

It’s easy for your healthy lifestyle to get derailed during the holidays. There are parties, celebrations and gatherings galore. To stay on track, make a point of implementing the following tips.

Rest and Recharge

  • Do your best to get 7+ hours of sleep a night. The proper amount of sleep will have a positive effect on you both physically and mentally.
  • Schedule quiet time into each day. Decide on a time of day that works for you and stick to it. You only need to set aside about 15 minutes. Use that time to relax and reflect.
  • Consider doing one of the following: meditate, write or recite what you are grateful for, listen to a motivational or inspirational podcast.
  •  Identify and participate in relaxing activities. Make a point of planning and doing things that are fun and bring you joy. Think of activities that you enjoyed during the holidays when you were a kid. Make a point to do them and share them with someone.
  • Schedule a massage,...
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Prevent or Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

In the past couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure to talk to two people who are managing their diabetes, type 2, with diet and exercise. One individual has lost 60 pounds this year and they both no longer need medication. How is this possible?

Many of the choices we make every day affect our health. It’s a matter of whether you want to manage your wellness naturally, when it is possible, or take medication. Both people I spoke with are being very intentional about their health. They have altered their diet and have made significant changes in patterns of behavior.

Dr. Michael Greger on his website nutritionfacts.org shares, “We’ve known since the 1930s that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, arrested, and even reversed with a plant-based diet. Within five years of following the diet, about a quarter of the diabetic patients in that early study were able to get off insulin altogether.”

Dr. Greger further explains that meat may play a role in increasing...

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