Monthly Archives: December 2014
When we think about hormones, we generally think of puberty & menopause…but our hormones affect us constantly. Great article to help you check for these obvious signs that your hormones could be out of whack.
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Is your life feeling out of balance?
No matter what we use as criteria when it comes to experiencing balance in our lives, we have certain needs that need to be filled throughout our lives and the more balanced our fulfillment of these needs, the smoother our boat will sail and the closer to balance we will get.
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (the school which I graduated from) calls it “primary foods.”
Maslow called it a hierarchy of needs
Anthony Robbins called it a wheel
I call it a pie.
Whatever we call it, it all comes down to balance. If our life is not in balance then we are in trouble.
This is what I imagine a balanced life to include…
Self actualization (morality, creativity, problem solving,learning, lack of prejudice and acceptance of facts)
Esteem (self esteem, confidence, respect)
Love and belonging (friendship, family and intimacy)
Safety (security of body, health, family, property, employment, resources and morality)
Physiological (breathing, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion)
Everyone can rank these in a different order of importance. At the same time, we may each rank them differently at different times in our lives. What is certain? If one of the above is lacking and another is over emphasized, then we are out of balance.
Anthony Robbins does an exercise with a wheel representing career, physical, spiritual and financial. We have to rank each by “how it is going.” Visually we are able to see, for example, that we are doing great financially and physically, but perhaps not spiritually or career-wise. If we are out of balance, our wheel will not roll.
The truth is, we can fix what we eat. We can eat more greens and get rid of processed foods, but if we don’t take care of the other areas of our life, we will still not experience balanced health and happiness. You can be completely healthy with your diet yet still feel imbalanced.
To help you see the topics more clearly, take a look at the following basic needs and ways of fulfillment.
Self Actualization (morality, creativity, problem solving, learning, lack of prejudice and an acceptance of facts)
- Prayer, Thoughtfulness, Meditation
Esteem (self esteem, confidence, respect)
Love and Belonging (friendship, family and intimacy)
- Relationship building
Safety (security of body, health, family, property, employment, resources and morality)
- Environmental safety
- Health & well being
- Job Security
- Career growth
- Financial empowerment
- Environmental preservation
- Ethics and morality
Physiological (breathing, environmental, food, water, sex, sleep, homeostasis, excretion)
- Clean air, meditation, breathing exercise
- Environmental impact on health and well being through design (ex. bringing nature into the home, healthy light, smart space)
- PH Balance
- Losing weight
- Better Digestion
- Super foods
- Aloe Vera
- Bee Products
- Camu Camu Berry
- Goji Berries
- Incan Berries
- Marine Phytoplankton
- Raw Nutrition
- Juicing vs. Blending
- Nuts and Seeds
- Exercise and fitness
- Water, the amount and cleanliness
- Intimacy as a physical need
- Amount and quality of sleep
- Bodily function, sight, hearing, pain
- Illness and healing
We will be adding to this and focusing on each topic as total wellness. Look forward to future blogs on each line item and broken down even further for more tips on how to improve the quality of our lives. If anyone has any categories they would add to each need, please comment below.
Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist. Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.
To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com
How are you feeling after the holidays? I know that we still have one more to go before they are truly behind us…but I am already feeling like I’m done with them. I’m ready to take on 2015!!
Have you heard about eating right for your blood type? Many people believe that we will be our healthiest if we eat the foods recommended for our blood type. I have to say that I feel best when I eat according to what this says for my blood type.
Try it, and see what happens.
Good morning world! Today is a brand new chance to make a difference!
What is something that we all have, often don’t acknowledge and probably don’t fully understand?
The answer is feelings (I bet the giant hint above helped you with this answer!)
Almost all of us know when we have been cut, burned or scratched. Physical feelings are pretty easy for all of us to ascertain. It is emotional feelings that seem to baffle us the most. We need to communicate our feelings and the fact that we don’t understand them makes it pretty difficult. This leads to many of our communication problems; how can we eloquently communicate something we just don’t get?
Feelings are something that you are aware of through the mind or through the senses that is not connected with sight, hearing, taste, or smell.
Sometimes we try to stop feeling when it is uncomfortable. This can make us really tired and further confused. Feelings need to be acknowledged, sometimes spoken and released. The Feeling Wheel (above) sits in black and white on my bookcase. It is folded and tattered from lots of sharing, reading, transporting and love. It helps us identify the layers of underlying feelings. I was glad to find a prettier version of it on the internet. I know it is from a book, but mine was just a copy with holes for a binder. If anyone reading this knows of its origin, I would love to know! This wheel is used by a lot of counselors because understanding our feelings leads to an even greater emotional health.
Once we understand a feeling, we can get to the next step to either create and enjoy the feeling, communicate it better, change the value that influenced it or to move on and change the situation to eliminate the cause of the bad feelings. This wheel is similar to a color wheel! It shows the opposite feeling opposite ends of the wheel. For example gratitude is a peaceful feeling and peaceful feelings are the opposite of scared. This wheel is a great tool to use to get in touch with your true emotions!
Today, I am feeling thankful, cheerful, and intelligent and truthfully a teeny bit scared that I am not going to get all my work done! I am also feeling loved and loving which gives me mostly peaceful emotions. Maybe if I get all my work done I will feel powerful too!
Written by Karen Davis
Changes I have made, yet to be made and current goals toward stress relief: A one year progress report!
Welcome! This is the written recording of my journey to an overall healthier lifestyle. I will provide you lists of references and books that have helped me to get where I am today. You can see my grand victories, my funny adventures and my silly mistakes. I am one year into my transformation and have made many of all of those. From accomplishments, funny stories and silly mistakes. The theme of my journey is progress not perfection. I am not expecting perfection from myself. I am striving for overall progress; slow and easy continuous progress.
These are the changes I have made to date:
1. Cut out pork & red meats
2. 75% raw
3. No processed foods
4. No processed sugars
5. No gluten
6. No caffeine
7. No soda
After a while I noticed other things that I was doing that are also unhealthy. My hair color, nail polish, deodorant, clothing fabrics, body lotions, face creams all became noticeable. I am a holistic health coach so I am very aware of the things in my environment that I should stay away from. I will go into further detail with a blog on those things at a later date. I am currently working on the things that I just listed. Vanity is preventing immediate changes in everything. I am working toward it though.
1. I switched my deodorant to an enzyme deodorant however; I am not impressed. Especially during the hot summer in a silk dress. So, if anyone has deodorant suggestions I would love to hear them. I am also looking into making my own deodorant (as long as it’s effective!)
2. I have given up chemical-filled hair colors. There are still hair colors available for use.
3. I love breathable polyester for workouts. I should reevaluate that. I have a natural tendency toward “real” fabrics like cotton, wool, linen and silk. I love the new hemp products that are available.
4. I love EO’s (essential oils) and am currently taking a course to help me understand the MANY valuable uses of EO’s and how to make products myself.
5. I try to stay away from all chemical cleaners. (LOL to be honest that is not a struggle for me.) But I am learning how to make healthy, great smelling cleaning products with EO’s! I do not dry clean.
6. I have learned quite a bit about how herbs can be used to prevent illness, keep our colds/flus from getting as bad as they would without them, and they don’t have any of the negative consequences that some OTC medicines do. I’ve made some great cough syrups, ginger candies and herbal lip balm. And I’m looking forward to having a whole medicine cabinet full of these great, homemade items!
I have my hands full with the food changes and stress relief. I am going to commit to making gradual changes to the list of 6 above. I will make more of a committed effort next year. I believe that it is a mistake to take on more than what we can reasonably handle. Again it is important to be realistic with ourselves and practice slow growth and betterment. One to thing things at a time.
Now that a healthy lifestyle is comfortable and natural, my main goal is to eliminate stress. I will continue to add one new recipe a week to my cache and learn from all my new sources. My main focus will be to relieve stress with the following:
1. Pinpoint the things that cause stress in my life by daily journaling and then going back and highlighting anything stressful in my day.
2. Continuing daily exercise of 30-60 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes 3 times weekly strength training.
3. Praying and spending a minimum of 30 minutes daily quietly with God.
4. Practicing Reiki and other stress reducing activities. (I am signed up for 10 yoga sessions; we will see how that goes.)
5. 30 minutes minimum daily learning, reading and growing spiritually.
6. Very limited political news.
7. Very limited television.
8. 1/2 hour daily reading and talking extra time with my loved ones.
9. 2 nights of dancing a week with my fiance.
10. Nightly walk after dinner.
11. Community contribution and involvement through my volunteer work with animals and veterans.
12. Steps to reduce stress in my business by eliminating stressful associations and relying more on trusted and reliable people.
13. Eliminating superfluous household items, furniture and people in my life.
I know that I have a lot on my list. Who would have ever thought that eliminating stress in our lives would have so many opportunities!
-written by Karen Davis
When we think of people who have made incredible contributions to the world we often think of John Kennedy, Jr., Paul Neumann, Princess Diana and Bill Phillips. These are all people who didn’t have to make a difference in the lives of others but they chose to. It filled a need in them.
“There is a remarkable connection between living a kinder, more generous life,
and living a happier and healthier one.” Bill Phillips
One good thing to know is that a good deed is not good unless it is done with no expectation of reciprocation. The truth is that you may never get monetary reciprocation but something happens within you that is irreplaceable when you give to others with a completely selfless heart and intention.
Clear back to the earliest civilizations, it has been understood that greater happiness comes from giving. Whether it is Socrates, Buddha or Jesus, the message has been clear; to live a good life, happiness comes from integrity, simplicity and generosity. We have a better sense of self when we are giving.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs shows contribution as a basic need. Alcoholics Anonymous is a perfect example, part of the program is to help each other, and it is through this that it works.
“Alcoholics Anonymous, subtitled The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism, is called the “Big Book” in AA circles. First printed in 1939 (now in its 2001 fourth edition), the opening segment of this spiritual-moral treatment manual begins with the words “We of Alcoholics Anonymous.” The essence of the program is captured in the passage, “we work out our solution on the spiritual as well as an altruistic plane,…”(2001, p. xxvi). Nowhere is the word “I” to be found because self-preoccupation is considered the root of the problem. Grandiosity is replaced by anonymity and humility. Any solution lies in the “we” of fellowship centered on a Higher Power, and the recognition that “I” cannot rescue myself (p. 201).” Psychology Today
What it all boils down to, is that over consumption of anything brings unhappiness and sharing and giving can bring us happiness and balance in our lives. We can volunteer time, talent and/or treasure.
One of the most important parts of sharing is not to give more than what you have which can be a temptation once you enjoy the feeling it brings and can lead to over consumption in its own right. Another is to give but not to take on another person’s burdens. In Stephen Ministry they show a slide with a little stick man helping someone out of a muddy hole, he extended a hand and helped him out. In the second slide, the little stick man got into the hole with the person and then they were both stuck.
During the holidays, or any time of year, a good practice is to have a daily kindness challenge. The hard part is that the kindness can not include money. So, if it is a monetary contribution, it does not count.
Here are some ideas of ways you can give:
- Listen to someone’s story without interruption
- Call an elderly and lonely relative and just listen to them even if they say something over and over.
- Listen to someone vent and don’t try to fix it. Just listen.
- Listen while someone tries to teach you something you don’t want to learn.
- Be empathetic to someone who is struggling with something.
- Be kind to the checker and the bank teller.
- Compliment someone.
- Express gratitude to someone for things you may normally take for granted.
- Forgive someone who has hurt you.
- Give someone comfort without judgment.
- Look for the good in others even if they don’t seem so good to you.
- Drive and/or accompany someone someplace that they don’t like to attend alone.
- Give in and let your partner watch hockey without complaining.
- Go out of your way to make a thoughtful remark.
- Empower someone.
- Say no when you know you should (especially to children), even if it causes you inconvenience to do so.
If you do have some extra cash be sure the charity you are donating it to, will be using it wisely. Investigate to see how they spend that money and what percentage goes to the administration and how much goes to the actual need.
Feel good…and give! ❤
Written by Karen Davis