Category Archives: STRESS FREE

Want to be endlessly happy? Practice this!

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Want to know my simple secret to happiness?

Gratitude.

Yes, it’s really that simple!

It is very beneficial to write down the things in your life for which you are grateful.  It can be as simple as a beautiful flower you saw on a walk or as profound as the love you have for your family. It can instantly put you in a new state of happiness and awareness of all your blessings.  When you do this on a day that is particularly trying, it actually has the power to change the direction of your entire day!

There is nothing more powerful to change your perspective than to be grateful.

Life is always presenting challenges and ups and downs. We are constantly living with a challenge, getting past a challenge or starting a challenge.  Our character and strength have continuous opportunities to grow.

Sometimes it is hard to understand why we have these challenges. Some examples might be:

  • Why does my friend have cancer?
  • Why do small children become sick and suffer?
  • Why is that customer so difficult to deal with?

Regardless of the scope or size of the challenge, there is always one thing challenges have in common: the opportunity to grow. No matter how bad things are in our lives, there is always a reason to be grateful. By focusing on our purpose and blessings, we are able to put the negativity in its place.  When the negative becomes our sole focus that is what we will find, and we will become self involved and swallowed up by the problems.

By focusing on what is good and right in our life, the bad things recede and become smaller and we experience an opportunity for growth.

A prayer of gratitude:

Be Thankful

    Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,

    If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

    Be thankful when you don’t know something

    For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

    Be thankful for the difficult times.

    During those times you grow.

    Be thankful for your limitations

    Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

    Be thankful for each new challenge

    Because it will build your strength and character.

    Be thankful for your mistakes

    They will teach you valuable lessons.

    Be thankful when you’re tired and weary

    Because it means you’ve made a difference.

    It is easy to be thankful for the good things.

    A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are

    also thankful for the setbacks.

    GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.

    Find a way to be thankful for your troubles

    and they can become your blessings.

    ~ Author Unknown ~

Gratitude list for the day….

I am grateful for abundance today…

the sunshine

bright ideas

little hugs and BIG good mornings

opportunities

friends

I’d love to hear how gratitude shifted a negative or bad day for you? Share with me below.

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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

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Prayer, Thoughtfulness, Meditation

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There are a lot of people who live day to day and without a real purpose.

Are you one of those people? Ask yourself and answer honestly. No judgment, just curiosity.

We just do what we are supposed to do and want for more.

Many people just don’t see that there is something deeper and more meaningful to life.  We try to be the prettiest we can be, with a good body, nice hairstyle, the biggest television, a grand home and fancy cars.  We are always wanting more.  Instead of looking at the exterior things, we would be wise to look inside ourselves. 

 

“The accouterments of life were so rich and varied, so elaborated, that almost no place at all was left for life itself. Each and every accessory was so costly and beautiful that it had an existence above and beyond the purpose it was meant to serve – confusing the observer and absorbing attention.”
― Thomas Mann

Prayer and meditation not only bring you closer to God, they provide health benefits.  In tests, people who prayed (meditated) for a minimum of two weeks not only showed reduced stress but they also had a stronger immune system, better sleep, a better heart rate and lower blood pressure.   In addition to this, the test subjects also had better mental capacity with an improved memory and better test performance.

When you add spiritual actions like forgiveness and gratitude, your mind becomes clearer and more open to growth and prayer.

Meditation is not exclusively an Eastern spiritual tradition, like some people think.  Going back to the earliest of times, it is a Christian and Jewish tradition as well.  Meditation has something to offer all beliefs.  Instead of chanting Hindu mantras, you simply pray as you would in church, just not as a community, as a simple communication between you and God.

There are many scientific studies that show that beyond the physical and spiritual benefits of praying, there are measurable results as well.  In the tests, a group of people prayed for things like fungus not to grow.  The results showed that the fungus actually did have growth that was retarded.  There have even been tests where they measured the results of prayer on healing that showed positive results.  There have also been studies that show just the opposite.  The studies themselves are not perfect, in that they can’t cover everything.   They may be able to measure number of participants and results.  They can not measure intent, expectation or divine intervention.

Prayer needs to be an act of faith, without expectation of results.

There is a lot of power when people come together to pray.  Praying with others offers further support and a deeper sense of community.  Whether you are praying together in a church, synagogue or mosque, it is beautiful; they pray loudly, they sing loudly and they do the cute little hand gestures while they sing with their whole heart and soul.  If you ever wonder about the power of group prayer this is where you can feel it without doubt.

 

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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

The Importance of Organizing Your Home and Preventing Clutter

Today we begin a series on organizing your home.  There have been many studies that show that visual complexity has an effect on our feelings.  The following diagram illustrates the results.

We as humans have a tendency to react to sensory stimulation.  Sensory information comes from sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.  Any of our five senses can be over-stimulated.  The important thing to understand in your home is our stimulation threshold.  That is how much is too much or not enough.  It is important to reach a healthy balance.

We as humans are limited to the amount of information we can process at one given time.  We can experience overload in a cluttered space.  This overload causes stress.  The tricky part is that we all have different thresholds. Under-stimulation can cause anxiety.  If we have been living in an environment with high stimulation, then we may have adapted and enjoy the arousing and pleasurable environment.  At that moment it would take a lot of stimulation to over-stimulate us.

If we are over-stimulated in our workplace, we will probably relax better in a home that has less visual complexity.  If our career has us in a very sterile environment, we may look for more complexity to offer intellectual and spiritual stimulation.

People with attention deficit disorders will not have the same threshold as a person who requires less time to understand and retain information.  There is also research and theory that an effortless attention can restore the capacity to pay attention.  The best example of this would be to draw ourselves to nature in our surroundings.

If you want to determine if you have a high threshold for visual complexity, look at the following homes.  Which one are you drawn to?

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The first has a good deal of visual stimulation.  The second blends with the environment and would offer less visual stimulation.

There are many elements that add visual stimulation to a space.  “Stuff” is one of our bigger problems. From kids’ toys, mom’s books, dad’s video games… These all add to visual complexity when left out.  Furniture, accessories, window treatments and wall hangings as well as lighting can add to visual complexity.

Now that we have looked at the importance of balance, we will offer solutions in achieving visual balance by eliminating clutter. (Stay tuned!)

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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

Dieting & Weight Loss – 14 Secrets to Lose Weight for Good

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Diet and Weight Loss 

We live in a funny society.  We treasure slim, thin, skinny and we dole out mountains of processed snack, junk and fast foods.  We sit around and watch television instead of getting up and walking to the park or grocery store.

In our society, it seems like it is a constant obsession to try to get fit yet all the time reverting back to the food and entertainment forms that are so prevalent. Every single family get-together, every holiday, every celebration is centered on food and drink.  Most of the time gluttonous food and drink!

So, when we start to become unhappy with the way we look (no one associates their illness or sluggishness with food) we start cutting calories.  Every New Year the diet industry pulls out all the advertising plugs, because every New Year we resolve to lose all the weight we put on the years before.  Diet pills, replacement shakes, artificial sweeteners, surgeries, magazines and fad diets.  The problem is, these things all make our problem worse.  We may lose weight quickly at first but we lose muscle at the same time and then gain back all fat, which is not so good.

Then we are minus the muscle and plus more fat.

If you want to lose weight and keep it off, look to people who have successfully done it.  You will notice that they did not use diet pills, meal replacement shakes or fad diets.

14 Proven ways to lose weight for good:

  1. Eat breakfast
  2. Eat all day long
  3. Drink more water
  4. Eat at home
  5. Eat whole foods
  6. Reduce stress
  7. Get a good night’s sleep
  8. Get moving
  9. Keep a journal
  10.  Eat some good, high quality protein
  11.  Take a vitamin supplement
  12.  Eat more vegetables
  13.  Give up the “c”‘s (cakes, cookies, candy & chips)
  14.  Do a kitchen makeover and get the unhealthy foods that tempt you out of your house.

What do you think of skipping the fad diets?  Throw away the diet pills!  (You can throw away your sleeping pills at the same time!  2 for 1!)  Start eating healthy!

If you want to lose weight, eat more green vegetables and less simple carbohydrates.  Give up the “C”‘s – cakes, cookies, candy and chips!  Once those are out of your house and your life you WILL lose weight.

This is what you eat!

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Small amounts of high quality, lean protein
  • Small amounts of healthy fat (coconut oil, avocado)

Quit going to McDonalds and Burger King and then come back and leave a comment (will probably take 24 hours) about how good you feel!

 

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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

Is Your Life Feeling 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
  • Journaling
  • Fun
  • Study
  • Spirituality
  • Contribution

Esteem (self esteem, confidence, respect)

  • Gratitude
  • Feelings

Love and Belonging (friendship, family and intimacy)

  • Relationship building
  • Caregiving
  • Forgiveness
  • Intimacy

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)
  • Nutrition
  • PH Balance
  • Probiotics
  • Losing  weight
  • Better Digestion
  • Super foods
    • Acai
    • Algae
    • Aloe Vera
    • Bee Products
    • Cacao
    • Camu Camu Berry
    • Chlorella
    • Coconut
    • Goji Berries
    • Hempseed
    • Incan Berries
    • Kelp
    • Maca
    • Marine Phytoplankton
    • Noni
    • Yacon
  • Raw Nutrition
    • Juicing vs. Blending
    • Nuts and Seeds
    • Sprouts
    • Grasses
    • Seaweed
    • Roots
    • Mushrooms
    • Recipes
  • Exercise and fitness
  • Water, the amount and cleanliness
  • Intimacy as a physical need
  • Amount and quality of sleep
  • Digestion
  • Bodily function, sight, hearing, pain
  • Cleansing
  • 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.

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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

Understanding and Coping with Feelings

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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

http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

Changes I have made, yet to be made and current goals toward stress relief: A one year progress report!

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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
http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

The Gift of Contribution

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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

http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

 

Organize Your Kitchen

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This is my favorite room to de-clutter!  This room accumulates things that don’t belong there more than any other room in the house!

The kitchen and food preparation used to be in a separate room, hidden in the back of the home and food was transported to the dining area.  Today the kitchen is often the heart of the house, open to the living room, sunroom, dining room and even play area.  The kitchen is a source of total nourishment.  We gather there, we cook and we eat there.  Regardless of whether your style is ultra-modern or an old country kitchen, they still have the same needs for uncluttered, clean space with adequate lighting and ease of movement.

In the kitchen especially, the food, storage methods and tools all contribute to your health and the health of your home.  I will address health practices in the kitchen in a later blog and today I will discuss organization as it relates to healthy living.  If you are wealthy, you have a staff who can keep your kitchen organized.  Many of us need fundamental and automatic organization because we do our own cooking and serving.  An organized kitchen can save plenty of time as well.

Furniture that functions well is essential to an organized kitchen.  Cabinets, dresser and armoires can add surface and storage space to a kitchen.  Walk in pantries are wonderful but we don’t always have the space.  This is when those pieces can really come in handy.  The top shelves can hold special ingredients along with measuring cups and food preparation staples.  The bottom can be used for towels and dishcloths, place mats and food wraps.

Tables work for food preparation, casual dining area and storage or display.  If the table has shelves, all the better.  Taller 42 in. tables can be used for a quick breakfast.  Counter stools are handy for the quick breakfasts and also to sit while you chop vegetables and fruits.  Step stools, especially cute and original ones like a library ladder or a vintage look are always nice in a kitchen.  Folding chairs can be stored in a nearby closet, pantry or hallway by hanging them on the wall and offer additional emergency seating.

To de-clutter your kitchen begin by following these steps:

  • Clear your counters
  • Leave the coffee pot, toaster, canisters and salt and pepper shaker
  • Evaluate everything and if you do not use it daily (like the waffle iron), put it away
  • Mount your television set if you watch it.  Put it in a different room if you do not.
  • Find a cubby hole for mail and school papers and establish a weekly ritual to sort and disburse.
  • Make sure you wash your dishes immediately after eating, run your dishwasher nightly.  Empty your dishwasher first thing in the morning before dirty dishes can stack up.
  • Designate containers.  Cooking utensils, fruits and vegetables all can be placed in baskets and stored on the shelves of an island or bakers rack that is open and can easily be seen.
  • Clean as you go while cooking.
  • Place several garbage bags at the bottom of the can so you don’t have to search when you empty the garbage.
  • Rotate your dishes so you don’t use the same dishes over and over.
  • Write the purchase date on your herbs and spices.
  • Hanging cookware on the wall can be attractive and save time.
  • Have twin trash cans for easy recycling.
  • Add a bookcase to the kitchen for your favorite cookbooks.
  • Place a magazine rack near the kitchen table for breakfast reading and establish a ritualized time to empty it out.
  • Fruit stands and cake stands are handy for storing fruit decoratively.
  • Hang some of your collections on the wall.  Cookie cutters, platters and cups all double as display.

Don’t just throw things on top of your refrigerator, it is okay to put things there, but plan it so it looks nice, like baskets, flowers, boxes, something that looks nice besides a hodge podge of whatever you need to get off the table tops.

Convert a kitchen closet into a pantry.  If the kitchen is small, put a glazed glass door on to open up the space.  Other options for the door are screen or to paint a door with chalkboard paint and leave notes or allow children to create art for you there.

Your pantry should have good lighting.  Under cabinet lighting works nicely in a pantry. Use the pantry floor for storage space too.  Basket, paper towels, jars and water bottles can utilize this space that is often ignored.

There are so many clever ways to add organization and storage to a kitchen.  You are almost always rewarded with time saved and frustration avoided when you know where to find something and everything is in its place!

I’d love to hear your results after you get cleaning and organizing!

Be Well!

~Karen , Your Wellness Warrior

Big Bonus Time!

While you are in the kitchen…

Get rid of processed foods!  Yes, you heard me…everything with a label on it! This will get the most harmful clutter from your kitchen.

My ideal kitchen would be without a microwave, bpa’s, gmo’s and anything processed! 

 

Now, go take a look at your kitchen!  What can you throw in the dumpster to make your kitchen work for you?

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Did you know that studies show that this one thing can make you 25% happier?It boosts your immunity to anger, disappointment, and frustration.

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It’s even been shown to heal pain and illness in your body. It can certainly heal relationships, especially with your beautiful and miraculous body.

That one thing is GRATITUDE, and amazing things happen when you integrate it into your meditation practice.

Here’s a fun exercise to try:

  1.  As you sit down to meditate, breathe in deeply and imagine your heart filling up with glowing, green light. Allow this energy to pulse and radiate to light you from within. As you deepen into the glowing, green energy in the center of your chest, begin to give thanks for your life. Give thanks for anything that pops into your head.  No filter, just give thanks for it and show it appreciation.
  1.  Think about five things to be grateful for on this day. See these events as pictures. It may be the way your dog greets you or that nice person that let you have the parking space in the crowded lot. It could even be seeing the birds fly to their nests as darkness comes. Just let the images flow in and notice the feelings they give. If an unwanted image pops in, let it pass like a random car on the road. If it is important, you can think on it later.
  1.  Now, see the people behind the images you are grateful for and express thanks to each of them.
  1.  Remind yourself that whatever you focus on expands. When you focus on gratitude and positivity, you will get more of that in return.

What you appreciate, appreciates. 

Be mindful that you will attract more abundance, love, and health by being grateful for your current state in these areas. Your body, your health, and your relationships can only be improved by honoring where they are in this moment.

Be Well & Inspired!

Karen ~ Your Wellness Warrior ❤

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