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Holistic Health or Turn off the TV

Back in the day, holistic health referred to the whole person, an undivided approach to wellness. I had a professor in nursing school who taught the theory that all illness is caused by emotional reactions. For instance, since cold germs are always present, we “catch a cold” when our immunity is weakened by grief or stress. I agree with her, that human beings are made up of physical, emotional, and spiritual selves and they cannot be divided for the purpose of treating disease.

This theory was brought home to me this winter. I have joined an exercise class made up of women who are older than I am. The main topic of conversation is ailments, MRI’s, physical therapy, acupuncture and the latest health report on the news networks. The prevailing attitude is negative about life in general. Granted, getting older is not for the faint of heart, but this stage of life is no more difficult than any other stage, it’s just different. I’ve been struck by the aches, pains, constant complaining and pessimistic viewpoints.

Now I ask you, if we are a whole person and wellness comes from being well in every aspect of that person, why do we treat the physical and neglect the emotional and spiritual parts? These women spend a lot of money on the latest treatments for their physical ailments, yet they ignore the stress caused by watching the nightly news or the anger that has not been addressed in decades, or the grief and hurts that have not been resolved or the basically negative worldview.

Western medicine seems to diagnose and treat the physical ailment without considering what emotions, or spiritual beliefs lead up to it. Stress, we are finally acknowledging is a contributing factor but is there a concerted effort to treat that as well? I think if we payed attention to the mental state, emotional history, all the body systems that contribute to disease we would have more keys to treatment and prevention.

If the women in my class delved into their emotional state, worked to change their mental outlook and turned off the TV, I believe their physical health would improve. The atmosphere in our class would be more upbeat and optimistic. Am I the only one who thinks like this? Weigh in, let’s continue the conversation.

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Biking in December

IMG_0382Living in the Mid- Atlantic region means temperatures are in the 30’s and 40’s in December. Everyone I talk to puts their bikes in the shed and looks for indoor exercise venues. My advice, don’t be so quick to table biking outdoors. There are always days when the temperature moderates and warm biking gear works well. I even found a pair of heavy weight biking pants at WalMart. Old school lined leather gloves with tapered fingers are great for changing gears and keeping hands warm. If you are prepared you can still bike until Christmas.


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Body Key Challenge

Body Key Challenge

I’m throwing down a challenge to all of my readers who are ready to do something constructive about their health.  The Body Key Challenge by Nutrilite is 90 days of health reform including a genetic test which reveals how your body loses weight, a customized plan just for you, a human support team, one month of reorganizing your metabolism with aloe shots, healthy supplement support, appetite chews, delicious soy protein shakes, online and mobile app support with over 125 pages of recipes and menus for your genetic type and last but not least 60 pages of exercise regimens for everybody.   The 90 days begin when I have found 4 friends who are serious about changing their eating and exercise habits for life.  So, just throwing it out there. You can do this anywhere in the country. Whoever contacts me first wins a place on my team and receives a hefty discount on the cost of the tests, supplements, online support and foods.  It’s time, let’s just do it together!

contact me for more info:   llike@verizon.net


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Yoga and Nutrilite Recovery

This is an all out promotion for one of Nutrilites’ best products, in my opinion.  If you hate promotions scroll on to another post.  The East Coast is enduring high temperatures therefore, indoor yoga is a great way to work out muscles in a cooler environment.  This mornings’ session produced lots of sweat and dehydration even in the air-conditioned room.  So I’m glad that Nutrilite ROC2O is in the pantry.  It is a great strenuous activity recovery drink.  Just pour one packet into a 16 oz. water bottle and shake to dilute.  I feel relaxed, re-energized, hydrated and ready to face another day.


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Day #65 Lower Weight, Lower Cholesterol

Since the 90 Day Vegan Adventure began I have not eaten any red meat, hot dogs, pork, dark meat poultry or eggs.  There have been isolated incidents where certain recipes have contained a small amt of ground turkey or chicken breast and full fat cheddar cheese.  Also, we live in an apple  growing area and cheddar cheese with fresh apples is a lunch that I have chosen to enjoy.  The only nonfat dairy that I want to add to the Vegan diet is yogurt, however, my food choices have been less than perfect.

You must be asking why I’m giving you the background.  Yesterday, I visited my Family Physician to discuss the effect of the imperfect vegan diet, supplementation, exercise and Statin medication.  I’ve lost weight according to the Doctor’s scales, and it’s been a lot of years since that has happened.  My Total Cholesterol reading is 34 points lower and my blood pressure is lower, in the healthy range.   Plus I’m fitting into one dress size smaller.  The combination of an imperfect Vegan diet, exercise, supplementation and Statins is producing healthier results.

 


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90 Day Vegan Adventure – Knee pain

I’ve found two products, a dietary supplement and a pharmaceutical that help tremendously with arthritic knee pain and stiffness.  The supplement is Glucosamine, 1500 mgms per day in the form of a twist tube that is added to a 16 oz. bottle of water.  If you are like me,  I get tired of taking supplements in pill form and this delicious raspberry flavored liquid makes even drinking water fun.  The best part is the extra lubrication in the margins of my joints.  When I don’t drink it the knees are definitely more painful and stiff.

The second product is a topical spray called Ultra Speed Sport Spray.  It is applied to the offending joint or muscle and rubbed briskly, then re-applied.  It does not produce a burning or freezing sensation rather the pain relief is instantaneous.  Used every 2 hours gives me an almost pain-free day.

Both of these products can be found on, you guessed it, www.like.mychoices.biz.  Just click the shop our store tab and enter Joint Health or Ultra Speed in the search.

 


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90 Day Vegan Adventure Day 9 Struggling

At the beginning of the week I had my blood work drawn and had a conference with my Doctor about my knees and cholesterol.  The LDL number is high enough to treat with  medication.  My knees are slightly arthritic and the left knee has a bone fragment that is floating.  Even though surgery is in the near future, a lower weight would help all of these conditions.  So, the 90 Day Vegan Adventure isn’t only about a new eating habit, it’s also about weight loss.  The catch-22 is exercising with a bum knee.  Yoga has worked for flexibility and strength but I need an inexpensive form of aerobic exercise that doesn’t cause knee pain.  Recommendations are welcome.