Nutrition

How is 2017 treating you so far?

Yin-at-happe-for-yoga-newsletter-750x310How are you feeling as 2017 begins?

I have been asking my yoga students that question a great deal this month.  It seems that many people are facing health challenges as the New Year dawns.  If you are like me and are sensitive to world events, pollution, food, etc– you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed and for most of us, our health is a barometer of our emotions and the world around us.

So here are a few ways I am dealing with stress-related issues such as fatigue, musclmy feet on sand 225e aches, poor digestion and difficultly sleeping.

Instead of ramping it up during the day, I am slowing down.

I have been taking naps

I have been taking frequent short walks in nature

I have been shifting my yoga practice to a restorative and yin practice

I am not drinking tap water (too much chlorination and fluoridation). Spring water is a better choice according to my Chinese Medicine Doctor.

I am snacking on seaweed.  (a source of iodine, since so many of our natural sources are depleted)

I am drinking bone broth.

I am making my own foods with organic vegetables as much as possible.seaweed snack

I am using essential oils.  In fact, I made a mixture of coconut oil and oregano and applied it to my feet and my lower back started feeling better.

I am turning off the TV and going to bed early.

I am focusing on what is right in my body and my world and shutting out negativity.

 

When I feel stronger and can deal with the crazy world again, I will emerge a stronger, more centered self.  I hope this helps any of you who feel similarly.

Here is the thing.  As Danna Faulds says in one of my favorite poems of hers.   Let it all go. “Save your strength to swim with the tide. The choice to fight what is here before you now will only result in struggle, fear, and desperate attempts to flee from the very energy you long for. Let go.”

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I wish you health and joy in  your day.  Namaste,  Andrea

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Yoga, Essential Oils and Healthy Food when you are Vacationing

Andrea in front of the vehicleHow many times have you returned from vacation only to say, “I need a vacation after this vacation!”

Mark and the dogs in Paducah KentuckyIt is a tricky balancing act to have fun and still stay healthy when you are not in your own home, doing your own routine.  This summer, I was determined to figure out how to stay healthy on a 4,000 mile, three-week road trip with my husband and two dogs.

Here are a few tips I picked up and so far they seem to be working (I still have to drive 2,000 miles home).

  1. Bring lots of healthy snacks (carrots, dates, raisins, apples, grapes, celery, nuts)
  2. Bring essential oils (but keep them in a cooler) Heat makes them lose their potency
  3. Every two hours take a stretch or yoga break
  4. Bring a neti pot and rinse out your nose with warmed-up, distilled water and neti wash salts, not table salts.
  5. Stay present so you can notice all the amazing natural and man-made events going on around you (this can also help you avoid an accident)
  6. Sing, laugh and breath (especially if you can’t control what’s going on around you)
  7. Visit the local yoga studios.  Many have drop in rates and its amazing how re-invigorating it is to learn from some one new.

Andrea doing yoga in front of Cracker barrel  Healthy road snacks  Dramatic skies

More Details about Yoga Poses on the Road

I always bring a mat, but if you don’t have one, borrow a towel. Do a simple series of hamstring stretches, twists, child’s pose and sun salutations.  These poses will keep your back, hips and hamstrings limber. At truck stops or in public places, you can do standing poses such as half moon, triangle or the warrior series, which help with fatigue and digestive issues.

Andrea doing crescent moon lunge      Andrea doing side stretch at truck stop  Andrea stretching out  hamstring

 More Details about Using Essential Oils on the Road

Each morning, I take a drop of DigestZen and three to four drops of lemon and put them in my water. Next its oil time for mood enhancing –Balance if I am nervous, Frankincense if my brain is road weary, Peppermint for a pick me up.  My portable medicine cabinet has Breathe for respiratory issues, Deep Blue for muscle aches and On-Guard to protect from illness. I also bring Melalueca and Lavender for skin irritations. I carry a portable diffuser for car odors and use my essential oil diffusing bracelet to easily get the aromatic effects of these great health enhancers.

My supply of essential oils for the road  Another bracelet with peppermint  Hand with diffusing bracelet in car

I can help you with both Essential Oils and the beautiful aromatherapy bracelet to adorn you.

I wish you health and joy in your day!

Namaste, Andrea

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Taking control of your health

Its a daunting task, but well worth the effort!

Take-control of your health

I am a Doctor’s daughter and  I really dread going to the Doctor.  Why?  Let me give you a list of reasons.

1) Most doctors treat me like a statistic.  If I show certain symptoms then based on the numbers, this treatment should work for me.  But I am not a number, I am a very unique person with a very unique history and a series of circumstances that might be important to know if you, the doctor, are treating me.anim-goodhealth sm

2) The Nocebo Effect — a lot of Doctors make me scared and when I am scared, my symptoms worsen.

3) Most doctors don’t have enough time to spend with me.  I want someone to listen, REALLY LISTEN, think about what I say and work with me to find an answer.

4) The kinds of treatments I want are expensive and not usually covered by insurance.  That’s because they are not part of the corporate medical infrastructure that is largely controlled by Mega Pharmaceutical companies. What is covered by insurance is lots of yucky medicines with a long list of side effects.  For me, those side effects are usually worse than the symptoms we are treating.

For these reasons and more,   I limit my doctor’s visits to super serious things and try to handle all the smaller daily aches and pains and other symptoms with a Turmeric soup smsystem of alternative health including nutrition, sleep, vitamins, essential oils, yoga, massage, chiropractic care and my wonderful friend who is a Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Doctor.

I am not a new age kook.  In fact, most of what I do is older than modern Western Medicine and tried and true in many parts of the world for thousands of years.  The biggest difference between this system of self-care is that it is not a quick fix and it requires work on my part.  Join me if you are interested in taking back control of your health.  We can work together.  Are we going to eliminate all need for doctors?  No way! But we will become more educated patients and even out the playing field when it comes to our own health and wellness.

Ten simple things you can to take back control of your health!

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1) Become educated about your ailment, but read  the information with a skeptical mind.

2) Keep some sort of diary about what you are experiencing and when.

3) Note what makes you feel better and what makes you feel worse.

4) Change those habits that make you feel worse, i.e., if milk upsets your stomach, stop drinking it and see if that helps your symptoms.

5) Add in healthy habits such as going to bed at a better hour, taking a walk in the morning, doing yoga, practicing breathing techniques and meditation.

6) Try adding essential oils.  But only use the purest oils in an appropriate way, which for me, has lead to both short-term and long-term improvements in many symptoms. And if you follow the directions carefully,  the oils are very safe.

7) Reduce toxics from your household and your life.  This does require work because there are so many toxic chemicals hidden in everyday items and the list is growing longer every day.  The latest information now pinpoints toxics in laminate.

8) Reduce stress by reducing your exposure to toxic people if you can.  Surrounding yourself with people who uplift you and make you feel good about yourself is good for your health.  Now that doesn’t mean you should get rid of your honest friends who sometimes tell you what you need to hear but don’t want to hear.

9) Practice Gratitude. There is so much written about this, but it is worth repeating.  Practice gratitude.  It is hard to feel badly when you realize all the things in your life that you are grateful for.

10) Believe in something bigger than yourself.  I have heard this a thousand times, but the one metaphor that has really stuck with me is that the Universe,  God, Jesus or whoever you believe in that is bigger than you, is looking at the tapestry of your life from above(seeing the beauty of it) while you are looking at it from under the rug.  Often, all  you can see  are the thousands of knotted threads. So trust in that higher power!

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I wish you health and joy in your day and in 2016!

Namaste, Andrea

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6 Ways to Use Essential Oils for your Daily Wellness Routine—They work for me!

Doterra imageWhen I was young I used to be amazed at how long it took my mother-in-law to get ready to leave the house and for that matter, to get ready for bed.  Little did I know then, how important this daily routine was for being healthy as one ages.  Thank you, Joyce Trank.

Joyce Trank for blog on essential oils

I want to share with you part of my daily health routine involving essential oils, not to gloat, but to provide you with some tips that have worked for me that you might want to add that might work for you.

  • Lemon Oil in warm water.

I started using essential oils as part of my daily health regiment a year ago.  I started small.  I bought the Doterra Lemon oil and added it to my room temperature water every morning.  If I skip this simple small routine I know it.  Thank you sensitive stomach!!!

  • Diffusing Lavender and On Guard for room freshening and sleep

I bought a diffuser next and experimented with several different oils to help us sleep at night.  Most of the time, I mix Lavender with a blend called On Guard,  Doterra’s proprietary combination of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils.  Sleeping soundly is so important for my health and happiness. I also use the On Guard Toothpaste and their throat lozenges .

  • Peppermint to cool down and reduce headache symptoms

doterraI use Peppermint on the back of my neck and wrists to abate hot flashes and help reduce headache symptoms. A friend of mine told me she puts Peppermint in her water before playing tennis.  I also use Peppermint, on occasion, to wake my children.   I put some Peppermint on a clean wash cloth and come up to their beds and wave the wash cloth near their noses. They get up immediately and have told me they feel more alert.

  • Breathe for respiratory symptom relief                                                                     

Dealing with respiratory symptoms always includes breathing in the Breathe proprietary blend which includes Lemon, Peppermint Eucalyptus, Thyme, Melissa and Cardamom which clears my airways.  I also rub them on my palms and bottoms of my feet.

  • Diluted Clove Oil for tooth ache

During recent tooth work to repair a crown, I mixed a blend of Clove oil (1-2 drops) and Coconut Oil (10-20 drops) and dabbed into the affected area with a Q Tip. Not only did I feel a lessening of discomfort, but it seemed to help the healing of that area.

  • Deep Blue Proprietary Blend for muscle aches

After teaching 3 yoga classes and playing a physical tennis match,  I reach for my Doterra Deep Blue Blend which has a proprietary mixture of  Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Blue Tansy, German Chamomile, Helichrysum and Osmanthus .  I immediately get a feeling of relaxation in my muscles allowing me to go on with my busy life and day.

I am discovering new uses for my DoTerra products daily.  I feel good about using these products due to the fact that they are non toxic and extracted from the plants using the strictest controls of manufacturing and distribution.

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It is becoming well known that  one of the keys to protecting your health in the long run is eliminating toxics from your environment.  Use of essential oils is one small step you can take. If you are interested in learning more about Doterra Oils and its uses, I can help.  The reason I added this job to my long list of jobs is that my scientific and thorough approach is needed by clients out there.  I do not want someone working with me that does not take the time to research carefully a product’s benefits, uses and effects.  Like everything I do, when I commit to something, I pour myself into it.  So you can be sure before I recommend a product for you, I will thoroughly research it and work with you to become educated.  Email me  at andrea@heavenlanecreations.com if you want a copy of an informational PDF on Essential Oils and Working with your Chakras.

 

I wish you health and joy in your day and in 2016!

Namaste, Andrea

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All Health Begins in the Gut

 

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On the Monday Menu is a greater understanding of my digestive problems.  Apparently, I am not alone.  74% of Americans are suffering from some sort of digestive disorder and as Dr. Cary Nelson  of Probiotic America, points out “All Health Begins in Your Gut.

Here are a few tidbits I picked up this week from  my own doctor, reading, attending an on-line workshop with Nutritionist Magdalena Wszelaki and watching educational videos.images

There is a difference between “Eating Well and Eating Right.” Each one of us responds differently to foods so there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to Eating Right.  You have to become a scientific investigator and a mindful eater to figure out which foods cause your stomach distress and which ones don’t.

Here are a couple of interesting findings from this weekend’s workshop:

  • 50 percent of people have some sort of reactivity to eggs.  I, on the other hand, don’t.
  • Fermented foods, which are a great source of probiotics, can actually cause yeast flare ups in people who have an over abundance of histamines in their system.
  • Some people with gluten sensitivity are also sensitive to dark chocolate.
  • Avocados and coconut water are superfoods and drinks for some people, but cannot be tolerated by others.

So like everything in life, this learning to have a healthy digestive system, is a journey.probiotics

 

While the solutions to fixing your gut are pretty individualized, there are a few agreed upon culprits in destroying your gut according to Dr.  Nelson.

 

He calls these the Big 4 Digestive Destroyers.

  • Azodicarbonamide- used in some flours. Banned in other countries.  Allowed in our country
  • Diet Soda—Bad bacteria or yeast love the artificial sweeteners in them. Those sweeteners can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome and actual cause you to gain weight.
  • Sugar—Our daily recommendation is 5-8 grams a day. Most of us (even us healthy eaters) can, without knowing, eat more than 40 gram a day.  4 grams is equivalent to one teaspoon, meaning we could be eating 10 tsps of sugar daily, even without eating cakes, candies and drinking sodas.
  • Alcohol—kills off friendly bacteria in your digestive tract.

So the bottom line for me is I am working to eat fewer processed foods and I am starting to read labels more.  Are you with me on this journey?  Let me know.  I definitely need a Right Food Support Group.

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I wish you health and joy in  your day.  Namaste,  Andrea

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