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Holistic Health, Lifestyle, Physical Fitness, Stress management

Go outside and play; it’s National Relaxation Day!

It’s National Relaxation Day, a holiday initiated on August 15, 1985, at the prompting of nine-year-old Sean Moelle of Clio, Michigan (Levine, 2017).  This young person noticed that constant work without any down time could make us ill.  Science supports his conclusion: too much work and no play can lead to chronic stress which contributes… Continue reading Go outside and play; it’s National Relaxation Day!

Holistic Health, Mind-body, Stress management

Weekly Health Quest (July 15-19, 2019) – Relaxing Tea Ritual

Join Amy Lynn Frost and me for this week's practical self-care action. This week, we'll be practicing a virtual tea ritual each day. This mindful exercise serves as both a method for reducing stress and hydrating the body. Want to join us? At 3pm (PDT) each day this week, make yourself a cup of tea as a… Continue reading Weekly Health Quest (July 15-19, 2019) – Relaxing Tea Ritual

Holistic Health, Lifestyle, Stress management

Introducing the Weekly Health Quest – Practical steps you can take to enhance your health

While having a nice chat with my friend Amy Frost this Sunday, we realized that we had allowed some of our daily self-care rituals to fall by the wayside. One of our favorite rituals involves us simultaneously preparing and enjoying a cup of tea at 3:00 pm each week day from our respective offices (mine… Continue reading Introducing the Weekly Health Quest – Practical steps you can take to enhance your health

Cardiovascular health, Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Recipes

On the Hunt: Recipes Using Swiss Chard

I have a bumper crop of rainbow Swiss chard in my veggie garden. I gathered an armful for lunch. Now I'm on the hunt for what to make with these dark leafy greens. Rather than rely on my go-to-greens recipes from Rebecca Katz, I decided to look around in my cookbooks and my favorite blog… Continue reading On the Hunt: Recipes Using Swiss Chard

Holistic Health, Stress management

RISQ Take in 2019

As part of the StressLess for the Holidays series hosted by Transformation Cafe, Robin, Amy, and I discussed the Pre-resolution Solution. What is the Pre-resolution Solution? Simply put, it is a process that helps you leverage your 2018 results (or lack thereof) to craft your goals for 2019 and define an effective action plan. During… Continue reading RISQ Take in 2019

Cardiovascular health, Diabetes mellitus, Nutrition

Sweet on the sweet stuff? It isn’t sweet on you!

Added sugars can lead to health problems such as weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease (CDC, 2016).  Added sugar refers to human-made sweeteners included in packaged foods.  These sugars do not naturally exist in whole foods such as fruit and full-fat milk.  On the food label, added sugar goes by many… Continue reading Sweet on the sweet stuff? It isn’t sweet on you!

Holistic Health, Mind-body, Stress management

Chilling Out with a Hot Cup of Tea

Relaxation: the state of being free from tension and anxiety; recreation or rest, especially after a period of work (Google Search, n.d.) It’s National Relaxation Day, a holiday initiated on August 15, 1985, at the prompting of nine-year-old Sean Moelle of Clio, Michigan (Levine, 2017).  He suggested that too much work can make us sick,… Continue reading Chilling Out with a Hot Cup of Tea

Holistic Health, Neurological, Stress management

A Deep Loss: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain

Normally I conduct tons of research before I write and post a blog.  Today, I break from my tradition and just writing from my heart.  I will follow up with some science because I think we would all benefit from knowing the signs of depression.  For now, I offer my raw feelings about the loss… Continue reading A Deep Loss: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain

Holistic Health

Eat your Pi and have it too: an aude to Professor Stephen Hawkin

Today the world lost a luminary, a thinker, an innovative scientist, an inspirational hero, a brave man, and a visionary able to see the humor in the universe.  Stephen Hawking gave up the ghost on March 14, 2018.  How very appropriate that he concluded his life on earth on Pi day, the annual celebration of… Continue reading Eat your Pi and have it too: an aude to Professor Stephen Hawkin