These nine suggestions can transform your body, your kitchen, and your lifestyle. They are a living proof that wellness is not hard to achieve.
So, in this new year, GO FOR WELLNESS!
EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
This is far easier than you might think.
Raw fruits and veggies are a good snack. Cooked, they can be a main dish or side serving. They can be a dessert, even! So, go for it.
EAT MORE WHOLE GRAINS
Foods made with white flour are lacking. They lack fiber, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients which you need. They also taste better!
USE CANOLA OIL AND ORGANIC EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Replace all the other oils in your kitchen with these oils. Especially get rid of partially hydrogenated oils.
TAKE YOUR VITAMINS
This can be an overwhelming proposition. A good start is to ask your healthcare professional for guidelines. Or, contact Village Apothecary in Woodstock, New York, for some pointers. I get all my vitamins and supplements at Village Apothecary.
If you’re not comfortable calling Village Apothecary, find a place where you feel comfortable that the staff are well-trained and have customer wellness at heart.
If you like research, a third option is to study about one vitamin a month and add the vitamins or supplements monthly.
AVOID HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
This is not a new piece of information. I’ve been writing and talking about this for years. But, this product is still in foods we buy. To really get away from it, read the fine print.
Go ahead. Do it. Read the fine print.
Then…once you’re doing this….
CUT BACK ON PROCESSED FOODS
Processed foods are loaded with products which aren’t even foods at all. These products shouldn’t even be in your kitchen, let alone in your body
Healthy food is not that difficult to find. In fact, it can be easier than you think.
EAT ORGANIC FOODS
Do this as much as possible. If the organic foods price tags in the grocery store give you sticker shock, focus on the “dirty” foods: strawberries, spinach, peaches, celery, greens.
It’s easy to wash pesticides off your produce. Put about 1/4 teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s Soap (I use Peppermint) in a bowl of water. Dunk the produce in the mixture and swish it around in the bowl. Rinse the produce in clear water.
CUT OUT THE ALCOHOL, FIZZY DIET DRINKS, SODA POP.
Cut back, preferably to zero consumption. If this seems impossible to you, then you need to think about what these beverages mean to you. On the practical level, they do nothing good for you.
CUT BACK ON DARK MEATS.
Meats are not that good for us, really. Today’s beef, pork, and processed meats are loaded with chemicals, pesticides and herbicides.
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Today, on our Winter Solstice, or whenever you find a time that fits your schedule…
Sit quietly for a few moments and visualize a world where all beings know they belong.
See a world where we are all connected and work together in mutual respect , harmony, and honor.
Visualize a world where wellness for all is a reality.
Create a world in your spirit and your heart where balance is universal.
Focus on this vision of peace and food for all.
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Spiritually, emphysema is a fear of absorbing life. You are worn out with stress and worry because of your sense of foreboding. For you, life is a struggle and you cannot live in the moment. Grief is woven in all this.
When smoking damages lungs so severely that breathlessness and fast breathing occur, you have emphysema. You may have a chronic cough.
Emphysema is a fourth chakra imbalance.
REFLEXOLOGY SYSTEMS TO WORK:
respiratory system, immune system, muscular system, digestive system, endocrine system, liver, solar plexus
lavender, rosemary, tea tree, lemon, thyme, peppermint, ginger, sage, hyssop
Emphysema is your body responding to long-term exposure to airborne irritants. This includes both smoking and second-hand smoke. Both indoor and outdoor pollution cause emphysema. Heating fumes are part of this mix.
SUGGESTED HEALING SYSTEMS
Conventional medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbalism.
You can benefit from an integrated medicine approach and using a health care team. Including alternative medicine professionals can help you overcome the panic that goes along with shortness of breath.
A nutritionist can offer you a comprehensive profile of foods and supplements to include in your diet. A pulmonary therapist will provide you with ways to decrease lung congestion, shortness of breath, or swelling in your legs. Learn to maximize the effectiveness of your medications.
Use your oxygen therapy. A physical therapist can teach you easy aerobic exercises and strength training to improve your daily life.
THINGS TO DO
The most important thing to do is stop smoking. Stay away from secondhand smoke, chemical fumes, and automobile exhaust.
Regular exercise is crucial because it increases your lung capacity.
Wear a cold air mask or scarf over your nose and mouth before going outside.
Get your flu shots annually and include a pneumonia vaccination when it’s time. Keep your indoor environment clean of toxins\
Avoid stress with tai chi, qi gong, meditation.
Regular reflexology, Reiki, or chakra healing sessions will invite homeostasis, something you can benefit from. The regular sessions will also calm anxiety and stress.
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