Reflexology For The Spirit

Practical Wellness: 10 Tips You Can Use

With this article , you and I move into part two of  practical wellness tips in the longevity series.  The focus  shifts  to information  less disease focused.   My hope is that you’ll adopt a few, or maybe more than a few,  healthy habits and avoid or discard the habits in your life which lead to illness.

The best way to have a long and healthy life is to prevent disease  and promote homeostasis while you adopt  practical wellness tips which resonate with you.

As you  adopt new wellness habits, you empower yourself and   take control of your body and your health.  You’ll be in charge of your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self.  Practical wellness tips offered in these articles are often easy to adapt to your daily life.

Seeking a long and healthy life is an everyday proposition made easier when you adapt practical wellness tips which may  change through time.  You can always make improvements   as new theories and practices become the norm.

As you adopt new habits, I hope you’ll consider the long term effects of the new directions you’re taking in your life.

Your body  constantly moves and shifts  which means  you are different every single day from your cellular level on up.  These new tips you adopt can change  your life in small or large ways as your body self regulates toward wellness.

Adapt these practical wellness tips and changes to your age.

As a reflexologist and Reiki practitioner, this ability to change, move, develop means much to me.  That is the heart of healing with the modalities I’ve been studying my  whole adult life.

All of this points toward homeostasis – the balance of all body systems.

CHOOSE YOUR FATS WISELY – One of the most challenging  things I’ve done with this wellness blog is tackle oils.  If you go to the early blog posts, you’ll find articles reflecting how complicated life can get as you stand in front of the grocery shelf and choose a cooking oil.

The bottom line in cooking :  Go with organic oils.    Stay away from saturated fats whenever possible.

That means I buy  organic olive oil.

I avoid saturated  fats .   Whipping cream is not a staple in my diet and I don’t eat much red meat.

Beyond that, things get a bit dicey.  I don’t eat margarine because of the chemicals.  I do eat  butter.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids can be consumed by pills or by the spoonful.  Choose your Omega 3 Fatty Acids carefully because they can be contaminated.  I buy mine at the Village Apothecary here in Woodstock at 79 Tinker Street.  I rely on my pharmacist, Neal Smoller, to educate me about which and how many supplements I should take.

How you deal with fats and oils in your diet is up to you, your health, and how comfortable you are with manufactured foods.

Personally, I’m not comfortable with manufactured foods so there’s not a lot of oil variety in my kitchen pantry.

WHAT ABOUT MINERALS? – The body uses many minerals and they don’t get near the attention that vitamins receive.  Four minerals to concentrate on right now include Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Selenium.

Calcium is found in broccoli, dairy products, pinto beans, and spinach.  If you’re concerned about osteoporosis, this mineral is for you.  Eating foods high in calcium is important.

Magnesium is not found in our diets often.  Unless you eat apples, bananas, beans, brown rice,  leafy green vegetables, and nuts, you should take a supplement.

Magnesium holds off heart problems, strokes, and lack of energy.

Selenium boosts the immune system.  Any mineral boosting the immune system is a friend of mine.

Potassium is extremely important and is found in bananas.  I eat a banana twice a week.  Potassium combats hypertension, depression, muscle weakness, and fatigue.

BEWARE OF THE HOSPITAL! – We are all probably going to be in a hospital once or twice (or even more) before it’s all over.  Lots of things can go wrong in a hospital.  It’s your job as the  patient to know as much as you can about the hospital you are going to be in, the doctor who is going to treat you there,  and the condition you are trying to get treated.

I have reflexology clients who visit my table regularly because they feel it’s important for their overall wellness.  They don’t ever plan to be in a hospital.

Regular reflexology sessions definitely promote homeostasis which is good for disease prevention.  But, for a person to categorically plan to never be a   hospital patient can be an unwise move.  You never know when an accident can put you in an emergency room.

It’s important to know about hospitals and to be insured .  It’s important to have a health care professional that you visit at least annually so you don’t get caught in a situation where you don’t know who can help you or how to communicate with the professionals there.

Hospital is its own language. If you don’t do these things to know the language, you may not  have the vocabulary or understanding to make the best decision for your own health’s sake.

A healthcare advocate is important if you have a major encounter in a hospital  setting.  When you are injured in an accident, or are ill, you may not be alert enough to protect yourself.  And, if you haven’t kept up with modern medicine, you may not be strong   enough to protect your self.

INJURIES, FALLS,  AND  CAR ACCIDENTS – For every person who dies in an accident, fifty or so are injured and live. These fifty or so people may sustain minor injuries or multiple injuries or major injuries. A few of them will be disabled and/or have their lives shortened by the injuries received during the accident.

If you are interested in a long and healthy life, you do not want to be a part of those statistics.  Because most injuries are preventable,  accident awareness can be important to you.

Are you interested in avoiding accidents?  If so, think  back on the things your family and teachers cautioned you about when you were young.

Never drive buzzed.

Always wear your seat belt.

Never swim alone.

Keep stairways free of clutter.

Put non-skid strips in your bathtub.

I think you get the drift here.

DON’T BLAME YOUR GENES! – They count but the choices you make in your daily life count more.   You are in charge of you.  Your longevity is all about knowing that the things you do today affect your future.

If you read  about something which everyone says is good for you and you disagree,  follow up on your feelings.  Ask questions. Get to the heart of the matter.

GET TO KNOW YOURSELF. – Spend a couple of months getting to know yourself and your body better.  Ask yourself some questions and pay attention to the answers you share.  Take some notes.  The goal is to get a close look at your body.  It is unique, the only one like it in the world.

How do you feel in general?

How well are you sleeping?

Do you have any aches and pains?  If so, where are they?

Do you feel healthy?

Is it hard for you to get out of bed in the morning?

How bad is your stress level?

Are you happy?

What do you  want to change in your life?

Ask  your own questions.  based on your individual  age, physiology,  values, beliefs, and  your own personal circumstances.

TAKE SOME MEASUREMENTS! – This should be fun if you are into apps.  Or, if you’re into a fitness watch.  Mine keeps me active throughout the day as it reminds me when I’ve been sitting too long.

With a Fitbit or a Garmin, you can track  everything  you do throughout the day.  This may not be such a bad thing.  The point is that you become more aware of your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual self.

Once you  track  your body’s clocks, you can control  your homeostasis patterns.  Your can track your waking/sleeping cycles,  eating times,  physical activity  patterns,  and medication schedules.

When you do this, your body will function much more efficiently.  It  will  have the opportunity to become finely tuned.

EAT REAL FOOD –  If you can’t understand the words on the ingredients list, the product you are holding in your hand is probably not food.  Most likely, it is a selection of chemicals that have been manufactured and blended for human consumption.

Stay away from these manufactured products if you are interested in health and longevity.

Ideally, the food you eat will be just that:  food. Select foods that are fresh or flash frozen.This means you will shop mostly from the produce aisle or frozen food aisle.

MAKE THE PRODUCE MANAGER, THE BUTCHER,   AND THE WOMAN BEHIND THE FISH COUNTER YOUR BEST FRIENDS –  They will tell you where the food came from, which selections are the best buys.  They know the farmers and ranchers who supply the supermarket with the food you are buying.

When you go to the farmer’s market, get to know the people selling the food in the stalls.  These are the people who are supplying you with the best available, locally grown  foods.

You just can’t get better than this.

EAT THE FOOD THAT WORKS FOR YOU –  Every time I go into my local book store, I see a new selection of cookbooks promoting another new diet/eating lifestyle.  Their practical wellness tips may or may not be included in these cook books.  It all depends on the ingredients that the author suggests in the recipes.  The truth is that I support the diets that depend on fresh, locally grown food.

Important for any diet you adopt:  You must enjoy what you eat.  Traditional diets will outrank any diet that relies on manufactured ingredients.  Processed food is not good for anyone.

Thank you for reading this article.  I hope you enjoyed it.  And, I hope you’ll share it with your preferred social media network.

Thurman Greco

Woodstock, New York

 

 

 

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Wellness: 10 Tips for a Longer Life

Longevity depends a lot on  wellness throughout your life.  So, working to prevent disease helps promote a longer life.  There are many things you can do to promote wellness in your life.  It goes without saying that including Reflexology for the Spirit and Reiki Therapy sessions regularly are important.

PREVENTING COLON CANCER has a dietary component.    Dietary calcium,   selenium and vitamin D are important  for your overall wellness.

Another  thing that may can help prevent colon cancer is the regular use of aspirin.

So, beyond vitamins, and aspirin, what can a person do?  Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables !

And, finally, getting the dreaded colonoscopy regularly is important.  Colonoscopies are good for early detection and polyp removal  both of which are crucial.    Some people simply don’t want to get a colonoscopy.  I’ve been getting colonoscopies since I was in my 40’s.  The physician, over time, has removed several polyps and that was important.  Wellness testing is high on the list if you’re interested in living a long, active life.

Colonoscopies  have gotten easier  through the years.  And, the prep has actually gotten to be less dreaded   because my Dr. lets me drink vanilla milkshakes on the day before!  Go Colonoscopies!  I was actually a little tiny bit disappointed when my physician told me I don’t have to have another one for years.  I’m not scheduled for another one until I’m 85.

Not wanting to wait until I’m 85 for a yummy, thick milkshake, I’ve decided I can get a milkshake whenever I have to get a medical test or procedure.  I love that new rule!  Medical testing is much, much easier when followed by a delicious, thick milkshake.

PROSTATE CANCER – If a man lives long enough, he’ll either die with prostate cancer or because of it.  So, prostate cancer is in the future for many men.  Prostate cancer is a lifestyle disease, not a genetic one.

So, what can you do?  Vitamins are important prevention habits – especially selenium.  Seafood instead of beef is a good choice.  Fruits and vegetables are important.  To summarize this, a good diet is necessary for longevity wellness.

NEVER WORK BEFORE BREAKFAST –  A good breakfast, eaten every morning can reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.  If you’re  interested in wellness, breakfast is on the menu – every day.  First thing.

This is your chance to load up on high-fiber grains, antioxidant-laden fruits,  and whole grain cereals.

A favored breakfast is the world-famous Muesli breakfast.  This will stay with you for hours until it is time for lunch.  And, it’s yummy, too!

BREAST CANCER –  This is a challenge for many women.  Breast cancer has a definite spiritual component.

Reduced to its lowest common denominator, this means  you should do everything possible to keep from running on empty.  I wrote more about this in my book “A Healer’s Handbook”.

A good thing to do is go with early diagnosis and every medical treatment offered whether allopathic, complimentary, or integrative.  Fight breast cancer with every tool offered to you.

Early diagnosis means getting mammograms and breast exams regularly.  No cancelling.  Early detection and treatment is important to your continued wellness.

Keep up with research on cancer preventing diets and exercise.  This means, at the very least, eating lots of fruits and vegetables and exercising regularly.

STRONG LEGS are your best insurance policy for a long, active life.  Two of the best exercises are pedaling the stationary bike and using the leg press machine.

Climb stairs for five minutes every daily.

Balance yourself on one leg daily:  Stand on one leg for fifteen seconds, then alternate legs.

And, finally,  stand up and sit down twenty times in succession.

LOAD UP  – on vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains every day.  Go for as much variety in texture,  and color, possible.   Avoid processed foods as much as possible.

Try not to eat any foods loaded with chemicals and artificial anything.  Chemical laden foods are not good for wellness.

TAKE THE RISK – Eat cold water fish one to three times a month.  This means you should eat about one serving of salmon, trout, herring,  or sardines per week.  Unfortunately, the accumulated heavy metals make eating the fish more often  a health risk.  However, on the plus side, eating the cold water fish once a week can offer real  wellness health benefits.

Avoid farmed fish if you can.  No doubt some  farms are clean but many are not and you have no way of knowing without visiting.

AVOID ALZHEIMER’S – Alzheimer’s is one disease which we all want to avoid at all costs.  There are some things you  can do to prevent the onset of this disease.

Reduce your intake of saturated fats.

Make physical  activity a part of every day.

Spinach and other dark leaf vegetables are said to help prevent the onset of the disease.

Antioxidant rich foods are important.

Turmeric is an important spice to add to your arsenal.

Maintain an active social life .

Learn new things .

WATCH YOUR BACK –  Statistics tell us  that most of us will experience back pain at some point in life.  This can be a problem for you if you’re not focused on your wellness.

Back pain has a spiritual component which you can’t ignore.   Stress is often involved in back pain.  I wrote about this in “A Healer’s Handbook”.

Back pain impacts on your wellness and longevity expectations when it brings on depression,  immobility, and  disability.

One thing you can do is work to maintain strong core muscles.  Strong muscles in the stomach and back will go a long way to a better recovery if you do experience back injury and pain.

Posture is important.  Take yoga classes with a teacher  interested in your posture.

Maintain a good weight.  Obesity is a strain on your back which you don’t need.

Drink plenty of water to maintain joint hydration.  This may seem like a silly suggestion but your joints  use a lot of water and need you to continually  replenish it throughout the  day – everyday.

The bottom line here is this:  Your longevity wellness depends  on a strong, healthy spine.

EAT LESS MEAT –  I’m certainly not telling you that you have to become a vegetarian, although that may be something that works for you.  However, eating less meat is important if you are interested in longevity and wellness.

Eating  large amounts of meat  regularly plays a part in contributing to diseases you probably want to avoid if your  goal is longevity and wellness.  Meat is implicated in most of the lifestyle diseases found in our culture:  cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia.

THANK YOU  for being interested in your good health for the long term.  Thank you for reading this blog.   Thank you for seeking a healthier life.  For sure,  a healthier life should make your longevity and wellness plans  a real option.

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Thurman Greco

Woodstock, NY

 

 

A Holiday Thank You Dear Reader

 

 

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In the spirit of the holiday season, I thank each of you for supporting my work and following my journey to wellness for us all.

This has been a busy year for me.  Without your support, none of this year would have happened.  However, you found my work and you have purchased my book and read my blogs.  I thank you.  Sincerely.

Each new reader who learns something new and useful about  Reflexology  for the Spirit and wellness is important to me.  You inspire me to seek  new ways to expand this learning.   I’m currently blogging articles about longevity, a subject we can all be interested in.  I Hope you find these posts interesting and practical! Thank you.

I hope you’ll continue reading to learn more about Reflexology for the Spirit and wellness. as well as my other projects.     I’ve  spent many hours on the second hunger book.  “The Ketchup Sandwich Chronicles” should be completely finished by the end of 2019.  I’m continuing to blog about hunger in “Hunger is not a Disease.”

That has mostly come to a conclusion so I plan to begin writing  the second Healer’s Handbook soon.   The books outline includes much more  information than I put in the original handbook which is now in it’s second edition.

Thank you again!

Thurman Greco

Woodstock, New York

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10 Things You Can do to Live a Longer Life

 

When you establish everyday habits with a goal toward a longer life,  you’ll  know   you are  doing  your best to get the most out of each and every day.  Seeking a longer life is a serious quest because  you have to decide not only how long you want to live but also what you plan to do with all those years you plan to have.

SUNSHINE HELPS YOU

Get out into the sun for a few minutes  every day.  Ten to 15 minutes of sun daily will help you store the “sunshine vitamin” which will help your body use the calcium necessary to  stay healthy for a longer life and avoid osteoporosis.

THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon  landed at  what is now Saint Augustine, Florida, in search of the fountain of youth.  He found it there.  And, it still exists.  Branches of the fountain of youth can be found today in your neighborhood.  They are found on the sidewalk where you walk  as you exercise.  They are  also found in the fitness center in your community.

Exercise is a premiere activity for a longer life.  It doesn’t matter much what exercise plan you have.  Running?  Weight lifting?  Self Defense?  Yoga?  Whatever you choose, you need to like it enough to do it several times a week.  For me, regular exercise is the  Fountain of Youth in action!

STAY CONNECTED

Be a part of your community.   The most important thing is that you  develop strong social ties.  You can get active in a church or synagogue.  Or  join a book club.  Donate time at a library or food pantry.  Collect stamps.  Whatever you do,  choose something you’ll enjoy and show up regularly.  Your blood pressure will go down.  Your immune system will improve.  Your heart  will work better.  You will have yourself on a path to a longer life.

DRINK TEA

Take time each day to enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of iced tea.  Relax, and refresh.

While you enjoy your tea,  know that it will boost your immune system because tea is rich in antioxidants which fight cholesterol and cancer.  Tea loves to fight free radicals.  W hen you drink more tea, you’ll be drinking fewer soda drinks which don’t have the antioxidants and can’t fight diseases like cancer and cholesterol.

GET RID OF PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS.

Stress is not a problem in and of itself.  Stress is a word describing how you respond to an event causing mental tension and worry.    I do not know anyone whose life is not filled with stress.  Stress affects your health when it  weakens the immune system and contributes to  disease.

I’ve written much about stress in my book “Healer’s Handbook” and in other articles in this blog.

Reiki therapy and reflexology are good anti-stress activities.

Exercise, meditation, a positive mental attitude work to support your ability to shed stress.

DEVELOP YOUR STRENGTH

There are many, many kinds of exercise.  Choose one that works for your body and your lifestyle.  But, whichever one you choose, include strength training.  Strength training is every bit as important as cardiovascular workouts because the strength we develop and maintain in our back, core muscles and legs is what is going to keep us upright as we age and live longer.  Strength training keeps the spine straight.  Strength training prevents falls.  Check with your healthcare provider when you begin a strength training fitness program.

My physical therapist, Carolyn Abedor,  teaches a weekly yoga class which she calls “Posture”.  I attend this class every week and depend on it to help straighten my spine,  my core muscles and my legs.

CHOLESTEROL

Do you know your scores?  It’s a good idea to learn, if you don’t.  Once you know your cholesterol scores, you’ll be more interested in things you can do to make your self healthier for the long haul.

VOLUNTEER

Statistics show us that people who volunteer live longer than those who don’t.    Do you have time in your life to give of yourself?  If so, choose an activity which puts you in direct contact with people at least an hour every week.

This task is probably mandatory if you are seriously interested in longevity.

GIVE UP A FEW THINGS

Multitasking creates unnecessary stress and the efficiency gains you experience aren’t that much of a plus in your life.  This becomes real  when you  find yourself caught in a trap of serving demanding people and situations which steal your energy.

Your spirit will tell you when it’s time to  reduce your To-Do list and learn to say “no” to demanding people.   Simplifying your life can become a spiritual process.

HALT HYPERTENSION

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is the most common cardiovascular disease in America.  There are three things to know about hypertension:

For the most part, hypertension is  preventable with proper diet and lifestyle.

Many people  suffer with hypertension and don’t even know it.

Hypertension leads to kidney failure, damaged eyesight, cognitive impairment, and other situations.

There are four things you can do about hypertension:

Cut down on salt.

Lose excess weight.

Keep moving.

Pitch the cigarettes.

DODGE DIABETES

Diabetes is a disease which, in many cases, can be prevented and controlled.  Like hypertension, diabetes is a silent  disease for many people.

And, if you are interested in living a longer life, you need to respect it because diabetes can trim 10 years off your life expectancy.

If you think you have diabetes, or if you have diabetes, get yourself on the correct eating plan, get active, and do the things your healthcare provider tells you to do.

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Hopefully you found some things which will benefit your search for a longer, healthier life.  More tips will follow soon!

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Thurman Greco

 

 

 

 

10 Easy Ways to Live a Longer Life

Living a longer life is a commitment to a specific lifestyle which promotes good health. Your first step to living a longer life is making this commitment to long-term good health and longevity.

You begin this path to live a longer life and have long term good health when you realize and understand  you can’t just blame your genes for your health.  Your continued good health depends on developing habits and practicing  useful  things regularly that  support your commitment.

Develop your plan for a longer life now.  Plan how your life will be when you are in your 80’s, 90’s, or even 100.  Will you be alert and active with friends?  Will you be living alone?  Will you be mentally alert?

Imagine yourself as a healthy person living  a longer life.  Focus on this goal.  Be ready to make changes in your lifestyle  to achieve the results you want.

Make regular reflexology sessions a part of your life.

For starters, review  your diet.  Are you consuming generous servings of  vegetables and fruits?  Do you eat lean protein every day?  Do you eat whole grain foods, brown rice, nuts, and legumes?   (I’ll cover the diet portion of  a longevity  lifestyle in future posts.)

Meanwhile…

Take care to prevent overeating.  If you eat a proper diet in the proper amounts, you should have energy, you will slow the aging process, and you will postpone or prevent chronic diseases.

If you can prevent overeating, your body will be able to handle more types of stress, something that’s important if you are concerned about living a long life.

Develop a daily walking routine.  Walking 10,000 steps each day will increase blood flow to the brain  resulting in an improved memory.  How can you do this?  Walk more.  Walk during your lunch hour.  Take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Make it a goal to get off your seat and on your feet.  Choose volunteer activities which require walking.

Take your vitamins!  But, not just any vitamins.  You don’t want to waste your money on nutrients you don’t need.  Do  some research.  Make your knowledge current before you decide which vitamins to take.  I’ll share more information about minerals and vitamins in future blog posts.  For now, I suggest you look into vitamin D3.  Find out for yourself if  that’s a vitamin you need.    When you take your vitamins, take them with food to promote absorption.

Take an aspirin a day…if your healthcare provider says it’s okay.  I believe  aspirin in moderation on a daily basis can help prevent diseases such as heart attack  and some form of cancer.  But, again, don’t take my word on this.

Hope you are enjoying this new series of posts on longevity!  If so, please share them with your preferred social media network.

Thanks for reading!

Thurman Greco

10 Wellness Tips for Your Self

There are many, many things you can do to keep yourself healthy.  Staying healthy will help you maintain your youth.  Many of these wellness tips are so easy you won’t even realize you’re promoting your good health.

Have a cold?  Skip the antibiotics.  A cold is a viral infection.  Antibiotics are only good for bacterial infections.  So…save your money.

Looking for a cold medication?  This wellness tip can also save you money.  Avoid the medications that multi-task.  Simple medications cost less and focus on the symptom bothering you most.

Hot tea is good for making your throat feel good when you have a cold.  Saline nasal drops help your nose feel better, too.

Don’t spread your cold germs around.  Wash your hands frequently and don’t share your eating and drinking utensils.

When you come down with colds and/or hay fever, take the evening off.  Climb into bed early and sleep an extra hour.

Don’t store your meds in the bathroom.  Bathrooms tend to be too humid and too hot.  These two conditions encourage deterioration.

Now might be a good time to quit smoking.  Have you tried to stop smoking several times, this time switch to a pipe for a while.  But, think of this as only a step toward freedom because pipe smokers and cigar smokers not only suffer from lung cancer but also get throat and mouth cancer.

Don’t take acetaminophen for an extended period of time without consulting with your primary healthcare provider.  Long term regular use of these pain relievers can damage kidneys and liver.  Occasional use of these drugs are safe for most people.

Make sure your smoke detectors are in working order.  Replace any smoke detector that’s more than ten years old.  If your smoke detectors are younger than ten years old, get an aerosol spray tester at a hardware store that simulates smoke.

Avoid raking leaves if you have allergies.

Hopefully these wellness tips are interesting and useful to you and your household.

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Thurman Greco

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Healthy Kitchen

Our lives are often over full with  too much going on.  We’re all busy.  Working.  Caring for children.  Running errands.  Studying.  Volunteering.

Where is the time to shop for and prepare a leisurely, healthy meal?

Food can often be therapeutic.  But, sometimes it’s hard to serve a healthy, healing meal to someone. when everyone is overworked, underpaid, short of time, and out of space.

BUT…

there are things that can be done to make your  kitchen healthy and the meals easier.

Begin by making your kitchen a place where you want to be.  Are the walls a color that you like?  Is music that you like available in your kitchen?  Do your utensils work?

If the answers to your questions were “no”, it’s time to try to make your kitchen a place where you want to be.  Tackle one thing at a time and the room will soon be your favorite place.

Review your recipes.  Do you have a few recipes for meals that are nutritious, delicious, easy to prepare, and fun to eat?  If not, be on the lookout.

What you need is an arsenal of easy-to-prepare meals which you can rely on.  Start with a few slow-cooker recipes which you can use during the week.  This way, you can load the slow-cooker with ingredients before you leave for work, turn on the cooker, and return home at the end of the day to a delicious meal.

Do you have a favorite casserole recipe?  Prepare this dish on your day off and then have it ready to eat the next evening.

Eat together as a family at least three times a week…more if you can.  Make eating together non-negotiable.

Get your family members to help with the meal.  Setting the table, washing the dishes, taking out the trash can all be done by family members.

I’m living proof that it is possible, even easy, to cook and serve healthy, nutritious, delicious, clean food that is easy to prepare and doesn’t cost a fortune.

When you work at this, you’ll soon have a kitchen that everyone enjoys.  Your food will be delicious, easy to prepare, inexpensive, and fun.

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Healthy Results

In this  blog post,  I deliberately chose  lifestyle changes which will offer you multiple health benefits.   This is part of a series of  healthy lifestyle tips  to improve your life.    Here are some new ones for you to choose from.  Try them out.  Some will work for you for a while.  Others will be habits you’ll adopt and live with.  These are all positive changes to improve your life.

GROCERY SHOPPING? – Choose whole, natural foods rather packaged or processed foods.

TAKE YOUR VITAMINS AND MINERALS daily.  Choose ones that you need to supplement your diet.  A nutritionist helps me choose the best supplements for my lifestyle situation, body type, age, and health.  Think of your daily vitamins as a sort of wellness insurance policy.  It’s hard to get all the nutrients we need each day.  Vitamins make the job a bit easier.

SET YOUR ALARM to go off 15 minutes earlier each day.  That way, you can slowly wake up .  You’ll have a few minutes to  stretch your arms, legs, hands, toes, feet, ankles, legs, neck and back.  This will bring extra oxygen to your entire body and get your day off to a good start.

MAKE YOUR MORNING DECISIONS THE NIGHT BEFORE.  That means you choose what clothes you’re going to wear the night before.  Choose what you’re going to eat for breakfast.  The more decisions you make the night before, the easier your morning will be.

KEEP  A TO-GO CORNER where you put all the things everyone is going to need as they run out the door.  This will include keys, wallet, book bags, gloves, hats, and whatever else will be needed.

CHOOSE A SHOWER.  It’s healthier than a bath.

DRINK A LARGE GLASS OF WATER.  You wake up each day dehydrated and you’ve been fasting all night so the water is good for you.

LISTEN TO FIVE OR TEN MINUTES OF QUIET MUSIC EACH MORNING.  You’re probably going to hear people talking all day long.  A few minutes of quiet music is helpful preparation.

KEEP YOUR BREAKFAST ROUTINE EASY.  Healthy breakfasts can include  granola,  whole grain cereals, cottage cheese, yogurt, hard boiled eggs.  Try spreading apple slices with peanut butter.  Don’t forget the blueberries! Substitute peanut butter for butter.

TREAT YOURSELF TO DARK CHOCOLATE AS A TOPPING FOR YOUR CEREAL.

Dark chocolate has lots of antioxidants to keep your arteries healthy.

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Healthy Small Steps

There are, literally, thousands of things all of us can do.  It’s the small changes which add up to meaningful  health improvement.  I’m  offering  a group of changes in each blog post which you can choose from.  Choose one new thing each day if you can.

My grandmother used to say to me:  “You take care of the nickels and the dollars will take care of themselves.”  Healthy Small Steps are the same thing.  Add healthy habits or lose unhealthy habits a day at a time to change your life for the better.

Substitute A BOTTLE OF WATER for that daily soda.  Water is cheaper and wonderful for your urinary health.  Don’t like water? Choose tea.  There are many flavors out there without sugar, artificial colors, artificial flavors, in the lineup of ingredients.

Spend five minutes every day STRETCHING.  You can do this while you’re watching TV.   Your joints and muscles will thank you.

Put OLIVE OIL in your salad dressings.  Your food will taste better and your body will be appreciative.  My olive oil is organic and comes from California.  It tastes delicious.  It’s nutritious.  Organic olive oil is a clean food.  My salads are yummy.

Do you eat  cereal?  Sweeten it with CINNAMON instead of sugar.  Your blood sugar levels will improve a bit.

Give yourself a TREAT!  Call a friend to chat.  Buy yourself a flower.  Have a luxurious bath with  scented soap.  These are all simple, inexpensive ways to reduce stress in your life.

Add a POWER NAP to your day.  Spend just a few minutes each day with your feet up, your eyes closed, breathing deeply, relaxing.  The remainder of your day will go easier for you!

Switch to WHOLE GRAINS.  Whole grain breads and cereals taste better and offer better nutrition.  What’s not to love about them?

Sniff a sprig of ROSEMARY.  This will give your brain a treat.  You’ll be more alert and you’ll enjoy the scent.  If you can’t get a sprig of rosemary, try putting a drop of rosemary essential oil on a tissue as a substitute.

QUIT SMOKING.  Okay.  This one may not be so easy, but the benefits are HUGE.  Go for it!

Get a good night’s SLEEP.  Okay, this one may not be so easy, either.  But the benefits are also HUGE.  For starters, schedule enough sleep time in every daily schedule.

Try some of these tips.  Lifestyle changes have multiple health benefits.  I’ll be sending more along in the next blog.

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BOOK UPDATE:  The second edition of “A Healer’s Handbook” should be out this week!  And, I’ve begun volume 2!

I thank all of you for this.  If no one were reading this book, this blog, there would be no need for a Volume 2.

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Living Healthy

One path to better health is to practice preventive medicine.  But what exactly, does that mean?  Well, it means different things for every person because every person’s body is different.

And, to digress here, that’s a wonderful quality that I love about reflexology.  Our bodies are different every single day and reflexology recognizes and respects that quality.  Why?

Because, reflexology encourages homeostasis which is the balance of all the body systems.  And, because our body systems are different every single day, reflexology sessions note the differences and encourage the body to balance itself.

The result?  Better health!  Reflexology sessions promote better health because of the homeostasis.

And, health promotion is often the small things that we do each day to prevent disease and to balance our bodies.

Disease prevention is best practiced daily, as we develop healthy habits which encourage homeostasis.

Many of the things we do regularly are easy, inexpensive, positive.  Healthy living is something to be enjoyed by us all.

Join me on this journey to better health.

So, read this blog and the series of posts I’ll be writing to help you take  steps which will result in a healthy body and healthier lifestyle.

These blog posts will be somewhat spiritual because health is a spiritual condition.  I hope you  enjoy reading these upcoming posts as much as I am enjoying writing them.

Thank you!

Thurman Greco

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