The foundation of any wellness program must revolve around people learning how to have food support health instead of destroy it, reducing excess amounts of fat on the body and supporting any bio-chemical deficiencies with effective nutrition. Everything else is just a band-aid.
There is no question that being at your ideal weight significantly lowers your risk for heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, and other chronic illnesses. Fat around the belly area, known as visceral or intra-abdominal fat, is particularly linked to elevated levels of cholesterol, insulin, triglycerides and blood pressure; all markers for the development of disease conditions.
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Are you ready to get serious about improving your health, increasing your energy, and avoiding disease conditions by finally getting to a healthy weight?
The program includes:
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- Initial 30-minute screening & consultation to assess your suitability for this approach
- Five weeks of a structured eating plan, focusing on real whole foods, for which you’ll receive all the guidance and monitoring required to make it work for your specific needs
- Five, weekly, hour-long sessions with me, in-office or via phone/skype, to monitor progress, weight, measurements, and work on all related concerns
- Health Assessment to identify underlying conditions with recommendations as appropriate
If the idea of a liquid cleanse or more extreme plan for detoxifying has you avoiding the whole idea, know that there are many ways to promote cleansing and give your body a rest from overindulging in foods that may be difficult to digest or contain toxins you don’t need. To whatever degree you focus on whole, natural, unprocessed foods, you are doing something good for yourself.
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This is a tool I use at the beginning of the Health Counseling process, in order to help people focus on the areas of their lives which could most benefit from some loving attention and effort. Hope you find it helpful in your journey towards improved health.
Holistic Review of All Aspects of a Well-Balanced Life
Food, and how you choose to eat, is very much linked to your other habits, practices, and overall life circumstances. The degree to which you feel fulfilled in all areas will partially determine how well you are able to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Similarly, when you nourish yourself with good food, you will find you have a better ability to get your needs met in all other areas and create the life you most desire.
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Of all the things I work with clients on, the process of learning to relax more, particularly focusing on improving breathing, can have the biggest impact with the least amount of relative effort. And people that use the breathing exercise recommended below tend to really love it and feel the difference right away.
When we’re in a more relaxed state, the eating process serves us better because:
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- We don’t excrete as many vitamins & minerals through urinary loss
- LDL cholesterol is less likely to go up
Many people ask me about cleansing programs and whether they could be helpful for them. In the same way it makes sense to clear out old junk before starting a renovation, a cleanse can be a means of helping the body to release toxic weight as you embark upon a new healthier lifestyle and approach to food. A cleanse can be a means of “jump-starting” the whole process. It is recommended that you work with a holistic health expert before starting any kind of cleanse.
Would you benefit from a cleanse?
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It’s once again that time of year when concerns for our health focus on the flu, and the question of whether to vaccinate ourselves and our families looms large. This year, there’s also the swine flu to consider, and the conflicting reports about the H1N1 have many people concerned.
I don’t intend to explore the issue of whether vaccines are safe or effective. The decision regarding whether they are right for you can only be made by you. Do your research, and if you’re unsure, discuss the issue with holistic health experts who you trust and respect.
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“Every day, three times a day, I am building an anti-cancer biology, and anyone can do that, we just need to tell people how.”
This is what Dr. David Servan Schreiber, cancer-survivor and author of Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, says about his diet. He argues that while we are all exposed to cancer-stimulating factors, mainly through our diets and lifestyle choices, we have a profound ability to control our own health by avoiding certain foods and consuming others in larger quantities.
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I am absolutely convinced that we have much more ability to create our own reality than most of us ever take advantage of. I know some people may consider this idea to be “new age” nonsense, but it would more accurately be described as ancient wisdom, as related manifesting practices have been used throughout the world for centuries. It’s also quite practical, relatively easy, and most certainly risk-free. I help my clients work towards achieving their goals by identifying their priorities, helping them make commitments, supporting them in accomplishing tasks, etc., in a very traditional way. This is important work and it can be very effective. However, the manifesting work can really help facilitate progress, particularly when someone is struggling with getting started or finds themselves stuck along the way.
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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate getting sick. Illness of every kind, from the common cold to major debilitating diseases, takes us off course, wastes our precious time, and zaps the energy we would otherwise have to use on much more important endeavors. Staying healthy is a critical way to ensure that you have the opportunity to live your very best life possible.
Have you ever wondered why we sometimes find ourselves or our children more or less susceptible to various viruses and infections? There are numerous factors that play a role. For most of us, diet can be hugely important. A well-balanced variety of natural whole foods can certainly go a long way towards increasing resistance.
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Now that the weather is finally consistent with the season, it’s the perfect time to think about how we might prepare for fending off the illnesses we’ll be exposed to as late autumn leads into winter. The recent Waldorf-sponsored workshop, Essentials of Home Health Care, conducted by Jeanne Schirm and Judith Brockway Aventuro, two holistic nurses who have studied Anthroposophical medicine, couldn’t have been timelier. Their program combined a description of general principles regarding the qualities of a healthy home environment along with an overview of practical techniques for assisting a patient through an illness in a way that will facilitate the healing process rather than just suppress symptoms. For me, it provided good reinforcement of practices that I have already employed and the presentation of interesting new ideas I can add to my repertoire.
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