Steps to making a habit

posted Oct 14, 2017, 8:42 PM by Ann Lee

1. Make sure it is a new habit that you feel good about versus feeling like it is a chore.
2. It is ok to take time to prepare versus starting right away.  Figure out all the little things that need to be put into place, and add each step to your calendar to get it done.  For example, this weekend order gym clothes, next weekend visit different gyms to find your perfect one.  Even if it takes a month to get ready, set yourself up for success versus finding excuses to never start.
3. Take baby steps.  If your goal is to exercise for 30 minutes, start with 5 minutes, and each week increase by 5 minutes.  That way it feels like it is doable and fits into your lifestyle gradually.  It helps to make your habit sustainable versus easy to fall off the horse.
4. Time your new habit with an old habit.  Do your habit along with something you already do regularly, such as brushing your teeth, getting the mail, taking a walk, etc.  That way it starts to become automatic versus a chore.
5. Find a reliable person to hold you accountable or partner to start the new habit together.

Don't get discouraged if you fall off the horse, just get back on!

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Body mechanics

posted Sep 23, 2017, 5:19 PM by Ann Lee

Many of us deal with back pain, sciatica, piriformis syndrome, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, after years of poor body mechanics.  I have been working on retraining my body to do daily activities without overly straining the back.  Some tips include using the legs versus the back to bend- basically squatting all day long when doing activities, and following your belly button versus twisting the body to reach or bend over.

Affording alternative medicine

posted Aug 19, 2017, 4:13 PM by Ann Lee

Just because a treatment is not covered by your insurance policy does not necessarily mean it is off the table.  Document your alternative care and file a claim for reimbursement with your insurance provider.  This article includes information to send to your insurance provider.  Thorough documentation can help make the case for reimbursement.  It also contains more info on the pros and cons of health care savings accounts and health care financing:

Ibuprofen affecting kidney function in endurance runners

posted Jul 30, 2017, 4:07 PM by Ann Lee

A recent study conducted through Stanford University School of Medicine on 89 endurance runners, showed kidney function was affected 18% higher in the group taking 400mg of ibuprofen during a 50-mile section of 1-4 different 7-day ultra-marathons.  The study recommends these athletes to avoid using ibuprofen for pain management.  Ibuprofen decreases blood flow to the kidneys, which can be aggravated in ultra-endurance athletes who are pushing their renal system beyond normal.  Acetaminophen may be a safer option for endurance runners.

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Tattoo awareness

posted Jul 22, 2017, 4:40 PM by Ann Lee

Exposure to metals (lead, mercury) and toxins (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in tattoos can place an extra burden on the liver and other detox organs.  Work with a holistic practitioner to help you safely detox from any exposure from past tattoos.  Speak to your tattoo artist about the safest, nontoxic products available for future tattoos.  Some color inks use vegetable-based pigment from spices like turmeric instead of a high dose of heavy metal.  Your artist may have to special-order them, but it may be worth it for your health.

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Food to pack when you travel

posted Jul 8, 2017, 5:22 PM by Ann Lee

Some ideas of prepping before you travel from Dr. Will Cole:
- Carrots
- Celery
- Radishes
- Apples
- Bananas
- Nuts
- Nori wraps filled with any vegetables or fruit
- Homemade granola
- Tea bags

Other ideas to stay healthy when you travel

Support naturopathic care

posted Jun 17, 2017, 8:23 PM by Ann Lee

Daily Stress Relief

posted May 29, 2017, 7:18 PM by Ann Lee

What happy, successful, optimistic people do

posted Apr 16, 2017, 8:15 PM by Ann Lee

What happy, successful, optimistic people know about life: that we will all experience good times and bad times, that we will all have sad days and happy moments, that nothing in life is permanent, and that our success and happiness depends on our ability to ride these waves of change with composure.

You can't stop life from throwing stuff at you. You can't stop the unexpected from interfering with your goals and dreams. But you can choose how to respond. You can always choose to shift to a healthier state of mind when unwanted things happen. People who are happy, successful and optimistic know that, no matter what happens, life still goes on and they can choose to focus on things that empower them. They refuse to give up their right to enjoy life. And guess what? So can you.

A power shift in focus, even if only for a very few moments, can have a profound effect on how you cope with any challenge and help you understand the great duality of life. In other words, you can't know true peace until you've experienced chaos. You can't know joy unless you've felt pain. Conversely, no matter how many tears may fall, there is still room for a smile, and even laughter. You must experience one end of the emotional spectrum to fully appreciate the other. A power shift in focus is a skill that nourishes your soul and significantly changes how you view life. It can be improved with practice and is a key to creating a happy life for yourself.

So practice a power shift in focus. Temporarily step away from those moments that are bringing you down and focus on aspects of yourself that lift you up. Bless the things that life has given you, rather than cursing what you are lacking. And always find the laughter during tough times. This is what happy, successful, optimistic people know and do.

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Creating a positive cooking environment

posted Apr 9, 2017, 7:35 PM by Ann Lee   [ updated Apr 16, 2017, 8:10 PM ]

If preparing food feels like a chore to you, then it may be a good idea to alter your kitchen environment to make it a positive place that you look forward to cooking in.  Peggy Curry suggests adding a photo of someone or something you love, an inspiring quote, or a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Is there a need to rearrange or reorganize any clutter that's crowding your kitchen space?

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