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.

By Steve Rizzo

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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Natural Deodorants

posted Mar 26, 2017, 7:26 PM by Ann Lee

Many patients like using Primal Paste.  Here is a recent article done that reviews the different natural deodorants available out there on the market: Natural Deodorant Review.

Reflecting on your social connections

posted Feb 21, 2017, 6:41 PM by Ann Lee

Barbara Fredrickson, Ph.D, in her book LOVE 2.0, mentions an exercise that helps us to increase satisfaction with our social interactions:
At the end of the day think of the 3 longest interactions you have had and ask yourself-
How in-tuned did I feel with that person?
How close did I feel with this person?

How to grow your own fresh air

posted Jan 25, 2017, 6:18 PM by Ann Lee

Pick a day to do your food prep

posted Jan 2, 2017, 3:46 PM by Ann Lee

To set yourself up for success in implementing a good nutrition plan, it takes planning and prepping of food so that you do not easily opt for convenience food.  You are basically making your own healthy convenience food that is ready at any moment.  Pick one day a week to wash and chop your vegetables, and make snacks or meals for the whole week.  Play music in the background so it doesn't feel like such a chore, and get the whole family to do it with you so it can count as quality family time. 

Unhealthy mindsets to ditch

posted Dec 20, 2016, 8:13 AM by Ann Lee

We owe it to ourselves to give our mind and body the attention it deserves, even if it requires a little extra work.

With so many other issues to worry about in life, it can be easy to forget about ourselves, but it's time to make our health a priority. If you're worried your attitude about your life, your medical care, or even your own body could be causing you harm, you might want to consider these unhealthy mindsets to ditch when it comes to your health — it might do you some good!

"I'm Too Young To Get Sick"

Just because you don't feel the consequences now don't mean they won't affect you later. "Life can feel like one big party when you’re young," says health coach Jill Ginsberg. "Have fun. But don’t use it as an excuse to treat your body like total crap. Focus on healthy foods, exercise your body, manage your stress and get a tune-up every now and then."

"I'm Too Far Gone, Why Bother?"

"It can definitely seem overwhelming trying to right the ship when you’ve already steered yourself so far off course," says Ginsberg. But getting healthy is all about taking small steps forward, and many health issues can be reversed with some lifestyle modifications. "Start  making one small positive change today and make it a habit," says Ginsberg. "Then layer additional small behaviors changes on top."

"I Don't Have Time"

We all have the same number of hours in a day, and although life can get crazy, it's important to prioritize your health – so you'll have ample time in the future too. "There are lots of ways to reclaim some space in your day to make room for wellness," says Ginsberg. "Plan ahead so you can manage your schedule more effectively and set aside chunks of time for taking care of yourself."

"My Attitude Doesn't Matter"

Most people tend to accept the way their mind works as set in stone, but we can work to change our attitude, and this can have a positive affect on both our physical and mental health. "Negative thoughts may negatively impact your overall health," says Okeke-Igbokwe. Not only can a bad attitude lead to more stress and anxiety, but it can also increase your risk of other health issues such as dementia, heart disease, diabetes, and more, according to multiple studies.

"I'll Start Monday"

Instead of putting things off and picking a future date to make any necessary changes, just start today. "What miraculous thing is going to happen Monday that couldn't happen today or tomorrow?" says Celia Trotta, M.D., M.B.A. "Also, if you make an error on Monday or soon after, you might try to wait until the following Monday to start again. I think its good to plan ahead, but don't use a date as an excuse to procrastinate."

"There's Nothing I Can Do About My Depression/Anxiety"

No one deserves to suffer, and just because you have depression and anxiety doesn't mean you should feel stuck with these feelings for the rest of your life. "Don't neglect your emotional state, and seek treatment if you are suffering from mental health issues," says Trotta. "Mental health is as important as physical health."

"Eating Healthy Is Too Expensive"

Healthy eating doesn't have to be pricey, especially if you avoid trendy foods and stick to the right stuff. "Fruits and veggies can be more expensive than processed food, but the good stuff comes packed with valuable vitamins and minerals, while anything processed has little to no nutritional value whatsoever," says health coach Robyn Lanci. This can also help you save money on healthcare costs in the longterm. "To keep costs down, choose produce that's on sale, and skip the convenience cut options," she says.

"It's Probably Nothing"

Sometimes, a weird symptom really is nothing, but in the off-chance that it is, it's important you don't ignore the signs. "If you notice a  change in your health and begin to exhibit new symptoms you have never experienced before, do not wait things out," says Okeke-Igbokwe. "Schedule an appointment to get an assessment."

"I Need To Keep Going"

Many of us constantly have something on our plate, and we push through our insanely busy days even when we don't feel well. However, this can have a detrimental effect on your health. "When you are grinding it out all the time, you are putting your body is a constant state of stress, and therefore, you don't allow your body to slow down and heal itself and repair itself during the stages of rest," says Dr. Katie Henry PT, DPT, HHC. Take time for yourself, and remember, you don't have to do it all.

It takes time to shift your mindset, but once you do, taking care of your health becomes much easier.

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Ideas for random acts of kindness

posted Dec 4, 2016, 5:25 PM by Ann Lee

Here are some ideas from Lynn Robinson of random acts of kindness to feed your soul:
  1. Send a card to someone who could use some cheering up.
  2. Make an extra portion of your next meal and bring it to a neighbor or friend.
  3. Smile at strangers on the street.
  4. Volunteer to drive someone to their doctors appointment.
  5. Teach someone how to read.
  6. Offer babysitting services to someone who could use a break.
  7. Offer a small gift (candle, book, card, inspirational quote) to a stranger.
  8. Give someone a hug.
  9. Share your favorite skill or talent with someone.
  10. Bring someone flowers (and buy some for yourself, too!)
  11. Shovel a driveway, rake leaves, do some gardening.
  12. Spend time really listening the next time you're in a conversation.
  13. Pray for someone. Pray for more love and kindness in the world.
  14. Get to know someone from a different religion or ethnicity.
  15. Buy some grocery store gift cards to give to the homeless.
  16. Visit someone in the hospital or nursing home.
  17. Volunteer at a non-profit that is aligned with your interests and skills.
  18. Buy some toys for a family who doesn't have any at the holidays.
  19. Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly or ill neighbor.
  20. Make some homemade gifts and share them with others.
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