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Author Archives: Dr. Nancy

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Happiness Enhancing Strategies

These are 12 researched strategies for sustainable happiness adaptation written by Sonja Lyubomirsky as published in the Scientific Approach to Getting the Life you Want The How of Happiness (Penguin 2007). 

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Healthy Eating Basics: Where Should I Start?

One of the most popular questions I get from inquisitive minds often touch on the basics of eating a healthy diet. I always encourage people to take steps and little shifts to mindful and awareness food consumption that will lead to optimal health. There are just so many “myths” and “truths” out there that have a direct impact on our lives (mental, emotional and physical well being), that if we try to comprehend them all in one big chunk, we could be overwhelmed and throw in the towel before even committing to making a change for the positive. Below are general guidelines I like to follow and suggest for people that need a gentle nudge toward the right way of doing things better when it comes to food decisions. 

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Supercharge Your Metabolism and Lose Weight in 7 Simple Steps

Your body’s metabolism is comprised of enzymes and hormones. Metabolism converts your food intake into fuel (your body’s energy). You have probably heard that some people are genetically predisposed to a sluggish metabolism, which is attributed to weight gain. While this may be true for some people, know that there are certain foods that naturally help increase metabolism and shed pounds. The following healthy eating plan shows how to incorporate these natural metabolism booster foods into a daily diet.

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25 Uses of Melaleuca/Tea Tree Essential Oil

Melaleuca, or Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifoliais) is a topical or aromatic essential oil that is knowns for its antiseptic, anti-fungal and infection-reducing benefits. It also has antibiotic properties and helps aid against aliments such as skin dermatitis, infections, rashes, burns, and dry, flaky scalps including dandruff.

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10 Best Yoga Poses for Headaches and Migraines

Got a tension headache or pressure in the upper region of your torso that stems from the base of the skull all the way up to the temples and into the middle of your eyeballs? Headaches and migraines can be extremely debilitating and uncomfortable. If you are not the over the counter pill popper every time a symptom comes up in your body, then know that there are great holistic approaches to feeling better (and they can be low cost or free)!

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Total Paleo Meals

Want more inspiration on Paleo Meals? Here are a few to turn your “same ole'” meals to something a little more exciting! Enjoy!

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Finding Our Edge. . . Finding My Edge

 Many times people run away from feelings or emotions that are confronting. Fearing judgement from others. Fearing judgement toward one’s self. In the developed world, we are conditioned to blindly shuffle from one indoor task to another without taking time to lift our heads and make eye contact or physical connection; without putting down our forks in between chews, without questioning why we must have Monday office meetings or obey silly laws or eat the food given to us. We are taught to stop crying, stop feeling, and suppress our emotions that help us to understand the truth within ourselves. We keep minds and bodies busy to avoid the awkward silences that may challenge us to be alone with ourselves. That is confronting. Silence. Cause then we would have to perhaps face our own demons that hold us back from growth, authenticity, truth and imperfection

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Why the Mind Matters Most

Our lives are formed with the thoughts that we think. Life is a reflection of each thought, and with each thought (conscious, unconscious or subconscious), the physical structure of our brain changes. It actually does. The brain expands, grows, new neurological pathways are being created, synapse are firing and hormones (oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins) begin pour in. May it be thoughts of abundance or lack, poverty, wealth, safety, danger, bliss, trauma, love or hate, our thoughts form our feelings (expressed in life as what we experience), which then form our experience, and then turn into our beliefs. The more thoughts about our experience, the stronger our feelings and the more we believe it to be true.

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DHEA Roles and Benefits

What is DHEA?

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by your body’s adrenal glands.
DHEA is used for slowing or reversing aging, improving thinking skills in older people, and slowing the progress of Alzheimer’s disease.
DHEA functions as a precursor to male and female sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. Precursors are substances that are converted by the body into a hormone.
Testosterone and estrogen production also generally declines with age. DHEA supplements can increase the level of these hormones.

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Peace of Mind: Raising Serotonin Levels

Serotonin is a brain chemical responsible for regulating many of the functions in your body that contribute to your overall health and wellbeing, happiness, and  feeling of fulfillment. People who have a lot of stress or suffer from different types of anxiety disorders generally do not have enough of it.

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