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I will continue to practice what I want to see happen in my life. I will be patient and know that all is coming.

   
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Finger Tapping Your Way to Weight Loss?

Have you heard of tapping? There are many ways to do it, but Prevention Magazine says that, “The secret to weight loss might truly be at your fingertips: Tapping your forehead with your finger for 30 seconds could cut food cravings, suggests recent research presented at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting.”

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Ready for Winter: Eating Seasonally and Locally

With the first day of winter (winter solstice) rapidly approaching (21st of December), for people living in the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, so does a slow shift of “in season” fruits and vegetables.  But just because our Sun is in its farthest south position it does not mean that eating locally should stop; there are plenty of good-for-you winter crops that are available both locally and grown in hoop houses and other other methods to extend the natural growing season. In fact, backyard hoop houses can make it seem like you moved your garden hundreds of miles to the south. Growers can count on four to six weeks of extra production in some seasons. By adding an inner layer of cover inside a hoop and picking cold-hardy varieties, people can grow right through winter — even in the coldest climates (source: motherearthnews.com).

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Enhance Your Emotional Wellness with Oriental Medicine

The upcoming holiday season can be filled with a dizzying array of demands, visitors, travel and frantic shopping trips. For many people, it is also a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness and anxiety. Compound the usual seasonal pressures with economic strain, and you may find this to be one of the most emotionally trying times of the year.

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15 Habits That Help Keep Your Home Clean

It is said that a clutter free home and work environment translates to a clutter and free mind. If you are looking to help decrease stress levels and improve your living conditions and mind conditions, try adopting these 15 habits that can drastically bring in levity, light and even comfort into your daily life. Think clean, neat, and tidy and so the Universe will fruition that back to you.

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Staying Hydrated With More Than Just Water

Though school is slowly resuming across the country and the fall season is around the corner, there are many parts (like where I live) of the country where daily temperatures still reach around 100 degrees fahrenheit. It is very important to keep hydrated, as we are only as optimal as the liquids we consume, use and bathe in. In this week’s Chopra Center Lifestyle Newsletter, there was a simple and easy to follow article about staying hydrated with foods (not necessarily just drinking water). It is a good reminder that we can acquire hydration from may different aspects.

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Keep Your Skin Healthy with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be very effective at treating skin conditions. Treatments can provide quick relief for acute symptoms, as well as significant and lasting relief from recurrent or chronic skin conditions.

The skin reflects and reacts to imbalances within the body’s internal landscape and the effects of the environment. Internal disharmonies caused by strong emotions, diet, and your constitution can contribute to the development of a skin disorder. Environmental influences, such as wind, dryness, dampness and heat can also trigger or exacerbate skin disorders.

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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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