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Best Way to Prep for Spring? Start from the Inside.

As we welcome the Spring Solstice with gratitude and perhaps one less layer of clothing, let us take pause and notice the work that will pour in from the outside to make our physical appearance and environment new, renewed and ready for show. It is no mistake that as the ice starts to thaw and the days lengthen, gym, sporting, beauty salon and yoga attendances begin to soar. We start our physical preparation or the summer season now and though that may be a great motivator for the outside appearance, we often neglect and overlook the importance of a nurtured

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Diets, Health

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." Yes, You Tube has many tapping videos available to watch if you are interested in technique or want to experiment. "It's not the only distraction trick that works—obese people in the study also tapped their ears with their fingers, tapped their feet on the floor, and stared at a

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Health

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).  (more…)

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Essential Oils, Fitness, Literature

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)! (more…)

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Inspirational Quotes, Meditation

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

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Inspirational Quotes, Meditation

Highest Aims

I continue to learn about what exactly my “purpose”, “mission”, or “goal” is in this lifetime. The more I learn, the more it is clear to me that this all mighty purpose of my “self” is more and more fundamental and simple than I can ever expect or plan for it to be. This question is enigmatic and has crossed my mind throughout my adolescence, and young adult years, as I was conditioned to focus on making decisions that would bring me the biggest return on investment and provide the best “karmic” debt payment. As I work on exploring the

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Health

Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2015

In this year’s “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market” published in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®, the top results on what’s going to change and shake up your work outs for the biggest gain (or loss, so to speak) are in. The American College of Sports Medicine asks thousands of fitness professionals across the world come up with a great list of what is trending in gyms and in the fitness minds of people for 2015, and the list may surprise you. Popular exercises like spin and Zumba have dwindled lower

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Health

Best Ways to Kick Sugar Cravings

Sugar is hidden in almost everything, and more pervasive now than ever before. It is almost unbelievable when looking around an eatery setting (restaurant, picnic tables, social gatherings, and work place cafeteria) how much of the foods we eat on a daily basis is laden in sugar. Why have we become a society of such sugar consumers? We are taught to even feed our little ones a 4 course meal of sugar (chocolate milk, boxed cereal or breakfast bars, crackers, pancakes with syrup, gummy and fruit snacks with yogurt, sauces, juices) and call it "healthy." It's no wonder that sugar

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Health

Emotional Eating: Causes and Tips

Do you find yourself constantly headed to the snack machine, kitchen pantry, refrigerator or digging in your children's "snack/junk" drawer (even when you are not really hungry?) Perhaps you are just bored, or out of habit you walk by your the employee's lounge to see what goodies are left by others. Maybe you are feeling extremely excited, happy, nervous, sad, or even mad at times and reach for something to soothe the nerves. In fact, experts say that more than 75% of over eating and eating disorders are caused by emotions. We are almost pre-programmed and culturally conditioned to combine food

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Essential Oils, Fitness, Health, Pregnancy

Charley Horses, Leg Cramps and Foot Spasms, Oh My!

If you frequent painful muscle spasms in the foot or legs, you are not alone. These often short lived but sometimes debilitating leg occurrences are brought on by overused or injured muscles, dehydration, having low levels of minerals such as potassium or calcium, or pregnancy. They can sneak up on you in the middle of the night or occur during a workout (especially if you are challenging your body to do new movements or heavier weights). Upper leg spasms are more common with running or jumping activities. Spasm in the neck (cervical spine) can be a sign of stress. Let's take

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