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Kathleen
11:40 am

A Series of Prescriptions #4 — You ARE what you eat...

Nourish, nourishment, nutrition — three words that should have fairly simple definitions, and yet I personally struggle with their meanings more and more.  I often find myself wondering what these words actually mean.  We have “nutrition labeling” on almost all food products that are meant to provide information about the nutrition that is to be found in that product broken down into percentages of fat, protein, carbohydrates, sugars, sodium and a variety of vitamins.  And labels seem to scream out at me from every shelf and aisle in every store about “organic”,  "naturally flavored”, “gluten free”, “low fat”, “non fat”, “low carb”, “unsweetened”, “no added sugars”, “no artificial sweeteners” until I find myself turning all of the noise off and wandering around the store in utter confusion not knowing what actually is good for me, not knowing which foods will actually nourish me, and wondering just how things became so crazy and complicated.... Read More

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Kathleen
7:11 pm

A Series of Prescriptions #3 -- Sounds of Silence

So far you have been prescribed daily doses of gratitude and movement.  This week’s prescription is all about silence and stillness.  It might seem odd since you recently received a prescription that told you to get up and move, that you are now being asked to practice being still and silent, but bear with me and you will soon see how the pieces all begin to fall into place.   We live in a very noisy world.  For the most part, no matter where we go we are surrounded with noise and movement of all kinds. All of our senses are bombarded on a pretty constant basis with lights, noise, and motion which our incredible brains somehow process and make sense of in order for us to make informed choices.  However, all of that input into our very sensory bodies can really make our brains feel a little overwhelmed and a bit overly noisy itself.  Read More

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Kathleen
1:29 pm

A Series of Prescriptions Part 2:  A Body In Motion…

I hope you did well with last week’s prescription!   This week’s focus will be on movement.  All living things move, grow and change,  and we, dear friends, are meant to do the same.  And while the focus of this week’s prescription will be on physical movement, always remember that as living beings we are intended to move emotionally, cognitively and spiritually as well.  No matter what our age, movement in all its variations should be a part of the daily health care that we practice in order to live our lives expansively. Spend just a moment sitting outside watching nature.  Be as still and quiet as you can.   At first it may appear as if everything is as still as you are, but as your eyes settle and your brain slows down you will begin to see the constant dance of movement in front of you.  Read More

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Kathleen
2:37 pm

A Series of Prescriptions

I’ve been reflecting a lot on my role as a holistic health coach and the path that lead me here.  Part of that path involved chronic daily pain, and oddly enough I am grateful for what that part of the journey taught me.  Without it, I am not sure I would be practicing a profession I love and connecting with amazing people who are seeking to heal and nurture health holistically.  Now it may sound a little odd to express gratitude for the journey of chronic pain.  But if you see your life challenges as opportunities to learn a lesson for your spirit, to glean understanding, to garner strength and knowledge then it is only logical that gratitude will well up in response.... Read More

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Kathleen
8:19 pm

Lesson of the Red Crayon

...Whenever we are trying to make lifestyle changes to support our health and life/work balance simply telling ourselves  to “eat healthy” or “exercise more” is too big of a task, and the overwhelm of seeing the huge task looming before us gets us stuck.  What exactly does “eat healthy” mean?  What does “exercise more” look like?  And how exactly do I “manage stress”. .... Read More

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Kathleen
4:00 am

Tips for Clean Eating

The holidays are over and the new year is among us.  A special and exciting time where we make ambitious plans for our next twelve months and dream of the possibilities.  The most popular resolution is improving health, and we usually are quite ready after the holidays.  As tasty as the holiday tidings are, they leave us feeling a little less on track with our goals than we'd like.  Those new healthy resolutions don't have to be complicated, and they don't have to end before February even arrives.  The key to looking and feeling your best is to keep it uncomplicated and simply focus on clean eating.  Read More

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Kathleen
4:00 am

How to Prevent Stress Eating During the Holidays

The holidays can be a great time of joy for many. But along with the joy there is sometimes a bit of added stress and anxiety. Even for those that love the family get-togethers, the stress of holiday shopping, added financial pressure, and hosting relatives can cause those cravings for sugar and carbs to increase. Read More

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Kathleen
4:00 am

Dodge Those Germs

Winter is typically a refreshing time of year that many eagerly await.  The colder temperatures, in some areas the beautiful blankets of snow over the landscape, the festivities with family and friends, and the anticipation of a brand new year right around the corner help to make it a time of magic.  However, along with all of these great things, colds and the flu are also rampant. Read More

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Kathleen
4:00 am

The Might of Magnesium

Recently, I read that according to the National Institute of Health, about 90% of the population is deficient in magnesium. And even though different sources may give us slightly different percentages, the chances are you may be one of the folks in that group. Read More

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Kathleen
4:00 am

Sneak Wellness Into Your Day

Daily workouts can be quite difficult to fit into the busy schedule, and often, this causes us to throw our hands up and give up altogether.  But remember those 60 minute sweaty workouts are only one piece of our individual wellness puzzles.  We can frequently have an all-or-nothing mindset when it comes to wellness, but this way of thinking is harming our health — so, let’s put it to rest today, and let’s talk about how we sprinkle wellness into even the most hectic of workdays. Read More

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