What Makes Us Well?

Wellness refers to the condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits. Nutrition refers to the nurturing of our body, in our ability to keep it healthy and functioning as it is supposed to do. Our ability to provide the body with all the necessary food, vitamins, and minerals so that we continue to thrive in our daily life processes. But what makes us well?

Work

The first place to start would be with the examination of your eating habits. Since we are a product of what we eat, if our eating habits are unhealthy, or do not provide for the nutrition we need, we’re not going to be healthy individuals at the end of the process.

  • Do you take in more calories than your body needs?
  • Are you supplementing your vitamins and minerals to make sure you are getting your recommended daily allowances?

If you’re not making the most basic of efforts to take care of your nutritional needs, you aren’t a well individual.

Food

Next, you might want to look at your exercise habits, if there are any. If there aren’t any exercise routines to examine, no wellness. Everyone, no matter what their age, benefits from exercise. Whether it is organized exercise activities, free weights, or simply establishing a personal routine, exercise is an excellent wellness tool. It keeps our bodies conditioned, our mental sharpness working at top speed, and thanks to the physical aspect, we get a boost to our cardio health, extra calorie burn, and more oxygen to those cells!

Exercise

Being able to deal with and handle the daily stresses of life keeps us well. Making sure we take the time to accommodate our needs for stress relief, such as downtime, therapy time, massage time, or simply take the time for a nice, hot bath. The body tends to retain stress in the muscle of the shoulder and back. Taking the time to relax, do relaxation exercises, and combine this with physical exercise for the entire body, and you shouldn’t have any trouble maintaining a state of wellness.

Our personal habits either keep us well or prevent us from being well. If you smoke, drink, or lose sleep to excess you’re not the well individual you could be. Smoking, drinking, and loss of sleep work to our detriment, and it takes extreme discipline to stop. Smoking fills our body with carcinogens, and works to keep us tired and lethargic.

Stress

Giving ourselves adequate time to devote to all areas of our physical needs, from our nutritional intake needs, to our physical fitness needs, to the need for quite time contributes to our level of wellness. How well we allocate time for these needs, and the choices we make in fulfilling these needs, keeps us well.

There are so many occasions to stop and question our efforts at maintaining optimal health, that we usually don’t even take the time to begin the examination. But it is beneficial to our overall health, the quality and quantity of our life, to make every effort to be well, healthy, individuals.

Relax

Be Yourself

Live Life

Life. Isn’t it a beautiful thing?  Freeing yourself to become the fabulous you. Sometimes we let people dictate our moods, in which, it is an reflection on what we wear and even our attitude. 

So lets begin the day with a positive outlook freeing our mind, body and soul to be a better you.

The role of a holistic health coach is to guide individuals to live a balance healthy lifestyle such as recommending:

  • Food and nutritional importance,
  • Personal care,
  • Consulting,
  • Healthy dieting,
  • Physical activities,
  • Beauty tips,
  • Hair, Skin and Nails,
  • Relationships,
  • ….and much more.

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Let’s look at the Positive outlook on Health and Wellness; A Lifestyle Change to Your happiness is important. Freedom of a happier you… a Healthy Stylish you.

I hope to find a better you for today, tomorrow and Evermore. 

Be a Kind Human.

Live. Love. Life.

Read our previous blog Happiness and Conquering Your Negative Thoughts 

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Vulnerability

A word people say and fear to feel. An experience you loathe and can’t forget. Avoiding it burns you up. Acknowledging it tends to sting. It’s a battle that will shaped your personality. My health journey began with self care. I had to reevaluate my health, skin, hair, body and mindset.

When I got on the scale; I literally got off the scale when it went got 195… ! I Started Nutrition plan and varies types of conventional and unconventional exercising. Besides the doctor saying I needed to lose weight. It was about time for me to stop lifting my belly to buckle my pants! I got serious. I lost over 25 lbs and I feel amazing.

I decided to exercise and network with amazing Personal Trainers, Nutritionist, Health Educators and Licensed Health Care Professionals whom grown in their practice. The Department of Labor states that the average worker spends about 9 hours or more at work a day. It is time to show you how to have a healthy lifestyle.

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Midnight Cravings

The end of the month is a day away. How are you controlling your cravings?

We were remembering when we were in college; when money was tight- Jack in the Box came out with 2 tacos for 0.99 cents. A full day of keeping willpower on high, sometimes it’s only a matter of time before we drop our guard and fall victim to the dreaded midnight snack attack.

Here are 7 helpful tips for handling nighttime eating:

1. REMOVE TEMPTATION

Out of sight out of mind. 

2. EAT A BALANCED DINNER

3. ADOPT A NEW HABIT OR ROUTINE

4. CREATE SNACK ALTERNATIVES

5. HOT TEA

6. If Tea isn’t your thing..try unsweetened almond milk or calorie free sparkling water

7. Something…MINT-Tee

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References:

28 Day Healthier Lifestyle Challenge

Today – 6 Strategies to Control Late Night Cravings

Healthline – 11 Ways to Stop Craving Unhealthy Foods

The Science of the Midnight Snack

DISCLAIMER: Content is reference purposes and is not a substitute for advice from a licensed health-care professional. You should not rely solely on this content, and assumes no liability for inaccuracies. Always read labels and directions before using a product. Statements regarding products have not been evaluated by the FDA, and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical physician has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking.


NUTRITIONAL GUIDE: WE ARE NOT MEDICAL DOCTORS: therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. We are nutritional consultants and make suggestions relating to nutrition. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical doctor has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking. It is recommended that you take your products at least one hour prior to taking your medication so that the minerals offered can be fully assimilated.

How to Keep Your Hands and Feet Healthy

We do a lot of functions with our hands and feet.  

With these bones, joints and ligaments, we are able to move and bend to

  • Hold on to our cell phone and use are fingers to call and text,
  • Use our feet to run up to a love one
  • Hold hands. 
  • Eat and Drink
  • Exercises
  • Daily task at home and work 
  • …and so much more

Some people with self care go to a spa to take care of their Hands and Feet such as: 

  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Aromatherapy Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Acupressure
  • Manicure and Pedicure

Others may do them themselves. However, if you are interested to start; below are items recommended to DIY Manicure and Pedicure and how to use it:

  • Nail File: Start the nail care process with the nail file to shape the tip of the nails and get the complete look. Start at the outer edge of one nail, at a 45 to 90 degree angle against the edge, along the nail towards the center. Repeat until the desired shape is achieved.
  • Salt Scrub: Get extra-deep with this as a scrub, or turn your tub into a spa by using it as a rejuvenating soak. However you use it, this powerful combination of Dead Sea salt, minerals, and oils will give your skin the attention it’s been longing for.
  • Buffing Block:Step 1 – Use the blue coarse side of the cube every 4 weeks for about 5 seconds. This will smooth the natural nail surface, clean ridges and stains off the nail.Step 2 – Use the grey soft side of the cube every 2 weeks for about 5 seconds, for a flawless polish.Step 3 – Use the white silky side of the cube every 2 weeks to buff to a perfect gloss manicure. Cleaning instructions: The buffer should be cleaned periodically with a dry, clean cloth.
  • Cuticle Oil: Rub oil on cuticle and surrounding skin, and massage until fully absorbed. Use once a week.
  • Body Lotion: Apply as needed and massage gently until fully absorbed.

BENEFITS

  • Achieve beautifully shiny nails with this easy-to-use manicure and pedicure kit.
  • Smooth and perfect polish, revealing natural, healthy looking nails.
  • Nourishing cuticle oil for healthier nails and softer cuticles.
  • The Body Lotion is absorbed quickly, provides hydration while helping to prevent moisture loss.

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Previous Blog: Wellness in Reflexology

References:

Seacret Spa Nail Care Collection

Bones of the Hand and Wrist

7 Ways to Keep your Hands and Feet Healthy

Britannica –  Hands and Feet

Desert Hand and Physical Therapy – 18 Amazing Facts About Human Hands

Blog DISCLAIMER: Content is reference purposes and is not a substitute for advice from a licensed health-care professional. You should not rely solely on this content, and assumes no liability for inaccuracies. Always read labels and directions before using a product. Statements regarding products have not been evaluated by the FDA, and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical physician has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking.


NUTRITIONAL GUIDE: WE ARE NOT MEDICAL DOCTORS: therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. We are nutritional consultants and make suggestions relating to nutrition. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical doctor has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking. It is recommended that you take your products at least one hour prior to taking your medication so that the minerals offered can be fully assimilated.

Beauty Care Disclaimer: Beauty consultants offer expert advice from their personal and professional experience: The information provided in or through this Website is for educational and informational purposes only and solely as a self-help tool for your own use.

How to Get Rid of a Bloated Belly

When you’re bloated, it’s important to focus on foods that are easy to digest as well as hydrating. And foods that aren’t too heavy. Because I’m going to guess you probably don’t feel like eating much.

Try these foods, spices, and teas to help slim down a bloated belly:

Collagen
Celery
Cucumber
Asparagus
Fermented Foods
Pineapple
Avocado
Lemon
Cayenne Pepper
Green Tea
Ginger
Smooth Move by Traditional Medicinals
Dandelion root tea
Peppermint tea

✔️Collagen
For many these days, bloating is a symptom of a condition known as a “leaky gut.” 

Essentially, the tight junctions between your small intestinal cells loosen. This affects your ability to successfully digest your food and absorb critical nutrients. It also allows partially digested nutrients and pathogens to “leak” into your bloodstream.

Therefore, when you’re bloated, it’s important to consume foods that will soothe and help heal the lining of your digestive tract. And I can’t think of anything better than collagen.

My favorite sources of collagen are bone broth and hydrolyzed collagen powder supplements.

✔️Celery
Celery contains a good dose of potassium–a mineral electrolyte required to maintain optimal fluid levels throughout your body. Which is essential for all of your organ systems to function properly.

Thus, potassium helps your body flush excess water. In addition, a potassium deficiency can also cause you to retain water.

However, don’t start munching on celery sticks just yet. It’s best to cook your celery when you’re bloated. The cooking process breaks down the fiber, which makes it easier to digest.

You can simmer celery in your broth. Or you can juice it, which also removes the fiber.

✔️Cucumber
In the beauty world, cucumbers are often used to help reduce puffiness around your eyes. And they do the same thing for your belly when consumed.

Thanks to a synergistic combination of nutrients in cucumbers, including caffeic acid (an antioxidant), vitamin C, silica, and water.

Some nutrients are found in the skin while others are in the flesh. Thus, to get the full benefits, it’s important to consume both parts.

Consider slowly snacking on fresh cucumber slices. Cucumbers can also be juiced or added to smoothies.

✔️Asparagus
Like celery, asparagus is a great source of potassium. Thus, it’s considered a natural diuretic. A food that helps you release retained water.

Asparagus is also a great source of food (prebiotics) for the good bacteria (probiotics) in your gut. Therefore, when you consume prebiotics, your gut flora flourishes. And this is important because these tiny microbes play a significant role in your digestive process. It is delicious when roasted or grilled. You can eat it alone. Or chop it up and add it to your salad. Asparagus is also tasty in soups (made with bone broth, of course!).

✔️Fermented Foods
Fermented foods, such as raw sauerkraut and kimchi, are excellent sources of probiotics.

As previously mentioned, these friendly bacteria help your body digest and absorb food. Especially lactobacillus, a species of bacteria predominantly found in fermented foods.

Lactobacillus specifically helps your body break down hard to digest carbohydrates. The byproduct of this process is lactic acid. And lactic acid further supports digestion by stimulating the release of digestive juices and enzymes.

But the benefits don’t stop there! Good gut bacteria also generate certain substances (butyrate, acetic, and lactic acids) that help keep your colon slightly acidic. This is necessary to prevent undesirable, gas-producing bacteria from colonizing. Because they only thrive in an alkaline environment.

If you’re new to fermented foods, start slow. Too much at once can backfire and cause bloating. A tablespoon is usually all you need to benefit.

✔️Pineapple
When it comes to bloating, pineapples shine. They’re a rich source of bromelain, an enzyme that helps support protein digestion as well as soothes the digestive tract.

The core of the pineapple has the highest concentration of bromelain. So be sure your pineapple is ripe, which will soften the core. Or, use chunks of the core to make a smoothie or fresh juice.

✔️Avocado 
Similar to celery, avocados are high in potassium, which helps ease water retention.

They’re also a great source of healthy fat and fiber. Fiber helps with constipation, which can contribute to bloating.

In addition to eating them plain, avocados make a great addition to salads as well as smoothies.

✔️Lemon
Lemon juice is a great digestive aid. It stimulates the release of bile from your liver, which helps keep food moving seamlessly through your digestive tract.

Lemon juice also improves nutrient absorption. And may even help flush excess water.

I recommend squeezing some fresh lemon in warm water. But, you can also add it to tea.

✔️Slimming Herbs & Teas

✔️Cayenne Pepper
A substance known as capsaicin found in cayenne peppers can be magical when it comes to bloating. It works by increasing the flow of digestive juices to help break down food. And it also help release gas.

Further, capsaicin has antioxidant powers and may even help keep unfriendly bacteria away.

I recommend adding a teaspoon of dried cayenne powder to warm water. Maybe even with a squeeze of lemon juice. And if you need to sweeten it up a bit, try a pinch of stevia or monk fruit.

✔️Green Tea
Green tea is one of the best anti-bloating teas. It promotes digestion. It helps release gas. And it is a natural diuretic.

Green tea is also packed with antioxidants, which can help repair the lining of your gut and reduce inflammation.

For best results, consume 2-3 cups per day. However, green tea does contain caffeine. So if you’re sensitive, try ginger tea instead.

✔️Ginger
Ginger has a long history of being used as a digestive aid.

The phenolic compounds (i.e., gingerol) in ginger stimulate the production of digestive enzymes.

Ginger also reduces inflammation and muscular tension within the gastrointestinal tract. This helps to release trapped gas as well as relieve constipation.

Ginger tea is a great way to harness the power of ginger. The stronger the better. You can also add a knob of fresh ginger to your smoothie.

And if ginger or green tea don’t do the trick or you want to mix things up, give these other teas a try:

✔️Smooth Move by Traditional Medicinals contains senna. An herb with laxative effects. Thus, it’s a great option if you suffer from occasional constipation.

✔️Dandelion root tea is soothing and works as a natural diuretic to shed excess water. It also has a mild laxative effect.

✔️Peppermint tea relaxes the muscles along your digestive tract to reduce cramping and help release gas.

While bloating might make you want to crawl in bed, you’ll be better off moving instead. You don’t need to run a marathon. But moving your body will help release trapped gas much faster than sitting (or lying) still.

Keep it moving…take a walk, go for a jog, or strike some yoga poses.

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References:

28 Day Healthier Lifestyle Challenge

Leaky Gut – Dr. Axe

Bloated

Foods that Fight Bloating

HealthLine

DISCLAIMER: Content is reference purposes and is not a substitute for advice from a licensed health-care professional. You should not rely solely on this content, and assumes no liability for inaccuracies. Always read labels and directions before using a product. Statements regarding products have not been evaluated by the FDA, and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical physician has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking.


NUTRITIONAL GUIDE: WE ARE NOT MEDICAL DOCTORS: therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. We are nutritional consultants and make suggestions relating to nutrition. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical doctor has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking. It is recommended that you take your products at least one hour prior to taking your medication so that the minerals offered can be fully assimilated.

SkinCare Regimen

You are eating better. Feeling Energized. Let’s make sure your face feels fabulous.

Last year, we blogged about Facial Care; If you don’t wash your face daily, your face ages 3-5 times. We wash our faces twice a day and alternate exfoliate/treat (mask) once a week. We are going to share our facial regimen:

  1. Cleanse
    • Wet your skin and circular motions. Gently massage the cleanser onto appropriate area of your face. Afterwards, rinse thoroughly. 
  2. Exfoliate
    • After cleansing, use an exfoliating product and gently scrub in circular motions. Gently rinse off any product that is left over (recommended once a week).
  3. Treat (Mask)
    • Apply the mask to your face and allow to set (recommended time is in the directions). After the mask has dried for the appropriate mount of time, gently scrub in circular motion. Gently rinse off any product that is left over (recommended once a week).
  4. Balance (Toner)
    • Add an extra touch to cleansing with a toner; which helps restore the balance of the skin’s pH and removes any excess oil or dirt that cleansing missed. 
  5. Nourish (Serum)
    • For additional hydration and nutrition; serums slide in between the cleansing and the moisturizing steps of your regimen. After Cleansing, use your finger tips to evenly apply a small amount of product to the area that is targeted for. Then apply the moisturizer afterwards. 
  6. Moisturize 
    • The last step in a regimen would be to moisturize. Use our favorite moisturizer to keep your face hydrated. Put a small amount on your fingers and massage into your skin in a circular motions, adding more product if needed. 

Some people make skip these two regimens due to the feeling. However, it is recommended because the toner removes the excess oil or dirt that wasn’t removed from cleansing Exfoliating/Mask removes the dead skin. For example, the skin analogy of Raisins, Cork flakes and Grapes. 

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We cleanse, balance nourish and moisturize our face twice a day and add the extra step of exfoliate/ treat (mask) once a week. If you have never exfoliate/ treat (mask) your skin, you will feel a tingling sensation and/or redness due to the product removing the dead skin. Make sure your toner is water base.

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Reference:

Seacret Spa, Seacret Direct, Beena Vogue

DISCLAIMER: Content is reference purposes and is not a substitute for advice from a licensed health-care professional. You should not rely solely on this content, and assumes no liability for inaccuracies. Always read labels and directions before using a product. Statements regarding products have not been evaluated by the FDA, and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical physician has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking.


NUTRITIONAL GUIDE
WE ARE NOT MEDICAL DOCTORS: therefore, we do not diagnose illness or prescribe pharmaceuticals. We are nutritional consultants and make suggestions relating to nutrition. None of the information offered here is intended to replace any program that your medical doctor has prescribed for you, nor does it conflict with any pharmaceutical medication you are taking. It is recommended that you take your products at least one hour prior to taking your medication so that the minerals offered can be fully assimilated.

 

Happiness

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Are you willing to work for happiness? Happiness should not be defined for just materialistic joys…. but a sense of driven remembrance of your purpose. I was listening to a podcast by T.D. Jakes. He was interviewing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia. Jakes had said something profound about President Johnson… “You had the courage to bring a dream that had no point of reference.” To grasp your happiness, you have to get out of your comfort zone. Old way of thinking will not produce a new environment. The opportunity you are seeking cannot appear under old habits. The road to happiness is not straight and narrow. But when you decided to enjoy the journey: grasping the resources, accepting the challenge and embracing the networks… Great opportunities will manifest. Joy will unfold and Happiness will overflow. Live your happiness everyday.

“Grow a successful harvest.” ~ Jesse Macphearson

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When making a change in your health using alternative methods, it is recommended you do the following

1. Consult your doctor. Ask for a referral if needed.

For example, when I changed my eating habits, I asked for an referral to speak to an certified nutritionist. She so helpful and understanding.

2. Not all information is good advice.

Make sure the source is creditable and reliable.

3. Results may vary.

Your experience will be different from others. However, communicate and speak openly about your experience.

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