September Newsletter
Eat Well. Avoid Toxins, Be Happy!
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Even though it's been years since I was in school, September still has that feeling for me of something new, starting afresh.  It's also the start of the Jewish year and I love having the opportunity to pause and reflect on the year that is gone and the year that is upcoming.  I love the Jewish tradition of seeking forgiveness from those you have wronged and being open to forgiving others.  What a great way to free up emotional space and start the year with renewed energy, vitality, and love!

Eat Well

With thanks to my friend Ilona and food.com, the easiest pancake recipe ever!

Ingredients
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • Oil or spray
(yes that's really all!)
Directions
  • Mash up the banana (slightly ripe will work best)
  • Mix in two eggs
  • Heat your frying pan with a spray or a little oil (I also add a little water. Dr. Weill recommends this as it will keep your oil from getting too hot)
  • Use a small measuring cup or large spoon and make silver dollar size pancakes.
  • Pour them in the pan, flip when the top gets firm and starts to bubble.
Serve with
  • Fruit
  • Maple Syrup
  • or just plain.
Yum!!
Avoid Toxins - Listen to your Body
One of the reasons that I am so passionate about education about how to avoid the toxins in our environment is that often we don't know that we are encountering them.  It's easy to choose to walk away from the back of an idling truck because of all of the exhaust pouring out, but it is harder to know what lurks in our products, our foods, and our furniture.  My friend Susan Joan was recently speculating about how much we really do know if we listen to our bodies and our intuitions.  
 
Do you sometimes feel less than great?  Perhaps you are feeling tired, or itchy or cranky but you are not sure why.  It might be worth considering the possibility that it is something in your environment.  Listen to your body.   I am currently trying to figure out if my favorite couch might be emitting unhealthy toxins.  I have friends who are exploring whether alcohol is causing unhealthy reactions in their bodies.   I have known for years that I don't like being in places where people are heavily perfumed, but it is only in recent years that I have considered that it might be the chemicals behind these scents and not the scents themselves that are causing the problem.
 
All of this leads me to marvel at the wonder of our bodies. They somehow know enough to tell us when there is a problem.  In addition, often they try to eradicate the toxins by getting rid of them.. I believe that many of us have gotten out of touch with listening to our bodies about toxins. This is made more complicated by the fact that chemicals in our foods and products are designed to make us enjoy them or want more, covering up the underlying chemical or toxin flavor, taste or odor.  
 
Understanding toxins in our environment is difficult. The science is not clear and we often do not know what is actually toxic or the source of the toxin.  It is easy, however, to make small, incremental changes to decrease the toxic load on our systems.  To do this, why not start by listening to your body?  Pay attention to when something bothers you and take steps to remove it from your life. It takes a bit of detective work and might require some false starts, but imagine how awesome it would be to have healthier skin, to feel better, and to have more energy all the while reducing toxins for yourself and your family.
Join me at a webinar on September 16 at 7:00 to learn how to "Break Through to A Sugar Free Life"

Following the webinar, or separately, sign up for my 10 day sugar cleanse challenge beginning on September 17.

On October 23, at 7:00, register here to join me in an informative webinar to learn how to DeToxify Your Home.  

On November 18 at noon, join me in a webinar where we will discuss Mindful Eating just in time for the hoiday season

 
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Are you eager to try a small change?   Try my sugar cleanse challenge, starting September 15.  Sugar is increasingly being linked to health issues including diabetes and heart disease and is considered toxic to our bodies.  It causes premature aging -- how crazy is it that the sugar we consume leads to wrinkles on our faces?   Moreover, it is a hidden ingredient in many of our foods, everything from spaghetti sauce to crackers and generally foods with added sugar also have other ingredients that are considered to be harmful.   Try it -- it's a ten day challenge, I can't wait to hear how much better your feel when it's over and how much money you've saved by not buying processed foods with added sugar!
 
Be Happy while you travel -  B-R-E-A-T-H-E

My friend Emily Burrows and I are writing a guest blog post about how to stay healthy while traveling.   Here's a sneak peak about what we say about travel and breathing.    I think it's a good technique anytime you feel like you need to step out of a stressful mindset, even if only for a moment.

Another flight cancelled? Lost baggage? At the end of a long day with an even longer evening ahead? Take a moment and focus on your breathing. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths, inhale, pause for a few seconds, and then exhale out any frustration, anger, irritation, or stress.

You can also try three-part breathing to your belly, ribs, and chest. Place one hand on your belly and the other in the center of your chest. Close your eyes, inviting quiet into your mind. On the first part of your inhale, let your belly expand into your hand. Let the breath continue upward to fill your ribs, before finally reaching your chest. Exhale slowly, gently deflating your chest, ribs, and belly.

Does breathing help?   Does it genuinely make you feel less stressed or even, just a tiny bit happier?  Let us know.
About me

I work with organizations seeking to incorporate health and wellness into their corporate culture, individuals seeking to achieve their goals through health and wellness choices, and communities seeking to make the healthy choice the easy choice. 

I am a Certified Holistic Health Coach, a strategic planning consultant, a distributor of Ava Anderson Non Toxic Products, and a HeartMath coach.
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