WOW!

I have been geeking out this week listening to talks given by leaders in the field of functional medicine and nutrition in Mark Hyman’s “Fat Summit.”   It’s been fun.  Everyday four or five new free talks are offered and you have 24 hours to listen to them.  So there’s pressure to get that listen in before the free versions evaporate!

On Monday I listened to the great Deepak Chopra share his insights based on his new book called “Super Genes” (I ordered it immediately).  Okay, I confess, I listened to it four times.  Ya, it was that good.

As a health coach I offer people support to meet their health goals, whatever those might be.  Often people who find me are initially looking to loose weight, but I employ other methods of up-leveling their overall health, such as introducing the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal, daily meditation, breath work, tapping, and generally helping people find balance.  I’ve spent hours of my time learning–not just training as a health coach and a yoga instructor–but on things like the value of meditation, breathwork, the power of positivity, and more. Turns out, all these “stress reducers” are where it’s at.

According to Deepak Chopra, the body takes stressed out messages in through the microbiome (the bacteria in our gut) and these messages direct gene expression.  Yup, these messages determine whether or not you’re going to get sick!  I’m not talking about the sniffles.  The scientific link has been made.  This is a big deal.

Your state of mind, or equanimity, matters. A lot.

If you are all stressed out you can eat the best, most wholesome food, but guess what?  The body takes it in as toxic.  And the opposite is also true–when you’re in a “good place” or experiencing equanimity you are likely to be able to absorb your nutrients better.

WOW.

So all the worry, stress, and agitation is definitely making us sick and sicker.  AND we have the tools to fix that.  This is the future of good health.

 

 

 

Top Three for 2016

I was recently asked to contribute to a newsletter to get people focused on healthy habits for 2016.  I thought I would share it here as well.  Happy reading.

My Top Three Tips for 2016

As you enter this new year you are likely to start thinking of what new habits will serve you well, habits that you can incorporate into your life to be the best version of yourself. The start of a new year is filled with endless possibilities for you to explore! Here are three tips I hope will become habits:

1. Just Eat Real Food (JERF)
Take a hard look at the food you are eating. Does it come in a package? What is in it? Do you recognize every ingredient? Most packaged foods are filled with sodium, preservatives, and agents to enhance flavor that are chemically composed. Opt for healthy and natural fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, naturally raised meats and wild caught fish. The closer to nature, the better. Here is a great site with ten reasons to cut processed food: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/10-reasons-to-cut-out-processed-food/

2. Cut back on sugar
This is a big one. Just this week, the FDA proposed minimizing sugar intake as it is causative in many different types of diseases, not just diabetes. Read the article in the Boston Globe here https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2015/11/09/fda-sets-new-guidelines-slow-use-sugar/M9TuldhE0tAibTFB1c3hyM/story.html. Also, sugar can increase the chance of the development of breast cancer tumors and hasten their development, according to a new study published this week. Listen to the story here: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/01/06/sugar-breast-cancer-study. So dramatically minimize your intake. If you need help breaking the sweet sugar habit, try sipping on lemon water throughout the day to not only alkalize the body but to cut out the sugar cravings!

3. Breathe
Just 8-10 long slow breaths invites the parasympathetic nervous system to come to your rescue and create a sense of calm. It allows the brain to recognize you are in a safe environment, giving way not only to a more peaceful self, but allowing your hormones to function optimally, and your digestion and sleep to improve. Consider taking mini breaks throughout your day to focus on slowing the breath—even set a timer one of your devices! Breathwork is often a common focus in a good yoga class, and you can read the value of yoga and breathing here: http://www.yogapilots.com/yoga-and-a-better-attitude-clinical-studies-and-surveys-2/

Transformation Time

I love this time of year.  You can’t walk into any store without the yoga clothing front and center (well, at least where I shop) and green smoothie sales are through the roof.  It’s the time of the year when we start–or restart.  There is potential and optimism in the air and people are trying to take better care of their bodies and implement changes (cue the smoothies) into their routine for better health.  I just love it ALL.

With all this change in the air,  I’m theming my classes this week on manifestation, asking my students to close their eyes and see what they’d like for themselves in 2016.  Not something material, but something truly transformative, something they could only wish to create.  What is it that you want for yourself this year?  See it, feel it, smell it, hear it–and you’ll get more comfortable with your beautiful mental image, and hopefully bring it closer to becoming a reality.  I ask my students to create an affirmation in the present tense, as if it is happening already, and to circle back to it throughout the practice.

I started reading “Presence” by Amy Cuddy on Audible.com last week.   The premise is that bold body language and holding onto “power poses” (think Wonder Woman) allow us to get big on the inside, too.  These physical positions bring a greater chance of success to our life, our interactions, our mental positions.  I found it coincidental that our son’s wrestling coach invited a coach in from Boston University who shared something similar to the team.  So as we watched our son prepare for his match on Saturday there he was on the sideline, building confidence with a power pose.  And yes, it worked.

Power poses….yoga warriors….what is the difference?  Very little if you ask me!  So as you start looking within for how you want to chart your own year, think big and bold. Tell the universe what you want. Throw your arms up in the air or hold a warrior to build confidence.  And then let the universe unfold.

Oh My Cod

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy!
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I made this amazing cod last night that even the picky fish eaters loved.  It’s so easy I thought I’d share it here.  We ate it before I even got a photo!

Ingredients:
2 Pounds of cod–>opt for wild caught
1 Lemon
1 Bunch of fresh oregano (yes, fresh!)
Olive oil

Directions:
1. Put a little olive oil in your baking dish and place the cod fillet(s) in the dish so they are not overlapping at all
2. Zest your lemon on top of the fish
3. Juice your lemon and pour it over the fish
4. Drizzle a little olive oil on top
5. Chop up the whole bunch of oregano–should be 1/4-1/2 cup of oregano–and sprinkle it on top of the fish
6. Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes or until done

Enjoy!