Valentine's Day is right around the corner.
This year, why not focus on the most important relationship
you'll ever have -
The story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman Emperor and a humble Christian Martyr. The Emperor was
Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus. Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the ideals of Christianity; not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs. During the last weeks of Valentinus' life, the jailer, seeing he was a man of learning, asked if he could bring his daughter, Julia, blind from birth, for lessons. Valentinus began to tutor her and pray with her. One day as they knelt in prayer Julia exclaimed, "I can see." On the eve of his death, Valentinus wrote a last note to Julia and signed it "From your Valentine."
We all have a need to give and receive love. Love is the food for the soul. Love nourishes the body, mind, and spirit. Being well-connected with others is an essential part of life. We all feel a sense of comfort, safety, and connection when we are free to express our hopes and dreams, fear and anger, joy and struggles with others. It is important to find a type of love and intimacy that is appropriate and nourishing for you. It's a bit like establishing the amount of protein, vegetables, and exercise that is appropriate for your body. Each person needs to find the right balance of togetherness and alone time and know that these needs will change with time, just as dietary needs change.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition
This Valentines day, while we are professing our love for others with cards, candy, and flowers, let's not forget to practice self-love, self-acceptance, and self-care. In the spirit of these concepts, here are some inspirational words followed by some practical tools for implementing healthy diet and lifestyle choices....because you're worth it!
I am worthy of my own Love
I am precious, a child of the One
I'm not too little or too much
I'm enough, just as I am
I am worthy of my own Love
I accept, who I am
I stand up and speak my truth
I am strong, I express myself
I am worthy of my own Love
I am the Light, the Life of God
I take dominion of my life
I believe in myself and I have faith
I am worthy of my own Love
I am the Power, the Presence of God
I am worthy of my own Love
I am precious, a child of the One
ords & music by Jennifer Russell
copyright Remba music 2012 (ASCAP)
In this moment in time, I choose to accept and love every part of myself. I have compassion for me and I also feel compassion for others. I create a life of acceptance and understanding.
Taken from my Louise Hay calendar for the month of February.
Self-care is not an act of selfishness, it is an act of self-love.
Core Principles of a Healthy Traditional Diet
In the 1930's, a Cleveland dentist named Weston A. Price, DDS, who I have referred to in a previous newsletter, traveled to isolated parts of the world to study the dental health of people unaffected by Western civilization. His studies revealed that dental caries and deformed dental arches, which resulted in crooked teeth, were the result of nutritional deficiencies and not genetically inherited as previously believed.
Dr. Price studied sequestered villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, indigenous peoples of North and South America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian Aborigines and the Maori people of New Zealand. He found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, good physiques and resistance to disease were typical of native groups who consumed traditional diets rich in essential nutrients.
The isolated people Dr. Price photographed - with their fine bodies, ease of reproduction, emotional stability and freedom from degenerative ills - stand in sharp contrast to civilized modern people subsisting on the "displacing foods of modern commerce," which includes sugar, white flour, pasteurized milk, low-fat foods, vegetable oils and chemical and additive-filled items.
Compared to the average diet at this time, the indigenous diet provided at least four times the water-soluble vitamins, calcium, and other minerals, and 10 times the amount of fat-soluble vitamins from foods such as butter, fish, eggs, shellfish, organ meats and animal fats.
These cholesterol-rich foods are the very same foods now shunned by the public today. These healthy traditional people knew instinctively what scientists of Dr. Price's day had recently discovered - that fat soluble vitamins were vital to health because they acted as catalysts to mineral absorption and protein utilization. Without them, we cannot absorb minerals, no matter how abundant they may be in our food. Dr. Price discovered an additional fat-soluble nutrient, which he labeled Activator X, to be present in fish livers, shellfish, organ meats and butter from cows eating rapidly growing green grass in the spring and fall. All primitive groups had a source of Activator X, now thought to be vitamin K, in their diets.
What constitutes a healthy traditional diet?
No refined foods or ingredients
No refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup
No refined or hydrogenated vegetable oils
No white flour or canned foods
No protein powders or synthetic vitamins
No pasteurized, homogenized, skim or low-fat milk
Animal protein (A portion of which should be consumed raw)
Eggs and whole milk products
Fish and shellfish
Reptiles and insects
Whole animal consumption preferred (muscle meat, organs, bones, and fat)
Land and sea mammals including land and water fowl
Abundance of minerals and water
Fat-soluble vitamins (e.g. vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and Activator X - now known as vitamin K)
Water-soluble vitamins (e.g. vitamin B and vitamin C)
Food Enzymes and Beneficial Bacteria
Dairy products and meat
Fruit and fruit beverages
Sprouted and soaked seeds, nuts, and grains
- Nutritional and Physical Degeneration - Weston A. Price
- Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Six Keys to a Healthy Weight Loss
1. Detox First
Many of the toxins in our bodies are stored in body fat. Research shows that when we lose fat, these toxins are released back into circulation and may cause negative symptoms, health problems, and may make it more difficult to lose weight. Therefore, a natural cleanse or detoxification program is essential for healthy weight loss. When done properly, most people will experience: increased energy levels, reduced cravings for sweets and other junk foods, and an overall feeling of enhanced wellness. A 14- to 21-day detox program tunes up the metabolism and helps make successful weight loss easier.
Eliminate Problem Foods
Certain foods cause hormonal imbalances that drive overeating, food cravings and inflammation, making it almost impossible to lose fat. Eliminating these foods can make all the difference in your ability to successfully lose fat and keep it off. Refined carbohydrates and sugar are some of the biggest problem foods, while gluten and dairy are also major offenders. If you eliminate these foods during the detox phase, it is best to continue to keep them out of your diet. You'll feel better, have more energy, and lose fat more easily. Lose the problem foods, lose the fat. It's the one time in life when lose-lose is really a win-win.
Research shows that eating processed or sugary foods for breakfast - like muffins, bagels, pancakes, or even most breakfast cereals - can lead you to overeat later in the day. This may also wreak havoc on your blood sugar and sap your energy levels, causing you to crave sweets and making it almost impossible to stay on a weight loss program. Thus, it is vital to eat a quality breakfast every day, and make sure it is high in protein and low in refined carbs. Also, be sure to avoid processed foods and cereals.
Eat real food 3 to 5 times a day
Processed foods act like sugar in the body, often providing excess calories that are quickly absorbed and more likely to be stored as fat. The proper way is to eat minimally processed, real food, and follow these guidelines: have small frequent meals, consume protein with each meal, eat some quality carbs (not necessarily low carbs), and consume quality oils, not low fat. Try a "Paleo" style diet consisting mainly of fish, grass fed pasture-raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts. This diet excludes the most common problem foods such as grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. A Paleo diet is excellent for losing fat and maintaining.
Use natural products to support quality nutrition intake
Protein shakes are an easy way to get quality nutrition quickly, without a lot of calories. For people who are too busy to make breakfast, a protein shake can be a quick and easy meal. A protein shake is also good after exercise to support muscle building. Ask your practitioner which supplements are right for you. The right supplements or protein shake can kick start your metabolism, help you burn fat, and make it easier for you to get quality nutrition without a lot of calories.
Exercise to boost your metabolism
Physical activity is essential if you want to lose weight and keep it off. It increases muscle metabolism, helping your body burn more calories, even at rest. Exercise also helps eliminate toxins, which can cause you to become resistant to fat loss. Physical activity makes you look better and feel better too. Walking helps strengthen and tone the major muscle groups. Resistance exercise increases muscle and muscle burns calories, so adding some resistance training to your program is recommended. Interval training is often considered to be the most effective exercise for overall health, fitness, and fat loss. Find an activity you can do regularly, and make it a permanent part of your life.
Products of the Month
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Protective Breast Formula
Breasts represent the ability to sustain life through care, support, and nurturing. Breasts epitomize the sacred feminine values of love, compassion, and wisdom. These heart centered forces need to be cultivated and nurtured.
We believe getting your annual Thermogram and taking Protective Breast Formula is a wonderful way to practice self-care and promote optimal breast health.
Protective Breast Formula is a combination of clinically and scientifically studied ingredients that support the immune system and cellular health.
- Combines the best-researched ingredients that support breast tissue health
- Specifically formulated to provide optimum benefits for women
- Includes the potent natural immune boosters and antioxidants: Indoplex, green tea extract, maitake D-fraction, turmeric, vitamin D3 cholecalciferol, and grape seed extract
- Supports breast tissue health through five separate, unique pathways.
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||Grape Seed Extract quenches free radicals and has more powerful antioxidant activity than vitamins C and E.Green Tea Extract contains the compound EGCG, a powerful scavenger of free radicals that supports healthy cell proliferation.
|Natural Inflammatory Response
||Turmeric shows COX-2 inhibition and general support for healthy cell development. Turmeric appears to be COX-2 preferential - not inhibiting the activity of the beneficial COX-1 enzyme involved in supporting the stomach lining.
|Healthy Hormone Balance
||DIM acts as a natural hormone detoxifier, helping the body to efficiently and effectively break down and excrete estrogen into beneficial, rather than undesirable, metabolites.
|Immune System Support
||In a clinical study, maitake (mushroom) D-fraction enhanced natural killer cell activity by 1.2 to 2.7 times.In recent studies, vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) enhanced the body's own natural immune defense, supported normal cellular health and supported TNF-alpha (a protein involved with inflammation) induced defense of breast cell tissues.
||Calcium d-glucarate helps bind spent hormones (estrogen) and other compounds to transport them out of the body.
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The information presented in the webinar
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"The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning"
by Wendy Beth Rosen
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Please join us February 22, 2017 at 7 PM for our next webinar
Topic: Eliminating Chronic and Recurrent Pain with Posture Therapy
Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health Through Awareness present Deb Freeman, an Egoscue University Certified Postural Alignment Specialist. She will be discussing "Eliminating Chronic and Recurrent Pain with Posture Therapy." Posture Therapy is a non-medical modality which utilizes a series of gentle, individualized exercises and stretches to target the underlying root cause of pain.
The human body was designed to move with great functionality, free of pain. When muscles become misaligned through lack of use or repetitive use our bodies become dysfunctional. We begin to lose range of motion, experience pain, and become prone to injury compromising the systems of the body.
Thousands have eliminated chronic and recurrent pain through posture therapy when all else failed. Stop trying to simply manage your pain and begin your journey to living a pain-free lifestyle.
After much research and years of suffering from chronic pain, Deb discovered Egoscue, a world leader in non-medical pain relief. Like many who suffer from chronic pain, she saw numerous doctors and tried a variety of methods to reduce her pain. Her posture therapy results were so profound that she left her career as a loan officer to become a Postural Alignment Specialist. She completed her initial Postural Alignment Specialist certification in 2013, at which time she began assisting others in their journey to eliminate chronic pain. In 2014, she obtained her Postural Alignment Specialist II certification. Deb's passion is to spread the word that there is hope for those who suffer from chronic and recurrent pain and to guide and empower others to transform their posture, eliminate pain, and change their lives. Deb facilitates weekly Postural Alignment classes in Cherry Hill, NJ and also does one-on-one sessions.
Here is an interesting and informative Summit.
Autoimmune diseases and the physical, chemical and emotional pain they create impacts millions around the world. The primary way doctors treat these diseases is to prescribe immune suppressing drugs. Unfortunately, this approach has failed to achieve a meaningful outcome and has created an even greater health crisis --
what Dr. Peter Osborne calls
"The Prescription Pain Trap"--
which you will learn more about during this important event.
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Liesha Getson, BCTT, HHC
TDI/Health Through Awareness
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