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Book review: 12 Simple Steps to Loving Life

12 Simple Steps to Loving Life

I am a sucker for “self-help” books. I started reading books in that category at about 18 years old, around the same time my interest in alternative healing modalities also emerged. I learned quickly that wellness – mind, body, spirit, was a total package. Authors like Dan Millman, James Redfield, M. Scott Peck, Thomas Moore, and Shakti Gawain, were the books I was reading while most of my peers had their heads buried in college textbooks.

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Burnt out? Fatigued? Exhausted? Prolonged exposure to stress can = “Adrenal Burnout”

According to the American Psychological Association, most Americans are suffering from moderate to high stress, with 44% reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past six years. When we experience excessive stress—whether from internal worry or external circumstance—a bodily reaction is triggered, called the “fight-or-flight” response.

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Self Assessment Checklist

When you are on the road of change, sometimes you have to stop to smell the roses. In today’s fast pace world, we want quick results and simply want to be told what to do so that we don’t have to think about it for ourselves. This gets us by for a while, but before you know it, usually in times of crisis or stress overload, we have lost our connection to how we really feel inside, physically, mentally, and emotionally. This disconnect impairs our ability to heal, be productive, and thrive. The idea that if we don’t take care of ourselves first, we cannot optimally take care of others, is so true.

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You ARE a health nut if……

The things you do

1. You ARE a health nut if you have eliminated at least 3 of these things from your diet: Gluten, Soy, Dairy, Meat. If you have eliminated all of those, as well as corn and peanuts, whoa you mean business!

2. You ARE a health nut if you are buying and drinking water only from glass containers.

3. You ARE a health nut if you “know” about: being a vegan, proper food combining, the pale diet, the blood type diet, fasting, raw food, cleansing, and sprouting.

4. You ARE a health nut if you: soak your nuts prior to eating.

5. You ARE a health nut if your smoothies look like mud because there is a MINIMUM of 6 ingredients in each one you make.

The things you say

6. You ARE a health nut if you can ramble on about your love of super foods like acai, goji, sea buckthorn, spirulina, chlorella, quinoa, mangosteen, noni, reishi and chaga.

7. You ARE a health nut if you are having conversations about how many supplements you take.

8. You ARE a health nut if you have an obsession with a certain kind of workout.

9. You ARE a health nut if these words have come out of your mouth: “I can’t. I’m cleansing right now.”

10. You ARE a health nut if your response to eating certain seafood is: “I don’t eat bottom feeders”

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Today’s post says everything and nothing about our health, wellness, and society.

These days it seems that everyone is an authority on health and wellness. Our society is filled with opportunity to create health and wellness, yet sometimes these opportunities get lost due to our society’s priorities. It is important to break down all of this information to see what is really going on.

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Have you taken the Love Pill? It’s good for your heart, mind, and immune system.

The love that brings health goes beyond romance and kinship ties to include feelings of friendship, compassion, respect, admiration, and gratitude for others.

Love has physiological effects. One of the most important effects is its ability to boost our immune system. Many studies point to the importance of love to maintain good health.

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Giveaway: The Intuition Guidebook – How to Safely and Wisely Use Your Sixth Sense by Cyndi Dale

Congratulations Dan, Gilliane, and Marie! Our 3 winners of The Intuition Guidebook! Many thanks to all of you that entered!

If you are interested in Intuition, your Sixth Sense, Chakras, or wonder what your level of Psychic ability is (you get to take a quiz), this book is for you. Although easy to read, it is not “fluff” material, so I think you need a genuine interest in all of the above to get the benefit of this book.

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10 Ways having fun keeps you young! Melanie and Tim celebrating 12 years of marriage.

We were married in Minneapolis MN at the Basilica of St. Mary. We did our photos at the church before the wedding ceremony. On our way to our reception we drove across the street to the famous Minneapolis Sculpture Garden for a few more fun photos of just the two of us before heading to the rest of the big night ahead – sit down dinner, drinks, and dancing at the Metropolitan. It was an amazing day!

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Guest Post: My Yoga Project. A guy’s journey into yoga class, the basic what, why and how.

For thousands of years Yoga has been practiced by many individuals interested it improving their health. With the many differences in Yoga classes and teachings, fitness minded individuals are discovering that Yoga offers something for everyone.

Yoga has a long history. Locations in the Indus Valley show stone carvings of Yoga poses dating back approximately 5000 years. Yoga was thought to be discovered in this country in the 1800’s but was widely known and accepted in the 1960’s due to the interest in eastern cultures.

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Book Giveaway, Yay! Togetherness – Creating and Deepening Sustainable Love

Congratulations to our 3 winners! Alexis Bellovich, Lauren Sherrell, and Marina Mc Queen. Please allow 2-4weeks for delivery. Hope you all enjoy!

I was recently introduced to author Cyndi Dale (Intuitive Counsler) and was able to get my hands on most of her book collection. Her most recent book Togetherness – Creating and Deepening Sustainable Love, co authored by Andrew Wald (Psychotherapist) has been the book that I pick up lately just before bed.

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Melanie & Nicole each share their own path to the yoga mat, and why they each plan on sticking with it.

One of our first fitness features was Intro to Yoga Feature on The Everygirl’s site. It inspired us to share with you our path to the yoga mat…..

Nicole’s Yoga Journey

I started my yoga journey when I was 18. I had just started college and joined a gym that offered classes. I started going with my friend and we would stay for the poses (asanas in Sanskrit) but leave right before the meditation (Shivasana). The teacher let me go and knew I would come around eventually. Yoga is a mind and body connection and the final meditation is just as important as the poses themselves.

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