Health

Healing from Emotional Wounds

I’ve often wondered why some people are more capable of going through a crisis, or even a series of crises, and are simply able to heal faster, or are more open to accepting the necessary truths that lead to their healing, than other people?  What makes the difference between a person who heals faster through therapy or their own self-reflective journey, and the person who has been in therapy for years and still deals with feelings of hopelessness?

I have felt depression, isolation, anxiety, and devastated feelings of self-worth at… (CONTINUE READING)

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Post Pregnancy Body & Working Out

 This woman is awesome.  Tracy Anderson is the tiny little workout-nazi that can turn your body into how God probably intended it to be when He gave us our design (the perfect muscle:fat ratio we all probably would’ve had if chocolate and McDonald’s never existed –AmiRight?!?!).  Anyway, now that I’ve been 8 weeks out postpartum, I’m starting to want to up my lackadaisical approach I’ve had to being serious about getting back into shape…. (CONTINUE READING)

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Avoiding a Victim Mentality

I’ve been wondering for awhile what makes some people fall into a Victim Mentality, what makes them acquire a personality that truly believes that their life and what happens to them, is out of their control (and sometimes, the control of God).

I love taking my son over to spend time with his grandparents, I get time to talk to my dad about life, ideas, and just enjoy his and my mom’s presence.  Maybe its being 6 months pregnant, but its nice to be able to go over there, and relax and be taken care of with my mom creating homemade sodas for us, slushies with her margarita machine, ordering pizzas, or the latest new treat this last weekend… (CONTINUE READING)

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Tracy-AndersonDoes Our Society Expect Women to Apologize For Being Fit & Healthy?

Our media has been accepting more and more the idea that if a woman is fit, then she must have an unhealthy obsession with looks, weight, or exercise.  This is even applied to women who merely express their desire to become fit – to lose a few extra pounds for their wedding (see yahoo article), or after a baby (you don’t need to lose that weight, silly, you’ll look more like a REAL mom if you keep the extra weight on).  Body acceptance and confidence are crucial – no matter what size you wear, however, wanting to be fit, and lose flab or extra weight certainly does not qualify you as unhealthy… (CONTINUE READING)

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Emotional Erosion

Inside all of us, there is grassland that needs tending with the greatest of care. It’s a spiritual ecosystem that’s completely self-contained and self-supporting, so long as we know how to farm it the right way. When we don’t have the proper tools to nurture it, the soil of our soul becomes exposed to the damaging effects of our negative life experiences… (CONTINUE READING)

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gossip Why Gossip Backfires

“Integrity includes but goes beyond honesty.  Honesty is telling the truth – in other words, conforming our words to reality.  Integrity is conforming reality to our words….  keeping promises and fulfilling expectations….

“One of the most important ways to manifest integrity is to be loyal to those who are not present.  In doing so, we build the trust of those who are present.  When you defend those who are absent, you retain the trust of those present… (CONTINUE READING)

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Let it Go (Personal Growth)

I love the prospect of a new year, another chapter added to your life, the expectation of what is to come, the known and the unknown… it’s exhilarating and fills my heart with happiness.

It’s true though, that you really can’t move forward unless you learn to let go.  My father used to talk to me about the interesting revelations he’d discover when reading great books, and one of them (possibly from Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Riding?) was about the concept of how you can’t really move forward until you… (CONTINUE READING)

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Health Benefits of Fish

Healthy Heart and Brain

Eating fish is an important source of omega-3 fatty acids. These essential nutrients keep our heart and brain healthy. Two omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Our bodies don’t produce omega-3 fatty acids so we must get them through the food we eat. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in every kind of fish, but are especially high in fatty fish. Some good choices are salmon, trout, sardines, herring, canned mackerel, canned light tuna, and oysters.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

  • Help maintain a healthy heart by lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of sudden death, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms, and strokes.
  • Aid healthy brain function and infant development of vision and nerves during pregnancy.
  • May decrease the risk of depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and diabetes.
  • May prevent inflammation and reduce the risk of arthritis.

(from www.doh.wa.gov)

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carolina kurkova

Health: Good Reason To Lose Weight

I’m not a New Year’s Resolution person, I usually don’t make promises to myself of drastic changes to come at the beginning of every new year.  I have in the past though, and since it seems “losing weight” is always at the top of many American people’s list, I thought I’d share what I’ve found to be genuinely good reasons to shed the pounds… (Continue Reading for key points).

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