Where do you stand?
Work break in the park. Ready for spring!
I just worked at and attended the Integrative Healthcare Symposium here in New York for three days. It was jam packed with interesting lectures given by leaders in health speaking on current, pertinent topics and well over a thousand practitioners and non-practitioners participating. As I sat listening to one of my favorite doctors, Dr. Mark Hyman, I thought about how cool it is that I am doing the exact same work with my clients that these leaders were presenting about! Topics ranging from reducing pain and inflammation, lowering cholesterol naturally, stress management, dealing with cravings, energy, digestive and gut health, the power of touch, food and mood, culinary herb's impact on health and the importance of high quality pharmaceutical grade supplements. WOW!.....quite a range of essentials!!
The really cool thing? Unlike some of these well-known doctors, I get to work with people that the doctors don't have the time for but wish they did.I'm the lucky one if you ask me. I get to take the "science-y" stuff that they work on, remove the "doctor-speak," and make meaningful and practical connections in my client's lives.
I left the symposium feeling really motivated, well equipped, and looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my community. I have a list of treasures to share. I have decided that one newsletter a month is not enough, and that my real strength lies in speaking live/one-on-one and in groups with people. SO...I'm gearing up to host a series of calls with great info that you don't want to miss! Email me NOW if you have a topic you would like me to cover, if you want to be a guest on one of the calls, or if you would like me to give an informative and fun presentation to your group.
Now that spring is on it's way, it might help you to learn where your strengths and weaknesses lie when it comes to your health. I am offering a really comprehensive health assessment that covers everything from hydration to dental health to stress and nutrition, and then provides you detailed information on where and how you can improve. It takes about 20 minutes, and it is well worth your time. Click here to learn where you stand.
Load on the fat
During this last phase of winter we all need good energy boosters to get us through the final stretch and prepare us for spring. How about using the power of coconut oil? You can use it on your whole body (all year round), inside and out! Yum.
Why coconut oil? This kind of fat (omega 3) is GOOD FOR YOU. I swear it's true. It improves heart health, increases metabolism and thyroid performance and also strengthens the immune system. It's anti-bacterial and anti-microbial because of something called lauric acid--so it's a great tool for your gut health. It helps with actually reducing body fat because of it's high medium chain triglyceride levels which are easily digested and quickly converted into energy, NOT stored as fat. Basically it's great to use in everything. And believe it or not, if you're a coffee drinker-- it actually works synergistically with coffee for fat burning and great energy efficiency. It's like putting the most efficient oil possible into your car! I have tons more info on coconut oil and a million other treasures so stay tuned, and if you haven't tried it yet, go get yourself some raw, organic unrefined coconut oil.
Fun and easy coconut treat:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey (I usually use less, these are sweet and better to keep it on the lower end!)
1/4 cup raw cocoa nibs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
1/2 heaping cup pecans, almonds, walnuts, chopped medium-fine (or you can use sunflower or pumpkin seeds, I also use hemp seeds sometimes, which adds great protein, fiber and good Omega 3's)
Mix all ingredients into a bowl with softened (but not heated) coconut oil (you don't want the cocoa to melt). Place bowl in refrigerator for about a 1/2 hour or so. Using a teaspoon or a melon scooper, mix ingredients to incorporate and scoop rounded dollops into mini muffin or candy cups. Freeze.