The Place of In-between

The month of August has always felt a bit melancholy to me. Always a fan of school and the fall,  I relish the cooler days and the rhythm of life that September brings. But this year, after a major health scare, every day feels a bit more poignant if it isn’t well spent.

Being present to life in the moment is a gift that we can all too often take for granted. Instead of focusing on what we have, we look to the “someday.” The truth is we may not get that someday, especially if we’re not taking full advantage of the moments that we have to make changes NOW.

When it comes to eating well and moving more, many clients create timelines around upcoming events and dates that they’re anticipating -certainly understandable as we are a very social and food-oriented culture. If you’ve got a big vacation coming up, you wait until you return. If you have a busy social month, you may wait until it’s over.  But, if you’re always waiting for time to pass to fit health into your life, it may not happen. You have to make it work.

So, this August, while summer is still in full effect and you’re in the in-between – wait no more! Seize the day and do some stuff that’ll have you feeling better mentally and physically before September starts. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1) Check out a local farmers’ market and grab some fresh, organic produce. There is truly something special about locally grown vegetables – from the way that they taste to knowing that they were grown by people that really care about what they’re doing.
2) Try a new-to-you outdoor activity. Have you been wanting to try paddleboarding? How about blowing off some dust on that bicycle of yours? Find a trail you’ve never been on before for a hike or kayak down a local river. There are so many options!
3) NOW is the time get some vitamin D and boy does it feel good when you do. Head outside in short-sleeves and shorts to get some sun on that skin. 10 minutes will help to boost your vitamin D and give you that happy, summer feeling!
4) Eat outdoors. Have you ever noticed that when your body is a bit warmer, you feel a little less like eating a lot of food? If you’re feeling a bit warm, vegetables and lighter fare may feel like exactly what you need.
5) Don’t wait to get started. Sometimes, we may treat the entirety of summer as one big vacation. While I can appreciate the idea of wanting to go with the flow and relax, we may be a bit too disconnected from healthy eating as cookouts and camping reign supreme. Be sure to stay focused on lean and clean proteins along with fresh vegetables all summer long. And with all of the sweet fruits in season, swap out sugar-laden treats with “nature’s candy.”

As I say quite often, our health is the ultimate expression of all of the choices that we make. And the best time to make those choices is now.

Exercise: The Real Fountain of Youth

Aging. It’s something that we all aspire to do well.

For most of us, we consider aging to be a passive thing; it just happens. But the good news is that there is another way. You can be actively involved in the process and positively impact the outcome.

After all, aging is a process. It’s an action. And just like other actions in our lives, if we practice them and learn new skills to improve how we do them, we can get better at doing them over time.

So, let’s talk about what aging is first. You’ve heard it said before that age is just a number. And in many ways, that’s true. We all know those people that look and perform 20 years younger than they are (and we also know their counterparts). More important than your age are the changes in these 10 biomarkers (the numbers that matter): (more…)

HealTHY Mind, HealTHY Body, HealTHY Spirit

Guest Blog by Barbara A. Luepke

HealTHY Mind, HealTHY Body, HealTHY Spirit

With these thoughts, I have gravitated toward asking myself: what practices can I put into place to nourish each of them?  Yes, PRACTICE.  Practice is the process you create and maintain to obtain a positive result.

For Mind: I believe clearing the clutter (in mind and surroundings), being present and in the moment, remaining focused, flexible and productive, building resilience, and fostering positivity daily have huge impacts on not only your own life, but those around you.

For Body: I think of many things, such as: what can I sustain, consistently, to keep my body in its best shape?  Exercise is one form, adequate sleep is another, but I also think of the products I am using on my body and what I am supplying my body on the inside.  Being forever mindful of all of these has helped me to choose, with intention, things that have proven to be effective toward my goal of a healthy, mobile meat skeleton.  J

For Spirit: I find an attitude of gratitude, being forgiving, being open to new experiences and opportunities, being joyful, laughing and meditating are of great impact on connecting with a higher power.  The genuine energy of each of these increases your awareness and assists you in connecting on a deeper level, spiritually.

Now that I have shared a little background on my thoughts of a healthy Mind, Body and Spirit, come peruse the hand picked and hand made organic products I have chosen to benefit yours – including bath and body specialties, teas, culinary oils and seasonings.

Dark chocolate, deskercises, dance, daily tea and new experiences are just some of what is on my 2017 list, what is on yours?

Wishing you all a healthy and joyful new year ~

Barbara A. Luepke