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 Personal Development:

Below you will find information and links to powerful resources that can help support you in becoming the best version or yourself. I hope that they benefit you on your journey towards wholeness and good health!

Resources:

Inspire Nation Radio Show

I was fortunate to run across Inspire Nation which has become a valuable resource for me. The show introduces us to leaders in health, wealth, relationships and spirituality that are helping to raise consciousness and profoundly change peoples lives everyday. I resonate and love host Michael Sandler’s goals which are to build your body strong, rewire your mind for peace and to lift your heart and soul. We live in a world that is inundated with negative sensationalist news that works to generate fear and drain us of our creativity and vitality. A survey conducted by NPR found that 1 in 4 Americans had experienced a  “great deal” of stress in the previous month. And these stressed-out people said one of the biggest contributors to their day-to-day stress was watching, reading or listening to the news. But the good news is we have a choice as far as the information we choose to digest and absorb.  So I urge you to consider checking out Inspire Nation as your source for positivity, inspiration, guidance and direction.

Check Out Inspire Nation Here!

Tara Brach Podcast

“Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices. She teaches how to develop mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world. The result is a distinctive voice in Western Buddhism, one that offers a wise and caring approach to freeing ourselves and society from suffering.” She has a wonderful podcast that offers powerful resources and insights with humor and stories that  make her teachings easy to relate to and apply to your life. I really love what she has to share in the podcast below and hope it benefits you!

Listen to Trusting Our Hearts

Essential Oils:

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Have you ever been curious about essential oils? Would you like to learn more about how to incorporate essential oils into your families wellness program? Oils are a powerful resource that can be used topically, diffused into the air, placed in baths, used to make natural, earth friendly household cleaning products and even used to ward off and prevent tic bites. Currently there are no regulations on the marketing and sale of essential oils which means that it is really important that you research and find certified, pure and even organically sourced oils. Most of the oils that are sold in stores or put into shower products are not pure and have been mixed with sometimes harsh and toxic chemicals so that a company can make a little go a long way, which in the end helps to support their profits. I use essential oils frequently with clients on specific acupuncture points allowing the oil to have a physiological as well as an energetic effect. The physiological effects come through absorption of the oils through the skin so it is really important to me that the quality of the oils are pure and of the highest quality. Below you will find two links to websites for the oils I use in my practice and that I feel confident in recommending to clients.

Snow Lotus Aromatherapy

“Snow Lotus Aromatherapy was founded by Peter Holmes, L.Ac., M.H. in response to the need for high quality, unadulterated essential oils for use in therapeutic, clinical, and practical home-care applications. Peter personally sources and selects the oils directly from small producers worldwide who ethically wild harvest or sustainably cultivate the plants and distill the oils in small batches. As a result of working directly with artisan – and not commercial – producers, quality is never compromised – the oils remain genuine, authentic and as unadulterated as when they were first distilled. Most Snow Lotus oils are certified organic by trusted agencies (Ecocert, Ceres, Qualite-France, etc.) in their country of origin, as well as certified NOP organic by the USDA. The result is essential oils that are guaranteed fully potent and bioavailable when used for treatment purposes.”

Snow Lotus Aromatherapy, Education, Inspiration

DoTERRA

“Founded in 2008, doTERRA was built on the mission of sharing therapeutic-grade essential oils with the world. Having seen for themselves the incredible benefits that can be had from using these precious resources, a group of health-care and business professionals set out to make this mission a reality. They formed a company and named it doTERRA, a Latin derivative meaning “Gift of the Earth.”

The first hurdle to overcome, however, was to establish a standard of quality in an industry that had never had one. It wasn’t enough to simply provide essential oils to homes around the world; the doTERRA founders were committed to providing only the highest quality and purest essential oils so that families could know with surety that they were using only the best to promote health and wellness for their loved ones. This commitment lead to the creation of a new standard of therapeutic quality: CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®.”

DoTerra Website

 

Nutrition:

With so much competing and conflicting information out there around diet and nutrition it is hard to know who or what to trust as we look to learn how to nourish our bodies. Some of the principles that have worked well for me come from renown author Michael Pollan when he said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Generally as a rule of thumb it is a good idea to avoid foods your grandmother would not recognize. What is even more important to remember in my opinion though, is that we are all built and made differently which means that we have to begin to learn how to tune into our own bodies and listen to and trust the messages it is sending us. No diet is going to work for everyone but when it comes to learning about “real” food I find the Weston Price website to be extremely valuable. What is most important is that we begin to eat consciously. For me a big part of this is knowing where your food comes from and making responsible decisions not only for your own body but for the environment and the planet as a whole. My hope is to provide resources that are helpful in enabling you to make the best choices for yourself and for your family.

Weston A. Price Foundation 

“The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.

The Foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective including accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.” Check out this valuable resource below.

Weston A. Price Website

Organic Consumers Association

One way we can begin making responsible choices and caring for our planet is by making organic food choices. While these choices may be more expensive on the front side, the investment you are making in your own health and in the environment is priceless. We are inundated with toxic chemicals on a daily basis. The more we choose foods that are grown using sustainable methods free of toxic pesticides and herbicides the less burden we are putting on our bodies and on our eco systems. “The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.” Click on the link below to begin educating yourself on important issues that not only effect your own health but the health of the planet.

Organic Consumers Association Website