Stay on your own path. That is the theme of this months newsletter. I was inspired to write this by several different things that happened to me this month. People, friends, clients, kids, trying all sorts of new “fad” or “extreme” diets and asking what I thought, (or not…). Parents scrambling to figure out who’s doing what this summer, which activity is the “it” thing, which sport camps are best, what select team did their kid get on or not get on, or being told that their preschooler needs some “at home learning” over the summer to prepare for Kindergarten. Hello…when did we get so intense? What is right for one, is not for all. It is a concept the Institute for Integrative Nutrition calls “BIOINDIVIDUALITY”. Everyone has biodynamically different genes, different body chemistry, different hormone levels, metabolism, cellular memories and stories as well as their own adaptability and gifts. Children develop at different rates and react differently to pressure, stress, high demands and competition. We all have different learning styles and strengths/weakness. People have different stress thresholds and reactions to stress- some get ill, lose weight and some store belly fat, eat or avoid.
So, as my awesome yoga instructor, Shankari, likes to say “Stay on your own mat”. Listen to your body, your spirit and your intuition. It knows what it needs, but it gets drowned out by our distractions towards others, what is going on on other people’s mats. Instead of staying on ours, we feel we should be doing what other people, usually ones we admire, are doing on theirs. What works for one person, their journey, their motivation and inspirations are different than yours. Only YOU know what works and what doesn’t, what feels good and what doesn’t. So experiment and explore, but listen carefully. You know…
I just heard some wonderful, insightful lectures by mind, body, wellness authors from Hay House Publishers at the Hay House World Summit. Many of the lecturers struck cords with me and I wanted to share with you.
Kris Carr, author of “Crazy, Sexy Diet” and star of documentary “Crazy, Sexy, Cancer” is known for her extreme diet change, becoming Vegan, in order to keep her rare cancer in remission. She has lived with this disease for over 10 years and lived well. She admits her choices are not for everyone, by truly believe “eat your veggies, ignite your spark and live like you mean it”. She believes in ‘turtle power’ which is making slow, gradual, lasting changes in order to live a healthy life, free of disease. If you do become ill, she says to build your own “medical round table with you as CEO”.
Lissa Rankin, MD, former ob/gyn turned integrative medicine doctor wrote, “Mind over medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself“. Lissa believes we all have an inner pilot light that guides us towards what is right and what is wrong in our body. She talks about stress and its effect on our body and health, namely how it effects hormone levels and cortisol. She believes in evoking the “Relaxation Response” which can offset the effect of stress and cortisol- Deep breathing, repeating a mantra like “peace”, “love”, “Calm”, “health” until you are relaxed.
Dr. Mark Hyman, a cardiologist who wrote “The Blood Sugar Solution” states that food is not just calories, but information for the body. Foods and nutrients signal the body hormones and neurotransmitters to store, produce, secrete and to either regenerate tissues and cells or degenerate tissues and cells. He believes that the sugars and processed foods we American’s eat contribute to not only obesity, but health care costs, education costs, attention and learning issues, and our impaired defense as a nation.
The universal themes of the majority of health and wellness experts are:
Eat whole foods as they have all your body needs to digest and satisfy.
If it grows from a plant, eat it. If it comes out of a plant, don’t eat it.
Eat mostly plants (including whole grains, fruits and veggies.)
My favorite companion on a hike at Appleton Farms, Ipwich, MA.
Stay on your own mat. Focus on YOU.
Your path may change- just ask the Sunday Sunrise Group
ITS STRAWBERRY TIME- please buy organic! (High pesticides)
My STRAWBERRY CREAM MUFFINS (adapted from Nigella Lawson)
Ingredients: 1 Cup organic strawberries, rinsed and quartered
1 squeeze of lemon (on berries)
1 1/4 cup oat flour (or 1 cup whole wheat pastry if not GF)
1/2 Cup whole oats
1/3 cup agave nectar
1tsp baking powder
1/4 cup coconut oil, gently heated to liquid.
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt (or coconut milk if Dairy free)
1-2 TBSP ground flax seed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Mix lemon juice and berries in small bowl. Mix dry ingredients in medium mixing bowl. Mix nectar, oil, yogurt, vanilla and egg in small bowl and gradually pour and mix into dry ingredients. Fold in strawberries. Pour into 16-18 cooking sprayed muffin tins. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until browned slightly and springy to touch.