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Special Report: The Five Big Wellness Mistakes Everyone Makes

In holistic health, pets, Uncategorized, veterinary, wellness on December 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

 

As the New Year rolls around, people vow to lose those last pesky pounds or get rid of some unhealthy habit (such as smoking or lack of exercise)-or to eat more nutritiously, sleep better or-you name it.

Yet, according to According to Medical Daily, 60 percent think they’ll break their New Year’s resolutions! Here’s the good news: With a little knowledge and some easy, quick fixes you can help make 2013 the healthiest year of your life.

Here are the top five wellness mistakes people make:

NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP: A study by the Archives of Internal Medicine gave 153 people the rhino virus (common cold) by nose drop. It was found that those studied who got at least seven hours of sleep per night were 300% less likely to catch a cold. So here’s the bottom-line: Sleep deprivation leads to exhaustion, which can lead to chronic illnesses and injury–and even possibly weight gain since sleep has a direct effect on 3 hormones that regulate appetite.
SKIPPING BREAKFAST. Breakfast breaks the overnight fast and will start up your metabolism. If you skip breakfast (or any other meal) your body will think it is starving and will go into protection mode by lowering your metabolism. That means you could actually gain weight by not eating a meal and you’ll be fatigued, overly-stressed, fuzzy-brained and run out mid-morning for that coffee and donut snack. You might possibly overeat at the next meal. too, since your body will insist on making up those lost calories.
•NOT PAYING ENOUGH ATTENTION TO THE TOXINS HIDDEN IN FOODS: For instance, those processed meats, like bacon, hot dogs, and sausage, are often loaded with sodium nitrate, a preservative that can lead to heart problems and Type 2 diabetes; research even points to it possibly increasing your risk of developing certain cancers. Diet soda and artificial sweeteners can lead to prolonged exposure to aspartame, a neurotoxic chemical additive in these products that can result in nerve cell damage, dizziness, and headaches; mass-produced snacks, like cookies and crackers usually include hydrogenated oils to lengthen their shelf life and are also associated with diabetes and heart disease.canstockphoto0297892fruitsveg
TRYING TO FIGHT, RATHER THAN LEARN, ABOUT YOUR CRAVINGS: Cravings can give us brilliant information about our bodies. For instance, did you know that a sugar craving is often your body’s cry for energy? Deconstruct it: Is that your body’s way of telling you to slow down, engage in some stress reduction, or to relax and sleep a little more?? By the way, once you figure out what the body is telling you, you’ll handle the cravings-and the weight will start releasing.
canstockphoto4551528fitnessstuff•NOT EXERCISING ENOUGH: Anyone remember the episode of the television show “Everybody Loves Raymond” when Raymond becomes thrilled with the sudden, dramatic increase in his sex life–until he finds an exercise class flier–featuring the photo of a very handsome instructor on his wife’s bedroom table? He thinks the instructor is the reason for her sudden interest but, when he confronts her, she says: “Has it ever occurred to you that I’m just feeling much better about myself these days?”

So there you have it. Exercise makes us feel better physically and mentally. It fights fatigue by carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells and helps detoxify the body by getting rid of toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons. It also improves our mood by releasing those natural, feel-good substances, endorphins which, in turn, also help us handle stress and makes us sleep better.

… AND HERE’S A BIG WELLNESS MISTAKE FOR YOUR PET

The wellness-centered family includes everyone, even the 4-legged furry children. Even if we don’t realize it, we pick up on each other’s energy and dynamics. As one vet recently told me, “If someone comes in with an overweight pet, I look first at the owner–and chances are, he or she is also overweight.”

Even if you’re tempted by a rocky economy, don’t cut corners on your pet’s health. February is National Pet Health Month, so earmark it as a reminder to take your furry child in for a check up.

Just as with humans, early detection is best. Regular pet checkups will monitor your animal’s overall health, focus on prevention and education-and, quite possibly, save you money in the long-term.

Think that extra pound or two on your pet is no big deal? Think again: A couple of extra pounds on an animal is comparable to 30-50 pounds on a human.canstockphoto8139755petscookies

Please remember also that your pet can’t tell you when it’s in pain; what you might think is just routine bad behavior can actually be an acting out for a tooth-ache, stomach-ache, or something else. Ever hear the story of the cat that urinated in the bathtub? Turns out the cat only wanted to bring her urinary tract infection to the attention of the owner.

“When a problem is still small, it can be less complicated and less expensive to manage, and I see this a lot with dental care,” says Dr. Michael Farber, DVM, of West Chelsea Veterinary in New York City. “Sometimes people will wait until the tooth is abscessed before they come in, but if the problem was caught three or six months prior, that tooth probably could have been saved.”

 

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Irene Ross is a speaker and teacher who conducts workshops for both individuals and corporations. She has also conducted tele-seminars and has also been a guest on tele-summits and radio shows.

Speeches can be a customized, one-of-a-kind program targeted for your audience, or it can be one of her sought-after talks, such as:

  • KICKING  YOUR SUGAR CRAVINGS TO THE CURB
  • FIRING  UP YOUR DAY
  • ARE   YOU SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED?
  • WHAT  TO DO WHEN YOU JUST CAN’T SEEM TO LOSE THAT WEIGHT
  • THE   WELLNESS-CENTERED FAMILY
  • HOW  TO GET YOUR KIDS INTERESTED IN HEALTHY EATING
  • HOW   CORPORATE WELLNESS PROGRAMS HELP PRODUCTIVITY, MOTIVATION AND THE  BOTTOM-LINE

Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance your Life, she is also a wellness pro for the 4-legged, writes frequently on pet nutrition and wellness and is developer of the blog:  www.furryfriendshavefun.wordpress.com

If you or your company would like her to present a workshop, or if you would like her to be a guest on your tele-seminar, tele-summit or radio show, please contact her at: irener@eating4achieving.com.

For more information, please visit:  www.irenefross.com

She will be speaking on a podcast on January 2 at 9:30 AM EST on the topic of gratitude and health when she speaks with Doreen Guma, founder of Time to Play.  Link is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/timetoplay/2013/01/02/timetoplaycoms-empower-half-hour

Holidays=Fun-Joy=Stress: More Ways to Combat the Pressure

In animals, holiday season, Uncategorized, veterinary, wellness on December 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Dr. Iris Rosenfeld said it best: “Reflect on what the holidays really mean to you and remember to stretch daily, exercise regularly, eat right and hydrate your body with water.”

She continues: “Most of all, relax and tell your family how much you love them.”canstockphoto2132898kale

Eat your greens! Leafy vegetables are nutritional powerhouses, brimming with fiber, with vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting phytonutrients. They aid everything from the skin to blood pressure and weight loss. Leafy greens balance blood sugar, and some research coming out from Tufts University suggests it might also prevent insulin resistance.

Leafy greens are rich sources of folate and folic acid, and folate assists with the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, Serotonin plays an important part in the regulation of learning, mood, sleep might also have a role in anxiety, migraine, vomiting and appetite. Be sure to eat other veggies, as well–and the more colorful the plate, the better. Each color contains a different set of phytonutrients, and those are the things that help us fight disease.
Do-it-yourself accupressure treatment.  Acupuncturist Sandy Root, La.C says the following will help aid anxiety, arthritis, chronic pain, insomnia and “brain chatter.” Gently massage and stimulate the area between the two eyes (the Chinese refer to it as Yin Tang. Sandy says it’s usually done for three to four minutes, but says to stop if you feel any discomfort . “Even stimulating for just one minute can help,” she says.
Take a few hours out for a retreat, either vitual or physical: Healthcare Marketer Kelley Connors recently attended the “Divas in Distress” yoga and wellness retreat on a Connecticut farm called “Sticks and Stones,” with natural health and nutrition coaches, juicing and a farm-to-table lunch.” It’s that time of year when a day (or an hour!) in retreat is a balm for stressed out nerves.” By the way, this would be a great way to treat yourself to some much-needed recovery time in the New Year.

…And Now for Our 4-legged Furry Children     canstockphoto8139755petscookies

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), pets are responsible for at least house fires per year-and the American Red Cross says over 500,000 pets are affected by fires per year?

For a pet, the holidays can offer a lot of fire hazards: cooked and baked items to scavenge, tree lights to chew, lit candles to knock over.

Seriously–and you can’t make this stuff up–they turn on stoves. NFPA says a stove or cook top is the number one piece of equipment involved in your pet starting a fire.

Here’s how they do it: Pets smell a tasty morsel on or near the stove. They “counter surf”–something both cats and dogs do–some dogs have even been known to push chairs on which they can climb to reach. The paw slips, the knobs turn and fire starts. When you leave the house, either remove the knobs or use covers so the pets can’t get at them.

Credits:

1. http://kc-health.com
2. http://www.root-acupuncture.com
3. http://driris.com/
4. http://www.nfpa.org/
5. http://www.redcross.org/

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ABOUT IRENE:

Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a certifed nutrition and health coach who helps people get off the diet roller coaster: To lose the weight, keep it off and learn to love their healthy, happy bodies.  She takes a “wellness-center family” approach–which also includes those 4-legged furry children since each family member absorbs the energy and dynamics of each other.

Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story, and the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, she is also a writer and speaker with a mission to “heal the planet!”

Her website is:  www.irenefross.com.

SPEAKING EXPERTISE

Irene Ross is a speaker and teacher who conducts workshops for both individuals and corporations. She has also conducted tele-seminars and has also been a guest on tele-summits and radio shows.

Speeches can be a customized, one-of-a-kind program targeted for your audience, or it can be one of her sought-after talks, such as:

  • KICKING  YOUR SUGAR CRAVINGS TO THE CURB
  • FIRING  UP YOUR DAY
  • ARE   YOU SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED?
  • WHAT  TO DO WHEN YOU JUST CAN’T SEEM TO LOSE THAT WEIGHT
  • THE   WELLNESS-CENTERED FAMILY
  • HOW  TO GET YOUR KIDS INTERESTED IN HEALTHY EATING
  • HOW   CORPORATE WELLNESS PROGRAMS HELP PRODUCTIVITY, MOTIVATION AND THE  BOTTOM-LINE

—OR she can create a custom-tailored speech for your audience.

If you or your company would like her to present a workshop, or if you would like her to be a guest on your tele-seminar, tele-summit or radio show, please contact her at: irener@eating4achieving.com.

For more information, please visit:  www.irenefross.com

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There are many kinds of well-being, and financial is one of them

In money, Uncategorized, wellness, women on December 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

canstockphoto0172133harriedworkerA few nights ago, I listened to a great call on financial healing by Dr. Christiane Northrup. Her daughter, Kate, told us to think of three events in our lives that we consider being peak experiences. That will give us insight into what we truly believe to be important values. Since we give meaning to the events in our life, this affects how you perceive your world around you.

Now, she said, go to your bank and credit card statements to see what how you’re spending your money. Are your expenses aligned with your personal philosophies and goals—or do they indicate a difference between what you say you want and what you actually believe is true.

Holy cow! What an eye opener! There are many kinds of well-being and financial is one of them. By looking at the statements, I saw a big dis-connect between what I believed and what I actually was doing.

Try it. It will help you get very clear, and you’ll connect with the very thing that drives you. You’ll identify your purpose.

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Irene Ross is a certified nutrition and health coach who helps people get off the diet roller coaster–to lose the weight, keep it off and let your
“fabulousness” shine.

“Healthy weight is a lot more about simply walking away with a list of so-called good foods and bad foods. It’s about a lot of things. Like learning how to balance blood sugar and knowing about the connection between hormones and processed foods and the adrenals and thyroid; and like learning how chronic stress and sleep deprivation affect our weight–among other things. And people need to know that everything feeds us; for instance, career, relationships, self-care, because if just one thing is out of balance they’ll always be, well, hungry.

“In short, I don’t just focus on the action (i.e., list of foods), but on the proper ecology (root problem) so that real and lasting transformation happens.”

Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life,  she believes that a wellness-centered family includes everyone–even the 4-legged furry kids, Irene writes frequently on the topic of pet wellness. She also has a pet wellness blog:  www.furryfriendshavefun.wordpress.com.

To learn more, please visit Irene’s website:  www.irenefross.com.  Her free, twice-monthly newsletter, “Power Wellness,” is full of information, tips and recipes for healthy eating and lifestyle. Subscribe to her awesome newsletter here.

 

How’s Your Mindset?

In career, coaching, holistic health, Uncategorized, wellness on December 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm
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“Success from Within” was a wonderful 2-day workshop held by Robert Notter Coaching. Since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about mindset.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of mindset lately, because that is what sets us up to take action, striving for new endeavors, to challenge ourselves and to do things we had previously avoided. As we stretch ourselves, we feel an energy shift and our vibration rises. We get attention. We take action and have confidence and determination–and that’s, well, very client attractive.

We get to shake the “junk” out of our minds, focus and set priorities.That junk, by the way, usually doesn’t even serve us.

The thing is, many of us know the “what,” but we have no idea how to implement the “how” and even the “why.”  We live inside our own heads and don’t pay attention to those little internal messages, brilliant information we get from our bodies.

Two weeks ago, I attended a fabulous 2-day workshop called “Success from Within” by Robert Notter Coaching.

It was content-rich and the room was full of interesting people who nourished each other’s spirits.  And it was fun, too.

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Irene Ross

Irene Ross is a certified nutrition and health coach who helps people get off the diet roller coaster–to lose the weight, keep it off and let your
“fabulousness” shine.

“Healthy weight is a lot more about simply walking away with a list of so-called good foods and bad foods. It’s about a lot of things. Like learning how to balance blood sugar and knowing about the connection between hormones and processed foods and the adrenals and thyroid; and like learning how chronic stress and sleep deprivation affect our weight–among other things. And people need to know that everything feeds us; for instance, career, relationships, self-care, because if just one thing is out of balance they’ll always be, well, hungry.

“In short, I don’t just focus on the action (i.e., list of foods), but on the proper ecology (root problem) so that real and lasting transformation happens.”

Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life,  she believes that a wellness-centered family includes everyone–even the 4-legged furry kids, Irene writes frequently on the topic of pet wellness. She also has a pet wellness blog:  www.furryfriendshavefun.wordpress.com.

To learn more, please visit Irene’s website:  www.irenefross.com.  Her free, twice-monthly newsletter, “Power Wellness,” is full of information, tips and recipes for healthy eating and lifestyle. Subscribe to her awesome newsletter here.

Staying Stress-free During the Holidays: Everything Feeds Us, Not Just What’s On Our Plates

In heatlhy eating, holiday season, holistic health, Uncategorized, weight, wellness on December 6, 2012 at 4:38 am
At a workshop this weekend, the instructor reminded us that, in an emergency, airlines require you to first put on the oxygen mask before helping others.  The take-a-way?  You can’t help others until you help yourself first.

That’s an apt analogy for every day, but especially so during this hectic, frantic holiday season. canstockphoto2607600 Remember to take a little time each day for:
  • Self-care: Massage, a good book, journaling, a hot bath, skiing or skating–whatever it takes to nurture your spirit.
  • Stress reduction: Yoga, meditation and breathing can stimulate AND calm us. See below for two breathing techniques.
  • Sleep:Try to get at least seven to eight hours. Sleep deprivation leads to fatigue and accident proneness.  Chronic sleep deprivation can also make you gain weight, because it has a direct link to three hormones that affect appetite.
  • Eating mindfully and healthfully. In fact, practice the “Rule of 1.”  When you do go to those gatherings, keep your caloric intake in check by only filling your plate with a tiny amount of one protein, one green, one drink, etc. “That way, you get to taste everything and don’t feel deprived, but you’re still practicing portion control,” says naturopathic physician Dr. Laurie Brodsky, ND.=

Two of my favorite breathing exercises, both from Dr. Andrew Weil.  To learn more please visit: www.drweil.com

  1. The Bellows (Stimulating) Breath:.Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.

Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.

NOTE: Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute. This increases energy and helps keep you centered and focused.

2. The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise:

This exercise is fast, easy and can be done anywhere. Best to sit with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

  • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.

This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass.

Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens – before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.

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About Irene:

Irene Ross is a certified nutrition and health coach who helps people get off the diet roller coaster–to lose the weight, keep it off and let your
“fabulousness” shine.

“Healthy weight is a lot more about simply walking away with a list of so-called good foods and bad foods. It’s about a lot of things. Like learning how to balance blood sugar and knowing about the connection between hormones and processed foods and the adrenals and thyroid; and like learning how chronic stress and sleep deprivation affect our weight–among other things. And people need to know that everything feeds us; for instance, career, relationships, self-care, because if just one thing is out of balance they’ll always be, well, hungry.

“In short, I don’t just focus on the action (i.e., list of foods), but on the proper ecology (root problem) so that real and lasting transformation happens.”

Irene sees people individually or in groups and presents workshops and lectures and creates employee wellness programs.

There’s something for every budget, from tele-seminars to a  platinum “Six Step System”  to VIP Days for those who want fast, concentrated results.  There’s even a “3-Step System for Kicking those Sugar Cravings to the Curb in 30 Days” program.

Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, Irene is also a nutrition and wellness pro for our 4-legged furry friends and writes frequently on the topic of pet wellness.

To learn more, please visit Irene’s website:  www.irenefross.com.  Her free, twice-monthly newsletter, “Power Wellness,” is full of information, tips and recipes for healthy eating and lifestyle. Subscribe to her awesome newsletter here.

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