Heal Yourself With EFT!

Do you believe you have the ability to improve your life?Do you actually think things can be better for you, or are you just hoping they will be? Does your wellness toolbox include EFT? Would you like it to?

I have talked about EFT (tapping) before, especially about how it is helping thousands of returning vets reduce their PTSD. I use tapping both personally and in my coaching, and I know it works. It works whether you are skeptical or not.

The good news is that it’s almost time for the annual World Tapping Summit! It’s a no cost event where you can learn how EFT has helped others and how you can use it for your own health and well being.

Last year for my telesummit on Natural Options for Healing Chronic Pain, I interviewed Dr. Lissa Rankin, author of “Mind Over Medicine”. She is great at explaining how EFT works physiologically, and Nick Ortner, producer of the World Tapping Summit, has just released a video interview with Lissa that is wonderful. Check it out HERE and let me know what you think!

Best of Health,

Kathi

Do You Have Emotional Freedom?

What does the phrase "Emotional Freedom" mean to you? Have you ever thought about it? Just for a moment, close your eyes and see yesterday's routine. See yourself waking in the morning, brushing your teeth, eating breakfast, dressing, going off to work, etc. As you walk through your day, notice when your emotions took control of a situation. Did you get angry when that driver cut you off during rush hour traffic? Did your boss or coworkers do anything to irritate you? How about customers if you are in sales or own your own business? The customer is not always right...

Odds are there are times in any given day when you are not the calm, cheerful self you would like to be. Sometimes it's just a minor irritation, and others are full blown tirades or crying jags. You are not alone. As humans, we are emotional beings. This does not mean we have to let our emotions spoil a good day or cause us more stress, however. There is a tool that can help you reduce a strong emotion, from a 10, down to a mere 2, or even all the way down to zero. And - BONUS - this tool is easy to learn and can be done anywhere!

It's called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or "Tapping," and I can teach you how to use this simple tool to curb food cravings, stop smoking and much more.

STOP living the life you don't want. Click here to finally live the life you really want right now! 

Best of Health,

Kathi

Yummy Healthy Recipe With Quinoa

Forearm plank for book better

 

Today I want to share a yummy recipe for all of those who are taking me up on my 30 day fitness challenge. We'll be ready for bathing suit season without compromising on taste!

 

 

Quinoa "Chowder" with Spinach, Feta and Scallions

Ingredients

3/4 cup quinoa (any color)

8 cups water

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 lg garlic clove finely chopped

3/4 lb thin skinned potatoes, diced

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp Kosher salt

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

3 cups thinly sliced spinach leaves

4 oz feta cheese, diced

1/3 cup chopped parsley or cilantro 

lime juice 

black pepper

optional - 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped

1 hard boiled egg per bowl for garnish

Instructions

Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh strainer under cold water until the water runs clear.

Bring quinoa and 8 cups water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer till the outer casings on the quinoa have popped (10-15 min)

Strain the quinoa, reserving the liquid.

Heat olive oil. Add garlic and jalapeno and cook till fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add potatoes, cumin, salt and cook until potatoes begin to soften (3-5 minutes)

Add the reserved cooking liquid (and more water to make 6 cups), half of the scallions and simmer until potatoes are tender (15 min)

Add cooked quinoa, spinach and remaining scallions and simmer until spinach just begins to wilt. Remove pot from heat and stir in the feta and parsley or cilantro. Taste and season with salt, pepper and lime juice. Top with chopped egg and enjoy!

Calories165, Cholesterol 13mg, Fat 52g, Fiber 4.1g, Protein 6g, Calcium 116mg 

How To Fit Fitness Into Your Daily Routine

Here are a few more steps that you can take to start 2014 off on the right foot and keep it going!

couch potato toothbrushing1.  Brushing your teeth can be a fabulous time to plan a little aerobic exercise. You brush at least twice a day, and most of us also floss, so there's 3-4 minutes where you can do a little jig, or march in place, or do some squats. Simple, yet think of how much time you'll have worked out at the end of the month when you make this 4 minute routine a habit! 

2.  How often do you talk on the phone? I know that many people text instead of talking these days, but for those of us who prefer hearing a voice, use your speaker or a headset and do some wall push-ups, lunges or squats while you are on the phone. Making this a habit will take some effort for the first couple of months of the year, but it's well worth the effort! Before you know it, you'll be working another ten minutes or more into your daily routine, and your body will love it!

3.  Why not start a new family tradition? If your kids are grown and it's just the two of you now, you'll get a chance to talk about your day, discuss vacations, dreams, plans, etc. while walking through the neighborhood. Start with just 20 minutes every other day. It'll be the best 20 minutes of the day and you'll be delighted with your progress! 

If you have kids at home, have them put the smart phones down and walk with you or ride their bikes. It's only 20 minutes. They can handle that!

Use your own creativity and come up with more ideas where you can "fit fitness" into your daily routine. And let me know about them!

FLOTUS Turns 50

Michelle Obama turns 50 today!

Michelle Obama Hosts Healthy Kids Fair At White House

 

Click HERE to see the Time article on how she stays so fit - I love that she continues to jump rope both on her own, with her children, and with kids in schools through her Let's Move programs.

She is definitely a great example for us Boomers!

Are We Addicted to Antibiotics?

A very sad report was published the New England Journal of Medicine in 2013. It seems that in 2010 (the year that was studied) doctors prescribed antibiotic drugs for approx 1 in every 4 Americans. Good grief! The survey showed that the most frequently prescribed antibiotic was azithromycin, often used to treat bronchitis. The problem is that bronchitis is usually is caused by a virus, and antibiotics are ineffective against viruses, because antibiotics are intended for bacterial infections! 

The study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showed that the antibiotics were most prescribed for young children and the elderly. The CDC authors stated that the overuse of antibiotics is a major factor in the evolution of microbes that resist these drugs, which, in turn, makes it more difficult to treat certain diseases.

I often cringe when I read a Facebook post from another parent of a young child saying that their little one is “back on” an antibiotic. It’s a major concern that, as these kids grow up, and their bodies become resistant to antibiotics, if a serious bacterial infection comes their way, there may be no effective treatment for them. There are naturopaths and doctors who practice functional medicine in most areas of the country. These doctors tend to go with botanical or other alternative treatments first and don’t rush to the prescription pad. I recommend looking for one in your area and checking them out. You may decide they are not for you, but at least take a look. Compare what they offer with your western MD and make you own informed choice.

Best of Health,

Kathi   

Crustless Quiche With Healing Spices – Yummy!

This is one of my favorite recipes for Brunch on New Years Day!

Crustless Quiche4 Large eggs

1 cup crumbled Feta cheese

1 lb Ricotta cheese (I use sheep’s Ricotta)

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

1 cup of shitake mushrooms

 

1 red pepper

1 cup shredded zucchini

1 lg. bunch of fresh spinach

3 crushed garlic cloves

1 tsp. fresh ginger (crushed)

dash of turmeric

salt and red pepper to taste

Lightly sauté red pepper, onion, mushrooms, zucchini and garlic in oil. At the last minute add the spinach just to wilt it a little.

In separate bowl beat eggs with Ricotta cheese, salt and pepper.

Add the sautéed vegetables and the Feta cheese to the egg mixture and mix until well blended

Pour into greased 9 inch tart pan or pie dish.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Cool 10 min before serving.

Best of Health,

Kathi

Alone For The Holidays-Blue Christmas…

Ma and pop dec 1941This time of year so often seems to fly by for most of us, but perhaps not so fast for Baby Boomers who find themselves alone - perhaps for the first time in many years. The office and neighborhood parties, family visits, shopping, and tree lighting ceremonies can be difficult for someone who is without their partner for the first time in too long to remember.

Many of our Baby Boomer friends and family members are struggling to keep the joy of the holiday season while their minds are full of thoughts and memories of a loved one who has recently passed on. It’s very difficult to keep a smile on your face when the overwhelming grief of your first holiday season without the love of your life is looming. Every family tradition has a memory attached and most of us can’t bear the thought of being alone during this time. Here are a few suggestions for coping with your grief, through finding the joy of today, while keeping safe the wonderful memories of years past.

  1. Friends can make a big difference in protecting you against loneliness and depression, as well as a host of physical ailments, according to a ten year Australian study. A good friend will also have memories of your loved one to share that can make you both smile! This is true of children too, so make an effort to spend some time with your friends, and if you have grandkids, teach them a card game or chess and bring a smile to everyone’s face!
  2. Pets provide consistency in our lives, which in turn, reduces our risk for depression. For example, walking the dog each morning before starting our day gives us something to look forward to, and an enjoyable reason to get out of bed. It’s also not easy to look into the eyes of your cat or dog and not smile! Pets instill a sense of well-being, promote lower blood pressure, decrease depression and increase self-esteem. Another dog-specific advantage is the extra motivation to take daily walks, which is good for the health and well-being of those on both ends of that leash. So, whatever furry, finned or feathered friend you enjoy, or have room for, take time to celebrate the joy that animals can bring to your life this holiday season and all through the year.
  3. Laughter truly is the best medicine – especially when you have the blues. According to William F. Fry, M.D., associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Stanford University, laughing 100-200 times per day is the cardiovascular equivalent of rowing for ten minutes. When something strikes you as funny, you laugh. And when you laugh, your body responds. You flex, and relax 15 facial muscles plus dozens of others all over your body. Your pulse and respiration increase briefly, oxygenating your blood. You also release “feel good” hormones called endorphins; endorphins reduce the amount of harmful stress hormones flowing through your body, and also give your immune systems a boost. Laughter increases the concentration of salivary immunoglobulin A, which defends against infectious organisms entering through the respiratory tract, helping to reduce breathing difficulties in older Baby Boomers. Laughing benefits both our physical body, and the health of our mind and spirit as well.  So open those e-mail jokes from friends and grandkids, watch funny movies or TV shows, or try a laughing meditation session.

My special gift to all of you this holiday season is one of MY favorite things (I have my own list just like Oprah), laughter.  Here is a link to my laughing meditation sample.  Smile!

Best of Health,

Kathi

Pretty and Festive Veggie Recipe

In keeping with a holiday theme, here’s a fabulous recipe for your holiday table!

A large squash stuffed with rice, cranberries, apples, nuts and other festive spices that you would add to whatever you are roasting this week is not only satisfying, but provides a festive look to your table and makes your whole kitchen smell wonderful!

Here's a very festive take on acorn squash, but you can also use a couple of butternut squashes if you prefer. 

Ingredients:

The largest acorn squash that you can find

1 cup homemade chicken stock

1/2 cup brown rice

Cranberries, celery, onion, nuts, apples, and all the spices and other ingredients that you normally add to your favorite stuffing

Preparation:

Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash cut side up in a baking dish with enough water to just barely cover the bottom of the dish. Cover and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

While the squash is baking, bring your chicken stock to a boil, add your rice, fruit, nuts and spices then, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed. 

Next, take your soft but not quite done squash out, fill each half with your rice stuffing, place a pat of butter on the top, and return to the oven for another 15-20 minutes until they’re done.

You will find that your whole kitchen smells wonderful in addition to having a pretty vegetable dish for your holiday table!

Best of Health,

Kathi

Kathi Brahmari Breath cropped

The holiday season is all about peace, love, and joy, yet, it’s often filled with just the opposite. Travel, parties, shopping, and entertaining are piled on top of our already jam-packed schedules, and we are often left exhausted, irritable, and about as peaceful as a tornado!

This year, I am attempting to explore alternatives to the frenzied activity of the season for myself and I’d love it if you would join me.

A great technique I use to reduce fluctuating moods and energy levels, and bring calm into my life, is a wonderful yogic breathing practice called Brahmari Breath. Try this stress-busting practice whenever you feel the stress coming on and you’ll find more joy now, and all winter long.

Best of Health,

Kathi

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