By Barbara Fenton - March 8, 2015
I am so happy that Spring is right around the corner. This winter was really something, snow, snow, and more snow with some ice storms thrown in for good measure. So many great events cancelled because of the weather. Personally, I have been busy. My monthly Community Reiki Clinic is off and running. Started an Aromatherapy 101 class at a local church and I am now offering it on-line. Proceeds from the Reiki Clinic are being donated to Unity Church of Lehigh Valley and Turning Point Lehigh Valley a non-profit organization that is assisting women in the struggle against domestic violence. The Meetup group I host Lehigh Valley Reiki and Aromatherapy is giving a Reiki Cruise in November 2015. And I am helping a family member with her Travel business. So I guess I can say I am busy! Send me an email and tell me how you like Abiba Wellness On-line Magazine and/or give suggestions. Always looking for contributors! Happy Spring to You.....
By Barbara Fenton Sept/Oct 2014
It is hard to believe summer is over already and we must get rea dy for Fall. I love when the leaves turn colors and fall off the trees. Perfect weather for shopping, farmer's markets, eating out, long walks on the beach or at the park. Kids are back in school, our favorite shows will return and football will start. The only problem is that the stores are already putting up the holiday items and I don't like rushing ahead.
Personally, this summer I did a lot of bonding with my family and friends chilling and enjoying each other, being grandma too! Now it's back to working on my dreams and goals.
Here are some tips for a healthier Fall! Enjoy …......
By Jeanie Lerche Davis
1. Take a Tailgate Time-out
It's an all-American past-time -- the tailgate party! Tailgating today has progressed far beyond burgers and chips. You'll find everything from cheese dip to spicy chicken wings.
Don't despair: Your tailgate spread doesn't have to sideline your weight loss plan. Grilled kabobs are great fare on the field. Just skewer veggies, fruits, and lean meat, and soak in your favorite marinade. Seafood, salsas, wraps, and stews are good eating, too. A Crock-Pot of chili -- loaded with high-fiber, high-protein beans -- is a classic tailgate dish (don't forget the Beano). Just remember, alcohol is packed with calories. Enjoy your favorite brew, but switch it out for zero-calorie beverages as the party rolls along. It's all in how you play the game!
2. Sleep Tips to Help Kids' Weight
Does your child get enough sleep. If not, it could affect more than sleepiness at school. Studies suggest there may be a link between skimping on sleep and being overweight. Sleep shortfalls may increase hunger hormones -- so kids eat more. Also, kids are less likely to get exercise (and burn off calories) when they're tired.
To help kids get a good night's sleep:
Remove TVs, computers, and gadgets from kids' bedrooms.
Avoid large meals before bedtime.
Develop a regular bedtime routine.
Set firm bedtimes and wake times.
Make sure the bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing -- and not too hot or cold.
Help kids quiet down a few hours before bedtime.
Heavy studying, text messaging, or video games should end in early evening.
How much sleep do schoolkids need? It depends on the child. But here are some general guidelines from the National Sleep Foundation:
Ages 3-5: 11-13 hours
Ages 5-12: 10-11 hours
Ages 11-17: 9.5-9.25 hours
3. Quit Smoking: You Won't Gain Weight
If you've finally decided to kick the habit, there's good news: Quitting smoking won't make you gain weight over the long term. Some people pick up 4 or 5 pounds early on, but that's only temporary.
To quit successfully, experts agree, get help and support from your doctor, family, friends, and co-workers. A doctor or mental health professional can help you tailor an approach that best suits you. There are many FDA-approved medications to help people quit smoking.
Combine medication with other quit strategies -- like avoiding your smoking triggers or changing your daily routine -- and you greatly increase your odds of quitting for good.
Another tip: Some foods and drinks make cigarettes taste better; some make them taste worse. Try eating more vegetables and less meat -- and swap that coffee (or alcohol) for a glass of milk. Let your taste buds stifle those cravings!
Summer 2014 has started and I plan to continue my visits to family and friends that I do each year. I am also working on my patio garden and plan to use the gym and pool in my personal wellness program.
Here are some suggestions a things to do this summer:
1. Drink 8-10 glasses of water everyday.
2. Start each day off clearing your mind with meditation, yoga, reiki, gigong, tai chi, chanting, etc...
3. Do some form of exercise or just walk.
4. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, organic if possible.
5. Bond with nature - lakes, ocean, mountain, and parks.
6. Contact your states tourism board and find out what's happening in your state and plan day or weekend trips to explore.
7. Take a college course or a course in something you have been wanting to take.
8. Visit family and friends, but check and make sure you will be received with open arms.
9. Have a family potluck cookout.
10. Go on a cruise or a multi-day bus trip.
11. Be sure to wear a sunscreen.
12. Wiatch your children closely. Do not depend on others to do so.
13. Read a few good books. I read at least 10 during the summer.
14. Look for for free events happening in your city.
Have other suggestions email them and I may add them to the list. Have Fun and stay safe!
Weeki Wachee Mermaids
I am so glad that the weather is getting better. Just came back from Florida visiting some friends. I had a wonderful time. We did some shopping, and I looked at some properties with the hopes of maybe getting a little villa down there in the future. While I was there I visited Weeki Wachee Springs, the home of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids and I would like to share the information with you. For $13.00 I saw two mermaid shows, on a boat ride, visited their man-made beach, saw a animal show – snakes, alligators, and turtles..... took pictures, eat ice-cream and overall had a pleasant day..... Here is the link
Spring Health Tips
Submitted by Barbara Fenton - April 2014
Written By Kristi Shmyr
Get Ready for Allergy Season
If you don’t want to be stuck using anti-histamines all spring, consider some natural therapies. For instance, certain allergies are related to certain foods
– by eliminating those foods, even hay fever can be eliminated. Cleansing, especially candida, liver or colon cleanses can also be very effective for allergy relief, as are homeopathics.
Consider Becoming an Early Bird
Studies have shown that people who wake up earlier are healthier than night owls who completely miss the morning light. Especially after our long winter with no light, it will do you good to take advantage of the early morning light and the vitamin D it gives. Vitamin D has been found (when paired with a healthy diet) to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer by two-thirds.
This has a few different connotations – feel free to explore whatever meaning you give “dirty” (spring fever anyone?). However, I am referring to dirty in the most literal sense. Who here doesn’t remember playing in the puddles as a kid? Heck, who doesn’t remember EATING mud as a kid? Not only is exposure to a little dirt good for your inner kid (and your outer kids), exposure to bacteria is important to build healthy immune systems. So go out and play in the mud!
‘Tis the season for eating spring baby greens! When you are choosing greens, go for a mix of tastes: mild, bitter, peppery and spicy. A good example is a mix of dandelion greens, arugula, escarole, frisée, radicchio and endive. Spring greens are excellent for bone health and the digestive system, increasing digestive juices and enzymes in your liver, pancreas and stomach. Eat them before your dinner to improve your overall health.
Stop and Smell the Tulips
Even if you don’t know how to meditate, one of the most valuable principles is to live in the present. I realize you have a lot to do – we all do – but stop every once in a while and just enjoy all the beauty in your life. Do only what you are doing, be only where you are. Stop multi-tasking so much and just be. In addition, research is showing that being outdoors can have benefits for both your physical and mental health. So breathe it all in and stop fussing about everything, at least for a bit.
Spring is full of transition and promise. Enjoy it. If you need help with allergies, cleanses or setting some goals to take advantage of the newness of spring, please consult a holistic health practitioner.
Kristi Shmyr is passionate about helping people move past pain and ill health so they can enjoy a fully lived life. For health, happiness and success tips to make for a more passionately lived life, you can check Prana Holistic out on the web at: http://www.pranaholistic.ca