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During Easter weekend, I developed laryngitis. Sooooo bad for business, in my industry. With commercial auditions, and possible bookings, I had to do something. In a desperate attempt to regain my voice, I chose some natural, over-the-counter, and home remedies (Thank you, Google, and Mr. Whole Body Team Member) that helped me to get back on track within a week…just in time for a commercial shoot.

Here’s what I used:

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1.  Chamomile Tea:  Calming, soothing, and anti-inflammatory, I enjoyed sipping Pukka’s Chamomile/Vanilla/Manuka Honey blend.

2.  Homeopathic Medicine:  I was told that Boiron’s Roxalia Tablets are a customer favorite for hoarseness at my local Whole Foods Market.  So, I gave them a try and got some relief from my symptoms.

3.  Lozenges:  Nature’s Way Sambucus Organic Zinc Lozenges helped to keep my throat moist, and give my immune system a boost.

4.  Water:  When it comes to hydrating and moisturizing from the inside out, it doesn’t get more natural than this.

5.  Humidifier:  I placed several drops of eucalyptus oil in my warm humidifier’s reservoir, and breathed in the vapors overnight.  The anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties of eucalyptus oil definitely helped my cause.

6.  Rest:  Keeping still and being quiet were the hardest “pills” to swallow throughout this ordeal.  Ironically, they were probably the most beneficial.

How do you handle hoarseness, holistically?

Please comment, share, and [as always] take care!

XOXO

 

Holistically Healthy in the Hospital

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As I mentioned before, I am a total germaphobe, who feels incredibly uncomfortable in hospitals.  So, when I had to have surgery, I was forced to get over it for the duration of my procedure and overnight stay.  *Shudders*

Here are 8 things that I did to stay holistically healthy in the hospital:

1.  Probiotics:  I used ReNew Life’s Ultimate Flora Critical Care variety ahead of time to boost my immune system.

2.  Arnica:  Before my surgery date, I took some homeopathic pellets for their anti-inflammatory benefits.

3.  Shoe covers:  You know the disposable ones that are worn in hospitals?  Well, yours truly asked for a pair to use so that my “special socks” wouldn’t touch the hospital floors…Ewww!

4.  Humor:  My situation was no laughing matter; however, I managed to share a few laughs with my team before surgery.  This helped me to stay positive, as I faced some of my greatest fears.

5.  Human touch:  I needed it when I woke up dazed, confused, and panicked about my surgical outcome.  I repeatedly asked my husband to kiss my forehead, and his presence and touch calmed and comforted me.  Before he was brought to my bedside, I tried to ask a nurse to do this; but I couldn’t get the words out…LOL!!!

6.  Aromatherapy:  “Calming” essential oil blend + diffuser + “Nighty Night” spritzer from Desert Sage Herbs = “Best Smelling Room on the Floor,” as voted by my nurses.  *Takes a bow*

7.  Called for clean-up:  I had to call 3 times, to be exact (Why???).  I insisted on having our bathroom cleaned after my roommate’s husband spent the night and used our facilities…multiple times…REALLY?!?!

8.  BYOF:  Despite being pressured to consume the hospital fare, I politely declined and had my husband bring me food and drinks from a local Whole Foods Market.  I requested coconut water; fresh green juice with lemon, ginger, jicama, and turmeric; seaweed snacks; raw kale salad; and vegetable soup.  The nourishment from the coconut water, green juice, and seaweed snacks alone brought my body back to life and set me on a course for early discharge.  Hallelujah!

What would you do to stay holistically healthy in a conventional hospital environment?

Have a happy, safe, and fun holiday weekend!

XOXO

 

 

 

 

My Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

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When faced with ovarian cysts and the possibility of cancer, I sprung into action and tightened up my “food game.”  Mind you, no one advised me to do this.  However, I consider diet to be an important aspect of my health and well-being.  (Is it me, or does it seem like diet is always the LAST thing to be addressed in the wake of a health issue in our society?)  Personally, I am 14 years into my holistic health journey, and it was one of the FIRST things that crossed my mind when my recent health drama unfolded.  I decided to be proactive with my food choices to ensure that my body was in the best possible condition to deal with whatever was going on inside of me.  A little inflammation in the body can indicate a healing response, and that’s okay.  But too much inflammation could indicate, or contribute to, a chronic problem, and lead to disease.  That said, here are some anti-inflammatory foods (in no particular order) that I have been consuming with conviction:

1.  Green Tea:  Heralded as one of the world’s healthiest beverages, it has been used medicinally for thousands of years.  This flavonoid-packed drink is often touted for its anti-aging, brain-boosting, and cancer-fighting capabilities.  I’ll drink to that!

2.  Garlic:  Hhhhhhhow do you like your gaaaaaaarlic, dahhhhhhhling???  I like mine sauteed with veggies; pressed and added to salads; sliced and eaten raw with hummus and crackers.  It’s a pungent, yet powerful, healing food.

3.  Ginger:  In addition to being an “upset tummy tamer,” this spicy root increases circulation.  When I order a “Green Giant” juice at my local Whole Foods Market, I add this to it.  Cheers!

4.  Turmeric:  Used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb, this member of the ginger family is what makes curries yellow.  I have been adding fresh turmeric to my green juices, such as the “Abundance” at Pomegranate Cafe.  And although I feel that fresh is best, I sprinkle the powder on my cooked kale and quinoa.

5.  Kale:  It’s the alpha and omega of dark, leafy greens, in my opinion.  I enjoy mine in salads, blended into smoothies, cooked with quinoa, and I love it in chip form.  All hail kale!

6.  Spinach:  One of my other go-to greens, it’s rich in vitamins and minerals.  I use it in my green smoothies, as a base for many salad recipes, and enjoy it sauteed with garlic.  Mmm!

7.  Other Cruciferous Vegetables:  These vitamin, mineral, and fiber-rich foods can help fight cancer as well.  In addition to kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts are my personal faves.  They’re great in salads, and as side dishes.  Yes, please, and thank you!

8.  Almonds:  Rich in fiber, calcium, and vitamin E, I snack on these during the day.  Furthermore, I use almond milk in my smoothies, pour it on cereal, and drink it straight.  Aaaaah!

9.  Pineapple:  This tropical treat is loaded with vitamin C and bromelain.  For me, it’s a staple smoothie ingredient.  However, recently, I’ve been topping homemade pizzas with it.  Pssst…try it!

10.  Berries:  Gotta love these antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory gems!  I use them to make smoothies, and eat them by themselves.  When I mix them with a little So Delicious Vanilla Coconut Milk Yogurt, it helps to curb my desire for more decadent desserts.  Yum!

While my anti-inflammatory food consumption did not eliminate my cysts (I wish!), I do believe that it has boosted my immune system, nourished my body from the inside out, and helped tremendously with my healing process.

What are your favorite anti-inflammatory foods?

 

 

 

7 Random Acts of Kindness

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Happy New Year!

I hope that you enjoyed your holidays, and that you are off to a great start in 2014.

That said, I realize that 2013 was a rough year for some folks, and that many are not off to such a great start this year.  Some people have witnessed the passing of their loved ones, ended their relationships, lost their jobs or businesses, experienced health challenges, and more.

Let’s lift one another’s spirits in 2014, and elevate our society as a whole, by taking opportunities to practice random acts of kindness.

Here are some recent examples of things that I have done for others, and that others have done for me:

1.  Drinks on me!:  Some of my fave moments were pulling up to the Starbucks drive-thru window, and picking up the tab for the people behind me who had already placed their orders.  The baristas were visibly moved, as well.

2.  After YOU!:  I went to my local Whole Foods Market to purchase some groceries, prior to my mom’s arrival for the holidays.  The person in front of me saw that I was in a hurry and that I only had a few items.  So, they let me check-out ahead of them.  I was so relieved, and grateful!

3.  Trading places:  My husband and I went to dinner at a busy restaurant before a holiday event.  Our names were on a wait list, and we were in a time crunch.  Two lovely ladies struck up a conversation with me, generously offered us their table, and took our spot further down on the wait list.  Another patron, who witnessed the act, commented, “Wow, there ARE some nice people in this world!”  Priceless!!!

4.  Changing lanes:  While driving on the freeway, it is so tempting to “challenge” that person who is driving super fast, weaving through traffic, and looking like an accident waiting to happen.  This season, I checked my attitude, moved aside, and let them pass.  Someone could have died, gone into labor, etc.  And it’s not worth my energy or my life to “teach them a lesson” at 60+ MPH.  Hopefully, they got where they needed to go, and everything worked out for them…

5.  You look mah-velous!:  I love fashion, and I often notice other people’s outfits.  I stopped many men and women in their tracks, and brought smiles to their faces by complimenting their clothing, accessories, and/or color choices.  And it didn’t cost me anything!

6.  Compliments of the chef:  Imagine my surprise when my new neighbors stopped by after Christmas to bring us homemade black bean hummus with carrots.  So unexpected, and sooooo good!

7.  Say cheese!:  Warm, friendly smiles are totally underrated.

This year, Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week is February 10 – 16, 2014.

But why wait???

Make someone else’s day!!!

 

 

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