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7 Ways to Communicate Healthy Habits to Your Kids

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As the school year kicks back into gear so should the healthy habits that you and your children have before practiced. Notice how I said “practiced,” because we all know during the summer-vacation months we tend to indulge a little. Maybe you have had one too many backyard barbecues, or three too many trips to the favorite ice cream shop down the street. Whatever your summer vice may be don’t worry about it, you can regain those healthy habits from before and introduce them into your children’s lives! continue reading »

Natural Ways to Up Your Game

In addition to using acupuncture and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine, there are other ways athletes seek to up their game. One of the simplest ways to increase performance is by watching what you are consuming. You ever heard the saying you are what you eat? Chances are you have, if not, well I am glad that now you have, because there could not be a truer statement. continue reading »

6 Truths About the Not-so-sweet Side of Sugar

Blog-img - 6 Truths About the Not-so-sweet Side of Sugar_640A study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine found that more than 70 percent of Americans consume more than the recommended daily amount of sugar. Sadly, most of us are addicted to sugar, which happens to be hidden in most of the foods and drinks we consume. Added sugar can cause a whole array of problems that can be short term as well as long term. If you are experiencing health problems, lowering your sugar intake may be one of your best options. Below are 10 truths about the ugly side of sweets. continue reading »

6 daily habits to lower your risk of cancer

Blog-img - 6 daily habits to lower your risk of cancerQuit the tobacco, and don’t start if you haven’t already

It should be common sense now that smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to multiple types of cancer. If you are trying to quit, you are not alone. Try joining a support group or making a plan for yourself to set goals for quitting. Facing addiction is hard, but not using tobacco can save years of your life.

Healthy diet

A healthy, well-rounded diet can do wonders for lowering your risk of cancer and overall wellbeing.  Cut out processed sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help fight cancer. Other fish that can help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in women include halibut, sardines and tuna. continue reading »

7 Steps to Detox After the Holidays

Blog-img 7 Steps to Detox After the Holidays_640Get rid of leftovers

The holidays bring delicious homemade food, and along with that come the leftovers. Holiday leftovers can be just as good as when you cook the meal the first time and become a tempting go-to snack. Time to let go. Toss the leftovers, they most likely aren’t the healthiest dishes and it’s time to start fresh.

Stay hydrated

Most Americans do not drink enough water, and there is no better time to start than now! Fill up your glass at least 8 times a day. Some find it easier to carry a water bottle throughout the day to remind yourself to keep hydrated. Staying hydrated can flush out toxins and detox your body, as well as keeping you feeling good. continue reading »

5 Ways to Eat Without Overeating this Holiday Season

Blog-img 5 Ways to Eat Without Overeating this Holiday Season_640Moderation

We’ve always the heard the saying to enjoy everything in moderation, and that is definitely true when it comes to holiday foods. Don’t try to deprive yourself during the holidays, it most likely won’t go over well. Having an extra holiday treat here and there won’t kill you. You’re allowed to indulge a bit, just keep portions small when it comes to holiday desserts and make sure you limit how often you eat them. Going the whole season without any treats is cruel and will most likely end in binging later, so have your guilty pleasures, just keep them in moderation. continue reading »

Seven Day Detox Workshop

with Kathy McNeely, MS, CNS, LDN
Nutritionist & Health Coach

This fall Center Point Healing will offer a 2-day detox workshop series exploring the health benefits of detoxification. Participants will receive all they need to prepare and carryout a successful seven-day cleanse and will be supported in their own detox experience by Kathy McNeely, a licensed nutritionist.

Meetings:

1- Introductory Workshop: Thursday, septmber 24 at 7:30 pm at Center Point Healing

The first workshop takes place 2 days before the detox begins; it will highlight the specific health benefits of detoxing as well as prepare participants for what they might expect. Participants will be fully prepared with a detox protocol, shopping list, recipes and self-care tips for their own detox.

Many of the above materials will be sent to the participant 6 days before the detox begins via a password-protected website. Participants are encouraged to use the six days before the detox to stock their home with whole foods and other detox supplies and to reduce their sugar and caffeine intake (doing so will minimize strong reactions your body may have during the detox).

2- Teleconference:Sunday, September 27 at 7:30 pm

Participants will have the option to check in via telephone to discuss their first two detox days.

3- Final Meeting Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 pmat Center Point Healing

This meeting will serve as a second check-in and will prepare participants to end the detox. Participants will learn more about the changes their bodies and minds will have gone through during the detox, and will receive tips and advice on how to reintroduce foods, tools for observing body reactions, guidelines for how and when do their own future detox, and suggestions on how to continue eating “clean.”

Email support: Participants will receive email communications from Kathy throughout the week of preparation and detox including messages of encouragement, recipes, ideas for self-care, journaling tools or tips to help increase awareness and get the most from the detox.

Connection & Sharing: A Facebook page will be created for participants to share struggles, support, ideas, discoveries and recipes. Participation in this group is optional, and it will be moderated by Kathy McNeely to help with questions and concerns that arise during the detox.

COST: $65 per person
Ideal workshop number 15-18
Registration at Center Point Healing by Midnight on September 16

Testimonials from detox participants in 2014:
My body is talking to me differently and I’m listening. It feels good!
Kathy REALLY got me started on the right path!

Transitioning to Autumn

Blog - img - Transitioning to AutumnWith autumn approaching and the beginning of the yin cycle, the energy of plants is moving down into their roots, helping the body become aware of the energy of the season. This season is a time for the body to begin gathering energy for the colder months to come.

The lungs and large intestine are the organs associated with fall. The lungs are responsible for the circulation of Qi (the body’s natural flow and circulation), and are also very susceptible to cold and illness. For this reason, it is important to stay healthy and warm during the season. If the Qi circulation is weakened, muscles will not be able to warm the body properly. continue reading »

5 Powerful Health Effects Of Olive Oil

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Photo: Daniella Segura
Derived from the fatty liquid of pressed olives, olive is a versatile substance that’s loaded in nutritional value. Just a single tablespoon has 10 grams of monosaturated fat, 1.4 grams ofpolysaturated fat, vitamin E, and other other key nutrients. While most people consume it for its delicious flavor and smooth characteristics, olive oil has surprising health benefits when consumed on a regular basis. continue reading »

New Year, New You?

New Year … New You?
By Elizabeth Fellows, M.Ac., L.Ac., CHHC
Acupuncturist and Holistic Health CounselorDirector, Center Point Healing
New Year’s resolutions.How many of us vow at the start of each new year that we will “get healthy” – eat better, exercise more, quit smoking and lose that extra weight? After January 1, there’s a noticeable uptick in how crowded the gym is. But in a few weeks, things always seem to regress as we get discouraged or simply feel we can’t keep up with our grand plans for self transformation.

When I work with patients who want to make changes, I first ask them to define what “get healthy” means. We translate that into very specific actions. “Eat better” might mean including one or two more green vegetable servings in meals each day. Or not snacking after 8:00 p.m.. Maybe it’s drinking an additional glass of water. ; “Exercise more” might become a goal of walking five or ten more minutes each day, going to an exercise class one or two times per week, using the stairs instead of the elevator at work. “Losing weight” would mean setting a goal that is realistic, based on an embodied experience of having been that weight as an adult and actually feeling better – not a number selected off a weight table or what one weighed in high school.

Setting achievable goals requires getting very specific.  

In my experience, the more specific the plan, the more likely one is to succeed. The plan should include making small, doable changes that build off each other. Stepping stones. Walking five or ten minutes more for two weeks, then fifteen minutes more the following two weeks.

I also advocate a mentality of adding rather than cutting: Add more fruits and vegetables to each meal instead of taking something away. It’s the same thing with a smoking cessation plan. Adding deep breathing exercises, meditation, short breaks spent outdoors without a cigarette can ease tension and replace some of the underlying reasons that someone smokes in the first place.

Motivation, Support & Embracing Missteps

In addition to a specific plan, people who are able to successfully change habits over the long term have three things: motivation, a support network and the understanding that there will be missteps along the way.

As for motivation, ask yourself why you want to make these changes. Instead of saying, “I want to lose weight so I can be healthy,” make a list of all the things you’ll be able to do without the excess weight. Maybe it’s to have more energy to play with your children or grandchildren, or take up a hobby that has always interested you. And be certain you’re making the change because you want to do it for yourself. If you are working someone else’s plan for you, chances are you won’t stick with it.

Having a strong support network is critical. Enlist a buddy – your spouse, a friend or coworker – who will agree to remind you why you are making these changes. Let that person know that their support will help you be a better spouse, friend, or coworker to them. Let that person (or persons) know you will be calling on them for support when you need some encouragement and acknowledgment, and give them some specific instructions about what you will want: “When I’m too tired to exercise in the morning, I need you to remind me that this walk will help me to feel more energized and to be in a better mood with the children today.”

Finally, understanding that missteps are part of the journey. Studies have shown that the people who are successful long-term with weight loss and other lifestyle changes are the ones who know they will “fall off the wagon” from time to time. They don’t dwell on the fall or use it as an excuse to give up. Take each fall as a lesson and move on. Spending energy berating yourself for the misstep is wasting energy you could be using to get yourself back on track. Knowing this will happen and being prepared for it will allow you to recover more quickly and to keep moving forward toward your goals. Be as loving and compassionate with yourself as you would be to a friend who asks for your help.

 

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