Take It Easy! Summer Slow Down
The signal from Mother Nature couldn't be any clearer. Temperatures in the
80's or 90's (high 20's or low 30's for the Celsius crowd), humidity levels up and
so many more hours of sunlight to both enjoy and accomplish our goals for the
day! It's interesting, this summer paradox. We are likely feeling more energized
and excited. Maybe we've shed some weight or are feeling freed up after having
hunkered down during the colder months. However, the natural pace of the
season seems slower.
One thing is clear, no matter what the season. We've got to allow space and
time for the body to rejuvenate. I recently completed a three week period
of rather intense expending of energy. I worked in three countries, on two
continents serving hundreds of people. I suddenly realized I had "hit the wall"!
The battery was losing strength. I received the signal and then had a choice.
I could either figure out what I needed to do to fix this problem...OR, I could
surrender to the whims of my body and heart. I chose the latter. How this looked for me was a bit of time giving back to my local community, a lazy
afternoon + a drink with friends and lots and lots of physical strengthening and
stretching. That was my recipe. And, I was even able to get a bit of work done in
Next time you receive an incoming message from your body (yup, your body
sends you information every day, just like your email account and facebook
wall! ), how will you answer? Will you allow what you really need, deep down,
to unfold? For more on this (excerpted from my report "10 Barriers to Vibrant
Wellness"), read on.
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This Month's Featured Food - Summer Salads
Click here for some innovative salad ideas.
3 things you didn't know:
- In general, raw food is so much more easily digested that it passes through the digestive tract in 1/2 to 1/3 of the time it takes for cooked food.
- Contrary to popular belief, vinegar is not a pre-requisite ingredient in salad dressing! Substitute tamari sauce or even soy sauce for a different taste.
- It's simple to superfood-ify your salad. Look for a milled flaxseed and goji berry blend or simply add pomegranate seeds.
Vibrant Wellness Tip of the Month:
Are You Listening To Your Body?
Ever had a muscle cramp more than once in the course of
a week or two? Ever noticed that your sinuses get clogged
every time you eat ice cream? Our bodies are sending us
signals all day long. When we don't listen, we've missed an
opportunity to inquire into what is really going on. When you
start listening to your body as if it was infinitely capable and
wise, it's surprising what you can learn. And often, a relatively
small shift in behavior or in what you eat or drink can answer
that signal appropriately.