We hear over and over again how stressful our lives have become. And, there is a lot of data to suggest it is true. Even with all of the modern conveniences that allow average American to live so well, the effects of stress can be seen in the array of chronic conditions in our society.
Emilie’s French Teas! More than a cup of tea — it’s an experience in wellness.
I met Emilie at a trade show. I was in the midst of chaos — lots of people trying to fit in a small area. Emilie is just one of those women that has a presence — fun, kind, warm and graceful. She handed me her card with an invitation for a cup of tea.
I remember thinking, “I don’t think I’ve ever had an invitation for a cup of tea!” As quickly as we met, she was gone.
Many weeks later, I ran upon her card. It had been a bit of a tough week with several business disappointments. Emilie’s warm invitation came to mind. I decided to visit.
Not to disappoint, Emilie warmly greeted me with a tour. We walked through the tea room, and then made our way into the holistic center. Emilie and her husband Alex work together. Emilie shares her passion for tea and herbal medicine. She runs the tea room and greets the public. Alex has a thriving clientele seeking holistic healing. We talked about the Maya principles for healing and various services, products and special events they hold at the center.
As we returned to the Tea Room, Emilie asked what I liked in tea. I said I could really use a pick-me up. What a wonderful and brisk cup of tea! But, much more to my surprise, she sat with me and we talked. What I thought would be a 30 min visit, became a newly forming friendship that lasted more than an hour.
Emilie and I shared life stories, future aspirations and business. We chatted about “wellness”. How to define it? How to find it? We agreed, it begins with finding ways to connect and be open to new things. Emilie shared her childhood in France, and her belief that tea allows people to connect. She spoke of the far-away lands and how she met her wonderful husband, and all surrounded a cup of tea. It made me smile!
Sometimes its the simple things that make us well.
Emilie’s French Tea Room is located at 8131 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO.
What can you do for World Health Day? Here are 5 Steps that can make a difference for yourself and someone else.
Let’s take Diabetes for example. Did you know the world diabetes rates have nearly doubled since 1980?
Whaaat? Diabetes is a disease that most people can avoid through healthy eating and exercise!
At a minimum, you can change your own life. Better yet, change the lives of your kids! And, all of us can influence a parent, friend or colleague.
Consider these 5 Steps:
- For one day, count the number of grams of sugar that you consume. Maybe create a MyFitnessPal challenge for your family on sugar consumption.
- Challenge yourself to a minimum of 30 mins of exercise every day.
- Pack a healthy, but incredibly tasty, lunch for your kids – and one extra to share with a friend.
- Next time at the grocery store, count the number of items in the cart with abnormally high amounts of sugar.
- Unload and reload! Replace what you put in your grocery cart with healthier choices.
Turn Off the Tech! Have you noticed how much of our lives we have given to the tech world?
The average American spends $2,300/year on technology. That’s $191.64/mo. If you are a family of four with teenagers, thats $766.68/mo or slightly less, but who’s counting? If that doesn’t tell the story, maybe nothing will.
It’s not just in dollars, but also in time. Count 116 minutes! That’s the number most American’s use per day on social media, according to SocialMediaToday.
In both time and money, we’ve quit living! I’m not suggesting that you shut off the devices forever, but the balance has definitely tipped. (Gosh, I once owned a healthcare tech company!)
Bottom line, technology is not the goal. It should not be our sole form of entertainment. Technology should be about convenience and efficiency. The goal is to create more time for healthy activities in our lives through technology.
Recently, I decided to change my life around. It wasn’t radical, but I decided to review how I was using my time and money.
I shut off the TVs on the weekends and canceled a few subscriptions. Wallah, spontaneity! I’ve found my life has become more interesting.
It made me want to ride my horse more. I want to take more walks, and my dog loves it! We loved it so much, I’ve decided to add to our family of fur-members. Friends hear from me to grab lunch. My evenings are spent socializing – business or pleasure – it doesn’t matter. I agreed to have our family reunion and then took a few trips.
Equally, I found there were technologies that I really enjoy. For example, Echo with Alexa by Amazon. I absolutely love streaming music. I’m enjoying going through my old CDs and compiling Playlists. I also enjoy MyFitnessPal. I’m finding that I need the encouragement to eat right every day.
So, what could you do with more time and money? Are you spending both the way you’d like?
For more great articles on the topic, read what kids of Silicon Valley tech parents do…
Stimulants vs Supplements: What’s the difference?
The conversation became active, even passionate, with a lot of opinions and ideas. As a result, we have combined the conversation below. Enjoy… and jump in with your thoughts.
What is the difference between a Stimulant vs Supplement?
“A stimulant is something less natural…with the purpose of giving more immediate results.”, says Cody. “Caffeine is an easy example.”
Chris offers, “A supplement is intended to mend a deficiency in your body.”
“It’s the difference between short-term vs long-term effects,” says Michelle. “A stimulant such as caffeine gets a person going. Doctor’s tend to guide patients to supplements, such as Vitamin D or B12.”
“I agree, a stimulant is taken for a specific purpose, that drink that revs you up,” Maylo offers. “I like to say, supplements FEED your body and stimulants SPEED your body.”
Tom adds, “To me, its a classification for either stimulants or supplements. Some are strong enough to be controlled, others not.”
But, we all use stimulants to pep us up, at times. Are stimulants harmful?
“Harmful, or just not that helpful at some point? I can quickly tell that I’m consuming too much caffeine…” says Chris.
“Me, too. I can always use stimulants as a barometer for personal balance.” Rebecca adds, “When the pressures of life are getting to me, my consumption of caffeine and sugar increases.”
Cody laughs, “You have to manage too much of a good thing!”
“There’s the pendulum with stimulants, right?” says Tom. “Everything in moderation. And, the sooner you can get back to healthy activities the better.”
“Yes, but…you can’t minimize the effect of stimulants.” Maylo jumps in, “What is ok for one, may be dangerous for another. What medications are you taking? What conflicting side effects?” Maylo has fought systemic lupus much of her life, “It’s easy to throw things out of balance…”
In summary, it seems that what Maylo has to offer in this conversation is a hard, but steady truth. What is good for one doesn’t always hold true for another. The best way to find the right solution for you is to truly notice how each one makes you feel.
This conversation continued on for some time. And, like any good thing, must be moderated. We went on to discuss how to spot… and manage… over-reliance…or even a dependency. We will discuss working with clients who are ‘burning the candle at both ends’. How can we guide them in a healthy direction that still allows them to accomplish their goals? I hope you’ll come back over the next couple of weeks to follow this series.
Be sure to leave your feedback and experiences below! Our community is built on all of us sharing our experiences and making THIS life a HEALTHY life TOGETHER!