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  • Blog, Cody, Healthy Living, Mindfulness

    Meditation Vs. Medication: An Honest Mistake or a Profound Thought?

    As I was searching for an image today, I intended to type “MediTation”, and instead typed “MediCation”! How often do I do this with different words? All the time! You see, the thing is that our minds automatically go where we are comfortable. We drive to places that we’ve been to a thousand times… even though we meant to drive somewhere new. We pick up the phone intending to call a friend, and instead dial the number for MOM, because… it’s familiar. We’ve been calling Mom for as long as we can remember!

    So, what does this mean? I have no idea! I’m not a psychologist!

    BUT, it makes me think… are we programmed to think and behave a certain way?  Do we look for mediCation before something like mediTation to heal?

    Don’t get me wrong, I believe there is a time and place for medication. Our modern-day advances in technology and medicines are life-saving… to say the least. But, do we jump to it for every ailment before exploring other options?

    Maylo tells us that Nutrition Matters. We even offer a Nutrition Matters t-shirt. And I believe it! What we put into our body determines what we get out of our body!

    Tom tells us that exercise matters… not just exercise, but the right exercise! Taking care of our bodies with stretching, foam rolling and exercises that push our bodies is key.

    So, my question today is this… how could you improve your circumstance by improving your whole-body wellness?

    For me, it’s a focus on taking time to listen to my body! It so often tells me when it needs REST to recharge. Or, if I’m feeling anxious and restless, it’s telling me to get out and take a run! Share your thoughts below…

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  • Blog, Food, Healthy Living, Maylo, Wellness

    Nutritional Balance Matters!

    Nutrition Matters!  We all know nutrition matters, but how many of us really take the time to plan and manage for quality, nutritious foods – EVERYDAY!

    In our “look good at any cost” society, many are starving from the lack of vital nutrients. Lose that extra winter weight at any cost, its the same. Or, in our hectic, over-charged lifestyles, drive through the fast food line everyday—for sure the wrong type of calories.

    Our lifestyle becomes part of a self-fulfilling prophecy. “I just can’t keep the weight off…” “It doesn’t matter what I eat, I never lose any weight…” Before you know it, we come to the conclusion we are “just fat” in our desire to eat like a “regular person”.

    The problem? A “regular person” in our society eats the wrong things. Without any real thought or intention, we are just eating a sludge of preprocessed foods filled with sugar, salt and fats – all designed to get us to eat them!

    There are so many incredible foods that taste good AND don’t have a ton of calories. There are so many recipes that offer fantastic nutritional choices, BUT don’t require lots of salt and sugar to taste good.

    Take this quick, fun test:
    1. How often do you go to the grocery store? 2x per week, 1x per week, 1x every two weeks, less than that
    2. How often do you eat out? 2x per day, 1x per day, 4x per week, 2x per week…

    Now, divvy up the cart from your last grocery store run.
    3. What percentage of food was from the fresh fruit and vegetable isle? <10%, 10-20%, 20-50%, More than 50%
    4. From the fresh meat counter?
    5. From the frozen dinner isle?
    6. From the sugar and carbs isle (colas and other drinks)?

    This work requires a fearless inventory of your habits. Don’t sell yourself short. If you don’t cook, or don’t have time to cook, take the time to seek healthy alternatives. There are plenty of options out there.

    And please don’t forget that food is a pleasure. Ease up on some of your crazy restrictions and balance them out with alternative ways to enjoy your life. A nice fruit smoothie for dessert as opposed to that pint of Hagen Daz…(I know….I know) You can still have the ice cream….just save it for a special occasion.

    Enjoy your life!!

  • Blog, Healthy Living, Rebecca

    Landslide

    On a recent drive, I was scanning for the Oldies station. Landslide, a favorite Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac tune came on. With any ‘blast from the past’, I immediately began singing along. It was like talking to an old friend, inviting nostalgia…

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  • Blog, Healthy Living, Maylo

    Weight Loss Survey

    What’s up with this weight loss thing? I admit it! I’m feeling a bit discouraged. I’ve been struggling to take off those few extra pounds for months now.

    Admittedly, I’m a crazy, go it alone, DIY’er, nature knows best…kind of person. But, when the pounds didn’t melt off, I decided to get help. Well, the pounds still aren’t melting off!!!!

    One day, a friend and I were chatting. Why? Why has it been so hard?

    #FeelingDiscouraged #WantingSmallerMe

    Let’s share! It’s 10 easy questions and you receive a FREE gift!

    No gimmick! This is not an attempt to sell a weight loss plan.
    I genuinely want to know what’s working for others.

    Fill out my online form.

  • Blog, Healthy Living, Rebecca

    Emilie’s French Teas

    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.

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  • Blog, Healthy Living, Michelle

    World Health Day! 5 Steps You Can Take

    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:

    1. For one day, count the number of grams of sugar that you consume. Maybe create a MyFitnessPal challenge for your family on sugar consumption.
    2. Challenge yourself to a minimum of 30 mins of exercise every day.
    3. Pack a healthy, but incredibly tasty, lunch for your kids – and one extra to share with a friend.
    4. Next time at the grocery store, count the number of items in the cart with abnormally high amounts of sugar.
    5. Unload and reload! Replace what you put in your grocery cart with healthier choices.