A native Philly girl, Kimm is the epitome of what it means to embrace change and transformation. An escapee from the corporate world of telecommunications; Kimm took quite a few leaps of faith and set off on a journey that still has her traveling today. From certified wine educator to sales and marketing diva for high-end cosmetic and jewelry companies; she loves and is challenged by change and learning new aspects of herself. Now a freelance writer/ghost blogger/professional blogger, artist, and spiritual coach with a focus on helping women to gracefully move through fear and sudden change;Kimm works with crystals, stones, and coaching sessions to help women create lives that sparkles.
Whether we are athletes or working in a retail store, our feet take a beating. It is not something we think about a lot until something happens. Often we find that our feet get sore and tired or blistered and we just keep going without proper care. It is vital to take time out to treat our feet to some great treatments and massages. Continuous care for your feet can keep you from having problems later on in life as you age. We must also think about our overall health when it comes to our foot health. Certain illnesses and diseases can wreak habit on the health of our feet, such as diabetes and issues with the health of our liver. So a physical each year is quite helpful in this process.
When it is time for your yearly physical, visit a podiatrist as well to check on the health of your feet and tell your main doctor if you have been having unsual soreness or sores and blisters on your feet so that he or she can check for certain illnesses or diseases that may be causing these problems. Your main doctor will give you the word if you need to see a podiatrist right away. Just don’t take your foot health for granted.
Here are a few ways we can keep our feet healthy at home.
Keep your feet clean just as you would any other part of your body. There are special soaps and lotions out there specifically made for your feet that will help keep the skin healthy and moist.
Exfoliating your feet at least once a week is also a great idea. This will help you to pay attention to anything disturbing the feel and comfort of your feet. Exfoliating keeps your feet smooth and helps to keep your feet clear of tough skin and warts on your toes and underneath your feet.
Masssage your feet on a regular basis, particularly if you work a job that keep you on your feet all day. A good massage at the end of the day is a way to keep your feel feeling in top condition and ready for more work the next day.
Soaking your feet is a wonderful treatment that helps get rid of dead tough skin caused by overuse or a lack of exfoliation and moisturizing. It is also a relaxing process for the entire body that may be overworked and exhausted. Many people have jobs in which they count on their feet to withstand the pressure of standing all day. Treat your feet well and you won’t feel so sore and tired at the end of your day.
Sources have expained to us over the last couple of decades just how important it is to add some nature to your daily life. In Native American lore, it is good to place your feet on the ground each day at least once in bare feet. There is a belief that there is a certain energy that comes from Mother Earth that keeps us balanced and healthy. Whether you believe the Native American lore or not, it can’t hurt to get in touch with Gaia everyday in your own way.
It doesn’t need to be for long periods of time, but a small time of enjoying the earth that serves us so well, can be healthy for body, mind, and certainly keep your spirits lifted. How do you fit nature into your life in the city? There are ways, you just need to be creative.
Here are a few interesting ways to get in touch with nature, even if you live in the busy city.
Visit your local park
Every city, big or small, has local parks. Take some time during lunch or after work to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. If you are a picture buff, take some photos as a reminder of your time there. You may just end up with a love for photography as well as a love for the outdoors. Since it is Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, enjoy the changing colors before winter comes along and turns it all white.
Fill your home with plants
If it is hard for you to get outdoors, purchase some plants for your living space. Ask your florist or simply go to the internet to see what plants thrive in the winter and are easy to care for indoors. Having plants in the home keeps you connected to Mother Earth during the winter season.
Plant your own vegetables and herbs
There are vegetables and herbs that grow easily inside a kitchen windowsill. Do your research and find herbs and veggies you enjoy so that they don’t go to waste. And after cooking, get a compost pot and give those unused parts back to the earth.
Celebrate the holidays with live plants and trees
If you are able, and celebrate Christmas, get a real tree, or if you celebrate any other holiday, buy some plants to honor the day and the season. like Poinsettias.
Fire is a part of nature
If you have a working fireplace, use it, even if you have electric or gas heat. Fire is also a way to enjoy nature. Light a candle at evening time for dinner. Not only is it honoring a part of nature, it sets a beautiful and relaxing mood.
Every year there are health and wellness trends that stand out above the rest. For many reasons there are trends that fall into the top 10, but it happens mostly because they work and work well. 2017 was a stressful year for some people and the best medicine for stress is taking care of oneself. It looks as though there were a lot of trends and we would like to share some of them with you. Just because they are on the 2017 list doesn’t mean you can’t try them next year if they work for you.
Athletics in the Workplace
Designers are now focusing on making clothing that can go from the office to the gym. In natural fabrics that give when you move, you can wear that little black dress to the office meeting with a blazer and take the blazer off for yoga class. It gives more people an incentive to exercise daily if it’s easy to transition from work to workout.
Inflammation Fighting Foods
We have learned through research over the last decade that inflammation in the body is one of the main causes of many illnesses. We are now finding natural ways to help these inflamed areas of the body and in turn live healthier lives. Some examples are: Turmeric and ginger are at the top of the anti-inflammatory list and are easy to find in any decent market.
Wellness retreats are all the rage this year. People are traveling all over the world to get into shape and to help themselves develop healthier eating habits. These are both healthy habits that they can bring home with them to have an even healthier year in 2018.
No longer are the days when you would see menstrual ads where ladies were encouraged to wear white and say, “see, no leakage”, when real women were not having that experience. Now there are real products for heavy menstrual bleeding and even underwear made for that special time of the month that keeps menstrual pads in place and provides extra protection for tampon users. No leakage, for real this time.
Plant Protein Becomes a Star
In years past it was thought that animal protein was the only real protein, but plant protein is moving to the forefront as a viable source of quality protein. This is good news for those thinking about becoming vegetarian. Some examples of good plant protein are beans, chick peas, all sorts of pea and hemp protein.
Airy Fairy Wellness Goes Mainstream
Things like energy healing and crystals for health are now not just for New-Agers, a lot of other people are getting into the act of using crystals and stones to assist in healing illness and fatigue. There are even salons offering crystal and hot stone treatments for bodily ailments.
Staying at Home is the New “Going Out”
Rest has taken on an all-time high as being the way to go after work and on weekends. Many busy people are no longer trying to play as hard as they work. People are beginning to understand the importance of rest for the body, mind, and spirit, and are creating rituals around nesting at home.
Beverages with pomagranate and dragon fruit filled with protein powders are what’s hapenning today. These healthy beverages are taking the place of sugary teas and soft drinks and placing themselves on the market shelves as another alternative to the cocktail.
Ditching Makeup for the Natural Look
It seems that even stars are getting into the act of ditching their makeup for the natural look. Even stars like Kim Kardashian are getting into the act and she has a makeup line, go figure. Many women today are tiring of the amount of time and money spent on makeup and just want to go natural and learn to love their naked, natural faces.
Cannabis Goes Commercial
Yes, cannabis, the plant that is still illegal in many states in certain forms of the plant, has gone commercial with food and drink products containing amounts of cannibis for rest and relaxation and many say that cannibis also has a pain relieving affect. There are cannibis cookies, chips, tea drinks, crispy snacks and more this year. Yes, 2017 ends as the year of cannibis going mainstream and legal in smoking form, in many states. So, yay, for cannibus.
Staying hydrated is a health issue. If you don’t get enough water into your system, the dehydration can cause many health problems, from migraines to sepsis, which is an infection that travels through the blood stream to your brain, if left untreated. Fatigue is one of the most common signs of dehydration and one of the smallest but common signs is hunger. Often when we think we are hungry, we are really thirsty.
If you are not in the habit of drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day, it can be difficult to start. However, there are creative ways to get into the habit and here are just a few ways to make drinking water more interesting and more of a priority.
1. Add lemon
Fresh lemon can make water taste more refreshing and thirst quenching. It’s easy to slice a lemon, drop it into your water botttle before you leave for work, school, or a workout.
2. Set a goal
Buy a calendar or planner and add water to your to-do list. If you are able to look at something written, it gives you more of an incentive to keep the goals you set. Put a reminder on your phone to drink a glass of water every couple of hours. You will feel quenched, healthier, and good about yourself.
3. Buy a water thermos
A water bottle or thermos is a reminder to drink more water throughout your day. Keep one at home and one in the car if necessary, to act as a gentle reminder to fill it up and hydrate.
4. Try different waters
Today we have the option of sugarless fruit-flavored water, sparkling water and spring waters. Try a variety of waters and keep a couple of bottles in your backpack or vehicle so that you are never without it. With a bit of variety, you will be more interested in making water a part of your daily diet.
5. Green tea
Many experts say that you can replace one or two glasses of water with decaffeinated green tea. Yes, green tea counts in your water count, so find a brand you like and keep a few bags around. In the summer, it’s great to drop a green tea bag in your water thermos. It’s refreshing and healthy at the same time.
6. Join a friend
Ask a good friend to help keep you stay on track when it comes to your water intake. Text or a quick call is enough to check on one another and see if you’ve been drinking the recommended amount of daily water. Teamwork is extremely helpful at times.
7. Make water a social drink
When out for cocktails after work, order a glass of water with your drink. This is a great and healthy idea because alcohol dehydrates you. You can still have fun at happy hour but you’ll drink less alcohol if you keep drinking water in between. Water also fills you up so you’ll take in less empty calories as well.
Migraines cause a lot of suffering for many people plagued with this health issue. The amount and severity of migraines can differ from person to person but the suffering remains debilitating. Migraines are not your average headache. It isn’t even like your painful average headaches. Migraine sufferers are in a world of their own and unfortunately feel alone in their suffering at times. There are certain triggers for these terrible excruiating headaches and many are well-known. For some, it could be chocolate, for others wine. But there are some triggers that are lesser known and it may be helpful to know what these surprising triggers are.
1. Sleeping Late
It may sound strange but if your body is on a strict time clock and all of a sudden you change that schedule, a migraine can be triggered. Sometimes this is called the “weekend headache”, that many migraine sufferers get from sleeping in on the weekends. It is best to try to stick with the same schedule of waking up everyday, and if you are off from work or school, take a nap in the afternoon instead.
2. Sex or intense exercise
Yes, unfortunately, sex can be a migraine trigger, particularly if the sex is more active than usual. This is why intense exercise that you may not be used to, can also trigger a migraine. So what can we say. If it’s worth it to you, these two activities can cause migraine sufferers to have to take to the bed, and not for any fun.
3. Wine and Cheese
Another downer, is that two favorites for many people that are often enjoyed together, wine and cheese, both contain a compound call tyramine, naturally provided by nature. So the combo is one of the worst things a migraine sufferer can indulge in.
4. Perfume or Other Strong Scents
Migraine sufferers who are sensitive to strong scents are usually triggered by perfume, especially big bold scents like nighttime fragrances that are usually heavier. These same migraine sufferers are also usually triggered by loud or repetitive noises.
5. The Weather
The weather, particularly, sudden changes in the weather, can trigger a migraine. The barometric pressure which usually changes as the nighttime rolls in, is another trigger for migraine sufferers. Bright sunlight, heavy humidity, are also culprits.
The best thing you can do is to experiment and keep a log showing when your migraines start and end. This is a way to find out what your specific triggers may be. Once you find your specific triggers, you can more easily avoid migraine episodes.
Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our bodies and our minds. Some people require medication and if your insomnia is severe, you may want to consult your physician, it may be the result of another health problem. However, if your insomnia is sporadic, there are some natural ways to help you fall asleep that does not require a prescription medication.
We offer you 7 ways to fall asleep when you can’t:
1. Prepare for sleep
Many of us have busy days that cause us to remain hyped up at night when it’s time for bed. The thoughts and events of the day haunt us in a way where we cannot wind down. The best thing to do is to prepare for sleep. At a certain time at night, turn off the electronics and digital devices, even your cell phone if you can. Some people take care of others or have kids old enough to be out and don’t feel comfortable doing that, but the ipod, television, and laptops can go off without disturbing that fact. Get the house quiet and sit still for a while until you naturally relax into a state in which you can slowly drift into sleep.
2. Have an early dinner
If possible, have your dinner before 7pm. Eating late can disturb your body clock because your body is still digesting its food. Having an earlier dinner time without snacking the rest of the night, can help your body to go into sleep mode when it’s time. Allow your food to have time to digest naturally and then prepare for bed.
3. Chamomile tea
Chamomile tea is well-known for causing drowsiness. Not only is it a sleep agent naturally, but taking the time to prepare it and sip comfortably is a habit that may just help you to relax every night. Drink your tea about an hour before bed. This will give you time to go to the restroom one last time and then crawl into bed for a good night’s rest.
Fresh or dried lavender is easy to acquire. Lavender has been used since ancient times as a natural relaxant. You can put lavender under your pillow, sprinkle it onto your sheets, bathe in it, or if you are into essential oils, place a drop or two on the bottoms of your feet. Your body will process it quickly in that location. If you don’t want to feel it on your sheets, place it under the fitted sheet and you will drift off peacefully in no time, especially if you make it a habit.
5. Warm milk or cocoa
It is true that warm milk makes you drowsy and cocoa is made with milk as a warm drink. Both warm milk or warm cocoa are soothing and again, the process of making these drinks for yourself tells your body that it is bedtime. Once you make a habit of either drinking warm milk, cocoa, or tea that is caffeine free, you will find that your occasional insomnia will begin to disappear.
6. White noise
White noise has worked for a lot of people who choose this way of going to sleep. Some people cannot tolerate pure silence, so playing a video or cd with white noise on it, at medium level will help solve that issue that stops many people from being kept awake due to their constant thoughts.
Meditation is another great way to fall asleep. Now, you don’t want to fall asleep during your meditation as it also holds other benefits for the mind and body, but afterwards you should be calm and ready to relax. Choose some soothing music if you find meditation frustrating or a guided meditation that is designed and recorded for sleeping.
Many people will spend December 31st making promises to themselves. This is called the New Year’s resolution, and most resolutions, sad to say, are not kept past January. Most of these resolutions have to do with our health. We want to lose weight, we want to gain more muscle, walk further, run faster. Maybe with a little knowledge of what others seem to be eating that is healthy for their bodies, you will be inspired to eat a more healthy diet for yourself. Following health trends can really be helpful because you feel like you’re in a club and you don’t feel alone in making these changes.
Here are 6 health trends you should know about for 2018:
And you don’t have to wait until 2018 to start.
1. Ugly Fruit
Yes, that’s right. Some of the healthiest fruits and vegetables will not have the perfect coloring or the perfect shape because they are grown naturally and when you grow produce naturally without chemicals, they may not always be pretty but they will be good for you.
2. Cooking from root to stem
Cooking from root to stem is cooking the entire vegetable without throwing any of it away. So, for example, you would cook the whole broccoli from stalk to the florets. There are many nutrients in the parts of produce we tend to just toss in the trash. Greens can be cooked this way as well. Greens hold nutrients within the leaves and the stems. Sometimes the stems can be a little tough, but if you chop them up before cooking you can solve that problem.
Seaweed is the new green. This ocean produce has been proven to be one of the healthiest foods we can eat and for those who love that ocean taste of seafood and a bit of saltiness, seaweed may just be up your alley. You can find it in just about any decent market these days and it’s not expensive to purchase. So get yourself some greens, the new green.
4. Veggie Burgers
Yes, there are a wide variety of veggie burgers on the market now and many taste like real beef, honestly. So if you’re new to the vegetarian diet, try out a few different brands and see which ones spark your taste buds and satisfy your appetite.
Jackfruit may fall into the ugly produce category but it’s a delicious fruit that is often used in vegetarian dishes in place of pork. It has that texture and you can season it any way you like. This yummy fruit hails from Asia and is used there as a common dish. If you’re new to jackfruit, use it in a stirfry, that’s the easiest way to get used to the flavor and texture.
6. Subscription Meal Boxes
There are very healthy subscription meal boxes available now for those who don’t cook or are not sure how to prepare a healthy meal. These subscription boxes come in handy for busy people as well, who have too much on their plates already and just want to come home to a healthy meal.
It is a well known fact that people of the same age can look quite differently from one another. One woman at 50 is still turning heads due to her healthy glow while others may look ten years older than their actual age. This has a lot to do with genetics but it also has a lot to do with how well we take care of ourselves during our younger years and during the present age. Taking care of your everyday health is highly important, to not just your looks, but also your level of activity and the health of your mind. A woman can remain active and beautiful well into her seventies and eighties if she does the right things.
We offer you 5 healthy things you can do for your body that will help you keep that natural glow:
1. Be proactive
As we stated in the above paragraph, it is wise to start thinking about your senior years way ahead of time by eating the right foods and exercising. The more proactive you are about your health, the easier it will be to remain healthy into your later years. And we all know that healthy is beautiful. So take care of yourself now and you can maintain that wonderful glow.
2. Be passionate about your health and exercise routine
You should be passionate about your health routine or you won’t see the results you are seeking. The more you stay on schedule, the better experiences you will have with your health regime. Start a program you know that you will enjoy and it will be easier to be excited about it when it’s time to exercise.
3. Everything in moderation
Enjoy life in moderation. Try to avoid alcohol as much as possible. This is not to say, don’t ever celebrate with friends and family, but watching your sugar and alcohol consumption will keep you healthy and active into your senior years. Smoking cigarettes is another thing to avoid if you want to take care of your health. We all know the hazards of smoking and drinking too much alcohol, so live in moderation and stick with your healthy treats.
4. Stay social and make friends with other women
Making friends with other women of like minds, is a way to keep you young and healthy. The more active you are, the more your body and mind will remain engaged in life. Your engagement with life keeps you joyful and happy and to be happy and surrounded by good friends is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself.
5. Get your proper amount of sleep
Get your rest. It is imperative to a healthy life. Forget about that saying,, ” I will sleep when I’m dead”, you need to rest well now. Set a certain bedtime and try to stick with that. We know it’s not possible at all times, but for the most part stick to your resting and sleeping regime. It will play a huge part in keeping you young and healthy.
Alzheimer’s, is a scary word for many. It is a disease that takes chunks out of your life by destroying your memory. Often Alzheimer’s patients will not even remember what year they are living in, or who their family is, and they may not recognize you when they see you. It is a devastating disease for the entire family, not just for the patient. It is good to know the early signs of this disease, so at least you can be aware of what to do next, and that is to see your physician immediately. There may be ways to slow down the disease’s progress or reverse some of the symptoms.
Here are 5 early signs of Alzheimer’s you need to know:
1. Forgetting recent information
When you begin to forget recent information like where you live, your personal information, or maybe news that a family member just recently shared with you, for example, your niece is coming for a Fall visit, and you totally forget that you two even had a conversation about the trip. You may still remember events from many years ago while this is happening, and only forget what was recently shared with you.
2. You have trouble following directions and instructions
You may find yourself getting confused or completely forgetting directions to places you used to visit or instructions for a hobby or project you were involved in. Some Alzheimer’s patients forget things we never forget, like how to drive or ride a bike. You will find yourself forgetting very common things you do everyday and how to do them. This is a huge and common sign of early Alzheimer’s and time to visit your physician.
3. Changes in your personality
Your family and friends may notice this more than you will; changes in your personality. You will find that you are simply not yourself. The way you react to certain conversations and happenings will be different. You may find yourself angry when you wouldn’t normally get angry or irritable at odd times when everything is alright and you can’t find a reason for your irritability.
4. You may have difficulty communicating
Another common sign of early Alzheimer’s is trouble communicating. You will find yourself mixing up words or not knowing how to respond to a question or statement. The same thing may happen if you are writing or typing. You may have trouble understanding what you are supposed to say or how you should say it. It is a debilitating feeling and one that family and friends will notice as well.
5. Hiding items
A common symptom of early Alzheimer’s is hiding things. You may find yourself hiding and hoarding things that are common. It may come from a sense of paranoia, not recognizing everyone that is in your home or visiting you. The sense of hoarding may come from fear of losing things you need and forgetting where common everyday items are when you need them.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, see your physician right away. It could be the onset of Alzheimer’s or another health issue that requires medical attention.
Some may take for granted that everyone knows the difference between white and brown rice, but they would be mistaken. Some people never buy brown rice because they are used to white and others don’t buy white rice because they perceive it to be less healthy. So let’s get down to the facts about white and brown rice. For those afraid of brown rice, it is good for you to know that anything you do with white rice can be done with brown rice, from eating it plain to using it in casseroles.
Studies say that brown rice is definitely the healthier choice because brown rice still contains all of its bran and the nutritious germ, so it is thereby, a whole grain, while white rice has been stripped of both of these healthy parts of the rice. For those used to white rice, brown rice doesn’t taste so much different. It is a bit nuttier in flavor depending on what kind and brand you buy, but as we stated above, it is a healthy substitute for white rice in any dish.
The switch from white rice to brown rice is similar to the switch from white bread to whole wheat or whole grain breads. The whole grain and whole wheat bread is much tastier, nuttier, richer and feels a bit heavier in the mouth than your average white loaf of sliced bread. The process is also similar to that of creating white rice. Basically all of the health and goodness has been stripped from the bread/flour that was used to make it.
Changing eating habits may be hard at first, particularly if you grow up with a specific food. However, the health benefits of brown rice over white rice is so phenomenal that it is worth the diet change. Start with things like casseroles where the rice doesn’t play the major role, and then slowly end up at brown rice and roasted vegetables, which is quick and hearty. After a short while, your taste for white rice as opposed to brown rice, will disappear.