Health and Wellness

Erika Slater Head and upper torso image2Health and Wellness is all about what we do on a regular basis to maintain our physical and mental condition – essentially, how we take care of ourselves.

We know now that it’s not just about paying attention to our physical health by eating healthy and nourishing foods to fuel and heal our physical body, but also how we treat ourselves mentally and spiritually. Quality sleep, daily quiet time practicing mediation/mindfulness, and being compassionate and kind to ourselves is as important as doing the same to others.

The quality of life starts with having a sound body and mind and the selection of materials you’ll find here cover insights into natural therapies, our mind-body connections, nutrition and weight management, stress, slowing the aging process and much more.

Enjoy the articles.

How to Lose Weight Without Counting a Single Calorie

By Erika Slater
Calorie Counting Examples

Are you an individual who’s desperately trying to lose weight or reduce the adipose fatty tissue on your body and you’ve resorted to ‘calorie counting’? If you are, how’s it working for you so far? The truth is you may be barking up the wrong tree, or wrong supermarket isle! While a popular chorus at one time with weight loss and nutrition gurus– “lose weight by burning more calories than you take in” – the fact is losing weight is more complicated than that. How more difficult? Read on here to find out and what to do…

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Increasing or Starting Your Meditation Motivation

By Erika Slater
Woman meditating at work

This article touches on three related topics – meditation, mindfulness and hypnosis. Meditation in particular has got to a point with a lot of folks where they’ve gotten so distracted they “forget” to be mindful or practice meditation, or become inconsistent about it. The focus of this article is how to help you increase or start your motivation for meditation as there’s nothing changed about its effectiveness or benefits for you. You just need to find ways to “get back in the meditation saddle.” The world at large seems to have blurred the edges between meditation and mindfulness. So, let’s set the record straight a little: Meditation has many forms and mindfulness is a form where you bring your focus to one point such as breathing. This can be part of a wider meditation or be the meditation in and of itself. But what is meditation and how can we get into it for first time and be motivated to get back in? Read how here…

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Helping and Encouraging Your Kids to Eat Healthy

By Erika Slater
kids eating fruit salad

As a parent, it can be difficult to make sure your children are eating good and healthy all of the time! Let me take that back… most of the time? I encountered this problem first-hand when my three boys were growing up. In those days, I was attempting to “fix” their poor tastes in food by giving them supplement drinks. But the fact is, we are their role models for food and what we offer to them. Back in those days we were just beginning to uncover the huge impact sugars and processed foods where having on our kids. The problem is things haven’t got any better, and in fact in many respects even worse. So, we can influence their eating habits for the rest of their lives and this is what today’s article is all about. Read more…

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Stop Drinking Soda For Your Own Good

By Peter Sacco
Soda Drinking Cans

Almost every health-related TV show or newspaper/magazine is denouncing processed sugars and of course soft drinks. Are they really that bad? Some media forums are going so far as to call soft drinks “health crushers.” Why are they suddenly so bad, or have they always been, but we’re just now identifying all of the negative consequences associated with consuming them? For starters, Harvard Medical School conducted an 11-year study on the effects of diet cola and kidney functioning in 3,000 women. What they found was eye-opening! The consumption of diet cola (most likely caused by the diet sweeteners in them) was associated with a two-fold risk for potential kidney decline. Unfortunately, the not so good information for soda consumption did not end there…

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Hypnosis is Yoga for the Mind – Flexibility for Your Brain

By Erika Slater
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Are you familiar with yoga? First impressions of it are usually a fascination of people in weirdly unusual body positions. That’s a start but it’s much more. Perhaps you even practice yoga in your daily living. If you do then you know there’s a richness to it you can’t understand unless you experience it. Have you ever tried hypnosis? First impression of it is people with their eyes closed just like meditation. Maybe you use hypnosis in your life as well. If you do then you know the life changing tool you have as your unconscious mind and it’s premise is different than meditation. What about ‘yoga for the mind’? Have you ever heard of this concept before? If not, then please read on…

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The Benefits of Deep Forest Relaxation and Forest Therapy

By Peter Sacco
deep forest image

Are you someone who has a hard time seeing the forest from the trees literally? That is, you’re not too in tune with nature and don’t do the ‘nature walk‘ thingy often, or ever? Are you more of an iron jungle and technology type of person, whereby everything that surrounds you is usually of a 9 to 5 mentality? Then perhaps you’re someone who could benefit from starting to see both the forest and the trees together and start connecting with your natural roots! Or maybe you remember those days when you did spend time in your favorite forest but haven’t had the chance for many years, and long to experience the peace and connection once again. When was the last time you went on a nature walk? Want to know how to one in your home? Read more…

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Practicing Self-Compassion – How to Be Kinder to Yourself

By Erika Slater
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How compassionate and kind are you to other people, especially family and close friends? The world is full of random acts of kindness despite what the media dishes up everyday for so-called news – doing kind things for others just doesn’t make compelling news these days I’m afraid! Would you go the extra mile for a co-worker or even someone you just met if they needed your help? I’m sure most people reading this would give the “shirt off of their back” for a complete stranger if they were in dire need of your help. Interestingly, too many people don’t share the same kind of deep self-compassion for themselves. They’re quick to find fault in themselves and “beat themselves up” verbally when something goes wrong or when they make a mistake. In reality, they don’t think enough of themselves to give the same kind of care, kindness and compassion as they would give to other people. But that’s about to change for you. Read how…

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Natural Anti-Aging – Turning Back the Clock to Feel Younger

By Erika Slater
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Many people wish they could turn back the clock when it comes to aging. Can you? Well, let’s explore this in today’s post. Let’s start where you are today. Give this some thought… did you ever think you’d get to be this old so fast? Sorry if the thought has turned you into a tailspin, but it does seem that the second half of our life rushes past us at an accelerated rate over the first half – regardless of the age you’ve reached today. We also define our ages differently as well depending on where you are today. Thinking back to when you were a young teenager likely those in their twenties were your boundary of an old person. Somebody in their 20’s reflects on the movements of a 60 or 70-year old person as being slow and stooping with the aid of a cane to get from A to B. The truth is many folks beyond sixties who keep trim and fit can do activities and exercises that are beyond teenagers or folks in their twenties or thirties. It seems like ‘just yesterday’ when you most likely thought getting older was a long way away, but something cruel happened along the way… time continued to move on and guess what, you grew older! Read more here…

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Estranged Adult Children – The Parents Side of the Story

By Erika Slater
Estranged Adult Child Concept Image

No one ever said being a parent would be a “walk in the woods” – I’ve had three myself, on and some days it feels more like climbing Everest! In fact, once you’re a parent, you’re always a parent for life. You never stop worrying about your kids because they’re a part of you, and no matter how old they are, they’ll always be your ‘wee’ ones. So when your kids go through difficult or trying times, you want to do anything and everything to fix things, making sure they’re okay. After all, you’re their parent and its part of the unwritten job description. A lot has been written about kids going growing up and the changes they encounter and have to make, but not much material or attention has been focused on the other side as regards the impact on parents. Read more…

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How to Come Back from Burnout

By Peter Sacco

Have you ever felt like you are at the end of your rope when it comes to having energy and stamina? What about when you feel like you are “just losing it” when it comes to your emotions? Perhaps you are feeling so stressed out that your emotions are going up and down like a crazy roller coaster, or they have gotten to the point where you just feel completely numb. Do you have problems remembering things that the simplest tasks seem like dreadful chores, or trying to remember a name seems like a major skill testing question? Has it gotten to the point where you literally feel like you are going insane and just want to run away and be left completely alone? If you have answered “yes” to most or all of these questions, you may definitely be at the stage of burnout. Read more…

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