Your Best Life-Part 2:
In this series, I have been
focusing on three aspects to help you live your best life. These three principles guide my life and have
made me a happier, healthier person. We
have talked about the importance of healthy eating to nourish and support your
body and mind so that it can function and perform vibrantly and optimally. In today’s column, I am going to talk about
Exercise is absolutely the key in
helping you to live your best life.
I want to wish you all a very
happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
As we enter this New Year, many of us welcome the opportunity to “start
over” and to create a fantastic year for ourselves. Many New Year’s resolutions include the goal
of “getting back in shape” or “getting healthy”. These goals are to be applauded. I, however, suggest another goal or
resolution to strive for in 2013—finding balance in life. In the New Year, we
tend to focus on the physical aspect of our lives, how we look on the
Live Your Best Life: Part 1
This is the first part of the “Live Your Best Life” Series
focusing on Healthy Eating. Healthy
Eating is not as easy as it sounds. Today,
most people don’t even know how to eat healthy or worse, they don’t even know
that they are not eating healthy. When I
go to the supermarket, I always observe what people put in their cart. I cannot believe how many people do not even
buy fresh fruits and vegetables. The
majority of the people have carts that are filled with canned and boxed
Live your Best Life!
What a beautiful summer we are
having! I hope everyone is taking
advantage of all the abundant local produce found at our many Farmer’s Markets
and Veggie Stands. It is so important to
feed our bodies daily with many servings of fruits and vegetables to stay
optimally healthy and vibrant. Did you
know that when you are totally healthy and eating well, you become so happy,
full of energy and clear-minded that it almost feels too good to be true? I feel so bad for the people I see around me
who are smoking, or eating fast-food, or drinking alcohol (or a combination of
Doesn’t that title just make you sick! I know that saying made me sick for many
years. You see, I have never enjoyed
running. I would read my friend’s posts
on Facebook stating how they love their morning run or how when they are stressed
they just love going out for a run, and I would be thinking “they are crazy!
How can they enjoy running?” I always
wanted to be a runner, though. I think
it is very cool that someone can just run 5km, 10km or a marathon. It is quite the achievement and a wonderful
way to stay fit and alive.
The Benefits of Yoga
Many of us
know that practicing Yoga is good for you but are you aware of what is really
going on in your body? A regular yoga practice can benefit us on a
physiological and psychological level.
Below are some of the important benefits:
¢ Posture improves
¢ Strength and resiliency increase
¢ Endurance increases
¢ Energy level increases
¢ Sleep improves
¢ Immunity increases
Yoga and Weight Loss
I am often asked “Will Yoga help me lose weight?” This is a tricky question as there are two possible
answers: Yes and No. Yoga and taking
care of oneself is a commitment, a discipline.
And when people are attempting to lose weight, the very thing they are
lacking is commitment and discipline. It is very easy to let our needs go unmet
with our busy, hectic lives. But yoga and weight loss require that you put
yourself first. The benefits of Yoga can
be felt after one visit, but to really reap the rewards of Yoga, you must
practice weekly, and even daily.
I lost my mother one month ago. Her name was Sharon Blanchard Preston and she
was a beautiful woman. She lost her
battle to cancer on March 17, 2012. And to say that I miss her is an
understatement. She was diagnosed with
terminal colon cancer over 7 years ago.
When she was diagnosed, she was already stage 4 in that her cancer had
already spread to the liver and her lungs.
She was given less than one year to live and that was in 2005. I am lucky, I know. I got to be with her for 6 more years than
Yoga is such a powerful discipline that enables us to grow healthier in our aging years. Everyone who is over 40 knows that every year we start to feel more aches and pains, and get a little stiffer getting up in the morning. Aging is inevitable but going "quietly into that good night" is not!
Yoga is a must for anyone over 40! Why, you ask? The answer is simple: Yoga counteracts the effects of aging like no other discipline or fitness routine. You see lifting weights may make your muscles stronger but does nothing to aid your joints or lengthen your muscles.
Let’s Get Real!
I was driving through Martintown and Williamstown the other
weekend and noticed how most of the farmers are expanding their fields and
cutting down all the trees and shrubs that used to separate them. What is now visible is acre after acre of
clear-cut fields, not a tree in sight. I
wondered why this was happening and why the beautiful farmland and trees were
being destroyed in this manner. A local
bee keeper informed me that since these farmers grow nothing but
genetically-modified (GMO) corn or soy beans, they have increased the size of
the fields to maximize their yield.