Without This, You Would Be Naked

QUESTION: Without This, You Would Be Naked

ANSWER: Skin!

by Julie Mitchell

Fun Facts About Your Skin: Did you know your skin is the largest and fastest growing organ you have? If you’ve ever had a severe sunburn, it took about a month for your skin to move through the stages of swelling, blistering, peeling and restoration. That’s because your 19 million skin cells completely renew themselves every month. This organ is working to replenish 30-40,000 old skin cells every day without you even being aware of it. Skin cells start off fat and square deep within and move their way to the surface called the epidermis flattening as they move up. Once there, they flake off and the process starts all over again. In just 1 tiny inch of the skin there are: 650 sweat glands, 20 blood vessels, 60,000 melanocytes, and 1,000+ nerve cells! Truly an amazing system God has given us! It protect us from harsh elements of the environment, keeps our organs inside, keeps us warm, and allows us to feel His creation with our own sense of touch.

“You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.” Job 10:11

5 Thought-Provoking Concepts about Your Skin:

  1. Sunlight is not to be feared
  • Stanford University researchers found sunlight prompts the synthesis of Vitamin D in the body which causes immune cells to travel to the outer layers of the skin where they are available to protect and help repair damage such as that caused by sun exposure.
  • Sunlight helps promote the neurotransmitter serotonin which boosts mood and helps us feel calm and focused.
  • According to a study, in a 30-minute period while wearing a swimsuit, people will make the following vitamin D levels:
    • 50,000 international units (IUs) in most Caucasian people
    • 20,000 to 30,000 IUs in tanned people
    • 8,000 to 10,000 IUs in dark skinned people
  • Determining the healthy amount of sunlight exposure has several factors to consider:
    • Time of day, strongest exposure is 10am-4pm
    • Time of year, position of earth to sun gives stronger exposure May-September
    • Type of skin you have, fair skinned individual’s short periods of time due to burn factor while dark skinned individuals can be out longer to raise Vitamin D levels naturally
  1. Dry skin represents what is going on inside and outside this organ
  • Oregon State University research shows omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) are crucial to skin function and appearance. Both dietary and topical supplementation with EFAs can have profound effects on the fatty acid composition and drainage of the skin. As a result, addition of various EFA-rich oils can control the inflammatory response in both dermal and epidermal layers of the skin.
  • When the skin is exposed to the sun’s heat and UV rays, it dries out the skin (less water moisture and skin’s natural essential oils) causing higher possibilities of the outer skin surface to burn. Solution: before sun exposure, drink 15-30oz of water and apply natural oils like olive oil or coconut oil to areas of body that will be exposed to sun. This hydrated, oil rich skin will be less likely to burn and will allow body to make the natural immune strengthening Vitamin D.
  • If you prefer to protect your skin from the sun, apply the natural sunscreen below to protect from UV rays. Supplementing Vitamin D3 may be needed if you run low in Vitamin D. With a simple blood test that your doctor can perform, you can find out what your level is.

Natural Sunscreen Recipe:

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup beeswax and coconut oil

2 T zinc oxide

10 drops doTERRA lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Put olive oil, beeswax and coconut into glass mason jar with lid loosely placed on.
  2. Put jar in pan with 2 inches of water.
  3. Put on low heat and when all ingredients are melted, add zinc oxide and lavender then stir or shake to blend.
  4. Pour into containers, preferably glass jars because of heated oils or could move to another container once it has cooled.
  5. Lather on when needing protection for the sun, reapply regularly.

3. Proper water intake keeps skin moist

  • One of my Core 4 Foundational Principles is drink half your body weight in ounces of clean pure water daily. Doing this will have profound effects on the largest organ. Don’t like to drink water, not a problem…Camel Up! try drinking 15-20 ounces in thirty seconds 3-5x day.
  • University of Wisconsin Health says the skin is an organ, and just like any other part of the body.  And skin cells, like any other cell in the body, are made up of water. Without water, the organs will certainly not function properly or at their best.
  • Water gives the skin a natural face lift, less wrinkles. If your skin is not getting enough water, the lack of hydration will present itself by turning your skin dry, tight and flaky. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.
  1. The skin is a secondary drainage pathway
  • If the skin is presenting symptoms like eczema, psoriasis, acne, warts, dry, itchy skin it could be because one or more of the main drainage pathways (liver, lymph, lungs, large intestines, kidneys) are blocked. Since healing comes from within the body, finding out where the imbalances are inside can help support the outside expression through the skin.
  • Setting up an appointment at The Nutrition and Wellness Center or with a similar clinician to find out what is going on under the hood of the skin, might be just what you or a loved one needs to support the movement toward a smoother, healthier outer covering.
  1. Dry brushing the skin promotes body wellness
  • As mentioned above, the body filters and drains toxins out through a number of organs, glands, and systems: large intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, sinuses, and the skin. Dry skin brushing supports the detoxification of the skin and provides a gentle internal massage.
  • Dry skin brushing helps exfoliate the skin and removal of dead dry skin. It helps open up clogged pores and lets the skin shine.
  • Dry brushing can be a preventative for dry skin, thus stimulating skin renewal that is super soft to the touch

One Way to Dry Brush the Body…

a. Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.

b. Continue brushing up your legs.

c. Proceed to your hands and arms.

d. Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.

e. Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.

f. Lightly brush the breasts.

                    

 

5 DIY Ways to Breathe Easy through this Allergy Season

by Julie Mitchell

If you are constantly sneezing, wiping your nose, scratching somewhere, watching hives or acne break out, then you may be showing sensitivities to foods or environmental elements. Allergy symptoms are the immune system responding with hypersensitivity to a nontoxic substance, like pollen, in the environment called an allergen. It then produces antibodies called immunoglobulins(IgE) that contribute to the symptoms. To support the immune and lymph systems this season naturally, the following 5 ways will give it a push up that allergy hill. Allergies play a big part in missed school and work days.  Allergies affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. (Allergy Facts. http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies, retrieved April 8 2015). It is possible to make it through this allergy season in a new and fresh way by following any of the tips below.

  • BREATHE DEEPLY AND MOVE
    1. Since it doesn’t have a heart to pump it, the lymph vessels need help so get the body moving. Walking is something most people can do as well as bouncing with your bum on an exercise stability ball for 5-15 minutes 1-3x day. Hold onto a chair for stability if needed. A rebounder works wonders for this too.
    2. For more advanced movements, try jumping with imaginary rope or jumping rope for 1 min, 7x day.
  • NETI POT
    1. Clear out the sinuses that are filled with tree, weed and flower pollen with a shower to the nasal pathways using a neti pot with saline solution.
    2. Use warm water with ½ tsp of saline solution like Celtic sea salt. Put the spout end into one nostril, lean over sink and let it flow out the other side. Simple and easy but a little intimidating the first time. Give it a try with confidence know that you are supporting with mucosal lining of the sinuses.
  • ESSENTIAL OILS and BELLY BREATHING
    1. Diffuse, apply to skin, or ingest DOTERRA’s highest quality oils using this blend called The Allergy Bomb: Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint
    2. Put a drop of the above oils in palm of hands, and get the lymphatic system moving through belly breathing which expands and contracts the lungs that encourages movement of the lymphatic fluid
  • AVOID FOODS THAT MAY CONTRIBUTE TO INFLAMMATION
    1. Dairy products from a cow like milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt (be cautious with goat or sheep products too)
    2. Products containing wheat/gluten like bread, pasta, crackers, cookies, pastries
    3. Reduced or eliminate all grains like rice, oats, rye (if eating them choose whole grains only)
    4. Refined sugars and foods higher on the glycemic index like cookies, chocolate treats, desserts (careful not to switch to artificial sweeteners, if something needs sweetening try stevia)
  • HERBS AND HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES
    1. Echinacea, olive leaf, cat’s claw, myrrh, sambucus
    2. Homeopathic remedies specifically combined for food or environmental sensitivities and drainage
    3. We only use the highest quality with full potency and effectiveness.

The Nutrition and Wellness Center specializes in individual care for those struggling with acute as well as chronic issues. When it comes to this season of high allergens in the air, allow us to serve you with multiple modalities. Whether it is increasing movement in our new gym 180 Transfiguration, spagyric potent liquid herbs, homeopathic remedies, the high quality DOTERRA Essential Oils, superior nutritionals, menu planning or colon hydrotherapy, we are here to bring freshness and creative ideas to the people of Williamsburg and the surrounding communities.

Check out our local pollen count at these sites:

http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/williamsburg-va/23185/allergies-weather/336221

https://www.pollen.com/forecast/current/pollen/23188

“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Genesis 2:7

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Chicken Squashghetti

Lovingly created by Julie Mitchell for her family and friends

EASY TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS:

Cut spaghetti squash in half, scoop out seeds, drizzle with olive oil and lightly salt, bake face up 1 hour at 350-400 degrees

Saute veggies for 5 minutes in pot: onion, zucchini squash, yellow squash(add more veggies if desired: carrot, celery, etc) in olive oil(1-2tsp)

1 can of mushrooms(or fresh)

Cooked chicken(option: I also added ground turkey)

1-2 jars of organic spaghetti sauce(or your own blend)

Season as desired with salt, other seasonings like basil, oregano

After spaghetti squash is done, cut diagonally and horizontally then scoop into sauce

Stir everything together and serve (with a sprinkle of goat or sheep cheese for final touch), ENJOY!

Creative name by Taytem Riley

Being Sick is Just Information: You Can Win the Battle!

9 THINGS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO A WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM

by Julie Mitchell

The immune system is perhaps the most important body system when it comes to maintaining healthy, vibrant living, active lifestyle. Warning signs from symptoms such as running nose, fever, headache, cough, watery eyes, can be a welcoming indicator that system may need support. Along with supporting the immune system, it is important to understand what may be weakening it thus contributing to the symptoms.

  1. NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY – The body requires nutrients for certain functions. These functions take place continually in the destruction and removal of poisons, chemicals, and toxins.  They are also essential in the building up of damaged tissues.  These functions cannot occur when a body is deficient in the necessary biochemical nutrients it needs to perform them.
  2. STRESS – Stress on the body causes adrenal stimulation. Vitamins and minerals are used up at a high rate when a person is under stress.   Digestive function can be severely affected by stress.
  3. ALCOHOL – Considered to be a carbohydrate, it lacks the necessary vitamins and minerals to be properly absorbed for use. Its consumption puts unneeded stress on the pancreas for insulin production to metabolize the sugar.  Cells are destroyed in the brain by the withdrawal of necessary water from the tissues and cells.  Many people have contracted cirrhosis of the liver from the excessive consumption of alcohol.  The liver being a major detoxified for this chemical is involved in the breakdown and removal of alcohol from the body.
  4. TOBACCO USE – Cigarette smoke contains substantial amounts of cadmium. Cadmium is a toxic metal, which contributes to heart ailments and hypertension.  Lung cancer has been linked to tobacco use.  Researchers have linked smoking in pregnant women to sudden death syndrome.
  5. DRUGS & CHEMICAL TOXINS – Years ago, a scientific study was done in 1989 that revealed 5,705,670,380 pounds of chemical pollutants were released into the environment we eat, breathe and live in. Resistant strains of bacteria are evolving from our over use and abuse of anti-biotics as they are causing a weakening of the immune system.
  6. HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVELS – Proper fat intake may enhance natural killer cell activity according to research found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Many improper altered fats have contributed to the livers congestion and increased cholesterol.
  7. HIGH TRIGLYCERIDE LEVELS – Found in diets high in refined processed products most refined foods lack essential nutrients to assist the assimilation in the body.
  8. EXCESSIVE SUGAR CONSUMPTION – Experimental studies have shown significantly depressed lymphocyte transformation in healthy adults consuming glucose. These depressed states showed as quickly as 30 – 60 minutes after the consumption of glucose.
  9. CAFFEINE – Research has found 120mg of caffeine in the bloodstream could kill a person.The response from this acid forming drink stimulates adrenaline to be released as a protective mechanism to tell the body to excrete this toxin as quickly as possible.

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”  Psalms 42:11

 

Removing the Chains: Cleansing from the Inside

10 Signs You May Have a Toxic Overload

by Julie Mitchell

“Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21

We are all exposed to toxins from our environment daily. The word “toxin” is something causing harm to the body which may come from air, food supply, drinking water, or skin contact. Supporting the body’s releasing ability of these toxins, frees up energy thus increasing vitality.

  1. Stuffy head

  2. Fatigue or difficulty sleeping

  3. Indigestion

  4. Constipation

  5. Food cravings

  6. Weight gain

  7. Reduced mental clarity

  8. Low drive

  9. Dull skin

  10. Joint discomfort

 At The Nutrition and Wellness Center, we encourage our clients to schedule a cleansing period on their calendar 1 or 2 times a year.  This focused cleansing time frees up energy to clear and move stagnant debris that can set the stage for disease as well as expression of generational weaknesses.

“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” Hippocrates

10 Tips for Healthy Looking Skin

10 Tips for Healthy-Looking Skin

by Marcia Sommariva

To obtain beautiful skin it is vital to maintain a healthy diet. Colorful fruits and vegetables, low-fat proteins, nuts and beans are all good examples of healthy foods. When you don’t eat life supporting elements, your skin may look dull, tired and dehydrated, even yellow or gray in pallor.

Infused water with lemon, cucumber and mint on wooden background

  1. Avocados

*A good source of biotin

*Prevent dry skin and brittle nails

*Help hydrate skin

  1. Green Tea-

*Antioxidants and polyphenols

*Help to reduce UV rays that may prevent skin cancer and other cancers

  1. Tomatoes-

*Provide lycopene and carotenoids

*These nutrients help slow down aging and cellular damage

  1. Salmon-

*great protein food with Astaxanthin, a nutrient that improves skin elasticity and decrease signs of aging

  1. Eggs-

*Contains biotin which repairs skin and is an essential vitamin to protect against dry skin

  1. Pomegranates / Berries-

*High in antioxidants repair and heal collagen

*Protect cells from further damage and pre-mature aging

  1. Walnuts-

*A great way to add Omega-3’s

*Hydrate and protect against inflammation

  1. Beans-

*These proteins break down into amino acids (building blocks of protein.)

*Support repair and rejuvenate collagen and structure of skin

  1. Water-

*A vital element to hydrate the skin

  1. Other Foods-

*Turkey, Tuna, Brazil Nuts: all a good source of Selenium, a nutrient that fights cancer.

Nutrition plays a major factor in building and repairing, the skin’s internal structure; and is crucial in preventing pre-mature aging. For younger, radiant skin include these healthy foods in your diet.

 

Foundation Principle #2: FOOD!

food

8 Golden Rules That Contribute to Healthy Eating

by Julie Mitchell

Next to oxygen and water, food is the most important element you actively bring into your body in order to live life. The quality and quantity of your life is directly related to the quality of the food fuel you put in it as well as how well you digest it. Eating has potential to give us multiple positive experiences like: fuel for living, taste explosions to the palate, celebrations of life events and fellowship with others. Contrary to those are potential negative experiences with eating like bloating, gas, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, or heartburn.

  1. BALANCE

Balanced eating includes a healthy ratio of proteins, quality carbohydrates and healthy fats. Traditional Mediterranean diets have been studied for years showing those who eat this way have a decreased tendency toward cardiovascular disease and blood sugar-related conditions as well as generally living a longer, healthier, and more active life.

  • Whole fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fish, leaner proteins and healthy oils
  • Herbs and spices
  • Beans and limited grains
  1. LOW GLYCEMIC

A low glycemic intake of foods will help balance blood sugar levels and curb unhealthy cravings as wells as support sustained energy.

  • Top 10 Low Glycemic Foods

Apples, Berries, Barley, Grapefruit, Beans, Nuts, Oatmeal, Tomatoes, Unsweetened Yogurt, Most Vegetables

  • Top 10 High Glycemic Foods

Candy, Cookies, Juices, White Potatoes, Chips, Sugar, Most Breakfast Cereals, Soda, Sweet Snacks, White Bread including Bagels, Idaho Potatoes

  1. COLORFUL

A colorful food palette provides complex phytonutrient mixtures that demonstrate protective antioxidant activity to help quench harmful free radicals generated by environmental toxins, inflammation, and unhealthy lifestyle habits. These phyto nutrients contribute to vital functions in our body such as:

  • Immune system function
  • Blood sugar balance
  • Heart health
  • Healthy aging
  • Stress tolerance
  • Vision
  • Bone integrity
  1. MINDFUL

Take a deep relaxing breath and allow thankfulness to come in before you bring food into your body. Savor and connect with your body’s fuel as you allow yourself to be aware of how you are feeling in the moments of eating or preparing nourishment. Eating and preparing meals should feel adventuresome and gratifying. Be sure you enjoy meals often with family and friends rather than alone in front of a media sources.

  1. FREQUENCY

Skipping breakfast or any other meal is like making your car to drive on empty. It may go a little while but then stop in the middle of the road. Eating every 3-4 hours’ smaller meals allows 5 pit stops for fuel intake that allow for a full day’s drive without running out of gas.

  1. FRESH, WHOLE

Consume pure water and minimally processed foods: nuts, whole grains, and produce. When every possible purchase organic fruits and vegetables, antibiotic/hormone free proteins, and wild caught fish.

  1. PORTION SIZE

Determining serving sizes can be easy when eating from a box or a bag of food. You may be surprised to find out you’ve been consuming well beyond 1 or 2 servings in one sitting as you go through mindless eating. A serving size of almonds is 12-14 while walnuts are 7-8 halves.

  1. RELAXED

The body digests food when the autonomic nervous system is in the parasympathetic state = rest + digest. The opposite of that is sympathic state = fight or flight. This means leaves all arguments, stressful work and negative thoughts away from the eating area. It’s important to be purposeful in creating a peaceful environment when breaking bread with others or by yourself.

Peach Frosty

(The Trinity Diet)

8 servings

Ingredients

2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin

2 tbs. of apple juice concentrate

7 cups of frozen peaches, sliced

6 tbs. of water

Directions

In a small mixing bowl, soft gelatin in apple juice concentrate and mix with 6 tbs. of water

Put peach in blender and blend until liquid

Bring fruit mixture to boil, and add to gelatin, stirring thourroughly until dissolved

Chill until it begins to thicken, then place in mixer, and beat on high until fluffy and double in volume

Chill again

Mound into 8 sherbet glasses or serve from glass serving bowl

Garnish with one whole strawberry

Enjoy!

(Ch. 11 The Trinity Diet Kitchen pg. 149)

Foundation Principle #1: WATER!

Infused water with lemon, cucumber and mint on wooden background

DRINK WATER!
Could losing weight, getting rid of headaches, pooping daily, body/mind healing, feeling better overall … really be this simple for some people?

YES! Water intake and fluid balance are among the least understood and most neglected areas of overall health and weight management. Because water is very important to health, our bodies attempt to maintain proper fluid and water balance at all times. Consuming too little water can result in water retention. Increasing water intake can actually decrease water retention and the bloating and added weight that accompany it. Read on to find out more.

How much water do we need?

Although individual variation exists, drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day is what is recommended. (If you are working out with perspiration, increase that amount by 20-50%).

7 Tips to Get Water Down!

  1. Are you a sipper or guzzler? If you don’t seem to find the time to get water down during the day, you may need to become a guzzler and I call that “Cameling Up”. Set a reminder alarm on your phone until you get the routine in place. Try getting 40-50% of your water intake  before you leave the house for the day.
  2. Keep a water bottle that measures fluid ounces with you throughout the day: home, car, gym or at your desk at work. This way the counting is done for you, just remember to refill it throughout the day. All you need to worry about is finishing the bottle/s between the time you wake up and the time you go to bed (recommend getting water in two hours before bed so you have better chance of sleeping peacefully through the night).
  3. Get a measuring bowl…
    • Fill up your favorite glass to drink from.
    • Pour that water into the measuring bowl to see how many ounces it is.
    • Lastly, determine how many glasses you need to consume a day to meet your goal of half your body weight in ounces of water. Make that be your plan.
  4. Look in your iPhone! Go to the App Store for water/hydrate tracker apps. Keep post-it notes on your refrigerator or desk reminding you to drink a glass of water until it becomes habit.
  5. Create a buddy system with a family member, friend, or co-worker to make sure
    you are drinking your water.
  6. Add essential oils from doTERRA plus  fruit or veggies to give it a satisfying flavor. Examples: Fresh lemon, cucumber, or lime slices  with a sprig of mint. 1-2 drops of essential oils like lemon, lime peppermint, cinnamon, spearmint, or wild orange to a glass or stainless steel serving of water. (Always use glass or stainless steel with essential oils.)
  7. Interesting fact: If dehydrated, Colon Hydrotherapy is the fastest way to hydrate the body (over drinking water)! Many healthy people utilize colon hydrotherapy as part of their regular health regime.

How can I find out how much water I have in my body?
It’s very simple and easy to find out. Our office offers a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis(BIA). BIA calculates and estimates your tissue and fluid compartments – using an electrical current. It measures the body fat in relation to lean body mass. It is an integral part of our health and nutrition assessments.

Won’t I feel more bloated and retain more if I drink more water?
Drinking the appropriate amount of water actually reduces water retention and bloating, even during menstruation for women. Since your body is constantly regulating its fluid balance, you can overcompensate by retaining water if you are not drinking enough. Drinking more water can also help you lose those few extra pounds and aid with proper digestion.

Finally, if you struggle with water intake, remember it’s about gradually working up to your goal of half your weight in ounces. Some days you will hit the mark and others you will celebrate the effort made towards it.  It’s never too late to start—the changes you make today then sustain in the weeks to come, will absolutely effect the quantity and quality of your years down the road!

Freedom to Be Well

7 Ways to Walk in Wellness Freedom

by Julie Mitchell

The Fourth of July allows us the celebration of the beginning, the foundation, of our great country. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress gave its stamp of approval to the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. A document that wasn’t perfect but one that gave room for growth, creation, and deliverance. Moving into freedom means moving out of oppression.

Webster defines oppression as
a. unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power.
b. a sense of being weighed down in body or mind.

Here are a couple of questions to ponder, “have you ever been bullied”, “have you ever been a bully”, or “have you ever seen someone being bullied”? Inevitably the answer is, “YES”. A bully is over-powering, cruel, mean, over-controlling and doesn’t listen. A bully suppresses freedom.

Are we a bully to ourselves? If we have any symptom at all, be it a headache, constipation, fatigue, reoccurring infection, itching skin, frequent urination, leg cramps, poor circulation, the list could go on and on…The body is giving us a clue that things are out of balance. If we learn to stop and listen to our body, we may be able to begin the process of understanding our body’s voice that is speaking. To deny the voice, is to bully ourselves, inflict unjust or cruel exercise of authority and power. If we had the power to give a thirsty 5-year-old a drink of water, but denied access, that would be cruel. What things are we currently denying or doing to ourselves that would be considered mean, cruel, overpowering, and oppressive when it comes to our state of wellness? Consider these:

5 Ways Bullying Overtakes Wellness

1. When we are fatigued, we grab for stimulants like sugar, caffeine, salt, or nicotine. The body is begging for something of value, and these are not them.
2.  We don’t allow ourselves opportunities to drink the water our body needs to run the multiple systems that require hydration for optimal performance. Coffee, tea, soda, bottled juice, artificial flavored drinks, and sports drinks do not count for the water intake and add to the toxic burdens on the body.
3.  We overwork without giving ourselves a break. This causes over-firing of stress hormones which compounds fatigue, digestive and sleeping issues to name only a few.
4.  Instead of building relationships around us in the physical, we spend time on social media or computer games. Isolation is cruel, we are made to co-exist in meaningful relationships.
5.  We allow our blood sugar to drop by skipping meals and snacks…let’s just say fat storage opportunities abound here.

Like our country’s Declaration of Independence, we need to form a lifestyle (a powerful document) that allows freedom to be well in our body, soul, and spirit. Here are some ideas to get you started:

7 Ways to Walk in Wellness Freedom

1.  Eat every 3-4 hours, including some form of protein.
2.  Drink half our body weight in ounces of water daily.
3.  Take breaks throughout the day, even if its 5 minutes, and include a lunch break away from our work area.
4.  Purpose to belly breathe throughout the day to help adapt to daily stress and increase mental clarity.
5.  Spend time in physical conversations/quality time with friends and family for minimum of 30 minutes a day. Limit social media/computer games/tv to equal time.
6.  Formulate a plan for personal development like learning a new skill, group book study, read inspiring books, etc.
7.  Budget for wellness that may include lifestyle coaching, nutritional supplementing, colon hydrotherapy, massages, chiropractic care, acupuncture, ionic foot cleanses, infrared sauna sessions, neurofeedback training, etc.

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27