Avoid the Holiday Stress and Chaos. Acupuncture: The Natural Chill “Pill”
|While the holidays are generally a time of year that everyone looks forward to, it can also be a time of chaos, stress and overwhelment for many people. Stress in any form can negatively affect our emotional and physical well being and can manifest itself in many not-so-nice ways. Insomnia, worry, anxiety, depression, digestive upset, fatigue, headaches, mood swings and decreased productivity are just a few ways stress can manifest itself. Life is supposed to feel good and you’re supposed have fun. If you’re not having fun anymore or forgot what that feels like, then something needs to change. That change can be as simple as a slight tweak in your energy alignment and a good dose of body/mind balance.
Acupuncture is long known for it’s balancing and restorative effect on the body. Acupuncture’s first action is to increase circulation of qi and blood thereby relieving stress. Anytime we feel pent up and tense, our qi and blood is being restricted. In order to feel good, qi and blood needs to flow freely.
Acupuncture also releases endorphins and serotonin within the brain and has a deep relaxing effect on the body/mind. This is felt shortly after the needles are inserted and as you breath and relax you will begin to feel your body release it’s tension. Many people fall into a blissful meditative state and some people simply fall asleep as the acupuncture gently re-balances and restores their mind and body.
A medical study done at the University of California found that acupuncture decreases the sympathetic nerve activity during mental stress, lowering blood pressure and heart rate. Many people feel less stressed and more energetic after as little as one treatment and have a marked improvement after 3 to 6.
If you are in need of a de-stressing, or simply want to avoid it in the first place, you can schedule your body/mind balance tune up and be in and out in an hour and on with the rest of your week, blissed out instead of stressed out.
Just call or email to inquire about available appointments. Simple as that.
Eating Healthy Through the Holidays
|Staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many ways to gracefully navigate through them without your cholesterol and blood pressure skyrocketing or gaining the dreaded holiday pounds. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a New Year’s Resolution that didn’t involve undoing the damage incurred over the previous 2 months?
There is no reason give in to overindulgence, especially when the consequences are so undesirable. All it takes is a little extra effort and a little bit of planning to breeze through the festivities while staying healthy and fit AND still being able to participate in all the fun.
Here are a few easy tips to help keep you on track this season:
No Bake Herbal Cookie Nuggets
| One way to stay healthy through the holidays without skimping on dessert is to simply make your own healthy version. This recipe is packed with nutrition, easy to make and very adaptable. You can customize it by adding your favorite nut butter and various dried fruits. There are lots of optional additions if you want to boost the health properties even more. They make a great snack, travel well, satisfy the sweet tooth and kids love ’em too!
Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl or food processor, mix until completely combined. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and allow to chill for approximately 30 minutes. Once chilled, scoop the batter out and press into balls. The size is up to you. If the dough is too crumbly to stick together, simply add a little extra honey or nut butter. If desired, and you’re feeling a little fancy, the balls may be rolled in coconut flakes or cacao powder to coat them. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated.
Other Healthy Optional Additions:
Maca powder, Pumpkin pie spice, goji berries, carob powder, cacao powder, astragalus root powder, ginger root powder, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, cashews or anything else your heart desires. ***Recipe supplied by Mountain Rose Herb Blog Post. A great place to get organic herbs and spices!***
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