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  • How to Enjoy Summer Success: 6 Steps to Maintain Control and Achieve Goals

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | July 21, 2014

    How do you enjoy the summer, accomplish all that you want to do and maintain control over those areas you struggle with most? As always, to achieve goals you need to start with a plan. Whether you want to maintain your weight, tackle a sport, or begin a new relationship, summer success is possible with these six steps.

     

    Step One: Re‐evaluate the previous summer. How did it go last summer? How did you handle things? Did you maintain the way you wanted to? Using the following areas we typically struggle with most, answer the following:

    • Nutrition/Healthy Eating: How did you handle yourself with food? Did you do a lot of social/binge/emotional or mindless eating?
    • Fitness/Exercise: How was your fitness? Were you motivated, did you enjoy your workouts and did you get the results you wanted?
    • Stress Control: How did you handle stress? Who or what was stressful for you and how did you handle it?  Read more
  • Enjoy Nature and Be Healthier

    by Paula Gallagher | July 16, 2014

    My family and I just got back from 2 weeks away at our little cottage far up north. No television, no internet, no cell service. Instead, my family and I took advantage of the surrounding lakes, hills and forests as an opportunity to enjoy nature. I can truly say we were all more relaxed and happier. I believe in the connection between nature and health.

    Many studies have shown that nature acts as a stress buffer and promoter of health – mental health in particular. Researchers from the United Kingdom, Japan, China, and the US have connected parks, gardens, green areas, and forests with lower mortality from cancers, circulatory diseases, stroke, and other causes.

    You don’t have to have a cottage or even be outside all day to enjoy the benefits, but even an hour a day spent in some sort of green space can be beneficial for your overall health.

    Here are 6 ways that nature can help your health.

    1. Better overall health and quality of life – A Danish study that looked at associations between green space and health found a link between distance to green space and health-related quality of life. The researchers believe that green spaces may help manage stress.

    2. Boosting your immune system – In a 2011 study, researchers found that visiting a forest – but not a city – enhances natural killer (NK) cell activity. Moreover, further visits to the forest maintained a higher level of NK cell activity. Natural killer cells are a type of white blood cell that’s a key component of a healthy immune system.  Read more

  • The Calming Effect of Kava Gold

    by Paula Gallagher | February 19, 2014

    Most of us don't have to worry about the stresses of performing in front of the whole world (I do like to watch those Olympic games), but we all have our own worries and concerns.

    Unfortunately, stressful situations are part of our daily existence, whether it be work-related, dealing with family problems or trying to pay the bills. Consider the calming effect of kava.

    Pathway Kava Gold is the gold standard for soothing mind and soul. It effectively calms stress, anxiety and nervous irritability – without grogginess. Our superior formulation combines kava with other powerful stress-supporting botanicals.

    To find out if Kava Gold is right for you, contact Village Green Apothecary at 1-800-869-9159.

  • Lengthen Your Life: Good Relationships Help You Live Longer

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | February 10, 2014

    The results are in. Studies have found that people with fulfilling relationships live longer, healthier lives. They’re also more likely to have higher self-esteem, feel more valued, and take better care of themselves, promoting wellness, immunity and longevity. Social connections may even influence longevity “in ways every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking.” Good relationships help you live longer.

    In a 13-year study of 2,761 people over the age of 65, tracking all areas of activity, it was found that those who spent time in social activities “fared just as well as those who spent the time exercising.” How? Exercise releases endorphins; neurotransmitters which promote a feeling of well being. Strong ties, a sense of connection and support flood our bodies with endorphins in much the same way that exercise does. Also, positive, loving, nurturing and supportive relationships strengthen and boost the immune system, providing protection against illness and disease.  Read more

  • Really Want to Lose Pounds? Stress Less!

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | February 3, 2014

    Ever noticed that when you're under stress, you tend to gain weight? There's a big link between stress and weight gain. Here are a few reasons why.

    1. Think about it. When you’re stressed, there’s a good chance you’re not interested in label reading or in making healthy choices. You just want the quickest, simplest, most convenient, readily available food that's around. The thought of making healthy choices seems like another task to add to your already over-extended “to-do” list. Unfortunately, those options that are often found in a bag or box do nothing to fuel us but easily pack on the pounds.

    2. Another thing that's happening is when you're under stress, you're just not interested in pre-planning. You know that saying, "If you failed to plan, then plan to fail?” That's also true with healthy eating. When you're stressed, you're not interested in taking the time to plan because you're consumed with your stress.  Read more

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