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Can Thinking About Money Change Your Health?

Can Thinking About Money Change Your Health?

When I talked to a financial advisor a while ago, I expected it to be so straightforward. How much do you make? How much do you save? How much do you spend?

Instead, she asked me to write down what money meant to my family when I was growing up. And how I felt about it in my relationships, and now as a small business owner.

Talk about a hornet’s nest! I had no idea I carried around such ridiculous stress and self-judgement.

I was going through life with the notion that I didn’t deserve things unless I earned them. Including love and friendship.

My thinking went like this: the only way to deserve a new coat, or a night out with my friends, was to be someone better, someone skinnier, nicer, more productive, a better mom. Since there’s no way to quantify those ‘standards’, I rarely thought I deserved what I got. Regardless of where this self-defeating thinking started, it was still dogging me in my 50’s.

Every day, I meet someone who uses this same kind of thinking to deny themselves care that could improve not just their wardrobe or social life, but their whole health.

We tend to apply the same destructive, unhealthy thinking patterns in all areas of our lives. Our attitude of ‘not deserving’ leaks over into our relationships, our diet, even our connection to a higher power. Imagine the havoc that can play on a person’s life. It creates a scarcity scenario that holds us hostage.

Herbs are great, and I’ve seen them do wonders for women’s health. But, physical and emotional health are absolutely connected to how we think about money.

Talking to a professional, whose job it was to understand the ins and outs of money, lightened the load and transformed my attitude.

Become a healthier version of yourself. Ask for financial advice and watch your whole life take a new direction.

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Autumn – No Time For Hangups

Autumn – No Time For Hangups

The other day, a client shared with me that after a very long relationship, she decided it was time to get her own apartment, move out and start taking care of herself. The day she told her partner she was leaving, all the digestive symptoms that had been plaguing her for months of visits quickly cleared up. No more constipation, no more tummy problems. Just like that. She could breathe easily again.

Maybe you’re hanging on to an unhealthy relationship, or maybe it’s a bad habit you can’t shake, like gossiping or nighttime snacking. Sometimes, we just get hung up on what someone said to us 20 or 30 years ago and can’t let it go.

Whatever your hangup, it’s time to hang it up.

The weight of your emotional baggage is a giant burden on your physical health, whether you see it or not. Letting it go means a chance at feeling light and playful again. Smiling and joy are guiltless pleasures that we owe ourselves.

Fall cleansing means letting go and finding fun again

Let go of worries and feel playful and healthy again

I swear, Letting go is one of the hardest lessons to learn in life.

Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes a clear connection between the Lungs – which play a role in expressing grief, releasing the past and detaching from unhealthy patterns and behaviors – and the Large Intestine, where another kind of ‘letting go’ happens.

A healthy and balanced Lung/Large Intestine pair helps you withstand the stresses of respiratory threats like colds and flus, and environmental imbalances like dryness or excess humidity and dampness.

Letting go of unhealthy people, patterns and even poop 🙂 gives you protection from seasonal illnesses.

My client discovered on her own that simply making up her mind to let go helped her physically release, making space for something new.

The season of the Lungs and Large Intestine is Autumn. It’s a great season to start a Fall cleanse.

A seasonal diet and herbs that focus on preparing your lungs, large intestine and lymphatic system for the cold weather, can give you a leg up on immune system challenges.

Two weeks of delicious foods like squash, root vegetables and wild game, and herbs like cleavers, burdock root, stillingia root, poke root, and cascara sagrada bark, provide a lymph, lung, large intestine and deep tissue detox that stimulate and renew your sluggish system.

I tell my clients to get a good massage and indulge themselves in an afternoon nap. Fall is time to really let go of unhappy thoughts and enjoy the shocking blue skies and comfy sweater weather to the fullest.

I can help you approach cleansing with healthy, nourishing foods, herbs, and simple daily practices. Everyone deserves a healthy start to Fall. Email me at info@naturalhealingomaha.com and get started.

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Is Your Brain Cheering You On or Throwing Insults?

Is Your Brain Cheering You On or Throwing Insults?

My life coach says I’m ‘up to big things’ when my mind chatters with self-talk. Until she reframed it like that, my brain was a messed of mixed signals, tangled thoughts, and self-doubt.

Instead of calm, peace, and universally loving thoughts about my life, the chatter would sound like this:

“I can’t do that”

“I’ve had it hard and that’s why I’ll be a failure”

“I’m not smart enough – so-and-so is better at this than me”

“You’re not successful enough to try”

“People will be watching and you might make a mistake”

“You don’t know enough”

“You’re gonna fail”

“Someday you’ll be good enough to do this, but not right now”

“You’re selfish to even try”

“It’s gonna cost too much money”

It’s like I’m trying to talk myself out of success so I’ll have an excuse when things don’t go like I expect. I’ve learned to sit on the floor beside my bed, take a few breaths, and listen to what’s going on between my ears.

This pattern of self-destructive thinking has a hold on all of us some days. The monkey in my head is jumping all over the cage, throwing insults, and trying to push me off my game. She’s on full blast when I’m getting ready to accomplish something I’ve never done before.

I’ve always felt so alone struggling with this. Other people just get up in the morning, make up their minds to do something, and do it. Right? No self-doubt, no ‘poor me’, no excuses.

That’s a lie I tell myself. And it doesn’t serve me. Or you.

The most successful people you know have their own monkey jabbering away when it’s time to face a big task or step out of their comfort zone. Somehow they’ve learned how to tame the monkey and go ahead anyway.

I wrestle with the mind chatter every day. Sometimes the self-doubt wins, sometimes I can turn it around. On good days, I manage to keep calm and focus on where I’m going and what I love – sharing what I know about holistic healing, herbalism, and how it changed my life.

Those other days, journaling, crying, texting a friend – these are my strategies. Sometimes, I write a blog. Not gonna lie, there might be some self-indulgent binge-watching and sugar involved. I breathe, have my pity party, then it passes.

One of the smart choices I’ve made to harness my brain power for good was to hire a life coach. She helped me use the tools I’d been sharpening in yoga and meditation, to tap into the pro-Me power of my brain. Whatever calls to you – therapy, business coaching, a good friendship, spiritual work – all these are good places to turn the negative self-talk to the language of self-love.

How do you handle the self-destructive mind chatter? What’s your strategy to keep your lower self from holding you back? Do you have a retreat in your home or office, or a mantra that helps you cope or get beyond the critic in your brain? I’d love to hear your strategies!

 

 

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Has Your Digestion Taken a Vacation This Summer?

Has Your Digestion Taken a Vacation This Summer?

Every time I turn around lately, someone’s blaming a healthy food for causing indigestion, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and probably last week’s summer flu. With all the GMOs, antibiotics, hormones, and chemicals in our food, it’s an easy conclusion to draw.

But I have another theory. And Chinese Medicine will back me up. People with chronic Heat and Damp imbalances in their constitution often don’t feel good this time of year.

Hot, damp weather can aggravate existing problems in the gut, as well as the skin, urinary tract, and not surprisingly, the mind.

Heat and Dampness are two of the six ‘pernicious evils’ in Traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM]. The theory goes that too much heat outside can aggravate Heat inside the body. Same goes for Dampness.

Summer is prime time for Heat, with a capital H, to mess with people who already suffer from one or more symptoms like:

  • Acid-indigestion or ‘hot burps’
  • Persistent acne breakouts, boils or red-toned skin eruptions or rashes
  • A tendency to be more irritable, cranky or even talkative in hot weather
  • Concentrated, dark urine or burning urinary tract infections
  • A tendency to be thirsty, especially for cool or cold fluids
  • Dryness and constipation (heat has a tendency to dry things out, right?)
  • A red tongue, a fast pulse (more than 20 beats every 15 seconds) and a flushed face

When you add in the dampness that Summer humidity brings, it can complicate a Heat pattern in your body, causing dizziness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and almost a flu-like feeling. We call this Summer Heat in TCM. It’s so nasty it falls into its own special category of ‘evil’.

Even if you’re not taken by the extremes of Summer Heat and Dampness, you can still feel occasional and persistent bloating, nausea, heartburn, acid burping, constipation/diarrhea or any of those uncomfortable digestive symptoms we like to blame on the picnic food or weekend splurges.

What to do about it? It’s not always the food’s fault, but it helps to avoid greasy, fried foods, cheese and alcohol, which contribute to the Heat and Damp imbalances.

Cool watermelon, berries, garden salads and cooling sun teas made from herbs like mint, lemon balm, basil, hibiscus with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of stevia, are great Summertime options to balance digestion. And when digestion is working well, everything else tends to fall in line.

5 Tips for digestive health during hot, humid weather:

  • Eat until you’re 70% full – not until you’re burping and bloated
  • Fill up on green, not grain – think kale, salad greens, cucumber, bell peppers, snap peas, zucchini
  • Ditch the drink with dinner – it’s NOT helping an already sluggish digestive system (this includes water, milk, and soda)
  • Get up early on the hottest, most humid days to work on outside chores, or save them for another day
  • Consider bitters – a few drops of swedish bitters on the tongue 15 minutes before eating will stimulate digestive juices and help break down food. Or enjoy a little dandelion root tea in the evening to smooth things out the next morning

Here’s another idea: visit a trained, professional herbalist.Why feel miserable one more day? Call me at 402.933.6444 and schedule your appointment now. No time? Try my Quick Stop 15-minute visit for $35, plus herbs.

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Hot Flashes Cramping Your Style? Get Your Groove Back

Hot Flashes Cramping Your Style? Get Your Groove Back

Girls, it’s time I said it loud and clear, because there is still a lot of confusion around this message:

Herbs reduce or completely eliminate peri-menopausal symptoms like night sweats, hot flashes, sleeplessness, hair loss, loss of libido, crazy periods, the whole deal.

Are you tired of losing sleep, waking up soaked? Herbalism has your back. It’s always been here, restoring women’s natural rhythms. Herbal teas, tinctures, baths, everything you need to feel like yourself again.

Week after week, I visit with women who share stories of soaking the bedsheets from wicked night sweats. Suffering weeks or months of exhausting insomnia. Tracking periods that run the gamut from every 2 or 3 months to every 2 or 3 weeks, with flooding and sometimes debilitating pain, migraines and too many other miseries to name here.

They call me days or weeks after starting their custom herb formulas to say thank you for the relief.

My clients find me through a girlfriend or sister who didn’t have luck with conventional medicine and tried something ‘sort of out there’, as one woman referred to my work. I’m not offended.

Women come to herbal and natural care for lots of reasons – dissatisfaction with traditional medicine, bad experiences with drug side effects, a reputation for safety, and a desire to explore options to surgery.

For me, it was fear. During chemo for breast cancer, I was afraid to lose my hair, so I visited a naturopathic physician my friend was seeing.

I still lost my hair, but the pills and capsules cleared up my lifelong digestion problems and most of my fibromyalgia pain – conditions I’d resigned myself to dealing with forever.

Even if fear or drug side effects point them to herbal solutions, it’s the results that keep my clients coming back and getting more involved in their own healthcare decisions. When they get results, they stop worrying about what their doctor, their mother, or their partner might think.

There’s a lot of mis-information in media to sort through. Working with a professionally trained herbalist to guide you through the quagmire can come in handy.

Taking a problem like night sweats to a professional herbalist might not have been your first thought. It’s not the sort of health solution you see splashed across billboards on Main Street. Without drug company profit margins, those billboards and expensive advertising campaigns are pretty much out of the question for herbalists.

We rely on word-of-mouth, and let me tell you, women talk. Good results are the main reason my clients are telling their sisters, moms, daughters, and co-workers to go see ‘that herb lady’ when they’re a hot mess of hormones.

Take your time and think it over. I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be here when you’re ready to explore your options. You’ll get the truth if I think herbalism is a less effective choice for your very personal situation.

So, come sit in a comfortable chair and let’s talk this thing through. No judgement, no obligation. Just one woman to another. That’s the most natural thing I can offer.

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Creative and Fun, But Too Giving? Your Fire Element is Showing

Creative and Fun, But Too Giving? Your Fire Element is Showing

I get summer-itis. Like senior-itis, except I’m not coming to the end of anything so important as my childhood. Around the warmest part of Summer, I lose interest in pushing myself to extremes. Over-achieving is so last season.

Everybody has their season. Summer people are the ones who feel invigorated and energetic in the hot season, you could even say ‘in their element’. Of the 5 elements that Chinese theory uses to explain how human behavior relates to the cycles of nature – water, earth, fire, metal, wood – fire is most in line with the hot Summer season.

That makes perfect sense just from a simple ‘Fire is hot, Summer is hot’ perspective.

Balanced [healthy] Fire personality types love the heat, get creative and motivated in the Summer, and are fun to be around. The Chinese associate this element with the Heart, so when you meet someone who is especially ‘warm-hearted’ – they give more than they take, feel moved by compassion and empathy toward others, and speak/listen with a gentle kindness – they’re a classic heart-element person. The healthy spectrum for Fire types contains both the fun-lover and the empath.

Sometimes, Fire gets out of balance, from extremes of hot weather, life events or unhealthy lifestyle practices.

The warm-hearted person becomes too empathetic, failing to practice healthy boundaries and taking on too much of everyone else’s stuff.

They’ll give care 24/7 for a sick loved one without reasonable time off, then find themselves in the hospital with chest pains.

The creative, bubbly personality becomes almost manic, starting several projects in a short time but leaving them all half-done. These people are the life-of-the-party, whose loud laughter carries across a crowded room, all red-faced and sweaty.  They can be hot-headed with an intensity that practically burns, or ‘air-headed’, ungrounded, with lots of ideas and passion but not much follow-thru.

Think about how Fire ignites in a dry environment with a tiny spark of energy and a puff of air. It doesn’t take much to set off a Fire element person.

The flames of fire glow mostly in a spectrum around the color red, and red is associated with the season of Summer and the Fire element. Facial and skin redness, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine equates with the presence of heat, can point to a predominance of the Fire element. Think sunburn, hot skin eruptions, even a racing pulse, pounding heart, or insomniacs who can’t shut their minds off (we say the mind houses the spirit of the Heart).

If you’re like me, summer makes you lazy, but happy. I shiver all year and summer is my time to bask in the heat, power down, and get rested up.

Looking for some cool ways to nurture yourself?

5  WAYS  TO  PUT  OUT  YOUR  SUMMER  FIRE –

  • Get some light exercise in the cool part of the morning
  • Load up on watermelon and  summer fruits, which keep urinary tract problems under control
  • Better get Bitters – the bitter flavor helps cool, detoxify and improve digestion (think lemon, artichoke leaves, coffee in small amounts)
  • Go jump in a lake – the Water element nourishes and calms our Summer fire. And it just feels good!
  • Siesta! Take a short nap (20 minutes) in the hottest part of the day

Problems that tend to worsen in the Summer like urinary urgency and burning, indigestion, heartburn, and insomnia get quick relief from herbalism. Is your Fire burning a little too hot? Put it out with a Quick Stop 15-minute Assessment – only $35 plus herbs.

Text 402.965.0097 or email info@NaturalHealingOmaha.com to schedule an appointment today.

 

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7 Coolest Things About a Farmer’s Market

7 Coolest Things About a Farmer’s Market

Why don’t more people shop at farmer’s markets? Heck, why don’t I shop there more often?

The only possible answer is this: habit. I’m just not in the habit of stopping at more than one place for groceries.

The thing is, the food at neighborhood farmer’s markets is so ridiculously cheap and fresh, I almost feel like I’m cheating someone. But really, I’m only cheating myself by not taking advantage of it more often.

Every time I walk into the deep freeze they call a grocery store these days, I wonder why I didn’t start at the market.

White and red radishes for 75 cents a bunch, spinach for $1, huge bundles of turnip and mustard greens for $1 (don’t know what to do with them? Click here for a photo and recipe).

Here’s what I discovered about the farmer’s market:

7 BEST THINGS ABOUT YOUR LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET:

1- You can find a farmer’s market almost every day of the week somewhere in your city.

2- A $20 bill gets you enough veggies and meat protein for two people for at least 3 days.

3- Talk to the guy/girl who grew your food. It’s almost a little humbling to realize how much we depend on these gracious growers.

4- Eat your groceries while you’re still shopping. That’s how we discovered the white radishes are less spicy than the red ones.

5- You find out what’s in season, and discover that seasonal eating is healthier eating. [Here’s a link to a recent blog explaining why]

6- Fresh-picked food (within 1-3 days of market) has SO much more taste/flavor than supermarket food. Hands down.

7- Even if you don’t buy anything, you’ll be entertained. Street musicians, crowds of interesting people and pets, and displays of local crafts make your weekend visit SWEET!

And now, here’s a listing of Omaha area farmer’s markets. Go get some fresh food today!

Bellevue Farmers Market / Flea Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • May 18 – September 14, Washington Park on Franklin Street at West 20th Avenue, Bellevue

Benson Farmers Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • May 4 – September 28, Military Avenue at Maple Street

Charles Drew Health Center Market – Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • July 10 — October 2, 2915 Grant Street

Florence Mill Farmers Market – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • June 2 – September 29, 9102 North 30th Street

Main Street Farmers Market Council Bluffs – Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • May – September, Corner of 9th Avenue and South Main Street, Council Bluffs

Omaha Farmer’s Market in Aksarben Village – Sundays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • May 5 — October 20, 67th and Center

Omaha Farmer’s Market in the Old Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • May 4 — October 19, 11th & Jackson Streets

Papillion Market Faire – Wednesdays, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • June 5 – September 18, 1st Street Plaza located off 84th and 1st Street in Downtown Papillion (New Location in 2013!)

Wohlner’s Midweek Market at Midtown Crossing – Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • May 1 – September 25, Parking garage next to Wohlner’s at 33rd and Dodge

Village Pointe Farmers Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • May 4 – October 5, 168th & Dodge
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Curried Tempeh and Farmer’s Market Greens

Curried Tempeh and Farmer’s Market Greens

I didn’t follow a recipe; I followed my tastebuds. And my mouth was watering for the taste of cumin, curry, and salt. Here’s what I put together for a tasty lunch/dinner after a recent farmer’s market visit.

8 Cups mixed greens (kale, mustard, and turnip are good)

1 Tbsp. ghee (clarified butter)

1 tsp. cumin seed

1/4 tsp curry powder

2/3 cup chopped tempeh

1/4 tsp garam masala spice mix

1″ sliced and chopped ginger root

1 cup carrots, thinly sliced

1-2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

Herb seasoning to taste

In a large pot, bring water to boil, add, and submerge greens and sliced carrots, cooking 7-10 minutes until bright, colorful and tender. Strain and set aside. In a wok or large skillet, add ghee and cumin seed, and cook on medium heat until aroma of cumin emerges (about 1-2 mins).

Continue to stir, adding tempeh, ginger, and remaining spices, until tempeh is golden brown. Add drained, cooked greens and sesame oil to taste, heating through. Serve immediately and season to taste with herb mix. Optional: add black beans or onion while cooking tempeh.

Makes enough for 2 individual meals.

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