Monday, September 24, 2012

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Weigh Less; Live More
6 month Group Program

Hapyy Traditionally, women have not been taught to have good boundaries or to take good care of themselves. Moment to moment, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, they are asked to lend their wisdom, skill, creative energy and good cheer to support the growth and success of their employers, husbands, lovers, children and communities while their own needs are put on hold. This six month program will show you how to lead a more balance life and do it with the support and camaraderie of others just like you.  During the six month program you will learn to make better food choices, learn how to read labels, learn the steps to easy natural and effective weight loss, how to prepare meals that are healthy, but easy.  Also learn to take time for yourself and nurture your soul.  Healthy Healing Habits helps you from tummy to soul. 

  • Lose Weight
  • Have More Energy
  • Sleep Better
  • Learn to prepare healthy meals
  • Special Prize for "Healthiest" when program ends
That is a fraction of my regular price program

October 16 thru March 22
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Healthy Habits Cooking Class
Wilton Manors, Florida
October 14, 2012 2 PM - 5 PM
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Women's Health Workshop (FREE)
Marando Farms
Davie, Florida
October 13, 2012 1 PM
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The soda industry legally sells banned ingredients : :: Natural Health 365 ::

(NaturalHealth365) Flame retardant soda sounds like it was inspired by a mad scientist using their colorful imaginations. But, that’s exactly what United States citizens are drinking – with every glass of soda. And, here’s the worst part, it’s all legally approved by government health agency designed to protect our health!
Banned (toxic) substances legally fed to every soda lover
Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is one of the “food” items which has been banned in more that 100 countries because of its dangers to human health. The U.S. is not one of the countries, in fact the FDA has approved it for use in certain soft drinks.
The composition of brominated vegetable oil includes the element of bromine, the vapors of bromine are considered corrosive and toxic. In fact, it is a poison in no uncertain terms, and is used for light-sensitive photographic printing papers; as an additive to gasoline; agricultural fumigants and as a flame retardant.
And, get this, BVO was banned by the FDA for usage in sedatives, because it was found to trigger psychiatric disorders. You can’t make this stuff up!
Brominated flame retardants are coming under scrutiny now that research has shown they build up in the body over time, it shows up in breast milk and gets stored in the body’s fat cells. It was designed to slow the spread of flames and is added to foam, upholstered furniture and children’s products – including sleep wear.
How could any government “health” agency approve of toxic chemicals in our food supply?
It is considered the one-step solution to keep different kinds of oil based flavorings and citrus from separating into separate layers of oil. This may sound like sophisticated technology; however it is not a natural option. What it does is make all fat soluble flavors remain suspended.
If you hold a bottle of Mountain Dew to a light and you see it’s cloudy, this is what brominated vegetable oil does, it keeps the fruity flavor mixed in the drink – otherwise the flavoring would float to the surface. This additive is in citrus flavored drinks such as orange sodas, pineapple fizzy drinks and some of the sports drinks.
The FDA lists brominated vegetable oil as an additive which may harm health. BVO was pulled from the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list from flavor additives in 1970. It was allowed to be reinstated as “safe” when an industry group did some testing and petitioned the FDA to get BVO back in fruit-flavored beverages – as a stabilizer.
How human beings are slowly being killed by the food industry
It is hard to believe that bromine-containing products found their way into our food supply. Bromine competes with iodine and causes an iodine deficiency in the body which is known as “Brominated Thyroid”. Thyroid damage is just one of the problems it causes, it is a potential carcinogen, and is tied to heart and kidney diseases.
The simple tell-tail signs of bromine loading is headaches, fatigue, weigh-gain, skin rashes, behavior problems in children, depression, mental disorders and increased deposits of fat.
What it really is doing we may never know since this additive has been used for decades, and it is a challenge to separate symptoms that seem to plague the America public and pin it on just one of the circulating food additives. But, just so you know, hospitals report that binge soda drinkers need medical attention, for symptoms such as, memory loss, nerve disorders, and skin lesions which are all in line with problems that BVO causes.
Naturally, the debate goes on as the soda industry claims the additive is safe and critics say that BVO can be replaced with natural alternatives that are used in many sodas throughout Europe. What is holding up the change is the costs involved in reformulating the product, however that decision is at a cost of human life.

The soda industry legally sells banned ingredients : :: Natural Health 365 ::

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lessons from the Gridiron

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I love football!  I have been a football fan since my first game when I went to Cowboys Stadium at five years old. Football season is finally here and with that comes fall which is also my favorite time of year!  I love the crispness that enters the air and the flavors that come from the fall harvest.  I think football is a metaphor for many things in life and there are many lessons that can be taken from the gridiron. 

Lessons from the Gridiron
5 Lessons from the field
  1. You will always have someone blocking your path it is how you approach the resistance that matters.
  2. When you are the leader you have to know when to pass the ball or hold on tight and run.
  3. You will get knocked down many times in life, it doesn't matter how hard the hit was it only matters that you get up and try again knowing that next time the hit may be even harder.
  4. To score you can't let what happened last quarter affect you; you must look up the field into the future and plan your next strategy.
  5. You may WIN. You may LOSE. It is how your present yourself when not playing the game that people will remember much longer.

Deconstructing Cravings
Get your chocolate fix
The body is an amazing source of intelligence. It is always there for you, pumping blood, never skipping a heartbeat, digesting whatever food you put in it and maintaining homeostasis. Is this reliable, intelligent bio-computer making a mistake by craving ice cream or a hamburger or chocolate? Are cravings due to lack of will-power or discipline? I'd like to suggest that cravings are not a problem. They are critical pieces of information that tell you what your body needs.

The important thing is to understand why you crave what you crave. Perhaps your diet is too restrictive or devoid of essential nutrients. Perhaps you are living a lifestyle that is too boring or stressful. Your body tries to correct the imbalance by sending you a message: a craving. A craving for something sweet could mean you need more protein, more exercise, more water or more love in your life. The key to stopping the sugar craving is to understand and deliver what your body really needs.

No book or theory can tell you what to eat. Only awareness of your body and its needs can tell you. Of all the relationships in our lives, the one with our body is the most essential. It takes communication, love and time to cultivate a relationship with your body. As you learn to decipher and respond to your body's cravings, you will create a deep and lasting level of health and balance.

The next time you have a craving, treat it as a loving message from your body instead of a weakness. Try these tips to respond to your body: 
  • Have a glass of water and wait 10 minutes.
  • Eat a healthier version of what you crave. For example, if you crave sweets, try eating more fruit and sweet or root vegetables.
  • What is out of balance in your life? Is there something you need to express, or is something being repressed? What happened in your life just before you had this craving?
  • When you eat the food you are craving, enjoy it, taste it, savor it; notice its effect. Then you will become more aware and free to decide if you really want it next time.  

Do you need help deconstructing your cravings?  I can help you balance your life, have more energy, eat better and heal yourself with healthy habits.  Call me for a free consultation.

Melissa Binkey
Healthy Healing Habits

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