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Join Me For 21 Days Of Healthy Habits

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Just a quick note to let you know that registration for my 2017 Slim, Sexy, & Smart™ program is open!

I’m going to teach you everything you need to know about healthy habits in 21 days flat.

Click here to register for the program. Registration is now open (so you early birds can plan ahead!) and closes December 31st. The program will officially start on January 9th.

I created this program to answer all of your burning questions about how and what you should actually be eating. (Hint: It’s probably not what you think.)

No cleansing, no detoxing, no dieting; just plain good-old-fashion healthy eating & good nutrition.

This program is entirely in a private facebook group to complete at your own pace.

The total program value is well over $600 + –I figured I’d give you the way better end of the deal and sell it for as low as I can go – $150. (This is my cost and what I consider the “good-friend-and-family discount) 🙂

If you need a reminder of all the awesome stuff you get read it here.

Let’s start 2017 putting you on the path of becoming the best version of yourself possible.

Be Merry & Healthy,

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10 Tactics For A Less-Stress Lifestyle + Free Event

I would like to share with you 10 Tactics For A Less-stress Lifestyle plus don’t forget to RSVP for the Free Event at the end of this email.

Think about which ones you are going to incorporate, so you can start experiencing less stress in your everyday life.

1.  Develop a realistic, positive attitude.  Learn to accept the things you can’t change.

2.  Simplify your schedule to allow more time for daily commitments and tasks.  Avoid trying to do too much.

3.  Clean up clutter.  Then get into the habit of putting things away or ridding of them promptly.

4.  Exercise regularly.  Aim for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.  Turn up your radio and start dancing!

5.  Eat right.  Foods high in protein, vitamin C, B vitamins, and vitamin A protect us from the effects of stress.

6.  Get seven to nine hours of sleep each night.  That’s what experts recommend for adults to be at their best both physically and mentally.

7.  Make time for yourself each day.  Read, listen to music, doing a craft project, pursue a hobby – whatever you find fun and relaxing.

8.  Develop a support network of people you can count on for help.

9.  Talk things out.  Don’t hold in feelings of anger, joy, hurt, sadness, and excitement.  If necessary, seek help from a counselor or therapist.

10.  Meditate 10 minutes before you start your day to get in a relaxed state of mind.  Also, in the evening is a good time to calm down your mind before you turn in for the night.

Place these oils in a diffuser OR mix with fractionated coconut oil in a roller bottle.

I hope these tactics will create more balance and leading a happy, healthy, productive life.

Naturally,

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P.S. Want to learn more about essential oils?  RSVP for this informative online facebook event!

Genie in a Bottle!

Hello! If you’re new to essential oils, you’re probably wondering what they are. At first, I thought they were to make your house smell good. BOY, was I wrong! I quickly discovered these powerful oils are so much more than that.

My first purchase was a bottle of Lavender oil because it smelled so good and I was having trouble sleeping at night. I would place a drop on the bottoms of my feet each night. It actually worked! My sleep was so good that I couldn’t believe I was sleeping so much better than I had in a long time. After that experience, I decided to dive right in.

Best decision I ever made.

My family used the oils for headaches, toe fungus ( I know TMI!), aches & pains, sleep, and I can go on and on about the many ways to use them.
If I had to pick my favorite Essential Oil, it would have to be Lavender.

If you’ve ever walked by a lavender bush, you would know what I’m talking about!

Here are my favorite 3 ways I like to use it:
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Sweet Dreams: Simply place drops of Lavender on your pillow at night….inhale the magic. It helps you to get a better night’s rest with a feeling of calmness and relaxation.

Seize the Oats: For a natural scrub, fill a baby food jar with oatmeal and add in 5-8 drops of lavender oil. Wet your face, apply scrub, and get your glow on!

In the Zone: Your mind is spinning in all different directions, your muscles are tight. Sound familiar? Add a few drops to your warm bath and soak for 10-15 minutes. Feel your stress go away.

I want the best for me and my family and you should too. Natural solutions aren’t just for life’s emergencies. These little powerful oils have been a wonderful blessing in my life and I never would have known about it if someone hadn’t thought to share it with me.

Let’s Get Started!

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Settle Into Joy

Whether you call it reflection, meditation or prayer, it calms and clears your mind and provides for necessary inner health. Our world is so busy and if we allow the external happenings around us to integrate with our inner peace, stress and physical illness can ensue.

There are many reasons why you should meditate, here a few:

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 Perspective
 Wisdom
 Creates inner peace
 Understanding
 Spiritual harmony
 Relaxation
 Enlightenment
 Clarity
 Introspection
 Ideas
 Assurance
 Puts us in the present

This meditation will help you to regain feeling in control, removing the victim role and
empowering you to see that you choose how you act and how you react.

Set a timer for 15 minutes. If you have an interval setting, set it to chime at 5 minutes.

Sit with your spine straight, allowing your body to relax.

Allow your breathing to anchor you, focusing on your breaths becoming deeper and slower.
Continue to observe your breath for about five minutes.

Close your eyes, visualizing yourself in a place that naturally inspires peace within you.

 

Repeat to yourself, “I am peaceful and at ease” with each breath for 10 breaths.
Repeat to yourself, “I have control over my actions and reactions” with each breath for 10 breaths.
Repeat to yourself, “I choose what I allow into my life” with each breath for 10 breaths.

Bring your focus back to your breathing, reassessing your body and allowing any area that may
have begun to tense up to relax.  When the timer sounds, gently bring your awareness to your entire body.
As you become ready, open your eyes.

Have you ever meditated before?  Comment below on your experience.

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How to Slow Down Now

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Who doesn’t feel as if there aren’t enough hours in the day? We rush through the day, running here and there, and end up exhausted. Somehow these days full of duties, obligations and busyness have begun to build up and become our lives. We spend our time doing things we don’t really want to do, yet feel we should. We’ve come to believe that being productive and crossing things off our to-do list is the ultimate goal.

The truth is, life on Earth is a brief gift, and our time is too precious to be used like this. If we want our lives to be balanced and healthy, we need to lessen our load and increase our down time. This means planning less in a day, prioritizing those things that make our hearts sing and de-prioritizing those things that are not imperative.

If we must accomplish many things each day, we can still change the quality with which we do things. How can we transmute that sprint to the train into something delicious instead of the usual gripping and tightening experience? Where can we find ease in the midst of stress? How can we cultivate the art of going slowly?

Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and to think about what you want from the day. Leave your watch on the bedside table. Take the scenic route. Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer. Check email only twice a day. Don’t pack your schedule so tightly that there’s no time for a short walk. Light candles before you start to cook dinner. Add one moment here and there for slowness; it can be done simply and will have a profound effect on your well-being.

Adapted from an article by Marco Visscher & Jay Walljasper, Ode Magazine, Issue #15, http://www.odemagazine.com

What are some things you’ve done to slow down?

Take it easy,

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Founder and creator of Sharon Holistic Living

Board Certified Health Coach

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Are you in an Unhealthy profession?

Things that factor into poor health in a profession include hazards, mental and physical health, stress, long hours, and depressing work environments.  It has been found that companies who invest in the wellbeing of their employees have healthier and happier workers.

According to Fox News, the 8 professions with the worst health (not in order):

  1. Firefighter/Police officer
  2. Desk jockey
  3. Manual laborer
  4. Lawyer
  5. Healthcare shift workers
  6. Service and retail employees
  7. Enlisted soldier
  8. Transportation workers

I was surprised to see people who sit at their desk on the list.  Although I really shouldn’t have been that surprised come to think of it.  I see a sharp decline in my health when I spend too much time working at my desk.  I slow down on my exercise.  Not only that but my participation at home goes down and that causes stress. I don’t take the time to prepare all the healthy foods I normally eat.

Other professions like public service, firefighter, police officer and then manual laborers and enlisted soldier are just obvious.  They are put in harm’s way all the time, which of course will increase stress and anxiety.  It is really important that they take the time to care for themselves because they will stand up to physical pressure better and make better and quicker decisions if they are healthy.

I know enough lawyers to understand this one, they bill out hourly and work a ton of hours.  They also live with a lot of stress, maybe not physical, but definitely mental.

Truck drivers, without question, have one of the unhealthiest professions there is.  They sit all day, eat at rest stops, sleep weird hours, are subject to dangerous situations and accidents and are under a tremendous amount of stress.  I was very surprised to learn that truck drivers average expected life span is 61.

Service and retail employees work long hours on their feet and deal with a surprising amount of stress.

There are a lot of other professions that could go either way.  I think of mothers of teenagers for example. That can be one of the most stressful times of your life.  You think of teachers as having a pretty stress free existence, unless they are working with special needs.  There are some social workers who go home and vomit every night.

Restaurant workers, especially in the most unhealthy food environments, would be pretty unhealthy as well.  They eat the “luxury” foods in big restaurant size portions that are intended for moderation, on a daily basis.  They live pretty stressful existence trying to serve the public.

Looking at all this reminds me how lucky I am that I love what I do.  The truth is, my profession could be unhealthy too.  No matter what you do, if you find a way to put your health first, you are way ahead of the game.  It is your choice.

You can make the decision now to do everything it takes to: Be Fit. Be Healthy. Be Happy.

  • Get up in the morning and do some kind of exercise.
  • Learn what to eat, how to eat and why to eat it.
  • Take time to laugh and smile.
  • Forgive those you love and live without resentment.
  • Be kind and give of yourself to others.
  • Take time for prayer or meditation.

If you do all these things, you will be fit, healthy and happy.

I want to help you.  You can choose to work with me in depth and personal or you can just stop by hereto sign up for updates, newsletters and tips.  Either way, you owe it to yourself to give yourself the gift of health. 

Jump in now, you will never, ever be sorry!

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Is Stress Eating You Alive?

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Does work stress you out? Kid you not, I worked 66 hours this week and sometimes it’s not even under my control. We work in an environment that is doing more with less people. My neck and shoulders knotted up on me and I had this burning sensation that I’ve never experienced before. I was pushed to my limits this week!

This must be a test, right?

I asked myself “What can I at least do to help this situation that I’m in?”

I was determined to make healthy decisions based on my circumstances. As prepared as I could be I tried my best to eat healthy (dark chocolate helped too, LOL!), took walks at lunch time to unwind, breathe in the fresh air and soak in the sunshine, and drank lots of water.

I keep my bag of essential oils on my desk and I can’t tell you how much they came in handy this week. I rubbed lavender oil behind my ears and the back of my neck to help me relax. When I needed to feel energized, I put a drop of Wild Orange in the palm of my hand and inhaled it ever so slowly. If I needed to focus, I inhaled the peppermint oil.

Deep Blue lotion was a life savior for me. I applied it to my shoulders, neck and upper back and stretched and it worked wonders.

All of these things I mentioned above helped me get through this rough week and I’m sure you’ve all had similar stressful situations. I’m thankful to have an understanding & supportive family & friends, I’m thankful I have a job, I’m thankful to IIN school and essential oils, which has taught me to be share my knowledge and to not forget about our own health.

Have a great day!

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this blog is based on the experience and research of the author. It is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or other health care providers.  Any attempt to diagnose and treat an illness should be done under the direction of a health care professional. The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations, or procedures discussed in this blog.