by Beth Ceccarelli
Making resolutions as a family unit can help motivate us to stick with our changes all year long, plus it allows time for bonding. Here are four easy and fun resolution ideas to get started:
Experiment with produce.
Plan a family trip to the local supermarket and explore the produce department. Let the kids choose a new fruit or vegetable that they’ve never tried before. For kid-friendly fruit ideas, try star fruit, kiwi and blackberries. For vegetables that will capture the attention of even the fussiest eater, try purple cauliflower, sugar snap peas and mini sweet peppers. Continue reading
by David MacDonald
When things are going well, it’s easy to take for granted the functioning of internal organs. One goal of veterinary medicine, however, is to minimize or prevent the onset of illness, and optimizing internal organ function to its fullest potential is part of this process. Continue reading
by Hannah Adamson
Moving to middle school was quite a change—a bigger school, new classmates, more freedom. It was exciting, but also overwhelming. At elementary school I had found my groove; I had found a great group of friends and participated in many group activities. Sixth grade began and none of my close friends were in my classes. Everything, and everyone, was new. I did become friends with people I met and joined new school activities, but something just wasn’t right. I started to worry more about my appearance, who the “cool kids” were, why the crowded cafeteria felt lonely and if the girls laughing behind me were laughing at me or at something completely unrelated. I began to question if people really liked me, if I was accepted, if I was happy. I had all of these worries in my head, but, for the most part, always had a smile on my face. I did not want anyone to know that I was lonely and insecure; everyone else seemed to be doing just fine. Continue reading
by Rosie Lazroe
Welcome 2019! This year, I resolve to spend more time focusing on my heart, and I invite you to join me in making the commitment each month to do something that feeds your soul. We can do simple things like getting more rest or larger things like traveling to a new destination. I hope the following ideas spark even greater ideas within you. Let’s make this year the best one yet!
January: Let’s start off the year by establishing healthier sleep patterns. Start small by increasing the amount of sleep by five to 15 minutes each week. Yoga postures such as forward folds can calm the mind for better sleep. Continue reading
We received a lot of positive feedback on the Publishers Letter in November, so I thought I would just do a little continuation with a few personal comments.
Honesty is so important. It is the link to integrity, friendship, relationships and self. It is not always easy and is sometimes a challenge, but like all of life, if we pay attention, understand we are human, stay open and be willing to admit our shortcomings, the rewards are priceless.
Interpersonal relationships. Building this skill pays back in life, in business, in parenting, in everything human. We should be teaching it in our schools, from day one to college graduation. Perfecting it is priceless. Continue reading
Michael Cheikin, M.D., medical director at Center for Optimal Health, in Plymouth Meeting, is celebrating 20 years of serving the community via the unusual combination of medical doctor and yoga instructor.
Cheikin first began teaching yoga as a means to help his chronic pain and fibromyalgia patients. While his patients benefited, his uncommon approach was not embraced by everyone. Cheikin explains, “When I started teaching yoga at a local hospital in 1998, the public relations department sent me a concerned memo stating, ‘What do you think you’re doing? You’ll ruin our reputation!’” Continue reading
by Laura Weis
Creating an oasis of calm for pets during the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult, but does require some planning to provide support and mitigate stress. First remember the basics: exercise, sleep and good nutrition. When holiday scheduling leaves pets at home for long hours, they become bored and can experience anxiety. Exercise (for pets and people) is an antidote to physical and mental stress and improves sleep. If pets are getting more treats during the holidays, cut back their regular amount of food and try to keep high fat treats to a minimum. Continue reading
by Hannah Adamson
Uplifting humanity can start with lifting up just one person. Recently it seems that negativity has been inundating the news through violence, hate and tragedy. While we may not be able to immediately correct these major issues, as individuals we do have the power to spread positivity to those we meet. Simple acts of kindness contribute to the ripple effect that builds a better world. Here are some quick and easy ideas of how to spread positivity: Continue reading
by Rosie Lazroe
Picture this—Lying on a yoga mat, cocooned in a cozy blanket of soothing sounds that clear the mind of thoughts. At times you can even feel the sound vibration move through you, easing the body of pain. Yes, sound yoga is a thing!
Sound bath and sound healing sessions use many different instruments; however, the most popular ones used in yoga classes are crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls and gongs. These instruments have different individual functions, yet all follow the concept of brainwave entrainment. During a sound bath, human brainwaves will begin to match the sound frequencies made by each instrument. As a result, brainwaves will resonate at an alpha or theta state, which induces deep relaxation in the body and draws the listener into a deep state of calm. Continue reading
The Balance for Life Retreat in Deerfield Beach, Florida, is offering medically supervised fasting retreats in an ideal, oceanfront location.
Historically, animals and humans naturally adapted to challenging conditions when food availability vacillated between periods of abundance and extreme deprivation. With advances in food production, fasting ceased to be a consideration for many, yet research confirms that controlled periods of water-only fasting, also known as a water cleanse, may provide major health benefits. Continue reading
Tina’s Natural Products, available online through its website and through Amazon.com, are now available locally at Kimberton Whole Foods and Holly Hill Health Food Store.
The product line includes nine easy to use, on-the-go products for common, everyday issues, such as anxiety, seasonal depression, lack of energy, poor focus, bad habits, poor sleep, lack of empowerment and women’s issues. Continue reading
If “Life’s Lessons” is not a book, it should be. For me, each birthday adds another year to my senior citizen collection. As I look forward to my next celebration in a few months, thoughts on life come into my mind. Here are a few of the “Life’s Lessons” I’ve received, not in any particular order. Continue reading