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23May 2017

I’ll bet you’d love to have more energy, to sleep more deeply and to have a body that feels YOUNGER as you get older. Am I right?

So here’s your first tool in your Healthy Choices toolkit:

Eat an earlier, lighter dinner.

Why?

Because you’ll have more energy AND lose weight doing this!

 

Many of us eat after 6 pm, when digestion starts to get very weak. When we eat late, we put a load on our body that bogs down our digestion. That means you feel sluggish and also tend to gain weight.

If you eat early BUT you eat too heavy at night, the same thing is true.

So wondering what to make for dinner?

Try Lighter or Plant-Based Dinners like quinoa with steamed veggies. This takes about 20 minutes.  Or how bout a baked sweet potato with a green salad topped with a few nuts like cashews or walnuts to help sustain you into the evening?Toasted-Quinoa-with-Veggies1 (1)

The rule of thumb is that our digestive fire isn’t strong at night. Our human body doesn’t produce much bile in the evening to burn through heavy meals, fat or protein, so we tend to gain weight from this undigested food instead of turning it into energy to burn.

It’s best to eat dinner lighter and earlier, if you want to:

  • sleep deeply

  • have energy the next day
  • keep your body light

Want to know the key to success?

Make a small, regular change.

So don’t try to change your mealtime by 3 hours earlier, or go from a 1000 calorie meal to a green salad.

Go gradual. Be regular. Notice the effects.

Now I want you to tell me what change you are going to make for yourself. Remember small and gradual! Hop on over to my private Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/Healthy-Habits-358658887653344/ and let me know. You’ll also find more tips on Healthy Happy Living!

Here’s to your Rockin’ Healthy LifeStyle!

Rachel Elise

31Jan 2017

Eucalyptus2 Interestingly, small towns in Australia discovered that eucalyptus oil could be converted into a gas to light their homes, hotels and shops. Little did they know that they stumbled upon one of the most powerful forms of natural medicine ever.

Today, eucalyptus oil uses have a broad range of health benefits including:

1. Colds & Flu

Eucalyptus works as an expectorant and helps cleanse your body of toxins and harmful microorganisms that can make you feel sick. One of the most effective ways to utilize eucalyptus for colds is to drop several drops of the essential oil into your diffuser before going to sleep so you can take advantage of the healing benefits all night long.

For more acute situations, you can make a steam bath by pouring a cup of boiling water into a bowl, and then mix 10 drops of eucalyptus EO, place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for five–10 minutes.

2. Hair Nourishment

A few drops eucalyptus oil with some coconut or olive oil gives your hair a nice moisturizing pick-me-up. This is especially great to ward off dandruff and an itchy scalp. Also, eucalyptus is used as a natural remedy for lice in replacement of chemical treatments.

3. Hand Cleaner

Eucalyptus EO is an excellent cleanser to remove grease and grime from your workday and can rejuvenate sore hands and feet when mixed into your salt bath. Simply mix sea salt, epsom salt and eucalyptus oil to remove grease and dirt for good.

4. Sinus and Allergiessinuses

A study from NYU Medical School found that using eucalyptus was effective at treating sinusitis. Patients experienced faster improvement when supplementing with eucalyptus oil for allergies and sinus issues. The study had participants take eucalyptus oil internally, and it’s also recommended to gargle with it to clear the throat.

5. Natural Home Care

Not only does eucalyptus give a nice, fresh fragrance to your home products, but it adds vital anti-microbial properties as well. You can’t go wrong putting several drops into pretty much everything: soap, laundry detergent, mop water, toilet cleaner, window cleaner … the list goes on!

6. Odor Remover

Whether you’re battling smelly shoes or a stinky dog bed, topically wash items to remove odors with a wet rag soaked in eucalyptus oil-infused water, and place outside to dry in the sun. This can prevent odors as well as keep the shape intact! You may also mix it with lemon oil or tea tree oil for an anti-stink spray.

7. Air Cleanser

Try putting a few drops into your vacuum and clothes dryer filters to freshen them up and sanitize them a little. Also, it’s great for killing mold in your home, and you can mix eucalyptus with other oils like clove and tea tree oil to cleanse the air and maintain a mold-free home.

8. Spot Remover

Like lemon essential oil, eucalyptus oil is highly effective at removing spots on your carpet, clothes and basically every fabric you have in the house. It even works to get gum off your shoes! Make sure to “test” it on an inconspicuous place first just to make sure the oil doesn’t react strangely with the material you treat. You just don’t know what’s in the synthetic materials nowadays!

9. Respiratory Problems

Eucalyptus essential oil is highly effective for treating respiratory problems, such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD, pneumonia and even tuberculosis. Using eucalyptus for asthma is a proven treatment that dilates the blood vessels and allows more oxygen into the lungs. Simply mix eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and coconut oil for a Homemade Vapor Rub, and put on upper chest.

10. Wound Treatment

Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that are effective at treating wounds, burns, cuts, abrasions, sores and scrapes. It also can be made into a salve or healing ointment and put on bug bites and stings. Along with acting as a natural pain reliever to the area, it also keeps the area from getting infected, which speeds healing.

The list goes on, but don’t forget to use eucalyptus on your pets! It’s proven to be safe in pretty much any way that you would use it on yourself. Just be sure to keep it out of eyes and any open wounds!

20Jan 2017

Check out this amazingly educational guest article by Brenda Davis, RD. If you or someone you know wants the more on coconut oil, read on! It’s all yours, Brenda…

Coconut-and-Coconut-OilThere are few foods that have been at once maligned and acclaimed as much as coconut oil. Some view it as a notorious health villain because it’s the most concentrated source of saturated fat in the diet – even higher than butter or lard. Not surprisingly, it rests at the very top of the list of foods that must be strictly avoided in many heart-healthy diet programs. At the other end of the spectrum are people who view coconut oil as a fountain of youth and the greatest health discovery in decades. These advocates claim that coconut oil can provide therapeutic benefits for cancer, diabetes, digestive disturbances, heart disease, high blood pressure, HIV, kidney disease, osteoporosis and overweight. So what is the truth? Is coconut oil a menace or a miracle where health is concerned?

The primary criticism of coconut oil is that over 90 percent of its fat is saturated. Saturated fat is known to increase blood cholesterol levels. When coconut oil is blacklisted, it’s almost exclusively because of this extreme saturated-fat content. While many people imagine saturated fat as a single tyrant that clogs arteries, there are actually several different types of saturated fats. These fats contain between four and 28 carbons. Depending on the length of their carbon chain, they have very different effects on blood cholesterol levels. These saturated fats, listed with foods that include them, are most plentiful in the diet:

  • Lauric acid (12 carbons): coconut, coconut oil, palm kernel oil
  • Myristic acid (14 carbons): coconut, dairy products, nutmeg oil, palm kernel oil, palm oil
  • Palmitic acid (16 carbons): animal fats, palm oil
  • Stearic acid (18 carbons): beef, butter, cocoa butter, lard, mutton

Saturated fatty acids with 12–16 carbons increase blood cholesterol levels, while stearic acid does not. When stearic acid reaches the liver, it’s converted to oleic acid (an 18-carbon monounsaturated fat), which may help explain why it doesn’t raise cholesterol. As a result, consumers are often advised not to be concerned about their intake of stearic acid. However, cholesterol is not the only marker for heart disease, and adverse effects of stearic acid have been reported. In one large study, stearic acid increased coronary artery disease risk more than lauric, myristic or palmitic acid.1 Stearic acid may reduce good HDL cholesterol, increase Lp(a), which is another risk factor for heart disease, increase certain blood-clotting factors and result in lipemia (excess fat in the blood) after eating.2, 3 In a critical review of dietary fats and coronary artery disease, the authors advised that stearic acid not be distinguished from other saturated fats when providing dietary advice to reduce coronary artery disease.2

Coconut oil is about 50 percent lauric acid, 18 percent myristic acid and 8 percent palmitic acid. This adds up to 76 percent of the fat in coconut oil being the kind that raises cholesterol. Case closed? Not exactly. The predominant fat, lauric acid, does raise total cholesterol, but it appears to raise good HDL cholesterol to an even greater extent than bad LDL cholesterol. The effect on the ratio of total to HDL cholesterol is consistently favorable.4, 5, 6 Myristic and palmitic acid do not have this effect. Does the 50 percent lauric acid in coconut oil cancel out the 26 percent myristic and palmitic acids? We don’t know.

Fats rich in lauric acid, such as coconut oil, result in more favorable blood cholesterol levels than hydrogenated vegetable oils laden with trans fats.4 Trans fatty acids raise bad LDL cholesterol and decrease good HDL cholesterol. Coronary artery disease risk is reduced most effectively when trans fatty acids and saturated fatty acids are replaced with unsaturated fatty acids.2 The effect of coconut oil, rich in lauric acid, remains somewhat uncertain. However, in many parts of the world where coconut and coconut oil are staples in indigenous diets, rates of chronic disease, including coronary artery disease, are low.7, 8, 9 There is one major caveat. The benefits apply only when coconut products are consumed along with a diet that is unprocessed and rich in high-fiber plant foods. When the indigenous diet gives way to a more processed, Western-style diet laden with white flour, sugar and fatty animal products, disease rates escalate even when coconut continues to be consumed.

Most of the fatty acids in coconut, particularly lauric acid, have significant antimicrobial properties.10, 11, 12, 13 Virgin coconut oil also contains a variety of protective phytochemicals, including phenolic acids, which are largely eliminated through the refining process.14, 15

Close up of halved coconuts

Another important attribute of coconut fat is its stability. It is so highly saturated that it is not easily oxidized or otherwise damaged.16 Plant foods that grow close to the equator have a higher quantity of saturated fatty acids to protect themselves from the ravages of oxidation that occurs in warm temperatures. Foods that grow in cold climates generally contain higher amounts of unsaturated fats such as omega-3 fatty acids. This is necessary for the survival of the plant and its seeds; certain fluids in the plant need to remain liquid, even in very cold temperatures. The saturated fat that comes from whole plant foods, such as coconut, may be of benefit for vegans. Vegan diets sometimes contain excessive amounts of unsaturated fats, which are more prone to oxidation, while the saturated fats in coconut are stable fats with a low risk of oxidation. While we want to keep our total intake of saturated fat low, we don’t want to completely eliminate it (impossible on any diet).

15Nov 2016

Oh geez, I know I’ve been a bit out of the loop lately. Sorry!

I’ve been retreating, tanning and eating merrily  on a deserted island with loads of adventure and deep rest.

Actually not really, but almost just as exciting.  I’ve been working countless hours on my best selling new book (that’s sitting on the desk at Hay House Publishing Company as I type this!), creating a top notch international webinar for my Healthy Habits Program that’s to be launched in the new year and learning the teter totter balance of being a mom to my favorite person in the world, my son Eli.

And yes, life has been seriously NON-STOP!

But it’s been SOOO much fun (well, most of it anyway!).

It all started with a boom last year when I felt like I was hitting rock bottom… again.  The energy expended over the previous few years managing a graceful divorce, giving birth to my aforementioned “favorite person in the world”, while witnessing my company literally jumping to our next height…I was…exhausted…and burnout.

any of you know,  I spent this past year dealing with some deep health issues, alongside my son .. so I retreated from teaching yoga for a bit.  It was the first time, in 18 years, that I EVER retreated from my work.  I was… a BASKETCASE.. I had no idea how to do such a thing, retreat that is!

And where does one go to retreat?  Well, it all started in the Bahamas with Dr. Joe Dispenzia,  one of my leading mentors in neurology, meditation and creating the life I love.

I was honored to spend 4 days with him, and what did I learn?  He shoved his face in mine after hours of talking and said, “You, my dear, have a mission within you that’s changing people’s lives already….NOW, get over your ego and get on with it”.

And …my life was once again changed.

Ok yea yea, I can hear you saying, “Seriously, did your whole life change in that moment?”

Well, no. The next 9 months is really where all the massive change occurred. It’s been intertwined with reconciling deep hurt within me, giving forgiveness whether I feel it was earned  (because it really doesn’t matter), travels across the U.S., my new hobby of trapeze flying, hiring a new business coach, writing a new book, making lots of online videos, and finally getting on with creating my first webinar ever.

The thing is, my adventures over the last 9 months has inspired me to cook up a wildly exciting feast for you.. yes YOU.

But more on that later.

Back to the Bahamas….Once I got clear that some old gulit and hurt was holding me back from moving forward in recognizing that I’m only human… and actually  do have it within me to help so  many others out there in their healthy bodies, calm minds and alive spirit..well,it’s been GAME ON.  And it happened immediately.

The same day I met a guy on a 8 person boat that would be an intricate player for what was yet to come.  He then, in turn, introduced me to a well known marketing guru that would be just as important helping me learn more skills in the world of marketing, ie. how to get a hold of YOU reading this!  

And the intricate and divine list continues… Dr. Joe,6 months later, offered to give my manuscript at a personal dinner with the CEO of Hay House.  I mean….HOLY COW!  Pinch me please.

The point being- we make up our minds, heal our hearts and the rest follows… and flows.

So, back to you.  In the 9 months since, I’ve been consolidating, culling and plumbing the depths of what I call a Healthy Living LifeStyle. I spent countless hours refining it into a program  ,that works for the ever increasingly, busy lives that we all seem to share and can help you feel 15 years younger again.  you can finally get feel like you’re 15 years younger again.

I’ve been thinking how utterly incredible it would be to….

– eat, drink and make merry with my clients (you) LIVE in a paradise location

– personally walk  you through the step-by-step of crafting their Healthy Living LifeSyle that makes  you feel on top of the world

– in real time, refine  your body’s aches and pains into a healed, mobile body that allows  you to do what you want to do

– take  you into the world of peace in  your mind to finally think clearly in  your  life

-discover how tiny daily disciplines can yield massive life-long freedoms with other “all-in game-changers” who won’t settle for less than feelling at their best from here on out!

– get to be honest to yourself about what’s really holding you back and get seen by others who totally get it

– go out on a limb, hold nothing back, go deep, no BS and no limits…all while being relaxed and supported in paradise!

Intrigued? I was hoping so…

…I have yet another Healthy Living LifeStyle Retreat up my sleeve, like NO other.

This retreat is the  PERFECT environment to experience wholesome living in an oasis setting –  while slipping an easy-to-follow action plan into your back pocket.  On returning home you will be equipped to continue your healthy living choices through the combination of the best techniques in life with seriously practical strategies for KICKASS impact in your energy, rest, weight, strength, and finally peace of mind.  All in one of the coolest location on the planet (actually, it’s pretty warm there!).

This event will be limited to a small, purposeful group of audacious life lovers who are serious about achieving A- Level health- mind, body and spirit.

It will fill fast… so watch for my next email because I’ll be announcing details oh so soon.

In the meantime, to get us sashaying into the mood, go to my live FaceBook page and post what health benefit you would like the most of (ex- crazy energy? Smaller hips? Mental peace? Balanced hormones!? Deep rest?  If you have a goal in mind, you’re my kinda of person, so post me!).

https://www.facebook.com/pureandnaturalbodycare/

04Oct 2016

I had 9 girls over this weekend for my dear friend Megan’s baby shower.  We had a round table discussion inviting her to share her fears of birthing; we each shared our advice on pre and post delivery from our own birthing experiences.  Then each of us shared what we loved about Megan, as we all massaged her and did her hair with flowers.  It was beautiful and to me, the way to honor a woman.

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And when you get that many women together sharing intimate thoughts, “other things” can come up……like digestive discomfort, headaches, weight gain, exhaustion, low sex drive, joint pain and the list goes on!  The occasion arose where I got to talk about Candida.  And oh how I love to talk about Candida! Lol!  Why? Because it can wreck your girlfriends life and it doesn’t have to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may be overwhelmed and even confused by all the conflicting info out there—some people are on the fence about whether it’s a real health condition or just another health fad. From my own challenges over many years with this and now having worked with countless to get this all cleared up, I’ve put together some great info for you.

candida

What is Candida?

Candida (technically known as Candida albicans) is a fungus that lives on your skin, and in your mouth, intestines and nether regions. When your immune system is in tip-top shape, Candida isn’t an issue. In fact, when you’ve got a balanced amount of this friendly fungus, it can be a healthy part of the microbiome that helps your body digest nutrients.  Bacteria and funguses are everywhere.  We need them to survive, but we want to keep our inner and outer ecology in check.

Problems creep in, however, when your immune system is down as a result of stress or other factors, or when your good gut bacteria has been wiped out by antibiotics. In these situations, Candida overgrowth can reach to a point where it causes Candidiasis (a yeast infection) on your skin (fingernail or toenail fungus), down yonder (ouch!) or in your intestinal tract.

Overgrowth can lead to a so many issues, including digestive problems like bloating and irritable bowel. Candidiasis can even permeate your gut lining and cause allergic-type inflammatory skin diseases and asthma in sensitive folks (study and study). In very, very rare situations, Candida can enter your bloodstream from your intestinal tract and affect your vital organs (study).  But nevertheless, this condition IS effecting MOST people in some manner that when left unchecked, leads to countless seemingly unrelated issues.

If you suffer from any of the following, Candida could be at the root of your issues:

  • Fingernail or toenail fungus
  • Eczema (study) or psoriasis (study)
  • Asthma (study)
  • Yeast infection or itching in your genital area
  • Bloating or digestive disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • Fatigue, and even chronic fatigue syndrome (study)
  • Headaches, low energy and brain fog oh my!

How can you test to be sure?

Skin reactions and yeast infections due to Candida overgrowth are easy to diagnose at a check-up with your doctor. If there’s no obvious infection, but you still suspect Candida is an issue, your doc can order a Comprehensive Stool Test to check for intestinal Candida overgrowth. In addition, you can have your blood levels tested for immunoglobulin (IgG) response to a panel of Candida antigens. Although, please note that this may result in a false negative, especially among individuals with compromised immune systems or with very early stages of the infection.  I have had this happen to me before and then a different result just days later.

Three Ways to Prevent, Treat & Reduce Candida Overgrowth

  1. 1. Eliminate or greatly reduce sugar, simple carbs and alcohol. I’m telling ya, this can revolutionize your life! Sugar is Candida’s primary fuel source, so starving it from its main nourishment is crucial in preventing overgrowth and even diminishing its conversion from a benign yeast into a troublemaking fungus (study). This means ditching sugary foods, switching from simple white carbs to whole grains with fiber and eliminating (or at least seriously limiting) alcohol intake. You could take this even further by reducing your intake of whole grains and choosing gluten-free alternatives like oat bran, quinoa, millet and buckwheat. You could also eliminate starchy veggies like potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and carrots, as well as fruit—especially the high Glycemic Index fruits like bananas, mango, watermelon, pineapple, cherries and dried fruit (these are more sugary and less fibrous). And if you have full blown Candida with clear signs, it’s probably best to avoid all sugary and carby foods for a period of time. Work with a holistic practitioner to determine how long and whether you’ve cleared it up, at which point you can re-introduce whole grains and low-sugar fruits slowly.
  1. Daily dose of daily probiotics. Daily probiotics have proven to be an effective treatment in people with fungal colonization’s in their intestinal tracts, which result in gas, bloating and other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (study). Probiotics may also prevent Candida overgrowth during antibiotic use (study). Choose one that’s labeled as having “enteric coating”—this means that it’s got special coating to help protect the healthy bugs from stomach acid, which can kill them before they reach your gut. I like Renew Life Ultimate Flora, Jarro-Dophilus EPS (Jarro-Dophilus is good for travel because it doesn’t have to be kept in a refrigerator) and Dr. Ohhira’s. Make them part of your daily routine and you may have an easier time keeping your Candida in check.
  2. Keep your immune system up and up. The best dietary approach to keeping Candida under control includes drinking plenty of water and eating a diet that’s low in sugary high Glycemic Index foods—this would mean avoiding foods that quickly turn into sugar in your bloodstream. For example, the fruits mentioned above (number one), as well as added sugars and simple carbs. And as always, it helps to load up on leafy greens, colorful plant foods and nourishing green juices and smoothies. Stress reduction is a biggie too. You can start minimizing stress right away with daily meditation, 5-minute stress breaks from work throughout the day and 1-minute breathing breaks every 90 minutes.

 

Of course, if you want to seriously clear this issue up, get your life and health back on tract, that’s what we do in my Healthy Habits Crew Course.  It’s gotten people off their allergy medicine, to relieving depression and foggy mindedness to having lost up to 30 pounds.  If you want to see if this is right for you or not, CLICK HERE to schedule your 20 minute complimentary appointment.  If it’s not, I will guide you to what will help.

20Jul 2016

Soda Tax Revisited

Holy Cow! Boy, did the last time I wrote to you create some interest!

That’s what I love, when a subject matter touches a passion, strikes a nerve or causes one to think. As a reminder, my last newsletter was discussing the city of Philadelphia choosing to join Berkeley, CA in enacting a so called “Soda Tax” a tax on sugary drinks and is in the previous blog post.

As I have mentioned before, one thing I have found so striking in my business travels is the level of obesity in our country……and it especially touches me to see the level of juvenile obesity….it’s heartbreaking.

I cheered Philadelphia’s decision to take action, realizing they had a problem ie: a whopping 68% of adults and 41% of children in Philadelphia being classified as obese. The vast majority of you understood where I was coming from, however some of you missed the point entirely. First of all, let me be perfectly clear: As a business owner it is very likely that I pay more in taxes than most of you reading this newsletter. Therefore, I am certainly not in favor of any new taxes. In fact, if you read my last newsletter carefully, I actually even mentioned that it might have been slightly misleading the way the city of Philadelphia got the tax pushed through.

What I was cheering was right in line with my stated life’s goal, my mission ..….AWARENESS! I literally spend nearly every waking moment that I’m not with my beautiful son Eli (and sometimes when I am) working tirelessly on that very objective. Helping people to become aware that our health is our own choice and if we create better habits….healthy habits….we can make a massive difference in the quality of our lives. At least Philadelphia was acknowledging the awareness that they have an obesity problem….could there have been a better way to address it? Of course there could be, but at least they are doing SOMETHING!

Some of you actually became angry over a few cent tax on sodas…..Have you ever stopped to think about the cost of health care in this country? Allow me to give you some numbers…..in 1980, we spent $1,110 per person on health care. That number ballooned to over $10,000 in 2014…..per person! In fact, now less that 40% of Americans get Health Insurance from an employer and over 40% of Americans are now on some sort of government sponsored Health Insurance. While the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obama Care) was supposed to make Health Insurance affordable for all Americans, statistics show that it’s actually had the opposite effect.

My point of all this? Who do you think is paying for those on government sponsored plans or for those that seek treatment without insurance?…..we the TAXPAYERS are! It all amounts to nearly 20% of our economy! Doesn’t it make more sense to attack the problem at its root? If we all focus our attention on becoming healthier, one of the largest expenses we have….health care costs…..will go SIGNIFICANTLY lower! It would be like a raise for every American household and a tax CUT to ALL tax payers. In the end, those of you that are most upset about any new kind of tax, should be those most supportive of me, my stance and my mission.

I am so encouraged by the comments I received in support of the last newsletter, of the awareness of something being done to address an epidemic in this country. I was so very proud of my current (and past) Healthy Habit Crew peeps and the comments they shared. They are already seeing and feeling such positive changes in their own bodies from their participation.   If you are committed to making such changed in your own lives, join some wonderful like-minded people in our next Healthy Habits Crew program.

Appointments open up in August to see if we are a good fit for what your goals are and if they fit into what I offer in my program. The Healthy Habits Crew helps people who

  • are tired of being stinkin tired every morning
  • who are over the extra pounds
  • who just don’t know what to eat anymore
  • or what exercise program to do
  • or how to finally get a hold of your hormones!
  • and lastly who don’t have a handle on how to construct their day around self care that’s easy, quick and actually fun.

Book a free appointment if you’d like to really catapult your life’s health. I’ll post tons of testimonials to you later…

 

18Jul 2016
Soda Tax!! Yay!!

We all have our passions in life and for me first and foremost it’s my beautiful little boy Eli and being the best “Mimi” I can be for him.  I’m sure it comes as no surprise to those of you reading this that my business, my life’s work, is another deep passion.  I am so very blessed to have such a wonderful community that supports Blue Moon Elise and therefore my mission to educate as many people as possible as to how our lifestyle (what we eat, drink and how we sleep) has such a direct effect on our overall health…..that we don’t have to run to the doctor to get a prescription for every little ache and pain that we have (Yoga anyone?).

 

But I digress, so back to my point.  When we devote so much time and energy to our passions, we want to know that we are heard, that we are making a difference, that we are effecting change.  Wouldn’t you agree?

 

I’ve been at the pool lately with Eli who now knows how to swim!! …and  it literally breaks my heart to see the incredible juvenile obesity epidemic that we have in our country and in  my little bitty town.  An epidemic created largely by the explosion of the fast food craze over the past generation.

 

 

At break time, I see the momma’s lovingly offer their children a coke or Gatorade to refresh themselves with a bag of hydrogenated chips and overly sugary cookies! My heart drops…..and so do these kids sugar levels after it spikes.  Then, kids everywhere are simply…….. a mess.

 

It’s difficult to even call what is served in some popular fast food restaurants, “food.”

 

There was potentially a huge step towards change last week when the Philadelphia City Council voted to pass a tax on not only sodas, but all sugary drinks including anything that contains artificial sweetener or sugar.   

 

Philadelphia follows Berkeley, CA, which was the first city to pass a soda tax last fall.  Many other city councils are contemplating a similar tax and are watching how things play out in Philadelphia very closely.  It’s a HUGE win for those of us that strive to live a health conscious lifestyle as our message is being heard, right?  Well…..as much as I would love to say so, not exactly.

 

Statistics show that a whopping 68% of adults and 41% of children in Philadelphia are classified as obese. What better reason could there be to pass such a tax then? 

 

Yeah!  The people of Philadelphia are saying enough is enough and taking an appropriate first step to enact change, yes??  Sadly, no.

 

In fact, the citizens of Philadelphia are actually outraged over the tax.  Well, then at least the city council is taking the initiative to enact change then, yes??  Kind of.

 

In order to pass the tax, the city council promised to use the revenue from the tax to enhance Pre-K education as well as improve parks and recreation facilities in the inner city.  All seemingly very worthy causes.

 

However, as politicians are wanting to do, they reneged on the original promise and at the last minute changed the legislation so that “some” of the money will go into the city’s general fund (meaning the city council can do whatever they want with it.) 

 

In other words, the city council passed another tax under the guise of creating a healthier environment for youth by discouraging the purchase of sodas.  The citizens worry that the very people that are supposed to be helped will actually be hurt by this change.

 

It’s there I disagree.  Maybe the city council of Philadelphia was a bit misleading in how the tax money will be used, but in the end the tax should have the desired effect of discouraging the purchase of sodas and sugary drinks.  It’s a shame the citizens don’t see it that way:(

 

Alas my community, we have so much work left to do.  Thanks to your support, you can count on yours truly to continue the fight, to continue my (our) mission to educate as many people as I possibly can that what we eat and drink on a daily basis has such a dramatic correlation to our overall health and well-being.

 

I am so encouraged by the comments I am already receiving from my current Healthy Habits Crew on how much they are already seeing and feeling such positive changes in their own bodies from what they are learning. 

 

If you are committed to making such changed in your own lives, join some wonderful like-minded people in our next Healthy Habits Crew program. One on one sessions will be starting in just a few weeks and will be open for a short amount of time.  IF you want to make sure your name is on the interested list, email rachel@bluemoonelise.com and say just that.

 

In the  meantime, if you just want to get in in any of my classes, events or retreats, go HERE and see what’s happening or check the side bar of this email.  There are so many ways to get started living this Healthy Living LifeStyle with me:)

09Dec 2015

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Don’t you just hate that feeling when you know you are coming down with a cold, a sore throat or even worse the flu! Grrr. I got the flu over Christmas week last year and totally missed out on the action.

If you are like me, then you will probably reach for the Vitamin C, Echinacea, Grapefruit Seed Extract and some Colloidal Silver, but it’s also worthwhile trying out some antiviral essential oils as well. Using essential oils helps reduce the ability of viruses to reproduce.

Not only that, but antiviral essential oils also help lift you up emotionally, and this can lead to faster healing!

Most essential oils have some antiviral properties, but some are much better at combating and treating viruses than others! Try to start using oils as soon as your symptoms start. It’s easier to fend off viruses if they are caught early. In fact, using them as a prevention is totally the best course of action.

Here’s my favorite for cold and flu season: Eucalyptus!

Eucalyptus-SM-dreamstime_s_11018220Most love it because they know it will open their sinuses quite well, but most people don’t know that it’s an awesome antiviral!

In fact, Eucalyptus leaf is used for infections, fever, upset stomach, and to help loosen coughs. The leaf is also used for treating respiratory tract infections, whooping cough, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, osteoarthritis, joint pain (rheumatism), acne, wounds, poorly healing ulcers, burns, bacterial dysentery, ringworms, liver and gallbladder problems, loss of appetite, and cancer.
Now that’s a list!

Try these BMe products with Eucalyptus Oil to keep you in good health:

body-mist-stimulatedBMe Energizer Body Mist

Instructions:

Spray in your face with your eyes closed of course and inhale like crazy town. This will totally help you open your sinuses, allow them to drain and kill off germs too! It’s also fantastic for helping you concentrate and relieving headaches. I like to carry one in my car to help me stay awake on long drives.

Energizing Body Mist works as an excellent pick me up in the middle of the day. Use this formula to keep you going instead of reaching for that cup of coffee! Our pure and holistic blend of Rosemary and Eucalyptus invigorates, opening your sinuses, and offering antibacterial and antiviral benefits without the use of synthetics. Yes! Enjoy breathing easily.

Click here to check it out.

BMe Energizer Aromatherapy Body Oil

body-oil-energizerInstructions: Pour 2 tbs. in your bath when you start getting that uh-oh feeling of getting sick! Or rub on your chest and shoulders at the uh-oh feeling too. It will help relieve the achy body pains, help open sinuses while killing germs.

Our Energizer Massage Oil contains a blend of Lemon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Peppermint essential oils. This is a stimulating formula that is perfect for athletes and those with active lifestyles, because it supports circulation, aids in reducing anxiety, relieves aching muscles and stimulates focus and concentration. It is also excellent for relieving headaches, fevers, and even nausea and indigestion! But my favorite way to use this is to rub on my chest and shoulders when I’m sick to help with aches and pains and open my sinuses. It’s the natural “Vick’s Vapor Rub.”

Click here to grab you some.

19Sep 2014

Join us for the 6th Annual Fall Retreat

October 24-26, 2014
with Cindy Olah & Rachel Sylvester

Stuck in a Rut?
Shed Your Old Habits & Get a New Groove.

Just as the trees shed their leaves this time of year, we must also do the work of shedding the habits and patterns that no longer serve us. Samskaras are inherited and conditioned imprints that set the tone for the decisions we make through out our lives. These habits, beliefs and patterns; through constant reinforcement, create deeply entrenched grooves in our psyche that are difficult to resist. Samskaras also reflect in our bodies, through chronically held tension, and will continue to cycle in our lives until we decide to stop & GET A NEW GROOVE.

If you are ready to make a change, join us for this transformative weekend as Rachel and Cindy support you in breaking free from negative Samskaras. Know your true nature instead, ripe with new choices and boundless possibilities.

Do you know what you are putting on your skin everyday?

Discover the lies you’ve been told in the BodyCare Industry; what works and what really doesn’t, once and for all.  Know what you should have in your home at all times and get hands-on experience making 7 of your very own body care products suited just for your skin type

Fall Retreat 2014

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Open Registration:

Price: FRIDAY: Yoga PM $35
SATURDAY: Yoga AM $30 / BodyCare Class $60 (including all materials)
SUNDAY: Yoga AM $35
WHOLE RETREAT: $150

To register please contact Blue Moon Elise at 828-837-2727
Out of town folks are livin’ it up at a local newly built cabin for this retreat. Please inquire so we can get you set up.
Visit Cindy Online: sacredgardenyoga.com


08Apr 2014

It was March of 1999 that Blue Moon Herbs was born (now known as Blue Moon Elise) on the second blue moon of that year! Come celebrate our birthday with us this Saturday!

15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY this SATURDAY! FREE MASSAGES for everyone, store-wide sales, massive give-aways, BIG OL Door Prizes and FREE SOAP for EVERYONE TOO! COMING to help us celebrate??

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