Past the Ache into the Swing

 

Aching.  Many of you expressed that in the first 2 weeks of the program, you experienced some “aching.” In your cases, the aching was a physical symptom. This was surprising, causing our team to take a deep and calculating look at the ingredients that are in the supplements we have provided you for the cleanse.  Many of them are draining herbs; this is an apt action that clearly is in accordance with what we want to accomplish in a cleanse: drain away toxicity that has accumulated within the body. Still, for some, too much draining can lead to a deficiency within the body, which can cause the side effect of achiness.  But there are also some other things to think about that may not be entirely physiological.  According to dictionary.com there are three definitions of Ache:

 

1. To have or suffer a continuous dull pain.

2. To feel great sympathy, pity, or the like.

3. To feel eager, yearn, long.

 

Upon reading these definitions, my consciousness resonated with all them.  Here we are, together, doing something that is challenging. Within our connected experience, I believe we all have elements of these three definitions, all manifesting simultaneously.  Some of us, indeed, are experiencing suffering from a continuous dull pain, maybe in our muscles or joints or both. Some of us are sympathizing with all of the others in this program, causing us an intensified connection that could be correlated with aching, much in the way we desire to commune with other beings when we feel a strong emotion. And, finally, we are all on this 28 Day New You as a means to a desired goal, whether that be to have more energy, less pain, more connection to self, or overall, general well-being. We are indeed aching, in that we feel eager, yearn, and long for this desired outcome.


During this time, please, offer yourself what you need, within the realm of your chosen well-being. Touch yourself lovingly, quelling the longing, bringing energy of movement and tonification to relieve the dull pain in your muscles. Use the interfaces we have provided for you to connect with one another, sharing your experiences, to hold space for the sympathy you are called to feel. Fill your time with activities that serve you- your stretching and breathing, reflecting, journaling and nourishing- that will take the place of the eagerness, yearning and longing, by keeping you happily and thoughtfully engaged in the moment.  Above all, be compassionate with yourself. This is a process. I believe some aching is in order. Support yourself, and your compatriots, by taking the time to be with yourself. Always remember, the mind is a powerful tool; it is a cruel master, and an obedient slave. You have the power to change your experience, and your aching can be a tool for growth as much a hindrance to your comfort. Choose accordingly. We support you!

Here is a quick experience to shake you right into this week and normalize your entire nervous system!!

The Physiology Of Hydration

The Physiology Of Hydration

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According to the Center for Healthy Aging, ‘The fact that your body is made up of about two-thirds water may come as no surprise. But it does make you stop and think about the importance of hydration — providing your body the right amount of water each day. Since your muscles and your brain are about 75% water, and your blood is about 82% water, keeping your body hydrated helps keep important body functions working properly. And not being hydrated makes it hard for your body’s systems to work efficiently.

Unfortunately, it has been reported that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. And even mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism. The reason is that dehydration reduces the volume of blood in the body making the cardio-respiratory system work harder to pump blood throughout the body and deliver sufficient oxygen to the working muscles.

To read the complete article, please link here.

Not only is proper hydration essential to all bio-chemical reactions in the body but the way the body is absorbing and using water is an essential component. You can drink all the water you want and still not be properly hydrated because your cells are not absorbing or processing water across the cellular membrane. Balance in the usage of water not only can support proper hydration levels but is dynamically linked to how we process emotions. If we are not properly using water in our system we can not properly harmonize and synthesize our emotions either. Each time we experience something the electrical charge of that experience vibrates through our body, if we are properly hydrated that electricity can move through our tissues fluidly and support growing and learning, however if we are dehydrated those experiences get tend to get stuck in the sticky parts of our tissues creating more aches and cramps and lots of wasted energy feeling things over and over!

So not only can you avoid all the physical symptoms of dehydration listed below by simple taking in enough water and having to proper nutrients so your body can use the water correctly you can support your emotional and mental health as well!!

•         Thirst (with caveats as above)

•         Reduced Appetite (often despite a lengthy period without food)

•         Skin Flushing (especially face and neck)

•         Dark Colored Urine (may be confused by supplement use or some foods)

•         Dry Mouth (and difficulty producing saliva)

•         Fatigue

•         Mild headache

•         Chills

•         Dizziness

•                Decreased sweating and urination

•                Increased heart rate, respiration and body temperature

•                Extreme fatigue

•                Muscle cramps

•                Severe headaches

•                Nausea and constipation

•                Neurosensory disturbances (tingling, numbness)

Flower of Life

Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.

D. H. Lawrence

Eat the Blooms!

Eat the Blooms!

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In Chinese Medicine many flowers are used in the Materia Medica. They cure particular ailments depending on their respective flavors and colors and other qualities. Some are used for hot conditions, some for cold conditions, some for moving the blood or making bleeding stop. Regardless of their variance in treatment abilities, flowers do have one thing in common- they bloom.  As Chinese Medicine is a symbologic medicine, the action of a plant or its parts in nature, is going to mirror the action of this plant or plant part in the body. Flowers, therefore, in the body, all bring qi to the surface, in an outward moving motion, just as a flower begins in a tight bud and blooms out. For this reason, flowers are an excellent diaphoretic, and are often used at the onset of an exterior invasion (when one ‘catches a cold’) to induce sweating, in order to push out the pathogen. Within the same mechanism of their outward moving action, flowers are also wonderful aids in benefitting the immune system, as they add energy to the ‘wei qi,’ or exterior, protective energy system, fortifying the body’s defenses.  And, flowers are delicious to eat!  

Many herbs grow flowers that can be used in salads and as garnishes.  Sage, hyssop, mustard greens, and cilantro all have delicious flowers to eat. Nasturtiums, petunias, roses, marigolds, chamomile, lavender and passion flowers are all delicious and nutritious flowers you can also incorporate into your diet. Check your garden patch or grocer today for an edible blooming delight to incorporate into your kitchen fun!

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Check out these tips below from Learning Herbs and see the whole article here

Ten Rules of Edible Flowers for Edible Flower Recipes

1. Eat flowers only when you are positive they are edible.

2. Just because flowers are served with food does not mean they are edible.

3. Eat only the flowers that have been grown organically.

4. Do not eat flowers from florists, nurseries or garden centers unless you know they have been grown organically.

5. If you have hay fever, asthma or allergies, do not eat flowers, or do so cautiously.

6. Do not eat flowers picked from the side of the road. They may be contaminated from car emissions.

7. Remove pistils and stamens from flowers before eating. Eat only the petals.

8. Not all flowers are edible. Some are poisonous.

9. There are many varieties of any one flower. Flowers taste different when grown in different locations.

10. Introduce flowers into your diet the way you would new foods to a baby- one at a time in small quantities.

This list is from Edible Flowers, From Garden to Palate, by Cathy Wilkinson Barash

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 Here are ideas for edible flower recipes:

  • Infused vinegars
  • Sorbets
  • Candies
  • Syrups and jellies
  • Beverages, wines, meads
  • Fritters
  • Flower butter
  • Dips and spreads
  • Garnish and color
  • Soups
    Arugala, Eruca vericaria Salads, snacking Nutty, spicy, peppery flavor
    Borage, Borago officinalis Salads, snacking Tastes like light cucumber, remove thorny backside
    Bachelor button,Centauria cynaus Salads Sweet to spicy, clovelike
    Burnet,Sanguisorba minor Salads Flavorless, but colorful
    Calendula,Calenudla officinalis Salads, teas Spicy, tangy, ‘poor man’s saffron’ adds golden color to foods
    Daylily,Hemerocallis species Salads, sautés Sweet, crunchy, somewhat like a water chestnut
    Lavender,Lavendula species Salads, teas Floral, strong perfumey flavor, use very lightly for color
    Marigold,Tagetes tenuifolia Salads, teas Spicy to bitter
    Nasturtium,Tropaeolum majus Salads Sweet, mildly pungent to peppery flavor
    Onion/garlic,Allium species Salads, stir fry Sweet onion, garlic flavor
    Pansy, Viola spp. Salads Mild sweet to tart flavor
    Pea, Pisum species (sweet pea is poisonous) Salads, stir fry Tastes like peas, also add tendrils or fresh new shoots
    Rose, Rosa species Salads, teas, infusions Sweet, aromatic flavor; remove the white bitter portion of petals
    Rosemary,Rosmarinus officinalis Salads, teas Pinelike, sweet, savory
    Squah Blossom,Cucurbito pep species Salads, sautés, stuffed/battered Sweet, nectar flavor
    Thyme, Thymus vulgaris Salads, teas Lemony, adds a nice light scent
    Violet, Viola species Salads, teas Sweet, nectary flavor

Taking It All In

Taking It All In

 

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How often do you just stop to look around, feel around, observe and ‘take it all in?”  So much of the time we are consumed by our “what’s next.” We walk around, from place to place, thinking about our next appointment, our laundry, our work and school assignments, our emails, our facebook posts and their likes, always looking to the next. But what about the now?  Is the sun shining beautifully above you? Is there a curious newborn baby trying to make eye-contact with you? Do you hear wind chimes, or birds chirping, or people laughing, or your favorite middles school song in the background? Would you even notice if you did? Much less, take a moment out of your thought cycles to sing a line from it or strike your favorite pose that makes you joyful?  Can you find joy in ordinary moments? Can you find gratitude in every moment?

Right now, as spring is springing, at every turn there is some new form of life coming into fruition. Whether it is flowers blooming, people coming out, happily, to play with their dogs and friends and family in the park, little greens growing with edible and medicinal capabilities, thunderstorms or raindrops falling, there is so much in this stunning world to take in, and appreciate. Respecting, receiving and relishing in the beauty of the world around you, in the present moment, fosters a sense of peace, which is a foundational attribute of whole-istic health. At any moment, when the thought crosses your mind, just stop, take a deep breath, notice and observe the present world around you, and take a moment to be grateful. It’s good for your health.

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