Jun 2nd

Join our Virtual Lifesytle Party with Soul Purpose products.

By Carla Shoates-Smith
Our Virtual Lifestyle Parties are promoted online through our webform, which includes a video with a display of Soul Purpose products and a Self-Care survey for visitors to complete and submit.  Based on the answers received, we will promote products that can enhance your bath & body experience.  If you want to participate in our Virtual Lifestyle Party with Soul Purpose products, visit our webform,  complete and submit on the dates listed below.  We will only e-mail you once a month to promote products based on what you indicate on the webform.  Any purchases that you make will add to our commission.  We appreciate your support.

VIRTUAL LIFESTYLE PARTY DATES - WEBFORM WILL BE ACTIVE 
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Nov 11th

Seven Simple Strategies for a Healthy Holiday

By Laurie Morin

Fotolia_4838588_XS.jpgDid you know that the average American gains between 3-5 pounds of unwanted fat during the holiday season?

The holiday season is a wonderful time to share love, laughter and lots of good food with friends and family.

But you don’t have to resign yourself to a month of over-indulging, being a couch potato, and putting on the pounds.

With only two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, and seven weeks until we ring in 2014, I thought this would be a good time to share my top tips for navigating the holiday season. 

Yes, you can stay on track with your fitness goals without sacrificing the joys of fun, friends and your favorite holiday treats.

Here are my top 7 strategies for staying healthy during the holiday season.

1. Abolish all or nothing thinking. If you over-indulge one day, you don’t have to punish yourself with guilt or slide down the slippery slope. Just enjoy the moment and get back on track at the very next meal.

2. Have a plan for parties, family dinners and other tempting occasions. Offer to bring tasty, healthy appetizers or snacks that everyone will enjoy. You are more likely to avoid temptation if you have thought ahead and set your intention to choose healthy options. 

Lot of your favorite holiday recipes can be “made over” to trim unnecessary sugar and fat.  Click here for some great ideas from the Mayo Clinic.  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/holiday-recipes/NU00645

Eating well also has an entire page devoted to healthy Thanksgiving recipes.  http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_thanksgiving_recipes

3. Eat a high-protein snack (such as a handful of almonds), smoothie or nutrition bar before heading out to your event. If your body feels full and well-nourished, you are less likely to over-indulge.

4. Choose your treats wisely. Aim for around 400 calories 4 times per day. If you choose healthy snacks, you can afford larger portions. For example, at a cocktail buffet, you can have 1 ¾ cups crudités with ¼ cup hummus, 10 shrimp with cocktail sauce, and 5 crackers with 1 oz. of low-fat cheese for a total of only 341 calories.

Prevention Magazine’s 400 Calories Fix has tons of great ideas for 400 calories snacks and meals that won’t leave you feeling deprived.  http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/400-calorie-snacks-low-calorie-meals

5. Sip sparkling water with lime to join in the holiday spirit without adding unwanted calories. If you choose to indulge in cocktails, a white wine spritzer with fruit is a festive option that only adds 60 calories to your total. You can also alternate your chosen cocktail with sparkling water to stay hydrated and cut calories.

6. Focus on all the things you CAN eat instead of the things you should avoid. The season is full of healthy super-foods such as anti-oxidant rich pumpkin and sweet potatoes, cranberries and apples. If you don’t slather them with butter and sugar, they will provide your body with the extra nutrients it needs to keep up with the busy holiday rush.

Fitness magazine has a great list of holiday superfoods to get you started.  http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/superfoods/healthy-holiday-superfoods/?page=1

7. Find ways to celebrate that get you up and moving.   Go ice skating, dancing or hiking with friends. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Connect with the true spirit of the holidays, and observe how much joy there is to be found in simple pleasures.

The holidays don’t have to be a recipe for disaster for your health and fitness, but advance preparation is the key. Get started now experimenting with healthy holiday recipes, stock up your cupboard, and share the gift of health with your family and friends this holiday season.

You may just start the New Year in better shape than you could have imagined!

What is your favorite healthy holiday tip?  Leave a comment to share your favorite tip, resource or recipe. 

Sep 18th

Astrology As A Tool In Life

By Leslie Traill

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I know that many people do not believe in Astrology and that is OK. I also know that many people are curious about Astrology and that is also OK. And, I also know that there are many people that believe Astrology is a wonderful tool to find out Where you Were in Life… Where you Currently Stand in your Life... and... Where you Can Go in Your Life... and that is also OK.  We are all unique as a properly calculated and interpreted Astrology Chart exhibits.

I have been an Astrologer for over 35 years and I do not run my life by Astrology, I have learned to use my astrology chart as one of the tools to use in order to be aware. Some of the things that I also use to be more aware are reading, gathering information and talking to people and asking questions. Another is Meditating and another is Astrology.  As I said it is a tool that can be used to learn more about oneself.  I also believe that we can never learn too much about ourselves and that knowledge is self-mastery.  I am the kind of person who wants to know the good, the bad and the sometimes the ugly about myself so that I can make the changes to be a better person. By learning more about my personality through the tool of Astrology I have been able to make the changes that I have wanted to make; to work on turning the negative aspects of me into positive aspects and making the positive aspects of me more positive.  And, I might add, I am still working on myself daily.

I am also the kind of person who likes to be prepared, so if I am aware that a certain energy, situation or circumstance will be entering my life in advance, I have the opportunity to take advantage of a positive circumstance or turn a potentially negative circumstance into a positive one simply by being aware.  Again, I do not run my life by the use of Astrology - I use it to plan, to strategize and to help me in my personal life and in business.

I would never try to convince anyone to believe in the positive aspects of Astrology just as I would never try to convince anyone to believe in something that made them uncomfortable.  

I felt as an Astrologer it was important for me to make this clear and to allow you to make up your own mind as to whether you believe it is a tool or not that would help you along your path of life.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Namaste,

Leslie Traill - Astrologer and Life Coach
Aug 28th

Add these foods to your summer entrees

By Jennifer Ettinger

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Add these foods to your summer entrees and fuel up your metabolism and aid in weight loss!
 
Broccoli - A weight loss superfood that contains phytochemicals to protect against disease and boost your immune system.
 
Fruit! Berries, Apples all help cut down your cravings for sweets - A great source of fiber.  Fruit balances the body and has great detox and fat burning properties!  
 
Green tea - boosts the metabolism and can aid in weight loss
 
Hot Peppers - speeds up the metabolism and conquers cravings.  The secret is the chemical capsaicin.
 
Lean Turkey - switch your chicken habit for some turkey! Great protein source to help you lose fat, boost metabolism and build lean muscle!
 
Oatmeal - cholesterol fighting, chock full of fiber, keeps you full and gives you tons of energy.  Try steel oats (hint - I cook mine overnight in a crock pot ready for me first thing in the morning - delicious!
 
Water - ice, ice baby - drink it cold this summer season. It will keep you feeling full, flush out toxins and give your skin a goddess glow.
Water with lemon - helps activate the burning of the fat for it is a bile thinner!
 
Whey protein -quickly digested and put into use by the body.  A natural fat burner and helps keep insulin levels stable.
 
In good health,
Jennifer Ettinger,
xoxoxo


 

Jun 1st

The 30 Cleanse Your Life Challenge Is Back!

By Elizabeth Nicholls
30 Day Cleanse Your Weight Challenge
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May 14th

Good health is your number-one asset!

By Jennifer Ettinger
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Good health is your number-one asset!

Vemma makes protecting your health easy with its ultra-premium, liquid formula that provides the vitamins, minerals and nutrients for greater health and wellness.*

Combining traditional Eastern wellness philosophies with modern Western scientific principles, the Vemma formula was created with a unique blend of Vitamins, Essential Minerals,Mangosteen and Aloe to provide a powerful nutritional formula unlike any other.
The Benefits Of Vemma
  • Protect and support a healthy heart*
  • Enhance immune response and support immune system*
  • Create abundant energy*
  • Fight against free radicals*
  • Promote good vision*
  • Support a normal, healthy intestinal tract*
  • Maintain healthy skin, eyes, teeth, gums and hair
It takes about...  
  • 2 oranges to equal the amount of Vitamin C
  • 9 avocados to equal the amount of Vitamin E
  • 3 stalks of broccoli to equal the amount of Iron
  • 55 eggs to equal the amount of Vitamin D
  • 1 cup of spinach to equal the amount of Vitamin A
  • 3 cups of peas to equal the amount of Thiamin
  • 19 medium bananas to equal the amount of Riboflavin
  • 62 oz of cheddar cheese to equal the amount of Vitamin B-12
  • 5 large potatoes to equal the amount of Niacin
  • 61 cups of tomatoes to equal the amount of Folate
  • 2 large watermelons to equal the amount of Vitamin B-6
  • 17 oz of cherries to equal the ORAC Value
  • 37 medium mushrooms to equal the amount of Pantothenic Acid
...to provide the vitamins, minerals and antioxidant power of a 2-oz serving of Vemma.
 Read More .....
Apr 4th

Why Natural Remedies Work & Drugs Don't

By Maria Malec

Have you noticed how we live in a world which has traded personal awareness and responsibility for powerlessness and synthetic solutions?  The intent of this article is to merely ignite the thought process of overturning this culture of sickness by learning why natural remedies work and drugs don’t.  Our bodies are always seeking balance and all the parts depend on each other to work properly. While our bodies have the potential for dis-ease, there exists an internal system for self-healing that can be reinforced with natural remedies. 

Before the advancement of modern medicine, people relied upon plant resources, like essential oils, to remedy health concerns.  Incorporating essential oils into a daily routine can effectively address the everyday wellness needs of your family. An essential oil is a liquid that is distilled from leaves, stems, shrubs, trees, seeds, bushes, flowers bark and roots of plants. The life blood of plants serve as natural remedies; they are

·        anti-fungal

·        anti-viral

·        anti-bacterial

·        anti-inflammatory

·        hormone balancing

The highest quality oils, therapeutic grade, are made from organic plants and distilled at low temperatures to retain the organic healing properties. Simply, they keep the human body in a whole state of balance. This means they are particularly designed to:

·        Cleanse

·        Protect

·        Oxygenate

·        Nourish

·        Heal

Drugs are synthetic, dead matter; inhibit, block, and interrupt normal bodily functions, in addition to having negative side effects.  These reasons verify why natural remedies work and drugs don’t.

Essential Oils can be extremely effective, safe, economical and easy to use while tending to a whole range of health issues, right in your own home:

·        Anti-bacterial properties make them highly effective for sanitizing, disinfecting, deodorizing and air purification, as well.

·        Some essential oils make excellent toxin free cleaning agents for removal of grease, oil, carpet stains, crayon, etc.

·        Powerful anti-oxidant properties in some essential oils make them amazingly effective in anti-aging, energy and health giving applications both alone and when combined with supplements.

·        And of course, nothing beats the power of essential oils in personal care products for skin, hair and personal hygiene.

Additionally, essential oils are easy to use and further maintains why natural remedies work.  The 3 simple applications of oils are:

§  Inhalation

§  Topical

§  Oral Ingestion

Learning how to use oils is not hard.  Once you get accustomed to using them as you would use other remedies, you will discover many more uses to suit your unique needs.

Making the decision to exchange toxic products for natural ones is an active step in bringing balance to all areas of your life and that of your family.  What are you waiting for?  Start NOW to see what Natural Remedies work positively in your home.

 

Maria is a wife, mother of five children and educator, whose passion for wellness has driven her purpose for the past 15 years.  She shares her knowledge and experience to help others in their wellness journey and how to live optimally through vision, action and achievement.  To find out more about Maria’s approach, please visit her website at http://www.naturalremedieswork.weebly.com

Nov 11th

Meet Your Bra Coach

By Debra Steele
Hi my name is Debra and I am your "Bra Coach".

My goal is to help you find the correct fitting bra, and the correct style for your body.  Bra shopping can be very stressful when you do not know what to do.  I will give you all the information you need so bra shopping can be fun.

Your bra size consist of a number and a letter.  The number is the band size and the letter is the cup size.  Most women are wearing a bra that is too big in the band size (the number).  If you are not getting any support, the next time you go bra shopping, try on a bra that is one band size smaller.  

If you are now wearing a 36D, try a 34D.  If the cup is too small, try a 34DD. 
If you are now wearing a 38C, try a 36C.  If th cup is too small, try a 36D.

All of your support comes from the band (the number) so it  is very important that  the band is snug and does not move.

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The Bra Coach
Jun 5th

Preventing Tick Bites / Lyme Disease

By Megan Crandlemire

In my day job, I am owner of Starboard Digital, a website design firm in Connecticut.  I am a PY co-faciliator for the Southwestern CT group.

In my personal life, I'm passionate about educating people about the risk of tick bites / Lyme Disease.  The following is a blog I wrote for our local Patch about protecting yourself from tick bites.  Education and awareness is key!


The arrival of spring/summer introduces a hazard that we all need to be aware of....ticks.  New England has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the country.  The peak season for Lyme disease is late spring through summer.

Unfortunately, DEET, common in bug sprays applied to the skin, does not kill or disable ticks and is a poor repellent for ticks.  Planning ahead and taking some simple precautions before engaging in outdoor activities can help avoid a tick related illness.

Our clothing is our first line of defense.

Permethrin, which is applied to clothing only, works instantly and is extremely effective in killing ticks.  Permethrin was developed to simulate the natural chemical pyrethrum that protects plants from insect attack. It will kill insects and deer ticks.

Permethrin is to be used on clothing only and treated clothing can be worn when fully dry.  One treatment lasts 2-6 weeks; items can be washed between treatments.  Follow all label directions carefully.  Do not use Permethrin on your skin.  Permethrin products are available in stores that sell outdoor gear and is marketed under different product names.  CVS sells a Lice Treatment spray that contains Permethrin as well.  You can also find Permethrin sprays online.

Suggested clothing items to spray every few weeks:
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Sneakers
  • Pants
  • Sleeves
  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Practice Uniforms

After returning indoors...

Deer ticks like cool, moist environments, such as leaf litter, grass, tall grass around the edge of yards, wooded areas, or roadsides.  Ticks are present in short grass.

Even with clothing sprayed, it’s always good to be on the lookout for ticks. Perform a careful tick check after returning indoors. Deer ticks are tiny and difficult to see. After clothes are worn outdoors, wash them in hot water and dry on high heat to kill any ticks you may have missed.

2011 was a very wet year in Connecticut (record rainfall), and we finished a very warm winter; both situations can lead to a very active tick season.

Taking a few minutes to spray your clothing can help reduce the risk of a tick bite therefore reducing your risk of contracting Lyme Disease and other tick borne illnesses.

Mar 9th

Your Health, Your Choice

By Roe Melnicove

I’ll bet that many of you are not aware that March is National Nutrition Month. What better time to reaffirm your fading New Year’s resolutions and take an active role in improving your health!

                   As you continue to gain knowledge about what you should, and should not, put into your body,  more people are coming to realize that the quality of food; especially a large variety of fruits and vegetables, is necessary, not only to achieve great health, but to actually slow down the aging process! Chronic inflammation is a major factor in debilitating diseases, and persistent inflammation is frequently linked with cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, aging and autoimmune diseases such as asthma, lupus and arthritis. Well guess what? Fruits and vegetables not only reduce inflammation, but they help prevent diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Dr. David Bjerklie, M.D. is quoted as saying: “The news isn’t that fruits and vegetables are good for you. It’s that they are so good for you that they could save your life.”

                  There are many reasons why vegetables are vital in your diet. Vegetables are rich sources of antioxidants, which attack the cells that cause the body to decay, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips and Brussels sprouts are especially helpful in fighting toxins and cancer. They have a high concentration of both antioxidants and sulfur, which provide your body with energy and keep your skin healthy. Eating these, and all vegetables raw, or just lightly cooked, enhances their protective properties, thereby making them even more effective!

Next we’ll look at fruit. Fruits, such as avocados, are full of monounsaturated fat, which is believed to help reduce levels of bad cholesterol in our bodies. Avocados are high in potassium, which decreases fluid retention, high blood pressure and the risk of stroke. They also contain a high level of Vitamin E, which among other things, is thought to prevent skin aging. They may also be helpful in reducing the hot flashes associated with menopause. Lastly, avocados are rich in folate, which is thought to reduce the risk of heart attacks, as well as antioxidants, which once again protects your body from free radicals, thereby keeping your organs and tissues healthy.  Also, let’s not forget the importance of adding berries to your diet. Berries, especially the dark ones, such as blueberries, blackberries, black currants and black grapes are rich in antioxidants. They also help the body maintain good balance, coordination and short term memory.

Fish should also be added to your regular diet. Certain types of fish are high in the ever important Omega-3 fatty acids. These acids are not only good for your skin (preventing dryness and eczema, while promoting firmness and elasticity), but they have been proven to improve one’s moods and mental capacities. Like fruits and vegetables, they also contain antioxidant properties, which as stated earlier, help ward off chronic inflammation, which can lead to all sorts of health complications. Two popular fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids are salmon and tuna.

Lastly, let’s talk about the importance of having nuts in your diet. Yes, they are high in calories, but you do not need to eat a lot of them to reap their benefits, which include protein, fiber and crucial minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium. They are known to be good for both digestive and immune systems, they help to fight cancer, and as a bonus, the oils are good for your skin! They are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep both your brain and our body healthy. Some of the best types of nuts are almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamias and pistachios.

                  So what are you waiting for? Spring, the time of new beginnings, is just around the corner, so begin to take control of your life by being proactive with what you eat. Reap the countless benefits good nutrition provides, and live a long, healthy life!

 

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