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Part 1: your body. your mind. your life.

Posted December 5, 2010
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At Transform, it’s all about “your body. your mind. your life.” I’m going to address these areas in the next few blogs that I write. So let’s start with -- your body. We all have specific things that we dislike about our body and I’m going to preface this blog with “You gotta love your body ‘cause you can’t leave it.” Please don’t hate your body because it doesn’t fit the image of The Perfect Body. Embrace the sheer magic that your body accomplishes every second by just being... trillions of actions are happening at the cellular level just so you can breathe and sit and read this. So let’s approach our work with our bodies as something we do so that we can lead healthier and more fulfilling lives...

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Is your workout really working?

Posted October 26, 2010
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Is your workout really working? Do you even have a workout? Humans are simple creatures -- we crave good things and try to avoid the bad. And we really, really dislike change. We order the same thing at the restaurant because “it’s a sure thing.” We buy the same products, watch the same kinds of movies, frequent the same stores because it is what we know. We apply the same approach to working out -- we generally stick with the same exercises and routines because it’s what we know and, most of all, like. We probably like it because it’s easy and we feel successful. You’ll know if your workout is working for you if you look forward to it and feel as you are accomplishing your goals...

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Nutrition for Everyday People

Posted September 8, 2010
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I attended a workshop called "Nutrition for Everyday People" presented by Farah Gokturk of Sweetpeace Wellness. Farah is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (http://www.integrativenutrition.com) and she is a Holistic Health Counselor and Wellness Coach. At the Institute, she learned over 100 different nutritional programs that tailor eating to the individual. I love this approach -- people's dietary needs change based on their lifestage, what their bodies truly need.  She is excited about sharing some of the workshop's information with you: There are four key building blocks to establish an eating program that is appropriate for you: Consistent meals that suit your body's constitution...

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Here and Now

Posted July 12, 2010
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One of the topics popping up for me over and over again is present moment awareness. When I am able to practice it and really stay focused in the here and now, my stress levels and anxiety are reduced significantly. I am happier. I recently finished reading Deepak Chopra’s Ageless Body, Timeless Mind and he has several good suggestions for staying in the moment and developing your creative power so that you trust your Inner Self. Although the book was written fifteen years ago, I think these points are very applicable to us today: 1. Experiencing silence. Chopkra suggests setting aside 15 to 30 minutes twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the afternoon, to sit in silence. We are so busy rushing around that finding our “core of silence is like recapturing the fort of sanity and peace...

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Hot Weather Tips

As I am writing this, the temperature in New Orleans is 92 degrees; the heat index is 104 degrees. If you’re outside, especially if you’re exercising, you need to take precautions to avoid over-exposure to the sun, dehydration and heat stroke. Follow these tips to stay more comfortable and healthy when it’s hot outside. Stay hydrated! Depending on the air temperature and exercise intensity, the body can lose more than a quart of water in one hour of exercise. Dehydration is the result of the body not having enough water to cool itself through perspiration – and leads to muscle fatigue and possible cramping, and loss of coordination. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can follow. Drink water before, during and after exercise...

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The Benefits of Yoga

Posted April 30, 2010
Category yoga
Yoga has been around for about 5,000 years and could have at least that many benefits. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but there are a lot! Everything from asthma to sinusitis and stress, depression to back pain and sciatica can be relieved by practicing yoga consistently and safely. It would be foolish for me to even attempt to cover all the benefits, but I can address some that I have experienced personally and have witnessed in my students. The physical practice of yoga is designed to lengthen and strengthen the musculature of the body. This includes the connective tissue and fascia that holds the body together and gives it structure. Fascia can adhere to the surrounding tissue and impede muscle movement if injured...

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