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Healthy Foods for Fall

traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

DOING, DOING, DOING by Vickie Griffith

Do you have this insatiable urge to always be “doing”?  A drive to be busy and to stay busy? You may know where this drive came from. Or, it may be just the way you have always been.
Two ten year-old best girlfriends are lying on the floor, in front of the fan on a hot summer’s day reading. One of the girl’s mothers runs into the room yelling to get outside and help weed the garden. The little girl’s 10 year-old brain interprets mom’s request as a criticism that she is lazy and unproductive.
From that moment on, a belief was created to always be doing something productive. Reading was not productive. After all, there was nothing tangible produced? 
I was that 10 year-old little girl and that belief carried on with me throughout my life to always be “doing.” The belief is that I have to always be doing something that produces something real. But what is real? What counts as “real”?
This mindset keeps us stuck. DOING, DOING, DOING keeps us running in the hamster wheel but never getting anywhere. Yes, we are busy but not necessarily productive.
The funny thing is, in my business and for many other women I know, there is rarely anything tangible produced on an everyday basis. Feelings of failed accomplishment or productivity flood our thoughts. Yet many “doing” activities are vital at maintaining or growing a business.
Changing the mindset for the value of doing and the activities that don’t’ produce a tangible product is important to building a foundation for success in the future. Regardless if you are building a business, juggling work and life schedules — “doing” is necessary! Switching the mindset from the outcome needs to be productive to being mindful of the activities. Be present in the moment.
Celebrate not only what you got done but the process of “doing”.  This will get you unstuck and out of the hamster wheel.
Need a little help getting unstuck? Join Vickie for a free Teleseminar, “How to Move from Sad, Broke, and Stuck…to Happy, Wealthy, and Free” on Thursday, August 16. Get all the details here: www.stuckedup.com

Remedies for Autoimmune Disorders

The immune system normally protects the body from infections and disease.  But when an autoimmune disease develops, the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys its own tissues and organs.

Autoimmune diseases predominantly affect women, frequently during their childbearing years. These diseases often tend to be hereditary, and certain environmental factors may also contribute to a weakened immune system.  There are natural anti-inflammatory remedies that offer an alternative to conventional treatments.  Not only can they soothe the over-active and misguided immune system, but natural anti-inflammatories often also help to restore the body’s self-healing abilities.  Consider adding the following into your diet to support immune function and reduce inflammation:

1. Bioflavinoids, a class of plant chemicals, has been found to greatly reduce inflammation and improve autoimmune disorder- related symptoms.

2. Flavenoids, catechins, and theaflavins found in both green and black tea are beneficial to autoimmune disease.

3. Apples contain the flavanoid quercetin that can decrease inflammation and reduce allergic reactions and. Quercetin also occurs in berries, red grapes, red onions, and black tea.

4. Carotenoids, plant pigments that include beta-carotene, are naturally found in apricots, carrots, butternut squash, and collard greens, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, and kale.

5. Ginger-Studies have shown that ginger reduces inflammation and helps patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

6. Omega-3: Omega-3 essential fatty acids counteract chemicals that cause inflammation. Natural sources include salmon and flaxseed oil.

7. Fiber: A healthy and active colon is healthy for your immune system. Increase the fiber in your diet for maximum autoimmune health.

To learn more about natural treatment therapies, including Chinese medicine and stress-reducing recommendations, make an appointment by calling 804.288.3927.