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4 Ways to Spring Into…Slowing Down?

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, excitement is building and we have more daylight hours to do more things.

Often it’s difficult for people to slow down and even more so when we have more daylight hours and there seems to be so many things to do.

heart diagran, pastels:freeThe other day, a friend had a heart attack. This is a man who is fit, relatively healthy, an ideal weight…but a workaholic. He had never really been in the hospital, wouldn’t slow down, and felt that “no one else could do the things he had to do”. He wasn’t able to delegate or designate…it was as if the entire world depending upon him.

He felt this burden and we often discussed it. He felt depressed about the responsibility and pressure he felt, but he was “too busy” to even listen to a 3 minute audio relaxation I gave to him! He would get angry and almost belligerent when anyone he knew would express their concern and suggest that he was “working too hard”.

This heart attack stopped him in his tracks. It forced him to slow down. Our bodies speak to us and communicate all the time…in symptoms.

Here are 4 ways for a busy person to “slow down” instead of “springing ahead”:

1. Exercise. Okay, you’re busy and don’t have time to go the gym. You can walk your dog, park further away in the parking lot so you can walk more steps to your office, and take the stairs instead of the elevator.

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2. Take a break at sunset (or sunrise if you are up early enough) and just look at the sky. The colors only last a few minutes so you won’t have to worry about being “too busy” to see it. Connect with nature somehow, someway, every day. Walk outside first thing when you wake up and look at the sky, breathe deeply and be grateful for being alive. Notice the flowers blooming in your neighborhood.

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3. When you get in bed, turn off the TV (actually avoiding TV or computer screen light for an hour before bed is even better) and avoid checking voicemail and email on your phone while in bed. Wear an sleep mask (yes, men wear them too) to block out all light, and listen to a few minutes of a guided relaxation audio. Here are two very, very short choices for you.

4. Eat more frequently and eat protein at each meal. A bagel and coffee is not a breakfast to fuel your brain. Eating frequently will not cause you to gain weight IF you eat protein (preferable lean animal protein) throughout the day. You don’t have to eat giant meals…a few bites is fine. Your brain cannot function without fuel, and protein will keep you even and calm.

Enjoy these gorgeous days, heed your body’s signals and feel blessed to be alive.

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P.S. By the way, my friend dodged a bullet and although he had three stents put in, he is doing just fine. Now I hope he can finally make some changes in his lifestyle.

Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people access their inner innate healing power for over 30 years. Having personally overcome many health challenges including advanced stage cancer, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (autoimmune disease) and cardiac issues, her passion is helping others regain their health and vitality and take control of their life.  

90% Of Hypothyroid Patients Have Hashimoto’s – How Could This Affect You?

Most people who are dealing with low thyroid function actually have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease. Statistics show that 27 million American have low thyroid (hypothyroid) and 90% of those with hypoythyroid have Hashimoto’s.

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Hashimoto’s is an immune disease and as with all autoimmune diseases, cannot be healed without balancing the immune system. With Hashimoto’s, the person’s immune system is attacking their own thyroid gland. There are frequently other body systems being attacked as well.

One thing I often see with thyroid patients is the preoccupation to get their TSH in range. This is like trying to put out a campfire by putting water on it while the fire is actually being continually lit from below with an unlimited amount of kindling. Basically, it’s futile.

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A much more effective approach is to address the immune system. Here are 3 tips for doing just that:

1. Remove offending foods that are known to cause inflammation. These are grains, dairy, sugar (yes, that means honey, maple syrup and agave) and peanuts for starters. This means, “don’t eat them at all”…not “eat them sometimes”. Being vigilant is important. Think of it like weeding a garden…consistency and diligence is what keeps out those weeds and it’s the same thing with inflammation.

If you find this difficult to do, it’s because you are addicted to the caseomorphins in dairy and the gluteomorphins in grains. (Yep, the last part of those words is like “morphine” and they are highly addictive foods.) After the first week most people adjust to not eating them and start to feel better, but everyone is different.

2. Take Vitamin D. Most people who have low thyroid function are also very low in vitamin D. It doesn’t matter if you live in a sunny climate…the hypothyroid situation often makes it difficult to absorb the vitamin D from the sun. So yes, get that sunshine because it’s great for your mood and more, but don’t depend on it for your vitamin D.

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Take an emulsified version of vitamin D that has cofactors (cod liver oil and other cofactors) in the product. Capsules and tablets are more difficult for your system to absorb, liquids are better. Get your vitamin D 20 OH checked and if it’s low, supplement and then check it again in about 12 weeks. You need the D for your immune system, your mood, your brain function, your hormones and your bones.

3. Reduce stress and get more rest. Yes, I know it’s easy to say and harder to do, but it’s very important for a person with Hashimoto’s. Your body needs downtime to release and relax, take a break from what’s going on outside of you and within your own system. For free short audios to relax go to www.DrElena.com/morejoy for a 3 minute and a 7 minute audio relaxation.

Your body also needs sleep to balance your immune system. Sometimes you may need more sleep than other times. With Hashimoto’s your system may fluctuate between high thyroid and low thyroid. For example, you might go back and forth between anxiety, insomnia and diarrhea…and depression, fatigue and constipation. Whether low or high thyroid, digestive symptoms and complaints are usually present and need to be addressed.

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Remember, it’s your immune system that needs to be addressed. That is where the focus needs to be for healing.

Check out the 2 free short audios (3 minutes and 7 minutes) here and your’ll also get a short special report, “10 Keys for Bringing More Joy into Your Life”.

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Yours in health, healing and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

Dr. Elena Michaels is a naturopathic doctor, holistic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist who has been helping people access their inner innate healing power for over 30 years. Having personally overcome many health challenges including cancer and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (autoimmune disease), her passion is helping others regain their health and vitality, taking control of their life.  

 

Chopra Center Meditation Challenge – Day One

Every year since it has been offered, I have done the Chopra Center’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge.  Today was the first day for the 2012 Challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed today’s meditation and look forward to the days to come.

The Chopra Center gives us a great gift in offering these meditations and they are free to anyone.  Thousands of people all around the world do it from wherever they are and it is a wonderful thing to participate.

I do a regular daily meditation and during the Chopra Center’s Challenge, I simple add their meditation to what I am already doing.  This morning I did my morning meditation and this evening I began the 21-Day Challenge with the Chopra Center.  It’s easy, it’s relaxing, it’s beneficial and you have nothing to lose.  The meditations aren’t very long and everyone can benefit.

If meditation is something you have wanted to try, or if you have gotten out of the groove with your meditation practice and taken a break, perhaps this is a wonderful opportunity to start up again or add to what you are already doing.

So check it out at www.ChopraCenter.com and join me and thousands of others as we move forward into the adventure of the next 21 days!

Yours in health and happiness,

Dr. Elena 😉

 

 

Taking Down The Tree, Counting Blessings And A Gift For You

Today we took down the tree and all of the holiday decorations.  Soothing music played as I looked at each ornament, thought about how many years I’ve had it and where it came from, and the memories each ornament held for me.

I remembered when my boys were very little and we’d bought our first expensive (or so they seemed to me at the time) ornaments.  Some of those were still on the tree this year.  I lovingly removed and put away the little handmade wooden star ornament my daughter-in-law made for us when she first starting going out with our son.  It was their first year together as a couple and she gave it to us along with her amazing home-made pies.  She was by his side as he went through yet another reconstructive surgery that year, so dedicated and caring while he was in the hospital.  Now they are married and have a beautiful little girl.

I removed the cherished ornament that my other son made for me when he was 2 1/2 years old.  It’s the lid of a mason jar with a photo his Montessori preschool teacher took of him, which was glued inside the lid.  It had glitter and sequins all over the outside rim of the lid and hangs by a metallic cord.  I can’t believe how the years have gone by…it seems like yesterday that the little blond boy in in the picture was in my arms.

I packed away the little glass lamp we always have out during the holidays that was given to us by my husband’s mother.  She passed away in December several years ago and we always have it out and lit by the tree all during the holidays as we think about her.

I think about my 2 year old granddaughter looking at the tree and ornaments this year as she proudly told me that this one is a “star”, that one a “heart”, that one an “angel” and another one an “icicle” as she pointed her precious little finger at each one and looked at me, eyes sparkling and wide with wonder.

And I thought about the years that I was too sick to even put up a tree or any kind of decorations…the years I just lay on the sofa too tired, too weak to do anything like decorate, buy gifts or send cards.  I think about the times I wondered if I would ever see another Christmas holiday season…if I would make it through or not.  I give thanks for the years I had energy to decorate the tree, send cards, get into the holiday spirit and go to parties and spend time with friends and loved ones.

This year I feel great, inspired and motivated, full of life and ready for what’s next.  I have projects and messages I want to create and share, and people I want to help.  With each ornament I removed from the tree today, I gave thanks for the many blessings and true gifts in my life, for my health and the health of my loved ones, for the opportunity to hopefully be able to touch the lives of others in a deep and profound way, helping them to access their own inner power to manifest their dreams.

I intend for this year of 2012 to be a year of joy and celebration and I intend it to be that for you, too.  If you would like my special report, “10 Keys To Create More Joy in Your Day”, along with a short audio meditation, simply go to my website at www.DrElena.com and enter your email address in the box on the right side of the page.

In love and light,

Dr. Elena 😉