This week the mindful message I would like to share with our community is a discussion about holistic health.
What is holistic health? As a physician board certified in integrative and holistic health by ABIHM, I have be retrained as a physician on how to focus on the individual as a whole being. Given my background in neurology, I specialize in the role of the mind in our health.
The medical system is broken, we all know this. There is a movement to evolve healthcare so that we all work together to optimize our health.
This week, let our mindful mantra be: “Digital Detox: Disconnect to Reconnect.”
Do you find yourself checking your smartphone at least once an hour for Facebook newsfeed updates or your emails? Are you falling asleep on the sofa at night with the television on and your iPad as a pillow?
The New Year felt peaceful when I disconnected from electronic devices for 48 hours for quiet meditation. One of my new year’s resolutions was to spend more time connecting within and less time tweeting, emailing and texting. Don’t those New Year’s resolutions seem so far away?
We got a reminder to “unplug” in March when Sabbath Manifesto started a movement called “National Day of Unplugging.” It got the attention of national media, thousands of people pledged to join, and yet here we are.
Believe me I am not against our digital devices, social media, or getting work done. As a physician promoting health and wellness, I am more concerned about the complaints I hear from clients daily.
“I have no time to work out.”
“I wish I had 20 minutes in the morning to try meditation.”Read More
As the wise proverb states, “laughter is the best medicine.” This week we mourn a man who healed others through his role as an actor, comedian and soulful citizen. Robin Williams shared the gifts laughter and inspiration through his movie roles, but on August 11, 2014 Robin Williams died tragically from suicide. The nation remains in shock. How can someone who brought light to so many hearts have suffered so much in the darkness of depression?
In one of my favorite movies, “What Dreams May Come” Robin Williams plays Chris Nielsen. He has left heaven in search of his wife who is stuck in the deep depression of hell. Robin shared a prophetic truth, “What's true in our minds is true, whether some people know it or not.”Read More
SO MANY FAD DIETS OUT THERE, WHERE TO START?
Where to start? You know and I know, something needs to change in our lives. I am that woman who has read through most of the fad diet books out there, half-attempted a dozen of them, and failed at executing all of them. Somehow I assumed if the diet book was sitting in my home, and I read the book, the pounds would magically melt off. The books collected dust, and I collected fat in my midsection, thighs, and rear.
It was the first time I realized that I needed to change my lifestyle, not just start another “diet”. This is what I want to empower you to try. However, in order to create balance in your life, we need to create balance in your nutrition. There is no one magic pill that will help us lose weight and increase our vitality.
WHAT IS THE GLYCEMIC INDEX?
The available carbohydrate in food is the total amount of carbohydrates minus the fiber. The glycemic index (GI) measures how available carbohydrates in food raises a person’s blood glucose level.
When a food has a high GI, the food breaks down and digests very rapidly. This in turn will cause a rapid increase in the amount of glucose going into the bloodstream. When glucose goes into the blood stream, insulin is released from the pancreas to bring the blood sugar levels down to normal. We know over time the stress of insulin being released like this from the pancreas will cause type 2 diabetes mellitus.
This week, let our mindful mantra be: “Connect To Your Breath”
When I first heard this phrase in yoga classes, meditation and breath workshops, I giggled. As a physician, I thought it was silly to “connect to breath,” because we are breathing all day long, or we would not be alive. Then as I deepened my meditation and pranayama practices, I realized the difference. We are rarely aware of our breathing patterns. Paying attention to our breathing patterns is a cornerstone of mindfulness-based practices. As I advance my studies and understanding of the mind-body connection in healing, I discovered there is science behind the mindfulness and controlling our breathing.
It is easy to be sitting in a zen space like a yoga studio or ancient temple in Thailand monitoring our breath. I tried to welcome the practice into my daily life by adding meditation to my morning routine when I’d first wake up. That would all fall by the wayside if the pager went off, or if I am up all night with a writing deadline.