Every day we tell ourselves stories. Okay, we don’t think of them as “stories” at the time, but think about it: maybe a friend says or does something hurtful. Or a person rudely cuts you off on the highway. Or maybe you have a health issue that just surfaced. In each case, what do you do? You make up a scenario – either positive or negative – based on your past experiences and your knowledge.
About Susan Hughes
Sue is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and holds a Master's Degree in Psychological Counseling. She specializes in individualized natural healing support for cancer and hormone imbalance. Sue believes that the body has an incredible capacity to heal and balance when provided with the necessary tools. Her programs are unique in that they address the root cause of disease and imbalance from both the physical and emotional standpoint.
We here in the northeast US are heading, once again, towards the shorter days of autumn and winter. I, for one, dread the impending lack of daylight. There’s something about the seeming endless supply of sunshine during the summer months that makes me feel really, really good. My research tells me I’m not alone – exposure to sunshine boasts a few physiological benefits . . .
A very committed client of mine is still struggling to lose weight despite healthy eating and daily moderate exercise. From the outside, it seems like she’s doing everything right. So what’s up? Why aren’t the pounds coming off?
This situation is all too common. Chances are, many of you reading this can relate to this, or could at one point or another in your life. The thing is, what I’m about to address isn’t limited to weight loss struggles, it affects every aspect of health – from hormone balance to healing.
It’s not often I come across something so powerful that has a long, impressive history of healing and a bucketload of science supporting all of the health claims! Black cumin seed oil, also referred to as “black seed oil”, is one of those rarities. This oil comes from the black cumin plant (Nigella sativa) native to southern Asia. It has been used medicinally and as a spice throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Asia for thousands of years.
Spring allergies are supposed to happen in the spring, right? Mmm hmm. Unless, of course, unseasonably warm air makes its way through your neck of the woods ahead of time. Even if it doesn’t stick around, the warmth will cause buds to pop and pollen to be released, turning your cozy winter existence into a premature sneeze-fest! So learn 3 easy things you can do.
One of the most popular scents used for aromatherapy is, without a doubt, lavender. If you haven’t smelled this purple gem of a flower, it’s time you gave it a wiff! Not only is the scent of the flower quite calming, but the essential oil contained within the lavender plant actually possesses quite a few scientifically confirmed healing properties.
Mind over matter. The placebo effect. Call it what you will, just make it your first priority. Given the tools to heal, that’s just what the body will begin to do. So what are those tools to which I refer? A healthy diet, quality rest, and the addition of moderate exercise into your daily routine all can be considered important tools supportive of healing.
Do you ever find yourself getting angry at your mind for never shutting up? I certainly do. With all of the “what-if” stories of the future and the “would’ve, should’ve, could’ve” stories from the past, my mind seems to run through it all over and over again on an almost hourly basis.
Roller coasters are probably not a big part of your daily life, whether you like them or not. But perceptions always are, and that’s what will affect your health, either positively or negatively. If you can learn to recognize when your perceptions help you, and when they hurt you, you will be a BIG step closer to taking back control of how you feel physically and emotionally.
Believe it or not, the “gut” (also called digestive tract, intestinal tract, digestive system) is where your health and immunity begins. It is also tied in with the mind in a big way; the mind and gut together determine how well you break down food into the nutrients that fuel your cells. For this reason, gut health is the first priority of my wellness programs.
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