Be Fit and Well Naturally

Going natural is always a good start to getting well and fit.  How can you make life sweeter and feel great at the same time? Who would of guess that an insect such as the bee can be  the key to making the flowers bloom brightly, producing honey to add sweetness to our food and giving us healing properties to nourish our bodies.  All this goodness is packed inside a small little creature that we sometimes shoo away and run from if we encounter one. Knowing their great potential and contribution to our daily lives we now have a greater appreciation for their existence.

It has long been known in history that honey has many benefits but in recent years there has been an increase surge of awareness of the “manuka honey” that is produced by bees pollinating from the manuka bush which is native to New Zealand.  This Manuka honey sets itself apart from other honey because of its’ antibacterial property and has antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. ( Some of the top 10 benefits of Manuka honey sited by Dr. Axe are:

  1. Helps with SIBO, Low Stomach Acid, Acid Reflux
  2. May Help Treat Acne and Eczema
  3. Combats Staph Infections (MRSA)
  4. Treats Burns, Wounds and Ulcers
  5. Prevents Tooth Decay and Gingivitis
  6. Aids IBS and IBD Treatment
  7. Improves Sore Throats and Immunity
  8. Helps Allergies
  9. Beauty Treatment and Health Booster
  10. Improves Sleep

With so many positive benefits from Manuka honey, no wonder it is selling out and popping up in health food grocery stores and with many online merchants.  It is definitely one food staple to always keep in your pantry and is a Superfood that makes clean eating less intimidating. Try mixing in some in your morning bowl of oats, or blending it into your smoothie for a healthy morning breakfast or just taking it straight up one teaspoon in the morning before your meal to balance and improve digestion throughout the day.

Thinking of giving this little jar of wonders to friends and family?  Here are some tips how to jazz it up a bit.

Benefits of Manuka Honey

Have you reached your Peak?

There is something very attractive and alluring about being at the peak, or at the top of something.  The air on top is limited, it is pure, fresh, and the view is spectacular. It is a view that is rarely seen by others. It’s a once in a lifetime experience we all would like to have.  Some may fear being at the top, worried that the air is too thin and they will not survive, or fear of being the only one on top and no one to share it with when they get there.

If your goal for 2019 is to reach high and make your way to the top, whether it be in your career, relationships, or personal development, the one aspect that you must always remember is to stay grounded.  It is important to stay grounded and focused. Without keeping this in mind, on your way to the top temptations will slowly sneak its way into your path without you knowing. It will misguide you to use other methods to reach the top such as deception and cleverness disguised as strengths that will cause you to be superficial and turn away from your real reason for reaching the top.

If you let yourself submit to being superficial, once you reach the top, fear will set in.  You are no longer able to enjoy the view on top but are only consumed by the fear of losing it all.  When you have the fear of losing it all, you no longer can see the view as pure, fresh and spectacular and will not want to share it with others.  This fear can be avoided if you stay connected to the truth and nothing else.

On your way to the top the only thing you can have is Faith… It keeps you grounded and keeps your eye on your goal.  It abandons all fears knowing that you can trust the process.

Get a little dose of Faith “here”.


Better Than Yesterday- Restoration Project 2019

Here we are again, we find ourselves in a new year, full of possibilities and hope.  It is starting off with a new slate some may say but another way of looking at it is restoring ourselves through mind, body, and spirit.  Like an old house that has been around for many years and decades, our mind and body has been a part of who we are for many years and decades also.  Rather than cleaning house and tearing down everything old to make room for the new, you would carefully plan out what is an important aspect of the house that is worth keeping and restoring and take out what is not working and strengthen what is losing its form and shape and fortify it to make it stronger. A restoration project may be long and time consuming but at the end of the project, there is much learning and evolving that takes place that transforms an old house into a treasure or historic landmark.  

Our body and mind can become a treasured landmark by simply getting rid of old habits and relationships that are negatively affecting us and restoring weaken habits and relationships that will transform us in character that will eventually make us better than who we were yesterday.  It is an investment in time that will grow our Spirit and make us whole again. The only way to measure success throughout the year is knowing that we were better than who we were yesterday and not comparing ourselves to who other people are today. May 2019 be a year that brings restoration and peace.

Want to make 2019 timeless?  Add a treasured piece to your home or give as a gift to someone.  Let this treasured piece be a reminder that life is a continual cycle of both joy and sadness but we must learn to empty ourselves and be restored by shifting our perspectives and to appreciate the time we have and to make the most of it.

Timeless Gift

Giving Calm and Relaxation a New Name

In the past, our outlet to get chills and thrills were through reading books in the genre of romance, mystery, horror, action and adventure but with the revolutionary onset of technology a new rise of chills and thrills can be found that seem to have the opposite effect.   At first, it is quite odd when you are introduced to it. Some may say it is irritating and skin crawling. No doubt, after a few videos of this, some are drawn or even addicted to its effects and want more of it. This effect brings about feelings of calmness and relaxation that has been introduced to the younger generation making them skip the spa treatments and create calmness and relaxation wherever they are.

The University of Sheffield (source: Science Daily) has performed studies to see if watching these video will produce feelings of relaxation and in effect decrease heart rate in comparison to other stress- reduction techniques like music or mindfulness.  There are more than 13 million ASMR videos on YouTube. ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) the Brain Tingle phenomenon is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that starts on the scalp and goes down to the neck and upper spine.  It can be compared to “low grade euphoria”, a type of positive feeling. (source: Wikipedia).

These videos appear to have trigger points that intentionally trigger these tingle sensations.    It is the whispering into microphones, chewing sounds, brushing of the hair or even giving a personal makeover.  This phenomenon has a global internet following that has seem to calm some viewers to the point that they would use it as a technique to fall asleep, to help improve digestion, and weight loss.

These days, life is fast paced, we are all working longer hours and finding time to relax and unwind and just enjoy simple things can be hard.  ASMR can be viewed as a way we break down the simple things in life and magnify it to see the beauty within it. When we can appreciate the simple acts of our lifestyle, like chewing, it brings a closeness like hearing yourself breathe and paying more attention to the details that exist in our life.  If we pay more attention to the details in our life, it is then we can be grateful for what we have and impact our communities.


Great Ways To Unwind

Whether you are doing all your shopping online or in the retail stores, there is nothing better than slipping into a cozy robe afterwards and giving yourself a little down time to relax and rejuvenate, so you can give the best of yourself to friends and families during the holidays.