Reiki in the Energy

My health coaching and nurse practitioner philosophy is one of holism.  I recognize the importance of the mind-body connection and the role of spirituality in bridging the gap between the two.  Yet, despite encouraging patients and clients to find strength in their spirituality, I've done very little (aside from an occasional half-ass attempt at meditation) to adopt my own spiritual practice.  I have a science-oriented, practical brain and I believe in evidence-based practices.  Not to say there isn't an evidence base for certain spiritual or mind-body therapies (meditation holds a significant body of reliable evidence in it's corner), but I remained somewhat a skeptic.  

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Insane in the Membrane: Getting Lost to Find My Way Home

I'm sitting here enjoying one of the best soy iced lattes I've ever tasted, in Kraków, Poland of all places, reflecting on my last 6 months of life and travel (I'm sorry, but you had to assume a 'halfway there' post was inevitable, right?).  It's hard to believe it's been one year since I first applied for and was accepted to Remote Year and gave a very courteous 4 month notice to my NYC employer.  It's even harder to believe that it's been 6 months since I boarded a plane at Logan Airport in Boston to start my Remote Year journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

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Flax (Health) Hacks

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you may have recognized that my approach to health is all about what you can ADD to your lifestyle to increase your longevity and quality of life rather than providing you with a list of restrictions and off-limit foods.  

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Free Yourself from Acid Reflux

The 4th of July, like most holidays, is a time of indulgence. Burgers and beers abound and people start popping Tums like Tic Tacs.  I'm not so concerned about the people who have the occasional holiday indigestion, but the problem in 'Murica is that indigestion, like obesity, is on the rise and up to 25% of people are now regular proton pump inhibitor (the main drug class used to treat reflux, like Prilosec or omeprazole) pill poppers.  

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Come As You Are

Yesterday I had this wave of anxiety rush over me quite unlike anything I've ever felt.  I'm not at all an anxious person (at least not in my adult life), so this sudden shock of paralyzing emotion as I was walking to meet friends at a coffee shop in Belgrade led me to the edge of panic.  I began to question everything I was doing-recent decisions, my financial situation and where I want to end up at the end of this year.

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Adventure for your Health: 9 Ways to Live Vicariously Through Yourself

You can create a daily sense of adventure (whatever that means for you) by prioritizing the simplest of changes.   Living a live trapped in stagnation is detrimental to both physical and mental health.  If you're feeling tired, bored or trapped by day to day life, chances are you'll make choices that will compromise your health too, like downing Coca-Cola and a Snickers on the reg during the mid-afternoon energy slump. On the other side, when you're feeling extremely fulfilled in one area of your life, you're likely to make better choices in other areas of your life as well.  

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Stress Management On The Road

Generally we travel to relax, escape, adventure, experience and learn. Although we hope to unload a wheelbarrow of stress, unforeseen circumstances, language barriers, unfamiliar territory, lost belongings and surprise cleanses can add a dose of stress that we don't anticipate.  Jet-lag and dehydration can make stress even more difficult to endure.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Hydration on the Road

In addition, studies have shown that increasing daily water intake may decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%, reduce the risk of bladder cancer by 50%, and it may potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer. Adequate water intake may prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.  

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Nutrition on the Road

I'm a realist.  Expecting that anyone (myself included) is going to refrain from any indulgences during vacation or travel is 100% unrealistic.  However, what you eat does significantly influence your immune system and your energy levels while traveling, so if you want to take on that new destination by storm and return home feeling healthy and energized, making even some minor tweaks to your intake will help.

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