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Jesus used every circumstance of his day, regardless of where he was going, to stop, minster, love and heal people that he came across. He was never to busy or tired to take care of those who needed him. He understood that people need your charitable donations, food, money, clothes etc. But, what they need the most is your time and love. Your loving attention will last them a life time, the clothes and money are only temporary. Giving of your heart, is more valuable then giving of your wallet. People need to be heard and accepted, loved and respected. No matter the state they are in at the moment, love can look past their circumstances and see who God had intended them to be. I am not saying that we shouldn't give money to the man or woman hungry on the street, but how much better would it be to sit next to them with a sandwich or water and hear their story, struggles and hurts. Let God use you to meet each person where they are at. Will it be a homeless man or woman, a frustrated mom, a stressed out co-worker, a single father, the cashier at your favorite store, your neighbor, your best friend...and the list goes on. Oh they are there. Are you looking? Have you asked God to show you? Are you to busy to be the love and light that God called you to be? Your grocery list will wait. Your house will get cleaned. Your lunch break at work may be a little interrupted. But I promise you, God will help you get it all done and you won't go hungry. Remember: Passion for God = compassion for people!
Let’s face it! No pun intended. Whether an adolescent or a grown adult, there is no time in life to suffer from acne. But what if your acne is more than just an inconvenience? What if your body is sending out Morse code messages for help? Let’s look at what is going on internally.
1 & 2 Digestive System:
Your gut is screaming for mercy! Lay off the processed junk food and fast food. Increase your water intake, take digestive enzymes and probiotics, increase your whole food intake and keep a food journal to detect food sensitivities and the possibility of a leaky gut.
Sorry, but all those greasy cheesy appetizers followed by your favorite alcoholic beverage may be the culprit. This area is also a strong sign of a food allergy. Keeping your liver detoxed gently every day and getting enough sleep will help this area.
4 & 5 Kidneys:
Cut out the cola and sugary drinks and keep those kidneys flushed with by adding lemon essential oil to your drinking water for a nice daily detox.
Make sure your cholesterol levels and blood pressure are normal. Replace unhealthy partially hydrogenated fat with healthy omega 3 fats found in raw nuts, avocados, fish and flaxseed.
7 & 8 Kidneys:
Yes, kidneys again! Cut the caffeine and increase your water intake.
9 & 10 Respiratory System:
Keep those airways clear. If congested, cut down on dairy products. Allergies? Although, over the counter antihistamines are readily available, there are natural remedies that won't burden your liver or kidneys. Also, adding more cooling and alkaline foods like green veggies will reduce acidity.
11 & 12 Hormones:
Hormonal changes combined with stress are a double whammy in this zone. Cutting down on sugar and caffeine will help with hormonal swings. Be kind to yourself and get plenty of rest. Relaxation techniques and aromatherapy are an excellent way to combat major hormonal fluctuations.
Suffering with constipation, diarrhea, acid indigestion and/or bloating? These are not normal and are another way that your body is crying for help. Consult with a Certified Health Coach and your primary care doctor to dig deeper into the causes of these symptoms.
Bacterial infections can sometimes show up here. This is a sign that your body is fighting something and needs much needed rest. Gentle stretching, yoga and plenty of sleep will give your body the break that it needs.
Ready for clearer skin? Tired of fighting acne flare-ups? Give me a call and lets decode the messages that your body is sending out.
Empowering you to be your own health advocate,
Stacie Gavin CHHC
Certified Holistic Health Coach and doTerra Wellness Advocate
Top 10 Tips To Reduce Stress
Stress - we deal with it on a regular basis and hear about it all the time. Your doctor may even have talked with you about controlling your stress. But, is it really such a big deal?
So what is stress anyway? The Miriam Webster dictionary defines stress as “a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.”
The long-term activation of the stress-response system - and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones - can disrupt almost all your body's processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:
• Digestive problems
• Heart disease
• Sleep problems
• Weight gain
• Memory and concentration impairment
Source: Mayo Clinic
Common causes of stress are: relationships, finances, career, health, home environment, diet and lifestyle. Each of my clients starts their session by filling out a “Life Balance” worksheet, which addresses each area. Then, we review it and see where the most attention is needed. I explain to him/her that, in order to improve their health, it is just as important to reduce stress, as it is to focus on diet and exercise.
It’s not realistic to eliminate all stress from our lives, of course, but there are plenty of things we can do to minimize it and keep our bodies healthy.
Your Fabulous Health Coach,
Stacie Gavin CHHC, AADP
Are you nearsighted or farsighted?
What's that you say?, "When did Stacie start studying to become an optometrist?"
I am not talking about your physical vision. I am talking about your spiritual vision. Let's look at the definition of nearsighted. Nearsighted: able to see near things more closely than distance ones. Farsighted: able to see things at great distance.
Do you focus only on what you can see right in front of you? Or are you looking to what is ahead and believing for God's promises and blessings in your life?
Sometimes, as we go through each day, we only are able to focus on our present circumstances. We have limited hope or vision for the future. We focus on our problems and current feelings and we can't look past them to see what lies ahead.
But, if you can practice being farsighted, you may find a whole new outlook on life. Do you have visions of hope, prosperity and favor or are you stuck and only seeing what you are sensing right now?
Vision is the desire that shapes your future. Just like when you need glasses to correct or clarify your physical vision, sometimes you need the Holy Spirit and God's Word to assist and make clear God's vision and plan for your life.
Here are a few promises from God about his vision for your future:
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”
Is it time to get your vision checked? Are you seeing what God sees for you? What eye chart are you looking at to measure your perspective?
The number one action you can take for improved health is to eat more fruits and veggies. Although there are hundreds of dietary theories out there, you will notice that the main idea of including more fruits and veggies is universal.
A common question I hear my clients say is "Can't I just take a multivitamin and be covered for the day?". The answer is yes and no. A good whole foods multivitamin does help supplement some of the vitamins and minerals that you may be lacking. However, nature has a way of combining these nutrients in just the right proportion and ratio. They work together to preform countless functions throughout your body. Lacking just one of the multitude of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants can hamper your body from running at its optimum potential.
Have fun! Experiment with different varieties, colors and textures. If you don't know what something is, ask! Many local farmers markets and grocery stores will be glad to give you ideas on how to eat that new treasure you found.
Just What the Doctor Ordered
Makes 3-4 servings
2 cups spinach
2-3 stalk celery
1/2 bunch parsley
1 bunch mint
1/4 orange- peeled of course
1/4 lime- peeled
1 cup pineapple chunks
Combine all ingredients into blender. Serve and enjoy!
Tweak ingredients to your liking.
Makes 1-2 servings.
2 cups spinach
1 cup plain yogurt- dairy or soy
3/4 cup pineapple chunks with 4 tbsp. of the juice
1/2 cup water or ice if would like it chilled
Blend and serve.
Green on A Budget
Makes 1 serving
2 apples - cored and peeled (if organic leave peel on)
1/2 cucumber -peeled and cubed ( if organic leave peel on)
1. Prep items then add to blender
2. Give it a whirl until smooth
3. Pour into glass and serve immediately.
*If you would like it cold, use only 1/2 cup water and add 1/2 cup ice cubes.