Eat, drink, and be merry. Right? Well, yes and no. The holiday season is full of delicious, comforting food and drinks, but it can also become a time of stress, overeating, and weight gain. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result an extra couple of pounds per year. And they don't always come off! But the weight gain itself is not the issue (we need to love our bodies and not apply unhealthy standards to them), instead it's an indication that we've lost the healthy balance of food, activity, and fun.
It's that time of the year when the cold wind takes your breath away and the cold air creeps insidiously into our homes. In response to the invasion of cold, we tend to tense and tighten the muscles in our neck, shoulders, and back resulting in pain and limited range of motion. It's an unforgiving cycle.
I am not a winter person and I struggle to remain buoyant in the long NYC winter. Its extra hard as my family and friends in New Zealand are literally in the middle of summer at this time of year, with everyone posting pictures of summer life! My January birthday--celebrated always at the beach, during midsummer at home--is now in the depths of brutal winter. It’s tough!
Halloween is here and there is no doubt that the temptation to have a treat is lurking at every turn! Sugar is addictive and, for some people, starting down that path is a dangerous journey. The effects of sugar, as a product of refining, is often compared to drugs, as quoted in a popular dietary classic, Sugar Blues by William Dufty, released in 1975.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Pink buttons and ribbons abound, as well as fundraising walks and fun runs. Honored in countries across the world, Breast Cancer Awareness Month seeks to draw attention to and offer support for awareness, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Vaginal steam baths are an ancient healing practice, used by cultures throughout the world, including the Mayan, Native American, Caribbean, African, and Asian cultures. Vaginal steams can be beneficial in treating a myriad of female menstrual and fertility issues as well as after childbirth to promote healing.