Melt Away Stress in Nature...

In the June 2019 edition of my wellness newsletter I focus on applying my 3 Key Concepts to Soothe - Nourish - Rest for better health. This is Summer Wellness Kept Simple. One relaxation tip described is affordable and available in a forest near you! Want to subscribe and receive monthly health tips in your inbox? Head to my homepage and sign up.

Soothe practicing what the Japanese call "shinrin-yoku" or forest bathing. Mindful time spent in nature can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and boost immune function. Learn more here, and give it a try.

Be Well! ~Tiffany


Seeking the Magic Pill?

Consistency is key.

Lifestyle has a tremendous impact on our health. Searching for the magic pill? The pill you seek are the health related actions and choices you make every day. Invest is your health by exercising regularly, eating well, and getting adequate rest…our bodies adore stability. That magic pill can be a panacea or a poison. If you choose to live on the wild side using nicotine, abusing alcohol, and overeating, simply accept the consequences and risks of your behaviors.

Choose Health applying my 3 Key Concepts to Soothe - Nourish - Rest…

Be Well!

Image by  Gordon Johnson  from  Pixabay

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Living Well with Thyroid Conditions...

Our thyroid is a complex, butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of our throats. The thyroid is considered the master gland that, when not working properly, can cause a number of health problems. My doctor first diagnosed me with Hashimoto's disease when I was in my late 30's. Hashimoto's refers to hypothyroidism; meaning that my thyroid is under active and my immune system is attacking the gland. This is a long-term chronic condition. There is no cure, inflammation is a concern, and I will take medication as treatment for the rest of my life. I partner with my doctor and take extra steps to improve how I feel. I first published this blog on August 23, 2019. The topic is timely since 12% of the American population lives with a thyroid condition, 60% of them are unaware of the problem, and women are five to eight times more likely to be affected.

Seeing my doctor regularly, candidly discussing any and all symptoms, monitoring my blood work, and modifying the dosage of my medication based on my doctor's recommendations are CRUCIAL to managing a thyroid disorder. The symptoms listed below are often seen in those of us living with Hashimoto's disease. Besides my daily medication, I've added extra steps that I take to live well with Hashimto's. My disease isn't in charge of me, I AM in charge...I simply face Hashimoto's as another unique aspect of myself. I hope you find this information useful.

Be Well! ~ Tiffany

  • Fatigue - Making time for adequate rest is a priority. I do my best to manage my time. Naps, regular therapeutic massage, Epsom salt baths, moderate amounts of sunshine/Vitamin D, and acupuncture treatments help me recover from sleepless nights.

  • Bloating - Avoiding oil in my diet and eating foods like potatoes prevents me from experiencing bloating. I have found that if I am inflamed or is due to something I have eaten. Check my Nourish page to view my meal plan and recipes.

  • Forgetfulness - I prefer pencil and paper over gadgets. I make lists as reminders and have a day planner to stay organized.

  • Weight gain - I love to cook, I love to eat...AND staying lean is important to me. The Starch Solution is my dietary solution. Regular activity such as walking, stretching, strength training, and isometric routines provide energy, muscle tone, pain management, stamina, and keep my spirits up.

  • Change in skin appearance - Our skin is the largest organ of elimination. I support my skin with a whole food diet, stay well hydrated, avoid caffeine/nicotine/alcohol/refined foods, exfoliate daily with bath gloves/sugar scrubs/Clarisonic Mia (for face), spend time in saunas/steam rooms when I am able, and moisturize with quality products.

This advice is not a substitute for medical care. Speak to your doctor about how to best manage your health.


Got Toe Woes?

It’s inevitable. When I work with a client, whether during a therapeutic massage, health coaching, or Reiki session, I spend time working on or discussing foot health.

Take a moment and look down towards your own two feet. These amazing appendages support our entire body, keep us upright, and motor us about. How much time and effort do you spend caring for your feet? If you’re like many people…you may neglect your feet and pay dearly with this lack of self-care. Foot pain, poor posture, and an improper gait are just a few of the problems you may encounter. Simple steps can help you to build happy feet and beat the toe woes!

Ankle Rolls: Lie on your back with one leg straight, lying flat, and the other leg bent, foot raised, supporting your hamstrings with both hands. Make 20 ankle circles in each direction, then point and flex the toes 20 times. Lower and repeat with the other ankle. Ankle flexibility helps us to maintain balance, prevent falls, and strengthens the lower legs.

Reduce Weight: Extra weight places significant pressure on the joints. In fact, an excess of only five pounds places twenty-five pounds of pressure on our joints! A small amount of weight loss can significantly improve the health of all joints…especially the ankles which supports the weight of our entire body.

Play Barefoot! Nerves on the bottom of our feet are more receptive than the nerves of our hands. Provide the extra stimulation feet need by walking barefoot at home and incorporating more barefoot exercise - like Pilates and yoga. Rolling your foot on a ball for five minutes a day stimulates nerves, improves stability, and mobility.

Decrease Inflammation: Foot pain related to swelling is typically dietary related. Eat anti-inflammatory foods such as legumes, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. This type of eating also prevents and treats degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis.

Reflexology: Much more than just a foot massage! Scheduling an appointment with a licensed therapist such as myself, a reflexology session can provide pain relief, reduce muscle tension, relieve stress, and improve circulation. Pressure points along the feet correspond to spots on the entire body, making reflexology a very healing and therapeutic modality.

Soaking: Make a cocktail for your feet! Use a shallow rectangular container or your tub to soak your feet. Add Epsom salts (1/2 to 1 cup) and either a few drops of peppermint essential oil or add a peppermint tea bag to warm water for a stimulating and regenerative soak. The magnesium sulfate in the Epsom salts relieves muscle soreness and the peppermint invigorates and deodorizes hard working feet! For best results soak feet for at least 10-15 minutes.

Foot pain is unfortunately common. One in four Americans over the age of 45 experiences unhappy feet. Though foot pain is not a normal part of aging and is simply a symptom that is both treatable and preventable.

Be Well! ~Tiffany


Managing Seasonal Allergies...

As a young girl I was plagued with a number of respiratory concerns from asthma to bronchitis to hay fever. Living with parents who were heavy smokers added to my breathing problems. One of the physicians that my parents took me to conducted the dreaded ‘scratch test’ to determine which types of plants that I was allergic to. This test is incredibly uncomfortable and left my back full of raised welts. After receiving allergy shots and taking a number of medications to manage my allergies I felt doomed to a life of sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose. My maternal grandfather stepped in and encouraged my mother to take me off the medication and begin adding local bee pollen to my diet. My grandpa was a beekeeper. He knew that by ingesting local pollen I would build up a natural immunity. Within a few months I was, and continue to be, allergy free. Removing dairy from my diet also helped tremendously. Speak to your doctor about this remedy and if bee pollen could help you manage seasonal allergies.

Be Well! ~Tiffany