Saturday, September 17, 2011

Are You Ready for Winter?

Winter, winter, winter. I don't know about you, but this word leaves me, no pun intended, cold. I love the warm weather. And if you are like most people who live in a climate where snow can arrive at your door overnight, chances are you have already taken out your heavy coat and other winter gear from the basement. But are you also preparing other things for winter such as, soup recipes, a dry brush, the phone number to a good acupunturist and other immune supporters?

Physically, you wouldn't think of going out in the snow in your shorts and tank top would you?  Why let your diet and other health habits be inappropriate for the weather too?

So here are some preventative tips for the oncoming cold weather. Go ahead and get your warm clothing ready. But...also get soup recipes and other immune boosters ready too.

As soon as the weather starts to change buy some root vegetables like turnips, potatoes, carrots the next time you go shopping. Get garlic, ginger and parsley too. If parsley seems like a waste of money because it spoils too quickly, do this. Wash it well, stick it in a paper bag and toss it in the freezer. When you need some, just tear off what you need and put it in soups or a cup of hot water for a soothing beverage of pure Vitamin C . It tastes mild and pleasant. I've found parsley tea bags to be bitter and unpleasant.

If you aren't into soups consider stir frying the root vegetables into a little coconut oil, nutritious and maintains high heat, or steam them with rice or noodles. Also, take garlic several times a week or add a clove or two to all soups. Don't forget a pinch of cayenne pepper or hot peppers of some sort. They stimulate the immune system.

Here are two of my favorites:
1. I have a netty pot that you can buy at any health food store for under $10. Warm to the touch, one and a half cups of filtered water and 1/2 tsp. of sea salt. Put the water into the netty pot and put the end of it into one nostril. Lean over the sink and let the water flow through the other nostril tilting your head slightly. No, you won't suffocate. I've performed this ritual for friends while talking. Then do the other nostril. The salt water cleans and sterilizes your nose removing allergins, viruses and whatever else is up there you don't want to breathe into your bloodstream. When you finish using the salted water blow your nose very lightly. You don't want to pop your ears. If you feel a sting in your ears that means you are tilting your head too much. This is a safe ritual and effective.

2. Dry brush before you shower. A dry brush can also be bought at a health food store but I've seen them in Walgreens too. They cost about $7. In small circles, before showering, rub the brush up the body towards the heart. Rub your arms, legs, back, buttocks, belly. Do not do your face or tender areas. Then hop in a hot shower. The delight comes when you exit the shower. You will feel as if you've just unloaded a heavy weight. This handy brush detoxes the lymphatic system. You know those glands that swell when you are sick? You know the sweat under your arms? This is your lymphatic system showing you that it exists. Eat well. Eat as cleanly as you can. Stay away from preservatives and fast foods filled with pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

So getting ready for winter is more than just clothing. Going out in the snow in your bathing suit won't make you sick. But a weakened immune system, germs in your nose, chemicals clogging up your lymphatic system can lay you out flat from a cold or flu.

Until next time stay healthy,
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Saturday, September 10, 2011

baby on board

The saddest story I hear too often is that infants die in hot cars forgotten by busy parents. This is a tragedy for everyone and changes the lives of families forever. I decided to do something about it. I have designed and printed Baby on Board stickers to be placed inside windshields to give parents a visual reminder that their children are in the back seat.

As of yet, I have not had these stickers connected to PayPal and as soon as I do I will post it. Until then, send me your orders or letters of interest so I know if this is a product of interest. The B.O.B. stickers are 3"x2", sell for $4.99, and have all black lettering with a clear background.

Until next time,

Sunday, September 4, 2011

How Often Do You Detox?

How often do you detox? For many of us, the thought of detoxing our bodies doesn't come to mind until after we get sick. That wouldn't be such a bad time to detox, except for the fact that by the time we are sick, our bodies are already overloaded with pollutants.
Because we are exposed to approximately 80,000 a day, detoxing before we get sick is much smarter. In fact detoxing on a daily basis might prevent us from getting sick at all. Lessening the load of pollutants keeps our immune system stronger. A strong immune system is much more able to fight against illness. So here are a few tips to get you thinking about how easy it is to reduce the number of pesticides, chemicals and other poisons from taking hold in your body.
1. Eat organic as often as you can. If you can't eat organic spray your fruits and vegies with a mixture of white vinegar and water then rinse well. Remember white vinegar is edible.
2. Do not use any product with the word fragrance in it. The word fragrance means there could be as many as 800 carcinogenic chemicals in that product.
3. Dry brush your body before you shower. You can actually purchase a dry brush at any health food store. It is a hard bristled brush with a long wooden handle. Rub it in circles starting at your extremeties and working your work up towards your heart. Take your time. You are activating your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is your body's built-in detoxification system.
4. Oil pulling - for specific instructions type in oil pulling and follow the directions. This is a simple 15-minute morning routine you can do while showering, making a cup of coffee or getting dresssed.
5. Aspartame is formaldehyde. Remove all products with aspartame as an ingredient (a neurotoxin) from your diet.
These simple five steps will help you clean and wake up your body's natural energy.
This blog is devoted to aware living topics. As a psychotherapist and author of books on wellness, I will be writing an a variety of topics. If you are chemically sensitive or would like comments on non-toxic living write to me and I'll address those issues.
For the wellness of all,
Until next time,

To find out more about me, check out my site and my writing blog I am a psychotherapist and author of 9 books. My books can be found on and The titles are:
Kate's Way     The Basket Weaver
Voices from the Land   The Mindful Writer  Echoes from the Womb, a Book for Daughters
The Breath of Dawn, a Journey of Everyday Blessings
The Write to Heal, How to Write from Your Heart and How to Write Your Own Memoir - these books can be purchased on  Kate's Way, Voices from the Land and The Mindful Writer are also ebooks on

I welcome all comments and suggestions and intend to offer you the best health guidance for mind/body/spirit wellness. I am not a physician and do not claim to override any medical attention you are getting. When in doubt always consult an allopathic or hollistic medical professional. My expertise comes from both personal and professional experience having had to find my own solutions to many health issues through alternative methods.

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