How to Get a Happy Belly – Curb Speed Eating

Anyone for Speed Eating? I confess, I’ve been shoveling it in too fast.
(In a rush, eager for the next moment, not this one here.)

Speed eating can make us overweight and malnourished at the same time.
Chunky food, un-chewed, leads to indigestion, bloating, more toxins, more weight.
Un-chewed food won’t contribute all its nutrients, so we lack real nourishment.
Our teeth need to mash it.
Our saliva, bringing in 70% of our digestive enzymes, needs to process it.
In the mouth.
Before it leaves the mouth.
So we gotta sloooow down.

Not only that –
the faster we eat, the less we enjoy it.
The faster we eat, the more we overeat because our body doesn’t have time to tell us we’re getting full.
The faster we eat, the more air we swallow which causes more acid indigestion and GERD.
The faster we eat, we double our risk of diabetes and obesity.  So say the researchers.

Grandma says chew every bite 30 times.
Or spend 30 seconds with every bite.
You might want to chomp until it feels like soup.
Maybe put down the fork after each bite?
Stretch your eating-time to at least 20 minutes.

If you do, you’ll
 get better nourishment,
 feel full sooner on less food (lose weight),
 with less acid reflux, bloating, gas, indigestion, inflammation.

HINT: When you load your plate, pile on those veggies, and eat some of them first.
Research says, whatever food you eat first, you will eat 50% more of that food group during the meal.
Reach for Carbs first, and you’re likely to bump up those starches by 50% more than you would have eaten.

Do you have any tips and tricks for chewing or vegetable-ing? We’d love to hear them.
(What if we had a Veggie Fan page on FB???)

When I’m heading for a party, I’ll eat a handful of baby carrots before I go, to get my veggies. Then I’m not starving by the time I smell the pizza, so I don’t go crazy (maybe).
Race you – !?

Chew Long

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6 Remarkable Powers of Sleep and How to Get There

When life gets busy, we squeeze our sleep. (How well I know.)
Sounds like a fine idea, but short sleep:
– weakens the immune system and makes it easier to catch a cold;
– messes up our appetite hormones and causes weight gain;
– can make blood pressure rise and worsen heart health;
– increases overall inflammation in the body;
– clouds up the brain pathways and reduces clarity;
– causes poor performance at work and irritability with our friends and family.

The Remarkable Powers of Sleep include:

1. Avoid Colds
Researchers gave cold-virus nose drops to participants in a study.
Those who slept less than 7 hours before this exposure were 3 times more likely to catch a cold.
Those who tended toward restless, poor quality sleep were 5.5 times more likely to catch a cold. Those who consistently got 8 hours of quality sleep had a stronger immune system and were much more resistant to the cold virus.

2. Lose Weight
Who knew that sleeping supports our appetite-control hormones? (News to me.)
With less sleep, we get hungrier; we crave carbs and calories.
Sleep deprivation also activates the addiction part of our brain, causing cravings and unhealthy choices. When fatigued we prefer high sugar and high fat food.
Some of us get into a cycle of sleeping less and eating more. So the pounds accumulate.
But if we take the time for good sleep, our appetite is reasonable, our food choices smart.
Good sleep supports a healthy diet.
About 43% of us get poor quality sleep, especially if we’re overweight.
Yet studies show a good diet and activity improves sleep. Which adjusts those appetite hormones. Which helps normalize weight.

3. Reduce Inflammation
Our body heals itself in a million ways during sleep. Steady good sleep reduces the cytokines which trigger inflammation. Chronic elevated cytokines increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and inflammatory illnesses. Sleep reduces all this inflammation.

4. De-Stress
Bask in sleep and wash away that stress. Stress truly is the leading cause of dis-ease.

5. Sharpen Your Brain Synapses
When you sleep your brain engages in “synaptic pruning.” It’s cleaning up your hard drive automatically every night. Glial cells in the brain clear new space, removing old un-used paths and strengthening new connections. Good sleep is vital to release old stuff and learn new things, bring in new information.
When we wake up, our brain is clear.

6. Improve Your Mood, Clarity, and Performance
Sleep studies show that a 7-hour sleep makes the day manageable but does not provide best performance or clarity. For most people, 8 hours is ideal for performance, judgment, memory, good moods and interactions with others.

Empower Your Sleep:

  • Regular exercise enhances sleep. (65% of people who began daily exercise enjoyed better sleep.)
  • Let go of the day — stop all work two hours before bedtime.
  • From sunset on, use low lighting. Let darkness attune your circadian rhythm for sleep.
  • Two or three hours before bed, avoid sugar, caffeine, and exercise.
  • Make your bedroom 2 to 4 degrees cooler at night (compared to daytime temperatures).
  • Remove distractions from the bedroom — remove the television set, computer, tablet.
  • Swap that last hour of TV for an extra hour of sleep.
  • Intentionally release all energies, people, interactions, all the worries of the day. (Point your palms to the floor, exhale deeply, imagine all those energies going down into the earth to be recycled.) Or imagine old energies washing away in your shower or bath.
  • A bath containing two cups of Epsom salts will boost your magnesium and enhance your sleep. (75% of us have a magnesium deficiency, which depletes our energy level, causes muscle cramps and insomnia.)
  • Consider taking Magnesium (200 to 400 mg) at bedtime (decrease the dose if you get loose stools).
  • You might try a small amount of Melatonin, the natural sleep hormone.
  • Drink a large glass of water and place a pinch of high mineral sea salt on your tongue.
  • Put lavender essential oil on the soles of your feet for better sleep.

What are your favorite ways to get good sleep? Share your tips here 🙂


Feel better, get balanced.  Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills    (Thanks to public domain for the sleeping baby here.)

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You’ll Love this Sweet Relief for Bones, Muscles, Ligaments 

Got pain? Back? Low back? Neck? Head? Shoulders? Hands? Hips? Shins? Feet? Anywhere in your skeleton?
Modern habits – the way we drive, commute, work, sit, communicate, engage in media – all these reinforce the body pattern of curling up, curling inward, and not supporting our form in a healthy way. This can lead to pain in any body part.
In fact 80% of us will experience chronic back pain at some point in our life.
But we can reverse this.

  • Relieve pain in the back, neck, limbs and all over
  • End lumbar pain and weakness
  • Get stronger, able to meet the task at hand and lift heavier things
  • Diminish headaches
  • Ease joint pain and muscle soreness
  • Better breathing, more lung space
  • Healthier organs and digestion (more space)
  • Feel Better in your Body

Dr. Eric Goodman, after being told he needed back surgery, found ways to strengthen, align the body and release pain forever. You can do it too.
Pain is unnecessary, says Goodman.

Chronic pain is a warning signal to the body that it is out of alignment.
We have repetitive patterns of misalignment.
So we need to change that movement pattern and spend a few minutes every day to reverse it.

It all hinges at the hips, as you will discover when you explore Foundation Training, Goodman’s remarkable approach to strengthen your back and every part of your body, opening up your chest and your lungs.
Most of us tend to bend at the spine (not the hips). This sets us up for deterioration. This pattern alone can be the root cause of back pain and all kinds of body pain, from head to foot.

You want to reverse the typical curl-up posture that happens in ordinary life.
You want to open up the front of the body and breathe deeper.
You want to strengthen the back of the body.
Foundation Training will show you how to do this.
People are surprised and delighted with the effectiveness of these exercises.

Once you learn the principles, five or ten minutes a day over a few weeks can make a huge difference in the way you feel.
It does not matter how old you are or what kind of shape you are in, this stuff works.
The first time I attended a class, I felt markedly better in my body, stronger, more aligned, for the next three days.
My sister and I have not needed a spinal adjustment in two years, since we incorporated this core work into our daily routines. We are thrilled with steady improvement.
All my Foundation Training classmates have seen huge benefits in strength and alignment.

A wonderful opportunity is coming on Saturday May 27th from 10 am to 11:30:
Foundation Training Workshop hosted by Stacey LaPlante
at TruFit studios in Fountain Hills. $50 – includes exercise cards to take home.

Sign up now with Stacey, or reply here, as we need to have enough participants to hold the class.

You can feel better.
You can change your pattern.
You can get strong.




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How to Quit the ‘Gasping Guppy’ and Empower Your Fitness

For years my marathon-running father hosted a 10k race, the No Wimps Run, so named because nobody stood by to offer water on the desert terrain. I felt like an imposter, a wimp at heart, trotting with the tough non-wimps.
I’ve never been good at sports.
Summer softball at age 8, I would sit down and daydream in the outfield. Told my mom, “It’s no fun to bat, they all yell, ‘Diane can’t hit it.'”
She said, “Oh Honey, the other team is trying to rattle you.”
“No, Mom, it’s my own team!”
In P.E. they’d have us run around the whole field several times.  Who wants to do that?
And the less fit you are, the worse it feels.
I mean, how do you feel about exercise?
The word itself turns me off. I’d rather say fitness, invigoration, rejuvenation, empowerment, strength. Yes, I want this.

Experts say 20 minutes of aerobic fitness gives you a mood boost for the next 12 hours.
A rushing bloodstream clears out sludge, opens up vessels, and sharpens the brain. Immediately. Even better than coffee.
We’ve already heard hundreds of health benefits, but sometimes we drag our feet.

Researchers say we tend to focus on the unpleasant beginning moments of exercise. We create a mental hurdle, knowing that in those first moments the body may feel achy, weak, gasping for air.
(Poor little guppy thrown out of our soft lazy environment. We used to be young and strong, didn’t have to bother with this stuff; but now we gotta use it or lose it.)

Yet we all enjoy peak moments of feeling great, energetic, at the middle and the end of our activity. If nothing else, we feel glad we did it, gratified.
The advice is to focus on these exhilarating moments and build them up in our mind.
Like: “Yes! Body is strong! Going further than before! Feeling good! Thank you, arms, legs, core!”
Convince yourself, say the experts.
Try starting the workout with the most enjoyable part. Get your ‘eager’ on.
End exercise on a pleasant note. Enjoy the afterglow.
Studies say the cool-down stretching at the end of a class leaves a pleasant memory that doubles our chance of returning to the next class.
Changing our routine certainly helps.
Find fun new activities.
Look at this amazing workshop on Foundation Training May 27 – your body will thank you!

All I gotta do is get out of my head, get my butt moving, get my good habits working for me.
Revel in those big expansive lungfuls of air — they feel delicious.
Drink in the energy, strength, appreciation for what my body can do.
Be a better partner to my body and say, ‘Okay, let’s revitalize, refresh, renew.’

How do you motivate yourself?
How do you firm up your fitness habits?
How do you tell yourself to keep going?
Can you turn off your head and just do it?
I admire you for building the fitness habit. Share your tips with us.

If you want inspiration, check out my 87-year-old dad, Lyle Langlois,
who has the vitality of a much younger person, thanks to his running, biking, swimming. And now yoga.
In high school he was the waterboy for the football team. He didn’t start a fitness routine until mid life. Then, between age 50 and 70, he ran a marathon in each of the 50 states.
See? There’s Hope.

(Happy Birthday today, Dad! Thanks for the inspiration!)

Feel better, get balanced.  Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills     (Thanks, Pixabay, for the photo – may we all jump for joy.)
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You Need to Know the Magic of Placebo

Funny thing, in conventional medicine we think of “placebo” as “fake.”
Placebo comes from the Latin word “to please.”
In the 1800s physicians gave sugar pills as a consolation to please and reassure patients whom they could not cure.  The placebo was for psychological, not physical, benefit.

In the past century, new drugs are tested against placebos. The placebo is looked upon as having no effect, used only as a control.
Here’s the kicker.
Drugs approved by the FDA usually show an effectiveness of 30% to 50%.
Yet many placebos show an effectiveness of 60% to 70%.
That’s right, the placebo effect heals us just as much or more than medication does.  This is the power of our mind, the role it plays in releasing our ailment.

As long ago as 1799, Dr John Haygarth in England tested a popular medical gadget against a sham gadget. Both achieved healing at the same rate.  Thus he demonstrated “what powerful influence upon diseases is produced by mere imagination.”

Now, let’s not judge it as mere imagination — it’s stupendous, advantageous, restorative imagination!
Your attitude, your spirit, your outlook impacts your health.

At Harvard Medical School, patients with asthma reported the same amount of relief with a placebo as with a medication.
In another study 60% of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) patients gained full relief even though they knew they were taking a placebo. They reported improvements equal to the strongest IBS medicine.
In 2002 New England Journal of Medicine published the outlandish knee surgery study, in which osteoarthritis patients were given either real arthroscopic surgical repairs, or sham surgery where nothing was done. The patients enjoyed equal success with their knee, whether it was real surgery or not.
These are but a few of abundant studies on the placebo effect.

In 2009 Scientific American stated, “Placebos have helped alleviate pain, depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, inflammatory disorders and even cancer.”
Placebo effects can arise not only from a conscious belief in a drug but also from subconscious associations … from the pinch of a shot to a doctor’s white coat. Such subliminal conditioning can control bodily processes of which we are unaware, such as immune responses and the release of hormones. … Researchers have decoded some of the biology of placebo responses, demonstrating that they stem from active processes in the brain.”

Blockbuster Biologist Bruce Lipton tells us:
“If the brain expects that a treatment will work, it sends healing chemicals into the bloodstream, which facilitates that. That’s why the placebo effect is so powerful for every type of healing. And the opposite is equally true and equally powerful: When the brain expects that a therapy will not work, it doesn’t. It’s called the “nocebo” effect.”

Mind over Matter.
The Spirit infuses the Body, heals the Body.
We want to have belief, confidence, faith that everything is working out for us.

How to release negativity, doubt, distrust, despair, lack of confidence?

–  Meditate (gain a fresh outlook – discover the benevolence of the Universe)
–  EFT meridian tapping to release specific issues  (call Diane for personalized session)
–  Align spirit-mind-body with Energy Medicine / Healing Touch (see below)
– ______ fill in your suggestion – How do you find confidence in your good health?

Feel better, get balanced.  Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills     (Thanks to pixabay for the mind bubble.)
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How to Brighten Up with Your Wonderful Heart Energy 

Your mood is a vital key to good health. Negative emotions damage and age our body, but positive emotions restore, repair and refuel us. Good moods keep us younger, stronger, more vibrant.

Did you know when we shift our emotions, 1400 biochemical changes occur instantly inside us? So say the scientists at HeartMath, who have studied stress, the heart, and the mind since the 1990s.
They tell us the heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. The heart has an intelligence all its own. We’ve all experienced this when we listen to our heart.

Negative emotions bring stress, and stress causes 98% of all ailments.

heart incoherenceWhen we’re stressed, the incoherence of our heart rhythm (measured on an extremely fine scale) shows a jagged erratic waveform. During these times, the hormones of stress are tearing us down. We don’t feel good. We’re uptight. We may be worried or frustrated. It’s part of the human condition. Yet we can do something about it.

When we take time to breathe, to appreciate and have gratitude, our heart goes into coherence, measured as a smooth sine wave of harmony. We feel harmonious. At that moment 1400 biochemical changes  are restoring us. Nurturing us. We can feel it. We feel good.
heart coherence feelgood DS
So here I am, in a moody state of mind. Rumination brings me down.
Descartes said, I think therefore I am. Nope. You are a whole lot more than your thoughts. Your thoughts can drive you crazy.
Thoughts classify, divide, separate, make your opinion superior, stoke your ego.
Logic is a fine thing, but.
Heart is something else entirely.

We need to go to our heart. Our heart can brighten us up.
Everything hinges on the moment we stop to notice: I am out of sorts. What can I do about this?  I deserve to feel good. I must have a tool here somewhere. Oh, yes, I have a heart that wants to engage with life in a good way. It wants to love.

Here is the heart coherence tool recommended by HeartMath:

1.  Place your attention upon your heart and breathe deeply, slowly. Imagine the air flows in and out right through the front of your heart. Feel whatever sensation arises at your chest.

2.  As you continue to Breathe Into Your Heart, summon up a feeling of appreciation for something or somebody. Gratitude. Count one of your blessings or accomplishments.
Next, feel the love you have for a pet, a person, a place, a memory. Focus on anything you love or appreciate.
Bask in this. Keep breathing. Notice how mellow you become. Stress is displaced, gone for the moment.

Did you try it?  Take a moment, test-drive it . . .
How does it feel for you?

Even 3 minutes of this heart coherence method recharges you. Do it a few times a day, or even once a day. It feels yummy. That’s how you know you’re ‘there.’ Yummy.

Our vibration, our mood, affects others.
So the side effect is that those around you may lighten up too.
This may look like a small thing.
It’s not.
It’s huge.
Vibrational effects are real.

Besides –Breathe stone flickr
In the face of enormous earthly repairs, I must start with myself.
What am I in charge of? Only myself.
So I put on my own oxygen mask before I help others.
Then I can truly, naturally uplift my surroundings.

Tell us – how does heart coherence feel for you?

Feel better, get balanced.  Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills  — now booking in May.

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I’m trying to make sense of advice given to me by an elevated being. (He would say there is no hierarchy, but I would say he’s darned close to total unconditional love).  This minister naturopath physician traveler philosopher, Dr. Peebles, told me,

“Life is not about what you do.
It’s not about how much you accomplish in a day.
It’s not about what you build (even if you build orphanages, food banks, charities, brand-new political parties).
It’s about how you be.
Your character.
What are you accomplishing within yourself?
Are you able to bask in a sense of love, compassion and caring, and simply employ these when you feel inspired to do so?
You already have the understanding to get through this life with joy.”

I’ve been chewing on his words, hoping to fully digest them. Because my mind doesn’t work that way.  Does yours?  I was brought up to focus on both interior and exterior goals.  My habit-of-mind prods me, asking,
Are you good enough?
Are you nice enough?
Are you important enough?
Are you productive enough?

It’s as if I keep focusing on where I could go in my car.
I map out the next goal, again and again. Draw the next road map.

But, according to this heavenly guy, the underlying purpose of life is not to mess with the road maps.  The destination means nothing.
The point is to be a friendly driver. Let my car hum and enjoy its cushy seats supporting me and others.
Metaphorically speaking, of course.

Can I learn to Be? Just Be, and breathe, and appreciate what’s here in front of my face?
Can I stay mellow and grateful for whatever pops up?
Can I stay humming, with a light heart?
That’s what I’m here for, apparently. Learn how to hum.  Learn How to BEEEEE.
Learn to Appreciate myself as I am.  Appreciate others as they are.
“Increase communication with all of life and with respect,” as my friend Peebles says.

I’m here to love. That’s the bottom-line.

There are seasons for industriousness, buzzing around to build the hive.
But I fall into that busy compulsion.
I tend to not let myself fully relax.
Do you?
How good would it feel to enjoy “what is,” here and now? Give thanks for it.
What do you say?

Feel better, get balanced.  Diane does hands on healing for your biofield and gives you practical ways to enhance your energy system.  Make an appointment in Phoenix or Fountain Hills  — now booking in May.
(Gratitude for this pic – Relaxation by Meagan at flickr.)

Relaxation by Meagan at flickr

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