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The Anti-Diet Episode

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What is it that you TRULY want to eat? Is it what your doctor, your friend, your mother, your magazine, or your 'tests' told you is healthy?

WHY are you eating the way that you eat? Do you feel relaxed, joyful, and expanded around food? Or is it a constant obsession over calories, restriction, & instruction from others, making you feel shameful, powerless, & constricted in your body?

Your body is not against you. Check out the latest Raw Talk with Sheena podcast episode 51, where Sheena Mannina and I discuss how to start listening to your body: get to know it, learn to trust it, & honor your power.

YOU are your own best healer. Are you listening?

Talk to Your Water

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Talking to your water is less creepy than you think. Placing positive intentions in it can actually change your health & your life. Since water has a crystalline structure, it acts like a recorder...so your water holds memory.

This is very powerful, as you can tell your water how to interact with the water-based cells in your body & exchange vital information. It's like your bottled water is a carrier pigeon for sending messages to your body. The highest intention that's been scientifically measured that you can send: The combination of LOVE & GRATITUDE.

Yep. Your Monday just got way better. Be the freak in the office who talks to your water.

[For more on this & other tips, you can hear me as a special guest on the new iTunes podcast, Spiritual and Intuit, episode #3] http://spiritualandintuit.libsyn.com/rss See More

News: Now Offering Services at Raw Republic in New Orleans!

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I have expanded my practice to 4528 Magazine Street in New Orleans at Raw Republic, where I will be providing the community with nutrition & lifestyle consultations, as well as energy healing sessions! These services will offer individuals guidance, as well as the opportunity to overcome any non-beneficial behavioral patterns that might be holding them back from achieving their health-related goals. 
BONUS: I've also partnered with Raw Republic to formulate a special healing juice, so stay tuned for that reveal.  Happy Healing! 

Making YOU A Priority

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Where do YOU fit into your day?  If you're giving to others at the expense of yourself, you're trying to pour from an empty glass. Depletion, joylessness, resentment, disease, all can begin to set in if you're neglecting the most important person in your life: YOU!

The more you give to you, the better you'll be able to serve others. So don't be afraid to give to yourself, nourish yourself, take time for yourself, and, goddamn-it, love yourself...because at the end of the day, all you really need is love!

Coming Soon: Raw Talk With Sheena Podcast

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Podcasting in heaven (aka, Raw Republic's new meditation room) makes us Angels talk about how your mind can heal your body, how your lifestyle can influence your genetic expression, and how you create your own reality. Oh and how gnomes might be real.

Join us on Raw Talk with Sheena for health tips & a fun time, launching soon on iTunes podcasts!

Become a Healthy Bitch

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The Healthy Bitches Course is back and better than ever!  This is a 4-week course designed to help you become the healthiest you, in the healthiest way!

Each week, you will be e-mailed a new lesson and "challenge" to complete for that week.  The upside is that you will have this information for life, so there's no need to force yourself to complete it within the 4 weeks...take it at your leisure and also in the comfort of your own home.

This course will ultimately give you the tools you need to become your own healer through the intelligent use of food, exercise, and optimal lifestyle choices.

You will be given the most simple and most effective starting points, as well as the best tips for how to eat, how to move, and how to live like a Healthy Bitch.

Please note that this is NOT a crash weight loss diet.  Rather, it's intended for educational purposes only, providing you with useful information you can choose to take advantage of in order to reach your health-related goals. 

The objective of this course is to clear up the confusion in the world of health and to empower you to take back control over your own health. 

The first e-mail will be sent out on Sunday, January 3rd, and every following Sunday for the remainder of the course.

**BONUS: For local residents (Covington, LA+the surrounding areas), I will be offering a 1-hour group session for $20, every Wednesday evening throughout the course at my office, the Healing House (1101 Village Walk, 70433).  I'm only taking 10 healthy bitches, so sign up today! (Meetings: 01/06, 01/13, 01/20, & 01/27.  Total= $80).

Happy November!

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This month, get out in nature, be silent, release your fear of change, and take the first step toward letting go of old patterns that have been holding you back from achieving what you truly want in life: to heal, to be healthier, to be stronger, to be more fulfilled at work, to feel more love and connection with yourself, with others, and with the earth....

Who you are today is only the outcome of who you were yesterday. So let today be the actions of who you want to become tomorrow.

Mental Health

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As May comes to an end, I'd like to touch on mental health, as this month is Mental Health Awareness Month! So, here are some tips for your mental health:

Did you know that there are more neurons in your gut than in your brain?! Mental health is just as important as physical health--your mind & body hold hands. So if you suffer with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal tendencies, obsessive compulsive disorder, and the like, nutrition is largely a wonderful way to help! 

1) Salt water lowers histamine and adrenalin levels, which can greatly help to reduce anxiety and the incidence of panic attacks. (Sea salt or Morton Canning & Pickling salt).
2) Fruit is a wonderful mood-booster and helps to clarify thoughts, as it contains a sugar off of which the brain solely runs.
3) Meat & bone broth are also helpful in building neurotransmitters that are responsible for mood.
4) Staying hydrated with water helps to clean out neurotoxins that could be affecting the way that you think.

5) Low levels of cholesterol are associated with increased levels of depression.  Saturated fat, fruit, and lifestyle changes like meditation, rest, sunshine exposure, and exercise (even if it's walking outside) all help to normalize cholesterol levels and are all excellent ways to get back in touch with yourself, find your center, boost your mood, balance emotions, and empower you to conquer your day!

Always be mindful of what's in your food (& lifestyle), as what you eat (& how you live) can manifest into how you view the world!

Lift Weight To Lose Weight

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Women today have a fear of getting fat from eating and bulking up from lifting. We are taught that depriving ourselves of calories is healthy and that the only way to burn fat is by running a marathon. 

However, this unknowingly leads you to the very body you don't want!

Restricting calories makes your body eat its own muscle tissue when you do not have enough food in your stomach to fuel you through a workout and recovery. 

Since muscle tissue actually burns fat tissue, and you lose muscle tissue when you don't eat enough, increasing the stress from cardio exercise, while on little-to-no fuel (during a time when you should be eating more), is ironically making you gain more fat tissue.
Building muscle can only happen when you lift weights, eat nutrient-dense foods, and rest.

So stop depriving yourselves and running scared, ladies: lift those weights and eat....because science, not a fad, says so!

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Why Weight?

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Ladies:
Unless you're a body builder and intentionally trying to build muscle like it's your job, you're NOT going to bulk up or spontaneously grow chest hair. 

So how do you lose fat without bulking up? 

Tip #1: Lifting weights and building lean muscle mass plays an ESSENTIAL part in trying to lose fat mass. Muscle tissue is the ONLY metabolic tissue designed to burn fat. So, the best way to lose fat is to gain muscle.

Tip #2: Proper nutrition is a vital catalyst in losing fat. If you deprive yourself of nutrient-dense foods, your body eats its own muscle tissue to get the energy that it needs to survive. Thus, less muscle tissue equals more fat tissue. 

Tip #3: Muscle tissue is broken down in the gym and built during rest. Sleep and relaxation are needed to properly build muscle to lose fat. 

Overall, fat doesn't stand a chance against adequate exercise, nutrition, and rest.  So why wait?  Lift.  Eat.  Rest.  Repeat. 
 

Photo credit: Heather Grimm

What is Holistic Health, and is Kinection Holistic Health for me?

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Contrary to all of the misconceptions surrounding holistic health, I don't prescribe ginkgo biloba and medicinal marijuana.  In fact, I don’t prescribe anything at all.  This is the beauty of holistic health.

I don’t ring a gong over your head while singing kumbaya either, although who couldn't benefit from that? 

Holistic health involves viewing the body as a whole, including mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Each of these affects one another, making up your entire experience and leading you up to this point of your current condition of health. 

If you have high blood sugar, for example, what stressors are being placed upon your body throughout a given day and over time?  Maybe you eat cakes and cookies and/or processed carbohydrates, but what is driving you to do so?  The root of the problem could be metabolic in nature, but maybe we should look deeper. 

What do your sleeping patterns look like?  Are you sleeping soundly between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.?  Are you consuming enough magnesium and potassium?  Do you know what food sources contain these nutrients?  Are you wondering what these nutrients even have to do with high blood sugar?  What about your eating patterns?  Do you skip breakfast?  How often do you feel the sunshine hit your body?  Are you happy?  Do you enjoy life and have fulfilling relationships with others and yourself?  How often do you speak or think negatively?  Do you have a constant babble or to-do list in your head?  Do you ever feel fully rested or relaxed? How much do you move your body?  Do you sit for most of the day?  How many breaths do you take within 60 seconds?  Is it more than 8?  Are you hyperventilating and don’t even know it?  Are these questions making you hyperventilate?

Sure, I can look at your pancreas, liver, and hormone levels, and they would tell me exactly what they are telling you: YOU NEED TO CHANGE.  These aspects are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your health. 

If you’re looking for a quick fix, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the one for you.  I’ll also admit that some people probably refer to my business as, “Holy Sh*t Kinection”.  I'm not going to lie to you: It’s hard work.  But if you’re looking for an overall better quality of life, an entire lifestyle change is required. 

My job is to assist you in creating the health that you desire through real food, as well as behavior and lifestyle modifications.  I will teach you how to keep up with the demands you are placing upon your body, how to listen to your body, and how to respond accordingly.  This can help reverse the aging process, repair the metabolism, and regenerate your health and well-being.

I should give you some warnings: If you’re looking for someone to tell you that it’s okay to drink a bottle of wine or whiskey every night before bed, I’m not the one for you.  If you want someone to tell you that your current lifestyle and destructive behaviors are conducive to creating the health that you desire, and the answer is that you have a pharmaceutical drug deficiency, I’m not the one for you.  If you’re looking for someone to not see through your exterior into the depths of your interior, I’m not the one for you.  If you’re looking for someone to spend 5 minutes with you and not know your entire background and current lifestyle, I’m not the one for you.  If you’re looking for someone who will give you a pill, a cleanse, a detox, and a quick fix, I’m not the one for you.  If you’re looking for someone to do the work for you, I’m not the one for you.  I cannot help you more than you are willing to help yourself.

I can, however, promise you that this journey may be frustrating, but will be extremely rewarding.  If you’re up for the challenge, I am with you every step of the way and will be your biggest cheerleader.  So if you’re looking for someone who will invest in you as much as you’re willing to invest in yourself, I’m your person.  The fact is that YOU are in control of your health.  You will no longer need to look outside of yourself for the answers that you already have within you.  You will know your body better than anyone else, simply because that’s the way it was always intended to be.

Success is not always what you see

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On your journey of creating health, it's not always about immediate results on the outside.

If you're feeling discouraged because you've been working for months or even years to achieve the body you want and haven't gotten it yet, do not give up. You're still doing amazing things for your body, your health, your life, and others' lives. 

Continue to take care of yourself because even if you may not see direct results, it does not mean you're not gaining success through your daily routine choices.

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