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Do vegetables really matter?

Most Americans today consume less than 3 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (and most of those servings are of fruit). With the convenience of processed foods and the fast-paced harried lives that we lead, it seems easier to opt for processed and packaged foods than it does to grab fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables are the key to good health and nutrition though. They contain the phytonutrients and the minerals that the body needs to sustain life. By simply adding in more vegetables, clients experience weight release, better energy, better bowels, lower pH, sleep better, relieve aches and pains, reduce allergy symptoms, lower blood sugar levels, reduce their risk of chronic illness, and more. The list could go on and on. Vegetables were put on the earth for us to consume......

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Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

Alas, the holiday season has arrived. A time for festivities, shopping, family, <st1:personname w:st="on" style="color: #222222; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.6666679382324px;">joy… and for some, angst! There are 3 schools of thought when it comes to the holiday season and eating. The first school of thought believes that they should deprive themselves of all the holiday treats. They think of holiday gatherings and cringe. The visions of indulgence make them nervous and rightly so. They are likely committed to eating healthy but worry about their levels of will power. We will call them the Avoiders. The second school of thought also approaches holiday eating with concern. They however, have decided that they will indulge. They do so knowing that they may suffer some consequences in the end whether it is indigestion, weight gain, or increased susceptibility to colds... 

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Take Back Your Power -- Take Action

Last week we hosted a screening of Take Back Your Power at South Bay Wellness. The documentary was not only powerful and insightful but it reminded us of the many dangers of Smart Meters (also known as Automated Meters and Digital Meters). They are the meters that the Suffolk County Water Authority, PSEG (LIPA) and National Grid are currently installing all over Long Island at rapid rates. As outlined in detail in the movie, these meters are: Hazardous to our health. They emit high levels of EMFs that affect the human body as well as plants and animals. An invasion of privacy. Companies will know exactly what you are doing and when and will be storing this data. Likely to raise (not lower) your bills. They leave the electricity, gas and water systems vulnerable to cyber attacks. The companies do not need your permission to install these devices.     Many people believe that they have no say in the matter. This however, is simply not the case. The best thing you can do i ...

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Beware of Fake Food

Buyer Beware! Before you spend your hard earned cash on packaged and processed foods, you should know that they provide little to no nutritional value and in many cases, they are harmful to your health.  Processed and packaged foods are one of the biggest nutritional health destroyers. Despite what many package labels claim, (i.e. Cocoa Puffs is good for you because it is filled with fiber or the blueberry muffin mix is healthy because it contains blueberries –    which it usually doesn’t - or Nutella is amazingly nutritious for breakfast – which it isn’t), you will be hard pressed to find packaged and processed foods in the grocery store that will actually provide nutritional benefits.  Most packaged foods have been processed so much that they need to be fortified with vitamins and minerals. In most cases, you can consider them dead foods (and foods that bring death … oops, did I say that?).  Now, I understand, fresh foods may not always be readily ...

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The yin and yang of lighting.

Studies show that people feel better when they have access to natural light while they work. And a happy worker leads to increased productivity and efficiency and better yet, creativity! If you’re like me, creativity is a necessary resource to tap into.  If you work from home 100% or even 10% of the time, be sure to position your desk in your home office to get sunlight during the working hours. And if you have a laptop, take a few hours to go outside or enjoy another space within your home to get fresh insights and perspectives. Perhaps on the eastern side of your home in the morning and western side in the afternoon. See where you feel most productive and inspired! A room that is under lit is considered very yin in Feng Shui. It is most suited for sleep and relaxation such as a bedroom or meditation room. A room that is very bright is very yang in Feng Shui. It is a room best for working and socializing.  However, it is best to have a balance.  A combination of lighting i ...

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Help for pregnancy and postpartum depression/anxiety.

South Bay Wellness is so proud of our new support groups for moms and moms to be struggling with anxiety and depression! Please share this press release far and wide.  Research estimates that up to 20% of mothers will suffer from postpartum depression (including anxiety) and depression is the number onecomplication of pregnancy.  We can no longer stand by allowing moms to suffer needlessly.   The Mental Health Association in Suffolk County has teamed up with South Bay Wellness Center in Sayville to offer a new support group, Mothers Circle of Caring. “We are so pleased to see how much support the community has given us in launching this new program.” States Laura Gigantino. The 12-week wellness group aims to offer pregnant and new mothers who are struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders including postpartum depression, a place to come discuss their struggles, support one another and gain tools for coping. “Perinatal mood disorders and postpartum depression respon ...

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Get Ready for School: Feng Shui Your Children’s Rooms

Photo Courtesy: Pottery Barn Kids

September can be the worst month in a home with children. In the process of transitioning into a new school year, parents as well as children can be overwhelmed.  With a change in schedules, new schools, new teachers, new expectations, and new friends, this time of year can really test a family’s coping skills.

According to a study conducted by the APA (American Psychology Association) in 2006, nearly half (47 percent) of Americans are concerned with the level of stress in their daily lives and those with children living at home were more likely to be concerned about stress than those without.

So if you’re stressed out, just imagine how your children feel!  Feng Shui does not come with a magic fairy wand (unfortunately, there is no “Easy” button like the commercials), but there are some things you can do to make their spaces a safe haven that will provide support and nurturing during these challenging times.

Some Basics

Be sure to check that your front door entry (both inside and outside) is welcoming. Check that it’s free of clutter, well-lit and attractive. A welcoming entry allows opportunity to come in and reach all the members of the home, so this is the first step to ensure your children have the best chance for success.

Feng Shui their Bedrooms

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Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

Back-to-school is right around the corner. Parents are out and about getting ready for the school year. One question most parents seem to have is: "What am I sending in for lunch and snack?" Many kids go to school with processed and packaged foods as snacks right along with deli meats and sandwiches. While manufacturers like to promote these as healthy options, there is not much that is healthy about them at all. Here are some tips for upgrading your child's lunch and snacks for better health:

  • Add in more veggies. Veggies are the healthiest things your kids can eat! Load their lunchboxes with them. Some favorites include: sliced peppers, cucumbers, jicama, and zucchini. Kids also love raw string beans, snap peas, snow peas, and cherry tomatoes. Add in a healthy dip like homemade guacamole or hummus.
  • Creative wraps. Instead of the same old bread sandwhiches, try wraps made with a large collard green leaf or a piece of nori paper. You can fill a wrap with...

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Toxin Overload - Reduce your exposure and enhance your health.

Our health is impacted by what we put in, on, and around our bodies. We are very fortunate to have bodies that can heal themselves. However, when the body becomes too overwhelmed, it can reach the point where it needs to spend more time detoxifying than healing.  In this modern age of chemical everything, we are surrounded by toxins. Consider for a second the number of toxins you may be exposed to within just the first 30 minutes of your day: You are asleep in your room on a mattress and in a newly painted bedroom.  – Normal mattresses contain a myriad of toxic chemicals that give off gas and overwhelm the body. Normal paint will give off gas Volatile Organic Compounds that are hazardous to your health. The off-gassing can occur for years after the walls have been painted. Suggestions:  · Invest in a high quality air purifier. The ones you find at Home Depot or other such big box stores are usually not effective in absorbing VOCs. We recommend and sell Austin Air purifiers ...

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Take command from your bed!

For millions of years we survived in wild nature. At all times, we had to be on guard or place ourselves in protected environments. And  our primal brain has held onto this behavior and response.  Known as the stress response, many of us are aware of the fight or flight reflex which keeps our body alert to danger. Even to this day, when we are not in a protected and secure environment – when we are in a vulnerable position – our bodies respond accordingly.  This reflex is just that – a reflex. You cannot control it. Even though you “know” you aren’t in danger, your body has not adapted to the modern world.  It affects you on a subtle energy level but has a tremendous impact! Sleep is the most important task of the day – a time when your body should be in relaxation. If your body perceives that you are vulnerable, it activates the stress response which plays havoc to the rejuvenation process. In addition, if you are ill, this will sig ...

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