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Summertime & the Living is Easy

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Hello my sunshine friends! Summer Solstice is here!! It’s official- sunburns, mosquito bites, outdoor dining, swimming, camping, and all the fun highlights to the summer are here. Aside from all the outdoor chaos, what else can summer bring for us? Summer is an excellent time to prepare for winter. Oh no… I said it. Booooo. Who wants to think about winter right now?! I do. And quite a few others who practice holistic health see summer as a time to soak up that sun and get as much Yang Qi or sunshine energy, as possible. What is Yang Qi? This is a time of the year when Qi (energy or movement) is in full bloom. You can see it in the earth as fruit is growing on trees and flowers are in full bloom. You can see in naturally in people as everyone is outside enjoying this lovely weather. During the…

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Get Your Butt Outside!

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Winter seems so long ago! All winter long we’ve been cooped up waiting for the moment when it is warm enough to run and play in the sun. Now that it’s mid-June, here’s the crazy part; some people are appreciating this spring weather by simply opening up a window and calling it good. If you are watching the same amout of television, spending the equal about of time on your computer as you were in January!?!?! THIS IS MESSED UP!! It’s beautiful outside. Maybe not today as I cannot guarentee glorious weather every day of the yang season, but my goodness– GET OUTSIDE. We need that sunshine. Your lungs yearn for that fresh air. Your body is anxious to get out and PLAY! Your body is like an indoor dog who has just been told, “Walk time!” Their butt wiggles, they jump, they bark and the moment you open the…

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Allergies BLOWING You Away?

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Aaaaaachooo! Sniff sniff. PHHHHhhhhhhhh! These are the noises that may either be the sound of allergies, or the mating call of the dodo bird. Which one is it? I wanted to dedicated a bloggie (a shortie blog) to all those experiencing seasonal allergies hoping that you can learn a way that may help you during this season of scratchy eyes and runny noses and even prepare you for next spring. It’s all in your head You just completed your 14th round of sneezing fits and it is only 11am. Your friend looks over to you and asks, “Don’t you think you might be overreacting?” Well… they are kind of right. Allergies is the biggest reaction your body can have during this season. The FDA rounded out that 36 million people experience spring time allergies. Puffy Faces Unite! Pollen spores from local trees, weeds and flowers are released in the spring air…

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Spring back into health this season!

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New Season, New Beginnings. Hello all, and Happy Spring! Today celebrates the day of Spring Equinox, not only are we ready to get out of our Winter jackets, but we are ready for SUMMER!! But hold fast my eager bunnies…. for Spring is easily forgotten as LATE WINTER. We’re so ready for the beach time, flip flops, and barbecues that we forget that we need to adapt from the cold, dark winter months. There are four parts to this seasonal shift that I want to cover with you! Seasonal Mentality Seasonal Health Seasonal Movement Seasonal Nutrition Spring Mentality: As we get excited for Spring, our energy and mentality begins to burst in an upward motion. We’ve grown restless of the winter chill and it’s a time for new beginnings (and warm weather!) Spring is a time of rebirth and a time to get out and move. We’ve taken our time being wrapped…

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Chilled to the bone: Tip #4

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Chilled to the bone: Tip #4 For warming ways this winter- keep your tummy warm! Warm water bottle, keeping your mid-drift covered (just like mom always said!), is a great tool for generating that Yang Qi (warm Qi) to keep your immune system strong in the Yin season of winter! The kidneys house your ‘essence’ aka your Jing. Very important to keep the lower Dan Tien warm as you keep healthy this winter! -Angi

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Chilled to the bone: Tips #3

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CHILLED TO THE BONE TIP #3  How to keep your body warm during winter? Get your Zzzzzz’s! It’s so important to keep up on your sleep. Your body get to regenerate, and nourish Qi. Sleep keeps your immune system strong and energy up! Meaning: Blood Circulation + Qi Circulation = WARMTH! Finally, an excuse to sleep: http://bit.ly/2bzPpsL Click To Tweet -Angi

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CHILLED TO THE BONE TIP #2: Don’t eat the snow

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Seriously.. don’t eat snow.. especially when it’s yellow! Haha!! That is one of my favorite Montana winter jokes my parents would say to me because I was ALWAYS eating the snow. I like it. Hey… don’t judge me, I won’t judge you because we ALL eat things during the winter that may need to be reconsidered…. Here’s a list of foods that are great for keeping your Gu Qi strong. (Your tummy is like a slow cooker which breaks down food to give you energy… so it’s kinda like tummy qi.) Warming spices: Cinnamon, Cardamon, Cloves, Ginger Warming vegetables: Root veggies like squash, gourds, potatoes. Winter greens like Kale & Collard Greens. Warming proteins *very important to keep a high protein diet during the winter, moves blood* : Chicken, Lamb, Venison, Black beans, Kidney beans. Warming teas: Ginger tea- put slices of ginger and boil in water then add honey. Um. YES…

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CHILLED TO THE BONE TIP #1: HEAT ME UP SCOTTY! 

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I hate being cold. Seriously. I quit ballet as a kid because the teacher wouldn’t let me keep my sweater on. Seriously… I’m from MONTANA, why would a 5 year old gladly dance in a leotard in the middle of winter?! I think that was my most earliest moment of realizing: ANGI NEEDS WARMTH!! Ironically enough I have lived in VERY cold places since Montana.. and though someday I’ll figure it out and move to the Islands…. I’ve got some fun and easy tips to keep you warm and healthy during the Winter months! WHY? “Why do I need change my habits during the winter?” TCM called winter the most Yin season of the year- this means GAME CHANGER! You want to nourish and preserve your Kidney Qi, otherwise you die. (Okay. Just trying to get your attention.) So while you won’t die, when your Kidney Qi has been exhausted, your immune system is…

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Awareness can save your life!

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Ignorance is bliss. Or so the saying goes. There certainly is an element about ignorance that can leave you less stressed, less occupied and more apt to feel at ease. But imagine you had food in your teeth, wouldn’t you want someone to tell warn you? Bruce Lipton said that “Knowledge is Power, the more awareness you have the more ability you have at survive and succeed.” The same truth is that lack of knowledge results in a lack of power. Awareness is empowering. “Make Your Mind Aware” I always say. Why do we want to be empowered? So that we can have a handle on our futures. I suppose it is beneficial to be-in-the-know when we have the ability to maintain, manage, change, improve, or suppose the situation. When it comes to your health, you do! This is what is so exciting and frustrating at the same time. This…

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What does sex mean to you as we age?

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Some of you may have immediately answered “huh, NO thanks.” Some of you may have made a similar face… For many of you, those days are long gone and many have signed off from sex with a “good riddance” and a bon adieu. But there was a moment of interest, come on- admit it! The topic of sex catches the attention of most as we either run towards or away from the discussion. Sure sure, sex demonstrates vitality and youth. Blah blah. We all have our relationship with sex and without getting into this interesting topic too much (let’s save that for another blog), I don’t want to address the act of sex as something we need to acquire as we age. This is not what I’m implying. Instead it’s understanding that it’s the physical ability of being able to have sex that can serve as an intersting check in…

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