Tag Archives: Wellness

Recovery Talk: How To Become Happier At Work

Recovery Talk is a feature where I bring to you the latest and greatest podcasts about recovery, wellness, spirituality, mental health, addiction, and living wisely.

Whether your job is remote or in person, a few simple steps can make you feel happier and more satisfied about your work. About 7 minutes.

Wellness: Holistic Health

What Is Holistic Health?

Holistic healing means taking an holistic approach when seeking treatment for imbalances and choosing to live a more balanced lifestyle. What primarily distinguishes holistic healing apart from alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrative medicine, is that physical health is not necessarily the main focus.

Health Holistic Wellness
Holistic Health

And it is true that our pains and other physical discomforts demand our attention. This is where the saying “sticking out like a sore thumb'” originated from. Common sense tells us that we should seek help to alleviate our discomforts.

Holistic healing is not an “alternative” to conventional medical care. Sometimes going to a medical professional is the best solution to addressing a dis-ease.  Physical illnesses are the symptoms of a greater imbalance that may or may not have a root cause in the physical.

Holistic or “wholistic” healing addresses all parts of the individual, not just the physical aspect of a person where manifested illnesses are most apparent. Holistic healing is not intended to serve as a band-aid or a one time fix. It is an ongoing journey of discovery in search of more answers and ultimately; living better, being healthier, and striving for wholeness.

Holistic Healing Goes Beyond The Mind-Body Connection

Holistic healing is really a lifestyle approach. The holistic approach goes far beyond the Mind-Body connection of finding and maintaining wellness. All parts of a person’s life (physical healing, mental health and wellness, emotional well-being, and spiritual beliefs and values) are considered. Taking a holistic approach involves seeking the tools that will help us attract our desires and find personal power.

Wellness and Holistic Health
The Lotus of Wellness

Likewise, a person who embraces the desire to find wholeness within his own being soon learns the importance of tending to relationships, caring for the planet and our environments, having compassion for humankind in general, and accepting and tolerating differences among a diverse population of people.

The holistic healer recognizes that our discomforts or pains are merely symptoms of an imbalance. The imbalance could be a physical issue, the result of abusing the physical body through an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, or too little sleep.

Or, the imbalance may be the result of mental, emotional, or spiritual needs not being met. Therefore, no aspect (mind, body, spirit, or emotions) of a person is overlooked when an holistic treatment is sought.

While people are living longer today they also are experiencing chronically high levels of stress and fatigue, are consuming nutrient depleted foods, and are exposed to hundreds of potentially harmful chemically through our air, water, cleaning, and personal care products daily. So to say that holistic health is important would be an understatement.

For many living with chronic disease and undiagnosable symptoms, the modern-day healthcare industry has failed them, and it is time that a more holistic, whole-body solution became a standard part of the way we treat and support the health of the billions of people living on this planet.

Holistic health also takes into account the many external and environmental factors which could be supporting or impacting our overall health and wellness.

The types of holistic therapies available are extensive. Among them are:

It is a fascinating look at wellness from many different angles. Here’s a cool PDF I found on my PDF source site: It’s a free download, and NO, there is no spam or anything unsafe about the download. It’s coming from my WordPress database, so enjoy!

My Recovery:  53 Months Clean

When I started this blog in October of 2016, after a 5 month stay in jail, I had no inkling of where my sobriety would take me. Fast forward to My Recovery: 53 months, still clean and sober! See one of my earliest posts about self-condemnation, just 15 days into my treatment at the VA.

My Recovery 53 Months Clean

From October of 2016, until November of 2017, I learned about recovery through multiple VA treatment programs for Veterans. The principles I learned helped keep me strong, when I finally went back on my own. I even developed an acronym for the 5 pillars of my recovery.

The 5 Pillars of My Recovery

The acronym, S.N.A.G.M., stands for SPIRITUALITY, living in the NOW, ACCEPTANCE, GRATITUDE, and MINDFULNESS. I actually dedicated a blog page about S.N.A.G.M. here!

These 5 principles, along with the lessons I learned in therapy, courses like Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy, have served me well in my recovery journey; I have not relapsed once since I was basically forced into sobriety by jail, on May 12, 2016.

Wellness: Why Breakfast Is Important

Why Breakfast Is Important
Don’t Skip Breakfast!

Eating a healthy breakfast every morning is very important to your overall health and wellness!  At the end of this article I have a very special, easy to make killer cereal bar recipe you are going to love!

Why Breakfast Is Important
  1. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast provides you with the energy and nutrients that help you face the day.
  2. Breakfast helps increased concentration.  Studies show that breakfast can be important in maintaining a healthy body weight.
  3. Hunger sets in long before it’s time for lunch, but because it’s not convenient to eat properly, many people who have not eaten breakfast snack on foods that are high in fat and sugar.
  4. People who skip breakfast are unlikely to make up their daily requirement for some vitamins and minerals that a simple breakfast would have provided.
  5. Breakfast provides energy for the activities during the morning and helps to prevent that mid-morning slump.
Tips On Eating a Quick and Healthy Breakfast

1.  Pick 2-3 foods, including at least one from each of the following food groups:

  • bread and grain (i.e.cereal, toast, muffin)
  • milk and milk product (i.e. low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk)
  • fruit or vegetable group (i.e bananas, apples, carrots)

2.  Pick up portable breakfast items when at the grocery store. You should buy foods like fruit, low-fat yogurt, whole grain breakfast bars, or granola bars for those mornings when you have to eat breakfast on the go.

3.  Replace or accompany that morning cup of coffee with a glass of orange juice or milk.

4.  Make an omelette! You can shorten preparation time by chopping up your vegetables ahead of time.

5.  Get up 15 minutes earlier. You can fix and consume a healthy breakfast in 15 minutes or less.

6.  Plan ahead to eat breakfast. This means you should decide what you are going to eat for breakfast before the next morning. You can save time by putting out the box of cereal or cutting up some fruit the night before.

Bonus Recipe: Killa Cereal Bar
1 1/2 Cups Oatmeal
2 Tbsp Flax Seeds
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (I use Nuts N’ More, but you can use natural pb)
2 Scoops Protein Powder (I use About Time Plain Flavor)
1/2 Cup Raisins
1 Cup Nonfat Dry Milk (I use 0 fat Carnation)
6 Packets Equal or Splenda
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Cup Water

Mix all dry ingredients separately
Mix all liquid ingredients separately
Combine all ingredients (this is a thick batter, so a sturdy mixing utensil moistened with water often is best)
Wet hands and spread batter into a 9×9 baking dish sprayed with non-stick coating
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours
Cut into 8 squares and enjoy!

Nutritional Information Per Bar
Calories: 254
Fat: 10.4g (all good fats!)
Sat Fat: 1.9g
Carbs: 27.7g
Protein: 15.5g

Recovery Talk: Relaxing Positive Affirmations

Recovery Talk, where I bring to you the latest and greatest podcasts about recovery, wellness, spirituality, mental health, addiction, and living wisely.

This is a fabulous mindful meditation with words of affirmation, positivity, and acceptance. Even if you don’t meditate on it, try listening to it as you rummage around your computer. Positive affirmations can be difficult for us to practice, but it is a worthwhile endeavor. 27 minutes.

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