Mindfulness with Syrian Refugees!

Last Saturday, July 8, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Elizabeth, one of my Reiki students and Lai Fan an acupuncturist I met recently to offer mindfulness techniques to 3 Syrian families. Although we met only for an hour or so, everyone left feeling so happy and grateful to have shared in this beautiful experience.
It all began when Elizabeth asked if I would be interested in putting together a mindfulness class for Syrian refugees that were living in South Florida. The families are supported by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services for Trauma. Of course I said yes, because I had been itching to volunteer for sometime and thought it would be an interesting experience. The event was titled, Mommy and Me Mindfulness event as it was geared for moms and children. It would be the first of its kind to be held through this organization in South Florida and hopefully not the last.
Elizabeth and I chose mindfulness activities that could be easily explained with few words because we expected that the women would speak little English and weren’t sure if we would have an interpreter. One of the activities was to have Lai Fan put seeds in a specific ear point which promotes stress release. Apart from myself and Lai Fan, no one had any idea about ear acupressure. If you haven’t experienced this I highly encourage you to try, especially since seeds are used and not needles. Plus, you can keep the seeds in place for up to 2 days so you can self-soothe and then take the bandaid off.
We decided to have Lai Fan put the seeds on myself and Elizabeth first so everyone could see how the experience was. She then went around the room to put the seeds on the others. Everyone, except two kids said yes.
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Lai Fan and Elizabeth
Fortunately, Lai Fan’s husband spoke Arabic and so he was our unofficial interpreter which we were so grateful for, especially the Syrian women. We began the class with an icebreaker I learned while serving in the Peace Corps, called Move like this. The idea is that each person says their name and creates a movement, then everyone repeats it. It’s a great way to begin any class with laughter and silliness. Then we dove into the mindfulness practice.
As we only had an hour we chose 5 mindfulness techniques which we also reviewed at the end of the class.
  1. Ear acupressure
  2. Deep belly breathing (expand your belly as you inhale and suck in with exhale)
  3. Inner Ease Technique
  4. Mindful Eating
  5. Connecting to your body with tapping on specific acupoints
Of the 5 techniques most said they will practice the deep breathing and mindful eating tips.
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Teaching inner ease technique
The highlight of this day was being able to collaborate and share simple techniques to assist others who are feeling stressed, which after all is my life’s mission. Going across borders, we offered an afternoon of engagement, education, and a chance to try something new. We all left feeling fulfilled and content This was a fun opportunity and experience to share with people on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
Volunteering your time in any capacity is an opportunity to give to others without expectation. It truly warms the heart and builds upon community.
Have you had an opportunity to volunteer this summer? If so, please share with me as I’d love to hear from you.
Pass this blogs along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need love everyday!
Thank you for being a part of my expanding family.

Paty, La Mariposa

PS, Remember to join Our Wheels of Life, Fun in July Challenge
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Let’s Detox together in 2017

Last week I wrote about shaking the blues which was focused on removing processed sugar from your lifestyle, especially if you struggle with depression. This is truly one aspect of holistic care. Today I want to share with you an amazing opportunity that I will be a part of called the Whole Detox. It’s a 21 online event put on by my teacher and mentor, Dr. Deanna Minich.

The Whole Detox Program is an excellent way to completely reset your body while establishing long-term lifestyle changes. And the changing of the season is the perfect time to make this happen.

The 21-day program includes:

  • 5 informative, in-depth webinars
  • Access to a supportive community with 14 Teaching Assistants to answer your questions
  • Guiding emails throughout the program
  • And even some fun, surprise gifts. 
I will be one of the teaching assistants so I will also be present and engaged within the program. I’ll even be posting on Day 7 about stress, my favorite subject.
The image above identifies the various ways we must detox holistically by incorporating healthier behaviors into our lifestyles and releasing those that no longer serve us.

Take the Quiz

Not sure if you really need the program “right now”? Take the Whole Detox Spectrum Quiz now to see if any of your systems are out of balance. It will help to personalize the Whole Detox program to address those systems of health that are most out of balance.

I invite you to make this powerful decision for your whole health today. And if you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me by replying or email Food and Spirit directly at info@foodandspirit.com!

Pass this email along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need time to focus on ourselves everyday!
Thank you for taking a moment for yourself as you practice self-care and stress release.

Love and hugs,

Paty,  La Mariposa  

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Let’s discuss ways to include the Whole Detox plan into your life.
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Shaking the blues

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One of my professional hats I wear is that of a health coach focuses on wellness in a holistic manner, meaning looking at the whole person, which includes what we put in our mouths. I know how overwhelming it is to know about what is “healthy” to put in your mouth as I have learned over 100 dietary theories and my biggest takeaway is that we are all different. By being more intent on how our bodies react to food we can be more proactive.

Even though, most of my clients come to me for support in releasing stress they come with symptoms such as these found below. As a coach, a wellness detective, my goal is assist them in identifying the root causes to them.

headaches nausea dizziness
hearing loss tinnitus insomnia
blurred vision eye problems hallucinations
memory loss slurred speech mild to suicidal depression
personality changes violent episodes mood changes
anxiety attacks hyperactivity heart arrhythmia
edema or swelling gastrointestinal disorders seizures
skin lesions muscle cramps joint pains
fatigue PMS menstrual irregularities
chest pain increased appetite numbness and tingling of extremities

Have you been experiencing these symptoms lately?

Most of the time though food is a huge culprit in causing the symptoms stated above or rather certain ingredients in food.

As they say, you are what you eat. So what are you eating on a daily basis?
If you have been feeling any of these symptoms recently, one such culprit could be the impact of Valentine’s Day which just ended last week and for many that meant loads of sugar laden items being popped continuously into our mouths.

I admit that I took advantage of chocolate specials at the stores and helping my nephew (unknown to him) reduce his valentine candy stockpile. So, recently when I began to notice that I was feeling sluggish, experienced difficulty in focusing, annoyed with people or a lack of motivation I became my own health coach and took stock of what I was eating.

Now, in order to get back on track with my life and help my body feel better I’m in the process of detoxing my whole life, nutrition included as I take responsibility for my life. The concept of The whole detox*, by Dr. Deanna Minich one of my mentors, is that in order to maintain balance and health we have to look at all aspects of our lives. (More info coming soon)

As I mentioned I took stock of what I was eating and realized that my sugar intake had increased tremendously. I want to share with you the truth about sugar so you can also make an informed decision if that’s what’s causing your health issues. Let’s begin with one of the most toxic and easily found products in our world today, sucrose products (table sugar) and artificial sweeteners (sugar substitutes) so you can make the best qualified decision of what sweets you will continue to allow into your life and into the mouths of your loved ones.

Did you know that artificial sweeteners are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, (FDA)?

In 1958, the Food Additives Amendment to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act required the FDA to approve food additives, including artificial sweeteners, before they can be made available for sale in the United States. However, keep in mind that while it is approved it does not mean it is safe for long term use.

There are five major categories of artificial sweeteners that are approved by the FDA:

1.  Aspartame, sold under the brand names NutraSweet® and Equal®
2.  Saccharin, sold under the brand name Sweet’N Low®
3.  Sucralose, sold under the brand name Splenda®
4.  Acesulfame K (or acesulfame potassium), produced by Hoechst, a German chemical company; widely used in foods, beverages, and pharmaceutical products around the world
5.  Neotame, produced by the NutraSweet Company; the most recent addition to FDA’s list of approved artificial sweeteners, neotame is used in diet soft drinks and low-calorie foods

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) cautions everyone to avoid aspartame, saccharin, and acesulfame K because they are unsafe when consumed in large amounts or are very poorly tested and not worth the risk. The CSPI lists neotame and sucralose as safe.

Aspartame is of particular concern because it contains phenylalanine (50%), aspartic acid (40%), and methanol (10%), three well-recognized neurotoxins. Fortunately, most of the the symptoms I stated above are alleviated once aspartame use is discontinued.

Stevia-based sweeteners in the form of Truvia and PureVia have been rapidly replacing aspartame sweetened products. However, due to health concerns cited in literature the FDA has not approved the use of whole-leaf Stevia or crude Stevia extracts as food additives. On the other hand, a “no objection” approval on the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) list of additives was given to its extracts known as Truvia, a sweet-tasting compound found in products like Coca-Cola and Cargill and PureVia, typically found in PepsiCo products. Although Stevia has not retained an official “approval” it is allowed to be marketed and sold as a dietary supplement.

My rule of thumb is if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t eat it or wear it on my skin

In conclusion, artificial sweeteners are that, artificial. When you place artificial items into your body then it can cause issues because your body is not used to it. Review the symptoms found in the beginning of the article and take a look at what foods you are ingesting. If you notice that you are putting more artificial items, especially ones you can’t pronounce, then replace it with more natural options like local honey or coconut sugar.  Take responsibility of your health by asking yourself why you are feeling the way you do. If you’re feeling stumped then contact me for a free healthy check in by phone to discover what’s holding you back in life.

My purpose is to empower you on your healing journey and my mission is to offer you health-related insights, practical tips, inspiration and stories that will support you in living balanced towards a happy and healthy life as you embrace your joy and purpose.
Feel free to reply to these emails as I’d love to hear from you. Pass this email along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need love everyday!

Thank you for being a part of my expanding family. I’m so grateful to be on this healing journey with you.

Love and hugs,

Paty,  La Mariposa  



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Staying healthy this Halloween

Being healthy involves what you put in, on, and around your body.

As Halloween approaches, along with changes in temperatures, you may be reaching more for face paint and moisturizing creams to add to your body. Before you reach just any product take a look at the ingredients. Can you pronounce them? If not, then what in the heck are you putting on your largest organ that then filters into your body?

 

I have to admit being in Nicaragua, Ometepe, is not the best option for my skin due to the water and limited products available. Initially I was using Palmolive soap which left my skin feeling yucky and sticky until I came across a completely natural bar of soap with tea tree oil. The price tag was astronomical, $140 cordobas or $5 for a bar of soap. Yet the feeling I received as my skin felt soft and actually clean was priceless. I had brought my own shampoo and fortunately was able to find this all natural shampoo at a local salon.
All natural ingredients
Sadly, we have to now pay a higher price for living healthywith all natural products yet that’s in the short term. In the long term we benefit from staying healthy longer as we are more focused on what we put in and on our bodies.
 
Recently, a client asked what beauty products should be avoided and as the universe would have it, I received an informative email highlighting the top 10 toxic chemicals to avoid. As not to repeat an already beautifully written article, I offer it you by clicking here for the top 10 toxic chemicals to avoid.
Thankfully there are growing companies dedicated to keeping you safe, such as Annmarie, Burt’s Bees, DoTerra, and Pangea to name a few. Here are a few of my favorite resources and tips to staying safe all year long regardless of where you are.
Beauty Tips:
  • You may pay more initially yet the lasting health outcome is well worth it.
  • Avoid items that list “fragrance” and choose essential oils.
  • If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, don’t buy it.
  • Choose organic only if it has the USDA organic symbol.
  • Avoid lead products; Common places to find lead are lipsticks and deodorant.
  • Natural does not always mean safe, always read the ingredients and when in doubt ask.
Additional Resources, click the blue words to link to the websites:
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Peace and love,
Paty,

La Mariposa
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Healing with love

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This weekend I attended my first holistic expo in West Palm Beach through HolisticGlobe and offered energy healing sessions along with angel readings. I offered 6 sessions with glowing responses from the receivers and 2 angel readings. I also collected more than 20 emails from people interested in learning more. I was honored to open the expo with a chakra guided meditation accompanied by another presenter who used singing bowls.

Overall, I felt the experience offered me an opportunity to talk with others about my work and meet other practitioners. It was incredible to be amongst so many healers sharing their gifts to people open to learning about healing themselves through various modalities.

For the past 30 years, natural healing techniques have been pushing forward as another resource for people to take back their health and learn more about why they became ill in the first place and what they could do differently. Every day we are seeing more holistic centers operating with different practitioners offering massage, Reiki, herbal medicine, and nutritional support.

These techniques are not meant to eradicate western medicine, for they are being offered as a way to complement it and offer patients the power to take control of their health. Expos such as the one I attended offer various modalities to treat health issues and provide more options. It was an honor to attend this expo and I look forward to attending many more in the future.

Have you recently learned about a new healing modality or received a treatment? Please share your experiences in the comments below. Thank you!

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