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NOTE TO SELF: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth ~Laurie Buchanan, PhD

Monday, April 24th, 2017

NOTE TO SELF is the book I chose to begin the year 2017.  I have a consistent habit for the last 24 years of choosing a book that will facilitate self-realization and change within myself.  I also added the revised edition of THE BIOLOGY OF BELIEF by Dr. Bruce Lipton to my studies, and procured a new spiral notebook; setting aside a time each day for this activity.  The timing must have been just right, as though I was one of the three bears or Goldilocks, and this has proven to be a superior combination of study materials and activity for me.  I have successfully made some changes that I have been longing for during the past three months.  I hope my words will be an inspiration for others to find this book for your future self to enjoy.

“The baggage we carry on life’s journey is tied to a specific self, its core characteristic, an associated wellness, and a shadow side.  These include:

  1. Self-preservation, survival, physical wellness, and self-destruction
  2. Self-gratification, pleasure, occupational wellness, and self-denial
  3. Self-definition, personal power, social wellness, and self-importance
  4. Self-acceptance, love, emotional wellness, and self-rejection
  5. Self-expression, creativity, environmental wellness, and self-repression
  6. Self-reflection, intuition, intellectual wellness, and self-absorption
  7. Self-knowledge, divine connection, spiritual wellness, and self-unawareness

“As a holistic health practitioner and transformational life coach, I work with a wide range of clients – from young children to seniors and every age in between.  My specific areas of focus are energy medicine, inner alchemy (personal transformation), and spiritual awareness. “  Laurie’s opening words.

Buchanan is a minimalist in her life and in her expressions and writing.  Extremely positive with major portions of reality and optimism; research is surrounded with anecdotal stories which combine to form opportunity to take another step and then another.  The explanations are clear with no mask of poetic confusion.  All this with appropriate quotes found in the right places. There are lots of whimsical moments that are guaranteed to bring release. The end of the book is marked by the inclusion of 365 questions to send you to your journal and pinpoint one’s thinking for a whole year of focus.

“Each ‘key’ chapter includes ten sections:

  • Mind-Body Connection
  • Color Therapy
  • Diet
  • Aromatherapy
  • Affirmations
  • The Business of Being
  • Breathwork
  • Wellness Inventory and Vitality Check
  • Action Steps
  • Personal energy Signature”

After finishing one segment I literally saw orange everywhere I looked and it gave me an insight into the South African woman who previously owed my house who was a gardener at heart.

“Creativity is more than the capacity to be inventive or innovative.  It’s more than the ability to create great works of art, music, or dance.  Creativity is an inherent tool that’s needed for wellness.”

What is your mission?  How do you love yourself?  Have you outgrown the old rules that you adhere to?  Where do you feel powerful?  What is your favorite moment of joy?  What are you holding on and carrying with you?

I have followed Laurie Buchanan on her Blog – Tuesdays With Laurie www.tuesdayswithlaurie.com for a number of years, and Laurie is the most faithful commenter on my blog reviews.  I admire her spunk, guidance, and joy filled attitude.   I highly recommend this book to all – NOTE TO SELF.

Laurie Buchanan Facebook

“While we are all passengers on a planet called Earth, we can choose to enhance the way in which we travel-emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically.  In fact, we can, through the pages of this book, discover new ways to travel that are lighter, more fluid, and life-enhancing.  The author, a wise and dedicated traveler, is also the right kind of guide – caring, inspiring, uplifting, knowledgeable – for your journey of self-discovery.  I recommend this tremendous book to anyone seeking the companionship of good energy and joyful presence.”
-D.A. Hickman, author of THE SILENCE OF MORNING: A Memoir of Time Undone.

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THE MIND-GUT CONNECTION: How the Hidden Conversation Within Our Bodies Impacts Our Mood, Our Choices, and Our Overall Health ~Emeran Mayer, MD

Friday, July 8th, 2016

I love to eat raspberries and it is my love of raspberries that made me want to read this book.  To me raspberries are nearly perfect food from the delight they pose to my tongue all the way as they travel through the GI track, bringing usable fiber and seeds of joy to my brain.  My pro-biotic and my raspberries just make my system work well and I feel well and thus happy.

In the MIND -GUT CONNECTION Dr. Mayer decodes the GI track and introduces a whole range of microbes that keep our systems healthy and strong.  New studies and research are revealed, which have been found to heal and soothe and bring happiness.  There is mention of lots of new medications and lots of studies about the rising incidence of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and even autism relationships but this book is not primarily about how to cure the problems, rather it is suggesting the cause for the problems and how neglecting gut health produces severe problem.

Dr. Mayer is defining glowing Overall Health and how to understand and heal when a bump distracts from you progress.  He is very concerned about our environments, our lifestyles, and our self-care.  I am sure he would stress organic foods and simple foods first.   I heard a famous chef once say one should eat organic veggies and fruit 5 days a week, then one day of anything you want and one day to modify back into the 5 day routine.   I think this was what Dr. Mayer was describing only through using a Mediterranean Diet.

What stress does to our GI track is quite alarming and scary.  We truly need to take time to eat and not mix eating with other activities.  We need not sit down to eat when we are angry and we need to take time to calm our insides and ourselves before we begin eating.  Even better is to eat with friends or relatives and feel a sense of contentment and happiness.

The microbes in our GI track are crucial to our staving off Alzheimer’s, Obesity, and Parkinson’s Disease and his recommendations for pre-natal care and eating are very good.   We know that now the Gut is considered the Second Brain for our bodies and I think Dr. Mayer would say it is the first as it has a profound role in our brain activities, and thinking skills, not  to mention our emotional health.

This book is full of myth busters and really has the straight skinny.  It is ease to read and gentle with explanations.  When I was in the hospital recently for test, every nurse and OT and PT who came to see me picked up and looked at the book.  I said it was good and as one nurse said: “I think this is vital information and better than thinking a cup of pro-biotic yogurt will bring all back to health.”

TLC Book Tours sent me an uncorrected proof copy of this book to review.  It is well worth it to get to the truth and find a healthy balance to achieve optimal health.  It is all the health knowledge along with all the directives that my daughter just paid $200 for a Dr. appointment prescription for the exact same information.  Very worthwhile investment.

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Dr. Emeran Mayer previously served as the founding chair of the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine, as the executive director of the UCLA Center for Neuro-biology of Stress, and as the codirector of the CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center.  He has joint appointments in the departments of Medicine, Physiology, and Psychiatry.  His work has appeared in the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE and has been featured in PSHYCHOLOGY TODAY, NEW YORK TIMES, THE SUNDAY TIMES (LONDON) and on NPR and PBS.  He lives in Los Angeles, California

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WHISTLING WOMEN: A Novel ~Kelly A. Romo

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

“A whistling woman and a crowing hen always come to some bad end” ~Proverb

The story begins in a Nudist Camp in California in 1935. The members are preparing to take their healthy lifestyle to the 1935 Worlds Fair in San Diego.  They will be a part of the exhibitions and earn money for their community in Northern California.  Addie has lived in the community for 17 years and has felt safe and happy within the ranks, but now she is learning that she will be asked to leave because she is not so young and beautiful any more and will not make the community needed funding. She does not wish to go to San Diego where her sister lives and will not communicate with her.  There is no choice. she must go if she is to stay on with the group.

The backdrop of historic San Diego and the Exposition makes this a very interesting read.  Romo has done her homework and then interjected a story about being an orphan and domestic abuse, incest and rape.  The reader is taken through a search for love and safety, forgiveness and fear, right up to the door of a family reuniting and healing.

Addie and Wavey’s parents have died.  Wavey is older and more useful on the Uncle’s farm as a worker in the early 1900s and so it is decided that Addie will leave Ohio and go to Kansas to a Orphan Asylum which also takes children who have been involved in crimes.  After many years, Addie has been sent for by her now married sister Wavey to join her family in San Diego.  There is lots of hope in this arrangement.  Wavey’s husband is violent and a rapist and after their daughter is born he begins to attack Addie also.  Addie does something terrible and is sent away to the Ohio farm and to more pain and sorrow.  She runs away heading back to California and finds the Nudist Colony.  Her sister no longer communicates with her-refuses her letters.

Wavey has 2 daughters now, Mary and Rumor.  Rumor is 15 and so excited about going to the exhibition and seeing all the future ideas exposed.  At church they hear about the Nudist exhibit and her friend is restricted from attending the exhibition.  Addie comes to their front door and is hoping for reconciliation with her sister.  Rumor is so excited to meet her aunt and begins a secret relationship with her; boldly visiting the in the exhibition and trying to understand life and her future.

The story was moving and a good read, but I found myself several times finding it too long.   I figured out what was happening and then there would be too much detail and redundancy.  The story would pick up again and would move forward.  I thought the religious sections didn’t really launch though were good transition material but sometimes confused the issue and theme.  That could be another story, the moralizing was important and provided boundaries in the story but also bogged the reader a bit.

I loved the Proverb at the start, thought it a good story and an interesting reflection on history.  Safety is often a tough issue when mixed with poverty and being female. Very readable and good sister dynamics – unraveling the family secrets.

Kelly Romo currently lives in Oregon with her three children, where she teaches writing, literature, and social studies.  She loves the outdoors: hiking, kayaking, and camping.  Kelly grew up in California running around with all her thrill-seeking cousins and siblings; exploring caves on the beaches of Mexico, riding dirt bikes, water skiing and snow skiing.”

“Set against the backdrop of the 1935 world’s fair, Whistling Women explores the complex relationships between sisters, the sacrifices required to protect family, and the lasting consequences of a single impulsive act.” (From Amazon page)

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HEALING AND PREVENTION THROUGH NUTRITION: A Holistic Approach to Eating and Living for Optimal Health, Weight, and Wellness ~Evita Ochel

Monday, December 29th, 2014

I have been following Evita Ochel on her blog, website and Facebook for about eight years, I hope someday to meet her and talk in person, and she has been an inspiration for me time and time again when it comes to food, lifestyle, documentary choices, and healing.  Evita has never failed to answer any of my questions, she often refers me to whole essays she has written and she encouraged me in several juice fasts we did on line together.

This is her new book and updated second edition about healing, food and choices.  The book is geared towards explaining and educating the reader in what we have learned about nutrition, lifestyles, and healing in the most recent explosion of information.  Evita sorts out the test results, the resources, and the economically motivated myth making of advertisers.  There is a whole ream of truly significant known facts in this book, there is a great deal of research and de-mythologizing about what terms means and how they affect the way we eat, there is a solid understanding of our beliefs and how a body and mind are able to change, and there is an open discussion about resources available and how to utilize them to your advantage.  There is no preaching and “have to’s”, it is just teaching at its best level and the science is definitely presented in an appropriate reading- comprehension style.   The author wants the reader to know and understand; Food and eating are a whole person responsibility.

The politics, the economics and the environment are fully and skillfully covered.  You make the right choices for yourself and your family. Good review of the tools that work best for a healthy, healing kitchen.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’”  (Page 123)

For 39 years I have been cooking, growing and healing with food for my family.  I have often wished I had someone to talk with about Celiac Disease and Allergies and I found that person in Evita and am delighted to share her wisdom as found in her offering of HEALING AND PREVENTION THROUGH NUTRITION.    I was on my own in tracking down raw, pesticide free, GMO free grains and seeds – I had my own mill and no designer Gluten Free Kits for food.  Evita shares the links and connections; it is wonderful to discover so many of them are right here in my area and I have been using their products for years.

I very HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. I am often asked to cook for other people and families, I did that in my younger years as I helped individuals make nutrition changes and create healing their lives. I will now recommend HEALING AND PREVENTION THROUGH NUTRITION for those requests. I will highly recommend WILD-PLATE by Laurel Anderson for those who want to make the gourmet shift in eating and preparation. HEALING AND PREVENTION THROUGH NUTRITION is all the facts and the easiest-simplest of preparation modes.

Evita Ochel sent me an iBook copy of this book for review.  How lucky am I?

Step by step make some healthy choices for the New Year – what have you got to lose?

About the Author:

Evita Ochel B.Sc, B.Ed, CHN, is a consciousness expansion teacher, writer, speaker, and Web TV host. She holds an honors bachelor of science degree in the areas of biology and psychology and a bachelor of education degree in the areas of science and mathematics. She is a natural health expert, certified holistic nutritionist, and certified yoga teacher. Her passion for teaching and empowering others to live the highest quality of life is reflected in all of her creative endeavors: written and video resources, teaching platforms, and events. She taught high school science for seven years, and since 2009, she has been teaching worldwide, online and in-person, providing guidance and resources for all areas of the mind, body, and spirit. She is the author and creator of seven websites and two video networks that feature hundreds of essays, articles, reviews, recipes, videos, and photographs. Along her personal journey into optimal wellness, she created the Healthytarian lifestyle, based on Fresh Thinking, Smart Eating, and Mindful Living. For more information about Evita or her work, visit www.EvitaOchel.com. (From Amazon webpage)

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