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Juli’s Solstice Thoughts: How to help your body during this season

This year on December 21st plan to celebrate the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice. After the Winter Solstice, days will become longer and longer. The Traditional Chinese believe the Yang, or muscular, positive things will become stronger and stronger after this day, so it should be celebrated.

In the Winter season, our body becomes more Yang, which means that we will tend to eat lot more rare meats and less vegetable and fruits. More Yang creates inflammation, heart disease and other hot diseases. These can include High Blood Pressure, arteriosclerosis, fevers , headaches, etc. Create a balance of yin and yang by eating more cooked vegetables, altering our attitudes and controlling our emotions.

Remember the herbs that you can take to prepare yourself for celebration feasts, and take care of yourself before a belly ache and illness comes. Take the AE for inflammation and Taifu Plus with Pu-erh Tea, by doing so it makes a more cheerful digestive tract. Your digestion will be ready to process any celebration foods (and always remember that moderation is key).

And, let’s talk about celebration drinks too. As you drink, your pallet wants more salty foods. In return, that will raise our blood pressure. This causes a chance of danger as it can cause a heart attack or stroke. If you face gets too red and you have an alcohol flush or you get rosacea (caused by dilation of capillaries), your body is trying to flush out the alcohol. It’s a sign that you need to stop drinking.

Just like with your digestion and treats, taking AE_for high blood pressure and drinking Tie Guan Yin tea will help your body process the alcohol.

AE was developed to remove excess of yang and heat in the body. _It works to clear up the whole system and allow blood to nourish your skin and other organs to function properly.

And remember the health of your mind and heart. Positive things become stronger and stronger. Listen to your own body and pay attention to its needs as well as having a deeper understanding of yourself and your interactions with others. Winter is a time of gentle celebration where nutritious and warming food and family connection is promoted. Take a moment to STOP, slow down and celebrate the enjoyment of life.

Love,
Juli

Fall: The Earth Season

Late summer is a welcome relief from the intense heat and brightness of summer. With the coming of late summer, nature returns the fruits it has made, which are ripe and ready to be picked. It means autumn and winter can be survived without scarcity, and that energy can be conserved during the cold period when outer growth ceases.

Within the five elements, this season reflects as the Earth. In our bodies, the Earth is represented by the stomach and spleen, the organs that receive food and enable us to be nourished by its essence. As the process of digestion begins in the mouth, food should be chewed thoroughly and mixed with saliva, the bodily secretion of the Earth Element. Icy cold foods and drink should generally be avoided, as extreme cold strains our Fire Element (whose job it is to maintain a normal body temperature).

The other earth official, the spleen, according to Chinese Medicine, is the official of transport. As such, it takes what the stomach has prepared and moves it on to nourish the cells in the body. A healthy spleen not only nourishes us at the physical level, but also makes sure the nourishment reaches our minds and spirits.

We can see that if the Earth Element is out of balance, we may be prone to digestive disorders – as well as illness in any other organ or function of the body, for all are dependent on the stomach and spleen for nourishment.

In summary, the period of late summer is a time for slowing down and gathering in. To look at Chinese Medical Theory, we consider the patients internal and external condition, in order to balance the individual, harmonious balance equals good health.

Love,
Juli

Changing with the season

Photo by Holli Margell - www.holliwithani.com

Fall is full of change. From the colors of the trees to the weather, many people’s lives are changing too. Perhaps you have children starting school, or are starting something new yourself. If not, the simple change of the season is enough to make some feel like a fresh start. The fall is almost like another start at the year. It’s a great time to revisit those New Year’s Resolutions and see your progress or find inspiration to start in on them again.

This fall, I am excited for the changes. I love soup, and wearing sweaters! This will be my first year knowing about some Traditional Chinese soups and how some of them help heal. I had never eaten anything other than the normal American Chicken Noodle or squash soups before. While I don’t wish to be sick any time soon, I feel equipped to know what I might need from Hen Sen Herbs and how to take care of my family. With two young kids in school, I expect to battle colds and the flu.

With all these changes often comes longer working days. I know we’ll be busier than we have this summer with school schedules, extra classes and work. It is so easy to become over scheduled. That’s one thing from the summer that is helpful to not forget: take time to relax and just be quiet. While the long sunny days are coming to a close, how can you take some time to be in nature or relax?

One thing Juli recommended once was to sit and drink tea alone early in the morning before the family woke up. At first, I thought she was crazy, because I didn’t want to get up any earlier than I needed. Then, I tried it, and got up just 15 minutes earlier than anyone else. Those 15 minutes flew by quickly! But, I felt better prepared for the day, because I had some time to sit and think before jumping into a busy schedule. And, when I’m not up too late the night before, I savor my alone time in the morning. If you’re not a morning person, then perhaps a few minutes alone before going to bed could give you the same sense of calm. I know others who take a walk during their lunch break from work. These quiet times are perfect for reflecting on your goals, the progress you’ve made or the changes you still need to make.

Some athletes practice a form of quiet reflection called “visualization” where they sit and imagine themselves wining. Others practice meditation to center the mind, and there even manifesting your future, which is like a combination of both methods (where you visualize achieving your goals). Whatever you want to call it, the first step to achieving any task or goal is to think about it and take one step toward it. Find something that works for you and your lifestyle. Remember to take care of yourself and enjoy the new season.

Warmly,

Holli Margell

Fall is here: take time to have fun!

Fall is a great time to explore nature - photo by www.holliwithani.com

September 5 is the official beginning of Autumn. Kids are back at school, the weather is colder, color changes in the leaves, another season has gone ended.

Take a moment to appreciate the changes, and how fast the kids grow Look back to those goals that we set in the beginning of the year. If by chance we haven’t quite started or have completed those goals, restart them.

Have you had any fun lately? My goal for you is to take at least 10 minutes or 30 minutes a day to just have fun. I have a saying: Other than work I have life and other than life I have work.

You either let life eat you up, or you take that time to experience something new. Since my husband is writing about our trip to the Private Island, which was amazing, I am only allowed to tell you a little of the story. So before the trip, I told every body, I mean everybody, about going to an Pirate Island. You see, I can’t pronounce Private, so all my kids thought we will going to an Pirate Island. Everyone was excited for me. We didn’t find golden treasure, but did find Sand Dollars. Since we returned from the overnight trip, I got so excited to tell everyone about my adventure! I was full of happy memories. Try something new, make an adventure and make it a goal to have fun.

Love,
Juli