Category Archives: Supportive Environment

Sitting all day is hazardous to your health

By , January 23rd, 2015 | Energizing Movement, Mindfulness, Self-Kindness, Supportive Environment | 0 Comments

mombasa varideskAs part of my research on health and fitness, I kept seeing all the articles about the impact of sitting all day. The headline that really got my attention was “Sitting is the new smoking.”

When I’m creating my on-line courses, I get into a mode of such intense concentration that I don’t even realize how long I’ve been sitting. I’d tried setting alarms to remind myself to get up and move, but even if I did get up I was so mentally involved that I really wanted to get back to the keyboard.

What if . . .  I could stand up and continue working?

This seemed like a great idea, so after some research I decided to get …

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23Jan

#1 Fitness Lifestyle Habit: Water

By , July 13th, 2014 | Invigorating Water, Restorative Sleep, Supportive Environment, Wholistic Mindcare | 2 Comments

waterfallIn my poet’s mind, human beings are a reflection of planet earth. Seventy percent of our planet is covered by water, and somewhere between 60-75 percent of the composition of our own physical bodies is water. Just as our planet needs to be constantly replenished with clean, fresh water in order to thrive, so indeed do we.

You probably know that the trillions of cells in our bodies contain and bathe in water, but did you ever picture what this looks like? As a writer, I think in metaphors, often understanding something complex in a flash of intuition from seeing a picture. So when I began musing about how to create a way to help you truly understand the importance of water for your body, I began browsing Google images for ideas.

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13Jul

We make ourselves small

By , June 26th, 2014 | creativity, Healthful Nutrition, Supportive Environment | 0 Comments

cheeto people

We make ourselves small
when we think it is only about losing weight.

When we focus on this one thing as though it is the answer.
Trying one program after another.
Another guru,
another strange and limited idea.

We fail to see that we don’t understand
how our wondrous bodies function.

It’s not our fault.

So many experts.
So many truths now overturned.
Too much money at stake.
Too many reasons to hide truth.

We can’t change all this.
But we can change ourselves.

We can open our minds and grasp
that this is about more than
a jelly donut
or a piece of cake
or a 1600 calorie Smoothie at Starbucks
or a 2900 calorie meal at the Olive Garden.

We can learn about stuff like . . .
The importance of good …

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26Jun

The gift of fresh vegetables and exercise

By , January 5th, 2013 | creativity, Energizing Movement, Healthful Nutrition, Nurturing Relationships, Supportive Environment | 0 Comments

CTBF vegetable garden 12.25.12

This year Greg and I thought about what we wanted for Christmas and decided that our gifts should have something to do with fitness. One day I was driving past the Ojai Lumber Yard and saw a sign for pre-made, gopher-proof planter boxes. Since the extraordinary number of gophers in the back yard of our new home is the reason we have thought twice about starting a vegetable garden, I decided to stop and see what the lumber yard had come up with.

Beautiful planter boxes lined on the bottom with chicken wire were stacked outside the office. The owner told me they had made …

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5Jan