A year ago this month, I turned 50 for the first and last time. And for my 50th last year I went to an island and wrote in my journal and thought about where I’ve been and where I want to go next, and I made this list. Since I’m about to turn 51, I thought I’d revisit it. It’s still true for me! Hope you like it!
Health & Fitness
by guest blogger Deirdre Imus. With the holiday spirit come and gone and 2013 already entering its third week, there’s only one winter milestone left to hit before we plod our way into spring: flu season. Whether you’ve received your flu shot or not, there are some natural steps we can all take to ward off influenza and to protect our loved ones from the fever, cough, achiness, and general unpleasantness associated with this nasty bug.
This time of year, there is info everywhere on how to detoxify your body. Whatever toxin you want to remove, or part of your body you want to cleanse, there’s a smoothie for that! Now, I love smoothies, and I believe that physical detoxification is an essential health practice. But I also believe that the most toxic toxins start in our hearts. And for true health, healing, and happiness that’s where we need to start.
by guest blogger Kathryn Budig. I absolutely love seeing people set intention. Yogis (people who practice yoga) set intention at the beginning of every practice. It’s a way of keeping us inspired even when we don’t feel it. I’ve chosen four “New Year Jumpstart” poses from my Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga because each pose creates strength, confidence and potential. Physically speaking they will all make you stronger.
by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz. These winter days are so magical. We bring light into the darkness and warmth and cheer to the cold stillness. We offer thanks and give gifts and rejoice with our loved ones. Within these time-honored traditions and rituals, music, harmony, and rhythm have always played a central role in ritual celebrations, stirring the subconscious and, ultimately, promoting healing on all levels—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
The other week on Facebook, Prevention magazine asked its readers to report why they love their bellies. I did a double take. “Love” their bellies? It’s a bit of a radical concept for the magazine, since I know “Flatten Your Belly” is often our highest-responding cover line. Flatten doesn’t imply love to me. But then I smiled—for two reasons. First, because it signals a change in the magazine that I think is truly positive. And second, because I do love my fat little Buddha belly!
by William Davis, MD. Cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, candies…I call the holidays the Annual Wheat and Sugar Frenzy. During these days of holiday get-togethers, treats at the office, gifted goodies, and overindulgent dinner parties, we can easily gain around 5 to 10 pounds. And once you start down the holiday goody path, it’s tough to stop. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
by guest blogger Robin Dodson. Did you know that consumer products like furniture, textiles, and electronics often contain chemical flame retardants, and that these chemicals can come out of the products into household dust and the environment, where people are exposed to them?