Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Vitamins for Women: The Magnetism of Confidence

confidence attracts confidence

We are outdoors these days, even in the heat.  We are drawn to the sunshine, to nature, gardening, travelling, tending, tanning.... reveling in the lovely lazy days of summer.  I know that after a week in Colorado, on my first solo vacation in years, I felt adventurous, alive, and confident.  Things that I hadn't really felt in a long time.


Confidence draws people.  If you feel good about yourself, you feel good about your world, and people, known and unknown,  want to share that with you.  Self-assurance is alluring.


In our daily routines, we may forget to relish our confidence.  It is often easier to embrace the "can't do that" mentality, than it is to fearlessly forge ahead with the "can do" attitude.  Plus we are also programmed to be ashamed or embarrassed if things don't go just right... so it is easier not to try, than it is to try and fail.  


Remind yourself of the magnetism of confidence and then realize that there are many, small things that we can do to increase our assurance-quota.  They don't require a lot of effort but the impact is significant.


1) Like yourself and assume that people like you, too.  It makes it easier to be around others, and it stills the small nagging voice that tries to undermine you.  If I don't like myself, who will?  


2) Don't slouch.  My grandma Louise was a firm believer in sitting and standing tall and proud.  Evidence suggests that slouching makes you look and feel insecure. When I am feeling most afraid is when I stand my tallest.


3) Make eye contact.  Confident people look at you directly, whether the situation is pleasant or not.  Even if you are feeling insecure, eye contact will NOT relay that message to others.  


4) Clean out the clutter in your wallet, your purse, your desk, your closet.  Clutter tends to overwhelm us.  File receipts, copy business cards into your smart phone, throw away garbage and snippets of meaningless papers.  Managing your clutter will help you feel in control of your life.


5) Stop envying others.  Remember someone is always richer and someone is always poorer than you.  Skinnier, fatter, prettier, wiser, wittier.  Relax, stop comparing and relish who you are and what you have. 


6) Start a gratitude list.  Be grateful for the small things as well as the large.  A car that gets you to work and is paid for, a job that let's you pay your bills, your good health, the bird nesting in your backyard, the view from the bridge as I cross the harbor to work....all things to be grateful for.  You are blessed. 


7) Make a decision, don't over-analyze, don't ponder every possible ramification, those are anxious and paralyzing behaviors.  Make a commitment and never look back.  Be glad for your decisions; even those that don't end up quite as you planned have undoubtedly taught a lesson or afforded an adventure you may never have otherwise experienced.  I try never to spend energy ruminating on what some could label as mistakes.  I can't change the past, but agonizing can ruin the present.


8) Step away from the mirror.  You can be your own worst critic.  Paying too much attention to your appearance generally causes unhappiness. It also takes away your energy from doing something constructive with positive, long-term results like exercising, attending classes or seminars, or meditating.


9) Congratulate yourself on daily done deeds.  Never under value what you have accomplished.  If you have a to-do list, create an already done list as well.  I like to list activities and tasks done on a calendar.  Later I look back and remind myself of everything that I have done.


10) Take care of yourself.  Start trying out new, healthy recipes.  Use produce from the farmer's market.  Take a walk in the morning and another at dusk.  Meditate and pray.  Get adequate sleep.  Take a good blend of multi vitamins for women.  Start breathing with intention.


Be healthy, be safe, take your WomenVitamins, and be blessed, Kersten
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Monday, July 19, 2010

Vitamins for Women: Good Drinks for Good Health

lemon > waterImage by *MarS via Flickr
What we drink is as important as what we eat.  On average 25% of our "eating" is in done in liquid form, more so during the summer months.  Drinks can assist with our health and help build immunity to colds and flu, may prevent some cancer, can influence our moods, protect our kidneys, and help us lose weight.
Lemon for your Kidneys
Usually when you think of kidney and urinary protection you think of cranberry juice...but 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice mixed with 2 quarts of cold water and honey to taste, drunk daily can combat the formation of kidney stones.  Lemon juice is a citrate which binds to calcium in the urine and prevents salts from crystallizing into painful kidney stones.  This lemonade also tempts you to drink more, which hydrates your system.  Limonene, a powerful phytochemical, found in the juice and rind (zest) of lemon may help prevent several types of cancers.
Green Tea boosts your Metabolism
Add a few drops of green tea extract to your water.  Green tea offers increased prevention from several cancers and Alzheimer's, and blasts fat too.  A study put out by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows dieters who drank water with green tea extract lost an additional 2.5 pounds and 8% body fat than those who only watched caloric intake.  Green tea helps regulate blood glucose levels thus preventing the storage of fat. Its high polyphenol content also helps cut the risk of heart disease, while a Portuguese study indicated that 90% of their subjects lowered their LDL count after just 4 weeks of drinking green tea daily.
Flax Oil fights Heart Disease
Adding a tablespoon of flax see oil to orange juice seems to cause a decrease in the inflammation that leads to heart disease.  Flax is a sterol and is rich in Omega 3 acids which fight cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  It adds a subtle nutty flavor, and can be used in other foods as well.  Increasing your Omega 3 intake also seems to decrease your desire for fatty foods thus possibly helping to prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Sage for the Brain
Steep a teaspoon of dried sage in a cup of hot water.  Sage tea tends to calm anxiety, boost memory, and protect against Alzheimer's.  It can improve alertness for up to 4 hours, and it contains a compound that blocks enzymes that destroy neurotransmitters critical to brain functions.  Sage also seems to decrease weight gain by mobilizing fat from cells to muscles where it is used for energy.
Chocolate Whey Protein Powder  Adds Years and Muscle
One scoop of Chocolate Whey Protein Shakes for Women mixed with milk is a key to preventing blood sugar spikes and dips that trigger the body to crave sweets.  The more protein in your diet, the leaner you will be according to a Canadian study.  People who added an extra 20 grams of protein to their diets had the thinnest waistlines.  Whey protein can add years to your life; studies have linked quality whey to a decrease in certain cancers, reduced blood pressure, and increased immunity. Of course I would recommend you looking for the best protein shakes for women.
Apple Cider Vinegar lowers Blood Pressure and Weight
Finally, adding apple cider vinegar (with some honey to taste) to your water can actually neutralize an acidic system.  Apple cider vinegar contains pectin, a fiber known to help reduce bad cholesterol and regulate blood pressure; as well as potassium that helps with hair loss, weak finger nails, brittle teeth, and sinusitis. It is also loaded with the free radical  warrior: beta carotene. It is said that apple cider vinegar assists with weight loss as it breaks down fats, and promotes a healthy and youthful appearance.  

Consider your next drink...is it helping your health?  If not, try alternatives that promote your health and well being.

Be healthy, be safe, take your women vitamins and be blessed, Kersten


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Friday, July 2, 2010

Vitamins for Women: To Sleep: Perchance to Stay Healthy..part 2

happy sleeping person

Today's lifestyle sometimes requires so much of us, that we turn to cutting corners on our basic components.  We eat on the run, we communicate while we travel, and we often sacrifice a couple of hours of sleep in order to get everything done.

We can still eat healthily.  We can talk, text and email from the plane, train or automobile (provided we are neither the driver nor the pilot), but when we cut corners on sleep, our health can immediately start to suffer.

Symptoms commonly associated with a lack of sleep and sleep deprivation -

  • exhaustion
  • fatigue 
  • lack of physical energy
  • emotional instability
  • mood swings
  • stress
  • anger 
  • pessimism. 

 Memory Affected

Sleep helps your brain consolidate information. One sleep study found that the accuracy of your working-memory tasks drops by about 15%  if you pull an all-nighter.  Without recovery time, you're unable to file away important data. Studies also found that area of the brain responsible for language processing (the temporal lobe) was less active in sleep-deprived participants.

Waistlines Expand
"Some research has suggested that sleep restriction over many years may affect metabolism, increasing the risk of obesity and type-2 diabetes,"  Siobhan Banks, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
Other researchers have found that even mild sleep deprivation quickly disrupts normal levels of the recently discovered hormones ghrelin and leptin, which regulate appetite. That fits with the theory that humans may be genetically wired to be awake at night only when they need to be searching for food or fending off danger -- circumstances when they would need to eat to have enough energy.

"The modern equivalence to that situation today may unfortunately be often just a few steps to the refrigerator next door," Emmanuel Mignot, Stanford University

A 2007 Canadian study found that people with a deprivation of sleep,— those who get only 5 or 6 hours a night—, increase their likelihood of being overweight by 69%, compared with those who normally sleep 7 or 8 hours.

Illnesses Abound

University of Chicago researchers found that antibodies in sleep-deprived people who'd received a vaccine were about 50% weaker than those in well-rested people. Harvard researchers also found that blood levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of heart-disease risk, can spike if you skip even a few hours of rest. The newest study on obesity, from Columbia University, is just the latest to find that adults who sleep the least appear to be the most likely to gain weight and to become obese.

In addition, studies show sleep-deprived people tend to develop problems regulating their blood sugar, which may put them at increased risk for diabetes.

Harvard-run Nurses' Health Study has linked insufficient or irregular sleep to increased risk for colon cancer, breast cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

 Cancer Risks Increase 

During sleep your body produces melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate your sleep cycle. Interrupt sleep and you interrupt melatonin synthesis, which can be a problem. A 2007 University of Texas study review concluded that not only does melatonin detoxify harmful, cancer-causing free radicals, but in doing so it actually creates more antioxidants. Melatonin may also boost the effectiveness of vitamin C, another antioxidant.
"Melatonin can prevent tumor cells from growing -- it's cancer-protective," said Eva S. Schernhammer of Harvard Medical School, who has conducted a series of studies on volunteers in sleep laboratories. "The theory is, if you are exposed to light at night, on average you will produce less melatonin, increasing your cancer risk."

Mortality Rates Rise
"Based on our findings, we believe that if you lose sleep that your body needs, then you produce these inflammatory markers that on a chronic basis can create low-grade inflammation and predispose you to cardiovascular events and a shorter life span," Alexandros N. Vgontzas of Pennsylvania State University

Practical Aids to Assist with your Sleep:

  • keep your bedroom dark, even red and blue LED can disturb your rest
  • keep your bedroom cool 
  • keep your bedroom a place of rest...move the TV out
  • gentle exercise like yoga actually relaxes the body and aids restfulness
  • meditate and pray before sleeping, gratitude is the best last emotion of the day
  • retire at consistent times each night
  • drink a warm herbal, non-caffeinated tea
Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite....

Be healthy, be safe, take your Women Vitamins, and be blessed, Kersten


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Women Vitamins: Life's Transformative Journey

Shaman drum showing the world tree
Shaman's drum with the journey
A magnetic sign on my fridge reads:
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." 
It was given to me by a great friend and wise woman when I first started out on my shamanic path in Minnesota. My soon to be ex-husband was starting to show radical displays of bi-polar behavior, my job was in jeopardy of a RIF (reduction in force), my daughter was running wild, our newly built house's mortgage was beyond my suddenly single income.

I looked at that saying and thought, "My WHOLE LIFE is something I think I cannot do."


Of course, as the panic subsided, and my resiliant and practical Capricorn nature took over, I realized that I could do the things I thought I couldn't do.  And here I am today......


The transformative journey has not been easy, but it has been worthy and validating.  Along the way I have encountered some universal truths....


1) Have more positive than negative thoughts and actions.  The golden rule or positive ratio seems to be a minimum of 3:1.  any less and you are diminished.
2) Keep in touch with those who help you on your path.  Send a note, text or email of gratitude at least 3 times a week.  You do not know how much it means to the receiver, and how much joy you garnish from this simple task.  
3) Do something kind for some one else, that requires a little out of the way action.  I focus on strangers.
4) Connect with Mother Earth.  Start a garden.  Buy flowers for yourself.  Walk....around the block, park the farthest from the door or entry, find stairs, take off your shoes and contact the grass as you walk to the library, courthouse, post office, hospital...we need the exercise and we need the re-connect with our planet.
5) Embrace your job, make it part of your flow.  Love what you do, and it will change how you perceive what you do, and it will change how your co-workers perceive you.  Remember that career or job allows you to pay bills, to have a home, to have the things you need or desire.
6) Surround yourself with positive, thoughtful people.  We are influenced by those with whom we hang.  Happiness attracts happiness, complaining attracts complainers.
7) Tell people you love them, and tell them specific reasons why.....this is harder than you may think, but it gets easier with practice.  Start by acknowledging a reason as it occurs; do it in person if possible, by phone if not.  Your vocal tones are important.
8) Work hard.  Keep busy, try new things, volunteer....it keeps your brain, your heart, and your body active and young.
9) Meditate or pray daily, unceasingly...you can make your whole day flow on thoughts of gratitude and possibilities.  I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore, even on long trips. I focus on what I am seeing, hearing, smelling, thinking....and giving thanks for all.
10) Touch someone.  A friendly pat, a firm handshake, a hug...we are living in sensory deprived times.  Take a sufferer's hand, really offer your shoulder....it can make all the difference in someone's life; the acknowledgement of our universal human condition.
11) Live in constant awe of the beauty and complexity of Nature.  We are participants in this process, not merely observers of the process.  We are surrounded by gifts every moment.....like the cloud I saw a couple of days ago.  I had to stop my car, get out, and literally catch my breathe at the fleeting "art" of the day...which I luckily caught on my camera....and I now share with you.


Horse Head Cloud
Seabrook TX
I try to play as hard as I work.  I save, I share, and I spend.  I acknowledge the sunrises and the sunsets.  I meet with friends and go out of my way to speak to strangers.  My physical and emotional health are better than ever, and I  acknowledge that it is due to my choices as well as my genes.


I acknowledge the limits of my safety zones, and try to push into new territory.    I have surrendered my plans to the paths of the Universe, and I am continually grateful for the new and wondrous places that I have been led to by serendipitous events I once would have never chosen.


Be healthy, be safe, take your WomenVitamins, and be blessed, Kersten
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Vitamins for Women: The Transformative Journey

Shaman drum showing the world tree

A magnetic sign on my fridge reads:


 "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." 

It was given to me by a great friend and wise woman when I first started out on my shamanic path in Minnesota. My soon to be ex-husband was starting to show radical displays of bi-polar behavior, my job was in jeopardy of a RIF (reduction in force), my daughter was running wild, our newly built house's mortgage was beyond my suddenly single income.

I looked at that saying and thought, "My WHOLE LIFE is something I think I cannot do."


Of course, as the panic subsided, and my resiliant and practical Capricorn nature took over, I realized that I could do the things I thought I couldn't do.  And here I am today......


The transformative journey has not been easy, but it has been worthy and validating.  Along the way I have encountered some universal truths....


1) Have more positive than negative thoughts and actions.  The golden rule or positive ratio seems to be a minimum of 3:1.  any less and you are diminished.
2) Keep in touch with those who help you on your path.  Send a note, text or email of gratitude at least 3 times a week.  You do not know how much it means to the receiver, and how much joy you garnish from this simple task.  
3) Do something kind for some one else, that requires a little out of the way action.  I focus on strangers.
4) Walk....around the block, park the farthest from the door or entry, find stairs, take off your shoes and contact the grass as you walk to the library, courthouse, post office, hospital...we need the exercise and we need the contact with Mother Earth.
5) Embrace your job, make it part of your flow.  Love what you do, and it will change how you perceive what you do, and it will change how your co-workers perceive you.  Remember that career or job allows you to pay bills, to have a home, to have the things you need or desire.
6) Surround yourself with positive, thoughtful people.  We are influenced by those with whom we hang.  Happiness attracts happiness, complaining attracts complainers.
7) Tell people you love them, and tell them specific reasons why.....this is harder than you may think, but it gets easier with practice.  Start by acknowledging a reason as it occurs; do it in person if possible, by phone if not.  Your vocal tones are important.
8) Work hard.  Keep busy, try new things, volunteer....it keeps your brain, your heart, and your body active and young.
9) Meditate or pray daily, unceasingly...you can make your whole day flow on thoughts of gratitude and possibilities.  I hardly ever listen to the radio anymore, even on long trips. I focus on what I am seeing, hearing, smelling, thinking....and giving thanks for all.
10) Touch someone.  A friendly pat, a firm handshake, a hug...we are living in sensory deprived times.  Take a sufferer's hand, really offer your shoulder....it can make all the difference in someone's life; the acknowledgement of our universal human condition.
11) Live in constant awe of the beauty and complexity of Nature.  We are participants in this process, not merely observers of the process.  We are surrounded by gifts every moment.....like the cloud I saw a couple of days ago.  I had to stop my car, get out, and literally catch my breathe at the fleeting "art" of the day...which I luckily caught on my camera....and I now share with you.


Horse Head Cloud
Seabrook TX
I try to play as hard as I work.  I save, I share, and I spend.  I acknowledge the sunrises and the sunsets.  I meet with friends and go out of my way to speak to strangers.  My physical and emotional health are better than ever, and I  acknowledge that it is due to my choices as well as my genes.


I acknowledge the limits of my safety zones, and try to push into new territory.    I have surrendered my plans to the paths of the Universe, and I am continually grateful for the new and wondrous places that I have been led to by serendipitous events I once would have never chosen.


Be healthy, be safe, take your WomenVitamins, and be blessed, Kersten



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Monday, June 7, 2010

Women Vitamins: Is It All In the Details?

The headwaters of the Arkansas River near Lead...Image via Wikipedia
I am in Colorado for a week of vacation: staying in Breckenridge, smelling the fresh air, enjoying the mountain scenery, driving around, taking pictures like mad.  The snow still lingers on the high peaks. The days are crystal clear, the nights are crisp and cool. At 10,000 feet, I am almost 2 miles above my home, south of Houston, Texas.  

Everything looks so green and beautiful. It's so darn beautiful. The water cascades down the mountains in bridal veil falls.  The rivers and creeks are running over 4 times normal volume.  I have booked a white water rafting experience for tomorrow morning on the Arkansas River about 2 hours south of here.  I am excited.  I have returned home and my heart is gladdened.

And yet, when I really take a close look, I see something disturbing: millions of dead pine trees.  Lodge pole pines ravaged by the pine beetle....mountainsides covered in dead brown skeletal remains of once stately evergreens....and my heart breaks.

I read in a local paper, that the snow fall this last season was average to below average, and the run-off waters are so much more because the pines are dead....every pine consumed 10 gallons of water, that now flows down, unused, and unimpeded.  I don't really understand how the pine beetle infestation became so overwhelming...why nothing was done to prevent this, or to stop it, or to minimize it. 

It's sort of like the oil tragedy occurring in the Gulf....miles of our fragile eco-systems under assault...by overwhelming forces that we can't seem to alter or affect.  Forces that will affect all the inhabitants, the effect of which will impact all our lives for years to come.  

Who should have noticed the first few beetles killing the first few pines?  Or paid closer attention to the details of running and overseeing a drilling platform?  Maybe we all need to start paying attention to our hearts and our minds, our mouths and our bodies.....watching for the first signs of our own potential disasters.  Unkind words that wound unnecessarily, stress and issues that age and debilitate us, friends in need we ignore, exercising that we avoid, the junk foods we continue to eat, the consequences we trivialize.

I took this week off to center and  to heal myself from a stressful year.  I realize that I forgot to attend to my needs and attended the needs of others instead.  I am breathing in the pine scented air.  Thank God, all of the pines are not dead....the valiant still stand tall among their fallen brothers.  I am breathing in health and courage for my own spirit, and I will take that back with me when I return home. 


Note to self: Do not over look small details that signal problems; deal with them before they become unsolvable disasters.

Be safe, be healthy, take your women vitamins, and be blessed, Kersten

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vitamins for Women: Syndromes For All the Wrong Reasons

Percent of Youth 4-17 ever diagnosed with Atte...

PERCENT OF YOUTH 4-17 EVER DIAGNOSED WITH ATTENTION-DEFICIT/HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER: NATIONAL SURVEY ...
Have you noticed how we have slowly, innocuousnely, over the last decade, determined that every possible flaw or weakness, misbehavior or physical imperfection, whether real or perceived is a condition or syndrome?


It used to be that if you couldn't sit still for 40 minutes, you were thumped on the head by your dad or your grandma, and told to sit still and stop wiggling.  I don't know about you, but I took them seriously and sat still.


If you put on some extra pounds, your mom gently reminded you to not ask for another portion of  potatoes, or that second slice of bread.  Giggles around the table reinforced the message, and you were satisfied with what you had already eaten.


If you couldn't get up in the morning, you were told, "Hey, you play, you pay!" and with that pearl of advice you were expected to be getting up and at 'em.


If you opened the door, you were to shut it.  If you took something out, you were expected to put it back.  Everyone chipped in to clean house or stable or yard on the weekend.  Sunday was a family day....end of discussion.  


If you wanted to use the phone, you waited for the neighbors to get off the line...
You rode the bus to school, and as a high school student you were to set a good example and help the bus driver out.


You did not go out on week days, unless it was for Girl Scouts or 4-H and school work always came first. Had problems at school?  Well, you were always wrong and the teacher was always right.


You addressed all adults by their last name with the title of address being Mr or Mrs, Sir or Ma'am.....no first names unless there was an Aunt or Uncle in front of it. 


Today, we excuse bad behavior with labels like ADD, ADHD, EBD, XYZ....ask any kid, they will spiel out the alphabet of initials verifying and validating their inattention, poor manners, and lack of motivation.  They don't have excuses, creative or not, they just have letters that are carte blanche excuses for whatever has gone on.


Worse yet, there is a pill for every ailment and condition from lack of attention, to hyper activity, to tantrums, to boredom..... Let's not look into side effects or long term effects.....  


Then there are the conditions and syndromes....passive/aggressive, childhood obesity, oppositional defiant, inadequate eyelashes..... yup, you read that right...you can suffer from inadequate eyelash syndrome.  Don't tell me that the pharmaceutical companies aren't having a hay-day.   So many conditions, so little time.  


I'm not saying that the behaviors aren't real...unfortunately, they are.....but...


Maybe we need to start re-visiting personal accountability.  I'm sorry you have ADD, but you still need to sit still for 40 minutes.  I'm sorry you are ADHD, but you need to pay attention....you need to read the fine print...you need to understand your commitments to your life, your family, your job.  I'm sorry you are easily angered when things don't go your way, and you cannot figure out how to deal with what you have been dealt....but that is part of life and living....there are no guarantees that everything will go your way.


Oh and opps, you can't party every night like it's 1999 and expect to continue working.  Yes, you must do your homework, whether from school or the office, because.....just because.


It's time to decide to be responsible for what goes in your body, and on your body, in your head and out of your mouth.....you decide about that second slice of bread or that extra large, super-sized soda....you decide if the anti-bacterial soap that can cause cancer is really a better mechanism for health than a bar of soap and warm water.  You decide if a job that pays the bills and feeds your family is really so bad.


Yes, and you must even sit down, investigate, and determine if the possibility having longer, fuller eyelashes is worth the risk of red and itchy lids, trading your baby blues for brown eyes and developing permanent brown lids.  Hey wait a minute....isn't that what mascara was all about?


Be safe, take your vitamins for women, and be blessed, Kersten
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Women Vitamins: Chasing the Artistic Rainbow

ARTIST AT WORK IN BOTANIC GARDENS

I’ve spent my life in the pursuit of art…..now that sounds weird, I’m sure.  But for as long as I can remember, I desired to create images that would stir the soul and be remembered by those who viewed them. 

I have been working as an art teacher and artist for over 20 years, and still have not achieved my goals.  Mostly, I failed miserably.  I never give up…I am the epitome of the eternal optimist…and I still hope for that epiphanal moment that defines my inner visions….

On the other hand, I am constantly surprised by people who, out of the blue, tell me they still have pieces of my art hanging in their offices or homes…..I cringe, wondering what I gave them, and how I would feel about that artistic endeavor, should I ever be faced with it again.

Still, here is something compelling, something therapeutic, and definitely persistent in this desire.  I believe that this is what truly defines the condition of being human.  Not opposable thumbs, not the ability to think and solve problems, not the use of tools, but rather the desire to create a statement of our existence and a journal of our perception of beauty.

Creation is a positive energy.  Some say there is no positive force without the alternative of negativity and destruction.  I don’t know about that, but what I do know is that I can’t create art within that negative influence.  I remember the first time I heard an adult speak about negative energies, and truthfully, I thought she had lost her mind, was a few fries short

Now, I totally understand….and have to chuckle sometimes when I tell my classes that negative energies aren’t welcome in my art room….I see that, “she must be crazy” look in some of their eyes…..but others come up to me later and tell me they totally agree….so maybe the world is changing….maybe we are finally awakening, taking responsibility and realizing that we create our world, we choose our environments, we are the artists of our lives.

Maybe, I haven’t been pursuing art, so much as trying to give voice to the artistic, beautiful, awareness of life and color and joy that surrounds us all; that vast, elusive rainbow of living in the awareness of now. 

Be healthy, be safe, take your vitamins for women, and be blessed,
Kersten


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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Women Vitamins: Calcium + Multivitamins= Breast Health

Pink ribbonsImage by Aine D via Flickr
Calcium doesn't just build strong bones -- it may also fight  breast cancer. Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting women. It is estimated that 1 million women are diagnosed with this cancer every year.

So, it's interesting to note a study of 725 women, conducted by the  Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. This study indicates women taking a multivitamin tablet reduced the risk of tumors associated with breast cancer by about 30%, while multivitamins with calcium supplements reduced the risk by 40%.

Dr Manuel Bayona, professor of biostatistics/epidemiology, and Dr Jaime Matta, professor of pharmacology/physiology/toxicology attributed the calcium benefit to its effect on DNA repair capacity --the biological process by which cells patch up damaged DNA that may otherwise cause cancer. The report suggests women may boost their cellular defenses with dietary changes and long-term use of supplements.
"We believe that all women should be taking vitamins and supplements. Now we can tell if that regimen is really doing its work in reducing the risk." Dr. Bayona
Findings suggested that the interactions of different vitamins together might account for the beneficial effect, hence the endorsement of multivitamins.  
“The effect was seen with multivitamins, not with single vitamins,” said  Dr. Matta
 Although the study was small in size, and the multivitamin dosage not strictly monitored, scientists believe that calcium and supplementation of a variety of vitamins shows promise.  Since calcium’s protective effect came only from its influence on DNA repair, there are studies under way looking to utilize DNA repair capacity function as a marker for breast cancer risk, much like cholesterol is used as a marker for heart disease. 



So ladies, be healthy, be safe, take you Women Vitamins, and be blessed, Kersten



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Saturday, May 1, 2010

I am Brave

Went to Oakley outlet today...great stuff and great prices, so I went to their website and found this cool app for making a collage....just some fun.

http://OakleyMe.com

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Women Vitamins: Beauty Within and Without

Sunshine has finally reappeared in Texas after a long, cold, wet and dreary winter. Thoughts turn to summer vacation, bathing suits, shorts, painted toenails and our various parts that have gotten pale and flabby over the winter. 

For some, it is almost painful to look in the mirror and take inventory but part of growing up is facing facts. Now, many of the problems are exaggerated by our own critical lenses. We see ourselves differently than others do. We are our own worst critics. We pick ourselves apart instead of looking at the whole total package. 

Our culture tries to compel us to consider the Hollywood and Vogue version of beauty as that for which we must aim...but the truth is: we can never achieve the airbrushed perfection of a picture. Then ask yourself, "Why do we even try?" 

Instead, let’s work towards being healthy, happy, content and grateful. Because with those attributes comes a certain glow of joy and contentment that is far superior to plastic perfection. True, radiate beauty comes because we know that we are beautiful, perfect, as the daughters and sons of the Creator. 

Not to say that we should just let ourselves go... No, our imperative is to remember we are to take care of this gift--our physical body.... 

Take time to walk in the morning and tone up those legs. Take time to laugh with friends; genuine humor adds years to your life. Take time to be grateful for the small things: a house that shelters you and gives you a home, a job that lets you pay your bills, feet that dance and carry you miles on your journey, hands that do your bidding without complaint, pretty flowers that grace your patio, birds that sing in thanks for their bird seed feeders....you get the picture.. 

Next time you are sitting at a stop light, take the moment and breathe in peace...you will feel it immediately affect your physical body and your emotional state. You can feel your connection with the Universe, and when you need that feeling, as you go through your day, just breathe it in again. 

Take a good multi womens vitamins....nurture and encourage your cells to replicate and do their jobs. Visualize health coursing through your veins to every cell, nerve and organ. Make sure you are getting quality protein, through whole foods and supplements like protein shakes

Sleep well, dream your dreams, be healthy, be blessed, Kersten
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